An ancient rivalry

July 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Are computer game nerds sexier than you think? “They’re actually probably freaks in the bedroom — and in a good way. At least that’s what gamer girl and porn star Lucie Bee reckons. And there’s new Australian research that appears back this up, by stomping on the dorky gamer stereotype. UNSW scientists Dr Michael Kasumovic and Dr Tom Denson have released a study exploring the long-held link between sex and violence through the prism of video games. The research, published in Personality and Individual Differences, quizzed two sets of 500 gamers to reveal that someone’s drive to play violent video games is closely connected to the desire for sex. Male and female gamers who played the more violent video games — such as Grand Theft Auto, Mass Effect and Call of Duty — were hungrier for some hanky-panky. Kasumovic said he believed the links between violent games and desire for sex were buried in our innate competitive urge to display our strength to win over a mate. In other words, gaming is just a modern way of beating our chests, and that kicks our libido into gear.”

Saab unveils superstealth ‘ghost submarine’ that is virtually invisible to enemies: “Saab has unveiled what it claims is the world’s most advanced stealth submarine. The A26 sub is 207 feet long, and features a ‘ghost mode’ to make it virtually undetectable when underwater. It also features a unique pod that allows special forces divers to enter and exit the sub while it is underwater. They have an endurance of 45 days or 18 days underwater. They have a test depth of about 658 feet. They will be conventional diesel-electric submarines equipped with the Kockums Stirling AIP (air-independent propulsion) system for enhanced stealth. The firm has already signed a $1 billion deal to build two of the new submarines for the Swedish Navy. ‘Extreme stealth is at the heart of the Kockums A26 submarine,’ the firm said. ‘Sweden is unleashing its GHOST (Genuine HOlistic STealth) technology, thus making the Kockums A26 submarine effectively invisible.’ ‘Moreover, the ability of a submarine to lie motionless on the ocean floor, or ‘bottom out’, makes it almost impossible to find.'”

Vintage vehicle collector who has never sold a car in his life is set to make £20MILLION from the sale of his incredible fleet of pre-war automobiles: “A stunning collection of pre-war cars have been put up for auction and are expected to generate a total of £20 million. The luxurious multitude of motors include 13 Rolls-Royces as well as models made by Bentley and Maybach. The beautiful cars are owned by avid car enthusiast Henrik Frederiksen and his late wife, Vivi, who spent decades acquiring the historical cars as part of one of the biggest classic car collections in Europe. The decision to sell all 48 of the vintage cars comes after Vivi Frederiksen passed away last Spring. Henrik and Vivi both shared a passion for classic cars, particularly cars that dated back before World War II. From Lagonda to Duesenberg, the cars are all in working condition and have been part of the Frederiksen’s collection kept at the vast property of Lyngsbækgård Manor in Denmark.”

Forgotten baby saved: “A BABY was left to drift out to sea after her family forgot about her and left her in the water in a flotation device in Turkey. According to BGN News, 10-month-old Melda Ilgun was left unsupervised in a flotation device and started drifting into open seas in Turkey’s northwestern province of Canakkale on Friday. Due to the lack of attention from her family, and strong northern winds, Melda began floating off towards the Greek island of Lesbos. Eventually beachgoers noticed the young girl but were unable to rescue her. The Turkish Coast Guard was called and were able to pick her up about one kilometre from the shore”

This country offers cash to entice its young people home: “IN AN unusual bid to stop the exodus of its young people, Hungary has offered to pay them a monthly allowance to stay home. The campaign, “Come home, young person!”, is an attempt by the government to combat the high rates of emigration of its young population. Reported in Hungary Today, incentives include free flights home and a monthly allowance of 100,000 forints ($400) for a year. The Secretary of State for Employment Sandor Czomba said that about 800 people had signed up for the scheme since it started at the end of April. Many Eastern European countries are experiencing a “brain drain” of young people who leave in search of better jobs and salaries. There are currently 350,000 Hungarians working abroad. Young, educated Hungarians have mostly relocated to England, Germany and Austria.”

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The good ol’ days

July 3, 2015 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Dashing dolphin causes big problems: “An Orange County, California, family’s idyllic boating outing turned to chaos when a 350-pound dolphin crashed their cruise. As they were wrapping up their day of celebrations and heading back into the harbor, the family was surprised when a pod of dolphins started swimming alongside the boat. One of the dolphins jumped so high out of the water that it hit the railing of the boat, landing inside. Knocked to the ground, Mrs Frickman started to scream in pain as the 350-pound dolphin flopped around on her legs – breaking both of her ankles. Luckily her husband was strong enough to pull her out from underneath the frantic mammal. Mr Frickman headed back to the harbor all the while pouring water over the dolphin to keep it alive. Back at the dock, Mr Frickman got some help tying a rope around the dolphin, which was used to lift the creature out of the boat and into the harbor waters. Luckily, dolphins can survive hours outside of the water, and the family said it seemed fine when it was released back into the harbor waters.”

Woman with pumped up lips and boobs feels lonely: “A woman who is the spitting image of Angelina Jolie has said that her sultry image is ruining her love life. Stunning Veronika Black, 27, is inundated with compliments about her raven black hair and full lips, with people regularly mistaking her for the Oscar-winning movie star. But the model from Vancouver, Canada, complains she is never approached by men, who are intimidated by her enhanced 32J curves. Veronika, who has 658,000 followers on Instagram, said: ‘I’ve been single for over a year now after a five-year relationship ended, and I’d love to meet someone special. ‘I particularly like older men with a bit of stubble – just like Brad Pitt. ‘But to be honest, I think I scare men off. Men seem to be intimidated by the way I look. ‘Sometimes men get really nervous and start shaking when I talk to them, which is weird as I’m a nice person and there’s definitely nothing to be scared of.”

