Progress

September 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Viagra may keep you slim, too!: “Taking Viagra could be a new way to lose weight, suggest researchers in China. Laboratory and animal studies have found that the drug causes changes in body fat which mean that calories are used for energy rather than stored. Now a trial is under way to test the effect in humans; a group of men will be given either Viagra or a placebo to take three times a day for a week and the effects on their body-fat measured. Recently, scientists have begun investigating ways to harness the power of brown fat – or even grow more of it. They have found that exposure to cold temperatures can trigger the conversion of unhealthy, energy-storing white fat into energy-burning, heat-producing brown fat, a process known as browning – and research now suggests that Viagra can cause this browning. Studies have shown that mice given the drug over longer periods of time were less likely to become obese, even when they were fed a high-fat diet.”

No more bulky camping gear! All-in-one tent inspired by spacesuits: “A new all-in-one ‘magic’ shelter, developed by Swiss materials scientists, is promising to transform the way people go camping. The Polarmond all-in-one sleep system combines the bedding with the tent itself to help ensure campers stay warmer at night while in the great outdoors. They claim it can stay warm even in temperatures down to -30°C (-22°F) using nothing than the occupant’s own body heat. Swiss scientists involved in building the all-in-one tent developed a ‘sandwich construction’ for the insulation similar to that used in spacesuits to line the inner chamber of the tent. By using a blanket-like cover rather than a sleeping bag, it also allows the person inside to sleep more naturally rather than fighting to get comfortable in a mummy-shaped sleeping bag. The scientists also opted to tackle the problem of condensation in the one-man tent by using a breathable liner on the blanket that can draw moisture away from the camper’s body. A mat is built into the bottom of the tent that helps to provide cushioning and further insulation.

So just who IS Ronnie Pickering?: “He’s now a household name and known to thousands after a video of his road rage and angry ‘do you know who I am?’ line of questioning went viral. But just who is Ronnie Pickering? A friend of Mr Pickering’s told MailOnline the 51-year-old is a former amateur boxer who was known in his heyday as ‘One Punch Ronnie’. A taxi driver who also served in the Armed Forces, he lives in a modest home in Bransholme, Hull, and has a girlfriend as well as two children, aged 27 and 29, to his ex wife. Mr Pickering was caught on camera during a road rage confrontation asking his victim: ‘Do you know who I am? I’m Ronnie Pickering.’ Mr Pickering – whose supposed notoriety was lost entirely on his target – was recorded losing the rag with a moped rider he blamed for holding up traffic. The hot headed motorist can be seen wrangling for space with his two-wheeled road rival as the pair drive along Wawne Road in Bransholme, Hull.

Fingerprints reveal whether a person is black or white: “Fingerprints – already used as a way to identify individuals – appear to encode information about a person’s ancestral background. Researchers have found there are distinct differences in how fingerprint ridges split between people of European and African ancestry. The researchers claim their findings could prove useful not just for anthropologists but also for modern law enforcement when trying to profile suspects. Professor Ann Ross, an anthropologist at North Carolina State University who led the study, said: ‘This is the first study to look at this issue at this level of detail, and the findings are extremely promising. By the very nature of the test, the identity of the subject is captured within the fingerprint ridge detail itself. ‘A lot of additional work needs to be done, but this holds promise for helping law enforcement. ‘This finding also tells us that there’s a level of variation in fingerprints that is of interest to anthropologists, particularly in the area of global population structures.'”

The ultimate bad hair day: “This picture proves once and for all how important it is to read the label on the can. It shows a mystery woman who reportedly ended up in A&E after confusing her hair mousse with a can of expanding builder’s foam. The image, believed to have been taken at a hospital somewhere in Eastern Europe, has been widely shared. She can be seen sitting in a waiting room looking understandably unhappy with her situation with a giant solid helmet of polyurethane foam on her head. Expanding polyurethane foam has a number of uses in DIY situations – although ‘hair product’ is not one of them. Builders’ and at-home-handymen used the foam for everything from preventing leaks, to filling gaps during construction and holding items in place.

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Wisdom

September 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Rusty scalpels and broken lights: Conditions inside a North Korean operating theatre: “Working in a dingy room under a dim light with rusty scalpels and outdated medicines – these rare pictures give an insight into a North Korean operating theatre. They were taken by international medical student Josiah Cha who visited the secretive communist state on an exchange trip. He said the doctors were ‘incredible, humble and loving people’ but described the equipment used by the surgical teams as basic. He observed worn scalpels being used for operations and a large surgical light hanging precariously loose over an operating theatre. North Korea, one of the world’s most secretive societies, spends less than £1 per person on health care per year. Many struggling hospitals operate without electricity or heat, and doctors are forced to work by gloomy candlelight. The worst can include syringes reused without sterilisation and major operations carried out without anaesthetic, an Amnesty International study found.

More and more passengers turning to industrial-strength wrapping in airports to secure their luggage: “Passengers in airports are turning to cling film in the quest to secure their luggage and keep it from being damaged. And one airport in the UK believes a cling-film wrap can provide a two-fold service. ‘Not only can it protect your luggage, but if someone comes to the airport with a broken zip or pocket, the wrap can be a solution to this. ‘While we don’t actively promote the service, all out customer services staff are aware it is offered and can direct passengers through to the point.’ Northumberland-based company Luggage Point have sites in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham International airports. And in Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick and Manchester airports, Excess Baggage Company provides the service designed to give the passenger that extra piece of mind. Luggage Point’s Graeme Stewart told the Daily Record: ‘Passengers are ­concerned not only about theft but about ­people inserting items into their luggage.”

