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Post by edie on Wed May 26, 2010 5:32 pm

thought i make a new thread for odd things we find on the news. looks we dont have one lol.

today i found on bbc news, that unmade beds actually kill dustmites! Shocked
i find this rather funny and amusing. for years being dinged and yelled at to make your bed as a kid. and found socialy un tidy by guests.
even better now i can say" i knew i had a good reason for not making my bed" rolfol Laughing and rolling


Untidy beds may keep us healthy

House dust mites are linked to asthma
Failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe.
Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies.

A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.

The average bed could be home to up to 1.5 million house dust mites.

The bugs, which are less than a millimetre long, feed on scales of human skin and produce allergens which are easily inhaled during sleep.

The warm, damp conditions created in an occupied bed are ideal for the creatures, but they are less likely to thrive when moisture is in shorter supply.

'Small glands'

The scientists developed a computer model to track how changes in the home can reduce numbers of dust mites in beds.


Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die
Dr Stephen Pretlove
Researcher Dr Stephen Pretlove said: "We know that mites can only survive by taking in water from the atmosphere using small glands on the outside of their body.

"Something as simple as leaving a bed unmade during the day can remove moisture from the sheets and mattress so the mites will dehydrate and eventually die."

In the next stage of their research, the scientists are putting mite pockets into beds in 36 houses around the United Kingdom to test their computer model and will investigate how people's daily routines affect mite populations.

Building features such as heating, ventilation and insulation will also be altered to monitor how the mites cope.

Dr Pretlove said the research had the potential to reduce the £700m spent treating mite-induced illnesses each year in the UK.

"Our findings could help building designers create healthy homes and healthcare workers point out environments most at risk from mites."

Dr Matt Hallsworth, of the charity Asthma UK, said: 'House-dust mite allergen can be an important trigger for many people with asthma, but is notoriously difficult to avoid."

Professor Andrew Wardlaw, of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, agreed.

He said: "Mites are very important in asthma and allergy and it would be good if ways were found to modifiy the home so that mite concentrations were reduced.

"It is true that mites need humid conditions to thrive and cannot survive in very dry (desert like) conditions.

"However, most homes in the UK are sufficiently humid for the mites to do well and I find it hard to believe that simply not making your bed would have any impact on the overall humidity."
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Post by melodiccolor on Wed May 26, 2010 6:01 pm

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Post by edie on Wed May 26, 2010 11:51 pm

Sleeping Woman Left Alone On Plane For Hours
Nearly 4 Hours After Passengers Exit, Cleaning Crew Finds Sleeping Ginger McGuire On United Express Commuter Jet

really? have we become so blind or uncaring to leave a person for so long on a plane? it has its humor too lol she got well needed sleep most dont get on a flight! roflol.
on the other hand that says alot about security.how easy it is to just stay on for the next flight. lets not give any ideas roflol.




assenger was found on an airplane, alone, nearly four hours after everyone else got off. It's adding a new twist to airport security concerns, as the incident is raising questions about who's watching the planes we fly.

When the 50-seat United Express commuter plane arrived at Philadelphia Airport just after midnight, everyone got off – except Ginger McGuire.

"I fell asleep on the plane. Next thing you know, I wake up at four o'clock in the morning, nobody's on the plane, nothing," McGuire said.

McGuire had been left alone after the 65-minute flight, sleeping on the empty commuter jet for nearly four hours before she was found by the plane's cleaning crew.

"I'm completely freaked out at this point," McGuire said. "I'm like, 'oh my God, why didn't somebody wake me up?'"

Passengers who expect the airlines to be vigilant say leaving a person alone, with easy access, on a plane is a clear lapse in security.

"I can't believe, on a 50-passenger plane, nobody would wake someone up like that," passenger Trevor Hirz said.

"In a sense it is a security issue, because if you're not paying attention to that, what else are you not paying attention to?" passenger Benito Martinez said.

A spokesperson for United Express released the following statement: "We are working closely with our partner, Trans States [Airlines], to investigate the cause and remedy the situation with the customer."

McGuire blames the airline.

"[This is] really easy stuff. All this drama could have been avoided if someone just made the effort to, number one, wake me up, and number two, not to just leave me there," McGuire said.

