In an attempt to remove a curse from the Chicago Cubs, a group of hikers are walking with a small billy goat named Wrigley.

They said that they have already walked 1,300 miles to Chicago.

The five “Crack the Curse” walkers, who set off in February from Mesa, Ariz., said that they are raising money for cancer research while attempting to break the “curse” put on the team in 1945, when the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern and his pet goat were asked to leave Wrigley Field during the team’s final World Series appearance due to the animal’s odor.

“Great responses from everybody. I mean, we were in St. Louis, and we got a great response there, people in St. Louis were great — even though they’re Cardinals fans, everybody’s been really great to us,” said Blake Ferrell, one of the walkers.

The group said they have raised more than $6,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash.

UPDATE: When these five fans stepped out onto the field today, having completed the trek, it was without Wrigley, who was kept out of the Stadium by Cubs officials. An attempt to save the organization from re-making the curse — after all, it was a goat being in the stadium that started this whole thing in the first place…

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Weird and unusual weather seems to be doing the rounds recently. And it seems to be getting weirder too!

An unusual weather pattern caused temperatures in Wichita, Kan., to soar nearly 20 degrees in 20 minutes just after midnight.

National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten says the heat burst hiked temperatures from 85 to 102 degrees in 20 minutes, beginning at 12:22 a.m. Thursday.

According to the Weather Service, a pocket of air in the upper atmosphere collapsed, and when it hit the ground it sent winds of more than 50 mph through parts of the city.

It was reported that during a heat burst, rain falling from higher elevations cools air beneath it as it evaporates. The cooler air then descends quickly to the surface. As it falls, it is compressed and warms dramatically.

And over in north Wales, snow was reported falling over the weekend (in the middle of summer), while many other parts of the UK are sweltering and water restrictions are coming into force.

Are these precursors to the 2012 Mayan prophecy?

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A TV repair man with a paralyzed left leg went on a 1,000-mile-plus hike after being cured following a trip to Lourdes. The incredible recovery of Serge Francois, 40, is now set to become the 68th official miracle at the Roman Catholic shrine in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in south west France.

After regaining the use of his leg, Mr Francois walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrim’s route spanning France and Spain, and known in English as The Way of St James. Mr Francois, from La Salle-et-Chapelle-Aubry, western France, said he felt a warm glow spread down his herniated leg during a visit to Lourdes in 2002.

He had been praying at the grotto where local schoolgirl Bernadette Soubirous was said to have had visions of the Virgin Mary in 1858, and all of his suffering suddenly disappeared. Mr Francois reported what happened to the International Medical Committee of Lourdes (CMIL) and 20 doctors have now concluded that it was indeed ‘remarkable’.

Archbishop Emmanuel Delmas, Bishop of Angers, said: ‘This healing can be considered a personal gift from God to man, as an event of grace, as a sign of Christ the Saviour.’ Archbishop Delmas said Mr Francois’s case would now be examined further before it officially goes down as the 68th miracle. He said that because of advances in medical science it was becoming increasingly difficult to officially class a remarkable healing as a miracle.

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