The Christmas ornaments for sale at the Miller Park Zoo’s gift shop are partly manufactured by reindeer. Honest
Staffers make decorations out of droppings from the zoo’s two reindeer, Ealu and Rika. The droppings are dried, then clear-coated and either painted or rolled in glitter.
The day after Thanksgiving, always busy for retail stores, also is the busiest day of the year for Roto-Rooter, a national plumbing and drain service that reports about 50 percent more calls, nationwide, than on any other Friday…
Ask Benjamin Franklin’s local plumbers what they have seen down drains, and you’ll get all sorts of answers: Eggshells – Cat litter – Potato peels – Hot Wheels cars – A headless Barbie doll – Grease buildup – A diamond ring – And plenty of cell phones in toilet lines.
“Cell phones are famous for plugging up bathrooms,” said Joel Mullen, operations manager for Ace-Hi Plumbing. “Especially at Wal-Mart.”
A Devon couple with a combined age of 179 have become Britain’s oldest newlyweds. John Dawkins, 89, and his bride Penny Cooper, 90, wed nine months after she took advantage of a Leap Year and proposed to him, reports the Daily Telegraph.
The wartime navy veterans have become the most senior sweethearts in the country to exchange vows, according to Statistics Authority records.
A Chinese man believes that he woke his wife from a coma by gently biting her toes…for ten years. After trying many other things he remembered hearing that the feet are “home to many nerves” and figured it couldn’t hurt. So he faithfully gently bit her toes for ten years when she suddenly woke.
He attributes her waking to the toe biting. It seems far more likely that she awakened on her own.
Russian dog owners are being collared by advertising agencies to turn their pets into walking billboards. The Promo Dog project in Novosibirsk, Siberia, pays owners a fee in return for their pooches wearing specially designed clothes with ads on them.
A spokesman for the Promo Dog project said: “We have launched this project in a time of financial crisis as an alternative to traditional advertising…
“Dogs go everywhere and are highly visible on the streets. There is also the novelty value of seeing a dog wrapped in an advertisement so people will stop and look. It is an excellent way of raising the profile of a company or product.”
A Chinese farmer fascinated by technology has built himself 26 robots over the past 30 years. Wu Yulu, 46, who has only a basic school education, designs the robots himself and builds them from scrap materials.
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As anyone who reads Oldster’s View regularly knows, I only very rarely endorse anything but I was recently sent several images of art done by Richard Carpenter of Mountain Magic Originals and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. The pictures below are examples of Richard’s work.
This life size bear is made from thousands of pine needles and took eight months to complete.
Closeup of the pine needle bear
Moose antler carving
You’ll find lots more examples of Richard’s work, including many more carvings and jewelry at his web site, Mountain Magic Originals. Good stuff. Look it up.
One of Britain’s oldest women has been celebrating her birthday on the wrong day – for more than a century.
Lena Thouless, 106, a great-grandmother, from Bowthorpe, Norwich, has spent all her life celebrating her birthday on 23 November. But detective work by her daughter, Lena Brooks, discovered she should have been blowing out the candles the day before, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mrs Brooks, 55, also of Bowthorpe, was stunned to discover purely by chance [when she found her mom’s birth certificate] that the extraordinary centenarian was actually born on 22 November.
This “ghost picture” is one of 27 pictures displayed on the pictures page at the Ghost Research Society website. Most are pretty unconvincing but judge for yourself, Just follow the link.
Lowry Park Zoo’s [Tampa, Florida] new residents, a pair of baby white tiger cubs, are making their debut this week. Each morning, the cubs are being let out to explore their habitat with their mother, Nikki.
The Motorola RAZR cell phone shared a distinction with the Zippo lighter when it recently stopped a bullet that hit Louisiana resident R. J. Richards in the chest while he was mowing his lawn. Apparently the bullet was not fired at Richards intentionally but was a nearly spent 45 caliber bullet from a “hunting accident”. However it did hit him hard enough to destroy the phone.
via Coolest Gadgets
Toy horses are usually pink and plastic – and aimed at young girls. But this little pony is 100 per cent natural – and ready to make friends with anyone her size.
Born ten days ago…in the southern state of Victoria, Australia, the…miniature horse – which is yet to be named – has already formed a bond with Sam Leith, 12.
More pictures at Mail Online
A chocolate bar laced with salty bacon bits is proving a hit in Britain, at least with some people. Selfridges, the only store in the UK that stocks the American product reportedly sold out its’ entire stock within 48 hours, according to the Daily Mail. Dubbed Mo’s Bacon Bar the odd concoction sells for a pricey £5.99 for a 3oz bar.
Ewan Venters, food and restaurant director at Selfridges, said: “… It’s a real explosion of flavours and people love it.”
Not everyone agrees, however. Claudia Connell of the Daily Mail described it as “the most unpleasant thing ever to have passed my lips” and “…like eating a chocolate the has been dunked in an…ashtray.”
A Spanish city has found an unusual place to generate renewable energy – the local cemetery. Santa Coloma de Gramanet, near Barcelona, has placed 462 solar panels over its multi-storey mausoleums.
via BBC NEWS
Andrew Arnold climbed a cell tower in Lowry, Texas, and spent several hours up there before police could talk him into coming down. Mr. Arnold didn’t explain why he climbed the tower in the first place.
Oh, yes. Did I mention he was naked?
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A Brevard County, Florida, couple have a house for sale with some unusual characteristics that they believe makes it worth big bucks and worthy of a tax exemption as a religious shrine. It has a “crop circle” in the front yard and black chicken tracks all over the kitchen cabinets and walls. (Picture above)
The way they figure it is that they were visited by extra-terrestrials after a party that the wife threw for her husband’s 40th birthday. After the 40 or 50 biker friends she invited left around 2 AM the couple went to bed. When they woke the following afternoon at around 1:30 PM there was a “crop circle” in the front yard and black chicken tracks all over the cabinets and neatly patterned on the walls like a decorative strip. Naturally they figured extra-terrestrials were responsible. I mean what else could it have been? And the dead chicken with the black painted feet was right there in the middle of the kitchen floor which surely proves it.
Incidentally, the Brevard County tax authorities are turning a cold eye on the tax exemption thing. Bunch of unbelievers apparently, even after the male half of the couple explained that “Our home has been blessed by extraterrestrial beings and should be exempted as a place of worship…We’re pretty sure they came during the night of my 40th birthday party…We got a friggin’ shrine here.”
In case you are interested in buying the 1200 square foot house the asking price is $349,000
A Chinese man spent 13 years building himself a car he can take fishing. Wang Hongjun, an electrician from Qian’an city, Hebei province, says his “amphibicar” cost him about £100,000 and 13 years of persistence to develop.
After driving it to Beijing to find investors, he told the Beijing Times: “I’m looking for auto producers who are interested in my creation, since I don’t want to keep it to myself.”
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