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Breathtaking photos show 'purple sunset' gracing Florida skies in wake of Hurricane Dorian
ALEX LASKER, AOL.COM
Sep 5th 2019 2:45PM

As Hurricane Dorian traveled up the eastern coast of the United States, it left behind at least one pleasant effect in its trail of destruction.

Skies above multiple cities in Florida glowed a lovely purple on Wednesday night as the storm passed by the state, largely sparing it after ravaging the Bahamas for days.

Residents of the sunshine state have since shared mesmerizing photos of the phenomenon on social media.


Amy Pope-Latham, LCSW
@coastalBtherapy
 Purple skies after #Dorian passed by Jacksonville today. Do you think there’s a chance Dorian was a fan of Prince?
 
This type of celestial spectacle happens when low-level clouds, such as the ones caused by Hurricane Dorian, distort ultraviolet light from the sun as it sets, allowing cameras and our eyes to pick up on the typically unseen violet color, according to First Coast News storm expert Steve Fundaro, who compared the effect to "looking through a filter." 

"You're seeing a sunset normally, but you have low clouds underneath from the hurricane that are distorting the [normal sunset] colors to make it seem purple," he said. 

Amy Pope-Latham, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., told CNN she sat outside and watched in awe on Wednesday night as the sky transformed from gray to a brilliant, vibrant purple hue.

"The sky was definitely a pleasant reminder that we must have hope and if we only believe in the sun when it's shining we will never get through the night," she told the outlet.

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WARNING CONTAINS CLOWNS

New Zealand: Man brings clown to redundancy meeting

The human resources department at FCB New Zealand encouraged him to bring a "support person" to help cushion the blow, an option that is legally required in New Zealand.

But rather than bring a family member, a friend or even a pet, the part-time stand-up comedian decided to splash out NZ$200 (£100) on a clown called "Joe".

"Joe" accompanied Josh for the redundancy meeting, where the clown made balloon animals, although he had to be told to stop a few times as it was difficult to hear above the screeching of plastic. 😂

"Boy, oh, boy, are they noisy," Josh said.

When Josh was finally delivered the hammer blow that he was to lose his job, the clown reacted accordingly.

"He nodded his head along when I received the bad news as if he was also receiving the bad news," Josh said 

"Professionalism at its finest, really." 

Josh said he'd highly recommend hiring a clown as support for any suspected redundancy meeting.

Perhaps he can squirt your soon to be ex boss with some water :laugh:

 

 

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CDC begs backyard poultry owners to stop kissing their chickens in wake of Salmonella outbreak

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September 16th, 2019 at 11:34 PM

You don’t have to live on a farm to raise chickens, and so-called “backyard poultry” operations have steadily risen in popularity across the United States in recent years. For those who know what they’re doing, owning birds like chickens and ducks and provide a steady source of food, but the risks of raising livestock in your own back yard are significant. Now, the CDC says it’s amassed over 1,000 reports of Salmonella infection related to such operations.

In a new update to an existing bulletin, the CDC says it’s collected another 235 cases, bringing the total count over 1,000, including 174 hospitalizations and two deaths across 49 states.

When preparing chicken as a meal, everyone knows that the meat has to hit 165 degrees Fahrenheit to **** off any potentially troublesome bacteria. However, it seems like backyard poultry owners have quickly forgotten that even just handling a live bird can transfer Salmonella bacteria to their skin, and the CDC is now emphasizing that any contact with chicken or ducks should be treated as a potential source of infection.

The long list of tips provided by the CDC for “Backyard Flock Owners” includes always washing your hands once you’ve touched a bird or handled anything in their living area. Owners are also advised to avoid eating in areas where the birds roam free, and even wear special shoes when taking care of the birds and keep them outside the home at all times.

There’s also the somewhat humorous suggestion that owners avoid kissing their birds, with the CDC recommending against snuggling them or touching your face or mouth after handling them. This is especially important when it comes to young children who may see the birds as pets, rather than a food source, as a Salmonella infection can be particularly dangerous when a child is a victim.

If you have birds in your own backyard, these are things to keep in mind, and be sure to give the CDC’s full bulletin a read to ensure you’re not overlooking some basic hygiene tips that could ultimately save your life.

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Navy confirms: Those UFO videos are real and never should've been released

HuffPost US
ED MAZZA
Sep 18th 2019 5:55AM

The U.S. Navy has for the first time reportedly verified the authenticity of a series of three UFO videos leaked over the past two years and insists the footage never should’ve been made public. 

