Lies, lies and more lies

January 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Overloaded truck is so heavy it breaks the GROUND: “A shocking video has emerged from China of an overloaded truck passing across a road, when the earth beneath it collapsed and it suddenly fell into a sink hole. The incident happened in Zhangzhou city, Fujian Province, southeast China during the day on January 12, reports the People’s Daily Online. When the overloaded vehicle was turning a corner, it broke the road beneath it and caused a giant hole. After the road collapsed, the lorry quickly fell into the ground. All that was remaining was the front of the truck sticking out of the road, with the driver still in it. According to the report, a 13-foot-deep hole occurred after the overloaded truck pressed into the road. Pictures show that the truck was hoisted out by heavy duty vehicles after the accident.

Woman who could be Australia’s drunkest driver faces court: “A Queensland woman who could officially be Australia’s drunkest driver has faced court for the first time after police allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of 0.48 per cent – nearly 10 times the legal limit. Angela Bisson, 42, from Southport, fronted court today on high range drink driving charges and kept tight-lipped as she was questioned by reporters about the incident last month. The mother was allegedly discovered passed out in her car at a Runaway Bay cafe, stunned traffic police said they have never seen a reading so high. Professor Jake Najman, from the University of Queensland’s Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre told News Corp: “That’s a crazy reading – I’ve never heard of one that high,’’ “You’re reaching the point of being comatose at 0.3 so by 0.4 you should be out of it completely, if not close to dead.’’

Angry young woman collapsed and froze to death after house party: “A young woman froze to death after leaving a house party and she wasn’t discovered until a passer-by walked past her body hours later. Elizabeth Luebke was allegedly intoxicated when she left a house party, which only a few blocks away, and CCTV shows the young woman collapsing in front of the residence at 4:30am. Ms Luebke is said to have left her friends after an argument that night and was wearing shorts, stockings and a tank top, according to New York Daily News. A Milwaukee County Medical Examiners’ report says sub-zero temperatures was the cause of her death. The girl’s mother, Kathryn Luebke, came to look for her daughter and came upon the scene while police were investigating. She told investigators her daughter was hospitalised last October with a blood alcohol content of 0.40 after she was found unresponsive at a bar.”

Tourist forgets wife at service station, drives for 100 kilometres: “A WOMAN was driven to fury after her forgetful husband left her behind at a service station. The couple, along with their teenage son, had enjoyed a holiday in Brazil and were on a road trip back to Argentina when the mistake happened, according to local media. The man, only known by his first name of Walter, filled up his car with petrol and then went to the toilet at the service station in the Brazilian area of Passo Fundo, however he failed to notice his wife Claudia was not in the car when he returned. So he drove off. It was approximately 100km later that he realised she was missing. Claudia, who had been asleep in the back of the car, had gone in to the shop to buy a snack”

North Korea claims to have invented an alcoholic drink that doesn’t give you a hangover: “North Korean scientists claims to have invented an alcoholic beverage that does not leave you with a hangover. Koryo Liquor is a spirit distilled from rice wine and fermented ginseng root, and despite an ABV of 43 per cent, is supposedly hangover free. North Korean media claims the ‘brandy’ is a result of several years work by state food scientists, adding that Koryo Liquor is ‘highly appreciated by experts and lovers’. Kim Jong-Un’s state scientist’ have reportedly been able to distil the miracle spirit by using rice rather than sugar during the fermentation process. ‘Koryo Liquor, which is made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam [ginseng], known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice,’ the Pyongyang Times reported.”

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A helpful friend

January 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man who loved salt dies of overdose: “A man who was obsessed with sea salt to the extent that his wife even tried to hide the seasoning from him died of a sodium overdose, an inquest heard. Peter Maynard, 56, from Kemsing in Kent, died after he developed extremely high levels of sodium in his blood, which caused excess fluid in the brain. An inquest into his death was told that Mr Maynard suffered from a number of health conditions, and believed he would die if he did not take sea salt every day. When he was admitted to the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough, Hampshire, Mr Maynard had a sodium reading of 191, way above the healthy level of 140. He had also been suffering from seizures before he died in hospital on October 2. The cause of death was given as excess fluid in the brain as a consequence of severe acute hypernatraemia, an excessive concentration of sodium in the body.”

Who will teach the teachers?: “A boy’s spelling homework has gone viral after his mother shared it on Twitter in despair over glaring errors made by his teacher. Twitter user Amanda, who goes by the handle Pandamoanimum, from Kent, shared an image of the note she found pasted into her son’s literacy homework book, saying: ‘My son has spellings from school that they want him to learn. I’m currently holding my head and sighing.’ An image of the spelling test, which included the misspellings ‘sincereley’ and ‘immediateley’, has been retweeted more than 1,700 times and liked more than 1,500 times on Twitter. The spelling task, designed to help Year 6 pupils improve their spelling ahead of their SATs, came with a note, saying: ‘For homework each week, I will be sending home six words from the recommended spelling test which I will then pick up in class the following work.’ It seems the teacher meant to write ‘week’ instead of work, but made an error”

Sheep stranded on precarious ledge 2,600ft up Welsh mountain is saved by abseilers: “A sheep trapped on a mountain ledge for days had to be rescued during a blizzard by a team of abseilers. The animal was spotted unable to move out of danger around 2,600ft up Tryfan mountain in Snowdonia, north Wales, earlier this month. Incredible footage shows the rescuers abseiling down the mountain’s rocky face before finally catching the sheep on the ledge. The two workers then used a special harness to secure the animal and get it to safety. RSPCA inspector Mike Pugh said the rescue was made increasingly difficult due to blizzard conditions. ‘Once released from the bag the sheep was so hungry he just stayed nearby feeding while we sorted out all the ropes and equipment.’

