Cats like enclosures

September 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Billie the sniffing spaniel catches rapists with a sense of smell that is 10,000 times sharper than a human’s: “A sniffing spaniel with a sense of smell 10,000 sharper than a human’s has been described as a ‘real asset’ by the police force that employs him. Unlike many police dogs that specialise in identifying explosives or blood, Billie is used to detect human semen. His extraordinary sensory abilities – which allow him to pick up the scent of a millilitre of sperm a year after it was ejaculated – make him useful in sex crime cases, including rapes. In one case, he found a spot of semen on some concrete steps in a town centre, leading to the identification of the alleged rapist. Derbyshire constabulary’s Superintendent Dick Hargreaves called Billie a ‘real asset’. Dogs have many more nerve cells in their nasal passages than people and a wider variety of receptors that pick up different chemicals.

I’m not drunk, it’s just the way I walk!: “EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker has dismissed rumours he is an alcoholic, claiming he appears drunk when walking because of injuries sustained in a car accident. Mr Juncker, who is also a heavy smoker, said whispers about him having a drinking problem had begun after he staggered at a meeting of EU ministers. ‘I have a balance problem with my left leg that requires me to grab the rail when on a staircase’.French journalist Jean Quatremer, who conducted the interview, said Mr Juncker glugged four glasses of champagne during the course of their light lunch. He recalled how during a previous meeting when Mr Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg, he had drunk three straight glasses of cognac at the end of a meal where he had enjoyed many glasses of white wine.

Woman fined $117 by the Australian government for failing to vote a month after she DIED: “A woman has been fined $117 by the Electoral Commission for failing to vote – even though she died a month before an election. Nurse Wendy Scarce lost her battle with cancer and pneumonia and died in February at the age of 66, a month before the Gold Coast City Council elections. But her heartbroken son, Dale, said his mother was sent an ‘apparent failure to vote’ notice in July and has now been mailed a letter demanding she cough up $117. Mr Scarce, who lives at his mother’s former home in Worongary, told Daily Mail Australia that he was still grieving the loss of his mother and that the letters could not have come at a worse time. Mr Scarce, 27, said he thought the Electoral Commission would be notified after his mother’s death certificate was issued. [Voting is compulsory in Australia]

Driver charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in his car ’causes huge highway explosion after phone blows up in the passenger seat’: “A terrifying car fire was caused by a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blowing up while on charge, police have said. Flames engulfed the car on a highway in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after the cellphone exploded in the passenger seat on Tuesday night. It happened less than a week after Samsung urged customers around the world to stop using the device – warning they are prone to catch fire. An unprecedented 2.5million phones were recalled, just two weeks after their release.”

A wise horse: “A mother has described how her pet horse saved her life by helping to find her breast cancer. Jacqueline Lloyd, from the Wirral, Merseyside, says her horse, Maguire, began behaving strangely in the weeks leading up to her diagnosis – refusing to walk on his usual side, where Jacqueline was unknowingly harbouring a cancerous tumour. He then started nudging and butting 50-year-old Jacqueline in her chest – and when she examined the area, she found a lump. Weeks later, Jacqueline was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer – and she now believes that early diagnosis had saved her life. The mother-of-two said: ‘Maguire and I had always shared a special bond but I was amazed at how he sensed my illness – and managed to communicate it to me. I truly believe he saved my life.’

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“Progressive” taxation

September 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When discussions of who subsidises who via the taxation system, I always give my students this example….. and ask them who we should thank for supporting those in need?

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. “Since you are all such good customers”, he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20”. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his “fair share?”

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a dollar out of the $20,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!” “That’s true!!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison. “We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!” The nine men surrounded the tenth (rich) man and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

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Scuba diver finds wedding ring lost at sea for 37 years off Benidorm and tracks down the couple who lost it: “A scuba diver who found a wedding ring off the coast of Benidorm will soon reunite it with its owner after it spent 37 years lost at sea. Spanish diver Jessica Niso said the ring was covered in sediment and almost looked as though it was part of the sea bed but for a tiny sparkle when she spotted it. After cleaning it up, she found an inscription noting the wedding day of February 17 1979 and began her quest to find the owner, posting a message on Facebook. A few weeks ago, Agustín and Juani Aliaga got in touch and Juani, who lost her ring while swimming off the coast of Benidorm 37 years ago, will now be reunited with it. ‘It was a pleasant surprise. More than the material value, the most important thing is symbolic and emotional, as it is the ring that we were married with,’ she told Heraldo newspaper.

Controversial Knickers: “Residents in a sleepy village have become embroiled in a bizarre row – over a pair of frilly knickers. The inoffensive underwear was hung out to dry on a washing line by grandmother Rozamund Perrin, 65, who lives opposite a primary school in Stokeinteignhead, Devon. But the pair were promptly whipped off the line by the unnamed resident who then posted them back through her letterbox with an angry, handwritten note. The knicker nicker, wrote: ‘It is total inapropiate (sic) for this type of garment to be displayed opposite the village primary school. ‘There are members of this community that would welcome a halting of this.’ An image of the offending knickers – and the accompanying letter – were posted by Ms Perrin’s daughter Charlotte Wilkinson on Facebook. In the post a shocked Ms Wilkinson labelled the as-yet unnamed villager a ‘prude.'”

