The way we were

October 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For city kids the street was your playground

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How BEER makes men better in bed: “It’s long been associated with so-called brewer’s droop after one too many pints. But beer can actually make men better in bed, a sex expert claims. Dr Kat Van Kirk says there are a variety scientific reasons why sinking a few pints can improve a man’s performance in the bedroom. Beer is full of phytoestrogens from the alcohol – and these are scientifically proven to delay orgasm, she told the website askmen. And it’s good news for men who prefer dark beers, such as porters and stouts – as they can expect a boost in libido and longer, more intense erections, she adds. This is due to the high amounts of iron which increases the amount of red blood cells and flow to the penis. This suggests that when drunk in moderation and paired with exercise, beer keeps the heart healthier, giving a man more cardio endurance during sex, she adds.

The long arm of coincidence: “A bearded traveller met his doppelganger on a Ryanair flight after he discovered a stranger sat in his seat. Neil Douglas was shocked to discover his identical twin, Robert Stirling, from London, on the flight from Stansted to Shannon Airport, County Clare, on Thursday evening. Instead of asking the stranger to move the 32-year-old wedding photographer, from Glasgow, took a selfie and shared the image on Twitter. The photograph, which has already been shared nearly 2,000 times, shows the two complete strangers looking strikingly similar due to their bushy ginger beards, smiles and hairstyles. The pair, who were even wearing similar black tops, later realised they were booked into the same Irish hotel and enjoyed a pint together in a nearby pub.”

Real road hogs!: “A police hunt is underway in Colombia for two men who shared their motorcycle with a pair of full-grown pigs. Surprising video footage, captured by a fellow motorist in the northern town of Cerete, shows the two men balancing the pair of animals between them. Despite being only a small motorcycle, the four occupants look unexpectedly comfortable with the unorthodox arrangement. Although their trotters are just inches from the tarmac, the pigs look quite happy with their transport. Their calm demeanour has caused commenters on the Spanish-language news site to speculate that it is probably not the first time they have taken to the road. In the rural area around the town, transporting small numbers of animals in improvised ways isn’t unheard of. But according to Colombian law, animals must be transported in conditions that do not jeopardise their lives or create dangerous conditions on the road.”

Grandmother loses five-year legal battle with her grand-daughter over custody of her CAT: “A Swedish grandmother has been told to hand over a cat to her grand daughter in one of the most unusual and bitter custody battles in Sweden. The legal fight for the lovable feline started in 2002 when the cat was just a three month old kitten. The cat was first given to a girl by her mother and step-father when she was 12-years-old. Several years later, health difficulties left the girl unable to care for the cat, leading the girl’s parents to approach her grandmother. When asked if she would be prepared to look after the cat, the grandmother agreed. The legal case emerged in 2010 when the woman, then aged 20, asked her grandmother for the cat back because she had moved out of her family’s home and had her own property. The grandmother, now aged 76, refused to hand over the cat, leading the woman to take her grandmother to court.”

Friendly horse: “A couple from Tennessee who were having a set of engagement photos taken were interrupted by a passing horse. Lauren Gossett, 25, and Tyler Knox, 26, were posing for pictures at the Terian Farms Event Center in Lebanon, near Nashville, when a horse named Bentley decided to join in the fun. The photograph was taken by Taylor Willis who says the arrival of the horse was a complete surprise. ‘I was standing on the rock and decided to change my angle when the horse decided to move in for a shot. He decided to hang around and make sure to get into a couple more shots after the photobomb.’ The bride’s mother, Amy Gossett, sent the photograph to a local news station. And despite her daughter’s grimace, Taylor says that Lauren actually didn’t mind the horse coming so close to her. ‘He was sniffing her face and just got too close as soon as I snapped. We all laughed after it was over. She thinks the photo is priceless as well as the look on her face!'”

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Go figure

October 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Australians to get paperless passports: “Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australians may soon be able to travel without their passports in a world-leading initiative. The traditional travel documents would be ditched for ‘cloud passports’ as part of the initiative, which was presented during a ‘hackathon’ in Canberra, according to the Canberra Times. ‘We think it will go global,’ Ms Bishop said of the idea of passport-less travel, which was presented to a number of leaders as part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ InnovationXchange project. Ms Bishop acknowledged security standards would have to be met to store personal information in the cloud. A ‘cloud passport’ would work by storing the identity and biometric data of holders online so it could be checked digitally, which would eliminate the need to carry a physical copy. It would also mean the risk of Australians losing or having their passports stolen would be significantly reduced, according to the newspaper.”

A comet has an atmosphere?: “Air surrounding the comet where a European probe landed last year is rich with oxygen, scientists have learned. The surprise discovery may force a rethink of theories about the origins of the Solar System – but does not imply the presence of life. Experts controlling the European Space Agency’s Rosetta orbiter discovered that free oxygen is the fourth most common gas in the atmosphere around Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta has been studying Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for over a year and has detected an abundance of different gases pouring from its nucleus. Water vapour, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are the most prolific, with a rich array of other nitrogen, sulphur and carbon-bearing species, and even ‘noble gases’ also recorded. Its other constituents are water vapour, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide.”

