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Having a rich daddy can buy happiness!? Lachlan Keith Murdoch, son of News Corporation and Fox Corporation media conglomerate owner Keith Rupert Murdoch, lavishly spent one hundred and fifty million U.S. Dollars on a so-called Bel Air, California bungalow. Irregardless of Queen Elizabeth's Crown Estate Buckingham Palace being worth almost two billion dollars, Mr. Murdoch's purchase is the largest transaction ever for a United States mansion.
Time Magazine has announced that their 2019 Person of the Year is Greta Thunberg, most notably for her efforts regarding climate activism. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg initiated her rise as an activist last year by withholding participation from school. Throughout Time Magazine's ninety-plus Person of the Year publication history, Ms. Thunberg becomes its youngest recipient at sixteen years old.
Scorpions fly the friendly skies of United Airlines too! However, a passenger was bit multiple times by a not-so-friendly Scorpion when traveling from San Francisco, California to Atlanta, Georgia. The creature was caught and upon landing precautionary medical assistance was administered.
One beached whale could give insight to the stomachs of marine life. Washed ashore Luskentyre Beach, Scotland, United Kingdom, researchers conducted an autopsy on a dead Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). They found two hundred and twenty pounds of plastic trash, which contained identifiable pieces of rope and fishing net intermixed into a single mass. Disruptively, the garbage clump was enough to considerably impede digestion for this twenty-two ton specimen.
An idea put forth by Governor William Bradford and Plymouth Colony Puritans circa 1620 proved successful. To this very day, free market enterprise creates a population that is the envy of all nations. For this bountiful harvest we show gratitude to God Almighty. "HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY" –FROM THE APPRECIATIVE TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Although containing a debatably small sample size, the United Nation's World Health Organization (WHO) has released a study which strongly indicates that adolescents fail to receive adequate exercise. Individuals aged eleven through seventeen years old were surveyed from one hundred and forty-six nations –with eighty-one percent of participants considered inactive. WHO recommendations are that teenagers should partake in one hour of moderate or vigorous physical activity each and every day. Comparatively, twenty-two percent of boys had sufficient physical activity globally, whereas fifteen percent was attained by girls. In terms of ranking, the five most active countries for adolescent inhabitants would be Bangladesh, Slovakia, Ireland, United States and Bulgaria, respectively.
Please keep pets safe and secure! Near suburban Wichita, Kansas, a trio of animals walked along the roadside, escapees from their own home. Making interesting hay-fellows, a black Cow, spotted Donkey and brown Camel went off on an adventure together before being recovered by Sheriff deputies.
Girls ride gigantic waves with the best of boys too! An apocalyptic scene in Praia do Norte, Portugal as tsunami-like waves captivated surfers when Justine Dupont perfectly road one topping seven stories tall. Speculatively, this could very well best Maya Gabeira's 2018 sixty-eight feet tall record for longest mega-wave ripped by a woman. Suspensefully, we will find out Ms. Dupont's official apogee during World Surf League's Big Wave Awards in May, 2020.
Prancing through the snowy woodlands of Michigan's upper peninsula, roams a Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) with three antlers. Caused by rare genetic abnormality, its majestic existence has been documented by an elderly photographer, who pledges to not reveal the Deer's location, as protection from potential trophy hunters.
A sincere thank you to all who have served the exceptional United States of America... "VETERANS DAY OBSERVATIONS" –FROM THE PATRIOTIC TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Anniversarily, it has been thirty years since November 9, 1989 when the Berlin Wall which divided Germany into Western Bloc and Communist Eastern Bloc became no more. Germany's reunion would prelude the Cold War's inevitable end two years later when Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) officially dissolved.
Near Lake Tahoe, California, failing to properly animal-proof one's industrial dumpster allowed a Black Bear (Ursus americanus) to climb through a square hole in the lid. As a result, this rummaging Bear was essentially locked inside. Known to locals by the nickname T-Shirt because of distinguished white chest fur, police officers were able to relieve T-Shirt from the predicament.
