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  • Hardcore Black Friday Shopper Creates Man-Cave Outside Of Best Buy

    11/25/2015 12:24:45 PM PST · by RummyChick · 11 replies
    huffpo ^ | 11/24 | Hanson
    An Arizona man is making damn sure that nobody gets a better Black Friday deal than he does.
  • Buckled Vasquez Canyon Road Fenced Off After Becoming Attraction for Skaters

    11/24/2015 9:02:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    ktla ^ | Melissa Pamer,
    A 2-mile stretch of the road - in an unincorporated area of north Santa Clarita - was shut down after a slide began pushing up the asphalt on Nov. 19. Since the road closed, skateboarders have apparently been attracted to the steeply sloping roadway. Photos from the area show skaters airborne atop the broken asphalt, and one skater reported many people at the site over the weekend. The unusual sight was an attraction for photographers as well, social media posts appeared to indicate. On Tuesday, the county Department of Public Works tweeted a photo showing the damaged road fenced off,...
  • Missing UCLA Student’s Body Found Buried Under Avalanche in John Muir Wilderness

    11/23/2015 3:05:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    ktla ^ | Tracy Bllom
    Michael Meyers was found dead shortly before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, about 11,000 feet up in the mountains in an area of the John Muir Wilderness, according to Deputy Coroner Investigator Jeff Mullenhour. Meyers, an experienced hiker and climber, was hiking the area by himself. He was due back in Los Angeles on Nov. 11, according to his family. The UCLA physics student was driving a Dodge SUV, which was discovered Thursday at the Mount Whitney trailhead. Items belonging to Meyers were found Friday in a recent avalanche debris field near Mount Irvine, the Los Angeles Police Department stated in a...
  • Season's first snow is Chicago's largest November snowfall in 120 years

    11/22/2015 3:39:12 AM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 21, 2015 | Marwa Eltagouri
    Chicago gets its largest November snowfall in 120 years. The season's first snowfall dropped as much as 17 inches across Chicago's northern suburbs, and the total of 11.2 inches at O'Hare International Airport made it the largest November snowfall in 120 years. ... According to the weather service, this was the second-largest November snowstorm, behind only a 12-inch snowfall Nov. 25-26, 1895. This month is catapulted to the fourth snowiest November on record with more than a week remaining. The three snowiest Novembers were: 1940 with 14.8 inches, 1895 with 14.5 inches and 1951 with 14.3 inches.
  • Amish man runs marathon in traditional slacks and suspenders

    11/21/2015 3:16:45 PM PST · by Daffynition · 69 replies
    AP via SeattlePI ^ | November 21, 2015 | staff reporter
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ~ An Amish man turned heads as he whizzed by fellow runners at a recent marathon ~ not because of his speed but because of his unusual racing attire. Twenty-two-year-old Leroy Stolzfus finished the 26.2-mile Harrisburg Marathon on Nov. 8 in just over three hours and five minutes, all while wearing his community's traditional clothing, Pennlive.com reported
  • Just bought a Tokarev TT

    11/20/2015 3:59:33 PM PST · by Celtic Conservative · 38 replies
    11/20/15 | Celtic Conservative
    Just bought a Tokarev TT. Interesting pistol. It's been called the "Soviet 1911" and after disassembly and cleaning I can see why. Mine is a romanian model with a production date of 1956. To meet import regulations a frame mounted trigger safety has been added. It's fairly crisp and positive functioning, but just the same I don't think I'll be using it a lot. Most literature I've read on the TT doesn't recommend carry with a round chambered anyway. The Soviets carried them chamber empty. I'm looking forward to getting some range time with it when possible. I heard they're...
  • On the move now, deer can be a danger to motorists

    11/20/2015 9:37:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 12, 2015 | David Boyce
    One day in the first week of November, Pete Pringle and his brother, Luke, were talking about car accidents involving deer. Pete and Luke work at Pringle Auto Body, 2720 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is a family business started by their grandfather in 1968 and now is run by their mother. It was natural for them to have a conversation on deer accidents this time of year. It’s when a higher percentage of collisions involving deer occur because it’s the breeding season for deer. “We are getting into that season,” Pete Pringle said. Bucks and does will...
  • Yellowstone National Park proposes killing 1,000 bison to curb winter migration into Montana

    11/19/2015 2:00:26 PM PST · by Daffynition · 107 replies
    StarTrib ^ | November 18, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter — mostly calves and females — as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan. It marks the continuation of a controversial agreement reached in 2000 between Montana and the federal government that was meant to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis from bison to livestock. Almost 5,000 bison roamed the park this summer. A harsh winter could...
  • Keefe Report: Ruger on the Frontline Against Terror

