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  • NJ Man Gets Stuck in Tree While Rescuing Pet bird

    04/28/2012 9:01:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, April 28, 2012
    April 28, 2012 (WPVI) -- Firefighters came to the rescue of a southern New Jersey man who became stuck in a tree while trying to reach his pet bird. Dave Lovell tells the Courier-Post his scarlet macaw had escaped his home late Thursday night. After spending most of Friday looking for the bird, Lovell saw it at the top of the tree around 6:10 p.m. The Cherry Hill man used a ladder to get in the tree and climbed another 60 feet to reach his feathered friend. But when Lovell couldn't get down and had to cling to some branches,...
  • Marshmallow, PB&J, Bacon: The Extreme Vodka Taste Test

    04/28/2012 8:32:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Apr. 27 2012 | Jonathan Kauffman
    It has been 25-odd years since Absolut Peppar and Citron entered the American market, and since then, the flavored-vodka business keeps growing, now representing a quarter of the vodka market. Lemon, cranberry, grapefruit, pear, dragonfruit -- the entire fruit aisle is now being turned into 'tinis. (Though SFoodie is a brown-spirits kind of guy, we will admit to a guilty liking for Absolut Ruby Red, and drink the Alameda-produced Hangar One lime and citron vodkas quite readily.) As success grows, so does the temptation for distillers to indulge in risk-taking behaviors. Three years ago, vodka companies were still marketing the...
  • Lampreys from Great Lakes Destined for Queen's Pie (Britain's Queen Elizabeth II)

    04/28/2012 3:38:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 27, 2012 | AP
    Lampreys from Great Lakes destined for queen's pie DETROIT — A few unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes have been shipped to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/IdmZkP) the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, requested the eel-like creatures from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission because they're a protected species in England. The pie is for June's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the queen's ascent to the throne. Commission spokesman Marc Gaden shipped 2...
  • Arrow through head hasn't stopped footloose goose in Old Lyme

    04/28/2012 2:58:44 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    The Day ^ | 04/27/2012 | Alex Nunes
    Old Lyme — The goose with the arrow through its head that was spotted earlier this year is continuing to evade capture by town animal control officials. The bird stood out Friday in a flock of fellow geese near High Hopes, a horse farm on Town Woods Road. Old Lyme assistant animal control officer Lizabeth Gode said the goose is able to fly, which has thwarted attempts to capture it. She said officials have tried using nets and food to lure the goose, to no avail.
  • New Yorkers bring fish farms to urban jungle

    04/28/2012 11:16:35 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 28 replies
    AsiaOne.com ^ | Apr 28, 2012 | unknown
    NEW YORK - So you recycle, drive a small car, and try to eat organic. But what about running an eco-sustainable fish farm combined with a naturally fertilized vegetable patch in your kitchen? Christopher Toole and Anya Pozdeeva, two former New York bankers who founded the Society for Aquaponic Values and Education (SAVE), are there to help. "We call it 'beyond organic,'" Pozdeeva, 39, said. Aquaponics is a technique with ancient roots for breeding tank fish, recycling their effluent-filled water to fertilize vegetation, then allowing this naturally cleaned water to drip back into the tank below. It's a perfect, miniature...
  • World’s Deadliest Golf Course Boasts Land Mines and Man-Bear-Pigs (Korean DMZ Combat Golf)

    04/28/2012 9:14:56 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 28, 2012 | By Lauren Davis
    World’s deadliest golf course boasts land mines and man-bear-pigs Along the DMZ, golf is not a sport for the faint of heart. The golf course at Camp Bonifas, just south of the Korean demilitarized zone, boasts just one hole, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in hazards. Live land mines line the course, and bizarre animals stumble out from the woods. Formerly Camp Kitty Hawk, United Nations Command post Camp Bonifas was renamed in 1986 to honor Captain Arthur G. Bonifas, who had been axe murdered in 1976 during a conflict with North Korea...
  • Husband Orders Hitman To Murder His Wife As A BIRTHDAY PRESENT To Himself

    04/28/2012 9:13:59 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 16 replies
    iwidk ^ | 27th April, 2012 | Lukasz Bielawski
    Jorge Vazquez, 32, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, after he attempted to hire a hitman to murder his wife as a 32nd birthday present for himself.
  • The French Connection

