Saturday, June 28, 2008

After the Floods in the Midwest

Funny Animals

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Can You See Me Now?

Boy beats asthma by playing euphonium

A nine-year-old boy has beaten asthma by taking up the euphonium.
Ryan Harrison, was diagnosed with the condition as a baby, and would get breathless when just standing and talking.
But six months after beginning lessons on the brass instrument, which looks like a small version of a tuba, his symptoms have diminished.
His mother, Marie Johnson, 32, said: "He began playing at the beginning of the year, and within a couple of weeks his breathlessness completely disappeared. Since then he has had no wheezing at all.
"I've heard of wind instruments helping children with asthma and I think it has helped Ryan manage his breathing and strengthened the muscles in his diaphragm.
"He still has sinus problems and sounds bunged up, but the wheezing has stopped."

In the News

Eight-year-old caught up in birthday card outrage
A second grader in Lund in southern Sweden was forced to take back his birthday party invitations because he hadn’t invited all the students in his class.Two students were left off the invitation list, prompting the boy’s teacher to confiscate all the invitations.The boy’s father has filed a complaint with Sweden’s Ombudsman of Justice (JO), which is now looking into the matter."We think it’s an interesting case," said JO’s Carl-Gustaf Tyrblom to Sydsvenskan.According to school rules, if a student plans to distribute invitations on school grounds, he or she must invite the entire class, or none at all.Alternatively, invitations can be sent to all the boys, or all the girls, but simply leaving two students out is not acceptable.
The two-year-old boy who will only eat yoghurt
A two-year-old boy has driven his parents to despair by refusing to eat any food apart from yoghurt.
Little Bobby Glarvey eats his way through 14 pots of his favourite dairy food every day and refuses to eat anything else that his parents put in front of him.
The toddler has been diagnosed with a rare food phobia that means he can't bear to have any lumpy food in his mouth.
Parents Craig Glarvey, 28, and Sally Green 33, even have an extra fridge - just to store Bobby's mountain of yoghurts.
The couple , from Warmsworth, Doncaster, have a daughter Cameron , seven, who has always been a normal eater.
Bobby's mother, a child minder said : "We have tried all ways to get him to eat other food but he just spits it out. He's never had a hot meal in his life.
"We have had advice from a child psychologist who says we shouldn't worry and eventually he should grow out of it. In the meantime we have to let him decide what he wants to eat, so long as he eats something it doesn't matter."
Bobby's daily diet starts with five pots of yoghurt for breakfast , followed by another three for lunch and four for his evening meal. His day finishes with two or three more for his supper.
Boy, 4, swaps toys for lawn mower
A boy from Cornwall is shunning trips to the toy shop in favour of regular DIY store visits to indulge his growing obsession with lawn mowers.
Samuel Buswell,four, began showing an interest in the machines a year ago.
Now every Saturday he insists on visiting B&Q at Penryn where he knows every detail of the mowers on sale.
"He can look at the display and can instantly tell which mowers are missing and have been sold and which are new," said his mother Natalie.
Fake Speed Bumps Create Optical Illusion, Driver Confusion
Cathy Campbell did a double-take and tapped the brakes when she spotted what appeared to be a pointy-edged box lying in the road just ahead.
She got fooled.
It was a fake speed bump, a flat piece of blue, white and orange plastic that is designed to look like a 3-D pyramid from afar when applied to the pavement.
The optical illusion is one of the latest innovations being tested around the country to discourage speeding.
"It cautions you to slow down because you don't know what you are facing," Campbell said.