No escape

October 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Wicked verdict in rape case: “In the case of Judge John McKeon, as of early morning Wednesday, almost 20,000 people had signed a Change.org petition calling for his impeachment for the 60-day sentence he gave a Glasgow, Mont., man who pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping his prepubescent daughter. “It’s time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets,” read the petition. Prosecutors had recommended a mandatory 25-year sentence, 100 years with 75 suspended, which is what state law calls for. Instead, though, Judge McKeon handed down a far lighter sentence: a 30-year suspended prison sentence, which means the man will only serve it if he fails to meet the conditions of his probation. In addition, the man will serve 60 days in jail, but McKeon gave him credit for the 17 days he already served, meaning he’ll only spend another 43 days in jail. McKeon, who has served as a Montana state judge for 22 years, is retiring next month.”

Man hides a window blind in his trousers: “Police have released an image of a man suspected of stealing a Venetian blind by stuffing it down one trouser leg and up the back of his jacket. The alleged theft took place between 2pm and 2.25pm on 16 October at the Dunelm Mill store in Northampton’s St James Mill Road. Staff spotted him leaving the store – apparently without paying – and followed him up a nearby canal path where he dropped the blind and ran off. Police want to speak to the man about the alleged theft”

Idiot McDonald’s manager pulled down a customer’s trousers exposing her bottom: “A McDonald’s manager who pulled down a woman’s baggy tracksuit pants exposing her bottom in front of customers ‘for a joke’ has been jailed. Stuart Hubbard, 26, manager of a Nottingham branch of the fast food chain, yanked down the tracksuit trousers in front of five members of staff and 12 customers. The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she was ‘totally humiliated’ by the ordeal and ‘haunted’ at the prospect of bumping into anyone in the street who saw the incident. Hubbard, from Stapleford, in Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to common assault following the incident at 1am on February 18. He was jailed for 28 days by Judge Stuart Rafferty. Martin Smith, defending, said his client carried out the act ‘in a moment of madness’. Hubbard was also ordered to pay his victim £500 in compensation”

Girl, 4, speaks SEVEN languages including Chinese and Arabic in front of stunned judges on reality TV show: “A four-year-old girl literally stunned audiences when she spoke seven languages fluently on a TV show. The video of Bella Devyatkina is now wowing people all over the world after she easily switched languages. After easily reading an English question and answering it she then had a conversation in German. Besides her native Russian, Bella also speaks English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic – that includes the six official United Nations languages with the addition of German. The most incredible part is that Bella is actually able to communicate in these languages, as her knowledge exceeds the vocabulary of simple ‘small talk’. During the show she managed to answer questions based on a school curriculum in all these languages.

Chilled-out feline curls up on soldier as he blasts a RIFLE at a military range: “Meet a combat cat who is no scaredy cat at all! An incredible video shared on YouTube and LiveLeak shows a ‘Mog’ look-a-like cat, lying on the back of a soldier’s legs whilst he practicing his shooting on a military range that is believed to be in Russia. The cat’s ears can be seen flinching at every shot fired, but in opposition to those who are worried the cat is going to be deaf, others point out the cat looks happy and relaxed and is even massaging the soldier’s legs”

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Little friend

October 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Husband divorces his wife days after marrying her because he saw her without make-up for the first time: “A husband has divorced his wife just days after they tied the knot because he saw her without make-up for the first time. The Arab bride, 28, was given the elbow by her former husband accused of deceiving him by using so many cosmetics and fake eyelashes. The unidentified newlyweds went for a leisurely swim in the sea at Al Mamzar Beach in Dubai, but when the water washed away her make-up the 34-year-old man was said to have not been able to recognise her. ‘The groom immediately divorced his bride and refused any attempt to reunite them again,’ he told Gulf News. The couple had been engaged for six months before the wedding, and the doctor said the husband did not think his wife looked as pretty as before their special day.

A palace on wheels: One-of-a-kind vintage Rolls-Royce: “An art-filled Rolls-Royce regarded as a palace on wheels and one of the finest British cars ever made is expected to sell for £700,000 at auction. The one-of-a-kind Phantom I was commissioned in 1926 by Woolworths’ financial director Clarence Gasque as a surprise gift for his wife, Maude, and was inspired by Marie Antoinette. And to ensure she was suitably impressed, Mr Gasque set out on a no-expense-spared project which resulted in the rear seats costing more than the average home. The ten-month project resulted in a car described by experts as being ‘nothing less than magnificently palatial’. Mr Gasque, a London-based American, bought the chassis and drivetrain from Rolls-Royce for £1,600. He gave it to Wolverhampton coachbuilder Charles Clark of Wolverhampton, headed up at the time by a Mr Barnett, with the demand the car’s design must be French”

