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Started 1/25/18 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 52469 views.
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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

1/25/18

Camels disqualified from Saudi Arabia beauty contest over botox injections

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Twelve camels have been disqualified from Saudi Arabia's annual camel beauty contest because their owners resorted to giving them botox injections.

The judges look at many traits in the beasts, including the size of the lips, and some owners have been tempted to use botox to give their camels a fuller pout.

The month-long festival attracts tens of thousands of participants, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake.

Organisers of the month-long annual camel festival aim to reflect traditional aspects of Saudi cultural heritage.

And for the Bedouin of Arabia, nothing is more essential than the camel, used for centuries for food, transport, as a war machine and as a companion.

Chairman of the King Abdulaziz Foundation Fahd al-Semmari said the contest aimed to highlight the camel's importance.

"The goal is to give citizens, residents and visitors from outside the kingdom the opportunity to see something new [which is] the camel as culture, heritage and sport," he said.

Events at the festival include races and show competitions with combined purses of 213 million riyals ($70.3 million).

The pavilion features an auction where top camels can fetch millions of riyals.

There are food stalls and souvenir shops, a petting zoo featuring the world's tallest and shortest camels, a museum with life-size sand sculptures of camels, tents for tasting camel's milk and viewing camel-hair textiles, and a planetarium showing how Arabs rode camels through the desert guided by the stars.

The festival is named after King Abdulaziz, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia who united the kingdom through military conquest, often on the back of camels.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-25/camels-disqualified-from-beauty-contest-over-botox-injections/9360172

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

1/28/18

Discounted Nutella causes customer chaos in supermarkets around France

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French shoppers swarmed around shelves and stands with jars of Nutella on Friday (local time) to buy the chocolate and hazelnut spread for a heavily discounted price.

French supermarket chain Intermarche reduced 950 gram jars of Nutella from 4.50 euros to 1.41 euros, sending customers into a frenzy.

In the scenes reminiscent of Black Friday sales hysteria — the post-Thanksgiving sales day in the United States — bargain hunters were scuffling in stores around France to stock up.

The 70 per cent price cut at Intermarche stores led to scenes likened by some to "riots", as staff members tried to calm customers and restore order.

In a statement on Twitter Ferrero France said the promotion was decided by the supermarket chain.

Ferrero said it deplored the consequences of the sale, which it said caused "confusion and disappointment" for customers.

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Videos of the chaos here:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-27/french-shoppers-nutella-buying-frenzy/9367092

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

1/28/18

Elephant crosses China-Laos border during early morning stroll

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CCTV vision has captured a wild Asian elephant in south-west China taking a two-hour border tour before dawn.

The elephant moved out of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province and went for a stroll in neighbouring Laos before returning home two hours later.

Surveillance cameras at the Chahe border crossing checkpoint captured the elephant's movements.

The footage shows the elephant initially puttering towards the exit of the border checkpoint.

Upon reaching the border railing, the animal slowed down a bit and comfortably crossed the "obstacle" to Laos.

Soldiers on duty immediately dispatched two teams to look for the elephant and reminded nearby residents to keep a watchful eye.

About an hour later the elephant was again seen heading back towards the border crossing.

But this time he circumvented the railing and sneaked in by the side of it.

"It's winter now and there's not a lot of food in the forest areas. We often see wild elephants hunting for food in nearby villages," said Li Zhifu, a soldier with Chahe border-crossing checkpoint.

"This time, the elephant wandered around within our exit port but could not cause any harm because of our efforts.

"The elephant has now returned to the forest safe and sound."

Wild Asian elephants are under national protection.

China has about 300 Asian elephants, mostly living in the tropical rainforest of Yunnan Province.

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Video here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-29/elephant-crosses-china-laos-border-during-early-morning-stroll/9369338

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/1/18

Spanish police arrest five over alleged 4,000 kg orange heist

Thousands of oranges spill out the door of a white car

Police in the southern Spanish city of Seville have arrested five people for allegedly stealing 4,000 kilograms of oranges from a nearby town.

The group, travelling in two cars, caught the attention of police when their cars were driving close together.

