Talk about great customer service! McDonald's employee Pedro Viloria doesn't typically jump through the drive-thru window, but he's now being deemed a hero for doing so! After handing over an order to an off-duty police officer at the pick-up window during the breakfast shift, Viloria noticed the officer was struggling to breathe. She then fell unconscious, causing her foot to slide off the brake. The officer's SUV then began rolling forward with her two children inside, yelling in the back seat. In one swift motion, Viloria leapt through the window to help. He said, "In that moment, I thought, I'd rather save that woman's life." The SUV narrowly missed colliding with another vehicle before coming to a stop at a curb. Another McDonald's employee, who asked to remain unnamed, administered CPR along with a number of first responders who happened to be at or nearby the scene. The condition and identity of the officer has yet to be released after she was transported to the hospital. A McDonald's rep said, "I think I speak for our McDonald's family when I say how proud we are of Pedro." It would be funny if he visited her in the hospital and then said, "Oh no ma'am - I was just trying to ask if you wanted fries with that." (Mashable)
You Know What - Just Stay Away from the Train Tracks
Fredzania Thompson's dream was a career in modeling - so much so put her college education on hold to go for it. But tragedy struck as the 19-year-old was posing for photos near the intersection of two sets of railroad tracks in Navasota, Texas, on Friday when she was fatally struck by a train. According to witnesses, Thompson -- who hoped to use the photos as part of a modeling portfolio -- saw that a BNSF Railway train was approaching on one set of tracks around 12:45pm. But in her effort to get away, she stepped onto the second set of tracks and was hit by a Union Pacific train she hadn't realized was traveling in the opposite direction. She died on the way to a hospital. A haunting photo shared online shows Thompson smiling on the tracks literally moments before the incident. Navasota's director of public safety said this "horrific incident" is just one example of why photo shoots on railroad tracks are a bad idea. (Bryan-College Station Eagle)
Turns Out You Really Do Need a Vibrator
Turns out maybe you don't have to exercise- that is if you have a WBV - a whole-body-vibrator! A new study says whole-body vibration can mimic the muscle and bone health benefits of regular exercise in mice. For a human, the person is sitting, standing or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform. When the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to the body, and muscles contract and relax multiple times during each second. Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence, Ph.D., of Augusta University says, "Our study is the first to show that whole-body vibration may be just as effective as exercise at combating some of the negative consequences of obesity and diabetes." She added, "These results are encouraging, however, because our study was conducted in mice, this idea needs to be rigorously tested in humans to see if the results would be applicable to people." (Endocrinology)
Two Women Arrested in Snow Shoveling Fight
Trouble in Pennsylvania where State Troopers in Schuylkill County say a 23-year-old woman claimed she shoveled the snow out of a parking spot only to have her 43-year-old neighbor's husband park his pickup in it. Well the two women started arguing over the issue and that lead to pushing, punching and ultimately yes, pulling each other's hair!! Both were arrested and both charged with disorderly conduct. (Newser)
Whatcha Gonna Do With that Big Ol' Diamond?
So what would you do if you found one of the world's largest uncut diamonds? We're talking 706 carats here folks. Well Pastor Emmanuel Momoh in Sierra Leone did find such a diamond and decided to turn it over to his government saying he hopes it helps to boost recent development in his impoverished West African nation. Momoh found the alluvial diamond in Yakadu village in Sierra Leone's diamond-rich east, and it was presented to President Ernest Bai Koroma. The gem, a bit smaller than a hockey puck, is the second largest diamond found in Sierra Leone. In 1972, the 968.9-carat Star of Sierra Leone was found by miners and sold for about $2.5 million. Momoh says he turned in the diamond because he was touched by the development being undertaken in Kono District, where the gem was found. He cited road construction and improvements to electricity after almost 30 years of blackouts. The president expressed appreciation that there was no attempt to smuggle the gem out of the country and encouraged others to emulate the pastor's example. (Newser)
Basic Human Rights!
He may be a convicted murderer, but that doesn't mean he has to be bald in prison. In New Zealand, Philip John Smith's hairpiece was taken away when authorities recaptured him after he fled the country, using the toupee as part of a disguise. But he argued that his toupee was an "artwork" essential to his self-esteem and a High Court judge in Auckland agreed, ruling that his "fundamental right to freedom of expression was ignored." Smith is serving a life sentence for murdering the father of a boy he had previously sexually abused. He also has a string of other convictions, including extortion, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses. But he'll get to wear his toupee in prison. Oh happy day. (BBC)
What the What?
People of Ohio - you can all relax! The 70-pound popcorn ball has been returned. Yep, a 70-pound popcorn ball valued at $700 was returned anonymously four days after it was stolen. Created by Chagrin Falls Popcorn Shop for the city's annual New Year's Eve popcorn ball drop, was stolen from a display spot outside the store. Police were called but then someone anonymously returned the ball to the store the next day. Manager Patti Raymond said store owner, Dewey Forward, found the ball on a bench outside the shop and said, "It appears to be intact, not smashed up. Police have not identified any suspects in the theft. (Cleveland.com)