SANTA ROSA, Calif. - A California couple recently had an unexpected reunion with an old housemate: their pet cat who went missing more than 13 years ago.
The cat, named George, was last seen by Melinda Merman and Frank Walburg in 1995. He recently resurfaced when the manager of a mobile home park trapped the sickly feline and gave him to an animal hospital. A microchip implanted in George allowed him to be traced to his owners.
Merman says after George went missing she visited animal shelters and wrote to veterinarians in search of the grey, yellow-eyed cat, who now weighs less than half his original six kilograms.
But Merman and Walburg say George is now eating well and displaying some of his old behaviour, like jumping at flickering light on the wall. IT'S A CLONE! POD-PEOPLE!
Hatty had been banned from the Jolly Sailor pub in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, north Wales, for chewing beer mats. Baaaaaaaaaad Doggie. No more Beer Mats!
But landlord Nigel McLelland finally relented and let the Lakeland Terrier return - under strict conditions. He lowered the boom on Hatty.
Jeff Hughes, the dog's owner, explained how Mr McLelland had put his pet on a pub watch scheme last year after a rowdy night out.
Drinkers started throwing beer mats about which caught the dog's attention. The Frisbee Reflex, found after searching the veterinary medicine literature.
Mr Hughes, 35, a roofer, said: "One night we went in there and it was packed, there had been football on or whatever. She just went berserk." INCOMING!!! Two many flying beer mats to keep track of for a dawg. Information overrrrrrlooooooooad!!
He said that the landlord had "got a bit annoyed about this and basically put her on the pub watch scheme."
Mr McLelland said he only reversed his decision after a petition was launched to let Hatty back in and he feared he was going to lose trade. It all comes down to money.
Now Hatty can enter the pub but only if she wears the specially made reflective jacket, which she also wears while accompanying her master on building sites. Attention all hands!!! Dawg on Deck.
The landlord insisted on the vest so staff and customers can see where the dog is when she is rooting around under tables for the mats.
Cosmetic surgery addict injected cooking oil into her face
A WOMAN addicted to cosmetic surgery is unrecognisable after injecting cooking oil into her face. The Daily Telegraph in London reports Korean woman Hang Mioku, 48, had her first cosmetic surgery procedure at 28 and was hooked, moving to Japan for more.
Eventually surgeons refused to carry out any more work and she returned home, where her face had changed so much her family didn't recognise her.
Ms Hang's parents took her for treatment for her addiction, but it didn't last. She soon found a doctor who would give her silicone injections and he even gave her a syringe and silicone so she could self-inject, the paper said. When her supply ran out, she used cooking oil.
Her face became so large compared to her small body that local children called her "standing fan", the newspaper reported. After appearing on Korean TV, viewers sent donations so she could have surgery to reduce the size of her face. The first of several operations removed 60g of oil from her face and 200g from her neck.
Her face has been left scarred and disfigured, and Ms Hang said she would like her old looks back.
A woman died on the way to a cemetery when a traffic accident hurled her husband's coffin against the back of her neck.
Police say 67-year old Marciana Silva Barcelos was in the front passenger seat of the hearse when the accident occurred on Monday in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Mrs Barcelos died instantly.
The driver of hearse and Mrs Barcelos's son suffered minor injuries.
Her 76-year-old husband, Josi Silveira Coimbra, died on Sunday of a heart attack while dancing at a party.
Coincidentally, that's my second choice for the way I'd like to go. The first involves Patty Ann Brown and the Motel 6, but I won't go into details.
BUDAPEST - Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany will meet his Slovak counterpart Robert Fico this weekend in a bid to ease nationalist tensions after recent violence over a football match, officials said Tuesday.
Ten days ago Slovak and Hungarian fans clashed during a Slovak premier soccer league match in southern Slovakia. About 50 people were injured, including fans who came to the match from Hungary. The police action against the troublemakers prompted anti-Slovak protests by ultra-nationalists in Budapest.
The Hungarian government said the police response was inadequate and asked for an investigation, while Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic backed the police.
After talking to members of the Hungarian minority party in Slovakia, Gyurcsany "called on Slovakia's head of government to agree to a meeting," said Hungarian government spokesman David Daroczi.
"It is important that the two leaders make it very clear that they reject any radicalism or nationalist extremism," Daroczi added.
Fico spokewoman Silvia Glendova told AFP the two prime ministers will meet Saturday in the Slovak-Hungarian border town of Komarno, which is called Komarom in Hungarian. The town is split by the Danube River about 70 kilometres (43 miles) from Budapest. It has around 37,000 residents in the Slovak part and 20,000 on the Hungarian side.
Slovakia's foreign minister, Jan Kubis, already met Monday in Brussels with his Hungarian counterpart Kinga Goncz, said Glendova, adding that it was an "important step" ahead of the prime ministers' meeting.
