It’s a tombstone. Guess what the departed liked doing

November 17, 2015 at 1:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Scottish accents found to be ‘flourishing’ while other British dialects are dying out: “Across the British Isles, accents are said to be slowly eroding to the point where some are almost unrecognisable. But one accent is holding strong. Researchers have found that the Scottish accent has remained distinctive for more than a century. While many dialects are becoming more homogenised and ‘diluted’, the Scottish accent is ‘flourishing’ by keeping a number of its strongest and most recognisable sounds and traits. Researchers from the University of Glasgow said this is because changes to the accent have evolved locally, rather than being influenced by southern English characteristics. To study the evolution of the accent, the linguists studied rare short sound clips from Scots soldiers from World War One, as part of the three-year ‘Sounds of the City’ study. The aim is to build an electronic spoke corpus focusing on speech sounds of Glaswegians since the beginning of the 20th century.”

Archaeologists find stunning Roman-era mosaic in Israel: “Archaeologists have today unveiled a 1,700-year-old Roman-era mosaic in Israel. The intricate floor was found last year while building a visitors’ center meant to display another mosaic, discovered two decades earlier at the same location. The new mosaic measures 36ft by 42ft (11 meters by 13 meters) and paved the courtyard of a villa in an affluent neighborhood that stood during the Roman and Byzantine eras. The scenes portrayed include hunting animals, fish, vases and birds. ‘The quality of the images portrayed in the mosaic indicates a highly developed artistic ability,’ said Amir Gorzalczany, who directed the excavation. The new mosaic was found just a few meters from the first one, in what is today the central Israeli city of Lod. The authority said the mosaic discovered in the 1990s covered the villa’s living room while the newly discovered one was in its courtyard.”

A pathetic Christmas tree in Australia: “An attempt to redeem itself after being labelled as having the worst Christmas decorations in the country may have gone awry for one city. Hobart City Council has invested in a new, ‘modern’ Christmas tree after the Deputy Lord Mayor Ron Christie slammed the Tasmanian capital’s festive display two years ago. The ‘state of the art’ tree has been set up in the city’s Salamanca Square, the ABC reports, but the unconventional decoration has already received criticism. It is a far cry from the traditional pine tree draped in tinsel, fairy lights and glittering decorations, which is universally popular. The tree was only put up over the past weekend. The tree will be lit up every night until Christmas.

Doctor Who’s Tardis turns up in Australia: “It’s an alien spaceship that has travelled through far-flung corners of the galaxy – and now Doctor Who’s beloved TARDIS has landed on Bondi Beach. The iconic spacecraft – which is disguised as a British police box and derives its name as an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension In Space – has left beachgoers unfamiliar with the series scratching their heads. The Lego replica flew in to promote the upcoming Doctor Who Festival in Australia, which will offer appearances from the likes of the current Doctor Peter Capaldi and writer Steven Moffat. After bewildering locals the lifesize toy will hover to the Zing Pop Culture Store in Macquarie Park, then to the festival on the 21 and 22 November at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion. In the iconic program the TARDIS was constructed by the Time Lords, an extraterrestrial civilisation which the Doctor belongs to. The ship can take passengers to any point in time and space”

Weird sea creature glows electric blue as it writhes on the sand … but WHAT is it?: “It looks like something from a science fiction movie. But neon blue creature that looks like a tie-dyed is very real – and recently washed up on an Australian beach. The blobby creature was spotted on the foreshore at Broadbent beach by a local who shot video of it wriggling in the sand. Commonly – and suitably – known as a Blue Dragon, the rare sea creature eats blue bottle jellyfish, and along with a striking, alien appearance, packs a sting of its own. Griffith University marine invertebrates expert Kylie Pitt said the creature was actually a sea slug, called Glaucus atlanticus. ‘I would not recommend anyone pick them up because they can have a painful sting,’ she told the Gold Coast Bulletin. Feeding on blue bottles blown onto Gold Coast beaches by easterly winds, the ‘weird’ sea slugs floated upside down, using the surface tension of the water to move. Consuming the stinging jellyfish did not bother them, she said. The blue dragon is also a nudibranch – a sea creature which sheds its shell after its larval stage.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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