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November 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Actually, it’s nice guys who get the girl… Women lose interest in men when they find out they are cheats or liars: “In the battle for the attentions of the fairer sex, nice guys rarely come out on top. Or so we thought. But it turns out that women do actually prefer kind, considerate and charitable men over rivals who may be better looking but have lower moral standards. New research shows women who are initially sexually attracted to men start to lose interest when they find out they are cheats, crooks or liars. But men who fancied beautiful women showed no signs of going off them, even when they discovered they were of dubious character. The findings, published in the International Journal of Psychology, suggest that ‘bad boys’ rarely get the girl in the end. Instead, researchers say women have evolved to invest in long-term relationships that they think will allow their offspring to flourish and survive. But in evolutionary terms men are still programmed to reproduce as much as possible, so the quality of their sexual partner is less important.”

Goat makes friends with a tiger: “The goat had been intended as the tiger’s lunch, but now the pair have become some of the animal kingdom’s most unlikely friends. Staff at a Russian safari park are ‘stunned’ at the goat’s bravery and the Siberian tiger’s readiness to make friends with his meal. Extraordinary images show Amur, the obedient big cat, reduced to resting on the roof of his home after the brave goat occupied his bed. ‘The goat showed no inkling of fear, eyeballed the tiger, and took over his shelter,’ a keeper from the Far Eastern Safari Park in Shkotovsky, in the Primorsky region of eastern Russia, told The Siberian Times. ‘Our tigers get live prey twice every week, and Amur knows very well how to hunt goats and rabbits. ‘But recently he came across a goat that he refused to hunt.’ ‘We think that the goat had never come across tigers and so didn’t know that he should have been scared of them,’ said the keeper. ‘Amur the tiger is quite cautious by nature, and decided not to go to the trouble of hunting Timur.”

Russia unveils its body armour for DOGS: “A Russian defence company has released a new design of body armour to keep terror-sniffing police dogs safe in the wake of the death of French police dog Diesel, who died during a police raid in Paris following the Friday 13th terror attacks. In a new video Russian dog handler demonstrated the new design in a new video showing off the transformation from man’s best friend to professionally protected police hound. ‘At first, of course, the dog did not like the vest. Then gradually she realised that it was for her own good and protection,’ Vladimir Khitrykh said in front of a pack of snapping photographers. ‘We taught her with the help of incentives. We can put the armoured vest on the dog in just one minute,’ he said. The armour has reportedly been designed by St. Petersburg-based Scientific Production Association of Special Materials (NPO), which was formed during the days of the Soviet Union as a specialist armoured materials laboratory.”

Mystery ghost fleet washes up in Japan: Eleven ships containing 20 dead sailors are discovered off the coast… and nobody can explain why: “A fleet of 11 ghost ships containing the rotting remains of sailors has washed up on the Japanese coastline, sparking an investigation in the country. The mysterious ships have given rise to numerous conspiracy theories in the country, as authorities battle to discover the identities of the bodies. Rescuers told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the bodies of at least 20 sailors were ‘badly decomposed’ and ‘skeleton-like’. Four of the ships washed up in early November, and seven more have been spotted in recent weeks drifting in the Sea of Japan. The only clues as to where the boats may have come from are a scrap of material that appears to have come from a North Korean flag, and writing on one of the boats that seems to read ‘Korean People’s Army’. The primitive design of the vessels suggests that they were not created in the West.”

German mine still packs a punch 50 years on: “Royal Navy bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled underwater explosion after discovering a Second World War German mine on the seabed in the Solent. The 1,500lb (680kg) mine was found by a crane barge 1.5km off Southsea on Thursday while removing debris from a site being dredged in preparation for the arrival of the Navy’s new aircraft carriers. The team – also fully qualified clearance divers – towed the air-dropped device overnight to open waters off Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, where they destroyed it at 10.45am on November 27. Onlookers heard a deep, dull groan from the depths and then saw a huge plume of mottled grey-blue seawater surging more than 900ft into the air. Petty Officer Richard Ellis, who was in charge of the disposal team, said: ‘These mines were laid in their thousands during World War Two but are rarely encountered these days”

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