A man in England who slept in his bath to escape the light from a new street lamp has said he will be seeking legal advice after the council said the lighting levels were acceptable.
Roger Ellis slept in his bath for four nights in July, after a new street light was installed outside his New Addington, south London, home.
The 47-year-old took the desperate action after being unable to get any sleep in his bedroom at the front of the property.
However, council inspectors went round on three occasions to test lighting levels and decided they were within an acceptable range.
Mr Ellis said: “It is a terrible society we live in where people are put after money and profit.
“I will take this to the next level and will be speaking to my lawyers.”
A spokesman for Croydon Council said: “The amount of light falling onto houses on this street has been raised to meet modern British standards, but is well within the agreed acceptable range.”
A woman in Switzerland has diad after trying to live on sunlight alone.
It was part of a spiritual journey for the woman, identified in the story with the fake name Anna Good, who was reportedly inspired by a 2010 documentary In the Beginning There Was Light.
The film tells the story of people who follow a concept called breatharianism and they claim to survive without eating or drinking anything for weeks, years or even decades.
Good saw the movie in 2010, the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports. She started on the diet, going so far as to spit out her saliva.
In early 2011, after her children hadn’t heard from Good, they went to her home and found her body.
Police conducted an investigation and on Wednesday, district attorney Thomas Burgi told the newspaper the case was closed because there was no evidence of “foreign influence” in Good’s death.
Connecticut police have said that they have been unable to locate a mysterious object seen falling from the sky by witnesses, one of them a state trooper.
The Connecticut State Police said that the glowing green object, which some witnesses described as being the size of a whale, was seen falling from the sky in the Litchfield area around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.
It is believed to have plunged into Bantam Lake.
Police said that emergency responders attempted to locate the object, but the search was called off after a few hours.
On March 1, 2012, reports of a green glowing object seen falling in the skies above Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Another green glowing object was filmed in the skies above Boca Raton, Florida on July 6, 2009
Green glowing object in the skies above Boca Raton, Florida, July 6, 2009
In a blog post, Robert Krulwich of the public radio show Radiolab noted that there is no pink in the colors of the rainbow.
Pink is actually a combination of red and violet, two colors, which, if you look at a rainbow, are on the opposite sides of the arc.
Remember the old colors of the rainbow mnemonic ROYGBIV? The R (red) is as far as it can get from V (violet). That’s where the trouble lies.
Pink can’t exist in nature without a little rainbow-bending help, which would allow the shades of red and violet to commingle.
This is leading scientists to believe, as Krulwich puts it, that “pink is a made-up color.”
“I know, of course, that all colors are just waves of light, so every color we “see,” we see with our brains. But what this video says is that there is no such thing as a band of wavelengths that mix red and violet, and therefore, pink is not a real wavelength of light. That’s why pink is an invention. It’s not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn’t out there.”
So there you have it. Pink, the color, is just the wishful thinking of our brain blending the red and violet wavelengths together to create the color of many little girls’ birthday parties.
But as compelling as Krulwich’s argument is, there are plenty of scientists who disagree with him.
In a blog post aptly named Stop This Absurd War on the Color Pink, Scientific American blogger Michael Moyer points to research that indicates that all color, whether in the rainbow or not, is a fabrication of our brains.
He quotes biologist Timothy H. Goldsmith as noting that, “Color is not actually a property of light or of objects that reflect light. It is a sensation that arises within the brain.”
He concludes by stating that, “Pink is real—or it is not—but it is just as real or not-real as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.”
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Teenage yobs in Wales are set to be shamed off the streets with lamps that show up their pimples.
The special ‘acne lights’ give off a pink glow that exaggerates any spots or blemishes on people’s faces.
Council bosses are hoping the devices which are mainly used by beauticians will slash the numbers of youths loitering in an area of Cardiff blighted by anti-social behaviour.
Neil McEvoy, who represents the Fairwater district, said: “It would be very much for areas of anti-social behaviour and where younger people tend to congregate.
“I know when I was that age I would have been put off if blemishes on my face were shown up — I am pleased that the police are being proactive.”
But the lights have been criticised by the National Youth Agency.
Development officer Peta Halls said: “Anything that aims to embarrass people out of an area is not on.
“Why waste limited resources on something which moves all young people out of an area? They will move on to somewhere else.”
The acne lights are just the latest in a range of creative measures used by councils and the police to stop anti-social behaviour.
The lights follow the infamous Mosquito alarm which first hit the headlines in 2005 for using an annoying ultra-high tone, audible only to people aged under 25.
A mysterious bright light seen by thousands of people in the night sky over northern Britain caused a ruckus this weekend.
Some observers called police, others quickly hit the Internet to broadcast tweets about what they saw.
“UFO invasion?! Ball of fire flew past my window!” one woman posted on Twitter.
David Konstantinou of Glasgow tweeted he had seen “a huge meteorite heading south.”
“Huge white tail. Flashed green and red. Amazing sight. Made the hairs on my neck stand up,” he added.
One Greater Manchester police officer joined in the fun, tweeting: “Sounds like we are being invaded by martians. Several sightings of a bright orange light over Salford!”
The Met Office tweeted: “Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.”
The most likely explanation for the phenomenon was that a meteor, probably about the size of a person’s fist, had hit the Earth’s atmosphere 60-70 miles in altitude.
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said the force had been “inundated” with calls about a bright object in the sky across the west of Scotland.
Grampian Police said reports of people seeing a “flare or a bright object with a tail” were received from across the region.
And Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said numerous calls were made about a “large ball of fire in the sky” across Annandale and Eskdale.
A force spokesman wrote on Facebook: “A number of reports have been received from the public reporting observing bright lights or what is described as a large ball of fire in the sky.
“Inquiry has confirmed that this is actually a low level meteor shower.”
Meanwhile, Lothian and Borders Police said it had received “quite a lot” of calls from members of the public.
Strathclyde Police and Central Scotland Police checked with air traffic control who confirmed there were no concerns and all aircraft was accounted for.
Coastguard also received calls from members of the public asking if a flare had been used. One call was made to the coastguard in Stornoway, with one person reporting seeing a flare in the sky.