Tuesday, January 3, 2017

 Coyote Caught Stealing Shoes On Home Surveillance

A shoe thief was caught on a home surveillance camera and the the “suspect” surprised everyone. Anitha Srinivas of Frisco, TX said that surveillance video showed a coyote run up onto her front door step, steal a shoe and then run off with it. The homeowner said“We never expected that to be caught on cameraWe looked at the footage multiple times to reassure ourselves what was going on.”  A representative of 911 Wildlife said he can’t explain the behavior, but coyote sightings aren’t uncommon. Wild animals have been conditioned to not be afraid of humans. He said people’s response should be enough to scare them off. (KTVT TV)

 

Removing certain cells may allow elderly people to regrow hair, run faster and live for longer

Scientists may be one step closer to achieving the ‘fountain of youth’ in humans. A drug has been found to help elderly mice regrow their hair, run faster, and live for longer. It works by removing cells in skin tissue that naturally accumulate as the rodents grow older. But the senescent cells – which are unable to reproduce themselves and prevent tissue growth – are also found in humans. However, experts warn that an anti-ageing serum could be a few years off as the drugs may be unsafe for elderly people. Many recent studies have focused on removing senescent cells – which can have ageing effects on the body. It is believed their long-term secretion of proteins keeps their neighboring cells in a permanent daze. This can cause organs to deteriorate as they won’t be continually replaced. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, last year found removing them helped older rodents live 25 per cent longer. (Daily Mail)

 

Mummified body found in Detroit garage

A “mummified” body that was found Thursday afternoon in a garage in Detroit will be examined next week by an anthropologist to try and determine a host of factors including gender and cause of death. The discovery happened when a potential home buyer was inspecting the garage of a home. The body was in the backseat of a 1990 or 1991 Plymouth Acclaim, authorities said. Medical examiners just “inspected” the body and will await the arrival next week of an anthropologist from the University of Michigan, which partners with the county, who can conduct special tests, such as examining hip bones to determine gender. “At this point, they don’t know if it’s male or female, or cause or manner of death or anything like that,” officials said. “That’s when the anthropologist comes in and checks it out. They didn’t do an autopsy, they just did an inspection because that’s usually what they do when they get these bodies that have been really badly decomposed or mummified.” (Detroit News)

 

Husband has gone 20 YEARS without speaking to his wife – but still lives with her 

Most couples have experienced a long and awkward period of silence after a while. However, that is not to compare to a husband and wife who have not spoken for two decades – but continue to live with each other. A husband in southern Japan continues to live with his three children and wife who perseveres in making conversation with him but has only ever received a nod or a grunt in response for 20 years. The Japanese couple’s silence was revealed by their 18-year-old son, who wrote into a TV show asking them to fix the situation as he had never heard them have a conversation. And sure enough, a meeting was arranged between them in the park where they had their first date, as their emotional children watched on. After a little time, the husband finally broke silence and explained that he has been giving her the cold shoulder out of jealously for the attention and care the children get. He said on the show: “I was kind of… jealous. I was sulking about it. There’s no going back now I guess.” (Daily Mail)

 

Introverts Overperform in a Crisis, New Study Shows

If you think of yourself as an extrovert, you’re probably also a “people person.” Extroverts are known for being assertive and enthusiastic, as well as sociable and outgoing. Researchers use the term the extrovert advantage” to describe the way social acumen helps extroverts build the relationships that lead to job opportunities. It might seem like the more extroverts there are on a team the better, but a new study finds that the extrovert advantage also comes with a downside for teamwork. Researchers found evidence that extroverts lose their advantage when teams experience conflict. Essentially, they can bring enthusiasm and energy to a team when things are going well. But when conflict arises, these extroverts can dominate their quieter peers, worsening tensions within the group. When a team is struggling with conflict, extroverts’ tendency to enthusiastically express their ideas and opinions may make them come across as stubborn loud-mouths “holding to their ideas and attempting to dominate the perspectives of others” and stymieing contributions from other group members, the researchers say. During smooth times, extroverted team members were seen as contributors. But when times seem struggling, extroverted individuals seemed to take energy away from solving the problem. These findings suggest that extroverts are not only oriented toward social relationships, providing positive energy therein, but can also be perceived as overly assertive and dominant, acting in a way that negatively impacts their relationships. They may be perceived as ‘shouting the loudest,’ perhaps overcrowding others and even prolonging task conflict within teams. One thing extroverts can do to help smooth over tensions is engaging in active listening, rather than just hogging the spotlight. All in all, research finding suggest that less extroverted people may be missing out on productive careers and hiring managers may be missing out on star performers. (Psychological Science)

 

California woman gives birth to twins in two different years

A San Diego woman rang in the new year by giving birth to twin girls in two different years. The New Year’s births happened at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns in Kearny Mesa, California. One girl, named Scarlett Annie, was born at 11:56 p.m. December 31. The second, Virginia Rose, was born at 12 a.m. January 1st. The girls’ last name was not made available; the parents are identified as Brittany and Brett, but a spokeswoman for the hospital said the family has declined to give interviews. (Fox 5 San Diego)

 

Italy Announces ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Illegal Aliens

In the wake of recent Islamic terror attacks in Berlin and Turkey, Italy’s National Director of Public Safety has announced a clampdown on illegal aliens as well as an increase in deportations. National police chief Franco Gabrielli has sent a circular letter to the country’s police departments announcing a new “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigrants, including intensified checks and controls as well as expulsions of foreigners without residence permits. In the letter, Gabrielli urges “maximum attention from the different branches of law enforcement to track down foreigners in irregular situations through targeted controls.” The police chief also directs law enforcement officers to “establish immediate contact with immigration officials to expedite deportation procedures” for those found to be in the country illegally. The circular letter underscores the importance of the crackdown “in the current context of crisis in the face of increasing migratory pressures and an international scenario characterized by instability and threats.” The grave situation imposes on law enforcement a “maximum commitment” to keep the territory “under control,” it reads. (Express.co.uk)

 

 

Today Is the cat’s meow because it’s:

*Drinking Straw Day
*J.R.R. Tolkien Day
*Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day
*National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

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