GREAT Halloween Costume
Josh Sundquist’s leg was amputated when he was 10 because of cancer. When he was found to be cancer free at 13, he tried skiing and made it to the U.S. Paralympic team. He represented the United States in the 2006 Paralympics. Since then, he’s become a motivational speaker and a master of Halloween costumes. Sundquist uses his disability to come up with some pretty hilarious costumes. This year, he dressed as the famous lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story.”
Reported Shooting Victim Actually Just A Drunk Zombie
On Thursday morning, police in Birmingham, Alabama responded to a call that described a woman shot dead in her car. What they found was a driver passed out in a bloody-looking zombie costume. Officers were able to rouse the woman, who was covered in fake blood and white face paint. She was handcuffed and taken to the city jail on a DUI charge. (Al.com)
Ankti-Smoking Laws Saving Lives
According to two different studies, recent laws that limit smoking are helping to curb tobacco-related hospital visits and deaths. The studies indicate there have been lower heart attack rates. Since 2000, more than half of U.S. states have enacted laws to restrict indoor smoking. With the data collected, health experts hope that more smoke-free policies will be considered in other countries. (TIME)
An Implant That Prevents Heart Failure
New research shows that spinal stimulation makes the heart’s left ventricle work more efficiently in patients with heart failure. The left ventricle is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body. A spinal stimulator, which would be implanted in the buttocks, is currently undergoing human trials. The small box could offer new hope to those whose hearts do not respond to drug therapies. (Daily Mail)
New Yorkers Without Power Turning to Old-Fashioned Pay Phones
Tech-savvy New Yorkers who’ve been left without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, unable to charge their cell phones and in many cases without landlines or phones for them that can work without electricity, having been turning to old-fashioned pay phones. Peter Izzo of Van Wagner Communications, one of 13 local pay phone operating franchises, told the Wall Street Journal, “Phones that normally do two dollars a day are taking in $50 a day.” The same thing happened after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 blackout, as the limitations of cell phones were exposed. New York’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications says that there are some 12,000 public pay phones in New York, down from about 35,000 two decades ago, and people really do use them. The Journal reports that New York City’s official website actually has a question-and-answer section about pay phones, which states, “Even though the usage has gone way down, the public pay telephones are still used for regular calls and long distance calls.”
Model Slammed for Post-Hurricane Sandy Glamour Photos Taken Amid the Debris
A former Brazilian Playboy model is being slammed for taking glamour photos amid the debris in New York City after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its devastation. In the shots, Nana Gouvea, wearing leggings, ankle boots and a tight black top, poses in front of fallen trees and broken branches, including in one in which she’s balanced on the hood of a smashed car. After the photos were posted on the website ego.globo.com, they quickly went viral, drawing mostly critical reaction. They also spawned parody images of Gouvea standing front of the sinking Titanic, in front of the 9/11 destruction, etc. with many of them gathered on the Facebook page, “Nana Gouvea in Disasters.” Gawker mocked the photos by giving tips for posing amid natural disaster, including, “Walk around your neighborhood to find an image of gross devastation. Position yourself within it alluringly.” Gouvea told the Ego website that she’d been stuck in her New York apartment with her husband and found the hurricane “romantic.”
- LINK to Ego page with Gouvea’s photos: http://tinyurl.com/9947w2e
Scariest Experiments Ever… From Live Science
Earth Swallowing Black Holes. When physicists first flipped the switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at least a few people held their breath. For years, rumors had circulated that the particle accelerator could create mini black holes that would destroy Earth. In 2008, a group even filed suit to stop the particle collider from turning on, arguing that the atomic collisions could cause the end of the world.
Zombie Dogs. In 1940, Russian scientists released a video of severed dog heads that were kept alive for several hours, wiggling their ears in response to sounds and even licking their mouths. The scientists claimed they could keep the animals alive by an artificial blood circulation system.
Mind Control. Talk about a bad trip. In the 1950s, the CIA launched a top-secret program called MKULTRA to look for drugs and other techniques to use in mind control. Over the next two decades, the agency used hallucinogens, sleep deprivation and electrical shock techniques in an effort to perfect brainwashing.
Bat Bombs. In World War II, the U.S. Marine Corps worked on a project to train bats as kamikaze bombers against the Japanese. A Pennsylvania dentist, Lytle Adams, first proposed the idea to the White House in 1942, after visiting the bat-filled caves at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. The Marine Corps captured thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats and developed explosive devices to strap to their backs. The project was scrapped in 1943, probably because the U.S. government had made progress on the atomic bomb.