The Weekly Wrap-Up

| April 11, 2016

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Words by Ryan Grice

LOVE Boat, Clooney <3 Clinton, Aliens are among us, Chat up a Swede, and Dogs on a plane.

Bristol native, 65 year-old Susan Brown, had an argument with her husband on the Portuguese island of Madeira where their cruise ship had docked, and they decided to cut the holiday short and fly home. Mistakenly believing that her husband had actually boarded the departed MS Marco Polo ship, leaving her, she dived into the ocean, handbag and all, and began swimming after the vessel. Local fisherman found her approximately four hours later 500m from the shore in the freezing North Atlantic suffering from hypothermia.

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Actor/director, and the worst Batman ever, George Clooney is on the political bandwagon again appearing in an interview on FusionTV and enthusiastically discussing his love and support of democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. He notably hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama during the president’s original campaign that raised over US$15m (a relatively small sum in American politics, but infinitely helpful to the financially disadvantaged Obama). “I know her and I think the world of her and I think that I would be very happy if she was president,” He stated. And in regards to campaigning on her behalf, “Sure, whatever she wants. In whatever way I can help.”

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Hilary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta will not give up until the US government reveals the truth about aliens. Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff was on CNN news show The Lead this week cementing his determination for the American people to know the truth, stating: “The U.S. government could do a much better job in answering the quite legitimate questions that people have about what’s going on with unidentified aerial phenomena.” He famously tweeted about the ongoing issue during his time as counsellor to the Obama administration: “Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere cc: @NYTimesDowd.”


In a stroke of genius the Swedish Tourist Association has set up a hotline that you can call from anywhere in the world that will allow you to be connected to a real live random Swede for a chat. The non-for-profit company initiated the idea as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Sweden becoming the first country to abolish censorship. The number has received over 9000 calls since its connection on Wednesday with more than 16 hours of talk-time. There have already been some brilliant moments such as two radio hosts from Dubai asking their Swede to describe his surroundings: “A park, almost like a forest, it’s very rainy, I have a parachute,” the man named Gustav said. The Swedish word for umbrella is ‘paraply’.


New Zealand animal behaviourist expert Mark Vette has taught three separate dogs how to fly a plane as part of a new documentary Dogs Might Fly. Vette, host of TVNZ’s hit show Pound Pups to Dog Stars, who previously taught three dogs to drive a car, saved the canines from British rescue shelters and explained the amazing feat: “By building a shared language I call Dog Zen, we were able to guide the dogs through the flying process.” The animals can complete a number of manoeuvres including a full figure-8 in four-seater Cessna 172s.

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