September 15, 2016
A Literal Shotgun Wedding Couple Weds At Shooting Club
Dewitt, NY (AP) A New York couple has taken the idea of a shotgun wedding literally: They married at a shooting club five years to the day after they first met at a trap-shooting competition.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports 36-year-old Lynn Mapstone donned her wedding dress after outshooting 47-year-old Peter Derrigo at Sunday’s shoot-off at the DeWitt Fish and Game Club.
The two met at the club during a local trap-shooting league’s annual championship shoot-off tournament.
It was Mapstone’s idea to have a shotgun wedding at the same place and on the same day that they met. The couple exchanged vows on a trap house, a low structure that houses the machine that launches the targets.
During the pre-wedding competition, Mapstone hit 44 of 50 targets. The groom-to-be hit 33.
ATM At Ohio School Doles Out Next Best Thing To Cash..Pizza!
Cincinnati (AP) A newly installed ATM at an Ohio university is doling out the next best thing to money‚ pizza.
Xavier (ZAYV’-yur) University in Cincinnati has partnered with a French company to install the first Pizza ATM in North America.
The company, Paline, says the machine will hold 70 pizzas at once. Each medium-sized pizza costs $9 or $10, depending on toppings.
Customers will be able to use a touchscreen to select a pizza, which will be heated for several minutes, placed in a cardboard box and ejected through a slot.
Paline says the pizza dispensers have been in Europe for 14 years. They’re typically in small towns, at gas stations or pizzerias.
Pizza lovers have been using the machine since it started providing pies on Thursday.
New England Bride Hitchhikes To Wedding After Limo Fails
Brookline, NH (AP) After waiting 11 years to marry her groom, a flat tire wasn’t going to stop a determined New Hampshire bride from walking down the aisle on her special day.
With her limo rendered inoperable along an infrequently traveled road in Brookline, Angelique Arsenault stuck out her thumb and hitchhiked to the wedding venue in nearby Milford on Saturday.
Arsenault says her bridal party just laughed after receiving word of the flat tire from their driver.
With confidence fueled by champagne, Arsenault in her white dress was able to flag down a passing motorist who gladly helped get her to the altar‚ albeit 30 minutes late.
Despite the small hiccup, Arsenault says the rest of her wedding was “amazing” and she now has a story her family will remember forever.
Britain’s New Money Is Plastic (Washer Friendly)
London (AP) The times they have a-changed: Britain’s new money is plastic.
The new 5-pound ($6.60) bill introduced Tuesday is strong polymer and can handle a trip through the washing machine without shredding like the paper cash it’s replacing.
It’s got the latest anti-counterfeit and security features and Bank of England officials insist it will be cleaner, safer and stronger than paper money.
But it’s not all new and modern: The portrait on the new fiver depicts wartime leader Winston Churchill, still one of Britain’s most revered statesmen. Some 440 million of the new notes will be phased in, to be followed in the coming years by new 10-pound and 20-pound plastic bills.
Paper 5-pound bills will be usable until May 5.
Red Truck, Red Truck! Town’s Webcam Grips YouTube
Jackson WY (AP) If you’re driving a red truck through downtown Jackson, Wyoming, you could be internet famous.
Live webcam video of a busy intersection near the Jackson Town Square has gripped the online masses. On Tuesday, more than 2,000 people were watching the stream on YouTube that usually has only about 20 watchers.
Red trucks are particularly popular among the many online commenters, although posters also like to point out pedestrians and other mundane happenings in a sort of online I Spy.
Bob Strobel of See Jackson Hole says his webcam is meant to promote local business. It’s been up since 2014, but only caught the eye of the online community a few days ago.
The bustling scene can be mesmerizing, but why is it so popular?
It’s just one of those internet things.
Study: Five Second Rule Is Too Generous For Fallen Food
New Brunswick, NJ (AP) It might be time to reconsider the five-second rule when thinking about eating food that has fallen on the floor.
Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey say in a new study that bacteria can contaminate food that falls on the floor instantaneously.
The findings were published this month in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal.
Researcher Donald Schaffner said the five-second rule is a “significant oversimplification of what actually happens when bacteria transfer from a surface to food.”
Schaffner’s research isn’t the first to conclude that the favorite excuse for why that yummy snack that fell on the ground is still OK to eat is wrong.
The research did find that longer contact time means more bacterial transfer, but tthat the type of food and surface is just as, or more, important.
The Rutgers researchers tested watermelon, bread, bread and butter, and gummy candy on stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet.
They found that watermelon had the most contamination, and that transfer of bacteria is affected most by moisture.