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  • John Madden Statue Unveiling in Carmel-By-The-Sea

    05/18/2024 6:03:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KSBW ^ | May 17, 2024 | Naveed Habibelahian
    Legendary coach John Madden had a statue of himself unveiled today in front of Bruno's Market and Deli in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Organizers say it will serve as a lasting tribute to the iconic coach and broadcaster who would frequently visit the deli while he lived in Carmel. The project took nearly a year to complete.
  • Where does Yosemite rank as best National Park for hiking?

    05/17/2024 4:51:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    KSEE ^ | May 17, 2024 | Cristina Lombardo
    Yosemite has ranked high on a list of the top 10 list national parks for hiking, according to a recent report. The report by KURU Footwear considered all 63 national parks and looked at several metrics including the number of trails, miles of trails, and a high average trail rating score. ‘Most Instagrammable’: Yosemite awarded online top spot They also determined the crowd density in each park by comparing the average number of daily visitors with the acreage of the park. The list has placed Yosemite National Park at number one, and nearby Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National...
  • Sick “Queer Animals” Propaganda From NBC Seeks to “Prove” Homosexuality is Natural

    05/17/2024 1:13:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    DISNTR ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    When I saw this, I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I mean, homosexuals have always argued that homosexuality is normal and natural because, well, there are animals that do it. But I always thought the argument was so dumb that no serious person would ever give it a second thought. And it really is that dumb. I mean, dumb to the point of complete and total absurdity. In fact, the Bible has a phrase for such stupidity: “Claiming to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:22). But it absolutely blows my mind that these people want to broadcast...
  • 308-Million-Year-Old Fossil Arachnid Is An 8-Legged Evolutionary Puzzle

    05/17/2024 12:14:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    IFL Science ^ | May 17, 2024 | LAURA SIMMONS
    Not quite a spider, not a scorpion either – where does Douglassarachne acanthopoda fit in? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Douglassarachne acanthopoda was a more experimental version of a modern harvestman, with distinctive armored legs. Image credit: Paul Selden ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This leggy, spiny fella is Douglassarachne acanthopoda, whom we’ll call Doug for short (only kidding). You might look at this fossilized specimen and confidently declare, “That there’s a spider.” But wait! While D. acanthopoda certainly shares many of the characteristics of modern arachnids, it has enough unique features to give palaentologists a headache when it comes to classifying it. Spiders and their ancestors have...
  • Man pleads guilty in theft of Palmer jacket, more Masters items

    05/17/2024 11:52:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    ESPN ^ | May 15, 2024 | Staff
    CHICAGO -- A former warehouse assistant for the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia pleaded guilty Wednesday to transporting millions of dollars worth of stolen Masters tournament memorabilia and historic items, including one of Arnold Palmer's iconic green jackets. Richard Globensky, of Georgia, entered the plea in federal court in Chicago. He was charged with one count of transporting goods knowing they had been stolen. "I plead guilty," Globensky, 39, told the judge. According to federal prosecutors, Globensky took items from the warehouse for sellers in Florida, who then sold them online at a significant markup. Globensky was paid through...
  • Taj Mahal Gets Competition As New White Marble Marvel Opens In Agra

    05/17/2024 11:07:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    NDTV - India ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    The visitors often draw comparisons between the iconic Taj Mahal and the newly built mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect in Soami Bagh, located about 12 km away from the Taj Mahal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saomi Bagh in Agra is a new white marble structure in Agra that took 104 years to build ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A new white marble structure in Agra that took 104 years to build is daily drawing hordes of spiritually inclined tourists. The visitors often draw comparisons between the iconic Taj Mahal and the newly built mausoleum of the founder of the Radhasoami sect in Soami Bagh,...
  • Abnormally hot summer even more likely in latest NOAA forecast: Here’s where

    05/17/2024 9:38:23 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/17/2024 | ALIX MARTICHOUX
    (NEXSTAR) – New predictions for the summer season, released by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center this week, show weather is likely to heat up in almost every corner of the United States. The forecast, which covers June, July and August, indicates nearly every U.S. state with leaning toward a hotter-than-normal summer season. The highest chances are found out West, where Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Colorado have a 60% to 70% chance of above-average temperatures over the next three months. Several other Western states plus the Northeast are also strongly favored to see above-average heat. The only exception to...
  • Bats have a unique superpower. Climate change is turning it into a liability.

