Wise advice

October 31, 2016 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Feminist witches are casting hexes on Donald Trump: “American witches have come a long way since Salem and the trials of 1692, when the accusation of witchcraft got a lady hanged. Today, witching is in and sorceresses in the US and beyond are practicing magical activism to thwart The Donald’s bid for presidency. Vermont’s Feminists Against Trump, a group of college professors in the state, is holding a pre-Halloween “witch-in” today in Burlington. They have issued a call to all crones and their black pussycats to join in the mass hexing to “cast magical spells of love and feminism to destroy the Great Orange One and the racism, xenophobia and sexism he feeds on.”

Wife who said lottery tickets are a waste of money wins $1M: “Glenda Blackwell won $1 million when she bought a lottery ticket in an attempt to teach her husband a lesson. Turns out, there are some bets that are well worth losing. Glenda Blackwell, a 57-year-old woman from Leicester, North Carolina, learned that lesson over the weekend when her husband asked her to buy two Powerball tickets. In an attempt to prove to him that lottery tickets are a waste of cash, she instead bought a Carolina Millions ticket for $10. “I wanted to show him that luck doesn’t always hit,” Blackwell said, according to the North Carolina Lottery. But the scratch-off ticket was a winner, and Blackwell struck gold with a $1 million prize”

Australia: Parliament House security forces two-year-old to hand over lightsaber ‘weapon’: “A Canberra woman says security guards forced her two-year-old son to check in a toy lightsaber during a visit to Parliament House because they considered it a “weapon”. The family, who did not want their name to be published, was visiting Parliament House on Friday when they were told the battery-powered plastic lightsaber was not allowed through security. The lightsaber was checked in during the family’s visit and returned when they left the building. The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) said Parliament House contained many artworks of “significant value”. “Given the length of the item and that it has the potential to cause damage to property, a decision was made by a security officer on duty to request the item be cloaked with a return on departure,” a DPS spokesperson said in a statement.

Strange snake with unusual venom: “We have found the wildest snake toxin ever, from the venom of the most outrageous snakes,” Bryan Fry said. “It does something no other snake has ever done.” The Queensland University venomologist is talking about the aptly named long-glanded blue coral snake of south-east Asia – and its unusual venom which takes hold with lightning efficiency. Its venom glands extend to a good 60 centimetres – about one-quarter of its body length. “This venom hits a particular type of sodium channel that is important for the treatment of pain in humans,” Dr Fry said. With colleagues from Australia, China, Singapore and the US, Dr Fry identified six unusual peptides in the venom of the blue coral snake that can switch on all of its prey’s nerves at once. This immediately immobilises its victim.”

Medicinal cannabis crops and products now legal in Australia: “Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to legally grow the crop in Australia or manufacture cannabis products, for medicinal use only. The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, which came into effect on Sunday, allows businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research. Health Minister Minister Sussan Ley said the changes would give patients and doctors access to a safe, reliable and legal source of cannabis for medicinal use. ‘Until now, it has been difficult for patients to access medicinal cannabis products from overseas sources,’ Ms Ley said in a statement on Sunday. ‘These new laws change that situation by providing for a domestic supply of medicinal cannabis products that are not readily available for import.'”

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A pickup line that worked — sort of

October 30, 2016 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

As the lady tells it…

“One day while waiting on the subway platform, I noticed a cute guy also waiting a few feet away. We got on the same train car and he sat directly behind me. After a few stops he stood up, tossed something in my lap, and got off the train.

“It was a tiny origami box, which I unfolded to find this message: ‘Nice freckles. Coffee? —Adam,’ and his phone number. I was coming from a party, in a backless dress, and my shoulders (only my shoulders!) are very freckly. On top of his ballsy move with the origami box, the fact that he complimented a quirky part of me that people don’t usually draw attention to really stood out.

“I waited 20 minutes and then texted him, ‘Hey, it’s Freckles. I’d love to get coffee.’ He never responded.”

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Is bovine behemoth Big Moo the largest in the world?: “Casting a shadow over his owner with his hulking frame, this is Australia’s largest cow Big Moo. The bovine behemoth weighs over a tonne and measures an astounding 14-foot-long and 190cm tall, dwarfing his cattle companions in Glencoe, South Australia. In spite of his formidable stature, Big Moo is said to be a gentle giant who loves nothing better than a scratch and a tickle. Grandmother and midwife Joanne Vine, who lives with her dairy farmer husband, said Big Moo’s giant proportions spared him from the freezer. ‘His personality saved him. Calves can get a bit annoying and knock you around, but Big Moo has always been a gentle giant.’ Though he may he harmless, Big Moo turns heads in his hometown, where he shakes the earth with every step. Jo thinks Big Moo, who is a steer – a castrated male – weighs more than a tonne. She suspects his continuing growth may be the result of an undiagnosed pituitary gland disorder”

