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  • Man Died Trying To Rescue Dog From Raging Sand Fire, Neighbor Says

    07/26/2016 10:24:50 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 28 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 07/25/2016 | Unattributed
    Homeowners returned to a Sand Canyon neighborhood Monday night, days after the raging Sand Fire tore through the area. For some like John Kim, returning to the area meant picking through the remains of his home. Kim’s neighbor died in his car trying to outrun the flames. The victim was a man in his 60’s. He lived on the property with a woman, who was too distraught to speak. Their home also burned to the ground. Kim says the man who died went back to rescue his dog.
  • Flash Mob Robbery Caught On Video In Roslindale Store

    07/26/2016 10:12:25 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 51 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 07/26/2016 | Unattributed
    Flash mobs are usually fun, especially for those who don’t see it coming. Unfortunately for Gloria Mantas, she became the victim of a flash mob robbery over the weekend. Mantas was working at her convenience store gas station on Washington Street early Sunday morning when about 25 teenagers suddenly came in at once just after midnight. They started grabbing drinks, candy, ice cream and anything they could get their hands on. Then, in less than a minute, they all left at once – without paying for anything.
  • Meet Ruger: the American dog who put 150 African poachers out of business

    03/08/2016 3:16:37 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 33 replies ^ | 03/08/2016 | Michele C Hollow
    Ruger is a bad dog, and that’s why he does his job so well. Just ask Megan Parker, the director of research at Working Dogs for Conservation in Montana. When Parker scours animal shelters for her next dog-in-training, she looks for unadoptable, hard-to-handle dogs. Ruger was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. His owner shot his littermates, and Ruger escaped. He was taken to a nearby animal shelter where he was found by a dog trainer who alerted Meg’s organization. It was Ruger’s drive that convince Parker to keep training him. She eventually paired Ruger with the scouts of...
  • Cat Makes Mysterious Journey From Wisconsin to Florida

    02/24/2016 4:15:44 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 43 replies
    CBS Miamii ^ | 02/24/2016 | Unattributed
    NAPLES (CBSMiami) – There are a lot of questions surrounding a cross-country trek from Wisconsin to Florida that may never be answered because it was actually a cat which made the journey. Nadia is a Russian Blue cat who ran out of her owner’s home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Christmas Eve day. Her owners tried to find her but to no avail and they were heartbroken. Fast forward to this week in Florida and Nadia is found by Michelle Richards of Naples.
  • South Carolina Just Outlawed Something Islamists Cannot LIVE without

    01/31/2016 9:08:42 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 39 replies ^ | 01/30/2016 | Danny Gold
    South Carolina just passed a new bill that will ruin any plan Islamists may have had about dominating the US. In a vote of 68 to 42, the South Carolina House agreed to block Islamic Sharia Law from ever being acknowledged in their state. The new legislation is explained as “a bill to amend the code of laws of South Carolina…so as to prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law including, but not limited to, Sharia Law in this state from a forum outside of the United State or its territories under certain circumstance.”
  • A New Material Promises NSA-Proof Wallpaper

    10/23/2015 7:05:19 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 31 replies
    Defense One ^ | 10/23/2015 | Patrick Tucker
    Your next tinfoil hat will won’t be made of tinfoil. A small company called Conductive Composites out of Utah has developed a flexible material — thin and tough enough for wallpaper or woven fabric — that can keep electronic emissions in and electromagnetic pulses out.
  • The Hug of the Century

    09/07/2014 11:22:26 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 40 replies
    Vitality 101 ^ | 07/14/2014 | Unattributed
    A woman found a badly injured lion in the forest. She took it with her and nursed it back to health. When it was better, she made arrangements with a zoo to take the lion and give it a new and happy home. This video was taken when she returned to the zoo some time later to see how her lion was doing. Watch the lion's amazing reaction when he sees her!
  • At gun-friendly Colorado restaurant, even the waitresses are armed

    07/04/2014 9:30:39 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 12 replies
    The Record ^ | 07/04/2014 | Unattributed
    RIFLE, Colo. — Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly — and its waitresses do, too. As she takes your order at Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle — yes, Rifle — waitress Ashlee Saenz carries a pad, pen and a loaded Ruger .357 Blackhawk revolver holstered on her leg, Old West style. It's loaded, and she knows how to use it
  • FALSE FLAG ALERT: Craigslist Ad Asking for CRISIS ACTORS in Houston For JULY 4th