McDonald’s launches new dish offering Japanese diners fries with a double CHOCOLATE topping: “McDonald’s is launching a controversial new dish which will feature a serving of classic French fries covered in double chocolate sauce. The fast food giant will start selling the ‘salty-sweet’ McChoco Potato dish from next week, but fans eager to try the unusual combination may be disappointed to discover it will only be served in Japan. But customers in Japan will be able to experience the ‘ideal combination’ of French fries drizzled with two types of chocolate sauces – chocolate with cacao flavour and white milk chocolate. McDonald’s purists may be alarmed by the development, but the chain’s Japanese branches are known for creating unusual and quirky gastronomic combinations. Previously, they offered Shaka Shaka Potato fries topped with cheese sauce or bacon, a shrimp burger and even a ‘cream stew pie’.”

Instagram fitness star shares image of her ‘stomach rolls’: “One Instagram fitness is earning more adoring praise than ever, not because she reached her goal weight or clocked in an all-time best marathon time – but because she flaunted her belly rolls. A typical shot shared on Fit Body Guides creator Anna Victoria’s her popular Instagram page features the young California woman dressed in gym clothes and showing off her super-toned tummy, or else really flaunting her colorful fruit and veggie-heavy meals. But three days ago, the 27-year-old took her fans by surprise – in the best way – by showing off the rolls that appear on her stomach when she sits down. Anna, who is currently living in Italy, definitely has an enviable body. But Anna wanted to make sure her fans know even she isn’t perfect. Just like everyone else, she has rolls in her stomach when she sits down – though hers seem to be more made out of skin than fat”.

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A good news story

January 19, 2016 at 11:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An employee of a Target store in Indiana has become an internet star after a story about his patience and kindness to a customer was shared by tens of thousands online.

Ishmael Gilbert, 19, a cashier at Target in Glendale, Indiana, had only been working at the store for a few days when an elderly woman pulled up to his till. Right behind her was young mom Sarah Owen Bigler, 35, who later posted her lengthy account of the following events on her Facebook page.

‘Yesterday Matt was sick. I picked up Archie from the sitter and Eloise from school and decided to run to Target for a few things,’ she wrote. ‘I had hoped to be in and out quickly. I found a line with just one person ahead of me and began organizing my items on the conveyor.’

However, after organizing herself, Sarah looked up to see that the one person ahead of her was an elderly woman who was attempting to pay for her items entirely in change and with each one paid for separately.

‘Part of me, the part that had a long day at work, the part of me who had a one-and-a-half year old having a melt down in the cart, the part that had set an unnecessary timeline for Target and getting home, was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me,’ wrote Sarah.

‘BUT then I watched the young employee with this woman. I watched him help her count her change, ever so tenderly taking it from her shaking hands. I listened to him repeatedly saying “yes, mam” to her.’

She added that not once did the cashier roll his eyes or make any outward signs of being at all annoyed or inconvenienced by the women. ‘He was nothing but patient and kind,’ said Sarah.

Then, the mother also saw that her daughter Eloise was watching too and, she realized that ‘I hadn’t been inconvenienced at all’ and that instead, this stranger was teaching her daughter an important lesson in the golden rule.

‘Furthermore, I realized that I too needed a refresher on this lesson,’ she added.

After the woman completed her transaction, Ishmael rang through Sarah’s items and thanked her for waiting so patiently. She, in turn, thanked him for his own extraordinary patience and, despite having initially been in a hurry, pushed her cart back in the store to find a manager and describing what she had witnessed.

The next day she shared the full story online, closing her tale with: ‘If you are ever in the Glendale Target, give Ishmael a smile and a nod. The world could use more people like him.’

The post quickly began to pick up steam, being shared by thousands who were inspired by the story. In five days, it has been shared 22,000 times.

Ishmael, himself a young father of a one-year-old daughter named Namya, woke up the following day to discover he had become an overnight internet star. ‘I was asleep at home and everyone was texting me, “check Facebook, check Facebook,”‘ he told The Indianapolis Star.

He explained that the elderly woman was ‘all worked up’ as the line behind her got longer. In fact, she was shaking. But Ishmael didn’t hesitate in helping her.

‘It just feels good to be recognized for good work,’ he added about his new online popularity. ‘But this isn’t something new. I treat all customers the same, the way I want to be treated.

‘It felt good because that’s the kind of example I want to be for my daughter,’ he added.

In light of his new fame, his mother Amiee Smith Gilbert, 40, posted to Facebook about how proud she was of her son, saying that as she watched him be interviewed by the media: ‘I looked at my son I was proud to be his mother and know that my hard work and effort was worth it . I felt very proud that this young father was being acknowledge for his outstanding customer service and positive energy in the workplace. I have always tried my best to raise my children to respect everyone no matter their race, age or gender.’

She went on to thank Sarah for sharing the story as well as others who shared the post and helped it spread across the country.

‘I asked Ishmael how he felt about his story and what did he learn from this he said “I want people to know that I AM a young hard working father trying to provide for my daughter,”‘ she wrote.

‘He said that he wants to get his life right for 2016. So he went into this job with positive energy and wanted to do his best,’ she added. ‘I told him to remain humble and continue to be the best Target employee you can be. He said hopefully he will inspire others to be kind and treat everybody like you would want to be treated. He said he really wants to share his story on the Ellen Show!’

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Odd news from around the world

Electric shock treatment to cure male infertility: “A hand-held zapper could help tackle infertility in men. The device, roughly the size of a mobile phone, sends out mild pulses of electricity, which are thought to stimulate the production and movement of sperm. It’s based on the idea that the positive electrical charge from the device (sperm naturally has a negative electrical charge) increases the concentration of sperm and draws it out of testicles, where they are produced, and into the semen. Researchers at Sheba Medical Center in Israel tested the technique in an animal study and found that holding the device close to the scrotum increased sperm concentration by 200 to 1,600 per cent, with the sperm being found outside the testicles and inside the tubes known as epididymis, where they mature. They are now testing the treatment on ten men who are infertile due to an extremely low level of sperm.”