Six-foot-long snake shocks Florida man by slithering out from under his hood while he drives on freeway: “A man got the fright of his life when he was driving down the freeway in Florida and saw the beady eyes of a snake staring back at him from his car hood. Tim Mokwa, 37, of Denedin, was in rush hour traffic on Monday on US 19 when he saw a small green head emerge in the corner of the windshield on his 2015 Sonata, according to News12. Mokwa managed to keep his cool and pulled over into a Walmart parking lot to film. The snake was about six feet long, taking up the entire length of the hood. On Facebook, Mokwa identified the snake as a black indigo. After he took several seconds of video of the slippery creature, it suddenly veered back under his hood. He drove home and parked his car, and hasn’t seen the critter since, though he doesn’t know if perhaps it might still be curled up under his engine

700-year-old Chinese bank note to be auctioned off in Sydney after being found in a Buddhist sculpture: “A rare Chinese Ming Dynasty bank note has been discovered inside a wooden bust at an art auction house in Melbourne. The note was found in the head cavity of a 13th-14th century wooden Buddhist sculpture of a Luohan by art specialists from Mossgreen. A Luohan is a Chinese word for a person who has completed the four stages of Enlightenment and reached the state of Nirvana. Ms Kenning said the specialists discovered a folded piece of paper inside the head, translated it and discovered it was a banknote. The bank note is stamped with three official seals and dated the third year of the Ming Dynasty, the Hong Wu period from 1368-1398′

Percival the peacock protects his flock of chickens from predators: “When it comes to protecting livestock, most farmers might opt for a dog or a gun. But not Mark Burgunder, a chicken farmer from Queensland, Australia, who has instead employed the services of a rather protective peacock. Mark said he bought Percival, known as Percy among friends, three years ago as nothing more than a pet. However, Percy soon found other ways to make himself useful around the farm. Mark said that Percy – as he is known to his friends – was initially useful in keeping snakes away from his flock of breeding hens. But soon Mark noticed that attacks from birds of prey had also dropped, and he theorizes it is because they don’t want to take on a large bird like a peacock. Mark added that Percy is unusually friendly for a peacock, and will often eat out of his hand, provided you catch him at the right time of day”

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I like it

October 19, 2016 at 11:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man chased by bees, hit by car, dies: “A Fort Campbell soldier, hit and killed by three cars as he ran onto a federal highway at night, was being chased, as he told his girlfriend in a telephone call, officials said. But the aggressors in the Sunday night incident were bees, Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove said Monday. The 21-year-old man was walking home from a party “very intoxicated, or on drugs,” Breedlove said. He had tried to break into a landscaping company when something fell on him, trapping him. A toxicology report has not yet been released. The man, whose name was not released, called his girlfriend and then called 911 to say he was being chased, the sheriff said. He ran onto U.S. 41A, and a car struck him. Then two other cars also hit him in the dark. “He got into a beehive,” Breedlove said. “That’s what our investigation shows, that it’s bees that were chasing him and stinging him.”

The most entertaining menu translation fails from around the world: “From the delectable sounding ‘mutton and the smell of urine’ to the delicious ‘ice cream in the a**’, these meals might just leave customers feeling nauseous rather than starving. One menu’s translation, ‘Eel steams the salt meat’ jostled for attention alongside the similarly appetising sounding ‘Hairtail’ and ‘The oil explodes the Screw.’ Keeping customers guessing, the final description simply read: ‘Hairy’. Any diners looking for a nice hearty meal could enjoy ‘boil broken sea lampshade’ at this establishment . Another Chinese menu described one of their signature dishes as ‘Not ordinary gold groping’. But slightly further down lay another gem of comedy gold – as a dish was described as ‘rice wine tender ginger aggradation duck.'”

Two divers are found dead 300 feet underwater in the ‘Mount Everest of cave systems’ that has killed eight other adventurers: “Two divers have drowned while inside a deadly cave system described as the ‘Mount Everest’ for underwater explorers. Patrick Peacock and Chris Rittenmeyer were in the Eagle’s Nest diver area in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with a friend, Justin Blakely, on Saturday. They were missing for about three hours before Blakely called police to report the incident. The dive site is about 50 miles north of Tampa, and the trio was there for a three-day trip, according to WFLA. Peacock and Rittenmeyer were experienced divers, and they decided to tackle the incredibly dangerous caves – ignoring severe warning signs.

