A Turkey in Wisconsin Flew Into a Power Line, and Knocked Out Power for 1,500 People:
If one day the turkeys decide to rise up and start fighting back, we're screwed. Over the weekend, a turkey launched what COULD be a pre-emptive Thanksgiving strike. Although we can't guarantee it.
It flew into a power line in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and immediately knocked out power for 1,500 people. Yep . . . one lone turkey made 1,500 people go dark.
Most of them had their power restored within an hour. There's no word on whether the turkey survived.
The 10 Most Addictive Foods Also Happen To Be 10 of the Most Delicious Foods:
Dr. Ashley Gearhardt is one of the founders of Yale University's Food Addiction Scale, which rates foods on the chemical effect they have on your body. She put together this list of the 10 most addictive foods.
And it could also double as the list of the 10 most delicious foods. Check it out:
#10.) White bread.
#6.) Potato chips.
#3.) French fries.
#1.) Ice cream.
The Four Kinds of Lingerie Women Hate Getting as Gifts:
We've said this before and we'll say it again: It's WAY too dangerous to buy lingerie for your wife or girlfriend. You're going to screw SOMETHING up. But we know that's not going to stop you.
So at least take THIS advice. A new survey asked women which types of lingerie they HATE getting as gifts. And four different items made the list. In order, they are . . .
#1.) Crotchless underwear.
#2.) Leather or pleather.
#3.) Edible underwear.
The survey also found that about one in five women who've gotten lingerie as a gift from their boyfriend or husband never end up wearing it. And another 25% only wear it once.
A Fourth-Grade Teacher in Idaho Let the Students Who Met Their Reading Goals Write on the Faces of the Kids Who Didn't:
You know how some teachers motivate their students by offering to humiliate themselves as a reward? This isn't one of those stories.
An unnamed fourth-grade teacher in Declo Elementary School in Idaho set accelerated reading goals for the class. The students had to read a certain number of books by November 5th.
And as a reward, the students who MET the goal were allowed to scribble on the faces of the kids who DIDN'T . . . with permanent marker.
Six of the 21 students didn't read enough books . . . and the other 15 scribbled on them with red and green marker. One kid's mother said that the class even wrote on his eyelids. The kids weren't allowed to wash their faces all day.
Angry parents said that they consider what the teacher did to be supervised bullying. The school is still investigating the incident.
Four Things You Shouldn't Eat or Drink Before a Flight:
A lot of us will be flying somewhere this week, so we've got a list that could make the flight a LOT easier. According to SmarterTravel.com, here are four things you should never eat before you fly.
#1.) Anything That Causes Gas or Bloating. Once you take off, the air pressure inside the plane starts to decrease until it's the equivalent of air at about 8,000 feet. That makes the air in the cabin expand by around 30%. And the same thing happens to any air or gas inside your BODY too.
Which is why you might want to avoid things like broccoli, cauliflower, and beans . . . for obvious reasons. Carbonated drinks like soda and beer can also cause bloating. And even the artificial sweeteners in sugar-free GUM can.
#2.) Anything That Might Normally Give You Heart Burn. It's harder for your body to digest food at 35,000 feet. So if specific foods tend to give you heart burn on the GROUND, they almost definitely will in the air.
#3.) Alcohol. If you need a drink to relax, it's no big deal. Just keep in mind that alcohol dehydrates you. And the dry, re-circulated AIR on planes can ALSO dehydrate you. Especially on a LONG flight.
#4.) Water That Doesn't Come from a Bottle. If you want to be REALLY careful, don't have coffee, tea, or even ICE.
A few years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency tested the tank water on planes, and found that one out of every SEVEN planes gave out water that didn't meet federal standards . . . and even contained things like E. COLI bacteria.
It seems like you'd be okay with something HOT, like coffee. But they don't always heat it up enough to kill bacteria.
Five Reasons You Should Opt Out of the TSA Full-Body Scanners:
If you hate the full-body scanners at airport security, you probably THINK the alternative is worse: The TSA says 99% of airline passengers choose the scan instead of getting fondled. But here are five reasons to rethink that . . .
#1.) They haven't been tested enough. What the government calls "independent" reports are actually based on data provided by the TSA. That might be better than data provided by the manufacturers . . . but not by much.
#2.) They're easy to fool. A guy named Jon Corbett posted a video earlier this year that showed how you could sew a metal case to the inside of your shirt . . . hanging on the side of your body . . . and it wouldn't get caught by the scanners.
The image of the case blended into the black background of the scanning image. And of course the video went viral . . . so now everyone knows how to do it.
#3.) They're way too expensive . . . and YOU'RE paying for it. They cost $250,000 each. Right now there are about 800 machines being used in the U.S., so the government has already spent $200 MILLION on machines that don't work as well as a hand-held metal detector.
#4.) They're probably unconstitutional. This is something for the Supreme Court to decide. But the plain language of the Fourth Amendment DOES seem to outlaw that kind of search.
#5.) They still haven't caught any terrorists. Not a single one. Lots of banned items, sure. But the TSA has admitted on record that no one has been arrested on any terrorism-related charge because they were caught by a full-body scanner.
When you refuse to go through the scanners, you don't ALWAYS get the full pat-down from an agent. So refusing might actually be the best option for protecting your privacy in the long term.