Yikes! This Eggshell Has More Than 20,000 Holes Drilled in It

February 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Islamic ‘leaning tower of PIZZA’ evokes mockery: “When hapless Islamic State militants vowed to take over Rome and ‘throw homosexuals off the leaning tower of pizza’, Italians responded with a flood of mocking responses. Now, Twitter users have jokingly suggested other culinary hotspots for militants to visit with the hashtag #jihadifoodtour. If they’re planning a visit to the UK, jihadi tourists can take in the ‘London Pie’, ‘Sconehenge’, ‘Big Ben and Jerrys’ and the ‘Angel Cake of the North’. Other must-visit foodie destinations suggested include the ‘Trifle Tower’, ‘The Great Wall of Quinoa’ and the ‘Sydney Okra House’. It was referring to a blunder made by an Islamic State supporter last week – who mistakenly confused the Leaning Tower of Pisa with the dish Italians are famous for. He had threatened to bring sharia law to the Italian capital in a message, posted on a Twitter account linked to the terror group.

Cunning British burglar snared by a single drop of blood: “Carl Chang was in the process of breaking into a home in Maidstone, Kent, on June 27 last year, when he got a tiny nick on his hand as he smashed a kitchen window to sneak in. The lone drop of blood was spotted by forensics officers, who were called to the scene within hours of the offence taking place, in which cash and jewellery were stolen. Despite Chang, 26, cleaning the window and various doors with cleaning fluid in a bid to get rid of his fingerprints and any traces he had been there, he didn’t notice to single drop of his blood on the kitchen doorstep by the smashed window. The serial crook, who had only recently been released from jail after serving time for another burglary, was arrested after cops traced his DNA to previous break-ins in the Kent area.”

Nutty British supermarket: “A 50-year-old shopper was asked for ID when he tried to buy a £2.60 bag of mixed nuts and a pair of bananas from Tesco. Tony Morris fancied a snack as he made his way home from dinner on Tuesday night, so popped into his local supermarket in Carlton Hill, Nottingham. But the peckish housing association manager was shocked and ’embarrassed’ when the self-service checkout warned the salted mixed nuts were an age-restricted product. A security guard and a Tesco worker approached Mr Morris after the ‘ID required’ message – usually reserved for alcohol, age-rated DVDs and painkillers – appeared on the screen. ‘They let me go but it was embarrassing as everyone was looking at me.’ The shopper, who paid £2.60 for the mixture of Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts and pecans, as well as 29p for the pair of bananas, said he did not know if he would return to the store after the incident. A Tesco spokeswoman said: ‘We don’t age restrict the sale of nuts – our store team have rechecked all the nuts in the store to ensure this is the case.”

Toyboy becomes stuck inside his cheating lover: “Police had to be called in to restore order after a crowd gathered to see a cheating wife and her lover locked together during sex after the rumour spread that her husband had asked a witch doctor to put a curse on her private parts. And although medical experts say the embarrassing experience was more likely a case of ‘penis captivus’, in which the woman’s vagina had contracted too much and trapped the man’s penis, they were unable to stop the rumour and the mob had quickly assembled. Local media said that unfaithful Sasha Ngema, 34, had reportedly been romping with toyboy Sol Qoboza, 22, at a rented apartment in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa while her husband was away on business. The shocked couple began calling for help, which soon turned into screams as they became more desperate for him to withdraw, according to local media. Penis captivus is a rare occurrence in intercourse when the muscles in the vagina clamp down on the penis much more firmly than usual (a form of vaginismus), making it impossible for the penis to withdraw from the vagina.

Teenager given an non-urgent appointment at a British hospital – in 2099: “A teenager who tried to book a consultation at hospital was told to come back for an appointment in 84 years’ time. Yasmin Tisbury, 19, was referred for an ultrasound scan at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire by her GP after complaining of stomach pains. But a month later, she received a letter telling her she had an appointment at 11am on Thursday January 1, 2099. The student will be 103 years old by the time she finally gets the scan – but as January 1 is a bank holiday, doctors may not even be working on that day. Miss Tisbury was put on hold for an hour before she was able to speak to the hospital to sort out the IT blunder. ‘It’s just a mix-up but I just wanted to get the date sorted. I have already had to wait a month to get the appointment and obviously I am worried about that. After tweeting about her bizarre experiences, Miss Tisbury was given a new appointment for next Tuesday.”

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Modernity strikes again

February 27, 2015 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Crooked Frogs caught: “A BUNBURY restaurant which used the power of social media to shame a couple who they claims ordered hundreds of dollars of food and wine and left without paying has been reimbursed – by the pair themselves. The couple, who were speaking French, racked up a $230 bill in the Western Australia eatery, but left their empty wallets on the table while they went outside to have a smoke, and never returned. Fed-up restaurant owners Juliana Frisina and Noel Brunning decided enough was enough and the couple’s image was soon posted to the restaurant’s 4000 Facebook followers. But they never expected the post to generate thousands of shares within hours. The couple’s image, uploaded in a post on Sunday night, and quickly generated more than 31,000 shares. The restaurant – owned by TV pundit Noel Brunning – said the pair had returned to pay their bill after being tracked down to a farm in Manjimup, WA. They were reportedly fired by their boss, but the restaurant has decided not to take matters any further.”

