Friday, 31 August 2018

Couple Has First Kiss When The Guy Needs CPR

A California couple had a memorable first kiss, one that saved the man’s life.

It happened last October, when 56-year-old Max Montgomery took Dr. Andi Traynor paddleboarding at a Santa Cruz beach.

Things were going well until Montgomery suddenly felt a burning sensation in his chest and became exhausted, according to San Francisco station KGO TV.

When Montgomery got out of the water, he fell to the ground. 

Luckily, Traynor, a 45-year-old anesthesiologist based in Palo Alto, knew CPR, which she performed until paramedics arrived to take him to a local hospital.

“I wasn’t thinking about anything other than taking care of him,” she told KTLA TV.

Montgomery’s heart was stopped for 17 minutes until doctors used a defibrillator on him.

The seriousness of the situation meant that their first kiss lacked romance, but Alexander Baker, who recorded the rescue, told KTLA that Montgomery is grateful it was caught on camera.

“His first kiss was, they call it, the kiss of life,” Baker said.

Montgomery underwent coronary bypass surgery the next day, and he told Traynor he would understand if she didn’t want to keep seeing him.

“But she told me she was not going anywhere,” he said, according to The Daily Mail.

The two are still going strong and have even started a nonprofit called Paddle4Good, which helps create adventure activities for people with physical or developmental needs, according to Yahoo.

Best of all: The couple got a do-over on that first kiss.

“A few weeks after his surgery he was recuperating and we were on the beach just talking,” she said, according to The Daily Mail. “I said, ‘You can kiss me for real now.’” 

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Candy Crash: Truck Full Of Sweets Overturns In Highway Road Rage Incident

Well, this brings a whole new meaning to the term snaccident. 

Dashcam footage released on Wednesday has captured the moment a truck carrying candy overturned in New Jersey after an apparent road rage incident earlier this month.

The footage, which was released by Mahwah Police Department, shows the truck flipping on its side after the driver of an SUV merged in front of the vehicle in an attempt to slow it down.

Mahwah’s chief of police, James Batelli, told the New York Post that the driver of the SUV had claimed to have seen the trucker driving aggressively and recklessly and “decided to take the matter in his own hands and slow the tractor trailer down to prevent any type of accident.”

The North Jersey Record reports that the driver of the truck then lost control, hitting the median and overturning.

While the only victim of the crash was the unfortunate candy, Mahwah Police have stressed that the incident shows the dangers of road rage.

“Miraculously, no other vehicles struck the tractor-trailer, which could have resulted in a major accident event,” Batelli said.

The driver of the truck was issued summonses for careless driving, failure to maintain and failure to signal, while the driver of the SUV was issued summonses for reckless driving, failure to maintain lanes, failure to signal and delaying traffic.

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'Mystery Lights' Over San Diego Cause Social Media Freak-Out

A set of lights hovering over San Diego lit up social media on Wednesday night, with many wondering just what they could be. 

Almost as soon as the incident began, people started posting images and videos on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more. At first, the footage showed a single set of lights, hovering in place:

Uma Aggarwa told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she spotted the lights at 8:20 p.m., which would be a little more than an hour after sunset.

“They were hovering in place and they were extremely bright,” she said. “It was the craziest thing.” 

The lights were soon joined by a second, smaller set just above. 

Then, the lights vanished. 

Reports of sightings came from as far as Del Mar, to the city’s north, San Ysidro, which is to the south along the Mexican border, and La Mesa, about 10 miles to the east, local TV station KUSI reported.

A nighttime mystery in the skies? It was for a little while as tweeters floated theories ranging from drones to UFOs to exercises conducted by the military. One of those theories turned out to be correct... and it wasn’t the UFOs: 

CBS 8 reported that the flares were specifically from Squadron VMGR-325 (a.k.a. “The Raiders”) or the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. 

But not everyone was buying it.

The truth is out there. 

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The Freaky 'Door Or Beach' Optical Illusion That Is Melting People's Minds

Behold the latest optical illusion to cause arguments and mess with people’s minds.

Thousands of folks on Twitter are debating whether this photograph is of “a door or a beach.”

Many people are convinced the snap user @rebeccareilly__ shared online last week is of a beach scene that has been flipped anti-clockwise 90 degrees:

Others, however, are adamant the image is of a door frame:

Some, meanwhile, just don’t know what to think:

The current consensus appears to be split equally, per the results of a poll @rebeccareilly__ later conducted via the social media platform. As of Thursday, 54 percent of the 223,000+ people surveyed believed the picture is of a door.

@rebeccareilly__ appeared to clear up the conundrum once and for all Monday, when she posted this photo of what appeared to be the same beach (but featuring people in the water) with the caption “Itsssssss aaaaaa.”

But not everyone was satisfied, and it gave way to a bunch of further theories:

It’s unclear where the image was taken, whether @rebeccareilly__ took it herself, if she manipulated it for the purpose of the illusion ― oh, and whether it really, honestly, truthfully, 100 percent, cross my heart and hope to die, is of a beach rather than a door.

She did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for further comment. But the post’s popularity is, without doubt, sending her tweet it into the optical illusion stratosphere alongside “The Dress.”

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Man Loses Forearm After Eating Contaminated Raw Seafood

A 71-year-old man in South Korea experienced every sushi lover’s worst nightmare when doctors had to amputate his forearm, apparently because he’d consumed contaminated raw seafood.

The unnamed patient showed up at Chonbuk National University Medical School in Jeonju with a fever and severe pain in his left hand, according to a case study published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The patient told doctors the problem started 12 hours after he’d eaten raw seafood, though the article does not specify what kind of seafood he’d consumed.

Doctors noticed a deep purple blister measuring 1.4 by 1.8 inches on the man’s hand and discovered it was infected with Vibrio vulnificus, flesh-eating bacteria found in salt water and similar to the bacteria that cause cholera.

The doctors performed emergency surgery to remove the bacteria and gave the man antibiotics. However, when the flesh on the patient’s hand and arm started dying, doctors had to amputate his left forearm 25 days after his first hospital visit.

Vibrio vulnificus can spread through both water and food, though it’s most commonly passed on in seafood, especially oysters.

