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Postby lo&m » Thu Mar 06, 2008 6:28 pm

As a gift, a little service for y'all, I'm going to use this thread to post a news story most weekdays. It will be a minor, quirky item that might raise a smile but probably wont be important enough to make the TV news.
Unless indicated, all stories will be taken from Orange, Metro, Daily Telegraph or BBC news.
There's no need to post a reply if you dont want to. Just click on, read the story and click off. Although, by all means, leave a comment if you want to. Here's the first one.




Police warned schools about hoax drug

Police have apologised after warning schools of the dangers of a non-existent drug, in an incident reminiscent of a TV spoof.

Thames Valley Police received an email warning about 'strawberry meth', a fruit-flavoured version of methamphetamine, reportedly being handed out to pupils outside school gates.

An officer forwarded the email to schools in west Oxfordshire. Schools sent letters to parents and even held special assemblies warning of the danger of strawberry meth.

However, both the police and the schools were left red-faced after it emerged that no such drug exists, reports the Daily Telegraph.

It's reminiscent of a spoof by Channel 4 comedy Brass Eye about a drug called "Cake" which was purportedly sweeping the nation.

David Amess, Conservative MP for Basildon, even asked a question in Parliament on the topic, unaware that the drug was entirely fictional.

In response to the "strawberry meth" hoax, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "We would like to apologise for any unnecessary concern that we may have caused to schools or parents by sending this warning out about a drug that proved to be a hoax."

The hoax, which has been circulating on the internet for some months, is believed to have originated in America before making its electronic way across the Atlantic.
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Postby lo&m » Fri Mar 07, 2008 3:37 pm

Slow burner

A 101-year-old Italian man is to marry his 98-year-old girlfriend after a courtship of more than half a century.

Retired gynaecologist Giuseppe Rebaudi is to marry long time girlfriend Silvie Basain, who he started seeing in 1952, next month.

French-born Silvie said: "We just need to get a certificate from the French embassy that I have not been married before and am single."

She said her only worry was that they might be rushing things: "We have only been together for 50 years - that may be a bit quick but then again you are only young once."

The ceremony will take place at their home in Bordighera, in the north-west of Italy.
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Postby Dixie » Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:29 pm

:lol:

The first one reminds of the Monty Python sketch abourt Mice and Cheese parties

Linkman But perhaps this is because so little is generally known of these mice men. We have some film now taken of one of the notorious weekend mouse parties, where these disgusting little perverts meet.
Cut to exterior house (night). The blinds are drawn so that only shadows of enormous mice can be seen, holding slices of cheese and squeaking.
Linkman's Voice Mr A tells us what actually goes on at these mouse parties.
Cut to Mr A.
Mr A Well first of all you get shown to your own private hole in the skirting board... then you put the mouse skin on... then you scurry into the main room, and perhaps take a run in the wheel.
Linkman The remainder of this film was taken secretly at one of these mouse parties by a BBC cameraman posing as a vole. As usual we apologize for the poor quality of the film.
Very, poor quality film, shadowy shapes, the odd mouse glimpsed.
Mr A's Voice Well, er, then you steal some cheese, Brie or Camembert, or Cheddar or Gouda, if you're on the harder stuff. You might go and see one of the blue cheese films... there's a big clock in the middle of the room, and about 12:50 you climb up it and then ...eventually, it strikes one... and you all run down.
Cut to a large matron with apron and cawing knife.
Linkman's Voice And what's that?
Mr A's Voice That's the farmer's wife.
Cut to the linkman at desk.
Linkman Perhaps we need to know more of these mice men before we can really judge them. Perhaps not. Anyway, our thirty minutes are up.
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Postby lo&m » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:28 pm

World's longest ear hair

An Indian grocer has made it into the record books - for having the longest ear hair in the world.

Radhakant Bajpai, 50, has tufts of hair sprouting to an incredible 5.2in at their longest point, reports The Sun.

The astonishing length was confirmed for the Guinness Book of Records by medical examiner Dr R P Gupta.

Together, Bajpai's ear tufts measure almost 9.8in - long enough for two small ponytails.

He uses a special shampoo and has stopped wearing rings and necklaces so he does not damage his luxuriant whiskers.

Mr Bajpai, of Naya Ganj in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, said he wished people would take it all more seriously.

"Making it to Guinness World Records is indeed a special occasion for me and my family. God has been very kind to me," he said.
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Postby Gina » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:55 pm

Dixie wrote::lol:

