Friday, July 11, 2008

Going in Circles

Boys Best Friend

Church minister shames congregation by dressing as a bum

Churchgoers were left shamed after they ignored a bum who turned out to be their minister in disguise. The Rev Derek Rigby sat in the porch to his church as the congregation arrived for a Sunday service, hidden beneath a wig and scruffy clothes.

He then settled on a pew in the church surrounded by syringes and began drinking from a can of beer. But none of the worshipers at the Trinity Methodist Church in Prestatyn, North Wales, spoke to him or offered him any help.

The 51-year-old then took off his wig to reveal his true identity, before delivering a sermon based on the failure of the disciples to recognize Jesus Christ on the road to Emmaus after his resurrection. He said: "I told the congregation they are a stingy lot. Everyone was amazed and later complimented me on my acting skill, though some said I had made them feel terrible."
"Everyone was amazed and later complimented me on my acting skill, though some said I had made them feel terrible."
Describing how he avoided detection, he said: "I didn't shave for three days, made my hands and face dirty and drew on tattoos.
"I bought some scruffy clothes at a charity shop, ripped the trousers, and put on a straggly wig and thick, broken glasses. "I then splashed lager over my clothes so I was stinking.
"I looked in the mirror before the service and I didn't recognized myself."
Churchgoer John Sproston was one of the first to arrive at the service to see the "bum" on the doorstep.
He said: "We were all aghast when he took off his wig because he was very convincing."

Talking with sea lions

A Peruvian Rescue and rehabilitation team trains sea lions to re-enter the wild using unique methods. This video shows the astonishing bond that can develop between man and animal.

Elephant Turns To Highway Robbery To Feed Its Self.

Passengers on the National Highway 215 in Orissa have to deal with an unusual highway robber: an elephant which snatches food.
The elephant doesn’t allow any vehicle on a stretch of the National Highway pass through before taking its share of food. As a vehicle comes to a halt the elephant smells the baggage and takes the food away.

Dutch cat adopts abandoned red pandas

A Dutch tabby cat has adopted a red panda cub, which was abandoned by its mother at a zoo in the Netherlands. The adult panda, Gladys, rejected two cubs after they were born on 30 June. The Artis zoo in Amsterdam initially kept them both on an incubator.
But the zookeeper's cat had just given birth to four kittens, and allowed the pandas to join the litter. One of the cubs died last week. The red panda is an endangered species that lives in Himalayan regions in China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Burma.
There's a news video here.

Balloon Lumpfish

Tokyo, Japan: Balloon Lumpfish (Eumicrotremus pacificus) attach themselves to balloons at the Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium. The deep-sea fish have ventral sucker disks, which help them to cling to rocks in the water.