KFC to launch EDIBLE coffee mugs made from biscuit and chocolate: “The next time you order a cup of coffee from KFC, you may literally be having a sweet brew. The fast food brand’s foray into crockery has seen its research team develop 100 per cent edible coffee cups made from a ‘unique’ biscuit, wrapped in sugar paper and lined with a layer of heat-resistant white chocolate. The white chocolate lining, which keeps the coffee hot and the cup crispy, melts over time, slowly softening the biscuit to reveal a ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ snack. The restaurant developed the cups to celebrate the launch of Seattle’s Best Coffee in its outlets. Created in partnership with renowned food scientists, The Robin Collective, the sweet treats also have an added benefit of being infused with a selection of subtle scents that compliment the coffee experience and are known to improve moods. The Scoff-ee Cup is currently under development and not yet available for customers in store.”

Why do we have eyelashes? “WHY do humans and other mammals have eyelashes? Experts have been batting rival theories around for years. Eyelashes are dust catchers, snaring things that would otherwise drift into the eye, went one idea. Or they were sensors, acting like a cat’s whiskers, to warn the eye of windborne grit or other dangers, according to another hypothesis. Some suggested that eyelashes were for expression — to enhance the impact of the eye for communication or sexual allure. In fact, said a team of biologists on Wednesday, the answer is a little less romantic: eyelashes direct airflow around the eye to shield it from airborne particles, bacteria, viruses and mites. And they prevent the protective coating of tears on the eyeball — a mix of mucus, oil and water — from drying out. Delving into the enigma, Hu’s team measured the lashes of 22 mammal species, from hedgehogs to humans. In all of them, the length of the eyelash was about one-third of the width of the eye, the probe found — optimal for minimising airflow over the eye surface without obstructing vision. The study also suggests that false eyelashes could be a weapon against “dry eye””

A REALLY comprehensive insurance policy: “A new life insurance policy is set to cover every eventuality…including being exterminated by Daleks, crushed by a Transformer or killed in a ‘Sharknado’! Virgin Money will also pay out in the unfortunate event of being killed by Martian death rays or eaten by the Loch Ness monsters. And in a nod to Ghostbusters, being crushed by a giant man made of marshmallow is covered too in the bizarre list of acceptable causes of death by the insurer. But wacky as they are, there is a serious point, says the financial giant, as they hope it highlights just how little people take life insurance seriously in the first place. But they hope it will encourage people to realise that while this is unlikely to happen, real chances of accidental death are far more likely than many realise. A poll of 16,000 British adults recently found only 23 per cent have a life insurance policy, falling to just 15 per cent in London though rising to 31 per cent in Northern Ireland.”

Sex in the movies: “There was breathless excitement when an immensely raunchy, bestselling novel was adapted for the screen, with overwrought cinema-goers queuing in their droves to see it. But this was not Fifty Shades Of Grey. This was The Sheik, in 1921. And it starred Rudolph Valentino, whose sex appeal was such that when he died only five years later, aged just 31, some of his more committed female fans responded to the news by killing themselves. Unsurprisingly, it was randy Europeans who introduced sex to Hollywood. In Ekstase, a Czech film of 1933, a young Hedy Lamarr is shown in obvious post-orgasmic bliss. The film was duly seized by U.S. Customs and prosecuted for obscenity. Not much did get past the Hays Office — including Margaret Lockwood’s cleavage in The Wicked Lady (1945), the first British film to be cut before U.S. audiences were allowed to see it. Forshaw suggests the censors were so distracted by Jane Russell’s gravity-defying embonpoint [See above] in The Outlaw (1943) that they missed distinct hints of homoeroticism elsewhere in the film.

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Pubic?

February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Another tribute to a moderrn Amerikun educastion?

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Idiot joyriders caught after police find string of photos taken inside luxury stolen cars: “Two joyriders who had stolen luxury cars worth more than £100,000 were caught after police found a string of photos taken inside the vehicles pinned on one of the offender’s bedroom wall. Connor Daniels and Jordan Irving stole a number of high-end cars including an a BMW 3 Series, a Mercedes A-Class and an Audi TT, in a series of raids on homes in Manchester. The men were caught after pictures of them posing in the stolen vehicles were discovered by officers searching Daniels’ bedroom. Daniels, 19, also posted images of himself on Facebook. Daniels and Irving took the cars during a 10-month stealing spree, ending last June, Manchester Crown Court heard. There was no evidence that they earned any money on the stolen vehicles. Daniels, from Manchester, was handed a suspended two-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to 10 counts of handling stolen goods. He was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Invasion of the Snow People!: “Old Man Winter has dropped so much snow in North America in the last few months people are running out of places to put it all – so they’re tunneling through it instead. Pictures of snow tunnels have been popping up on social media for the past few weeks and they will probably keep coming as long as the Siberian Express and other storms continue to roll in. A Canadian couple got nearly two stories of snow in their backyard, so they only way to get to their cars was to dig. Marcel Landry of Prince Edward Island was out digging for nearly seven hours before completing a snow tunnel that reached his car. The tunnel Landry created was 25-feet long and six-feet high in some places, the Journal Pioneer reported. He originally started with a smaller tunnel, but realized it could collapse on him. In order to determine which direction to dig, he used the emergency button on his keys to make his car horn go off.

