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Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil, Breaks 2 World Records

Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil, Breaks 2 World Records

Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil, Breaks 2 World Records

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Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil, Breaks 2 World Records

Image credit: Alex Goykhman (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed two record-breaking tightrope walks on live television on Sunday night.

Wallenda, a seventh-generation performer, first walked across the Chicago River on a rope strung between the Marina City west tower and the Leo Burnett Building in Chicago. Starting at a height of 588 feet, Wallenda strode upward at a 19-degree angle, rising 83 feet and setting the record for the steepest tightrope walk.

Wallenda said after the walk that he had been planning to take a selfie halfway across, and even showed off his phone which was on a retractable cord in case he dropped it. But he thought better of it once out on the rope and settled for a post-walk selfie with NBC’s Natalie Morales, one of the hosts of the Discovery special.

Wallenda’s second walk was from the Marina City west tower to the east one at a height of 543 feet, but with a catch: he was blindfolded. That set the record for highest blindfoldeded walk.

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‘Nasa Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness’ Fake News Story Goes Viral

‘Nasa Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness’ Fake News Story Goes Viral

‘Nasa Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness’ Fake News Story Goes Viral

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Thousands of people have been duped by a fake news story claiming that Nasa has forecast a total blackout of earth for six days in December.

The story, entitled “Nasa Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2014!” originated from Huzlers.com, a website well known for publishing fake stories with sensational headlines.

Nasa Fake StoryThe bogus report read: “Nasa has confirmed that the Earth will experience 6 days of almost complete darkness and will happen from the dates Tuesday the 16 – Monday the 22 in December. The world will remain, during these three days, without sunlight due to a solar storm, which will cause dust and space debris to become plentiful and thus, block 90% sunlight.

“The head of Nasa Charles Bolden who made the announcement and asked everyone to remain calm. This will be the product of a solar storm, the largest in the last 250 years for a period of 216 hours total.

“Despite the six days of darkness soon to come, officials say that the earth will not experience any major problems, since six days of darkness is nowhere near enough to cause major damage to anything.”

Adding on, the article also carried a made-up quote from Nasa scientist Earl Godoy, saying: “We will solely rely on artificial light for the six days, which is not a problem at all.”

Many Twitter users believed the fake news report, and expressed their shock.

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Cat Tracks Down Elderly Owner

Cat Tracks Down Elderly Owner

Cat Tracks Down Elderly Owner

By Stephen Messenger

In a remarkable tale of loyalty — one which underscores the deep bonds between pets and their owners — a fluffy grey-and-white cat was able to track down her elderly owner weeks after she was sent to live in a nursing home.

Cat Tracks Down Elderly OwnerA few months back, when Nancy Cowen was placed under the care of staff at the Bramley House nursing facility in Westcott, England, she was forced to say goodbye to her loveable cat, named Cleo, whom she had adopted as a stray eight years earlier. Cowen’s family had given the feline to one of her neighbors to take care of, reports the Dorking Advertiser — but Cleo clearly had other plans.

Staff at the home tells The Dodo that about two weeks after Cowen moved in, they began receiving visits from a friendly feline who lingered and slept out front, spending her days wandering the grounds peering through windows of the home. Naturally, they had presumed the cat was just a stray, but a sweet one at that.

“She’d been sort of hanging around, and the care staff started feeding her, obviously, because she’s so cute,” says caregiver Leslie Thomas.

A few weeks later, Nancy met the cat and remarked to staff that she had a striking resemblance to the pet she’d been forced to leave behind.

“One day Nancy said ‘Oh, she looks just like my cat, Cleo. But my Cleo had lost most of her tail.’ So we checked, and the cat was missing most of her tail,” says Thomas. “That’s when we realized that it was Cleo.”

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Man Flies Past Airbus Full of Passengers

Man Flies Past Airbus Full of Passengers

Man Flies Past Airbus Full of Passengers

Pilots on a holiday jet were left stunned when a ‘flying man’ whizzed past their aircraft at 3,500 feet.

The mystery man flew within 100 metres of the plane and left the pilots baffled as to how he was moving through the air, as neither could see a canopy suspending him.

There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time.

Man Flies Past Airbus Full of PassengersHe appeared from nowhere as the Airbus 320 passed Macclesfield while it was coming in to land at Manchester Airport and has been dubbed the ‘Superman of Macclesfield’.

The Airprox Board, which looks in to near misses, said: ‘They first sighted the object a few hundred metres in the 11 o’clock position 200 to 300ft above.

‘It passed down the left-hand side of the aircraft at 100 to 200m.

‘The crew only saw it fleetingly, there was no time to take avoiding action and they based their assumptions on it being a person under a canopy. But neither can remember seeing a canopy.’

The official report in to the incident on Friday June 13 admitted it was ‘unfortunate’ and ‘frustrating’ there was ‘no way of corroborating what they had reported’.

It added that the flight crew ‘couldn’t be certain that it wasn’t a person-shaped balloon.’

Aviation expert Chris Yates said: ‘It is a complete and utter mystery.’

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Teachers Ordered To Call Students “Purple Penguins”

Teachers Ordered To Call Students “Purple Penguins”

Teachers Ordered To Call Students “Purple Penguins” Not “Boys And Girls”

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A school district in Nebraska has ordered its teachers to refer to students as “boys and girls” and instead use “gender-inclusive” terms like “purple penguins.”

As first reported by National Review, a document tells teachers:

Teachers Ordered To Call Students “Purple Penguins”“Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention,” it reads. “Create classroom names then ask all of the ‘purple penguins’ to meet on the rug.”

The document, handed out to middle-school teachers at Lincoln Public Schools, provides 12 steps to avoid creating a “gendered space.” It was developed by a group called “Gender Spectrum,”
a California-based organization that “provides education, training and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for children of all ages.”

Also on the list? Put door hangers up that read “all genders welcome,” avoiding mentioning genders exist at all, and if it’s important, say “boy, girl, both or neither.”

Also, the document instructs teachers to interrupt and interfere with students speaking if they speak of “boys and girls” and instruct them it is wrong.

“Point out and inquire when you hear others referencing gender in a binary manner,” it states. “Ask things like . . . ‘What makes you say that? I think of it a little differently.’ Provide counter-narratives that challenge students to think more expansively about their notions of gender.”

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