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Whoops…My Mistake!!

Posted by Boghound on October 31, 2012


Pilot rapped for landing at wrong airport

A foreign pilot has been suspended from flying after landing an Indonesian passenger jet at the wrong airport in a "serious" breach of safety, a transport ministry spokesman said on Monday.

The Sriwijaya Air plane, carrying 96 passengers and six crew, was meant to land at Minangkabau International airport in the city of Padang, but instead descended to the Tabing air force base some 12 kilometres (seven miles) away.

"This incident was very serious and very dangerous for passenger safety as (the plane) landed at a wrong airport," ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said, adding that a probe by the aviation safety watchdog is underway.

The foreign pilot of the jet, which left Medan in North Sumatra province for the short flight to Padang on Saturday, has been suspended from duty, he added, without revealing the pilot’s nationality.

"For the time being we won’t allow him to fly and he is expected to give an explanation to the aviation safety department today," he said.

Air traffic officials at Minangkabau airport are also under investigation for their role in the blunder, he added.

Indonesia has a chequered aviation safety record, with several deadly crashes over recent years across the massive archipelago where air travel is essential to reach outlying areas.

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Naked….Cover-Up!!

Posted by Boghound on October 30, 2012


Austrian museum forced to cover up naked posters

A museum in Austria has been forced to cover up hundreds of male genitalia on posters advertising an exhibition after complaints from outraged Viennese.

Residents of the Austrian capital took exception to the large full-frontal photograph of three French football players used to advertise an exhibition on the naked male form at the city’s Wiener Leopold Museum.

The three players, wearing nothing but socks and boots, and with a football between their feet, had appeared on 250 billboards across the city.

Complaints flooded in, with some describing the posters as "pathetic" and "pornographic", and one angry local lady even threatening to paint over the offending parts unless action was taken. The museum reported that most of the complaints came from women.

"We don’t want to disturb either children or adults, and if it’s clearly something people don’t want to see then we have to respect that," a museum spokesman told the newspaper Wiener Zeitung.

"But the men are clearly not sexually aroused so we thought it would not cause offence.

"Our aim wasn’t to be provocative, and we regret causing any offence," he added.

Featuring French footballers of three different ethnic backgrounds, the picture had originally been used to champion multicultural France, but the Wiener Leopold Museum thought it would make an appropriate advertisement for its exhibition on naked men.

But the posters will soon sport a waste-high oblong of paint to cover the sources of Viennese discontent while any advertisements near schools will be removed.

Despite the furore surrounding the posters the museum said it would retain a massive sculpture of a reclining male nude entitled "Mr Big", which lies outside the museum. A spokesman for the Wiener Leopold said that so far Mr Big had attracted no complaints and instead "was being used much like a children’s playground".

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Dickheads Phone Home?

Posted by Boghound on October 29, 2012


Website offering iPhone for smallest penis

A Danish website is offering an iPhone as a competition prize to the man with the smallest penis.

singlesex.dk is also awarding an iPad to two runners-up.

Website owner Morten Fabricius, 45, told AFP: "It’s a competition which is at the core of manhood, the most important thing for a man.

"There are so many unhappy men out there, who think you have to have a giant penis, but it’s not normal to have a huge one."

Fabricius added: "It’s incredible how the media has frightened people from showing themselves as they are."

The competition ends on January 31, 2013.

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A Tight Squeeze?

Posted by Boghound on October 28, 2012


Teacher had 19 kids in a Renault Clio

A nursery school teacher was pulled over by police in South Africa – with 19 children packed into her Renault Clio.

Melanie Minnie was taking the children, aged four to six, back to Rietfontein Nursery School in Pretoria after visiting a burger bar.

Six children were found in the car’s boot, three were on the front seat and the remaining 10 piled into the back.

It was unclear whether any of them were wearing seat-belts, reports The Mirror.

The toddlers were eventually removed from the car, all unharmed.

Ms Minnie told police she was in the process of ferrying a second car-load of youngsters back to the nursery.

Apparently, another 12 children had already been bundled into the Clio.

After she was fined just over £100, Ms Minnie said: "It was the first time we went on an outing, and the last. I’ll never do it again."

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Take Your Time!

Posted by Boghound on October 27, 2012


Man receives university diploma 40 years after enrolling

A German man has received his university diploma after spending nearly 40 years studying.

Werner Kahmann, from North Rhine-Westphalia, began his degree at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in 1973 and graduated earlier this year. During his time at the institution, he took a total of 68 exams and had the potential to complete 63 semesters of tuition, reports local paper the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Kahmann said that it took so long for him to complete his engineering diploma because he "de-matriculated and re-matriculated three times between then and now".

"If I had moved to Cologne I would have just got my studying done," said the 61-year-old, who instead decided to commute in from the nearby town of Siegburg, where his girlfriend, football club and bowling team were all based.

Kahmann first decided to put completing his diploma on hold after breaking his leg playing football. He suspended his studies for a second time in 1984 after the birth of his daughter and took time out to help raise her.

"Then in 2004 when student fees were introduced, I de-matriculated again," he explained.

In 2011, the German fee system changed and Kahmann returned to university once more. He completed his remaining units and earned his diploma a year later, even though the university no longer ran the course he had enrolled in.

"There are downsides to being a graduate though," he said, mentioning "paying for public transport and not getting reduced tickets for the zoo" among his biggest complaints.

Despite taking so long to graduate, Kahmann has managed to find work as a freelance engineer and draughtsman since 1978.

"My daughter told me recently that she, aged 27 and with a brilliant job, wants to go and study," he said. "I just told her that she should see it through to the end."

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Hot Stuff??

Posted by Boghound on October 26, 2012


Man cooking a squirrel starts apartment block fire?

