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24 October, 2014

Singing fail



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Prankster gets knocked out:  "Should you be so inclined as to walk up to a random man in a fast-food joint, late at night, after consuming alcohol and grab him by the hand before slapping him across the face with a slice of pizza, do not be shocked when he hits you back.  This is what happened to a young man from Ontario, Canada, who wanted to play what he saw as an innocent prank on a man that had been annoying a friend of his after a night out.  On his YouTube page, Mr Sutcliffe describes the idea behind walking up to a stranger and slapping them across the face with a cheese pie as: ‘Buddy was f***ing with my buddy so I decided to pizza slap him!’  The stunned ‘pizza slap’-victim shouts abuse back in disbelief at what just happened, while Mr Sutcliffe laughs him off.  It does not take long before the slapper becomes the slappee when the angry victim knocks Mr Sutcliffe out cold on the table. According to the video, which has now gone viral, Mr Sutcliffe was unconscious for two minutes before being helped by other diners in the shop."




The spray that claims to kill Ebola: Non-toxic chemical can get rid of deadly virus without damaging the body: "A British firm which claims it makes the only chemical spray which can safely kill the Ebola virus says it has been swamped with orders. The manufacturer of DuoMax maintains it is the only product in the world which can kill Ebola without damaging the human skin or being toxic to the body in anyway.  Because it is non-toxic, it can apparently be used to treat large areas as it does not irritate the skin and eyes like bleach or chlorine products. The company claims DuoMax does not break down human skin like other corrosive chemicals, which makes it susceptible to infection.   Instead, it's claimed it effectively kills the virus and also stops it from spreading. The website claims the spray destroys the DNA and RNA which doesn’t allow the pathogen to reproduce or replicate. This also significantly reduces the risk of cross contamination."
 



Shopkeeper fights off two hammer-wielding robbers by spraying MR MUSCLE into their eyes:  "A shopkeeper fought off two hammer-wielding robbers who demanded he open the till by arming himself with surface cleaner and spraying it into their eyes.  John Seabright, 62, was behind the counter of the Londis shop in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire when two masked thugs barged in and screamed at him to hand over cash.  At first he tried to grab the hammer of one of the balaclava-clad raiders but he failed.  So instead he reached for the £1 bottle of Mr Muscle surface cleaner used to clean the till, and sprayed it straight into the eyes of the men through the holes of their balaclavas. That sent the robbers fleeing empty-handed with their eyes streaming.




Cyanide-secreting millipede kills its enemies in seconds: "Next time you take a whiff of that lovely almond smell in the air, beware, a cyanide millipede might be lurking. This arthropod might look like any ordinary millipede, but it hides a very secret power-it emits cyanide when it’s being attacked. This type of millipede is found in the Pacific coast of North America, from Southeast Alaska all the way down to California.  If a bird, shrew or insect attacks this millipede, it will curl up and secrete hydrogen cyanide gas, a powerful poison. Because of this creature’s special powers of poison, it only has one predator, the groundbeetle Promecognathus Iaevissimus (that’s a mouthful!).  If there’s one secret power I wouldn’t mind having, it’s definitely a secret stash of cyanide that excretes when I’m feeling attacked!"


Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin during Beijing Q&A:  "The Facebook chief executive stuns an audience in Beijing by conducting a 30-minute Q&A in near fluent Mandarin,  The Facebook chief executive was known to have been studying the language, having mentioned in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010 that he was embarking on the task. But little had been heard of his hobby since.  Many assumed the rigours of running the $200 billion social network would have left him with little time to practice the notoriously challenging language.  In the Q&A at Tsinghua University Mr Zuckerberg began by apologising. He told the audience of students and faculty members - in Mandarin - that his Chinese was "pretty terrible".  But it soon became clear he was being more than a little modest. Before long he was telling jokes in Mandarin.



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23 October, 2014

How to load a truck -- a Chinese way



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Taiwanese removalists at work

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Woman spends a week in KFC to get over her break up:  "A 26-year-old woman from Chengdu, in China's southwest Sichuan Province, has taken an unusual approach to mending her broken heart: spending a week inside Kentucky Fried Chicken, gorging on the food. Tan Shen said that she was "walking around feeling miserable" when she passed the KFC restaurant in the city's train station.  She told local media: "I hadn’t planned on staying there long, I just wanted some chicken wings. But once I got in there and started eating I decided I needed time to think.  "I didn’t want to go back to my apartment because it was full of memories of him. So I stayed."   After a few days employees at the chicken shop noticed that the same woman was still there.  "We work in shifts here and the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, so we get a lot of people coming through. At first no one really noticed her," said Jiang Li Lung, 22. Miss Tan decided that it was time to leave the restaurant when, after a week, local media begun to write about her. 




TREES are the key to keeping calm: Researchers found those who watched 3D video of tree lined streets 'significantly improved' their state of mind:  "The restorative power of nature has long been known - but reducing stress could be as simple as watching a nature show or even looking at some tree lined streets online, researchers say.  They found that viewing 3-D videos of residential streets with trees on them significantly improved participants' stress levels.  Just six minutes of looking at trees had a major effect.  The study led by researchers at the University of Illinois to find out exactly how long it takes for looking at nature to calm us. Researcher Bin Jiang and his colleagues found that viewing 3-D videos of residential streets with varying amounts of trees significantly improved participants' physiological and psychological recovery from a stressful experience. The men experienced the most stress recovery benefits when they viewed tree canopy in the 24 to 34 percent range, and stress recovery declined when the percentage of tree cover surpassed 34 percent."




Mediterranean jellyfish resembles a fried egg:  "While many things are often described as looking good enough to eat, jellyfish aren't usually among them.  But while sailing around the Mediterranean recently, photographer Barry Bland came across one of the free-swimming marine animals - and was thrilled to find that it looked just like a fried egg.  With his trusty camera at the ready, Mr Bland took footage of the jellyfish, pulsating in all of its egg yolk-yellow glory as it floated amid a school of fish.  With bright blue balls of colour speckling its umbrella-shaped bell, the eye-catching sea creature alternated between resembling a decorative lamp and a welcome addition to a fry-up. The scientific name for the particular species of jellyfish is cotylorhiza tuberculata.  The Mediterranean Sea is one of the more common areas they're found, as well as the Aegean and Adriatic seas, given their need for a large concentration of sunlight to survive. And while they're stunning to look at, they're also considerably safer to be around than their counterparts, as their sting has very little or no effect on humans."




The cats that can squeeze themselves into the most unbelievable spaces:  "As any cat owner will tell you the feline of the species is the most cunning and manipulative of all household pets.  However, as these amazing series of photographs show, cats are able to hide in the strangest possible places for no apparent reason.   Some of the cats have hidden in a variety of boxes, baskets and even a kettle.  One kitten even laid itself out inside the gutter of a house enjoying some afternoon sunshine. So if your cat happens to go missing, before photocopying dozens of notices and plastering them over the neighbourhood, maybe a quick search around the house in the most obscure corner might work.


Camel cigarette maker bans smoking in its offices:  "Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.  The second-biggest tobacco company in the US informed employees on Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes will no longer be permitted at employee desks or offices, conference rooms, hallways and lifts. Lighting up is already banned on factory floors and in cafeterias and fitness centres.  The no-smoking policy will go into effect once Reynolds builds indoor smoking areas for those still wanting to light up indoors, spokesman David Howard said. "We believe it's the right thing to do and the right time to do it because updating our tobacco use policies will better accommodate both non-smokers and smokers who work in and visit our facilities," Mr Howard said. "We're just better aligning our tobacco use policies with the realities of what you're seeing in society today."



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22 October, 2014

Security fail



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

    Italian miner avoids work for 35 years before retiring aged 52:  "An Italian coal miner's confession that he is drawing a pension despite hardly ever putting in a day’s work over a 35-year career has underlined the country’s problem with benefit fraud and its dysfunctional pension system.  Carlo Cani started work as a miner in 1980 but soon found that he suffered from claustrophobia and hated being underground.  He started doing everything he could to avoid hacking away at the coal face, inventing an imaginative range of excuses for not venturing down the mine in Sardinia where he was employed. He pretended to be suffering from amnesia and haemorrhoids, rubbed coal dust into his eyes to feign an infection and on occasion staggered around pretending to be drunk.  The miner, now aged 60, managed to accumulate years of sick leave, apparently with the help of compliant doctors, and was able to stay at home to indulge his passion for jazz.  Despite his long periods of absence, he was still officially an employee of the mining company, Carbosulcis, and therefore eventually entitled to a pension."




Woman gets trapped in chimney of man she met online after six dates:  "A woman looking for her soulmate found herself trapped in the chimney of a man she met through an online dating site.  Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was rescued by a team of firefighters after attempting to enter the man’s home in Los Angeles on Sunday, police say.  Neighbours alerted authorities after the soot-covered intruder became stuck and started screaming for help.  Firefighters carefully removed bricks to reach the woman and then used dishwashing soap to lubricate the chimney so she could be safely lifted out.  Homeowner Lawrence Fernandez said the pair had been on six dates before he broke things off.  "She seemed totally cool until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago,” he told KTLA.  He added: “You have to be careful who you meet online.”  Nunez-Figueroa was arrested for illegal entry and providing false information to an officer."




Gold pocket watch set to sell for over £10 MILLION: "A watch said to be the 'Holy Grail' of timepieces and one of the most complicated ever made is set to go under the hammer for £10million next month. The Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece, made by famed watchmaker Patek Philippe, is the most complex ever produced without the use of computer technology. The gold pocket watch was first commissioned in 1925 by banker Henry Graves Junior, who is considered the greatest watch collector of the 20th century, and was eventually delivered to him in 1933. The watch was calibrated so that Mr Graves could tell the time based on the exact position of the sun at his New York home. The watch features 24 horological complications - or features. They include a perpetual calendar, moon phases, a power reserve and an exact replica of the night sky as seen from Central Park in Manhattan, showing the exact position and magnitude of stars across the Milky Way. Next month, to coincide with Patek Philippe's 175th anniversary, the watch is again being auctioned in Geneva by Sotheby's, who expect it to sell for over £10 million. 


Grandmother, 72, spends £4,000 covering her house in 'anti wi-fi' paint after suffering health problems from wireless signals:  "A grandmother has spent £4,000 covering her house in 'anti wi-fi' paint after claiming wireless signals are causing her health problems.  Stefanie Russell paid for her house in Steyning, West Sussex to be covered in four thick coats of the special paint, and has banned mobile phone and computers from her house. Ms Russell says that she is highly sensitive to the rays emitted by wi-fi signals and it often leaves her suffering from headaches and nausea.  Both her interior and exterior walls are being covered with the paint and Ms Russell also owns a special device, which detects unwanted wi-fi signals in her home.  The paint works by containing aluminium-iron oxide, which resonates at the same frequency as wifi.  It means that when it is coated on walls, signals are absorbed and blocked from entering the rooms."


£800 VW Golf bought on eBay bursts into flames on the school run 24 hours later:  "A family cheated death after their VW Golf convertible burst into flames on the school run - just a day after they bought it on eBay for £800.  Nicky Keefe had driven her partner and three children a quarter of a mile from their home in Cheam, Surrey yesterday when the car started smoking.  But the problem wasn't spotted until her son James, 14, noticed his trainers were melting - and shouted: 'Mum, my feet are on fire!'   The family collected the 19-year-old car from a private seller in Hampshire on Sunday. Mrs Keefe, a primary school teacher, said: 'We got out of the car and told the people behind us our car was on fire. Then suddenly it was engulfed in flames.' She said: 'We are in shock but we are all safe. That's the main thing.  She added her partner was checking their insurance to see if they were covered, and would also contact eBay about the incident.  The MK3 Golf Cabriolet, which has 95,000 miles on it, was listed on the auction site with a starting price of £500 - but sold for £810.



