Good for you

May 20, 2016 at 3:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A world health organisation (WHO based in Geneva, Switzerland) study shows that eating ham and salami while drinking at each meal a glass of good wine …reduces the risk of becoming an Islamic Terrorist by at least 100%

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Odd news from around the world

Chinese newlyweds spend wedding night transcribing Communist constitution: “MOST wedding nights involve dancing, romance and cake — but not for this Chinese couple, who chose to spend theirs transcribing the Communist constitution. Li Yunpeng and his new wife, Chen Xuanchi, spent their first night as a married couple writing out the 11 chapter, 17,000 word document in a show of support for the country’s communist regime. The couple said they backed President Xi Jinping’s administration and his campaign to highlight the party’s political and social rules. The happy couple — who work as civil servants for the Nanchang Railway Bureau — said they were creating “beautiful memories” by undertaking the mammoth transcription on their wedding night, The Guardian reports. It was part of a campaign where Chinese nationals were urged to copy out the Communist party’s constitution for 100 days”

Woman bitten by snake after husband stung by box jellyfish during ‘unlucky’ holiday in Australia’s wild North: “A woman holidaying in northern Australia was bitten by a snake just hours after her husband was stung by a poisonous jellyfish during an “unlucky” outback family camping trip. The first of the encounters with the local wildlife occurred while the father was walking along the shoreline in a remote coastal parkland in the Northern Territory. He was stung by a box jellyfish, a potentially lethal creature which is common in the area but typically poses less of a threat during the current drier months. The man was seen by a park ranger but reportedly recovered after being treated with vinegar. Hours later, his wife, aged 32, was walking near the family’s campsite at about 8pm when she was bitten by a small yellow snake. The woman was treated in hospital for 24 hours and released”

Aussie teen grows world’s biggest cucumber: “A South Australian teenager has grown the world’s biggest cucumber – and it wasn’t much shorter than him. Keegan Meyers’ 1.3 metre gourd, which was overripe and had to be fed to the family chooks, weighed five kilograms and beat the previous record by about 10cm. “We planted the seeds in January and one of the cucumbers was particularly large. It was past eating so we let it grow,” the 13-year-old told AAP on Thursday. “It was a three-person job to get it off the vine and out of the glasshouse.” The record was verified by the Australian Giant Pumpkin and Vegetable Society earlier this month. “It was starting to go a little rotten so we fed it to our chickens,” he said”

Chinese calligraphy letter sells for world record price: “A 936-year-old calligraphy letter comprising of 124 characters has just fetched a record 207 million yuan ($43m) at auction. The only surviving piece of work by the great Chinese scholar Zeng Gong, the letter was written during the Song Dynasty (960-1270AD). Entitled Ju Shi Tie, it details his 12-year banishment from Beijing and the feelings of depression and isolation he experienced. Aged 62 at the time, Gong included his signature — which increased its value. The work was snapped up by art collector and movie mogul Wang Zhongjun, chairman of Huayi Brothers Media, which is one of China’s largest entertainment companies, at the China Garden auction house in Beijing. The work was previously sold at Poly’s Autumn Auction in Hong Kong in 2009 for 108m yuan ($22,639,391). It was first sold 20 years ago at Sotheby’s in New York for $943,353, a relative bargain”

A rare pear-shaped vivid pink diamond fetched 30.8 million Swiss francs ($42.8 million) at auction on Tuesday: “The “Unique Pink”, weighing 15.38 carats and mounted on a ring, sold to an Asian private collector bidding by telephone, the auction house said. It was the star lot at the saleroom’s semi-annual auction in Geneva, with a pre-sale estimate of $38 million-$51 million. “The Unique Pink set a new world record for a fancy vivid pink diamond … It’s the highest price ever paid for a fancy vivid pink diamond,” David Bennett, worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s international jewellery division, told reporters.

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Some wisdom from Scotland

May 19, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Neighbors row over TV glare escalates when woman installs nightclub strobe and ‘extra bright spotlights’ to shine into next door’s window: “A children’s gym owner has been accused of shining spotlights into her neighbour’s window because he refuses to close his blinds while watching TV. Suellen Epstein is accused of a ‘campaign of harassment’ against her neighbour Richard Miele, according to documents filed in Manhattan Civil Court. The row began in 2014 when she complained the glow of Mr Miele’s TV – about 50ft away – was ‘bothering’ her and demanded he close the shades while watching it. This escalated when he refused and suggested she close her own shades if it bothered her, DNAinfo reported. She then installed ‘a series of large, extra bright spotlights against her windows’, he says, according to NBC New York. He is requesting a judge ‘stop her outrageous behaviour’, which he claims is fueled by her belief she can ‘operate with impunity as a member of the condominium board'”

Eighty children treated in hospital after outbreak of ‘demonic possession’ in Peruvian school: “Scores of children at a school in Peru have suffered seizures and described visions of a man in black trying to kill them in what locals say was a mass case of ‘demonic possession’. Disturbing footage has emerged of up to 80 students convulsing, screaming and fainting at Elsa Perea Flores School in northern Peru’s Tarapoto. Experts are struggling to explain the hysteria that broke out at the school, which was reportedly built on a Mafia graveyard. Dozens of youngsters have been experiencing the supposedly contagious ‘condition’ since it was first reported in April. Children aged between 11 and 14 are reportedly fainting and having strong muscular convulsions. Shocking video shows pupils who are barely conscious, repeatedly screaming, and who appear to be delirious. Doctor Antony Choy told national channel Panamericana TV: ‘We don’t understand how this has kept going on”

