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Hunter Arrested After Shooting Man He Thought Was A Squirrel


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Paul – is dead

Paul, the soccer world cup predicting octopus died. Paul had reached the octopus old age of 2½ years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning at the Sea Life aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen.

Paul correctly tipped the outcome of all seven of Germany’s games. He made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

The octopus seemed to be in good shape when he was checked late Monday, but he did not make it through the night. He died of natural causes.

“We had all naturally grown very fond of him and he will be sorely missed.”  The aquarium has not yet decided how best to commemorate their most famous resident.

After rising to global prominence during the World Cup in South Africa in June and July, Paul retired from the predictions business after the final between Spain and the Netherlands — correctly picking Spain — and returned to his primary role of intriguing children who attend the aquarium.

Imitators sprang up all over the world, including Mani the Parakeet in Singapore and Lorenzo the Parrot in Hannover, Germany.

The latest was a saltwater crocodile named Dirty Harry, who predicted Spain’s World Cup final win and called the result of Australia’s general election by snatching a chicken carcass dangling beneath a caricature of Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“El Pulpo Paul” became so popular in Spain that the northwestern Spanish town of O Carballino tried to borrow him and made him an “honorary friend.”

Paul, who had an agent, got hundreds of requests to go to Spain. The Madrid Zoo asked Sea Life if it would be willing to make a deal to bring him in as a tribute to the Spanish football team’s victory, either temporarily or for good. But the German aquarium turned down that offer, too.

Paul’s name will live on the Greek island of Zakynthos, where a permanent sea turtle rescue center funded in part by donations generated by the famous octopus is being established.

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Baking soda ain’t cuttin it

Sodium bicarbonate acts as a neutralizing agent, it can be used to absorb odors which are caused due to strong acids. In this case, it wasn’t strong enough:

COSTA MESA – A California woman who befriended a homeless woman and let her sleep in her car told police she didn’t know where to turn when the woman unexpectedly died – so she drove the body around for months along with a box of baking soda to hide the smell, authorities said Thursday.

Officers with the Costa Mesa police found the unidentified body Monday after getting a call about a car partially blocking a driveway, Sgt. Ed Everett told The Associated Press. When officers arrived, they noticed a stench and saw a leg poking out from a blanket and some clothes, he said.

The partially mummified remains consisted of mostly skin and bones and weighed about 30 pounds, he said.

An autopsy showed no signs of foul play but police are still investigating the role of the car’s driver.

Another news story reported this:

Police say a corpse was propped up in the passenger seat of a Mercury Marquis for the last ten months. A woman was driving it around town during that time. Apparently, conditions inside the vehicle allowed for mummification.

“Initially the driver of the vehicle had indicated that she was unaware that this person was in the vehicle and didn’t indicate that there was anything wrong with the vehicle,” Sgt. Everett explained.

But later, the driver came clean. The 57-year-old woman says she met a homeless woman at a local park and allowed her to sleep in the car. One day, the driver discovered her friend was dead, panicked, and the left the corpse in the passenger’s seat. But she continued to dress the body and drive around with it.

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Ever wondered how you could stuff a little more cheese into a grilled cheese sandwich?

Wonder no more – Denny’s has done it. The answer: Deep-fried mozzarella cheese sticks smothered in American cheese and grilled between two slices of sourdough bread. Sound like a good time? The cost to your diet is 895 calories and 34 grams of fat.

Other chains have come up with a variety of diet-busting concoctions. KFC has the Double Down, a “sandwich” made of two deep fried chicken breasts, two pieces of cheese and bacon that had about 500 calories.  And IHOP has their Pancake Stackers, a confection of crustless cheesecake filling surrounded by two buttermilk pancakes and topped with a strawberry, blueberry or cinnamon apple compote and whipped topping. A combo meal, which includes Pancake Stackers with strawberries, two eggs, bacon and hash browns, runs 1,250 ca

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Who would dare to say that squirrels are stupid…

… this one here even learned to purr:

You’ve heard of cats chasing squirrels. But how about a cat mothering a squirrel?

That’s what one mama feline in Mississippi is doing after her owner put an abandoned baby squirrel in with her litter. Now, the baby critter is thriving and is even starting to purr.

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Hamster

I probably don’t have to explain too much about hamsters…  almost everybody had one as a pet before.

