Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: An injured bull elephant asks for help

From: Dan B.
Sent: May 19, 2020
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Excerpt: "An injured bull elephant surprised guests and workers at a safari in Zimbabwe when he appeared to approach them for help, and then waited for five hours until a vet arrived. The huge animal – which has since been named Ben – was dehydrated and limping badly, and photographs show him looking inside a building, possibly for assistance. On closer inspection, workers from the Bumi Hills Foundation found the animal had two bullet holes through his left ear and a septic wound on his shoulder, believed to be the result of a failed poaching attempt.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Did You Know? Smart toilets of the future could protect your health.

From: Fred S.
Sent: May 15, 2020
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There’s no doubt that human waste contains lots of clues about our health. Many ailments leave their mark in urine and feces, including diabetes, infections, kidney disease and cancer. The telltale signs of trouble can be detected via cameras, chemical analysis, or other techniques, experts say.

A disease-detecting “precision health” toilet can sense multiple signs of illness through automated urine and stool analysis, according to a new study. The “smart toilet” isn’t the kind that lifts its own lid in preparation for use; this toilet includes technology that can detect a range of disease markers in stool and urine, including those of some cancers, such as colorectal or urologic cancers.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Did You Know? A Japan newspaper have seeds embedded in it, so it can be grown into plants after read.

From: Kevin B.
Sent: May 14, 2020
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Subject: Fw: A Japan newspaper have seeds embedded in it, so it can be grown into plants after read.



A Japan newspaper have seeds embedded in it, so it can be grown into plants after read.

It is called “Green Newspaper” and was invented by the publisher of the famous Japanese daily, The Mainichi Shimbunsha. Paper that can be planted is not news. It has been on the market for some years and is a mixture of recycled paper, water and small flowers or herbs seeds (it can also be easily made at home).

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Did You Know? This town near the ocean has red street lights. Why?

From: James S.
Sent: May 14, 2020
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This town near the ocean has red street lights so turtles hatching from eggs on the beach don’t confuse the street lights for the moon and are able to head straight for the ocean.

There are a few areas where streets run very close to nesting beaches, and the government has started to take measures to help sea turtles at those locations. Installing red street lights reduces impacts on hatchlings, while using LEDs helps to make sure drivers remain safe.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: California woman ate her engagement ring while dreaming

From: Kim H.
Sent: April 29, 2020
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Excerpt: "On Tuesday, Jenna Evans was on a high-speed train that was racing down the tracks, her fiancé by her side, when some "bad guys" appeared, she said.

There was only one way to protect her 2.4 carat diamond engagement ring — swallow it. So that's what Evans did.

"I popped that sucker off, put it in my mouth and swallowed it with a glass of water," Evans said in a Facebook post.

Then she woke up.

Evans was relieved on Wednesday morning that the whole episode had just been a vivid, bizarre dream, that she told "Today" was "very James Bond." That is, until she realized her engagement ring was no longer on her finger.

Evans — who has a history of sleepwalking — soon realized that while the "bad guys" and the high-speed train had all been her snoozing subconscious, the consumption of her engagement ring was not.

Story Behind The Picture: World’s Oldest Living Man Celebrates 112th Birthday In Isolation

From: Carol M.
Sent: April 29, 2020
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Excerpt: "Bob Weighton lived through the 1918 flu and two world wars, but said nothing in his 11-plus decades prepared him for life in the coronavirus era.

Bob Weighton will probably never forget his 112th birthday.

Weighton, of Hampshire in southern England, hit the milestone on Sunday, but he didn’t spend it partying with friends and loved ones. Like millions of people, he was in isolation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: The trash pickers of Jakarta’s Trash Mountain

From: Jack R.
Sent: April 28, 2020
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Excerpt: "Even in the pouring rain, in the middle of the night, they are out scavenging, wearing headlamps to scan a mountain of rotting garbage more than 15 stories high.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: 12-year-old Italian boy travels a mile for wi-fi signal for school amid lockdown

From: Kim J.
Sent: April 22, 2020
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Subject: Fw: 12-year-old Italian boy travels a mile for wi-fi signal for school amid lockdown


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Excerpt: "Twelve-year-old Giulio Giovanni's studying place has a view many people would envy – the unspoiled countryside of rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves under a Tuscan sun.

He would prefer to participate in classes over the internet from home – like his fellow classmates have to because of Italy's coronavirus lockdown – but the bucolic spot under a tree 1.5 km (1 mile) away is the closest with a signal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Baby Vulture Is Growing Up With Two Dads

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Sent: April 21, 2020
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Excerpt: "Two male griffon vultures at the Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo in the Netherlands have just welcomed a tiny baby chick into their family.

The gay couple, who took turns lying on the egg until it finally hatched last month, has been together for years. "They always build a nest together, bond and mate together," zookeeper Job van Tol told the BBC.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Woman fails DNA test because her unborn twin is the mother

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Sent: April 20, 2020
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Excerpt: "Lydia Fairchild then had to fight in court to prove the children she gave birth to were her own and not abducted - by proving she was a 'chimera', and carried two sets of DNA - one from her unborn twin.

The condition gives the people who have it two blood types – which meant when Fairchild applied for benefits in Washington state, a DNA test showed she was not the mother.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: US Marine John J. Kelly awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor in 1918

From: Al M.
Sent: April 20, 2020
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John Joseph Kelly (June 24, 1898 – November 20, 1957) was a United States Marine who was awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for his heroic actions on October 13, 1918, at the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge, France during World War I. He was the last surviving of 19 two-time Medal of Honor recipients when he died.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Boyan Slat unveils the interceptor river cleanup system

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Sent: April 16, 2020
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Excerpt: "The dutch inventor behind the ocean cleanup has come up with a way to stop plastic pollution at the source. 25-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled the ‘interceptor’, a solar-powered floating device, which is designed to scoop plastic out of rivers before it reaches oceans.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Arnold Schwarzenegger personally delivered 50,000 masks to doctors on the front lines

From: Steve T.
Sent: April 15, 2020
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Excerpt: "Movie star and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger personally delivered 50,000 masks to doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus.

Arnold Schwarzenegger visited hospitals in Los Angeles this week, where he personally delivered a cargo of 50,000 masks to doctors on the front lines of the pandemic, in an effort to support of the Frontline Responders Fund.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Flaming Mouse Burns Down Man's House

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Sent: April 13, 2020
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Excerpt: "A mouse got its revenge against a homeowner who tried to dispose of it in a pile of burning leaves. The blazing creature ran back to the man's house and set it on fire.

Luciano Mares, 81, of Fort Sumner said he caught the mouse inside his house and wanted to get rid of it.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Story Behind The Picture: Man discovers car buried in yard for over 50 years

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Sent: April 10, 2020
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Excerpt: "If you’ve been missing a Ford Popular for the past 50 years, we might know where you left it.

John Brayshaw of Heckmondwike, U.K. was building a deck while home on furlough from work during Britain’s coronavirus lockdown when he found a car buried in his yard. He told SWNS he’d moved into the home just six months ago and was driving a post into the ground when he made the unusual discovery.

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