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Couple Become World’s Oldest Divorcees Aged 98

Posted By Ben Goulding, 9 November, 2009 | permalink

Oldest Divorcees

A British couple have become the oldest couple in the world to divorce, aged 98.

Bertie and Jessie Wood, who got married in 1972, filed for divorce 36 years later, just 2 years short of their 100th birthdays.

Their relationship faltered in 2008, when they were both aged 97, and a decree absolute is believed to have been granted subsequently.

According to neighbours of the former couple, Mrs Wood now lives in a care home. Unfortunately, Mr Wood, however, died shortly before he turned 99.

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World’s Smallest Mother to Give Birth For the Third Time

Posted By Ben Goulding, 9 November, 2009 | permalink

Smallest Mother

The world’s smallest mother is about to give birth for the third time, despite warnings she is risking her life.

Stacey Herald who is just 2ft 4ins tall, from Dry Ridge, Kentucky, has already defied doctors to have two healthy babies, and her third is due in the next four weeks.

But despite all the obstacles, Mrs Herald and her husband, who is 5ft 9ins, and a trainee priest, say they want even more children.

The couple met in 2000 while working for a supermarket in their home town and were desperate for a family after marrying in 2004.
But doctors warned Mrs Herald a baby would grow so large inside her tiny body it would eventually crush her organs.

Eight months later, the couple were thrilled when they discovered Mrs Herald was pregnant and decided to go ahead even though family and doctors begged them to reconsider.

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Bloodybelly Comb Jelly

Posted By Ben Goulding, 6 November, 2009 | permalink


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Brilliant and seemingly glowing, the bloodybelly comb jelly comes in different shades of red but always has a blood-red stomach. The sparkling display on the outside comes from light diffracting from tiny transparent, hair-like cilia. These beat continuously, propelling the jelly through the water. In the deep sea, the jelly is nearly invisible; animals that are red appear black and blend into the dark background.

For me, it’s intimidating, but hypnotic at the same time. I almost want to put it on the top of the christmas tree.

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Making Cash From Trash: Recycled Art

Posted By Ben Goulding, 5 November, 2009 | permalink

Recycled Art

Times are hard, but there is potential for making money right under your nose – in your trash can!

Clare Graham creates his art forms by re-energising discarded materials, transforming simple objects, such as bottle tops or tin cans into objects of wonder, aiding our perspective to be shifted from their once lowly state. Clare really is testament to the belief that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

Graham’s art takes various forms, including such stunning pieces as chandeliers and contemporary furniture, and you can do it too! Okay, we may not be as skilled as Clare, but we can make a difference, not only to the environment, but to our pockets by seeing potential in garbage.

For more of Clare’s art, click the link.

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How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

Posted By Ben Goulding, 4 November, 2009 | permalink


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How to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew. That’s right, you put it in a shoe and hit it against a wall! Easy.

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How To Use An Apostrophe

Posted By Ben Goulding, 3 November, 2009 | permalink

apostropheOne of the thing’s that annoy’s a lot of people, is incorrect use of apostrophe’s. For some reason, it just gets’ under your skin and peal’s away at your brain, like no other grammatical error?

Take a look at apostrophe.me, which details exactly how and when to use apostrophes. Great if you like flowcharts too!

How many grammatical errors did you spot in this post? Let me know in the comments!

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Make A Meat Hand For Halloween

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 October, 2009 | permalink

Meat Hand

This delicious meat hand would make a nice little treat for you and your friends this Halloween – Not Martha shows us how to make it.

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Language Map Of Europe

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 October, 2009 | permalink

Language Map of Europe

A spectrum of European languages. Click the link for a more detailed view at the source.

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Tuesday Is Officially The Rainiest Day Of The Week

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 October, 2009 | permalink

Rain

Meteorologists have discovered that Tuesday is the rainiest day of the week in the UK.

Despite the pessimistic assumption that it rains more at weekends, analysis of historical data actually shows that we get more rain on Tuesdays. However, it also shows that Saturdays are getting rainier according to Dr Andy Russell, an atmosphere scientist at Manchester University.

Scientists believe that weekdays actually tend to be wetter than weekends, because there is more heat and pollution generated by human activity, like traffic.

