Good ol’ Allybammy

September 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man spends four months in prison after he is charged with possession of — Epsom salts: “A man spent four months behind bars after he was charged with possession of the drug ‘ice’, or crystal methamphetamine, until a very delayed forensic analysis revealed it was just salts. The man, from Maryborough, Queensland, was pulled over by police during a routine car check, and arrested after they found a white substance they believed to be ice, according to the Fraser Coast Chronicle. The charges were dropped after results confirmed it was in fact Epsom Salts, but the man’s lawyer, Travis George, criticised the lengthy waiting time for testing results. ‘It has always been a concern for our clients about delay due to awaiting analysis where it is forensic,’ Mr George said. It’s not the first time that the forensics service – known as John Tonge Centre and run by Queensland Health – has come under media spotlight. Despite the bizarre mix-up and increasing public concern, the Queensland government denied that there was a serious backlog”

A lunchtime nap reduces the risk of heart attacks or stroke: “FOLLOW in the footsteps of Winston Churchill to reduce your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke. Well, you probably shouldn’t adopt his love of cigars and scotch, but if you take his lead on enjoying a lunchtime nap, you will not only reduce your chances of suffering disease, but you could also cut your need for blood pressure medications. New research presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in London found people benefited if they had a snooze, preferably of an hour or more. Sir Winston famously said nature had not intended man to work from 8am until midnight “without that refreshment of blessed oblivion” in the middle of the day. Dr Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion Voula General Hospital in Athens, Greece, who led the new study, said: “Although (poet) William Blake affirms that it is better to think in the morning, act at noon, eat in the evening and sleep at night, noon sleep seems to have beneficial effects.”

Terrifying muzzle designed to keep dog owners safe at night will transform your pooch into a menacing WEREWOLF: “If you have ever felt nervous on a late night walk with your pet dog then this eye-catching and terrifying product may just be for you. Manufactured by a Russian company is a muzzle that can transform any angelic looking pooch into a menacing werewolf. Marina Kurulyova recently became an internet sensation after she posted a picture of her own dog, a giant Schanutzer, wearing the muzzle to the internet. Discussing the product in Russian, the dog lover said: ‘This muzzle is just a comic alternative. It is rather made for fun than for training. Black in colour and with a rather realistic dog nose, the muzzles also boast large bloodied teeth and a snout that appears to be snarling. The muzzle is made of non-toxic plastic and nylon, is harmless for a dog to wear and permits the pooch to open its mouth and breathe easy.

A real white elephant!: “They say that elephants never forget, but this one looks like a morning wash may have slipped its mind. Indeed, with its skin stained by clay and calcite sand it looks like it’s been painted with white emulsion. The elephant was spotted surrounded by zebras at a waterhole in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. The unusual-looking animal was photographed by Namibian amateur photographer Schalk van der Merwe after cooling off from the blazing heat with a mud bath. Once the moisture dried, a residue of dry white calcite sand and white clay was left covering the beast’s leathery skin. The word Etosha means ‘great white place’, after the vast expanse of white, salt-laced earth which forms a pan in the centre of the national park. Elephants like this one gather wherever they can find moisture, wallowing in and splashing themselves with mud and water in an effort to cool off beneath the beating hot sun. When the mud dries they are left caked in the white earth, earning them their reputation as the ‘great white ghosts’ of Etosha.”

Imbecile Swiss climber: “These dramatic pictures show a climber sandwiched between giant sandstone rocks some almost 1,000ft above the ground. Swiss climber Rahel Schelb, 33, scaled the the epic death-defying sandstone walls of the Li Ming region, in Yunnan Province, China. Over 25 days she climbed around 60 routes, ranging from crevices 65ft-100ft high to cracks that stretched all the way from the bottom to the top of the rock face. Ms Schelb used the cracks in the rock-face to haul herself up the vertical ascent, often having to widen holes along the way. Rahel said: ‘For single pitch routes we normally had between 30 and 60 minutes. If the crack led all the way up until the top, it was a day project. ‘Widening cracks are rather challenging climbs and therefore only a few climbers like them. Most climbers prefer parallel cracks. I like all kinds of cracks – therefore I would go for a widening crack from time to time too. ‘Crack climbing demands a certain amount of pain resistance.”

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Here’s a Russian joke

August 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Quality, Not Quantity

The commanding officer at the Russian military academy (the equivalent of a 4-star general in the U.S.) gave a lecture on Potential Problems and Military Strategy. At the end of the lecture, he asked if there were any questions.

An officer stood up and asked, “Will there be a third world war? And will Russia take part in it?”

The general answered both questions in the affirmative.

Another officer asked, “Who will be the enemy?”

The general replied, “All indications point to China.”

Everyone in the audience was shocked. A third officer remarked, “General, we are a nation of only 150 million, compared to the 1.5 billion Chinese. Can we win at all, or even survive?”

The general answered, “Just think about this for a moment: In modern warfare, it is not the quantity of soldiers that matters but the quality of an army’s capabilities. For example, in the Middle East we have had a few wars recently where 5 million Jews fought against 150 million Arabs, and Israel was always victorious.”

After a small pause, yet another officer – from the back of the auditorium asked, “Do we have enough Jews?”