Mystery tunnel is found yards from Toronto stadium: “A sophisticated tunnel has been discovered near a major sports venue and a university in Toronto, sparking new terror fears as Canada remains on edge over the threat of possible extremist attacks. A municipal worker was walking through woods close to the city’s Rexall Centre last month when he spotted a piece of corrugated metal on the ground, the public broadcaster CBC said on Monday. After lifting up the metal, he uncovered the passageway, also situated near York University. It was around seven meters (23 feet) long, 2.5 meters (eight feet) tall, and was lit by an electric generator. The walls and ceilings had been reinforced and tools had been left inside. Officials also discovered a set of rosary beads and a Remembrance Day poppy, both nailed to a wall, according to reports. Toronto is hosting the Pan American Games in July and the Rexall Centre is one of the venues. The facility is also used for major tennis events. In August, it will host the Rogers Cup women’s contest. Although national security officials have been alerted to the tunnel, there was no immediate suggestion that it posed a threat to the Rexall Centre, CBC said.

Horse given a second chance after it was rescued from the knackery wins point-to-point race: “A horse given a second chance when he was rescued from an abattoir has won a point-to-point race just 18 months later. Oscar Flyer was saved by Valerie and Keith Welton, of Cattal, West Yorkshire, who paid just £300 for the injured steed – and were given £10 back for good luck. The ex-hurdler, which formerly trained with Tim Vaughan, was coached back to health by their son Sam Welton, 25, and his 32-year-old partner Carolyn Woods. And almost two years after he last competed, Oscar Flyer made a superb comeback and claimed the top spot at the South Durham Farmers three-mile point-to-point race on Sunday. After dedicating the last 12 months to training him, Sam Welton rode Oscar Flyer to victory himself and the pair claimed the £150 prize money, recording the fastest time of the day. ‘I actually thought he was a bit of a cowardly horse but he proved not to be – he was really tough that day and battled it out to the line. He was brilliant.’”

Police raid woman’s birthday party after ’21’ balloon in window looks like IS: “A Swedish couple were mistaken for Islamic State supporters when passers by mistook the birthday balloons in the window saying ’21’ as ‘IS’ – an abbreviation for the terrorist group. They were in the window for Sarah Ericsson’s birthday party held at her boyfriend’s house last weekend according to Kvalls Posten, who reported the police came knocking on Monday. Someone saw the balloons from outside Fabian Akesson’s home in Karlskrona and reported it as Islamic State propaganda. Mr Akesson added: ‘I laughed about it and even showed them a picture that we took. And from that perspective, it looked almost like the letters ‘IS’.’ Despite the huge misunderstanding, the couple were still asked to take down the balloons to avoid further attention being drawn to their house. ‘We understand why someone would report it if they thought it looked like IS-propaganda, although everyone else just thought it looked like the number ’12’ from outside,'”

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Always seek a second opinion

February 25, 2015 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The doctor said, “Harry, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition, which causes your testicles to press on your spine and the pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles”

I was shocked and depressed. I wondered if I had anything to live for. I had no choice but to go under the knife.

When I left the hospital, I was without a headache for the first time in 20 years, but I felt like I was missing an important part of Myself. As I walked down the street, I realized that I felt like a different person. I could make a new beginning and live a new life.

I saw a men’s clothing store and thought, that’s what I need… A new suit… I entered the shop and told the salesman, “I’d like a new suit.”

The elderly tailor eyed me briefly and said, “Let’s see… Size 44 long.”

I laughed, “That’s right, how did you know?”

“Been in the business 60 years!” the tailor said.

I tried on the suit it fit perfectly.

As I admired myself in the mirror, the salesman asked, “How about a new shirt?”

I thought for a moment, and then said, “Sure.”

The salesman eyed me and said, “Let’s see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck.”

I was surprised, “That’s right, how did you know?”

“Been in the business 60 years.”

I tried on the shirt and it fit perfectly.

I walked comfortably around the shop and the salesman asked, “How about some new underwear?”

I thought for a moment, and said, “Sure.”

The salesman said, “Let’s see… Size 36.

I laughed, “Ah ha! I got you! I’ve worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old.”

The salesman shook his head, “You can’t wear a size 34. A size 34 would press your testicles up against the base of your spine and give you one hell of a headache.”

New suit – $800
New shirt – $70
New underwear – $12
Second Opinion – PRICELESS

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Going underground! Couple fall through sink hole that appeared without warning in South Korea: “The man and woman had just stepped off a bus at a transport hub in the capital Seoul when the ground beneath their feet gave way. CCTV then shows the unidentified pair disappearing from view after being swallowed up by the sink hole. Stunned onlookers can be seen rushing over and peering down into the 10ft deep hole in the pavement. Emergency crews, including firemen, were called to the scene and pulled the couple to safety. According to ITV, the sink hole appeared close to a building site where a pair of 39-storey apartment blocks are being constructed. It reports that an investigation has been launched by both Seoul Metropolitan City officials and the Korean Geotechnical Society to establish why the hole appeared. Despite their horrifying ordeal, the couple involved escaped with minor injuries and were taken to hospital for observation.

This girl is a little princess — for real: “She might be just one year old but Sweden’s Princess Leonore, who celebrates her first birthday today, is well on her way to emulating her mother’s stellar sense of style. New photos of the toddler, which were released to mark her big day, show her perched in a gilt-edged arm chair and wearing a delicate rose-pink dress. Her besotted mother, 32-year-old Princess Madeleine, captioned the pictures: ‘Leonore, our little sunshine turns 1 year old today!’ Leonore’s birthday comes at the start of a busy year for the Swedish royals, with 2015 set to include a royal wedding and the arrival of a little brother or sister for the one-year-old. In December, Madeleine, who is fourth-in-line to the Swedish throne, announced she was expecting a second child with her husband, British businessman Christopher O’Neill. Unlike Princess Leonore, who was born in New York’s Weill Cornell Medical Center, the new baby will be born in Stockholm following her parents’ move to the city last summer.”

