Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
- Yahoo News12 hrs ago
In a world where animals of all types face danger from all manner of threats, it is vital that the scientific community vow to find a way to ... OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS!
Researchers in Brazil's Baturite Mountains recently discovered a new species of prehensile-tailed porcupine that is cute enough to make your golden retreiver puppy look like a gargoyle.
According to a blog from Mongabay, "the new species was discovered when scientists noticed significant differences between it and its closest relative, the Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis)." Researchers noted differently shaped skulls and darker quills. Mongabay reports that there are more than 30 different pocupine species around the world.
Researchers believe the new species lives only in the Baturité Range in the Brazilian state of Ceara.
- Yahoo News14 hrs ago
Transportation Security Administration workers can face real danger, as was demonstrated during the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last month.
Still, confiscating a sock monkey's sidearm? Washington state resident Phyllis May told Seattle's King5.com that she was chastised by a TSA agent over the fact that her stuffed sock monkey (name: Rooster Monkburn, a takeoff on Rooster Cogburn of "True Grit" fame) carried a toy pistol.
May told King5.com that she and her husband were going through security at St. Louis International Airport when a TSA agent held up one of her bags and asked who it belonged to.
May, who sells customized sock monkeys online, told the agent it belonged to her. That's then things took a turn for the surreal.
- The Sideshow17 hrs ago
University of Oregon students could face criminal charges over a snowball fight that got out of control last week.
Part of the fight was captured on video and posted to the Web. There, it quickly went viral, racking up millions of views.
In the video, a large number of students toss snowballs at each other, clearly having a good time. Things take a turn for the unruly when a driver attempts to maneuver a car down the street where the students are gathered.
Rather than let the vehicle, reportedly driven by former professor Sherwin Simmons, pass by, the students pelted it repeatedly. In addition, one student threw a large bucket of snow on the car. When the professor got out of the car, he was pelted some more, and not in a "isn't this fun" kind of way.
According to KOMOnews.com, a spokesperson for the university Police Department said that a sergeant believes the students may have committed criminal offenses like disorderly conduct and harassment.
- The Sideshow18 hrs ago
Visit a city park, and you're likely to come face-to-cuddly-face with a slew of squirrels. One may assume that parks are their natural habitat. But that wasn't always the case, according to a study from The Journal of American History.
The study, written by University of Pennsylvania professor Etienne Benson, explains that squirrels, like a lot of city dwellers, are transplants who adapted quite well to their new environs.
Squirrels began their slow odyssey toward urbanization in the 19th century, according to Benson's research. He cites an 1856 article in the New-York Daily Times that reported on a squirrel's appearance near City Hall which drew a "crowd of hundreds."
Via the Journal of American History:
"The people who introduced squirrels and other animals to public squares and commons in Philadelphia, Boston, and New Haven sought to beautify and enliven the urban landscape at a time when American cities were growing in geographic extent, population density, and cultural diversity."
- The Sideshow3 days ago
A reasonable person may expect a Starbucks gift card with $400 on it to sell for, well, $400, perhaps even a bit less. However, when it comes to limited edition Starbucks cards, conventional thinking doesn't always apply.
Currently up for auction on eBay is a Limited Edition Starbucks 2013 Rose Metal Gold Card with $400 on it. According to the auction's description, only 1,000 of the cards were produced.
Want to own it? It'll cost you a lot more than a decaf latte. As of press time, the high bid was $1,675 with a little more than 20 hours to go before the gavel bangs.
- Yahoo News3 days ago
Saying JeeYoung Lee's artwork is unique is an incredible understatement. Lee, a recent graduate of Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, shoots photographs of sets she created that were inspired by "her heart, her memory or her dreams." The results are as beautiful as they are bizarre and well worth a look.
Lee's work is currently on display at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio, France. Fortunately you don't need to book a flight to see her work. Photography critic Choi Bong-lim says, "The chances are high that Lee Jee-young will stand as one of the most significant artists in Korean art history."
One of her works, "My Chemical Romance," inspired Bong-Iim to write, "The pattern of caution and warning with black diagonal lines against yellow is repeated, obsessive-compulsively, over the floor, walls and pipe lines; and the extreme density of the pipes and steam rising from where pipes break indicates the set of a huge machine room and yet it evokes a scene from a sci-fi or an action movie Bruce Willis might have starred in." Check that one out below.
- Yahoo News3 days ago
A 3-year-old boy with a terminal disease had a simple wish — to see snow. His mother, with some help from friends and volunteers, made it happen in spectacular fashion.
Mason Williams was born with hypoplastic left-heart syndrome, the Daily Mail reports. He requires an operation but is not yet well enough to undergo it. He is also unable to speak due to a chromosomal disorder, according to the report.
Seeking to grant one of Mason's wishes, mom Melodie, who lives with her son in the parish of Rowley Rigis in England, set out to transform her front garden into a snowy dreamland. One problem: There was no snow. With the help of local businesses, Melodie fixed that by bringing in 105 gallons of snow to surprise her son.
Melodie told the Daily Mail, "I just had to do something now in case he's not alive next time it snows. If I didn't do it now, and something happens to him, I'd never forgive myself for not making the most of the time we had."
From the looks on Mason's face, he was very pleased with his mom's handiwork.
- The Sideshow3 days ago
Here's something to help restore your faith in humanity. The Nervous Dog Coffee Shop is holding a food drive to help benefit a man who allegedly stole money from the baristas' tip jar.
News of the coffee shop's good deed was reported by WKYC in Ohio. Apparently a man (still unidentified) was caught on camera pilfering money from the employees' tip jar. But instead of going after him with the help of the police, the coffee shop workers decided to give the guy a helping hand.
Manager Scott Moses told WKYC, "He stuck his hand straight into the tip jar and took out as much as he could get and walked out like nothing happened."
But rather than automatiaclly think the guy is a heartless jerk, Moses said, "we assume that if he was desperate enough to steal tips, he's probably in desperate times."
Both coffee shop locations are taking food donations for the alleged thief and will give them to him if he comes forward, no questions asked, according to WKYC.
- Yahoo News4 days ago
Is there any way to stop Big Brother? The National Security Agency (NSA) tracks the locations of hundreds of millions of cellphones every day, according to a report from the Washington Post. Americans traveling abroad are among those tracked via a program called CO-TRAVELER.
From the Washington Post:
What's an average person with a cellphone and a desire for a small measure of privacy to do? Can steps be taken to keep the NSA from keeping tabs on the location of a person's cellphone? Yahoo News tapped several experts in the field of cyber security to help answer the question.
- The Sideshow5 days ago
Attention, Amazon.com finance department: The good folks at MusicBrainz sent you guys a cake to celebrate the third anniversary of you not paying your bill.
We first spotted the story over at Boing Boing, which reports that "MetaBrainz is a charity that oversees MusicBrainz, a free/open music metadata service" that acts as a free encyclopedia for music of all genres.
Apparently, three years ago, Amazon.com hired MusicBrainz for a roughly $20,000 project involving a live data feed. Unfortunately, invoice #144 never got paid.