The first one reminds of the Monty Python sketch abourt Mice and Cheese parties

Linkman But perhaps this is because so little is generally known of these mice men. We have some film now taken of one of the notorious weekend mouse parties, where these disgusting little perverts meet.
Cut to exterior house (night). The blinds are drawn so that only shadows of enormous mice can be seen, holding slices of cheese and squeaking.
Linkman's Voice Mr A tells us what actually goes on at these mouse parties.
Cut to Mr A.
Mr A Well first of all you get shown to your own private hole in the skirting board... then you put the mouse skin on... then you scurry into the main room, and perhaps take a run in the wheel.
Linkman The remainder of this film was taken secretly at one of these mouse parties by a BBC cameraman posing as a vole. As usual we apologize for the poor quality of the film.
Very, poor quality film, shadowy shapes, the odd mouse glimpsed.
Mr A's Voice Well, er, then you steal some cheese, Brie or Camembert, or Cheddar or Gouda, if you're on the harder stuff. You might go and see one of the blue cheese films... there's a big clock in the middle of the room, and about 12:50 you climb up it and then ...eventually, it strikes one... and you all run down.
Cut to a large matron with apron and cawing knife.
Linkman's Voice And what's that?
Mr A's Voice That's the farmer's wife.
Cut to the linkman at desk.
Linkman Perhaps we need to know more of these mice men before we can really judge them. Perhaps not. Anyway, our thirty minutes are up.


Yeah, I remember that sketch! :lol: Good one...
Well I never seem to do it like anybody else...

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Postby lo&m » Tue Mar 11, 2008 4:22 pm

Fast food attack on go slow doctor

An Austrian doctor lodged a complaint after a lorry driver threw a cheeseburger at him for driving too slowly.

But police told Hannes Kohl, from Vienna, that burger throwing was not an offence.

He was hit on the head by the cheese burger thrown by an overtaking lorry driver through his open car window.

Dr Kohl, who was on his way to a medical congress in the Czech Republic, said: "I was going slowly but that was no excuse for this outrageous attack.

"I complained to the police but they told me it was not an offence to throw a burger at someone, and my insurance company also refused to pay up even though there was melted cheese and ketchup on my suit and all over my car."
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Postby lo&m » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:47 pm

Man hired stripper for dad's funeral

A Taiwanese man hired an erotic dancer to perform at his 103-year-old father's funeral.
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The stripper danced in front of Cai Jinlai's coffin for more than ten minutes at the funeral in Taizhong town.

Son, Cai Ruigong, paid her more than £80 to dance in memory of his late father, reports United Daily News.

Cai Ruigong says he promised his father a stripper for his funeral if he lived beyond the age of 100.

Cai Jinlai passed away at the age of 103 after a three mile walk into town to vote. He was the oldest person in his village and had more than 100 descendants.

His son said his father was famous locally for his interest in strip clubs: "He would travel around the island with his friends to see these shows," he added.
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Postby lo&m » Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:39 pm

Dolphin rescues stranded whales

A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand.

Conservation officer Malcolm Smith and volunteers had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea.

The pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, reports the BBC.

But then the dolphin appeared, communicated with the whales, and led them to safety.

The bottlenose dolphin, called Moko by local residents, is well known for playing with swimmers off Mahia beach on the east coast of the North Island.

Mr Smith said: "I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea."

Mr Smith said he felt fortunate to have witnessed the rescue, and was delighted for the whales, as in the past he has had to put down animals which have become beached.

The whales had not been seen since, but the dolphin had returned to its usual practice of playing with swimmers in the bay.

"I shouldn't do this I know, we are meant to remain scientific," Mr Smith said, "but I actually went into the water with the dolphin and gave it a pat afterwards because she really did save the day."
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Postby lo&m » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:37 pm

New glasses can find lost car keys

Scientists have invented a pair of glasses that will help you remember where you put your car keys.

The Smart Goggle records everything the wearer sees - and can recognise objects, reports the Daily Telegraph.

So you can tell the glasses what you're looking for and the technology will show you when, and where, you last saw it.

Inventor Yasuo Kuniyoshi and his team at Tokyo University School of Information Science and Technology have created the world's most advanced object recognition software.

If a user initially tells the glasses the name of everything he or she looks at, the glasses will remember.

They can then locate the last time the object was seen if it is misplaced, and replay the footage.

In the future, the glasses will be more intelligent than the wearer, able to identify objects their owner doesn't even recognise.

The experimental model is too large for everyday use, but Prof Kuniyoshi's team is working on miniaturising it.

In theory, the only question that the glasses will not be able to answer is: "Where have I put my glasses?".
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Postby lo&m » Mon Mar 17, 2008 4:55 pm

Birthday girl's lucky escape

A Belarus woman survived being run over by a 90mph train after she fell asleep between the tracks after celebrating her birthday.

Svetlana Yurkova, 32, said: "I'd had a few drinks and felt sleepy and just lay down on what I thought was the ground.

"It felt very comfortable, but I later found out it was between two rail tracks and an express train went over me during the night. I didn't even hear it.

"The doctors said it was a good job I was so hard asleep because otherwise I would have woken up with the sound of the train and got my head knocked off."

Emergency services were called by people who saw the train travel over her in Brest in the south west of Belarus and were convinced she was dead.
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Postby lo&m » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:43 am

The £100,000 cornflake

Bidding for a cornflake resembling the US state of Illinois has reached more than £100,000 on eBay.
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Two sisters listed 'The Great Illinois Corn Flake' on the auction site, promising it had undergone no cosmetic alterations.

Emily McIntire, a 15-year-old in high school from Chesapeake, Virginia, said she was grabbing fistfuls of cereal on her way to class when she found the flake.

