Unleashing the beast within

A New York yoga instructor with a passion for heavy metal has combined them in a series of classes that help people relax and unleash their inner beast at the same time. While not the most Zen of experiences, the Metal Yoga Bones classes are just as liberating, because of the noisy release - much like primal screaming. Participants get in the mood with death growls - a loud and booming "roar" often used in death metal music - screaming and banging fists on the floor. There are even metal-themed poses she invented, like "Destroyer666", or "Corpse Pose". She also incorporates air guitar or flipping the bird in some exercises. (The Guardian)

Placard at protest against Donald Trump's dismissal of science.
Placard at protest against Donald Trump's dismissal of science.

Vile surprise lurking under the bed

"I dropped the TV remote, which happened to fall under the bed," writes Scot Pritchard on Quora.com. "Feeling lazy, I reached down without looking, thinking it wouldn't have gone far ... cue ... that doesn't feel like a remote ... it feels the wrong shape ... and I'm pretty sure it doesn't have those soft bits by the corners ... No, this is all wrong ... I managed to force myself to have a look ... I'm not sure whether it was relief or disgust when I found my hand attached to the mouldiest, vilest sandwich in existence ... Our beloved dog had taken it there to eat and left it. How we hadn't smelled what seemed to be a combination of death and pestilence with a sprinkling of despair, I do not know."

Online lover's excuse backfires

Police in the south Indian city of Hyderabad arrested a 32-year-old man for sending a hoax email to police about an aircraft hijack plot to get out of a tricky situation with his online girlfriend. In the email, the married man claimed to be a woman who had overheard six men plotting to hijack planes in Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Mumbai police alerted security agencies, resulting in beefed-up security at those airports. Investigators traced the IP address to an internet cafe and narrowed the sender down to eight people. After examining CCTV footage, police zeroed in on the man, who confessed. Police said he didn't have the money for a ticket, but was too proud to admit that to the woman in case she ended the relationship. His thinking was that if the flight was cancelled because of the scare, he wouldn't seem at fault. (Source: CNN)

Canadian councillors find a new way to waste time.
Canadian councillors find a new way to waste time.

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