‘Dead’ woman climbs out of coffin

Li Xiufeng /Quirky China News

A 95-year-old grandmother terrified her neighbours in China – by climbing out of her coffin six days after she ‘died’

Li Xiufeng was found motionless and not breathing in bed by her neighbour more than a fortnight after tripping and suffering a head injury.

When he failed to wake her up, Chen Qingwang assumed the frail grandmother had passed away in her sleep, in the village of Liulou, in Beiliu, Guangxi Province.

Recounting his daily visit to bring the elderly lady breakfast, Mr Qingwang, 60, said: “”She didn’t get up, so I came up to wake her up.

“No matter how hard I pushed her and called her name, she had no reactions. I felt something was wrong, so I tried her breath, and she has gone, but her body is still not cold.”

According to tradition, the ‘dead’ woman was laid in her coffin ahead of the funeral for friends and relatives to pay their respects.

But the day before the funeral, Mr Qingwang arrived at his neighbour’s house to find the coffin empty and the corpse gone.

“We were so terrified, and immediately asked the neighbours to come for help,” he said.

After searching for the missing body, the villagers were stunned to find Mrs Xiufeng sitting on a stool in her kitchen cooking.

She reportedly told villagers: “I slept for a long time. After waking up, I felt so hungry, and wanted to cook something to eat. I pushed the lid for a long time to climb out.”

A county hospital reportedly believes Mrs Xiufeng suffered an artificial death, during which the person has no breath, but the body remains warm.

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Dead_woman_climbs_out_of_coffin

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Tiny Table Tennis Tot

An 18-month-old is serving up a storm on the internet after his parents uploaded a video of him showing of his table tennis skills.

Talented Jamie Myskova-Buddell may not be able to talk yet but the pint-sized prodigy already he possesses a deadly forehand smash.

In the 90-second clip, which has taken YouTube by storm, Jamie can be seen perched on a full-size table where he waits for his dad to hit the ball to him before he dispatches it back with pinpoint accuracy.

 

 

Serving up a storm: Table tennis ace Jamie Myska-Buddell has become an overnight internet sensation after a short film was uploaded of him playing on YouTube

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096704/Jamie-Myskova-Buddell-18-month-old-YouTube-sensation-tipped-table-tennis-stardom.html

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Golly!…Here comes the Spit Police

There is, to the uneducated observer, little evidence of a spitting epidemic in Enfield. On the bustling north London high street, people go about their business without having to avoid hazardous globules of phlegm. No audible hacking can be heard above the sound of the traffic.

But at the end of the month, Enfield could become the first UK borough for 22 years to outlaw spitting, after thousands of residents backed a petition calling for a halt – once and for all – to the unseemly habit.

Despite the lack of any obvious spittle, the people of Enfield seem almost unanimously in favour. “They should be put in prison and given a £500 fine – it’s unsightly, unhygienic and unsocial,” said John White, 60, a gardener.

His wife, Mary, 61, suggested the problem was more widespread in the borough than it appeared to outsiders. “I just saw someone do it, and it made me feel sick,” she said, adding that she thought it was a much greater problem than in the past. “The problem is, these days people have got no manners.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/feb/22/enfield-bans-spitting-antisocial-hazard

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Arthur’s Flashback…. the man who taught Britian the twist

Trace the progress of popular culture over the last six decades and you’ll find Jeff Dexter at some of its crucial stages of development: demonstrating the twist to modernists at The Lyceum Ballroom and advising the Beatles on which boots to wear in the early 60s; DJing for the noonday underground at Tiles a few years later and then moving into London’s counter-cultural underground as a mainman at Middle Earth and The Roundhouse, where his Implosion nights set the scene for the rise of such friends as Marc Bolan and David Bowie.

There’s Jeff hanging out at Hung On You, booking bands for the first Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight festivals, managing chart-topping America, announcing The Clash at one of their early gigs and DJing for Paul Weller at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire a couple of years back as part of the Island 50 celebrations.

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Gay tea launched in Australia

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Just in time for Mardi Gras, The Australian drink company Slurp has launched DiversiTea, a range of eight teas benefiting LGBT health charities. But forget Darjeeling, chamomile or Earl Grey: These potent blends have kitschy names like Bitch Please, Disco Ball, D.R.A.M.A Queen, F@g H@g, French Tickler, Pearl Necklace, Pinkies Up and Pride.

