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  • Worried Wife Triggers Coast Guard Search For Missing Hubby....Who Wasn't Missing

    07/28/2014 7:40:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Mon, Jul 28, 2014 | Dennis Romero
    A woman worried because her husband didn't return home to Long Beach Saturday night after embarking on a fishing trip phoned the U.S. Coast Guard, which launched an epic search for the man and his four pals. They were just fine, spending some quality bro time docked at Avalon Harbor, the USGS says. The woman isn't facing any possible charges, but the agency said this case illustrates how important it is to have a plan, stick to it, and communicate when you hit the high seas: The guys said afterward that they had planned to return Sunday afternoon instead of...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, July 27th, 2014.

    07/27/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 92 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, July 27th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Texas Dad Invents a Simple Way to Fill 100 Water Balloons - In Less Than A MINUTE (Video)

    07/26/2014 8:16:14 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 40 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-26-2014 | Gina Cassini
     by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsWhere was this for my son's pool party last weekend?We must have spent 3 hours making water balloons for the kids, and my fingers were sore afterwards.Very soon, I'll be able to do it in mere minutes. My fellow Texan and inventor Josh Malone, along with his kids, developed a much faster way to replace the time-consuming process of filling water balloons.Malone's device, which can fill 100 balloons in a minute, attaches to the hose directly for one-time use. He calls it "Bunch O Balloons" and launched a Kickstarter campaign for the manufacture-ready project. It's called the"Bunch...
  • Mount Rainier Could Be On The Brink Of A Monstrous Eruption

    07/24/2014 8:04:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    China Topix ^ | Jul 18, 2014 10:31 PM EDT | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    Mount Rainier, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the U.S. and in the world, is widely expected to erupt again. The only unknown facing scientists is when the massive stratovolcano, 4,392 meters tall and located 87 kilometers southeast of Seattle in Washington state, will finally explode. Scientists from the United States and Norway recently mapped the electric and magnetic signatures of magma flows beneath Mount Rainier (pronounced “ray-near”). They’ve also discovered a mammoth magma reservoir below the mountain that will fuel any eruption with massive magma flows. The research found out that magma or fluid molten rock is trapped...
  • Redux of "Beaver hops over whale"

    07/23/2014 7:33:25 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 3 replies
    KCAW ^ | Greta Mart
    A 48-second YouTube video catching the swift reactions of a Sitka float plane pilot went viral this past week. KCAW tracked down the pilot and the man who took the video to bring us the full story of how a routine flight in Southeast Alaska made waves on news programs and websites around the world.
  • Can Simply Being Near the Ocean Wash Away Stress?

    07/23/2014 5:17:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    CBS ^ | July 22, 2014
    A new book sets out to answer some big questions about the brain and bodies of water. "Blue Mind" explores why so many of us are drawn to the ocean, and how this scientifically connects to our health and happiness, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports. Most of us know that feeling of calm we get when we are on, in or just near the water. "This is what you want if you're in the midst of a stressful week," said Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and conservationist who lives near the central coast of California. "You just want...
  • Owner Saves Dog From Alligator Attack

    07/23/2014 4:20:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    Lee McDougal saved his Golden Retriever from an alligator attack. WOFL reports that the alligator attacked the dog when McDougal was out walking her. “With all the rain the swamp area filled up a little more, she decided to jump in on the swamp side, instead of the lagoon side, and the gator didn’t want to share it with her,” McDougal explained to the station. “I reached down to grab her and grabbed the gator and just jerked him up, and when I did, I seen a big head and she went back that way and as soon as I...
  • Swedish Cops Elect Not to Shoot 'Angry Elks'

    07/22/2014 5:44:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    After reports that wandering elks were scaring the public, police on the island of Frösön have decided not to open fire on the animals, but have urged locals to exercise caution instead. Swede killed after crashing into an elk (12 Jul 14) Curious elk breaks into house in Sweden (07 Jul 14) Kids flee as elk breaks into woodwork class (02 Jun 14) The authorities on the island in northern Sweden were flooded with calls from concerned members of the public saying that elks were roaming the streets of a residential area and terrifying people. Witnesses reported that two elks...
  • Saudi Farmer Kills Two Wolves, Hangs Them in Public