Man finds a giant venomous sea snake slithering along an Australian beach: “Tourists can regularly spot birds, fish and even ride camels across Broome’s iconic Cable Beach – but one local got more than he bargained for. Musician Tonchi McIntosh got up close and personal with a huge olive sea snake during an early-morning walk on Tuesday. In a video posted to social media, Mr McIntosh got very close to the reptile as it waiting for a big enough swell to ride back out to sea at about 5.30am. The scaly predator did not seem to mind a camera being poked in its face, placidly relaxing on the sand looking at home with human presence. Once a big enough wave came in the snake swam through the shallow water back out into the Indian Ocean. The snake appeared to be at least two metres long, making it particularly big for the variety that usually grows to only half that size.

Boeing tests ‘blended wing’ plane that could take to the skies in 10 years: “In just ten years, a plane that flies using a radical hybrid wing shaped body could become a reality. A scale version of the ‘Blended Wing Body’ (BWB) aircraft is currently being tested at a Nasa facility. The triangle-shaped plane, that could one day be used by the US military, is reminiscent of spy planes and designed to cut through the air more efficiently. Many of Boeing’s advanced vehicle concepts centre around a blended wing body design. A blended wing body does not look like a conventional airplane. Instead of the usual tube and wing design, it’s shaped more like a triangle where the wings are, in essence, merged into the body. Another difference is that it does not have a tail. The main drawback to the blended wing body concept is that it lacks control surfaces and conventional stabilising surfaces such as a tail making it unstable and difficult to control”

Perfectly-preserved road that led Roman soldiers to London from the coast is found after 2,000 years: “Between 43 and 410 AD, the Roman army created 2,000 miles (3,200km) of surfaced roads across the UK. Now a snapshot of this part of history has been discovered, in the form of a pristine section of Roman road dating back almost 2,000 years. The road was stumbled upon during building work in the centre of Rochester, and is now on display. The Roman Army created highways during the four centuries Britain was under the rule of the Roman Empire. The main aim of the roads were to speed up military supplies and troops. Many of the roads laid down by the Romans continued to be used for centuries after the Romans left Britain, and some remain part of the UK’s national road network even now.

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Logic wins

September 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Woman’s co-workers make her a hilarious ‘going-away’ cake after she is laid off from work: “One woman was given the best send off when her colleagues made her a cake with the words ‘F**k this place’ written on it. The picture was posted to Imgur and Reddit two days ago and has already been viewed over one million times – with many applauding her friends for her leaving gift. Anonymous Reddit user llamaface9603 posted the picture with the caption ‘Got laid off – my work friends nailed my going away cake… my entire department was eliminated and they decided to do our job at the corporate office. ‘After we unknowingly trained them to do our jobs for a month.’ Obviously bitter about the dismissal, she was able to see the funnier side and admitted that the colleagues made a ‘really good chocolate cake.’ ‘They also took me out to lunch. They are good people.'”

China completes the ‘world’s highest bridge’ standing 1,850 feet above the ground: “Chinese engineers have completed an impressive mountain overpass branded as the highest bridge in the world. The enormous Beipanjiang Bridge, which is built at over 1,850 feet high, links two of China most remote provinces, Yunnan and Guizhou, according to People’s Daily Online. Engineers joined the last set of decks on September 10, marking the completion of the structure which has cost three years and 780 million RMB (£88 million) to build. Beipanjiang Bridge stands at a whopping 565 metres above the ground (1,854 feet), which is nearly twice the height of the 95-storey skyscraper, The Shard in London. Named after Beipan River, the waterway it crosses, the incredible structure has a 720-metre-wide span (2,363 feet) and is a part of the Hangrui Highway, a 3,405-kilometre-long (2,115 miles) national motorway linking Hangzhou city in southern China with Ruili city on the China-Myanmar border”

Green snake slithers out of a car’s engine and clings to the windscreen at high speed: “Amazing footage has shown a snake emerging from a car engine and crawling up to the car driver’s window despite it getting battered around because of the high speed that the vehicle’s going. The YouTube video was taken by Gaby McCloskey, from Australia, and shows a man and a woman in a car driving down the highway when a snake pops up from under the bonnet of their car going at 100km/h. But despite the snake being whipped from side to side, because of the speed that the car is going, it still incredibly continues to crawl up the car’s windscreen as the vehicle’s occupants shout and laugh in the background. But the laughter soon turns to fear as the snake struggles its way up the windscreen and looks to be trying to get inside the car. It’s persistence seems to have paid off in the end though as it lived to tell the tale. The snake was off and went happily back into nature”

