• Horses spooked by sumo wrestler statue at equestrian Olympic event

    Many of the horses in the equestrian jumping course at the Olympics in Tokyo make a sharp turn going into the 10th obstacle and stop short of jumping. The popular theory is that the horses get scared by seeing the backside of a decorative yet realistic sumo wrestler statue positioned directly adjacent to the jump. The statue is in an attack position and the first thing horse and rider see are buttocks split by the mawashi a sumo wrestler traditionally wears.

    via AP:

    "As you come around, you see a big guy's (butt)," British rider Harry Charles said.

    "There's a lot to look at," Ireland's Cian O'Connor added.

    "It is very realistic," echoed Israel's Teddy Vlock.

    "I did notice four or five horses really taking a spook to that," Charles said.

    A few of the pairings stopped short of the barrier, costing them valuable points to make the finals. Not all riders are blaming Mr. Sumo however.

    Maybe," France's Penelope Leprevost said, "We tried to relax our horses in the turn, and maybe they're surprised to see a vertical so close. I don't know."

    Of course, it's hard to know what's in a horse's head. Some riders chalked up the troubles to how close the jump was positioned to the turn. Others blamed the stadium's bright lights that also led to concern at jump No. 1.

    Medal hopefuls Scott Brash of Britain and Martin Fuchs of Switzerland believed cherry blossoms positioned on the other side of the jump were the more likely culprit.

    Whatever the cause, it's not surprising to Olympic veterans that there's drama around the park. The Games have a reputation among riders for flashy course design, including an oddly shaped jump at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 that caused similar consternation.

    "To be honest, you expect it in the Olympic Games," Brash said.

  • 11 percent of the unvaccinated blame Trump for the COVID-19 surge

    In an Axios/Ipsos poll regarding who is responsible for this new Covid wave, the expected sides laid the perfunctory blame at the feet of others. Vaccinated people mostly blame the unvaccinated as well as disgraced former President Trump and the conservative media. The unvaccinated, largely conservative, went to their usual punching bag and blamed foreigners, those who have traveled to the U.S., as well as the mainstream media. The stat that jumps out amongst the rest is that the 11 percent of the unvaccinated blame the monstrosity that is Donald J. Trump.

    The shocking part of that is that we assume that the unvaccinated are largely Trump supporters so what is the rationale for a person who remains unvaccinated and adores the Orange Menace, to blame him for a rise in Covid cases? Part of that is a mystery but there might be a reason for another part of it. Don't forget that there is a far left anti-vax faction that has been opposed to all vaccines for years because it might be the root cause of autism, which has since been widely disproven, or other evils. Those unvaccinated sorts are certainly not Trump fans, they just don't want to get jabbed by anything whatsoever.

    The vaccinated blame President Joe Biden in roughly the same amount as the unvaxxed blame Stormy Daniels' squasher. That isn't as hard to figure. I'm certain more on the left think Biden could do more to halt this wave of delta variant Covid-19 with some kind of vaccine mandate and harsher restrictions.

    Either way, it is clear from this poll that getting or not getting the Covid-19 vaccine still runs along political lines and will continue to make herd immunity a difficult goal to reach.

  • Street vendor amazing dough ball toss

    Watch this guy cut and flip dough balls into the bubbling oil like a boss. Lokma, a Turkish or Greek deep fried pastry then gets coated in honey or syrup and this gentleman prepares them for cooking in seconds.

    Lokma recipe here if you need your lokma but are no where near a purveyor of the sweet treat. Attempt this man's technique at your own risk however.

  • Implosion of tower dorms at Vanderbilt University

    The towers Carmichael were demolished this weekend on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The east (1966) and west (1970) towers were the tallest buildings at the university at 14 floors and could house as many as 1,200 undergraduate students. Chancellor Oliver C. Carmichael served at Vanderbilt from 1937 to 1946 and is whom the towers are named after.

