Sunday, April 7, 2019

April 07, 2019

Man Claims Supervisor Bullied Him by Constantly Farting at Him

fart, farting

An Australian man who claimed his supervisor bullied him by farting at him several times a day has lost a multi-million dollar compensation claim.

David Hingst demanded his former employer, Construction Engineering, pay out $1.8million AUS (£980,000) in damages.

The engineer alleged that his former supervisor, Greg Short, repeatedly broke wind inside their windowless communal office, forcing him to move to a new office space.

The situation continued, however, as Mr Short would enter his new office and fart in his presence.

“He would fart behind me and walk away. He would do this five or six times a day,” Mr Hingst said.

“He thrusted his bum at me while he was at work.”

He claimed Mr Short's actions were intended to get rid of him, and said he suffered psychological damage.

court of appeal

A court previously heard that the claimant had called his boss 'Mr Stinky' and sprayed deodorant at him.

The state of Victoria's Court of Appeal upheld a previous ruling against the plaintiff and said that breaking wind at colleagues did not necessarily amount to bullying.

Mr Hingst claimed that his employer had bullied him by firing him in 2009, but the firm said the global economic downturn that year was responsible for the termination his employment.

The former engineer says he will now appeal the ruling to Australia's High Court.

By Neil Murphy, Mirror

Friday, April 5, 2019

April 05, 2019

Meet Yeon-woo Jhi, a South Korean Muscle Barbie

Yeon-woo Jhi

Yeon-woo Jhi is an IFBB Pro female bodybuilder with multiple major titles under her belt. The contrast between her cute, feminine face and impressively muscular body have also made her somewhat of an internet celebrity and earned her the nickname “Muscle Barbie”.

Looking at 34-year old Yeon-woo Jhi, it’s hard to imagine that she was once a skinny, frail girl suffering from panic disorder and struggling to overcome social phobia. But everything changed 14 years ago when she started going to a gym near her house, hoping to get stronger. She just wanted to stop feeling weak and never imagined that she would one day compete in major bodybuilding competitions, but as her strength and stamina increased, she got more passionate about fitness and eventually decided to show off her toned up physique on stage. Jhi won the first bodybuilding competition she ever entered, and that only inspired her to work harder. She went on to win the Arnold Classic Europe Amateur in 2013, and became a pro in 2015.

Yeon-woo Jhi

Yeon-woo Jhi has been competing in bodybuilding events for nearly a decade, but it was only a couple of years ago that she became a mainstream online celebrity. Photos of the muscular beauty went viral online and people just couldn’t get over the contrast between her cute, doll-like face and her brawny body.

“I started lifting weights 12 years ago. At first, it was just a simple hobby, but in 2010, I was challenged to participate in the Korean National Bodybuilding Competition. I placed first, so I continued to compete,” Yeon-woo Jhi said in a 2017 interview with Oxygen Magazine. “I was very skinny and weak before I started working out, but I really wanted to have big muscles.”

Yeon-woo Jhi’s unique look has made her very popular on Instagram, where she currently has over 130,000 followers and earned her TV appearances in her native South Korea.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019

A Friend Took A Photo Of Her Spreading Her Dog’s Ashes- And It Caught

dog spirit

This just gave me chills all over.

When Ashley Lang reached the park to spread her beloved dog’s ashes, little did she know the universe was going to give her a special sign to remember her dog by.

Ashley, who lives in Chicago, had lost her beloved Golden Retriever and best friend, Wagner, when he was 12-years-old. She wanted to do something special for him, so she decided to spread his ashes in his favorite dog park.

Ashley reached the park and began spreading Wagner’s ashes. Her friend was taking photos of this moment when she noticed something incredible. One of the photos had captured what looked like a white silhouette of her dog.


“It’s pretty remarkable…the tail and the legs and he looks like he’s, you know, leaping to go up,” Lang told CBS Chicago. “Everyone keeps calling him the angel dog.”

All dogs are angels, and Wagner just gave Ashley proof that he was one too. We hope she frames this photo and keeps it for life, because it truly is something special.

