Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Via The Sun: Made In Chelsea star Louise Thompson has stripped off to show ex-boyfriend Spencer Matthews exactly what he is missing. Viewers of the E4 reality show recently saw a shell-shocked Louise being cruelly dumped by long-term boyfriend Spencer, who told her he couldn't respect a girl who allowed him to cheat on her. Louise, who is hoping to bag a spot in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World list this week, had previously taken Spencer back, despite him revealing he had romped with someone behind her back. And on last night's show the love rat, 25, actually went on to admit to having slept with another girl in her bed. Since then Louise, 24, has revealed that the break-up has actually come as a huge "relief". And she says she is now "the happiest I’ve been in a long time". But speaking to FHM magazine, Louise said she just can't help liking "bad men". She added: "I actually really fancy Dappy from N-Dubz. Can you imagine?!" And the brunette admitted: "I have had my eye on England cricketer Stuart Broad, but the problem is he looks like someone who gets a lot of attention". This month’s FHM, announcing the 100 Sexiest Women in the World is on sale on Thursday, www.fhm.com/100sexiest.
NBA Cheerleader "Too Chunky"? CBS Houston Blogger Sparks Outrage For Questioning Kelsey Williams' Figure
Via American Power: A blogger for CBS Houston has been skewered by disgruntled readers this week after asking if an NBA cheerleader is "too chunky" to wear skimpy clothing. After Game 1 of the NBA playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets, blogger Claire Crawford commented on the appearance of Thunder cheerleader Kelsey Williams. Crawford wrote that the cheerleader is a "pretty blonde" but claimed that the young woman's "pudginess" was being criticized "by some folks in OKC". "If she's comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her", Crawford wrote.
Via Hollyscoop: Michael Jordan just got married this weekend for the second time and spent a cool $10 million on the ceremony. Clearly he has cash to burn since his divorce from Juanita Jordan cost him $168 million. So a $10 million wedding is almost insulting if he spent that much to divorce his ex-wife. But we digress. Over 300 of Michael and new wife Yvette Prieto’s closest friends and family came out to the lavish wedding in Jupiter, Florida. Michael’s wedding is actually the most expensive celebrity wedding ever!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Via The Sun: Victoria Beckham has revealed she designs clothes in the nude. Giving a speech at the Vogue Festival in London, the 39-year-old former Spice Girl said she frequently stripped naked in front of her team as part of her creative process. Describing her clothes-making routine, she told the audience: "I start by sitting down with the team and discussing ideas first. We're all very close and we sit down and we're open and we talk and I normally, you know, get naked and make clothes on myself. That's pretty much how it works". The mum-of-four wife of footie ace David also said she understands why people mistake her for "such a cow" after seeing moody pictures of her. Posh notoriously never smiles for the camera, striking stern-faced poses instead. She joked: "Everyone thinks I’m going to be such a cow - I get it because I think the same when I see the pictures".
Via The GWPF: We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years. The period of low solar activity could start in 2030-2040. Global warming which has been the subject of so many discussions in recent years, may give way to global cooling. According to scientists from the Pulkovo Observatory in St.Petersburg, solar activity is waning, so the average yearly temperature will begin to decline as well. Scientists from Britain and the U.S. chime in saying that forecasts for global cooling are far from groundless. Some experts warn that a change in the climate may affect the ambitious projects for the exploration of the Arctic that have been launched by many countries. Just recently, experts said that the Arctic ice cover was becoming thinner while journalists warned that the oncoming global warming would make it possible to grow oranges in the north of Siberia. Now, they say a cold spell will set in. Apparently, this will not occur overnight, Yuri Nagovitsyn of the Pulkovo Observatory, says. "Journalists say the entire process is very simple: once solar activity declines, the temperature drops. But besides solar activity, the climate is influenced by other factors, including the lithosphere, the atmosphere, the ocean, the glaciers. The share of solar activity in climate change is only 20%. This means that sun’s activity could trigger certain changes whereas the actual climate changing process takes place on the Earth". Solar activity follows different cycles, including an 11-year cycle, a 90-year cycle and a 200-year cycle. Yuri Nagovitsyn comments. "Evidently, solar activity is on the decrease. The 11-year cycle doesn’t bring about considerable climate change – only 1-2%. The impact of the 200-year cycle is greater – up to 50%. In this respect, we could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years. The period of low solar activity could start in 2030-2040 but it won’t be as pervasive as in the late 17th century". Even though pessimists say global cooling will hamper exploration of the Arctic, experts say it won’t. Climate change and the resulting increase in the thickness of the Arctic ice cover pose no obstacles to the extraction of oil and gas on the Arctic shelf. As oil and gas reserves of the Arctic sea shelf are estimated to be billions of tons, countries are demonstrating more interest in the development of the Arctic. Climate change will also have no impact on the Northern Sea Route, which makes it possible to cut trade routes between Europe, Asia, and America. Professor Igor Davidenko comments. "The Northern Sea Route has never opened so early or closed so late over the past 30 years. Last year saw a cargo transit record – more than five million tons. The first Chinese icebreaker sailed along the Northern Sea Route in 2012. China plans it to handle up to 15% of its exports". As Russia steps up efforts to upgrade its icebreaker fleet, a new-generation icebreakers are set to arrive in the years to come. No climate changes will thus be able to impede an increase in shipping traffic via the Northern Sea Route.
Via Disclose.tv: Life becomes more complex at a steadily exponential rate, because when extrapolated from recent evolutionary history, it shows life predates Earth. Based on DNA, life originated around 9.7 billion years ago, but the Earth itself is only 4.5 billion years old....
