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04 December 2023

Crazy World: Just clap to unhook!...

By Staff & Agencies

Just clap to unhook!

US: A US engineer has invented a bra clasp that comes off when you clap your hands.

Randy Sarafan's device could be the answer to millions of people's problems who struggle with unhooking bra clasps, Metro in the UK reported.

The device would consign to history the dreaded clasp fumbling that often happens.

Sarafan was inspired to make the clap-off bra after reading about wacky electronic undergarments sold in Syria, such as musical knickers.

"Those of us in Western cultures have a thing or two to learn from the Syrians about gaudy electronic lingerie. Henceforth, it became my mission to fast-forward lingerie technology in the West," The Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.

Nursery teacher 'sprayed pupils with air freshener for smelling of curry' 

BRITAIN: A teacher sprayed air freshener over Asian pupils she described as smelling of curry in the mornings, a tribunal heard.

Elizabeth Davies, 48, was accused of humiliating children aged from three to six by using the aerosol during nursery class, reports Daily Mail.

The hearing was told she accused Bangladeshi children of smelling of onions or curry.

Davies is also accused of washing children’s hands with disinfectant and of making those who wet themselves stand on newspaper.

An investigation was launched after a parent complained.

Davies, a nursery school teacher for 20 years, taught at an inner-city school where more than half of her pupils were Bangladeshi.
NY baldies challenge dog show 'hair-ocracy'


NEW YORK: In a competition dominated by pooches with rock-star hairdos, little Coal sticks out at New York's Westminster Dog Show like a sore thumb from a fur glove. He's bald.

Coal, a four-year-old Chinese Crested, barks, wags his tail, and trots like a dog. But unlike dogs from the other 178 breeds vying for Tuesday's Best in Show prize, Coal and his fellow Chinese Cresteds have almost no hair.

Hair tufts adorn his paws, the top of his head, and along the tail, but there's nothing between, creating the impression of something that put on a hat and boots, but forgot to get dressed.

Coal's owners cooed as a handler paraded the tiny, naked and trembling creature around the ring in Madison Square Garden.

"He looks like a pony. He shows like a pony," said Dwight Eubanks, making his own fashion statement with a flamboyant orange coat and out-sized costume jewelry.

A professional hairdresser - "I've been attracted to hair since the day I left my mother's womb" - Eubanks says he loves a dog that dares to go bare.

"They're unique, they're more exotic," he said.

The Westminster Show, which started in 1877, is an event full of traditions, among them the appreciation for beautiful hair.

From the flowing, hirsute splendor of the Afghan hound to the mammoth cotton wool ball of the Old English Sheepdog, hair and the care of hair have been an obsession among owners and handlers.

If the Chinese Crested cracked that stylistic wall, the Xoloitzcuintli, an entirely hairless dog from Mexico, is expected to leap through next year.

Xoloitzcuintlis only gained official recognition as a pure breed from the American Kennel Club about a month ago so it won't be until the 2012 show that they can compete in Madison Square Garden.

Smooth-skinned, bat-faced, and described by The New York Times as resembling a hot-water bottle, the Xoloitzcuintli is unlikely to upset a Labrador or Beagle in glamour contests.

But bald can be beautiful - not to mention hypoallergenic, enthusiasts say.

"My boyfriend has allergies and I travel a lot, so I wanted a dog that's small and he fits under the seat of a plane," Mercedes Vila said as Butters, her Chinese Crested, nestled in her arms.

Butters had marbled skin of brown with pink streaks that felt something like a diver's wet suit.

Vila said that hair-free look didn't mean maintenance free: "You have to care for the skin. You have to put on lotion and give him a bath."

Indeed, not all hairless dogs are even really hairless. Experts divide them into "true hairless" and "hairy hairless" - the latter needing a frequent shave to achieve that ultra-sleek look.

For most competitors at America's biggest dog show, those nuances sound like useless hair-splitting.

Busily prepping a Great Pyrenees, a massive dog with a shag-pile coat, Joanne Thibault said she prefers something that she can really get her comb into - a pug with a rug.

"I like grooming," Thibault, 17, said.

Trying to picture herself handling one of the Westminster show's fleshy rebels, Thibault grimaced.

"That whole texture. I think it would be awkward."

A total of 2,626 four-legged beauties, representing 179 breeds, were chasing the elusive Best in Show title to be decided late Tuesday.

Organizers claim the Westminster Dog Show is the second oldest US sporting event, after the Kentucky Derby horse race.

Whether the event is a canine fashion show or a sporting event might be debated, but its huge popularity is not, with USA Network and NBC providing live television coverage at peak hours.

Camera implanted into head removed


LOS ANGELES: An artist who had a camera implanted into the back of his head has been forced to remove it after his body rejected part of the device.

Iraqi-born Wafaa Bilal had surgery to remove one of three posts holding the camera in place as it posed a risk of infection, the BBC reported.

The camera had been taking a photo every minute as part of a year-long project.

Bilal said he hopes he will be able to reattach the camera.

After doctors refused his initial request to have the camera inserted into his head last year, the artist had the procedure done at a body-piercing studio in Los Angeles.

The camera was mounted on three posts attached to a titanium base inserted between Bilal's skin and skull.

The set-up had been causing him pain despite treatment with antibiotics and steroids.