Remove cat before flight

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

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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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Detroit High School

June 24, 2015 at 4:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Darqueeze played high school football in Detroit. He was a great running back, but a really poor student. At graduation, he didn’t have enough credits.

But he was a great football star and the students held a rally and demanded the principal give him a diploma anyway. They were so insistent that the principal agreed that if Darqueeze could answer one question correctly he would give him a diploma.

The one question test was held in the auditorium and all the students packed the place. It was standing room only. The principal was on the stage and told him to come up. Diploma in hand, the principal said: “Darqueeze, if you can answer this one question correctly, I’ll give you your diploma.”

“Darqueeze, how much is three times seven?”

Darqueeze looked up at the ceiling and then down at his shoes, pondering the question. The other students began chanting, “Graduate him anyway! Graduate him anyway!”

Then Darqueez held up his hand and the auditorium became silent. He said, “I think I know the answer. Three times seven is twenty-one.” A hush fell over the auditorium and then all the other students began to chant: “Give him another chance! Give him another chance!”

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Amazing survival for baby: “A Chinese woman turned up at a hospital without realising that the baby had already come out on the journey there. The woman, named only as Ms Qi, arrived at the hospital in Guangdong to discover that the baby must have been born on the back of her husband’s motorbike and likely to have fallen into the road. The baby boy was miraculously found alive, after a driver spotted him lying in the middle of the road, reported People’s Daily Online. Her husband, Mr Li, had immediately gone back with medical staff to try and find the baby, and came across a group of three men standing on the side of the road about two miles from the hospital. He saw a new born baby lying on the side of the road covered in blood, who started crying immediately when he picked him up. Doctors said the baby slid down the leg of Ms Qi’s trousers, ending up on the road, and added that bumps on the road helped break the umbilical cord.”

Village named ‘Camp Kill Jews’ in a bid to appease the Spanish inquisition finally changes its name: “A tiny Spanish village has finally changed its name from Castrillo Matajudios, which means ‘Camp Kill Jews’, to Castrillo Mota de Judios (meaning Jews’ Hill Camp) after long standing complaints that the name was offensive. The official name change came after a referendum, following complaints by Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez that the village’s name needed to be corrected. He previously argued that the village should honour its Jewish history and return to its original name. The long awaited name change has been greeted with approval from the regional government. The name change was approved by the regional government of Castilla y Leon and published in the region’s official gazette. Centred in the Burgos province in northern Spain, documents show the villages’ original name was ‘Jews’ Hill Camp’ and that the ‘Kill Jews’ name dates from 1627.”

Huge shark caught in Australia: “The uncommon discovery of a peculiar-looking shark is the first sighting of the second largest living fish in Australian waters for 85 years. James Owen and his crew accidentally caught the 6.3-metre [20 ft] basking shark in their trawler at Portland, west of Warrnambool, in Victoria on Sunday but instead of selling the sought-after Chinese delicacy, they decided to donate the rare three-tonne male fish to science. Only smaller than the whale shark, the mammoth fish has an unusual pink/purple hue to its skin and a huge flat nose. The last recording of this species being captured was in the 1930s by a skipper at Lakes Entrance in eastern Victoria. Dr Martin Gomon praised the fisherman for contacting the Melbourne Museum saying he had great respect for him. ‘Basking shark fins would be highly sought because they’re very big,’ Dr Gomon told News Corp. Ms Bray said the discovery of the fish which can grow to 12 metres long will unearth new research about the rare species. The plankton-eating sharks, which are thought to live a solitary life, got their name because they often spend time near the surface of the water basking in the sun.

Nasty medical lady gets caught out: “A jury has awarded a massive settlement to a man who accidentally recorded his surgery only to learn that the doctors working on him spent the time making offensive comments as he was under anesthesia. The man, who is not named but from Vienna, Virginia, was having a colonoscopy in April 2013, and pressed record on his smartphone to be sure he would not miss any instructions from the doctor as it pertained to what he should do after the surgery. What he heard however was an anesthesiologist who said she wanted to punch him and accused him of having a sexually transmitted disease. As a result, he has now been awarded a payment of $500,000. Among the things the phone recorded was Tiffany Ingham, the anesthesiologist in the room, saying; ‘After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op,I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.’ Things got worse when an assistant pointed out a rash on the man’s body and Ingham said if she touched it she might get ‘some syphilis on your arm or something.’ She later said of the rash; ‘It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right.'”

Fish called ‘the Nutcracker’, which eats men’s testicles with its human-like teeth: “A father and son fishing at a New Jersey lake may be lucky their bodies still have all their pieces after catching a fish called ‘the Nutcracker’ that is more commonly seen in the Amazon. The rare species in Swedes Lake was actually a pacu, an omnivorous fish native to Brazil that has human-like teeth and has been reported to eat the testicles of swimmers and fishermen. The Rossis realized the bizarre find when they went home and researched the animal after being confused at its lack of sharp, piranha chompers, they told WPVI. Department of Environmental Protection officials said the South American fish are sometimes kept as pets, who may have dumped the pacu into the lake. The species can grow up to four feet long and uses its molar-like teeth to crush food that falls into the Amazon River.

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An inspiring story from Australia

June 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Three men remain in hospital today after what is believed to have been a late-night home invasion gone sour in Taree on Friday.

The group of three to four suspected “junkies” have been terrorising the streets of Taree for some time, with a string of break and enters.

However it appears the serial burglars have recently struck trouble of their own when they attempted to break in to the house of former tent boxing champion, 78 year-old local Reg “Slim” Flynn.

