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Woman falls into sinkhole in Springvale


A woman has had to be rescued from a 3m-deep hole after the ground opened under her feet while she was hanging washing out in a Melbourne backyard.

The woman, 53, was trapped in the hole at the Olympic Ave home in Springvale South in at least metre-high water for at least 20 minutes before neighbours heard her screams for help just after midday.

Emergency services raced to the backyard and worked frantically to rescue her, fearing throughout the operation the hole could collapse in on top of her.

The woman — a cleaner from Noble Park assisting an elderly woman named Mary who lives in the house — remarkably escaped the ordeal without injury.

It was initially feared a burst water pipe below the backyard may have caused the ground to fall in, with surrounding neighbours warned to be careful in their yards while engineers from City of Greater Dandenong and South East Water investigated.

But the investigation later revealed the hole was an old well that had not been covered properly.

“The well a number of years ago was covered up, but not too satisfactorily and (the cover) degraded over the years to the point where the lady has fallen through,” a council spokeswoman said.

“It was an isolated incident.”

Paramedic Stephanie Palamberis said the woman told her rescuers that she had been hanging washing out in the backyard at about 11.30am when the ground gave way.

“She fell with the dirt and mud, dropping about three metres and landing in waist-deep water. At one stage her head was under the water,” Ms Palamberis said.

“The woman told us she couldn’t touch the bottom of the hole, so was trying to swim and stay afloat, to avoid the risk of further mud collapses.”

CFA trench rescue teams were required to help lift the woman to safety.

CFA Dandenong operations manager Paul Carrigg said about eight rescuers lowered a rope down to the woman, asked her to wrap it around her underarms and hauled her up until they were able to reach her arms and pull her out.

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Furious driver admits assault on traffic warden after slapping his HEAD with parking ticket

Dad-of-two Robert Croucher saw red after he was given a fined for parking on double yellows outside his children's school.
A slap-happy driver whacked a parking ticket on to the back of a traffic warden's head after being landed with a fine.
Robert Croucher was dropping his two children off to school at Welholme Community Primary School in Grimsby when he parked illegally on zigzag lines. Minutes later a eagle-eyed traffic attendant slapped a fine on him but a furious Croucher saw red and shouted "Nice one d * head" at warden James Parker.
He then removed the fine off his windshield and tried to stick it to the back of Mr Parker's head.
Martin Howard, prosecuting at Grimsby Magistrates Court, said: "Mr Parker was standing with his back to the defendant when he felt what he described as pain to the head and stumbled forward.
"His colleague later described what had happened. He said the defendant took the ticket off the windscreen of his vehicle, put it on his palm and attempted to stick it to Mr Parker's head.
"The defendant then told them to 'get a real job' before driving away."
When he was nicked, Croucher said he was running late and wasn't aware of the parking restriction.
He admitted one count of assault by beating and one of using threatening and abusive words and behaviour.
The court heard how Croucher, 27, from Grainsby, Lincolnshire, works part-time in an office and is studying for a degree in business management and accounts.
Nick Furman, defending, said Croucher takes his two children to school and then has to rush to get to lectures on time.
Mr Furman added: "In retrospect he fully accepts that he shouldn't have reacted in the way that he did. It was a very unfortunate incident and once which is extremely out of character. He is embarrassed by his actions and has offered his apologies. He stuck the parking ticket on the back of the warden's head and it was in no way meant to be a violent attack."
Croucher was ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and made to pay £50 compensation to the victim, £85 costs and a £60 victims' surcharge.
Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Trevor Moss said: "This court doesn't take this lightly. I think it is appalling that someone doing their job trying to keep children outside a school safe should be abused in this way. On top of that, you drove away from the school area in what could be described as a dangerous manner. And to say you didn't think the lines were there to stop people parking, we don't accept. Your behaviour was unacceptable."

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Connecticut man charged with trying to eat his DWI results

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A Connecticut man accused of snatching his DWI test results and attempting to eat them was charged with obstruction and criminal tampering, police said.