Via The Swedish Wire: Notorious Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has got a new rival. Film streaming site Swefilmer was the third fastest rising search term on Google trends last year in the Nordic country, according to media sources. While Netflix, HBO and other companies push their legal online movie and TV-series services, its illegal cousins are also rising. The reason is mainly that streaming is safe for users and you don't have to download files to your computer. Films are streamed, broadcasted live. Legally, streaming is primarily the responsibility of the person doing the streaming, not the watching. Pirate site Swefilmer.com is rapidly increasing its popularity. According to Google's trend list, "Swefilmer" was the second fastest growing search term last year in Sweden, after its legal cousin Netflix. Who is behind Swefilmer is unknown. Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet tracked the domain name Swefilmer.com to a anonymization services in Australia. Data seams to be coming from web hotel Redstation in London. However, since many films on the site have Swedish subtitles, it's likely to have Swedish links. "Users are fleeing to services where there is less risk of getting caught. The general impression is that pirate streaming, based in countries where it is difficult to get to them, has increased", said Daniel Westman at Stockholm University, to SvD.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Via The Sun: Cristiano Ronaldo cheated on model girlfriend Irina Shayk — with a Brazilian beauty dubbed Miss BumBum. Andressa Urach, 27, said the Real Madrid ace bedded her after a string of racy texts. She told The Sun Ronaldo claimed he had dreamt about her rear and called her "little horse", adding: "He was obsessed with my butt". And she described how the pair ended up romping in a posh hotel last week, just 48 hours before winker Ronaldo’s Real were thrashed 4-1 by German side Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League semi-final first leg. Andressa said: "It was incredible, his body’s perfect, like a Greek god. He went on for hours and would not stop talking about my butt". The tryst came a day after £80million Portugal international Ronaldo was snapped leaving a Madrid diner beside a furious-looking Irina, his girlfriend since 2010. The star, 28 — a footballing role model who is also an ambassador for Save the Children — contacted Andressa out of the blue after being passed her number by a mutual friend last month. Saucy snaps had just emerged of her snogging fellow model Camila Vernaglia, 21, who had finished second in the Brazilian competition known as Miss BumBum. Ex-Manchester United idol Ronaldo — who famously winked at the Portuguese team bench after England pal Wayne Rooney’s 2006 World Cup red card — began sending Andressa texts and later spoke to her via internet service Skype. Andressa said: "I have always thought Cristiano is one of the most gorgeous men in the world, so I couldn’t believe it when he got in touch with me". The Sun contacted Ronaldo's representatives for a comment on the story. But despite repeated calls from us over a 48-hour period they refused to comment. In the early hours of today, Ronaldo went on Twitter to claim he was only at the hotel to be interviewed by a Spanish journalist.
Via The Local: An 81-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife grew so tired of the noises emanating from their neighbor that they took revenge by booming Iron Maiden at top volume. The couple now face a charge of harassment for their late night heavy metal music habits, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily. "The harassment has just carried on, I am completely broken down. How can I keep living here", the neighbor said in police interviews. The noisy dispute continued throughout the winter with the pensioners booming music from their terraced house in the Stockholm area until as late as 4am, the newspaper reported. The police were moved to act and arrived at the house to find that the elderly couple had placed a music system on the balcony, pointed at the neighbor and playing Iron Maiden's "Afraid to shoot strangers" at top volume. The police furthermore found another music system in the cellar directed toward the neighbor's bedroom wall. The elderly couple are reported to have taken revenge on their neighbors, who had only recently moved in, due to a "whistling sound" coming from their property. The septuagenarian metal connoisseur argued in police interviews that she had been forced to take sleeping pills in order to overcome the noise. "We wanted to give a taste of their own medicine", her husband said.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Via The Local: Worshippers at the Fittja mosque in southern Stockholm on Friday heard Sweden's first-ever call to prayer, which brought some congregation members to tears of joy. Guluz Kayhan, 45, had tears in her eyes when the notes of Sweden's first-ever call to prayer ended and worshippers hurried up the steps of the mosque. "I don't go to the mosque as often as before but I wanted to experience this", she told The Local as she wiped tears from her blue eyes. Flanked by her two daughters, Kayhan made her way inside, slipping off her shoes. "I'm really proud of Sweden", said her daughters' friend Havva Göcmenoglu, 24. "I am proud of being part of a society that respects different religions". Yet as the spring sun broke through the clouds after a bitterly dour morning, two men in a red Volvo 740 crept up to the curb and halted, just to spin their wheels so furiously the rubber shrieked as much as it burned. People making their way into the mosque turned their heads, but most seemed intent on ignoring the odd act. The congregation was a mix of people who moved to Sweden from countries such as Turkey decades ago, but a number of people who immigrated more recently joined in too. Kashif Rashid, 28, from Lahore in Pakistan just left Italy to join his brother in Sweden. "In Italy I didn't even have a mosque to go to", he said on his way to the mosque, which is nestled in a beech copse just by a lake lined with the hulls of hibernating boats. "For two years I have not heard this", he beamed. His enthusiasm was shared by others heading to pray. Abdi Muhammad, 27, originally from Somalia, travelled to Fittja from Rinkeby on the far other end of Stockholm. "Thank you to the government", he said. Friday's prayer call came following a decision earlier this month by local police who ruled that it wouldn't violate local noise ordinances. The ruling allowed the prayer call for between three to five minutes on Fridays between midday and 1pm. Back in September, local government officials had approved the move in principle, voting in favour of scrapping a 1994 prohibition on allowing prayer calls, which dated back from before the construction of the mosque. The mosque was built in 2007 in the municipality's Fittja district and has over 1.500 members. Among veterans in the congregation, reactions were equally elated. "The Swedes have pure hearts", said Fawzia Choudry, 46, who came to Sweden from Pakistan decades ago. "We threw our hands in the air in delight when we heard the ruling, because at first nobody thought they'd give the permission". Her daughter Toba, 21, used the Azan (call to prayer) app on her pink-encased iPhone in the meantime. "People are so busy working this really is a good reminder", she said. "This is so important for us Muslims and I think in general Sweden, alongside England, is much more tolerant than other European countries such as France".
Via Disclose.tv: In science fiction, one of the most popular concepts is the cyborg — a creature that's part human and part machine. Now, a Russian billionaire is determined to take this sci-fi trope and make it a reality. The man is named Dmitry Itskov, and no, this isn't an April Fools' joke. Itskov is totally serious about wanting to make humans immortal by merging them with machines, and he's been pushing the project forward since 2011 when he founded the 2045 Initiative, ostensibly the deadline for "substance-independent" minds to receive artificial bodies — what some scientists refer to as the Singularity. As Digital Trends describes, the ultimate goal is to be able to transfer a person's mind or consciousness from a living brain into a machine with that person's personality and memories intact. Freed of physical form, the person would exist in a network similar to the internet and be able to travel at the speed of light all over the planet, or even into space. To call Itskov's plan ambitious is an understatement, but he's mapped out several key steps to get there. The first goal, called Avatar A, involves a person controlling a robotic human replica via a brain-machine interface (BMI), a technology that already exists today. That deadline is set for 2020. Next up is Avatar B, due 2025, which would involve transplanting a human brain into an artificial body "at the end of one's life". That sounds eerily similar to what one of Doctor Who's most notorious monsters, the Cybermen, do to their victims — granting them immortality, but at the cost of losing all emotion and individuality.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Via The European Union Times: New data show that public confidence in the European Union has dropped to record low levels in the six biggest EU countries amid high unemployment rates and a deepening recession in Europe. According to findings from the polling organization, Eurobarometer, a growing number of nationals in Spain, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Poland have lost their trust in the EU.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Mostly I assume the guys who go to the draft to watch it live are extreme fanatics. Either their team just picked somebody they think is a wasted first pick, or, the team they hate just picked the guy they wished they could have. Or their Jets fans and just naturally angry. Or Colts fans and just happy not to be in Indianapolis. The whole spectacle is pretty Roman, which makes it gay. For football, which is clearly not.
