Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Air Guitar World Championships get underway today (through August 26)

    The world’s best air guitarists will gather in Oulu, Finland for the 21st time in 24–26 of August. In addition to celebrating the message of world peace, the four-day festival also offers air guitar spirited side events for all the airy souls. Ever since 1996, the Air Guitar World Championships has spread the peaceful message of Air Guitar across the world. 

   According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end, climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. At the end of the competition, the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace. The contest has gone world-wide with massive international press coverage, several official national championships as well as tons of devoted fans in social media. (Air Guitar World Championship)


First Child to Receive a Double Hand Transplant Can Now Write, Make Lunch

Zion Harvey made history in July 2015 when he became the first child to receive a double hand transplant after losing his hands and feet years earlier to an infection. It’s been one year since the surgery, and Harvey’s doctors say he’s doing well and can throw a baseball, write in his journal and make himself lunch. Harvey was 8 years old when he underwent the transplant at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2015. Harvey had previously received a kidney transplant and therefore was already taking the anti-rejection medication that was required for a hand transplant as well. Since the surgery, Harvey has undergone lots of rehabilitation and his doctors say function of his hands is improving. Harvey recently threw the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game. (Time)


Large Snakeskin Found Along Maine River

Police in Westbrook, Maine are warning the public that a large snake spotted earlier this summer may still be around after a large snakeskin was found near a boat launch. In a Facebook post, police say: “Until the type of snake is determined and we can assess the safety risk, we caution people who recreate along the Presumpscot River to remain alert, maintain a safe distance from any wildlife, and report any sightings of the snake to the Westbrook Police Department.” (Westbrook PD Facebook)


Dunkin’ Donuts Will Deliver Their Pumpkin Spice Latte First

In the race to get us our favorite seasonal beverage, the pumpkin spice latte, Dunkin’ Donuts has announced its version will be available no later than August 29th. So now, their battle begins with Starbucks and McDonald’s. (People)


Police Department in Philippines Ban Nose Picking

A memo issued by the main office of the Philippines police force reminds officers not to do anything that might create a negative impression among members of the public. The memo says this includes taking selfies and picking their noses while on duty. (BBC)


Proof That Falling In Love Can Hurt You

A University of Pittsburgh student took a date to the rooftop and tried to impress her by leaping from one rooftop to the other. He misjudged and became wedged between two buildings. The city’s public safety spokeswoman said the “young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the next.” The roof of Qdoba is higher than the roof of Bruegger’s Bagels. Mr. Birdsong fell between the two buildings, breaking his ankle, and remained wedged in the tight space separating the businesses while police and paramedics worked to get him out. They had to use a jackhammer to break open a wall in Qdoba and remove him. By the time Ms. Ferres, the general manager at the Bruegger’s shop, arrived, officials had already been working for hours. She heard the jackhammer off and on as she prepared to open the store later that morning. She invited emergency workers in for coffee and to use the restroom. Mr. Birdsong was freed around 6 a.m. Paramedics took him to UPMC Presbyterian, where he had surgery on his ankle. The Public safety spokeswoman said later in the day that officials were still reviewing the incident and had not decided whether to file charges. She said damage estimates were not yet available, but she expected the business’ insurance would cover the cost. Mr. Birdsong is a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in communication studies and film studies. To top it off, he is the son of Tom Birdsong, a senior assistant managing editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Post Gazette)


Library Book Returned After 60 Years

A Purdue University entomology professor has returned a copy of The Moths of the Limberlost that he checked out 60 years ago at age 8. Larry Murdock checked out the book from the Linton Public Library in western Indiana in 1956. He says he found the book in a box and that returning it “was the right thing to do.” He also paid a $436.44 fine. Murdock says the book is about what he loves, “insects and especially moths.” (US News)


Dead Man Fishing

Would-be rescuers in China were almost scared to death when a man they believed to have drowned suddenly woke up. The man had been fishing in a river when onlookers mistook him for a corpse and called for help. The man had been fishing in the Guangdong Province river when onlookers mistook him for a corpse and called for help, authorities said. A firefighter cautiously approaches and leans over the man when he springs to life, video posted Monday on Sina Weibo by the Fire Department of the Ministry of Public Security shows. A number of onlookers on the river bank can be heard laughing as the frightened firefighter scrambles back to shore. Nonplussed by the intrusion, the man flops back into the water and continues as before.  (Global Times)


Do Something Good Today Because It’s:

*Kiss and Make Up Day
*National Park Service Day
*National Second-hand Wardrobe Day
*National Whiskey Sour Day (Also observed on 29th)

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