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Just when you think you know someone.....

Man sentenced for using sexual recordings as blackmail
1 Nov, 2018 9:21am
By: Melissa Nightingale
NZ Herald reporter based in Wellington


A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced for a "very perplexing" case in which he had sexual contact with another man then blackmailed him with video recordings.

Duncan Mackenzie Campbell, 44, was living as a transgender woman in September 2016 when he met the victim on a dating and fetish website, Judge Ian Mill said in the Wellington District Court this morning.

Campbell has earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail and appeared this morning for sentencing.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

"You invited the victim to meet at your home. That occurred and sexual activity was engaged in," Judge Mill said.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/arti ... d=12152555


I worked closely with Duncan for about eighteen Months, driving him to work and back for most of that time. I would never have guessed he had said yes to the dress, let alone the blackmail.....


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In North Lopham, Norfolk, UK, this house is for sale for 490,000 British pounds. It's been on the market since last April but it's not selling... possibly because of the graveyard in the front garden.

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Man sentenced for using sexual recordings as blackmail
1 Nov, 2018 9:21am
By: Melissa Nightingale
NZ Herald reporter based in Wellington


A Lower Hutt man has been sentenced for a "very perplexing" case in which he had sexual contact with another man then blackmailed him with video recordings.

Duncan Mackenzie Campbell, 44, was living as a transgender woman in September 2016 when he met the victim on a dating and fetish website, Judge Ian Mill said in the Wellington District Court this morning.

Campbell has earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of blackmail and appeared this morning for sentencing.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

"You invited the victim to meet at your home. That occurred and sexual activity was engaged in," Judge Mill said.

Photos and video were taken of the encounter.

"There is no illegality or offence committed in any of that activity, but what happened next of course is the subject of the charge."

On September 10, Campbell started texting the victim demanding cigarettes and alcohol. Over the next few days he warned the victim he needed to pay $1000, or Campbell would share the recordings with the victim's friends and family on Facebook.

After an argument, Campbell then upped the price to $1200, which the victim withdrew and left at Campbell's house.

A few days later, Campbell sent a further message demanding another $1000, which the victim was unable to provide.

Campbell contacted the victim's family on Facebook, though he did not send the recordings.

According to the pre-sentence report, there is a dispute over whether the initial $1000 was payment for services rendered, or not.

Judge Mill took the view that the victim was owed $1200 back.

"There have been a significant amount of emotional consequences for the victim, who obviously felt at your mercy so far as what you would do was concerned," he said.

"The anguish that he suffered is well demonstrated in the victim impact statement."

Judge Mill said Campbell had struggled with alcoholism.

He sentenced him to six months of community detention with a daily curfew of 9pm-6am, and 18 months of intensive supervision. He also ordered him to pay reparation of $1200.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/arti ... d=12152555


I worked closely with Duncan for about eighteen Months, driving him to work and back for most of that time. I would never have guessed he had said yes to the dress, let alone the blackmail.....

Shite that was a bit close to home :smoke:


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In local a cement truck broke down a few blocks from here - causing all the cement to pour out and the truck getting stuck in the cement it was transporting.

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Lean, mean, grass-cutting machine: Honda breaks record for fastest lawnmower acceleration
Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY Published 11:58 a.m. ET June 11, 2019

Look out lawn care lovers, there’s a new mower on the block.

And it’s really, really fast.

Honda’s new Mean Mower V2 broke the Guinness World Record for a lawnmower to go from zero to 100 mph, with a time of 6.29 seconds. At top speed, the mower can reach 150.99 mph, according to Honda.

For perspective, the average riding lawnmower travels at 5 to 6 mph, says Davis Adams, a spokesman for Honda. At a light jog, your push mower might reach 3 to 4 mph.
The record-breaking happened at the Dekra Lausitzring racetrack near Dresden, Germany on May 6.

