2008年10月29日 星期三

Man puts wife up for sale 男子在中古車網站賣妻

A Romanian man has put his 25-year-old wife up for sale on a website specialising in used cars.

Alex Cretu, 20, who lives in Bucharest, hoped to get around £4m but has lowered his price to £3,000 for a quick sale.

His ad on www.okazii.ro reads: "Wife for sale. Model 1983, good condition. Full option, nice suspensions, spacious boot, second owner.

"Price is negotiable, comes with three-year-old and five-year-old accessories. Seriousness demanded."

Alex says he placed his ad on the site partly because he had got fed up of his wife nagging him all of the time and partly as a joke.

He said he waited until his wife left for a job in Spain so as she wouldn't know about the sale.

He had received a number of offers but none were acceptable so far as the potential purchasers either offered too low a price or wanted to buy her in instalments. (Roundup)

2008年10月28日 星期二

Driver follows sat-nav into lake 駕駛人照著衛星導航指示駛入湖中

A Polish driver steered his mini bus straight into a lake - after his sat-nav told him to.

Stunned police got a frantic call from the bus driver as he called from the Mercedes van screaming that he and his two passengers were drowning.

"A man phoned in panic from his mobile phone. He managed to say that he had driven into a lake and he was sinking fast," said police spokesman Marcin Guzenda in Glubczyce, south west Poland.

"He said he had two passengers but he couldn't open the doors - and then he got cut off."

Police, fire and ambulance services rushed to the lake and found the driver and his passengers perched on the top of the mini-bus's roof.

The trio were taken to hospital after the accident but released after treatment for shock.

"There used to be a road there until last year until the local water company flooded the valley to build a new reservoir lake," said one police source.

"It seems that the GPS hadn't been updated and was still showing a usable road running through where the lake now is. It's a huge lake and it's hard to imagine how you could ignore or not see it, but he certainly managed it.

"The driver had such faith in his sat-nav that he didn't even notice all the traffic signs saying the road had been closed," they added. (Ananova.com)

2008年10月27日 星期一

Walking house 會走路的房子

They say it would make the ultimate home for beating floods or neighbours from hell, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The 10ft high home is solar and wind powered and can stroll at walking pace across all terrains. It has a living room, kitchen, toilet, bed, wood stove and mainframe computer which controls the legs.

The pod is set to take its maiden stroll around rural Cambridgeshire at the Wysing Arts Centre in Bourn. It was built by art collective N55 in Copenhagen, Denmark, in conjunction with engineers at MIT in Massachusetts, USA.

N55 artist Oivind Slaatto, who says he was inspired by meeting Romany travellers in Cambridgeshire, plans to live in the house when it returns to Copenhagen.

"This house is not just for travellers but also for anyone interested in a more general way of nomadic living," he said.

Designers say it provides a solution to the problem of rising water levels as the house can simply walk away from floods.

The prototype cost £30,000 to build, including materials and time, but the designers believe it could be constructed for a lot less. (Daily Telegraph)

2008年10月23日 星期四

Kung fu fan blows out candles with eyes 功夫迷用眼睛吹熄蠟燭

A Chinese martial arts enthusiast says he can blow out candles with only his eyes.

Wearing specially made goggles, Ling Chunjiang, 35, of Kaifeng, blows air from his eyes through a hose and can put out 12 candles in one minute.

Lin, who started to practice kung fu with his grandfather when he was eight years old, found he could blow air out of his eyes if he pinned his nose.

Another one of Lin?s stunts is to hit off the bottom of a beer bottle while keeping the rest of it intact, reports the China News Network.

"I used to have a small restaurant. In my free time I would fill the empty bottles and strike the tops for fun. Once I was surprised to find I could hit off the bottom without damaging the rest," he said. (China News Network)

2008年10月21日 星期二

Police in hunt for stolen beach 警方尋找遭竊的海灘

Police in Jamaica are investigating the puzzling theft of a beach on the island's north coast.

An estimated 500 truck-loads of sand have been removed outside a planned resort at Coral Spring beach, reports the BBC.

Detectives say rivals in the tourism sector could be suspects, because a good beach is a valuable asset to hotels on the Caribbean island.

The beach at Coral Springs, in Jamaica's northern parish of Trelawny, was 1,300ft of white sand. The theft of its most important feature has led to its developers putting their plans on hold.

