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August 20, 2016 at 11:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Something Queer Going on in Farmland: ““In 1790, farmers were 90 percent of the U.S. labor force,” writes economist Walter Williams. “By 1900, about 41 percent of our labor force was employed in agriculture. Today, less than 3 percent of Americans are employed in agriculture.” You know what makes up an even smaller percentage? Lesbian farmers. Yet Barack Obama’s Department of Agriculture has begun a “rural pride” campaign to address this pressing issue. “The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, in collaboration with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and The True Colors Fund, will engage with LGBT rural communities across the country to host the LGBT Rural Summit Series,” the USDA says. “Each series will offer a unique opportunity for USDA and other federal agencies to share information relating to policies, programs, and services that exist to protect, promote and strengthen LGBT rural communities.”

Jurassic Auk! Researchers reveal plan to use DNA to bring back flightless seabird that has been extinct for 200 years: “It was last seen on British shores 200 years ago – but the great auk could soon return. An international team of scientists has met to discuss reintroducing the flightless marine birds onto the Farne islands off the north-east coast of England. Until the species’ final extinction in the middle of the 19th century, great auks ranged across the Atlantic from Northern Europe to Iceland, Canada and the eastern United States. Scientists could extract great auk DNA from fossils or preserved organs. From this, they hope to be able to sequence the animal’s entire genetic code, or genome. This could then be edited into the cells of its nearest living relative, the razorbill. Fertilised embryos would then be implanted into a bird big enough to lay a great auk egg, such as a goose”

Ancient Chinese BLING: 1,500-year-old skeleton found buried in golden jewellery and 5,000 beads: “Around 1,500 years ago, a woman named Farong – the wife of a Chinese magistrate – was laid to rest in all her finery. The remains of her skeleton – still draped in her exquisite jewellery – have now been unearthed in a tomb in China. The ancient bling includes a necklace of 5,000 beads and ‘exquisite’ golden earrings, archaeologists have reported. The epitaph on the tomb reads: ‘Han Farong, the wife of Magistrate Cui Zhen’. The tomb dates back to 1,500 years ago – a few decades before the collapse of the Northern Wei dynasty in 534 AD. She wore a pendant with a sequin-bead pattern on its neck and an inverted lotus flowers carved into it. Her earrings were decorated with gold, teardrop-shaped designs inlaid with gemstones. The tomb was discovered in Datong City, China”

Woman accuses her boyfriend of cheating after confusing Duracel with DUREX (condoms) on his Sainsbury’s receipt: “A man has revealed how his girlfriend ‘went mental’ after suspecting him of cheating – when she found a payment for a ‘Duracel Twin Pack’ on his receipt. The conversation read: ‘Birds just gone mental at me in the car. Found a receipt from sainsburys threw at my face. WHAT THE F*** ARE YOU BUYING JONNYS FOR.’ The accompanying picture showed the receipt which listed a purchase of an £8 Duracel battery twin pack, the girlfriend presumably having misread Duracel as Durex. Angeline Roberts wrote: ‘Somebody needs to have a word with the bird !!’

Joy of mother told her sick son would die by the age of 3 after doctors discover he simply has a VITAMIN deficiency: “Toddler Taylor Davison was rushed to hospital in April after he went limp, floppy and was unable to stand and lift his head. His condition deteriorated when he started to have breathing difficulties and his weight fell to just 7lbs – 4oz less than when he was born. When tests and MRI scans came back clear, Taylor’s parents were told the most likely explanation for his symptoms was Leigh’s syndrome. As the doctors battled to stabilise him, Taylor’s blood tests were sent to a specialist clinic in Oxford. But while Ms Rossiter anxiously awaited the results, Taylor was started on a series of vitamin tablets used to ease the symptoms of the condition. He responded to the treatment far better than expected – eating properly and learning how to walk again within a few days. Now 21 months, Taylor is fighting fit and only needs to take daily vitamin supplements to stay well”

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

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