After a Pokémon GO player (known on YouTube as The Grand Spatula) noticed that a bunch of kids liked playing the game outside her apartment, the baker created these cute Pikachu and Poké Ball cake pops for them – and shows us how. A great excuse for a Pokémon GO party!
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Pre-cake mix (I use no name lemon cake mix)
Food colouring (red and yellow)
Cake pop stick
Apparently it's now perfectly legal to sneak a camera or a video up a woman's skirt, as long as she is in a public place.
After a gentleman in Perry, Georgia was found guilty of "criminal invasion of privacy" for shooting "upskirt" videos of a woman in a grocery store, he appealed and won over a technical glitch. The Georgia Court of Appeals decided 6-3 that because of the wording of the law, upskirting in public was legal.
According to Georgia law, it's illegal for "[a]ny person, through the use of any device, without the consent of all persons observed, to observe, photograph or record the activities of another which occur in any private place and out of public view." But read the last part closely — the defendant acted in a public place, so the law didn't apply. And unfortunately, the appeals court agreed.
In other words, if you plan to point your camera up a woman's skirt, just make sure to do it on the street or in a public building and not in a private setting like a bathroom stall. Lawmakers do plan to change the wording of the law to make crotch shot photography (without permission) illegal anywhere in the Peach State, but that won't be until next spring. Read the full story here.
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Colorado has already legalized pot, but now its residents in the small town of Hugo can get it for free! After hearing "complaints," according to the sheriff's office, investigators tested the water for THC and found that, yes indeedy, it contained THC. According to the Washington Post:
Perplexed by the discovery of THC, officials began examining Hugo’s wells. Town employees, local Fox outlet KDVR reported, discovered that one of the well houses showed signs of a forced entry. Subsequent field tests detected THC in a handful of locations, though the health department does not currently have “reliable information” on the THC concentrations.
It's highly unlikely that enough THC could be put in the water to get someone stoned, especially since it's not water-soluble. But for now, the town is giving out bottled water to the residents, who are being told to avoid tap water for bathing, cooking with, and drinking. Yeah, right!
Read the full story at The Washington Post.
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Tony Schwartz, Donald Trump's ghostwriter for the New York Times' bestseller, The Art of the Deal (1987), is terrified that Trump is running for president. He told Good Morning America today that he has a "deep sense of remorse" over writing the book.
Schwartz spent 18 months with Trump in the 1980s to get to know him and his voice, and says Trump is "insecure," "easily provoked," and, with his "tiny" attention span, can't focus on anything. "He's not nearly as smart as people might imagine he is," Schwartz said. "In the face of someone like Putin, provoking him cleverly – because Putin is a heck of a lot smarter than Donald Trump – I do worry that with the nuclear codes he would end civilization as we know it."
At the time, Schwartz enjoyed writing the book, and never thought it was important to speak out negatively about Trump – until Trump became the Republican nominee for president. Since then, Schwartz hasn't slept a full night through, and wishes he never would have written the book. Read the rest
The Wolves of Currumpaw
by William Grill
Flying Eye Books
2016, 80 pages, 9.7 x 12.1 x 0.6 inches
$14 Buy a copy on Amazon
In the early 1800s, half a million wolves roamed North America, but by 1862 settlers began pouring in from Europe and the landscape started to change. “These were the dying days of the Old West and the fate of wolves was sealed in it," begins The Wolves of Currumpaw.
The Wolves of Currumpaw, released today, is a true story about a wolf named Old Lobo, and a skilled hunter, Ernest Thompson Seton. Lobo was part of notorious pack of wolves in 1893 who, for five years, raided the ranches and farms of the Currumpaw Valley in New Mexico. Nobody was able to catch the stealthy wolf, and the locals began to think Old Lobo, or the King as they called him at the time, possessed supernatural charms. The locals finally offered $1000 to anyone who could catch him. Expert hunters set out to track him and hunt him down, but like the Terminator, Lobo couldn’t be killed – until Canadian-raised Seton came into town.
SPOILER paragraph: The story ends tragically, and might not be appropriate for more sensitive children. Seton does succeed in taking Lobo down, a section of the book that was hard for me to read. But then Seton has deep regrets and becomes a changed man. As a writer and sudden activist, Seton devoted the rest of his life to raising awareness about wolves. Read the rest
After just two years of their Classic smartphone launch, BlackBerry announced today that are no longer in the business of making cellphones. According to AP:
BlackBerry has faced calls to stop making cellphones in favor of focusing on its burgeoning software business, but CEO John Chen recently reaffirmed his commitment to stay in the hardware market.