    06/21/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 67 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | 06/20/2014 | Unattributed
    In a Craigslist ad posted about 17 days ago, our Federal Government is looking for crisis actors for July 4th through July 6th. “We are looking for crisis actors for a government emergency drill between July 4-6th. Actors will be responsible for portraying different emergency scenarios in a simulated government terror drill. No experience is needed. Confidentiality agreements are required. Pay is $200. Please message for details.” ~Houston Craigslist
  • Last Friday in April in National Hairball Awareness Day

    04/25/2014 7:53:50 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 53 replies ^ | 04/24/2014 | MEGAN WINTER
    The last Friday in April is dedicated to undigested cat fur. Yes, you read that right! April 25, 2014, is National Hairball Awareness Day. To honor that day and the cats affected by the issue it addresses, we've found photos of the cutest kittens and most fetching felines around.
  • Bulldog loves kittens

    02/15/2014 10:16:21 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 20 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 02/13/2014 | Unattributed
    This Bulldog, Hammie, took an unbelievably adorable liking to his newfound four-legged-feline family. Hammie’s owner, Michelle Parden, of Lincoln, Neb., temporarily adopted the kittens’ mother, an almost full-term stray named Mommy, as an urgent favor to her friend, the director of Voice for Companion Animals, a nonprofit that helps low-income families provide for their pets. “She was in rough shape so we took her in, and a week later she had the kittens on Halloween,” Parden told “So we named them all Halloween-themed names.” From the moment the kittens, festively named Pumpkin, Goblin, Frankenstein, Batman, Zombie and Elvia, were...
  • 35 Hilarious Chinese Translation Fails

    01/24/2014 10:17:03 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 48 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | Unknown | Unattributed
    Inspired by Buzzfeed’s “22 Chinese Signs That Got Seriously Lost In Translation”, we decided to make our own list of hilarious translation fails in China. And yes, there are definitely enough of them for many more such compilations! Check these out, so that if you ever do go to China, you wouldn’t be too surprised about fresh crap in fish tanks and wild germs that hate soup. Oh, and never order the greenstuff! Never!
  • Dog missing in NYC for 3 weeks is found thanks to fliers, Facebook

    01/16/2014 12:49:32 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 14 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 01/15/2014 | Dylan Stableford
    A dog that went missing in midtown Manhattan in December was reunited with his owners on Tuesday thanks to fliers, Facebook and the kindness of plenty of strangers. Tigger, a year-old lab and pit-bull mix, was being walked by the daughter of a friend of the couple who owns him, Manny Benor and Valerie Aranov, when he broke free as they were leaving the dog run in Madison Square Park. (Benor believes she accidentally attached the leash to a key ring on Tigger's collar.) The 13-year-old chased after the pup for several blocks, but Tigger vanished — and the search...
  • A Parent Was Worried About How the Dog Would React to Newborn Baby

    12/28/2013 9:43:44 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jason Howerton
    It can be an unsettling thing, introducing a pet to a newborn baby. Though it’s extremely rare, there have been horror stories of dogs attacking unfamiliar newborns. In a Sunday post, Reddit user banpeiSF said he was a little worried about his Corgi, Wilbur, meeting the family’s newborn baby. However, his concerns turned out to be completely unwarranted. In fact, the two have seemingly become inseparable. Take a look (captions via Reddit):
  • Obamacare Glitch Causes Cancer-Stricken Kids to Lose Insurance

    11/23/2013 6:39:40 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies ^ | 11/22/2013 | Unattributed
    A Gainesville family is fighting for their childrens' lives. Ronald and Krista Alford's two children, Hunter and Mikayla, were born with extremely rare types of cancer. Now, seven years into fighting that battle, they've been hit with a new one: their children's insurance has been cancelled, affecting Hunter's chemotherapy. News 12's Allison Harris brings us their story of struggle and strength. Hunter Alford is due for his next round of chemo. As of right now, his mom Krista says, he's unlikely to get it. "Since his insurance was dropped, we're thinking about cancelling his chemotherapy," Krista Alford said.
  • Lexi the Rescue Dog Displays Incredible Tricks