The record-breaking happened at the Dekra Lausitzring racetrack near Dresden, Germany on May 6. (Photo: Honda)

The record was set May 7 at the Dekra Lausitzring, a race track near Dresden, Germany, with an experienced racer and stunt driver, Jess Hawkins, in the driver’s seat.

To meet the Guinness World Records qualifications, the mower had to record the same run in both directions within an hour, with the average acceleration of the two runs taken as the official time.

Honda also had to ensure the mower had grass-cutting capabilities and still “looked” like a functional lawnmower, Adams says.

Adams said the Mean Mower V2 is not commercially available to lawn aficionados hoping to cut their own grass at record speeds.

Unveiled in summer 2018, the Mean Mower V2 set out to build on the original Mean Mower’s success, which became the world’s fastest lawnmower in 2014 when it hit a speed of 116.87 mph. Since then, Honda and Team Dynamics, a British Touring Car Championship partner, used computer-aided design, bespoke parts and 3D printing to create the newest version.

Powering the Mean Mower V2 is the same 999cc, four-cylinder engine as the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, also made by Honda. The engine produces 200 horsepower at 13,000 rpm.

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New trend among Japanese is to rent cars - but not drive them
08:42, July 8th, 2019

Perplexed at why many of their rental cars were not racking up any mileage, Japanese rental firms were taken aback to discover that many of their customers are using them as a quiet place to escape from the pressures of daily life.

Instead of using the car they have booked to get from point A to point B, many customers just want a private space for an hour or so, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Orix Auto Corp and Times24 Co, two of Japan's largest rental car firms, realised last summer that as many as one in eight of their hire cars were not actually travelling anywhere after being reserved and paid for.

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The ubiquitous Toyota Corolla may be the world's most well-known rental car. Which also means they are probably being used for naps, as storage lockers and offices in Japan.

A survey of users showed that some were booking a car so they could have a nap during their lunch break, away from the disapproving scrutiny of their bosses.

One businessman admitted that he preferred to work from the car and would set up an "office" in the front seat. Another user left bags in a car when he could not find a coin locker in a railway station and needed to leave his luggage somewhere.

One harassed man said he hired a car so he could sit and eat his packed lunch in peace as he could not find anywhere else to sit.

Most of the non-driving car users said they chose to hire a vehicle because they were comfortable and cheap - a mere Y400 (NZ$5.50) for 30 minutes - and available 24 hours a day, while even small railway stations now have unmanned rental car parking areas where anyone can reserve and pay for a vehicle through their mobile phone.

A similar study by NTT Docomo, which also operates a car hire service, found that while most people who did not drive anywhere were using the vehicles for a nap, others also wanted to use them as a place to meet friends for a chat or as a quiet place to watch television.

More one-off reasons included to get changed to attend a Halloween party, to practice karaoke, for an English-language class and even to do facial stretches in private, NTT said.


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RCMP Apologizes After Streaming Press Conference on Double Slaying With Cat Filter Activated
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia have apologized after livestreaming a press conference on the murder of an American woman and an Australian man on Facebook Live with an augmented reality “cat filter” turned on, per the Daily Beast.

According to BuzzFeed News, Sergeant Janelle Shoihet said during the conference on Friday that police had determined the deaths of 24-year-old North Carolina woman Chynna Noelle Deese and her 23-year-old Australian boyfriend, Lucas Robertson Fowler, were “suspicious.” The couple was found shot and killed near their 1986 Chevrolet van alongside Highway 97 on July 15, with Canadian authorities calling for anyone who saw the couple, the van, or were in the area at the time to contact them for help with the investigation.

According to the Daily Beast, the British Columbia division of the RCMP apologized after leaving the cat filter on during the broadcast, with Shoihet later pointing to “technical difficulties” after re-recording it. The RCMP said on Twitter that they had accidentally left on “an automatic setting.”


