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  • Close call in the Oslo Fjord (Norway)

    08/31/2015 6:22:41 PM PDT · by MCF · 4 replies
    A close call between a small motor boat (Snekke-bat), with a dead engine, and the Oslo to Kiel Ferry near Drøbak. http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/116648/snekke-faar-motorstopp-saa-kommer-ferga
  • Incredible Moment fishermen Rescue Two Kittens From a River | Gone Cat-Fishing on The Warrior River

    08/31/2015 5:14:56 PM PDT · by windcliff · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 8-31-15
    Alabama fishermen haul in the catch of a lifetime: 2 cute kittens "Catfishing" on the Warrior River | They were stunned to see two tiny kittens swimming towards their boat. Warning: your heart may not be able to handle this.Alabama fishermen rescue kittens from Warrior River
  • Obama to rename Mount McKinley

    08/30/2015 2:30:56 PM PDT · by al baby · 79 replies
    e mail | Today | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will officially restore Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mount McKinley.
  • 13-Year-Old Boy Scout Helps Save Dad After Hiking Accident

    08/30/2015 2:12:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug 28, 2015 | Jessica Glazer
    A 13-year-old put his Boy Scout training to the test and helped rescue his father after he was hit by a refrigerator-sized boulder during a backpacking trip in Idaho last Monday. A week into what was supposed to be a 12-day trip at Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, a large boulder fell on David Finlayson, 52, knocking him down 20 or 30 feet, NBC affiliate KTVB reported. The elder Finlayson broke his left arm and leg. He also started to lose blood because of gash in his shin. “At first I was freaking out a little bit, but after...
  • QUESTION for HIKERS: I-PAD or I-PHONE

    08/30/2015 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 114 replies
    Aug 30, 2015
    I want to know what is best to use for a long hike, the I-Phone or the I-pad. I have NOT owned or used either. I want to be able to make and receive phone calls, access the internet, shoot video, edit video, and load video. I'd prefer the larger screen in the I-Pad Mini over the I-Phone, but I also need to be able to make and receive calls, and I'm not sure if the I-Pad Mini can receive calls. If you have experience with both, please let me know the advantages and disadvantages of each. I also...
  • HOME>U.S. Shark Takes Big Bite Out of California Surfer's Board

    08/30/2015 10:39:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | 30 Aug 2015 | MICHELLE KIM, DAVID CHIU and EMILY SHAPIRO
    Dempsey was later reunited with her board, which had a 14-by-8 inch piece chomped out of it.
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trails Coming to Google Maps

    08/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/28/15 | Samantha Clark
    Hikers in Big Basin Redwoods State Park are sharing the trails this week with volunteers wearing 40 pounds of Google mapping equipment on their backs. With 15 cameras fitted on a metal sphere reaching above their heads, a team from Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land-preservation group based in Los Altos, is traversing the park while capturing 360-degree panoramas stitched together. And in a few months, you will be able to explore Big Basin from the comfort of your own browser on Google Map’s Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more...
  • As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian Trail, Some Ask: Where Will It End?

    08/30/2015 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Katharine Q. Seelye
    The storied Appalachian Trail, which begins 2,190 miles away in Georgia, ends here, with a final scramble up Maine’s highest peak — some of it nearly vertical, much of it blocked by boulders. For those who have trekked five or six months, Katahdin’s iconic summit is an exhausting challenge with a rewarding end.“It takes your breath away,” said Chuck Wood, 64, a hiker from Norristown, Pa. “Just to be there, it’s like an audience with the Lord.”But that experience is now in jeopardy. Faced with increasing crowds and partylike behavior by a few — including an ultramarathon runner who celebrated...
  • Keep Your Dogs out of Warm Lakes: Pythiosis Risk

