Handy hintJune 27, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
Friendly neddy: “A Greek news reporter was filmed speaking to the camera in front of a stable – but the horse behind him was very keen to get his moment of fame too. The hilarious video shows the reporter from Makedonia TV attempting multiple outtakes of his piece as the horse – known as Frankie – butts him repeatedly in the head. Every time he begins his report on dressage exercises with a professional and serious expression the animal muzzles his neck from behind and tries to sniff him. Unsurprisingly the journalist cannot help but burst into laughter at Frankie’s friendliness. Many social users have of course wondered why the reporter doesn’t simply move away from the beast, out of reach of his inquiring face. But many have been touched by the horse’s amorous approach. ‘Well treated horses are always looking for a slobbery kiss,’ an online commentator writes, ‘They love to love, and that’s a well loved horse.'”
African chimps make special tools so they can extract ALCOHOL from trees: “Fun-loving moneys who get drunk on alcohol have been discovered in West Africa. The group of boozy chimps come together to socialise and down some fermented sap from raffia palms. And the smart apes have even come up with an ingenious way of sourcing the drink – through a ‘leaf sponge’ tool. Scientists have seen monkeys both young and old, male and female, partake in the tasty tipple in Bossou, Guinea. And just like humans, after one too many drinks the monkeys started showing ‘behavioral signs of inebriation’. A common ancestor to both apes and humans had a genetic mutation which meant they could metabolise ethanol enabling their modern-day counterparts to consume the drink. The chimpanzees are generally better at holding their drink, Dr Hocking said”
An ornate Maori carving used to catch birds has been sold at auction in Paris for $321,000: “The 68cm long piece which resembles a mutu kaka or parrot snare was auctioned at Christie’s Art d’Afrique et d’Océanie sale in Paris overnight on Thursday, reported the NZ Herald. The piece is said to come from the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island during the late 18th or early 19th century. Dr Roger Neich, an ethnologist and anthropologist and leading expert on Maori and Pacific art who died in 2010, described the piece in 2007 as being one of the most ornate he had ever seen. Christies described the carving as a ‘remarkable tour de force by a Maori master carver and almost without parallel’. Other items that sold at the auction included a rare Maori flute or putorino for $246,000; a wooden hand club from Taranaki for $105,000; a hei tiki for $17,500; handcarved whalebone short thrusting weapon sold for $47,000; a collection of six pendants that went for almost $5000 and a long-handled Maori club weapon which was snapped up for $37,000”
An Australian government audits toilet paper stock for fear of theft: “The ACT Government has revealed it counts exactly how much toilet paper is being used in public bathrooms and by some of its staff amid concerns it is being stolen. The odd details were explained during a budget estimates hearing after a member of the committee raised concerns public servants were stealing millions of dollars worth of Territory assets. The director of City Services, Fleur Flanery, told the hearing it was something the directorate watched for. “Quite recently I was quite concerned that toilet paper was going missing and so we do regularly audit down to how much is bought, how much is consumed both in public toilets and also all the depots,” Ms Flanery said. It followed allegations raised by Liberal MLA Alistair Coe about the large-scale theft of Government property from the Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) directorate”
Bigger ships: Panama celebrates opening its expanded canal: “A 984-foot Chinese container ship cleared the new massive locks of the Panama Canal on Sunday, becoming the first to officially pass through the expanded canal and sparking a new dawn for Panama and global shipping. The $5.4 billion effort to expand the 102-year-old canal took nearly 10 years and the sweat from 40,000 workers to complete. The new set of locks now allows ships carrying up to 14,000 containers, known as neo-Panamax ships, to cut a quicker path between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. U.S. ports have been investing billions of dollars to expand their facilities in a race to accommodate the mega ships. The expanded canal nearly triples the capacity of ships transiting the canal, from those able to carry 5,000 containers to up to 14,000 containers, and is expected to bring increased revenue to Panama”
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