Brilliant British policing again: “A businessman who dialled 999 as masked raiders ransacked his shop was astonished when a lone police community support officer [unarmed auxiliary cop] on a bicycle turned up ten minutes later. The gang, believed to be armed, were still at the children’s clothing boutique when Sam Islam rang. But by the time the PCSO arrived they had gone, taking up to £5,000 of designer goods and injuring two of Mr Islam’s employees who tried to stop them. Yesterday he said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw him ride up on a bicycle. ‘There were four armed men in balaclavas and a push-bike patrol attended. How reassuring is that?’ Merseyside Police apologised for the ‘not proportionate’ response to his call”

Bizarre black frog fish that WALKS along the ocean floor caught off the coast of New Zealand: “A weird black fish that looks like a creature from another planet has surfaced in New Zealand. Pictures of the deep-sea fish were posted by Te Papa Museum’s Facebook page on Friday. ‘Frogfishes have the fastest bite of any vertebrate. Their mouths expands at the speed approaching a .22 rifle bullet – and that’s in a medium 800x denser than air,’ reads Te papa Museum’s post. According to the complete Australian fishing encyclopedia, frogfish are ambush predators and can eat almost anything that will fit into their large mouths. This includes other fish as well as crabs and shrimp.

The moment a ‘bush dentist’ removes two rotten teeth from a smiling Australian using only a pair of pliers, a wooden bat and some CARDBOARD: “A bush dentist has removed two rotten teeth from a man using only a pair of pliers, a wooden bat and some cardboard. The spine-tingling footage uploaded to YouTube on Saturday was filmed in Coober Pedy, South Australia, which is known as the ‘the opal capital of the world’. ‘Greg had little income and little work. As a joke we offered to pull his teeth out for him. He accepted and that was that,’ Mr Bell said. The video shows the surprisingly calm Greg attaching a pair of pliers to a rotten tooth, before biting down on a piece of cardboard, preventing him from chipping his remaining teeth. Greg doesn’t flinch as the dentist uses a wooden bat to knock the pliers upwards, extracting the rotten tooth. The teeth popped from their sockets with ease Mr Bell said. Showing no signs of pain Greg thanks the dentist”

Dumb black broke into elderly couple’s home. Is arrested at shopping mall the next day where he told couple to meet him to hand over more money: “We are a little more than two weeks into 2016. But one bungling teenager is already in the running for dumbest criminal of the year. His deeds have been deemed so stupid, a police chief has even given him the title already. Donte Hayes, 17, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was arrested after he scheduled a follow-up meeting with a woman he kidnapped, because he wanted to steal more money off her. Nether Providence Police Chief David Splain told Philly.com: ‘We were the last ones he was waiting to see. He was waiting for a little old woman. On January 3, at around 3am police said Hayes entered the victim’s house through an unlocked first-floor kitchen window. Hayes then awoke the woman – who is in her late 70s – by tapping her on the shoulder with his gun, police said.”

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Point of view

January 18, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Secret switch reveals 007-style stash, court told: “An elaborate secret car compartment worthy of a James Bond movie was found when a young man was pulled over for a random breath test, police have alleged. Police told court on Saturday of their surprise find when they uncovered a concealed switch near the steering wheel, which, when pushed with a demister button, opened the door to a hidden compartment in the glove box. Police allege 40 clear MDMA capsules weighing 7.9 grams and $4000 cash dropped from the secret compartment. Christopher Anderson, 22, was stopped for a random breath test just after midnight on Friday in Surry Hills. After allegedly spotting a “burner” [disposable] Nokia mobile phone, police searched the car, and said they found a second Nokia phone, an iPhone and 3.1 grams of cocaine inside a plastic bag in the glove box.”

Monks discover recipe book dating back to 1793 that includes unusual recipes for Pigs Ears and even a chicken curry: “Monks have discovered a recipe book that dates back to 1793 stashed away in their archives, which contains some unusual recipes for pigs ears and even one of the first chicken curries. The handwritten pages were compiled by generations of cooks in the kitchen of Begbrook House in Frenchay, near Bristol, which belonged to a wealthy local family. But when the house was burnt down by suffragettes in 1913, the fragile book of 142 recipes was passed onto the monks at Downside Abbey, in Somerset. Among the food-spattered pages of appetising recipes is one for Fricassee of Pigs Feet and Ears – which is stewed meat served in a thick white sauce – and also a pigeon stew. The book also contains a recipe for a chicken curry. ‘It seems to be a working kitchen cookbook as opposed to being for special occasions. But it’s evoked so much interest because it’s a Georgian, Regency cookbook.”

Birthplace of the Vespa BANS the iconic moped: “The mayor of the Italian city that gave birth to the Vespa has banned the scooter, leading to widespread outrage and protests. Vespas produced before 1999 are now set to be banned in Genoa, north-west Italy, in a bid to tackle pollution. The ban on scooters in the centre of in Genoa has led to such outrage that the mayor has been forced to postpone the ban until later this year. Mayor Marco Doria signed off in December on an anti-smog initiative due to come into force in February, which would have stranded close to 20,000 riders of the two-wheeler, whose name in Italian means ‘wasp.’ But the measure banning their use in large areas of the city centre between 7am and 7pm has sparked such a backlash it has been suspended until April to give people time to organise alternative transport – and may yet be scrapped.”

