No kidding?

September 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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California kayakers come across naked woman shouting at them THREE MILES out at sea: “A naked woman was found three miles off a beach in California but officials do not know how she got there. The 28-year-old was shouting for help when she was found by kayakers at around 10am Sunday. The woman, who was not wearing a bathing suit or any clothes, said she had swam out from the shore the evening before and was was swept out out to sea. But officials said this was impossible as even the strongest currents only pull for 500 to 600ft – not the three miles she had traveled down the coast. The woman claimed she took off her bathing suit during the 16-hour swim ‘so it wouldn’t restrict her in her abilities to swim,’ Sgt Haldeman said. Officers who brought the adventurous swimmer to shore were expecting her to be suffering from hypothermia but she was fine. No lifeguards saw her enter the water and the belongings the woman claimed she had left on the beach were gone. Had they been found the evening before then the coastguard would have investigated. Ms Manzella added: ‘She was really far out.'”

The rise of churchyard tourism: “It may seem too macabre to add to a travel itinerary for some, but a new guide is encouraging tourists and day-trippers to explore the UK’s cemeteries. In an effort to push so-called ‘churchyard tourism’, the country’s burial grounds are being touted as a prime destination for those in search of nature, tranquility, community involvement and a lesson in local history. The guide was created by Caring for God’s Acre, a Shropshire-based national conservation charity, which says there are up to 30,000 burial sites to discover. Caring for God’s Acre says the country’s cemeteries are ‘miniature undesignated nature reserves’. Many older churchyards have remained virtually untouched and unchanged for generations, allowing plants to thrive and wildlife to flourish alongside historic monuments and memorials”

Pope’s benediction sign ‘was caused by nerve damage’, osteopath claims: “It is a hand gesture which has been seen in ancient mosaics and paintings for hundreds of years but now the reasoning behind the Pope’s distinctive benediction sign may been solved. First used by Pope Peter, it is thought the unique gesture, in which the thumb is tucked into the palm and the index and middle finger are raised together, may have been due to nerve damage. New research from Dr Bennett Futterman, an anatomy professor at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, reveals the Pope’s gesture was started because his ulnar nerve had been damaged. Pope Peter was left being unable to open his whole hand properly, making it difficult to make the ‘Vulcan’-style salute, long used as a blessing by Jewish high priests. ‘Peter, the first pope, had an ulnar nerve injury and everyone copied him. Imitation is a great form of flattery. Out of respect for St Peter, the other popes followed with that same pattern,’ he suggests.”

Strange dolphin sighted: “A rare snubfin dolphin has been spotted playing and jumping out of the water off the coast in Queensland. Emma Schmidt, a ranger for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, said she saw the endangered mammal frolicking with a pod of around 10 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. She took a photograph of the ‘smiling’ dolphin off Hinchinbrook Island, south of Cairns, and nicknamed him ‘snubby’. ‘They are very rare, so this photo was just pure luck,’ Ms Schmidt told the Townsville Bulletin. ‘We were heading to Sunken Reef Bay and I noticed a pod of about 10 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and among them was this cute little snubby. ‘It was playing and mucking around jumping out of the water and in the photo it looks like it’s smiling.’ The ‘highly social’ dolphins can only be found in the waters off northern Australia as far south as the Gladstone region in Queensland. They can grow to between 1.5m and 2.7m in length and they vary in colour from brownish grey to pale white. Snubfin dolphins have a very blunt, round head and they take their name from their small, triangular (‘snubby’) dorsal fin.”

New York Fashion Week model discovered while taking out the TRASH at his hotel job – one day before walking the runway: “Sophon Aur, 33, was throwing out trash bags at New York City’s Hudson Hotel on September 13 when Johnson Hartig, the designer behind Libertine, took notice of him. Next thing he knew, Sophon was strutting his stuff on Libertine’s runway the following night, making his big debut in front of the fashion elite. Johnson was running a pop-up showroom of the latest Libertine collection at the hotel, where Sophon has worked as a housekeeper since 2003. Noticing the tall, dark, and handsome hotel employee, Johnson asked him: ‘What are you doing tomorrow night?’ He then brought the high-fashion novice back into the showroom with him. The overnight style star was a hit at the show, where he wore a skull-and-smiley-face-embellished black hoodie, a chunky gold chain, whimsical leopard pants, and rainbow striped sandals.”