Fresh-baked cookies aboard the International Space Station (ISS)! Launched on Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft, a special oven developed by Nanoracks and Zero G Kitchen can bake for ISS residents one chocolate chip cookie at a time. All in all, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will see how such an assuaging device can be used for potential colonization of the Moon or Mars.
"HAPPY HALLOWEEN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A new achievement in space flight has been made! The United States Air force's secretive research mission using Boeing's X-37B remote operated plane orbited Earth for a total of seven hundred and eighty days, breaking its own record from 2017. Capable of guided reentry and landing, this unmanned spacecraft was launched into orbit using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
Depletion hole in ozone layer at smallest size since 1982! There is a gap in ozone protection above Antarctica, however a phenomenally warmer stratosphere surrounding the hole has made it shrink to less than four million square miles. Even though this ozone depletion varies in proportion throughout the seasons, during recent years it has consistently been averaging smaller and smaller sizes.
Emus are running wild in America! First was an Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) running across roads in Massachusetts, difficultly evading police capture until one officer managed to pull a sock over its head. Shortly after, near Foley, Minnesota, two Emus along with their Dog friend escaped a fenced enclosure and went on to frighten unsuspecting bystanders. Within due time, both Emus and Dog would eventually return home.
A necessary heartbreak in order to save threatened Northern Spotted Owls (Strix occidentalis caurina), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is running a predator reduction trial by killing their competing species, Barred Owls (Strix varia). Northern Spotted Owls inhabit forested regions near the continental United States Pacific coast, but are being encroached on by Barred Owls from Western Canada and Eastern America, outcompeting them for food. As of yet, over twenty-four hundred Barred Owls have been hunted down to help Northern Spotted Owl populations.
Olympic gold medalist Simone Arianne Biles has broken the World Gymnastics Championships record for most medals ever won by achieving gold in both balance beam and floor exercise, bringing her grand total to twenty-five. All told, surpassing the previous record of twenty-three, set in 1993 by Vitaly Venediktovich Scherbo. Born in Columbus, Ohio, twenty-two year old Ms. Biles is expected to compete with Team USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Frankenstein would definitely grimace! Undercover video shows German scientists horribly brutalizing Monkeys at Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Mienenbuttel, Germany. An animal rights organization infiltrated the facility, witnessing inhumane toxicity testing and experiments for a multitude of international companies being conducted on Cats, Rabbits, Beagles and Macaque Monkeys.
Atop Grandeur Peak, Utah, adjacent Salt Lake City, hiked a Mastiff named Floyd and his owner. Possessing great stature and weighing one hundred and ninety pounds, Floyd wasn't the long distance type. After taking one too many wrong turns and hours of hiking with his owner, Floyd began experiencing exhaustion and cuts to his paws. It came to the point where Floyd could go on no longer and had to rest, leading concerned passerbys to phone for help once reaching cell reception range. In quick response, a volunteer search and rescue group from Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office dispatched to the great Mastiff's location and carried Floyd happily on a stretcher down the mountain.
"YOM KIPPUR GREETINGS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Eighteen year old Logan Keathly came home to Sullivan Township, Ohio and found his family's glass door smashed open and their German Shepherd bewildered outside. Upon cautious investigation, a runaway Goat named Big Boy had taken slumber in the bathroom. Police officers tried to persuade this stubborn Goat to leave using gifts at first, but instead had to wrangle Big Boy forcefully.
Survival of the heavy weights prevail! Alaska's Katmai National Park and Preserve is hosting Fat Bear Week to highlight their Brown bears' (Ursus arctos) yearly rigmarole of preparing for Winter hibernation. Lightheartedly, the absolute heaviest of Katmai's two thousand Bears are competing by means of public voting to determine which insatiable specimen gained the most weight over the course of an abundant Summer.
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From within the furthest reaches of time, Earthly life has been found. Australian scientists at University of New South Wales have proved microbe fossils to contain the earliest evidence of living matter on Earth. The ancient organisms' remnants date back approximately three and a half billion years ago, nearly one billion years after our planet's formation.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first vaccine for Monkeypox, called Jynneos by Bavarian Nordic Aktieselskab, which co-vaccinates against Smallpox. Moreover, if an epidemic would be on the horizon, the U.S. government is well prepared after recently establishing a one year, one hundred and seventy million dollar contract with Emergent BioSolutions Inc. for Smallpox vaccines. That contract, if fully exercised over a ten year period, could reach two billions dollars in value.
