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Blind Priest With Massive Tumour Worshiped As God

A 32-year-old Indian priest Dabul Mishra is being worshipped
by local villagers as a god due to a massive facial tumour.

Mishra who lives in Uttar Pradesh with his blind wife and
their three children was born with the tumour has been unable to get rid of the
growth despite visiting several doctors and exhausting his savings.

Mishra’s birth left him with the condition that caused his
face and lips to grow to outsized proportions.He works in a local temple to
support his family because he refuses to beg.

However, the villagers see the deformity as a blessing and
believe him to be an incarnation of the god Lord Jambavantha, who is depicted
with a bear-like face. His bizarre appearance has them worshipping him as an
incarnation of Lord Jambavanta.

Speaking about his condition, Mishra said: ‘I was born with
this condition but never took to begging because of my self-respect. Although I
consider this as a curse, the people have now found a god in me and worships me
as an incarnation of Lord Jambavantha.

I tried visiting many hospitals but no one could find me a
proper cure, I almost exhausted my savings but then stopped going to the
hospitals with a hope of cure. The government officials are aware of my condition
but have not offered any help.”

Dabul currently lives in poor conditions with his blind wife
and children – but has not lost hope .

His wife said: “It is a tough life for us as I am blind and
he is suffering from this condition. It is good that I cannot see else it would
have been more tough for me after seeing my husband in this condition.”

Mishra currently lives in poor conditions and his job
involves collecting donations from devotees and singing songs at religious
gatherings.

He is not giving up hope for a better life as he says: “I
will keep fighting till the end and find a cure of it, it is just that at the
moment I am not in the condition to afford my expenses.

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Woman 30, Gives Birth To 16 Children

A 30-year-old woman, Zainab Abu of Makwalla community in
Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State gave birth to a set of quadruplets
in the village without going for any antenatal care or medical check-up.

According to the woman who had previously given birth to 12
children lack of facilities and the distance barrier coupled with inadequate
transportation facilities in the village culminated to her inability to attend
hospital throughout her pregnancy period.

She confessed, “l have been giving birth to multiple number
of twins in the village without going for any medical diagnosis, or see a
doctor. This time around wasn’t an exception when l gave birth to these
children without attending any hospital because of the challenges we are going
through in the village.”

Zainab further confessed that throughout her life as a
housewife, she has never attended any antenatal or has been counseled on child
spacing due to the distance of their village to any available medical centre
nearest to their residence.

She explained that she has been giving birth to multiple of
twins, stressing that this is the first time she has given birth to quadruplets.

Zainab explained, “I have gone through serious pains,
stress, and indeed it’s not really easy giving birth to four kids at a time in
the village without any modern medical support. I thank God for helping me to
have given birth to these children safely.

“I always used traditional medicine and other drugs from
local drugs vendors in the village whenever l felt pains in my body.

“I also chose to give birth in the village for fear of using
the canoe to cross the river and thereafter use motorcycle for a long distance
before getting any modern medical facility. The pain involved and the fear of
the unknown always make some of us in the village to take the risk of giving
birth in the village.”

The husband to Zainab, Mallam Mohammed Kabiru, recall the excruciating
pain his wife went through before giving birth to the quadruplets, stressing
that many women in the community go through similar situations before giving
birth to their children.

Mallam Kabiru explained that his wife has given birth to 12
children besides those that have died due to poor accessibility of modern
medical treatment and appealed to the Kaduna state government to make a Primary
Health Care available in the community to arrest the health challenges they
have gone through in the community.

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Couple Makes Gin From Elephant Dung

After a holiday to a game reserve in South Africa, Paula
Ansley and her husband Les thought it would it be possible to make gin using
elephant dung?

Les, a South African, had moved to the UK years earlier,
where he met Paula. Both worked as professors in different fields of biology,
but after leaving academia they hatched a plan to move to South Africa to start
a business that could contribute to conservation and give back to the
community.

So after that visit to the game reserve, Paula, a gin lover,
reasoned: Why not let elephants do the hard work of collecting a range of
natural ingredients for flavoring gin? Neither had any experience distilling,
but the pair took a gamble and in 2018 they created Indlovu Gin, infused with
“botanicals foraged by elephants” — and sourced from their poop.

“We contacted Botlierskop [Game Reserve in the Western Cape]
and we said, do you think you could send us some elephant dung?” explained Les
Ansley. “They said, yeah sure, no problem, and they mailed us some elephant
dung and we started looking at how to prepare it.”

The dung is dried and goes through a sanitization process,
before it is rinsed and dried again says Ansley, making it entirely safe to
drink. The final dry product is then infused into the gin.  

