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  • 70-Year-Old Emirati Woman Claims 'Angel Maid Turned a Demon'

    08/19/2014 1:29:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | Maryam Alyammahi
    Sri Lankan maid in custodyA housemaid who is accused of harassing her old Emirati employer has been arrested. The 70-year-old woman, named Aisha, lives alone in Sharjah. Her son, Omar, had arranged for the maid, who hails from Sri Lanka, through an agency last month, since his mother refused to live with him. In the beginning she was extremely helpful, kind and looked after the old lady as if she was her own mother. “She was almost like a sweet angel,” said Aisha. “ I was so happy with her that I gave her one of my mobile phones. Later,...
  • When You Put A Doberman On A Playground Slide, The Results Are Not Always Predictable [Video]

    08/19/2014 1:03:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    An owner of two Dobermans thought it would be amusing to take the dogs to a playground and see what happens when he put them on a slide there. Somewhere in the end, a lesson was learned. Maybe. Don’t worry, no one was hurt — neither human nor canine — in making this video, which is going viral today. But it does show that a Doberman can exercise basic common sense. Well, sort of. “It was my stepson 23 yrs old that went up the steps & had the dogs follow him up and PERSUADED THEM TO SLIDE,” wrote Sherry...
  • Researchers create camouflaging sheet inspired by cephalopods

    08/18/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    | Science Recorder | ^ | August 18, 2014 | Joe Chivers
    Engineers in the United States have developed an innovative new system of camouflage based on the color-changing abilities of cephalopods, namely octopus, cuttlefish, and squid. The mechanism used by the animals was emulated to a high degree by the researchers, who even utilized a similar layering pattern in their work... In cephalopods, the colors surrounding it are sensed, and then the animal uses its muscles to change color, using cells containing pigment, known as chromatophores to change color. In their work, which is published in the journal PNAS, the engineers used photosensors to detect light levels, and then deliver this...
  • Little League Baseball Player Is Also a Player-Player

    08/18/2014 4:28:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/18 | Jessica Roy
    Presley Smith is a baseball player, but he's also, like, an actual player. During last night's Little League World Series game, Smith did what any enterprising adolescent boy might do: He used a national television broadcast to let all the ladies out there know he's down. When the chyron flashed on the screen displaying Smith's hobby, it wasn't comic books or video games or volunteering at the soup kitchen. It was "talking to girls." Unfortunately for Smith, though he hit the ball, he was out at first base.
  • Watch GWAR Leader Oderus Urungus' Fiery Viking Funeral at GWAR B-Q

    08/18/2014 2:53:38 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 16 replies
    Billboard ^ | August 17, 2014 9:31 PM EDT | Colin Stutz
    <p>As GWAR's annual GWAR B-Q carried on over the weekend, it was with a somber note of remembrance to band leader Oderus Urungus who died of a heroin overdose in March.</p> <p>Though friends and family of David Brockie (the man behind the gnarly thrash metal monster mask) laid him to rest on April 1 at a private April Fool's Day service, as Consequence of Sound reports, his alter ego had not yet received a send off. So, in a tribute true to form for the outlandish band and its fervent fans, the Oderus costume was laid out and lit aflame Friday on a small viking ship floating amid Hadads Lake at the Richmond, Va. event.</p>
  • Man With 453 Piercings, Horns Sent Back From Dubai Airport

    08/17/2014 1:14:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 122 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2014
    German national put on flight back to TurkeyAuthorities at Dubai International Airport put a German national, named as Rolf Buchholz, back on a flight to where he had come from, preventing him from entering the country. According to a report in Emarat Al Youm, Rolf was sent back to Turkey. Sources quoted in the report said the man was covered in piercings, holes in his faces and also had two ‘horns’ protruding from his forehead. People at Dubai International Airport were horrified by his appearance, the report stated. The man was reportedly coming to Dubai to make an appearance at...
  • A Comprehensive Guide to YouTube’s Dumbest and Most Dangerous Teen Trends

