Odd news of the day

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  1. EdmundDantes

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    Rick, All I can think of reading that is the failure of Isak Dinesen's (Karen von Blixen) farm as she described in her writing. I happen to be a big fan, and one of the issues she had was that the farm was at too high an altitude for growing coffee. I assume part of these problems were the varieties of coffee grown and the agricultural methods used at the time. What was her farm is now mostly encompassed by a Nairobi suburb called 'Karen'; but I often wonder if climate change would have made the coffee farm viable.
     
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  2. RickAgresta

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    Special edition of
    Today's Idiot News


    Homeowner trying to smoke out snake infestation burns down own house
    Maryland home suffers over $1m in damage after cunning coal-based pest control plan backfires


    A homeowner in Maryland tried to fight a snake infestation with coal, only to burn their own house down, causing more than $1m in damage. Nobody was injured.

    Montgomery county fire and rescue officials notified the public about the blaze right after it happened on 23 November, describing a conflagration that left a “large two-three-story single family house with heavy fire throughout structure and roof collapse”.

    About 75 firefighters responded. Conditions were “dark and cold” – around -4C (25F) – as they battled the flames.

    More than a week later, the department’s public information officer revealed more details. The cause was “accidental”, they said, specifically the “homeowner using smoke to manage snake infestation”.
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    https://news.google.com/articles/CB...ob3VzZS1tYXJ5bGFuZA?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US:en
     
  3. lelisa13p

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    I saw a report about this on CNN this afternoon. What a blaze! :vbeek: What a bad decision! :vbeek: I saw video of the house fully engulfed in flames.
     
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    Wait for follow up story where they say the snakes survived. :rolleyes:
     
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    Or were retrieved for canapes. :vbeek: :vbgrin:
     
  7. RickAgresta

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    Octopus_vs_snake_Image1_031858-picsay.jpg
     
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    OMG :vbeek: That's so revolting! :vbgrin: Suckers and tentacles. :vbtongue:
     
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    RickAgresta General Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    And yet, alleged to taste like chicken…:vbrolleyes:
     
  10. Hook

    Hook Have keyboard, will travel

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    Didn't know where to put this, This is not a joke (as far as I can tell). Google took out a patent on having your cat chase a laser beam. They call it cat aerobics. :vbrolleyes: The patent was applied for in 1993 and granted in 1995.

    https://patents.google.com/patent/US5443036A

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    It looks like the patent was set to expire in 2013 and no one renewed it. :vbtongue:
     
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