New York State Police stopped 40-year-old Kenneth Desormes on suspicion of speeding on Interstate 95, not far from the Connecticut state line, early on Sunday morning, police said in a statement.

Desormes, who appeared drunk, was arrested and taken into a trooper station in Tarrytown, New York, about 25 miles north of Manhattan, police said.

When troopers printed out the results of Desormes' breathalyzer results, which showed a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent - above the New York state legal limit of 0.08 percent - he grabbed the paper printout and attempted to eat it, police said.

Desormes was charged with driving while intoxicated, obstructing governmental administration and criminal tampering, all misdemeanor offenses, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether Desormes was in custody on Tuesday or whether he had obtained a lawyer.

Cloud of pot smoke puts Colorado high school on partial lockdown

A high school in Colorado, one of the first two U.S. states to legalize recreational marijuana use, was put on partial lockdown on Friday after a student's weed pipe filled a classroom with pot smoke, the school said.

The smoke from the device, known as a "gravity bong" or "bucket," was released into a classroom at about 9:45 a.m. at Adams City High School in Commerce City, a northeastern suburb of Denver.

"As a precautionary measure, our students were placed on a modified lockdown to limit movement throughout the school," the school said in a statement, adding that teenagers who had been near the device were examined by medical personnel.

"As always, students' safety is our number one priority," it said. "All students were fine and the school is resuming business as usual."

The school said it was working with the proper authorities to resolve the issue, and that it would provide more information when available. It did not give details on the student who brought the pipe to class, nor possible disciplinary measures.

Colorado voted in 2012 to allow recreational marijuana sales to adults aged 21 and older beginning this year. But consumption of the drug by minors, or by anyone in public settings such as schools, parks and on the street, remains illegal.

The tale of the partial lockdown received widespread attention on social media, with some Denverites describing it as the story of the day and an "only in Colorado" moment.

A gravity bong or bucket uses the force of gravity, normally by releasing water from a chamber, to suck a large amount of pot smoke into a container, from where it is inhaled by the user.

Most annoying things people do on planes

Most annoying things people do on planes

THERE should be a set of rules outlining social etiquette on planes considering you’re stuck in a cabin with hundreds of strangers 39,000 feet up in the air with nowhere to escape.

Some of us seem to have no concept of what’s right and wrong in a public space and it’s particularly noticeable up in the sky. Here are the most annoying things people do on planes (in no particular order).

Clap when the plane lands
We’re not at the theatre.

Laugh out loud in movies
Just because you have your headphones on doesn’t mean you shut out everyone around you, too. We can still hear you.

Get up before the seatbelt sign is turned off after landing
The doors are still closed people, you’re not going anywhere fast.

Think the floor of the plane is a bin
It’s not a dumping ground for your used cups and plastic wrappers, you wouldn’t do this at home.

Come on to the plane sick
Some argue there should be a law about this. Planes are a breeding ground for germs.

People who spend too much time in the toilet
There’s two cubicles for about 200 passengers, come on people speed it up.

Bare feet
Seriously bare feet are wrong.

Strike up conversation
Small chat on planes should be banned.

Overload the overhead luggage
Now there’s no room for the rest of your row to stow their bags which means they’re either going to have to be checked in or inconveniently moved to the back of the plane.

Have the volume up on their headphones REALLY high
If we wanted to share your music we’d let you know.

Drunk people
We’re looking at the bucks, hens and footy trips.

Loud chewing
It’s bad enough we have to eat our meal elbow to elbow so make sure you keep your mouth shut too.

Wearing sunglasses
You’re not Bono, and the sun is definitely not shining in the cabin.

People working on laptops with paper work everywhere
We call these people the space invaders.

People who keep their seat reclined at meal time
Seriously, we don’t like eating with the back of your head in our face.

Freaking out over turbulence
A bump every now and then is completely normal.

People who push to get off the plane
We’re just as sick as you are of being stuck on the plane but pushing into my back is not going to get you off any faster.

Man accidentally orders $3750 bottle of wine

$3750 bottle of wine
This is one of those times where choosing your words is so important.

