Sunday, 26 February 2017

Watch a fearless French waitress drags hungry giant lizard out of a restaurant by its tail

A fearless French waitress had to remove a giant lizard from a restaurant with her bare hands. The video shows the giant reptile being dragged away by its tail as shocked customers watch the bizarre scenes in bemusement. It appeared that the lizard had accidentally wandered onto the terrace of Mimosa Wines restaurant in New South Wales, Australia. The brave waitress was forced to drag the reptile by its tail in order to get it out of the diner as customers cheered her on.
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Meet the Sikh who wears the world's largest turban that takes him 6 hours to put on and weighs 45Kg

Meet devout Sikh Avtar Singh Mauni - the proud owner of the world's largest turban. The holy man says his extra large headgear weighs a hefty 100lb (about 45 Kg) and measures a staggering 645m (2,115 feet) when unwrapped - the same length as 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The 60-year-old has been regularly adding to it for the past 16 years and it now takes him up to six hours to get it on. Mr Mauni said: 'I don't consider it to be a burden. I'm most happy when I wear it.
'I just keep putting on the cloth from top to bottom one layer at a time just like you would lay the storeys of a building.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

28 injured after car plows into crowd in New Orleans

28 people were injured after a car ran into crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade Saturday night in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans.  Eyewitness News medical reporter Meg Farris said that 12 people are in critical condition.  21 people were transported to different hospitals in the city by ambulance. Currently, 5 people are being treated in the trauma center at those hospitals. The investigation is on going.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "We are grateful that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. I want to thank all of our emergency personnel for responding quickly, aiding the injured, and apprehending the drunk driver."

A peep into 'world's first fitness machines' used 130 years ago

These days, working out at the gym is part of many people's daily routine - but these fascinating snaps suggest the desire to get fit dates back to the Victorian era. The black and white photographs feature the creations of Dr Gustav Zander, the man credited with inventing the fitness machine in its recognisable form. Each shot shows Dr Zander's machines aiding workouts for different parts of the body - much like the mechanised trainers in a modern-day gym. The photographs were taken in 1892 and are now kept by Stockholm's National Museum of Science and Technology.
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Malaysia airport terminal declared safe after Kim Jong-nam assassination

The airport terminal where the half-brother of North Korea's leader was killed with a nerve agent has been declared free of any "hazardous material" by Malaysian police. Security teams in protective suits had earlier swept the area. Malaysia's health minister said that an autopsy suggested the toxin used to kill Kim Jong-nam caused "very serious paralysis". Tests show Mr Kim was killed with the highly toxic nerve agent VX. An Indonesian woman arrested for the murder has said she was given 400 Malaysian ringgit ($90; £72) to carry out a prank. Siti Aisyah, 25, told Indonesian embassy officials that she was given the cash to smear Kim Jong-nam's face with "baby oil" as part of a reality show joke. VX is classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the United Nations. A drop on the skin can kill in minutes.

French artist living inside a rock surrounded by excrement


Abraham Poincheval is attempting to survive inside a 12-tonne boulder inside a Paris art museum for a week. An artist entombed inside a 12-tonne rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like “tripping”, insisting he would stick it out for a week. Speaking through a crack in the limestone boulder late on Friday, Abraham Poincheval said he had been buoyed by how his performance has “got into people’s heads”.
“I am travelling in this rock without moving, like an astronaut,” he said.
The artist, who is having store his own excrement around him, made headlines worldwide when the two halves of the rock closed around him on Wednesday at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo art museum. Poincheval, 44, had carved out a hole inside the rock in his own image, just big enough for him to sit up in, with a niche to hold supplies of water, soup and dried meat.

Meet the world’s youngest minister, 22 year old Shamma Al Mazrui

In February 2016, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum appointed Shamma Al Mazrui as the country’s youth minister. The announcement officially made 22-year-old Mazrui the world’s youngest minister.
Her appointment came two years after graduating from the New York University (NYU), Abu Dhabi with a degree in Economics, and just after she’d earned her Master’s from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Mazrui was selected to lead the country’s younger generation and forge links between them and the country’s public entities.

