Are polar bear populations increasing: in fact, booming? - One of the most frequent myths we hear about polar bears is that their numbers are increasing and have, in fact, more than doubled over the past thirty years. Tales about how many polar bears there used to be (with claims as low as 5,000 in the 1960s) are undocumented, but cited over and over again. Yet no one I know can come up with a legitimate source for these numbers.* From Nony
Spanish Artist Photoshops Celebrities To Look Fat, Promoting Healthy Body Image | Bored Panda - Have you ever wondered how your favorite celebrity would look like if she gained a ton of weight? Instead of wondering, 20-year-old Spanish artist David Lopera started to Photoshop his favorite celebrities, giving them more curves with our favorite photo editing software. Soon, he started to receive many requests from both men and women who wanted him to fatten their cherished idols. â€śEmma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian are some of the most popular requests I get. These women look much better when theyâ€™re overweight,â€ť he told Daily Mail. From Nony
More Bad News for Alarmists: Polar Bears Doing Just Fine - Bad news, that is, for all those environmentalists from David Attenborough downwards who have spent the last few years assiduously bigging up the polar bear as a “threatened species.”
The species has experienced a five-fold increase in its population in the last fifty years (in the 60s there were about 5,000 of them; now there are around 25,000) From Roddy
Massachusetts man selling Boston's record-breaking snow - A Massachusetts man is packing up prime powder from Boston's record-breaking winter and selling it for as much as $89 a box to suckers down south.Kyle Waring launched Ship Snow, Yo as a joke but quickly emerged as the genius of the winter when the cold, hard cash started rolling in. From Nony
Cable TV is speeding up its shows slightly to show you more ads | Ars Technica - It's not news that reruns of Friends aren't what cable TV really wants you to be watching. Networks make money by showing ads, and for years those networks have been looking for ways to pack in more and more quick spots to get you to buy Charmin, Tide, and Viagra. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that many networks are desperately trying to increase the number of commercials you watch per hour, sometimes resorting to subtly speeding up older shows and reruns in an effort to recapture the revenue from tanking ratings. From Nony
Uninsured Ex-Sheriff Who Fought O-care Struggles To Pay Medical Bills - Former Arizona county sheriff Richard Mack, a fierce opponent of Obamacare and a leader in the "constitutional sheriff" movement, is struggling to pay his medical bills after he and his wife each faced serious illnesses. The former sheriff and his wife do not have health insurance and started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit donations from family and friends to cover the costs of their medical care. From Nony
Fifty Shades of Grey: Evangelical Authors Write 'Christian Perspective' : People.com - Trade your Shades?That's what two Evangelical authors are urging for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey, which swept the box office this weekend with nearly $100 million in ticket sales.Clinical psychologist Dr. Juli Slattery and Dannah Gresh, the founder of Pure Freedom Ministry, are offering a free copy of their "Christian perspective" intimacy book, Pulling Back the Shades, in exchange for copies of the E L James novel. From Nony
#TBT: A Weekly Photography Archive Dive (Feb. 26) - Photo Journal - WSJ - In this photo from Feb. 26, 1993, two New York City police officers help a woman away from the scene of a bombing at the World Trade Center. Twenty-two years ago, a group of terrorists detonated explosives in an underground parking garage under one of the towers, killing six people and ushering in an era of terrorism on American soil. From Nony
A Year of War Completely Destroyed the Donetsk Airport - The Atlantic - In Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, the Sergey Prokofiev International Airport has been reduced from a modern transportation hub to piles of scorched rubble in less than a year of warfare. As recently as last May, the airport was still operating and in good condition, though international flights had slowed due to the growing unrest. On May 26, Russian-backed separatist forces of the Donetsk People's Republic seized the airport, losing it to Ukrainian government forces after a brief fight. For months after, battles raged as both sides struggled to hold or retake the facilities, their bombs and rockets destroying practically everything, from buildings and aircraft to roads and trees. This week, as a cease-fire held, rebels (now in control of the ruins) brought Ukrainian war prisoners to the airport to recover bodies of their fellow troops from the rubble, and photojournalists were able to come along and document the scene. From Nony
14 Signs That Most Americans Are Flat Broke - #1 According to a survey that was just released, 24 percent of all Americans have more credit card debt than emergency savings.