    11/18/2015 6:30:02 PM PST · by Jed Eckert · 36 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Mark Keefe
    As Americans are shocked and horrified by the carnage of another extremist Islamic attack in Paris-this one far worse than the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher market massacres-one of America's most popular rifles is once again on the frontline in the war against terror. And it's not a gun familiar from the nightly news. That gun is a nearly 30-year-old variant of the Ruger Mini-14 called the Mousqueton A.M.D., the latter is an abbreviation for Armement Moyen de Defense. The veteran rifles from Ruger have appeared on broadcasts around the world in hands of helmeted French police. And the guns are...
  • THIRD mystery 'Death Star' space ball to crash into Spanish village sparks terror ...

    11/12/2015 10:26:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12:58 EST, 12 November 2015 | By Corey Charlton
    A third mysterious black space object to fall from the sky into rural Spain has caused panic among locals. The strange-looking black orb was found in the village of Villavieja in Murcia - becoming the latest instance of an increasingly bewildering phenomenon, the Olive Press reported. It's not yet known what the objects are, though theories range from UFOs to pieces of space debris. The first instance of the strange phenomenon occurred one week ago, when Spanish goat farmers discovered the strange object, which bears a striking resemblance to the Star Wars torture device, the IT-O Interrogator, in Calasparra, Murcia....
  • And suddenly Earth began to breath – Forest ground starts moving in Nova Scotia

    11/12/2015 4:36:30 AM PST · by Daffynition · 41 replies
    strangesounds.com ^ | Nov 5, 2015 | Strange Sounds staff; Brian Nuttall‎
    What did happen on October 31, 2015 in this forest along Apple River in Nova Scotia, Canada? *Look at the ground. It*s moving, it*s beating as if the Earth just began to breath.* Baffling.
  • Is Wisconsin doing enough about CWD?

    11/11/2015 1:55:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-11-15 | Paul A. Smith
    As we remain passive, Michigan gets aggressive with deer disease When chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin's wild white-tailed deer herd in 2002, state wildlife officials expressed a goal of eradicating the disease. After several years of effort, including the use of sharpshooters and extended hunting seasons to reduce deer numbers in the affected area, the Department of Natural Resources backed off on its plans and abandoned the aggressive measures. The 2012 Deer Trustees Report helped drive a final stake in the ambitions of any state wildlife managers who hoped to control the disease. The report advised a "more...
  • 13 y/o kills armed invader

    11/11/2015 1:40:57 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 10 replies
    Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office say one person is dead after a 13-year-old boy opened fire at a suspected burglar at a home on Tuesday
  • Home owner insurance companies remove coverage for all solar panels and gear from policy

    11/11/2015 1:11:40 PM PST · by George from New England · 32 replies
    Home owner insurance companies exempting solar panels and associated equipment from coverage. Have you received notice? Do you care?
  • If The Zombie Apocalypse Happens, Scientists Say You Should Head For The Hills

    11/11/2015 8:38:49 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 75 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | October 31, 2015 | Kevin Loria
    If the zombie apocalypse happens, scientists say you should head for the hills If - or when - the zombie apocalypse comes, those of us in big cities are in trouble, according to research presented at the American Physical Society March meeting on March 5, 2015. Starting in a big city like New York or Atlanta would mean you are basically screwed from the start if the epidemic had already hit there, according to Alex Alemi, a graduate student at Cornell University and part of the research team. You are much better off starting further away from people, they say,...
  • [Future Headline] Global Warming Causes November Hurricane Kate! Raise Carbon Taxes Now!

    11/09/2015 1:11:51 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 7 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | ublished Nov 9 2015 01:05 PM EST weather.com | NA
    Tropical Storm Kate has strengthened near the central Bahamas. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft investigating the system found that maximum sustained winds had increased to 45 mph as of late Monday morning. Kate has maintained this intensity as of early Monday afternoon. Kate is not a direct threat to the United States, but will continue to impact the Bahamas with gusty winds and locally heavy rain through early Tuesday morning. (MORE: Follow Tropical Storm Kate With Our Interactive Storm Tracker) Highlights: Tropical Storm Kate was centered 30 miles east-southeast of Eleuthera in the Bahamas as of early Monday afternoon....
  • Minn. Hunters Gearing Up For Firearm Deer Season

