If only they could figure out how

August 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

‘The saddest eyes I ever seen’: The trapped dog who was rescued from devastating Louisiana floods moments before she would have drowned: “A Good Samaritan helping rescue people in the deadly flooding of Louisiana is earning praise for rescuing a dog just in the nick of time from drowning. Josh Pettit wrote on Facebook that he was in his boat skimming over several feet of water on Monday after flash flooding when he spotted a ‘bush shaking’ and looked over and all he saw was a gray muzzle and a pair of frightened eyes staring up at him, the rest of the dog submerged underneath the muddy waters. ‘The dog could barely tread water anymore she was so worn out and had the saddest eyes I ever seen so scared for her life! We saved her and she came laid her head on my lap and cried and moaned like a big baby! She was thanking me. I thank God for letting me notice her,’ Pettit posted”

There was more trouble Tuesday for the man who flies with a monkey: “Ellis flew from Ohio to Las Vegas on Aug. 9 and landed in the news when Ellis was unable to produce proper paperwork during the flight for the undeclared monkey a flight attendant spotted peeking out of Ellis’ shirt. The “misunderstanding” was worked out with police officers that met the plane when it landed in Las Vegas. But when Ellis tried to fly back to Ohio’s John Glenn Columbus International Airport on Tuesday, he was denied boarding because he is now on Frontier’s no-fly list. Ellis flew back to Ohio on Southwest Airlines instead, reports KSNV.Frontier spokesman Jim Faulkner said the carrier refunded the return portion of Ellis’ ticket and explained that Ellis was placed on Frontier’s no-fly list after the first leg of his trip “because he did not follow proper procedures concerning traveling with a therapeutic or emotional support animal.”

Never eat bananas for breakfast: “IF IT’S one of those days where you’re grabbing breakfast on the go, a banana sounds like the perfect option. It’s healthy, nutritious and will give us an often much-needed morning energy boost. But according to a nutritionist, surprisingly the yellow fruit alone is one of the worst breakfast items we can have, reports The Sun. Despite being chock-full of potassium, fibre and magnesium, bananas aren’t a great option for the first meal of the day. The reason? They are made up of a whopping 25 per cent natural sugar, which will deliver a sugar rush leading to a crash a few hours on. Unless it’s paired with another “healthy fat” food, they’ll only temporarily fill you up and leave you feeling sleepy and sluggish later. They’re also not great for helping you maintain a healthy digestive system.”

Holidaymakers left baffled after stumbling on orbs which are washing up on beaches in Britain: “Holidaymakers searching for seashells have been left baffled by clusters of ‘alien’ orbs that have washed up on Britain’s beaches. Hundreds of the strange spheres have been spotted by families enjoying strolls along the shorelines of Devon and Cornwall. Concerned parents are keeping their children away from the orbs, fearing they could be poisonous. Dog walker Jess Arnieson, 27, who is on holiday with her family in Penzance from Newbury, Berkshire, said: ‘No-one knows what they are but everyone is worried. The mother-of-one was taking two-year-old Labrador, Rupert, along the beach when she stumbled across the spheres. She said: ‘There were hundreds of them stretching away as far as you could see along the shoreline – it was quite incredible. ‘The ones I saw were a bit smaller than a football but it’s possible there were some that were bigger…I didn’t want to go any farther along the beach.’

‘P*** off, you’re no’ getting anything’: Five-foot great-grandmother, 66, used an iron bar to fend off robber: “A brave great-grandmother used an iron bar to fend off a robber who was trying to raid the bookmakers where she worked and told him: ‘P*** off, you’re no’ getting anything.’ Mary Buchan, 66, stood up to Michael McLean, a six-foot tall thug who had previously raided a nearby bookies armed with a shovel. But her actions prevented McLean from taking anything from William King and Sons bookmaker in Glasgow, Scotland. Ms Buchan, who is just 5ft tall, said: ‘I was in the shop myself, it was night time. ‘He said I am in here to get your money so I never answered him. ‘My reaction was “p*** off ’cause I am no’ giving you anything”.’ He didn’t bargain on coming face to face with Mary, who is from Castlemilk. [A rough area]. On Tuesday, McLean was jailed for five years at the High Court of Glasgow. The court heard McLean was identified from CCTV footage in the bookies”

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The Man Who Gave Up Sex for Golf

August 18, 2016 at 11:58 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A golfer is in a competitive match with a friend, who is ahead by a couple of strokes.. “Boy,I’d give anything to sink this putt”, the golfer mumbles to himself.

Just then, a stranger walks up beside him and whispers, “Would you be willing to give up a quarter of your sex life to sink the putt?” Thinking the man is crazy and his answer will be meaningless, the golfer also feels that maybe this is a good omen, so he says, “Sounds good to me,” – and promptly sinks the putt!

Two holes later, he mumbles to himself again, “Gosh, I wish I could get an eagle on this one.” The same stranger is suddenly at his side again and whispers, “Would it be worth giving up another quarter of your sex life to make an eagle?” Shrugging,the golfer replies, “Okay.” And, amazingly, he makes the eagle.

On the final hole, the golfer needs another eagle to win. Without waiting for him to say anything, the stranger quickly moves to his side and says, “Would winning this match be worth giving up the rest of your sex life?” “Definitely,” the golfer replies, and, sure enough, he makes the eagle – and wins the match.

As the golfer is walking to the club house, the stranger walks along beside him and says, “I haven’t really been fair with you because you don’t know who I am. I’m Satan, and from this day forward you really will have no sex life at all.”

