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  1. Standingstones

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    This reminds me of a time when a crazy clown approached a car full of black men. They ended up beating the clown senseless with clubs or bats.
     
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    Knox County man faces charges after trying to resurrect his grandmother

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Knox County man is in jail after causing nearly $30,000 in damages to a cemetery in an attempt to resurrect his grandmother.

    Law enforcement responded on Monday night to reports of vandalism at the church cemetery on Huckleberry Springs Road. Extensive damage including dig sites and broken headstones were found.

    Danny Frazier admitted to destroying some of the property in an attempt to “resurrect his grandmother,” who is buried at the cemetery. Frazier was arrested and charged with vandalism and criminal trespassing.

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    I wonder what his drug of choice is? lol
     
  4. August

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    Creepy people burning down cemeteries.
     
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    Canadian woman returns ‘cursed’ artifacts stolen from Pompeii
    October 11, 2020
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    A Canadian tourist has returned artifacts stolen from the ancient site of Pompeii claiming they were “bad luck.”

    The 36-year-old woman, who was only identified as Nicole, sent a package of the relics and a note confessing to taking them to a local travel agent in Campania, Italy, the Telegraph reported.

    “Take them back, please, they bring bad luck,” the woman wrote of the two mosaic pieces, a piece of ceramic and two parts of an ancient jar known as an amphora.

    She said that she had snatched the artifacts in 2005 while on a trip to the tourist destination, which was preserved in part as a result of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius more than 2,000 years ago.

    “I was young and stupid, and I wanted to have a piece of history that nobody had,” she wrote.

    But she said after she brought the mementos home to Canada, she was struck by a series of tragic events.

    She said she believes that she “stole a piece of history that had lots of negative energy inside.”

    “People there died in horrible ways. Bad luck played with me and my family,” the woman wrote, explaining that she has battled breast cancer twice.

    She said that she plans to return to Italy so that she could apologize in person.

    “We’re good people… I just want to shake this curse off me and my family,” she wrote. “Please take these artifacts back, so I can do the right thing and mend the mistake I’ve made.”

    The owner of the travel agency which received the artifacts turned them over to police, the outlet reported.

    It’s unclear whether any charges will be filed against the tourist.

     
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    Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket
    October 11, 2020
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    In this Aug. 13, 1965 photo provided by the San Diego Air and Space Museum, technicians work on an Atlas Centaur 7 rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla. NASA's leading asteroid expert, Paul Chodas, speculates that asteroid 2020 SO, as it is formally known, is actually a Centaur upper rocket stage that propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966 before it was discarded. (Convair/General Dynamics Astronautics Atlas Negative Collection/San Diego Air and Space Museum via AP)

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a mini moon next month.

    Instead of a cosmic rock, the newly discovered object appears to be an old rocket from a failed moon-landing mission 54 years ago that’s finally making its way back home, according to NASA’s leading asteroid expert. Observations should help nail its identity.

    “I’m pretty jazzed about this,” Paul Chodas told The Associated Press. “It’s been a hobby of mine to find one of these and draw such a link, and I’ve been doing it for decades now.”

    Chodas speculates that asteroid 2020 SO, as it is formally known, is actually the Centaur upper rocket stage that successfully propelled NASA’s Surveyor 2 lander to the moon in 1966 before it was discarded. The lander ended up crashing into the moon after one of its thrusters failed to ignite on the way there. The rocket, meanwhile, swept past the moon and into orbit around the sun as intended junk, never to be seen again — until perhaps now.

    A telescope in Hawaii last month discovered the mystery object heading our way while doing a search intended to protect our planet from doomsday rocks. The object promptly was added to the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center’s tally of asteroids and comets found in our solar system, just 5,000 shy of the 1 million mark.

    The object is estimated to be roughly 26 feet (8 meters) based on its brightness. That’s in the ballpark of the old Centaur, which would be less than 32 feet (10 meters) long including its engine nozzle and 10 feet (3 meters) in diameter.

    What caught Chodas’ attention is that its near-circular orbit around the sun is quite similar to Earth’s — unusual for an asteroid.

