Bear Safety Video From Our Friends In RI
It’s funny to watch… We really hope it was intended to be this funny.
Indy Race Winner Drops Trophy
Sébastien Bourdais came second in the IndyCar race in Toronto ovr the weekend, and was accordingly given a trophy. Said trophy proceeded to completely fall apart and bounce away from his hands before shattering. It looks like they don’t make trophies like they used to.
New Angry Birds On The Way
Game maker Rovio announced Angry Birds Star Wars II on Monday. Due to hit app stores September 19, the game will focus on the three “Star Wars” prequels, offering more than 30 characters, most of them new to the Angry Birds Star Wars universe.
Delaying Retirement Can Help Fight Dementia
A new study from France found that people who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, with the risk reduced 3.2 percent for each additional year of work. Researchers say the conclusion makes sense, since working tends to keep people active, socially connected and mentally challenged, which are all known to help prevent mental decline. But Heather Snyder of the Alzheimer’s Association noted to AP that this doesn’t mean everyone needs to delay retirement. She said, “It’s more staying cognitively active, staying socially active, continue to be engaged in whatever it is that’s enjoyable to you.”
New York-based startup Pixie Scientific has created Smart Diapers which are designed to keep track of a child’s health by assessing his or her urine. The parents must scan the code on the front of the diaper, using a smartphone app, for testing to begin. Data from the diapers can show ether or not the infant has a urinary tract infection, prolonged dehydration or if the baby is developing kidney problems. Pixie Scientific has raised over $10,000 in funding — way short of the company’s $225,000 goal. (Mashable)
Man Wakes Up Speaking Swedish
A Florida man, who was found unconscious in a motel room on February 28th, woke up with no memory and can now only speak Swedish. Michael Boatwright has no recollection of his life and only responds to “Johan Ek.” Doctors believe that Boawright has Transient Global Amnesia, a disorder in which patients are unable to form new memories. Boatwright appears to have lived in Sweden for much of his life. According to medical personnel, Boatwright is in a dissociative fugue state, wherein a person forgets their past and sometimes takes on a new personality. (Huffington Post)
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Zimmerman Juror Trying to Get Book Deal
One of the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial is already looking for a book deal, having signed on with literary agent Sharlene Martin, and she became the first of the six jurors to speak out publicly, sitting for a lengthy interview that aired on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show last night (July 15th), although with her face in shadow. [Look in "News Briefs" for a report on her interview and soundbites from it.] The still-anonymous Juror B37 would be writing the book with her attorney husband, and Martin said in a statement, “My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book . . . and understand . . . how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law. It could open a whole new dialogue about laws that may need to be revised and revamped to suit a 21st century way of life. The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option, but to find Zimmerman not guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions.” The Week notes that there’s something of a history of jurors in high-profile cases writing about their experiences, including in the Lyle and Erik Menendez 1993 trial for murdering their wealthy parents, two books from different jurors on O.J. Simpson’s criminal trial, and seven jurors who teamed up to write about being on the Scott Peterson trial for murdering his pregnant wife Laci.
Redemption in NYC? Weiner, Spitzer Both Leading Their Races in New Poll
New Yorkers may be willing to give Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer the redemption they’re looking for from the sex scandals that forced both from office, Weiner as a congressman and Spitzer as governor of New York. A new Quinnipiac University poll out Monday (July 15th) found both Democrats in first place in their races, Weiner for New York City mayor and Spitzer for city comptroller. Weiner is narrowly ahead of his closet rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 25 percent to 22 percent, with the rest of the candidates in the Democratic primary far behind, and Spitzer leads Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer 48 percent to 33 percent. Both candidates have stronger backing among men than women, according to the poll, and both are being boosted by strong support from the black community. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after the married lawmaker was caught sexting with other women, and Spitzer stepped down as governor when it was revealed he patronized a high-class prostitution ring.
‘Honey Boo Boo’ Season Premiere Enhanced By ‘Watch ‘N Sniff’ Smell Cards
Great news for guilty-pleasure reality TV fans — the second season of TLC’s hit show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is premiering on Wednesday (July 17th), and the fun is being enhanced by “Watch ‘N Sniff” smell cards that viewers can scratch and smell when prompted during the episode. The cards were distributed through People and US magazine inserts and through street teams handing them out in major-market cities. TLC executive VP of production Howard Lee said, “We could not think of a stronger series that always brings up fun odors that is a part of our fascination with the family.”