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  1. jigwashere

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    I expect these guys to come up with a new plan to eventually win a Darwin Award. I think they have what it takes! :newpalm:

    2 men accused of gluing winning numbers onto lotto ticket
    Associated Press

    JANUARY 7, 2020 — 7:56AM
    FLOWOOD, Miss. — Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it.

    Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with offenses including uttering counterfeit instrument over $1,000.

    The state lottery commission called Flowood police about the fake ticket earlier that morning, Sgt. Adam Nelson said. Officers were told the suspects presented an altered $100,000 ticket that appeared to have the winning numbers glued onto it.

    The men, both of Columbus, were set to appear in court Tuesday. It's unclear if they have lawyers.
     
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  2. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    not brand new, but still odd

    Man’s dueling obituaries name wife in 1, girlfriend in other

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Two versions of a New Jersey man’s obituary have appeared together in a newspaper — one saying he’s survived by his wife, and the other saying he’s survived by his girlfriend.

    Both obituaries in the Press of Atlantic City agree that Leroy Bill Black, of Egg Harbor Township, died Tuesday of lung cancer caused by fiberglass exposure.

    However, the obituary with top billing says he’s survived by his “loving wife” and a son. The second announcement, right beneath the first one with the same photo of Black, says he’s survived by his son, a host of siblings and his long-time girlfriend.

    A person who answered the phone at Greenidge Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements, wouldn’t comment on the two obituaries and would only say the funeral home works at the discretion of the wife.

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    https://www.app.com/story/news/weir...ing-obituaries-name-wife-girlfriend/88349770/
     
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    Well…This Nastiness Is What Happens When Dog Poop Meets The Roomba. Noted.

    If you have a dog, you know that feeling of dread when you smell feces as you walk into a room.
    Jesse Newton from Little Rock, Arkansas, was unfortunate enough to catch a whiff of the odor in the middle of the night last year, but it didn’t happen until his four-year-old son got into bed with him.When he saw something disgusting stuck to his son’s feet, he got up, walked into the living room, and witnessed an absolutely horrifying sight that he later came to call the “pooptastrophe”.His dog had an accident in the living room — but the horror only begins there.

    You see, he has a roomba that was just doing its job trying to clean up the poop.As illustrated in this lovely drawing, however, all it did was turn a manageable mess into a nightmare straight out of Hell.After spending hours cleaning, Newton recounted the harrowing experience in the hopes that others could avoid being traumatized like he was.

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    https://viralnova.com/pooptastrophe/
     
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    There is no way that I'm clicking that link. :vbeek: :vbeek: :vbeek:

    I am not that brave. :vbwink:
     
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    Ohio woman with unforgettable mug shots arrested third time in a row

    By BRITTANY BHULAI
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
    APR 25, 2019 | 2:55 PM
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    Alyssa Zebrasky, has been jailed for the third time in the last six months.

    It’s hard to forget her mug — especially since cops keep photographing it.

    A 27-year-old Ohio woman with a heavily tattooed face has been jailed for the third time in the last six months.
    Alyssa Zebrasky, 27, was taken into custody at Montgomery County Jail by Trotwood police on Tuesday based on a charge issued out of Mahoning County.

    Her initial appearance came when she and her boyfriend, Logan Daugherty, reportedly ran from police while in possession of weapons back in November 2018

    link: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/na...0190425-bnd7jho3fzbvfhnynyfhhswroi-story.html
     
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    The beginning of the end:

    Meet the xenobot: world's first living, self-healing robots created from frog stem cells
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    By Jessie Yeung, CNN



    Updated 11:14 PM ET, Mon January 13, 2020


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    A four-legged xenobot, less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide, built from frog stem cells.
    (CNN)Scientists have created the world's first living, self-healing robots using stem cells from frogs.