Brave grandmother, 56 chases two machete-wielding raiders out of her shop with a chair: “When two thugs burst into a newsagents brandishing large machetes and saw this grandmother minding the store they must have thought their robbery would be fairly straightforward. But, belying her frail appearance, 56-year-old Hamalata Patel chased them out of the shop with a steel chair. The pair burst into her K&L Newsagents store in Winsford, Cheshire, wearing balaclavas and armed with the huge blades at 10am last Friday (October 21). The grandmother-of-two, who lives in in the town, said she ‘lost the plot’ when one of the raiders banged his weapon on her counter. And CCTV footage shows the incredible moment she picked up a steel chair and raced toward the pair, causing them to flee from the shop empty-handed.”

Georgia girl, four, forms heart-warming friendship with lonely widower, 82, after noticing him by himself in a grocery store: “As Tara pushed her daughter Norah around the store last month, she passed an older man who was by himself. The old man looked stern and cold, until Norah shouted: ‘Hi, old person! It’s my birthday today!’ The man stopped and his demeanor changed from distant and serious to warm and friendly. ‘How old are you today?’ the man asked. After some time together talking, Norah asked her mom to take a picture of her with her new friend, Dan ‘Mr Dan’ Peterson, 82. It turned out Mr Dan’s wife had died in March and he had been suffering from depression and anxiety ever since. Tara contacted Mr Dan, and ever since Norah and the 82-year-old have developed a friendship unlike any other. ‘She has shown me a depth of love, a depth I didn’t know existed,’ Mr Dan told CNN”

Herd of cows go to the beach: “These hairy cows milked the attention of a photographer as they brilliantly posed for group portraits while enjoying a relaxing day at a rugged beach. In one stunning photograph, the majority of the herd are shown lying on the soft sand, appearing to take a nap under the cool, grey sky. Some of the inquisitive creatures even take a dip in the water, paddling at the edge of the tide line. In total there were around 30 young cows – which are kept by a local farmer for beef – enjoying a day by the seaside. Photographer Roy McPeak captured these scenic photographs at White Park Bay on the causeway coast, near Ballintoy, Northern Ireland.

‘What does it matter how many transgender individuals recycle their rubbish?’: “Residents have reacted with outrage after being quizzed by the council on whether they are LGBT or mixed race – in a survey about waste management. Suffolk County Council asked householders to give their age, race, religion and sexual orientation, as well as information on any disabilities or if they had HIV. Although the sexuality question was ‘optional’, many people took to social media to complain about it being asked at all. Twitter user Ian C asked the council: ‘What does it matter how many transgender individuals recycle their rubbish?’ Alison M wrote: ‘I can understand why Suffolk County Council need to know whether disabled people use their sites, but as for sexual orientation, it is no one’s business.’ A council spokesman said the answers were needed ‘to find out about the diversity of those who contributed'”

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He’s got a point

October 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The ‘close door’ button on your elevator is a scam!: “Most people do not have the patience to wait a few seconds for the elevator doors to shut, so they push the ‘close’ button to speed up the process. However, some say this feature has been obsolete since the 1990s, suggesting the button is a complete fake – it will not close the doors any faster. Experts reveal that there numerous buttons in the world that do not live up to their name, but are present to make us feel in control. Elevator ‘close’ buttons went obsolete in the 1990s, which means the ones you see are fake. New York City figures state that out of the 3,250 crosswalk buttons, 2,500 of them were replaced with non-functioning mechanisms. And a majority of the thermostats installed in offices that are easily accessible are decoys. Expert say that these buttons or fake thermostats are in place to promote the illusion on being in control

Another British bungle: New £5 note can be wiped almost clean of ink using a simple eraser: “The new polymer £5 note can be wiped almost totally clean of ink using a simple pencil eraser, it has been revealed. Bank chiefs claim the new notes are so durable they will last twice as long as the old fiver. But a print centre manager has exposed a serious flaw after wiping one almost totally clean of ink with an eraser. Stuart McLean managed to score off large parts of the note’s blue dye, leaving only security numbers and the see-through hologram behind. The polymer note, which has been issued by Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England, is smaller than traditional fivers and said to last 2.5 times longer. Banknote manufacturer De La Rue says it can survive a spin in a washing machine without losing its colour.

