Council workers who mistakenly cut down a tree in a residential Luton street have now painted the stump pink for “health and safety reasons”.

The tree, thought to have stood in Riddy Lane for 35 years, and which usually bears pink blossom, was just meant to have a dead branch removed.

Luton Borough Council said the work order had been “misinterpreted”. A council spokeswoman said the tree had been painted “to prevent slip, trips and falls”.

Resident Diana Freeman said she had lived in the road for 22 years and each spring it could be relied upon to produce “loads of beautiful pink blossom”.

She said she phoned the council a couple of months ago to report one of the branches looked as though it had died.

“I thought they would just lop a little bit off,” she said. “I wish I hadn’t mentioned it now, it was gorgeous, there was nothing wrong with it.”

She said she was out when two men with chainsaws arrived, but a neighbour rushed out to try and stop the felling.

“He said that the council tree surgeons were adamant it had to be cut down,” she said.

She was astonished that pink blossom had now been replaced by pink paint to stop people falling over it.

“They must be joking, we thought it was to stop it sprouting again,” she said.

The council said it would replace the tree in the autumn.

“This was an isolated incident and we are not aware of any other mistakes of this nature,” the idiots said in a statement.

“All felled trees have the stump retained at approximately 1m high and the top painted with a florescent colour until they are removed. This is for health and safety reasons to prevent slip, trips and falls.”


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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.”

Krulwich explains:

“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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A Delaware school that barred a sixth grader after she dyed her hair pink with her parents’ blessing to celebrate her good grades has lifted its ban on Tuesday due to an outcry from civil rights advocates.

After missing three days of classes, pink-haired Brianna Moore headed back to Shue-Medill Middle School in Newark, Delaware, on Tuesday after administrators reversed their decision after a call from the Delaware branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“We’re on our way right now,” said Kevin Moore as he drove his 12-year-old daughter to school.

At his daughter’s request last week, he helped dye her hair a shade called crimson storm, which has a pink hue, as a reward for improving her grades.

But when she showed up for school the next day, she was sent home and told not to return until her hair met school policy mandating a “natural color, brown, blond, black, natural red/auburn.”

The ACLU soon got in touch with attorneys for the school district and asked, “Don’t you think this is unconstitutional?” said Kathleen MacRae, ACLU executive director in Delaware.

Moore was invited back to school with assurances she would not be punished, said Wendy Lapham, school district spokeswoman.

“The hair is not going to be an issue,” Lapham said.

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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.

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This is one story that this guy will never live down…

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In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in the news again.

The Sheriff, who is never far from controversy, is introducing a Spanish-language version of the shorts he sells to the public.

Sheriff Arpaio became famous for forcing inmates to wear pink underwear 15 years ago to cut down on theft.

He began selling them to the public after speaking about them on national television and becoming an international sensation.

he versions that went on sale Monday are imprinted with “Vamos Jose!” The original shorts, also $15, feature a sheriff’s star and a “Go Joe” logo.

“Vamos” translates to “We go” in English. A similar-sounding word, “Vamanos,” means “Let’s go!” in Spanish. A more accurate translation of “Go Joe!” would be “Andale, Jose!”

In other Sheriff Arpaio news, he made headlines last week by announcing that he was going to use chain gangs of DUI offenders to pick up trash outside Chase Field during All-Star week. In an apparently bow to criticism, he has issued a statement changing his mind.

The sheriff had planned to have three chain gangs decked out in striped jail garb posted around Chase Field during Tuesday’s game. One was to be made up entirely of undocumented immigrants convicted of drunken driving.

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