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Old 10-30-2014, 10:04 AM   #2451
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How Tripping On Mushrooms Changes The Brain

Tripping on magic mushrooms may actually free the mind, a new study says. The compounds in the (illegal) mushrooms change the way the brain works.

New research suggests that psilocybin, the main psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, sprouts new links across previously disconnected brain regions, temporarily altering the brain's entire organizational framework.

These new connections are likely what allow users to experience things like seeing sounds or hearing colors. And they could also be responsible for giving magic mushrooms some of their antidepressant qualities.

When researchers compared the brains of people who had received IV injections of psilocybin with those of people given a placebo, they found that the drug changed how information was carried across the brain. (Subjects received 2 milligrams of psilocybin; the dose and concentration of the chemical in actual mushrooms — which are eaten, not injected — varies.) Typically, brain activity follows specific neural networks. But in the people given psilocybin injections, cross-brain activity seemed more erratic, as if freed from its normal framework.

When the researchers looked more closely, however, they noticed that the sparks of activity across the brains of their drugged volunteers wasn't as chaotic as it seemed.

Instead, the activity formed distinct patterns, or cycles.

"The brain does not simply become a random system after psilocybin injection," the researchers wrote, "but instead retains some organizational features, albeit different from the normal state."

Picture the information in your brain being shared across an interconnected and heavily-trafficked system of highways. In that example, psilocybin isn't removing the highways. Instead, it's simply building new ones.


Journal of the Royal Society Interface Visualization of the brain connections in the brain of a person on psilocybin (right) and the brain of a person not given the drug.

These new connections allow parts of the brain that don't usually talk to one another to communicate. People who use magic mushrooms and see the number 52 as glowing bright blue and red, then, don't see it that way because the drugs have made them crazy. Instead, they associate the number with colors because the brain region that detects and interprets color has been chatting it up with the brain region that processes numbers.

This new insight into what psilocybin does to the brain could help explain years of earlier findings on psilocybin's psychological effects, including how magic mushrooms seem to curb symptoms of depression.

In a 2012 study, Imperial College London neuroscientist David Nutt found that in people drugged with psilocybin, brain chatter across traditional areas of the brain was muted, including in a region thought to play a role in maintaining our sense of self. In depressed people, Nutt believes, the connections between brain circuits in this sense-of-self region are too strong. "People who get into depressive thinking, their brains are overconnected," Nutt told Psychology Today. Negative thoughts and feelings of self-criticism become obsessive and overwhelming.

Loosening those connections and creating new ones, Nutt thinks, could provide intense relief.

Johns Hopkins psychologists came to similar findings when they induced out of body experiences in a small group of volunteers dosed with psilocybin. Immediately following their sessions, participants said they felt more open, more imaginative, and more appreciative of beauty. When the researchers followed up with the volunteers a year later, nearly two-thirds said the experience had been one of the most important in their lives; close to half continued to score higher on a personality test of openness than they had before taking the drug.

Nick Fernandez, a former cancer patient and psychology graduate student who took psilocybin as part of a New York University study, experienced those same feelings of freedom and positivity.

"For the first time in my life, I felt like there was... a force greater than myself," Fernandez told Aeon Magazine. "Something inside me snapped and I experienced a... shift that made me realize all my anxieties, defenses, and insecurities weren't something to worry about."
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Reminds me a bit of the TV special that was aired in the UK a while back, where a few people volunteered to either be given some MDMA or a placebo. They didn't know what they were getting when they went through with the experiment. The results were interesting. One of them, a female pastor, claimed she felt disconnected from God and was okay with that.
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We've heard of poppin' some molly and sweatin', but not popping molly, snorting some coke, having a seizure, car-jacking the ambulance that was sent to help you, careening every which way through traffic, and then jerking off in the police station. That'd probably make for a better song, though.

The above scenario was just a night out for Colorado State student Stefan Sortland. Sortland took the above-mentioned drugs before heading off to a Halloween party. The effects were apparently too much for his system, so he fell into a seizure. Someone called for help.

