Thursday, December 14, 2017

Veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog’s stomach

A veterinarian for Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Edmond said he had to share the storybecause “this was the most fascinating and exciting surgery I have ever done…” A local couple recently had a baby and were wondering what was happening to all of their child’s pacifiers. One day, the child’s grandmother saw the dog, Dovey, jump up on the counter and take off with one. The couple told the veterinarian that Dovey had slowed down her eating and had been vomiting a little phlegm for a few days, but other than that, they said the dog seemed fine and that they hadn’t noticed any other changes. One day, when Dovey vomited up a pacifier, the couple decided it was time to take the dog in for an x-ray. Judging from the x-ray, the local veterinarian believed there were between 7 to 9 pacifiers in the dog’s stomach. However, during surgery, the veterinarian found 21 pacifiers in the dog’s stomach! Fortunately, the veterinarian says Dovey is doing great now. (KFOR TV)


Netflix’s year-end report reveals some insane streaming habits by users 

Netflix released its year-end report this past Monday (12/11), and it revealed some…concerning streaming habits by users. The most unbelievable tidbit to come out of the report is that one user streamed “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” every day for a year. For comparison, the average Netflix member watched approximately 60 movies over the past year. A user in the United Kingdom had a similar streak of insane movie watching, having streamed “Bee Movie” 357 times in 2017. Some other interesting revelations:

  • Someone is watching Netflix in Antartica, and their show of choice is “Shameless.”
  • Mexico had the most members who logged in to stream content on Netflix every single day.
  • Overall, Netflix members watched more than 140 million hours per day, with the most popular day being January 1st.


Chinese rooftopping star confirmed dead after fatal fall from skyscraper

A 26-year-old man fell to his death in China while doing pull-ups on a 62-story skyscraper. Wu Yongning, also known as the “Chinese Superman,” learned the hard way that he could not fly when he slipped off the side of a building when he failed to climb back up after completing three pull-ups on a ledge. Why would anyone be doing pull-ups on a skyscraper? Wu was trying to win a $15,000 prize in a rooftopping challenge, allegedly to pay for a wedding and medical expenses for his mother. “He planned to propose to his girlfriend [the day after the challenge],” said his step-uncle, FengShengliang. “He needed the money for the wedding, and for medical treatment for his ailing mother.” Rooftopping is the act of accessing rooftops to take skyline photography. People have done it for decades, but it has reportedly gained popularity in recent years, perhaps due to the advances in mobile photography technology. Wu died last month, but his death was just confirmed last week when his girlfriend posted about it on social media. Some had noticed the abrupt end of his online video series, not knowing yet that he had perished. (South China Morning Post)


Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year for 2017

This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 is “feminism.” Yes, it’s been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, look-ups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on and spiked several times after key events. Feminism has been in Merriam-Webster’s annual Top 10 for the last few years, including sharing word-of-the-year honors with other “isms” in 2015. Socialism, fascism, racism, communism, capitalism and terrorism rounded out the bunch. Surreal was the word of the year last year. In case you were wondering, Feminism’s roots are in the Latin for “woman” and the word “female,” which dates to 14th century English. Today, Merriam-Webster defines feminism as the “theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes” and “organized activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests.” (NBC Connecticut)


The annual America’s Health Rankings report by the not-for-profit United Health Foundation has come out

The report contains rankings in dozens of health factors including smoking, drug deaths, violent crime, immunizations and numbers of doctors, dentists and uninsured residents across the country. Lower ranking numbers mean better conditions in the report, with first being the best and 50th the worst. This is the 28th year the United Health Foundation has released the report. 

  • Top 5 healthiest states
    1. Massachusetts

    2. Hawaii
    3. Vermont
    4. Utah
    5. Connecticut 
  • Bottom 5 healthiest states
    46. West Virginia

    47. Alabama
    48. Arkansas
    49. Louisiana
    50. Mississippi

(America’s Health Rankings)


The Best- and Worst-Run States in America: A Survey of All 50

Fiscal responsibility and meeting budgetary obligations are hallmark traits of the states that rank highest on this list. Many states have promised public employees more than they can afford to pay and now have woefully underfunded pension systems. Across all states, an average of only 71.6% of public pensions have financial backing. Of the 10 highest ranking states on this list, seven have pension systems with greater than average funding. In addition to long-term obligations such as pensions, states have annual budgets that must be funded. While states can often count on spending a certain amount of money per year, they cannot always rely on a set amount of tax revenue. Tax revenue can fluctuate for a variety of reasons, including volatile commodity prices, negative GDP growth, population declines, or higher unemployment. As a result, many states have rainy day funds, designed to bridge budget gaps in the event of a shortfall.

  • Best Run States
    1. North Dakota
    2. Minnesota
    3. Nebraska
    4. Wyoming
    5. Utah 
  • Worst Run States
    46. Alabama
    47. Mississippi
    48. Rhode Island
    49. Illinois
    50. New Mexico

(24 Wall Street)


Apple’s iMac Pro will be available starting today

The iMac Pro, a response to developers and creatives who wanted a more powerful Apple option, is expected to start off at $4,999. The launch comes as the tech giant tries to fend off efforts by Microsoft to win over creative professionals through its Surface line. Apple is also doing a “full rethink” of the Mac Pro, first released in 2013. The iMac Pro is one of Apple’s responses to a backlash from its developer community late last year. After developers indicated their frustrating with the lack of powerful options Apple was selling (particularly as it related to the MacBook Pro), Apple said it would release a new Mac Pro and introduce an iMac Pro as well. Of the two, the iMac Pro is the only one we’ve seen any details on so far. It’ll use Xeon processors, have a 5K display, and include a Radeon Vega GPU, among other extremely high-end specs. (The Verge)


Thirsty Thursday pours us a glass of:

*Monkey Day
*National Alabama Day

*National Bouillabaisse Day
*Yoga Day 

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