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Hey, a smoking rock!

Smoking is bad for health and it can develop lung cancer and other diseases which can be fatal to human beings.

But these diseases and other ailments will not affect a rock.

You might wonder how cigarette smoke will affect rocks. But when you see this special rock you may fall into a flabbergasting situation. This rock which looks like a hardened smoker can actually puff a cigarette in five minutes.

According to rock collector Luo Yuanshui, who found this amazing item in the mountains of south-east China, this 2.2 kg rock can inhale a cigarette in around five minutes.

After finding the seemingly inanimate object, Mr Luo's first thought was to stick a cigarette in what passes for a 'mouth' and see if it would smoke it. To his amazement he reckons it did. Cigarettes will burn down on their own thanks to chemicals added to the tobacco but Luo insists his nicotine-loving rock puffs them even faster. Luo, from Fujian province, has had a host of visitors to marvel at the smoking rock, including a couple who appeared transfixed by the geological marvel.

Its loving owner has even thoughtfully provided an ashtray so it can harmlessly indulge in its vice.


Pig recruited to help fire crews

A 14-stone pig named Dominic has been recruited to join Avon's Fire and Rescue service to show fire fighters how to handle escaped animals.

Trotting out a few lessons: Dominic with his pupils

Dominic is a Kunekune pig who was rescued almost a year ago after his elderly owner died.He was taken to the Horse World rescue centre in Bristol, where he became known for his friendly but cheeky nature, and after several escape attempts, it was decided he would be the perfect candidate to teach firefighters how to handle escaped animals without startling or harming them. Fire officers are regularly trained at the centre by expert staff, but over the past six months, the trainers have introduced a practical element into the training - herding Dominic safely around the farm. The cheeky pig makes sure the task is not as easy as it sounds and after a day of chasing him around a muddy sty, the crews are fully equipped to deal with runaway farm animals, as animal safety lecturer Dawn Watkins, who runs the course, points out: 'A lot of the fire fighters have never had any contact with animals before, and have no idea how to handle them, or read their body language.

'They told us that rescuing stuck or trapped animals, or catching escaped animals who have made their way onto roads, is a major part of their job, and the animal training is a big help for them. 'The course with Dominic lasts a day, and they start in the classroom, before progressing out to the stables to deal with Dominic face-to-face.'They usually start the day not too keen on the pig-but by the end of the training, he's everyone's best friend. It's impossible not to love him.'


Man sues parents for not loving him enough

"If you have children, you're expected to love your children," You want the best for your children." This is what 32-year old Bernard Bey of Brooklyn, New York wants every father and mother to do. Bey is suing his parents, claiming he wasn't loved enough by them and that their neglect has caused him to be homeless and jobless.

Bernard Bey

The self-written lawsuit in Brooklyn court accuses his parents of causing him mental anguish and for making him feel "unloved and beaten by the world."

Bey claimed he was physically and emotionally abused and ran away from home when he was 12, and then was in and out of the shelter system after turning 16. He's spent time in jail and is now homeless, and he believes his parents are at the root of his problems.

Bey is asking the court for more than $200,000 in damages. He wants his parents to mortgage their family home and purchase two franchises like Domino's Pizza.

"I feel like my parents should want the best for their children and grandchildren so we have something to pass down for generations so we don't have to live like this," he said. Bey said he is willing to drop the lawsuit if his family will simply sit down at the dinner table with him.

"Let's work together, and definitely, I'll drop the suit," he said.

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