    08/30/2015 6:36:36 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 19 replies
    Science Daily ^ | August 25, 2015
    University of Florida scientists warn against letting your dog swim in warm water bodies after they found several lakes with a pathogen that can make canines sick. Animals, including dogs and horses, can contract pythiosis from swimming spores, said Erica Goss, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of plant pathology. About 10 cases of humans getting sick from this disease have also been reported in the U.S. In addition to keeping their animals out of lakes, people should avoid ponds and other standing water that contains grass and aquatic vegetation, particularly in the hot months, Goss said.
  • Sciatica

    08/29/2015 7:18:38 PM PDT · by Maine Mariner · 144 replies
    Some medical advice from Freepers is sorely needed. About two weeks ago I twisted my lower back and the result sciatica. I have been taking 3 200mg of Advil and 2 300 mg Tylenol every six hours plus alternating between an ice pack (wrapped in a towel) and a hot water bottle. I have also been doing some exercises several times a day as recommended by my physical therapist. So here it is Saturday evening and I am in a lot of pain. What is so discouraging was today at about 2 pm for a couple of hours, I was...
  • Lucky Escape for Swedes After 'Dead' Bear Attacks

    08/29/2015 10:52:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Aug 2015
    A Swedish man has spoken about his close brush with death when a bear he believed he had killed lunged up and launched a violent attack on himself and his hunting partner on the first day of Sweden's annual cull. Roles were reversed at the start of Sweden's annual bear hunt on Friday when two Swedish hunters had to be taken to hospital after they were attacked by their own prey. “I had had my eye on this bear for a week and a half, because it had been walking around eating oats in this area,” Per-Anders Wärme from Bollnäs...
  • WATCH: Amazing Video of Woman Hiking With Bears

    08/29/2015 2:40:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    Patch ^ | http://cdn.patch.com/users/103650/stock/T800x600/20150855e0f1e898df4.png | Tim Jensen
    The trails have been closed indefinitely at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington after a bear approached a hiker. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed hiking trails at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Burlington due to the apparent bold behavior of a black bear there that followed and approached a female hiker early Friday afternoon. DEEP’s Wildlife staff say the male bear – which is approximately 1 ½ years old and possibly weighs about 150 pounds – followed the woman for quite some time shortly after noon. It also approached and circled...
  • Bra Stops Bullet in Hunting Mishap Miracle

    08/29/2015 10:53:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    A woman in Mecklenberg-Western Pomerania survived being accidentally shot in a hunting accident, Gadebusch-Rehnaer Zeitung reported on Friday – because her bra somehow stopped the bullet. The 41-year-old tourist from North Rhine-Westphalia was on a bike ride with her husband when the incident happened. The pair were crossing a field near the town of Gadebusch when they unknowingly entered the path of a boar hunt. Suddenly, the woman felt a pain in her chest. Looking down, she saw that she had been hit by a rebounded shot – but the underwire of her bra had deflected the blow. The woman...
  • Eastern Mountain Lions May Be Extinct, but Locals Still See Them

    08/29/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 122 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Jennifer Levitz
    Officials ponder changing cat’s status, causing roar of protest; sighting a ‘U.F.O.’ Diana Marchibroda insists she saw the beast near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in May. From the woods sauntered a “tall, very sleek” mountain lion, she says. Ms. Marchibroda, a dentist who is 62 years old, says she and her silver-haired miniature schnauzer, Sophie, “both watched in awe.” “My sighting is ABSOLUTE,” she wrote the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July. “I know what I saw.” Dozens of similar missives have poured into the agency as it proposes removing the Eastern mountain lion from the list of...
  • #BEARLIVESMATTER: TWITTER COMEDY ERUPTS OVER LIVE ARVADA BEAR CAPTURE