A spokesperson for Trans States, the commuter airline, says it's standard protocol to make sure all passengers are safely off the plane at the end of every flight.

McGuire, who works at a cable TV station in a Detroit suburb, says the crew simply forgot her.

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Post by Safari on Sat May 29, 2010 10:48 pm

I currently work on a 50-seater plane (with no other crew except the pilots), and I hate to admit it, but I could actually see how this could happen on the last flight of the day. In my airline, we crew have to clean our planes between flights....except for the last flight. Once all the passengers have disembarked, I usually get back on and just look down the cabin to make sure everyone's gone, but I don't always actually walk down to the back of the plane (usually because the pilots/engineers/ground staff are rushing me to get off). It would be hard NOT to see someone just from standing at the front of the cabin, UNLESS they were very small and/or were curled up asleep with their head down. Having worked on larger jet aircraft too, I can say that it would be much less likely that something like this would happen on those, since crew are spread out around the aircraft and at least some of them have to walk the entire length of the plane to disembark. I had heard this news story, but didn't realise that the plane was a small one until now.

My question is, how on EARTH did the woman sleep for that long? How did she not wake up on landing? In my seven-plus years of flying, I've only ever seen a passenger remain asleep after landing once (and yes, I did notice him straight away and went to wake him up). I believe he was intoxicated or drugged or something, because I had to really shake him to rouse him, and I was actually starting to wonder if he had passed out, or worse...

I guess sometimes these incidents are necessary to draw our attention to things that require more vigilance. We humans are fallible, after all. Good learning curve for the airline industry...
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Post by edie on Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:51 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10404251.stm

this cat gets new life with prosthetic feet. its a wonder what is being done for our little loved ones.

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Post by SimplyNan on Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:47 pm

I saw something on-line a few days ago that they were going to auction off Trigger. For those of you who are unaware, Trigger was Roy Roger's horse and when he died, old Roy had him stuffed and mounted. Now that Roy and Dale have left the earthly plane, and no one else in the family seems to want it, they are going to auction it off. I remember watching their TV show many years ago and was always fond of old Trigger. Not enough to buy him, by the way.
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Post by edie on Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:32 pm

really? the stuffed horse. i think it should be sent to a museum. there are tv museums i bet that would be a better home for old trigger than at a private collection.

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Post by Alethia on Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:39 pm

thats good news for someone who rarely makes beds.... Very Happy
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Post by edie on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:34 pm

(CNN) -- Finland has become the first country in the world to make broadband internet access a legal right for all citizens.
The legislation, which came into effect Thursday, forces telecom operators to provide a reasonably priced broadband connection with a downstream rate of at least one megabit per second (mbs) to every permanent residence and office, the Finnish government said in a statement.
"From now on a reasonably priced broadband connection will be everyone's basic right in Finland," said Finnish communications minister Suvi Linden. "This is absolutely one of the government's most significant achievements in regional policy and I am proud of it.
"I hope that people will make use of the opportunity and turn to telecom operators in the area they live."
The "universal service obligation" as it is known means broadband access is considered a staple commodity alongside services such as telephone and postal services, according to the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA).
FICORA said it had assigned 26 telecommunications companies as universal service providers across the nation. It said a monthly fee of Euros 30 to 40 (around $37 to $47) would be reasonable in most cases.
Finland is one of the world's most wired nations, and numbers corporations such as telecommunications giant Nokia among its successes.
Laura Vilkkonen, legislative counselor for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, told CNN in October 2009 that 95 percent of the population has some form of internet access.
Statistics released by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development) for December 2009 put broadband penetration in Finland at 26.7 percent, compared to 26.4 per cent for the United States. The Netherlands and Denmark ranked equal first at 37.1 percent each.
A report issued by the European Union in November last year stated that 24 percent of the EU population had a broadband access line subscription in July 2009.
It added that 80 per cent of broadband lines in the EU had download speeds of two mbs or greater.
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it is a small nation to make such an outstanding movement with the net. i wonder what the domino effect will be towards the other nations.