‘Let me see your mean face!': Cute Rottweiler turns vicious on command : “An adorable Rottweiler turns vicious with a simple command in an hilarious new video. ‘Show your teeth,’ the owner tells the pup, before being treated treated to a skittish display of fangs. The show of teeth doesn’t last long. So its owner gives another command. ‘Let me see your mean face,’ the owner says. This time, the pooch doesn’t hesitate and goes from all puppy dog eyes to snarling maw.

The druggie Pope: “Pope Francis has informed the Bolivian government that he intends on chewing coca leaves when he visits the country next week – despite them being the key ingredient in producing cocaine. Coca leaves are legal to chew on in the Andean country. With the Bolivian capital La Paz sat almost 12,000ft above sea level, the leaves are relied upon by millions of people to help ward off the effects of the high altitude, such as sickness and light-headedness. Many indigenous people, including Bolivian President Evo Morales, defend its use and consider it a sacred plant. Culture Minister Marko Machicao said: ‘We offered (the Pope) coca tea or something for the altitude. ‘He has specifically requested that he wants to chew coca, so we will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf.'”

Outraged guacamole lovers after a New York Times recipe insults their beloved dip: ““ADD peas to your guacamole,” they said. “Trust us,” they said. And that’s when it happened. The internet exploded. America’s mass mob of guac-a-holics went on a rampage, with even the leader of the free world weighing in on the heated debate. And it all began with an innocent suggestion from the New York Times on Twitter, politely prodding their readers to “trust us” and give peas a chance. The recipe indicates the writer is aware it is a “radical move”. ut that did nothing to calm the red-faced guacamole disciples. Pea-gate had sprouted. Because guacamole is more than just a tasty dip that pairs well with corn chips. It is sacred. Suddenly, political rivals Barack Obama and Jeb Bush found some common ground: peas in guacamole is plain unnatural. And that’s when we learnt that you don’t mess with America’s guacamole.”

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Some actual tourist complaints to travel companies

July 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘There were too many beautiful women at the hotel and my wife caught me staring at people other than her on one too many occasions. I wasn’t aware there would be so many lovely looking ladies. We had a huge row on day five of our holiday and I had to buy her a lot of presents on our return to the UK to make it up for her. I had to take out a credit card for the gifts just so I could grovel.’

‘The sun gave me a better tan than my girlfriend and she was really grumpy with me for half of the holiday for that reason. I tried to stay in the shade but when we came home I was still more bronzed than her so that was no good. We’re still together but it has knocked her confidence.’

‘The cocktails available on the all inclusive at the hotel were so nice that I got really very drunk and made a complete fool of myself on the dance floor. It’s the most embarrassed I’ve ever been.’

‘There were so many complimentary activities at our hotel like water sports and things that we barely saw our teenage sons. It really ruined the whole family holiday feel.’

‘The hotel had a no-nudity policy around the pool and on their beach and so I was unable to sunbathe topless and show off my new breast implants.’

‘The international buffet as part of our all inclusive booking gave us so much choice that I had at least two helpings every evening and, all in all, I put on two stone during the holiday. I’ve had to purchase new clothes and a gym membership since the holiday and I was wondering if you would be willing to cover those costs.’

‘The two swimming pools were so inviting that I often jumped in when I got too hot sunbathing. However, this meant I constantly had to re-apply my sun cream and I ran out more quickly than I thought.’

‘The air conditioning in the room was too chilly and we didn’t pack any warm clothes, so we were often cold.’

‘The maid kept our room too clean and spotless. We like living in a bit of a pig sty on holiday because it’s the one and only time we don’t have to give a damn.’

‘Me and my boyfriend felt that the staff and locals were far too friendly and nice to us. Because of this we found people back home in the UK to be even more rude and unpleasant when we returned and it made us sad.’

‘The gym facilities were better than my husband’s gym back home and so he was constantly in there and I was left alone a lot in the day time. It was quite boring for me as I was just waiting around for him loads on a sun lounger.’

‘I collected some shells on the beach and later realised that two of them still had something living inside them. I was very alarmed.’

‘I fell in love with one of the stray dogs on the resort and was heartbroken when I had to leave him. I wanted to bring him back to the UK to be our pet and I wasn’t warned that there would be so many cute cats and dogs walking around. As an animal lover, it made my departure from the hotel even more difficult.’

‘The sea was too warm and so when I tried to take a dip to cool down I was still hot.’

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Brits can’t handle weather extremes — even for Wimbledon: “Three thousand people were dramatically evacuated from the All England Club [Wimbledon] last night as a fire broke out on Centre Court. Engines are thought to have overheated in a maintenance room on the site, causing an electrical fault on what was the hottest July day on record. People were forced to abandon their dinner and drinks on the third day of the tournament in south-west London after the blaze began at about 9pm. The drama unfolded shortly before sunset after an alarm went off at The Wingfield Restaurant, which is at the front of Centre Court. Terrified spectators began running as a tannoy sounded urging people to move away from Centre Court immediately. Two fire engines and police vans rushed to the scene as people flooded out of the grounds. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers attended to assist with a fire alarm. He added: ‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious.’ [Light snow stops their trains and buses — now this]