“Nice to meet you,” the golfer replies. “I’m Father O’Malley.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Boy, 10, drags german shepherd off his mum: “Oscar Arrowsmith, 10, dragged his mother’s german shepherd off her when it snapped and went into “kill mode”. He ran towards Dana Lyall’s screams as she shielded the family’s older dog from the usually placid Lexi, who had started a fight, in their Cockatoo home near Melbourne in 2012. “She lunged and lunged again and again – it happened six times until Oscar dragged her and locked her in the bathroom. To this day, Ms Lyall cannot understand why the dog didn’t turn on her son. “He’s just a skinny little reedy thing. There’s nothing of him. So for him to be able to do that is just amazing,” she said. “Without a doubt, if Oscar wasn’t there that dog would have killed me.”

Goldfish are off the scale in Perth’s lakes and rivers: “GIANT goldfish — tipping the scales at up to 2kg each — are causing havoc for native fish in West Australian waterways, say researchers. Academics at Murdoch University say the goldfish, often unwanted pets disposed of in suburban Perth lakes or rivers, are destroying habitats for native breeds of fish. The goldfish populate lakes and rivers across the South-West and travel up to 230km a year. The goldfish monitoring revealed most of the fish — about 60 per cent — left the river for a wetland to breed and spawn. “There’s quite a narrow connection in the river into that wetland and that gives us a much better chance if we target that spot and control the species,” Dr Beatty said. Dr Beatty said introduced species such as goldfish could disturb habitat and consume eggs of native fish. Goldfish have also been found to spread a disease affecting the skin of native fish.

Is THIS the most beautiful engagement ring ever?: “From dream dresses to picture-perfect flower arrangements and table settings, many brides-to-be often take to Pinterest for wedding inspiration. The ‘visual bookmarking’ website is a gold mine for everything nuptial, whether that be the dress, the invitation, the decorations or, of course, the engagement ring. And one ring reigns supreme. An 18 Karat white gold ring from Raymond Lee Jewelers [sic] has over 77,000 pins, even though it retails for around $10,500 AUD ($8,000). Cut in a classic and intricate shape, the ring has a 1.30 Karat diamond, with diamond accents and details around the edge. The simple style has been frequently described as ‘exquisite’ or ‘stunning’ on Pinterest.”

Teenager is outraged as a Freshers’ magazine sent by UCAS tells her boyfriend to start university as a ‘free agent’: “An 18-year-old fashion blogger was stunned when a leaflet sent by UCAS told her boyfriend it is better to be single at university. Lauren Rosenbaum, from Fife, in Scotland, shared her surprise on Twitter yesterday and said the higher education application website were not going to ‘steal her man’. Max Brooks, 17, is going to Naiper University in September but after going into clearing Miss Rosenbaum wasn’t eligible for the Journalism course she wanted to do so is taking a gap year before hopefully joining him at Naiper in 2017. The booklet explains that ‘university is all about new experiences and meeting new people, so save the heartache now and start your university life as a free agent. Trust me, you won’t regret it’. It is believed UCAS sent it to all students to start in September”

World’s largest aircraft finally takes to the skies for a successful maiden voyage: “The world’s largest aircraft branded ‘the flying bum’ has taken to the skies in a successful maiden voyage – the first since a revamp in Britain. The 302ft-long Airlander 10 – part plane, part helicopter, part airship – loomed overhead at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire as the sun started to set on this evening. Photographers and plane spotters baked in the sun as they waited to see the aircraft, whose bulbous exterior has earned it the less-than-glamorous nickname ‘the flying bum’, take off. Crowds clapped and cheered as the craft soared above them during its first outing from the First World War hangar where it was revealed in March after undergoing ‘hundreds’ of changes by Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) over two years. First developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft, the British firm launched a campaign to return the craft to the sky after it fell foul of defence cutbacks”

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I used to have a handle on life, but it broke

August 17, 2016 at 8:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

It seems that lately my life has been getting more complicated, and I want to thank those of you who are brave enough to still associate with me regardless of what I have become. The following is a recap of my current identity:

I was born white, which makes me a racist.

I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.

I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.

I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working class and an ally of big business.

I am a Christian, which makes me an infidel.

I am older than 70 and retired, which makes me a useless old person.

I think and I reason; therefore I doubt much that the mainstream media tells me, which makes me a reactionary.

I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American culture, which makes me a xenophobe.

I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I appreciate the police and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.

I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation according to each individual’s merits, which makes me anti-social.

I, and my friends, acquired a good education without student loans and no debt at graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.

I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by all citizens, which makes me a militarist.

Please help me come to terms with this, because I’m not sure who I am anymore! Newest problem – I’m not sure which bathroom I should use.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Deranged woman: “Many women dream of fuller lips and that perfect pout. But one mother has revealed how she splashed out nearly £2,000 on lip fillers in order to achieve her dream mouth. Alia Byrne, from Liverpool, has had 6.5ml of dermal fillers injected into her lips in just under a year to give her the super size trout pout she’s always wanted. And while Alia, 30, admits that she gets strange looks and has been criticised she says she wants her lips to be even bigger. She explained: ‘My new lips have given me so much confidence. Sometimes I do get stares down the street and my mum has told me to stop getting lip fillers. ‘But it doesn’t bother me. It’s my life and lips and I don’t care.’ Single mother Alia, who has a two-year-old son, says that her fillers are the only time she splurges on herself. ‘Everything I have goes to my child. I have always lived my life for my son and getting fillers is something I’ve done just for me,’ the care worker explained.”

