Hospital Food Bingo



A hospital patient is writing his own bed blog with photos of the meals he is served, asking readers to guess what they are.

The man, 47, who wants to remain anonymous, has been stuck on a ward for 22 weeks, after being struck with a rare bone infection, and is currently in traction.

After suffering months of NHS catering he launched a blog calling himself Traction Man. It includes a Hospital Food Bingo board game where he has posted pictures of the food for his followers to identify.

'Go' Before Flying



A Japanese airline asked passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) sayd empty bladders meant lighter passengers, which means lighter aircraft and lower fuel use.

It hoped that the weight saved would lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions in the course of a month. ANA started the policy as a one month trial but stated it would be expanded if successful.

Is It Chiie or Chile?



The general manager of the Chilean mint has been sacked after thousands of coins were issued with the name of the country spelt wrongly. The 50-peso coins were issued in 2008, but no-one noticed the mistake until 2009. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E stamped on them.

The 50-peso piece is 2.5 centimeters across, just under an inch, making it difficult to immediately see on the faulty coins the word.

The coins have since become collectors' items and the mint says it has no plans to take them out of circulation. But the mistake has cost the mint's general manager, Gregorio Iñiguez, and several other employees, their jobs.

50th Birthday party for Fridge



A Coventry couple invited their friends and family to a birthday party - for their 50-year-old fridge. Paul and Val Howkins Bought the Prestcold fridge for £65 in 1959, and insist it is almost as good as new.

"Everyone tells us to get rid of it but we don't want to. The Thermostat went about 30 years ago and when I took it to Prestcold to get another one the man said where on earth did you get that? They didn't even make fridges any more by that point."

Mr Howkins managed to source a new part and the fridge has continued working ever since.

How Old Is Too Old?



A new survey shows that the average Briton believes youth ends at 36 and old age starts at 58. The findings come from the European Social Survey, which took part in 21 countries.

In general, men regarded the end of youth and start of old age to begin two years earlier than women did. There were also large differences between countries: youth was perceived to end earliest in Nordic countries, such as Norway (34) compared to countries like Cyprus, where the average perception is that you stop being young at 52 and start being old at 67.

Another Brick in the Wall



A German Artist has spent the last three years traveling the world using Lego to fix crumbling walls and monuments. Jan Vormann has carried out his brightly colored plastic repair work in locations from the old quarter of Tel Aviv to New York's Bryant park.

Estimating to have used upwards of 1,000 of the little building bricks, he often enlists the help of passers-by intrigued by his careful placing of Lego bricks.

"It draws people's attention through the colored block and makes them aware that this wall or statue or construction is not complete anymore, for whatever reason" said the artist.