Terrifying sinkhole that swallowed cars and caravans on a Queensland beach may still be growing: “There is a ‘real possibility’ the football field-sized sinkhole which swallowed a Queensland beach in minutes is still growing and will cause more catastrophic damage along the coastline. Footage emerged on Sunday of holidaymakers scrambling to save themselves when the 150m long sinkhole opened up at 11pm on Saturday near Queensland’s Rainbow Beach. The cause of the sinkhole is currently unknown and experts tell The Australian it’s the second time in just four years the holiday spot has collapsed. Around 300 people were evacuated including several schoolchildren. One camper told ABC: ‘it sounded like thunder and there were trees disappearing… the beach was disappearing.’ The sinkhole expanded so rapidly at MV Beagle Campground, Inskip Point, that it took just minutes to swallow a car, caravan, luxury camping trailer and several tents – but no one was injured.”

Resort on a rock: “There are only two ways to arrive at this stunning resort – by boat or helicopter. It sits on a rock in the Caribbean and is surrounded by water on all sides – but there’s a helipad for anyone who wants to arrive in dramatic style. And Villa on Dunbar Rock, despite the proximity of the sea, throws in an infinity pool for its guests anyway. There’s also a private beach and eight suites. With the sea literally at your doorstep, the rock provides handy access for those keen to explore under the surface of the idyllic marine area. The peculiar rock retreat is located roughly 44 miles off the north coast of Honduras, although guests will never be completely stuck there if they don’t want to be. Staff can arrange boats to take you to explore the Guanaja area, which has waterfalls, sea kayaking, bars, restaurants and fishing. Forget battling with other holidaymakers for space on the beach, because the rock retreat comes with its own private stretch of golden sand.

Brand new $200 million airport North Korea hopes will attract more overseas visitors (now all it needs is some people): “A Singaporean photographer – who filmed the world’s first look inside a North Korean bank – has become the first person to clear customs at the secretive communist nation’s dazzling new airport. Aram Pan flew into Wonsan International Airport, also known as Kalma Airport, in Wonsan, a port city east of the capital Pyongyang on September 24. Mr Pan and about 30 other travellers, who had joined a tour for aviation enthusiasts, were on the first commercial flight to land at the new airport, a former military base. He added that his expectations had been low, but he was dazzled with what he saw at the new airport. In 2013, the North Korean government announced ambitious plans to turn the Wonsan area into a summer vacation destination.”

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Wossat?

September 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a googly-eyed green mantis shrimp guarding her eggs

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Sunken treasure in a New Zealand harbour – including 868 gold coins: “Sunken treasure has been discovered submerged near a port by divers conducting a harbour clean-up. The 99 Crew Dive Team had been cleaning up the waters near a wharf in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand, when they discovered the treasure trove. Dive organiser Rob Wilson said of the 868 coins discovered and retrieved, some were apparently of value. Responding to comments on the story, one person – who appeared to be a member of the dive team -said any items of value would be sold and proceeds used to cover the clean-up job, which the divers paid for out of their own pocket. Footage of the dive team’s efforts shows them pulling a number of items out of the water and their sparkling – if slightly tarnished – pile of coins sitting on a piece of plastic. It was the group’s second tidy-up in two weeks. The dive team organises the clean-ups regularly to support the health of the harbour.

Pig-headed college administration wastes £250,000 on legal fees: “An Oxford College was today branded ‘irresponsible’ after running up an estimated legal bill that could reach £250,000 during a hedge dispute. St John’s College was last week ordered to allow retired businessman Anthony Bethell, 75, to maintain the 540ft stretch of trees and bushes following a drawn out two year court battle. Mr Bethell had offered to fully restore the ancient hedge – which lies between the three acre plot of his £2.2million home and 12,000 acres of college farmland in Warwickshire – entirely at his own cost. But when the college refused to allow him to do the work and repeatedly turned down offers of negotiation he says he was given no choice but to start legal action. The recorder at Coventry county court, Andrew Willetts, described the college’s refusal to accept Mr Bethell’s offers to settle as ‘perplexing and bizzare’ and consequently ordered it to pay the vast majority of the case’s costs.”

Shakespeare’s father was a successful wool trade businessman: “It has long been thought that William Shakespeare’s story was a true life rags-to-riches tale. But now new research has revealed that it is in fact a myth and his father was a successful wool trade businessman. John Shakespeare was said to be a wealthy glover and leather worker who fell on hard times and went bankrupt. But former financier David Fallow, who has been studying the Shakespeare family’s fortunes for years by analysing financial records, has made new claims about the playwright. His research suggests that John Shakespeare in fact never went bankrupt but was in fact dealing in an illicit wool trade and making more money than ever, The Observer reports. Fallow says it was this that prompted Shakespeare to leave Stratford-upon-Avon for London in 1585 to act as the family’s business representative, rather than to start a career in theatre. He believes this could explain his activities during the seven ‘lost years'”

Burlesque Festival: “For the 13th year in a row, the best in burlesque performers from around the world strutted their stuff across the Big Apple for the New York Burlesque Festival this weekend. The shows kicked off on Thursday September 24 and continued across the city all weekend at venues including the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the Brooklyn Bowl and The Bell House, featuring everything from solo performers to burlesque troupes to male – ‘boylesque’ – performers from LA, Japan, New Zealand, New York and more. Thursday saw the likes of Madame Rosebud – who was literally smoking in a tuxedo outfit before extinguishing her lit cigarette on her tongue and stripping to her skivvies – and Candy Applebottom, who toyed with a giant bottle of Jim Beam for the crowd. Philadelphia’s Peekaboo Revue entertained with a tassle-filled Tina Turner tribute. To round off the weekend, the annual event’s Golden Pastie Awards are held at The Highline Ballroom on Sunday.