    04/27/2012 10:45:55 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 20 replies
    Self ^ | 04-28-12 | Self
    What is better. The French Connection or the unofficial sequel The Seven Ups? Both are great movies.
  • Man Ordered to Dance “Moonwalk” at Gunpoint, Police Say

    04/27/2012 7:13:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    NBC NY (From Drudge) ^ | Friday, Apr 27, 2012 | DANIEL MACHT
    Man Ordered to Dance “Moonwalk” at Gunpoint, Police Say Just remember always to think twice before ordering someone to dance the “moonwalk” at the barrel of a gun. An Idaho man has been hit with a felony assault charge for allegedly forcing another man to perform Michael Jackson’s signature “moonwalk” while having a rifle pointed at him, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported. Police accused John Ernest Cross, 30, of using an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle while issuing the bizarre order to mimic a dance the late King of Pop debuted back in 1983. Cross said during an initial court appearance...
  • Green clouds over Moscow spark disaster fears (video, photos)

    04/27/2012 6:58:10 PM PDT · by Windflier · 27 replies
    RT.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | Anya Fedorova, Neil Harvey
    Green clouds over Moscow spark range of theories Mysterious green clouds have been spotted over the Russian capital, sparking fears of a chemical disaster and even some doomsday theories. ­But the Emergencies Ministry is advising the public to calm down. It says the clouds are actually composed of birch pollen, not of chemicals from an allegedly burning factory in the Moscow region, as some reported. Some people, however, got so scared that even the official comments could not convince them. Russian Twitter users have been posting alarming messages like “Moscow schools are closed because of the blast! Children are sent...
  • Dark Matter May Collide With Atoms Inside You More Often Than Thought

    04/27/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 4/27/12 | Charles Q. Choi
    Invisible dark matter particles may regularly pass through our bodies, and dozens to thousands of these particles may be colliding with atoms inside us every year, according to a new calculation. However, radiation from these impacts is unlikely to cause cancer, investigators added. Dark matter is one of the greatest scientific mysteries of our time — an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. Scientists think it might be composed of things called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, that interact normally with gravity but very weakly with all the other known forces of...
  • Cactus Patch Puppy Rescued and Adopted

    04/27/2012 12:00:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 26, 2012 | Matthew Rosenbaum
    Cactus Jack was then transported to Arizona Humane Society’s Second Chance Animal Hospital, where the rest of the spines were removed. According to Britta Nelson, the society’s public relations manager, the dog’s “good disposition never wavered,” and, “his tail never stopped wagging.” Despite the spines all over his face, Cactus Jack’s eyes were not damaged and after a course of antibiotics he was returned to the Humane Society with a clean bill of health. The brave, if unfortunate Yorkie/terrier mix was adopted today at Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope, where he repaid his rescuers in spades. The amount of attention brought...
  • ‘Afro Sponges’ Spark Fury – Are They Politically Correct?

    04/27/2012 11:02:55 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 31 replies
    iwidk ^ | April 27th, 2012 | Mike Finniello
    British makers Paladone have styled a line of cleaning products after carricatures of Dianna Ross and other black soul singers much to the chagrin of campaigners who feel the products are racially offensive. It is the hair of the cleaning products that acts as a brillo-pad that have civil rights groups furious.
  • Two NYPD Cops Fire 84 Rounds at Murder Suspect

    04/27/2012 5:36:19 AM PDT · by stickandrudder · 87 replies
    Police Patrol ^ | April 26, 2012 | Paul Clinton
    A man who allegedly killed his 13-year-old half-sister survived a fusillade of bullets from New York City police officers early Tuesday, after pointing his pistol at officers. Officers responded to a 911 call at 2971 Eighth St. in Harlem at 3:27 a.m. Tuesday. Steven Murray, 28, had allegedly shot his mother Christine Fryar, 44, and her daughter Annie, according to the NYPD. Paramedics arrived to find the daughter dead with a gunshot wound to the head. The mother, who was also shot in the head, was transported to Harlem Hospital, and is listed in critcal condition. Police eventually confronted Murray,...
  • Egypt’s ‘Farewell Intercourse’ law allowing sex with dead wives sparks fury

