Modern times

March 8, 2016 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The mother of a 17-year-old girl was concerned that her daughter was having sex. Worried the girl might become pregnant and adversely impact the family’s status, she consulted the family doctor.

The doctor told her that teenagers today were very willful and any attempt to stop the girl would probably result in rebellion.

He then told her to arrange for her daughter to be put on birth control and until then, talk to her and give her a box of condoms.

Later that evening, as her daughter was preparing for a date, the mother told her about the situation and handed her a box of condoms.

The girl burst out laughing and reached over to hug her mother, saying, “Oh Mom! You don’t have to worry about that! I’m dating Susan!”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

‘BMI is a waste of time’: Millions are wrongly branded as too fat: “Millions of adults are being wrongly branded too fat because of misleading BMI tests, researchers claim. The body mass index does not accurately measure whether someone is carrying excess weight or is more likely to die. It does not distinguish muscle from fat. Dr William Leslie, of the University of Manitoba in Canada, compared the records of almost 50,500 middle aged men and women, including their BMIs, fat percentages – and whether they had died. He found that the two groups most likely to have died had either a low BMI or a high body fat percentage. By comparison, those with a high BMI – classified as overweight or obese – were actually in relatively good health and often very fit”

The British car park that you can only get to ON FOOT: “This is the town centre car park that you can only get to by foot. The ‘secret’ rooftop site is above a gym complex in Farnborough in Hampshire and has over 70 spaces available. Its existence has gone viral on social media, with residents baffled and angered due to an ongoing parking problem in the area. The car park has sat empty for years as vehicles are not able to access it. Locals did not even know about it. Gareth Lyon, the councillor for the town-centre area, told The Independent: ‘We have a massive problem with car parking in Farnborough. To have had this huge car park lying empty defies belief. It is ridiculous.’ The car park, above The Gym, is used as a refuse storage base for residents in the area, but is only accessible by pedestrians. It has been there for five years as part of a major redevelopment in the area.”

Hitching a slow ride: “This is the bizarre moment a very nonchalant dog caught a lift from a slow moving tortoise. It is unclear where or indeed when exactly the footage of the Akita riding the African spurred tortoise was shot but that particular breed of of tortoise originates from the Saharan Desert. The majestic tortoise, for its part, seems largely unconcerned by the large and furry hitch-hiker balanced precariously on its back and continues to make its stately way down the road. In the short clip the tortoise slowly makes its way down the road as the dog casually perches atop its hard shell and looks around. The African spurred tortoise is the third-largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise”

‘Dear Mr Dick Head’… starts the letter: “A grandfather was furious after he received a letter from a PPI company, addressing him as ‘Mr Dick Head’. Alf Skelton, 64, from Sunderland, was stunned by the letter from High Street Claims and demanded an apology. The retired taxi driver, who lives with his wife Greta, 65, blasted the firm for its lack of ‘manners’. High Street Claims put the letter down to an ‘unforeseeable administration error’ and have since apologised to the couple. To add insult to injury, the company addressed the letter of apology to him and his wife as ‘Dear Sirs’.”

Google’s DeepMind will take on Go world champion this week: “The main event is almost here. While one of the contenders has prepared with years of practice, flexing his grey matter in matches of the ancient Chinese game of strategy, his opponent has been programmed to perfection. From Wednesday, Google’s artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, will take on a world champion player in a five-day contest of the board game Go. In a true test of man versus machine, DeepMind’s AlphaGo program will take on South Korea’s Lee Sedol over five games, and the winner will take home $1million (£706,388). Go has been described as one of the ‘most complex games ever devised by man’ and has trillions of possible moves, but Google recently stunned the world by announcing its AI software had beaten one of the game’s grandmasters. The game, which was first played in China and is far harder than chess, had been regarded as an outstanding ‘grand challenge’ for Artificial Intelligence – until now”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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