People who use the Internet to read the news have a greater attention span than print readers, according to a U.S. study that refutes the idea that Web surfers jump around and don’t read much. The EyeTrack07 survey by the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based journalism school, found online readers read 77 percent of what they chose to read while broadsheet newspaper readers read an average of 62 percent, and tabloid readers about 57 percent.
Sara Quinn, director of the Poynter EyeTrack07 project, said this was the first large public study internationally to compare the differences between how people read the news online and in newspapers. She said they were surprised to find that such a large percentage of story text was read online as this exploded the myth that Web readers had a shorter attention span.
For the first time in astronomical history, a huge, bizarre rock beyond Neptune has been linked to other orbiting bodies out there. Some how the big rock called 2003 EL61, which is almost the size of Pluto, got into orbit out in the Kuiper Belt where most every other object is made of ice. Not only is this huge rocky object there, it is the only object in our solar system shaped like an American football and tumbling long end-over-end every four hours.
An unemployed…man [from Tooting, UK] has found work at last – as an Indian Goddess who thousands of Hindus believe can cure infertility. Pilgrims head to a remote jungle temple to be blessed by Steve Cooper, 32, from South West London, reports The Sun.
Surrounded by followers, Steve declared: “I love being here. I don’t miss anything about Tooting.”
He is regarded as a reincarnation of Bahucharaji, the patron of Indian eunuchs. He has been at the temple in the northern state of Gujarat for three months. Every time Steve walks through the local village, people flock to greet him, shouting: “Jay Bahuchar Ma” – “The goddess is here.”
Steve calls himself Pamela. But his devotees have dubbed him Prema – Hindi for Divine Love.
The swan that fell in love with a peddle boat is back courting its plastic lover after spending the winter in a local zoo…
Swans choose a partner for life but the rare Black Australian swan nicknamed Petra made the mistake of falling for a peddle boat designed to look like a swan. And when Petra’s peddle boat lover refused to fly south for the winter Petra also remained, a move that could have killed her as the cold weather arrived.
In the end though local zoo chiefs took pity on the swan and gave her and her boat boyfriend a place to spend the winter, and this week the pair were once again on the lake together.
Bulgaria’s cash strapped health ministry is using a World Bank loan to buy a fleet of luxury Porsche Cayennes to serve as ambulances. Health Minister Radoslav Gaydarski said the 32 four wheel drive vehicles would be used in remote areas where normal vehicles normally could not travel. He confirmed the cars had been purchased with a loan by the World Bank. The ministry said they had chosen the Porsches after the company offered what he insisted was the lowest bid in a tender offer.
But critics say the claim is rubbish, as each vehicle has a retail price of £80,000. Locals are outraged by the news and claim the money could have been better spent. Bulgaria’s health sector is millions of pounds in debt and hospitals and clinics often blame a shortage of supplies and services on lack of funds.
Looks a tad smallish for an ambulance. Heck of a good bureaucrat transport though.
AP via CNN.com
The last known surviving American female World War I veteran, a refined Civil War buff who in 1916 met with the secretary of the Navy to promote women in the military, has died. She was 109.
Charlotte Winters died Tuesday at a nursing home near Boonsboro in northwest Maryland, the U.S. Naval District in Washington announced. Her death leaves just five known surviving American World War I veterans.
In 1916, Winters met with Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to persuade him to allow women in the service, said Kelly Auber, who grew up on South Mountain, Maryland, where Winters and her husband, John Winters, settled.
When the Navy opened support roles to women, Winters and her sister, Sophie, joined immediately in 1917, Auber said. By December 1918, the Naval District said more than 11,000 women had enlisted and were serving in support positions. Winters served as a secretary and retired in 1953 with the rank of yeoman in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Friends said she was proud of her role but didn’t like to be fussed over as she grew older and there were fewer and fewer WWI veterans alive.
“Why are they doing this for me? I don’t deserve all this,” Doug Bast of Boonsboro recalled her saying.
Yes. You do, Yeoman Winters. Go with God.
A Chinese man has abstained from making love to his wife for 17 years because he wants to live forever. Chen Dong, of Chongqing city, who is in his 50s, changed his way of living after a colleague told him he would live for 1,000 years if he became a celibate, vegetarian.
