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Always read the label! New Zealand parents mistakenly feed their kids Scooby Snacks

WITHDRAWN: Pet food mistakenly fed to children.
More parents have admitted mistakenly trying to feed their children dog food after a pet snack pack featuring a well-known kids cartoon was put next to chips in a supermarket.

The store owners have apologised after dozens of horrified parents have said they bought the Scooby Snacks for their youngsters from the Whanganui Pak'n Save this week to eat at school and kindergarten.

They were shocked to discover the 30g individual carob snack treats were never intended for human consumption but were animal snacks.

Notices have gone up around Whanganui preschools and staff are checking lunchboxes to make sure children aren't eating the wrong food.


I was offended! Comedian Steve Hughes on the absurdity of political correctness

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Steve Hughes on the absurdity of political correctness.

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Bye Bye Chinglish: No more 'roasted husband' and 'fried Wikipedia' as China clamps down on mangled foreign-language translations

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Inventively mangled foreign-language versions of signs and menus have become an iconic feature of China, but the government is imposing a compulsory list of 3,500 common translated phrases for public use in a bid to rid the country of Chinglish.

Starting from December, the Standardisation Administration, Ministry of Education, and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine will issue a new guide, while encouraging sign-makers to "prioritize correct grammar" and avoid misleading direct translations.

Particular focus will be on translations that are offensive, discriminatory, or unpatriotic.

Life Preserver

Elephants spring into action to save drowning calf at South Korea zoo

© Chorong Park
If elephants never forget then this swift rescue of a drowning elephant calf by two adult elephants will be a lesson in pool safety the family of gentle giants will be sure to remember.

CCTV footage from the Grand Park Zoo in Seoul, South Korea, shows the calf playfully dunk its trunk into the large pool of water besides one of the adult elephants before falling into the enclosure pool.

The panicked adult elephant watched on helplessly as the calf struggled to keep its head and trunk above water. Another nearby adult elephant heard the splash and within seconds ran to its partner's side to join in on the rescue attempt.

Unable to reach the calf with their trunks, the two adult elephants dashed into the pool towards the calf and pushed it up against the side of the pool. From there, they were able to use their trunks to hold it up.


Jonathan Pie: Papering over poverty in austerity Britain

© Ben Jennings
In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster intrepid UK News reporter Jonathan Pie asks; is austerity putting lives in danger?

Warning: contains strong language


Californian man sets underpants on fire, prompts Walgreens evacuation

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A Modesto Walgreens (pictured above) was briefly evacuated on Saturday morning after a man set his underpants on fire in the store's bathroom.
A man set his underpants on fire in a Modesto Walgreens Saturday, prompting a storewide evacuation.

45-year-old Andrew Cheadle reportedly told Modesto police that he had an accident, and when he could not remove his underwear, he attempted to use a lighter to burn them off, according to the Modesto Bee.

Cheadle then tossed the burning underwear in a toilet, extinguishing the fire and generating enough smoke to fill the bathroom. The Walgreens, at Standiford Avenue and Carver Road, was evacuated shortly thereafter, at about 9:20 a.m.

The suspect exited the store after admitting to employees that he had started the fire. Police found and arrested him in a nearby neighborhood, but not but not on suspicion of the pants fire. According to the Bee, Cheadle had two felony warrants issued from Sacramento.


Satire - Study: AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell' more theologically accurate than 96% of modern worship songs

A recent survey performed by CCLI confirmed that AC/DC's hard rock classic "Highway to Hell" is more theologically accurate than 96% of the songs that most worship bands play on any given Sunday.

The study examined over 800 songs and compared their theology to the Scriptures, and found that the Australian rock group's 1979 classic was "significantly more accurate" than over 96% of them.

Heart - Black

Mark Steel: Wondering what the Tory-DUP deal will actually look like?

© Peter Brookes

During the Queen's Speech, instead of banging on the door of the Commons with his stick, Black Rod will march to Westminster Cathedral and use it to put the windows in

In 2015, every Conservative politician and newspaper screamed "Labour is planning an evil alliance to form a government, by talking to the SCOTTISH NATIONALIST PARTY!!" This would mean Alex Salmond could billet their pandas in our kitchens and they'll drain their lochs onto the M1 so you can only get to Luton by submarine, then we'll be forced to hand over our sunlight so Dundee gets the same amount in winter as Bournemouth.

Now we realise the reason they were so upset is because what you're supposed to do if you can't form a government is make an agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Unlike the SNP, who emit extremist ideas such as scrapping tuition fees and installing a new one-way system in Falkirk, the DUP offer moderate policies, such as strolls through built-up areas, joyfully singing about the day in 1682 when all local Catholics were fed to a tiger.

They've embraced inclusiveness in recent times, reaching out to a diverse group of white Presbyterian fundamentalists. And they've even made efforts to adopt some Catholic values, such as insisting abortion is a sin for which the Lord will exact mighty vengeance, raining down with unimaginable fury upon the heathen filthy dirty vermin who have anything to do with it. They don't even allow you forgiveness for confessing it, which shows how much effort they've made, by managing to be even more crackpot about it than the Vatican.

They're associated with a few quirky attitudes that some Catholics still object to, such as the statement often made by their founder, Ian Paisley, that the Pope is the anti-Christ. But to be fair he only ever said this quietly.

In any case, supporters of the Conservatives insist the influence of the DUP will be minimal. One way they've already changed things is Theresa May often refers now to the "Conservative and Unionist Party", which she rarely did before.

By next week she'll be saying "our team in the Brexit negotiations is strong and stable, especially ya wee man David Davis so he is. And my message to Jeremy Corbyn is 'will ye catch yerself on'."


Flock of geese 'bombed' Disneyland

© Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times
Disneyland at 60: the “happiest place on Earth,” but by no means the cheapest.
Seventeen people were struck by droppings from a flock of geese who were above a large group of people at Disneyland on Friday night.

Police and firefighters responded to Disneyland about 9 p.m. after a report of about 20 people being hit with "fecal matter," the Anaheim Police Department said in a tweet. But it was later determined the droppings came from a flock of geese overhead. Eleven adults and six juveniles were struck by the geese droppings.

The Orange County Register reported Disneyland provided a private restroom for the the affected people to clean up and also gave them clean clothes.


NYC Subway System Has Banned Dogs... Until People Got Creative

New York City's subway system has a rule banning dogs from riding. John and Lissette tell you how people are getting around that.

From an article in Inspire More: NYC Subway Banned Dogs Unless They Fit In A Bag, So These 15 Owners Got Creative.
When New York City decided to implement policies to ban large dogs from the subway system, pet parents decided to take things into their own hands. The rule stated that dogs must fit into a bag to be deemed travel worthy in the underground. Challenge accepted.

On the surface it seemed that any dog over 10 pounds would not make the cut, but these every resourceful city dwellers beat the system in the best way.