Hot dog cooled down: “A big fluffy dog, who had spent six years in a filthy barn stall, got the makeover of a lifetime after a groomer shaved 35 pounds of matted fur off him. The Great Pyrenees, named Lazarus, was recently rescued from the ‘poop-filled barn stall’ Sunday, according to Amanda Brooke Charsha-Lindsey with the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Tennessee. Several layers of Lazarus’ fur was matted and clumped together as the poor animal was neglected by his owners. Groomer Candice Skelton rescued Lazarus and shaved 35 pounds of hair off of him, according to Yahoo News. She said Lazarus is still timid and ‘still has a way to go’, noting that adoption isn’t even a possibility yet. In several posts, Charsha-Lindsey responded to negative comments about the dog’s owners who she said became ‘terminally ill'”

Oxford priest gets his sight back after world-first eye surgery with a ROBOT to repair hole in his retina: “A priest said he felt ‘completely relaxed’ as surgeons performed revolutionary surgery inside his eye with the aid of a robot. The patient, Father William Beaver, 70, an associate priest at St Mary the Virgin Church in Oxford, said his eyesight was returning following the operation, having previously experienced distorted vision similar to ‘looking in a hall of mirrors at a fairground’. The procedure – the world’s first robotic operation – was carried out by surgeons at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, who welcomed its success and said it could revolutionise the way such conditions are treated. ‘Because, you see, the key is the precision. The pulse coursing through the hand of the surgeon could have ruined it, could have given me a haemorrhage and this just made it, well, simple.’ Fr. Beaver said his eyesight is returning after the operation”

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Aging

September 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Dolphins really CAN talk?: “Scientists have finally recorded dolphins having a conversation for the time ever after decades of research. A pair of the marine mammals were observed using clicks and pulses to form distinct ‘words’, in theory constructing sentences to communicate with each other. The breakthrough was made after researchers developed an underwater microphone designed specifically to pick up on the exchanges. The two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, Yasha and Yana, were observed waiting for the other to finish their ‘sentence’ before replying back. Scientists at the Karadag Nature Reserve, in Feodosia, Russia said that, like humans, dolphins are able to communicate certain emotions such as stress or happiness. ‘This language exhibits all the design features present in the human spoken language, this indicates a high level of intelligence and consciousness in dolphins. Dolphins have larger brains than many mammals”

Security fears over sale of £75 ‘mini’ phone that’s perfect for criminals: “Known as ‘The Fly’, the Zanco phone ranges in price from £25 online to £75 in the shops. They are the latest craze to hit the high street – mobile phones so small they fit in the palm of your hand. But security sources fear the new generation of micro mobiles could let extremists recruit and plan terror from behind bars. The Mail on Sunday has established that their astonishingly small size means growing numbers of the phones are already smuggled into jail and used by criminals and extremists. The devices can be easily be concealed inside or around a human body and, with minimal metal content, the phones can apparently evade scanners. The phones have been sold online for two years, but concerns have heightened because for the first time they are now available in high street stores.

Doggy beer: “For a mere $6.50, dogs can lap at the new specially-created craft beer, made exclusively for canines, or sip on a cool beer with their owners in the afternoon sun. And while the new doggy beer is strictly non-alcoholic, it is perfectly safe for animals, as it is made from a beef extract-based brew. Sold in a glass screw-top bottle, or stubbie, the ‘Beer Dog Bitter’ is designed to let pups lap up as much as they want from a nearby bowl supplied by the bar. The screw-top feature on the ‘Beer Dog Bitter’ also cleverly allows owners to take the rest of their pint home in a doggy bag if they think their pet would like leftovers later on. The ‘Beer Dog Bitter’ has been a hit both on social media and at Dogs Bar since it launched in Melbourne on Saturday”

An unusual chauffeur: “Guests of the Queen often expect to be chauffeured about – usually by a flunky. But Carole Middleton must have been a little surprised to find herself riding shotgun to Her Majesty on a visit to Balmoral. The 90-year-old monarch scotched rumours of a rift with the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents as she drove them about at the weekend. On the way back from a grouse shoot on Saturday, the Queen could be seen chatting amiably with Carole – peering over the steering wheel of her Range Rover and pointing out beauty spots. Yesterday the Queen, dressed in a casual sleeveless jacket, drove the Duchess of Cambridge – or the Countess of Strathearn as she is known north of the border – to a picnic lunch with Prince William in the hills above Loch Muick on the estate”

Australian army uniforms made in China: “The Department of Defence has sparked fury by awarding a $9million contract to a firm who will make military uniforms in China. Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon branded the decision to allow Australian Defence Apparel to make the dress uniforms overseas a ‘disgrace’. Defence officials claimed the multi-million dollar deal on non-combat clothing represented ‘best value for money’, but Xenophon said they had missed an opportunity to create jobs for Australians. ‘What’s really on parade here is a failure to support Australian jobs by people that seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing,’ the South Australian senator said. Xenophon warned that the new contract, which was signed in April and will last for two years, ‘fails the pub test’. ‘If something is a little more expensive on the surface here in Australia but it means we’re going to get all sorts of flow on benefits in terms of jobs, in terms of economic activity and tax and other benefits then it’s a no-brainer,’ he told ABC.”

