• Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Off-beat

China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap

Published Date: August 20, 2014
China Eastern plane aborts landing as traffic controllers take a nap

 A China Eastern Airlines Corp passenger plane that had started its night-time descent into a Wuhan airport was forced to abort its landing after air traffic controllers had dozed off, an investigation report found. The incident, which took place on July 8, is the third mishap in two months involving the Chinese carrier. A transcript...

Published Date: August 16, 2014
Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

Australian hospital accidentally declares 200 patients dead

An Australian hospital apologised on Thursday after mistakenly sending out death notices for 200 of its - very much alive - patients. Austin Hospital, in Australia's second most populous city of Melbourne, erroneously killed off the patients when it faxed death notices to their family doctors. The notices were the result of an inadvertent change...

Published Date: August 11, 2014
Tourists in Budapest pay to be locked up in cellars

Tourists in Budapest pay to be locked up in cellars

In a ramshackle old building in Budapest, tourists pay to be locked up in a room and try to escape by solving a series of mysterious clues, opening locks and finding their way out. "Rabbit Hole", inspired by the 19th Century English novel "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", is one of some 100 or so...

Published Date: July 31, 2014
Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast

A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday. Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts...

Published Date: July 9, 2014
US man chokes to death during hot dog eating contest

US man chokes to death during hot dog eating contest

A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in western South Dakota of the United States turned tragic when a contestant choked to death, reports the Guardian. Walter Eagle Tail, 47, of Custer, died at a hospital Thursday after attempts to save him at the scene failed, Custer County sheriff Rick Wheeler told the...

Published Date: July 7, 2014
Files reveal Soviet dismay at ‘drunken’ Brit double agent

Files reveal Soviet dismay at ‘drunken’ Brit double agent

They were two of Britain’s most notorious double agents, responsible for passing on some of this country’s most sensitive secrets to the Russians, but documents reveal that Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean were viewed in an unflattering light by their Soviet masters. Among thousands of typed Russian documents in the Mitrokhin archive, open to...

Published Date: June 9, 2014
Like humans, rats experience regret: Study

Like humans, rats experience regret: Study

Just as humans lament not pursuing a lover or bemoan having eaten that extra slice of chocolate cake, rats may experience feelings of regret, too, new research suggests. When rats were given the option of visiting rooms that contained different foods, repots Live Science quoting the journal Nature Neuroscience. They skipped a good deal for...

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Beware of 'clay phone'

Beware of 'clay phone'

In many parts of Dhaka, you may have come across scamsters or junkies trying to allure you with glossy mobile phone sets at unbelievably cheap prices. Hold on, you might want to curb your greed after reading this. A bank cleric's eyes got glued on some cellphone sets displayed on a footpath at Farmgate....

Published Date: May 15, 2014
Lamb born with a human face

Lamb born with a human face

The face of a just-born lamb is usually one of the cutest sights ever – this is just the stuff of nightmares. These images from Izmir, Turkey, show the animal with a face looking just like a human's, reports British daily The Star. The lamb, which looks like something out of a bizarre horror movie,...

Published Date: May 13, 2014
Cat missing since Japan tsunami reunited with owners

Cat missing since Japan tsunami reunited with owners

A cat that vanished three years ago during Japan’s 2011 tsunami disaster has been unexpectedly reunited with its owners. The black cat, called Suika, was thought to have died after disappearing on March 11, 2011 – the day of the earthquake and tsunami – from his home in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture. Kazuko and Takeo Yamagishi,...