    Watch both angles of smushing for the odd sense of gratification we all feel. It's also satisfying to see the good and bad spirits of a dorm get released to the ages and make room for sweet new revelry and debauchery…oh, and academia.

  • Bull moose wandering Vail parking garage, tranquilized and relocated

    A large bull moose had been frequenting a parking garage in Vail, Colorado, for over a week, likely to lick the residual salt de-icing substance dripping from the upper floors. Bullwinkle would visit the salt early in the morning and scram before people used it for parking. Local officials could no longer press their luck on the big guy not crossing paths with a person and giving them a good trampling so they took measures to relocate the moose.

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife were called to the parking garage on Tuesday and tranquilized the 2-3 year old bull moose to set him free elsewhere.

    via UPI:

    "This moose was not electing to spend time elsewhere, but now people can be at ease walking to work through that garage and the moose will be moved to more appropriate habitat," wildlife official Devin Duval said.

    He said everything went "smoothly" with the tranquilizing of the moose and there were "no issues."

    The moose was released in a remote area outside of Craig.

  • LeVar Burton guest hosts 'Jeopardy!' while history is made

    Fan favorite LeVar Burton guest-hosted Jeopardy! for the first time and absolutely fit the role, considerably better than quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But the history that was made was not because he was the first African American host, Robin Roberts beat him to that distinction. Was it the first Star Trek actor? Well, yes, but big deal. Patrick Stewart would be a pretty formidable Jeopardy! host too. It was because in all of Jeopardy!'s 37 season history no player has ever recorded a lower score.

    Patrick Pearce, a product specialist from Fountain View, California, scored a $-7,400. Wrong answer after penalized wrong answer, Pearce kept chipping away lower and lower. The previous record was held by Stephanie Hull on March 12th, 2015. Pearce's $-7,400 breaks a record previously held by Stephanie Hull since March 12th, 2015, when she posted $-6,800.

  • Cocaine disguised to look like cake gets couple busted in Maine

    A man and woman came up with an ingenious way to smuggle two pounds of cocaine. They shaped it into a rectangle, dusted it with coffee grounds to make it look like the chocolate swirls of a marble cake and fit it perfectly into marble cake packaging. Delicious! The coffee grounds were not just for looks but also to throw off any drug-sniffing dogs. An anonymous tipster alerted police who caught up with the couple on I-295 in Maine. Chelsey Cochran, 33, of Maine, and John Cedeno, 25, of New York were both arrested in connection with smuggling $200,000 of cocaine.

  • Cleveland Indians renamed Guardians

    Not wanting to be left in the former Redskins' dust, the Cleveland Indians of the MLB pledged to change their offensive mascot name, much like the football club of Washington did. But rather than settle for a generic placeholder name like the "Cleveland Baseball Club" would have been, they have chosen the name "Guardians". The Cleveland Guardians. The name is derived from the Hope Memorial Bridge in Cleveland which features formidable stone statues guarding the traffic. No really. The statues are officially named the "Guardians of Traffic", much like I am the equally pedestrian "Sentinel of English Muffins" in my house.

    Seriously, naming your historic baseball team after statues impotently guarding minivans on a thoroughfare seems strange, but I'm not from Cleveland. There are plenty of Cleveland-ites who are not thrilled with the new name, however. Many of these Cleveland-anians are pointing out a very cool opportunity missed. Between 1887-1889 the professional baseball team in Cleveland were called the "Spiders". The idea was considered and then passed on. Are you kidding me? Do you know how cool a name that is, and all the unbelievable marketing opportunities that would come with it? Unreal. Instead, a mascot that is guarding against…traffic. The traffic guards don't instill much awe or interest for me. Not like that amazing proposed spider logo does.

    Spiders had the potential to sufficiently distract those racist dopes who will continue to hold on to the Indian name and Chief Wahoo logo like their childhood blankies, and "Guardians" will certainly fall short of widespread acceptance in the short term.

