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Minneapolis Neighborhood Invaded By Frozen Pants
By Tara Law, time.com
The chilly temperatures have led to an unusual invasion in a neighborhood in Minneapolis of around a hundred pairs of disembodied frozen pants.
The mastermind behind the artistic display, Tom Grotting, 64, says that temperatures need to get down to at least 0 degrees Fahrenheit for the pants to stay in place. This week, he’s in luck – the wind chill in Minneapolis went down to 55 degrees below Fahrenheit on Wednesday, and the air temperature was as low as 29 degrees below Fahrenheit.
Grotting, the co-owner of digital equipment company Digital Creations, says that he came up with the idea to freeze the pants during another Arctic blast about 6 years ago.
When the temperature gets this cold, Grotting says, “Life doesn’t exactly stop but it sort of slows down. When it lasts a couple days you can go stir crazy, so your mind thinks of things to do.”
He says that he suspects some of the inspiration came from his childhood. His parents used to hang clothes outside to dry, and he always found it entertaining to see them freeze in funny shapes.
When he first got the idea he had hoped to embarrass his children, who he says were at “eye-rolling age.” His daughter, Ava (now 19) was “just mortified,” Grotting says, but his son, Cole (now 22) took to the idea. Now that Cole is away at college, he has started setting up his own display of frozen pants.
For the past two years, many of Grotting’s neighbors have started putting out their own pants. The hashtag #frozenpants has started to pop up on Facebook and Twitter as his neighbors – and other Minnesotans – create their own pants art.
Grotting says that he’s honed his skills over the last few years. To protect his own pants, he buys size 54 men’s jeans from the dollar store. This year, he also froze a tuxedo that had belonged to his college roommate.
“It doesn’t quite hold the water like the jeans,” Grotting says.
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Video shows man faking fall to get insurance money: prosecutors
And the award for worst acting in an insurance scam goes to …
A New Jersey subcontractor has been busted for staging a laughably bad fake fall — all caught on videotape — to score insurance money, according to reports Friday.
Alexander Goldinsky, 57, of Randolph is seen on the surveillance-camera footage first tossing ice on the floor in the break room at an unnamed Woodbridge firm last fall — then plopping down in a fake tumble, prosecutors told CNN.
In the footage, Goldinski, who is an independent contractor, stands over the ice and looks around for a few moments before half-sitting, half toppling onto the floor.
He later filed a false insurance claim for an ambulance service and treatment for “injuries” at a nearby hospital, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
But the bad actor was busted for the alleged scam after authorities launched an investigation into his insurance claim, according to CNN.
story link: https://nypost.com/2019/02/01/video-shows-man-faking-fall-to-get-insurance-money-prosecutors/
Groundhog Day 2019: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow
On Groundhog Day 2019, Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we're in for an early spring.
The Pennsylvania groundhog isn't the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky American tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters.
This is only the 19th time out of 123 in his recorded history (there are 10 years where no record remains) that Phil hasn't been able to find his shadow.
Even so, Phil is usually wrong, and meteorologists aren't too sure Phil's suspicions are right either.
It's hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner after the polar vortex this past week, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, is held by the gloved hands of handler Ron Ploucha during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Feb. 2, 2015
The Groundhog Day shadow legend
The legend goes that if the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, there will be wintry weather for the next 6 weeks (just about until the start of spring). If he doesn't see his shadow, that means fairer weather is on the way.
What happened at Gobbler's Knob this morning?
The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle — a group that organizes the event and cares for groundhog Phil — brought Punxsutawney Phil out of his den in front of a large crowd as cameras beamed his image around the world.
They reported that Phil communicated in "groundhogese" that he could not find his shadow. According to legend, that means there will be an early spring.
The obligatory all day repeated airing of Groundhog Day is on POP-TV Comcast 177 this year.
I've been saying this for years. It's why I have to be careful with some Mexican foods because the odor is so offensive to me, but only since stink bugs came into my life about 10 years ago. I feel strangely validated. And slightly nauseated.
My late next-door neighbor would catch them and put them down the garbage disposal. At age 94, she didn't have much of a sense of smell anymore.
This post was inspired by the fact that this odor greeted me early this afternoon in my sunroom. The temp here, which was 24° on Wednesday, today is 66°.
<…rick ponders what the outcome might be if a stinkbug gorged itself on cilantro before being squished/squashed/rendered flat as a pancake…>
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