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Thursday, September 17, 2009

In the News: September 17, 2009

Starting off with a bang!
Here's a really odd story:

Centenarian desires 23rd husband

Wook Kundor sits outside her house in Malaysia's northern Kuala Terengganu state
Wook Kundor says she feels "lonely" during her husband's absence

"A 107-year-old Malaysian woman has said she wants to get married again, for the 23rd time, as she fears her husband wants to leave her, says a report.

When Wook Kundor married four years ago to a man 70 years her junior their wedding photos made regional media.

But now she fears her husband will not return home after completing treatment for drug addiction in Kuala Lumpur.

"Her husband, who used to be her lodger, had previously said it was "God's will" that he fell in love with his wife to be."

I'm almost positive he married her just for her money, expecting her to die shortly.
Then, realizing it wasn't gonna happen, he drank himself silly.


How the world was connected

Very cool interactive map on BBC News

"Ten years ago, there were just over four million broadband subscribers. In 2009, more than 400 million people are connected to high-speed internet."


Johns Hopkins student kills apparent burglar with sword

"A Johns Hopkins University student killed an apparent burglar with a samurai sword after discovering the man in his garage, police said Tuesday."

"When authorities arrived, they heard calls for help and for police, he said. They discovered a suspected burglar with a severed left hand and severe lacerations to his upper body, Guglielmi said.

The suspect died at the scene, he said.

The man had entered a home where several Johns Hopkins students lived, Guglielmi said. Four students, one armed with a samurai sword, had confronted the suspect in the garage.

The man "lunged" at the students, and the student with the sword defended himself, severing the man's left hand and cutting his upper body, Guglielmi said."

This could only have been better if the burglar was dressed as a pirate.


World's tallest man over 8ft high

He's huge!

"At 8ft 1in (2.47m), Sultan Kosen, from Turkey, is about 4in (10cm) taller than previous title-holder Bao Xishun.

The 27-year-old's hands measure 10.8in (27.5cm) and his feet 14.3in (36.5cm).

Mr Kosen, whose height is due to the medical condition pituitary gigantism, said he hoped his new-found fame would bring him love for the first time.

"The first thing I want to do is have a car that I can fit in, but more than that I want to get married," he said."


Study Finds Purchasing Green Products Increases Your Likelihood to Lie, Cheat

"Small acts of eco-kindness can make people more likely to cheat and steal.

In a recent paper by a pair of researchers at the University of Toronto, entitled "Do Green Products Make Us Better People?" the answer seems to be, eh, not completely. Although you may have done Mother Earth a favor, your unconscious might sway you to be less ethical with your fellow man.

When study participants were allowed to buy green products, they were more likely to cheat and lie in a subsequent task than those who chose among conventional products."

I always knew there was something wrong with those Whole Foods shopping hippies...


Space Shuttle Unleashes Magnificent Plume of Pee

Pee Over Hungary, By the Ruins of Essegvar: Last Wednesday, several
skygazers scratched their heads when they saw this mysterious glow in the sky.

"To anyone who's ever pondered what urine looks like in space -- c'mon, don't be shy -- we say: wonder no more, because photos of the phenomenon have finally hit the internet.

Last Wednesday, a number of skygazers were lucky to sight a mysterious flare in the night sky, that, as it now turns out, was a 150-pound cocktail of astronaut urine and waste water released from the shuttle Discovery."

"Sad you missed the show? No need to worry: you may get another chance, as it's actually a fairly common sighting..."

Definitely check out the photo gallery!


Snake with foot found in China

Imagine waking up with that hanging off your wall...

Snake that grew a foot out of its body Photo: CEN/Europics

"Dean Qiongxiu, 66, said she discovered the reptile clinging to the wall of her bedroom with its talons in the middle of the night.

"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw," said Mrs Duan of Suining, southwest China.

Mrs Duan said she was so scared she grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death before preserving its body in a bottle of alcohol.

The snake – 16 inches long and the thickness of a little finger – is now being studied at the Life Sciences Department at China's West Normal University in Nanchang."

"Such animals are often caught and preserved as lucky tokens but have very little chance of surviving in the wild anyway, especially as the heads have a tendency to attack each other."

That's awesome. The heads attack each other!


And I'm sure you've all heard about it already, but the sound clip of Obama calling Kanye a 'jackass'.

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