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Post by edie on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:41 pm



(CNN) -- A highway-worthy airplane moves one step closer to production with a recent weight exemption approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm Terrafugia, will be allowed a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds, the same allowance made for aircraft designed to operate on water.
Other planes in the class, called Light Sport Aircraft, are limited to a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds.
"The main reason for that additional weight is the additional safety features that the Transition has -- because it's designed to be operated on the road -- that aren't found in other light aircraft," said Anna Dietrich, Terrafugia's chief operating officer.
A protective safety cage, airbags and an energy absorbing crumple zone are among the extra features.
Light sport aircraft are limited to carrying two people -- a pilot and a passenger. The pilot must have a Sport Pilot certificate, which requires 20 hours of flight training. "It's a certification more appropriate to the size and complexity of these simple aircraft," Dietrich said.
"There's actually programs that you can do in about two weeks. You can take a couple weeks off of work and come home a pilot, so it's a very accessible, very exciting way of getting into aviation and giving yourself that additional freedom and flexibility," Dietrich said.
Going from plane to car "takes about the same amount of time as putting down your convertible top," and the transition takes place from inside the cockpit. After landing, a cockpit-operated system folds up the wings, and the pilot can drive away.
Transition is designed for trips of up to about 450 miles and can travel about 100 miles per hour in the air and "highway speeds" on the ground of "65, 70, [miles per hour] -- something like that," Dietrich said.
"We're really not pushing the performance as an automobile because it is really designed to be used as an airplane that has this additional capability," she said.
"Functionally, it's a lot closer to an airplane than it would be to your car."
The price is more in line with aircraft as well; Terrafugia anticipates the Transition will cost $194,000. The first delivery will occur in about 18 months, Dietrich said.
The Transition still has to receive FAA certification and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing before it goes into production. The Transition completed more than 20 test flights last year.

haha yeah i heard this a while ago but i really dint think they were for real roflol

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Post by edie on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:52 pm

hay hay they are just lined up today roflol

Maggots falling from an overhead luggage locker have forced a US Airways flight to return to the gate at Atlanta airport.

"Bugs just began to fall out of the overhead compartment" causing panic on board, passenger Desiree Harrell was quoted as saying by Associated Press.

All the passengers were then asked to get off so crews could clean the plane.

The airline said a container of spoiled meat brought on by a passenger caused the delay of the flight to Charlotte.

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All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot

Donna Adamo
passenger
It said that after landing in North Carolina, the plane was taken out of service and fumigated.

'Creeped out'
Donna Adamo, a passenger on board flight 1537, said she first noticed a couple of flies when she got to her seat on Monday but did not pay much attention to that.

As the plane was taxiing, she said she heard a passenger behind her causing a commotion and refusing to take her seat.

"Then I heard the word 'maggot' and that kind of got everybody creeped out," Ms Adamo told AP.

Passengers were asked to get off because of a "minor emergency"
"All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot, which I flicked off me.

But she said she "felt like they were crawling all over me because it only takes one maggot to upset your world".

"And as they're telling us to stay calm and seated, I see a maggot looking back at me and I'm thinking, 'These are anaerobic, flesh-eating larvae that the flight attendants don't have to sit with.'"

Ms Adamo said the pilot then announced that he had to return to the gate because of a "minor emergency on board".

The plane was cleaned and then continued on to Charlotte.

However, the unnamed passenger who brought the spoiled meat in a carry-on bag was put on another flight, US Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher said.

It was not immediately clear how the passenger managed to take the meat on board.
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maggots? ok now they try to say we have the best security. how the hell did a package of meat get on and be there long enuff to rot!? damn what if it was a bomb? roflol

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Post by melodiccolor on Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:55 pm

Yeah, isn't the point of an airplane for personal use is to get above the traffic or out of it altogether? lol! Still, If a plane needs to use a road as an emergency landing strip, this makes it a whole lot easier...

What Finland did about the internet is very cool. It would be nice if other countries followed suit. The US should; but I'd be very surprised if it happened for a variety of reasons.

Maggots, oh my! Yeah security is rather inconsistant...to understate it greatly.

