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Mystery of Green Egg Yolks
Like Dr. Seuss' 'Green Eggs and Ham' come to life, the chickens of a farmer in Malappuram, India, lay eggs with dark green yolks. "It was nine months ago that we first got such an egg with a green yolk from a hen in our small poultry farm,” Ak Shihabudheenexplained to The News Minute. After his photos went viral, the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University got involved, investigating what might be behind the phenomenon.
The scientists have postulated that the feed for the hens may have caused the unusual coloration, yet Shihabudheen says what he feeds the chickens is not out of the ordinary. He does confirm that the unique eggs taste just like regular ones and plans to market them pending the findings of the University.
Here Are Some Gulls Playing With a Dildo
Conservation photographer Jennifer Warner visited the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, California on Tuesday in order to photograph the pupping harbor seals that have taken up residence on the beach. She soon noticed some juvenile gulls chasing each another around and causing a ruckus;one of them had what she thought at first was a piece of plastic pollution in its beak. She snapped a few photos and zoomed in.
The gulls were fighting over a dildo.
“Before realizing what the object was, I was annoyed and mad, because plastic pollution is a real serious problem, and as a conservation photographer I’m documenting human impacts on wildlife,” Warner told Gizmodo. “But when I realized what it was, while the other emotions still existed, you can’t help but find humor in it.”
Seals have used this stretch of beach as a breeding refuge since at least 1996, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.The city closed the beach for five months in 2014, butresidents sued to have it reopened. A judge ruled that the city could once again close the beach for pupping season in 2018. But the seals aren’t the only animals that have found refuge here; other wildlife, like the gulls, take advantage of the peaceful habitat as well.
Gulls aren’t just beach-loafing french-fry stealers. They provide important ecosystem services, cleaning up the afterbirth from the seals on the beach, for example. But they’re also cunning, playful birds. Warner watched the juveniles tossing the dildo and chasing one another around until one of the birds flew away with it, for uses only the gull knows.
Birders in one gull-watching Facebook group identified the birds in question as juvenile western gulls, a dark-backed gull common on western coasts. Though nicknamed seagulls, America’s many gull species inhabit niches around the country, many far from the seashore. Some birders(yours truly included) find enjoyment in observing our many gull species and learning to tell them apart.
As a conservation photographer, Warner strives to document how human and wildlife coexist, including how humans pollute habitats and come into conflict with wild animals. She was happy that these photo are going viral as a way to draw people’s attention to plastic pollution on a beach. Anyway, if this is your dildo, it has a new owner now.
Maybe they think it's a snake or eel or they're just feeling randy.
@pigfarmer check this out!
Butcher in upstate New York installs 24-hour meat vending machine, says customer response is 'unbelievable'
Facial reconstruction provides glimpse of priest who died 900 years ago
Experts in the U.K. have reconstructed the face of a priest who died 900 years ago.
The priest’s skeleton was discovered at Lincoln Cathedral in England earlier this year. Analysis of the remains revealed that he was just under 5 feet 7 inches tall and between the ages of 35 and 45 when he died, but was most likely in his late 30s, according to Lincoln Cathedral.
A pewter chalice and paten, or plate used to hold Eucharistic bread, were buried with the man, reflecting his role as a priest. Similar objects have been dated back to the 12th and 13th centuries.
Archaeological consultancy Allen Archaeology was involved in the excavation of the remains and also worked with forensic artist Hew Morrison to build a reconstruction of the priest’s face. “The outcome looks like a real-life photo; enabling the people of Lincoln and Lincolnshire to come face to face with the medieval priest,” explained Lincoln Cathedral, in a statement.
Forensic facial reconstruction of a 900-year-old medieval priest unearthed by Allen Archaeology at Lincoln Cathedral during recent renovation works. (Hew Morrison)
Without the availability of DNA testing, the priest’s hair and eye color are still unknown. Features of his skull, such as his close-set eyes and slightly asymmetrical chin have been used in the reconstruction. Morrison told Fox News that the man's lip size, and the height and width of his mouth were accurately recreated by measuring the enamel of the skeleton's teeth.
A bone report gave no indication that the priest suffered from disease or injury during his life. “The degeneration of the discs of his lower spine show that the priest was involved in some level of physical activity, and are within the changes that would be expected to have occurred with age,” said Lincoln Cathedral, in its statement. “His remains suggest that he was apparently well nourished and had a relatively risk-free lifestyle.”
Construction on Lincoln Cathedral began in 1072 and it was consecrated in 1092. One of England’s famed Gothic cathedrals, it was also the tallest building in the world for 1311 when its Central Tower was replaced with a new tower and spire. The cathedral held the title for 238 years.
