Jul 07 2014
Kevin Whitney says he lost his iPhone last October. "I had it in my pocket and I bent over to work on a copper bottom door and it fell out of my pocket into my grain pit and went up the elevator," said Whitney.
It disappeared into a bin full of 280,000 pounds of grain. "I thought I'll never see that phone again," said Whitney.
Little did Kevin know, his iPhone would take a nine month journey halfway around the world before making it back to the palm of his hand.
From Chickasha it was driven by truck to another grain facility in Inola, Oklahoma. Then it traveled along the Arkansas River. From there, it sailed down the Mississippi River by barge to Convent, Louisiana. Finally, the iPhone made its way to Kashima, Japan by ship.
It was mixed in with 2 million bushels of grain sorghum. Then, just days ago, Kevin got a call.
"The man on the other end said, 'is this Kevin Whitney?' I said yeah this is Kevin. He said, 'did you lose a cell phone?' I said yeah I lost a cell phone last fall."
A worker at a grain mill in Japan mailed the phone back to Louisiana and from there it was sent to Kevin in Chickasha.
"It's crazy I can't believe it. What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back," said Whitney.
It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain. At least in some rare cases.
German doctors say they have treated a Motorhead fan whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, but that the risk to metal fans in general is so small they don't need to give up the shaking.
Last January, doctors at Hannover Medical School saw a 50-year-old man who complained of constant, worsening headaches. The patient, who was not identified, had no history of head injuries or substance abuse problems but said he had been headbanging regularly for years - most recently at a Motorhead concert he attended with his son.
After a scan, doctors discovered their patient had a brain bleed and needed a hole drilled into his brain to drain the blood. The patient's headaches soon disappeared. In a follow-up scan, the doctors saw he had a benign cyst which might have made the metal aficionado more vulnerable to a brain injury.
"We are not against headbanging," said Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, one of the doctors who treated the man. "The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if (our patient) had (gone) to a classical concert, this would not have happened."
Islamian said the violent shaking of the head in headbanging can sometimes be enough to cause damage as the brain bumps up against the skull and noted a handful of previous injuries, also in heavy metal fans. The latest case was described in a report published online Friday in the journal Lancet.
Motorhead is a British metal band known for helping create the "speed metal" genre, which inspires extremely fast headbanging. Islamian described the band as "one of the most hard-core rock `n' roll acts on earth."
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Jul 05 2014
A border terrier has bounced back to health after vets removed a ball from her stomach which went undetected for two years.
Trixie swallowed the ball while playing in the garden at her owner Melanie Pounder's home in Sunderland back in 2011, reports People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA).
Mrs Pounder, 42, took her dog to a private vet practice but no trace of the ball was found and they assumed it had been passed as she wasn't showing any problematic symptoms.
However, Trixie began being sick despite appearing fit and healthy and was taken to PDSA's pet hospital, where the mystery was solved.
"Trixie was well in herself, but we knew that something wasn't right so we took an X-ray and spotted a small object in her abdomen, which looked suspicious," explained PDSA vet Emma Holt.
"Exploratory surgery was carried out, and we soon discovered it was a bouncy ball.
"I've seen a few strange cases during my time as a vet, but never something like this where a foreign body has just been hiding away for so long before causing a problem."
Mrs Holt added that Trixie was fortunate the ball had not moved to her intestines, where it could have caused a fatal blockage.
Owner Mrs Pounder says she is extremely grateful to PDSA and delighted that Trixie has made a full recovery:
"When it turned out to be the ball, I couldn't believe it - we just assumed Trixie had passed it through her system two years ago.
"To think it's been there the whole time is just incredible.
"I'm so grateful to PDSA for helping Trixie to get well again as I love her to bits and we would be lost without her."
NAPLES, Fla. – A Southwest Florida man accused of killing his wife and five children is rejecting his legal name and refusing to shower.
The Naples Daily News reports that a late June incident report indicates the smell coming from Mesac Damas' cell has gotten so bad it's making other inmates sick.
Damas refused deputies' orders and was sprayed with pepper spray after hiding under his bunk. He also says his name is no longer Damas, but COG, meaning Child of God.
Jail logs show Damas, who turned 38 on Wednesday, has refused to shower since June 4. He returned to the Naples Jail May 29 after 56 days at a state mental hospital.
He's been jailed since the 2009 killings. A judge will hear from doctors about his competency in August.
Jul 03 2014
A Las Vegas plastic surgeon plans to perform facial reconstruction surgery on three-year-old Victoria Wilcher—the child whose family claims they were asked to leave a restaurant because injuries she suffered in a pit bull attack repulsed customers.
Claims that the story was all a hoax that brought in big donations from strangers have not dissuaded Dr. Frank Stile from pledging his services to Victoria, who lost an eye in the attack, which occurred in April while she was visiting her grandparents.
It didn’t matter what people’s motivations may have been,” Stile told Foxnews.com. “I’m not in any place to make judgments-- it doesn’t change her injuries or her future she’d have without help.”
Wilcher’s grandmother claims employees of a Mississippi KFC restaurant asked their family to leave last month because patrons complained. Following the incident, KFC pledged to give the Wilcher family $30,000 towards Victoria’s medical bills and more than $135,000 in donations for the family reportedly poured in on a Facebook page.
When Stile’s officer manager told him about Victoria’s story, he immediately flew to Mississippi to offer up surgeries that would otherwise cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“I was there probably 72 hours later," Stile said. “I felt hurt for her.”