Cheeky squirrel is caught photobombing couple’s engagement picture: “Hands to its mouth and munching on a snack this squirrel appears unperturbed by the romantic proceedings going on behind him. Meanwhile, Kelin Flanagan and Spencer Taubner seem to be unaware of the photobombing critter as they engage in a passionate kiss on a rock in the Canadian Rockies. The couple, from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, said they are delighted with the result of their engagement photo shoot, adding that the squirrel has been a source of amusement for friends and family. The couple had planned to hike to Helen Lake, but when bad weather hit Banff National Park, Alberta, they decided to take some pictures in a rocky area close to the trail when they spotted two squirrels. The pictures were taken by Marcin and Dorota Karpowicz of BDFK Photography, who confirmed the picture was genuine. ‘On our way back we saw a nice spot for the photos ― a kind of stony area. When we started shooting, the squirrel showed up,’ Marcin told the Huffington Post”

Switchel, a drink first created by Amish farmers, is the latest trend with fitness enthusiasts: “It’s known as ‘nature’s gatorade’ and is said to be filled with endless goodness. But despite it only becoming a mainstream trend recently, Switchel is by no means a new creation. Created by Amish farmers to keep them hydrated during long days in the field, the electrolyte-filled drink can easily be put together in any kitchen. Containing ginger, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and maple syrup, not only is Switchel filled with health benefits, but it also tastes sensational. Although the recipe has been around for centuries, the exact health benefits of the drink aren’t completely known. Full of natural goodness in the form of sodium, calcium and potassium, it’s set to be one of 2016’s biggest hits among fitness enthusiasts”

Woman checks in at Virgin America wearing just her underwear: “A young woman checking into a Virgin America flight brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘travelling light’ when she turned up with just a pair of underpants on her lower half. The blonde passenger shocked those queuing behind her at the check-in desk after brazenly speaking to a member of staff with her bottom exposed. Oblivious to the shock of the people in the queue behind her, the otherwise smartly-attired lady, who is wearing a beige blazer and a pair of black ballet pumps, leans against the counter as the member of staff in front of her makes a phone call. One person questioned whether the air conditioning had broken down at the airport, because the Virgin America employee also appeared to be suffering from the heat with two electric fans directed at her face”

Researchers spot bizarre ‘googly-eyed’ stubby squid 900 feet down on the sea floor off California: “It looks uncannily like something you’d expect to see on Sesame Street – and not on the seabed 900 metres down. The amazing video of the googly-eyed squid has gone viral after it was spotted off the coast of California by a research vessel. The stubby squid was spotted by the the E/V Nautilus, which uses a remotely operated underwater vehicle to explore the ocean floor. Stubby squid live in the Northern Pacific between Japan and Southern California, and are usually spotted at a depth of about 300 meters. This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish. The team later determined the cephalopod was a Stubby squid — also known as Rossia pacifica — which is closely related to cuttlefish, according to a description of the video posted by the team that captured the footage”

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Watch those seniors

August 16, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Kids send up dead dad in hilarious obituary: “Here it is in its entirety: “He assures us he is gone. William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the age of 69. We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election. He leaves behind four children, five grandchildren, and the potted meat industry, for which he was an unofficial spokesman until dietary restrictions forced him to eat real food. William volunteered for service in the United States Navy at the ripe old age of 17 and immediately realised he didn’t much enjoy being bossed around. He only stuck it out for one war. Before his discharge, however, the government exchanged numerous ribbons and medals for various honourable acts. Upon his return to the City of New Orleans in 1971, thinking it best to keep an eye on him, government officials hired William as a fireman. After twenty-five years, he suddenly realised that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them. He promptly retired”

Kiwi in trouble over ‘drunken’ stunt in Venice: “A DRUNK Kiwi has landed in hot water in Venice after performing a spectacular stunt off the city’s most famous bridge. The tourist from New Zealand, 49, was reportedly drunk when he jumped from the Rialto Bridge over the weekend. But instead of plunging into the water of Venice’s Great Canal, the man managed to land on top of a water taxi passing underneath, badly damaging it and injuring himself and the boat’s driver. The force of the impact smashed the boat’s windshield and caused shattered glass to scatter everywhere. The man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for fractures and “severe trauma” and police said he was in a serious but stable condition. The man, who is usually based in St Tropez on the Cote d’Azur and in Venice for a holiday, is likely to be charged with endangering public transport. The incident has seriously ticked off the mayor of Venice, who is now threatening misbehaving tourists with a night in prison”

Woman in her 30s dies after ‘getting caught in automatic garage doors’: “A woman has died in a freak incident after reportedly getting caught in a garage door. The woman, who is understood to have been in her 30s, is thought to have got into difficulty while accessing the automatic rolling shutters to a private parking basement. It is believed she was visiting a friend who lives at the Ruth Bagnall Court in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, at the time of the incident at around 7pm on Sunday. It’s not known if she was leaving or entering the car park when the tragedy occurred. ‘Maybe there was someone coming out at the same time and the gate opened and trapped her.’ One man said: ‘I have lived here for five years and that door is always breaking. There is an automatic key fob that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. ‘I don’t know how she got into trouble but the door is automatic and is supposed to stop when it catches on something for safety purposes.'”

