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  • Two men attempt solo Antarctica crossing in audacious effort to make history

    11/12/2018 12:38:46 PM PST · by ETL · 50 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Christopher Carbone
    American adventure-athlete Colin O'Brady, 33, and British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, embarked on the perilous, 921-mile trek on Oct. 31 — both carrying sleeping bags, freeze-dried food, cross-country skis, hand-held satellite phones and modems, a GPS tracker and portable solar panels. In order for the journey to be considered unsupported, the competitors cannot accept any help from the few people they might encounter, not even a cup of hot tea. They have, however, raised north of $200,000 each from corporate sponsors and private donors in an effort to help with their trip.According to the New York Times, the last person to...
  • Venus flytraps kill with chemicals like those from lightning bolts

    11/12/2018 9:00:45 AM PST · by ETL · 20 replies ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Richard A. Lovett
    PORTLAND, OREGON—Venus flytraps have a well-known way of dispatching their victims: They snare inquisitive insects that brush up against trigger hairs in their fly-trapping pods (above). But now, physicists have discovered that the triggering process may involve the release of a cascade of exotic chemicals similar to the whiff of ozone that tingles your nose after a lightning bolt. To study this process, scientists used an electrical generator to ionize air into a “cold plasma,” which they then gently blew toward a flytrap in their lab. Normally, the flytrap’s closure is caused by an electrical signal created when two or...
  • James Woods doing yeoman-like work on Twitter tonight

    11/08/2018 5:55:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    James Woods ^ | 11/8/18 | BTLD
    James Woods on Twitter tonight helping people find their missing loved ones in the wake of the Paradise, CA wildfire. Nice work, James!
  • Nations that an American Man could Travel and Relocate to (if need be)

    11/08/2018 4:02:54 PM PST · by vannrox · 67 replies
    metallicman ^ | 9nov18 | editorial staff
    What happens when you are given a five minute notice before your company lays you off? Then they hand you a NDR, and expect you to sign it, or else they will prevent you from getting food stamps and support. What then? What options do you have? Another stab at getting yet another American job, and America boss in an American corporate environment? Is that what your options are? As an American man, just what are your options? The world is yours once you have lost everything. That includes nations, food, culture and girls. You can go anywhere and be...
  • Lions suspected in drowning of 400 buffaloes in Botswana

    11/08/2018 7:41:27 AM PST · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | November 8, 2018
    More than 400 buffaloes believed to have been chased by lions drowned in a river in northern Bostwana this week, the government said. The mass drowning occurred in Chobe River near the border with Namibia.
  • The troubling truth behind that viral video of a plucky baby bear climbing a mountain side

    11/08/2018 7:26:10 AM PST · by ETL · 10 replies
    The Sun ^ | Nov 8, 2018 | James Cox
    The clip went viral on social media with viewers admitting they felt “stressed out” as the cub continually slid down the mountain towards rocks. It starts by showing the pair clambering over a rocky patch of ground as the mum guides her young cub towards the top of the mountain. Plenty of heart-stopping moments follow as the cub struggles to reach her, and it leaves long trails in the snow where its claws have dug in to stop it slipping too far below. But with true perseverance, the youngster finally reaches the peak. While undeniably adorable, biologists have shed new...
  • Coin thief pleads guilty to manslaughter in disappearance of wife at sea

    11/07/2018 1:28:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    Bennett has already served the seven-month sentence he received in February after stealing $38,480 in gold and silver coins while working as a crewman on a boat near St. Maarten in 2016. His boating experience — he was certified as a Coastal Skipper by the Royal Yachting Association in the UK — drew investigator suspicions once Bennett began telling his tale after his rescue by the Coast Guard. As his admission of facts states, Bennett was a “proficient swimmer” while his wife “was a weak swimmer” and “lacked sailing instruction.” Yet, despite the catamaran’s life preservers or harnesses, “Neither Mr....
  • Residents continue to find flaws with Upper Tampa Bay Trail reroute