Britain keeping chocolate safe: “It’s a chocoholic’s worst nightmare: a disease ravages cocoa crops, causing a worldwide chocolate shortage and the price of sweets to soar. But a steamy greenhouse near London is helping to ensure that cocoa crops around the world remain disease-free. The International Cocoa Quarantine Centre (ICQC) is nurturing quarantined cocoa plants so that they can be shared with cocoa-producing countries to produce new, more disease-resistant varieties. Inside the ICQC, the plants thrive tropical conditions where the air is a balmy 23°C (73 °C). ‘Cocoa plants are generally quite difficult plants to grow,’ said Heather Lake, a technician at the newly-revamped centre, which is funded half by the British chocolate industry and half by the US government. ‘They don’t like too much sunlight, they don’t like too much shade. It’s quite difficult to get the climate correct.’ Hosted by the University of Reading and situated in the village of Arborfield, west of London, the ICQC boasts 400 cocoa plant varieties, grown in 10,760 square feet (1,000 square metres) of greenhouse space. The Mokaya and pre-Olmec people of Mesoamerica first roasted and ground cocoa beans to make ‘chocolate’.

Dragonflies see in Ultra HD: Winged insects have the best vision in the animal kingdom: “They are instantly recognisable thanks to their distinctive wings, long bodies and bulbous eyes. Now scientists have discovered that dragonflies have the best vision in the animal kingdom. While humans can see colours as a combination of red, blue and green, the insect has up to 33 different types of light sensitive proteins, meaning that it can see more colours and details. Opsins are light sensitive proteins found in the retinas of humans and animals. By comparison, humans have tri-chromatic vision, meaning we seen in red, blue and green thanks to three opsins. While it is impossible for scientists to see the world through a dragonfly’s eyes, the researchers think they are probably able to see more colours than humans. Previous studies have found that each of a dragonfly’s bulbous eyes are made up of up to 30,000 facets, which contain the opsins. Each facet points in a slightly different direction, enabling dragonflies to see in all directions at the same time.

Boko Haram terrorists caught after disguising themselves as women… but not shaving their beards off: “Beard-wearing militants belonging to West Africa’s brutal Boko Haram Islamic terror organisation have been dressing as women in a hopeless attempt at avoiding the attention of security officials. Nigerian defense forces liberating the town of Baga from jihadi control yesterday set up a cordon around the suburbs to help them catch any Boko Haram militants who had been unable to escape. The security workers were shocked to come across several fleeing fighters trying to pass themselves off as females by putting on layers of colourful women’s clothing – despite the fact they had refused to shave their thick jihadi beards. A statement signed by Major General Chris Olukolade said, ‘The searches are also yielding more discoveries of arms especially bombs hidden in various locations, especially Baga town’ local media outlet Vanguard reported.

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Yikes!

February 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Missing wedding ring found by friend after SIX YEARS: “When lifeboatman Mark Thorne lost his wedding ring in the sea during an emergency call-out, he pulled out all the stops to get it back. He scoured the shoreline with a metal detector and even searched for it underwater using scuba gear, before finally giving up hope. Now, six years later, he has finally been reunited with the precious piece of jewellery after a friend stumbled across it during a walk at low tide. Mr Thorne’s platinum ring, which has a distinctive dent, came off his finger and plopped into the water in 2009 as he helped to launch a lifeboat in Weymouth Harbour, Dorset. It was eventually found by his friend Steve Woolford who had taken a stroll along the shoreline. Mr Woolford said he had remembered the lost ring and thought ‘you never know, it’s worth a look’ – before spotting it glinting in the mud.”

Forget ‘Earth-Like’ worlds: ‘Eyeball planets’ could be more likely to have alien life: “Astronomers have so far focused their search for alien life on planets that are similar to our own. But extra-terrestrial beings could be residing on worlds that look like giant eyeballs instead, according to one researcher. These planets have one side permanently gazing at their host red dwarf star because they are ‘tidally locked’ in the same way that moon is to Earth. Sean Raymond in Nautilus explains that if you were standing on the surface of a planet like this, the sun would remain fixed in one spot on the sky. As a result, these ‘eyeball’ planets have a permanent day side and permanent night side. A hot eyeball planet is located close to its star, on an orbit that makes it hotter overall than Earth. The day side would be roasting with any water boiling into vapour, while the night side would be freezing. But at the terminator – the boundary between night and day – conditions could be just right for life to thrive.

Pet pussycats with a difference: “Two hunters from an ancient tribe show no fear as they use a bow and arrow to catch their dinner – just yards from a fully grown cheetah. Photographer Jack Somerville, 26, captured the spectacular images in the Naankuse Wildlife Reserve in central Namibia, Africa. The tribesmen appear to be entirely comfortable standing next to the potentially dangerous animal as they go about their work. Mr Somerville, from north London, took the pictures after spending time with the San people, who are members of indigenous hunter-gatherer people in southern Africa. They can also be called ‘bushmen’ or ‘basarwa’ and their territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Even though the cheetah was born in the wild and is not tame, these two huntsmen seem so in tune with nature that they are comfortable with being around potentially dangerous animals. ‘The San have a deep respect for wildlife, due to co-existing alongside them for centuries. The San are thought to be the oldest living culture on earth.