Can a three wheeled motorcycle beat Tesla? Bizarre $7,000 Elio ‘autocycle’ goes on sale: “The three-wheeled $7,000 vehicle seats two passengers and goes 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds. It is the same length as a Honda Fit, but half the weight at 1,250lbs (570kg), allowing it to do 84 miles to the gallon. The car only has one door, on the left side, which shaves a few hundred pounds off the manufacturing costs, claims the firm. Phoenix-based Elio Motors is now planning to unleash the car on the US market next year. The company plans to start making the cars next autumn at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. Because it has three wheels – two in front and one in the rear – the Elio is classified as a motorcycle by the US government. But Elio Motors founder Paul Elio said the vehicle has all the safety features of a car, such as an anti-lock brakes, front and side air bags and a steel cage that surrounds the occupants. However, drivers won’t be required to wear helmets or have motorcycle licenses.”

Is this eight-year-old boy’s birthday cake ‘violent’?: “Mia Freedman has written about being ‘Facebook shamed’ because of her son’s birthday cake. The founder of Australian website MamaMia posted a video of the ‘smash’ birthday cake to her social media pages, only to find some mums weren’t fans. The cake, made by Sydney Smash Cakes, is filled with lollies and needs to be broken open like a pinata. In the video, her eight-year-old son uses a large rolling pin to break open the chocolate shell encompassing the cake. Then the clip shows a horde of boys hands grabbing at the sweets inside the cake, leaving nothing behind. Some followers of hers on Facebook were not please with the cake, calling it ‘violent’ and claiming it made them stressed. ‘Horrible..horrible…horrible!’ Valerie D McCrae wrote. ‘Violent attack on cake followed by greedy me me me grab for sweets! No wonder kids think manners are of no importance.’ Freedman took issue with those who disliked the cake, and wrote on her website Mamamia that she was ‘Facebook shamed’ over it”

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Shalom

August 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A member of the Israel Defence Force on leave

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Astronomers have discovered what they believe to be the closest habitable planet to Earth: “SINCE its launch in 2009, NASA’s planet finding Kepler Spacecraft has discovered more than 4000 exoplanet candidates. Of these, there have been 216 Earth-like located within the Goldilocks Zone — the region around a star in which the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might support water. The problem is that while most of these Earth-like planets are habitable, they are located thousands of light years away, which means they are out of our reach. However, using a reflecting telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO), astronomers have recently discovered exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri — a red dwarf, a small low-mass star about 4.25 light-years from the Sun. An anonymous source from the ESO told German publicationDer Spiegel the discovery is the closest habitable planet to Earth, which means we could reach it within our lifetime”

A new, five-minute procedure for treating haemorrhoids – which allows patients to avoid the pain of major surgery: “The Rafaelo procedure was developed in Poland, where it has been used to treat more than 2,000 patients. It is now being carried out privately at Spire St Anthony’s Hospital in Cheam, Surrey, by consultant colorectal surgeon Nick West. It is based on the same technology as that used to treat varicose veins. Haemorrhoids, or piles, are caused by the deterioration of blood vessel-rich spongy cushions inside the rectum. Downward pressure – simply the effect of gravity and being on two feet, but sometimes greatly increased by factors such as pregnancy – can cause them to swell, itch and bleed. The Rafaelo technique is suitable for most cases up to grade 3, and does not require a general anaesthetic. : ‘The base of the haemorrhoid is injected with local anaesthetic. A special metal probe, the width of a knitting needle, is inserted into the haemorrhoid. Radio-frequency energy is then sent down the probe. You can see the haemorrhoid shrinking.’

Great-grandfather, 75, sees his beloved Scottish garden become a tourist attraction: “A great-grandfather has seen his beloved garden become a tourist attraction after transforming it from a weed-ridden jungle into a beautiful oasis. Robert Burns, 75, has spent 16 painstaking years working on the colourful garden that surrounds his cottage on the banks of Loch Lomond, in Argyll, Scotland. He now has queues of holidaymakers lining up outside his quaint home to take selfies on his front step, and looks on open-mouthed as swathes of people turn up by the coach load. Such is the clamour to enjoy the fruits of his labours that tourists even turn up late at night to snap away at his floral arrangements. Such is the beauty of Robert’s garden that it has been featured on fridge magnets, coasters and even jigsaws – but not just in local tourist gift shops. There has been a price to pay for his garden’s fame, with swathes of tourists often blocking causing traffic issues on the road.

The world’s largest operative wooden sailing ship sails around Australia after a nine-month, 29,000km voyage from the UK: “The world’s largest wooden sailing ship is making its way around Australia after a nine-month journey from England, via the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. SV Tenacious arrived in Sydney in July and sailed into Melbourne on Sunday after leaving Southampton, England in November 2015 and sailing 18,000 miles (29,000km) through the Caribbean, via Noumea and Fiji. The 96-tonne ship is a ‘mixed ability’ vessel and was designed to be accessible for people with disabilities including those in wheelchairs or who are hearing or visually impaired. The 65 metre-long vessel has extra wide decks and hoists, broad crows baskets and even lifts to help accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Tenacious is the world’s largest operative wooden hulled tall ship, weighing in at 586 gross tonnes. SV Tenacious was built 16 years ago by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, an international disability charity based in Southampton”

