Monday, April 13, 2009

News of the World.

Continuing observations of the character of the various peoples of our globe as revealed by their actions:

"A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one would give a fancy hairdo to a horse of course..." Except for Australians.

Photographs of horses sporting elaborate hair extensions are proving an unlikely internet sensation. "The idea for these images came from a discussion with a friend who said, 'Hey wouldn't it be fun to shoot horses with big hair?"," said Sydney-born Julian Wolkenstein, 36 ... He teamed up with hair-stylist Acacio da Silva to whip the horses into shape ... [Telegraph]

People Eating Tasty Animals.
Fishermen in the Philippines have accidentally caught and then eaten one of the rarest sharks in the world. The megamouth shark ... eaten by the fishermen was only the 41st ever spotted... A WWF representative said the shark was butchered and its meat sautéed in coconut milk as a local delicacy, against the conservation group’s advice... [ Daily Times ]

"Marriage is better than leprosy because it's easier to get rid of," said W.C. Fields, humor apparently not translatable into Russian...
A Russian man survived after downing three bottles of vodka and leaping from a fifth floor balcony -- twice ... Alexei Roskov says he jumped the second time because he couldn't take his wife's nagging about the first time... [Ananova]

After you put in the 14 cup holders, then what?
Dog-crazy Americans will soon be able to buy a pet-friendly car with a cushioned dog bed in the trunk, fitted with a built-in water bowl and fan and a ramp to help less agile dogs climb in...

Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co unveiled the pet friendly version of its Element utility vehicle at the New York Auto Show.

It features easy-wash seat covers, a fitted dog bed with restraints ... in the event of a crash, and a paw logo on the side.

Honda said the car would go on sale across the United States from the fall of this year ... Senior product planner James Jenkins said Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets, a figure forecast to rise to $52 billion in two years, indicating a big market for the car. [Reuters]

New world record for rubbing hot chilli peppers into one's own eyes.
An Indian woman sets a new world record by rubbing twenty-four or the world's hottest chilli peppers into her eyes. TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay jumps up and down with excitement ... Video report.