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firstdown857: 30:41 Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea by [reason of] what the hands of people have earned so He may let them taste part of [the consequence of] what they have done that perhaps they will return [to righteousness]. 42 Say, "Travel through the land and observe how was the end of those before. Most of them were associators [of others with God ].
ghostgeek: I'm feeling rather smug since I saw this:
Coffee sold in California must carry a cancer warning, a court has ruled.
The judge in Los Angeles said Starbucks and about 90 other coffee sellers had failed to warn customers about a potentially toxic compound that is produced during the roasting process.
The firms were sued by a California-based non profit-group over the chemical acrylamide.
The group argued that as acrylamide is regarded as carcinogenic under state law, it should be sold with a warning.
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43594645 ]
I never touch the stuff.
ghostgeek: Meet the man who lives in a sandcastle
His friends call him King Marcio.
Marcio Matolias has lived in a sandcastle for 22 years in an upmarket neighbourhood of Rio De Janeiro.
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/42761099/the-brazilian-man-who-lives-in-a-sandcastle ]
ghostgeek: A supposed trend of penis whitening has captivated Thailand in recent days and left it asking if the country's beauty industry is taking things too far.
Skin whitening is nothing new in many Asian countries, where darker skin is often associated with outdoor labour, therefore, being poorer.
But even so, when a clip of a clinic's latest intriguing procedure was posted online, it quickly went viral.
Thailand's health ministry has since issued a warning over the procedure.
The BBC Thai service spoke to one patient who had undergone the treatment, who told them: "I wanted to feel more confident in my swimming briefs".
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42575155 ]
One has to suppose that the chap's briefs are very brief indeed for it to make a difference.
ghostgeek: I hope everyone is feeling warm, seeing as some parts of the globe don't seem to be enjoying the benefits of global warming:
North America's East Coast is shivering in a record-breaking freeze just a day after a deadly "bomb cyclone" dumped snow as far south as Florida. ...
With the snowfall ending, temperatures are forecast to continue plummeting into the weekend as frigid air lingering over the North Pole prowls towards the US mid-Atlantic region.
The National Weather Service said on Friday: "An arctic outbreak will keep temperatures 20F to 30F degrees below average across the north-eastern US.
"This easily reaches the 20 to 30 degree below climatology range which supports a chance for many daily temperature records to be broken."
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42576978 ]
ghostgeek: The weather service said a temperature of 15 below zero (-9.44C) was recorded in Omaha before midnight on Sunday, breaking a record low dating back to 1884, and the temperature was still dropping early on New Year’s Day. That reading did not include the wind chill effect.
[ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/01/record-breaking-big-freeze-grips-north-america ]
One can only be glad that the world is warming up, otherwise we might be in trouble.
ghostgeek: It snowed a week ago, heavily. So why are we being told that the world is getting warmer? Because, it seems, a warmer world means more pockets of warm air that can carry more moisture. So when it does get cold more snow falls. But hang on a minute. We were told, a few years back, that due to global warming snow would become a very rare event:
David Viner – March 2000
“Within a few years winter snowfall will become 'a very rare and exciting event'”.
“Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,"
In other areas of science, if you get your predictions wrong, you have to ask yourself if maybe your theory needs a overhaul.
ghostgeek: A Scottish chip shop has taken the phenomenon of deep-fried treats to new levels this Christmas.
New Union Chippie in Camelon, near Falkirk, is serving up deep-fried mince pies and pigs in blankets over the festive season.
[ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-42379622 ]
Sounds just the ticket if you want to end up in intensive care with a heart attack this Christmas.