Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week

Following the week in which many will have succumbed to “hope endorphins” and joined a gym, while others will be disappointed to be too late to ask Santa for the hoverbord butler created by Segway and Intel, EP brings you a round-up of some other news stories, events and tales of the ridiculous from around the world.

  1. While admitting that “Not all translations are perfect” in Ukraine the team at Google Translate have been trying to explain why a search for “Russian Federation” came back as “Mordor”
  2. Heads will roll! In Denver, the marketing team at a local NBA team have admitted that – while poorly thought through – the decision to sell a “white pride hat” was the result of an attempt to highlight (a) the colour of the hat and (b) the league’s “Pride” line and not any reference to race
  3. Fantastic or frustrating? Using 5 simple gestures from a finger swirl to increase radio volume to a hand swipe which declines an incoming call, drivers have been equally delighted and dismayed by the touch-free car controls designed by BMW for the new 7 Series
  4. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Keck Observatory and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, astronomers from MIT have discovered a massive, churning galaxy cluster 1,000 times the size of the Milk Way 10 billion light years from Earth
  5. After evacuating a portion of downtown, calling in the bomb squad and using a robot to attempt to diffuse a “suspicious package” left outside a post office, police in Alabama have been left rather red-faced after an X-Ray proved it was nothing more than 2 hot dogs wrapped in tin-foil
  6. In Tokyo, Kiyomura Corp, which runs a chains of sushi restaurants, has paid $117,706 for a 200kg bluefin tuna at auction – the most ever paid for such a catch
  7. Including a whole rubber chicken, a bald Barbie doll and a riding crop, the list of the 10 strangest things found in a dog’s stomach is really quite alarming
  8. The dangers of drinking and driving! After taking his pay cheque and embarking on a days-long drinking session, a 30 year old man in Malawi came home to find his wife had left for her parents’ house. Driving after her, he is now battling for his life after she stabbed him in the head for “failing to leave her any money for groceries”
  9. GOOD DEED FEED: Dashcam footage from a New Jersey state troopers’ vehicle has captured the moment 2 officers delivered a baby on the side of the road after a couple didn’t quite make it to hospital in time
  10. “Either I ate her up or the worms did” In Sweden, jockey Helena Stahl has defended her decision to eat her horse after it was put down, though her actions have been thoroughly criticised on social media

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