A REAL dumb crook: “A Serbian prisoner has had to pay a high price for his vanity after he injected his genitals with petroleum jelly in a quest for a bigger penis. Alexandar Djelic, 46, was serving seven years in jail for theft when he was tipped off about the questionable DIY penis enlargement method by a fellow inmate. He then went on to inject 80 grams of Vaseline into his penis, and has been left with rotting genitals as a result. Djelic claims he trusted the inmate’s advice about Vaseline injections because the man had told him he was a plastic surgeon. Over four days, Djelic injected 80grams of Vaseline petroleum jelly into his penis. ‘My genitals swelled up and I was in terrible pain. I was taken to the prison hospital and later transferred to the Clinic of Urology in Sremska Mitrovica, and then to Belgrade. ‘The swelling was so bad, the doctors had to cut away an outer part of my penis so I can urinate. I was put on a catheter, then got an infection, but survived the horror – just.'”

Amazing stash: “Police raided the home of 51 year old Brent Nicholson, they were shocked by what they found. CNN reports that up to 10,000 guns of various types were recovered. Most of those guns appear to be stolen. Authorities are sifting through between 8,000 and 10,000 guns, trying to determine where they came from, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Scott said. There were so many guns inside the home and in a storage building nearby that investigators stopped counting after a while, Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks told The Charlotte Observer. There were so many guns that they filled multiple tractor trailers with items they seized in the raid. Not only were stolen guns recovered from the house, but 150 chainsaws and taxidermy supplies were recovered. Overall, the home contained many stolen items of all kinds totaling over $1 million in value. Nicholson himself likely did not commit any break ins, but he did purchase the stolen items.

Mother who popped bizarre growth on her son’s leg is horrified to find a SEA SNAIL inside: “A mother has described the horrifying moment she popped a giant growth on her son’s knee – only to discover a black sea snail inside it. Rachel Franklin, of Orange County, California, noticed her seven-year-old son Paul’s knee had swelled to the size of an orange. She had previously taken him to the doctor, who said the growth was a staph infection, prescribed antibiotics and told her not to pop it. But when the swelling turned black, and began oozing pus, she decided to defy the orders and drain it. However after popping the wound, she was horrified to a strange black object inside the wound – which she initially believed was a piece of rock. ‘I turn it over and I think – I might have laughed out loud. I said, “Paul. This is a snail. It’s a freaking snail.”’ The snail had been growing in the tissue above Paul’s knee, with pus and black-looking tissue emerging as the body’s immune system detected a foreign invader.”

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Smart kid

October 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A mother reports:

There’s a nice moon rising on a foggy night. I showed the 3-y-o. Thought the baby might be big enough to be interested. I boost him up on my hip, point at where it’s rising behind the trees and say: Look, sweetie, the moon, up in the sky!

The 3-y-o looks up at me and assures me that the moon is not in the sky. It’s in space.

Yes, we are raising a space pedant.

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China’s poorest men should be made to share wives because of a shortage of women: “A Chinese economics professor has made the daring suggestion that China’s poorest bachelors should group together and share a wife. The post was in response to the recently unveiled statistics that predicted China will have 30 million more men than women by 2020. This means that tens of millions of men will remain single for their entire lives and grow old and die alone. Within Chinese culture, this is unthinkable and has stirred considerable debate. The professor sees the bachelor problem as an economic problem with a monetary solution. He predicted, ‘High income men will find women first because they can afford the high price.’ Offering a solution, he added, ‘What about low income men? One solution is for several people to group together to find a wife. He wrote: ‘The issue of sex will always be solved. If it cannot be solved legally, it will be solved illegally.’ Since the post appeared, the comments have been overwhelmingly negative.”

Australian accent moulded by booze: “UP to 80 per cent of Australians talk like a drunk person, even when they’re sober. Victoria University public speaking and communications tutor and lecturer Dean Frenkel has studied the Australian accent and has discovered an alcoholic slur introduced by early settlers is to blame for our demise. “The one thing in common all the cultures had when they came to Australia was alcohol and it brought people together,” Mr Frenkel told news.com.au. “The early stages of colonial Australia happened under the influence and given that speech is like the flu, it’s contagious, when people talked they were handing these habits down. “There is no doubt that our alcohol culture impacts our speech. “Alcohol to Australians is like guns to Americans and we are teaching our children to speak drunk — it’s so bizarre.” Mr Frenkel said Australians only used two thirds of their articulation capacity, with the other third “left on the couch”.

How the same paper ended up in hundreds of films: “FOR more than 40 years the same newspaper has been popping up in hundreds of different movies and TV shows. It’s been held by Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men and was read by Ed O’Neill in both Modern Family and Married With Children. So what’s the story behind this famous paper that has racked up more acting credits than Leonardo DiCaprio? It’s actually a prop made by The Earl Hays Press, a Californian company that makes fake products including food and booze labels and mock tabloid covers. It’s much easier for film and TV production companies to buy prop newspapers rather than using real ones. If they wanted to use a copy of a real newspaper they’d have to get approval from the publisher, plus they’d also have to be careful about what stories can be seen on the pages to make sure they fit within the context of the film”.