Via Just Jared: Gwyneth Paltrow is crowned the World’s Most Beautiful Woman during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Friday (April 26). The 40-year-old actress talked about finding out she received People magazine’s title. "My publicist of like 22 years, Stephen Huvane, sent me an email. And honestly I was like this is a joke. I reread it three times. I was like oh, he sent this to the wrong client. Like there’s no way", Gwyneth said. "My name wasn’t on it….I was like oh this is not for me and it was actually psychologically interesting because for a minute I really thought that someone was playing a joke on me. I talked about it with my shrink". Gwyneth also talked about the sheer dress she wore at the Iron Man 3 premiere this week and about the grooming she needed to do to wear it. "Yeah, Oh, I kind of had a disaster. I was doing a show and I changed there and I went I couldn’t wear underwear. I don’t think I can tell this story on TV", Gwyneth said. "Well, let’s just say everyone went scrambling for a razor…So I went from being the most beautiful to the most humiliated. In one day… I work a 70’s vibe. You know what I mean?"
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Via Israel Today: Jorgen Nilsson, a 39-year-old Knight Hospitaller of the Order of Saint Lazarus this week completed a journey of six months, 4.500 miles, and seven million steps from Sweden to Jerusalem. Nilsson departed from the city of Lund in southern Sweden on November 18 of last year. He arrived in Jerusalem just in time for the first international conference on developing the holy city as a sustainable (green) and accessible pilgrimage destination. His journey took Nilsson through Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, and Jordan. This past weekend, he arrived in the Israeli port city of Haifa. Nilsson explained why he chose to undertake such an adventure: "Jerusalem has always been a critical point of both peace and conflict. It is a symbol of the effort needed to attain world peace". The modern-day knight also explained that the previous year, his order had, after hundreds of years in exile, moved its headquarters back from France to Jerusalem. "Accordingly, in my desire to commemorate our return to the Holy City, I decided to walk to Jerusalem". An engineer by trade, Nilsson also serves in Sweden's army reserves, and saw service in Kosovo. Nilsson said he was very excited about his arrival in Israel. Following a brief rest, Nilsson was scheduled to be awarded the "key to the city" by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Nilsson documented his journey on the website www.towardsjerusalem.org.
Via The Sun: Gwyneth Paltrow shows the thigh’s the limit as she steps out in a very revealing dress — apparently wearing no underwear. The actress looked stunning as she cheekily flashed the flesh at the Iron Man 3 premiere in Los Angeles last night. Gwyneth, 40, showed off her incredible figure in the floor-length gown featuring mesh paneling down the side to reveal her slender legs and the side of her bottom. The mum-of-two’s risque frock appeared to make it impossible for the star to wear pants to the red carpet event without them being visible. She wore her blonde hair straight and accessorized with jeweled drop earrings for the bash, where she was joined by co-stars Robert Downey Junior and Ben Kingsley. Gwyneth, who is married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, recently revealed that she is happier than ever with how she looks, despite having hit 40. She credits close friend and trainer Tracy Anderson with transforming her but admits there are days when she hates exercizing. She told Us Weekly: "I just sob and then kick and scream and then I just force myself to do it. I just got obsessed. When you see results like that, I started following everything she said and she completely transformed my body and I’m so grateful". It's easy to understand why What Would Tyler Durden Do? calls Gwyneth Paltrow the most beautiful creature ever.
Via Just Jared: Beyoncé previews her hot new song "Standing on the Sun" in the steamy new campaign for H&M! The 31-year-old entertainer is featured in several sexy bikinis while performing as Mrs. Carter in the Jonas Akerlund-directed video. "I can’t deny your desire, feel like I’m on fire. When you touch me, I feel the flame they can never feel", Beyoncé sings on the track, written by Sia and Greg Kurstin.
Via Disclose.tv: Early trials suggest a host of allergies and autoimmune ailments could be treated with worm therapy, or infection with live worm-like parasites. But will it ever reach the clinic? Chronic diarrhoea could be treated using parasitic worms, a study of monkeys has suggested. Jim Turk initially put his symptoms down to stress. The self-described "health nut" who was in training to run marathons suddenly found himself unable to jog for more than a couple of minutes before coming to a gasping, staggering halt. His speech began to slur. Turk, then in his early thirties, blamed the combined pressures of juggling a full-time job, studying for a master's degree and his parenting responsibilities. When he collapsed in the middle of a baseball field one sunny afternoon in 2008 while coaching his son’s team, he realized it was time to seek help. At the hospital, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans revealed plaques peppered throughout Turk’s brain and spine. The diagnosis was obvious: multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune condition in which the body eats away at its own nerve cell casings. The cure: not known yet. A month later, Turk saw an ad on the news seeking multiple sclerosis patients to try out an unusual new treatment at the University of Wisconsin, in his hometown of Madison. Patients were being asked to infect themselves with live pig whipworm eggs to see if the parasites alleviated any of their symptoms or slowed the spread of telltale brain and spine lesions. "I’ve always had a research interest so I decided to put my money where my mouth is", Turk says. "Plus I was terrified and didn’t know what to do". When Turk arrived at the clinic, John Fleming, a professor of neurology, presented him with a vial of clear liquid. "It tasted a little bit salty but otherwise it was just water", says Turk. "I couldn’t see the eggs or anything".
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
First Glimpse Of "Comet Of The Century": Hubble Gets Snaps Of ISON That Astronomers Hope Will Amaze The World
Via Mail Online: The Hubble Space Telescope has given astronomers their clearest view yet of Comet ISON, which experts believe could light up the sky in a breathtaking display later this year. Experts believe comet ISON will get dramatically brighter as it swings around the sun in late November, with some claiming the comet could shine brighter than Venus or even the full moon.