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21 October, 2014

Unlocking the master's secret



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The good thing about a Master brand lock is that if you lose the key, you don't need a key to open it. The bad thing about a Master brand lock is that you don't need a key to open it. Watch some guy open a Master lock by hitting it, with not much force, in just the right place a few times

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Rebel cops:  Oakley Village, Michigan, has a population of 290 and is just 1.03 sq miles, and yet has about 112 police officers. The Village doesn't know who the officers are; where they live; or what their backgrounds and qualifications are.  The Village Council and courts have demanded that the Police Chief release the officer's names but he is refusing saying that doing so puts the town and officers in danger of ISIS attacks. WTF?  The Council has tried to shut down the police department because, among all this, the police have caused so many lawsuits against the Village that the Village's insurance is now canceled. Removing the police department budget hasn't worked because the department is funded by anonymous benefactors and so the department remains self-funded.  See here and here  HT Jerry Lerman


Ebola panic: "An elementary school teacher in Maine has been placed on leave for 21 days, the incubation period of Ebola, after she visited Dallas to attend an educational conference. The teacher did not come into contact with anybody who had tested positive for the virus, but did stay at a hotel “exactly 9.5 miles away from Texas Health Presbyterian,” where Ebola patients have been treated.  The school district attributed its decision to “parents’ concerns,” presumably about the teacher transmitting Ebola to their children. But if the school board’s criteria for leave were applied to everyone, the entire city of Dallas would have to stay home from work. About 5 million people within the United States travel to or through Dallas each month.  Middle school students were pulled out of school in Mississippi after the principal visited Zambia, a country about 3,000 miles from the Ebola outbreak in Africa. Michel du Cille, a photographer for the Washington Post, was “disinvited by Syracuse University from participation in a journalism workshop.” The decision was made because he visited Liberia a few weeks ago, despite the fact that he did not develop any symptoms of Ebola in the 21-day maximum incubation period.


Subsidized beer?:  "Va. The city of Richmond is vowing to build a brewery on the James River.  The estimated $36 million tab includes $5 million from Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “Opportunity Fund.”  If approved by the City Council, most of the money will be raised with a general revenue bond, which puts the city’s taxpayers on the hook if the Stone Brewing Co. venture goes bust.  Details remain sketchy, and that has skeptics wondering if the city will see a replay of the stalled downtown baseball stadium project touted by Mayor Dwight Jones.  “There is no free lunch,” said Paul Goldman, a Richmond lawyer and longtime civic activist. “The public is in a ‘show-me’ mode.”




Beer with power to keep mosquitoes away:  "Creams, sprays and coils are known methods to keep mosquitoes away, but a Brisbane company claims it has a new solution - beer.  Strictly speaking, it isn't the beer itself keeping the pests at bay but the eucalyptus-laced cardboard box that can be ripped up and burned to create a natural repellent.  The cartons have been used in a limited run by Papua New Guinea beer company SP Lager, which is owned by Heineken.  The Brisbane office of marketing company GPY&R, which works for Heineken, created the box after six weeks of tests.  Y&R Group Brisbane manager Phil McDonald said SP Lager's market research showed many of its customers enjoyed drinking beer around a fire. However they were also hampered by large numbers of mosquitoes.  "We saw them ripping up the carton of beer and throwing that on the fire, so the guys came up with a fantastic idea to put something in the cardboard that actually was set off by the flames and repels mozzies," he said.  "We worked out how to apply [the repellent] during the printing process as an extra colour and then we tested it ourselves."


Would-be mugger ends up in tears after being trapped in bus door and hit by 'hero' bus driver:  "One bus driver, angered by the actions of a would-be mugger, took justice into his own hands and hit a potential thief with a bat leaving him crying in Chile.  The would-be thief, identified by Chilean police as Pablo, tried twice to steal a woman's handbag but lost his opportunity to do so after the bus driver shut the doors.  As Pablo was then trapped and unable to escape, the bus driver hit him several times with a baseball hat, shouting in Spanish: "I'm badder than you," according to the Independent. In the CCTV video from the incident in Concepcion on October 9, the bus driver then delivers real justice by ensuring Pablo is then met by police who arrest him at the next stop.  Pablo is then put in handcuffs, and later it was reported the victim of the crime was taken to the local police station to make a statement."



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20 October, 2014

A serious problem



Carpal tunnel syndrome if you didn't get it

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

How Viagra could help halt heart attacks and strokes: "Viagra should be routinely prescribed to prevent heart attacks and strokes, researchers claimed last night.  The anti-impotence pills can drastically improve the functioning of men’s hearts, Italian scientists found.  They said men with heart failure who happened to be taking Viagra had far more efficient hearts than other patients. Among those with an enlarged heart due to a condition called left ventricular hypertrophy, the drug also stopped their hearts growing even bigger, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Experts believe a key ingredient in Viagra called PDE5i, which relaxes blood vessels, also prevents damage to heart cells.  A team from Sapienza University in Rome looked at 24 studies involving 1,622 men, and published the findings in the journal BMC Medicine.  Lead researcher Andrea Isidori called for the drug to be tested on women with heart disease, and said that if the results of larger studies matched his findings, Viagra could be prescribed for heart conditions.




Scientist swallows 50 homeopathic sleeping pills in one go - with no neffect:  "Homeopathy has long been slated as witchcraft, due to the lack of proper scientific evidence that it works. Now, one scientist has taken matters into her own hands to prove the point.  Yvette d’Entremont, a forensic chemist from southern California, filmed herself downing 50 homeopathic sleeping tablets in one go to prove they were nothing but 'sugar pills' with no active ingredients.  Ninety minutes later, she reported feeling no different - and says this proves thousands of people the world over are being misled. Her experiment was part of her campaign to stop national pharmacy retailers in the U.S. selling homeopathic products, which, as she puts it 'have no f***ing medicine' in them.  'In the homeopathic remedies that are sold over the counter, they dilute the medications to the point where there is no measurable dose of the alleged active ingredient."




Sheep munch through £4,000 of cannabis plants dumped in their field:  "A flock of sheep were left feeling rather woolly-headed after accidentally munching on thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants.  The animals began stumbling about after getting high on seven bags of the intoxicating plant, which had been dumped in their field.  Police won’t be taking action against the sheep for tucking into their illegal meal, but are determined to catch the “irresponsible” crooks who grew and discarded the class B drug.  The £4,000 hoard of cannabis plants, each about 3ft tall, was found by the flock at the edge of Fanny’s Farm in Merstham, Surrey.  Farm shop manager Nellie Budd said: "My sheep being inquisitive had an interesting feast on it. They weren't quite on their backs with legs in the air but they probably had the munchies.  "They haven't had any other side effects but I'll tell you about the meat next week."




Treasure chest:  "Most people keep their naked selfies for private use - but not Gabi Grecko.  To keep things fresh while living on opposite sides of the world to her husband-to-be, the 25-year-old lad's mag model has been sending sexy topless shots to her fiancé Geoffrey Edelsten, 71, the most recent on Sunday - while also sharing them with Daily Mail Australia and fans on Instagram.  Clearly feeling a crafty, Miami-born Gabi used glue to stick glitter and jewels all over her chest, revealing to Daily Mail Australia that she was so comfortable in her own skin she even popped out to do the shopping and attend an art opening in New York like that.  With her breasts fully on show and just a small sequinned cover up over her shoulders, the DJ said she wasn't phased by the reaction of surprised onlookers. 'I live in the West Village people expect different outfits but I'm sure a few people were a little surprised,' she admitted."


A pint of beer a day 'can double men's fertility': "If you fancy a pint after work then this might be the perfect excuse. Because according to researchers, drinking a pint of beer a day doubles a man’s odds of becoming a father.  But the same study showed that if you want to start a family, it could be a good idea to cut down on coffee – as just two cups a day seemed to slash a couple’s odds of having a baby.  A second study has also shown that vegetarians have lower sperm counts than other men - with the sperm they made was of poorer quality. In the first study, researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston studied 105 men whose wives and girlfriends were undergoing IVF.  The men, who had an average age of 37, filled in an extensive dietary questionnaire that included questions about alcohol intake and caffeinated drinks.  The Reproductive Medicine conference in Honolulu heard that soy products eaten as meat and dairy substitutes could be the problem. Dr Eliza Orzylowska, from the Loma Linda University Medical Centre in California, said: ‘We found diet significantly affects sperm quality. Vegetarian and vegan diets were associated with much lower sperm counts."



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19 October, 2014

Some surprising Indian technology

Wait for it



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

British government medicine; You couldn't make it up:  "A man was left with three of his best friend's teeth embedded in his knee after a bizarre accident on a trampoline.  Daniel Rigby, 29, from Pollards Hill, London, was lying on his trampoline playing with an iPad when Peter Walsh jumped up to join him.  The pair began play-fighting, but Mr Walsh suddenly crash-landed onto Mr Rigby's leg and was knocked unconscious. Mr Rigby saw his friend's face pouring with blood and noticed some of his teeth were missing.  Then, when he looked down, he realised his friend's missing teeth had been planted into his own flesh. After Mr Walsh came around, Mr Rigby managed to call a taxi and drag the pair to the Accident and Emergency department at Croydon University Hospital. But he said medics failed to fully remove the teeth, causing a severe infection.  Worried the wound had not been properly cleaned, Mr Rigby went to the A & E department at St George's Hospital, Tooting, the next day, where doctors removed the remnants of his friend's teeth.  The 29-year-old says he is still suffering knee swelling following the incident in March. He is now suing Croydon University Hospital for allegedly failing to remove the teeth."




New Dog Control orders in Britain:  "New 'Dog Asbos' will be introduced for owners of out-of-control pets, under a new Government clamp-down announced today.  For the first time, police and Town Halls will be able to demand that owners take action to prevent a dog attack or risk fine of up to £20,000. The clamp down comes amid growing concern over the threat posed by dangerous dogs amid a spate of fatal attacks. Eight adults and thirteen children have died from dog attacks since 2005 and last year some 6,740 people needed hospital treatment after being attacked by a dog - an increase of 6 per cent from 2012.  On average nine postmen a day are attacked by dogs – some 3,300 attacks a year. The new powers aiming to prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and councils from Monday.




The ultimate woman driver: "They say blondes have more fun, but this female driver in the Czech Republic clearly didn't see the funny side when she repeatedly failed to park her car. The driver was spotted in the capital Prague trying to reverse her car into a parking space outside a block of flats.  As bemused builders watch on, the increasingly frustrated driver reverses six times, banging into the car next to her before finally managing to park.  But she is so close to the yellow car next to her vehicle she cannot open her driving seat door.  So she has to climb over to the passenger side to get out. Then to increase her frustration, she hilariously forgets to put the handbrake on and frantically clambers back inside to stop the car rolling into the path of a passing motorist.  Clutching her bag and a mobile phone to her ear, she then storms off but not before booting the front of the yellow car she had earlier hit."


Two women knock clubber out cold when he mistakes them for prostitutes:  "Kondrat Golubev, 32, had been partying with friends in the city of Atyrau when he went outside for a cigarette and spotted two girls.  Initially Mr Golubev asked them if they fancied a drink, but when his offer was rebuffed he changed his tack and asked them how much they charged for sex.  One of the woman takes offence to the question and punches Mr Golubev in the head.   'The women were clearly offended and he never expected what happened next, even though the woman really telegraphed the punch. She hit him so hard he fell flat on the pavement.' Mr Pokrovski said the other woman then kicked the man while he was on the ground, before her friend said 'he'd had enough'. He said the pair then walked off as if 'nothing had happened'.  Mr Pokrovski said: 'It was pretty shocking really, but what a punch.' [Video at link]




Man cured by his dog:  "A frail elderly man has made a "complete turnaround" after a hospital in Kentucky, USA, bent the rules and allowed him a cuddle with his pet chihuahua. James Wathen, 73, had stopped eating and was so frail he could barely manage a whisper to tell his care worker that he missed his dog, Bubba.  His carers, thinking James didn't have much longer to live, decided to grant his wish.  "One of our social workers realised it was mourning the loss of the dog that was making our patient even worse and emotionally unhealthy, we pulled out all the stops and found the dog,"  As it happened, Bubba had also stopped eating and appeared emotionally distraught. "When bubba was handed to James he started to cry and then Bubba started to snuggle James and it makes you realize that animals are not just pets they are loved ones." It seems both owner and pet found the reunion cathartic. "[James has] done a complete turnaround. He's speaking, he's sitting up, he’s eating. He doesn't look like the same guy," said Smyth. "And the dog is eating and doing better now, too."