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Surveillance Video: Rider Defecating On Property Near Ragbrai Route
Posted 9:21 pm, July 25, 2019, by Jerad Giottonini, Updated at 09:23PM, July 25, 2019

https://whotv.com/2019/07/25/surveillance-video-rider-defecating-on-property-near-ragbrai-route/

ADAIR, Iowa-- It’s one of the best bike rides in the nation, giving riders a beautiful view of the Iowa countryside.

However, many people living along the Ragbrai route say they're getting a view they didn't expect.

There were at times 30,000 cyclists taking part and bathrooms were apparently in short supply.

That led to many homeowners finding out Ragbrai riders aren't modest.

"She felt like she owned my property she walked right up without any hesitation looked both ways, stretched her back leaned up against the back of my trailer and did her thing," Adair resident John Eidmann said.

Monday, John Eidmann caught a Ragbrai rider on a home surveillance camera.

“I was shocked actually because I didn't know if someone was trying to break into our house," Eidmann said. “Lack of respect for private ownership it’s a trespassing violation".

Eidmann says his home was two blocks away from public restrooms.

“There was plenty of porta potties in town and I never saw any lines when I was there," Eidmann said.

Ragbrai left Adair and pedaled West to the small town of Anita.

“I was excited to see the bikers come through," Anita resident Chanel Edwards said.

But Chanel Edward's excitement quickly turned into disgust.

“A little further down we notice someone taking a number two in a tree, and by the time I got over there the person just wiped and ran away," Edwards said.

Edwards says more than 20 different riders used a cluster of trees in her backyard as a restroom.

“I was just so appalled by their actions, I guess I was raised on respect, and that's not something you do to someone else's land," Edwards said.

Although Eidmann says there were some disrespectful riders this year.

Ragbrai isn't all bad.

“It brings a lot of revenue into these small towns that are dwindling because of lack of business," Eidmann said.

The Director of Ragbrai TJ Juskiewicz says he was too busy to issue Channel 13 News a formal statement but says in short, “I apologize for the "few bad apples," and riders have no excuse for not using the restrooms provided by Ragbrai".


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Franky Zapata: Flyboard inventor fails in cross-Channel bid

A French inventor has failed in his attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered flyboard.
Franky Zapata, a former jet-ski champion, had been hoping to cross from northern France to southern England in just 20 minutes.
But the 40-year-old fell into the water halfway across as he tried to land on a boat to refuel.
He took off from near Calais on Thursday morning and was heading for St Margaret's Bay in Dover.
Mr Zapata was not injured when he fell and later announced he was planning a second bid to fly across the Channel next week.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49108632

Next time maybe he'll try some Aunt Jemima syrup and some cardboard wings covered with Kaiser broiler foil.

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He thought he might lose his job. So he brought an emotional support clown to work.

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https://beta.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/09/13/he-thought-he-might-lose-his-job-so-he-brought-an-emotional-support-clown-work/

A man in New Zealand was called into a work meeting and feared the worst. So he hired an emotional support clown to join him.

For Joshua Jack, the suspicion he might lose his job was right on the nose.

Speaking to Newshub NZ on a video call, Jack confirmed his employer, advertising agency FCB, let him go this week. But having Joe the clown along for the ride definitely “lightened the mood,” he said.

When his supervisors scheduled the meeting, he said he “thought it’s either a promotion or worse."

“I thought it’s best to bring in a professional and so I paid $200 and hired a clown,” he added.

By the time the meeting was over, Jack didn’t have a job. But he did have two balloon animals: a unicorn and a poodle.

The process to blow them up and shape them got “rather noisy,” he said, and the meeting attendees “had to tell [Joe the clown] to be quiet from time to time.”

FCB could not immediately be reached for comment. But the New Zealand Herald obtained a photograph showing a man with his face blurred out sitting in an office next to a clown, who is wearing, well, a clown outfit, and what appears to be an inflatable hat. The clown reportedly also mimed crying expressions as Jack went over the paperwork describing his termination.
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When asked by Newshub NZ how his former colleagues reacted, Jack said they “thought it spiced up the meeting.”
...he has since found a new job and starts next week, he told Newshub NZ. The Post has been unable to confirm if Joe the clown will be by his side on his first day.


