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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Ten golden-colored camels adorned with sparkling ornaments line up for the finale of a beauty contest in one of the UAE’s northern emirates, awaiting the selection of two proud winners.

Gulf Arabs from across the region gather in a large sandy plot in Ajman to sit in for a four-hour competition, which will see the selection of the best out of 150 camels every day.The three-day spectacle should end with the top two finalists bagging luxury cars, while a remaining eight win cash.

via Tribes show best camels at beauty pageant – Yahoo! News.

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February 28, 2010 Posted by | animals | | Comments Off on “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”

Spring has come to town

Photo credit: Me

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Great Pictures, Photos | | 4 Comments

Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

“Nasal leech infestation rarely occurs in society today and it is usually reported as an anecdote. In this study, we present seven nasal leeches in six patients from 1984 to 2008… Four patients were less than 8 years old and two patients were older than 60 years old. All patients had spent time in rural streams 2 weeks to 2 months before the symptoms occurred. All of the seven leeches were removed smoothly and one leech migrated to the oropharynx during the operation. The length of the leeches ranged from 2 to 12 cm with an average length of 4.6 cm…”

via  Discoblog | Discover Magazine

That’s roughly 3/4 of an inch to 5 inches, in case you were wondering.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

Tip: When the cops are taking you home don’t call 911

(New Jersey) State police said an intoxicated man being driven to his southern New Jersey home by troopers called 911 and claimed they were kidnapping him…

via  NJ.com

Did he end up in jail? Oh, yeah.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on Tip: When the cops are taking you home don’t call 911

“…flight attendants get into fistfight…” (You can’t make this stuff up.)

A flight from Rochester, N.Y., to Atlanta was canceled on Thursday after two flight attendants got into a fist fight, YNN Rochester reported.

via NYPOST.com

According to an airline spokesman, “The acts described are not acceptable.”  Really? Sounds like more fun than 6 peanuts and a half a Coke.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | Airplanes, Dumb Stuff | | Comments Off on “…flight attendants get into fistfight…” (You can’t make this stuff up.)

Frog crossing?

An animal protection group is urging French authorities to build special crossings to save millions of frogs and toads from being squashed on the country’s roads (on their way to their wetland breeding grounds.)

Their solution? Driver education, basically don’t run over frogs, toads and newts, and the construction of frog tunnels under the road. No word on who is going to teach the frogs, toads and newts to use the tunnels.

via Telegraph.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Bureaucrats, Dumb protesters, Dumb Stuff | , , | Comments Off on Frog crossing?

Drat that stupid horse! (or) Alcohol seldom makes you smarter


A Polish farmer is facing jail for being drunk in charge of both a horse and a lorry at the same time.

Leszek Stepien, 62, of Skwierzyna, used his farm horse to tow his broken down truck to the garage but had drunk so much he couldn’t steer straight. The impromptu carriage ground to a halt when the farmer managed to steer straight into the path of an oncoming car, sending the truck tumbling onto its side.

Stepien wasn’t about to take the blame for the collision, however. Uninjured, he sprang from the cab and proceeded to berate the poor beast, yelling: “This is all your fault.”

via Ananova – One horse power truck.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Drat that stupid horse! (or) Alcohol seldom makes you smarter

Tank driving tip: Don’t fall asleep

Red faced army officials have apologised after a tank left a trail of destruction when its driver nodded off at the controls.

The South Korean military vehicle was returning from an all night training exercise near the North Korean border when it suddenly accelerated and veered off the road.

The massive tank crushed two cars before ploughing into four trucks as terrified drivers and pedestrians ran for cover.

via Ananova – Chaos after tank driver nods off.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, adventure, Dumb drivers | , | Comments Off on Tank driving tip: Don’t fall asleep

From Saint George (Burns, that is.)

I was always taught to respect my elders and I’ve now reached the age when I don’t have anybody to respect.
George Burns

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Quotes | | Comments Off on From Saint George (Burns, that is.)

