Sea slug, Chromodoris reticulata, discards its penis after sex and grows another. Image Alamy
Sea slug sheds its penis after sex, scientists find
By John-Paul Ford Rojas | 13 Feb 2013 | www.telegraph.co.uk
As a post-coital ritual it has been described by researchers as “extremely peculiar” even among the often surprising behaviours of the animal kingdom. Scientists have discovered that the love life of a sea slug involves more than just losing its heart.
A study of the thumb-sized animal by Japanese biologists has revealed how it sheds its penis after sex, before growing a new one.
“No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’,” they wrote in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
This story is a reminder for bicyclists to regularly inspect their rides for safety reasons. This is not breaking news but I am glad I was able to find a more primary source with other sources notated vs the usual snarky USA re-post sites.
Chinese Student’s Bicycle Seat Breaks and… Gyah!
Feb 25, 2013 by Master Blaster | http://en.rocketnews24.com
On 21 February, reports of a loud “Phfffft” sound were heard around the world. Experts traced the source of this sound back to the anal sphincters of millions of Chinese netizens simultaneously shuddering upon hearing this tale of a bike ride gone terribly, terribly wrong.
According to China’s tt.mop and weibo.com websites, the young student was riding to the first day of school for the year. It was a day young students all around looked forward to as one of hope, learning and new experiences.
But for one boy his first bike ride to school was to become anyone’s worst nightmare.
In what must have been a one-in-a-billion fall, the bicycle’s seat got bent over exposing a cold, merciless steel rod which penetrated the boy’s buttocks. The seat was unable to be removed.
The Carrickalinga cliffs where Karyn Gitsham had her amazing rescue. Image 7News Australia
Image 7News Australia
Australian woman says dolphins saved her and her dog from drowning
By David Ferguson | Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | www.rawstory.com
A woman who fell from a cliff into the sea while trying to rescue her dog said Tuesday that a pod of dolphins saved her life. According to Perth’s Channel 7 News, Karyn Gitsham was walking her dogs on the beach at Carrickalinga, on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, as she does every morning, when one of them got into trouble.
The details of this story are startling and heartbreaking. A healthy 37 year old man man perishes when his bedroom is swallowed by a sinkhole. A weeping brother who recounts his attempted rescue. The relative clutching a tattered family bible carefully salvaged by precision backhoe work by solemn demolition crews. Jeffrey Bush was only 37 when he lost his life. What about the rest of his family? The house was in their family for generations. These are tough times for a working class family to have such tragic losses. Imagine losing everything you own and news crews from around the world watch you literally pick thru what you have left.
Sources say “sinkhole season” has only begun in Florida and another has been found 2 miles away. I hope tragedies like these lead to better uses of land and water resources. People’s lives may depend on it, and not hypothetical future generations but people living in Florida today. Don’t let Jeffrey Bush’s death be for naught.
In this undated photo released by Jeremy Bush, shows his brother Jeff Bush. Jeremy Bush heard a loud crash and screaming coming from his brother’s room early Thursday, March 1, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A large sinkhole opened under Jeff’s bedroom and he disappeared together with most of the bedroom furniture. Jeremy jumped into the hole and was quickly up to his neck in dirt. Jeff is presumed dead. Image www.sacbee.com
Jeremy Bush, right, gets a hug from a family friend while speaking to the media as demolition continues at the home of his brother, Jeff Bush, Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
A Hillsborough County, Fla., firefighter removes salvaged items, including a family photo, from the home where a sinkhole swallowed Jeffrey Bush, late Thursday in Seffner, Fla., on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Crews are set to begin the demolition of the home on Sunday, after search personnel failed to find Bush. Image www.sacbee.com
Demolition experts remove a piece of furniture from the home of Jeff Bush, 37, during demolition Monday, March 4, 2013 in Seffner, Fla. A sinkhole opened up underneath the house late Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, swallowing Jeff Bush, 37. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
A family member prays in front of home of Jeff Bush, 37, before demolition crews destroy it Monday, March 4, 2013, after a sinkhole opened up underneath it late Thursday evening swallowing Bush, 37, in Seffner, Fla. The 20-foot-wide opening of the sinkhole was almost covered by the house, and rescuers said there were no signs of life since the hole opened Thursday night. Image www.sacbee.com
Officials put devices into the ground to measure the stability of the ground, Friday, March 1, 2013, where a sinkhole opened up overnight inside the home at 240 Faithway Drive in Seffner, Florida. A man, Jeff Bush was inside his bedroom room at the time and is missing. Image www.sacbee.com
A crowd looks at the Florida home where a man was consumed by a sinkhole while sleeping in his bed.
Photograph by Edward Linsmier, Getty Images
Workers carefully demolish the home where a sinkhole opened up and swallowed a man who was asleep in his bed. Image CNN
Demolition on Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that opened beneath a Seffner, Fla., home. Image WTSP.com
Demolition on Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that opened beneath a Seffner, Fla., home. Image WTSP.com
Florida sinkhole now considered victim’s grave
March 5, 2013 | www.freep.com
After demolition work Monday revealed the giant sinkhole that swallowed a Tampa-area man as he slept Thursday night, crews began filling in the chasm presumed to be his grave.
During a brief ceremony at 4 p.m., the family of 37-year-old Jeffrey Bush placed a teddy bear, a photo, notes and flowers into the bucket of a backhoe, which dropped them into the estimated 60-foot-deep hole in Seffner, about 15 miles east of Tampa. Then came a truckload of gravel, the first in the process of filling in the yawning hole that took Bush without warning.
Sheriff Ron Lockhart said his office is investigating whether a Sequoyah County, Okla., man died after spontaneously bursting into flames.