    04/27/2012 2:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | April 27, 2012
    Egypt’s new Islamist-dominated parliament is preparing to introduce a controversial law that would allow husbands to have sex with their deceased wives up to six hours after death. Known as the "farewell Intercourse" law, the measure is being championed as part of a raft of reforms introduced by the parliament that will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 for girls.Egypt’s National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that ‘marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development'. Dr. Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian...
  • Car Smashes into SJ House, Driver Takes Off

    04/26/2012 8:18:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Apr 26, 2012 | Lisa Fernandez
    The driver of an SUV that smashed into a San Jose home took off after the crash.Quanghuy Nguyen is feeling lucky that he was at work on the assembly line Thursday morning before dawn. At about 5:20 a.m., the driver of a Ford Excursion plowed into his family's rented home on South King Road in San Jose -- the nose of the SUV smashing into Nguyen's bedroom window. Thankfully, Nguyen was at work in Milpitas. There is a big gaping hole in his bedroom wall, and NBC Bay Area sent a photographer to survey the damage. Nguyen also took several...
  • Man Accidentally Shoots Himself And Wife During GUN SAFETY CLASS

    04/26/2012 2:22:35 PM PDT · by yank in the UK · 24 replies
    iwidk ^ | 25th April, 2012 | Ashley Woodhouse
    On Saturday during a firearms safety class in Bedford, Virginia, Michael L. Deel, 54, shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun and with the same bullet shot his wife, Michelle, 49, in the leg.
  • Kids Think We're Better Off Dead

    04/26/2012 12:18:55 PM PDT · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 25, 2012 | WND
    "A 12-year-old girl has responded with the stunning “I wish we didn’t exist” to questions about how she feels about pollution and humanity’s impact on the earth, according to a new video released by Brian Sussman, author of “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America.” The response came from a 6th-grade girl identified only as Kalie, from Gault Elementary. Sussman met her during Earth Day events in Santa Cruz, Calif., recently, where he traveled to ask “What is the most serious threat facing mankind?”"
  • Four-Year-Old Boy Shot His Father DEAD After Dad Did Not Bring Home A PLAYSTATION

    04/26/2012 10:27:12 AM PDT · by yank in the UK · 27 replies
    Iwidk ^ | 23rd April, 2012 | Annamarie Houlis
    A four-year-old boy from southern Jizan area shot his father with a pistol after he would not let him buy a Sony Playstation.
  • Swiss woman dies after attempting to live on sunlight

    04/26/2012 7:29:15 AM PDT · by massmike · 95 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 04/26/2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    <p>Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reports that a woman starved to death after embarking on a spiritual diet that required her to stop eating or drinking and live off sunlight alone.</p> <p>The Zurich newspaper reported Wednesday that the unnamed Swiss woman in her fifties decided to follow the radical fast in 2010 after viewing an Austrian documentary about an Indian guru who claims to have lived this way for 70 years.</p>
  • It's National Pretzel Day!

    04/26/2012 5:58:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | Kristen Hampton
    http://www.wbtv.com/story/14519344/its-national-pretzel-day No Bush jokes!?!
  • VIDEO: Dad sends son with autism to school wearing a wire, teacher caught bullying

    04/25/2012 10:34:29 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 34 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | April 25, 2012 | staff reporter
    (WXYZ) - Stuart Chaifetz’s son, Akian is a 10-year-old boy who suffers from autism. On his website , Chaifetz says his son has always been sweet and non-violent, so when he received notes from the school saying Akian was having violent outbursts and even hitting his teacher and aide, he was completely shocked. Chaifetz says a behaviorist was called into the classroom a number of times, but the behaviorist had never witnessed any violent events. In February, Chaifetz decided to take another route to figure out what was going on. He wired his son, sent him to school. The audio...
  • Cause of death of nearly 30K fish in Strongsville,OH section of Rocky River remains unknown

    04/25/2012 4:46:55 AM PDT · by EBH · 9 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 4/24/12 | Cory Shaffer
    Wildlife and environmental officials April 23 wrapped up the field work to determine what killed 28,613 fish in a 3-mile stretch of Rocky River in the Cleveland Metroparks, including Mill Stream Run Reservation, over the past few days. Ohio Division of Wildlife spokesperson Jamey Graham said officers were collecting water and soil samples between the Bonnie Park picnic area and Wallace Lake into the night , and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is testing the samples. "We have not determined a cause," Graham said, adding that tests from the EPA could take anywhere from a few days to months to...
  • Can a Jehovah's Witness have Facebook?