    11/06/2015 4:43:49 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It is “Orange Friday.” That means in just a few hours, more than half a million Minnesotans will head to the outdoors for the opening of deer hunting season. It is a long-standing Minnesota tradition. The Department of Natural Resources says it expects this year’s deer harvest to be relatively low, between 140,000 and 155,000 deer. But that is not stopping die-hard Minnesotans from sticking with tradition and heading out for the weekend hunt.
  • Feds sold horses for slaughter to rancher with reported political ties

    11/05/2015 5:04:58 AM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 26, 2015 | Adam Shaw
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrongly sold hundreds of federally protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who in turn sold most the animals to be slaughtered for horse meat, according to a new watchdog report.
  • We're Taking Larry Deer Hunting This Weekend. For The Last Time.

    11/04/2015 7:26:30 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 67 replies
    Me | 11/4/15 | BTLD
    We're taking Larry deer hunting this weekend. After 35 years in the woods with Larry, sadly, this will be our last together. After 40 years at the same job, he finally had enough and retired this past spring. He's a mere 62 years old. He left his job on a Friday and started his new job the next Monday. Working at a local golf course. Cutting grass, doing maintenance, free lunch everyday and free golf on Mondays. He was in heaven. About three months ago, his eyesight was suddenly failing him. The eye doctor said that there was something affecting...
  • Proof Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBb9O-aW4zI Check this out.Manicured fire wood. Helps prove libs are nuts
  • Vanity. 2 Cycle oil opins?

    11/04/2015 5:07:21 AM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 43 replies
    Been to a few forums and thought I would ask around here. I have a Stihl BR600 blower and a "Husky" saw. Been using the premeasured small bottles of Stihl Ultra Synthetic in both. Its not cheap but I am.6 Pack 18 bucks. Needed 2 stroke oil yesterday so I went to NAPA and picked up a bottle of Valvoline 2 stroke. Stopped in the Stihl shop and the mech said don't use it in the BR600 it requires 100% synthetic only use the Stihl Ultra. The Husky maybe but he wouldn't. I try to take care of my equip...
  • Artificial object in trans-lunar orbit to impact Earth on November 13 [FRIDAY!]

    11/03/2015 1:00:33 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 3, 2015 | by Bob King, Universe Today
    WT1190F observed on October 9, 2015 with the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The object moves from left to right across the center of the field. Credit: B. Bolin, R. Jedicke, M. Micheli ================================================================================================================ Get ready for a man-made fireball. A object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on Oct 3rd temporarily designated WT1190F is predicted to impact the Earth about 60 miles (100 km) of the southern coast of Sri Lanka around 6:20 Universal Time (12:20 a.m CST) on November 13. The objects orbits Earth with a period of about three weeks. Because it...
  • The long walk

    11/03/2015 12:36:29 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Bennett Hall
    A lot of people like to plan something big to commemorate their 40th birthday. Pat Dysart decided to go for a walk. Across Australia. With 15 camels and a bunch of people she'd never met before.
  • WATCH: ISS Nasa live cam cuts after 'suddenly locking on to mystery glowing UFO'

    11/03/2015 7:42:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.express.co.uk ^ | 02:53, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | UPDATED: 08:17, Tue, Nov 3, 2015 | By Jon Austin
    A "UFO was intercepted" by the International Space Station (ISS), claim alien hunters, who allege footage from a NASA live camera feed which zoomed in on a mysterious glowing orb suddenly cut out. The "orb UFO" allegedly monitored by ISS crew ================================================================================================================== A UFO hunter claims the ISS camera locked on and zoomed into a “mystery glowing orb”, but after monitoring the ball of light, Nasa cut the live stream from public viewing. The "Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)" was visible in the distance between the ISS and Earth, according to Scott C Waring, editor of UFO Sightings Daily, before the...
  • Northern Lights May Glow Over Northeast, Midwest This Week

    11/02/2015 5:38:40 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    Accuweather ^ | November 2 | Brian Lada
    Stargazers may be in for a rare cosmic light show this week as the northern lights dance across the night sky. Monday night and Tuesday night will both bring the chance for people in Canada and the northern United States to see the northern lights as an influx of charges particles from the sun interacts with the earth's atmosphere. People from New Hampshire to Nebraska will have the best conditions for viewing the aurora, with mainly clear skies expected on both nights.
  • Ancient British tree undergoing 'sex-change'