    11/12/2013 12:10:06 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/12/2013 | Storyful
    Lexi was rescued in 2009 from the SPCA and was severely underweight, had no hair around her neck and some behavioural issues. Now, four years later, it’s incredible to see how far Lexi has come. Watch as Lexi shows off some amazing tricks she’s learnt in the care of her owner, Katerina Jansen. Katerina told Storyful: “She loves to balance on anything and loves to jump into her owners arms from the ground or high up.”
  • Urbee 2, the 3D-Printed Car that will drive across the country

    11/05/2013 3:38:44 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 15 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 11/04/2013 | Joe Bargmann
    About two years from now, Cody and Tyler Kor, now 20 and 22 years old, respectively, will drive coast-to-coast in the lozenge-shaped Urbee 2, a car made mostly by 3D printing. Like Jackson and Crocker, the young men will take a dog along for the ride—Cupid, their collie and blue heeler mix. Unlike Jackson and Crocker, they will spend just 10 gallons of fuel to complete the trip from New York to San Francisco. Then they will refuel, turn around, and follow the same west-to-east route taken by Jackson, Crocker, and Bud.
  • Rare saber-tooth whale found dead on Venice Beach in Southern California

    10/18/2013 11:31:49 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/2013 | AP
    A rare whale that has a dolphin-shaped head and saber-like teeth has been found dead on Los Angeles' Venice Beach, even though it prefers frigid subarctic waters. The roughly 15-foot-long female Stejneger's beaked whale washed ashore Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Times reported. A truck hauled away the mammal, which was being examined at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum to determine how it died. The Stejneger's beaked whale is rarely seen in the wild. The species typically dives deep in subarctic waters to feed on squid and small fish. It is believed to migrate as far south as...
  • Indiana dog that crashed half marathon, received medal, dies of heart attack a week later

    10/18/2013 11:24:29 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/2013 | Unattributed
    <p>A dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing an Indiana half marathon has died just a week after receiving a medal for completing the race.</p>
  • Elephant paints self-portrait

    10/16/2013 12:11:53 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 25 replies ^ | Unknown | Unknown
  • How Many People Around You Receive Food Stamps?

    10/16/2013 9:49:19 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 70 replies
    Slate ^ | 04/30/2013 | Chris Kirk
    To find out how many people participate in the program in your area and how that number has changed since 2000, enter your ZIP code, city, or county and state....
  • Study finds Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, morphine

    10/16/2013 7:23:58 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 95 replies ^ | Oct. 16, 2013 | Lauren Zima
    Oh, oh, oreo. Ever feel like you could eat the whole bag yourself? According to a new study — you’re not a glutton, you’re addicted. A student at Connecticut College found lab rats that ate oreos were just as strongly associated to them as lab rats that were injected with cocaine or morphine. (Via WNCN) And, this sounds even more dangerous — eating Oreos activated even more neurons in the “pleasure centers” of rats’ brains than those addicted drugs did. (Via YouTube / Oreo)
  • Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

    10/15/2013 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/15/2013 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson solemnly received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday in a case of battlefield bravery with some odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the paperwork nominating him for the award was lost. He left the military two years ago but wants to return to active duty, a rare move for a medal recipient. The nation's highest military honor — a sky blue ribbon and medal — was clasped around Swenson's neck by President Barack Obama at the White House. The president described how...
  • Woman Pleads Guilty to Robbing Bank with Spaghetti Sauce

    10/09/2013 9:49:51 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/08/2013 | Jon David Kahn
    MOUNT CLEMENS, Michigan - A 53-year-old woman has pleaded guilty after she allegedly used cans of spaghetti sauce to simulate a bomb and then proceeded to rob a bank. Police say Ophelia A. Neal, a parole absconder, robbed a Fifth Third Bank branch in Macomb County's Clinton Township on April 6. According to police, Neal told bank employees she had a bomb in a cloth bag, demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash into a getaway car driven by a man. Neal pleaded guilty Monday in Oakland County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens to bank robbery and...
  • Famous Beer Stealing Pig Killed In Traffic Accident

