Brazil’s WILD Waterslide
The Insano is the equivalent of 14 stories tall.
Insano has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and brave riders plummet down the slide at a nerve-shredding speed, reaching around 65 miles an hour.
The plunge is so steep that although riders travel 41 metres, the whole ride takes just four or five seconds.
Navy Seals Punished For Supplying Information To Video Game Maker
Seven members of Navy SEAL Team 6, including one who was involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information to the maker of a video game called, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. AP cited a senior defense official as saying the seven received “nonjudicial” punishment involving a punitive letter of reprimand and a partial forfeiture of pay for two months. Four other SEALs are under investigation for similar alleged disclosures. The two main complaints were that the SEALs didn’t seek permission from their command to take part in the video project, and that they showed the video designers some of their specially designed combat equipment that’s unique to their unit.
The iPhone No Longer The World’s Best Selling Phone
Apple’s iPhone has been dethroned. Market research from Strategy Analytics indicates the iPhone is no longer the world’s number-one selling smartphone. The top position now belongs to Samsung’s Galaxy S III. In the last quarter Samsung shipped 18-million units, while Apple came in number-two, shipping an estimated 16.2-million units. Apple’s iPhone-5 is expected to regain the top title in the December quarter. (Fox News)
Children Of Lesbian Couples Have Higher Grades
A study led by Dr. Nanette Gartrell at the Williams Institute of UCLA has found that 17-year-olds who were raised by lesbian mothers did well in school, with grades ranging from A- minus to B-plus, and reported being happier with their lives. Gartrell says the study has been a 26-year-long process, and the teenagers reported strong relationships with their mothers as well as with other friends, and considered their mothers role models. (The Frisky)
Cousins Ordered to Pay $3.7 Million for Accidentally Starting Arizona’s Largest Wildfire
Two cousins who accidentally started the largest wildfire in Arizona’s history last year by leaving a smoldering campfire unattended were ordered yesterday (November 8th) to pay $3.7 million to 16 victims of the fire, including several insurance companies, to pay for property damage and other losses. Caleb Malboeuf, who’s 27, and 25-year-old David Malboeuf, were also sentenced in August to two days in jail and 200 hours of community service. The fire broke out when the two cousins left for a hike in May 2011, wrongly thinking that their campfire was extinguished. It burned 840 square miles and destroyed three dozen homes and businesses. Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Schneider said the $3.7 million would probably never be paid in full, but sent a message to the two men, telling Reuters, “I think it’s important for them to think about what they did and the consequences every month when it comes to writing that restitution check.”
British Budget Airline Suggests ‘Standing Room Only’ Section
The head of British budget airline Ryanair has suggested creating “standing room only” sections for flights within Europe that would cost as low as $1.50 a ticket, according to The Telegraph. Current European safety rules require that passengers be seated with a seat belt on for takeoffs and landings. But Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary has spoken out against the regulations and suggested removing the last 10 rows of seats in planes to let people stand. He said, “Seat belts don’t matter. If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won’t save you.”
Next Generation Bush Family Member Planning Run for Office
There hasn’t been a member of the Bush family political dynasty in office since the end of former President George W. Bush’s second term in 2008, and his brother Jeb Bush‘s eight years as governor of Florida ended in 2007. But that may change soon. The Associated Press reported yesterday (November 8th) that Jeb’s son, George P. Bush, made a campaign filing in Texas that’s required of any candidate planning to run for state office. Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, told AP that the 36-year-old Bush had made the filing, but said the report doesn’t specify what office he might seek. George P. was raised in Florida, but decided to settle in Texas, where he lives in Fort Worth with his wife and runs a consulting firm. Bush has a law degree and worked as an attorney in the past, and also served in the Naval Reserves, which included a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. Bush, whose mother is a native of Mexico, has been active in GOP outreach to college students, and co-founded Hispanic Republicans of Texas, a group that seeks to elect Hispanic candidates.