Not so smart

March 14, 2015 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Groom is rejected at the altar by bride after he proved he couldn’t add up: “A blundering Indian groom was dumped at the altar by his bride-to-be after he failed to solve a simple maths problem. The woman walked out of the ceremony after her would-be husband revealed his appalling arithmetic skills moments before they said ‘I do.’ She had asked him to add up 15 + 6 and he wrongly replied that the answer was 17. ‘The groom’s family kept us in the dark about his poor education,’ said Mohar Singh, the bride’s father. ‘Even a first grader can answer this.’ Most marriages in India are arranged by the families of the bride and groom. The groom’s family tried persuading the woman to return, but she refused. Local police were called in to mediate between the families and both sides returned all the gifts and jewelry that had been exchanged before the wedding, Kumar said.

World’s first successful PENIS transplant: “A 21-year-old man has undergone the world’s first successful penis transplant. The ‘ground-breaking’ operation took South African surgeons nine hours to perform, and allowed the patient to urinate normally and become sexually active again. Three years ago the man, who remains unidentified, was forced to have his penis amputated after a botched circumcision. Each year thousands of young men, mainly from the Xhosa tribe in South Africa, have their foreskins removed in traditional rituals, with experts estimating around 250 losing their penises each year to medical complications. The operation was carried out by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, using a penis donated from a deceased person. Professor André van der Merwe, head of the University’s Division of Urology, said they were surprised by the patient’s rapid recovery. ‘It was a privilege to be part of this first successful penis transplant in the world.’

British Keystone Kops again: “A Comic Relief fundraiser sparked a large-scale police alert when he was seen walking along a busy road in full camouflage carrying a ‘large rifle’. Armed police, a helicopter and patrol cars were called to the Whitefriars area of Norwich after members of the public raised the alarm this morning. But officers have now revealed that the man, who lives locally, was just on his way to a fundraising event in a costume complete with a toy AK47. Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said the man surrendered the ‘weapon’ and was ‘apologetic and very embarrassed’. ‘He surrendered the weapon which was an imitation firearm. It was a plastic model AK47 which he had painted himself to make it more realistic.

British woman reunited with lost car two days after she forgot where she had parked it: “A woman has been reunited with her brand new car after she launched a social media [Facebook] appeal for help after forgetting where she had parked it for a job interview. Fallon Jerome, 21, completely forgot where she had parked her white Seat Ibiza following an interview with Homecare 4U at Brookfield House, in Stockport, on Wednesday. The carer, who had driven all the way from Southampton, had only bought the £4,000 Seat Ibiza a few days earlier. After three hours retracing her steps, she contacted police and the local council who confirmed the car had neither been involved in a crime or towed away. Frustrated, Miss Jerome took her appeal to social media to ask for help in finding the car. And Samantha Taylor, 30, responded after recognising the car and the area it was parked from the description provided. Miss Jerome said she was embarrassed by the fuss but touched by the warm response she had received. She said: ‘I feel so stupid but am really happy to find it, it was such a worry.”

When 300 is the magic number: “Not too long ago, a £300 handbag or dress would have been considered the height of extravagance: designer items for the wealthy elite, and far beyond the reach of most ordinary women. How is it, then, that £300 has become the so-called ‘sweet spot’ for brands, garnering the sort of sales figures that could never be achieved with peddling small quantities of ultra-luxurious items to the super-rich? Well, it seems fashion has remembered the middle classes, because the ‘£300 Club’ is being touted by fashion insiders as the future for an industry that only a couple of years ago seemed intent on pushing its prices into the stratosphere. And while few women would impulse-purchase items at this price — when the average monthly spend on clothing and footwear is less than £100 per household — there are enough takers to have hugely boosted the sales of companies such as Michael Kors and Tory Burch. These are long-anticipated purchases that, at around the £300 mark, can be just about rationalised by the middle classes as investments or well-deserved treats — something that could never be said of, say, a £2,500 classic Chanel.”

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