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  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 31st, 2014.

    08/31/2014 5:02:41 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 56 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | 8/31/2014 | 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.
  • Government publishes detailed instructions on how to safely roast marshmallows

    08/29/2014 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Robwin · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 29, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The U.S. Forest Service on Friday published a nearly 700-word article on how to safely roast marshmallows, all in preparation for Saturday, which is National Roasted Marshmallow Day. As one might expect, the article is riddled with safety tips that might make you think twice about even carrying matches into the forest at all, let alone actually igniting a marshmallow and putting your family’s life at risk. “First, let’s talk safety,” the article says. “Never start a campfire when there are fire restrictions in place. The restrictions are put in place for your safety and for the safety of others.”...
  • 'Wandering stones' of Death Valley explained

    08/29/2014 3:15:01 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 39 replies
    nature ^ | 27 August 2014
    Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that — blown by wind — shoved rocks across the lake bed. Until now, no one has been able to explain why hundreds of rocks scoot unseen across the playa surface, creating trails behind them like children dragging sticks through the mud. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Mystery of 9-foot Hot Dog on Edge of Alaska Wilderness Leaves Trekkers Perplexed

    08/28/2014 8:58:42 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 31 replies
    Alaska Dispatch | August 28, 2014 | Craig Medred
    What do you do with a huge hot dog that is washed up on a Cook Inlet beach in Alaska? Light it on fire! That's what trekkers Graham Kraft, Andy Fischer, Eben Sargent, and Luc Mehl attempted. The giant foam hot dog in a bun that Luc Mehl and friends stumbled across this spring on the edge of Alaska nowhere left him haunted.
  • Gun Talk Media ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...

    08/28/2014 7:17:21 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 4 replies
    Gun Talk Media/ You Tube Video ^ | August 22, 2014 | Tom Greasham
    Gun Talk Media ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Published on Aug 22, 2014... Ryan Gresham and Tom Gresham were challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-buc...) by reps from Ruger and Brownells. Ryan and Tom answered the challenge - by donating to the cause (http://bit.ly/1ttaq9z) AND by taking on the ice buckets. Gun Talk challenges Lipsey's, Nosler, Crimson Trace, Jim Shepherd of The Shooting Wires, and Hickok 45! Join Gun Talk in donating to find a cure for ALS - You can also donate at http://www.als.net/ and http://www.teamgleason.org/. #NoWhiteFlags
  • Indian Woman Kills Leopard That Attacked Her

    08/28/2014 12:31:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 August 2014 | Shiv Prassad Joshi
    An Indian woman armed only with farm tools is stable in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her. Kamla Devi, 56, sustained multiple bites, cuts and fractures during the half-hour battle. She had been fetching water in northern Uttarakhand state when the leopard pounced on her from nearby bushes - she fought back with a sickle and spade. "I thought I was dead but I did not lose patience and courage," she told reporters after her lucky escape.
  • Mystery of California's 'Wandering Stones' solved

    08/28/2014 10:20:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 4:07PM BST 28 Aug 2014 | By Hannah Marsh
    It's a geological enigma that's had scientists speculating for half a century. But the mystery behind Death Valley's 'Wandering Stones' has finally been uncovered. It was previously unknown what caused the rocks to move across Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above California's Death Valley, leaving their distinctive trails behind them. But researchers have witnessed a thin layer of water freezing over the lake, before breaking into sheets the thickness of a window pane and nudging the rocks as they were blown by the breeze. “It’s a delight to be involved in sorting out this kind of...
  • Multimillionaire CEO caught on camera repeatedly kicking his friend's puppy 

    08/27/2014 11:08:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 107 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | august 27, 2014 | louise boyle
    A multimillionaire CEO has been caught on newly-released surveillance video repeatedly kicking a puppy. Des Hague was seen in an elevator in a Vancouver apartment building repeatedly booting the doberman pup in the stomach as it flinches against the wall.  He is the head of Centerplate, a $6 billion-dollar company which provides snacks at sports and entertainment arenas across the U.S., with more than 30,000 employees and clients including the Superdome in New Orleans, the Javits Center in New York City and college sports arenas like Notre Dame.  Centerplate released a statement on Tuesday which read: 'In no way do...
  • Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water