Food that is too fast altogether: “A Scottish man has shared the grim realities of fast food by posting a photograph of a pathetic-looking burger on Twitter. Danny Allen from Edinburgh bought the Double Rodeo BBQ burger from the recently-opened Burger King restaurant at Fort Kinnaird. He was lured in by the advert which showed a delicious-looking, overflowing Rodeo burger along with the mouth-watering slogan: ‘A true taste of the wild-west. Two 100 per cent flame-grilled beef patties, two breaded onion rings, and cheese. All topped with a western barbecue sauce.’ But Danny’s photo, taken in his car after buying the meal, shows the dismal reality – two shrivelled pieces of meat that do not come close to filling the bun plus a slice of plastic-looking cheese. On the other side lay two soggy-looking onion rings soaked in sauce. Danny shared his disappointment and sent the reality of his food on the Burger King UK Twitter page. He wrote: ‘Paid £6 for this at BK Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird. No wonder the place is like a ghost town.’

Facebook buy-and-sell prankster conned mother into sawing her couch into three pieces: “A young mother was talked into sawing her tatty sofa into three pieces after a joker spotted her advertising it for sale on Facebook. Joe Cordingley contacted mother-of-one Emma Taylor after he spotted the second-hand couch for sale on a local buy and sell site. The 21-year-old then posted humiliating screengrabs of his messages to to Ms Taylor, which showed how he talked her into chopping it up to fit into his boot, covering it with ketchup, and taking a picture of herself with a saw. ‘I know it seems a bit harsh, but she was going along with it. Full-time mum Ms Taylor, who lives with her seven-year-old daughter, Mali, said: ‘When Joe messaged me asking how much, I thought he was being entirely serious. ‘I thought he wanted it for some sort of stage production or a murder mystery night so I just went along with it.”

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A real Warrant Officer Class 1 in action

October 28, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WO1 William Mott OBE MVO, of the British army, was inspecting a Grenadier Guard. The equivalent U.S. rank is Command Sergeant Major. A WO1 has to be the perfect soldier and keep his troops up to standard too. The letters after his name tell us that this is one distinguished soldier. The MVO is in the personal gift of the Queen. What had the guardsman done to earn such a fierce glare? My guess is that he was smiling ever so slightly. But that’s just a guess

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Ancient warrior’s tomb and huge treasure hoard found in Greece: “US archaeologists in Greece have uncovered the skeleton of an ancient warrior that has lain undisturbed for more than 3,500 years along with a huge hoard of treasure, the Greek culture ministry announced Monday. The treasure is “the most important to have been discovered in 65 years” in continental Greece, the ministry said. The wooden coffin of the unknown soldier — evidently a person of some importance — was found on the site of the Mycenaean-era Palace of Nestor on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. He had been laid to rest with an array of fine gold jewellery, including an ornate string of pearls, signet rings, a bronze sword with a gold and ivory handle, silver vases and ivory combs. The jewellery is decorated in the style of the Minoans, the civilisation that flourished on the island of Crete from around 2000BC, with the figures of deities, animals and floral motifs.”

The worm who talked his girl into suicide: “A woman who died in a suicide pact with her boyfriend left a note in her diary begging people not to blame her partner – who survived. An inquest heard how David Cole stole gas canisters and £11,000 from the pub he worked at in Bromsgrove so that he and girlfriend Leonie Roberts, 28, could live out their last days in style. The couple, who had made the suicide pact days before, then sat down together and let off the canisters. But despite experts saying they could release enough gas to kill someone very quickly, Cole, 36, survived the toxic dose, for reasons that remain unclear. Mechanical engineer David Teasdale told the coroner: ‘I cannot give any reason why the male survived and the female did not if they both remained in the vehicle. Police arrested Cole after he admitted they have travelled to Cornwall to end their lives and in August Cole was jailed for four years after he admitted her manslaughter at Exeter Crown Court.

How to cuddle an elephant: “Everybody loves a cuddle – and Ele the baby elephant is no different. But the adorable calf didn’t realise her hefty size when she went in for a hug with her caretaker. Ele, who is only two weeks’ old, was captured on video taking the worker, called Allie, by surprise when she collapsed into her lap at Chai Lai Orchid, a nature retreat in a Thai mountain range. As Allie sat cross-legged on the ground, the elephant walked in front of her and leaned to the left. She then suddenly bent her knees and fell to the floor, pushing her head and body into Allie’s lap. As the caretaker gasped and burst out laughing, Ele then started snuggling into her. As Ele wriggled her legs happily, Allie struggled to get her arms around her. She did, however, manage to pat the elephant affectionately on the stomach and head. Allie has spent every day with Ele since she was born.”

New space engine invented: “Scientists are working on a plasma engine that could take humans to Mars without the need to refuel. The engine, known as a ‘hall thruster’, is currently being used by Nasa to keep satellites and space probes in the right orbit. Now researchers have adapted these electric rocket thrusters so they have the potential to power an entire voyage. Hall thrusters are electric rocket engines that use a 45,000 mph stream of plasma to push spacecraft forward. Because they consume 100 million times less fuel than conventional chemical rockets, a Hall thruster is ideal for exploring Mars, asteroids and the edge of the solar system. The problem is the current lifespan of Hall thrusters, which is around 10,000 operation hours, is too short for most space explorations, which require at least 50,000 operation hours. To prolong the lifespan of Hall thrusters, a team of researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research are working on something known as a wall-less thruster.”

