A rare sport

February 5, 2015 at 11:25 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Ancient humans were taking drugs – including magic mushrooms and opium – up to 10,600 years ago: “Opium, magic mushrooms and other psychoactive drugs have been used by humans for thousands of years, a study has revealed. An anthropologist has discovered that humans have been cultivating and using mood-altering substances since the Stone Age. Professor Elisa Guerra-Doce has compiled evidence from around the world that Neolithic people were taking drugs derived from cacti in 8,600BC and that they were cultivating opium poppies by around 6000BC. The professor, based at the University of Valladolid in Spain, said evidence of opium poppy farming has been found at La Marmotta, about 20 miles north west of Rome in Italy, a site occupied by Neolithic farmers around 6,000BC. There have been at least 17 finds of opium poppies from Neolithic settlements thoughout Switzerland, Germany and Spain. Alcoholic residues found in pottery and storage vessels suggest that ancient Eurasians drank fruity wines, beer made from barley and wheat and mead. They also consumed fermented drinks made from dairy products. The making of alcohol seems to originate in China in around 7,000BC.”

Norway planning to JAIL people who offer food, money or shelter to homeless people with new laws that also make begging illegal: “Norway has proposed a law which would make it illegal to help people begging in the street. The draft for the anti-begging law would not only make it a crime to to ask for money, but also to help those who beg. The rules will state that those offering money, food or shelter to beggars will also face up to a year in prison. Individual councils have been able to ban begging since last year, but now the centre-right government wants a nationwide ban. The proposed law would criminalise organised begging, making it punishable with a prison sentence of up to one year. Justice minister Vidar Brein-Karlsen, said the law was needed to outlaw those running begging networks as an organised business. He said: ‘We need to give the police the legal authority to crack down on people who arrange for beggars to get here, often in large groups.’ The bill has been sent out for consultation with a deadline of February 15th.”

‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ found in 1,500-year-old book: “An ancient gospel has been discovered in the pages of a diminutive book dating back to the 6th century. The text, dubbed the ‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ is written in Coptic and contains oracles that would have been used to provide support and reassurance to people seeking help for problems. It is not a gospel in the traditional sense, because it doesn’t predominantly teach about Christ, and its translator suggests that the discovery could rewrite the ancient definition and purpose of gospels. The text (pictured), dubbed the ‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ is written in Coptic and contains oracles that would have been used to provide support and reassurance to people seeking help for problems. The ancient book was given to Harvard University’s Sackler Museum in 1984 by Beatrice Kelekian, in memory of her husband Charles Dikran Kelekian. Her father-in-law Dikran Kelekian’s was said to be ‘an influential trader of Coptic antiquaries’, but the origin of the book is unknown.

Husband is forced to beg forgiveness by his wife when she finds out he hasn’t been giving her his ENTIRE pay packet: “These humbling scenes show what happened to one man who tried to keep back part of his salary from his wife. Kneeling with a sign around his neck, the man begs his wife for forgiveness in Hangzhou, the capital of eastern China’s Zhejiang Province. The unidentified man, who was stripped half-naked, made his very public apology in front of bemused onlookers. Holding a megaphone, he shouted: ‘I did wrong,’ while begging for forgiveness in the middle of the street. As a crowd gathered, the man kept shouting, ‘My dear, I am wrong. I for sure will submit my whole wage to you.'”

Lamb goes on daily walks and wags her tail as she thinks she is a sheep dog: “Going on daily walks, wagging her tail and leaping about in the snow, this is the lamb who now thinks she is a sheep dog after being raised by Border Collies in the Scottish Highalnds. Hilarious footage shows 10-month-old lamb Pet adopting a bizarre running style as she tries to keep up with the pack of sheep dogs on her owners croft farm in Ullapool in Ross-shire. Pet was taken under the wing of the Collies when owner Mairi Mackenzie brought the young sheep into the croft house after she struggled to survive following her birth in April last year. She then instantly bonded with her fellow housemates and was ‘adopted’ by a sheep dog called Dice and even began sleeping in a dog basket. Now she behaves more like a dog than a lamb and even tries to wag her tail and loves nothing more than going on daily walks with all of the dogs. Pet’s owners say they will never get rid of her because she has forged an unbreakable bond with the other dogs. ‘I don’t think we’ll ever get rid of her – the oldest dog would be gutted.’

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