    08/27/2014 11:04:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | August 27, 2014
    Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water is the 29th season of Survivor. It begins Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on CBS at 8/7c with a special 90 minute episode. References: Official Survivor site at CBSWikipedia article Each team will consist of nine players. Unlike the first Blood vs. Water, it will feature all new players. Unlike the first Blood vs. Water, there will be no Redemption Island. Redemption Island had been previously announced for this series, but was cancelled and replaced with a new twist before shooting was to begin. It will be held in San Juan del...
  • ANTS: Good News Vs Bad News

    08/24/2014 5:11:16 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 67 replies
    Many | Aug 24, 2014 | Yosemitest
    ANTS: Good News Vs Bad News How many of you are familiar with Fire Ants? How many of you wished they would go away? THE GOOD NEWS: Fire Ants are leaving.THE BAD NEWS:“Rasberry Crazy Ants” (in honor of the Texas exterminator that discovered them), a.k.a. "Tawny crazy ants" , and scientifically know as Nylanderia fulva as driving them out. "I want my Fire Ants back!" is being said by many across Mississippi. Because these Rasberry crazy ants are much harder to control, and they get into everything. They get into the insulation in your home, into your electronics, into your...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

    08/24/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 52 replies
    The Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 24th, 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.
  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    08/24/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 12:54 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. […] As California faces an historic drought, more residents are following in Blankenship’s footsteps and tearing out thirsty lawns to cut down on water use. Water agencies across the state have been encouraging the change by offering thousands of dollars in rebates to help homeowners make the switch to a drought-friendly landscape with better odds of surviving dry spells common to the local climate. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which covers 19 million...
  • Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans

    08/21/2014 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Nationalgeographic.com ^ | 08-20-2014 | Dan Vergano
    New fossil dates show our ancient cousins disappeared 40,000 years ago. The Neanderthals died out about 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, new fossil dating suggests, adding to evidence that the arrival of modern humans in Europe pushed our ancient Stone Age cousins into extinction. (Read "Last of the Neanderthals" in National Geographic magazine.) Neanderthals' mysterious disappearance from the fossil record has long puzzled scholars who wondered whether the species went extinct on its own or was helped on its way out by Europe's first modern human migrants. "When did the Neanderthals disappear, and why?" says Tom Higham of the...
  • Winchester Model 70 Radio Rifle

    08/20/2014 3:04:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    NRA.org ^ | unknown | NRA Museum
    In the 1950s, with the airwaves filling with the sounds of rock 'n' roll, America was changing into a "transistor" nation. Deciding to capitalize on the popularity of radio, Winchester designated a prototype .308 Model 70 with a built-in radio in 1955. A speaker was set into the right side of the stock with a series of holes — carved in the trademark "W" outline — allowing the sound to be heard. Presented as a glittering show gun, the new Winchester soon proved a hard sell.
  • Residents, motorists trapped by raging AZ floodwaters

    08/19/2014 3:58:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    CBS5 ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Steve Stout
    PHOENIX - Rescue crews were kept busy with several water rescues after a monsoon surge that brought extensive flooding to Arizona, trapped residents in their homes, closed a major freeway, and paralyzed traffic on several surface streets Tuesday morning. A flash flood warning for Maricopa County and surrounding areas was extended until 3 p.m. Tuesday. Structures were demolished, heavy equipment was carried away and ranches were covered by the raging waters in New River, where more than 4 inches of rain was reported.
  • Suki the Agility Cat Will Amaze You

    08/19/2014 7:26:46 AM PDT · by Twotone · 36 replies
    Halopets ^ | Unknown | Caroline Golon
    Dogs aren’t the only animals that can amaze and delight with their agility skills. Suki, a two-year-old cat in the Czech Republic, has been running agility courses since she was just a kitten.
  • Sebastopol Climber Dies From Fall In Yosemite After Proposing To Girlfriend

    08/19/2014 6:43:24 AM PDT · by Night Hides Not · 33 replies
    CBS Channel 5 SF Bay Area ^ | 4/18/14 | Unattributed
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS SF) — A Bay Area man died while rock climbing in Yosemite National Park shortly after his girlfriend accepted his marriage proposal. 36-year old Brad Parker, a veteran rock climber and Sebastopol resident was killed after falling from a climb along Matthes Crest according to the Press Democrat. Parker had completed a climb to the summit of Cathedral Peak where he proposed to his girlfriend Jainee Dial. She accepted his proposal, but the couple separated as Parker went to climb along Matthes Crest by himself. Yosemite Park Ranger Kari Cobb told the Press Democrat that Parker...
  • California woman cited for climbing into zoo's giraffe pen

    08/17/2014 10:58:37 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The State ^ | August 17 2014 | AP
    Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face.
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 17th, 2014.

