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  1. Do you like going to the swimming pool? And do you like eating chicken? Well, thanks to Brexit, you might be able to enjoy some nice chicken breast with the mouth watering taste of chlorine. International trade secretary Liam Fox has suggested that the UK’s ban on chlorine-washed poultry could be lifted. The reason? The EU bans this practice on health grounds, but when the UK leaves the EU we might have to adopt some US standards in the hopes of securing a quick trade deal. The US has no problem with washing their chicken in the same stuff we use to disinfect swimming pools, so we could soon see trace amounts of chlorine in our KFC buckets. Proponents of washing chicken carcasses in strongly chlorinated water say it reduces the risk of contamination between the bird’s digestive tract and the meat. Full article
  2. A group of friends came up with a bizarre way to keep cool while travelling in a pickup truck - by making a swimming pool in the back of it. The four pals decided to create the make-shift pool in the back of the large vehicle in a bid to stay refreshed in the blazing heat. But after the video of the pick-up truck started circulating online, officers are now on the look out for the driver, who could face a substantial fine. Footage made by an onlooker moving in a car behind shows the four men having a blast in the improvised pool on a street of the city of Almaty in south-eastern Kazakhstan. Even though the vehicle was moving on busy centrally located streets, it appeared to retain water relatively well, as the men enjoyed splashing passengers in passing vehicles. But the fun is likely to end when police catch up with them after they confirmed that they are looking for the driver of the vehicle. If captured, he is likely to receive a substantial fine for putting the lives of his passengers at risk , it is reported. An anonymous representative of local police said: "This is purely the driver’s responsibility although the men who were passengers were clearly foolish. "Against all the established rules he put the life and health of his passengers on the line. Sadly despite tragic accidents it does not seem to serve as a lesson for certain motorists." Full article
  3. Part of why traffic slows down so much after car accidents is because rubbernecking drivers can’t help but to watch. And so Reddit‘s No. 1 video on Monday became footage shot in the aftermath of a collision between a British family, and former BBC producer and director Fergus Beeley. Pieced together like prestige television, the spiking video begins immediately following the accident. We don’t know who’s at fault, only that Beeley is hell bent on performing a citizen’s arrest against the family that he says wronged him. In the moment, he’s inconsolable. “Put your hands on the car and get ready to die,” the former producer of Planet Earth and director of Nature yells. “You’re not fit to drive.” It gets really good at the 1:10 mark. According to the BBC, the other driver was 33-year-old Hampshire, U.K., woman Louise Small, who says she felt threatened by Beeley. Her mom, teen son, and partner were also in the car. Police told the BBC that the verbal confrontation did not lead to arrests and that no one was injured in the weekend crash. But Beeley felt that Small’s driving could have caused a serious tragedy, noting that he wanted to perform a citizen’s arrest for assault (he alleges that the Small family “punched” him), and for “dangerous driving.” “You’re under a citizen’s arrest,” he said. “You know why I’m involved? Because I tried to stop a death on the roads!” Beeley could have technically performed a citizen’s arrest. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act of 1974 grants him the right to arrest without a warrant because Small was allegedly “in the act of committing an indictable offence.” Beeley could have gone to court over this stare-down, though any case he had was undercut by local authorities deciding not to arrest anyone at the scene. Full article and video
  4. Khim Hang, a 74-year-old woman from Cambodia’s Kratie province, recently made news headlines around the world, after it was reported that she shares her home with a 5-month-old calf, which she believes is a reincarnation of her dead husband. Khim was devastated by the sudden death of her husband, Tol Khut, a year ago, but she is convinced that he has come back to her as a calf. Born in march, the young cow believed to be Tol reincarnated, allegedly has some of the man’s habits, and only licks the hands of his relatives. For this reason, he is allowed to spend time in the family home, and is even tucked into bed at night by Khim and her children. “I believe the calf is my husband because whatever he does … is in exactly the same way as my husband did when he was alive,” Khim Hang told Reuters. “When I went to see a medium, his soul came in and said, ‘I am your husband.’ Then I noted that he licked my hair, then my neck, then kissed me so that really made me believe that he is my husband” The calf now spends a lot of time with Khim and her children, likes to stay in Tol’s old room and look out through the windows, just like the man did, and even sleeps on a bed of covers, with Tol’s favorite pillow. The family have set up a small altar complete with flowers and photos of the deceased man, by the bed, and always make sure to tuck the calf in at night. Full article
