With their awkward, lumbering gait, elephants moving at high speed are not the most graceful of animals - but are they walking or running? Now scientists believe they have an answer: new research confirms that they do both - at the same time. By observing elephants moving across a hi-tech track, the team found the hefty creatures run with their front legs but walk with their back legs. VIDEO .
He only misplaced a single letter but it was one “L” of a costly mistake for the general manager of the Chilean mint. Gregorio Iñiguez and several other employees have reportedly been sacked after they minted a set of 50-peso coins with the name of their nation spelt incorrectly. The coins, worth six pence, were released into circulation with C-H-I-I-E stamped on the front where it should read C-H-I-L-E. The coins have since become collectors' items and the mint says it has no plans to take them out of circulation. People have reportedly been hoarding the coins in the hope their value rises. But the mistake has cost the mint's general manager, Gregorio Iniguez, and several other employees, their jobs. It is not the first embarrassing blunder at the Chilean mint. Last October, someone there sold a rare medal, which should have been housed in the institution's museum, to a coin collector. A month later, another medal - this one bearing the face of the country's then President Michelle Bachelet - was inadvertently sold on the open market. .
A Russian farmer has been convicted of planting landmines around his field to ward off trespassers. Alexander Skopintsev, from the eastern region of Primorye near China's border, laid the three devices on his land after building them in his garage. The 73-year-old had apparently been concerned about the frequent theft of potatoes from his farm. He was arrested after an intruder set off one of the tripwire-style mines in August and was injured in the blast. Skopintsev was convicted for the unlawful construction and storage of weapons and received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence. "Skopintsev testified that he had prepared the explosive devices to protect his garden against thieves," regional prosecutors said in a statement reported by RIA-Novosti news agency.
Hilary Taylor was left a rather unusual part of her uncle’s estate when he died – 3,000 watering cans. Ken Stickland – known as Watering Can Man – filled his shed, greenhouse, garden and even an entire floor of his house with his beloved collection. Mr. Stickland – who died last month, aged 78 – even kept a meticulous record of every watering can, including many he made himself. ‘I have heard of people collecting teapots or stamps... but this?’ ‘He was such a fascinating person. He started his collection in 2001 but I have no idea why. I suppose it kept his mind occupied and he had something to get up for. ‘Nearly every charity shop in the area knew him because he was always looking for watering cans. ‘He did not have a favorite, he just loved them all. Sometimes he would come home to find people had left them on his doorstep.’ Mrs Taylor admits she doesn’t know what to do with the collection and may sell it in aid of charity. One particular can will be always special though – as her uncle’s ashes are held in it. .
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