The extra heat tends to increase precipitation by driving convection, while particulates give rain droplets a centre upon which to form.

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Real Life Harry Potter Unhappy With Fame

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 October, 2009 | permalink

Harry PotterHarry Potter was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1989 and lived a normal life, with a normal name, until he turned nine, when J.K. Rowling wrote the book that would make his life a misery.

The similarities are there – right down to a scar on the forehead.

But the biggest thing they share are eleven letters spelling out two short names. Harry Potter.

‘My life has changed completely since the books were written,’ he said. ‘At first I thought it might be quite a good thing to have the same name.

‘But now it is like someone has cast a bad spell on me, the reactions I get from people range from making fun to plain aggressive.

‘Sometimes I wish JK Rowling had never used my name.

‘People seem to forget that I was Harry Potter before the character. I was nine when the books first came out.’

Do you share a name with a famous person, or know someone who does? Let us know about it. What are your experiences? How has your life been affected and would you change your name if you could?

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There’s A New World’s Fattest Man

Posted By Ben Goulding, 21 October, 2009 | permalink

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The new world’s heaviest man is a Brit who has ballooned to 70 stone (980 pounds).

Paul Mason, 48, who lives in Ipswich eats 20,000 calories of food a day, which is eight times the official adult male average of 2,500. Unfortunately, his compulsive eating disorder, which left him “super-obese”, means he needs a £20,000 life-saving operation.

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Geek Marriage Proposal With Super Mario

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 October, 2009 | permalink


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Take a look at what has got to be the ultimate geek marriage proposal. One very creative guy called Brad Smith, used a program called Lunar Magic to create his very own Super Mario level, with the words “Lisa … Will You Marry Me?”, written out in coins at the end of the game. He then coaxed his girlfriend into playing some Super Mario and voila, she said yes! What a genius.

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The Amazing Bouncing Pebble Toad

Posted By Ben Goulding, 20 October, 2009 | permalink


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The amazing pebble toad tumbles down a cliff face to escape a toad-eating tarantula. It is so small and weighs so little that it doesn’t even hurt itself as it bounces off the rocks.

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It’s Official: Your Bullying Boss Really Is An Idiot

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink

Bully Boss. Image: lawyersweeklyI’m sure it will give many of you great satisfaction to know that new research has proved that leaders who feel incompetent really do lash out at others to temper their own inferiority.

The research was carried out by psychologists at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles who led a series of experiments to explore this effect.

In one, 90 men and women who had jobs were asked to complete online questionnaires about their aggressive tendencies and perceived competence. The most aggressive of the lot tended to have both high-power jobs and a chip on their shoulder.

In another, the volunteers were asked to select a punishment to be given to university students for wrong answers in a hypothetical test of learning. Volunteers chose between horn sounds that ranged from 10 decibels to a deafening 130 decibels.

The volunteers who felt the most incompetent and empowered picked the loudest punishments – 71 decibels on average. Workers who felt up to their jobs, selected far quieter punishments, between 55 and 62 decibels, as did those primed to feel incompetent yet powerless.

They also found that flattery seemed to temper the aggressive urges of insecure leaders.

So there we have it – your bullying boss is simply an idiot, if you didn’t know that already, and to temper the idiocy, all you have to do is flatter them, if you can pain yourself to do so. Alternatively, a swift kick to the…wait, don’t do that. Flattery is best.

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A Personal Insight Into The World’s Most Wanted: Osama bin Laden

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden’s first wife has given a revealing insight into the complex character of the world’s most wanted man.

In a book to be published at the end of this month, Najwa bin Laden and fourth son, Omar, give a rare glimpse into Bin Laden’s personal life, from a 17-year-old newlywed, up to the 9/11 attacks which he is believed to have masterminded.

Najwa reveals that Bin Laden was a disciplinarian, but in contrast, maintained a passion for sunflowers and a love for fast cars.

She speaks about how his role took the family from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Sudan, Afghanistan and at one point, Najwa revealed, to the United States.