    08/17/2014 5:01:02 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 27 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 17th, 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.
  • Who needs a man once an Alaska girl has mastered the chain saw?

    08/17/2014 4:02:20 PM PDT · by Foundahardheadedwoman · 104 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laureli Kinneen
    NOME -- I used to joke and tell my friends that other than for obvious reasons, I only need a man to operate my chain saw. Because really, I’m an Alaska girl, and can bleed the line when I run out of fuel at the house. I thaw my pipes when they freeze. I can change a flat tire, butcher a caribou and catch, filet, smoke and can a silver salmon. Oh, and shoot a few ptarmigan with a .22 for dinner. You know. Normal stuff. But here’s the thing. I’ve relied on a man for seven years to supply...
  • Funny cat walking across "bridge" (gif via Imgur)

    08/17/2014 11:16:31 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 16 replies
    Imgur ^ | August 16, 2014 | ricebowlinseoul
    Link via Imgur
  • AK Beat: Killer whale sends sea lion flying

    08/16/2014 6:25:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 12 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 16, 2014
    Sea lion goes flying in video: Guests aboard an Anglers Adventures charter out of Ketchikan got to see more than just scenery Friday morning when their vessel, the F/V Sierra Dawn, attracted a sea lion being stalked by an orca.
  • Pics of Obamas On Vacation (The One PerCenters!)

    Obamas On Vacation In Massachusetts (pic gallery in lik)
  • No See Um Vanity: How do I get rid of the itch?

    08/15/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 63 replies
    We left the beach early Tuesday morning, but my no see um bites are still very present and still very itchy. I accidentally sliced a couple of them off of my legs while shaving. I'm requesting from the best folks I know: How do I stop the itch?
  • Starving Wolves Feed on Villagers’ Ears

    08/15/2014 3:57:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014
    Severe draught may have forced the pack to enter the village looking for foodA pack of wolves landed in a small farming community in China to find food following severe draught and left six people with horrific injuries. This was the worst attack in decades, when some of them lost their ears and others suffered facial injuries, according to a report in mirror.co.uk Residents managed to flee, but not before being attacked by the pack. Some received cuts on their chest and limbs, as well. After the people left, the wolves killed several animals.
  • AK Beat: Should we be worried about 'grolar' bears?

    08/15/2014 11:39:28 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 23 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | August 15, 2014
    Are hybrids -- such as polar/grizzly bear offspring -- a bad thing? Conventional wisdom suggests that when an endangered species -- such as a polar bear -- mates with a close relative -- such as a grizzly, or brown, bear -- the resulting hybrid speeds the endangered party to the affair along the path to extinction more quickly. In fact, creatures like the one described -- called “pizzly” or “grolar” bears -- already exist. But perhaps hybridization isn’t as bad as biologists feared, a possibility the New York Times explores in a lengthy Sunday magazine piece titled “Should You Fear...
  • Minneapolis girl attacked, chased by otter in Wisconsin lake

    08/15/2014 10:00:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 58 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-14-14 | Andy Rathbun
    It was a fun time at the lake -- until the otter arrived. After spending about an hour swimming with friends in Bone Lake near Luck, Wis., on Saturday, Rory Kliewer began to climb a ladder onto a dock when she suddenly felt something bite her backside and thigh. "I thought it was a northern pike," the 12-year-old Minneapolis girl said Wednesday. "I thought a fish was after me." As she threw the creature off of her, she realized that the animal was an otter -- later estimated at 3 1/2 feet long and about 40 pounds. "It was a...
  • Celebrate S'mores Day (No Campfire Required)