“He believed it completely, and since 1989 he has had me prepare him only vegetarian meals, and stopped living with me in the same room,” says his wife Yu Hui.
Chen believes he has found the secret of eternal life.
PS: His wife has divorced him.
A North Carolina man has been found to have been sharing his house with a flock of 80 sheep. Police …were called out after some of the sheep were seen grazing on flowers in the town cemetery.
Officers quickly established they had escaped from a nearby house owned by local man David Watts, reports the News & Observer. Sgt Robert Towell said: “He lives upstairs, and the sheep were living downstairs. He considered them pets.”…
Neighbours say they have suffered for years from swarms of flies and the stench. [A neighbor], who lives across the street, said: “All I want is to be able to sit on my front porch and not smell sheep poop.”
Mr Watts faces criminal charges of neglecting the sheep, some of which were in such poor condition they will have to be put down.
Police discovered an illegal cannabis farm in Leeds after it caused part of a road to collapse. Cannabis growers had tunnelled out under the road to connect to a mains electricity supply to power lights and hydroponics.
Inspector Richard Coldwell said: “This was quite an extreme incident where the road had actually began to collapse as a result of the tunnel from the cellar to the mains supply.”
The [cave-in] led to the discovery of more than 1,000 Cannabis plants in the Headingley area of Leeds. Two people have been arrested in connection with the matter and are currently in custody.
Next time that you listen to your iPod, or other similar device, remember the words of a scientist from the French Academy of Sciences who, after listening to a recording made by Thomas Edison, stated: “… clearly that is a case of ventriloquism”. So you aren’t really hearing the iPod, it’s only a teeny ventriloquist hiding in there. The French Academy of Sciences said so.
A [Sedalia, Missouri] woman was arrested after police said she dialed a wrong number and told a police detective that she wanted to buy drugs.
Detective Phil Stewart said he was sleeping last Thursday morning when he got a call on his cell phone from Tammy Banks, 41, of Sedalia. The call was a wrong number, but Stewart was suspicious, so he said her friend wasn’t around and then asked the caller what she needed.
“That’s when she told me she wanted half a gram of meth,” Stewart told KMBC’s Marcus Moore. Stewart, who has been a drug enforcement officer for six years and has executed about 250 warrants, agreed to help “I just said, ‘Sure, I can do that for you,'” Stewart said.
She’s being held on a $5000 bond.
Environmentalists have been trying to stop the spread of the poisonous creatures across the country’s tropics. The toads were introduced from Hawaii in the 1930s in a failed attempt to control native cane beetles.
Some estimates put their numbers as high as 200 million.
[ The ] Chinese people have condemned a project to build a 13-mile long dragon along a mountain ridge outside a city. Developers say the project will rival the Great Wall of China and revive tourism to historic Xinzheng city, Henan province.
But, in a survey of 50,000 people, 92% strongly opposed the project for “abusing the environment and wasting money”.
More than 800 metres of the dragon, made of steel and cement, have already been completed, reports Henan Business News.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Sioux City Journal
Customers at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant got more than they bargained for when a deer crashed through the restaurant. The deer jumped through the window at the pizza restaurant at Southern Hills Mall on Sunday. No one was hurt, said Kris Walter, a mall spokeswoman.
She said a couple of guys jumped on top on the deer and held it down until officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources arrived. The deer was injured but was able to be taken out of town and turned loose, Walter said
The Sun via Ananova
A man travelled up and down the same train line for six hours before staff realised he was dead.
Ferdinando Borelli, 85, had a fatal heart attack, but other passengers assumed he was asleep, reports The Sun. He completed the route – from Savona to Turin in northern Italy – three times before cleaners tried to wake him at the company’s depot.
He was returning from holiday and died shortly after boarding the train.
A 25-year-old [ Queensland ] man will [ appear in ] court next month after allegedly breaking into a police station overnight at Palmwoods.
Police allege the man broke in…by climbing through a window…The man is accused of stealing back property that police had seized from him earlier in the day. The 25-year-old allegedly took the stolen property back to his home where police arrested him about an hour later.