    08/17/2014 12:43:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    YouTube has known its fair share of dangerous, destructive and ill-advised trends, but even by those standards, the “fire challenge” hits new lows. The so-called challenge consists of pouring rubbing alcohol on oneself, lighting it on fire, and putting the resulting blaze out before you sustain third-degree burns and/or burn your house down. Needless to say, not everyone succeeds — a 15-year-old in Kentucky sustained second-degree burns this week. Why, precisely, would you do such a thing? In the words of one enraged YouTube vlogger, whose rant against the trend has earned almost 10,000 views: “Are you dumb? No, seriously...
  • Ferrari Sells for $38-Million at Auction, Breaking World Record

    08/17/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The price offered on Thursday by a bidder whose identity was not disclosed surpassed the $30 million (all figures U.S.) paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between $30-$40-million...
  • Watch Giant Crocodile Chase Boy Swimmer

    08/17/2014 12:07:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 16, 2014
    This video footage captures a boy swimming with a huge crocodile chasing him. The incident is believed to have happened in Mexico.
  • Iranian Couple Uses Taxi as Mobile Bookstore

    08/15/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 15, 2014 | Aileen Graef
    "We just want to tell everyone that individuals can make effort to make the world a better place to live for everyone and we shouldn't judge each other according to the cover," said Sarvebaz.YezdanY and SarvebaZ HeraneR are making commuting in Tehran more enjoyable by providing a mobile bookstore in their taxi. There are 40 titles on display in the cab, all in Farsi. One of the favorites, Sarvebaz said, is George Orwell's Animal Farm. "We just want to tell everyone that individuals can make effort to make the world a better place to live for everyone and we shouldn't...
  • 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.
  • Mystery as £20,000 cash is withdrawn from accounts of four passengers who went down with...MH370

    08/15/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 03:42 EST, 15 August 2014
    Money moved from accounts of 3 passengers into 4th passenger's accounts Five months after the Malaysia Airlines flight went missing, mysterious withdrawals totaling 111,000 RM (£20,916) have been recorded, reports claim. A bank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, reported the apparent discrepancies in their accounts on July 18, before lodging a police complaint, Assistant Commissioner to the crime investigation department Izany Abdul Ghany revealed. According to reports, the transactions were made on July 18 when money from the accounts of three passengers was transferred to the account of a fourth passenger before it was removed. 'We are investigating the case as...
  • Mother, Daughter Trapped by Aggressive House Cat

    08/15/2014 10:44:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    10News ^ | Aug 12, 2014
    Officers got into a standoff with an enraged cat early Tuesday morning after it allegedly trapped its owners in the bedroom of their Chula Vista home. According to Chula Vista police, a woman and her adult daughter called 911 at about 4 a.m. to report that they had barricaded themselves inside a bedroom in the 4000 block of Neptune Court because their cat would not let them out. They told emergency dispatchers that when they tried to exit the room, the cat became furious. Officers responded and tried coaxing the cat, named "Cuppy," by softly calling it, until it eventually...
  • ‘Pretty’ Gulf Businesswoman Seeks Kuwaiti Husband

    08/15/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014
    She published a newspaper advertisementA Gulf Arab businesswoman, describing herself as pretty widow, broke social barriers and published a newspaper advertisement for a husband. The woman, who identified herself as Umm Mohammed, stipulated the groom must be a Kuwaiti aged 33-40 years, has a university degree, enjoys good conduct and is ‘religious’. The advertisement, published in the Kuwaiti Arabic language daily Al Rai, said those interested should contact her through WhatsApp service.
  • Woman Steals Sister’s Husband... and Home

    08/15/2014 9:56:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014
    She claims her sister was in a relationship with her husbandAn elderly woman in Mpumalanga is homeless and single after her sister ‘stole’ her husband and then sold her home, too, to a loan shark, When 77-year-old Evelyn Gumede discovered that her sister was in a relationship with her husband, she asked her to keep him, but little did she know what her sister planned, according to a report by newsbite website, quoting Dailysun as its source. ‘Not only did she steal my husband, she also sold my house,’ Gumede was quoted as saying in the report. She had been...
  • Mentally Ill Man Saved After Swallowing Orange

