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

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

“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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