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  • Retire on a Sailboat – From Just $1,000 a Month

    07/19/2018 10:29:09 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 125 replies
    International Living ^ | 5/30/2014 | Jason Holland
    You’ve just weighed anchor on another night of bliss, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of your sailboat in the calm sea. Before you is a small cove lined by craggy cliffs. Clear blue waters end at a white-sand beach. You’ve had it all to yourself for the last week. It was supposed to be just an overnight stop. But it was so beautiful, you decided to stick around. After a quick dip, you’re enjoying a cup of coffee and a light breakfast on deck as you contemplate which island paradise you’ll go to next. This life could be...
  • 500-pound goliath grouper eats shark as shocked Florida fishermen watch: 'He just sucked it in'

    07/19/2018 5:20:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    There's a reason goliath groupers are called the garbage disposals of the sea — they eat everything in sight, including sharks apparently. A group of fishermen were able to witness a 500-pound grouper's "rare" meal during a fishing trip off the coast of Everglades City, Florida, last week. Captain Jimmy Wheeler with Everglades Fishing Company watched as someone in his group caught a 3-foot shark. As the fisherman started reeling the creature in, a large shadow appeared. Wheeler instantly knew what was going to happen next.
  • Russian warship carrying £100BILLION worth of GOLD found off South Korea

    07/18/2018 7:12:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | 07/18/2018 | By Laura Mowat
    A RUSSIAN warship called Dmitrii Donskoi carrying gold worth £100 billion has been discovered off the coast of South Korea and is believed to have sunk in a naval battle 113 years ago. It is thought that the battle ship, which was discovered off the island of Ulleungdo, was sunken during the Russo-Japanese War and could have had the gold of an entire flotilla on board. The Dmitrii Donskoi was an armoured cruiser in the Russian Imperial Navy’s Baltic fleet which was deployed to the Pacific in the 1904-5 Russo-Japanese War. The warship would have taken part in the Battle...
  • 23 injured after explosion hurls 'basketball-sized' lava bomb onto tour boat

    07/16/2018 3:24:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | 07/16/2018
    U.S. Coast Guard crews initially responded around 6 a.m. to reports that several crew members and passengers were injured aboard the roof of the boat, leaving a large hole. U.S. Coast Guard crews initially responded around 6 a.m. to reports that several crew members and passengers were injured aboard the tour boat Hot Shot. The boat returned to Wailoa Harbor in Hilo with the injured passengers around 7 a.m., county officials said.  Four passengers were taken by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center. One person, a woman in her 20s, was in serious condition with a fractured femur. The other passengers suffered burns...
  • Hawaii volcano eruption forms new lava 'island' just off coast

    07/16/2018 2:35:55 PM PDT · by ETL · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com/Science ^ | July 16, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    The ongoing eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano and continued lava flows into the sea has created a tiny new landmass off the Big Island, officials revealed Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the tiny island formed off the northernmost part of the ocean entry from Fissure 8, and was oozing lava similar to that of the larger lava flow along the coast. In photos posted by the agency, the "island" is just a few meters off shore, and about 20 to 30 feet in diameter. "It's most likely part of the fissure 8 flow that's entering the ocean—and possibly a...
  • Venus Meets A Crescent Moon (2018)

    07/15/2018 9:28:51 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 24 replies
    Me ^ | July 15, 2018 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    Can anyone else go outside and take shoot some decent local photos of tonight's Venus-Moon event with your DSLR? Please NO Interweb photos, ONLY originals from your local view, thanks!
  • It's Gator Mating Season

    07/15/2018 11:13:17 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 17 replies
    email from a friend | 7/15/2018 | unknown
    It’s “gator mating” season—be careful out there!!! Another good reason to have a concealed weapons permit. Florida Woman Stops Alligator Attack Using a Small .22 cal Beretta Pistol: This is a story of self-control and marksmanship by a brave, cool-headed woman with a small pistol against a fierce predator. What's the smallest caliber that you would trust to protect yourself? Here's her story in her own words: "While out walking along the edge of a pond just outside my house in The Villages with my soon to be ex-husband, discussing property settlement and other divorce issues, we were surprised by...
  • More than 500 Tennessee zip line visitors sick in stomach illness outbreak

    07/15/2018 7:12:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    WREG ^ | 07/14/2018
    An investigation continues into what has caused hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zip line destination to suddenly develop a gastrointestinal illness. More than 500 people have reported symptoms including stomachache, nausea and vomiting after visiting the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg. The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday that officials are continuing to look for the cause of the illnesses. “At this time, we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,” John Dunn, the department’s deputy state epidemiologist, said in the news release about the investigation. Since June, several visitors to the CLIMB Works facility tested positive...
  • Giant hogweed severely burns Virginia boy, 17, sending him to hospital, report says

    07/14/2018 7:50:17 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    MSN / Fox News ^ | July 13, 2018
    A Virginia teen suffered significant burns to his face and arm after reportedly being exposed to hogweed. Alex Childress, 17, was inflicted with second-and third-degree burns after unknowingly touching the plant while he was working outside at his landscaping job on Tuesday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Childress reportedly believed the plant was a weed and went to remove it from the ground. A person's skin can burn and blister after coming in contact with sap from the plant. Childress’ father, Justin, recalled to the outlet how his son told him he had a “really bad sunburn.” “The top layer...
  • Teen on vacation survives nearly 10 hours in waters off St. Simons Island