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18 October, 2014

Bargain



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

More brutal British government medicine:  "A woman who was recovering from a flesh-eating bug died in hospital due to the NHS's failure to provide a full service at weekend, her parents have claimed.  The 28-year-old died when a dirty drip, which was administering antibiotics, was left in her arm for four days, triggering deadly blood poisoning.  An inquest heard a junior doctors at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital spotted fungal spores in the tube carrying the drugs to Miss Allnutt's arm on a Friday.  But it was not removed until the following Tuesday, the coroner was told.  Observation notes showed Miss Allnutt's condition worsened over the weekend, but medics decided to monitor her and no action was taken until the Tuesday. By that time, life-threatening blood poisoning had set in. Miss Allnutt suffered several heart attacks before she passed away in the early hours of the following morning. Miss Allnutt's temperature had risen to 39C over the weekend and her blood pressure had decreased to a worrying level. After the inquest her father Richard Allnutt, 61, a site manager, accused the NHS of only working a five day week"




New York subway passengers left startled by the sight of a man carrying TWO gigantic snakes:  "Startled passengers on a New York train were left staring in disbelief at the sight of a man holding two enormous snakes during their evening commute. The unidentified man was seen casually handling the reptiles on the C train, according to a rattled eyewitness who took a couple of pictures on his phone. Eric Hertzog, a 26-year-old KTU radio producer got on the uptown subway at Canal Street and saw the man 'playing' with the snakes. He told NBC 4 New York that the man had one python above his head which was hanging from a railing while another, around six feet long, sat between his legs.  And he revealed that one unlucky passenger was so preoccupied with his day that he nearly sat down beside the man without noticing the snakes.  But he soon realized his mistake and ran to the other side of the subway car. After three more stops, the man put the snakes into two bags and placed them in his backpack before he coolly got off the train at 14th Street station"




Birds FEEDING fish:  "This is a scene you probably won't spot at the pond down at your local park. Dozens black swans at Shenzhen Safari Park seemed to be feeding carp.  The hungry fish thronged by the banks of the lake as the graceful black birds craned their long necks to feed them mouth to mouth. The credulity stretching scene is a regular occurrence at the Guangdong Province zoo, where keepers said the swans have been feeding their carp friends every day for the past ten years.  Zoo keepers told the Guangzhou Daily the black swans are not consciously trying to feed the fish, but it is a habit that has developed over time.  The swans' feed consists of rather dry pellets, the keepers said, and the birds got into the habit of dipping them into the water first to make them more palatable.  Once the feed is moistened, it makes it easier for the long-necked swans to swallow.




Outdoor stove cooks an entire meal in just 10 minutes using nothing but SUNLIGHT:  "Tired of prodding coals, a group of entrepreneurs has created an outdoor stove that can cook a meal in just 10 minutes using nothing but the sun's rays.  The gadget, known as the GoSun Stove, absorbs heat from the sun to reach temperatures of over 290°C (554°F). Its Ohio-based creators claim it can safely cook hot dogs, eight egg omelettes, frozen foods, fish fillets, muffins, stirfrys and even raw meat.  The device is 2ft (0.6 metres) long and 2.25 inches (5.7cm) in diameter and can handle more than three pounds (1.4kg) of food or fluid. The core to the technology of the GoSun Stove is the solar evacuated tube that acts as the stove's cooking chamber.  It absorbs more than 80 per cent of the sunlight that's reflected onto the tube. 'When clouds interrupt, the food keeps on cooking with the heat stored inside the vacuum tube.  'Even against freezing temperatures and blowing winds, the GoSun's cooking time is hardly affected."




Businessman fed up with noise of speeding cars sets up bird box that looks like a speed camera outside his property to trick them into slowing down:  "A B&B owner has set up a bird box disguised as a roadside speed camera to slow down dangerous drivers.  Stuart McDonald, 57, who runs the Langside B&B in Dunblane, Perthshire, built the box amid concerns that increasing traffic noise and inconsiderate driving was ruining the area.  The fake speed camera is built on his land outside Langside B&B in Dunblane, Perthshire, overlooking the road.  'It seems to be making people aware of their speed and they now slow down. If it stops people from driving carelessly and endangering the lives of others then it can only be a good thing.  'The farmers in particular like it as they're no longer losing stray sheep to people speeding on the road.' He built the bird box in four days from off-cuts of wood, an old DVD cover, an old camera lens and a plastic drainpipe. It has been overlooking the B827 between Braco and Comrie for two years, but Mr McDonald said he has not received any complaints from the police or Stirling Council.  Mr McDonald said: 'The police have driven past it a few times and haven't said anything yet so I have to assume it is fine. 'It is just a bird box that happens to look a lot like a speed camera. The locals and tourists really love it. I'm just trying to make the roads safer.



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17 October, 2014

A very funny video



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Brutal British bureaucracy again:  "A 999 call handler advised a gallstones patient to call back if he fell unconscious as she refused to send him an ambulance - days before he died in agony, an inquest heard.  Mark Hemmings died just 30 minutes after he eventually arrived at hospital - three days after he first called for an ambulance from his home in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent.  The 41-year-old had been struck with the painful gallstones - which could have been cured with a routine operation.  But despite his increasingly desperate pleas on March 29 last year, Good Friday, his requests for an ambulance were refused by a 999 call handler before his case was referred to an out-of-hours GP.  An inquest in to his death heard harrowing recordings of Mr Hemmings' phone conversations with both the 999 call handler and the GP urgent care unit.  During a seven-and-a-half minute call, Mr Hemmings begs the 999 operator three times to send an ambulance - but is refused each time.  Mr Hemmings replied: 'Can't I have an ambulance - I'm in agony.' Mr Hemming received no medical treatment over the Easter weekend"




'WTF?' The moment a woman woke to find a huge pair of dirty feet poking out from under her plane seat:  "A large pair of strange feet tickling your own is the last thing you'd expect on a flight. But these particular toes caused some alarm for an Adelaide woman who awoke to find them peeking out from beneath her seat.  Camille was recently flying from Adelaide to Darwin when the large and unclean feet stretched out to touch hers.  'I was sleeping and they scared the crap out of me,' she told the NT News.  'Having seen snakes on the plane (recently) definitely didn't help the situation.'  But it's not the first time a passenger has faced a similar intrusion.  There's a Passenger Shaming website run by former flight attendant Shawn Kathleen that is littered with photos disgruntled people have shot during their travels. Passenger Shaming was set up in March 2013 to highlight some of the less than desirable habits some have adopted while flying."




The portable desk made of CARDBOARD that is strong enough to stand on and can be folded up in just two minutes: "A New Zealand team of designers has created a desk made out of 100 per cent recyclable material that can be adjusted to standing or sitting height and then packed-up and taken anywhere. Designed by Refold, three recent university graduates from Wellington - Fraser Callaway, Oliver Ward and Matt Innes - the Portable Cardboard Standing Desk is made entirely of cardboard and yet can hold up the weight of an adult. Weighing only 6.5kg, it is designed to be fitted together in as little as two minutes and then folded down into its self-formed carry case.  'It is made completely from a single material – 7mm twin cushion kraft cardboard, which means it's 100% recyclable and can be put out with your household recycling,' Refold explains.  'Each leg is constructed from three pieces of cardboard laminated together with environmentally friendly glue.  However, one of the most important design aspects of the desk according to its creators is its ability to be easily adjusted for its users to either sit or stand.




Man awoke from surgery to find he was wearing pink women's underwear:  "A man is suing after allegedly waking from a colonoscopy medical procedure in women's pink underwear. Andrew Walls, 32, from the city of Dover, Delaware, claims the underwear was put on him when he was under anesthesia at Delaware Surgery Center in October 2012.  He is now seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress - in court papers his lawyer states he suffered mental anguish, lost wages and loss of earning capacity.  Mr Walls was an employee of Delaware Surgery Center when he underwent the colonoscopy, reports Delaware Online. 'When the plaintiff recovered from the effects of the anesthesia administered by defendants, he awoke to realize that while he was unconscious pink women's underwear had been placed on his body,' according to the civil damages suit filed in New Castle County Superior Court. Delaware Surgery director Jennifer Anderson declined to comment Wednesday, stating: 'We just found out about this yesterday afternoon.'




A laughing camel!:  "This camel clearly didn't get the hump about having its picture taken. The delighted desert dweller happily smiles for the camera during a group selfie.  Captured by friends Hossam Antikka, 20, Karem Abdelaziz, 22, and Misara Salah, 24, the group spent around half an hour feeding the camel before deciding to take a snap of their new found friend.  Taken in a neighbourhood in northern Giza, Egypt, photographer Hossam, had no idea the camel had smiled for the camera until he checked his kit later.  Despite having a reputation for biting and spitting, it seems this camel was eager to a show a friendlier side by joining in the fun.  Hossam said: 'It was a really nice camel, so I thought it was only right we should have a photo with it.  Mr Antikka and his friends spent around half an hour feeding the camel before deciding to take a snap of their new found friend"



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16 October, 2014

Good advice



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Bank robber' with guilty conscience waits for police to arrive:  "A guilty conscience stopped a suspected bank robber from making a quick getaway in Washington. Richard Gorton admitted stealing an undisclosed amount of money from a bank in the Evergreen State city of Bellingham yesterday. Police say he handed over a note to the cashier that read: “This is a bank robbery”.  The 64-year-old made no attempt to flee the scene and instead decided to wait for police to arrive.  “He admitted to officers that he had committed this crime and indicated that he became remorseful right after he walked out of the bank,” said a spokesperson for Bellingham Police Department (BPD). “Because of his remorse, he chose not to leave the area, even though he knew that police would be responding.”  Officers have spoken to Mr Gorton several times in the past five years for minor issues, a statement added."




Crocodile' spotted in garden turns out to be inflatable:  "When the mother of a toddler spotted a crocodile in the her garden, she was naturally worried for the safety of her three-year-old.  Fortunately, after calling in the police and keepers from the nearest zoo, her alarm turned to relief, when it was discovered that the metre-long reptile in question was an inflatable toy.  The woman, who was making lunch in her kitchen when she spotted the imitation beast, intiailly ran to her neighbour's house, on Cundy Close, Plymouth. They warned her that is was too dangerous to approach the animal, which they said was probably a baby crocodile, unarmed.  Even police officers and wildlife experts from Dartmoor Zoo, who sooon turned up, were initially fooled. It was only when officers, who were armed with snare poles, nets and riots shields, threw water over the toy that they realised what it was.  The imitation croc was removed from the garden and placed in police custody"




Advert featuring woman’s breasts causes 500 accidents in a DAY among Moscow’s distracted male drivers: "An advertising campaign showing a woman's breasts has been blamed for more than 500 traffic accidents in one day.  The massive adverts placed on the side of 30 trucks driving around Moscow showed a woman's breasts cupped in her hands with the slogan 'They Attract' across her nipples. As the trucks trundled around the streets of the Russian capital, they left a trail of carnage as male drivers became so distracted they ploughed straight into each other. A total of 517 accidents were reported. The stunt, by an advertising agency specialising in mobile adverts, backfired after police sent out patrols to round up all the vehicles and impound them until the risque images could be removed."




Now you can start the day with SPREADABLE beer on your toast:  "Those with hangovers who need hair of the dog, but can't stomach reaching for a can of beer, can now have it on their toast.  An Italian brewer claims they've created a new way to combine the most important meal of the day with the nation's favourite tipple.  Chocolatier Napoleone and brewery Alta Quota, based in Rieti, north east of Rome, Italy, have produced what they call the world's first spreadable beer.  Dubbed Birra Spalmabile, the ale-flavoured jelly-like creation comes in two flavours with either a dark or a blonde beer.  According to Italy Magazine 'one is delicate, while the other has a more intense aroma and stronger taste'.  The spread is available from the Cioccolateria Napoleone website, priced 7.5 euros. It says 'it goes perfectly with simple dishes of fish and shellfish, salads and fruit desserts'."




Cough medicines are 'waste of money' and you're better off trying honey and lemon:  "Cough medicines are waste of money, doctors declared today.  Both NHS bosses and leading GPs have dismissed the products - and say traditional home made remedies with lemon or honey to be the best approach. Cough medicines, which usually cost between £3 and £5 for a small bottle, are part of an over-the-counter healthcare industry worth £3 billion a year.  But the NHS Choices website advises: 'There's little evidence to suggest cough medicines actually work, although some ingredients may help treat symptoms associated with a cough, such as a blocked nose or fever.'  The webpage adds that the 'simplest and cheapest' treatment for a 'short-term cough' may be a homemade remedy containing lemon and honey.  It continues: 'There's no quick way of getting rid of a cough caused by a viral infection. It will usually clear up after your immune system has fought off the virus.' Dr Tim Ballard, vice chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, today backed up the NHS claim.



