Anybody would be confusedSeptember 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
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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