At around 10:15 pm on Friday night, neighbours of Mr Flynn reporting hearing “muffled whispers and footsteps” followed by a “slamming door”.

The chaos that erupted was described by Reg’s next door neighbour as “World war f-ing three”.

“Old Reg had obviously known they were in the house He’s gone and locked both the front and back doors and worked them over. They couldn’t get out!”

“He turned the lights off and everything. He may look like a gentle old man but Reg showed himself to be a real sicko”

The chaotic scenes were reported to have continued until local police arrived on the scene, one whole hour and a half later, to find three men in their late teens and early twenties, unconscious and bleeding profusely from multiple facial lacerations on Mr Flynn’s front lawn.

Police say no charges have been laid yet, as they are still working to piece together the unusual turn of events.

AAP cameras were able to snap images of Flynn’s bruised knuckles as he made way out of the police station yesterday morning, but when questioned by local media about how he had incurred such recent injuries, he stated that he had cut his hands fixing up his roof gutters a couple of weeks ago.

The Advocate was able to contact Reg’s estranged wife, Marie, about the matter. Mrs Flynn stated on the record that: “[Reg] towelled those druggie f-wits for two whole hours. He wiped the floor with the lot of them”

However, Reg has provided a different account in the official police report. “I was watching some old Wheel Of Fortune shows on the telly when I heard someone out the front. They were making their way up the stairs and into my house. I must have given them a fright because all three fell down the stairs and knocked themselves out.”

Reg, a junior rugby league coach and former prize fighter, still works as a bouncer at a local hotel

One thing that old Reg wasn’t able to explain was how the three men were able to knock themselves unconscious and land ten metres away with such severe injuries. Witnesses claim it looked as though their bodies had been dragged down the front steps.

This statement also counteracts statements made by neighbours: “I saw old Reg run to his front door and lock it after seeing someone sneaking in the back side. I heard him cry “Let’s dance, pretty boy!” and the house erupted,”

However, as cruel as the alleged “beat down” was, the greater Taree community have rallied behind Mr Flynn. “I just took one look at the poor blokes and patted ol’ Reg on the back. He had punched holes through them. Not so tough now are they!”

Despite his age, Mr Flynn still holds several records in six divisions for boxing in North-NSW, which makes him the number one suspect for this grotesque assault. The fact that he still works as a security guard at the local Taree nightspot “Foths” (The Fotheringham Hotel) was not lost on the detectives either

However, until the three hospitalised men are able to make a statement, no further inroads can be made in the case.

Many local community members have rallied around Reg, claiming that he is a hero and should be treated as one.

Original story here

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Dog eaters in China: “Global outrage is having no effect on revellers at China’s notorious Yulin festival, where as many as 10,000 dogs are being skinned alive, butchered and eaten as part of the summer solstice celebration. The dog meat festival sees thousands of dogs – many of them stolen pets – caged, battered and cooked, in the largely rural Guangxi Zhaung autonomous region. Festival-goers are out in force as the celebrations get underway, filling the streets and restaurants and ready to tuck into dishes of dog meat. But activists including celebrities such as British comedian Ricky Gervais and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen have called for an end to the festival, saying it has no cultural value and was invented simply to drum up trade. For the past few weeks, international social media has also seen an unprecedented movement against the industry. But supporters of the festival are fighting back, claiming that the festival has just as much cultural value as any other country’s celebrations. Some social media users have responded to the world’s outrage by calling a ban on eating turkeys at Christmas.”

Scottish soccer club get a frightening new mascot: “Partick Thistle unveiled their terrifying new mascot on Monday afternoon, as ‘Kingsley’ was introduced to the world. The mascot, a cross between Lisa Simpson and the sun, is certainly an altogether more frightening prospect than the SPL side’s last one, Jaggy Macbee. Kingsley, designed by life-long fan and artist David Shrigley, has been met with a hugely negative reaction on the social networking site. The news comes on the day the club signed a six-figure sponsorship deal with a US investment firm. The deal, which will last a minimum of two years, will see the Kingsford Capital brand on the Jags’ strips and Firhill Stadium. Partick Thistle Football Club are a professional football club from Glasgow, Scotland. Despite their name, the club are based at Firhill Stadium in the Maryhill area of the city, and have not played in Partick since 1908″.

Iceland the most peaceful country in the world: “Safety, understandably, plays a large part in what makes a country attractive for prospective visitors. The Institute for Economics and Peace has recently revealed their annual Global Peace Index findings, a report that ranks 162 of the world’s countries on their safety and peacefulnesses. And this year, Iceland took first place with a near-perfect score of 1.148. The GPI analyses 23 factors for the countries examined, including violent crime levels, political terror, weapons import and export and prison population. Each nation is then assigned a score of one to five, with one being the highest. After Iceland, Denmark grabbed the second spot with a score of 1.150, while Austria came in third at 1.198. The UK, however, came in at number 39 with a score of 1.685. With a shockingly low score of 2.038, the United States was ranked in 94th place on the survey. The most violent country in the world is currently Syria, which was placed in 162nd place.”

