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How bizarre! How bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2010-09-26 07:32:28
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Abba anger over Danish far-right's use of Mamma Mia

bizarre01_09Abba stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have criticised the far-right Danish People's Party (DF) for using their hit Mamma Mia at rallies. The band had threatened to sue the DF, saying the band never allowed their music to be used politically. But their record company, Universal, later said the DF had agreed to stop using the 1976 hit.

The youth wing of the party had changed the lyrics of the song to Mamma Pia, in honour of their leader Pia Kjaersgaard. The anti-immigration DF is the third largest party in the Danish parliament.

The DF had played Mamma Mia at rallies and meetings - a version of the song had also been performed for Ms Pia by members of the party' youth wing, say reports. Mr Andersson said he found out about its use when he was contacted by a left-wing pressure group who asked whether he supported the party's policies.

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A Zedonk

bizarre02_06A baby zedonk, an unusual cross between a donkey and a zebra, is an eye-catching animal attracting attention from around the world.  The animal, named Pippi was born July 21 at the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, near Dahlonega, Georgia. Her mother is "Sarah," a donkey, and the father is "Zeke," a zebra.

Pippi has black-and-white-striped legs and a brown back. C.W. Wathen, the owner of the preserve, said she was named after Pippi Longstocking, the stripe-socked heroine created by children's author Astrid Lindgren. "Everyone that comes out can't believe what they are seeing," Wathen said. "We've gotten calls from Russia and have even had visitors from France and England."

"One group of visitors said they came to see Pippi because they got a call from their friends in Egypt that told them about her." Dr. Ben Benson, a licensed veterinarian in Georgia who cares for animals at the preserve, said it is very rare for a female donkey and a male zebra to mate.

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In Case of Emergency, Please Remove Your Bra


bizarre03_400_08Caught in a disaster? You'd better hope you're wearing the Emergency Bra. Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip it over your head -- one cup for you, and one for your friend.  Dr. Elena Bodnar won an Ignoble Award for the invention last year, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but is often surprisingly practical. And now Bodnar has brought the eBra to the public; purchase one online for just $29.95.

"The goal of any emergency respiratory device is to achieve tight fixation and full coverage. Luckily, the wonderful design of the bra is already in the shape of a face mask and so with the addition of a few design features, the Emergency Bra enhances the efficiency of minimizing contaminated bypass air flow," explains the eBra website. It sounds silly, but Bodnar, a Ukraine native who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had had cheap, readily available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, she said, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness.

The bra-turned-gas masks could have also been useful during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and for women caught outside during the dust storms that recently enveloped Sydney, she said. "You have to be prepared all the time, at any place, at any moment, and practically every woman wears a bra," she said. Her patented devices also look pretty, no different from a conventional bra, she added. According to a report on tech news site CNET, there are plans for a “counterpart device for men" in the works, though the precise shape it will take has yet to be revealed.

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Traffic judge went on date with defendant who had case before him


A federal appeals court says a former traffic court judge must lose his law license for going on a date with a defendant and then ruling in her favor.

Michael Dorsky worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Garden City, Long Island. The defendant was a New York City police officer who was accused of driving an uninsured vehicle.

Dorsky lost his job after the case. The ruling was made last week.


  
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David Barger2010-09-26 14:42:38
The Zedonk is cool looking, but the bra thing sounds like a pick up line - "excuse me miss, I think the air is contaminated. Take off your bra and save both our lives?"
;^)


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