A symphony in brown

June 22, 2016 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hitler’s office in the 1930s

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Five-metre (16′) snake wakes up Australian woman : “A Queensland woman has awoken to discover a five-metre long python stretching across her bedroom and into the corridor of her home. In video posted on Facebook, Trina Hibberd filmed the snake stretching across the hat-stand, over a framed painting and around the doorframe about 4.30am Monday morning. “We’ve got a visitor, and it’s —-ing huge, I mean, it’s very big,” Ms Hibberd said. Ms Hibberd’s home is in Mission Beach, midway between Townsville and Cairns. Snake catcher David Goodwin said the 30kg serpent was the largest he had ever been called to deal with. The python was released at a waste transfer site which had requested it to help them deal with a rat problem”

Russia unveils world’s biggest nuclear icebreaker: Gigantic ship can smash through ice 10 feet thick and 13 feet deep: “Russia has floated out the hull for what will soon be the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker. The Arktika is set to become the most powerful twin-reactor icebreaker, and will join the Rosatomflot fleet to help maintain national defences and navigate the Arctic. Russia’s enormous icebreaker is 586 feet long and more than 100 feet wide. It will be able to break ice up to 10 feet thick, and 13 feet deep. The Arktika will be equipped with two water distillers, each able to process 70 tonnes of water, and will displace 33,540 metric tons. The ship was launched in a gala ceremony at the Baltic Shipyard in St. Petersburg on Thursday. It’s been nearly three years since the Arktika’s keel was laid in November 2013, providing the structural support for the hull”

World’s largest plane gets ready for its debut: Enormous Stratolaunch will send astronauts into orbit using a mini shuttle: “The largest plane ever to be built is creeping closer to completion, as the private space launch firm behind the craft – bankrolled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen – invited reporters to get their first look at the ‘Stratolaunch’. With a gargantuan wingspan of 385 feet (117 m) and six engines, the plane is taking a new approach in the private space race, by launching satellites and spacecraft into orbit from high altitude. The craft will be larger than Howard Hughes’ 1947 H-4 Hercules, known as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ and the enormous Antonov An-225, a Soviet-era cargo plane originally built to transport the Buran space shuttle that is currently the world’s largest aircraft”

Chinese fitness fanatic enjoys morning walks while balancing a 90lb boulder on his HEAD: “Most people try dieting fads or exercise to try and lose a bit of weight. However this fitness fanatic from Cihna has taken exercise to the extreme by balancing a 90-pound boulder on his head. 53-year-old Cong Yan from Jilin province says walking with a stone on his head helps him lose weight and he has shaved off around 60 pounds in the space of a year, according to a Weibo post from People’s Daily Online. Cong Yan said: ‘When I began, I wanted to try this method because I did not want to use diet pills.’ When he first tried the weight loss method he used a 33 pound stone and then gradually increased it to 88 pounds. Every morning Cong Yan heads to the Beishan Scenic park to do laps while wearing the boulder. Yan says the method has worked well and over three years he has reduced his weight by 85 pounds”

The glamorous women elected as a mayors of Rome and Turin in Italy: “They are two glamorous, stylish and professionally successful young women. But, despite being political novices, both have rocked Italy after being elected as mayors for the new anti-establishment ‘Five Star’ party set up by comic Beppe Grillo. Inspired by the birth of her son to improve her city, Virginia Raggi, 37, swept into Rome’s top office on Sunday, vowing to make the Pope pay his taxes and take on Mafia corruption. The lawyer, who won plaudits for her chic sense of style during campaigning, has been described as a ‘raging river’ and a ‘lioness’ by her estranged husband in an online blog in which he admits ‘I miss you so much I could die.’ On the same day, Chiara Appendino, 32, was named the new mayor of Turin, kicking out veteran Piero Fassino, 66, who had held the position for five years and is a founder of the country’s Democratic party”

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

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