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February 13, 2015 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Father was ‘made to feel like a paedophile’ by school that ordered him to leave phone at reception in case he took pictures of other children: “A father-of-six claimed he was made to feel like a paedophile after being forced to hand over his phone during a visit to his daughter’s primary school. David Burns walked out of Tregolls School in Truro, Cornwall, after staff told him to leave his mobile phone at reception in case he took unauthorised photos of children. The 56-year-old hit out at the school’s policy, saying staff ‘couldn’t treat the whole world like paedophiles’. But the school defended its decision and said the rule had been introduced as the ‘ultimate safeguarding solution’. Mr Burns and wife Amy had gone to the school to see a display of their 10-year-old daughter Jasmine’s artwork. When he was told to leave his phone, he explained to staff that he needed to be constantly available in case his eldest son George, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, had to contact him.”

The toddler who looks like an angel: Oliver, two, has rare skin condition that gives him ‘wings’: “Every parent thinks of their own offspring as a little angel. But for Matt and Stephanie Brown the comparison is closer than most. Their two-year-old son Oliver was born with a rare skin condition that makes him look like he has feathered wings across his upper back. The unusual mark runs half way down his spine from his hairline and across his shoulder blades. But it must be checked by doctors at least every three months, his wings may turn lethal. Oliver was at birth diagnosed with Congenital Melanocytic Naevi (CMN) – oversized moles or birthmarks which affect just one person in every hundred. Despite the diagnosis Oliver is likely to live a full and healthy life, but he must be careful: children with particularly large marks are at increased risk of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer.

Loyal dog ‘Cissy’ runs away from her home, travels 20 blocks, turns up INSIDE hospital and finds her cancer-stricken owner: “Cissy has never run away from home before. But on Saturday the miniature schnauzer from Iowa did, in order to find the person that is home. Cissy disappeared from her yard in Cedar Rapids, only to show up about 20 blocks away at Mercy Medical Center. Her owner, Nancy Franck, has been at the hospital for the last two weeks, after undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer. But it remains a mystery how the dog managed to find her way back to her beloved ‘mom’. ‘We looked up and there was this dog just that was just running across the lobby,’ Mercy Security Officer Samantha Conrad told KCRG. ‘We started looking at the tags and it had the address and we saw how far away this dog had lived, as far as going at least fifteen blocks to get here. The security guard used the dog’s tags to call Nancy’s husband, Dale Franck.”

Hi-tech police vehicle: “PC Mark Ellis is unlikely to catch many miscreants on his DIY police bike – but at least it raises a smile. The pedalling PC has tarted up his ancient bike using blue flashing lights from an old firearms car and a whirling blue light from an old military police vehicle. He covered the frame in blue and white police-type checkers, and while it has a horn and not a siren, the bike does feature POLICE signs on the front and rear. The souped-up ride even has a speed gun to catch unwary motorists- which is powered by a battery box at the back. But with only three gears, PC Ellis admits he would have difficulty chasing anyone up hills. Residents were stunned to see their local police officer cycle past on his DIY police bike with blue flashing lights. PC Ellis said: ‘It’s not what you call a normal bike. ‘It’s hard work to ride it, it’s a bit of an old bone shaker’. The officer was given the bike when he first joined Suffolk Police in 1988 but it had been gathering dust until they were reunited last week.

How AGE affects our taste in food: We only start liking olives, anchovies and blue cheese in our twenties: “Sophisticated adults love to dine on olives, blue cheese and anchovies – but many hated these foods as a child. Now, experts have discovered the ‘gastronomic watershed’ – the age at which we start to like ‘grown-up foods’. A survey discovered the average person is aged 22 when they start to appreciate more complex, stronger flavours like goats cheese, chilli sauce and avocado. Babies are born with innate cravings for sweet things, as our mother’s milk is packed with sugar and fat. Infants have around 30,000 tastebuds in their mouths, so strong tastes will be much more intense for a child. By the time we become adults, only a third of these taste buds remain, mostly on our tongues. This explains why we can then tolerate and enjoy stronger tastes. According the survey, many of us find it difficult to appreciate the taste of strong tasting fish like mackerel during childhood and even throughout our teen years. And mature cheeses fared no better, with most people aged 21 before they appreciated parmesan and aged 22 before they liked to eat blue cheese.”

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