A Virginia elementary student had his wish granted by Santa Claus on the spot
With just a week until Christmas, one first grade classroom at an elementary school in Stafford, Virginia, received a surprise visit from Santa. The man disguised as Santa was Marine Staff Sergeant David Rescott, who recently returned from an eight month deployment in Kuwait. He used the opportunity to surprise his son, Jackson, about his return home. Once it was Jackson’s turn to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas, he wished for a new Xbox and his dad to return home. That’s when Rescott began to remove his costume piece by piece to reveal a bit of “Christmas magic.”“I think I have a bit of Christmas magic for you,” Santa told Jackson. There’s no doubt Jackson was suprised. With his jaw wide open, he embraced his dad and said, “I love you.” (WRIC TV)
Poo On You
A Schertz, Texas woman whose neighborhood was targeted by package thieves said a box filled with dog poop helped lead to two arrests. Rose Faubush said the neighborhood has been plagued with thieves stealing packages from porches recently, so she and her son, Hayden, decided to put some bait on their own porch. She put dog feces inside a box and left it on her porch. Faubush said she left the house for only about an hour and returned home to find the package gone. The family decided the following day to put out a second bait package, this time filled with ribbons, bows and wrapping paper, and waited for the thieves to arrive. Faubush said they waited until a man was on the porch lifting the box before throwing open the door and snapping pictures with their cellphones. The getaway driver abandoned the man holding the box. So then she circulated the photos on Facebook, leading the getaway driver to visit her home and plead for her to take them down. Police said they arrested two suspects and recovered several items stolen from porches in Faubush’s neighborhood. (KENS TV)
UPS Mistakenly Delivers Assault Rifle To LI Couple Instead Of Toy Plane
A New York couple was shocked to find an assault rifle delivered to their house — when in fact, they ordered a toy. The Oceanside couple thought nothing at first about UPS delivering a package with their names and address to their house. The couple even had the UPS deliveryman place the box in the trunk of their car. The husband of the family told Hall they drove around with what they thought was a toy airplane for a friend’s child. After opening the package in front of their 6-year-old granddaughter, the couple has many questions. The horrified family immediately called 911. Police arrived within minutes and confiscated the weapon, only to discover it was supposed to go to a gunsmith in upstate Woodbourne — a permit was enclosed. It also came with an ammunition clip and a stand. The tracking labels indicated UPS was delivering a toy plane the family ordered from Kohls. A spokesperson for UPS said in a statement that this is “a highly unusual incident” and that they are investigating. Less than 24 hours later, UPS delivered the correct package — containing the toy plane that will go under the tree. Detectives said no charges have been filed, and no criminality is suspected at this point. UPS said it does accept shipment of certain firearms in its domestic U.S. system as long as they comply with applicable law. (CBS 2 NY)
There’s A New Trend In One-Night Stands
Half-night stands are becoming more and more common. They’re essentially an abbreviated version of the one-night stand ― instead of staying the night, one person makes their exit after sex. Of course, no-strings-attached sex is nothing new. But this is no-strings attached sex without the awkward morning after. And naturally, it’s not only women who are hooking up and forgoing small talk the next morning. And of course, sometimes there are weird, conflicted feelings after a half-night stand. To text or not to text the next day? Was this one night of passion and nothing more? Some sexperts are saying that half-night stands are often to the detriment of meaningful human connection. (Huffington Post)
Hunger Games-style reality show where 30 people are left in Siberian wilderness
The organiser of a Hunger Games-style reality show where 30 people will be dumped in the Siberian wilderness has boasted that rape and murder is allowed. The participants of Game2: Winter – half of them women – will be deposited in the Russian outback which is teeming with bears and wolves for a nine-month survival test in temperatures sinking to colder than minus 40C. Contestants from different countries seeking prize worth over a million dollars will be issued with knives and will be expected to hunt and fish to eat. The rules appear shocking, with 35-year-old Russian millionaire, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, the organiser, stating: “We will refuse any claim of participants even if they were to be killed or raped. This will be spelt out in a document to be signed by the participant before the start of the show.” The rules state bluntly: ‘Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.’ The participants – who must be over 18 and ‘mentally sane’ – are expected to pay just over $132,000 to take part, although some will be selected in an online poll and enter for free. (Daily Mail)
Sanitation workers dig through trash to recover woman’s lost mortgage money
A group of sanitation workers in New York state dug through a hill of trash to find $5,000 accidentally thrown away by a Long Island woman. Krishna Nadalall, 45, said his mother, Bayban, of Long Beach, had placed $5,000 for a mortgage payment in an envelope and she noticed the cash was missing Tuesday morning. Nadalall, a sanitation worker, gathered three coworkers to sift through the multiple loads of trash that had been delivered to the Merrick Transfer Station. A city worker who witnessed the end of the search posted a video of the aftermath to Facebook. The workers were able to recover all but $40, which was apparently lost when some of the cash fell out of the envelope. The woman offered to reward the men who helped him search, but they declined the offer. (UPI)
Do you use Advil or Tylenol for a pounding headache?
A US study found an association between the long-term use of these widely used painkillers and reported hearing loss. Researchers calculated just over 1 in 20 (5.5%) hearing loss cases in their study could have been the result of painkiller use. But they say it’s not possible for this study to prove the drugs caused the hearing problems. Previous studies have linked aspirin, paracetamol , and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) types of painkiller, such as ibuprofen , with hearing loss. These drugs are thought to damage the ear by removing protection from the inner ear, reducing blood supply, and damaging the tiny hairs that register sound. But aspirin was not linked to hearing loss in this study. The researchers think this may be because people tend to use low-dose aspirin nowadays. The link between paracetamol and hearing loss was only found when women had taken the painkiller for six years or more. (National Library Of Medicine)
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