    08/10/2014 8:26:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 | Alysia Gray Painter
    The gooey three-part treat shows up in surprising spots.While the oven or stove top is the route we traditionally go to make colder foods hotter, there've been other heat-it-up candidates through the modern age: hot plates, microwave ovens, the fireplace, even running a packet of something under the hot water tap. (We've all tried it.) But the small, outdoor fire preceded all of these by eons. And that there's only one contemporary dish associated with the original stove seems unlikely, and yet it stands: the s'more. Yep yep: Hot dogs and beans and coffee in a vintage pot all have...
  • MUST SEE: Large python that has been eating Port St. Lucie neighborhood's cats captured by cops

    08/09/2014 4:02:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Channel 12 News ^ | 8-9-14 | Victoria Price
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Cats have been disappearing in one Port St. Lucie neighborhood so when Sergeant John Holman was called to the 600 block of SE Faith Terrace Friday morning for a report of another deceased cat, he made a startling discovery. Hiding in some brush, Sgt. Holman spotted a 12-foot long 120-pound Burmese Python. Neighbors believe the large snake has been feasting on their felines. The Sergeant called for backup to help get the large predator from the brush. Cops say the snake belongs to a person who lives near by. No charges have been filed as...
  • Bear spotted walking upright is real, and probably injured, officials say

    08/09/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 8-8-14 | Alex Napoliello
    JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A bear walking upright around a township development that has become an Internet sensation is injured and needs to be left alone, according to wildlife officials monitoring the situation. The black bear has an injury to both front legs, including its paws and possibly an elbow, said Tracy Leaver, the executive director of the Woodlands Wildlife Refuge. There's no official cause of how the bear got injured. Kelcey Burguess, a black bear biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, said he most likely "got hit by a car." Burguess said the bear is expected...
  • Columbia River dilemma: Kill cormorants to save fish?

    08/08/2014 4:38:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    Columbian ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | AP
    Now, the population of the cormorants on East Sand Island has burgeoned from about 100 breeding pairs to 14,900, and a federal agency wants to have thousands of the seabirds shot to protect the fish, including some that are protected or endangered. The birds eat lots of endangered wild fish, as well as hatchery stocks — an estimated 11 million a year — mainly in May as the young fish head for their years in the ocean. In June, the corps released its plan to kill 16,000 of the birds. A public comment period has been extended to Aug. 19....
  • Man Armed With Leaf Blower Arrested For Doing Yard Work In The Nude

    08/08/2014 1:21:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    http://www.thesmokinggun.com ^ | 08-08-2014 | Staff
    A Massachusetts homeowner was arrested Monday for “open and gross lewdness” after passing motorists spotted him--leaf blower in hand--doing yard work in the nude, according to cops. As Richard Capra, 69, worked on the curb appeal of his Shrewsbury home, “several vehicles were slowing down taking photographs,” according to the Shrewsbury Police Department. Responding to 911 calls, Officer Timothy Charland spotted Capra “completely nude, blowing off his driveway with a leaf blower.” Capra was “intoxicated and belligerent towards police” when questioned. Capra, arrested on a misdemeanor charge, was later released from custody after posting $500 bail. He is scheduled for...
  • See It: Video Showing New Jersey Bear Walking Like A Human Goes Viral

    08/08/2014 8:42:04 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 22 replies
    Apparently, bears do a lot of things in the woods, including walking upright like a human. A home video showing a black bear on its hind legs has been viewed on YouTube than 52,000 times. The New Jersey black bear strolls across a street, peeks into a trash can and generally just ambles along in a Jefferson Township neighborhood. A woman who answered the phone after hours at the Jefferson police department, but declined to giver her name, laughed when the Daily News called for comment. “We’ve all seen it here in the office,” she said of the video. Asked...
  • 86-year-old veteran sniper still has perfect aim.

