Lawmakers Introduce Bill Aimed At Preventing Hot Car Deaths
Three lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require car manufacturers to integrate technology capable of warning adults that there’s still a child in the backseat. U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (OH), Peter King (NY), and Jan Schakowsky (IL) introduced the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS Act of 2016). The bill would require the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles be equipped with a child safety alert system that provides an auditory and/or visual signal to the driver of the passenger motor vehicle that a child or unattended passenger remains in a rear seating position after the vehicle motor is deactivated.” The bill also instructs the Secretary to issue a report on the “feasibility of retrofitting existing passenger motor vehicles with technology to provide an alert that a child or unattended passenger remains in a rear seating position after the vehicle motor is deactivated,” no later than one year after the Act is enacted. (Consumerist)
Five Russian meteorologists had been trapped for days inside their Arctic research station by several hungry polar bears.
Russian scientists have driven away polar bears that besieged their weather station on an island in the Arctic Ocean for two weeks. A nearby ship was able to reach the island and supply the scientists with dogs and flares to scare off the bears. Five scientists based at the weather station on Troynoy island, in the Kara Sea north of Siberia, were encircled by 10 adult bears and some cubs. A female bear had taken to spending nights beneath the station’s windows, and one of two resident dogs was killed. Before the ship arrived, personnel had been advised to “use extreme caution” and to remain inside the station in all but the most serious circumstances. Meteorological work that required going outside to observation sites had been abandoned, but now has resumed. ( The Guardian )
No Time For Law, Doc Brown
A motorist driving a DeLorean car has insisted he was not trying to time travel. Nigel Mills had been accused of speeding over the ‘magic’ speed of 88mph. He was driving in the sports car, made famous as being able to time travel in the 1980s film trilogy once 88mph is reached. He was summoned to Court for allegedly breaking the speed limit but the trial was thrown out of court because the Prosecutor offered no evidence since the two police officers who caught Mills were absent. The Driver said he did not believe he was going as fast as 89mph. ‘I was being prosecuted for going 89mph in a DeLorean, [but] wasn’t something meant to happen at 88mph?’, he noted. (Daily Mail)
These Cops Don’t Clown Around
Police in west Georgia say they’ve charged two people with making false police reports after they say the pair called 911 to report that people dressed as clowns were trying to lure children into a white van. The Troup County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and found two people in a white van who ran out of gas, the Sheriff said. Deputies checked the vehicle and the surrounding woods and did not find any clown masks or costumes. TCSO investigators then made contact with the two 911 callers, who told them the story was a hoax. Both were taken into custody and will each be charged with one count of unlawful conduct during a 911 call and one count of obstruction of an officer. The last charge was added since the pair prevented TCSO deputies from performing their official duties during an investigation. (LaGrange Daily News)
Team Building Exercise?
A lot of companies use team-building activities to enhance relationships between co-workers, however one company in China seems to have gone one step too far. Male staff at the unnamed company were told to eat grapes which were hung around the breasts of their female co-workers as quickly as possible. The clip claimed that the activity was aimed to ‘improve the friendship between colleagues’. In the footage, the a few women can be seen wearing grapes around their necks which then hang on their breasts. The male employees were then given the challenge of eating the grapes without using their hands and just their mouths. It appears that whoever finished the grapes first would win the competition. (Daily Mail)
A false story sweeping the internet is also causing nervous breakdowns for astrology-lovers. The story, called ‘Don’t freak out, but your star sign has probably changed’, was posted late last week on a UK website. It says that NASA changed “the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years, meaning that a whopping 86% of us now have a different sign. If you want to get all technical about it, the reason for this radical change is down to the fact that the sky today is extremely different to how it was thousands of years ago, which makes sense.” The story was fake. (SFGate)
Holy Baked Goods!
In the central European country of Slovakia, an oven stunned villagers when it reflected an image of Jesus Christ. The image of Jesus supposedly appeared on the door of the oven located in a house. The owner of the oven shared that she was just casually baking one day when she spotted what she perceived to be the face of Jesus imprinted on the glass part of the oven’s door. The woman, who was astonished to see the image, believes that the imprint is not just a random mixture of mist, dust and fat from the oven. She also revealed that when she tried to clean the oven door, the image of Jesus Christ still remained and could not be wiped off. (Christian Today)
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