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7 October, 2016

Why haven't I got a tail?



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world



Death to cats -- from ISIS:  "Jihadi fighters are hunting down kittens in the Iraqi city of Mosul after a fatwa on cat-breeders was issued by senior ISIS clerics.  The new law forbids the indoor breeding of cats inside the Islamic State's 'caliphate' and claims to be in line with the jihadists' "vision, ideology and beliefs". Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul were warned not to violate the ban which was declared on Tuesday, as ISIS fighters began searching their houses for kittens, Iraqi News reported. The purge will come as a surprise to many after the terrorist group deliberately posted pictures of kittens on social media in a bid to attract new breed of young fighters. A fatwa is a legal decree issued by a specialist in Islamic law. ISIS relies on a central committee to issue fatwas which is comprised of influential clerics and figures working for the group.




Melbourne gelato bar is serving Nutella ON TAP and the internet can't handle it:  "How much chocolate is too much chocolate? Well, if you're the owners of this gelato bar in Melbourne, it seems no amount will ever be enough. That's because chef Johnny Di Francesco has installed an endless Nutella tap at his Zero Gradi outlet that guests can use to coat their ice cream in the delicious treat. And it seems his customers absolutely adore it judging by the dozens of Instagram videos which have amassed millions of views between them. Showing some mixed feelings, user katieandrade96 added: 'Omg that's disgusting but beautiful.'




Good doggy:  "Christine Pilchowski had picked up her children from a friends home when Jazmine, 5, decided to run ahead, reported Daily Mercury. Just moment later, Jazmine returned running and screaming to her mother as a dog followed close behind. 'I had myself between the dog and the kids and we were at a bit of a stalemate. We weren't moving anywhere, the dog was barking and my daughter was screaming,' Ms Pilchowski said. Ms Pilchowski was at a loss, unable to decide how to get her two children safely away from the aggressive terrier when Boxer came to their rescue. 'It [Boxer] just stood there showing no aggression whatsoever, but was very much in control.' With Boxer in control of the situation, Ms Pilchowski fled with her children to the safety of their home. Rocky's owner, Michael Pittman, said his dog is able to sense when people need help.




Stupid woman can't handle the fact that sheep are often reared  for meat:  "A vegan travel blogger has broken down in tears after seeing a crate of sheep being trafficked on a ferry while trying to capture 'beautiful video footage'. Kristin Lajeunesse, originally from the U.S., was on a ferry from Picton to Wellington in New Zealand on Monday when she smelt 'animal faeces' at the rear of the boat and decided to investigate. Ms Lajeunesse became emotional after seeing dozens of sheep packed into a crate, describing the scene as 'cruelty set against beauty'. She then panned the video to the mountains behind her, saying the scenery was 'meaningless now'. While she had many supporters saying how devastating her experience on the ferry was, Ms Lajeunesse was also heavily criticised"




Aggressive cat chases kangaroo: "Bailey the cat is known for acting like a dog, and even growls at the postman when he delivers the mail. And it seems his canine capabilities go even further than that, with the cat unafraid of the kangaroo despite it being more than three times his size. The startled kangaroo had to bounce away with its tail between its legs after the cat turned on it and chased it off the road. Bailey's owner Ann Connell told 9 News that her pet was raised with her 'fairly aggressive' German shepherd and has taken on many of the dog's traits. 'When someone rings the doorbell, he gets up and runs to the door and growls,' she said. Ms Connell added that her cat is protective around her grandchildren and another pet dog. Despite his feisty demeanour, Ms Connell insists that Bailey is popular with the neighbours" 


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6 October, 2016

True Friendship Among Golfing Buddies

This guy brings his best golf buddy home, unannounced, for dinner at 6:30, after enjoying a day of golf. 

His wife screams her head off while his friend sits open mouthed and listens to the tirade.

"My hair and makeup are not done, the house is a f****** mess, and the dishes aren't done.    I’m completely exhausted!   I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Can't you see I'm still in my f****** pajamas??

I can't be bothered with cooking tonight!   Why the f*** did you bring him home without letting me know ahead of time, you stupid idiot?"

“Because he’s thinking of getting married..."