Well, that’s one way to supplement a retirement income

A granny was jailed for 13 years today after being found guilty of smuggling £1 million worth of cocaine into the country in her mobility vehicle.

Judge Adele Williams said Ambrozine Heron, 77, was a “willing participant” in the crime, which also involved her daughter, Pauline Chambers, 49, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

More via  Grandmother arrested for mobility scooter drug bust.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off on Well, that’s one way to supplement a retirement income

Ghost boy? You judge.

A builder demolishing an old school discovered this eerie image of a young boy in a mobile phone picture taken of the site.

The snap of the part-demolished brick building seems to show a boy aged around eight with short hair and wearing old-fashioned clothing, standing looking into the camera.

Workman John Fores, 47, only spotted the shadowy figure when he was looking back through the photos.

More here:  Builder snaps ‘ghost’ boy | The Sun |News.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | ghost | Comments Off on Ghost boy? You judge.

They can just buff that right out…

Police in China pulled up a 69-seater coach which had travelled 125 miles on a motorway – after it was virtually destroyed in a crash.

The driver and the owner of the coach were sitting in what remained of the front of the coach, wearing raincoats and crash helmets against the cold.

The rear of the bus was also badly damaged – with the engine exposed to the elements and cables trailing along on the road, reports West China Daily.

via Ananova – Police pull up crashed coach.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Dumb drivers | | Comments Off on They can just buff that right out…

The skinny on Britain’s narrowest house

A former donkey cart shed which is just 6ft wide is believed to be one of the narrowest homes in Britain. Owners Iain and Rachel Boyle bought the property for just £8,000, 12 years ago, after driving past it every day and wondering what it was like inside.

They spent another £15,000 turning it into a stylish pied-a-terre over three floors – including a mezzanine bedroom – and now rent it out.

via Ananova – Is this Britain’s narrowest house?

The owner says it’s “compact”.

February 23, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff, Strange | | Comments Off on The skinny on Britain’s narrowest house

One word, dude, and your ankles are history…

More strange costumes

February 21, 2010 Posted by | animals, dogs | , | Comments Off on One word, dude, and your ankles are history…

Can you do this? And walk afterward?

Link

February 21, 2010 Posted by | cool people, cool stuff, Strange, Strange jobs | 2 Comments

File under: Unintentionally Funny Ads

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Odd signs, Think about it | , | Comments Off on File under: Unintentionally Funny Ads

Yum! Creepy crawly goodies!

A Surrey theme park is offering free dried insects as pick ‘n’ mix snacks to its visitors as a trial.

Chessington World of Adventures will be handing out chocolate ant wafer biscuits, cheese and bacon flavoured crickets and chocolate covered larvae in traditional pink and white paper bags.

via Ananova – Theme park hands out creepy crawly goodies.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Food, Strange, Uncategorized | , | Comments Off on Yum! Creepy crawly goodies!

The ghost at Gwrych Castle?

A ghostly girl snapped at a ruined castle could be the spirit of a Countess who lived there, experts said last night.

A photo of the building showed the mystery figure at a window – as The Sun revealed yesterday…

Floorboards beneath the window rotted away years ago, making it impossible for any human to stand there.

More at  Is Countess the ghost at Gwrych Castle? | The Sun |News.

February 16, 2010 Posted by | ghost | | Comments Off on The ghost at Gwrych Castle?

Never mind how it happened. Just get me down!

Link to more pictures

February 16, 2010 Posted by | accident messes, Great Pictures, Strange | Comments Off on Never mind how it happened. Just get me down!

This man really has two left feet

A prosthetics “expert” gave an elderly patient two left feet by fitting the wrong artificial limb. Not only that but the foot was a size 8 instead of a size 9.

Did I mention that the doctor missed seeing the problems in two separate checkups? And that he is no longer employed at the “Smart disability centre.”  That’s really the name of the clinic too.

via Ananova – Doctor gave man two left feet.

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical | | Comments Off on This man really has two left feet