River in China mysteriously turns blood-red overnight

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The residents of Wenzhou, China, woke up last Thursday to discover that the inner city river had turned blood-red. Everyone is puzzled, as this has never happened before and nobody knows the cause yet. China Radio International reports:

Inspectors from the Wenzhou Environmental Protection Bureau are taking samples and analyzing the cause of the incident.

The villagers pointed out that there wasn’t a chemical plant along the upper stream.

Local residents say the river was flowing normally at 4am, but it started to redden at around 6am, and in no time at all had turned as crimson as blood.

Dankies: High Fructose Weed Twinkies

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We spotted these spongy beings at a local pot shop in Irvine, California. At $10 for a pack of two weed Twinkies, the fittingly named “Dankies” looked promising. However, if you’re having visions of freshly-baked cannabis cream-filled cakes — the budtender at said location claimed that the snacks are actual Twinkies whose original vanilla cream has been hollowed out and swapped with 1000 mg of THC-infused cream.

So, yes, they’re just gas station Twinkies that have been injected with sweet cream that will get you high and repackaged under a new stoner-friendly name. Still, we were curious and brought some home to enjoy as a pre-dinner treat.

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After undressing the tiny cakes — kudos to the Dankies design team for the slick wrapper — we each tried a single weed Twinkie each. The taste was phenomenal — the Twinkie’s signature high fructose crack flavor complimented the light, earthy flavor of the weed cream. We kicked back and waited for the high to kick in.

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An hour passed. 8 pm. Another hour. 9 pm. After 2 hours of feeling zilch, we started to get an inkling that these were a dud. By 9:30 we grabbed a greasy meal of fry-stuffed gyros with a notable lack of munchies. By 10:30 we still felt nothing and decided to call it day by smoking a bowl.

Lesson learned: Not all edibles end in glory. Sometimes, life is just a fancy Twinkie filled with false promises.

Sniffing out a partner at a London pheromone party

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20140724_pheromoneparty_afpIn a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside – just slightly smelly T-shirts.

These adventurous single men and women are at a “pheromone party”, an alternative dating trend based on the idea that smell plays a key role in the choice of a sexual partner.

Each of them has agreed to wear the same cotton T-shirt for three nights in a row, with no deodorant or perfume, and to bring it to the party.

The clothes, infused with the pure scent of the wearer’s body, are placed in transparent plastic bags with numbers on coloured labels – pink for women, blue for men.

“Smell as many bags as you like, have fun!” encourages the organiser, Judy Nadel.

There is some nervous laughter, then a sudden rush for the bags laid out on a big table in the middle of the room.

Some people open the bags carefully, taking a timid sniff, while others plunge their noses right inside.

“This one’s been worn for a few days,” quipped one young man, while his friend Steven Lucas, a 23-year-old law trainee, remarks that the clothes “all smell the same”.

“It’s like sweat and a tiny bit of perfume, or just, like, clean,” he says.

Those who get a sniff of their dream partner snap a picture of themselves with the bag. The images are then projected onto the wall, and the lucky owners of the chosen T-shirts have the chance to meet their admirers.

A bearded young man wearing a white shirt unbuttoned to reveal his chest hair decided to improve his chances, grabbing handfuls of bags – numbers 35, 88, 52, 128…

‘Huge ice-breaker’

There are smiles all around and the atmosphere in the bar is playful. “Shall we say ‘hi’, or ‘woof woof’?” jokes one man in passing, before disappearing into the crowd.

“It is such a weird concept. It’s a huge ice-breaker because you are smelling a stranger’s T-shirt – you can’t be cool or pretentious,” Nadel tells AFP.

She launched her pheromone parties in London this year, taking on a concept that was first promoted in the United States in 2010 by artist Judith Prays.

The idea is inspired by a 1995 experiment by a Swiss scientist, Claus Wedekind, and the belief that pheromones – chemicals that are fundamental to the sexual behaviour of animals – can also be picked up by humans.

Six couples got together at the first party in London in March, although Nadel is not sure whether their relationships have lasted.

In a city partial to alternative dating methods, this odorous concept has proved seductive – the two parties so far have both attracted more than 140 people, with plenty left on the waiting list.

Booking early pays – tickets cost up to 12 pounds (S$25).

“London is such an amazing and vibrant city, but it’s difficult to meet people, and they tend to stick to themselves, in their groups,” says Nadel, herself a single woman who became frustrated with traditional dating websites.

Scared of rejection

To stimulate the romantic feelings in the room, a masseuse is on hand to offer aromatherapy to the participants.

“I’ve got a mixture of geranium rose with black pepper, so I’m using that to give massages to aid a bit of relaxation,” says Laurie Nouchka.

After a session with the masseuse, Marta Montserrat, 33, rejoins her sister Berta, 29, who is worrying that her T-shirt is missing from the table.

Both sisters, recently single, have come because a friend got them tickets.

They move enthusiastically from bag to bag, breathing in their aromas and trying to judge the character of the wearers from the style and colour of the T-shirt, and how they have been folded or scrunched up in the bag.

But as the night draws on, Marta Montserrat starts to despair of finding her soulmate.

“It doesn’t matter what I smell, if I don’t like what I see,” sighed the chatty brunette, casting an eye around the other participants, none of whom were her “type”.

Bob, 48, stands apart from the crowd and sips his drink. “Funnily enough I was scared that someone would smell my shirt and throw it down,” he confides. Fortunately, everyone remained civilised.

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Aberdeen doctors find sex toy in woman … that had been there for 10 YEARS

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ABERDEEN surgeons had to remove a sex toy from a woman’s body that had been there for 10 years without her realising it.