    08/07/2014 4:12:22 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | I dunno | I dunno
    Just watch the video..............
  • Heartless thug who kicked a squirrel into the Grand Canyon has a £10,000 bounty put on his head

    08/06/2014 10:50:26 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 69 replies
    UK Mail on Line ^ | Aug 6th | Corey Charlton
    Man, allegedly French, filmed kicking squirrel off edge of the Grand Canyon Topless man lured the squirrel to the edge using trail of breadcrumbs Animal rights charity PETA has now posted a £10,000 for his arrest The heartless thug who kicked a squirrel into the Grand Canyon in a Youtube clip has a £10,000 bounty on his head thanks to furious animal activists. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), famous for its shock tactics and ads containing scantily clad women, are on the hunt for the man shown in the video.
  • Brutus the giant crocodile attacks shark in Australia

    08/06/2014 1:26:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    afp ^ | August 6, 2014
    Tourists in northern Australia have been left stunned by two fierce animals going head-to-head -- a massive saltwater crocodile wrestling with a bull shark in its jaws. ... Brutus, who is thought to be about 80 years old and is missing a front leg and most of his teeth, is well known in the area, and the Northern Territory News described the battle as "Jaws v Claws". Speculation is that the prospect of a fish dinner was tasty revenge for a croc that was thought to have lost his limb to one of the sharks who inhabit nearby waters. "But...
  • Denmark's Cage-Free Zoo Will Put Humans In Captivity

    08/05/2014 1:17:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 5, 2014 | Oliver Wainwright
    Denmark's Cage-Free Zoo Will Put Humans In Captivity Bjarke Ingels’s ‘zootopia’ reverses the role of captor and captive to let animals roam free, while humans are hidden from view. But will it become a feral version of the Hunger Games? Oliver Wainwright 5 August 2014 Zootopia … Bjarke Ingels’s proposal for a zoo without enclosures. Image: BIG He’s designed apartment blocks in the shape of mountains and a power station with a ski-slope on the roof. He’s made museums that erupt from the ground with cartoonish glee, and proposed a viewing tower like a gigantic spiralling lollipop. Now the Danish...
  • IndyCar: Bourdais scores his second pole of the season at Mid-Ohio

    08/03/2014 7:00:01 AM PDT · by gymbeau · 12 replies
    racer.com ^ | Aug. 2, 2014 | David Malsher and Robin Miller
    Sebastien Bourdais took his second and KV Racing's third pole position of the season, with a composed performance in a wet 'n' wild qualifying session for tomorrow's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. While a large number of his opponents slid extravagantly like dirt-trackers through the worst of the rain in Q1 and the start of Q2, Bourdais kept his head, kept his car on the island, and ended up capitalizing on the form he's shown all weekend. Seb's economical steering inputs also appeared to pay off when in Q3, the track dried rapidly, and everyone's wet tires were starting to...
  • Florida 'turtle cam' catches loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings headed to sea

    08/03/2014 5:33:32 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 16 replies
    WPTV ^ | 7-27-04 | Ashleigh Walters
    The race for life begins again. Video at link. With a survival rate (to adulthood) of way less than 1%, you have to admire their spunk.
  • Video: Huge Lake Suddenly Appears in Middle of Desert

    08/02/2014 6:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 02, 2014
    'Some say that it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse': Tunisian journalistTunisians are enjoying escaping the heat of summer by swimming in the mystery lake. (Pic @ Instagram) Nobody knows how, when or why… yet. The fact is, a lake has mysteriously appeared suddenly in the middle of Tunisian desert. No scientific explanation has been forthcoming as yet for for ‘Gafsa Beach’, discovered by shepherds three weeks ago. Authorities have issued a warning, according to a report in the Independent, that the water, which started off a crystalline blue and has since turned a murky green...
  • German Schoolboy Drops Phone on Fishing Trip, Drains Entire Pond to Look For It

    08/02/2014 5:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 2 Aug 2014
    There are people who definitely are a bit too attached to their smartphone, but this determined German schoolboy is in another league entirely. A boy enjoying a fishing trip with a group of friends accidentally dropped his iPhone over the side of the boat – so he decided to drain the entire pond. The 16-year-old took matters into his own hands after the angling club refused to let him use his diving suit to retrieve the device, sneaking back later that night armed with a powerful pump and two hoses. ‘I thought two pumps would drain enough of the water...
  • 8-year-old boy, grandmother survive vicious otter attack (WA)

    08/02/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 53 replies
    KBOI2.com ^ | 08/02/2014 | Lindsay Cohen
    Bryce Moser, of Marysville, and his grandmother, Lelani Grove, were both expected to survive their injuries, family members said. Grove has "hundreds of stitches" and a significant eye injury, while Moser has nine staples in his head and cuts all over his body. "I just hear him screaming, 'Help! Get it off of me! Get it off of me!' and he goes underwater," said Moser's mother, Tabitha. "And then he comes up and I see the thing all the way on top of his head." "(The otter) had him by the back of his head and it was holding him...
  • Suni Sands [FL], for a time:

