Sexy airline safety video with bikini-clad models is pulled after online petition signed by thousands

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A sexy airline safety video featuring swimsuit models is being withdrawn in the wake of an online petition signed by thousands.

Air New Zealand say the saucy safety briefing is not being removed because of public pressure, but because they refresh the films every few months.

The “Safety in Paradise” video, which features bikini-clad Sports Illustrated models in the Cook Islands, will be phased out by the end of the month and replacd by the “Bear Essentials of Safety,” featuring Bear Grylls.

The video courted controversy after more than 6,000 people signed an online petition asking for it to be removed, claiming it “completely disregarded” passengers who found it offensive.

Feminist commentator and Labour candidate for Rangitikei Deborah Russell, also voiced her disappointment.

During the film, stunning models explained what to do in the case of an emergency. Among them was supermodel Christie Brinkley, who proved she’s still stunning at 60 with a cameo from the hills of Hollywood.

The Air NZ plot shows local men demonstrating safety instructions – before being distracted by gorgeous girls including Chrissy Teighen. And the 28-year-old said she was in awe by the beauty of the shoot location.

She said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m so flattered that they asked, and thrilled to be here! I’ve been to a lot of beaches nothing quite like this though. This is pretty unreal.”

Previously, Air NZ have also used The Hobbit’s characters for their in-flight safety videos.

Video: Man on North Carolina Highway Rides On The Back Of A Car at 50 MPH and Breaks Rear Window To Get Inside

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A woman driving down Interstate 77 in North Carolina on Saturday was shocked to witness a man riding on the back of a sedan car speeding in front of her. Brenda Cruz, who was in a vehicle with her family, said she was initially concerned for the man’s safety as the car was moving at 50 mph. ‘All of a sudden the kids say, “There’s someone on top of the car on the trunk,” and I’m like what?’ she told WSOC. ‘I said, “Let me get my phone and started recording.’” The video shows a man sitting on the outside of the trunk before he starts maneuvering his body. The Cruz family say they saw the man then break the back windshield and climb inside. Whenever he lifted his hand to smash the glass open it looked like it was something sharp,’ said Brenda’s 17-year-old son Samuel Cruz. At first he had hought the man was a dummy. According to the Cruz family the car was being driven by a woman who had a child in a car seat inside. ‘I’m really worried because I just hope she’s OK you know, with her kid,’ said Samuel Cruz. Authorities received several calls about the incident, but troopers say they don’t have enough evidence yet to investigate. They believe the driver and person on the back of the car probably know each other and that a domestic incident may have been taking place. If police do track these people down, they said the driver will be culpable.

Lion Cub Gets Head Stuck Up Dead Buffalo’s Ass

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A lion cub feasting on the carcass of a dead buffalo at the Kruger National Park in South Africa managed to get his head trapped in the animal’s butthole, presumably while going after the really good meat. He tries to free himself for almost five minutes before growing too weak and just laying there, possibly unconscious.

Apparently there was enough oxygen in the animal’s keister for the cub to survive though, because the cameraman said they returned the next day and the rest of the lion pride had eaten around the buffalo’s butthole and freed the cub. Hopefully, Simba learned his lesson.

Aspiring Model Charged With Obscenity After She “Exposed Her Genital Area” To Louisiana Jailer

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devanserpaMeet Devan Serpa.

After being arrested for her role in a Louisiana shooting, the aspiring model added an obscenity charge to her docket sheet after allegedly exposing herself to a male jailer, police report.

Serpa was collared Thursday afternoon in connection with a shooting last month in Morgan City, where the 29-year-old resides. No injuries were reported as a result of the June 27 incident, though two vehicles were damaged by gunshots.

Upon Serpa’s incarceration, she “exposed her genital area to a male correctional officer during booking procedures and was additionally charged with Obscenity,” according to the Morgan City Police Department. She previously was charged with aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon.

devanserpa1Serpa, who remains locked up, is a wannabe model whose assorted headshots can be found on a popular audition/casting web site. She is pictured at left in one of those modeling photos.

The Eerie Smoked Corpses of Papua New Guinea

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For centuries, the Anga tribe of Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Highlands have practiced a unique mummification technique – smoke curing. Once smoked, the mummies aren’t buried in tombs or graves; instead, they are placed on steep cliffs, so that they overlook the village below. The very sight of a string of charred, red bodies hanging off the mountains might seem quite grotesque, but for the Anga people, it’s the highest form of respect for the dead.

