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Irony

The Local
At least nine people are thought to have suffered food poisoning from a buffet at a staff training day – at Sweden’s National Food Administration in Uppsala.

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No pulling the wool over the eyes of the Dutch

Pravda
The mayor of a Dutch village invoked a law banning advertising close to a nearby superhighway in order to prevent an ad agency from putting jackets carrying commercial messages on the backs of grazing sheep. The law was the law, no matter whether the ads were “on a billboard, on a sheep or on a dinosaur,” he said.

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Chief Inspector Dreyfus’ sister?

DailyComet.com

herbertlom3.jpegA woman staying at a northeast Georgia motel this week shot herself while trying to light a cigarette with a pistol she mistook for a cigarette lighter, police said.

Police said Olivia Hutcherson, 21, of Anderson, S.C., had been arrested for fighting at a Waffle House shortly before she shot herself in the hand with a .22-caliber pistol she had tried to use to light a cigarette.

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If you’ve seen a 36 foot gorilla Carrollton police would like to talk to you

Metro.co.uk
Police in Texas are hunting a 35-foot tall inflatable gorilla in blue boxer shorts, which – as you’d expect – has been stolen.

The giant gorilla – which was previously on display at a tyre store just off Interstate 235 in the town of Carrollton – was stolen last week. By whom, or more imprtantly why, remains a mystery. NTB tyre store mehanic Mike Coates summed up the feelings of many on the issue, commenting: ‘I couldn’t believe that somebody stole that.’

In a plea to the gorilla thieves, on local TV station NBC 5, Coates asked for the return of the gorilla. ‘If you’re not using it, I’d like it back. We’d appreciate it.’

Reaction from town residents privded few leads.

‘Are you kidding? How do you steal a gorilla?’ pondered one local. (The answer to which, it appears, is ‘deflate it’.)

While the 35-foot tall gorilla is not the only giant inflatable gorilla in Carrollton, Coates believes that it is distinctive enough that people might recognise it if they saw it. When last seen, the gorilla was wearing a yellow shirt and blue boxer shorts.

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The incredibly long tongue

New Scientist
tongue.jpg A rare South American bat turns out to have a spectacularly long tongue. At up to 150% the length of its body, it is proportionally the longest of any mammal. The bat appears to have evolved its incredible tongue in order to feed exclusively from a tubular flower found in the “cloud forests” of Ecuador.

Nectar bats’ tongues have tiny hairs on the end, which they use to mop up nectar and pollen from within flowers. The plants gain from this relationship by depositing pollen on the bat’s head, which it spreads from flower to flower.

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To put this in perspective: If you are six feet tall your tongue would be nine feet long—plenty to get those last drops of cappucino from the bottom of the cup.

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