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Russian Cops Ban Short Skirts After Skirts Get Too Short

Jun 30, 2014 -- 2:40pm

From Huffington Post

Or at least the public's perception of you. That is the principal argument behind the Russian Interior Ministry's recent ban on short skirts and other uniform modifications, the Moscow Times reports.

"When you meet people, the first thing you see is their clothing, and for a police officer fulfilling his duties, it is crucial to have a tidy and neat appearance. From time to time, we have seen instances of officers improperly wearing their uniforms. … Heads [of departments] must pay more attention to the appearance of their subordinates," Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov said in a memo obtained by Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The Moscow Times reports that the ban was imposed to counteract a growing trend of rising hemlines among female officers, as well as a tendency of male officers to cut off their shirt sleeves. Department heads are encouraged to inspect uniforms daily to make sure they're appropriate.


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'Pastafarian' posed with colander on head for gun licence to honor his 'Spaghetti Monster' religion

Jun 27, 2014 -- 9:41am

Man who posed with a colander on his head for a gun licence photo claimed it was important to his religion — the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.


Guy Albon, 30, a disability worker, successfully argued he should be allowed to wear the pasta draining utensil in his licence photo because it was a religious head piece.

When he had his licence renewed last year, Mr Albon declared himself a Pastafarian and member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a global movement which promotes a lighthearted view of religion.

“I thought it would be a bit of fun,” he told The Advertiser in Adelaide, Australia.

“As far as I know I’m the first person to do it in Australia . I’ve copped quite a bit of flack from the police firearms branch and I’ve told them as far as I know - my legal knowledge is limited - but as long as the piece was a religious head piece it was going to be okay. They don’t have a qualifying list of religions not allowed to wear them.”

Mr Albon said officials surprised to learn of the religion but allowed the photo to be taken.

But police later confiscated his four guns after learning of the picture.

“When I lined up for the picture — I popped it on my head and I told her I’m Pastafarian,” he said.

“She looked at me a little perplexed and I explained it to her and she was quite impressed and said she would like to look into it. I’m hoping she became a member actually.”

A psychiatrist has confirmed Mr Albon was safe to own guns, but the photo with the colander has been destroyed.

He was told he would have to be photographed again, minus the pasta drainer.

“I was told I was mentally competent and I have never misused my guns or intend to do so. So it’s a real kick in the guts that I was told if I went to get another photo with the colander, my guns would once again be confiscated.”

Mr Albon added he is due soon to renew his driving licence and will wear the colander on his head again.





'Meat Rushmore' Sculpture Shows Presidents Covered In Jerky

Jun 12, 2014 -- 2:45pm

From Huffington Post


Finally, a presidential story with some meat to it.

June 12 marks the third annual National Jerky Day, and in honor of the day, Jack Link's beef jerky company is building a replica of Mount Rushmore in jerky form in New York's Columbus Circle, Kip Lindman, representative for Jack Link's, told HuffPost.

When finished, the so-called "Meat Rushmore" Memorial will measure 13 feet high and 17 feet wide, which translates to about 1,400 cubic feet.

Nearly 1,600 pounds of beef, pork and turkey jerky have been applied to the base. That's about five miles of meat if each meat stick was laid end to end.

More than 20 staffers have put in about 1,400 man hours to beef up the jerky sculpture.

Art director Alex Valhouli has enjoyed beefing up his portfolio, but worries he may have bitten off more than he can chew.

"The big challenge with meat sculpting is that it hasn't been done before," he said on a promotional video. "You can't possibly know what to expect."

Meat Rushmore will be publicly displayed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After that, it will be shipped back to the headquarters of Jack Link's in Minong, Wisconsin.



There's A Marijuana Coffee That Really Lets You 'Wake And Bake'

Jun 04, 2014 -- 2:15pm

From Huffington Post


Marijuana coffee is coming to the state of Washington, and the product is promising consumers a caffeinated buzz. The cold-brewed cannibis-infused coffee, called Legal, is expected to hit the market in early July, product developer Adam Stites told The Huffington Post on Monday.

"It’s an alert, creative high," he said.

Stites also calls it "the wake and bake drink," according to My Northwest.


He said each bottle contains about 20 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. That's enough to make the experience similar to having "a nice IPA or glass of wine. We don't want to pack so much THC into every one of our drinks that it's unpleasant, especially for people that are just getting into marijuana," he told My Northwest.

The company Stites founded, Mirth Provisions, is a bit more flowery about the effects. In describing the version with cream and sugar, the website states: "Drinking this coffee is like riding a cool avalanche of pure deliciousness down a tall mountain and landing in an ocean of good feelings. You’ll swim off into a day of work or play filled to the brim with pure joy."

Mirth Provisions has also developed sparkling cherry, lemon ginger and pomegranate juices fortified with cannabis extract.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in Washington state in 2012, but retail sales have hit regulatory snags, according to the Washington Post.

Stites told HuffPost that an inspection by the state's department of agriculture is scheduled for June 12. He anticipates the retail operation to be up and running by early July. The 11.5-ounce bottles would probably retail between $9 and $11, he said.



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