Think about itOctober 23, 2016 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Odd news from around the world
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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