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15 October, 2014

Elder lament



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High fashion? Customers return iconic Hermès Birkin bags worth $20,000 after leather starts to smell of marijuana:  "Customers have returned bags worth almost $20,000 to iconic bag makers Hermès after complaining that the expensive accessories smell of marijuana.  The bags have been returned from shops to boutiques in Paris after staff at the luxury fashion brand noticed there was a problem with a 'badly tanned' batch of leather from a supplier.  It is believed that the tanning process can make the leather bags smell like cannabis when it is warmed up in a hot car or when left in direct sunlight.  'The bags are being sent back to Paris as nobody knows quite how to deal with this embarrassing situation.'  The bags affected include the Birkin, which can cost up to $18,900 in leather, the Kelly, costing up to $9,250, and the Elan clutch, worth $4,580.  Hermès has a reputation for making the best bags on the market.  Customers have been told that the bags have to be returned to the company's headquarters in Paris so the bad-smelling leather panels can be removed and the entire bag rebuilt."




Young Balinese men dress in dried banana leaves to spread good luck and fertility:  "It is a rarely performed ritual and then only in the Bali Aga village of Trunyan. The village people believe that they are the original Balinese as they were there before Majapahit migration from Java began in 1340. Only youths are allowed to participate in the dance and they have to be chosen, then purified and spend 42 days in quarantine. It is a rarely performed ritual and then only in the Bali Aga village of Trunyan and even then only by young men.  The dancers wear a mask made from a coconut shell and ‘coats’ of keraras or banana leaves that have been dried.  Each wears two or three sets of clothing from banana leaves, some hung on the waist and others partly on the shoulder, under the neck.  As the youths run around the temple around passers-by attempt to steal the leaves while the young men carry whips to beat off their ‘assailants’.  The Brutuk ceremony usually lasts for three consecutive days beginning at noon and ends around 5 pm




Obese minister for public health:  "Some politicians come under fire for being corrupt or incompetent, but Belgium's new Minister of Public Health is the first political figure to come under fire for being too fat for the job.  Maggie De Block - who is Belgium's most popular politician and was once tipped as a future premier - surprised many when it was announced she would take up the role of Health Minister in the centre-right coalition which has just taken office.  The 52-year-old, who weighs in at more than 20 stone, was not considered to be exactly setting a good example in a country where obesity is a growing health problem.  The anti-Maggie charge was led by Tom van de Weghe, a Washington-based correspondent for Belgium's VRT television station. In a tweet he questioned whether she would be 'credible' in her new post.  NOS, a top Dutch TV channel, likened her to a larger-than-life figure from a Rubens painting and said her 'obvious corpulence' would cause 'sniggering.'  But Ms De Block, who practised medicine as a GP for 25 years, has shrugged off the criticism.  'I know I'm not a model but you have to see what's inside, not the packaging,' she said."




British parrot missing for four years returns speaking Spanish:  "A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner - and the bird now speaks Spanish. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, an African gray parrot, for her own missing bird.  Teresa Micco tracked Nigel's microchip to Darren Chick, a Briton who lives in Torrance. When she verified Chick's name and said she had his African grey parrot, "He looked at me like I was crazy."  He said his bird went missing four years earlier. Little is known about Nigel's whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone, and it now chatters in Spanish.  Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes - despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up."




World's biggest cow: "A 6ft 4in cow from Pennsylvania has been named the tallest in the world. Blosom, a 13-year-old Holstein Friesian cow, is owned by Patty Hanson and lives on her farm in Orangeville. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom's mass through photos and videos. Blosom reaches Hanson's shoulder which is actually taller than Bulls star Derrick Rose. She is so big that Blosom barely fits in the chute for the foot trimmer. She says she knew Blosom was special when she was a calf. Hanson says she sought the record after veterinarians and the cow's foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000lb animal's large size.  After learning the cow couldn't bear a calf, she decided to keep the tame animal as a pet instead of sending Blosom to slaughter, reports RRStar.com. 'Blosom is the pride of the farm,' Hanson said. 'I love to share her with my guests and she loves to greet them.  Blosom is so popular that she even has her own Facebook page."  Blosom turned 13 in July."



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14 October, 2014

That's government for you



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Attacker left battered and bruised after trying to grab teenage girl ... who was a martial arts expert:  "A would-be attacker was left battered and arrested after being beaten up when he tried to grab a 14-year-old female - who turned out to be a martial arts expert.  The 35-year-old man got more than he bargained for when he grabbed the young girl's arms as she walked home alone through a park near her home.  The young teen, who has studied self-defence and martial arts for some time, broke free from his hold and connected with several punches and kicks she threw at the man.  A short time after the attack, police arrested a man on suspicion of assault.  The man, described by police as being 'very thin' and around 5ft 7in, was questioned then later released on bail until the end of the month.  The teenager was badly shaken by what happened but was not injured.




A Grand Viennese Debutante Ball  -- in Italy:  "It was once an elaborate courtship-ritual where high-born young ladies would cast their eyes around for a titled husband and mingle with royalty.  But the Grand Viennese Debutante Ball has remained one of the most anticipated events of the year and gives young people the chance to bring a splendid tradition back to life.  Wearing matching white dresses, headbands and lace gloves, 36 debutantes waltzed to Strauss with students from the Naval Academy Morosini at the Roman Aquarium.  They were all presented to the Austrian Ambassador in Italy, His Excellency Christian Berlakovits.  One of the organisers said: 'It is a rite, a dream, a message – the symbol of a world and an era that is worth reintroducing to today’s young people.   'The best way to bring the values of a tradition back to life is to make them more current, allowing them to be discovered in their deepest meaning – even by those who, in the tumult of today’s society, appear to have neglected them, or, far worse, to have forgotten them altogether.'  The girls are aged between 16 and 23 years old and the event is twinned with the famous Opera Ball in Vienna."




Farmer wins £40k over hot air balloon that scared his pigs: He used maths professor to prove case:  "When a pig farmer sued a hot air balloon firm, he needed to prove he wasn’t telling porkies.  Luckily for Dan Gilbank, he had maths professor, the laws of trigonometry, a lucky photograph and a golfer’s laser rangefinder to back up his case.  Farm manager Mr Gilbank, 46, and his father Mick, 67, were adamant that a low-flying balloon had caused 250 of their pigs to stampede into a ditch, with disastrous – and costly – consequences. In the melee, 140 sows miscarried 70 per cent of their litters – around 800 piglets. Three sows died from heart attacks and a boar died the next day from his injuries. The stampede happened in April 2012 when a hot air balloon carrying a party of sightseers flew over Low Moor Farm, near York.  Hot air balloons are banned from flying lower than 1,500ft over it or closer than 1,500ft to it. But the balloon’s operators, Wiltshire-based Go Ballooning, insisted it had come no closer than 2,500ft to the farm.  Professor Fewster used trigonometry – the branch of maths that deals with the size and angles of triangles – to show that the balloon had been at a height of only about 100ft"


A hi-tech hospital mattress gave man third-degree burns: Equipment similar to an electric blanket overheated during surgery:  "'I wasn't unduly nervous - I'd been told it was just a minor procedure,' says Mike, 58.  However, when he came round from the op - to remove a benign cyst from his kidney - at Maidstone Hospital, Mike quickly realised something had gone very wrong during the two hours he was unconscious.  'I immediately noticed a burning pain in my backside. As the anaesthetic wore off the pain got worse. I reached under my hospital gown and could feel blistering and flesh came away in my hand. It felt like my bottom was on fire.'  Mike, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, had suffered third-degree burns on his right hip and buttock, caused when a mattress designed to keep patients warm during surgery had overheated.  He underwent procedures to remove dead tissue and had to have an emergency skin graft.  The HSE found the staff did not have sufficient training or information to ensure the mattress had been used correctly. Two years since his injury, Mike's life has changed dramatically. After the operation, he was unable to work for five months."




Help, there's a snake in the bath! Terrified teenager found hungry 3ft python:  "A teenager was overcome with terror after discovering a python in her bath - which had been slithering around under the floorboards for months. The family, from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, have since discovered the Royal Python belonged to a previous neighbour - who said it had escaped in July. 'If your dog goes missing you put up posters and look for it. They could have at least warned us so we knew to keep an eye out for it. 'I would have had the house searched top to bottom if I'd known.'



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13 October, 2014

An amazing magician




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Hero Army expert removes grenade lodged in Alabama man's leg:  "The explosive device lodged in the leg of a Walker County man was removed early this morning by an Army explosives expert inside an ambulance parked outside of UAB Hospital, ending an eight-hour ordeal.  A U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist out of Fort Benning was brought to Birmingham via Alabama State Trooper escort, and removed what turned out to be a 40 mm practice grenade from the thigh of the man. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said the incident ended at 6:50 a.m.  Hyche said he was disassembling the grenade when it launched. It was not fired from a launcher. The practice grenades, he said, will fire and travel up to several hundred meters."




Yao Ming makes Shaq look small in amazing photograph:  "SHAQUILLE O’Neal has sported countless nicknames in his life, from The Big Daddy and The Big Aristotle to The Big Cactus and The Big Shamrock.  The common thread is “Big”, because at 216cm and 147kgs, Shaq is exactly that.  Shaq is one of the heaviest players ever to play in the NBA.  But there’s one man who is bigger. You might remember seeing Yao Ming photographed with tennis stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic while they were in China for the Shanghai Masters last week.  It’s not until you put Ming next to another giant like Shaq that you really comprehend the difference between being “big” and gargantuan.  It’s no wonder Ming’s nickname while he was in the league was “The Great Wall of Yao”.




‘Satan’s Hollow’ is hellish for homeowners in Blue Ash, Ohio:  "PARANORMAL groups claim to have found a “doorway to hell” in suburban America — and it has become a real nightmare for local homeowners.  Legend has it that the storm drain, tucked in the woods behind an apartment complex in Blue Ash, Cincinnati, was once a gathering ground for Satanists who managed to open a portal into the netherworld.  The folklore is so pervasive that the supposedly haunted tunnel system, also known as “Satan’s Hollow”, has become a hotspot for local teenagers and ghost enthusiasts.  Visitors commonly claim to hear screams coming from the drain system, or see floating faces in the darkness.  In a YouTube report, popular ghost hunter David Scott called the site “one of the scariest locations I have ever investigated”.  Scott, who used a “spirit box” in an attempt to communicate with ghosts in the tunnels, pointed out graffiti such as, “This way to God’s Chamber,” “Badlands” and “666.”  He also said the dank tunnel was notorious for sacrificial killings."




Nasty British bureaucrats again:  "A disabled pensioner claims is facing a parking bill of up to £1,500 because he displayed his blue badge upside down.  John O’Callaghan, 66, had parked his Ford Focus on a street while he visited a friend at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, returning to find an £80 ticket because his disability badge was not correctly displayed.  As he did not have enough money to pay the fine, a bailiff company acting on behalf of the city's council is demanding he pay £422 - or risk having his possessions confiscated.  The retired factory worker, from Speke claims he has been told the final bill could rise to £1,500 if he does not pay.  'I told them I couldn’t pay £80 in one go so asked if I could do it over two months but the council wanted it straight away.  'Now I’ve had a letter saying it’s gone up to £422 or they will send the bailiffs round. I think these are bully-boy tactics.  'And they are threatening it could go up to £1,500.




Frumpy Australian TV presenter gets a spray:  "Her job is to present the national news but one concerned TV viewer believes the ABC's Virginia Trioli is not paying enough attention to her appearance.  The anonymous critic took it upon themselves to inform the 50-year-old journalist she is 'definitely in need of a makeover'.  In a harsh letter, which the ABC News Breakfast host posted on Twitter alongside the caption 'Mails in #justagirlonabudget', Ms Trioli was instructed that she should stop wearing 'blacks and browns' because they are 'very ageing'.  The handwritten memo starts off by saying: 'I watch you every morning,' and goes on to tell Ms Trioli she should change her glasses.  'Next the glasses ugh! Go for the light coloured frames, as with your dark eyes, black make you look "owlish". You will be very pleasantly surprised,' they said.  The rude writer asks 'dare I say it, did you obtain your clothes from charity shops?'. Ms Trioli took the letter on the chin, despite its many insults.  'My reaction is just to be myself and not let it occupy a tiny bit of my time."



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12 October, 2014

Prince Charles and the Genie

Prince Charles was  driving around his mother's estate when he accidentally ran over her favorite dog, a Corgi, crushing it to a pulp.

