Friday, February 10, 2017

Think you got marriage issues?

Gayle McCormick is a retired California prison guard who described herself as a “Democrat leaning toward socialist.” Problem is, her husband of 22 years is anything but. Worse yet, during a lunch with friends last year, her husband said he was planning to vote for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. According to the 73-year-old, she decided that her husband’s support for the Republican was a “deal breaker.” She announced that “It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump,” adding that she never considered leaving her husband before but felt “betrayed” by his support for the billionaire businessman. “I felt like I had been fooling myself. It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger,” she added. (Reuters)

 

England burglar found stuck in second story bathroom window

Police in England apprehended a clumsy burglar after he was found trapped in the second story window of a woman’s home. Greater Manchester Police shared a photo of the would-be burglar, as the lower half of his body was left dangling outside the bathroom window. He got stuck in a window when trying to break in a house, according to police. A man was found suspended 15 feet above the ground attempting to enter the home of a woman in her 60s. Fire crews spent 20 minutes attempting to pull Crawshaw out of the window. His ear was injured during the process. Police found the circumstances amusing, but said it did not diminish the severity of the crime. “We did all have a chuckle about it later but the homeowner was actually pretty shaken up about it all,” Garland said. “It’s not nice having someone burgle your home and then finding them still there.” Crashaw was sentenced to two years and five months after pleading guilty to burglary with intent to steal following the December incident. (BBC)

 

It’s a tiny chip that elicits big opinions

Meant to protect customers from credit card fraud, most cards now have security chips, and many businesses bought the chip readers to go with it. But more than a year after they became common place, research shows that identity theft is actually up. Consumers and businesses switched to the chip-based cards and readers 16 months ago to deter theft. But a study released this week from Javelin Strategy and Research found that identity fraud cases rose 16 percent in 2016, which equates to 15.4 million new victims – a record high. The increase in e-commerce is to blame, since online shopping offers virtually no credit card protection. But overall Conner is comfortable with the protection the chip readers gives. And that’s a good thing given the chip is here to stay. (CBS DFW TV)

 

Dude Looks Like A Lady

Bryan Ray, a 31-year-old man from Los Angeles, California, is so obsessed with pop superstar Britney Spears that he has spent $80,000 over the last 14 years to look like her. Ray says he knew there’s was something special about Britney the first time he saw her. The look, her voice and her choreography were “the perfect package” for him and he knew he wanted to be like her. So at age 17, when the dentist designing his veneers asked him which celebrity smile he wanted to base his on, he answered almost instantly. But that was only the beginning of Ray’s transformation, as over the last 14 years, he has had over 90 cosmetic surgeries including a nose job, fat injected into his cheeks, laser hair removal, lip fillers, veneers, and Botox injections. He also learned all of her choreography and performed her most famous dances in nightclubs, watched all her interviews, dressed up like his idol, and lip-synced her songs. But apart from wanting to look like Britney, the 31-year-old owner of a marijuana edibles company is also motivated by his desire to look young. He also spends around $500 a month on skin creams and lotions meant to keep his skin wrinkle-free, avoids sunlight as much as he can (but admits that his youthful looks are mainly preserved by his love affair with Botox and laser hair removal), gets laser hair treatment every two months, Botox every five months, and lip fillers four times a year. (Oddity Central)

 

Thank YouTube for another dangerous teenage trend

Kids who find how-to videos on social media are attempting to straighten their own teeth by making their own braces. Instead of paying the medical costs, and taking the time to set an appointment with an orthodontist, the do-it-yourself’ers are using rubber bands, dental floss, paper clips and fishing line. Orthodontists all over are saying the practice is a disaster waiting to happen. “Moving teeth is a complex biological process which involves: teeth, bone, muscle, soft tissue. Someone could have issues beneath the surface like in the bony areas, which are only detectable during a comprehensive and in person exam by an orthodontist,” they say. In many cases, teeth fall out after DIY braces, or severe infections and disfigurement. If cost is a reason to consider do it yourself braces, orthodontists urge you to first talk to your dentist about affordable options. (St. Louis CBS TV)

 

130 Lb. Tumor Removed From Man Who Was Told He Was Just Fat

A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who’d been told by other physicians he was just fat. Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on January 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning home. His doctor believes the tumor probably started as an ingrown hair that became infected, swelled and developed its own blood supply. Logan says he first noticed the growth about 15 years ago,  but doctors told him it was just fat. It kept getting larger until he couldn’t get out of bed without help from his wife. Virtually unable to move, he spent most of his time in a recliner in one room of his home. By the time the tumor reached 130 to 140 pounds, doctors told him it was too risky to have surgery, giving him only a 50-percent chance of surviving it. But his wife scoured the country for specialists to perform the operation and found one who had performed similar surgeries. (KBAK TV)

 

Oreo’s and Beer? 