“We were only there for only two weeks, and for one of those weeks, Osama was away in Los Angeles to meet with some men in that city,” Najwa told the book’s co-author Jean Sasson, later recalling the gathering was with Azzam. Soon after, Bin Laden began to travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet occupation, returning to tell his sons tales of battles in Afghan caves and mountains under Soviet fire. He eventually returned to Saudi Arabia a hero, but at home was increasingly disciplinarian, punishing his children – who eventually numbered more than a dozen – for transgressions such as “showing too many teeth” while laughing. Meanwhile, Najwa was kept in seclusion with Osama’s new wives, one of whom she picked, in a spartan home without the mod-cons that make life in the stifling desert lands of Saudi Arabia and Sudan more comfortable.

“My father would not allow my mother to turn on the air conditioning that the contractor had built into the apartment building,” Omar relayed. “Neither would he allow her to use the refrigerator that was standing in the kitchen.” Despite this aversion to modern appliances, Bin Laden indulged in his penchant for fast cars, including at least one gold-colored Mercedes. He once even bought a speed boat. “Nothing gave him more satisfaction than having a full day to take a speedy drive to the desert, where he would leave his automobile while he took long walks,” said Najwa. After being forced into exile in Sudan because of his vocal opposition to US troop deployments in Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden would later take pride in growing sunflowers as he dodged assassination plots and built the Al Qaeda network.

“Osama’s favorite undertaking was working the land, growing the best corn and the biggest sunflowers,” Najwa said. But his love of nature was also coloured by growing political fervour. He forced the family to spend nights in the desert, with only dirt as cover from the cold. He also forced his sons to climb desert mountains without water to toughen them ahead of more difficult times. But there were more lighthearted moments with Bin Laden, whom his sons admired as a good horseman, a fluent English speaker – thanks to his school days – and a mathematics whiz. “My father was so well known for the skill that there were times when men would come to our home and ask him to match his wits against a calculator,” Omar said, adding his father usually won. They also spoke about a man who loved eating fruit, particularly mangoes, took two sugars in his tea, whose favourite meal was marrow-stuffed zucchini and who liked to listen to BBC radio.

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A Billion For A Billion

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink


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For the first time in human history, the number of hungry people this year will exceed 1 billion. You can make a difference. http://www.wfp.org/donate/1billion.

Please spread the word, however you can. Please retweet, digg, stumbleupon, or share with others by whatever method you prefer by clicking the ’share’ button below this post. Your small actions now, can make a big difference to the billion who are suffering. Thank you.

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The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around The World

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 October, 2009 | permalink

Wall Murals

People paint wall murals for a variety of different reasons; to make a political statement, promote a particular ideology, commemorate a historical figure or loved one, or simply get their artwork seen by hundreds, if not thousands, on a daily basis.

Click the link to take a look at images of some of the most incredible murals the world has to offer. Most are hand painted, with ordinary or spray paint, while some have been printed onto plastic or paper and “stuck” onto the wall. While the painting of murals is often contentious (one man’s masterpiece is another’s act of vandalism), we’re sure people wouldn’t object to having most of these fantastic works of art on display in their towns and cities.

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All About the Junk Mail

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 October, 2009 | permalink

Junk mail is a pain in the backside, we all know that, but just so you can fully comprehend how much of a pain it is, not just to you, but to the environment and the rest of society in general, here’s a nice illustration from The Cool Print detailing everything you could possibly want and need to know about junk mail.

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Ever Dream This Man?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 14 October, 2009 | permalink

this man dream

In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist’s desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

Have you ever dreamt of this man? If not, after reading this you probably will…

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The World’s Smallest Man Makes a Wish For His 18th Birthday

Posted By Ben Goulding, 13 October, 2009 | permalink

Worlds Smallest Man

Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is 2ft tall and has just turned 18 has wished for two things: to be officially recognised by the Guiness World Records and to find a wife.

The teenager is a full head and shoulders shorter than He Pingping of China, who at 2ft 5in is the current holder of the world’s smallest man title. He is now waiting for official recognition from Guinness World Records.

His other wish is to find a wife of a similar stature to marry.

“When I am officially recognised as the smallest man in the world I expect to get lots of proposals.”

I’m sure you will Khagendra, and I’d love to come to the wedding. Is it wrong of me to be imagining a doll house church? How cute! Seriously though, I hope it goes to plan for you Mr Magar. It’s not all about size now, is it?

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