Hangxiety: “Amanda Whyte spent her 40th birthday party in April chatting, laughing and dancing with family and her closest friends in a room she’d hired, and decorated for the occasion, at her local village pub. Later that night, she settled down to sleep feeling happy and loved — confident that her guests had all had a fabulous time. However, just three hours later, at 3.30am, Amanda, a mother of two, sat bolt upright in bed, her heart thumping and her pulse racing, in the throes of a terrifying panic attack. ‘I was gripped by this intense fear that I’d done or said something dreadful —made an utter show of myself — at my party,’ recalls Amanda. ‘I was convinced that my guests had been appalled, thinking I was mutton dressed as lamb, stumbling around on the dance floor in my high heels. In fact, Amanda had caused no offence to anyone. But, like many women, whenever she has more than a couple of alcoholic drinks, she spends the following day — sometimes whole weekends — suffering anxiety and paranoia. So common are these feelings that there are now numerous words to describe them, including ‘hangxiety’ and ‘boozanoia’.”

Blue eyed people drink more: “Most people would kill for a pair of sparkly blue eyes. But those with blue irises should beware, as they may be more likely to become alcoholics, according to new research. A study found those with light coloured eyes – including blue, green, grey and brown in the centre – were more likely to be dependent on drinking than those with dark brown eyes. And blue-eyed people had the strongest tendency to be addicted to alcohol, researchers discovered. The parts of genes that determine eye colour line up along the same chromosome as the genes related to excessive alcohol use, researchers found. However, they added they do not know why this is – and say more research is needed. [Easy-peasy. Blue eyes originate in places with long winters and winter confinement leads to heavy drinking]

The munchies explained: “Scientists believe they have identified why women in particular are compelled to eat more after drinking alcohol. It causes the brain to become more sensitive to food aromas, thus encouraging the appetite. Dr Eiler said: ‘The brain, absent contributions from the gut, can play a vital role in regulating food intake. ‘Our study found that alcohol exposure can both increase the brain’s sensitivity to external food cues, like aromas, and result in greater food consumption. ‘Many alcoholic beverages already include empty calories, and when you combine those calories with the aperitif effect, it can lead to energy imbalance and possibly weight gain.’ Researchers conducted the study in 35 non-vegetarian, non-smoking women, all of a healthy weight. The women were observed and their brain’s responses to food and non-food aromas were measured, via MRI scans.

Facebook unveils its ‘new’ logo, but can you spot the difference?: “The Facebook app icon is now among the most recognisable in the world, but as more people use the service on their phones and tablets, the full, written logo is rarely seen anymore. But last night, a Facebook product designer tweeted this logo’s latest design with changes that are so subtle you may not even notice them. Christophe Tauziet’s tweet said: ‘Say hello to the new Facebook logo’ and he later responded to a question about when we will see the update with ‘soon.’ Facebook has swapped the double-storey ‘a’ on the previous logo for a single-storey version. By comparison, the ‘b’ now has a terminal and more closely resembles a typed version. Other subtle changes include making the edges sharper and increasing the logo’s width.”

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Confusion

July 1, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Super-jet is a dud: “It’s the most expensive weapon in history but America’s F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean between the cutting-edge F-35 – meant to be the most sophisticated jet ever – and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35 is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, which was staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35’s ability in close-range combat at 10,000 to 30,000 feet. Both the F-35 pilot and the F-16 pilot were attempting to ‘shoot down’ the other. But, according to the F-35 pilot’s report, the jet performed so appallingly that he deemed it completely inappropriate for fighting other aircraft within visual range. He reported that the F-35 – designed by Lockheed Martin – was at a ‘distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement’ despite the F-16 being weighed down by two drop tanks for extra fuel. The F-35 pilot reported a number of aerodynamic problems — resulting in the plane being too cumbersome to dodge enemy fire. [Better not go to war with Russia just yet]

Leopard has second thoughts about having a porcupine for dinner: “A leopard looking for a meal has come off second best after it was spiked by a porcupine’s sharp quills while attempting to catch it for lunch. Despite the fact leopards often come off second best to porcupines, they are enticed by the creatures and are regularly seen trying to catch them. The curious leopard was photographed in the national park as it first noticed the unusual looking creature. Thinking it may have found a meal, it then cautiously approaches the porcupine, appearing unsure of how best to kill it. When the leopard decided to test the waters and extends its claws to the lumbering porcupine, it is met with a shock by its sharp quills. Soon after being pricked on the paw, the leopard realised it was perhaps more trouble than it was worth and beat a hasty retreat.”

Is this drink the Red Bull killer?: “MOVE over, Red Bull. This German upstart is being billed as the healthier version of the popular energy drink. It’s called Club-Mate, and it doesn’t taste very good. But celebrities are tweeting about it, foodies are raving about it, and after years developing a cult following among techies and all-night partiers, the hipster drink is going mainstream. Club-Mate, pronounced “Club Mat-eh”, is a caffeinated carbonated drink made from the South American yerba-mate plant, brewed by the Löscher Brewery in Germany. “It tastes like a soft drink, but not as sweet,” the website explains. “It features a unique combination of caffeine and tannins, it’s stimulating but doesn’t make you fidgety.” It’s become a fixture at hipster bars in fashionable US cities, where patrons drink down to a specific point on the bottle neck, which is then topped up with spirits.”

