Flying bear kills two in Ottawa

Although this story it is not new, it is new to me and remarkable. Condolences to the families of those who died.

This vehicle was damaged in a bizarre two-vehicle collision with a bear, north of Gatineau, Quebec, northeast of Ottawa on Monday June 6, 2011. Two young men were driving on highway 148 when their vehicle struck a bear. The impact sent the bear airborne into the opposite lane where an oncoming vehicle slammed into it, killing two people. (TVA/QMI AGENCY)

This vehicle was damaged in a bizarre two-vehicle collision with a bear, north of Gatineau, Quebec, northeast of Ottawa on Monday June 6, 2011. Two young men were driving on highway 148 when their vehicle struck a bear. The impact sent the bear airborne into the opposite lane where an oncoming vehicle slammed into it, killing two people. (TVA/QMI AGENCY)

 

2 dead in crash with bear

By Kelly Roche  |  Ottawa Sun | Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Members of a local band are mourning their drummer who was killed along with one other person in a horrific crash involving a bear late Monday.

Steven Leon, 40, was in the back seat of a Nissan Pathfinder when the bear came crashing through the windshield after being hit by another car in the opposite lane of Hwy. 148 near Luskville around 10 p.m.

The 25-year-old Ottawa woman driving the SUV was also killed.

Her boyfriend, the 28-year-old man in the passenger seat, survived the crash. He was taken to Hull hospital with minor injuries and later released.

Leon’s mother, Lorraine Leon, had little to say when reached at her Gatineau home Tuesday.

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Man kills enormous rat in Sweden

39.5 centimeters is a little bit more than 15 inches. That is one big rat and one brave guy.

The rat measured 39.5 centimetres. Here is is shortly after it was caught. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

The rat measured 39.5 centimetres. Here is is shortly after it was caught.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"I couldn't help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream." Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“I couldn’t help but do the old classic and jump on the kitchen table and scream.”
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"It had jumped into the waste bin and had a Swedish smörgåsbord with all the leftovers." Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“It had jumped into the waste bin and had a Swedish smörgåsbord with all the leftovers.”
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

Erik and Signe's two sons, who were also terrified of the unwanted house guest. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

Erik and Signe’s two sons, who were also terrified of the unwanted house guest.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

The cat was terrified for a week." Here is Enok the cat, which Erik believes would have lost if it got into a fight with the rat. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

The cat was terrified for a week.” Here is Enok the cat, which Erik believes would have lost if it got into a fight with the rat.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

"We thought it could be a little mouse, but after a while we figured it couldn't be because it was making too much noise," Signe Bengtsson told The Local. Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

“We thought it could be a little mouse, but after a while we figured it couldn’t be because it was making too much noise,” Signe Bengtsson told The Local.
Photo: Justus Bengtsson-Korsås

 

I killed Sweden’s most famous celebrity’

28 Mar 2014  |  www.thelocal.se

 After a 40-centimetre dead rat went all kinds of viral, The Local speaks again to the man behind the catch about fame, ruining a career in Hollywood, and getting accused of animal cruelty.
“The most tragic thing about all this is that I’ve killed the most famous personality in Sweden,” Erik Korsås told The Local on Friday afternoon.
“I feel really awful; this thing could have been a Swedish superstar. It could have had a career in Hollywood.”
Trademark humour from the 48-year-old, and it has helped his story about a 40-centimetre dead rat spread across the entire world.
Indeed, ever since The Local was the first to publish the story in English on Wednesday morning, the phones haven’t stopped ringing. The BBC, the Daily Mail, Fox News and many more… all wanting to know more about the Rat from Hell, which is now also known as the Viking Rat, Ratzilla, and the Putin Rat. In fact, one BBC reported told us that their version of the story had over one million readers.

Homeopathic drug products recalled due to potential for Penicillin

Homeopathic drugs are produced by diluting an active ingredient in a tremendously massive amount of water. Studies have proven homeopathic products perform no better than placebo and have no efficacy. But placebo still performs well on innumerable conditions and usually has minimal side effects. I’ve met one than one pharma sales rep who would have liked to rep for placebo.

What makes this recall amusing to me is that it is usually low-class, ‘boner,’ herbal preparations sold at convenience stores and gas station that have trace amounts of a scientifically legitimate ingredients, like Weekend Warrior male enhancement product that actually contained Viagra. Some people can have adverse or deadly reactions to Viagra or Penicillin which is why one is supposed to speak to a Dr before consuming. There is also huge irony in an alternative medicine getting busted for containing “real medicine.”

