A family in Knoxville recently found more than what they were looking for during an Easter egg hunt and it certainly wasn’t pleasant. A woman who was helping her four-year-old child find the eggs, stumbled across a decomposed body underneath her deck. A family in Knoxville, Tennessee recently found more than what they were looking for during an Easter egg hunt and it certainly wasn’t pleasant. A woman who was helping her four-year-old child find the eggs, stumbled across a decomposed body underneath her deck. Police claim the remains have been in that spot for approximately 2 weeks. According to the lady who discovered the body, that time frame sounds about right. About a week prior to the finding, she had noticed a foul smell coming from somewhere on her property. For several days, she searched her yard but couldn’t determine the source of the horrible scent. She reportedly had someone cut her grass and asked that person to be on the lookout for anything unusual that could be the cause of the odor. Again, nothing was found, that is until the Easter egg hunt. The woman immediately called police after spotting the male’s body in a narrow spot about 15 to 20 feet from the outer edge of her back deck. Cops currently suspect he passed away from a medical condition, however investigators are awaiting the final results of an autopsy before positively confirming the cause of death. Law enforcement has not yet been able to identify the victim and no explanation has been offered to explain why he was under the family’s deck.
In a recent, nearly four hour long interview, Putin revealed that he truly believed Obama would save him from drowning. While it is unlikely the strained relationship between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will improve anytime soon, Putin apparently thinks the U.S. President would come to his rescue.In a recent, nearly four hour long session titled ‘Ask Putin Things’ on Russian Television, Putin surprisingly revealed he believed Obama would save his life.On the show, Putin read a question from someone asking if he thought President Obama would save him if he was drowning. The audience erupted in both laughter and applause. Once the reaction died down, Putin answered the inquiry.He remarked ‘I don't think I have a close personal relationship with Obama. I think Obama is courageous and a good person, and for sure he would save me.’ While Putin covered many topics during the marathon phone-in session, it should be pointed out, he wasn’t asked if he would return the favor and save Obama if he was the one drowning.
Lady Gaga recently took to Twitter to share her displeasure with both her appearance and discomfort after having her wisdom teeth extracted. Most people don’t feel too pleasant after a dreaded trip to the dentist. Celebrities certainly aren’t immune to the aftermath of having teeth removed.Lady Gaga recently took to Twitter to share her displeasure with both her appearance and discomfort after having her wisdom teeth extracted.She posted a selfie on the social media site, showing her looking pretty unhappy, while cuddling a stuffed monkey. A caption accompanied the photo noting ‘Chipmunk Cheeks Wisdom Teeth out before tour. I can't eat. I'm gonna put some meatballs in a blender.' The ‘Chipmunk Cheeks’ comment references what she apparently thought were swollen cheeks, but it must be mentioned, she looks like a fresh faced beauty in the photo and the swelling really can’t be noticed. Prior to posting that picture she alerted her Twitter followers that she had undergone the dental procedure and mentioned the painkiller, Percocet, implying she had received medication to cope with the pain. Despite the temporary misery, the 28-year-old singer is looking forward to next month, when she will set off on her 'ArtRave: The Artpop Ball' tour.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price for shrimp was 61 percent higher in March compared to the same time last year, reaching a 14-year high. A bacterial disease called early mortality syndrome is having devastating effects on the shrimp farms in Southeast Asia, creating supply shortages, which in turn cause the price of shrimp to rise. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the price for shrimp was 61 percent higher in March compared to the same time last year, reaching a 14-year high. The market is translating to higher prices for shrimp dishes at national chain restaurants like Noodles & Company. and the Cheesecake Factory, at a time when they usually promote seafood dishes for their Christian patrons observing Lent. A bacterial disease called early mortality syndrome is having devastating effects on the shrimp farms in Southeast Asia, creating supply shortages, which in turn cause the price of shrimp to rise. Early mortality syndrome kills approximately 90 percent of the baby shrimp that become infected. It has spread rapidly since 2009, when it was first reported in China, to several countries including Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and even Mexico. Up until last year, Thailand was the largest supplier of shrimp to the US, but after shrimp populations there became infected, exports dropped by 38 percent, so now India has taken over as the biggest exporter of shrimp to the U.S. Some restaurant chains are keeping their prices the same for now, despite the more expensive market for shrimp.
Researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island have discovered preserved biological plant material in glass that formed when an asteroid made impact with the Earth millions of years ago. Impact glass used in the study came from the Pampas region of Argentina, and the pieces reportedly have a range of ages dating under 10 million years old. Researchers from Brown University in Rhode Island have discovered preserved biological plant material in glass that formed when asteroids made impact with the Earth millions of years ago. The glass remnants from the impacts that were examined originated from the Pampas region of Argentina and the pieces reportedly have a range of ages dating under 10 million years old.Intense heat from the asteroid caused the blades of grass to be perfectly preserved and analysis of the material shows that the ancient grass has similar composition to the species that currently grown in Pampas. Professor Pete Schultz, from Brown University is quoted as saying: "It turns out the composition of the plant material is very similar to the composition of the impact glass itself. It was very rapidly transferred from one thing to the other, likely due to the rapid and high heat that boiled off that plant material and replaced it with glass." The researchers write that space collisions can destroy life on large or small scales, as well as preserving some biological evidence from the time of impact. This study might help scientists understand how to find ancient signs of life that might have been preserved by impact glass on Mars.
A mom and dad in Staten Island are outraged because someone sent their young daughter condoms. A couple in Staten Island is outraged because someone sent their young daughter condoms. The mother, Christine Angelides shared the troubling story with reporters.According to her, an Amazon box was sent to the family home, addressed specifically to her 8-year-old daughter, Gianna. Christine opened the package and found 2 brand new boxes of ‘Durex Extra Sensitive’ condoms. Christine contacted Amazon, wanting to know who the sender is. Staffers did tell her the order isn’t a mistake, however, due to legalities, the company was unable to tell her anything about the sender without a subpoena. They advised Christine to contact police. An officer initially told the concerned mom the delivery could be considered harassment and allowed her to file a report, but a short time later, they essentially closed the case without finding out who sent the disturbing package. Fortunately, Christine was able to keep the package out of Gianna’s hands before she could question what was inside. That’s probably the only bright side to the story, as the family is still in fear for their daughter’s safety. Christine has examined her own amazon account to see if someone in her house ordered the condoms, but she found no coinciding orders. The suspect behind the shipment remains unknown.
UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron was reportedly stung by a jellyfish while vacationing with his family on the Spanish island of Lanzarote. When animals get disturbed, they don't discriminate in their response. UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron was reportedly stung by a jellyfish while vacationing with his family on the Spanish island of Lanzarote.According to witnesses, Cameron went for a swim off Arrieta beach. His enjoyable downtime in the water was cut short, as he quickly ran towards the shore shouting in pain. It appeared as though he was stung in the arm, as that’s the part of his body he was continuously rubbing. Given that jellyfish have a nearly transparent body, they can be hard to spot underneath the water’s surface.If a human comes into contact with any of the tentacles, the stings can be seriously painful. One local, Wendy Lambert told reporters that one of her friends warned Cameron about there being tons of jellyfish in the water.He and his family then got out and walked up on the sand, but for whatever reason Cameron decided to brave it out and went back in the water for a solo swim. Clearly that turned out to be a poor decision because that’s when he got stung. An unidentified source who knows Cameron later said he didn’t receive medical treatment as the sting was minor.
Recently a judge in Michigan reportedly had a hard time keeping his thoughts to himself and told a woman what was really on his mind. Emotions typically run high in a courtroom. Recently a judge in Michigan reportedly had a hard time keeping his thoughts to himself and told a woman what was really on his mind. Specifically he said ‘I hope you die in prison. If this were a death penalty state, you'd be getting the chair’. [WLNS]The outburst occurred during 31-year-old Camia Gamet’s sentencing hearing.Right before Judge John McBain announced she would be spending the rest of her life behind bars for murdering her boyfriend two years ago, Gamet interrupted the victim’s aunt while she addressed the court. As she went on with the speech, Gamet cut the relative off and inquired ‘Is that it?’. During the very important and serious hearing, Gamet also chuckled and rolled her eyes. The judge absolutely exploded in anger and said she needed to close her mouth or he would have it duct taped shut. ‘You were relentless. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed. You stabbed until he was dead.' [WXYZ]Gamet’s legal team says she killed in self defense and plans on appealing the sentence.