    07/21/2014 4:02:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014
    A Saudi farmer seeking revenge for the loss of his sheep chased two wolves for most of the day and killed them before hanging their bodies on a sign board in the area. Qayed Al Mutairi said he was determined to kill the two wolves after they devoured 18 of his sheep over the past few weeks. He told Sabq daily that he chased the two predators to the mountains by his four-wheel vehicle most of the day and shot them. “Mutairi then hanged the two animals at a signboard so other farmers and people will see them. This is...
  • The Cornish Beaches Where Lego Keeps Washing Up

    07/21/2014 3:35:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 20 July 2014 | Mario Cacciottolo
    A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides. "Let me see if I can find a cutlass," says Tracey Williams, poking around some large rocks on Perran Sands with a stick. She doesn't manage that, but does spot a gleaming white, pristine daisy on the beach in Perranporth, Cornwall. The flower looks good for its age, seeing as it is 17...
  • Sea Turtle 'Hugs' Surfer Who Cut it Free From Nets (Video)

    07/19/2014 5:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 19, 2014 | Gail Smith
    Did a sea turtle “hug” a surfer who rescued it from fishing nets? Call it what you will, but the moment caught by a GoPro camera on the stunning video shows there was a connection there. When kite surfer Cameron Dietrich and Colin Sutton spotted the distressed sea turtle off the Mexican coast, they quickly dived in the ocean to try to rescue it. “When I saw the turtle tangled up I jumped in the water and began to cut it free
  • Shark Chokes on Sea Lion

    07/19/2014 5:48:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Local15 ^ | Friday, July 18 2014
    Viral video shows a shark beaching itself on an Australian beach, and now we're finding out why. Scientists say the shark swallowed an adult sea lion and it got stuck in the shark's throat. Viral video making the rounds on the Internet shows the shark swimming close to the shoreline of a western Australian beach. The video was captured July 12. An updated post two days later said the shark's carcass had washed up on the beach. In the video the great white shark can be seen very close to the shore. Scientists say it then swam about 50 meters...
  • 5 Tasty, Low-Risk Foraged Foods

    07/19/2014 6:46:01 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Yahoo Food ^ | 7/14/14 | Alex Van Buren
    Any former Girl or Boy Scout knows it’s dangerous to just pluck a berry off a bush or grab a random green and stuff it in your mouth (hello, poison ivy!) So proceed with caution and only sample something if you’re quite sure it’s safe: Brill’s app is a good starting point, but it, too features the caveat that there are some poisonous wild edibles out there! There’s also a whole world of tasty stuff. We asked Brill for his top five low-risk foraged finds (read: wild plants that don't have poisonous doppelgängers) around America, all of which are listed...
  • Anti-gun Companies

    07/18/2014 10:11:10 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 23 replies
    www.2acheck.com ^ | Current list as of 11/7/13 | www.2acheck.com
    All companies we boycott have received a 2ACheck rating of “F” for their lack of respect for the rights of gun owners. Your experience with some of these companies will vary based on location, however, the boycott is based on the corporate policy toward responsible gun owners. We believe guns in the hands of good people make everyone safer. We encourage freedom loving Americans to boycott anti-gun companies until they improve their policy. Please share this page. We also strongly recommend everyone know the firearms laws applicable in their own state, and states they travel through. We recommend the Traveler’s...
  • Florida father beats man he found raping his 11-year-old son, police say (Great Pic of Perp!)

    07/18/2014 6:26:09 PM PDT · by equalator · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7-14-2014
    The father called 911 around 1 a.m. after he walked in on the alleged abuse, police said. When officers arrived, they found Raymond Frolander motionless on the living room floor. He had several knots on his face and was bleeding from the mouth. "He is nice and knocked out on the floor for you," the father told the 911 dispatcher. "I drug him out to the living room." The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the father - who was not identified by police - told investigators he walked in as Frolander was abusing the boy. When asked by the 911...
  • Scituate Fish Market Owner to Release 18-Pound Lobster (75 Years Old)

