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North Korea test fires ballistic missile: Seoul


North Korea test fires ballistic missile: Seoul

North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s defence ministry said.

  • Posted 03 Aug 2016 08:32
  • Updated 03 Aug 2016 08:56

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects a surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile test in North Korea in undated photo. (Photo: AFP)

SEOUL: North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s defence ministry said, in an apparent reaction to the planned deployment of a US missile defence system.

The missile was launched from near the western city of Unyul at around 7.50am Wednesday (6.50am, Singapore time), it added.

The test follows the launch of three ballistic missiles on Jul 19 in what the North said were simulated nuclear strikes on the South.

Pyongyang has carried out a series of missile tests this year in defiance of tough UN sanctions, and vowed to take "physical action" against the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the South announced in July.

UN resolutions prohibit North Korea from developing ballistic missile technology.

Pyongyang has repeatedly warned of pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the South and US targets, although the main focus of its nuclear weapons programme is to develop a credible strike threat against the US mainland.

A series of missile tests this year aimed at backing up that threat led to an agreement between Seoul and Washington to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence, or THAAD, by the end of the year.

North Korea-US tensions had already been stoked by Pyongyang’s fury at Washington’s decision to personally target leader Kim Jong-Un with sanctions related to human rights abuses.

August 3, 2016 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Business, CELEBRITY, Death, Disgusting, Entertainement, Flying, Food, fraud, Health, Just Wrong, People, Politics, religion, Si-Fi, Space, Weird | | Leave a comment

Asteroid 1998 QE2: Giant Rock Passes Earth – Yahoo! News UK


 

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    Asteroid 1998 QE2: Giant Rock Passes Earth

                                  Asteroid 1998 QE2: Giant Rock Passes Earth

Life across the globe is hurtling towards a close encounter with the planet.

The giant rock, named Asteroid 1998 QE2, will make its closest approach to Earth later tonight.

Although it will keep a safe distance of 3.6 million miles – roughly 15 times the distance between Earth and the Moon – the 1.7-mile long object is of great interest to astronomers.

Using powerful telescopes, they should be able to glimpse the asteroid’s very own moon and observe some of the space rock’s surface features.

Martin Archer, a space plasma physicist, warned that if the asteroid were to strike, "it would certainly have implications for life on Earth on a global scale".

"It would flatten everything within 200 miles and cause damage within 1,000 miles but a lot of dust would be released into the atmosphere, blocking the Sun," he said.

"It could certainly cause extinction for certain species.

"However, this is by no means the closest near-Earth object we’ve seen. We had one a couple of months ago that was well within our geostationary satellites.

"We certainly don’t have to worry about this one at all."

Radar astronomer Lance Benner, who is based at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said scientists expect to obtain a series of high-resolution images of the asteroid as it skims past Earth.

He said: "Whenever an asteroid approaches this closely, it provides an important scientific opportunity to study it in detail to understand its size, shape, rotation, surface features, and what they can tell us about its origin.

"We will also use new radar measurements of the asteroid’s distance and velocity to improve our calculation of its orbit and compute its motion farther into the future than we could otherwise."

Mr Archer said scientists are yet to discover every object that could one day pose a risk to life on Earth.

However, Alan Fitzsimmons, of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, told Sky News that asteroid strikes are rare.

"Luckily objects of this size or larger only hit us about once every four million years," he said.

"Radar observations of 1998 QE2 will let us check it’s not coming near us for a long time to come."

Asteroid 1998 QE2: Giant Rock Passes Earth – Yahoo! News UK

May 31, 2013 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Death, Entertainement, Flying, Internet, nature, Si-Fi, Space, Star | | 1 Comment

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip


 

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip

AFPBy Neil Sands

  • A cabin crew member of budget Philippine airline Cebu Pacific performs a dance as part of the inflight safety demonstration, on October 8, 2010. A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 -- is it okay to fart mid-flight?