By Oh My Pup
March 21, 2019

Woman Gets 20 Boyfriends To Buy Her Iphones, Then Sells Them To Buy A House

iphone, gold digger

One crafty female from China has performed the ultimate hustle to raise funds for a home deposit. The scheme involved a lady convincing her 20 boyfriends to buy her 20 new iPhone 7s, which she then sold for enough money to put a down payment on a house. Using the pseudonym Proud Qiaoba, a blogger gave a detailed description of how the hustle was performed by a colleague of hers, dubbed Xiaoli.

While the legitimacy of the story might sound dubious at first, the BBC reported it has been able to authenticate the claims.

Proud Qiaoba said she was utterly surprised when Xiaoli revealed she sold 20 iPhones to a mobile phone recycling plant for $A23,200 ($17,815) and then used that money for her house deposit.

“Everyone in the office is talking about this now,” Proud Qiaoba wrote in her blog, reports the BBC.

“Who knows what her boyfriends think now this news has become public.”

Proud Qiaoba said Xiaoli did not come from a wealthy family, so she had to think outside the box to raise the funds for a home.

“Her parents are getting old and she might be under a lot of pressure hoping to buy them a house,” she wrote.

“But it’s still unbelievable that she could use this method.”

house for sale

Making the feat even more impressive is the fact the iPhone 7 was only launched on Sept. 17 this year, which means Xiaoli hustled quickly.

Following the story, users on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo have been expressing admiration for the smart cookie.

“I can’t even find one boyfriend. She can actually find 20 boyfriends at the same time and even get them to buy her an iPhone 7. Just want to ask her to teach me such skills,” wrote one user.

However, not all agree, with other users labeling her “shameless.”

It’s more than likely Xiaoli is not too bothered by the negative comments as she is busy moving into her new pad and juggling a roster of 20 boyfriends.

By Matthew Dunn,

Thursday, March 7, 2019

March 07, 2019

Guy Who Always Forgot His ID Card Has It Tattooed on Forearm

Nguyen Van Thien Dai

A young man from Vietnam allegedly had his ID card tattooed on his arm, because he always forgot it when going out drinking with his friends and couldn’t prove he was old enough to buy alcohol.

Photos of what looked like an ID card tattooed on someone’s forearm went viral on Vietnamese social media. The person who posted it claimed that a friend of theirs had had it done after becoming exasperated with failing ID checks at nightclubs. He almost always forgot his national identity card at home and couldn’t prove he was old enough to drink. To make sure he never got kicked out of nightclubs again, he decided to have his ID card tattooed on his forearm.

“The story is that my friend, who resides in Ho Chi Minh City likes to go out drinking with friends, but every time they are subject to administrative inspection. He often failed to prove his identity because he didn’t have his ID card on him, so he got kicked out. Exasperated, today he went to a tattoo shop to have it inked on his arm,” the person who posted the photos online wrote, according to Tinmoi.

People started sharing the photos on social media and they quickly went viral. People’s reactions were generally negative, with some claiming that such tattoos were somewhat ridiculous, and others saying that it was the ugliest, most stupid tattoo they had ever seen.

Personally, the first time I saw the photos, I was convinced the tattoo was fake, but then I did a bit more research and found an article quoting the tattoo artist who inked the tattoo. Apparently, he has been doing tattoos for a long time, but this was the first time someone asked him to tattoo their ID card.

Nguyen Van Thien Dai

The artist, Nguyen Van Thien Dai, added that he was quite surprised by the request, and advised the client against going ahead with his plan, but he insisted so he eventually gave in. The tattoo reportedly took an hour to complete.

A number of social media users bashed Mr Nguyen for the poor quality of the tattoo, and the artist admitted that it wasn’t his best work yet, explaining that he had done it freehand, so the lines aren’t exactly straight and the writing is skewed.

As for the practicality of getting your ID card tattooed on your arm to pass ID checks at bars and nightclubs, I’m not sure it’ll help…

By Oddity Central

Monday, March 4, 2019

March 04, 2019

Flat Earther Accidentally Prove That The Earth Has Curve

flat earth, flatearther

The Flat Earth movement is one that continues to astound everyone as they brazenly deny scientific proof with no tangible evidence of their own.