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The chicken that didn’t cross the road

September 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am not quite sure why but to me this is the funniest story I have heard for quite a while

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Urinals turned into into a gaming room: “A pub has managed to transform its men’s toilet in a way that even the women are trying to enter — a place they usually avoid at all costs. The drinking establishment in Christchurch New Zealand has inserted interactive media for each urinal controlled by the user’s stream. A sensor placed on each side of the drain of the urinal allows the person to move his player right and left. Patrons leaving the urinal found themselves competing — reports TVNZ. Each person listed their score after humorously attempting to play the game while doing their business. The screen, positioned on top of the urinal allows the user to decide between playing a ball game or skiing down a slope. The rest is up to the amount of liquid you can release from your body. As the pressure on the sensors dissipates a screen asking the question ‘Are you out of stream?’ pops up before the game ends finalising the player’s score. ‘I think it encourages people to miss the toilet,’ one customer told TVNZ before admitting he managed to miss the urinal.”

A herd of sea-cows: “When paddling along the Weeki Wachee river in Florida, you could expect to see dozens of fish and birds that call the river home – as well as a few ‘mermaids’ at the nearby tourist attraction. But among the rarest of sights along the stretch of water is the endangered West Indian manatees, unless you’re this pair of lucky paddle boarders. Tyler and Lauren were leisurely making their way down the river on Saturday with paddle board company Sup Weeki, when this group of ten inquisitive manatees swam directly underneath them. Manatees are known as ‘sea cows’ because of their similar size, peaceful temperament and diet of plants and weeds. While they have no natural predators, they were badly affected by human hunting until they became protected once their numbers declined. Now on the rebound, they still face being killed by boat propellers after swimming too close, or by being tangled in fishing nets.”

Disappointed dog: “Dogs may not be able to tell their owners how they are feeling, but one Siberian husky relied on her facial expressions to reveal the shock and betrayal she felt after her owner finished his burger – without giving her the last bite. Julio Savala Lopez Jr, 32, from Las Vegas, Nevada, turned his 18-month-old husky Yuka into a star after he captured her incredulous facial expression and posted it on Imgur earlier this week. ‘I think my dog just died a little bit on the inside when I didn’t give her the last bite of my burger,’ he captioned the photo, which shows Yuka’s dropping her jaw and widening her eyes in disbelief. Julio explained to Buzzfeed that Yuka almost always gets the last bite of food when he and his girlfriend Ishy Maiden are eating, and based on her recent picture, it is a tradition she has gotten accustomed to.”

Dashcam footage captures driver’s fear and confusion as he follows a World War II SEA MINE bolted to the back of a trailer: “A car towing what appears to be an unexploded World War II bomb has been filmed on a dashboard camera. Darren Plane was driving along a coastal road, believed to be in New South Wales, when he noticed what he believed to be a sea mine strapped to the trailer of the car in front of him. In the footage Mr Plane and a female passenger can be heard debating whether they should notify authorities. Despite the pair sounding concerned and confused in the video, a NSW police spokeswoman later confirmed to Daily Mail Australia the sea mine spotted was just a ‘replica’. ‘Apparently the vintage car was spotted near Lake Hume [in the Riverina region of NSW] at 5pm on Tuesday. I believe the owners of the mine had put it on as a joke – it’s just a replica – not real.’

Incredibly rare Lowry painting found hanging on sitting room wall sells for nearly £200,000: “A rare painting by ‘matchstick’ artist L.S. Lowry that depicts a girl donning a mini-skirt in the 1960s today sold for nearly £200,000 at auction after spending 20 years hanging on a sitting room wall. The A4-sized oil artwork was gifted to its Liverpool-based former owner – who remains unidentified – by a business partner who had purchased it from a gallery in 1972, four years after it was painted. It had spent the past two decades hanging on the wall, with its owner unaware that it was one of just a handful of colourful creations that the English artist produced during his celebrated career. It came to light only when the seller contacted experts to ask their advice on it after a house move. The 1968 painting which sold today depicts a girl walking in a red miniskirt, a black coat and a hat.”

