March 8, 2017

Miscellany #60

Spotify? More like Trotify! Yes, it IS a horse in headphones ...and he really is listening to music

Scientists have designed a new set of high-tech headphones – that allow horses to listen to music as they trot....But the development does have a serious purpose, as the headphones both improve the animal's focus and block out external noises that could spook more nervous mounts.....Hidden within a bonnet that slips over the horse's head, the headphones come with Bluetooth technology to pick up songs played on the rider's mobile phone.  A headset that clips to the helmet also allows the rider to talk to their mount through the headphones.

 Horse Wearing Headphones

Jimmy Buffett Launching Margaritaville Retirement Homes

According to the website for Latitude Margaritavile, the first of the communities is being planned in Daytona Beach, Florida, and it promises that the party will continue well into the golden years.....The paradise where you can "grow older, but not up" promises homes starting in the low $200s, with furnished models slated to open in early 2018 for residents who have to be 55 or older.

How Bored Bookstore Employees Entertain Themselves at Librairie Mollat, a bookshop in France.  A wonderful series at the link and on Instagram.


 Man+Book  Librairie-Mollat-8

Chinese man shocked to learn that the "nutcracker" he has been using for the last 25 years was actually an old hand grenade.

 Chinese Handgrenade

Only after reading a police safety leaflet about explosives, did he stop using it. He has since handed the grenade over to police who are examining the device to find out whether it is still capable of exploding. It does not have a pin and was likely manufactured back in the 1960s.

Vets Surgically Remove Nearly 1,000 Coins From Sea Turtle’s Stomach

Surgeons have successfully removed nearly 1,000 metal coins from inside “Piggy Bank,” a Thai green sea turtle with a tremendous bellyache.  Tourists searching for good fortune fed the 25-year-old sea turtle 915 coins over the course of her life, chucking the money into the pool where she lives in Sri Racha, Thailand. Seven hours and a 4-inch incision later, veterinary surgeons removed 11 pounds worth of coins from inside Piggy Bank’s belly. Some of the coins — many of which were foreign — had been in Piggy Bank’s stomach for such a long time that they were partially deteriorated.

Inside the Loneliest Five-Star Restaurant in the World

You can eat foie gras at Antarctica's Concordia Station, but your closest neighbor is the International Space Station and you might not see oranges for three months. ...In these isolated conditions, food takes on a special importance for everyone at the base......Luca Ficara, who has been serving as the base's resident chef since November is from Sicily having won the lottery run each year by the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research ... This lottery system has won the station something of a reputation for its food, which received a nod in the Lonely Planet as a place "considered by many to enjoy Antarctica's best cuisine, with fine wines and seven-course lunches on Sundays."

Now THAT'S a long lunch:  An 18ft giraffe is fed from the top floor window of a Kenyan manor

 Giraffe Fed Upper Story Manor

Giraffe Manor, modeled on a Scottish hunting lodge, is a small hotel which is also home to a number of endangered giraffes....As well as swinging by for food, the nosey giants also have a reputation for poking their heads through the hotel doors and even peeking through the windows of guest's bedrooms. Mr Witkowski said: 'The giraffe's are fed specially formulated pellets. As long as you have the pellets they are friendly and will come to you. If you do not have the pellets they have no interest in you'

While setting up his equipment for a night time shoot, a professional photographer didn't know he had his shutter open for 40 seconds that captured this shot of a meteor over Mt Rundle in Banff, Alberta,Canada.

 Incoming Meteor Bamf

Hot story: Miami lawyer’s pants erupt in flames during arson trial in court

A Miami defense lawyer’s pants burst into flames Wednesday afternoon as he began his closing arguments in front of a jury — in an arson case.  Stephen Gutierrez, who was arguing that his client’s car spontaneously combusted and was not intentionally set on fire, had been fiddling in his pocket as he was about to address jurors when smoke began billowing out his right pocket, witnesses told the Miami Herald.

He rushed out of the Miami courtroom, leaving spectators stunned. After jurors were ushered out, Gutierrez returned unharmed, with a singed pocket, and insisted it wasn’t a staged defense demonstration gone wrong, observers said.  Instead, Gutierrez blamed a faulty battery in an e-cigarette,
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