Although the bacteria typically cause abdominal pain and diarrhea in healthy people, they can be deadly for folks with compromised immune systems — particularly those with chronic liver disease.

The New England Journal of Medicine article noted that the patient had a history of Type 2 diabetes mellitus as well as hypertension, and was undergoing kidney dialysis.

The article did note that the man recovered nicely after his amputation surgery and was sent home. 

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This Uniformed 'Police Rabbit' Is Making The Internet Hop With Joy

Behold this adorable rabbit dressed in a police uniform — complete with tiny handcuffs and its very own badge.

Surrey Police in southeast England shared the photograph of the animal at the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show on Facebook on Monday:

The police department lightheartedly claimed the rabbit was a “new recruit” who would “assist in searching small and confined spaces.” It also asked its followers if they had what it took to become “a Police Rabbit Handler.”

Some people believed the joke post, forcing the police to later clarify that the creature was just a visitor and “not our latest recruit in the pursuit of sniffing out crime.”

Nevertheless, the photograph still went viral ― and even ended up on Reddit’s “Photoshop Battles” thread, where Redditors reimagined the snap in various funny ways ― including one image featuring model Kendall Jenner:

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A Sex Doll Brothel Is Coming To Toronto

A nondescript Toronto shopping plaza is set to welcome a new tenant in September that advertises itself as the first sex doll brothel in North America.

Aura Dolls, which will operate alongside a nail salon, massage parlor and dry cleaner, promises to bring its patrons “an exciting new way” to achieve their needs “without the many restrictions and limitations that a real partner may come with,” according to its website. 

The company’s marketing director, Claire Lee, told City News that there will be no human staff in the brothel section and that customers are unlikely to bump into a single person during their visit. 

“They put their payment down on the counter and they go straight to their room,” she said. “We don’t have staff there, just a camera. The payment is taken at the beginning, you go into the room, do your time and just leave.”

The company’s website states that it hopes each visitor can enjoy any fantasy or fetish “without judgment or shame, bringing the ultimate sexual experience.”

Customers will be charged $60 to $742 for their time with the dolls and are promised that each is thoroughly sanitized between clients.

“We try to focus on the fact that since we have this service, for men who have these dark, violent fantasies instead of putting out the urge to act aggressively, they can do something like this which is safe for everyone,” Lee said.

Toronto City Council member John Filion told CBC/Radio-Canada that people in his community were concerned about the business and that, although he has “an open mind about what sort of behaviors people want to do, ... people do all sorts of things that we kind of wish they wouldn’t in a perfect world.”

While Aura Dolls might be a first for North America, the world’s first brothel showcasing silicon sex dolls opened in Germany last year. Owner Evelyn Schwarz had told the Metro that 70 percent of Bordoll’s customers returned for more and that, “for many, it is not a fetish but more of a curiosity.”

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Black Bear Wanders Into The Hotel That Inspired 'The Shining'

The Stanley Hotel in the Rocky Mountains is most famous for inspiring Stephen King’s The Shining, the basis of the classic 1980 film. A lot of weird things happen in that Stanley Kubrick horror flick. A torrent of blood takes the elevator, a pair of creepy twin girls haunts the hallways, and a guy in a furry bear suit makes an, er, unforgettable appearance.

So maybe the black bear that wandered into the lobby of the still-functioning Estes Park, Colorado, hotel this week was trying to make things weird again.

You can see in the staff video above that the bear plays around on the furniture for a bit but then quickly leaves. Hotel manager Reed Rowley told Denver’s CBS4 that it happened overnight Wednesday and that no guests were around.

“We do have a hotel next to a national park,” Rowley said. “Wildlife is part of the gig.”

The hotel aims to be respectful of the surrounding wildlife, Rowley said, but it never wants a guest to encounter a bear in the hotel lobby ― a good policy ― so it’s working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to achieve that goal.

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The Ridiculously Cute Dog Challenge To Distract You From All The Doom And Gloom

Escape the relentless news cycle of doom by watching these dogs participating in the latest adorable viral trend.

Pups from around the world have been participating this week in the #SnootChallenge, where their owners encourage them to run up and place their snout into a circle made out of their fingers or an object.

Some pooches are having more success than others. Find out how these dogs fared in the clips below:

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Probably Gets Irritated When People Ask How He Slept

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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Terrifying Parking Lot Helicopter Crash Caught On Camera In Little Rock

A frightening moment was caught on camera last week when a police helicopter crashed on takeoff at a training center in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

The pilot, retired officer William “Bill” Denio, was seriously injured, according to local ABC station KATV. 

The Little Rock Police Department said in a Facebook post that the pilot was performing a maintenance check before the accident.

The news station reported that wind caused the crash.

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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Famously Thicc, High-Maintenance Cat Finds New Human As Extra As He Is

Bruno is off the market, guys.

The multi-toed, 25-pound cat with a kooky habit of standing on his hind legs, went viral last week thanks to Wright-Way Rescue, an Illinois animal shelter that wrote a funny plea for his adoption and posted it on Facebook.

According to the organization’s post, Bruno is quite the high-maintenance feline and needs the perfect human servant to abide to his very specific — and long — list of demands in order to live his very best kitty life.

These requests include that he be pet during mealtimes, not have his tummy touched, and that his water never be placed anywhere near his food. There is also only one type of toy Bruno finds acceptable to play with — a feather wand.

And because Bruno is A.) adorably weird, B.) has a cool party trick and C.) is majorly photogenic, tons of people applied to be his personal butler, er, owner.

So, the shelter had to be picky.

“Our thicc boi Bruno is now reviewing applications for the *PERFECT* home,” it wrote on Facebook.

“The more EXTRA, the better,” the shelter said of applicants.

And boy, did they find the right person for this fur penguin.

Lauren Paris, a Chicago-based singer and actress, not only sent Wright-Way Rescue letters of recommendations and a video tour of her home, but she also wrote and performed an original song about Bruno.

That’s what we’d like to call extra af.

“Lauren has always expressed the seriousness of her application,” the shelter said in a comment on Instagram.. “They really [hit] it off over the weekend as well/ She will be the absolute best FOREVER home for Bruno!”

In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, the shelter also seemed super excited to relay the good news to Paris — though Bruno appeared to more interested in purring indifferently on top of a desk while tucking his little paws under his large body.

