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Author:  Tomochin [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:21 pm ]
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle ... 631775.stm

Quote: Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told worshippers in Tehran last Friday that they had to stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.

"Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes," he said.

Author:  lawnchair redux [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:32 pm ]
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/engl ... 633012.stm

doesnt zag live in bristol?...

Author:  Sacrebleurgh [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:37 pm ]
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No, Brighton.

Author:  lawnchair redux [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:42 pm ]
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ahh woops - well someone was in bristol werent' they?....maybe that was my curse or maybe im delirious - no she was in plymouth or is that steve - AHHHHHHHHHHHH

Author:  Sacrebleurgh [ Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:57 pm ]
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I think Giant Steve is from Plymouth.

Author:  TRC [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:05 am ]
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Migraine Gives Woman Foreign Accent



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A woman from Devon has begun speaking with a Chinese accent after suffering severe migraines.

Thirty-five-year-old Sarah Colwill puts the startling change down to an extremely rare medical condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS).

"I knew I sounded different but I didn't know how much and people said I sounded a bit Chinese.

"Then I had another attack and when the ambulance crew arrived they said I definitely sounded Chinese."

The rare disorder is thought to be caused by strokes and brain injuries and causes sufferers to lose the ability to talk in their native accent.

There have been an estimated 60 recorded cases of FAS since it was first identified in the 1940s.

Mrs Colwill, who lives in St Budeaux in Plymouth, Devon, with her husband Patrick said her accent change had been startling.

"I spoke to my stepdaughter on the phone from hospital and she didn't recognise who I was.

"She said I sounded Chinese. Since then I have had my friends hanging up on me because they think I'm a hoax caller."

After researching FAS on the internet Mrs Colwill has been in contact with doctors from Oxford University who are interested in studying her plight.

She is undergoing speech therapy to try to revert to her West Country accent.

"I am frustrated to sound like this. I just want my own voice back, but I don't know if I will get it back."

John Coleman, a professor of phonetics at Oxford University, said: "FAS is extremely diverse, almost certainly not 'one thing', not a well-defined medical phenomenon.

"It is not the kind of problem that there are any easy generalisations about."

Sufferers can develop an accent without ever having been exposed to it as it is the change in speech patterns from a brain injury which causes the lengthening of syllables, change in pitch or mispronunciation of sounds.

Experts believe FAS is triggered following a stroke or head injury, when tiny areas of the left side of the brain linked with language, pitch and speech patterns are damaged.

The result is often a drawing out or clipping of the vowels that mimic the accent of a particular country, even though the sufferer may have had limited exposure to that accent.

One of the first reported cases was in 1941 when a Norwegian woman developed a German accent after being hit by bomb shrapnel during an air raid.

As a result, she was shunned by her community, who falsely believed she was a German spy.

In 2006 Linda Walker, 60, woke from a stroke to find that her Geordie accent had been transformed into a Jamaican one.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20100420/tuk ... dbed5.html

I love stuff like this. I wish this would happen to me.

Author:  Tomochin [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:37 am ]
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Offering wrote:
You fucking bitches, I just saw that story and was going to post it.


Ha, it was an excuse to start yet another thread

Author:  Tomochin [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:35 am ]
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I'm surprised the glass dildo thread even lasted 24hrs.

Author:  lawnchair redux [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:42 pm ]
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trc - what accent do you want to wake up with?

Author:  TRC [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:58 pm ]
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lawnchair wrote:
trc - what accent do you want to wake up with?


A Northern one.

Author:  hj864 [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:22 pm ]
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Rampaging goat puts three in hospital

Three people have been hospitalised after an angry goat invaded a nursing home in Melbourne, Australia, and went on a rampage that ended only when it was caught by police:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... pital.html

Author:  Sacrebleurgh [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:36 pm ]
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Is Sat_Rad in Melbourne?

Author:  hj864 [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:38 pm ]
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Yes.

Author:  lawnchair redux [ Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:14 pm ]
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Myrddyn wrote:
Rampaging goat puts three in hospital

Three people have been hospitalised after an angry goat invaded a nursing home in Melbourne, Australia, and went on a rampage that ended only when it was caught by police:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... pital.html


'I've got two sheep but they're harmless." best line in the whole article - this story had me guffawing loudly

Author:  Jimmy Christ [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:18 am ]
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Today's Daily Mail with all it's frothing partisanship and sneering implications is giving me mad rage.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/electio ... itain.html

Author:  TOTW [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:28 am ]
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Fuck sake. I fucking hate The Daily Mail so much.

Author:  TRC [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:57 pm ]
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Gene 'helps re-grow body parts' - nice going fella!

Scientists have discovered the gene that allows a worm to regenerate its own body parts after they are amputated.

The research into how Planarian worms can re-grow body parts - including a whole head and brain - could one day make it possible to regenerate old or damaged human organs and tissues, the University of Nottingham said.

The research, led by Dr Aziz Aboobaker, a Research Councils UK Fellow in the university's School of Biology, shows a gene called "Smed-prep" is essential for correctly regenerating a head and brain in Planarian worms.

The worms have the unusual ability to regenerate body parts, including a head and brain, following amputation.

They contain adult stem cells that are constantly dividing and can become all of the missing cell types.

They also have the right set of genes working to make this happen as it should so that when they re-grow body parts they end up in the right place and have the correct size, shape and orientation, the research showed.

The study is published today in the open access journal PLoS Genetics.

Dr Aboobaker said: "These amazing worms offer us the opportunity to observe tissue regeneration in a very simple animal that can regenerate itself to a remarkable extent and does so as a matter of course.

"We want to be able to understand how adult stem cells can work collectively in any animal to form and replace damaged or missing organs and tissues.

"Any fundamental advances in understanding from other animals can become relevant to humans surprisingly quickly."

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20100422/ts ... 158bc.html

Author:  ✝ĦЇϟ ℑϟ Ṳℛ ḎϴḠ [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:35 pm ]
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TRC wrote:
Gene 'helps re-grow body parts' - nice going fella!



first stop: extra penii.

Author:  Jon Horse [ Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:41 pm ]
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Oh, what might have been!


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8617971.stm

Author:  Shallowthing [ Fri Apr 23, 2010 1:35 pm ]
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Coolest girl of the week.

Even better, she looks like this:

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