    11/02/2015 11:36:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 87 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 2, 2015 | Staff
    A British tree thought to be up to 5,000 years old has started to change sex, a "rare and unusual" phenomenon not fully understood by scientists, a botanist said Monday. The Fortingall Yew, in Perthshire, central Scotland has for hundreds of years been recorded as male, but has recently begun sprouting berries, suggesting that at least part of the tree is changing gender. "It's a rare occurence ... rare and unusual and not fully understood," said Max Coleman of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, who spotted the berries. "It's thought that there's a shift in the balance of hormone-like compounds that...
  • Massive 'crack in the Earth' opens up suddenly in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains

    10/30/2015 8:21:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    www.mnn.com ^ | By: Bryan Nelson | October 30, 2015, 12:40 a.m
    The crack appears like a miniature Grand Canyon up close. (Photo: Randy Becker/Facebook) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A dramatic crack has suddenly formed in the foothills of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains that measures an impressive 750 yards long and 50 yards wide. It was discovered recently by surprised backcountry hunters who travel frequently to the area in search of game. First reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on their Facebook page, the mammoth chasm appeared over the course of just a couple of weeks. It's an impressive example of just how quickly very large geological events can occur under the right...
  • Tourist captures image of mysterious sea monster off Grecian coastline

    10/29/2015 2:27:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 28, 2015 | Sky McCarthy
    A Scottish tourist unwittingly captured an unidentifiable sea monster while vacationing in Greece. Harvey Robertson was on a boat cruise off the coast of Parga, sailing through sea caves with his family. He was initially just trying to capture the unusual color of the surrounding water with his iPhone camera. What he shot instead has baffled those across the Internet—and marine scientists. Looking back through his camera, Robertson saw that he had captured a grey creature that resembles an elongated manatee. The strange animal appears to pop out of the water in one photo, then disappears under the greenish water...
  • Halo, the $330 million airship of the future

    10/28/2015 2:20:37 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | October 28, 2015 08:00 | By John O'Ceallaigh
    Exclusive: Conceived as the ultimate holiday home, the $330 million Halo features a ballroom, open-air viewing deck and space for your yacht and helicopter Oligarchs who have tired of their superyachts could instead spend future holidays on Halo, a proposed residential airship with a living area the size of four football pitches and an estimated cost of $330 million. The project has been conceived and tested by Andrew Winch Designs, a longstanding London-based studio that has contributed to the design and development of some of the worlds largest superyachts, private jets and homes and, though the outlandish renderings of Halo...
  • Researchers compare 'natural' mosquito repellents to DEET

    10/28/2015 12:46:26 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 96 replies
    phys.org ^ | 10/28/2015 | by Josh Lancette &Provided by: Entomological Society of America
    Every summer while preparing for long weekends at our family cabin in the north woods of Minnesota, we'd face the same dilemmas. What food should we bring? Is SPF 50 sunscreen enough protection? And, most importantly, which mosquito repellent should we buy? If we picked the wrong kind, we'd be opening ourselves up to evenings of constant swatting by the campfire and nights of uncontrollable itching. Protection from the unofficial state bird, the mosquito, was not something to take lightly. However, while itchy limbs might be annoying, Minnesotans don't have much to worry about from mosquitoes, except for the occasional...
  • Rosetta finds molecular oxygen on comet 67P

    10/28/2015 12:35:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Phys.org ^ | October 28, 2015 | Staff
    This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 7 July 2015 from a distance of 154 km from the comet centre. The image has a resolution of 13.1 m/pixel and measures 13.4 km across. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stunned scientists announced Wednesday the unexpected discovery of large quantities of oxygen on a comet which streaked past the Sun in August with a European spacecraft in tow. The find came as a "big surprise", and challenges mainstream theories on the formation of our Solar System, said scientist Andre Bieler of the University of Michigan. Measurements suggested that...
  • What Does California's State Highway Shield Symbolize?

    10/27/2015 6:21:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    KCET Channel 28 Los Angeles ^ | October 27, 2015 | Nathan Masters
    California's state highway markers -- those green, numbered signs placed along local freeways and rural routes across the Golden State -- are so familiar a feature of the automotive landscape that it's easy to overlook their symbolism. But the shield accomplishes a neat trick. At once it points ahead and back -- forward toward some spatial destination, but also back toward a temporal point of origin. Its shape mimics the spade carried by Forty-Niners into the foothills and sold by the opportunistic merchants who made the real fortunes of the California Gold Rush.
  • Africas most iconic predator the lion is declining almost everywhere

