July 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Super-jet is a dud: “It’s the most expensive weapon in history but America’s F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 – meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever – and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, which was staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35’s ability in close-range combat at 10,000 to 30,000 feet. Both the F-35 pilot and the F-16 pilot were attempting to ‘shoot down’ the other. But, according to the F-35 pilot’s report, the jet performed so appallingly that he deemed it completely inappropriate for fighting other aircraft within visual range. He reported that the F-35 – designed by Lockheed Martin – was at a ‘distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement’ despite the F-16 being weighed down by two drop tanks for extra fuel. The F-35 pilot reported a number of aerodynamic problems — resulting in the plane being too cumbersome to dodge enemy fire. [Better not go to war with Russia just yet]

Leopard has second thoughts about having a porcupine for dinner: “A leopard looking for a meal has come off second best after it was spiked by a porcupine’s sharp quills while attempting to catch it for lunch. Despite the fact leopards often come off second best to porcupines, they are enticed by the creatures and are regularly seen trying to catch them. The curious leopard was photographed in the national park as it first noticed the unusual looking creature. Thinking it may have found a meal, it then cautiously approaches the porcupine, appearing unsure of how best to kill it. When the leopard decided to test the waters and extends its claws to the lumbering porcupine, it is met with a shock by its sharp quills. Soon after being pricked on the paw, the leopard realised it was perhaps more trouble than it was worth and beat a hasty retreat.”

Is this drink the Red Bull killer?: “MOVE over, Red Bull. This German upstart is being billed as the healthier version of the popular energy drink. It’s called Club-Mate, and it doesn’t taste very good. But celebrities are tweeting about it, foodies are raving about it, and after years developing a cult following among techies and all-night partiers, the hipster drink is going mainstream. Club-Mate, pronounced “Club Mat-eh”, is a caffeinated carbonated drink made from the South American yerba-mate plant, brewed by the Löscher Brewery in Germany. “It tastes like a soft drink, but not as sweet,” the website explains. “It features a unique combination of caffeine and tannins, it’s stimulating but doesn’t make you fidgety.” It’s become a fixture at hipster bars in fashionable US cities, where patrons drink down to a specific point on the bottle neck, which is then topped up with spirits.”

Why A-listers have stopped showing skin on the beach: “GOODBYE, skimpy yellow polka-dot bikini. This season, the must-have swimsuit is a long-sleeve, full-coverage spandex number called a rash guard or rash top, often paired with bikini bottoms. It’s a look that’s currently adored by a bevy of Victoria’s Secret models, from Miranda Kerr to Alessandra Ambrosio to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Blake Lively are fans. And Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop newsletter recently touted a Breton-inspired version from Lands’ End for $45. It’s a swimwear option surfers and parents of school-aged kids have known about for years. The name “rash guard” comes from the protection it provides against sunburn and abrasions from surfing. (They can be worn over a bikini top or in place of one.) But over the past several summer seasons, the pragmatic rash guard has gone from protection convenience to major style object — after all, who wouldn’t want to look like a hard-core surfer or paddleboarder?

Japanese railway feline mourned and elevated into a goddess: “TAMA the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy. Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22. During Sunday’s Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, Tama became a goddess. The Shinto religion, indigenous to Japan and practised by many Japanese, has a variety of gods including animals. A stand outside the station was heaped with bouquets, canned tuna and other gifts left by thousands of Tama fans who came to pray from around the country. Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine in August.”

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