Were it so

August 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Historic tall ships converge on Amsterdam: “At first glance, it could be a scene from a bygone era – the sails of the tall ships fluttering against the sky. The 50 stunning tall ships had come from across the world to take part in SAIL Amsterdam, which takes place every five years and sees hundreds of boats accompanying these historic vessels on a trip from Ijmuiden, in the western Netherlands, to the capital. This year, the fleet included an 18th century frigate replica, a 19th century French merchant ship and a controversial Chilean vessel which, in the not so distant past, was used for torture. The ships set of on Wednesday morning, and the flotilla – which was more than 600 strong, thanks to the hundreds of smaller private boats taking part in the event – reached Amsterdam at about 2pm. Highlights include the Etoile du Roy, a reproduction of a 1745 frigate used in the British television series ‘Horatio Hornblower,’ and the Belem, a French 19th century steel-hulled three-master.”

Owners shocked to find their restaurant had been barricaded with a wall of fridges: “The owners of a fish and chip shop were left in shock after arrving at the takeaway to open up and finding it had been barricaded with a wall of fridges. Staff had to fight their way through the appliances in order to get to the door of Big Ben’s Fish and Grill in Maidstone, Kent yesterday. Almost 30 fridges made up the barricade and some were even stacked three-high around the building. The barricade was erected by the owners of second hand goods shop, the Clutter Box, which is across the road from the chip shop. Paul Stone and Keven Wilderman, owners of the Clutter Box have been involved in a ongoing feud with the landlord who owns the takeaway. Mr Stone said: ‘Rather than go through the violent and damaging route we wanted to do a peaceful protest.’ But Richard Philips, who works for the landlord, told KentOnline: ‘I’m disgusted at what they’ve done, this isn’t a prank.’ The barricade has since been taken down by the pranksters and the chip shop was able to open as normal

Orphaned baby orangutan found crying and alone in a rainforest in Borneo is rescued: “An orphaned baby orangutan found crying like a baby and alone in a rainforest in Borneo has been rescued. Little Asoka was discovered by a local man, who despite good intentions, fed the orangutan sickly-sweet condensed milk four times a day. The local man who found him felt so sorry for the baby that he took him home. Knowing that the orangutan is a protected species, he contacted the forestry department, asking them to collect the young orphan. Alan Knight, IAR’s chief executive, said: ‘Little Asoka is the latest orangutan to come in to our centre. ‘He is as cute and contented as can be but his story is typical of the tragic fate threatening the survival of orangutan populations in Borneo and Sumatra. ‘As the palm oil industry continues to devour the rainforest, more and more orangutans are left homeless, hungry and vulnerable to hunters. Asoka, who is four or five months old and weighs just 2kg, is on the road to recovery after being rescued”

Spider that can FLY despite having no wings discovered in South America: “An arachnophobe’s worst nightmare has been realised after a spider that can fly has been discovered in the jungles of South America. And this creepy crawly’s aerial acrobatics are more advanced than mere gliding – it can change direction in mid-air. In a video released buy the researchers, the spider, which is about two inches across, can be seen changing direction as it falls through the air, guiding its way with its extended legs. To conduct the study, the researchers had to climb trees searching for the notoriously well camouflaged spiders, known as ‘flatties’ due to their very flat body shape. The then dropped them from 65 to 80 feet (20 to 25 meters) from trees and filmed them maneuvering in the air. The researchers say the spiders are more agile in the air than a cat, turning themselves right-side-up in milliseconds and pointing their heads downward to glide. ‘If a predator comes along, it frees the animal to jump if it has a time-tested way of gliding to the nearest tree rather than landing in the understory or in a stream.'”

Fish that snoozes for YEARS without any food or water: “The African lungfish can sleep out of water for three to five years without any sustenance, only to wake up when freshwater surroundings become available. During suspended animation, the fish don’t eat or drink and produce no waste, sometimes for as long as five years. The researchers claim that in the process they slow down their biological clock, relinquishing the normal need for sustenance and surviving in a very low energy state. This kind of suspended animation has always fascinated scientists because if it could be replicated in some form in humans. The African lungfish is one of the closest relatives of tetrapods, the first group of four-limbed vertebrates to live outside of water. Their anatomy offers clues as to how animals first evolved to breathe air, as they have adapted a lung that can sustain them in periods when their environment dries up. They pass the long stretches of the dry season holed up in burrows in the mud, and they can use their long appendages to crawl and move outside of the water.

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Yummy puppies?

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

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Boeing patents ‘transformer’ drone that can fly in the air and turn into a submarine: “Boeing has patented an amphibious drone that can covert from a plane into a submarine at the touch of a button. It would allow spy drones to follow divers, or even deliver goods to submarines. Boeing’s drone is launched aboard a large carrier aircraft and then separated near its target spot for entering the water. When the craft hits the water, parts of its rear wings, stabilizer and one of its sets of propelling blades detach to make it more manoeuvrable underwater. A buoyancy tank controls the depth of the craft underwater, while a second set of propellers are used for it to manoeuvre. When the flying-turned-swimming drone surfaces, it can then transmit data back to its mission control. To remove its heavy wings and stabilizer upon entering the water, the patent proposes the use of explosive bolts or a salt water-soluble glue to enable the detachment of flying mode-only parts.”

