brick instead of paper…Dubai traders shocked

Traders in Dubai have received containers full of bricks and stones from China instead of their originally ordered goods, Gulf News can confirm.

Dozens of containers have landed in Jebel Ali port containing bricks instead of the materials ordered such as paper and foodstuff destined for at least two traders who said that they were shocked . . . → Read More: brick instead of paper…Dubai traders shocked

Uruguay President interviewed by a weed smoking reporter

Vice has come up with a new gonzo stunt to attract some eyeballs.

This time a Vice correspondent managed to casually smoke a joint as he interviewed the president of Uruguay.

The scene, which would probably be impossible to replicate with the president of any other country, is part of a trailer for Vice’s upcoming . . . → Read More: Uruguay President interviewed by a weed smoking reporter

The East India Company is back

I went to the East India Company (EIC) last year… barely able to contain my mirth on the way to its flagship emporium at No. 7 Conduit Street in London. And when an extremely pleasant ‘white’ man served me tea to sample there as I browsed, I nearly fell out of my skin. You will . . . → Read More: The East India Company is back

Barbary lions may soon be resurrected

An extinct species of lions of North Africa may soon be resurrected as scientists have found the animals’ close genetic links in Indian lions.

DNA tests have revealed that Indian lions are closely related to Barbary lions, according to a new research published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

. . . → Read More: Barbary lions may soon be resurrected

US$ 400,000 for a camel statue???

The State Department plans to spend $400,000 in taxpayer dollars to purchase a camel statue for the new American embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The sculpture by artist John Baldessari depicts a fiberglass camel staring into the eye of an oversized needle in play on a passage from the New Testament about the difficulty the wealthy have in entering heaven, BuzzFeed . . . → Read More: US$ 400,000 for a camel statue???

Extraterrestrial life detected!!!

This is How the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog Might Look in Twenty Years The following graphic and caption depicts . . . → Read More: Extraterrestrial life detected!!!

70 year old Sadiq returns 3 days after his ‘funeral’

A week ago, the family of 70-year-old labourer Sadiq Mughal of Nara Kot Kotli area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) was in mourning. It was the qul, or third day, after Mughal’s death – or so they thought.

“But then we received a phone call that our father was still alive,” said Mughal’s . . . → Read More: 70 year old Sadiq returns 3 days after his ‘funeral’

N Korean students to have the same haircut as Kim Jong Un

Women will still be allowed to choose from a selection of state-sanctioned ‘dos

Until now, everyone in North Korea had to choose their haircuts from a list of state-approved styles. But now, all male undergraduates in the hermit kingdom will be required to sport the same hairstyle as supreme leader Kim Jong Un, the BBC . . . → Read More: N Korean students to have the same haircut as Kim Jong Un

That’s Mr Bin Laden to you

Carlotta Gall: Motivated by personal grudges

Carlotta Gall’s piece in the New York Times has caused a firestorm in the media and government circles and given the Pakistani state very bitter pills to swallow. Yet the allegations and assertions she raises, articulately wrapped in personal anecdotes, are nothing new. Analysts and journalists from across the spectrum have been obsessed with making . . . → Read More: Carlotta Gall: Motivated by personal grudges