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Intruder dies after confrontation with homeowner in Western Australia: “A MAN has died after he was allegedly restrained by a homeowner when he was caught intruding at a home in Lockridge. Police were called to the house on Altone Road about 9.15pm on Saturday night where a 50-year-old man had confronted two men at his home. It was reported that the man is a former police officer who came home from walking his dogs to find two intruders at his house. One of the men fled on foot and the other man had an altercation with the resident who was able to restrain him until police arrived. The restrained man, who was understood to be in this thirties, was provided medical assistance at the scene and taken to Swan Districts Hospital for treatment. He later died. Police are investigating the incident and the Coronial Investigation Unit will prepare a report for the Coroner.”

Scientists create slow-melting ice cream: “ICE cream fans could soon savour a slower-melting treat on a hot day thanks to a new ingredient developed by scientists. RESEARCHERS discovered a naturally occurring protein that can be used to create ice cream which is more resistant to melting than conventional products.
It works by binding together the air, fat and water – creating a super-smooth consistency. The development could also allow products to be made with lower levels of saturated fat and fewer calories. Scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee estimate that ice cream made with the ingredient could be available within three to five years. As well as keeping ice cream frozen for longer in hot weather, it could prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture like those of luxury brands.”

Mom shares school’s creative fundraiser: “A Texas middle school has decided to forgo the tradition fundraisers like bake sales and holiday gift catalogs for a more straightforward scheme: asking for cash. Dee Wise Heinz, mother to a 7th grader at the Dallas-area school, was at first surprised to get a fundraiser letter on just the second day of school. But when she read it, her annoyance turned to delight. The first item on offer, for $15: ‘I do not want to bake, so here is the money I would have spent on those cupcakes.’ And the humor continued through to the $100 level. ‘I really wouldn’t have helped anyway, so here is $100 to forget my name,’ the option reads. “I called the PTA person and she explained that they’d done this for two or three years and it was a big success,’ Heinz said.”

Disaster. Thirty eight virgins lost: “Dozens of girls and young women were killed as they travelled to the traditional festival where the King of Swaziland is know to pick a new bride from thousands of topless, dancing virgins. At least 38 died when the open-topped truck collided with another vehicle, before being hit by a second truck as it travelled along a motorway between the Swazi cities of Mbabane and Manzini on Friday afternoon. The girls were all taking part in the Swazi Reed Dance Festival, an annual event which sees tens of thousands of unmarried girls – or ‘maidens’ – perform for King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch. The Sherborne-educated king is known to pick his wives from the girls who perform for him at the traditional dance, a tribute to the queen mother. Last year, he plucked a 19-year-old virgin from the dancing maidens, who became his 14th wife.”

Sydney’s most expensive cheese toastie: “IT doesn’t look like much, but at $22 this has to be Sydney’s most expensive cheese toastie. Made from two slices of brioche, stuffed with five different kinds of cheese and shoved full of Aussie black truffles, it’s may not be big in size — but it’s huge in flavour. The toastie is the creation of Sydney uber-chef Peter Gilmore at his newly opened Bennelong restaurant at the Opera House, and has had a warm reception since its launch last week, becoming one of the most ordered dishes on the restaurant’s bar menu. The toastie is built on a combination of five all-Australian cheeses: Shaw River buffalo mozzarella, Mountain Man L’Artisan washed rind, both from Victoria, Heidi gruyere and C2 raw cheddar, both from Tasmania, and Paesanella ricotta from humble Marrickville. The truffle, shaved generously over the cheeses, is from WA’s Manjimup, while the brioche is smeared with butter before being toasted.”

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So why did the chicken cross the road?

August 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road?

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where’s my gun?

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heartwarming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

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British pubs that were supposed to civilise drinking get a reprieve: “These ‘sumptuous’ pubs with Tudor-style fronts, wood panelling and giant gardens were built specifically to attract women and families after decades of debauched excess in Britain’s drinking dens. Between 1918 and 1939 breweries rebuilt thousands of pubs and also gave them games rooms, restaurants and non-smoking rooms to attract more respectable clientèle. But almost 100 years after they were first constructed most from this era have been razed to the ground and today some 19 have been listed or upgraded by Historic England to prevent them disappearing completely. Heritage Minister Tracey Crouch said: ‘These inter-war pubs are more than a slice of living history, they play an intrinsic role in English culture and our local communities. I’m delighted that these pubs and their fascinating history have been protected for generations to enjoy for years to come.'”

The world’s worst airline: “It is known for its lax approach to seating, odd choice of in-flight entertainment and food which is all but inedible. But this week Air Koryo, North Korea’s national airline, added another claim to fame to the list: it was named the worst airline in the world for the fourth year running by airline and airport ratings organisation Skytrax. Kim Jong-un’s airline of choice was deemed worse than Sudan Air, Syrianair – and even closer to home, Ryanair, where boss Michael O’Leary once joked of charging passengers £1 to use the toilet. One aspect of Air Koryo many who have flown with the 65-year-old company can agree on is the quality, or lack of, experienced when eating the Air Koryo burger, which has gained cult status among passengers. Facebook commenter Jim Frisk summed up consensus on the snack by describing it as ‘the worst food I’ve eaten in my entire life’. A more serious quibble was with health and safety standards observed.”