    “Flag number one,” said Chodas, who is director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

    The object is also in the same plane as Earth, not tilted above or below, another red flag. Asteroids usually zip by at odd angles. Lastly, it’s approaching Earth at 1,500 mph (2,400 kph), slow by asteroid standards.

    As the object gets closer, astronomers should be able to better chart its orbit and determine how much it’s pushed around by the radiation and thermal effects of sunlight. If it’s an old Centaur — essentially a light empty can — it will move differently than a heavy space rock less susceptible to outside forces.

    That’s how astronomers normally differentiate between asteroids and space junk like abandoned rocket parts, since both appear merely as moving dots in the sky. There likely are dozens of fake asteroids out there, but their motions are too imprecise or jumbled to confirm their artificial identity, said Chodas.

    Sometimes it’s the other way around.

    A mystery object in 1991, for example, was determined by Chodas and others to be a regular asteroid rather than debris, even though its orbit around the sun resembled Earth’s.

    Even more exciting, Chodas in 2002 found what he believes was the leftover Saturn V third stage from 1969′s Apollo 12, the second moon landing by NASA astronauts. He acknowledges the evidence was circumstantial, given the object’s chaotic one-year orbit around Earth. It never was designated as an asteroid, and left Earth’s orbit in 2003.

    The latest object’s route is direct and much more stable, bolstering his theory.

    “I could be wrong on this. I don’t want to appear overly confident,” Chodas said. “But it’s the first time, in my view, that all the pieces fit together with an actual known launch.”

    And he’s happy to note that it’s a mission that he followed in 1966, as a teenager in Canada.

    Asteroid hunter Carrie Nugent of Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, said Chodas’ conclusion is “a good one” based on solid evidence. She’s the author of the 2017 book “Asteroid Hunters.”

    “Some more data would be useful so we can know for sure,” she said in an email. “Asteroid hunters from around the world will continue to watch this object to get that data. I’m excited to see how this develops!”

    The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ Jonathan McDowell noted there have been “many, many embarrassing incidents of objects in deep orbit ... getting provisional asteroid designations for a few days before it was realized they were artificial.”

    It’s seldom clear-cut.

    Last year, a British amateur astronomer, Nick Howes, announced that an asteroid in solar orbit was likely the abandoned lunar module from NASA’s Apollo 10, a rehearsal for the Apollo 11 moon landing. While this object is likely artificial, Chodas and others are skeptical of the connection.

    Skepticism is good, Howes wrote in an email. “It hopefully will lead to more observations when it’s next in our neck of the woods” in the late 2030s.

    Chodas’ latest target of interest was passed by Earth in their respective laps around the sun in 1984 and 2002. But it was too dim to see from 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) away, he said.

    He predicts the object will spend about four months circling Earth once it’s captured in mid-November, before shooting back out into its own orbit around the sun next March.

    Chodas doubts the object will slam into Earth — “at least not this time around.”

     
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  8. pigfarmer

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    Old school. And they talk about it like it's a bad thing.
    Nothing makes a point like a severed head.

    And he's a patriot to boot.

    https://nypost.com/2020/10/13/indian-man-chops-off-wifes-head-walks-it-to-police-station/

    Indian man reportedly decapitates wife, carries head to police station By Yaron Steinbuch October 13, 2020
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    A man in India chopped off his wife’s head in a fit of rage about infidelity – then carried it to a police station and surrendered, according to a report.

    Chinnar Yadav got into a heated argument with his wife, Vimla, 35, on Friday morning in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, the Sun reported.

    Horrifying video shows the man walking calmly along a street carrying the decapitated head, with passersby looking on in the surreal scene.

    It is believed Yadav also injured a neighbor he had accused of having an affair with his wife.

    “After a heated argument, the accused attacked his wife with a sharp weapon, killing her and then beheading her,” Assistant Police Superintendent Mahendra Pratap Chauhan said.

    “After which he carried his wife’s severed head to Baberu Police Station where he surrendered. The accused was arrested and the weapon was also recovered from him by the cops,” he added.

    In February, a similar incident happened in the same Indian state, where Akhilesh Rawat, 30, decapitated his wife, Rajani, 26, after an argument and then paraded her head in the street while singing his country’s national anthem.
     