The latest embarrassment within the ranks comes courtesy of the documentary Behind The Curve which recently began streaming on Netflix. During the latter scenes of the film, a bunch of Flat Earthers set up an experiment that they claim will once again prove that the Earth is flat.

The science is pretty legitimate – they argue that if they line up a set of holes over a long distance and then shine a light through each of them, that if the Earth is flat then the light will be able to be seen through each of the holes. In what can only be described as a complete and utter joke, the guy behind the final hole has to hold the light way above his head in order for them to see it from the first one because – you guessed it – the Earth is flat.

After that the movie literally fades out with Flat Earther Jeran Campanella saying something like ‘that’s interesting – very interesting’ – sure he’ll figure out some bogus theory to explain it though sooner rather than later. 

Check out the footage below:

Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 03, 2019

Tai Chi Master ‘Who Can’t Be Hit’ Takes On MMA Fighter In Epic Fight

Tai Chi, MMA, Wei Lei

In modern society Tai Chi is promoted as a relaxing pastime, but as an ancient martial art can the discipline compare to modern combat sports?

To draw a definitive comparison self-proclaimed Tai Chi master Wei Lei went toe-to-toe with Chinese MMA fighter/coach Xu Xiaodong.

So how did the flowing movements stack up against raw punching power? You be the judge…

Well that was pretty conclusive.

Yes, as reported by the Daily Mail, Wei and his ‘thunder-style’ martial arts were entirely undone by a stumble.

One false step and he was on the floor with Xiaodong raining down hammer blows almost begrudgingly.

Wei commented to Legal Evening News after the fight:

He didn’t hit me when I was standing. I only got hit when I fell on the floor, and I didn’t get hurt.

Some might argue the MMA fighter’s superior footing and higher aggression exposed his opponent’s lack of stability, Wei probably isn’t one of those people.

Xiaodong, AKA ‘Mad Man’, looks set to continue his crusade against traditional martial arts with this victory certainly lending weight to the idea that MMA is more effective in modern combat.

What do you guys think?

March 03, 2019

Flat Earthers Accidentally Prove That The Earth Is Round On Netflix Documentary

flat earther, flat earth

Flat Earthers believe that the world is a giant flat disc ringed by an ice wall.

They dismiss all those models of a round Earth that perfectly explain seasons, eclipses, sunrises and sunsets.

One group so sure that this was a global conspiracy even went to the great length of making a documentary on it, only to disprove their own theory.

At the end of the documentary now streaming on Netflix, Jeran Campanella, who co-hosts a flat-earther YouTube channel, conducted an experiment with a torch.

Documentarian Daniel J. Clark interviews flat earthers and lets them tell their version of reality — but also speaks to astrophysicists and psychologists who efficiently debunk their beliefs and explain how people might have come to hold them.

Twice in Behind the Curve, experiments show the opposite of what Flat Earth advocates hope to demonstrate, with one experiment, involving a flashlight, serving as the ending.

March 03, 2019

Town Officials Seize Family Dog in Germany Over Unpaid Taxes, Sell it on eBay

pub, dog

Municipality officials in a town in Germany have seized a family's dog over their unpaid taxes owed to the city and have sold the animal on an online shopping platform, media reports said Thursday.

According to German media, officials in Ahlen in North Rhine-Westphalia seized the dog, a pug named Edda, as the most valuable item in the house, the BCC reported.

The dog was sold via eBay in December to a woman named Michaela Jordan for 750 euros ($857) with a relatively lower price for a pedigree dog. Suspicious of the low price, Jordan, a police officer, called the contact number on the sale page on the online shopping site.

Jordan told the Ahlener Tageblatt, a local newspaper that first reported the case, she spoke with an employee from the Ahlen administration who explained that the dog was seized because the owner owed the city money, including unpaid dog tax.

The dog was said to be in good health when he was put up for sale on eBay, said Jordan, however, it turned out that he had medical problems which had not been disclosed by the officials.