Here’s a link to the FDA warning with a complete list of lot numbers.

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Homeopathy Products Recalled After FDA Finds They May Contain Antibiotics

www.medicaldaily.com  |  John Ericson | Mar 25, 2014

A homeopathic company is voluntarily recalling 56 lots of products following a regulatory probe that found that some drugs may contain traces of actual medicine.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a press release that the recall by Terra-Medica includes products like Pleo-FORT, Pleo-QUENT, Pleo-NOT, Pleo-STOLO, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT, and Pleo-EX. The drugs are sold in liquid, tablet, ointment, capsule, and suppository forms. The recall comes in response to concerns that some products may be exposed to antibiotics at the manufacturing stage.

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Even search engines thinks school’s shaven head policy stinks

An elementary school girl shaved her own head out of solidarity when her best friend got cancer. Alas, a shaven head violated her school’s dress code and the little girl got in trouble and was not allowed to return to school. Sensibly, the school reversed their decision and allowed the girl back at school but not without people around the world saying “what the what?”

Today I entered the school’s name, Caprock Academy, in a search engine and the result is shown below. The user submitted reviews reflect public outrage from social workers, cancer survivors, war veterans, and people who lost loved ones to cancer. Below that is a story about the friends, the shaven head, and the furor.

Search Engine Results Page for Caprock Academy

Search Engine Results Page for Caprock Academy

Kamryn Renfro, left, with friend Delaney Clements, right, who is battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Olson Renfro)

Kamryn Renfro, left, with friend Delaney Clements, right, who is battling cancer. (Photo courtesy of Jamie Olson Renfro)

Girl’s shaved head draws national furor at Grand Junction school

Nancy Lofholm  |  The Denver Post  |  03/25/2014

The phone on the front desk at Caprock Academy rang incessantly Tuesday as a flustered receptionist admitted she had given up trying to answer it. The charter school’s website was jammed. So was its Facebook page.

The K-12 school was in the <a href=”http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25414607/girl-shaves-head-pal-breaks-school-dress-code” target=”_top”>midst of a bald crisis </a>precipitated by a dress code gone wrong.

Caprock third-grader Kamryn Renfro had shaved her head over the weekend to show support for good friend 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who is not a student at Caprock. Clements has been fighting the childhood cancer <a title=”Mayo clinic info on neuroblastoma” href=”http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neuroblastoma/basics/definition/con-20027487″ target=”_blank”>neuroblastoma</a> since she was 7 and is bald from chemotherapy. Caprock administrators told Renfro’s parents their daughter couldn’t return to classes Monday because her bald head violated the school’s dress code.

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Human body parts fall from sky in Saudi Arabia

I just found this rather disturbing news report. Jeddah is a city on the coast of the Red Sea and is one of the a major urban areas of Saudi Arabia. It is hard to imagine a similar thing happening in a city near you.

Human body parts fall from sky in Jeddah

Agence France Presse  |  Sunday 5 January 2014

JEDDAH: Human body parts fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah Sunday, with police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an airplane’s wheel bay.
“Police received a telephone call at 2:30 a.m. from a witness reporting the fall of human remains at an intersection in Mushrefa neighborhood” in Jeddah, spokesman Nawaf bin Naser Al-Bouq said in a statement.

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Leprechauns fall from the sky in llinois

To this casual observer it appears that celebrations for Saint Patrick’s Day get more elaborate each year.

 

 

Leprechauns fall from the sky in Davenport

www.wqad.com  |    |  March 15, 2014

As a feature to a massive party held at Kelly’s Irish Pub in Davenport, patrons saw something green falling from the sky on Saturday.

Skydiving Leprechauns landed at the pub to join the festivities on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The jumpers were from Q.C. Skydiving and those leprechauns have been falling from the sky for about a decade.

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Formal and informal table setting charts

 

Food is more than the things we eat, it includes the places where we eat and way we eat things, too. In that spirit I present these charts to help guide you in creating both a formal and informal place setting.

The image came from www.myweddingnigeria.com.  “My Wedding Nigeria presents valuable wedding guide to couples getting married to an African, in Africa and especially in Nigeria.” So now this post has provided you even MORE valuable information.

 

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Crystal ball sets home on fire

Hmmm, I’m kinda of surprised they didn’t see this coming.