Paris, however, seems psyched. She’s already set up @theebrunobartlett, an Instagram account for the quirky cat.

Its first post shows Paris bonding with her big boy.

We’re looking forward to following these two as they enter into a life of mass extra-ness.

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'Usain Bolt Of Pugs' Wins Third Straight Sprint Championship

Those wondering who can fill the void left by Usain Bolt’s retirement from sprinting need look no further than Emma the pug.

The four-legged cutie won her third straight international 50-meter title for pugs on Saturday in Berlin, according to reports.

The 4-year-old smushed-face sprinter finished in 5.866 seconds to defeat dozens of others in the time trial.

German broadcaster DW says she’s been called “the Usain Bolt of pugs.”

For her three-peat, Emma received a big blue pillow with a pug face.

Runner’s World noted that while the pugs sizzled down the track, they were kept comfortable on a hot day with lots of water.

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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Old Photo Of The Queen Looking Windswept Becomes A Royally Funny Meme

An old snap of Queen Elizabeth II looking windswept has sent Redditors into a photo-editing frenzy.

The 2011 image of the British monarch clinging to her hat whilst visiting grandson Prince William at Royal Air Force Valley on Anglesey, an island off the coast of northwest Wales, went viral again Friday after Reddit user heartofspooks shared it to the site’s “PhotoshopBattles” thread. 

Pop star Michael Jackson, actor John Travolta and Ryan Reynolds’ superhero character Deadpool all made an appearance as people reworked the photo in numerous amusing ways:

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Steve Bannon Gets Mercilessly Mocked With Tweaked Movie Titles

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon became the butt of a globally trending joke on Twitter early Saturday, when people began mockingly reimagining movie titles in his honor.

The #SteveBannonAMovie hashtag swept around the world soon after his MSNBC interview in which he controversially claimed his former boss President Donald Trump was “absolutely correct” to say there was blame on both sides at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Bannon, who in March told members of the French far-right they should wear accusations of racism as a “badge of honor,” inspired reworked film names such as “Hate Actually” and “The Fascist and the Furious.”

Check out a sampling of the other posts below:

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Teen Solves 6 Rubik's Cubes Underwater In Only One Breath

TBILISI (Reuters) - An 18-year-old student from Georgia solved six Rubik’s Cubes under water in one breath on Friday, in a bid to set a new Guinness World Record.

Vako Marchelashvili was submerged in a glass tank for just over one minute and 44 seconds as he flipped, turned and solved the cubes in front of a crowd at the Gino Paradise aqua park Tbilisi.

He said he had been preparing for the underwater challenge for six months, training several hours a day.

“I trained a lot planning to break a record - and to ensure my safety, because even a small mistake could be dangerous and life-altering,” Marchelashvili said afterwards.

“I think my result will stay as a record for a long time. I hope to break many other records.”

After observing Marchelashvili’s attempt, the Georgian Records Federation issued a diploma confirming his result.

They will send their evidence to the Guinness World Records headquarters for verification.

The current underwater record of five cubes was set by Anthony Brooks in New Jersey in the United States in August 2014, according to the Guinness World Record website.

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People Are In Love With This Robust Cat Who Has Very Specific Demands

To many, Bruno may seem like he’s from Mars.

The adorably weird cat, who is up for adoption, is in need of a human who can cater to his particular brand of quirk, according to a cute Facebook post by Wright Way Rescue, a not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter in Morton Grove, Illinois.

He also sure knows how work the camera.

Bruno is a 7-year-old furball who is polydactyl, which means he has a few extra toes. He also has the kooky habit of standing on his hind legs, the shelter said on Facebook.

“This usually happens when I want food. No, my foster parents did not teach me this. They are not sure how I learned,” the post reads.

“We don’t believe it’s due to any medical issues,” a representative of the shelter told HuffPost. “Just a fun trick!”

The shelter also provided HuffPost with a video of Bruno doing his signature move.

The 25-pound cutie is also quite robust, which may be part of the reason why he was surrendered by his previous owner,  the shelter explained to HuffPost.

“Sadly he did not mesh well with their kids,” the rep said. “We believe because of his weight, he likely wouldn’t be able to scurry away quickly from commotion like cats of a healthy weight are able to do.”

Bruno, whom the shelter describes as a “lazy cat who just wants to be in the presence of my owners” is on a diet.

“I am walking, playing, and doing tricks like this to lose some weight,” the post says.

Yet, when it comes to playtime, only one toy will do.

“I also really like playing with my feather wand toy,” the post says. “Not so much my other toys or scratchers, though.”

And although his fuzzy belly may seem like to perfect place to pet him, the shelter advises against it.

“I like to be pet on the top of my head and spine only. I know my tummy is so tempting to touch, but I would prefer if you didn’t,” the post says. “I may swat my hand and pretend to bite if you do.” 

He also needs a human who will be extremely attentive during mealtimes.

“It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about, since she had just put food in my bowl,” the shelter said. “Soon she found out it’s because I want pets while I eats! I will still eat if you don’t pet me, but I will meow more and stare at you for a while.”

He’s fussy about his water as well — but his preference seems like it would lend to some stellar hydration.

“I never drink the water in the kitchen where my food is. I only drink the water that was put in a completely different room,” the shelter wrote. “If you have a larger house, perhaps put multiple bowls of water around for me and be sure to give me fresh water at least once day?” “Yes, I know I am EXTRA.”

But this particular habit may not be as high maintenance as one may think. It’s apparently fairly common for cats to not want to drink water if it’s near their food.

But good thing he’s keeping his whistle wet, because he’s also quite the conversationalist.

“I like to talk to you....a LOT,” the post says. “Be prepared for a chatty kitty!”

Ever since Wright Way Rescue posted about Bruno on Wednesday the furry penguin has gotten a ton of attention.

The Facebook post has over 18,000 shares and 18,000 reactions.

People on Twitter were also smitten by this kitten (OK, we know he’s not an actual kitten anymore, guys, just go with it. Let us live.)

The shelter also informed HuffPost that he’s now in pretty high demand.

“He has been patiently waiting for a home since April, and, since this post, we have people all over the country wanting to adopt Bruno. With so much interest, we are taking the time to properly review applications to see which home Bruno would like the best.”