Via The Sun: Megan Fox looks simply sumptuous as she poses in her stockings. The Transformers leading lady relaxed in bed for the snaps. And as well as modelling her sexy side, the star also showed off her taste for gadgets in the advert for a technology company. Although thanks to Megan’s starring appearance, it might be easy to overlook the iPhone alarm clock on her bedside table. The 26-year-old has previously spoken about her geeky side in an interview. Megan told a magazine that she prefers staying in playing computer games to going out clubbing. She said: "You won’t believe this, but I never go out. I don’t like drunk, sweaty people whose only goal is to have sex. I stay home and play computer backgammon". But since the arrival of her first child Noah, Megan might have a bit less time on her hands to indulge in gaming. Her son is now six-months-old and Megan says she’s loving life. And the star said she now considers being a mum as a priority over acting. She said: "My job is to be with him. I just want to give Noah as much of myself as I can".
Via Just Jared: Check out Dita Von Teese stripped down nearly nude in 30 Seconds to Mars‘ new video for their song "Up in the Air"! The band, consisting of members Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Miličević, also featured in their video a routine by U.S. Olympian Jordyn Wieber, and animals including a lion, a zebra, a wolf, and a python. "My appearance in the full @30secondstomars @JaredLeto film" Dita tweeted, along with a link to the video, directed by Bartholomew Cubbins.
Is This Really Human? DNA Tests On Six-Inch Skeleton Of "Alien-Looking" Creature With Over-Sized Head Prove It Was Actually Human Claim Scientists In New Documentary
Via Mail Online: It was hailed as proof of alien life, a mummified visitor from another planet. Ten years after the remains of a six-inch "space alien" were first discovered, they have been confirmed as "human" by Stanford scientists in a new documentary film Sirius. Since the remains of the small humanoid - known as the "Atacama Humanoid" and nicknamed Ata - were discovered in Chile's Atacama Desert 10 years ago there has been much speculation about its origins. Scientists believe the unusual skeleton is human, yet it has nine ribs.
Via France 24: France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep conservatism in the nation’s heartland and triggered huge demonstrations that tapped into intense discontent with the Socialist government. Within hours, fiery clashes broke out between protesters and riot police, who responded with tear gas. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told lawmakers that the first weddings could be as soon as June. "We believe that the first weddings will be beautiful and that they’ll bring a breeze of joy, and that those who are opposed to them today will surely be confounded when they are overcome with the happiness of the newlyweds and the families", she said.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: I’m pretty sure every attractive woman in this world either models for, or will model for, Victoria’s Secret. V.S. is like the dude who snags Boardwalk and Park Place early in the Monopoly session and gets that knowing look on his face like, this could go five minutes, or five hours, either way, I win. Victoria’s Secret sold more than $5 billion in underwear last year. They’re winning. And rounding up hot girls in foreign countries like white slave traders. Only, the models get paid a shit ton. The kids making the stuff are the slaves. (Just kidding, the kids they employ are not really slaves, they can leave any time they like, if they’re decent jumpers and electrocution proof.) Still, Doutzen Kroes is pretty fucking hot. Sorry not-quite slave kids. Your work is important.
There are two kinds of girls in this world. Those who posts bikini selfies on Instagram and those who do not. Ashley Tisdale is one of those girls who post bikini solo shots on Instagram and she wants you to know about it. Someone in the offices asked today, "What does Ashley Tisdale do?" Well, posting bikini selfies, apparently. Also, something to do with being friends with Zac Efron. Ashley Tisdale used Earth Day as an excuse to post a photo of herself in a bikini on Instagram and Twitter and by doing so, made everyone jealous because she’s hanging out at a cool Mexican resort and the rest of us are not. "Happy earth day from Paradise!" she writes, which can be translated to, "Happy bikini day to me! My boyfriend said a mirror shot was too vain so I made him take this photo of me outside so I could use Earth Day as an excuse! Yay…from Paradise!" Apparently AshTis was in Cabo San Lucas for a friend’s wedding. How fun and flirty.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Via Just Jared: Check out Beyonce belting out her greatest hits and dancing on stage in front of packed crowds in this newly released video featuring footage from her Mrs. Carter World Tour show! The video features the 31-year-old entertainer singing favorites such as "Love on Top", "Halo", and "Run The World (Girls)". "Starting this Sunday you can join Beyoncé and Goodwill in making a difference by bringing clothing items, electronics, and small household goods to select Europe Venues starting with Amsterdam!" Bey wrote on her Facebook over the weekend. "All participants who bring donations will be entered into a raffle to receive a special gift from Beyoncé! See ya there!" Beyonce is currently scheduled to tour the world until August 3, ending her run in Brooklyn, NY.
Via France 24: The French embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli was hit by a car bomb on Tuesday, injuring two guards. The impact of the explosion severely damaged two villas and two cars parked near the building, while the windows of a shop 200 meters away were blown out. "The walls of the embassy itself have been partly destroyed, and there is a fire in all three houses next to the embassy", said FRANCE 24’s Libya correspondent Marine Casalis. Authorities in Tripoli called the blast a "terrorist act", according to AFP. "The French authorities will do everything in their power to shed light on the circumstances surrounding this heinous attack", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement on Tuesday.
Via Before It's News: A Facebook page, "Memorial for Nuke Event in L.A. April 28th", has been set up by someone and described in a video by The Idaho Picker. What in the world is this all about? Is this just some joker playing games or does somebody have inside information about the "nuking of LA"?