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  9. nivek

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    It was only supposed to be a 3 hour tour...:laugh8:

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    A tiny boat was discovered on a remote beach 27 years after it was launched by teachers

    A mystery from Lake Superior has been solved, after a tiny boat ended up on the remote shores of one of the Great Lakes. The red, white and blue vessel was found at a remote area on Apostle Islands National Seashore in Wisconsin with a very intentional message on the bottom.

    "I am traveling to the ocean. Please put me back in the water. Will you send information on your whereabouts to: Lakewood School Room 116 & 118 5207 N. Tischer Duluth, MN (scribbled out zip code) 53304," the message reads. There was no date, and no one knew where it came from until the school did a little digging.

    It turns out two teachers, Brenda Schell and Bonnie Fritch, did a lesson on the book "Paddle-to-the-Sea" in 1993 and 1994 and two wooden boats were part of the lesson.

    "We mapped out the travels of the canoe through the Great Lakes," Fritch told the school, Duluth Public Schools ISD said in a recent Facebook post. "A friend of Brenda's made the boats for us and our classes painted them and added the message to the bottom. On our end of the year field trip for our Duluth unit we stopped at Brighton Beach to launch the boats."

    After almost 27 years, the boat was still in good shape making its way around the lake though, obviously, it's not known where it was the entire time.

    "I am not sure what happened to Brenda's boat but mine was spotted a year later up the North Shore. The people put a second coat of varnish on the boat and relaunched it. I thought we wouldn't hear any more about it. Amazing it is still out there," Fritch added.


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  10. Standingstones

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    Shades of Ralphie from the Sopranos....
     
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    Iron Man Balloon Triggers Panic at a Town in India

    A balloon in the shape of fictional comic character Iron Man let loose in the skies sparked fears of an alien invasion among the residents of Dankaur town in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, the police said.

    The balloon filled with gas, that resembled a robot due to its Iron Man structure, was spotted over the town early Saturday morning, which later landed in a canal near Bhatta Parsaul village. A crowd gathered at the spot to see what some of them thought was "an alien", officials said.

    "It was a balloon filled with air that had gone up in the sky and later came down and got stuck in the bushes along the canal. A part of the balloon was touching the flowing water in the canal which had led the balloon to shake a little. Unbeknown to the spectators, this made for an anxious watch," Dankaur police official Anil Kumar Pandey said.

    He said a major reason behind the anxiety among people was the unusual shape of the balloon. "It was shaped like the Iron Man (fictional superhero character) given its colour and design. This was an unusual sight so some people even thought it was an alien, or something like that, and were apprehensive," Mr Pandey added.

    The official said the balloon, which must have come down as it ran out of gas, was fished out around noon from the canal. There was nothing harmful in the object but it is yet to be known who let it loose it in the air, the official said.

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    Bizarre Moment Joe Biden Nibbles On Wife's Fingers During Iowa Campaign Stop. [​IMG]
     
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    Chester the monkey annoying, scaring neighbors in Hawkins neighborhood

    Chester is a friendly Capuchin monkey, but for some of his neighbor’s he’s a bit too friendly when he gets loose and roams his neighborhood on Nikki Circle in the Carters Valley area near Church Hill.

    Linda Goins, 79, said Chester jumped on her legs and tried to bite her Thursday evening and then jumped onto her car, leaving handprints. Goins told the Times News on Monday Chester wasn’t being mean and was probably just trying to jump into her arms to be held.

    But Goins said it was a scary situation for a woman her age with knee and ankle problems trying to fend off an energetic Capuchin money.


    Another neighbor who had an encounter with Chester Thursday evening is 74 years old and asked that her name be withheld. She told the Times News that after Chester left Goins’ house it came to her house. She was on a riding mower, and Chester followed her into a basement garage area.

    Again, Chester wanted to jump on the woman, and she kept him at bay with a stick, although Chester eventually took the stick from her. She said she didn’t win the encounter. Chester gave up and went home.

    The neighbor told the Times News she then heard Chester’s owner, Connie Waters, 52, scolding Chester for getting out.

    Neighbors don’t buy owner’s explanation

    Waters told the Times News on Monday that she and Chester weren’t home Thursday evening, so that couldn’t have been Chester who harassed her neighbors. Waters said she believes someone who lives in the same neighborhood a block or two away has monkeys as well, and it must have been them.

