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Lord Lucan

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Plane passenger fined for taking 'most expensive McDonald's ever' on flight​

Passenger was being cute in bringing in breakfast McMuffins on return trip from New Zealand to Australia and was caught by Zinta the new detector dog at Darwin airport. An infringement notice was issued ($2,644: £1,531) and the food was seized. The meat products will be tested for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) before they are destroyed. Expensive meal but looks absolutely delicious.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world...10.726215829.1659418833-1481389966.1643628056

The passenger was coming from Bali, Indonesia (not New Zealand) where Foot & Mouth disease has recently been detected. Both Australia & New Zealand have the strictest customs & quarantine laws both being island nations with large agricultural industries.
An outbreak of F&M would be disastrous.
There's a local (Australian) t.v show called 'Border Security' which focuses on the incoming customs sections at our International Airports. Whilst the Customs officers do catch some people trying to smuggle in drugs, the bulk of the content is of people trying to illegally bring food into the country. At our airports, before you hit the customs desks, there are large bins where you can dispose of any foodstuffs, untreated woods, natural products like flowers etc that you may have.
We take our bio security very seriously.
 

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At our airports, before you hit the customs desks, there are large bins where you can dispose of any foodstuffs, untreated woods, natural products like flowers etc that you may have.
We take our bio security very seriously.
And even when crossing from one State to the next as well I think?
 

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And even when crossing from one State to the next as well I think?
Yes, you can't take fruit and veg into some states from another. Even within states there are areas where you cannot take fruit & veg by road and have to dump them in bins by the sides of the road. The fines for not doing this are large. It's mostly to control the spread of fruit fly and other pests.
 

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Watch a snake wearing robot trousers strut like a lizard

After reminding viewers that plenty of animals receive prosthetic legs from benevolent humansall the time, Pan adds, apparently “nobody loves snakes enough to build them robot legs.”

Naturally, what follows is a montage of Pan’s various trial-and-error attempts at constructing the best snake-catered walking device possible. After taking inspiration from everything from three-toed skinks, to the 90’s bionic invertebrate video game character Earthworm Jim, to an absolutely horrifying fish apparently called a sea robin, Pan settled on a set of four remote controlled legs attached to a simple, clear plastic tube cockpit.

With some help from a local snake breeder, Pan then set to coaxing a test python into the contraption. The snake genuinely seems pretty pleased with the free ride.

https://www.popsci.com/technology/snake-robot-legs-evolution/

maximus otter
 

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Watch a snake wearing robot trousers strut like a lizard

After reminding viewers that plenty of animals receive prosthetic legs from benevolent humansall the time, Pan adds, apparently “nobody loves snakes enough to build them robot legs.”

Naturally, what follows is a montage of Pan’s various trial-and-error attempts at constructing the best snake-catered walking device possible. After taking inspiration from everything from three-toed skinks, to the 90’s bionic invertebrate video game character Earthworm Jim, to an absolutely horrifying fish apparently called a sea robin, Pan settled on a set of four remote controlled legs attached to a simple, clear plastic tube cockpit.

With some help from a local snake breeder, Pan then set to coaxing a test python into the contraption. The snake genuinely seems pretty pleased with the free ride.

https://www.popsci.com/technology/snake-robot-legs-evolution/

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Here's a headline that's odd at face value ...

Robot Shows It's Possible to Swim Through The Emptiness of a Curved Universe

If you're free-floating in space and can avail yourself of the curvature in local space-time, you can move yourself by changing your shape.

https://www.sciencealert.com/robot-...im-through-the-emptiness-of-a-curved-universe
*There is also an interesting clip which followed on from watching the 'curved-space-universe' (above), that looks like something worthwhile trying out. . . which involves using normally thrown away Banana skins, which you can blanch, dry, then ground into a flour, to add a % to flour! "Might well give that a try later on."
Waste not, want not comes to mind?
 

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Thank goodness there's video too!

The awkward moment my little girl's prosthetic leg flew off on a carnival ride​

"I started yelling 'look out!' as it malfunctioned and fell off into the crowd..." the mum-of-four shares in the viral video.
Pretty much every kid loves the thrills and excitement of a carnival ride.
But fair-goers got the surprise of their lives when a seven-year-old girl's prosthetic leg unexpectedly malfunctioned when she was on the swinging chairs ride.

Her grandma, who was filming from the ground below, unwittingly captured the moment the little girl’s leg flew through the air as the swings took off.

“Look out, look out!!” the little girl’s mum, Tatum, can be heard yelling from the carnival ride.

Thankfully, for the people watching below, no one was injured but the prosthetic came crashing down to earth with an almighty bang.

“My daughter's leg malfunctioned at the fair and fell off from the swings,” Tatum shared in her viral video which has now been viewed nearly five million times. "I'm so grateful everyone was OK."
https://www.kidspot.com.au/news/the...e/news-story/bbcfccb8af0c94665ef1a1b484e8893e
 

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I shall refrain from making references to Duran Duran songs and just post the headline & details:

American woman Naia Okami opens up about her life identifying as a wolf​

A woman from the US who identifies as a wolf has opened up about her unique life.
Naia Okami, now 28, was 10 years old when she realised she was different.

“I didn’t really have the language for it so I just kind of went around … and would tell people, ‘I’ve got the spirit of the wolf’,” Naia told news.com.au’s podcast, I’ve Got News For You.

Nowadays, Naia has a clearer picture of who she is.
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/r...f/news-story/f3e0c9a25d630f1ed17c0603ebf62350
 

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I shall refrain from making references to Duran Duran songs
Well I won't!
But I'll Save a Prayer for you.
If we didn't have people like that it'd be quite an Ordinary World.
Is There Something I Should Know about this woman though? Is she Notorious for some reason?
 

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'Vampire' in Poland Found Buried With a Sickle to Prevent The Rise of The Dead​


The skeletal remains of a female 'vampire' were found in a 17th-century Polish graveyard – with a sickle across her neck to prevent her rising from the dead.

Professor Dariusz Poliński from Nicholas Copernicus University headed the archaeological dig that led to the discovery of the remains, which were found wearing a silk cap and with a protruding front tooth, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

"The sickle was not laid flat but placed on the neck in such a way that if the deceased had tried to get up… the head would have been cut off or injured," Poliński told the Daily Mail.

In the 11th century, citizens of Eastern Europe reported fears of vampires and began treating their dead with anti-vampire rituals, according to Smithsonian magazine, believing that "some people who died would claw their way out of the grave as blood-sucking monsters that terrorized the living".

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https://www.sciencealert.com/vampir...with-a-sickle-to-prevent-the-rise-of-the-dead
 
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