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Weird ‘Michelin man’ is spotted walking on top of clouds near passenger jet

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

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Is this what goes on on top of the clouds when we’re not around? Cloud giants wandering around, bold as brass?

This chilling scenario could actually be true, after an Easyjet passenger captured a cloud man ambling along while on a flight from Austria to Gatwick.

Even more scarily, the creature resembles the Stay-Puft marshmallow man which wreaks havoc in New York at the end of Ghostbusters.

O Donoghue says, ‘I was flying back from a work ski trip in Austria, I was on the window seat with two work colleges beside me.

‘They were talking like crazy and I was gazing out the window, as you do. I… Read the full story

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Lots of people are quitting Facebook for 99 days this year – and most of them feel happier

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

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Forget Dry January, people are trying to quit something much harder than booze this January – Facebook.

The 99 Days project has seen its number of quitters triple this month – and its founder says that most people feel ‘happier’ after doing so.

Around a quarter of people who manage to quit Facebook for the full 99 days also quit for good, according to Merijn Straathof (the man behind 99 Days).

Data from the project will be used in university research projects at Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to work out why some people find Facebook so addictive – and what happens when you quit.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Straathof says, ‘We’re not saying everyone should. But for us the idea of not using Facebook was a very… Read the full story

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Whatsapp is now completely free – after it dropped its 69p annual fee

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

WhatsApp (Picture Getty)
WhatsApp (Picture Getty)

You might not even have noticed, but you’ve been paying a subscription for Whatsapp – $1, or 69p a year.

But the company has just dropped the fee, meaning WhatsApp is completely free from here on in.

Better still, the fee ISN’T going to be replaced with annoying ads, its chief has promised.

Speaking at a conference in Germany, WhatsApp chief Jan Koum said the annual fee would be scrapped immediately, and the service would become completely free to all users.

Previously the app had been free for the first year before users were asked to pay for every subsequent year.

Mr Koum instead saying the app will focus on making… Read the full story

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People want to ban bishops from House of Lords over ‘evil’ gay marriage decision

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during a press conference at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent following the conclusion of the Anglican Communion Primatesí meeting and gathering, as he has apologised to the gay and lesbian community for the "hurt and pain" caused by the church. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 15, 2016. Mr Welby said it was a "constant source of deep sadness" that people were persecuted because of their sexuality as he spoke after a meeting of Anglican leaders. See PA story Religion Anglican. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby PA Wire

 

People really aren’t happy about the Church of England suspending a U.S.… Read the full story

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NASA ‘probably won’t get to Mars’ by the 2030s, new report claims

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

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Getting to Mars and actually surviving there is really, really difficult – just ask Matt Damon’s character in The Martian.

And a new report by the US Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) suggests that NASA’s being a touch over-optimistic when it comes to when we’ll get there.

A NASA report last year suggested we might get to the Red Planet by the 2030s – but it’s too risky and the technology isn’t well-enough researched, ASAP suggests.

ASAP wrote, ‘Unfortunately, the level of detail in the report … does not really validate whether NASA would be capable of achieving such an ambitious objective in a reasonable time period, with realistically attainable technologies, and with budgetary requirements that are consistent with the current economic environment.

‘Although the document does identify a few specific technologies that will be needed to accomplish the overall mission, including Solar Electric Propulsion and a Deep Space Habitat, it lacks a top-level architecture… Read the full story

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David Cameron REALLY wants us to use Daesh instead of Isis – here’s why

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on life chances and opportunities for families in London, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Andy Rain/Pool
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David Cameron has renewed his calls for people to use the term ‘Daesh’ instead of Islamic State – saying that Muslims in Britain would ‘hold their heads in despair’.

Cameron criticised the BBC for using the term ‘Islamic State’ after he appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

He said, ”Muslim families around the country would have held their heads in despair this morning when once again you just called it Islamic State, you didn’t even say “so-called Islamic State”.

‘It is so important, this.’

Late last year, Downing Street announced that David… Read the full story

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‘Cash tip’ from Christian actually turns out to be Bible pamphlet

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

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They say that Jesus saves – but we didn’t expect his followers to be THIS tight-fisted.

A waiter in an American burger joint turned over what looked like a $20 cash tip from a Christian diner – and found it was a Bible pamphlet.

If THAT doesn’t turn you to worshipping our infernal master, Satan, nothing will.

The pamphlet said, ‘Don’t be fooled. There is something you can have more valuable than money!’

MORE: Anglicans send open letter asking CofE to repent over treatment of gay Christians

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Garrett Wayman, 17, said, ‘I was just taken aback because I don’t know if you’ve… Read the full story

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Could you answer the 20 trickiest questions from Apple interviews?

| Apple, blog, L&B World, News, Technology | January 18, 2016

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Apple likes clever people – so much so that the interview process to get into the tech giant is notoriously brutal, with questions designed to confuse, terrify and reduce people to despair.

Imagine being interrogated by the KGB… then turn up the difficulty a couple of notches.

Thankfully, recruitment site Glassdoor has been compiling some of the most eye-watering questions which real candidates have faced in Apple interviews.

Do YOU think you could survive?

MORE: Is Apple really creating an easy way to switch from iPhone to Android?

1) If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What’s the optimal solution?

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2) You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first – does the glass… Read the full story

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Richest 62 people on Earth now have as much money as HALF the world’s population

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

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The world’s 62 richest people own as much money as the poorest half of the globe put together, figures show.

Their combined wealth is £1.22trillion, according to charity Oxfam – rising £350billion in five years.

Then, the wealth of the world’s poorest half was equal to the 388 richest individuals.

The report comes as financial and political elites gather for the World Economic Forum summit in Davos.

Oxfam called the findings ‘unacceptable’. Delegates must crack down on tax havens and boost minimum wages, it said.

MORE: Study finds poorer men like bigger breasts, while the richer like them smaller

MORE: Take a peek into the life of a nanny to the super rich

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Tennis racket: Top players ‘were paid £30,000 to lose matches on purpose’

| blog, L&B World, News | January 18, 2016

Wimbledon (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Wimbledon (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Top tennis players are being paid more than £30,000 by corrupt gambling syndicates to lose matches on purpose, it has been claimed.

‘Match fixing’ is ‘widespread’ in top-level tennis, according to an investigation – with some major players having thrown matches repeatedly.

The names of 16 players have been flagged repeatedly to the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) over the last decade amid fears they have thrown matches, according to an investigation by the BBC and internet media company BuzzFeed.

The investigation suggests that the suspects include Grand Slam singles and doubles champions and the alleged rigging took place at major tournaments including Wimbledon and… Read the full story

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