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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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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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Alzheimer test

September 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?”

“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”

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Odd news from around the world

Frightening coffee mug: “The White House briefly went into lock down on Wednesday afternoon after an ‘unattended package’ was discovered in the park across the street. The object inside the package turned out to be a coffee mug, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not on the premises when the lock down went into effect, at approximately 2:58 pm. The suspicious package was declared safe and the lock down ended at roughly 3:35 pm. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the package was discovered in Lafayette Park. The Secret Service subsequently closed public access to Lafayette Park and Pennsylvania Avenue as it and the Explosive Ordinance inspected the item. The coast was declared clear before the president returned to the White House at 3:47 pm.”

Mini kiwi fruit: Grape-sized berries that can be eaten whole: “It looks very much like the original Kiwi fruit from New Zealand. However, the Kiwi berry is a fraction of the size – and is being grown on a British farm. Unlike its larger cousin, the berry version does not have the furry skin, which means it can be eaten whole. It is about the size of a grape and looks very similar to a gooseberry, but is actually much sweeter. The official name of the berry is Actinidia arguta and it grows wild in parts of China, north-eastern Siberia, Korea and Japan. The tiny fruit are very high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, A and E as well as Potassium and Magnesium, which makes them ideal lunchbox alternatives to sweets and biscuits. While most people might eat them as a snack or in a fruit salad, they can also be used in sweet omelettes, in a sauce for baked fish or in a salsa with tomatoes, coriander, oil and spices.”

Fisherman reels in MONSTER-FISH off the coast of Japan: “Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature – believed to be a wolf-fish – would not look out of place in a science fiction film. The massive catch was reeled in by Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career of landing and then eating unusual fish. Wolf-fish commonly live in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. As deep sea dwellers, they feed on smaller creatures along the ocean floor. Normally growing to about 1.2m in length, the wolffish Hirasaka caught measured close to two metres, The Sun reported.

Australian Prime Minister stumped by feminist talk: “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was left scratching his head during question time on Wednesday after he was accused of ‘mansplaining’. Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek triggered raised eyebrows and confusion when she told parliament Mr Turnbull was mansplaining instead of answering her question about foreign aid. An ABC journalist overheard some of Ms Plibersek’s confused colleagues ask each other if she said ‘manscaping’ and what she meant by it. So what does mansplaining mean? The word mansplain, according to the Macquarie Dictionary, means to ‘explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter’. The Prime Minister told the parliament on Wednesday that if Ms Plibersek wanted a serious answer about foreign aid she should ask serious questions. ‘But it’s a complete waste of question time and now the honourable member is asking more questions by way of interjection.’

What time is YOUR wine o’clock?: “Brits are known the world over for our teatime: that mid-afternoon lull which can be pepped up with a strong cuppa and a biscuit. No more: it seems that wine is fast overtaking tea as women’s relaxant of choice. In fact, the charity Alcohol Concern is so worried about the ‘wine o’clock’ culture among middle-class mothers, it warns that many are risking their health and passing their habits on to their children.

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Some more journalistic logic

September 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The cheese toastie goes gourmet: “A staple food group for students and drunk party goers, the cheese toastie reigns as the quickest and easiest guilty pleasure in the kitchen. But toasties have now evolved to become sophisticated foods in their own right, with restaurants such as London’s Duck and Waffle offering custom tasty cheese filling paired with a host of wonderful ingredients, such as crème fraîche, onion and black truffle purée and mashed potato. And its proud basic bread and cheese composition is being given the overhaul by chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, who have their own ideas about what constitutes as the ultimate toasted sandwich. Jamie’s spin on the classic toastie involves ‘posh’ Comte cheese and higher-welfare roasted ham. On Jamie’s website, jamieoliver.com, he says: ‘A toasted cheese sandwich is a beautiful thing, but I’m not messing about here – this is the ultimate one and it’s going to blow your mind.’”

