Big family going places

September 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Could this be the end of Alzheimer’s ? Revolutionary drug ‘may stop the disease: “A revolutionary drug that could stop people from ever developing Alzheimer’s disease has been unveiled by scientists. Trials have produced ‘unprecedented’ results and the medicine has been hailed as a potential game-changer in the fight against the cruel disease. In future, healthy pensioners could be prescribed the drug to ward off dementia, in much the same way as statins are given today to those at risk of heart attacks. One British expert described the drug, which is about to be tested in hospitals around the UK, as the best yet, others called it ‘ingenious’ work with ‘tantalising’ results. While current therapies ease the symptoms, aducanumab tackles the underlying damage in the brain, raising hopes it will be the first to alter the course of the disease”

Would YOU eat a ketchup cake? Bizarre recipe goes viral as bakers are left impressed by the ‘moist’ and ‘sweet’ treat: “There’s a reason why ketchup is one of the world’s favourite sauces: it goes with pretty much anything savoury. But using it in a dessert might be taking the global obsession to a whole new level. A recipe for ketchup cake is being advertised on some Canadian Heinz bottles – and the strange-sounding bake has now gone viral. Nearly 6,000 people have upvoted a photo of the back of a Heinz bottle that invites you to make the odd creation on Reddit. Named ‘The Great Canadian Ketchup Cake,’ the bake is a bright red two-tier sponge sandwiched together with and covered in cream cheese icing. It’s a genuine Heinz-approved recipe from Kraft Canada, which makes baking products.

Indian minister hits out at the ‘loose moral character’ of imported bulls that are ‘more aggressive and violate our local bulls’: “An Indian minister has hit out at imported bulls into the country, stating they have ‘loose moral characters’ compared to native animals. Om Prakash Dhankar, a farming minister, controversially said the bulls were ‘more aggressive’ and that they violated local animals during a debate on farming today. He said: ‘Our [Indian] bulls mate only when the female’s reproductive cycle is active, whereas foreign do not care about this. ‘Consequently, they needed to be castrated before being taken to cow shelters to prevent them from being a sexual menace to thousands of female bovine inmates.’ According to a 2012 census, 100,000 bulls in Dhankar’s northern state of Haryana are foreign, compared to 360,000 native ones. But experts have hit back at the claims, calling them ‘laughable'”

Chef scoffs down the world’s spiciest noodles – that leave him soaked in sweat, dizzy and even DEAF: “Ben Sumadiwiria, 22, couldn’t say no when dared to eat the world’s hottest noodles – but he certainly regretted it afterwards. The Londoner found the spicy dish at a tiny back street restaurant in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ‘death noodles’ have 100 bird’s eye chilies crushed together giving it a rating of 20 million on the Scoville scale (the measurement of a food’s hotness) compared with hot Tabasco which is just 50,000 on the scale. Sumadiwiria scoffed the noodles and started sweating, became dizzy, had to soak his head in water and even went deaf for two minutes. The chef said: ‘This was definitely the hottest thing I’ve ever eaten. Within seconds of tasting them I was sweating and feeling sick. ‘Everybody who tried them threw up outside the drain. Sumadiwiria became so hot after eating the noodles he had to take off his shirt and hold his head under water to cool off”

Number of cows giving birth seems to change with the lunar cycle (but scientists still don’t know why): “It’s an old wives tale that there’s a surge in birth rates around the full moon. And while there’s no evidence this is true for humans, scientists have shown the phenomenon holds true for dairy cows. They found there was a significant peak in spontaneous deliveries between the waxing gibbous and full moon phases. Previous studies have found conflicting evidence on the moon cycle affecting the timing of human births and many researchers remain unconvinced that the moon influences human births. He and his colleagues analysed the birth timing of genetically similar Holstein cows reared in uniform conditions on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. Analysis showed the birth rate was statistically higher during the near full and full moon. Approximately 70 calves were birthed during the full moon, compared with between 30 and 50 when the moon was waning”

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