Last week, Joe Lentini went for a business dinner at Bobby Flay's Steak at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City and he asked his waitress for a wine recommendation for him and his dining companions.

So far, so simple.

The waitress suggested a bottle of Screaming Eagle Oakville 2011, Joe asked for the price. And here is where the misunderstanding arose.

"I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini told NJ.com. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'"

Joe (understandably) took that to mean $37.50 (€29.97). But when the bill came he and his friends got a bit of a shock when they saw the actual price of the bottle - $3750 (€2996). After some haggling with the restaurant, the diners agreed to split the discounted price of $2,200 (€1758) - still a hefty sum.

Meanwhile, the restaurant is maintaining the waitress did nothing wrong and was clear about the price. But Joe is backed up in his version of events by his fellow diners.

"Joe asked the price and she said 'thirty-seven fifty,' not 'three-thousand, seven-hundred and fifty,' which is what I would have said, so we all thought it was $37.50," said Don Chin. "When the bill came, "We all had a heart attack." As you would.

And as for the Joe's verdict on the accidental, very expensive vino? "It was okay. It was good. It wasn't great. It wasn't terrible. It was fine."

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A Simple Invention For Your Cheap Whiskey That Makes It Taste Expensive

Customize your Whiskey in 24 hours
Customize your Whiskey in 24 hours
Portland-based company Whiskey Elements has created a simple tool that makes cheap whiskey taste deliciously oak-aged in just 24 hours. 

Discovering a fine whiskey is distinguished from a cheap one by two elements: time and oak, they named their product after that. 

Each piece of the product is a wooden oak stick that has ridges that allow the whiskey to be absorbed by the oak at a quicker rate. 

The creators of this item call this "accelerated transpiration through capillary action", where the whiskey will then be aged perfectly while in the bottle. 

The project is currently in its Kickstarter stage. For more information, visit their Kickstarter page

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69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment

69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment
69 cats removed from dirty Rhode Island apartment

Animal control officers have removed 69 cats from a Rhode Island apartment.

Police say they were called to the house in Providence on Thursday morning. The animal control department had received a complaint about a tenant on the second floor hoarding cats.

Animal control officers helped by the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Providence Animal Rescue League took the cats from the apartment.

The tenant has not been charged with any crime.

A police report describes the apartment as "dirty."

WJAR-TV first reported the discovery of the cats in the apartment. It says a building inspector has condemned the house.


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Woman Loses Wedding Ring in Halloween Candy

Woman in Mesa is desperate to find her wedding ring after she says she accidentally gave it away with the Halloween candy Friday night.
When I first realized what had happened, I just lost my speech, I froze,” said wife and mother Brooklin Yazzie.
The ring didn’t slip off her finger. She had placed it in a candy jar while helping her daughters carve pumpkins, and when the night became hectic she absentmindedly dumped the contents of the jar into the candy bag.
I actually had plastic rings in there too, so it wouldn’t have felt much different” she said.
Brooklin was barely 20 years old when she married her husband 10 years ago, and says she couldn’t afford a fancy ring at the time.
If you were to try and pawn it or sell it you could probably get $50 for it. It's not an expensive ring” she said.
But to Brooklin, it’s priceless. “It’s my wedding ring, you know? I mean you could replace it but it’s not the same.”
Brooklin is hoping someone has the ring and doesn’t know who it belongs to or how to return it. She lives in the area of Broadway and Dobson roads in Mesa.

If you happen to have the ring or know someone who does, you can email Brooklin at brooklin.yazzie@gmail.com

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True Rebel

Drivers scramble for flying cash on Md. highway

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Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway after an armored truck's door burst open.

Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open Friday morning. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana and the bills flew in the air.

Police say a number of drivers stopped on the interstate and grabbed what cash they could before a fire department vehicle arrived and turned on its emergency lights.

Responding troopers were able to help the truck's driver recover about $200. It's not known how much cash was lost.