Friendly seal cuddles kayaker: “Dogs and cats are known to cuddle up to their human owners, but it’s a bit more surprising when man’s new best friend leaps out of the ocean. Vincent Fejeran was fishing near the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, California, last spring when he says a seal jumped onto his kayak and refused to leave for nearly an hour. The baby seal was so comfortable with Fejeran that he even let the fisherman take video and several pictures of them together during their meeting. In Fejeran’s video, which he uploaded to YouTube in March, the adorable seal rests his head on the fisherman’s soldier, looking a little bit sleepy. Fejeran says the seal locked on to him for 45 minutes, and refused to leave even when he kayaked back to shore. He was eventually able to lure him back into the water with food. ‘Seals come up to the kayaks all the time,” Fejeran told Inside Edition”

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Drinking in India

October 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Why there’s nothing sexier than chopping wood!: “You know exactly where you are with a woodpile. It won’t rust. It won’t sue for divorce. It just stands there and does one thing: It waits for winter.’ So writes the author of a new book about firewood. More specifically, a book about one of the most primal activities of mankind: chopping it up and burning it. Part practical guide, part ode to nature, history and traditions, and part exploration of the simple relationship between a man and his fire, it has become a surprise international best-seller. Particularly useful at this time of year, when the nights are drawing in, it tells you everything you might ever need to know about how to source, cut, chop, stack and dry wood; and then light the toastiest, cosiest, least smoky fire possible. Despite the unsexy title of Norwegian Wood — Chopping, Stacking And Drying Wood The Scandinavian Way, it has sold more than 300,000 copies”

A bar for snobs: “‘PLEBS’ have joined the ranks of thongs, breastfeeding, babies and ‘poofter drinks’ as just some of the things controversially banned from various bars and restaurants across Australia. Perth menswear designer Terence Borgioli has declared his new bar, Brera in Subiaco a “pleb” free zone. “Stay away plebs,” he said. Borgioli told news.com.au his definition of ‘plebs’ wasn’t in line with the word’s traditional Roman reference to ordinary people. “It’s poorly dressed and behaved people — it’s not elitism, it’s just about keeping to standards,” he said. According to Borgioli, “trainers, sporting shoes, flannelette clothing, work wear and high vis don’t have a place in the venue”. “Ripped jeans are a contentious issue because someone could have spent $1000 on shredded Dolce & Gabbana jeans so certain elements are on a case-by-case basis,” he said. “It’s more to do with an overall image, presentation and behaviour.” London born Borgioli said he was aiming to attract a “fashionable, mature and well-heeled clientele who still like and know how to party”

What big teeth you’ve got!: “The fossilised teeth of a “large, humungous shark that roamed the ancient seaways approximately 15 million years ago” have washed up on beaches in North Carolina after recent storms, notably Hurricane Joaquin, dredged up the bones from the bottom of the ocean floor. The teeth come from the prehistoric relative of the modern day shark, known as Megalodon. A six-inch tooth found in the fossilised-shark hotspot came from the mouth of a 60-foot Megalodon, which is equal or bigger in size to a school bus. The teeth have been found in record numbers this month.”

Husband divorces his wife after two days because he deemed her ‘unlucky’ when the drapes in their Saudi Arabian home fell down: “A superstitious Saudi man divorced his wife just two days after their wedding because he considered her unlucky when their curtains fell down. The groom thought there was something wrong with his wife after witnessing a string of strange incidents, it has been reported. On the first day of their marriage, the drapes in their home fell down and a waiter serving them fell over during their dinner. He also dropped a bottle of perfume when his wife commented on the smell, according to Saudi news site Al Marsad. The groom reportedly believed this meant his wife would bring him bad luck and decided it would be best to divorce her. The following day he told her parents of his intentions. One blogger congratulated the bride on her ‘lucky escape’ and asked why the groom had not considered that he might be to blame for the incidents. ‘The woman is obviously lucky to move out of the life of an obsessed man with a sick mind,’ he added.”

Intruders slaughter show horse for meat: “A 1,300-pound show horse was slaughtered and butchered at a champion rider’s Florida farm, where he had been moved only days before. Phedras de Blondel had only his head and neck intact when he was found by Debbie Stephens, the owner of the Imperial Farms Equestrian Center in Palmetto. It is believed the 12-year-old gelding was slaughtered for his meat. Stephens had only recently purchased Phedras from a French breeder and planned to ride him in their first Grand Prix competition next month, according to the New York Times. Stephens said Phedras had been expertly carved. ‘He had been filleted,’ she told the newspaper. ‘The slices were so deliberate and so well done that the moment you saw it: This was a professional.’ Stephens is a veteran show jumper and holds the women’s high jump record of 7 feet, 8 inches. Her husband was a co-designer of the show jumping courses for the 2008 Olympic Games in China. The couple and others have raised more than $18,000 toward a reward they hope will lead to an arrest.”