    08/15/2014 9:51:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014
    He was rushed to hospital with breathing difficultySaudi doctors saved a mentally retarded local man after he swallowed an unpeeled orange which settled inside his oesophagus. The man, in his 20s, was rushed to hospital having breathing difficulty after swallowing the orange at his home in the southern Saudi town of Baha. “Doctors managed to extract the orange out of his throat and saved his life without an operation,” Sabq Arabic language daily said.
  • 9-Year-Old Girl Saves Father From Burning Home in Hayward

    08/15/2014 9:44:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Aug 14, 2014
    A 9-year-old girl saved her father from a burning home near a Hayward high school Thursday morning, a fire captain said. The blaze was reported at 7:01 a.m. at a two-story home in the 2000 block of Park Arroyo Place, located near Mt. Eden High School, Hayward fire spokesman Capt. Don Nichelson said. Smoke alarms alerted the girl to the fire and she helped her father escape through a second-floor window, Nichelson said. and helped them out by putting a ladder up to the second floor. Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke and flames coming from both floors of the...
  • #Fatkini Hashtag Inspires Women Of All Shapes To Post Unashamed Selfies

    08/14/2014 2:58:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Posting selfies is quickly becoming a universal way for people to identify themselves as aligned to a particular idea or movement, and the newest selfie trend hopes to eliminate body-shaming. In doing so, women of all shapes are reshaping body-acceptance and the retail market. The hashtag, #Fatkini, has been on the rise the past few months as more and more women on social media have gained the confidence they need to sport the revealing swimwear. Most popularly used on both Instagram and Tumblr, the hashtag has already produced thousands of selfies of plus-size women, and a following fiercely devoted toward...
  • Hubby Divorces Wife for Pics Leaked by Thief

    Her family now fears for her sistersA Saudi man immediately divorced his wife after seeing her pictures on social networks leaked by a thief believed to have stolen the mobile phone of the wife’s brother. The brother was dining at a rest house in the Gulf kingdom when he lost his mobile phone, the Arabic language daily Sada said. “A few days later, a thief believed to have stolen that mobile published the pictures of the wife he found in her brother’s mobile on social networks,” the paper said. “After seeing those pictures, the woman’s husband immediately divorced her…the woman’s...
  • Bride Taken to Wrong Groom in Yemen

    08/14/2014 10:12:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, August 14, 2014
    She learnt about the embarrassing mistake in the last minute A Yemeni bride was taken in a motorcade to the wrong groom before she was told about the embarrassing mistake in the last minute. Town residents near the capital Sanaa lined up the roads to greet the bride who sat in a luxury car surrounded by many other vehicles unleashing their honks in celebration. When the motorcade reached the presumed groom’s house, another motorcade with another bride stopped near the same house. “The honking and the music suddenly stopped and the people started laughing…only then, the groom’s relatives rushed out...
  • Japan's creepy sex doll industry 'reaches next level' (shortened)

    08/14/2014 9:59:42 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 69 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 12 August 2014 | Jennifer Newton
    A Japanese company claims to have reached the next level in developing the most genuine looking sex doll which comes complete with realistic feeling skin and authentic looking eyes. Orient Industry say their new range of dolls, made from high quality silicon, are so realistic there is very little to distinguish them from a real girlfriend at first glance. The dolls, which are non inflatable, are sold under the name 'Dutch Wives', a Japanese term for a sex doll, and adverts in the media boast that anyone who buys one will never want a real girlfriend again.
  • Bacon-Powered Motorcycle Departs Austin

    08/13/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KAAL ^ | Justin Thompson-Gee
    We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘bring home the bacon’, but now Austin based Hormel is bringing home the bacon and turning it into motorcycle fuel. It is the definition of a one of a kind – a diesel motorcycle that runs solely on bacon grease. “We actually had the grease from our Rochelle, IL plant so it is all 100% Black Label,” says Hormel brand manager for Hormel Black Label Bacon, Nick Schweitzer. Scott Schraufnagel who works for BBDO Minneapolis, the advertising agency responsible for the idea of the bike, says the motorcyle, “runs on B-100 bio-diesel so what that...
  • Saudi Man Dies After Allegedly Trying To Sodomize A Donkey