In its most recent quarter of its 2017 financial year, the company sold roughly 500,000 smartphones, about 100,000 smartphones fewer than the previous quarter.
Ralph Pini, the company's chief operation officer, puts a positive spin on BlackBerry's future. "We are ready for change so we can give our customers something better." And the company will continue to offer software updates for its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
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One would hope that if a two-year-old child spit on a stranger, his or her parents would swiftly apologize and take the child out of spitting range from any other human in the vicinity. But this wasn't the case on a flight from Spain to Liverpool, England.
The boy, who was with his parents and siblings, began spitting at people who were ready to board the Ryanair flight from Spain. His parents looked the other way. Then the boy's "unruly" behavior continued on the plane, and when passengers complained, the boy's mother became aggressive and unruly as well. According to Liverpool Echo:
“At the baggage carousel, passengers were telling us how a boy had been spitting at people in the Barcelona departure lounge, they’d asked the parents to intervene, and the mum took exception to that.
“This behaviour carried on when on the plane, threats were made by her, and there was aggression towards the Ryanair stewards.
“It was all pretty surreal.”
When the plane landed, the family of five was escorted off the plane by police, and the mother was given a "strongly worded warning" from Ryanair officials. Nobody was arrested, but the mother was banned from flying Ryanair again.
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The world's first amphibious centipede has just been confirmed. It swims, and unlike other centipedes who hunt on land, this one hunts in water. It has super long legs to help it swim and, like all centipedes, is carnivorous. It also has a powerful bite, causing excruciating pain.
The discovery started in 2001, when entomologist George Beccaloni from the National History Museum in London was on his honeymoon in Thailand. He turned over a rock near a stream, and was surprised at what he found. According to National Geographic:
“It was pretty horrific-looking: very big with long legs and a horrible dark, greenish-black color,” he says.
When Beccaloni lifted the rock it was hiding under, the centipede immediately escaped into the stream, rather than into the forest. It ran along the stream bed underwater and concealed itself under a rock.
With some difficulty, Beccaloni captured the centipede and later put it in a large container of water. He says it immediately dove to the bottom and swam powerfully like an eel, with horizontal undulations of its body. When he took the centipede out of the container, the water rolled off its body, leaving it totally dry.
Beccaloni brought the centipede back to the museum, where it was kept all these years, without further study. Then recently, another scientist from the Natural History Museum in London took a trip to Laos with his student from Thailand, and they discovered two more of these amphibious centipedes. A DNA test proved that they were indeed a new species, which they named Scolopendra cataracta, which means "waterfall" in Latin. Read the rest
The Pew Research Center conducted an international survey between April 4 and May 29 regarding attitudes towards the U.S. and when it came to Donald Trump, the wanna-be president fared miserably. In fact, positive ratings were in the single digits in nearly half the countries surveyed. According to the AP:
In seven of 15 countries outside of the U.S. polled by Pew Research Center, Trump's ratings are in the single digits. Large majorities in 11 of the countries have little or no confidence in the prospective Republican presidential nominee ability to manage international affairs. That includes 92 percent of Swedes, 89 percent of Germans and 82 percent of Japanese.
Trump did, however, do a bit better in China, where 40 percent polled have zero confidence in him, but 39 percent have no opinion. The survey polled 20,132 people from 16 countries, including Canada, 10 countries in Europe, four in Asia, and the U.S. When compared to Hillary Clinton, "a median of 59 percent in Europe have confidence in the Democratic contender — compared with just 9 percent for Trump."
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We've had a global shortage of helium for years now, but thanks to an aggressive search in Tanzania, scientists have just discovered 54 billion cubic feet of the gas, an amount that can last for several years. Scientists are calling this new approach to helium exploration a "game changer," according to the AP.
The discovery in Tanzania is the result of a new exploration approach for the precious gas that is essential to spacecraft, MRI scanners, nuclear energy, according to the Oxford University statement. Helium also fills party balloons.
This is the first time helium has been found intentionally, said the statement. Until now, the gas has been found in small amounts accidentally during oil and gas drilling.
Scientists are optimistic that they'll now be able to find more helium in other parts of the world using the same search methods. Read the full story here
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After Elizabeth Warren accompanied Hillary Clinton today on the campaign trail in Cincinnati, Ohio, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown brought up the ol' not-a-Cherokee routine once again.
Brown said on a call with the RNC that Warren was not Native American, an accusation he's recycled since 2012, when the two were both vying for the same senator seat. According to Politico:
At the height of the 2012 campaign, it was reported that Warren had listed herself as having Native American roots at Harvard University. Soon, there was a “full-blown campaign frenzy,” Warren recalls, with Republicans demanding that she prove her Native-American roots and accusing her of getting her job at the elite university by making false claims about her personal background.
