Every goat is surfing…surfing USA

Beachgoers in California have been treated to the unusual sight of two goats surfing the waves.

Goatee the nanny goat and her kid billy Pismo stood on surfboards and glided along the water at San Onofre State Beach in Orange County.

Their owner, Dana McGregor, initially got Goatee in to eat unwanted foliage on his property but soon started taking her out on his surfing trips.

When baby Pismo was born in March, he started putting him on the board too.

On Wednesday, he teamed up with local surfers Mark and Debbie Gale to try to get both goats to ride on one surfboard together.

They managed to stay upright for a few waves, by which time Goatee had had enough and swam to shore.

Dana McGregor, far left, surfs with his pet goat Pismo and friends Mark and Debbie Gale
Dana McGregor (L) said he likes surfing, so he thought his goats would too

Pismo kept his balance and “seemed a natural” on the board, reporters said.

“They did a pretty good job. They caught the first wave and it was pretty good,” said Mr McGregor. “I love surfing so I figured the goats would like surfing.”

Stories like this always make me smile. These goats must be having a great time. It’s a nice break from headbutting fences and eating grass. It does make me wonder why Dana first thought it would be a good idea to take the goat along on surfing trips…but nonetheless it has worked out for the better and now we know that goats can surf. They do say you learn something new every day!

Kitten survives 6,500 mile journey on a boat

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Ginger cat

A kitten who travelled 6,500 miles on a boat with no food or water is currently recovering in California.

Ni Hao, an orange and white cat, was trapped in a shipping container for the entirety of the two-week trip, AFP reports.

The 3-month-old cat was only discovered when the container was opened upon the ship’s arrival from Shanghai.

Members of the Los Angeles Medical Department of Animal Control are currently looking after the kitten, who is still regaining strength after the ordeal.

Head of the department Marcia Mayeda said yesterday: “Ni Hao greeted the medical team with his first meows this morning and is attempting to stand.”

Officials are now looking for a local cat lover to adopt Ni Hao, whose name means ‘hello’ in Mandarin.

Although animals must usually remain in quarantine for 60 days upon arriving in the US, Ni Hao may be looked after by a foster family during this time.

 

This is one well-travelled kitten! what a cute stowaway to have, I’m glad he survived..though I can’t help thinking this has an air of Schrödinger’s cat theory. The one where a cat is in a box and it can be both dead or alive because you wont know untill the box has been opened, therefor meaning the cat is theoretically both dead and alive at the same time.

lasagne burger launched in California!

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A deep-fried lasagne burger has been launched in California.

The super-sized snack is on sale at Grill ‘Em All – a heavy metal-inspired food outlet.

The Deep-fried lasagne burger

© Twitter / @GrillEmAllTruck

The burger contains a 7oz cheesy patty smothered with ricotta cheese spread, spinach, marinara sauce and the main feature – a deep-fried lasagne.

The lasagne is then coated in Funyuns, an onion-flavoured crisp snack made from corn.

The burger is made from ground beef and Italian sausage meat which, along with all the additional ‘toppings’ is stuffed into a freshly baked Italian loaf.

 

I need this in my life! lasagne is one of my all time favourite foods and to have it in a handy burger sized portion seems amazing. Not too sure it is overly healthy though…

Border control stop men over kinder eggs

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Two men who had been on a trip to Canada were seized and held in a detention centre at the American border after being caught with six Kinder Eggs.

Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney from Seattle were returning from a trip to Vancouver and had bought some sweets for their friends and family, Komo News reports.

The men were unaware that Kinder Eggs are illegal in America because of the “non-nutritive object” embedded inside of them.

Loo and Sweeney were stopped by officials and had their car searched when the officers found the six eggs.

“He said, ‘Are you aware Kinder Eggs are illegal in the United States and carry a $2,500 (£1,600) fine per egg?’ And I actually laughed,” Sweeney said.

Who woud have thought such an innocent sweet could cause so much trouble. Apparently they are suspicious of them because you could potentially hid!e a bomb inside…though i’m sure it would be easy to put together with a little diagram for easy use

Farmer uses moo-bile technology to get kids interested

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Cow Rex

 

A dairy farmer’s use of the latest moo-bile technology is proving a huge hit at teaching teenagers about her job – after she painted her cow with a QR code.

Jane Barnes, 46, is encouraging people to “zap” her eight-year-old Friesian cow ‘Lady Shamrock’ with their smartphones.

When they scan the cow’s code, visitors are directed to a blog of Lady Shamrock’s daily routine and the challenges facing dairy farmers.