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Sounds right

September 11, 2016 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Topless bike ride does not end well: “For reasons unclear the semi-nude cyclist is pedalling along the road with her female friend, who also rides bra-less. A man on a motorcycle films the daring rider in what is thought to be a street in Italy. He focuses in on the nearly naked riders, but they don’t seem to mind. The cyclist at the front even throws her arms in the air and shakes around to show off her slender figure. But getting a little too into her showboating she veers off the road and onto the dirt verge. Unable to control her ride the woman is flung head over heels and face plants the tarmac. Instead of stopping and making himself the saviour of the fallen woman, the rider appears to simply drive off. One user wrote: ‘Definitely no gentleman.'”

Australia’s biggest dog costs $200 of food weekly: “The 113kg English mastiff may be a gentle giant, but images of him crushing his owner Mark York under his hulking frame show the affectionate hound lacks a great deal of spatial awareness. The 6’6′ Sydney pooch is set to start visiting schools and hospitals as a therapy dog – and he’s yet to stop growing. ‘He will start his training soon. He is a very laid back dog, gets on with everyone and all kinds of other animals,’ York told Daily Telegraph. Baron will continue growing until he is four, making him a contender for the world’s heaviest dog – a title currently claimed by a 127.5kg US mastiff. York said he forks out an eye-watering $200 a week feeding the insatiable beast a mountain of food. Baron snared the best junior dog award at the Royal Melbourne and first place at the Sydney Royal Easter Show”

Mother wants her daughter’s dangly bits cut off: “A woman who thought her 15-year-old daughter’s vagina was untidy fought with doctors so she could have surgery. Alana, whose name has been changed for legal reasons, shrugged and agreed when doctors asked her if she wanted to have plastic surgery on her genitals as her mother had demanded. The mother had told doctors that the girl’s genitals were not as neat as that of other women, according to News.com. ‘She will never be able to have sex looking like that,’ the mother said. Alana did not need the surgery for health reasons, and even when a doctor assured her mother that labia come in all shapes and sizes she pushed on. ‘Having your mum say a man wouldn’t want to make love with you because you’re untidy is not particularly helpful parenting,’ Prof Robson said.”

Vaccine to banish thrush could be available by the end of the decade, say scientists: “A vaccine that would end thrush could be ready by 2020 according to scientists. Clinical trials for a vaccine against the yeast infection have shown ‘strong results’ according to the Times. Selinda Orr, a researcher at Cardiff University who specialises in the study of immune responses to fungal infections, said that hope could soon be at hand for many of these women. Speaking at the British Science Festival in Swansea, Dr Orr pointed to two vaccines that could be used to inoculate people against thrush. NovaDigm Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in North Dakota, is working on the NDV-3 vaccine, which is a transgenic form of one of the proteins found on the surface of the Candida albicans fungus that causes the condition. According to the newspaper, a clinical trial involving 188 patients showed that the vaccine was safe and had the potential to become the first powerful drug against chronic thrush.

Kindhearted builder returns woman’s wallet – that he found in a roof 11 years after it was stolen: “A woman has been reunited with a wallet which was stolen from her 11 years ago after a builder found it in a roof and dropped it off to police. Kathy O’Donnell from Adelaide was working in a Pirie Street office in 2005 when the Annapelle purse was stolen from her bag under her desk – just metres away from where she was sitting. There was cash, cards and vouchers in the bag when it was stolen The Advertiser reports. To Ms O’Donnell’s surprise a $130 David Jones voucher was still inside. And the company has committed to honouring it. m ‘It is wonderful to think that after all those years the police would still find and call me,’ Ms O’Donnell said. The brazen daylight robbery made the office worker nervous at the time. ‘After that we got a chime for the door which made a sound whenever it was opened,’ she said”

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Bad handwriting can let you down

September 10, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Spaceage destroyer USS Zumwalt ‘boldly’ sets off for its maiden voyage: “The nation’s largest and most technologically sophisticated destroyer is set to finally join the Navy with a crew that’s the smallest of any destroyer built since the 1930s – and a familiar sounding captain. The stealthy Zumwalt is heading to its commissioning ceremony with a crew of 147 officers and sailors that was praised by their skipper, Captain James Kirk for their preparation over the past three years to get the first-in-class warship ready for duty. The bridge also looks like something from ‘Star Trek’ with two chairs surrounded by nearly 360 degrees of video monitors, with inevitable comparisons of the Zumwalt to the Starship Enterprise and the skipper to the fictional Captain Kirk. The sleek warship will turn heads, no doubt. It features an angular shape to minimize its radar signature, an unconventional wave-piercing hull and a composite deckhouse that hides radar and other sensors.