Why A-listers have stopped showing skin on the beach: “GOODBYE, skimpy yellow polka-dot bikini. This season, the must-have swimsuit is a long-sleeve, full-coverage spandex number called a rash guard or rash top, often paired with bikini bottoms. It’s a look that’s currently adored by a bevy of Victoria’s Secret models, from Miranda Kerr to Alessandra Ambrosio to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Reese Witherspoon, Lea Michele and Blake Lively are fans. And Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop newsletter recently touted a Breton-inspired version from Lands’ End for $45. It’s a swimwear option surfers and parents of school-aged kids have known about for years. The name “rash guard” comes from the protection it provides against sunburn and abrasions from surfing. (They can be worn over a bikini top or in place of one.) But over the past several summer seasons, the pragmatic rash guard has gone from protection convenience to major style object — after all, who wouldn’t want to look like a hard-core surfer or paddleboarder?

Japanese railway feline mourned and elevated into a goddess: “TAMA the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday. The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in western Japan in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy. Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22. During Sunday’s Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, Tama became a goddess. The Shinto religion, indigenous to Japan and practised by many Japanese, has a variety of gods including animals. A stand outside the station was heaped with bouquets, canned tuna and other gifts left by thousands of Tama fans who came to pray from around the country. Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine in August.”

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As PETA might say …

June 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Beautiful women really DO get away with more: “Whether it’s in the office or in the courtroom, a new study backs up the belief that pretty women can broker deals more easily. This, according to the research, is because beauty overrides the brain’s reaction to fairnesss – a fact tied to a subconscious competitive streak rooted in male evolution. As part of the study, 21 male students at Zhejiang University in China, were asked to look at 300 photos of Chinese women. A different group of men had judged half of the women as attractive and the half unattractive. The men were then teamed up with some of the women whose faces they had just seen while playing a computer game. In the game, they decided whether to split a small amount of money. At the same time, the researchers studied their brain waves and noted their response times. They found men were more likely to accept bad deals from attractive women. They were also quicker to respond to fair offers from good-looking women and slower to respond to unfair offers.”

Joy of woman who lost wedding band in woods as SEVEN metal-detecting sleuths turn up to find it: “A woman who lost her wedding ring while trekking in woods has thanked a group of local metal detector enthusiasts who turned up to help find it. Karen Hawkins, 44, lost the ring on a tree trek at Center Parcs in Longleat, Wiltshire. She and husband Julian and children Jake, 16, and Beth, 12, spent hours searching for it with no luck. Mr Hawkins, 45, then contacted a metal detector club in his home town of Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Seven members found the ring within ten minutes. Mr Hawkins said: ‘We were doing this tree trekking activity and we had to take our rings off in case they got caught. My wife put her rings in her pocket but when we got to the other end, her wedding ring was missing. ‘She was absolutely beside herself. We only got married July last year and it’s the sentimental value more than anything.’ ‘The ground was covered with pine cones and bark chippings, which is why it was so hard to search by eye. ‘He had got a strong signal so we brushed aside the pine needles and bark and there it was, slightly pushed into the mud.”

Smart crow: “There can’t be many moments that a crow, one of nature’s more confident creatures, pines for opposable thumbs – wings, a beak and claws are usually fit for purpose. But being presented with an unattended pizza box in a Vancouver park must be one of those times. Still, in footage filmed by Alex Heschuk, it doesn’t take long for the clever black bird to conquer the cardboard puzzle people take for granted when the prospect of a free feed is the reward. At first, the crow attempts to prize open the pizza box at every edge with its beak and claws only to make little headway. Almost as if it was teasing impressed human onlookers in the Canadian city’s famous Stanley Park, the crow finally flips the lid of the box open. No need for those thumbs after all. Unfortunately, though, the reward for its efforts were slim pickings – a small piece of leftover pizza that hardly seemed worth it. The crow didn’t seem to mind though, giving the scrap a few curious pecks to ensure it met the taste test before flying away to dine away from prying eyes.

Miracle survival of woman who survived three days ALONE in the woods with her newborn baby: “A California woman found herself giving birth while stranded in the forest for three days after running out of gas on a back road with no cellphone service. Nine-month-pregnant Amber Pangborn, 35, of Oroville, was having contractions early on Thursday morning and got into her car to drive to her parents’ house for help. She traveled down French Creek Road, a back road that she had not driven. She then found herself out of gas, with no cell service, going into labor. On Thursday at about 5am, she gave birth to her daughter on her own on the forest-lined road. She was stranded for three days, facing bees and mosquitoes and surviving on only four apples and a small amount of water. On Saturday, Pangborn was able to start a signal fire, hoping to attract attention. A Cal fire helicopter discovered the pair a couple hours later and sent a rescue team from the Forestry Department to retrieve Pangborn and her daughter. They were taken to Oroville Hospital on Saturday and Marissa was then transferred to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center on Sunday for further evaluation.”

China powers ahead again: “Already a world leader in train technology, China is set to ramp things up even further as it plans to run trains at 310mph. After some ten years of research and testing, new traction technology is now ready for use. In May this year the new system was introduced on a subway line in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. The technology was developed by China’s CRRC Corp at its Zhuzhou Institute in Hunan province. ‘Now we have our own permanent magnet synchronous traction system with full intellectual property rights, marking a new chapter in China’s high-speed railways,’ Ding Rongjun, who works for the institute, told China Daily. The technology has been described by key leaders in the project as the ‘most important part’ of the bullet train development. One of the fastest trains in the world is thought to run between Shanghai with the city’s Pudong International Airport, exceeding 300mph. Talks began in February this year for state-owned Chinese firms to sell high-speed trains to the United States, senior officials said on Thursday, a deal that would be likely to ignite controversy.”

