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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Truck full of eels overturns on U.S. 101, dousing sedan with slithering sea creatures
    Updated on July 14, 2017 at 5:42 PMPosted on July 13, 2017 at 6:03 PM

    By Jim Ryan

    jryan@oregonian.com

    The Oregonian/OregonLive

    In a scene straight out of your nightmares, a truck full of "slime eels" lost its load Thursday on U.S. 101, causing a five-car crash, dousing sedans with goo and sending sea creatures slithering across vehicles and the highway.

    Technically, the fish were not eels, but hagfish, which have a skull but no jaw or spine and they secrete slime when distressed, earning them the nickname "slime eels."

    And distressed they were, emitting gooey stuff that will make you shiver in your sandals — and that covered 101 along with the 7,500 pounds of fish.

    The Oregon State Police tweeted photos of extensively damaged, slimy sedans. It was a decidedly disgusting scene best avoided by travelers.


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    The fish were loaded in the back of a truck driven by Salvatore Tragale for transport to Korea, where they are a delicacy. Tragale was driving northbound on 101 when he came upon road construction that had stopped traffic, police say.

    But Tragale couldn't stop his truck in time, and containers of hagfish flew. They sailed into the southbound lane, starting a chain reaction of collision.

    The crates first struck a 2017 Nissan driven by Kim Randall, a 64-year-old from Arizona. The impact pushed the Nissan back into a Honda CRV, driven by Rachel Craven of Toledo. Craven's car then collided into a white Ford Focus driven by two women, Kristine Torp and Melissa Waage, from Norway. The Focus struck a 2017 Ford F150 containing Kevin, Donna and Brandon White from Tigard.


    Randall sustained minor injuries in the crash. No one else was injured. Unless, of course, you count the fish. Hagfish cannot survive outside of salt water. They died on the highway.

    The highway was down to one lane for several hours as the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Depoe Bay Fire District hosed fish and slime off the road. The highway reopened about 4 p.m.


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    At the scene of the slime, hagfish clean-up continues along U.S. 101

    The Oregon Department of Transportation said they believe the dead hagfish and slime along U.S. 101 will be removed by Saturday.



    Authorities continued working late afternoon to clean the dead hagfish from the side of the road, a state police spokeswoman said.

    Charges are pending for Tragale, the truck driver, the spokeswoman said.

    Hagfish are caught along the West Coast, including Oregon, and shipped to Korea, where they are a delicacy.

    They have unique qualities. The slime -- a type of mucus – from a hagfish can expand to more than five gallons when combined with water. Sorry, ODOT.

    Also, according to smithsonianmag.com, to prevent choking on its own slime, a hagfish can "sneeze" out its slime-filled nostril, and tie its body into a knot to keep the slime from dripping onto its face.

    And, just to enhance the nightmare, this last fact from smithsonianmag.com: The eel-shaped creatures use four pairs of thin sensory tentacles surrounding their mouths to find food—including carcasses of much larger animals. Once they find their meal, they bury into it face-first to bore a tunnel deep into its flesh.
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Doctors Report Removing 27 Contact Lenses From A Woman's Eye
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    It wasn't old age, or disease: A "bluish foreign body" that was found in an English woman's eye turned out to be a mass of contact lenses, surprising medical staff who were preparing the woman, 65, for routine cataract surgery. They report pulling 27 lenses from the woman's eye.

    "She was quite shocked," specialist trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria tells Britain's Optometry Today.

    Morjaria says she and her colleagues were startled to find 17 contact lenses clumped together as they were injecting anesthesia into the woman's eye at Solihull Hospital, southeast of Birmingham. They then recovered another 10 lenses. Part of their surprise, she said, was because the patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

    "When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable," Morjaria tells Optometry Today. "She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye."

    The woman had not complained about problems other than cataracts, according to the report Morjaria and others published in the British Medical Journal. The patient had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for some 35 years, she said.

