Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world

May 10, 2015 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bagger 288, built by the German company Krupp for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun, is a bucket-wheel excavator or mobile strip mining machine

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Diabetic? One quick trip to the optician’s could save your…leg: “It’s the place you’d expect to find short and long-sighted people milling around trying on new glasses. But the High Street optician could soon be the go-to place for diabetics, for a quick test to diagnose a condition that puts them at risk of losing a limb – and even early death. The two-minute test, which uses a probe with a camera attached to scan the eye for early signs of nerve damage, can also reveal if the patient has suffered similar damage in the hands or feet. Diabetics are at high risk of nerve damage, known as neuropathy, if they have persistently high blood sugar levels. They suffer damage to nerves that transmit impulses to and from the brain and spinal cord, muscles, skin, blood vessels and other organs. This can lead to amputations if not caught early enough. There is also a risk of early death if the nerves in the heart are affected. Researchers now hope the opticians’ test will become part of the annual diabetic eye check and help drive down an estimated 100 diabetes-related amputations that occur in the UK every week.”

Remarkable tongue: “Adrianne Lewis, from Michigan, says her tongue is an unbelievable four inches long, giving her the unique ability to not only lick her nose, chin and elbow but also – shockingly – her eye. Her reptile-like appendage has gained global recognition after a photo of it went viral online. She is currently in talks with Guinness World Records and waiting to see find out if she has defeated the current record holder Nick Stoeberl, whose tongue reaches just 3.9 inches. Adrianne said: ‘I feel as though I may have inherited it but I think with time and me sticking out my tongue a lot as a kid could have stretched it. ‘My mum, grandmother and my great grandfather all had very long tongues. ‘In elementary school I was made fun of a lot – I would just flick my tongue in bullies’ faces and freak them out.’ Adrianne, from Twin Lake, always knew she had a long tongue but decided to submit herself to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not franchise when she was 13 years old.”

British Keystone Kops found student’s stolen £4,000 motorbike – then auctioned it off by mistake: “Police have been forced to pay £4,000 compensation after they mistakenly sold a student’s stolen motorbike to a new owner because they wrote down the wrong ID number when logging the crime. Niall McLeod’s green Kawasaki trail bike was stolen in September 2013 from Dalry, Edinburgh, and he reported the theft to police – but they didn’t take the vehicle registration number (VRN) down correctly. This meant that when it was found in nearby West Pilton two weeks later, they couldn’t match it with the details that Mr McLeod provided. As the months went on, he lost hope if it ever being returned, despite the fact police had already found it. The police ended up selling the bike at an auction for unclaimed vehicles. The police tried to fob Mr McLeod off with £1,000 but he refused it as the bike was worth up to £3,200 and he was eventually awarded £4,000, with the extra awarded for ‘inconvenience’. They couldn’t get the bike back because the buyer, from Galashiels, Borders, had bought it legitimately.”

Handgun found in prisoner’s ‘butt cheeks’ during jail search: “A gun was found in a prisoner’s ‘butt cheeks’ during a cavity search, police have revealed. Darquan R. Lee, 21, was being booked into Cumberland County Jail in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on a contempt of court warrant when the weapon was discovered. When he arrived at a police station he asked to use the bathroom, but when officers said he would be patted down and searched beforehand, he quickly decided he didn’t need to go. Jailers were warned Lee could be hiding contraband, but during a search they found the .25-caliber automatic handgun ‘shoved’ between his butt cheeks. The weapon had been reported stolen by Alabama police. After the handgun was recovered, Lee was also charged with possession of a weapon; unlawful possession of a weapon; certain persons not to have a weapon and receiving stolen property. He is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail without bail.

Chinese billionaire takes 6,400 staff on holiday to Paris and Cote d’Azur: “A Chinese billionaire has taken 6,400 of his staff on a four day holiday to France which finished with a world-record breaking human chain in the Cote D’Azur. Tiens Group Company Chairman Li Jinyuan booked up 140 hotels in Paris where the group visited the Louvre and various cultural sites in one of the world’s most famous and revered cities. The huge group of tourists then made their way to the glamorous Cote D’Azur, where Li Jinyuan booked 4,760 rooms in 79 four-and five-star hotels in Cannes and Monaco. It took 147 buses to take the tourists from their hotels to the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, where Guinness World Record officials where on hand to validate the world’s biggest ever human chain. The 6,400 employees arranged themselves to spell out the phrase ‘Tiens’ dream is Nice in the Cote d’Azur’, to celebrate 20 years of partnership between the Chinese company and the French region. France is expected to be 33million Euros better off thanks to the all-expenses-paid staff trip.”

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