‘Jedi’ attacked by ‘Jesus’ after Halloween party

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at 3am on Wednesday following a party at Dundee University’s Student Association building in Small’s Wynd.

The man dressed as Jesus is understood to have punched the Star Wars cosplayer in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and break his ankle.

The victim was left needing hospital treatment.

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A police spokesman said: “Officers would like to trace a man described as in his mid 20s, about 5ft 10 and medium build, with long brown hair, a beard, and wearing long robes as a fancy dress costume.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference CR/28667/17.

Slurp no more: Fork to mask noodle noise

With the enjoyment of noodles comes the inevitable side-effect of the dreaded “slurp”, the scourge of polite society – the greater the enthusiasm, the more intrusive the noise.

Fears in Japan that tourists were finding the sound of local noodle slurping to be particularly objectionable led to the coining of the phrase “nu-hara”, or to put it another way, “noodle harassment”, duly proliferated by social media.

With more than a generous helping of delicious irony, Nissin Food Products’ chief inspiration for the etiquette-preserving fork is another Japanese invention – the noise-cancelling toilet.

The fork itself is 4.4cm wide and 15.2cm long and uses a microphone to detect offending slurps, which then triggers a smartphone app to “mask” the sound.

Noodle slurping can really bug some people
Image:Noodle slurping can really bug some people

Users can judge for themselves whether the chosen sound of “soothing, flowing water” emitted by their phone is any less embarrassing than a slurp.

The gadget is only going to be made available if a target quota of 5,000 pre-orders is hit by mid-December.

Found: Dinosaur four times bigger than a lion

Footprints left by a “megatheropod” have been photographed by professors in South Africa after their discovery in the kingdom of Lesotho.

Megatheropods are an earlier species that turned into the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Map of where the find was photographed
Image:Map of where the find was photographed Pic: PLOS

Scientists believe the photographs show a link to the T-rex, which lived between 85 million and 65 million years ago .

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British team member Dr Fabien Knoll, from the University of Manchester, called the discovery “very exciting” and explained that it sheds new light on what it could mean for other species.

She said: “It really would have been top of the food chain.”

Each of the three footprints measured 57cm (22.4ins) long and 50cm (19.7ins) wide.

Megatheropods are a larger version of theropods, which were meat-eating two-legged dinosaurs.

Image of "megatherapod" about footprints found in Lesotho
Image:How a human compares to a Megatherapod in size Pic: University of Manchester

It was described as a “significant find” by co-author Dr Lara Sciscio, from the University of Cape Town.

“Globally, these large tracks are very rare. There is only one other known site similar in age and sized tracks, which is in Poland.”

The study has been published in the Public Library of Science One journal (PLOS).

Bear necessity: Vets save animal with huge tongue

Nyan htoo, an Asian brown bear, was suffering from a mysterious condition that caused his tongue to become so large it would drag along the floor as he tried to play with his brother.

Although he was first operated on in 2016, his swelling recurred, and he was left in more pain. He injured it against his teeth, and had to rest his head against the bars of his cage to support its weight.

Nyan htoo

Video:3kg of tissue removed from bear’s tongue

Vets from Edinburgh University travelled to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, and operated for four hours to remove 3kg of tissue from the bear’s tongue, helping him to be able to live a more comfortable life.

Nyan htoo, which means ‘bright’, and his brother, were rescued from illegal sale by a monastery in Myanmar.

The team from Edinburgh University operate on Nyan htoo
Image:The team from Edinburgh University operate on Nyan htoo

One of the vets, Heather Bacon, from the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said: “Thanks to the enthusiasm and compassion of all involved in this uniquely collaborative project, we have been able to make a tangible improvement in the quality of Nyan htoo’s life.

“And hope to continue our work in Myanmar to promote improvements in animal welfare and veterinary training.”

Nyan htoo following the operation
Image:Nyan htoo following the operation

The team now believes he may have had elephantiasis, which has never been seen in bears before, but is common in people in that region. It is transmitted by mosquitoes.

