Sunday News

News of the Week – 5th Issue

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds sets new world record:

Britain’s Ellie Simmonds set a new world record to retain her Paralympic S6 400m freestyle title in London. The 17-year-old swimmer touched the finish-line just a little before the previous record holder American, Victoria Arlen, becoming the fastest Paralympic swimmer.

Erin DiMeglio could be the first female quarterback in Florida:

Erin DiMeglio, a third-string quarterback for South Plantation High School in Plantation, Florida, took the field last week in the last ten minutes of the school’s final pre-season game. If she does the same in the school’s regular season, she’ll become the first female quarterback playing high school football in Florida.

Chocolate linked to reduce risk of stroke:

Sorry ladies, apparently this only applies to men. Researchers in Sweden found that eating a moderate amount of chocolate every week was associated with a reduced rate of stroke incidents. The study is based on a questionnaire done by 37,103 Swedish men assessing their consumption of food and drink.

Thousands of people throwing tomatoes at each other:

Tens of thousands of people took part in the annual battle called Tomatina festival that turns Spanish town of Bunol into a red mush every year. This year estimated 40,000 people were covering themselves with 120 tonnes of tomatoes.

Facebook addicts are more likely to be women:

And apparently it’s all down to the genes. Scientists over at the University of Bonn have uncovered new evidence of a genetic variant linked to internet addiction, and the link occurred most frequently in women. So ladies, let the men eat the chocolate, and keep on surfing the Internet and blame it on the genes.

British family digs out a medieval well under their living room floor:

The Steer family, from Plymouth, in southwest England, had often wondered over the past 25 years what was causing part of their living room floor to dip. Finally the curiosity took over and they found a weel under the floor. Though the exact date of the well is unknown, it appears it was built in the 16th Century.

This last news gives me the creeps, reminds me of a movie the Ring. I’d move out of that house as soon as possible and as far as possible.

With warm hugs and gentle thuds – Keri

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