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November 30, 2015 at 11:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Popular card game offers customers nothing for something. Works a treat: “AS shoppers in the northern hemisphere went suitably berserk over the annual ‘Black Friday’ sales, one company offered their customers nothing, and made thousands. Popular card game Cards Against Humanity (you may have played it) made a lot of money selling absolutely nothing — yep, zero, zip, zilch, nada.The company, which markets itself as “a party game for horrible people”, made USD$71,000 ($100,000) charging shoppers $5 ($7) for nothing in return. “The greatest Black Friday gift of all is buying nothing. We’re offering that for the rock-bottom price of $5. How can you afford NOT to seize this incredible opportunity?” On Black Friday, everybody is selling something. We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing.”

Is this Da Vinci masterpiece really just Sally the shopgirl from Bolton?: “A prolific art forger has claimed he drew a Renaissance masterpiece valued at £100million saying he based the piece on a girl he used to work with at his local Co-op store in Bolton. La Bella Principessa is credited as a work by Leonardo Da Vinci, drawn in the 15th century depicting the beautiful portrait of young woman with braided hair. However, in a new book, Shaun Greenhalgh, who has spent time in jail for faking art works, claims he produced the chalk and ink drawing. In his the book, ‘A Forger’s Tale’, Greenhalgh claims that he used an old council document dating back to the 1500s as the canvas and a lid from a Victorian school desk from Bolton Tech as the backing. According to the Sunday Times, he writes: ‘I drew this picture in 1987 when I worked at the Co-op. The ‘sitter’ was based on a girl called Sally who worked on the checkouts. ‘Despite her humble position, she was a bossy little b***** and very self important.'”

Celebrating school student gets burnt butt: “A SCHOOLIE preparing to study biomedical science was given the first lesson in anatomy yesterday morning when his mate lit his buttocks on fire with a lighter and aerosol can. The 17-year-old from Cairns, known as Steve, had been drinking with friends when one of them began singeing people’s hair and eventually turned to Steve’s buttocks hair. However in Steve’s drunk state he forgot to mention that he had remnants of spilt alcohol on his bum which quickly spread the impact of the “blaze”. After letting out a scream and as the pain and redness began to form, Steve and his mates visited a nearby medical tent where they instructed him to head to the hospital and put water on the affected area. He sat in a fountain until an ambulance arrived to take him to Gold Coast University Hospital where he was treated for a “palm-sized superficial burn” to his buttocks”

Camping disaster: ‘Our tent was invaded by flying termites’: “GET OUT, get out, we’ve been invaded by flying termites,” my partner screamed as he backed out of the tent holding our baby. We had camped at Wollondilly numerous times before and never had a problem with insects. On this occasion it was just a case of bad timing, according to the Australian Museum. “These flights occur during warm humid weather and usually take place during spring and autumn.” We’d never spent so much time contemplating termites until this camping expedition. Inside the tent, we found ourselves standing in a cloud of pests so thick we couldn’t breathe without inhaling them. They were there because we hadn’t abided by one of the cardinal rules of camping: do not leave the tent door unzipped at night while there’s a light on inside. Thousands of wings, like bucketfuls of spilt confetti, covered the bedding and the ground sheet. Luckily, we could easily drive back to Sydney to a home with hot showers, flushing toilets and fly screens.”

Cabbie offers free trips to 103-year-old woman: “CABBIE George Goold is living his version of Driving Miss Daisy as he ferries 104-year-old Mary Moore around town. The 80-year-old taxi driver has been giving free rides to his grateful passenger since she turned 103 a year ago. And on her birthday yesterday, he offered another 12 months to celebrate the Bribie Island centenarian’s milestone. “When George said he’d give me free transport, that was a blessing,” she said. “When you’re on a pension you don’t have money to throw about. I wouldn’t be using taxis if I had to pay.” Irish woman Ms Moore enjoys three weekly rides to go shopping and visit friends. Although old in number, she is still independent, living alone and doing her own housework. And Mary only has kind words for generous George. “He’s a proper gentleman. I couldn’t manage without him.”

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

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