    05/17/2024 5:44:37 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 25 replies ^ | 1/30/24 | Benji Jones and Kimberly Mas
    Not all bats are unbelievably, overwhelmingly adorable, like the one below. Many of them have wrinkly faces and large ears that help them “see” in the dark, using echolocation. But all bats are, without a doubt, exceptional creatures. Not only do bats pollinate our crops, prey on pests like mosquitos, and spread seeds that help damaged ecosystems recover, but they also possess a superpower that’s unique among mammals: flight
  • Hidden in the Halo: MIT Researchers Discover the Universe’s Oldest Stars

    05/16/2024 9:53:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    MIT astronomers discovered three of the oldest stars in the universe, and they live in our own galactic neighborhood. The stars are in the Milky Way’s “halo” — the cloud of stars that envelopes the main galactic disk — and they appear to have formed between 12 and 13 billion years ago, when the very first galaxies were taking shape. Credit: Serge Brunier; NASA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Astronomers discovered three ancient stars circling the Milky Way’s halo, formed 12-13 billion years ago. MIT researchers have discovered three of the oldest stars in the universe, and they happen to live in our own...
  • Baby gator beats the heat in Florida fountain

    05/16/2024 8:43:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | May 14, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    May 14 (UPI) -- A Florida woman out for her morning run came across an unexpected scene: a baby alligator beating the summer heat with a dip in a public fountain. Lauren Shrage said she and her dog were out for their morning run in Palm Beach Gardens when she spotted something in the water in the fountain next to the Mirabella community's entrance gate. She recorded video when she realized the object was actually a small alligator taking a dip in the cool water. "Are you having a good day?" Shrage asks the gator in the video. Shrage said...
  • T-6 Instructor Pilot Dies After Ejection Seat Goes Off on the Ground

    05/15/2024 6:01:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies ^ | May 14, 2024 | David Roza
    An Air Force instructor pilot died early in the morning on May 14 from injuries sustained when the pilot’s T-6A Texan II training plane ejection seat activated during ground operations the day before, the 82nd Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, announced in a press release. “An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway,” the wing wrote, adding that the pilot’s name is being withheld for 24 hours to notify his or her next of kin. The 82nd is the host unit at Sheppard, but the pilot was assigned to the 80th Flying Training Wing, the...
  • US plans to impose new major tariffs on Chinese EVs, equipment

    05/13/2024 1:21:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Daily Sahbah ^ | May 13, 2024 | Staff
    This photo shows BYD electric cars awaiting to be loaded onto a ship at the international container terminal of Taicang Port at Suzhou Port, eastern Jiangsu Province, China, Sept. 11, 2023. (AFP Photo) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Biden administration is reportedly set to impose major new tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs), semiconductors, solar equipment and medical supplies imported from China, according to a U.S. official and another person familiar with the plan. Tariffs on electric vehicles, in particular, could quadruple from the existing 25% to 100%. The people described the plan on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide...
  • Kentucky angler nabs a 200-pound prehistoric alligator snapping turtle before going on to reel in monster gar - which stands to break his OWN record

    05/13/2024 8:20:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 13, 2024 | MITCHELL GOODBAR
    Art Weston reeled in a fearsome, 200lbs. prehistoric alligator snapping turtle Weston was trying to catch a record-breaking alligator gar when it happened The prehistoric beast had its mouth open and was ready to bite and claw them ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Scientists keep finding 'heavenly pits' in China that are teeming with life and long lost DNA

    05/12/2024 12:57:28 PM PDT · by Twotone · 15 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 5, 2024 | Collin Jones
    Deep in the heart of China's karst landscapes, scientists have discovered immense sinkholes that appear to contain ancient forests that are teeming with life, according to the Debrief. These sinkholes are known as karst tiankengs — and they appear to be a hotbed of genetic diversity and home to endangered species like the Manglietia aromatica. A recent study was published in the March issue of Forests, which appeared to provide evidence that these sinkholes have conserved long lost DNA. In the introduction to the study, researchers stated: "China has the most extensive distribution of karst terrain globally, covering an area...
  • What Are Drone Bees?

