July 21, 2016
Moo-ving Out: Sensor Sends Text Alerts From Cows In Labor
Durham, NH (AP) University of New Hampshire dairy researchers are more relaxed these days about monitoring pregnant cows: A sensor attached to their tails sends text alerts to help detect when they’re in labor.
Moocall measures tail movement patterns triggered by labor contractions. On average, it alerts dairy managers by cellphone and email about an hour before a cow gives birth.
Moocall was developed in Ireland and released commercially last year. The company says the University of Kentucky also uses the technology.
Doctoral student Kayla Aragona says with about 70 calves are born every year at the farm, it’s a help.
But it’s not foolproof. One unhappy cow rubbed her tail up against everything and banged the sensor on the wall to try to get it to fall off, leading to false alarms.
New Hampshire City Police Use Pokemon Go To Lure Fugitives
Manchester, NH (AP) Police in New Hampshire’s largest city have gotten the Pokemon Go bug, trying to lure fugitives with the popular app.
A post on the Manchester Police Department Facebook page announces that police recently detected one of the more rare Pokemon characters a Charizard‚ in the booking area.
The post invites those whose names appear on a list linked to the post to be “one of the lucky ones” to come capture the Charizard.
The list includes the names of the more than 500 fugitives on the department’s wanted persons roundup.
Sgt. Eric Knight said Sunday the post has yet to net an arrest. But it’s been popular with its Facebook followers.
Since the post went up late Saturday night, it’s captured more than 13,000 “likes.”
Philadelphia Museum Puts Early Presidents' Hair On Display
Philadelphia (AP) Donald Trump’s gravity-defying hair has generated plenty of attention, but have you seen George Washington’s?
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is showcasing locks of hair once belonging to Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. The exhibit, called “Presidential Archives: Letters, Hair and Fossils,” runs through July 29, coinciding with the Democratic National Convention.
A Philadelphia attorney collected the specimens, which were given to the museum after his 1860 death.
Academy historian Robert Peck says it may seem like an odd hobby today. But he says it was once common for people to keep hair clippings from loved ones in “lockets, brooches, rings and pins.”
Kansas Mother Gives Birth To 3 Sets Of Twins In 26 Months
Kansas City, KS (AP) A mother in Kansas has her hands full after giving birth to her third set of twins in just over two years.
WDAF-TV reports that 20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City, Kansas, says she has not undergone any fertility treatment and realizes that some people might consider her “a freak of nature.”
Couch delivered two boys 26 months ago. One of them died, but the survivor, Danarius, is a busy toddler. She also has twin 1-year-olds, Delilah and Davina.
And last month, Dalanie and Darla were born. They just arrived home after three weeks in neonatal intensive care.
Couch and her fiance plan to marry in September, but she says they don’t plan to have any more children for at least 10 years.
91-Tear-Old In Trouble Over Avant-Garde Crossword
Berlin (AP) A 91-year-old woman is in trouble with a German museum after taking an art work depicting part of a crossword too literally.
“Reading-work-piece,” from 1965, was created by avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke. It features the phrase “Insert Words” and was displayed at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum.
Museum spokesman Eva Martin on Thursday confirmed local media reports that the woman filled in blank spaces with a ballpoint pen, news agency dpa reported. She was visiting Wednesday with a group of senior citizens.
Martin said museum officials believe the work can be restored. Museum chief Eva-Christina Kraus filed a criminal complaint, saying the case had to be reported for insurance reasons though there was no malicious intent. Police said the woman is being investigated for damage to property.
Naked Couple Arrested On Stolen Lawn Mower
Joplin, MO (AP) Authorities have arrested a couple accused of riding naked on a stolen lawn mower in Missouri.
Jasper County sheriff’s Det. Tim Williams said a 55-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman admitted that they rode the lawn mower home naked after their clothing was stolen while they skinny dipped in a creek northwest of Joplin.
The Joplin Globe reports that authorities arrested the pair Tuesday morning on suspicion of stealing after finding them at a house with the riding mower parked in the front yard.
Williams says an investigation determined that the lawn mower didn’t belong to either of them.
Boa Constrictor Pulled From SUV
Kingston, PA (AP) Two men have pulled an 8-foot-long boa constrictor from beneath a vehicle parked outside of a northeastern Pennsylvania medical building. The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre reports the men pried the snake from a Mercury Mountaineer’s undercarriage Thursday afternoon after one saw it wriggle underneath.
Owner Katie Hauer, who’d been inside the Geisinger Kingston medical center in Kingston borough, says “They told me I better not get in my car.”
One of the men, herpetologist Cameron English, identified the snake as a Red Tailed Boa Constrictor. It was placed in a plastic container. No one was injured and it wasn’t immediately known who owns the snake.
Benefit Cards Bear Number For Sex Line, Not Balance
Lewiston, ME (AP) Some holders of electronic benefits transfer cards find that dialing the phone number on the back of the cards gets them a sex line, not their balances.
A Maine Department of Health and Human Services spokesman tells the Sun Journal that officials have been aware for months that the phone number on some cards is off by one digit.
Lj Langelier, of Lewiston, discovered the error this week when he went to check his EBT balance before going to the grocery store. What he got instead was a message welcoming him to “America’s hottest talk line.”
Langelier says he thought he’d misdialed, but kept getting the same message when he called back.
The department plans to replace the misprinted cards and strengthen its review process to prevent future errors.