    08/13/2014 4:01:03 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 116 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 8/13/2014 | Opposing Views
    The bizarre story of a man who died after trying to have sex with a donkey is circulating all over Middle Eastern news sites. Lebanese website Beiruting recently reported that a Saudi Sheikh man died after attempting to sodomize a donkey. But other sites have picked it up as well. Reports say that the man tied the donkey to his car, took off his pants and attempted the have sex with the animal. The donkey, however, was not about to let that happen, and allegedly, it proceeded to kick the Sheikh man in the face following by three strong kicks...
  • Murder Suspect Asks Siri Where to Dump His Dead Roommate's Body

    08/13/2014 3:54:26 PM PDT · by eldoradude · 23 replies
    Betabeat ^ | 8/13/14 | Jordan Valinsky
    Who says Siri is useless? A Florida man accused of killing his roommate found a novel use for Siri. Police say 20-year-old Pedro Bravo allegedly kidnapped and strangled his friend in 2012, but didn’t know where to dispose of the body — that was, until Siri helped him out. According to his iPhone’s records, Mr. Bravo allegedly asked Siri “I need to hide my roommate.” The personal assistant app kindly responded by asking “What kind of place are you looking for?” and then offered him four ideal places, including metal foundries, dumps, swamps and reservoirs.
  • World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well[155]

    08/13/2014 11:28:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 08 Aug 2014 | The Local
    The world's oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155. Some people have ghosts in their attics. Tomas Kjellman, resident in the little fishing town of Brantevik in Skåne, has always had an eel in his well. "My family bought the cottage in 1962, and we always knew the housepet was included," Kjellman told The Local. Its presence has been well-documented for more than a century. But no more. "Of course it's sad. I have memories of the eel from when I was a child," Kjellman said. The eel featured in...
  • Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas

    08/13/2014 10:06:22 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 12, 2014 | DONALD G. McNEIL
    Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is so out of control that governments there have revived a disease-fighting tactic not used in nearly a century: the “cordon sanitaire,” in which a line is drawn around the infected area and no one is allowed out. Cordons, common in the medieval era of the Black Death, have not been seen since the border between Poland and Russia was closed in 1918 to stop typhus from spreading west. They have the potential to become brutal and inhumane. Centuries ago, in their...
  • Maryland Woman Arrested for Breaking Father-in-Law's Windows Because it 'Was Fun'

    08/12/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 12, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Michelle Waro was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of property destruction over $1,000.A Maryland woman apparently gets her kicks by tossing bricks thorough the windows of family members. An officer from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office was summoned to a home in Leonardtown after getting a report about property destruction. The residents of the home called police after someone, later identified as Michelle Waro, had started tossing bricks through windows at the home. According to the homeowner, Waro is his daughter-in-law. When he arrived on the scene, Cpl. Connelly saw the 43-year-old suspect behind...
  • A Year's Chase 'Ends' With Just 1 Day of Marriage for Man (Could Not Handle Two Wives at a Time)

    08/12/2014 2:03:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | Muna Al Khanjari
    Man seeks to divorce as he could not handle two wives at a time An Arab man chased an Arab woman for more than a year to make her his second wife. However, the bride and her family were shocked at the end of the very first day of marriage when he said that he wanted to divorce her because he cannot handle two wives at a time. Dubai-based lawyer Aisha Al Tunaigi, founding partner of Al Matrooshi and Al Tunaiji Law Firm in Dubai, told Emirates 24|7 that the man realised after the first night with his second wife...
  • 'LGBT Bingo' Homework Part of Radical Campaign to Indoctrinate Youth

    08/12/2014 12:29:49 PM PDT · by massmike · 35 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | 08/12/2014 | n/a
    A homework project that asks pupils to look out for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters in TV shows has been criticized by campaigners. The project includes a bingo-style game where children are asked to cross off squares when they come across an LGBT character or reference. The game encourages children as young as 11 to analyze how the media portrays same-sex relationships. It is part of a series of teaching resources developed by the Sex Education Forum, which lobbies for compulsory sex education in all schools. The Forum launched the game in its latest e-magazine for teachers in primary...
  • Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery

