From Vice –
What would happen if you dropped a 1,300-pound pumpkin onto a car? Like, a for-real car that somebody once drove around and wrote “PLAN // AHEA // D” on before it ended up in the junk yard.
I don’t know why the folks at Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in Massachusetts decided to do just that, but I’m glad that they did. Forget face masks and scented candles; sometimes you need self-care that feels as angry as you are, something destructive rather than constructive, something big but abstract, visceral but consequence-less. | go to source
From Vice –
New Scientist – A jellyfish-like creature has a neat trick that makes it unique among animals: its anus forms only when it needs to defecate, then disappears without a trace.
“That is the really spectacular finding here,” says Sidney Tamm of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, who made the discovery. “There is no documentation of a transient anus in any other animals that I know of.”
Tamm thinks the discovery might represent an intermediate stage in evolution. | go to source
Ars Technica -“Verizon Communications Inc. is seeking a buyer for blogging website Tumblr, according to people familiar with the matter, as it tries to steady a media business that has struggled to meet revenue targets,” The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.
Pornhub quickly announced its interest after the news broke, although it isn’t clear whether the two companies have talked. Verizon banned all adult content from Tumblr in December 2018, and Pornhub wants to restore the site to its former porn-filled glory.
Tech Spot – What’s worse than losing your AirPods? Finding one inside your belly. A man named Hsu went through this unusual experience when he went to sleep and somehow his right AirPod slipped its way into his mouth and down his stomach.
He was able to locate the missing AirPod using the ‘Find My AirPods’ feature. “I could hear the ‘beep, beep’ sound, which seemed to follow me around the room”, says Hsu. After searching his room thoroughly he realized that the sound was coming from within his stomach and it suddenly dawned on him, “I swallowed my Airpod.” | go to source
Mix 105.1 – A 67-year-old Baltimore, Maryland woman recently claimed a $50,000 Powerball jackpot two months after her cat hid her winning ticket. ….“When I buy Lottery tickets, I never watch the drawings or even check to see if I won until a few days later. What I didn’t know is that after my cat knocked some papers off my nightstand, a few of my tickets ended up falling behind my bed. I didn’t see the additional papers behind my bed until I did some spring cleaning. To my surprise, one of them was a winner!” | go to source
Boston 25 News – According to the New Mexico Department of Health, both clients “received injection-related procedures” at the now-shuttered VIP Spa in Albuquerque between May and September of last year.
Tests found that the clients recently were infected with the same strain of the virus, “increasing the likelihood that the two HIV infections may have resulted from a procedure at the VIP Spa,” the news release said. | go to source
Anomalian – The color of death turned out to be blue. It is in this shade that dead cells are stained with a destroyed calcium compound. Necrosis led to the blue glow of worms. So, the researchers managed to observe how death was spreading. This phenomenon is typical not only for worms, but also for many other living organisms. According to experts, the blue color serves as a kind of conditional signal that is transmitted from cell to cell, reporting on the beginning of the process of death of the whole organism. | go to source
Chron – A Baytown man is on the run after an investigation revealed he allegedly scammed a California company out of $20,000 for 60 tons of chicken feet and three elderly women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. One of the women was a cancer patient that said she fell in love with a man online that police later confirmed was the same man. | go to source
Asia One – Recently, a photo has been making the rounds online, showing a bloody man that seems to have been beaten up for giving out spoilers outside the cinema. It’s reported that this incident happened outside a cinema in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. | go to source
UPI – A Michigan woman said she owes her $78,000 lottery jackpot to a mistake she made about her own child’s age. Antoinette Ousley of Inkster was one of two people to match all numbers in the Fantasy Five drawing April 15, earning her half of the $156,090 jackpot, $78,045. Ousley told Michigan Lottery officials she recognized her numbers right away when she checked the Michigan Lottery app. | go to source
CBC – Cannabis retailers in Ontario who have failed to open their stores by a government-set deadline are facing a new round of financial penalties.In all, eleven pot retailers have been fined $12,500 each for not opening their stores by April 15. Twenty-five retailers were selected through a government lottery to open the first brick-and-mortar cannabis stores on April 1, but less than half met the deadline. | go to source
Associated Press – Police in northern Wyoming say a man who allegedly shoplifted at the same store twice in one day also asked to fill out a job application during one of his visits…the 36-year-old man went to the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Gillette and bought some items with a rewards card but allegedly took sunglasses and ammunition without paying for them. Police say he returned to the store a few hours later, asked to fill out the job application and left with two more pairs of sunglasses, allegedly without paying for them. | go to source
CBC News – The mysterious Quebec hamburglar has struck again, racking up more than $2,000 worth of meals at different McDonald’s in Montreal. This time, an unsuspecting Toronto tech writer got stuck with the bill. “I was just panicked because that’s a lot of money,” said Patrick O’Rourke, managing editor of the tech news site, MobileSyrup. The fraudster pulled off the fast-food scam by infiltrating O’Rourke’s McDonald’s mobile app account, which was linked to his debit card. The scammer then used the app to order more than 100 meals for pick-up between April 12 and 18. The smorgasbord included McFlurries, Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets and poutine. | go to source
