Funerals aren’t what they used to be, atleast not in China.  The pole dancing and stripping is supposed to bring in extra mourners.  Really, mourners?  Family, friends and strippers saying “hasta la vista baby”…wow.

CCTV found about a dozen funeral performance troupes offering such services in every village in the county, putting on as many as 20 shows a month at a rate of 2,000 yuan ($322) a pop.

“This has severely polluted the local cultural life,” CCTV intoned at the time, marveling at the sight of one women gyrating out of her closes mere steps from a photo of the deceased. “These troupes only care about money. As for whether it’s legal, or proper, or what effect it has on local customs, they don’t think much about it.”

The mainland isn’t alone in its preference for the practice: similar ensemble performances are also popular in Taiwan – as National Geographic documented in 2012, with stilettoed, short-skirted women dancing graveside. The practice there dates back decades.

China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers..

Yup, it was this sheepdog driving that tractor.

Delays on M74 after dog 'drives' on to carriageway - BBC News

Delays were caused on a busy stretch of the M74 motorway after reports of a dog “taking control of a tractor”.

The incident – highlighted on Twitter by Traffic Scotland – took place at J13 at Abington, South Lanarkshire.

It later emerged that a sheepdog called Don, owned by farmer Tom Hamilton, had leaned on the controls of his utility vehicle, taking it on to the road.

Police and Mr Hamilton later recovered Don, who was unhurt, and the vehicle, from the central reservation.

Mr Hamilton told BBC Scotland that he was out on his off road pick up checking lambs in a field above the M74 near Abington.

Farmer relieved

As always he was accompanied by his Collie sheepdog Don, who was sitting beside him in the passenger seat.

Don escaped with little more than a fright

While Mr Hamilton was examining a lamb he turned round to see the Gator utility vehicle crashing through the fence and heading down an embankment on to the northbound lane of the M74 with Don still sitting in it.

The vehicle stopped after hitting the central barrier, smashing the windscreen.

Mr Hamilton said he feared that he had not pulled the handbrake properly and was extremely relieved that no drivers were hurt.

The farmer was also relieved that Don escaped with little more than a fright.

The episode caused a stir on social media when it was reported by Traffic Scotland at about 08:45 on Wednesday.

Dog puns

The transport body tweeted: “M74 (N) J13-RTC due to dog taking control of tractor… nope, not joking. Farmer and police at scene, vehicle in central res.”

Shortly afterwards Traffic Scotland provided the update: “M74 (N) at J13 – Route is clear from earlier incident and dog is fine. Has to be the weirdest thing we have ever reported! No delays in area.”

Police said the vehicle had gone through a fence near the motorway at about 08:15.

The incident led to plenty of dog puns as people responded to Traffic Scotland’s tweets.

Tony T wrote: “Police investigating, so far no leads,” while Beverley Friend added: “This is barking.”

Michelle Muirhead asked: “Will the dog have points on his licence? Was he breathalysed? Did police arrest him?”

Delays on M74 after dog ‘drives’ on to carriageway.  He’s smarter than the 8 year old sucking on a used condom.

What a dumb 8 year old!   I grew up being told that if something fell on the ground, it was NEVER to be picked up let alone put in one’s mouth.

A boy in Colorado found a used condom on his school’s playground and put it in his mouth, thinking it was a balloon, his mother says.

An 8-year-old boy in Colorado is undergoing tests for sexually transmitted diseases after finding a used condom on his school’s playground and putting it in his mouth.

The child’s mother says he is being tested for Herpes, Hepatitis C, Chlamydia and other viruses and infections. She asked that her last name not be used to protect her son’s identity, KMGH-TV reported.

The boy found the used prophylactic on the school grounds and thought it was a balloon. Then he tried to blow it up, his mom said. She was notified about last week’s incident by a teacher at Bennett Elementary School.

“When she took the ‘balloon’ out of his mouth (she discovered) it was a used condom,” the mom said.

Emails between school officials and the mother show the condom was thrown away by a teacher and was not tested, the station reported.

The boy’s mom says he will have to be tested for STDs for several years, and she wants the school district to pay for the tests. The school’s insurance carrier has denied her claim, the woman says.

Really?   What do you think?  Should the school be liable for the kid’s behavior?  Me, I think it time that the parent start parenting and teach their child some life skills.

via Colo. boy being tested after trying to blow up used condom.

Well, it’s the weekend finally.  I sure need the rest.  I was sleep running this morning in the dark and slammed into the corner of the bathroom sink.  OUCH!  By looking at the bruise you would think I ran head onto a MAC truck.   Last week, the plumbing problems from Hell plagued me.  (Bubbling water from the tile under the toilet is what nightmares are made of.)  There was major wall ripping and toilet moving activity.  Add to that the washer and dryer were moved out the door as well.

Yes, I’m pooped.  I do love animals and I find them to be one of the best medicines during recovery.  So let me share some pics and a funny video.  You have a wonderful weekend!

Meet the caring ‘cat nurse’ who cuddles and comforts abandoned sick animals back to health at a shelter.

Black cat Rademenes (she’s Polish) is a nurse to any animal in need.  

 

This little rescue doesn’t like to eat alone.   I can’t blame Bonnie.

Chief Justice Roberts reports for jury duty in a Maryland court.

Should not SCOTUS be barred from jury duty?  I have a friend who is an oncologist. I don’t think he should be on jury duty either.  The guy has to postpone his entire calendar only to be dismissed time and time again.

 

Congratulations to Marie Hunt.

Spring Green woman earns high school diploma 87 years later.

She’s 103 years old.  You go girl!!!

I think that this might actually be a great app if someone can get the funding through.   Of course it needs time to be developed, but this is an added plus for that smartphone that many of us have such disdain for.

ShakeAlert, the West Coast’s scientific-grade detector, has been in development for roughly a decade—stalled by limited financial resources. However, a new study in Science Advances suggests GPS, found in thousands of smartphones, could give scientists a surprisingly accurate read on seismic activity. And crowdsourced GPS earthquake detection could work alongside existing systems, to help fill in the gap.

The idea that global positioning can detect and measure ground displacement has been studied using scientific-grade GPS, but until now, scientists were unsure whether less accurate, consumer-grade GPS was up the task.

In this study, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) set up simulations of major earthquakes—one mimicking 2011’s catastrophic magnitude 9 tsunami in Japan—and put the Google Nexus 5 to the test. They found the Nexus’ GPS could detect earthquakes magnitude 7 or greater, and provide accurate warnings for major cities, even if only 5,000 of the residents were transmitting data from their smartphones.

Paired with scientific-grade systems like ShakeAlert, smartphone GPS could prevent damage and death across a range of magnitudes. “We couldn’t do it tomorrow but, in practice, there’s no reason why that couldn’t be done,” says Benjamin Brooks, USGS geophysicist and coauthor on the study. Brooks envisions an app that volunteers could download to their smartphones that, when activated by subtle tremors, would transmit GPS data to a central server for analysis. “To that end, it’s really just a matter of implementation,” he says.

Brooks and his team are already planning another study in Chile, where they’ll place several hundred smartphone-based sensors on buildings near fault lines. But even in the short term, Brooks says, crowdsourced early detection does not necessarily have to stop at smartphones. “It’s about the Internet of Things, really. Cars, robotic vehicles, WiFi hubs—anything that has GPS associated with it could be used.

via Smartphones Could Provide Early Earthquake Warnings.

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