    Watch as Tom Hanks narrates the presentation of the new name over the Black Keys music with the regular platitudes and slow-motion sequences to fire up the Cleveland almost-Spiders faithful.

  • Florida man catches Florida woman skinny-dipping in his pool

    A Port Charlotte, Florida gentleman had just returned from a doctor's appointment to find Heather Kennedy swimming in his pool. Kennedy not only had no invitation to Jim Clark's pool but also had no swim suit or clothes to swim in. When the police arrived, the nude swimmer was not coherent and initially would not give her name or state what she was doing there, according to the arrest report. At least she didn't tear the place up like a nude Florida woman did to an Outback Steakhouse in Ocala, FL weeks ago.

  • Russian mosquito "tornado" terrorizes the Kamchatka Peninsula

    The Kamchatka Peninsula located in eastern Russia is described as a rugged, mountainous area with 29 active volcanos. It's cold. It's remote. It's Russia. To these strikes against living the good life there, add a towering tornado of teeming mosquitos. Unlike "Sharknado" these tornado occupants cannot bite you because they are the males looking for mates. Only the females do the biting and bloodsucking. Somehow the males get all tornadoed and the females chill, waiting for suitors.

    via Daily Mail:

    Experts told Kamchatka Inform media outlet locals should not worry about this swarming, which was a mating phenomenon.

    'These are male mosquitoes swarming around one of several females in order to mate – there is nothing wrong with this,' said entomologist Lyudmila Lobkova. The swarming males mosquitoes 'do not attack humans' , she said. Locals say they are used to such swarms but they are worse this year.

    Repellents do not work on them, said a report.

    Is this yet another horrifying product of climate change, you may ask yourself? The answer is, of course it is. The Siberian peninsula has experienced a prolonged mating season for the skeeters due to an extended warm period.

  • Tom Brady takes shot at election deniers at White House

    As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited President Joe Biden at the White House Tom Brady took to the podium. The Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl this year and took advantage of the traditional visit of the NFL victors with the current commander-in-chief. Other championship teams like the Golden State Warriors refused to meet disgraced President Trump after both of their championship wins, as did the Super Bowl winning Philadelphia Eagles, the World Cup victorious U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the North Carolina Tarheels Men's basketball champs, several WNBA championship teams, and the list goes on.

    But Brady, who has tried to separate the friendship he had established with the orange-hefty-sack-Trump before he had become a politician and since, has likely burned his former golf course pal by making reference to him losing the 2020 presidential election.

    "Not a lot of people think that we could have won," Brady said. "In fact, I think about 40% of the people still don't think we won."

    "I understand that," Biden quickly replied.

    "You understand that, Mr. President?" Brady joked.

    And the Trump circle of friends dwindles along.

  • Capitol rioter gets bail revoked for talking about the size and prowess of his penis

    Brandon Fellows, of New York, demonstrated poor judgment when he entered the United States Capitol building unlawfully on January 6, 2021 and put his grimy feet up on Sen. Jeffrey Merkley's desk and smoked a joint. To expect he would do sensible things while out on bail awaiting trial was a lot to expect.

    Keeping consistent with his own brand of dumb he wore sweatpants and slurped cereal at his initial Zoom hearing which the judge considered displayed "extreme contempt" for the court. But the judge granted bail, all the same. The 2 ton straw breaking the camel's back came when Fellows' probation officer, Kendra Rennie, testified at a bail hearing that the behavior her client showed her personally made her very uncomfortable. Fellows sent Rennie sexually explicit voicemails, often long and rambling, that referenced the size and performance ability of his genitalia. He even called Rennie's mother which was seen as another form of intimidation.

    via Yahoo!:

    Judge Trevor McFadden said during the hearing that Fellows' repeated behavior could no longer be given the benefit of the doubt.