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world



Gentle giant! Hulk the biggest pitbull in the WORLD becomes best friends with Mami the tiny but 'tough' chihuahua:  "The world's biggest pitbull has struck up a bizarre friendship with a tiny chihuahua more than thirty times smaller than him. World-famous Hulk, who shot to fame last year in a viral video, weighs in at 181lb while tiny Mami is just five pounds. But the difference in size and power hasn't stopped them becoming firm friends who spend all day together at a kennels in New Hampshire.  Owners Marlon and Lisa Grennan of Dark Dynasty K9s bought Mami to see if they could train her as a protection dog. They started by introducing Mami to their world-renowned pack of protection pitbulls when she was just a few weeks old and she has been part of the family ever since. Lisa, 25, said: 'Mami has a pitbull attitude. She thinks she's a big dog, she's tough and holds her own in the house"




15,000 Chinese villagers treated to a street party – after they were forced out of their homes by developers:  "More than 15,000 locals have turned out for a street feast to celebrate the rebuilding of their village in China after it was knocked down by developers to make way for high-rise apartment blocks. Residents of the once historic Yangji village in Guangdong province, southern China, dined in their thousands at red tables during the ‘housewarming’ to celebrate their new homes on Sunday. Cars were cleared from the streets and replaced with 1,500 tables. Six makeshift kitchens were installed on site as well as a stage where traditional lion dances and pop songs were performed, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported. Feeding 15,000 people is a huge operation and 600 staff were on hand to help out. Before it was redeveloped into 4,000 new high-rise apartments, Yangji village had a history of more than 900 years and housed over 1,400 families with more than 4,000 villagers"




All blue-eyed people have this in common: "Every person on the planet born with blue eyes shares the same genetic mutation inherited from a single human ancestor. Danish researchers concluded a decade-long study which found that all blue-eyed people display a trait given to them by someone who lived 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. Eiberg’s study analysed 155 individuals in a large Danish family, as well as several blue-eyed people born in Turkey and Jordan. It found all the blue-eyed subjects shared the genetic mutation, with little deviation on genes neighbouring it on the chromosome, meaning the ‘switch’ in the common ancestor is relatively recent by evolutionary standards. The Danish study makes an educated guess to figure that the mutation took place on the northern of the Black Sea around the Neolithic era.




Can YOU spot what's inside the red ring?:  "A photo of a bed with a part of the duvet circled in red has been confusing the Internet.  Within the red ring there's a section of a white duvet covered in a black floral pattern, as well as part of the carpet.  However, people who have spotted the image - which has been shared on Reddit - are struggling to work out what the circle signifies. The image was posted by Imgur user Idon'tevenknowwhat'sgoingon yesterday, and has so far received more than 63,500 views and more than 80 comments. People have been left baffled as they have been searching for something significant inside the red ring - not realising that the red ring is actually a hula hoop propped against the bed. 




Having sex before sport CAN boost your performance: "Sex the night before a sporting event has long been banned by coaches. But scientists now believe that making love does not harm performance on the running track, on football pitch or boxing ring. Rather than hamper performance, sex before sport - as long as it takes place more than two hours before competition - can actually improve results, according to the study. The long-standing view has now been challenged by analysis of current scientific evidence, published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology.  The researchers sifted through hundreds of studies with the potential to provide evidence, however big or small, on the impact of sexual activity on sporting performance. One of the nine studies assessed found that the strength of female former athletes didn't differ if they had sex the night before. Another actually observed a beneficial effect on marathon runners' performance.


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5 October, 2016

An absolute truth



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world



Hairy baby: "Sporting bouffant hair at just nine weeks old, Junior Cox-Noon turns heads wherever he goes. His mother says it now takes her two hours to do the weekly supermarket shop instead of 40 minutes because so many people stop to say hello to him. But the strapping infant enjoys the fringe benefits of being the centre of attention – and cries if she tries to put a hat on him to speed things up. Junior, born at Brighton General Hospital weighing 10lb on July 30, has so much he has been nicknamed ‘Baby Bear’.  Yesterday his mother Chelsea Noon, 32, a hairdresser, from Brighton, said: ‘He came out with loads of hair. I didn’t realise how much until he had his first bath. Her other sons, Mitchell, six, and Preston, four, did not share Junior’s hairiness at birth."




