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August 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tragedy of the man who sounded TOO MUCH like Elvis: “The world is full of Elvis Presley impersonators, but only one, Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis, sounded so much like him that people were convinced he actually was Elvis. A new documentary, ‘Orion: The Man Who Would Be King’ sheds light on the phenomenon of a man who sounded and acted so much like The King that he filled stadiums around the world and lived the life of the dead superstar. But he was haunted by the fact that he would never be recognized for himself and the artist he wanted to be. Ellis became known as ‘Orion’ and always wore a mask – probably to give him an air of mystery to better link him with Elvis in the public’s mind. He became so popular that he released nine studio albums. In 1998, he was murdered in his Alabama pawnshop during a robbery.”

Bog snorkelling in the middle of Wales is the craziest sport on earth: “A trench filled with slimy water. World Bog Snorkelling Championships are held every August, drawing competitors from all over the world. Event is held at a peat bog at Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys, Wales, site of the biannual World Alternative Games. Competitors are required to swim 120 yards along a narrow trench, but it’s much harder than it looks. It sounds rather simple. Competitors are required to swim to a wooden post and back in a 4ft deep trench, without using conventional swimming strokes. The water is so cold it sends a chill through my body. With my eyes bulging and chest heaving our race official counts down from five to signal the start of a flat-out swim I may never experience again. From the moment I set off, I’m concentrating on my breathing while staring into the muddy water (there is zero visibility), and kicking my legs and ‘dog paddling’ my arms at a manic pace”

The horses win at a British rodeo: “Roughly 15 participants took part in the competition, which was held in the Llanthony Valley in Wales. The fearless riders mount the animals with the intention of staying on as long as they can, with most lasting less than a few seconds. Competitors have to cope without a saddle to keep them balanced, as the ponies furiously kick their legs in the air and try to shake them off. Photographer Darragh Mason Field attended the show, which was staged in the Black Mountains in Monmouthshire. The 39-year-old from Dublin said: ‘I have to say it was quite an interesting sight. ‘The ponies are coming to the stage where people will soon ride them, so there is some kind of sense behind it. ‘Most people lasted just a few seconds, the longest time I think was 7.5 seconds. ‘I think there were a few minor injuries on the day but that’s it.’ The event has been going since 1962, and was set-up in response to a 1959 BBC documentary about the area called ‘The Dying Valley’. Local people set up the event to prove the area was still thriving.

Book that’ll send your kids to sleep: “For a parent struggling to get a child to sleep, anything that speeds up the process will be greeted as a godsend. That may explain why a 22-page story book last night jumped to the top of the Amazon bestsellers list. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, by Swedish psychologist Varl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, promises to have a child nodding off in no time, with a perfect combination of sentence structure and soporific words. The story follows Roger The Rabbit, who is advised by Uncle Yawn, the Heavy-Eyed Owl and the Sleep Snail to ‘think slowly, breath slowly and calm, slow and calm’ and ‘let your whole body be heavy, so heavy it feels like it falls… just like a leaf, that falls down, slowly down, down… Your eyelids are so heavy’. The £6 book appears to have become popular by word of mouth. Mr Ehrlin used Amazon’s Create Space, in which authors upload books via the internet and each order is individually printed.”

A real wierdo: “A 20-year-old man is facing a charge of sexual assault after a 69-year-old woman claimed she was sexually assaulted on a cross-country flight in Canada. The woman told investigators she was assaulted by a passenger who was seated next to her as the WestJet plane flew from Calgary to Halifax. Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cpl Greg Church said the woman, from British Columbia, was awake at the time of the alleged incident and was not physically injured. ‘When it happened, the victim notified the flight attendant right away.’ The man and woman did not know each other, and there was a third passenger seated in their row during the four-and-a-half hour flight, he added. Cabin crew informed flight WJA226’s captain, who asked for police officers to meet the plane.

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