Cowboy wisdom

July 24, 2015 at 11:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Montana cowboy, a Native American and a Muslim are waiting for their plane in a small Montana airport.

The Montana cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over his face.

The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around and the old windsock is flapping, but still no plane comes.

The American Indian clears his throat and softly speaks. “At onetime here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few.”

The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, “Once my people were few,” he sneers, and now we are many. Why do you suppose that is?”

The Montana cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth, and from the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a drawl :

“That’s cause we ain’t played Cowboys & Muslims yet, but I do believe it’s a-comin”.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Horny Canadians?: “One in five Ottawa residents are allegedly subscribed to the cheating website, according to figures provided by the Toronto-based company, whose slogan is “Life Is Short. Have an Affair”. In February, 189,810 Ashley Madison users were registered in the Canadian city, which has a population of about 883,000. It’s the biggest affair city in Canada and potentially the highest globally per capita, Reuters reports. Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, told a Canadian newspaper earlier this year that Ottawa was the marriage infidelity hotbed of the world. He claims the top postcode for Ashley Madison members is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada’s parliament. Ottawa marriage counsellor Nataxja Cini said the city was full of professionals with demanding careers, many in government, which could put a strain on relationships. But being part of a stable family was still seen as a badge of success, and so an Ashley Madison subscription may be preferable to a divorce”

Clueless owner uses $2 million painting as kitchen pinboard: “AN eagle-eyed art expert is helping a clueless painting owner enjoy a brush with Lady Luck. It’s rare enough to find a $2 million masterpiece hanging in someone’s kitchen. It is even rarer to find a $2 million masterpiece hanging in someone’s kitchen where it’s being used as a bulletin board. Yet that is exactly what happened when Hannah O’Leary, Bonhams auction house’s head of South African Art, walked into a London apartment to appraise a client’s art collection. “I was undertaking a routine valuation when I spotted this masterpiece hanging in the kitchen covered in letters, postcards and bills,” O’Leary said. “It was a hugely exciting find even before I learned of its political significance.” The painting in question is the Arab in Black by Irma Stern, one of South Africa’s most important artists. The painting is set to be auctioned off in London in September where it is expected to fetch between $1.3-2 million.

Airline loses a bag filled with $900K in cash: “YOU think losing your suitcase full of new holiday clothes was bad? This week, Cathay Pacific airline lost a bag filled with $900,000 in cash at Hong Kong International airport. According to Shanghaiist, the bag was one of 12 carrying a total of $10 million New Zealand dollars on their way from New Zealand to Hong Kong, destined for deposit at the Bank of China. The flight arrived at 9:10pm, and thanks to surveillance cameras, authorities know that bags made their way to a cargo transfer service provided by a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific. The bags were put onto a trailer, but then the truck turned a corner — and three bags fell out. Pesky corners. Ten minutes later, the driver arrived at the station, realised three bags of money were missing and, we imagine, promptly freaked out. Fortunately, two sacks were found on the tarmac, but the third one is still MIA. According to reports, police are still investigating the disappearance and are listing it as a theft.”

Controversial dessert: “WHAT’S wrong with this photo? A lot, according to a Japanese tourist who sparked a McFlurry of activity on Twitter after complaining about the dessert she received in Paris. In fact, she said it looked more like “garbage” than a tasty treat. The Tweet received a mixed response. While many people agreed that it looked unappetising, others jumped to the defence of the iconic ice cream and chocolate snack and praised McDonalds for being generous with the amount of chocolate on top. Meanwhile, it seems the treat has a lot of fans and it can be hard to live up to their high expectations!

Newly discovered winged dinosaur was related to Jurassic Park’s Velociraptor: “ZHENYUANLONG sunis might be the new Velociraptor. Palaeontologists in China discovered a new and nearly complete dinosaur fossil in the country’s Liaoning Province. The skeleton, named Zhenyuanlong suni, is a relative of the Velociraptors made famous is “Jurassic Park,” and lived around 125 million years ago. Scientists described the species as being around six feet long, with big, dense feathers on its tail and wings, and short arms. “It’s the biggest dinosaur that has ever been found with wings,” said Steve Brusatte, a palaeontologist at Edinburgh University, who co-authored the discovery’s study published in Scientific Reports. However, scientist believe the creature most likely used the wings for show, rather than flight.”

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