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July 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Imagination makes you fat: “Scientists have discovered that obese people can imagine smells more vividly than those who are slim. They believe differences in our ability to dream up odours – especially those that whet the appetite – may play a role in food cravings. Previous research has shown that food cravings occur more often in obese individuals. Researchers theorised that having a vivid imagination when it comes to smell may intensify desire for food by conjuring stronger thoughts of flavours and aromas. People are known to vary greatly in their ability to imagine smells of all kinds, whether it be baked bread, chocolate or the sweet scent of roses. In the study, volunteers completed a series of questionnaires that asked them to imagine both visual and odour cues and then rate their vividness. Participants with a higher body mass index (BMI) reported a greater ability to imagine both food and non-food odours vividly.

Would YOU eat possum pie?: “Dozens of disturbed possum lovers have vowed to boycott a hotel restaurant that has put the Australian marsupial on the menu. Leonie Clayton, the chef and owner of the Comfort Inn at Stawell in Victoria, is currently offering guests the option of possum cassoulet for dinner after a brief period of serving possum pie. But despite being slammed by critics, Ms Clayton says she has not been deterred from continuing her cooking experiments, assuring that all the meat she cooks with is ethically sourced. ‘The culled possums are from Tasmania – I verified that with the suppliers. I wouldn’t use any animals like that unethically and I would never use an endangered species. ‘I love animals, but being a chef – meat is meat. All over the world we eat different things: some areas eat cats and dogs, I wouldn’t dream of doing that. ‘Aboriginal people early on ate possum and I can’t see the harm as long as you’re not going out to kill possums just for the sake of killing.'”

A real loser: “A US MAN has been killed after he jumped into an alligator-infested marina, having screamed “f*** that alligator” only moments before his death. Tommie Woodward suffered severe trauma injuries when he was attacked at a private marina in Southeast Texas. Police said the local man, aged 33, was with a woman at the time of the attack and it’s believed she jumped into the water after hearing his screams for help. “He said, ‘f**** the alligators’ and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told KDFM. Marina employee Michelle Wright said she pleaded with him not to go in the water and then witnessed his death. “Next thing I know this girl is screaming and an alligator’s got him,” Wright told KDFM. “I saw his body floating face down and then he’s up there for a couple seconds and then he gets dragged back down and pulled off.” He’s the first person to be killed by an alligator in Texas since 1836.

A loud lady: “Scores of Wimbledon viewers have complained over the ear-splitting grunts during Sharapova’s latest match – claiming they were so loud they had to mute their televisions. Former champion Sharapova withstood some hard hitting from American Coco Vandeweghe as she screamed her way to a 6-3 6-7 6-2 victory. There was no let up later in the day, when Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus played each other on Centre Court. Azarenka, 25, who makes a short, sharp cry, has been recorded producing a sound of 83.5 decibels while Williams, 33, has reached 88.9 decibels. Sharapova has the loudest shriek, however, at an incredible 101 decibels, the same deafening level of noise causes by a pneumatic drill, an aeroplane landing or a speeding train. Grunting from the age of four, the player has previously revealed she is not sure whether the noises actually helped her game or not.

IT company forced to apologise and pull its advertising campaign after its wombat logo was mistaken for a PIG by Muslims: “An adorable wombat mascot has been mistaken for a pig by offended Malaysian locals whose protests have led an Australian company to abandon their advertisement. Servcorp, a company that sells serviced office spaces and provides IT services, was forced to apologise and explain what a wombat was on its Facebook page after Muslims participating in Ramadan complained about the imagery. ‘Servcorp is an Australian company and uses the Wombat as its company mascot – the wombat itself is a small furry bear like animal that belongs to the Koala Bear family and is native to Australia – It would seem that some people mistook the wombat for a pig and during the holy month of Ramadan this might lead to some sensitivities. ‘Despite the advertisement depicting a wombat and having the prior approval of DBKL (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) the advertisement has now been removed.’

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