The former owner of the dog told the Ahlener Tageblatt that the officials first considered seizing the wheelchair belonging to her disabled husband, but since it was not their property and belonged to an employee insurance association, they took the dog as the most valuable possession.

"How it all ended, that was absolutely not okay," she said, adding, "even though the seizure was legal."

By Daily Sabah

Friday, March 1, 2019

March 01, 2019

Video Of Mother Hand-Feeding 13-Year Old Son At Internet Cafe As He Games For Days Straight


This is a video of 37-year old mother Lilybeth Marvel going to hand-feed her son Carlito breakfast at an internet cafe in Nueva Ecija, the Philippines, as he plays his favorite battle royale style video game,  Rules Of Survival, which, at this point, he's been playing for over 48 hours straight. Some more info while I wonder why his mother didn't teach him the REAL first rule of survival: if you don't stop playing video games long enough to eat, you're going to starve to death:

After the footage went viral, the mother took to the internet to explain that she and her husband had tried a rough approach at first, by banning Carlito from going to the internet cafe. That didn't work out as well as they had hoped, as the 13-year-old always found ways to sneak out, so now they're trying to do things differently.

"I used to just nag about his online games. But that didn't work. So I'm trying a different approach," the woman said. "I try to make him feel that whatever is happening in his life, I am his mother who loves him and takes care of him."

The two desperate parents have pulled Carlito out of school, because he had started skipping classes to play video games. They are trying to focus on managing his addiction, but admit that it is very difficult and have pleaded online for help.

Well that was a whole family-sized microwavable dinner of depressing. So what is the answer here? Like, what will actually work? I know you're used to me having all the answers on account of my keen intellect and devilish good looks, but I'm actually at a loss here. "Call Ralph, demand he breaks the internet again." *mind is blown, reforms like a star being born, is blown again* My God you're good.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019

South African Pastor Alph Lukau Raises Dead Man

Alph Lukau, dead

South Africa based pastor Alph Lukau of Alleluia Ministries International claims to have resurrected a man who he says had been dead for three days.

A woman who claims to be the resurrected man’s landlord said the man died on Friday in her hands after a cough.

Lakau begins to pray for the body, which reportedly came straight from the mortuary, prompting the man to sit up in the coffin with his mouth and eyes wide open.

“He got sick and started coughing a lot on Friday and then we took him to the hospital… that is where he died in my hands,” she says.

The body of the man, named Elliot, is said to have been kept at the mortuary following his death.

After Lakau begins to pray and when he shouts “rise up”, the man in the coffin sits up with his mouth and eyes wide open.

Meanwhile, Kings and Queens Funeral Services has distanced itself from the stunt. The company says it only provided the hearse for transportation.

“We were approached by alleged family members of the deceased who informed us they had encountered a dispute with a different funeral service provider and would like to use our transport services which we offered them.

“We did not supply the coffin neither did we store the deceased at our mortuary and no paperwork was processed by Kings and Queens Funerals. As a Funeral Services Provider we do not offer services without documentation neither do we repatriate bodies without any paperwork” reads part of the statement issued by the company.

Watch the video below. Is the ‘resurrection’ real or fake? Share your views in the comment section below.

The funeral parlour has also threatened to take legal action against Pastor Alph Lukau and his church for the “malicious damage” to the company’s image.

BY Sibu M. MokoenaMalawi24

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February 27, 2019

Momo Challenge: What Parents Need to Know

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There is a new dangerous and creepy challenge spreading across social media. The “Momo Challenge”, or the “Momo Suicide Challenge”, encourages kids to hurt others, themselves, and eventually to take their own lives.

The challenge has allegedly been the linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina (ANI, 2018). It was reported that she was communicating with the Momo social media account right before she filmed her suicide.

What is the Momo challenge?

Momo is social media account that can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp. When a person interacts with the account, they begin to receive pictures of Momo, a terrifying image of a bug-eyed toothless woman. Momo responds almost immediately with threatening messages and violent images to the user. “She” says that she knows personal things about the user and uses fear and threats to challenge the user.

