Wednesday, October 29, 2014

South American Buildings Attributed to Eiffel

New York Times
29 October 2014


AREQUIPA, Peru — The locals here call it the Iron Bridge, a narrow, graceful span across the Chili River with pale green garlic fields below and the cleft-topped Misti volcano rising above it in the distance. Travel books, tour guides and residents all proudly point to the bridge, a fluent expression of the Industrial Revolution, as the work of Gustave Eiffel, the 19th-century French engineer who built the Eiffel Tower and designed the iron skeleton inside the Statue of Liberty.

Except that it is not. And neither are a great many other bridges and buildings around Peru and the rest of South America that are popularly attributed to the famous Frenchman. […]

Friday, October 24, 2014

Theme Park Virus Turns Fingers Black (Malaysia)

Astro Awani [Malaysia]
23 October 2014

Haider Yutim and Syafique Shuib

KUALA LUMPUR: A water theme park today dismissed a rumour that went viral on WhatsApp recently which claimed that a group of kindergarten kids had been infected with a virus and then hospitalised after bathing there.

The management of Wet World Water Park Shah Alam said no such cases have been reported to date. […]

Recently, a 'report' went viral on social media, particularly the WhatsApp application, claiming that a group of preschool children who had patronised the venue were infected with a virus that made their fingers turn black and needed to be amputated, in addition to suffering blisters on the mouth. […]

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fear of Armed Clowns (France)

The Local [France]
17 October 2014

There was both panic - and a good deal of skepticism - in several small towns in northern France this week after students reported they had been followed or threatened by an armed clown in three separate incidents.[…]