White elephant airport in Illinois: “An airport built with hopes of flying millions of passengers across America now boards a mere 16,000 a year – because nobody wants to go there. The near-empty airport runs two Allegiant Airlines flights to both Sanford Orlando and Tampa Bay airports in Florida a week. A twice-weekly service to Las Vegas will start in November. The $313million project was set up in 1997 to alleviate congestion at Lambert-St Louis International Airport, then a regional hub for now-shuttered Trans World Airlines. The list of airlines to call Mid America home reads like a requiem for the embattled industry. First came a reincarnated version of Pan American, which offered flights to Gary, Indiana, for 16 months in 2000 and 2001. The next carrier, Great Plains Airlines, lasted just three months before going bankrupt. Then came Transmeridian Airlines for a year, followed in 2005 by Allegiant, which also left Mid America in January 2009, only to resume services there nearly four years later.

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Ripe for the picking

September 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Washington State Fair banned firearms, but apparently they forgot to tell all the armed robbers who stole hundreds of dollars from fair workers. Being disarmed puts you at a disadvantage that is hard to overcome

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Dangerous arachnophobia: “When a man tried to kill a spider at a gas station with a cigarette lighter last week his plan backfired and his car plus a gas pump was set ablaze. The unidentified Detroit, Michigan man was not seriously injured and managed to escape the scorching flames and the damage was contained to one pump which was destroyed. He told police that when he saw the spider on his gas tank he pulled out the lighter to kill it because he was deathly afraid of the eight-legged insect. ‘He didn’t have a cigarette. He didn’t have anything on him. All of a sudden I look out and I see flames,’ employee Susan Adams told Fox 2. Before the rescue team arrived, the man managed to grab a fire extinguisher and put out the flames. His car managed to stay in decent shape and he dared to show his face at the gas station the next day to fill his tank.”

German ‘murder victim’ Petra Pazsitka who disappeared 31 years ago turns up alive and well and living in Dusseldorf: “A German ‘murder victim’ has turned up alive and well in Dusseldorf – more than 30 years after she disappeared from her home and a man convicted of another murder confessed to killing her. Petra Pazsitka, then a 24-year-old computer science student in Braunschweig, hit the headlines in 1984 after she was reported missing when she failed to show up for her brother’s birthday party. Now, a staggering 31 years on, Miss Pazsitka has been found living in the western city of Dusseldorf, with no official documents and under the identity of ‘Mrs. Schneider’, NBC reports. Aged 55, she was discovered after alerting police to a burglary at her home. When asked for her name by officers, the woman initially called herself ‘Mrs Schneider’, it is reported. However, after being asked for identification, she later confessed her true identity. She would not tell officers why she had disappeared in the first place.”

Lockheed Martin reveals $7m eight wheel drive amphibious “duck” vehicle to carry marines into battle: “Lockheed Martin has revealed what could be the ultimate off roader – and the 21st century equivalent of the duck boat. With eight wheel drive and fitted with grenade launchers, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle is designed to carry up to 13 marines into combat. The firm behind it says future versions will even be able to drive themselves at sea. Priced at $4 million to $7.5 million each, the vehicle is designed to be the primary means of mobility for the Marine rifle squad both at sea and ashore. The ACV 1.1 is fully armoured, weighs over 20 tons and is powered by a 700 bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel engine. For military use, the most famous wheeled amphibian is World War II-era DUKW or Duck boat, repurposed today for tourists to sightsee along city streets and waterways. The DUKW was supplied to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and Allied forces.

Isolated Australia prominent in the race for the longest direct flights: “AIRCRAFT capable of flying non-stop for close to 20 hours at a time are helping to make the world a smaller place. International airlines are increasingly looking to use aircraft such as the Boeing 777-200LR to fly to far flung destinations in one hit. Next February, Emirates will launch the world’s longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City, over a distance of 13,821km. But that is likely to be eclipsed within months by Air India, which is planning to fly 14,003km non-stop from Bengaluru to San Francisco. The incredible range of the Boeing 777-200LR makes a direct flight from Sydney to London a possibility, at a distance of 16,983km. Sydney to New York City is even more realistic, at 15,979km, or Brisbane to London at 16,516km. In 2005, a Boeing 777-200LR set a new world record with a 22-hour, 42-minute flight over 21,601km. Qantas currently operates the world’s longest flight in an A380 between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sydney, over a distance of 13,810 kilometres.”

Pet Labrador adopts the role of mum and gently tucks newborn into bed with his nose: “This pooch is more than just man’s best friend and he proved it by taking on the parental responsibilities and tucking the family’s newborn baby into bed. The heart-warming video, which is believed to have been filmed in America, shows the baby catching up on his sleep with his face down on the sofa. The attentive pet Labrador approaches, and after noticing that the baby does not have his blanket wrapped around him, sets about putting that right. The dog uses his nose to carefully flick the blanket from the sofa so that it covers the baby’s tiny body. He starts on one side and with a single swift movement covers the youngster’s legs before moving further along the sofa. The pooch then begins flicking more of the blanket towards the baby so that he is completely covered before he then uses his nose to tuck him in.”