    10/09/2013 9:44:07 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Oct 2013 | Jon David Kahn
    Having gained international fame for stealing beer from campers and starting a fight with a cow, a feral pig in Australia is dead having been hit, most likely by a truck. Locals dubbed him "Swino" after he was featured in a write-up last month for guzzling 18 beers belonging to campers near Port Hedland and then proceeding to pick a fight with a cow.
  • Indiana Dog that Crashed Half-Marathon Gets Medal

    10/09/2013 9:38:32 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/08/2013 | AP
    An Indiana dog that became an Internet sensation after crashing a half marathon has won a medal _ and an appointment with a veterinarian to nip his wandering ways in the bud. The chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles in Saturday's Evansville event and then was taken to Animal Control. Owner Jerry Butts tells the Evansville Courier & Press ( ) that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash Friday night. It was his fourth escape
  • WATCH: Adorable Elephant and Dog Play Catch

    09/17/2013 6:37:31 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/17/2013 | Unattributed
    It's video tugging at everyone's heart strings--an orphaned elephant and labrador playing together in the water. The BFFs live at Myrtle Beach Safari for Endangered Animals in South Carolina. Elephant and dog
  • Pet Doberman and Baby Girl Play Together

    04/28/2013 11:47:17 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/26/2013 | Eliza Murphy
    This pet Doberman Lily and 1-year-old baby Addison are the best of friends.
  • Guy Fawkes Day: Anonymous Wreaks Havoc, Releases Credit Card Info Online

    11/06/2012 8:51:19 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 6 replies ^ | 11/05/2012 | Lee Stranahan
    The hacktivist group Anonymous “celebrated” the fifth of November (Guy Fawkes Day) through protest marches, defacing websites, and releasing the credit card information of law enforcement officers. The British holiday Guy Fawkes Day was popularized in the 2005 film "V for Vendetta", where a mask-wearing outcast overthrows a future totalitarian society. The holiday commemorates an actual historical event, where Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up the British House of Lords in 1605.
  • Obama's Closing Argument: Only I Can Save You from America's Evil Past--and Future

    11/05/2012 8:08:24 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 12 replies ^ | 11/05/2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    With just one day left before the polls open, Democrats have settled on a closing message to the 2012 campaign that portrays the Obama presidency as a brief moment of enlightenment in America’s bleak past and future. America used to be a place of economic, racial, and sexual oppression--and it would be again, Democrats argue, if the country turned to Romney instead of rewarding Obama with a second term in office. That is what Obama means when he invokes the repeated refrain--“We’ve come too far to turn back now.”
  • Explosive CDC Omission: Norovirus Spread Through Reusable Grocery Bags

    10/29/2012 8:00:06 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies ^ | 10/27/2012 | Capitol Confidential
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently expanded its website to include a norovirus toolkit advising the ways in which one might contract the killer virus. Among the public health agency's prescribed practices to stop the spread of the virus: "Practice proper hand hygiene … Take care in the kitchen … Do not prepare food while infected … Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces after throwing up or having diarrhea … Wash laundry thoroughly." But nowhere in that exhaustive battery of norovirus dodges was a recommendation to avoid reusable grocery bags. Curious, considering that reusable-but-not-recyclable alternative to single-use plastic bags...
  • Looks like it's time to ask the question

    10/23/2012 8:56:55 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 70 replies
    Me ^ | 10/24/2012 | Me
    Looks like it's time to ask, "Who has the authority to suspend the presidential election?"
  • UN Warns Americans: Do Not Elect Mitt Romney

    10/21/2012 8:45:19 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 83 replies ^ | 10/20/2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights has warned Americans not to elect Republican Mitt Romney in next month’s presidential election, saying that doing so would be “a democratic mandate for torture.” The UN’s Ben Emmerson was referring to Romney’s refusal to rule out the use of waterboarding in interrogating terror detainees, a practice that President Barack Obama has ended. Colin Perkel of The Canadian Press reported Emmerson’s remarks from a symposium in Toronto on the impact of 9/11 on human rights: "The re-introduction of torture under a Romney administration would significantly increase the threat levels to...
  • Baby Walrus Adapts to Life in City