Police urge the drivers who took the cash to return it to the state police barracks in Frederick, or else face charges of theft if they're found.

NYC worker suspended for using 'robotic voice'

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If some workplace problems happen because employees are only human, one New York City government worker got in trouble for virtually the opposite.

He was suspended for 20 days without pay partly for answering an information-technology help line "in a robotic voice." The city Civil Service Commission upheld the suspension this month.

An administrative law judge's report says the Health Department worker told callers "you have reached the help desk" in an over-enunciated monotone. Callers complained and one even hung up, later saying she needed "to speak to a human."

The worker said at a hearing he was following a call-answering script and articulating carefully because his Brooklyn accent can be difficult to understand.

The judge called him a "disgruntled employee" acting out.

His lawyer called the suspension "exceedingly harsh."

Clown Ban In French Town After Street Attacks

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Clown Ban In French Town
A town in southern France has banned people from dressing up as clowns after a spate of attacks in several parts of the country.
There have been a number of assaults by people disguised as fake, "evil" clowns. Some of those wreaking havoc on the streets have been armed with pistols, knives or baseball bats. The incidents include one where a youngster hit a passer-by 30 times with an iron bar in Montpellier. He was jailed for four months.
Vendargues, which has a population of about 6,000 and is near Montpellier, is believed to be the first town to impose such a ban. The decision was made by the mayor, and official Bruno Giraudo said France wants to "avoid any disruption... by evil clowns". He added: "It's about protecting children by preventing any ill-intentioned clowns from mixing with residents."
Police say people have increasingly reported spotting clowns "outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square". Officers have arrested more than a dozen teenagers following the attacks.
The attacks have even sparked anti-clown vigilantes, forcing officers to step in to try and quell growing hysteria.
A rule on the town's website said the ban was "absolute" on Friday night, Halloween, and will be in force throughout November for everyone aged 13 and older. Any teenager wanting to dress up as a clown in November will have to ask for official authorisation.
Last week, a 19-year-old received a six-month suspended jail sentence for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown in the town of Bethune. On Monday, a 14-year-old dressed as a clown was arrested near the capital Paris for attempting to attack a woman.

Man accidentally texts probation officer in pot deal


An Albany man is going back to to prison, after he texted his probation officer while looking to buy marijuana.

Alvin Cross Junior plead guilty Monday to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to one year in prison.

He was also sentenced to serve another year for violating his probation.

Prosecutors said Cross' probation officer received a text from Cross asking, "You have some weed?"

Probation officers and drug agents raided Cross' home and found a bag of cocaine.

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BIGGEST Cats Fails Compilation in the World - 10 HOURS video

Unlucky in love girl for sale on eBay for £50 in bid to find Mr Right


Unlucky-in-love Sammy Maalem has been put up for ''sale'' on eBay - in a bid to find her a steady boyfriend.

Sammy, 27, who has been single for a year has been dumped, messed around and even cheated on so her brother Kyle, 28, decided to get involved to find her the perfect man.

Now she is being marketed on the internet auction site under the heading: ''Date my sister 27' - with a starting bid of £50.

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Strange Apocalyptic Sounds WORLDWIDE 2013

KKK stunt in Australia veil protest



Three men, one of them wearing a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) outfit, have tried to enter Parliament House in Canberra.
The men are reportedly calling for a nationwide ban on the full-face Islamic veil.
One of the three was wearing a motorbike helmet and the third had donned a Muslim niqab.
Earlier this month, parliament said anyone visiting the building with their face covered would have to sit in a separate area of the public gallery.
That ruling, subsequently overturned, sparked intense national debate about the Islamic veil and about possible discrimination against Muslim women.
The three men were met by a security official outside the building on Monday morning, who told them they could not enter parliament wearing a helmet or a KKK hood.
Local media have named the men as Sergio Redegalli, Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson.
Their protest movement “Faceless” reportedly opposes burkas or niqabs being worn in public spaces and claims Islam’s “political ideology” is “contrary” to Australian beliefs.
Security fears
“It seems that you’re allowed to wear a full-face covering into Parliament if you’re a Muslim woman, but no other group is allowed to have that same privilege,” Mr Redegalli told local media.
“We, as males, are not allowed to wear any face coverings in Parliament House.”
Under Parliament House security rules, Muslim women wearing a burka or niqab are allowed inside once they have shown their face at the normal security checkpoint.
Niqabs are full-length garments where only the eyes are visible and burkas are also full-length but no part of the face can be seen.