Desperate film producer kneels down and begs online for people to come and see his poorly selling new movie: “When most people’s movies take a nose dive at the box office, many would just admit it as a write off and move on. But Fang Li, a renowned producer of Chinese independent film ‘Song of the Phoenix’ decided to take matters into his own hands by live streaming a video of him begging people to head to the cinemas and watch his movie via his Weibo account on May 12, reports the People’s Daily Online. The desperate producer’s stunt helped increase the movie’s box office figure by 26 million yuan (£2.7 million) in just four days, a surprisingly good revenue for an art house film in China. In the footage, the man is seen crying and begging cinema managers to allocate more screening quota for the amount of theaters showing the movie. He also begged people to support the film and the Chinese culture that is shown in the movie. According to Chinese media, those who have ventured out to see the film have had nothing but praise for the film.

Pilot taxis to the runway but has to turn back when he realises FORTY passengers are missing: “A fully booked SpiceJet flight reportedly left more than 40 passengers on the tarmac and was getting ready to take off before the mistake was discovered. The Boeing 737 was scheduled to travel from Kochi to Mumbai in India but a series of incidents led to the flight being delayed by 75 minutes. Owing to miscommunication after the delay, the left-behind passengers were taken to the wrong plane. The mistake was only discovered after the passengers showed their boarding passes to the crew on a second plane, according to the Times of India. By then, the Mumbai flight was already near the run way and ready for take-off. Ground staff were able to communicate the mistake in time and the pilot on flight SG 154 had to abort the take-off and return to pick up the remaining passengers according to the report. One of the passengers, Karthik Ramani, told the Times of India: ‘It’s strange that they didn’t realise that one-fourth of the aircraft was empty, though the flight was fully booked.’

Boy saves doggie: “A heroic schoolboy saved the life of a desperate pooch after he leapt through a window to escape a hot van and was left hanging by his lead. Bradley North, 13, from Prestwich, Greater Manchester, was walking home from nearby Parrenthorn High School at around 4pm on Monday when he noticed the French mastiff in distress in a white van as temperatures soared in the sunshine. The cooped-up mutt was so relieved to see Bradley and his school friends that he jumped through the vehicle’s window before his lead got caught and began to hang him, leaving him on the brink of death. Bradley rushed to the stricken dog’s aid after it passed out and managed to unbuckle his collar before slowly bringing the canine back to consciousness. Dramatic photos of the rescue have since been shared almost 3,000 times online with dog lovers paying tribute to the selfless pupil. One viewer added: ‘Well done lad. Not many adults would have done what you did and you can always remember you saved a life today.'”

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An excellent Jewish joke

May 18, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Moishe, a Jewish actor is so down and out, he’s ready to take any acting gig that he can find. Finally, he gets a lead, a classified ad that says, “Actor Needed To Play An Ape.” “I could do that,” says Moishe.

To his surprise, the employer turns out to be the Central Park Zoo in New York. Owing to the recent budget cuts and the Great Recession, they can no longer afford to import an ape to replace the deceased one, so, until they can get the money, they’ll put an actor in an ape suit instead.

Out of desperation, Moishe takes the offer. At first, his conscience keeps nagging him, that he is being dishonest by fooling the zoo-goers. Moishe also feels undignified in the ape suit, stared at by the crowds who watch his every move.

But after a few days on the job, he begins to enjoy all the attention and starts to put on a decent show for all the zoo-goers.

Moishe hangs upside down from the branches by his legs, swinging about on the vines, climbing up the cage walls and roaring with all his might while beating on his chest. Soon, he’s drawing a sizable crowd.

One day, while Moishe is swinging on the vines to show off to a group of school kids, his hands slip and he goes flying over the fence into the neighboring cage, the lion’s den.

Terrified, Moishe backs up as far from the approaching lion as he can, covers his eyes and prays at the top of his lungs, “Shama Yisroel Adonoi Elaheinu, Adonoi Echud!”

The lion opens his powerful jaws and roars; “Baruch Shem K’vod Malchuso! L’olam Va’ed”

From a nearby cage, a panda yells, “Shut up you schmucks, you’ll get us all fired!

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Woman follows GPS into lake: “In years past motorists were at the mercy of road maps, sign postings and the view out their windshield. These days, we have a computer with a selection of ethereal yet authoritative voices to tell us which turn to take. But as a 23-year-old Canadian woman found out, that method doesn’t always pan out so well. According to the Toronto Sun, the woman was following a route on her car’s GPS while driving in the dark on a foggy night in Ontario when it directed her to drive onto a boat launch, and she ended up in a lake. Despite the vehicle becoming completely submerged in the icy water the woman was able to wind down her window and escape without any injury, according to the police report. “She’s in really good spirits,” Constable Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert told the paper. “Of course a little embarrassed, but taking it all in stride.”

