It’s a church, sort of

September 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Darwin would understand: “Dozens of people siphoning fuel from a truck died when it exploded in South Sudan. At least 85 people were killed in the explosion in Maridi town, Western Equatoria state yesterday, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny said. The truck, which was ‘full of petrol’, veered off the road and residents were gathering fuel when someone lit a cigarette, according to Ateny…. Provincial governor, Patrick Raphael Zamoi, cited a higher death toll of 176 and said others were critically injured. Deadly fuel tanker explosions are common in East Africa, where poor residents living near highways converge around fuel tankers involved in accidents to steal gas and then sell it.

‘Loner’ British fashion model: “Most models spend their lives at exclusive parties, rubbing shoulders with industry types and poring over social media – but not this one. Teddy Edwardes has revealed that she loves nothing more than being a ‘loner’, and is now sharing her life lesson with fans to combat the pressure on youngsters to have as many online friends as possible. In a video published to her YouTube channel, the 25-year-old Cornwall-based beauty explains that she travels alone, dines out for one and frequently makes herself laugh. Teddy first hit the headlines in 2014 following a brief Twitter row with X Factor winner James Arthur over his use of the word ‘queer’. She also enjoyed a romance with Lucy Spraggan, a finalist from the show. These days, Teddy explains that she gets lots of people inviting her out but she’d just rather stay in and watch TV. ‘I’ve always done things by myself, I left home at a young age, I’ve travelled to more than 15 countries on my own and worked there too.’ Teddy insists that she does ‘get on with people’ and is not ‘socially awkward’ but just prefers her own company.”

Animal-loving couple build 11ft-long mega bed so they can sleep with their five cats and two dogs: “An animal-loving couple have made a giant bed so they can sleep with their beloved pets. Reddit user Robdogbird and his girlfriend have built an 11ft-long bunk for them to share with their five cats and two dogs. Robdogbird, who is believed to be from America, fashioned the impressive design out of two mattresses and a DIY storage base. It is so big that the creature-obsessed couple regularly have to wash four lots of bedding, and rarely bother to make the bed unless guests are expected. Sharing how he made the giant bed, Robdogbird said that they already had a king spring mattress, and they bought a full foam mattress to add to it. They needed extra storage, so instead of opting for a bed frame or box-spring, he framed out storage – making it even so they could lay the mattresses on top. The 75 sq ft crib has been a huge hit with the couple’s pets, Pomeranian Lexi and Lola the Chihuahua plus cats Bear, Zoey, Kitty, Prince Caspian and Isha.”

Man mountain beaten at arm wrestling: “Game of Thrones actor Hafthór ‘Thor’ Björnsson suffered multiple defeats by a man nearly half his size – although in his defense, the opponent was a wrestling champion. Björnsson, who plays Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane on the hit series, went bicep to bicep with Canadian professional arm wrestler Devon Larratt. The Icelandic actor and strongman, who is 6ft9in, weighs a neat 419lbs, while his opponent, two-time World Arm Wrestling League winner Larrat, weighs just 225lbs and is four inches shorter. However, proving that arm wrestling is just as much about technique as muscle, Larratt defeated Björnsson no less than three times. Despite losing thrice to his much smaller opponent, Björnsson takes it all in his stride and happily concedes, throwing winning Larratt’s arm in the air.”

Mighty toddler: “Backwards somersaults, balancing splits and walkovers – these are moves even the most accomplished of gymnasts would be proud to pull off. But new gymnastics boy wonder Arat Hosseini, 2, is already able to perform the complicated poses after taking up the sport when he was just nine months old. Arat has been perfecting his technique for more than half his life – and the Iranian toddler is taking social media by storm with his amazing stunts and flexibility. His parents Mohamad and Fatemeh, who live in Babol in Iran’s Mazandaran Province, say their son has had no professional training and practices for just 10 to 20 minutes daily. Mohamad said: ‘One day when I returned home from work and put my finger in Arat’s hand, he got up slowly and, gripping my finger very tightly, pulled his legs off the ground. ‘At that time I noticed the strength and power Arat had and was very surprised.” Arat’s favourite trick is performing a backwards somersault.”

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