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'At The Age Of 60, Snoop Dogg Will Be 420 In Dog Years'

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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Muja The Alligator Looks Pretty Good For Being In His 80s

BELGRADE (Reuters) - American alligator Muja arrived at Belgrade Zoo on the eve of the Second World War and is believed to be the oldest of his kind in captivity, and still in good health with a hearty appetite for his age, his handlers said on Tuesday.

Generations of Belgraders and tourists have come to watch Muja, and though he rarely moves around much, he is still agile at feeding time - when he munches on rats and quails. This is when his age shows, though, as he sometimes misses the target when he snaps at his food.

So far Muja’s only health issue has been gangrene, which led to him having his front right claw amputated in 2012.

“He is well ... and healthy, eats well and is in good form for his age, so we hope that he’ll remain that way for many years,” zoo director Srboljub Aleksic said. 

Muja arrived from Germany in August 1937. An old newspaper clipping about his arrival at the zoo said that he was two years old at the time, putting him in his early 80s today.

He survived two carpet bombings of the Serbian capital - one by Germany in 1941 and the other by the Allies in 1944 - when all the official documentation about his transfer was lost.

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Woman Gets Contact Lens Stuck In Eye For 28 Years

A missing contacts lens isn’t something you should turn a blind eye toward.

Case in point: A 42-year-old woman in Great Britain who lost a lens when she was a teen, only to have doctors discover it embedded in her eye 28 years later.

According to the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, the patient went to the doctor after she discovered a pea-sized lump below her left eyebrow.

The cyst was visible on an MRI and cause the woman’s left eyelid to droop, according to CNN.  

When doctors went in to remove the cyst, they discovered a rigid contact lens that somehow migrated into the eyelid, according to USA Today.

At first, the woman couldn’t recall how the contact lens got stuck in her peepers. Then her mom remembered the patient losing a lens during a badminton game when the patient was just 14.

Since the woman had no symptoms, she figured the lens had simply fallen out and gone missing.

“The patient never wore [rigid gas-permeable] lenses following this incident. We can infer that the RGP lens migrated into the patient’s left upper eyelid at the time of trauma and had been in situ for the last 28 years,” the authors said in their report.

Once the cyst and the lens were removed from the woman’s eyes, her peepers went back to normal.

This isn’t the only bizarre eye injury that’s hard to stomach.

In late 2016, a 67-year-old British woman went in for cataracts surgery only to discover the “blueish mass” in one of her eyes was actually 27 contact lenses.

If something similar happens to you and you don’t have nearly three decades to wait for removal, suggests flipping your upper eyelid to see if it’s hiding underneath, and using saline drops to flush it out.

If that doesn’t work, see your eye doctor.

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Hungry Thief Wanted After Nearly $100,000 Worth Of Ramen Noodles Stolen

Someone really wanted some noods.

A thief with a hankering for soup is afoot in Georgia after police in Fayette County discovered someone had stolen nearly $100,000 worth of ramen noodles.

Deputies are looking into the theft of a large trailer holding the massive amounts of soup, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. The 53-foot trailer was parked at a Chevron store on Georgia Interstate Highway 85 north. The theft occurred sometime between July 25 and Aug. 1.

The local sheriff said the trailer had been secured at the time. The owner of the trailer estimated that $98,000 worth of ramen was onboard.

What does one do with that much ramen? We don’t know! We also don’t know whether or not the brand of ramen noodles was Maruchan or Top Ramen or another brand. However, one pack of Maruchan goes for 29 cents on so you can just imagine the sheer volume of noodles that was stolen for it to be equivalent to $98,000.

In addition to the ramen heist, the police are also investigating a string of other thefts, including five car break-ins and one stolen motorcycle.

No arrests have been made so far. 

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Stranded Parrot 'Turns Air Blue' Cursing Out Firefighter During Rescue Attempt

Jessie the parrot was decidedly unimpressed when a firefighter came to rescue her from a rooftop in London on Monday morning.

The Macaw, who escaped from her owner’s home and perched on a nearby roof for three days, spewed profanity at her attempted rescuer — even after he said “I love you” in a bid to bond with the bird.

Jessie also reportedly told the London Fire Brigade crew member to “fuck off.”

Brigade watch manager Chris Swallow said the rescue was attempted because “there were concerns that she may be injured which is why she hadn’t come down.”

But, “thankfully it soon became apparent that Jessie was fine and uninjured as she flew off to another roof and then to a tree,” he added.

Jessie later returned home of her own accord and was filmed sheepishly saying “thank you” to the fire service:

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Madame Tussauds Now Features Trump Actor Punching German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Madame Tussauds in Berlin unveiled its latest attraction on Tuesday - a posturing Donald Trump figure striking a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a punchball.

Unlike the usual wax figures, the new moving “Trump” in the Berlin museum is an actor wearing a silicone mask modeled on the billionaire U.S. president, dancing to the Abba hit “Money, Money, Money”. 

Relations between the two leaders got off to a frosty start, although Trump said they had had a “great meeting” on the sidelines of a NATO summit last month.

Trump was measured in 1997 for New York’s Madame Tussauds when he was real estate developer. 

The Berlin museum’s spokeswoman Nina Zerbe said it took nine people and more than two months to make the silicon mask, which has real hair.

“Ultimately, people find him funny and want to take pictures with him. They don’t feel repelled,” she said. “We noticed a year ago when we put up the wax figure that he is not someone who is perceived as negative or whom visitors want to harm.”


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Golden Retriever Plays Peacemaker, Stops Cat Fight Before It Even Starts

Not all heroes wear capes. Some are covered in fur. 

A video posted on Twitter and reddit last week showed two cats headed for a brawl when a golden retriever stepped in to stop the fight. 

No explanation was posted, but the dog moved so swiftly that it looked like it had done this a couple of times before.  

Check it out above. 

(h/t Boing Boing)

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These Very Public Urinals Are Pissing Off Parisians

PARIS (Reuters) - A new set of eco-friendly but completely exposed urinals deployed on the streets of Paris are provoking uproar from locals.

One of the bright red “urinoirs” installed on the Ile Saint-Louis, not far from Notre Dame cathedral and overlooking tourist boats passing on the Seine, has caused particular indignation.

