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Win-win for America: Obama signs executive order to relocate Congress to Guantánamo Bay

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Making good on one of his key campaign promises, President Obama signed an executive order on Tuesday relocating the United States Congress to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The President seemed to relish signing the order, calling the relocation a "win-win for America," and indicating that Congress could be moved to its new headquarters "immediately."

"We don't envision doing any renovations to the facility down there," he said. "It is ready to house Congress right now."

The President did not specify what the current U.S. Capitol building would be used for in the future, but he hinted that it could be the setting for historic reënactments in the manner of Colonial Williamsburg.

Ice Cream Bar

Crow demands ice cream from vendor in India

An insistent crow paid a visit to an ice cream stand in India and refused to stop calling out until it was given one of the frozen treats.

Video of the crow's visit to an ice cream stand in Pondicherry shows the bird perched on the edge of the stand and calling out for the attention of the amused vendor.

The smiling vendor makes the crow wait for a moment before getting out a small cup of ice cream and a spoon.

The man uses the spoon to feed the crow ice cream a little bit at a time.

The uploader said the crow, which was caught on camera last fall, makes daily visits to the ice cream stand to get a beak-full of frozen goodness.


VR headset will allow Facebook users to fight to the death in the comment sections

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has today confirmed that one of the Oculus Rifts' biggest features will be to allow irate Facebook users battle it out to the death in the social network's many comment sections.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the billionaire CEO said the virtual reality headset will put 'keyboard warriors' right into the comment sections to 'battle it out', settling heated debates the 'good old fashioned way'.

"Allowing users to virtually fight one another was the number one request when we bought Oculus Rift two years ago," he said. "Now, people will be able to engage eachother in armed combat, instead of debating logically with words and wiki excerpts."

Not only will heated comment sections become more real and violent, users will be allowed to make virtual love to one another through their Facebook accounts.

"We are bringing back the poke," Mr Zuckerberg added. "And I don't mean a finger poke; if you know what I mean. Facebook users who are in a relationship will be able to perform sexual intercourse with one another, no matter where they are in the world."

Facebook's new VR headset is due to be launched later this year with a retail price of €130.


Retired British couple refuses to live in same time zone as their neighbours

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The Greenwich Shepherd Gate Clock at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich on March 26, 2012 in London, England
Pensioners Jim and Barabara Casey are rebelling against the government and living in a time zone of their own

Coming home from holiday can be a disappointment at the best of times.

The inevitable return to normal routine, colder climes and everyday life is cherished by few. However, one couple in Cumbria have taken the post-holiday blues to a whole other level, by bringing a new time zone home with them.

Following a holiday in Tenerife, Jim and Barbara Casey realised that they enjoyed being one hour ahead of GMT so much that they'd keep the time zone when they returned to the UK.

The couple have reset their clocks and fully committed to Tenerife time. They say that there are many perks to the practice, including getting the best seats in restaurants and avoiding crowds and traffic jams.

They've termed their practice WARP; Winter Adjustment for Retired People.

Mr Casey told The Daily Telegraph: "We find it great, it makes the day a bit longer. We are on continental time and we can never be late. There are so many benefits to it. When we go out to a restaurant here for lunch then there's nobody there so we get served first and get the best seats. We miss a lot of the rush hour traffic too and it means when we go shopping there's always somewhere to park."


Duck or rabbit?

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What do you see? A duck or a rabbit?
What do you see: a rabbit? or a duck?

More than a 100 years after it was first sketched, a drawing has sparked huge reaction after being shared on social media.

Some see a rabbit and others will see a duck - but are you able to see both alternatively?

What you see (and how fast you see it) could indicate how quickly your brain works - and how creative you are.

The duck-rabbit drawing was first used by American psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899 to make the point that perception is not only what one sees but also a mental activity.


John Oliver's takedown of voter ID laws

John Oliver's Last Week Tonight is back — with an incredible takedown of controversial voter ID laws from around the country.

"In recent years, some states have made voting easier — for instance, three states now hold their elections almost entirely by mail, and 30 states plus DC now let you register to vote online," Oliver said. "Sadly, others have gone in the opposite direction — because depending on who you are and where you live, you may face new obstacles to voting."

Specifically, Oliver looked at laws that require a photo ID to vote.

Blue Planet

Joy Camp: Conspiracy Guy sez 'the Earth is flat!'

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The Conspiracy Guy takes on some ballers.

Mr. Potato

Operation Jihadi Doubtfire: ISIS militants caught fleeing Iraq dressed as women

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A group of Islamic State (ISIS) militants were apprehended after trying to flee the city of Ramadi while dressed as women, according to Iraqi security officials.

"The terrorists had shaved their beards and dressed as women in a bid to fool our forces and escape the liberated city of Ramadi. However, they were all arrested before escaping the city," the Iraqi security command said in a statement obtained by ARA News.

The men's capture occurred after the Iraqi army announced Feb. 9 the "full liberation" of Ramadi from ISIS militants. "Our forces have pushed Daesh (ISIS) militants out of the city's outskirts. Ramadi is now under the full control of the army," Iraqi central command announced.

There are reportedly dozens of members of the terrorist group stranded inside Ramadi. "The militants who remained in the city are now trying to escape at any cost in order to avoid falling in the hands of the government forces," local media activist Fouad Al-Saddi told ARA News.
© Daily Mail, UK
"At least nine ISIS jihadis were detained on Wednesday while trying to flee the security checkpoints of the Iraqi forces in Ramadi suburb. They were all dressed as women," Al-Saddi added. Photos of two of the ISIS militants dressed as women were obtained by The Daily Mail, but the outlet has not been able to independently verify the images.

A similar occurrence happened in March 2015 when the Iraqi army captured 20 ISIS militants dressed as women in Baquba, The Jerusalem Post reported. The men, wearing robes and veils, had makeup on, wore dresses, and some women's bras. Not all of them shaved their facial hair, but they still applied eyeliner, eyeshadow and blush.


Nigerian astronaut lost in space needs $3m to get home

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The Anorak Inbox features this plea: Nigerian Astronaut is lost in space needs $3Million to come home

Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home
Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Plot 555
Misau Street
PMB 437
Garki, Abuja, FCT NIGERIA

Dear Mr. Sir,


I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.


Vatican puzzled as DNA tests show communion wafers contain 0% Christ

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The Vatican is this morning facing a further crisis after routine DNA tests revealed that the communion wafers used in Sunday mass contain 0% of the body and blood of Christ.

The findings are sure to pile further pressure on the ailing religious organisation, just days after their Chief Executive resigned citing 'personal reasons' and 'being a bit old'.