Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deer bursts through window of courthouse, turkey investigates

A pair of strange animal visitors dropped in on a courthouse in Kansas Monday morning. No one was injured in the incident and the deer ran off, but the Register of Deeds Nancy Burns said she screamed and was scared “half to death.”  “Emergency management didn’t prepare us for this,” she said. Once the deer had left the area, a turkey appeared in its place and began hanging out on one of the building’s ledges. Officials said they would not disturb the turkey and would allow it to stay on the ledge until it decided to leave on its own. (Kansas City Star)


Mating Season Brings Turkey Trouble To Minnesota Neighborhoods

Recently, a homeowner in Shorewood found a wild turkey standing on the living room couch. Police said it busted through an upstairs window. Last week, a turkey took on an Apple Valley police officer’s squad car. “It’s a pretty bird,” said Capt. Nick Francis, the officer who recorded a video of the standoff. When he went back to the neighborhood where the close encounter happened, he was spotted by a group of turkeys, one in particular ready to size up his vehicle as it circled the SUV several times. Wildlife expert with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said “It’s a territorial thing. The turkeys are vying for the hens’ attention.” In other words, it’s mating season, which he said happens in April and May. That means no other Toms, which is a male turkey, or vehicles for that matter are allowed near their hens. Cars would pass by and the turkey would chase them down until they left the immediate area. A lot of times they’re pecking the people’s windows and so forth, they’re seeing their reflections and thinking it’s a rival male and they’re going after that male. The reflection of car paint can give off the same effect. Sometimes the birds can peck their way through a home window. (WCCO 4 TV)


Grandma Got It…

Zoo patrons and one senior lady in particular got more than they bargained for with the price of admission. A chimpanzee took matters into its own hands recently to communicate with spectators at the exhibit flinging feces into the crowd. Raucous laughter and shrieks erupt from the zoo patrons as a sizable chunk of excrement sticks to an elderly woman’s nose. She shoots a horrified look and someone off camera cries, “it got grandma!” A former employee of John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, captured the video and posted it to Facebook. Vargo knew something was going to happen because this particular male chimp is known as the “serial poop flinger”. He was being vocal, gritting his teeth and people were taunting him making a lot of monkey noises aggrivating the chimp even more. The woman who posted the video worked part-time at the zoo two summers ago, answering guest questions and doing demonstrations at some exhibits. She said “I think this would be a good opportunity to remind people not to taunt the animals. This can happen.” (Detroit CBS TV)


Apparently no one else was down

Shia LaBeouf’s new movie, called “Man Down”, just premiered in the UK. And sold a grand total of…one ticket that grossed just £7 ($8.70) when it premiered in a single U.K. theater over the weekend. The film played in one location, called Reel Cinema in Burnley. It was simultaneously released digitally on demand, making the theatrical release something of an afterthought. It launches on DVD and Blu-ray next month. (Variety)


Bathroom Policies

The NCAA lifted its ban on holding any events in North Carolina because the state repealed its controversial ‘bathroom bill.’ Last year, NC passed a law that said transgender people have to use public bathrooms that match the sex on their birth certificate. Supporters of the law said this is to help protect women’s privacy. But critics across the country said ‘looks like discrimination.’ A lot of businesses and events pulled out of the state, including the NCAA. And NC was expected to lose billions over the next 12 years. So last month, NC lawmakers caved and replaced it with a new policy that says local governments can’t intro any new laws to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination until 2020. To which critics said ‘same thing, different name.’ But the NCAA’s still willing to reconsider, saying it looks like their events can now kinda sorta be “conducted in a nondiscriminatory environment.” (NYTimes)


California high school hangs signs of affirmation instead of mirrors in girls’ bathroom

A California high school in an affluent neighborhood has removed all the mirrors from the girls’ bathroom and replaced them with signs of positive affirmation instead. Laguna Hills High School made the move after a student belonging to the “Kindness Club” proposed the idea as a way to encourage unity. Seventeen-year-old Sabrina Astle said that she “wanted to find a way to make a difference” through the Kindness Club on campus. “This is why I started making the posters in the first place,” Astle said. Somewhere along the way, the decision was made to not only hang the posters in the bathroom, but get rid of the mirrors altogether. The school held a “What If Week” that was meant to bring the students together. Astle explained, “Each day has a specific message. The message for Thursday, March 23, 2017, was ‘What if we showed more love?’” It appears the message of positivity and acceptance supersedes any of these logical questions, as the school’s activities director claimed the response was so positive that they decided to leave the signs up indefinitely. It is unclear why the signs could not be displayed around the mirror, or why they had to appear in the bathroom in place of the mirror as opposed to any of the other rooms in the school. (ABC News)


First major U.S. city braces for Obamacare collapse

Knoxville, Tennessee, could soon become the first U.S. city where Obamacare collapses altogether. Currently, there is only one health insurer that offers coverage on the Obamacare exchange to roughly 40,000 people who live in the 16 counties in and around Knoxville. The estimated population in Knoxville in 2015 was 185, 291. Humana, the only insurer servicing patients there in 2017, announced recently that will pull out of the exchange in 2018. Humana was the first health insurance provider to announce earlier this year that it planned to pull out of Obamacare exchanges nationwide. The company cited the fact that it stood to lose more than $45 million as a result of participating in the exchanges. (CNN Money)


Hello friends, it’s A Thirsty Thursday which means it’s:

*Army Day
*Charlie the Tuna Day
*Drowsy Driver Awareness Day
*National Fun at Work Day  (Always the 1st, or the following Thurs. if it falls on the weekend.)
*Hostess Twinkie Day
*International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
*National Alcohol Screening Day (Thursday of first full week)
*National Student Athlete Day
*New Beers Eve
*Tartan Day
*Teflon Day
*The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day

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