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Making sense of a reference…


Aboriginal elder leads police to body — but wrong one

SIXTH SENSESYDNEY (Reuters Life!) – An Aboriginal elder who claimed to have seen the location of a missing child in a dream has led Australian police to a body — but it was not the corpse of a child but of an adult woman.

Cheryl Carroll-Lagerwey, the Aboriginal elder, said she was not psychic but had a third sense that she could lead police to the body of Kiesha Abrahams.

Third sense? This really should embarrass someone.


We’re aware the usual expression is sixth sense, but third is what she said, so we couldn’t change it.

If third sense is some kind of localized version of the idea of having an extra sense, I think we could have explained that fact for our global audience, or else just dropped the sense reference altogether if it seemed confusing: GBU Editor

Rational Explanations?


British X-Files describe secret UFO encounters

ufo 300Some cases subsequently received rational explanations, such as meteors burning up in the atmosphere, but many are unsolved.

Kudos to the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain for continuing to release once-classified documents regarding UFO sightings in the U.K., even if many of them are listed as “unsolved.”

The wrong word


US trade gap widens sharply in June

CHINA-ECONOMY/YUANWASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. trade deficit widened a surprising 18.8 percent in June on a surge of consumer goods from China and other suppliers, while U.S. exports fell, a government report showed on Wednesday.

The desperate trade data is likely to intensify calls in the U.S. Congress for China to move more aggressively to raise the value of its currency against the dollar.

Offensive word…


Balotelli set for Italy debut

SOCCER-ITALY/Balotelli, who is being courted by Manchester City and will be one of only a handful of coloured players to have represented Italy, displayed his trademark single-mindedness by immediately grabbing the number nine striker jersey with Cassano taking 10.

The Italian footballer Mario Balotelli is referred to as “coloured”. He is black.

A grizzly discovery?


Montana officials trap suspected killer grizzly

CANADAThe woman, Deb Freele, 58, from Ontario, Canada, described a harrowing few seconds after she was awaken in her tent by a bear biting her arm. She said she survived by playing dead until the animal gave up and lumbered away.

Wildlife experts say deadly bear attacks — either by grizzlies or black bares — are rare.

Did our editor go missing?


Taliban hold one missing soldier, 2nd killed – spokesman

AFGHANISTAN-SOLDIER/KABUL, July 25 (Reuters) – One of two U.S. soldiers who went missing in Afghanistan was a captive of the Taliban and the other had been killed, a spokesman for the insurgents said on Sunday.

I love your news and the quality of your reports.

Although this article was both of concern and generally well-written, I was surprised to see the colloquial expression “went missing” in the news story.

Little lost lam?


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Life on the lamb? Really?


Ouch. We changed it to lam: GBU Editor

A video grab shows Sharon Lain, with a woman’s girdle wrapped around her face as a make-shift mask, robbing an Oklahoma McDonald’s. REUTERS/Midwest City Police Department/Handout

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Ancient ship?


Ancient ship unearthed at World Trade Center site

SEPT11-SHIP/Parts of lower Manhattan, including the twin towers which fell on September 11, 2001 when two hijacked aircraft crashed into them, were built over the Hudson River, archeologist Michael Pappalardo told reporters gathered at the site.

The ship, Pappalardo explained, likely dated back at least 200 years when part of the river was filled in with trash, debris and wooden beams in order to expand a fast-growing Manhattan.

The party is Labor


Australia government holds poll lead as campaign gears up

AUSTRALIA-ELECTION/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on course for a narrow win in an August 21 election, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, as the economy, border protection and population swiftly emerged as key campaign issues.

Support for the ruling Labour party has rebounded since Gillard, Australia’s first female prime minister, was appointed three weeks ago. Seeking to take advantage of her lead and a robust economy creating jobs, she called an election on Saturday.

World domination?

U.S. and Russia to swap spies after 10 plead guilty

gbu swap 280Such swaps are not unprecedented but were more a fixture of the Cold War, when the United States and the former Soviet Union were sworn enemies competing for world domination.

Your story about the spy swap states that the U.S. was attempting to “dominate the world.”