Shapely jailbird: “While many people may lay low after being arrested for allegedly assaulting someone with a glass, Jenelle Evans heads to the beach. The 23-year-old jail frequent flyer, hit the celebrity loved sands of Malibu, California, on Saturday in an asset flaunting bikini. In town for the MTV Video Music Awards, her first time being invited despite being a long time star of the channel, the reality star was getting her sunshine fix. On August 20, the reality star was arrested for allegedly throwing a glass at her ex-fiance’s girlfriend. Which was the 13th time she has been taken into custody since appearing on MTV’s controversial Teen Mom 2 show, mostly on drug related charges…. the mother daughter duo have an explosive relationship which has been duked out on the small screen and in court. While estranged at times, looks like the pair have patched things up for the moment. Perhaps forgetting where she came from, Janelle captioned an Instagram: ‘We are both kid free for once in our life! Cheers.’ [Definitely a bit dim]

Now what would he ve doing on his mother’s fire-escape? “Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste died on Friday after falling off his mother’s fire escape. He was 21 years old. The performer from Brooklyn made history in July when he became the youngest actor as well as the first African American to play Les Miserables’s Jean Valjean on Broadway. The tenor debuted in the show’s lead protagonist role on July 23, appearing for Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo, according to Heavy. On Twitter he called it his ‘dream role’. Writing on his website, the recent Baldwin Wallace University graduate said he didn’t always know he wanted to be a performer. ‘I decided to audition for Fiorello LaGuardia for vocal performance and got in (miracle) and the rest was history. ‘Getting thrown into the world of musical theatre was terrifying and at first I didn’t know if I could handle it, but through hard work and perseverance it all came together.”

The quirky ice-cream New Yorkers are waiting three hours for: “IN 2013, people became obsessed with the Cronut — lining up for hours just to get their hands on the popular croissant-cross-doughnut pastry. Now there’s another shop in New York City that has foodies, and the curious, queuing around the block. By 6pm on a Wednesday, 10Below ice-cream shop has already sold out of its most popular flavour — I Love You a Latte, which blends cold-brew coffee with chocolate chips, reports the New York Post. Ever since it opened in July, tucked between restaurants and spas in Chinatown, foodies from far and wide have been waiting up to three hours to get a taste of 10Below, which serves an American twist on Thai ice-cream rolls. The frozen concoction is created by pouring liquid homemade ice cream onto a cold plate reaching temps well below zero (-18 degrees Celsius). Employees mix in toppings, flatten it out like a crepe, and then scrape it into ice-cold rolls with a putty-knife-like tool. The result is five cute little rolls with toppings ranging from fresh strawberries to a blowtorched marshmallow and Tiny Teddys.”

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“Incorrect” but true?

August 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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A juicy smash: “Hundreds of ripe watermelons destined for supermarket shelves have instead been left strewn off a north Queensland highway. Far north Queensland police are trying to figure out how a truck full of the juicy red fruit tipped and lost its load on a highway north of Cairns about 10.50am on Thursday. The fall was too much for the roof of the truck, which gave way under the weight of dozens of the world’s most smashable fruit. As the truck fell to its side, blocking a lane of the Captain Cook Highway southbound at Machans Beach, the fruit spilled free, rolling down the embankment and across a small access road. Red and green clashed as split melons lay side-by-side with their still-whole brethren on the grassy verge. A crane had to be called in to right the semi-trailer but it wasn’t able to get there until 2.30pm. The 62-year-old driver was taken to the Cairns Hospital with minor injuries.”

An adorable spider: “A biologist has documented an adorable species of spider which sways from side to side and kicks its legs in the air as part of a bizarre mating ritual dance. The Maratus personatus – which derives its name from the Latin word for masked – is a blue-faced peacock spider which was officially named and recorded in scientific journals last month after after being found at Cape Riche, near Albany, in Western Australia. The adorable arachnids, which measure three to five millimetres in length, have made a splash online after footage of their mesmerising courtship dance went viral. ‘The Maratus Personatus dance is quite distinctive. It quickly moves from side to side while wildly kicking up its legs, which appear to clap overhead,’ biologist Jurgen Otto told Daily Mail Australia. Peacock spiders are known for their dramatic colours and flamboyant dancing, which is a means for males to woo a female mate.”

The moment a black rhino’s horn is sawn off using a chainsaw… to save its life: “This is the moment a safari park took drastic action to stop poachers from killing a rare black rhino and sawed off its valuable horn using a chainsaw. The project to remove horns of white and rare black rhinos is by the World Heritage Site in eastern South Africa, was to stop them from being attacked by poachers. Sold for £10,000-per-pound, rhino horn is now worth more than its weight in gold in parts of Asia where it is peddled as a remedy for a number of ailments from hangovers to cancer. The procedure – which has been compared to cutting a toenail without damaging the ‘quick’ – took vet Mike Kock just 20 minutes per sedated animal using a high-powered chain saw. Conservationists are increasingly resorting to the radical measure in a bid to render the animals ‘worthless’ to poachers. During the first four months of this year, 400 rhinos were killed for their horn in South Africa – a 20 per cent rise on last year.