French civil servant who hasn’t worked for 10 years after he fell out with his mayor is still paid more than £3,000 PER MONTH: “A French civil servant who left his job a decade ago because of a ‘disagreement’ with his boss has nevertheless pocketed more than £450,000 in that time – despite not doing a day’s work. Bosko Herman continued to pick up a salary of 3,700 Euros (£3,327) per month – and is entitled to do so until he reaches retirement age in 2023. French rules dating back to 1984 stipulate that whenever a director moves on from a municipality, their former employer has to pay part of their salary until they find an equivalent job. It means the Saint-Savine authority has been paying 75 per cent of his salary for 10 years. And Mr Herman, now 55, did not miss out on the other 25 per cent, as this was paid by a civil service management centre which has been unsuccessfully trying to help him find a job.

British parent shares bizarre note from his child’s Italian school telling children to bring their own loo roll after funds ran dry: “One school in Milan is so short on funds it has started asking pupils to supply four rolls of toilet paper, according to a note shared by a bemused British parent. William Hardy, whose child goes to Scuola Primaria Casati, a state primary school in the centre of the city, the wealthiest in Italy, was also asked to bring paper and cups. It read: ‘We’ve run out of toilet paper. So that this great friendship can continue we have to bring one packet of four rolls of toilet paper (each)!’ At the bottom was an image of a smiling poo and toilet roll. Unfortunately, such desperate measures are not particularly uncommon among schools in Italy. Marilena Lombardi, whose child goes to an elementary school in Campania, in the south of the country, was told to bring paper towels and soap”

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Not a bad idea

October 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Icelandic politician breastfeeds six-week-old baby while speaking in parliament: “Icelandic Member of Parliament Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir had a choice to make this week when she was asked a question in parliament. She could either put down her newborn daughter and stop breastfeeding while she addressed her fellow politicians, or she could do both. Konráðsdóttir did both. Explaining that she was unexpectedly asked a question to defend a bill while feeding her daughter , Konráðsdóttir took to the podium and continued to nurse her child as she spoke about a proposal she had made. “[My child] was hungry, and I wasn’t expecting to speak, so I started feeding her,” Konráðsdóttir said. “Then a representative asked a question about a proposal I had put forward, which I had to answer”

A moonbow!: “On first glance it could be an ordinary rainbow, were it not for the dark night sky. Shining across the Yorkshire Dales, this spectacular phenomenon was actually caused by the moon. The ‘blood moon’ shone above the moors in Skipton, North Yorkshire, giving lunar rainbows due to light from the moon. Lunar rainbows, or moon bows, are formed when moonlight, is refracted by moisture in the atmosphere, whereas direct sunlight refracts moisture to create the rainbow. The blood moon, also known as a Hunter’s Moon, lit up the skies of the UK on Sunday night, but there could be more to come in the next few months. drew Fazekas wrote in the National Geographic: ‘The full moons of November and December will also be super moons. ‘Next month’s super moon promises to be the most impressive, as it will be the largest full moon visible in our skies so far this century.’

A cat that LIKES water: “The brown cat starts by pawing water onto his fur during the pampering session in the bathroom sink. He then dunks his head under the flow and stays there for several seconds for a satisfying soak. He stares contently at the tap, apparently transfixed by the flow of water, before dunking his head back under again. The 40 second clip is certainly unusual, but it is not as rare as you might think. Earlier this year, another video emerged showing a delighted cat having a three minute pampering session courtesy of her owner.

Man who tried to eat world’s hottest pepper burned a HOLE in his throat – and now relies on a feeding tube: “The 47-year-old American ate a burger smothered in a puree made of Bhut jolokia – luminous orange chillies that grow in India, also known as ghost peppers. Within seconds, the man began to vomit. His vomiting continued so violently that he eventually tore a hole in his esophagus. It was not until he began reeling on the floor in pain that he was taken to the emergency room. Doctors performed an abdomen and pelvic scan that revealed a build up of air, fluid and food inside his body. Eventually he was wheeled into the operated room where surgeons discovered a 2.5cm tear in the left side of his throat. According to the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the man was given a tube to aid his breathing for 14 days as he recovered. He then spent another nine days in hospital before he was eventually discharged – with a feeding tube in place”

Meet the 54-year-old who doesn’t look a day over 21: “With glowing skin, thick hair and not a wrinkle in sight, it is little wonder this 54-year-old passes for a woman half her age. Pamela Jay looks so young she is even mistaken for her 22-year-old son’s girlfriend. And the single mother-of-one is happy to share her beauty secrets, revealing daily yoga, a healthy diet and a £15 tub of coconut oil are behind her youthful glow. ‘I’m not sure I look like I’m in my 20s – although people do say that to me – but I feel like I could pass for mid to late 30s, and that’s how I feel energy-wise. ‘My son and I went to view a property recently and were asked if we were a couple. When I said he was my son, the estate agent went bright red and looked really embarrassed.