New burger? “McDonalds have launched a brand new ground chicken burger which could be set to become as popular as the Big Mac. But fans of the fast food chain may have to wait to sample the new sandwich, as it is only being rolled out in Tampa Bay, Florida. The ground chicken burger is a first for the fast-food chain; a ground quarter-pound patty of breast and thigh meat on a new ‘gourmet’ potato bun. It comes in two versions – the Classic with red onions, lettuce, tomatoes and ranch sauce and the Signature with grilled onions with lettuce, tomatoes and a sweet ‘signature’ sauce. The burger, which debuted in every one of Tampa Bay’s 200 McDonald’s on Monday, was created by restaurateur Blake Casper. Casper, who owns around 50 McDonald’s franchises in the area, has spent the last year-and-a-half perfecting the recipe. Casper also owns the Oxford Exchange in Tampa where the restaurant’s own chicken burger has become a hit with customers.”

Whale breaches the water and leaps over kayakers – narrowly avoiding crushing them: “Astonishing footage has captured the moment two kayakers came closer than they ever intended to a humpback whale after they narrowly avoided being crushed by the full force of its weight. The duo were amongst a group paddling in Monterey Bay, California, on Saturday morning as a couple of whales swam calmly between the kayaks. The whales had come into the bay to feed, and were popping up in between the tiny boats – much to the delight of everyone watching on. But then one of the giant creatures unexpectedly shoots out of the water, throwing its full weight at two unsuspecting kayakers, who can do little but watch on as all 30 or more tons of the almost fully grown mammal comes hurtling towards them. The kayakers, dressed in red, disappear under the mass of foam and waves as the whale hits the water. Luckily, the whale watchers pop back up within seconds of the terrifying incident, remarkably unscathed. No injuries were reported, according to Fox 11”.

A snake that’s not a snake: “A reclusive skink lizard has been pictured alive for the first ever time by an amateur wildlife photographer. The rare reptile looks more like a snake, but on closer inspection it actually has four tiny legs that make it a type of lizard. It also has a notched tongue rather than the forked tongue of a snake. Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen, 48, was visiting the Masai Mara in Kenya when a ranger pointed out what he thought was a snake by the side of the road. The Dutch photographer took several pictures of the 20ins long serpent before it slithered off into long grass. When he got home Sjoerd did some research online and found a description of a Western Serpentiform skink which matched what he had seen, but couldn’t find a single picture of one. He uploaded his a photography Facebook page and was inundated with inquiries from excited herpetologists around the world. The Western Serpentiform skink is found in east Africa in countries like Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. They are harmless to humans and live off a diet of insects and spiders.”

Chocolate thief collared 17 YEARS afterwards: “A thief who stole a box of Quality Street has been caught nearly two decades later. Spaniard Carlos Javier Aguilar- Ballester clearly thought he had got away with stealing the £3.50 box of chocolates from a shop in Gibraltar in 1998. But the 47-year-old was finally brought to justice 17 years later when he was arrested for another offence. Aguilar-Ballester was held by police for animal cruelty last month when neighbours reported seeing a man swinging a dog by its hind legs ‘like a yo-yo’. Detectives quickly matched him to the older theft case, which was still on file. He pleaded guilty to stealing the chocolates and was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge. He is set to appear in court later this year on a charge of animal cruelty.”

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“Little boxes on the hillside… And they’re all made out of ticky tacky. And they all look just the same”

September 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Apartment Complex, Montreal, Canada. Looks like the architect was inspired by the 1960s protest song sung by Pete Seeger

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Odd news from around the world

Anti-wrinkle cream makes woman’s fine lines disappear in SECONDS: “A skin cream that promises to instantly remove wrinkles is piquing the interest of beauty lovers after an infomercial that shows the lines on a woman’s hand disappearing was released. Super Line Filler, from the beauty brand Prescriptives, is said to blur wrinkles and smooth skin within 90 seconds of its application. In a promo for the product, the company’s Executive Director of Product Development demonstrates how the cream works by applying it to the palm of her hand. She applies the product to one of the natural creases on her hand, gently tapping the cream into her skin until it dissolves. Within minutes, the wrinkles on her hand have completely vanished. The employee instructs users to tap – rather than rub – the cream into skin, saying it’s the most ‘important’ part of the application process. She advises twice-a-day use, preferably morning and night, but adds that one can also opt to apply it throughout the day as needed.”

