Should be more of it

July 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Pansy Welsh letter-carriers: “They are all too used to keeping an eye out for the potential threat posed by a rogue dog. But postmen in a seaside town have been forced to take cover from an unexpected aerial threat – divebombing seagulls. They have complained that running the gauntlet of the aggressive birds has become so terrifying that deliveries to some streets have been suspended. Yesterday residents of Abergele in North Wales agreed the gulls were fearless but said they were furious at losing their daily post in the name of health and safety. Visitors to the estate were this week faced with fearless and powerfully-built herring gulls swooping down from rooftops and jostling over scraps from bins. Royal Mail confirmed that deliveries had been interrupted due to the postman ‘experiencing swooping attacks by seagulls as he delivered mail on his round there over the past few weeks’.

Some sharks like it hot: “THE waters around one of the world’s most active underwater volcanoes are too hot and acidic for humans to even contemplate swimming in. But when oceanographer Brennan Phillips and his colleagues dropped a robotic camera in the deep sea danger zone of the Kavachi volcano, they made a fascinating discovery. Inside the active volcano known for spewing ash, lava and steam up to the ocean’s surface, the ocean explorers found a number of hammerhead sharks, circling in numbers. After dropping the camera through the ash plume, it landed inside the crater 55 metres below the surface where it recorded for an hour. When the camera was retrieved, the crew examined the footage and were excited to make the discovery of a stingray living inside the caldera. But that was small fry compared to the seemingly heat-proof sharks swimming in the deadly waters that can reach more than 400 degrees Celsius. With so many unanswered questions, Mr Phillips has vowed to continue to study the area for answers.”

Prize Australian fish worth a million: “A BARRAMUNDI worth $1 million and another 75 worth $10,000 will be tagged and released into Top End waters with the corresponding cash prizes awarded to those who catch them as part of a fishing campaign to attract more tourists to the Territory. Anyone who registers for the Million Dollar Fish competition online will be eligible to win the prize money if they catch a tagged fish released across the Top End between October 1, 2015 and February 29, 2016. Chief Minister Adam Giles said the campaign was designed to lure visitors from around Australia and overseas by showcasing the NT “as the best place in the world to stay, play and fish”. Mr Giles said about one billion barramundi lived in Top End waters and that the likelihood of the tagged 76 being caught was anyone’s guess. “This is an Australian first,” he said.”

Grandma who is still on the road at 103… despite never taking a test: “She has lived through 22 Prime Ministers, four monarchs and was born more than two decades before driving tests were introduced. But at 103 years of age, Eileen Ash is still on the road, and motoring around in a bright yellow Mini. And if that wasn’t surprising enough, the pensioner is also a yoga enthusiast who can still perform acrobatic poses as well as women a quarter of her age. Miss Ash, a former professional sports woman, told the programme: ‘I love driving, and just being free I think – Being on four wheels and going where I want to go. ‘For my age, I’m pretty lucky. I haven’t many aches and pains although my knees are beginning to creak a bit, but you put up with those sorts of things. ‘Cricket is the love of my life and the Mini is the second. I owned four Minis – I like a small car. It’s speedy and the acceleration is good and it does stand out from the crowd.”

Will the mystery of Namibia’s fairy circles ever be solved? “They are one of nature’s greatest mysteries, prompting local legends they are created by gods and generating wild theories about visits by UFOs. These images show the vast areas that are covered by the mysterious fairy circles that pock the grassy desert of Namibia and why they have captivated the imaginations of visitors to the region. But now a team of scientists are embarking on a series of projects aimed at finally unravelling what causes these strange circles of bare earth to form in their millions. They are visiting the country on west coast of southern Africa to test a number of theories that may explain how and why the fairy circles form. Found in hotspots along a 1,242 mile (2,000km) long stretch of desert between Angola and South Africa, they transform the landscape into something more like the surface of the moon. They can be 6-40 feet (2-12m) in diameter, are found in the region’s arid grassland on sandy soils. A ring of vegetation around the edge of the ring is taller than the surrounding grassland.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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