Afternoon tea or High tea? British rules: “Tea appeals to all social classes, from the manual worker who sees it as something to moisten his sugar to the dowager countess for whom it is an elaborate ceremony involving warming pots, strainers, and rules about adding milk. First and foremost, you should be clear about the following: afternoon tea is not the same as high tea. Many, wrongly, call sandwiches and scones ‘high tea’ as they think this sounds grander than just ‘tea’. This is very wrong. High tea was what servants of a large house ate at around 6pm, after the upstairs had been given their (afternoon) tea. On the menu were things like large joints of meat (often a roasted ham), slices of thick bread, potted shrimps, a big cake to share, and ale. It was eaten at a proper table, rather than a lower, coffee table, and so it became known in the servants’ hall as ‘high tea’.

Tough sox: “Most people tend to use socks as a way of making their shoes more comfortable, but one company has designed a pair that can be worn as shoes. The FYF sock, which stands for Free Your Feet, is designed to be a sports sock and shoe all in one. It is made from a super-strong fabric called Dyneema, which is typically used by rock climbers in their ropes and slings, and is 15 times stronger than steel. The socks, which are being made by the Swiss Barefoot Company, are designed to fit the wearers feet like a glove, with individual digits for the toes. They have also been treated to make them resistant to water, while the soles are studded with rubber dots to provide grip on any surface. They have been designed to help protect athletes feet during a range of sports including running, surfing, diving and even slackline walking. However, much like chain mail, the socks will not protect against sharp objects that can puncture the wearers feet like needles and sea urchin spines.”

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A good idea

August 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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British far-Leftist gets slammed for his one sensible suggestion: “Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has sparked controversy after calling for women-only carriages on trains in a bid to curb growing levels curb sexual harassment on public transport. The veteran socialist said the restriction should be imposed on trains travelling at night to give women more protection. However, women’s groups, female MPs and ministers today slammed the idea – with some likening the proposal to the ‘segregation’ imposed in strict Islamic countries. Labour MP Diana Johnson said the proposal was a ‘joke’, while Mr Corbyn’s leadership rival Yvette Cooper accused him of wanting to ‘shut women away’. Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston also waded into the debate, insisting that ‘segregating women.. normalises unacceptable attitudes’ against women and did not protect anyone. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan – who also acts as women’s minster – said she was ‘very uncomfortable with the idea’.”

Skinny model “too big”: “JUST when you think the fashion industry might finally be learning from all the backlash for its warped body standards for models, you find yourself straight back to square one. Swedish model Agnes Hedengard says she is constantly branded “too big” for the catwalk. The slender, 19-year-old beauty has been in the industry for five years and landed third place in Sweden’s Next Top Model last year. But recently, work has dried up. And all because agencies don’t want to book her. The tragedy about that is her BMI is currently sitting at 17.5, which officially is classified as “underweight”. To be classed as somebody with a “healthy weight”, you need a BMI of 18.5-24.99. “I have been in contact with big agencies and clients that really want to work with me but as soon as they get a hold of my measurements, it’s a whole other story,” she said. “They are like, ‘No, she’s too big”

Outrage over Sydney’s Cruise Bar party as naked women hired as fruit platters: “A CALL for people to boycott Sydney’s Circular Quay Cruise Bar has emerged on social media overnight after a relaunch party was labelled “unacceptable.” Women were hired to lie naked on long tables with nothing but fruit covering their bare bodies. Passengers on board the grand-ship-style bar were even fed fruit by some of the naked hired help last night, which has caused a stir online. One Twitter user wrote: “This is the display tonight at the Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal Cruise Bar — unacceptable. #destroythejoint.”

The Trump hair: “Donald Trump invited a woman on stage to publicly inspect his hair in an attempt to prove that he doesn’t wear a toupée. The presidential candidate, 69, paused a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina, to invite an audience member on stage to run her hand through his much-discussed hairdo. He stopped partway through speaking to the crowd on Thursday to pluck the woman from the audience of 1,800 and have her touch his head – which she did with some trepidation. The woman then stepped up to Trump’s microphone and confirmed ‘I believe it is’. Trump was also at pains to prove the audience member was not a plant – asking her to confirm that the two had never spoken before. Trump felt compelled to defend the honor of his follicles again after the New York Times published an article repeating a slur against his hair.”

Australian professor known as ‘The Venom Doc’ reveals the 26 times he has been bitten by some the world’s deadliest animals: “Brian Fry has been bitten by some of the world’s deadliest snakes, chased by Komodo dragons, stung by scorpions and even tangled with giant Antarctic octopuses – all in the name of science. Dr Fry is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, and studies the venom of deadly animals to determine how they could be used to save lives. ‘The Venom Doc’ has risked his life on countless occasions while in the field for his research, and has astonishing suffered 26 venomous snake bites, 23 broken bones, multiple sting-ray attacks and had his ‘hand destroyed’ by a lace monitor. His list of on-the-job injuries also included more than 400 stitches, three concussions, a near fatal scorpion sting while in the Amazon, a centipede sting in Costa Rica, multiple stingray attacks and a stone fish sting.”

