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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Weird news - Boys wearing skirts to school in Britain

Seems a bit strange to call this out - school going boys wearing skirts to school (somebody might even call this statement out to be sexist and not politically correct - after all, why can't boys wear skirts and girls wear trousers). However, there is a definite reason for them wearing skirts - a matter of protest. It is getting hot and the uniform of mandatory trousers (and jackets for senior students) would be making them hot and sweaty. When they asked in the school for being able to wear shorts, the administration refused, but said in jest that they could wear skirts.
So next day a small group of boys came wearing skirts (and even had razors after complaints that their legs were too hairy), and this spread to more students (once they were reconciled with wearing skirts, it was cool and breezy for them as opposed to wearing trousers) (link to article):
Another said it was “quite refreshing”, pointing out that if even Royal Ascot had allowed racegoers in the royal enclosure to remove their jackets then the school ought to relax its dress code. One mother said: “My 14-year-old son wanted to wear shorts. The headteacher told them: ‘Well, you can wear a skirt if you like’ – but I think she was being sarcastic. “However, children tend to take you literally, and because she told them it was OK, there was nothing she could do as long as they are school skirts.” Another mother said: “Children also don’t like injustice. The boys see the women teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Weird news - Man dangles baby from window for Facebook likes

Fun and games for somebody can seem like endangering the life of somebody else. Especially when a baby is involved. It may seem like a prank, but can lead to massive outrage by others when they see somebody apparently being uncaring for the life of a baby (who after all, is incapable of taking care of itself and only survives due to the care of others around it, mostly parents). And when it seems that such a prank is being done to become popular or 'viral' on social media, it can become even more problematic and lead to more outrage.
In this case, a photo showing a man holding a toddler by the T-shirt and dangling the baby out of the window, apparently demanding 1000 Facebook likes to let the baby back into safety cost the man dearly. It may have been a prank, it may have been a Photoshopped image, but the image cost the man dearly. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail for endangering a child (link to article):
An Algerian man has been sent to prison for two years for dangling a toddler out of a window of a high-rise building in the capital Algiers while asking for 1000 Facebook likes. The unnamed man shared a picture of himself holding the baby by his t-shirt with a caption ‘1000 Fb likes or I will drop him’, according to news site Al Arabiya. Social media erupted with anger and shock after the post went viral, leading to his arrest on Sunday. He has, however, defended himself, saying the image was photoshopped by Facebook users, reports said.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weird news - Bear breaks into a house when owners are away

There are numerous incidents where bears and other animals are learning from human proximity. Many locations in natural parks are places where bears have learned that proximity to humans means food and other comforts and since bears learn fast, there are frequent encounters with bears at camp sites. And bears tend to be large and fierce, so these encounters can be dangerous. Bears are also inquisitive animals, such as the below article makes clear.
A family came home and find their house in a state of disorder, something that they suspected was because of a burglar. But they had a camera installed, and checking the camera feed would have given them a big shock. They found a big bear roaming around the house, wandering through the kitchen and even striking a few chords on the piano. It must have been shocking, since it meant that a bear could enter their house easily, and this entry could have been also because the bear could have entered the house when they were in the house (link to article):
A family in US state Colorado came home to find a trashed kitchen. They thought it was a burglar who had entered their house, so they called the police. But when the security cameras installed in the house were checked, they saw a black bear roaming around the living room. In a straight-out-of-a-Disney movie scene, the bear was seen roaming around the house as if it was the animal's territory. The bear even got up on its hind legs to reach up to the piano to play a few notes and then went to discover the rest of the rooms.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Weird news - Sea Lion pulls girl into the water in Canada

No matter how cute some animals look, they are still wild animals, and unpredictable in terms of their actions, different from how humans tend to think of in terms of predictable actions. Sometimes the antics of wild animals seem very cute, but one has to remember that they are in fact wild animals and one has to be careful. Consider the following case where people flocked to see a sea lion which was very close to land. Children are even more attracted to them, having seen them in cute videos and performances where their performances are scripted and the audience is far away. However, in this case, the sea lion actually grabbed the girl and pulled her into the water and it was quick action which got her back to the land with some bite marks but otherwise safe (link to article):
At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl's face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight. That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again -- grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water. A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety. "After being pulled back onto the dock, the family quickly walked away from the area without saying much," Fujiwara said. "They were probably very shaken up and just wanted to get away from the sea lion as fast as possible."