Woman competing in notorious 300-mile Alaskan dog sled race is forced to drop out after getting frostbite in her EYE: “A competitor in a 300-mile dog sled race through the snowy Alaskan wilderness was forced to drop out after getting frostbite on her eyeball. Brenda Mackey, from Nenana, Alaska, halted her dogs at the Kalskag checkpoint during the Kuskokwim 300 race, complaining to medics about a pain in her eye. She was told that the frostbite was so severe that she would need a cornea transplant, according to race officials. She added in a post earlier today: ‘My eyeball was quite hard to the touch yesterday and I couldn’t see out of it for around 15 hours – just a grey haze.’ Fortunately, Ms Mackey has regained sight in her eye, and will be seeing a specialist tomorrow to assess whether the frostbite has done any permanent damage. The notoriously difficult race was made particularly treacherous this weekend, with an icy and wind-whipped trail, according to the Alaska Dispatch News.”

Hundreds of women gather at ‘free the nipple’ picnic: “A ‘free the nipple’ picnic which began for a group of friends but swelled to thousands has attracted criticism and even threats of violence. Around 50 women showed up to bare their breasts after Zoe Buckley Lennox, 22, and Amanda Haworth, 21, organised the event for a group of friends so their nipples could ‘enjoy a cool breeze and challenge the patriarchy all at once’. Around 50 women showed up to bear their breasts. Despite it being ‘2016 and too hot for t-shirts’, the event didn’t avoid controversy. ‘What a horrible thing to expose children to and how sad that women feel the need to do these things to get attention,’ one woman wrote on the page. ‘If you want to be treated like equal’s [sic] maybe stop doing childish and attention seeking things. ‘Your [sic] really just promoting pornography more than anything.’”

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Doctors remember …

January 17, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1. A young couple came in, both upset and confused about the fact that the woman had become pregnant.

They stressed the fact that they were on birth control, specifically they were on the pill.

However, before I could say anything, the boyfriend quietly took me aside…

And explained to me that he had been taking the pill instead of his girlfriend because “she had a weak stomach and couldn’t take pills…”

2. A patient came in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to stress the fact that she only ever had one partner.

“And even if my boyfriend is sleeping with other people, it shouldn’t matter,” said the patient. “My boyfriend uses a condom every time and makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use.”

The ER nurse asked the patient what she meant when she said her boyfriend “washes it every time.”

The patient explained that her boyfriend washed the same old condom with hot water and soap before he used it. Every time. I had to kindly explain to a grown woman that condoms are a one-time use product. She had no clue.

3. These weren’t patients of mine, but I once overheard the following conversation in the waiting room:

Man 1: My daughter is allergic to wheat.

Man 2: So she can’t eat bread or anything?

Man 1: We only give her white bread.

Man 2: Oh yeah, I guess bread only has wheat if it says it on there. Like whole wheat or whatever.

Man 1: Yeah, I guess.

Man 2: So can she eat pizza?

Man 1: Only cheese pizza.

4. More than one patient has come into my vet’s office complaining about their dog’s chest.

One man thought his male dog’s nipples were giant blood-sucking ticks. He actually tried poking at them and lightly pulling on them, complaining that “they are impossible to remove…”

A woman also came in complaining that her dog had “huge tumors” growing on its chest. Nope. Again, just nipples.

5. My best friend’s mom is a nurse at a hospital in an area with a lot of gang activity.

More than once, she has had to explain to the family of her deceased patients that you can’t get a brain transplant after getting shot in the head. Or at all really.

6. Not a doctor, but a good friend of mine is. He once told that he had to explain to one of his patients that regular Band-Aids do not cure anything at all, but just cover up a wound.

The patient in question had tried to cure her recently diagnosed type-II diabetes by sticking Band-Aids all over herself…

7. A lady had to have her foot amputated and was given waiver forms to sign pre-op. The patient is asked if she needs time to think about her decision.

She’s surprisingly calm and nonchalant, she doesn’t seem to care much about what they do to her limb.

The doctor gets suspicious and probes a bit further, asking why she’s not more concerned. The patient says she understands that they have to operate, but that “it’s okay because the foot will grow back.”

The doctor had to explain to the woman that she is not, in fact, a salamander, and that limbs do not grow back in humans.

8. I once had a meeting with a patient about their diet and nutritional intake.

I ended up having to explain to this person that, no, Coca-Cola is NOT in fact a vegetable. Just because it says “contains vegetable extracts” on the side of a can of Coke does not mean it can count as one of your “five veggies a day…”

9. A woman came in for a well-baby check with her 6-month-old, and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle.

The doctor started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk, at which point she interrupts him and says “oh that isn’t chocolate milk. Its coffee! He just loves it!”

10. Another lady I was seeing for clinicals was diabetic, and she would come in every week with stupid high blood sugar levels (250–560-ish), not knowing why they were so high.

“Well, I have been drinking about 3 of the 48oz Quiktrip slushies every day for a while now. They’re just so good! And they aren’t food or drink, they’re slushies! So they don’t have any sugar in them, and I don’t need to record them!” It was so hard to convince her that those are so full of sugar it isn’t even funny.

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Odd news from around the world

Speed reading DOESN’T work: “In a world of email and social media, speed reading could be the answer to the always on generation’s prayers. However, researchers studying the techniques and apps available say they don’t work. They looked at decades of research – and concluded speed readers don’t remember what they read. ‘Examining decades’ worth of research on the science of reading, a team of psychological scientists finds little evidence to support speed reading as a shortcut to understanding and remembering large volumes of written content in a short period of time,’ they said. The report, published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, shows that that there are no magic shortcuts when it comes to reading more quickly while still fully understanding what we’ve read. While some may claim prodigious speed reading skills, these claims typically don’t hold up when put to the test.”

