August 25, 2016
Homeless Awareness Campaign Breaks Fist-Bumping Record
Anchorage, AK (AP) Three hundred people in Alaska looking to raise awareness of homelessness are the new world record holders in fist-bumping.
KTVA-TV reports a Guinness World Records representative verified each of the fist bumps passed along a line of registered participants in a fenced-off area Saturday.
An improper fist bump could have meant disqualification.
The United Way of Anchorage organized the event. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Alaska First Lady Donna Walker and people who work with homeless youth were among those who joined in.
United Way of Anchorage president Michele Brown said fist-bumping was chosen to represent a strong affirmation of what the community stands for.
The previous record was set by a chain of 250 people.
Cheers! 1st Drink In 81 Years Sold In Formerly Dry Town
Bridgewater, CT (AP) A simple plastic cup of beer has made history by being the first alcoholic drink sold in a small Connecticut town in 81 years.
The affluent bedroom community of Bridgewater had been the last dry town in the state until residents approved alcohol sales in 2014.
The News-Times reports that the first booze sold in town since 1935 was a cup of beer purchased Friday at the Bridgewater Country Fair.
Bridgewater native and volunteer firefighter Jim Lillis took the first sip before passing the cup to other firefighters and fair volunteers who gathered for the ceremonial sale.
Voters legalized alcohol sales two years ago as developers proposed restaurants in the western Connecticut town of 1,700 residents on the condition that they could sell booze. No restaurants have opened yet.
Florida Man Returns Lost Wallet With $3,400 Inside
Palm Coast, FL (AP) A 27-year-old central Florida man is being recognized for honesty after finding a wallet with $3,400 inside and turning it over to sheriff’s deputies.
Turns out an Orlando woman lost the wallet earlier this month while visiting the beach near Palm Coast with her children.
Kevin Miller tells the Daytona Beach News-Journal he knew someone was depending on that money and he’s glad it’s been returned to her. The woman’s name hasn’t been released.
He says he spotted the wallet Aug. 5 in a shopping center parking lot. He says he decided to pick it up after seeing two nearby teens eyeing it. He immediately called the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.
Miller says he really could have used the money but felt it was important to do the right thing.
Biologists Remove Dead Conjoined Twin From Turtle
ROME (AP) Marine biologists in southern Italy have separated conjoined twin loggerhead turtles and released the surviving newborn into the Mediterranean Sea.
The release occurred this week along the beaches of Campania where the endangered loggerheads come to nest every year.
Fulvio Maffucci, marine biologist at Anton Dohrn Zoological Station, said Wednesday there had been only seven known births of conjoined twin loggerheads in the Mediterranean.
He said the fact that one survived was “extraordinary.” The smaller twin was dead and significantly underdeveloped compared to the larger twin.
Maffucci said: “After the removal of the dead brother from his chest, he crawled from the nest and he’s been released in the wild without any help.”
In addition to the twins, one of the hatchlings this year also included a rare albino loggerhead.
Undersea Surprise: Big Eyed Squid Looks Like A Toy
A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby squid.
They let out a collective “whoa” on video posted on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus’ Facebook page as a camera on a remote-operated vehicle came across the iridescent cephalopod with giant round eyes.
Then the jokes started. “He has weird eyes!” said one enthusiastic observer. “Get close! Get close!” urges another.
One suggested it resembled a child’s dropped toy, and another said the creature’s eyes appeared to be painted on.
“It looks so fake,” says one member of the Nautilus’ team.
The creature looks like a cross between a squid and an octopus but is closely related to a cuttlefish, according to the Nautilus Live website.
The find could be more than just bemusing.
It was spotted at nearly 3,000 feet deep, which is unusual, but not unheard of. But, on top of that, the stubby squid didn’t have chromatophores, cells that allow it to change color, as members of its species do, Vecchione said.
The team spends hours scanning the barren ocean-scape, “then to come across something adorable like that, it’s a real treat,” Exploration Vessel Nautilus spokeswoman Susan Poulton said.
Michigan Couple Weds To Sweet Sound Of Tornado Sirens
Grand Rapids, MI (AP) Not even tornado sirens could stop a Michigan couple from saying “I do.”
As the sirens blared across Grand Rapids, Brandon Warner married Breane Proctor in front of family members and guests at a church.
Despite the storm threat, Warner decided to proceed with Saturday’s ceremony.
“Bree is ready and we’re all here. Let’s go through with this,” he told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Monday. “Let’s make it happen. I figured if we were going to get hit, maybe it was meant to be.”
“We just kind of shrugged our shoulders and went down the aisle,” said Proctor.
After exchanging vows, storm sirens sounded again and everyone stood beneath the church’s balconies, away from its stained-glass windows. A little less than an hour after they said “I do,” a tornado reportedly touched down less than three miles away, according to the paper.
“The church seemed so big and massive and sturdy,” Brandon said. “I truly did not know how bad it was until everyone got on their cellphones and looked at the maps.”
After the storm passed, the wedding party rode around to look at some of the storm damage.
Some trees were knocked over and power lines were downed across some parts of southwestern and western Michigan. No injuries were reported.
Crews Free Man Stuck Between Buildings After Bid To Impress
Pittsburgh (AP) Crews have rescued a man who became trapped between two buildings in Pittsburgh, reportedly after trying to jump from one rooftop to another to impress a woman he had just met.
Authorities didn’t identify the man, who was freed about 6 a.m. Tuesday.
He’d been trapped about four hours after falling awkwardly into the narrow, debris-filled space between the buildings.
Police say the man reported an ankle injury; he was bleeding, but waved to TV news cameras as he was wheeled on a gurney to an ambulance.
At one point, crews broke a hole through a restaurant in an unsuccessful effort to reach him. A medic was eventually lowered on a rope to reach the man.
Authorities say the man and woman reached the roof by climbing a fire escape.