Life in AfghanistanMarch 29, 2016 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
British old lady tried to swim to a cruise liner when it left port without her: “A British holidaymaker has been rescued from the Atlantic after apparently trying to swim to her cruise liner when it left port without her. Susan Brown, 65, was pulled from the ice-cold waters in the early hours of Sunday with severe hypothermia after more than four hours swimming a third of a mile out to sea in the hope of making it to her ship, the Marco Polo. She is thought to have jumped into the water from beside Madeira Airport after believing her husband Michael – with whom she had argued – had got back on board when she lost sight of him. Gripping her handbag the entire time, Mrs Brown made it more than 1,600ft before struggling. according to local reports. Her life was eventually saved by passing fishermen who heard her panicked screams for help shortly after midnight. The three men said her small handbag probably saved her life as it had filled with air and acted as a buoyancy aid”
Brainless British workmen: “Blundering council workers have painted spaces for a new car park – but made them too tight to fit cars in. Spaces at the seaside parking area are so narrow that drivers cannot open the doors to get into their cars and vans can’t fit in the spaces at all. An investigation has been launched into the painting of the lines after complaints from motorists using the slots at Langland Bay, near Swansea, South Wales. Engineer Mervyn Dowrick told how he parks near the beauty spot to go surfing with friends – but was shocked when he couldn’t squeeze in his Volkswagen van. Swansea council said it is investigating and that the lines were painted by contractors.
Photo of lonely stray dog hugging teddy sparks controversy: “A heartbreaking photograph of a lonely dog hugging a teddy at the side of the road has sparked controversy in Houston surrounding stray animals in the city. The pup was spotted by Yvette Holzbach, who helps run the Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project in the Texan city. Ms Holzbach spotted the dog a few months ago and was touched by it embracing the toy. She posted the photo online and was faced with such a huge outpouring of emotion that her charity tried to track him down, but could not find him. Earlier this month she went back to where she spotted the pup and was told that they thought it belonged to an elderly man. The 89-year-old told Ms Holzbach that he had been rescuing stray dogs from the streets for years and the pup she saw cuddling a teddy was indeed one of his but it had run away.”
Runner penalized for improving!: “A teenage girl has been fined after winning $40,000 in a foot race after improving more in a fortnight more than most athletes could in a lifetime. Talia Martin, 15, won the 120-metre sprint on Monday to receive the prestigious Stawell Gift, but was docked $2,000 for showing rapid improvement at the race in the regional Victorian town. The schoolgirl from Ballarat, north-west of Melbourne, had been eliminated in the heats of the Ararat Gift only 12 days earlier, a below-par performance she put down to the recent death of her aunt. An extreme range improvement is anything more than four metres in a short period of time. ‘When she got here, she ran seven metres quicker than in Ararat which is more than most runners improve in a lifetime,’ Victorian Athletic League chief steward Brian Marantelli said”
Is there really a NINTH planet in our solar system?: “Since its discovery at the beginning of this year, the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ has had scientists looking for the signs that could confirm its existence. Now, astronomer Mike Brown of Caltech, one of the scientists behind the January announcement, claims he’s found further evidence to support it. The giant hidden planet is thought to sit on the edge of our solar system and is 10 times more massive than the Earth, gaseous, and similar to Uranus or Neptune. Last week, Mike Brown tweeted a photo that shows the plot of a newly discovered eccentric Kuiper Belt Object (KBO). In the post, Brown wrote,: Hey Planet Nine fans, a new eccentric KBO was discovered. And it is exactly where Planet Nine says it should be. Back in January, its existence was inferred from the gravitational influence it has on several Kuiper Belt objects with highly unusual orbits”
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