Muslims make up about 2% of Australia’s population

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Live In The Moment

Live In The Moment

Weather Channel Founder Says Climate Change Is a Myth

Climate Change Is a Myth
Many officials in the Obama administration - including Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama himself - have repeatedly hammered home the message that climate change is one of mankind's greatest threats.
According to Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman, however, there is no scientific proof that supports man-made climate change.
"It's very difficult for anybody to be against it because the media has told the nation day after day for 20 years that the oceans are rising, the polar bears are dying, the ice is melting, that storms are going to sweep the Earth and we're all going to die of a heat wave," Coleman said.
He added that he's not alone in doubting the science behind man-made climate change: 9,000 experts with PhD's and 31 scientists have signed a petition stating that carbon dioxide is not a significant greenhouse gas and that much of the research behind climate change is "bad, bad science."
And contrary to statistics given by climate activist Al Gore in his film "An Inconvenient Truth," the ice caps at both poles are at high levels, including record highs in Antarctica, according to Coleman.
"Not only is the ice not melting, more polar bears are alive and happy today than we've had in 100 years," Coleman concluded.

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10 Weirdest Things Ever Sold On Ebay - video


10 Weirdest Things Ever Sold On Ebay

Chickens have gotten ridiculously large since the 1950s

Here are three different breeds of chicken, raised on the exact same diet:


The one on the left is a breed from 1957. The middle one is a 1978 breed. And the one on the right is a commercial 2005 breed called the Ross 308 broiler. They're all the same age. And the modern breed is much, much, much larger.

In just 50 years or so, chickens have been bred to be much bigger. The image above comes from a study done by researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada, who raised three breeds of chickens from different eras in the exact same way and measured how much they ate and how they grew. This allowed them to see the genetic differences between the breeds without influences from other factors like food or antibiotic use. They recently published their results in Poultry Science.

What breeding has done to your chickens

1) Chickens today are much bigger than those in the 1950s: This one's pretty obvious. The 2005 chicken breed on the right ended up being about four times as heavy, on average, as the 1957 breed on the left — despite being fed the same foods.

2) Chickens today are more efficient at turning feed into meat: The reason for that is that modern-day chickens are more efficient at turning feed into breast meat. The researchers' metric for this was something they called the "breast conversion rate" of grams of feed into grams of breast meat. The 2005 breed was roughly three times as efficient as the 1950s one.

3) Modern chickens also have extra health problems: Previous research has noted increased bone, heart, and immune system problems in some contemporary chicken breeds. Health problems could come from several factors, including both unintentional genetic effects and behavioral differences such as diet and carrying around all that extra weight.

4) But the growth of chickens has helped make chicken a popular food: Over the past few decades, chicken has become a much cheaper food. And Americans have been eating more of it. (The price of poultry has risen at about half the rate of other consumer goods from 1960 to 2004.) In 2013, Americans consumed more than 83 pounds of chicken per person.

According to the Poultry Science paper, our ability to breed bigger, more efficient chickens had played a big part in that.


What Causes a Beer Belly?

Beer Belly
It can happen to anybody. One day, you wake up and find yourself with a big old beer belly and it feels like there's just nothing you can do about it. The YouTube show Head Squeeze points out that it's not as simple as just drinking beer though, there's all kind of factors that contribute to that gut. 
Drinking a lot of beer is obviously a small part since a beer usually has 150 calories in it. However, it's also because your liver works overtime to burn off the alcohol and doesn't have the time to work off the rest of the food you're eating. Likewise, beer tends to be associated with a lifestyle that increases the chances you'll overindulge on food. It's also just boring old age and gender. When you hit 35, your metabolism slows down, and men tend to carry that weight on the waist. It's not actually because of the beer itself that the fat tends to form around the gut, it's just the excess calories.