Three months on, and with no arrests or charges in the case, the main opposition People's National Party have suggested that some people now think there has been a cover up.

But the deputy commissioner for crime at the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Mark Shields, insisted this was not an open-and-shut case.

"It's a very complex investigation because it involves so many aspects," he told the BBC.

"You've got the receivers of the stolen sand, or what we believe to be the sand. The trucks themselves, the organisers and, of course, there is some suspicion that some police were in collusion with the movers of the sand."

Police said they were carrying out forensic tests on beaches along the coast to see if any of it matches the stolen sand. (BBC)

2008年10月20日 星期一

Schoolgirl breaks record for having most snails on her face 英女學童締造最多蝸牛爬在臉上紀錄

A nine-year-old Cheshire schoolgirl has broken the world record for having the most snails on her face at once.

Tiana Walton allowed 25 of the slimy creatures to cover her eyes, nose and mouth - beating the previous record of 15 held by Australian Liam Kenny.

Before her record breaking attempt, now in the Guinness Book of World Records, Tiana's previous personal best was just nine.

She had just one minute to put the snails on her face and then had to tip her head forward for 10 seconds. Any snails that fell off during that period were not counted.

Tiana said: "I am not squeamish. It is relaxing but it feels a bit cold. They are quite smelly and you can see their big long eyes."

Asked whether she thought her new record would be beaten, she added: "I don't think many people will be bothered about putting snails on their face!"

With Tiana's success, it would seem that record breaking runs in the Walton family.

Her mother Tommy appeared in the Guinness Book of World Record in 1980 for growing the largest lemon in the world, which weighed in at 3lb 14oz. (Ananova.com)

2008年10月18日 星期六

Drunken horse falls in pool 醉馬跌入泳池

A drunken pony called Fat Boy fell into a swimming pool after bingeing on fermented apples in Cornwall.

The horse escaped from his stable, broke into Sarah Penhaligon's back garden in Newquay and ate hundreds of rotting apples.

Fat Boy then stumbled across the garden, lost his footing and fell head first into a swimming pool, reports the Daily Mirror.

Sarah, 28, woke up after hearing a huge splash and found the moorland pony in the shallow end.

Unaware that Fat Boy was drunk, Sarah, from Newquay, fed him more apples to keep him calm before fire crews arrived.

"When I looked outside I saw this massive animal in the dark and I thought the Beast of Bodmin was in the pool," she said.

"I was terrified, but when I took a closer look I realised it was a horse. I didn't have a clue what to do next - who do you call when there's a horse stuck in your swimming pool?

"I dialled 999 and they asked which service I wanted and I said I didn't know - I just had a horse in my pool and needed help."

Police and fire crews raced to the scene at 3am and spent two hours building a set of hay steps in the pool to rescue Fat Boy.

They finally hoisted him out of the water at 5am with the help of several harnesses. (Daily Mirror)

2008年10月16日 星期四

Pet dog as best man 寵物狗當男儐相

When Harriet and Andrew Athay got married there was only one choice for their best man - their pet dog Ed.

And he wasn't the only canine member of the bridal party as the couple's two female dogs, Humbug and Goulash, also walked with them down the aisle.

Ed wore his very own miniature tuxedo for the big day, while whippet Humbug and Hungarian vizsla Goulash had pink sparkly collars.

Harriet and Andrew felt it was only right that the doggy trio should be at their wedding because it was they who had brought them together in the first place.

The couple first met while they were walking their respective dogs along Mudeford Beach in Dorset in August 2007.

As their dogs played with each other, Andrew and Harriet stopped to chat for a few minutes. Admiring Ed's glittery collar, Andrew asked Harriet where she had got it from and she revealed that she ran a pet accessories company.

Harriet thought nothing more of the encounter until the next morning when she found a new order for a pink diamante dog collar came complete with a message from Andrew asking her out for a drink.

It wasn't long before they were seeing each other everyday. Five months later in January 2008, while they were on holiday in Dubai, Andrew got down on one knee and proposed.

Back home in Dorset they started to plan their wedding and knew that there were three special guests who just simply had to be there.