The drinkers who stick with a wine longer than a partner: Pinot Grigio is Britain’s favourite grape ahead of Merlot and Chardonnay: “Wine lovers stick with their preferred variety for longer than many stay with their partners, research suggests. Pinot Grigio is the top choice for British drinkers, followed by Merlot and Chardonnay. Some 52 per cent of drinkers said they remained loyal to their preferred grape for ten years or more, a survey revealed. Fifty-three per cent had been with their partner for the same amount of time, the same poll found. However, almost one fifth – 19 per cent – had been in their current relationship for less than three years. Broken down between the sexes, Pinot Grigio was top choice for women, selected by 15 per cent, and Merlot was the men’s favourite, chosen by 11 per cent. When it comes to who is influencing our wine choices, friends and partners are our most trusted wine advisors. Just four per cent of people said they would trust the advice of their parents.

‘I’m no hero’: Friend refused to give up on missing Australian campers: “The woman who found missing campers Marama and Jeremy Sim on a remote bush track near Western Australia’s southern coast says she is not a hero, but just a friend “who wouldn’t give up”. Kirsty Biggers and her father finally came across the Sims’ car at 10.30pm on Thursday night, almost 200 kilometres north-west of Esperance. “We know they are responsible, we know that they are experienced, and number one rule is don’t leave your car so we knew that where their car was they would be there too. “I’m not a hero, I’m just a friend that wouldn’t give up; it was my dad, my dad is our hero in all this, if it wasn’t for him we wouldn’t have come across them at all. “But nobody gave up, we all kept searching, it was a good result.” The Sims had just 350ml of water left between them after being stranded in the bush for 10 days”

Would you return a dropped letter? Rich people more altruistic, study finds: “If you saw a stamped, addressed letter on the ground, would you pick it up and post it? What if it was unstamped? The answer might have a lot to do with where you live. An Australian-first study has sought to examine whether there was a difference in the level of a person’s altruism depending on their wealth and socioeconomic status. Researchers at the University of Western Australia dropped 300 lost letters on the ground in 15 residential suburbs of varying socioeconomic status, and waited to see which ones made it back to the office. Lead study author Cyril Grueter said the results found a strong link between socioeconomic status and the likelihood of someone returning the letter. “The study clearly tells us that people living in socioeconomically rich neighbourhoods are nicer, they are more altruistic than people living in poor neighbourhoods.”

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Modern life

October 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man caught peeing in Mall falls on face: “A man arrested for urinating in public slipped on a wet footpath while running from police and landed on his face, a court has heard. Nathan Hallows was caught urinating on a shopfront in Brisbane’s Brunswick St Mall in the early hours of October 9, 2016. When police tried to arrest he started filming them on his mobile phone and said “just give me the f***ing ticket and I’ll see you in court in three weeks”. Hallows then ran away from the officers but slipped on wet pavement and landed on his face, injuring his nose. He pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday to urinating in a public place and obstructing a public officer and was ordered to do at least 40 hours of community service. The court heard Hallows was very embarrassed and ashamed by his actions and probably would have been given just a fine if he hadn’t run from police”

Snowflake British mail carriers: “Royal Mail chiefs have stopped posties delivering letters to a row of houses – because walking on a grass verge has been deemed ‘too dangerous’. The spat came about after one postman complained about the street on his round. And bosses agreed that the short stretch of grass between car tracks and residents’ front doors was unsafe for posties to walk along. It has left neighbours leaving on the tiny 10-house street having to walk up and down a steep hill to collect their mail from a local Post Office. And 91-year-old Eileen Hatch said it was ‘ridiculous’ postmen couldn’t walk along the verge – when she still could. She said: ‘I know I’m not as fast as I once was but if I can go up and down at 91 with my stick then a young postie definitely should”

Chocolate-coated sprouts for Halloween handouts:I may well open my house to the kids in lame costumes and their sad, bored parents this year – now that I have found this delicious and nutritious treat to place into trick-or-treaters’ bags. This tweet has appeal to both the Halloween hater, like me, and the prankster, which I think is where tweeter Mark Sparrow sits. Some people have mentioned that it’s a cruel idea. But when you look at it, this has all the makings of a viral recipe. There are just two ingredients; it skilfully combines deliciousness (chocolate) with nutritiousness (brussel sprouts) and it will partly appeal to the kids (with the chocolate) and the parents will know their candy beggars will be getting their greens. Win. Win. Win.

Mum banned from UK theme park rollercoaster because her 36L boobs were ‘too big’: “A BUSTY mum-of-one was chucked off a rollercoaster ride in the UK because her 36L breasts were too big to fit under the safety bar. According to The Sun, mortified Tanya Willis says she had to “do a walk of shame” past hundreds of people queuing for the Colossus ride at Thorpe Park when she was turned away by staff. The 22-year-old, who is a size 18, says she is now out for pocket because the seats are not designed for large-breasted women. “I’m not fat,” said Willis, a former doctor’s surgery worker. “But the safety bars and seats are not designed for large-breasted women. “It was really embarrassing having to be chucked off a ride and do a walk of shame past everyone. “It ruined my day and I wasn’t even offered a refund. A spokeswoman for Thorpe Park said: “If our restraints do not click into safe mode, we will not allow a guest on the ride for their own safety.”

