The Weekly Wrap Up

| April 5, 2015
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Ancient camels in the cellar, Greece is kind of fucked, Big pay rise for the big M, and All is lost for real!

Words by Ryan Grice

Austrian workers received a shock this week when they found the complete skeletal remains of a camel in a cellar whilst making preparations for a new shopping centre. It was even more shocking when analysis revealed it to be a 17th century war camel belonging to the Ottoman empire who besieged the nearby Vienna in 1683. It is the first intact skeleton of its kind found in Europe and is a Bactrian-dromedary hybrid that shows bone defects where it would have worn the harness for its battle-ready rider. The completeness of the skeleton helped archaeologists determine that the creature was surprisingly not butchered and eaten, but likely traded or left behind by the Ottoman forces.

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Former president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barosso, stated boldly in an interview this week with BBC what everyone was thinking but afraid to say: that the Greek government has made “completely unrealistic promises” to voters and that “bad politics” was the main thing holding the country back. Greece’s unemployment rate was already scarily high before the GFC, but now rests at a terrifying 26% making it the highest in the EU. However the country’s creditors have made it clear they will not permit a bailout until prime minister Alexis Tsipras comes up with a comprehensive plan to reduce spending and increase revenue. Having only been in office for two months and already upsetting voters by making unrealistic promises pre-election, Tsipras has a lot of work to do.

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In a recent public statement global fast food chain McDonald’s announced that they will be raising the wages of their United States employees to at least $1 above the minimum wage. The wage before the rise stands at $7.25 an hour which McDonald’s also claims will be over $10 by 2016. However This is only at their company-owned stores which make up approximately 10% of the some 14,000 stores in the United States. Both franchise owners and state governments will reserve the right to set their own minimum for the remainder of the employees. Franchisees are also required to pay the company royalty based on their sales figures.

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Image: dailymail.co.uk

37 year-old Louis Jordan had apparently been lost at sea for 66 days until he was saved by God. A German ship found him on his capsized boat 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina and contacted the coast guard. The coast guard were surprised to find him in such good condition and Mr Jordan explained that he had survived by storing rainwater and consuming it at one pint per day and eating raw fish that he caught in a hand net by luring them with his clothes having noticed how appealing they were to the fish. “Finally God answered my prayer right before I ran out [of water],” he told CNN.

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