Pet parrot with British accent disappears from owner’s home, returns four years later speaking Spanish


Monday, October 13, 2014, 3:36 PM - A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish.

The Daily Breeze reported Sunday the reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook the African grey parrot for her own missing bird.

Teresa Micco tracked Nigel’s microchip to Darren Chick, a Brit who lives in Torrance.

Little is known about Nigel’s whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird’s British accent is gone and it now speaks Spanish.

Des Moines a “Hipster Haven” – But Do They Have Enough Pairs of Skinny Jeans?

Will S.:

(Original article here.)

And how can they be a hipster haven when their froyo places are closing (unlike New York City, where they’re booming, displacing everything else)?

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

From The Des Moines Business Record:

National Journal: Des Moines is hipster haven

Add National Journal to the string of national publications telling the world that Des Moines is the place to be. Under the headline “Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible: Move to Des Moines,” the publication details the tech and music scenes, stops by the Des Moines Social Club, takes a spin through the East Village, and basically says people who think Des Moines is some cultural wasteland are sadly mistaken. The subhead suggests: “Ditch Brooklyn, millennials. The real place to be is Des Moines, a city with a blossoming culture scene, thriving startups and urban beauty.”

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Thirsty? How About a $2,550 Glass of Wine?

Will S.:

(Original post is here.)

Originally posted on Literate Comments:

The Friday File: Last week a single lot of 114 bottles of Romanee-Conti burgundy wine sold at auction for $1.6 million, or $14,035/bottle or OMG, $2,550/glass! The price of $1.6 million broke the old record for a single lot of wine of $1.05 million for 50 cases of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 sold in 2006. The record-breaking lot contained six bottles of each vintage from 1992 to 2010. Cheers!

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Hitler was a closet meth addict; but he had both of his balls, and wasn’t homosexual

According to the Daily Mail.

The Fuhrer is believed to have taken crystal meth before a meeting with Mussolini in the summer of 1943, when he ranted non-stop for two hours. And he had nine injections of a drug called Vitamultin, which contained meth-amphetamine, during his final days in his bunker.

The dossier also debunks one of the most enduring legends about the Fuhrer – the claim that he lost a testicle when he was injured at the Battle of the Somme. Morale-boosting ditty ‘Hitler has only got one ball’ was popular during the Second World War and his admirer Unity Mitford suggested he ‘lacked something in the manly department’.

But the American records, which feature in a Channel 4 documentary, show the dictator was not monorchid (the medical term for being born with one testicle). They also shoot down claims that Hitler was a predatory homosexual who massacred 150 supporters to hide his secret.