‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered

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Miss Fidget.com has a deep appreciation for calendars. This is an amazing discovery.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.


‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered in Scottish field

14 July 2013  |  BBC.UK

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world’s oldest lunar “calendar” in an Aberdeenshire field.

Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.

A team led by the University of Birmingham suggests the ancient monument was created by hunter-gatherers about 10,000 years ago.

The pit alignment, at Warren Field, was first excavated in 2004.

The experts who analysed the pits said they may have contained a wooden post.

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Woman claims unfairly TSA searched her “big hair”

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Though not new, this story is new to me. Many women, especially black women have a lot of pressure to do unnatural and unhealthy things to their hair. The most shocking part of this is that she had already cleared security and the TSA tracked her down in the airport and publicly touched her hair. It is worth watching the video to see the charming Ms Brantley tell her story in her own words.

Is this natural hair thing new to you? Go check out Ms Brantley’s web site www.naturallyisis.com. 

Isis Brantley. Image KXAS/NBC.

Isis Brantley and her natural hair. Image KXAS/NBC.

Woman claims unfair TSA search over big hair

Sept. 21, 2011  |  wsbtv.com

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A Dallas hairstylist traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport says she was unfairly singled out for having big hair.Isis Brantley was flying home to Texas when she said two TSA representatives dug down to her scalp checking for weapons and explosives.

“I just heard this weird voice saying ‘stop. Lady, don’t go! The lady with the big hair, stop,’ ” Brantley told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.

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Brazilian man in bed dies when cow falls thru his roof

Can’t say it better than this.

Mr de Souza’s brother-in-law Carlos Correa told Brazil’s Hoje em Dia newspaper: “Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth.

oao Maria de Souza, 45, died from internal bleeding while still waiting to be seen by doctors, according to his family (SUPER CANAL TV )

oao Maria de Souza, 45, died from internal bleeding while still waiting to be seen by doctors, according to his family (SUPER CANAL TV )

The damaged roof.

The damaged roof.

Brazilian man dies after cow falls through his roof on top of him

A Brazilian man died after a cow fell through his roof on top of him as he was in bed.

By Matt Roper  |  13 Jul 2013  |  www.telegraph.co.uk

Joao Maria de Souza, 45, had been in bed with his wife Leni when the animal fell through the ceiling of their home in Caratinga, southeast Brazil.

The cow is believed to have escaped from a nearby farm and climbed onto the roof of the couple’s house, which backs onto a steep hill on Wednesday night.

The corrugated roof immediately gave way and the one-and-a-half-ton animal fell eight feet onto Mr de Souza’s side of the bed.

His wife, and the cow, both reportedly escaped unharmed.

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Sleepy banker makes huge error

Not surprising someone got fired but very interesting the labor court ruled the supervisor was not at fault.

Sleepy Banker Accidentally Transfers 222,222,222 Euros

By Dragana Jovanovic  |  Jun 12, 2013  | abcnews.com

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.

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Teen survives gator bite to the head relatively unscathed

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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.

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.

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Sand dunes win important court battle

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.

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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America’s most patriotic toilet paper

Show your patriotism in the smallest room in the house with this fine toilet tissue. Want to buy some? Click here.

Patriotic Print Toilet Paper. Give your bathroom décor a touch of some American spirit with our patriotic toilet paper. With a fun red and blue star pattern, this two-ply tissue is printed with health-safe, water-based ink. 200-sheet rolls. (2 rolls per set) 3 3/4″

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Two-headed turtle hatches in San Antonio zoo

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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.”

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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.

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12 year old scares off armed sexual predator

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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.

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14 albino lions and hundreds of others rare animal discovered in warehouse

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.

 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.

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High School student wins $100,000 science prize

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.”

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Rocket powered skatboarder gets fined

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This is pretty amazing. Nice work Eddie.

Eddie McDonald with his rocket-powered skateboard and fine. Image www.themorningbulletin.com.au

 

‘Fast Eddie’ rockets into history on skateboard at 60kmh

Chris Schwarten  |  www.themorningbulletin.com.au  |  11th Jun 2013

WHILE the Nitro Circus thrillseekers enthralled crowds at Browne Park, Barcaldine got their own show when Eddie McDonald took off on his rocket-powered skateboard.

Skating past the Tree of Knowledge along Barcaldine’s Oak St on Saturday night, Eddie fired up his rockets to reach about 60kmh in front of a cheering crowd outside one of the town’s pubs.

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