But doesn’t the gin taste like … dung? “It’s got an
earthy, grassy-type flavor,” said Ansley. “Depending on where we collect the
botanicals or which elephants we collect botanicals from, the gin flavor is
going to change slightly.”

As well as including classic gin flavorings like juniper and
coriander, Indlovu Gin takes its taste from extracts of the elephants’ diet of
roots, grasses, fruit and bark – including aloe and acacia.

“We were very aware that if we are making a gin from dung,
we have to make a good gin,” said Ansley.

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Indian Dies In Battle With Cock

An India man has been killed during a cockfight after a
sharp blade tied to a cock cut his abdomen while waiting for the duel to start.

The organisers were said to have violated the 1960
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, according to an Indian Supreme Court
ruling had which banned cockfight in the country.

The cockfight took place in Pragadavaram village in West
Godavari, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, as the organisers tied a razor-sharp
blade to the leg of the cocks, police said.

The tragedy occurred when one of the organisers, Saripalli
Venkateswara Rao, 55, held the cock in his hands, as he waited to release it
into the arena to fight.The cock suddenly struggled against his grip in a bid
for freedom, and the blade fatally pierced the abdomen of a spectator who was
standing nearby, inflicting a deep wound.

The supreme court ban was defied in several parts of East
and West Godavari, as the people use the practice to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is a cultural festival day in the Hindu
calendar which the people dedicate to the deity Surya.

Similarly, in the village of Kavvagunta in West Godavari
District, ten people were reported to have sustained injury, while two people
were injured in Chintam Palli village from cockfights.

According to reports, in Andhra Pradesh in India, the
raising of fowls used for the fight is usually expensive, as the owners spend
the amounts in other to prepare the fowls for such duels.

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Dog Gives Birth To 21 Puppies

A British
woman said her dog may have broken a world record when she gave birth to a
litter of 21 puppies.

Joanne Hine
said her Great Dane/American bulldog mix, Mary Jane, was initially expected to
deliver a litter of six to eight puppies, but the dog ended up having 21 babies
when she went into labor Nov. 20.

The Guinness
World Record for largest litter of puppies stands at 24, but Tia the Neapolitan
mastiff gave birth in 2004 via Caesarean section and MJ gave birth naturally,
leading Hine to wonder whether the litter could be its own world record.

“I’m so
proud of her. MJ did it all on her own Annie and Ruth of Jane Callow Veterinary
Practice by her side the whole time,” Hine said.

She said the
14 puppies that survived the birth require constant care and attention, since
MJ doesn’t have enough nipples to nurse them all.

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Students Turn Dog Poo Into Building Bricks

A group of
secondary school students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo
from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of
excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

As part of a
research project, eighth graders in the Payatas district north of the capital
Manila gathered and air-dried dog faeces, which were then mixed with cement
powder and moulded into rectangular “bio bricks”.

“Our streets
will really be cleaned up,” Mark Acebuche, the students’ science class adviser
said.

 He hoped local government or corporations
would sponsor the students’ research to help upgrade production.

Dog
ownership in the Philippines is unregulated and rules on taking care of pets
are only loosely implemented, leading to a large number of stray dogs.

The students
say their “bio bricks” are ideal for sidewalk pavements or small structures
like backyard walls. Each brick contains 10 grams of dog poo and 10 grams of
cement powder, and has a faint odor that the group says will fade with time.

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Woman Marries Four Men

A
polyamorous woman has fallen pregnant by one of her four partners after they
went away together – but says they will raise the baby as a ‘family’.

Tory Ojeda,
20, from Jacksonville, Florida, met one of her partners Marc, 18, in high
school and then started a relationship with Travis, 23, two months later.

Their love
story began three years ago and she has since announced her engagement to
Travis in July.

She also
found love with their long-term mutual friends Ethan, 22, and Christopher, 22.
While seven months ago, Tory and Chris found out that they were pregnant with a
baby girl.

Tory, 20,
cradles her bump at seven months pregnant outside her home in Jacksonville,
Florida

Despite
being in an open relationship, Tory is currently the only one who has multiple
romantic partners.

However she
says that her boyfriends are ‘welcome’ to pursue other people if they wish to –
she even encourages the idea. Tory said: ‘Honestly, I would love it if somebody
found a second partner.

Tory admits
that her partners all have their own bedrooms but they ‘swap in and out’ of her
bed each night. Pictured her fiancee Travis, 23

They all
have their own bedrooms but her partners ‘swap in and out’ of her bed each
night, making sure each of them gets an ‘equal turn’ in spending the night with
Tory.

