In Liverpool, England, Khai Ho is a 28-year-old pizza delivery man who identifies as a "breatharian" and claims mediation has helped him to collect all the nutrients he needs from the air so that he can survive on just 100 calories a week. Ho says as a child he often wouldn't eat, claiming he has never felt hunger and food has never appealed to him. But now he claims he is able to give up food for three months at a time, only eating mints to stop the "bitter taste" in his mouth. Ho says, "It's an amazing feeling, I'm fully conscious of my mind and I've never felt so great. I'm fully aware of my surroundings. People think I'm crazy but incredible at the same time." Ho claims that he gathers his nutrients from the sunlight around him and that he can even take in moisture that he needs from the air. Breatharians claim that food, and in some cases water, are not necessary for survival, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana, the vital life force in Hindu religion. Another benefit - Ho says, "I do save a lot of money though as I never have to do any food shopping. It's a miracle that you can live this way but I'm living proof." (Mirror)
Seriously- DO NOT Do the Soy Sauce Colon Cleanse
There's another one of those extremely dangerous internet fads going around that's right up there with the Tide Pods thing. The idea is that you drink an entire liter of soy sauce in two hours to produce some sort of epically spectacular colon cleanse. The big problem with that is that it can very well kill you. An incident detailed on medical YouTube channel Chubbyemu involves a 39-year-old woman, identified as CG, who presented to emergency services with a rapidly deteriorating mental status. Earlier that day the woman had been performing a "soy sauce colon cleanse." Soon after drinking the highly salt-laden soy sauce she felt her heart beating faster, a doctor based in the US identified only as Bernard said. She ultimately collapsed and was soon brain dead. She was rushed to hospital and while en route went into cardiac arrest, before being resuscitated. Doctor found she was suffering from acute hypernatremia - meaning she had extremely high levels of salt in her blood. Bernard added, "CG was told the soy sauce would stay in her colon. Toxin-filled water would then flow in and she'd be cleansed, but that's not how it happens." He said the soy sauce brought huge amounts of salt into her stomach, which began sucking water from her muscles and organs. (The Sun)
The Power of the Exoskeleton
In Sweetwater, Florida, a Florida International University student graduated Sunday, walking across the stage for his diploma despite having suffered a debilitating spinal injury years earlier. Aldo Amenta, an international student from Venezuela, was seriously injured in 2015 in a diving accident at a pool. However, he was able to leave his wheelchair behind and proudly walk across the stage to get his diploma using an exoskeleton. He says, "It was an amazing experience. For me it was a milestone to accomplish. Being able to cross the stage walking is something that's really meaningful." The feat required many hours of practice with the exoskeleton, but he said all the hard work was worth it. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and plans to continue his studies with a master's degree. Because of the accident, Amenta considered dropping out of FIU but a university scholarship -- FIU's Ignite Campaign -- allowed him to complete his studies and continue his treatments. (Local 10 Miami)
Uh Oh! Oreo!
In Byron, Illinois, ten football players from Byron High School were suspended from the team for three games last month after they ran across a field naked with Oreo cookies wedged between their buttocks. If it makes you feel any better, school administrators concluded this was not a hazing incident; rather the boys who went on the so-called "Oreo Run" did so completely voluntarily! The students were forced to sit out games on Nov. 19, 17 and 23 - the last of which was the Class 3A state championship game in which Byron lost 24-20 to Monticello High School. (Rockford Register Star)
I Didn't Know Pine-Sol Made Juice Boxes?
Meanwhile in Honolulu, three small children took sips of Pine-Sol after a classroom assistant at the Kilohana United Methodist Church Preschool mistook the liquid for apple juice. (Because of course Pine-Sol smells just like apple juice!!) Paramedics were called and fortunately found no signs of trauma or sickness. The girls' parents declined to take them to the hospital. Only sips were taken before the lead teacher realized the liquid was not apple juice. One parent, Andrea Ganote, said she was shocked a mistake like that could even happen. According to school administrators, the assistant prepared snacks of crackers and juice as the classroom teacher attended to children at the restroom, according to the inspection report. The assistant picked up the container of yellow-brown liquid off a clean-up cart in the kitchen and poured it into cups. The report notes the cleaner was in its original container and properly labeled. The cart did not have any food items on it. All food was labeled and stored in kitchen cabinets, according to the report. The preschool said it will be evaluating its process for obtaining snacks and refreshments to prevent any chance of this happening again. Staff will also undergo additional training. (WFSB)
Top Dog Names!
Old and Tired: Spot, Rover, Buddy. New and Hot: Max, Tucker, Luna! These are just some of 2018's popular names for dogs. Kate Jaffe is a dog name curator for Rover, the world's largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. She says, "We have one of the largest databases of dog names, so every year we analyze the list to find out what the top names are." And the analysis doesn't stop there. Jaffe says the company also looks at trends across the U.S. to see what people are talking about and have cared about in the past year. "Then we cross reference that with our database to see how those trends are really mirrored in the way people are naming their dogs," Jaffe says. "What we've found is that the things that we care about the most, whether it's the food we're eating or pop culture, are really mirrored in the ways that we're naming our dogs." Here they are:
Top 10 Male Dog Names 2018
What the What?
In Washington State, the Richland Police Department tried an usual tactic directed at fugitive 38-year-old Anthony Akers. Police said Akers had promised to turn himself in after being informed he was wanted for "failure to comply" -- but the cops got stood up. So in a social media post they wrote: "Dear Anthony, is it us?" the post read. "Last Wednesday, we reached out to you as ‘wanted.' You replied and even said you were going to turn yourself in. We waited, but you didn't show." The police department asked Akers to call them and even offered to swing by his place. Akers reportedly has a history of "drug abuse and protection order violations." Akers responded, essentially telling the cops: "It's not you. It's me." He said he "obviously" has "commitment issues" -- but promised he would be at the police station the next day "not later than lunchtime." He closed his response writing: "Thank you in advance to your response if you are patiently giving me another chance with us, I know I don't deserve it. P.S. you're beautiful." Later he posted a picture of himself outside the police station and wrote: "Here for our date sweetheart." (FOX News)