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Finally, a good short gun story

October 26, 2015 at 5:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A guy walked into a crowded bar, waving his unholstered pistol and yelled, “I have a .45 Colt with an eight shot clip and I want to know who’s been sleeping with my wife.”

A voice from the back of the room called out, “You ain’t got enough ammo!”

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Australian homeowner chases young Aboriginal thieves in his chopper: “A RURAL resident chased six young thieves in his chopper after they tried to break into his home Friday. Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Stringer told the NT News the man kept police briefed on the whereabouts of the would-be housebreakers acting as their eye in the sky after the gang fled his Noonamah property. The six young criminals were aged between nine and 14 years of age. He said the four boys and two girls arrived at the Noonamah property following the theft of a vehicle in Palmerston. “It is alleged that the youths then attempted to unlawfully enter a residence in Noonamah before being disturbed by the owner, who contacted police. “The resident, who owns a helicopter, notified police that the youths had fled into scrub land and that he was able to track them with the use of his helicopter. “Police attended and with the help of his eyes in the sky, all six youths were apprehended.” The children aged between nine and 14 were yesterday in custody assisting police with their inquires.

Cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic is sold for $22,968: “A biscuit cracker that survived the sinking of the Titanic has sold for £15,000 ($22,968) at auction in England. The plain cracker, sold by Henry Aldridge & Son auctioneers in Devizes in Wiltshire, fetched 5,000 ($7656) more than was expected. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge told The Salisbury Journal: ‘It is the world’s most valuable biscuit. We don’t know which lifeboat the biscuit came from but there are no other Titanic lifeboat biscuits in existence to my knowledge.’ The Spillers and Bakers ‘Pilot’ biscuit survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 in which over 1,500 people died after the ‘unsinkable’ ship hit an iceberg. According to auctioneers, the sweet was part of a survival kit that was stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner’s lifeboats. James Fenwick, a passenger onboard the SS Carpathia, which went to the aid of survivors from the ship kept it as a ‘souvenir’ of the disaster.”

150 kilos of gold: “A 150kg haul of gold is set to raise £2.5million at auction next week after a secret smuggling plot was discovered by police. The gold rings, bands and chains are being sold by HM Revenue and Customs after officers intercepted the £9m illegal plot in 2012. Gang leader Chaudry Ali, from Hillingdon, west London, dodged duties and duped officials by swapping bags with couriers at European airports, it was discovered. He was jailed for nine years in 2012 and was later ordered to pay back £4.3m of his criminal profits or face a further ten years in prison. As he had not left the EU, Ali would not have been liable to pay duty on the gold. He had also forged paperwork saying he was a gold dealer.”

An all-white squirrel: “Pure white apart from his currant-black eyes, this squirrel looks like he’s had a run-in with a bottle of bleach. In fact, the ghost-like creature is one of the rarest you’ll see in the UK wild. The squirrel is one of only a handful of greys in Britain suffering from leucism – a mutated gene which turns them white but keeps their eyes black. This means they don’t suffer the sight problems associated with albino squirrels, which have pink eyes. The squirrel was pictured by Andrew Fulton, 59, at Marbury Country Park in Cheshire. There are more than five million grey squirrels in Britain, but wildlife experts reckon fewer than one in a million are born with the leucism gene.”

Papua New Guinea, where TWO THIRDS of young women sell sex for money: “To teenaged girls selling sex on the streets of Papua New Guinea’s capital, Port Moresby, Bertha* is both a mother figure and a pimp. Bertha, aged in her 40s, is matter-of-fact about the role she plays in the young girls’ lives as she negotiates the prices customers will pay for sex with them and dispenses condoms and ‘safe sex’ advice. ‘Someone calls me and I have to go and look for them and make deals for them and then they go together. I introduce the girls to the customers.’ While the exact number of sex workers in PNG is not known, the United Nations has estimated that as many as two in three girls aged between 15 and 24 in Papua New Guinea have exchanged sex for money, food, shelter – or even payment school fees. Prostitution, brothels and homosexuality are all illegal in PNG, and women and men who choose to sell sex do so at their own risk and outside the health, security and other controls that regulate sex industries in other countries.”

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AIRLINE FOOD

October 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Airborne approximately thirty minutes on an outbound evening Aer Lingus flight from Dublin, the lead flight attendant for the cabin crew in her lovely Irish brogue nervously made the following painful announcement..:

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m so very sorry but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up — one minute prior to take-off by our airport catering service…I don’t know how this has happened but we have 103 passengers on board and, unfortunately, only 40 dinner meals…I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience.”

When passengers’ muttering had died down, she continued: “Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our 5 hour flight.”

Her next announcement came four hours ? later… “If anyone would like to change their minds, we still have 40 dinners available.”

GOD BLESSES THE IRISH!

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British police say they won’t visit stores to arrest shoplifters – and tell traders to send in their CCTV footage instead: “Police have announced they will not visit their stores to investigate shoplifting – and told business owners to send in CCTV footage of the suspects instead. As part of a money-saving scheme in Swindon, Wiltshire Police officers will no longer attend the scene of the crime. Shop owners will be asked to take down the details of any offenders and file their own statement to the police. They will also need to send in CCTV footage of the incident to the police force’s headquarters – and are expected to pay for their own recorded delivery. According to the Sun, the measure, due to be introduced on November 1, was announced to business owners in the town in a letter this week. It said an officer will not attend the scene of the crime but there will be an investigator available to give advice over the phone.”