British bureaucracy at its best: “A bungling council has been ridiculed after installing two different speed limits on one road, baffling drivers. Motorists in Bristol were left confused when they spotted 30mph and 20mph signs on either side of the Ely Grove cul-de-sac. The local authority does not why or when both signs were erected but they were not next to the junction of the street a year ago. The road, in the Sea Mills area in the west of the city, has just 14 houses. Bristol City Council said Ely Grove used to be a 30mph road but now has a 20mph limit. The main road it connects to, Sylvan Way, has a 30mph limit. Bristol’s mayor George Ferguson spent £2.3million of taxpayers’ money rolling out 13,000 20mph speed limit signs across the city last year. Despite his campaign, he was caught speeding at 35mph in a 30mph zone in January. Hugh Bladon of the Alliance of British Drivers, said: ‘As far as I’m aware this scheme is a huge waste of money. ’20mph zones are completely moronic because it is universally agreed that they are unenforceable and it’s bringing other speed limits into question.'”

Mother illegally injected herself with human growth hormone to look younger — now ill: “A woman who has been illegally injecting herself with human growth hormones (HGH) now fears the drugs could be to blame for her developing a serious health condition. Aimi Veness, 40, a publicist from East Sussex, had been injecting herself with the C-class drug every day since last November after hearing it was anti-ageing. But she has recently stopped the controversial beauty treatment after being diagnosed with lupus – a condition that can affect many parts of the body, including the skin, joints and internal organs with symptoms that can be mild to life threatening. She said: ‘I know I am setting a bad example for my son. If health checks are okay I will go back on it but I don’t think I will get it online again, I will try and get a prescription.’ Aimi said she was initially amazed by how the drugs made her look and feel and she only stopped taking it because of her recent health scare. ‘I had so much energy, my skin was so much better, so was my hair and nails and I lost weight. It is a Peter Pan drug, it feels like the film Death Becomes Her.’

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Men Are Just Happier People —

June 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What do you expect from such simple creatures?

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can never be pregnant.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station because this one is just too icky.

You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.

New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are Over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

If someone forgets to invite you, He or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..

You almost never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..

Everything on your face stays its original color..

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December
24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Man has 420 kidney stones removed in one operation: “A Chinese tofu-lover has had an incredible 420 kidney stones removed from his body. The 55-year-old man, named only as Mr He, said after the operation on Friday that he ate tofu on a daily basis and drank very little water, which doctors say caused his kidney stones. He went to the doctor last month in Zhejiang province in eastern China after experiencing severe abdominal pain and a CT scan found that his kidney was packed full of stones, reported the People’s Daily Online. Mr He was booked in for an operation immediately because the stones left him almost unable to pass water, and any delay would have meant the kidney would have needed to be removed. Dr Wei, the surgeon who treated Mr He, said that he was shocked by the number of kidney stones he found. Dr Wei said that bean-based products, and particularly the tofu sold locally in Dongyang, eastern China, often have a high level of calcium and this can easily lead to kidney stones through excessive consumption.”

Hotel uses confronting note and photos to get guests’ attention: “A HOTEL in Switzerland grew so tired of the behaviour of its guests that it adopted a unique approach in order to get their attention. The 4-star Hotel Monopol in Luzern recently began placing images of emaciated children throughout its restaurant as a means of chastising guests for wasting food. It included a brief note to its guests in both English and Chinese, which was placed at each table. It read: “Good morning dear guests. For ethical and moral reason, in Switzerland we do not throw away any food. Please put on your plate only what you do eat. Thank you for your understanding.” The signs sparked a media frenzy, with some outlets suggesting the messages is aimed specifically at Chinese travellers. The Monopol, however, says its controversial message is targeted toward at all foreign guests. But according to local media, only a few months earlier, Heller allegedly mentioned the signs were placed after Chinese guests took an excessive amount of food from the buffet and left most of it on their plates.

Is this the worst mile-high prank ever?: “IT HAS been deemed as irreverent, confusing and even panic-inducing. One thing’s for sure — the sign painted on the roof of Mark Gubin’s house has been turning heads over Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) for nearly 40 years. For decades, the American photographer has lived and worked in a building close to MKE. One day in 1978, as Gubin and his assistant were having lunch on the building’s flat roof, his assistant suggested that the surface would be the perfect place to create a welcome sign for those arriving into the city. Taking the notion a bit further, Gubin decided to play a bit of a joke. Getting out some white paint and a roller, Gubin spelled out “WELCOME TO CLEVELAND” in 1.8-metre lettering, which is clearly legible for those aboard descending aircraft. Cleveland is more than 500km away from Milwaukee via plane.

Grand old car comes back to life: “The family of a car owner who chose to leave his old motor at a garage rather than pay its repair bill will be kicking themselves – because it’s now worth a quarter of a million pounds. The dark blue 1921 Vauxhall tourer ‘came with the sale’ when the Archer family bought the garage in Essex in 1934 because its owner had defaulted on an outstanding bill of £7 10s – around £500 in today’s money. The historic motor then spent the next half a century off the road, after the Archers dismantled it and stored it in boxes at the garage in Great Dunmow near Bishop’s Stortford. The current owner bought the broken-up car in 1991 and set about restoring it to its former glory. It took him 12 years to complete the mammoth project, which he finished just in time for Vauxhall’s centenary celebrations in 2003. Despite first being built as a track car the motor has never been raced, instead being used for family trips. The model, a 30-98, was produced by Luton-based Vauxhall from 1913 to 1927. It is thought its name comes from its power output – 30 bhp at 1,000 rpm and 98 bhp at 3,000 rpm. Experts say it is the quintessential British sports car and one of the greatest ever to be made.”

