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  • “Desperate to Marry” Saudi Woman Offers SR5 Million to Find Mr. Right

    04/18/2012 3:43:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Pilot Africa ^ | Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
    How much will you pay to land Mr. Right? For this Saudi woman, the answer is SR5 million (the equivalent of N208 million). Weird? Yes, but we are talking true love here – can we really put a price on that? The Saudi woman put the attractive advertisement in the local magazine, Roa, calling on all marriage-ready applicants to write in via email or fax. The announcement neither mentioned the woman’s name, age or whereabouts and the millions do come with strings attached. She will only reveal the conditions in person, however, the ad explains. “Applicants should provide their contact...
  • Cops: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Took Swan Boat, Capsized it in Lake Eola

    04/18/2012 3:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2012 | Amy Pavuk
    Three members of The Dave Matthews Tribute Band were arrested over the weekend on charges that they commandeered a swan boat on Lake Eola and accidentally capsized the watercraft, Orlando police reported Monday. Carlton Neil Newcomb, Ryan Michael Clifford and Derryck Christopher Gleaton were arrested at about 2 a.m. Saturday after officers responded to the lake. A police report said the boat had capsized, and Clifford and Newcomb were trying to get it back upright again. An officer ended up giving the men a rope to secure the boat to another boat, which was tied to the dock. SNIP Each...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • Drake's Profanity-Laced 'Re-Bar Mitzvha' Video Stirs Controversy

    04/17/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    JTA ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012
    Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel’s bimah than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song’s lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue's president said he hoped the video would help Jewish youth connect to Judaism. The video, parts of which were filmed in the Miami shul’s sanctuary, purports to depict Drake’s “re-bar mitzvah,” showing the Jewish rapper reading from what appears to be a Torah. But the accompanying song, "HYFR" (Hell Yeah F***ing Right), has nothing to do with a...
  • IRS, Brain Dead Stupidity... HELP ME!

    04/17/2012 1:24:52 PM PDT · by Desron13 · 13 replies
    Vanity ^ | 04/17/12 | Desron13
  • Baby With ‘Six Legs’ Brought to NICH

    04/17/2012 1:15:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Dawn ^ | 4/16/2012 | Mukhtar Alam
    A baby boy, now four days old, born with extra limbs on his lower abdomen at a government hospital in Sukkur was on Monday brought to the National Institute of Child Health, where senior doctors described him a rare and complicated case. “Contrary to popular belief the baby does not have six legs,” said NICH director Prof Jamal Raza, explaining that the infant was a parasitic twin. “One of the twins is living, while the other has become parasitic. The infant is all right and has been admitted to the intensive care unit of the NICH, but the removal of...
  • Rugby Player Says He is Happier Since Stroke 'Turned Him Gay'

    04/17/2012 12:54:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2012
    A year ago, Chris Birch, 26, was a 19st beer-swilling athlete from the Welsh valleys who loved motorbikes and was engaged to marry his girlfriend at the time. However, after suffering a stroke, he woke up to realise that he was no longer attracted to women. He has since slimmed down, quit his job in a bank to become a hairdresser and is engaged to another man. Reflecting on the dramatic change, Mr Birch, from Caerphilly, told the BBC: “The Chris I knew had gone and a new Chris sort of came along. I came to the realisation that the...
  • Barking man cited for noise violation

    04/17/2012 10:52:36 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies ^ | April 16, 2012
    Officers cited a man for violating the county’s daytime noise violation Sunday afternoon after people complained he was cursing and barking like a dog in his yard in the 100 block of Brentwood Drive, Athens-Clarke police said. The ordinance forbids noise in residential areas that can be heard more than 300 feet away, and the officer noted in the report he marked a distance of 320 feet from the spot where he heard the man, police said. The 35-year-old man denied that he was yelling, and told the officer some people call him “the holy lamb of God,” according to...
  • Best Earth Day Events in LA

    04/17/2012 9:11:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | April 15, 2012 9:04 AM
    Celebrate the place that we all call home on April 22nd for Earth Day. Help make the Earth a better place by participating in a clean-up, interact with endangered species, or get educated on how to help our Earth. It’s more important than ever to become educated on the challenges our Earth faces, with the unprecedented environmental changes we are all currently facing.
  • Swedish Gang Member in Garden Gnome Drug Bust

    04/16/2012 10:24:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Apr 12
    A 26-year-old man with ties to a Hells Angels branch in central Sweden was sentenced to prison Wednesday after being fund guilty of selling large quantities of synthetic drugs imported from China and hidden inside garden gnomes. The man was apprehended by police on the outskirts of Eskilstuna when he was transporting the drugged-up gnomes to various suppliers, reported the local Eskilstuna-Kuriren newspaper. According to the paper, police believe the man has connections to the local branch of infamous Hells Angels, one of Sweden's most feared motorcycle gangs. The drugs, allegedly the synthetic substances MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and Methylone, amphetamine-like and...
  • George the goldfish develops Hitler moustache