    04/25/2012 4:26:37 AM PDT · by TSgt · 19 replies
    wiki.answers.com ^ | 4/25/2012 | wiki.answers.com
    Answer: There are obviously dangers involved. First of all honestly ask yourself, why do you feel the need to have a Facebook profile? In the multicultural and worldwide brotherhood that we are a part of do you need one in order to connect with people, or to make new friends? There is no rule saying that you should or should not, but one thing I have found helpful is looking at whether or not it's the popular thing to do. I'll think you'll agree it is fairly popular especially with youths. The Bible tells us to be no part of...
  • (Weird History) In 1958 America Accidentally Dropped a Nuclear Weapon on Two Little Girls’ Playhouse

    04/24/2012 10:28:08 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    In 1958, America accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on two little girls’ playhouse For certain rural residents of the Carolinas during the Cold War, apocalyptic anxiety hit disturbingly close to home. In 1958 and 1961, the American Air Force lost nuclear weapons over the skies of South and North Carolina, respectively, raining potential apocalypse on the folks below. In both incidents, complete catastrophe was avoided thanks to that ever-potent combination of foresight and unmitigated dumb luck. And in the former incident, the bomb fell square on some unsuspecting children's playhouse. The first accident occurred over Florence, South Carolina on March...
  • Teens Getting Drunk on Hand Sanitizer

    04/24/2012 9:53:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Sarah Hoberman
    As many as six California teenagers were hospitalized with alcohol poisoning last month, and two last weekend alone, from drinking hand sanitizer. Coming on the heels of cough medicine, hand sanitizer is the latest in a string of household products used to induce intoxication, and it has public health officials worried, as a few squirts of hand sanitizer could equal a couple of shots of hard liquor. “This is a rapidly emerging trend,” Dr. Cyrus Rangan, medical toxicology consultant for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said in a news conference today. About 2,600 cases have been reported in California since 2010,...
  • Fearless Squirrels Invade Qns. Co-Op

    04/24/2012 9:31:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 16, 2012 | DAN MACLEOD and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    They are marauding gangs of troublemakers who set fire to cars, cut electrical wires and cause power outages, evading capture by scaling walls and climbing trees. But while the Queens co-op residents being terrorized by the daredevil vandals say they know exactly who their tormentors are, they insist that they’re helpless in stopping the crime wave — because the suspects are sex-happy squirrels. “It’s like Occupy Wall Street here,” lamented Bob Friedrich, president of the under-siege co-op at Glen Oaks Village. “It’s gotten worse in the past six months. We’re getting calls that they are in people’s apartments.”
  • Rare Albino Squirrel Spotted by Photographer in Ramsgate Park

    04/24/2012 9:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    This is Kent ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012
    AUTHOR Eric C Bartholomew has photographed lots of animals – elephants, tigers, wild boar – but none were as tricky to capture as Thanet's albino squirrel. The 67-year-old scribbler, of St Lawrence Chase, Ramsgate, spotted the white wonder in a park close to Ramsgate's Royal Esplanade on Monday, April 16. Wildlife experts estimate that the odds of a pure white squirrel being born are one in 100,000. Mr Bartholomew, a safari lover, chased the rare rodent around the park for 20 minutes before he got his shot at about 7am. He said: "I was in the right place at the...
  • Philadelphia Man Rescues Squirrel Stuck in Bag of Pistachios

    04/24/2012 7:50:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 23, 2012 | Jennifer Abbey
    A Philadelphia man came to the rescue of a hungry squirrel that was apparently stuck inside a bag of pistachios. Sergei Petrov was hanging out at his friend’s house Thursday when he noticed the squirrel with the bag on its head, running in circles. “He sensed that I was there, but he couldn’t see me so he ran into a wall,” Petrov told ABCNews.com. After several attempts with his foot and finally his hand, Petrov freed the squirrel from the bag. Shocked, the little guy went sprinting in the other direction and up a tree, leaving Petrov happy he didn’t...
  • 'I Gave My Boss My Kidney – She Helped Get Me the Sack': Mum's 'Betrayal'-FIRED after Donating Organ