Iraqi-born Aussie cowboy Haider Al Hasnawi on the ride of his life: “In cowboy hat, spurs and tasselled rodeo chaps, Haider Al Hasnawi does not fit any stereotype of a young Muslim man. The 17-year-old from Katherine in the Northern Territory is probably Australia’s first Iraqi-born bull-rider. “I just love it… just the adrenalin rush, the atmosphere, there’s no better feeling than being on back of a bull,” he said at the Mount Isa Rodeo in outback Queensland over the weekend. The fencing worker drove 1,400 kilometres in a borrowed car to compete at Australia’s richest and biggest rodeo. “It’s not just walk in and jump on,” he said in a broad Australian accent. “There’s a lot to it. Lots of training. You’ve got to have strength and balance and you’ve got to be positive about everything.” Haider first jumped on a bull at the Noonamah Rodeo outside Darwin two years ago, and was instantly hooked. Haider said it was a dangerous sport, but after growing up in Nasiriyah in south-eastern Iraq, he took a relative view”

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IT WON’T WORK THIS TIME

August 14, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Once there was a little boy that lived in the country with his father. They had to use an outhouse, and the little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter – and stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the creek.

One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen and the little boy decided that that was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away. That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the little boy asked why.

The dad replied, “Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn’t it son?”

The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, “Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn’t get into trouble because he told the truth.”

The dad replied, “Well, son, George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree.”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Teen burglars caught passed out in car: “A pair of 17-year-olds in the Central California community of Winton were arrested and released to the custody of their parents on Friday after passing out in a haze of marijuana smoke outside a construction site. Police said they were in their SUV packed with copper wire and other items from the property. The youths also had a loaded gun, which investigators determined had been stolen in March of this year. They were spotted in their car by a sheriff’s deputy shortly after midnight on Friday. ‘There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,’ police said. ‘They were passed out and he had to wake them up.’ The youths, who police said were gang members, were arrested on suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang, possessing stolen property and having a loaded firearm in the vehicle.

Talking parrot masters a perfect meow… and leaves three cats utterly baffled: “A white parrot fluent in feline strolls up towards three moggies, and dumbfounded they sit back shell shocked into silence. Parrots are expert mimickers and are well-known for imitating human speech, but it is clearly not the only language they can learn. In a comical YouTube video the bird wanders over to the cats on top of a bed. Then at the unknown location it perfectly copies a moggy’s meow. The three cats are absolutely taken aback, almost unable to say a single word. One utters a quiet meow in shock but the rest stay silent. And when another gets a little too close for the parrot’s liking, true to form the bird hisses at it, just like a cat. The felines are so intrigued in the bird they are likely holding off thoughts about the animal as a potential next meal, for now at least. Astonished viewers have joked about the bird’s impressive skills. Mieah Chan posted: ‘I love how all the cats know better than to mess with him. I’m sure they’ve all been nipped by the beak before.’

Father-to-be waiting in hospital accidentally undergoes a haemorrhoid operation: “A man waiting anxiously for the birth of his baby outside a hospital ward in China was ushered into theatre by doctors and given an operation on his haemorrhoids in a case of mistaken identity. The expectant father, named Mr Wang in reports, was mixed up with another patient on Monday who had completed the paperwork for the procedure and was waiting to be operated on. Doctors at the Shenyang Hunnan Xinqu Hospital in China asked Wang to accompany them. However, the father to be thought he would be taken to a room to aid in his wife’s birth. ‘I really never knew I had haemorrhoids,’ the 29-year-old said. Wang confirmed that his wife gave birth to a healthy baby via Caesarian section. The hospital reportedly offered the man 5,000 yuan (£580) compensation for the mix up although negotiations between both parties are still on going.

A massive 300-pound alligator was removed from a garage in Texas: “The reptile — which was 8 feet, 9 inches long — was discovered by Doug Dallmer in his garage on Thursday night, KPRC reported. Dallmer told the station: ‘I took two steps in and his head was literally right there.’ ‘You know it’s hot outside when even the alligators are finding shade.’ The gator was removed – but not without the creature putting up a fight. The alligator was filmed rolling around and making noises in the garage. While the reptile thrashed about, it knocked over a number of items. Fulshear police wrote: ‘UPDATE: The alligator was safely removed from the garage by R6 Outfitters (Alligator Removal) and will be released to an alligator farm in El Campo, Texas.”

Sleeping naked is good for you, mainly because it lowers skin temperature which activates good fats to help burn calories: “Skip the flannel pajamas and over-sized t-shirts – experts say sleeping au naturel is better for your health. Researchers found that sleeping naked is not only comfortable, but it regulates your skin temperature, preventing you from waking in the middle of the night. Forgoing clothes at bedtime also keeps bacteria that thrive in warm moist areas at bay, and it boosts your immune system if you sleep naked with your partner. Only 12 percent of Americans sleep naked, according to a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, but it is highly recommended by both researchers and doctors. The human body is designed to decrease in temperature during sleep, and not only does sleeping in the nude keep you comfortable through the night, but it determines when your body is ready to fall asleep and when it is time to wake up. One study found that even the slightest cooling of the skin helps individuals fall into a much deeper sleep, according to Seeker”

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A British conversation

August 13, 2016 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Person A: “So, how was your meal?”

Person B: “It was absolutely disgusting. The plates were cold, the cutlery was dirty, the vegetables were undercooked and the meat was on the turn. The whole thing was vile. I nearly said something.”

A female conversation

Woman 1: A man once got me into his bed and all he asked me to do was to sing the Faure “Sanctus”.

Woman 2: What a strange man!

Woman 1: Not at all. Faure’s “Sanctus” is that good

Woman 2 just stared

(You can check here to see if you agree)

Other unfortunate utterances:

‘Once at the zoo I asked the guide what animal it was in the enclosure. Turned out it was the janitor cleaning an empty cage.