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Tiger correctness

June 29, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Here’s why you should never drive a Maserati with a tin of paint on the back seat: “Most car insurance claims involve another vehicle accident, cracked windshields or storm damage. But one at-fault driver’s incredible misfortune led to an expensive claim after a tin of paint splattered inside his luxury Maserati vehicle when he swerved to avoid a dog in South Australia. Claims Manager for RAA Insurance Hayley Cain said the driver had left the paint on the backseat when the lid dislodged from the tin and flew through the air. ‘As the tin flew around the car like a mini tornado, the leather interior and windscreen were liberally splashed with a thick coat of white paint,’ Ms Cain said. ‘Fortunately the driver was fine, but given the extent of damage to the interior, our insurance assessors declared it a write off and we settled the claim for over $90,000.’

A Chinese challenge: “Quirky figure-testing challenges on social media have become unlikely criteria in a beauty pageant in China. Women are required to balance eggs on their collarbones and touch their navels from behind their backs for a chance to win the International Cross-strait Tourist Ambassador Competition. The touring pageant, which sees contestants from Chinese mainland and Taiwan, was in city of Jiyuan in central China on Monday, according to reports in the People’s Daily Online. Both the collarbone balance and the belly button challenges are considered as ways to show how good one’s figure is, according to Chinese internet users. For the collarbone balance, participants are expected to balance as many coins as they can on their collarbones while keeping them stacked up. In the belly button challenge, you need to try and touch your navel by reaching behind your back. The success of both challenges are intended to reveal the ideal figure. According to the original posts, the thinner you are, the more successful you will be in the challenges. A svelte figure is highly applauded in China.”

Argentine pilots fired after cabin selfies with star: “A pair of pilots got a lot more than they bargained for after letting a voluptuous star into the cockpit of their passenger plane to take photos — while it was in mid-flight. Curvaceous dancer and actress Vicky Xipolitakis posted photos on Twitter of her with both pilots, one of which was taken clearly after the plane had left the ground. The television channel TN also broadcast images of Xipolitakis, known for making semi-nude appearances, teasing the pilot and co-pilot. Footage of their mile-high hijinx also emerged, showing the model shouting: “I’m going to accelerate and will take off.” The pilots appear to think it’s all pretty hilarious. However, their boss didn’t think so. The president of Aerolineas Argentinas, the country’s largest airline, said the pilots were fired immediately after the company became aware of the incident.”

Grand old house: “An incredible 130-year-old seaside residence and invaluable relic from Sydney’s past is on the market for the first time in 60 years. Stepping through the grandiose timber doors of Coogee homestead ‘Roslyn’ is like taking a step back 130 years in time, with the pristine home essentially untouched since its 1886 construction. The magnificent ‘time capsule’, with panaromic views of Coogee Beach in Sydney’s east, is not only a sentimental, historical treasure but also proved a worthy investment for previous owner, the late Bail Burak. The eight bedroom home was bought for just £12,000 in 1955 but is expected to fetch $5 million, despite sitting on a block of only 460 square metres. The impeccable heritage-listed mansion has remained untouched by time, barely changing in 130 years – other than the charming addition of a retro 1950s kitchen. The grandiose homestead was built by British timber merchant Charles Saxton, his wife Emma and their family, according to Domain. The timber merchant certainly has left his mark on the homestead with handcrafted period details standing the test of time throughout the home.

Greatest shoal on earth: “Every year millions of sardines swim from South Africa’s Cape Point northward along the country’s east coast. The sardines have a safety-in-numbers philosophy, but these stunning pictures show that it has its flaws. They capture a feeding frenzy near Port St Johns as marine mammals and birds gorge themselves on balls of fish. The ‘Sardine Run’ is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world. In terms of biomass the run is equal to east Africa’s world-famous great wildebeest stampede, which sees over two million of the animals head from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya in search of more verdant pastures. The shoal can be nine miles long, 130 feet deep and two miles wide – so big that it can be seen from space.”

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What we are dealing with in these terible days

June 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Shock pregnancies for women as pre-wedding ‘teatox’ dieting craze stops the Pill working: “A fashionable high street detox treatment used by thousands of women to lose weight quickly has been blamed for a string of unexpected pregnancies. The herbal infusion Bootea can stop the contraceptive pill from working – but angry users have complained that there’s no warning on the packaging. The tea flushes out the digestive system with a laxative effect that can stop the Pill from being absorbed into the bloodstream. Bootea is a favourite of celebrities such as Katie Price and actress Michelle Keegan, who used the tea to slim down before her wedding to Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright in May – prompting countless brides-to-be to follow the same regime. But many ended up with the shock of expecting a ‘Bootea baby’ despite being on the Pill. The ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section advises those who are on the Pill to also use a condom while they are taking Bootea – a warning that does not appear on the packaging.”

Curiosity nearly killed the warthog: “This is the moment a furious crocodile’s jaws missed a warthog by a whisker – after the animal foolishly tried to taunt it during a stand-off. The warthog only narrowly escaped the snarling croc’s teeth as it ventured within inches of the predator at South Africa’s Kruger National Park. At first the sow was only interested in drinking from a watering hole – but after spotting the reptile, she decided to go and take a closer look. Unwisely, the inquisitive warthog trotted over to the crocodile and stood staring at it continually. But after having had enough of the unwanted attention, the reptile finally snapped and narrowly missed the sow with a ferocious lunge. After a few minutes, all havoc broke loose. The croc jumped up, launching himself forward and snapped at her with a very loud bang. ‘Luckily she was just out of reach and he missed by less than a foot.’ Incredibly, after such a lucky escape, the sow didn’t learn any lessons. Her and her babies took a tour around the deadly crocodile, even sniffing his tail.

