Shepherding

December 23, 2015 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tiny British firm wins $74million payout from Caterpillar: “A tiny British firm has won a legal victory – and a huge payout – from U.S. construction giants who stole the secret of a vital piece of heavy machinery. Miller UK, based in Cramlington, Northumberland, has been awarded $74million (around £50million) by a U.S. federal court, which found that Caterpillar had ripped off their product and made millions from it. Jurors found that Miller had stolen the idea behind the Miller Coupler Bug – a piece of heavy machinery which connects the arms of construction vehicles to attachments like buckets and demolition equipment. Caterpillar used to sell Miller’s under a licensing agreement which made both of the companies huge amount of cash. But after Caterpillar scrapped the arrangement in 2008, their own version of the device soon started rolling off the production lines. Miller UK was awarded $74million in exemplary damages by the Chicago court – but the total cost to Caterpillar is expected to exceed $100million after interest and legal fees.”

Parrot travels through rush hour traffic clinging to a steering wheel: “This parrot shows she has got a thing for the fast and furious after a video emerged showing her clinging onto the steering wheel during rush hour traffic. Lili, a black-headed caique from Israel, enjoys spinning upside down and around as she travels through city streets. Her antics began when her owners, Dafna and Udi Ben nun, took her on outings in the car near their home in Tel Aviv. She used to be content with sitting on their heads or shoulders – but one day she clambered onto the steering wheel and hung on for dear life. And now, she insists on assuming the same position every time they are in the car – even while they are driving and turning corners. Lili does not appear fazed as she is repeatedly spun upside-down when the car turns sharp bends.”

Romantic failure: “A Chinese man hired a group of dancers for an elaborate performance in a bid to woo his girlfriend into accepting his wedding proposal. The woman was so touched that she burst into tears at the scene in Chengdu, south-west China. However, when she saw the ring, she turned and left because the diamond was smaller than her expectation, which was at least one carat. The woman allegedly messaged her friend: ‘Before we agreed on a one carat diamond ring. Why is it so small? Is he so careless or he just doesn’t care?’? It’s not clear when the incident took place but the photographs have been circulating online in China. Since the photos appeared online, the woman, who remains unidentified, has been widely ridiculed online. Many people on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, said that she didn’t deserve the proposal.

A tiger with no stripes: “A pair of five-month-old white tiger cubs are due to be unveiled to the public for the first time in Qingdao, north-east China, tomorrow. The extremely rare animals are a variation of the Indian Bengal tigers and are a protected species within China. In particular, one of the cubs is pure white with no stripes – a form of genetic mutation that’s thought to occur only one in 100,000 times, according to People’s Daily Online. There are currently around 200 of these ‘snow white’ tigers in the world and just seven in China, according to the report. The snow white male cub was born on July 14 this year along with his twin sister. His sibling has stripes just like their mother. Both tigers have bright blue eyes and a playful character.

The real life ‘Jaws’ beach: “TOURISTS flock to its budget-friendly shores annually and it is known as one of the world’s top surf towns, but New Smyrna Beach in Florida is also the real-life Jaws beach. New Smyrna has reported about 250 shark attacks in its history — making it the beach with the highest number of attacks per square mile in the world. According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), the Florida beach is the “shark capital of the world” — sparking comparisons to the Amity Island beach in the 1975 classic film Jaws. It is estimated that anyone who has swam there has been within 3m of a shark. We guess some ocean lovers are comforted by the fact that most attacks did not result in death; the waters are known for young bull sharks, who are simply confusing humans for marine-life food.”

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