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1321432.  Thu May 09, 2019 12:42 pm Reply with quote

They really didn't mean to write that

1321487.  Fri May 10, 2019 8:50 am Reply with quote

Ha ha! If I were Julia Roberts, I'd cut that out and frame it.

1321503.  Fri May 10, 2019 10:09 am Reply with quote

If I was her husband, I'd do that too.

1321786.  Tue May 14, 2019 7:10 am Reply with quote

Due to hyperinflation in Venezuela, a McDonald's Happy Meal briefly costed more than a month's salary on minimum wage.

The previous minimum wage salary was 18,000 bolivares soberanos, with a Happy Meal costing 18,500 bolivares; but since then the minimum wage has risen to 40,000 bolivares - a huge increase but means one could only afford 2 Happy Meals per month.

Source: Business Insider 14th May 2019

1322022.  Fri May 17, 2019 7:44 am Reply with quote

Someone called Anonymouse is creating mouse-sized "houses" and "shops" in the streets of Sweden

(link is to an old article. The one I saw today turned out to be behind a paywall)

1328801.  Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:59 am Reply with quote

Swordfish at bathing beach in southern Sweden

The page in the link has a nice video showing the fish quite clearly. Just ignore the texts flashing by.

Bathers got out of the water in a hurry, not sure what to think. It is, in fact completely harmless.

1333829.  Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:55 pm Reply with quote

Harvesting beech tree nuts in Denmark to ensure good quality seeds for the next generations.
(I can't figure out how to link to that gorgeous close-up of the nuts, so you'll just have to scroll past the text...)

1333834.  Sun Oct 20, 2019 3:14 pm Reply with quote

That reminds me of Joyce Grenfell's lecture "Useful and Acceptable Gifts" in which she demonstrates how to make a boutonniere from beech nut husk clusters.

1338795.  Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:01 am Reply with quote

Meanwhile in Sweden someone in the traffic department has Christmassed-up a pedestrian crossing.
Santa for red, tree for green, with accompanying appropriate music instead of the usual bleeps.

1359543.  Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:54 am Reply with quote

Dipping back into the Swedish news, there is quite a good video collection today. A very unusual fungus spotted (looks like a tree trunk has stolen Boris' hair), Sweden's first electrically powered plane, cow-calls in the wood (quite beatiful), a giant shark got stuck in the archipelago off Sweden and had to be freed, and this year's first snow has been ski'ed on.

Unfortunately they're rubbish for doing direct links. If anyone is interested the videos are on the main page, quite a while down.

1368107.  Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:41 pm Reply with quote

Fancy a bit of not-quite-amber?
275 kg of fossilized resin, 20.000 years old but still some millions of years away from being transformed into amber. It's still got the resin scent.
It is being auctioned off; expect to fork out at least 20K.

Web site doesn't take kindly to direct links to images, but worth a look if you're into that kind of thing.

Edit: well, not nearly as not-quite-amber as advertised.
It turns out that the fairly well-known auction house lied through their teeth when they said that they'd had it verified by an expert from so-and-so university. This isn't fossilised at all. It's industrial resin, manufactured recently. It's been traced back to a fisherman who sold it for peanuts to someone as exactly that. Then it went through several other buyers, increasing in "value" and presumably age every time.
The reason for the melted look (if you took the time to look at it) is that somewhere along that route it was left out in the sun.

1375458.  Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Sort of in the news..........

1383681.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 1:53 pm Reply with quote

Is this some kind of record?
Nearly one percent of nation graduated on Saturday

1383682.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 2:39 pm Reply with quote

I guess it depends how many are Icelandic compared to foreign. It suggests that Icelandic people get degrees at a pretty high rate.

1383684.  Tue Jun 22, 2021 3:14 pm Reply with quote

And how does that compare with other countries?


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