She said: ‘I was having a sandwich at Subway. I was asked if I wanted the 12 inch. I told the guy I could only fit 6 inches inside me.’

One man took polite conversation to a new level. He said: ‘Getting a haircut, barber asked me what I do for a living. I said “Advertising, what about you?” He replied “I am a barber.”‘

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La Boschi is in the news again: “Italian politician Maria Elena Boschi has found herself at the centre of yet another sexism row after a newspaper published a racy cartoon of her with a caption that played on the Italian word for ‘thighs’. Since she was appointed as reforms minister in Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government the 35-year-old lawyer has drawn up a bill for major political reform in Italy. Yet, despite the gravity of her achievements, Boschi continues to be the focus of much tabloid criticism for her youth and photogenic looks as well as her figure-hugging business suits. When she wore an electric blue suit to Renzi’s swearing in ceremony in February 2014, one newspaper said she looked like ‘a Marvel superhero like Captain America’. Now the conservative press are unhappy with the dresses she’s wearing. She has surprised the stuffier corners of Italian politics in pushing through a complicated series of reforms to the country’s Senate”

Man captured on dashcam reading a grocery catalogue while DRIVING at 100km/h on a busy freeway: “A man has been caught driving 100km/h on a freeway in Perth while reading a grocery catalogue. The man was captured by another car’s dashcam travelling on the Mitchell Freeway on Wednesday afternoon, WA Today reported. The car is travelling in the centre lane, while the car that took the photo is seen approaching in the freeway lane to his right. The man, who is travelling in a small, dark-coloured car, is seen driving with the grocery catalogue clearly propped up flat against his steering wheel. His eyes are glued to the pages and he is not watching the road. The dashcam of the white car next to him recorded its speed as 99km per hour, and the man reading the magazine is in front, travelling faster.

The little car that could: Tiny hatchback rescues a 4WD bogged in mud: “A group of four-wheel drive enthusiasts were forced to call for help when their Toyota Pajero became bogged in mud. Video has captured the moment a tiny Daewoo Lanos attempted to rescue the truck after it became bogged on Kawana Way, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The Pajero, with all four wheels stuck in the mud, is attached to the silver Daewoo hatchback with a tow strap. One of the men shouts ‘ready… GO’ as the driver of the Daewoo slams his foot on the accelerator and spins the wheels. When the rope loses slack the Daewoo stops in its tracks and it appears the rescue attempt might fail. But the wheels keep spinning and sure enough the Pajero is heaved out of its muddy mess. ‘YEAH LANOS,’ exclaims one of the men. A number of Facebook users have praised the unlikely hero. ‘I f***ing knew it! This is why everyone should have at least one Daewoo in their lives,’ wrote one user.”

Exploding pigs: “A group of men in Texas came up with a creative idea to effectively do their part in the fight against feral hogs ravaging the state. Having planted a Tannerite target and scattered food around it earlier, the men lay quietly in wait as the pigs migrate towards the food. ‘I tell you what, I think this is it,’ one of the hunters says. Seconds later, two shots are fired towards a white container near the feral hogs, and a huge explosion sends pig parts flying. Even the men seem shocked at the effectiveness of the explosion, as they swear and cheer. Tannerite is an exploding rifle target. When it is hit at high velocity, for instance with a bullet, a chemical reaction results in an explosion. Texas hunting laws state that feral pigs can be hunted year-round using any lethal device except poison. Hogs are an issue because of their destructive eating habits, potential to spread disease and booming population. Texas is home to the biggest feral hog population in the US. There are 2.6million swine scattered around the state – a number that is rapidly rising.

Gutsy buffalo chases two lions from a prime sunbathing spot: “This buffalo had no regard for the food chain or animal hierarchy when he chased two lions away from his prime spot on a mound of earth sprouting up from the dry savannah. The moment this gutsy buffalo asserted his authority was captured by amateur photographer Simon Beevers. He said: ‘The lions were enjoying the early morning sun on a mound of earth before the buffalo came and chased them off. ‘They didn’t put up a fight initially. Once they were off the mound they put up a little show but the buffalo was not at all intimidated. ‘They ran back past the buffalo and one of them managed to return to the mound. Buffalo are commonly hunted and eaten by lions in the savannah but the herbivore, with is tusks and thick set body, could have easily killed this seemingly young pair. ‘The rest of the pride were also close by so the buffalo could have perhaps been in danger too'”

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A complete set

August 12, 2016 at 10:53 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

Maine governor’s wife starts a waitress job to pay off a car: “The waterfront restaurant is slammed for lunch, and the oldest waitress — by far — is buzzing around with iced tea, fried haddock, Bloody Marys, and Asian chicken salad. And so it has gone this summer for three double-shifts a week for Maine’s first lady, who said she took the first waitressing job of her life — and a perpetual-motion one at that — to save enough money to pay off a car. If this is a publicity stunt to soften the image of a controversial governor, it’s hard and hectic duty. Co-workers, mostly college age, shake their heads as Ann LePage bustles about the restaurant, order book in hand, craning her neck to check on her tables. LePage said she is saving her earnings to pay off a Toyota RAV4 that belonged to her mother, who lived with the LePages during a terminal illness and died in October. Paul LePage, a fiscally conservative Republican and former businessman, is the lowest-paid governor in the country at $70,000 a year”