    07/14/2018 5:06:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 46 replies
    https://www.actionnewsjax.com/ ^ | 7/12/18 | Amber Krycka
    T. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - A 19-year-old spent nearly 10 hours in the ocean fighting for his life. “Worst vacation ever, but also my most exciting ever,” said Blake Spataro. But it’s the kind of excitement we’d all like to avoid. “I was out there sitting by the shore when a rip tide washes me straight into the ocean,” he said. The teen was stranded in the ocean for nearly 10 hours. “I didn’t want to die out there. I was talking to God the entire night,” Spataro said.He screamed for help, but no one heard him over the waves...
  • A Montreal Beach Just Banned All Dogs After A Pit Bull Attacked A Swimmer

    07/13/2018 10:42:52 PM PDT · by Norski · 42 replies
    mtlblog.com ^ | July 13, 2018 | Sara Lombardo
    Pit bulls have never had the best reputation in Montreal, or really in any other city. Especially over the last couple years there's been a lot of back and forth on whether or not a pit bull ban will be enforced in the city. After Valerie Plante was elected mayor, dog owners thought the fight was over as the pit bull ban was revoked. But, for the last few months Bill 128 has still been in talks, and it doesn't look good for the dogs. Despite the bad rep, there are still a few places in and around Montreal that...
  • Small plane crashes in Alaska, 11 rescued, Coast Guard says

    07/12/2018 4:45:39 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. "This could have been bad," she said. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome. Even though these people did sustain some injuries, we are very thankful that all are alive and that we were able to get to them quickly even with the weather conditions."
  • Video: Thai boys didn’t swim out of the cave; they were rescued on stretchers

    07/11/2018 8:41:17 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 59 replies
    VOX ^ | 11 July 2018 | Radhika Viswanathan
    New information suggests the 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave were medicated and carried out on stretchers during the rescue operation... ...told AFP on Wednesday that the boys were “sleeping or partially-conscious as they were passed from diver-to-diver through the cave.”... “boys were wrapped up in stretchers already when they were being transferred” while doctors posted along the 2.5-mile long escape route checked them along the way.
  • Researchers create hybrid embryos of endangered white rhinos

    07/10/2018 12:21:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    ScienceNews.org ^ | July 4, 2018 | Leah Rosenbaum
    The first-time feat offers a tiny glimmer of hope for saving the northern white rhinocerosThe nearly extinct northern white rhino may not be completely lost. For the first time, rhinoceros embryos have been made in the lab. Scientists injected preserved sperm from a male northern white rhino into eggs of female southern white rhinos, a closely related subspecies. The embryos were incubated until the cells begin to differentiate, a stage at which they can be implanted into a surrogate mother, researchers report July 4 in Nature Communications. The new feat is “one of the really crucial steps” to eventually producing...
  • British Cave Rescuers in Thailand: ‘Best in the Business’

    07/10/2018 9:37:25 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/04/2018 | James Hookway
    The moment that rescue divers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen found 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach after nearly 10 days in a flooded cave is difficult to forget. “How many are you?” Mr. Stanton said, waving a flashlight toward the bedraggled, hungry boys. “13? Brilliant!” It was the latest in a long series of rescue missions undertaken by the British duo, widely regarded as among a select few cave divers with the necessary skills and experience to find a path to youngsters cut off deep inside. “They are the best in the business,” said another diver
  • Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys, soccer coach freed from cave

    07/10/2018 8:24:17 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cnn ^ | 11:20 AM ET, Tue July 10, 2018
    The twelfth boy and his coach were the last of the team to be rescued Tuesday, after a complicated three-day operation to extricate the team, who became trapped on June 23 when rising flood water cut off the exit, deep inside the cave. In the last 18 days, what began as a local search for the missing 13 turned into a complex rescue operation, involving hundreds of experts who flew in from around the world to help.
  • Local man says black panther getting more dangerous [WI & IA]

    07/10/2018 6:44:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 67 replies
    Courier Press ^ | July 9, 2018 | Ted Pennekamp
    There have been some new developments in the case of the black panther reported to have been seen by some rural Prairie du Chien (WI) residents. The panther (also known as a cougar) has killed several pigs, a calf and probably a Boston terrier, said Larry Stluka, who lives about four miles north of Prairie du Chien along Highway 27. It has also damaged a cow and two other dogs according to Larry. A panther, an adult male according to Larry, has now been photographed on Larry’s farm. Larry said the panther was photographed by Austin Mezera, 17, who is...
  • Rangers capture mammoth crocodile after decade-long hunt [600kg /1300 lbs!]

    07/10/2018 6:19:10 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.news.com.au ^ | July 10, 20181:43pm | Shireen Khalil
    IT TOOK 10 years but rangers have finally caught the biggest croc in the Katherine River — weighing in at a whopping 600kg. CROCS in the Northern Territory aren’t rare — but they are at this size. After a decade-long hunt, rangers in the Northern Territory have finally captured Katherine River’s biggest croc — weighing in at a whopping 600 kilograms and measuring 4.71 metres long, about the length of an average family car. The hunt began after rumours of a “large dark tail” spotted near a local boat ramp, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. NT Parks and Wildlife rangers...
  • Thailand cave rescue: ninth boy rescued as mission to free others continues – live

    07/10/2018 2:45:43 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 53 replies
    The Guardian ^ | July 10 | Matthew Weaver
    Reuters has a little more detail: A tenth person was rescued on Tuesday from a flooded Thai cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped for more than two weeks, raising hopes all 13 would be out by the end of the day.
  • George Clooney injured in bike collision with car in Sardinia – local media

    07/10/2018 2:29:26 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    RT ^ | July 10, 2018
    Hollywood star George Clooney has been injured in a road incident in Sardinia, Italy, local media report. He was driving his motorbike when he collided with a car. The accident took place near the beach resort of Costa Corallina, local Tgr Rai Sardegna channel wrote on Twitter.