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20 Tons Of Nutella Stolen From Truck In Germany
Posted August 19, 2017, 03:04 by Mave in News
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20 Tons Of Nutella Stolen From Truck In Germany

Police in Germany are on the lookout for a thief with a massive sweet tooth. According to reports, over 20 tons of Nutella and chocolate eggs were stolen from a refrigerated trailer in the town of Neustadt.

The sugary heist reportedly took place some time between Aug. 12 and 13 and the thief — or thieves — would have needed their own truck to carry away that much chocolate, authorities say. German police are looking to see if the heist may be connected to the theft of an empty tractor trailer in the town Weimar around the same time. “It’s not even clear if they were after the sweets or after the trailer — at this point we don’t know what their motive was,” police spokesman Martin Ahlich said, per CBS affiliate KYTX.

In the meantime, police are warning people to be suspicious if they get any odd offers for sweet treats. “Anyone offered large quantities of chocolate via unconventional channels should report it to the police immediately,”

Source and more: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/08/17/nutella-stolen-theft-germany/

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Saudi singer was jailed after dabbing during a concert
Posted August 10, 2017, 05:43 by Mave in News
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Saudi singer was jailed after dabbing during a concert



A young Saudi singer was arrested in Taif, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after he dabbed during a musical contest he was participating in over the weekend, Okaz newspaper reported.

In a now viral video, TV host, actor, and aspiring artist, Abdallah Al Shaharani, is seen pulling off the dance move, which is officially prohibited by the country's anti-drug authority as many consider it a reference to weed and other narcotics. 

The dab - a simple dance in which a person drops their head into the bent crook of a slanted arm, while raising the opposite arm in a parallel direction but out straight - was first seen in Atlanta rapper Skippa da Flippa's 2014 video 'How Fast Can You Count It,' and later went on to become an internet craze.

It is usually performed by artists, celebrities, and even athletes in countries around the world.

Source and more: http://stepfeed.com/a-saudi-singer-was-jailed-after-dabbing-during-a-concert-3732
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‘World of Warcraft’ video game currency now worth more than Venezuelan money
Posted August 02, 2017, 04:40 by Mave in News
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‘World of Warcraft’ video game currency now worth more than Venezuelan money



Digital gold from Blizzard’s massive multiplayer online game “World of Warcraft” is worth more than actual Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, according to new data.

Venezuelan resident and Twitter user @KalebPrime first made the discovery July 14 and tweeted at the time that on the Venezuela’s black market — now the most-used method of currency exchange within Venezuela according to NPR — you can get $1 for 8493.97 bolivars. Meanwhile, a “WoW” token, which can be bought for $20 from the in-game auction house, is worth 8385 gold per dollar.

According to sites that track the value of both currencies, KalebPrime’s math is outdated, and WoW gold is now worth even more than the bolivar.

According to the site dolartoday.com, which actively tracks the worth of the bolivar on the black market, the bolivar has dropped to 11,185.95 per dollar since KalebPrime posted .

Meanwhile, according to mmobux.com, which tracks the value of WoW’s in-game currency for sales outside of the game, the lowest sale of 10,000 gold in a real life exchange will get you $1.21.

This drop in the worth of the bolivar is stark compared to its worth just a few months ago. In May, 279 bolivars would net $1, according to CNN Money. In June, the worth dropped to 408 bolivars for every dollar.

Source and more: https://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/07/31/world-of-warcraft-video-game-currency-now-worth-more-than-venezuelan-money/
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Blowing Out Birthday Candles Increases Cake Bacteria by 1,400 Percent
Posted July 29, 2017, 08:22 by Mave in News
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Blowing Out Birthday Candles Increases Cake Bacteria by 1,400 Percent

I can identify the exact moment when my relationship with birthday cake changed forever, and it was last week, when I read a study titled “Bacterial Transfer Associated with Blowing Out Candles on a Birthday Cake.”

Of course, the more cautious (aka germophobic) among us have already thought about it in gruesome detail. One colleague said she scrapes off the top layer of frosting, a habit that suddenly made perfect sense but which I for some reason had never before considered. I had been living in ignorant, saliva-splattered bliss.

