“It must be the radiation.” — TFR2087
“Fed up with waiting for the local council to come good on a promise to install an elevator in his apartment building, Dmitry Bibikow literally took matters into his own hands. The 32-year-old Russian, disabled in a climbing accident, was told when he bought his fifth-floor apartment that an elevator would be installed in the building, to help him get in and out each day. But, as days turned into weeks, months and years, Mr Bibikow was forced to employ the help of his friends every time he wanted to leave or return to his home in Voronezh, in western Russia. Fed up, he decided to build his own elevator of sorts – a chairlift that raises him and his chair up the outside of the building to his fifth-floor balcony. He said: ‘When I bought the flat I had been told an elevator would be built – but after waiting six years I decided to take matters into my own hands.” w/ photo
“There’s a cliche that Hollywood action movies are filled with nothing but testosterone-enhanced tough guys and macho-bred meatheads who win the day by pounding their chests and beating things until they stop breathing. Nothing could be further from the truth… Here are the top 8 biggest whiners in action movies.” w/ photos
“A four-eared dog called Shun Shun has been discovered in China. The owner, Peng Qiang, from Wulumuqi, Xinjiang province, said the dog was given to him by a friend a year ago. Peng explained: “Originally we didn’t spot any difference until six months ago when he started to grow another pair of ears behind the original ears.” Pang’s family didn’t originally pay much attention, but as time went on the extra ears started to grow longer and longer and now have even outgrown the original pair, reaching 3.5 inches in length.” w/ photo
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“Watch out Mr. Hare, this tortoise has a wheel. A 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University’s veterinary hospital. The 23-pound tortoise, named Gamera after the giant flying turtle of the old Japanese monster movies, is gaining weight and generally thriving with his new appendage. “I don’t know whether he’d pass the hare, but he moves around very well,” said Charlie Powell, spokesman for WSU’s veterinary hospital in Pullman, Wash. The nearly teenage mutant turtle is particularly good at moving toward food, and has gained 3 pounds since the wheel was attached, Powell said. The caster-style wheel should last for years before it has to be replaced, he said. Powell said the caster-style allows Gamera to move well on both flat and lumpy surfaces like lawns.” w/ photo + video