Locals have written to the town hall to demand its removal and are planning a petition.

“There’s no need to put something so immodest and ugly in such an historic spot,” said Paola Pellizzari, 68, owner of a Venetian art store.

“It’s beside the most beautiful townhouse on the island, the Hotel de Lauzun, where Baudelaire lived,” she said, referring to the 19th-century French poet.

She feared the urinal, installed around 20 meters (22 yards) from a primary school, “incites exhibitionism”.

The designer of the “Uritrottoir” - a combination of the French words for urinal and pavement - said it offered an “eco solution to public peeing”. The device is essentially a box with an opening in the front and a floral display on top, containing straw which transforms into compost for use in parks and gardens.

But Ile Saint-Louis locals said the receptacle, with no stall around it of any kind, could blight their ultra-chic neighborhood.

“It’s horrible,” said the 50-year-old owner of a nearby art gallery, who declined to give his name.

“We’re told we have to accept this but this is absolutely unacceptable. It’s destroying the legacy of the island. Can’t people behave?”

Local mayor Ariel Weil insisted the devices were necessary, however. Paris authorities have rolled out four of the stand-up loos in spots where public peeing has been a problem, and a fifth is planned.

“If we don’t do anything, then men are just going to pee in the streets,” he said. “If it is really bothering people, we will find another location.”

Some have even branded their installation discriminatory.

“They have been installed on a sexist proposition: men cannot control themselves (from the bladder point of view) and so all of society has to adapt,” said Gwendoline Coipeault of French feminist group Femmes Solidaires. “The public space must be transformed to cause them minimum discomfort.”

“It’s absurd, no one needs to urinate in the street.”


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New York City's Subway Responded To Tweet About Fellatio And People Loved It

The Twitter page for the MTA New York City Transit subway service (@NYCTSubway) got raunchy Monday when it engaged in conversation with an adventurous commuter who asked: “Whose dick do I have to suck to get a train @MTA?” 

Many accounts on the receiving end of such a question would opt to not respond, but the MTA wrote back just two minutes after the commuter’s initial tweet.

New Yorkers have a love-hate relationship with the MTA that tends to veer far more into the hate category.

The subway system is, to put it simply, a hot mess. Trains are consistently late, if they arrive at all, and ride fares continue to go up as service gets worse. All of this is to say that any sort of trust that the MTA will take you from point A to point B has been shot to hell over the years.

These problems are surely what led to the aforementioned tweet offering someone, anyone, fellatio if only a train would arrive.

The commuter told HuffPost she was being sarcastic because she was grumpy about a train not arriving. She also followed up her first tweet ― after the MTA’s response ― by saying she didn’t usually make these sort of pleas but that she was “tired of melting” on train platforms.

To which this reporter says: Same, girl.

A transit source said the @NYCTSubway account aims for a 100 percent response rate to tweets it receives. MTA spokesman Andrei Berman told HuffPost it responded to the tweet because “customers have asked that we be radically transparent in our communications.”

“As Space Force Cadet Lo reporting for duty can now attest, we listened,” Berman said without providing any clarity about the real identity of “JP.”

Some may argue that the subway account should have skipped responding to this one. We, along with many on Twitter, are supremely happy it did not: 

The MTA may not be reliable, but Twitter’s fire content sure is.

This article has been updated with comment from the MTA.

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Scooter Hate Is On A Destructive Roll In California

The wave of shared electric scooters cramming sidewalks, blocking entryways and slamming into pedestrians has unleashed explosive scooter hate among usually peace-loving Californians.

The hapless electric gadgets are being torched, jammed into toilets, tossed off balconies, hurled into garbage and decorated with dog poop — and it’s being memorialized on social media, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Lt. Michael Soliman, who supervises the Los Angeles Police Department’s Venice Beach area, told the newspaper that his crew has seen trashed scooters in a 10-foot-high pile. But he said people aren’t reporting the vandalism, and his team prioritizes protecting people over protecting scooters.

The buzzing Bird and Lime scooters hit LA streets about a year ago, and their welcome has worn out. Bird is headquartered in Venice Beach, which has capped the number of scooters allowed in the area, and Beverly Hills has banned them for six months.

Cleveland ordered Bird to remove all of its scooters from sidewalks and parks for safety reasons last week less than 24 hours after the company started operations in the city. Denver impounded hundreds of scooters because they lacked required permits.

The real outrage is on social media, where haters post favorite photos on Instagram’s ScootersBehavingBadly and Bird Graveyard, which records scooter destruction and has nearly 29,000 followers.

The scooter people aren’t happy about it.

“We do not support the vandalism or destruction of any property and are disappointed when it takes place,” Bird spokeswoman Mackenzie Long said in a statement to the LA Times. “Nor do we support the encouragement, celebration or normalization of this behavior.”

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Man Being Pursued By Baby Squirrel Calls Police For Help

A man in Germany may not have been in danger when he called the cops on a baby squirrel chasing him, but it all worked out for the best for the furry suspect.

Emergency services in the city of Karlsruhe got a call Thursday from a man panicked that the tiny animal wouldn’t stop following him around, The Guardian reported. Police arrived at the scene, where the squirrel ultimately ended the pursuit by lying down and going to sleep.

It turned out that the squirrel was the one who actually needed help, police said.

“It often happens that squirrels which have lost their mothers look for a replacement and then focus their efforts on one person,” police spokeswoman Christina Krenz told The Guardian.

The squirrel, now named Karl-Friedrich, is in the care of an animal rescue center. Karlsruhe police posted a statement on Facebook about the critter, including several adorable photos. The department wished Karl-Friedrich the best.

The baby squirrel chase is the second police-involved squirrel incident to make international headlines this summer. Last month, a London woman called police after she heard loud noises in her home and suspected a burglar. The intruder turned out to be a “rogue squirrel,” according to law enforcement.

Although authorities in the German case said the squirrel did need assistance, wildlife experts generally warn that before intervening with a squirrel you suspect is orphaned, you should do your best to make sure the creature truly requires help. The Wildlife Center of Virginia, which gets hundreds of calls annually about supposedly orphaned squirrels, published this handy guide to help determined whether such an animal really needs help and what to do if so. When in doubt, contact a local wildlife rescuer, rehab center or animal control.