While you count down the hours until the Easter Bunny drops off your candy, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday. "I am really special." [Bunny]"What are you doing?" [Man]"See" [Bunny]Easter is coming, and, if you’re like many people around the US, you’re anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Easter Bunny – and several pounds of chocolate and candy.While you count down the hours, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday.Number 10. Most Americans agree on how to eat a chocolate bunny. 76 percent say the proper way to do it is ears first. Number 9. Some world traditions are incredibly elaborate. In Guatemala, for example, carpets stretching up to a mile-long are made from flowers and sawdust during the weeks before Easter. On the day of the holiday, people walk on it on their way to church. Number 8. There’s an Easter egg worth over 8 million dollars. Described as a cross between a Faberge and the Damien Hirst skull, the ornament is covered with over a thousand diamonds. Nested inside is a gold egg with a rock crystal dove inside that. Number 7. The Easter Bunny has a mysterious past. Details of its emergence as a symbol of the holiday are sketchy, but according to history.com, it traveled to America with the Germans in the 1700’s. The country has long told stories about an egg-laying hare. "We'd like to apologize for the Easter Bunny." [YouTube]Number 6. The holiday brings out some people’s inner jokester. Perhaps giddy because it’s springtime, manufacturers make all sorts of goofy merchandise for Easter. Notable among the stuff is a card that features terrified eggs, a dish of colored liquid, and the caption ‘Where Eggs Come To Dye’. Number 5. Egg decorating goes back hundreds of years. History.com says that the tradition dates back to the 13th century. At the time, eggs were a mandatory Lenten sacrifice, so in preparation for the day they could once again be enjoyed, people made them extra special by embellishing them. Number 4. In Australia they have an Easter Bilby instead of a bunny. Well, at least some people are trying to make that the case. "Bilbys can be found only in Australia. They are endemic to this country. There's nothing like them anywhere else in the world." [ABC Radio Australia]Number 3. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll used to be held at the U.S. Capitol. Concerns for the preservation of the terraced lawn led to the signing of a bill that outlawed the use of the location. Number 2. A seriously large amount of candy is sold for the holiday. Annually, about 2 billion dollars worth of sweet stuff ends up in the hands, baskets, and stomachs of American consumers. Number 1. The largest egg hunt in history was held at Cypress Gardens in 2007. The Florida theme park hid over half a million eggs. Nearly 10 thousand children and their parents scoured the grounds looking for them.
Scientists have documented a new genus of insect in which the 4 species that comprise it have reversed sex organs. Scientists have documented a new genus of insect in which the 4 species that comprise it have reversed sex organs. In other words, the females have penises and the males have vaginas. The discovery came about in two phases – the study of dead specimens and the observations of live ones. Dissecting deceased examples of the insects revealed the unique distribution of sex organs.The female’s internal genitalia extends during copulation, and the male has a pouch like vagina housing a sperm duct.Like a straw, the female uses her organ to receive the sperm, not disperse it. Observations of the actual mating process showed that the insects spend quite a lot of time copulating. This surprised scientists, as it makes the insects frequently vulnerable to predators. Frequent mating does hold a distinct advantage for the females, however. The males’ sperm also provides a significant amount of nutrition. The researchers feel this could be a large motivating factor for the frequency of encounters. It could also be why that once the female starts, she’s reluctant to let go.Once mating has begun, attempts to break the female’s grasp can result in a loss of body parts for the male.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, working along with the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency sent a spacecraft called the Cassini-Huygens mission to capture images of the ringed planet Saturn. One picture, taken 1 point 3 million miles away from Saturn with a scale of 75 miles per pixel shows the effects of the notoriously strong winds that blow on the gas giant. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, working along with the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency undertook the Cassini-Huygens mission to capture images of the ringed planet Saturn.One picture, taken 1 point 3 million miles away from Saturn with a scale of 75 miles per pixel shows the effects of the notoriously strong winds that blow on the gas giant. According to NASA’s website, the strongest winds occur at the equator of Saturn and can sometimes exceed one thousand miles per hour, compared to the strongest winds on Earth, which have reportedly reached up to 246 miles an hour. Showing the sunny side of Saturn, the image was taken on December 27th of 2013, from about 51 degrees above the ring plane using a spectral filter that captures certain wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The picture shows the bands and different zones that are caused by the high speed winds, including the hexagon visible at the north pole, which was first discovered by NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 back in 1980 and ‘81. The Voyager photos showed the clouds moving in an enclosed jet stream inside the hexagon dragged by winds measuring around 250 miles per hour.