$130 Babel Fish-like gadget fits inside your ear to translate foreign languages in real-time: “If trying to order dinner or find your hotel abroad fills you with fear due to your abysmal grasp of foreign languages, don’t panic. A forthcoming in-ear gadget is claimed to be able to translate speech like the Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or the Universal Translator gadget in Star Trek. The system, dubbed the Pilot, comprises two earpieces to be worn by two people who do not speak the same language and uses an app so the duo can converse with ease. It is claimed to be the first ‘smart earpiece’ capable of translating between two languages. The company behind the technology, Waverly Labs, said: ‘This little wearable uses translation technology to allow two people to speak different languages but still clearly understand each other.'”

Young boy from Brazil completes a Rubik’s Cube ONE-HANDED in just 27 seconds: “His fingers are working so fast that they barely appear to be moving and his face does not give anything away. But little more than 27 seconds later, the video shows seven-year-old Chan Hong Lik’s face breaks into a smile as he throws the Rubik’s Cube he solved one-handed onto the table. The Rubik’s Cube enthusiast from Curitiba, Brazil, has been taking part in championship speedcuber events since he was just four years old and when he is using two hands he is even faster. In November, the young puzzle expert managed to solve a three-by-three Rubik’s Cube in just 8.72 seconds. However, Chan has a little way to go if he wants to be the fastest in the world. The Rubik’s Cube world record is currently held by Lucas Etter, a 14-year-old boy from Kentucky, who became the first person to break the five-second barrier for unscrambling a three-by-three-by-three puzzle. He solved the puzzle in an astonishing 4.904 seconds at a school in Clarksville, Maryland, in November.

Going to church could save your life: Women who worship once a week are ’25 per cent less likely to die early’: “Going to church is not only good for the soul, it can also stop you dying young, a study claims. A weekly worship can slash your chances of dying early by a quarter if you are female. Attending just once a week was associated with a lower risk of death for women from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, the study which spanned over 20 years found. Researchers believe optimism and a sense of community can combat the effects of stress and depression, resulting in longer life. Dr Tyler VanderWeele, a professor of epidemiology of Harvard’s school of public health, examined attendance at religious services and subsequent death in women. It was assessed using questionnaires from between 1992 and 2012. Researchers used data from the Nurses’ Health Study in the analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.” Women who attended religious services more than once per week had a 33 per cent lower risk of death compared with women who never attended religious services”

What big eyes you’ve got: “Most spiders have a cluster of eight eyes that help them target and capture their prey. But staring out like two huge black holes, two of the ogre-faced spider’s eyes have become abnormally enlarged. Now a new study has revealed these huge peepers allow the spider, also known as Deinopis spinosa, or net-casting spider, to hunt for prey at night. The Deinopis spinosa spider has the largest eyes of all known arachnids. While at a glance they appear to have just two eyes, they actually have eight eyes like other species, but the large posterior median eyes are extremely enlarged. Other spiders tend to hunt in the air, casting nets to capture flying prey. But in the ogre-faced spider – so called due to its ugly features – it strikes its insect prey from the front. The spiders’ extraordinary vision system helps it do this. As prey that live on the ground, such as crickets, tends to be bigger, it tends to also be of higher nutritional value to the spider”

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How little we know

May 17, 2016 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Man receives first successful penis transplant in the US: “A cancer sufferer has received America’s first ever penis transplant after undergoing experimental surgery to attach a dead man’s member. Thomas Manning, 64, underwent the revolutionary operation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, enduring an incredible 15-hours on the operating table. The surgery was carried out as part of a study to help combat victims, cancer patients and those injured in accidents, reports the New York Times. Mr Manning, is not married and does not have any children. During surgery doctors connected nerves, veins and arteries from the donor penis to Mr Manning. Nerves are then expected to grow into the penis at a rate of about one inch per month, eventually enabling sexual function. Mr Manning will be on immuno-suppressants for the rest of his life”

Florida woman who was blind for 21 years miraculously regains her sight after spinal surgery: “A woman from Florida who was blind after being in a car accident has regained her sight after more than two decades without vision. Mary Ann Franco lost her sight in 1995 after suffering serious spinal damage from the accident. She recovered from her injuries, but lost her ability to see. Franco spent the next 21 years completely blind until a slip-and-fall in her Okeechobee home landed her back in the hospital. After surgery to repair the damage to her neck caused by the fall, she awoke to the view of a sailboat gliding on a lake past her window. Uncomfortable from the surgery, she asked the nurse ‘wearing purple’ for medication. It was the first time she indicated she could see. Not only had Franco’s vision returned, but she could also see color for the first time. Franco was colorblind her whole life. Doctors are baffled by Franco’s astonishing recovery and have theories, but no explanation for the woman regaining her sight”

Hundreds of THOUSANDS of live crabs wash up on Orange County beaches due to El Nino: “Thousands of tiny red crabs are carpeting beaches in Orange County and creating an amazing spectacle for swimmers and surfers. Lifeguards estimate that hundreds of thousands of the tiny crustaceans washed up Friday on beaches in Newport Beach. Others were spotted in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is within the Marine Life Protected Act, so the crabs wont be tampered with, reported the OC Register. ‘Where they lie is where they must stay,’ Marine Safety Lt. Kai Bond said. ‘We have to let Mother Nature take them away.’ Others reported seeing the crabs and commented on how there could be scores of them one day and then none at all. We have a band of them right by our (lifeguard) building down to Balboa,’ said Newport Beach lifeguard Capt. Boyd Mickley. The Orange County Register reports that pelagic red crabs are usually found off Baja California, but currents that are part of the El Nino weather pattern are sweeping them north. The 1- to 3-inch-long crabs have washed up for several years along the Orange County coastline”