Turkish whistling language scientists say is unique because it uses BOTH sides of the brain: “Researchers have found a Turkish language based on whistles is unique as it uses both sides of the brain. Generally speaking, language processing is a job for the brain’s left hemisphere, whether it is spoken, written, or signed. However, researchers have discovered an exception to this rule: whistled Turkish. Whistled Turkish is exactly what it sounds like: Turkish that has been adapted into a series of whistles. This method of communicating was popular in the old days, before the advent of telephones, in small villages in Turkey as a means for long-distance communication. In comparison to spoken Turkish, whistled Turkish carries much farther. ‘You can’t articulate as loud as you can whistle, so whistled language can be heard kilometers away across steep canyons and high mountains.’ Whistled Turkish isn’t a distinct language from Turkish, Güntürkün said. It is Turkish converted into a different form, much as the text you are now reading is English converted into written form.

Consecrated virgin, 38, marries God: “You have probably heard of the groom’s name – Jesus Christ. But you are unlikely to have heard of his bride – Indiana high school teacher Jessica Hayes. The 38-year-old joined an elite band of ‘consecrated virgins’ when she ‘got married’ to the son of God in downtown Fort Wayne at the weekend. The consecrated virgins are similar to nuns in that they live chaste lives. But they do not live in convents and they are not obliged to take on any particular work for the Catholic Church. However, most volunteer for their local diocese or Church associations. Hayes, who is a theology teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, said she decided to become a consecrated virgin after years of prayer and soul-searching. She says she will continue to live her normal life at home – only now she will not be able to get married to anyone else or to have sex for the rest of her life.”

Parrot swore at its owner’s step-mother after being trained for two years to hurl abuse: “A parrot was ordered to appear at a police station in India – after being trained to hurl abuse at his owner’s elderly stepmother. The parrot, named Hariyal, was trained for two years by owner Suresh Sakharkar to insult his stepmother Janabai every time she passed his home in the Indian province of Maharashtra. The two were locked in a dispute over property, according to local newspapers. Eventually, 85-year-old Janabai got fed up with being the subject of the bird’s rude outbursts, and demanded the police take action. But it seems the parrot knew when to keep its beak shut. When he arrived at Rajura police station, Hariyal did not utter a word. But this has not saved his bacon entirely. Bemused officers have decided they are unable to lock the foul-mouthed bird up, but have handed it to the state’s forest department.”

Shark cage was too boring: “Fletcher Davies is a 20-year-old Sydney surfer, but he found himself face to face with a school of inquisitive Galapagos sharks off the coastline of the North Shore of Hawaii last month. The laidback board-rider was in the main town of Hale’iwa to represent Australia in the world championships in paddleboarding, when a friend suggested he tried free-diving with sharks. ‘The sharks are so chilled out it’s unbelievable,’ Mr Davies told Daily Mail Australia. Mr Davies quickly grew bored of the cage enclosure, venturing into the pristine blue water to get closer. Fighting the common belief that Galapagos sharks are an aggressive and dangerous breed, Mr Davies commented: ‘They’re just really curious animals. He recalled one encounter when a playful shark swam directly into his face as he focused on taking a selfie with another. ‘I was trying to take a photo with my GoPro – I pushed him away and jabbed him with the stick and he swam off straight away… they’re really just curious on what’s going on”

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Equal treatment?

August 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Brilliant British bureaucracy again: “A traffic warden has slapped a parking ticket on a bus – for stopping in a bus stop. The bus had a scheduled ten-minute break at the spot in Edenbridge, Kent, and the driver nipped into a nearby bakery to pick up a snack as he waited. Now bus company Go Coach is battling with the council to waive the penalty, which has risen to £105 after they missed the deadline to pay it. Sevenoaks District Council said it is illegal to leave a bus unattended in a bus stop. A council spokesman said: ‘This Penalty Charge Notice was issued in May after the bus was seen to have been parked and left unattended in a bus stop, which is illegal to do. ‘Bus stops should only be used for picking up and dropping off passengers. ‘We are still awaiting payment of the fine and will be taking the next necessary steps to ensure this is recovered.'”

Dog foils jailbreak plot after hearing prisoners digging tunnel: “A dog, out for a morning walk with its owner on the Greek island of Corfu, detected the presence of inmates digging a tunnel under his very paws, the ANA news agency reported on Saturday. The dog froze, clearly cocking an ear to suspicious sounds below and refusing to budge, until finally its anxious owner decided to call the police. Sure enough, the doggy detective led the cops to discover a tunnel already several metres long – reported to have begun from Corfu prison’s B wing- and the prisoners who were digging it. Battery-powered fans and plastic containers of food were also found, the Guardian reported. Twenty-one convicts in jail serving long sentences or life terms are held in the wing. The same prison could have used the dog’s help in 1996, when several dozen inmates escaped using an old tunnel dug by the English when the island was a British protectorate from 1814 to 1864.”

