Fat To Chew On 8-8-17
Written by Rick Rizer on August 8, 2017
Airbnb said it is permanently deactivating the accounts of people who are attempting to use the website’s service to find lodging to attend an upcoming white supremacist rally in Virginia. The online booking service said it believes that people planning to attend the “Unite the Right” rally on August 12th, which is featuring a variety of white supremacist online personalities, are violating the company’s terms and conditions, which all members sign when they create an account. The company also said it runs background checks on members to determine who engages in behavior it deems inappropriate. Rally attendees expressed their anger at the company’s decision on social media. Rally organizer Jason Kessler, called for a boycott of Airbnb because “we are having our civil rights violated.”
The American Astronomical Society is warning that fake solar eclipse-viewing glasses are being sold ahead of the August 21st event. The society said not all glasses available for purchase meet international safety standards for directly viewing the sun. In the past, the AAS has warned people to make sure glasses have “ISO 12312-2” printed on them. “But now the marketplace is being flooded by counterfeit eclipse glasses that are labeled as if they’re ISO-compliant when in fact they are not,” the AAS said. “Even more unfortunately, unscrupulous vendors can grab the ISO logo off the internet and put it on their products and packaging even if their eclipse glasses or viewers haven’t been properly tested.” The AAS offered up a list of reputable brands and companies that sell glasses that are compliant with safety standards. NASA also says glasses older than three years or that have scratches are not safe.
Nearly 16 years after two hijacked jetliners flew into the World Trade Center’s twin towers, the New York City medical examiner on Monday announced it identified the remains of a 9/11 victim. The office said it now knows the name of the 1,641st victim to be identified of the 2,753 killed at the towers. It’s been two years since the last victim was identified. The man’s name was being withheld upon request from his family. The medical examiner’s office identified the remains through DNA testing. About 1,112 people – 40% of the people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks remain unidentified. There are more than 21,900 pieces of remains yet unidentified. Investigators started using new, more successful DNA technology earlier this year to identify them.
A prosecutor says a popping sound thwarted a Pennsylvania man’s attempt to cheat on a court-ordered drug test. The Monroe County district attorney says the popping noise was from 21-year-old Daryl Anthony Koger using safety scissors to cut open a condom he had filled with clean urine. Authorities say Koger sneaked the urine-filled condom into the probation office on July 31st so he could submit the clean sample and pass a court-ordered drug test. Officials say they found the broken condom and scissors when they searched Koger after hearing the popping sound while he was supposed to be urinating in a sample cup. Koger was charged with furnishing drug-free urine and possessing an instrument of crime – the scissors.
A 10-year-old who reeled in a giant carp says he knew it was a record contender before he ever got it ashore. Chase Stokes’ fish did indeed set a state record in Vermont – weighing in at 33.25 pounds. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department made the record official last month. The fish was a quarter-pound bigger than the previous record holder. Stokes, now 11, said he likes fish for carp because they’re “hard to find.” Shawn Good from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department called the boy a “fishing maniac.” He said Stokes has landed the most trophy fish in Vermont’s Master Angler Program.
A raccoon in search of a quick peanut butter snack had to be rescued after its head became stuck in a plastic jar. Wildlife In Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation shared video captured by Cathy St. Pierre as she and her husband Bobby Horvath worked to free the trapped raccoon. “This young raccoon thought peanut butter would be yummy!” St. Pierre said. “Well he got his head stuck.” Video showed the distressed raccoon wandering a backyard with its head securely trapped inside the jar, which St. Pierre said remained stuck for several hours. The couple, who are both wildlife rehabilitators, eventually managed to get a hold of a raccoon and covered it in a towel before pouring cooking oil on its neck to gently twist the jar off its head. Horvath said the raccoon appeared healthy and quickly scampered away after being freed from the jar.
A large pig halted traffic on a Washington highway after escaping a truck headed for auction. Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson shared a photo of the pig walking along I-5 in Federal Way on Saturday morning. Johnson said the pig was loose on the highway until good Samaritans and other troopers helped guide it to the shoulder of the road. After about an hour, police reported the pig’s owner realized the pig had escaped and returned to put it back in the trailer. “So…the pig jumped out of his trailer on I-5 on the way to the auction,” Johnson said. “Owner returned and put him back in trailer.” Johnson said the pig was OK following the escape, but was “not happy” to be back in the trailer.
A Japanese pharmaceutical company has introduced a large, pink, penguin-like character as a mascot for its enemas. Tokyo-based Ichijiku Pharmaceutical Co. introduced its new mascot Kan-chan, that resembles a giant home enema kit with blushing cheeks, yellow feet and a smiling beak. “I’m planning to go to many places in the future,” Kan-chan said in the introductory tweet. Kan-chan’s name is derived from the “kancho,” the Japanese word for enema. Ichijiku Pharmaceutical held a contest to select its new mascot, and selected Kan-Chan due to its cute face and resemblance to the company’s products. The company claims that Kan-Chan is just a penguin and the enema-like cap on her head is merely a hair accessory. In addition to the mascot costume, Kan-Chan’s likeness appears in promotional cartoons and as a plush toy.
A Florida woman says her high school ring “keeps coming back to me.” Shannon Forester, who lives near Pensacola, first lost her class ring when she had a car wreck shortly after graduating from Pace High school in 1979. Her father, who was a sheriff’s deputy, found the ring at a pawn shop. The second time she lost it, Forester was stationed at the Navy Reserve Center in Hancock, Wisconsin. Somehow, the ring made its way to a kitchen drawer in a house some 30 miles away in Custer. That’s where Nicki Hintz found the ring with a large safety pin attached while cleaning her father’s home after his death last month. Her aunts told her they thought her father found the ring after moving into the house several years ago and kept it in hopes of finding the owner. Hintz posted about the ring on Facebook and it somehow made it to the Pace High School alumnae site, where it caught the attention of Forester’s sister. Hintz said finding the ring’s owner has brought some happiness in a time of sorrow while cleaning out her dad’s belongings. She put the ring in the mail last week. “I don’t go on Facebook, but somehow in a very circuitous route the ring has made its way back to me,” Forester said.
Actor Jason Alexander called out an eerily familiar-looking mannequin he spotted in a shop window. The former “Seinfeld” star shared a photo of a balding mannequin dressed in white briefs and a tank top that looked suspiciously like himself. “Don’t know who made these mannequins. But if anyone puts glasses on the one 2nd from the left, there will be a lawsuit,” Alexander wrote. The mannequin’s white undergarments conjured up images of a “Seinfeld” episode in which Alexander’s character, George Costanza, posed for a photoshoot wearing nothing but white underwear and black socks. One Twitter user responded to Alexander’s post with a photo of what appears to be the same mannequin in England, wearing glasses and a plaid shirt.
The town of Hamburg, New York has launched a campaign to rejuvenate an old water tower by painting it like a hamburger. Resident Chris Hannotte has petitioned the Hamburg New York Town board to take advantage of the “unique” opportunity to transform the town’s water tower into a massive hamburger. “Our town’s name closely resembles the classic American food, as well as a water tower which is shaped similarly,” Hannotte wrote. “I would like to propose that we re-paint this piece of our town’s history to look like a hamburger.” Hamburg prides itself as the birthplace of the first hamburger, in 1885, a claim the town celebrates every July in an event known as Burgerfest. Councilman Thomas Best Jr. plans to hold fundraisers and secure grants to makeover the water tower without the use of taxpayer money. She has also invited several artists to pitch their potential ideas for the water tower’s new design.