    10/31/2018 11:35:38 PM PDT · by 4Runner · 2 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Jennifer Lima
    Residents also raised concerns about the added traffic a new 300-apartment complex would bring, as well as increased stormwater, but there were no answers for those concerns. Commissioner Ken Hagan, previously said the county risked giving up its leverage with the developer if it ruled out any rerouting of the trail. He added the developer could be asked to pay for additional shade and respite stations, where trail users can get water and rest. There could also be requests to buffer the trail from the development and for the developer to contribute toward transportation improvements.
  • 25 photos that perfectly capture the Halloween blizzard of 1991 (MN)

    10/31/2018 5:17:50 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 56 replies ^ | 10/31/18 | Deb Pastner
    Whether you lived through it or have only heard the stories, the Halloween blizzard of 1991 was truly something to remember.
  • Adventures Exploring the Cemeteries of Indiana

    10/30/2018 6:47:22 PM PDT · by vannrox · 22 replies
    metallicman ^ | 31OCT18 | editorial staff
    When I lived in Indiana, one of the things that I did was to visit every park in the state. I went and bought a book showing all 25 state parks. Then, my wife and I went and visited every one of them. When we were finished, we then went to the local library. We looked at a large map of the county and then visited every cemetery in the county. It was an “eye opener” and very informative. Let’s talk about this experience Many of the cemeteries were in isolated areas. We would get to ride on little used...
  • After Montana grizzly mauling, Idaho man attacked online

    10/28/2018 2:12:58 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 77 replies
    indepent record ^ | 10/26/18 | ELI FRANKOVICH Spokesman-Review
    After the mother grizzly bear finished mauling him, after he rubbed the bear spray from his eyes and hiked a half-mile cradling a broken arm, Bob Legasa found himself under attack from a meaner, more unpredictable and entirely more vicious animal: online commenters. “I have never been so threatened in my life,” said Legasa, a Hayden, Idaho, resident. “There are literally hundreds of threats wishing that I would die. Wishing that I would die a slow, painful death. It came, from all people, the peaceful grass-eating vegan community.” Legasa was attacked by a mother grizzly bear Oct. 13 while bowhunting...
  • Baby octopuses discovered on floating trash in Hawaii

    10/25/2018 11:22:24 AM PDT · by ETL · 82 replies ^ | Oct 25, 2018 | Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    [S]cientists scooped up the small marine animals and placed them in a container full of water. On their next dive, they returned the octopuses back into the ocean "in a small protected space." Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park marine ecologist Sallie Beavers told The Associated Press one squirted a tiny bit of ink when they released it in the ocean. They later confirmed they found the second octopus on top of plastic debris attacking and killing a crab."Maybe they aren't so cute?" the national park joked on social media, sharing a photo of the unique sight.-snip- Beavers believes they were likely either day...
  • Ruger LCP .380 vs. the Taurus Spectrum .380 as a trail gun?

    10/25/2018 10:11:02 AM PDT · by Paul R. · 92 replies
    Self | 10/25/2018 | Me
    What are FReeper's thoughts on the Ruger LCP .380 vs. the Taurus Spectrum .380 as a trail gun? I am looking for something fairly small and light, with decent punch, but decent quality, to carry in a backpack while hiking, fishing, etc. Budget is limited to around $200. I might spring for a 2nd magazine to keep snakeshot* charges in, the 1st would get hollow points. I have looked at and briefly handled a Ruger LCP .380: Size, weight, and "feel" are all good for me. Reviews seem to indicate it is very reliable and not ammo picky. The Taurus...
  • Military plane inadvertently drops Humvee over Harnett County neighborhood, officials say

    10/25/2018 6:28:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Wednesday, October 24, 2018 10:14PM | By Morgan Norwood
    CAMERON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A C-17 military plane dropped a Humvee prematurely over a neighborhood in Harnett County Wednesday afternoon, Fort Bragg officials confirmed. No one was injured. The neighborhood is in the town of Cameron. This incident occurred around 1 p.m. during a training exercise. "A load of some kind was released early and we're looking into how it happened," said Michael Novogradac, a spokesman for the USArmy's Operational Test Command. The C-17 aircraft carries supplies and equipment into war zones and, on Wednesday, the special operations team was practicing that type of scenario when the accident happened. Only...
  • Here Is Zero's New Lineup of 2019 Electric Motorcycles