At some point soon after, Sortland came to, saw an empty ambulance, and thought, Shit, time for some joy riding! According to police reports acquired by Denver's ABC 7, police tracked the vehicle and found it in bad shape:

Loveland police officers said they found the ambulance in the middle of Highway 34 with several doors open, heavy front-end damage and fluid leaking.

One officer said it appeared the driver of the ambulance had hit the raised median, jumped the curb, hit a sign, went the wrong way and crossed back over the median before stopping.

Officers said they found 18-year-old Stefan Sortland standing about 30 yards from the stopped ambulance wearing an EMT vest. Officers shot him with a stun gun when he refused their commands. Sortland had a blanket, a cell phone and a box of Wheat Thins with him.


After eventually subduing the 18-year-old, the cops took him back to the station, where more hijinks ensued:

Sortland was taken to the Loveland Police Department.

There he "stood on a bench, kicked the wall, and masturbated," according to the police report.

Police said during his interview with officers, Sortland made a reference that his "friends/roommates were dead, in heaven, and had committed suicide."


Somebody find that kid a better dealer. That was some bad molly.
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The masturbating in the police station is the best part.
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Having experience working with this airline, this didn't totally shock me.

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A Korean Air executive who delayed a plane because she was angry with the way she had been served nuts by an air steward has resigned, the airline says.

Heather Cho, a vice-president of the airline and daughter of its chairman, had demanded the crew member be removed from a flight last Friday for failing to serve the nuts on a plate.

The Incheon-bound flight had to taxi back to the terminal in New York.

The airline has apologised, but said she had had the support of the pilot.

The flight eventually arrived in South Korea 11 minutes behind schedule.

Local media reports said that a junior attendant had offered Ms Cho macadamia nuts in a bag, instead of serving the nuts on a plate.

Ms Cho then questioned the chief flight attendant over in-flight service standards and ordered him off the plane.

The airline told Korea Times that checking quality of service was one of Ms Cho's jobs, as she was responsible for in-flight service for the carrier.

It also said the crew member had replied with "lies and excuses" when challenged over the correct nut-serving procedure.

But transport authorities are investigating whether Ms Cho's actions infringed aviation law.

"Even though she is senior vice-president at the company, she was a passenger at that time, so she had to behave and be treated as a passenger," a South Korea transport ministry official told reporters.
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"THE NUTS GO ON A PLATE" is now my new catchcry whenever I'm having a meltdown.
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More details on this, from a historical perspective: http://abcnews.go.com/International/...amily-27494362

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Cho's brother, Won-tae, 38, was investigated by police in 2005 for pushing an elderly woman who confronted him about his reckless driving, the Yonhap news agency reported.
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Tom Petty awarded songwriting royalties on Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"

get that money, Tom!

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The inflight tantrum dubbed “nut rage” culminated Thursday in a one-year prison sentence for Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, a humiliating rebuke that only partially quelled public outrage at the excesses of South Korea’s business elite.

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The court sentenced Yeo Woon-jin, a Korean Air executive who pressured employees to lie about the nut rage case, to eight months in prison.

Transport ministry official Kim Woon-sub was found guilty of leaking the ministry’s investigation to the airline. He received a six-month prison sentence suspended for one year.
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"Nut rage". Hehehe
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Jesus, they are tough in South Korea.
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Why....



http://gawker.com/american-student-l...-th-1685993569

The poor guy won't ever be able to drop a deuce the same... The running of the bulls... I mean, really? Who came up with the idea to get loaded on booze all night and run from a bunch of pissed off bulls? The comments on that article are fantastic, BTW.


This is probably when he wished he could have a do-over. Mad props to the dude trying to pull the dull off.

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Why you should never eat a bacon sandwich: what you can - and can't - eat

This was the week when everything we thought we knew about eating and drinking healthily was turned on its head.

First, a damning new study in the British Medical Journal showed that - after all we have been told to the contrary - saturated fat is good for you.

