Teenager escapes shark attack
A teenager was attacked by a great white shark but survived. A 13-year-old schoolgirl named Zoe Steyn was booted into the Indian Ocean when she was surfing in South Africa after a 10 foot sea predator clamped onto her surfboard and catapulted her into the sea just missing her leg, the Mirror Online has reported. Speaking about her near death experience, the youngster said: "I just saw this huge black eye looking straight at me and a huge bang as it took my board and began shaking it. "It latched on with its jaws just missing my leg and it tipped me backwards and I fell in and I just saw the black shape of it in the water and panicked. "I heard another surfer screaming at me to get back on my board and I pulled myself onto it but was terrified of where the shark was and what to do." Zoe made it to the shore unharmed after being aided by fellow surfer and photographer JP Veaudry, and she was "relieved" to make it to safety. She explained: "I have never been so relieved to get on a beach in my life and JP told me I was very lucky. They reckon it was at least ten feet long, maybe bigger. "It was the first time I have ever seen a shark in three years of surfing and my memory of it is this big black eye looking straight at me - I was so, so scared." And just one day after the ordeal Zoe took to the waves again, although she has vowed never to surf solo in the future. She said: "I can't thank JP enough for risking his life to paddle out and save me and get back to shore. It has taught me never to surf alone ever again."
Artist carves people from avocado stones
An artist has created sculptures from the stones of avocados. Irish artist Jan Campbell has been busily forging a name for herself in the art industry by carving the pit of the fruit into tiny ornaments. And the creative mastermind has uploaded images of her designs to her Instagram page. Speaking about her latest venture, Jan wrote: "I found Dagda and his magic harp inside an avocado stone when the Dagda played his harp he could make anyone who heard it giggle with joy, cry with sorrow, or fall instantly into the softest sleep. The playing of his harp made the seasons come in the correct order I want to make a small ensemble of musicians next I will carve a Viol de Gamba player - let me know if you have any suggestions of other instruments you'd like to see.(sic)."
Writing your name can help with fear of turbulence
A pilot gave some advice for people who are afraid of turbulence. Captain Ron Nielsen appeared on 'The Today Show' and told a volunteer with a severe fear of flying to take a pen and try writing your name with the opposite writing hand. According to Captain Nielsen, doing this acts as a distraction and it crosses over motor function in the brain which is a disruption for your thought process. The producer of the show Joyanna Billington put the method to the test and admitted she felt much better doing it.
Artist creates portraits of Wimbledon stars out of takeaway foods
A food artist has created three portraits of three of the nation's favorite tennis stars. Prudence Staite collaborated with the online food ordering platform hungryhouse.co.uk and created Andy Curry, Caroline Teriyaki and Novak Djoko-chips, after the popular Wimbledon stars and used various ingredients from takeaway meals. The food artist said: "I have created a lot of food art over the years, but I've never taken up a takeaway challenge like this before. "After a grueling two weeks on the tennis courts at SW19, these sporting starts certainly deserve a tasty treat." These are not the first celebrities to be turned into food portraits by the artist who also include Denzel Washington out of popcorn, a cupcake Queen, and a life-size replica of Dita Von Teese from cheese.
Stretching first thing in the morning makes your day better
Stretching first thing in the morning can help make your day better, a Harvard University psychologist claims. Amy Cuddy believes having a stretch in your bed in the best way to start the day and making your body stretch as long as possible as soon as your alarm goes off tells your brain that you have a lot of confidence, the Metro reports. This is known as power posing and Amy claims when you pretend to be powerful, you are more likely to feel it.
Man gets Costa cup tattooed on his arm
A Costa coffee addict got a tattoo of one of the franchise's coffee cups. Sam Cooper, 29, from Essex, believes he has spent more than £5,000 on coffee over the space of four years and now he has branded himself one of the biggest fans of the franchise with the life-like tattoo on his forearm. He said to the Mirror Online: "It embodies my love of Costa. You could say I'm an addict, I probably go there at least once a day and have done for the last four years. "I thought, I've just got to do it. The thing with me is, I don't do anything by halves." The coffee fan showed his tattoo to the staff at his local branch and joked he may get a bacon sandwich tattooed next. —