Old bits of painted log go up for sale at trendy interiors shop in upmarket part of London – and they SELL OUT: “A trendy interiors in an exclusive area of London selling painted logs for £10 each have already sold out of the novel accessories. The pieces of plain firewood – which are then jazzed up with a lick of yellow, pink or orange paint – proved so popular over the festive period, the store continued to stock them. The novel concept left some people gobsmacked with one saying: ‘The world has gone stark raving bonkers.’ Others compared the sale of painted logs to the Harry Enfield sketch ‘I saw you coming’ where his antique salesman flogs rubbish to gullible rich women. However the store insisted they had ‘no negative response’, have now sold out of painted logs and may even hold a tutorial to teach others how to do their own one. The interior store, in affluent Muswell Hill in north London, sells an array of pricey home accessories”

How your scented candle could KILL you: “With our doors and windows firmly shut against the winter cold, lighting a few scented candles is a trick many use freshen up a stuffy room. But this act could be turning your home into a death trap as perfume chemicals can cause a dangerous cocktail that can kill, according to scientists. Experts say the simple perfumes can mutate on contact with air and if rooms are not properly ventilated they can build up to dangerous levels. Tests were carried out on six similar modern houses over the course of five days by Professor Alastair Lewis of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of York”.

Australia: Woman wakes up in hospital to find a wild ferret latched onto her bleeding hand: “A woman recovering in hospital got the shock of her life when she woke to find a wild ferret chomping down on the flesh between her thumb and finger. The 41-year-old Wyong patient was due to be discharged from Gosford Hospital on the Central Coast later that day, but ended up spending an extra 24 hours in bed thanks to the surprise visitor. ‘It wouldn’t let go so they had to get the security guard to come in. He tried to get it off but it wouldn’t let go,’ a hospital employee who spoke to the woman after the attack told the Herald-Sun. It took the security guard a good few minutes to pry the ferret from the lady’s bleeding hand, eventually loosening its grip and allowing him to relocate it to a safe spot on the hospital grounds. The woman spent another day in hospital as staff cleaned up the wound, gave her a tetanus shot and administered antibiotics.”

The ultimate survivors: “Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years. Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They’re segmented, with eight legs, and measure 1mm in length. Scientists at at Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research retrieved the creatures from a frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983. The sample had been stored at minus−20 degrees for just over three decades. Two waterbears were resuscitated. One of them died after 20 days, but the other went on to successfully reproduce with a third specimen hatched from a frozen egg. It laid 19 eggs, of which 14 hatched successfully. Found throughout the world, tardigrades can survive extreme pressure, such as deep underwater, and can even live in the vacuum of space for several days.

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What does this picture show?

January 16, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Spanish farmer who hacked his hand off in failed insurance scam is jailed for four years: “A Spanish farmer who cut off his own hand off to fraudulently claim insurance has been jailed for four years and ordered to pay a €3,000 fine and repay €335,000 (£253,000) in insurance money. The 42-year-old man, from the rural region of Castellón, staged the elaborate ‘accident’ in order to help pay off his mortgage. He had been having financial troubles in 2007, according to the court sentence, and hoped that the money he would get from his insurance policies would help clear his debts. In the early hours of December of that year, the farmer, identified as Miguel B.P by local newspaper Las Provincias, took a sharp blade and hacked off his own right hand. He applied a tourniquet bandage to stem the bleeding, got into his car and drove in the pitch black to a point where there was a curve in the road. The farmer then crashed into a ditch next to an orange grove”

LA pranksters set up push bike to electrocute anyone attempting to steal it from the street: “The pranksters, brothers Jeremy and Jason Holden, kitted out an ordinary push-along bike with shock devices in the handlebars and seat before leaving it out in the street in Los Angeles, US. They sat quietly in hiding as they waited for passers-by to pick up the seemingly-abandoned bike in Hollywood, filming every moment with a number of handheld cameras. When an unknowing member of the public picked up the bike and tried to make-off with it, the brothers – using a handheld button – allowed the shock devices to release small charges. Over a number of hours, they filmed several people trying to steal the bike – and then being thrown from it after being shocked by the electric zap. Amusing footage shows the brothers asking ‘What happened buddy? Trying to steal a bike?’ to some of the men who came off the push bike after being stunned by the shocks.

Hippy limo: “An Indonesian mechanic has created what he claims is the world’s longest Volkswagen Kombi van – the much-loved ‘hippie wagon’. Mr Pamungkas and his team of 30 workers spent a whole year creating the new vehicle, which stretches to 7.6metres long – almost three times the length of a Smart car, at 2.6metres. But the work was not cheap, and the VW fanatic spent more than £20,000 (400million Indonesian Rupiah) on building the van. He claims to have built the vehicle by dissecting two normal Kombi vans and piecing them back together and altering the chassis in the process. He also swapped the former 1,500cc engine for a 2,000cc engine so it would be able to cope with the additional weight.”

Mexican drugs lord had ‘testicle implant for erectile dysfunction’ while on the run: “‘El Chapo’ Guzman underwent testicle implant surgery to cure his erectile dysfunction following his daring escape from prison, it has been revealed today. Between September and October 2015, the world’s most wanted man went under the knife in the name of curing his impotence, reported Mexican national newspaper Reforma, citing ‘sources close to the investigation’. The report stated that upon re-entering the maximum-security prison from which he escaped six months before, a medical examination on January 8 revealed signs of the recent surgery. The surgeries took place in a Tijuana hospital, just a kilometre from the US-Mexico border, and a town dominated by El Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel organisation.”

The ‘missing Black Mamba’ posters that gave Londoners palpitations are taken down as the jokers responsible apologise: “The RSPCA accused pranksters of wasting inspectors’ time after a poster campaign warning that a deadly snake was on the loose in London turned out to be a hoax. Adverts had been pinned to lampposts around the city claiming that a Black Mamba snake – one of the world’s deadliest snakes – had been missing for 10 days after leaving her owner’s home. Posters put up around King’s Cross, in London, asked people to check their homes for the serpent, which likes to seek out warm hiding places, such as behind washing machines or under car seats. But now a new sign appeared tonight reassuring people it was a hoax. Black mambas are one of the most feared snakes in Africa and have the second most potent venom in the world, beaten on only by the King Cobra”

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It’s a bald man kissing a baby

An unusual WWII story

January 15, 2016 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

During WWII, one British Army officer, a Major, in India was on a short weekend leave to his base. There he met a old friend of his – an Airforce pilot officer.