    07/18/2014 4:56:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    The Patriot Ledger ^ | Posted Jul. 16, 2014 | Jessica Trufant
    The 18-pound, barnacle-encrusted lobster had seen better days. After evading for at least 75 years the fate met by countless other crustaceans, he found himself in an offshore trawler, ultimately ending up in the tank at Mullaney’s Fish Market in Scituate. Luckily for the lobster, store owner Joby Norton has a soft spot for older sea creatures. “We’ve had people come in who wanted to buy him for the Fourth, but we decided we don’t want to sell him,” Norton said Tuesday in his Scituate Harbor market. “We’re better off letting him go so he can live out his life.”...
  • Pope denounces 'racist, xenophobic' attitudes toward immigrants

    07/16/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by equalator · 47 replies
    CNA ^ | 7-15-2014 | Elise Harris
    “This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.” “Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes,” the Roman Pontiff stated in the July 15 message.
  • Who owns airspace above your property?

    07/16/2014 5:46:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 31 replies
    7-16-14 | Me
    With all the talk about PODs (personally owned drones) that could fly over your fence and peek into your pool or hover above your property, I was wondering if it could be SHOT down?? Is there an expectation of airspace owner ship / privacy immediately over your property? How far AGL (above ground level)is NOT FAA jurisdiction?I believe that this will be the next step into property rights intrusion.
  • Beaver hops over whale

    07/15/2014 8:50:28 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 7 replies
    A Beaver (Harris Aircraft Services from Sitka) narrowly avoided a surfacing whale while landing at Angoon. on July 10 '14 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu2WEWRkoXk Pilot may not have seen the whale, but the exhale plume was certainly a tipoff. Hit pause/play to freeze the plume of mist and the whale's back.
  • BMX bicycle question: what kind of 20'' wheel do i need for a 9t "microdrive? cassette hub?

    07/15/2014 4:21:45 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 35 replies
    7-15-14 | daniel1212
    I have been able to do many (free) basic repairs on bikes in this poor inner city, thank God, but now my neighbor needs a new rear wheel for a BMX bike as the old rim was run over by a car. It has the smaller type sprocket on both the crank ("chainring?") and the rear wheel, and when i tried to put the old hub in a freewheel rim then it would not fit. And with the smaller type crank then a the larger, standard type rear sprocket is not feasible. I have looked a lot online, and see...
  • DARPA Releases Video of First-ever Guided .50-caliber Round

    07/15/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by BreezyDog · 20 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | July 15, 2014 | Daniel Xu
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently released video of what the agency claims to be the first successful live-fire test of a guided .50-caliber bullet. The tests were part of DARPA’s EXACTO program, an effort to create state-of-the-art systems to increase the effectiveness of military marksmen. “For military snipers, acquiring moving targets in unfavorable conditions, such as high winds and dusty terrain commonly found in Afghanistan, is extremely challenging with current technology,” DARPA states on its website. “It is critical that snipers be able to engage targets faster, and with better accuracy, since any shot that doesn’t hit...
  • Woman catches relative of Piranha, testicle-eating Pacu fish, in Michigan lake

    07/14/2014 9:01:39 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    10 NEWS.COM ^ | 14 JULY 2014 | 10 NEWS.COM
    HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirms a metro Detroit woman caught a Pacu fish, a South American relative of the Piranha, in an area lake last week. Tom and Holley Luft were fishing at Lake St. Clair on July 9 when Holley said she caught the 14-inch Pacu. At the time she said they weren't sure what it was and thought it sort of looked like a Blue Gill. However, it wasn't until they got the fish under a better light that they saw the teeth. That's when Tom thought it was a piranha.
  • The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

    07/14/2014 10:37:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    COMPUTERWORLD ^ | July 11, 2014 03:23 PM ET | Lucas Mearian
    The U.S. government says it has developed the first ever self-guided bullets that can lock onto a target more than a mile away and maneuver midflight in order to hit its mark. The .50 caliber target tracking bullets, dubbed Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO), are designed for military snipers, who must deal with changes in wind, light and ambient heat as they fire on a target. The EXACTO technology is being developed by Teledyne Scientific and Imaging with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which researches new military technologies and is known as a key developer of...
  • Hummingbird Infestation

    I have the cutest pest problem
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, July 13rd, 2014.

    07/13/2014 5:05:55 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 40 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | 7/13/2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Thermal Hot Spot Melts Yellowstone Road

    07/13/2014 3:32:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo.—The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday. As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
  • Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket (VANITY - goin' camping, have you bought one?)