How an autistic boy’s sixth birthday party was saved: “WHEN an autistic boy’s classmates all failed to turn up to his sixth birthday party, his local community and emergency services rallied to give him an unforgettable celebration. Ashlee Buratti, of St Cloud, Florida, invited her son Glenn’s class of 16 children to his party on February 8, but no one came. “He’s really sensitive,” she added, saying he became upset when she eventually had to tell him no one was coming. Frustrated, 25-year-old Ms Buratti took to the Osceola Rants Raves and Reviews List on Facebook, which has around 10,000 members. Members of the group responded, some asking if they could bring their kids around that day. About 15 kids and 25 adults — complete strangers — showed up to the house for cake and games. “One lady brought him a brand new bike,” Ms Buratti said. Three days later, members of the local Sheriff’s office and fire service visited Glenn at home to wish him a belated birthday, bring gifts and giving him a tour of their vehicles. A rescue helicopter even flew overhead, low enough so Glenn could see the pilot waving.”

Road to be re-marked after contractors paint line over leaves and debris: “AN EMBARRASSING road marking blunder will be re-done after photos of the dodgy line work emerged on Facebook. The photos show a freshly marked section of Mt Nebo Rd with a white line painted over leaves and debris on the edge of the road. A concerned resident posted the photo online this week along with the caption “Nice one MBRC”. Moreton Bay Regional Councillor Bob Millar was quick to respond on Facebook. “I am sitting with the director (of engineering construction and maintenance). I won’t repeat his comment. It is a contractor that does line marking, not council staff. The roads maintenance manager is talking to the contractor as I write,” he posted. “They were actually doing this job at night so it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that in the darkness the operator for the company contracted to council has missed it.”

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CNN weak on geography

February 23, 2015 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

That’s Tasmania down the bottom, not Queensland. A tribute to a modern American education?

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Human kindness came before speech: “Early humans carried pebbles shaped like babies’ faces and appeared to care for disabled children in a sign they developed kindness and compassion millions of years before intelligence, researchers have claimed. Researchers point to a skull, dating back 1.5 million years, found with no teeth, suggesting people in the group may have helped this early human find soft food to survive. And evidence of tracks found in east Africa – dating back 3.5million years – appear to show adults being followed by a child. The findings, revealed in a study by Penny Spikins of York University, undermine current theories that early humans were characterised by violence and competition, killing each other in a desperate battle to survive. ‘Evolution made us sociable, living in groups and looking after each one another, even before we had language, ‘ Spikins, a human origins researcher, told the Sunday Times. ‘Our success since then, including the evolution of intelligence, all sprang from that.'”

Is The Simpsons actually set in Australia: “Less than two weeks after The Simpsons producer dismissed a theory that Homer has been in a coma for two decades, an astronomer has come up with another conspiracy: Springfield is in the southern hemisphere. In the latest episode of the show, SpaceX’s Elon Musk guest starred and spends time at the Simpsons’ home. At one point he stands by the dining room window, looking out at the night sky as the family sits behind him eating dinner. The waxing crescent moon is important to note, according to astronomer Phil Plait. In the northern hemisphere, the tips of a waxing crescent moon face left, pointing away from the sun. But in The Simpsons’ scene with Musk, the tips of the waxing crescent moon face right – how they would in the southern hemisphere. ‘This is the moment that changed everything for me. The frozen moment of time when I realized that for 22 years, The Simpsons has been lying to us,’ Plait wrote on Slate. But the fact that there are places called Springfield in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, makes this theory entirely possible.”

Giant rats: “A woman was left horrified after she spotted a giant rat outside her home in north London. Katie Firth photographed the rodent, which she estimated to be between 16 and 18 inches, as it peered through her back door in fashionable Belsize Park. The sighting comes as pest controllers revealed the shocking epidemic of mutant rats – some as big as cats – across the UK. The rodents, which have been seen been seen across the country over the past year, are twice as large as normal species and cannot be killed with traditional substances. One rodent measuring 20-inches was recently spotted at a food establishment in Swindon, Wiltshire. Kevin Higgins, of the British Pest Control Association, said rat numbers were going up by about 15 per cent each year – and the boom was driven by the availability of food. Similar stories of giant rats have been reported by pest controllers in Glasgow, the Scottish borders and Swindon. The species has developed a genetic mutation which means substances approved by the EU to control rat populations has no effect on them.”

The strange and wonderful people who live in the Arctic: “The people living on the Arctic Circle are often mysterious to the world’s southerners, obscured by coverings of fur and snow. But now the lives of those who call the far north home have been captured by London-based photographer Cristian Barnett. The photographer traveled to the eight countries along the 66 degree 33 minutes north latitude marker, taking pictures of the inhabitants for his book Life on the Line. Looking to capture the extraordinary lives of people who did not live exactly on the line, the photographer expanded his scope to include some individuals within 35 miles of the Arctic Circle. He encountered a man who described himself as a ‘master of glibness and sausage poet’ and everyone from reindeer herders to hair dressers. Many Arctic towns and cities rely on local rivers, though they remain frozen solid for most of the year. ‘It’s not actually an extreme environment in a lot of cases,’ he says. ‘Mostly it’s not that difficult of a place to live’ he said.”