"It was almost to my mouth, it didn't look like Illinois at first because it was held the wrong way," she said.

But then she noticed the resemblance and said: "Oh my goodness, it's Illinois."

Her 23-year-old sister, Melissa, said their parents suggested selling it for fun. They're offering free shipping, providing the buyer is in Illinois.

"At the moment it's residing in a fine jewellery box with a lot of cotton wrapped around it to keep it safe," said Melissa.

The McIntire sisters say they've decided to use the proceeds from the eBay sale to buy more boxes of Frosted Flakes.

"We've got to replace the one we've already sold," Melissa said. "We like cereal."
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Postby lo&m » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:19 pm

Major disappointment...

A Chinese 'army major' who dated a string of girls and cheated them out of £16,000 has allegedly been exposed as a con artist - and a woman.

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Police say Li Xu, from Anxian town, Sichuan province, had been disguising herself as an army officer for two years.

She was arrested after Liu Lian, of Datong city, Shanxi province, reported she had been cheated out of £11,000 by an army major named Li Zhanyu who she had met on the internet.

Li had described himself as a university-educated army major, reports Oriental Today.

Liu Lian said: "He said he wanted to date my daughter, but first needed money to break up with his current girlfriend. He also promised to find my daughter a good job."

But, after Liu wired the money, Li disappeared from her life.

Police caught up with him at an internet cafe in Kaifeng city. He reportedly told arresting officers: "You'll regret this. You'll pay for this. I'll call the leaders of the National Public Security Department."

Police thought he was a conman at this stage but their suspicions grew during questioning as they noticed his high-pitched voice and fair complexion.

A check-up by female police revealed Li to be a 25-year-old woman. She confessed she had cheated another two women with the same marriage con.

Li has been transferred to police in Shanxi province where she faces charges.
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Postby lo&m » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:20 pm

As it's Easter, a timely health warning is in order, dont you think ?

Health warning against crucifixion

The Philippines government has issued an Easter public heath warning - on the dangers of crucifixion.

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Thousands of worshippers in the Philippines will this week practice crucifixion and self flagellation to show their faith.

The government is encouraging them to get a tetanus shot first and be sure to use a clean whip or nails, reports the Daily Telegraph.

"We are not trying to go against the Lenten tradition here because whipping has somewhat already become some form of atonement for sins for some of us," Health Secretary Francisco Duque the 3rd said.

"Getting deep cut wounds during whippings or lashings is inevitable and being so exposed during the course of the penitence, with all the heat and dust blowing in the wind, welcomes all sorts of infections and bacteria like tetanus."

In San Fernando City 23 people, including two women, have signed up to re-enact the crucifixion at three improvised Golgothas. Four of them will use real nails.

The festival is sponsored by Coca-cola and a company called Smart Telecommunications.

Penitents are encouraged to "bring enough drinking water for the whole course of the pilgrimage to avoid dehydration, rather than buy bottled drinking water from unfamiliar sources."

And tourists and spectators are warned: "It is also better to bring self-prepared foods such as sandwiches, not only to save money, but also to avoid getting diseases such as diarrhoea, hepatitis A, and typhoid after eating food bought from street vendors."
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Postby lo&m » Tue Mar 25, 2008 5:10 pm

Radioactive cat mistaken for bomb

A US driver was stopped on suspicion of being a terrorist after his radioactive cat was mistaken for a bomb.

Anti-terror cops using specialist radiation detectors on motorway traffic flagged down the man.

But a search of his car revealed only his cat who had undergone radiotherapy for cancer three days earlier.

Deputy chief border agent Joe Giuliano revealed details of the incident to a meeting of San Juan Islanders, reports the Seattle Times.

"Vehicle goes by at 70mph," he said. "Agent is in the median, a good 80 feet away from the traffic. Signal went off and identified an isotope."

The agent raced after the car, pulling it over not far from the monitoring spot. The agent questioned the driver, then searched the car.

"Turned out to be a cat with cancer that had undergone a radiological treatment three days earlier," Giuliano said.

"That's the type of technology we have that's going on in the background. You don't see it. If I hadn't told you about it, you'd never know it was there."
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Postby lo&m » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:04 pm

Why the long face?

A Hawaiian hospital has reviewed its rules on pets after a man took a horse up in a lift to cheer up a sick relative.

Man and beast were stopped by security guards only after reaching the third floor, after apparently passing through the lobby unchallenged.

The patient was allowed to see them - but after all that it turned out to be the wrong horse, reports the BBC.

A hospital spokeswoman said there was a visitation policy for dogs and cats, but not for horses.

"We just hope people understand this is not a place for a horse," said Lani Yukimura at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

"It's a very dangerous thing. Our greatest concern is patient care."

Security managed to remove the visitor and the horse with "just a few scuff marks", she added.

According to the Star Bulletin newspaper, the man had arrived after staff at the front desk went home, and called from the lobby to announce his arrival.

After he and the horse were escorted out, he put the animal in a trailer in the car park and left, the paper adds.
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