The effect of putting a tax on gold imports: “At least three airline passengers have been caught smuggling bars of gold in their rectums in recent days, say authorities in Bangladesh. One man had eight gold bars concealed inside his body, while an X-ray revealed four bars inside a man who was in a great deal of pain, said customs officials. In a fourth incident, officers found nearly £500,000 worth of gold bars in a plane’s toilet. The latest arrest occurred today when customs officials detained a person who had eight gold bars hidden inside his body at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the Daily Star reported. The man had just stepped off a flight from Dubai and admitted to carrying the bars after being challenged at border control. Later, at the airport toilet, he pushed out eight bars worth nearly £40,000. On May 2, six bars of gold, weighing 600g and worth £26,500, were recovered from a passenger’s rectum. The 32-year-old man who smuggled the six gold bars told customs officials he was paid £265”

Another reason to be glad you don’t live in Chicago: “No one likes queuing on the way to starting their holiday, but spare a thought for these passengers stuck in a monstrous security line at one US airport. The footage was shot by a frustrated man at Chicago Midway last night (Thursday), and starting from near the front, he walks at a brisk pace for two minutes down the line. People are filmed approaching the line, only to be told by a security official, with a pointed finger, to join the back of the queue. The video, that has been viewed more than 650,000 times, was shared on YouTube by Sean H, and shows people snaking through doorways, around corners, and finally into a hallway, a far distance away from the TSA check. At the end of the video, the man filming pans the camera front on, and says: ‘Are you f****** kidding me TSA?’ ABC News reports that the ‘TSA’s administrator has testified on Capitol Hill about these problems, saying that TSA lost thousands of employees and some have yet to be replaced.'”

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WTF?

May 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Postman struggles to get vinyl record through the letterbox… so he FOLDS it in half: “A Royal Mail postman was struggling to get a vinyl record to fit through a letterbox – so folded it in half. Naturally, it was posted with the word ‘Fragile’ emblazoned across its front in large red text. But that label apparently failed to register with the postie, who didn’t seem to think twice about ensuring the package made it to its owner one way or another. A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: ‘We would like to sincerely apologise to Ms O’Dea for the damage to her parcel. All of our postmen and women are aware that items marked fragile are to be handled with care. ‘We have been in touch with Ms O’Dea and will arrange for compensation to cover the cost of replacing the item. Every item of mail we deliver is important to us and we will be investigating this matter internally.’

Florida woman bitten by a small shark is taken to hospital with fish still latched on to her arm: “A 23-year-old woman who was bitten by a shark off the coast of Florida was taken to the hospital with the two-foot long animal still attached to her forearm. The woman, whose name was not released, was treated at a hospital in Boca Raton on Sunday and expected to be released the same day. The baby nurse shark suffered a worse fate and died before the fire rescue arrived on the scene, with one witness telling the Sun Sentinel the creature had been provoked. She remained calm and had to be taken to the hospital with a splint supporting the weight of the animal on her arm. A witness said the woman and her friends had been holding the shark up by its tail. A lifeguard, police officer and fire rescue were on the scene, but the shark’s ridged teeth remained firmly lodged in the woman’s arm. Nurse sharks are slow-moving and have strong jaws along with razor-sharp, serrated teeth. They are common off the coast of Florida”

An animal rights fanatic? “As the driver approaches a gate at a popular deer hunting spot in New Zealand, the crazed man, who is dressed in army camouflage, is furious at the car’s presence. ‘Oi, what are you doing here, this is private property mate, you better get out of here,’ he yells as he jumps from the bushes. But before the terrified driver is given a chance to honour the request, the madman smashes his windscreen with a single blow. The panic-stricken driver can be heard panting in fear as he slams the car into reverse. He said: ‘Someone has put a gate up on a public road. My friend rang the city council and they have removed the gate twice. The gate keeps getting put back up. ‘On going to check if they have removed the gate again a nutter dressed in camouflage has attacked my car and smashed my windscreen with a crow bar. ‘Someone really wants those red deer for him self.'”

World’s largest cruise ship – which boasts a 10-storey slide and capacity for 5,500 passengers – sets sail on its maiden voyage: “The largest cruise ship in the world has said au revoir to a French shipyard after 32 months of construction and is en route to the UK. Tens of thousands of people watched from shore and much smaller vessels as the gigantic Harmony of the Seas, built at a cost of more than $1bn (£700million), left Saint-Nazaire for Southampton today. With a capacity of 5,479 guests at double occupancy, the 18-deck ship is set to arrive in England on Tuesday ahead of its inaugural voyage on 22 May. An engineering marvel, Royal Caribbean International’s 25th ship was joined by a convoy of boats as it sailed into the Atlantic Ocean from the STX France shipyard. It is essentially a floating city, with nearly 2,750 staterooms over 16 guest decks, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools, a park with more than 10,500 plants and 52 trees, including some more than 20ft tall, and 2,100 crew members”