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Post by Nucky on Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:26 am

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(CNN) -- A highway-worthy airplane moves one step closer to production with a recent weight exemption approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Transition Roadable Aircraft, developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm Terrafugia, will be allowed a maximum takeoff weight of 1,430 pounds, the same allowance made for aircraft designed to operate on water.
Other planes in the class, called Light Sport Aircraft, are limited to a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds.
"The main reason for that additional weight is the additional safety features that the Transition has -- because it's designed to be operated on the road -- that aren't found in other light aircraft," said Anna Dietrich, Terrafugia's chief operating officer.
A protective safety cage, airbags and an energy absorbing crumple zone are among the extra features.
Light sport aircraft are limited to carrying two people -- a pilot and a passenger. The pilot must have a Sport Pilot certificate, which requires 20 hours of flight training. "It's a certification more appropriate to the size and complexity of these simple aircraft," Dietrich said.
"There's actually programs that you can do in about two weeks. You can take a couple weeks off of work and come home a pilot, so it's a very accessible, very exciting way of getting into aviation and giving yourself that additional freedom and flexibility," Dietrich said.
Going from plane to car "takes about the same amount of time as putting down your convertible top," and the transition takes place from inside the cockpit. After landing, a cockpit-operated system folds up the wings, and the pilot can drive away.
Transition is designed for trips of up to about 450 miles and can travel about 100 miles per hour in the air and "highway speeds" on the ground of "65, 70, [miles per hour] -- something like that," Dietrich said.
"We're really not pushing the performance as an automobile because it is really designed to be used as an airplane that has this additional capability," she said.
"Functionally, it's a lot closer to an airplane than it would be to your car."
The price is more in line with aircraft as well; Terrafugia anticipates the Transition will cost $194,000. The first delivery will occur in about 18 months, Dietrich said.
The Transition still has to receive FAA certification and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing before it goes into production. The Transition completed more than 20 test flights last year.

haha yeah i heard this a while ago but i really dint think they were for real roflol

Sounds pretty cool! And yeah, I agree that the internet should be a basic right. It can truly be a lifesaver. I'd probably be dead by now if I didn't find you folks.

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Post by Nucky on Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:22 pm

A movie is being made based on the Facebook game Mafia Wars:

http://screenrant.com/facebook-mafia-wars-movie-mikee-66359/

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Post by edie on Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:11 pm

isnt that something lol took long enuff its been around for a while. lol
its going to be compared to the godfather i bet roflol

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Post by Grasshopper on Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:38 pm

Woman tells of horror at being bitten by a fox on two separate nights

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1291555/Woman-tells-horror-bitten-fox-separate-nights.html#ixzz0sjxLuyFJ


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Post by melodiccolor on Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:55 pm

Grasshopper wrote:Woman tells of horror at being bitten by a fox on two separate nights

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1291555/Woman-tells-horror-bitten-fox-separate-nights.html#ixzz0sjxLuyFJ

scratch That is odd.

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Post by Grasshopper on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:15 pm

High Noon in Pahrump, Nev.: Sheriff Arrests the District Attorney, DA refuses to prosecute himself

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704103904575336661401293070.html

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Post by edie on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:28 pm

are you kidding Laughing and rolling biggest side show in the area lol

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Post by Grasshopper on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:37 pm

Yeah, like an article in The Onion!

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Post by melodiccolor on Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:38 pm

lol! I'm sure there probably is some impropriety there...but sheesh, what a tangled wed of animosity.

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Male O. ingens with erect penis and ejaculated spermatophores on table (penis is white tubular structure in lower half of the picture)

The mating habits of deep-sea squid have been revealed for the first time, after the discovery of a male squid with a huge elongated and erect penis.
The male squid's sexual organ is almost as long as its whole body, including the squid's mantle, head and arms.
That shows how male deep-sea squid inseminate females; they use their huge penis to shoot out packages of sperm, injecting them into the female's body.
The discovery may also help explain how giant squid mate in the ocean depths.

When the mantle of the squid was opened, we witnessed an unusual event
Dr Alexander Arkhipkin
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Deep-water fisheries expert Dr Alexander Arkhipkin of the Falkland Islands Government Fisheries Department, based in Stanley, explains how he and his colleagues made the discovery, details of which are published in the Journal of Molluscan Studies.
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even obbsessed with sex when it comes to animals roflol. though a great discovery if it has never been found before

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Post by edie on Fri Jul 09, 2010 6:24 pm

sweeet!! better not be a disappointment lol i love the big adventure lol

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Up to 10,000 people show up each year to bare their behinds to passing Amtrak trains
The southern Californian city of Laguna Niguel has been enjoying an annual ritual, in which locals and visitors bare their bottoms at passing trains.