    "I am not convinced that you're a danger to the community, but I do think you're impulsive. I do think you're headstrong, and you're kind of gonna do what you're gonna do," McFadden said, according to CBS. "I tried really hard to avoid having to lock you up, but after months here, I don't think I can be at all confident that there's a condition or combination of conditions that you'll adhere to."

    Prosecutors offered Fellows a plea deal that would recommend a sentence of 15 to 21 months. He has not yet accepted.

    The New Yorker apologized for his "annoying" behavior in court on Thursday, adding: "I wouldn't want to deal with me if I were on the opposing side," The Hill reported.

    No, no one wants to deal with you, sir. Stop the jerkiness.

  • Ever use the term "numbnut"? Which version?

    I said it at a driver hesitating to turn into the lane I occupied in slow traffic. First I waited and then politely waved him in. He just sat there, looking at me, and then this came out of my mouth, barely audible: "Go, numbnut." Yeah, not nice at all. Grossly impatient. Though it's the type of thing I will say alone in the safety my car. I'm sure we all do. But what the hell is this name I'm calling the other driver? I thought. "Numb nut"? Why not "numb nuts"? "Numbnuts"? "Numb-nut"? "Numnut"? With or without spaces and hyphens–there does not seem to be one standard version or spelling of the term, but I lean towards "numbnut", as a variation of "numbskull". A stupid person. "Nut", like "skull", the slang word referring to the person's head and the lack of processing therein.

    But, what about "numb nuts", with an "s"? Have we transferred the focus from the cranium to the testicles with that "s"? I believe we have, and likely more people use "numbnuts" over "numbnut". Common usage seems to come from military drill instructors flexing the term to mean "impotent" as an insult to recruits. It makes sense. No one really uses the word "nut" to mean "head" anymore, but nut certainly evokes the testes reference, so if they add the "s" and they can really insult a man by saying that their testicles are numb, and they are incapable of performing sexually. The Unofficial Unabridged Dictionary for the Marines has it listed as someone who is "ignorant or untrainable."

    As far back as the 1800's (and probably before) the term "numb head" was tossed around as a regular insult, and then the slang term of "nut" for "head" entered the equation and we easily connect the dots. But, of course, we found a way to make an intelligence insult about a guy's balls. You can't expect to use the word "nut" and not have numbnuts spin it to a sexually derogatory version–that's what jerky older brothers DO. It's like when you use the word "asinine" (extremely stupid or foolish). It sounds like a swear because we really lay into the "ass" part of the word to make it seem even more severe.

    'Tillie Numbnuts' is a name in Blair Treynor's 1946 detective novel She Ate Her Cake, given to a character who won't put out. Most other early uses attribute the term "numbnuts" to the 1960's, but it is easy to see that it was probably already in wide usage in the military during WWII. And, with the military back in those days being exclusively male, the term reflects that. When was the last time you heard a woman call anyone "numbnuts"? I have not but I welcome it.

    I will still use the term as a slam on one's intelligence, rather than the testicular variety, especially when I read how in 2012 former New Jersey governor Chris Christie once used it describing an openly-gay state assembleyman who was advocating for gay marriage. Yeah, that's pretty vile and I would prefer to leave people's nuts out of this one altogether.

  • Picasso painting discovered in a Maine closet after 50 years

    Check your closets everyone. You may be harboring a valuable work of art that you can unload for some cool, hard cash. An unnamed Maine individual found a painting in a closet of the house he inherited from his father. The 16" x 16" painting was done by Pablo Picasso in 1919 as a study for a the larger "Le Tricorne" commission he painted for a London ballet of the same name. Since 2015 the New York Historical Society has displayed the giant curtain painting but the study had been all but forgotten.

    via HuffPost:

    The website liveauctioneers.com reported the sale price of the painting was $150,000, plus a 24% buyer's premium.

    Neither the buyer nor the seller was named, but the seller gave a statement on the website saying the painting was found in a closet of a home his father inherited from a female relative who studied art in Europe in the 1920s.