Virginia-based brewery, the Veil Brewing Company, has taken the dessert beer category to a whole new level with its innovative. They say Oreos go best with milk, but the guys at the Veil Brewing Company apparently decided prove that beer works too. “We took our 7% robust chocolate milk stout Hornswoggler and conditioned it on hundreds of pounds of Oreo cookies. If you like Oreo cookies, this is a must try,” the Veil Brewing Company announced on Instagram. Due to the “residual fermentable sugars from the cookies” Veil Brewing Company head brewer and co-founder Matt Tarpey recommends keeping the cans of Hornswoggler Oreo beer as cold as possible, and consuming it as fresh as possible “for the most intense Oreo character possible”. However, it would seem they sold out of their first batch with no word on when exactly they plan on making more yet. (Facebook)

 

Colorado woman quit her job then won a $3.3 million lottery jackpot days later

Whether it was perfect timing or just pure luck, an Aurora, CO woman who recently quit her job won’t have to worry about putting food on the table any time soon. That’s because she won the $3.3 million Colorado lottery jackpot recently. She told lottery officials she was feeling so burned out working as a certified nursing assistant job that she decided to resign. She admits to have been an avid Lotto player for more than 30 years. She was checking the lottery’s website for winning numbers, and told officials she called her husband to come look at the computer that day. Both of them couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The couple — who have three sons ages 17, 21 and 24 — have immediate plans to pay bills and make home improvements. (The Denver Channel)

 

What A Sight For Sore Eyes

Police have charged a man with drunken driving and fighting with the officers who allegedly found him semi-conscious behind the wheel of a car while wearing pink lingerie. Investigators say the 51-year-old man was also exposing himself when University of Pittsburgh campus police arrived to find him in the running car. They say he was going in and out of consciousness in the car, which was sitting in the middle of the busy Center Avenue intersection. Police say he was also wearing pink lingerie under his sweatpants, which were partially off.  Police say they found an open bottle of whiskey and two guns in the car, and that the man kicked, yelled expletives at officers and threatened them saying, “Just wait ’til I get my AK” – referring to an assault rifle. “The man was in his car, like pleasuring himself, with a bottle of Jack Daniels on top of the car. It was just very disturbing, kids were walking across the street, it was a mess,” one witness said. As for the car he was driving, officials say it had been stolen earlier in the day from a storage facility. The man is facing a dozen charges including aggravated assault, indecent assault, open lewdness, DUI and carrying a firearm without a license. (KDKA TV)

 

There’s nothing subtle about the writing on the wall

New FCC chair Ajit Pai openly despises and wants to do away with the 2015 Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband as a utility-like service, and cemented the “net neutrality” rules. However, some lawmakers and consumer advocates have made it known that they aren’t ready to give up these recently earned protections. In a recent press event, five Senators (led by Ed Markey of Massachusetts) promised a battle if Pai and the new-look FCC try to undo the neutrality rules. Pai has said in the past that he believes the FCC needs to “fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation.” Despite the fact that net neutrality appears not to have halted the entire American internet economy in its tracks, it’s at the top of Pai’s list of economy-killers. Under his leadership, the Commission has already stopped investigating whether or not certain sponsored data plans violate the net neutrality principles, and industry foes have already started quietly building legal arguments for why the FCC should re-open and revise its position on the matter. (Consumerist)

 

Evanger’s Dog Food Recalled Due To…. Sodium Pentobarbital?

The company behind the food, Evanger’s, would really like to know a sedative used in euthanasia end up in cans of their premium beef dog food. So would the owner of three pugs that became sick and one that died after eating cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef in Washington state. Sodium pentobarbital is a sedative and sometimes used to control seizures and for insomnia in humans, but it’s most commonly used for euthanasia in cats, dogs, and horses, as well as other farm and companion animals that aren’t going to be eaten. It’s also used for human euthanasia in localities where that’s legal, and has been used for executions by lethal injection. did a sedative used in euthanasia end up in cans of a premium brand beef dog food. The food came to the manufacturer’s and public’s attention after a family in Washington state fed a can of the food to their four pugs in early January, and all of the dogs immediately became ill. One of the dogs didn’t survive, and the other three spent time in veterinary intensive care before they recovered. They’re the only dogs known to be affected. (Evangers)

 

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