Have you noticed featherless skies? Since 1970, the entire bird population in North America has dropped twenty-nine percent, which entails an approximate total of three billion missing birds. Dwindling down, nineteen avian species had population declines by upwards of fifty million each. Especially effected are Prairie Birds, which include Blackbirds, Sparrows and Finches. Experts generally attribute many of these unreplaced deaths to loss of territory or lack of ample food due to insecticides and seeds coated with pesticides. Whereas, in terms of determinable statistics, domestic Cats are the number one provable threat to birds –killing more than two billion every year.
"HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY" –FROM THE PATRIOTIC TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Dressed with their Sunday best, juvenile Tuxedo Sea Urchins (Mespilia globulus) help laboratory grown Coral survive in non-wild conditions. Generally corals were seen to have a five percent chance of survival in spawning farms, but cohabitation with young Urchins boosted their odds to forty percent. Compoundingly, this finding may give additional benefit to The Florida Aquarium, Tampa, which was recently able to propagate breakthrough Atlantic Coral reproduction in laboratory settings.
Bordering between interesting, surprising or nonsensical, teenagers who forgo dating are less likely to be depressed and are observed to have better leadership and overall social skills. University of Georgia researchers were able to infer this from nearly six hundred U.S. adolescent students who had been surveyed over a seven year period, in addition to questioning their teachers.
Genetically confirmed, there's a brand new Whale species appropriately named Berardius minimus for its smaller size. These creatures dive the Pacific Ocean's deep waters near Japan and Southeastern Russia for long stretches of time, making them difficult to come across. Historically, whalers and Japanese coastal communities have noticed a darker, tinier version of Berardius bairdii, which would scientifically become B. minimus.
Six Earthly mass extinctions and counting! An unknown die-off of life has been discovered, occurring approximately two billion years ago. Even though only microorganisms existed at the time, as many as ninety-nine percent of all creatures perished from poor oxygen levels. Cataclysmically, It would take up to a billion years before atmospheric conditions recovered.
Billie Eilish has achieved her first number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the song "Bad Guy", as well as being the first person born this millennium to do so. After laying in wait at the second slot for nine weeks, Billie Eilish toppled Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road”, which had been number one for nineteen consecutive weeks, this prestigious chart's longest streak ever.
Another study calls into questions fluoride prevalence. Analyzed with careful scrutiny before being published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics edition –mothers who ingested fluoride while pregnant in turn had children with IQ levels several points lower than those who didn't. These Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests were administered on lifelong study participants between three and four years old. Interestingly, one control parameter showed only boys had a drop in IQ, with a different parameter showing both boys and girls had lowered IQ levels. Moreover, this important Canada-based study soundly offers many potential paths to further research.
Postulated underneath human skin is a new sensory organ being referred to as Nociceptive Glio-Neural Complex. This organ detects pressure on skin, including that of pinpricks. The only physical tests have been completed on animals, whereas human studies will be necessary to absolutely confirm we also posses this organ.
Electronic screens are blamed for faulty vision. In 2018, thirty-five percent of British teenagers aged thirteen through sixteen years old needed prescription glasses, compared to twenty percent in 2012. A majority of those teens were diagnosed with myopic nearsightedness, some potentially caused by vision strain. These statistics are amalgamated from Scrivens Opticians, a United Kingdom based eye-care company with upwards of one hundred and eighty business locations.
Is there a downside to fluorinated products? Adolescents internally retain more fluoride than adults. Stemming from consistent low dosage fluoride exposure or consumption, some U.S. children and teenagers develop alterations in their Kidney or Liver function. Preliminarily, this is according to a study by researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, New York using publicly available Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Informatively, fluoride is integrated into approximately seventy-four percent of United States public water supplies to assuredly prevent tooth decay and promote overall oral health.