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Point of view

September 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Oregon couple get $2 million cell phone bill: “On Monday, an Oregon man checked the balance of his disputed Verizon cell phone bill on an account he had closed nearly a year earlier. The automated recording said, “Your total amount due is $2,156,593.64.” Slusher and his girlfriend opened a Verizon account last November and they bought two phones. They only kept the service for one month after noticing major discrepancies on their bills. Slusher says their first bill should’ve been for about $120. Instead, it was for $698, plus it showed a previous balance of $451. Slusher says their next statement asked for just $9. Slusher says they canceled the service in December and returned the phones to a local Verizon store in January. On Wednesday, Verizon issued a statement to FOX 12 regarding this situation. It said, “We have apologized to an Oregon customer for a programming error in an automated voice response system. The error caused him to receive an incorrect voice message that he owed $2 million on his bill. We are correcting the error now and have resolved the issue to his satisfaction.”

Leaving bread for birds changes their migration patterns: “Britons who leave food out in their gardens for birds are helping to change their migration patterns, new research shows. One species in particular is heading to the UK for the winter instead of sunny Spain due to the increased amount of food available. Blackcaps, which breed in southern Germany and Austria, are increasingly migrating towards Britain rather than their traditional wintering grounds, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said. The BTO added in a statement that the authors had found ‘strong evidence that blackcap occupancy rates are influenced by both supplementary food and climactic temperature.’ It added that winters in Britain had become ‘milder’ in recent decades and that the changes in migration patterns had become genetically encoded. Blackcaps were barely recorded in Britain before the 1950s, but their numbers have increased rapidly in the last 60 years. It coincides with research which suggests that an estimated six in ten Britons leave food out to attract wild birds.”

Australia: ‘Unfriending’ someone on Facebook is now workplace bullying: “‘Unfriending’ a colleague on Facebook amounts to workplace bullying, an industrial relations tribunal has ruled. The decision emerged from a case involving two workers at a real estate agent’s office in Tasmania and – Rachael Roberts, who had worked there for ten years, and sales administrator Lisa Bird. The two initially had disagreement over who was to blame for a lost sale, The Australian newspaper reported, after which Mrs Bird stopped saying ‘Good morning’ to her colleague and unfriended her on Facebook. Ms Roberts was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and received medication and treatment from a psychologist and deemed unfit to return to work until the dispute had been resolved. The tribunal found this showed Mrs Bird’s behaviour posed a risk to the employee’s health and safety. The claim was brought under the bullying provisions of the Fair Work Act, which allows the tribunal to make orders to ‘stop bullying at work’ but does not allow it to award compensation.

How five brave children saved their mother’s life by pinning her violent ex-partner to the ground: “Rachael Moore was staring death in the face as her ex-partner Daryl Fields reloaded his shotgun for a second shot – and it was only the remarkable reaction of her five young children that saved her life. On the night of April 11, 2014, at Chambers Flat in Queensland, a heavily intoxicated Fields stormed Ms Moore’s home and shot her once in the arm. The 38-year-old mother of five reveals to 60 Minutes that as his car arrived in the driveway she feared the worst and told the children, aged 2 to 14, to run and hide. They watched in horror, first as their mother was grabbed by the throat and when he returned with a gun they saw her slump to the ground in a pool of blood. In an instant they forgot her warning to stay hidden and bravely charged at her attacker, as he reloaded. ‘They grabbed hold of the gun and with a blow to the temple, fought him to the ground, said reporter Tara Brown. Fields was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Rachael Moore went very close to losing the arm, she tells how she overheard doctors discussing possible amputation and pleaded with them not to.

Rare fox: “A wildlife photographer has captured these amazing images of an extremely rare black fox playing in his back garden. Robert Fuller was shocked when he heard the rare animal had been spotted by another nature enthusiast outside his flat in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and was prompted to start tracking it. After a tense wait, the fox appeared shortly after 11pm to eat food that Mr Burns had left for it. ‘Black foxes make up about eight per cent of the fox population in Canada but they are incredibly rare in Britain. Sightings of them are practically unheard of. ‘I was expecting the fox to be dark, but this one was as black as a Labrador, with just the hint of silver highlights along its body. ‘It had a beautiful white tip to its tail, just like a red fox. ‘After a short while the fox slipped off and just melted into the night.” The rare mammal is in fact a red fox which is going through a phase where the colour of its fur is particularly dark.”

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HOW MOSES GOT THE 10 COMMANDMENTS….

September 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I mostly avoid posting Irish or Jewish jokes but this is good. It offends everybody …

God went to the Arabs and said, ‘I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better.’ The Arabs asked, ‘What are Commandments?’ And the Lord said, ‘They are rules for living.’ ‘Can you give us an example?’ ‘Thou shall not kill.’ ‘Not kill? We’re not interested..’

So He went to the Blacks and said, ‘I have Commandments.’ The Blacks wanted an example, and the Lord said, ‘Honor thy Father and Mother.’ ‘Father? We don’t know who our fathers are. We’re not interested.’