Far from being the great risk to our health and hearts, it turns out that most people who eat butter, milk, cream and full-fat yoghurts generally have better heart health, less risk of Type 2 diabetes, and are even slimmer than those who eat fat-free. It seems that there is a connection between our 30-year war on saturated fat and our terrifying obesity epidemic.

Now experts are saying instead that carbohydrates are the real killer.

Later in the week, more research was published in the British Medical Journal, suggesting that despite what we have always thought, the benefits of drinking wine have been overstated.

So what can we safely eat these days? And what had we better avoid? Here, the experts give their "definitive" verdict...

Butter
What the line has been: Avoid butter at all costs and replace with low-fat polyunsaturated spreads.

What we now know: Butter can be good for you in small amounts.

"We used to think that if you ate saturated fat, it raised your cholesterol levels and increased your risk of heart attack," says Dr Michael Mosley, the science journalist. "It turns out that dairy fats don't work like that in your bloodstream. When you look at all the big studies, the proof that butter is bad for you isn't there."

Recommended amount: A moderate amount, which may even do you good.

Milk
What the line has been: Better to drink semi-skimmed or skimmed.

What we now know: Full-fat milk contains a lot of healthy fats and is just as good for you - if not better than -reduced-fat versions. "People have this misconception that full-fat milk is fattening, but now we know that just because a food is fatty doesn't mean it's bad for you, as there are different types of fat," says Mel Wakeman, a senior lecturer in nutrition at Birmingham City University. "I've gone back to drinking full-fat milk to ensure I get all the goodness."

Recommended amount: Up to half a pint of full-fat milk a day.

Eggs
What the line has been: Eggs are full of cholesterol and you should limit your intake.

What we now know: Eggs are good for you and have no link to health problems. "Repeated studies have now shown that dietary cholesterol does not increase cholesterol levels in the blood," says Ms Wakeman. "Eggs are full of all sorts of nutrients and vitamins, and are very good for you. They contain protein, so will also keep you fuller for longer."

Recommended amount: You can eat eggs three or four times a week.

Olive oil
What the line has been: Olive oil is a wonder-ingredient that is key to better health.

What we now know: Olive oil is fine on salads but is carcinogenic when heated and should not be used for frying. "Olive oil is very good for you but has a very low smoke point, and produces carcinogens when heated," says Dr Glenys Jones, a nutritionist. "For frying, I recommend rapeseed oil, which has similar nutritional benefits, but has a high smoke point."

Recommended amount: A tablespoon a day.

Carbohydrates
What the line has been: Carbohydrates should make up 50 per cent of your food intake.

What the line is now: Brown carbohydrates are good, but white are deadly. "I'm a big supporter of carbohydrates," says Ms Wakeman, "but they must be wholegrain. White spaghetti, bread and rice are not our friends. Once they hit the bloodstream, they convert into pure sugar, and this puts us at risk of obesity, heart problems, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Plus, the fibre and minerals have been stripped from white carbohydrates."

Recommended amount: Wholegrain carbohydrates should make up 50 per cent of your food.

Processed Meat
What the line has been: Fine in moderation.

What the line is now: There are strong links between eating processed meat and the risk of heart attacks, bowel cancer and strokes. "Processed meats, including bacon, sausages, Parma ham, ham and salami, have a very high salt content and the act of processing itself is associated with an increase of heart disease, bowel cancer and stroke," says Dr Michael Mosley. "One esteemed scientist I know called Dr David Spiegelhalter told me that if you crunch the numbers, every bacon sandwich you eat knocks half an hour off your life."

Recommended amount: A couple of times a week if you really have to - but no more.

Wine
What the line has been: A small amount of alcohol, particularly red wine, is good for the heart.

What we now know: The benefits of drinking have been over-stated. "New research shows that the benefits of even a small amount of red wine may have been exaggerated, but there has been a lot of conflicting research," says Ms Wakeman.

