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March 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Erk! A drug to turn blue eyes brown: “The drug began life as Lumigan, a treatment for glaucoma, a disease in which fluid builds up inside the eyeball, exerting dangerous pressure. But patients using Lumigan found that a side effect was that their lashes grew extremely long – so the manufacturers effectively repackaged the same drug in a different bottle, as a product aimed at the cosmetic market: Latisse. It seems Latisse contains the active ingredient bimatoprost, a type of chemical known as a prostaglandin, and it is known to cause changes to eye colour. Allergan admits it ‘can cause increased brown colouring of the iris, which may be permanent’. But how big is the risk? Digging through online medical libraries, I was horrified to discover that prostaglandins used to treat glaucoma have been found to trigger iris colour change in up to 50 per cent of patients.”

Some Australian companies are banning emails: “Emails have become the norm within the workplace but they are now being banned at some Australian companies as it is seen to be the cause of stress and misunderstandings among staff. Face-to-face interaction or instant messaging has become the preferred means of communication among these employees in order to de-clutter their inbox and create better working relationships. One director also says his team has been advised against sending emails to each other during out of office hours, including weekends. Nathan Schokker, the director of facilities management service provider Talio, says he implemented this new rule six months ago and has already seen a positive difference in the workplace. The policy was introduced to his 30 staff members in Brisbane after particular instances which caused unnecessary pressure, conflict and disagreements. ‘I also found that it is hard to imply the correct tone in an email so there were often instances where staff were offended by emails sent by other colleagues or felt like they were being unfairly treated”.

Man attempts to commit suicide by jumping into a lake because he was being forced to marry an ugly bride: “A Chinese groom was so upset at being forced to marry an ugly bride that he tried to commit suicide. Police officers were called to a lake in the city of Shiyan in the central Hubei province, after receiving reports that a man had been spotted attempting to kill himself by drowning. Describing the moment he discovered the groom, police officer Hou Kunshan said: ‘I saw a man floating in the water face down. We couldn’t see his condition but when I got closer I could see that it was rather serious.’ The police officer immediately dived straight into the water to save the drowning man – not even taking them time to remove his jacket before doing so. He was taken to the local hospital for observations and is now expected to make a full recovery. Police officers later asked the groom why he attempted to commit suicide and he revealed that he was being pressured into an arranged marriage that he was very unhappy about.

Toddler wanted to go to a bar: “A young boy was in need of a fix that only his local pub could provide. Filmed at home in London, the 20-month-old boy named Max stands in front of his mother with tears streaming down his cheeks. He urges her and his father to take him to the local pub – where he usually receives sweets and hot chocolate – instead of the doctor’s surgery. After allowing him to catch his breath, his mother asks him to tell his father – who is presumably the recipient of the recording – why he is crying. The boy replies with the rather blunt and humorous answer, ‘Pub’, to which his mother retorts: ‘No, but we have to go to the doctors.’ Refusing to back down, Max continues to suggest the pair go the pub until his mother offers a compromise. She says: ‘OK, you know what? When daddy gets home we will ask him. We will ask him if you can go to the pub later.’ Please with her response, although not entirely convinced, the youngster immediately reminds his mother to ask. According to Max’s father, Oliver Bath, he normally takes his son out of the house and down to the local pub to give Max’s mum some peace and quiet”.

Cute companions Fugly the pug and KFC the chick are inseparable: “It is a friendship that wouldn’t be out of place in a children’s book. Fugly the pug and KFC the chick won’t leave each other’s sides, after they struck up an unlikely companionship. The fluffy yellow chick and brown-haired puppy can often be spotted doing their favourite activities together – cuddling, sleeping and with KFC tucked under Fugly’s paws. Fugly’s owner Tim Ho took the cute pictures and said he and his neighbour had bought the animals as pets around the same time. They decided to introduce them to each other to see what would happen – and to their surprise KFC and Fugly bonded almost immediately. Tim said: ‘As soon as they were let loose, KFC would follow Fugly everywhere.”

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