It's an unimaginable honeymoon tragedy. A newlywed Israeli couple, 24-year-old Eael Tishman and his 27-year-old bride, Shif Fanken, were taking a cruise that made a stop in Roatan, an island in Honduras. It was there that they decided to check out one of the local tourist attractions - a zipline adventure that goes over the tree tops. It appears that Fanken got stuck about halfway through the zipline but her husband was coming along behind her very fast. There was really nothing he could do except slam into her causing extremely serious injuries for both. While both were conscious when they were taken to the hospital, Tishman died soon after from what is believed to be brain hemorrhaging. His body s being flown back to Israel for burial. Fanken, meanwhile, has been airlifted to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, as her condition is still extremely critical. (Washington Post)
Trump supporters will hate this, while his detractors will get a chuckle. It's not news that the majority of Britain is not too crazy about President Trump's scheduled visit there later this week and the protestors are gearing up big time. In London, a giant orange balloon depicting Trump as a baby having a tantrum will float over Parliament. There will also be a "wall of sound" featuring mariachi music and the cries of children in detention centers calling out for their parents. But perhaps topping them all is a newly launched social media campaign which aims to make a 14-year-old Green Day song the No. 1 song in the UK just as the president arrives. If you haven't guessed by now, the song is "American Idiot," and protesters are reportedly streaming and downloading it in droves through sites like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon. They may just make it as "American Idiot" has already started cracking the top ten of many of the aforementioned sites. Organizers hope to have it at No. 1 on OfficialCharts.com when the chart is updated on Friday. (Vulture)
What the Hell China?
This is more than a little scary. Chinese media recently reported about the development of a new high-tech laser assault rifle that can allegedly fire an energy beam that cannot not be seen by the naked eye but can cause "instant carbonization" of human tissue from up to half a mile away. Called ZKZM-500, the laser rifle was developed by scientists at the Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is apparently ready for mass production, with the first units scheduled to be given to anti-terrorism squads in the Chinese Armed Police. It has been described as a non-lethal weapon that can be used in various applications, like hostage situations, where police would fire it through windows at targets and temporarily disable them while other teams moved in to free the hostages. The laser assault rifle is about the size of an AK47 and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery pack similar to those found in smartphones. It has a capacity of 1,000 laser shots - each shorter than 2 seconds. While the weapon could not kill a person with just one shot, pressing the fire button continuously could allegedly cut a hole through a person's body. While developers claim it can burn through both clothing and human tissue from half a mile away, there are those who say that they would be surprised if it could pop a balloon. (Techcrunch.com)
Dumbest... and Worst... Husband Ever?
Back in December 2012 in Australia, Brian Lim, his wife, Eunkyung Cho, and their two children were driving home after a family dinner when the parents got into an argument. At one point, Ms. Cho allegedly made a critical comment about her husband's parents. Lim responded by telling her that he wanted a divorce, but then, all of a sudden, opened the car door and jumped out of the car, causing "catastrophic" injuries to himself. Believe it or not, Lim decided to sue his wife for negligence saying she didn't slam on the brakes fast enough. That didn't go over so well with New South Wales District Court Judge David Wilson who said that while Cho had a duty to protect her husband while he was inside the car, that duty did not extend to the harm he caused o himself by exiting the car the way he did. He also noted that by suddenly slamming her foot on the break, Ms. Cho could have caused injury to her two young children as well as put other road users in danger. Plus, there is no way to prove that Brian Lim's injuries would have been less severe had his wife pushed the break earlier, as he claims she should have. In the final verdict Wilson wrote: "If the plaintiff wished to remove himself from the vehicle then a reasonable person in the position of the plaintiff would have waited until they arrived home before doing so." As a result, Mr. Lim was found guilty of contributory negligence and all damages he claimed were owed to him were reduced "by 100 percent." Lim actually appealed but the NSW Court of Appeal just agreed unanimously with the District Court judge's ruling. (Oddity Central0
For God's Sake Don't Speedo!
Assuming there actually are men out there who think they look good in a Speedo, got some bad news for you. A new study found that 99 percent of women would not want to be seen with their partner if he is wearing a Speedo bikini bathing suit. UK-based beach vacation specialist On the Beach surveyed 100 people and results showed that only one per cent of women would like to see their partner wearing what they call budgie smugglers on the beach. Market research and data analytics firm, YouGov also named the Speedo as the UK's most hated piece of clothing, even beating crocs. Meanwhile, Speedo defends their product saying: "Originally designed in the 1960s to reduce drag, support and provide freedom of movement for competitive swimmers, the Speedo brief has become an iconic silhouette that transcends both the sports and fashion world." (Stuff)
Driving Mr. Trump
President Trump's longtime personal driver, Noel Cintron, is suing his former boss saying the president exploited him in an "utterly callous display of unwarranted privilege and entitlement." Cintron is suing the Trump Organization, claiming he was stiffed for around 3,300 hours in overtime over six years and didn't receive a "meaningful" raise for more than a decade. The 59-year-old joined the Trump Organization more than 30 years ago and served as Trump's chauffeur for around 20 years until the Secret Service took over in 2016. He says he worked at least 50 hours a week but was paid a flat yearly salary, which rose to $75,000 in 2010, instead of time-and-a-half for overtime as required under New York law. He's seeking more than $200,000 in compensation for overtime worked over six years, which is as far back as his lawsuit can go under the statute of limitations. In the biggest surprise of the entire story, the Trump Organization says it will fight the lawsuit. (TMZ)
Guns, No! Slingshots, YES!
Police officers in the Mexican town of Alvarado will no longer carry firearms. Their guns have been taken and replaced with rocks and slingshots. No kidding. It seems only 30 officers from the130-member police department managed to pass their firearms test so Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, governor of the Mexican state of Verracruz, decided to strip the entire department of firearms. The governor's office has confirmed that similar actions have been taken in other municipalities but some local officials have accused Yunes Linares of stripping local law enforcement of what little protection they had against criminal organizations. (Oddity Central)
What the What?
In Vero Beach, Florida, 69-year-old Earle Stevens Jr. was stopped for erratic driving. Deputies immediately noticed he did have an open bottle of liquor in a brown paper bag in the passenger seat and reeked of booze. But Stevens told the officers he was not drinking and driving - rather that he only took swigs of the bourbon while stopped at traffic signals and stop signs. Also it turns out that while he is a Florida resident, he's never had a valid Florida driver's license. We'll let you guess what happened next. (TC Palm)