  5. Two brothers, ages 5 and 2, are safe after taking a joyride in their mother's car in West Virginia, before crashing into an embankment. On Monday in Putnam County, the 5 year old drove the car for nearly 3 miles, with his 2-year-old brother along for the ride. KSTU reported that the boys had been watching their mom drive, and they knew she kept keys under the floor mat of the 2005 Ford Focus. The brothers wanted to visit the animals on their grandfather’s farm about 7 miles away. There were no other cars on the road, officials said. They made it 3 miles from home, and apparently knew exactly where their grandfather’s house was. KSTU reported that the older boy was able to stretch down to reach the brake and gas pedals, while his 2-year-old brother helped steer. They were halfway there when they eventually ran off the road and into an embankment, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said. The brothers crashed in a residential area, where residents called police. Both were taken to a hospital as a precaution. Officials are still trying to figure out how it happened. Deweese said deputies didn't find the boys’ mom until nearly an hour later, and she thought they were in the front yard playing. Full article
  6. Doctors were left scratching their heads after a surprising side effect from a new cancer drug caused patients’ grey hair to turn brown. While some cancer therapy is notorious for making hair fall out, the 14 patients involved in this study were all being treated with new immunotherapy drugs. For patients with lung cancer, some in their 70s, Spanish researchers found the drugs had wholly different side effects – they were bizarrely restoring hair pigment. When the first patient’s grey hair turned brown, Dr. Noelia Rivera, a dermatologist at Autonomous University of Barcelona, thought it must just be an ‘isolated case’. But the doctor soon found similar shock results when she asked other patients to send photos in from before their treatment. The 14 cases were among 52 lung cancer patients being followed to see whether they developed bad side effects from the drugs – Keytruda, Opdivo and Tecentriq. While most patients’ hair did not change colour, the 14 cases suggest it was not an isolated finding. In 13 patients, hair turned darkish brown or black, while one patient’s hair went black in patches. In another odd twist, the same drugs have previously been linked to patients with melanoma cancer actually losing their hair. All but one of the 14 patients in the Spanish study had at least stable disease and responded positively to the treatment. Full article
  7. An 18-year-old was accused of driving drunk and livestreaming on Instagram when she veered off the road on Friday, crashing the car and killing her 14-year-old sister, officials said. Authorities say Obdulia Sanchez, from Stockton, California, was driving under the influence of alcohol around 6:40 p.m. when she lost control of the Buick, swerved across lanes, crashing through a barbed wire fence and overturning in a field, ejecting her sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, and another 14-year-old girl who sustained "major injuries," California Highway Patrol Sergeant Darin Heredia told BuzzFeed News on Sunday. The two teen girls were sitting in the back seat and not wearing seatbelts, according to the CHP report. Before crashing, Sanchez had been recording herself singing along to music and flipping off the camera, capturing glimpses of the two younger teens in the back as she turns her phone from herself onto the empty road. The camera then goes blurry and red when the car swerves and screams and sounds of metal scratching can be heard. Sanchez screams Jacqueline's name before she faces the camera while positioning it so that her sister's body can be seen lying in a field behind her. "I <deleted> love my sister to death. I don't give a <deleted>. We about to die. This is the last thing I wanted to happen to us but it just did," she says. "Jacqueline, please wake up. this is the last thing I wanted to happen..I killed my sister, but I don't care. I killed my sister. I know I'm going to prison, but I don't care. I'm sorry baby. I'm a hold it in peace sweetie." Darin said officials are "well aware" of the graphic video evidence and are looking into its validity and whether her recording on her phone factored into the accident. Mary Hernandez, who recorded the video, told BuzzFeed News that Sanchez is a friend of a friend and she heard about the teen's footage, so she recorded it from Instagram's stories before it would disappear after being up for 24 hours. Hernandez said that Instagram did not remove the content and it had been up for 19 hours when she saw and recorded it. "So many people kept saying 'what video I wanna see it,'" so she posted the recording on her Facebook page because she "couldn't believe it was real." "At first I was skeptical but the more people reached out to me then her cousin confirmed it was her," she said. "It's just so insane to believe that happened to girls from my city. It is for sure an eye opener, I see people on their phones on social media all the time." "I think this video can get a lot of people to think twice about using their phones while driving now," she added. Full article