    Morjaria said she hopes the episode, which occurred last winter, raises awareness for patients who wear contacts but might go long periods without getting an eye exam — perhaps because they order them online rather than in person. The incident should also raise issues for optometrists, she said, noting that the mass of contact lenses hadn't triggered an obvious infection.

    Their BMJ article prompted one physician to remark in the comment section, "It does make one wonder about the appropriateness and completeness of the examination of the referring clinician!"

    As for the surgery that had been planned — it was postponed, in part to allow bacteria that had accumulated to clear from the area of the eye.
     
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    World War II pilot's remains found in tree, return for burial 72 years later
    [​IMG]Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William J. Gray, Jr., 21, of Kirkland, Washington.Photo by: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
    For more than 70 years a tree protected the remains of a World War II fighter pilot from Washington state whose plane crashed in Germany in 1945.

    The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. William Gray of Kirkland were returned to his family Friday for a burial at Tahoma National Cemetery with full military honors.

    The 21-year-old Gray was on a dive-bombing mission on April 16, 1945, when his single-seat P-47D aircraft clipped a tree and crashed in Lindau.

    The Defense POW/MIA said investigators recovered Gray’s remains last year. Two people who saw Gray’s plane go down told the investigators where to look, Q13 Fox reported Friday. The investigators were in Lindau on another recovery mission.

    “The bones they found were embedded in the tree,” Gray’s niece Jan Bradshaw told the station.

    Her brother Doug Louvier added, “It grew over his remains and really protected and marked the spot.”

    Gray was buried side-by-side with his best friend—Bradshaw and Louvier’s father.

    Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jim Louvier returned home from the war and was 89 when he died in 2010.

    As they went off to the war together after enlisting, Louvier made a pact with his buddy. They each promised to take care of the other’s family if anything happened to either one of them.

    Bradshaw told the station that her father kept his word. He married Gray's younger sister, her mother.

    “I know he loved her dearly and committed to her for 64 years before he died,” she said of her father.

    Louvier was cremated after he died but his children didn’t know what do with the ashes—until Friday.

    “We couldn’t decide what to do and now we know why,” Bradshaw said.
     
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    The funny thing is, I find the idea of someone in death being embedded in a living tree to be kind of wonderful. I would have arranged with Germany to place a plaque on the tree and leave him there if I were the family. That's just me. I truly understand the desire to have him "home."
     
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    Incredible Video Shows Golden Retriever Rescue Drowning Fawn Off Long Island Beach
    A golden retriever leaped into the waters off Long Island during a morning walk over the weekend and, after a furious swim, returned with a drowning fawn in its mouth, its owner says.

    Owner Mark Freeley said he had been walking Storm along the sand at PJ Harbor after 8 a.m. Sunday when the dog jumped into the water and started swimming after something. Freeley captured video of the pup swimming back to shore, clutching something large in its mouth, and once Storm got close enough to stand, Freeley could see the "something" was a fawn.

    The video shows the heroic Storm toss the deer onto the sand; the deer moves, struggling to stand up, and Storm grabs it in his mouth and bounds up on the rocky shore. He puts the fawn down and tries to revive it with some loving licks and nudging. The deer appeared exhausted but was breathing.

    According to reports, the man and dog stayed with the deer until a vet showed up. The fawn is expected to fully recover.

    Meanwhile, Freeley's Facebook post on the beach rescue has gone viral, with more than 1.2 million views and 30,000-plus shares in 24 hours.

     
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    Texas company recalls coffee with Viagra-like substance
    By Associated Press
    July 20 at 5:08 PM


    GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — A Texas coffee company is recalling one of its roasts because it was making some men a bit too excited.

    Bestherbs Coffee LLC issued the voluntary recall for its New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it contains desmethyl carbodenafil, which is similar to sildenafil in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra.

    Bestherbs, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, distributed the coffee nationwide from July 2014 through June 2016. Some customers were buying it to help in the bedroom.

    No injuries have been reported, but the FDA says the undeclared ingredient could interact with prescription medicine and lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...53480672286_story.html?utm_term=.00515a1789ff
     
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