Maryland Woman Arrested For Stealing 3 French Fries From A Police Officer
An unidentified police officer who was dining at the Italian Pizza Kitchen in Washington D.C. last Wednesday when the woman approached and tried to start a conversation. During the chat, the woman allegedly reached over, took a French fry and ate it. Then, she did it again. “I then politely asked D-1 to not do that again because I paid for that food and she was stealing from me and she could be arrested for theft of my food,” the officer wrote in a police report. “Well then you might as well take me to jail,” said the woman, who snagged another fry. The officer arrested the woman and charged her with second-degree theft. As for the police report, it listed the items stolen as “French Fried Potato . . . quantity 3.” (WUSA 9 TV)
Child Misses First Day Of Kindergarten After Being Left On School Bus
One mother is holding her son a little tighter after a scary bus mishap, on what was supposed to be his first day of kindergarten. The 5-year-old ended up spending four and a half hours alone on the school bus in 85-degree temperatures after his bus driver neglected to drop him off at Monocacy Elementary Center. “I cried myself to sleep,” the boy said. No one knew he was still on the bus until the mom called the school when the bus did not drop him off at noon. New Rhoads Transportation staff then checked the bus, which was sitting in the company lot. Daniel Boone Area School District Superintendent says the transportation company, contracted by the school district, immediately terminated the bus driver.
“Generally, the drivers check for backpacks, water bottles. The driver didn’t do that,” said Harris. He adds that the district dropped the ball as well by not calling the mom when her son was marked as absent. The mom said that her son will not be riding the bus anytime soon. “I’m going to be driving him back and forth to school. I don’t want him on any buses at all”. (Philadelphia CBS TV)
Tourists trapped overnight in cable cars above French Alps
Dozens of tourists will spend the night trapped in cable cars suspended in the French Alps after high winds caused a mechanical failure. A huge rescue operation was launched after more than 100 people were left trapped in panoramic cable cars suspended almost 9843 feet in the air close to Mont Blanc in the Alps this afternoon. French, Italian and Swiss rescue services used helicopters to evacuate 50 of the 110 sightseers stranded in Chamonix. Some were too traumatized to speak about their ordeal publicly, including a couple from Korea and their two young children aged under 10. Others spoke of the ‘bitter cold’. A total of 33 people, from the UK, France, the US, Italy and Korea, were trapped overnight in freezing conditions. There were two Korean children and a French child aged under 10 and an American child of 13. One rescued tourist revealed how they kept going with a ‘salad baguette’ while others described how they shivered without coats in -10C / 14 F temperatures. Medics checked to see if everyone was okay. The Korean family was distressed and the children were shocked but they were checked over and all was good. No one needed hospital treatment. (Daily Mail)
Epic Paper Ball Toss Goes Viral
An Ohio State University student became the most popular kid in school last week after winning his whole class a perfect score on their first chemistry quiz with an amazing paper ball toss. Every year, Dr. Christopher Callam, an organic chemistry professor at Ohio State University, gives his whole class a chance to ace their first quiz without even studying. To help his students better understand acid base chemistry and proton donors and acceptors, he throws a paper ball in to the crowd and if the person who catches it can toss it all across the class and into the trash can, he gives everyone a perfect score on the quiz. This year, the hopes of dozens of nervous students rested on the shoulders of Vinny Forte, from Richmond Heights, and he more than lived up to their expectations. A phone-recorded video shows Forte making the one-in-a-million shot and throwing the entire class into a frenzy.The video of the epic toss has gone viral, with over 120,000 retweets and was eventually picked up by major media outlets. The paper ball toss has apparently become an organic chemistry tradition at Ohio State University, as Callam says he has been offering students to ace the first quiz of the semester for over a decade. (Oddity Central)
Connecting The Dots?
With one Facebook post, Japanese psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka has sent the internet into fits. It’s a gray grid that includes 12 black dots. But good luck trying to see the dots all at once. The dots are all there — it’s your eyes that are literally deceiving you. The image is called “Ninio’s Extinction Illusion,” named after the French scientist Jacques Ninio, who specializes in visual perception. There are actually 12 black dots at the intersections of the gray lines, but most people can’t see them. (Facebook)
CATS gone wild
A group of cat lovers raised enough money to replace the standard advertising posters in a London Underground station with pictures of cats. They have placed more than 60 adverts displaying cute kittens and cats from every angle at Clapham Common tube station. At first, the plan was just to put up pretty pictures of cats. But after thinking things through CATS decided to display photos of animals in need of loving homes – so many of the pictures you can see are cats from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home or Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity. The Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (CATS) started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money to replace the standard ads for health foods and smartphone apps. (Metro)
12 toy finalists for 2016 induction into the Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame
They include such long-time favorites as the swing and coloring book. But some more recent toys, such as Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and Nerf, also are finalists. That list will now go to a national selection advisory committee, which includes experts from various colleges. Two or three of the 12 will be inducted on November 10th. To date, 59 toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
This year’s 12 finalists are:
• Bubble Wrap. Created by accident in 1957 by two engineers who were attempting to develop a new kind of wallpaper.
• Care Bears. Began as a line of greeting cards in the early 1980s but evolved into a brand whose bears star in storybooks, television shows and games.
• Coloring Book. New York printer McLoughlin Brothers is credited with inventing the books that have enjoyed renewed popularity lately thanks to adult-oriented versions featuring complex designs.
• Clue. The game that invites players to solve a murder remains a best-seller nearly 70 years after its release.
• Dungeons & Dragons. The 1970s role-playing game featuring imaginary worlds of magic and monsters influenced today’s computer game industry.
• Fisher-Price Little People. A wooden version first rode the Safety School Bus in 1959. The brightly painted figures were given arms and legs in the 1990s.
• Nerf. The foam balls safe enough to throw indoors were first produced in the 1960s.
• Pinball. The machines have long been a mainstay at bars, amusement parks and arcades, with players using flippers to launch steel balls through mazes.
• Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. Competitors throw mechanical punches in an effort to knock the block off of their opponent’s boxer.
• Swing. Found in ancient cave drawings in Europe and ceramic vases from Greece — and in playgrounds and backyards everywhere.
• Transformers. Hasbro’s shape-changing action figures are featured in comic books, games, breakfast cereal and movies, the latest of which is due out in June.
• Uno. The 1971 game where players dispose of the cards in their hands has sold steadily for more than four decades.
Be glad that today is:
*8-Track Tape Day Link
*Felt Hat Day
*International Day of Democracy
*International Dot Day Link
*LGBT Center Awareness Day
*National Cheese Toast Day Link
*RAINN Day (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) (3rd Thursday) Link