    10/23/2018 10:51:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 10/22/2018 | By Alexander George
    Zero has become the biggest name among the ascendant electric motorcycle companies, making bikes for dirt riders, commuters, and even police. I’ve ridden a few, and they’re a blast. The brand's electric bikes have all the benefits of electricity—minimal maintenance, energy efficiency, instant torque—alongside the main benefits of a motorcycle, such as easy parking, paying less than you would for a new car, and feeling cooler than you are. Today, Zero announced its new lineup of electric motorcycles. The most obvious improvement is range. Zero says the S and SR models with the $3,000 Power Tank option will do 223...
  • The Five Most Important Guns In American History

    10/22/2018 11:13:57 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 45 replies
    Federalist ^ | October 17, 2018 | David Harsanyi
    From the Long rifle to the AR-15, the story of firearm innovation is inextricably tied to the story of the United States. 1. Kentucky Rifle Martin Meylin has been credited with being the first great American gunmaker and inventor of the Pennsylvania long rifle—which was to become known as the Kentucky long rifle (“Kentucky,” in those days, being anything in the wilderness west of Pennsylvania). Meylin’s small cobblestone workshop still stands off a two-lane road in Lancaster. Local schools are named after him. Plaques have been erected in his honor. State politicians have even written legislation commemorating his contribution...
  • How the Gun Made America Great

    10/22/2018 11:02:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 19, 2018 | Rob Bluey
    Author and columnist David Harsayni joined the Oct. 15 Daily Signal podcast to discuss his new book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History with the Gun.” This is a lightly edited transcript of that interview. Rob Bluey: We’re here to talk about your book and America’s history with guns. What inspired you to write this book? David Harsanyi: I grew up in an area in New York where most people didn’t have guns; perhaps criminals mostly had the guns. And my whole life—then moved later to Colorado—and my whole life I’ve been very curious about gun culture....
  • Winter ticks killing moose at alarming rate

    10/22/2018 9:01:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | October 17, 2018 | University of New Hampshire
    As winter in New England seems to get warmer, fall lingers longer and spring comes into bloom earlier, areas like northern New Hampshire and western Maine are seeing an unusual continued increase in winter ticks which are endangering the moose population. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that the swell of infestations of this parasite, which attaches itself to moose during the fall and feeds throughout the winter, is the primary cause of an unprecedented 70 percent death rate of calves over a three-year period. "The iconic moose is rapidly becoming the new poster child for climate...
  • Sundown at Coffin Rock

    10/21/2018 12:39:07 PM PDT · by super7man · 8 replies
    The Blue Press ^ | Unk. | Mark Pixler (editor)
    The old man walked slowly through the dry, fallen leaves of autumn, his practiced eye automatically choosing the bare and stony places in the trail for his feet. There was scarcely a sound as he passed, though his left knee was stiff with scar tissue. He grunted occasionally as the tight sinews pulled. Damn chainsaw, he thought. Behind him, the boy shuffled along, trying to imitate his grandfather, but unable to mimic the silent motion that the old man had learned during countless winter days upon this wooded mountain in pursuit of game. He's fifteen years old, the old man...
  • Hikers: Stop Hating on Hunters

    10/21/2018 7:27:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Outdoors Magazine ^ | 10*15*18 | Steven Rinella
    <p>It’s tempting for those of us who love the outdoors to think of ourselves as belonging to one of two groups. There’s my own crew of sportsmen and women, known as the hook and bullet crowd; and then there’s the outdoor recreationists or “nonconsumptive users,” a term for hikers, climbers, kayakers, birders, mountain bikers, and others who might enjoy being around wild creatures without ever eating one for dinner.</p>