    "This painting was discovered in a house owned by my great aunt which was passed down to her from her uncle in the late 1930s," the statement reads. "There were several paintings kept in a closet for 50 years (including this example) which were left by her at the time of the passing of the house to my father and now to me."

    The buyer will have at least 120 days to authenticate the painting with The Claude Picasso Administration, which is managed by the artist's son.

  • Michigan man unearths 158 bowling balls under his porch

    Some people dig in their yards and make incredible finds. Fossils, gold, pirate trayy-sure, maybe a skull. David Olson of Muskegon, Michigan was removing his concrete porch himself and made a discovery that would thrill the likes of the Dude, Walter Sobchak and other Big Lebowski references. He found 158 vintage bowling balls in the hardened sand under the porch.

    via WZZM13:

    It was full of bowling balls," Olson said. "The deeper I went down, the more I pulled out."

    "It became mind blowing," joked Olson. "I kind of felt like a paleontologist when they got their little brush and they're dusting the bones off."

    They came out in all colors – black, blue and some with yellow specks on them. None of the balls were drilled, and many were damaged.

    "A few of them look like alien eggs," Olson joked. "Looks like I have some pretty nice antiques here

    "Brunswick" is engraved on most of the balls, so Olson said he decided to call the Brunswick Bowling office in Muskegon.

    "They told me that back in the 1950s, they used to make damaged bowling balls available for people to take for free and use as landfill," added Olson. "There's no way to know for certain if that's what the previous homeowner did, but given where the bowling balls were found, it seems logical."

    Olson is unsure exactly what to do with all of the bowling balls but has already donated a few of them to a local church. Maybe he should truck them over to a New York City landfill for disposal?

  • Soccer goalie scores on himself in high winds

    Playing soccer on a windy day. Who cares, right? Game on. No wind is going to affect play THAT much. Still, maybe the goalie in this video should have read the conditions a little better before launching a kick that Mother Nature ultimately blows back into the goal he's defending. Wind 1. Goalie nil.

  • Singapore man bludgeons coworker with a mallet for walking around naked

    On Tuesday July 6 a Singapore man, Saw Paing Soe Thu, was sentenced to 13 months in jail for hitting his coworker in the head with a mallet, which is deemed as voluntarily causing hurt with a dangerous weapon. Now, Saw Paing Soe Thu was not unprovoked. In fact, in Singapore's court system the full measure of the sentence could have involved 7 years of imprisonment, fines and caning, so perhaps due to the circumstances of the crime the judge understood what drove him to act and gave him a break.

    Saw Paing Soe Thu's co-worker at the fish farm they worked at in Singapore began walking around in the nude back in February. There is no indication why Aung Win Htut decided to shed his clothes at work but Saw Paing Soe Thu was having none of it. He promptly told Htut not to walk around naked. But, on April 9 of this year a birthday-suited Aung Win Htut paraded around the fish farm once again.

    via Yahoo!:

    Aung Win Htut emerged from a shower without clothes at around 6pm. Saw Paing Soe Thu was cooking when his co-worker walked to the cooking area to turn off the fire heating his kettle.

    Saw Paing Soe Thu was cooking on the stove when Aung Win Htut appeared behind him naked. Uneasy, Saw Paing Soe Thu scolded his co-worker and was angry at his colleague for being in the nude.

    A while later, Saw Paing Soe Thu consumed half a bottle of rice wine. At about 9.40pm that day, the intoxicated man felt furious, as his co-worker repeatedly appeared naked. He took a mallet – usually used to kill fishes – from the storage area and approached Aung Win Htut, who was talking on the phone. 

    Saw Paing Soe Thu then hit the victim on the forehead with the mallet. The victim fell to the ground and bled from his forehead. He contacted the owner of the fish farm for help and the latter called the police located at the Police Coast Guard at Lim Chu Kang Regional Base.

