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Posted: Sunday, 27 July 2014 @ 14:28

Commonwealth Games are well underway - The Queen photobombs a selfie and England winning a few gold medals in the first few days. Australia head the medals table but no sign of the United States in the top 10!

A few things we know this week but didn't last week....

  1. Landmines planted on the coasts during the Falklands War accidentally created penguin sanctuaries. The penguins are too light to detonate the mines, so they live and breed safely. The sanctuaries are so popular and profitable that there are efforts to prevent removal of the mines. – [Source].
     
  2. It's possible to charge a Nokia Lumia 930 using 800 apples and potatoes connected with copper wire and nails. [Source].
     
  3. Stallone spent nine days in hospital after Lundgren hit him for real while filming Rocky IV [Source].
     
  4. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to remember not to close the door on the Eagle Lunar Lander, because it had no outside door handle. [Source].
     
  5. Only around 35% of Americans have passports. This figure is an all-time high. [Source].
     
  6. There are no snakes in New Zealand. [Source].
     
  7. Due to their small brains, koalas are unable to perform complex, unfamiliar tasks such as eating leaves off of flat surfaces. [Source].
     

Monday Random Stuff

Posted: Thursday, 24 July 2014 @ 19:50
As a teenager you may have dreamt of finding an older woman, or cougar, but a news story today shows a 9 year old African boy renewing his marriage vows with his 63 year old wife.  They have already been married for a year! The boy claimed a year ago that his dead relatives told him to get married - and he carried out their wishes with a pensioner.  Ironically, her first husband was at the ceremony too - he is 66 years old.  The boy's mother is only 47 and old enough to be his wif...
Many of the bigger ISPs in the UK (such as BT, Sky, VirginMedia, TalkTalk) offer child-friendly filters that can be installed to stop a variety of sites from being accessed by children - including pornography, self harm, politically sensitive sites, terrorism and drug taking. For new customers, they had to explicitly opt-out of the filter, but for existing customers they had to explicitly opt-in.  At present, only 1 in 7 households are using the filters with usage as low as 5% for some ISPs...
Posted: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 @ 13:04
WTF!!?? I really hate snakes - not sure why and not had any bad experiences with them, but jeez they really are creepy animals. I came across this video, a bit old, but this sleeping baby (probably less than 12 months old) is sleeping on a bed and there are four cobras on the same bed rearing up and look to be protecting him. The baby also rolls around a bit and knocks into one of them.. This is so so stupid on so many levels - even though I guess the poison must have been removed from th...
Posted: Monday, 21 July 2014 @ 08:15
Ever been a victim of Rickrolling?  It is basically when you send someone a message with a bait link - to try and get them to click on it.  However the link is through to singer Rick Astley's music video from his 1987 song "never gonna give you up". Up to know the original video has racked up over 71 million views - but the original has now been blocked by YouTube without explanation in several countries across the world including USA. We have found popular version which hasn't yet bee...
Posted: Sunday, 20 July 2014 @ 14:55
It has been quite warm here over the last week (which is rare for the UK), and some incredible thunderstorms over the last few nights.  Skies lit up completely, very loud claps on thunder and then torrential rain.  This is of course nothing compared to many parts of the world, but quite novel when it doesn't happen often where you live! Things we don't do any more Ring the speaking clock Buy Radio Times or TV Times Make mix-tapes Have a phone-book to remember all your friends numbe...
Pope Francis has been quoted as saying "about 2%" of clergy (meaning deacons, priests, bishops etc) in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. Some might be surprised that the figure is this low - but he also said that the abuse of children was like "leprosy" - no shit! There are about 414,000 priests in total around the world making the 2% the Pope estimates as there being 8,000 paedophile priests. Last year Pope Francis strengthened the Vatican's laws against child abuse and earlier this month be...
Posted: Monday, 14 July 2014 @ 14:16
Something similar to this is doing the rounds on reddit - but I first heard this years ago. An old man, in his 90s was having his bi-annual checkup at the doctors. When asked how fit and well he was feeling he said: "I have never been better! I've got an twenty year old wife who is pregnant and having my child. What do you think about that for a person of my age!?" The doctor though about this briefly and said "Let me tell you a story. I knew a guy who was an avid hunter and he never missed an o...
Posted: Saturday, 12 July 2014 @ 09:21
We came across this today.  It is really good the way the two female players help each other up (none of this biting lark that you see footballers doing).  Check out the not so subtle fondling around the 17 second mark.  
Posted: Friday, 11 July 2014 @ 23:06
Bloody ages ago in the early 2000's, Blogwars.com hit the internet with content that shocked most of us - and when I say us, I mean anyone who stumbled across the site.  I was one of those and do recall visiting the site to see what new stuff had been posted. Stile, the site's owner at the time, presented us with regular intriguing, shocking, thought provoking posts covering everything from Goatse man, "Borat anthem played in Kazhak sporting victory", "Mom gets a kid a stripper for his birt...

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