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    The oddest stories of 2004

    December 31, 2004

    WHILE many serious stories made the news in 2004 there were also some seriously strange ones making the news. Here are some of the oddest events of the year.

    ZHENGZHOU, China: A Chinese couple raised their only child for 13 years in the belief it was a girl, until a visit to the local hospital alerted them to the fact that he was really a boy with underdeveloped sexual organs. Doctors concluded he was suffering from a rare disease causing sexual organs to be somewhat hidden from view and performed a successful three-hour operation to correct the problem.

    RATCHABURI, Thailand: A group of Thai Buddhist monks were arrested and defrocked after holding a spate of rowdy drug and alcohol parties. Villagers complained about their wild behaviour and drug-taking at the local temple. Five of the saffron-robed monks tested positive for amphetamine pills and a sixth was blind drunk.

    SEOUL: Three South Korean dogmeat lovers face a $US70,000 lawsuit after cooking and eating their employer's pedigree dog. The men, employees at a car-hire firm, killed and served up the expensve Jindo dog in the traditional Korean soup dish, Boshintang, while their boss was away.

    CLUJ, Romania: A dog owner was forced to leave his apartment after a court ordered his mastiff to be removed from the building because its snoring kept the neighbours awake. Whenever Attila Varga's Neapolitan mastiff Sumo snored, the walls of the neighbouring flats shook and burglar alarms went off. A disappointed Varga said: "We share the same bed and I've got so used to it that I don't even hear it any more."

    ALDERSHOT, England: A drunken soldier sparked a major security alert after leaving a regimental party dressed as an Arab suicide bomber. Fifteen police cars, along with dog handlers were called out after a passer-by spotted someone near an army base wearing an Arab-style robe, a turban and false beard, as well as orange paper, wires and candles stuffed into a jacket to make it look like he was carrying explosives. The soldier, who was drunk, was ordered to pay a small on-the-spot fine.

    HASTINGS, New Zealand: A mother has been breastfeeding her Staffordshire terrier puppy, saying she did not want to waste the milk after her own daughter switched to being bottle-fed. Kura Tumanako, said she saw nothing wrong with breastfeeding the dog as she wants it to protect her baby girl as the pair grow up. "He drinks more than the baby. It doesn't hurt, but it's a little bit ticklish," she said.

    SLUNJ, Croatia: A Roman Catholic priest beat up a member of his parish, threatened others with a rifle and crashed his car in a night of drunken rage after a quarrel in a restaurant. Josip Stefancic punched a guest in the face, took a rifle and waved it other guests before fleeing in his car and crashing into a tree, refusing a breath test when police arrived at the scene. His bishop, Mile Bogovic, was surprisingly understanding. "Stefancic did not act alone. The wine was with him," he said.

    LONDON: A number of wealthy clients of the smart London restaurant Zafferano clubbed together to buy one of the most expensive truffles in the world for 40,000 euros ($70,000), but it ended up spoiling in a refrigerator. The 850g delicacy from Tuscany was put on display at the restaurant but then the chef went on holiday after locking the truffle in the fridge and taking the keys with him. When he returned after four days, he found it had rotted, forcing the owner to throw the whole thing out.

    LONDON: British television watchdogs ruled that a pig which was sexually pleasured on camera by a minor celebrity did not feel degraded by the experience. Dozens of viewers had complained about an episode of a reality television show in which the audience were treated to the sight of Rebecca Loos, the self-proclaimed ex-lover of England football captain David Beckham, stimulating the boar for 10 minutes to produce a flask of semen. An animal charity condemned the scenes as "morbid and sordid" but the broadcasting standards body said the procedure was perfectly normal on a farm. "We don't believe that the scene was degrading or harmful to the boar," they ruled.

    SHENYANG, China: A Chinese safari park decided to celebrate the New Year and the start of the Year of the Monkey by dying its primates bright red and yellow. But painting the monkeys was no easy matter job as they refused to cooperate. "We had to anaesthetise them first", a park spokesman said. "They seemed to be surprised at their new strange coats when they woke up. But after a while, they indulged themselves in pleasure."

    Agence France-Presse

    http://www.news.com.au/common/story_...E13762,00.html

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    Originally posted by Matty
    December 31, 2004

    SHENYANG, China: A Chinese safari park decided to celebrate the New Year and the start of the Year of the Monkey by dying its primates bright red and yellow. But painting the monkeys was no easy matter job as they refused to cooperate. "We had to anaesthetise them first", a park spokesman said. "They seemed to be surprised at their new strange coats when they woke up. But after a while, they indulged themselves in pleasure."

    In a related story…

    DS, Internet: A group of new extension speculators decided to celebrate the New Year and the start of the Year of Domain Extension Peace by registering a domain in a new tld on behalf of the forum’s administrator and mods. But having them accept the domains was no easy matter as they refused to cooperate. "We had to anaesthetize them first", a forum spokesman said. "They seemed to be surprised at the new strange domains when they woke up. But after a while, they saw traffic and revenue and indulged themselves in pleasure.” Upon hearing of this reaction, the new extension speculators acknowledged there really is nothing like a good com which brought great peace to the forum.