The enchanting shoreline of Italy’s Amalfi to be destroyed by its lemon trees: “For centuries, Amalfi’s famous lemon terraces – grown into the mountainside and secured by stone walls – have been maintained by a skilled group known as ‘contadini volanti’, the ‘flying farmers’, who climb the steep heights to visit the groves. Celebrity chefs, including Gino D’Acampo and Jamie Oliver, have made special programmes on the region in recent years to highlight this age-old tradition. But competition from cheaper lemons grown abroad have driven down prices and Amalfi’s farmers have been forced to abandon the groves owned by their families for generations. With this desertion comes a high price: the stone walls are not maintained, increasing the risk of landslides and erosion. Now Italy’s leading geologists have warned action must be taken or the country’s risks losing this World Heritage-listed landscape. At a meeting last month, they estimated the risk of landslides in Amalfi now stands at 88 per cent”

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The times, they are a’changing

May 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Two British female cops in fight ‘over who had best breasts’: “A senior policewoman has been suspended over extraordinary claims of a hotel bar row with a colleague – at an event designed to enhance the ‘profile and perception’ of female officers. Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe is said to have had a late-night argument with Superintendent Sarah Jackson about whose breasts were the most attractive. ACC Sutcliffe has now been suspended from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for ‘inappropriate behaviour’. Her fellow officer is not facing any sanctions. The two women are said to have been among the last few guests at the hotel bar one night at the conference and had a loud disagreement about who had the ‘best boobs’. Following her suspension she faces an investigation by the force, which is already reeling from a string of scandals.”

This Pot Valued at $50,000 by Antiques Roadshow Was Really a High School Art Project: “It’s the American dream for any PBS enthusiast to take an old family trinket, or something he/she picked up at a garage sale, to Antiques Roadshow and find out it’s worth a small fortune. Everyone between the ages of 60-90 wants to be like that guy who found out his old blanket was worth $350,000. This story is pretty much the exact opposite of that. Last summer, Alvin Barr brought an objectively ugly old ceramic jug to be appraised during a Washington taping of Antiques Roadshow. There, appraiser Stephen L. Fletcher told Barr that “the potter has used an impressive array of techniques to come up with this extraordinary texture. This, in its own way, is really over the top. This ceramic jug, which Barr picked up at an estate sale in Eugene, Oregon, was worth between $30,000 and $50,000 according to Fletcher. But, as it turns out, this pot was actually made by an Oregon high school student in the mid ’70s”

Why men’s and women’s buttons are on different sides: “HAVE you ever wondered why women’s shirts and men’s shirts button up on different sides? Men’s dress shirts have their buttons on the right while women’s have them on the left — but why? It turns out it’s a throwback to the upstairs-downstairs days of Victorian society and the intricate layers worn by the ladies of the day. Back then, buttons were extremely expensive and therefore seen as a status symbol, so wealthier women had plenty of them on their dresses. But upper class women — who set the fashions of the day — rarely dressed themselves and therefore the elaborate outfits had to be fastened by someone who was facing them. So the buttons were placed on the left, to make it easier for the ladies’ maids to do up — assuming she was right-handed. While a few men had valets, most dressed themselves as their outfits were less complicated — so the button rows were designed for the wearer to be right-handed”

The Bom Jesus: Namibia’s ancient shipwreck thought to be the most significant ever: “IT IS every archaeologist’s dream — the discovery of a missing ship which disappeared more than 500 years ago with a treasure chest of gold on-board. Not only did the discovery of the resting place of TheBom Jesus solve one of the biggest maritime mysteries, but for chief archeologist Dieter Noli, it was a history-changing find. A ship which had disappeared on its way to India laden with gold in 1533 had vanished, its fate and that of her crew unknown. Fast forward 500 years and that mystery was closer to being solved when a group of miners hunting diamonds off the Namibian dessert stumbled across some strange objects. Unsure of what they were dealing with, the company they worked for, Namdeb Diamond Corporation, called in Dr Noli who instantly knew it was a shipwreck. However, it was a week into the excavation that a treasure chest laden with gold was found, with the coins indicating it had come from a Portuguese ship which had disappeared in 1533.”

Unusual climbing gear: “An incredible video has captured an Arabian man scale a three-storey building in under 20 seconds. Even more remarkable, he is wearing a full-length thawb and a headscarf. The footage was posted by the man’s friend and shows the man preparing for the challenge by flicking back his red keffiyeh. Bravely he then launches himself off a ramp and on top of a window. He scales another window in his long white thawb robe, before running carefully across the edge of the platform. In a final leap to clamber on top of the building he loses his headscarf’s band in the process. But he successfully conquers the large building. It is not clear exactly where the stunt took place”

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Religious realism

May 14, 2016 at 2:32 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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Odd news from around the world

Alarming moment student tries to take his plaster face mask off in art class… but it’s STUCK!: “There’s plaster in your eyes, nose and mouth and you’re struggling to breath. It’s the stuff of nightmares, right? For one man in America this became a horrible reality after an art class activity went wrong and his plaster face mask became stuck. He can be seen with his hands clasped to the mask, trying to remove it as others give him advice. ‘Stretch your face into different facial expressions,’ one lady says but he can be heard whimpering quietly behind the white plaster. ‘You’ve almost got it,’ a girl encourages, but another man is more realistic: ‘Pull hard! It’s not even moving dude.’ ‘It’s like pulling a band aid,’ the first lady soothes as she moves forward to help him, ‘Pull your skin away from the mask.’ The woman too attempts to pull the mask off but can be heard saying, ‘Oh no I broke it’ as the video comes to an end”