Then He went to the Mexicans and said, ‘I have Commandments.’ The Mexicans also wanted an example, and the Lord said ‘Thou shall not steal.’ ‘Not steal? We’re not interested.’

Then He went to the French and said, ‘I have Commandments.’ The French too wanted an example and the Lord said, ‘Thou shall not commit adultery.’ ‘Sacre bleu!!! Not commit adultery? We’re not interested.’

Finally, He went to the Jews and said, ‘I have Commandments..’ ‘Commandments?’ They said, ‘How much are they?’ ‘They’re free.’ ‘We’ll take 10.’

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

‘World’s grumpiest old woman’ glues her bottom to shop window in protest at the treatment of migrants: “The self-proclaimed ‘world’s grumpiest old woman’ has staged a bizarre protest on a south London high street which involved her gluing her bottom to the window of a local Debenhams. Kay Bishop dressed in just a nude bra and knickers adorned with a pubic wig to carry out a protest against ‘the treatment of police and migrants’ in Croydon on Thursday. The 56-year-old former stripper claims she had to super glue herself to the department story on Croydon high street to prevent police from stopping her protest. However, Ms Bishop, from Addiscombe, south London, was told by officers attending the scene that her actions were unnecessary as they had no intention to forcibly move her. Ms Bishop, who wore a nude bra with painted-on nipples, a pubic wig, tiara and kitten slippers, said: ‘They said I didn’t need to glue myself because I wasn’t naked so they couldn’t do anything.”

Terrified tourists struggle to walk across China’s new glass-bottom walkway: “A group of brave tourists learnt the meaning of vertigo the hard way as they became the first visitors to cross a new 590 foot high glass-bottomed suspension bridge in China. This spectacular structure, the first of its kind in the world, is situated in the province of Hunan, reported People’s Daily Online. Images have emerged online showing the visitors gripped with fear and frozen in awe while standing on the see-through walkway. One female tourist is seen clutching to the handrail tightly and had to be dragged along by her friend. The bridge had previously been a wooden overpass that linked two peaks of Stone Buddha Mountain in Shiniuzhai Geopark but is now a 984 foot long glass walkway. However, 11 engineers have been working on the bridge over the last few months to replace all the wooden planks with glass panes, transforming the bridge into the world’s first glass-bottomed suspension bridge. According to reports, several visitors were so terrified that they could barely move.”

The ultimate laser cannon: ‘Gatling gun’ can focus multiple beams to create super powerful weapons: “A German firm has revealed a powerful new laser ‘Gatling gun’. At the controversial defense and security expo in London German defense contractor Rheinmetall Defense Electronics unveiled the new sea based system. It says it can be mounted on ships as part of a new sea-based anti-drone laser system. The four 20 kilowatt lasers fire simultaneously, in a technique known as superimposition which combines them into a single powerful 80 kilowatt beam. The firm boasts units can even be combined to give ‘unlimited’ power. The Gatling laser can reportedly shoot down a drone at 500 meters. Lasers can also detonate ammunition, explode artillery shells, blind the sensors of another ship, and even burn holes in smaller ships. New missions, such as the defence of high visibility events, pose unsolved challenges for contemporary air defence systems that will only be manageable with high energy lasers serving as effectors. Commercial off the-shelf fibre lasers were modified for an air defence role.”

Horror prankster gets his comeuppance!: “A serial prankster’s luck has ended in a moment of poetic justice when he was punched to the ground and shot after attempting to film himself scaring a pedestrian. Vladimir Tzapaev runs a YouTube channel which showcases videos of himself dressing up in costume and jumping out at young women walking the streets at night. But his latest prank – all of which was caught on film – backfired spectacularly when a young man refused to be cowed and fought back. Dressing up as a zombie, Tzapaev, from Nizhniy Novgorod, western Russia, positioned himself in a dark and isolated alleyway. Jumping out at a man walking past at about 10pm, his intended victim simply punched him to the ground with a big right hook. Then he pulled out an air gun, and as Mr Tzapaev raised his hands to beg for his life, shot him in the leg to make sure he got the message”.

The scantily-clad girls in neon booths who are not selling sex… but NUTS: “Donning mini skirts and skyscraper heels, scantily-clad females wait in neon-lit glass kiosks by the side of roads for men to pull up so they can totter out to greet them. But there is more to the situation than meets the eye. They may be dressed to grab attention, but it is their tasty betel nuts that stimulate customers. These beautiful and provocative ‘Betel nut girls’ in Taiwan are responsible for peddling the stimulative fruit from around 60,000 booths, many along the main roads. Recently labelled as Asia’s deadly secret, the betel nut is consumed by a tenth of the world and is said to give people a buzz on par with six cups of coffee. Variously used as a cure for impotence, the women make their livelihood by pushing this seedy selling point. The fruit is sourced from the areca palm tree, and chewed wrapped in betel leaves. Flavourings such as tobacco, cinnamon or slaked lime are often used to improve the taste. Although the betel nut is sold across Asia, the unusual marketing method is typically a Taiwanese tradition.”