Wanting a sunny wedding they booked a villa in Tuscany, Italy, for their reception and a large town hall in Florence for the ceremony itself. (Roundup)

2008年10月15日 星期三

Teen changes name to website 美少女合法改名為網址

In a move that she will definitely not regret later in life, a North Carolina teenager has changed her name to that of a website – and is now legally called CutoutDissection.com.

The former Jennifer Thornburg - whose driver's license now reads Dissection.com, Cutout - wanted to do something to protest animal dissections in schools. The 19-year-old's new name is the web address for an anti-dissection page of the site for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, where she an intern.

'I normally do have to repeat my name several times when I am introducing myself to someone new,' Cutout told The Asheville Citizen-Times. 'Once they find out what my name is, they want to know more about what the Web site is about.'

Ms. Dissection.com, currently working in Virginia, said she began opposing dissections in middle school after a class assignment to cut up a chicken wing made her uncomfortable. She helped create a policy at her high school that allows students who object to dissections to complete an alternative assignment.

Despite her legally changing the name, she said most of her family members still call her Jennifer.

'It will take me a while,' said her dad, Duane Thornburg, who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. 'She's still Jennifer to me. I understand why she's done it. Believe it or not, I totally respect it.'

It is unclear how Cutout will feel should PETA ever forget to renew the domain, and she discovers that her legal name suddenly points to a cyber-squatting smut-portal for dissection fetishists. (The Asheville Citizen-Times)

2008年10月13日 星期一

Couple had sex outside police station 情侶在警局外面車震

A US couple have been arrested after having sex in their car - in a disabled space outside a police station.

The couple told officers they were unaware where they had parked, reports the Morning Call newspaper.

They hadn't noticed several marked police cars in the other parking spaces nearby.

They were outside the main police station in Hellertown, Pennsylvania, with the engine running in the early hours of the morning when a police officer tapped on the windscreen.

Dennis Cullen, 23, and his female companion, who has not been named, told police they had been drinking at a university function earlier in the evening.

Cullen was charged with drink driving. Neither he nor his companion was charged in connection with having sex in the car. (Morning Call)

2008年10月11日 星期六

Virgin at 105 105歲的老處女

A Cornish woman says she is still a virgin - at the age of 105.

Clara Meadmore says she decided as a child never to wed or have sex - and insists she has never missed it.

She told the Daily Mirror: "I've just never been interested in or fancied having sex. I imagine there is a lot of hassle involved and I have always been busy doing other things.

"I made my mind up at 12 never to marry and I've not gone back on that."

Clara, born in 1903, instead spent her youth in Egypt, Canada and New Zealand before coming home in her 20s to become a secretary.

She added: "I've never had a boyfriend or been bothered about relationships. When I was a girl you had sex only with your husband.

"I've had lots of platonic friendships with men but never felt the need to go further."

Clara now lives in a nursing home in Perranporth, Cornwall, and spends most of her time glued to Radio 4.

Best pal Josie Harvey, 72, who visits daily, said: "You're as young as you feel. Clara is by no means 105 in many ways.

"Maybe never having a man under her feet has kept her young all these years." (Daily Mirror)

Man writes with tears 大陸男子用「眼淚」寫書法

A Chinese man can write calligraphy with water he shoots from his eyes.

Ru Anting, 56, of Luoyang, Henan province, sucks up the water with his nose and then sprays it through his tear ducts.

He recently demonstrated his skill at the Lotus World park in Shanshui city, Guangdong, where he wrote four characters, 'Fu Ru Dong Hai' ('Fortune as vast as the sea'), on a board covered with red paper.

Ru told the China News Network that he discovered his unusual talent as a child while swimming in the river.

"Sometimes I would swallow water while swimming, and once I accidentally discovered the water I swallowed could be shot out through my eyes. My friends were all shocked to see it," he said.

But it wasn't until the 1990s, when Ru lost his job in a local fertilizer factory after more than 20 years, that he began to develop his unusual talent.

"At that time I started to train myself and hone my eye spraying skills," he explained.

After three years of intensive training, he found he could shoot water accurately up to 10ft from his eyes at will. (China News Network)

2008年10月8日 星期三

Radiotherapy cures chicken of cancer 放射療法治癒雞的癌症

Eve the chicken has become the first of her species in Britain to be cured of cancer using radiotherapy.

Her owners Elaine and Chris Denney spent more than £1,400 (NT$80,000) in treatment at the Animal Health Trust in Sussex.

