Tuesday, May 2, 2017

United cremated giant bunny without her permission, breeder says

The owner of the giant rabbit who died in the care of United Airlines last Tuesday says the scandal-scarred airline cremated her bunny’s remains so she would never know the truth about how it died. “The whole thing stinks of a cover-up,” breeder Annette Edwards said. “I had been asking United over and over again for his body so that I can have him examined here in Britain but they never got back to me. All I want to know is how he died.” She was flying the 3-foot-long Continental Giant rabbit, dubbed Simon, from London to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to deliver him to his new owner in the US when he inexplicably kicked the bucket. United claimed the rabbit was alive when it was taken out of the cargo section of a Boeing 767. The airline’s CEO, Oscar Munoz, tried to apologize after the rabbit’s death, but drew fire for likening the pet to misplaced bags.

United, which has been fending off PR nightmares left and right in recent weeks, told Edwards on Friday there could be no autopsy because the animal had been incinerated, the Sun reported. A source told the outlet that bumbling Chicago airport workers killed the bunny by mistakenly leaving it in a freezer overnight. But United claimed in a statement Sunday that no such thing had ever happened. “The assertion that Simon died in a freezer is completely false,” the airline said. “Simon was cared for at the PetSafe kennel facility which is kept at room temperature (on average 70°F). He arrived at Chicago O’Hare airport in apparent good condition at 10:25 am (local time). He was seen by a representative of the kennel facility moving about within his crate about 11:00am. Shortly thereafter, a kennel representative noticed Simon was motionless and determined that he passed away.” (The Sun)


‘Mr. Gorilla’ crawls through London Marathon for charity

A British man dressed in a gorilla costume raised more than 20,000 pounds for an animal charity by crawling the London Marathon route. Tom Harrison, who adopted the monicker “Mr. Gorilla,” completed the 26.2 mile route on Saturday after crawling on his hands and knees for six-and-a-half days to raise 26,000 pounds ($33,675) for The Gorilla Organization. Beginning April 22, Harrison crawled along the streets of London in his gorilla suit for 10 to 12 hours a day until he reached the finish line. Harrison’s journey ended at Buckingham palace where conservationist Bill Oddie presented him with a medal as he joined his two sons Nicholas, 6, and Alex, 4, who were also dressed as gorillas. His original plan was to raise 1,500 pounds ($2,000) for the group dedicated to protecting endangered gorillas in their native habitat, but news of his efforts spread and he raised more than 10 times his original goal. (ITV)


‘Overly obese’ body starts funeral home fire

A crematorium caught fire while burning the remains of an “overly obese” body which started a “grease fire”. Hillside Chapel Crematory owner Don Catchen from Cincinnati, Ohio said the “freak accident” took staff two hours to extinguish. “My operator was in the process of cremating remains and (the body) was overly obese and apparently it got a little hotter than the unit is supposed to get,” Catchen said. Cincinnati Fire Chief Michael Washington said the fire started with a business-as-usual cremation. When fat in the body burned at a higher temperature than usual, the too-hot flames spread to nearby containers and parts of the surrounding room, he said. “We believe there were some combustible storage boxes that were too close to the ovens,” Washington said. “The containers that we use — that we have to place the remains in to cremate them — that’s the only thing that’s burnt,” he said. Fortunately, crematoriums are highly fireproof; no other bodies or parts of the building were damaged by the fire, Catchen said.  (WCPO TV)


Police outraged after restaurant employees sing “F— The Police”

A police union’s Facebook post claiming officers were treated disrespectfully at a North Carolina BBQ joint has gone viral. The Raleigh Police Protective Association on Friday accused workers at a Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q in Garner of singing N.W.A.’s song “F— Tha Police” to the officers as they were having a meal. The post went viral and has been shared more than 2,000 times, the station reported. The post sparked comments online calling for a boycott of the restaurant. “THANK YOU Smithfields Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang “F- the police” as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant,” the union’s Facebook post union president Matthew Cooper wrote Friday on Facebook. “The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?” He said the police association spoke to the owner of the restaurant, David Harris, and accepted his apology. (ABC 11 TV)


Turkey Expels 3,900 Officials in Second Post-Referendum Purge

Over the weekend, the Turkish government told nearly 4,000 public workers they were out of a job, claiming the people had potential terrorist ties and were a national security threat. Last year, part of Turkey’s military tried – and failed – to overthrow the government. Ever since, Turkey’s President Erdogan has been on a power-grabbing spree. More than 100,000 people (including teachers, journalists, military members) have been arrested or kicked out of their jobs for alleged anti-government ties. Then last month, Turks voted to change the constitution to give way more power to the president. Now, Erdogan’s celebrating that win with another round of crackdowns. The government also shut down access to Wikipedia, saying it is a national security threat. (NBC News)


Trump’s tweets are cooling down — and their impact is fading a bit

Donald Trump’s tweets aren’t having the impact they once did. According to a new report (from digital agency Huge) the number of engagements — that’s replies, retweets, likes — per tweet has dropped 66 percent in the three months since he took office. The number of likes per tweet has seen a 72 percent drop. (CNBC)


Tubular reasons that make Two for Tuesdays much more fun:

*National Teacher Day (First Tuesday of the First Full Week)
*Roberts Rule of Order Day
*Childhood Depression Awareness Day (First Tuesday)
*World Asthma Day (First Tuesday)

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