Category Archives: Are You Serious?

HIV is Still A Major Problem in the South – Why is That?

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*(Via The Conversation) – Increased funding, targeted prevention efforts and better treatment have helped to slow down the HIV epidemic in the United States. The number of new HIV-positive cases has decreased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the number of new HIV diagnoses declining by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.

This is not the case in many parts of the country, however. As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.

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UNCG College Student Discovers Man Is Living In Her Closet

Life often imitates art, but one student attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro didn’t expect her life to turn into a horror movie. Just as movie attendees have been shocked for decades, Maddie was stunned to find a 30-year-old man inside the closet of her off-campus apartment. Continue reading

Terror You Can See: Big Cat (A Leopard) Attacks & Injures Indian Villagers – WATCH!

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*You can give thanks you’re not one of the people in an Indian village that has to deal with a pissed off Leopard that showed up and wrecking havoc, to say the least.

The animal strayed into a residential area in northern India on Thursday and injured at least six people before it was locked inside a room, a forest ranger said.

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Tom Brokaw Apology Not Accepted After Putting Foot in Mouth When Commenting on Hispanics – WATCH

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*If you haven’t heard, veteran NBC news man Tom Brokaw is sitting in some deeeeep hot water today because of the comments he made Sunday on “Meet the Press.” 

Brokaw, 78, has already apologized for saying that Hispanic immigrants need to do a better job of assimilating to the United States and teaching their children to speak English, but as you may have already guessed (our headline’s a good clue), Hispanic groups, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists/NAHJis not satisfied and is not having it, according to Richard Prince’s Journal-isms blog.  

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12-year-old Honor Student Suspended! Christian Philon Unknowingly Used Counterfeit Money to Pay for Lunch

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*We can only shake our collective heads at what’s happening to a straight-A honor student who is facing a possible 10-day in-school suspension all because he unknowingly used counterfeit money to purchase his lunch.

The school is even considering this punishment in spite of the student’s parents filing a police report regarding the counterfeit $20 bill. 

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Texas Politicians Resign Amid Accusations of Using City Money to See Michelle Obama

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*You could argue that this is a case of taking fandom too far. So far that it got a pair of Texas politicians in hot water that they had to resign. What did they do?  They allegedly misused public funds to attend an event on Michelle Obama’s book tour.

As a result, Forest Hill, Texas, Mayor Lyndia Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Beckie Hayes submitted their resignations on Wednesday, ahead of a public hearing over alleged misconduct and expenses related to the former first lady’s book tour event in Dallas last year.

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Payless Shoes Tries Unique Marketing Campaign Through Pop-Up Store

Was this marketing prank brilliant or a bust?

Discount shoe retailer, Payless Shoesource, tricked high-class shoppers during the first weekend of December. By opening the fake luxury store, Palessi, fashionistas were willing to spend hundreds of dollars on shoes that cost as little as $20 in some cases.

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First Time Hang Glider Hangs On By His Fingertips Through Potentially Fatal Error

Vacations are the perfect times to try new things you’re unable to do at home. Like, last year, 8.3 million people tried snorkeling in the United States, which isn’t exactly readily available in, say, Oklahoma.

One man, on the first day of his Switzerland vacation with his wife was trying hang gliding for the first time and something went terribly wrong. Fear is an odd thing. We mentioned snorkeling and many people are terrified of the ocean depths. Last year, 127.6 million people went to the dentist and a vast percentage of them are terrified of that. Fear of heights is quite common and our hang gliding hero is about the bravest person to stare death in the face from hundreds of feet off the ground.

His name is Chris Gursky and while getting set up to go tandem hang gliding along with a professional, the instructor forgot to attach Gursky’s safety harness to the hang glider. Gursky, a literal first timer, doesn’t notice this. That is, until they jump off the cliff and he quickly grabs onto the instructor before they plummet, gliding hundreds of feet off the ground.

These tourist hang gliding companies have cameras attached to the gliders and you can watch all two minutes and fourteen seconds of Gursky hanging on for his life as the pilot maneuvered an emergency landing. Those, we can imagine, were the longest two minutes of his life. Perhaps both of their lives.

?I ended up holding on the bar with the left hand and the lower part of his leg with the right when we were nearing the ground. I looked down to see my feet hit first, which ripped me off at about 45 mph as it was a hot landing and I was under the landing gear,” Gursky said.

He made the footage into a video cleverly titled Swiss Mishap, in which he makes fairly humorous commentary considering the circumstances. From the impact of landing, he tore a bicep and broke his wrist, which needed surgery, complete with a titanium plate being inserted. A much more desirable outcome than others we’d rather not think about.

The nausea-inducing video is more than enough for us. Gursky is in good spirits and says he’ll absolutely try hang gliding again. What’s more? He bears the instructor no ill will and is impressed with how he handled an emergency situation. Personally, we’re impressed with how calm Gursky is through all of this because we’re getting sweaty palms just thinking about it.