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February 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Three Australian men who pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old Norwegian backpacker in a Croatian toilet escape jail after paying out $30,000 to the victim’s family: “Three Australian men who pleaded guilty to gang-raping a 17-year-old girl in a Croatian toilet have narrowly escaped a 15 year jail sentence by paying $30,000 restitution to the victim’s family. The two 23-year-old’s and their 21-year-old travelling partner were set to return to court on Monday but the prosecution cut a deal with the tourists, allowing them to avoid a maximum 15 years in jail. According to the Daily Telegraph, they received a suspended one year prison sentence with a five year good behaviour bond on the condition that they gave the victim’s family 20,000 euros, which is equivalent to around $30,575. The men, who were on bail and free to roam Croatia, are believed to have left for Australia on Saturday when the deal became public”

Reptile takes 38 years to lay an egg: “Breeders at a zoo are celebrating after finally convincing a rare lizard-like reptile to mate – and it’s only taken 38 years. Staff at Chester Zoo have been trying for four decades to get a female tuatara to breed, without any success. However specialist keeper Isolde McGeorge, who has been caring for the species at the zoo since 1977, can proudly claim to be the first British midwife to the birth of a tuatara, which can live to the grand old age of 120 and are now solely found in New Zealand. But it certainly wasn’t an easy feat, with the particular pairing of a male called Pixie and a female named Mustard taking about 12 years to set up, ending with two eggs being produced. The first tuatara hatchling finally emerged from its egg late last year after an incubation period of 238 days. After the female is inseminated, she lays her eggs in sand some distance from its home burrow”

Good news for man struggling with ‘tree roots’ growing all over his hands: “A BANGLADESHI man with massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that have troubled him for 10 years. Abul Bajandar was dubbed the ‘Tree Man’ after the massive warts started growing exponentially four years ago. A team of specialist doctors have been enlisted for the operation, which will be performed in Bangladesh’s largest state-run hospital free of cost. The 26-year-old said he was undergoing preparations to see if the root-esque warts could be safely removed without causing further complications. Hospital director Samanta Lal Sen said the massive 5kg growths are known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis — an extremely rare genetic skin disease making people susceptible to skin growths. “Popularly it is known as tree-man disease,” he said. “As far as we know there are three such cases in the world including Abul Bajandar.

Chocolate is GOOD for pregnant women: “High-flavanol chocolate can boost fetal growth and make the placenta more efficient, according to a new study. The study was a randomized control trial of 129 women with single pregnancies between 11 and 14 weeks gestation. The pregnancy women were selected to either eat high-flavanol or low-flavanol chocolate. They consumed a total of 30 grams of chocolate daily for 12 weeks. The team followed those women until delivery. The study found that there was no difference in preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, placenta weight or birthweight in the two groups. However, the uterine Doppler pulsatility index in both groups showed marked improvement. Study co-author Dr Emmanual Bujold, of Université Laval Québec City, said: ‘This study indicates that chocolate could havea positive impact on placenta and fetal growth and development and that chocolate’s effects are not solely and directly due to flavanol content.’”

Spot the spider: Camouflaged creepy crawly nicknamed the ‘wrap around’ is photographed hiding out on a branch: “A photo of a camouflaged spider will send shivers up the spines of arachnophobes around the world after they squint enough to find the eight-legged creepy crawly. The pictured Dolophones turrigera or ‘Wrap-around’ spider was found in Rotary Park Rainforest Reserve, Lismore, New South Wales. They are able to easily camouflage themselves when resting on a twig. Its overall appearance is typical of all Australian Dolophones species, where the upper surface of the abdomen resembles a cone-shaped shield. Wrap-around spiders have concave undersides to their bodies to allow them to wrap around small branches for camouflage, and at night they build large webs vertically between trees.

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