Venice of the Netherlands: The fairytale village without ANY roads where residents travel to their thatched-roof cottages by canal boat: “Forget the waterways of Venice, there is a peaceful village in the Netherlands that is based entirely on water – and life there looks like its straight out of a fairytale. The idyllic Giethoorn has no roads or cars, and the only access to the area’s quaint houses and public buildings are by cruising its beautiful canals or walking across over 176 wooden arch bridges. Even the postman reportedly does his rounds via boat. Around 2,600 citizens dwell in the area, with island homes backing straight onto the water highways – perfect for ice skating in winter when the water freezes over. The magical village’s four miles of canals and thatched-roof farmhouses date back to the 18th century”

Lucky lamb rescued from tiny crack in the ground by ramblers who heard its desperate bleating: “Stuck in a tiny crack in the ground this little lamb must have thought the game was up. But luckily its bleating attracted some walkers trekking nearby who nobly came to its rescue. The Scot at first appears confounded as to how on earth the frightened lamb can be saved. The animal lets out a cry for help as the man, named Charlie, manages to grab it by the neck. Miraculously after some tough tugging he pulls the lamb free, much to the delight of the other gentleman doing the filming. Charlie responds: ‘I’m covered in s***’, before he walks across a path to release the animal back to the rest of the flock.”

Born dumb?: “Four boys thought it would be a cool idea to take pictures facing away from the shoreline standing up on rocks above crashing waves. But they were not high enough as an alarming video shows them being swept away by a massive wave. At the start of the video the boys can be seen standing precariously on top of one of the rocks. They figure they are all safe as they spot a particularly big wave incoming. Just before the waves breaches the shore they turn to the camera which one of the boys holds with a selfie stick. They lift their arms in the air in preparation for a perfect selfie. Then suddenly it all goes wrong when the wave is so large that it rises above the rock. It sweeps the boys off their feet and they fall onto the jagged ground below. Thankfully it appears all four escape from being swept out to sea, and hopefully each will have learned a valuable lesson”

1 in 5 toddlers have NEVER tried a vegetable: “Most parents will have seen their children turn there noses up at the idea of broccoli or cabbage. But incredibly, almost one in five two-year-olds have never even tried a vegetable, new research has found. A survey revealed some parents had become so fed up with the daily battle, they stopped trying all together. As a result, it is estimated that more than 30,000 toddlers in the UK are not getting any of their five a day. Studies have shown if a child’s problem is short-term, it is unlikely to do any harm. But long term refusal to eat a diet containing calcium, protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre could stunt development. Lack of calcium – found in milk and leafy green vegetables – can lay the foundations for weak bones while a deficiency of B vitamins can cause nerve problems”

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A good put-down

May 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Guillermo Ugarte was a character in the film Casablanca

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The Queen can’t hide her delight as she’s presented with a £70 shopping voucher after her horse wins at Royal Windsor: “It’s unlikely she ever pops into the supermarket for a pint of milk, but the Queen might now be tempted after winning a rather un-royal prize. The monarch, 90, was presented with a Tesco voucher at the Royal Windsor Horse Show after her horse Barber Shop won the Tattersalls & RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show. Prizes for winners were a Kensington Ri-dry jacket and a £70 Tesco Voucher first to fourth places. She clearly saw the funny side as she was spotted laughing after tearing open a white envelope to reveal the enclosed voucher.”

How the ‘White Princess’ conquered ‘Nollywood’: “A British former air hostess has become a star of Nigeria’s ‘Nollywood’ film industry after mastering pidgin English. Claire Edun, from Winchester, Hampshire, became interested in the language – a version of English spoken in West Africa – after visiting the country through work. Her almost-flawless use of the dialect led to her being scouted by one of Nigeria’s top directors and she has now become a hit in the country’s flourishing film industry. The 31-year-old’s new movie has become such a success that she is now famous with cinema-goers in the African state and has been nicknamed Oyinbo Princess – meaning ‘White Princess’. She admits that treading the red carpets of Lagos is a million miles from the village pantos and school plays which she first acted in, but she has grown a love for Nigeria, which she now considers a home from home”

Giant whale shark looks like the happiest creature on the planet as he smiles for the camera: “This whale shark is certainly not camera shy, breaking into a a huge grin while looking directly at the lens. The big shark was snapped with a wide smile on his face in Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia earlier this year. Travel and underwater photographer Markus Roth, from Cologne in Germany, managed to capture these fantastic pictures of the gentle giant. Mr Roth, 39, who also took a selfie with the whale, said: ‘I find whale sharks are amazing animals. So huge, but gentle. ‘The whale shark was just centimetres away and pushed me really gentle to the side. There was absolutely no fear, I was just in pure awe. While the animal appears toothless in these images, whale sharks actually have about 3,000 tiny teeth and sieve their food through their large gills”

