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Rynner would probably complain about the resulting delays if it was on his route.

A key railway route in northwestern Russia has introduced a stop to serve just two passengers: a 14-year-old girl and her grandmother.

According to the Gudok newspaper, the Saint Petersburg-Murmansk train route has begun to serve remote Poyakonda, to help 14-year-old Karina Kozlova get to and from school.

For the last decade, Karina's grandmother Natalia Kozlova, a former nursery school teacher, has been making a long excursion to transport Karina and other children in the Poyakonda locality to school and back.

Trains on the route previously only stopped in Poyakonda as a technicality to pick up and drop off railway staff, and so the Kozlovas have had no choice but to travel at the same time as them, or else risk Karina missing school.

Gudok says that for many years, the Kozlovas have been commuting for three hours a day. They catch a train at half past seven in the morning and their 7:10pm return journey means that they arrive home "close to nine at night".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43004460
 
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A deserving winner!

A Canadian couple who lost their home in a massive wildfire two years ago has found themselves C$1m ($795,000; £572,000) richer.

Bill Pendergast and his wife home burned down in a wildfire dubbed "The Beast" due to its size and ferocity.

The fire devastated Alberta's Fort McMurray in 2016 - about 10% of all structures in the town were destroyed.

On a recent trip to visit his ill father in Newfoundland, Mr Pendergast bought a lotto ticket on a whim.

His father had asked him to pick up a "cold 7 Up" drink at the store. He bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket at a local petrol station as well.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43049522
 

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I've just posted this news in the school shootings thread but I think it deserves to also land here ..

A student inspired by his metal work teacher has created a simple device to prevent classroom doors being easily forced open in the event of school shootings and has recently started taking orders for them, this can also hopefully influence the decision to not start arming more adults in schools .. brain over brawn ..

 
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But will it stop? The enzyme will escape from the laboratory and eat all the plastic on Earth!
The plastic could also then evolve into a mutant super bug plastic something monster in response threatening all of human life so we have to bring in jet fighters Ramon! :cool:
 

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But will it stop? The enzyme will escape from the laboratory and eat all the plastic on Earth!
*nods* Like an Ice-9 situation.

Ice-nine is a fictional material that appears in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle.
Ice-nine is described as a polymorph of water which instead of melting at 0 °C (32 °F), melts at 45.8 °C (114.4 °F). When ice-nine comes into contact with liquid water below 45.8 °C (thus effectively becoming supercooled), it acts as a seed crystal and causes the solidification of the entire body of water, which quickly crystallizes as more ice-nine. As people are mostly water, ice-nine kills nearly instantly when ingested or brought into contact with soft tissues exposed to the bloodstream, such as the eyes or tongue.

In the story, it is invented by Dr. Felix Hoenikker[1] and developed by the Manhattan Project in order for the Marines to no longer need to deal with mud. The project is abandoned when it becomes clear that any quantity of it would have the power to destroy all life on earth. A global catastrophe involving freezing the world's oceans with ice-nine is used as a plot device in Vonnegut's novel.

Vonnegut came across the idea of ice-nine while working at General Electric. He attributes the idea of ice-nine to the chemist Irving Langmuir, who came up with the concept while helping H.G. Wells come up with ideas for stories. Vonnegut decided to adapt the idea into a story after Langmuir's death in 1957.[2]
 
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Good news but he may feel a prick after this.

A team of US doctors has successfully carried out the world's first total transplant of a penis and scrotum.

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, performed the operation on a soldier who had been wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan.

They used a penis, scrotum and partial abdominal wall transplanted from a deceased donor.

They say the soldier should be able to regain sexual function, which is impossible with penis reconstructions.

The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March.

It is the first surgery on a combat veteran injured on duty and the first to transplant a complete section of tissue including the scrotum and surrounding abdominal area.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43873058
 

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"Doctors said the donor testicles were not transplanted, due to ethical considerations."

Did they stay up all night worrying about them? :fslap:
 

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..The team of 11 surgeons performed the transplant over 14 hours on 26 March..

Got to be the most expensive dick in the whole of Christendom.

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Slow, but progress, I am inclined to think.

Once-upon-a-time, it took just one bloke with a scimitar to create an army of eunuchs in an afternoon! :axem:
 
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