"It's certainly good for post-menopausal women because red wine makes the blood less sticky so lowers the risk of heart disease. In younger women, however, the research shows that there is an indisputable connection between levels of alcohol intake and breast cancer."

Recommended amount: A small glass of red a day is probably fine, with a couple of days off a week.

Yoghurt
What the line has been: Stick to the low-fat variety.

What the line is now: Full-fat may be better. "There is now strong evidence that eating full-fat yogurt is likely to cut your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and is associated with effective weight loss in a way that eating low-fat yoghurt isn't," says Dr Mosley. "The problem with low-fat yoghurts is that they remove the fat but stuff them full of sugar to improve the taste.

"Also, when you get rid of the fat, you lose a lot of the fat-soluble vitamins, so you lose the goodness, and also the yoghurt becomes less filling so you eat more later."

Recommended amount: Switch to full-fat and you may eat regularly if you like.

Superfoods
What the line has been: There is no such thing as a superfood.

What the line is now: There has been much debate over how to define a "superfood" but it is now clear that certain foods - mostly fruits and vegetables - are extraordinarily nutrient-dense.

"There is strong evidence that some foods deliver far more micro-nutrients than others," says Dr Mosley.

"Watercress, beetroot and spinach, for example, all seem to deliver a record number of vitamins and micro-nutrients."

Recommended amount: As much as you like.

Fruit Juice
What the line has been: Fruit juice is good for you.

What we now know: Many commercial fruit juices contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, the equivalent of 10 teaspoons per glassful. "I've been banging on about the dangers of fruit juice for some years," says Dr Mosley.

"Many fruit juices have a similar sugar content to Coca-Cola. Commercial juices get rid of the fibre, which is the good stuff, and you're also consuming a lot of sugar in one drink, which isn't good for you. It also doesn't affect your appetite so you don't eat any less at your next meal."

Recommended amount: Making your own is better but it's a treat, not a health drink.

Red Meat
What the line has been: Red meat is bad for you.

What the line is now: Red meat from grass-fed animals can be good for you. "If you look at American studies, there does seem to be evidence of a small increase of risk to your heart from eating red meat, but when you look at similar studies from Europe there is no link," says Dr Mosley. "This is probably because American meat is reared on concrete lots, fed corn and given a lot of antibiotics and growth hormones, whereas beef in Europe is often fed on grass and hasn't been pumped full of all the bad stuff."

Recommended amount: 3-4oz or 100g three or four times a week is fine.

Bread
What the line has been: Bread is good for you.

What the line is now: Only wholegrain breads are good for you. "They key thing with bread is to always make sure you are eating bread made from wholemeal flour," says Ms Wakeman. "White flour will just convert to sugar the minute it hits your bloodstream. Just because bread is covered in seeds doesn't mean it has been made from wholemeal flour. Lots of healthy-looking artisan breads are made with white flour, so always read the label. There's no difference in terms of nutrition if you buy sliced bread."

Recommended amount: Two to four slices a day is fine.

Caffeine
What the line has been: Up to six cups of coffee or tea a day is fine.

What we now know: Many of us punctuate our day with cups of coffee or tea, and caffeine has long been associated with increased wakefulness, yet caffeine is now thought to come with health risks. "Caffeine is highly addictive, bad for blood pressure and has been linked to heart disease," says Dr Jones.

Recommended amount: Up to two cups of coffee or four cups of tea a day - no more.

Dark Chocolate
What the line has been: Chocolate is bad for you.

What we now know: Dark chocolate is good for the heart. "Research now conclusively shows a link to eating small amounts of dark chocolate and lowered blood pressure," says Mel Wakeman. "But don't kid yourself that milk chocolate is good for you. It's just fat and sugar with very little cocoa in it."

Recommended amount: Two squares of 70 per cent cocoa dark chocolate a day.
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I don't see how this is brand new information, but anyway...