    08/28/2015 9:55:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Westword ^ | FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015 | MICHAEL ROBERTS
    Twitter brings people together — and so did a certain bear whose run through Arvada yesterday briefly captivated all of Colorado. By the time the ursine star was captured and taken away, humorous tweets about the situation, and the live coverage of it by multiple Denver TV stations, had been unleashed by members of the police, the media, just plain folks and an actual professional comedian. The first official words about the bear came courtesy of the Arvada Police Department.... ...which promptly shared a Twitpic of the fugitive snapped by Kristin Fox, who also sent the shot to 9News. In...
  • Los Angeles Man Chronicles Removal of 50,000 Bees

    08/28/2015 6:46:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/28/15 | Ben Hooper
    A Los Angeles area man who discovered about 50,000 bees were living in his walls shared video online of how the insects were removed from his home. "I looked out my window and one day I noticed a bunch of bees flying around," Larry Chen said in the video he posted to YouTube. Chen said he called in an expert, Mike "The Bee Guy," who determined the bees had been living in the walls of Chen's home for 6 to 8 months. The video shows how Mike used smoke to draw out the insects and then collected them with a...
  • Rehabilitated Eagle Returns to the Wild

    08/28/2015 5:05:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    WNEP ^ | A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitatio
    A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitation. Conservations officers found an eagle back in June, unable to fly. After more than two months of therapy with the Pocono Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, the bird was released back into the wild Friday. “That release was probably one of the nicest things an eagle lover could see,” said Mike Henrich of Sayre. Conservation officers say the bald eagle most likely got injured after getting into a fight with another bald eagle. They add that is a good problem to have. “The...
  • Bear Injures Doberman After Scrap in Lake Neighborhood

    08/27/2015 8:43:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | AUGUST 15, 2015 | Christal Hayes
    A dog is recovering after receiving deep scratches and lacerations on its body and neck during a scuffle with a bear in a residential neighborhood in between Leesburg and Eustis. Kim Givens said she had let her Doberman named Bo out in the backyard of her home in the Wedgewood subdivision before they went to bed late Aug. 8. She said about 11:30 p.m. she saw Bo bolt from her backyard and go down the hill her home sits on. She opened the sliding-glass door and heard loud growling and "horrible mauling sounds." Kim Givens' Doberman named Bo happily playing...
  • Hilarious video shows grizzly bear rolling down hill at Denali National Park

    08/25/2015 10:31:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2015
    Video at link. The video shows a close up of the bear as he stumbles then realizes that rolling down the hill was way more fun. (NPS) Chances of spotting bears in Alaska’s Denali National Park are not impossible, but pretty rare. So, what’s the chance you’d see a bear barrel rolling down a hill? A fun-loving grizzly playing up to the camera was captured on video enjoying himself in Denali National Park. In the background, tourists can be heard laughing amid the clicks of digital cameras. The video begins with a close up of the bear as he stumbles...
  • 10-Year-Old Boy Missing in Utah Forest Found Alive

    08/24/2015 5:40:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8/24
    A 10-year-old boy who disappeared while hiking with family in eastern Utah has been found alive more than 24 hours after he got lost while looking for mushrooms near a remote mountain lake, the child's aunt said Monday. Police say that Malachi Bradley got lost near a remote mountain lake near the Wyoming border Sunday morning. His aunt Lehua Estrada-Brown said she got a text from her husband at the scene saying the boy was found Monday afternoon in good shape. "We are so relieved and happy," she said. Malachi Bradley survived in the remote, rugged area as temperatures dipped...
  • Hey Seattleites, Stop Trying to "Save" Seal Pups

    08/24/2015 2:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Stranger ^ | 8/19 | Sydney Brownstone
    Every Year, Misguided Good Samaritans Snatch the Animals from West Seattle Beaches (It Usually Doesn't End So Well)If a human stumbles across a baby seal, one of the first things that person might notice about the baby seal is its eyes. "They're just these big, dark, limpid, black eyes holding yours," West Seattle resident Brenda Peterson tells me on a recent August evening. "You're just a goner, and people go, 'Oh, my god.'" We're at an undisclosed location near a West Seattle waterfront so Peterson, a well-published nature writer who has lived in the area for 23 years, can...
  • Giant alligator weighing 920 pounds gets pulled from lake