Raid targets millionaire using food stamps: “He was born the son of an [Iranian] prince. He boasts that his companies developed multi-million dollar properties across the globe – from St. Lucia to Southern California to the Middle East. His sprawling, 8,000 square-foot home in Russell Township, complete with horses and an in-ground swimming pool, and the sports cars attest to the life-long success of Ali Pascal Mahvi. Yet there he was, waiting his turn, a prince becoming a pauper, asking for food stamps in little Geauga County. And, he got what he asked for. For himself, his wife, and their three adult children. For two years, the family was handed about $300 a month in government food stamps. They also wanted help to pay their gas and electric bills. And Medicaid. They needed – and got – Medicaid. Detectives are now looking at Mahvi’s myriad bank accounts, trying to piece together his family’s total worth as they investigate potential theft as well as Medicaid and welfare fraud charges”

The Lucapa Diamond Company, a small Australian mining company, has uncovered a rare large pink diamond in Africa: “The 38.6 carat pink diamond was recovered during alluvial mining operations at the Lulo Diamond Project in Angola. It’s the largest fancy coloured diamond recovered so far at Lulo. The previous biggest was a 28.5 carat light pink diamond included in the company’s most recent sale parcel. That parcel of 3,642 carats of Lulo diamonds sold for a combined of $US4.4 million ($A5.8 million), or an average of $US1,212 ($A1,606) per carat. Pink diamonds are rare with about 90% of the world’s supply produced at the Argyle mine in Western Australia. The Lucapa Diamond Company in February reported finding the largest diamond ever recovered in Angola, a 404.2 carat stone, weighing about 80 grams. The company is essentially finding diamonds as it digs trenches in search of the core of the diamond source, the kimberlite pipe, a type of rock deposit where diamonds form.

A rescue operation has freed 33 people who spent the night trapped in cable cars in the French alps: “The tourists were part of a larger group who were left suspended 3,800m above Mont Blanc when the cars’ cables became tangled and the cabins stopped moving on Thursday night. Mathieu Dechavanne, CEO of the Mont-Blanc Company which manages the machine, said the cables became tangled for “unexplained reasons” but speculated it was probably due to high winds. A team of engineers worked from dawn to untangle the wires and managed to restart the cable car early on Friday morning. 110 people were onboard when the cable car stopped, but 77 were rescued by helicopter before nightfall on Thursday, when poor visibility made it too dangerous for rescuers to continue. Water, energy bars and survival blankets were distributed to those who remained in the cars overnight. The cable car journey usually takes around 35 minutes and connects the Aiguille de Midi peak in France, at 3,842m (12,605ft), to Pointe Helbronner in Italy, at 3,462m (11,358ft)”

Car drives off ninth floor of a parking garage before wheel gets caught on wire – driver escapes without any injuries: “A car drove off a Texas parking garage and through a wire barrier, leaving the car dangling over the edge about 25 feet from the ground. The ordeal unfolded on Friday just before 2.40pm at the Littlefield Garage in downtown Austin after a man’s SUV drove off the parking garage, police said. The 2004 Toyota 4Runner then somehow got caught on one of the high tension wires that had wrapped around one of the vehicle’s wheels. The driver, a 24-year-old man whose name has not been released, is seen moments later miraculously escaping from the dangling car without injury, KXAN reported. The man told police, who arrived at the scene along with firefighters, that he was unable to stop the SUV as he was parking on the ninth floor of the garage”

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A toon for feminsts to hate

September 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Lucky gambler turns $10 into $2.7 MILLION after drawing a royal flush at Perth’s Crown Casino: “A lucky gambler has turned just $10 into $2.7 million after drawing a royal flush at Perth’s Crown Casino. The man, known only as Nigel, snagged the million dollar winnings in a game of progressive poker at the casino last Thursday. A royal flush is the highest ranked hand in a game of poker and is very difficult to be dealt. The player needs to have a 10, jack, queen, king and ace all of the same suit. There is only a four in 2.6 million chance of being dealt a royal flush. Crown’s Chief Operating Officer, Lonnie Bossi, said he was absolutely thrilled with Nigel’s win. ‘To have a record breaking $2.7 million won at Crown Perth is fantastic,’ he said.