Cat fights, bitching, backstabbing and bribery: Secrets of the battle to be Brazil’s Miss BumBum: “Bitching, backstabbing, claims of dirty tricks and bribery, voodoo magic, and even the police being called after threats to gouge out eyes. In the fight to be named best bottom in Brazil, nothing, it seems, is off limits. Welcome to the bizarre behind-the-scenes world of Miss BumBum, one of the strangest, yet most fiercely-fought beauty pageants in the world. For most on the outside, the annual competition, now in its fifth year, seems like nothing more than a bit of tongue-in-cheek, titillating fun. But in a nation obsessed with the female backside, officially having the sexiest is akin to royalty – and the battle to claim the crown can get very serious, and very dirty. This year, some women even allegedly offered live stripteases in exchange for votes, while one hopeful strutted semi-naked through a shanty town controlled by gun-wielding gangsters in an attempt to garner support.”

Malibu beaches have become a battleground between the rich and the public: “THERE’S no California dreamin’ in this part of the world. The beaches of Malibu have turned into a local turf battle between the billionaires and anyone else who dares to swim or take a walk on the sand. Despite laws allowing for public access, the rich and famous property owners have spent years waging war against those who set foot on ‘their’ sandy shorelines. They have installed keep out signs, padlocked gates, no parking signs and security guards to scare off unwanted beachgoers. One area has gone to the extreme of throwing rocks at non locals. According to the LA Times this surf tribe, made up mostly of wealthy middle-aged men, adopted a gang-style mentality to the surf break in their suburb. If you are not from their area, you don’t belong. Today, the Californian Coastal Commission, which regulates the local coastal area, has been able to install several public access ways to the beach.”

Terrifying cucumbers: “Cat keepers are sharing the hilarious clips of their tabbys leaping out their skins after it came to light earlier this year that most just cannot stand cucumbers. The growing web trend sees owners sneak up behind their pets – most often while they’re eating – laying the long, green veg behind them and waiting, camera in hand, to record their terror. YouTube user Alex N is the latest person to jump on the bandwagon, filming her black cat as it tucked into some water. In the video, the tabby can be seen minding its own business, nestling down for a drink from a metallic bowl on a kitchen floor. In this latest video, the tabby can be seen minding its own business, nestling down for a drink from a metallic bowl on a kitchen floor. Clips shared on YouTube show cats leaping as high as five feet in their desperate attempts to escape the dreaded cucumbers.”

Is this the most spectacular proposal fail ever? Girlfriend THROWS the ring away: “A dumped boyfriend proposed to his would-be fiancee in an elaborate display on a speedboat outside a hospital – only for her to reject the offer and toss the ring away. Shouting on a megaphone, the young romantic – who hauled the vessel on to the hospital’s concrete forecourt on a trailer attached to a truck – bellowed to his ex-girlfriend that he was madly in love with her, before – for reasons unknown – asking her to forgive him. After being alerted to the commotion outside her place of work in Hubei, China, the woman waded through a gathered crowd to get to her former partner – who was standing at the motorboat’s controls holding a bouquet of flowers. She then joined him on board to cheers from the passers-by, where he whipped out a ring and asked her to marry him. After being presented with an engagement band, the young woman took it from the box and threw it on to the street. She then left the vessel and went back to work.”

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How times change

October 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Children aged 11 who can’t write their own name: “Children are arriving at secondary school unable to write their names properly amid the growing popularity of computer games. They are still struggling with basic handwriting by the age of 11 or 12 because couch potato lifestyles mean they are not developing the correct motor skills, say experts. The warning comes as fears grow about an increasingly sedentary generation, which is addicted to playing on computers, iPads and mobile phones at an ever earlier age. The issue was debated by teachers and handwriting experts at a discussion in central London last week, the Times Educational Supplement reported. Melanie Harwood, who provides handwriting coaching in schools, said: ‘I’m seeing children as old as 11, 12, who can’t write their own names and they’re being passed through the system. ‘Some children are being bullied because of their handwriting. Their friends are taking pictures of their writing and tweeting it.”

Cottage caged in by developers who built towering apartment blocks around it goes on the market after 15-years of offers: “A home hemmed in by supermarkets, towering apartment blocks and an underground carpark has gone on the market 15 years after developers began building around it. Developers first began offering huge sums of cash to couple Janet and Norman Richards, from Brisbane’s West End, when they started rebuilding the plot around their three-bedroom home. But after Mr Richard’s recently passed away and his wife decided to move to a retirement home, the pea-green property is finally due to go under the hammer, reports Courier Mail. The couple reportedly loved the three-bedroom home they dwelled in since they were married and refused to be muscled out by years of loud construction work and demolition dust.”