Weird news - Tattoo, and then contamination leads to death

Sometimes death can come in circumstances that seem weird. A person dies in a situation where so many others see no impact; these circumstances making the entire situation seem so weird. Consider the below case. When somebody gets a tattoo, it is essentially a case involving a needle piercing the human body many times, and like any other wound, it needs some treatment and some days rest before the person gets healed. Now, even when somebody gets a wound, just because they are exposing their skin to pathogens or germs, does not mean that they will get infected.
In the below case, the person got a tattoo and would have been advised to ensure that it is cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis until the wound is fully healed. And like many other people, the person would have done so for a few days until he decided to disregard any such advice and decided to go for a swim in the ocean water. Ocean water contains many bacteria, and even though people go for swims on a regular basis and many of them may be having some open wounds, in this case, the person got infected, and in such a serious way that complications set in and he died in a matter of days (with high additional risk factors because of regular alcohol consumption that had caused weakness in the liver). (Link to article):
ive days after getting his tattoo, the man decided to go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. Just three days after that, he was admitted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with severe pain in both of his legs and feet. His symptoms included a fever, chills and redness around his tattoo and elsewhere on his legs. "A lot of our patients, when they come to our institution, come in sick -- and he was certainly among the sicker of the patients that we've had come in," said Dr. Nicholas Hendren, an internal medicine resident at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and lead author of the report. "He said he had a lot of pain in [his right leg]. That, of course, drew our attention right away. "Within a few hours, things had progressed pretty quickly," he said. "There's darkening skin changes, more bruising, more discoloration, what we call bullae -- or mounds of fluid that were starting to collect in his legs -- which, of course, is very alarming to anyone, as it was to us. . 
Now, the warnings would have been there, but so many people would be disregarding the warnings and yet nothing happening. It was just unlucky in the case of this person that the infection took such a serious turn.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weird news - Teen wakes up on the way to his funeral

One reads of stories like this from time to time, but the emotional impact of such a story is incredible on the person involved and the family members. Imagine if this recovery had happened just a few hours later, when it would have been too late and the person would have had a cremation.
The youth had been bitten by a stray dog and because of the high fever and complications that followed, he was hospitalized with a severe problem and at the end, the doctors said that they were unable to provide any further help and that he was beyond help. So the family decided to take him away When they felt no movement or other signs of life, they took him to be dead and decided to take him to the funeral.
However, he got up on the way to the funeral, which would be a shock to his family, but also a big relief (link to article):
A 17-year-old boy woke up on the way to his funeral in Dharwad's Managundi village, surprising his relatives and villagers who had presumed him dead. He was rushed to a private hospital where his condition is critical. Bitten by a stray dog one month ago, Kumar Marewad, 17, had high fever last week following which he was admitted to a Dharwad hospital. As his condition deteriorated, the teenager was put on ventilator. The doctors told Kumar's relatives that he was critical and that he would not survive if life support was removed. Informing them that infection had spread in Kumar's body, the doctors left the family to decide if they wanted to continue treatment. Later, the family decided to shift him home.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Weird news - Kid driving a car in New Zealand, training !

The age of driving varies in different geographies and countries, with it being 16 in some places and 18 in some places. The idea is that driving means you are risking both yours and other people's lives, and hence some amount of maturity is required. This rule can be implemented quite strictly with strict fines in the more developed countries, while less developed countries struggle to check this problem and enforce the necessary penalties. But in a country such as New Zealand, one would expect that this is a very strict rule and there would be few people willing to experiment with breaking this rule.
So consider the surprise of this driver when he saw that the car ahead of him was being driven by what seemed like a 8 year old, and with a goat in the car. And it was not just some kid who had stolen the keys for a joy-ride, in fact, there was an adult in the backseat who was fine with the kid driving (link to article):
Video has emerged of a child driving a car packed with other children - and a goat. The footage, filmed in Whitianga by Auckland's Gaz Walden, shows several children in a red Ford Falcon with a boy, about 8 years old, at the wheel. Walden then realises there is a goat in the back seat. "You're f***ing kidding me. What the f*** is going on. This is insane. Look at him, he can only just see over the steering wheel," he says. He pulls up next to the car and tells the boy he shouldn't be driving - but then a middle-aged man climbs out of the back seat to reassure him, saying the boy is "actually training". "I don't care mate - that is ridiculous," Walden tells him.

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