Investigation ordered as Russian river turns red: “Russian authorities have ordered an investigation into a possible pipeline break after a river in the nickel-producing Arctic city of Norilsk turned bright red. Social media users began sharing photos of the unnaturally red Daldykan river on Tuesday, with some writing that it had also changed colour in June. A few users suggested iron ore in the ground had changed the river’s colour, but others said industrial waste was a more likely reason. The river runs near to the Nadezhda metallurgical factory run by Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium. The company said it was temporarily reducing manufacturing work while it monitored the situation. The Norilsk mayor’s office said the city’s water supply came from other sources. Norilsk developed as a gulag camp in 1935 and is known for its harsh winters, two-month polar night and high level of industrial pollution”

Games buff spent 120 hours building the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle – only to discover four pieces were missing: “Graham Andrew, 48, from Reepham in Norfolk, had almost completed the enormous 33,600-piece challenge after two weeks, but fell short at the final hurdle. Now he has to wait for the missing parts to be specially cut and sent from Spain before the 5x21ft masterpiece can be glued together. It is titled Wildlife and depicts a vibrant jungle scene including lions, elephants, orangutans, crocodiles and rhinos. To break the current world record of completing a 32,000 piece jigsaw, Mr Andrew enlisted the help of more than 200 people to finish the puzzle which was being built at a community centre in Reepham. ‘We actually had people come back to us and say they found pieces in their shopping bags, what must of happened is that they fell in while everyone was working on the puzzle.’

The creepy crawly reason why you should start sleeping with one eye open: “While we’ve been told time and time again that the “humble huntsman” is nothing to fear, the thought of having one crawl on your body — and face — while asleep would send even the most tolerant person into a tizz. But according to Michael Tate, known as ‘Ranger Mick’ from the Australian Reptile Park on the NSW Central Coast, we all better get used to the reality of having the unwelcome guests in our bed. “It’s very likely that someone may have had prey caught on their face by a huntsman. Bushy eyebrows are the perfect hunting ground for a spider,” Mick told 2UE radio hosts John Stanley and Garry Linnell. “By the time you’re 35 years old, and if you’re living in Sydney, several huntsmen will have walked across your face during your sleep. “Huntsmen can walk across you and you wouldn’t know,” Ranger Mick added”

Mel B URINATES on Bear Grylls’ hand on TV after he sustains painful jellyfish sting: “Spice Girl Mel B, 41, proved that not much scares her, this week, after she was filmed urinating on British adventurer Bear Grylls, 42, when he sustained a jellyfish sting on his hand during their Welsh adventure. Bear sustained the injury when he dropped the jellyfish as he tried to show the Spice Girl how it can be boiled up for a protein-rich meal. Mel immediately recalled what she’d so-far only seen in movies and asked the injured adventurer: ‘Do you need me to pee on you?’ A reluctant Bear was forced to take Mel up on the offer since he had relieved himself on the rocks, just 10 minutes before. Later, she told the camera: ‘To pee on demand, when someone’s in pain, is very difficult.’

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Some Dutch bluntness

September 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Female Chinese soldier is hailed as the ‘prettiest bodyguard’: “A soldier working during the G20 summit in China has been hailed as the ‘prettiest bodyguard’ on China’s social media sites. As the world leaders met to discuss important issues in Hangzhou, China’s social media was more focused on a bodyguard that had caught a lot of people’s attention. The woman has been identified as Shu Xin from southern China’s Guiyang city, reports the People’s Daily Online. Shu Xin is a soldier in the People’s Liberation Army and is said to be in her 20s. Shu shot to fame after a picture of her working at the summit was released by Xinahua News Agency in an article called ‘Who is the most powerful bodyguard for leaders at G20’. Chinese media says that she loves to sing and dance in her spare time and once won second prize in the Yancheng singing contest”

Video shows ‘billions of moths’ invading a Chinese county before dropping dead: “A stomach-churning video has emerged showing a Chinese city being invaded by massive swarms of moths. The scenes were filmed in the Nan county in central China’s Hunan Province last week and witnesses claimed there were ‘billions of moths’, reported the People’s Daily Online. More mysteriously, all of these insects reportedly dropped dead the next day, leaving the streets covered with their bodies. A witness told a reporter from China News: ‘Moths had filled the skies. They flew into my faces. They hit the cars. It sounds just like popcorn popping.’ Shops and food stalls in Nan county were forced to close and turn off their lights in a bid to repel the insets. The unusual phenomenon sparked fear among the residents in the county, with many believing it to be a sign of an imminent earthquake. An official from the local agricultural bureau identified the insects to be mayflies”

Photographer working in Siberia reveals eye-watering number of mosquitoes feasting on his feet: “A photojournalist on assignment in Arctic Siberia is responsible for thousands of watering eyes this week, thanks to a picture he posted online of his feet covered in a swarm of mosquitoes. Amos Chapple, from New Zealand, captured the image after a day spent trekking through the Russian wilderness, and it has now been viewed more than 40,000 times. The insects had proved problematic throughout his trip, but the issue escalated during a brief pit stop he made to dry out a pair of socks he was wearing. ‘After I fell in a river I pulled off my socks to squeeze the water out and this started to happen. ‘I kept my feet out for about a minute before taking the photo. [A] little vision of hell.'”