    Named xenobots after the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which they take their stem cells, the machines are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide -- small enough to travel inside human bodies. They can walk and swim, survive for weeks without food, and work together in groups.
    These are "entirely new life-forms," said the University of Vermont, which conducted the research with Tufts University.
    Stem cells are unspecialized cells that have the ability to develop into different cell types. The researchers scraped living stem cells from frog embryos, and left them to incubate. Then, the cells were cut and reshaped into specific "body forms" designed by a supercomputer -- forms "never seen in nature," according to a news release from the University of Vermont.
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    A xenobot with large hind limbs and smaller forelimbs, layered with red heart muscle.
    The cells then began to work on their own -- skin cells bonded to form structure, while pulsing heart muscle cells allowed the robot to move on its own. Xenobots even have self-healing capabilities; when the scientists sliced into one robot, it healed by itself and kept moving.
    "These are novel living machines," said Joshua Bongard, one of the lead researchers at the University of Vermont, in the news release. "They're neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It's a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism."
    Xenobots don't look like traditional robots -- they have no shiny gears or robotic arms. Instead, they look more like a tiny blob of moving pink flesh. The researchers say this is deliberate -- this "biological machine" can achieve things typical robots of steel and plastic cannot.
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    Some xenobots had holes in their center -- which could potentially be used to transport drugs or medicines.
    Traditional robots "degrade over time and can produce harmful ecological and health side effects," researchers said in the study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. As biological machines, xenobots are more environmentally friendly and safer for human health, the study said.
    The xenobots could potentially be used toward a host of tasks, according to the study, which was partially funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a federal agency that oversees the development of technology for military use.
    Xenobots could be used to clean up radioactive waste, collect microplastics in the oceans, carry medicine inside human bodies, or even travel into our arteries to scrape out plaque. The xenobots can survive in aqueous environments without additional nutrients for days or weeks -- making them suitable for internal drug delivery.
    Aside from these immediate practical tasks, the xenobots could also help researchers to learn more about cell biology -- opening the doors to future advancement in human health and longevity.
    "If we could make 3D biological form on demand, we could repair birth defects, reprogram tumors into normal tissue, regenerate after traumatic injury or degenerative disease, and defeat aging," said the researchers' website. This research could have "a massive impact on regenerative medicine (building body parts and inducing regeneration.)"
    It may all sound like something from a dystopian sci-fi movie, but the researchers say there is no need for alarm.
    The organisms come pre-loaded with their own food source of lipid and protein deposits, allowing them to live for a little over a week -- but they can't reproduce or evolve. However, their lifespan can increase to several weeks in nutrient-rich environments.
    And although the supercomputer -- a powerful piece of artificial intelligence -- plays a big role in building these robots, it's "unlikely" that the AI could have evil intentions.
    "At the moment though it is difficult to see how an AI could create harmful organisms any easier than a talented biologist with bad intentions could," said the researchers' website.
     
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    Oh, I can just see the SciFi movie scripts that this will inspire. :thumbsup:
     
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    Man asks judge's leave for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer
    Associated Press

    JANUARY 14, 2020 — 12:45PM
    HARLAN, Iowa — A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can "rend their souls" from their bodies.

    David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3 court filing that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, had "destroyed (him) legally." The Ostroms have been embroiled in disputes over custody and visitation issues and property tax payments.

    The judge had the power to let the parties "resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally," David Ostrom said, adding in his filing that trial by combat "has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States."

    He also asked the judge for 12 weeks' time so he could secure Japanese samurai swords.

    His motion filed in Shelby County District Court stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife's attorney, Ostrom told The Des Moines Register.

    "I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," Ostrom said, adding that his former wife could choose Hudson to act as her champion.

    Hudson argued in his legal response that because a duel could end in death, "such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues." Hudson asked the judge to reject the request for trial by combat.

    Judge Craig Dreismeier said in his own filing Monday that he won't be issuing a decisions anytime soon, citing irregularities with both sides' motions and responses.

    "Until the proper procedural steps to initiate a court proceeding are followed, this court will take no further action concerning any motion, objection or petition filed by either party at this time," the judge said.
     
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    Creatively loony. :vbrolleyes:
     
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