I must warn you...I know Kung Fu!
Fighting spirit saves British pensioner from attack
BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) - A 70-year-old British pensioner,
trained in martial arts during his military service, dispatched
a gang of four would-be muggers in a late-night attack in
"Looks like he had everything under control," a police
spokesman from the German town of Bielefeld said of the incident
The man, a native of Birmingham who now lives in Germany,
was challenged by three men, demanding money, while a fourth
crept up behind him. Recalling his training, the Briton grabbed
the first assailant and threw him over his shoulder.
When a second man tried to kick him, the pensioner grabbed
his foot and tipped him to the ground. At this point, the three
men, thought to be aged between 18 and 25, fled, carrying their
injured accomplice with them.
The pensioner, whose name was not immediately available,
suffered light abrasions.
Don't quote me on this...
New book takes humbug out of quotations
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Showman P.T. Barnum never said
"There's a sucker born every minute" although he wished he had.
And Civil War Admiral David Farragut probably never said "Damn
the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead" -- words that have inspired
generations of fighting men.
To make things even more complicated, it is doubtful that
Paul Revere warned that "The British are coming" when he would
have at the time of the American Revolution thought himself
British, although a revolting one. He probably would have said
"The Redcoats are coming."
A new, meticulously researched book of quotations attempts
to set the record straight on those beloved phrases that have
crept into everyday use as signs of wisdom and wit, including
Sigmund Freud's sage advice that "sometimes a cigar is just a
cigar." (He didn't quite say that, although his biographer
thinks he would have approved of the idea.)
"The Yale Book of Quotations" has a simple thesis: famous
quotes are often misquoted and misattributed. Sometimes they
are never said at all but are, instead, little fictions that
have forged their way into public consciousness.
Take, for example, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead,"
a rallying cry supposedly uttered by Farragut during the
American Civil War battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864.
Ray...stop dancing on the wall!
China's Great Wall raises defenses against ravers
BEIJING, Oct 25 (Reuters Life!) - China has banned
partying, stunts and other "inappropriate behavior" on the
Great Wall to protect one of its top tourist attractions from
The Great Wall, which snakes its way across more than 6,400
km (4,000 miles), receives an estimated 10 million visitors a
year, mostly to the mere 10 km opened to tourists at Badaling,
the nearest stretch to Beijing.
More adventurous visitors climb wilder, crumblier sections
that are not officially open to the public and stretches near
the capital have become popular sites for summer raves.
The new rules, issued by the State Council, or China's
cabinet, prohibit the driving of vehicles on the wall or group
activities such as parties.
"Inappropriate tourist exploration has caused damage to the
Great Wall and its historical features," the government's Web
site on Wednesday cited a State Council official as saying.