In a video that’s sweeping the Web for obvious reasons, a squirrel runs around a third-floor apartment, climbing walls, and generally looking as if it has had too much Red Bull.
Then, without warning, it takes a flying leap out the window a la James Bond.
Normally when a small rodent lands on asphalt from a height of 30 or 40 feet, bad things happen. This time, though, the squirrel lands and scampers off to die another day.
The person who shot the video wrote, “It came through the living room window and got stuck in the kitchen. I opened the kitchen window while I was filming (footage available) and hoped it would climb down from there, I never would’ve thought it would jump in that manner from that height.”
Administrators in a Miami school distract said they were outraged to discover members of a high school marching band unwittingly appeared in a racy music video.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said the students and administrators were told the marching band members would be appearing in “a drum line type video” with rappers Juicy J, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, but they were shocked to later discover the footage had been edited into the racy strip-club themed “Bandz A Make Her Dance” music video, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.
“It’s just outrageous to think you have an individual take advantage of a school and students for a video,” Northwestern Principal Wallace Aristide said.
“They’re playing their instruments and thinking it’s something innocent, wearing our uniforms, only later to find out they edited the video with racy content.”
School Board Attorney Walter Harvey is reviewing the video for potential action against the producers, officials said.
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Fishermen and a forestry worker in Siberia have claimed that a group of yetis are on the loose in the area.
There were three reported sightings in recent weeks.
One person who reported spying the beast said “We shouted, ‘Do you need help?’ They rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making their way through the bushes and with two other limbs, straight up the hill.
The person who made the report added: “It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all fours, and they ran on two. Then they were gone.”
On a second sighting on the bank of the Mras-Su River several days later, an unnamed fisherman was quoted as saying: “We saw some tall animals looking like people.”
He added: “Our binoculars were broken and did not let us see them sharply. We waved at the animals but they did not respond, then quickly ran back into the forest, walking on two legs.
“We realized that they were not in dark clothes but covered by dark fur. They did walk like people.”
And in a third sighting a forestry inspector reported seeing a yeti in a national park, a government official said.
Sergei Adlyakov said: “The creature did not look like a bear and quickly disappeared after breaking some branches off the bushes.”
Russia’s leading yeti expert Igor Burtsev, head of the International Center of Hominology, claimed sightings were ‘significant’.
At a similar expedition last year, he claimed to have found yeti hair though no DNA findings have been released.
He claims the creature — also known as bigfoot and Sasquatch — is the missing link between Neanderthal man and modern human beings.
Burtsev has previously claimed a population of around 30 yetis are living in Russia’s Kemerovo region.
He said: “We have good evidence of the yeti living in our region, and we have heard convincing details from experts elsewhere in Russia and in the U.S. and Canada.
“The description of the habits of the Abominable Snowmen are similar from all over the world.”
The frozen corpse of Bredo Morstoel that has inspired a Colorado town’s whimsical “Frozen Dead Guy Days” celebration may soon be put on ice somewhere else, but festival organizers said the body’s removal will not have a chilling effect on the annual event.
“We will continue on whether or not Bredo Morstoel is here,” festival owner Amanda MacDonald said Wednesday of the man whose body has been packed in dry ice outside Nederland, Colorado, since 1993.
A financial dispute between Morstoel’s grandson, Tryve Bauge, and the man hired to replenish the dry ice on a monthly basis, Bo Shaffer, has led to Bauge threatening to move his grandfather’s body out of Colorado.
Each month for 18 years, Shaffer has hauled 1,700 pounds (770 kg) of dry ice – carbon dioxide in solid form – to a remote shed above Nederland to keep the corpse of Morstoel at minus-24 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-31 degrees Celsius) and in a state of cryonic suspension.
But Shaffer said he quit after Bauge refused to pay for the rising costs of fuel and ice, which has made the endeavour unprofitable.
“It takes two of us to make the four-hour roundtrip,” Shaffer told Reuters. “My quitting is the only way to get his (Bauge’s) attention.”