The Star Online – A woman in Beijing got a nasty surprise on Sunday when the chicken wings she ordered from McDonald’s arrived with their feathers still attached….Zhou…did not notice the unwanted additions until after she had fed the wings to her young daughter, Guancha.cn reported on Wednesday. “A chicken wing overgrown with feathers was fried and then sold, to be sent straight into a child’s mouth!” Zhou wrote in a social media post alongside a photo of the offending snack with feathers clearly seen protruding through the fried coating. “My child is now having nightmares, and whenever she eats she retches,” she said. | go to source
From 10 Daily – A South American country is currently trying to come to grips with what would happen if Australia’s population of kangaroos decided to hop over there and invade — and it’s hilarious. As it turns out, Uruguay recently stumbled onto some rather unsettling information: there are far more kangaroos down under than there are Uruguayans to fight them should they need to. I just want all of you to know that there’s currently a sea of memes regarding a battle between Uruguayans and kangaroos. They’re all in Spanish, but other than that, you’re welcome #Uruguay #canguros | go to source
Let’s consider this Futureq feature a very special feature. It’s the story of Kamkwamba, who took it upon himself to figure out the science and the tech, the work, the resources, needed to deliver to his community the electricity they so desperately needed. Don Quixote fought windmills to fruitless ends, while Kamkwamba made windmills that delivered power.
From Science Times – Kamkwamba was kicked out of school when he couldn’t pay 80 dollars in school fees, and he spent his days at the library, where a book with photographs of windmills caught his eye. “I thought, this thing exists in this book, it means someone else managed to build this machine,” he said. Armed with the book, the then-14-year-old taught himself to build windmills. He scoured through junkyards for items, including bicycle parts, plastic pipes, tractor fans and car batteries. For the tower, he collected wood from blue-gum trees.
…..Now, he has five windmills, the tallest at 37 feet. He built one at an area school that he used to teach classes on windmill-building. The windmills generate electricity and pump water in his hometown, north of the capital, Lilongwe. Neighbors regularly trek across the dusty footpaths to his house to charge their cellphones. Others stop by to listen to Malawian reggae music blaring from a radio. | go to source
An unassuming gentleman puts down his tools after a long day working in his little shop behind his house. He doesn’t put the tools away because reasons. But when he wakes up the next day, when he walks back into his little shop, well, the tools, the tools are all put neatly away.
This wasn’t a one-off kind of thing either. Nope. This would continue until one day the man got a trail cam, and, well, as Paul Harvey would say, now, for the REST of the story.
from PetaPixel – 72-year-old Stephen Mckears was puzzled every morning when he would find hardware he left out on his workbench returned to their box. Using a wildlife trail camera, he discovered that a mouse was spending hours every night putting his tools back and tidying up his workspace. The retired electrician first noticed objects mysteriously being moved around in his garden shed earlier this year. Screws, plastic parts, nuts, and bolts on his workbench were continuously returned to the old ice cream tub that he had emptied them out from the night before. | go to source
Science Daily – A simple injection that can help regrow damaged tissue has long been the dream of physicians and patients alike. A new study from researchers at UBC Okanagan moves that dream closer to reality with a device that makes encapsulating cells much faster, cheaper and more effective. “The idea of injecting different kinds of tissue cells is not a new one,” says Keekyoung Kim, assistant professor of engineering at UBC Okanagan and study co-author. “It’s an enticing concept because by introducing cells into damaged tissue, we can supercharge the body’s own processes to regrow and repair an injury.” | go to source
Yahoo News —The latest battle in the war between government rules and property rights is playing out in a posh San Francisco suburb, where a retired publishing mogul has installed an elaborate homage to “The Flintstones” family. The bold, bulbous house is surrounded by Stone Age sculptures inspired by the 1960s cartoon, along with aliens and other oddities……The 2,730-square-foot (254-square-meter) house itself is not at stake, but the town of Hillsborough says Florence Fang’s multimillion-dollar property is a public nuisance and an eyesore. | go to source
Thisinsider.com – If spuds are your one true love, you’re probably going to want to book in to stay the night in the Big Idaho Potato Hotel which has been listed on Airbnb. Slightly disappointingly (but realistically reassuring), the six-ton structure isn’t actually made of potato, but rather steel, plaster, and concrete. | go to source
TheNews.com – Wife of a Sri Lanka suicide bomber blew herself up with unborn child and three children when police arrived to raid her home. Fatima Ibrahim, the wife of one of the suicide bombers set off a bomb killing her three children when police came to raid her home. Fatima is said to be wife of the suicide bomber– a Sri Lankan millionaire businessman-turned-Daesh terrorist Inshaf Ahmed Ibrahim. | go to source
Science Daily – A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UC San Francisco neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract — an anatomically detailed computer simulation including the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx. The study was conducted in research participants with intact speech, but the technology could one day restore the voices of people who have lost the ability to speak due to paralysis and other forms of neurological damage. | go to source
You’re minding your business the way you do when you’re a seriously badass women’s MMA fighter and the next thing you know you catch out of of the corner of your eye a man who has taken liberties with himself while fixating his attention upon your person.