“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena,” Joseph Gradisher, spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told the Black Vault, a website dedicated to exposing secrets and revealing declassified government documents. The statement was later confirmed by Motherboard. 

The military increasingly prefers the “UAP” phrasing over UFO. 

Gradisher told the Black Vault that the term UAP “provides the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.” The website also reported that while the Navy now considers the footage “unclassified,” it has not yet been formally cleared for release to the public. 

The footage caused a sensation when The Washington Post and The New York Times, among others, revealed that the footage had been obtained and released by the To The Stars Academy Of Arts And Science, the private research and media firm cofounded by rocker Tom DeLonge, formerly of Blink 182. 

In one video, two Navy pilots tracked an unidentified object flying off the East Coast in 2015.

“Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!” one of the pilots said in the clip. 

In another instance, an object called the “Tic Tac” ― because it was shaped like the candy ― was spotted descending from 60,000 feet to 50 feet in a matter of seconds off the coast of California in 2004. One pilot described a disturbance up to the size of a football field in the water at the same time.  

And in a 2014 incident, a U.S. Navy Super Hornet pilot almost collided with an unidentified flying object during a mission near Virginia Beach.

Although the Defense Department had no comment about the videos at the time, Luis Elizondo, the former military intelligence official who led a government UFO program, said there was even more information out there that the public has not yet seen. 

“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” Elizondo, who is now part of the TTS Academy, told CNN in 2017. 

In a Facebook post, the organization called Navy confirmation of the footage “another exciting day of progress for TTSA and our community of supporters.” 

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DATELINE: KENYA

A Kenyan lawmaker wants to enact a law which will  ban "passing gas" on airliners.  "Nairobi News" reports that during a parliamentary debate last week,  Kenyan member of Parliament, Dr. Lilian Gogo called for a resolution to keep people from passing gas on airplanes. 

When asked how such a law could be enforced, Gogo explained that airline crews could receive special training to provide medicines like baking soda to passengers.

"We should also have paramedics on international and local flights," she said.  "Medical records should be made available to the flight crew before passengers are served specific gas causing foods."

"There are passengers who literally irritate fellow passengers by passing bad smells.  If there is any one given irritant that causes fights onboard an airliner, it is the f*rt.  It is terrible within the plane, " Gogo said.

We could use one of those laws on Amtrak trains too.  lol

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On 9/18/2019 at 2:36 AM, evalynn said:

CDC begs backyard poultry owners to stop kissing their chickens in wake of Salmonella outbreak

headshot.png
September 16th, 2019 at 11:34 PM

You don’t have to live on a farm to raise chickens, and so-called “backyard poultry” operations have steadily risen in popularity across the United States in recent years. For those who know what they’re doing, owning birds like chickens and ducks and provide a steady source of food, but the risks of raising livestock in your own back yard are significant. Now, the CDC says it’s amassed over 1,000 reports of Salmonella infection related to such operations.

In a new update to an existing bulletin, the CDC says it’s collected another 235 cases, bringing the total count over 1,000, including 174 hospitalizations and two deaths across 49 states.

When preparing chicken as a meal, everyone knows that the meat has to hit 165 degrees Fahrenheit to **** off any potentially troublesome bacteria. However, it seems like backyard poultry owners have quickly forgotten that even just handling a live bird can transfer Salmonella bacteria to their skin, and the CDC is now emphasizing that any contact with chicken or ducks should be treated as a potential source of infection.

The long list of tips provided by the CDC for “Backyard Flock Owners” includes always washing your hands once you’ve touched a bird or handled anything in their living area. Owners are also advised to avoid eating in areas where the birds roam free, and even wear special shoes when taking care of the birds and keep them outside the home at all times.

There’s also the somewhat humorous suggestion that owners avoid kissing their birds, with the CDC recommending against snuggling them or touching your face or mouth after handling them. This is especially important when it comes to young children who may see the birds as pets, rather than a food source, as a Salmonella infection can be particularly dangerous when a child is a victim.

If you have birds in your own backyard, these are things to keep in mind, and be sure to give the CDC’s full bulletin a read to ensure you’re not overlooking some basic hygiene tips that could ultimately save your life.

come here and give us a kiss 🐔

:laugh:

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DATELINE: FLORIDA

A self-proclaimed psychic and spiritual healer was sentenced to prison for fraud last week after she scammed a woman out of more than $1,000,000 to lift a supposed curse.  During sentencing the psychic accused the judge of causing her "emotional illness."

