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December 3, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

What a rubbish disguise: “A bungling thief was caught stealing from a gambling machine after being forced to take off his makeshift disguise of a binbag because he couldn’t see what he was doing. Daniel Dzieliski, 38, had been trying to rob the one-armed bandit in Biala Podlaska, a city in the eastern Poland, when he spotted CCTV cameras in the room. Nipping out, he went to a nearby shop where he bought bin liners to hide his head and aluminium foil to put over the cameras. But after realising he would not be able to cover the cameras with foil with his head covered he took the bag off and tried putting foil over the camera lenses – and was filmed in the process. When the foil kept falling off, he tried hiding his face in his hands. Police spokesman Jaroslaw Janicki said: ‘It was all quite comical, really. ‘But we identified him immediately because he is well-known to us.”

Air New Zealand named world’s best airline: “Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world by a website that rates carriers on safety and in-flight experience. The Auckland-based airline has received AirlineRatings.com’s top gong for the second consecutive year, beating larger companies and carriers that are synonymous with luxury. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways came in second, while Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific rounded out the top three. Etihad was voted best first class thanks to its £12,500 ‘apartment in the sky’, known as The Residence. Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways was named the fourth best airline, followed by Dubai-based Emirates in fifth and Singapore Airlines in sixth. Taiwan’s EVA Air, Cologne-based Lufthansa, Japan’s All Nippon Airways and British Airways rounded out the top ten.”

Are probiotics just a waste of your money?: “Not so long ago the idea of deliberately swallowing billions of live bacteria every day would have seemed absurd to most people. Yet today, many of us happily splash out on daily probiotic yoghurts, drinks and pills in the belief — or hope — it is good for our health. But are we just wasting our money? A clue to the answer may lie in the extraordinary behind-the-scenes row raging between European food safety regulators and manufacturers hoping to hang on to their share of a global market worth more than £19 billion. Eight years ago, tough new Europe-wide regulations governing health claims made for food products came into force. Since 2009, manufacturers of probiotics have submitted 129 health claims for their products including yoghurt drinks and supplement pills — and yet not one has been approved. Each claim has been rejected on the grounds that, after a rigorous appraisal by a panel of 20 international experts, it ‘could not be substantiated’.”

Ghostly blue beach in Sweden: “These neon waves lapping gently at the shore may look supernatural, but they are created by one of nature’s tiniest creatures. Millions of plankton glowed to light up a beach on the tiny island of Mjorn in Sweden last Wednesday. Scientists believe the bioluminescent phenomenon is the result of plankton being disturbed, causing them to emit light though a complex chemical reaction. Organisms such as plankton, fireflies and anglerfish are able to glow by releasing the chemical luciferin, which reacts with oxygen to create light. Lukasz Warzecha, who lives in High Peak, Derbyshire, photographed the stunning sight while on a trip with to Sweden. The amateur photographer from Derbyshire had never seen the natural phenomenon before and would have missed it if his friend Ulrika (pictured) hadn’t thrown some small stones in the water, which came to life and glowed. ‘We went around the corner to an even smaller bay and as we were walking along the beach our feet were leaving shining footprints.”

Coco Chanel was a Nazi spy: “French researchers claim to have found indisputable evidence that Coco Chanel worked as a spy for the Nazis during the Second World War. A written record made public for the first time in a documentary broadcast on French television last night is said to prove that the late fashion designer was a member of Abwehr – Adolf Hitler’s secret military intelligence agency. The documentary also raised questions about the role played by other French celebrities during the Second World War, including singers Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier and dramatist Sacha Guitry. The newly revealed document suggests that while working for the Nazis, Coco Chanel (pictured left and right) went by the codename ‘Westminster’ – a reference to her affair with the Duke of Westminster in the 1920s. According to the documentary, Chanel’s involvement with the Nazis began around the time of the collapse of the French army in 1940”.

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