Momo starts with simple challenges like waking up at odd hours of the night or overcoming a fear; then the challenges take on a very sinister turn, such as asking you to post photos or videos of cutting your arms or legs, jumping off of a roof, or other dangerous and risky activities.

As the challenges intensify, the last thing Momo pressures you to do is to commit suicide. If the user fails to accept or pass any of the challenges, Momo sends even more threatening and violent images and texts until the user is coerced into doing the challenge. If none of these pressuring tactics work, Momo threatens to visit you in person, or while you’re sleeping and curse you. This can be terrifying to young kids and teens. Others have reported that when they called Momo for a challenge, they heard screams in the background or other creepy noises (Foster, 2018).

Why are kids choosing to do this Challenge?

There are many reasons; first and foremost the Momo challenge preys on the vulnerability of our kids. The kids most at risk are those who suffer from depression, anxiety and low self esteem. They may be targeted by other kids to interact with the Momo account as a form of cyberbullying and they do not possess the coping skills to deal with the pressure–both from the challenges and from the bullies.

This challenge is especially dangerous because of the immaturity of children and teens; their brains are still actively developing and going through immense changes. They are much more susceptible to peer pressure and feel an intense desire to keep up with their peers or prove themselves. Teenagers are often curious and can feel as if they are unstoppable; they will engage in risky behavior for attention, to gain popularity, and just for the “thrill of it”.

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What can you do?

Talk to your kids about the Momo Challenge. Ask them if they know what it is. Have they heard of it? Have they tried it? If they don’t know about it, share the dangers associated with the challenge. Discuss a plan that includes what they can do if they receive a message with the Momo Challenge.

Check your child’s phone/ Ipod/computer regularly. The Momo challenge is not the first challenge to encourage kids to participate in dangerous activities (the Slenderman and the Bluewhale challenge are similar challenges that were popular several years ago), and it will not be the last. If your child or teen is engaging in the Momo Challenge, or any other similar challenge, they will probably not volunteer that information to you. Remember you are your child’s greatest protector and you have every right to know the apps your child is using and have every right to check their electronic devices.

Take social media seriously, do not downplay its power in our kids lives. Social media can be a means of building friendships and connecting but it is also where most of our kids are bullied, lose confidence, feel isolated, and are exposed to porn and other unhealthy media. Even if they aren’t sure what the Momo Challenge is, they may come upon this in the future, or other bizarre or dangerous “challenges.” Educating our kids will empower them to stay away from challenges such as this, and even encourage them to help their friends.

Keep your relationship with your kids strong and solid. Spend time with them daily, allow them to talk with you about their interests, their friends and their fears. Keep the flow of communication open and consistent. Make sure they know and feel how much you love them.

Have a social media contract with your kids! If your child is on social media, they need guidance and accountability. Knowing what is appropriate to share, what photos to post, and how to respond to other’s social media postings takes practice–and parents are the right people to set an example and teach their kids. Check out our free, downloadable ebook: Social Media and Teens: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Kids Safe Online. It includes a social media contract at the end!

By Mary Bassett,

Sunday, February 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

Woman Who Always Set Phone’s Screen Brightness to Max Ends Up with 500 Tiny Holes on Her Cornea

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A young woman from Taiwan who had been using her smartphone at maximum screen brightness for two years ended up with serious damage to her left eye, including around 500 small holes on her cornea.

The 25-year-old woman, surnamed Chen, works as a secretary, a job that requires her to frequently check her phone and respond to work-related messages as soon as possible. A few years ago, Chen discovered that by setting the screen brightness on her smartphone to maximum, she was able to easily read her messages even in bright sunlight. Her mistake was keeping that brightness level at all times, even when watching her favorite drama series on her phone for several hours at a time, with the light off. She got used to her ultra-bright screen, but her eyes did not, and in March of last year she started experiencing discomfort.

Chen would often wake up with bloodshot eyes and suffer from blurred vision throughout the day, but she didn’t seek medical help right away. Instead, she decided to treat her symptoms with artificial tears, which didn’t seem to help much. It wasn’t until four months later, when her condition worsened and she started experiencing stinging in her left eye, that she finally consulted an ophthalmologist.

