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August 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The blogger who beat the British political pollsters: “The night before Britain’s general election, Matt Singh, a 33-year-old former trader who’d set himself up as a political blogger, published a post arguing that the opinion polls were all underestimating Conservative support. Then the polls closed, and the television exit poll suggested David Cameron was on course for victory by an unexpectedly large margin. Ten minutes later, Mr Singh’s website crashed under the weight of traffic. “I had been working on it for a while,” Mr Singh said in an interview. “I could see that the polls as they had been were quite a way from where I expected them to end up. Look at the fundamentals: the leader ratings, the economy, the local election results. There was a big mismatch.” The blog went against Britain’s opinion pollsters, who had all agreed in the weeks running up to the vote that the race between the Tories and Labour was too close to call.”

Baby gets a fake tan: “A mother’s hilarious ‘epic parenting fail’ moment has gone viral. Gemma Colley, from the UK, shared a picture on Facebook of her baby son sporting a fake tanned face after accidentally breastfeeding him too soon after having a spray tan. ‘Yesterday I had a spray tan, a few hours later I breastfed my little boy. Cue 5 o’clock shadow and a very guilty mummy.’ The baby boy’s nose, cheeks and chin are covered in the orange-brown tan which rubbed off on him during the skin to skin contact during feeding. The incident appears to have happened recently, as after her post received an overwhelming response on Facebook, Ms Colley followed up with a newer picture of her son, sans facial tan. ‘Photo evidence that tonight’s feed was much less orange,’ she wrote. ‘Thanks for all the positive comments. I’m just another mummy trying to shed light on the adventures and misadventures of being a parent.'”

The curse of the ‘cool kids’: Children who are popular at school become losers later in life, claims study: “It is bad news for the rebels without a cause and mean girls. Being a ‘cool kid’ can come back to bite you in later life, researchers have warned. They found that teens who ‘acted cool’ at school were far more likely to struggle as an adult, and were at higher risk of alcohol and drugs, and more likely to have taken part in criminal activities. ‘It appears that while so-called cool teens’ behavior might have been linked to early popularity, over time, these teens needed more and more extreme behaviors to try to appear cool, at least to a subgroup of other teens,’ says Joseph P. Allen, Hugh P. Kelly Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, who led the study. ‘So they became involved in more serious criminal behavior and alcohol and drug use as adolescence progressed. ‘These previously cool teens appeared less competent–socially and otherwise–than their less cool peers by the time they reached young adulthood.'”

Another dumb crook: “HERE’S a tip for drug dealers — when taking a sexy bathroom selfie, don’t pose next to your huge stash of marijuana. It could come back to haunt you. It’s a lesson an alleged pot seller in Queensland learnt the hard way, after his passionate claims of innocence were undone with the discovery of a single video. Officers from the Rapid Action Patrol (RAP) task force, whose work is captured on camera for Network Ten’s doco reality seriesGold Coast Cops, received a tip-off about the man’s alleged criminal activity. “His phone was sitting there so the officers decided to leaf through it and there’s this video, he’s done a selfie, flexing a bit of muscle and showing off this booty of drugs.”

When toddlers have strange obsessions: “When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list: Peppa Pig, Thomas the Tank Engine, or perhaps Fireman Sam. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer? In what is assumed to be a world first, that’s exactly what one US toddler wanted for his second birthday recently. “Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” Ms Dobra told local newspaper The Acadiana Advocate. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. “He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say ‘One call’ [a line from the ads], or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.'”

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

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