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Extreme Sport?

Posted by Boghound on March 31, 2011


If you love the thrill of water-skiing and windsurfing but don’t like getting wet, this could be for you.

A new sport has arrived and all you need for it is a skateboard, some rope and… a horse.

Horse-boarding involves being pulled on a board at up to 56kph (35mph).

It has become so popular that a training centre has opened and Britain’s first championships are to be held this year.

Stunt rider Daniel Fowler-Prime, who has worked on films such as Kingdom Of Heaven and The Da Vinci Code, invented it after messing about on a farm with friends.

‘There’s a raw surge of natural power that you wouldn’t get from any other sport,’ said Mr Fowler-Prime, 31.

‘The acceleration is explosive and a lot of skill is involved

‘You have to be prepared to take a few knocks because falling off has been compared to getting out of a car at 30mph.’

He added: ‘Horses generally take to it very easily.’

Mr Fowler-Prime is a founder of the Extreme Horse Riding Association and opened the National Horse Boarding Training Centre at Seisdon, near Wolverhampton.

He has organised the first championships, involving races on a 100m-course, later this year.

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Posted by Boghound on March 30, 2011

Bomb sat for weeks at federal office

A package found by a security guard at a U.S. federal office building in Detroit sat three for weeks before someone thought to screen it and found it was a bomb, an official who represents unionized guards said on Wednesday.

A private contract guard, since suspended, apparently found the package outside in late February, said David Wright, president of the union that represents Federal Protective Service guards but not contract guards.

The building in downtown Detroit houses offices for the FBI, U.S. Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the Social Security Administration and others.

The guard brought the package into the building and put it in "lost and found" without having it screened, Wright said. It sat until March 18, when someone decided to X-ray the package and found that it might contain a bomb, he said.

The guards then notified the Federal Protective Service and Detroit police and the package was moved outside the building, where the police bomb squad recovered it, he said.

Detroit police said they recovered a package Friday from the federal building and detonated it.

The FBI is investigating the incident, Special Agent Sandra Berchtold said. Neither police nor the FBI commented further on details of the incident,

Wright said it was not clear whether the guard who found the package initially was the one who decided to have it screened for explosives. The package should not have been moved in either case except by explosives experts, he said.

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Electric Shock?

Posted by Boghound on March 29, 2011

Cop sues boss for tasering genitals

Watch where you point that thing. Tasering a fellow cop in the genitals might just land you in legal trouble and cost you your job.

According to a new lawsuit filed by an officer in the tiny U.S.-Mexican border town of Nogales, Arizona, on Feb. 8, 2010, Sgt. Sergio Bon allegedly pushed a clipboard at Pedro Molera. When Molera placed the clipboard on Bon’s desk, Bon allegedly unholstered his Taser and pointed it at Molera.

According to a report in the Arizona Daily Star, Molera responded "Are you going to use it? Go ahead." At that point, Bon is said to have placed the Taser on Molera’s penis, over top of his clothes, and squeezed the trigger for up to two seconds.

Molera said that there was excessive redness following the electric shock and went home in emotional distress.

Molera registered a complaint the next day after he heard other officers joking about it.

Bon, an 18-year-veteran, has resigned as a result of the allegations. Molera is seeking unspecificed damages from Bon and the police department for a lack of training of superior officers and for failing to take appropriate training and supervision measures.

Jeffrey Kirkham, the town’s chief of police, told the Arizona Daily Star that Bon likely would have been fired had he not resigned.

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Waxing Away!!!

Posted by Boghound on March 28, 2011

Mattel under fire over doll

A fashion doll designed by Mattel is encouraging young girls to tweeze and wax their body hair, US experts claimed Wednesday.

Clawdeen Wolf comes with a rundown of the doll’s extensive hair-removal routine, which is impacting negatively on children, body image specialists said.

"My hair is worthy of a shampoo commercial, and that’s just what grows on my legs. Plucking and shaving is definitely a full-time job but that’s a small price to pay for being scarily fabulous," reads the character description of the teen werewolf doll.

The skimpily-dressed toy is part of Mattel’s top-selling Monster High franchise – which is targeted at girls as young as six.

"These dolls are training girls to feel ashamed of their bodies, to focus on being sexually appealing and sexually attractive from a pre-pubescent age," human behavior and body image expert Dr. Patrick Wanis.

Body image expert Sarah Maria, added, "Mattel is essentially promoting and encouraging the belief in young girls that they need to sculpt, tweeze, wax, and otherwise change their bodies in order to be considered attractive to men."

Mattel, the makers of Barbie, denied the claims, and said that the dolls positively promote the acceptance of all individuals.

"Grounded in a clever and humorous storytelling, Monster High characters deliver a positive message of celebrating one’s imperfections and embracing those of others," a Mattel spokesperson said in a statement

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Safety First?…Not In France!

Posted by Boghound on March 27, 2011

French court bans condoms from Condom

A French court has banned a company set up by a descendant of King Louis XIV from selling luxury condoms described as from the southwestern town of Condom, the town’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

The court in the nearby city of Bordeaux banned "the continued sale of condoms under the brand ‘The Original Condom from Condom, France,’" said Caroline Lampre, lawyer for the picturesque town of 7,500.