The 38-year-old attended Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after suffering symptoms including severe weight loss, lethargy and shaking.

It was only after an x-ray that medics spotted the five-inch object.

The woman shocked the doctors by revealing that it had been 10 years since she had used the sex toy with her partner.

Doctors removed the object and the patient was later discharged from hospital.

The unusual case was reported in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Man Beat His Two Cats To Death With Golf Club Because They Betrayed Him

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An Erie man pleaded guilty Monday in Erie County Court to beating his two cats to death with a golf club.

Christopher-BisbeeChristopher J. Bisbee, 32, pleaded guilty to one second-degree misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals in a plea deal that dropped an additional cruelty to animals count.

According to court records, Bisbee attacked the cats after one of them scratched him. He told investigators he felt “betrayed” by the animals.

He said he “struck both cats numerous times with a golf club until they no longer were moving.”

As part of the agreement, Assistant District Attorney Mark Richmond said, Bisbee, of the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, may not own any domestic animals while serving his sentence. He also must pay $263 restitution to the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Oct. 7 before Judge Shad Connelly.

Bisbee’s lawyer, Stephen Sebald, said Bisbee waived his right to a preliminary hearing and applied to the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, a special probation program for nonviolent first-time offenders, but he was denied admission.

Bisbee also “proactively sought mental health counseling,” Sebald said. A report from Bisbee’s doctor will be submitted to the court before sentencing, Sebald said.

Erie County Detective Greg Acri filed the charges after an investigation by Humane Society Animal Enforcement Officer Merle Wolfgang.

Wolfgang said a tip triggered the investigation. According to the criminal complaint, several peo ple at Bis bee’s residence implicated Bisbee in the animals’ deaths.

She retrieved the cats’ bodies from Bisbee’s trash June 25, 2013, and discovered that they had “apparent trauma to their heads.”

An examination at the North East Animal Hospital indicated the cause of death was “focused blunt force trauma to the head.”

In an interview with investigators in August, Bisbee admitted he had killed the cats.

“I am glad one of the charges stuck.” Wolfgang said Monday. “If there are mental health issues, I am glad he is getting some help.”

Man Sentenced For Beating Toddler To Death While Trying To Turn Her Gay

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An attorney called his client “deranged” just before a judge sentenced the man to prison for biting and beating his two-year-old daughter to death in what officials said was an attempt to make her gay.

Donovan-HaynesGenesee Circuit Judge Joseph J. Farah said Monday, July 21, that the allegations against Donovan Lamar Haynes were “astonishing” and among the most unconscionable he’s heard during his time on the bench.

Haynes, 23, was sentenced Monday to 18 years, 9 months to 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder for the beating death of his daughter, Ti’Airra Woodward. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

Farah also sentenced him to serve a concurrent 5-15 years in prison for first-degree child abuse.

The sentence was agreed to by both sides as part of the plea agreement.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the victim’s family was in agreement with the agreement.

Before Farah handed down his sentence, he read briefly from a pre-sentence investigation report that outlined the circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.

The report claimed that Haynes beat the girl in an attempt to turn her gay in hopes that she would avoid men like him, who had a history of treating women poorly.

“You don’t beat her in hopes she’s going to turn gay,” Farah said, adding that Haynes should have used his own life experience to teach his daughter how to avoid problem men.

The judge said Haynes also beat the girl in an attempt to toughen her up.

However, Farah added Haynes’ actions made it so no one would ever have to worry about the girl being tough.

“Dad took care of that,” Farah said. “He took care of it in one fell swoop.”

Ti’Airra was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical Center after she stopped breathing at a home on Donal Drive in Flint Township in what police call a child abuse case.

A medical examiner’s report indicated she died of internal bleeding from a lacerated liver.

Adult human bite marks were also found all over the girl’s body, police said.

Prosecutors said Ti’Airra was found unresponsive in the basement of Haynes’ mother’s Flint Township home.

Attorney Elbert Hatchett, who represented Haynes, had strong words for the man he was hired to represent.

“This case is a case that defies reason, logic, common sense,” Hatchett said. “(It’s a) tragedy to see the life of an innocent child snuffed out for no reason at all.”

Hatchett said Haynes is “deranged” and that he needs to undergo psychological counseling while in prison.

“I don’t have any sympathy for him,” Hatchett said of his client. “Hopefully, judge, he will repent.”

Ti’Airra’s mother, Nakeesha Woodward, left the court in tears after briefly addressing Farah before Haynes was sentenced. She returned to the courtroom in time to hear her daughter’s killer get sentenced to prison.

“I lost a child,” a tearful Woodward said as she lobbied Farah for a stiff maximum sentence.

State sentencing guidelines would have allowed Haynes to be sentenced to more than 31 years in prison if a jury convicted him of second-degree murder, according to Farah.

Haynes also initially faced charges of open murder, first-degree murder and torture that could have earned him life in prison without parole if convicted.

Before being sentenced to prison, Haynes attempted to withdraw his no contest plea.

Haynes told Farah that he felt his attorney could have secured a plea agreement that included less prison time.

He addressed the court briefly before Farah handed down his sentence, thanking his family for their support and the court’s time in hearing his case.

Hatchett, however, said that his client was being pressured by family members to take the case to trial rather than go forward with the plea agreement.

“There is no likelihood — none — that he would be found not guilty by a jury of his peers,” Hatchett said.

However, Leyton said his office pursued the plea agreement after flaws developed with the case.

“We had some concerns about the testimony of a key witness,” Leyton said.

Farah refused to let Haynes withdraw his plea, saying that a withdrawal was not in the interest of justice.

“I felt that he was playing with the court,” Woodward said. “He has no remorse.”