Tiny furry creature that flies: “They may only be the size of your finger but these tiny creatures are fast and can glide the entire length of a cricket pitch. Born just 13 weeks ago, these seven Feathertail Gilder joeys are currently scurrying around at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. The adorable baby gliders were half the size of a grain of rice when they were born. The Feathertail Glider is the smallest of all glider species – they weigh just 15 grams and grow to a maximum of 8cm. ‘These animals have microscopic hairs on their feet giving them the ability to run up glass, they can glide the length of a cricket pitch and are very speedy,’ Australian Fauna Keeper, Rob Dockerill, said. They’re named after their long tail that is fringed with stiff hairs that resemble a feather, which helps them to steer and brake while gliding up to 20 metres. Taronga is believed to be the first zoo to ever successfully breed Feathertail Gliders. ‘It’s much easier to live here than out in the wild. They’re officially classified as secure but there’s no real idea how many there are,’ Mr Dockerill said. ‘When you’re half the size of a mouse and come out at night no one knows anything about you.

Mother-of-two’s life is saved by her enormous 38JJ breasts which cushioned the impact when car ploughed into her: “A mother-of-two’s life was saved by her 38JJ breasts after they cushioned the impact when she was hit by an out of control car. Sarah Foster has told of the dramatic moment she was then dragged to safety by her wife after bouncing off the vehicle’s windscreen while the couple’s horrified children looked on. Sarah, who is 5ft 3in and 19 stone, got out to have a cigarette and call her mother but was startled moments later when a Mini Cooper crashed into the central barrier at 80mph and veered towards her. After being hit, Sarah rolled over the top of the car and ended up lying face down on the inside lane of the busy stretch of motorway near Peterborough. She told Paul Sims at the Sun: ‘My boobs hit the windscreen so hard it smashed. They saved my life. Following the accident, near Peterborough, medics told Ms Foster that she had bounced off the car ‘like a balloon’ and if she hadn’t been so big chested she would likely have died… Paramedics were amazed to discover Sarah had suffered just cuts, bruising and knee ligament damage.

Australian lady picks a British winner: “It’s the age old fairtyale: meeting a prince charming and being swept off to a beautiful palace. For one Australian woman, this dream became very much a reality when she discovered the man she had fallen in love with was the son of an English Lord, heir to one of the biggest country estates in England. Former marketing strategist Caitlin Blake-Lane met her future fiancé Alex, at the Melbourne cup in 2012, after being introduced by a mutual friend. ‘We hit it off very quickly…we exchanged numbers that day and we ended up going for cider the day after, and went on a number of dates soon after that,’ Ms Blake-Lane told Daily Mail Australia. A few months later, Ms Blake-Lane was flipping through a magazine and saw an article about Alex and his house and realised that the man she knew as just ‘Alex Clifford’ was in fact The Honourable Alexander Clifford and son of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh in the UK. ‘Alex said early on that he would need to go back to England for his family business within 12 months. In April 2014 Ms Blake-Lane moved to England where she works in London as the director of a law firm for four days, and lives with Mr Clifford at their family estate, Ugbrooke, for three days per week.

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Differences between men and women

June 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

NICKNAMES If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. * If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.

EATING OUT When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back. * When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. * A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel. * The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS A woman has the last word in any argument. * Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. * A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t. * A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. * A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL Men wake up as Good-looking as they went to bed. * Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. * A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

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Odd news from around the world

Emu thinks he is a horse: “He gallops through the paddock and shares a stable with the other horses. And this emu is so comfortable embracing the lifestyle that officers at Alice Springs Police Unit in the Northern Territory are convinced he actually thinks he is a horse too. Named unoriginally Emu, the friendly flightless bird wandered his way into the police force in the outback nearly three years ago and has since called the iconic Red Centre outpost home. His unique behaviour began when officers noticed the ostrich-like bird picked up some very colt-like habits. Senior Sergeant Melinda Edwards told ABC Rural Emu runs with the horses, eats with them when they’re being fed and acts just like a horse. ‘We get the impression he thinks he is a horse,’ she said. ‘He follows the horses in and out of the paddock. As they [horses] gallop away, he gallops off with them as well.’ Senior Sergeant Edwards said Emu made his own decision to be part of the team when he was found ‘quite young’ and it was ‘not by police choice’. ‘Emu stays whether we want him here or not,’ she laughed.”

Now THAT’S a holiday snap: Photographer captures stunning images of deadly saltwater crocodile: “Adventurous Ricardo Castillo certainly got some holiday snaps with a difference. Castillo, 39, was snorkelling in the sea off Cuba hoping to capture underwater images of sharks but instead came across another deadly predator in the shape of saltwater crocodiles. And he had nothing to protect him from the 12ft long reptiles – apart from his camera and years of experience of swimming with dangerous creatures. As a result he was able to get to within a few inches of the Cuban crocodile and obtain stunning shots of one of the world’s most fearsome animals in its natural environment. At one point the reptile even touched the lens of Ricardo’s waterproof camera, allowing him to get a snap of the inside of its huge and lethal jaws. Ricardo, from Mexico, was snorkelling in the mangroves of the Gardens of the Queen marine park in Cuba.”