    04/16/2012 8:21:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies ^ | 15 April 2012 | Tariq Tahir
    Meet George the goldfish who has recently come to resemble the infamous Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. His owner swears he raises a fin towards her as she walks into the room. The five-year-old has already seen off two other fish and has a liking for vegetarian-only food, just like the Führer. ‘George’s colour has changed a lot over the years, he was originally brown,’ said his owner Deborah Cochrane from Belfast. ‘But he has stayed a glorious orange over the past year or two and that’s when the moustache developed. ‘He refuses to eat fish food. He will only eat...
  • NH Town Solves Mystery of Old Safe's Contents

    04/15/2012 8:59:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lynne Tuohy
    Milton is a small New Hampshire town that knows how to safeguard its secrets -- namely by losing the combination to one very large safe. No one's quite sure when the safe was last opened, but the town's administrator and selectmen were determined to end the mystery of its contents. So they hired a safecracker, Seacoast Lock and Safe owner Paul Letourneau. Letourneau says it took him three hours Thursday to drill through and reset the combination of the safe. "On a scale of 1-10, it was probably a seven," Letourneau said. The safe was immediately closed and relocked so...
  • Palm Beach County's Infamous Teen 'Cookie Monster' Thief Charged With Violating Probation in Broward

    04/15/2012 8:33:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, April 6, 2012 | ALEXANDRA SELTZER
    The infamous "cookie monster," now 22 and a brunette, found herself in a familiar place this week: Behind bars. Stefanie Woods, who has been staying with her parents in their Parkland home, was arrested Thursday by Broward County Sheriff's deputies on a felony charge of violating her probation. Woods, previously of suburban Lake Worth, gained national notoriety in 2008 when she and a friend stole $168 from 9-year-old Girl Scout Gracie Smith who was selling cookies outside a Winn-Dixie in suburban Boynton Beach. She was placed on house arrest and probation in 2010 after she pled guilty to kidnapping and...
  • Unrepentant Obituary Deemed ‘Best Ever’

    04/15/2012 1:52:39 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 04-14-12 | Erica Ritz
    Full Title: ‘He Enjoyed Booze, Guns, Cars, and Younger Women Until the Day He Died’: Unrepentant Obituary Deemed ‘Best Ever’ ------------------------------------------------------- Michael “Flathead” Blanchard’s obituary, published in the Denver Post on April 12, bears little resemblance to the standard “in memoriam.” Penned by Blanchard before his death, the obituary notes, among other things, that Blanchard was “weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death.” Rather, he wanted it known that he “died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctor’s orders and raising hell for more than six decades.” “He enjoyed booze, guns, cars, and younger...
  • Sent Home From School - skirt Too Long

    04/15/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values. "Other students come dressed up as hippies or goths and nobody says anything," the girl, Khadija, told the French daily Le Parisien, "but I’m not even allowed to wear a gypsy skirt." "If I had come to school wearing a veil I would have understood their reaction," says Khadija, who is a student at the Edmond-Rostand secondary school at Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône near Paris. On Monday, Khadija was sent home from school for wearing...
  • Stoned Swedish Nurse Ignored Suffering Patient

    04/15/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Apr 12
    A Swedish night shift nurse has been fired from a Gothenburg hospital for being high on cannabis and failing to notice a patient's rapidly deteriorating condition. "You can't be stoned while on the job," Anne Skånberg of the human resources department of Sahlgrenska Hospital told The Local. Staff at the hospital first noticed signs that the nurse, who had worked at the hospital for nearly a decade, may have been drugged after his questionable behavior in response to a patient's worsening condition. The patient had previously been taken from intensive care to the regular ward, but when the patient’s symptoms...
  • Retiring Man Admits He 'Did Nothing for 14 Years'

    04/15/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Apr 12
    A German state employee got one last hurrah when he sent a farewell email to 500 colleagues detailing how he had been paid €745,000 for “doing nothing”. He said he had been “present, but not really there” for the 14 years he had been employed as an engineer at a state surveying office in North Rhine-Westphalia, Die Welt newspaper reported. Parallel structures of the organisation and shuffling around of work constantly left him with an empty in-tray. “I am entering retirement fully prepared,” he wrote in the email, before stating exactly how much he had been paid during his career...
  • Fill in the blank: If Obama had a son ________________

    04/14/2012 10:57:40 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 43 replies
    4/15/2012 | Nunya Biddness
    Fill in the Blank: If Obama had a son ________________
  • Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? (Ambassador's London residence)

    04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house. No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were...
  • Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement

    04/14/2012 12:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists—including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center—claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency. Challenging statements from NASA that man is causing climate change, the former NASA executives demanded in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden that he and the agency “refrain from including unproven remarks” supporting global warming in the media. “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of...