(Departed) soul mates???

This is one of the more unusual relationship breakup stories to pop up. An Irish Jack Sparrow impersonator who married the ghost of a pirate has revealed she has split from her 300-year-old hubby.Earlier this year Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, said she’d found her “soulmate” in a Haitian pirate from the 1700s who was executed for thieving on the high seas.The loved-up couple were legally married by a shaman priest in a boat off the Irish coast in international waters.But now the mum from Drogheda, Co Louth, has revealed the unlikely union is over.Posting on social media she said: “So I

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“How to drive in India”

That’s the title of an amusing article at The Foreign Challenge.  Having visited India, I should say the best way to drive is to let someone else do it, while you close your eyes, pray very hard, and hope to survive!  However, if you can’t do that, the article has some useful information.  I’m here to tell you, it’s largely accurate.  Here’s an excerpt. If you are planning to drive in India, then you can consider yourself as madman.First of all it is best to forget your home countries traffic laws and rules. Indian traffic is nothing like any other traffic you

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Headline of the day

I did a double-take when I read this headline: Eastern Michigan University Cancels‘Vagina Monologues’ Because It Isn’t Inclusive Er . . . ah . . . WTF??? I thought the whole purpose of the Vagina Monologues was that it largely excluded men because they don’t have that organ.  So much for its inclusivity, right from the start! Verily, the mind doth boggle . . . Peter

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This may add an entirely new dimension to marine pollution

I haven’t heard the British-English idiom “to cry stinking fish” used in American English much, but it may be very appropriate to this report. Norway’s Hurtigruten, best known for the ships that ferry tourists along the country’s fjords and coastline and up into the Arctic, is investing 7 billion crowns ($826 million) over three years to adapt its 17-strong fleet.Six of its older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied bio gas (LBG).“We are talking about an energy source (LBG) from organic waste, which would otherwise have gone up in the

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Walking backwards for brain power???

Sometimes news reports just boggle the mind – like this one. People who walk backwards perform better in a memory test than those who stand still or walk forward, a study has found.Researchers asked 114 volunteers to watch a video in which a woman had her bag stolen and then answer a questionnaire about what they could recall.After watching the video, participants were split into groups – one was told to walk forwards or backwards 30 feet (10m) while a control group stood in one place.They were then asked twenty questions about the events in the video and it was found

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No word on the smell . . .

I was taken aback (sort of) by reading about a new technique for producing bricks . . . using human urine. The world’s first ‘bio-brick’ made from human urine was unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering masters student Suzanne Lambert on Wednesday. . . . Dr Dyllon Randall, Lambert’s supervisor and senior lecturer in water quality at UCT, explained that the “bio brick” is created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation. “It’s not unlike the way seashells are formed,” Randall said. Parts of the urine are combined with loose sand and a bacteria to produce an enzyme

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I think he gets it

Liberty Blitzkrieg has two very thought-provoking articles that are well worth your time.  The first is titled “Lunatic Politics (Part 1) – Russiagate is a Religion“. The mental disorder colloquially known as Trump Derangement Syndrome is widely distributed throughout society at this point. Baseless accusations of treason were thrown around casually by all sorts of TDS sufferers, including sitting members of Congress. . . . … it’s become increasingly clear that Russiagate has become something akin to a religion. It’s adherents have become so attached to the story that Trump’s “wholly in the pocket of Putin,” they’re increasingly lobbing serious

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It’s a hell of a way to die

CAUTION:  This post contains graphic descriptions of a very unusual and extremely painful form of death.  Do not read it if you’re squeamish. I was shocked rigid – with bad memories – by a news report last weekend. Japanese authorities arrested a man Saturday after another person died when he allegedly shot compressed air into their rectum as a prank. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, 34, was arrested for the accidental killing of Akio Ishimaru, 46, according to Ibaraki Prefecture Ryugasaki police … The two were apparently fooling around on their break when Yoshida took the air compressor and injected a blast of air in

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Risk, auto insurance, and political correctness

I had to laugh at this report from Canada. It started when an insurance company gave David a quote — roughly $4,500 a year, if he bought the Chevy. He had a collision and a ticket or two on his record, which helped boost the premium. Then, he had an idea. He asked the insurer what his costs would be if he were a woman. He was told his annual bill would sink to roughly $3,400 — a $1,100 difference. “I was pretty angry about that. And I didn’t feel like getting screwed over any more,” he said. “So I asked them

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Move over, Kama Sutra – it’s time for the Archisutra!

Caution:  mildly NSFW content below the break. Trust an architect! London-based architect Miguel Bolivar recently released his side project Archisutra, an architecture and design take on the Kama Sutra. This manual gives you all the data with annotated scale drawings and informative descriptions including categorizations of ‘Typical Location’ and ‘Sustainability’. Each position is inspired by an iconic building and often incorporates the use of designer furniture. (Below is an example from the book. The anatomically correct drawing has been omitted, for obvious reasons.  Click the image for a larger view.) Bolivar explains the project arose from questioning how sex should

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