Passengers board flights with pets as mass evacuation continues in wildfire-affected Canada: “Calgary-based airlines Canadian North and WestJet have broken their own no-animals-allowed flying rules to help pets escape the catastrophic wildfires burning in the Canadian town of Fort McMurray. Close to 90,000 residents have been ordered to abandon the town as devastating fires — among the worst in Canada’s history — burn through an area larger than the US city of Chicago. To assist with the mass evacuation, the two airlines allowed feline, canine and even reptile pets board flight cabins with their owners, turning the planes into flying Noah’s Arks. “Due to the unusual circumstances we were able to bend the rules to accommodate these animals,” a representative for Canadian North said. One Canadian North flight last week carried 19 dogs, including a Great Dane, five cats and two turtles alongside 130 human passengers. “When we touched down, we got a standing ovation. It brought tears to our eyes,” flight attendant Wanda Murray told CBC”

Giant pelican spotted in the UK for the first time in centuries: “A huge pelican – the largest of its kind and one of the biggest birds in the world – has been spotted in the UK for the first time in centuries. The giant Dalmatian Pelican, whose wingspans measure up to 11 and a half feet, is thought to have been carried here on last weekend’s humid weather from Europe. The red-billed bird, native to Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia, was first seen on Saturday at Gwithian in Cornwall. It was photographed at Sennen by teenage birdspotter Josef FitzGerald-Patrick, 15, who heard it had arrived near his home town. Josef, from St Buryan, Cornwall, was with around 20 other bird enthusiasts who saw the rare visitor. The same bird is thought to have previously visited Poland between 6th-11th April, Germany on 16th April-1st May, and eastern France on 3rd May.

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MAY DAY, MAY DAY

May 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is the story of a young blond female college student flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.

He has a heart attack and dies.

She, frantic, grabs the mike and calls out a May Day.

May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! The pilot had a heart attack and is dead and I don’t know how to fly. Someone help me! Please help me!”

She then hears a voice on the radio saying: “This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. I’ve had a lot of experience with this kind of problem.

Now, just take a deep breath, stay calm and everything will be fine! Now give me your height and position.”

She then says, “I’m 5’4″ and I support Hillary”

“O.K.” says the voice on the radio, “Repeat after me: Our Father, Who art in Heaven,”

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Dusty old painting found in basement of NJ home turns out to be long-lost Rembrandt worth MILLIONS: “It was just an old, dusty painting found in the basement of a New Jersey home during a clear-out by relatives of a couple who had passed away. The tiny 9-inch picture was taken to Nye & Company, a local auction house, who listed it for $600 – $800. Little did they know it was a long-lost work by Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn and worth many, many times the list price. Two eagle-eyed Paris art dealers, however, recognized the piece for what it was. The painting, having been restored, revealed the monogram ‘RF’ on the upper left corner of the canvas, which stands for ‘Rembrandt Fecit’ or ‘Made by Rembrandt’. However, the pair went on to buy the painting – after competing with two other European dealers – for $870,000. The painting, titled The Unconscious Patient (An Allegory of the Sense of Smell), dates from 1624, when Rembrandt was around 18-years-old.

Arrogant British cops: “Two police officers refused to move their patrol car despite being parked at a busy bus stop causing a huge traffic jam. The marked vehicle was sitting in double yellow lines on Kings Road, central London, on Monday afternoon. It was stationary in the outside lane of the traffic heavy two-lane street, at least a foot from the pavement and inches from a marked bus stop. That meant that it blocked half of the road, forcing every vehicle approaching from behind to pull in to the inside lane in their attempts to overtake it. But it meant that the situation became doubly chaotic for those trying to journey up the road. As queues first started to form behind it, pedestrians approached the officers to ask why they were parked where they were. But all their initial pleas fell on deaf ears. The clip also shows that the position of the car meant that double deckers, after stopping at the bus stop, then did not have enough room to negotiate around the vehicle. After much horn beeping, the car eventually moves off without even as much as an apologetic hand gesture to the cars left stuck behind it”

Yoda the cat just loves having his fur vacuumed: “You’d expect most cats would find the idea of being vacuumed purr-fectly horrible, but for this one it is the ultimate treat. While most moggies would run a mile, Yoda hoovers up the high-powered suction clean. The five-year-old Ragdoll from Livingston, West Lothian, was having one of his regular once-overs to deal with his ‘barrow-loads’ of loose fur. Yoda, who has long, white fur, lounges on a sofa while owner John Banks, 50, vacuums his back. He then flips over and puts his paws in the air so that the machine can reach his belly, while gazing contentedly at the camera. The machine is the £160 Dyson DC35 cordless vacuum cleaner, which is designed to remove animal hair from the floor. The Ragdoll, a semi-longhair cat with a soft and silky coat, is one of the largest domestic cat breeds. Their plush fur consists of long guard hairs which need to be brushed regularly to prevent matting. They get their name from their tendency to go limp when picked up.

