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Heron spotted using zebra crossing in Thamesmead, London


Large bird spotted using zebra crossing in Thamesmead
Is this a particularly safety-conscious Thamesmead heron?

The grey heron must have read the Green Cross Code and then decided to use the zebra crossing to navigate the busy Cannon Retail Park.

Twitter user @MrTaylan took the picture yesterday afternoon before adding: "What is it about birds in Thamesmead? Always just wandering around car parks."

This is not the first time Thamesmead has played host to interesting wildlife episodes.

An incredibly rare suacco heron was spotted in Crossness Nature Reserve in June 2007 while an equally uncommon Ferruginous duck sent twitchers crazy in West Lake near Morrisons in February 2012.

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Child draws on dad's passport, dad can't leave South Korea


Seoul - A four-year-old Chinese boy managed to get hold of his father's passport, and apparently thought it needed an artist's touch. Unfortunately for the father, the budding Rembrandt has left him stranded in South Korea for unrecognizable documentation.

The father, known only by media resources as Chen, had taken his family on a trip to South Korea when he left his passport out for his son's eager hands to find.

The toddler found a black marker and covered the pages of his father's passport with various doodles including landscapes, animals, and flowers. He also altered his father's photo by adding a beard, a lion's mane, and darkening the eyes.
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'No way to prevent this,' says only nation where this regularly happens

UCSB
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ISLA VISTA, CA - In the days following a violent rampage in southern California in which a lone attacker killed seven individuals, including himself, and seriously injured over a dozen others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Tuesday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place.

Comment: Maybe they could stop handing out mind-altering drugs like candy?

Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one thing in common, and it isn't weapons.

Magic Wand

Stephen Colbert satire: Pope Francis, Jesus, and God are foreigners, socialists

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On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert began by reminding his audience that he's the nation's more prominent Catholic. "My faith is so strong," he said, "doctors have actually called it a Messiah complex."

"I'm also America's foremost capitalist," he continued. "I love the Invisible Hand of the market so much, I let it get to third base." Which is why he was disturbed to learn that Pope Francis had called capitalism "a new tyranny" predicated on "the idolatry of money."

"I would never worship money," Colbert argued. "The dollar isn't worth the paper it's printed on. That's why I've invested everything in golden calf futures."

"But as a Catholic," he said, "I try to give the Pope the benefit of the doubt, as does Bill O'Reilly."
Target

Amazing coincidence! Missing pigeon 'homes' in on family member

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Krys Holmes holds Foresta, her daughter's pet pigeon, after it caused a bit of chaos at Central School when it flew into town to find her owner.
Central-Linc Elementary School Principal Vanessa Nasset and teacher Rob Freistadt were walking outside their school Wednesday when the two were attacked by a pigeon.

"I hear this bird flapping its wings behind us. I start screaming and it lands on Rob's head," the principal said.

When the pigeon wouldn't budge, Nasset knew something strange was happening. But they had no idea the bird was the missing pet of one of the elementary school's students, or that it had apparently flown 15 miles to get there, despite having never visited Helena before.
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So you think RT is an organ of Kremlin propaganda? Watch this!

Juice News: Crimea - media war games (ft. Abby Martin)

Join Robert Foster, caught squarely in the crossfire as he attempts to navigate the salvos, and find some underlying truth.

It's Mutually-Assured Mass-Media Destruction: Crimedia Wars - and the stakes are high - who will win the War of Perception? It's Juice Rap News, in the thick of it, as usual... Hysteria Is Happening.

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Goat reunited with donkey best friend at animal sanctuary


It sounds like the plot of a Disney cartoon.

A depressed goat at an animal sanctuary in California went on hunger strike for six days until he was reunited with its best friend - a donkey.

Mr. G, the goat, and Jellybean, the donkey, were separated after welfare officers in Southern California seized animals who were forced to live in atrocious conditions, according to KTVU. Despite being rescued at the same time, Mr. G and Jellybean were sent to different sanctuaries, much to the disgust of the goat.

Mr. G spent six days in the corner of his new pen at the Animal Place Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley and refused to eat anything. The 10-year-old goat was depressed.

Desperate to make him happier, the staff decided to track down Jellybean.
Gold Coins

6 hidden treasures that are still waiting to be found (maybe by you?)

If you've ever wanted to be a real-life Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, there are a few places you can start looking today.

With so many legends of lost riches out there, it's easy to think that treasure could be found just about anywhere. Consult a treasure seeking forum for just a few moments and you'll realize that even right now, sweet loot may be hiding somewhere just a short trip away.

It's impossible to know if a treasure legend is true until the riches are actually found, but below is a roundup of lost riches that actually seem worth hunting for. Continue on, treasure seekers, as the potential greatest finds of a generation are just below.
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SATIRE: 'Inbred' Prince Charles behaves like Joffrey from Game Of Thrones, says Putin

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RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin came back at comments made by Prince Charles earlier likening him to Hitler, stating that the monarch was behaving like Joffrey from Game Of Thrones.

Mr. Putin launched the scathing attack on the prince after he was reported to have told a woman how his Crimean actions were no different to the Nazi leaders in world war two.

"Who is this inbred to liken me to such a man." said the Russian leader earlier. "Isn't his father a Nazi lover? This is like a pot calling a kettle black. He is nothing more than a want to be child king, like Joffrey from Game of Thrones. Him and his manlike wife should stick to what they are good at -spending their kingdoms money."
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Climate science in chaos due to shortage of scary synonyms

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Experts in the world's only settled science are up in arms today as a blunder committed by a staunch ally threatens their efforts to raise taxes and save the planet.

On a recent visit to Washington DC, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told President Obama and Secretary of Climate John Kerry, "we have 500 days to avoid climate chaos." The remarks came less than a week after the White House released its 829 page National Climate Assessment which introduced the term "climate disruption."

"That French cretin wasn't supposed to use 'climate chaos' yet!" screamed a government-funded climate scientist at a leading research facility, as he was polishing his hockey stick. "We just started using 'climate disruption' last week and hadn't even come close to getting all the money and regulations we wanted from it yet. Dammit!"

His colleague, a computer scientist, who was busy cooking fudge to mix with temperature data, concurred: "Fabius ruined our best new synonym by springing it far too early. The only good one we have left to use is 'catastrophe.' Good synonyms don't grow on trees, you know. Thanks to morons like him, nothing else will either!"
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