Caroline Nelson, from Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, said: “This was a really unusual medical condition – never before seen in any species of bear – but we weren’t about to give up on Nyan htoo.

Nyan htoo plays with his brother Kan htoo following the operation
Image:Nyan htoo plays with his brother Kan htoo following the operation

“Now he will be able to eat much more comfortably, sleep in more natural positions and move more freely for the rest of his life.”

Nyan htoo is recovering well.

Can sex cure panda’s habit of walking backwards?

Zookeepers believe the frustrations associated with life in captivity may be behind four-year-old Meng Meng’s strange afflicition.

They hope being romanced by Jiao Qing, a panda three years her senior, will literally help her to move forward.

“Meng Meng is in puberty,” Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.

“The reverse walk is a protest against things she dislikes, be it the food or the carers.”

Giant pandas in captivity are usually kept apart except during the mating season, between February and May.

“By then, Meng Meng will have reached sexual maturity and could focus all her energy on seducing her partner,” Mr Knieriem added.

Both pandas are on loan from China and are the major attractions of the zoo’s £7.6m Chinese compound, which was opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping in July.

Man held for writing ‘good morning’ on Facebook

Palestinian builder Halawim Halawi had posted the words with a photo of himself in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit where he works.

Facebook’s automatic translation software interpreted the post to mean “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English, according to Haaretz.

Israeli police were then informed of the message and they became suspicious because he was standing next to a bulldozer.

Such vehicles have been used in terror attacks and officers thought he may be threatening to carry out such an atrocity, the website reported.

#Israel arrested worker on occupied West Bank because Facebook translated ‘good morning’ to ‘attack them’

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Mr Halawi was arrested and then questioned on suspicion of incitement.

Fortunately, police realised they had made a mistake and released him a few hours later.

It was unclear how such a translation error could have been made as there are no apparent similarities between the Arabic expression used for “good morning” and the phrases in Hebrew or English.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told the AFP news agency that “a few days ago, a Palestinian was detained for questioning on suspicion of incitement through his Facebook page”.

She said he was “immediately released” after the suspicions turned out to be false.

Haaretz reported that the Facebook post has since been deleted.

Stranded diver stalked for miles by deadly shark

John Craig was fishing underwater between Denham and Cape Peron in Western Australia when his boat experienced engine problems and was swept away in strong currents.

After shouting and splashing in an attempt to alert his crew mate, Mr Craig put his head in the water and saw the 4m (13ft) tiger shark “approaching within arm’s reach”.

He then spotted a sandbar whaler shark circling behind him, and decided he had no choice but to swim for his life – a journey that would take him more than three hours.

Rescue workers returned the diver to his boat. Pic: Volunteer Marine Rescue Shark Bay
Image:Rescue workers were alerted to the emergency and searched for around two hours

Mr Craig told 9News: “I knew immediately that I had to try to calm down in order to survive.

“(The tiger shark) was definitely trying to work out what I was and whether I could be on the menu, but each time it approached I used my speargun to block its path.”

“The red cliffs of Francois Peron National Park were very low on the horizon and I knew it was going to be a long swim.

“The tiger shark was still curious as ever and began following me as I started swimming.

“I have to admit that at this point I thought I was gone – four nautical miles out to sea with a huge tiger shark following me – I thought this was it, this is how I’m going to die.”

Mr Craig said the tiger shark would periodically tail off before suddenly reappearing and “keeping pace with me behind my fins”.

After a while it started to cruise beside the diver “almost like a whale shark”, before it made an unexpected departure.

Mr Craig said: “For about 500 metres the shark swam on the same path as me towards the shore and then in a moment banked and disappeared completely as if to say ‘you’re OK now, I’ll leave you alone’.

“The shark was gone but I wasn’t sure it wouldn’t return.

“The next part was pure endurance, I had to swim constantly looking around from all angles to make sure there wasn’t an unwelcome visitor, with my speargun pointed behind me to stop anything grabbing my fins.”

A medium-sized great white has been spotted in the area twice over the past week (file image)
Image:Tiger sharks are the second most deadly shark species behind great whites (pictured)

Mr Craig made it to shore and was picked up by rescue workers, who reunited him with his wife.

Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue commander Greg Ridgley said the diver’s experience made for “an absolutely incredible story”.

He told Perth’s Sunday Times: “He swam…in shark-infested waters. I just can’t believe anybody could do that. It’s such a massive effort.”

Tiger sharks are the second most deadly shark species behind great whites, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Wham, bam, no more Spam: Thieves’ new target

Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in Honolulu, says shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but recently more cans of Spam have gone missing.

“I mean you try to keep an eye on it, but if they run, you just can’t leave the counter and chase them,” the shopkeeper told Hawaii News Now. “So you just got to take the hit.”

Police in Honolulu said they had a report of a man lifting a case of the canned meat from a store earlier this month.

Kimo Carvalho, a spokesman for the Institute for Human Services, said people are stealing Spam because it is easy to sell: “It’s quick cash for quick drug money.”

Hawaiians eat millions of cans of Spam a year, the nation’s highest per-capita consumption of the processed meat, which is a mixture of pork shoulder, ham, sugar and salt.

The state’s love affair with Spam began during the Second World War, when rationing created the right conditions for the rise of a meat that needs no refrigeration and has a long shelf-life.

Ann Kondo Corum, who grew up in Hawaii in the 1950s and has written several Spam-inspired cookbooks, has attributed Spam’s popularity partly to Hawaii’s large Asian population.

“Asians eat a lot of rice. Spam is salty, and it goes well with rice,” she told The Associated Press.

Fowl play: Turkeys attack police in US town

The birds, which are native to the area, have been filmed chasing police cars and attacking residents in Bridgewater, about 30 miles (50km) south of Boston.

Local officials say there is not much they can do as the turkeys are wildlife and, as a result, they do not come under their jurisdiction.

One of the victims, Bob Smith, filmed the animals as they came at him close to his home.

He told ABC affiliate WCVB: “They’ve been chasing me. They’ve imprinted on me (that I am) lower in the pecking order.

“They came from over a hill behind me. The first one in the flock pecked me in the calf. I was moving away from them. They figured ‘we have more power over you. You’re scared of us’.

“I’m facing off at them right up to the point that one came at me with his spurs.”

Bridgewater Police put out a warning on social media, with a video showing one of their patrol cars being pursued by a group of four of the birds.

It said: “Aggressive turkeys are a problem in town. State law doesn’t allow the police or the Animal Control Office to remove them.”

Experts say the birds can be highly territorial and will make efforts to exert their dominance if allowed.

Town authorities told anyone with serious concerns to contact the state society for the protection of animals for advice about how to act around the turkeys.

Bomb-sniffing CIA dog fired for not sniffing bombs

Lulu the labrador’s handler had high hopes of her becoming the CIA’s latest bomb-sniffing talent, but it was not meant to be.

It started out well, according to a “pupdate” on the CIA’s website, but soon started to go downhill.

A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she simply “wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odours”, the blog post said.

Lulu the sniffer dog who got dropped from the programme for not sniffing bombs - pic: CIA Twitter
Image:Lulu’s bomb-sniffing career was not meant to be. Pic: CIA Twitter

“Lulu was no longer interested in searching for explosives,” the post said.

“Even when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.”

The post went on to say that the mental and physical wellbeing of the sniffer dogs is the CIA’s priority, so they “made the extremely difficult decision to do what’s best for Lulu and drop her from the programme”.

But it is not all bad news, as handlers have the option to adopt dogs who are dropped.

Lulu now has a new home, and spends her days chasing rabbits and squirrels in the garden – much less stressful.

Lulu the sniffer dog who got dropped from the programme for not sniffing bombs - pic: CIA Twitter
Image:Lulu now lives with her handler and another dog. Pic: CIA Twitter

It is not clear whether Lulu simply wasn’t up to the challenge of sniffing out bombs, or whether it was all part of a cunning plan to never have to go to work.

Either way, she’s happy, and so is her handler – and the CIA can now focus on its top dogs.