Groom's wedding ring flies off his finger and into a lake while he dances with his mother - just THREE HOURS after he and his bride say 'I do': "An unlucky groom may have broken the record for shortest time to lose a wedding ring after it fell into a lake just three hours after the ceremony. Jim Rekrut, 35, and his mom Michelle, 62, were performing a mother and son dance at the reception of his wedding to Brittney, 30, when the matrimonial mishap occurred. Jim's sister Kate filmed the pair as they waltzed around the Earlyhouse in Louisa, Virginia, and the groom span his mother around. After the second spin, the wedding band is pushed off Jim's hand bouncing off the bridge and into the lake below as the whole party look shell-shocked. Jim said: 'I didn't really realise anything happened until I saw my mum looking at the ground and saw something roll into the water.  Sadly, Jim's ring has still not yet been recovered.




Would you wear an INFLATABLE bike helmet? Airbag is six times better at absorbing impacts than foam:  "Inflatable cycle helmets borrow their concept from the airbags used in cars. The airbag itself is rolled up inside a collar along with a canister of compressed air. A computer inside the collar uses an algorithm and motion detectors to work out when a cyclist moves in a sudden and unusual way that indicates an accident. The airbag is then inflated within a fraction of a second so that it envelopes the rider's head. A team at Stanford University is crash testing the helmets to measure the level of protection they provide against standard foam helmets. They claim that inflatable helmets are up to six times more effective than the foam alternatives. 




Meet the world’s biggest sailing superyacht! It’s got three massive masts and needs a tug to get out of port<>/a>:  "It was virtually impossible to miss the world's largest sailing superyacht as it took to the sea for a test run today - thanks in large part to its three mammoth 300ft masts which stand taller than Big Ben's tower. The 468ft-long vessel, owned by Russian billionaire Andrey Igorevich Melnichenko, was reportedly pulled out of the German Naval Yard in Kiel, north of Hamburg, by a tugboat and eventually built up a speed of 20 knots. But the superyacht, worth an estimated $450million (£313million), was not able to realise its full potential because the three huge sails have not yet been unveiled. They are expected to be tested at some point in the next week. Sailing Yacht A boasts eight floors - with a helicopter pad on one of the decks - and an underwater observation room"



College student gains viral fame after fooling peers by wearing a SHOELACE in place of a choker:  "An Oklahoma student is becoming an online sensation after tricking people into thinking she was sporting a fashionable choker, when it was actually a shoelace. Katie Rosebrook is one of many women who love the look of a good choker, but are less than willing to fork over the cash for one. So, after joking around with some friends on the topic, the crafty college student decided to get creative and make her own. Grabbing a set of shoelaces out of her Nike shoes, Katie took one and wrapped it around her neck twice before tying the ends in a bow. Reckoning that she was pulling off the unique look fairly well, Katie took it out for a spin on a night out to several bars. To her surprise, and amusement, the slapdash accessory was a big hit. And what was even more startling is that only one person seemed to notice that she was just wearing a plain black shoelace"


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4 October, 2016

Wisdom from people in the news

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?

Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever," --Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." --Mariah Carey

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life," -- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"
--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country," --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," -- A congressional candidate in Texas .

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.." -- Al Gore, Vice President

"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix ." -- Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" --Lee Iacocca

"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein." --Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." -- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." --Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas."  -- Keppel Enderbery, Government minister

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed, and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." --Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

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Odd news from around the world



Painting written off as copy reassessed as £20m Raphael:  "The National Trust for Scotland has discovered in one of its stately homes a painting that art historians believe is likely to be a work by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. The painting, a Madonna composition, had been obscured by discoloured varnish and was attributed to a minor hand. Its potential as a work of one of the giants of art history, as revered as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, was initially spotted by the historian Bendor Grosvenor. The picture has been dated to between 1505 and 1510. By 1899 its valuation as a copy was just £20 – equivalent to about £2,000 in present-day prices. As a Raphael, its value on today’s market would be around £20m. Grosvenor was visiting Haddo House, the National Trust’s 18th-century stately home in Aberdeenshire, to examine some other paintings for a new BBC series when he was struck by a picture tucked away in a corner, high up over a door"




Video shows a 'doctor' puncturing a patient's forehead in medieval bloodletting treatment... for HEADACHES:  "A bizarre video has emerged of a man receiving medieval style treatment to drain his head of blood. According to reports, the procedure can be used to treat headaches in traditional Chinese medicine. But while the treatment has existed for hundreds of years, the video, which is believed to have been filmed in China, has shocked viewers on the country's social media websites. In the footage, the man can be seen smiling and joking with a band wrapped around his neck. Another person, who appears to be the doctor, is then seen touching his forehead before puncturing it with what appears to be a tube or a needle. As soon as the puncture was made, the blood came pouring out of his head into a bucket"




