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June 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

New chlamydia vaccine ‘roots out and destroys the STI, the most common cause of infertility’: “Scientists are close to developing a vaccine that guards against the most common cause of infertility. Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, often has no noticeable symptoms. But the damage it can cause to fallopian tubes – which carry fertilised eggs to the womb – can lead to childlessness. In all, it affects 100 million people each year. In 2012, 206,912 people tested positive for chlamydia in England, with 64% of people diagnosed with the disease under 25 years old. It is also a common cause of ectopic pregnancy – where the fertilised egg lodges outside the womb – the leading cause of death during the first three months of pregnancy. Now researchers from Harvard Medical School have developed a vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted disease that has shown success in trials in mice. Chlamydia is normally treated with antibiotics and can be detected by a urine test.”

Woman limbos UNDER A CAR : “How flexible are you? Chances are, your ability to bend doesn’t even come close to what this girl can do. Shemika Charles, 22, is so agile that she can limbo under a car, a feat which has just earned the Buffalo, New York, native her second world record. ‘The clearance is around nine inches but certain parts are lower than others so it took a lot of concentration and controlled breathing,’ she told Barcroft TV. ‘I want to do it again.’ Shemika, who calls herself the ‘Limbo Queen’, started practicing her skill when she was 14. She took after her mom Sherrie, who was a limbo dancer for 16 years – though Sherrie could only ever get down to three feet. ‘I saw that I had a really unique talent for it,’ Shemika said. She continued to improve as she got older, which has involved practicing for ‘around six hours a day’ for the past four years. In 2010, she set the Guinness World Record during an appearance on Live! With Regis and Kelly, where she limboed eight and a half inches from the floor – which is about the height of a beer bottle.

WWI U-Boat Propeller Returned to German Navy: “A brass propeller from the first U-Boat to be sunk a century ago has been given back to the country it belongs to, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The propeller from the German World War I submarine U-8 was handed over by the MCA to members of the current Navy during a handover ceremony on the German Naval vessel Karlsruhe in the Portsmouth Naval Base. The propeller, recovered along with other historical items following a number of seizures of illegally recovered dive artifacts in the Kent area in 2014, came into the care of the U.K.’s Receiver of Wreck, Alison Kentuck, but is now returned to its original owner. Head of Coastal operations for the MCA, Charles Ball, said, “This shows how times have changed. We can transfer this historical artifact back to our friends, not just in commemoration of the sacrifices suffered by both nations, but also in celebration of what we have achieved since then.”

Busybody cyclist confronts woman eating bowl of cereal in her car: “Cyclist David Williams, 47, had to perform a double take when he passed a red Land Rover on a busy high street, after catching the woman eating her breakfast behind the wheel. He called her “bloody ridiculous” after pulling over to find her with one hand on the steering wheel and the other clutching a bowl of cereal. Caught on the cycling instructor’s helmet camera, the footage shows the woman as she sat in her Land Rover Discovery in traffic in Hampton Court, Surrey, at around 8.45am on Tuesday. On his Youtube account he wrote “I’ve seen some astonishing things in my life on a bike but this is the most remarkable. She shamelessly refuses to put the bowl down after I challenge her!” [It shows how jammed British traffic can be]

A great kid. She’ll go far: “A Tennessee couple expecting to be the only ones puckering up behind the camera on their wedding day got a surprise when the 4-year-old flower girl stole a kiss of her own. As Michelle Hall and Anthony Palmer, of Knoxville, geared up to become husband and wife on June 13, Hall’s 4-year-old daughter, Anderson, was sure the big day was about her. ‘She was calling herself the bride the whole day,’ photographer Leah Bullard told WBIR of the little girl, noting her ‘bubbly’ personality. So, when Bullard arranged the bridal party for photos, telling the bride and groom to kiss, Anderson, naturally, thought the photographer was referring to her. The 4-year-old leaned in and kissed the ring bearer, a small boy she called ‘Ikey,’ as her mother and Palmer shared a kiss of their own. Bullard said the bridal party erupted in laughter at the little girl’s display and when she attempted to get another shot — without the kids’ kiss — the little girl ‘really went for it,’ planting another kiss on little Ikey’s lips, according to the Detroit Free Press.”

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