Rogue parking company gets off lightly: “A rogue car valet company has been fined thousands of pounds after pretending to park customers’ cars in a secure spot close to Gatwick Airport when they were actually left unlocked in fields. Airport Parking Ltd charged £32.95 per vehicle per night and promised to park it in a location monitored 24 hours a day. But instead the cars were left in unsecured fields, often with windows open and doors unlocked, while their owners went on holiday. The company has now been fined £6,000 following a Trading Standards investigation. Staff at the firm even threw all the car keys into a plastic box and left them unattended in the field. Directors of the business, which was based in Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to eight charges of misleading customers at Worthing Magistrates’ Court last Friday. Trading Standards officers launched an investigation in 2013 following customer complaints.”

Mathematicians find new ‘perfect shape’ that solves one of their most complex problems: “Tilers and bathroom designers now have a reason to rejoice. Three scientists have made maths history by finding a new type of pentagon that can tile a floor without overlapping or leaving any gaps. It’s what researchers call ’tiling the plane’ and their discovery is only the 15th type of non-regular pentagon that can do this, with the last one found 30 years ago. The team said that for those in the maths world, finding this tile is analogous to finding a new atomic particle. While a triangle and a square can be tiled in limitless shapes and sizes, it is mathematically proven that convex polygons with more than six sides cannot. A German mathematician discovered five pentagons that tile in 1918 and a San Diego housewife also discovered five. The latest 15th tile discovery is the first in 30 years. The discovery was made by researchers at Washington University using a computer program written by an undergraduate student.”

Is this McDonald’s most attractive worker?: “McDonald’s is not always considered the most glamorous place to work, however one server in Taiwan is bringing a little added allure to the counter. Hsu Wei-han, whose age was not given, has been attracting plenty of customers to her branch of the fast-food chain in the city of Kaohsiung after she was discovered by a blogger. RainDog spotted the doll-like beauty and noted that Wei-han, who is also known as ‘Weiwei’ or ‘Haitun’ (‘dolphin’ in Chinese), was cute and wore a pink shirt and heels. She has been called the ‘cutest McDonald’s goddess in Taiwanese history’ after fans pointed out that the country’s branches are famous for dressing up their female employees in cute themed outfits, such as sailors or maids. Followers of Weiwei in Kaohsiung are now scrambling to find out the branch where she works in the hopes of getting a peek at the wide-eyed waitress.

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Shared warmth

August 17, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Tragedy of the man who sounded TOO MUCH like Elvis: “The world is full of Elvis Presley impersonators, but only one, Jimmy ‘Orion’ Ellis, sounded so much like him that people were convinced he actually was Elvis. A new documentary, ‘Orion: The Man Who Would Be King’ sheds light on the phenomenon of a man who sounded and acted so much like The King that he filled stadiums around the world and lived the life of the dead superstar. But he was haunted by the fact that he would never be recognized for himself and the artist he wanted to be. Ellis became known as ‘Orion’ and always wore a mask – probably to give him an air of mystery to better link him with Elvis in the public’s mind. He became so popular that he released nine studio albums. In 1998, he was murdered in his Alabama pawnshop during a robbery.”

Bog snorkelling in the middle of Wales is the craziest sport on earth: “A trench filled with slimy water. World Bog Snorkelling Championships are held every August, drawing competitors from all over the world. Event is held at a peat bog at Llanwrtyd Wells in Powys, Wales, site of the biannual World Alternative Games. Competitors are required to swim 120 yards along a narrow trench, but it’s much harder than it looks. It sounds rather simple. Competitors are required to swim to a wooden post and back in a 4ft deep trench, without using conventional swimming strokes. The water is so cold it sends a chill through my body. With my eyes bulging and chest heaving our race official counts down from five to signal the start of a flat-out swim I may never experience again. From the moment I set off, I’m concentrating on my breathing while staring into the muddy water (there is zero visibility), and kicking my legs and ‘dog paddling’ my arms at a manic pace”

The horses win at a British rodeo: “Roughly 15 participants took part in the competition, which was held in the Llanthony Valley in Wales. The fearless riders mount the animals with the intention of staying on as long as they can, with most lasting less than a few seconds. Competitors have to cope without a saddle to keep them balanced, as the ponies furiously kick their legs in the air and try to shake them off. Photographer Darragh Mason Field attended the show, which was staged in the Black Mountains in Monmouthshire. The 39-year-old from Dublin said: ‘I have to say it was quite an interesting sight. ‘The ponies are coming to the stage where people will soon ride them, so there is some kind of sense behind it. ‘Most people lasted just a few seconds, the longest time I think was 7.5 seconds. ‘I think there were a few minor injuries on the day but that’s it.’ The event has been going since 1962, and was set-up in response to a 1959 BBC documentary about the area called ‘The Dying Valley’. Local people set up the event to prove the area was still thriving.