    08/12/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 09 Aug 2014 | Aaron Langmaid
    This photograph was taken off Cape Otway 20 minutes before pilot Frederick Valentich went missing. Picture: Supplied INVESTIGATORS have shed new light on one of ­Australia’s greatest aviation mysteries. Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.It is claimed...
  • Looking for thoughts on the Ebola virus 'cure'

    08/12/2014 8:17:27 AM PDT · by ArtDodger · 62 replies
    self | 8-12-14 | self
    Looking for thoughts about the 'sudden' appearance of a cure for Ebola. I think our government has studied Ebola since it first appeared and is keeping it as a weaponized virus.
  • 15 Roommate Horror Stories to Get You Pumped for College

    08/11/2014 6:41:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Your very first day of college is filled with excitement — then you meet your new weirdo roommate. Shipping off to school to live in a tiny cinderblock box with strangers is something everyone should experience, but when your creepy new roommate reveals they're a messy kleptomaniac with a passion for eating lip balm, it may be time to start thinking about off-campus residencies next semester. Don't worry incoming freshman, Thanksgiving break is just around the corner.
  • Keys Man Beat Girlfriend After Dreaming She Cheated on Him

    08/11/2014 6:29:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Aug 10, 2014 | Cherine Akbari
    The girlfriend of Carlos Gascon told Monroe County Sheriff's deputies that Gascon had been beating her all day Friday.A Florida Keys man was arrested after beating his girlfriend after he had a dream she cheated on him, according to police. Carlos Gascon's girlfriend told Monroe County Sheriff's deputies that Gascon beat her all day Friday. She was able to call for help at 6:45 p.m. after Gascon passed out. The woman accused Gascon of choking her, pouring hot coffee on her, cutting the back of her leg with a knife, and threatening to kill her while holding a knife to...
  • WATCH: What Charges Could Tony Stewart Face?

    08/11/2014 6:21:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    KGUN9 ^ | August 11th | Jay Sorgi
    Will Tony Stewart face prison time for the collision that led to the death of another driver, Kevin Ward, Jr.? According to Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann, it is possible. McCann stopped short of saying that Stewart would face intentional homicide charges, but "he could face something called negligent homicide ... reckless, careless behavior that causes an accidental death." "Because of the way [he] behaved so recklessly, [he] could be charged with a felony, and that felony carries up to four years in prison," he added. McCann was clear in the interview that there were no pending criminal charges...
  • Morehead City Woman Allegedly Finds Swastika Carved Into McDonald's Chicken Sandwich

    08/11/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    A North Carolina woman who went through the drive-thru at a Morehead City McDonald's reportedly found a swastika drawn in butter on the bun of her chicken sandwich. Charleigh Matice discovered the anti-Semitic symbol when she went to put mayonnaise on her food. Matice went into the restaurant and confronted employees about the offensive emblem. When they offered to replace the sandwich, she asked for her money back instead. "Is this a joke? Does somebody really think they're funny?" Matice told WCTI. "Many people died because of that symbol and it's not something that should be taken lightly. It's not...
  • Woman Tries to Stop Husband's Plane From Leaving Because She Thinks He's Cheating

    08/11/2014 4:59:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 11, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    The woman scaled a fence at Halifax Stanfield International Airport to stop the plane.A woman was arrested on Sunday after she climbed a 10-foot, barbed-wire fence and tried to stop a plane from taking off because she believed her husband was on it. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested the woman at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and took her to the hospital to be evaluated. The 37-year-old woman wanted to keep the plane from taking off because she thought that her husband was leaving to see another woman. "Her intent was to stop the aircraft from taking off," RCMP spokesman...
  • Knife falls from sky into Chinese man's head

    08/11/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 8:41AM BST 11 Aug 2014 | By Malcolm Moore, in Beijing
    A five-inch kitchen knife falls from the sky and enters the head of 57-year-old man in Sichuan province Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy.
  • Two-headed dolphin washes up on beach in Turkey