After pulling the cars over, police discovered both vehicles were packed full of oranges, both loose and in bags, and without labels.

There was no paper trail for how the group attained the oranges. Instead the group claimed the fruit "came from far away" and that they "had been picking them up from the ground".

Police then got word a shipment of oranges from the nearby town of Carmona had been reported stolen.

Spain produces about half of all of the European Union's oranges, according to Eurostat.

Local police are still investigating.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-01/spanish-police-arrest-group-for-allegedly-stealing-oranges/9383624

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/1/18

Dexter the emotional support peacock barred from flying

Dexter the emotional support peacock has been barred from boarding a flight by United Airlines, to the dismay of its owner and the amusement of passers-by in New Jersey.

New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko said she bought a ticket for her peacock so it would have its own seat on the flight from New Jersey to Los Angeles.

A video shared by Sherri Ross on Twitter shows the animal casually perched on its owner's shoulder as she walks into the Newark Liberty International Airport.

Other photographs shared by The Jet Set TV show Dexter perched on a baggage trolley.

Andrea Hiller, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based United, said they stopped the animal from boarding because it did not meet the airline's size and weight standards, among other reasons.

She said these issues had been explained to the owner three times before they arrived at the airport.

The peacock has its own Instagram account, @dexterthepeacock, where a photograph of it appeared with an accompanying caption saying, "Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA (Los Angeles) (after following all required protocol). Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country!"

Emotional support animals typically include dogs and cats and are used by people with some sort of disability, which generally needs to be verifiable.

External Link: comfort peacock

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-01/dexter-the-emotional-support-peacock-denied-entry-on-flight/9383486

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Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/3/18

Indonesian police 're-educate' transgender beauty workers

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The Indonesian police chief who led humiliating raids against transgender beauty workers says he has re-educated them by making them dress in male clothing and "yell like men".

Key points:

  • The transgender beauty workers were made to wear men's clothes, trained to sound masculine
  • Re-education aimed at protecting transgender people from conservative Islamic organisations, police say
  • Politicians this week agreed on draft legislation that will criminalise gay sex and sex between unmarried couples

Just days after he ordered a group of 12 trans women to be stripped of their clothes and have their heads shaved in front of a laughing mob, North Aceh police chief Untung Sangaji ordered them back to his office to practice "macho shouting".

Deputy Police Commissioner Sangaji sent the ABC video of a "re-education" meeting showing he and the trans women shouting "good morning" together.

"We changed their clothes. They were wearing dresses," he said.

"I bought them shirts and asked them to yell. At first it sounded feminine, but then it sounds better.

"Then our preacher gave them a sermon."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-03/indonesian-police-re-educate-transgender-beauty-workers/9391972

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Ah, the stupidity of bigotry on full display.

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/11/18

P&O Cruise ship forced to return to Sydney after alleged brawl over toilet queue

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A 37-year old Russian woman has been charged with allegedly glassing a 21-year-old man with an empty wine bottle during an argument on board P&O cruise ship Pacific Explorer.

NSW Police say a fight broke out between several men on board the ship after an argument about a toilet line queue, early on Sunday morning.

During the fight, the 37-year-old woman, who is the partner of one of the men, allegedly hit the 21-year-old man on the head with the empty wine bottle, causing a laceration.

Police said ship security separated the men and they were detained.

The man with the injury was treated by medical personnel on board.

P&O Cruises said it asked the NSW Police Marine Area Command to come to the ship yesterday morning as a "result of their behaviour on board overnight".

"This is in line with our strict policy of zero tolerance of excessive behaviour that affects the safety, comfort and enjoyment of other guests. While these occurrences are rare, we have no hesitation in taking strong action when necessary to adhere to this policy," a P&O spokesman said in a written statement.

Police said yesterday afternoon, six men, including the injured man, and the woman, were removed from the ship at Bradley's Head after the ship was forced to return to port after the incident.

The men were subsequently released without charge pending further inquiries, while the 37-year-old Russian woman was taken to Newtown Police Station.

Marine Area Command investigators charged her with reckless wounding and affray.

