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  1. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Published December 24, 2017
    Pennsylvania woman stunned by $284 billion electric bill
    Fox News
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    An error left Mary Horomanski, of Erire, Pa., with a $284 billion electric bill.

    A Pennsylvania utility customer got the shock of her life after checking on her monthly electric bill and seeing that she owed $284 billion.

    “My eyes just about popped out of my head,” Erie homeowner Mary Horomanski, 58, told the Erie Times-News. “We had put up Christmas lights and I wondered if we had put them up wrong.”

    Horomanski checked her account statement online earlier this month and saw that she was being zapped for $284,460,000,000 by Penelec, her electric provider.

    She was told she had until November 2018 to pay the entire amount. Her first payment for December was only $28,156.

    After a call from Horomanki’s son, Penelec fixed the statement to show that the actual balance was $284.46, the paper reported.

    Penelec spokesman Mark Durbin said somehow the decimal point was in the wrong spot.


    “I can’t recall ever seeing a bill for billions of dollars,” Durbin told the paper. “We appreciate the customer’s willingness to reach out to us about the mistake.”

    Horomanski told her son she had a better idea for a Christmas gift after she saw the $284 billion bill, according to the paper.

    “I told him I want a heart monitor,” she said.
     
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  2. RickAgresta

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    Nice Christmas gift, thanks jig!
     
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    Bad haircuts aren’t a crime. But what this barber did with his scissors was, police say.

    By Jared Gilmour

    jgilmour@mcclatchy.com

    December 27, 2017 03:56 PM

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    A Madison, Wisconsin, hair stylist has been charged with disorderly conduct after police say he intentionally cut a man’s ear while cutting his hair. Madison Police Department


    The customer had asked for a fairly simple haircut: He wanted the sides of his head shaved with a number two clipper, and an inch of hair cut off the top.

    But the term “bad haircut” doesn’t do justice to the mortifying (and bloody) hairdo the 22-year-old man left a Madison, Wisc. salon with on Dec. 22, according to police.

    First, the customer’s ear was snipped intentionally by the barber at Ruby’s Salon, the customer said. Then, as it began to bleed, the barber put the zero attachment on his clippers and shaved a severe, bald line right down the middle of his customer’s head, according to a police report.

    As the man got up and fled the salon around 2:15 p.m. — with his ear bloodied and his head partially shaved — the barber, Khaled A. Shabani, 46, called out after him, police said.

    “You want a zero, right?” Shabani kept shouting, according to a police report.

    The customer told police that before the attack Shabani had accused him of fidgeting and moving too much, and then started twisting the customer’s ear, police said.

    After the customer left the salon and called the police, Shabani was arrested for mayhem and disorderly conduct while armed.

    “While it is not a crime to give someone a bad haircut, you will get arrested for intentionally snipping their ear with a scissors,” Joel Despain, a spokesman for the Madison Police Department, said in a statement.

    Shabani told police it was an accident, according to the police report.

    The 22-year-old victim shaved his head elsewhere to match the streak Shabani allegedly gave him, police said.
     
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    Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years
    • Cacao plants are slated to disappear by as early as 2050 thanks to warmer temperatures and dryer weather conditions.
    • Scientists at the University of California are teaming up with Mars company to try to save the crop before it's too late.
    • They're exploring the possibility of using the gene-editing technology CRISPR to make crops that can survive the new challenges.
    Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California’s new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in refrigerated greenhouses await judgment day.

    Under the watchful eye of Myeong-Je Cho, the director of plant genomics at an institute that's working with food and candy company Mars, the plants will be transformed. If all goes well, these tiny seedlings will soon be capable of surviving — and thriving — in the dryer, warmer climate that is sending chills through the spines of farmers across the globe.

    It's all thanks to a new technology called CRISPR, which allows for tiny, precise tweaks to DNA that were never possible before. These tweaks are already being used to make crops cheaper and more reliable. But their most important use may be in the developing world, where many of the plants that people rely on to avoid starvation are threatened by the impacts of climate change, including more pests and a lack of water.

    Cacao plants occupy a precarious position on the globe. They can only grow within a narrow strip of rainforested land roughly 20 degrees north and south of the equator, where temperature, rain, and humidity all stay relatively constant throughout the year. Over half of the world's chocolate now comes from just two countries in West Africa — Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

    But those areas won't be suitable for chocolate in the next few decades. By 2050, rising temperatures will push today's chocolate-growing regions more than 1,000 feet uphill into mountainous terrain — much of which is currently preserved for wildlife, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Mars, the $35 billion corporation best known for Snickers, is aware of these problems and others presented by climate change.

    In September, the company pledged $1 billion as part of an effort called "Sustainability in a Generation," which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its business and supply chain by more than 60% by 2050.

    "We're trying to go all in here," Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer, told Business Insider. "There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough collectively."

    source of the bad news: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-...track-to-go-extinct-in-40-years-a8136561.html
     
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    Maybe PA utilities have problems. It wasn't as bad; but my parents got some outrageous utility bill when the meter malfunctioned. My father had to show them that the meter ran fast with nothing on in the house.
     
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    I'm just posting the headline. No link. Nothing else.

    'Penis-Whitening Laser Procedure Goes Viral in Thailand'
     
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