Sunday, January 31, 2016

Man who cut off his ears to look like a parrot

A MAN who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step further — by cutting off his ears.
Englishman Ted Richards, 56, is obsessed by pet parrots Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers.
But the animal nut — who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue — has taken this obsession once step further and has had both his ears removed and is planning to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a beak.
Ted, a retired shoe factory worker, got his first tattoo in 1976 and has since built up a collection of body modifications covering almost his entire body — including a peace sign branded on his left shoulder with a 750 degrees centigrade hot iron and two magnets implanted in his hands.
He shares his home in Hartcliffe, Bristol with his four parrots, as well as South American green iguana Iggy, and pit bull terrier Candy.
He scours the internet looking for new procedures and says his facial transformation is a tribute to his “babies” — Ellie, a green winged macaw, and Teaka, a harlequin macaw.

'Youngest' conjoined sisters separated at Swiss hospital

Doctors in Switzerland say they have separated eight-day-old conjoined sisters, believed to be the youngest babies to be successfully parted.
The twins, born in December, were fused at the liver and chest.
Swiss media say doctors had originally planned to separate them when they were several months old but brought the operation forward when they each suffered a life-threatening condition.
The operation reportedly carried a 1% chance of success.
The twins, named Lydia and Maya, were born eight weeks premature at the Inselspital hospital in Bern, along with a triplet who was fully separate and healthy.

The hospital said the twins were "extensively conjoined on the liver, but had all vital organs".
They weighed just 2.2kg (4lb 14oz) together. One of the twins had too much blood, and very high blood pressure, while the other one did not have enough.
A 13-strong medical team took five hours to separate the girls on 10 December.
"Such small conjoined siblings had never been successfully separated before," the hospital said.

The head of paediatric surgery, Steffen Berger, paid tribute to the medical staff, saying: "The perfect teamwork of physicians and nursing personnel from various disciplines were the key to success here. We are very happy that the children and parents are faring so well now."
The girls underwent further surgery to close their abdominal walls and are now recovering in a paediatric intensive care ward.
The hospital says the children are "still very small" but developing well.
Le Matin Dimanche newspaper said they had put on weight and begun breastfeeding.

M F Lottery

Jimmy chats with a 7-11 clerk from Chino Hills, California who became an instant celebrity after the store he works for sold one of the winning tickets for the massive Powerball jackpot.

Trump Condoms

U.S. Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump

A condom featuring Donald Trump’s face and his catchphrase “I’m huuuge!” has gone on sale. Homewares brand Fishs Eddy have teamed up with to create the product, which you can buy for just under $3 each.(£2) According to the product listing, these condoms are “built like a wall to keep out STD’s and unwanted pregnancies” and will “help you negotiate rounding the bases and scoring safely”.
Outspoken Trump, who is favourite to win the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary this month, has sparked fury over his attacks on Muslims and Mexicans. Following the ISIS inspired terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California, last month in which 14 people were shot dead he called for a ban on Muslims entering the States.
His comments led to a petition being signed by more than 500,000 people in the UK calling for him to be banned from Britain.
During his campaign to become President he has also attacked Mexicans immigrants calling them "drug dealers" and "rapists", criticised the Chinese, mocked a disabled journalist and launched personal attacks on several women.
He said if he was elected he would build a wall on the US-Mexican border.

Bunny saved from roof

While everyone knows the old trope about cats getting stuck in trees , it’s not as often that you hear about a rabbit stuck on a roof. But firefighters in Northern Ireland dealt with just such a case on Friday, when winds from Storm Gertrude threw Bumper the bunny’s hutch into the air, “The wind caught the hutch and sent it flying into the air and it has catapulted the rabbit out of the hutch and onto the roof,” Omagh Fire Station district commander David Doherty Bumper -- renamed “Gertrude” to commemorate the incident -- was out of the hutch by the time it crashed against the side of the house. But the bunny was still stuck on the roof. Fortunately, firefighters were soon on the scene with multiple ladders and a reach pole. The rescue took less than 40 minutes

From Huff Post

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Counterfeit Hoverboards seized

CHICAGO, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced officers in Chicago seized 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards with unauthorized batteries and fake trademark logos.
The agency said officers with the Chicago Field Office seized more than $6 million worth of self-balancing scooters shipped into the United States from China.


Gumball machine thief

DALLAS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Dallas Police Department released surveillance footage of a brazen thief who walked off with a laundromat's indoor gumball machine in broad daylight.
Police said the man walked into the Spincycle Washateria about 1:20 p.m. Jan. 7, picked up a gumball machine and walked out of the business.