    08/24/2015 9:59:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2015
    EUFAULA, Ala. - Authorities say an alligator pulled from a lake in southeast Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. AL.com reports that the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14.
  • An Anti-Hunter Trying to Save Ducks Accidentally Gets Shot in the Face [VIDEO]

    08/23/2015 8:00:54 PM PDT · by SZonian · 50 replies
    Wide Open Spaces ^ | Unk | Eric Nestor
    This duck hunting protester in Australia was wading through a duck hunt in order to save hit ducks. She was then accidentally shot in the face. A duck protestor in Australia was wading through a duck hunt attempting to “save” the ducks that were shot down. A shot at a low-flying duck resulted in her accidental shooting. Back in March of 2011, these bold anti-hunters decided to interfere in a duck hunt in Australia. A 14-year-old duck hunter took a shot at a low-flying duck and shotgun pellets hit this anti-hunter in the face. Julia Symons was hit by at...
  • Airman hiking 710 Miles to Honor Wounded Soldiers

    08/23/2015 5:58:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | August 20, 2015
    Airman hiking 710 miles to honor wounded soldiers Cindy Hval The Spokesman-Review Recently visited page Air Force Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail in order to honor soldiers wounded in Afghanistan. • To donate to the EOD Warrior Foundation and help Sgt. Trosine reach her goal, go to eodwarriorfoundation.org/events/events/view/111. • For more information about the foundation: eodwarriorfoundation.org/about. • You can follow Trosine’s story on her blog at https://washingtonstatepctthruhiker.wordpress.com. Tech. Sgt. Stacy Trosine is on the journey of a lifetime. The Fairchild Air Force Base airman is hiking 710 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail,...
  • Scarce Salmon Caught in Bodega Bay Swells

    08/23/2015 5:52:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Napa Valley Register ^ | August 20, 2015 | Bill Ryan
    Local Angler scores … a 27.5 pound Chinook salmon and a 7-pound striper on the Miss Anita off of Bodega Bay. George Lewis, a reader from Napa, sent me this nice photo of two of his fish. George said that skipper Aaron Orsini did an outstanding job of guiding the boat in heavy swells. This gave George the best chance to bring the fish to the net. He was the second local angler in just a week to tell me that the Miss Anita is a well-run boat. It is a 6-pack – fishing just six anglers – so it’s...
  • Your Phone’s Gun Emoji Could Soon Be Banned

    08/21/2015 9:42:17 PM PDT · by NoCmpromiz · 23 replies
    The Right to Bear ^ | Unlisted | Unlisted
    Leave it to the left-wing anti-gun nuts to try and get something like this banned. Nowadays most smart phones have emojis. The Apple iPhone has a revolver emoji that is used while texting others. You can use the emoji however you want, the point is sending someone an emoji of a gun is in no way able to harm another. But gun activist in New York think it can lead to violence so they’re trying to get Apple to ban its use. The group called “New Yorkers Against Gun Violence” has petitioned Apple with their “Disarm the iPhone” campaign and...
  • SEE IT:- Baby girl fawns over her new deer friend (Cuteness Over-Load!)

    08/21/2015 5:00:06 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/21/2015 | ASHLEY LEWIS
    This baby girl from Nebraska can’t stop fawning over her new friend. The tot’s mom, identified only as Ann Maree by KETV 7 in Omaha, shared the completely en-deer-ing video of her daughter, Kate, sweetly chasing a young deer in their backyard on Sunday. “Our neighbor pointed out the fawn to us, it was in the backyard,” Ann Maree told the TV station. “My daughter who is 15 months, decided to walk toward it.”
  • Climatologist: We Have a ‘Moral Imperative’ to Burn Fossil Fuels