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A sociable animal

August 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man who died after mooning traffic was ‘author of his own misfortune’, NZ coroner finds: “A man who was fatally struck by a van while standing on the road mooning traffic was “the author of his own misfortune”, a coroner says. Shop worker Travis Jason Stephen Lane, 25, was hit by a Toyota van outside his home in Milton, New Zealand, about 8.35pm on February 22, last year. He never regained consciousness and died on March 28. Otago Southland coroner David Crerar found Mr Lane’s death was the result of respiratory failure caused by a severe brain injury sustained when he was hit by the van. In his findings, Mr Crerar said Mr Lane was significantly affected by alcohol and drugs when he repeatedly ran into traffic during a party at his home. Mr Lane’s actions were “foolish in the extreme” and the driver of the van was not at fault, Mr Crerar said. The driver of the van did not have enough time to avoid Mr Lane, who was wearing dark-coloured clothing on a night where visibility was limited because of wind and rain.”

Man throws giant WWII bomb on the back of his truck and drives it around town for ‘show and tell’… until police realise it’s LIVE and confiscate it: “A Northern Territory man who found a live World War II bomb and drove it around to show his friends has had the explosive device confiscated by police. Damien Lumsden, from Milingimbi, 440 km east of Darwin, found the bomb during a clean-up after Cyclone Nathan hit the region in June. Ms Lumsden said he put the device on the back of his ute and kept it for two days to show his mates before police were informed and he was evacuated from his home, the NT News reported. ‘I went out to show a few people and they were like “That’s a bomb”,’ he told the NT News. ‘Then they saw the pin was still in it and they were like “Oh wow, it’s live.” Mr Lumsden said he sent a picture of the bomb to his boss who ‘went off his head’ and rang police immediately. ADF personnel identified the bomb as as a navigation flame float Mk II which had been dormant for 70 years”

World’s largest car transporter able to carry enough vehicles for a 26-mile traffic jam arrives in the UK: “The world’s largest car transporter which can carry 8,500 vehicles and boasts deck space the size of 10 football pitches has arrived into the UK on its maiden voyage from China. Hoegh Target, the world’s biggest Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), dwarfs North Shields Fish Quay after docking in Tyne and Wear this week. The 14-deck vessel, which is 200 metres in length and 36 metres wide, has a deck space of 71,400 square metres and if all of the cars it could carry were stood end to end, they would measure a whopping 26 miles. It also boasts doors much bigger than its counterparts, meaning it can take high-sided vehicles and trucks that are 6.5 metres high and 12 metres wide. Its stern ramp can also hold 375 tonnes of cargo – the equivalent weight of 75 adult elephants. The world’s biggest car carrier, registered to Norwegian firm Hoegh Autoliners, was officially launched in June and has since sailed from Xiamen, China”

Irishman knocks over a string of Turks: “A video purporting to show an Irish tourist in a mass brawl with shopkeepers in Istanbul is taking Turkish social media by storm. In the footage, a man described by Turkish media as an “Irish boxer/tourist” can be seen in CCTV footage accidentally spilling a fridge full of bottles of water. This sparks an argument, before a number of shopkeepers start hitting the unarmed tourist with sticks, chairs and other blunt items. The tourist fights back and at one point knocks one man to the floor with a single punch. Towards the end of the video the tourist appears to continue to want to fight before he is eventually calmed down and led away. The channel said the fight took place in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Aksaray, while a date stamp on the CCTV footage suggested it happened earlier this month. “The shop owner overreacted and attacked the tourist with a stick,” he said. “The surprising thing is that the tourist turned out to be a pro boxer and knocked down the angry shopkeepers one by one.”

Hot fisherwoman the net’s new obsession: “THIS foxy fisherwoman has her fans angling for a view. Bikini-clad Darcie Arahill, 26, has lured almost 100,000 online admirers who’ve fallen for her hook, line and sinker. “Most just assume fishing is for middle-aged guys, so proving that we girls can do it too gives me a great thrill,” Arahill told Caters News. “I do everything from rigging to cast netting and even cleaning the catch.” The tanned and toned stunner’s loyal followers watch with baited breath as she battles fish off the Florida coast. “I love nothing more than battling against a big fish and on the weekends I spend every waking minute out on the boat,” she said. “People are shocked when they see me stand in my bikini holding a six-foot tuna or snapper.” Arahill’s biggest catch on the 23-foot boat Darcizzle Offshore – named after her YouTube channel – was an 8-foot bull shark. “That was a real fight, but I won in the end,” she said. “I put him back in the ocean, as I do with all of the protected species. But most of the time we fish to eat. It’s great to know you’ve caught this incredible meal of tuna or snapper yourself.”

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An increasingly sad experience

August 26, 2015 at 3:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Forget coffee, CAT VIDEOS are the best way to give your body a boost: “Most of us have suffered from that mid-afternoon lull when it’s a struggle to keep our eyes open and we reach for a cup of coffee. But this mid-afternoon pick-me-up can have a dramatic impact on sleep later that night. To help keep people alert, without also damaging their night-time routine, a group of chemists has revealed how to stay awake without caffeine. They suggest a series of ways of boosting the body’s energy levels, including watching viral cat videos, dancing, listening to music and turning on lights. According to the video produced by the American Chemical Society, watching funny videos of cats, while perhaps not the best way to please your boss, can give you a mood boost. This is because watching enjoyable clips can increase the levels of oxytocin, the so-called cuddle hormone, in the brain and decrease levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, making it easier to concentrate. The video also recommends drinking plenty of water.”