Snooker star, 8, so small he stands on a crate to play gets his big break: “An pint-sized star who needs to stand on an upturned plastic crate to reach the table has been tipped as a future snooker star – at the age of eight. Westley Cooper – who stands just 3ft 4ins high and is dwarfed by even the smallest cue – is hotly tipped to be the next Ronnie O’Sullivan. The little lad, who has been potting balls since he was aged five, has been talent-spotted by an American TV channel after posting a catalogue of jaw-dropping trick shot videos online. Producers contacted his father, also called Westley, after spotting his talent on YouTube, which included him beating former World Champion, Stephen Hendry. Little Westley Cooper – nicknamed ‘Wee Man’ by his family – always stands on an upturned vegetable crate to reach the table. Talent scout Carl Pocket contacted Westley’s family, of New Parks, Leicester, last week to entice them to California. And young Westley is already chalking his cue.”

Incredible moment the fastest coconut husker in the world shreds a piece of fruit with his bare TEETH: “This is the fastest coconut husker in the world – a man capable of shredding the fruit down to size with his bare teeth in a matter of seconds. Known as the Buko King, the local legend lives on the island of Bohol in the Philippines and spends his days tearing at the husk of coconuts before extracting the delicious milk filling. Capable of husking numerous coconuts a day, the Buko King has become a sort of tourist attraction and locals and visitors alike are willing to travel hours to see the bizarre talent for themselves. The man turned a huge coconut into a tiny, manageable piece of fruit with a couple of bites. The coconut gets smaller and smaller in his hand and before long all of the fibre has been removed from the outer shell – a lot of it sticks to the man’s shirt.”

A cobra that SPITS venom: “A photographer is lucky to be alive after a deadly cobra took offence to his camera – and started squirting lethal poison at him. Riaan Nysschens was at a safari lodge in South Africa when he managed to picture the snake spitting deadly venom through the air – even though the liquid could have easily killed him. The photographic guide grabbed his camera after spotting one of the country’s most dangerous creatures, the Mozambique Spitting Cobra, at the property. ‘A cobra would much rather spit than bite – knowing this I found the opportunity to try and capture the spray of the spitting cobra. ‘As soon as I released it, he went into defence mode and spat at every moving thing. ‘I was very lucky to capture the moment on camera, but I was very nervous. I was less than two metres away from a snake that could have easily killed me.’

Lawn rage: “While many try to tend to their lawns when time allows, it appears some are more offended by neglected lawns than others. Writer Alys Gagnon came home to a harsh note in her letterbox one afternoon from a neighbour, leaving her shocked and frustrated. ‘Mow your grass you pigs,’ the scrawled note read. Sharing an image of her medium length lawn on Facebook, Ms Gagnon took to the platform to express her anger and disbelief at the situation. ‘To the person who left this note in my letterbox, at first I was so ashamed and angry. But now I feel nothing but pity for you,’ Ms Gagnon wrote. ‘You must lead a sad sort of existence if an untidy front lawn prompts you to leave a rude note in a stranger’s letterbox.’ ‘The grass is long, but so is my love for my children, my passion for my husband, my joy in their company, my delight in our friends and my fulfilment from challenging work. I hope one day you find the same.’

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Possum Problems

September 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There were four churches and a synagogue in town: Anglican church, Baptist church, Methodist church, Catholic church and a Jewish synagogue. Each church and the synagogue had a problem with invasive possums and the “scats” that they left around the place.

The Anglican church called a meeting to decide what to do about their possums. After much prayer and consideration they decided that the possums were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s will.

At the Baptist church the possums had taken an interest in the baptismal tank. The elders met and decided to put a water slide in front of it and let the possums drown themselves. The possums liked the slide and knew instinctively how to swim so twice as many possums showed up the following week.

The Methodist church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures. So they humanely trapped their possums and set them free near the Baptist Church.

Two weeks later the possums were back when the Baptists took down the water slide.