    08/21/2015 7:14:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM EDT | Barbara Hollingsworth
    We have a “moral imperative” to burn carbon dioxide-emitting fossil fuels because the energy they provide is a “liberator” of humanity, says Dr. John Christy, a climatologist and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. “We are not morally bad people for taking carbon and turning it into the energy that offers life to humanity in a world that would otherwise be brutal,” Christy wrote in a recent op-ed. “On the contrary, we are good people for doing so.” He also challenged what he says are contradictions in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, in...
  • The Necessity of Hunting

    08/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Roosevelt IV
    The Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset, wrote: “One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.” For the best among us, hunting is a devotional activity. It is about complete immersion in our humanity; it is about the long trek of evolution; it is the heartbeat of our species; it is our souls, for lack of a better word. But not one of the best hunters among this tribe of sportsmen would continue if we were not also serving conservation and the very animals whom we hunt. Cecil the Lion...
  • First Wolf Pack in 91 Years Photographed in Northern California

    08/20/2015 2:10:39 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 21 replies
    Lostcoasr Outpost ^ | 8/20/2015 | Ryan Burns
    Scientists are calling it an ecological breakthrough: Two adult wolves and five cubs were recently photographed in Siskiyou County, the first known wolves in California since 1924 (with the exception of the famous wandering OR7, who wound up settling in Southern Oregon).
  • SpaceLiner: Europe-Australia, 90 minutes, Europe-US, one hour

    08/20/2015 1:29:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    phys.org ^ | 08-20-2015 | by Nancy Owano
    In aviation circles, the talk of the future involves phrases like "space planes" and "hypersonic atmospheric flight vehicles." A group presently in the spotlight is from Germany; they are carrying a roadmap for low-cost space access which involves calling upon the air passenger market for fast-travel flights. Welcome to the world of SpaceLiner, which, when fully developed, could have dramatic impact in global aerospace. The DLR Institute of Space Systems said this suborbital, hypersonic, winged passenger transport idea is under investigation at DLR-SART. (DLR is a German aerospace research agency and it evaluates complex systems of space flight. SART is...
  • Company in Canada gets U.S. patent for space elevator

    08/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 15, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    20 km Space Tower ====================================================================================================================== Exploring space while seated on Earth, gazing up on screens in museum theaters or at home via VR headsets. is exciting but the top imagination-grabber is the very idea of finding a way to access space. This is the present-day realm of creative thinking over space elevators, in the use of a giant tower to carry us to space. Scientists working on space elevators are thinking about materials and designs that can be used to access space as an alternative to rocket technology. A sign of the times is the upcoming Space Elevator Conference...
  • Dogs React to California Earthquake Rattling the Bay Area

    08/18/2015 11:23:26 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    accuweather.com ^ | Aug 18, 2015
    Aug 18, 2015; 8:00 AM ET: A magnitude 4.0 earthquake rattled the San Francisco area Monday, Aug. 17, briefly halting train services while workers inspected the tracks. No injuries or serious damage were reported but these dogs knew something was up.
  • West Nile Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees in Palo Alto

    08/18/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/18 | Michelle Roberts
    The negative side effects of pesticides sprayed during mosquito season to reduce the risk of West Nile virus appears to have made its way onto the Peninsula. A Palo Alto bee keeper said many of his bees died after spraying last month. Neighbor Upset About Noisy Preschool Puts 'Shut Up' Sign in Window Denise Bonilla from he Santa Clara County Vector Control said an extremely low dose of pesticides are used during fogging and are only sprayed when necessary. "We want to make sure we only fog the are where there is West Nile virus activity," Bonilla said. A mosquito...
  • Vietnam vet fights off bear in California

