“Incorrect” but true?August 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
A juicy smash: “Hundreds of ripe watermelons destined for supermarket shelves have instead been left strewn off a north Queensland highway. Far north Queensland police are trying to figure out how a truck full of the juicy red fruit tipped and lost its load on a highway north of Cairns about 10.50am on Thursday. The fall was too much for the roof of the truck, which gave way under the weight of dozens of the world’s most smashable fruit. As the truck fell to its side, blocking a lane of the Captain Cook Highway southbound at Machans Beach, the fruit spilled free, rolling down the embankment and across a small access road. Red and green clashed as split melons lay side-by-side with their still-whole brethren on the grassy verge. A crane had to be called in to right the semi-trailer but it wasn’t able to get there until 2.30pm. The 62-year-old driver was taken to the Cairns Hospital with minor injuries.”
An adorable spider: “A biologist has documented an adorable species of spider which sways from side to side and kicks its legs in the air as part of a bizarre mating ritual dance. The Maratus personatus – which derives its name from the Latin word for masked – is a blue-faced peacock spider which was officially named and recorded in scientific journals last month after after being found at Cape Riche, near Albany, in Western Australia. The adorable arachnids, which measure three to five millimetres in length, have made a splash online after footage of their mesmerising courtship dance went viral. ‘The Maratus Personatus dance is quite distinctive. It quickly moves from side to side while wildly kicking up its legs, which appear to clap overhead,’ biologist Jurgen Otto told Daily Mail Australia. Peacock spiders are known for their dramatic colours and flamboyant dancing, which is a means for males to woo a female mate.”
The moment a black rhino’s horn is sawn off using a chainsaw… to save its life: “This is the moment a safari park took drastic action to stop poachers from killing a rare black rhino and sawed off its valuable horn using a chainsaw. The project to remove horns of white and rare black rhinos is by the World Heritage Site in eastern South Africa, was to stop them from being attacked by poachers. Sold for £10,000-per-pound, rhino horn is now worth more than its weight in gold in parts of Asia where it is peddled as a remedy for a number of ailments from hangovers to cancer. The procedure – which has been compared to cutting a toenail without damaging the ‘quick’ – took vet Mike Kock just 20 minutes per sedated animal using a high-powered chain saw. Conservationists are increasingly resorting to the radical measure in a bid to render the animals ‘worthless’ to poachers. During the first four months of this year, 400 rhinos were killed for their horn in South Africa – a 20 per cent rise on last year.
Afternoon tea or High tea? British rules: “Tea appeals to all social classes, from the manual worker who sees it as something to moisten his sugar to the dowager countess for whom it is an elaborate ceremony involving warming pots, strainers, and rules about adding milk. First and foremost, you should be clear about the following: afternoon tea is not the same as high tea. Many, wrongly, call sandwiches and scones ‘high tea’ as they think this sounds grander than just ‘tea’. This is very wrong. High tea was what servants of a large house ate at around 6pm, after the upstairs had been given their (afternoon) tea. On the menu were things like large joints of meat (often a roasted ham), slices of thick bread, potted shrimps, a big cake to share, and ale. It was eaten at a proper table, rather than a lower, coffee table, and so it became known in the servants’ hall as ‘high tea’.
Tough sox: “Most people tend to use socks as a way of making their shoes more comfortable, but one company has designed a pair that can be worn as shoes. The FYF sock, which stands for Free Your Feet, is designed to be a sports sock and shoe all in one. It is made from a super-strong fabric called Dyneema, which is typically used by rock climbers in their ropes and slings, and is 15 times stronger than steel. The socks, which are being made by the Swiss Barefoot Company, are designed to fit the wearers feet like a glove, with individual digits for the toes. They have also been treated to make them resistant to water, while the soles are studded with rubber dots to provide grip on any surface. They have been designed to help protect athletes feet during a range of sports including running, surfing, diving and even slackline walking. However, much like chain mail, the socks will not protect against sharp objects that can puncture the wearers feet like needles and sea urchin spines.”
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