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