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  • Watch: Scuba diver encounters massive great white shark one mile off Florida coast

    02/14/2020 8:14:06 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 28 replies
    Fox 35 ^ | Feb 2020
    The shark is seen drifting toward the bottom of the ocean, close enough for the divers to get amazing photos and videos. "Today all of my dreams came true and I got to hang out on the reef with a Great White Shark!!! Best Day ever!!" she wrote on her Facebook page.
  • She Ran the Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifying Time, But She Can’t Compete in Atlanta

    02/12/2020 11:15:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 7, 2020 | Taylor Dutch
    Erin Gregoire crossed the finish line of the Houston Marathon, looked at her watch, and smiled. In her debut at the distance, she ran 2:42:55—well under the qualifying time of 2:45:00 she needed for the Olympic Marathon Trials. In what has become a complex case, however, Gregoire was denied entry into the Trials, because the differential between her gun time (2:54:54) and chip time (her 2:42:55) was too large. And the day of the Houston Marathon (January 19) was the final day of qualifying, so it was her last shot at getting into the race. “Obviously it was an incredible...
  • Farmers clash with (Mexican) National Guard over diversion of dam’s water to US

    02/10/2020 3:41:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    More than 3,000 farmers and residents of four Chihuahua municipalities clashed with the National Guard on Tuesday over the federal government’s plan to divert water from a dam in the northern border state to the Rio Grande for the use of the United States. The newspaper Milenio reported that protesters from Camargo, La Cruz, Delicias and San Francisco de Conchos confronted the guardsmen with the aim of removing them from the La Boquilla Dam, located on the Conchos River about 200 kilometers south of Chihuahua city. The National Water Commission (Conagua) intends to open the sluices of the dam to...
  • Best place to get ammunition online or retail?

    02/09/2020 10:08:04 AM PST · by Dacula · 62 replies
    Self | 02/09/20 | Dacula
    It is getting harder and harder to go 'plinking' and range time. Wal-Mart has low or no stock in my area. Academy Sports is pretty tight on their inventory. What is the best way to get (22,9mm & 38) ammunition? I am truly asking for a friend.
  • Understanding Solar Maximum and Minimum

    02/08/2020 10:52:48 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    NTD News ^ | February 8, 2020 | Miguel Moreno
    That fiery ball in space does settle down every 11 years or so. It’s called the solar minimum, and the Space Weather Prediction Center indicates that this phase of low sunspot activity will continue for a few more years. During a solar minimum, the sun has very few sunspots on its surface, which some speculate could affect the earth’s weather. In contrast, a solar maximum has more sunspots on its surface and solar activity is high. “Usually a solar minimum lasts about a year or so, but then sometimes it can last for decades or even longer,” said Prof. Jason...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 8-14, 2020

    02/08/2020 7:01:00 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 80 replies
    February 8, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Police Rescue Wallaby Struggling Nearly Four Miles Off Shore

    02/07/2020 12:49:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | FEB. 6, 2020 | Ben Hooper
    Police in Australia shared video of the rescue of a wallaby found swimming in circles nearly 4 miles from shore. The Queensland Police Service said a Water Police boat responded Wednesday to a call from a resident who spotted the marsupial swimming and monitored the animal for two hours, determining it was confused and unable to find the way back to shore. Police shared video of officers plucking the wallaby, dubbed Dawny after swimmer Dawn Fraser, out of the water. The officers gave the wallaby a lift to North Stradbroke Island, where the animal was released onto dry land.
  • Cyclist, 72, Rides Nine Miles Home With Broken Bones After A38 Collision With Car That Did Not Stop

