Friday 15 December 2017

Thirteen eunuchs killed in blaze

Police say at least 13 eunuchs have been killed in a fire that raged through a prayer ceremony in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

Emergency workers said the blaze was most likely caused by an electrical short circuit during the gathering of 5,000 eunuchs from across north India.

O little town of Bethlehem, Wales

Santa Claus, Rudolf, Donner, Blitzen, Bethlehem -- as well as Brussels and Turkey -- are among the festive-sounding destinations to which the Royal Mail in Britain will deliver post this Christmas.

A list of Christmas-themed towns and villages around the world has been published by the company. The US has many towns named after Santa and his reindeer, while there is a Sledge in Mississippi, numerous Christmas Islands, and a Bethlehem in Wales.

Men outdo women in vanity stakes

Men spend more time getting ready to go out than women, according to new research.

On average men spend 81 minutes a day on personal grooming, including shaving, cleansing, moisturising, toning and choosing clothes, the study found. Women have their beauty regime down to a fine art and get hair, clothes and make-up done in just 75 minutes.

Police find drugs gift-wrapped

Ohio state troopers making a traffic stop say they found a pot present: a gift-wrapped package containing 25 individually wrapped packets of marijuana.

The 28 pounds of pot discovered in the car's trunk is valued at more than $63,000 (€46,500). The driver (35) has been charged with trafficking and possession of marijuana.

Bits of Einstein's brain on display

A medical museum in Philadelphia has some pieces of Albert Einstein's brain on display.

Lucy Rorke-Adams, an 82-year-old neuropathologist, has donated 46 slides of Einstein's gray matter to the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians. A colleague gave her the slides in the mid-1970s.

Pile of tyres can be seen from space

A sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tyres in South Carolina is so massive it can be seen from outer space.

Authorities have charged one person in connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tyres, which covers more than 50 acres.

Irish Independent

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