    07/13/2014 12:02:15 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 25 replies
    VANITY | 7/13/2014 | VANITY
    I am reading that this is a decent woobi replacement. Has anyone purchased this Proforce Equipment Snugpak Jungle Blanket http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTHREMK/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A36ZAOEPX7I0P8
  • 'Dating Naked' trailer: And you thought Tinder was brutal (NSFW)

    07/11/2014 6:48:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    ew.com ^ | July 11, 2014
    It’s naked and really afraid! Below is the first full trailer for VH1′s next-level dating show experiment Dating Naked, where singles go on tropical dates in the buff. The skin-n-blur preview shows attractive nervous singles as they awkwardly navigate first dates without clothes at a tropical resort. Each close-ended episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different, naked suitors and each other. At the end of the episode, the two romance seekers decide whether or not to move forward with their prospective love matches. There’s naked dining, naked swimming, naked horseback riding and even...
  • These Target Drones Are the Future of Sport Shooting

    07/11/2014 2:14:07 PM PDT · by Rio · 6 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | 7/10/2014 | Matt Alpert
    Welcome to the future of target shooting. As aerial drones become more commonplace in our skies, one inevitable thought arises: people will try to shoot them down.Some people consider drones to be pesky and intrusive devices. Other people see them as an exciting and challenging target. The latter group have given rise to a thrilling new sport target: gnat drones.Gnats are scaled-down, military-style R/C drones designed for target shooters. These highly maneuverable drones are loaded with explosive charges under each wing.But if you think you can shoot one down, good luck. These drones are nearly indestructible, and they can zip and roll through the sky at...
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • Yellowstone Closes Road Because It's Melting (What a world, what a world)

    07/10/2014 9:53:46 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 73 replies
    Newser ^ | July 20, 2014 | John Johnson
    You'll never guess why "Firehole Lake Drive" is temporarily off-limits to tourists in Yellowstone National Park. Yes, the popular 3.3-mile loop is closed for a while because the asphalt is melting, reports National Parks Traveler. "Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas has caused thick oil to bubble to the surface, damaging the blacktop and creating unsafe driving conditions," says a park release. While that kind of thing isn't uncommon given Yellowstone's geology, the damage to the road is "unusually severe," reports the AP.
  • Incredible sight of the elephant that cried:... held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years...

    07/09/2014 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:08 EST, 7 July 2014 | By Emma Glanfield
    FULL TITLE: Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: Raju was held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years and on the day he was released tears rolled down his face Raju was held in chains for more than 50 years after being poached in India The animal bled from spiked shackles and lived on hand-outs from tourists Team from North London charity Wildlife SOS travelled to India to free animal Raju cried tears of joy after being freed from suffering on American Independence Day Five-and-a-half tonne animal driven 350 miles away to safe conservation area These incredible pictures...
  • FAA Investigating Drone-Shot Video of Fireworks over West Palm Beach

    07/09/2014 4:51:02 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    palm beach post ^ | 7-8-14 | Kristen Daum
    Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — A man who flew a drone into a fireworks show over West Palm Beach and captured stunning video that went viral over the weekend might have to answer to federal investigators. The Federal Aviation Administration said the video is “under investigation.” “The FAA is looking into multiple incidents in which unmanned aircraft flew into fireworks displays to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions,” the agency said in a statement to The Palm Beach Post. Punishments can include “a verbal warning and an order to stop...
  • Ruger 77/44 44 Mag bolt action carbine

    07/08/2014 12:10:51 PM PDT · by Beagle8U · 51 replies
    Vanity | self
    I just picked up a new Ruger 77/44 bolt action and wondered if anyone here has any experience with them, or favorite loads/reloads for them? It is a SS 44 Mag bolt action carbine with an 18 1/2 inch barrel and Synthetic stock. Michigan just passed a law that will allow pistol cartridge rifles to be used for deer hunting in the 'shotgun zone', so I plan to use it for hunting deer. I'm thinking 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoints should do the job out to 125 yds or so.
  • UPDATE: Police Confirm Bear Hit and Killed in South Charleston Area W.Va.

