Segway Boss Jimi Heselden Dies on Segway

In a bizarre twist, James Heselden, owner of the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway  personal transporter, died Sunday morning in a Segway-related mishap — just before the scheduled release of a study suggesting injuries related to the vehicles may be on the rise. According to a witness report, Heselden, 62, apparently fell off a 30-foot cliff into a river while riding a Segway  near his home in West Yorkshire, UK. Police found Heselden’s body and a Segway personal transporter in the river. He was prounced dead at the scene and foul play is not suspected, West Yorkshire Police told reporters.

Surprisingly, he only made #18 on the list of people who shouldn’t drive a Segway.

20 People who shouldn’t drive a Segway

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Vegetables are good for you!

And here’s the proof:

Woman fends off bear attack with veggie

It bopped the bruin on the top of its head

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden.

The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.

The attack happened just after midnight when the woman let her three dogs into the backyard for their nighttime ritual before she headed to bed, Missoula County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Maricelli said. Authorities believe the black bear was just 25 yards away, eating apples from a tree.

Two of the dogs sensed the bear, began barking and ran away, Maricelli said. The third dog, a 12-year-old collie that wasn’t very mobile, remained close to the woman as she stood in the doorway of the home near Frenchtown in western Montana.

Before she knew what was happening, the bear was on top of the dog and batting the collie back and forth, Maricelli said.

“She kicked the bear with her left leg as hard as she could, and she said she felt like she caught it pretty solidly under the chin,” Maricelli said.

But as she kicked, the bruin swiped at her leg with its paw and ripped her jeans.

The bear then turned its full attention to the woman in the doorway. She retreated into the house and tried to close the door, but the bear stuck its head and part of a shoulder through the doorway.

The woman held onto the door with her right hand. With her left, she reached behind and grabbed a 14-inch zucchini that she had picked from her garden earlier and was sitting on the kitchen counter, Maricelli said.

She threw the vegetable. It bopped the bruin on the top of its head and the animal fled, Maricelli said.

The woman called for help from a relative staying with her. They found the collie outside, unable to move, and took it to a veterinarian.

The dog appeared to be fine on Thursday, but the vet was keeping it for observation, Maricelli said.

The woman did not need medical attention for the scratches on her leg, though she got a tetanus shot as a precaution, Maricelli said.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials set up a trap in an attempt to capture the bear, the agency said in a statement.

Besides the nearby fruit trees, there wasn’t anything on the woman’s property that would attract a bear into the backyard, like garbage or livestock feed, wildlife officials said.

Maricelli interviewed the woman, but said the sheriff’s office was complying with her wish not to identify her.

“She was very, very shaken, and it kind of took the humor portion out of it for me,” Maricelli said. “She said it had this horrific growl and was snarling.

“(But) she can see the humor in it, and she wanted the story put out so the local residents can take precautionary measures,” he added.

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Fennec Fox

The fennec fox is the smallest species of fox. The nocturnal fox is found in the Sahara in Africa, and in zoos all around the world. Some people even keep them as pets. The species is classified a “Small wild/exotic canid” by the United States Department of Agriculture, along with the Coyote, Dingo, Jackal, and Arctic Fox, and is considered the only species of fox, other than the domesticated silver fox, which can properly be kept as a pet. Although it cannot be considered domesticated, it can be kept in a domestic setting similar to dogs or cats.  Though they don’t seem to make great pets, because they are really hyperactive.

It’s hearing is great of course, why else would they have big ears like that?

Fennec Fox

There are also other foxes with small thumbs, known as megan foxes. They usually have careers as actresses and models. Some people consider them as sex symbols, and they would like to keep them as a pet!

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Semi caught fire in Indiana

A crash caused traffic problems on Interstate 70 in Vigo County. Both westbound lanes were closed near Exit 7 Friday morning after a semi-trailer caught fire. There were no injuries with the fire and traffic was blocked completely until crews could clear one lane. It took about eight hours to open all the lanes.

What’s so special about it? The semi-trailer was a Wal-Mart truck carrying fire-extinguishers.

Click here to watch the video!

And it doesn’t seem to be the first time something like this happened:

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Bats have regional accents!

Aussie Bat

Australian scientists find bats have regional accents

(Reuters) – It’s not just people who have different accents but bats as well develop dialects depending on where they live which can help identify and protect different species, according to Australian scientists.

Researcher Brad Law of the Forest Science Center found that bats living in the forests along the east coast of the state of New South Wales had different calls. He said scientists had long suspected bats had distinctive regional calls — as studies have shown with some other animals — but this was the first time it had been proven in the field. Law said the different calls of about 30 bat species were used to develop a system so that scientists could identify the various bats along the coast, assess their numbers, and protect them. “We need to improve our ability to reliably distinguish between species that have commonly shared call features and we must increase the speed of call identification,” Law said in the latest edition of Forest NSW’s Bush Telegraph Magazine. “The automation of bat call identification is seen as an essential development in the efficiency of this survey method and should ultimately fulfill both of these criteria.” The project was conducted by Law and other scientists from the Forest Science Center, a unit of the state government body Industry & Investment NSW, and researchers from the University of Wollongong and the University of Ballarat. Researchers took 4,000 bat calls and used a custom-made software program to develop identification keys for bat calls in different parts of New South Wales. Bats use their calls to navigate and hunt using a process called echolocation in which high frequency ultrasounds, inaudible to humans, hit objects and echo back. Although the identification was time-consuming, Law said it would lead to time and money savings in field surveys and possibly increase the accuracy rate and make long-term monitoring of bats cost-effective. But the researchers said the development of automated identification keys for bat calls was in its infancy.

“The identification keys we have produced should undergo further testing and refinement using locally collected calls, before they are used to identify complete assemblages of bat species in future studies,” said Law.

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Momonga

Momonaga? It’s a Japanese dwarf flying squirrel.  Wiki has only a little information about these cute animals. If you want to find out more, you can click here. But none of these pages can describe how cute the Pteromys momonga – Japanese flying sqirrels are:

They are even cuter in a pack (pay attention to the one in the background):

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A few days late…

… but still worth a post.

The Rolling Memorial is a semi-trailer truck painted with a mural intended to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

Visit the 9-11 Rolling Memorial Truck Wiki site!

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Oh, I need that!

Fake eyelashes for cars! Because mine isn’t cute enough yet….

Report and Video

Where to buy?

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TTT – Tiny Thumb Thursday – Squirrel

Tiny squirrels, no surprise… They are usually pretty small.  Squirrels (or Eichhörnchen) come in all kinds of types and colors.  The ones I’ve seen here in America so far, are pretty plain and kinda deserve the name rat or squirrat.  My favorites are the red ones with the white belly. I also like Ziesels.  My sister wants some as pets.  They like to eat popcorn!

Today, I ‘found’ a new squirrel. The Indian Giant Squirrel.  Like the name says, they are large… but still cute:

For the sake of ‘Tiny Thumb Thursday’, here’s a real tiny squirrel:

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Really? “NBA’s Magic to host simultaneous flush”

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A massive toilet flush is set to take place at the new arena of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
The event Wednesday will test the Amway Center’s sewer flows, water consumption and pressure. About 443 toilets will be flushed simultaneously. Those expected to participate include Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Magic President Alex Martins and dozens of elementary students. They will simulate the crowd rush to bathrooms during halftime and between quarters.

There are about 1,200 plumbing fixtures in the arena. That includes approximately 560 toilets, 430 sinks and 210 fixtures such as drinking fountains, showers and disposals. The Magic will begin playing games in the new arena when the preseason begins in October.

They sure make a big event out of it…

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