Looks like Manitoba’s crops are in a bit of a pickle. Farmers in Manitoba say that large-scale produce theft is becoming a growing problem after hundreds of kilos of cucumbers were stolen this week. Whoever the thieves are, farmers say they know what they’re doing. As they seem to be organized and understand when certain crops hit their peak season. In the city of Brandon, even community gardens are being plagued by thieves. Farmers say the losses are “devastating” to their business, and add that they have access to video cameras if the thefts continue.
Because a happy horse is a healthy horse. Veterinary professor Sue McDonnell says, when it comes to the Olympic level, the psychology of the horse in Equestrian events matters just as much as the mindset of its rider. That’s why most horses who compete in the Olympics have entire teams of people who are tasked with keeping them happy, from groomers and masseuses to psychologists. The psychologists spend their time watching the horses and looking for behavioural cues that indicate stress or anxiety. If they see that a horse is in distress, they try to remove whatever is causing the negative feelings. Who knew?
“Er…drop it, Sparky.” Ami Harrison was walking her dog Galaxy at a park in the U.K. when her pet stumbled upon something a little unusual: a giant, black dildo. To make matters worse, the dog refused to put it down, and carried the sex toy around in its mouth for a half hour, eliciting many raised eyebrows and shocked expressions. “We couldn’t believe it. He was so proud when he brought it over to us. We were looking at it thinking: ‘That’s impossible’. It was enormous,” a fellow dog walker said. Harrison’s husband later took the dildo and used it as a gag prize at a local golf tournament (After giving it a good washing, of course).
For the record, we’re just talking about a giant bush–but not that kind of bush (we can’t win here)! While his wife was off on vacation, U.K. resident Jim Hughes has been busy carving a shrub in his front yard into a giant rooster. After his work began to draw a crowd, Hughes even named the rooster “Jock the cock.” There’s no word on what his wife had to say about it.
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Don’t piss off the tax man, folks. A railway worker in the UK was shocked when he received a tax bill for a whopping £14 trillion (That’s a 16-digit figure, by the way). Giles Hembrough got the letter in the mail after he changed his tax code (a number that tells employers how much tax-free income their employees are entitled to), but immediately knew it was a mistake. Fortunately, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs agreed, and Hembrough is looking forward to having his bill returned to normal.