BROCCOLI could reverse the signs of ageing: “Physical signs of ageing could be slowed down by a compound found in broccoli, cabbage and avocado, scientists claim. It slowed down the deterioration of liver and eye function, bone density and the metabolism, a new study found. While it was found to prevent laboratory mice from gaining weight as they aged – despite consuming more food. Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) compensated for the loss of energy production, which experts believe is a key driver of the body’s ageing process. Study author Professor Dr Shin-ichiro Imai, from Washington University, St Louis, said: ‘We have shown a way to slow the physiologic decline that we see in ageing mice. ‘This means older mice have metabolism and energy levels resembling that of younger mice.

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Disgrace

October 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Chinese man spends £18,000 on decorating… then realises it is not his apartment: “A man in China spent 150,000 yuan (£18,118) renovating his new home, only to later find that he had decorated the wrong flat. After purchasing his flat situated on the 40th floor of a block in Chongqing in June, he was handed the keys to his new apartment. He started renovating the apartment when he got a call from the property management office on October 20 telling him that he had been renovating someone else’s home, according to People’s Daily Online. According to the property management office, there were eight apartments on the 40th floor but only four had been sold. This then resulted in a mix up in the numbers allocated for the flats and the man was given the wrong keys. He had indeed been renovating the wrong apartment which belonged to someone else.

‘Thank you for your portrait’: Woman’s genius two-page rejection letter in response to a VERY X-rated photo: “A woman has written arguably the best rejection letter in response to an X-rated photo that a stranger sent her. Sarah-Louise Jordan, 28, compiled a two-page reply that began with the words: ‘Thank you for your p**** portrait’, before firmly – and very eloquently – putting her suitor in his place. The note, which Sarah-Louise originally posted on Facebook, began with the courteous opener: ‘Dear Sir, thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your penis portrait for our consideration. ‘We regret to inform you that it has failed to pass our most basic standards of quality control at this time.’ After clearly spurning the advances of her amorous recipient, Sarah-Louise went on to suggest sending an A4 report to ‘deal with his sexual frustration’. She explained that the report would cover such issues as: ‘Why genitals are not an acceptable conversation opener”

Parents record the moment their twins fall off a wall at the same time: “Twins are often considered to share a very special connection – and a pair of tiny toddlers have demonstrated how they have even synchronised their mishaps. Amusing footage shot in China shows two twins completely in sync as they fall over at the same time. In the video, filmed in Panzhihua, Sichuan Province, the siblings can be seen walking on a low wall before falling down simultaneously in exactly the same manner. In the clip, the pair can be seen completely transfixed by something behind them. Neither are looking where they are going – and lose their footing before falling off the wall. The youngsters are coordinated down to their matching shoes and outfits.

Vatican orders an end to scattering of ashes: “Vatican guidelines, which have been approved by Pope Francis, say Catholics who want to be cremated cannot have their ashes scattered or kept at home. For most of its 2,000-year history, the Church has only permitted burial, arguing that it best expresses the Christian hope in resurrection. In 1963, the Vatican said cremation would be allowed as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection, although the rules were unclear. But now new instructions, approved by Pope Francis, have been released in time for ‘All Souls Day’ on November 2, when the faithful are supposed to pray and remember the dead. To set the faithful straight, the Vatican said ashes and bone fragments cannot be kept at home, since that would deprive the Christian community as a whole of remembering the dead. Rather, church authorities should designate a sacred place, such as a cemetery or church area, to hold them”

Father, 35, whose grandfather gave him five guineas to play pirate games with discovers it is the rarest British coin EVER made and worth £250,000: “A labourer whose grandfather gave him bags of coins to play with has found one of the rarest British coins ever made in the collection – worth a staggering £250,000. The 35-year-old, from Hertfordshire, had been given the 300-year-old Queen Anne Vigo five guinea coin when he was a child. The coin was kept in a treasure box, along with a toy monkey and a Lego hat, and the owner – who wants to remain anonymous – had no idea of its value. It was packed away and forgotten about until he rediscovered the coin in the box he had given to his own son. The coin is extremely rare as only 20 were made from 7.5lbs of gold seized from Spanish treasure ships by the British in Vigo Bay, northern Spain, in 1702. Even in 1703, when they were made by the Royal Mint, they would have been extremely expensive and bought only by the rich”

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Perspective

October 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A rare white reindeer has been spotted on the edge of a forest in Sweden: “Teacher Siv Poijo saw the gorgeous stag while holidaying in Mala, Sweden, as it tried to cross the road. She said: ‘In the pack there was only one white reindeer, it is not that often you see one. ‘For the Sami people, the white reindeer have special significance – I think they bring luck and are considered holy. Much like the white peacock, this magnificent creature is of the same species as a brown reindeer but is another case of a genetic mutation. White reindeer, which appear in the wilds of Finland, Norway and Sweden, are extremely rare, though they have been born in captivity elsewhere, including England.