Elusive Arabian sand cat spotted after 10 years’ disappearance: “The sand cat is a shy and secretive animal only seen in the desert at night. It’s a nocturnal hunter perfectly adapted to its desert home. It doesn’t need to drink water as it can get all it needs from the small birds, reptiles and mammals that are its prey. Special hairs in its ears and on its paws keep the sand out. Despite its wide distribution across the deserts of North Africa, Arabia and Central Asia, little is known about this elusive species. Sand cats are listed as “near threatened” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and as endangered in the United Arab Emirates”

Aggressive feminist jockey finds that her feminist abuse makes her unpopular: “Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne has vented her fury after it was revealed she has been denied the chance to repeat her historic win on Prince of Penzance. Payne took to social media to pen a since deleted Tweet lashing out at the owners of the racehorse, after they dashed her hopes of riding the horse for his return run at Caulfield. Her father Paddy has thrown support behind her and said the decision was ill-advised, reports Yahoo. ‘I’m a bit surprised they’ve taken it off her.’ Said her father Paddy. ‘She’s keen, she’s riding, she’s working very hard.’ Part Prince of Penzance-owner John Richards said they were concerned she had not fully recovered from her fall in May and urged her to consider retiring. Prince of Penzance is scheduled to have his first run back from a spell on September 10 and the ownership team are believed to have been enquiring about a new rider.

Armed gunmen who raided store and tied up workers are arrested after manager watched robbery on his live feed at home and rang 911: “The smarts of a store manager at a marijuana dispensary in Seattle lead two armed robbers right into the arms of the police on Sunday night. The incident happened around 10:30 pm at the Have a Heart pot shop in North Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The workers were closing for the night when two masked gunmen barged their way in, using zip ties to tie up two female employees. The bandits then raided the store – a cash-only business – and the safe, unaware that their every move was being watched by the manager, who was at home monitoring a live feed. Seattle Police Department quickly arrived at the store and established a perimeter. As the robbers came out, they were confronted by a group of cops with their weapons drawn. The men immediately surrendered. The two men were booked into the King County Jail. Police say they recovered a handgun and two duffle bags from the alleged suspects.

Thief goes to an extraordinary length to steal a bicycle by sawing down the entire TREE it is locked to: “A thief went to extraordinary lengths to nab himself a bicycle – by chopping down the entire tree it was tied to. CCTV footage posted by People’s Daily shows the man pulling up alongside the bike by the side of a road in Changsha city, China before getting off his scooter and briefly checking it out. The video shows him lifting his saw to the tree trunk before chopping away at it like a cartoon character. After a while the tree gave way and hit the ground, enabling the man to get to the bike. After a few seconds, in which the branches of the tree shake violently, the man re-emerges with the bike in his hands. Without skipping a beat he then props it onto the back of his scooter and quickly leaves the area.

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Why did the Titanic fail to avoid the iceberg?

August 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Because a simple key had been taken off the ship.

Second Officer David Blair was removed from the crew shortly before the ship got underway. Unfortunately, when he left the ship, he still had in his possession the key to the crow’s nest binoculars locker. As a result, the lookouts were forced to rely on their unenhanced vision during the voyage.

At one of the inquiries, testimony was given that it was firmly believed if the lookouts had had access to the binoculars they would have seen the iceberg in plenty of time for the ship to avoid hitting it.

Via Quora

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If you can’t remember where you put your keys, try asking the dog: “For the more forgetful among us, it would seem that dogs really are man’s best friend. A study has shown that pet dogs seem to be able to understand when we have misplaced something that is valuable to us. And they do what they can to try to help us find it – at least in the lab. The University of Portsmouth research is important because it had previously been argued that helpfulness was a uniquely human trait. Researcher Patricia Piotti began by writing in a notepad while a pet dog watched her. She then left the room and the dog watched while either the notepad or a stapler was hidden in one of three opaque tubs. When Ms Piotti, a vet, came back in, she pretended to search for the object, and in some cases, she spoke to the dog, asking questions such as ‘Where is it?’ and ‘Where has it gone?’. The animals spent more time looking at an opaque tub containing the notebook, suggesting they were trying to be helpful. Researchers suggest this shows dogs can work out the value of objects based on our need for them”

South Australian carpark where the woman was accidentally charged $1746.88: “A WOMAN has come forward to claim the $1747 she was accidentally charged to use a Glenelg carpark. Holdfast Bay Council revealed last month it was looking for a driver who was mistakenly charged $1746.88 to use its Partridge St East carpark on May 2. Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson said the woman came forward yesterday and was refunded the money. “They confirmed that the amount was paid through a human ‘inputting’ error.” As cars enter the carpark, they are photographed and their number plates digitised. Drivers who stay more than two hours need to enter their numberplate at a pay station and choose a picture of their car. Care Park operates the carpark, and its accounts receivable officer Tanya Williamson said it appeared the woman accidentally chose a picture of her car from a visit two months before, instead of the same day”

NO DEODORANT FOR AMERICANS, BUT A $600K SUMMER HOME FOR AMERICAN COMMUNIST: “Bernie Sanders is a fan of bread lines and believes that Americans have too much deodorant to choose from. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants when children are hungry in this country.” But Bernie Sanders does need a $600K lakefront summer home to relax in so he can advocate for all those hungry kiddies. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the proud new owner of a summer home in the Champlain Islands, Seven Days has confirmed. The Burlington resident last week plopped down nearly $600,000 on a lakefront camp in North Hero. Sanders’ new crib has four bedrooms and 500 feet of Lake Champlain beachfront on the east side of the island — facing Vermont, not New York. The Bern will keep his home in Burlington and use the new camp seasonally”