Small man syndrome DOES exist: “Small man syndrome really does exist, according to US government scientists. Research showed men who suffer from ‘male discrepancy stress’ – where they feel they are lacking in traditional masculine norms – are at greater risk of committing violent acts. The men who considered themselves less masculine than the average male were nearly three times more likely to have committed violent assaults with a weapon or assaults resulting in injury, the research found. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, analysed responses from 600 men, aged between 18 and 50. They asked the subject about their perception of male gender, their own self-image and their behaviour in relation to drug-taking, violence and crime. Supporters of the syndrome say that society’s obsession with height forces small men to overcompensate by becoming chippy, more aggressive and – in extreme cases – lust power. The really short dictator was Stalin who stood at around 5ft 4in”

Could incense be nonsense? “From temples in Asia, to hippy hangouts in the West, incense is burned all over the world. But the smoke coming from those fragrant sticks may be more toxic to the body’s cells than cigarette smoke, new research warns. A study found that can incense-smoke is more mutagenic, genotoxic and cytotoxic than cigarette smoke. That means it is able to cause genetic mutations and cause changes in cells’ DNA, all of which can lead to cancer. The researchers hope the study will lead to an evaluation of incense products. However they cautioned the study was small in size and conducted only in rodents – and so firm conclusions about the health effects cannot be drawn from it. And commenting on the study, Dr Nick Robinson, medical adviser to the British Lung Foundation, said it reiterated that many forms of smoke, including that from incense, can be toxic. Given the study’s findings, it might be wise for people with lung disease to avoid burning incense, as well as parents with children whose lungs are developing, he said.”

Father attaches remote control car to son’s baby seat… then takes him for a spin: “Babysitting can be a little boring at times but this father has found the perfect way to keep his toddler – and perhaps more fittingly, himself – entertained. After attaching a powerful remote control car to his young son’s Bumbo Baby Seat, the father took the toddler for his first driving lesson along the pavement. He captured a video of his ingenious baby-car invention as well as his son’s nonchalant expression at being towed at speed around the driveway. Believed to have taken place in North America, the father begins filming as he steers his son down the path from his front door and under his large car. He giggles slightly before moving the remote control car around in a circle on the driveway – the baby looks to be completely at ease as he is towed about behind it. Throughout the video the remote control car shows incredible power in its ability to pull the baby effortlessly. Later in the clip the dad steers the toddler onto the pavement and lets the hammer down so that the car accelerates at speed along the concrete.”

Surprise! Boy, 3, missing after he was last seen playing on the banks of a crocodile-infested river: “Police hold concerns for the welfare of a missing toddler who was last seen playing by the banks of a crocodile-infested river. The three-year-old boy was playing with a group of children near the North Johnstone River area at Innisfail Wharf in far north Queensland on Tuesday when he vanished between 3.30pm and 4pm. The boy has not been seen since and police and volunteers have scoured through the area well into the night as the search continues on Wednesday around the river, wharf area and a nearby park. CCTV footage shows the boy in the area but cameras would not have captured him if he had gone into the water. The boy is described as indigenous. Police said there is no suspicious circumstances surrounding the boy’s disappearance at this stage.” [Crocs not suspicious? The crocs in that river are “freshies”, small crocs unlikely to attack an adult. But they could grab a little kid]

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Eager beaver

August 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Rafter who lost his phone in river is amazed when it starts posting photos to his Facebook: “A man who lost his phone while rafting was astonished when it started posting photographs to his Facebook account two weeks later. Nathan Buhler, 29, instantly gave up hope on ever seeing his handset again when he accidentally dropped it into the Bow River. But a fortnight later, pictures started appearing on his account – including the phone set up to look like it was driving a fire truck and playing table tennis. He later discovered that Calgary’s No.1 Fire Station firefighters had found the Samsung Galaxy smart phone in 1.5m (5ft) of water. Despite being in the river for nearly two weeks, the phone turned on and was still logged into Mr Buhler’s social media accounts, the Calgary Sun reports. So the rescuers decided to have some fun with the device. Mr Buhler, a power engineer, was alerted to the jokers by his girlfriend who noticed the posts. He went to the station to collect it”

Tokyo’s abandoned homes: “Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or Europe, and some eight million dwellings are now unoccupied, according to a government count. Nearly half of them have been forsaken completely – neither for sale nor for rent, they simply sit there, in varying states of disrepair. These ghost homes are the most visible sign of human retreat in a country where the population peaked a half-decade ago and is forecast to fall by a third over the next 50 years. Many of Japan’s vacant houses have been inherited by people who have no use for them and yet are unable to sell because of a shortage of interested buyers. But demolishing them involves tactful questions about property rights, and about who should pay the costs. The government passed a law this year to promote demolition of the most dilapidated homes, but experts say the tide of newly emptied ones will be hard to stop.”

