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A 40-foot-long dragon skull was found washed up on a British beach. Beachgoers in Dorset were surprised to come across a skull the size of a London bus. It suddenly appeared on Charmouth beach, part of Dorset’s Jurassic coast, famous for its dinosaur fossils.
Alas, it’s not a real dragon skull—it’s an ad from movie and TV streaming service BlinkBox, which is celebrating the arrival this week of the third season of HBO’s epic Game of Thrones on its site. It took a team of three sculptors more than two months to design, construct and paint the skull, which was dreamed up by Taylor Herring, the same PR company that built the giant Mr. Darcy earlier this summer.
The skull—perhaps the coolest Game of Thrones-related marketing since the dragon-shadow newspaper ad—was inspired by the scene in the series when Arya Stark discovers a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms.
Imagine opening your water bill to see a six-figure charge on the paper. It happened to a man in Buckeye, AZ
Jerry Bryant, who owns a home near Sun Valley Parkway and the Interstate 10, says the City of Buckeye is asking him to pay nearly $441,000. He says he got the bill while no one was staying in the home.
Over the last several months, dozens of Buckeye residents have complained of mysterious spikes in their water bills, but this one is the highest so far. The bill claims he used over 26 million gallons last month. “I may have to look for somebody to run my new marina out there. I only own an acre and a half and 26 million gallons of water, there’s got to be a lake down there someplace,” said Bryant.
The city’s mayor faces a recall effort because of a series of huge water bills to even more residents. Most of those are between $600 and $1,200. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
Bryant’s bill comes after another high one the previous month, over $3,000. He had the property checked out at the time and found no leaks. Admitting an error, the city replaced his meter and gave him a refund. Then he got this bill. He says he couldn’t believe it when he opened the envelope.
“Since I had just had triple bypass surgery, I was afraid I might have a heart attack. I never received a bill of any kind with so many numbers on it,” said Bryant.
He says he called the City of Buckeye last Monday and says so far he has not received a callback.
A California pet owner captured video of his two French bulldogs facing off against their new nemesis — a mechanical toy Yoda.
Stefan Moore posted a pair of videos to YouTube showing French bulldogs Tubbs and Crockett encountering the mechanical Star Wars toy, which speaks in Yoda’s voice and moves its body as if it were in a lightsaber battle. Video Here
This story got my interest so I checked on more Yoda VS animals. The first battle was Yoda VS puppies, so I found a battle between Yoda and a full grown bulldog. Yoda VS Roscoe the bulldog
Buckeye AZ Reindeer? Are they auditioning for Santa? Maybe not, but check this out.
A woman driving into work late at night captured video of an unusual scene — 50 to 60 deer walking down a residential street.
Jane Adams said she was headed to work at Walmart about 1:15 a.m. Sunday in the Verrado area of Buckeye when she had to stop her car because of the gathering of white-tailed deer in the middle of the road.
Adams recorded cellphone video of her encounter with the quadrupedal pedestrians.
“One started to come up to my window,” Adams said. “I wondered, ‘What the heck?'”
“There was one male and the rest were mommies and all the babies,” she said.
Adams said the encounter slowed her drive.
“I had to stay behind them and had them keep walking,” she said. “They finally took a left and got off the roadway and onto a sidewalk.”
She said she showed the video to children shopping at Walmart with their parents as evidence that “Santa Claus is in town.”
O.K., maybe they weren’t reindeer. But Christmas is near and where do deer come from in the desert?
Authorities say a man in Phoenix didn’t go to jail hungry after making a stop at a fast food restaurant as he led Arizona police on a car chase.
Police tried to arrest the man for an outstanding warrant Wednesday night and then kept tabs on him with a helicopter as he drove through parts of Phoenix and two suburbs, including his stop at an In-N-Out Burger to get food.
News video showed the truck at the fast food restaurant but no police in the immediate area.
The man then drove into a neighborhood and dashed in a backyard, where officers took him into custody.
Jail records show that the 35-year-old Joshua Adkins was booked on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement, aggravated assault-domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment.
Cops were mistaken for strippers in Germany when they arrived at a party tent in the southwestern town of Bendorf after a birthday party got a bit too loud.
They were cheered by the ladies who thought they were strippers dressed as cops. Several attempts to explain to the “approximately 10 tipsy women” that the officers were genuine law enforcement “were completely unsuccessful,” police added.
Revelers posed for pictures with the officers and female party-goers asked for hugs with the men in uniform. But the two professionals needed something for their police report — routine procedure — and asked for the birthday girl’s phone number.
“This boosted the amusement of the ladies sky high,” police said in a statement. It added that the women eventually turned down the music once they spotted the police vehicle outside the tent and realized the officers were not there to dance.
Moral of the story: When you see a cop don’t automatically assume he will strip for you.
You may be wondering if swallowing knives can be hazardous to your health. A man in India spent two months swallowing knives and had 40 of them surgically removed from his stomach, according to the doctor who led the operation. “He had a wild urge to consume metal. Even for us, the experienced surgeons, it was frightening,” Dr. Jatinder Malhotra stated. “We were so nervous… a small mistake could have taken the patient’s life. In my 20 years of practice, I have never seen anything like it.”