Couple say they are living like kings after packing up conventional living to move into tiny box on wheels: “At just 13 feet tall, and 224 square feet wide, most people would call this a shed. But to Trevor Gay and Marianna Benasutti, it’s home. Tired of a conventional life littered with belongings, the Ohio couple had a thorough spring clean to move into a custom-built box in Spring Valley. And if they get restless, they can just wheel it somewhere else. An architect helped construct the wooden box, which would house countless pockets of storage space. They have a fully functioning kitchen with an oven and a sink, as well as stairs, a living room, and a bedroom. For many couples it would be too close for comfort, but Gay says an added benefit is that it forces them to talk out any issues or arguments immediately. ‘You have to face your issues head on,’ he told 2 News. Dubbing it the Heart Of It All House, the couple told Facebook followers they are able to live ‘first class’ on a lower to middle class income.”

Breaking the bank: Angry woman rips apart cash machine with her bare hands: “Impatience got the better of one woman in China as she ripped apart an ATM with her bare hands after she mistakenly believed it had swallowed her debit card. The woman caused a dramatic scene at the subway in Changchun, capital of Jilin Province, where the incident took place on Thursday. In a fit of frustration, the woman, who is unnamed, began publicly pounding the machine in an attempt to get her card back, reported People’s Daily Online. However, according to bank clerks, no cards were found in the ATM in Jilin province. After pulling off the machine’s frame and revealing the receipt paper underneath, the woman became increasingly distressed and asked passers-by to help her find her card. Surveillance footage shows that the whole incident lasted around 10 minutes. A member of staff at the ATM’s bank, which has not been named by media, has expressed surprise that anyone could rip off the front of the machine. Since the event, the woman has been taken to a local mental facility after police ordered that she undergo a psychiatric evaluation.”

Couple clinging on to scary 2,769-foot peak to ‘feel alive’: “While some people live life on the edge, here’s a daredevil couple who take the concept to a whole new level. Leonardo Edson Pereira, 23, and his girlfriend Victoria Medeiros Nader, 18, are fearless as they hang off Brazil’s 2,769-foot-high Pedra de Gavea in a series of breathtaking images. Only their strength and bravery keeps this dynamic duo in place on the cusp of the rock in this spectacular setting in Tijuca Forest near Rio de Janeiro. They dangle, cling and generally risk their lives, with Leonardo in just shorts and Victoria in a pink bikini top and hot pants, in the pursuit of a rush with the deep blue sea and iconic city of Rio as their picture perfect backdrop. ‘I love living on the edge! I know people think it’s dangerous and crazy but it makes me feel alive,’ Leonardo says. ‘It is really high and I do just hang on using my arm strength. I have to trust myself not to fall.’ Once I did cut my arm having to pull myself up. That was the only time I’ve been worried.'”

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Only in the USA

June 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Raise a glass to the Black Death: “The Black Death may still be making its presence felt 650 years after it ravaged Europe, as a historian claims it led directly to the creation of the pub. The plague killed an estimated 1.5 million people in England between 1348 and 1350, but in its aftermath, with fewer people competing for work and land, living standards reached a height not matched until centuries later, said Prof Robert Tombs of Cambridge University. Peasants had increased leisure time and freedom, so pubs became places for playing games, meeting and socialising. The amount of free time available to 15th century workers was not equalled until the 1960s, Prof Tombs said… “Terrible though it is to say, the Black Death actually had some rather good effects. This was a good time to be alive. “This was when the English pub was invented and people started drinking lots of beer and playing football and so on. That was in a way due to, or at least a consequence of, and wouldn’t have been possible without, the Black Death.”

The ‘handsome gorilla’ driving Japanese girls mad: “A gorilla who grew up in an Australian zoo has become a heartthrob among women in Japan. Shabani the gorilla, who now lives in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, has attracted a large following of admirers who visit him because he is so ‘handsome’. The western lowland gorilla was raised at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo but moved to Japan in 2007. Zoo officials said there had been a notable increase in young female visitors thanks to Shabani, Chunichi reported. Shabani’s rise to fame has been fuelled largely by Twitter, where fans post pictures of him claiming he is ‘too handsome’. His adoring Twitter following often refers to him as an ‘ikemen’, which means a ‘good-looking man’. Pictures of the gorilla posted online capture him in moments where he appears to be flexing his muscles, staring broodingly into the distance or playing with the younger gorillas. Comments posted online describe him as ‘hot’ and ‘too handsome’.”

The world’s saddest cat: “With her wide-eyed look and downturned mouth, this mournful moggy may just lay claim to being the world’s saddest cat. Luhu constantly looks down in the dumps – even when her owner, Maggie Liu, from China, tries to lift her spirits by playing games. Pictures show the pessimistic pussycat lounging around the house and looking thoroughly dejected with pleading, innocent eyes. According to UDN.com, nothing seems capable of cheering up Luhu – but pictures of the morose pet have melted hearts across China. The website reports how internet users have dubbed Luhu ‘The world’s saddest cat’ while her Instagram account already has more than 200,000 followers. Her glum face is reminiscent of the pitifully sad image of Puss in Boots in the children’s classic Shrek 2 as he clasps his tiny black hat in his front paws.”

