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by Henderson posted Aug 25 2014 3:38PM
Finally, a challenge for a charity that hits close to home for me! This one comes to us from Boston. Wicked accent.


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by Henderson posted Aug 22 2014 6:46PM

If the image is real, it might just win best cloud-shape spotting in our book.

"This video was taken from the front steps of our house as we were shocked to see a perfect face in the clouds," claims Youtuber Jason Kohler in the video description.

The effect of seeing faces in odd places like the clouds, trees, the moon or even a piece of toast is known as pareidolia. Dr. Nouchine Hadjikhani of Harvard University says this type of perception is perfectly normal as it is part of our biological heritage. "Humans are 'pre-wired' to detect faces from birth," she told BBC News.

So next time you see a face in the gnarled roots of a tree or in the fur patterns of a cat, blame it on human evolution.

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by Henderson posted Aug 21 2014 4:50PM

As a pediatric E.R. nurse, Maricar Cabral-Osorio has to have a strong stomach, but some things are too gross even for her -- like tapeworms trying to climb out of a toilet bowl.

Cabral-Osorio saw the disgusting sight when a teenage girl arrived with a bulging stomach at the Florida hospital where she works.

At first, she and her fellow staffers thought the girl might be pregnant, but an ultrasound showed no signs of a baby.

"Something was in her intestines," Cabral-Osorio explained on an episode of "Untold Stories Of The E.R.," airing Friday on Discovery Fit & Health."

At some point, the patient went to the bathroom and started screaming.

"It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh!" Cabral-Osorio said. "It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl."

Trying to keep up the proper bedside manner, Cabral-Osorio told the patient that since the tapeworms were out of the body, she'd be just fine.

One question remained.

"We were wondering how did she get those tapeworms, and then you saw the mom turn white," Cabral-Osorio said. "The mom was apologizing to the girl. It's like 'I'm so sorry. You know, I did it just to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant."

Cabral-Osorio said the mother denied giving her daughter tapeworms per se, but admitted giving the girl pills with tapeworm eggs.

If you want to see what was wiggling around in the toilet, here is a close-up of a tapeworm:

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Location : Florida
by Henderson posted Aug 20 2014 9:40PM
by Henderson posted Aug 18 2014 4:51PM

From EW: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/08/18/hunger-games-director-francis-lawrence-mockingjay-part-1/

Over the course of two Hunger Games films, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has been unflinchingly confident. But in Mockingjay – Part 1, the teen heroine suffers a bout of age-appropriate angst as she reluctantly becomes a rebel leader.

Collins' final book presents a gritty narrative about Katniss' role in the rebellion to overthrow the Capitol, with grim scenes of wartime brutality as the teen heroine struggles with the psychological consequences wrought by violence. But, says Lawrence, the upcoming installment won't be entirely somber.

"There's definitely some battles. There's some of the first glimpses of real war in this movie. And the scale gets quite big," he reveals. "There's an atonal shift from some of the last movies, but they're still very emotional, very sweeping, [on a] grand scale with some levity and humor."

And there won't be any major changes from the novel—although Lawrence worked closely with screenwriter Peter Craig, producer Nina Jacobson, and Collins to create new elements that will "surprise even fans of the book."

"Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book," Lawrence says. "For us it's world expansion instead of changing things. I think it's exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we've been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large."

There's also the addition of cast member Julianne Moore as rebel President Alma Coin, a character whose role has been expanded for the upcoming films.

"What's interesting is although she's a huge character in Mockingjay the book, there's actually very little of her in it," notes Lawrence. "There's more of her in this than in the book and because of that, there's some development."

But one thing thing that won't change? That'd be the love triangle between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).

"With Mockingjay – Part I it's tricky because Peeta is out of reach for her," notes the director. "Obviously he becomes an objective for her, but Gale is right there, so that's always a tricky situation."

While Lawrence won't reveal how he divided the final book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy ("That's going to be one of the really good surprises," he says), he shares that the films will have "two different, very distinct stories."

"Those objectives became the motives for us," Lawrence explains. "This is where the meaning of the entire series comes into play. The answer to why these books exist exists in Mockingjay, and that's really been exciting to me. That's been kind of what I've hung on to through these stories."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is slated for release on Nov. 21, 2014.

by Henderson posted Aug 7 2014 10:17AM
I think this would have been viewed as protected speech (1st Amendment) here in the U.S., but in Scotland a man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost in a cemetery.

Anthony Stallard, 24, was seen kicking a football around with a friend in Kingston Cemetery after the pair had been drinking. He was reported to police, who detained him and charged him with using threatening or abusive words, or behaviour likely to cause distress.

Tim Concannon, prosecuting at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court, said: "While the football was going on they were shouting and this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespectful in among the graves.

"He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going 'wooooooo'. I'm assuming he was pretending to be a ghost."
Stallard had accepted at an earlier hearing that his behaviour could have been seen to cause distress to grieving relatives, and had pleaded guilty.

Denise Saunders, defending, said: "He has accepted that his behaviour, if it had been outside of a cemetery would not have been inappropriate, but inside a cemetery while people are grieving for their loved ones it might be.

"He is apologetic as demonstrated by his early guilty plea."

The court was told that Stallard had committed the offence while subject to a 12-month conditional discharge, received for a harassment charge in January.

He was also found to be breaching a suspended sentence for assault, committed in August 2013.

Ms Saunders added that Stallard had complied well with the supervision sentence and was undergoing testing for autism, which she argued could have meant he did not fully comprehend the consequences of his actions.

Stallard was fined £35 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £20 court costs.

Three additional months were added to his suspended sentence, which will now run for 15 months.

He will face a 12-week prison sentence if he commits a further offence breaching the suspended sentence.
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by Henderson posted Aug 7 2014 6:37AM
In a video that now has almost 4 million views, a farmer plays the trombone and out of nowhere his cows come running. At one point you can even hear them mimic the song.

I think cows are awesome and kinda miss Chick-fil-A, a food court staple down South.

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by Henderson posted Aug 6 2014 5:13PM
This is the red headed kid I was talking about on the air this afternoon! Fuuny stuff.

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