A sleepy bank employee dozed off briefly with his finger on the number 2 key of his computer, and by the time he woke up he had transferred 222,222,222 Euros ($293 million) to a person’s account instead of the 42 Euros ($80) that was supposed to be transferred.
The employee didn’t immediately notice the mistake and neither did a supervisor. The bonanza was transferred by a German bank on April 2, 2012.
Tough, lucky, strong, brave, are all good words to describe 17 year old Andrew Hudson. Not many people have a gator chomp on their head and live to tell about it. More photos after the jump, some are kind of graphic.
Andrew Hudson, 17, survived a gator attack.
Trappers catch gator where 17-year-old attacked
July 9, 2013 | www.wftv.com
GENEVA, Fla. — A Seminole County teenager survived a frightening alligator encounter in which witnesses said the gator had the 17-year-old’s head in its jaws Monday.
“We were both swinging off the rope swings, and then me and him started floating down the river,” said witness Taylor Rizza.
Rizza said Monday was a start to a common afternoon for the teens at a swimming hole in the Little Big Econ State Forest.
But Rizza’s friend, 17-year-old Andrew Hudson, thought he kicked a log in the water, but he was mistaken.
The original ruling on this case was distressing to all interested in using dunes to preserve ocean front property. The value of dunes was proven when the home of these individuals survived hurricane Sandy.
A jubilant-sounding Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham said the ruling is “not just great news for us, but for all of the Island and the Jersey Shore.”
The oceanfront property owned by Harvey and Phyllis Karan in Harvey Cedars. Photo by Ryan Morrill.
N.J. Supreme Court Sides With Harvey Cedars in Karan Easement Case
Jul 08, 2013 | Eric Englund | www.thesandpaper.villagesoup.com
The New Jersey Supreme Court has sided with Harvey Cedars in the borough’s eminent domain compensation case against oceanfront property owners Harvey and Phyllis Karan. In a unanimous decision announced Monday morning, the five justices agreed with Harvey Cedars’ contention that the beach replenishment project offered a special benefit to the Karans.
Earlier last year, a state appellate court ruled that the borough must pay $375,000 to the couple to compensate them for having a portion of their property taken for beach replenishment. The $1.7 million residence was one of 11 properties seized by the borough through eminent domain in a process that began in July 2008. The beach replenishment project was completed in 2010.
The homeowners did not voluntarily turn over their easements to the borough. None of them accepted the initial $300 award determined in 2009 by Donald Molliver, an appraiser hired by the borough to deal solely with easement issues.
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Congrats to the keepers of the San Antonio zoo on this amazing new addition. In the words of her keeper “…hopefully, like all the turtles we hope for, she’ll grow up to be a mature turtle and be here for many years on exhibit.”
So what’s new at the zoo? A 2-headed turtle
By Safiya Merchant | mysanantonio.com | June 27, 2013
When Thelma the turtle goes for a swim, Louise is not far behind. In fact, she’s right beside her.
The sisters are Texas River Cooters, freshwater turtles who just hatched June 18. They made their debut Thursday at the San Antonio Zoo and the pair are attached to the same body.
They’ve been dubbed the two-headed turtle by media outlets nationwide, and are attracting the attention of San Antonio’s tourists.
Having two heads occurs in multiple animal species, said Craig Pelke, the zoo’s curator of reptiles, amphibians, and aquatics. However, he said, it develops more often among snakes and turtles.
When the embryo splits inside the egg, Pelke said, it begins to develop twins. But in bicephalic or two-headed animals, the “twining process” does not finish.
Pelke said that in order to determine the turtles’ health, they look for whether both heads are eating and if the turtle is developing correct motor skills.
Good job Marilyn! She is one tough kid and I am so glad she and her little sister are safe. She and her other family members also have some lovely names.
