Month: May 2003

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Lots of lightning in the news. Lots of lightning in the news. The Bulgarian president has personally involved in the plight of a family, after their home was struck by lightning nine time Then there's the British golfer, Vincenzo Frascella who had his umbrella struck by lightning on both the 14th and 17th holes of Orton Meadows Golf Course in Peterborough last Wednesday. And the British copper, Carrie Kwasniewski who was struck while on duty...

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Feral ferrets, belligerent badgers in the news... Been some great, improbable 'animal attack' stories in the news in recent days. These are both from the UK: Hungry ferret causes rail scare A hungry ferret has caused panic on a train by racing around carriages and eating the driver's lunch, a train company says. From BBC News Badger rampage injures five A rogue badger attacked five people during a 48-hour rampage in a quiet suburb. One man required two skin graft operations, after the badger woke him up and attacked him when he went outside to investigate. More on the BBC website Incidentally, I've been appalled by the amount of dead badgers I've seen on Irish roads this year. I've started a 'dead badger watch' on p45rant.com.

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A kangaroo was hit by a car and killed in central Austria... From Yahoo News Wed May 14, 2:13 PM ET VIENNA, Austria - Who said there are no kangaroos in Austria? Those struggling to distinguish the small alpine country in Europe from Australia were dealt a blow when a kangaroo was hit by a car and killed in central Austria. more >> For stories on Irish and other out-of-place 'roos, check out my articles Kanga-ruse and Animalous Phenomena Added 28/05/03: New Scientist: Bizarre 'horned' kangaroo fossils unearthed

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Alcohol impairs the functioning of the brain for longer than previously thought, research suggests. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3023495.stm Alcohol effect lingers on brain Alcohol impairs the functioning of the brain for longer than previously thought, research suggests. In fact, even after people think the effects have worn off, it is actually still having a negative impact on certain functions. After experimenting last night with Guinness, Moroccan wine and both Spanish and French absinthe, I can attest to this statement - daev