Chinese divorcees lie in 'graves' to reflect on marriage failure

A new meditation ritual in China is seeing women lying in shallow graves to reflect on marriage failure. The women who are from Chonngqing, a city in southwestern China, are ‘meditating’ at the graves to help them cope with the devastating effects of divorce. In the photos, the women are seen sleeping in graves with only a thin piece of plastic. They appear to be lost in thoughts as they lay with their eyes closed and hands in a prayer position. Speaking to Daily Mail, the woman behind the strange philosophy, a 30-year-old, Liu Taijie, said she wanted to help other women suffering from depression and divorce after battling through hardships herself. 'When a person is desperate, he or she could almost feel they’re near death. By lying in the grave, my students could try to experience death.'
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Man sets ex-wife on fire in Thailand

A 43-year-old woman from Thailand suffered a horrific domestic abuse after her ex- husband doused her with lighter fluid and set her on fire. The culprit, 50-year-old Somkuan Jongsuk was said to have stormed the victim's place of work in Thepkrasattri, Thaland District, where she works as a cleaner. He first beat her up before setting her on fire.  Rungruedee Sithibut who sustained a third-degree injury after 30 percent of her body was burnt is presently at the hospital, painfully recovering from the burns on one of her arms and shoulders, as well as on her back.

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US-Mexico border wall construction contracts to be awarded mid-April

President Donald Trump has promised to build a wall between Mexico and the United States, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday that it plans to start awarding construction contracts for the project by mid-April, according to a report from the Associated Press. The president told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that construction will start “very soon” and is “way, way, way ahead of schedule.”
There are no details from the agency nor the Trump administration on where exactly the wall would be built and how many miles it would cover. Additionally, the agency gave no word on how the wall would be paid for. President Trump has said Mexico would cover the construction cost, but that country’s president — Enrique Peña Nieto — has said he has no intention of funding the project.

Witches gather to cast spell on Donald Trump in New York

Witches across the world and singer, Lana Del Rey on Friday night pledged to stand together and cast a hex against President Donald Trump. A handful of people gathered outside the president's Manhattan Midtown penthouse as witches worldwide prepared to cast a magic spell at midnight. Men and women had pledged to cast spells under the crescent moon in a bid to stop Trump from doing harm while also possibly banishing him from office. The first one was scheduled for Friday night and is set to be followed by similar spell casts on March 26, April 24 and May 23.  While the New York turnout may not have lived up to the hype, social media was flooded with photos of witches posting photos of their spell set up, with many using the hashtags #blindtrump and #feb24.

10 killed in China’s hotel blaze

A fierce blaze at HNA Platinum Mix hotel in southeastern China killed 10 people, the official Xinhua news agency said in a post on its official microblog on Saturday. The fire broke out on Saturday morning at the hotel in the inland city of Nanchang, the capital of China's Jiangxi province, trapping people inside, including workers who were carrying out renovations on the building. Videos and photos on Chinese social media showed thick plumes of smoke coming from the hotel building and dozens of fire trucks and rescue workers on the scene. Xinhua said one person had been injured jumping from a second floor window to escape and had been taken to hospital.

Cameroon deports 517 Nigerians, including 313 asylum seekers

Cameroon has expelled 517 Nigerians, including 313 asylum seekers, who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has said. UNHCR said it was "very concerned" about the expulsions and it urged Cameroon  to offer asylum and respect international conventions against the forced repatriation of asylum seekers, , AFP news agency reports.  The UN body said it planned to sign an agreement with Cameroon and Nigeria on 2 March for the voluntary return of 85,000 Nigerian refugees.
Correspondents say a similar crisis has developed in East Africa, where Kenya's government has been trying to close down the Dadaab refugee camp and forcibly repatriate Somalis who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group al-Shabab.

Malaysia to sweep airport for chemicals after Kim Jong Nam murder

Malaysia plans to sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week. The teams involved include the police forensic team, the fire department and the Atomic Energy Licensing Board, the Malaysian police said in a statement on Saturday. The sweep will be conducted from 1 a.m. (1700 GMT) on Feb. 26, the police said.
Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed on Feb. 13 at the airport by VX nerve agent, classified by the United Nations as a weapon of mass destruction, Malaysian police said on Friday.

Source: Reuters