The Catholic Church came up with a creative strategy. They baptised all the possums and confirmed them as members of the church. Now they only see them at Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals.

Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue, but it’s rumoured that they took one possum and circumcised him and they haven’t seen a possum on their property since!.

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Lonely life of man with the longest donger: “ROBERTO Esquivel Cabrera has just set a world record for having the longest penis. The 52-year-old Mexican measured in at a whopping 18.9 inches (48.2cm), with a tip circumference of 10 inches (25cm), at certification by World Record Academy officials yesterday. Mr Cabrera had been hoping for recognition by Guinness World Records but had to settle for the less famous certifier after Guinness confirmed it had no category for penis size. The World Record Academy stepped in after Mr Cabrera shared his story with a local journalist in an interview that was picked up by the world press over the weekend. He told how his massive member had ruined his life, preventing him from having a relationship and even getting a job. “I cannot do anything, I cannot work, and I am disabled so I want authorities to declare me as a disabled person and give me support.” Women were too frightened to have sex with him, so he had never had a long-term girlfriend, let alone a wife. He has no friends and says people “shun” him wherever he goes.”

Czech club installs chest-high ‘puking toilet’ for party-goers who have had one too many: “A Czech bar has come up with an innovative way to help party-goers who have had a little too much to drink – but be warned, it isn’t pretty. The club has fitted a ‘puking toilet’ at chest-height so drinkers who have had one too many do not have to endure kneeling on a sticky restroom floor. Complete with handrails for tired and emotional revelers, the white basin sits between two urinals – suggesting the establishment is used to men overdoing it. The grim sink even comes with a sign instructing drunkards how to use it, with a graphic showing a stick figure vomiting into the contraption. A picture was posted on Reddit by Czech gamer Vladimír Kincl, who added that the ‘awesome’ toilet in Club Kotelna, Prague, has a flush. There was mixed reaction to the sink online, but most comments were critical of the club for installing it. Similar basins, called Speibecken, are often found in German fraternity houses”

Bamboo socks will stop your feet smelling: “A start-up business has invented a new type of sock which promises to stop feet smelling – made from bamboo. Oh My Sock has created a brand of men’s socks that are made using premium quality bamboo, which stops foot odour and even soothes blisters. The garments also feature a special soft honeycomb design to prevent getting horizontal lines on your legs. Priced at £26 for seven pairs, the socks are made using high quality machines in Europe, and are designed to occupy less space in the drawer. ‘Bamboo socks have the best of both worlds because they wick the moisture away from your feet and absorb up to four times more moisture than normal cotton socks, keeping your feet cool in summer and warm in winter.” ‘The bamboo fibres have a round surface, which gives the socks a silky soft feeling, no more smell, itchiness or irritation, and this material also helps reduce blisters forming while walking.”

Blind people CAN be racist too: “A study that asked visually impaired people about their experiences with race has concluded that even the blind are capable of racism. Asia M. Friedman, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at University of Delaware, asked 25 blind people how they perceived race and how that perception affected how they felt about an individual. Friedman found that, even in those participants who’d been blind since birth, the visually impaired can and do still harbor racist stereotypes. According to her findings, the blind use mental calculations based on non-visual clues about race including voices and names. And those calculations sometimes lead the blind to conclusions about an individual’s socioeconomic status or race. ‘I think blind people are inculturated into ideas about class and race,’ said Friedman, who presented her findings on Tuesday at the American Sociological Association annual meeting.”

Baby koalas saved: “Two zookeepers at Symbio Wildlife Park have put their lives on hold over the last two months to hand-rear a pair of koala joeys. Joeys Imogen and Harry were born at the Helensburgh park, south of Sydney, earlier this year, but Harry’s mother died of leukaemia when he was just 22 weeks old and he did not receive the vital pap – partly digested eucalyptus leaves excreted by mother koalas – he needed to survive. After consulting with industry specialists, the decision was made to hand-rear Imogen, who was a month older than Harry, and try to use her mother, Kelly, as a surrogate for Harry by tucking her into the lone parent’s pouch. The fostering job was a success, with Kelly instantly taking over the role of nurturing mother and adopting Harry as her own. To replicate life in a pouch, over the course of the past two months Imogen has spent her days snuggled inside Ms Elliot’s Jacket in a little pouch to keep her warm. Her movement and heartbeat kept Imogen content as she slept through the day.

