A giant beetle with an inch-long horn is looking for love after sneaking into Britain - in a shipment of bananas. The elephant beetle - more at home in the rainforests of Costa Rica - is now fully grown at nearly five inches long. And time is ticking because elephant beetles - an endangered species - live for just four months. The creature arrived in a container shipment of bananas from Costa Rica to London and was handed to Linton Zoo, Cambs, by pest control officers last week. Zoo staff cannot tell his precise age but believe him to be full grown because he has a 4cm-long horn and weighs 35g. Linton Zoo director Kim Simmons said: "Billy needs to mate. He is showing all the signs and keeps displaying. He bobs up and down on his branch and taps on the ground. "He has been making the most of his new home and emits tiny mating calls. It's like he's saying 'here I am, come get me'." But the hunt for a female elephant beetle has so far drawn a blank. With news video. .
A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer's patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop. The bus stop, in front of the Benrath Senior Centre in the western city of Düsseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop, with one small difference: buses never stop there. The idea emerged after the centre was forced to rely on police to retrieve patients who wanted to return to their homes and families but had forgotten that in many cases neither existed any longer. "If we can’t find them then we have to alert the police," said Benrath's director Richard Neureither. "It can be particularly dangerous if this happens in winter and they spend the night out in the cold." "It sounds funny," said Old Lions Chairman Franz-Josef Goebel, "but it helps. Our members are 84 years-old on average. Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home." The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place. "We will approach them and say that the bus is coming later today and invite them in to the home for a coffee," said Mr Neureither. "Five minutes later they have completely forgotten they wanted to leave." The idea has proved so successful that it has now been adopted by several other homes across Germany.
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher or parents are tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them and don't do them again.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to all people. Chances are you’ll end up working for one. . .