Police revealed footage HERE

Jewelery From Breastmilk

LAKE JACKSON, Texas, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A Texas mother with a talent for crafting is offering breastfeeding mothers unusual keepsakes -- jewelry made from their own breast milk.
Bridgette Boudreaux, 24, a Lake Jackson stay-at-home mom of two, said the idea to create crafts from breast milk arose from her love of breastfeeding her sons.
"You're up all night sometimes and it can be painful," she told KTRK-TV. "But it's so beautiful. You know, such a peaceful time with just you and your baby."
Boudreaux said she created the first piece for herself and soon found herself inundated with requests when she shared photos of her work on Facebook.  READ MORE

Tater Pic sells for $1m

PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A celebrity photographer said a photo sold to a European businessman for $1.08 million didn't portray any famous figures -- rather, it depicted a simple potato.
Kevin Abosch, 46, an Irish photographer known for his portraits of famous subjects including Malala Yousafzai and Steven Spielberg, said a European businessman spotted "Potato #346" hanging in his Paris apartment last year and purchased the print for $1.08 million -- 1 million euros.
Abosch, who normally charges up to $500,000 for a portrait, said the sale was the biggest of his career.
The photographer said he snapped the photo of an organic Irish potato in 2010 and made three prints -- one for a Serbian museum, one he sold and one he kept for his own collection.
"I see commonalities between humans and potatoes that speak to our relationship as individuals within a collective species," Abosch told the Irish Times. "Generally, the life of a harvested potato is violent and taken for granted. I use the potato as a proxy for the ontological study of the human experience."
Abosch's potato picture would be the 15th most expensive photo ever sold if the price is verified.

Stray Cat time

GATINEAU , Quebec, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A Canadian man is facing jail time after refusing to pay a fine for a stray cat he claims belongs to his estranged wife.
Dan Smith, 65, refused to pay the $276 instead opting to spend as many as 11 days in jail on the principle that the cat did not belong to him.
Smith was ticketed for not having a license of ownership for the cat. While he claimed he did not in fact own the cat but simply fed it an animal control officer informed him, "You feed it, you own it."
Since then, Smith's ex-wife has purchased a license for the cat.
He later argued in court that he no longer lives in the Gatineu home where his ex-wife regularly feeds the cat but was found guilty after he was unable to provide significant documentation of his new address.
Despite his attempts to escape the charges, Smith accepted the jail sentence and attempted to turn himself in early as a municipal court official informed him that the jails tend to get full on the weekend.
"Maybe, I'll have a rest for a few days," he said of his impending jail time.
Smith's initial attempt to turn himself in was denied as police are awaiting a warrant.

Alligator found in Chicago man's basement after 26 years

A six-foot alligator was removed from a south suburban Lansing home where it had been living for the last 26 years, police say.

Sgt. Bill Shannon, of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' conservation police, said the neighbors were unaware the alligator was living in Charles Price's basement. Shannon said Price would periodically put it out into his backyard, but most of the time it stayed in a large cage.

The alligator was discovered by an appliance repairman who, while working in Price's basement, noticed movement from a covered container. When he discovered what the cage contained, he took pictures and contacted Lansing's animal control officers.

Shannon enlisted another conservation police officer and an alligator specialist to help wrangle the 200-pound reptile.

American alligators are native to Florida and considered endangered. People are only allowed to possess them if they have a permit for educational purposes, rehabilitation or something similar, a measure meant to protect humans and animals alike.

Shannon said Price told police he got the alligator when it was a baby at a swap meet in Kankakee. He is charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of an endangered species.


Bull Semen Stolen From Truck

TURLOCK (CBS13) — Tanks filled with thousands of dollars worth of bull semen were stolen out of a truck in Turlock, and it could cause trouble in the wrong hands.
The bulls are the cream of the crop and have been selected for their genetic value.
“The genetics that these Bulls have in them is out of the top 1 percent of the world population,” said farm owner John Azevedo.
The bulls’ highly valued semen is collected two to three times a week and shipped to farms in California and across the world for the purpose of impregnating cattle.
“Over 70 to 75 percent of all cattle in the U.S. is inseminated artificially,” he said.
Turlock resident Anthony Reis spent months of his time and labor collecting top of the line bull semen for distribution only to half it stolen.
“You get to your first dairy and you’re missing half your inventory,” he said.
Three tanks and a transfer tank with nearly 3,500 units of sperm were stolen from the back of his work truck late Sunday night, enough to potentially impregnate more than 1,000 cattle.  READ MORE