Via The Local: Stockholm's population is among the fastest growing among European cities, with a new report by the city's chamber of commerce suggesting that by 2030, the Swedish capital will overtake London as the fastest growing city in western Europe. The report states that by 2030, Stockholm will be home to half a million more inhabitants than it is today. Currently, around 30.000 people are moving into Stockholm each year. "It's an incredibly strong development, even historically", Maria Rankka, the CEO of Stockholm’s Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammaren), told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD). "More and more economic activity in our economy is being focused on the big cities, and in Sweden this development is extra strong". In the lead-up to 2030, the Chamber of Commerce predicted that Stockholm's population would grow at a rate six times faster than Paris, and twice as fast as Copenhagen and Zurich. When asked how she predicted life in Stockholm to be by the year 2030, Rankka was positive about the effects of the population hike. "If you just take a look at the past five years, Stockholm has become more international, more dynamic, and more exciting. If you look ahead to 2030, we'll have a proper big city, but life will still function effectively", she told SvD. Stockholm's population has not been steadily on the climb, with the sixties seeing a drop in residents in the Swedish capital.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Via The Local: Two Swedish girls had to get medical attention after hundreds of euphoric Justin Bieber fans besieged the Grand Hotel in Stockholm to catch a glimpse of their idol on the Swedish stop of his Europe tour. The crowd of about 300 mostly female fans chanted "Justin Bieber, Justin Bieber" outside the luxury hotel, as well as screaming and singing some of the teen idol's most famous songs. A few even tried to scale the hotel walls in hope of spotting the celebrity. Swedish Beliebers Vendela and Jennifer told The Local about their passion for the Canadian pop-artist before they ran off in a hurry when the crowd started screaming again: "He's the best, we love everything about Justin", they said. "The songs carry a lot of meaning and he has a great personality. If he would take a picture with us we'd definitely cry for joy". Police and emergency services stood watch outside the Grand Hotel and kept an eye on the large group of Justin Bieber fans that were gathering. According to the TT news agency, ambulance personnel treated two girls who were exhausted after being a part of the excited crowd. "The two girls were hysterical and dizzy, they were feeling nauseous", press officer Towe Hägg from the Stockholm police department told TT. Justin Bieber came through Stockholm as part of his Europe tour, but he had already created headlines in other European countries. When he visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, he tweeted that he hoped Frank would've been a Belieber (a Justin Bieber fan), had she been alive today - a tweet that provoked a mixed bag of reactions, many negative. Swedish comedian Mark Levengood, however, offered his own spin on the story last week when he tweeted. "If Anne Frank had been alive today she would have been 83 and probably wouldn't have given a toss about Justin Bieber". Justin Bieber took a lot of shit from people last week after he visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and signed the guestbook with a note about how he hoped the teenage Holocaust victim would have been a "Belieber", also reported What Would Tyler Durden Do?. While people took offense to the comment, calling the 19-year old and his fans ignorant and misguided, there are at least two celebrities who are defending Bieber. First, Joan Rivers told TMZ that she thinks his comment just "came out wrong", and she would know because she makes jokes about the Holocaust. But fellow pop star will.i.am had a much more rational take on the story than "He probably could have worded it better". "The dude was in freaking Amsterdam. He could get sex because it’s legal, he could get drugs because it’s legal, and now we are making a hoopla because he said, 'I wonder if Anne Frank was a Belieber?' " "He went to a museum! If you go to Amsterdam you are going to see some crazy freaking s**t… there is a lot of s**t to do in Amsterdam but he chose to go to Anne Frank’s house. The guy is all right". After Friday night’s are-they-aren’t-they-hooking-up-in-Norway speculation, Justin Bieber confirmed the "are they" status between him and Selena Gomez by posting a cuddly photo to Instagram, according to Hollyscoop. Naturally, Bieber deleted the photo moments later, but the deed was already done, because his rabid fan base (and gossip bloggers) know how to do screengrabs...
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: It must suck to turn on your TV and learn that your two kids are bush league murderous fuck terrorists. Nothing close to the tragedy of learning your kids were the victims, still, it can’t be break out the good vodka and filtered smokes time. I can envision someday having boys who turn out to be ne’er do well pot smokers cleaning tables at Shakey’s just like their old man, but it’s hard to imagine having your kids faces up on worldwide CNN as inhumane motherfuckers. There are a ton of pretty lousy dads in this world, but only very few end up getting the offspring who fuck up so bad, you have to change your last name and go into hiding forever.
Via NYDailyNews: More than 11.000 more were injured and nearly two dozen are missing following Saturday's devastating quake. The quake — measured by China's earthquake administration at magnitude 7.0 and by the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6 — struck shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday. Tens of thousands of people moved into tents or cars, unable to return home or too afraid to go back as aftershocks continued to jolt the region. The quake killed at least 186 people, left 21 missing, and injured 11.393, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted the provincial emergency command center as saying.
Via The Local: The immigration-critical Sweden Democrats would nab 16 percent of the vote in regional elections here in the south if residents were to cast their ballots today, revealed a new poll by Yougov commissioned by the Metro newspaper. "In Malmö, our membership numbers are up by 30 percent in the past six months", Sweden Democrat Malmö municipal district chairman Jörgen Grubb told The Local. "We see a general increase so it doesn't surprise me that support has gone up regionally". Neither did the new poll result surprise observers who are traditionally critical of the Sweden Democrats. "Skåne has traditionally been their strongest stronghold, so it's not surprising their support there is above the national average", Alexander Bengtsson, deputy CEO of the magazine Expo, which covers nationalism and racism, told The Local. Sweden has much work to do to stop intolerance and racism. The best way is through more centralization and political discipline. Therefore we must together with Denmark move our borders to the west and especially to the south. We need to push our borders all the way back to Africa like our ancestors - the Vandals. We should not fear to move toward a less civil and more militarized sociaty to get control. Today we have so many different and useless political parties in Europe, which is a waste of both energy and time, when really only one political party is needed for our whole region since we all have the same goal. And there should and will always only be one government. I trust Russia will back us up as we want to partake with the rest of Europe and Africa in our common Byzantine heritage with our Russian neighbors.
Via The Local: Russian fighter planes carried out training missions just outside the Swedish border over Easter, however Sweden's military was too slow to react and had to rely on help from NATO, the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper (SvD) revealed on Monday. The aircraft included two heavy bombers Tu-22M3 (referred to as Backfires by NATO) which were flanked by four jet fighter escorts. The planes flew from Saint Petersburg after midnight on March 29th, and headed past the eastern edge of Stockholm's archipelago. Usually, Russian jets continue such exercises by heading south towards Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave between Lithuania and Poland. However, in the early hours of Good Friday this year, the jets headed towards Sweden and flew over Gotska Sandön, an uninhabited Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. The planes were training for military attacks, information which had been kept secret from the public until Monday's report by SvD. According to SvD's military sources, the planes were simulating attacks against Stockholm and somewhere in the south of Sweden. No Swedish planes were prepared to meet the Russians and ward them off, however jets from NATO in Lithuania and from Denmark were quick to respond, with two Lithuanian aircraft sent to shadow the Russian planes at a distance. The Swedish Air Force did not deny the incident. "I can confirm that there were two bombers - Tu-22 with Su-27 fighter escorts. They remained in international airspace at Gotska Sandön and carried out some form of exercise. Then they turned back the way they had come", Lieutenant-General Anders Silwer of the Armed Forces mission command told SvD. In terms of Sweden's response, he added that the air force was "normally well prepared". The incident occurred just two months after Defense Minister Karin Enström discussed Sweden's state of readiness policy in a speech. "Safety, crisis preparations, and defense policy aim to be ready for the unpredictable all the time, around the clock", she said at the time.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Via Unknown Country: This UFO video from Arizona appears to be a triangle UFO, with which Out There readers are very familiar. Of course, it could be a delta winged aircraft of some sort. It's hard to see until the third version of the clip, running at 0.65 of normal speed. Probable unknown.