A Perth chef has created a 28kg sculpture of an exotic dragon made entirely from margarine: “Angela Stanfield, who works as an apprentice chef at Crown Perth, created the 28kg sculpture for an international culinary competition in Germany, reported WA Today. The sculpture is of a dragon with large feathery wings and a curled tail, crouching next to another sculpture of a gnarled tree with golden eggs sitting at its base. The 20-year-old took part in the World IKA Culinary Olympics along with seven other chefs as part of the WA Youth Culinary team. Despite it being only her second attempt at the art of margarine sculpting, Ms Stanfield won a bronze medal for her creation.

Is this Larry Page’s secret flying car?: “While he may be better known as a self driving car enthusiast, a new video has given a glimpse of Google co-founder Larry Page’s secretive self flying car project. Earlier this year it was revealed Page appeared to be privately investing in two separate flying car firms, providing them with $100m. Now, of of the prototype craft has been spotted at a remote airfield in California – and locals say they have even seen it hovering above the ground. Zee.Aero was set up in 2010, working on a small, all-electric plane that could take off and land vertically – essentially a flying car. During both Zee.Aero flights witnessed by DK Turbines staff from several hundred yards away in September and October, the aircraft hovered about 25 feet off the ground, and landed rapidly, straight down, according to the witnesses.

Millipede with 414 legs and four penises secretes poison to kill its victims: “A new species of millipede found lurking in the unexplored dark marble caves of Sequoia National Park in California has left scientists baffled. The unique creature has 414 legs, four ‘penises’, bizarre-looking mouthparts and secretes a poisonous chemical as a defense mechanism. Named Illacme tobini, it was discovered during an expedition in 2006 and later revealed to be the evolutionary cousin of the leggiest animal on the planet, Illacme plenipes. Its body is covered in long, long silk-secreting hairs and there are pores in its mouth that secrete an unknown chemical as a defense mechanism. Millipedes are invertebrates that coil up into a ball when they sense danger, however their name is very misleading. Their Latin name means ‘thousand feet’, yet many do not surpass 200 – except for the new species discovered in California.”

Retired driving instructor, 70, spent 8 YEARS building his dream Austin-Healey kit car only for it to EXPLODE and blow up his house: “A former driving instructor is lucky to be alive after the dream car he spent eight years building from scratch exploded while he was under the bonnet and gutted his house. Ron Avant, 70, was putting the finishing touches to his near-finished Austin-Healey kit car when it erupted into a fireball and torched his £550,000 Essex home. After eight years of tinkering and thousands of hours of work he was set to get it sprayed and road ready the following week, fulfilling a dream from childhood to build his own car. The house will now have to be completely rebuilt after five or six explosions rocked the garage and made the building unsafe.

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Black dancing talent on display

October 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Happy to be alive: “This tiny little bub is just so happy to be alive – and she wants the world to know it. Freya was born in the US two years ago, aptly on Thanksgiving Day, weighing just 1.7kg. She was six weeks premature, born by emergency caesarean after her mum had experienced complications from preeclampsia. The gorgeous little bundle then spent another month in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before returning to her Minnesota home. On the Facebook page, Love What Happens, she captioned the photo like this: “Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive! Today, Freya is thriving and about to celebrate her second birthday. And it seems this photo was a sign of her personality. “We go to the store and she’s the friendliest little girl and she says hi to everybody. She’s so fun. She’s so happy,” Lauren said”

Male Pill moves a step closer: British scientists discover way to stop sperm swimming – and men could take it just before sex: “British scientists have made a breakthrough in the search for a male contraceptive pill – which could transform the sex lives of millions of couples. For decades, researchers have tried to produce a reliable alternative to condoms or a vasectomy, but there has been little progress. Now UK scientists have found the secret of making men temporarily infertile – by ‘switching off’ sperm’s ability to swim. They have made tiny ‘designer compounds’ which smuggle themselves into sperm, and stop their tails from wiggling. If a sperm can’t swim, it has no chance of naturally fertilising a woman’s egg. The breakthrough made by British scientists could be the key to rendering men temporarily infertile”