Book that’ll send your kids to sleep: “For a parent struggling to get a child to sleep, anything that speeds up the process will be greeted as a godsend. That may explain why a 22-page story book last night jumped to the top of the Amazon bestsellers list. The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, by Swedish psychologist Varl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin, promises to have a child nodding off in no time, with a perfect combination of sentence structure and soporific words. The story follows Roger The Rabbit, who is advised by Uncle Yawn, the Heavy-Eyed Owl and the Sleep Snail to ‘think slowly, breath slowly and calm, slow and calm’ and ‘let your whole body be heavy, so heavy it feels like it falls… just like a leaf, that falls down, slowly down, down… Your eyelids are so heavy’. The £6 book appears to have become popular by word of mouth. Mr Ehrlin used Amazon’s Create Space, in which authors upload books via the internet and each order is individually printed.”

A real wierdo: “A 20-year-old man is facing a charge of sexual assault after a 69-year-old woman claimed she was sexually assaulted on a cross-country flight in Canada. The woman told investigators she was assaulted by a passenger who was seated next to her as the WestJet plane flew from Calgary to Halifax. Halifax District Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cpl Greg Church said the woman, from British Columbia, was awake at the time of the alleged incident and was not physically injured. ‘When it happened, the victim notified the flight attendant right away.’ The man and woman did not know each other, and there was a third passenger seated in their row during the four-and-a-half hour flight, he added. Cabin crew informed flight WJA226’s captain, who asked for police officers to meet the plane.

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When reality strikes

August 16, 2015 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Restaurant refuses to throw out man with boa constrictor around his neck: “A man who walked into a restaurant with a boa constructor was allowed to stay after telling workers there that it was a ‘service animal’. The unnamed male diner insisted he had to keep the snake with him at El Puente Mexican Restaurant in Nixa, Missouri, because it helped him with his depression. When terrified customers asked the manager to throw out the man – and his pet – they were wrongly told the pair had to stay under disability laws. The restaurant boss could, in fact, have told the man to leave because dogs are the only ‘service animals’ mentioned in the Americans with Disabilities Act. ‘The rule states that other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals.’

Chinese farmer swindles thousands of dollars by opening fake BANK: “A Chinese man made thousands of dollar by opening a fake branch of one of the world’s largest banks. The man, whose surname is Zhang, equipped the fraudulent China Construction Bank outlet with card readers, passbooks and three teenage girls at the teller counter. One of the girls posing at the branch near Linyi, Shandong province, was the man’s 15-year-old daughter. The farmer ran the ‘ghost bank’ for a month before a woman who deposited $6,200 could not withdraw it from a real branch. The managers there spotted the fake deposit and contacted the police. Mr Zhang told Shandong Television that he had formally applied to join a commercial bank network but had not been approved, the Financial Times reported. A spokesman for Lanling County Police said: ‘If someone came requesting to withdraw the money, they would say that their network hadn’t been established yet”

Wife of British far-Leftist is a capitalist exploiter: “Luxury coffee sold from the home of Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn is produced by poverty-stricken Mexican farmers, some of whom have earned less than the country’s minimum wage, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Laura Alvarez, the politician’s third wife, runs a business selling organic beans, and boasts that those who make it are paid ‘a fair wage and enjoy good conditions of employment’. But this newspaper has discovered that Café Mam is produced by farmers in Mexico’s poorest state, who earn just 93p for each 500g bag that Ms Alvarez sells for £10. Workers are living in tiny shacks with their families. They also had to take turns to sleep in their factory to stop thieves stealing the machinery and wrecking their livelihood. Miss Alvarez, 46, who was born in Mexico, is the third wife of Mr Corbyn, the 66-year-old MP for Islington North”

Wife kicks out ‘world’s most annoying husband’: “A wife has kicked out her husband after he tattooed a six-and-a-half-inch penis down his thigh. Stuart Valentino, previously been dubbed the ‘world’s most annoying husband’, inked the comedy phallus so it pokes out of his boxer shorts. But it was the last straw for the prankster’s long-suffering wife who decided enough was enough and dumped him. The 34-year-old, who admits the tattoo is ‘the stupidest thing he has ever done’ has now been kicked out of their home in Southsea, Hampshire. The truck driver says the ‘joke’ has ruined his life. He was even banned from taking his three-year-old daughter swimming because of the obscene tattoo. Wife of two years Samantha, 35, had bought her husband the tattoo gun as a Christmas present. But she was left to regret the gift after Stuart got drunk and permanently inked the design on his thigh.”

Ostentatious Muslim wedding in Australia: “A deputy mayor whose wedding ceremony kicked off with a grand helicopter entrance followed by a motorcade of luxury cars has been criticised for planning his lavish wedding without consulting with local police about traffic congestion. Salim Mehajer, deputy mayor of Auburn, a suburb in Sydney’s west, had a celebrity-style wedding on Saturday. And while some local residents appeared to enjoy the entertainment, which included the groom stepping out on to a red carpet before being greeted with a camera crew and an entourage – others were not impressed. Auburn councillor Irene Simms told Fairfax media that although Mr Mehajer, who is also a property developer, ​had been granted approval to land a helicopter in a council park, she had still heard ‘numerous complaints’ about the occasion. ‘I wish him every happiness in his marriage but this not the way to make friends with your neighbours,’ she said.”