Have you heard cauliflowers ‘SING’?: “Step onto a cauliflower farm this weekend, and you might just be able to hear a mysterious squeaking sound around you. That’s because the noise cauliflower florets make when they rub together – known as the ‘cauliflower creak’ – will be at its loudest in a quarter of a century. The bizarre and eerie sound is important though – it indicates that the crop is growing quickly, which will make it sweeter, according to one farmer. This weekend, rapid growth of 1.2 inches (3cm) a day is expected due to some unique conditions, causing the florets to rub together and create the sound. It is hoped that the loud squeaking noise will be heard across cauliflower farms in Cornwall and Lincolnshire due to the sudden growth or ‘flush’ of the vegetable. ‘It is real,’ said the farmer, who produces the vegetable for Morrisons supermarket. ‘You’ve got to be there in the still of morning, when there is no background noise, and you can hear the actual crops growing.’ ‘It’s a bit like Rice Krispies in a bowl.”

Is this the best suitcase ever? Expanding design that turns into a rack of SHELVES: “ShelfPack is a revolutionary new roller suitcase that turns into a chest of drawers upon arrival. Instead of stuffing your T-shirts and socks into any available space, ShelfPack comes with four built-in shelves to help you keep organised. The sturdy, retractable supports keep the shelves stable – even when they are tucked away inside the base of the bag. For smaller toiletries and grooming items, the one-of-a-kind design also boasts three outer pocket compartments. There’s also an extendable trolly handle for easy airport manoeuvering. The bag is going for $349 and is shipped by California-based McKaba Luggage.

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Remove cat before flight

June 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Panic among Sydney drivers as at least 20 cars break down on major freeway at the SAME TIME after filling up with dodgy fuel: “At least 20 cars have broken down on a major freeway at the same time after drivers filled up with dodgy fuel at a nearby service station. During peak hour, the vehicles came to a stand still on Sydney’s M4 after they exited from the Caltex at Prospect – in the city’s west – on Thursday morning. It is believed the drivers of the cars had filled their tanks with E10 fuel. ‘Almost certainly what has occurred is water has contaminated the fuel tanks and has caused all these breakdowns.’ Caltex spokesman Sam Collyer told 9News the offending pump had been closed off following the incident and a member of their technical team had investigated what had happened. He confirmed the incident had been caused by water in the fuel. ‘Clearly, water and fuel don’t mix and that looks like it’s the cause of the issue,’ Mr Collyer said. The Caltex spokesman stressed this was a one-off incident.

Racehorses are getting faster, scientists conclude: “Racehorses are getting faster thanks to better breeding and the jockey style popularised by Lester Piggott, scientists have found. Although previous research suggested that the speed of horses had plateaued, with future gains unlikely, the most comprehensive study ever suggested that the average race time is falling. The University of Exeter sifted through the race records of more than 70,000 horses who competed in 616,084 races dating back to the 1850s. For the first time they allowed for jockey tactics and position in the saddle, the state of the turf and changes in riding styles. And they found that elite running speeds had increased significantly since 1850 and had continued to improve. It means that a champion mount will win on average seven horse lengths or 1.18 seconds faster now over six furlongs than in 1997. “Interestingly, both the historical and current rate of improvement is greatest over sprint distances. The challenge now is to find out whether this pattern of improvement has a genetic basis”.

Big demand for drug that melts fat cells in double chins: “The facial feature that has plagued people of all shapes and sizes has finally met its match, thanks to a newly approved remedy. Kybella, a fat-melting injectable drug created by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc., was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April and became available June 15 to dermatologists and plastic surgeons who completed training at the drug company’s offices in Westlake Village, California. Kybella is made from deoxycholic acid, which is a chemical produced in the body to help absorb fats. When injected into the fat below the chin, known as submental fat, it destroys the fat cells. Patients can receive up to 50 injections in one single treatment, with up to six treatments administered no less than one month apart. “I’ve never seen a demand like this, except for Botox,” Derek Jones, a dermatologist on the faculty at UCLA and lead investigator in the clinical FDA trials of Kybella, told the Hollywood Reporter. “We have a waiting list of people who have been calling for months.”

Old lady with good figure fails to wow: “Last week, grandmother-of-one Stephanie Arnott spoke to FEMAIL about how it feels to be 58 but look two decades younger. In the exclusive interview Mrs Arnott from Maidstone, Kent, said women were intimidated by her looks and told how her beauty has reduced men to tears and stopped traffic. To put Mrs Arnott’s claims to the test, ITV’s This Morning sent the grandmother on to the streets of London wearing tight white trousers to gauge the reaction of passersby. But despite the grandmother’s claims that men are left drooling in her wake, Mrs Arnott’s presence did not seem to turn many heads as she strutted her stuff on London’s South Bank. But the clips of Mrs Arnott walking down the street seemed to tell a different story. In one clip showing Mrs Arnott walking past two men in a lorry, neither seemed to notice or acknowledge her presence. In the next phase of the experiment, Mrs Arnott shimmies past two gentleman outside an office block, but neither bat an eyelid in her direction.”

Psychedelics under the sea: Incredible glowing rainbow corals discovered in the Red Sea: “Astonishing new types of glowing rainbow corals have been found in the red Sea. Researchers say the previously unknown unique species glow remarkably. They hope they could even lead to medical applications and new imaging tools. The glowing corals display a surprising array of colours, scientists from the University of Southampton, UK, Tel Aviv University and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI), Israel, together with an international team of researchers said. The team studied corals at depths of more than 50 metres and found that many of them glow brightly with fluorescent colours, ranging from green over yellow to red. The encounter of such a rainbow of coral colours in deep waters was unexpected, since their shallow-water counterparts in the same reef contain only green fluorescent pigments.” ‘Since only the blue parts of the sunlight penetrate to depths greater than 50 metres, we were not expecting to see any red coloration around. ‘To our surprise, we found a number of corals showing an intense green or orange glow.

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