#2 That same survey discovered that an additional 13 percent of all Americans do not have any credit card debt, but they do not have a single penny of emergency savings either.
#3 At this point, approximately 62 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. From Roddy
Jim Inhofes snowball has disproven climate change once and for all - Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has, once and for all, disproven climate change. While "eggheads" at "science laboratories" were busy worrying about how the increase in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere was leading to a long-term upward shift in temperatures and increased atmospheric moisture, Inhofe happened to notice that it was cold outside. Weirdly cold outside. So cold, in fact, that water falling from the sky had frozen solid. From Nony
Is Michelle Obama A Transgender? | Truth And Action - Is the First Lady actually the first, First Man?This issue has mostly been that of only a few speculators until Joan Rivers brought it into the mainstream when she told the world that Barack is gay and Michelle is a transgenderâ€¦she died from a relatively simple medical procedure not too long afterwards.
Global warming could happen quicker in Russia's coldest region - Temperatures will rise four time faster in Russia's coldest region than the rest of the world as a result of global warming, a leading scientist has predicted.Professor Oleg Anisimov, from the State Hydrological Institute in St Petersburg, said he anticipated overall increases of about seven degrees Celsius by next century. From Nony
ISIS' Jihadi John's face revealed in school picture as a west London pupil - How polite west London pupil became bloodthirsty Jihadi John Smiling at the camera with his church school friends, there is nothing to link this middle-class schoolboy to the merciless terrorist butcher Jihadi John.
Arriving in Britain when he was six years old, Kuwaiti-born Mohammed Emwazi appeared to embrace British life, playing football in the affluent streets of West London while supporting Manchester United. From Nony
Mother Cow Hides Newborn Baby To Protect Her From Farmer - A former dairy cow was so saddened by memories of her previous babies being taken away by a farmer that she hid her newborn calf to keep her from being taken, too.Clarabelle was rescued from a dairy farm in late November by the Australian farm sanctuary Edgar's Mission. She was hours away from slaughter at the farm, where her milk production was too low to bother keeping her alive. When Clarabelle arrived at the rescue, volunteers discovered she was pregnant. From Nony
How guys tried to pick up girls in the 18th century - The Washington Post - Itâ€™s a truth universally acknowledged that a gaggle of girls on a night out will face an onslaught of pick-up lines â€“ some charming, many (many) more dumb, cheesy or downright creepy. What happened, you may wonder, to romance, word play, and sophisticated seduction?If you think it can be found in the 1700s â€“ the century of Jane Austen and Casanova â€“ think again. From Nony
The Secret Life Of Superhero Toys By Edy Hardjo | Bored Panda - Hrjoe Photographyâ€™s playful and expertly-executed photos prove that superhero action figures arenâ€™t just for kids. Edy Hardjo, the photographer behind the project, uses detailed, high-quality action figures to put some of our favorite superheros into hilarious and sometimes compromising positions. From Nony
Mom kills son, then self at gun range - US news - A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range wrote in suicide notes to her boyfriend that she was trying to save her son."I'm so sorry," Marie Moore wrote several times. "I had to send my son to heaven and myself to Hell."She signed two of the notes "Failed Queen." From Nony
Lobotomy For World War II Veterans: Psychiatric Care by U.S. Government - WSJ.com - Roman Tritz’s memories of the past six decades are blurred by age and delusion. But one thing he remembers clearly is the fight he put up the day the orderlies came for him.
“They got the notion they were going to come to give me a lobotomy,” says Mr. Tritz, a World War II bomber pilot. “To hell with them.”