According to a team of American scientists, storms over the Pacific Ocean and the United States might be more intense because of the high levels of air pollution being put into the atmosphere from China. Using advanced computer models, the researchers found that the large amount of air pollution in Asia, made up of airborne particles called aerosols in the atmosphere, are circulated by global weather patterns. According to a team of American scientists, storms over the Pacific Ocean might be more intense because of the high levels of air pollution being put into the atmosphere from Asia, notably China, possibly leading to unstable weather patterns in the US.Using advanced computer models, the researchers found that the large amount of air pollution in Asia, made up of airborne particles called aerosols in the atmosphere, are circulated by global weather patterns. Data from the computer models shows increased precipitation and stronger Pacific storm tracks caused by manmade aerosols from Asia. Ellie Highwood, a climate physicist at the University of Reading is quoted as saying: “Mid-latitude storms develop off Asia and they track across the Pacific, coming in to the west coast of the US. The particles in this model are affecting how strong those storms are, how dense the clouds are, and how much rainfall comes out of those storms.” China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection says that 71 out of the 74 cities in China that are monitored by the government for air pollution levels failed to meet air quality standards, but there is a legislative revision under development to put regulations on industrial air pollution, and make environmental safety a higher priority. While not yet completed, it will be the first changes in environmental protection policy that China has passed since 1989.
Staffers at Yunnan Wild Animal Park recently set up a television in a panda exhibit to help the animal get over depression and boredom. For some, a good TV show can be therapeutic for a troubled mind. Staffers at Yunnan Wild Animal Park seem to think that statement is true, as they recently set up a television in a panda exhibit.The employees hope the TV will help rid boredom and cure the animal’s depression. The panda in question is named Scarlett. Two of her companions, called Macy and Qianqian previously stayed at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park after their former homes in Sichuan were destroyed by an earthquake.During their time together, the three pandas became very close. Qianqian was transported back to Sichuan in 2012 and on March 31st of this year, Scarlett’s last remaining friend Macy was taken back to her original home. Scarlett was left alone and the sadness proved to be a little too much for the panda to handle. Right after Macy left, Scarlett refused to go back to her room, wouldn’t eat and ignored the staffers’ attempts to play and engage her. That’s when the staff wondered if a TV would help to console her. They installed one and played footage of Scarlett and Macy playing together when they were younger.Scarlett is responding beautifully to it. She now sits in front of the TV and munches her food while observing the video.
Japanese brewing and distilling company Suntory recently created some very intricate ice cubes, although they really shouldn’t be called cubes. Instead, the frozen pieces are basically sculptures, produced by a 3D milling machine. It appears as though dropping a square shaped, tiny block of ice into your whiskey is getting to be pretty old school. Japanese brewing and distilling company Suntory recently created some very intricate ice cubes, although they really shouldn’t be called cubes.Instead, the frozen pieces are basically sculptures, produced by a 3D milling machine. The undoubtedly awesome ice creations were produced as part of the company’s 3D on the Rocks ad campaign. Suntory fans were asked to submit their suggestions for potential miniature ice sculptures. A few noteworthy ideas that made it into production are an astronaut, and several iconic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Kyoto’s Kinkakuji, a famed temple also referred to as the Golden Pavilion.The method behind the whiskey sculptures is rather elaborate. All the masterpieces start as typical blocks of ice. Going by 3D modeling data that is entered into a computer system, the milling machine drills into the cube layer by layer and makes intricate cuts into the frozen piece until the desired end result is reached. Depending on how you look at it, watching the delicate ice sculptures lose their form and melt away in your drink could be the best or worst part of the process.