Dudes, I’m really trying to preserve our rated PG setting here.
What do you think happened after that? From The Star Online- A Brazilian mixed martial artist pummeled a man after he allegedly refused to stop fondling himself while watching her during a beach photo shoot. Joyce Vieira, 27, was at a Rio de Janeiro beach posing for a swimsuit shoot on April 8 when she noticed a man nearby, reported Folha de São Paulo via Deadspin on Friday, April 19. When she approached him, she said his pants were down and his penis was erect as he made moaning sounds. While she had not intended to use her mean martial arts moves in jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing outside of the ring, the amateur fighter’s skills were put to use when the man challenged her. | go to source
All That’s Interesting – According to The Chronicle Herald, 20-year-old Lucas Dawe was charged with possessing a stolen skeleton and interfering with human remains. For reasons still entirely unclear, the young man allegedly stole skeletal remains on April 5 from the All Saints Parish graveyard in Conception Bay, which is a historic Newfoundland cemetery that holds bodies dating back to the 1700s. He then boiled the bones and drank the broth left behind. A witness caught the young man licking the bones. | go to source
Politico – The U.S. Navy is drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them.
Science Daily – ….researchers at the Field Museum (in Chicago) discovered when studying some near-identical millipedes…you can sometimes just shine a blacklight on them, and under the ultraviolet light, parts of the different species’ genitals will glow different colors. “This paper is reviewing and mopping up and synthesizing what we know about these species of North American millipedes,” says Petra Sierwald, an associate curator at the Field | go to source
All That’s Interesting – San Francisco has deployed a “poop patrol” to clean up the growing amount of feces on its sidewalks thanks to the homelessness epidemic. | go to source
AP — Pennsylvania’s new official amphibian is a slimy, 2-foot-long (0.6-meter) salamander that needs clean streams to thrive. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday… | go to source
Go to any museum and you will see numerous signs that say don’t touch. Seriously, museums are almost synonymous with don’t touch. Everyone knows that. Well, if you think that’s funny, if you think it’s ok to buck authority and defy museum rules, feast your eyes and ears on this tale of pain. It’s the story of a young man, a thumb, a broken statue, and $4.5 million in damages from a sudden attack of the stupids (don’t touch is just an invitation to touch.
From AP News – “A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmas-themed ugly sweater party at the Franklin Institute in December 2017 when he entered a closed exhibit of ancient Chinese terra cotta warrior statues. Authorities said Rohana, 25, took photos while posing next to a statue known as “The Cavalryman,” then removed the valuable relic’s left thumb and made off with it. The incident was captured by surveillance cameras.”
I don’t even know how to process this, save for noting how awesome it was that the thumb breaker thought it would be a great idea to taunt the museum’s ‘don’t touch’ authority by posting his evil ways on the socials, yeah, on the socials.
Moral of the story is this (and no, it has NOTHING to do with the stupid don’t touch rule), if you can’t pay the bill, don’t post it n socials. | go to source
Constant Flow Of Beer Kept The Pre-Incan Wari Culture Stable For Half A Millennia, New Study Suggests. Researchers believe that a focus on brewing, sharing, and hosting beer-centric festivities was integral to the ancient Wari culture’s social stability for 500 years. – All That’s Interesting | go to source
…..a thief in Fresno, California, on Wednesday afternoon (tried to steal a chainsaw) from an equipment store, according to The Fresno Bee. Surveillance video shows a man shoving the chainsaw into his pants and using his jacket to cover the engine assembly. The suspect drove off in a silver late-1990s Ram pickup truck, according to the paper. The store’s owner, Jeff Bennett, said he believes an accomplice was watching the location last week. – Huffpost | go to source
A Colorado city has voted to drop the name “Swastika Acres” from a subdivision. KDVR-TV reports the Cherry Hills Village City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a name change to “Old Cherry Hills” to prevent future controversy. – KDVR- TV | go to source
In what is probably downtown Orlando’s weirdest fight yet, someone dressed as the Easter Bunny ran into an ongoing brawl and beat up a man on Orange Avenue Sunday. – Orlando Weekly | go to source
So there’s this guy named Casimir Pulaski who is considered by enough people so as not to make the title of this story clickbait, the father of the American Cavalry. The fact that his name is hardly of the WASPY variety makes this ‘fact’ quite fitting of the alleged American spirit. But wait, there’s more. According to Virginia Hutton Estabrook, an assistant professor of anthropology at Georgia Southern University, “One of the ways that male and female skeletons are different is the pelvis. In females, the pelvic cavity has a more oval shape. It’s less heart-shaped than in the male pelvis. Pulaski’s looked very female.”