The woman was granted conditional bail and will appear in court next month.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-12/p&o-cruise-ship-returns-to-sydney-after-alleged-brawl/9421790

I guess they all really had to go!

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/14/18

Oxford student uses ordinary camera to capture atom in prize-winning photograph

A photo taken of a single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields

A British student has used an ordinary camera and tripod to capture a prizewinning photograph of a single atom.

The long exposure photograph was taken by University of Oxford student David Nadlinger through a window of a ultra-high vacuum chamber.

Apart from using a lens accessory that increases the focal length of an existing lens, much of the camera technology Mr Nadlinger used was simplistic.

But the scientific process behind capturing the atom in the photo was much more complex.

The single positively-charged strontium atom, held near motionless by electric fields, was illuminated by a laser of a blue-violet colour which caused the atom to absorb and re-emit light quickly enough for an ordinary camera to capture it in a long exposure photograph.

Mr Nadlinger was able to zoom in close enough to capture the atom, which was held between two needle tips about 2 millimetres apart.

The resulting image named Single Atom in an Ion Trap came first in the Equipment and Facilities category of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's national science photography competition.

"The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the miniscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality," Mr Nadlinger said.

"A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot."

You might have the right camera rig, but it might not be so simple to snap your own atom selfie just yet.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-14/atom-photo-taken-with-ordinary-camera/9445288

Outstanding!

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/15/18

Would-be thief knocked out by accomplice in bungled burglary attempt in China

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Two would-be burglars got into a spot of bother when one threw a brick in an attempt to break a window but managed to hit his partner instead.

The encounter was captured on CCTV footage outside a non-descript warehouse in Shanghai.

The two men are seen approaching the building before one man takes his first attempt at smashing the storefront open with a brick.

The brick appears to bounce off the building and onto the ground, sending one of the thieves scurrying over to fetch it.

Following his lead, within seconds, the other man hurls a brick in the same direction which hits his accomplice in the head.

The brick-throwing burglar can be seen hoisting his partner's limp body off the ground and dragging him away from the scene afterwards.

The video footage was posted to social media website Weibo by the Shanghai Police Department, and has since been viewed more than 15 million times on the site alone.

"If all thieves were like this, police wouldn't have to work overtime," the video was captioned.

The condition of the injured thief is unknown and police are yet to identify the men involved.

You've gotta watch this video!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-16/thief-knocked-out-accomplice-in-botched-burglary-attempt-china/9453712

Hilarious!

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From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)

2/18/18

Kim Jong-un impersonator causes a stir at Winter Olympics ice hockey game

A man waves a flag in front of a stand full of cheerleaders in an ice hockey arena.

A group of North Korean cheerleaders were briefly wowed by the apparent, sudden arrival of their leader, Kim Jong-un, at a Winter Olympics ice hockey game on Wednesday.

Some cheerleaders immediately averted their gaze as the impersonator, who later only identified himself as Howard, smiled and waved to crowds who came to watch a unified Korean team play Japan at the Pyeongchang Games.

"They are playing a good game, they scored one goal. As a president, it's all I can ask for," Howard said, shortly after plain-clothed officials from South Korea's National Counterterrorism Centre moved him away from the cheerleaders, who he said had been doing a very good job.

"I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they're the best in the world," he said.

Howard had caused a commotion during last Friday's opening ceremony when he and a person dressed as US President Donald Trump were swiftly shown out of the stadium by security staff.

He said he was briefly detained inside a police office during Wednesday's match, then "politely asked" to leave.

"My face is too political," the dejected impersonator said as he walked slowly out of the ice hockey stadium.

"I was born with this face, I've got to live with it."

In North Korea, anyone impersonating a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous.

Images of the North Korean leadership are tightly choreographed and controlled by the reclusive nation's state propagandists.

Still, Howard's entrance was so spectacular that the North Korean cheerleaders struggled to stifle a quick laugh in between chants of "We are one!" and "Unify the motherland!".

"It shows you we're human after all," Howard said.

"Doesn't matter if they're South or North Koreans, a sense of humour and a bit of political satire is always needed."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-15/kim-jong-un-impersonator-causes-stir-at-winter-olympics/9449014?section=world

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