The orderlies at the veterans hospital pinned Mr. Tritz to the floor, he recalls. He fought so hard that eventually they gave up. But the orderlies came for him again on Wednesday, July 1, 1953, a few weeks before his 30th birthday. From Nony
The Story Behind The Most Famous Picture From World War II - All Day - The flag raising at Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945 is not only the most famous picture from World War II, itâ€™s one of the most iconic images ever captured in the history of photography. Often parodied, honored, and recreated, the story of this picture really is worth 1,000 words. From Nony
Detroit in the 1940s - The Atlantic - The early part of the 20th century saw the city of Detroit, Michigan, rise to prominence on the huge growth of the auto industry and related manufacturers. The 1940s were boom years of development, but the decade was full of upheaval and change, as factories re-tooled to build war machines, and women started taking on men's roles in the workplace, as men shipped overseas to fight in World War II. The need for workers brought an influx of African-Americans to Detroit, who met stiff resistance from whites who refused to welcome them into their neighborhoods or work beside them on an assembly line. A race riot took place over three days in 1943, leaving 34 dead and hundreds injured. After World War II ended, the demand for workers dried up, and Detroit started plotting its postwar course, an era of big automobiles and bigger highways to accommodate them. From Nony
Underwater Lemur Graveyard Discovered - YouTube - Madagascar is the only place in the world where lemurs live in the wild. A recent discovery in an underwater cave yielded the largest cache ever found of extinct-lemur bones. Some of the extinct lemurs were as big as gorillas.
The rise and rise of the upmarket orgy - Yet according to cultural anthropologist Katherine Frank, author of Plays Well in Groups: A Journey Through the World of Group Sex, to orgy aficionados, “only 12” is indeed a drop in the ocean. “There are plenty of large, organised sex social groups, parties and conferences that take place all over the world,” she says. “If that’s what you enjoy, you can easily find something to suit your taste every weekend.” From Popper
The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station | Atlas Obscura - Although Winston-Salem, North Carolina is known more for tobacco than oil, it is home to the last Shell Oil clamshell station in the United States. Located on the quiet corner of Sprague and Peachtree Streets, the station sits abandoned, its two tall pumps now no more than curiosities. From Nony
Yahoo Executive Confronts NSA Director Over ‘Backdoors’ - In one of the most public confrontations of a top U.S. intelligence official by Silicon Valley in recent years, a senior Yahoo Inc.YHOO -0.34% official peppered the National Security Agency director, Adm. Mike Rogers, at a conference on Monday over digital spying.
The exchange came during a question and answer session at a daylong summit on cybersecurity hosted by the think tank New America. Mr. Rogers spent an hour at the conference answering a range of questions about his agency’s practices and the global cyber threat. From Popper
The automobile engineer Ferdinand Porsche (in... - The automobile engineer Ferdinand Porsche (in suit), Adolf Hitler and, immediately to Hitler’s left, the head of the German Labour Front, Robert Ley, admire Hitler’s birthday gift on his 50th birthday: a convertible Volkswagen. April 30, 1939
(Photo by Hugo Jaeger—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images) From Nony
Solar Oven - The main parabolic mirror measures 54 by 54 meters and forms a focused beam diameter of 1.2 meters to create the temperatures required for research of how materials behave under temperatures ranging from 800 to 3000 Â°C. When leaving Uzbekistan, despite all the official approvals and letters, the Uzbek KGB requested all photos were removed from the memory stick because for them this place is considered confidential. From Nony
When A Newspaper Gave Blade Runner's Replicant Test To Mayor Candidates - The Wave Magazine managed to get interviews with every single for mayor during San Francisco's hotly contested election, when some of the city's most indestructible politicians were competing to replace local icon Willie Brown. And The Wave didn't waste this chance — every single interview consisted of asking these politicians the Voight-Kampff questions. From Popper