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Trumbull Co. sheriff’s deputies pull over Amish buggy with stereo system
Deputies said the men riding in it were drinking alcohol and had a 12-pack on top of the buggy

https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/trumbull-co-sheriffs-deputies-pull-over-amish-buggy-with-stereo-system/
Posted: Sep 16, 2019 / 03:17 PM EDT / Updated: Sep 17, 2019 / 08:17 AM EDT
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NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Deputies said they pulled over an Amish buggy complete with alcohol and a stereo system early Sunday morning.

Just before 1 a.m., Trumbull County sheriff’s deputies said they saw two Amish men drinking alcohol while riding on the back of a horse and buggy.

The deputies said there was a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra on top of the buggy.

They pulled the buggy over at Donley and Mahan Parker Roads in North Bloomfield, Ohio.

Deputies said the people riding in it ran out into the trees while the horse continued down the road.

There were several open bottles of alcohol in the buggy, as well as a radio sound system, deputies said.

The buggy was towed and deputies found someone to take care of the horse until the owner comes forward.
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Police identify woman suspected of stealing mail truck, crashing into TriMet lift bus
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PORTLAND, Ore. – Friday morning, the Portland Police Department identified the woman who they say stole a mail truck and crashed it into a TriMet lift bus Thursday afternoon.

Monique Cortez-Munos, 23, is facing charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, mail theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempt to elude a police officer on foot, reckless driving, reckless arrest, interfering with a police officer, failure to perform duties of a driver for an injury accident, and failure to perform duties of a driver for property damage. She was booked in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

The driver of the lift bus was injured in the crash, but is expected to survive.

Officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at around 12:15 p.m. in the 16100 block of Southeast Alder Street.

Police say the woman stole the mail truck, then drove it north, hitting the bus near Northeast Wasco Street and Northwest 162nd Avenue. Then, she kept going.

Cortez-Munos reportedly lost control of the vehicle while going around a curve. The mail truck hopped a curb, drove over a small tree and hit a lamp post, causing the mail truck to roll. The truck came to a stop at the intersection of Northeast 155th Avenue and Northeast Fremont Street.

Police say Cortez-Munos ran 12 blocks, across Northeast Sandy Boulevard before she was taken into custody.

Investigators have not said how Cortez-Munos stole the truck, but they did say she appeared to be impaired. She was taken to a hospital before she was booked.

The mail inside the truck will be delivered Friday.

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Police: Topless woman steals mail truck, hits bus, flips
The topless woman was taken to the hospital
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Posted: Oct 3, 2019 / 01:38 PM PDT / Updated: Oct 4, 2019 / 08:08 AM PDT
https://www.koin.com/news/crashes/stolen-us-mail-truck-hits-trimet-bus-flips/

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A topless woman is accused of stealing a U.S. Postal truck and hitting a TriMet passenger bus before flipping and crashing in Northeast Portland.

Police said Monique Cortez-Munos stole the USPS truck from the 1600 block of Southeast Alder Street just after noon on Thursday. She drove away and hit the bus near Northeast Wasco and 162nd.

Three people, including the driver, were on the TriMet bus at the time of the crash, TriMet officials told KOIN 6 News. The passengers weren’t hurt. The driver wasn’t seriously hurt but did ask for medical help.

The woman kept driving and as police tried to stop her the truck flipped and crashed near Northeast 155th and Fremont. Police said she tried to run away but was taken into custody after a 12-block foot chase.

Cortez-Munos faces charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude police in a vehicle, mail theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, attempting to elude an officer on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest, interfering with a police officer and failure to perform the duties of a driver.


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'Not One Drop Of Blood': Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon
October 8, 20191:28 PM ET
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The crumpled carcass of a bull lies on U.S. Forest Service ground. It was among several killed and mutilated this summer in eastern Oregon.

