2 million dollar gold christmas tree on display in Tokyo

A $2 million gold chrismas tree has been put on display in Tokyo, Japan. That’s one for the tree huggers, Save trees buy christmas trees.


Pilot and Stewardess had sex in the cockpit

Why is the driving room of an airplane called a cockpit? Appears it is aptly named.

In what could have been straight from a porn screenplay (if they have that) a pilot and a stewardess were fired after pictures of them engaged in oral sex in the cockpit appeared in print and online.

Cathay Pacific the Hong Kong airline that employed the two stressed that the incidence did not occur while the plane was airborne.

According to Chinese newspaper reports, the pilot protested that he and the flight attendant are a couple and that the pictures were downloaded from his personal computer without his knowledge.


Taiwanese funeral strippers entertain the living and the dead

It’s a wierd world and that’s an understatement. If your loved one dies in Taiwan a funerary option open to you is the Electric Flower Car (EFC), a wheeled, neon-lit platform upon which women strip down to their bare essentials.

University of South Carolina anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz recently did a documentary ‘Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan’ which detailed the practice.

According to Mosckowitz the habit is more prevalent in rural areas. Here is the full interview with Mosckowitz.

The tradition supposedly started about 20 years ago, when the Taiwanese mafia people who run the sleazy nightclub business took over significant sections of the island’s mortuary business.


Treasure found in Indian Temple

The stuff of movies. Precious stones, jewellery, gold and silver estimated to be worth several billion dollars have been found in the secret underground vaults of an ancient temple in Thiruvananthapuram southern India.

The treasure trove included an 18-foot-long necklace, 536kg of 18th century gold coins, diamond-studded plates, rubies and emeralds.

The vaults were opened after the Supreme Court ordered the state government to take over the temple’s assets from a trust controlled by the royal family of Travancore.

According to noted historian Dr M G S Narayanan, Padmanabhaswamy is one of the Vaishnava temples in the country and dates back to 9th Century.

The temple has six underground chambers, of which two are opened daily, and two twice a year. The two chambers opened on Thursday and Friday were last looked at about 130 years ago.

The wealth at the temple has opened a debate over government control over the property. Prominent Hindu organisation Nair Service Society said the treasure found at the temple should remain with the temple.

Atheist leader U Kalanadan said the property was stashed in the temple cellars by the erstwhile kings. Hence, it could not be claimed as Hindu property. The government should take over the temple wealth for public use, he said.

Open a museum and attract tourists might be the best solution, if not lock up the vault for another 130 years.


Monaco Royal Wedding, a cold ‘feeted’ celebration embroiled in scandal

The wedding of Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock will be a celebratory event, but it’s also a high point among a number of tragedies and scandals that have beset the principality’s ruling family.

Recent report that the discovery of a third love child had led to the bride to be, Charlene Wittstock developing cold feet, attempting to flee for South Africa and her passport being confiscated by French police have been validated by the respected French newspaper Le Figaro reporting: “This speculation has been given credibility by the indiscretions of the Monaco police.

“Last Sunday, one among their number revealed that his colleagues had intercepted the future princess at Nice airport because she wanted to leave. According to this officer, the young lady’s passport was taken.”

Seems logical on the face of it, the wedding set to cost $60 million and including a star studded guest list that includes, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, several European, Middle Eastern and African kings and princes, fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani (who designed the brides dress), supermodel Naomi Campbell, former James Bond actor Roger Moore and Virgin boss Richard Branson.

The celebrations kicked off last night with a rock concert that featured The Eagles whose hit ‘Hotel California’ ironically includes the lyrics “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”.

Prince Albert, 53, will marry Wittstock, 33, in a 40-minute civil ceremony at the Palace on Friday and their union will be solemnised in a public Catholic ceremony in the Palace’s main courtyard on Saturday.

The wedding is expected to be the biggest event Monaco has seen since the 1965 wedding of Albert’s mother, Hollywood star Grace Kelly, and father Prince Rainier.

The courtship has survived revelations of the former playboy princes love children. Prince Albert’s first illegitimate child is Jazmin, 19, whose mother is Tamara Rotolo, a U.S. estate agent. His second, Alexandre, seven, was born to former air hostess Nicole Coste, from Togo. None of these children have claim to the throne.

Commentators have stated that unlike Kate Middleton, former Olympic backstroke swimmer Charlene Wittstock will not have it easy adjusting to royal life since she had a working class upbringing and didn’t attend posh schools.

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Mother-in-law’s advice to son’s future bride goes viral.

Heidi Withers was chided by her future mother-in-law Carolyn Bourne for her “lack of grace” according to a cutting email that she shared with friends.

The email has since gone viral, no wonder, I love the language, sadly it typifies the stereotypical British.

Heidi Wither’s behavior during a visit to the family home in Devon is described as “staggering in its uncouthness and lack of grace.

“If you want to be accepted by the wider Bourne family, I suggest you take some guidance from experts with utmost haste.

“Here are a few examples of your lack of manners: When you are a guest in another’s house, you do not declare what you will and will not eat – unless you are positively allergic to something.

”You do not remark that you do not have enough food. You do not start before everyone else.

”You do not take additional helpings without being invited to by your host.

“When a guest in another’s house, you do not lie in bed until late morning in households that rise early. You fall in line with house norms.

“You should never ever insult the family you are about to join at any time and most definitely not in public.

“You regularly draw attention to yourself. Perhaps you should ask yourself why. No one gets married in a castle unless they own it. It is brash, celebrity style behaviour.

“If your parents are unable to contribute very much towards the cost of your wedding, it would be most ladylike and gracious to lower your sights and have a modest wedding as befits both your incomes.

‘Unfortunately for Freddie, he has fallen in love with you and Freddie being Freddie, I gather it is not easy to reason with him or yet encourage him to consider how he might be able to help you.

The prospective bridegroom and businessman Freddie Bourne, refused to comment.


Advertising campaign for monkeys

Some of the mannerisms of monkeys, baboons and other primates are freaky to say the least. They are just to like us. Apparently they like porn too.

A group of scientist and advertising executives have put together the first ever advertising campaign for monkeys advertising food, what else would monkeys be interested in.

The adverts similar to those aimed at us are billboards, one with a picture of female genitals and the other with an alpha male, why, because that is what monkeys want to see.

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