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Tabby affection

October 17, 2016 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Thieves caught stealing HONEY that sells for $80 a jar: “Sydney chemists, beauty salons and supermarkets have noticed a spike in crime for a specific type of honey – and the sticky bandits are swarming on the unsuspecting stores. The bizarre new crime wave has seen thieves working like busy bees aiming to swipe the expensive manuka honey, selling for $80 per jar, and subsequently dispensing it on the black market. Manuka honey is said to have powerful anti-bacterial qualities and some anecdotal reports from stores across Sydney revealed small businesses are losing thousands of dollars worth of stock, according to The Daily Telegraph. David Gates, Acting Crime Manager for Sydney City Police Detective Inspector, said there was no doubt stores were being stung for manuka honey by individual gangs. ‘We have seen a spike in the past year of honey theft,’ he said”

Poor doggie: “The internet is in uproar after a man in Brazil posted a picture of his dog, apparently sporting five tattoos. There have been calls for the man to be charged with animal cruelty after the tattooed dog appeared online. The bull terrier appears to have tattoos of an anchor, a knuckleduster and a diamond on its nose. It also has star tattoos just underneath its eyes and the logo of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team on both ears. The dog’s owner, a tattoo artist from Poços de Caldas in Brazil, deleted the images when he realised he was about to become the target of an online campaign. The man, identified as Emerson Damasceno, then claimed they had only been put there because he believed they would protect the animal from cancer, but veterinary experts said what appeared to have been done to the dog had no obvious benefits, and indeed it even might cause problems”

Is this the world’s smallest museum? Yorkshire village opens a tiny attraction in a disused PHONE BOX: “A Yorkshire village has created what could be the world’s smallest museum by transforming a disused phone box. The attraction in Warley, near Halifax, only has enough room for one visitor at a time. But despite the limitations of space, it features etched glass, old photographs and a selection of personal items that tell the history of the village. The phone box was revamped by members of Warley Community Association (WCA), who ‘adopted’ it from BT. The theme is currently local history, but the group plans to make changes every three months. Eliana Bailey, WCA chairwoman, said: ‘We’ve had a phenomenal response. People thought it was amazing, when they saw inside they could not believe it.

What that little pocket in your jeans is really for: “Jean pockets come as pretty standard across the genders – two back pockets, two front pockets and that odd little rectangular pocket in one of the front pockets. But what is it used for? It’s certainly too small for coins and was around before the age of smart phones. User Renata Janoskova cited Levi Strauss, iconic American jeans brand, as having the answer to the mystery pocket. According to a blog post on their website, the pocket is a “watch pocket”, small enough to keep a pocket watch. Ms Janoskova expanded on this, explaining that Levis introduced the pockets to cater for cowboys pocket watches. “Back in the 1800s, cowboys used to wear their watches on chains and kept them in their waistcosts. To keep them from getting broken, Levis introduced this small pocket where they could keep their watch.”

The Most Exclusive Resort You’ve Never Heard Of: “It’s the most exclusive beach resort in Europe, but it’s on a slice of land so small, with an entrance so unassuming, that anyone not in the know could easily miss Il San Pietro di Positano amid the glitz of the Amalfi Coast. But for a rarefied group of travelers who come back year after year and stay for long periods of time, this hotel on a hidden rocky outcropping outside the town of Positano generates a nearly religious devotion. “The hotel has a cult following and it’s spreading to a younger set,” said Sylvana Durrett, 35, a Vogue contributor who heads the annual Costume Institute Gala. She visited Il San Pietro with her husband for the second time this summer. Durrett describes the service as being “incredibly hands-on and friendly without being invasive.” Many guests view the destination as their second home and become so attached to the rooms that they book year after year”

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A dog, a cat and a FOX?

