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January 07, 2017

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Chickens can, reportedly, speak in 24 different ways.

The birds are said to use a repertoire of many different vocalisations and several modes of body language to communicate.

According to The Times newspaper, a study has claimed that the chicken dictionary contains at least 24 different clucks, squawks, and disapproving noises, each with its own distinct meaning.

The study also revealed that their heart rate also goes up when they watch their chicks being buffeted by puffs of air. They can sense time intervals of six minutes and become agitated when they expect something bad to happen.

Dr Lori Marino said: "They are perceived as lacking most of the psychological characteristics we recognise in other intelligent animals and are typically thought of as possessing a low level of intelligence compared with other animals."

It is also understood that five-day-old chicks can add and subtract up to five items at once. Older chickens are thought to have some sense of the passage of time.

The Gruffalo is to be let loose at United Kingdom theme park Chessington World of Adventures.

As one of the best-loved children's characters, The Gruffalo has now come to the Wild Wood at the attraction as part of The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

The ride a world first is based on the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and has been created in partnership with Magic Light Pictures.

Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director at Chessington, said: "The story of The Gruffalo has been at the heart of many childhood memories, and we're sure Adventurers, young and old, will be eager to experience the first ever Gruffalo ride!"

Families are able to join Mouse on a picturesque riverboat journey through the deep, dark wood when the ride opens on March 18. In addition, there will be many other Gruffalo-themed attractions across the resort, including four brand-new Gruffalo-themed hotel rooms in the Chessington Safari Hotel; a brand-new Gruffalo shop and Gruffalo Bites food outlet, both offering themed goodies; and character meet and greets with the Gruffalo himself.

Chessington has more than 40 rides and attractions in 10 themed lands and a zoo and sea life centre with more than 1,000 animals.

KitKat fillings contain reject chocolate bar fingers, it has been claimed.

The four-fingered NestlE snack, named one of the ''most influential'' chocolate bars of all time by Time Magazine, is made from the delicious sweet treat and wafer, but it is understood that within the wafer is crushed up KitKats.

The sweet treat has been in more than 200 flavours, but its secret filling has been unknown until now.

Some people assumed it was a different type of chocolate, which NestlE vaguely describes as "smooth and creamy chocolayer", but according to The Mirror newspaper, quality assurance technicians on the production line are tasked with removing substandard bars that have imperfections, and instead of throwing these KitKats away, they are said to be mashed up into a fine paste and remade into a sensual filling.

But the method has alarmed Mental Floss, which noted: "If all KitKats contain the remains of imperfect KitKats, and not all KitKats are perfect, then every KitKat that gets recycled contains the remains of older KitKats, which contained older KitKats, which contained older KitKats ... How far back does that actually go?!"

A rude bookseller has come under fire for charging his customers to enter his store.

The store's owner, Stephen Bloom, has been branded the "bookseller from hell" by visitors to his Bloomindales store in Hawes in North Yorkshire, northeast England.

The Times newspaper reports that a complaint, submitted to Hawes Parish Council, claims that one customer declined to pay and was branded a "pain in the arse", while another was thrown out of the shop for spending five minutes browsing.

More than 20 complaints have been made about Bloom in the past four years, and his conduct had been discussed by parish councillors five times since 2003.

In Bloom's defence, he explained: "I'm not really a people person" and claimed that he had become victim to an "aggressive and vindictive witch hunt".

He added: "The 50p charge is me making sure they are serious about coming into my shop to buy something, not just standing for 10 minutes reading a book to pass the time as some people do."