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April 20, 2016 at 2:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Medical researchers are now using Fido as a guinea pig: “About 6 million dogs are diagnosed with cancer each year, and more than half of dogs older than 10 years will develop cancers such as osteosarcoma, lymphoma, or melanoma. But the heartbreaking diagnosis for dog owners is a treasure trove of potential data for oncology researchers. In clinical trials at academic research centers across the country, veterinarians and physicians are studying how pet dogs respond to cancer therapies and analyzing the genetic makeup of these tumors. Although medicine and veterinary medicine, for the most part, have been viewed as 2 different worlds, with little exchange of information between the two, that is beginning to change. “We’ve come a long way in the last 10 years in understanding what we know and don’t know about canine cancers to define the type of questions that can be efficiently answered within that model,” observed Amy K. LeBlanc, DVM, director of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Comparative Oncology Program (COP)”

Documentary film crew searching for elusive fish on a remote Australian island found a half-naked CASTAWAY: “A British documentary film crew hunting for deadly animals on a remote Australian island got more than they bargained for when they found a castaway fisherman stranded by the rocks. Jeremy Wade of Animal Planet’s ‘River Monsters’ was exploring the waters of Barranyi North Island, an uninhabitable cluster of islands 750 kilometres south-east of Darwin, for the ‘giant grouper’ fish. But as his five-man crew drove through the crocodile-infested waters they spotted a half-naked man emerge out of a cave waving his arms wildly in the air. The man, a roofer from Borroloola in the Northern Territory known only as Tremine, had lost track of where his boat was after leaving it to dig for oysters a few days earlier. Smashed by temperatures in excess of 43C (109F), Tremine had quickly became disoriented and landlocked, severely dehydrated and too weak to explore for fresh water or food. The film crew’s director said the man was just hours from dying of dehydration when they found him”

Her Majesty’s hilarious response to hapless American tourists who didn’t recognise her: “She is one of the most famous women in the world. But one of The Queen’s former protection officer has revealed that even she is occasionally able to slip under the radar. Richard Griffin described how Her Majesty had gone for a walk near the grounds of Balmoral dressed in tweeds and a headscarf. So low key was her look, that a group of American tourists completely failed to realise who she was. She played along when the American tourists asked: ‘Do you live round here,’ simply replying that she had a house nearby. And when asked if she had met the Queen, she simply gestured to her companion and said: ‘No, but he has,’ according to the policeman. The Queen was completely unrecognisable to the tourists, who would have been more used to seeing the monarch in a bright array of colourful suits and hats”

New Zealand cops give shoppers a high: “A video has captured a police marijuana burn-off sending plumes of smoke wafting over a suburb in New Zealand. Officers were destroying a stockpile of confiscated drugs in a furnace at a police station in Turangi. The video, shot by a man walking along the street, shows clouds of smoke from the burn wafting across the street into the car park for New World Supermarket. Turangi police are incinerating weed, the carpark next door is FULL of cars sitting in the smoke!’ Adam Green, who posted the video, said. ‘Here comes a good cloud wafting past now. I might just stand here for a moment.’ Taupo Area Commander Warwick Morehu apologised for the burn, saying the conditions on the day were not what they expected. Despite the apology, locals were quick to find the funny side in the out of control blaze. ‘Tomorrow news paper top story, New world sell record amount of chips,’ Ashley Rowe wrote on Facebook.

Woman jumps out of a burning third-floor Spanish apartment wearing just her underwear… and SURVIVES: “A woman dressed only in her underwear chose to jump from the third floor of a burning building. Miraculously, she survived, even though a sheet held in the street below by horrified neighbours ripped on impact. The unbelievable escape happened in the town of Cedeira in Galicia, Spain. A fire broke out in an electrical panel and although the flames were confined to the entrance, huge plumes of thick choking smoke quickly filled the apartment block at 10am on Saturday morning. The 47-year-old woman had found herself trapped inside because of the fumes. On the street below, the woman’s partner and other residents rushed to get blankets to cushion her fall. The dramatic video posted on Youtube shows her let go and plummet through the sheets. She then hit the pavement with considerable force but survived”

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