Wise mother teaches empathy: "Video purports to show a mother shaving her daughter's hair in punishment for bullying a bald cancer patient.  The girl, sitting in a bath, screams and covers her eyes as the older woman shaves off large clumps of hair and throws them on the floor.  The blonde-haired woman speaks calmly as she runs the electric razor up and down her daughter's head.  The footage went viral on social media with the caption, 'This girl bullied another girl at her school who has cancer so her mum decided to shave her head'. The mother and daughter are speaking Portuguese, although it is not known in what country the footage was filmed"




Why you should NEVER make a toast: Tatler's new etiquette guide claims that giving speeches ruins parties:  "Very few of us will admit that we actually enjoy making speeches with the task leaving best men across the nation in a sweat. However, according to Tatler, it isn't just the speech maker that would prefer to avoid the tradition. In the November edition of the society bible the magazine describes the process as a 'vibe kill' claiming that 'boring speeches' and 'cheesy toasts' ought to be avoided at all costs.  Tatler says: 'It is anti-conversation. We are virtually completely virtual anyway... we desperately need to practice normal human interaction.' The magazine argues further that making a speech can actually ruin any potential romantic relationships with your dinner guests."




How birds avoid mid-air collisions: Study finds they always veer right:  "In a new study, researchers in Australia investigated the ways in which pairs of budgerigars avoid collisions when flying head-on, revealing the birds always veer right to prevent a crash. In the study, the researchers observed 102 flights of 10 male budgies - but not one collision occurred.  High-speed footage of the interactions showed that the birds always veer right, allowing them to avoid a crash. And, they occasionally adjusted their altitude as well. The team from the University of Queensland observed the flight paths of numerous pairs of ‘budgies’ released at opposite ends of a tunnel. Each of the 10 male birds was trained to fly along the tunnel, but until the experiment, never encountered another bird in this setting.


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3 October, 2016

Why we love the ladies



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Scientists testing HIV cure report 'remarkable' progress after patient breakthrough:  "UK scientists and clinicians working on a groundbreaking trial to test a possible cure for HIV infection say they have made remarkable progress after a test patient showed no sign of the virus following treatment. The research, being carried out by five of Britain’s top universities with NHS support, is combining standard antiretroviral drugs with a drug that reactivates dormant HIV and a vaccine that induces the immune system to destroy the infected cells. Antiretoviral drugs alone are highly effective at stopping the virus from reproducing but do not eradicate the disease, so must be taken for life. Fifty patients are taking part in the trial and early tests on the first person to complete the treatment show no signs of the virus in his blood, the Sunday Times reported. There is still a long way to go before the treatment can be deemed a success as the virus has previously re-emerged in people thought to have been “cured”




A Three-Year-Old  Has Become An Overnight millionaire:  "A New Zealand toddler has become a millionaire after scooping the top prize in a Bonus Bonds monthly draw. The three-year-old is now NZ$1,000,000 better off thanks to a modest NZ$250 investment made by his uncle when he was born. “My husband was literally pumping the air when he was on the phone,” the boy’s mother, from Christchurch, told the New Zealand Herald. “We always thought our boy was really special, he was born on Christmas Day, which is quite unique. And now he’s the youngest Bonus Bonds winner to date.”




Batty Greenie bureaucracy:  "They're the bizarre wire-mesh structures popping up across new roads around Britain that have puzzled many passing motorists. Designed to help bats overcome their reluctance to fly across roads, the ‘bat bridges’ are being erected at a cost of £2 million to the taxpayer. There’s just one snag – they don’t actually work.  In fact, a study by experts last year showed they are virtually useless. Yet Government and council chiefs are continuing to build the bridges at a cost of more than £140,000 a time. The gantries, suspended between telegraph poles, are supposed to help bats navigate safely across the highways when migrating or searching for water sources. Seven are going up in Norwich soon, and highways chiefs say that despite the findings of the Government-commissioned survey, their approach remains the same. A bat expert who wrote the report branded the move ‘box-ticking for the sake of it’"




Shocking moment a black woman stands on water's edge with her dog and taunts an oncoming croc with her THONG :  "This is the shocking moment a woman standing on the water's edge tries to scare off an oncoming crocodile armed with her sandal and flanked by a tiny pet dog. It was taken at Cahill's Crossing in Kakadu National Park, a notorious stretch of crocodile-infested water in Australia's Northern Territory.  The woman can be heard shouting 'come on!' as she whacks her sandal - before roaring with laughter and then turning her back on the enormous apex predator.  Local crocodile enthusiast Lyndon Anlezark, who was filming the confrontation from a safe viewing spot above, said the woman was lucky to escape with her life"