‘Where’s the chicken?’ Woman sues KFC for $26 million over false advertising: “A NEW YORK woman is finger lickin’ mad at Kentucky Fried Chicken, claiming its understuffed buckets are for the birds. Anna Wurtzburger, of Hudson Valley in the state of New York, says she bought a $20 bucket of chicken from KFC over the summer and was disappointed to find it looked much different than what’s in the chain’s ads. “They say it feeds the whole family … They’re showing a bucket that’s overflowing with chicken,” the 64-year-old widow griped. “You get half a bucket! That’s false advertising, and it doesn’t feed the whole family. They’re small pieces!” Putting her money where her hungry mouth is, Wurtzburger hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit, demanding KFC change its advertising. The grandmother is seeking $US20 million ($26 million) in damages. KFC called the lawsuit “meritless.”

Drunk leftist launches peanut butter assault on what she thought was a Trump rally: “Unfortunately for Wisconsin liberal Christina Ferguson, she was so drunk that what she attacked was actually a local environmentalist event. The hilariously inept episode of liberal rage started at 9:30 p.m., when Ferguson barged into a meeting of the Tomorrow River Conservation Club, a local environmentalist group. Witness tell police Ferguson began screaming about how much she hated Donald Trump. According to the Portage County Sheriff Department’s report, she was holding a “family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif.” She was asked to leave the meeting, but attendees decided to check the parking lot to “make sure she wasn’t doing anything to their vehicles after leaving,” the Independent reports. They found Ferguson smearing peanut butter on cars, still convinced she was seeing Trump supporters.

When the colour pink is dangerous: “Kent Morgan from Blenheim, New Zealand, was left cut and bloodied after being jumped at random as he made his way home following a shift at a local Irish Bar last Friday. ‘It was after midnight and I came past a side street and these two guys called me a “pink shirt wearing homo”,’ Mr Morgan told Daily Mail Australia. While they initially had the jump on him it wasn’t long before the father-of-one got the upper hand, fighting back against the two in self defence. ‘One guy had me in a body hold and the other guy was hitting me in the eye, but I managed to turn myself to the side and slip out of the hold and wiggle my way free. ‘I hit the guy in front of me three or four times and then the one behind me was still holding onto me, so I grabbed him by the ears and bit into his cheek. ‘He squealed and just ran off, but they kept yelling at me about my pink shirt.

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If only …

October 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The bike lock that makes thieves immediately vomit: “Called SkunkLock, this steel U-Lock is designed with a built-in deterrent of very potent and legally compliant gas that escapes when the lock is cut open. This formula has the ability to compromise sight, cause shortness of breath, induce vomiting and permanently sticks to the clothes worn by the bike burglar. Skunklock is a hardened medium-carbon steel U-Lock that’s as difficult to compromise as the strongest U-Locks. “It’s pressurised inside with a noxious chemical deterrent that slams the would-be thief with noxious chemicals. The chemicals are so disgusting they induce vomit in the majority of cases, and elicit an instinctive response to run away immediately.”

Expedia cancelled woman’s holiday and sent email dropping the F-bomb: “A MOTHER was shocked and appalled when she got an email from travel website Expedia.com which cancelled her holiday and said “F**k you.” It all started when Viramontes made a booking for a New Year’s travel reservation, and felt the person she dealt with did not give her good customer service. Two days later, she got the email telling her that her trip had been cancelled. When she called customer service, they told her she was to blame for her booking being cancelled. She responded by sending a screenshot of the email with the expletive: “F**k You” on it. On Tuesday morning she still had not got any offer of compensation. However, when CBS2 got in touch with the website they told the network action was being taken: “We take this matter very seriously and have opened up an investigation analysing every click and action made by our customer service agents.”

Senior policewoman ‘had a drunken row with a colleague over whose breasts were most attractive’: “Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, 47, faces claims that she exposed her bosom during a late-night row and could be sacked if found guilty of gross misconduct. ACC Sutcliffe argued with her junior colleague Superintendent Sarah Jackson at the Hilton hotel bar. It is claimed ACC Sutcliffe told her colleague she was ‘pandering to men’ by having cosmetic surgery, and tried to prove her own breasts were better by exposing them. They were reported to bosses by a witness, and initially both were told they faced investigation over alleged inappropriate behaviour. Social media photos show ACC Sutcliffe ‘opened the gala event’ at one night of the conference, standing near Supt Jackson at a party where wine flowed freely. Supt Jackson has been told she is in the clear. If the case against ACC Sutcliffe were proven, she would be hit with sanctions ranging from ‘management advice’ to dismissal.

