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August 3, 2015 at 12:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Tybee Island’ lost atom bomb: “In Georgia, off the coast of beautiful Tybee Island, experts are convinced swimmers should be very worried. Somewhere near the holiday hotspot frequented by Americans in the warmer months is a broken arrow, an undetonated nuclear weapon. The US military declared the bomb, believed to contain more than 180kg of explosives, “irretrievably lost” in 1958. It hasn’t been seen since. The Mark 15 bomb was dropped into the sea off Tybee Island near Savannah, Georgia, during the early morning hours of February 5, 1958. The mishap that would make Tybee Island famous took place during a practice exercise when two fighter planes collided. One of the planes was carrying the warhead, but dropped it shortly after the collision because the pilot, Howard Richardson, was afraid it would detonate upon landing. He likely saved his crew and was rewarded with a bravery medal for his efforts. Searches took place in the months that followed, led by the now infamous Tybee Island Bomb Squad, but were unsuccessful.”

Father who shot down drone hovering over his house as his daughters sunbathed is arrested: “A father has been arrested after shooting down an $1,800 drone that was reportedly hovering over his two sunbathing daughters. William H. Merideth, 47, from Kentucky was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree wanton endangerment. ‘Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth told WDRD. ‘And they come in and said, “Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.” Mr Merideth said: ‘Within a minute or so, here it came. It was hovering over top of my property, and I shot it out of the sky. I didn’t shoot across the road, I didn’t shoot across my neighbor’s fences, I shot directly into the air.’ The police arrested him soon afterwards. [A lot of people are going to say he did no wrong]

The man with the memory: “On July 9, 1995, New Yorker Joey DeGrandis visited the Shedd Aquarium while on a family vacation to Chicago. The day itself holds no great importance in the scheme of things, but it is burnt into his memory down to the minutest detail. However, it’s not just this event that he can vividly recall; the 30-year-old can remember almost every single day of his life since he was 10. Mr DeGrandis is among 60 other people in the world to be diagnosed with hyperthymesia — the condition of possessing an extremely detailed autobiographical memory. While the unique talent doesn’t allow Mr DeGrandis to recall every second of every day, it does mean he can pinpoint more experiences than most. “I go directly to a moment — or a date — and then zoom out from there,” he told NY Mag. Mr DeGrandis said the hardest part of his talent is the fact he can’t pick and choose when it works. This means if something reminds him of a particular bad memory, he is taken back to that point in time regardless if he wants to or not.”

Rare opal: “About the size of a thumb, an opal worth more than $1 million has been regarded as the finest opal ever unearthed. The Virgin Rainbow is the centrepiece of an exhibition of opals from around the world set to go on display at the South Australian Museum. It is just over six centimetres long, weighs 72 carats and features brilliant colours, from orange through to violet. The stone was found in 2003 at Coober Pedy, in South Australia’s mid-north, a region which produces about 90 per cent of the world’s opals. The Virgin Rainbow will be the centrepiece of an exhibition of opals from around the world set to go on display at the South Australia Museum in late September. South Australia’s inland sea acted as a breeding ground for plesiosaurs a species of marine dinosaur that frequented the region. As plesiosaurs died their bodies sank to the bottom of the sea with some of their skeletons eventually becoming opalised fossils. The first gems from SA were mined in 1914 with centres such as Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Mintabie remaining opal mining hubs to the present day.”

Unusual mobile home: “A Colorado-based designer has taken on a mammoth a task and built a whimsical tiny house that is only 26 feet long and eight feet wide – yet comfortably fits a family of four. Tiny house designer Greg Parham, who built the home for a family of four in Indiana, was inspired by The Pequod, the fictitious whaling ship from Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, and the unique structure even features a series of solid brass antique porthole windows that fit perfectly with its nautical theme. In order to accommodate four people, Greg designed the layout to include two lofted bedrooms that are connected by a plexiglass catwalk. And even though it makes it slightly more difficult to tow, he chose to use a drop axle trailer because it allowed an extra four inches to be added to the lofts’ ceiling, making the portable home 13-and-a-half-feet tall. The home also features a wavy burgundy-colored metal roof that maximizes the height of the lofts while lowering the ceiling in other areas of the home.”

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