In the early morning light, dust from hooves creates a fog at Silvies Valley Ranch in remote eastern Oregon. Cowboys whistle and talk low to their eager herding dogs. They're moving the cattle from one vast, sage-studded range to another.

Five young purebred bulls mysteriously showed up dead on the ranch this past summer, drained of blood and with body parts precisely removed.

The ranch's vice president, Colby Marshall, drives his truck down a U.S. Forest Service road.

"Then we'll get out and take a little walk to where one of the bulls was found. And the carcass is still there," Marshall says.

Coming upon one of the dead bulls is an eerie scene. The forest is hot and still, apart from a raven's repeating caw. The bull looks like a giant, deflated plush toy. It smells. Weirdly, there are no signs of buzzards, coyotes or other scavengers. His red coat is as shiny as if he were going to the fair, but he's bloodless and his tongue and genitals have been surgically cut out.

Marshall says these young livestock were just reaching their top value as breeding bulls. The animals are worth around $6,000 each. And since these were breeding bulls, hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of future calves were lost too.

Finding these young Herefords in this remote country can sometimes take the ranch's experienced cowboys days. Ranch staff members are now required to ride in pairs and are encouraged to carry arms.

"It's rugged," Marshall says. "I mean this is the frontier. If some person, or persons, has the ability to take down a 2,000-pound range bull, you know, it's not inconceivable that they wouldn't have a lot of problems dealing with a 180-pound cowboy."

Theories abound

Harney County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Jenkins has been working the cattle cases and has gotten dozens of calls from all over offering tips and suggestions.

"A lot of people lean toward the aliens," Jenkins says. "One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. 'Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height."

Jenkins says the cases have been tough, with little evidence and no credible leads.

On his whiteboard, he has a running list scrawled in green marker with the top theories. What's clear: It isn't bears, wolves, cougars or poisonous plants. Nor were the animals shot.

The FBI won't confirm or deny that it's looking into the multiple slaughters.

Two years ago and 200 miles south, near New Princeton, Ore., one of Andie Davies' cows was also found cut up and bloodless.

She and her husband drove concentric circles around the corpse, but they never found any tracks.

And in this dusty country, "everything you do leaves tracks," Davies says.

Back in the 1980s, one of Terry Anderson's mother cows was mysteriously killed overnight. Standing at his ranch near Pendleton, Ore., Anderson points to the exact spot where he found her on top of a mountain.

He remembers his cow lying dead, her udder removed with something razor sharp.

"And not one drop of blood anywhere," Anderson says.

He has never gotten over it.

"It's just left a really strange feeling with me since that day. You can't explain it," Anderson says. "And, you know, no one else has been able to explain it."

The Harney County Sheriff's Office continues to field calls on the killings. And Silvies Valley Ranch has put up a $25,000 reward for information that could solve the case.


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'Jesus Shoes' filled with holy water and worth more than $2000 sell out in minutes

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A pair of shoes which have been dubbed a "collaboration" with Jesus Christ have sold out within minutes of dropping online.

The repurposed Nike Air Max 97 sneaks, injected with holy water from the Jordan River, were created by New Yorkdesign company MSCHF.

About two dozen pairs of "Jesus Shoes", worth $1425 (NZ$2250) a pop, went on sale on Tuesday, and almost immediately sold out. They have now been listed on the resale website StockX for US$4000.

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The kicks are loaded with references to the Lord and Saviour.

An unmodified pair of Air Max 97s cost about US$160. Nike was not involved with the project.

MSCHF head of commerce Daniel Greenberg told the New York Post they wanted to make a statement about "how absurd collab culture has gotten", following a partnership between Adidas and Arizona Iced Tea.

They started with one of history's most influential figures, he said.

"We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?"

As well as the holy water in the soles, the shoes are scented with frankincense and feature a crucifix in the laces, as well as a spot of red on the tongue to represent the blood of Christ.