The three naves of Lincoln Cathedral, consecrated in 1092, English Gothic style, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
This is not the first time that facial reconstruction has been used to provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. In 2018, in another project, experts used 3D technology to reconstruct the face of an 18th-century "witch."
Lilias Adie, from the village of Torryburn in Eastern Scotland, died in prison in 1704 after she had “confessed” to being a witch and having sex with the devil, according to the University of Dundee, which worked on the reconstruction project.
The University of Dundee's Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification worked with BBC Radio Scotland's Time Travels show to recreate Adie’s features.
The ladies face looks like a drawing. Dudes looks like a photograph. I guess they have had some improvements with the technique since 2017.
I can't believe people are using it. I suppose we are ready to use such methods because of the virus? Most people won't even purchase a tuna sandwich from a vending machine for fear of food poisoning.
That's pretty clever, good for him, I'd use that machine because it's from a butcher...
He sure got himself in a pickle lol...
A Mass. man threw a ‘large pickle’ at a Vermont highway worker, police say. He’s now facing an assault charge.
Vermont State Police responded to an unusual drive-by incident Monday at the Massachusetts state border.
There, around 6 p.m., an Agency of Transportation employee who had been working a detail on U.S. 7 in Pownal, Vermont, told troopers that a passenger in a vehicle had thrown an object at him.
What was it?
It was “later determined to be a large pickle, which struck the victim and caused him pain,” troopers wrote in a release.
Troopers, with assistance from police in neighboring Williamstown, Massachusetts, subsequently located the suspect vehicle and issued the alleged pickle-thrower Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer a citation.
The 34-year-old Williamstown man is set to appear in a Bennington, Vermont, court next month on a simple assault charge, police said.
Fenn Treasure Found!
In a rather stunning development over the weekend, Forrest Fenn announced that the treasure he had hidden in the Rocky Mountains a decade ago has finally been found. The eccentric art dealer revealed to the Santa Fe New Mexican on Sunday that a man "from back East" had located the cache of gold, jewels, and rare artifacts "a few days ago." Fenn told the newspaper that he confirmed the discovery when the individual, whom he declined to name at their request, sent him a picture of the unearthed prize, which he did not share with the newspaper.
The remarkable turn of events brings to a close a nearly decade long hunt for Fenn's Treasure which kicked off back in late 2010 with the release of his memoir The Thrill of the Chase, wherein he detailed how he had hidden a chest stuffed with riches somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and left clues to its whereabouts in a poem found in the book. Over the next ten years, the audacious stunt took on a life of its own with hundreds of thousands of people participating in the search by way of vibrant online communities and countless on-the-ground expeditions.
In recent times, the treasure has been the source of considerable controversy as at least five people perished while in pursuit of the riches. This tragic toll led to more than one attempt by law enforcement officials to convince Fenn to call off the hunt, but he repeatedly refused to do so. Beyond the unfortunate individuals who lost their lives, numerous people have also needed to be rescued during ill-prepared searches of the treasure over the years. Meanwhile, Fenn was targeted by bold burglars, strange stalkers, and odd lawsuits.
For the thousands upon thousands of people who have pondered the mystery of where the treasure was hidden, the events of this weekend are undoubtedly bittersweet and that emotion was seemingly shared by Fenn, himself, when he was asked about the hunt having coming to an end. "I feel halfway kind of glad, halfway kind of sad," he mused, "because the chase is over." While that appears to be the case, there is still quite a bit of uncertainty attached to the tale of Fenn's riches.
In a statement released over the weekend, the art dealer provided a bit more detail regarding the discovery, offering the vague explanation that the treasure was located "under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago." Fenn went on to write that "at this time, it is up to the finder to reveal the final resting place of the treasure. That is part of the privilege of finding the treasure chest. If he chooses not to reveal the location, the secret spot may remain shrouded in mystery." As such, it's entirely possible that we might never know who found the riches nor where they were buried.
To that end, the fact that Fenn has yet to provide any documentation for the discovery has fueled speculation among skeptics and disappointed treasure hunters that something is amiss with the story. Some have theorized that the hunt may have actually ended a few years ago and that the art dealer did not want to tell anyone, while others contend that there was never any treasure in the first place and that the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by Fenn. It remains to be seen whether or not those misgivings have merit, and one can only hope that the person who found the treasure will eventually come forward to provide some answers to the questions which continue to swirl around the story.
