The Everinghams have been in a spin since they moved into their dream home in the countryside north of Sydney three years ago. They can turn the house to follow the sun without having to leave the comfort of their armchairs.
“When you wake up you do wonder where you’ll be facing,” said Luke Everingham, a sound-engineer who came up with the idea with his wife, Deb, after chatting with neighbours.
The neighbours wished they had built their home 15 degrees further to the north to capture more sunlight.
The octagonal-shaped house sits on a turntable powered by a small electric motor and controlled by a computer, which allows it move on demand.
The house cost about US$641 000 to build and can complete a full rotation in about 30 minutes, according to the Everinghams. –– Reuters.
STRANGE SWEETHEARTS: A Chinese zoo says a wolf and a goat have become unlikely sweethearts after sharing a cage together.
Keepers at the zoo, in White Tower Park, Nanchong city, says the pair have become inseparable.
“If the goat is gone for a bit, the wolf will howl and run frantically around the cage until she comes back,” said keeper, Xu.
Prey and predator only started dating by accident a month ago, Xu told the West China City News.
“Early one morning I opened the goat’s fence to let her out to eat, and unexpectedly the wolf came out, because we hadn’t locked his cage securely,” he said.
“The wolf ran straight to the goat’s fence, and started howling when it smelled the goat. The goat was so scared you could see her legs shaking.”
Xu says he had to protect the goat until other employees came to help separate the animals.
“But for the next several nights the two started getting to know each other better, and even exchanged howls and baas. You could tell they were flirting,” says Xu.
Five days later Xu and his colleagues came to a decision: “We thought, since they so much wanted to, why not put them together? It’s really rare for a wolf and a goat to be so close.”
The zoo says that since being put together, the wolf and the goat have done everything together –– except share meals. The wolf sticks to his meat while the goat enjoys a vegetable diet. –– Ananova.
‘SECRET AGENT’ BUST: German police arrested a man who claimed to be a “secret agent” after a high speed chase in pursuit of a car with a blue flashing light on its roof.
Police in the southern city of Fuerth caught up with the man after he raced past them, ignored signals to pull over, and ran a red light as they gave chase.
Smelling strongly of alcohol, the 44-year-old whispered only that he was “one of them”, on a secret mission and belonged to the Federal Crime Office –– a body similar to the FBI –– local police said. A check revealed he had no such credentials.
“After matters were taken care of, the would-be ‘Mr Bond’ was again released,” police said in a statement last Thursday. –– Reuters.
BUSY BODY: A 34-year-old US woman plans to be a graduate and bride on the same day in Iowa. Tricia Giordano said she has always been the kind of person who loves to stay busy.
She was scheduled to get her degree on Saturday afternoon at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. Shortly after that, she planned to head across campus to the chapel and swap her cap and gown for a wedding dress. –– AP