Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010

Top offbeat news from around the world in this week.

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
A number of suspicious Qatari wives are spying on their husbands by using readily available hi-tech devices, Qatari newspapers have reported. The women trap their husbands by handing spy devices, like miniature cameras fitted in pens and cigarette lighters, as gifts. Some wives who are not able to make their husbands accept such “gifts” slyly place the devices in their cars, according to Al Sharq and The Peninsula newspapers. Image Credit: Rex Features

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
A Burger King restaurant manager and staff member have been sacked after a customer found the expression "Fxxx You" on the top of his meal receipt, the US chain said. he foul-mouthed exhortation appeared twice, in computer type, at the top of the receipt for a Double Whopper with cheese, onion rings and a small drink in the Burger King outlet in Sacramento, California, TV station KCRA reported. "I looked at the receipt and it says 'fxxx you' on it," said customer Francisco Perez. "It's humiliating. All I did was place my order and I got a 'fxxx you' burger," Perez he added. In statement Burger King's management said the franchise holder of the restaurant had sacked the manager of the franchise and the member of staff involved.Image Credit: Rex Features and Supplied

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Dentists in southern India have performed root canal surgery on a giant scale to rid a 27-year-old elephant of chronic tusk ache, officials said. A three-member team of dentists helped by a veterinary surgeon carried out the two-and-a-half-hour operation on the male pachyderm which developed a cavity in one of its tusks, they said. The operation took place in early November after the owner of the pet elephant brought the animal for an examination of the infection that had damaged the tusk. "We decided to use the traditional root canal process as a remedy," dentist Sunil Kumar told AFP in state capital Thiruvananthapuram. Kumar said the tusk was 50 cm (1.65 feet) long while the cavity was six cm deep. He said the elephant was the perfect patient as dentists drilled and pumped resin into the huge cavity in the chipped tusk.Image Credit: AFP

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Airline passengers worried about new security scanners filming their privates now have a way out: anti-radiation underwear. The undies, sold by Colorado company Rocky Flats Gear, feature cute fig leaf patterns over the sensitive area, with the leaves made out of material promising to "block natural and man-made radiation." That would stop harmful rays of any kind, but more to the point, the technology "insures privacy of medical and body scanner images," company website www.rockyflatsgear.com says. The Transportation Security Administration has come under growing pressure over new scanners that show the naked contours of passengers. Passengers refusing to submit to the scan face a detailed manual search, likened by opponents to sexual groping.Image Credit: AP

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Malaysia could not make their maiden appearance in an Asian Games men's hockey final a success despite shaving their heads to bring good luck. The entire Malaysian team, barring Sikh player Baljit Singh, were bald after carrying out a practice called 'nazar' to ward off evil spirits in Thursday's final against Pakistan, who won 2-0. Coach Stephen van Huizen said the team had decided to offer 'nazar' after defeating India in Tuesday's semi-final. "We needed all the luck we could get to beat a strong team like Pakistan," van Huizen said. "But things did not go our way." Malaysia, often dubbed the sport's perennial under-achievers, had to settle for second place after winning the bronze medal six times.Image Credit: AFP

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner - a woman from Spain's soggy region of Galicia said she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our Solar System. There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added. "There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first," she said. Image Credit: AFP

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Extraordinary plans for a dog-shaped vacuum cleaner designed to make pooches more comfortable around the household cleaning device have come to light. The bizarre motorised cleaner is intended to ease the fears of man's best friend while the chores are carried out. Users grab onto a retractable suction nozzle located in the tail, which is designed to suck up dust and dog's hair. The device is housed within the mechanical dog's body, to minimise the loud noise that has dogged pooches since the first motorised vacuum cleaner was invented in 1899. Its working title, submitted to the Patent Office in the UK, was 'toy dog and vacuum cleaner combination.' The patent, which was submitted in the UK, has only just come to light.Image Credit: Rex Features

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Could this be Google Street View's first birth? An image of a woman seemingly having just had a baby on a pavement is causing a buzz online. A man is shown kneeling in front of her holding what looks like a screaming newborn, complete with umbilical cord. The dramatic scene, supposedly captured by a camera car on Hubertusallee Street in the Berlin suburb of Wilmersdorf, also shows a man yelling for help. But already, web users have doubted the authenticity of the scene. A German reader has commented on website Gizmodo: "I am German and have to tell you it's a fake. There is a hospital right across the street and they have no knowledge of a birth right in front of their door. In the house is also an advertising agency that has no knowledge of a birth in front of their house." Image Credit: Rex Features

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
About a thousand rats are awaiting adoption in California after being rescued from a house featured on the A&E reality TV show "Hoarders." The Humane Society trucked the rodents over the weekend from Los Angeles to San Jose, where more than 30 volunteers and nonprofit staff helped move the rats into Andy's Pet Shop in San Jose, which agreed to temporarily house them. Lauren Paul of the nonprofit North Star Rescue told the San Jose Mercury News that the previous owner's daughter had brought home a pregnant rat one day and the litter began multiplying quickly. The man's neighbors called "Hoarders" producers after the rats began tearing apart the house. Paul says she hopes rat lovers will come forward and give them a new home.Image Credit: AP

Offbeat news: November 22 - 28, 2010
Stewardesses from ailing Mexican airline Mexicana posed in sexy outfits in a new calendar aiming to raise money to compensate their losses since the company suspended activities in August. "We're not models, we don't have perfect bodies, but we want to keep going," said Rozy Arcos, one of the stewardesses who presented the calendar. The selected flight attendants pose next to planes on a runway in bikinis and tiny outfits in the 2011 calendar. One thousand calendars have been produced, but a second print run of 3,000 is already planned after the move provoked a media frenzy.Image Credit: AP


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