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August 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Frenchmen to attempt to cross English Channel in pedal-powered submarine: “Two French engineers have begun an attempt to cross the Channel between England and France in a pedal-powered submarine. Antoine Delafargue and Michael de Lagarde started their journey in Plymouth, south-west England on Friday and hope to arrive in St Malo in western France 250 kilometres away on August 12. “The submarine is on its way,” said spokesperson for the project Gael Brelet. “They are travelling at about three kilometres per hour.” The submarine reportedly weighs 3.5 tonnes and is six metres long. The two men are expected to pedal for up to 12 hours a day each. The two engineers have both previously had military training, and worked on project together in 2003 where they flew a hot air balloon through an underground cave.

World’s largest aircraft leaves hangar for first time ahead of maiden flight: “As compliments go, being compared with a giant, gas-filled 300ft long, 143ft-wide ‘flying bum’ cannot rank highly on most women’s wish lists. But as the airship Martha Gwyn inched its way out of an enormous green hangar for the first time, the soubriquet seemed anything but blimpish. Four years after the US Army deemed it too expensive, the hybrid airship – a carbon-composite cross between a zeppelin, a helicopter and an aeroplane – was gently piloted into the open in a delicate five-minute operation. It came after tests on bulbous dirigible’s engines, generators and systems were completed last week, ahead of some 200 hours of test flights, with engineers keen to avoid disaster. Once airborne, the huge aircraft, which is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, can stay airborne for around five days during manned flights, cruising at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour 20,000ft above the earth. It derives 60pc of its lift aerostatically (by being lighter-than-air), and 40pc aerodynamically (by being wing-shaped), and was helped into being by a £250,000 donation from Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson”

Maya tomb uncovered holding body, treasure and tales of ‘snake dynasty’: “Ancient Mayan Ruin in Belize. Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” that conquered many of its neighbours some 1,300 years ago. The tomb was unearthed at the ruins of Xunantunich, a city on the Mopan river in western Belize that served as a ceremonial center in the final centuries of Maya dominance around 600 to 800AD. Archaeologists found the chamber 16ft to 26ft below ground, where it had been hidden under more than a millennium of dirt and debris. Researchers found the tomb as they excavated a central stairway of a large structure: within were the remains of a male adult, somewhere between 20 and 30 years old, lying supine with his head to the south. In the grave, archaeologists also found jaguar and deer bones, six jade beads, possibly from a necklace, 13 obsidian blades and 36 ceramic vessels.”

Crocodile coughs up rubbish in Zoo: Staff at Queensland zoo have been forced to remind visitors to pick up after themselves after a crocodile coughed up two plastic bottles in his enclosure late last week. Prize salty The Colonel, who measures 4.5m from snout to tail, was filmed painfully expelling the pieces of waste with the aid of a keeper at Rockhampton Zoo last Thursday. “He was coughing and clearly trying to dislodge something from his throat. After some time, he regurgitated two plastic drink bottles,” the zoo postedto its social media pages. The terse post added that the sharp-edged rubbish could have seriously affected the The Colonel’s health, or even brought about his demise. “These plastic bottles have the potential to kill a croc as they can cause internal lacerations, ulcers, infection or impaction,” the zoo said.”

THERE’S no need for sneaky trips to the bathroom for an X-rated romp on this airline: “You don’t need to hide cheeky hand action underneath a blanket, nor do you have to worry about horrifying fellow passengers or making the flight crew blush.Nope — on Flamingo Air, passengers are actively encouraged to have sex midair.Based somewhat surprisingly in the conservative midwestern city of Cincinnati, Ohio, Flamingo Air offers the world’s only fulltime flight service specially designed for people who want to join the mile-high club. There are five aircraft in Flamingo Air’s fleet and one private plane is specially reserved for its X-rated “flights of fancy”, which cost $US475 for a one-hour flight, on which sexed-up couples can hook up to their hearts’ content.”

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

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