Malhotra said it took his team about two days to form a diagnosis and surgery plan. The five-hour operation took place in the northern Indian city of Amritsar, a Sikh holy city in the state. Malhotra said they found foldable knives, which when fully extended were about seven inches long.
“He [the patient] says he swallowed some knives folded, and some unfolded. When we took out the knives — some were found folded, some were open, and some had even started rusting and were broken,” Malhotra said. The patient, a 42-year-old father of two, said he’s feeling much better. “I’m sorry I let my family down. I’ll be forever thankful to doctors and hospital staff for saving my life,” he said.
“I don’t know why I used to swallow knives,” the patient said. “I just enjoyed its taste and I was addicted … how people get addicted to alcohol and other things, my situation was similar.” Malhotra believes the patient has a very rare mental disorder that most likely has not been published in any international medical journal. The patient won’t be discharged until he’s cleared by psychiatrists.
This proves swallowing knives is dangerous to your physical and mental health. You are welcome for this scientific information.
Life around hydrothermal vents was first discovered in 1977. Thermal Vents happen when sea water seeps down into cracks and fissures, sometimes as much as two or three miles into the earth’s crust.
As the water comes into contact with the molten magma, the sea water is superheated. The hotter sea water rises to the surface back through the fissures, carrying with it minerals leached from the crustal rock below.
This causes an accumulation of the minerals deposited by the mineral rich water into some geologically unique formations that are called chimneys. One giant chimney discovered in 1991 reached 150 feet high.
The temperature of the water coming out of the vents has been measured at the source. It varies from just 68 degrees to as much as 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The water coming out of the vents doesn’t boil. This is because of the extreme hydrostatic pressure of all the overlying water.
What surprised scientists was that there was an entire ecosystem, a community of diverse life on the bottom of the ocean that thrives on the hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas released from the vents. Some of the most impressive of the creatures that live here are giant tube-worms. In shallower waters these worms are common, growing to about the size of your hand. But down in the deep ocean these creatures thrive in this really hostile environment, growing to amazing lengths of up to eight feet long.
These tube-worms grow in large clusters around the vents and live inside hard, shell-like protective tubes that attach to the rocks. They live in a symbiotic relationship with a type of bacteria that may hold clues as to how life on earth began billions of years ago. These worms lack mouths, anuses, intestines and stomachs. Their insides are lined with bacteria that oxidize the H2S, turning it into usable nutrients for the worms. The bacteria, in turn, benefit from the relationship because the worms deliver blood-containing hemoglobin, which helps the bacteria to break down the sulfides.
Until the discovery of this bacteria, scientists didn’t believe it was possible for anything to survive in the extreme environment around deep ocean vents. This includes extreme pressure, high temperature and no sunlight. The discovery of the deep-sea thermal vents and the communities of life they support has completely changed the way we define life, perhaps going a long way to explain how life on earth first began.
Click HERE to see a remarkable video showing many of the creatures living among hydrothermal vents.
Talk about online dating gone wrong! One man who went looking for love at an online dating service took it to heart. Alexander Pieter Cirk was due to arrive back home in Holland after reportedly spending 10 days at a Chinese airport in a failed bid to meet a woman he’d fallen for on a dating app.
Apparently frustrated by the time and distance separating the couple, the 41-year-old decided to demonstrate his affection by flying around 5,000 miles to visit her. Prior to his departure, Cirk reportedly sent the 26-year-old woman a picture of his flight details.
Thousands of miles later when he landed in the Chinese city of Changsha, there was no sign of his online love. Convinced that she would eventually come for him, Cirk decided to stay at the terminal and patiently waited for her.
Photos of him lounging around and wandering through Changsha Huanghua International Airport soon began to circulate on Chinese social media. Local news reports followed. After 10 days, authorities reportedly took a frail-looking Cirk to a local hospital for treatment.
A spokesman for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Cirk had been hospitalized from three to four days. The spokesman added: “We contacted him [Cirk] and his doctor when he was in the hospital and asked if he needed our assistance but he declined the offer.” Chinese and Dutch officials declined to discuss what Cirk was treated for.
Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that a local TV channel eventually tracked down the woman. She expressed surprise that her online boyfriend had been waiting for her to show up. She confessed that she thought Cirk was joking about the trip.
She also claimed that she was scheduled to have plastic surgery and therefore hadn’t been able to respond to Cirk’s messages when he arrived in China. The woman reportedly added that she hoped to maintain her long-distance relationship with Cirk.
Another man made a fool of by a woman. When will we ever learn?
The French government recently announced the formation of a new National Guard to protect citizens facing terrorist attacks. The move follows attacks across France that killed more than 200 people since January 2015. The original French National Guard, first formed at the onset of the French Revolution,was disbanded in 1872, 144 years ago.
Calls for a National Guard arose following multiple attacks in Paris last November, which killed 130 people. These calls resurfaced after the Bastille Day attack in Nice on July 14 in which 84 people were killed by a man driving a truck.
The country experienced another high-profile terrorist attack in July when a priest had his throat slashed. This happened during a service at a church in Normandy. All the attackers pledged allegiance to ISIS, a terror organization misrepresenting Islam.
The National Guard, which is expected to become operational this fall, will be composed of volunteers from existing operating reserves. This includes the police, paramilitary police, and military. President François Holland encouraged all “patriots” to enlist in the country’s operational reserve forces. He said that 15,000 reserve forces would be available.