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The Greek problem solved

August 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

But maybe it’s only oldies who even remember greaseproof paper as sandwich wrappings etc

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There are still samurai in Japan: “Japanese police have arrested a man accused of bursting into a lawyer’s office and cutting off his penis with garden shears before flushing it down a toilet. Local media reports said Ikki Kodukai, a 24-year-old Tokyo graduate student, may have carried out the horrifying act in revenge over his wife’s romantic involvement with the 42-year-old victim. Police said Kodukai, who was arrested shortly after the alleged attack, punched the unnamed lawyer several times before prying off his pants and then severing his ‘lower body part’ with the shears. The husband, said to be a skilled boxer, was arrested shortly afterwards. Questioned about what he had done with the severed organ, Kodukai is said to have told officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department that he had flushed it down the toilet. The lawyer, who has not been named, is receiving hospital treatment, but his immediate condition was not known. Witnesses claimed that although he’d lost a lot of blood, his life was not in any danger.”

Australia’s powerful owl: “A Sydney man is ‘gobsmacked’ after seeing an owl attack a possum the size of a little pet dog. Noel Kessel was walking on Link Road, St Ives, on Sydney’s north shore, about 9.30pm on Sunday when the ringtail possum he was photographing was carried off by a powerful owl. ‘This bird flew past, clipped my head . . . It was a big owl, and the poor possum was just squealing away. ‘It just flew to another tree and started to hack at its neck.’ Mr Kessel, who had never seen a powerful owl before, said the ‘pretty impressive’ attack happened in an urban area. ‘You don’t expect that in suburbia.’ The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage website described the powerful owl as the largest owl in Australasia. Adults can have wingspans up to 140cm, reach a length of 60cm, and weigh as much as 1.45kg.

When it was cool and unusual to be fat: KFC ad from the 1970s: “An animated advertisement from the 1970s which seemingly champions child obesity has emerged. The bizarre ad features rotund children who claim to ‘get thinner’ as they wait for a meal of KFC while on a family road trip. After stopping and getting a box of greasy fried chicken from the fast food store, the jingle in the minute-long video sings of the overweight children ‘feeling better inside’. The final lines of the song proclaim ‘a drive isn’t funny, with an empty tummy, thank goodness for Kentucky Fried’. Closing the ad is a scene of farm animals eating a meal outside a KFC outlet. The ad is in stark contrast to many modern fast food advertisements which feature slim people and offer healthy eating options. Users commenting on the ad claim to distinctly remember the jingle it used. Based on comments, the ad seemed to have been created in Australia and was also shown in New Zealand.

Whale knew where to find help: “A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. ‘He just popped his head up so you could reach out and remove the garbage. ‘You could see that big eye coming out watching us. They are not dumb for sure.’ The large mammal swam from one boat to another until the garbage caught in its mouth was removed. After the rubbish is removed from the whale’s mouth, the creature is seen swimming away while flapping its fin – apparently showing its appreciation.

World’s smallest trailer home?: “This miniature caravan might look better suited to ‘cramping’ than ‘glamping’ – but despite its diminutive size, it still boasts a full-size double bed and fully-equipped kitchen. The Tardis-like creation has been taking campsites by storm this summer because at just eight feet long, it’s so small that it can be easily towed. But its nifty design also hides a secret compartment that slides out to almost double the living space in less than 30 seconds, meaning it can comfortably sleep two adults with room to spare. Made from timber and fibreglass, the retro-looking pod is chock full of modern conveniences, like a flatscreen TV. The bed can be rearranged to make a comfy lounge complete with a pull-out table, while a compartment at the back of the caravan lifts up to reveal an open-air kitchen with two hobs, a fridge and a sink. The top of the range Gidget will set buyers back 22,000 Australian dollars, or around £10,000.”

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So sad about Cecil the lion

August 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man has four curtain rings that were stuck around his penis removed by firefighters: “A man was left red-faced after calling the fire brigade to remove four curtain rings which had got stuck around his penis. The 50-year-old was taken to Carlos Holmes Trujillo Hospital, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia, when the metal rings got stuck on his manhood. But, medical professionals at the hospital did not have the necessary equipment to perform the removal and had to call in the fire service. Firefighters spent more than an hour to cut the man’s member free after being called by doctors in the Cali hospital. They used specialist cutting tools and careful released his penis from the rings, which was needed to avoid irreparable damage. The stricken man, whose has not been named, is still recovering in hospital. The fire brigade in Colombia said this type of incident occurs three to four times each year, as some people try to be creative to enhance their sexual pleasure.”

