How did he survive this?

A friend e-mailed me a series of photographs of a car wreck, said to have happened in Hungary. Apparently the driver lost control of his Audi while traveling at high speed and wrapped it around a telephone pole. The car was ripped in half, but incredibly he got out without a scratch! Click the pictures for a larger view. Talk about God looking after fools and horses . . . I reckon that gentleman needs to be on his knees giving grateful thanks for his escape! Peter

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Eight glasses of water a day – not?

Hmm. For years we’ve been bombarded by claims that for healthy living, it’s essential to drink eight glasses of water a day. However, a new study begs to differ. . . . according to a report published today, there is no evidence of any benefits from drinking so much. Dr Dan Negoianu and Dr Stanley Goldfarb from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia reviewed every published clinical study into the subject. They found evidence that those in hot, dry climates have an increased need for water, as do athletes. Patients with some diseases also benefit from additional fluid. “But no

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Remembering Bergen-Belsen

On this date in 1945 advancing British troops liberated the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in north-eastern Germany. It was one of the most ghastly discoveries of the Second World War, in a year filled with such horrors. As Richard Dimbleby described it to BBC listeners in a radio report: Here, over an acre of ground, lay dead and dying people. You could not see which was which, except perhaps by a convulsive movement, or the last quiver of a sigh from a living skeleton too weak to move. The living lay with their heads against the corpses, and around them

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Aliens are attacking me!

Mr. Radivoje Lajic of Bosnia is causing a stir in academic circles. He claims that his house has been struck no less than five times by chunks of rock from outer space. Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that all the rocks Radivoje Lajic has handed over were meteorites. They are now investigating local magnetic fields to try and work out what makes the property so attractive to the heavenly bodies. But Mr Lajic, who has had a steel girder reinforced roof put on the house he owns in the northern village of Gornja Lamovite, has an alternative explanation. He

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Britannia sure doesn’t rule the waves any more . . .

*Sigh* It seems the Royal Navy is receiving some politically correct advice from the Foreign Office. THE Royal Navy, once the scourge of brigands on the high seas, has been told by the Foreign Office not to detain pirates because doing so may breach their human rights. Warships patrolling pirate-infested waters, such as those off Somalia, have been warned that there is also a risk that captured pirates could claim asylum in Britain. The Foreign Office has advised that pirates sent back to Somalia could have their human rights breached because, under Islamic law, they face beheading for murder or

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How not to drag race

Let’s see now. Supercharged, dyno-tuned, computer-analyzed engine? Check. Car stripped of all unnecessary weight? Check. Drag tires fitted to give the best possible grip? Check. Everything warmed up ready to go? Check. Good. Everything’s ready. Ah . . . perhaps not everything. Not quite. *gigglesnort!* Peter

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You realize, of course, that this means war?

I’m sure many readers are as fed up as I am with big companies trying to use their corporate clout to move “little people” out of the way so that they can accomplish their corporate objectives. It seems that today individuals don’t count compared to the almighty dollar, or pound, or euro, or whatever the currency unit of the place and time happens to be. I’m delighted to report that one English lady has had enough, and is doing something about it. A grandmother from Merseyside has applied for planning permission to demolish the home of Tesco chief executive Sir

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The strange hidden beauty of computer viruses

I have to admit, this guy fascinates me. From his Web site: Alex Dragulescu is a Romanian visual artist whose practice embraces both traditional and new media. His projects are experiments and explorations of algorithms, computational models, simulations and information visualizations that involve data derived from databases, spam emails, blogs and video game assets. He’s developed a series of computer-generated art works depicting the internal structure of computer viruses, malware, bots, and the like. He calls the collection “Malwarez“. They’re strangely beautiful in their own way. For example, here’s his portrayal of the MyDoom virus (click for a larger view):

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