Originally by: Julian Ryall of the Daily Telegraph.
Domino’s plans pizza on the Moon – Telegraph.
Domino’s Japanese arm has proposed a branch on Earth’s nearest galactic neighbour is the latest escalation in a pizza publicity war.
Rival chain Pizza Hut set the bar high in 2001 by delivering a pizza to astronauts orbiting the Earth in the International Space Station, but Domino’s fought back last year in a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of its arrival in Japan.
In December, the company paid one person Y2.5 million (£20,046) to work for one hour delivering pizzas.
Originally by: NICHOLAS KULISH, New York Times
BERLIN—The city of Bonn has begun collecting taxes from prostitutes with an automated pay station similar to a parking meter, proving again that German efficiency knows few bounds.
Bonn is not the only city in Germany to charge such a tax, but it is the first to hit upon the idea of a ticket machine that prints out receipts for the nightly flat fee of about $8.50 for the privilege of streetwalking. The meter went into service over the weekend, and by Monday morning had collected $382 for the city’s coffers.
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Attempts are often made to regulate the industry, unionize the workers and tax the proceeds, but they are not always effective, given both the discretion and the unpredictability that are inherent in the business.
Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.
The new planet is far denser than any other known so far and consists largely of carbon. Because it is so dense, scientists calculate the carbon must be crystalline, so a large part of this strange world will effectively be diamond.
“The evolutionary history and amazing density of the planet all suggest it is comprised of carbon — i.e. a massive diamond orbiting a neutron star every two hours in an orbit so tight it would fit inside our own Sun,” said Matthew Bailes of Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.
Lying 4,000 light years away, or around an eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way from the Earth, the planet is probably the remnant of a once-massive star that has lost its outer layers to the so-called pulsar star it orbits.
Pulsars are tiny, dead neutron stars that are only around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) in diameter and spin hundreds of times a second, emitting beams of radiation.
Video, Record Breaking Tightrope Walk Attempt Up Germany’s Highest Mountain Without A Balancing Pole | Strange News | Sky News
Record Tightrope Walk Up Cable Car Wire
Originally posted: 4:06pm UK, Sunday August 21, 2011
A tightrope walker has made a bid for a new world record by scaling the support cables of a mountain cable car in Germany.
Original Post & Video at: http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/16054171
Freddy Nock climbed up to the summit of the Zugspitze – Germany’s highest peak – without a balancing pole.
The mountain is 2,962 metres (9,718ft) high.
It was the first of a series of record-breaking tightrope walking feats the Swiss man is attempting this week.
Freddy Nock is attempting seven world record tightrope walks in seven days
After his successful ascent was cheered by onlookers, Mr Nock admitted he was relieved it was over.
He said: “I can not say that I will again attempt such a walk.
“I have it behind me and I do not want to do it again. Not without a balancing pole.”
His website said his motto is “making the impossible possible”.
Mr Nock is reportedly set to submit his ascent without a balancing pole for entry in the Guinness Book of Records
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