Strange Chinese burgers: “The coloured bun is the latest fad in fast food as restaurants compete to produce the most eye–catching burgers in a rainbow of hues. After the McDonald’s black burger and Burger King’s scarlet creation, KFC China has now sandwiched its chicken leg patty with cheese between two pink buns. The fast food giant introduced the unusual new burger to its summer menu, along with another fried option wedged between black buns. According to The Nangfang the limited edition treats consist of the Black diamond bacon spicy chicken leg burger and the Rose cheese roasted chicken leg burger. The official advertising shows two plump burgers bursting with bright green lettuce, a tomato slice, and the firm buns flecked with seeds. But fast food fans have taken to Instagram to share their own experience of the bizarre meals, which appear quite different in reality to the pictures in the ads. From fast food fans’ pictures the rose burger’s bun is more anaemic in real life and lacks the moulded appearance in the campaign imagery.”

458 glossy pages of crap: “The September issue of Vogue: the style maven’s autumn-winter bible. The most important edition of the most important magazine in Britain’s £30billion fashion industry. At least that’s what we’re always being told. There’s an ‘Eighties inspired’ fashion shoot that, as well as featuring some of the most preposterous items of clothing I’ve ever seen (vinyl shirt, anyone?) also features make-up that not even Boy George would be seen dead in. The word hideous doesn’t begin to do it justice: the model looks like she’s fallen asleep in my daughter’s paintbox. On the catwalk at Balmain, a dreadful cacophony. Purple. Orange. Stripes. Fringing. And the kind of gems that would make Dame Edna blush. Indeed, in her monthly editorial letter, even Alexandra Shulman, the magazine’s brilliant and highly accomplished editor-in-chief, sounds a note of disbelief. ‘Personally, I’m not so sure all these shouty clothes will rush off the rails.’ Stunned silence. Because in fashion-speak, that’s tantamount to saying: ‘This stuff’s hideous.’

Lady’s fancy shoe jams escalator: “It’s only fitting that a designer shoe breaks the escalator at the Condé Nast headquarters in New York. A Christian Louboutin heel got wedged into an escalator at the famed mass media company’s office located within One World Trade Center on Thursday. The red bottom heel found its way into the cracks of the escalator and temporarily caused it to stop running. Shoe designer Nareesha McCaffrey, 26, owned up to the pricey shoe being hers, which retails for $675 a pair. ‘I left you guys a souvenir. RIP my @louboutinworld it just died at the Condé Nast,’ McCaffrey captioned a photo she shared of the black pump on Instagram.

Eagle wipes out a drone: “A wedge-tailed eagle proved just how territorial birds can be when it mounted a mid-air attack on a drone and wiped it out of the sky with its talons. The incredible footage captured the moment the eagle decided to strike after it spotted the unmanned aerial vehicle and flew at it from the branch of a tree in Australia. In the brief clip the bird of prey can be seen picking up speed and flying with purpose. Anticipating the attack, the operator of the drone attempts to steer the camera out of the way and begins flying upwards. However, the drone is well within the predator’s sights and the eagle collides with it, knocking it out of the sky with its talons. The drone is sent spinning to the ground at speed where it eventually lands among the foliage. Writing online after posting the video to YouTube, the filmmaker said that the massive eagle was fine after the incident. He added: ‘The drone needed some attention before it could fly again.’

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An honest menu

August 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Calendar blooper: “IT’S the police dog calendar that has landed officials in a steaming pile of the proverbial. The 2016 Queensland Police Dog Squad calendar, launched at the Ekka last week by Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller and Assistant Commissioner Alistair Dawson, was meant to showcase the work of the police service’s four-legged finest and raise funds for charity. Instead, almost 20,000 copies of the $20 canine crime-fighter calendars have had to be pulped because they contain a litany of wrong dates. Dates are out of order for June, the month of August starts on a Friday when it should be a Monday, and September 12 is missing. The recalled calendars, who were proof-read by “multiple stakeholders”, were produced by Queensland Police Service at a cost of $17,000. The howler has left Ms Miller and Police Commissioner Ian Stewart barking mad and officials who proofed the calendar in the doghouse.”

Shark’s lives matter?: “A social media backlash has erupted after photos of an enormous tiger shark’s corpse on board a fishing boat surfaced on Wednesday. The images-which were posted by Byron Bay resident Geoff Brooks-show the colossal six metre predator on board a commercial shark fishing boat in Nine Mile Reef in northern New South Wales. Social media users have voiced their outrage after the images, which come during a push from surfers in northern NSW for a shark cull following an unprecedented surge in attacks. On Brook’s original Facebook post, which has been shared nearly 350 times, a string of users argued the enormous tiger shark should not have been killed. ‘Why?? Such an incredible specimen. Deserves to live as nature intended!’ Denby Sheather wrote. ‘Human beings ego just can’t stand having any other animal above them on the food chain is my thought,’ wrote Reshin Puna.”

Unpopular purple: “A family in Missouri say they are being threatened with jail over the purple colour of their play set in the back yard. “It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” mother Marla Stout told FOX 4. Evidently the community home owners association is threatening to sue the family if it is not removed in the next two weeks, claiming it is not harmonious with other colours in the neighbourhood. “There’s nothing in the rules about colour,” she said. “What it says is it has to be harmonious with the community and with nature and there is nothing that dictates the colour of the swing set.” Ms Stout said the HOA sent her a letter saying she didn’t get the playset properly approved before they built it and that the colour needed pre-approval. The family isn’t backing down though and has lawyered-up in anticipation of the ridiculous fight.

