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April 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Award-winning marmalade maker forced to close down – after losing her SMELL: “An award-winning marmalade maker has been forced to shut down after spending eight hours a day over vats of boiling jam left her unable to smell. Melanie Moss, 41, has spent the last four years working over 12 hot bubbling pans for at least eight hours a day in a kitchen at 60 per cent humidity. But after winning various jam and marmalade awards, she’s now been forced to shut down after the process left her with swollen sinuses which put her in extreme pain. Mrs Moss was pursuing a passion when she started her business four years ago and she regularly produced up to 700 jars a week. But she started suffering with severe pains in her nose and throbbing headaches. She has now recovered and is about to start a new venture with popcorn – which doesn’t require her to work in such high heat and humidity. And now her sense of smell has returned, she’s promised to take lessons from the experience.” Melanie, who lives with her husband Bob, a 41-year-old software developer, won six World Marmalade awards and two Great Taste awards with her business Wolds Cottage Kitchen”.

Japan’s terrifying rollercoaster bridge: “The Eshima Ohashi bridge in Japan – the third largest of its kind in the world – rises sharply so ships can pass underneath. The concrete road bridge spans a mile across Lake Nakaumi, linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. The two-lane concrete road bridge stretches 1.7km or just over 1 mile long and has a width of 11.4 metres making it the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world. Its incredible slope, which has a gradient of 6.1 per cent on the Shimane Prefecture side and 5.1 per cent on the Tottori Prefecture side gives it a rollercoaster-like appearance. The unusual steep bridge was recently featured in a commercial for Daihatsu Motor Co.’s Tanto minivan to test the vehicle’s durability.”

Dumb broad: “A SINGLE mother has been fired from her job — before she even started it — after posting a Facebook rant about children that quickly made its way to her new boss. Kaitlyn Walls, 27, was hours away from starting work at a Texas child care centre when she decided to update her Facebook status. Bad decision. “I start my new job today but I absolutely hate working at day cares,” she wrote. “Lol it’s all good I just really hate being around a lot of kids.” Within minutes, everybody in The Colony, Ms Walls’ hometown, was talking about her post — including her boss-to-be at The Colony Preschool and Child Care Center, who rang her a short time later to tell her not to bother coming in that day. “I’m a single mom trying to get out on my own”, Ms Walls told CBS. “I really needed (that job) really bad. “It really was a big mistake. I don’t hate children. I have my own … I love her.”

Chinese beauty contestants walk along 2000m high boardwalk: “CONTESTANTS in a Chinese beauty pageant were asked to walk along a 2,000 metre high boardwalk wearing bikinis and high heels, to test their composure while under pressure. The uneven boardwalk sits along the side of the Luanchuan Laojun mountain in Henan Province, central China, and is only one-metre wide. Eight women completed the challenge as part of the annual Miss Bikini of the Universe contest, which has been running since 2005. One of the contestants, Yang Ningqing, told Shanghaiist: “First of all, it allowed us to become more courageous, and second it allowed us to practice our most fundamental skills. This catwalk, even though it was a very crude catwalk, allowed us to show off our most beautiful posture.”

The saddest owl in the world: “Move over grumpy cat – a wildlife photographer’s picture of a miserable owl forced to stand in the pouring rain has gone viral. Internet viewers have unofficially crowned the morose-looking owl as the ‘world’s saddest owl.’ Shamma Esoof, 28, took the photograph at Penang Bird Park in Malaysia and it went on to win first place in the Duggak Capture the Moment Photo Contest. She explained: ‘I shot this precious moment on a rainy monsoon day. I stood in ankle deep rainwater and shared a silent conversation with this shivering wet owl. ‘We stared at each other for a long while. Its deep intelligent eyes and sad demeanor changed my perception of birds forever. The owl is believed to be a baby Malay fish owl, a species found anywhere from southern Burma and India through south-east Asia, as far as Java, Bali and Borneo. Feasting on mice, rats, large insects and seafood, the species of owl measures up to about half a metre in length.”

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