(Not So) Sweet 16

A Pennsylvania girl’s Sweet 16 party was ruined after her celebration was showered with poop, apparently dumped from a passing airplane.  Jacinda Cambray and 40 guests were partying in her family’s backyard when the brown liquid began raining down.  “We’d just gotten done with the cake, thank God,” said Cambray’s sister, Kristie Rogy.  “Because within two minutes something fell from […]

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By the numbers

141: The number of seasonal former IRS employees rehired by the agency between 2010 and 2013 despite having botched or failed to file their own tax returns, according to a February report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. 8.8 Million: The number of tons of plastic waste dumped into the oceans every year, according to a study in the journal […]

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Secret Santa

An anonymous “Secret Santa” traveled to New Jersey and New York last week to hand out $100 bills to people who’d lost their homes and possessions in Hurricane Sandy.  The Kansas City, Mo., businessman spent a day in Elizabeth, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., giving C-notes to the poor and homeless; he plans to give away $100,000 this holiday season.  He was […]

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U.S. Shark Attacks

52: Number of unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. last year (compared with 20 elsewhere in the world). None were fatal. 28: Number of attacks in Florida, the most of any state. Runners-up were Hawaii (seven), South Carolina (five), California (four) and North Carolina (four). 65%: Percentage of attacks involving surfers (or people doing other board sports); 32% involved swimmers. The rest involved […]

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Right place, right time

Cary Clevenger, 14, was playing with his friend Gavin Starns outside Gavin’s house in Austin when he happened to look up.  Perched on the ledge of a second-story window was Gavin’s 2-year-old brother, Cannon.  At that moment, Cannon pushed through the screen and tumbled forward.  He bounced off an exterior lamp—and into Cary’s arms.  The two hit the ground but were […]

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Man Bitten By Shark Goes To Pub

A New Zealand man who was bitten by a shark calmly stitched up his own wounds, then joined his friends at the pub while still bleeding and drank a beer before heading to the hospital. James Grant was spearfishing when the shark clamped down on his leg. “[| thought], ‘Bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off,’ “he said. […]

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7 GOOD REASONS TO BEFRIEND A SHARK

If nightmares about Jaws are keeping you from taking a dip in the ocean, relax. You’re much less appetizing than you think. 11: U.S. fatalities from sharks, 1990-2006 16: U.S. fatalities from collapsing sand holes, 1990-2006   1 in 310,733: Odds of dying in a fireworks accident 1 in 3,750,000: Odds of dying in a shark attack   80: Total unprovoked shark attacks around the world in 2012 30 Million: Sharks killed by people each year   219: Estimated […]

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Soap For The Poor

In many developing countries, poor hygiene and sanitation can be a death sentence.  That fact led sales exec Shawn Seipler to quit his job seven years ago to launch Clean the World, a charity dedicated to collecting and recycling leftover hotel soap for those in need.  His company has since partnered with Global Soap, and together the two groups have […]

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