October 16, 2016 at 3:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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Boy who ate himself blind: “Kerry Moore had tried ophthalmologists and pediatricians, a children’s hospital and an adult hospital, light tests, genetic tests and various vision tests in trying to find the cause of her son’s encroaching blindness. Nobody had an answer. Then Ms Moore’s parents saw a television program discussing a cutting-edge treatment for people with similar symptoms, and in desperation she booked a flight from Perth and an appointment with Sydney ophthalmologist Stephanie Watson to see if it would be suitable for Cian. But when Professor Watson examined Cian, she diagnosed him with vitamin A deficiency. Since he was five or six, Cian’s fussy eating habits – nothing except chicken, potatoes, dry bread and Coke – had left him so malnourished he was going blind. Cian, now 16, took heavy doses of Vitamin A for a few days and started drinking vitamin shakes regularly. The vision in his right eye has almost completely recovered, but the damage to his left eye is permanent”

British Army tests portable water cannon which can kill terrorists at close range: “The British Army tested a giant water pistol that can kill terrorists at close range during a recent NATO exercise in Belgium. The NNTEX-16L exercise was hosted at the Elsenborn military camp where the British and Belgian troops were joined by colleagues from the Netherlands and the United States. The watercannon -which looks similar to a Second World War-era flame thrower – has a backpack which can hold ten rounds of ammunition. At ranges less than three metres, the impact of the high-power water jet is likely to be fatal. Between three and six metres, the jet will knock down an enemy. According to details which have emerged from the NNTEX-16L exercise, the jet gun, which was developed in Germany, can be used in situations where firing live ammunition could lead to civilian casualties”

Stunned miners unearth world’s most valuable piece of jade worth £140MILLION: “Stunned miners have unearthed the world’s most valuable piece of jade – an 18ft monster worth £140million. Workers were excavating rare gems at a remote mine in Kachin State, Burma, when they stumbled across the huge jadeite rock. The remarkable stone weighs a staggering 175 tonnes, measures 9ft high, 18ft long and 18ft wide. The rock – which will appear its distinctive green once cleaned – is second only in size to the a carved statue at the Jade Buddha Palace in China which weighs 260 tonnes. Miner Sao Min, 44, said: ‘We thought we had won the lottery. But this belongs to the country. It is in honour of our leaders.’ Burma – or Myanmar – is the world’s largest producer of jadeite – and the 50 billion dollar a year industry represents half of the country’s GDP. Jade is a durable stone that has been fashioned into items ranging from arrowheads to necklaces for centuries”

Weird bike: “The Bird of Prey bike replaces the standard bike seat with a new hip rest, putting the cyclist in a leaning forward position, and preventing them from flipping over the handlebars. The rider’s body on the Bird of Prey is in a lay out position as if the rider was swimming in water. This allows the rider to push and pull on the pedals as if he/she were running with legs fully extended. The rider’s body is supported on the hips placing the body in a position that allows the rider to push and pull on the pedals in a fast spinning action. Rather than sitting in a seat, cyclists lean forward with their weight resting on their hips and arms. The Bird of Prey claims to be the fastest racing bike in the world, because of its low centre of gravity, high speed gears, and ability to overcome wind resistance.

Woman, 23, wins the right to use her DEAD boyfriend’s sperm to start their family because ‘it’s what he would have wanted’: “A 23-year-old woman has won the right to harvest her dead boyfriend’s sperm so she can start the family ‘he always wanted’ on her own. Ayla Cresswell from Toowoomba in southern Queensland lost her partner Joshua Davies, 23, in August and immediately went to court to make sure his sperm would be kept viable. On Friday her dream to have a family with Mr Davies was given the green light by Supreme Court Justice Martin Burns, The Courier Mail reports. Ms Cresswell told the court the couple wanted ‘three children’ and were planning to get married. Ms Cresswell’s application came with the full support of Joshua’s parents John and Iona. The couple had been in a relationship for two years before Joshua’s death”

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Awesome Chinook piloting

October 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Crazy moment snake catcher releases hundreds of rat snakes, cobras and vipers into Indian forest. He rescues the snakes from people’s houses and releases them in forest: “A mind-blowing video has emerged of a man releasing a sackful of snakes in the wild and patting them away in India. The video was shot in Panchmadhi forest of Hoshangabad area near Bhopal. A snake catcher confirmed they released 285 of them inside the forest after they checked there were no people nearby. Salem Khan, employed with Bhopal civic body, said: ‘We chose to release them during the evening time as the earth is cooler during that time. He rescues around 100 to 200 snakes a month often from the properties of cabinet colleaues. ‘We need to rescue snakes because they are our friends — and not enemies. They also a good friend of farmers as they help kill rats in the fields.'”