A Russian driver received a fine because of his car’s shadow: “The driver was fined for allegedly crossing a full-line on the Moscow Ring Road on 25 August. However, photos taken by traffic cameras show only his car’s shadow had crossed the line. “Cameras want us to pay fines even if car shadows violate traffic rules,” the man wrote on the website drive2.ru. He submitted a complaint to the traffic police and they promised to annul the fine, explaining that it was the result of a technical malfunction. Another driver had a similar issue in the past, when he was fined because the glare of his headlights on the wet road crossed the line. “Traffic police are reviewing his complaint and he will get a reply in the near future,” a police source told TASS”

Mystery blonde walked through a town centre NAKED: “This is the moment a woman casually took a stroll through Doncaster town centre in broad daylight, completely naked. The mysterious blonde nudist was photographed just yards away from the police station in the South Yorkshire town. She left passers by stunned and told one man – who tried to cover her up – that she had ‘love in her heart’. A picture of the barefoot and tattooed woman was later posted on Facebook with the caption: ‘Beautiful day for a stroll down chequer road’. The photo appears to have been taken near the Beechfield Garage – which is just a short walk from Doncaster Police station, Doncaster Baptist Church and the town’s Museum and Art Gallery. Garage worker Darren Rafferty approached the woman and offered her his top to try to help hide her modesty. ‘She seemed oblivious to the fact that she was in the middle of the street with nothing on but she looked happy and was happy with herself. ‘She said, ‘I’ve got love in my heart’.’ Mr Rafferty said the woman had spoken in broken English, possibly with an Eastern European accent, and was eventually picked up by a police car just a few moments after he saw her”

Striking gold! Prospector finds steak-sized nugget worth $70,000 in a small California town: “A California prospector found a rare gold nugget that could be worth more than $70,000. Oscar Espinoza, of Modesto, told Gold Prospecting Adventures he’d been searching in nearby Woodscreek when he found the t-bone steak-sized nugget, according to KPIX. Espinoza found the 18-ounce nugget on Tuesday in Jamestown, California, which is now expecting a modern day gold rush. His friend and hotel owner, Charlie Morgan, told the station that he believes Espinoza could get $70,000 for it. Espinoza is keeping a low profile but asked Morgan to keep it in a safe until he finds a buyer. Morgan said ‘nobody knows where it is’ because he isn’t keeping it at the hotel.

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A memorable election

September 7, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

If Hilary Clinton wins the U.S. Presidential election, it will mark the first time in history that two U.S. Presidents have slept together.

If Donald Trump wins the U.S. Presidential election, it will mark the first time in history that a billionaire will move into public housing vacated by a black family.

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Odd news from around the world

Man’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ‘EXPLODES’ in his hotel room causing $1800 worth of damage: “A mobile phone has caused $1800 in damages to a man’s hotel room after it exploded into flames as he slept. The Melbourne man, identified on Reddit as Crushader, says he nearly had a panic attack when his Samsung Galaxy Note 7 ‘fizzed and then popped open’ before bursting into flames and smoke as it charged on his Perth hotel bed. Samsung Australia recalled over 50,000 of the Galaxy Note7 smartphones after discovering batteries of some phones exploded while they were charging. The man said his phone has been left ‘completely fried’ after it burst into flames. ‘I can’t eject the sim tray to retrieved my sim or the SD card. I was using original charger and cable,’ he posted. ‘Charred the hotel room bed sheet and the carpet when I whacked it down to the floor, burnt one of my finger while doing that too.’

Russian women strip to their underwear and beg people for money to buy clothes… in bizarre bid to find themselves a HUSBAND: “These Russian girls had an unusual way of raising cash to go on a shopping exhibition – by stripping down to their underwear and asking motorists to give them money to buy clothes. It was all part of a locally organised workshop teaching young women about how to find a husband in which apparently stripping naked and asking for cash for clothing was one of the lessons. The bizarre incident took place at night in the city of Kazan in central Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan. One of the half-naked women said on the camera: ‘Do you have 100 roubles for a T-shirt. We are going to Nizhniy Novgorod. This is a quest. Please help us.’

Zookeepers celebrate the extremely rare birth of twin Red Panda cubs: “Zookeepers at Longleat are celebrating the birth of this gorgeous pair of fluffy red panda twins. It is only the second time the species, which is endangered in the wild in Asia, has bred successfully at the safari park in Wiltshire. Twin red panda births are extremely rare and so staff there were doubly delighted when the sisters were born seven weeks ago. Red pandas spend most of their time sleeping, even when they are grown up. Their fluffy tails come in handy, as they use them as a blanket to snooze on. In the wild, red pandas live in Nepal, Bhutan and China. The species, which isn’t related to the giant panda, as been recently re-classified as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Could MANGOES solve the world’s chocolate crisis?: “It’s a worry for chocolate lovers everywhere: the world might not have enough cocoa to meet the increasing global demand as soon as 2020. But now British scientists believe they have found the solution. Wild mango butter can be used as an alternative to cocoa butter, according to researchers at Bangor University in Wales. The price of cocoa butter has more than doubled between 2005 and 2015 due to crop failure and disease, reports the BBC. But thanks to the British discovery, mango butter – which is extracted from the fruit’s kernel and is lower in fat – could be used instead as it has similar properties to cocoa butter. Sayma Akhter, senior author of the study published in the Scientific Reporter, said the wild mango was a ‘Cinderella’ species as it is currently relegated to obscurity despite being an appealing fruit to look at”