Waitress fights off two armed robbers with a broom handle when they attempt to steal from her till: “A plucky woman working in a southern fried chicken restaurant took on two armed robbers after taking on armed robber using just a stick. The robbers targeted a Pollolandia (Chicken Land) restaurant in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The two men are recorded entering the shop in a bid to steal the day’s takings. Both are holding guns and one of the men runs over the till to grab the cash. But, as he is attempting to wrench out the cash desk he is attacked from behind by the angry restaurant worker. She belts him over the back with a broom handle, hitting him so hard that it breaks. The robber clearly does not have the stomach for a beating and turns and runs off. When his armed colleague realises what has happened he also flees. Thanks to the woman’s actions, the robbers only managed to steal 80,000 Costa Rican colones (about £118) in cash”

Creepy clown hits teenager in the face with a wooden plank – so the victim’s friends run his attacker over and leave him lying in a pool of blood: “The teenagers had been driving around for hours looking for clowns, when at midnight they heard word of one lurking near an old factory. They spot the clown brandishing a wooden plank, and one of the teenagers decides to get out of the car to talk to them. ‘Oh s*** hes got a stick,’ one of the boys says. ‘What’s he gonna do?’ says the teenager as he walks closer to the clown. The clown then lifts the stick and hits the boy across the face. He falls to the ground and in a crazed panic the victim’s friend drives into the clown. The video ends as the teens walk up to the clown, who they find lying in a pool of blood.

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October 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Chelsea bun that a sister posted to her soldier brother during the Battle of the Somme has been found in pristine condition 100 years later: “A Chelsea bun which was posted to a soldier fighting in the Battle of the Somme has been found in mint condition – after lying on a dusty shelf for 100 years. The uncooked bun was sent to Private Alex Hodges by his sister Lily Poston as he fought on the frontline in the First World War. But the sticky treat never reached the 19-year-old who was injured by a shell blast on the first day of fighting on July 1, 1916, which saw 20,000 Brit soldiers die. He was transferred to hospital in London and the bun – which was from Pte Hodges’ favourite baker – was ‘returned to sender’ and posted back to Miss Poston. She kept the bun as a memento and it remained in its original tin which the family kept on a shelf of the family home in Leominster, Herefordshire.

Bermuda Triangle: Do these strange clouds solve the mystery?: ” After claiming the lives of at least 75 planes and hundreds of ships the mystery behind the Bermuda Triangle may have finally been cracked. The 500,000km square stretch in the North Atlantic Ocean has been blamed for the vanishing of ships and aircraft for centuries. But scientists claim they have discovered the truth behind the triangle’s deadly mystery – hexagonal clouds that create terrifying 170mph winds air bombs. It is believed these deadly blasts of air can send tear down trees, flip over ships and bring planes crashing into the ocean. Using radar satellites to measure what was happening beneath the clouds, they found that sea level winds were reaching almost 170mph. These winds are powerful enough to generate waves of more than 45ft high as “air bombs” are forced to come crashing down towards the ocean”

A piece of aluminium that looks as if it was handmade is being hailed as 250,000-year-old proof that aliens once visited Earth: “Metallic aluminium was not really produced by mankind until around 200 years ago, so the discovery of the large chunk that could be up to 250,000 years old is being held as a sensational find. Builders working on the shores of the Mures River not far from the central Romanian town of Aiud found three objects 10 metres (33 feet) under the ground. They appeared to be unusual and very old, and archaeologists were bought in who immediately identified two of them as being fossils. The third looked to be a piece of man-made metal, although very light, and it was suspected that it might be the end of an axe. Experts were stunned to find out that the third object was a piece of very lightweight metal, and appeared to have been manufactured. According to tests, the object is made of 12 metals, 90% aluminium, and it was dated by Romanian officials as being 250,000 years old”

Woman gets letter addressed to ‘Ms Intellectual Disability’: “A woman has received a letter addressed to ‘Ms Intellectual Disability’ from the office of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme. The Melbourne woman shared a photo of the letter on Facebook showing the mistake, which was able to be seen by anyone handling the piece of mail. ‘Just got my first letter from the NDIS,’ she wrote in a post earlier this month. ‘It’s not giving me much confidence in their systems [or their mail-merging capabilities]. The Melbourne woman’s first name was replaced by her condition at the top of a letter she was sent, clearly visible to anyone who saw the envelope. ‘I felt that it was just such a major stuff up, that it was a lesson to any business Government or NGO, to check all mail before sending.’ The National Disability Insurance Agency admitted it was a ‘very unfortunate’ mistake”

Luxurious Papal apartments are opened to the public for the first time after Francis refused to stay there because they are too plush: “These images show the luxurious interior of the Vatican’s Papal apartments – after they were opened up to the public for the first time. Pope Francis has declined to use the palazzo in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, preferring to spend his summer downtime at home in the Vatican hotel suite where he lives. It means the sprawling 135-acre estate in the Alban hills has been gradually made more accessible to members of the public. This morning, the Vatican opened the private apartments at the papal summer retreat to the outside world, giving visitors a rare look at the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died and where John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in 1981. In 2014, the gardens opened to visitors, in part to help offset the economic downturn the lake-front town has experienced since Francis decided to stay put in Rome.