     

    AFP/AFP/File – A cabin crew member of budget Philippine airline Cebu Pacific performs a dance as part of the inflight safety demonstration, on October 8, 2010. A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight? 

A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced flyers since the Wright brothers took to the air in 1903 — is it okay to fart mid-flight?

The experts’ recommendation is an emphatic yes to airline passengers — but a warning to cockpit crews that breaking wind could distract the pilot and pose a safety risk.

The study concluded that anecdotal evidence that flying increases flatulence is not hot air, finding that changes in air pressure at altitude result in the gut producing more gas.

When Danish gastroenterologist Jacob Rosenberg encountered the malodorous problem first-hand on a flight from Copenhagen to Tokyo, he enlisted some of the finest minds in his field to address the issue.

The result was an in-depth review of scientific literature on flatulence, looking at issues such as whether women’s farts smell worse than men’s (yes), what causes the odour (sulphur) and how often the average person passes wind every day (10).

The bottom line, according to the 3,000-word study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday, is that airline passengers should ignore the social embarrassment of breaking wind and "just let it go".

"(Holding back) holds significant drawbacks for the individual, such as discomfort and even pain, bloating, dyspepsia (indigestion), pyrosis (heartburn) just to name but a few resulting abdominal symptoms," the study found.

"Moreover, problems resulting from the required concentration to maintain such control may even result in subsequent stress symptoms."

The authors — five gastroenterologists from Denmark and Britain — said that while passengers may experience poor service from the cabin crew as a result of their decision, the health benefits outweighed any negative impacts.

However, they said the cockpit crew faced a lose-lose situation.

"On the one hand, if the pilot restrains a fart, all the drawbacks previously mentioned, including impaired concentration, may affect his abilities to control the plane," the researchers said.

"On the other hand, if he lets go of the fart, his co-pilot may be affected by its odour, which again reduces safety onboard the flight."

The authors canvassed a number of solutions to the issue of flight-induced flatulence, including using methane breath tests to screen wind-prone passengers from flights, but rejected them as impractical.

They did, however, note that the textile covers used on seats in economy class absorbed up to 50 percent of odours because they are gas permeable, unlike the leather seats in first class.

They suggested airlines could improve the odour-eating properties of the seats and issue special blankets and trousers to passengers to minimise mid-air flatulence.

"We humbly propose that active charcoal should be embedded in the seat cushion, since this material is able to neutralise the odour," they said.

"Moreover active charcoal may be used in trousers and blankets to emphasise this effect."

Air New Zealand declined to comment when asked if it would adopt such measures.

Experts tell flatulent flyers: let rip – Yahoo! News UK

February 15, 2013 Posted by | Blogroll, Business, Disgusting, Entertainement, Flying, Funny, Health, nature, People, Space, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Plane makes emergency landing at Belfast Airport | Mail Online


 

Caught on camera: The moment Thomas Cook holiday jet carrying 175 passengers made emergency landing at Belfast Airport

By Daily Mail Reporter

 

A holiday jet carrying 175 people has made an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport.

The Thomas Cook Airbus A320, which had been bound for Tenerife, came down just before 11.30am after developing a problem with its undercarriage.

It had been circling nearby Lough Neagh to burn fuel for an hour-and-a-half before making a final descent.

Touchdown: The Thomas Cook plane makes an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport today after experiencing technical problems shortly after takeoff

Touchdown: The Thomas Cook plane makes an emergency landing at Belfast International Airport today after experiencing technical problems shortly after takeoff

Standby: Nine fire engines, paramedics and police waited near the runway as the plane came down

Standby: Nine fire engines, paramedics and police waited near the runway as the plane came down

Airport staff evacuated the runway and nine fire engines and ambulance crew were on standby.

However, the captain was able to bring it down safely before taxiing to a stand at the terminal.There are no reported injuries.

The airport says the plane will be inspected by fire officials before passengers are allowed to disembark. Thomas Cook, one of Britain’s biggest tour operators  expects them to fly on to Tenerife at 3pm.