    07/08/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Anna Baxter
    KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bear was hit and killed Monday by a vehicle in Kanawha County, according to Kanawha County Sheriff's dispatchers. There was no word exactly where it happened or if the bear was possibly one of the two black bears spotted earlier in the South Charleston area. Those two bears made their first appearance Monday morning along Interstate 64 near the Montrose exit. South Charleston Police, who investigated the case of the bear hit and killed, confirmed it happened but had no immediate information where or when.
  • Palmer farm looks to learn lessons from milking musk oxen

    07/07/2014 2:48:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 12 replies
    Alaska Daily News ^ | SUZANNA CALDWELL
    It's rich and fatty and not the least bit offensive in flavor, at least according to taste tests by managers at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. Last week, cows started to wean their babies, and for the first time in two decades managers decided to try milking the musk oxen.
  • Fossils Unearthed at Silicon Valley Construction Site

    07/07/2014 2:23:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Jul 7, 2014
    Giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark and portions of what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton are among more than 500 fossils that have been unearthed at a dam construction site in Silicon Valley, a newspaper reported. Most of the fossils uncovered at the Calaveras Dam replacement project in Fremont, California, are believed to be about 20 million years old, dating to the Miocene Epoch, when the ocean extended as far inland as Bakersfield, California, the San Jose Mercury News reported on Monday. Scallops, clams, barnacles and the teeth of an extinct hippopotamus-like creature called a Desmostylus...
  • WONDER OF TREES

    07/06/2014 10:06:18 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 14 replies
    Trees are the oldest and the largest living things on earth. Some are weird, some extraordinary, some gorgeous, and some shaped by the human hand to fascinate and amuse.
  • Earthquake Big Bear Lake, CA

    07/05/2014 10:06:29 AM PDT · by Excellence · 43 replies
    earthquake.usgs.gov ^ | July 5, 2014 | earthquake.usgs.gov
    We felt it here in the high desert, north of BBL.
  • Albertville man shoots, kills black bear in yard (MN)

    07/03/2014 6:05:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/14 | Emma Nelson
    An Albertville man shot and killed a black bear that wandered into his yard Tuesday evening, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office got a call about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday from a resident of the 10000 block of 64th Street NE. in the northwest metro community, saying that a bear had come up to the sliding-glass door in the resident’s back yard. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the bear near another residence a few blocks away, on the other side of a park and wooded area. Then a gunshot sounded, and the deputy saw the bear run into...
  • I almost hit a Deer last night. How are they surviving this drought?

    07/03/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT · by lee martell · 58 replies
    July, 3, 2014 | lee martell
    I was heading home after visiting friends in Emmeryville, a small industrial town near the Oakland/ Berkeley borders. It was a little after 11pm when I made a left turn off the freeway, onto my neighborhood block. The night fog had begun to gather, floating slightly above the cooling earth. I was approaching the first traffic stop at a four way intersection when I saw something spring up near the passenger side of my car. What I first thought was a very large Great Dane turned out to be a mature adult deer. Although I should have known no one...
  • Musk ox invasion keeps Nome wildlife managers busy

    07/03/2014 11:39:53 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 1,257 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | comJuly 2, 2014 | SEAN DOOGAN
    Nome is used to rowdy residents, but some relatively new transplants are making a real nuisance of themselves -- although unlike the colorful characters of the early 20th century gold rush days, these visitors have four legs, not two. Musk oxen are wandering into the city on the Seward Peninsula, and despite loud noises, water hoses and even a blow-up bear coated in ursine urine, they don't want to leave.
  • Lake Michigan water levels rising: dilemma or not?

    07/02/2014 10:54:51 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 28 replies
    FOX32 Chicago ^ | 7-1-14 | By Larry Yellen, FOX 32 News Legal Analyst
    "A wet spring, and heavy winter snows, also raised lake levels. So, what's ahead? Researcher Olga Lyandres of the Alliance for the Great Lakes said that it's difficult to say, but fluctuations are a sign of a healthy ecosystem. “The most recent models suggest that it could either rise or fall, compared to the long term average,” said Lyandres."
  • Man with b***s of steel jumps into world's largest sinkhole with no gear

    07/02/2014 9:06:09 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 34 replies
    Roadtrippers.com ^ | 04 May, 2014 | staff
    Video at link.French free diver Guillaume Nery jumped into the largest sinkhole on Earth with no scuba gear, no snorkel, no gear of any sort. Just a pair of massive, rock hard cojones. "Dean's Blue Hole" is a 663-ft deep sinkhole in the Bahamas. A couple helpful little factoids to aid you in understanding the gravitas of Guillaume's dive. The average human being can hold their breath for 45 seconds - or a minute if they have an exceptionally healthy set of lungs. After that, your body essentially starts to suffocate, as cells in your organs shut down from lack...
  • Have you ever seen an Excavator Mulcher?