    02/07/2020 12:18:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    GloucestershireLive ^ | 6 FEB 2020 | Janet Hughes
    A 72-year-cyclist seriously injured when he was involved in a collision with a car climbed back on his bike and rode nine miles home before going to hospital. Doug Gale, from Cheltenham, suffered four broken ribs, a fractured hip and a head injury after coming off his bike on Gupshill roundabout on the edge of Tewkesbury. But rather than call an ambulance the bloody and battered veteran cyclist headed home so his wife could take him to Cheltenham General Hospital. He is currently on a ward at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after a CT scan at Cheltenham detected a small brain...
  • Loch Ness Monster Sightings Reach Record Level

    02/06/2020 11:53:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Ross-Shire Journal ^ | 12 January 2020
    UNEXPLAINED sightings of something mysterious lurking in Loch Ness were at the highest level this century during 2019. A total of 18 sightings were recorded on the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register – the highest since 1983. They ranged from eyewitness accounts by visitors to the area to unusual objects spotted by people on the other side of the world scouring images on a live webcam of the loch. The entries also include a sighting by seriously-ill Zachary White, aged five, who travelled from his home in Berkshire to the loch and spotted the monster after being given a...
  • Should nature be given rights enshrined in law?

    02/05/2020 8:19:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.05.2020 | Ruby Russell
    “We see ourselves not as an owner of wild rice but a symbiotic partner and a parallel entity from the Creator,” says Frank Bibeau, a lawyer from the Anishinaabe indigenous group in the United States and Canada. Harvesters use flailing sticks to beat the wild rice — or manoomin, by its Anishinaabe name — and release grain into the air. “A good portion of the rice gets sent out in all directions to reseed the rice. Maybe half of it or a little more falls into the canoe for food,” Bibeau explains. “So we are part of the natural reseeding...
  • District attorney reviewing case of MDOT worker killed in Itawamba County

    02/05/2020 8:02:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WTVA ^ | October 3, 2019 | Zac Carlisle
    TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The district attorney’s office is now handling the case involving the death of a state transportation worker in Itawamba County. An 18-wheeler struck and killed Jeff Boren on Sept. 11 on Interstate 22. A picture of Jeff Boren on the Facebook page of Ozark Baptist Church on September 12, 2019 Boren worked for the Mississippi Department of Transportation as a construction manager. According to a district engineer, Boren was on the shoulder of the interstate picking up a road sign when the collision happened.
  • Coyote and Badger Play Together in Santa Cruz Mountains

    02/04/2020 6:06:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KSBW ^ | Feb 4, 2020 | Brendan Weber
    Peninsula Open Space Trust said the caught-on-camera moment marks 'the first time this type of behavior has been captured' in the Bay AreaAn apparently playful coyote and their supposed badger buddy were captured on camera traveling together under a highway near the Santa Cruz Mountains. The adorable video made its way to Twitter Monday evening, quickly garnering hundreds of thousands of likes as well as prompting the creation of hashtags such as #CoyoteBadgerBuddies and #CoyoteBadger2020. Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), which protects open space along the Peninsula and in the South Bay, said its wildlife cameras spotted the coyote and...
  • Weather warning: Earth could be hit by MINI ICE-AGE as Sun ‘hibernates’ (only 10.96 years left)

    02/03/2020 2:25:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 82 replies
    Express ^ | 2/03/20 | SEAN MARTIN
    Sunspot activity on the surface of the Sun follows a well-known but little understood 11 year cycle. Activity rises and falls creating the so-called solar maximum and then solar minimum. During a solar maximum, the Sun is more powerful and is littered with sunspots. Conversely when the Sun enters a solar minimum – which it did about two years ago - energy from our host star begins to lessen. However, one expert has warned that the Sun will enter a period of “hibernation” this year, in what as known as a Grand Solar Minimum (GSM). **SNIP** “The reduction in temperature...
  • Weekly Garden Thread - February 1-7, 2020

    02/01/2020 10:32:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies
    February 1, 2020 | Diana in Wisconsin/Greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. If you have specific question about a plant/problem you are having, please remember to state the Growing Zone where you are located. This thread is non-political respite. No matter what, you won’t be flamed, and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the...
  • Visit Nepal's Yeti: How Mythical Creature Divided Himalayan Nation

