The Goat Tower

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Dec 312011

The Fairview Wine and Cheese farm in South Africa is famous for more than just its wine and cheese. Owned and run by Charles Back, it houses a unique monument built for the comfort and use of the farm’s goats – The Goat Tower. Acknowledging the fact that goats love to climb, sometimes even up on livestock, to get a better view, Back first got the idea of the tower some thirty years ago.

The tower, a first of its kind, is built of brick and mortar, and consists of a steep metal roof. It also has a spiral staircase made of wood, and windows too. The goats in Fairview farm have the privilege of climbing the two-story tower at will, resting within it. Since 1981, the tower has become a symbol of the winery, so much so that they produce a wine called “Goats do Roam”. The goat tower is by far, the first known to be built with such a purpose in mind. However, according to Back, the tower was inspired by a similar one his parents had seen during a vacation in Portugal. As a result of that trip the farms first goats were purchased, and the tower built.

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Giant Outdoor Escalator Built in Colombian Shanty Town

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Dec 302011

A huge outdoor escalator has been unveiled in one of the poorest districts of Colombia’s second largest city.

Until now residents of Medellin’s Comuna 13 district have had to climb hundreds of steps to get around the shantytown, which clings to the side of a steep hill. Journey times will be reduced from over half an hour to six minutes.

“It’s wonderful, it’s a dream come true, and I was one of the first to use it,” said one local woman delightedly.

The escalator, 384 metres long, cost the equivalent of just over 5 million euros and is one of several infrastructure projects in the city.

Medellin’s mayor Alonso Salazar said he hoped it would help to improve life in a district known for urban violence.

Officials from Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro are said to be interested in the scheme.


Random Riddle

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Dec 302011
Love, lover, over
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Everyone needs this, it’s great with an ‘r’ on the end but you’re sad when the first letter goes away.

What is it?

Random Riddle

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Dec 292011
Courts. All of the others are anagrams of each other.
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Which of the following words don’t belong in the group and why? CORSET COSTER SECTOR ESCORT COURTS

Joke Of The Day

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Dec 292011

Psychiatry students were in their Emotional Extremes class. “Let’s set some parameters,” the professor said. “What’s the opposite of joy?” he asked one student.

“Sadness,” he replied.

“The opposite of depression?” he asked another student.

“Elation,” he replied.

“The opposite of woe?” the prof asked a young woman from Texas.

The Texan replied, “Sir, I believe that would be giddyup.”