Traffic to Lady Shamrock’s site has soared by 150 per cent since she was turned into a wacky walking weblink.

Visitors learn that Lady Shamrock likes a good back scratch and grazes outdoors in summer but stays indoors in winter.

She produces up to 40 litres of milk a day at the farm Mrs Barnes runs with her husband Mark in Somerby, Leicestershire.

 

I think this is a hillarious, yet brilliant idea! It engages young tech savvy kids, who normally spend their lives indoors behind a computer screen, to go out and learn about where our food comes from. Janes Brnes is a revolutionary thinker!

6ft lizard on the loose!

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A sheriff has warned residents in a tourist town northwest of Colorado Springs that a strong, aggressive 6-foot lizard that eats small animals — including dogs and cats — is on the loose in the area. Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensinger said Tuesday that a 25-pound pet Nile monitor lizard has gone missing after breaking a mesh leash and crawling away. Ensinger said about 400 homes in the Woodland Park area were warned. He added that the animal, which escaped Monday and is known as Dino, has not bitten any humans — yet. “We have a 6-foot reptile out and about,” Ensinger said. “If it gets hungry enough, we don’t know what it will do.” Ensinger said his animal control division is searching for the animal. Area resident Rick Stasi said the sheriff’s advisory was unsettling, warning “pet owners and parents are urged to use caution while pets and children are outdoors.” Stasi said he plans to keep his two small dogs indoors. Bradley Bundy, a veterinarian at Dublin Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, said the lizard could inflict a nasty bite if cornered. “This kiddo could hurt someone if they don’t know how to restrain it,” Bundy said. He added that the lizards are sold in area pet stores and look cute when they’re only 8 inches long, but they can grow to reach 9 feet when they get older. Ensinger said officers may use a tracking dog if Dino isn’t located by Tuesday afternoon. “I’m not going after it,” Ensinger said. “I don’t do reptiles.”

I have to admit, when I read the headline my first reaction was “REPTAR? IS THAT YOU?!”…(for those of you who arn’t familiar with the name, Reptar is a character from 90’s tv show Rugrats. He is a giant dinosaur lizard thing)..the rational side of my brain the worked out that 1. Reptar was a cartoon so can’t possibly exist. 2.6ft lizards are nowhere near as big as a t-rex and it would be impossible for it to go around stomping on buildings and eating people. Still it made for an amusing read though, especially the quote at the end by Ensinger. I agree with him, best not to get involved. I’m sure it will go away on its own…

Stubbs enjoying 15th year as mayor

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Mayor Stubbs is celebrating his 15th year as the mayor of the sleepy town of Talkeetna, Alaska. Not that amazing, you might think – until you realise Stubbs is a cat.

Residents thought the candidates running for mayor weren’t up to scratch so campaigned to get the 15-year-old part-Manx the honorary position with a write-in campaign after he was born.

The feline has now become one of the longest-serving mayors in America.

The moggy is a celebrity in Talkeetna – where he’s also the cat’s pyjamas at promoting tourism – and has around 1,000 friends on Facebook, which is more people than the population of the town (900).

Oh America, you are a very varied country. I wonder what Stubbs policies are? I hope that one of them is to insist upon ‘cat naps’ during the day. Could you imagine this kind of thing happening in the UK?

Rocks are ultimate comfort food…

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“A 45-year-old US woman has eaten 1,360kg (215st) of rocks over the last 20 years.

Teresa Widener, who calls rocks and pebbles her “ultimate comfort food” and stores them in her kitchen cupboard, has consumed the average weight of a humpback whale in stones.

However, the Virginia native said that after marrying husband Jim, she has managed to curb her cravings.

She told Metro: “Jim makes me so happy I’ve started eating less. But everyone has bad days and when I have one, only rocks can make me feel better.”

Widener breaks up larger rocks into more edible bite-size pieces with a special rock hammer, but she prefers ones that are soft and brittle.

She also explained: “I pick the ones I like the look of. I like their earthy flavour so sometimes I just suck the mud straight off.”

The mother of two has a medical condition known as Pica, which causes sufferers to become addicted to eating bizarre objects”

This story has me baffled. Surely chocolate or cake is a much better comfort food? What do you think? Any of you have any weird eating habbits? .

News to make you smile…

That is what this blog is all about. Every day I shall scour the internet and newspapers to find the funniest, strangest, and most heartwarming stories from all around the world. The idea is to give readers a place where news isn’t all doom and gloom, but to show that news can be funny and entertaining.

I hope you have as much fun reading as I will have finding the stories for you.