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    Quote Originally Posted by mmsbls View Post
    This thread is about strange stories and bizarre news - not politics. The last several pages have turned purely political. Please get back to the thread topic.
    Do we notice a recurrent pattern here? If so, what are we going to do about it, other than to reaffirm that these subjects belong in the Political, Religious, and Science Groups?

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    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...wan-row-mayor/
    China cancels Prague orchestra tour amid Taiwan row with mayor
    the Chinese comrades are really sensitive to any kind of dissent. Punishing Czech orchestras for the personal attidudes of a city mayor.

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    Sensitive, or maybe not so sensitive.

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    French company liable after employee dies during sex on business trip

    A Paris court ruled that it was an “industrial accident.” Uh, OK.


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    Sounds absurd, but it's no doubt being appealed, and we might not hear that much about the result then.

    EDIT: he was married, but the family sued the company & will receive 80% of his salary until his expected retirement age. It is possibly a final rule! But I think it is doubtful that the system can allow such procedures in the future, or you'd have to limit all business travelling due to various sorts of health failures, accidents and criminal incidents might taking place, partly due to people's lack of responsibility ...
    https://www.ballinaadvocate.com.au/n...ident/3828756/
    Last edited by joen_cph; Sep-12-2019 at 06:19.

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    Just when new measures seem to be slowing the flow of illegal immigrants from the south, this has to happen.

    Feral hogs headed for US from Canada; wildlife officials warn of widespread damage


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    But after causing said damage, can they be expected to say "Sorry, eh?"

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    Hitchcock would love this story. Magpie attack: Australian cyclist dies while fleeing swooping bird



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    birds are wicked
    Hitchcock-like scene as vomiting vultures swarm NY couple’s $700K vacation home
    https://nypost.com/2019/08/16/hitchc...vacation-home/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    birds are wicked
    Hitchcock-like scene as vomiting vultures swarm NY couple’s $700K vacation home
    https://nypost.com/2019/08/16/hitchc...vacation-home/
    Birds are related to crocodilians and due to their lifestyle they never needed to evolve empathy or defecation habits to avoid predation.

    I was also surprised to read that if you disturb nestlings the mother can't smell you. I'm not sure if that's true.

    https://news.ucsc.edu/2014/12/crocodile-genomes.html

    Crocodiles are the closest living relatives of the birds, sharing a common ancestor that lived around 240 million years ago and also gave rise to the dinosaurs. A new study of crocodilian genomes led by scientists at UC Santa Cruz reveals an exceptionally slow rate of genome evolution in the crocodilians (a group that includes crocodiles, caimans, alligators, and gharials).
    The UC Santa Cruz team used the crocodilian genomes, combined with newly published bird genomes, to reconstruct a partial genome of the common ancestor of crocodiles, birds, and dinosaurs. The study, part of an ambitious international collaboration to analyze the genomes of modern birds and gain insights into their evolution, is one of eight papers from the Avian Phylogenomics Consortium being published in a December 12 special issue of Science.
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    California bans employee travel to Iowa due to that state’s failure to use taxpayer funds for sex-change procedures. This is the eleventh state on the California list! Years from now, when historians write of the brief eminence of American civilization on the world stage, there will be no shortage of amusing anecdotes.


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    7-11 Stores in Los Angeles are playing continuous classical music outside (such monotonous tracks as Pachelbel’s Canon) to reduce the number of vagrants, loiterers and homeless soliciting and hanging around. Apparently, it’s fairly effective. A company delivers all-in-one units that have the fixed playlists. Some are back-ordered so some stores are still waiting for them.
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    Bournemouth counci lused a similar tactic to discourage vagrants sleeping in the travel interchange (bus and rail station) but instead of classical music they played bagpipe recordings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luchesi View Post
    Birds are related to crocodilians and due to their lifestyle they never needed to evolve empathy or defecation habits to avoid predation.
    they are certainly much more intelligent than crocodiles. The European magpies (unrelated to the Australian horror magpies) are some of the smartest animals on Earth
    Magpies as smart as apes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacck View Post
    they are certainly much more intelligent than crocodiles. The European magpies (unrelated to the Australian horror magpies) are some of the smartest animals on Earth
    Magpies as smart as apes
    Reminds me of a Garfield comic I once read. Garfield (a cat) and Odie (a dog) were watching a televised debate over what animal was smarter. One said cats, and Garfield cheered. Another said dogs, and Odie cheered. A third then said pigs. Garfield looked at Odie and said, "Well that is interesting. I think we should go discuss it over a ham sandwich."

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