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not Celebrates 'A Century Of Strange'

December marks the 100th anniversary of the day Ripley’s Believe It Or Not made its debut.

Creator Robert Ripley started a newspaper cartoon, which he helped build into a media juggernaut that includes books, TV shows and “odditoriums” around the world.

But the oddity empire seemingly has no plans to slip quietly into that weird night, based on the photos from its latest book, A Century of Strange.

As tradition dictates, the new book features freaky photos and bizarre facts about the strangest people, animals and other oddities in the world.

For instance, there’s the woman in Portland, Oregon, who got her snake caught in her earlobe, and the hospital in Portugal that keeps the pickled head of a serial killer on display. 

A Century of Strange hits stores Aug. 24, but Ripley’s is giving HuffPost a preview of some of its more unbelievable photos.

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The Most Spectacular Photos From The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2018

Happy birthday to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta!

Europe’s largest ballooning event celebrates its 40th anniversary in southwest England this weekend. This year’s four-day festival at the Ashton Court Estate runs from Thursday to Sunday, and features 140 balloonists from around the world. A half-million people are expected to attend the free fiesta.

To mark its landmark birthday, some favorite balloon shapes are returning to fly ― including Rupert the Bear and the Michelin Man.

Check out our video of Rupert the Bear’s return here:

Mass ascents are scheduled to take place each afternoon from 6 p.m. local time. They’ll also begin at 6 a.m. local time on Friday, Saturday and Sunday ― which, depending on the wind direction, may give balloonists an eagle’s-eye view of local landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Two Nightglows ― tethered balloons lighting up in time to a special soundtrack — and fireworks displays are scheduled Thursday and Saturday from 9 p.m. local time.

Check out our livestream of Thursday’s Nightglow here:

All activities are weather dependent, however, and could be postponed at a moment’s notice if it’s too windy or rainy. Thursday afternoon and Friday morning’s mass ascents were canceled, due to adverse weather.

Check out photographs from this year’s event below. We’ll add more as the weekend progresses.

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Seeing Gordon Ramsay In A Restaurant You're At Is Either A Good Sign, Or A Bad One

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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Florida Woman Fleeing Police Gets Corralled By Cows

Send in the cavalry ― or is that “cow-lvary”?

It’s a relevant question, thanks to a video that shows a woman on the run from the law who ended up being chased by a herd of cows.

The mooving experience happened Monday night in Sanford, Florida, where authorities were pursuing a white Subaru SUV that was reportedly stolen.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle by using stop sticks, causing it to crash near a pasture, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

One of the three passengers, Erin Thomas, 38, stayed with the SUV, while the other two attempted to hoof it into the field.

Jamie Michael Young, 46, was quickly apprehended by a K-9 unit, but the other, Jennifer Anne Kaufman, also 46, was about to have a different kind of animal encounter.

As she was fleeing officers, Kaufman found herself suddenly pursued by, depending on the source, 12, 16 or 20 cows. A pilot in a police helicopter above the scene immortalized the encounter, according to “Inside Edition.”

“Actually, a large group of cows is following her, for a good visual,” he said to his fellow officers below. “Looks like they may attack her ... Keep going southeast. She’s pretty far into the field now. If you see the large group of cows, they’re literally following her and chasing her.”

Kaufman eventually made it to a fence, where she was arrested by police officers without any injuries, according to The Washington Post.

The herd’s owner, Richard Kondracki, told local station WKMG that he had never seen his bovines act aggressive before but that no one had ever tried to run through the field.

“I think they didn’t realize who they were,” he said. “They panicked. The cows were nervous. That would make me panic — if all those big cows come running at you. They didn’t know them. They don’t know if they’re there to hurt them, or steal one of the babies.”

Officers allegedly found 1.3 grams of cocaine, two spoons, two clear-colored needles and a pipe burned at both ends in the SUV, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Kaufman is facing various charges, including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and resisting an officer.

She remains in the Seminole County Jail in lieu of $4,500 bond. 

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

World's Oldest Living Married Couple Is A Combined Age Of 208

A world-class love story has now become a world record.

Guinness World Records has just declared a Japanese couple as its oldest living married couple.

Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 101-year-old blushing bride, Miyako Sonoda, got hitched Oct. 20, 1937, nearly 81 years ago.

Their combined age as of July 25, the day they were visited by Guinness World Records, is a whopping 208 years and 259 days.

The couple now have five daughters, ranging in ages from 77 to 66, and 13 grandchildren. Their 25th great-grandchild is expected some time this month.

Although the couple is currently the world’s oldest, they have a little more time before they hold the title for the oldest couple ever.

That honor goes to Norwegians Karl and Gudrun Dolven, who had a combined age of 210 years and 65 days when Gudrun passed away in April 2004.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Aging Headbangers Escape Nursing Home To Hit Heavy Metal Festival

Managers of a German nursing home began to panic when they couldn’t find a pair of elderly friends anywhere on the grounds. Police later discovered the men “disoriented and dazed”— at a heavy metal festival.

The unidentified pals left the home in the rural Dithmarschen district and likely hitchhiked and took public transit to travel 25 miles to the Wacken Open Air festival near Hamburg. The headbangers’ event is touted as the biggest metal festival in the world.

The two men, nabbed before dawn Saturday, were disappointed to miss the last day of the festival, which began Thursday.  But they were sent back to the home in a taxi — escorted by a patrol car, Deutsche Welle reported. 

“We had to explain to them why they had to go home,” Itzehoe police spokesman Peter Berndt told The Washington Post. “But in the end, they went back voluntarily.”

Festival organizers apparently loved their escapade and paid homage to the aging metalheads — without naming them — by noting on the event’s Twitter site that there’s “no discrimination” against seniors ... “because you’re never too old to rock.”

Some 75,000 people attended the 29th annual festival in Wacken. Danzig, Judas Priest, Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, In Flames, Arch Enemy and Eskimo Callboy were just a few of the headliners this year.

No word on the escapees’ alternative weekend entertainment. 

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Cowabunga! Surf Dogs Hit The Waves For World Championships

By the end of the World Dog Surfing Championships on Saturday in Pacifica, California, it was no surprise who won the medal.

