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  • 'IT WENT STRAIGHT FOR ME': OTTER CHARGES AT, BITES WOMAN AT FLORIDA LAKE

    01/16/2019 11:52:03 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    WFTV.com ^ | 15 Jan 2019
    "It was so fast," she said, when asked how large the otter was. "Maybe like a dog (in terms of size); short legs and very wet." On Wednesday, the city of Maitland posted flyers, warning visitors to keep their distance, to not feed wildlife and to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission if they spotted any aggressive otters.
  • Teen Feared Dead After Falling Into Marine Geyser on Ocean Cliff North of Big Sur

    01/16/2019 6:32:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    KTLA ^ | January 15, 2019 | Erika Martin,
    A teen who tumbled into a blowhole along a coastal cliff in Monterey County was believed to be dead on Tuesday, four days after authorities began searching for his body. On Saturday, the 18-year-old was with a group hiking along trails at Garrapata State Beach, between Carmel and Big Sur, when they came across a marine geyser. When he leaned in closer to inspect the crevasse, he slipped and fell through it, according to Monterey County sheriff’s officials. A Coast Guard spokeswoman told KSBW in Salinas that his friends reported he initially gave them a thumbs-up, “but after a few...
  • 28,000 Pounds of Discarded Banana Peels Will Be Put to Good Use After Disney Races

    01/16/2019 2:30:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Runners' World ^ | January 13, 2019 | Jacob Meschke
    It’s not just in Mario Kart—banana peels can be a real problem for many races around the country, not only causing hazards for runners and spectators, but leaving massive amounts of rotting waste behind for volunteers to clean up. Chiquita, the massive international fruit producer, is taking steps to change that. When the gun of the Walt Disney World 5K went off at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, it signaled the start of Chiquita’s new role as the official banana sponsor of the entire Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, as well as other runDisney events throughout the year. The move...
  • French ski resort workers are killed in an explosion while trying to clear an avalanche...

    01/13/2019 9:41:41 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | | Updated: 12:29 EST, 13 January 2019 | By Chris Dyer and Rod Ardehali For Mailonline and Ap
    Full Headline: "French ski resort workers are killed in an explosion while trying to clear an avalanche and three skiers die in the Austrian alps as the worst snowfall in 30 years continues to batter Europe" Two employees at a ski resort in the French Alps died today when the avalanche-control charges they were trying to set accidentally went off. Three German skiers were also killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps - and a fourth is missing, as the worst snowfall in 30 years continues to batter Europe. The pair of French workers were carrying out a controlled...
  • Why You Get the Runner’s High—But Your Workout Buddy Doesn’t

    01/12/2019 11:47:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 10, 2019 | Elizabeth Millard
    If you’re cruising along on a runner’s high while your partner has yet to feel that sweet euphoria, is that a nod toward your superior running ability? Sorry, no. The more likely reason could simply be in your genes, according to a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Researchers looked at 25 collegiate runners, both male and female, and tested their saliva before and after a long-distance run. They also asked them about whether or not they experienced a runner’s high, which they gauged based on four criteria: mood, lost sense of time, run quality,...
  • Rivian - Electric Adventure Vehicle [EV pickup, SUV, made in Illinoiis]

    01/11/2019 1:54:09 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 10, 2019 | Fully Charged
    Rivian - Electric Adventure Vehicle | Fully Charged
  • Former LSU lineman has leg amputated after getting shot by dog

    01/09/2019 4:09:04 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9 Jan 2019 | Sam Cooper
    , Matt Branch, who played for LSU from 2008-11, was with a group of friends duck hunting in Mississippi on Dec. 28 when a Labrador retriever named Tito jumped into the bed of an off-road vehicle and stepped on Branch’s shotgun, firing a shot... The incident cost him his leg, but Branch is expected to make a full recovery, Heckford told the Ledger.
  • Moose wanders into Alaska hospital for a 'morning snack'