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We've all heard about "beer goggles" – the idea that after you've had a few drinks the person in front of you suddenly becomes more beautiful. But what if alcohol really could make a person more attractive?

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK have been investigating this possibility and have found that drinking a small amount of alcohol could actually make the drinker appear more attractive.

In the study, researchers from Bristol University's School of Experimental Psychology asked a group of heterosexual social drinkers to complete an attractiveness-rating task.

The participants, 20 men and 20 women, were shown a series of photographs depicting an individual at various stages of intoxication; while sober, after drinking the equivalent of 250ml of wine and after drinking the equivalent of 500ml of wine. They were then asked to rank the images in order of attractiveness.

After analysing the results, the researchers found that the photographs that were ranked the most attractive were the ones in which individuals had consumed a moderate amount of alcohol (the equivalent of 250ml of wine). This means that the individuals photographed appeared more attractive after having a drink than they were when they were sober.

Professor Marcus Munafò, who led the study, noted that the change in attractiveness was likely to be caused by a change in appearance, such as flushing, that is associated with alcohol. Another explanation could be that a small amount of alcohol can create a positive mood resulting in more smiles and a more relaxed persona.

Ben Neumann is the founder of Australia's largest beverage catering company, Liquid Infusion. He says that from what he has seen working in the hospitality industry the results of the study make sense.

"After a drink you can start to feel more confident, which can lead to a stronger presence in the room. Alcohol can also act as a muscle relaxant and this can help make someone seem more relaxed and attractive," he says.

Neumann also notes that since alcohol lowers inhibitions, drinkers can become more flirtatious, which can be seen in their body language, facial expressions and eye contact.

However, there is a downside. The study found that while a small drink could increase attractiveness, the effect wore off after the second drink. This is no surprise to Neumann.

He says that there is a fine line between having a few drinks and over-doing it.

"If you keep drinking to the point of intoxication you can believe you are presenting as attractive, when in fact the opposite is more likely to be true."

Of course, in some cases drinking alcohol can actually have a negative effect on our appearance. One of the more common ways that this can happen is by interfering with our sleep.

"Alcohol effects the REM sleep cycle. While it may help people get to sleep, it prevents people falling into the deep stages of sleep which are important for body regeneration and rest," says Dr Sam Hay, from Your Doctors, Sydney.

So it's no surprise that after a poor nights sleep we are left feeling irritable, unrested and tired – and the effects are often evident in our appearance.

According to Dr Hay, the negative effects that alcohol can have on our appearance don't stop there. Other noticeable effects of excess drinking include flushing, facial redness and visible blood vessels known as "spider angiomas". And in extreme cases alcohol consumption can lead to Jaundice, a chronic liver disease that results in the yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Dr Hay also notes that alcohol can exacerbate other skin conditions such as "rosacea" and "psoriasis" and more frequent or severe cold sores. "Skin infections occur more often in heavy drinkers because alcohol lowers the immune system," he says.

So while a single unit of alcohol could make you more attractive, it's not a good idea to start adding a glass of wine to your beauty regime. As Dr Hay notes, regardless of any potential benefits it could have, when it comes to alcohol, moderation and responsibility are key.
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I'd be interested in the inverse of this study. Get the subjects drunker and drunker and rate the attractiveness of people.
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Egypt unveils plans to build new capital east of Cairo

The Egyptian government has announced plans to build a new capital to the east of the present one, Cairo.

Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly said the project would cost $45bn (£30bn) and take five to seven years to complete.

He said the aim was to ease congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years.

The announcement was made at an investment conference that aims to revive the Egyptian economy.

The gathering, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, has attracted pledges worth $12bn (£8bn) in aid and investment from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Mr Madbouly said the population of greater Cairo, estimated at about 18 million, was expected to double within 40 years.

The Egyptian parliament and its government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies, would move to the new metropolis, he said.

"We are talking about a world capital," he added.

Developers say the new city - the name of which has not been revealed - would include almost 2,000 schools and colleges and more than 600 health care facilities. They say the project will create more than a million jobs.