A spokesman for tour operator confirmed the emergency had been caused by a ‘minor technical difficulty with the landing gear shortly after takeoff.

‘We’re pleased to confirm that flight TCX 8126, which turned back after developing technical problems, has now landed safely at Belfast International Airport,’ she said.

‘A replacement aircraft is on its way and we expect to get everyone off on their holidays to Tenerife this afternoon.’

Investigation: The plane was being checked over by fire service staff and Thomas Cook technical teams

Investigation: The plane was being checked over by fire service staff and Thomas Cook technical teams

Arrivals: There were delays at Belfast International as a result of the emergency

Arrivals: There were delays at Belfast International as a result of the emergency

The flight took off from Belfast International at 9.40am today. It is understood that the pilot realised there were technical problems almost immediately.

A spokesman for the airport said: ‘An emergency stand-by was declared on board by the pilot shortly after take-off.

‘The plane has landed safely and has been taxied on to its stand. We have no idea what was wrong with the plane.’

She told the Belfast Telegraph there had been ‘huge relief’ when the aircraft touched down.

‘Thankfully we have had a safe landing and everyone is okay,’ she said. I am sure there will be a few passengers on board who will have found this experience a bit daunting however, thankfully everyone is safe and well.’

The Police Service of Northern Ireland was one of the emergency services that responded to the alert.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: ‘At approximately 10.13am this morning police responded to reports from Belfast International Airport that an aircraft had reported difficulties shortly after taking off.

‘Emergency services were put on stand-by. However, the plane was able to land safely at the airport at approximately 11.30am.

‘There have been no reports of any injuries.’

Emergency: The control tower and terminal buildings at Belfast International Airport County where the Thomas Cook landed safely this morning

Emergency: The control tower and terminal buildings at Belfast International Airport County where the Thomas Cook landed safely this morning

Flight path: The plane circled over Lough Neagh before making is final descent

Flight path: The plane circled over Lough Neagh before making is final descent

Plane makes emergency landing at Belfast Airport | Mail Online

February 7, 2012 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Computers, Death, Flying, Health, Holiday, Holidays, nature, People, Space | | 2 Comments

Bungalow stuck on seventh story of college building in impressive art installation inspired by Up |


 

Living on the edge: Bungalow stuck on seventh storey of college building in impressive art installation ‘inspired by Up’

By Mark Duell

It’s a fascinating piece of architecture that is leaving stunned observers wondering how on earth a bungalow has crash landed on top of a university building.

Do Ho Suh, of Seoul, South Korea, designed ‘Fallen Star’, which was carefully positioned on top of the University of California in San Diego and appears to have been inspired by the Disney film ‘Up’.

The house measures 15ft by 18ft and is an three-quarter version of a small house in Providence, Rhode Island, sticking out of the Jacobs School of Engineering’s seventh floor at a 10-degree angle.

Looking up: The house also has a front lawn and students have been invited to view it. The work will be seen from below by 29,000 undergraduates and the 52,000 people who visit the campus daily

Looking up: The house also has a front lawn and students have been invited to view it. The work will be seen from below by 29,000 undergraduates and the 52,000 people who visit the campus daily

Do Ho SuhDo Ho Suh

 

Structure: The house designed by Do Ho Suh, left, measures 15ft by 18ft and sticks out of the Jacobs School of Engineering’s seventh floor at a 10-degree angle

Lifted up: The house was integrated onto a structural concrete slab around 100ft above the ground

Lifted up: The house was integrated onto a structural concrete slab around 100ft above the ground

‘The engineering on this project has been really complex,’ said Mary Beebe, director of the Stuart Collection, part of UC San Diego. ‘It’s probably the most complex we’ve ever undertaken.’

The house also has a front lawn and students have been invited to view it. The work will be seen from below by 29,000 undergraduates and the 52,000 people who visit the campus daily.

‘Do Ho Suh’s work explores the notions of home and displacement, the cultural meaning of space and the relationship between the personal and the collective,’ a UC San Diego press release said.