Terrified fisherman forced to fend off a huge great white shark with a BROOM as it attacks his vessel: “An Australian man fed up with the attentions of a nosy great white shark hit the beast in the eye with a broom – before it returned to bite his boat. The man, named online only as Dan, posted the footage online yesterday along with the comment: ‘B***** thing was not shy!’ In the film the huge shark, believed to be a great white, can be seen swimming up to the boat and surfacing as if to take a look at the people on board. Attempting to drive the predator away, Dan grabs a broom from on board the boat and gives it a shove as it swims away. The poke only seems to make the shark more interested in the vessel however, and it is soon back for another look. This time, however, it seems looking is not enough – as it goes to take a bite out of one of the offboard motors”

Russia creates terrifying ‘death ray’ that can FRY enemy drones from half a mile away using microwaves: “Russian officials have unveiled a ‘microwave gun’ that can disable an unmanned drone and even a missile from up to 0.6 miles (1km) away. The first sample of the weapon has been revealed following a secretive Russian Defense Ministry exhibition. The ‘death ray’ will be used to target enemy drones and apparently deactivates the radios of UAVs and warheads, causing them to lose control. It uses ultra-high frequency impulses to immobilise aircraft electronics. Designed for the surface-to-air BUK missile system, the gun was developed by Russia’s United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC). ‘Working models of these weapons have been already developed and proved their effectiveness,’ a UIC spokesperson told Sputnik News. ‘This is a completely new type of weapon that has no equals either in this country or anywhere else in the world.'”

Rare Tudor ring unearthed by an amateur treasure hunter in York is sold for a ‘five figure sum’: “An amateur treasure hunter who discovered a precious Tudor ring has sold the ‘extraordinarily rare’ piece of jewellery for a five figure sum. Lee Rossiter found the Green Hammerton Ring in North Yorkshire, using a cheap metal detector he had bought on eBay. The 15th century ring is 80 per cent gold, and contains a ruby and an emerald. The ring, which is a double-bezel chased finger ring in the form of a flower is set with a ruby and an emerald and is engraved in Medieval French. Scans at the British Museum showed the ring was 78-80 per cent gold and confirmed the nature of the precious stones. Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski, said: ‘We have a strong interest in medieval rings and were thrilled to have the opportunity of purchasing this one. ‘Jewels of this calibre are extraordinarily rare”

World’s longest police chase? Driver leads cops on 720-kilometre high-speed pursuit from one end of New Zealand to the other: “A high-speed car chase spanning nearly 720km has ended with police arresting a 20-year-old suspect fleeing on foot. The Subaru driver allegedly led police on three separate pursuits, after police attempted to pull him over for speeding, as he powered from one end of New Zealand’s south island to the other. Police first attempted to pull the car over at 1am near Nelson, then they failed to stop it in Christchurch and finally the driver dumped his blue Subaru and a suspect was arrested in Waikouaiti, north of Dunedin at 5pm. Police had to stop their pursuit on three occasions – during the driver’s 720km journey – due to safety reasons, NZ Stuff reported. The drawn out car chase eventually came to an end when the driver allegedly fled on foot after dumping the Subaru and a 20-year-old Nelson man was caught running away near Dunedin. A police dog and handler were involved in the arrest.

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Practical

October 14, 2016 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Astonishing video shows how Australian $5 bill can be used to play vinyl records: “The new Australian $5 dollar note has a unexpected feature that’s guaranteed to knock your socks off. An imaginative Melbourne record shop has showed the note doubles up as a vinyl needle, posting footage of the note playing music on a turntable. The vision, uploaded by Northside Records, has been met with surprise on social media, where commenters begged to know what made them think of using the note as a stylus. The notes, rolled out last month, were inspired by the determination of blind Sydney teen Connor McLeod, who launched an online petition calling for the changes. The note’s tactile markings make it easily recognisable by the vision impaired. However the note has caused some hiccups, with reports some self-service supermarket registers, pokie machines and TABs have been spitting out the bills”

Museum in Estonia invites visitors to SMASH an image of the Virgin Mary to pieces: “A new exhibit at the National Museum of Estonia which invites visitors to desecrate an image of the Virgin Mary has sparked outrage in some quarters of the Christian community. The virtual image is projected on a screen in a glass case – and remains intact until a ‘smash’ zone is kicked at the base of the installation. This causes the sacred statue to shatter and is replaced by the word, ‘Reformation’ – after which the exhibit resets itself. It is intended to celebrate the Protestant Reformation in the historically Lutheran nation. Although two-thirds of the nation declares no religious affiliation – making it one of the least religious countries in the world – there has been an outcry over the museum’s exhibit”

‘Are you God!?’ Crazed man’s bizarre screaming rant at a women on a train – and her response is anything but holy: “The shocking footage shows the man, who appears to be mentally unstable, repeatedly yelling at a woman: ‘Are you God?’ Remaining surprisingly calm, the woman tries to find out what the man is screaming about, but her attempts fail and the confrontation ends in a scuffle. The incident, which appears to have taken place on a train in Australia, shows the man jabbing his finger at the commuter as he continually asks her if she is a deity. At this point the woman loses her temper, asking: ‘Who the f*** are you man? What the f*** are you screaming for?’ This only causes the man to ask her whether she is God again, leading another man to step in and push him away.