It is planned to be built over 700 sq km (270 sq miles) and house about five million residents.

Model of new capital at conference in Sharm el-Sheikh. 13 March 2015

Planners say the proposed city's site "is situated along the corridor between Cairo and the Red Sea, providing linkages to significant shipping routes.

It will be built by Capital City Partners, a private real estate investment fund led by Emirati Mohamed Alabbar. Dubai businessman Mr Alabbar built the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

"It is a natural extension for the city of Cairo," Mr Alabbar told the BBC, saying that the new development would sit on the edge of the existing city.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to design something from scratch, and to design it keeping in mind the needs of the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government."

He said that the builders would be deploying the most advanced design techniques on the project, and that the city would breed "confidence" and "pride" in Egyptians.

The new capital is as yet unnamed, but it sounds like an Egyptian version of Shangri La. It's being billed as a smart sustainable city, on a grand scale.

If and when it's completed - and that could take years - it will be about the size of Singapore, with an airport larger than Heathrow.

The idea is to lure Egyptians away from the chaotic sprawl of Cairo - where congestion and pollution seem as constant as the waters of the Nile.

The authorities say it will spark a renaissance in the economy. Perhaps, but many here recall other flagship projects - which stalled in the past. Egyptian bureaucracy can be as enduring as the pyramids.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi can't afford this to fail. Without tangible economic progress there could be more unrest ahead.
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Who among us is truly innocent? Who among us hasn't pasted a link into an email's compose field, only to realize that it doesn't refer to the really interesting article we'd intended to send, but to an extremely graphic Pornhub video entitled "SHE LOVES HER ANAL BEADS?" Last week, Lisa McElroy, a professor at Drexel University's law school, made a mistake that any of us could have made—a mistake for which she's now being punished.

On March 31, McElroy sent an email to her pupils at Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law under the header "great article on writing briefs." The text of the email mostly delivered on the innocuous promise of the subject line, except that the link directed to the aforementioned porn clip, not the brief-writing article.

he abject mortification the professor surely felt upon realizing her error should be punishment enough—you'll get through this, McElroy, even if it doesn't seem that way now—but as the blog Above the Law notes, she's now the subject of an investigation from Drexel's administration. According to ATL's tipster, she's been placed on leave while the higher-ups decide whether she violated the school's sexual harassment policy. All for an accidental handful of beads.

The video, for what it's worth, is still available on Pornhub. (Link extremely NSFW, obviously.) "Thanks Harvard teacher," reads the clip's top comment, published today. Wrong esteemed American educational institution, but a touching show of solidarity nonetheless.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:10 AM   #2471
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LEESBURG, Georgia — Authorities say a man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Sheriff’s deputies tell WALB-TV that 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo Sunday night in the southern state of Georgia.
Deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, travelled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back.

McElroy’s 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Sheriff’s investigator Bill Smith said she was walking and talking afterward.

Sherriff’s deputies say McElroy was about 100 yards (90 metres) away from the home when he shot the armadillo.

And, it turns out county authorities actually encourage residents to shoot or trap troublesome armadillos.

“At first I ask if they live in the city or county, because shooting is an effective way of getting rid of them. However, you have to be safe when you do that,” James Morgan, the Dougherty County Extension Coordinator, told WALB-TV.
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An Evans, Ga., mom faces charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after she told her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor that she threw a drunken, naked Twister party for her teen daughter and her friends. The sponsor responded to the randy mom's plea for help by narcing her out to the sheriff's department.

Rachel Lenhardt, 35, allegedly told her sponsor that her 16-year-old daughter texted her asking if she could bring friends over to party. Lenhardt agreed, and provided alcohol and weed for the group of teens, the Augusta Chronicle reports.

