A perky orangutan has shocked zoo staff by learning to whistle. Bonnie, is the first orangutan ever documented making the sound, according to the National Zoo in Washington DC.
The 32-year-old’s keeper, Erin Stromberg, said Bonnie’s new-found skill has implications on ideas about the evolution of speech, reports the Daily Telegraph. He said: “I think what makes it significant is that you can train apes to whistle, but no one trained her to do it. She decided to do it on her own,”
The zoo said that Bonnie taught herself by listening zoo keepers who whistle while they work. She is also thought to have taught another orangutan called Indah to whistle too.
More at Whistling orangutan.
A businessman who lost his mobile phone on a beach was amazed when it turned up – in the belly of a giant cod.
Andrew Cheatle thought it had been swept out to sea after it slipped from his pocket. But a week later his girlfriend’s mobile rang and it was fisherman Glen Kerley saying he’d found the phone in a 25lb fish, reports The Sun.
Andrew got the handset back, dried it out – and amazingly it still works.
More at Missing mobile found inside fish.
A Chinese city’s railway station has so few passengers that it has become a pasture for animals.
Only two train services run from Beihai station, in Guangxi province, and they take twice as long as the bus. The station is so quiet that cattle grazes on the grass outside, reports the Star Online. Ducks waddle around the entrance while chickens search for scraps of food.
A Utah Senate committee has approved a bill that would hide the preparation of alcoholic drinks behind 10-foot-high walls in restaurants and make it illegal to appear drunk.
Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, says Senate Bill 187 is intended to eliminate anything resembling a bar in restaurants.
His measure also would redefine what it means to be intoxicated in Utah, gutting a Utah Supreme Court ruling that said simply being a drunk is not a crime. Under Valentine’s bill, it would be illegal for anyone to look like they are drunk.
via Senate Panel
Seen on a mug in the Salt Lake air terminal: “Eat, drink and be merry because tomorrow you could be in Utah.”
Vodpod videos no longer available.
A Johnson City, Tennessee, man has learned the hard way that, not only is it a bad idea to try to buy drugs from an undercover cop, but that when you use counterfeit money it’s best to be sure that the money is at least printed on both sides of the paper.
Investigator Frank Rogers said the officer met with several people at a mobile home park and arranged for Kochelek and another man to come to Unicoi to buy 76 OxyContin pills for $4,875.
Officers say it was “obviously bad money” with some bills printed on just one side.
via The Tennessean.
Tim Brueggeman, co-owner of the Spirits Lounge in the old Masonic Temple on State Street, [in Alton Illinios] says the name of his bar and restaurant can be interpreted two ways.
“We have had two or three ghost investigations here,” Brueggeman said. “They all seem to gather evidence that they interpret as being paranormal activity. This is supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in the area.”
According to the company’s web site, several paranormal investigators believe that former Masons continue to haunt the building, including the famous “Mr. Butt Print” who sits on dusty surfaces and leaves his mark.
via Our Strange World.
Magnets taped to the heads of captured crocodiles could keep them from returning to South Florida neighborhoods where they’re not wanted, state wildlife officials said Monday.
State biologists are studying the temporary use of magnets to disrupt the internal navigation of federally and state-protected American crocodiles, which have been spotted most often in neighborhoods of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
“Scientists in Mexico have reported success in using magnets to break the homing cycle,” said Lindsey Hord, crocodile response coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Are there crocodiles in Florida? I thought it was just alligators.
The world’s most pierced woman has added yet more metal to her body bringing the grand total to more than 6,000.
When first recognised by Guinness World Records in 2000, Elaine Davidson had 462 piercings, with 192 in her face alone. Now, nine years later, she has 6,005 including more than 1,500 that are “internal”, reports the Daily Telegraph.
More at Ananova – 6,005 piercings.
“1500 internal” piercings? I don’t even want to know…
Police officers said it was like “something out of Alice in Wonderland” when they were given the runaround by a giant white rabbit.
PCs Matt Jackson and Yasmin Mossadegh came across the two-foot long rabbit – the size of a small dog – hopping through Canterbury at 2.20am.
After spending 10 minutes fruitlessly trying to grab the animal – using their jackets as matador capes – they had to call on eight members of the public to help out.
More at Ananova – white rabbit.
A new office block being built in China is believed to have the most windows of any building of its size in the world. The nine-story building, designed by Japanese architect Sako Keiichiro, has close to a 1,000 windows, reports Today Morning.
People walking past the new development in Jinhua say it makes them feel dizzy if they look at the building for too long because it’s so unusual.
More at House of 1,000 windows.
