KFC to Send Chicken Sandwich to Edge of Space on Balloon
KFC plans to make a space pioneer out of a chicken sandwich next week when it sends it to the edge of the atmosphere with the help of a high-altitude balloon.
The promotional stunt for the Zinger sandwich comes two months after the fast food chain unveiled Rob Lowe playing Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Col. Harland Sanders in a space suit as part of an ad campaign. The ads promised to send the breaded chicken sandwich into space.
KFC is partnering with balloon maker World View on the project. The chain says the launch window opens June 21 for what it says is the longest controlled stratospheric balloon flight with a commercial payload in history. The sandwich will return to earth and bring back telemetry data.
Kansas City Man Who Robbed Bank to Get Away from Wife Sentenced to Home Confinement, Community Service
A 71-year-old man who said he robbed a Kansas City, Kansas, bank so he could get away from his wife blamed his actions on depression.
A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced Lawrence John Ripple to six months of home confinement and 50 hours of community service.
Ripple went to the Bank of Labor — a block from the Kansas City, Kansas, police headquarters — last September and gave a note to a teller saying he had a gun and demanding money. After he was given money, Ripple waited for police.
Court records indicate Ripple wrote the robbery note in front of his wife and told her he would rather be in jail than at home.
The Kansas City Star reports Ripple told the judge Tuesday that heart surgery left him depressed and unlike himself before he robbed the bank.
Today is National Dump the Pump ( a day that encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving and save money), National Lobster Day.
7 Disgusting Facts About Swimming Pools That You Can Never Un-Know
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that people exercise some common sense and proper hygiene when it comes to swimming in what is, essentially, a giant shared bathtub. The CDC advises:
- Don’t go in the water if you have diarrhea. (Even if you’re not worried that you might accidentally defecate in the pool. As I’ll explain below, it’s important to just stay out of the water altogether if you have a stomach illness.)
- Shower before getting into the pool.
- Don’t use the pool as a toilet.
- Don’t swallow the pool water.
- The stuff that makes your eyes sting? It’s bodily fluids.
Women’s Health recently released an article explaining that, contrary to popular belief, it’s not the chlorine in pool water that irritates swimmers’ eyes and makes people cough. Michael J. Beach, Ph.D., associate director of the CDC’s Healthy Water program, told the magazine, Chlorine binds with all the things it’s trying to kill from your bodies, and it forms these chemical irritants. That’s what’s stinging your eyes. It’s the chlorine binding to the urine and the sweat.
- The number of people getting sick from swimming in public pools is on the rise.
Beach also told Women’s Health that disease can spread via public pools when people afflicted with diarrhea swim, saying, “We have a new parasitic germ that has emerged that’s immune to chlorine. … We’ve got to keep it out of the pool in the first place. We need additional barriers.” He explains that a swimmer doesn’t need to actually go to the bathroom in the pool to make others sick, as germs on the body can infect others. This is why it’s important to shower before going into a pool.
- The chemical smell of a pool does not mean it’s clean.
According to Live Science, a strong chemical odor coming from a pool does not mean that it’s so chock full of disinfecting chemicals that it’s clean. In fact, that smell comes from the chlorine binding with sweat, urine, and other fluids. A well-maintained pool will have little odor.
- Twenty percent of Americans pee in pools. (At least.)
A 2009 survey from the Water Quality and Health Council found that one in five of those surveyed admitted to urinating in pools.
- Dirty pools are more common than you think.
A report released by the CDC in 2010 found that in inspections of over 111 thousand public pools, just over 12% (that’s about 1 in 8) had to be immediately closed due to serious code violations that posed dangers to public health.
- There is such a thing as “hot tub rash”
Hot tub rash is a skin infection caused by hanging out in a badly maintained hot tub. The CDC explains that because hot tubs are warm, chlorine and other chemicals used to kill germs break down faster than in regular pools, opening the door for nasties like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the bacterium that causes hot tub rash. According to the CDC, common symptoms include:
- Itchy spots on the skin that become a bumpy red rash.
- The rash is worse in areas that were previously covered by a swimsuit.
- Pus-filled blisters around hair follicles.
- There’s poop in the water.
A 2013 study from the CDC found E. coli, a bacterium that is “a marker for fecal contamination,” in 58% of pools studied. So yeah. I’m officially done.
Bionic Eye Helps Blind Man See After 20 Years
For 20 years Anthony Andreotolla has lived in darkness because of a degenerative eye disease. The Massachusetts man started losing his vision as a teenager and by his thirties, he couldn’t see anything. But thanks to technology, he’s got some sight back.
Andreotolla is one of the first people to get a bionic eye and wears special glasses that have a tiny camera that sends images to a wearable computer, and those are processed and sent wirelessly to the implant in his eye. “It’s not actual vision,” he explains. “It’s what they call artificial vision.”
He says he sees everything in flashes, lights, and shapes and that his vision is cloudy and black and white. But this incredible technology has given him hope again. “Once I lost my sight, I was resigned to be blind for the rest of my life,” Andreotolla explains. “I’m not resigned to that anymore. I believe if I can live long enough, I’ll be able to see a lot of beautiful things.”
Source: CBS News
Frozen Yogurt Could Actually Hurt You
Fans of froyo - you might want to swap your love of the low-fat treat for regular ice cream. Because according to a study from Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, eating too much frozen yogurt and other low-fat dairy products raises the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease.
This was a big study, info was collected for about 25 years from 80,736 women and 48,610 men who completed health questionnaires every two years and ones about diet every four years. And it turns out, those who ate three or more servings a day of low-fat dairy had a higher risk for developing Parkinson’s, compared to those who ate no dairy.
“Those who consumed at least three servings of low-fat dairy a day had a 34 percent greater chance of developing Parkinson’s than people who consumed less than one serving per day,” the study authors write.
But the good news here is that there was no connection between an increased risk of the disease and full-fat dairy products. So forget the low-fat stuff and enjoy real ice cream, butter, and whole milk instead.
Source: New York Post
Woman Caught Shoplifting Said She Was Studying Kleptomania
A Wyoming college student who told officers she was working on a term paper on kleptomania after she was caught shoplifting faces three felony charges.
The Gillette News Record reports 23-year-old Lydia Marie Cormaney was arrested on June 5 after trying to leave Walmart with nearly $1,900 worth of merchandise.
Court records say investigators later found thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items in her dorm room. Cormaney told officers she began shoplifting after being forced to move into a new dorm room, away from her roommate who had many of the household items.
She said she was caught once when she tried to leave Walmart with three flat-screen televisions.