A real-life cyborg has revealed how he can hack security doors with just a wave of his hand after having chips implanted under his skin: “Footage taken in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, shows a man having the device inserted in his hand before showing how it can expose flaws in everyday security systems. In one scene, Gabor Heims waves his hand at a sensor which then opens a locked gate – giving him access to a restricted area at his work place. The 31-year-old ‘ethical hacker’ from Gardony repeats the trick with a security barrier simply by pressing his hand up against the card reader. ‘I built an IT security project to raise awareness and show the vulnerabilities in physical access control with the help of an RFID implant,’ he said. ‘I wanted to highlight with my project how easy it is to forge employee access cards when wrong or obsolete technology is used”

Old model does well: “Unlike most models, who make their foray into fashion in their late teens, Nicky Griffin, 56, from Nottingham, only started modelling three years ago after being scouted in her local bank. The mother-of-two’s twin daughters left home in the same week that she was scouted to lend her looks to the White Hot Hair company; a shampoo brand for grey and white hair. Since then, she has landed some major modelling gigs including the latest Swimsexy campaign for swimsuitsforall, which was shot by Victoria’s Secret snapper, Russell James. The campaign also featured in this year’s Sports Illustrated, which made her the oldest model to ever appear in it. So what are the secrets behind her model good looks? ‘Drinking water, clean living, and exercise,’ she said.”

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Some mothers don’t know much about cars

October 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


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Tantric lover rushed to hospital in agony after ‘breaking’ his penis trying an exotic sexual position: “AN ADVENTUROUS lover has been rushed to hospital after ‘breaking’ his penis while attempting a daring new sex position. The once-virile Vietnamese gentleman had his penis “broken at the joint” in an incredibly rare case which shocked medics at the hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. While enjoying an energetic romping session with his girlfriend, the 59-year-old reportedly heard a deafening ‘crack’ before unimaginable pain coursed through his still-naked body. Speaking with newspaper Tuoi Tre, Mai Ba Tien Dung from Binh Dan Hospital, revealed the unnamed man’s penis turned bright purple. The poor man was rushed into surgery where a crack team of doctors worked tirelessly to stitch his penis back together. Dr Dung insisted breaking the penis at the point where it is attached to the body is extremely rare and occurs at full erection.

Mother breastfed a stranger’s hungry baby, provoking big reaction: “The first story about mum-of-six Rebecca Wanosik broke over the weekend. Someone had happened upon her post about being asked to feed a baby that wasn’t her own, and whose mum she didn’t know. While this sounds a little odd, there’s more to the story. The hungry baby’s mum was having surgery and the person looking after the baby couldn’t get her to feed from a bottle. So Rebecca, who is currently feeding her own poppet and confesses to having milk to spare thought nothing of sharing her supply with this mummy-missing hungry infant. Then the Missouri mum posted a pretty amazing photo of both littlies, tandem feeding, eyes closed, holding hands. And then the world erupted. While most people supported Rebecca and her selfless act, there were obviously some people who found it a difficult concept – and images – to swallow. Facebook responded and disabled her account. A few hours ago, Facebook let her back on and she posted a message to all those people who had some issues.

BMW reveals self-balancing bike concept that is so safe you will NEVER fall off: “The motorcycle of the future is so safe riders can cruise without a helmet and never fall off, giving all of the thrills with none of the danger, according to BMW. The German automaker unveiled its Motorrad Vision Next 100, a sleek, self-balancing prototype the company released as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations. The zero-emissions bike has self-balancing wheels designed to stand upright even at a complete stop, stability that the company says will allow riders to forgo riding a helmet. A ‘flexframe’ extends from the front to the rear wheel, which means means the bike can be steered without the various joints found on today’s motorcycles. Turning the handlebar adjusts the entire frame, changing the direction of the bike.