Eagle can’t get enough of having his belly rubbed: “The owner of a Japanese golden eagle filmed a heartwarming moment when the endangered bird of prey was getting his belly rubbed and couldn’t get enough of it. The five-month-old eagle voiced his approval for the stomach scratch with a series of squeak and peeps. The video was shared by LespieAgle, a non-profit organization that is working to prevent golden eagles from going extinct in Japan. The owner wrote: ‘If you think he is a poor boy and aren’t an eagle falconer or don’t spend lots of time with your eagle. ‘You should come to meet him you will absolutely change your mind about it as he really loves it that makes him go to sleep sometimes like a parrot. ‘Golden eagles can be something like him quite soon if they trust you.’ The head of the Society for Research of Golden Eagle, Toshiki Ozawa, said: ‘The biggest issue is the reduced breeding success rate due to a lack of prey.’ In North America, golden eagles are the largest bird of prey, National Geographic reported. They can dive at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour and feast on animals like rabbits, marmots, squirrels, reptiles, birds and fish.”

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Wireless wisdom

June 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Brits, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York Times: “American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British”.

One week later, the state’s Dept of Minerals and Energy in Western Australia, reported the following: “After digging as deep as 30 feet in Western Australia ’s Pilbara region, Jack Lucknow, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nada, nil, nothing. Jack has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Australia had already gone wireless.”

Just makes you proud if you are an Australian

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Drunk mother gets lucky: “A MOTHER of two young children was so intoxicated that she drove into a marina and told police that her kids, aged three and five, were dying, trapped inside the sinking car. Angelina Lopresti, 20, managed to get free of the 2003 red Chrysler PT Cruiser as it sank in Halifax Harbour Marina at Daytona Beach in the US state of Florida. She yelled at the police officers from a seawall to find her children. “They’re in the car. They’re not breathing,” Lopresti says. Four police officers and two firefighters jumped into the Halifix River and dived down into the submerged car. But they were surprised at what they found — there was no one in the vehicle and no one in the water. In fact, Lopresti’s two children were never in the car. Officers went to her nearby unit and found the two young children asleep and home alone.

End your stray dog cull, UK tells Romania: “British diplomats have urged the Romanian government to stop the cull of tens of thousands of stray dogs – ordered after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death. The Mail on Sunday can reveal that UK officials have lobbied leaders in Bucharest, calling on them to deal ‘humanely’ with the crisis of the million strays that roam the streets, biting thousands of people each year. About 300,000 dogs have been rounded up and slaughtered in a crackdown launched after Ionut Anghel was killed while playing near a park. Although initially blamed on strays, his death was later found to have been caused by security dogs owned by a private company. Last month it was ordered to pay £1.7 million compensation to Ionut’s devastated family. But that hasn’t stopped the Romanian authorities continuing with the massive cull, with reports of dogs being clubbed to death in the streets”

Catholic priests exorcise the entire country of Mexico: “Catholic priests from around Mexico gathered at a central cathedral to do what they could to help fight the country’s crime problem, targeting the demons that may be causing it. Led by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, the archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, a group of priests including an exorcist from Spain conducted a closed-door ritual at the cathedral in the city of San Luis Potosí. The religious leaders then performed a ‘Magno Exorcismo’ or Great Exorcism, to help Mexico as it struggles with crimes linked to gang violence and drug trafficking. Father José Antonio Fortea, the Spanish exorcist and demonologist, told the Catholic News Agency that the ceremony, held on May 20, that ‘this rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world’. The aim of the ceremony was to drive out demons that had been tempting the people of Mexico to sin.”

Now THAT’S a hungry hippo!: “Stunning images have captured the moment a protective mother hippo lashes out at a crocodile that was just ‘minding its own business’. The crocodile thrashes madly to break free from the hippo wraps her gigantic jaws around the reptile’s body – as her calf watches on just a hundred metres away. The titanic tussle which broke out at the aptly-named Lake Panic in Kruger National Park, South Africa, was snapped by amateur photographer Ken Haley. He said: ‘My first reaction was one of shock at the speed of the hippo and her level of aggression against the crocodile… The hippo must have felt that her calf was under threat from the crocodile and her protective instincts kicked in. ‘The hippo held its grip for a couple of seconds before the crocodile was able to escape into the safety of the dam. It disappeared into the water and I didn’t see it again.’

Drunk man tucks in to bucket of CONCRETE after mistaking it for sesame paste: “A plastered partygoer has attempted to satisfy his drunk munchies with a hard to swallow snack. Police from Nanjing, in China’s Jiangsu Province, were notified by concerned neighbours that a heavily intoxicated man was chowing down on a bucket full of fresh concrete. When police arrived, the man explained he was ravenous after a night of heavy drinking at a local bar, according to Jiangsu TV News. The unidentified man spotted a pail on the ground, and presuming it was ‘sesame paste’ -a dip made from ground sesame seeds – he resolved to help himself. Police only arrived after he had downed 250 grams of the construction material. After being notified of his mystifying mix-up, the man was rushed to hospital to have his stomach pumped. The doctor who treated him said he should bless his lucky stars, because the concrete had not set in his stomach, which could have been fatal.”

