BloopersSeptember 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
One way to quit smoking: “Colin Farrell went to some seriously great lengths to quit his smoking habit. The True Detective actor opened up to Men’s Health about how he eventually stopped himself from picking up another cigarette and revealed his rather untraditional method to ditch the vice. “I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco,” he told the mag. “I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn’t have a cigarette for another two years.” Well, whatever works…”
Car crash lights up the sky: “A ball of flames alerted witnesses to a horrific car crash on Saturday morning in which the driver of the vehicle died. Police reported that the accident in Darwin, which left behind a crash scene 200 metres long, resulted in flames 20 feet – six metres – high. The male driver, whose name and age have not been released, lost control of the vehicle while driving on an inner city, outbound stretch of the Stuart Highway in Darwin about 5am, the ABC reported. Northern Territory Watch Commander Geoff Bahnert said speed was a factor in the crash. The vehicle is extensively damaged. We know that it’s hit a tree on the way … it’s safe to say that speed played a part in this.’ ‘It was just a ball of flames … there was nothing left.’
New Zealand has the longest place name of all: “When weatherman Liam Dutton had to read out the forecast for a small Welsh town, he perfectly pronounced the longest place name in Europe. But now a forecaster in New Zealand has gone one better by reeling off the longest place name in the world getting tongue tied. After seeing the Channel 4 weatherman say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Renee Wright from News Zealand TV network TVNZ wanted to show she too could give the perfect forecast. So when challenged by her co-hosts on Breakfast TV, she pronounced the the name of the hill Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu with ease. But it also prompted hosts on American breakfast TV for them to have a go at saying the tongue twister. However, for Kim Insley, Cory Hepola and Sven Sundgaard who front the morning show on KARE 11 in Minneapolis, they failed miserably.”
FBI Bunglers. “Secret” device wasn’t secret: “An American scientist who was accused of being a spy for China has had all the charges against him dropped after the FBI admitted it had made a massive mistake in arresting him in the first place. Federal agents had claimed they had evidence that Dr Xi Xiaoxing sent the secret blueprints for a sophisticated U.S. device called a ‘pocket heater’ to Chinese scientists. But months after the physics professor was led away in handcuffs from Temple University, where he works, the FBI admitted the blueprints they found were not for the heater at all – but for a totally innocuous gadget. Federal prosecutors sought to dismiss the charges on Friday after being confronted with statements from physicists that investigators had misunderstood the technology. In any case, the pocket heater is patented and plans on how to make it can be looked up online, Zeidenberg said.”
The unlikely Presidents of the United States: “A transhumanist who believes in enhancing humans, a TV reality star, someone who wants to bring back prohibition, a famous comedian, someone who still thinks Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a hoax representing a conspiracy, and two people who cannot run because they are too young – just some of the lesser known people who would be king. One of the most interesting aspects of the race is turning out to be the outlying candidates putting themselves forward for consideration. John McAfee (70), developer of the McAfee antivirus software you probably have on your PC, has announced his candidacy. The entrepreneur is probably best known for going on the run in 2012 following the murder of his neighbour in Belize. The temperance movement is not dead at all. Though prohibition in the US ended in 1933 The Prohibition Party supports its re-introduction and is considering two candidates for next year’s race. TV comedienne Roseanne Barr will run for a second time for The Peace and Freedom Party. Best known for her working class sit-com Roseanne, the Hawaiian entertainer wants to fight for healthcare, workplace and LGBT rights.”
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