What Causes a Beer Belly

How to deactivate a cat - video


How to deactivate a cat

Meadow - Medical marijuana ordering app offers pot delivery

Meadow
A San Francisco startup is using a smartphone app to allow medical marijuana patients to order pot deliveries right to their doors.
Meadow creator David Hua said the app allows medical marijuana patients to upload their prescriptions and California IDs into the system so they can order deliveries from local dispensaries partnering with the startup.
Hua said customers can browse available strains through the app and place an order, which will then be delivered within an hour.
Meadow and its partners are taking care to ensure they are abiding by California's medical marijuana laws in every step of the process, Hua said.
"This is not some get-rich-quick scheme; we're playing the long game on behalf of the medical movement," Hua told TechCrunch. "Our overarching goal is to implement and publicize a lawful marketplace to demonstrate to medical cannabis opponents that patients can obtain access to necessary treatment without endangering public safety or the rule of law."
Hua said Meadow charges partner dispensaries $3 per delivery.

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Sheep munch through £4,000 of cannabis plants dumped in their field

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A flock of sheep were left feeling rather woolly-headed after accidentally munching on thousands of pounds worth of cannabis plants.
The animals began stumbling about after getting high on seven bags of the intoxicating plant, which had been dumped in their field.
Police won’t be taking action against the sheep for tucking into their illegal meal, but are determined to catch the “irresponsible” crooks who grew and discarded the class B drug.
The £4,000 hoard of cannabis plants, each about 3ft tall, was found by the flock at the edge of Fanny’s Farm in Merstham, Surrey.
Farm shop manager Nellie Budd said: "My sheep being inquisitive had an interesting feast on it. They weren't quite on their backs with legs in the air but they probably had the munchies.They haven't had any other side effects but I'll tell you about the meat next week. At first I thought it was someone's hedgerow rubbish. I went down to collect the bags so the sheep weren't eating black plastic."

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 You talkin' to me ?

10 Crazy Pranks To Play On Your Friends And Family - video


10 Crazy Pranks To Play On Your Friends And Family

Giant Butt Plug In Paris Is Supposed To Be A Christmas Tree

A giant green art installation on the Place Vendome in Paris is attracting perhaps more attention than American artist Paul McCarthy bargained for.
It is called Tree, and vaguely resembles an inflatable Christmas tree.

McCarthy told Le Monde that it was somewhat inspired by a sex toy - but insisted it was a bit of a "joke" and meant as an "abstraction".

Conservative French critics are decrying the sculpture on social media.

Le Monde reported that McCarthy was hit in the face by a man who said the sculpture, which had just been inflated on the square, had no place there. McCarthy was not injured.

The sculpture is part of the Fiac contemporary art exhibition in Paris.

Scientists are a step closer to creating the memory eraser from “Men in Black”

Neuralyzer in 'Men in Black'
Of all the cool gadgets in science fiction, one of the niftiest is the memory-eraser stick that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wield in the movie Men in Black.
Now such a device is a step closer to reality. Researchers at UC Davis have successfully erased specific memories from the brains of mice…by using beams of light. Yes—light—just like the “Neuralyzer” tool in the popular sci-fi comedy franchise.
Neuroscientists have long believed that memory retrieval involves two parts of the brain, the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus. “The theory is that learning involves processing in the cortex, and the hippocampus reproduces this pattern of activity during retrieval, allowing you to re-experience the event,” said Brian Wiltgen, one of the lead researchers, in a release for the study.
Wiltgen and his colleagues used genetically modified mice (whose nerve cells glow green when activated) to test the theory that specific nerve cells in the brain could be switched off by light. The mice were trained by receiving a mild electric shock when placed in a cage. Thereafter, each time they were put in the cage, they would freeze in fear, instead of roaming around as they’d normally do.
Then came the fun part. The omnipotent researchers switched off the mice’s memories of being shocked by beaming light into their brains using a fiber optic cable. Since the mice were genetically modified, the researchers could isolate the exact cells responsible for those memories, and direct the light to those cells only—without disrupting any other cells in the hippocampus. When the mice were placed back in the cage, they would no longer freeze in fear, apparently because they had no memory of ever being shocked.
Of course, this experiment has yet to be done on humans (at least as far as we know). And for now, the light needs to be connected directly into the brain via a cable, rather than as a flash of light detected by the eyes and then converted into something the brain can read. But it’s one step closer to making science fiction a science fact—which is either totally awesome or unthinkably frightening, depending on whom you ask.