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They had some good gear in the old days

June 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Baseball player is benched after ‘liking’ a woman’s Instagram picture in DURING a game: “Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval admitted that he used his smartphone to ‘like’ a woman’s Instagram photograph during a baseball game on Wednesday. Sandoval admitted to ‘liking’ two pictures on an Instagram account belonging to ‘diva_legacy’ while the team batted in the 7th inning against the Atlanta Braves — the Red Sox lost 5-2, ESPN reports. The 28-year-old player was in violation of the team’s social media policy — which prohibits players from using cellphones during games — and Red Sox manager John Farrell benched Sandoval from Thursday’s game. ‘I know I f*cked up,’ Sandoval told ESPN Thursday. ‘I made a mistake, I learned from that. ‘I’m a human being, I made a mistake, so I apologize to my teammates, to the team, to the organization the fans support.’ A Barstool sports blogger noticed the player’s in-game social media activity and tweeted a photo of the Instagram feed along with the words: ‘Not to blow up the dude’s spot, but uh…is Pablo Sandoval on Instagram during the game?'”

A REAL stray cat: “A globetrotting cat managed to make its way from Australia to Northern Ireland after a stop-off in London – almost 11,000 miles away. The 25-year-old ginger cat named Ozzie by his rescuers was found wandering the streets of Laurelvale, near County Armagh last week and taken to the local Cats Protection centre. Staff at the clinic scanned his microchip and were stunned to find the poorly feline was registered in Sydney in 2000 as ‘Tigger’. The data also showed that he had turned up as a stray in a vet clinic in London in 2004 but no owner could be traced. Volunteers launched an international campaign on social media to uncover how the moggy ended up on the other side of the world – and the post has been shared more than 18,000 times. And the race is on as the animal, who was found in a starving condition and currently on a drip after suffering kidney failure. Ozzie was also found to have been born in 1989, making him 25 – 10 years older than the age of the average cat.”

A most unusual Muslim girl: “I was undergoing gruelling training to join the Army. And not just any regiment, either, but the most elite of all — the SAS, who were preparing me to become one of their first female reservists. At 4ft 11in tall, I weighed just 7st at the time. Aged 26, I became part of the first ever group of females to be allowed to take the same SAS training as the men. Though I didn’t know it at the time, we were to be a one-off experiment, set in train by an enlightened colonel. Then came the greatest shock of all. Abruptly, I was summoned into an office where an officer told me that I was dismissed. The whole female programme had been axed. It was months before I realised what the SAS had given me. It had taught me discipline, teamwork, connecting with people from all walks of life — and I’d learnt a lot about myself. Facing the future with a new sense of confidence, I set about changing my career and widening my interests”

Terrified California residents call police after as giant purple sea slugs wash up on beach: “Residents in California’s Bay Area are alarmed after a small invasion of giant purple sea slugs that look like human organs has begun washing up on their beaches. At least one person has called 911 after thinking that a small ‘sea hare’ was a person’s heart. The mollusks, which can reach up to 15lbs and 30 inches long, are native to the area around cities such as Alameda and Oakland, but have begun washing up on shore by the dozens recently. Sea hares live for about a year and lay eggs that look like noodles before dying, which they have been doing in increasing numbers. Twenty-two of the purple blobs were spotted in an inlet to Lake Merritt in Oakland last month, according to the Contra Costa Times. The ones recently found have not reached peak size and are about the size of a fist. Officials don’t have any precise figures on the total number of sea hares that have washed ashore. ‘It’s not endangered, but they are rarely seen other than an occasional one here or there,’ the East Bay Regional Park District’s Carloyn Jones said.”

Motorway driver dodges death after a 60-inch BLADE fell off a truck and sliced into his car: “A driver miraculously survived after a huge circular blade came flying towards him and cut through the front of his car. The man, named only as Mr Xiang, was driving along a motorway in Chongqing in south west China on Wednesday when he heard a loud bang and saw the blade spinning towards him. The blade had fallen off a truck that had crashed into the dividing barrier while travelling on the other side of the motorway, reported the People’s Daily Online. The 60-inch circular blade sliced right into the front of the car, leaving a hole that was 20 inches deep. Local authorities said the large circular blades on board the truck had not been properly secured, meaning a number of them were thrown off the back when the driver lost control and crashed. Neither Mr Xiang nor the driver of the truck were injured in the accident. It is not yet clear whether the truck driver will face any charges. Some local reports suggest that tiredness may have been a factor in the accident.

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Modern life

June 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

New chlamydia vaccine ‘roots out and destroys the STI, the most common cause of infertility’: “Scientists are close to developing a vaccine that guards against the most common cause of infertility. Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, often has no noticeable symptoms. But the damage it can cause to fallopian tubes – which carry fertilised eggs to the womb – can lead to childlessness. In all, it affects 100 million people each year. In 2012, 206,912 people tested positive for chlamydia in England, with 64% of people diagnosed with the disease under 25 years old. It is also a common cause of ectopic pregnancy – where the fertilised egg lodges outside the womb – the leading cause of death during the first three months of pregnancy. Now researchers from Harvard Medical School have developed a vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted disease that has shown success in trials in mice. Chlamydia is normally treated with antibiotics and can be detected by a urine test.”

Woman limbos UNDER A CAR : “How flexible are you? Chances are, your ability to bend doesn’t even come close to what this girl can do. Shemika Charles, 22, is so agile that she can limbo under a car, a feat which has just earned the Buffalo, New York, native her second world record. ‘The clearance is around nine inches but certain parts are lower than others so it took a lot of concentration and controlled breathing,’ she told Barcroft TV. ‘I want to do it again.’ Shemika, who calls herself the ‘Limbo Queen’, started practicing her skill when she was 14. She took after her mom Sherrie, who was a limbo dancer for 16 years – though Sherrie could only ever get down to three feet. ‘I saw that I had a really unique talent for it,’ Shemika said. She continued to improve as she got older, which has involved practicing for ‘around six hours a day’ for the past four years. In 2010, she set the Guinness World Record during an appearance on Live! With Regis and Kelly, where she limboed eight and a half inches from the floor – which is about the height of a beer bottle.

