Orkney primary school goldfish get flaming Viking burial boat send off

So long, Bubbles and Freddy; may your journey to Valhalla be a safe and pleasant one. 😉

Two goldfish have been given a flaming Viking burial boat send off by Orkney primary schoolchildren.

Primary 3 and 4 pupils at Papdale School in Kirkwall gave Bubbles and Freddy a traditional Norse ceremony to start their journey to Valhalla.

The fish become class pets for Christmas but both died recently.

The children, who had been studying the Vikings, wrote down their memories of the fish and read them aloud before the boat set sail.

Nude Russian sectarian woman watches barn fire

See here and below for more information. From "The Canadian Look: A Century of Sights and Styles", Ken Lefolii, 1965, McClelland and Stewart, Ltd.

See here for more information.
From “The Canadian Look: A Century of Sights and Styles”, Ken Lefolii, 1965, McClelland and Stewart, Ltd.


Man charged in Brockville, Ontario after fight over whether Earth is flat or round


Police and firefighters were called in after a heated discussion over the shape of the Earth reached fiery levels in eastern Ontario.

Police in Brockville say they were called to St. Lawrence Park on Monday after an intense argument between family members.

They say a woman who insisted the Earth was flat was locking horns with her boyfriend’s father, who argued it is round.

Investigators say the 56-year-old man grew so enraged that he started throwing things into their camp fire, including a propane cylinder.

Firefighters were called to put out the flames.

Police say the man took off and will face a mischief charge.

They say “neither party would change their views.”

What a shame.

Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel

Oh no!

A road tunnel in Norway has been closed – by a lorry-load of burning cheese.

About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese – a delicacy known as Brunost – caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway, last week.

The fire raged for five days and smouldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said.

The tunnel – which is said to be badly damaged – is likely to remain closed for several weeks, they added.

“We can’t go in until it’s safe,” geologist Viggo Aronsen told Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

Police officer Viggo Berg said the high concentration of fat and sugar in the cheese made it burn “almost like petrol if it gets hot enough”.

Warning: Being a crazy cat lady can be dangerous to your health, even fatal


Torn to pieces by cats

You know how it is. You get a cat, seeking companionship and amusement, and are rewarded with the occasional tea-time display of self-serving affection. It’s charming, so you get another. And one more. Pretty soon, your home makes visitors’ eyes sting. People stop calling by. You let your hair grow wild. You enthusiastically take up muttering.

In 1870, in Iran, a rich eccentric lady had cheerfully embarked on much this kind of path, breeding and buying cats to her heart’s content and passing her days in an agreeable if malodorous blur of purrs.

Then disaster struck. A fire broke out, and as it swept through the house, the cats were trapped behind a door. Two maids were sent to free them, but the blaze had driven the beasts berserk. The instant the door was opened, they flew at the unfortunate young women, tearing, scratching and…

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