May 30, 2015

What your tongue confesses: Student who posted on Facebook that “it is better to die from Vodka than from boredom” dies from Vodka


His Facebook profile said ‘it is better to die from vodka than from boredom’. A drinking competition went tragically wrong for 23-year-old Humberto Moura Fonseca when he died after downing 25 shots of vodka in less than 60 seconds. The University of Julio de Mesquita student was taking part in a drinking game in Bauru, south-western Brazil, at the time of his death. ‘Humberto and the others were really up for it,’ said his friend Rodrigo Pancetti, also 23. ‘On his Facebook there’s a quote, a motto, from the Russian poet Vladimir Maiakovski which says “It is better to die from vodka…

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Meant to Keep Malaria Out in Africa, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Fish, as Bridal Gowns

Mosquito net

BANGWEULU WETLANDS, Zambia — Out here on the endless swamps, a harsh truth has been passed down from generation to generation: There is no fear but the fear of hunger. With that always weighing on his mind, Mwewa Ndefi gets up at dawn, just as the first orange rays of sun are beginning to spear through the papyrus reeds, and starts to unclump a mosquito net. Nets like his are widely considered a magic bullet against malaria — one of the cheapest and most effective ways to stop a disease that kills at least half a million Africans each year….

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Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign


Attorney General Eric Holder — the first African-American to be the nation’s top cop — will announce later today that he is resigning, a Justice Department official told ABC News. The announcement comes after nearly six years at the helm of the department that were marked by both highs and lows for a man who came in to revamp what many considered a demoralized and scandal-plagued institution. Under Holder’s leadership, the Justice Department saw “historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement,” particularly on the issues of gay rights, sentencing reform and voting rights, and in the coming Holder is expected…

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Town where entire population is made up of beautiful young women makes appeal for single men


More than 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil, and they are renowned in the local area for being extremely attractive. A town where the entire population is made up of young women has made an appeal for single men – but only those willing to live by female rules. Over 600 women make up the population of Noiva do Cordeiro, southeast Brazil – most aged between 20 and 35. Although some are married with families, their husbands are made to work away from home, only being allowed to return at weekends. Sons are sent…

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Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead


An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its – very much alive – patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia’s second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors. The notices were the result of an inadvertent change to the templates the hospital sends to doctors once a patient has been discharged, operator Austin Health said in a statement. “We apologised unreservedly to affected clinics who, for the most part, were very understanding about the error,” it said. Patient care had not been…

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Uganda police say testing piglets for ‘terrorism related material’


KAMPALA, Saturday Police in Uganda said Saturday they were testing two piglets for “terrorism related material” after they were sneaked into the country’s parliament by two anti-corruption protesters. Seven police officers who were on duty outside parliament have also been suspended over the embarrassing security breach and detained on charges of neglect of duty, police deputy spokeswoman Polly Namaye told AFP. “The investigators are to test the animals for terrorism related material. You never know, there could have been another motive other than a protest,” she said. “This is a standard practice in investigations, leaving out no chances.” Uganda, which…

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[VIDEO] Hunters wake up elephants in Africa and shoot them dead for a hunting TV show

Elephant Killers

The killing was filmed as part of an American hunting TV show called Mojo Outdoors TV. Animal Shame commented that while pictures of the event had been shared previously, there was no video footage to accompany these and so they had been accused of lying. In fact they go on to say that the trophy hunting world, who often refer to themselves as gentlemen and sportsmen, replied back that “a trophy hunter would never do something like that”. This video makes one wonder what lengths hunters will go to for the sake of the “sport”. – See more at:…

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Meet the Britain’s oldest hooker, 85, who still charges top dollar for her services


Sitting in her chair with a head of grey hair, a buttoned-up cardigan and a beaming smile, you’d be forgiven for thinking Sheila Vogel-Coupe was just like any other grandmother. But that is exactly what she is not. At 85 years of age Sheila has more notches on her bedpost than most twentysomethings – because she is Britain’s oldest prostitute. On closer examination, you can see that Sheila wears a miniskirt, suspenders and patent heels. And it’s no wonder she has such a large grin on her face, given that she rakes in £250 an hour for raunchy romps. Sheila went…

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[VIDEO] Woman robbed on live TV while giving an interview on insecurity


Police in Rio de Janeiro are getting pretty nervous about safety at this summer’s World Cup. Protesters are in the streets and crime has gotten so bad that the Brazilian army is now occupying slums and battling a low-level insurgency there. Authorities are coming up with all sorts of crime-fighting technologies — everything from surveillance drones to bomb-sniffing robots — that will hopefully keep the World Cup murder rate in check. And so it’s fitting that the internet gives us this video today, in which a woman in Rio is robbed in daylight on live TV while speaking to a reporter about robberies and…

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[VIDEO] 9 month old baby arrested for attempted murder in Pakistan


While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was arrested for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family’s lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP on Friday. Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who attended the alleged crime scene and has since been suspended, wrote in his report that it was a case of attempted murder….

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