    01/31/2020 8:36:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 28 January 2020 | Kamal Pariyar
    A row over the yeti has pitted experts against officials - and, for once, it is not about whether or not the mythical creature actually exists. Instead, it is how the creature looks. "This is not right. The government can't just do as it wants," passer-by Reshma Shrestha says, shaking her head in front of the 7ft (2.1m) tall statue at the centre of a row. "If you did not tell me, I would not have known that it was a yeti." 'It's a sumo wrestler' The arrival of the first of more than 100 statues emblazoned with the words...
  • Sherman Pass Sasquatch: DOT Says Web Cam Captured Possible Bigfoot Sighting Near Highway

    01/31/2020 8:25:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 01.28.20
    WashingtonÂ’s Department of Transportation posted a series of photos on Twitter last week claiming a potential Sasquatch sighting near a highway at Sherman Pass. A webcam placed by the department in the stateÂ’s remote northeastern corner captured a shadowy figure resembling what appears to be a person, or Bigfoot, or just a tree trunk with an oddly humanoid figure. The following day, a crew of workers clearing snow in the area stopped by the cameraÂ’s location to see if they could spot anything out of the ordinary. However, if a Sasquach had been there, it apparently made a fast get...
  • Florida Man Pumps Gas Through a Fishing Pole Slot on his Boat

    01/31/2020 7:57:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    NBC2 ^ | Friday, January 31st 2020
    The 31-year-old man didn't notice the mistake right away and pumped $60 of fuel.Mistakenly putting the fuel pump into a fishing pole holder, a Florida man pumped $60 worth of gas onto the deck of his boat and on the ground of a gas station, officials said. SNIP The gas flowed from the fishing pole holder and onto the deck of the 24-foot vessel. The 31-year-old man didn't notice the mistake right away and pumped $60 of fuel. When the man was trying to clean up the mess, the gasoline started to leak from the boat and onto the ground...
  • Funds expected to speed up I-95 widening south of Fayetteville

    01/31/2020 8:34:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | November 8, 2019 | John Henderson, Staff Writer
    Widening and improvements to a 27-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Robeson and Cumberland counties are being sped up due to a grant. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to accelerate the improvements because of a $22.5 million federal grant awarded this week. It is the second major federal grant the NCDOT has received since the summer of 2018 to help fund major improvements along I-95 corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant through its “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development,” or BUILD, program, which helps states and cities build and repair critical pieces of the transportation network....
  • Rescued owl found to be too obese to fly [UK]

    01/30/2020 9:35:14 AM PST · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 29, 2020 / 3:46 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Suffolk Owl Sanctuary Yesterday at 12:00 AM · This soggy little owl was found in a ditch a few weeks ago. Usually in these instances we assume injury of sorts that is preventing the owl from flying - occasionally becoming wet causes them to become grounded too - so you can imagine our surprise that when we examined her, we found her to simply be extremely obese! Upon weighing her, she was a rather chunky 245g (which is roughly a third heaver than a large healthy female little owl) and she was unable to fly effectively due to the fatty...
  • Ford Fiesta, Focus transmission lawsuit reaches multimillion dollar settlement

    01/29/2020 4:55:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Cnet ^ | 1/28/20 | Sean Szymkowski
    Ford Focus and Fiesta owners have had many days in court, but finally, it appears a long-running class-action lawsuit will wrap up. According to court documents filed this past Friday, first spotted by the Detroit Free Press, the Blue Oval has agreed to settle a lawsuit surrounding an allegedly faulty transmission found in the 2011-2016 Fiesta and 2012-2016 Focus. The dual-clutch transmission, named DPS6, has for years been the focal point of consumer complaints. The lawsuit, filed in 2012, alleged that Ford lied about the problems in the cars and continued to sell them to buyers, allegedly blaming them for...