Intellectually, I knew it was fine. I’ve consumed countless slices of sheet cake finely misted with spit and suffered no particular consequences—and yet, the thought of eating another now sent visceral disgust through my body.

So I called up Paul Dawson, a professor of food safety at Clemson University and one of the authors of this study, to ask why someone would want to ruin birthday parties.

Dawson said the idea for the study came from his teenage daughter. But he’s also conducted a whole set of studies around common questions in food safety with his undergraduate students, as a way of engaging them in original scientific research. These questions are, often, the same ones your germophobic friend would obsess over, including the validity of the five-second rule as well as with how bacteria spreads with double dipping (a lot), sharing popcorn (very little), and beer pong (do you even need to ask).

To simplify things for the study, Dawson and his students dispensed with an actual cake and frosted a piece of foil atop a cake-shaped styrofoam base. His students stuck candles in, lit them, and blew. Oh actually, they did something before blowing out the candles: They ate pizza. “We also wanted to simulate a birthday party,” says Dawson. “We thought it might help the salivary glands get going.”

Next came the bacteria counting. The team diluted the frosting with sterile water and spread it out on agar plates for bacteria to grow. Each colony that ended up growing on the agar represented one original bacterial cell from the frosting. (Not all bacteria will grow on agar plates, and there are now sophisticated and expensive ways to count bacterial cells more comprehensively, but this is a classic method that gives a baseline for comparison with past studies.)

There was, of course, a lot of bacteria. But what surprised Dawson was how much it seemed to vary from blow to blow. On average, blowing out the candles increased the amount of bacteria on the frosting by 14 times. But in one case, it increased the amount of bacteria by more than 120 times. “Some people blow on the cake and they don’t transfer any bacteria. Whereas you have one or two people who really for whatever reason ... transfer a lot of bacteria.” says Dawson.”

Source and more: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2017/07/birthday-candle-bacteria/534987/
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Suicidal man doused in gasoline catches fire after police use Taser on him
Posted July 18, 2017, 05:08 by Mave in News
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Suicidal man doused in gasoline catches fire after police use Taser on him



ARLINGTON A suicidal man who had doused himself in gasoline became engulfed in flames at an Arlington home Monday after an officer used a stun gun on him, police said.

The officer who used the Taser on the man believed that the man was holding a lighter in his hand and was about to use it, police spokeswoman Sgt. VaNessa Harrison said at a news conference.

Harrison acknowledged the risk of using an electrical stun gun near gasoline, but said the man was “very frantic and erratic and became a danger to everyone in the room.”

“We realize that a Taser can have some other implications, but we also know he had something in his hand,” Harrison said. “It’s unclear at this moment whether he became engulfed in flames from the gasoline and ignitable object he had in his hand or from the Taser.”

The man was taken to a hospital. His condition was unknown.

Three police officers were also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Their injuries were not life-threatening, Harrison said.

Source and more: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article160572509.html
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NASA Just Announced They Can’t Afford to Get Humans to Mars
Posted July 14, 2017, 11:38 by Mave in News
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NASA Just Announced They Can’t Afford to Get Humans to Mars

NASA admitted today that under the current budget they cannot afford to get humans to Mars. NASA's next steps will depend on its funding, but now more than ever, the future of Mars colonization rests in the hands of commercial space companies.

NASA has been talking about getting humans to Mars for years, and continues to provide updated plans for getting there. Unfortunately, though, NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, William H. Gerstenmaier, just announced that the agency can’t achieve the Mars goal on its current budget.

“I can’t put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is the other piece is, at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase, we don’t have the surface systems available for Mars,” Gerstenmaier said during a propulsion meeting of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics on Wednesday. “And that entry, descent, and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars.”

Essentially, the SLS rocket and Orion craft have cost the agency a lot. As a result, NASA hasn’t even been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface.

NASA’s next moves will depend on funding. Gerstenmaier indicated the agency might be interested in a Moon exploration mission – one that is more extensive than the current plan to build the Deep Space Gateway in the Moon’s orbit. Beyond just being a launching pad for further space exploration, the gateway could “support an extensive moon surface program,” says Gerstenmaier.

