Good to get that straight

March 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Irish thief is knocked out after he throws a brick at a car window which then rebounds and strikes him in the head: “A dozy car thief was knocked clean out after he tried to steal a new Mercedes coupe from outside a pub by throwing a brick at the driver’s side window which bounced back, striking him in the head. The thief was found lying in the road near the Pheasant Bar by the pub’s owner who automatically assumed that the man had been injured in hit-and-run. However, when Gerry Brady asked the man what happened, he said he had been ‘attacked’ but did not want to call the police or an ambulance. Soon, it emerged what had happened when Mr Brady and his partner noticed some damage to the paintwork on his new car. He told the Irish Examiner newspaper: ‘My partner then noticed the damage to her car, I had a look at the Merc and could see dents on it. We got the cops and they took him away after we showed them the CCTV. ‘We have the whole thing on CCTV, and it’s quite hilarious.'”

The twins that EVERYONE can tell apart!: “One has straight ginger hair, a fair complexion and deep blue eyes. The other has masses of curls, far darker skin and her eyes are a sparkling brown. With such opposing looks it’s hard to believe this striking pair are sisters. But they are much more than that – they are twins. The girls were born with radically different colouring thanks to a quirk of their mixed-race parentage. Lucy and Maria Aylmer’s mother Donna is half Jamaican and their father Vince is white, and together they managed to produce one white twin and one black twin. Non-identical twins come from separate eggs, so inherit different genes. The girls’ half-Jamaican mother carries genes for both white and black skin. By chance, Lucy will have inherited genes for white skin and Maria will have genes that code for black skin. People with Afro-Caribbean heritage often have some European DNA, dating back in many cases to the slave trade. This increases the chance of them passing on a gene for white skin to at least one twin.

Desperate fatty: “A woman has defended her decision to send $1.4 million to her online lover in Africa – who she has never met. Twice-divorced Sarah met Chris Olsen online 18 months ago. Though the mysterious man’s accent has changed over time, and he keeps asking for money to be wired to various different countries, Sarah insists she is ’95 per cent certain’ that he is telling her the truth. Despite his numerous attempts to come home so they can be together, she says, he keeps getting arrested on false charges. In an interview with Dr Phil, Sarah explained that they speak for hours on the phone each day. She described the moment they met on the internet: ‘An attractive person came on there and said “wow you look like you wouldn’t hurt a fly”. I said “wow this guy’s really handsome, I can’t believe he’s talking to me!”‘ He told her he was called Chris Olsen, who hailed from Milan but moved to the U.S. 18 years ago. Currently, she says, he is based in Africa on business, and has been for more than a year and a half. When they met he said he was in South Africa. Last June, she even had to sell an apartment she owned to wire him $550,000 bail.”

Singer jumps off stage to save man in audience: “Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall leaped from the stage during her band’s Soundwave set in Brisbane on Sunday to help a fan pinned to the ground and choked by security guards. The fan, according to testimony from festival goers, had crowd-surfed to the front of the stage and ended up on the other side of the front fence. Pictures and a video recorded in the crowd appear to show at least one security with his hand around the pinned fan’s throat. Ms McDougall pleads with the guards to let go of the fan, repeatedly telling them ‘he’s cool’ before attempting to physically get free the crowd surfer. The singer can be heard telling security to ‘get the f*** outta here,’ as she tries to help the fan back to his feet. Security guards eventually released the man, who got a hug and high-five from the lead singer for his efforts before she climbed back on stage to continue the performance.”

Dogs bred from wolves helped humans take over from Neanderthal rivals in Europe 40,000 years ago: “Humans paired up with dogs as early as 40,000 BC, it is claimed, giving us such an advantage in hunting that it prompted the wipeout of our Neanderthal rivals. The controversial theory has been put forward in a new book by leading anthropologist Pat Shipman of Pennsylvania State University. She has challenged the common scientific view that wolves were only domesticated just over 10,000 years ago, after early humans had already asserted a strong foothold in Europe. Instead, she said, humans began taming and breeding wolves – leading to the pets we know today – soon after they arrived on the continent from Africa up to 70,000 years ago. At the time, our close genetic relatives the Neanderthals were dominant in Europe, fighting for survival as they hunted creatures such as woolly mammoths with primitive tools. But soon afterwards the rival species died out, leaving a clear path for the homo sapiens that make up today’s humans. ‘Early wolf-dogs would have tracked and harassed animals like elk and bison and would have hounded them until they tired. Then humans would have killed them with spears or bows and arrows. ‘Then we shared the meat. It was a win-win situation.’

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