Demonic machine: “You could be forgiven for thinking this monster of a machine is the new evil overlord in the next Transformers movie. But the beast is merely a giant robotic arm that turns trees into logs. It sports a 240 kilowatt engine and enough torque to swing whole trees around like twigs, according to Business Insider. The Swedish company EcoLog builds the tree’s worst nightmare, which can cost over $160,000 a pop. At first it locks itself around the trunk of the tree, which it saws through in a second leaving only the stump. It then rips off the branches in one smooth motion. Finally it can divide up what’s left into similar sized logs, and all of this in under 25 seconds”

Geek buys himself a WiFi kettle then spends 11 HOURS trying to make it boil: “Mark Rittman spent 11 frustrating hours trying to make his nifty WiFi kettle boil. The WiFi kettle – which ranges in price from £50 to £100 – supposedly allows people to flick the kettle on with their phone from the comfort of their bed or sofa. But after trying to make a cuppa at 9am, Mr Rittman quickly ran into troubles in what was to become a 11-hour long struggle. Mark Rittman, a data specialist, chronicled his issues with the WiFi kettle on Twitter. His first problem appeared to be the connection between the kettle and his WiFi base station. The data specialist, from Hove, grew so frustrated he reverted to boiling water in a saucepan. The 48-year-old then wrote: ‘Now my WiFi kettle is basically taking the p***. Told me it had found network, now you need to recalibrate me, oh by the way it didn’t really connect.’ He finally got his kettle online, but had to eat dinner in the dark as the lights downloaded a ‘firmware update'”

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As Al Capone said: Vote early and vote often

October 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Why you should NOT wash your hands: Less soap could be a GOOD thing for your health, allergy expert explains: “A battle is waging about how often and how carefully we should wash our hands. Many allergy experts say it is vital for our future health and that of our children to reduce hand washing and allow friendly microbes back into our mouths. Some authors go as far as urging us to eat dirt. But other experts, such as those working on infectious diseases, say this is highly irresponsible and dangerous advice because of the recent rise in cases of food poisoning and transmission of viruses. Allergies have been rising since the 1970s in all developed countries and problems caused by previously harmless pollen, house dust mites and various foods are reaching epidemic proportions. Originally, we were told to deal with allergies by eliminating or avoiding them – vacuuming, disinfecting, removing pets, restricting diets and staying indoors. But this has done nothing to stop rates rising.

Spag bol? That’s British, not Italian, says Carluccio: Restaurant chain’s founder pours scorn on the UK version of the dish: “For many, spaghetti bolognese is thought to be an Italian dinner table staple. However according to chef Antonio Carluccio nothing could be further from the truth. Yesterday the TV presenter and founder of restaurant chain Carluccio’s poured scorn on the British interpretation of an Italian classic which originated from the northern city of Bologna. He told an audience at Cheltenham Literature Festival he was confused when he first came to London and saw spaghetti Bolognese on menus – because it does not exist in Italy. He revealed the dish is made with tagliatelle, flat pasta noodles, not the round spaghetti used by so many Brits. He also said that the sauce was made using just pork and beef mince without the herbs that so many people associate with Italian cuisine’

‘Snake whisperer’ stares out deadly king cobra as he catches it with his bare hands: “Brave Puk Pinyo, 45, was called after Bunnita Patchana, 25, found the serpent in the garden after moving into a new house in Bangkok, Thailand. The expert handler – who refuses to wear protective gloves – found the killer snake hiding in a plant pot and prods it with a large stick before he slaps its tail. Pinyo smashes the pot to free the cobra before smacking its tail. As the serpent recoils and apparently prepares to strike, Pinyo calmly stares into its eyes, takes the creature in his bare hands and lifts it into a sack. Pinyo who has been a professional snake rescuer for 15 years, said it was ‘all in a day’s work’.

Wife’s hilarious necklace for husband on holiday: “Most wives would be a little concerned if their husband took a trip to Las Vegas with the boys, but Kim Gip took it to the next level. She made a hilarious lost-and-found necklace for her husband, Jim, which went viral after their son Brandon shared it on Twitter. The sign, attached to a lanyard, says: “My name is Jim” in bold, highlighted letters. “If I look lost, please call my wife … I’ve never been away from my wife who does everything for me.” Apparently Jim saw the funny side, later posting a picture of himself wearing the necklace.

The world’s longest railway line, 9289 km, is now 100 years old: “In 1891, Russia’s government led by Tsar Nicholas II, ordered that a railway be built between Moscow and Vladivostock, thousands of miles away on Russia’s eastern coast and a port in the Sea of Japan. The result was the Trans-Siberian railway, which traverses seven time zones and 9289 kilometres. It was finally completed in 1916, as the world was at war. 100 years later it remains the world’s longest railway line. The railway was built over more than two decades by up to 90,000 labourers including soldiers and convicts. Much of the line was completed by the early 20th century, but the route originally went through China finishing touches were not made until 1916. At 9289km, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the world’s largest single railway line. But if you take a detour through Mongolia, it can stretch to a stunning 11,024km. The whole journey takes around a week to complete, crossing mountains, arctic scenes and forests, and cost around £500.

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