    08/11/2014 2:19:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/11/2014 | Mark Molloy
    The remains of a two-headed dolphin have been discovered on a beach in Turkey. Stunned holidaymaker Turgul Metin spotted the dead dolphin as it washed up on shore in the district of Izmir, on Turkey’s west coast. The 29-year-old sports teacher said one of the marine mammal’s eyes “were not fully formed”, the Turkish Times reports. “I was completely shocked,” he explained. “I noticed the dolphin in the sea and watched as it washed on to the beach.
  • Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to Leave Driving to Staffers and Volunteers: Report

    08/10/2014 8:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
    Mayor Quan Not DrivingIt appears Oakland Mayor Jean Quan will not be behind the wheel this election season. According to the Oakland Tribune, a spokesman said going forward, Quan will leave the driving to staffers or volunteers. Quan's driving suddenly became a red flag back in June when she damaged her city-issued car in a fender bender. Before the accident, she was also seen using her phone behind the wheel. As for that June car crash, police never did determine which driver was at fault.
  • KFC Owner Gets Handwritten Apology From Patron who Took Extra Piece of Chicken

    08/10/2014 4:47:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    A Nebraska diner who felt guilty for absconding with an extra piece of KFC chicken sent the restaurant owner a handwritten apology letter and $2. Rocky Rasmussen, the owner of a North Platte KFC, got the unsigned letter in the mail. "This $2 is for the piece of chicken I brought home with me on Tuesday," the letter read. "That's stealing. Sorry!" The conscience of the chicken connoisseur kicked in after he or she claimed an extra poultry piece from the buffet at the restaurant. "I took more on my plate than I could eat and I knew it would...
  • 'Madonna was a ruthless diva and Michael Jackson weak': Manager Ron Weisner

    08/10/2014 4:34:36 PM PDT · by dennisw · 18 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 9 August 2014 | By Caroline Graham
    In a split second, her sensuality was replaced by ‘all-out rage’ as she launched into a screaming tirade at the film crew. ‘She was constantly screaming at them, telling them they were a ‘bunch of f****** idiots,’ recalls Ron Weisner, her long-suffering manager at the time. The video shoot for Like A Virgin would cement Madonna’s place as a bona fide star and help turn her into a global pop icon. But for several turbulent days on location in Venice, Italy, in 1984 it was, recalls Weisner, ‘like a fury had been unleashed’. ‘When I bitched back at her she...
  • Check Out This New, Incredibly Stupid And Deadly Online Dare That’s Sweeping America

    08/10/2014 10:13:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    http://www.thefederalistpapers.org ^ | august 10, 2014 | steve straub
    US health officials have warned of the dangers posed by the latest deadly dare sweeping the internet: The Fire Challenge. Those taking part in the challenge douse themselves in flammable liquids and set fire to themselves, then extinguish the flames as quickly as they can, uploading the videos onto sites including YouTube and Facebook. Santa Clara county health officials in California have warned of the dangers posed by the game, and say that several taking part in it have suffered severe burns as a result. “A number of kids have suffered second- and third-degree burns across the country,” said Joy...
  • D.C.'s Congressional Cemetery to host LGBT veterans memorial in 'gay corner'

    08/09/2014 7:49:11 PM PDT · by massmike · 15 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/ ^ | 08/09/2014 | PAUL BEDARD
    The nation’s first-ever memorial to gay military veterans will be placed in the “gay corner” of the historic Congressional Cemetery on Capitol Hill, home to the gravesites of senators, congressmen, Supreme Court justices and vice presidents. In announcing the new memorial, cemetery President Paul K. Williams said the stone structure will be put close to “the ‘gay corner,’ thought to be the only LGBT cemetery section in the world.” The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Memorial Project and the cemetery announced the design this week. It consists of three black granite panels standing 11 feet high, 5 feet wide...
  • North Carolina Man Arrested After Beating Police in Doughnut-Eating Contest

