Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hairless hamster gets tiny sweater

When you’re chilly, you put on a sweater, right? Well, when you’re a hairless hamster, someone nice crochets one for you. Silky the hairless hamster, now a ward of the Oregon Humane Society, has a tiny white sweater to help her keep the chill off. And of course, she needed a sweater, so when OHS Animal Care Technician Selene Mejia saw Silky shivering in the corner of her cage, she decided to help out by crocheting the teeny weeny sweater. Silky’s family had to give her up and she is now being cared for by the staff at OHS in Portland, Oregon. The one-year-old hamster was born with no hair due to a genetic mutation. OHS staffer said Silky loves to cuddle and play along with the need to be kept in a heated environment, especially during the winter, and have a higher protein diet to keep her warm.” She only wears her clothes, though, for special occasions. The rest of the time she goes au naturale in her cozy, heated environment.   (UPI)

 

Woman goes to hospital with ‘kidney stones,’ comes home with baby boy

Stephanie Jaegers told her husband, Michael,  she was having abdominal pains and needed to go to the hospital. She thought the pain came from kidney stones. When they arrived at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Ga., the doctor asked if Stephanie might be pregnant. She said no, and doctors began preparing her for x-rays. But after some observations, doctors had a sudden change of plans. That’s right, she was not only was she pregnant, she was VERY pregnant. Doctors said she was at 38 weeks. At 3:50 a.m. on Wednesday, Shaun Jude Jaegers came into the world. At 7 pounds, 3 oz and 19 inches long, he appeared to be a very healthy baby. More amazing considering they had no prenatal care. So how did Stephanie make it through an entire pregnancy without ever knowing she was pregnant? She was diagnosed with pre-menopause awhile back which would justify the hormone imbalance also associated with a pregnancy. Shaun was also breech throughout the entire pregnancy which prevented him from moving around to indicate to her that he was in there and his position made it to where she didn’t “show”. The most bizarre part is she continued to have a menstrual cycle, which is rare, but can happen. Lastly, she broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago and was laid up for the last couple of weeks limiting her movements. All of this together ruled out in our minds even the remote possibility of a pregnancy.” The couple were already parents to three children — two boys ages 16 and 11, and a girl who turns 3 later this year. And when she gave birth to her daughter, doctors told her it was unlikely that she’d be able to have another child. Stephanie and Shaun left the hospital Friday morning, and Michael said they’re doing fine. A friend has established a GoFundMe page to help the family out. (KARE 11 TV)

 

Los Angeles Nightclub Will Only Admit Attractive People

Beautiful people sick of having to share the same partying space with less attractive human specimens will soon get the chance to mingle only with their own kind at a new bar that turns away ugly people. It sounds like a joke, but, sadly, it is not. The new venue is being opened by BeautifulPeople.com, an exclusive social media platform that only accepts good looking men and women. Since it launched in 2002, it has reportedly rejected over 11 million people, with only 800,000 gaining the coveted membership status.  To join the controversial website, applicants have to pass a strict rating process, where current members vote during a period of 48 hours, based on submitted photographs and a short bio. Managing director says that the new club is the materialization of the website users’ wishes. “We listen to our members and they are fed up of going out to expensive bars, hoping to meet similarly beautiful people, only to spend the night wishing that the lighting was lower,” he recently said. We are very excited about the opening of our flagship bar. We will take the same ethos into this project as we did when we launched the dating site, we are simply taking the BeautifulPeople concept into the real world.” Luckily, looking like a million bucks is apparently not the only way to gain access to this beautiful-people-only nightclub. Actually having a million bucks can get you in as well. A third option to get into this party Mecca for beautiful people is to be introduced by a membership committee of celebrity trainers, models, actors and directors. To ensure that they don’t lower the level of physical attractiveness inside the club, all staff will be recruited through the BeautifulPeople website. (Oddity Central)

 

A new study finds that millennials actually fall for online computer tech scams far more often than baby boomers

Tech support scams (ploys to trick and defraud web users) are a growing headache. Two out of three consumers online encountered some kind of tech support scam in the last year, according to a new global survey from Microsoft and Ipsos, a survey-based research group. In general, one out of five people surveyed admitted they did not immediately recognize a tech support scam when they encountered one, and continued their interaction, meaning they clicked on a link, visited a malicious website, downloaded software, gave the scammers remote access to their device, or provided credit card information or other payments to strangers. Eleven percent opted out before they lost money, while 9 percent admitted they did lose money to scammers. The survey also revealed that young people, in particular, aren’t as savvy as you might think at avoiding tech support scams — and baby boomers don’t get the credit they deserve for safely navigating these online threats. Hackers posing as tech support wreak havoc Controlling for levels of exposure, millennials fared far worse at avoiding tech support scams than their older counterparts. Among those who were exposed to tech support scams, more than a third of those between the ages of 18 and 24, and 43 percent of those ages 25 to 34, fell victim to scammers. In contrast, older customers seemed to keep their guard up. Among those ages 55 to 65, just 16 percent of those exposed to tech support scams fell victim. And in the over-65 group, 17 percent fell into the scammers’ traps. (CBS News

 

Self-driving cars won’t prevent road rage, study says

A new study (conducted by Goodyear and the London School of Economics) suggests some rogue drivers might be excited about “bullying” even autonomous vehicles. In fact, according to the study, some participants feel self-driving cars will be easier to mess with. The study surveyed nearly 12,000 participants online across 11 countries. Participants were asked to assess how comfortable they feel about the prospect of a self-driving car on the road — which this study suggests is a “social space.” The study also assessed participants’ “driver sociability” using a series of questions. Overall, drivers who are more “cooperative”on the road were less comfortable with the idea of self-driving cars according to the study. (Mashable)

 

$120K hockey stick heist caught on camera

A burglar in Canada rappelled into a sporting goods store to steal hundreds of hockey sticks worth more than $100,000. Surveillance footage shows the thief dropping into the store using a rope before heading directly for the expensive hockey gear. This is the second time the store has been targeted since opening just two months ago according to the manager. “In our first month of opening we had a break-in through the front of the store. Individuals went directly for the stick racks and chose a large bundle of high-end sticks off the rack and ran out with them.” Even though everything in the store is insured, Goyer said the burglary still hurts sales. The store manager said that he plans on beefing up the security at the store and creating “a Fort Knox of a hockey store,” in order to prevent this from happening again. The Montreal Police couldn’t provide any information due to the ongoing investigation. (CBC News)

 

General Mills announced plans Monday for limited-edition Girl Scout cookie cereal

Girl Scout cookies are coming to the breakfast table. General Mills is releasing Girl Scout cookie cereal next year. It will come in two flavors, Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch. Thin Mints are, of course, one of the 12 Girl Scout cookie flavors. Caramel Crunch is not, but both cereals will carry the Girl Scouts brand. General Mills said the cereal will go on sale in stores nationwide in January, the start of the traditional cookie-selling  season. (CNN)

 

Today Is Awesome Because It’s:

*Chucky, The Notorious Killer Doll Day  Link
*International Artists Day  Link

*Sourest Day
*World Pasta Day  Link

 

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