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  1. jigwashere

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    Alien-like photo shows snake eel dangling out of heron's stomach in midair
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    Laura Geggel
    livescience.com

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    A heron likely regretted eating a snake eel after the eel burst out of its stomach in midair.

    A snake eel fighting for its life pulled an "alien" move by bursting out of the stomach of a heron that had just swallowed it whole, according to photos snapped by an amateur photographer in Delaware.

    The photos show the snake eel, its head dangling in midair, as the heron — looking surprisingly unbothered — flies onward.

    eagles and a fox were following the heron, possibly hoping to scavenge a meal in case the heron or the snake eel didn't make it, he said.

    Related: 15 of the largest animals of their kind on Earth

    When Davis first spotted the bizarre flight, he thought that a snake or eel had bitten the heron's neck. Davis was about 75 yards to 100 yards (68 to 91 meters) away from the animals, but he had a telephoto lens for long-range photography, and so he shot photos as he watched the heron fly about and even land in the water with the eel still attached to it. "The heron didn't seem to act much differently," Davis told Live Science. "It was in the water and flying around."

    Meanwhile, the eel was arching its body, "so i guess it was still alive at some point," he said.

    It wasn't until Davis returned home and edited the photos that he realized that the snake eel wasn't biting the heron. After enlarging the photos, "I could see the eel, you could see its eyes," he said. "It was actually coming out the other end" — headfirst.

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    Ewwww. :vbeek:
     
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    Very weird. It looks like it's coming out of the 'crop' not the stomach though. I wonder if the heron could survive that.
     
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    Panasonic Makes a Vacuum to Rescue Thousands of Airpods From Tokyo Train Tracks
    By Andrew Heinzman
    reviewgeek.com
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    Yahoo Japan/The Japan Times

    After repeatedly asking customers to avoid dropping wireless earbuds on train tracks, the East Japan Railway Company (better known as JR East) now accepts its role as an AirPod retrieval service. But JR East needs some high-tech help, because the aluminum grabbers usually used to pick up shoes and phones are too clumsy for tiny AirPods.

    Enter Panasonic; the company tapped to solve JR East’s earbud conundrum. According to Yahoo Japan, Panasonic is developing a special vacuum-like grabbing tool that gently suctions earbuds out of tight spots. The vacuum tool, which appears to be a modified cordless vacuum, has finger-sized suction tubes that are too small to swallow earbuds, so the electronics aren’t sucked into the vacuum’s body or damaged.

    JR East recorded 950 instances of dropped earbuds between July and September. (Japan has a lot of trains). Retrieving the electronics with old-fashioned grabbing tools is nearly impossible, and authorities often have to wait until the end of the day to go down and pick up earbuds by hand. Of course, customers don’t like waiting and often try to retrieve lost earbuds without help, which explains JR East’s enthusiasm for the cutting-edge vacuum tool.

    The Panasonic vacuum tool could find its way to other railway stations in the future. The Japan Times notes that Japan Railway Co., Keio Corp, and Tokyu Corp. deal with lost earbuds every day, and the New York Post reports that New York MTA workers are sick of fishing for lost AirPods. Hey … maybe they should make headphones with wires?
     
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    California Suspect Flees Using Underwater ‘Sea Scooter'
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    A man wanted for his role in an alleged $35 million Ponzi scheme was arrested Monday after evading FBI agents by swimming into California’s largest reservoir using an underwater “sea scooter,” federal prosecutors said.

    Matthew Piercey spent nearly 30 minutes in frigid Lake Shasta using the Yamaha 350Li submersible device before he eventually resurfaced and was handcuffed, the Sacramento Bee reported. It wasn't immediately known if the 44-year-old has an attorney.

    When agents went to arrest Piercey, he hopped in a pickup and led them on a chase that ended at the shoreline of the lake north of Redding.

    “Then, Piercey abandoned his truck near the edge of Lake Shasta, pulled something out of it, and swam into Lake Shasta,” federal prosecutors wrote in court documents calling Piercey a flight risk. “Piercey spent some time out of sight underwater where law enforcement could only see bubbles."

    Agents later learned Piercey had a sea scooter, a motorized device that pulls users underwater at speeds of about 4 miles per hour, the newspaper said.

    Last week, a grand jury indicted Piercey and his business partner, Kenneth Winton, 67, of Oroville, the Bee reported.

    Piercey is accused of bilking investors into giving $35 million to his companies, Family Wealth Legacy and Zolla, promising guaranteed returns using an “Upvesting Fund” that allegedly was an algorithmic trading fund with a history of success, prosecutors said.

    Piercey allegedly admitted privately to an associate that there was no Upvesting Fund, prosecutors said. Piercey originally recruited Winton as an investor, but Winton eventually took on management responsibilities at Zolla.

    They used some investor money for various business and personal expenses, including two residential properties and a houseboat. Few, if any, liquid assets remain to repay investors, prosecutors said.

    Piercey faces charges including wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and witness tampering. His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday. Winton, who has been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, has an initial court appearance on Thursday.

    If convicted, both Winton and Piercey face 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

    Winton's attorney, Adam G. Gasner, told the Bee his client "looks forward to the judicial process shedding light on what actually occurred here.”


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    Another nominee for the 2020 Darwin Award. :vbgrin:

    Did he think he could escape to the sea? :vbtongue:
     
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    DPS Crew Discovers Mysterious Monolith From Air In Remote Utah Wilderness
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    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter was assisting Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officers counting bighorn sheep when the crew spotted something mysterious from above.

    The discovery was made Wednesday.

    “One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” said pilot Bret Hutchings. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’”

    The crew circled back and landed the helicopter to take a closer look. They couldn’t believe their eyes.

    The @UtahDPS helicopter was assisting the @UtahDWR in counting bighorn sheep in remote southern Utah Wednesday when the crew encountered something entirely 'out of this world'…@KSL5TV #KSLTV #Utah

    Photojournalist: @Photog_Steve5 pic.twitter.com/f8P0fayDIS

    — Andrew Adams (@AndrewAdamsKSL) November 21, 2020

    Tucked in a red rock cove was a shiny metal monolith protruding from the ground.

    “I’d say it’s probably between 10 and 12 feet-high,” Hutchings said. “We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it.”

    Hutchings said it didn’t look like it was dropped into the ground from above. It was firmly planted there.

    “We were, like, thinking is this something NASA stuck up there or something. Are they bouncing satellites off it or something?” Hutchings questioned.

    That said, the crew decided it didn’t appear there was any scientific purpose to it. Hutchings said it looked as if it was manmade – perhaps more of an art form than any kind of alien lifeform.

    “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big (2001: A Space Odyssey) fan,” Hutchings said, referencing a scene in the movie.

    Because the monolith was in an area the crew feared amateur adventurers might get stuck, they were intentionally vague about its location.

    The group left with pictures and videos but few answers.

    Hutchings said he had seen many unusual things from the helicopter over the years, but never anything quite like this.

    “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” Hutchings said.
     
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    Tipsy squirrel in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

    A woman in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota got a video of a squirrel outside her home who accidentally got a little tipsy from eating fermented pears.



    https://www.fox9.com/video/874152

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