Go figureOctober 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
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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