    10/27/2015 7:09:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2015 | Chelsea Harvey
    The lion is among Africas most iconic wildlife right up there with elephants, rhinos and giraffes and also one of the continents top predators. But despite its status as one of the worlds most recognizable animals, the lion has lately been losing its grip on its historic domain.
  • As large animals disappear, the loss of their poop hurts the planet

    10/27/2015 7:05:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2015 | Rachel Feltman
    It only takes a glance at a history book and a look out the window to know that our planet has lost many of its biggest creatures: The world that was once home to mammoths and towering dinosaurs can now barely maintain stable populations of rhinos and whales. But according to a new study, we've got more to mourn than just the animals themselves. We've lost their feces, too and that's a bigger problem than you might think.
  • Hiker taking a rest finds a 1,200-year-old Viking sword in great condition

    10/24/2015 5:33:35 PM PDT · by ETL · 31 replies
    FoxNews.Com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Jenn Gidman
    Goran Olsen was enjoying a leisurely hike recently in Norway when he stopped near the fishing village of Haukeli, about 150 miles west of Oslo. Under some rocks along a well-traversed path, he made a discovery that's now the envy of every detectorist in Scandinavia: a 30-inch wrought-iron Viking sword, estimated to be about 1,200 years old, CNN reports. One would think a sword that old would be so decrepit it could never be wielded again, but a Hordaland County archaeologist says it just needs a little polish and a new grip to be good to go. "The sword was...
  • Bridge in Ohio capital is infested with thousands of spiders

    10/23/2015 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    AP via .newstimes.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | staff reporter
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Main Street bridge in Ohio's capital might appear to be decked out for Halloween, but officials say the extensive webs spotted by motorists at night are real.
  • Parachuting beavers: Archive footage shows kooky 40s project, USA

    10/23/2015 10:48:59 AM PDT · by Ancesthntr · 43 replies
    Idaho Department of Fish and Game ^ | 1940s | Idaho Department of Fish and Game and YouTube
    Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials struggling to manage a growing beaver population in the 1940s and 1950s struck on an unusual solution.
  • Idaho agency finds historic footage of parachuting beavers

    10/22/2015 10:14:23 PM PDT · by LucyT · 27 replies
    ABC News.com ^ | BOISE, Idaho Oct 22, 2015 | Staff
    Boise, Idaho - More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, officials have uncovered footage of the quirky wildlife management moment. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game was struggling with an overpopulation of beavers in some regions in the 1940s when wildlife managers settled on a novel idea. They captured beavers and other furry rodents, packed them into special travel boxes, attached parachutes and dropped them from a plane into..."
  • Is my trailer going to fly?

    10/22/2015 7:00:44 PM PDT · by Paul R. · 92 replies
    Me | 10/22/15 | PaulR
    I wonder if we have on FR someone familiar enough with aerodynamic design to roughly estimate the upward force ("lift"*) on a pop-up camper being towed at 60 mph if the camper is tilted, front up...
  • Oklahoma girl takes shot at the record books with 16-point buck

    10/22/2015 12:48:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | 10.22 | K. QUERRY
    An Oklahoma girl may make it into the record books after killing a 16-point buck last weekend. Micalah Millard, who is just 14-years-old, was hunting with her father when she spotted a large buck through cameras set up on her grandfathers ranch. Hours later, the buck reappeared. I was surprised that I made the shot and hit him, Micalah told KJRH. She has killed deer before, but nothing like this. Nobody I know has ever killed anything like this, said Malachi, Micalahs father. Now, she must wait 60 days to wait for an official score, but the buck will likely...
  • Conde Nast Traveler: Palawan named worlds best island to visit second year in a row

    10/22/2015 11:59:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | 10/22/2015
    For the second year in a row, the island of Palawan was recognized as Best Island in the World by leading US travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler in its Readers Choice Awards 2015. Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato Jr., in a text message to the Philippines News Agency said that the department was delighted about the recognition given to Palawan by Conde Nast. The DOT is continuously focused on developing destinations in the country together with all stakeholders: NGAs, LGUs, private sector, and all our much-valued markets; to exceed expectations in many fronts, Boncato said. Accolades...
  • Utah researcher: The louder the howler monkey, the smaller its testicles

    10/22/2015 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 10/22/2015 | By RICH KANE
    A University of Utah researcher co-authored a study released Thursday that reveals size does indeed matter at least when it comes to howler monkey testicles. Primatologist Leslie Knapp, professor and chair of the university's Department of Anthropology, found that the smaller a howler monkey's testicles are, the deeper and louder his mating calls. Overcompensating? Perhaps. The monkeys with the deeper howls also had larger hyoid bones, which enable them to have some of the loudest voices in the animal kingdom, an eardrum-busting call that's been compared to a tiger's roar. They don't "howl" in the way your dog might,...
  • Big Sur: Princess the Condor Ready for First Flight