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Bloopers

September 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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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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Whoda thunk it?

September 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It’s a library, in Kansas City, Kansas

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Odd news from around the world

Security expert breaks into locked hotel safe in SECONDS: “Travellers are advised to keep valuables locked up in the hotel safe while they are away – but this may not actually be the safest option for keeping them secure. The video, recorded at a Caesars-owned Horseshoe hotel in the US, shows Stickley locking his items in a Registry safe. After confirming the box is secured by a four-digit code, he brings over a tiny screwdriver attached to his keys, and a stretched-out old keyring wire. He then proceeds to remove one of the screws on the box and using the thin metal wire and the screwdriver picks the lock inside within seconds. What’s even more unnerving for travellers is that by keeping his tools in the minute hole, he is easily able to shut and lock the door without any evidence of having been inside.”

Boy shoots and kills thuggish home intruder and discovers it is his father (above): “AN eighteen-year-old boy shot and killed an armed, masked home intruder — unbeknown to him, his dad. Malachi Heisler saw a man, his 46-year-old dad John, pointing a BB gun at his mother — John’s former partner — inside the family home at Lealman, in Pinellas County, Florida, after he had tried to break in through a window, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “In fear for his life, Malachi Heisler fired his weapon striking (John) Heisler in the upper body,” the statement said. Malachi’s mother Jolene Andrews, 46, and her 47-year-old boyfriend Alton Pyles had got up to investigate the window being smashed and encountered a man in full black tactical gear, including a ski mask and thigh holsters, who pointed a gun at them. He had another BB gun in his holster. “He wasn’t a good dad, no f**king father of the year awards,” Malachi, told WFLA. “He wanted to scare us first, then kill us when we were afraid,” he told the Tampa Bay Times.”

What a load of …. : “A man towing a perilous stack of scrap items in his tandem trailer was pulled over and fined by Victoria police on Thursday morning. The 43-year-old man was seen driving along Ferntree Gully Road, in Melbourne’s east, at 11.10am when he was intercepted by Nunawading Highway Patrol. They inspected his car and found that the heap of discarded metallic household objects – which included fridges, lockers, stove, treadmill and even a kitchen sink – were inadequately secured.Police slapped the driver with a set of fines, including ‘having an insecure load’ and ‘using an unsafe vehicle’. The towering load obscured the drivers vision and placed others on the road at serious risk, and upon further inspection, police deemed the car to be in an ‘un-roadworthy condition.’ ‘This was a rolling disaster waiting to happen,’ said Nunawading Highway Patrol’s Senior Constable Everett.”

Hundreds of pages of fan mail sent to Colorado theater gunman James Holmes: “Hundreds of pages of fan mail sent to to crazed movie theater gunman James Holmes reveal the sick obsession scores of people had with the killer. The disturbing letters – mainly from women besotted with Holmes – contain sympathy messages for the man who shot 12 people dead during a midnight showing of the Dark Knight Rises in Colorado. One of the chilling letters is signed with a lipstick kiss, while others tell Holmes, 27, that he is ‘all I think about’ and say he is as ‘sweet as a dove in the morning dew’. The vast number of letters were sent to Holmes while he was awaiting trial for the bloodbath in Aurora, Colorado, in July 2012, which left 12 dead and injured more than 70 innocent theatergoers. The mass murderer sprayed 76 bullets from his rifle, shotgun and 0.40 caliber handgun in the sickening attack. But that did not stop hundreds of people from penning letters of concern, fascination and even love to the demented killer.

Why women love a man who smiles: “James Dean’s brooding demeanour may have left women weak at the knees. But men who are looking for lasting love should ditch the scowl – and smile more instead. Researchers discovered that women who wanted a long-term relationship found men who smiled more attractive. The women also rated the men more trustworthy when they smiled than when they had a neutral expression. However, women looking for a short-term relationship did not find smiling men more appealing, the psychologists from the University of Oslo, and Senshu University in Japan said. Men who seem more trustworthy are a more attractive option for a long-term partnership because it may involve parenting, the researchers said, but the character trait is less important for a short-term fling.

