Ten things which raised an eyebrow this week – 14/03/2014

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


  • From the male model who became President, the trainee priest with a future as Prime Minister and the dentist who would assume his patient’s role as Head of State, you may be surprised to know what some of the World’s leaders did before they were in power
  • “He’s not dead, he’s just meditating!” Followers of the Divine Light Awakening Mission are convinced that, despite the fatal heart attack he suffered 6 weeks ago and the fact his body is currently in a freezer, their spiritual leader, Ashutosh Maharaj, is not dead but rather is just in samadhi – the deepest form of meditation!
  • A real-life Dr. Doolittle has declared he’s found a way to chat to animals and ask about their day
  • Oh the irony! Liquidator’s have been appointed to wrap up “Irish Psychics Live” after “unforeseen circumstances” were blamed for severe losses and liabilities in excess of 800,000 euros
  • Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a man has been hospitalised after sharing a passionate kiss with his pet turtle
  • Earlier this week it was announced that an increasing number of expats are seeking out therapy to deal with the stress of living away from home. One of the most frequent complaints is access to “familiar food”, or lack thereof. As many as two-thirds of people admit to regularly smuggling the “taste of home” in the form of baked beans, sausages, crisps and fresh milk
  • The Life At Home Report 2013 by retail giant IKEA includes some odd statistics, including the fact 43% of Americans have ‘assigned seating’ in their own living rooms
  • In the wake of another disastrous oil spill, The Penguin Foundation on Philip Island has sent an emergency appeal to the world’s knitters looking for thousands of little jumpers to help clean and protect the animals
  • Elaine – get out! Linda – please leave! Alice and Amir – you’re no longer welcome! With the explanation that they “contradict the culture or religion of the Kingdom”, the interior ministry of Saudi Arabia has banned 50 names due to their “disrespectful” or “foreign” basis
  • And finally, if you feel you’re having a bad day, spare a thought for Dr. Catherine Potvin, the “warmist” who declared she could predict the exact date Global Warming would bring about the end of the world. Scheduled to present her findings at a much publicised lecture in Canada this month, the doc was left with proverbial egg on her face when the Conference on Global Warming was cancelled due to an unexpected snow storm!

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