Chimpanzees build nests made of tree branches for sleeping above the ground, and a recent study has found that they are very selective about what kinds of branches make the best beds. The study observed and documented the type of trees used to build 1,844 chimpanzee nests in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Uganda. Chimpanzees build nests made of tree branches for sleeping above the ground, and a recent study has found that they are very selective about what kinds of trees make the best beds.The study observed and documented the type of trees used to build 1,844 chimpanzee nests in the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve in Uganda. Results show that 73 point 6 percent of the nests were made of a very strong type of wood called Ugandan ironwood, but according to a survey of the region, that kind of ironwood only accounts for 9 point 6 percent of the trees in that area. Chimps build their nests up high to protect themselves from predators like lions or leopards, and the wood they use has to be durable, but still pliable enough to weave together. Study leader David Samson, an anthropologist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said: “Despite the fact it's relatively rare, they're saying seven out of ten times, 'I want to sleep in this species.’” The researchers tested 326 different branches from seven tree species found in the area where the chimps live for stiffness and bending strength.They found that the Ugandan ironwood ranked highest for both of these properties compared to other tree species.
Artists are often said to have a good eye for color and form, but a recent study says it’s really all in the brain. According to researchers, the brains of those who can draw and manipulate images are structured differently. It comes down to neural matter, and some people have more of it. Artists were found to have a greater concentration of it in the areas relating to fine motor skills and visual imagery. In establishing these results, the scientists took brain scans of 21 artists and 23 non-artists. Comparisons showed significantly more grey matter in the section of the parietal lobe called the precuneus. Said one of the study’s authors, "This region is involved in a range of functions but potentially in things that could be linked to creativity, like visual imagery - being able to manipulate visual images in your brain, combine them and deconstruct them."This isn’t to say that to have talent one needs to be born with it. The line between nature and nurture remains fuzzy, and the researchers believe that upbringing and training are also important influences on ability.To better understand the balance, more research is needed.
A man looking for a ride found one, but it didn’t turn out at all like he’d expected. A man looking for a ride found one, but it didn’t turn out at all like he’d expected.Instead of ending up on the other side of a bridge, he found himself stuck in the muddy bed of a Texas lake. Mario Ottesen said he had been waiting at a rest area near Lake Ray Hubbard. When a van with 5 men in their late teens or twenties pulled up and offered a ride over the lake, he took them up on it.Shortly after they’d started moving, the mood got a little strange and the men went silent. Suddenly, the driver slammed on the brakes, and Ottensen was grabbed and pulled out of the van. The men proceeded to punch and drag him, and ultimately threw him over the bridge. Ottensen did not land in the water, but rather found himself stuck in the mud.Remarkably, he wasn’t badly injured in the 25-foot fall. He tried to pull himself out several times, but always slid right back in. Finally, he dialed 911 and rescue teams called a hovercraft to the site to pull him out. The men in the van have not yet been located.
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Tragically, a woman was killed as she was on the phone with a 911 operator, expressing fear for her and her three children’s lives. Kristine Kirk reportedly dialed 911 after her husband, Richard Kirk started to talk about ‘the end of the world’. Tragically, a woman was killed as she was on the phone with a 911 operator, expressing fear for her and her three children’s lives. Kristine Kirk reportedly dialed 911 after her husband, Richard Kirk started to talk about ‘the end of the world’. For about 13 minutes, Kristine stayed on the line with the emergency operator. During the call, she said Richard wanted her to shoot him. She also claimed Richard may have used marijuana and it seemed as though he was hallucinating.While speaking with the dispatcher, Kristine’s husband reportedly grabbed a gun out of a safe inside the home. Kristine screamed and a shot went off. At that time, the 911 call had gone on for approximately 13 minutes and police had yet to arrive. When they finally did, Kristine was dead from a gunshot wound to the head. Richard reportedly admitted to the officers that he had indeed killed his wife. He is now being held without bail, accused of first-degree murder. Police have launched an investigation into the death and whether or not Kirk was under the influence of marijuana. They are also looking into how the 911 call was handled and the lengthy response time.