Do you mind? I am in my bath!

June 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

HEADLESS MAN seen in Britain: “A London commuter was shocked to discover what appeared to be a headless man waiting for the Tube alongside her. Benedetta Frizzarin, 27, was on her way home with brother Ireneo, 37, waiting at Waterloo station when she spotted the tall man who appeared to have no head and took a picture. It was only when they moved to the side that they realised it was a striking optical illusion caused by the man with a ‘long neck’ looking down at his phone. Miss Frizzarin, a customer service co-ordinator from Wood Green, London, said: ‘We were just waiting for the Tube and I looked to the side and thought “oh my God”. It looked like he had no head at all. ‘He was very tall, possibly as tall as 6ft 5in, but he looked reasonably normal once you saw him from the front. But we were behind him for a couple of minutes waiting for the train and laughing”

After Chinese tourist destination folds, the main attraction — monkeys — terrorizes residents: “It started as a tourist destination, but the main attraction soon overran the town. A scheme by Chinese villagers to support the local economy with dozens of tame monkeys has gone horribly awry. In 2003, over a span of nearly seven weeks, the residents of Xianfeng village lured dozens of macaque monkeys down from nearby mountains. In the beginning, Xianfeng found success. Tourists flocked to see the monkeys, with investors following close behind. But it would not last. After the death of lead investor Zhou Zhenggui in 2014, commercial support for the village dried up. Meanwhile, the monkey troop swelled to 600 animals, which began ransacking farms. At Xianfeng the monkeys steal food, get into cacophonous fights, and break into homes. Chinese wildlife authorities removed 300 monkeys from Xianfeng village. The other half are still there”

The magnetic ‘superfridge’ that could slash energy bills and cut noise: “Your next refrigerator could harness magnetic cooling to be significantly quieter and reduce your environmental footprint. Cooltech Applications has just launched the first commercially available magnetic refrigeration system, and it claims to solve both environmental and economic challenges of the electricity-guzzling appliances. The firm says this system will work without the use of any refrigerant gas. Cooltech’s system uses the magnetocaloric effect, which describes the phenomenon in which a material heats up when placed in a magnetic field, and cools down when removed from it. The Magnetic Refrigeration System (MRS) uses a controlled a magnetic field to apply repeated magnetization-demagnetization cycles to a suitable material. Then, glycol water is used as a coolant fluid to transfer heat between cold and hot sources. As magnets do not require an energy source, the new system would be far more efficient”

Mystery of the bent trees: “The mystery of the bent trees which are dotted all over the United States have baffled experts for decades. But now, one researcher is investigating the theory that the unusual trees are not a natural phenomena but a secret marker for Native Americans finding their way through the forests. Dennis Downes heard stories growing up about the native tribes who once dwelled around Lake Michigan. More than a century ago, tribes would use hidden trails to find safe passage through the forests and across the water, Atlas Obscura reports. The Native Americans would cultivate young trees, bending them into shape to mark the path, Downes claims. And while the tribes may have long since vanished from the woods, the trees remain as markers to forgotten paths, from a largely forgotten way of life. Don Wells, whose Mountain Stewards began finding marker trees in Georgia around 2003, said that tribal elders have confirmed the practice used to be routine among Native Americans” [There are bent trees in Poland too. Polish Indians?]

The wonders of okra (gumbo): “South Sudanese refugee Manon Athian wanted to save a few dollars by growing his favourite food, okra, in his back garden. Okra has been grown in Australia for more than 150 years but is not always readily available. It is a common cooking ingredient in Africa, the Mediterranean, Middle East and throughout Asia. Mr Athian started growing okra in his suburban Brisbane backyard, so he could afford to feed his family. “You cook this one with anything, dried fish, fresh meat, dried meat, and chicken. Oh, chicken is very nice,” he said. “When you buy it in the market, it’s very expensive. The money, I lose all the time. “Now I’ve got them here.” One kilogram of okra can retail for $15, and Dinka families traditionally consume kilograms of it a week” [Okra is widely grown in Africa because it is very resistant to heat and drought]

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

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