Source and more: https://futurism.com/nasa-just-announced-they-cant-afford-to-get-humans-to-mars/
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Alarm Clock Stuck In Wall Goes Off Every Day For 13 Years
Posted June 20, 2017, 07:02 by Mave in News
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Alarm Clock Stuck In Wall Goes Off Every Day For 13 Years

ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — All is calm in a quiet house on a peaceful street in the tranquil township of Ross – until the walls come alive with the sound of a 13-year-old alarm clock.

“I’ll show you where this started out from, why it was convenient,” says homeowner Jerry Lynn, climbing the stairs to the second floor. “Or why I thought it was convenient at the time.”

He says he dropped the clock, tied to a string, through an air vent. Set to go off ten minutes later, it would let him know where to punch a hole in the living room wall to pass a wire through for a TV hookup.

“As I was laying it down, all of a sudden I heard it go ‘thunk!’ as it came loose,” he said. “I thought, well, that’s not a real problem. You know it’s still going to go off. And it did.”

He couldn’t pull it back up, but figured, “Maybe, three-four months it’ll run out of battery. That was in September of 2004. It is still going off every day. And during daylight savings time it goes off at ten minutes ’til eight. And during standard time it goes off at ten minutes to seven at night.”

Jerry’s wife, Sylvia, says the sudden ring can come as a jolt to unsuspecting guests.

Source: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2017/06/15/stuck-alarm-clock-13-years/
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Ukraine bans Steven Seagal as threat to national security
Posted May 08, 2017, 05:28 by Mave in News
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Ukraine bans Steven Seagal as threat to national security

Security service says it has forbidden Seagal entry into country for five years, after actor received Russian citizenship


Vladimir Putin presenting Steven Seagal with a Russian passport. Photograph: TASS / Barcroft Images

Ukraine has banned American action movie star Steven Seagal as a national security threat, making him the latest of several cultural figures to be blacklisted.

The Ukrainian security service said it had forbidden Seagal entry to the country for five years, in a letter published by the news site Apostrophe. The service’s press secretary later confirmed the ban to other media.

The letter said such a decision is made when a person has “committed socially dangerous actions … that contradict the interests of maintaining Ukraine’s security”. The move comes after the actor received citizenship in Russia, which has backed separatists in a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin handed Seagal a Russian passport and told him he hoped their “personal relationship will remain and continue” during a meeting in the Kremlin last year.

Source and more: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/may/05/ukraine-bans-steven-seagal-national-security-russian-citizenship
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Woman eats £7,000 life savings to spite cheating husband
Posted May 08, 2017, 05:16 by Mave in News
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Woman eats £7,000 life savings to spite cheating husband



A woman in Colombia has eaten her entire life savings to stop her cheating husband getting his hands on the money.

Sandra Milena Almeida wolfed down £7,000 ($9,000) in cash after finding out her husband had been unfaithful.

The 30-year-old's actions were only discovered after she was taken to hospital suffering abdominal pains.

Doctors then found bundles of notes inside her stomach.

Mrs Almeida apparently hid the cash after finding out about her husband's infidelity.
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She took the extreme steps of eating the $100 bills after he discovered the hiding place and demanded half of it.

Relatives and doctors only discovered she'd eaten them after carrying out tests.

Director of Surgery at the University Hospital of Santander, Juan Paulo Serrano, told reporters: "57 $100 bills were found and extracted by the orifice opened in the stomach.

"Some extra rolls (of money) were found in the intestine, which advanced to the colon."

Source and more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39806529/woman-eats-7000-life-savings-to-spite-cheating-husband
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Chinese driver eludes traffic cops by drawing own parking places
Posted May 03, 2017, 05:44 by Mave in News
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Chinese driver eludes traffic cops by drawing own parking places



Find a parking spot can be a pain in any city, but a driver in eastern China has come up with a novel idea to get around the problem - he paints a new one himself, a mainland newspaper reports.

Police found the man in Jinhua, Zhejiang province drawing lines with chalk for parking space on Monday afternoon, the Qianjiang Evening News reported.

Local traffic cops had noticed the strange markings while on patrol. Compared with legitimate lines, the chalked ones were too thin and incomplete, the report said.

Source and more: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2091872/thin-white-line-van-driver-eludes-chinese-traffic-cops-chalking
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