A barrister has told how his leg ‘burst open’ after he was bitten by a deadly spider during a flight. Jonathon Hogg’s leg ballooned minutes after he felt a sharp pain on the plane to South Africa. By the time he reached hospital it had turned black and to save the limb surgeons had to cut away a large part of his leg where the venom had eaten the flesh. He was left with a gaping hole on the front of his shin. ‘The pain was like nothing I’ve been through in my life,’ said Mr Hogg, 40, who is now taking legal action against the airline. ‘By the time I got to hospital my leg was bursting open, there was pus, it was black. It was a right mess. They told me if I had been any later I would have lost my leg or even died. It was terrifying.’ 'Like something from a horror film': Jonathon Hogg's leg, which is too graphic to show in full, ballooned and 'burst open' after being bitten by a potentially deadly spider which he believes … [Read more...] about I almost lost my leg after flesh eating spider bite on a plane: British barrister explains how shin burst open during flight from Qatar to South Africa
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Scientists say they have discovered humanity's oldest known drawing on a small fragment of rock in South Africa.The drawing is about 73,000 years old, and shows cross-hatch lines sketched onto stone with red ochre pigment.Scientists discovered the small fragment of the drawing - which some say looks a bit like a hashtag - in Blombos Cave on the southern coast.The find is "a prime indicator of modern cognition" in our species, the report says.While scientists have found older engravings around the world, research published on Wednesday in the journal Nature says the lines on this stone mark the first abstract drawing.The article says the ancient artist used an "ochre crayon" to etch it onto the stone.Humanity has used ochre, a clay earth pigment, for at least 285,000 years.The drawing was "probably more complex" in its entirety, archaeologist Christopher Henshilwood told Reuters."The abrupt termination of all lines on the fragment edges indicates that the pattern originally extended … [Read more...] about ‘Oldest known drawing’ found on tiny rock in South Africa
A woman has thanked a stranger for fearlessly removing a terrifying Huntsman spider from her car. The woman was driving in Taren Point in Sydney's south on Wednesday when she noticed the spider crawling around in her car, Yahoo reported. She got out of the car and started flagging strangers down to help with the situation. A Good Samaritan came to the rescue and fearlessly extracted the arachnid from her vehicle. A woman has thanked a stranger for fearlessly removing a terrifying Huntsman spider from her car (stock image) The frightened woman took the time to thank the unidentified hero in a private Facebook group. 'A huge thank you to the poor, unsuspecting gentleman who I flagged down in Taren Point this evening to get a huntsman out of my car,' she wrote. 'Frankly I would have had to ditch the car if he hadn't come to my rescue.' People were quick to respond, praising the the stranger's actions. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Hilarious moment workman shrieks … [Read more...] about ‘Not all heroes wear capes’: Good Samaritan pulls over to remove a Huntsman spider from a terrified woman’s car
Millions of people across the world read about the horrors of the Ebola virus in 2014, when the deadly disease rapidly spread from a small village in Guinea to the rest of West Africa, Europe and the United States, killing around 11,000 people. The three-year outbreak attracted widespread international news coverage generating pervasive fear throughout the Western world. However, as international news anchors warned citizens of the risks of the Ebola virus, another far deadlier killer swept sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia: venomous snakes. Snakebite took the lives of up to 400,000 victims between 2014 and 2016, making it almost 40 times deadlier than the Ebola virus. A green rainforest snake hisses. Although there is a global medicinal cure for snakebite called "anti-venom," it still accounted for up to 130,000 deaths and over 300,000 paralyzing injuries and amputations last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) released an action plan on … [Read more...] about Snakebites kill at least 80,000 people per year and probably more
On the morning of 28 October last year, the day of Iceland’s parliamentary elections, Heiðdís Lilja Magnúsdóttir, a lawyer living in a small town in the north of the country, opened Facebook on her laptop. At the top of her newsfeed, where friends’ recent posts would usually appear, was a box highlighted in light blue. On the left of the box was a button, similar in style to the familiar thumb of the “like” button, but here it was a hand putting a ballot in a slot. “Today is Election Day!” was the accompanying exclamation, in English. And underneath: “Find out where to vote, and share that you voted.” Under that was smaller print saying that 61 people had already voted. Heiðdís took a screenshot and posted it on her own Facebook profile feed, asking: “I’m a little curious! Did everyone get this message in their newsfeed this morning?” In Reykjavik, 120 miles south, Elfa Ýr … [Read more...] about Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?