    08/09/2014 5:11:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Bradley Hardison is charged with two counts of felony breaking and entering and misdemeanor injury to real property.A North Carolina man who beat police officers in a doughnut-eating contest got his just desserts the next day after they realized that he was a wanted man. Bradley Herbert entered the cuisine-eating competition at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime and won it by polishing off eight doughnuts in two minutes. The field that the 24-year-old defeated included local police officers and firefighters. "I did congratulate him," Lt. Max Robeson told WTKR. "Good for him. He can eat...
  • Saudi Men Need Wife's Nod to Marry Moroccan Women

    08/09/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 09, 2014
    Would-be husband must also have clean police recordMarried Saudi men need to have prior approval from their wives to marry Moroccan women in line with new rules enforced by the North African Arab country. Morocco has told Saudi authorities that citizens from the oil-rich Gulf Kingdom can have a Moroccan wife even if they are married, provided their wives agree to the new marriage. The new rules also stipulate that any Saudi seeking to have a Moroccan wife must present have police clearance in Saudi Arabia. “The new rules are intended to ensure Saudi men seeking to marry Moroccan women...
  • Previously Banned, Brazilian Funk Music Takes Center Stage

    08/09/2014 4:57:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC News ^ | Emanuelle Saliba
    American audiences recently got their first taste of a new - and contagious - Brazilian street dancing style that has evolved from music born in the slums of Rio de Janeiro decades ago. For the creators of Passinho, dancing at New York's famed Lincoln Center on July 24th went beyond performing on a world-renowned stage. It was a vindication that a dance style associated in Brazil with criminals and gang activity is now seen as an art form that just happened to start in the favelas, or slums. “Eleven passinho dancers came here to do something that when we started...
  • Man's arm amputated over Insane Clown Posse tattoo

    08/09/2014 4:41:50 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 44 replies
    Whizba News ^ | 9th August, 2014 | elix Pratley Crighton
    Zachary Swanson, 31, has had to have his arm amputated below the elbow after his housemates Paul Hurst, 33, and Carey Edwards, 35, allegedly tried to remove his tattoo in an hours long attack. Wicomico Country Sheriff Mike Lewis said that Zachary was "savagely beaten and nearly killed". Hurst and Edwards were said to have attempted to "forcibly carve a unique tattoo" from Swanson's right arm on Monday morning. Failing to remove the tattoo with a blade, the two men doused his arm in a flammable liquid and set it alight, Mike Lewis said. The two men, Hurst and Edwards...
  • Possible Mountain Lion In My Area

    08/08/2014 7:47:16 PM PDT · by SolidRedState · 100 replies
    Me ^ | 08/08/2014 | SolidRedState
    So here's a story and you can tell me if I am bat s*** crazy or you can laugh or whatever. My wife and I walk along a rural paved road in the evening about a half mile and turn around and come back. We have corn and bean fields on each side and nice wide ditches. One evening about 2 weeks ago on a Monday we were walking back and noticed a dead deer in the ditch on the far side. At first we thought it must have been hut by a car. The strange thing was that it...
  • Pedestrian Etiquette, Gormless Phone Users, and the Rise of the ‘Meanderthal’

    08/08/2014 6:35:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Tim Waterman
    In an experiment for a forthcoming National Geographic television show Mind Over Masses, a pavement was divided into lanes, separating those that are walking from those walking while talking on mobile phones. This may be a breezy way of showing the irritation some feel about how others use mobile phones. But the proposed solution is really just another form of control, when what we need is not a test of people’s obedience, but a reassessment of how we interact with each other in public. Civil society, to remain civil, requires an agreed framework for behaviour in public. You might call...
  • Indian Millionaire Spends £127,000 ($212,000) on Gold Shirt for Birthday Celebration (45 Years Old!)

    08/08/2014 5:44:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    A wealthy Indian businessman celebrating his 45th birthday made sure he looked the part - by having a shirt made of gold. Pankaj Parakh, the owner of a multi-million pound textile business, spent £127,000 on the shirt which weighs almost four kilos. A team of 20 craftsmen spent 3,200 hours creating the shirt out of 18-22 carat gold. It has seven gold buttons but was created to have the same flexibility as a normal shirt. Mr Parakh, who left school with no qualifications, said: “Gold always fascinated me since I was five years old and studying in school. Over the...