He suggested that ‘Fallen Star’ might represent a house picked up by a tornado and displaced, and the work symbolises a ‘home’ for many students who have left theirs to attend the university.

Up and away: The artist suggested that 'Fallen Star' might represent a house picked up by a tornado and displaced, and the work symbolises a 'home' for many students who have left theirs to attend the university

Up and away: The artist suggested that ‘Fallen Star’ might represent a house picked up by a tornado and displaced, and the work symbolises a ‘home’ for many students who have left theirs to attend the university

Impressive: Do Ho Suh, of Seoul, South Korea, designed 'Fallen Star', which was carefully positioned on top of the University of California in San Diego and appears to have been inspired by the Disney film 'Up'

Impressive: Do Ho Suh, of Seoul, South Korea, designed ‘Fallen Star’, which was carefully positioned on top of the University of California in San Diego and appears to have been inspired by the Disney film ‘Up’

Animation: The hit 2009 film 'Up' featured 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, right, going on the trip of his life with Russell, left, to see South America by tying thousands of balloons to his home, top

Animation: The hit 2009 film ‘Up’ featured 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen, right, going on the trip of his life with Russell, left, to see South America by tying thousands of balloons to his home, top

The house was integrated onto a structural concrete slab. ‘It should be an unforgettable image and experience for all and will invite people to see the world in a new way,’ Ms Beebe added.

‘The engineering on this project has been really complex. It’s probably the most complex we’ve ever undertaken’

Mary Beebe, Stuart Collection director

Mr Suh studied at Seoul National University before moving to the U.S. in 1991 to attend the Rhode Island School of Design, describing arriving in America as if he was ‘dropped from the sky’.

He also studied at Yale University and now lives and works in New York, London and Seoul, with his works on display in those cities as well as Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Tokyo in Japan.

The house is based on the hit 2009 animated film ‘Up’, which featured 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen going on the trip of his life to see South America by tying thousands of balloons to his home.

The film- – which starred the voices of Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer and Jordan Nagai – won two Oscars and was directed by Pete Docter, who also worked on Monsters Inc and Toy Story 2.

Bungalow stuck on seventh story of college building in impressive art installation inspired by Up | Mail Online

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February 6, 2012 Posted by | Art, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Charity, Entertainement, Funny, Internet, nature, People, Politics, Space, Weird | | 1 Comment

Biggest solar storm since 2005 pummels Earth – Yahoo!


 

Biggest solar storm since 2005 pummels Earth

AFPAFP – 20 hours ago

A January 19 image provided by NASA shows an M3.2 solar flare captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. A potent solar flare has unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005 and could disrupt some satellite communications in the polar regions, US space weather monitors said Monday

A January 19 image provided by NASA shows an M3.2 solar flare captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. A potent solar flare has unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005 and could disrupt some satellite communications in the polar regions, US space weather monitors said Monday

A potent solar flare has unleashed the biggest radiation storm since 2005 and could disrupt some satellite communications in the polar regions, US space weather monitors said Monday.

The event started late Sunday with a moderate-sized solar flare that erupted right near the center of the Sun, said Doug Biesecker, a physicist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center.

"The flare itself was nothing spectacular, but it sent off a very fast coronal mass ejection traveling four million miles per hour (6.4 million kilometers per hour)," he told AFP.

A rush of radiation in the form of solar protons already has begun bombarding the Earth and is likely to continue through Wednesday.

The radiation storm is the largest of its kind since 2005 but still ranks only a three on the scale of one to five, enough to be considered "strong" but not "severe," he added.

NOAA said its website the S3 ranking means "it could, e.g., cause isolated reboots of computers onboard Earth-orbiting satellites and interfere with polar radio communications."

Biesecker said that when it comes to radiation storms, the polar regions are affected most.

For instance, the storm could spell disruptions to airline flights, oil operations, Arctic exploration and space satellites.

Night-sky viewers in Asia and Europe may be able to witness the aurora, or Northern Lights, late Tuesday as a result of the storm.

