Old ageAugust 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Bra protects woman amid German boar hunt: “THE metal wiring of a bra saved a woman from serious injury when she was hit by a stray gun pellet during a boar hunt in Germany. The 41-year-old was cycling through a field in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with a male companion when she suddenly felt pain. “According to our inquiries so far, she was hit by an object in the breast area,” a police spokesman said. A wild boar hunt was taking place in the area at the time of the accident. The woman suffered only bruising. A piece of ammunition was found on the bra’s metal wire. Police are questioning one of the hunters on suspicion of bodily injury caused by negligence. The local newspaper, Schweriner Volkszeitung, reported on the incident on Friday, saying it took place on Sunday. The hunt was stopped and the hunter’s rifle was seized. It’s possible a piece of shot ricocheted during the hunt.”
Traditional skills are dying out in a new world of technology: “If you can no longer remember how to darn socks, read a map or light a fire, it seems you are not alone. A study has revealed the top 20 traditional skills that are dying out in a world of convenience and technology. Using a compass, tying specific knots and even having clear handwriting also made the list. A lack of interest from younger generations is another factor behind the decline of life skills once deemed vital. The study of 2,000 Britons, by map makers Ordnance Survey, found other skills which could soon be a thing of the past include knitting and being able to change a tyre. Instead, knowing how to use a Wi-Fi internet connection, navigate cyberspace and follow a sat-nav are now seen as essential abilities for modern life. ‘Even if it’s a skill you think you no longer need, it’s important to have at least a basic grasp of it – basic map reading skills are vital as sometimes, often when you don’t want it, batteries and phone signals let you down.'”
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s exclusive house: “The Supreme Court in Cairns has ruled a Port Douglas home breached architectural copyright laws, ordering the owners to remove distinctive features from their home – a near replica of a copyrighted house down the road that they had narrowly missed out on purchasing. The Port Douglas home owned by John and Edith Breden breached architectural copyright laws after they paid Port Douglas Builders (PBD) $1 million to reproduce veterinary surgeon Stephen Coles’ $1.15 million mansion. Days after the court order was handed down, work has started on removing the distinctive features of the lot 23 home that were judged too similar to Mr Coles’ lot 16 property. Despite the ruling, PBD’s Mike Clark and James Dormer told Daily Mail Australia they believed they had not acted unlawfully when they constructed the lot 23 home. But pictures obtained by Daily Mail Australia on Friday show the remarkable similarities between the two houses.
Japanese inventor reveals tiny transporter small enough to fit in a backpack: “It could be the ultimate personal transporter – and one you never need to worry about parking. A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world’s first ‘car in a bag’. Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered ‘WalkCar’ transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car. The lightweight aluminium board is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds). It reaches top speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour), for distances of up to 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) after three hours of charging. Once the rider stands on it the WalkCar starts automatically, while simply stepping off stops the vehicle. To change direction, the user just shifts their weight.
Washing your hands does ward off colds: “A trial of 16,000 UK households was used to examine the effectiveness of an internet service called Primit during three winters, from January 2011 to March 2013. The program has four weekly sessions that explain medical evidence, encourage users to learn simple techniques to avoid catching and passing on viruses, monitor handwashing behaviour, and provide tailored feedback. The risk of catching a flu-like illness was about 20 per cent lower in the Primit group, and the need for GP consultations and antibiotic prescriptions were reduced by up to 15 per cent. Prof Little said: ‘The majority of UK households now have access to the internet, and it has become a central source of health information in a pandemic. Because of this, Primit could play an important role in reducing the spread of flu”
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