QUIRKY WORLD ... Peruvians take a leap of faith with juicy mix

Leap of faith

PERU: Frogs from Peru’s Lake Titicaca are the main ingredient in a juice blend that some Andean cultures believe has the power to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness, and even a low sex drive.

To make the mix, which is sold in Peru’s Andes and also at some stands in its capital Lima, vendor Maria Elena Cruz grabs a frog from a small aquarium then kills it by beating it on the counter of her stand.

She peels off the skin and drops it into a blender with carrots, the Peruvian maca root and honey.

The juice is a greenish colour and Cruz serves it in glasses to her customers.

“Frog juice is good for anaemia, bronchitis, bones, the brain, fatigue, stress, and it is mostly children, adults, persons with anaemia, respiratory issues, and sometimes tuberculosis” who come to her stand, Cruz said.

There’s no scientific evidence that confirms the frog juice’s benefits.

The frogs are from the Telmatobius culeus species locally known as the Titicaca water frog. It is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Abandoned Merc

ENGLAND:

A parking firm is still battling to have a broken-down Mercedes removed from one of its sites — more than two years after it was abandoned.

Middlesex-based Apcoa Parking said it had been unable to trace the owner of the car, which was dumped at its multi-storey facility in Ladywood, Birmingham, during 2012.

The saloon, which has not been reported stolen, would by now have attracted a notional parking charge — at a daily rate of £13 (€16) — of at least £9,000.

But it is understood the firm is not seeking payment of the charge and is currently waiting for Birmingham City Council to remove the vehicle.

A spokesman for Apcoa said: “We have written to the owner and we didn’t get a reply. This particular vehicle has a broken back axle. It’s probable that the owner deems it to be more hassle than it’s worth for him to come and remove it.”

Bulldozer thief

USA:

Police say a New Jersey man who was drunk stole a bulldozer in order to get a lift home.

Police say 30-year-old Christopher Russell left behind a path of destruction as he tried to drive the bulldozer through West Hudson Park.

The bulldozer leveled signs, three benches, a tree, a drinking fountain, and left a maze of tracks in the grass.

Harrison Police captain Mike Green told the Jersey Journal that Russell told officers he was cold and was trying to get home to Newark.

Russell was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, and theft of the bulldozer.

Eviction woes

USA:

A 30-year Harlem resident who suffers from incontinence has been evicted from his apartment by a New York City judge who said the stench of his urine jeopardised the safety of other tenants.

Civil Court Judge Sabrina Kraus in Manhattan said that while she had empathy for Michael Edmonds, the other tenants were entitled to live in a building that did not smell of urine or expose them to bio hazards in the common areas.

According to the court, not only did the smell of urine emanate from Edmonds’ apartment, but he also sometimes urinated in public areas of the building, and was also fired from his job because of his condition.

Edmonds claimed he had suffered from incontinence since 2011 and was seeing new doctors and taking medication, but Kraus said he appeared to be unable to handle the condition on his own. Furthermore, three cleanings by a city agency had been unable to get rid of the stench.

Dirty tricks

AUSTRALIA:

The male co-host of an Australian TV show is finally getting some attention for his fashion sense. And that’s his point.

Karl Stefanovic wore the same blue suit every day for a year on Channel Nine’s Today show. And no one noticed until he went public with his hidden-in-plain-sight experiment.

He told Australia’s Fairfax Media that while no one asked about his suit, people regularly commented about and criticised the outfits worn by co-host Lisa Wilkinson.

He said: “I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour — on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.”

New heights

USA:

New Mexico State Police say a woman suspected of stealing a vehicle tried to escape from custody by climbing through ceiling tiles at a hospital where she was being treated.

Police say Shylen Salazar got into the ceiling above her bed and hid there for over an hour before being found.

Salazar had been arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen truck. She was held in jail, where police say she told the guards she swallowed a batch of drugs to hide them from authorities.


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