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
- An American man has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder after he accidentally pocket-dialled a former employee while discussing plans to have him killed
- Referred to as “a master class in patronising” Samsung ran a competition purporting to celebrate “some of the most amazing women out there” – offering the winner the incredible prize of (wait for it) a new kitchen!
- Hundreds turned out to march in protest this week in Mexico City demanding equal rights – for Zombies!
- Move over MacGyver! A web developer in America has built a fully functioning gun with such seemingly innocuous items as a hair dryer, rubber bands, a tube of “Mentos” and some magazines – all purchased after passing through airport security
- Billed as a “model of co-existence between polar bears and humans”, the town of Churchill, Canada is having to adapt to the side-effects of climate change. As bears are forced further inland in search of food, the resulting increase in attacks on humans have residents looking for a solution on how to continue to co-exist peacefully. The answer? Polar bear jail
- With a story involving Chinook helicopters and clones of Bruce Forsyth, Wasdale native Mike Naylor has won “The World’s Biggest Liar Competition” for the 3rd time since 2005
- Including references to “dog food offerings”, noting employees as “yuppie dinosaurs” and a request to “Hold on a sec, pilgrim”, a leaked internal memo from Yahoo is possibly one of the strangest emails ever sent by a senior management team
- The Richards family in Canberra, Australia have set the Guinness World Record for the most Christmas lights in a residential property by covering their home with 502,165 twinkling bulbs
- When in Rome! A list of the strangest food you might be offered while travelling abroad includes fried tarantula in Cambodia, boiled African land snail and roasted guinea pig in Ecuador
- Once deemed “the comet of the Century”, Comet ISON has been vaporised by the sun leaving behind only a trail of dust
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