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Man accused of trying to **** roommate he believed was a vampire: Police

DILLON THOMPSON, IN THE KNOW
Oct 17th 2019 3:54PM

A man has been charged with assault after attacking his roommate — who he said he believed was a vampire — with a metal rod, the Kitsap Sun reported.  

The 40-year-old man was arrested Sunday in Kitsap Country, Wash., after police received a call from his roommate, who had run to a neighbor's house to call for help.

Officers reportedly found the roommate, who had "visible swelling" on his chest, and then tried to convince the alleged attacker to exit his apartment. The man refused numerous announcements from outside his home, so police forced their way in and arrested him.

Following his arrest, the man told police he had confronted his roommate about being a "vampire." According to the suspect's brother, the roommate jokingly said, "Is that what the kids are calling me these days?”

The brother said the attacker didn't take the statement as a joke though, and he began threatening his roommate.

"I'm going to **** you, vampire!" the suspect said, according to police documents.

Police said the man then threatened to stab his roommate with a wooden stake, eventually attacking him with a metal rod.

"He then took the metal rod and poked (the roommate) with it in the chest," a deputy wrote.

The victim told police he feared for his life, as his roommate is mentally ill and significantly larger than him

Authorities said the suspect was charged Monday with third-degree assault, which is a felony.

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Squirrels stash more than 200 walnuts under hood of car

Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Pittsburgh woman who detected a burning odor and heard a strange noise while driving her car looked under the hood and discovered a squirrel had stashed grass and more than 200 walnuts on top of her engine.

Holly Persic said she hadn't looked under the hood of her car since an inspection about a month before she discovered the squirrel's winter stash Monday.

"They were everywhere, under the battery, near the radiator fan," Persic's husband, Chris, told CNN. "The walnuts on the engine block were black and smelt like they were definitely roasting."

The Persics said they had earlier noticed there weren't many walnuts in their yard, despite the nuts starting to fall from trees a few weeks ago, but they were shocked to find out where the missing objects had ended up.

The couple removed the grass and walnuts from the top of the engine and took the car to a mechanic, who removed the protective plate from under the vehicle, allowing dozens more walnuts to rain down.

"Long story short, if you park outside, do yourself a favor and check under the hood every once in awhile," Chris Persic wrote on Facebook.

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Wild turkeys are terrorizing a New Jersey town: 'They go to attack you'

A gang of 40-60 wild turkeys is overrunning a New Jersey town and residents are pleading for officials to intervene.

The turkeys in Tom's River, N.J., have congregated in Holiday City, which is mostly a 55-and-up community.

While some may find the idea of a town being overtaken by turkeys humorous –– especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner –– residents aren't laughing.

The birds, which WZDX reported can weigh up to 25 pounds and can run up to 20 mph, are behaving aggressively and are frightening to locals.

"I can't get out of my door," one resident told News 12 New Jersey. "Sometimes I can't get out of my car. They go to attack you."

They're not only going after the people in the town, but also their property. 

"They have come close to harming my family and friends, ruined my cars, trashed my yard and much more..." former third baseman for the Yankees and Mets Todd Frazier said on Twitter. 

"Animal control needs to step up and move these animals ASAP. State wildlife control needs to figure it out. What’s it going to take?" Frazier added in a subsequent tweet.

Toms River Animal Control isn't able to help because they are not licensed "to trap, relocate, or as they use the word, harass the turkeys or any wildlife, for that matter, that's a nuisance," ABC 7 reported.

The Division of Fish & Wildlife is working with a resident who raised concerns about the turkeys to gather information, according to New Jersey 101.5.

In the meantime, the division offered tips on dealing with the turkeys. One way to scare the birds is by using a broom, garden hose or air horn, which will reinforce their natural fear of people.

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Georgia family finds owl living in Christmas tree

Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:52PM
ATLANTA -- Christmas in one Georgia house doesn't just come with three wise men -- it also includes one wise owl!

Kate Newman loves owls and has several owl ornaments on her tree.

When her 10-year-old daughter came to her in tears saying one of the ornaments scared her, she decided to investigate.

Turns out, a real owl was hiding in the Christmas tree.

The family tried leaving their doors and windows open all night so it could escape, but the bird stayed put.

Finally, they called a wildlife expert who came and captured the owl.

