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20 eunuchs collect taxes in India

Yahoo! News
They are India’s new tax collectors. Dancing and singing to the beat of drums, about 20 eunuchs in bright saris began going from shop to shop, asking the owners to pay overdue municipal taxes in Patna, the capital of Bihar, one of India’s most impoverished and lawless states.

They were hired by Patna’s Municipal Corporation on Wednesday after the city’s tax arrears ran into the millions, said Atul Prasad, the municipal administrator. Revenue officials accompany the eunuchs with tax records to settle the outstanding arrears on the spot…

The new tax collectors met with considerable success in their first day in the job. They collected 425,000 rupees ($9,240) from shop owners, said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer.”We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters,” Sharma told The Associated Press.

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French fall short of kissing record

More at Yahoo! News
Is the French kiss falling short of its reputation? Just 1,188 kissers showed up in Paris on Thursday to try to break the record for the most people kissing in one spot at one moment, Guinness World Records said. They failed to break Budapest’s 2005 record for 11,570 people.

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We’re looking for a few dull men

Reuters Life via Yahoo News
Looking for safe excitement? November is fig month at the Dull Mens Club, a place in cyberspace for men who feel “born to be mild” and enjoy watching grass grow and photographing garden sheds.

“Figs are good for you. High fiber and high nutritional value … fat-free, sodium-free, cholesterol-free … not to mention the great taste. And they are portable,” enthuses the Dull Mens Club Web site http://www.dullmen.com just above its choice of “Anorak of the Month.”

While the rest of the Web teems with hazards — Trojans, viruses, bots, phishers, spyware and other people – this monochrome haven boasts “no violence or scary scenes” and does its best to exclude exclamation marks.

Instead, an analysis of baggage carousels at 376 airports globally discovers that 44.8 percent rotate counterclockwise, 29 percent clockwise. The site also reveals the reason for that orientation.

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How do you like yout surgeon grilled? Rare?

The Mirror via Ananova
Pigeon’s milk is one of the desserts on offer at a Latvian restaurant, a list of badly translated menus shows. According to the Mirror, the menu also offers a main course of “grilled surgeon”.

Travel Trade Gazette has collected confused hotel notices and menus that holidaymakers have spotted.

A Polish [menu] offers “roasted duck let loose, beef rashers beaten in the country people’s fashion”.

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