  8. A British man and his young daughter were fined nearly $200 for selling lemonade outside a festival in London -- but local officials quickly quashed the fee after a public backlash. Andre Spicer said his 5-year-old daughter was left in tears after local council officers fined her $195 for selling lemonade without a license near their London home. The girl was selling the homemade lemonade to fans attending the Lovebox festival when she was ticketed. Spicer wrote an article about the experience for the Daily Telegraph that gathered hundreds of comments and shares online. Local officials said Friday the fine will be cancelled immediately. Full article
  9. A former charity boss who stole £1.3 million from a homeless charity and used the money to fund a ‘lavish lifestyle’ has been jailed for five years. Robert Davies spent the stolen money on boats, trips in private jets, and stays in top hotels in Japan, the USA and parts of Africa. Cardiff Crown Court heard that the 50-year-old lied to his wife by telling her the money came from bonuses from his job as head of finance for Swansea-based charity Cyrenians Cymru. Carl Harrison, prosecuting, said Davies paid the money into his own account by creating ‘bogus invoices’. As well as holidays around the world, he spent £80,000 on stays at The Savoy, and on one occasion spent more than £1,200 at a seafood restaurant. The court heard that Davies paid 271 cheques totaling £1,343,074 into his account between June 2008 and November 2014. David Leathley, defending, accepted the amount involved was ‘quite astonishing’ but said Davies was remorseful. Davies pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and was jailed for five years. Full article
  10. Surgeons at Guanji Hospital, in Hezhou, China, recently spent six hours removing over 200 stones from a woman’s gallbladder and liver, some of them the size of small eggs. The patient, a 45-year-old woman known only as Ms. Chen, had apparently been experiencing abdominal pain for over a decade. When she first went to a hospital about it, an examination revealed several stones in her gallbladder and liver as the cause. Doctors advised her to undergo surgery and have them removed, but she was too scared to go under the knife. She only recently went to Guanji Hospital, when the pain became “unbearable”. The woman’s surgery lasted six and a half hours, during which time, doctors removed over 200 stones from her gallbladder and liver, from small gravel-like pebbles, to rocks the size of eggs. Dr. Quan Xuwei, one of the surgeons who performed the operation, said that such a large number of stones was unusual, adding that it was probably caused by the woman’s eating habits. The woman, who was making a living by collecting rosin from pine trees, often skipped breakfast completely, and ate leftovers at irregular hours. This caused the bile to build up in the gallbladder, leading to high cholesterol and calcium levels, which crystallized into stones. Dr. Quan said that many of his patients who suffer from gallstones have a habit of skipping or rushing their breakfast. Full article
  11. Donald Trump has just launched a massive aircraft carrier that he says will make America’s enemies ‘shake with fear’. The carrier, USS Gerald R Ford, weighs 100,000 tonnes, cost £9.9billion, and can apparently sail for 20 years without needing to refuel. Speaking at the ship’s launch in Norfolk, Virginia, the US president said: ‘I hereby place United States Ship Gerald R Ford in commission. ‘May God bless and guide this warship and all who shall sail in her.’ He was followed by Susan Ford Bales, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of its namesake Gerald R Ford, the US’s 38th president. ‘There is no one, absolutely no one, who would be prouder of the commissioning of this mighty ship than the president of the United States, Gerald R Ford. ‘I am honoured to give the command: “Officers and crew of the United States Gerald R Ford, man our ship and bring her to life”.’ Trump arrived aboard the carrier’s steamy flight deck by the Marine One presidential helicopter, and was greeted by defence secretary Jim Mattis, as well as other officials. Construction on the warship started in 2009, and was supposed to be completed in September 2015 at a cost of £8billion. The US Navy has attributed the delays and budget overruns to the ship’s state-of-the-art systems and technology, including electromagnetic launch systems for jets and drones that will replace steam catapults. Full article
  12. A man in Florida said he heard a “big bang” on his roof Saturday morning, but it wasn’t thunder. To Travis Adair’s surprise, a 15-pound bag of meat - frozen pork to be specific - had landed on the roof of the Deerfield Beach home he shares with his family. “It had to fall from the sky,” Adair said, noting he thought the noise was thunder. “It was too heavy to throw on the roof.” Adair’s wife, Jennie, went outside and found two bundles next to the house, while his son, Austin, found three on the roof. The home is near three airports, so Adair suggests that it fell from a plane. The packaging’s label connects the pork to Jim Williams of Myakka City, Fla., which is 170 miles from Deerfield Beach. Williams said Thursday that he bought some pigs at a county fair in January – he kept much of the meat and gave some away, but said he had no idea how any of it ended up on the Adair’s roof. He’s not a pilot and doesn’t own a plane. "I would have thought 15 pounds of frozen meat falling from an airplane would have put a hole in the roof," Williams said. The Federal Aviation Administration had no immediate comment Thursday. While a heavy bag of pork falling on a roof may sound rare, it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Full article