During the initial checkup, Hong Qiting, a professor of ophthalmology at the Pingtung Fuying University of Science and Technology, found that the blood vessels in Chen’s eyes were congested, and a subsequent examination revealed around 500 tiny holes on her left cornea. Her vision was severely effected by that point, so the doctor started treating her with steroids and after three days her condition began to improve.

Prof. Hong told Apple Daily that the young woman’s smartphone screen had a brightness of around 625 lumens, considerably more than the recommended 300 lumens, adding that staring at such bright light for hours on end, especially in a dark room, can result in corneal burns, which affect vision over time. He recommends either using the phone’s automatic brightness setting, which adjusts brightness according to environmental light, or manually setting it to around 250 lumens.

By Oddity Central

Thursday, February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

Jay-Z: ‘Jesus Is Fake News; Lucifer Is Way Of Truth And Light’

Jay-Z, satanist, lucifer

“Jesus Christ is the original fake news,” according to Jay-Z, who claims “Jesus never walked the earth, y’all being played” and “the idea of Jesus is just a tool used by smart people to control dumb people.”

Going as far as to claim “Lucifer is the way of truth and light“, Jay-Z also credited his self-described “new humility and maturity” to “fully embracing my older bother, Lucifer.”

During an backstage rant at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Friday, Jay-Z also claimed Satanism has “gotten a bad rap” due to “mentally challenged Christians and their desire to be slaves,” but Satanism is actually “the highest form of being.”

“There is real spirituality and guidance in the Church of Satan that you just don’t get in Christianity, because Christianity is a fake religion, built by assholes,” Jay-Z said. “Hands up, how many Christians here have prayed to God for years and aint gotten nothing back, just silence and emptiness? Be honest. It’s OK.”

As the small crowd of ticket winners began to murmur nervously, Jay-Z announced, “I can answer for y’all because I am free. Because I recognized Jesus is the original fake news, designed to enslave humanity.“

“I’m telling you this because I know you guys look up to me and want to emulate me. I will give you this one guarantee, if you start following the doctrine of Lucifer, you will taste success. The secret of the universe opens up to you. It is immediate and glorious.”

The 99 Problems rapper also hinted at his Satanic beliefs onstage, telling audiences to ignore the rules of the venue and the security staff trying to enforce them. Instead of respecting the rules, Jay-Z instructed his audience to “Do what thou wilt“.

Jay-Z, satanist, lucifer

It has long been known that Jay-Z is a follower of Aleister Crowley, the English occultist and founder of the Satanic religion Thelema.

The religion is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law“. This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will.

Jay-Z’s Satanic preaching is merely the latest in a long line of public dalliances the rapper has shared with the dark side. After starting his career as an aspirational rapper, he reinvented his image as a dark lord, flashing Satanic hand gestures and promoting Illuminati symbolism as he rode to the top of the rap game.

Since establishing himself in the global consciousness as a Devil-worshipping entertainer, Jay-Z has attempted to tone down his dark image, however the disturbing conversation he held in New Orleans suggests he is far from a reformed character, and he has openly embraced the darkest forces in our society.

The incident has also sparked fears around the world that the Illuminati have moved onto the next phase of the masterplan, and have begun openly promoting dark spirituality as a viable religious choice for those seeking guidance.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019

10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks Everyone Should Know

vinegar, vinegar hacks

Vinegar is definitely one of the most useful substances know to man, at least when it comes to making home life easier, less expensive, and healthier!

There is no need for harmful chemicals that are extremely costly when you can use something that has been proven by time and countless grandmothers around the world.

I personally use vinegar for more things than I can count and have known about this wonderful liquid since before I can remember. My mom used it for literally everything!

If your drain is clogged, try pouring baking soda followed by vinegar down the drain and watch the magic! Something gooey sticking to your wall? Put some vinegar on it and wipe it away.

If your trash can smell like garbage, even when it's empty, soak a piece of bread in vinegar and leave it in the garbage can overnight, and voila, no more stank.

