How You Know You've Spoiled Your Kids!
Brooke Amelia Peterson just got her dad fired from Apple where he used to work as an engineer. Seems she posted a YouTube video of the top-secret iPhone X. It went viral and her dad lost his job. In a teary mea culpa, Peterson confirms the firing and says her father takes "full responsibility for the one rule that he broke." On a visit to Apple's HQ in Cupertino, Calif., Peterson shot the video showing her dad's phone in Caffe Macs - the swanky employee cafeteria. She says, "I made this little innocent video that was just supposed to be a fun memory." She did take the video down immediately at Apple's request - but it wasn't fast enough to stop it from triggering a sensation. Peterson says she's most upset by the insults that followed her first viral video adding, "Hate on me all you want, but please don't hate on my father." She calls him the most honest, most loving, most caring dad."
Alien Visitors: It Just Got Real
Looks like we've got our first known real alien visitor. University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy astronomer Rob Weryk says, "We've never seen anything like this before." He's talking about a mysterious object zipping through our solar system that nobody seems to be able to identify. Calculations show it came within 24 million miles of the sun on Sept. 9 and 15 million miles of Earth on Oct. 14 while traveling at a blinding 37 miles per second. Calculations also show something unprecedented: the object, currently classified as asteroid A/2017 U1, is the first confirmed to have arrived in our solar system from another. "It is fairly certain we are dealing with our first truly identified alien visitor," Professor Alan Fitzsimmons says. But don't panic just yet. A/2017 U1, which is estimated to be less than 400 meters in diameter, appears to already be on its way back out of our solar system, so scientists are rushing to study it before it's too late. They say it could be made out of entirely different materials than those that comprise the comets and asteroids found closer to home. (New York Times)
Arby's: We Have the Meats - From Game Farms in New Zealand
After a year away, venison sandwiches were back on the menu at Arby's for one day, but not everyone was happy about it. On Saturday Oct. 21 the sandwich was available nationwide for $7. But while they sold out quickly at many Arby's locations, not everyone in the campaign's target demographic was happy. Earlier this month, the Montana Wildlife federation, a group of hunters, anglers, and conservationists, sent a letter to Arby's asking them not to sell the deer-meat sandwiches, citing what the group's executive director calls "America's wildlife crisis in the 19th century" that drove many animals to near-extinction and "the principle of selling an animal that most Montanans recognize and hold dear as a wild animal and really a symbol of the Rocky Mountain West." But Arby's was quick to point out that the meat they used for their sandwiches was not procured through hunting, but rather from game farms in New Zealand. (Business Insider)
Tragic Ironic Death
It's ironic tragedy on a grand scale in Arlington, Virginia. A 12-year-old boy jumped from a highway overpass and police believe it was a suicide attempt. He landed on the moving vehicle of 22-year-old Marisa Harris, killing her. Ironically, Harris actually worked with children with severe behavioral problems. Her boyfriend was in the passenger seat of the SUV at the time and was able to grab the steering wheel and safely guide the car off the interstate. The 12-year-old boy was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Harris was pursuing a master's degree in clinical counseling at Marymount University and her mother says she had a passion for helping troubled children and, given the chance, could have helped the boy who jumped. Her father says, "She was loved by her friends, she was dearly loved by her family, she was admired by her peers, she was just a shining star." Even more irony - if the boy lives, he'll be charged with Harris' murder. (People)
What the What?
In Pennsylvania, 21-year-old Maico Rosado Jr. was sentenced to 71/2 to 15 years after pleading guilty in August to robbery and three counts of burglary. All this for stealing $1 and a houseplant that he apparently thought was marijuana during a series of break-ins. Police say Rosado broke into Jabber Jaws Bar & Grille in Allentown. The manager confronted Rosado but backed off when Rosado pointed a gun at him. Rosado then made off with a keepsake dollar. From there, police say Rosado broke into a house and left with a plant. Officers say he then threatened a woman with his gun before taking her purse. He was arrested shortly afterward. (Newser)