    08/16/2015 9:43:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    KGPE. - CNN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Andreas Preuss
    Larry Yepez credits Marine training. A California Vietnam veteran now has bear attack scars to go along with his battle wounds. Crediting his Marine Corps training, Larry Yepez, 66, says he fought off a 250-pound bear outside his Mariposa County home last week. I could feel his strength. I felt like a little rag doll underneath him ... the bear was about 10 feet away and despite his yelling "get away," the animal continued toward him, jumped on him and knocked him down. ... I could hear the crunching ... when he bit down (on my wrist). He ripped towards...
  • Home > U.S. Bear Pokes Its Head Through Cat Door in Latest Break-In at Idaho Home

    08/16/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 101 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Bears have become frequent uninvited guests at Doug Harder's Sandpoint, Idaho, home. In May, these three bears set up shop on the second-floor deck outside his condo. Harder found teeth marks in empty soda cans and scratches on the side of the building.
  • Internet sees Vladimir Putin's face in flock of birds over New York City

    08/16/2015 5:26:11 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 57 replies
    CBC News ^ | 14 August 2015 | CBC News
    There is something fishy about this swarm of birds Is Big Brother Vladimir Putin watching us from above? We've seen the Russian president shirtless on a horse, calmly stroking a leopard and flooring a Judo black belt. Has Russia's king of masculine poses found a way to get a swarm of flying birds to soar into a formation of his face?
  • Survival Gear Review: The Parry Blade

    08/16/2015 8:56:08 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 81 replies
    In the Mid 1990’s, Mel Parry, a Warrant Officer QGM, and a veteran of the well known 22nd Special Air Service Regiment (British SAS) saw the requirement for a new generation of of professional blades that could replace the legacy of survival tools that had been standard equipment for decades. (From the Manufacturer) Mel Parry knew that these professionals deserved something better. Collaborating with both service members and retirees from elite special forces throughout the world, he began to design what would be recognized as a breakthrough in both functionality and quality of manufacture. This breakthrough took the form of...
  • A Toast to Fitness: Hiking Plus Wine Hits the Spot

    08/15/2015 3:07:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | Mary Orlin | August 14, 2015
    On a warm, sunny Sunday morning, a hiking group gathers in the parking lot of Saratoga, Calif.’s, Sanborn County Park. Folks are decked out in hats, backpacks and hiking boots. Some carry poles, others water bottles in preparation for an 11-mile hike through the redwoods. But whether they’re seasoned hikers or newcomers to the Great Hikes Plus One club, they’re all here for two reasons: They want to socialize while doing something active outdoors. Then afterward, there’s a picnic at a Santa Cruz Mountains winery nearby. It’s a powerful incentive. The Bay Area is a haven for hikers. Google “Bay...
  • Pontoons Are The New Ultimate Party Boats

    08/14/2015 9:29:27 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 14, 2014 | Aimee Blanchette
    Minnesotans are putting a tidal wave of imagination into their pontoons — from luxe water slides to pirate planks. “Pontoons Gone Wild.” “Pontoon Hunters.” “Pimp My Pontoon.” If a TV producer stumbled on the gems floating on our lakes, there’d be a reality show waiting. These aren’t the kitschy putt-putters with plastic chairs and artificial turf, either. Pontoons, while still floating platforms, are larger, more powerful, more luxurious and sometimes even outrageous. “The pontoon used to be grandpa and grandma’s boat,” said Brent Wiczek, manager of Nisswa Marine. “We’re selling pontoons to a much younger generation than we ever have....
  • Ohm has worked up a drop-in replacement for car battery

    08/14/2015 7:36:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 114 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 14, 2015 | Nancy Owano
    Ohm is a 6-pound drop-in replacement for your car battery. What's not to like about what it claims to deliver. It never needs jump-starting. Works on the coldest days (in temperatures as low as -40C). Lasts more than twice than lead-acid batteries, which go for three years. Here, you are looking at a 7-year average lifetime. No lead, no acid. When Ohm says it is a drop-in replacement they mean that it is installed in the same way. The site says to "remove the positive and negative leads from your old battery, drop in Ohm, and reattach the lead to...
  • Moment that desperate whale approached boat full of fishermen for help after getting a plastic [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:10:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Martha Azzi
    A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. Michael Riggio,17, took selfie snaps while his friend, Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale.
  • China explosion: Tianjin death toll rises in port blasts