Today, Brown brought up the tired accusations, once again asking for proof, this time suggesting she take a DNA test. According to the Washington Post:
"As you know, she's not Native American," Brown, an early Trump endorser, told reporters on a conference call organized by the Republican National Committee. "She's not 1/32 Cherokee...Harvard can release the records, she can authorize the release of those records, or she can take a DNA test..."
Recently, Trump, never to miss an opportunity to question or make fun of one's race, has repeatedly called her "Pocahontas."
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Jellyfish: A Natural History
by Lisa-ann Gershwin
University of Chicago Press
2016, 224 pages, 8.2 x 9.5 x 1 inches
$27 Buy a copy on Amazon
Five interesting facts I read in the just-released Jellyfish: A Natural History:
1. The deadly box jellyfish is the world’s most venomous animal, and its sting feels like “a splash of boiling oil, searingly hot and indescribably painful.”
2. The immortal jellyfish is just what it sounds like – its cells keep regenerating so that it forever cycles from baby to adult back to baby again.
3. Recently, jellyfish blooms – or swarms – have become denser, are covering much larger areas than ever before, and are “lasting far longer than normal,” due to climate change.
4. Jellyfish can clone themselves, but the replica is so different from the original that it ends up being classified as a separate animal.
5. The giant heart jelly can grow to 165 feet, longer than a blue whale.
And this is nothing. Every page of text in Jellyfish has facts as fascinating as these, woven into a thorough coverage of jellyfish history, biology and ecology. Author Lisa-ann Gershwin, a marine biologist who has discovered over 200 new species of jellyfish, does an excellent job of combining a compelling narrative of 50 different jellyfish with luscious, I-can’t-believe-they’re-real photos. Put this book on your coffee table with caution – you might lose your guests as they submerge themselves into a book that’s as exotic as it is absorbing.
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Now's your chance to get drunk with Dumb Donald! Chicago-based Spiteful Brewing just introduced Dumb Donald this week. No, not the Republican nominee, but a double IPA beer with a nice and sour Key lime flavor. So why call it Dumb Donald?
According to the beer's label, "Dumb Donald is, well, dumb. So dumb in fact, we named a beer after him. It's like he got caught in a pause halfway through evolution. His brain still functions, at a minimal level with a vocabulary of a second grade student. You might even start to feel sorry for this man-child. Resist that urge, pop open this Key lime DIPPA and pretend you're on a far away island where people like Dumb Donald simply don't exist."
Spiteful Brewing isn't the first brewery to mock the Donald. Last March, Philadelphia's Dock Street Brewery introduced the beer Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Drumpf. (Drumpf was Trump's grandfather's original name.)
Unfortunately right now Dumb Donald is only available in Chicago, but if you happen to be in the city, Spiteful Brewing's website, which opens with "Don't fight it, spite it!" on their homepage, has a hefty list of the city's stores that carry it. Read the rest
Wow! Watch Anderson Cooper grill, er, I mean interview Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who for years has fought tooth and nail to ban same sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, but who is now acting like an LGBT advocate after the Orlando shooting.
Cooper actually calls her a hypocrite, and then goes on to say, "You were arguing that if there was same sex marriage...that would do harm to the people of Florida.”
Bondi squirms. "Of course not. Of course not. I’ve never said that. Those words have never come out of my mouth."
"But that is specifically what you were arguing in court," Cooper counters.
The interview goes on for over five minutes, every bit of it as cringe-worthy as the next. Towards the end Cooper says, "Had there been no gay marriage...you do realize that there would be no spouces, that boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would probably not be able to visit in the hospital here. Isn’t there a sick irony in that?"
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Sixty hikers from Hungary were stranded in the Austrian Alps last weekend when their drunk guide disappeared. Apparently the guide wandered off and found his way back to the bottom of the mountain, leaving his group behind.
The hikers set off at around 3pm local time (2pm BST) on Saturday with an unqualified guide from a Hungarian trekking association to explore the Rax mountain range in eastern Austria, according to local police.
But around an hour later Austrian emergency services received a call from a distressed member of the group, who said he was lost with his daughter in the mountains.
The weather was taking a turn for the worse as 12 rescuers brought the group back down to safety. The group then ran into the irresponsible "guide," who claimed he hadn't touched a drop of alcohol. Read the Telegraph's full story here. Read the rest
With sarcastic undertones, President Obama reacted today to Trump's criticism of him for not using the phrase "radical Islam." Read the rest