Welcome to ‘granite town’: The bizarre 65ft-tall rock formations just discovered in Siberia: “The rocks tower up above the ground, jostling together like granite skyscrapers as they keep watch over the vast Siberian landscape. These breathtaking images are among the first ever taken of the unusual rock formations in the Ulakhan-Sis mountain range – a natural wonder as yet undiscovered by the tourist market. The rocks were first snapped by biologist and photographer Alexander Krivoshapkin as he flew overhead in a helicopter whilst counting wild reindeer herds around Ulakhan-Sis in the north-east of Siberia, the Siberian Times reported. ‘There are buttes which we named that were like granite towns, and there were some that had such clearly defined and pronounced structure that you didn’t need fantasy to help you complete the image.”

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Friendly owls

September 6, 2016 at 11:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Antiques dealer makes 7500% profit after selling Bussha statue she bought for just £50 for £3,800: “A TV antiques expert made a killing on a trinket she bought on a daytime show after selling the ornament for 75 times what she paid for it. Anita Manning bought a bronze Buddha statue in a small shop in Sandwich, Kent after haggling the store’s owner down to a price of just £50. But when she put the item up for sale at an auction house full of wealthy foreign buyers, a bidding war ensued and it eventually sold for £3,800, 7500% the original price. The 68-year-old made the huge profit on the Antiques Road Trip, which returns for its 13th series on BBC One today. She said: ‘I was drawn to the bronze Buddha in my first shop of the day knowing that the Asian market is strong at the moment.

Man who picked the lock on a loo roll holder just to make the paper hang the ‘right’ way round is hailed as a legend: “A photo of a man picking the lock of a loo roll holder has been viewed two million times. It might seem baffling but the internet has spoken, with users hailing someone known only as ‘conecandy’, as the hero of the moment. The man posted the photo of himself fixing the problem with the somewhat modest caption, ‘Sometimes the world needs a hero’. His four-way composition shows the loo roll hanging the wrong way, the ripped paper from trying to take some paper off, him picking the lock, and the loo roll hanging the correct way. Conecandy picked the lock on the loo roll holder just to make the paper hang the right way. Conecandy said his actions are not illegal, and he should know because he says he is an attorney. For those who might be interested, he shared that he used a ‘Sparrow Mace + Expansion Pack [from Sparrow Lock Picking]. Small enough to keep comfortably in my wallet’ to pick the lock”

Missouri woman who has lived with a hypodermic needle lodged in her back for nearly seven years is awarded $507,000: “A Missouri woman who has lived with a hypodermic needle lodged in her back for nearly seven years has been awarded a $507,000 judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Claudia Ball, of St. Louis County, sued Dr. Catherine Doty and the Allied Physicians Group LLC, which ran the now-closed Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinic in Chesterfield, in 2011. Ball accused the doctor of negligence for embedding an inch-and-a-half needle in her back during a 2009 injection treatment. Ball’s lawyer, Derek Rudman, says efforts to extract the needle have failed. The needle has now moved 6 inches closer to her buttocks and ‘may be overly burdensome to remove,’ Rudman told the St. Louis Dispatch. The victim, who was 62 at the time, was looking for treatment for bulging and degenerative discs”

Students go wild after teacher tells class he’ll give them an A on a quiz if someone sinks a long shot into a garbage bin – and one NAILS IT on the first throw: “A university professor made a bet with his chemistry class that if a student in the upper balconies could throw a paper ball into a bin, the whole class would get 100 per cent on a quiz. It was an impossible shot – but the professor might regret making that bet now. The unidentified student, seen in a clip posted to Reddit, throws the ball and incredibly it sails across the classroom and into a bin at the front of the lecture hall. The ball is launched toward the garbage bin, sails across the room and bounces off the wall before landing in the bin. The classroom of students goes wild as they realize they now will all get an A on their quiz. Users on Reddit claim the school is Ohio State University and the quiz was for an organic chemistry class. One user posted on the thread said they were in the class and the professor, Dr Christopher Callam, makes the bet with the class every year”

Sometimes size does matter: “For most men having a large penis is generally considered a blessing – but for this poor Kenyan man it is a heartbreaking curse that has left him unable to have sex. Sorence Owiti Opiyo’s member is ten times that of the average male’s, equating to roughly the same size as a baby. The 20-year-old has endured a life of tragedy, being taken in by his grandmother when both his parents died when he was aged just five. He also cannot work out and had to drop out of school because other kids were teasing him about it. He had a medical operation when he initially discovered the swelling at ten, which initially helped the problem, but it has since returned bigger and worse than ever. Not only is Mr Opiyo’s penis massively oversized, but it also is extremely disfigured towards the tip. It means that he cannot have sex”

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