Talk about a dysfunctional family! About three months ago, 76-year-old Douglas Ferguson of Bristol, Tennessee, allegedly attacked his own son with a chainsaw. This happened in the yard while the son was mowing his grass. The son used the lawnmower to protect himself and ended up running over his father with the mower. Ferguson sustained severe head and leg injuries which ultimately led to the amputation of his leg. No motive was given for the attack although police report the men had been involved in a long-running feud. Ferguson has finally recovered enough so that police can officially arrest him - which they did and charged him with attempted murder. He remains in jail on a $25,000 bond. (Kingsport Times-News)
It's the Biggest Raise Ever! $39 a Month!
Tragedy Strikes Mr. Rogers Movie Set
Bills Fan Gets the Last Word
Too Polite to Be a Robber
Clearly Neanderthal Parents Didn't Warn Their Kids About the Giant Birds
When researchers discovered the oldest human remains ever found in Poland a few years ago, they didn't realize that the bones were hiding a grisly secret. In fact, it wasn't until this year that they realized the bones were human at all, because they were found among animal bones. Further lab analysis has revealed that the two tiny phalanges, or digital bones of the hand, are about one centimeter long and belonged to a Neanderthal child who was between 5 and 7 years old, and that the bones has passed through the digestive system of a large bird. The researchers believe that the bird either attacked and partially consumed the child, or fed off of the child after it died. Unfortunately, the bones are poorly preserved, which eliminates the possibility of a DNA analysis. However they do believe the bones are 115,000 years old. Previously, the oldest human remains uncovered in Poland were three Neanderthal molars estimated to be about 52,000 years old. The findings will be published this year in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. (CNN)
What the What?
Meanwhile, in Walterboro, South Carolina, 65-year-old Kirby Evans was asked to leave a convenience store because of his disfigured face. The poor man underwent surgery seven years ago to remove basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. He lost both his nose and left eye as a result. Mr. Evans says he visited the Forks Pit Stop to buy a snack and a drink. His daughter, Brandy Evans, says when her father sat down at a table in the store to eat, the manager allegedly "grabbed him by his shirt and pulled him into her office," telling him to either cover his face or leave. Brandy said, "He left and went home in tears to tell me what happened." On Facebook she added that her father has trouble wearing an eye patch because "it rubs the eye socket raw and where his nose was," and is on a fixed income and can't afford reconstructive surgery. Someone created a GoFundMe account for Mr. Evans, raising more than $2,500 of its $10,000 goal as of Friday morning. No comment yet from the fine folks at Forks Pit Stop. (WCIV News)