*United Airlines has yet another PR nightmare on its hands. Only last month was the airline criticized and caught on camera for violently dragging Dr. David Dow down the aisle; knocking out some of his teeth, and causing him a concussion, all because of an overbooked flight. Now it appears a huge rabbit named Simon, who at 3 feet (his father Darius was 4 ft.), could have easily been on its way to becoming the largest bunny in the world, has died mysteriously while en route to its new owner. The pet’s fatal flight had originated at London’s Heathrow Airport, en route to Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
Not a good look at all, United Airlines.
The rabbit’s breeder, 65-year-old Annette Edwards, from Worcestershire is shocked at the animal’s demise, and told the media that the rabbit, who was found dead in the cargo-hold upon arrival in the states, was fine when he was boarded on the plane. Continue reading
*The Huffington Post recently ran a story outlining the six reasons to spend more time naked. “No matter your age, marital status, or gender,” they wrote, “it’s still a good idea to spend more time naked.”
Amen to that, I said, and plowed into that article.
However, although they wrote that gender wasn’t an issue, it became clear really quickly that the article was very heavily focused on women, and I felt very strongly that we can’t leave the guys out of this! So, in the spirit of community service, I’ll give you their reasons for being naked more, and give you the male “take” — or at least the straight / bi male take — on each reason. Continue reading
*I grew up in a family that was scarred by domestic abuse, so this story hit home. It also literally renewed my spirit and faith. Read it, and you’ll feel it, too.
Melisa Dohme was stabbed 32 times in the face, neck, and arms by her ex-boyfriend back in 2012. When emergency worker Cameron Hill came to her aid, she was so covered in blood that he couldn’t discern her facial features or the color of her hair.
Hill jumped into action, carrying her from an ambulance to a helicopter for the first of a series of life-saving surgeries and procedures. She survived, and ultimately made a full recovery.
Hill reconnected with Dohme 10 months later at a luncheon in her honor.
“I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme said. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”
The connection was mutual, and after four years of dating, the couple got married a few weeks ago. Continue reading
*Looks like SeaWorld’s decision to stop breeding orca whales was only the beginning of their troubles. Now they’ve got some explaining to do after an otherwise healthy, yet aged polar bear died unexpectedly — only days after its “best friend” was sent away to breed more polars.
According to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) says a polar bear named Szenja, 21, “gave up” and “died from a broken heart” within days after “Snowflake” the female polar bear that she shared a space with for 20 years, was shipped away.
Szenja was born in captivity and had lived in SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic exhibit since the 1990s. Continue reading
Sadly, Americans recycle or donate only 15% of their used clothing, the rest of which, roughly 10.5 million tons a year, ends up going into landfills and causing serious environmental issues. Many of these donated products, however, are given new life in developing nations where struggling individuals can purchase used American goods for pennies, rather than paying full price. On an international scale, more than 14.3 million tons of donated American textiles help clothe struggling families around the world.
In southern Asia, Nepal is one of these struggling nations that was hit so hard in 2015 by a massive earthquake, that they are still in need of major assistance from more developed nations.
*Have you ever caught yourself glued to your smartphone while you’re walking down the street, or into a store?
One of my kids recently told me that I need to learn how to walk and text at the same time. “You’d get more done,” she advised.
I passed on the lesson, but later learned that pedestrian injuries and deaths are up in recent years, and some have attributed that rise to the increased use of smartphones. Continue reading
Don’t shoot the messenger! Another weird snake story that just popped up out of nowhere. According to the French news agency, AFP, the family of 25-year-old Akbar became worried when he didn’t return home from a trip to harvest palm oil.
When locals got wind of this, they went to the area where the man was last suspected to be and became disturbed by what they found. The area was strewn with identifiable items belonging to Akbar.
…and a big, fat, sluggish python. Continue reading
*You’ve seen those people, usually rockers, who have those super-huge holes in their earlobes, right? Personally, I think its disgusting; but its just that, a personal preference.
I mean, its so BIG.
Which brings me to the incredible nature of this story. A woman in Portland, Ashley, was playing with her pet snake “Bart.” Actually she was trying to take a selfie with it. She was showing it off to the camera and everything. Then the most ridiculous thing happened…
The snake slithered into that big gaping hole in her ear…AND GOT STUCK! Continue reading