Judging by the eastern screech-owl's thin frame, the family thinks it was in the tree as long as they had it in their house -- more than a week!

Newman said she doesn't think the visitor flew too far away. She swears she can still hear it hooting at night.

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Not really weird, just sad:

 

A base in Antarctica recorded a temperature of 64.9 degrees. If confirmed, it's a record high.

NBC News
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Feb 7th 2020 3:55PM

GENEVA — The U.N. weather agency said Friday that an Argentine research base on the northern tip of Antarctica is reporting a temperature that, if confirmed, could be a record high for the icy continent.

World Meteorological Organization spokeswoman Clare Nullis, citing figures from Argentina’s national weather service, said the Esperanza base recorded 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 Fahrenheit) on Thursday — topping the former record of 17.5 degrees tallied in March 2015.

The WMO’s committee that draws on the agency’s weather and climate archives is now expected to verify whether the reading would amount to a new record.

“Everything we have seen thus far indicates a likely legitimate record but we will of course begin a formal evaluation of the record once we have full data from SMN and on the meteorological conditions surrounding the event,” said WMO’s Weather and Climate Extremes rapporteur, Randal Cerveny, referring to the acronym for Argentina’s weather service.

“The record appears to be likely associated (in the short term) with what we call a regional ‘foehn’ event over the area,” Cerveny said, defining it as a rapid warming of air coming down a slope or mountain.

WMO says the Antarctic Peninsula, on the continent’s northwest tip near South America, is among the fastest warming regions on Earth — at almost 3 degrees Celsius over the last half-century.

Some 87 percent of glaciers along the west coast of the peninsula have retreated over that 50-year span, with most showing “an accelerated retreat” over the last 12 years, WMO said.

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Joey Chestnut breaks another world record, eats 32 Big Macs in one sitting

Yahoo Sports
RYAN YOUNG
Mar 8th 2020 8:34AM

Joey Chestnut is best known for scarfing down hot dogs at Coney Island every Fourth of July. 

Yet, the 12-time Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winner holds more than 40 other food-related world records, including in hard boiled eggs, pork ribs, tacos and funnel cake. 

On Thursday, Chestnut added another record to his list.

He ate 32 Big Macs from McDonald’s in one sitting. 

“I’m excited. This is like a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Chestnut said before diving in. “I’ve always wanted to eat as many Big Macs as I could.”

Chestnut ordered the 32 burgers from an Indianapolis-area McDonald’s on UberEats. In total, Chestnut received 15.36 pounds of food totaling more than 18,000 calories, a meal that cost him $127.38.

[There's not enough Pepto BIsmol in the world, IMO...]

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Amid COVID-19 lockdown, UP couple names their baby ‘Sanitizer’

Earlier a Chhattisgarh couple had named their twins Covid and Corona

Web Desk April 14, 2020 17:10 IST

Despite being pernicious in nature, the novel coronavirus pandemic has thrown up enough lexicons to those who are searching for a name for their new-born tots.
After Corona and Lockdown were added to the baby names list, a couple in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district has named their new-born child as ‘Sanitizer’.
According to the child’s father Omvir Singh, his son was named ‘Sanitizer’ because it has the capacity to fight against the deadly virus.
“Whenever people will talk of corona, they will remember that it was the sanitizer that saved them’, Singh told a news agency.
The child was born on Sunday. His mother said all the medical staff started smiling when they announced their son’s name.

Etymologically, the word sanitizer is made up of the root word sanitary, from the Latin root sanitas, meaning “health”. The general meaning of sanitizer is “a liquid or device for cleaning objects carefully in order to get rid of harmful bacteria from them”.

Last month, a couple in Chhattisgarh had named their newborn twins Corona (girl) and Covid (boy). Corona—the Spanish word for crown—was an acceptable name for girls till the virus unleashed a wave a panic across the world. 

Covid is the name given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is an acronym that stands for coronavirus disease of 2019.

Last week, a couple in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district named their baby son as ‘Lockdown’ as it was born during the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown. 

“He is Lockdown, as he was born during the lockdown period,” the baby’s mother Manju Mail told a newspaper. 

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On 2/23/2021 at 10:45 AM, watalife said:

Wildlife officials find deer with hairy eyeball😵 scary

The story disoriented and wasn't afraid of people yeah because the deer couldn't see them.  I know from experience you can walk right up on them and scare them all the time by accident.  So if it was blind it had no chance out there.  There was no reason to **** the deer though.  I hate this world.

Edited by sober4life

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