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Sunday, 19 May 2013





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Unicycle football: a unique and wierd American sport

If you happen to be in Texas do not forget to to visit Austin and witness a game of Unicycle football played on an asphalt parking lot.

This unique and weird sport, which is popular in Texas was created by Marcus Garland in the year 2007. This sport looks similar to flag American football or rugby, but, as the name suggests, it is played on unicycles.

The rules are fairly straightforward. Some are straight from conventional American football: four quarters to a game, six points for a touchdown, that sort of thing. Some are specific to the game: There are five players per team. Playing can only be made while you're on your unicycle. Dismount for any reason while you've got the ball and you're down. Yep, you read that right. Unicycle jousting. That would be an awesome weird sport, but that's another post. There's always the risk of getting hurt when playing football. It's even riskier when you're balancing on one wheel while punting. So there are some safety requirements. First and foremost, bike helmets are mandatory.

No helmet, no play.

There also is no spearing allowed, which means you can't take the decidedly unsportsmanlike action of plowing into someone with your head.

The rules are clear about this: “This will break your neck, and tack on a 15 yard penalty plus loss of down!”

Unicycle football is an odd mix of flag and tackle called, appropriately, “flackle.” According to the rules, a person with the ball may be tackled by removing his or her flags during play.

A player may also be tackled by a technique referred to as “the least amount of force required to cause the ball handler to dismount their unicycle.”

Insects for your lunch

Hungry as ever! You rush into a hotel and the waiter comes with the menu. But you are so hungry that you don't want to refer the menu and asks the waiter “what is special today”. The waiter replies “Sir, there is a special meal prepared with insects and it is rich with protein and is tasty”.

Full proten in sect meal

Then you go bonkers! This is the futuristic scenario that may be implemented, if the latest zoo-page UN Food Agency - FAO report is accepted by the world.

The massive report recommends a meal with creepy crawlies such as beetles, ants, crickets, grasshoppers as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

Hence get ready for bug burgers! FAO report argues that we should have more insects in our diet.

The report promotes insect diet as a low-fat, high protein food for people, pets and livestock.

According to the report two billion people largely in Asia, Africa and Latin America have been eating infects from ancient times.

Scientists who have studied the nutritional value of edible insects have found that red ants, small grasshoppers and some water beetles pack enough protein to rank with lean ground beef while having less fat per gram.They also contain useful minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and zinc.

Beetles and caterpillars are the most common meals among the move that 1900 edible insects species that people eat. Other popular insect foods are bees, wasps, locusts and crickets. Meanwhile insects are money spinners. In Africa, four big water bottle filled with grasshopper can fetch a gatherer $ 20. Some caterpillar in southern Africa and weaver ant egge in Southeast Asia are considered delicacies and fetch high prices.

The UN has been working on ways to end world hunger decades and at last the ever growing insect population seems to have found their way to the heads of UN think tanks.

By popularising the eating of insects the UN seemed to be recommending the starting of insect farms as a viable business venture.

Scottish island for sale, only 2.5 million pounds

Are you interested in buying an island? Here is your chance.The remote Scottish island of Tanera Mor is up for sale for £2.5m. The buyer will get 800 acres, nine homes - and a post office.Tanera Mor has been owned by the Wilders family for 17 years.

Tanera Mor, the only inhabited island in the Summer Isles archipelago 1.5 miles off northwest Scotland, has been put up for sale. It comes with 800 acres, a flourishing tourist enterprise, bird colonies, a post office and three jetties - all for the bargain price of £2.5m. Tanera Mor is currently managed by Lizzie and Richard Williams, who took it on from Mrs Williams’ family, the Wilders. The Wilders bought the island in 1996 after selling their dairy farm in Wiltshire. Tanera Mor: “A truly spectacular place to live”Mrs Williams said it was now time to give another family the chance to own the island.She said: “After many happy years of calling Tanera home, it is time for someone else to have the privilege of looking after this amazing place.”

Talks with the local community over a buyout were held, but it has now been put on the open market after the Coigach Community Development Company decided not to pursue the sale.

It has nine residential properties, a cafe, a post office and three jetties.


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