    The victim was brought to Lim Chu Kang jetty with the help of workers from a nearby fish farm and an ambulance conveyed him to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Aung Win Htut sustained a forehead laceration and a sinus bone fracture for which he underwent surgery. He was given hospitalisation leave from 9 April to 2 May.

    Of course, the severity of Htut's injuries requires Saw Paing Soe Thu to do some time and nudity is no reason for that kind of violence, but it also seems like there was some fair warning. Keep your downstairs business to yourself Htut, especially when working at the fish farm.

  • 8 health benefits of eating pineapple

    Any time I eat fresh pineapple I always wonder: why don't I eat this ALL the time? A single pineapple bite is so juicy that it's not just refreshing and delicious but also seems to quench one's thirst–like a little liquid blast with each chunk. That's because pineapple is 87% water. This is one of those few things where not only is something decadently tasty but it is actually really good for you too.

    1. Heart health

    A recent study found that eating pineapple daily offered protection against high blood cholesterol levels in rats. With high cholesterol as a risk factor for heart disease this is a a step in the right direction.

    2. May reduce cancer risk

    Pineapple has phenolic acid, flavinoids and vitamin C which are antioxidants that can help decrease the chances of cancer as well as other diseases.

    3. May boost immune system

    With high amounts of vitamin C pineapples can help lower the risk of viral and bacterial infections. Manganese can also help treat sinusitis and bronchitis.

    4. May help brain health

    Pineapple contains bromelain which may degrade select molecules associated with Alzheimer's disease. More research is needed to confirm this, however.

    5. May aid slowing aging of the skin

    Vitamin C is a great weapon in limiting the damage done by the sun. Vitamin C can stimulate collagen synthesis and provide protection with antioxidants, giving skin a tighter, healthier appearance and limit dryness.

    6. May reduce the symptoms of arthritis

    Vitamin C is again the hero that helps so many things. In this case it is a powerful anti-inflammatory which may aid in the swelling, stiffness and pain that arthritis brings. More research is still needed.

    7. May boost digestive health

    Bromelain breaks down proteins and can serve as an aid to those suffering from diareah. Also, the bromelain may help against ulcers by giving the stomach's mucous membrane assistance. Of course, as with many things this may depend on the individual. Some fruits as high in acid as pineapples may have a negative impact on people suffering with reflux symptoms.

    8. Aid in post-workout recovery

    After stressing muscles and joints by doing any kind of strenuous activity the vitamin C and Bromelain in pineapples may help repair areas of fatigue and soreness as effective anti-inflammatories.

    Sure, most of these benefits add that it "may" help specific areas of your health and generally more research is needed to tout pineapple as a cure-all but rarely is there something that good that is also incredibly good for you.

  • Shark jumps out of water and bites dangling parasailer

    Watch as 2 parasailers in tandem get nipped at by a jumping shark while hovering over the water, and one of them sustained serious injuries. The unusual attack happened in the Gulf of Aqaba near the Jordanian port of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

    via Yahoo!:

    The 37-year-old Jordan man, who wasn't identified, was taken to Prince Hashem Military Hospital where he underwent an operation on his right foot. He lost part of the back of his foot and suffered severed tendons, torn muscles and broken bones. He was listed as stable.

    "The shark attack garnered a lot of media attention; truthfully, it scared a lot of people, but this is something that can take place anywhere," Mohammad Qatawneh of the Aqaba International Diver Center told the Jordan News, according to the Daily Mail.

    "I've been diving for 20 years and this is the first time I've heard of a shark attack."

  • Snake put in wall to scare out all the rats

    What sadistic person shoves a snake into a hole carved into the drywall of a wall? What, so the snake can just live in there? Nope! It's the snake herder to the rescue. Out from the same hole pop out full grown rats, running away from predator snake chasing them in the wall and eventually the snake comes back out, after a job well done. The next question would be, what happens to the rats in the bucket? As morbid as it may seem, keeping them to be food to sustain the worker snake would be the sensible option. Sorry rats.