U.S. Government drops the bomb! Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials will re-allow placement of Cyanide releasing traps to cull wild animal populations, albeit with a slight increase in restrictions. These devices are used to kill wild animals such as Hogs, Coyotes, Foxes and others that pose a threat to livestock. Unintentionally, any creature can set off the Sodium Cyanide, injuring humans too.
Nevada's bright lights of Las Vegas have been attracting more than tourists, rather millions of non-Locust, swarming Grasshoppers. In response, a local pizzeria named Evel Pie is offering them upon a pizza called The Canyon Hopper. Considered a delicacy, artisanally topped alongside seasoned Grasshoppers are caramelized onions, chorizo, arugula and Goat cheese.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite recently launched by National Aeronautics and Space Administration has completed its first round of observations and detected a planet near the edge of star GJ 357's habitability zone. Because the planet receives a similar amount of stellar heat as does Mars, there would need to be an atmosphere capable of retaining enough warmth for liquid water on its surface. Furthermore, this planet's relative closeness and reflective brightness make it a worthwhile candidate for future examination.
And we have a winner! Sixteen year old Kyle Giersdorf from Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania has propelled himself to self-made millionaire status. Using his Fortnite skills at the video game's inaugural world cup tournament in New York, eSports competitor Kyle "Bugha" overwhelmingly came in first place, winning a prize of three million dollars. Contenders as young as thirteen years old were permitted to participate, earning a minimum reward of fifty thousand bucks.
Smuggled contraband en route to Vietnam was identified and seized by Singaporean authorities during a stopover in their country. Packed inside a shipping container was nearly nine metric tons of ivory extracted from what's estimated to be three hundred elephants. With a total value of twelve million and nine hundred thousand U.S. Dollars, this is the largest bust undertaken in Singapore's history.
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." -NASA Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong. Triumphantly occurring on July 20, 1969, today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the United States of America landing Apollo 11 and planting their flag on the Lunar surface –FROM THE PATRIOTIC TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Scientists have meticulously studied a thirty year span of data from Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation in Southern Florida to find another reason why the global health of coral reefs are under decline. Detectably, excess nitrogren from fertilizer and sewage is seeping into waterways. This disrupts a vital nitrogen-to-phosphorous balance in coral habitats. Overall, making them susceptible to starvation and bleaching without oceanic temperature rise being necessary.
To help determine a link between excessively sugared drinks and Cancer occurrence, researchers conducted a long-term survey on more than one hundred thousand adult participants from France. They saw that beverages composed entirely of one hundred percent fruit juice carry the same increased risk of developing cancer as found in soda consumption. Also determinable, drinking an approximate half cup of juice per day can lead to additional Cancer diagnosis. Effectively, sugar itself being the principle commonality noticed.
The United States Women's National Soccer Team are champions once again. Continuing American dominance, they are bringing home their fourth FIFA Women's World Cup trophy since winning the inaugural tournament in 1991. Taking place every four years, this most recent event was hosted within France.
Marauding Caterpillars invade areas of Europe! Incredibly annoying and potentially dangerous, the Oak Pocessionaries (Thaumetopoea processionea) are covered in toxic hairs, which when spread by wind cause allergic reactions or rashes if their bristles land on humans or other animals. Worse than previous years, this hazard will eventually take care of itself as these Caterpillars morph into Moths.
About July Fourth, 1776, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, fifty-six colonial representatives signed The Declaration of Independence. Whereby pledging fortunes, sacred honor and their very lives to create this exceptional nation "HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA" –FROM THE PATRIOTIC TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Believe it or not, a global trekker like no other! Starting her journey in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, a female Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) only months old skipped across hundreds of miles of sea ice. Ultimately reaching her most distant location, Ellesmere Island, Canada, in less than eleven weeks. Blazing quite the trail for upwards of two thousand miles, at one point she managed a tempo of over ninety-six miles per day.
On July 2, 2019, fortunate travelers or lucky inhabitants of Chile and Argentina will be able to witness with safe eye protection a total solar eclipse. Likewise, a partial solar eclipse is visible from other South American nations as well. Happening during the afternoon, complete totality will last around two minutes of awe-inspring duration.
