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April 16, 2016

New Fossil Discovery Suggests Unicorns Might Have Been Real

A new fossil discovered in Kazakhstan confirms that a one-horned creature walked on Earth at the same time as humans, according to a studypublished in the American Journal of Applied Sciences.

The fossilized skull discovered by scientists reveals that the one-horned creature, known as a Siberian unicorn, last roamed the planet 29,000 years ago, at the same time as humans, meaning it may have inspired its mythical namesake.

It was previously believed that the unicorn-like creature died 350,000 years ago, while humans evolved around 200,000 years ago.

The Siberian unicorn, known scientifically asElasmotherium sibiricum, is most closely related to the rhinoceros, but its horn is thought to have been much longer — probably several feet long.

There’s no evidence that the Siberian unicorn had magic powers, but it was clearly a powerful creature. It stood 6½ feet tall, was 15 feet long, and weighed 4 tons.

Originally published: www.buzzfeed.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4Demands: Masses take to London streets protesting Cameron & austerity (VIDEOS)

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Amazing turnout for the #4Demands demo. Setting of at 2pm for rally at Trafalgar

A huge number of people from across the UK are marching in London, calling for an end to government austerity measures and the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.

Thousands of demonstrators from trade unions and a range of organizations campaigning on health, education, housing and jobs have joined the march

The anti-government rally kicked off at 2pm and has now reached Trafalgar Square, where anti-austerity councillors and event organizer the People’s Assembly Against Austerity are addressing the crowd.

Today’s rally follows last Saturday’s protest, which saw crowds gathered outside 10 Downing Street demanding Cameron’s resignation in the wake of the Panama Papers leak that exposed his late father’s offshore dealings.

READ MORE:Crowds march in London to demand Cameron resignation following Panama Papers leak (IMAGES) 

Today’s protest sees thousands of people, including children, calling for an end to public service cuts in a defiant but upbeat atmosphere.

“Tories out, refugees in”, “Down with dodgy Dave”, “Cut war not welfare” and some “Oink, oink” noises are just some of the rallying cries being used in addition to a huge variety of signs, songs and chants.

The hashtag #4Demands is the top trending topic in the UK today, with almost 30,000 tweets posted so far.

Many people have also taken to social media to point out the lack of coverage of the demonstration on mainstream media, in particular public service broadcaster, the BBC.

source RT one of the few that covered the protests properly in the glaring absence of the BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban chickens are brilliant  ( The Guardian)

When my son insisted he wanted chickens for his 10th birthday I was unconvinced: chickens, idiotic, smelly, and raucous, were no part of my dream menagerie. Nevertheless, some part of me – I’m going to call it “the stupid part” – thought they might be fun so we acquired two anonymous brown hens in a cardboard box from a man with few teeth and a strong entrepreneurial streak.

Theo with one of the hens.
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Theo with one of the hens.

Within days of their arrival I had fallen for them, hard. I don’t know why. Eggs are nice, but hens are smelly and raucous. They also show no affection, have reduced our small back garden to a scale replica of Passchendaele and wake me – and the entire neighbourhood – at 6am with their vociferous complaining.

Our newest hen, Pepper, compounds this by escaping daily, then lurking near the back door so she can fly up and peck me in the face. Nevertheless, I am infatuated (far more so than my son, who likes his hens, but believes that I have become “weird”).

I spend my free time and income on grooming and nutritional esoterica from hen pervert websites and bring bourgeois shame on the Normandy farming part of the family (for whom a chicken is essentially lunch) by taking them to the vet for their various infections and infirmities.

Urban chickens are a sickness, an addiction, a gateway drug to more chickens. I will continue down the path to chicken perdition until one day I wake up having turned into the Duchess of Devonshire, except destitute, friendless and living in a field of guano.

on more realistic stories on owning pets go to The Guardian

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Source: The increasing death toll due to the loss of benefits

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