The historically tense relations between the neighbours soured after the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) joined the left-dominated government coalition in 2006. Its leader Jan Slota is famous for his inflammatory rhetoric against Romas or Hungarians. Relations worsened in September after the publication of Slovak geography textbooks for Hungarian children, which do not include the Hungarian versions of geographical names.
The Slovak and Hungarian prime ministers planned official meetings many times, only to postpone them later. The cabinet heads of both countries last met in Budapest in 2001, according to the Slovak government office.
Careful or the EU will send in the Fighting 515th Belgian Heavy Barbers as peacekeepers ...
I could be wrong, but my reading of various local Net forums > SEEMS MANY HUNGARIANS AND SLOVAKS ARE FEARFING THAT INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF MUSLIM KOSOVA, + KOSOVA'S REPORETD DESIRE TO EXPAND ITS TERRITORY will lead to uncontrolled influxes of MUSLIM EMIGRES TO SAME.
* PROB > DON'T TRUST THE MAIN HUNGARIAN OR SLOVAK GOVTS TO STOP OR DO ANYTHING AGZ MUSLIM KOSOVA, hence Hungarian and Slovak violence agz each other.
IMO THE FOOTBALL MATCH WAS JUST PCORRECT COVER/CATALYST FOR DEEPER MULTI-ETHNIC REGIONAL TENSIONS-FEARS.
What's happening in Alaska undoubtedly is happening throughout rural America. Gun sales are brisk, particularly for military-style weapons, because people are concerned about stricter gun laws after Barack Obama becomes president and Congress begins leaning more to the left.
Way I understand it is that sales are up everywhere, rural and urban; gun sex in Hyde Park for example.
I believe the term "gun sex" finds it's roots in the Islamic community. Sort of a take-off on the tribal or bedouin era. Events like weddings pour out onto the streets with trumpets blaring, and guns blazing into the night sky. Everone is jubilant and getting off on the moment...so to speak. One must see it all, to really gain an appreciation. Throwing a few handfuls of rice is much cheaper and definately safer.
Today, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft has successfully reached its intended operational orbit at a height of about 100 km from the lunar surface. This followed a series of three orbit reduction manoeuvres conducted during the past three days by repeatedly firing the spacecraft's 440 Newton Liquid Engine. As part of these manoeuvres, the engine was fired for a cumulative duration of about sixteen minutes. As a result of these manoeuvres, the farthest point of Chandrayaan-1's orbit (aposelene) from the moon's surface was first reduced from 7,502 km to 255 km and finally to 100 km while the nearest point (periselene) was reduced from 200 km to 182 km and finally to 100 km.
With this, the carefully planned complex sequence of operations to carry Chandrayaan-1 from its initial Earth orbit to its intended operational lunar orbit with the use of its liquid engine has been successfully completed. During these operations, Chandrayaan-1's liquid engine built by Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Thiruvananthapuram, has been fired a total of ten times successfully. In its present operational orbit, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft takes about two hours to go round the moon once.
From this operational circular orbit of about 100 km height passing over the polar regions of the moon, it is intended to conduct chemical, mineralogical and photo geological mapping of the moon with Chandrayaan-1's 11 scientific instruments (payloads). Two of those 11 payloads -- Terrain Mapping Camera (TMC) and Radiation Dose Monitor (RADOM) -- have already been successfully switched ON. TMC has successfully taken the pictures of Earth and moon.
The next major event of Chandrayaan-1 mission planned in the coming days is the release of Moon Impact Probe (MIP) from the spacecraft and its eventual hitting of the moon's surface.
It may be recalled that after its successful launch by PSLV-C11 on October 22 into an initial Earth orbit, Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft proceeded towards moon and successfully entered into an elliptical orbit around that celestial body on November 8, 2008. Since its launch, the spacecraft's health and orbit have been continuously monitored from the Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) with critical support from antennas of Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Byalalu.
WAFF.com > CHINA FEARS INDIA-JAPAN SPACE ALLIANCE.
OTOH, WORLD MIL FORUM > Chinese Posters are intensively debating wid each other whether the US NASA-JPL is interested in the datums India collects from this mission, as per future Manned-Unmanned Space Missions BEYOND MARS [e.g. SATURN]???
The NASA miniSAR on the Indian probe will be used along with NASA's own LRO lunar probe. With both probes in orbit at the same time, one instrument will transmit and the other will receive. This will allow "the study the radar backscatter characteristics as a function of phase angle. This would represent another independent method to look for ice".
The Indian impact probe will slam into the rim of the Shackleton crater where NASA proposes to build a lunar base.
Posted by: john frum ||
A lunar base? Wonderful, indeed.
JosephM, it sounds like thinking people in China may be starting to consider that their conquest of the world is not inevitable. I wonder what repercussions that thought will have?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.