With Summer in full swing, the brand Country Time beverage mix owned by The Kraft Heinz Company has reaffirmed their commitment to helping lemonade stands across thirty-six restrictive states. Anyone who is thirteen years of age or younger operating a lemonade stand can have resultant fines or associated permits reimbursed up to three hundred dollars by Country Time's legal fund.
Are you ready for Northern Summer and Southern Winter? June solstice has arrived and Northern Hemisphere residents begin a new season with their longest day of 2019. Southward into sweater weather, below the equator will be Earth's shortest day.
By no means is it the voice of Whitney Houston! A Grey Seal was trained under scientific observation to partially vocalize tunes such as Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star and the Star Wars theme. University of Saint Andrews, Fife, Scotland, researchers conducted this study on Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) because they have a larynx, vocal chords and oral chambers likening to those contained in humans.
Population boom on the horizon! New estimates from United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs details that humanity is on trend to expand another two billion lives and reach nine billion, seven hundred million people by the year 2050. Even with slowing population growth, Earth is expected to have eleven billion inhabitants by this century's completion. That being said, it's estimated the present population is seven billion and seven hundred million Earthlings.
"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Throughout a seven day period, an average person will have consumed five grams of microplastics, approximately the weight of a common credit card. Studied by University of Newcastle, Australia investigators under commission by World Wildlife Fund, the primary culprit comes from contaminated drinking water supplies, both bottled and tap sources.
Normandy, France... On this D-Day seventy-fifth anniversary a chosen few of the “Greatest Generation" gather to pay homage to fallen fellow soldiers who gave their heroic lives for world peace... –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Not on the weekly forecast –Ladybugs! Passing through Southern California into Mexico, an insect bloom ten miles wide at its epicenter and eighty square miles overall lit up U.S. National Weather Service radar. Although no specimens were captured for identification, the species in flight are thought to actually be Convergent Lady Beetles (Hippodamia convergens).
Preparation is key! Eight contestants tied as co-champions during Scripps National Spelling Bee when event organizers ran out of qualified words possessing the difficulty necessary to challenge these erudite competitors. As such, each of the winning participants, aged twelve through fourteen, are awarded the full fifty thousand dollar prize and additional trophies will be made. Amazingly, since this annnual spelling bee started in 1925 there have been six instances of dual champions.
The rarest of all Pandas is photographed. Inside China's Wolong National Nature Reserve roams a Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) with Albinism. Mostly white in color, this genomic mutation is evidenced by red-tinged eyes and lack of signature black spots. Healthily appearing to be in the one or two year old age range, there is no evidence of any stunted development.
Dating back to the American Revolutionary War, with solemn pride we gratefully acknowledge the Armed Services of the U.S.A. for protecting our Liberty, Sovereignty and the United States Constitution. Respecting duty, honor and country "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY" –FROM THE PATRIOTIC TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Mr. Clean on the loose? A gentleman from Marlborough, Massachusetts walked into his empty home after work and became alarmed at the smell of cleaning chemicals. He checked his young child's typically messy room and after seeing that it was completely organized, called police. Apparently a victimless crime with no ill-intent, someone had entered the residence to tidy it up, leaving behind only a trash filled bag and flower shaped toilet paper.
The Republic of Botswana, located in Southern Africa, has controversially reinstated Elephant hunting into their conservation efforts. Notably, this country holds in its borders more Elephants (Loxodonta africana) than any other with approximately one hundred and sixty thousand of these creatures. Increasing populations of both humans and Elephants is leading to more local conflicts, implies the Botswana government to justify their decision.
Hershey's chocolate is celebrating its one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary with emojis. Executives at The Hershey Company have made the decision to begin producing their breakable chocolate bars with a variety of twenty-five emojis instead of Hershey's usual logo on rectangular sections. This design change is only intended to last for Summer vacation since twenty-five million emoji chocolate bars will be produced out of approximately two hundred million confected in a typical year.