A German court Friday found a dentist guilty of assault for forcibly extracting the dentures from a patient who did not pay [an $800] bill.
Chirin Kolb, a reporter for the Suedwest Presse newspaper, said the dentist, 57, apologised to the municipal court in Neu-Ulm after he was fined 6,000 euros for going to the woman’s home and taking the false teeth from her mouth.
Photo by Oldster
A German robber was caught after he escaped with his loot – but left his trousers behind.
Thomas Kohler, 21, punched taxi driver Daniel Eiffel, 53, in the face and made to run off with his mobile phone at Siegburg, near Cologne. But as he turned to flee the cabbie grabbed his loose fitting trousers – which were torn free as he fled.
Mr Eiffel said: “My natural reaction as he tried to make off with my phone was to grab for him but I could only reach his trousers. He kept struggling and managed to wriggle out of them and run off half-naked.” Mr Eiffel called police on a phone he borrowed from a passer-by and gave them a description of the trouserless crook.
“I didn’t think the police would have a hard job catching a man running round the city in his underwear,” he said.
Police successfully arrested the thief at a train station trying to board a train in his underpants.
An acoustics expert is conducting science’s silliest experiment – to find the world’s funniest whoopee cushion. Professor Trevor Cox, 42, has set up a special website where visitors hear six trumping noises and are asked to grade them, reports The Sun.
Prof Cox, of Salford University, Manchester, has a long running interest in whoopee cushions and until recently held the record for having the largest one in the world.
Irish police chasing a Polish driver who had apparently committed more then 50 motoring offences have discovered the embarrassing truth.
Officers had been puzzled how the mysterious ‘Prawo Jazdy’ had always produced his documents – but with a different address each time. However, they have now discovered that ‘Prawo Jazdy’ is Polish for driving licence, reports Metro.
An internal Garda memo, reported in Irish papers, said officers taking details of Polish traffic offenders had been mistakenly using ‘Prawo Jazdy’, printed in the top right corner of the driving licence, as the holder’s name.
“Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence,” the police memo said. “It is quite embarrassing to see the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities.”
A Garda spokesman declined to comment on the reports.
A Chinese man was shocked to discover that the pet dog he had raised from a pup was actually a wolf. Mr Li, of Xian, said he found the shivering puppy in the mountains on an excursion last year and brought it home. He built it a den in a clearing in his village, fed it and took it for walks, reports Huashang Daily.
“I took it for a walk every day after work, and it grew very close to me,” Mr Li said.
But local residents grew suspicious after hearing a wolf howl close to their homes during the night.
“I never dared to let my child to go out alone at night after we started hearing the wolf,” said one resident.
Police were informed and, after coming out to see the ‘dog’ for themselves, called in an expert from a local wildlife centre. The expert confirmed the pet was definitely a wolf with the obvious characteristics that it never barked and had a thick fur coat and tail. It has now been taken in by Qinling Zoo.
A surprised Mr Li commented: “It looks very much like a dog to me. I would never have suspected that it was a wolf.”
via Pet dog was a wolf.
A new form of body art has Oklahoma lawmakers working to ban the practice before it moves to the state. It’s called eyeball tattooing. Even tattoo shops across the metro don’t know what would propel someone to do something like this, but they say it’s unneeded legislation. Lawmakers argue that it’s a public health issue.
New Castle County Police have arrested a burglar identified by his mother’s phone call…
Responding to reports of a burglary in progress at a home in the 2400 block of E. Paris Drive in Cedarcrest, Police arrived to find the suspect had fled the scene and a 40-year-old victim remained startled in his home.
According to reports, the victim was sitting on his couch when he heard the suspect enter the house and walk into the den. The victim then yelled at the suspect who immediately ran through the home and out the front door, dropping his cell phone on his way out.
During an investigation of the home, the suspect’s cell phone began to ring displaying “mom” on the incoming caller screen. After confirming the identity of the suspect through his mother’s phone call, Klosiewicz was discovered walking along the Kirkwood Highway near the Midway Shopping Center where he was taken into custody.
Google is officially denying widespread Internet rumors that its Google Earth software located the mythical sunken city of Atlantis off the coast of Africa. Either that, or Google is totally trying to hide something. Since I always appreciate a nice juicy conspiracy theory, I’m going to go with the latter.
Is this Atlantis? Apparently not, according to those meanies at Google.
From what it sounds like, a British aeronautical engineer was playing around with the new Google Earth 5.0, which includes undersea data, and noticed something funny off the coast of Africa, about 600 miles west of the Canary Islands, that resembled a pattern of a street grid. According to the United Kingdom’s Press Association, the pattern of streets equated to an area the size of Wales.
via Webware – CNET.