    08/13/2015 1:27:49 AM PDT · by moose07 · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 August 2015 | John Sudworth
    At least 44 people are now known to have died, and more than 500 injured, following two major explosions in China's northern port city of Tianjin. Twelve firefighters were among the dead, China's official Xinhua news agency said as it reported a doubling of the death toll. Two blasts happened in a warehouse storing "dangerous and chemical goods" in the port area of the city. The blasts caused a huge fireball that could be seen from space. Buildings within a 2km radius (1.5 miles) had windows blown out, office blocks were destroyed and hundreds of cars burnt-out. Images on Chinese...
  • 2m Wedge-Tailed Eagle takes down Drone. Watch it Punch it out of the sky -

    08/12/2015 2:36:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 08/08/15
    To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email licensing@storyful.com As seen on The herald sun, abc america
  • Caitlyn Jenner conquers her fear of swimsuits: see her white-hot style (seriously ugly)

    08/11/2015 3:44:01 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 135 replies
    Us Magazine ^ | 8/10/2015 | Rachel Torgenson
    White-hot! After admitting her insecurities about wearing a bathing suit, Caitlyn Jenner conquered her fear and rocked a sexy one-piece on the Aug. 9 episode of her E! reality series, I Am Cait.
  • Is the world's most scenic highway?(shortened)

    08/10/2015 8:59:10 PM PDT · by Lurkina.n.Learnin · 62 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | By QIN XIE FOR MAILONLINE
    A stunning new route opened in Hubei province, central China, on August 9. Incredible images of the new road shows that drivers are literally travelling over water as the 6.8-mile motorway is built in the middle of a river valley. The spectacular road connects Xingshan County in Hubei to G42, a high-speed route that connects Shanghai in eastern China to Chengdu in south west China, reported People's Daily Online
  • Ride the Phoenix @ Knoebels in HD [video link]

    08/10/2015 4:52:57 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 8-3-15 | Knoebels
    For those in the NE who haven't made the trek to Knoebels w/ your kids, do it! Free parking, free admission. Great family getaway run by a great family who meticulously maintain their rides.
  • Need help identifying fish... Florida freshwater.

    08/10/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by paul544 · 75 replies
    Me | 8/15/2015 | Me
    I know Freepers are a big help in these hobby areas so I thought this would be a good place to ask. I've been fishing here in central Florida lately. Mostly in the smaller lakes and ponds that dot the landscape. I've been catching some decent fish but for the life of me can't figure out what I've caught. First I thought a small bass but the more I look online the less that seems to be the case. Is there anyone here I could email a couple of pictures to and get their input? I don't have anywhere online...
  • Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?

    08/09/2015 9:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Smithsonian ^ | 8-6-15 | Chris Heller
    Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the range. In the 1880s, a wild menace haunted the Arizona territory. It was known as the Red Ghost, and its legend grew as it roamed the high country. It trampled a woman to death in 1883. It was rumored to stand 30 feet tall. A cowboy once tried to rope the Ghost, but it turned and charged his mount, nearly killing them both. One man chased it, then claimed it disappeared right before his...
  • Grizzly Bear Blamed for Yellowstone Hiker Death

    08/08/2015 9:39:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    Preliminary results of the investigation into the recent death of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park show that the man was attacked by a grizzly bear. While the exact cause of death has not been determined, investigators have identified what appear to be defensive wounds on the victim’s forearms. The victim’s body was found partially consumed and cached, or covered, in the vicinity of the Elephant Back Loop Trail near Lake Village on Friday afternoon. Based on partial tracks found at the scene, it appears that an adult female grizzly and at least one cub-of-the-year were present and likely involved...