More jokes for brainy people

July 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Chinese tourists leave shelves empty in tiny Japanese village after buying EVERYTHING in just a few hours: “Chinese tourists are known for their spending power but one tour group has made the headlines for their shopping prowess. 4,000 cruise passengers descended upon Hiezu, a small fishing village in west Japan, where they shopped until the shelves were emptied last Thursday. The group was originally scheduled to visit Shanghai, Fukuoka, and Seoul, but changed their route due to the recent outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, reported People’s Daily Online. Hiezu’s 3,455 residents showed great hospitality towards their Chinese guests, with local shops putting up signs in Chinese and hiring around fifty translators for the occasion. The village’s shelves were also originally stocked with a large number of eye-drops, skin care products, rice cookers and vacuum flasks. However, within hours the shelves were empty and the lives of the villagers were thrown into disarray as the shops were bare of the necessities.”

Vikings? It was the CELTS that wore horned helmets: “A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum aims to iron out myths surrounding the Celtic people and will use extraordinary objects to tell their story. They will include a hoard of gold torcs, a rare gilded cross and Iron Age mirrors, among other highly decorative finds. While the world ‘Celtic’ is associated with the cultures of Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall, the name ‘Celt’ was coined in around 500 BC. The ancient Greeks used it to refer to people living all across northern Europe whom they considered outsiders and barbarians. This is despite the creation of beautiful objects such as the Gundestrup Cauldron from northern Denmark. While the disparate groups that made up the Celts left few written records in the early Bronze Age, pieces of stylised art are testament to their culture and marked from apart from the classical world. The exhibition will include a horned helmet dating to between 150 and 50 BC, which was discovered in the Thames near Waterloo Bridge in the early 1860s.”

Snakes alive! Six-foot boa constrictor is found slithering along a British country road: “Villagers got a shock when they spotted a six-foot long boa constrictor slithering along a country lane in Teesside. Amy Laking was travelling on Wilton Lane in Guisborough yesterday afternoon when she spotted the ‘massive’ snake in the road. She quickly snapped a photo of the creature before police were called to the scene. ‘I thought there must have been an accident but then I saw this massive snake in the middle of the road. Police officers arrived at the scene and notified Wilton Vets in Guisborough, who sent staff to collect the snake. Veterinary nurses Debbie Rowley and Karen Taylor then caught the 18 pound animal, believed to be female, and took it back to the surgery for a check-up. Miss Rowley said: ‘We were shocked it was so big. It is in good condition – a good weight and a healthy-looking snake.’ The boa is now in the care of Kirkleatham Owl Centre.”

Doctor plunged hundreds of patients into bankruptcy by falsely diagnosing cancer and giving them unnecessary chemo: “A doctor who netted millions of dollars by putting more than 500 patients through unnecessary and grueling cancer treatments and then billing insurers has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Dr Farid Fata, who worked in suburban Detroit, Michigan, poisoned around 550 victims – many of whom did not actually have cancer – by giving them excessive chemotherapy and other treatments. His actions wrecked his patients’ health, with many sustaining chronic health problems such as brittle bones and fried organs. Other victims lost their homes and jobs, and were forced into bankruptcy. On Friday, Fata broke down in court as he was sentenced to more than four decades in prison for what the judge described as a ‘huge, horrific series of criminal acts’ that had affected hundreds. But during his sentencing, Fata – whose business, Michigan Hematology Oncology, had many upscale offices in the area – repeatedly broke down in loud sobs as he begged for mercy. [An Arab, judging by the name]

Rare Nazi code machine up for auction: “A rare early German Enigma machine that WWII codebreaking hero Alan Turing worked hard to decipher is to go under the hammer. The Enigma 1, which dates from between 1930 and 1938 is also known as the Wehrmacht, or ‘Services’ Enigma, and was used extensively by German military services and other government organisations such as the railways before and during the war. It is one of the earlier models with just three rotors while later ones had five. An estimated 100,000 Enigma machines were made until the fall of the Third Reich but few Enigma machines survived the war as the Germans tended to destroy the machines as they retreated. The machine from a European war museum is an exceptionally well-preserved example and is expected to fetch up to £70,000. Used by Nazi forces during the war to transmit coded messages – and with around 159 million million million possible settings – the German command was convinced that the Enigma machine produced an unbreakable code. But unknown to them, code-breakers led by Alan Turing worked with other mathematicians to decipher the Nazi machines at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.”

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