He got out of his Range Rover and sat down on the grass totally distraught.  The  whole world was against him and now his mother would go ballistic.

Suddenly he noticed a  lamp half-buried in the ground.  He dug it up, polished it and  immediately a Genie appeared. ..

"You have freed me  from thousands of years of imprisonment, " said the Genie. "As  a reward I shall grant you one  wish."

"Well, " said the  Prince, "I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this dog." They walk over to the splattered remains of the dog.  "Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?" the Prince asked. ..

The Genie carefully looked at the remains and shook his head.  "This body is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life. Is there something else you would like?"

The Prince thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos. "I was married to this beautiful woman called Diana," said Prince Charles, showing the genie the first photo.  But now I love this woman called Camilla," and he showed the genie the second photo.

"You see Camilla isn't beautiful at all, so do you think you can make Camilla as beautiful as Diana?"

The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said, "Let's have another look at the dog."

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Old British  manual becomes a best-seller in a German translation:  "Their women are not to be trusted, they struggle to control their feelings and can fly into a rage if things go wrong.  However, they are also make excellent sausages and their beer is 'one of the pleasantest in Europe'.  These are among the official observations made of Germans for British soldiers preparing to oversee the generation that served Hitler.  They appear in the 1944 manual, Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany, that has surprisingly risen to fourth place in the German bestseller list. Intended to condition a conscript army to resist German propaganda, the little red book also covers general cultural topics such as food and drink and social customs.  It urges British soldiers to give orders in a 'firm, military manner' as the German civilian is 'used to it and expects it'.  It adds: 'It is important that you should be smart and soldierly in appearance and behaviour. The Germans think nothing of a slovenly soldier.'  Commenting on German culture, it says: 'Germans don't know how to make tea, but they are quite expert with coffee.'  British soldiers are also told to take caution when mingling with 'attractive' German women."




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What Is the ‘Freakish’ Sea Creature Caught on Camera in Singapore?:  "The creatures that are pulled up out of the ocean never cease to amaze.  A man on Facebook going by the name Jr Saim recently filmed one such encounter with an animal that slowly moved its tangle of tentacle-like arms in a somewhat disturbing manner that has captivated millions of viewers. Before we get into what this creature is, take a look at it in the video above.  It appears to be a basket star, an echinoderm that, according to Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, is typically found in the Pacific Ocean between 50 to 500 feet below sea level but can live as deep as 6,564 feet. Basket stars usually feed on zooplankton."




Alaska parents find son alive after police notify wrong family:  "An Alaska couple, who had been told by police that their 29-year-old son had been killed in a car crash, were overcome with joy just hours later when they discovered him alive and well at his home in Anchorage, officials and media said on Friday. In a case of mistaken identity, an officer arrived at the couple's Palmer home some 80 kilometres outside Anchorage about 3 am on Thursday and told them that their son, Justin Priest, had died in a car crash a few hours earlier, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.  The grief-stricken parents, Jay and Karen, then drove to Anchorage to deliver the news of their son's death to his brother, Cody, and to Justin's long-time girlfriend, who lived with him.  But Justin answered the door instead and was equally startled to see his parents and brother crying and shouting at 5:30 am, the Alaska Dispatch News reported after interviewing the family about the mix-up.  "It's Justin! Praise Jesus, we thought you were dead," the newspaper quoted his father as saying at the time.





Justice done in India:  "An Indian man who was caught trying to rape a teenage girl is in a critical condition in hospital after locals chopped off his genitals with a meat cleaver.  Suresh Kumar was set upon in Ganganagar, in India's northwestern Rajasthan state, after locals heard the girl's screams for help.  After finding the 40-year-old pinning the girl against a wall, a lynch mob dragged him to a butchers shop where they beat him with sticks for an hour before castrating him.  They then dumped the severed remains in the middle of a road and left a bloodied Kumar nearby.  Aamir Dhawan, 30, said no one 'went to help' Kumar because they knew he had been punished for a 'sex crime'.  Mr Dhawan said: 'We have had a lot of intolerable offences against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it's time it stopped.  'This sends out a very strong message to anyone like that - if you do it you will be punished.'"




Nobelist intercepted by TSA:  "He won the Nobel Prize for physics.  But Brian Schmidt received no special treatment from the TSA when he tried to take the 24-carat pure gold medal through airport security in Fargo, Nebraska.  'When I won this, my grandma, who lives in Fargo, wanted to see it. 'You would think that carrying around a Nobel Prize would be uneventful, and it was uneventful, until I tried to leave Fargo with it, and went through the X-ray machine. 'They're like, "Sir, there's something in your bag." 'I said, "Yes, I think it's this box."  'They said, "What's in the box?"  'I said, "a large gold medal," as one does.  'So they opened it up and they said, "What's it made out of?"  'I said, "gold."  'And they're like, "Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?"  '"The King of Sweden".  '"Why did he give this to you?"'  '"Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating." At which point, they were beginning to lose their sense of humor.   'I explained to them it was a Nobel Prize, and their main question was, "Why were you in Fargo?"'



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11 October, 2014

Fall foliage in Kyoto, Japan



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Odd news from around the world

Dwarf handed colouring book and crayons by waitress while on a date with fiancee:  "A dwarf took his fiancee to a restaurant for a romantic meal and was handed a children's colouring book and crayons by a waitress.  James Lusted, 26, who is 3ft 7ins, was on a date at a Harvester Inn in Cardiff with his fiancee, Chloe Roberts, who is 5ft 7ins, when the waitress picked up two menus, the crayons and a colouring book. It was only when the waitress heard James's deep voice that she realised her mistake, and didn't serve the couple for the rest of evening.  But Mr Lusted and his bride-to-be, 20, who are from Colwyn Bay, North Wales, saw the funny side.  Mr Lusted said: "As I said thank you to the waitress she heard my voice and knew I wasn't a child.  "She immediately put the colouring book behind her back in shock.  "But I am man enough to see the funny side, I would never take offence."




Man Convicted Of Setting Puppy On Fire Hospitalized For Gunshot Wounds On His Privates:  "Adell Ziegler, 21, one of two men who were arrested in November 2012 for setting a Jack Russell Terrier puppy on fire, was admitted to the emergency ward of a hospital after being shot on Humboldt Parkway on Monday. Ziegler was shot in the groin and buttocks at approximately 9:10 a.m. in the 600 block of Humboldt, according to Buffalo Police. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. As of now, his condition has stabilized and he is said to be out of danger, reported the Huffington Post. Adell Ziegler and Diondre L. Brown were both arrested on Nov. 13, 2012, for abusing a Jack Russell puppy. It was established that the sick duo hung up a Jack Russell terrier puppy three feet in the air, doused him with lighter fluid, and then brutally set the defenseless animal on fire.


A company to avoid:  "INNOVATIVE might not be the first word that comes to mind when describing US telephone and cable company Comcast. But are we giving the company credit where credit is due?  Let’s face it, after a harrowing 18-minute customer service call went viral in July, it looked like Comcast had nothing more to strive for — it had reached peak horrible. Yet, if reports this week are accurate, Comcast has continued to shine as an innovator in the competitive field of corporate terribleness: It got a customer’s employer to fire him for complaining about shoddy customer service.  Conal, understandably frustrated, decided to bypass the customer service department and take his complaints straight to the Comcast controller. Shortly after that call, Comcast contacted Conal’s employer — a large accounting firm that Consumerist reports happened to do business with Comcast... The firm opened an investigation against Conal and then fired him from his job."




Wanted Woman Arrested After Demanding Police Remove Unflattering Facebook Photo: "Ohio Police say a woman was so upset by the unflattering photo detectives posted to Facebook that she called them and demanded that it be removed, leading to her arrest.  According to Alex-Bouzounis, she posted 34-year-old Monica Hargrove's mug shot to the department's Facebook page on Sept. 10, as part of a weekly roundup called "Warrant Wednesday."  "It included her mug shot, her name and information about the crime," said Alex-Bouzounis.  According to The Columbus Dispatch, Hargrove had been indicted in the case for aggravated-robbery and kidnapping.  Police say the woman was so upset by the mug shot photo, which she considered unflattering, that she called within 48 hours of the post. "She contacted the detective listed on the Facebook post and said, 'Hey, I want my picture down,'" Alex-Bouzounis said. "[The detective] said, 'Come on in and we'll talk about it.'"  And, police say, that is exactly what Hargrove did. "She came in and he put her under arrest," said Alex-Bouzounis."




The holiday luggage with a handle that transforms into a CHAIR: "An American entrepreneur has created a solution to waiting in airport queues with nowhere other than a dirty floor to sit on or a grubby wall to lean against.  Chicago-based Brian Gibson has designed a gadget for luggage that allows travellers to pull out the handles of their roll-on suitcases and convert them into chairs. Mr Gibson is hoping to raise funds on Kickstarter for the bags to be manufactured, and if his goal amount of $120,400 (£74,000) is met then the suitcases could in shops by April next year.  According to their Kickstarter page. the neXstep Luggage System prototype bags have successfully been checked in onto aircraft on several occasions without incident. Mr Gibson also writes that the design has not been denied approval by the Federal Aviation Authority in the US. NeXstep - which Mr Gibson developed in 2009 - can also be used as a suitcase rack when packing or unpacking luggage. The bags will be made from carbon fiber, polycarbonate, ballistic nylon, Cordura, Kevlar and aircraft grade aluminum"



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10 October, 2014

A bargain



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Odd news from around the world

Domestic cats are better hunters than TIGERS:  "Most cat owners concede that their pets have a killer instinct - even if they are sometimes content to cuddle on their laps.  And in a TV show set to air this evening, cat behaviour experts have examined how domestic cats are as good at hunting as lions and tigers. In fact, they claim the common moggy is more powerful and agile than its larger, more exotic cousin.  In the show, Dr Liz Bonnin shares the results of a large scientific study where experts have followed 100 cats fitted with GPS trackers and cameras in three urban environments.  The tracking equipment revealed that farm cats spread out across a rural area the size of 15 football pitches, including fields and wooded areas to maximise their chances of catching prey.  Unlike pampered cat that typically play with mice – because they do not need to eat prey to survive – the farm cats can kill a mouse in two seconds flat."




Lamborghini abandoned on Tower Bridge in London:  "A man has been arrested after a Lamborghini Countach worth £250,000 was abandoned on Tower Bridge on Wednesday night.  The unidentified motorist left the vehicle on the bridge at about 6.30pm after running out of petrol.  After tracing him via his licence plate, police discovered he was wanted on warrant for harassment, and he was arrested in the City of London. He is currently being held in custody at a police station in east London. The car was removed from Tower Bridge on Thursday afternoon. DVLA records show that the licence plate of the vehicle - 69 AE - is registered to a black Land Rover, raising the prospect the driver could also face a fine for using it on a different vehicle.  A Transport for London spokesman had earlier posted a picture of the white vehicle on Twitter, asking: “Tower Bridge N/B there's a lane blocked due to an abandoned car..... Anyone missing theirs?"




Runaway pony caught after walking into Cheshire Police station: "Officers at Cheshire Police station received a surprise visitor on Monday morning when the animal strolled into reception. CCTV captured an officer attempting to get the pony off the premises, but the small horse appeared determined to hand itself in.  A force spokesman revealed the pony had escaped from a nearby field and into their headquarters in Winsford before being escorted back. “We like to ensure a warm welcome to all our guests at HQ and at neigh point did the horse pose a risk to security!" they joked."


Man with 'agonising' 17-hour erection:  "A man with a 17-hour erection had to have three pints of drained from his penis to relieve the problem.  Jason Garnett, 23, described the situation as 'pure agony' and said he could only watch in horror as a doctor stabbed a cannula into the side of his manhood.  He was diagnosed with a condition known as priapism - caused by a blockage of the blood vessels that empty the penis. Doctors told him they would have to draw off blood to reduce the pressure. 'Seeing them stab my penis with a needle was horrible - like something out of a horror film,' said Mr Garner, a hotel worker from Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  'They were injecting me with adrenalin - and had to do it 24 times.'  The incident occurred last week after he spent the drinking heavily before sleeping with a female friend - and not taking Viagra, he insists."




