"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

"California is a fine place to live--if you happen to be an orange." - Fred Allen


Britain's rainy climate perfect for 'growing fingernails' - "Humidity is the key factor in growing the healthiest of nails. Too little humidity and nails become ittle and easy to break. Too much and they may be susceptible to a catastrophic degree of twisting and possible shearing. The perfect level is 55 per cent humidity – a level that translates to normal atmospheric conditions in Britain."

Oral Sex Cause of Throat Cancer Rise - "Increasing rates of HPV infection, spread through oral sex, is largely driving the rapid rise in oropharyngeal cancers, which include tumors of the throat, tonsils, and base of the tongue"

Jose Mourinho Under Fire From Islamic Leader Over Ramadan Criticisms - "The 'Special One' replaced the Ghana midfielder after 30 minutes following a poor showing on the pitch. Mourinho claimed Ramadan was having a negative influence on Muntari who practices Islam. "Muntari had some problems related to Ramadan - perhaps with this heat it's not good for him to be doing this [fasting]," Mourinho told reporters after the game... The comments have shocked the Islam world and have caused a considerable storm of criticism as the Portuguese coach finds himself caught up in another row... 'A player who practices Islam does not perform less on the pitch'... Goal.com caught up with leading personal trainer and nutritionist Giulio Scala who has worked alongside many professional sportsmen and women as well as elite athletes. Scala claims fasting can have a big impact on the performance of players when on the pitch. "A one per cent decrease in hydration can affect endurance by up to 20 per cent""
I'm shocked by the bigotry! Next they'll be saying that female circumcision is a form of mutilation.

British tourist trapped in French town hall after mistaking 'Hotel de Ville' for place to stay - "Mr Mumbach said there were no plans to charge the woman, who was believed to be a graduate who spoke ‘some French’, for her stay. A spokesman for the local tourist office said: ‘Dannemarie has plenty of excellent hotels, but this woman clearly thought the impressive building in the centre of town was the best one. ‘People make all kinds of linguistic mistakes when on holiday but this was a particularly unfortunate one.’ A similar situation in Barcelona, Spain, a few years ago saw English football fans ordering dozens of beers in a bar because it was ‘Frio’. They thought it was free, but ‘frio’ is in fact the Spanish word for ‘cold’."

An American girl in Singapore: Let's Turn the Tables...of Food - "I wanted to know their take on what American foods just sound downright nasty.
1) Peanut butter and celery.
2) Biscuits and Gravy
3) Cold pizza for breakfast
4) Chips as a side dish."

French 007 tells of great escape from Dubai wearing a wetsuit under a burka - "Frenchman Herve Jaugbert, an ex-naval officer, alleges the Dubai secret police had threatened to insert needles up his nose and that he was about to be thrown in jail for a crime he didn't commit... he swam underwater to the nearby coastguard station, on a remote outpost, where he cut the fuel lines on a police patrol boat. He knew it was the only one in the area, and the coast would now be clear. He then swam back to the beach, got into a Zodiac dinghy and headed back out to sea. Six hours later he was 25 miles off-shore and outside Dubai's territorial waters. Another former French agent met him in a yacht, he claims."

Indonesia thieves loot tiger body - "Thieves have killed an endangered Sumatran tiger in an Indonesian zoo and stolen most of its body"

Geomancy in Singapore - "The Reverend further advised: in order to continue with the project in peace, every person in Singapore must carry with them a “Chinese Bagua”, so as to neutralize the negative elements brought about by the SMRT project. A Bagua is an eight sided mirror which is shaped like a perfect octagon and is used to reflect/neutralize negative energy or evil spirits and is commonly used in Chinese geomancy. Thus, PM Lee was faced with a major problem: how do you make every person in Singapore carry a Chinese bagua, given that not everyone in Singapore believes in geomancy? Eventually, the problem was ingeniously solved with elegance and subtlety: The Singapore Dollar Coin... Are these stories true or simply stories created by someone who is seeing the world through Chinese geomancy lenses? I guess no one can verify them but these stories are a great topic during the Lunar New Year and have given me new found flavor to Chinese Geomancy; and now I can’t help but look upon the Ritz, the dollar coin and the SMRT with an aura of geomancy mystery."
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