A BREAK FROM ALL THE BREAKING NEWS HEADLINES TODAY!
A FEW NEWS STORIES FROM THE LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE!
A motorist plunged into a swimming pool in Colorado after a series of collisions.
The 73-year old driver was heading away from the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs when she accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
She hit a car, which propelled her fast up a hill. Her vehicle went airborne in the process, crashed through a fence and landed in the pool.
Police estimate she was travelling at up to 60mph - but fortunately the pool was closed at the time.
An umbrella share scheme in China has backfired after almost all of its stock was stolen in the first few weeks.
The business start-up aims to provide easy-access umbrellas for city folk to pick up from railings near bus stations and subways as they go about their day.
However, the company was caught high and dry when almost all of the 300,000 umbrellas it provided were stolen shortly after the scheme was launched.
Sharing E Umbrella's chief executive Zhao Shuping says his idea was inspired by other share schemes like bicycle hire and the idea that now anything can be shared.
But he may have overestimated people's honesty - or even their ability to simply remember to give them back.
The GPS-enabled umbrellas are unlocked using a code sent to your mobile phone which allows you to use it for about 50 yuan (6p) per half an hour for as long as you want.
There is apparently no penalty for not putting them back, according to local media, which may have contributed to the volume of unreturned brollies.
A bear has been captured on video after breaking into a house in Colorado, raiding the fridge and trashing the kitchen.
The animal spent six hours inside the home of Chris O'Dubhraic, in Colorado Springs, as he slept upstairs unaware of what was happening below.
Surveillance video shows the bear standing on its hind legs and opening the refrigerator door with ease, before investigating the contents of cupboards.
Whilst inside, it devoured strawberries, cherries, blueberries and organic apple oatmeal, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
The bear also ripped a pantry door off its hinges, threw food on the floor and wrecked a kitchen trash compactor.
Around 7,000 chickens found their own free range after the truck transporting them crashed and they broke out onto a major road in Austria.
"Boxes containing dead and injured animals were strewn over a 160-metre stretch while thousands of chickens ran onto the motorway on both sides," police said.
It is reported the driver admitted having a "second-long sleep", causing him to veer right and hit a bridge pillar on the Vienna-bound side of the A1 autobahn near Linz in the north of the country.
The carriageway was closed during the morning rush hour, leading to long traffic jams in both directions as drivers on the other side slowed down to look at the chaos.
It took more than 100 emergency workers, including firefighters, to crack the problem and return the surviving birds to their cages.
Those chickens that managed to make a run for it have enjoyed a double helping of luck, as the next stop for the poultry was the slaughter house.
Passenger's fury as airport security guard poses with her lobster
Lisa Feinman, who owns the Atlantic Seafood Market in the US state of Connecticut, had carefully packed more than a dozen lobsters in a cooler to fly to a customer in Boston.
After the Transportation Security Administration posted the picture on Instagram, attracting thousands of likes, Ms Feinman said she was "personally offended" by the agent's actions.
She added that the TSA should focus on doing its job and "leave our personal property alone".
On Facebook, she wrote: "When is it okay to go through someone's checked baggage and take photographs?
"I packed this checked cooler with care and concern for the lobsters and my customer's personal property."
Ms Feinman claimed the lobster in the photograph had been purposely packed underneath the other live crustaceans, so the agent "had to dump out 12 other lobsters to get to this guy".
She also alleged the TSA agent at Logan International Airport in Boston could have broken one of the lobster's claws because he was not handling it properly.
The TSA is yet to respond to Ms Feinman's claims, but earlier said the lobster had "cooperated quite nicely with the screening process".
Tree-climbing, seed-spitting goats aid farming in Morocco
While the local goats have been considered something of a menace because of their fondness for the argan fruit, Spanish ecologists have observed an unusual way in which they might actually be helping - they are constantly spitting out their seeds.
Domesticated goats in the region are inordinately fond of climbing to the precarious tops of argan trees to find fresh forage.
In some arid habitats, such as argan forests, most green vegetation is at the tops of the trees - which can grow 10 metres high.
Local goatherds are known to encourage the activity, pruning the bushy, thorny trees to make it easier for goats to ascend them, and even helping the goats' kids to learn how to climb.
During the bare autumn season in the region, goats can spend three quarters of their foraging time "treetop grazing" in the argan trees.
Argan is popular for the beauty products which feature in argan oil, made from the tree's nuts.
However, the goats don't like the large argan seeds. Like cows, sheep and deer, goats re-chew their food after fermenting it for a while in a specialised stomach, and while ruminating over their cud, the goats have been observed spitting out the argan nuts.
This means they are delivering clean seeds to new ground, wherever the goat has wandered.
A sinkhole has opened up in front of Donald Trump's Florida beachside estate, Mar-a-Lago.
The hole appeared on the road just outside the National Historic Landmark in Palm Beach, where the Trump Organisation operates a private club.
The Palm Beach Post reported that the 1m radius hole appeared on Monday to the west of one the resort's entrances.
It is near a new water main and isn't a threat to the President's property, Palm Beach County authorities said.
I had a sudden revelation the other day while perusing the
veggie section of our local Whole Foods Market:I own not a single pair of “skinny
jeans.”How, you might ask, did I
suddenly stumble across this personal truth and profound revelation?Well, while fingering the “organic” bananas that always seem to be too green to me and comparing them to the
“regular, old fashioned, cheaper non-organic” ones, I noticed that I was in the
company of half a dozen young men all wearing skinny jeans and all examining organic
California oranges or the latest shipment of white asparagus – organic - also
from California.Now there was the
aspect that five out of the six young men (Millennials, I assumed) were very
easy on my eyes. On anyone's eyes if you want the truth. Some sported very chic short-trimmed beards, strong chiseled chins, sparkling eyes, ad worthy faces, and a couple who looked quite buff in their chest hugging checked lumberjack shirts …
If I recall correctly, it was about five years ago,
certainly it was during Obama’s second term, when there appeared a spate of
articles, op-eds and opinion pieces, and a whole bunch of television pundits countering
the popular right wing narrative that “liberals are destroying America.”I think Slate, Politico, and the Huffington
Post had long, detailed pieces showing how there was no fact-based evidence
that this was the case and every indication that it was conservative social,
economic and political policies that were thwarting Americans from achieving
the American dream and not liberal policies. All the media attention including from the Washington Post and the New York Ties was quite
welcome in my view since I’ve heard Rush Limbaugh rage on for a decade now how
“liberals are destroying America.”
remember? No recollection of these seminal events?Of course you don’t because they never
happened. Your memory isn’t faulty.B…
IT POTENTIALLY WILL KILL MANY PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
The Nestle Corporation, headquartered in Switzerland, is the
world’s largest food company.If you
consume Kit-Kats or feed your Pomeranian Purina dog food or use Poland Spring
bottled water, you are a Nestle customer.There is virtually no where on Planet Earth where the company doesn’t
sell it’s product.Here’s a list of
Nestlé’s reach and influence over what the world eats is gi-normous.
But in their attempts to increase their reach and expand
it’s corporate domination over what the world eats, the Nestle Corporation has discovered a new “business model”
that relies on the cash strapped poor of the world to implement. It involves hiring poor folks to be small scale distributors who get supplied with Nestle products and then peddle them in poor neighborhoods. Here’s the introduction to a recent New York
Times article: “Children’s squeals
rang through the mug…