    05/10/2024 2:30:20 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 15 replies
    learnbees ^ | 1/4/24 | Jane Ten
    Drone honeybees can be tricky to spot when surrounded by thousands of other bees. So how do you identify them? Easy. By looking at their eyes. Drone bees have massive eyes that touch each other. This comes in handy for helping them spot queens to mate with. In contrast, female bees have smaller eyes that don’t touch.
  • Texas officer gets bit in the hand by gigantic alligator

    05/10/2024 12:47:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | May 10, 2024 | ARIANA GARCIA
    The officer had to undergo surgery and is on the road to recovery. A Texas police officer suffered a bite from an alligator after attempting to remove it from the road. Cleveland, TX Police Department An officer with the Cleveland Police Department is recovering after suffering a nasty bite from a huge alligator he was helping to corral. Sgt. David Edwards was helping officers and Liberty County sheriff's deputies remove the 10-feet-long alligator from the middle of the roadway on State Highway 105 bypass near U.S. 59 around midnight on Wednesday. As Edwards helped other officers attempting to place a...
  • Small alligator found in Beaver County creek [PA]

    05/10/2024 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    WPXI-TV 11 ^ | May 9, 2024 | Jillian Hartmann, WPXI-TV
    FREEDOM, Pa. — It’s not every day you come across an alligator in our area. On Wednesday, a small gator was discovered in a creek in Freedom. Beaver Valley Regional Police got a call from someone who spotted the gator and officers safely captured it. For now, the two-and-a-half-foot reptile is being cared for at Off The Hook Exotic Pet Shop in Ambridge. The owner believes the gator was someone’s pet. “I don’t think someone dumped him in the creek on purpose. sometimes people take them out for some sunshine then they don’t realize they can climb a fence and...

    05/10/2024 9:25:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 10, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    A curious-looking stone inscribed with a mysterious ancient language uncovered by a teacher near Coventry, England, has revealed a rare window to the region’s ancient history. While working in his garden, geography teacher Graham Senior discovered a peculiar rock amidst the overgrown weeds in his flowerbed. Removing it from the surrounding earth revealed a rectangular wedge of sandstone bearing a series of unusual markings along its face. Unable to decipher the strange set of inscriptions along the face of the artifact, Senior reached out to a local archaeologist for assistance with the unique find. Soon, experts were able to determine...
  • Sean Penn puffs a cigarette, hangs with Hunter Biden at Soho House in Malibu

    05/09/2024 11:48:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/09/24 | Eileen Reslen
    From “Mystic River” to mystery meetings. Sean Penn was spotted linking up with first son Hunter Biden at Soho House in Malibu, Calif., Wednesday. The “I Am Sam” star was photographed with a cigarette in his mouth, wearing a plaid blue shirt, a pair of cargo pants and holding a tan jacket as he exited his vehicle. Biden, meanwhile, kept a low profile in a black baseball cap, aviator sunglasses, a dark denim jacket and a pair of gray slacks. The two men were seen chatting casually while posted outside the swanky members-only club. We’re told Penn, 63, and Biden,...
  • Woman Mauled By Bear After Rolling Down Her Window To Take A Selfie — ‘I Thought He Wanted To Be Friends’

    05/09/2024 1:44:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    YourTango ^ | Apr 26, 2024 | Mary-Faith Martinez
    Her experience brings new meaning to the "bear vs. man" question.While social media users debate if they’d rather be left alone in the woods with a bear or a man, one woman is considering herself “lucky” after surviving a real bear attack. A Scottish tourist was mauled by a bear in Romania. Friends Moira Gallacher and Charmian Widdowson were visiting the Carpathian Mountains when they encountered a group of bears, according to Scottish news outlet STV. Widdowson said, “We saw these bears — a mummy bear and a baby — they were gorgeous.” What the women didn’t know was that...