    10/20/2015 4:08:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Big Sur >> She might be a princess, but shes about to do some heavy lifting. California condor No. 799, dubbed Princess, is expected any day now to make her first flight from her nest atop a redwood tree in the Big Sur wilderness, said Kelly Sorenson, executive director of the Ventana Wildlife Society. Theres been five chicks raised in wild nests just this year, Sorenson said. Thats quite an accomplishment. One of this years chicks was raised by two female condors after the suspected mate of one of them died after nesting began. Ventana Wildlife Society monitored females 317...
  • Car Plunges Off Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf

    10/20/2015 3:48:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    A car with two people inside plunged off the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf late Saturday, officials said. Both people were rescued by emergency crews and were transported to a hospital. The condition of the two were not immediately known. The incident was reported at 8:20 p.m. near the Santa Cruz Lifeguard Headquarters. Officials said the driver went over an 8-inch parking block and tore through a 4-foot rail before falling about 20 feet into the ocean. Witness Christina Patrick said she saw the car driving all over the pier before it went off. Nearby lifeguards swam to the vehicle, described...
  • First Gene-Edited Dogs Reported in China

    10/20/2015 6:59:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 10/19/2015 | By Antonio Regalado
    Beagles named Hercules, at left, and Tiangou are the worlds first gene-edited dogs. =============================================================================================================================== Mans best friend is now his newest genetic engineering project. Scientists in China say they are the first to use gene editing to produce customized dogs. They created a beagle with double the amount of muscle mass by deleting a gene called myostatin. The dogs have more muscles and are expected to have stronger running ability, which is good for hunting, police (military) applications, Liangxue Lai, a researcher with the Key Laboratory of Regenerative Biology at the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, said in an...
  • Hunter Bleeds to Death After Being Gored by Injured Wild Boar in Spain

    10/19/2015 2:33:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 19 Oct 2015
    A hunter has bled to death after being attacked by a wild boar he was about to shoot in northern Spain. Another man dies after horrific goring at fiesta (14 Aug 15) Two Spaniards die after being gored by bulls (25 Jun 15) The hunter, 59, who has not been named, died on Sunday morning after being found unconscious near the village of Laza, in the province of Ourense in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia. The attack happened after the hunter shot the boar, injuring the animal who was then surrounded by his hunting dogs. When he approached the...
  • Surfer Bitten on Foot By Shark at Deerfield Beach: BSO

    10/19/2015 1:30:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 10/19/15
    A 21-year-old surfer was hospitalized after he was bitten on the foot by a shark at Deerfield Beach Monday. The surfer was bitten on the foot by a 5-foot spinner shark, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. He was taken to Broward Health North. BSO Detention Lt. Arrested in Road Rage Incident: FHP No other information was immediately known.
  • Queen selected to reign over 2015 Pasadena Doo Dah Parade

    10/19/2015 8:59:51 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | October 19, 2015 | Brian Day
    PASADENA >> Pasadena's quirky and eccentric but mostly harmless weirdos flaunted their unconventional talents Sunday as they vied for a chance to rule supreme over the Rose Parade's "twisted sister," the 38th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. When the dust had settled, a cohort of drunken but discerning judges selected punk rocker Veronika MeowMeowz to represent the band of unrepentantly outlandish miscreants to the world as Doo Dah Queen.
  • Alaska to Resident Hunters: Go Shoot Musk Oxen Before They Drown

    10/19/2015 6:12:46 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18 Oct 2015 | Nicole Mormann
    Rather than let the herds drown or starve, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened the season on Thursday, giving hunters the go-ahead to start harvesting herds found on drifting ice floes in waters adjacent to Nunivak and Nelson islands.
  • The polar bears are coming to town

    10/17/2015 7:42:14 PM PDT · by moose07 · 15 replies
    BBC Magazine. ^ | 16 October 2015 | Martina Tyrrell
    For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor - the polar bear. It's a Sunday afternoon in mid-October. I'm standing near the cemetery at the eastern end of Arviat, with a handful of other people. All eyes are fixed on the newly formed sea ice where a polar bear bellyflops into the sea, hauls itself back on to the broken ice, and bellyflops again. Inuit men...