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  • Butch the Rooster

    10/10/2018 6:03:04 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    email from a friend | 10/10/2018 | unknown
    Sarah was in the fertilized egg business. She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report just by listening to the bells. Sarah's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a fine specimen but...
  • Biblical end of days prophecy COMES TRUE as fish swim again in Dead Sea

    10/05/2018 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies ^ | Published 5th October 2018 | By Rachel O'Donoghue
    Ezekiel is a key figure in the Bible and in his end-of-days prophecy, he foresees the Dead Sea flourishing into life – something that is considered to be impossible due to its high salt content. Israeli photojournalist Noam Bedein has reported sightings of marine life in small sinkholes around the Dead Sea, as well as vegetation growing. Photos released by the Dead Sea Revival Project show tiny fish swimming in water that is reportedly from the highly-salinated body of water. Mr Bedein, who works on the Dead Sea Revival Project, which works to preserve the Sea and other Israeli “water...
  • 'We've ruled out Satan': Mysterious hole in the ground shooting out 12-foot-high flames ...

    10/05/2018 7:35:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies ^ | October 1, 2018 | By Marlene Lenthang
    FULL TITLE: 'We've ruled out Satan': Mysterious hole in the ground shooting out 12-foot-high flames for 40 minutes in Arkansas leaves officials stumped ___________________________________________________________ On September 17 a hole in the ground shot out 12-foot flames for 40 minutes The blaze broke out on a private property in Midway, Arkansas at 4.30am Weeks later, officials are still clueless as to what caused the inferno Officials have ruled out meteorites, a gas leak and Satan as potential causes Soil samples from the area are yet to be tested and could reveal the cause Geologists determined that the hole was made by...
  • UPDATE: 70-plus Cows on the Loose after Tractor-Trailer Crash on I-285, Police Say

    10/01/2018 7:47:17 AM PDT · by Cecily · 41 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | October 1, 2018 | Chelsea Prince and John Spink
    UPDATE [10:23 a.m.]: According to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center, crash cleanup continues from the wreckage of an overturned tractor-trailer on the I-285 ramp to I-75 in Cobb County, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The truck was carrying 89 cows when it tipped over, trapping some cows and spilling more than 70 on to the interstate. There is no estimated time of clearance.
  • UCF selling experimental Martian dirt—$20 a kilogram, plus shipping

    09/29/2018 12:03:20 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies ^ | 29 Sept 2018
    This is not fake news. A team of UCF astrophysicists has developed a scientifically based, standardized method for creating Martian and asteroid soil known as simulants. For example, scientists looking for ways to grow food on Mars—cue the Martian movie—need to test their techniques on soil that most closely resembles the stuff on Mars.
  • "A bad science fiction movie": Large, aggressive mosquitoes swarm N.C. city after Florence

    09/28/2018 11:14:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 59 replies ^ | September 27, 2018, 9:54 AM | Staff
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- A North Carolina city dealing with fallout from Hurricane Florence has been swarmed by aggressive mosquitoes nearly three times larger than regular mosquitoes. One resident, Robert Phillips, describes their rise as "a bad science fiction movie." North Carolina State University entomology professor Michael Reiskind told The Fayetteville Observer that Florence's floodwater has caused eggs for mosquito species such as the Psorophora ciliata to hatch. These mosquitoes, often called "gallinippers," are known for their painful bite and often lay eggs in low-lying damp areas. The eggs lie dormant in dry weather and hatch as adults following heavy rains....
  • World's first human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong

    09/28/2018 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | September 28, 2018 | Staff - AFP
    A Hong Kong man has developed the world's first ever human case of the rat version of the hepatitis E virus, according to new research from one of the city's leading universities. There had previously been no evidence the disease could jump from rats to humans, the University of Hong Kong said Friday, warning the discovery had "major public health significance". "This study conclusively proves for the first time in the world that rat HEV can infect humans to cause clinical infection," the university added. Rat hepatitis E virus is very distantly related to human hepatitis E virus variants, HKU...
  • 'Cannibal wife' suspected of eating up to 30 people faces jail over waitress murder [Russia]

    09/27/2018 8:27:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | PUBLISHED: 13:11, Thu, Sep 27, 2018 | UPDATED: 15:04, Thu, Sep 27, 2018 | By Simon Osborne
    A WOMAN who reportedly confessed to killing and eating dozens of victims with her husband faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted at an upcoming trial. Natalia Baksheeva, 43, has been charged on one count of goading her spouse into murdering one of the victims. Her husband Dmitry Baksheev, 35, nicknamed “Devil”, is suffering from tuberculosis and his role in the macabre Russian murder and cannibalism case will be dealt with at a later hearing. Police found a gruesome collection of "steamed" and frozen human remains from their "final victim”, a 35-year-old waitress, in the couple’s kitchen in...
  • President Donald J. Trump’s 500 Days of American Greatness

    09/24/2018 11:26:44 AM PDT · by Taxocrats Tax Everything · 4 replies
    White House ^ | 6-4-2108 | White House
    Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free. President Donald J. Trump 500 DAYS: In his first 500 days in office, President Donald J. Trump has achieved results domestically and internationally for the American people. Since taking office, President Trump has strengthened American leadership, security, prosperity, and accountability. After 500 days, the results are clear: the American economy is stronger, American workers are experiencing more opportunities, confidence is soaring, and business is booming. President Trump has re-asserted American leadership on the world stage, secured vital...
  • New York City’s Subways Are Slow, Crowded and Smelly—Officials Say Part of the Problem Is You