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Twinniness

September 24, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Baby twins together just days after birth

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Pregnant woman can’t stop eating WASHING POWDER after developing ‘insatiable cravings’: ” A woman in New Zealand developed an ‘insatiable craving’ to eat washing powder after she fell pregnant with her second child. Michaela Martin, 23, from Wanganui on New Zealand’s north island, said her unusual behaviour started in her third trimester when she noticed she had a desire to sniff laundry powder. But, Ms Martin’s habit soon escalated and the young mother began tasting small amounts of the cleaning product by wetting her finger, dipping it in the powder and putting it in her mouth. While the 23-year-old was ‘disappointed’ with the flavour of the yellow ‘Surf’ washing powder she first experimented with, she said the scent that filled her nose and mouth after chewing on the powder was what she really craved. Ms Martin discovered she was dealing with the symptoms of a relatively unknown condition called pica. The exact cause of pica is unknown but it is known to present in some children, people with mental health issues and pregnant women. The unusual disorder can sometimes be linked to an iron or zinc deficiency.”

British town is overrun by Britain’s biggest spider: “Residents of a town in Cheshire say they are being invaded by giant spiders – some as big as rats. Reports of large spiders in Britain’s homes rocket in September as the creatures try to escape the cold weather outside. Nick Oldham, took a picture of a huge spider, which he estimated at having a six or seven-inch leg span, in the spare bedroom of his home. He said: ‘These things are seriously big. A giant house spider’s legspan – measured diagonally across a front and back leg – is normally around 3in but there have been reports of much larger specimens. The invasion is not limited to Cheshire, with householders around Britain posting photographs of impressive specimens online. With females rarely leaving their web, the invasion is being blamed on males looking for a mate – hence the unnerving sight of a spider suddenly scurrying across the carpet. And if that’s not bad enough, these giants are widely recognised as the world’s fastest spider”

The rollup TV is coming: “LG is expected to unveil a radical ‘rollup’ TV in January, it has been claimed. The Korean giant recently revealed a new $900m flexible screen plant designed to keep up with exploding demand for new screens. Now the first products from it are expected to arrive. Its panels are made from organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied to them. As a result, OLED panels don’t use a backlight meaning they are thinner than LCD displays. OLEDs additionally have bright colours, brilliant contrasts and a wide-viewing angle. According to Business Korea, the firm will show off a radical rollup TV as thin as wallpaper at the CES show in Las Vegas in January. ‘Mass production will take more time, but the flexible TV is expected to be common in a few years at the latest. The screens are expected to be used in everything from smartwatches to TVs. The technology is already used in the Apple Watch, and handsets like Samsung’s S6 Galaxy Edge and LG’s ‘flex’ phone.”

Macho motorhome: “Painted in military green, weighing in at 18-tonnes and fitted with a giant set of wheels, this supersized camper van would not look out of place in a warzone. The massive vehicle, produced in Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria, has a 720-horsepower engine and comes with a £585,000 price tag. But despite its tank-like appearance, the Action Mobil Global XRS 7200 – described as a ‘motor home for global cruises’ – is also built for comfort and comes with 23 sq ft of living space. Some of the amenities prospective owners will get for their money include satellite television, a washer and dryer, and a lift at the back to carry a motorbike. The Austria-based firm offers a variety of two, three, and four-axle vehicles. The company’s website says: ‘This luxury all-wheel motorhome captivates by its clear-cut lines, optimum functionality for long stays in off-road terrain and exclusive, homely atmosphere – all this in a motorhome for globe cruises.’ Stephan Wirths, managing director of Action Mobil, said that the company have sold around 300 of the mammoth vehicles so far.”

Huge Scottish mansion going cheap: “Boasting 14 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and sprawling gardens, it was party designed by renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Achamore House, a Grade B-listed baronial mansion on the stunning Isle of Gigha, off the west coast of Kintyre in Scotland. The property, which was first built between the years of 1882 and 1886, has been visited several times by both the Queen and the late Queen Mother. It features numerous designs believed to be those of Mackintosh – who supervised work on the mansion in the 1900s and even drew up its floor plan. And it could be yours for less than £1million. The property, which was visited by the Queen as recently as 2007 as part of Her Majesty’s 80th birthday cruise, is now open to offers over £900,000. Achamore House is currently run as a bed and breakfast – with two of the rooms even named ‘Rennie’ and ‘Mackintosh’ in honour of the architect. The Isle of Gigha is currently home to less than 200 people. It is only seven miles long and half a mile wide and boasts a golf course, private grass airstrip and protected yacht anchorage.”

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More newspaper wisdom

September 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Soldier uses a GoPro camera to prove his estranged wife’s abuse: “A former US Army Ranger from Florida has strapped a GoPro camera to his belt to catch his estranged wife forcibly grabbing his genitals during a contentious custody handover. ‘This is just one of many instances where I’ve had to use the camera to either prove her guilt or prove my innocence and that’s the only reason I am carrying it,’ the solider, identified only as ‘Michael,’ told the station 10News. Michael, a resident of Pinellas County, has been locked in a drawn-out custody battle with his spouse, 37-year-old Corinne Novak, over their 2-year-old twin boys. The couple are also in the process of getting a divorce. When Michael shared the video documenting his alleged assault with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, it was enough to have Corinne Novak arrested on a domestic battery charge. ‘We have court coming up so hopefully it goes to show a little bit of validity to what I’ve been doing and what I’ve been saying and disapproving what she’s been saying,’ the retired Ranger told the station.”

