The power of flowers

June 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

Workers watch as office sunbather makes the most of heatwave with this eye-catching display THREE floors up: “Sun worshippers across the country have flocked in their droves to parks and beaches over the last few days to make the most of the warmer weather. But one sunbather took her tanning attempts to a whole new level as she precariously balanced herself on a third-floor ledge to catch some rays. Wearing nothing but a small pair of pants, the woman took to a high ledge and laid on her front in a desperate bid to make the most of the summer sun yesterday. Office workers were left bemused as the woman – seemingly unaware of her daring display – calmly sunbathed while dangling her legs over the edge. With the top half of her body leaning on a window frame, she positioned the remainder of her body on the ledge of the apartment block in Glasgow. Many followers were quick to thank her for the ‘hilarious’ image, but others were quick to judge the sunbather for potentially putting her life at risk.

Incredible moment a chimp smiles and hugs the woman who saved her from a research lab 25 years ago: “She helped rescue them from the cages of a research laboratory 25 years ago and taught them how to live in the world. Now animal behaviorist Linda Koebner has received all the thanks she needed from the animals she hasn’t seen for all those years – a ‘welcome back’ hug. Koebner, who founded the non-profit chimpanzee sanctuary Chimp Haven in Louisiana, spent four years teaching the chimps how to be wild in southern Florida after they were released from the hepatitis research lab where they lived. But she hadn’t been back in two decades, so decided to visit the few who remained. A chimp named Swing reaches out a hand to Koebner from the dock, and cracks a huge smile. Then suddenly another chimp, named Doll, runs over excitedly. Koebner is overcome with tears as the two chimps lovingly embrace her”

Are crocs safe? “They’re the shoes that have divided people for years: Crocs. And now, further fuelling the argument of the haters, a podiatrist has come out and slammed the shoe but for health reasons. “Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told the Huffington Post. “These shoes do not adequately secure the heel,” she said. “When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses.” “The same thing can happen with flip-flops or any backless shoes as the heel is not secured.” Dr Alex Kor, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, also told the publication that the most important part of any shoe is the shank – a supportive structure that rests between the heel and the tow and runs underneath the arch of the foot. “I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs.”

‘Smart’ tropical fish can recognise human faces: “A TROPICAL fish can tell one human face from another despite lacking a brain section that homo sapiens and other “smart” animals use for this task, scientists said. The astonishing ability was demonstrated in experiments with eight archerfish, a tropical species best known for spitting pressurised water jets to shoot prey out of the air. Instead of aiming at bugs, the sharpshooting fish were taught to spit at pictures of human faces displayed on a computer monitor suspended over their aquarium. The fish, which require excellent vision for hunting, were first introduced to two faces, and conditioned to spit at one of them in exchange for a food reward. The researchers then tested whether the fish would recognise, and spit at, the familiar face among 44 new ones. The fish got it right more than 80 per cent of the time. Not all the fish were equally fast learners — some needed only one training session, others up to 17”

‘Maybe she really has to pee’: “There is no better place for people-watching than on public transport. And one flexible woman’s sitting position as she rode the New York subway managed to attract attention around the world – but for all the wrong reasons. Imgur user SickOfFeelingNumb shared a photograph of the commuter’s bizarre posture in which her legs appeared to be twisted around each other in a way that seemed to defy the laws of physiology. The photo, which has been viewed more than 80,000 times appeared to provoke a similarly uncomfortable reaction from other viewers. However, other users seemed to offer up some explanations as to why the passenger had chosen to sit in such an awkward position. While user VeganBeater said that there may have been a far more natural explanation commenting: ‘Really, really has to pee’. Others admitted that they had tried to replicate the position themselves, though many added that they had been unsuccessful”

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


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