FAKE NEWS ROUND UP
Facts seem to be surplus to requirements nowadays. How do you verify whether something is true or not, when the internet is crammed full of hearsay and speculation. Detailed below are some ‘Facts’ that may or may not be, well, fact. But in this post truth era, you decide what to believe….
HEAVY METAL SNAILS.
A team at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has made a breakthrough in snail science—solving the mystery of a strange volcano-dwelling snail. They discovered a snail that can survive in near-impossible conditions, underwater volcanic vents with white-hot temperatures, high pressure, and low oxygen. This ability is due to its unique iron shell. This is the only living creature known to incorporate iron into its skeleton. The team believes studying this iron-clad snail could reveal the secrets of evolution and unlock “huge potential” for tech and medicine.
BORED OFF HIS TATS
Instead of taking up a new hobby such as baking bread, Chris Woodhead of East London has tattooed himself every day that he has been quarantined. As of today, that’s 53 new tattoos for Chris. Luckily, Chris is a tattoo artist by trade and will likely not regret his decision. He is taking isolation as an opportunity to learn new tattooing techniques and study the body’s healing process. Apparently.
MURDER HORNETS INVADE U.S.
Native to Asia, the giant, deadly, these buzzy bastards can rip the heads off honeybees by the thousands. Now, they have been spotted in the U.S. for the first time. Vespa mandarinia were spotted in Washington state recently. The Hornets venom is uniquely dangerous to humans. Stings from these hornets are responsible for about 50 deaths in Japan each year. These killer insects made headlines in 2013 when a series of attacks in China injured hundreds of people and killed 28. Despite all of this the hornet does have one redeeming quality—some Japanese mountain villages consider them a delicacy when deep-fried.
MAYO AINT FRENCH SHOCKER
Most people assume that mayonnaise comes from France. Especially the French. The clue, Menorcans claim, is in the name. The largest city on Menorca is called Mahon and, if you say it right, mayonnaise sounds just like Mahon-aise. Kind of. In the mid-1700s that mayonnaise emerged on Menorca. The French had laid siege to the island and the duke in charge of these forces enjoyed his food. It was his chef who brought mayonnaise to him. Either he was forced to create it through experimentation because there was no decent cream on the island – or the locals showed him how to make it because they already knew (the tale differs slightly here depending on who tells it).
U.S. PERVS BEHIND THE WHEEL
A strip club in Portland, Oregon, has found a novel way to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. The Lucky Devil Lounge transformed itself into Lucky Devil Eats, which has dancers deliver the food, and Food 2 Go-Go, a drive-up service where takeout orders come with an in-car experience that includes performances, music and lights under canopies. Tips are collected in a bucket at the drive-thru strip club. The operation evolved to include takeout, with dancers entertaining customers as they drive – slowly – through the lounge’s disco-lit car park before getting their food to go. The owner said he wanted to replicate some of the club’s indoor experience ‘without being too lewd’!
SWEDES SHIT FESTIVAL
Swedish city is spreading a tonne of chicken manure in a park to discourage people from gathering for a festival. Sweden has so far avoided lockdown for Covid-19. Authorities in Lund say 30,000 people have gathered in the Stadspark in recent years to celebrate the spring festival Valbo. The Mayor said manure would be spread on the ground to put a dampener on anyone thinking of turning up for Thursday’s event.