SIX THOUSAND venomous spiders take over home: "A family has been forced out of their country club home after 6,000 venomous spiders moved in.  Fumigators are now pumping poisonous gas into the house in the upscale neighborhood of Weldon Spring, Missouri in an attempt to kill the brown recluse spiders, which have been there for at least seven years.  The 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom property, which has prime views across the Whitmoor Country Club, never sold - but McCarthy Pest Control believes they can finally take care of the problem. This week, workers used nine tarps measuring 15,000 square feet to cover the home before filling it with sulfuryl fluoride gas that permeated the walls to kill the spiders and their eggs.  'There'll be nothing alive in there after this,' president Tim McCarthy told the St Louis Post-Dispatch.  The Trosts, who didn't notice any spiders at the home when they looked around, bought it in October 2007 for $450,000.  They captured one of the spiders, which was about half the size of a dollar, and looked it up on the internet and discovered that it was a brown recluse."



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9 October, 2014

Animal camouflage



You may have to look twice but you should be able to see the Tawny Frogmouth (an owl-like Australian bird) in this picture

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Odd news from around the world

Nutcase Sues Chobani Yogurt For Stealing The Word ‘How’:  "Best-selling author Dov Seidman has written a book to help companies develop an ethical model for running their business. The title of his book is How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything, and the basis of his entire business plan is the word “how.”  According to Yahoo News, Seidman is not the only one who has discovered the advertising power of the word “how.” Chobani yogurt has employed “how” for their marketing campaign, using the slogan “How Matters.” The author, Dov Seidman, is now suing Chobani over the use of “how,” claiming the company stole it from him. Seidman has asked the court to force Chobani to stop the ad campaign because it infringes on his trademark.  Chobani and its advertising agency, Droga5, have responded to Seidman defensively, claiming they’ve never heard of him, his book, or the intellectual property he accused them of stealing."




A wonderful big Shire horse:  "Is this Britain's tallest horse? Towering Shire horse is more than 8ft tall with appetite to match eating two stone of carrots every day. Ruth Blair, a farmer, and James Mackie, a fruit and veg company boss, had rescued the giant horse, who was being badly mistreated and heading for the meat trade.  After carefully nursing him back to health, Lincoln, now stands at more than 20 hands or 6ft 10in from shoulder blades to hoof, and is thought to be the biggest horse in Britain.   With his size comes a massive appetite and Lincoln's daily diet consists of two stone of carrots, 24 apples, 11lbs of spinach and five cabbages.  James, who luckily is the boss of a fruit and veg company, said: 'I don't know how anyone else could afford to feed him.  'When he came to us I thought he was too far gone to survive but he got vitamin injections and got a spark back in his eyes.  'He still has a bit of growing to do.   Ruth, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, said: 'Lincoln is a fabulous big horse with a kind, docile nature but has a tremendous amount of power in him. He now has a lifetime home and we are really happy to have rescued him.'




Fish shop takes delivery of sack of giant potatoes up to a FOOT long:  "Owners of a fish and chip shop have made some mammoth fries after a sack of giant potatoes were delivered to the takeaway - some measuring up to a foot long.  Jonathan Noblett, the owner of Noblett's chip shop in Preston, Lancashire, said: 'We get fresh spuds every day, and in this particular bag there were the biggest potatoes I've ever seen. The potatoes came from the Four Fields Farm in Pilling, Preston in Lancashire. Farmer Arnold Ronson said: 'We usually get them quite big most years with this particular variety, arcade.  'We thought they would be small this year with it being dry, because they need a bit of water.  'But they must have had just the right amount of water at the right time. It's been a good crop.




Face of a Roman goddess unearthed for the first time in 1,800 years:  "A small, finely carved stone female head has been unearthed by archaeologists in South Shields.  The face is said to represent Roman goddess Brigantia -  who was once worshipped on the banks of the Tyne - and has been buried for more than 1,800 years.  It was discovered by a volunteer on the community archaeology project WallQuest at Arbeia Roman fort in the north eastern town. The eyes, nose, mouth and hairstyle are all delicately carved, and traces of pink paint still survive on the statue’s face.  On the stone's head is a mural crown, carved into the form of a town wall with battlements, symbolising that Brigantia was a so-called ‘protecting goddess’.  Brigantia was goddess of the Brigantes - a tribe whose territory included what is now the North East.  Evidence that this northern goddess was worshipped at South Shields was also found when an altar dedicated to her was discovered in 1895 - only 328ft (100 metres) away from where the current discovery was made."




Forgotten Agatha Christie heirlooms fetch £50,000:  "Family heirlooms belonging to Agatha Christie have fetched almost £50,000 at auction - after being discovered by a fan of the crime writer.  It was uncovered when Jennifer Grant, a fan of the Miss Marple novelist, bought an old trunk containing a strongbox for £100 during a 2006 sale of the contents of her home, Greenway, near Brixham in Devon.  Mrs Grant left the strongbox locked and bolted for four years but then asked builders working on her home to use a crowbar to open it to see what was inside.  To her amazement, Mrs Grant saw a purse of gold coins, a diamond brooch and a three-stone diamond ring - described as heirlooms in Christie's autobiography.  The ring, originally estimated at up to £5,000 sold for £21,875 at auction, while the brooch, estimated to fetch up to £8,000, reached £27,500."



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8 October, 2014

Angry cat from Turkey



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Odd news from around the world

Squatters caught living in airport:  "SIXTY-EIGHT Turkish nationals are in the custody of Malaysian police after living in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) for over a month. According to FlyerTalk and The Economic Times, authorities were first tipped off about the Turkish group when three men were apprehended for trying to gain entry to a satellite terminal in KUL. Through the arrest, authorities discovered and detained 65 other individuals living in the airport. Those detained include 38 adults and 21 children, the youngest of whom is six months old. “They slept on cloth on the floor and bathed and changed in the toilets. At the airport, these things are a routine sight to us,” police spokesman Zaldino Zaludin told The Star.  “They had money with them. The viewing gallery is a very big place — with toilets, prayer rooms and shops. If you have money, you can practically live there.”  Authorities have not yet identified the group’s motive for living in KUL. The group will be investigated by the Malaysian Immigration Department and could face criminal charges."




Childish British council:  "For decades Ings Lane was a dirty and pothole-strewn disgrace, unbefitting of a respectable residential neighbourhood.  Despite the regular pleas from homeowners, the council refused to resurface the street, insisting it was not its legal responsibility.  Desperate residents finally solved the problem by paying £6,000 to have the road professionally re-surfaced, with three speed bumps as an additional safety measure.  But incredibly, the council have now threatened to undo their good work by digging up the road they have had lovingly resurfaced - and threatening the residents with arrest.  The council officials - who had previously insisted the road did not fall under its jurisdiction - sent workmen to examine the lane immediately when a local farmer complained about the new road humps.  Then, three weeks ago, it sent workers to dig up the road to remove the humps."




United Airlines impersonal apology letter:  "UNITED Airlines has previously been accused of turning a deaf ear to passenger complaints, and the email that Florida journalist Chris Chmura received gave every indication that the airline wasn’t taking his complaint to heart.  Reported in FlyerTalk, a portion of the email from United’s Customer Care Department read:  “While my email is brief and not as detailed as I would like, please be assured that we do understand your concerns and they have been documented for review and internal action.”  Although the email seemed to depict textbook customer service — listening, empathising and apologising — it had some trouble with Chmura’s name.  The well-crafted apology didn’t simply have a misspelled version of Chmura’s name, though; it referred to him as Mr. Human on three separate occasions."


Man confronts beggar after he sees her driving new car:  "A MAN has been filmed furiously confronting a beggar he donated to daily, after he spotted the woman driving a new car.  The foul-mouthed exchange, filmed by another woman who also claims to have been duped, took place at an Oklahoma service station where the elderly panhandler was seen in a 2013 red Fiat. “This is crazy!” the man yells.  “You are asking for money in the middle of street and you drive a 2013 car?”  Gesturing with rage, the man says he gave the woman money every day, claiming to have skipped lunch one afternoon to give her $4.  “Listen, I work hard for my money. I don’t appreciate this s***. And that’s why people like you take advantage of people like me. This is bulls***!  “You drive a better car than me!” The woman claims the car isn’t hers, and that her son is going to pick her up.  “So you’re telling me you’re not going to drive this car?” he fires back, threatening to “bust a window” if he sees her in the car again.




New  high speed attack helicopter unveiled:  "A new helicopter prototype that can fly twice as fast as conventional designs and aims to usher in a new generation of military aircraft has been unveiled.  The Sikorsky S-97 Raider can cruise at speeds of 253mph, which manufacturers say is twice the speed of conventional helicopters.  The Raider has a double rotor with the blades moving in opposite directions, meaning there is no need for a tail rotor. Instead the Raider has a pusher propeller at the back, allowing it to reach record-breaking speeds.  The aircraft was unveiled in America last week and test flights are set to begin by the end of the year.  Sikorsky hopes to eventually sell the helicopters to the US military for use as an armed aerial scout and also a light assault aircraft. The firm is pitching it as a replacement for the US Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and for use by special operations troops."



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7 October, 2014

And where would this gorgeous interior be?



It's the main pump room of Crossness sewage pumping station in London.  Built in the 19th century

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Odd news from around the world

Indecisive: British liberal politician wears FOUR different outfits in one day:  "Normally all eyes on are on the politician's wives and their outfits during party conference season.  But Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg was in the spotlight today after bizarrely wearing not one, but four different outfits in a single day.  As he battled against claims the Lib Dems are indecisive and struggle commit to a course of action, he wore a suit for TV interviews, a smart casual outfit for a school visit and a black shirt and chinos for a Q&A session which looked more suited to the garden centre than the conference hall.  He then switched back to his blue suit before the day was out."




Italian town fined €650 for 'noisy waterfall':  "It was formed over millions of years and has been a tourist attraction for centuries, but a spectacular waterfall in Italy has divided local opinion after it was ruled to be too noisy.  The town of Bellano, on the shores of Lake Como, has been slapped with a fine by an environmental authority after local residents complained that its thundering cascades were so loud they could not watch television without closing their windows.  They blamed the council for the problem because the water flow of the torrent is used to power a small hydroelectric plant and can be regulated artificially.  An unusually wet summer around Lake Como, which William Wordsworth acclaimed as “a treasure which the earth keeps to itself”, has aggravated the problem.  Disgruntled locals took their complaints to Arpa, a regional environmental protection agency, which fined the town council €650 for noise pollution. The council now has 30 days to pay the fine.  However, the town mayor has refused to pay on principle, saying the row is “absurd”.




Dog with strange eyes:  "Her fiery orange stare is certainly fearsome enough to scare off burglars. The problem is, it’s also frightening off potential owners. Bagheera – named after the amber-eyed panther in the Jungle Book – has been unable to find a home since she arrived at a rescue centre in Italy as a six-month-old puppy.  People were put off by her striking eyes, which are the result of a rare gene.  A combination of difficult behaviour and lack of training is putting Brits off adopting Bagheera. So Teckels Animal Sanctuaries in Gloucester has brought the black Collie-Belgian Shepherd cross, now eight, over to England in the hope of finding her her very first home.  Bagheera's orange eyes, which are incredibly rare in a dog, is thought to put prospective owners off.  'We think she is a Collie crossed with a Belgian Shepherd. Hopefully someone with experience will come forward and give her a home.'




A triumph of life:  "A seven-months-pregnant mother who fell down the stairs in a catastrophic accident died a day after her baby girl was born by an emergency Caesarean section. Debbie Gallagher was rushed to hospital after her partner Mike Faultless heard a bang and found her lying unconscious at their home in Chelmsley Wood, West Midlands.  Doctors battled to save the 36-year-old, who had suffered a devastating head injury, thought to have been caused by striking the bannister, and her baby. Daisy was delivered two months early on July 25, 2013, weighing 4lb 15oz, but tragically her mother could not be saved and died from her injuries the next day.  Mr Faultless, a Land Rover engineer, was left to bring up their baby daughter and his two step-children following the accident last year.  He said: ‘Daisy is such a beautiful little girl and I am so proud of her. I know Debbie would have been so proud too.  Mr Faultless has received support from Ms Gallagher’s friends in caring for Daisy as well as her other children, nine-year-old Bradley and Hanna, 17, who she previously adopted."




Have scientists discovered a CURE for 'mean girls?':  "Scientists claim to have to found an effective method for tackling the age-old school nightmare of 'mean girls' behavior.  According to researchers at the University of Missouri, 'relational aggression ' - forms of non-physical bullying such as gossiping, rumor spreading, exclusion and rejection - can be reduced using an intervention strategy they've dubbed Growing Interpersonal Relationships through Learning and Systemic Supports (GIRLSS).  Tested on 30 girls aged between 12 and 15, the ten-week program involved group counseling, role-playing, journaling and weekly goal setting, and was found overall to decrease relational aggression.  As part of the intervention method, students took park in one 70-minute session a week where they participated in a range of discussions and exercises.  In addition, the girls' caregivers attended separate workshops and bi-weekly phone consultations during which they were taught better monitoring and supervision skills."



