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
- With startling beauty and simplicity, providing an extraordinary glimpse at the sheer scale of the Andromeda Galaxy, the largest photo ever taken was shot from the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and measures 1.5 Billion pixels, requiring 4.3GB of disk space
- In other photography-related stories, “The Shenzhen Evening News” has incurred the wrath of a Nation after “journalists” posed as hospital staff and broke into an operating theatre to photograph the dead body of a much-loved pop star while it was being prepared for organ transplant!
- Seemingly extolling the virtues of the suggestion “No publicity is bad publicity”, a spoof “Visit Barnsley” Twitter account has been credited with attracting 400,000+ views to the official Council-run account for the “Pound Shop Capital of the North”
- A recent examination of regimes around the world observes that the UK government is the most open and transparent while Mali, Haiti and Burma languish at the bottom of the table
- With such keen observations as “The humidity of water is extremely high” a new weather app has been launched with an agenda to provide Real Weather, Real Funny combining accurate predictions with original comedy
- In Florida a 9-month old baby was tragically shot & killed by his toddler brother when their parents inadvertently left a loaded gun in the car during a house move
- Scientists have discovered a new species of legless snake in Cambodia. Naming it Ichthyophis cardamomensis, the amphibian measures only 30cm in length
- ET phone home! In Australia, Swinburne University PhD student Emily Petroff has become the first person to witness & record a burst of radio waves, which are thought to have travelled billions of light years from “a Galaxy far, far away”!?
- A group of divers were unfortunately drowned in a 30m “poonado” while trying to take photos of a group of sperm whales off the Dominican Coast
- If you think you’re having a bad week then be grateful you haven’t had one as bad as Mr. Gao in China who wanted to celebrate the purchase of his new car – though instructed not to by the security team, he set fire to 8 firecrackers and ended up causing over $112,000 worth of damage when a row of shops all went up in smoke!
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