Nothing, NOTHING like a child bear to wash it all down at the end of a hot day in IndiaNovember 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Expensive pots: “A stunning collection of pottery amassed by a couple behind the closed doors of their modest bungalow has sold for almost £1million – 10 times the value of the property. The family of the late Alan and Pat Firth knew nothing about the treasure trove of ceramics carefully gathered by the collectors over 40 years and stored in their home. They wanted it cleared so they could sell the house. But when an expert entered the three-bed bungalow on the outskirts of Leeds, West Yorkshire, he compared it to opening Tutankhamun’s tomb. He described how pieces worth tens of thousands of pounds were stacked up to the ceiling in places, with others wrapped in newspaper in the garage – in numbers that wouldn’t be found in a national gallery. Inside he found one of Britain’s finest pottery collections that was so highly regarded within the art world the Firths were frequently asked to loan pieces for exhibitions. Their 21 works by famed potter Hans Coper was better than the V&A Museum’s own collection. In all the hoard sold for a hammer price of £861,460. With fees added on the total price paid was a staggering £990,679.
The dogs that attacked a porcupine: “A dog in Canada is lucky to be alive after being attacked by a porcupine and stabbed with barbs all over, including the heart and lungs. Mahalo was out playing with two other dogs in Saskatchewan – which shares a border with Montana in the south – when they encountered the spiky animal and were attacked. The animal punctured all three canines with its quills, but Mahalo was hurt the most, according to The Huffington Post. The dog had to undergo surgery to remove the dangerous barbs. The cost of the surgeries has now hit $8,000.
Music fans launch petition demanding the United Nations step in and stop Phil Collins from coming out of retirement: “Phil Collins announced he was coming out of retirement earlier this week, revealing he was recording his first new material since 2002. And while many fans rejoiced at the news, others have been trying to stop the Genesis star’s comeback by a launching petition to the United Nations on Change.org. The online campaign, called ‘Phil Collins must be stopped’, has been gathering signatures from all over the world, from the UK to Australia. The petition reads: ‘Phil Collins has announced he is ‘no longer in retirement’. ‘There is far too much suffering in the world as it is. This must be stopped.’ Phil needn’t be too worried by the news, however, since only 250 people have supported the petition thus far.”
A statue comes to life: “It’s always tempting to try and make human statues move by pulling silly faces, staring them dead in the eye or making loud noises. The street entertainers are usually experts at ignoring low level harassment but this shocking video shows they can move incredibly quickly when necessary. A gold-clad performer on a bustling street in New York’s Times Square can be seen springing into action and kicking a would-be thief in the face after he tried to ‘snatch money’ from his donations box. In the shocking clip, captured by a member of the public, a man wearing a black tracksuit walks up to the street artist and puts his hand into the tip pot. But instead of dropping in a few coins, the man appears to grab a fistful of dollar bills. Seconds later, the living statue kicks the man in the face – the blow is so hard that the robber falls back onto the pavement. It is not clear whether he was injured in the incident or if it has been reported to police.
The hunter becomes the hunted! Incredible moment a hungry sea lion feasts on a shark: “It’s not often you feel sorry for the sharks in the sea. But these stunning pictures capture the incredible moment a sea lion turned the tables on the predators and feasted on a young thresher shark. And it’s a more common occurrence than you might think. though he had seen sea lions gorging on sharks before, he was stunned to see five different sea lions attack small thresher sharks that day. ‘Everyone on the boat was completely shocked,’ he added. The Marine Mammal Center describes California sea lions as ‘opportunistic’ eaters. The pinnipeds feed on squid, octopus, herring, rockfish, mackerel and small sharks. But they in turn, are preyed upon by killer whales and great white sharks. Meanwhile, thresher sharks eat schooling fish, including bluefish, mackerel and tuna, as well as cuttlefish and squid – but also crustaceans and seabirds. However, young thresher sharks are easier targets as they have not learned how to avoid predators”
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