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6 October, 2014

A flying car?



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Odd news from around the world

Useless British cops again: "The front counter of the local police station has always been the first port of call for an honest citizen who finds somebody else’s property dropped in the street.  But now police across the country are refusing to handle lost items – telling members of the public they must track down the rightful owners themselves.  Some forces even tell people to put up signs in shops with details of the found items, and to throw away unidentified keys, because they no longer have the time or staff to deal with the paperwork.  Last night police were condemned for abandoning this traditional role.  Jack Dromey, Labour’s shadow policing spokesman, said: ‘This is yet another example of how DIY policing is becoming the norm.’ Until recently, front-counter staff at police stations would take in anything found in the street and log the details so that it could be reunited with the owner if they got in touch."




£50,000 winner's lucky find: Warehouse worker discovers winning lottery ticket on day before it was due to expire:  "A warehouse worker is celebrating after discovering a winning £50,000 lottery ticket - the day before it was due to expire. James Wilson, 28, was clearing out an old wallet when he stumbled across the EuroMillions ticket.  He decided to double check the numbers and was shocked to realise he had matched all five in the draw from March 28. It was at this point he noticed he has just one day left to claim his £51,232.90 prize.  Mr Wilson, from Bradley Stoke, Bristol, said: 'I called Camelot straight away but because it was so late in the evening, their lines were closed until the morning.  'I can't tell you how relieved I was when I got through to someone the following morning and they confirmed I wasn't too late to claim my prize."




One in six women would give up sex forever for a slice of their favourite cake:  "People in the UK would be willing to give up a surprising list of essentials –including their car and the internet – so they could eat cake, according to new research.  People are also using the sweet treat as a negotiation tool to help them get their own way, says cake company Mr Kipling.  It found one in eight have brought cakes into their office to butter up their boss, while 11 per cent of men have tried to win a woman’s heart with a cake – compared to seven per cent of women.  Meanwhile, almost a quarter would never have a glass of wine again and 13 per cent would ditch their mobile phone.  It was also revealed that nine per cent of men were willing to give up on sex for cake, compared to 16 per cent of women.  A quarter would be willing to delete their Facebook and Twitter accounts and 13 per cent would ditch their favourite TV show.  The survey of 2,000 adults, which marks the launch of National Cake Week, also found that chocolate is the nation’s favourite cake – with half favouring it over any other."




More bumbling British bureaucracy:  "A farmer who lost 810 acres of land during last winter's floods was refused £11,000 compensation - after being told these aerial pictures showed 'insufficient evidence' of the damage.  James Winslade was forced out of his farm in Bridgwater, Somerset and had to shift 550 cattle to safe havens after floodwater reached 12ft deep in some places.  The cattle farmer was entitled to government funding to reseed his fields, but officials told him he would need to provide evidence of the damage.  Mr Winslade sent a collection of aerial images showing his land under almost eight ft of water to highlight the damage caused during the bad weather.  But he was stunned when he received a response telling him the evidence he submitted was not sufficient to show his problems.  The payment only came after a Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs sent an inspector to the farm - almost six months later."


France in a hole:  "The country was branded the 'sick man of the world' yesterday after figures for September showed output fell for the fifth month in a row as businesses continued to shed jobs.  Analysts said it pointed towards another quarter of stagnation, following six months of zero growth between January and June.  Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, said: ‘No longer just the sick man of Europe, France looks more like the sick man of the world.’  The ‘increasingly bloated’ public sector ‘has masked the dismal performance of the private sector where businesses are struggling,’ he said.  ‘France’s private sector is technically back in recession,’ said Mr Williamson. Diego Iscaro, senior economist at research group IHS Global Insight, said: ‘The French economy is struggling. It stagnated during the first half of the year and the outlook is hardly better.  'Near record-high unemployment is keeping private consumption, the traditional engine of French growth, under intense pressure."



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5 October, 2014

Having a bad day in China



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Odd news from around the world

Saved from diabetic blindness - simply by sleeping in an eye mask: New technology could save thousands facing loss of sight:  "A mask that shines green light into the eye during sleep could save the sight of thousands of Britons facing blindness.  Diabetic retinopathy, one of the main causes of vision loss in people of working age in the UK, occurs when high blood-sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina.  The condition causes the vessels to swell and leak fluid or close off completely, and sometimes causes abnormal vessels to appear on the surface of the retina.  The Noctura 400 eye mask, which patients wear at night while they sleep, emits a low-level green light through the eyelids which mimics daylight. Although the light initially appears bright, the eyes quickly adjust. The mask interferes with the process that usually causes the eye to produce new blood vessels when it gets dark.  While this tissue growth is beneficial for those people without diabetes, in those with diabetic retinopathy it increases the production of smaller blood vessels prone to damage and swelling which contribute to loss of vision."




Pig in Australia Steals 18 Beers from Campers, Gets Drunk, Fights Cow:  "Forget crocodiles and snakes, the real animal threat in Australia is wild pigs. At least if you’re camping.  At a campground in Western Australia over the weekend, a feral pig guzzled down 18 beers that had been left out improperly secured. And just like anyone 18 beers in at a rural dive bar, the pig got big-headed and decided to start a fight with a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car.  “In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans,” said a visitor.  The pig was later reported sleeping his hangover (and shame of trying to take down a cow?) off under a tree. While feral pigs are considered an invasive pest in many parts of the country, it’s also a reminder to keep food and drink secured when camping. Just imagine if it had been a drunk kangaroo"




A major chili exporter is  .... Britain:  "It’s one of the nation’s hottest export success stories – hundreds of tons of chilies grown on British farms are being sold to countries renowned for their fiery cuisine.  Already this year, well over 600 tons of chilies produced by UK growers have been exported to countries that include Pakistan, India, Mexico and Brazil. This year’s chili exports are expected to be double last year’s, bringing £1.3million into the economy, according to official figures.  Gerald Fowler, who runs the Chili Pepper Company in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria, said: ‘It’s gone crazy and I’m selling to every corner of the Earth. I’d never have believed I’d be selling to India, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and America.  ‘It’s going to be our best year ever. We are selling seeds and chilies and all they want is the hottest. No one is interested in a mild chili.’  At the Conservative conference last week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson praised British ingenuity for growing ‘weapon-strength chilies’."




Nosy cow gets stuck in pillbox:  "A pregnant cow proved too inquisitive for its own good when it decided to investigate a World War Two artefact.  The animal had to be rescued by firefighters after it put its head through the window opening of a wartime pillbox and was unable to remove it.  Firefighters from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue had to sedate the cow before using specially adapted equipment to free it.  The cow, which is expecting calves in February, got stuck at Gibraltar Point near Skegness at 2pm on Thursday.  Spencer Creek, Technical Rescue Manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: "Compared to fighting fires this may seem a little bit strange, but because of the county's rural nature animals do occasionally get into danger.  "Normally when this does happen they have become stuck in mud or water, so this was a bit different.  "With the cow trapped in the stone window it was actually causing swelling around its neck, so it was important we had the vet there to calm the animal so it wasn’t in distress and the skills of the Urban Search and Rescue Team."




French anger as new TV series about Louis XIV is being produced in ENGLISH:  "During the 72-year reign of Louis XIV - the longest of any major European monarch - French became the universal language of the European elite.  So it is not exactly surprising that French critics have reacted angrily to the news he is to become the protagonist in a new 'dumbed down' television show - produced in English.  Critics have labelled it a 'crime' to have the great monarch speak in English - particularly as the ten-part series is being made by French station Canal Plus.  The show, called Versailles, has also been written by Brits - Dame Helen Mirren's nephew Simon Mirren and Spooks creator David Wolstencroft - and stars British actors.  George Blagden, best known for his role as Grantaire in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables, will play the role of the Sun King. The decision to produce in English has been made because it will make the show easier to sell outside of France.  Director of fiction at Canal Plus, Fabrice de la Patelliere, called it a 'pragmatic choice to enable the series to be exported'.



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4 October, 2014

Burglar fail



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Odd news from around the world

Woman who used a potato as a contraceptive is hospitalised after it began to grow roots: "Doctors treating a woman for stomach pain were shocked to find a very unlikely cause for it - a potato inside her vagina.  The 22-year-old woman, from Colombia, was advised by her mother to use the technique to avoid becoming pregnant.  But by the time doctors discovered the potato, it had apparently germinated and grown roots inside her. The discovery was made when the woman, from the central Colombian town of Honda, went to hospital complaining of abdominal pains.  When a nurse examined her, she found roots from the potato that had grown. However after removing it, doctors confirmed there would be no lasting damage to the woman's health.




Harrods launch the world's most expensive perfume with a price tag of £143,000:  "To mark the opening of the Salon de Parfum boutique at the London department store, the British perfumer Clive Christian has created a special edition of his No1 perfume with an eye-watering price tag of £143,000.  A standard bottle of the fragrance costs £450 and is marketed as 'the world's most expensive perfume'. But the one-of-a-kind new edition genuinely deserves this description thanks to the way it has been packaged.  Called the No1 Passant Guardant, it uses the perfume house's signature crystal bottle and then ups the ante by covering it in hand-crafted, 24 carat gold lattice-work.  As with all the bottles, the top is a crown shape as the design was created in 1872 and paid homage to Queen Victoria. But in this case, the gold crown is embedded with flawless white diamonds. In total, there are 2,000 individually set diamonds on the bottle.  Meanwhile, the lion motif on the front is made up of two yellow diamonds, with a rare pink diamond marking out the lion's tongue. On his website, Clive Christian, OBE, said: 'I was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.'




Japanese zoo abandons hyena breeding programme after realising they have spent four years trying to get two MALES to mate: "Japanese zookeepers have abandoned their four-year-long attempt to persuade two spotted hyenas to mate... after they realised both animals were male.  Experts at the Maruyama Zoo, in Sapporo, northern Japan, said they were told Kami and Kamutori were a 'male and female couple' by the South Korean zoo, in Daejon, who sold them the animals in 2010.  But after a year of waiting without joy, they finally tested Kami - who they thought was female - only to find she had male genitalia. 'We have attempted to house them together for breeding many times but they often fought against each other and never engaged themselves in breeding behaviour,' the zoo said in a statement.  The zoo explained that it is extremely difficult to determine the sex of a spotted hyena from the appearance of its external genitalia.  'We still plan to obtain a female spotted hyena for breeding with either Kami or Kamutori,' the statement said."


Backpacker's horror after flea and hundreds of eggs burst out of his FOOT after trip to Tanzania:  "A backpacker was left horrified after a flea and hundreds of eggs burst out of his foot following a trip to Tanzania.  Geography graduate Matthew O’Donnell, 22, was unaware a tiny chigoe flea had burrowed into his flesh and was feeding off his blood until weeks later when he had flown back to Britain.  He was sitting on his bed at home in East Sussex when he felt a tingling sensation and suddenly the black bug burst through his skin and onto his bedclothes – followed by hundreds of tiny eggs.  Mr O’Donnell had spent the summer working as a volunteer in rural Tanzania after completing his studies at Plymouth University and returned at the beginning of September.  Mr O’Donnell has been left with a small crater close to his little toe where the bug was nesting but doctors have given him the all clear.  The chigoe flea is the smallest flea known to man at just 1mm and is usually extremely hard to spot."




A superior  Brough superior:  "The first motorbikes to be made by the legendary Brough Superior marque in over 70 years are set to be rolled out onto British roads.  A limited production run of 300 Brough Superior SS100 machines that were made between 1925 and 1940 is nearing completion after a British businessman bought the rights to the company name. Mark Upham, of Taunton, Somerset has already secured dozens of orders for the modern-day version of the vintage SS100 bikes that were described as the 'Rolls Royce' of motorcycles and were the fastest machines in the world. Only 3,000 SS100s were made before the outbreak of war ground production to a halt.  Mark Upham's new gleaming models will be sold for £50,000 each from next year to mark the 90th anniversary of the launch of the SS100. While they look almost identical to the classic Brough bikes and have the same 'saddle' petrol tank and speedo, they are made using high-tech components such as aluminium-magnesium and titanium.  Other modern-day advantages the new bikes have are a four-disc ceramic brake system and a 1,000cc V-twin engine which can deliver 140bhp."



