Cats like boxes — any boxes

January 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Bungling British bureaucrats again: “A taxi driver was banned from taking children to school after he was reported for kissing and hugging his two young daughters. Tony Kemp, 60, from Kirkbymoorside was suspended from the school run for six days by North Yorkshire County Council after they said an allegation had been made against him. The council refused to tell him why he was suspended, but a colleague told him he had been seen kissing and cuddling two girls outside a school – which he then realised were his daughters, who are nine and 11. Once officials realised the error, Mr Kemp was reinstated, but he is furious at how he was treated by the council and ‘devastated’ that the accusation was made. He says he can not understand why he was not told what the allegation was, and why he was not interviewed as a matter of urgency – which would have given him the opportunity to explain what had really happened”

Muslim schoolboy, 10, quizzed by police after writing ‘I live in a terrorist house’ when he meant ‘terraced’: “A Muslim boy has been quizzed by police after mistakenly writing that he lived in a ‘terrorist house’ rather than a ‘terraced house’. The 10-year-old made the error during an English lesson at a primary school in Accrington, Lancashire, and the following day officers arrived at his home to interview him and examine the family laptop. Speaking to the BBC, the boy’s family said the incident on December 7 had shocked them and asked for the police and school to apologise. His cousin, who has not been named to protect his identity, said: ‘You can imagine it happening to a 30-year-old man, but not to a young child. ‘If the teacher had any concerns it should have been about his spelling. ‘They shouldn’t be putting a child through this. He’s now scared of writing, using his imagination.’

Australia’s “squeezy” ketchcup sachets praised: “IT IS a fairly standard thing found in every shop in Australia. We begrudgingly pay 30c for them, and generally take them for granted. And yet people overseas are losing their minds over our incredible invention. Reddit user Youlikeitlikewhat posted a video of the “magical” easy-to-squeeze sauce packet in use, and people couldn’t believe what they were watching. He captioned the video: “Australians not only have a beautiful country. And beautiful people. They also have these motherf***ing personal sauce dispensers.” Even overseas news sites couldn’t believe how cool these things were. “Why can’t we get these here? Australia has the best no-mess ketchup sachets ever,” read a headline on UK site The Sun. But Aussies quickly reassured everyone that these aren’t really that big of a deal. “This is a normal boring thing that every shop has in Australia”

Homeowner is stunned when the old vase in the attic turns out to be antique Chinese flask which sells for nearly £500,000: “A homeowner had an unexpected surprise after finding an old vase in the attic which was worth nearly £500,000. The unidentified man had no idea of the value of his Chinese antique when he took it to be valued at an auction house in Honiton, Devon. And he was stunned to discover the family heirloom that had been collecting dust for decades was worth a fortune. It was identified as a rare puce-enamelled blue and white dragon bianhu moon flask from the Imperial Court during the Qianlong period of 1736 to 1795. The vase was deemed so valuable it went on tour in the Far East, visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei and Singapore before finally being sold. It was eventually purchased by someone in Hong Kong for £488,000. The moon flask was previously owned by a colonel who served in Her Majesty’s Royal Army Medical Corps in China in the early 1900s.”

Cat looks suspiciously like Star Wars character Kylo Ren: “This is the amazing image of a cat which was abandoned at a welfare shelter that looks suspiciously like Star Wars character Kylo Ren. Corey the cat was put up for adoption by Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey when someone online noticed the cat’s resemblance to actor Adam Driver who plays Kylo Ren in the blockbuster movie. The Oriental Shorthair is 2 and a half years old and ‘has the softest fur you’ll ever feel’. According to Monmouth County SPCA’s Facebook page: ‘After a social media whirlwind, Corey the cat has been adopted!”

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