Cats like enclosures

September 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Billie the sniffing spaniel catches rapists with a sense of smell that is 10,000 times sharper than a human’s: “A sniffing spaniel with a sense of smell 10,000 sharper than a human’s has been described as a ‘real asset’ by the police force that employs him. Unlike many police dogs that specialise in identifying explosives or blood, Billie is used to detect human semen. His extraordinary sensory abilities – which allow him to pick up the scent of a millilitre of sperm a year after it was ejaculated – make him useful in sex crime cases, including rapes. In one case, he found a spot of semen on some concrete steps in a town centre, leading to the identification of the alleged rapist. Derbyshire constabulary’s Superintendent Dick Hargreaves called Billie a ‘real asset’. Dogs have many more nerve cells in their nasal passages than people and a wider variety of receptors that pick up different chemicals.

I’m not drunk, it’s just the way I walk!: “EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has dismissed rumours he is an alcoholic, claiming he appears drunk when walking because of injuries sustained in a car accident. Mr Juncker, who is also a heavy smoker, said whispers about him having a drinking problem had begun after he staggered at a meeting of EU ministers. ‘I have a balance problem with my left leg that requires me to grab the rail when on a staircase’.French journalist Jean Quatremer, who conducted the interview, said Mr Juncker glugged four glasses of champagne during the course of their light lunch. He recalled how during a previous meeting when Mr Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg, he had drunk three straight glasses of cognac at the end of a meal where he had enjoyed many glasses of white wine.

Woman fined $117 by the Australian government for failing to vote a month after she DIED: “A woman has been fined $117 by the Electoral Commission for failing to vote – even though she died a month before an election. Nurse Wendy Scarce lost her battle with cancer and pneumonia and died in February at the age of 66, a month before the Gold Coast City Council elections. But her heartbroken son, Dale, said his mother was sent an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice in July and has now been mailed a letter demanding she cough up $117. Mr Scarce, who lives at his mother’s former home in Worongary, told Daily Mail Australia that he was still grieving the loss of his mother and that the letters could not have come at a worse time. Mr Scarce, 27, said he thought the Electoral Commission would be notified after his mother’s death certificate was issued. [Voting is compulsory in Australia]

Driver charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in his car ’causes huge highway explosion after phone blows up in the passenger seat’: “A terrifying car fire was caused by a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blowing up while on charge, police have said. Flames engulfed the car on a highway in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after the cellphone exploded in the passenger seat on Tuesday night. It happened less than a week after Samsung urged customers around the world to stop using the device – warning they are prone to catch fire. An unprecedented 2.5million phones were recalled, just two weeks after their release.”

A wise horse: “A mother has described how her pet horse saved her life by helping to find her breast cancer. Jacqueline Lloyd, from the Wirral, Merseyside, says her horse, Maguire, began behaving strangely in the weeks leading up to her diagnosis – refusing to walk on his usual side, where Jacqueline was unknowingly harbouring a cancerous tumour. He then started nudging and butting 50-year-old Jacqueline in her chest – and when she examined the area, she found a lump. Weeks later, Jacqueline was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer – and she now believes that early diagnosis had saved her life. The mother-of-two said: ‘Maguire and I had always shared a special bond but I was amazed at how he sensed my illness – and managed to communicate it to me. I truly believe he saved my life.’

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