Discussion in 'Present & Current Events' started by nivek, Apr 6, 2019.
Gender reveal parties? Jesus, what's on top of the cake?
Explosives as part of these parties I had never heard of? This has happened more than once?
What the hell else have I been missing?
Father-to-be in New York dies after device meant for gender reveal party explodes - CNN
Father-to-be in New York dies after device meant for gender reveal party explodes
By Kelly Christ and Taylor Romine, CNN
Updated 8:25 PM ET, Mon February 22, 2021
(CNN)A 28-year-old man died after a device meant to be used at a gender reveal party exploded, according to New York State Police.
Police responded to a report of an explosion just before noon on Sunday. Christopher Pekny, of Liberty, New York, was building the device that exploded. He was the father-to-be, according to police.
Pekny's 27-year-old brother, Michael Pekny, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital, state police said.
Police did not give further information on what kind of device it was, except that it was not intended to harm others.
Earlier this month, a Michigan man died after a small cannon exploded at a baby shower, police said. While the cannon was not directly related to the baby's gender, it was fired to "celebrate the baby's pending arrival," Michigan State Police said in a statement.
This most recent death follows in the line of other gender reveals gone bad, including a 2020 wildfire in Southern California and a plane crash in Texas.
After last year's wildfire, the blogger Jenna Karvunidis -- who is largely credited for creating the gender reveal party -- took to Facebook to condemn the over-the-top events.
"Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you," she wrote.
Copernicus must be spinning in his grave.
Dozens of coffins fall into sea after landslide at cliff-top cemetery
I think that survey was from 2012
And yet no fire damage to the tree?
I bet they won't use the low bidder again.
This bird might be able to go literally f*** itself. If so, would that be incest?
Rare half male, half female Cardinal spotted in PA
By Tamar Lapin February 24, 2021
There’s no flitting around it, this is a rare bird.
A cardinal that appears to be half-female and half-male was recently spotted in Pennsylvania.
Jamie Hill, a birdwatcher for 48 years, documented the unusual sighting in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“I had a once-in-a-lifetime, one in a million bird encounter!” he wrote.
A friend of Hill’s had told him about an “unusual bird” seen at a bird feeder in Grand Valley in Warren County.
The creature was bright red like a male cardinal on one side and brownish white like a female on the other.
Hill flocked to the location to see the northern cardinal for himself — and immediately recognized it as a bilateral gynandromorph, meaning one side of it is male and the other female.
“This bird would have a functioning ovary on its left side and a functioning single testis on its right,” Hill wrote. “Theoretically, this bird could either mate with a normal male cardinal and lay fertile eggs, or it could mate with a normal female cardinal and father her eggs!”
Though not unheard of, mixed sex birds are rare.
However, it’s actually not the first time one such feathered friend has been spotted in Pennsylvania.
Another half-male, half-female cardinal was spotted outside of Erie two years ago and featured in National Geographic magazine.
We have a lot of half-male, half-female, creatures in feathers here - most of them stand on street corners.
Wild Sheep Sporting 78 Pounds of Wool Gets Life-Saving Shave
A wild sheep that had amassed a jaw-dropping coat of wool was rescued by an animal sanctuary who provided the creature with a life-saving shave. The wondrous ram was reportedly spotted roaming around a state park in Australia by a bewildered witness who reported the sighting to the Edgar’s Mission animal sanctuary in the town of Lancefield. Workers from the organization quickly located the hard-to-miss sheep, whom they named Baarack, and set about freeing it from the hirsute predicament.
The laborious task ultimately saw a staggering 78 pounds of wool removed from the creature's body. The sanctuary was uncertain as to how the sheep wound up in such a state, but it would appear that the animal's ear had once been tagged, suggesting that it had somehow escaped from a farm long ago. As one might imagine, the enormous coat of wool had made Baarack's life in the wild rather difficult as it was found to be both malnourished and nearly blind due to all of the fur that had obscured its eyes.
Now free of the monstrous coat, Baarack looks like a completely different animal, able to see clearly and showing no signs of any ill-effects from its ordeal aside from a few nicks from the shears that were used to shave it. The intervention from the animal rescue organization undoubtedly saved the sheep's life as it was not only highly vulnerable to predators, but faced increasingly challenges when it came to finding shelter and sustenance.
Here's something interesting that I found. It's from a 5000 year old cylinder seal
from Egypt - used to seal correspondences. The hieroglyphs are so old the scholars
don't know what they mean.
Artist - Anonymous (Egypt)
English: This cylinder seal is of the type placed in burials. It shows a woman seated before an offering table. The images surrounding her indicate her name in very early hieroglyphs, from before the language and writing system had been fully developed.
Date between circa 3100 and circa 2900 BC
But take a look at her, what looks like, antenna, and the length of her arms
compared to the rest of her body. Oh, and the levitating UFO between the
two sections of the offering table. And her fingers. And. And.
Separate names with a comma.