WWI U-Boat Propeller Returned to German Navy: “A brass propeller from the first U-Boat to be sunk a century ago has been given back to the country it belongs to, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The propeller from the German World War I submarine U-8 was handed over by the MCA to members of the current Navy during a handover ceremony on the German Naval vessel Karlsruhe in the Portsmouth Naval Base. The propeller, recovered along with other historical items following a number of seizures of illegally recovered dive artifacts in the Kent area in 2014, came into the care of the U.K.’s Receiver of Wreck, Alison Kentuck, but is now returned to its original owner. Head of Coastal operations for the MCA, Charles Ball, said, “This shows how times have changed. We can transfer this historical artifact back to our friends, not just in commemoration of the sacrifices suffered by both nations, but also in celebration of what we have achieved since then.”

Busybody cyclist confronts woman eating bowl of cereal in her car: “Cyclist David Williams, 47, had to perform a double take when he passed a red Land Rover on a busy high street, after catching the woman eating her breakfast behind the wheel. He called her “bloody ridiculous” after pulling over to find her with one hand on the steering wheel and the other clutching a bowl of cereal. Caught on the cycling instructor’s helmet camera, the footage shows the woman as she sat in her Land Rover Discovery in traffic in Hampton Court, Surrey, at around 8.45am on Tuesday. On his Youtube account he wrote “I’ve seen some astonishing things in my life on a bike but this is the most remarkable. She shamelessly refuses to put the bowl down after I challenge her!” [It shows how jammed British traffic can be]

A great kid. She’ll go far: “A Tennessee couple expecting to be the only ones puckering up behind the camera on their wedding day got a surprise when the 4-year-old flower girl stole a kiss of her own. As Michelle Hall and Anthony Palmer, of Knoxville, geared up to become husband and wife on June 13, Hall’s 4-year-old daughter, Anderson, was sure the big day was about her. ‘She was calling herself the bride the whole day,’ photographer Leah Bullard told WBIR of the little girl, noting her ‘bubbly’ personality. So, when Bullard arranged the bridal party for photos, telling the bride and groom to kiss, Anderson, naturally, thought the photographer was referring to her. The 4-year-old leaned in and kissed the ring bearer, a small boy she called ‘Ikey,’ as her mother and Palmer shared a kiss of their own. Bullard said the bridal party erupted in laughter at the little girl’s display and when she attempted to get another shot — without the kids’ kiss — the little girl ‘really went for it,’ planting another kiss on little Ikey’s lips, according to the Detroit Free Press.”

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Why Teachers DRINK

June 18, 2015 at 2:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The following questions were set in last year’s GED examination. These are genuine answers (from 16 year olds)

Q. Name the four seasons A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q. How is dew formed

A. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on

A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.

Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections A. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election.

Q. What are steroids

A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs. (Shoot yourself now , there is little hope)

Q.. What happens to your body as you age

A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty

A. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery. (So true)

Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes

A. Premature death.

Q. What is artificial insemination

A.. When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q. How can you delay milk turning sour

A. Keep it in the cow. (Simple, but brilliant)

Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)

A. The body is consisted into 3 parts – the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels: A, E, I,O,U..

Q. What is the fibula? A.

A small lie.

Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?

A. Nearby

Q. What is the most common form of birth control

A. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium. (That would work)

Q. Give the meaning of the term ‘Caesarean section’

A. The caesarean section is a district in Rome .

Q. What is a seizure?

A. A Roman Emperor. (Julius Seizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)

Q. What is a terminal illness

A. When you are sick at the airport. (Irrefutable)

Q. What does the word ‘benign’ mean?

A. Benign is what you will be after you be eight. (brilliant)

Q. What is a turbine?

A. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Malaria drug breakthrough: “A ‘magic bullet’ that could treat malaria with a single dose has been discovered. The compound could also act as an immunisation against the disease, say pharmacologists at Dundee University. They have been working to identify potential new treatments for malaria, a parasite which kills half a people million a year. Initially around 4,700 compounds were tested to see if any would kill the malaria parasite. One compound – called DDD498 – was found to work in a different way to all other antimalarial medicines on the market or in clinical development, researchers say. DDD107498 has the potential to treat malaria with a single dose, prevent the spread of malaria from infected people and protect a person from developing the disease in the first place. ‘There is still some way to go before the compound can be given to patients. However, we are very excited by the progress that we have made.’ MMV selected DDD107498 to enter preclinical development in October 2013 following the recommendation of its expert scientific advisory committee. Merck Serono has recently obtained the right to develop and, if successful, commercialise the compound”

Worst interview ever? Woman has to be removed by police after staging a 90-minute sit in when she was turned down for job interview: “As job interviews go, having to stage a 90-minute sit in and be removed by police usually suggests it hasn’t gone well. But that is exactly what happened to one woman who refused to budge when she was told she had not been successful with the job application at a company in Manchester. Greater Manchester Police had to be called to eject the unknown woman after her potential city centre employer reportedly turned her down for a job because she forgot her passport. The livid woman is said to have screamed at the interviewers to ‘Go on! Call the police’ after they asked her to leave at 11am today. But she stayed put for an hour and a half. When police arrived at the scene she had disappeared. The bizarre incident was revealed by the GMP City Centre Twitter account.”