Rich kid sets his Ferrari 458 Italia on fire because he wanted a new one: “A SWISS millionaire officially has the brattiest child in the world. The man’s unnamed 20-year-old son intentionally set his $400,000 Ferrari 458 Italia on fire, hoping to get insurance money to buy the Italian company’s newer, better, faster model. Let’s just take a second to think about the horrible situation the kid was in — not only was his Ferrari no longer the newest, best model he could buy, but he was only receiving $13,000 a month in allowance money. Oh, and the fact he only has 14 other cars, including peasant models like a Lamborghini. So the kid, went out and hired two people, for close to $20,000 each to take his car through the nearby Swiss border into Germany and set it on fire. But unfortunately for our unlucky and hard-done-by 20-year-old, the whole act of arson was caught by pesky security cameras. Darn you security companies! So now, his Ferrari has been completely destroyed, he’s getting 22 months probation and a $44,000 fine and he only has 14 cars left.

Sneaky octopus tricks its prey by TAPPING shrimps on the shoulder so they run straight into its clutches: “Lunch is a pantomime for an octopus that fools its prey into thinking it is behind it. The larger Pacific striped octopus sneaks up on tasty shrimp, stretches one arm around it and taps it on the far shoulder – a common playground prank in schools around the world. The startled shrimp then runs for safety, straight into its attacker’s arms and belly. Most octopus simply snatch their prey with their long grasping arms in ambush attacks, usually by springing out of cover. ‘When this octopus sees a shrimp at a distance, it compresses itself and creeps up, extends an arm up and over the shrimp, touches it on the far side and either catches it or scares it into its other arms.’ The larger Pacific striped octopus is typically found living in water around 150 feet deep on muddy, sandy plains at the mouth of rivers, where it shelters in old shells or in rock cavities.”

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Clever mouse

August 12, 2015 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tiny harvest mouse balances between wheat stalks

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The perfect MISTRESS revealed: “Married men looking to have an affair seek blonde-haired students with athletic physiques and a passion for yoga, according to a ‘sugar daddy’ dating website. Qualities adulterers look for in their bit on the side also included green eyes, a 32D bust and an open mind. The findings have been revealed by Seeking Arrangements – the company that matches wealthy male benefactors with young, attractive females – after it collected data from 486,000 of its online users to discover what traits make up the perfect mistress. According to the findings, which included nearly half a million participants, men looking to cheat prefer a mistress between the ages of 26 and 31 years old. Aesthetically, women with blonde hair (61 per cent), green eyes (47 per cent), and an athletic build (33 per cent) were the most popular among men. And while Caucasian (32 per cent) women were the most desired ethnicity, Asian (30 per cent) women came in a close second.”

Woman cracks egg to find FOUR yolks inside: “Despite staggeringly long odds of 11 billion to one – a wife recently cracked open an egg to find four yolks inside. The freak egg already appeared great value before it was cracked, as it was three times the size of a normal egg and weighed nearly four ounces. But shopper Jan Long, 63, could never have imagined it would be a quadruple-yolker – probably the only one of its kind produced in Britain this year. She paid £1.45 for a pack of half a dozen eggs with the giant included and shared it with husband Richard for breakfast yesterday morning – eating the yolks on toast. She said: ‘It was wonderful. I cooked it for my husband and it was delicious. I thought it tasted much richer than a normal egg. There was a much more powerful eggy taste.”

German man who fled Czechoslovakia during Second World War returns to his family home after 70 years and discovers the possessions his father hid in the roof are still there: “An elderly German man, who fled with his family from Czechoslovakia after World War II, has discovered the possessions secretly left hidden by his father in the roof of their old family home. Rudi Schlattner was forced to flee the family home as part of a mass expulsion of Germans from Czechoslovakia after President Edvard Benes ordered the ‘final solution of the German question’ by evicting all ethnic Germans from the country. After knocking on the wooden panels in the loft, Mr Schlattner found a small piece of string hanging from one of the panels. When he pulled it, a set of shelves were revealed, filled with the long lost secret possessions. Mr Schlattner’s lost treasures will now be held in a museum in the town of Usti nad Labem as the Czech government’s rules dictate that all German property left behind is now owned by the state.”

The dog that kept growing: “As fibs go, it was a whopper: when Sue Markham’s husband Robert said he didn’t want a ‘big dog’, she told him the puppy they had adopted was a Jack Russell. But the 1lb 5oz ‘terrier’, christened Yogi but known to all as Bear, just kept growing and growing… into a 15-stone Boston Great Dane. Now aged nine, Yogi has his own three-acre paddock for exercise, gets through £160 worth of food a month – including four scrambled eggs and sausages for breakfast each day – and wears a horse coat when it’s cold outside. Mrs Markham, 57, said: ‘When I saw Bear I fell in love with him and knew I wanted him but I knew Robert didn’t want a big dog. ‘So I told a little fib and said he was a Jack Russell. But it started to become fairly obvious when Bear dwarfed any other dogs in the village, so the game was up.’ Mr Markham, a refinery worker, said he couldn’t be annoyed at his wife’s fib as he had ‘fallen in love’ with Bear”