    08/02/2014 5:52:29 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 6 replies
    tcpalm ^ | 7-31-14 | Kit Bradshaw
    They're older and live in one of Jupiter's most beautiful spots — Suni Sands. The community is 80 years old. Other parts of Jupiter are younger, and have been recognized by the Jupiter Town Council. But Suni Sands' 80-year-anniversary wasn't celebrated by anyone but those who live in this community of about 110 homes. RESIDENTS AWARE The residents of Suni Sands know that Charles Modica has purchased this mobile home community, the land under their mobile homes, and that their rent between $600 and $900 a month could end if and when Modica decides to develop the property. What they...
  • Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge

    08/01/2014 7:37:33 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Kim Willsher
    The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table. The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water. Shepherds discovered the lake, thought to be up to 18 meters deep and covering one hectare, three weeks ago. Local geologists suspect seismic activity may have ruptured the rock above the water table sending the liquid to the surface.
  • Legendary Fishing Rod Creator Shares a Special Secret

    08/01/2014 5:17:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Every week CBS News travels America fishing for interesting stories. And, once again, we've hooked a good one. A trout's brain is no bigger than a lentil, yet when it comes to outsmarting fly fishermen, it's enough. Which is why truly obsessive fishermen, like Randy Brown, seek any advantage they can -- like splurging on a $4,000 fishing pole. "It's just a pleasure to fish with. There's just no other rods like these," says Brown. "It's the best stick there is." The rods he's referencing are designed by legendary rod-maker Tom Morgan. If fly fishing is a religion, this is...
  • Huge Bavarian Crop Circle Puzzles Crowds

    07/31/2014 12:48:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Local ^ | 30 Jul 2014
    A mysterious crop circle in Bavaria has attracted thousands of visitors since it was spotted in a wheat field last week.The circle in Raisting, upper Bavaria, has a diameter of 75 metres and is formed of three rings. It was discovered last week by hot air balloonists and word quickly spread through internet forums of the find. “They sang, danced, played guitar... and slept in the field,” a woman who lives nearby said of the area’s new visitors to the site, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Many visitors believe it was not formed by humans. “This is a technology which we...
  • AP Exclusive: Study blames lost calves on panthers (i.e. pumas/cougars)

    07/31/2014 4:01:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 31, 2014 4:32 AM EDT | Jason Dearen
    Since Florida’s frontier days when cattlemen drove their herds through the state’s vast fields and forests, ranchers and native panthers have been natural enemies. The ranchers seek to nurture and protect their calves, while the panthers see them as prey. Human development won the battle, driving the large, tawny, cats to the brink of extinction before successful efforts to restore them began decades ago. But with Florida’s panther population recovering, some farmers complain the protected 6-to-7-foot long predators are once again killing their calves. …
  • Thousands of Blue Sea Creatures Wash Up on Local California Beaches

    07/30/2014 7:22:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Social media is teeming with pictures of small bright blue sea creatures washing up all over California beaches, with sightings reported in Humboldt County, Monterey and Ocean Beach. Despite being described as "strange," "bizarre," "mysterious," and even "aliens," it turns out these creatures have a name. Marine researchers are calling it Velella velella, a name the Santa Cruz Sentinel said sounds "like a nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film." "Some people call them jellyfish, but they are in fact only distantly related and only superficially similar," said Rich Mooi of the California Academy of Sciences. The small delicate-looking marine...
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    07/30/2014 7:01:20 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-19-14 | Maren Longbella
    Minnesota began hunter education in 1955 in response to a growing number of hunting accidents. "The curriculum ... has greatly contributed to a steady decline both in non-fatal and fatal firearms accidents," the DNR website states. In an effort to make hunting even safer, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 1990 requiring anyone born after Dec. 31, 1979, to have a firearms safety certificate before a hunting license can be issued. About 4,000 volunteer instructors around the state teach the hunter education course to about 23,000 students annually. Safe handling of firearms and hunter responsibility are the goals of...