12 Year Old Uses TV Knowledge to Scare Off Gunman
Lauren Bale | www.komu.com | Jun 27, 2013
COLUMBIA – A shaken aunt in Columbia says her young niece is the reason why an armed intruder left their house on Bicknell Drive without causing violence.
12-year-old Marilyn Wildflower said she was woken up by a man masturbating by her bed early Thursday morning. Wildflower said the man had a gun, which he used to try to pull her blankets off her bed. Wildflower said she remembered watching a CSI episode that said not to show fear in these situations, and so she looked the man in the eyes and told him he was not allowed to touch her.
This is a depressing story about a repeat offender who got slapped with a tiny fine. Personally, I am convinced that unless the demand in Asia for exotic species is reduced, whether as pets or parts in “medicine,” many species of animal will soon become extinct. As long as people are willing to make animal dealers like Montri Boonprom-on rich it is inevitable.
Images variously attributed to AP and Reuters depending on where they were found on the interweb.
14 Albino Lions Discovered in Bangkok Pet Shop Raid
By Hannah Osborne | June 11, 2013 | www.ibtimes.co.uk
Fourteen rare albino lions have been found in a warehouse belonging to a pet shop owner in Thailand.
The lions had been imported from Africa and they were found along with hundreds of other protected animals being stored at the warehouse near Bangkok. Up to 1,000 animals were seized in total during a police raid.
Montri Boonprom-on, the pet shop owner, has been arrested and faces charges of illegal wildlife trading.
If found guilty, he faces four years in jail and a fine of up to 40,000 baht (£840). Boonprom-on says the lions were imported legally and were going to be transferred to a zoo in the north east of Thailand.
Research like this is amazing no matter the age of who performs it. Congratulations Sara. How thoughtful of the New York Times to not mention Sara’s relationship status, or traditionally female hobbies in the article’s opening sentence.
Algae Lover, Contest Winner: Sara Volz, center, Intel Science Talent Search winner, changed her sleep cycle and created a lab in her room for her first-place project.
Colorado Student Receives $100,000 Intel First Prize
By ETHAN HAUSER | March 12, 2013 | New York Times
A high school senior who cultivated populations of algae under her loft bed won first place and $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search on Tuesday night.
he contestant, Sara Volz, 17, of Colorado Springs, Colo., researched ways to create populations of algae cells with high oil content; this algae oil can be converted into an economically feasible biofuel. “It’s something she’s worked on for years, and that shows a certain passion and drive that you don’t always see in heavily mentored projects,” said David Marker, a mathematics professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the chairman of the judging panel. “And what really set her off was that she’s so well-rounded in all areas of science — I was able to ask her very advanced math questions that she answers easily.”
Budgets are tight across America and spring is prime season for unwanted kitten births. His employers are standing behind the officer and their policy of um, instant euthanasia. However, his choice of executing his duties so near small children and a house is surely in bad taste and perhaps unsafe. If the local communities disagree with the animal control policy hopefully their many rallies, increased awareness, and possibly crowd sourced alternatives will make the changes they want. There’s no changing the past but tomorrow is another day.
North Ridgeville Officer back on the job after shooting kittens
Jun 13, 2013 | WKYC-TV
NORTH RIDGEVILLE — We were told Humane Officer Barry Accorti would be back on the job today and that’s where Channel 3 found him.
He is the officer who responded to the call made by a woman who wanted a feral mother cat and her litter of five kittens removed from her backyard wood pile.
Fishermen are known for telling great stories, and this is a doozey. According to some news reports the mako did $5,000 worth of damage to their boat during the two hours it was alive on the boat while the fishermen hid.
MANASQUAN (APP.com) – Two anglers shark fishing east of Manasquan Inlet got a surprise when a 303-pound, 8-foot, 4-inch mako shark leapt into the bow of their 31-foot boat. Then proceeded to eat the boat.
“It was epic. He back flipped right in,” said Clint Simek, of Brielle, who still sounded stunned by the shark’s theatrics as he retold the story Wednesday, a day after the wild encounter.