To all those who own estates in North Wales, try rummaging through your basement. You might find a perfectly intact Victorian kitchen from the 1830’s, complete with a cooking range, pots, pans, antique fire extinguishers, a spit for roasting pigs and enough tables and benches to seat a team of twenty servants.
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The most massive fruiting body of any fungus yet documented has been discovered growing on the underside of a tree in China.
The fruiting body, which is equivalent to the mushrooms produced by other fungi species, is up to 10m long, 80cm wide and weighs half a tonne.
That shatters the record held previously by a fungus growing in Kew Gardens in the UK.
via BBC Nature
- China’s giant fungus (bbc.co.uk)
According to Dr. Keri Peterson, quoted at the site at the link below, you produce a liter (just over a quart) of spit a day. Just in case you were wondering…
A (New Zealand) waitress put years of karate training to the ultimate test when she floored two male attackers twice her age with a set of cleverly-placed punches.
The 18-year-old was walking home from a night shift in central Wellington on Saturday morning when she was set upon from behind by an unsuspecting older man.
“She’s been doing karate for about seven years, so she elbowed him in the chest and stomped on his foot,” Detective Sergeant Shane Dye told the Dominion Post.
“She was then attacked by a second male who she hadn’t seen, and he began to pull at her handbag, then she punched him in the stomach” before escaping.
The officer admitted he was “well and truly impressed” by her show of martial arts skill.
I always thought that there was nothing good about dentures. Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes, an 81-year-old man, would disagree since wearing dentures is the reason he’s alive. No joke, Moraes was shot in the face but the dentures deflected the bullet.
- Dentures save Brazil man shot in face, doctor says (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Brazlian Man’s Dentures Save his Life (weinterrupt.com)
When NASA’s shuttle Endeavour landed in Florida Wednesday June 1 to end its last-ever trip into space, the orbiter also apparently doubled as a crime-fighting machine.
As Endeavour re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and glided toward the runway at Kennedy Space Center at a blistering pace, the orbiter heralded its arrival with two sonic booms — a trademark of all shuttle landings. The shuttle’s sonorous notes woke up a Florida woman who then witnessed two men inside her car in her driveway and called the police, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
- Space shuttle sonic boom foils car theft (cbsnews.com)
- Space Shuttle Sonic Booms Lead to Arrests in Burglary Spree (space.com)
Sure, those millionaire outfielders are good but can they catch a fly with an eight month old baby in one arm and a backpack strapped on? Maybe they should hire Tiffany Goodwin to give them lessons in how it’s really done.
More via KOMO News | Offbeat.
- Tiffany Goodwin Catches Foul Ball While Holding 8-Month-Old Baby…Sweet! (PHOTO) (realestateradiousa.com)
…unless it is 268ft 4in long like the one rolled by long time Cuban cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo. There’s a picture of both the cigar and the man at the link.
via The Sun |News
Did you know that the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association is “the nation’s oldest and largest national lawn mower racing sanctioning body”? Yep, it goes all the way back to 1992, so it’s venerable indeed. The “sport” itself is not much older, having been created in a pub circa 1973 by some British louts with too much time on their hands.
More via Mother Nature Network.
As part of Women’s History Month, we remember Cleveland native Margaret Hamilton, aka The Wicked Witch of the West. Who can forget her green-faced villain from “The Wizard of Oz,” with those long, pointy fingers and that frightening cackle?
Although she only had 12 minutes of screen time, who doesn’t know about the Wicked Witch of the West?
- Caught in the Land of Oz (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
A 13-year-old Norwegian boy saw off a pack of wolves with a blast of heavy metal music from his cell phone, music website Zvuki.ru reported today.
Walter Acre was walking home from school in the central municipality of Rakkestad when he found himself encircled by the four snarling beasts.
But just as they prepared to sink their teeth into the petrified youngster, he pulled out his mobile phone and cranked out a song by US metal legends, Megadeth.
Walter had previously been told not to run away from wolves but to face them and attempt to scare them away.
And sure enough, the tactic worked as the thrash guitar music sent the animals scattering in confusion, Zvuki.ru said.
- MEGADETH Song Saves Norwegian Boy From Wolf Attack! (bravewords.com)
- Hungry wolves frightened by Megadeth (weinterrupt.com)
A British woman was celebrating after beating a £110 $180 fine in a 30-hour standoff with a parking inspector.
Jessica Davey, 22, from Salisbury, in southern England, barricaded herself in her Renault Clio for more than a day after parking inspector Anthony Brindley booted her vehicle despite its valid parking permit, the Salisbury Journal reported.
The care worker discovered the clamp when she tried to go to work on Monday.
“I couldn’t afford to pay him, and I didn’t see why I should, so I decided to stay with my car until he took it [the boot] off so he couldn’t tow it away,” she said.
It’s actually the Sun overwhelming a webcam at the Stevens Pass ski area in Washington State. Cool picture though.
Over a thousand people gathered on the outskirts of Tokyo, shovels in hand, to dig it out for the top prize in the Japan All-National Hole Digging Competition and claim the coveted Golden Shovel award.
The contest drew participants from all over the country to test their hole-digging prowess and claim awards not only for the deepest hole, but also for most creative hole and the most original costume worn during the digging. Just over 200 teams took part in the Sunday event, with an additional 30 teams made up of either women only or groups of elementary school-age children, or younger, competing in special categories.
The winning hole was 10 feet 8 inches deep.
Is a Super Bowl without cheerleaders — at Cowboys Stadium, no less — pure heresy?
One of the league’s major marketing tools — the sideline sex appeal of young women wearing revealing outfits and performing enticing dance routines — will be on hiatus in Super Bowl XLV.
Sunday’s game featuring the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will be the first Super Bowl without cheerleaders since Super Bowls I and II, NFL Films President Steve Sabol said Wednesday.
Six teams don’t use official cheerleaders, including the Packers and Steelers. “We don’t need eye candy,” the Steelers’ Trai Essex said, laughing.
- Get Ready for Some (Cheerleader-less) Football (patspapers.com)
- Super Bowl XLV: Packers and Steelers Battle it Out on Twitter (adamsherk.com)
Archaeologists have unearthed a few pieces of history at former president James Madison’s country estate: portions of two pawns from his chess set.
Montpelier officials think the pieces are likely from the same set Madison and Thomas Jefferson used in their frequent matches during Jefferson’s visits.Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president’s central Virginia estate.
Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves calls the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison’s intellectual pursuits and social life.
More via wtop.com.
A disabled man has been stopped from using his specially-made wheelchair because British road authorities say it’s a tank.
Jim Starr, 36, was told by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DLVA) he cannot ride his specially-made chair, which has caterpillar-treads instead of wheels, because its size and width technically make it a tank.
If a tracked vehicle over a certain width (the problem here) is a tank then aren’t crawler tractors also tanks?
- When is a wheelchair not a wheelchair? When authorities say it’s a tank (weinterrupt.com)