Gin palace, a pebble pavement and gravestone of Titanic’s band leader among list of more unusual sites given national heritage status in Britain: “Government heritage body Historic England has published some of the highlights from the 510 places listed in the past year. They range from prehistoric sites which have become scheduled monuments, such as the traces of a Neolithic henge in Yorkshire, to heritage from the 20th century including the former Wing headquarters at Greenham Common, Berkshire, where nuclear cruise missiles were stored. Industrial structures from mills to aqueducts, a former bus station from the 1970s, a concrete house, Victorian play equipment and a 19th century gin palace are also all among the top 20 new additions to the National Heritage List for England. Also included is a lamp that burned gas from Victorian sewers in Sheffield, North Yorkshire and an unusual 1960s play sculpture in Birmingham. And the list of sites even features a bus station in Milton Keynes designed by the city’s in-house architects department in 1975.”

A civilian tank: “It can go from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, travel at 80 mph, and manoeuvre over any surface or terrain a tank can. Looking like a cross between the Batmobile and a moon buggy, the Ripsaw Extreme Vehicle 2 has been crafted into ‘one of the world’s most sought after high performance, luxury vehicles,’ according to makers Howe & Howe Technologies. Originally designed for the US military for service as a high-speed tracked vehicle, it is the fastest tracked vehicle ever developed. Since its military beginnings, the tank now sports 12-inches of suspension travel, a luxury interior, and a 600 horsepower diesel engine, while the gun and much of its body armor has been removed. The vehicle has advanced suspension tracks, while its huge engine that sits at the back, giving it an acceleration that rivals most sports cars. The custom-made machines are capable of trekking across all terrains including ice, snow and desert and have been developed in the name of fun.”

Burglar jailed after being caught on BBC presenter’s garden foxcam: “A thief has been jailed after being “outfoxed” when he was caught on a hidden camera installed to film urban wildlife. Nigel Batton, 43, was caught on a “Fox Family” camera in a neighbouring property in the early hours of January 12 last year. Around 3.46am, the camera installed to film urban wildlife by BBC Springwatch host Simon King and streaming live to his wildlife website picked up an image of a man climbing over a garden fence. The man then looked through the slat blinds of a studio office and tried to open the door before walking off across the garden. Police released a CCTV image of the man and a number of people called to identify Batton as the man in the images. Batton, from Lewisham, south east London, was arrested on January 31 last year and on Monday he was jailed for four-and-a-half years for burglary and attempted burglary after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court. Batton left after being disturbed by the owner. He left empty handed.”

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Deep thinkers

June 17, 2015 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

NYPD cop who was ridiculed for wearing ‘granny panties’ is awarded $325,000 payout: “A female NYPD cop whose boss suggested she lost her ‘granny panties’ and wear more lace has been awarded a $325,000 payout. Officer Augustina Balu claimed lieutenant Denis McAuliffe was obsessed with the color of her underwear and retaliated against her after she rebuffed his relentless advances towards her. The federal jury rejected the retaliation claims, but found that Balu, 44, had been subjected to a hostile work environment. McAuliffe was ordered to pay $25,000 in punitive damages on top of the six-figure judgment against the city, the Daily News reports. Ms Balu described McAuliffe as a ‘horndog’ who was unable to control himself. She worked for him in the personnel unit of the old Transit Police headquarters on Jay St. in downtown Brooklyn from 2005 to 2011.” Fred Lichtmacher, representing Balu, said the NYPD was more concerned with protecting its image than looking into her complaint, adding it had ruined her career.”

Google captures ghostly images in windows of ‘haunted house’: “A historic New York property is drawing attention for all the wrong reasons. The 1880s Queen Anne home, in the Camden neighbourhood, is listed for just $105,000…but the low price has been blamed on some very unwanted house guests. Ghostly snaps of the five-bed home captured by Google’s Street View cameras show three sets of seemingly ghostly handprints smeared across the third-floor windows, suggesting the home isn’t as empty as you might think. The rare home has been on the market since 2010, after the last owners mysteriously abandoned the house almost as soon as they bought it. Although uninhabited for half a decade, the beautiful property has earned itself a place on the National Register of Historic Places. The home was built by a former clergyman turned wealthy hardware business owner, but fell into foreclosure after failing to sell for $169,000.”

Huge sunfish that washed up on remote beach off Tasmania: “A rare 1000 kg ocean sunfish measuring nearly three meters has washed up on a remote beach on Maria island off the east coast of Tasmania. When the rare fish, also known as a Mola Mola, is found, it’s always in tropical waters, so when local Ian Johnstone spotted the fish on nature reserve Maria Island over the weekend, he’d never seen anything like it. The sunfish is the heaviest bony fish species in the world, and its name stems from the fact that they more than often can be seen basking in the sun near the surface. Sunfishes are often mistaken for sharks when their huge dorsal fins emerge above the water, but they are of no threat to humans and their diets consists mainly of eating jellyfish. The sunfish species reportedly only live to be 10 years old, and Mr Johnstone suspected its death to be the ‘cycle of life’.

An adorable octopus?: “A marine biology researcher in California has the difficult task of deciding on a name to encapsulate the cuteness of an unclassified octopus with puppy dog eyes. The animal, which has small wing-like fins on its head, has garnered so many accolades for being ‘adorable’ that the adjective may become its official title. Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, said that she is considering the scientific name Opisthotheusis Adorabilis for a species currently only known as the flapjack octopus. She told Science Friday that she is looking for a name for the octopus, which lives in the deep sea at depths of up to 1,476ft (450m), to help differentiate it from other species of the cephalopod. The unnamed mollusk has a gelatinous body of about 7inches (18cm) in diameter that it spreads wide to ‘parachute’ through stretches of dimly lit water. Its eight legs joined together by a large web that resembles an umbrella. Several of the octopuses, which are found in the Monterey Bay, were captured and allowed to live at the local aquarium.”