The process itself is carried out carefully and thoroughly by experienced embalmers. At first, the knees, elbows and feet of the corpse are slit, and the body fat is drained completely. Then, hollowed-out bamboo poles are jabbed into the dead person’s guts, and the drippings are collected. These drippings are smeared into the hair and skin of living relatives. Through this ritual, the strength of the deceased is believed to be transferred to the living. The leftover liquid is saved for later use as cooking oil.

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Photo: Michael Thirnbeck

In the next stage, the corpse’s eyes, mouth and anus are sewn shut, in order to reduce air intake and prevent the rotting of the flesh. This is believed to be the key step that ensures the mummies are perfectly preserved for centuries ahead. The soles of the feet, the tongue, and the palms are also sliced off and presented to the surviving spouse. The remains of the corpse are then tossed into a communal fire pit and smoke cured.

Once thoroughly smoked, the mummy is coated in clay and red ocher, which act as a natural cocoon, protecting the body from decay and scavengers. The process is now complete and the mummy is ready to go on display. Anga men, women and even babies are mummified using the same method; mummies dating back at least 200 years can still be found in the Morobe Highlands today. During celebrations and events, the mummies might be brought down from the cliffs, only to be returned soon after.

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A rare honor is bestowed upon dead Anga warriors – they remain guardians of the village, even after death. The warrior mummies are placed on special ‘stations’ on the cliffs; they become ‘watchers’ who continue to protect the village in the afterlife. One such warrior mummy dates back to World War II – he was bayoneted by the Japanese troops and preserved by the elders. He now stands guard over the Anga tribe, strung up with rope from his bow and arrow.

The Anga mummification process can be a scary thing for people who don’t understand what the ritual is about. In fact, the curing was banned in 1975, when Papua New Guinea gained its independence. Today, many tribes perform Christian burials, and only a few tribes in remote pockets still prefer to mummify their dead.

This ‘Human Firecracker’ Is Incredibly Dangerous, But We Can’t Look Away

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In small-town Michigan, an aging rocker with a pyro streak has a shtick that almost makes Johnny Knoxville look tame. He goes by “Ghengis [sic] John the Human Firecracker,” and he says he’s lit more than 600,000 fireworks off his body in years of performances.

A a biker rally last month in Coopersville, Mich., the human firecracker, real name John Fletcher, brought out the one-man show he’s been doing for 16 years, according to the Detroit News. On stage, someone lit the fuse on his protective suit, and onlookers watched as more than 10,000 fireworks – 90 pounds – exploded all over the 51-year-old. Needless to say, it’s not pleasant for the performer, and he said it’s his last show.

“It’s like a hundred midgets hitting you with baseball bats,” he told the paper.

A spectator at Bike Fest on the Grand posted a video of Fletcher’s performance on YouTube. Skip to 3:30 for the pyrotechnics:

Fletcher, who also performs in an Alice Cooper tribute band called Malice Cooper has received countless injuries, part of why he said he’s retiring.

Breaking ribs and occasionally catching fire are part of the consequences of Fletcher’s extremely unsafe method. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recommendations include never placing part of your body directly over a firework device, backing up as soon as you light one and lighting fireworks one at a time. Nationally, fireworks played a role in about 11,400 injuries last year, according to the agency, and were the cause of eight deaths.

As dangerous as it is, Fletcher seems to be keeping the rock’n’roll spirit alive and doing something he loves — even if that is essentially lighting himself on fire.

A recovering drug abuser, he told the Wall Street Journal in 2009 that since he’s been clean, the firework show has been somewhat like a new addiction. He doesn’t make money on his shows, but encourages audiences to donate to charities.

“I guess my firecracker suit is my drug, and it’s a drug I can do that’s going to help people,” he said. He told the paper he started the act on a whim during band practice with a mere 100 fireworks, and just kept adding more.

Keith Gordon Blames Tattoo Fixation On OCD

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n-KEITH-GORDON-largeKeith Gordon definitely sticks out in a crowd. Of course, that happens when your entire face and most of your body is covered in tattoos.

Five years ago, Gordon, a 58-year-old office administrator in London decided to get as much of his body tattooed as possible.

He’s been subjected to so much gawking in public that he’s interested in advocating for other misfits.

“I would like to be a spokesperson for anyone suffering any persecution of any type for being body modified or having a different point of view then the norm”.