"We don’t expect major impacts from an event like this," Biesecker said.

"It’s the people who need GPS (global positioning system) accuracy of centimeters who have to worry, not people who want to know if you’re going to turn the car 30 meters (100 feet) ahead."

Biggest solar storm since 2005 pummels Earth – Yahoo!

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Entertainement, Internet, nature, pollution, Si-Fi, Space, Weird | | 3 Comments

Thomas Cook jet seconds from disaster after captain miscalculates weight and takes off at the wrong speed


 

Thomas Cook jet with 223 on board just seconds from disaster after pilot underestimates its weight by 17 TONS and isn’t fast enough to get off the ground

  • Captain miscalculates weight of aircraft by 17 tonnes

A holiday flight with 223 passengers on board narrowly avoided disaster after the captain miscalculated its weight by 17 tonnes, an accident report revealed today.

The Airbus A321, operated by Thomas Cook, was due to fly from Manchester airport to Heraklion in Crete when its co-pilot who was tasked with flying the plane asked for its take-off weight – and received the wrong figure from the pilot.

As a consequence the aircraft took off without enough thrust or speed which could have caused the pilot to lose control, endangering all those on board.

Dangerous: The Airbus A321-211 took off at the wrong speed after the captain made an error

Dangerous: The Airbus A321-211 was programmed to take off at the wrong speed after the captain made an error

Luckily, the co-pilot noticed that something was wrong, and made adjustments which averted disaster.

The report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said the incident took place on the morning of April 29 this year – the day of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Describing the incident as ‘serious’, the report said the captain had accidentally read out the amount the plane weighed without fuel on board.

Dangerous calculation: The captain of the Thomas Cook flight accidentally read out the amount the plane weighed without fuel on board

Miscalculation: The captain of the Thomas Cook flight accidentally read out the amount the plane weighed without fuel on board (file picture)

The flight management system was then programmed ‘with the incorrect speeds’.

The report went on: ‘The aircraft took off using less thrust and lower speed than were required.’

When the feel of the aircraft and the displays on the speed scale alerted the pilot to the problem he ‘responded by reducing the pitch attitude, which allowed the aircraft to accelerate to a safe climb speed’, said the report.

The AAIB said there were ‘a number of errors that occurred’, firstly because the captain read out the wrong number and afterwards when staff missed chances to detect the error.

Manchester Airport, where the incident took place

Manchester Airport, where the incident took place

Shockingly, today’s report indicated that potentially dangerous mistakes are common before take-off, and go unreported across the industry.

It said there have been ‘a significant number of reported incidents and several accidents resulting from errors in take-off performance calculations around the world in recent years’.

‘There must also have been many similar events which were either unreported and/or unnoticed, some of which will have had the potential to cause accidents,’ it added.

Commenting on the report, Thomas Cook Airlines maintained that: ‘On recognising the error, the captain immediately amended the flight path to ensure the aircraft climbed safely away. No impact whatsoever was felt by the passengers.’

Thomas Cook has also hit headlines recently for its precarious financial situation. The second biggest tour operator in Europe was forced to ask its banks for an extra £100m loan to deal with its spiralling debt, totalling nearly £1billion.

Fears that the 170-year-old company was on the brink of collapse caused its share-price to plummet up to 75 per cent in one day as rumours circulated that the company was set to close 200 shops and axe 1,000 jobs to reduce its debt mountain.

The company, which has delayed releasing its end of year results due to its negotiations with the banks, is reportedly also set to cut its fleet of aircraft as another cost-cutting measure.

Unrest caused by the Arab Spring – especially in Egypt and Tunisia – and the ongoing eurozone crisis have been blamed for poor bookings this year, but the company has rushed to reassure travellers that their holidays are secure.

Following the crash in share price two weeks ago, Thomas Cook’s interim chief executive Sam Weihagen published a letter in national newspapers saying it is safe to book breaks with the group.

Mr Weihagen’s letter began: ‘What a week it has been for Thomas Cook,’ adding that it is now ‘an even stronger and more confident company’ and members of the public ‘can be sure that your holiday really is in safe hands’.