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October 22, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Leopard geckos stick out their tongues for the camera in Indonesia

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Odd news from around the world

Judge orders boy, seven, to live with father after his mother raised him as her daughter and even registered him with his GP as a girl: “Social workers let a mother raise her young son as a girl because they were in thrall to ‘transgender equality’. The boy, who was made to wear a pink hairband, dresses and nail varnish, lived ‘entirely as a girl’. He was registered as a girl with his doctor’s surgery and was referred to as ‘she’ in official documentation from the age of just four. But despite the alarm being raised by officials and the boy’s father, council staff failed to intervene. Details of the extraordinary case were revealed at the Family Court yesterday when a judge accused the boy’s social workers of naivety and professional arrogance. The seven-year-old, who cannot be identified, has been removed from his mother’s care and is living with his father in the north of England. He now regards himself as male and plays with toys such as Power Rangers. The judge, Mr Justice Hayden, said: ‘This is not a case about gender dysphoria, rather it is about a mother who has developed a belief structure which she has imposed upon her child”

HALF of all singles are still in love with their ex and would jump at the chance to reunite: “It is not unusual to wonder ‘what could have been’ when moving on from a relationship. And a new study has revealed 50 per cent of single Australians would be willing to re-kindle the flame with their ex-partners if given a chance. The study – commissioned by dating website Elite Singles – also found 48 per cent of Australians had begged to be taken back after they had been dumped. The dating website surveyed 535 Australians to gauge their attitudes towards their former squeezes. Half of those surveyed said they would give romance another shot if they were asked nicely. Men were more likely to experience ‘dumper’s remorse’, the study found, with 36 per cent of respondents admitting they regretted giving their lover the chop. In contrast, just 28 per cent of women regretted dumping their partners”

A waffle for geeks: “There are only six reviews so far of the unusual product – which makes waffles in the shape of a computer keyboard – but one in particular has gone viral after being posted on Reddit and sister site Imgur. The review, by Leedlej, reads: ‘Yesterday I did nothing because my keyboard was a waffle the whole time.’ Adar replied to it with a joke of his own, writing: ‘That’s because you didn’t get the maple syrup add-on.’ And drewximus added: ‘Me too, I couldn’t figure out how to disable sticky keys.’ Customers have gone online to write hilarious reviews of the product, mostly joking about trying to use their waffle as an actual keyboard. An anonymous described it as the ‘best wireless edible keyboard ever’. ‘Innovative and lightweight, versatile, sleek, slick, sexy, peripheral, a low energy, hand warming, heated and hot to touch pad, interface, it clones it self and runs well in any personal user preference, such as Linux, Windows Macintosh, 360 Xbox1, PS4.

4,000-year-old child’s rattle shaped like the head of a bear cub is discovered in Siberia – and it still makes a sound: “Archaeologists in Siberia have unearthed a 4,000-year-old children’s rattle shaped like the head of a bear cub – and it still ‘jingles’. The remarkable discovery of one of the oldest toys in the world was made at an early Bronze Age settlement in modern-day Novosibrirsk region. The plaything made of clay – pictured here for the first time – is still sealed so archaeologists will X-ray and scan it to discover the mechanism by which it rattles after four millennia. Professor Vyacheslav Molodin, deputy head of Novosibirsk Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, said: ‘This is a clay rattle with a visible, well-made handle – handy for a child to hold it. ‘It was constructed by clay firing”

Were the Puritans SEXY? Scholar claims the famously strait-laced group ‘weren’t hostile to sexuality’: “The famously strait-laced 17th-century sectarians who helped settle America weren’t nearly as priggish as you might think. A leading scholar claims that the Puritans were in fact sexy, and saw sex and love as important factors to help form a passionate relationship. The claim is based on letters penned by Puritan forefathers including Colonial Gov John Winthrop, which are said to evoke more passion than prudishness. Puritanism was a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th centuries. Puritans sought to ‘purify’ the Church of England from its ‘Catholic’ practices. ‘They weren’t hostile to sexuality. They saw sex and love as important factors to help a man and a woman form a passionate relationship and strengthen it.'”

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