Zimbabwe schools accept goats for tuition fees

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Hey, why not?

Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment, a government minister has said.

The country’s education minister Lazarus Dokora told the pro-government Sunday Mail newspaper that schools will have to show flexibility when it comes to demanding tuition fees from parents, and that they should accept not only livestock, but also services and skills. “If there is a builder in the community, he/she must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees,” the paper quoted him as saying.

Some schools are already accepting livestock as payments, the Sunday Mail reports.

A ministry official clarified Dr Dokora’s comments: “Parents of the concerned children can pay the fees using livestock. That is mostly for rural areas, but parents in towns and cities can pay through other means; for instance, doing certain work…

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Physicists observe ‘negative mass’

Neat, and weird…

Physicists have created a fluid with “negative mass”, which accelerates towards you when pushed.

In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton’s Second Law of Motion.

But in theory, matter can have negative mass in the same sense that an electric charge can be positive or negative.

Oh; I was hoping ‘negative mass’ could be used for weight loss… 😉

Boy, eight, drives sister to McDonald’s

Boy, eight, drives sister to McDonald’s

An eight-year old boy in Ohio safely drove his little sister to McDonald’s after learning to drive from YouTube, local news report.

Ohio’s Morning Journal said police received calls from residents about a child driving through town.

Staff at the restaurant thought they were the victims of a prank when the underage pair stopped at the drive-through window, the paper added.

The boy obeyed all traffic lights and laws, witnesses said.

“He didn’t hit a single thing on the way there. It was unreal,” police officer Jacob Koehler, from the village of East Palestine, said.

The child told police he had learned to drive by watching YouTube videos.

The boy drove 1.5 miles (2.4km), covering four intersections, railway tracks, and several turns, Mr Koehler told Cleveland news outlet Fox8.

The children’s parents were asleep at home, reports said, when the siblings decided to take the vehicle keys.

The two children got cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets while they waited to be picked up by family. No charges were filed.

Hey, all’s well that ends well. 🙂