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A dinosaur or a tank?

September 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Bitten on the doodle!: “A farmer who urinated in a field was rushed to hospital after a snake bit him on the penis. The 46-year-old came to the emergency room of a hospital in Sringar, in the northern state of Jammu and Kasmir, three hours after suffering the bite. Although the man was stable, his penis was ‘grossly swollen’, and covered in fluid-filled blisters where the snake’s teeth had entered, said doctors describing his case in the New England Journal of Medicine. The snake was identified by the patient as ‘gunas’, the local name for the Levantine viper, a snake whose venom is known to be poisonous. He was immediately tested and it was found his blood was clotting faster than usual due to the snake’s venom. He was given an anti-venom that neutralises the poison of the cobra, common krait and viper. Three days after he began treatment, his blood was clotting normally again and he was allowed to go home. At a follow up two weeks later, he was found to be completely recovered.

Weird. Woman crushes watermelons between her THIGHS: “This is the impressive and slightly bizarre moment a woman crushed three water melons with her thighs in just 14 seconds on live TV. Olga Liaschuk, 30 from Kyiv, Ukraine, is the Guinness world record holder for breaking the fruit with her legs in the fastest time and was invited to share her unique talent with the world on This Morning. The extreme show of strength was staged to celebrate the release of the new Guinness World Records 2016 book and various record breakers were featured on the ITV show. During the humorous segment the woman places the first of the three large water melons and asks whether she is allowed to get started. She crushes it with ease as presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby express their surprise and Salt-N-Pepa track Push It plays in the background.”

Grouchy lady wants to put curfew on oldsters: “A feisty shopper made a bizarre proposal to ban the elderly from entering supermarkets after 5pm. Beverly Macca, from Murrumbeena in Melbourne’s south-east, wrote to the Herald Sun, with the bold suggestion in a Letter to the Editor. She said she was sick of getting ‘stuck behind old people in the check-out line’ when she rushes home from work. Ms Macca questioned why the elderly decided to choose this particular time to shop. ‘Don’t they have the rest of the day to shop?’ the disgruntled customer wrote. ‘A weekday shopping curfew of 5pm for old people should be introduced to make life easier for nine-to-fivers.’ The letter is appropriately titled ‘Go home, old people’.”

A diving dog: “Launching herself off a clifftop into the clear blue water below this is the pet dog who loves nothing better than performing synchronized dives with her owner. Jack Russell terrier Titti was taught to dive by her owner Carmelo Abela, 49, who lives in Malta. The pair often take to St Peter’s Pool on the island and leap off the 12 foot high cliffs together to swim in the water below. Mr Abelo insists though that his dog will only jump if he goes with her and won’t jump by herself. And since footage of the duo emerged online, people have started flocking to Marsaxlokk, a fishing village in south east Malta to catch a glimpse of Titti. ‘She trusts me and whatever I do, she does it. When I tell her to jump, she jumps. Titti was around four months old when Mr Abela taught her to jump from much smaller heights. He says she was hesitant to begin with, but now shows no fear as she hurls herself from the cliff edge to the water below.”

Woman driver!: “A bus driver who drove a double decker into a railway bridge ripping the roof clean off and injuring 17 people was just finishing her first week in the job unsupervised, it has been claimed. Seventeen of those on board the bus in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, were injured and 12 were taken to hospital with a man and woman sustaining ‘serious’ facial injuries. The First number 17 bus is understood to have been on a detour from its normal route when it hit the bridge at around 12.30pm yesterday. Eyewitnesses said they heard ‘a loud bang’ before seeing smoke billowing from the bus which had gone ‘off-route’. The bus had attempted to pass along Milkstone Road when it hit the structure near Rochdale railway station. Video footage taken from the aftermath shows people on the top deck slowly stand up before assessing the devastation around them. The roof of the bus was left lying in the road with its top-deck seat tops clearly visible and surrounded by broken glass.”

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