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Florida teen loses arm in alligator attack

A 17-year-old Florida teenager has lost his right arm after being attacked by an alligator, according to Tampa’s WTSP, CBS Channel 10. Kaleb Langdale, also known as “Fred,” was swimming in the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven, Florida with friends when the alligator swam at him, seized his arm and…

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses his quest for immortality

Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil recently sat down with Paul Solman of PBS to explain why he believes he has a good chance of living forever. Based on Moore’s law — a surprisingly consistent doubling in computing power every 18 to 24 months — Kurzweil predicts that by 2029 humanity…

MIT professor warns of ‘enormous disruption’ from rapid technological growth

MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Erik Brynjolfsson on Monday warned that technological advancements were displacing workers at an ever growing rate. “Technology’s always been creating jobs, it’s always been destroying jobs,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. “Ninety percent of Americans used to work on farms in 1800.…

Detroit woman accidentally shot while hugging police officer

A Detroit woman who was celebrating her 25th birthday was accidentally shot at party over the weekend when she hugged an off-duty police officer, causing his firearm to discharge. Authorities said that a bullet pierced Adaisha Miller’s heart and lung after she hugged an officer from behind while she was…

Utah mayor puts fate of his amazing mustache in hands of the voters

Mayor Dan Snarr of Murray, Utah loves his perfect handlebar mustache, but his wife thinks it’s gone too far and should be trimmed back. “I’m a little bit different, a little bit strange. I admit it,” Snarr says. He told the Los Angeles Times that his love of handlebar mustaches…

Doctors remove ‘parasitic twin’ from Ethiopian girl’s body

A 17-year-old girl in Ethiopia has been given a new lease on life by doctors, who removed two additional legs and two additional arms from her body. The girl, Werkitu Dababa, had a condition called a “parasitic twin,” a very rare deformity caused by a twin sibling who does not…

Cat makes surprise guest appearance on TV reporter’s shoulder

West Michigan’s WFTI Fox 17 reporter Nicole DiDonato was doing her part to set up the morning news in a live feed yesterday morning when a stray cat decided that this was his moment for the ultimate live television photobombing. Maybe he had an important “mews” update. Or thought it…

‘Bath salts’ suspected in nationwide naked crime wave

Addiction specialists suspect that so-called “bath salts” may be playing a part in an outbreak of crimes committed by naked people across the United States and even in Canada. Mephedrone, the active ingredient in “bath salts,” is a synthetic stimulant that users say makes them feel energized and confident. It…

Alabama pastors conference invites only ‘white Christians’

A group of pastors in Alabama says that they are not racist even though only “white Christians” were invited to their three-day conference, which will include a cross burning and be attended by Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members. Residents in Guin, Alabama became outraged earlier this week after they noticed…

San Diego blows entire fireworks load in 15 seconds

Tens of thousands of dollars of fireworks meant for San Diego’s 18-minute-long “Big Bay Boom” fireworks show went up last night in a breathtaking display of light and sound — all in about 15 seconds, effectively ruining the whole thing. Four different barges parked in San Diego Bay all sent…

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