Take Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie rescue with a real knack for riding a wave. She won a special Spirit of Surfing Award for her performance and her dedication to the sport — and third place honors in the medium-sized dogs category. Owner Michael Uly got his buddy to the contest even though he had broken his foot.

Gidget, a pug who does turns on her board and has 70,000 Instagram fans, grabbed top honors as best little dog surfer, second place for partnering with Prince Dudeman and the Goughnuts Top Dog award.

But all of the 45 contestants in the World Dog Surfing Championships won the hearts of spectators as they braved the ocean in their canine wetsuits. The event raised money for two animal charities. 

The third annual championship hosted various categories, including dogs surfing alone, with their owner or with a dog pal. In partnering with another dog, the surfer in front has to be prepared to get doused, like this contestant, Tristan the surfing Westie, in a practice run. Tristan won second place in the Pet Renu Medium Surf Dog category.

This is Abbie Girl showing off her medal:

Abbie Girl in action on a practice surf:

Here’s Abbie with owner Michael Uly:

Dave Elkinson posed with his golden doodle pal Derby, who sported a matching mohawk. Derby won the Stunt Puppy Large Dog Award, second place in the Goughnuts Top Dog honors, third place for a tandem dog/human performance and the DOOG Tandem Dogs Award with partner Teddy.

Getting the pep talk:

Somebody’s excited:

Gidget shows her stuff:

Flash mob:

Cherie the French bulldog practicing for the big day. 

Cherie checks out the surf:

Here’s an up-close look at the training a surf dog:

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Rogue Goats Take Over Idaho Neighborhood. (We're Not Kidding.)

Goats are not often recognized as being the most intrepid of creatures, but these goats are aiming to change the goat game.

On Friday a neighborhood on the west side of Boise, Idaho, was taken over by “about 100” of them, according to KTVB reporter Joe Parris.

Who are these goats? Where did they come from? What propelled them to go rogue? 

KTVB noted that the animals were “snacking on lawns and flower bushes, and stripping the leaves from trees,” as goats are wont to do.

The outlet discovered that the goats appear to belong to the company We Rent Goats, which, aptly, rents out herds of goats for people to use to “clear weeds and help with fire suppression on private land and public property,” KTVB said.

Wow. Who needs landscapers when you can just rent a goat?

Well, before you get too excited, these goats weren’t very focused on their duties and wandered off their job site. Luckily, We Rent Goats tracked down their reckless employees and loaded them into a truck.

Ah, silly goats. Back to work, you hungry babes!!!


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Florida Man Dumps Port-A-Potty Waste In 7-Eleven As Revenge, Police Say

As criminal accusations go, this one is pretty crappy.

A Florida man is accused of dumping a bucket containing human feces and urine inside a St. Petersburg 7-Eleven.

Damian A. Simms’ alleged act of criminal caca happened early Wednesday, according to The Smoking Gun. He “apparently obtained the waste from a portable toilet,” the site reported.

Splattered poop got on a straw hat and a do-rag, with a total estimated value of $28.

The 41-year-old Simms was ID’d by the store manager and recorded on surveillance video, according to the police report.

It’s possible the alleged bowel movement bucket dump was an act of revenge: The police report notes that Simms was banned from the store in May.

Simms was charged with trespass and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors. As of Friday, he was still in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $300 bond.

He has been ordered to stay away from the 7-Eleven and its manager, according to Fox News.


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Bizarre Right-Wing Trump Portrait Gets Mercilessly Mocked On Twitter

A right-wing artist’s latest “heroic” image of President Donald Trump received some pretty savage reviews from people on social media. 

Jon McNaughton painted a take on George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, except in this version Trump is commanding a boat filled with members of his administration. 

“Trump endeavors to cross the ‘swamp’ of Washington D.C. as he carries the light of truth, hope and prosperity,” McNaughton wrote. “The murky water of the deep state is laced with dangerous vermin, perfectly willing to destroy American prosperity for their personal ideologies and financial gain.”

Trump’s companions include: Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Mike Pence, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Ivanka Trump, John Bolton, Kellyanne Conway and John Kelly. 

Here’s what some budding art critics on Twitter had to say: 

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'Everyone Thinks They Are Unique Until They Have To Create A Username'

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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CDC Strongly Suggests People Not Reuse Or Wash Condoms

In a trend worthy of “condomnation,” people are apparently trying to stretch their dollars by reusing old condoms. It may be thrifty, but it’s also dangerous, very dangerous.

That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt obliged to be proactive about the proper use of prophylactics.

The CDC released a tweet last week reminding people to not reuse or wash their rubbers.

When condoms are properly used, they can prevent pregnancy, reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and may protect against other diseases like Zika and Ebola that spread, among other ways, through sexual contact.

Dr. Elizabeth Torrone, an epidemiologist at the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, said the people who reuse condoms are putting themselves at risk.

“Incorrect use, such as reusing a condom or using more than one at a time, diminishes the protective effect of condoms by leading to condom breakage, slippage, or leakage,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Some people might think soap and water will kill all of the tiny microorganisms on or inside the condom, but that’s not the case. Torrone said it can only make the latex more prone to tear.

The warning comes at a time when STDs are on the rise, according to the CDC’s national 2016 STD Surveillance Report. 

In 2016, more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ― the highest number recorded.

Whether the CDC’s warning actually influences people to not reuse condoms remains to be seen, but it has led to a lot of hilarious snark.

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Teen On Padres' Jumbotron Mortified By Woman Dancing Next To Him

Adults have an innate ability to embarrass kids.

But few teens have been so publicly mortified as the guy who attended Monday night’s Padres game at San Diego’s Petco Park.

At one point during the game, Flo Rida’s 2008 hit song “Low” came on the sound system, inspiring the woman next to the teen to show off some enthusiastic dance moves.

As you can see in the GIF above, the teen (in blue) can’t deal and slowly pulls his “Top Gun” shirt over his face to conceal his identity.

The sultry dance moves of the as-yet unidentified woman, presumably the boy’s mom, earned her a spot on Petco Park’s Jumbotron.

To make matters worse, she and an older man ― possibly the boy’s dad ― really pushed the teen’s buttons by calling attention to his blushing. 

Those adults were merciless, relentlessly teasing the teen until he finally admitted he was powerless to stop their antics.