Lenhardt's alleged story to her sober buddy only gets wilder from there. According to Augusta Crime: She initially joined in the teens' naked game of Twister, but ended up fucking an 18-year-old in the bathroom. Later, because she was still "horny," she brought out some sex toys and began using them on herself in the living room. The whole naked party eventually moved to the hot tub.
The night ended for Lenhardt around 3:30 a.m., when she woke up in her bed to find her daughter's 16-year-old boyfriend having sex with her. According to an Evans County sheriff's report quoted by the Huffington Post,

"Mrs. Lehnardt told [the sponsor] she and her daughter had spoken and that her daughter 'felt guilty because the 16-year-old was 10 inches long and huge, and if she had just been able to take it, he wouldn't have needed to rape her mother.'"

The sponsor said Lenhardt had previously shown her daughter porn photos she'd taken with her current boyfriend, and confessed to being a "sexual deviant" and "porn addict."

The horny mom, arrested based on the sponsor's story, won't face any sex-related charges because 16 is Georgia's age of consent. She's currently free on a $3,200 bond, according to the Chronicle.

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During a surgery to remove an apparent brain tumor in a 26-year-old woman, doctors in Los Angeles were shocked to discover an embryonic twin instead.

As reported by NBC Los Angeles, the patient, an Indiana University PhD student named Yamini Karanam, had been struggling with reading- and listening- comprehension when she sought out the help of Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, who is known for developing a minimally-invasive technique for removing tumors deep inside the brain.

During Karanam’s surgery, Shahinian made a small incision into the brain, and then extended an endoscope to the site of the apparent tumor. NBC explains the rest:

But what the brain surgeon found next surprised even him: the tumor was actually a “teratoma” - [it was Karanam’s] embryonic twin, a rarity in modern medicine, complete with bone, hair and teeth.

“This is my second one, and I’ve probably taken out 7,000 or 8,000 brain tumors,” Shahinian said. Karanam awoke to learn what was causing her all that trouble [back home].

She light-heartedly called the tumor her “evil twin sister who’s been torturing me for the past 26 years.”


For those of you desperate to know what the teratoma looked like (because I know you do), click here to watch the NBC video that accompanies the report.
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If you haven't watched the Llama Drama from earlier this year, make some time for it.

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How do you think you’d react if you went “viral”? Would you capitalize on your fame? Would you resent your friends for uploading that video of you dancing to “Uptown Funk”? Would you accept your spot on Ellen? Two llamas—known worldwide for running wild in the streets of Arizona—have let fame change them.

The two female llamas, Kahkneeta and Laney, escaped after paying a visit to an assisted-living residence in Sun City, Arizona, in February, running wild through the streets, and evading capture for hours. The whole ordeal was breathlessly documented on social media as it unfolded live, but two months after the animals were captured and returned home, the excitement has yet to end.

The llamas—Kahkneeta and Laney— have had visitors near daily, their owners have appeared on TV, and now, the impact of sudden viral fame has begun to change the way Kahkneeta acts toward her owners, Karen Freund and Bub Bullis, who spoke with the New York Times:

Laney has bounced back from the public ordeal. But Ms. Freund said the experience had gone straight to Kahkneeta’s head. Back in the pen, the llama still has a bit of defiance in her system, and she has grown distant. Ms. Freund worries she has post-traumatic stress.

“She’s a little harder to handle now,” she said. “She knows if she takes off, she can do whatever she wants. She was always my llama, and now she holds me accountable for everything that happened.”


A third llama—Alejandro—was on the scene that day, but gave in to capture early on. Some might consider this llama the smartest, for he is the only one free from the shackles of unexpected and unmanageable notoriety. But at least they made the residents of the assisted-living home happy:

“We were more excited about it than the llamas — they were calm, we were not,” said Claire Mevius, 96, who carries a photo of herself with Kahkneeta in her purse. “I don’t like petting dogs and cats. That llama neck felt great. I didn’t object to it at all.”

Kahkneeta the llama: just like a real celebrity.
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This would never happen in America.

How awesome is this? http://www.wort.lu/en/panorama/luxem...88b46a8ce5953c

Luxembourg is an awesome country. So wanna go there.
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