    10/20/2012 1:01:43 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 12 replies ^ | 10/19/2012 | LISA W. FODERARO
    A team of 15 is caring for him around the clock. His favorite toy is a plastic bucket. He has taken swimmingly to a large pool. And on Friday, he had his first taste of solid food — surf clams. “He’s hitting every milestone we’re hoping to see,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, Brooklyn, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. “He still has some issues with his bladder, but they are trending in the right direction. Behaviorally, he’s doing great and we’re feeling good about his progress.” He was describing Mitik, or...
  • Drug 'may prevent stroke damage'

    10/08/2012 9:08:55 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/07/2012 | Unattributed
    It may be possible to use a drug to prevent some of the lasting and crippling damage caused by a stroke, according to doctors in the US and Canada. A safety trial, published in the Lancet Neurology medical journal, suggested the chemical NA-1 was safe to use. The study on 185 people also hinted that patients given the drug developed fewer regions of damaged brain tissue. The Stroke Association said that it was promising, but needed more research. Tests in primates had suggested NA-1 prevented brain cells dying when a stroke starved them of oxygen.
  • Jesse Jackson To Teachers: 'We've Lost More Children In Chicago Than In Libya, Iraq And Afghanistan'

    09/17/2012 2:17:52 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 11 replies ^ | 2012 09 17 | Unattributed
    Jesse Jackson at Saturday's rally for striking Chicago school teachers
  • Pro-School Choice Film Rattles Dems, DNC

    09/05/2012 10:13:20 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 10 replies ^ | 09/04/2012 | Christian Toto
    The movie stars Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two gritty women who try to take over a failing urban school. Oscar winner Holly Hunter plays a headstrong but compassionate union official fighting the women’s plans. The film played to an appreciative crowd last week at the Republican National Conventional in Tampa, with many movie goers driven to tears before the end credits rolled. Democrats also got a peek at the film yesterday, courtesy of a screening held by Democrats for Education Reform. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, acknowledged the film’s power and “sense...
  • Fake snake cake

    08/16/2012 8:30:08 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    Grind TV blog ^ | 08/15/2012 | David Strege
    The photo of this Albino Burmese Python looks so real, Francesca Pitcher of North Star Cakes in Kent, U.K., was prompted to add this tagline: "****I DO NOT SELL SNAKES****. This photo is of a snake CAKE made to look like an Amelanistic Burmese Python for a birthday party." Yes, the snake is a fake. It's a fake snake cake.
  • NAACP Demands End to Lotto Because It's Racist

    06/30/2012 10:50:23 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 109 replies ^ | 06/27/2012 | KDAF-Dallas Unattributed
    Juanita Wallace, the president of the NAACP Dallas Chapter: “It’s the poor people, the uneducated people who spend the most money on the Lottery and it’s not going for [them] the way they thought it was going to go,”
  • Google's self-driving car takes blind man to Taco Bell

    06/25/2012 5:53:42 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 58 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 03/29/2012 | Salvador Rodriguez
    Google's self-driving car has fascinated our minds with its technological promise since being introduced in 2010. But yesterday, the self-driving car touched our hearts. Google posted a video of the self-driving car taking a legally blind man for a spin, showing one of the possibilities and benefits that could come from the technology. "Where this would change my life is to give me the independence and the flexibility to go to the places I both want to go and need to go when I need to do those things," Steve Mahan says in the video. The self-driving car takes Mahan...
  • Toxic Public Pool Sends Kids to Hospital. Parents Want Answers

    06/23/2012 3:03:09 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 14 replies
    Shine from Yahoo ^ | 06/22/2012 | Piper Weiss
    In Thursday's 90 degree heat-wave, Indianapolis' Garfield Park Pool seemed like the best place for locals to cool down. Then, in a moment, it became the worst. "Mayhem," is how the Indianapolis Star's reporters described the scene as hoards of young swimmers began vomiting. Lifeguards rushed to evacuate the pool, as the reported odor of sharp chemicals flooded the area. One mom on the scene described "an explosion of acid" rising from a once serene pool, though it's unclear what officially happened around 2 p.m. yesterday to sicken as many as 80 people, according to the Star's estimate.
  • Maher on Allen West: GOP 'Party of the Apes