They also reference the Bible verse Matthew 14:25, about Jesus walking on water.


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For April 1st 2014, a group of local pranksters published concept art for a new building to erected under the pen name "Condom Anonymous". The pen name should give you an idea of what the building looks like.

To those of you lacking in imagination, here it is:
http://www.skyline-eindhoven.nl
http://cheops.cc/interactive-architecture/

Flash forward to 2019. In the days of fake news, discovering what is real and what isn't has become hard (grunt). The supermarket chain Albert Heijn decided to issue localised plastic bags - if you buy one in Eindhoven, it'll have silhouettes of prominent Eindhoven buildings... like the condom April Fool's joke building.

https://www.omroepbrabant.nl/nieuws/308 ... supermarkt

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Idaho man runs mile while juggling blindfolded for Guinness record
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Oct. 29 (UPI) -- An Idaho man set two Guinness World Records when he ran a mile in 7 minutes, 54.22 seconds while blindfolded and juggling.

David Rush, who has more than 130 Guinness titles to his name, said Guinness told him no one had completed a blindfolded juggling mile before, and the time to beat was set by the record-keeping organization at 8 minutes, 35 seconds.

Rush said his support team included two runners whose footsteps helped him stay on course and a cyclist behind him shouting out his position on the road so he didn't veer off one side or the other.

Guinness required Rush to stop every time he dropped a ball and go back to that spot to resume the run, leading to some time being lost for multiple drops -- mostly stemming from trouble accelerating from other drops.

Rush, who uses his record attempts to promote STEM education, also beat his own record for furthest distance traveled on foot while juggling blindfolded. He went from the 0.25 mile mark to the 0.6 mile mark without dropping the ball, sextupling his previous record of 100 yards.

Rush said the mile was the "most impossible" record he has attempted to date.


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Funeral in Germany ends on a high as hash cake accidentally served

Investigation reveals restaurant employee’s teenage daughter baked cannabis sweet for separate occasion


Police say a funeral in eastern Germany ended on an involuntary drug high when mourners were accidentally served hash cake.

Rostock police said on Tuesday that after the burial in Wiethagen, the funeral party had gone to a restaurant for coffee and cake, as is customary in Germany. But after eating the cake, 13 people experienced nausea and dizziness and needed medical treatment.

A police investigation revealed that the restaurant employee in charge of the cakes had asked her 18-year-old daughter to bake them.

However, the mother accidentally took the wrong cake from the freezer to the funeral. She took a hash cake that the teenager had made for a different occasion.

Police said the 18-year-old was under investigation.

The incident happened in August but was not made public earlier out of respect for the mourners.

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The Valley of the Cheese of the Dead
In this remote Swiss town, residents spent a lifetime aging a wheel for their own funeral.

by Molly McDonough October 24, 2019

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/most-unusual-cheese-switzerland


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This wheel of cheese was likely a lot larger 149 years ago, but has shriveled due to moisture loss.

Imagine setting aside a wheel of cheese at your wedding. What would it look like if it were served at your funeral?

If you were lucky, it would look like one of the wheels in Jean-Jacques Zufferey’s basement in Grimentz, Switzerland: shriveled and brown, pockmarked from decades of mite and mouse nibbles, and hard as a rock. You’d need an axe to slice it open and strong booze to wash it down. This is the rare cheese you don’t want to cut into when it’s aged to perfection. A fossilized funeral cheese means you lived a long life.

Zufferey’s home, high in the Swiss mountains of Val d’Anniviers, is one of the last places you’ll find evidence of this peculiar practice—of keeping a wheel of cheese to be eaten at your funeral.

The Val d’Anniviers, which snakes up the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps, is a case study in how mountains isolate valleys and villages, breeding unique traditions. When Swiss anthropologist Yvonne Preiswerk first arrived to conduct fieldwork here, she noted strange funeral rituals reminiscent of ancient Egypt.

