Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

EP brings you a brief round-up of some of the news items which were perhaps as surprising as they were enlightening

  1. From the new father who didn’t know whether to weigh the baby or the bird, to the woman who lost lost a frozen turkey under a mound of snow in her garden, there were quite a few ridiculous “requests for assistance” placed to the Butterball Helpline over Thanksgiving
  • An amateur film crew made a gruesome discovery in the bowels of the S.S. Ventnor, a “grave ship” which sank off the coast of New Zealand some 112 years ago, when they found the coffins of 499 Chinese miners which had been en route home for repatriation and burial
  • Two former NASA workers have come forward with the alarming claim that, not only was there a secret manned mission to Mars in 1979 but that the expedition also caught “proof of life” on the surface of the Red Planet
  • In Brisbane a commuter has captured the moment his car windscreen was smashed by hailstones the size of golf balls during a continuing storm which experts are calling “the worst in recorded history”
  • The things we do for love! A recent study shows partners will spend an much as 590 minutes every year watching movies they hate just to keep their significant other happy
  • A 10kg weightlifting dumbbell, a dead fish (not on ice) and a multi-tiered wedding cake all feature on a list detailing some of the strangest pieces of carry-on luggage travellers have tried to sneak aboard
  • Originally adorned with a “lighted pretzel”, a much-maligned town Christmas tree in Pennsylvania is set to get the Charlie Brown Treatment as officials have taken criticism of the “spindly, sad and pathetic tree”to heart and opted to re-decorate it with a single red light!
  • While property prices are rising across the UK at 8%, property owners in South London are seeing a 28% increase in valuations. According to the Land Registry the average cost of a home South of the water in the Capital now stands at £460,060 compared to £189,388 around the rest of the UK
  • While London may be the most expensive city in which to buy property in the UK, “gazumping” is most prevalent in Brighton with 34.9% of potential buyers losing out at the last moment
  • Brave or Bonkers? A man in South Africa accepted a £1,600 bet from his “friend” to pet a Great White Shark which swam under their boat during a fishing trip

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