Bauge, who lives in Norway, did not immediately return an email message seeking comment about the dispute. But he told the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper that he is exploring the possibility of moving his grandfather to the Cryonics Institute in Michigan.
Cryonics is the process of freezing and storing a corpse to prevent decomposition in anticipation of medical technology that could bring the dead back to life. Liquid nitrogen, which is far colder than dry ice, is typically used for cryonic preservation.
Morstoel died of heart failure in his native Norway in 1989, and Bauge had his grandfather’s body frozen and transported to a cryonics facility in California. Ultimately he had the corpse moved to Nederland, where Bauge lived at the time.
When Bauge was deported because of an expired visa, he hired Shaffer to act as an unofficial caretaker.
At first, townspeople in the mountain village 17 miles (27 km) southwest of Boulder, Colorado, were aghast at the thought of a frozen body being stored in their midst.
But they ultimately embraced the idea of an annual festival surrounding its most famous, albeit deceased, resident.
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According to the Britain’s National Pig Association, life as we now know it will cease by early next year. Perhaps this is the apocalypse that the Mayans foresaw!
They sounded the alarm that the world should brace for an “unavoidable” bacon and pork shortage next year. As is common knowledge, bacon is the secret source of all life on earth. Without it….
The cause of the trouble is high pig-feed costs caused by what it describes in a press release as “the global failure of maize and soya harvests.”
The organization notes that new data shows that pig herds are declining at a significant rate, not just in Britain, but around the world.
The way out of this coming catastrophe is to subsidize pig farmers to stem the loss of their herds, says the industry group. The organization has also launched a “Save Our Bacon” campaign, which encourages consumers to buy British pork products.
It’s not just Europe that will be seeing shortages: The U.S. will also face a bacon shortage. The Guardian reports that the cost of bacon has doubled since 2006, and record droughts are to blame. Consumption of bacon is falling as prices have been rising.
“It’s not that people don’t want to eat pork, it’s just that they increasingly can’t afford to,” economist Steve Meyer told the publication. “We’ve been warning about this for years. Now that we are talking about bacon, we’ve really got everyone’s attention.”
The Twitter response was predictably massive, as commenters took to the microblogging site to bemoan the state of a future porkless plate. @TylerMachado posted, “Maybe we wouldn’t be facing a bacon shortage if you twee hipsters didn’t put bacon on cupcakes, in mixed drinks, etc.” @AJackart added, overdramatically, “I am officially on suicide watch, this is tragic!”
Parents were caught allegedly doing drug deals and smoking weed as they dropped their children off at Longview Primary School in Liverpool, England.
Police are now probing the “disturbing incidents” witnessed in view of young pupils attending the school in Huyton.
One brazen person was seen buying drugs from a car outside the school just after lunchtime while another school run mum was spotted apparently smoking cannabis at 9am – the start of the school day.
Amanda Casey, headteacher of the 300-plus pupil school which caters for children aged three upwards, sent off a letter making an impassioned plea for the “minority” of parents responsible to “put the reputation of our school and the children’s needs first”.
Flagging up the incidents she wrote: “On one occasion a parent was seen apparently buying drugs from a car at around 1.15pm and at another time a mother appeared to be smoking cannabis at 9am. The fact that both of these events took place very close to our school, when there are children around, causes me a great deal of concern.”
She adds in her letter: “It is the responsibility of everyone at Longview to ensure that the environment both in and around the school is one which is both safe and makes our children feel proud.”
Parents expressed their anger at the “irresponsible adults” they accused of setting the wrong example to impressionable children.
One dad said: “I am shocked at what’s gone on and the parents should be ashamed turning up to school and doing drugs in front of the children.
“If they are smoking drugs at the school gates I worry about what sort of home life their children will have.”
A Knowsley council spokesman said: “The school received reports of alleged drug activity taking place close to the school. This information has been passed on to the appropriate agencies. The welfare and safety of our pupils is our priority and prompt action was taken. Whilst incidents of this nature are extremely rare they are taken very seriously.”
Police have said they would be working with the school and urged witnesses to shop those “engaging in drugs activity”.