    07/02/2014 6:42:25 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    deniscimaf.com ^ | 7-2-2014 | DENIS CIMAF
    Advantages of forestry mulchingBy processing trees and other vegetation where they stand, mulching machines eliminate many of the steps involved in land clearing such as site prep, cutting/felling/hauling, and site cleanup. This also eliminates the need for multiple machines such as a bulldozer accompanied by some combination of excavators, tree shears, wood chippers or grinders, and hauling equipment. One simpler jobs only one mulching machine is required, reducing fuel requirements and emissions. Some mulching machines also have the ability to operate on steep slopes and in small or tight areas, in poor ground conditions, and in wet or snowy weather....
  • 'The Scream' Appears in a Tree Stump

    07/01/2014 6:21:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    “I felt as though a vast, endless scream passed through nature,” painter Edvard Munch famously wrote. But he didn't mean it quite as literally as this. 'Scream' tree brings angst to US Christmas (04 Dec 13) Scream loses place as priciest painting (13 Nov 13) Hundreds gather to 'scream' in Munch tribute (15 Aug 13) Munch Museum sees 40 percent surge in visitors (31 Jul 13) "I was just having a walk along the river here, and I just happened to stumble over this stump," Kjell Marius Mathisen, who works with cultural heritage for Oppland county council, told The Local....
  • Norway Fjord Invaded by Monster Jellyfish

    07/01/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish. The innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord now holds an estimated 40,000 tonnes of the helmet jellyfish, only a few years after the fiery red peril first appeared in its waters. According to Norway's VG newspaper, Jarle Mork, a researcher at NTNU in Trondheim, caught vast quantities of the slimy animal in a single trawl. "We took up 3.5 tons of monster jellyfish in under ten minutes," he said. "There was a tremendous...
  • Grandpa Kipp's Sure-Fire Yellow Jacket Trap!

    07/01/2014 2:56:00 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 58 replies
    AOJ Field Notebook ^ | A while ago | Grandpa Kipp?
    My grandpa turned me onto this sure-fire yellow jacket eliminator about 50 years ago when I was just a youngster. I've observed its efficiency in removing all the yellow jackets from our campsite in a matter of a single day and before the week was over the entire campground was free of these hostile pests that make camping and other outdoor activities miserable. This method is NON-TOXIC and for the most part pet and wildlife friendly due to the harmless components that are used to build the "system." There are quite a few commercial products on the market to eliminate...
  • Paiute Deadfall Trap

    07/01/2014 1:30:42 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 58 replies
    Wildwood Survival ^ | timeless | not specified
    Paiute Deadfall Trap The Paiute is a very quick trigger mechanism. It is also fairly easy to set. Unlike the Figure-4 trigger, it uses cordage. Examine the photos carefully and you will get an idea of how this trigger works. The bait is placed on a long thin horizontal bait stick. This bait stick is held at both ends by friction. When the bait stick is moved, it slips off of the short trigger stick that the cordage is tied to (wrapped around the vertical stick). This allows the weight to fall. Be careful to place the deadfall so that...
  • Liberians Flee Caterpillar Invasion

    07/01/2014 12:07:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    All Africa ^ | 23 JUNE 2014 | JENNIFER LAZUTA
    Thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Liberia following an invasion of caterpillars - which have overtaken houses and schools, destroyed crops and contaminated water sources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says these attacks are becoming more frequent in Liberia and the government needs to put in place an early warning system to stop the invasions from reaching such catastrophic levels. Residents of at least 25 villages and towns in the forested areas of Lofa and Gbarpolu counties have been fleeing en masse since early June to escape the trail of excrement that the caterpillars...