Kind Chinese doctor: “According to reports, the girl, named as Xin Er (not her real name), had a pre-existing heart condition. She was waiting to have surgery at the hospital when she got scared and started crying. The surgeon, Shi Zhuo, Deputy Director of Cardiac Surgery at the children’s section of Zhejiang University Hospital, scooped her up and started playing her favourite cartoons on his phone. The girl calmed down as the cartoon played and the doctors were able to administer the anaesthetics needed to put the girl to sleep. Afterwards, the operation carried on as normal. The humble doctor revealed that this type of situations often occurs in the operating theatre and other staff have also comforted children in the past. The girl’s father didn’t even realise what had happened until afterwards. He revealed: ‘When the operation was over, Dr Shi just told me the surgery was extremely successful. The girl is said to have recovered well and is now able to walk. She is expected to be released from hospital by September 22.

Bargain in Australian Woolworths: “WE all love a good bargain, but this hilarious poster had shoppers scratching their heads yesterday after noticing the ridiculous saving. The sale item, a ‘Little Live Pets Butterfly House’, was photographed and posted to social media, after being spotted by a number of shoppers at a Woolworths store in Dural in Sydney’s north west. The deal was also posted on the Woolworths website online. The ‘Cheap Cheap’ special offered customers a 1 cent discount, reducing the cost from $20 to $19.99. If our calculations are right, given the 1 cent coin’s withdrawn from circulation in 1992, the cost of the product would be rounded back up to $20 on purchase.

Vigilante justice goes viral on Peru’s streets: “A Facebook campaign to dish out vigilante justice in Peru has gone viral – after hundreds of people started posting pictures and videos of themselves catching and punishing petty criminals. More and more fed-up Peruvians are taking the law into their own hands and recording their often humiliating acts of retribution on their cameras or mobile phones. The ‘Catch Your Thief’ movement took off after one neighbourhood decided to stop calling the police after a crime, warning they would ‘lynch’ the culprits instead. Social media users quickly began posting their own home-made footage showing alleged thieves and pickpockets receiving their comeuppance, often at the hands of a baying mob of revenge-seekers. Punishments range from being stripped naked and whipped in public and being forced to perform tough military exercises to even being force-fed raw chili peppers. One video shows a woman undressed and being walked through a busy street, with a banner around her neck reading ‘I’m a thief’.”

Wannabe TV reporter becomes a huge hit in Albania after wearing an open blouse: “A student has landed a job on Albanian television after showing her breasts through an open top during screen tests. TV bosses at the network said they were so impressed with Enki Bracaj, from the Albanian capital Tirana, that they offered her a news reader role. The 21-year-old now presents an international news programme after wearing the revealing outfit during trials – and has already proved a ratings hit, it has been reported. A spokesperson for the channel said: ‘Most agree that her presentation style is somewhat awkward, but we are working on that and to be honest it doesn’t seem to be doing any harm to her viewing figures.’ Defending the decision to offer almost-topless news, she said: ‘It is not easy to enter the world of television. ‘So it was obvious that if I wanted to make it I had to be brave and offer something different.”

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Explained at last

September 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Drunken Indian man is buried alive after falling into a hole while returning home… before construction workers built a ROAD over him: “An Indian man suffered a gruesome death when he was buried alive by molten tar after drunkenly falling into a manhole. Latori Lal, 45, had fallen into the hole while returning to his home in Katni in Madhya Pradesh state, on Friday night. When road workers arrived the following morning, they failed to notice Mr Lal, and filled the hole with tar a before using a heavy roller to flatten the surface. Locals later spotted Mr Lal’s shirt and he was pulled out of the newly laid road dead on Monday, police said. A driver and a road worker have been arrested, The Times of India reports.

Real justice for once: “A train conductor has been captured repeatedly punching and kicking a man who was attempting to flee from a station platform. A passenger filmed the employee viciously attacking the 46-year-old man, who attempts to run but is pulled back into the scuffle at Broadford station in central Victoria. Police have revealed to Daily Mail Australia the man was charged with assaulting a woman on board the V/Line train moments before the vision was filmed. They said said the victim, from Croydon in east Melbourne, has declined to make a statement. The incident took place at at Broadford, about 100km north of Melbourne, at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.”

Along came a spider and sat down beside her: “A woman’s intense fear of spiders has set off an improbable chain reaction that led to a collision with a school bus and sent her 9-year-old son to the hospital. Authorities in Syracuse, Indiana, say 35-year-old Angela Kipp had been backing the car out of her driveway with her son in the backseat Friday afternoon when she noticed a spider crawling on her shoulder. According to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Ms Kipp’s arachnophobia got the best of her and she jumped out of the car speeding in reverse, leaving her child to fend for himself. The quick-thinking 9-year-old moved into the driver’s seat and tried to stop the car, but instead of stepping on the brake he hit the gas pedal, sending the out-of-control car careening into a passing school bus. The boy was discovered by responding officers lying outside his mother’s Dodge Avenger. The 9-year-old was transported to IU Health Goshen in stable condition with minor head injuries. No children were on the Wawasee Corporation school bus at the time, and its driver was not injured.”

Feisty mushrooms: “A Reddit user named Bantrlicious went into the bathroom and discovered that the scrub brush in the tub had suddenly sprouted a pair of tiny brown fungi. The user, both confused and fascinated by the discovery quickly snapped a photo and shared the image on Reddit, captioning it simply with: ‘This scrubbing brush has sprouted two tiny mushrooms.’ Indeed, the photo shows a scrub brush with a wooden base and white bristles, and two small mushrooms with cone-shaped caps emerging from between the bristles. ‘Alarmingly, this is a body-scrubbing rather than dish-scrubbing brush,’ the poster added. ‘I think it has dropped its spores – there was a blackish film of power around the brush this morning. ‘What is amazing is how quickly they grew – seemingly overnight, although I haven’t scrutinized the brush recently so can’t be sure.’ Decaying wood is one of those places where fungus is commonly found because of its abundance of nutrients. As for the right environment: moisture and warmth are perfect conditions for mushroom growth – making a bathroom the perfect spot.”