Is this the world’s most talented person? Extreme unicyclist braves 550ft drop on ride around edge of Romania’s tallest dam: “An extreme unicyclist risked life and limb by cycling around the rim of the tallest dam in Romania for a TV show – without a safety harness. Facing a drop of nearly 550ft, Flaviu Cernescu is shown on camera steadying himself and getting into position. As the wind howls the 31-year-old daredevil kicks off from a standing start and begins negotiating the rim of the Vidraru dam at quite a pace – with his arms outstretched for balance. He can be heard breathing heavily throughout the clip while bystanders watch on in nervous anticipation. Upon completing the stunt the daredevil dismounts his unicycle and punches the air in relief, receiving a congratulatory cheer in the process. The feat of bravery will be shown in full on World’s Most Talented, a new series on Watch.”

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Good hearing?

February 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Guerilla public service” man built a perfect copy of public road sign: “On August 5th, 2001, after two decades of Caltrans neglecting to fix its own simple mistake, a passionate artist from out of state, with significantly less funds and resources, successfully altered the sign that had given freeway frequenters so much grief for years. He did it with a handful of his friends and under the cover of early morning, fearing all along that he would be arrested, but he also knew he had passed the point of no return. And then, the most interesting thing of all occurred — Ankrom wasn’t arrested. Why? Because all his homework had protected him from detection. His sign was truly indistinguishable from all the others, and it only got taken down (nearly a full decade later) because of routine maintenance work. Upon the replacement sign’s erection, Caltrans themselves had finally added I-5 North [sign] to its edifice.

Sign language is a hit: “An Australian sign language interpreter has become an internet sensation after his performance at a press conference over the cyclone which has caused £1billion in damage across eastern Australia. Mark Cave was standing beside Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at a press conference, when reaction to his efforts started to trend on Twitter. People were impressed by Mr Cave’s expressive facial features and dramatic hand gestures as he warned deaf people about the approaching storm. Mr Cave was using Auslan, an Australian version of sign language, to deliver his message. Premier Palaszczuk was giving advice about the impending Category Five Cyclone which was about to hit Queensland. Charlie Swinbourne, editor of Limping Chicken, a blog for the deaf community said someone using sign language will change their mannerisms to emphasise certain words in the same way hearing people can do it with the inflection of their voice.”

A real loser: “A woman shot and killed an intruder who had just smashed through the front window in her Franklinton home about 5 this morning, Columbus police said. The intruder had already been chased out of a house across the street, where he had broken in through an unsecured back door, said Sgt. David Sicilian, supervisor of the third-shift homicide squad. At the first house, he was confronted by a resident and dove out a second-floor window, Sicilian said. That resident watched him crawl across the street to the woman’s house at 107 N. Guilford Ave. After he entered through the window, he encountered the woman, who had been sleeping on the couch with a loaded gun, Sicilian said. She fired. The man died at Mount Carmel West hospital.”

Video fan to make tidy profit as 1908 camera goes up for auction: “A film camera is expected to fetch £20,000 at auction at Newbury, Berkshire later this year. The Kinemacolor changed cinema on its launch in 1908, allowing the capture of moving footage in colour. The camera, one of the oldest surviving pieces of equipment, will go under the hammer later this year after being put up for sale by a private owner. Previously Kinemacolour projectors have sold for around £4,000 at auctions held by Christies in London. In 2012, footage taken using the cameras emerged, with sharp moving images of London in the early 1900s shown in colour for the first time. The process came about after years of tireless work by inventor Edward Turner. When he died, a colour system he had devised to record moving pictures was passed on to American Charles Urban. Turner had established that by combining the three primary colours (red, blue and green), film makers would be able to depict any other hues.”

No ambulance available in bureaucratized Britain so doctor drives patient to hospital in his own car: “A family doctor has told how he took a seriously ill patient to hospital himself because no ambulance was available. Dr Tony Shaw drove 76-year-old Richard Moses to hospital in his own car after being told there would be a two-hour wait for paramedics to turn up. And when the two men arrived at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, there was no sign of a porter so Dr Shaw found a wheelchair and pushed his patient to a ward. Mr Moses had gone to Dr Shaw’s surgery in Darlington with what he thought was a virus. But his condition deteriorated as he waited for his appointment and staff diagnosed a heart condition which required the urgent fitting of a pacemaker. Dr Shaw said: ‘I made the decision to take him to James Cook in my car and one of our nurse practitioners very kindly offered to come with me. Mr Moses was fitted with a pacemaker and has made a full recovery.”

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What is this?

February 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a hippo eating carrots

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A different shark story: “The shark in question was the one in Jaws. Steven Spielberg had spent the film’s entire original budget on one prop, a mechanical shark which, on film, looked exactly like a mechanical shark. Not only was it not scary, but in saltwater ‘even its synthetic skin failed, as it became waterlogged and bloated, transforming the terrifying shark into a giant sea marshmallow’. Spielberg didn’t stare at his problem. He just asked himself, ‘What would Alfred Hitchcock do?’ And he realised that the answer was not to show the shark at all, if possible. As his star Richard Dreyfuss said, with admiration: ‘He had to invent, on the spot, another way of shooting, which was to imply the shark, which made an ordinary film into a great film.’

Incredible homes of the treehouse tribe: “It’s thought that until 1970, the mysterious Korowai tribe of south eastern Papua, Indonesian New Guinea, were unaware of the existence of any other people on earth. Living as remotely as they do – perched 140 feet up into the canopy of the least explored jungles in the world – it’s quite plausible. The tribe are known for their distinctive treehouses that tower over the jungle on spindly stilts, originally designed to avoid attacks from rival clans intent on capturing people for slavery or even cannibalism. The Korowai adhere to age old tradition, sharing myths, folktales, sayings and charms to this day, and believe that their dead ancestors can return to land of the living at any time. Some clans are said to fear Westerners, having never seen them, and outsiders are called ‘ ghost demons’.

