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April 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Mystery ‘body possession’ epidemic sweeps through Malaysian schools: “Schools in Malaysia have been struck by a mass hysteria ‘epidemic’ in which students claim they are having visions of female vampiric ghosts and are being physically pinned down by evil spirits. Called ‘body possession phenomenon’, one bizarre incident saw 20 female students sent home from a single school after complaining of being overwhelmed by it. Yesterday reporters attempting to speak with students at one school were not allowed entry but heard screams coming from inside classrooms. Education chiefs in the Kota Baru region are now using shamans and religious leaders to try and clear the schools of the supposed ‘bad spirits’, the Straits Times reported. Those affected by the bizarre hysteria claim to be overwhelmed by bad spirits and see spirits such as the pontianak, a type of female vampiric ghost popular in Malaysian folklore”

Just the thing for muddy outdoor events: “For anyone who is fed up of lugging around a pair of muddy boots in their backpack, this could be just what you need. A range of wellies [gumboots] that are small enough to fit into your pocket is being proposed as the solution to surviving the festival scene this year given Britain’s unpredictable weather. Feetz Pocket Wellies are lightweight, fold-up shoe-covers that can be slipped over normal footwear in the event of a downpour. They come in a handy travel-sized pouch, so can be taken along to events even if the weather forecast is good, but you do not want to take any risks. The material comes up to just under the knee with a drawstring that can be tightened to keep water out. And to make them completely Glastonbury-proof, they are fitted with thick anti-slip soles to prevent the wearer slipping in the mud”

The real-life Flintstones village: Inside the 9,000-year-old Italian caves that STILL have people living in them: “Looking like a scene from the Flintstones cartoon, Sassi di Matera, which teeters on the edge of a steep ravine in the country’s south, dates back 9,000 years and is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited cave city in the world. The Unesco-protected Sassi district is part of Matera city and has been carved into the rock of a towering gorge that was formed by a large river. At first glance the Sassi sprawl appears as a jumble of stone huts that seamlessly merge with the stunning landscape – but behind the picturesque dwellings are tales of struggle. Until the late 20th century people living there had no access to running water and there was a lack of electricity or proper sewage facilities. Dwellers took advantage of every bit of rock they could and many of the layered homes feature labyrinthine alleys and stairways. Families would live among their animals, diets were simple and disease was rife, with malaria a prominent threat”

NZ: Snake found inside Japanese imported car: “An Auckland used-car salesman got a nasty surprise yesterday when he discovered the unwelcome passenger in one of his yard’s new imports. The snake was found hiding out in a black Nissan Leaf which had recently been imported from Japan. Ministry for Primary Industries manager of cargo operations Stuart Rawnsley visited the snake this morning after its capture yesterday. He said the snake had been identified as a Japanese rat snake. “Which is a non-venomous snake found throughout most of the warmer regions of Japan and often kept as pets over there as well.” “Those kind of snakes would pose more of a threat to our local environment, to our bird population. This one in particular is an egg-eater, so it would certainly be a significant threat if it was able to establish here.” However, Japanese rat snakes tended to prefer warmer climates than in New Zealand”

Queen turned food taster over bodyguards’ packed lunches: “For thousands of years the kings and queens of almost every civilization have relied on ‘volunteer’ food tasters to protect them from culinary harm. All the more remarkable, then, to learn that Queen Elizabeth, who in her 63 years on the throne has probably eaten more royal meals than most of us have had…well…hot dinners, should not only have revived the ancient practice but to have enjoyed turning the tables. Speaking ahead of this week’s 90th birthday celebrations, warrant officer John Ross has revealed that the monarch was in the habit of checking the quality of the regiment’s tuck first hand. “She often tasted our packed lunches to check we were being properly looked after before we went out on hunting or fishing trips. She would come to the kitchen and inspect the sandwiches. “Most were up to scratch, but if they weren’t, they’d be sent back.”

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