Thursday, March 9, 2017

WEIRD NEWS

Less Bacon - More Nuts
Too much bacon and not enough nuts. That's among the bad food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of US deaths from these causes. The research is based on government data showing there were about 700,000 deaths in 2012 from heart disease, strokes and diabetes, and on an analysis of national health surveys that asked participants about their eating habits. Most didn't eat the recommended amounts of the foods studied. "Good" foods that were under-eaten include: nuts and seeds, seafood rich in omega-3 fats including salmon and sardines; fruits and vegetables; and whole grains. "Bad" foods or nutrients that were over-eaten include salt and salty foods; processed meats including bacon, bologna, and hot dogs; red meat including steaks and hamburgers; and sugary drinks. Too much salt was the biggest problem, linked with nearly 10% of the deaths. Overeating processed meats and undereating nuts and seeds and seafood each were linked with about 8% of the deaths. (Newser)

The Mozart of Spelling Bees
They say Mozart wrote his first compositions at age five. So you might call Edith Fuller the Mozart of the spelling world. While plenty of adults would struggle to spell "colloquial," "odori" and "sevruga," 5-year-old Edith makes it look easy. She beat out around 50 competitors, age 5 to 14, at the Green Country Regional Spelling Bee in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday, making her the youngest person ever to qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her winning word was "jnana" (jah-nana - rhymes with banana) which refers to the acquisition of knowledge through meditation and study in Hinduism - though she afterward used a less tricky word to describe her emotion saying, "I feel thankful." Edith is home-schooled and her parents say they discovered her talent for spelling last summer when she correctly spelled "restaurant" without having been taught the word. A rep says Scripps officials "look forward to welcoming Edith Fuller and all of our more than 280 national spellers" in Washington, DC. The competition kicks off May 28. (KJRH)

Always After Me Lucky Charms
In Nevada, 49-year-old Andrea Heming apparently just didn't want to have sex with her husband. But rather than seeking counseling or just getting a divorce, she decided to poison his Lucky Charms. Heming pleaded guilty to poisoning her husband two years ago but has been on the run since 2015 and is believed to be in Mexico. She slipped boric acid, a chemical typically used to kill insects, into his Lucky Charms cereal, energy drinks and whipped cream. She claimed she only used enough to make him impotent, not kill him, but that didn't turn out to be true. And just before she was set to be sentenced, Heming fled Nevada and has been on the lam for two years now. If she's ever caught, she can expect to face up to 15 years in prison. (Elite Daily)

This is Kind of Getting Tired
It actually seems like ages ago but the very first big spat between President Donald Trump and the media occurred over differing estimates of his Inauguration Day crowd. Well, the National Park Service has finally released its official photos, along with images from the Obama inaugurations, and Trump's not gonna be happy. The photos clearly show that the number of people who attended Obama's inaugurations beat Trump's crowds by about two-thirds. The official images also refute Trump's assertion that his crowd stretched to the Washington Monument. The NPS actually wanted to stay clear of the controversy but released the photos because of a Freedom of Information Act request from media outlets. (USA Today)

That Time a Shark Asked You For Help
When Ben Johnson went diving with a group of tourists in waters off the Cayman Islands last week, he never thought a shark would be asking him for help. He noticed a three-foot long shark was swimming around the floor of the Caribbean Sea, near a hanging reef. Johnson said, "Obviously something wasn't right and I moved in for a closer look." At that point he said the shark turned around and "settled right below me as if asking for help." The poor creature had a knife sticking out of the top of his head so Ben pulled it out. He said he thought the unfortunate animal was a nurse shark-slow-moving bottom-dwellers that are normally harmless to humans and mostly eat shellfish and coral. Shark fishing has been banned in the Cayman Islands since 2015 and anyone caught doing so could face a $500,000 fine or four years in prison. But back to our shark, Cayman Brac Beach Resort posted on Facebook: "Fortunately, the shark seems to be doing all right and we even spotted him again swimming around the same reef." (Metro)

Entire Town's Water Supply Turns Pink!
Residents of Onoway, in the Canadian region of Alberta, got quite a shock when they suddenly found all their tap water had turned bright pink! Fortunately, while it may have looked toxic and made for some pretty bizarre photos on social media, officials assured the town the water was safe - it had just turned color due to a chemical used during routine flushing of the lines. An official statement read: "Yesterday, during normal line flushing and filter backwashing, a valve seems to have stuck open allowing potassium permanganate to get into the sump reservoir." Potassium permanganate, also known as potassium salt, is a chemical disinfectant used to remove iron and hydrogen sulphide-aka the 'rotten egg smell'-from well and waste water. It's not highly toxic, but in concentrated solutions it can be harmful to the skin. (Metro)

What the What?
Nils Arend had a dream - to run from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with a bunch of friends. The general response he got was, "You're crazy." But then he met Blue Benadum at the Malibu Marathon. Benadum loved the idea reacted positively to the idea, and eventually they became two of the first team of six to run what was called "The Speed Project" in 2013. A friend documented the relay race and produced a 17-minute film, which they then showed around the world, creating tons of interest. This year, for the third running of The Speed Project, more than 150 runners on 20 teams from around the world will leave from the Santa Monica Pier at 5 a.m. Friday and run to the famed Las Vegas Strip. Teams can take whatever route they want, split the running in whatever way works best and have as many team members as they want. There's only one rule: Don't break the law. Arend, who frowns on the more traditional commercial marathons said, "It was really cool to see this community just grow because everybody's really hungry for a little bit out of the norm running related things." (Review Journal)

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