Woman shocked to find a deadly brown snake INSIDE her fridge – hiding in the egg compartment: “A woman has made the terrifying discovery of a venomous western brown snake inside the egg compartment of her fridge. Snake handler Sarah Graham was called out to the woman’s home in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, on Thursday afternoon. ‘I thought it would be behind the fridge or under the fridge, where we usually find them… she [the woman] was like “no it’s in the fridge,”‘ Ms Graham said in a report by ABC. The ninth most venomous snake in the world was found curled up in the fridge’s egg compartment under a tomato and beside a tube of lip balm. She said the chilly conditions of the fridge made it easy to capture the fatigued serpent. Alice Spring’s reptile handlers are said to be experiencing an influx of snakes invading the town looking for cooler places, usually around homes. The Director of the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, Rex Neindorf said that warm overnight temperatures were ‘the big factor’.”

Boozy comet. Well-named too: “Comet Lovejoy is living up to its name by releasing large amounts of alcohol and sugar into space. The discovery marks the first time ethyl alcohol – the same type that you might find in a Martini – has been seen in a comet. It adds to evidence that comets could have been a source of the complex molecules necessary for the emergence of life on Earth.’We found that comet Lovejoy was releasing as much alcohol as in at least 500 bottles of wine every second during its peak activity,’ said Nicolas Biver of the Paris Observatory, France. In total, the team found 21 different organic molecules in gas from the comet, including ethyl alcohol and glycolaldehyde, a simple sugar. ‘These complex organic molecules may be part of the rocky material from which planets are formed,’ said the study. Comets are frozen remnants from the formation of our solar system. Scientists are interested in them because they are relatively pristine and therefore hold clues to how the solar system was made.”

Luxury London mews house languished on the market for six months – then sold immediately when owner gave it a price with better Feng Shui: “Estate agents were left stunned after a sensational mews home which had failed to sell for half a year changed hands immediately after the owner repriced it at a Feng Shui happy cost. With sales plummeting by almost 40 per cent in London in recent years, estate agents are needing all the help they can get to sell the capital’s priciest. But staff at Lurot Brand were more than a bit miffed when a seller told them she wanted her house to be marketed for the unusual – and intriguingly specific – price of £1,791,000. She told Marlon Lloyd Malcolm at Lurot Brand the price was good Feng Shui as the single digits can be used to add up to nine, which is the ‘number of completion’. When added together, they total 18, but when those two digits are added to one another – one plus eight – the final number is nine, a number synonymous in the Chinese philosophical system with good fortune. The bright and airy Marylebone home was decorated by Ms Lazenby with ‘healthy and ecological choices’ in line with Feng Shui”

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There are a lot of bars

October 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Water dogs heart dolphins: “Two curious golden retrievers took to the water to swim with a school of dolphins off the coast of Scotland. David Ferrier was walking his dogs Morgan and Riley along the beach at Kilnaughton Bay on Islay when they spotted the dolphins in the water. The dogs were desperate to get up close and personal with the dolphins so ran into the water to swim towards them. Their owner, Mr Ferrier, 54, eventually calls the pair to stop them getting out of their depth. But as they are making their way back to the shore, yet more dolphns can be seen surfacing around them – and the dogs can’t resist sticking around for longer. And every time the dolphins resurface, the dogs swim in their direction to play with them. Mr Ferrier said the pair spent ten minutes at sea- swimming and playing with the dolphins, before returning to the shore. ‘Water is not a problem for Morgan and Riley – the dogs are bred for recovering birds from shoots, so they’re water dogs.’

Woman takes on a punchbag machine – and the machine fights back: “The woman was on holiday with her family in Turkey when she decided to take on a punchbag machine and lost. She was captured on camera landing the shot, before being struck in the face as the bag swings back. Moments before taking the shot, the woman, who has not been named, can be heard receiving encouragement. ‘Come on Mum,’ a male voice says before telling a young boy to get out of the way. As the woman stumbles backwards, laughter can be heard coming from behind the camera. This is not the first time that a punchbag mishap has been caught on camera. Last year a man’s attempt to kick a punchbag in a takeaway ended with him flat on his back.

Poster misleads schoolkid: “A schoolboy who perfectly memorised his multiplication tables still managed to get one less than top marks – because the discount store poster he’d been using to learn got its 12 times table wrong. Kelly Haynes was livid when her eight-year-old son came home from school ‘distraught’ because he’d been marked down on his maths. Incensed Kelly, 25, from Islington, north London, bought learning aids from her local branch of 99p Stores, which contained a schoolboy howler on the 12 times table. The dud poster claimed 12 x 12 was 148, not the correct 144. ‘He had a test one Friday and came back really upset and said “I got one wrong I put 148 for 12 x 12 and they said it was a mistake but it’s not.” After removing the poster, furious Kelly stormed back to the shop to give the selling staff a bit of her mind. Bosses at 99p Stores have since apologised. They’ve attributed the blunder to an issue with the manufacturer who supplied the faulty wall charts. ‘They will be in contact soon and send a poster free of charge.’