Forget the wheel clamp, security firm reveals stick on 'Barnacle' that blocks the entire windscreen:  "A fine isn't the only thing motorists worry about when they see a boot on their car-how much time it will take to remove the clamp is also a concern. Now, New York-based Ideas That Stick has created a new device that can be easily removed by motorists after paying parking tickets over the phone. Called ‘Barnacle’, this plastic sheet obstructs the driver’s view by attaching to the windshield with commercial grade suction cups and can only be removed by a code put into the integrated key pad.  A built-in anti-tamper alarm will sound and will notify authorities if someone attempts to remove it. Drivers use the Barnacle’s ‘Pay and Remove’ system, which allows them to call and pay over the phone with a credit card, remove the device and return it to a drop off location within 24 hours"



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2 October, 2016

A clever idea



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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world



Man has his big TOE sewn onto his hand after losing his thumb: "A man who heard every bone in his hands break when they were crushed in a roller during a life-changing accident at work has replaced his thumb with his big toe. Western Australian Dean Reid lost both his ring fingers and had his big toe replace his right thumb after a horrific accident at work, which resulted in multiple surgeries in an attempt to restore function to his hands. Mr Reid said he could feel every bone in his hands break during the sickening accident that occurred when Mr Reid was working as a trainee line operator in May last year. 'One second, everything was normal and the next, my hands were getting sucked into the rollers,' he told WAtoday. 'I could feel every bone break, every finger getting crushed and I couldn't get my hands out. 'It was terrifying. I knew straight away how bad it was,' Mr Reid said. The incident is now subject to a Workplace Health and Safety investigation after Ms James revealed the safety features of the roller were not working"




'I am a model. FULL STOP': Model hits out at fashion houses who insist on calling her 'plus size':  "Australian model who made headlines for asking fashion houses to stop labelling models 'plus size' continues to find herself fighting against being labelled by her size. Stefania Ferrario, from Melbourne, found herself taking a stance last year when she posted an image of herself with the statement 'I am a model.' written across her abdomen. The 23-year-old who is the front woman of #DropThePlus movement says those who claim certain models are 'plus size' imply they are 'bigger than normal,' reported Broadly. The young model also noted that although some people in her industry might find the word empowering she believes it's the meaning expressed to the public that needs to be changed.  'I think certain labels do have a negative impact and it's easier to completely get rid of a word than to try to change its connotational meaning,' Ferrario said.




Women are selling their 'lovingly used' lingerie online - for up to $5000 for a single pair:  "Women are selling their used underwear to male customers for thousands of pounds online. The market may seem niche but it has proven to be very lucrative with women earning up to $5,000 (£3,850) for a single pair. Alex Matthews Co-founder of the company says told the Independent that a buyer did once pay the top price for a pair of pants that were worn for three weeks straight. Sofia Gray may be an American site but the trend is seeing interest in the UK too with students opting to sell their used pants online to raise extra cash.  Speaking on condition of anonymity, a 21-year-old from Hampshire told Save the Student that she signed up to an underwear trading website, which had a £15 monthly fee. The young woman said that she managed to make £100 a month by selling just one or two items a week. With sending such intimate items in the post, the girl said she was always careful to never include any personal information"




Rainbow in the red centre: Tourguide captures rare phenomenon of glorious double arcs over Uluru:  "A tour guide who braved heavy rains to behold a sunset in Uluru was treated to a breathtaking double rainbow over the towering landmark. Stunning snapshots from Thomas Nixon show the glorious double arcs soaring high above the 1,142-foot high sacred site. Mr Nixon, who works as a tour guide in Australia’s red-centre, said: ‘the moment was a pretty special one.’ Uluru - also known as Ayers Rock - is pivotal to aboriginal culture and an icon of central Australia.  Double rainbows are a rare phenomenon caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops. The colours of the second, fainter rainbow are inverted, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The second rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky"




in Dubai:  "After months of anticipation, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were finally unveiled at the beginning of September. While many people couldn't wait to get their hands on the phone to try out the new dual-lens camera, or test the waterproof function, one man had another idea in mind. A YouTube vlogger has thrown his £719 ($749) iPhone Plus off the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest building - in Dubai, and unsurprisingly, it didn't survive.  Tech Rax, a Ukrainian YouTuber, 'specializes in smashing technology for your pleasure', according to his Twitter bio.  Having thrown the phone, TechRax then used the 'Find my iPhone' function to try to locate his device. Unsurprisingly, the phone appears to be offline - presumably because the fall completely destroyed it"



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1 October, 2016

What will she be like when she is 60?