    04/24/2012 3:27:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Mirror ^ | 23 Apr 2012 | Rob Leigh
    "She just took this gift and put it on the ground and kicked it," claims donor A mum-of-two says has spoken of her 'betrayal' after she donated a kidney to help save her boss's life - who she claims then contributed to her being fired. “I decided to become a kidney donor to my boss, and she took my heart," Debbie Stevens reportedly sobbed to New York Post. “I feel very betrayed. This has been a very hurtful and horrible experience for me. She just took this gift and put it on the ground and kicked it." According to papers...
  • Egypt Teen Cries Tears of Blood, Says Touched by Jinn

    04/24/2012 3:08:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Bikya Masr ^ | 13 April 2012 | Pete Willows
    An 18-year-old Egyptian girl who shed ‘blood tears’ claimed she had been touched by jinn, which are ghosts and spirits popular in Upper Egyptian folklore. According to a report in the Arabic language quotidian, Sabea’a, a girl named Dawa’a appeared on Al Nahar Television, to share her experience. She said she had been touched by tribe of about one-thousand jinn. Amr Al-Laithi, a Muslim scholar, recited verses from Qur’an as the teenager fell unconscious. When she woke up after about 20 minutes, she claimed she could not remember anything but was suffering an intense headache. The Muslim scholar explained that...
  • N. Korea' Propaganda Masterpiece

    04/24/2012 5:17:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | 04/23/12
    Left: now famous photo of a very short NK soldier escorted back to his land by large U.S. and SK soldiers Right: N. Korea's photoshopped version
  • Maryland Puts Gift Card Bounty on 'Fish From Hell'

    04/05/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2012 | Greg Wilson
    Wildlife officials in Maryland have put a bounty on the snakehead, the so-called "fish from hell" that can migrate on land and devastates the eco-systems of lakes, ponds and streams. The state will give out $200 gift cards for Bass Pro Shops as well as other prizes for catching and killing the fish, which is native to Africa and Asia but is believed to have made its way to America through Asian seafood merchants.
  • Man Dies After Peeing On ‘L’ Tracks In Evanston

    04/23/2012 2:14:19 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 67 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 4/23/12 | CBS Chicago
    EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — An Indiana man died overnight, after coming into contact with the electrified third rail as he urinated on the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston. The man was at the South Boulevard Purple Line stop around 11 p.m. Sunday with two other people when he came into contact with the third rail, according to CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis. The man, Zachary McKee, 27, of Ossian, Ind., was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:52 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. It turned out that the man had climbed down to...
  • Real-life Lassie comes to the rescue as boy, 11, is impaled on metal fence...

    04/23/2012 1:34:53 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Apr 23, 2012 | Richard Hartley-parkinson
    A boy impaled on a metal fence was saved after a real-life Lassie drew his owner's attention to the child's plight. Jack Humphrey, 11, became impaled on the 8ft fence by his wrist when he fell while climbing a nearby tree. In shock, he tried to jump down from the fence, tearing his arm to the bone from elbow to wrist. Spike, who was being walked by James Harrigan on land between North Ormesby and Longlands Road, in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, ran off in the direction of the injured boy.
  • Brazil actor playing Judas dies from accidental hanging

    04/23/2012 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 23, 2012
    A Brazilian actor has died after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas in an Easter Passion play. Tiago Klimeck, 27, was enacting the suicide of Judas during the performance on Good Friday in the city of Itarare. The actor was hanging for four minutes before fellow performers realised something was wrong. Klimeck was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia but died on Sunday. The Passion play was being performed in Itarare, 345km (214 miles) west of Sao Paulo. Klimeck was re-enacting the scene in which Judas commits suicide in repentance for his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Police are investigating...
  • Naples Man Charged With Felony, Accused of Not Paying for Soda at McDonald's (5 Years)

    04/23/2012 10:42:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Naples News ^ | April 21, 2012
    A Naples man faces a felony charge after he was accused of walking out of the McDonald’s in East Naples without paying for a cup of soda. After filling a courtesy cup with soda Thursday at the McDonald’s soda fountain and then leaving the restaurant, Mark Abaire, 52, of the 500 block of 14th Street North, was arrested by Collier deputies and now faces a felony theft charge, a sheriff’s report shows. A manager told sheriff’s deputies that Abaire entered the store and asked for a glass of water around 10 p.m. Although the employee told him the cup was...
  • Man Accidentally Shoots Girlfriend in Legs While Hunting (Thought She Was a Hog)

