Welcome to the Mishmash – Latitude News’ weekly round-up of odd, funny and slightly offensive stories from the global press. No heavy news here. We assume you’ve had enough of that throughout the week. Here are three stories that will give you something to talk about.
You don’t have the balls
There should be two unspoken rules for politicians: don’t do stupid things, and don’t take photos of yourself doing stupid things. The latter rule is more important than the first.
So learned Spanish Minister of Tourism Carlos Delgado this week after pictures surfaced of him on a hunting trip. There was a classic hunter-poses-above-carcass shot. And then a bonus: an image of Delgado, smiling and face smeared with blood, with the deer’s testicles atop his head. The story originally appeared in the Spanish paper Ultima Hora, but you can find an English-language version here.
Now Delgado’s in trouble with politicians, animal rights activists and just about everyone else.
This comes a few months after another prominent Spanish public figure — the king no less — was busted for hunting elephants in Botswana. The king had been the Honorary President of the Spanish branch World Wildlife Fund. That title was swiftly revoked.
Killer whale spares dog
A New Zealand crayfish diver had a fright when an orca chased him out of a shallow cove. As The New Zealand Herald reports, the orca then went after the man’s dog, though not with malicious intentions.
Scott de Jongh had no idea that an orca — likely stalking sting rays — was hunting in the murky waters of a cove beside him. When he came ashore for air, he spent 15 minutes watching the large black dorsal fin circle in the water.
“I was actually quite relaxed,” says the diver. “I knew it was (not a shark) because the fin was quite long and black in colour. It was a really, really good experience.”
It wasn’t until de Jongh went back in the water that things got interesting, as you can see in the video below.
You’ll see a frightened, frazzled diver scrambling onto some rocks as a killer whale practically pushes him out of the water. The whale then turned on de Jongh’s curious Labrador, which it pushed out of the water as well.
“In another bystander’s video,” reports the Herald, “taken from a different angle, a man throws sticks – apparently encouraging the dog back into the water.”
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) called this move “irresponsible and stupid.”
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
South African Edith Pangle, 62, cares about her appearance but doesn’t have the cash for a bunch of expensive skin-care products. But she’s got a solution: snails.
You know that layer of shiny slime that a snail leaves behind it? Pangle saw an advertisement for a pricy facial cream that featured snail slime.
“I can’t afford the expensive cream made from snails in France. That’s when I started collecting the snails and using them.”
By “using them,” she means letting the snails crawl all over her face once each week, reports the Daily Mail. Cosmetic companies herald the mucus as working wonders for the skin. Pangle agrees.
“I keep them for weeks in this packet,” she says, “and I don’t even need to feed them.”
If you plan to try this at home, Latitude News recommends you feed your snails.