Here are six puzzles about the United States of America

November 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

What women are looking for in a sperm donor is VERY different to their dating requirements: “Charming men with confidence and charisma might make for a fun date, but are they parent material? A study by the Queensland University of Technology has revealed what women are looking for in a sperm donor, and it’s very different to what you might think. Men who are intellectual, shy, calm and methodical are more likely to be chosen over men who are extroverted, according to QUT’s Queensland Behavioural Economics Group’s study. Researcher Stephen Whyte said the study looked in to the personality traits women seeking a sperm donor online were after. ‘You would expect in an online setting, men would have to sell or promote themselves to women, and extroverted men should be better at doing that,’ he said. ‘But what we find is actually the opposite. ‘Women were far less likely to choose the sperm of fretful or socially awkward men but at the same time those with lively, extroverted personalities were also less successful in being chosen.’

Owners of luxury hotel ordered to tear down 6ft 6in fence after neighbours complained it was deliberately put up to annoy them: “Local resident Stephen Vitali believed St Elizabeth’s House built the barrier in Plympton, Devon, just to annoy him – and has now won his fight for it to be removed. The 50-year-old neighbour alleged the fence was ‘designed to cause maximum impact to myself’ after he became embroiled in a lengthy row over access rights to a bridge linking the two properties. Council chiefs have now told bosses at the £180-a-night hotel to take down the timber fence, which was put up at the bottom of its gardens without planning permission. The owners of the Grade II-listed hotel and wedding venue, Andreas, 62, and Teresa Isaias, 56, had claimed they erected it to protect children from a stream which lies just behind the fence.”

At last! Lego creates extra-padded slippers to prevent adults from getting injured by stepping on bricks lying around the house: “For years, it has been the bane of every parent’s life – the pain caused by stepping on a tiny Lego brick that’s been left lying around the house. But the creators behind the long-time favourite children’s toy have now launched an extra-padded slipper to protect the feet of adults everywhere. Coming to the rescue of mums and dads, Lego has teamed up with French advertising agency Brand Station to give out the shoes to people who fill in a wishlist on its website. The extra-padded slipper will protect parents’ feet against the tiny Lego bricks which otherwise cause pain when trodden on. The slipper looks just like a box of the iconic toy with a square shape and bright colours topped with the toy’s logo. The slippers have an extra layer of padding in comparison to normal slippers to stop the bricks from jabbing through the fabric.”

Forget salt and pepper: Study finds quiet BREATHING can make your food taste better: “Breathing slowly and quietly could make dinnertime much more enjoyable. Engineers from Penn State and Yale University found that breathing slowly and evenly allows for the intake of more particles, which they say enhances smell and flavour. The researchers used a 3D-printed model of the human airway, from nostril to trachea, to examine how the passageway responds to food and airflow. When air is inhaled through the nose, they found it forms a curtain to prevent food particles from getting into the lungs. The food particles sit in the back of the mouth in a cavity outside of the main airflow. When air is exhaled, it travels through that cavity and moves into the nasal cavity to be detected by olfactory cells, which control the sense of smell. Speed of breathing will determine the movement of the particles, and breathing slowly, the researchers say, optimizes the preferential transfer of the food volatiles out and up into the nasal cavity.”

Chinese department store unveils luxury gold BRA for the super rich costing £310,000: “Models wearing expensive rare underwear strutted their stuff at a shopping centre on Saturday in Pingliang city, north-west China’s Gansu Province, for a ‘golden lingerie show.’ Some of the eye-catching briefs are being sold for a whopping 3 million yuan (£310,000), reports The People’s Daily Online. Shoppers looked on as the stunning women, all wearing eye-catching underwear, walked down the red runway at the event inside a jewellery store. One of the models was wearing a pure gold handcrafted bra with flowing chains and matching knickers. The whole thing weighed 700 grams. It wasn’t just underwear on display at the show, stunning jewelled gowns and wedding dressing were also on display. And it’s not just women who get these luxury items to wear. Gold shirts for men appeared at a fashion show in Xi’an, central China, earlier this year.”

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