    04/23/2012 10:33:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    WFTV ^ | Monday, April 23, 2012
    A 52-year-old Flagler County woman is recovering after her boyfriend accidentally shot her in the legs during a hog-hunting trip, according to officials. The couple was on a hunting trip at the Cowart Hunt Camp. Flagler County Sheriff's deputies say 52-year-old Steven Egan was inside a tent on Saturday night when he said he heard a noise in the woods, thought it was the hog and fired in that direction. Instead, it was his girlfriend Lisa Simmons. Deputies said Simmons was struck with a .30-caliber bullet in both legs and was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in serious condition....
  • Pensioner Who Survived Car Plunge 'Amazing'

    04/23/2012 1:51:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    TVNZ ^ | Monday April 23, 201
    A 74-year-old woman who spent three nights alone in the bush after her car crashed down a cliff has been described as "amazing". Whitianga pensioner Shirley Loft, who had gone missing on Thursday morning, was winched to safety yesterday. Loft had clung to life despite enduring temperatures that plummeted to 5C and having little to eat or drink. Local GP Dr Dan Asquith was one of the first on the scene and was stunned by what he found. "She was incredibly calm and accepting of the situation," he told ONE News. "Anybody surviving those circumstances is incredible, but a 74-...
  • Killer Crucified for Killing, Raping Woman

    04/23/2012 1:45:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, April 22, 2012
    Sudanese had sex with his dead victim, robbed house and tried to kill the familyA Sudanese man was beheaded and then crucified in Saudi Arabia after he was convicted of murdering a local woman before having sex with her. He then stole SR165,000 (Dh162,000) and tried to kill the other family members. During trial, the defendant confessed to murdering the Saudi housewife by strangling her while asleep. He then had sex with her, stole her money and jewelry and fled after opening the gas cylinder to kill the other family members. The court sentenced him to death and crucifixion, prompting...
  • Is 'Tuna Scrape' the Next Pink Slime?

    04/22/2012 10:03:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    (Newser) – First came "pink slime," the processed beef too dubious even for McDonald's. Now "tuna scrape" might be poised to become the seafood equivalent. With a recent salmonella outbreak being linked to tuna scrape—ground backmeat scraped from the bones of the fish—people are asking whether this fish product is fit for human consumption, reports NPR. Raw meat, after all, is generally riskier than cooked, and ground products are at greater risk for contamination. "I don't think enough research has been done on these products," one food safety expert says. But others say the comparison is unfair. While tuna scrape...
  • BMW tries to run over Constable

    04/22/2012 5:31:26 PM PDT · by SoftwareEngineer · 9 replies
    The Tribune (of Chandigarh, Panjab) ^ | April 22, 2012 | Tribune News Service
    Chandigarh, April 22 Four youths attacked a constable attached with the security of UT SSP Naunihal Singh last night. Constable Bhim Singh had a miraculous escape as the four tried to run their BMW over him on the road separating Sectors 10 and 16. All the four were later arrested in an attempt to murder case. The accused include an Australia returned youth and a juvenile. The police has arrested Bhavjeet Singh, Sahil Saini, Vikram Sachdeva and a student of class XII, all residents of Kharar. Bhavjeet’s father Palwinder Singh owns the BMW. The police said the accused had returned...
  • Israeli Gas Masks Help Get You High(er)

    04/22/2012 3:19:45 PM PDT · by pavlova · 9 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 22, 2012 | Josh Nathan-Kazis
    Israel has a shortage of civilian gas masks, but you wouldn’t know it from walking down Manhattan’s St. Mark’s Place, where the masks are on sale in half a dozen stores for a mere $25 each. The Israeli model 4A1 gas masks on display in the East Village — where storefront noodle shops bump up against vintage clothing stores — might not protect you from a chemical weapons attack. That’s because their protective filters have been removed and replaced with foot-long acrylic bongs meant for smoking marijuana. Gas mask bongs, used by pot aficionados to intensify the drug’s impact, started...
  • (Vanity) Breaking Down Breitbart's Final Speech

