April 21, 2016
3D Printer Used To Create New Feet For Duck
Cedarburg, WI (AP) A duck who lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.
Vicki Rabe-Harrison rescued Phillip the duck and, after watching a video of a 3D printer online, turned to South Park Middle School teacher Jason Jischke in Oshkosh for help.
Rabe-Harrison tells WBAY-TV that she was planning to put Phillip down when Jischke called to say his class was working on the project. It took them six weeks to get the prosthetic feet just right.
Phillip was a bit wobbly when he first tested his new feet, but he has now joined other birds and animals at a sanctuary north of Milwaukee. Autumn Farm Sanctuary co-founder Alyssa Herbst says Phillip is getting used to his new feet.
British Court Rules Woman Can’t Name Her Daughter Cyanide
London (AP) A woman from Wales cannot name her baby daughter Cyanide, a British court ruled Thursday.
The woman, whose name cannot be published for legal reasons, has infant twins and wants to name her son Preacher and her daughter Cyanide, saying the poison is a “lovely, pretty name” with positive associations because it helped kill Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Local officials objected, and a family court judge ruled against the mother in September, saying she was not acting to secure her children’s welfare.
She challenged the ruling, saying it was her right to choose her children’s names. But three Court of Appeal judges upheld the earlier decision in a judgment published Thursday.
One of the justices, Eleanor King, said it was “one of those rare cases” in which judges should intervene.
“It is hard to see how ... the twin girl could regard being named after this deadly poison as other than a complete rejection of her by her birth mother,” she said.
The woman has a history of drug abuse and mental health problems, and her children have been placed in foster care.
Stinking Drunk? “Inebriated” Man Uses Fart Spray
Athens, GA (AP) Police in Georgia have arrested a man for allegedly causing a stink at a bar. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that a woman told officers Blake Leland Zengo, 20, of Bogart, sprayed her in the face with a product designed to smell like flatulence.
An Athens-Clarke County police report says several people left the bar Saturday, citing a foul smell inside, and then told police that Zengo was the culprit. The police report described Zengo as “very inebriated” and said a bottle of spray designed to cause an offensive odor was found in his pants pocket. Zengo denied spraying anything.
He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and underage consumption of alcohol. He was released from jail on $1,500 bond.
It’s unclear whether Zengo has an attorney.
Dog Poop Culprits May Have To Clean Streets In Madrid
Madrid (AP) Dog owners in Madrid beware: Pick up after your pooch or face working as a street cleaner.
Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena is warning dog owners they’ll face stiff fines or possibly weekend work as street cleaners if they are caught in an upcoming dog poop crackdown.
Carmena says Monday that police will initially focus on two city districts where many dog owners are not cleaning up after their pets.
Dog owners could be fined up to 1,500 euros ($1,700) if caught. Carmena also says she’ll propose to city councilors that offenders perform street cleaning assignments on Saturdays or Sundays as a possible substitute for the fines.
Robot Finds ‘Monster’ In Loch Ness But It’s A Movie Prop
London (AP) An underwater robot exploring Loch Ness has discovered a dark, monster-shaped mass in its depths.
Disappointingly, tourism officials say the 30-foot (9-meter), object is not the fabled Loch Ness Monster, but a prop left over from a 1970 film.
Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” puts the great detective on the trail of the monster which turns out to be a disguised submarine. A model of the submarine-monster sank during production to the bottom of the 750 foot (230 meter) -deep lake.
Tourism body Visit Scotland is backing a survey of the Highlands lake by a marine robot to study its depths and see if there is any sign of the fabled monster, which helps attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to the region.
Visit Scotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said that whatever the survey finds, “there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness.”
What Big Ears You Have! NY Zoo Debuts Adorable Little Foxes
New York (AP) Two adorable little foxes with remarkably big ears are making their public debut at New York’s Prospect Park Zoo.
Fennec (FEH’-nehk) foxes usually weigh less than 4 pounds as adults. Their ears, up to 6 inches long, help regulate their body temperature.
The Wildlife Conservation Society says it’s brought the two young males from the Bronx Zoo to Brooklyn.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo website says the fennec fox is the smallest fox in the world. It is common throughout the Sahara Desert and also lives in the deserts of Northern Africa and Northern Sinai.
Angry Chinese Construction Worker Duel With Bulldozers
Beijing (AP) Police in northern China say an argument between construction workers escalated into a demolition derby-style clash of heavy machinery that left at least two bulldozers flipped over in a street.
In online video taken Saturday, several bulldozers are seen ramming each other while passenger cars scurry away from the cloud of dust.
The video shows one driver running unhurt out of his toppled bulldozer, a fast-moving type also known as a wheel loader, while a friendly bulldozer tries to lift it back up.
The construction workers were from two companies competing for business, Xu Feng, a local government spokesman in Hebei province’s Xingtang county, said Monday. He said he couldn’t disclose details about arrests or injuries until an investigation concludes.
China’s construction sector has fallen on hard times, with growth down by two-thirds from its peak a decade ago. Real estate construction represents close to a quarter of China’s economy, a far higher proportion than other major countries, and its slowdown is now sending ripples through industrial sectors such as steel, glass and cement, causing waves of layoffs.