The sheriff said 65-year-old Danny Vanzandt’s death might be a rare case of spontaneous human combustion.
“This is a case that I’ve never seen before,” Lockhart said.
Emergency crews responded to Bawkin Road in Sequoyah County about 10:50 a.m. Monday (Feb. 18) after a neighbor told police she saw smoke coming from next door, Lockhart said. Vanzandt’s brother, Aaron, tells 5NEWS he and his stepson found the body around 11 a.m. and called 911.
“The body was burned and it was incinerated,” Lockhart said.
Oh wow. Truly amazing event captured by average people on a variety of devices. I cannot imagine how massive the shockwave was. Video of this event is great because you can hear the strange sounds, enormous boom, wonder, and confusion.
The latest reports state that close to 1,000 people have been injured and chunks of the meteor have been found in a local lake.
I may be updating this information several times today as the story evolves.
Suspected landing site of the meteor. The fact it is underwater will make recovery slower, more dangerous, and hopefully discourage black market trade in the highly valuable meteorite. Image from http://t.co/9k5ZrKRF
Meteor Fragments Are Said to Rain Down on Siberia
By ELLEN BARRY and ANDREW E. KRAMER | February 15, 2013 | The New York Times
MOSCOW — Bright objects, apparently debris from a meteor, streaked through the sky in western Siberia early on Friday, accompanied by a boom that damaged buildings across a vast territory. Russia’s Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 people were hurt, 200 of them children, mostly from shards of glass that shattered when the meteor entered the atmosphere.
Many of the injuries were suffered by residents of the city of Chelyabinsk, about 950 miles east of Moscow, in a region where many factories for defense, including nuclear weapons production, are situated. But there was no indication of damage that resulted in any radiation leaks, officials said.
Talk about a slow news day in Boca Raton. “Friendly back yard otters” are wild animals and like all wild animals they should be left alone by humans and the small yappy animals that are the pets of humans.
MOSCOW — A Russian official says it’s time for the nation’s soldiers to switch from foot wraps to socks.
Since the late 17th century, Russian soldiers have been using wraps, rectangular strips of cloth that are carefully wrapped around their bare feet to prevent blisters from tall heavy boots with no laces.
But Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who took the post two months ago, said he was surprised to learn that some soldiers are still using the wraps, called “portyanki” in Russian, and told them to use socks instead.
At a televised meeting with military officers Monday, he said, “In 2013, or at least by the end of 2013, we must forget the word portyanki.”
Czar Peter the Great adopted the custom from the Dutch army in the late 17th century.
Father Thomas Donovan of St. Aloyius. Image from http://andelino.files.wordpress.com
ICK with a capital I. First, the 911 call with the priest obviously gagged is hilarious and worth hearing. Second, the scenario that lead to the 911 call seems like the actions of a vengeful rent boy. To me a sex worker tying up the priest and then callously leaving him helpless and bound seems less loathsome and creepy than “Non-Sexual Self Bondage.” I think it an error to state he was not drunk or on drugs. To say the guy was loaded makes his actions wayyyy less creepy than the calculated lucid high weirdness he engaged in IN THE CHURCH.
The video is kind of tacky, rife w/ editorializing. Skip to 0:13.
Springfield Diocese: Priest Suffering from Non-Sexual Self Bondage
January 22, 2013 5:31 PM | http://stlouis.cbslocal.com
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – The Catholic Bishop of the Springfield Diocese has issued an official explanation about a rather bizarre 9-1-1 call made by one of his parish priests.
The statement from Bishop Thomas Paprocki was distributed after all the Masses this past weekend at St. Aloysius Church in Springfield.
It said Father Thomas Donovan of St. Aloyius Parish in Springfield is suffering from a psychological condition called non-sexual self bondage. It’s a condition where a person deals with the extreme stress in their live through self bondage.
Factory farming may have incredible yields but as this story illustrates it is an incredibly delicate balance. I kind of feel sorry for this poor young guy. He went out to a concert and partied hearty, passed out, woke up soaked in urine and the Stalin of poultry.
Mighty thanks to Karnak for tipping me off to this story many moons ago.
21-year-old Joshua Shelton, of Delmar.
Maryland Man Charged in Deaths of 70,000 Chickens
By Benjamin R. Freed | August 28, 2012 9:30 AM | www.dcist.com
An eastern Maryland man was arrested last weekend at a poultry farm in Delmar, Md. on charges that his drunken antics led to the death of 70,000 chickens.
Soak that in a bit—70,000 chickens.
A deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the farm’s owner shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. The owner complained that the power to his three chicken coops had been shut down over night, cutting off the feeding machines along with the water supply and cooling fans.
With no food, water or cool air, the entire flock of 70,000 birds was found dead, according to a Wiciomico County news release. When the chicken farmer inspected the shed housing the controls for the shut-down systems, he discovered an unknown young man passed out on the floor of the shed, wearing only in a T-Shirt and boxer shorts. The farmer told the deputy the man reeked of booze and appeared to be soaked in his own urine.
This story had the perfect headline. Yes it is tragic, but what a way to go.
Bigfoot hoax ends badly: Montana jokester hit, killed by car
www.latimes.com | By Rene Lynch | August 28, 2012, 11:31 a.m.
A Montana man who was apparently trying to trigger a Bigfoot sighting by dressing up in a costume and darting out onto a dark stretch of highway was struck and killed by two passing cars, officials said.
Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., was apparently wearing a Ghillie suit at the time. That's a camouflage outfit -- sometimes used by military snipers or hunters -- designed to resemble dense, thick foliage.
"What we know so far is that we had a couple of guys out, allegedly trying to prompt a sighting of Bigfoot," Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby told the Los Angeles Times. The officer added: "This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Really."