On the issue
of jealousy, Ethan said: ‘There are a couple of healthy ways to deal with it.
Primarily just talking to each other.’

Travis
added: ‘There’s always going to be like little moments of jealousy, it does
take a certain amount of restraint and just getting relaxed. I will say it
helps if you know the person.’

Reflecting
on his own experiences in his current relationship, he said: ‘Seeing [Tory]
with Ethan was a lot easier because I was friends with him.

‘Her and
Chris was a bit dicier at first, there was a lot more jealousy and I’ll openly
admit that. The same goes for Marc because I’d never interacted with them.’

Seven months
ago, Tory found out that she was pregnant with a baby girl who they will
welcome into their unconventional family in February.

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Police Officer Caught Fondling Dead Lady’s Breast

An unidentified
Los Angeles Police Department officer is currently under investigation after he
was allegedly caught on body-camera footage fondling a dead woman’s breast.

 A department spokeswoman who confirmed the
incident to NBC News says an internal investigation into the footage will
determine whether the officer violated department policies and if his actions
merit termination.

The incident
happened when two LAPD officers assigned to downtown Los Angeles’ Central
Division responded to a report of a possible dead body inside a home and found
a deceased woman.

When one
left the room after they determined the woman was dead, the other officer
deactivated his body camera. Unknown to him, the camera continued recording.
The footage it captured allegedly showed the unnamed officer fondling the dead
woman’s breasts when he thought no one was watching.

The body
camera was able to capture the footage because the devices have two-minute
buffering periods to capture what happens right before they are activated.

A person briefed
on the incident who was not authorised to publicly discuss the case told The
Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that the footage was found
during a random inspection of the officer’s body-camera footage.

LAPD
Assistant Chief Robert Arcos told the Times that the body-camera recording was
“very disturbing.” The police union called the accusation a departure from LAPD
values, which include reverence for the deceased.

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Man Marries Rat, Claims Its Reincarnation Of His Wife

A rather unusual wedding took place on Monday Morning in
Bangalore, the third most populated city in India, as a Hindu man married a
female rat which he claims is a reincarnation of his first wife.

The 41-year old Chidhatma Basu who lost his wife in a car
accident in January 2017 said he was completely devastated for months, until
one day, he made an unusual encounter.

 “This little female
rat showed up on my doorstep, and it had my wife’s eyes and nose. I offered it
my wife’s favorite cookies, and it devoured it just like she would have done.”

Basu said he rapidly understood that the rodent was the
reincarnation of his deceased wife adding that the animal was immediately
affectionate, and even looked at him the same way that his wife did.

Basu consulted temple officials about the mysterious animal
and was assured that the rat was, indeed, his reincarnated wife.

The Hindu priest who performed the ceremony says that Mr.
Basu is extremely lucky to have found his dead wife again in her new form.

While Hindus believe that it is possible for a human being
to be reincarnated in animal form, weddings between humans and animals are
extremely rare. This unusual ceremony ended up being very controversial and
caused a lot of reactions in India.

Many Hindu commentators defended Mr. Basu’s religious rights
and saluted his “good karma”, while others criticized the ceremony, saying it
gave India a negative image as a “backward country filled with zoophiles”.

Some American and European organizations implicated in the
defense of animal rights have also condemned the wedding.

In a tweet published a few hours after the ceremony, PETA
called the ceremony “disgusting and barbaric” and called for Mr. Basu to be
jailed. Despite these critics, the wedding was entirely legal under Indian law,
so Mr. Basu and his new “wife” aren’t likely to be bothered.

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Court Okays Marriage By Siblings …Cites Adam and Eve

A New Jersey brother and sister have won the right to marry
after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.

In a 5-to-4 ruling, five judges unanimously granted the
appeal by James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38, after a ten-year-long
battle.

The overjoyed pair said they did it for the ‘millions of
Americans who have consensual incestuous relationships and who are living in
fear’ and blasted the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money fighting their
challenge.

“Incest has been practiced by humans since the dawn of time.
If Adam and Eve hadn’t done it, the human race would not be here today,” James
Banes told reporters after his historic victory.

Why am I allowed to bang my cousin but not my sister? It
just doesn’t make any sense,” James Banes criticized outside of court.

The couple that was currently facing up to 15 years in jail
said that they were now planning to start a large family and enjoy their newly
found freedom.

“We’ve always dreamed of having a big family, now this dream
will become a reality” added Victoria Banes, who also told reporters she is
pregnant and expecting twins.

Previously, New Jersey state laws only allowed first-cousin
marriages but since the landmark ruling, New Jersey is now the only state in
United States to also allow incestuous marriages.

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