    May the New Year bring peace, health and prosperity to everyone.
    Last edited by Fundraiser; 12-31-2004 at 02:26 AM.

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    Originally posted by Fundraiser
    In a related story…

    DS, Internet: A group of new extension speculators decided to celebrate the New Year and the start of the Year of Domain Extension Peace by registering a domain in a new tld on behalf of the forum’s administrator and mods. But having them accept the domains was no easy matter as they refused to cooperate. "We had to anaesthetize them first", a forum spokesman said. "They seemed to be surprised at the new strange domains when they woke up. But after a while, they saw traffic and revenue and indulged themselves in pleasure.” Upon hearing of this reaction, the new extension speculators acknowledged there really is nothing like a good com which brought great peace to the forum.


    May the New Year bring peace, health and prosperity to everyone.
    LOL!

    as long as it was not an .org extension, then its OK

    So...is the start of the "Year of the Matty" ?

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    Originally posted by DomeBase
    LOL!

    as long as it was not an .org extension, then its OK

    So...is the start of the "Year of the Matty" ?
    True. I'm sure all have a firm handle on their org extension but I really can't comment on your use of the phrase "as long as" because that alone could become a thread, dare I say, of unimaginable length.

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    Don't know if it's already been posted here, but I just found this
    interesting story.

    Here's the gist:

    (CNN) -- Scientists at the University of the West of England (UWE) have designed a robot that does not require batteries or electricity to power itself.


    Instead, it generates energy by catching and eating houseflies.

    Dr Chris Melhuish and his Bristol-based team hope the robot, called EcoBot II, will one day be sent into zones too dangerous for humans, potentially proving invaluable in military, security and industrial areas.

    Melhuish, who is director of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Lab at the UWE, told CNN that the EcoBot II was a result of a quest for an intelligent robot that could function without human supervision.

    "That means they need energy. It is one thing to have a robot getting its energy from a household socket, or maybe from the factory floor, but it is another thing when the robot goes outside buildings," he said.

    "Of course, there is solar energy outside. Little robots can use solar energy to move about. But mostly, if there is not a lot of solar energy about, you have to give robots batteries -- which eventually run out."

    The EcoBot II powers itself in much the same way as animals feed themselves to get their energy, he said.

    At this stage, EcoBot II is a "proof-of-concept" robot and travels only at roughly 10 centimeters per hour.

    But the self-sustaining robot had the potential to be used in conditions that were not suitable for humans, said Melhuish.

    "In the future, I think we are going to want robots to go to places that we don't want to go. In order to do that, it's unlikely that these robots are going to have sufficient energy to carry out their tasks," he said.

    The EcoBot II uses human sewage as bait to catch the insects. It then digests the flies, before their exoskeletons are turned into electricity, which enables the robot to function.

    Bacteria in the sewage eats the flies' soft tissues, which releases enzymes that break down the hardened shell.

    Sugar molecules released from the broken-down shell are then absorbed and used as energy by the bacteria.

    "The robot then has the energy to carry out some example tasks which in this case include moving towards light, measuring temperature. It has a temperature sensor. It could be anything, but we have chosen temperature," Melhuish said.

    "Then it transmits that temperature information over a radio link to a base station a couple of meters away and it does that all using the energy from insect or plant material."
    Vidi, Vici, Veni!

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    Originally posted by davezan
    Don't know if it's already been posted here, but I just found this
    interesting story.

    Here's the gist:
    yep. also called a "Gastrobot" -- seriously!

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    Originally posted by DomeBase
    So...is the start of the "Year of the Matty" ?
    Geez I hope so

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    Originally posted by Matty
    Geez I hope so
    Hoorah for Matty!!! (can we paint you red and yellow now?)


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    Originally posted by DomeBase
    Hoorah for Matty!!! (can we paint you red and yellow now?)

    Paint me any colour you like - just don't forget to bring the beer.

    Happy new year Bob.

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    Re: The oddest stories of 2004

    Originally posted by Matty
    HASTINGS, New Zealand: A mother has been breastfeeding her Staffordshire terrier puppy, saying she did not want to waste the milk after her own daughter switched to being bottle-fed. Kura Tumanako, said she saw nothing wrong with breastfeeding the dog as she wants it to protect her baby girl as the pair grow up. "He drinks more than the baby. It doesn't hurt, but it's a little bit ticklish," she said.

    As funny as this is I think some of the humor might actually be getting lost .... A "Staffordshire terrier" is the AKC name for *PIT BULLS*. So read it again and think Pit Bull when you do, and they ain't small puppies either. LOL!

    Just goe to show Pit Bulls have an undeserved reputation.

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