The perfect cream tea: “Ascot racecourse may be famous for being the home of UK racing, but is now weighing in on another favourite British past-time – afternoon tea. To mark its upcoming Festival of Food & Wine Race Weekend, the brains behind the racecourse have enlisted the help of food scientist Dr Stuart Farrimond to calculate the perfect formula for a flawless cream tea. For the ideal serving, the scones should be cut at certain time after leaving the oven to avoid ‘fragmentation’ and the cake, cream, jam ratio should be exactly 4:3:3. The food scientist insists that Devon-style is the most popular – where the cream goes on first, and then the jam. The perfect afternoon tea should therefore consist of a 40g scone, served with 30g of cream and 30g of jam. For those who like to be exact with their measurements, the scone should take up only 2cm, and the cream and jam, 1cm each. Dr Farrimond insisted that this allows the tea lover to reach the ‘hedonic breakpoint’, whereby the richness of the cream dilutes the sweetness of the jam, and each bite is the optimum sweetness for appreciating all the flavours.” [What the English call a scone, many Americans call a biscuit]

Not a good start to a marriage: “It’s said that marriage is all about compromise, and a British couple did just that when they incorporated two very different visions into their one-of-a-kind wedding cake. Bride Kia Parsons, 27, wanted a traditional white cake while groom Billy Bunning, 41, wanted to include superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics on their big day on August 14. So the Milton Keynes, England, couple enlisted Tier By Tier’s Julia Baker in hopes of bringing their vision to life with a double-take cake without ‘turning our big day into a children’s party’. Baker, who operates out of her home, is known for constructing traditional wedding cakes with surprise decorations. From the front, the creation appeared to be an elegant, white four-tiered cake, but when turned around, tiers featuring Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and Batman steal the show. ‘From most angles of the room the cake looked like a traditional wedding cake, just what we had wanted,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t until the cake was moved for us to cut that our guests realized there was a hidden extra.’

Passengers’ shock as their taxi pulls up with a THREE-YEAR-OLD driver: “Taxi passengers in Ireland received the shock of their lives when a cab they ordered trundled up with a grinning three-year-old at the wheel. But he was no joy rider. A hilarious video reveals that the tiny blond boy was taking to the roads as part of an elaborate prank. The boy’s father was disguised and covered up to look like the car’s seat, while actually driving the vehicle. The car was actually being driven by the boy’s father – hidden inside a specially designed seat up front. The stunt was organised by taxi-hailing app Hailo to celebrate its third birthday and everyone appeared to be taken in by the illusion, despite the driver’s seat being strangely lumpy. Several Dubliners immediately begin laughing at the sight, while others still approached the vehicle with caution. The little boy, called Kai, also gets into his new role, reading the morning paper from behind the steering wheel and even enjoying a cup of coffee alongside two other cabbies.”

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The Mom test

August 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

PINEAPPLE allergy?: “A woman has been hospitalised after suffering an allergic reaction to pineapple which was mistakenly put on her Domino’s Pizza – just one day after the pizza parlour tweeted the bizarre claim that half of their customers love pineapple. Staff at Domino’s Pizza in Roseville in north Sydney, near Chatswood, mistakenly put a slice of pineapple on Lily Coleman’s pepperoni pizza on Saturday night. And in an awkward coincidence, the most recent post on Domino’s Australia Twitter page reads that: ‘49% of people LOVE pineapple on their pizza!’. Clearly, you can count this Sydney woman as part of the 51% who do not appreciate the tropical fruit. On Sunday evening, Domino’s offered the customers a refund for the pizza in question, as well as a free future pizza, a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia, and also offered to reimburse the woman with any associated medical costs.”

A fighting cow: “Dramatic footage has emerged of an ‘only in New Zealand’ car chase, where the police are pursuing a cow instead of a criminal. In the see-it-to-believe-it video, a police car follows a belligerent bovine down a street, lights flashing, before an officer repeatedly shoots the creature. Spectators follow in a car of their own, recording the scenes of the officer shooting the beast after it charges him. The shocked reaction of the onlookers can be heard in the video During the video, recorded on Monday morning in Whangarei, in New Zealand’s North Island, vehicles are still using the street as the scene unfolds. It was not known where the cow came from, but it had charged a man in a wheelchair and nearly knocked a police officer down during its rampage, One News reported.

Unusual dog: “June Lincoln’s pet Bandit is a raccoon dog and looks so much like his namesake that people think she has a wild animal on a lead. But like any other dog, four-month-old Bandit enjoys going for walks and can sit on command. Despite its name, the raccoon dog – or tanuki as its undomesticated counterpart is also known – is not related to its namesake and actually part of the canid family, which includes dogs and wolves. However because raccoon dogs are also closely linked to a species of fox, it is in Bandit’s nature to steal and June, 57, has been unable to stop him. He even sports a striped face like a classic ‘burglar’. Living up to his name, Bandit has been known to steal everything from food from June’s other dogs to McDonald’s burgers from her hand. June, from Mold in North Wales, said: ‘Bandit turns heads wherever he goes and people stop me in the street all the time. They all think he is a raccoon or a badger – no one can believe he is a dog.

Cat escapes being a Chinese meal: “A cat used one of its nine lives after a charity saved it from being slaughtered by a Chinese butcher. The controversial Yulin Dog and Cat Meat Festival in China claims the lives of thousands of stray or stolen animals each year. This year, a small white cat was photographed climbing the side of the horrific slaughterhouse enclosure, while dozens of other felines sat in the overcrowded space. However the Humane Society International’s rescue workers made sure that her life did not end there after spotting the cat named Huru. At the very last moment, they saved her life and a few other lucky cats and dogs. Huru has been cleaned up and is now recovering at the Washington Animal Rescue League. Huru will spend some time adjusting to her new life and then be looking for a loving family. According to the Humane Society, as many as 10million dogs are killed for food annually in China, with up to 10,000 killed for the Yulin festival.”