British taxman sends railway worker a demand for £14TRILLION in income tax: “A railway worker was stunned after the Government tried to charge him £14trillion in income tax – seven times the annual gross domestic product of Britain. Giles Hembrough discovered the eye-watering mistake when he opened an ominous brown envelope from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, HMRC. Writing in the letter HMRC said: ‘Although we are changing your tax code you may still not pay enough tax by 5 April 2017. ‘We think the amount you owe HMRC is £14,301,369,864,489.03. ‘We will let you know if this amount is right when we look at your tax return for the year.’ Mr Hembrough was shocked to see the bill. He said: ‘I have had lots of tax errors recently so I thought it was just an update. But despite the outrageous request Mr Hembrough has taken the mix-up in his stride. ‘I knew right away that it was a mistake,’ he added. A HMRC spokesman said: “When we let a customer down, we always apologise and put matters right. “These are not bills, but simply statements showing the customers current PAYE coding position.

Laziness is a sign of intelligence: Researchers say people who spend more time thinking are less physically active: “A new study reveals that intelligent people live a more sedentary lifestyle, as they rarely become bored and spend more time lost in their own thoughts. Researchers found that those who fill their day with physical activity are often ‘non-thinkers,’ and do so to stimulate their minds in order to escape their own thoughts. In the study, participants were sorted using a ‘Need for Cognition’ test. Based on this, half were deemed ‘thinkers’ and the others were ‘non-thinker’s. Participants were each given an ‘actigraphy device’ to wear over seven days. This allowed the team to monitor the 60 students’ movement and activity levels, and receive a stream of data to analyze. After the seven days, the team compiled the data and found the ‘thinkers’ were much less active than the ‘non-thinkers’.

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Ambition never dies

August 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Odd news from around the world

A policeman has been given points on his licence after speeding in a Lamborghini he and colleague wrongly seized from a car hire firm: “Firm boss Erwyn Mackee, who strongly disputed any problem with the insurance, was left doubly furious after he got the car back and its tracker showed it having done more than 60mph in a 30mph zone. The Met Police have now admitted one of their officers has got penalty points on his licence over the incident and another has faced internal action. Mr Mackee told officers his insurance had recently been renewed and its details were not yet on the Motor Insurance Database. He emailed the documents to police there and then. But officers insisted the documents could be fakes and seized the luxury vehicle, which was later returned to the company after police admitted their mistake. Mr Mackee accused the police of ‘joyriding’ in his car, adding: ‘They must have not had much to do last night and just wanted to look at the car.’

Incredible moment Ryanair passenger jumped off boarding bridge and ran across tarmac to flag down his plane – before it stopped to let him get on: “The Ryanair passenger who ran onto the tarmac at Madrid’s main international airport is a Bolivian national who is now facing a hefty fine. Amazing footage published today showed the mystery traveller jumping off the jet bridge with two bags in his hands and sprinting across the edge of the runway to try to board the plane. And this afternoon it emerged initial reports claiming he had missed his budget flight were wrong and he had managed against all odds to get on the plane and reach his destination. A Civil Guard spokesman in his sunshine destination – Gran Canaria – said he was stopped when he reached the holiday island and identified so he could be reported for an airport security infraction. ‘The pilot presumably agreed to let him on board because he had a boarding pass but he was lucky not to have been stopped in Madrid”

Cat lovers ARE more likely to be single, but get invited out more: “There has long been an unspoken rivalry between ‘dog people’ and ‘cat people.’ Now, Facebook has examined the behavior of 160,000 pet lovers from the US to put the stereotypes to rest once and for all. The social media giant gathered samples from users who posted pictures of cats or dogs and found that 30 percent who shared cat photos were single, compared to the 24 percent who posted images of dogs. And although the key findings reveal cat lovers are more likely to be single, the longstanding myth of a cat-lady spinster has been debunked – those who are single cat lovers were not limited to a gender or any age. However, although cat people are more likely to say they’re tired, they are invited to more events than dog people”

Miss BumBum 2016 contestants bring traffic to a standstill as they flash their best assets in thong bikinis in Brazil: “The 27 women competing to be win the title of best bottom in Brazil got into the Olympic spirit yesterday by running in their own 100-metre sprint – in nothing but skimpy bikinis. Hopefuls in the annual Miss Bumbum contest, Brazil’s most popular beauty pageant, brought traffic to a standstill as they ran down the famous Avenida Paulista, the main street of the country’s biggest city Sao Paulo. The raunchy race marked the start of the seventh year of the competition, in which the women, each representing a Brazilian state, are whittled down to 15 who then battle it out in a live final. Each of the entrants wore nothing more than a skimpy orange bikini and a sash with the name of the state they their representing emblazoned on it. In a country obsessed with the female backside, winners of the hotly-disputed contest become overnight celebrities and often go on to earn millions in modelling contracts and endorsements.”

The crumbling giants of the seas: Eerie images of the abandoned coastal forts built 70 years ago to protect London during the Second World War : “These haunting photographs have captured the ruins of the sea forts designed to protect London against Nazi attacks during World War II. The Red Sands Sea Forts were built in the Thames Estuary in 1943 and still tower above the waves just seven miles off the coast of Whitstable, in Kent. The huge metal Maunsell gun towers, which were constructed to help gunners shoot down opposition aircraft, have been abandoned since they were decommissioned in 1956”

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