It can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner: just fill up a spray bottle with one third vinegar and two thirds water.

If you're surrounded by fruit flies, try filling a glass with apple cider vinegar, cover it with plastic wrap, and poke a few holes. The flies enter, but cannot escape. It can even be used to straighten clothes if an iron isn't available.

A few other uses include keeping cats off the furniture, helping cut flowers stay fresh longer, getting tough stains out of pots and pans and cleaning glasses for a smudge-free sheen. Let us know what you think in the comments!

By Sun-Gazing
February 19, 2019

Case of Zombie Deer Disease confirmed in New York state

zombie deer disease

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSTM) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning about a so-called zombie deer disease that impacts deer, elk and moose.

As of January, 24 states have reported cases of Chronic Wasting Disease, according to the CDC. That includes a case reported in Oneida County, New York.

CWD is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder. Symptoms include weight loss, stumbling and listlessness.

The CDC said the disease has also been found in farmed deer and elk. Experts warn against eating infected deer meat.

By Katu

Monday, February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

Zombie Deer Disease Hits US, Canada

zombie deer, chronic wasting disease

As more than 20 US states report cases of a brain-wasting animal disease informally called "zombie" deer disease, officials worry that humans could be affected.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer, elk and/or moose in at least 24 states and two Canadian provinces since the start of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

There are no vaccines or treatments available for the disease, which is always fatal.

"It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

"It's possible the number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events."

No cases of CWD have been reported in humans to date, but research suggests it poses a risk to humans.

By Ashley May, USA Today
February 18, 2019

Deadly Zombie Deer Disease: Outbreak May Spread To Humans- WHO Warning

zombie deer, chronic wasting disease

Zombies are the nightmarish scenario where the reanimated undead relentlessly attack the living. But like the warning from a horror film, a real-life terrifying condition called Zombie deer disease is currently sweeping the USA. Now, there are growing fears the disease could even transform into an epidemic infecting humans.

Zombie deer disease, also known as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – attacks the brain, spinal cord and other vital organs in deer, elk and moose.

Zombie deer disease earned its fearsome name as its victims loses coordination, become aggressive and waste away.

And the debilitating disease can prove fatal in worst-case scenarios.

Zombie deer disease is spreading rapidly across North America and infected areas are expected to expand further.

WHO officials have now urged humans to avoid eating any animal infected with the infection.

While there has been a concern it could become a new mad-cow-disease-like epidemic, no evidence yet exists showing humans could be affected if they eat the infected meat.

However, a recently-published study has shown that macaque monkeys can succumb to the disease after consuming tainted meat.

A Centre for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson said: “Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast.

“It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.

"Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment.

“The affected areas are likely to continue to expand.

"In several locations where the disease is established, infection rates may exceed 10 percent (1 in 10), and localised infection rates of more than 25 percent (1 in 4) have been reported.

"The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79 percent reported from at least one captive herd."

Zombie deer disease started in Colorado and Wyoming about 40 years ago but has since spread beyond those states’ borders.

The CDC report said: “Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast.

“It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.

“Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment.

“The affected areas are likely to expand.”

By Tom Fish, Sunday Express
February 18, 2019

Snow Turns Black in Russian Town

black snow, Russia

Residents living in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, an area known as Russia's coal basin, say that pollution from the industry is getting worse.

'Black' snow, a result of coal dust, can be seen towns like Prokopyevsk. Locals blame the problem on the nearby coal enrichment plant.

The region is one of the world's richest in coal deposition and one of Russia's largest industrial complexes.

Much of it was developed during the Soviet era with little or no concern for the environment.

"We have inherited a difficult ecological situation from the previous times," explained Kemerovo Governor, Sergei Tsivilev. "Open-pit coal mines have moved to the cities. A number of coal factories have already signed an agreement that they will pay to rehouse those citizens who live in the sanitary-protection zone."

After a brief fall in the 1990s, coal output in the region started to rise again and is now higher than ever. Another contributing factor is that the cheap carbon fuel means that it's by far the most popular way to heat homes.

By Mark Armstrong, Euro News