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Fooled! Renaissance Painters used lenses and mirrors

OK, here's the story some of the great Renaissance artists DIDN'T paint their subjects using their artistic skill, but used lenses to project an image onto the canvas which they then easily traced, just like advertising painters on shop windows do now Sneaky, isn't it : As usual the purists, and those who have their reputations based on these paintings are horrified, read on more on the site http://chroniclecom/free/v50/i43/43b01001htm Still, even recently, when I'v

Gardeners critical over slug protection laws

By Fiona Govan Filed: 11/07/2004 Legislation to be announced by the Government this week will give courts the power to impose fines of up to 20,000 and 12 months in jail on people found guilty of mistreating animals Anyone under the age of 16 will be banned from owning a pet and goldfish will no longer be allowed to be given as prizes at fairgrounds The legislation could lead to gardeners being fined for killing insects, worms, caterpillars, slugs and snails, if scientific evide

New innovative student dicipline system... write apologies in blood...

I have to say I really am suprised and pleased at the latest techniques in student dicipline appearing in educationally enlightened Japan The same place where a girl was crushed in the school gates when late for class http://wwwskycom/skynews/article/0,,30200-13135121,00html PUPIL TOLD TO WRITE APOLOGY IN HIS BLOOD A Japanese schoolboy has been forced to write an apology to his teacher in blood The 17-year-old was forced to cut his finger with a box-cutter and carry out the

10 worst songs of all time!!

Boy some of them DID suck! And I thought it was just me that hated them The 10 worst songs of all time, according to Blender magazine: 1 We Built This City, Starship Yep, remember this vacaous song "We built this city on rock and roll 2 Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus 3 Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung Wang Chuck more like it, one of those mindless boppy songs 4 Rollin', Limp Bizkit 5 Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice 6 The Heart of Rock & Roll, Huey

Attack cat terrorises postmen

The perils of being a postman Now bosses have sent owner Dan Coyne a letter saying deliveries are suspended because of the guard cat Stunned Dan, 23, said last night: I can't believe they are scared of him But the sales manager did admit: Bat is a bit of a psycho and has been known to launch himself at people He gets very wound up by the postman and sits under the cat flap waiting for him As the postie pushes the letters through, I've seen Bat try to swipe him with his claw

Cessna plane downed by "unknown object"

There can't be many "unknown objects" floating around at 3000 feet that no one noticed Note that the pilot was not hit by a missile or such like as he tried to change course And that unexpected aluminium was found embedded in the plane Also it seemed unusual that the engine block was split in two Possibly a flying block of concrete, or a military drone Also interesting are the catalogue of errors sorounding the incident, including the non working radar Ma

Piranha let loose in Berlin aquarium petting pool!

This is one of those off beat "truth is stranger than fiction" stories It would make a good "whodunnit" mystery http://storynewsyahoocom/newstmpl=story&cid=1517&e=9&u=/afp/germany_animals_offbeat BERLIN AFP - Berlin aquarium staff were startled to find that a carnivorous piranha fish was recently released in the facility's petting pool for children, Germany's most widely read newspaper, Bild, reported The piranha, whose teeth c

The Girl Who Feels No Pain

A sad and perplexing situation, for a child who will never know pain http://wwwkare11com/news/news-articleaspNEWS_ID=60120 Gabby Gingras has a disease so rare she's the only person her parents and doctors can find in the US suffering from it Like any other three-year-old, Gabby takes her share of slips and falls Her reaction to each is predictable at least for her family For no matter how hard Gabby hits the ground, she will not shed a single tear Hard as it

UFO captured on SOHO picture?

Well what do we make of this The picture comes from a reputable site, and the original is still there Can it be an error on the photo, an aberation in the processing, or just a natural occurance twisted by what we WANT to see more on site http://wwwunknowncountrycom/news/id=3511 [img]http://wwwunknowncountrycom/img/news/012004/sohonasa_smalljpg[/img] On January 21 at 7:00 AM GMT, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory SOHO recorded an unusual object in a routine image

Boy posessed by ancient Egyptian, or reincarnation?

Reading this article on this boy who was obsessivly fond of ancient egypt I came across this part Interesting that the child has such a strong desire to explore that part of history more on site http://weeklyahramorgeg/2004/675/he3htm His father told me that Mahmoud was very sick when he was five years old and that he took him to the best doctors both in their village in the Delta and in Cairo, but it seemed that nothing could be done to help him Finally his father too

134 Cats, 6 Dogs Removed From Home

But officer there were only 2 cats when I got them, Honest!!! http://wwwmiamicom/mld/miamiherald/news/breaking_news/7811080htmtemplate=contentModules/printstoryjsp LAYTON, Utah - Animal control officers have removed 134 cats, six dogs and three children from one home here Now, the Davis Animal Shelter is now overrun with cats, and the home has been closed as a health hazard "You could see cats on top of everything, tables, chairs, Tupperware containers, beds, the floors

Parrot's talking stuns scientists

Is this an interspecies breakthrough, or just a smart bird with a wide range of "calls" more on site [img]http://newsimgbbccouk/media/images/39784000/jpg/_39784261_parrot3_roselli_203jpg[/img] The finding of a parrot with an almost unparalleled power to communicate with people has brought scientists up short The bird, a captive African grey called N'kisi, has a vocabulary of 950 words, and shows signs of a sense of humour He invents his own words an

Slepping: its so smiple

A curoius ietm is going around the innernet at the moemnt citting new reserach from Cambirge Uvinersity tat indicicates we don't raed wrods the way we ttaut we ddid Accroding to the exprets, the eye deosn't need or evn want the whoole wrord It noets the frist and last lettres, and fills in the rest by inrefence You can even add or dorp lettres The jumumble in btweeen is irrveralent Cogintion hapneps vrey fast and quite misteriollusly My immeaidte ttaut was, "Oh my, I have wasetd

Biologists discover farting Herrings!!

OK, just how do you explain to your kids what you do for a job "Son, I work all day investigating why fish fart" http://wwwnewscientistcom/news/newsjspid=ns99994343 More on site : Biologists have linked a mysterious, underwater farting sound to bubbles coming out of a herring's anus No fish had been known to emit sound from its anus nor to be capable of producing such a high-pitched noise "It sounds just like a high-pitched raspberry," says Ben Wi

The baseball that just disappeared...

We join Lincoln in the bottom of the first inning, with Lonny Kruger on the mound for the visitors: Joe Wallis, the Key West right fielder, hits a high fly ball that seems to be drifting toward the glove of the Cardinal right fielder, John Crider But the wind is gusting at more than 20 knots and the ball seems to disappear as it falls into its final closing arc Crider ducks He has lost sight of the ball Jimmy Williams, the Cardinal second baseman, races to his assistance He ducks,
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