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Old wheels are stacked on their sides. Since they're completely firm, they won't lose their shape.

“We are struck by … a special kind of mountain Catholicism,” she wrote in the 1992 paper “Death, the Priest, the Woman and the Cow: Chronicle of Research in the Village.” In centuries previous, she explained, visitors appalled by these pagan practices had labeled the locals “barbaric,” positing that they’d descended from the Huns.

The rituals that shocked them involved a mix of death and cheese. It seems an unlikely pairing, but the landscape offers an explanation. Along the valley’s winding road to the small mountain village of Grimentz, isolated villages cling to the cliffs in the shadows of craggy, glaciated peaks. The ground is rocky and steep. Growing seasons are short and winters are long. To survive the cold, villagers had to preserve nutrient-dense food.

That’s why residents of Grimentz, like people elsewhere in the Alps, breed bovines adapted to the steep landscape, bringing them to high pasture in summer to graze. Pooling abundant summer milk, they make giant wheels of cheese.

To render the wheels sturdy, cheesemakers “cook” the curds to firm them, and press them to expel as much whey as possible. Moisture and heat cause spoilage, speeding up a cheese’s aging process; in the dry, cold mountain air, these cheeses age slowly. While aging can continue for years, most Alpine wheels tend to reach peak ripeness—still pliable, but with plenty of flavor—months later, during the worst of winter when, historically, little else was available. Sliced onto rye bread or melted fireside, cheese ensured a calorie source in winter.

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The village of St Luc and the Val d'Anniviers, Valais, Switzerland.

Devotion to dairy has taken different forms throughout the Alps’s secluded valleys. “A popular culture of the cow … traverses all moments, objects, and events of the mountain peasant,” wrote Preiswerk. In Grimentz, it manifested in elaborate funerals. After a death, the bells of the deceased’s cows were removed, so that the animals, too, could mourn. Families added a “picnic of the dead” to the casket, which included a bottle of wine, bread, and cheese (as well as sturdy boots, as ghosts were rumored to wander the glaciers after dark).

The same foods comprised the all-important burial meal, which symbolized the reconstitution of the community after its tragic rift. As one of Preiswerk’s interview subjects recounted, the funeral guests were told, “Come to the meal, because the dead man has left enough.”

In a historically poor area, “leaving enough” required advance planning. “There was the ‘cheese of the dead,’” explains Zufferey. “Everyone had a wheel of cheese so that they had something to serve at their funeral.” When the inevitable time came, the chiseled cheese was washed down with vin des glaciers, the local wine.

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Jean-Jacques Zufferey holds a wheel of 149-year-old cheese.

As the Valaisan Alps modernized during the 1900s, and villages moved away from subsistence economies, fears of cheeseless funeral tables waned. According to anthropologist Claude-Alexandre Fournier, families gradually stopped overseeing funeral rituals at home. “Mortuary knowledge was no longer transmitted,” he wrote in the 2013 ethnography Odette Fournier, Sage-Femme, “thus depriving families of the ‘death equipment box.’” Yet in a few basements scattered throughout the valley, you’ll still find carefully stacked wheels of funeral cheese.

In Grimentz, Zufferey, a tall, soft-spoken man with tiny glasses and a day job at the local department of agriculture, unlocks his basement door, releasing an ammoniated, musty smell. His family, too, had forgotten about their funeral cheeses, until his grandmother died in 1944. That’s when Zufferey’s father found two very old wheels in her basement.

Instead of eating the cheeses, whose engravings suggest a production year of 1870, Zufferey’s father decided to preserve them. In the years since, the family has added wheels from time to time, building a collection. Rather than prepping for a funeral, they’re dutifully preserving evidence of a waning tradition—and what might be some of the world’s oldest wheels of cheese.

Zufferey picks one of the wheels, which is now 149 years old, from the shelf. “You can touch it—like a relic in the church,’” he quips. Rock hard and leathery, with a glossy brown surface reminiscent of a bog body, it’s still a bit oily, but sapped of moisture. Its own microbes and molds are likely long deceased. He picks up another, from 1967, engraved with edelweiss flowers. A third, from 1992, depicts a “queen cow.”