Mastercard posts photo of fans at the World Cup – only for an Australian man to get dumped by his girlfriend when she saw it because she thought he was in London ‘for work’: “An Australian rugby fan claims to have been dumped by his girlfriend after he told her he was in London for work – only for Mastercard to post a photo of him on Facebook celebrating at the World Cup. Matthew Hannibal took to Mastcard’s Facebook page on Thursday to thank them for posting the photo last week and effectively ending his relationship. ‘Unfortunately I told my girlfriend at the time that I was travelling to London for ‘business’ and needless to say I am now single. ‘To be fair it was never going work out, she’s 6’9’ and I’m afraid of heights. ‘Flight to London – $2,200, Aus V England tix – $450, losing girlfriend to see Australia beat England – worth it,’ he wrote in reference to the company’s popular ‘priceless’ advertisements. Mastercard responded early on Friday apologising for ‘such a dramatic turn of events’. ‘At MasterCard we believe you shouldn’t give up on love. To help patch things up with your ex, we’d be happy to arrange a romantic, candle-lit, three course dinner for the two of you, on us,’ the company wrote.

Another banana miracle: New drug made from the fruit can kill viruses including hepatitis C and flu: “Scientists have made a ‘wonder drug’ out of bananas that can kill off a wide range of viruses – including hepatitis C, flu and AIDS. It is hoped the new medicine will become a vital ‘broad spectrum anti-viral’ that could protect humanity from some of the most vicious diseases. The key ingredient is a protein found in bananas called banana lectin, or ‘BanLec’. It was first discovered five years ago – and considered as a potential AIDS treatment. But it caused nasty side effects that scientists have now overcome. BanLec works by clinging to sugar molecules found on the surface of some of the world’s deadliest viruses. Once the drug has locked on to the virus, it is rendered harmless – and can easily be disposed of by the body’s immune system. In tests on mice, the new form of BanLec, called H84T, stopped them getting the flu – without the increased inflammation earlier versions had caused. The key question now, he stressed, was whether the drug will work in humans.”

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Anger management

October 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Odd news from around the world

A speedy religious: “This is the unbelievable moment a nun was filmed flooring it on a road in Slovakia and reaching speeds of more than 100mph. The speeding sister was caught behind the wheel of the accelerating Skoda Fabia by a group of surprised youngster in the north of the country. The group decided to overtake the car in order to record the driver and to do so were required to reach a speed of 102mph, more than 20mph over the national limit. The filmmaker momentarily records the satnav in order to clock the speed before the driver catches up with the nun and cruises alongside her. The elderly sister can be seen dressed in a recognisable tunic covered by a scapular and cowl. It transpires that the nun and her passengers were from Spisska Kapitula, the location of a famous seminary and convent. A spokesman for the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia, Martin Kramara, said: ‘I spoke to the sisters personally. They feel sorry for the speeding and they apologise for it.'”

Incredible baby stroller folds down small enough to fit into a plane overhead locker… in TWO SECONDS: “A lightweight buggy has set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s ‘smallest commercially available folded pram’. Designed for urban parents, the GB Pockit Stroller shrinks down to the size of a large handbag in less than two seconds – with its minuscule folded-up measurements being just 35cm x 30cm x 18cm. Dad blogger The Baby Guy NYC filmed the stroller being folded down at the K&J Baby and Toddler trade fair in Germany. After posting the video to Facebook, it has since received over 6.6 million views and over 35,000 likes. The stroller can be easily folded in two ways – the ultra-compact version or a method more suitable for every day use – both of which promise to be only two steps long. The ultra-light pram weighs a dainty 4.3kg, features a small flap canopy and has a five-point harness.”

Coffee shop BANS customers from using money stored in their bras: “A cafe in the Western Australian town of Carnarvon has brewed up a fresh pot of controversy by banning people from paying with money carried in their bras or underwear. Fascine Coffee Lounge, located in a small town of less than 5000 people on Western Australia’s central coast, put up signs behind its cash registers announcing its policy on undergarment currency. Cafe manager Corey Weeks said he put the sign up after a customer ‘pulled out’ her bra, reached into it and handed him some money ‘about two months ago’. ‘We’re dealing with food here all the time, so it’s a definite safety thing. A few of the staff had complained about it, too, which made me think we needed the sign.'”

Is banana SKIN the new ‘superfood’?: “They are traditionally tossed aside, consigned to the rubbish and long forgotten. But, rather than deserve their reputation as a slippery hazard, the butt of cartoon jokes, banana skins are, in fact, good for us. Whether you’re partial to a green, yellow or browning fruit, the peel is packed with nutrients that can prove beneficial to the body. In many parts of the world, notably India and the Caribbean, the peel is used to add flavour and substance to dishes. And, there is now a growing consensus that the nutrients, compounds and minerals hidden away within the skin could help aid weight loss, and boost your mood. ‘The nutrition profile of magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and B6 is not something to be sniffed at.'”

The owl in the fireplace: “A family was left stunned when the fireplace in their new home was invaded by – an owl. Homeowner Nicola Walker, 37, stumbled upon the feathered creature who had managed to drop in through her chimney. Nicola was confronted with the bird sat in the fireplace – looking at her from behind the glass. ‘It was just sitting there like an exhibit in a museum or something you would see in a taxidermist. ‘We rang the wildlife sanctuary and they told us to open the fire and don’t try and pull it out in case it was injured. ‘It just went up into the bottom of the chimney, so we just left it until it came out itself.”

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