Another idiot burglar: “A serial burglar was caught after posting pictures of his haul on Facebook and by leaving a trail of footprints in snow – leading to where he was hiding. Nathan Heath, 20, broke into a house in Hull, West Yorkshire, as the homeowner slept before fleeing with the stolen items to a friends house almost a mile away. When the victim woke up and found his front door ajar he followed the footprints all the way to the house and called police – who found Heath and the stolen goods inside. Heath was jailed for three years at Hull Crown Court yesterday, where he admitted to 50 previously unsolved crimes, and stole items worth more than £26,000.”

China builds fortress in the sea: “China has built an island fortress on a disputed reef, raising concerns over their military ambitions in the South China Sea. Satellite images show that an artificial island with two piers, a helipad and a cement plant has appeared within the past nine months at Hughes Reef in the Spratly Islands. China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei have all registered claims to the territory, leading to increased military tensions recently. The pictures, released by military analysis firm IHS Jane’s, has been expanded from 380 square metres to a 75,000 square metre fort in the Union Banks region. The reef is approximately 210 miles from the Philippines and 660 miles from China. Work originally began in March last year, and by the end of January, the original structure had been connected to the helipad. Pictures also showed that similar structures are being built at nearby Johnson South Reef and Gaven Reefs.”

Instant karma: “An impatient commuter probably regretted telling a man to ‘f*** himself’ on a busy train when he arrived at a job interview later that day to find his fellow passenger was the head of recruitment. HR executive Matt Buckland claimed the job seeker pushed past him and launched a foul-mouthed tirade as they were both getting off a packed rush-hour train on Monday morning. He said he stood to one side to let a woman off the train as it pulled into Monument Station in central London, but the job hunter thought he was deliberately standing in the way. Hours later, the same man walked in for an interview with Mr Buckland at investment firm Forward Partners. Despite the heated exchange, the job seeker did not recognise his interviewer as soon as he arrived. So Mr Buckland asked him a few tube-related questions until the penny dropped. ‘I think it crept up on him slowly as my questions became more and more tube related.’ But he was not offered the job as Mr Buckland said he was not right for the role.”

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A good reply

February 20, 2015 at 4:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Salt-mine therapy: “They play basketball, table tennis and read books together in a quiet room, but this is no ordinary hangout for these children. They’re receiving special treatment for respiratory illnesses such as bronchial asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease nearly 1,400ft underground in Belarus. Each year, more than 7,000 children and adults head below Earth’s surface for speleotherapy in a former ore mine tunnel at an operational salt mine. Located near the town of Soligorsk, the National Speleotherapy Clinic treats patients in caves with a unique microclimate where the air is saturated with aerosol consisting of natrium, kalium and magnesium ions, according to Belarus’ government. Treatment courses are designed for 19 days and include up to 17 speleotherapy procedures. The government claims as many as 97 per cent of patients complete a course feeling much healthier, and 70 per cent of cases lead to remission that lasts from six months to 2.5 years.”

The bike that goes like a Bullitt: Incredibly rare canary yellow 1915 Cyclone motorcycle: “One of the world’s rarest motorbikes once owned by Steve McQueen is expected to raise as much as $750,000 at auction next month. The canary yellow 1915 Cyclone was among Hollywood star McQueen’s extensive collection of classic motorbikes when he died from cancer in 1980 aged 50. The Cyclone is one of the the most desirable motorbikes in the world due to its exclusivity – it was made for just three years between 1913 and 1916 and only six are known to exist today. They were built for board track racing, a popular motorsport where riders would compete around a huge bank-sided oval circuit similar in shape to a velodrome. The bikes, made without brakes, could hit record speeds of more than 110mph courtesy of a 996cc 45hp engine. Cyclones were sold for just $350 – the equivalent to about $7,000 today. But failures in various parts meant running costs were high and by 1916 the company behind them, the Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company, had folded. The Cyclone bike is tipped to fetch a staggering $750,000 when it goes under the hammer at Mecum Auctions in Las Vegas.”

The beauty therapy chocolate: “Chocolate has traditionally been a bit naughty… but nice. Now, however, it could have another benefit after scientists claim to have created the first ‘beauty chocolate’. The sweet treat will apparently smooth wrinkles, increase blood flow and help skin look radiant. Its creators claim eating one 7.5g bar a day of Esthechoc will have visible effects within just three weeks. The beauty claims come from its high levels of two antioxidants. Esthechoc is also only 38 calories per bar with a cocoa content of 72 per cent. However, it may fail to satisfy chocoholics as a bar is equivalent to just one square from a 45g bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, which weighs in at 240 calories. Esthechoc was developed from research originating at Cambridge University and will be unveiled at next month’s Global Food Innovation Summit in London.”