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One of Zufferey’s engraved wheels of cheese.

erhaps pondering his own mortality, Zufferey worries about what will happen to his collection in the long term. He’d like to give them to a museum, but can’t find anywhere nearby with proper climate control. “There is no museum of cheese in the Valais,” he says. “It’s bizarre.”

There’s no rush, though. His cool cave cut into the mountainside beneath his family’s wooden chalet seems to be working for these wheels. Zufferey gingerly places them back into their horizontal compartments, ducks out of the tiny basement back into the cobbled village square, and locks the door. Casting darkness on the uneaten death cheeses, he leaves them to await their own fate.


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Suspect Surrenders Only After Police Photoshop Sailor Suit On To His Mugshot
Officers at the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department were happy to oblige with the simple request.

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KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — All it took for one fugitive in Illinois to turn himself in was a little photo manipulation.

WBBM-TV in Chicago reports that the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department posts notices about fugitives on its Facebook page each Wednesday.

This week, the department posted a picture of Brandon W. Conti. The 25-year-old was wanted for failure to appear on a drunken-driving charge.

Conti commented on the post and asked, “Where’s my costume?”

Sheriff’s office staff then edited the photo to add a sailor suit and a hat that read, “Ahoy.”


An officer wrote, “We held up our end of the bargain.”

Conti replied with laughing emojis, noting he would turn himself in “before noon” and asked that police “have the paperwork done and ready.” The department confirms Conti subsequently turned himself in.


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University Accepts Peanut Butter And Jelly As Payment For Parking Tickets
Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — What a lip-smacking offer!

Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.

KTUU-TV reported the university would take donations for their annual payment tradition until Nov. 8 to help combat student hunger.

Officials say the food goes to students in need.

University officials say each person could use PB&J payments for two citations issued within the past 45 days.

Officials say two 16-ounce (454-gram) jars offer a $10 credit, three jars offer a $35 credit and five jars offer a $60 credit.

Officials say any unopened commercially produced nut butter-almond, cashew, peanut butter or any flavor jam, jelly, marmalade or preserves would be accepted.


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Strange, troubling text messages mysteriously delivered to America’s mobile phones
Unexplained texts appeared to have come from Valentine's Day

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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/text-messages-phones-strange-delay-valentines-day-carrier-a9195061.html

Much of America has received strange, unexplained messages – many of which are awkward or even troubling in their content.

The texts appear to have arrived as a result of a technical issue that meant that a flurry of text messages, originally sent in the spring, arrived in recent hours.

The problem could have affected tens of thousands of people, according to one software company.

It meant that people were left fearful by cryptic messages or forced into contact with people they would have preferred not to speak to.

What's more, there was no way of knowing that the texts had been delayed, rather than newly sent. It is still not clear how the texts arrived.

Phone companies have blamed each other and offered no further explanations.

Stephanie Bovee, a 28-year-old from Portland, Oregon, woke up at 5am to a text from her sister that said just "omg". She immediately thought something had happened to her newborn nephew at the hospital.

She started calling everyone. Her sister and her sister's husband did not answer. She then woke up her mother. It was three hours before she learned that everything was fine and the text was an odd anomaly.

"Now it's funny," she said. "But out of context, it was not cool."

Ms Bovee discovered that people were getting some of her old texts that failed to go through when her sister and a co-worker both got texts that she had sent in February.

The text her sister received wished her a happy Valentine's Day.

Mobile carriers offered unhelpful explanations for the weird-text phenomenon, which appeared to be widespread, at least according to social media.

A Sprint spokeswoman said it resulted from a "maintenance update" for messaging platforms at multiple US carriers and would not explain further.

T-Mobile called it a "third party vendor issue".

Verizon and AT&T did not answer questions.


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