 

The crystal ball refracted the light, setting fire to curtains. Pic London Fire Brigade

The crystal ball refracted the light, setting fire to curtains. Pic London Fire Brigade

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Two escape blaze after crystal ball starts fire at Noak Hill home

 Jane Ball, News Editor  |  www.romfordrecorder.co.uk  |  Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The sun’s rays refracted through the ornament setting light to the curtains, before spreading to the rest of the room, at the house in Church Road, Harold Wood, on Saturday.

The residents attempted to tackle the fire with a garden hose and towels before realising the fire was too severe and calling the brigade.

The man had been asleep after a night shift and was woken up by a smoke alarm.

Now firefighters are reminding people not to keep glass bottles or ornaments on window sills following the blaze.

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Kid who crashed car and told police he was a dwarf steals second vehicle

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At least this kid has focus.

Image from uk.news.yahoo, no caption but I assume it is a stock photo and not a photo of the unidentified Norwegian kid. Still, a great shot.

Image from uk.news.yahoo, no caption but I assume it is a stock photo and not a photo of the unidentified Norwegian kid. Still, a great shot.

Kid who crashed car and told police he was a dwarf steals second vehicle

TheJournal.ieBy Reuters | TheJournal.ie – 6 hours ago

Remember the norwegian kid who stole his mam and dad’s car, crashed it and then told police he was a dwarf who’d forgotten his licence?Well he’s only gone and done it again, stealing a second car in less than a fortnight.The 10-year-old managed to drive for about 3o km (19 miles) in a relative’s car before eventually stopping.Last time he only made it 10km before crashing into a ditch near Dokka, about 110km north of Oslo. His baby sister was found safe and well in the vehicle.The boy’s parents contacted the police when they realised he was at it again, and the authorities sent out messages via Twitter and traffic radio in the hopes of catching him.It was a bystander who eventually apprehended the young joyrider and took his keys away when the car came to a complete stop.“Nobody was injured, but that was more due to luck than anything else,” Baard Christiansen, a spokesman for the Vest Oppland police, told Reuters.

The adults around the boy must take responsibility now before a tragedy occurs. It is scary and very sad that he is allowed to keep going on like this.

No charges were filed in the aftermath of the previous incident but it appears that the police won’t be taking any chances this time. The family has been reported to child services.

Australian man ‘robs petrol station with chainsaw while wearing flower pot on his head’

How could I improve on a headline like that? Actually, one of those news re-churner sites did by adding some details at the end. ‘Drunk Teen With Flower Pot Over His Head Uses Chainsaw To Rob Gas Station, Exposes Butt During Escape.’

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Image source is confusing, secondary sources state The Queensland Times, but The Queensland Times labels the images as “contributed”

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Image source is confusing, secondary sources state The Queensland Times, but The Queensland Times labels the images as “contributed”

 

Image source is confusing, secondary sources state The Queensland Times, but The Queensland Times labels the images as "contributed"

Image source is confusing, secondary sources state The Queensland Times, but The Queensland Times labels the images as “contributed”

Australian man ‘robs petrol station with chainsaw while wearing flower pot on his head’

www.independent.co.uk  |  Joe Krishnan   |  Wednesday 12 February 2014

An Australian man has been arrested after he allegedly held up a local petrol station with a chainsaw while wearing a flower pot on his head.

Steven Frank Steele, 19, is accused of storming into a 7-Eleven service station in Ipswich, Queensland at 4.30am on Monday. It is alleged he threatened staff with a chainsaw, demanding they hand over money from the register.

According to the Queensland Times, police allege that he used a chainsaw to cause damage to a window before making demands for the money, but instead made away with just a soft drink. It will be said that the man wore the flower pot hat in order to keep his identity concealed.

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Sinkhole at museum swallows eight vintage Corvettes

A sinkhole could possibly be the worst thing that could ever happen to a museum. Good luck with that.

A view of the National Corvette Museum's Sky Dome before the sinkhole. Image motorgearheads.com

A view of the National Corvette Museum’s Sky Dome before the sinkhole. Image motorgearheads.com

A view of the 40 foot sinkhole. Image CNN

A view of the 40 foot sinkhole. Image CNN

A view of the 40 foot sinkhole. Image Automotive News

A view of the 40 foot sinkhole. Image Automotive News

Sinkhole Collapses Part of Corvette Museum in Ky.

abcnews.go.com  |  AP  |  February 12, 2014

A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars but not shutting down the building.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors.

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department. Frassinelli said no one was in the museum at the time.

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