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3 October, 2014

What are they?



Some sort of burr?

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THE NEWS

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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THE NEWS

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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THE NEWS

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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