The milkman is back! Bottles on the doorstep are fashionable again: “Waking up to find bottles on the doorstep and the sight of milk floats trundling through the streets might seem like a distant memory to many of us. But after years in the wilderness, the role of the milkman is on the rise again and hipsters and their fondness for all things retro are to thank. The fashionable modern milk delivery now contains organic produce and non dairy alternatives such as soya, which is a hit with health conscious trendsetters … He added that the younger generation are much more focused on where their milk comes from and prefer produce that’s organic and from smaller dairies. And on his round he delivers multiple non-dairy alternatives, including soya, almond, rice and hazelnut milks. And last month, dairy giant Muller announced it was reversing plans to phase out home deliveries and glass bottles in favour of plastic. The Milk&More service delivers milk and other daily essentials to more than 600,000 homes across the country”

Mystery of the giant ‘surales’ mounds is solved: “Rising above the waterlogged grass plains of northern Columbia and southern Venezuela are strange mounds that stud the landscape and have baffled scientists for decades. Now researchers have found the regularly spaced, densely packed hummocks of soil are made by giant earthworms as they burrow through the muddy Llanos wetlands around the Orinoco river. The spectacular mounds, also known as surales, can reach up to 16ft (five metres) in diameter and rise up to 6ft (two metres) high at regular intervals across the landscape. They cover such a vast area that they can be clearly seen from space. But a new study published in the journal Public Library of Sciences One, has found the mounds are actually the result of intensive activity of one species of large earthworm. The previously unknown worms, which belong to the South American genus Adiorrhinus and can grow up to 5ft (1.5 metres) long, expel the soil from the guts while burrowing through the soggy ground”

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WTF!

May 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Glide across the sea like a Bond villain: The futuristic £1million catamaran superyacht that flies across the water at 65mph: “London-based Glider Yachts has launched its 1,080-horsepower Glider SS18 concept that it hopes will revolutionise sea travel for Champagne-swigging tycoons and celebrities. Known as ‘M’, the £1million craft glides comfortably on the water on 60-ft long twin hulls, while a driver and up to four passengers are seated in a cockpit 10ft above the surface. Designed for high-speed luxury travel, a prototype was recently launched in Southampton, where it was built, and orders are being taken on the first production models, each of which can be customised to the owner’s liking. The high-performance vessel is powered by four 270-horsepower supercharged engines and can reach a top speed of 56 knots (65mph). A shallow draft allows the catamaran to enter bays that are off limit to superyachts or even land on beaches, and there is luggage space for passengers”

Boy, 15, discovers long-lost ancient Mayan city using constellations and Google Earth: “DEEP within a dense Central American forest sit the ruins of an ancient city the world forgot. And it has just been discovered by a precocious 15-year-old boy. Quebec teenager William Gadoury claims he has discovered a long-lost ancient Mayan city using a clever combination of old-world astronomy and ultra-modern technology. The inquisitive youngster, who has a deep fascination with ancient Maya, analysed 22 Mayan constellations and realised that the Mayans aligned their 117 cities with the positions of the stars. It was the first time a researcher had made a direct correlation between the stars and the locations of the Mayan cities, the Journal de Montreal reported. If his theory and calculations were correct, that would place the missing city in a remote coastal location on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Using satellite images from the Canadian Space Agency and Google Earth maps, William zeroed in on the precise location — and a pyramid and about thirty ancient buildings were spotted, partially hidden, in the dense forest”

Huge ghost ship washes ashore in Liberia on the west African coast: “AN oil tanker with nobody on board has mysteriously washed up on a beach on the west coast of Africa, leaving officials scratching their heads as to how it got there. The 63m, Panama-flagged Tamaya 1was found beached in Robertsport, Liberia on May 4 with no sign of captain or crew. The vessel’s last known position was recorded on April 22, 2016, as the ship was steaming southward at 0.7 knots towards Senegal after leaving the port of Dakar, according to MarineTraffic.com. Now, the ship cuts an eerie sight, dwarfing locals as they flock to the beach to marvel at it and speculate about what fate might have befallen its crew members. The Liberia national police and bureau of immigration inspected the ship, days after local residents first discovered it on the beach without a crew or lifeboats. A port authority insider said: “Our best bet is that the vessel’s owner might have gone broke and had no money to pay crew members … and therefore, the crew abandoned the ship.”

Aviation experts baffled after British Airways flight arrives at Heathrow with a square tyre: “AVIATION experts have been stunned by a photograph showing a square-shaped tyre on a British Airways A380 which touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport. The deflated wheel was part of the landing gear on the flight arriving from Hong Kong on Friday, according to The Sun. One serving airline captain said the tire probably detached from the wheel on landing when the brakes were applied, but stressed that the aircraft was never in danger. He added: “The tyres are pressurised to around seven times that of a car tire. Once depressurised the tyre will have ‘flatted’ while the (aircraft) was braking and once it did so it would then rotate through 90 degrees to another part of the tyre and then do it again — hence the four flats you see”

$74 million business jet could revolutionise air travel — with better windows: “THE days of craning your neck for a glimpse of the view outside a plane’s tiny porthole window could soon be over. Plans are underway for a revolutionary fleet of business jets outfitted with huge windows that would offer unparalleled views of the earth below — as well as providing more natural light than previously imagined on a passenger plane. Brazilian aerospace company Embraer has come up with the revolutionary design for their Lineage 1000 business jets. The design concept, which they have dubbed the Kyoto Airship, includes massive viewing platforms with large rectangular windows and skylights, which can be enjoyed by flyers wherever they are sitting, Business Insider reports. And while skylights have been on planes before, these would be the first to feature on large jets with a pressurised cabins. [I hope they have heard of the DeHavilland “Comet”]

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