Via The Sun: Rihanna smokes a suspicious cigarette and poses with a cake shaped like a cannabis leaf on International Marijuana Day. The pop star ensured she brought the landmark occasion to her fans’ attention via a couple of tweeted snaps. One showed her sitting on a chair while poking out a bare leg and puffing on her questionable ciggie. Another zooms in on her green-coloured sweet treat, featuring a pair of dazed red-rimmed eyes and a smiley mouth smoking an icing sugar joint. Written beneath the cake is the message: "Happy 4/20 Riri!!!" The date refers to the day – April 20 – set aside for a series of marches and festivals around the globe in support of legalizing marijuana. Rihanna will no doubt spark anger among parents of her young, impressionable fans as she continues to flaunt her own dalliances with drugs. The singer has frequently tweeted comments about her penchant for mind-altering tobacco and has posted images of herself smoking dodgy fags. Meanwhile, Rihanna has tweeted a sexy snap that sees her twinned up with lingerie model Adriana Lima. The chart-topper more than holds her own in the arresting pic, parading her flat tummy in a tiny top as the supermodel leans in to plant a kiss on her cheek.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Via The Sun: A sordid video in which Britain’s Got Talent lap dancer Keri Graham performs a lesbian romp in front of baying punters has been uncovered by The Sun. Mum-of-one Keri, 43, denied being sleazy after stripping to her undies and cavorting with judges Simon Cowell and David Walliams last weekend. But the film tells a different tale. It shows the ex-stripper peeling off her clothes for a saucy tryst with another female performer. And she rounds off the tawdry display by squeezing her naked breasts to roars of approval at The Church bar in King’s Cross, Central London. The video has emerged since Keri’s pre-watershed dance routine on the ITV1 talent show caused a storm. She writhed with Cowell, draping one leg over him, after Walliams urged him to join her on stage. Viewers protested online, with one calling the show "Britain’s Got Sleaze". But Keri blamed TV bosses who let her act go out before 9pm. She said: "I understand some of the concerns. But I did not choose to put that on ITV". And the blonde claimed: "There is more sleaze in a Carry On movie. Actual bare flesh, boobs, and bums". Keri’s online profile reveals she offers sex show themes including Naughty School Girls & Boys and Naughty Doctors & Nurses. Under her stage name of Keri Gold, she was signed up to the LimeLite Strippers Agency near her home in Chafford Hundred, Essex. She claims now to work as a choreographer for a burlesque dance troupe, having left stripping behind. Married Keri said: "Stripping is something that I did do in my past, something that I’m very proud of". She added of her BGT display: "The tone got lowered when Simon got on stage".
Via The Local: A Swedish fluorescent lamps firm is tapping into the booming market for medicinal marijuana in the U.S., evoking negative reactions from some experts who warn that young people may be at risk. "Since marijuana is illegal in Sweden we gave our licence to the American company Radiant", Heliospectra CEO Staffan Hillberg told Svenska Dagbladet (SvD). "It’s a brand new market, getting the same buzz as Viagra did in its early days". Marijuana for medicinal purposes has been legalized in 18 U.S. states and the industry has subsequently blossomed in recent years. While Hillberg underlined that the firm only sells its product in jurisdictions where marijuana has been decriminalized, some experts have expressed reservations. "The problem is that most of the marketing and sales of the drug is directed at young people and it's easy to get a hold of, all you need is a doctor's note and nowadays they are pretty liberal with prescriptions", Erik Leijonmarck at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) told The Local. Despite his reservations, Leijonmarck argued that a Swedish company shouldn't be singled out for supplying U.S. firms with equipment to grow marijuana. "That a Swedish company is selling equipment used to make marijuana is a shame, but it’s bound to happen", he said. "We unfortunately have to accept that some states have decided to legalize marijuana". Leijonmarck also claimed that in Sweden, where the use of marijuana for any purpose remains illegal, the weed is grown in large quantities by a lot of young people utilizing Swedish technology and equipment. "The equipment used is most probably supplied by Swedish companies, they're the ones we should be focusing on", he said.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: There is a Dove commercial that’s gone viral in which “normal” looking women talk about how looks don’t really matter…except that looks are everything. The ad states that pretty much the most important factor in how a woman is perceived is her appearance but that she shouldn’t be judged by her beauty…except that she needs to look hot to be taken seriously. This speaks to something fucking obnoxious and contradictory in modern feminism. We’re a site that likes to show off the ladies and their hotness. You could accuse us of being sexist, (though we love the ladies more than any feminist). It’s hypocrisy at its worst. Take modern feminist icon Lena Dunham. Ladies have lauded her for showing her dumpy sausage-like body and horrifically unattractive tits in every episode for no reason. In interviews she constantly says that people should stop talking about how she’s naked all the time and then proceeds to talk about how she’s naked all the time. So, can we talk about your looks or not? That’s a rhetorical question, because, trust me, we already are behind your back.
Via Hollyscoop: Underneath all that glitter and sideboob is actually a very pretty girl. This is Ke$ha channeling her inner Blake Lively rather than her usual inner Courtney Love. While she still has heavy black smokey eyes and red lips, we’re calling it a "makeunder" because she’s usually covered in glitter or her eye makeup is running down her face or her hair is matted up like a bird's nest or…you get the picture. Ke$ha still kept her signature dark roots, natch. Ke$ha stepped out at some fashion show in Italy (oohhh ahhh) in a sexy black lace dress that was demure and unlike anything we’ve seen from her. Over the weekend she wore a witch's hat to the MTV Movie Awards, so yeah, this is a huge improvement. What do you think of Ke$ha’s new look, because we’re obsessed with it. Ke$ha, if you go back to leotards and trash bag dresses, you will be letting us ALL down.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: My friend Jess once proposed that the definition of "too high" is when you’re watching the Cartoon Network and you realize it’s been four hours since you last checked a clock. Meh, declaring Miley Cyrus "one of the greatest musicians of all time" is a much better definition. I know Snoop is currently selling his questionable duets reggae beats album, including the Auto-Tuned aural affair that is Ashtrays and Heartbreaks featuring Miley. Still, there is hyperbole and there is total disconnect from common perception. You’d be hard pressed to find even a tween girl Miley fan who would commit to this level of exaggeration. Nancy Reagan predicted all this 30 years ago but nobody was listening.
