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Just give a little whistle

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.

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on Just give a little whistle

Now even fish have cell phones

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.

February 28, 2009 Posted by | animals, Strange | Comments Off on Now even fish have cell phones

Riding this train is a mooooving experience

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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.

via Ananova

February 28, 2009 Posted by | animals | , | Comments Off on Riding this train is a mooooving experience

If you hide it then it’s not real

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.”

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on If you hide it then it’s not real

Ghost? More likely lens flare and reflection

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February 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ghost? More likely lens flare and reflection

Proving once again that you don’t have to be smart to be a crook

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.

February 28, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Crook | , | Comments Off on Proving once again that you don’t have to be smart to be a crook