Muslim former prisoners allegedly too lazy to work: “Uruguay’s president has accused six former Guantanamo Bay inmates of lacking a work ethic and being ‘middle class’ for refusing to get jobs since arriving in the South American country three months ago. President Jose Mujica has appeared to criticise the men, who were locked up for more than 12 years in the American detainment camp in Cuba, saying they lacked a work ethic. The men arrived in Montevideo in December, after Mujica said his country would take them in and help them get resettled. The six, who were detained as suspected militants with ties to al-Qaeda in 2002 but were never charged, were cleared for release in 2009. But they were stuck in Guantanamo for the next five years because they could not be sent home – and no one wanted them, until Uruguay stepped into the breach. A labour union was drafted in to help find the men work, but it has since said the men have turned down jobs they have been offered. Local newspapers reported they were supposed to start work this month in the construction industry.

Mechanic wins innovation award after fixing vehicle … with a POTATO: “A breakdown mechanic fixed a 50-year-old Land Rover with a potato. AA patrolman Mario Papademetriou made the ingenious repair after being called out to a farm in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Initially, he tried to fix the broken condenser on the 1960s vintage Land Rover using tin foil and silicone repair tape, but this failed. Mr Papademetriou, 59, from Chingford, Essex, said: ‘As the vehicle was on a farm, there were a lot of vegetables around, so I thought I’d try wiring up a potato with a couple of screws to act as a condenser. ‘Amazingly, it started instantly, so I followed the owner to the garage and he said the vehicle had never driven so well!’ The owner made the 12-mile journey to the garage where the ignition system was properly repaired. Mr Papademetriou’s ingenuity saw him win the AA’s annual competition for most innovative roadside repair.”

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Cats are not very religious

February 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Teenager bullies ten-year-old boy… not knowing he is the son of Chinese mob boss who sends 30 thugs to beat him to a pulp in revenge: “A teenager who decided to teach a much younger boy a lesson by pushing him over in a park has been left with life changing injuries after a 30-strong mob took their revenge. Hsieh Feng, 18, is said to have pushed a 10-year-old boy over in a park in Kaohsiung city, southern Taiwan, because he was being rude. But what Hsieh had failed to realise was that the youngster was the son of a local gang boss, who did not take kindly to his pride and joy being beaten. Cheung – dragging his son along to help identify the boy who beat him – quickly spotted the teenager standing alongside a row of motorbikes outside local college. He then ordered the mob to attack him, using clubs, bats and their fists. Medics said Hsieh suffered internal injuries including extensive damage to his kidneys, which doctors fear may never heal.”

Self driving racing car beat a human driver: “It could be bad news for professional race car drivers – a self driving car has beaten one of their ranks for the first time. Researchers at Stanford have been working with Audi to develop a high speed self driving car. The team has designed an Audi TTS dubbed ‘Shelley’ which has been programmed to race on its own at speeds above 120 mph at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. It its latest test, it was pitted against David Vodden, the racetrack CEO and amateur touring class champion – and was faster by 0.4 of a second. Shelley knows exactly where she is on the road by using a differential GPS. Unlike a standard GPS system, hers corrects for interference in the atmosphere, showing the car’s position on the Earth with an accuracy of about 2 centimeters.

Circumcised men may soon be able to REGROW their foreskin: “Circumcised men may soon be able to undergo a procedure to re-grow their foreskin. A U.S. company says it is close to developing a method that will allow men’s foreskins to regenerate – much like a salamander is able to re-grow a limb. The procedure will help the growing number of men aggrieved about being circumcised before they had the capacity to consent to the procedure. These men – who call themselves ‘intactivists’ – are becoming increasingly vocal with their outrage at being circumcised. Many of them are congregating on forums on websites such as foreskin-restoration.net and circumstitions.com. Many complain that they experience de-sensitivity in the head of the penis and cannot enjoy sex in the same way as their non-circumcised peers. Medical experts are increasingly divided over whether circumcision should be performed.”

Candy burns a seven-year-old boy’s tongue: “When 7-year-old Lachlan Canak snuck in a sour lolly before breakfast he had no idea that he’d have to come clean to his mum. But when his tongue started burning after sucking on the ‘extreme sour’ flavoured Warhead candy before school on Monday he was forced to seek help. The Sydney boy placed the lolly, which contains ‘malic acid’ often found in extremely sour candy, on his tongue until he felt a burning feeling and rushed to show his mum Hayley. ‘He just yelled out to me and walked into the kitchen. He said his tongue hurt and showed me. It gave me goosebumps and I felt ill looking at it,’ Hayley told Daily Mail Australia. ‘I was so shocked. He looked in the mirror and equally was shocked. He was a little worried about the way it looked but I assured him that it would get better.’ The hard candy sweets, made in America by Impact Confections, come with a warning that ‘eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths.’ But the photos Hayley took of her son’s tongue show the lolly seemed to cause more harm than simply ‘irritation’”

Bride wrote scathing letter to her parents telling them they were not welcome at her wedding: “A bride’s letter uninviting her parents to her wedding has gone viral after she shared it on a social networking site. Alyssa Pearce, 23, from Adelaide, Australia, posted the anti-invite on the site ahead of her wedding to her husband Alex, 28, last year and it has since been shared thousands of times. In her original post Alyssa said a family fall-out drove her to run away from home at the age of 16. The PhD student, studying Applied Linguistics, said that despite the family’s history her parents were pushing for an invitation to her wedding. She wrote: ‘There was really only one way to respond.’ Alyssa then uploaded a picture of her wedding un-invitation printed on mottled paper in black type. In further comments, the bride – who married Alex, a student studying World Politics and International Relations, and French last year – went on to reveal that she hadn’t had any contact with her parents in seven years. She says she ran away from home after, what she claims, was a difficult relationship with her father.”

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