Survivalist survives: “A Washington man stood his ground in the face of the massive wildfires ripping through the state and escaped unscathed thanks to his bunker-like concrete dome home. John Belles’ home near Riverside, Washington was built to stand up to the many threats from mother nature in the rugged region, but no one could have been completely sure it was safe to be inside while surrounded by a raging fire. ‘The fire was at this draw right here,’ Belles told KPTV. ‘We didn’t have time to do much of anything. The fire was like 30 yards or so to the north of me when I decided to go into the building.’ But the dome, which Belles built in 1999, remained completely intact. It also saved his life this weekend. Once the 20-foot wall of flames had passed, it had caused ‘no damage whatsoever’ to the house, Belles said. The Okanogan Complex of wildfires was measured at 374 square miles Sunday morning, after growing more than 100 miles larger Saturday in what fire officials said was a relatively calm fire day.”

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The ultimate selfie

August 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A Liliput cop?: “Two Queensland police officers have posed for a photo that has gone viral, proving that height is no barrier for joining the force. Constables John and Monique, based in Cairns, far north Queensland, are shown in the photo standing back-to-back highlighting the height difference. Standing at a colossal six foot nine, Constable John has had over 15 years experience with the Queensland Police. Meanwhile Constable Monique, standing at just over five foot tall, joined the Queensland Police five years ago starting on the Gold Coast and then transferring to Cairns. ‘This photo encapsulates how things have changed in the Queensland police and the diversity within the service,’ a Queensland Police service spokesperson said. [She wouldn’t be much use in a fight]

Will dressing like a ZEBRA save you from a shark?: “After a spate of vicious shark attacks on the east coast of Australia, surfers are now donning striped wetsuits and splashing their boards with black and white lines in a bid to deter sharks from noticing them. Emanuel Agiannidis, a 24-year-old surfer who manages a backpackers hostel in Byron Bay, recently purchased a striped wetsuit, in what he calls an ‘insurance policy’ to protect him from curious sharks. The premise is simple enough – sharks have difficulty identifying colours, but work well with tones and contrast – so black and white banding plays with their recognition of shapes, disrupting their vision and leaving them confused. The research was first brought to public attention in a 2013 Tedtalk, with neurobiologist Nathan Hart from the University Of Western Australia saying the black and white stripes also mimicked various seasnakes and fish – animals that have successfully been able to repel sharks.”

Tourist adopts stray dog that saved her after she was attacked: “GEORGIA Bradley was relaxing in paradise when her bliss suddenly turned to fear. The 25-year-old tourist was soaking up the sun on a remote beach in Greece while her boyfriend was at a nearby cafe, when she was approached by two men she didn’t know. Ms Bradley says they started harassing her and became aggressive when she rejected their advances. “I decided to go for a walk along the beach, and found two Greek men who kept harassing me to go out for a drink,” Ms Bradley said. “I kept telling them I didn’t want to. “Then one of them grabbed me on the arm and I didn’t know what was going to happen. Help came in an unexpected form: A small, black dog suddenly ran over and started barking at the men, scaring them off. It even followed her back to her apartment. She searched for the dog for five weeks, and eventually found it at Georgioupoli beach in Crete, the same place where she had been harassed. Once it was confirmed to be a stray, Ms Bradley adopted Pepper and brought it back to the UK.”

Dolphins, whales – and a sea lion! Unlikely friends frolicking together off Sydney Beach: “A man has captured rare and breath-taking footage of two whales frolicking in the water alongside a pod of dolphins and a sea lion. The spectacular video, which has been viewed more than 6,000 times, was filmed using a drone that was hovering just over a kilometre off the coast of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach on Friday afternoon. Finn said he spotted the unlikely crew playing together when he launched the drone off the northern end of Bondi Beach. ‘That’s a huge sea lion at the very start,’ he wrote on Facebook. ‘He’s playing with the dolphins and basically trying to be a whale.’ The sea lion can be seen swimming to the left of a large whale, believed to be a humpback, that happens to breach at the precise moment a pod of dolphins dart into view. It is not uncommon to see sea lions or dolphins in the area. However it is rare to see the three interacting together

World’s most expensive dollhouse crafted over 13 years by carpenters, goldsmiths and glassblowers worth $8.5MILLION: “The most valuable dollhouse in the world, worth a staggering $8.5million, is going on display for the first time. The hand-made ‘Astolat Dollhouse Castle’ was designed and built over a 13-year period by Colorado-based miniature artist Elaine Diehl in the 1980s. She modeled it after Tennyson’s Lady of Shallot and commissioned fine craftsmen from around the world to build over 10,000 handcrafted interior pieces, which she combined with furniture and decorations from antique dolls’ houses. These carpenters, goldsmiths, glass blowers, and silversmiths made incredible miniatures – including a tiny baby grand piano valued at over $7,000, a minute Bible from 1811 valued in the thousands and an adorable signed drop leaf secretary desk valued at over $5,000.

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