Bitch Please “is a unique blend of black tea with chilli created to give you a unique fiery drinking experience,” reads the description. “This fiery hot blend is guaranteed to make you want to slap the bitch out of the teabag.”

Disco Ball “brews with a light, coppery flavor that is sweetened with Slurp’s own proprietary blend of miniature silver disco balls that dissolve during brewing to add a slight sweetness to the drink. (The company claims its the perfect come-down after a night of excess.)

F@g H@g is “an aromatic, zesty blend that harmonizes beautifully with the undertones of your personal life. The coolness of her lemongrass brings a pleasant balance to the spiciness of your ginger.”  (Slurp says this is the ideal tea if you and your female BFF have promised to marry if you’re both still single at 40.)

http://www.queerty.com/pour-yourself-a-cup-of-bitch-please-or-other-gay-tea-blend-20120228/

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Dog guards bike for owner

Li Li /Quirky China News

A golden retriever has become something of a local celebrity in China for his habit of guarding his owner’s bicycle.

Luo Wencong does not need to buy a bike lock as his dog, Li Li, keeps such a close eye on his two-wheeler.

Locals in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Province, has renamed Li Li ‘Bike Hugging Dog’ because of his unusual habit.

Lua says Li Li is so clever that he can also count, carry baskets of shopping and take out the rubbish.

“Whenever I park up my bike, he wraps his forelegs around it to prevent it from being stolen,” he said.

“He’s such a clever dog. I talk with him all the time, and he understands me quite well.”

Li Li also helped with the shopping and took out the rubbish every night, taking it downstairs and to a bin 200 metres away.

“Someone once offered me 10,000 Yuan (£1,000) to buy him, but I refused,” added Luo.

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/Dog_guards_bike_for_owner

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Never judge a book by its cover…

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A recipe book called ‘Cooking with Poo’ is up for the title of the year’s oddest book title.

Saiyuud Diwong’s cook book is not as strange as it seems as ‘poo’ means ‘crab’ in Thailand – and is also the chef’s nickname.

Other nonimations include ‘Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World’ and ‘ The Great Singapore Penis Panic’, reports Metro.

Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh is also in the running for the odd accolade.

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs, The Mushroom in Christian Art and A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two are also among the favourites.

Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s diarist and the custodian of the prize, said this year’s titles were so strong that a shortlist of seven was named, rather than the traditional six.

“Never has the debate raged so fiercely as to which books should be put forward for the shortlist,” he said.

http://web.orange.co.uk/article/quirkies/oddest_title_of_the_year

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Emperor With No Clothes

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Beer of the Week…. Pong Beer

Pong BeerNobody likes to waste good beer, so when it comes time to get wasted playing the noble game of beer pong, go with a brew that fits the occasion. Like Pong Beer. Not so subtly named after the game, this “exceptionally crisp, smooth, and refreshing” beer is made using natural ingredients, and conveniently comes in 30 can “Rack Packs”.

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Mutants Rights: Toy Biz v. United States (inspired by Radiolab)

Toy Biz v. United States was a 2003 decision in the United States Court of International Trade that determined that for purposes of tariffs, Toy Biz’s action figures were toys, not dolls, because they represented “nonhuman creatures.” This decision effectively reduced the tariff rate by a factor of two.

BackgroundU.S. law distinguishes between two types of action figures for determining tariffs: dolls, which are defined to include human figures, and toys, which include “nonhuman creatures”. Because duties on dolls were higher than on toys, Marvel Comics subsidiary Toy Biz argued before the U.S. Court of International Trade, that their action figures (including the X-Men and Fantastic Four) represented “nonhuman creatures” and were subject to the lower tariff rates for toys instead of the higher ones for dolls. On January 3, 2003, after examining more than 60 action figures, Judge Judith Barzilay ruled in their favor, granting Toy Biz reimbursement for import taxes on previous toys.

ReactionBecause a common theme in Marvel Comics had been the struggle for mutants like the X-Men to prove their humanity, the case shocked numerous fans. Marvel responded to these concerns by claiming “our heroes are living, breathing human beings – but humans who have extraordinary abilities … A decision that the X-Men figures indeed do have ‘nonhuman’ characteristics further proves our characters have special, out-of-this world powers.”

via: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toy_Biz_v._United_States
and: http://www.radiolab.org/blogs/radiolab-blog/2011/dec/22/mutant-rights/

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