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Drink for me Argentina
Eva Perón may already be one of Argentina’s most famous political figures, but now she’s set to become famous for a whole new reason, as she’s just had a brand of beer named after her. Brewers in Buenos Aires are capitalising on the popularity of the former president’s wife, who was dubbed the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ (and brought to life on screen by Madonna in 1996 in the film Evita), by launching an artisan brand of blonde beer, called Evita. The Perón Perón bar in the Palermo neighbourhood is also offering Montonero, a dark ale named after the Seventies guerrilla group, and the Double K, in homage to President Cristina Kirchner and her late husband, President Néstor Kirchner. Who knew politics could be so intoxicating…
Authorities in China have released a giant panda back into the wild in the south-western Sichuan province. Female panda Zhang Xiang was bred in captivity and has been released as part of ongoing efforts to save the endangered species from extinction. Keepers dressed in specially scented panda costumes to avoid startling her, released the two-year-old female into a protected forest area. She has been given special survival lessons at a ‘training base’ in the Wolong Nature Reserve and the base is currently training another six panda cubs in preparation for eventual re-introduction into the wild. Zhang Xiang is the third panda to be returned to their natural habitat in the past seven years, but of the 10 animals in the wild since 1983, sadly only two remain.
The annual Miss BumBum pageant in Brazil (a quest to find the best bottom in the country) has been marred by claims of bribery. The event, which took place in Sao Paulo this month, was hit by claims that contestants Mari Sousa, 25, and Eliana Amaral, 24, paid the equivalent of £18,000 to judges in to secure first and second place. The winner receives the equivalent of £20,000 in modelling contracts, so with such a high stakes prize rumours are rife about contestants’ legitimacy. One newspaper, O Dia, alleged that Amaral’s rear is not entirely ‘natural’. Why they can’t they just put it behind them?
A tetraplegic man is using a revolutionary ‘exoskeleton suit’ to help him walk again. Andrew Merryweather, 31, from Cape Town was left paralysed from the neck down after he was attacked by a group of schoolboys in 2006. But with the help of the high-tech suit not only did he stand from his wheelchair, but this month he took part in The Big Walk; a charity event which sees thousands of participants walk up to 80km. The Argo ReWalk suit has built-in algorithms that analyse body movements while small motors power the knee and hip movements. Merryweather plans to raise enough funds so he can buy the suit and use it to walk down the aisle to marry his fiancée.
Creat A Buzz
The apiarists among us will be relieved to know that an engineer in the US has developed a machine that counts the number of bees entering and leaving their hives. Thomas Hudson, from Portland, Oregon developed the first-of-its-kind tool that tracks the bees’ movements using infra-red technology. He is also currently developing a model that measures the length of each bee, in order to differentiate between the workers and drones. Hudson was inspired, apparently, by a 1960 bee-keeping newsletter that reported the use of bulbs to record the number of bees travelling through a hole. Thankfully, this method is a little more high-tech.
Making A Boob
An Australian lingerie company is under fire after it changed its name from Bonds to Boobs to advertise its new range of bras. The stunt has been met with complaints to Australia’s advertising watchdog. Wendy Francis, of the Australian Christian Lobby, was one of them. “There’s no doubt that it objectifies a woman,” she said. “To do underpants, would they call themselves D***s?” But Bonds says the overall response to the campaign has been positive. “The word boobs is used everyday by Australians to describe breasts in a light-hearted and non-offensive manner,” a spokesperson said.