During the casual conversation, the Army officer told his Air Force friend that he was on a short weekend leave awaiting his next orders, which is expected next week. The Air force officer was flying that same day to England for making some delivery and was expecting to be back in 2 days. Suddenly out of the blue, he offered the Major a lift to England & back, if he wishes so.

Major initially refused, considering how unlawful that would be. The Air force officer convinced the Major, that they will return soon and nobody would even know and to tell his Commander that he is going out of the base to the civilian areas for some fresh air.

With great reluctance the Major agreed, keeping his fingers crossed all the time. Long story short, they safely reached England. The Major gave a pleasant surprise to his wife and had a glorious weekend.

As promised, the Air Force officer, brought the Major back to India in two days.

Time passed. After a few months, the Major got a call from his Commander, asking him to report to the office. Once inside the office, the Commander handed over to him a telegram, which stated that his wife was pregnant. The Commander sympathized with the Major and told him how sorry he felt, but then that is life. Such things do happen sometimes when soldiers stay away from their family for long time and so on …. …

The Major just did not know how to react. He wanted to jump with happiness but controlled his emotion. He kept a sad face. He knew very well that any knowledge of his adventure would put him and his Air Force friend in deep trouble.

The Commander offered to sanction an urgent leave for the Major to travel to England and sort things out with his wife.

Thus the Major found himself once again in the warm embrace of his wife. Needless to add, they had many glorious weekends.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Police officer breastfeeds abandoned baby to help save her life: “A police officer has gone above and beyond the call of duty by breastfeeding an abandoned baby to help save the newborn’s life. Luisa Fernanda Urrea, who is a police officer in La Marina, Colombia, was called to a forest settlement where locals had discovered a baby on the ground alone. While waiting for medical assistance, the new mum breastfed the hours-old baby, recognising that she was in need of hydration. Urrea told the local media, “I’m a new mother and I have milk and I recognised the needs that this poor little creature had. Police commandant Javier Martin reported that the baby had been abandoned soon after birth, and that she still had her umbilical cord attached when found. “The girl had some lacerations and was suffering from hypothermia,” he said. “However, she was treated quickly and is now in good health.”

Australia: Crocodile reportedly bites off woman’s hand: “An elderly woman is believed to have lost half her arm after an being attacked by a saltwater crocodile in Wyndham, in Western Australia’s North West. It is understood the woman, who is well-known in the community, was struck by the crocodile at Three Mile Creek around 2.30pm on Wednesday while walking her dogs. Wyndham man Paul Cavanagh said his nephew and son-in-law picked the injured woman up on the side of the road and took her to Wyndham Hospital after seeing she was missing her arm just above her elbow. “She was standing on the side of the road just shocked,” he said. “She’s lived here a long time, hopefully she’s alright.” They then took her to Wyndham Hospital before she was later flown by the Royal Flying Doctor Service to Royal Darwin Hospital. It is believed she is in a stable condition.”

Australian woman “handcuffed” by pet python: “A Sunshine Coast man called a local snake catcher after he “woke up to the screams of his roommate” who had been “handcuffed” by her pet python early Thursday morning. Sunshine Coast snake catcher Stuart McKenzie was called at 3am and had to talk the man through how to uncoil the pet Black Headed Python that had constricted its owner’s hands together. “She was handling the snake when it bit her on the thumb and proceeded to constrict her hands together so she was basically handcuffed and couldn’t get it off,” Mr McKenzie wrote on Facebook. “I have had one or two phone calls when the snakes have got out, but this is the first time someone has gotten into strife with the snake,” Mr McKenzie said. It took about 30 minutes for the housemate to uncoil the pet python, and Mr McKenzie said he remained calm throughout.

More than £77,000 worth of gold discovered hidden beneath seat on Air India flight: “More than 7.5million rupees (£77,000) worth of gold has reportedly been discovered hidden beneath a seat on a flight. Custom officials found almost seven pounds worth of the yellow metal on an Air India flight, which landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad, India, yesterday, local media reports. Based on a tip-off, staff searched the aircraft, which had landed following a flight from Dubai, and discovered the expensive metal. The bars of gold had been allegedly concealed behind a pipe beneath a seat in the cabin. ‘In flights, there would be a hollow pipe which supports the three seats. ‘The window side of the pipe is usually open and gold biscuits are kept inside that for the next passenger to locate and retrieve.'”

Drone catcher: “The monotonous buzz of a drone hovering in the sky above public events is an increasingly common problem and has raised fears they could be used in terror attacks. Now, engineers have developed a ‘drone catcher’ to safely pluck these annoying, and potentially dangerous, unmanned aircraft out of the sky. The drone, known as a Robotic Falcon, fires a net at the other vehicle in mid-air, which then allows it to fly away with the offending UAV to a safe location. It was developed following a spate of incidents where drones have been flown over public buildings or events, sparking major alerts. Last year a man was tackled to the ground after flying a quadcopter over the White House. Drones have also triggered alerts at airports around the world after they being flown into restricted airspace”.

