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February 4, 2016 at 10:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Is this ancient Greek statue proof of time travel? Claims sculpture shows laptop with USB ports: “Legend has it that the Oracle of Delphi connected priests with super natural beings who passed along advanced technology and information. And conspiracy theorists claim that is how a modern-day laptop ended up in a Greek sculpture from 100 BC. But historians say the sculpture is just a deceased woman ‘touching the lid of a shallow chest’. The statue, ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant’ is on display at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. ‘Lounging in a cushion armchair, a woman reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl on this funerary,’ reads the historian’s description. The woman’s eyes are focused on the inner lid of the object, the same location of a laptop monitor, conspiracy theorists claim.

Popcorn no longer just for the cinema as British sales more than double: “Popcorn is no longer just for the cinema, with sales more than doubling in five years as sales of crisps drop. Sales of popcorn have reached an estimated £129 million in 2015, according to new research, while sales of crisps fell from £1.39 billion in 2013 to £1.34 billion in 2015. As many as seven per cent of snack products launched in the UK in 2015 were popcorn products, up from just three per cent in 2010. Sales of potato-based and other snacks, such as tortilla chips and popped chips, are estimated to have reached £1.39 billion. “Popcorn’s health credentials and flavour innovations have helped boost the segment, along with its popularity among younger consumers, who are more likely to snack” Healthier lifestyles and the rise of discount supermarkets are behind the increase in popcorn sales and customers choosing alternatives to crisps, according to the research by consumer analysts Mintel.”

British supermarket customers are left baffled by its ‘rude’ Valentine’s Day gift suggestions: “With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, most supermarkets will be stocking their shelves with boxes of chocolates and bouquets to satisfy their customers’ romantic side. However, it appears that Tesco has slightly lewder suggestions in mind when it comes to what to buy your partner on February 14. Customers have taken to Twitter to share their bemusement at the supermarket’s suggestions which include cucumbers and whipped cream. Both of these items have been spotted in one of the brand’s stores marked with a ‘Ideal for Valentine’s’ tag placed underneath the items. It is unclear as to whether Tesco believes these items make the perfect gesture or whether some cheeky staff members or perhaps even customers have been feeling mischievous”

Stonehenge burial pit for the Neolithic elite contains a ‘surprising’ number of women: Find suggests females played a key role in the society: “Caricatures of Stone Age man may cast him as a bit of a brute, and few depictions of Stonehenge across art work and TV feature images of women. But a burial pit found at Stonehenge challenges this view by revealing a ‘surprising’ number of females among those cremated at the Wiltshire site. Researchers have spent years sifting through and analysing the remains of adults found at the monument to discover that, to their astonishment, more bones belonged to women than men. The find contrasts with earlier studies from older Neolithic tombs in southern Britain, where burials showed a higher ratio of adult males to females. But it supports the theory that Stonehenge functioned as a cemetery for leaders, according to a report published in the latest issue of British Archaeology.”

Innovative dog control: “In order to prevent her pooch from wriggling through a hole in the garden fence, Vanessa Buccella has attached a long stick to the dog’s back which stops him escaping. Chicago-based Buccella uploaded a clip to YouTube of the dog tackling his normal fence route to no avail. If at first you don’t succeed… Buccella has uploaded the clip to YouTube. She calls the device the ‘nimrod’. She is hoping to stop her fence from being damaged. ‘My dog escapes route any hole he can find in our fence,’ she writes. ‘It’s very pricey to get a new fence. ‘So since I can’t make the holes in the fence any smaller, I just created a device to make the dog “bigger” …. this gives him freedom to run through the yard, but he’s confounded when his normal escape routes won’t work anymore.’ The clip shows the confused whimpering canine desperately, and repeatedly, trying to squeeze through the hole.”

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