A woman's breasts tend to enlarge as she gets older

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world



Golfer struggles to hole out as he is harassed by two angry birds who think his ball is one of THEIR eggs:  "Of all the distractions one might face on a golf course, a couple of angry birds isn't typically one of them. But for a man trying to hole out at Singapore’s Orchid Country Club, that's exactly what happened, as two agitated birds refused to stop harassing him. It appears the two had become confused and mistaken the golf ball for one of their eggs, and were suddenly very protective of it. Video taken by a friend that appeared on the website Live Leak this week shows the frustrated golfer try to gently shoo the birds away with his club. However they are not having any of it. The birds can be seen circling the ball and trying to protect it, and lash out at the man as the tries to approach. By the time the one-minute clip finishes, the man is no closer to getting that ball in the hole"




War on cakes in Britain:  "Restaurants, pubs and cafés face being 'named and shamed' if they offer indulgent puddings, under government plans to tackle obesity. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told companies they must be part of efforts to reduce the nation's waistline because eating out 'is no longer a treat'. But the idea has proved hard to digest for many members of the public - with complaints that Mr Hunt may try to impose a 'tax on sunsets' next. Mr Hunt wants to encourage chain restaurants, takeaways and fast food retailers, to cut sugar and reduce the size of desserts, cakes and pastries. Consumers will be able to check the companies' efforts on a website, so they can see which ones are putting their waistlines at risk. It comes as food producers are being asked to cut sugar in key products by 20 per cent over the next five years. In a private meeting Mr Hunt told 100 food companies that 'doing nothing was not an option', according to The Times"




Senior cit, 79, spends three years building an exact replica of an 1870s steam engine from just one surviving photo of the original : "A 5,000-hour workload would probably be enough to deter most from a past time - but a 79-year-old train fanatic has gone full steam ahead with constructing an exact replica of an 1870s locomotive. David Young spent three years painstakingly recreating steam engine Samson with the help of just one surviving photo. The train, which is based on the original 1874 narrow gauge engine, was built at Beamish Museum, in County Durham.  Mr Young, a retired safety engineer of Fatfield, near Sunderland, said: 'I was never a hands-on mechanic, I was more an engineer sat behind a desk. This is basically a hobby gone mad.  'I'm from a generation where if you wanted things you had to make it.' The steam locomotive worked on the tramway to Cornish Hush mine in Weardale. It was responsible for transporting lead ore from the lead mine to the crushing plant where it was processed.




Big bird steals shade from beach goers in Australia:  "A cassowary bird has been photographed sitting under a beach umbrella and blanket, forcing beach goers to give up their prime position. The pictures, captured by Jennifer Rinaldo, show the endangered bird casually taking over the picnic site at Etty Bay beach, in far North Queensland. Two young mothers had set up the beach blanket and umbrella with their small children. When the women noticed the bird approaching the quickly grabbed their kids and moved out of his way. The cassowary ended up taking over their set up, enjoying their picnic and the beautiful view. Ms Rinaldo said: 'cassowaries are an endangered species that should be respected and protected by locals and tourists.'




Woman sues clinic after finding a 'huge' surgical instrument stuck inside her:  "A California woman who was left with a 'huge' surgical instrument stuck inside her is suing the clinic who carried out the operation. Michelle Doig-Collins, from Rancho Santa Margarita, near Los Angeles,  has filed a lawsuit against The Surgery Center after surgeons allegedly left the probe in her vagina during a routine procedure in April.  She had been suffering from a lot of pain before the operation but she was surprised that after the surgery she actually started feeling worse. Mrs Doig-Collins took antibiotics but nothing helped and matters came to a head on July 3 when she collapsed in agony on the floor of the restroom. Her husband Eddie rushed her to the emergency room and an X-ray finally gave an explanation for the pain. Mrs Doig-Collins, who has three children, said: 'I had this thing in me for 11 weeks.' Her attorney Jeff Greenman, who is an expert in medical malpractice, told CBS: 'How did no one see this?



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