Via Theo Spark: This online-exclusive edit for the Victoria's Secret's Summer 2013 Dream Angels collection features Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo and Lais Ribeiro.
Via Hollyscoop: Recently, TIME magazine took a poll and it’s been decided that Lady Gaga is the second most influential person of the last decade, making her more influential than Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, and J.K. Rowling. The most influential person is Aung San Suu Kyi who is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. Lady Gaga is clearly an admirable, amazing, and fabulous person!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Via RT: Team Russia is arriving in the U.S. on Tuesday to join an international simulated Mars colonization project. Starting on April 20, a Russian crew of six will spend two weeks in conditions similar to those they can expect to experience on the Red Planet. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the canyons of Utah resembles the Martian landscape. It's here that the team will experiment with the skills needed to maintain domestic life on Mars.
Via Yahoo! News: Fox television has pulled a recent episode of animated series "Family Guy" from television and Internet sites after unrelated clips that were edited together to depict a bombing at the Boston Marathon went viral on the Web. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane slammed the mash-up as "abhorrent". It appeared a day after two bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding 176.
Via Hollyscoop: For Tamara Ecclestone, 24-karat diamonds are like pocket change. Which is probably why posing on the cover of Playboy magazine covered in them and nothing else was like, no big deal. Before we continue, let's just state that for the record, Tamara Ecclestone is a real name. Not a fictional Flintstone's character or name you give a Holiday Inn when you're on the run from the law. It's the name of a real-life British socialite who's the heiress to the billion-dollar Formula One motor sports conglomerate. The reality TV personality of "Billion $$ Girl" went nude for the covered-up cover, diamonds richly scattered across her most explicit parts. And there's more where that came from (toplessness, not diamonds). Inside is an eight-page editorial spread of the heiress in retro setups that doesnt't shy away from her nakedness. "I am so proud of this beautiful shoot", Tamara said of the shoot, and added: "As a woman, I believe you have to embrace your body, and feel beautiful both inside and out".
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Via France 24: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a massive manhunt for the perpetrators of the twin bombings that killed three people and injured over 100 more during Monday's Boston Marathon. No-one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Via The Swedish Wire: Half of Europe’s waters are not doing well, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management said in a statement Tuesday. Norwegian aquatic researcher Ann Lyche Solheim is one of the main speakers at this week’s Marine and Water Forum 2013 in Gothenburg hosted by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, SwAM. She has played a key role the work surrounding the EU’s Water Framework Directive. "Currently, 55 percent of Europe’s lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are in poor ecological condition, including eutrophication that contributes algal blooms in lakes and coastal waters, and migration obstacles that negatively affect fish stocks and other aquatic life", says Solheim.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Here’s how you know A-Rod has dumped you. You see pictures of the new girl he’s banging in the tabloids. Boy, I wish I had that kind of juice and could avoid those uncomfortable breakup encounters with women I’ve never had. Freshly single, Torrie Wilson wasted no time getting into a bikini, back out by the pool, waiting for the HGH to clear from her body, and find another dude. She won’t have a hard time. But it takes a strong man to hang with a gal like Torrie. Specifically, one who won’t cry or report her to the police when she holds you down and thrusts a foreign object up your dumper and insists that’s love.
Via RIA Novosti: A bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed near Antwerp in Belgium on Sunday, killing at least five people, Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency spokeswoman Irina Shchegolkova said. "According to information available to us, five have died: the bus driver, the tour guide, the head of the Group, and two teenagers while 17 are injured, including five in grave condition. This is the information we received from the Belgium crisis center. According to their information, the bus was carrying 43 people", Shchegolkova said. The bus accident occurred on Sunday morning. International media reports said a Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters aged 15-17 crashed off a highway in Ranst near the northern port of Antwerp, killing at least five.
Via Disclose.tv: According to a new study, freshmen women spend nearly half their day -- 12 hours -- engaged in some form of media use, particularly texting, music, the Internet and social networking. Researchers found media use, in general, was associated with lower grade point averages (GPAs) and other negative academic outcomes. However, there were two exceptions: newspaper reading and listening to music were actually linked to a positive academic performance.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: I’ve never heard a man call a girl he had the hots for "crazy". Crazy is a word you call a girl after you’ve slept with her and she’s burning all your shit on the front lawn because you didn’t text her back after eleven minutes. LeAnn Rimes has issues. But she looks good in a bikini. Maybe it took some determined starvation, and some surgery, and some delusional three a.m power rants behind a 7-Eleven to get her there, but as long as it’s not your shit that’s burning on the lawn, it’s all good.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Via The Swedish Wire: Forecast for Sweden's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 growth had been raised from the earlier 0.8 percent to 1.3 percent. Sweden expressed the optimism in the Swedish economic development ahead before 2014, according to The National Institute of Economic Research (NIER). "We now have a more optimistic view on the unemployment rate than in December last year. It is no longer increasing and is more stable", said Jesper Hansson, with the NIER. Confidence in the economy among companies and households had also increased though the Swedish economy was still weaker than usual.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
Via American Power: The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius stated on a visit to the Malian capital Bamako that France would stick to plans to withdraw troops from the African country.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Tom Cruise is promoting his latest alien adventure flick, Oblivion, this week at its Russian premiere. In response to questions by the British newspaper The Sun, he says he would be up for a trip to space, and would not be surprised to find aliens when he gets there. Cruise is known for several roles in movies about alien invaders. In Oblivion, he plays a drone repairman who is one of the last surviving humans on Earth, which, you guessed it, has been devastated by attacks from an alien race. When asked whether he would like to take a trip to space, Cruise told The Sun, "Who wouldn’t want to do something like that?" He added, "I’m going to let a couple of other people test it out first but it would be great. I was always hoping when I was a kid that we would be traveling to different planets by now". The other people he may be referring to are the several other stars who already have their tickets for space flights being offered by Virgin Galactic. The space flights have yet to begin, but actors Aston Kutcher, Kate Winslet, and Russell Brand already have seats reserved. Brand’s ticket was a birthday present from his ex-wife Katy Perry, who is reportedly "obsessed" with extraterrestrials, and is a big fan of the TV show Ancient Aliens. Cruise offered his opinion on aliens, saying, "I don’t think you can actually count it out". He continued, "It might be a little arrogant to think we were the only ones in all the galaxies throughout the universe, but I’ve never met one!" Incidentally, Cruise is probably the most high profile scientologist in the world. According to many who have left the church of scientology, some of their more advanced and secretive teachings are of an extraterrestrial named Xenu, who manages this part of the galaxy. Supposedly, this alien brought humans to Earth, and it is due to this alien’s antics that we have many of the psychological issues we deal with today. No wonder Cruise likes to blow them away in the movies. Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Via Just Jared: Beyonce and Jay-Z hold hands while touring the town on Thursday (April 4) in Old Havana, Cuba. The 31-year-old singer and the 43-year-old rapper celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary that afternoon with their moms Tina Knowles and Gloria Carter along for the fun. The evening before, the couple caused quite a stir when locals found out they were eating dinner at La Guarida restaurant. Fans chanted Beyonce‘s name until she appeared on a balcony and waved to the crowd, according to the Associated Press. Beyonce released her new Pepsi commercial titled "Mirrors" that day and now a behind-the-scenes video is available to view.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Would you let teen lesbian Justin Bieber give you a tattoo? Would you let a dude with leprosy give you a prostate exam? Meh, there are just some things that sound so fucking wrong from the get-go. No need to think your shit out or talk to the peeps or sleep on it. But tattoo artist to the fucked up stars, BangBang, just doesn’t give a shit. He lets the troubled divas who haunt his establishment take a lick at inking his leg. Which I guess is a thing that you could pawn off as being super fucking cool if Marley and Morrison are etching their dank designs on your leg, but Justin Bieber coloring a cartoon character with the name "Swaggy"? I’d rather have a hipster Chinese symbol and flaring hep-C. If Bieber thinks his tattoo work is going to get him some street cred on the inside, good luck. He’s better off with a Helvetica font tat above his ass that reads, "Don’t rape me here and earn $10K".