    06/19/2012 1:05:14 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 38 replies ^ | 06/19/2012 | John Nolte
    You need not use the left's absurdly low and usually ridiculous standards surrounding what is and isn't racism when it comes to Barack Obama to be taken aback by crybaby Bill Maher's blog post yesterday: Also because the idea that the blame for our government’s dysfunction is equally shared by the parties just is a giant, steaming mound of horseshit and anyone who has paid attention to politics over the last 20 years knows it. Or as I like to call it, “The Rise of the Party of the Apes.” Maher then went on to single out black Republican Congressman...
  • Gaffe-O-Matic: Biden Calls Mitt ‘President Romney’

    05/08/2012 6:45:47 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 17 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 05/07/2012 | Unattributed
    On “Meet he Press,” Biden referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney.”
  • Readers boiling about school ban on bake sales

    05/08/2012 6:20:01 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/08/2012 | Laurel J. Sweet
    The state’s declaration of war on cupcakes in the classroom went over like a lead souffle with Herald readers who voted resoundingly with their stomachs in an online poll yesterday. Readers pummeled bans on bake sales, pizza parties and ice cream socials during the school day — with 95 percent of those participating in the poll bucking the rule. “It’s really a shame for them to dictate to us what (our children) eat,” said baker extraordinaire Hillary Souza of Mansfield, whose Veronica’s Treats have been featured on “30 Rock” and “The Today Show” and gobbled up by health-obsessed celebrities. “My...
  • 5 things you didn’t know about Silly Putty

    04/25/2012 8:53:37 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 66 replies ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Smith
    Cracking open its egg-shaped packaging, exploring its bizarre, mushy properties, and inevitably leaving it on top of the heater and letting it melt all over the carpet, playing with Silly Putty is a rite of passage for every child. But there's an impressive amount of history, chemistry, and trivia behind these odd, polymer nuggets -- and a few surprising facts. It was a war-time accident. World War II, in fact.
  • Dog Saves Family Before Dying in House Fire

    04/23/2012 7:02:26 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 37 replies ^ | 04/23/2012 | Unattributed
    A Hillsborough, New Hampshire family lost everything in a fire, including the dog that saved their lives. “I’m not crying for the mess. I’m crying for the dogs,” said Paul Sousa, Sr. as he looked at the charred heap that used to be his trailer home. When fire tore through the home Thursday night, he and his son escaped with just minutes to spare thanks to their five year old beagle, Dupa.
  • 12 Ways To Use Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals Against Liberals

    04/13/2012 8:29:43 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/13/2012 | John Hawkins
    Saul Alinsky was a brilliant man. Evil, but brilliant. Unfortunately, whether we like it or not, everyone on the Left from the President on down is playing by his rules in the political arena. Not all liberals have read his book or know his name, but his tactics have become universal. Sadly for conservatives, when two evenly matched forces go head-to-head outside of a fairy tale, the side that tries to play nice usually ends up with its head in a box. So, don't lie or become an evil person like Alinsky, but learn from what he wrote and give...
  • Prison program pairs felons and felines

    04/13/2012 6:36:14 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/10/2012 | Sarah D. Bunting
    A new foster-cat program at the Larch Corrections Center is improving life for inmates and felines alike. Larch, a minimum-security facility near Yacolt, WA, launched the Cuddly Catz program two weeks ago; Cuddly Cats pairs pound-bound cats with inmates who meet certain requirements (did not commit a violent crime against animals or humans; free of prison demerits for at least six months; set to remain at Larch for at least a year after receiving a program cat; and passing an extensive screening process). The program definitely benefits the inmates. Joey Contreras and Joseph Walter share a ten-by-twelve-foot cell – and...
  • Diamond Naturals dog food variety recalled

    04/06/2012 9:08:40 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/06/2012 | AP unattributed
    ATLANTA (AP) — Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling its Diamond Naturals Lamb Meal & Rice dry dog food because it may be contaminated with salmonella. A statement from the company Friday said no illnesses have been reported and no other Diamond products are affected. Pets that eat the food or people who handle it could become infected with salmonella. Healthy people infected with salmonella should watch for the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Pets with salmonella may have decreased appetite fever and abdominal pain. The product was distributed to customers in 12...
  • Maryland offering $200 gift cards for dead snakehead fish

    04/06/2012 8:05:15 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/06/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Getting paid to fish sounds like a dream come true to some. But does it have the same appeal if you're going up against a "fish from hell" that can travel on land and sink its teeth into a steel-toed boot?