Hamsters are crepuscular (like Krazy). In the wild, they burrow underground in the daylight to avoid being caught by predators.  In the wild they feed primarily on seeds, fruits and greens, and will occasionally eat burrowing insects (they love meal worms). They have elongated fur-lined pouches on both sides of their heads that extend to their shoulders, which they stuff full of food to be stored, brought back to the colony or to be eaten later (quite handy, wish I had one…).

Hamsters have poor eyesight; they are nearsighted and colorblind. However, they have an acute sense of smell and can hear extremely well (and they are cute). They are also particularly sensitive to high-pitched noises and can hear and communicate in the ultrasonic range.

And they also love to dance:

Hampster Dance

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Burn mother fucker burn

The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
The roof the roof the roof is on fire
We don’t need no water let the motherfucker burn
Burn mother fucker burn

Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 fee.

The fire started when the Cranicks’ grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.

When speaking to the operator, Cranick offered to pay whatever fee was necessary in order to have firefighters come to his home to put out the fire, but his offer was denied.

Firefighters did arrive, but only to stop the fire from spreading to the neighboring property, whose owner had paid the fire fee.

South Fulton Mayor David Crocker asserts, “Anybody that’s not inside the city limits of South Fulton, it’s a service we offer. Either they accept it or they don’t.” Mayor David Crocker told the newspaper that if the city allowed people to pay after the fact there would be no incentive to subscribe. As an analogy, he said an insurer won’t pay for an auto accident if insurance lapses.

Cranick’s son, Timothy, was so angry he later went to the fire house and punched the chief, police said. The younger Cranick was charged with aggravated assault and is free on bond.

Of course, most of the articles I found online sounded like this:

Where the F*ck is common decency? What if this was your mother’s home burning down?!  This story fires me up beyond belief (no pun intended)…  In a nut shell, a homeowner didn’t pay the $75 yearly fee to have access to the fire service, so when he called 911 to get someone out to stop it from burning to the ground they said they couldn’t help him.” – Read more

“No pay, no spray: Firefighters let home burn” – Read more

And my all time favorit:

Talk of limited government is appealing until you see what it actually means in practice: a society in which it’s every man for himself.
Call it Ayn Rand’s stark, anti-governmental dream come true, a vision that last week turned into a nightmare for Gene Cranick, a rural homeowner in Obion County, Tennessee. Cranick hadn’t forked over $75 for the subscription fire protection service offered to the county’s rural residents, so when firefighters came out to the scene, they just stood there, with their equipment on the trucks, while Cranick’s house burned to the ground.” – Read more of this crap

The home owner was offered a service, which they didn’t want to pay for.  They did not state that they were not able to pay for it, they CHOSE not to pay. What’s so wrong with taking responsibility for your choices? That’s a big part of freedom. Freedom allows you to make choices, it also allows you to make mistakes.

So they didn’t feel the need to pay for a service, but they are expecting to get it anyway? Fire fighters are supposed to risk their life or health to help them, though they didn’t want their help? (Well, at least they didn’t want it until they needed it). If you would only pay for putting a fire out after you need it, the cost would be a lot higher than $75 (and probably more than the double wide was worth). That’s how insurances work… If nobody would pay, the service would not be available at all…

Those who met me know that I am not a cold-hearted person, but I would have happily watched the fire burn down the trailer.

And by the way, the fire was caused by his son burning trash. Probably didn’t want to pay for garbage disposal either…

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Rosy

Meet Rosy, the Rosy Maple Moth.

Dryocampa rubicunda

I want a Maple tree, so I can see one of those in my yard… Even though the caterpillar doesn’t look quite as interesting:

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4x 300-foot (100-meter) in about one minute and four seconds – World Record!!

… if you are wearing 3-inch (7.5 centimeter) stilettos …

SYDNEY (AP) – Four Australian women have nabbed the world record for the fastest relay race in stiletto heels.

The quartet from the Australian capital of Canberra completed a 300-foot (100-meter) course near Sydney’s Opera House in about one minute and four seconds on Tuesday — while wearing 3-inch (7.5 centimeter) stilettos.

A record keeper from Guinness World Records confirmed the women had set the record and presented them with a certificate.

The women — known as the Pinkettes — say they plan to use their 10,000 Australian dollar ($9,600) prize for a trip to Thailand.

About 100 women — and one man — competed in the race, which helped raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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TTT – Veiled Chameleon

Fun Facts
They are probably best known for their long, sticky tongues that they use to catch prey. The tongue can be more than 1.5 times the length of their body. They “shoot” their prey with a tongue that can be projected in the blink of an eye.

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