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Cat with exceptional taste puts an end to owner’s ukelele performance

Man Arrested After 'Mopping Aggressively' At Connecticut Hotel

A man staying at a hotel in Connecticut was arrested for “mopping aggressively” after he reportedly grabbed a mop from a female employee because he was unsatisfied with her cleaning job.
John Thornton was staying at the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol on Monday night when the 30-year-old suddenly became “unruly” and took his anger out on a 27-year-old hotel worker, reports the Huffington Post. After snatching the woman’s mop, he allegedly began mopping the floor himself – but did so in an “aggressive” manner that included dragging the mop over the worker’s shoes several times, according to MyRecordJournal.com.
After the employee asked Thornton to stop, she says he pushed her into a corner and continued mopping. When police arrived at around 6:30 p.m., they reportedly found her crying and in distress.
Thornton, who was charged with breach of peace and threatening, allegedly cursed at officers and insulted them as he was being arrested. He reportedly also threatened to physically harm them.
The man was released on $20,000 bond and is expected to return to court on Oct. 27.

High Hitler

Hitler Was on Crystal Meth
Adolf Hitler was a regular user of crystal meth – one of the most feared and addictive illegal substances on today’s black market and the drug at the heart of the hit TV series Breaking Bad – research has shown.
A 47-page wartime dossier compiled by American Military Intelligence reveals that Hitler, a notorious hypochondriac, took an astonishing 74 different medications including crystal methamphetamines.
Manufactured by the fictional teacher-turned-drug dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad, the drug is prized by addicts for the feelings of euphoria it produces. But it was also valued by the military during the war as a drug which could help combat the effects of fatigue.
The Fuhrer is believed to have taken crystal meth before a meeting with Mussolini in the summer of 1943, when he ranted non-stop for two hours. And he had nine injections of a drug called Vitamultin, which contained meth-amphetamine, during his final days in his bunker.

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World's 10 Greatest Magic Trick REVEALED

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It's Spider-Cat !

Falling Metal Object Mystifies New Jersey Plant Workers

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Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from.
The employees at Secaucus Treatment Works said the 5-by-5 inch piece of metal debris hit a railing, ricocheted off a concrete tank, then hit the ground. It landed about 25 feet from where employees were working.
"It came close. It came pretty close," said employee Victor Suppa.
It "could have killed somebody, absolutely" if it hit anyone, added operations foreman Steven Bronowich.
The workers said the object isn't part of the plant and there were no planes in the sky at the time. They were afraid to touch it at first, but they later picked it up and examined it.

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Space tourists will change the world

Virgin Galactic
For those who can afford it at £155,000 a ticket it will be one of mankind’s greatest adventures, travelling to where – until now – only a handful of men and women have gone before.
But the man behind the project to send tourists into space says the journey will be more than just a pleasure trip. It will, according to the chief executive of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space programme, be a journey that will change its participants’ perspective of our planet for good.
And that, says George Whitesides, will lead them to work harder to change the world for the better when they set foot back on Earth
Promising that the first commercial flights into space will begin next Spring, Mr Whitesides, said: “It’s a simple observation but there is something called the overview effect, which is scientifically documented. When people go into space they come back with a different perspective and I think many of the challenges we face over the next century are essentially planetary challenges and so we need to have that planetary perspective to solve them. So I think we are going to have tens of thousands of people who are leaders in their community coming back and bringing that planetary perspective with them. I think that perspective is really important to solving some of our biggest problems on Earth.”
That may be a bold promise, but it is one to which Mr Whitesides – and his boss – appear committed.