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3 October, 2014

What are they?



Some sort of burr?

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Odd news from around the world

Thief tried to steal from car parked outside training session for bouncers - who arrested him within seconds:  "A hapless thief is arrested by bouncers after he tried to steal from a car parked outside their training session.  Nathan Webb, 39, slipped inside the unlocked Vauxhall Astra parked outside The Training Hub in Manchester city centre in an attempt to grab a sat-nav.  But owner Danny Rose, a trainee doorman who was taking part in a session on how to use handcuffs, was watching from inside the building and rushed outside to stop him.  He called for help from the centre manager - Marcus Gentles, a bouncer with 16 years’ experience – who was able to apprehend him with the handcuffs he had been using during the lesson.  He held Webb inside the classroom for 15 minutes until the police arrived.  He was charged the next day and appeared before magistrates in Manchester where he pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle."




World's longest footbridge? 1km-long path in Russia:  "The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge - the SkyBridge near the city of Sochi in south-western Russia - stretches for almost a kilometre over the Krasnaya Polyana valley. This vast structure can cope with up to 30,000 people at a time.  And for daring tourists, there is more to its appeal than simply its length.  Bungee-jumpers can opt for 650ft of freefall if they hurl themselves off a viewing platform into the valley below.  Extreme sports fans who have not had enough highs for one day can also speed along a zip wire more than 500ft above the valley floor.  Riders are strapped to a zipwire together, clipped in horizontally side by side.  The ride reaches speeds of 70mph as it swoops through the air.  Spokesman Vladislav Baranov says: 'Parts of the skypark are still under construction, but we want this to be the highest, fastest, most fun park in the world.' 'But just to come for the bridge, and the views will take your breath away.'"




Bungling council workers put up 20mph speed limit sign on a FOOTPATH: "Residents have been left baffled after bungling council workers put up a 20mph speed limit sign on a footpath.  The notice was put up by Nottingham City Council in the Radford area of the city as part of a £147,000 road safety scheme.  But the sign in Dulwich Road was placed at a dead end in front of a set of bollards, which enclose a pedestrian-only zone in the residential area.  Dorothy Francis, 89, who has lived in the area all her life, said: ‘It’s bizarre, you can barely even get a bicycle through the gap in those bollards never mind a car.  ‘I know we old dears can hit some speed in our mobility scooters but this is taking it a bit too far.’  ‘It cost money to put that up too, and it will never make any kind of difference.  ‘What will they do next? Install a speed camera to make sure we don’t run too fast?’"


New lotion can kill head lice and their eggs in a 10 minute application:  "Gone are the days of the dreaded head lice nit comb, as a new lotion has been developed to kill off the pests in a single 10 minute application.  While existing treatments need multiple applications to rid the parasites plus time-consuming combing of the hair to remove their eggs, Xeglyze lotion offers a simpler solution.  The new treatment, developed by an Australian pharmaceutical company, has gone through final clinical trials in the US Food and Drug Administration with results showing that 81.5 per cent of subjects were free of lice after the one dose without nit combing. Hatchtech CEO Hugh Alsop says this will be welcoming news for any parent who's spent hours nit combing their child's hair following multiple lice treatments.  Mr Alsop says the lotion is different to others as it treats both eggs and the lice, which is why the repeat application and combing are not required.  He says there is a need for novel treatments given that head lice have developed resistance to many existing products.




Mother goes to bed with broad Staffordshire accent and wakes up sounding POLISH:  " A mother-of-two proud of her Staffordshire accent was shocked when she woke up sounding like an Eastern European. Kath Locket went to bed one night, but was later rushed into hospital unable to speak or swallow.  Baffled doctors eventually diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a condition that has only ever affected 150 people worldwide. It emerged a rare condition had caused slight damage to the part of her brain controlling language.  This meant that despite being born and bred in Staffordshire, she was left with a strong accent that sounded distinctly European.  Ms Lockett says she now feels she feels robbed because  she sounds nothing like her family and friends - and is mistaken as a foreigner by people in her local area. Mrs Locket, who has always lived in Stafford, had been suffering ill health and headaches before she lost her accent.  Doctors confirmed Ms Locket had been struck down with a rare brain condition called severe cerebral vasculitis.  The causes are unknown, and there is no current cure."



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2 October, 2014

Cool baby dancer



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Odd news from around the world

People who can no longer smell peppermint, fish, rose or leather 'may have only five years left to live':  "If food no longer smells appetising and perfume seems less pungent, you could be seriously ill.  Men and women who have lost their sense of smell are almost six times more likely as others to die within the next five years, a study found.  The inability to identify fish, rose, leather, orange, and peppermint – the five scents used in the experiment – could predict death within five years, scientists said.  While the finding may seem odd, a poor sense of smell raises the odds of death more than established medical conditions including cancer. The U.S. researchers said that while the dulling of the sense does not directly cause death, it provides ‘early warning that something has gone badly wrong’.  They believe that a simple smell test could be used to identify pensioners most at risk of an early death.  But British experts urged people not to panic – and said that much more research is needed to confirm the link. In the first study of its kind, more than 3,000 men and women aged between 57 and 85 were put through a three-minute smell test."




Big pothole in Ukraine:  "A Ukrainian man miraculously managed to escape unharmed after the road collapsed underneath him as he was driving.  Gordey Efremov was travelling home in the city of Dnipropetrovsk in south-eastern Ukraine, when the ground suddenly vanished below.  Images from the accident show Mr Efremov's 4x4 lying on its side in a giant pothole, practically swallowed by the road.  He said: ‘Because of the rain, traffic was going slowly anyway and then when the car in front of me stopped I put on the brakes, and slow down. ‘Then I suddenly got this sinking feeling and before I knew it was disappearing into the road.  ‘The car tipped onto its side and muddy waters started to flood in through the air vents and door.  ‘I had to open the window above and climb out where some people helped me onto the street.  Police spokesman Leonid Pokrovski said: ‘It was an accident waiting to happen. ‘As long as the cars were moving fast over the top it bore the weight, but once a motorist stopped it was too much and it gave way.’




Bungling council erases £400,000 'racist' Banksy:  "A new mural by street artist Banksy showing a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration banners has been destroyed by council officials following a complaint the work was "racist".  The mural, worth around £400,000 in Clacton-on-Sea, where a by-election is due to take place following the local MP's defection to UKIP, appeared this week.  It showed four pigeons holding signs including "Go Back to Africa", while a more exotic-looking bird looked on.   The local council which removed it, said it did not know it was by Banksy, conceding that the artist's political satire was lost on them.  Tendring District Council said it received a complaint that the mural was "offensive" and "racist"."




Tiny horse who has the run of his owner's house:  "At 22 inches tall, Acer is perfect house pet size, and barely as big as his best friend, his owner’s black labrador, Demon. As a result he enjoys all the comforts of home. Acer, now aged three, was born with dwarfism, caused by a recessive gene which only affects a foal when it is carried by both of the parents.  Most dwarfism foals are put down because of health problems but his owner, Maureen O’Sullivan, who runs the Miniature Horse Farm in Corringham, Essex, couldn’t bear to part with him. ‘Due to dwarves having various health issues most breeders would have put him down, but little Acer was so full of life and otherwise healthy, it was never an option.  ‘One day we were in the living room and he just wandered in, we were really surprised.  ‘When he comes in he loves to watch the television, he just stands there staring at it. He likes to walk around and sniff everything so now we let him come and go when he wants.’




Woman who drowned in a vat of wine:  "A Spanish woman who drowned in a vat of wine after becoming intoxicated by fumes has been pictured for the first time.   Wine specialist Nerea Perez was watching the fermenting process at the cellar in the Spanish village of Salas de los Barrios, in the north west of the country.  The 25-year-old is understood to have been overcome by the fumes given off during fermentation, which caused her to lose her balance and fall into the vat of wine.  Wine makers say accidents such as this are more common than many people think, due to the strength of the gases given off by wine while it is fermenting.



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1 October, 2014

It's a mortician's advertisement



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Odd news from around the world

Could UV light eradicate peanut allergies?: "In the US alone 1.9 million people are allergic to peanuts, but now a scientist has used pulses of UV light to eradicate 80 per cent of allergens from the snack. By doing this human antibodies are unable recognise certain compounds as allergens and therefore don't trigger a reaction in the body. The technique could potentially be used to rid up to 99 per cent of peanut allergens in future, without ruining their texture or flavour, Dr Wade Yang claims. In the University of Florida study he used a pulsating light system involving two lamps filled with xenon, two cooling blowers, one treatment chamber with a conveyor belt and a control module. He then directed concentrated bursts of light to modify the peanut allergenic proteins. The pulsed ultraviolet light technology was applied to whole peanuts - and Dr Yang suggests this method could be used on peanuts before they are then packaged. He added: 'This process proves that pulsed light can inactivate the peanut allergenic proteins and indicates that pulsed light has a great potential in peanut allergen mitigation.'"



Man who has 100 orgasms a day: "While it may sound to many men like more of a blessing than a curse, Dale Decker claims that his 100 daily orgasms are a hell that has ruined his life. The 37-year-old, from Wisconsin, developed persistent genital arousal syndrome in September 2012 after slipping a disc in his back while getting out of a chair. Speaking on ITV’s this morning, the father of two explains: ‘It’s completely changed everything I have ever done. I can’t do anything, I can’t get a job. You have to understand that in America 90 per cent of the jobs are service industry and nobody would ever put me in front of their customers so working is pretty much out of the question.’ Dale’s condition has affected not only his ability to hold down a job but his family life, even occurring during his own father’s funeral. Unable even to do simple things like play baseball with his two sons, Dale feels particularly awkward when it happens around children. The painful pelvic condition has left him housebound and isolated, through fear of suffering a public orgasm, with some even causing him to drop to the floor."



Big punkin: "A pair of twins are on track to set a new UK record with their monster pumpkin, which weighs in at around 1,600 pounds. Brothers Ian and Stuart Paton, 53, were previous holders of the record until it was beaten by a pumpkin last year that weighed 1,520 pounds. The Patons, from Pennington, Hampshire, even dream of smashing the world record one day - which is 2,032 pounds. Ian's god-daughter, three-year-old Bailey Martin, loves clambering onto the gargantuan squash. Ian, who runs a nursery, said: 'We can estimate that this pumpkin is probably over 1,600 pounds. 'The circumference of it is great too, it's about 16ft which is over four-and-a-half metres. Hopefully it will bring us the UK record this year - we lost the record last year so we want it back. 'The secret behind it is that we feed them well, if you want to grow anything you've got to feed it right. 'If you feed your pumpkin properly then you're going to end up with a big one.'



Woman driver launches her tiny car across a bridge as it opens: "A determined driver in a tiny seaside town in Croatia was caught on CCTV as she launched her car over an opening drawbridge. The moveable part of the bridge in Tisno, a sleepy town on Croatia's Adriatic coast, had risen eight feet in the air as the unnamed woman gunned her yellow Peugeot across. 'I was shouting and gesturing her to stop but it was no use,' said bridge warden Tome Mejic Sidic. 'She ignored me, went full throttle and flew across the bridge. 'I was convinced she'd overturn the car.' Estimating the driver had sped at the bridge at around 50mph, the witness described how the impact of the landing had made all the car's airbags open instantaneously. The driver and her passenger eventually came to a halt next to a cafe on the other side, where they declined amazed onlookers' offers to call an ambulance or the police, according to reports."



The dog that turned into a rock: "Rescuers take two days to free animal after it slipped into hot tar and solidified. The animal was left unable to move after it slipped into the thick, sticky substance and it cooled - coating its fur in a solid layer of tar. A passer-by spotted the dog as it lay on the ground covered in dirt and twigs, and phoned a local rescue centre based in Udaipur, Rajasthan. A team from Animal Aid Unlimited begin to work on freeing the dog - slowly massaging tar from its limbs and body as it lies on the dirt. The rescuers use small amounts of vegetable oil to soften the tar, gently pulling clumps of the congealed substance away as it comes loose. The rescuers, who worked over two days to free the animal, described the tar as being 'as hard as rock'. In the end the dog is unrecognisable - its chocolate-brown fur visible for the first time. It happily wags its tail as it is fed by one of the volunteers, moving around easily in a leafy garden.



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