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Family portrait

January 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Australia: Epic Ninja jump by owner foils black car thief at fuel stop: “A driver has performed an “epic ninja jump” through the window of his moving car as an alleged thief tried to steal it from a Darwin petrol station.Video of the November incident, released by NT Police, shows the car’s owner walking to pay at the Malak service station in Darwin’s northern suburbs. As he does so, a person is seen emerging from the shadows, getting in the car and starting to drive off. The owner is then seen running back to the car and launching himself feet-first through the passenger-side window as the car edges forward.The owner fails in his first attempt at getting into the vehicle, but tries again and succeeds, as the alleged thief jumps out and runs off. Northern Territory Police said they had now released the CCTV in a bid to locate 24-year-old Timothy Slater, who they allege was responsible for the botched attempt

Holiday colds could be a thing of the past!: “Raymond Wang, 17, has invented a new fan system that changes the way air moves around a plane. After examining the traditional air circulation systems, he discovered that a large percentage of the air is shared between passengers three times before it reaches the filter systems. This means that bugs are passed around among several passengers before being eliminated by the filters. But Wang’s new miniature fan invention allows each passenger a ‘personalised breathing zone’. His patent-pending machine, which he has called the Global Inlet Director, keeps air in a restricted amount of space before it reaches the filter system to be cleaned. He added: ‘With this, we’re able to reduce pathogen transmission by about 55 times, and increase fresh-air inhalation by about 190 per cent.’ The device, which can be installed in planes for under $1,000 (£690), redirects air particles that contain bacteria or viruses out of circulation”

Officials in Brazil claim to have found the world’s oldest man – at 131: “Civil servants in Brazil say they have discovered the world’s oldest person – a 131-year-old father-of-three living with a wife 69 years his junior. But social security workers in Acre in north Brazil today caused a stir by publishing photographs of Joao Coelho de Souza alongside a birth certificate dated March 10, 1884. The document showed he was born in the city of Meruoca in Ceara nearly 2,000 miles to the east of Acre. A colleague of a civil servant who made a routine visit to confirm he was still alive, and therefore eligible for his pension, posted the information on his Facebook. He called on the state government to confirm the find and register Joao for the Guinness Book of Records. Brazilian papers today said he lived with a wife aged 62 and a granddaughter aged 16 in a village called Estirao do Alcantara” [The birth certificate is probably his father’s. It is not uncommon for sons to be given the same name as their father]

Two boys come up with an ingenious (but incredibly simple) way of travelling through town on their bike: “Cycling with a friend is great fun but what can you do if only one of you owns a bike? This young duo appear to have cracked the conundrum with a simple but effective trick in this humorous video – by each taking a pedal. The clip, which was captured in an unknown location, shows the two boys travelling through town while sharing the one bicycle. What makes the trick so impressive is the fact that they travel at speed – evidence that they have journeyed together in this way before. As one of the youngsters pushes down on a pedal with both legs the other stands up slightly and tucks their knees in. The duo do this in perfect unison for quite some time while travelling down the road.

Clever Dutch woman survived five days lost in Australian wilderness: ” Veronique Biunkens, who is from the Netherlands, was staying at the SIBA Buddhist Centre, between Buchan and Gelantipy, when she left for a walk last Thursday. She quickly became lost in thick bushland that does not have walking tracks, but it was four days before she was reported missing to police. Victoria Police Inspector Mark Edwards said it was the first time he had seen someone survive after being lost for that length of time. “When they found her she was absolutely covered in mud from head to toe, and she’s told the searchers she’s put the mud all over her to protect herself from the sun during the day,” he said. “Her clothing was stuffed with river moss, and she’s used the river moss to keep herself warm during the night. It’s acted like a bit of a doona.” He said Ms Biukens set up camp near a river bed so she would have access to water when she realised she was lost. Ms Biunkens was found by rescuers less than two kilometres away from where she had gone missing. Ms Biukens survived the five days on water from the creek bed but did not have any food. Despite the ordeal, rescuers said she was doing well when she was found.

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CALIFORNIA PROTECTION PACKAGE

January 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

1 9mm
2 CLIPS
BOX OF SHELLS

I don’t think I need to picture the Texan equivalent

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tea as buried treasure: “The world’s oldest tea leaves have been discovered buried with royal treasures in the tomb of an ancient Chinese emperor who ruled more than 2,150 years ago. Unearthed in the tomb of Jing Emperor Liu Qi, the tea provides some of the earliest evidence for the ancient Silk Road trade route that grew to stretch across Asia from China to Europe. It appears Emperor Jing, who was the fourth emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, enjoyed the drink so much he wanted to be buried with a large supply of tea leaves so he could drink it in the afterlife. Archaeologists discovered the huge stash of tea buds – or tips – in one of the burial pits that surrounded the mausoleum built for the emperor and his wife in Xi’an, Sha’anxi Province, China. Although the plant material had decomposed, analysis revealed it had been some of the finest quality tea buds from the tea bush Camellia sinensis.

Cavemen ain’t what they used to be: “Real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his dreams come true by transforming a 250 million year old cave in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire, into a luxurious home outfitted with an Aga range cooker and rainfall shower head. After £160,000 and approximately 1,000 hours breaking, cutting and burrowing through tonnes of rock, the 38-year-old can finally put away the shovels and pickaxes and bask in the comforts of wi-fi, running water and underfloor heating. The Worcestershire native first came across the cave in 1999 when he took refuge in the space during a rainy bike ride. The cave, which had been used as a four-bedroom house for 300 years, was abandoned in the late 1940s. He purchased the cave, part of a row of living spaces considered to be the oldest inhabited rock houses in the whole of Europe, for £62,000. He also cut and drilled into the hillside, and all of the fresh running water comes from Angelo’s own bore hole, which he sank 80 metres into the ground.”

Batty British bureaucrats say this girl is overweight — and they’re not apologizing: “A fitness instructor mother has hit out at a controversial school child measuring programme after her daughter, 11, was deemed ‘overweight’ – causing her to refuse food for two days. Olivia Lyndsay, who at 5ft 2ins is one of the tallest pupils in her year, was told her BMI was above the recommended limit by health professionals at her primary school. Her mother Amelya Lyndsay, 35, was furious after her young daughter was so upset by the results she then refused to eat for two days. Now she has spoken out against the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), which aims to monitor obesity in children. ‘It is unbelievable how much damage can be done by this program,’ she said. ‘We never eat processed foods as I am always really careful of our diets, having a background in nutrition.