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London parents give up custody of children for free Wi-Fi

Six parents in London, England, unknowingly gave up their first-born child "for the duration of eternity" in an experiment aimed at highlighting how little we pay attention to terms and conditions online.
The experiment, sponsored by security firm F-Secure, used a hotspot in the city's Canary Wharf, The Guardian reports. In order to access the Internet, the users had to agree to the firm's terms and conditions.
A "Herod clause," promising free Wi-Fi but only if "the recipient agreed to assign their first born child to us for the duration of eternity," was included in those terms.
F-Secure said the experiment proved people don't read the small print when it comes to signing up for Wi-Fi, and that can be dangerous.

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200-year-old booze found in shipwreck

A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis. Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in GdaƄsk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water. 

The bottle is embossed with the word "Selters," the name of a supplier of high-quality carbonated water from the Taunus Mountains area in Germany. It has a capacity of about 1 liter (34 ounces), was manufactured in Ranschbach, Germany, a town located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away from the springs of Selters water and it dates back to the period of 1806-1830.

At the beginning of July, researchers submitted the bottle and its contents for testing to the J.S. Hamilton chemical laboratory in Gdynia, Poland, to see if the vessel contained original "Selters" water, or whether it had been refilled with a different liquid. The final results of the laboratory analysis are expected to be completed at the beginning of September, though their preliminary results suggest the bottle had been refilled with some kind of alcohol. How does it taste? Apparently, the alcohol is drinkable, the archaeologists involved told the news site of Poland's Ministry of Science and Science Education. "This means it would not cause poisoning. Apparently, however, it does not smell particularly good" Bednarz said, according to the Ministry.

Ebola 'risen from the dead' zombie story is a complete hoax

The story of dead Ebola victims rising from the dead, with the first "picture" of one of the zombies that has gone viral, (if it weren't glaringly obvious) is a hoax.
The story, “Africa confirms 3rd Ebola victim rises from the dead, releases picture of first ‘Ebola zombie’ captured,” was shared which has been shared around the web, is posted on a satirical site. The image caption reads: "For the first time in human history, confirmed footage is captured of a man who scientists watched die from Ebola then only several hours later, regain life and rise from the dead".
The site, Big America News, purports to be built upon the principles of “fearless reporting, loudly yelled opinions and facts proudly born of raw gut instinct”.
The image on the article, while impressive, is in fact doctored picture of a zombie from the film World War Z. It appears to have taken an image of one of the film’s lab-zombies, and merged it with this picture of a “realistic movie sculpture” from Schell Studios. It is just the latest in a series of rumours of Ebola victims being seen “resurrecting” after apparently being killed by the virus.

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World's most expensive burger goes on sale

A restaurant in Chelsea is giving customers the ultimate post-pub treat – by selling a burger for £1,100. Made In Chelsea may have given the upmarket suburb its expensive image , but this posh nosh takes fine dining to another level.
The world's most expensive burger, dubbed the 'Glamburger', is stuffed with a burger patty made from 220 grams of Kobe Wagyu beef minced with 60 grams of New Zealand venison and seasoned with smoked Himalayan salt.Inside the opulent meat patty is a liquid pocket of black truffle brie.
As if that isn't enough, the burger is then served with a Canadian lobster poached in Iranian saffron topped off with maple syrup coated streaky bacon, Beluga caviar and a hickory smoked duck egg intricately covered in edible gold leaf.The bun is seasoned with a Japanese matcha – a kind of powdered green tea – cream mayonnaise and a coating of gold leaf.To top it all off, a mango and champagne jus is drizzled on top and peppered with grated white truffle.While the extravagant burger will probably burn a hole in your pocket - unless you're Millie Mackintosh - it will also load on the pounds.
Glamburger contains a whopping 2,618 calories - more than the recommended daily intake for an adult.



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