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: I’m not sure how a white girl gets such an amazing ass. It could be workouts, it could be genetics, it could be the tug of the moons that orbit Jupiter. Ours is not reason why. But, what is our government working on that is so important they can’t get one of these for every woman in this country? People can mostly feed and care for themselves, but they can’t get an ass like that.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Via The Local: Archeologists called to the depths of the Citybanan tunnel project in Stockholm, Sweden, were stunned to find what they believe to be Mjölnir, the hammer of Norse lightning god Thor. The hammer was found in the granite bedrock of Södermalm island in Stockholm, where engineers are excavating a tunnel to redirect the suburban commuter trains in one of the capital's biggest infrastructure investments since the metro was built. "It was a case of shock and awe when one of my engineers recognized engravings on the object to be Norse runes", Citybanan project manager Johan Leber told The Local. "I at first thought it was piping sticking out of the ground", added engineer Rav Pidertni. "There are caverns underneath Södermalm, like the one they use for the Midnight Run half-marathon, but nobody had told us to expect running into other pre-existing sites". Upon closer inspection, the object was discovered to be a handle, not piping, but as the Indian-born excavation expert was not familiar with Norse myths he didn't recognize what turned out to be rune writing. "I reacted instead to the object being made of metal and heavily engraved, beautifully so, in fact", Pidertni told Swedish archaeology trade publication Stenarna ('The Stones'). The excavation team then alerted management, who in turn asked city hall for guidelines. Much of the project has focused on keeping vibrations from the blasts at a minimum in order not to damage architectural landmarks above ground. "As we're going straight through the bedrock, we never expected to encounter anything down here", said Leber. Although analysts have yet to identify the metal, experts told Stenarna it was likely a complex alloy, as there was no oxidation on the surface of the giant hammer. The object, engraved in intricate runes and lightning bolts, measures more than 60 centimetres from handle to head. Once removed, experts said it would likely weigh more than 50 kilogrammes. Because half of the hammer head is still stuck in the rock, archaeologists have said they do not want to release the translation of the runes to the public before they can access the entire text. Several question marks remain, however, not only because there are few known replicas of the thunder god's hammer, but also because the location in which it was found sheds little light on its provenance. Although a new ecosystem, including a species of moss not seen in Sweden since the 1930s, was found in a cavern of the Kungsträdgården metro station last year, archaeologists called to the Citybanan scene were completely floored by the new find. "If there had been an existing cavern here, we would have no doubt assumed this was a copy of Mjölnir used by Viking leaders in rites and ceremonies", said Lhodgeec N'Dreesun, chairman at the Norse Myth Appreciation Society in Borås. The object, however, was found partially encased in granite. A specialist archaeological team, with experts called in from Iceland and Denmark and niche Swedish smiths, has ordered that the hammer remain in the tunnel until some initial tests can be run. "I don't think my colleagues understand the empirical implications of this", N'Dreesun told The Local. "It's easy for us scientists to slip into atheism by some kind of default, a work hazard of sorts, but I have no idea how to explain this". Unlike many figures in dominant world religions, such as historical figures Jesus or the Buddha, religious experts long assumed that the pantheon of gods in the Norse myths were symbolic characters. Thor, the god of lightning, lives on in both the Swedish and English words for Thursday (torsdag). According to Statistics Sweden, 1.896 people in Sweden are named Tor or Thor - one of them is a woman. And Sweden is no stranger to Viking relics, with the southern plains and the fertile agricultural lands around the Mälaren Lake in central Sweden littered with rune stones. Powerful Viking leaders were sometimes buried with their riches, including ships and human sacrifices -- often slaves -- placed in the earth alongside them, only to be unearthed centuries later by archaeologists. Depictions of the gods are not unheard of either. Several statues with enlarged phalluses have been found and are known to be replicas of the Norse fertility god Frey. "We have documented many depictions of the gods, including decoration of the Viking longships," said Nordic history archivist Mary Grandsson in discussing the recent find. "This is different, this is a full-scale depiction of an object that belonged to a god". Grandsson said that while other gods were associated with specific objects, including love goddess Freya's Sessrumnir necklace or Odin's horse Sleipnir, Mjölnir was by far the most well-known. Several small versions of Mjölnir, many with a loop allowing it to be threaded and worn as a necklace, have been found over the years. As cheap knickknacks, they are still flogged off to tourists visiting Sweden. "There is even a Hollywood film now about Thor, which I thought was rather silly but fun". Grandsson said. As for the mystery of how the object came to be stuck in the bedrock, she said it was a question for the engineers and the archaeologists to crack. "Obviously someone put it there, maybe the Citybanan blasts destroyed a previously undocumented cavern or something", she speculated.