To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, Latitude News brings you another Saturday Mishmash – three random, intriguing, peculiar stories from the global press. As always, send us any “news of the weird” you find so we can feature it next week.
Turtles don’t get menopause – at least not in Australia
Scientists and dreamers for centuries have sought the cure for aging – Omega 3s, snake juice, broccoli and exercise? Nope – it’s Australia’s freshwater turtles, and if we can stop them going extinct at our own hands, maybe we can all avoid arthritis and wrinkles. Isn’t that just how it goes?
For Australia’s many species of freshwater turtles, age is no reprieve from childbirth…er, egg laying. The older they get, the more eggs they lay, meaning females do not go through menopause – a process from which few species seem to be exempt.
Whatever lessons scientists can glean from these natural wonders, they’ll have to do it quickly – highways and invasive species are putting pressure on the turtles. Sadly, the news comes as the globe celebrates World Turtle Day.
Bond or Batman?
This week in pastoral Buckinghamshire, England, Gary Connery jumped out of a helicopter. Wearing a flying squirrel suit. Without a parachute.
If that seems like a move Batman or James Bond would have pulled, that’s because Connery is both Batman and James Bond. He’s a professional stuntman who’s appeared in lots of movies, including the Batman, Bond and Harry Potter series. When he’s not working, he has developed a fondness for jumping off of very tall landmarks in public places.
This week’s performance breaks a record, though. Connery jumped 2,400 feet without a parachute, maxing out at a falling speed of 80 mph, but mellowing to 15 mph before crashing into a mountain of cardboard boxes. Emerging from the boxes with nary a bruise or scrape, Connery told reporters the landing was “so comfortable, so soft.”
Check out Connery’s website to see him doing some truly amazing, terrifying things.
Christian gives birth to baby clutching Quran
Kikelomo Ilori, her midwife and others present for the birth, claim Ms. Ilori gave birth to a healthy baby boy who was clutching a Quran. The Muslim holy book, allegedly small at first, has been growing ever since the baby was born.
Ilori, a single mother, says, “I repeatedly tried to abort the baby, but, instead, the baby kept getting stronger by the day, which made me to give up on abortion. Then I started wearing a cross around my waist to protect the baby and myself but the cross kept cutting.”
Weirder – if that is possible – is that Ilori gave birth in a church.
Frankly, we can’t figure out what is stranger – the story, or the fact that Vanguard reports it as if it happened. Please, judge for yourself.