Thomas Cook jet seconds from disaster after captain miscalculates weight and takes off at the wrong speed | Mail Online

December 8, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Death, Health, Holidays, nature, People, Space | | Leave a comment

Queen to share Pacific nation’s coins with Star Wars characters


 

Queen to share Pacific nation’s coins with Star Wars characters

Characters from the Star Wars space epic are to appear on a nation’s currency for the first time.

The coins will feature Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Yoda

By Paul Chapman in Wellington

Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Yoda and a cast of other heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away, will join the Queen on coins issued by the South Pacific island state of Niue.

A set of 40 coins is being produced by the New Zealand Mint.

As legal tender, the coins will have a face value of NZ$2 (£1), but the silver content in each is worth considerably more than that.

The coins are primarily aimed at collectors and investors around the world in a bid to boost Niue’s flagging government coffers.

Sets of four, each containing 1oz of silver, will sell for NZ$469 (£235).

Others struck in silver-plated base metal will cost much less.

"You wouldn’t want to go and spend them because they’re only worth $2, but the value is much more than that," said Chris Kirkness of the New Zealand Mint.

"No one is going to go buy an ice-cream with them.

"Traditionally, who would buy these would be coin collectors, but this product opens up the market as a gift product and for enthusiasts of Star Wars," he told Fairfax newspapers’ website.

"You know Star Wars if you’re seven or 70."

While Star Wars characters are depicted in colour on the reverse of the new coins, a traditional effigy of the Queen by the sculptor Raphael Maklouf dominates the obverse.

Underlining the target market, the first issue goes on display at the American Numismatics Association’s show in Chicago next week.

Further coins will be released until 2014.

Fans of George Lucas’s classic films are expected to be enthusiastic about the coin issue.

Star Wars rapidly developed a cult following after first appearing on cinema screens in May 1977, and spawned a huge merchandising industry.

Niue, a remote Polynesian state of only 1,400 people, normally uses New Zealand currency.

The island nation courted controversy in April with the commemorative stamp it issued to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The stamp featured a perforated line down the middle, which split the happy couple.

Queen to share Pacific nation’s coins with Star Wars characters – Telegraph

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Funny, Internet, Money, People, Si-Fi, Space, Weird | | Leave a comment

Ask A Stupid Question Day comes to British schools


 

Ask A Stupid Question Day comes to British schools

Ask A Stupid Question Day comes to Britain’s schools, encouraging pupils to ask teachers the daftest things they can think of.

 

A camel and a soapdish. Ask A Stupid Question Day: text answer service AQA's 10 silliest questions

Nature’s opposites: a camel (left) and a soapdish Photo: GETTY/CHRISTINE BOYD

Ask A Stupid Question Day has come to Britain’s schools.

The tradition dates back to the 1980s in America, and took place on 28 September or the last day of the school year. Pupils are encouraged to ask their teachers ridiculous questions.

Now British children are to get the same opportunity.

To mark the occasion, we have attempted to find some of the silliest questions ever posed in Britain to date, as asked by users of the Any Questions Answered (AQA) text service. Here are 10 of the best.

Q: What’s the opposite of a camel?
A: The opposite of a camel is a soap dish: it has dimples instead of humps and lives in a mostly moist area.

Q: How long would it take to roast a fully grown Indian elephant?
A: An Indian elephant, average weight 5000kg, would take 2916 hours and 40 minutes to roast to perfection (based on 35 minutes a kilogram). You would need an extremely large serving dish.

Q: In Mars Bars, how much taller is Jeremy Clarkson than Tom Cruise?
A: A Mars bar is four inches long. Jeremy Clarkson measures 19.25 Mars Bars (six feet five), while Tom Cruise is 16.75 Mars bars high (five feet seven). That’s a 2.5 Mars bar difference.

Q: How long would it take a snail to slide around the world?
A: 34,519 days at 0.7 miles a day or 0.03 miles per hour, the average speed for a garden snail.