One person who does believe that the treasure existed and has been found is a Chicago real estate attorney named Barbara Andersen. Upon hearing the news this weekend, she insisted that the individual who discovered the riches had learned of their location by hacking her computer and promised to file an injunction against the man in the hopes of receiving the prize for herself. Time will tell what becomes of that legal wrangling, but it's entirely in keeping with the strangeness that has long surrounded the Fenn Treasure and perhaps an indication that there may still be a bit more weirdness to come from the enchanting mystery.
'Pizza Stalker' Plagues Belgian Man
In a bizarre story out of Belgium, a beleaguered man claims that some nefarious individual has been ordering countless pizzas to be delivered to his home for the last nine years! According to a local media report, the strangeness began back in 2011 when a delivery driver appeared at Jean Van Landeghem's door with "a whole load of pizzas" that he never requested. Although he initially thought it was a simple mistake, the man soon learned that the incident was the opening act in what has become a living nightmare.
Since that fateful day, Van Landeghem says, a seemingly endless stream of pizzas, as well as other delivery items like kebabs and pitas, have been ordered to his home by the dedicated miscreant who clearly has a grudge against the man. The visits from restaurant workers unaware that they have been caught up in an elaborate ruse occur at all hours of the day and night, he lamented, and one incident in particular saw ten different delivery drivers show up at the same time.
While the individual responsible for the sinister campaign is likely filled with ill-gotten glee, Van Landeghem is understandably tormented by their actions. "I cannot sleep anymore. I start shaking every time I hear a scooter on the street," he revealed, "I dread that someone will come to drop off hot pizzas yet another time." Almost as annoyed by the entire affair are local restaurants who have been forced to eat the cost of the faux orders time after time.
Strangely enough, Van Landeghem revealed that one of his friends who lives in a nearby town has also been on the receiving end of the proverbial pizza stalker for the last nine years, which would seem to indicate that someone they know is behind the series of deliveries. Unfortunately, attempts to get help from local authorities have proven futile, leaving the frustrated homeowner to declare "I cannot take it anymore. When I find out whoever has been bothering me for the past nine years, it will not be their best day."
Strange Rumble Rocks Indian Village
Residents of a village in India were literally shaken when a man digging a well inadvertently unleashed an enormous rumble which rocked the community for an hour. The weird incident reportedly took place in the community of Mahakalapada last week as Shyam Sundar Bhol was attempting to create a borewell in his backyard. The project took a wild turn when the pole being used to locate water reached 1,000 feet underground.
It was at that point that the area began shaking in a violent fashion while boiling hot water and mud shot out of the ground. Incredibly, observers say that the eerie undulating and uncomfortable 'rainfall' lasted for an hour until the rumbling finally subsided and Bhol was left with a small water-filled hole in his backyard.
While the event was likely a natural occurrence, residents say that similar water-gathering projects in the village over the years did not produce such a strange outcome. As such, some people suspected that there was a supernatural cause for the commotion and promptly left the village out of fear of encountering the angry spirits believed to be behind the rumbling.
I fail to understand why the harassment can't be stopped. Just contact all the pizza shops within a certain distance and have his address put on a "never deliver" list.
A couple of Fenn Treasure photos.
Fenn Treasure Photos Released | Coast to Coast AM
Mysterious Group Carrying Suitcases Stumps Police in England
By Tim Binnall
In a very strange story out of England, authorities were left scratching their heads after they were unable to locate a sizable group of people reportedly seen carrying suitcases and walking towards a reservoir. According to a local media report, the weird incident occurred last Thursday morning when Sussex Police received several calls from residents who had spotted around 50 individuals seemingly en route to the Ardingly Reservoir. What caught the attention of the witnesses was that every member of the gathering inexplicably had a suitcase with them.
The weird case became all the more puzzling when officers arrived on the scene and could find no trace of the luggage-toting group. After announcing the confounding call to investigate on Twitter, Inspector Darren Taylor was pressed for additional details, but conceded that there mystifying story had no resolution. "It's all a bit random," he wrote, "received calls from members of the public that a group of around 50 adults were walking down a middle of a road pulling suitcases heading towards Ardingly. We thought possible rave happening so carried out an area search, but they had vanished."
The officer ultimately mused that the incident was "most bizarre," which led his amused social media followers to offer their own explanations for what might have happened. As one might expect, some suggested that the group had been picked up by aliens whisking them away from Earth and others likened the case to a scene in the classic film Cocoon. And, of course, one person groused that the lack of a single picture or video of the proverbial 'suitcase gang' suggested that the reports to police had some kind of hoax.
I half expected a huge creature to come crawling out of the ground there. lol
How come nothing like this ever happens to me.
Something just came to me about this story. In Tron: Legacy there was a race that manifested and they were all walking in a straight line to the city, but they weren't carrying luggage.
TRON: Legacy (2010) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb
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