However, in the aftermath of the story, Louisville-based KFC said two separate investigations found no evidence substantiating the incident ever happened.
The Wilchers deny their story is a hoax and have hired a lawyer. But a website set up to take in donations for the family has offered refunds.
Stile said despite learning of the potential hoax, he still plans to donate a series of complicated surgeries to Victoria--who was left without a right eye and a partially paralyzed face after she was attacked earlier this year by three pit bulls. He said offering to help doesn't make him a hero.
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NEW BRIGHTON, Minn., June 30 (UPI) --A 52-year-old Minnesota man bent a locked car door in half with his bare hands and pulled a man to safety after his car caught on fire on Sunday evening in New Brighton.
Robert Renning was driving on Interstate 35W around 6:30 p.m. when he passed a car that was on fire.
Renning got the attention of the driver, Michael Johannes, and got him to pull over.
"Flames and smoke were rolling around the car," Renning told the Star Tribune. "So I started to run over."
Johannes couldn't get the car's electronic locks and power windows to open, so Renning "somehow pried his fingers" along the vehicle's door frame and "bent the locked door in half from the top down."
After he created the opening, Renning was able to pull Johannes out before he was seriously injured, or worse.
"He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person," Minnesota State Trooper Zachary Hill told WCCO. "I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive."
Renning has a thank you call coming his way from Johannes very soon. "I have to talk to him," Johannes said. "I really want him to be recognized. Did you see the door? Did you see it? He saved my life."
An island off the coast of Sao Paolo, Brazil, is home to one of the deadliest snakes on Earth—and there are a lot of them. Some believe there's a golden lancehead viper for every square meter of Ilha de Queimada Grande, or as many as 4,000 of them, Smithsonian reports; others say there are five per square meter, the Wall Street Journal notes.
Thanks to rising sea levels 11,000 years ago, the snakes were separated from the mainland and evolved separately from their continental cousins. Having found themselves without predators and prey at ground-level, two things happened: Their numbers boomed, and they turned to migratory birds as a food source.
To keep their bitten birds from flying out of reach, golden lancehead vipers evolved venom as much as five times stronger than that of mainland snakes, allowing them to down the birds almost immediately.
That venom is so powerful it can melt human flesh and kill a human within an hour; their bites carry a 7% chance of death. No one lives on the island today, though the navy services an automated lighthouse there annually.
The last lighthouse keeper, his wife, and their three kids were rumored to be killed by the snakes in the '20s, reports Atlas Obscura, with the story going that they fled their home in an effort to get to their boat, only to be further attacked by snakes in the trees above them.
Today, one can only visit with a permit granted by the Brazilian government, and only with a doctor in tow. The country is also home to the Brazilian wandering spider, the world's most venomous spider, the Journal notes.
DETROIT – A 12-year-old Detroit boy who was missing for more than a week before he was discovered in his own basement told investigators his stepmother sent him there, according to a court record obtained Friday by a newspaper.
The petition, filed in Wayne County juvenile court by Children's Protective Services as part of a custody hearing, was obtained by the Detroit Free Press. A court employee told The Associated Press a petition was filed Friday, but it was not released to the public or the media.
According to the Free Press, the document says Charlie Bothuell V was placed in the basement behind boxes and totes by his stepmother, Monique Dillard-Bothuell, and told "not to come out, no matter what he hears."
Although Dillard-Bothuell knew her stepson was in the basement, she did not bring him food, according to the petition, which also says: "Charlie reports sneaking upstairs to get food when everyone left the home."
Charlie was found Wednesday by Detroit police in the bowels of the multiple-unit condo building where he lived with Dillard-Bothuell and his father, Charlie Bothuell IV. He was evaluated at a hospital and returned to his mother, police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens said.
The AP left messages Friday with Dillard-Bothuell, Charlie Bothuell IV and Bothuell's lawyer, Mark Magidson.
Authorities removed the boy's two younger siblings -- 4 years old and 10 months old -- from the custody of Dillard-Bothuell and Charlie Bothuell IV.
The document obtained by the Free Press also says Bothuell disclosed on Monday that he disciplined his son with a PVC pipe.
The petition says that after Charlie was taken to a hospital for treatment, a doctor observed a half-circular scar on the boy's chest. Charlie says the scar was "a result of his father driving a PVC pipe into his chest," according to the petition, which also ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
(Reuters) - A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana.
Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.
Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation.
McFarland posted about her find on Facebook, along with a photo of the bag.
"I order, food comes, I open a bag and this is what I see after 3 double takes ... yes that's what it is," she wrote.
McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired. McFarland also called police.
Sonic spokesman Patrick Lenow said restaurant management contacted police and was cooperating with authorities.
"The employee involved is no longer associated with the company, and the franchisee is conducting an investigation to ensure the issue is fully resolved,” he said in a statement.
The Frederick franchise location opened last month.
Possession of small amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Maryland.
HUTCHINSON , Kan., June 27 (UPI) --A Kansas woman is facing arson charges after she allegedly set a small fire in her home early on Friday morning while trying to kill a spider.
According to the Hutchinson News, Ginny Griffith used a cigarette lighter to set some towels on fire in an attempt to assassinate the arachnid.
Five Hutchinson Fire Department units were able to extinguish the small fire in Griffith's half of a duplex. Firefighters found multiple points of origin for the fire and Griffith was arrested and charged with aggravated arson because the other half of the duplex was occupied.
No one was injured and the structure only suffered light smoke damage.