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February 24, 2016 at 11:38 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Impatient delivery driver is caught shaking up customer’s fizzy drink while he waits at the door: “An impatient delivery driver has been caught shaking up a customer’s fizzy drink after he was waiting for them to answer the door. In a shocking video the man vigorously shakes the bottle hoping it will rapidly spray out when it is opened. Kilmos in Toxteth fired the man after the CCTV footage emerged, reports the Liverpool Echo.At the start of the video the man, unhappy that the customer has taken too long to collect their food, can be seen reaching into his bag to grab their delivery. Finding the bottle of pop he takes it out and immediately begins to violently shake it. Not content with just the bottle the man also appears to shake the customer’s pizza box, before ringing the doorbell again. The kebab house said it had no hesitation in sacking the driver saying it put customers first”

Dodo’s WEREN’T daft: Researchers reveals birds had similar brain size to a pigeon and a superb sense of smell: “The Dodo wasn’t so daft – and actually had a supersense. Researchers say it had the same size brain as a pigeon – and a highly developed sense of smell. The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a large, flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. They were last seen in 1662. The birds had no fear of humans – so sailors rounded them up as an easy source of meat. The work, found that the overall size of the dodo’s brain in relation to its body size was on par with its closest living relatives: pigeons, birds whose ability to be trained implies a moderate level of intelligence. The researchers also discovered that the dodo had an enlarged olfactory bulb, the part of the brain responsible for smelling”

WWI fort that has guarded Britain’s east coast for a century and cost £1.5million to build goes on sale for a bargain £350,000: “A sturdy sea fort that has guarded the east coast of Britain for more than a century after being built at a cost of £1.5million in a bid to keep out the Germans has gone on the market for just £350,000. More than 40,000 tonnes of concrete and steel went into the construction of Haile Sand Fort, which sits in the middle of the sea off the Lincolnshire coast between Cleethorpes and Humberston. The imposing structure was built between 1915 and 1918 in a bid to protect the east coast, with engineers cladding it with riveted steel Armour plating. It guarded the approaches to the Humber with gun batteries and an anti-submarine net of steel mesh stretched between it and the nearby Bull Fort.

Self-driving ‘ground drones’ are heading to London to make deliveries across the capital: “The iconic mopeds of delivery drivers everywhere are set to be ousted by ‘ground drones’ that can navigate city streets by themselves. After more than 3,000 hours of testing in London, Starship Technologies’ delivery bots are scheduled to start local deliveries in Greenwich next month. The robot was invented by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis who hope their machine will be appealing for small businesses who could send up to 20lbs of goods to local customers. Unlike robots designed to resemble humans, the Starship’s bot is purely functional with a large compartment to hold deliveries, the equivalent size of two grocery bags. Each six-wheeled ‘ground drone’ is almost completely self-driving. It is constantly connected to the internet, using 3G technology to find its way to the customer’s address.”

Man is fined by police for belching loudly while he ate a kebab: “A bartender who stopped for a bite to eat in Vienna has been fined for burping too loudly after devouring a particularly spicy kebab. Police who heard Edin Mehic burping near the Praterstern area of the Austrian capital Vienna told him it was a breach of the peace and slapped him with a £55 fine. The incident went viral in Austria when Mr Mehic posted a copy of the police report of the incident on his Facebook page. He stated: ‘I know in these times police are very present on the streets to tackle crime but surely tackling a burper is a bit too much. ‘It was a Sunday and I was enjoying a walk in the park, and I suddenly felt hungry. I ordered one the way I like it, spicy with a lot of onion.'”

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