The sea of 96MILLION plastic balls that LA hopes will save it from drought: “With no apparent relief to California’s record-breaking drought, Los Angeles has turned to more unusual methods to protect the city’s water. Officials recently released 96 million floating ‘shade balls’ into the 75-acre Los Angeles Reservoir in Sylmar, California. The black plastic balls are designed to help protect the water against dust, rain, chemicals and wildlife, as well as prevent 300 million gallons of water from evaporating each year. The plastic black balls, around the size of an apple, cost 36 cents each. They float on the surface and block the sun’s rays to prevent water from evaporating. By doing this, they prevent the chemical reaction that creates the carcinogenic compound bromate. The balls work by floating on the surface and blocking the sun’s rays.”

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I Applied For A Building Permit ….

August 11, 2015 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well, with nothing much else to do, I applied for a “Building Permit”, to remodel my house.

It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 12 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It would have parking for 200 cars.

I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.

When it went before City Council they told me; “Forget about it…IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!”

So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a “Mosque.”

Work starts next Monday and here is the best part – it’s going to be tax exempt!

I love this country. It’s the government that scares the crap out of me.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

African tries it on with Mirvac: “Vangu Kitoko launched legal action against the real estate giant saying he was injured after he hit the window pane of a sliding glass door at a Sydney shopping centre on October 5, 2010. But Judge Michael Elkaim rejected his bid in the NSW District Court, saying ‘contrary to the plaintiff’s version, he simply walked into the pane of glass’, which was shattered. Mr Kitoko told the court that as he approached the glass doors at the Broadway shops, they were open. But just before turning to walk through them, his body moved forward, striking his head against the glass window in front of him and shattering it from top to bottom. As he fell backwards, he said he noticed a ‘slightly transparent viscous material on the floor’ with marks showing he had slipped through it. But Mirvac said CCTV footage of the accident showed he did not slip on any material and the glass doors were not open before the accident. Mr Kitoko is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mr Kitoko has been ordered to pay Mirvac’s costs.”

Chocolate could ease Parkinson’s: “Could daily chocolate supplements reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease? That’s the thinking behind a new trial at Dresden University of Technology in Germany. Around 30 patients will be given 50g of either white chocolate, which contains no cocoa, or dark chocolate (85 per cent cocoa) twice daily for a week. They’ll then receive the other type of chocolate in a second week. The differences in their symptoms will be compared. Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain that produces dopamine, which helps co-ordinate body movement. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as shaking. The cocoa in chocolate contains phenylethylamine, which has been shown to increase the release of dopamine

Plant eats hornets: “A hornet species that has killed at least six people in France and devastated honey production may have met its match – in the form of a carnivorous plant. The pitcher plant lures in the ‘hornet from hell’, before devouring and digesting it. It is hoped the discovery will end the menace of the Asian hornet, which has colonised huge swathes of the French countryside since arriving from China 11 years ago and is feared to be making a beeline for Britain. The yellow-footed insect’s searing sting can trigger fatal allergic reactions and has been likened to a hot nail being hammered into a body. They also raid beehives and have caused French honey production to plummet and British beekeepers have been warned their colonies could be next. When French botanist Romaric Perrocheau opened the stem of a Sarracenia plant, he was astonished to find it was full of dead hornets. Further examination showed the Asian hornet to be a popular meal among the pitcher plants in the Nantes botanical gardens. However, bees, wasps and European hornets were not trapped by the plant, which is native to North America.”

The car that melted: “The incredible moment a car melted in the killer heatwave in Italy has been captured on camera by a British tourist. John Westbrook said he was astonished when he saw the Renault Megane dripping as it was parked opposite a beach in the coastal town of Caorle in northern Italy, as temperatures hit 37C (99F). The 48-year-old taxi driver from Folkestone, Kent, filmed the lights, wing mirrors and window fittings melting off the car during the heatwave, which has claimed the lives of more than 100 pensioners. He told MailOnline: ‘The car was parked parallel to the beach and had been there for a few days – it was just the pure heat of the sun beating down on it that made it melt.’ ‘We drove past and just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Bits of the car were literally dripping off on to the road,’ he added. ‘Even bits of the bumper were melted and the wing mirrors were starting to buckle. ‘I guess the moral of the story is don’t trust French cars.'”

China unveils new seven mile road that’s built in the middle of a river: “A stunning new route opened in Hubei province, central China, on August 9. Incredible images of the new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the 6.8-mile motorway is built in the middle of a river valley. The spectacular road connects Xingshan County in Hubei to G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China. The road is built on top of a bridge that follows the curve of the river valley. It will cut down travel time from Xingshan to G42 to just 20 minutes. The journey originally took close to an hour along a steep and convoluted road. Drivers along the route are treated to breathtaking views of the valley as well as the river and nearby villages. The new route has already been dubbed the ‘over-water highway’.” [Chinese civil engineers are amazing]

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