    Upon being relayed that explanation by the Times News, both Goins and the neighbor laughed.

    Both said they know Chester when they see him. He’s gotten out before. Goins offered photographic evidence of an incident that occurred a few months ago when Chester jumped on her daughter’s back.

    “It did try to get up on my legs”

    Apparently, Chester has figured out how to open doors for himself, Goins said. Thursday evening shortly after 7 p.m., Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kyle Shively responded to a report of “a monkey attacking residents” on Nikki Circle.

    Shively took statements from Goins and the neighbor but was unable to make contact with Waters. Shively said he would be contacting the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency about possible charges against Waters for the monkey running at large.

    “I was just out here in my yard putting fertilizer on my flowers when I heard that monkey trying to get through the gate next door,” Goins said. “I looked and saw what it was, ran to my garage, and it beat me to my garage. It got on my car, and it was hopping up and down and going back and forth on the car. All I could find was a rake, but I knew if I swung at that monkey I’d hit the car and the monkey would get on me. So I didn’t do any good with my rake except keep it off of me, but it did try to get up on my legs.”

    Goins said, “I’m thinking it hops up in her (Waters’) arms — its owner. It might have wanted to hop up on me, but I’m afraid of it.” Goins has previous experiences with Chester, including an incident while she was washing her car a few months ago.

    “It took my brush away from me,” Goins said. “I had one of those long- handled brushes, and it took the brush from me and threw it toward the road. And when I went and got it, he took it away from me again and threw it toward the house. I got up on my porch and I was screaming and hollering for somebody to come get the monkey, but they didn’t come. It was trying to get in my house, and I picked up the water hose and sprayed it, and it took off home.”

    A few months before that, Chester got out and again was trying to jump into someone’s arms. This time it jumped on Goins’ daughter’s back. A family member took a photo of that.

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    How cute, a roaming biting monkey.

    Last time I checked there ain't no monkeys in the hunting syllabus anywhere in the US. Perfectly legal to off the little bastard if need be. Word to the wise - could be Dirt Nap Time for Bonzo
     
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    BTW - they are silly but I just love the Night at the Museum movies.
     
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    Little devils have sharp teeth. [​IMG]
     
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    I saw the third one and liked it, but I've yet to see the first two movies lol...

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    Police powerless to stop speeding mini-car

    The remote controlled model was spotted travelling at 10km/h over the speed limit near the city of Hamina.

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    Police in the southeastern city of Hamina are searching for the owner of a remote-controlled model car which was caught travelling at 70km/h in a 60km/h zone.

    The approximately 50-centimetre-long mini-car was captured by a new high-resolution camera on Highway 26 near the village of Töytäri. Chief inspector Dennis Pasterstein of the Police Traffic Safety Centre told Yle that the car in question should not be considered a toy.

    "This is a model car for a more serious enthusiast with a much more powerful engine. Ordinary toys do not travel at such a speed," Pasterstein said, adding that this is a unique case for the safety centre.

    "Fortunately, I haven't seen anything like this before. Hopefully this is also the last time. Pranks and games are fun, but the highway is a completely wrong place to play," he added.


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    In a worst-case scenario, an object that does not belong on the road can lead to an accident. "For example, a cyclist or motorist may be startled and take evasive action. Unexpected evasive movements can cause collisions," Pasterstein said.

    Police believe the owner of the remote controlled car was standing on the side of the road at the time, but they have little chance of positively identifying the owner based on speed camera data.

    Cyclists, birds also catch attention of speed cameras

    Aside from cars, the newly-installed speed cameras have also occasionally captured other speedsters, including cyclists, birds and other animals.

    Pasterstein cites as an example the case of a cyclist in Helsinki, who has been caught on a number of occasions breaking the speed limit of 40km/h on Mechelininkatu.

    "The cyclist was clearly travelling at speed. It never occurred to us whether it was a legal electric moped or an electric-assisted bicycle tuned to travel faster than allowed,” Pasterstein said.

    Such cyclists could incur fines if caught, he added. The owner of the remote-controlled car could also face a 100-euro fine, in accordance with section 12 of Finland’s Road Traffic Act.

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