‘Incredibly handsome’ bus conductor in China: “A Chinese man became a celebrity overnight when tourists began posting photographs of him online. Zhao Haonan, 21, who works in Xi’an, has had his pictures shared by thousands of social media users calling him ‘the most handsome bus conductor ever’, reported the People’s Daily Online. He first became aware of his internet fame when one of his friends saw a picture of him on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. Admirers say that he looks like popular American-Chinese actor Daniel Wu, who is also known for his good looks. Zhao says he enjoys his job because he gets to meet new people every day and describes buses as being a ‘small community’. ‘He just looks like a celebrity and he’s a metrosexual too,’ says his female colleague Zhao Jing. Zhao works on bus number 306 and often takes tourists to see the famous Terracotta Warriors. Fans were delighted when they discovered the young bus conductor is single, and still searching for love.”

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Some religion or other

June 16, 2015 at 4:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Traditional family dinner a ‘thing of the past’: “The traditional family dinner is becoming a thing of the past as one in five people say they never get together to eat round the table. A new study today revealed 19 per cent of Britons admit they do not spend any time eating with their family during a normal week. The survey, by the pub restaurant chain Table Table, showed more than a third of people instead spend two hours a week eating with a partner after the children have been sent to bed. And the topics of conversation when people do all gather for a meal during the week are becoming more limited, the survey of 2,000 adults found. What is on television dominates mealtime discussions as just over half of those surveyed claimed it was the most popular conversation topic in their family. As 25 per cent of people argue with their family members at the dinner table, some topics have become off limits during the increasingly rare family get-togethers. Jo Watling, marketing manager at Table Table said: ‘Traditionally, mealtimes are an opportunity for all family members to congregate, eat and communicate but our findings show that, unfortunately, this isn’t happening as much as perhaps it should.’

Super Kim Jong pill: “The secretive state of North Korea has unveiled a pill that claims to increase strength, brainpower and ‘sexual function’ while also sending you into a deep sleep. It has echoes of the pill that appeared in the Hollywood film ‘Limitless’ starring Bradley Cooper that enabled the user to access 100 per cent of their brain abilities. According to Foreign State, a state owned magazine, the pill can ‘strengthen growth hormones’ and ‘increase sexual function in the elderly’. It also claims to build muscle, improve mental concentration, help relieve fatigue, car sickness and anaemia, promote growth while at the same time allowing ‘sound sleep’. Children are advised to have one or two pills each time they snack.

Company in Romania hires a CAT as communications director: “With the competition for jobs fiercer than ever, the director of communications position at a new start up was always going to be popular job advert. Based in the Romanian capital of Bucharest, the start-up company appointed Bossy, reportedly after a thorough application process. With a salary of £110 per month plus a healthy bonus of cat food, the nine-month old cat will earn more than some Romanians working in rural areas. Catbox.ro is an online store, selling original presents that can be delivered in less than 24 hours. Bossy appears to be a blue Scottish Fold cat, known for their striking orange eyes, lilac coloured fur and folded down ears. It is believed the breed originated from the Scottish highlands with the cat breed being known as lop-eared. As demonstrated by Bossy, some Scottish Folds also have a unique party trick; they can stand up on their hind legs. Photographed wearing a fetching cream tie and a smart white collar shit and black suit jacket, Bossy certainly looks the part.”

Chocolate is a health food: “It is considered one of life’s guilty pleasures – but that could be about to change. Scientists now say that regularly tucking into a few pieces of chocolate may actually be good for us. A study has found that people who regularly eat chocolate are less likely to fall victim to strokes and heart disease. The findings – based on a 12-year study of 21,000 Britons – suggest that eating dark or milk chocolate could be beneficial for health. The cumulative evidence suggests that high chocolate consumption may be associated with cardiovascular benefit. They found that people who regularly ate chocolate – some of whom consumed up to 100g a day – were 11 per cent less likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problem than people who ate none at all. Eating chocolate was also associated with a 25 per cent reduced chance of dying with a heart problem. The study authors – from the universities of Aberdeen, Manchester, Cambridge and East Anglia – stressed that their investigation merely looked at statistical trends, and could not draw definitive conclusions about cause and effect.”

Hispanic cashes in on her assets: “A 26-year-old nursing student has told how she has become so addicted to dating sugar daddies that she dumped her real love in favour of her lavish bankrolled lifestyle. Describing herself as a ‘sugar baby’, Miss Munoz, from Los Angeles, who says she’s currently only sleeping with her main sugar daddy and is a ‘companion’ to four others, said: ‘I call them my sugar daddies. I’m addicted to them.’ One suitor bought her a $124,000 (£80,000) Bentley car, another spent $180,000 (£117,000) on a house for her and a third bought her a big cat – a panther which she called Blacky – and ‘several horses’. She also enticed another to pay her $80,000 tuition fees. But so addicted is Miss Munoz, that she her hid her lifestyle from real love, Caesar Romero, a man only six years her senior, whom she met online. The couple got engaged but in March after three years together, Miss Munoz put an end to the relationship as she missed being a full-time ‘sugar baby’. ‘He was really nice and handsome but ultimately I value jewels over love.’

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