    01/08/2019 10:53:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | By Lucia I. Suarez Sang
    Doctors, staff and patients at a hospital in Alaska’s largest city got the surprise of a lifetime when a large moose wandered inside for a quick snack. Video footage captured Monday by a worker at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage shows the moose poking around some greenery near an entrance before it starts gazing in the camera’s direction. “Didn’t think we’d have a pet moose,” Stephanie Hupton, who works in billing at a physical therapy office inside the hospital and captured the footage, told the Associated Press. She told KTUU that she started recording after a patient mentioned to security...
  • Student 'taking selfie' dies after falling from Cliffs of Moher in Ireland (The Cliffs of Insanity)

    01/06/2019 1:12:16 PM PST · by Simon Green · 55 replies
    Sky News ^ | 01/06/19
    A student has died after falling from cliffs in Ireland while reportedly taking a selfie. The man in his 20s fell from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, in the west of the country. He was studying in Dublin and Irish media say he was an Indian national. Police are treating it as a "tragic accident" amid reports he slipped while taking the selfie on Friday afternoon. A police spokesman said: "The alarm was raised shortly after 3pm when a man was seen falling from the cliff edge." His body was later recovered by the coastguard based at Doolin...
  • Jack Hinson: A Civil War Sniper Hell Bent on Revenge

    01/04/2019 1:38:59 AM PST · by vannrox · 71 replies
    War History Online ^ | 16APR18 | Shahan Russell
    John W. “Jack” Hinson, better known as “Old Jack” to his family, was a prosperous farmer in Stewart County, Tennessee. A non-political man, he opposed secession from the Union even though he owned slaves. Friends and neighbors described him as a peaceable man, yet despite all this, he would end up going on a one-man killing spree. Jack’s plantation was called Bubbling Springs, where he lived with his wife and ten children. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he was fiercely determined to remain neutral. When Union Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant arrived in the area in February...
  • Netflix Warns Against #BirdBoxChallenge

    01/02/2019 5:18:38 PM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 2, 2019
    Inspired by the Sandra Bullock film, people are blindfolding themselves to carry out mundane tasks such as riding a scooter or climbing an escalator. Bird Box may have become Netflix’s newest success story — Netflix says the Sandra Bullock vehicle became the streaming service's best first-seven-day showing for a Netflix film — but the thriller has also become a somewhat dangerous opportunity to garner internet fame. In Bird Box, Bullock and other characters are forced to go about their lives blindfolded to avoid seeing mysterious forces causing people to commit suicide. In honor of their sacrifice, people are taking on...
  • Toddler rushed to hospital after rhino encounter at Florida zoo

    01/02/2019 12:38:21 PM PST · by ColdOne · 49 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 1/2/19 | Nicole Chavez
    (CNN)A 2-year-old girl remains in the hospital a day after she was injured at a Florida zoo during a private rhino encounter experience, zoo officials and her family said. The toddler and her family were taking part Tuesday in a close-up experience with white rhinos at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, when the girl came into contact with the animals. The family of three was given access to feel and brush the rhinos while supervised by two zookeepers in an area of the zoo where they were separated from the animals only by steel posts. The toddler wedged through...
  • Industrial Waste From Ants Emits Potent Greenhouse Gas

    01/02/2019 10:36:47 AM PST · by sasherm13 · 32 replies
    New research shows that garbage piles produced by leaf-cutter ants emit significant amounts of nitrous oxide—a potent greenhouse gas. Chemical reactions within the organic waste piles produced by leaf-cutter ants create copious amounts of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. These industrious insects aren’t contributing to global warming on the scale of human activities, but their behaviors are fundamentally altering the composition and function of tropical forests—including the way nutrients are transported and recycled.
  • Jean-Jacques Savin: Frenchman sets off to cross Atlantic in a barrel

    01/01/2019 12:56:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | 27 Dec 2018 | BBC
    A Frenchman has set off to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel-shaped orange capsule, using ocean currents alone to propel him. Jean-Jacques Savin, 71, left El Hierro in Spain's Canary Islands and hopes to reach the Caribbean in as little as three months. His reinforced capsule contains a sleeping bunk, kitchen and storage. He will drop markers along the way to help oceanographers study Atlantic currents. Updates on the journey are being posted on a Facebook page and the latest message said the barrel was "behaving well". In a telephone interview with AFP news agency, he said: "The weather...
  • How Do Wildfires Start