The saga started in his teens, when Gordon first got a lot of tattoos, but he’s spent more than $25,000 to have the tats removed so he could get a respectable office job, according to the Metro.

Five years ago, Gordon decided he wanted to re-ink those tats and get a few more to boot. He blames his fixation on obsessive-compulsive disorder, which he was diagnosed with 13 years ago.

“OCD has completely ruled my life. I’m very obsessional,” he said. “Once I get started on something I just get carried away. A lot of people look at me aggressively. They look almost saddened and angry but I don’t understand why – it’s me who’s looking like this, not them.

“But I love the attention. I love being different and I love showing people that it is okay to be different.”

Gordon’s wife, Lisa, 43, says she married her husband for love 13 years ago, but admits she never thought the phrase “for better or worse” applied to extreme facial tattoos.

“I never would have married him if he looked like this when I met him,” she said, according to Orange News. “I feel embarrassed when we are out and everyone stares. But he’s a good husband and a good father and I persevere.”

Despite his wife’s objections, Gordon is planning to get even more ink, including a giant tattoo that spans the whole of his back.

He admits his look makes him stick out in the staid office environment so he’s hoping his outrageous look will get him cast in TV and movie roles.

“I’ve had them done now so I may as well try and make them work for me,” he told Barcroft TV.

Female officer removes snake from an office toilet

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Workers at Goudy Construction in Hueytown got the shock of their life on Saturday morning.

25953227_BG2“So when I was going to use the restroom, I see a snake around the commode and I’m thinking it was a joke,” worker Willie Harris said.

But once Harris saw the creature move a few times, he knew it was no laughing matter.

“I pulled the door back up and I said, wow!” Harris exclaimed.

Harris says his boss then called 911 and luckily police weren’t far behind.

“He said ‘I don’t think you understand how big this is.’ I said OK. He said, ‘I have a picture of it.’ I said well by all means, let us see,” said Hueytown police officer Alice Thompson. “It was so much bigger in person.”

Thompson says she quickly devised a strategy to get rid of the reptile while also not harming it.

“She had a baton, and she grabbed the other guy’s baton. And she grabbed the snake by the head,” Harris explained.

“I was holding it actually on the corners of the mouth where the mouth was actually open at the time. Which for me, that was actually the first time I’d ever seen fangs that were folded back in a snake,” Thompson said.

All of this while Thompson’s two male partners, as well as the construction workers, huddled in a corner and watched.

“That’s exactly what happened actually,” said Thompson, laughing.

The officer then carried what she believed to be a poisonous cotton mouth out of the bathroom and hopped in the back of her partner’s squad car.

“She’s crazy,” said Harris. “I said Lord, have mercy!”

They then drove just down the road, where the officer released the snake back into the wild unharmed.

“I looked at officer Mitchell and I said, OK it’s time to go,” said Thompson.

You could say it was the creature’s lucky day. If anyone other than Officer Thompson showed up, there likely would have definitely been a different outcome.

“He’d been dead,” said Harris.

Chinese Entrepreneur Turns Industrial Concrete Tube into Popular Low-Cost Hotel

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While some people enjoy luxurious travel, others are more than happy to make do with the bare minimum. A clever Chinese hotelier has used this fact to his advantage – he constructed a highly unusual, low cost hotel by reusing industrial grade concrete tubing.

The ingenious young man, from Henan Province, managed to acquire several meters of recycled concrete tubing and sliced it into 15 separate mini structures. Each sturdy structure, designed to accommodate two people, is equipped with a double bed, a restroom, and a few ‘extra touches’ like air conditioning and sound proofing. The exteriors of the circular dwellings have even been decorated with some street art to make them look more appealing.

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These capsule rooms without a view are best described as rudimentary. But the peculiar hotel is proving to be popular with tourists and locals alike. It is a modest, no-frills getaway; a perfect retreat for people who want to escape from the stresses of modern living. The owner hopes that his project will attract several urbanites from busy cities who want to spend a few nights free from luxury.

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This Is The Last Thing You Want To Find In Your Shower

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If you’re easily creeped out, now is the time to turn away.

In a video recently posted on Reddit, a group of crawling, dangling spiders is seen invading one poor human’s shower.

The spiders, identified as Huntsman “spiderlings,” are known for their ability to eat other pests, so they’re the good guys. But when one spider lays eggs it can produceup to 600 spiders, so we’re still terrified.