Domino’s customer returns $1,300 he found inside box of wings: “A California Domino’s customer got a delivery of instant karma when he was rewarded with free pizza for a year after he returned $1,300 he had received in a box of chicken wings by mistake. Mike Vegas of Berkeley ordered pizza and chicken wings over the weekend and was going to kick back, relax and enjoy the food during his day off. When he got home around 5am, Vegas wanted to have some hot wings but was instead surprised by stacks of cold, hard cash when he pulled the box of chicken from the fridge and opened it up. It turned out the driver had been calling Vegas nonstop because he had mixed up a box of cash that was bound for the bank with a box of wings that was bound for his customer’s stomach. When Vegas walked into the restaurant and returned the money, the store’s general manager thanked him profusely for being honest and offered him free pizza for a year. Vegas accepted the offer… and he kept the wings.

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Anybody would be confused

September 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The latest beauty fad: “As I drift off to sleep, I’m secure in the knowledge that I’ll wake fresh-faced. And it’s not because I’ve gone to bed early or used some special moisturiser, but rather what I’m sleeping on: a very unusual pillow. Made from a high-tech fabric, it promises to get rid of wrinkles and lines. The secret behind the £50 Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase is copper, a mineral believed to play a role in the skin’s natural renewal process. Hailed by beauty experts as the latest ‘wonder ingredient’, it helps to boost collagen and elastin – which keep your skin strong as it ages – and encourages it to produce hyaluronic acid, which has a plumping effect. Scientists have apparently spent ten years developing ‘intelligent textiles’ – fabrics with extra properties – such as Cupron, a polyester-like material made using threads embedded with tiny copper oxide fibres. Now, Cupron has been used to make a pillowcase – the idea being that the copper will make direct contact with your face as you snooze.”

Drunk cowboy is given a ticket after riding his horse home: “A cowboy was given a ticket after deciding to ride his horse home from a daiquiri bar instead of driving. Jake Williams stopped for a few drinks after work on Tuesday, parking up his truck and horse trailer by the bar in Watson, Louisiana. Realizing he was too intoxicated to drive home, he jumped on the back of his horse, called Sugar, and began his journey home along the highway. It did not take long for police to arrive, with deputies pulling him to the side of Highway 16 and telling him to dismount. Officers considered arresting Williams for driving while intoxicated, but could not because he was at the reins of a horse, not the wheel of a car. Instead they gave him a ticket for being drunk in public, but the cowboy defended his mode of transport. e told WBRZ: ‘When you get a little too much to drink, why not ride a horse? ‘It’s safer that way. The horse knows the way home.’ Williams, who had been drinking at Coconut Willy’s Daiquiris, added that he would not ride his horse home drunk again in future.”

Chewing gum good for stress: “For millions of football fans, the sight of an under-pressure manager furiously chewing a stick of gum while barking instructions to his players on the pitch has become a familiar one. But according to new research, there is good reason why top-flight coaches such as Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho chew gum: because it eases stress. And scientists say that the harder you chew, the greater the relief. Just three minutes of sustained chomping can substantially lower levels of hormones associated with stress, according to a study by scientists at Tokushima University in Japan. The study, reported in the Journal Of Prosthodontic Research, involved 20 men and women who completed a psychological stress test while their anxiety levels were assessed, by measuring their saliva for compounds associated with stress. Professor Andy Smith, of Cardiff University, who has carried out separate research on chewing, said: ‘This interesting study shows that chewing gum can reduce stress, with the effects being seen rapidly.”

Addled prosecution: “A teenager in North Carolina has been prosecuted for having nude photos of himself on his own mobile phone. In a case that has been condemned as ludicrous by many legal experts, Cormega Zyon Copening, 17, was forced to make a plea deal to avoid potential jail time and being charged with sexual exploitation of a minor — the minor being himself. The high school quarterback was 16 when authorities discovered the photos on his phone that he had been sharing with his girlfriend. He was charged in February under US federal child pornography laws with four counts of possessing naked images of himself, and one count of possessing a naked image of his girlfriend. The age of consent in North Carolina is 16 but state officials say it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to share explicit images on their phone. “It’s dysfunctional to be charged with possession of your own image,” Justin Patchin, a professor of criminal justice told The Guardian.

Concorde supersonic airliner could start flying again: “THE Concorde supersonic airliner looks like it will make a return to the skies thanks to some aviation enthusiasts with very deep pockets. Club Concorde, a group of ex-pilots, airline executives, engineers and Concorde enthusiasts have unveiled their plan to have the legendary jet back in the air by 2019. It has been nearly 12 years since Concorde took its last flight, with the final journey occurring on October 24th, 2013. Although they need a little maintenance, these fully-functional planes are scattered across the globe in aviation museums and science centres. The particular plane Club Concorde is after is located at Le Bourget airport in Paris, which they want to buy and restore for around $250 million. Once the restorations are complete, Club Concorde wants to use the iconic plane at air shows, corporate events and for private charters. At this stage, there are no plans to resume commercial flights.”

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