For 30 years, the city has hosted "Mooning Amtrak" as crowds line up along the railway tracks, dropping their trousers when a train passes by.

Up to 10,000 people take part, and visitors are encouraged to leave their cars at home and arrive by train.

Local legend has it the tradition began in 1979, after a bar room bet.

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Can I decorate my butt? Yes, that's OK

Moon Amtrak website
A drinker at the Mugs Away Saloon, which stands directly across the road from the railway, offered to buy a drink for anyone who would run outside and moon at the next train.

One customer took him at his word, and a ritual was born.

Each year the event grows, with crowds swelled by word of mouth and enthusiastic reports from radio DJs on local radio stations.

There were reports in 2008 of surging crowds and drunkenness, and police and a helicopter were called in from neighbouring towns to maintain order.

Last year the city, which lies in Orange County between Los Angeles and San Diego, decided enough was enough.

"Avoid the area this year," the city warned on its website home page. It added in a breezy Twitter feed that the city was "saying 'NO' to crack".

Moon Amtrak enthusiasts were not impressed.

Each year the event grows, with crowds of up to 10,000 reported
Mugs Away regular Rick Sanchez blamed a "stuffy, yuppie mayor" who had "never even been to a mooning", the Wall Street Journal reported.

The event even has its own website, this year proudly headed "31st Annual Mooning of Amtrak". It also promoted a newer offshoot: "5th Annual Mooning of Metrolink".

It features directions to Camino Capistrano, the road where trousers and dignity are dropped each year, and helpfully lists train times through the day, so that people can schedule their disrobing.

And after 8pm, there is night mooning. "Bring a flash light with plenty of batteries, or better yet, bring a camping lantern," the website advises.

There is even a "Frequently Asked Questions" section for mooning debutantes. "Can I decorate my butt?" is one FAQ.

Yes, that's OK, apparently.

hahaha i love it!! a small civil disobedience has grown into a annual gathering and tradition. Laughing and rolling Laughing and rolling

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Post by melodiccolor on Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:12 pm

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Post by Grasshopper on Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:04 am

Perhaps the bare bottoms piece can be called 'Odds & Ends' Smile

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Post by BlueTopaz on Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:30 am

ROTFLMAO

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Post by Rivershine on Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:11 pm

That's cute. Laughing
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Post by edie on Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:05 pm





A drunk man who climbed into a crocodile enclosure in Australia and attempted to ride a 5m (16ft) long crocodile has survived his encounter.

The crocodile, called Fatso, bit the 36-year-old man's leg, tearing chunks of flesh from him as he straddled the reptile.

He received surgery to serious wounds to his leg and is recovering in hospital, police say.

He had been chucked out of a pub in the town of Broome for being too drunk.

The man, Michael Newman, climbed over a fence and tried to sit on the 800kg (1,800lb) saltwater crocodile.

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If it had been warmer and Fatso was more alert, we would have been dealing with a fatality”

Malcolm Douglas
"Fatso has taken offence to this and has spun around and bit this man on the right leg," Sgt Roger Haynes of Broome police told journalists.

"The crocodile has let him go and he's been able to scale the fence again and leave the wildlife park."

'Right mind'
Malcolm Douglas, the park's owner, said that the crocodile was capable of crushing a man to death with a single bite.

"The man who climbed the fence was fortunate because Fatso was a bit more sluggish than normal, due to the cooler nights we have been experiencing in Broome," said Mr Douglas.

"If it had been warmer and Fatso was more alert, we would have been dealing with a fatality."

"No person in their right mind would try to sit on a 5m crocodile, Saltwater crocodiles, once they get hold of you, are not renowned for letting you go."

The man staggered back to the pub bleeding heavily.

Pub manager Mark Phillips said staff told him that the man reappeared at about 11pm with bits of bark hanging off him and flesh gouged out of his limbs.

"They said he had chunks out of his legs and things like that," Mr Phillips told The West Australian news website.

An average of two people are killed each year in Australia by aggressive saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to 7m (23 ft) long and weigh more than a tonne.
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