She went on to explain that it essentially appears at least likely he is one of one in 2000 people who fall into a category called Intersex. “Intersex, as Pulaski is suspected to perhaps have been, is an individual who carries both biological characteristics of males and females.”- All That’s Interesting. | go to source
WOWT reports an ambulance from the town of Gretna was en route to Lakeside Hospital, transporting a patient with a racing heart. The man’s heart reportedly hit a rate of 200 beats per minute. As paramedics worked to get his heart rate down, the rig hit a pothole and the man’s heart rate went back down to normal. – WKRN.com | go to source
A spokesman says Liberia’s president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office. Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated. He is expected back in the office on Monday. – AP NEWS | go to source
A 5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald’s but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request. WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports Iziah Hall of Wyoming asked the dispatcher: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher Sara Kuberski says she told him no but reached out to the police. WZZM-TV | go to source
One of the twins had a casual fling with a woman who later gave birth to a baby girl. The woman isn’t certain which twin is the dad. Judge Filipe Luis Peruca ordered the brothers, identified only as Fabricio and Fernando, to take DNA tests….The judge…. ordered each twin to fork over $60 a month, or 30 percent of the Brazilian minimum wage, toward child support. – HuffPost | go to source
Austria’s government has introduced a draft law that would require you to provide your real name and address to larger sites before commenting. You could still use a nickname in public, but authorities would have an easy way to find you if they believe you’re harassing users or otherwise violating the law. Companies that didn’t honor the law could face fines up to €500,000 (about $562,000) if they didn’t comply, and twice that with a repeat offense. Engadget | go to source
McDeepSea Opens in Norway, Only That’s Not What It’s Called, But It’s Under Water and It’s a Restaurant
From the outside, it resembles a concrete tube. But from the inside, it is Norway’s new underwater restaurant — and it is the world’s biggest. The aptly named restaurant “Under” is a beautiful dining experience that features unique views and a sustainable menu. Under seats up to 100 guests, though on a normal evening, they’ll seat approximately 40. – All That’s Interesting | go to source
Should Dietrich von Choltitz be remembered as the “Savior of Paris” for preventing its obliteration? Did he actually do so? Or is it far more likely that a Nazi war criminal, eager to control his memory through a memoir and purportedly good intentions, simply wanted to shape his own image? – All That’s Interesting | go to source
In February, the Arctic settlement of Novaya Zemlya in northern Russia experienced an invasion unlike any other. Polar bears, driven out of their usual territory farther to the north, had encroached on the remote encampment. According to The Moscow Times, direct examples of this phenomenon have only increased since then. Most recently, a young, exhausted male bear who washed up on an ice floe has now been spotted in Russia’s far east — 435 miles south of its natural habitat. – All That’s Interesting | go to source
I know my headline is a bit obtuse but I do enjoy stabbing at the fringes of time. Here, we have time being known, futurely, the future, all paths, all potentials, contained by the wonderful mathematical dance of researchers out of the Nanyang Technological University, College of Science. Here’s what Science Daily has on this,
“Researchers have implemented a prototype quantum device that can generate and analyze a quantum superposition of possible futures. Using a novel quantum algorithm, the possible outcomes of a decision process are encoded as a superposition of different photon locations. Using interferometry, the team show that it is possible to conduct a search through the set of possible futures without looking at each future individually.”
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This, once again, is that part of the movie where you scream, DON’T DO THAT! HAVE YOU NOT SEEN THE WALKING DEAD?!!! Yeah, this is when we learn that some scientists have decided to go ahead and see if they can reanimate a corpse, a pig. And it worked, well, a pale, pathetical, totally lame version of actual zombie, but still, they got motion and activity well after total piggy death, using scientificamal techniques, certainly.
From Science Daily – The brain of a postmortem pig obtained from a meatpacking plant was isolated and circulated with a specially designed chemical solution. Many basic cellular functions, once thought to cease seconds or minutes after oxygen and blood flow cease, were observed, the scientists report.
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A Florida man who spent $8 million purchasing an island earlier this month is now being accused of stealing $300 of goods from Kmart a week later. – Huffpost | go to source