Q: What’s the funniest word in the world?
A: The funniest word in the English language is fartlek (an athletic training regime); other funny words include furphy, pratfall, parp and firkin.

Q: What is the best type of biscuit to make a mattress from?
A: The best type of biscuits to make a mattress from would be fig rolls or strawberry Newtons. They would be soft, but still provide some back support.

Q: I want to write a film script which makes me millions: what should it be about?
A: Based on the top-grossing films, your script should be about a young wizard and a robot looking for a ring on a pirate ship which sinks. Good luck.

Q: In an average lifetime, how much gas will a human expel?
A: The average adult has 14 occurrences of flatulence per day. Total expulsion is about 538ml, making approximately 14,727 litres of gas expelled in a life time.

Q: How long is a piece of string?
A: A piece of string is twice as long as half its length. It is usually shorter than the amount you need to wrap a parcel, but always long enough to tangle.

Q: When will I die?
A: You will die in a freak parachuting accident aged 98. Your memorial service, attended by more than 1,000 of your closest friends, will be at Wembley.

By Tom Chivers: Telegraph

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Blog, Blogroll, Computers, Entertainement, Funny, Internet, nature, People, Politics, Si-Fi, Space, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The cold paw: Russian scientists set up ‘Yeti’ institute


 

Russia sets up university institute to study the yeti after spate of sightings

 

Yeti: Sightings are on the rise in Siberia

Yeti: Sightings are on the rise in Siberia

Russia is setting up a university research institute to study the Yeti after a spate of claimed recent sightings in Siberia.

Scientists say they have found 15 witnesses in the past year who gave statements that they saw the Abominable Snowman in one remote area .

‘We spoke to local residents’, said Dr Igor Burtsev, who conducted an expedition last summer and will head the new institute at Kemerovo State University. ‘They told us Yetis were stealing their animals.’

The academic claims around 30 Yetis live in a remote region of Mount Shoria in in southern Siberia.

He strongly denies accusations that the ‘sightings’ are a bizarre ruse to attract tourists to the far-flung region.

Reports say the two-legged creatures are heavy-set, more around 7ft tall and resemble bears.

‘Their bodies were covered in red and black fur, and they could climb trees,’ said one account.

One villager, Afanasy Kiskorov, even claimed to scientists that he rescued a Yeti on a hunting trip a year ago.

The creature was screaming in fear after falling into a swollen mountain river, he said.

His version suggested a ‘strange creature, looking like a huge man which tried several times to get out of water and to stand up on both feet, but dropped into the water each time and was howling’.

As his fellow-hunters ‘froze’ in amazement, Kiskorov held out a dry tree trunk.

‘The creature clutched to it and crawled to the bank,’ he said.

On the trail: Scientists believe there could be a community of up to 30 yetis existing in remote Russian wilderness

On the trail: Scientists believe there could be a community of up to 30 yetis existing in remote Russian wilderness

The Yeti allegedly then ran off.  This ‘sighting’ was in the Tashtagol district of the Kemerovo Region, only accessible by helicopter.  However, no photographic evidence exists.

Other accounts say the Yetis steal hens and sheep from remote villages.

According to Burtsev, Yetis are Neandethal men who have survived to this day

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‘In Russia there are about 30 authoritative scientists who are engaged in studying the phenomenon of the ‘Abonimable Snowman’. All of them will be

integrated into this institute,’ said Dr Burtsev.

The ‘primary goal’ is to ‘establish contact’ with one of the creatures.

Leading Russian scientists deny the existence of the Yeti. An expensive Soviet expedition in central Asia found traces but no clear proof of the existence of the Yetis.

Elusive: An artist's impression of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman

Elusive: An artist’s impression of the Yeti or Abominable Snowman

The cold paw: Russian scientists set up ‘Yeti’ institute | Mail Online

March 22, 2011 Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, Entertainement, Funny, Internet, nature, scams, Si-Fi, Space, Weird | | Leave a comment