#OddlyEnough – Brexit Survival Kit For Brits

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Food Rations Provided For 30 Days

A British company is ready to capitalise on Britain’s impending Brexit, says a report.

With just a few weeks left until Britain is due to leave the European Union, a company is selling worried Britons a survival kit to help them prepare for the worst, according to a Reuters report.

The “Brexit Box”, retailing at 295 pounds ($380), provides food rations to last 30 days, according to its producer, businessman James Blake who says he has already sold hundreds of them.

With still no deal on how Britain will trade with the EU once it leaves, retailers and manufacturers have warned a “no-deal” Brexit could cause food and medicine shortages due to expected chaos at ports that could paralyse supply lines.

The Brexit Box includes 60 portions of freeze-dried British favourites: Chicken Tikka, Chilli Con Carne, Macaroni Cheese and Chicken Fajitas, 48 portions of dried mince and chicken, firelighter liquid and an emergency water filter.

Indonesian Durian Sells For $1,000

A pungent, spiky fruit considered a delicacy across many parts of Asia has been sold for an astronomical sum, says a report.

The Indonesian variety of the durian – has been sold in a store on the island of Java for a hefty $1,000 per fruit, says a Reuters report.

The “J-Queen” durian was selected by a panel of farmers in a region of central Java because it was deemed to have a special taste and texture, said Sudarno, a farmer who grew the fruit.

Two of the rare durians, which were displayed in a perspex case in a store in Tasikmalaya in the neighbouring province, were sold for 14 million rupiah ($1,002) each, said Sudarno.

Asked why anyone would pay such a high price, he said the harvest from this particular tree had failed in past seasons, but a new fertiliser helped to produce fruit this year.

Sometimes described as smelling like an open sewer or turpentine when ripe, durian is banned in some airports, public transport and hotels in Southeast Asia.

A Robot To Serve You At Budapest Cafe

The robots at the Enjoy Budapest Cafe can do it all – they can serve up food and drink, tell jokes, dance with the kids or just hang out for a chat with customers, says a report.

The cafe, opened by IT company E-Szoftverfejlesztő in the Hungarian capital, is staffed by a whole team of robots that aim to help familiarise the public with the technological revolution in automation and artificial intelligence, says the Reuters report.

The robot waiters follow fixed paths to deliver food and drink orders to customers, who are asked to keep out of the robots’ way.

Others serve up entertainment, such as Pepper, a “receptionist” robot that can hold a conversation and also dance with customers.

Developed by Japanese company Softbank, Pepper needed to be modified to be able to hear customers in the noisy environment of a cafe, owner Tibor Csizmadia says.

Man Strikes Karate Pose Before Stealing

Police say a man launched into Mr. Miyagi’s famous crane kick pose before stealing a purse at a gas station in South Carolina, according to a report.

Swansea police posted photos from surveillance video on Facebook showing the man striking the pose from the 1984 film “The Karate Kid”, says the AP report.

Police say the pose appears to be the man’s “unique” ritual. Surveillance photos show him in the stance that Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel LaRusso in the movie.

Boy Dials 911 To Seek Help In Homework

Police dispatchers are trained to deal with a number of situations, and a dispatcher in Indiana had to know her numbers when a boy called 911 seeking help with his homework.

Lafayette Police dispatcher Antonia Bundy answered the call from the boy, who said he had “a bad day at school.” It seemed the boy had “tonnes of homework” before the dispatcher narrowed down that he was having trouble with fractions.

An audio recording of the call posted on Twitter shows how the dispatcher helped the child solve the equation: three-fourths plus one-fourth. She had him take out a piece of paper to figure out the answer: one.

The boy thanked the dispatcher and apologized for calling 911. Police say they don’t recommend calling 911 for homework help.