    04/22/2012 1:24:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 41 replies
    I think we should be asking a lot more questions about Breitbarts death. He promised that we would see tapes Breitbarts Full CPAC Speech At 5 minutes and 21 seconds into the video. "I've got videos by the way. This election we are going to vet him. I've got videos. This election we are going to vet him! From his college days to show you... (pause for applause)... why.. to show you why racial division and class warfare are central to what hope and change were sold in 2008. The videos are going to come out. The narrative is going...
  • Lantana Woman Arrested After Threatening to Send Boyfriend's Sons to Live With 'White People'

    04/22/2012 11:14:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 | Cynthia Roldan
    A Lantana woman was arrested on Tuesday after her boyfriend's children told child welfare investigators that she allegedly beat them with an extension cord and threatened to send them to live with "the white people." Johnita R. Allen, 25, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bond, according to Palm Beach County Jail records. She is facing two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of child abuse. Allen was arrested by Lantana Police at 5:37 p.m. on Tuesday after a Florida Department of Children and Families investigator began looking into an abuse complaint alleging that on...
  • Riviera Beach Man Arrested in Alleged Weekend Kidnapping Incident (Stopped to Ask Cop Directions)

    04/22/2012 11:11:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Alexandra Seltzer
    A 24-year-old man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and her two children Sunday, fled from police and crashed into a pole all because he was angry that the woman's family dislikes him, according to Riviera Beach Police officers. Ryan Cunningham, of Riviera Beach, was arrested Sunday on charges of felony battery, kidnapping and child neglect. This morning, he did not make his first appearance before a judge because he is still at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The 23-year-old ex-girlfriend, whose name was redacted from a Riviera Beach Police probable cause affidavit, told officers that Cunningham came to her...
  • The Car

    04/21/2012 8:47:00 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 61 replies
    IMDb ^ | 04-21-12 | Self
    The Car is a good example of how restraint in the horror genre can work. It honors the tradition of real suspense movies by hinting at more than it shows, and inferring more than it explains. From the cryptic opening quote by Anton Le Vey to the ending in which the two main characters disagree on whether this is really the end, this "demon car" film keeps asking more questions than it answers. For some, this will bring frustration, for others, it makes the movie that much more fascinating. The "body count" is a total of 10 people, with no...
  • World's most expensive coffee is processed through a cat (Yes, you read that correctly)

    04/21/2012 8:22:39 PM PDT · by Stoat · 81 replies
    KOMO / KATU ^ | April 21, 2012 | Kerry Tomlinson
    PORTLAND, Ore. - This coffee can cost as much as $700 a pound and $80 a cup, and it is processed through the digestive system of a cat. It's said to be the most expensive coffee in the world and it was served up Friday at the International Coffee Expo in Northeast Portland. An Indonesian company brews it here as it is done in cafes in Jakarta.  "It is very delicious, very smooth and so luxurious," said Valerie Sindal, director of sales and marketing for ValBeMar Specialty Coffee. Coffee cherries are eaten by Civet cats, processed through their digestive...
  • Aviva Sacks More Than 1,300 Workers by Mistake

    04/21/2012 4:24:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2012 | Anna White
    The latest board shake-up at Aviva is radical, but not as radical as sacking its entire workforce by email. More than 1,300 workers at Aviva Investors, the insurer's asset management arm, were shocked on Friday to receive an exit email from the HR department. There was a stunned silence at the London headquarters as staff across the division read the unsympathetic memo - intended for just one employee. It instructed all Aviva Investor workers to hand over company property and security passes on their way out of the building, and submit all electronic passwords. The terse communication reminded staff not...
  • Caviar Eating Contest Held in Russia (One Pound in 86 Seconds)

    04/21/2012 4:16:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 Apr 2012
    A Moscow night club hosts a black caviar speed-eating contest with residents of Russia's capital competing to consume one of the world's most expensive delicacies.Alexander Valov, 49, ate a pound (500grams) of caviar in 90 seconds to be crowned the winner of the speed eating competition in Moscow. Having eaten about £3,100 worth of the delicacy, he was awarded 10,000 rubles (£211) and several more glass jars of the salty food. "I once saw a report on how they made big chocolate truffles in Georgia and organised an eating competition. I remembered foggy Albion where they compete in nettle speed...