    01/01/2019 9:00:44 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 27 replies
    Live Science ^ | December 28, 2018 | Donavyn Coffey
    As the smoke settles from fires at the close of the year, it serves as a stark reminder of the raging wildfires that have plagued California and the rest of the American West. But how do such wildfires start in the first place? In the United States, 84 percent of the 1.5 million wildfires reported from 1992 to 2012 were human-caused, while 16 percent were sparked by a lightning strike However, ignition is only the beginning. And because of climate change, dry conditions are lasting longer and, in turn, causing longer fire seasons. Though it's been a record-breaking year in...
  • Mobility Justice: People Power And The Future Of Urban Transportation

    12/31/2018 1:43:49 PM PST · by Jonx6 · 28 replies
    Austin Econetwork ^ | 2018 | Mime Sheller
    Mobility Justice From the City of Austin Imagine Austin program – Mobility Justice is one of the crucial political and ethical issues of our day in the midst of a global climate crisis and the extreme challenges of urbanization. – Mimi Sheller, author of Politics of Movement in the Age of Extremes. Please join us as we welcome Dr. Lugo, who will share her work on a building movement called “mobility justice,” the practice of accounting for the diverse vulnerabilities that individuals carry with them as they travel through shared public spaces. How can cities, including Austin, use mobility justice...
  • Lion kills worker after escaping locked area at conservatory

    12/30/2018 7:01:32 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    AP ^ | December 30, 2018
    A lion killed a young worker at a wildlife conservatory Sunday after it got loose from a locked space, the center said. Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana, was killed Sunday after being attacked by the lion in an enclosure that was being cleaned at the Conservators Center, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the Caswell County Sheriff's Office. The lion was shot and killed after attempts to tranquilize the animal failed, deputies said. A "husbandry team" led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out the routine cleaning when the lion somehow got loose, the center...
  • Kaitlyn Lee Is Raising Money and Awareness for Pediatric Cancer—and She’s Only 11

    12/29/2018 6:59:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Runner's World ^ | December 27, 2018 | Jordan Smith
    Kaitlyn Lee, an 11-year-old runner from Huntsville, Alabama, started small when she first began raising money to help children with cancer. It began when she was just 7 years old. Her first goal was to raise $1,000, which she set in July 2015 and reached by October. After Lee reached that, she wanted to continue fundraising and set goal milestones of $10,000 and $15,000. When she met those by January and March of 2017 respectively, she set a goal of $25,000, which she reached by September of 2017. Then, she decided to double down and aim for $50,000 in donations....
  • Interstate 11 opens

    12/29/2018 8:11:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Boulder City Review ^ | August 15, 2018 | Celia Shortt Goodyear and Hali Bernstein Saylor
    A city with historic origins made history again when the first new federal interstate in almost 30 years opened in town. On Aug. 9, federal, state and local officials gathered at a scenic overlook on Interstate 11 in Boulder City to officially open the highway. “When we work (and) collaborate together, we reach great heights, like today,” said Mayor Rod Woodbury. The 15-mile stretch of I-11 runs from Henderson to the Hoover Dam and goes around Boulder City. It is expected to reduce travel times between those areas by as much as 30 minutes, according to the Nevada Department of...
  • Could A New Interstate North of Houston Help Alleviate The City’s Traffic Issues?

    12/28/2018 8:03:34 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Houston Public Media ^ | October 1, 2018 | Gail Delaughter
    In central Texas, a portion of U.S. 190 near Killeen has been designated as Interstate 14. But the Youth Infrastructure Coalition would like to see a complete I-14 corridor from eastern Georgia to west Texas. Under their proposal, I-14 would create an alternate east-west highway that would be located midway between I-10 and I-20.The coalition’s founder is Frank Lumpkin, a student at the University of Georgia. He said he and other students started the group to inspire young people to get involved in infrastructure projects that can benefit the area.“If you look at a map and take the demographics of...