    09/21/2018 6:38:52 PM PDT · by firebrand · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 21, 2018 | Paul Berger
    More than five million riders crowd into New York City’s subway on an average workday, and officials say some of them are making everybody late. At the 34th Street-Penn Station stop, Frank Gallagher thrust his foot between the closing doors of an uptown 2 train on a recent morning and wedged his way inside. “I made up my mind I was going to catch that train,” said the 57-year-old entertainment industry union rep. “I’m five minutes late as it is.” But nothing enrages commuters more than train delays. Except, maybe, blaming commuters for train delays.
  • Humane restaurant in mean to get lobsters high on marijuana smoke before killing

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — These lobsters are going to pot in more ways than one. A Maine lobster pound is banking on using marijuana to try to make cooking the crustaceans a little more humane. The business, Charlotte's Legendary Lobster Pound in Southwest Harbor, is owned by a registered medical marijuana caregiver.
  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts [New England]

    09/16/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT | David Sharp
    There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard in Standish, Maine, said he’s never seen anything like it. “They’re eating the pumpkins. They’re eating the apples. They’re raising some hell this year. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. Evidence of the squirrel population explosion is plain to see along New England’s highways, where the critters are becoming...
  • The implementation of government socialism plainly explained

    09/14/2018 3:55:52 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 9 replies ^ | Jul 29, 2012 | JAGER PRO
    Socialim Simply Explained VIDEO
  • No kidding! Goats prefer to interact with humans who look happy

    08/29/2018 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies ^ | 29 August, 2018 00:16
    Goats recognise and are attracted to happy humans, a study has found. Much like us, they seem to be drawn to smiling faces. But don’t expect to make friends with a goat if you scowl at it. Scientists showed 20 goats unfamiliar photos of the same human face looking happy or angry. ================================================================= The research, conducted at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent, demonstrated that the goats preferred to interact with the smiling face. Released from a distance of four metres (13ft) they generally made straight for the happy image, exploring it curiously with their snouts. This suggested that goats...
  • Florida Ag 4 way race. Who to support?

    08/27/2018 1:27:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    8/27/18 | sff
    okay, day before primary. we have four ag commish candidates running on the R ballot. Matt Caldwell. NRA endorsed, looks like the most money but I heard he was ANTI TRUMP like Putnam was...then changed his tune when Trump won. Denise Grimsely. Reminds me of Sarah Palin. She might even be trying to imitate her. Has a B rating from NRA, but has also run her own business. I respect that. Mike McCallister. Retired army man. Running, it appears on a shoestring budget--which means if he is the nominee the Dems might be able to outspend him. He appears to...
  • California man busted with 800 pounds of stolen lemons

    08/27/2018 10:42:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 78 replies
    UPI ^ | 08/27/2018 | By Ben Hooper
    Sheriff's deputies in California conducted a traffic stop and discovered 800 pounds of stolen lemons in a man's car. Photo courtesy of the Riverside County Sheriff's Office ===================================================================== Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A California sheriff's office said deputies conducting a traffic stop arrested a man found to be transporting 800 pounds of stolen lemons. The Riverside County Sheriff's Office said Thermal Station Deputies assigned to the Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team were investigating a string of recent agricultural thefts when they conducted the traffic stop Friday. The sheriff's office said Los Angeles resident Dioncio Fierros, 69, was found...
  • Asian Tick Invading America Is a Mystery to Lyme Experts

    08/22/2018 10:39:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 08.22.18 5:19 AM ET | Victoria Albert
    We don’t yet know how the long-horned tick came to the United States, how it’s spreading, or what it’s capable of doing. All we know is that it’s here. There’s a new tick crawling around the Eastern half of the United States: the long-horned tick, an invasive species from Eastern Asia that’s been spotted increasingly in urban areas like Staten Island in New York, along with New Jersey, Virginia, and all the way down to Arkansas. This new tick, however, is a mystery. Its cousins, most notably the black-legged tick, currently inhabit most of the eastern half of the United...
  • California's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imagined

    08/17/2018 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 105 replies ^ | Updated 4:00 am PDT, Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Eric Ting
    For the small six-person team tasked with combating California's nutria infestation, a typical day consists of working in 100-degree weather, wading through marshes and avoiding traps built to catch 20-pound rodents, targeting about 2 million acres. Nutria, a destructive rat-like mammal, is currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. In the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of the animal, which devastate agricultural infrastructure by burrowing into levees, roadbeds and canal beds. But in the past few months, only 200 nutria have been exterminated, 100 of which were found in a pond...
  • Cows help rehabilitate prisoners in Sweden

    08/13/2018 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 Aug 2018 | Staff
    It's barely 6:00 am and Alfred is already busy milking cows. But when his chores on the farm are done, he won't be going home -- he'll be returning to his prison cell. In Sweden, which prioritises rehabilitation over long prison sentences, Alfred is one of 60 inmates preparing to reintegrate into society at a minimum security "open prison" functioning as a farm in the town of Mariestad, about 300 kilometres (185 miles) southwest of Stockholm. Imprisoned since April for illegally possessing a gun, Alfred, a grandfather in his 50s who is due to be released in November, can't hide...
  • Immigration raid is underway at greenhouse in O'Neill, Nebraska

    08/08/2018 8:31:44 AM PDT · by LadyBuzz · 30 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 7/8/2018 | Paul Hammel
    O’NEILL, Neb. — Federal immigration enforcement officers surrounded a tomato greenhouse complex Wednesday morning in an apparent bust of undocumented immigrants. An ICE spokesman confirmed that it was an “ongoing law enforcement activity” and said that details would be coming later in the day. Shortly before 9 a.m. several ICE law enforcement vehicles arrived at the O’Neill Ventures plant on the northwest edge of O’Neill. Nebraska state troopers blocked the entrance.