"It is clear that the use of the name, the image and the renown of the town of Condom, without its knowledge, for entirely commercial ends (is) manifestly illicit," said the judge’s ruling, seen by AFP.

French royal descendant Charles-Emmanuel de Bourbon Parme and count Gil de Bizemont have been selling their "luxury eco-friendly" prophylactics mainly in the United States since 2009.

The company is headquartered in the medieval town although the contraceptives themselves are manufactured in rubber-rich Malaysia.

Condoms sell on the company’s website for $2 (around 1.50 euros) a piece, although the site says they are not available in Condom itself or anywhere else in France.

The site says the two aristocrats "decided to introduce a new kind of ‘sophisticated’ condom that holds a ‘je ne sais quoi’."

"Condoms protect everyone from disease, ours protect from tackiness," Bizemont says on the site.

The town brought the case after Condom Mayor Bernard Gallado learned about the condoms from media reports.

The river Baise (French slang for sex) runs through the popular tourist town which feared the opening of a condom boutique in Condom itself.

Condom is now going to bring a case to get The Original Condom brand banned, lawyer Lampre said.

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Hey….It’s Only Me!!

Posted by Boghound on March 26, 2011

Robber identifies himself before crime

An American man decided to rob a bank – seconds after showing employees two forms of his own identification.

Daniel Rahunes, 35, went into a Metro Bank in Pennsylvania and told staff he wanted to open an account.

He was told he would have to show the ID and he obliged – before announcing he was actually there to rob the place.

After police were given an extremely accurate suspect description a warrant went out for Daniel’s arrest and he was later caught after being involved in a car accident.

He was charged with theft and driving under the influence.

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Always Be Safe?

Posted by Boghound on March 25, 2011

Condom-covered fountain causes fury in town of Konin

Fans of the inventor of the modern day condom have outraged his home town by celebrating his birthday with a giant sheath over the town’s biggest fountain.

The gushing tribute to Julius Fromm in Konin, Poland, has angered Town Hall officials who declared it "inappropriate."

Fromm – who settled in Berlin – invented the first seamless latex condom in 1916 but lost control of his creation when he was forced to sell it to Nazi Party leaders for a pittance under anti-Jewish business laws.

He died virtually penniless in Britain in 1945.

A spokesman for the inventors’ supporters – who call themselves Akcja Konin – explained: ‘The town should be proud that one of their own created something that has lead to so much pleasure and is still contributing to world health.’

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Move That Car!!!

Posted by Boghound on March 24, 2011

Road rage disrupts French nuclear crisis hearing

A French parliamentary hearing called to discuss the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan was suspended in uproar on Wednesday — in a spat over a parked car.

As ministers outlined France’s response to what the government has called a potential disaster on the scale of Chernobyl, independent member of parliament Maxime Gremetz stormed into a committee room to complain his car was blocked.

“That’s enough! This is unworthy!,” science committee chairman Claude Birraux protested, amid shouts from members of parliament enraged by the timing of the interruption.

After disrupting the hearing on live television for a second time, Gremetz was ordered to get the car registration number.

“With Japanese people risking their lives today, don’t come here and be a pain in the neck with your story about badly parked cars,” Birraux said before suspending the session,

attended by France’s top nuclear and power industry officials.

Besson said he was sure the offending vehicle did not belong to him or Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

“If it was either of our cars I am sure the chauffeurs would be sitting in the front,” he told the committee.

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Just Say No!!

Posted by Boghound on March 23, 2011

Bank robbery thwarted when teller says no

A would-be thief’s attempt to rob a suburban New York bank was thwarted when the teller refused his demand for money.

Police said the man remained at large after the attempted robbery on Wednesday in New Rochelle, about 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City.

“He slipped a note through the teller’s slot that said ’money in bag,”’ said police Captain Joseph Schaller said. “She refused and with that, she activated the alarm, turned away from the window and he ran out the door.”

The bank closed briefly but soon reopened for business, police said.

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Posted by Boghound on March 22, 2011

Man drives car through car park wall

A Chinese driver drove his car halfway through the wall of a multi-storey car park after mistaking the accelerator for the brake.

The front of the Haima car shot through the second storey wall and came to rest hanging perilously above the street below in Chongqing city.

The driver, who was not named by local media, later admitted: "I was on a downward slope and simply hit the gas pedal instead of the brake."

He was taken to hospital for a check-up and doctors confirmed he tested negative for alcohol.

Huang Xiaoping, a bin man who lives next to the car park, said he had just got up for work when he heard the accident.

"I heard two explosions and I ran outside to see a car sticking out of the wall with the front wheels still spinning," he said.

"I thought it was a movie shoot at first but then I said to my wife that it sounded too realistic."

A car park attendant said the man lived nearby and always used the car park.

"He has been parking here for a long time – he certainly isn’t a novice driver," he said.

The male driver and his passenger, a woman, were not injured as the car’s airbags inflated.

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