Sure, the boy was humiliated, but one Twitter user insisted on giving credit where it’s due.

Meanwhile, the beat goes on....

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Bermuda Triangle Mystery Solved? Scientists Think They've Figured It Out

Scientists believe they’ve solved the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle ― and it’s not UFOs or sea monsters. 

It’s another kind of monster: monster waves. 

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the North Atlantic that is generally bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. Over time, a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared there under mysterious circumstances. 

According to “The Bermuda Triangle Enigma” on Britain’s Channel 5, scientists now believe conditions in that area were just right for massive rogue waves. 

“There are storms to the south and north, which come together,” said University of Southampton oceanographer Simon Boxall, per the Sun. “And if there are additional ones from Florida, it can be a potentially deadly formation of rogue waves.”

Boxall said these rogue waves could reach 100 feet tall. That would be on par with the largest wave ever recorded: A 100-foot tsunami triggered by an earthquake and landslide in Alaska’s Lituya Bay in 1958, the Smithsonian reported. 

Using an indoor simulator, scientists discovered that a model of the USS Cyclops ― a ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle in 1918 with 306 people aboard ― was swamped by a wave and sank. A report last year found that a design flaw would make the Cyclops especially susceptible to rogue waves.

“She had a flat bottom, she rolled quite easily and on one day she rolled approximately 50 degrees one way, and in the high 40s the other way,” author Marvin W. Barrash told Forces News. “And to many vessels that could have just continued and caused a complete catastrophe.” 

Two of the Cyclops’ sister ships, Proteus and Nereus, were later lost under similar circumstances. They had the same flaw. 

Additional simulations showed that a rogue wave of 50 feet would be enough to sink the flat-bottomed ships, Forces News reported. 

The U.S. Coast Guard says there is nothing particularly hazardous about the Bermuda Triangle: 

“The Coast Guard does not recognize the existence of the so-called Bermuda Triangle as a geographic area of specific hazard to ships or planes. In a review of many aircraft and vessel losses in the area over the years, there has been nothing discovered that would indicate that casualties were the result of anything other than physical causes. No extraordinary factors have ever been identified.”

The National Ocean Service, part of NOAA, expressed similar sentiments. 

“Environmental considerations could explain many, if not most, of the disappearances,” the agency said, adding that there was no evidence that ships disappeared at a higher rate in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other heavily-trafficked ocean route. 

“The ocean has always been a mysterious place to humans,” the agency said. “When foul weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place. This is true all over the world.”

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#WhyIJoinedTwitter Proves People Had Weird Reasons For Joining

The old truism “Don’t ask the question if you don’t really want to hear the answer” was especially relevant on Wednesday for Twitter.

When the company noticed that the hashtag #WhyIJoinedTwitter was trending, it decided to dig deeper.

But for every person who praised the social media platform for providing fast news and connecting people, there was someone who (rightfully) saw an opportunity for cheap laughs. 

Some of our favorites:

But the most accurate response to the hashtag may have come from this wise person.

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Philippines President Duterte Orders Luxury Vehicles Worth $5.5 Million Crushed

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte oversaw the destruction of 68 smuggled luxury vehicles and motorcycles on Monday in a province on Luzon Island.

Duterte ordered the demolishment as part of his government’s anti-smuggling and corruption campaign, according to a press release from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office.

Government videos of the operation were posted to Facebook. The clips show a large bulldozer driving overtop of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and Harley Davidson motorcycles, crushing them under its tracks.

The vehicles had been smuggled into the country from the U.S. Their combined value, CNN reported, was $5.5 million.

“Breaking up the contraband vehicles is the proof that these operations will not be allowed here in Cagayan,” Duterte said in a speech before the bulldozer started crushing the vehicles.

According to CNN, a similar operation took place in February in which 30 luxury vehicles were destroyed. At the time, Duterte reportedly said it was better to crush the cars than auction them off and risk crime syndicates buying them under false identities.

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McDonald's Serves Pregnant Woman Cleaning Fluid In Latte

A pregnant woman in Canada had a stomach-churning experience Sunday morning when she was served a latte filled with cleaning fluid.

Sarah Douglas of Lethbridge, Alberta, was on her way to her son’s baseball tournament when she went to a McDonald’s drive-through for a latte.

It wasn’t until she was on the highway that she suspected something was wrong, she told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

“I immediately had to put my hazard lights on and pull over and spit it out and rinse my mouth out with ... water,” Douglas said. “I opened up the lid of the coffee and out pours this pungent smell of chemical. It wasn’t a latte at all.”

Douglas, who is seven months pregnant with her third child, said the liquid in her cup was a watery brownish color.

When she returned to the restaurant to complain, she said, a staff member told her that two cleaning lines were hooked up to the latte machine, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper.

The on-duty supervisor showed Douglas the bottle of cleaning fluid so she would know what to tell poison control.

“So, I took a picture of it and then another co-worker of his had also overheard what had been going on, and was a little bit upset at the situation and said that this had happened before,” she told Lethbridge News Now. “And she was a little mad that it was occurring again.”

Douglas contacted Alberta Health Services’ Health Link and was transferred to poison control. 

She turned out to be OK, since she hadn’t swallowed the liquid. She visited her family doctor just to make sure there were no lingering effects, according to the CBC.

Dan Brown, who owns the McDonald’s franchise where Douglas purchased the tainted latte, released a statement on Wednesday:

Since learning about the complaint, our team has been in very close contact with the guest and apologized to her. The health inspector also visited my restaurant and is not investigating further. McDonald’s is renowned for its food safety protocols and I am sorry that this happened in my restaurant here in Lethbridge. What happened is that the machine was being cleaned — as it is every morning. Unfortunately, the milk supply line was connected to the cleaning solution while this guest’s drink was made. We have taken immediate action to review the proper cleaning procedures with the team and have put additional signage up as an added reminder. 

Although Douglas survived the ordeal unharmed, it’s still eating at her, mainly because she fears that the cleaning fluid might end up in juice, soda or soft-serve ice cream and be ingested by kids.

“As a mother, I want to make sure I have voice and that I’m being heard in terms of the safety of consumers, and how (alleged) negligence can affect people in such a drastic way,” she told Lethbridge News Now.

See more in the video below:

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