  13. Would you like poo-ice with that? We’re sorry to inform you all that the BBC’s Watchdog show has found traces of faecal matter in the ice of randomly-selected branches of KFC, Burger King and McDonald’s. Gross. The show’s investigators checked for coliforms in the drinking water and ice at three branches of McDonald’s, six samples from Burger King, and seven branches of KFC. There should be zero levels of the bacteria in drinking water. But – disgustingly – four of the samples of ice from Burger King and five from KFC were found to have ‘significant’ levels of coliforms. An expert described the revelation as ‘extremely worrying’. As you can imagine, each of the fast food giants involved were quick to respond to Watchdog’s findings. KFC shut down the ice machines in question in order to conduct its own inspection, and said it had ‘reinforced the importance of adhering to our strict procedures to all employees’. A spokesman said: ‘We are awaiting the results of independent testing of the ice that will confirm they are back up to the standards we expect.’ Full article
  14. Liam Derbyshire was born with a very rare congenital disease that causes him to stop breathing every time he falls asleep. Doctors told his parents that he wouldn’t live past six weeks, but the boy has defied the odds and will soon turn 18-years-old. Liam suffers from a condition known as central hypoventilation, or “Ondine’s Curse”, after a nymph from French folk stories. Ondine fell in love with a man called Palemon, and at their wedding, he vowed to love her with his every breath. So when the nymph later discovered his infidelity, she cursed him: “You pledged faithfulness to me with your every waking breath and I accepted that pledge. So be it. For as long as you are awake, you shall breathe. But should you ever fall into sleep, that breath will desert you.” Totally normal stuff for a folk tale, but a similar curse actually exists in real life. Ondine’s Curse is a very rare condition. It is estimated that only 1,500 people around the world suffer from it, but Liam’s case is one of the most extreme. Milder versions of the condition prevent sufferers from getting a good, repairing sleep, but in the 18-year-old’s case, falling asleep can literally kill him. Because he stops breathing whenever he doses off, the boy has been sleeping in a medical bed his entire life, connected to a life support system that feeds oxygen into his lungs and monitors his vitals. Liam Derbyshire’s room is a mix between a normal teenager’s room and a hospital, with complex LEGO creations – his favorite hobby – blending with medical gear and wires. Even though the sensors in his bed constantly monitor his life signs, someone has to be around all the time, in case anything goes wrong. Looking after him has been tough on the family, who have spent thousands of pounds on electricity bills and backup power sources, in case of power outs, but are happy to have given their son as normal a life as he could have in these circumstances. “We have been very fortunate with Liam that he has had the life that he’s got. We always wanted him to have as normal a life as we could give him. He’s exceeded all expectations,” Liam’s mother, Kim, said when he turned 11. “He is so full of life, he’s fantastic. He’s constantly smiling and laughing. He’s very affectionate. He has all the normal traits of a lot of kids. Every day of his life is a bonus.” Full article
  15. Would-be sex attackers could end up ‘scalded or even disfigured’ by flamethrowers being marketed at women in China. The miniature weapon, which has been designed to be small enough to fit into a bag, is being sold as an ‘anti-pervert weapon’. Some of them apparently shoot fire up to 50cm, at temperatures as high as 1,800°C. Its makers claim it has adjustable nozzles to allow them to be directed at multiple angles. According to the Beijing Youth Daily, vendors have been boasting that the weapons could ‘scald or even disfigure an attacker’, leaving permanent scars. However, other salespeople are claiming the flamethrowers are mainly intended to scare attackers away, rather than actually cause serious damage. ‘Most people who see the fire will run,’ one seller said. The ‘pocket rocket’ flamethrowers are selling online for between £10 to £15, with hundreds being sold in just the last month. But this is just the latest device that claims to help women defend themselves against assailants. Other ‘anti-pervert’ products in China include rings that double as spikes, knives disguised as credit cards, and daggers hidden in keyrings. Since their release, opinion in the country has been sharply divided. One opinion piece stated: ‘Of course perverts are scary – but what’s even more scary are these “anti-pervert devices”.’ Full article