And the three-year-old Sussex Buff Cross has now been given the all clear by the vets who treated her.

Eve was initially struck by cancer in her left leg and had to have the limb amputated. The operation left her able to half fly, half hop around the couple's country smallholding in Worcester.

However, in September last year Eve started to have a build up of scales on her leg which they initially thought was merely a harmless skin infection.

The couple, who are self-employed accountants, took her to the vets who told them that Eve had developed the disease in her remaining leg and the Denneys faced the heartbreaking prospect of having her put down.

So they decided to save her life - by paying for surgery to remove the growth, followed by a course of radiotherapy, at a total cost of £1,400.

Mrs Denney, 43, said: "Eve is a pet to us. It doesn't matter if she has four legs, two, or, in this case, one. She jumps around the garden and responds to her name just like a cat or dog.

"If we hadn't done anything, she would have had maybe two or three months to live and one of our options was to put her to sleep. But after a lot of soul-searching we decided to do what we could for her.

"She has so much personality. Anyone with a dog or a cat would probably take the same decision we have with our chicken." (Roundup)

2008年10月7日 星期二

Card game amidst crash chaos 三名連環車禍生還者竟在現場玩起橋牌

Three road crash victims in China were captured on camera playing cards in the midst of a chaotic accident scene.

More than 20 vehicles were involved in the pile-up on a motorway in Luoyang, Henan province, which caused three deaths, two critical injuries and left dozens more hurt.

A journalist from China News Network arrived at the scene to find three people, an old couple and a middle-aged woman, sitting right in front of a wrecked truck and playing cards.

"It looked like they didn't know what was happening at all," said the shocked journalist, Zhao Xiaoli. (China News Network)

2008年10月5日 星期日

Odourless underpants 無臭無味的內褲

A US company has performed a great service to humanity by inventing an underwear fabric that absorbs all smells.

The material is inserted into a pair of pants with two self-adhesive strips and traps any pongs or whiffs, reports The Sun.

The 'gas neutralisers' are made from carbon fabric that has undergone activated carbon anti-microbial treatment. Called Subtle Butt, they sell in five-packs for about £5.

They were invented by a company called Garment Guard which already sells disposable cotton underarm inserts which absorb perspiration to prevent embarrassing wet marks.

The company blurb says: "From the brilliant minds at Garment Guard comes our newest product, Subtle Butt.

"This pack of 5 saving graces effectively filters the odour caused by flatulence. Simply stick it in the right place and you're ready for a chilli cook-off."

However, the fabric, called Subtle Butt, does not silence noises - so does not signal the end of embarrassing flatulence. (The Sun)

2008年10月3日 星期五

Man catches bullet in teeth, spits it out 男子用牙齒咬住射來的子彈,然後吐掉

A Croatian man has impersonated Superman by catching a bullet in his teeth and spitting out the hot lead.

Just like in the comics his attacker fled.

The drama occurred after Stipe and Mirna Cavlovic, both 37, got caught up in a row between two men. One of the men fired at the couple but the bullet ricocheted off Mirna's cheek and got stuck in Stipe's false teeth.

The surprised Stipe then spat out the hot bullet, terrifying his attacker, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

I thought I was dead for sure," he told police. "I didn't even see the bullet hit my wife. I just saw the flash of the gun's barrel.

"The next thing I knew was something hit my false tooth and I spat out the hot lead. It hurt like hell but we're both still alive."

Police believe he survived because the bullet lost so much speed when it grazed Marla's cheek. She was also uninjured.

The 58-year-old gunman was arrested. (Metro.co.uk)

2008年10月2日 星期四

World's most blinged-up bike 世上最貴氣的腳踏車

Scandinavian design company Aurumania has launched a limited edition run of the world's most blinged-up bike.

At just over £60,000, the Gold Bike Crystal Edition is believed to be the most expensive bicycle ever made.

Each of the ten produced, is hand-built and gold-plated with 24-carat gold, and decked out with over 600 Swarovski crystals.

Hand-sewn leather grips and a Brooks leather saddle provide finishing touches to the bike, with each limited edition number embossed with gold leaf and set into a leather badge onto the bike's headtube.

The company has also created a 24-carat gold wall holder for the bike, so it can be displayed as a work of art. (Anaova.com)