Authorities in the US have said a blaze that spread through an apartment complex may have started due to a resident trying to cook a squirrel with a propane torch.

Fire Chief Jim Kohsel told Mlive.com that the resident, who has not been named, planned to eat the animal and was burning off its fur at the building in Ottawa Country when a fire broke out.

The fire was so severe that it spread to the roof of the Michigan complex, causing many people to lose their homes.

Fire Chief Kohsel said that eight apartments were destroyed and many others damaged.

No residents were hurt, but a firefighter broke his toe while trying to put out the blaze.

The American Red Cross has arranged temporary shelter and clothing for affected residents.

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Eye….Eye?

Posted by Boghound on October 25, 2012


Mystery eyeball washes up on Florida beach

A mysterious eyeball has washed up on a beach in the US, leaving scientists baffled as to where it came from.

The big blue eyeball was found by a man named Gino Covacci on Pompano Beach, Florida.

Covacci told Florida’s Sun Sentinel newspaper that he kicked the stange object along the beach when he first saw it, until he realised what it was.

"It was very, very fresh, it was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag," he recalled.

Covacci notified a police officer, who then gave him the phone number for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

No-one there has been able to say where the eyeball may have come from.

Charles Messing, a professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Centre, said that he thinks the most likely candidate is a swordfish.

The wildlife commission has said that identification could take some time, although scientists are starting to narrow it down.

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Pass The Whisky..Not The Milk!!

Posted by Boghound on October 24, 2012


Toddler served tot of whisky

A two-year-old boy had to be taken to hospital after accidentally being served whisky at a Frankie & Benny’s restaurant.

Sonny Rees was given a glass of 40% proof whisky rather than fruit juice during a meal to celebrate his second birthday.

His mother Nina only realised the mistake after the toddler had nearly finished the drink.

Sonny had to be taken to hospital in Swansea where he was kept under observation by doctors.

Ms Rees says she ordered Sonny a lime juice and water and encouraged him to drink it all.

It wasn’t until the youngster had finished most of the drink that she noticed he was pulling a face as he drank.

When she herself took a sip she was shocked to discover it was actually whisky and water.

She complained to the manager who reportedly didn’t believe her until she took a sip herself.

After calling NHS Direct, Ms Rees took Charlie to hospital where his vital signs were monitored before he was allowed home.

Frankie & Benny’s has now launched an investigation into how the mix up took place.

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Drink Up!!

Posted by Boghound on October 23, 2012


Mixologist creates world’s most expensive cocktail

Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese claims to have set a new record for creating the most expensive cocktail in the world.

The cocktail connoisseur mixed the luxury £5,500 concoction using 240-year-old ingredients dating back to before the French Revolution.

He put a 1778 cognac, a 1770 liqueur, an 1860 Curaçao and bitters from 1900 into the drink at London’s Playboy Club.

A bar spokesman said: ‘Earlier on today legendary mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, also known as The Maestro, broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s most expensive cocktail.

‘He created Salvatore’s Legacy, a classic blend of vintage ingredients, costing £5,500 a glass.’

Guinness officials are investigating to see if beats the current record, a cocktail costing £3,766.52 currently on sale in Dubai.

‘GWR can confirm that we have received an official claim for the most expensive cocktail record attempt, taking place in London tonight,’ said a spokesman.

‘We will only be able to confirm if the attempt has been successful or not three working days after we have received the evidence.’

The record attempt was delayed for nearly three months after a bottle of one of the ingredients was smashed.

A delighted Me Calabrese added: ‘I was devastated when my bottle smashed and thought my dream of breaking the world record was over, but thankfully it has all worked out and nothing will stop me now.’

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Now That’s A Change!

Posted by Boghound on October 22, 2012


Portugal Court Ruled File-Sharing Legitimate

When it comes to file-sharing issues in courts, the community is always ready for the worst. However, the Portugal case makes an exception. Last year, ACAPOR (one of the local advocacy groups) has sent the IP addresses of two thousand alleged copyright infringers to the Attorney General. The outfit hoped that they the pirates would be prosecuted, but the result surprised everyone…

Surprisingly enough, a Portuguese prosecutor decided not to follow on the people behind the IP addresses. Instead, a statement was made that it was absolutely legal to share file on non-commercial basis. In addition, IP addresses can’t be enough to launch a lawsuit against the suspected pirates.

A year ago, ACAPOR provided the Attorney General with 2,000 IP-addresses of suspected pirates while wearing T-shirts saying “Piracy is illegal”. The outfit claimed it was doing its best to alert the authorities to the very serious situation in the content industry. It believed that a thousand complaints per month should be enough to embarrass the judiciary system. But their hopes appeared in vain after the Department of Investigation and Penal Action investigated complaints and took a decision not to charge individuals involved in the case.

It said that from a legal point of view, taking into consideration the fact that alleged users were both uploaders and downloaders, this conduct was seen absolutely legitimate, even if the users continue file-sharing after the download is finished. Moreover, one’s rights for online education, freedom of expression and culture should be respected if no commercial copyright violation is involved in the case.

In addition, the statement of many experts was supported, saying that an IP address does not necessarily indicate the infringer, because there may be another individual behind it, not the one in whose name the service is registered, regardless of whether the real owner of IP address using it or not.

Of course, ACAPOR wasn’t happy with this decision, claiming that the prosecutors simply found a way to adapt the legislation to their interest. They might be right, because it is in no-one’s interest to have to send thousands of letters, hear thousands of people and investigate thousands of PCs.

Industry observers hope that this ruling will set a precedent and an example to other countries that tend to take side of the content industry in such lawsuits.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for the source of the article

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