A king’s remains, wacky child support rulings, and yet more on gay marriage-my top 5 news stories of the week

Welcome to today’s edition of my top 5 news stories of the week! There’s been a lot to pick from, but here they are, starting with…

DNA confirms bones found in a car park are Richard III’s

Scientists at the University of Leicester have confirmed that remains found under a car park in Leicester are in fact the remains of King Richard III, the last king to be slain in battle. After extensive tests, including carbon dating, and DNA and bone analysis, they decided it is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ to be his remains.  Plans for a tomb to rebury the former king are already advanced, according to the Richard III Society. (Source: BBC)

Gay marriage bill passed through the House of Commons

In a huge victory for gay marriage, a bill has been passed through the House of Commons that would legalise it in England and Wales by a majority of 400 to 175. Although it has to pass a couple more Parliamentary debates and a vote in the House of Lords, and if passed it won’t come into effect until 2015, it is still a hugely positive step towards better equality. (Source: Guardian)

Women burned alive for ‘sorcery’ in Papua New Guinea

A news story worthy of medieval times, Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old mother, was burned alive by relatives for killing a boy with ‘sorcery’. Police and firefighters were unable to intervene as they were chased away by the crowd that had gathered.

Unfortunately, this is nothing new, and 50 people were killed for similar reasons last year, mostly women. PNG’s Government are saying that they will create tougher laws for people committing murder and blaming sorcery. (Source: BBC)

Dad ordered by Quebec Supreme Court to continue paying child support for kids proven not to be his

In a story that borderlines on ridiculous, a father was ordered by the Quebec Supreme Court to continue paying child support for 3 kids that have been proven to not be his following his divorce from his wife 3 years ago. What makes it worse is that he didn’t know this or even suspect until the paternity test results were finalised. Fortunately, their 4th child, his 9-year-old son, is his, but I’m fairly sure that’s not fixing his heartbreak (or bank balance) any time soon. (Source: Toronto Sun)

Google search bug returns porn sites for ‘contradictory queries’

This hilarious discovery was found by a Quora user. As you might know, entering an equation in Google’s search bar will return the answer, their calculator, and then related search results. What this user found was that if you put in a contradictory query, like “-4^(1/4), you’d get the answer followed by a lot of porn. A bit like this:

Google fail


A Google engineer explains that what the search should do is return zero results, as it’s meant to look for pages that have 1 and 4 next to each other, but doesn’t have a 4. Instead, porn. Interestingly, it doesn’t happen with all contradictory queries and thankfully doesn’t happen with SafeSearch on. We’re assured it’ll be fixed soon. (Source: The Verge)

And that’s that for another week! As always, please leave your thoughts or any news stories you particularly found important or enjoyable in the comments below.

Have a great Sunday!



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