Giant crocodile fossil found on edge of Sahara: “PALEONTOLOGISTS have discovered the fossil remains of the world’s biggest ocean-dwelling crocodile buried on the edge of the Sahara, a creature that was twice the size of anything seen today. Named Machimosaurus rex, this croc would have weighed in at least 3000kg (6,600 pounds) and been around 9.7 metres (32 feet) long. Other than its size, it would have looked much like a modern day crocodile except for its narrow snout — which was designed to allow it swim in the ocean. “This is an incredibly big crocodile. It is twice as big as a present day marine crocodile,” University of Bologna’s Federico Fanti, who was part of the team that made the discovery with support from the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, told FoxNews.com. “The skull itself is as big I am,” said Fanti”

British train stopped by too much sun: “Rail passengers experienced long delays and rush hour train cancellations this morning – because it was too sunny for drivers. Services at Lewisham, south-east London, were disrupted because of the angle of the ‘low winter’ sun, train operator Southeastern said. It added: ‘The low winter sun has been hitting the dispatch monitor which prevents the driver from being able to see.’ Forecasts for Lewisham at 8am today did reveal that the area was experiencing strong sunshine. Southeastern said 11 trains were delayed by up to ten minutes by the issue. But travellers have been left seething at the explanation. Julie Clarke asked Southeastern: ‘How do they go on in hot countries where they have sunshine all the time?’ Yvonne Gilbert queried ‘is there any weather that’s not an issue?’ In 2009, rail operators were mocked for blaming the ‘wrong type of snow’ on a series of disastrous cancellations and delays. And autumnal delays are regularly blamed on ‘leaves on the line’.”

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Country folk

January 12, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, “Please come over Here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to Get started.”

Her neighbor asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”

The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the Table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her And says,

“First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to Assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.” He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a Nice cup of coffee, and then,” he said with a deep sigh …………

“Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Vast secret shelter 100ft under London: “It was hand-built to protect thousands of people from terrifying bombing raids by Nazi Germany during the Blitz in the Second World War. But the existence of the underground shelter beneath Clapham Common remains a complete secret to the vast majority of Londoners, even those who walk above it every day. The shelter ‘village’ lies 100ft below ground and is made up of 1,300 tunnels and is big enough to cater up to 8,000 people, and have now become a special exhibition open to the public. Work began on the tunnels in 1940 as part of a dash to prepare the capital against the imminent Nazi attack and possible invasion that some feared Hitler would launch. Triple decker beds were installed throughout in case thousands of people had to be housed at short notice. They were completed within eight months, but at tragic cost because 11 workers were killed in the effort. ‘It all had to be dug out by hand – this was in the days before tunnel-boring machines”

Unusual way to transport a shark: “A West Australian fisherman has explained why he strapped a tiger shark to his bullbar to transport it home after the bizarre scene was captured on video. The great grandfather told Seven News on Tuesday the shark was too heavy for him to lift into his boat. “If I could have put it onto the boat or anywhere else, I would have done it,” he said. “But as a last resort I put him on the bullbar. It wasn’t the fact of showing off.” The man said the shark was already dead when he caught it and he hauled it in to avoid other sharks going after the carcass. “If I put the shark back into the water, other sharks would come around and start a feeding frenzy and if people were nearby they could probably end up getting hurt or killed,” he said. The man’s comments come after Department of Fisheries told media the fisherman could be hit with fines of more than $5000 if the shark proved to be protected.”

Pranksters create a baby shower card that plays a newborn’s cries for THREE HOURS and can’t be stopped: “A baby shower card which plays the cries of a newborn baby for more than three hours has been devised by pranksters. The unassuming card devised by Travis and LA-based Nick Peterson reminds parents what they’ve signed up for with incessant wailing lasting more than 180 minutes. On the outside, the prank product looks just like an ordinary white greeting card, with a photograph of a cute sleeping infant and the words ‘A baby is God’s sweetest gift’ in calligraphy. However, a tongue-in-cheek message inside the card reads ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ – and, indeed, the screaming baby doesn’t stop even if the card is ripped or crushed. When the recipient pushes a button which just says ‘press’ next to a musical note, likely to be expecting a brief jingle, the relentless wailing begins – and the agonising noise only gets louder when you press it again”

Grow your own truffles: “Historically they have been exclusive to only the top chefs and those with deep enough pockets to fork out for a few precious grams. But now amateur gardeners can grow the luxury food in their back gardens thanks to Devon-based Suttons Seeds which has started to sell special truffle trees, for just £29.99. The roots of young hazel trees have been impregnated with truffle fungi which begins to grow once planted in soil. But those wanting their own truffle crop will have to be patient as it will take between four to seven years for the first to appear. The good news is that the tree will then keep producing them for 25 years. ‘Britain was actually a hotbed for the truffle trade up until around 500 years ago but it slowly died off as we put in roads and hedgerows.”

Star wars baby: “As the theme tune for one of the most notorious movie villains of all time, it’s hardly the most obvious choice for a lullaby. But The Imperial March from the Star Wars franchise seems to have magical soothing powers. The 45-second clip shows an 11-week-old baby crying hysterically before being pacified when he hears the famous score that is typically associated with Darth Vader. When Micah Hayman, from Texas, posted the video to his YouTube page on 7 January, he explained: ‘I figured out the Imperial March calms my son when he is crying. He filmed his son Eli crying in his lap, before getting his phone out and playing the piece of music. Within seconds, the baby has stopped crying and seems to be listening intently to the music. Micah told ABC News: ‘He was screaming one day and nothing would calm him down. ‘For some reason I decided to pull up the Imperial March, and he stopped crying as soon as it started playing.'”

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