Our Moon's interior is cooling down and as a consequence, shrinking. Although seemingly infinitesimal, its estimated one hundred and fifty feet loss in diameter over the past few hundred million years is causing recurring moonquakes. Some reaching level five on the Richter magnitude scale, they are happening because lunar fault lines are grinding against each other. Measurable proof of these quakes was recorded from 1969 through 1977 after seismometers were planted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Apollo Program astronauts.
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Worldwide, Helium is a crucial inert gas that's of dwindling supply and increasingly difficult to obtain. The foremost usage for Helium in our society is its vital role in cooling Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines during hospital operation. It's also needed in scientific measurement devices and aerospace industries. This shortage also extends to Helium's arguably least necessary use, recreational party balloons.
Disqualified! At the one hundred and forty-fifth Kentucky Derby in Churchill Downs, Louisville, a racehorse named Maximum Security crossed the finish line first. However, the euphoria of winning quickly faded when its results were challenged. Kentucky Derby officials reviewed footage and spoke with disputing jockeys, ultimately deciding that Maximum Security interfered with the galloping path of other competitors. As such, second placed racehorse, Country House, was adorned with Roses and declared winner.
More than ten thousand feet above sea level, in 1980 a Tibetian monk came across the jaw bone from what is now confirmed as Denisova hominins species. Unable to find any DNA, scientists made this determination from one hundred and sixty thousand year old collagen proteins, becoming the first proven fossil of Denisovans outside of one sole cave in Russian Siberia.
Literally Amen to this rescue! Seventeen year olds Heather Brown and Tyler Smith were caught by a riptide that pulled them far into the Atlantic Ocean from Vilano Beach, Florida. Two miles from shore and entering Hypothermia, they prayed for a savior. Soon enough appeared the civilian vessel named Amen, its crew hearing their screams and in rough waves, brought them aboard.
One's mishap becomes another's ill-gotten fortune. A nighttime surprise for many, thirty thousand dollars cold, hard cash fell off the back of an unaware truck onto the street. Police officers had to corral the scene because opportunists plucking free-range banknotes were blocking traffic. After the rightful owner to this money realized their horrifying mistake, they hurried back to what became a spotless scene. Officers and good Samaritans managed to capture a total of two thousand, four hundred and seventy dollars.
"HAPPY EASTER AND RESURRECTION SUNDAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
During recovery procedures at Notre Dame Cathedral, Honey Bees were seen blissfully flying around, an indication their colony survived. In 2013, three hives containing almost two hundred thousand of them were placed on top of the Cathedral sacristy's roof as an homage to church candles being made from Bee's wax.
Antiquarians and Roman Catholics globally mourn for Our Lady, Notre-Dame! Center staged in Paris, France, the Notre Dame Cathedral caught ablaze on Holy Monday, burning hundreds of years of construction that had been built up since 1163 A.D. Left in its wake, a masonry skeleton and the unbridled faith held by nearly a millennium of parishioners. Ultimately, its stone resilience managed to withstand the inferno of ancient lumber fixtures and roofing. Gratefully, many relics not moved for ongoing renovations were spared or saved, including Crown of Thorns, rose stained glass windows, tower bells and a seventy-eight hundred pipe organ.
One is the loneliest of numbers. The female component fulfilling a pair of Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei) has died at China's Suzhou Zoo. Believed to be more than ninety years old, she leaves behind a one hundred-plus year old male, sole survivor of her Critically Endangered species left in captivity. Nearing extinction, two others evasively remain wild in Vietnam, albeit their sex is undetermined.
Scientists studying if humans can contract Canine diseases from a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner discovered the opposite result. Every single one of eighteen bearded men had microbial levels in their facial hair described as high, the same category as twenty three out of thirty tested Dogs. Those seven remaining Dogs had moderate measurements, whereas seven men had beards also containing hazardous microorganisms.
A sight many have waited to behold has now materialized with the effort of eight arrayed telescopes, precise atomic clocks, supercomputers and upwards of two hundred determined researchers. Now available, an actual image of a blackhole, specifically the supermassive black hole inside Galaxy Messier 87. Of great significance, these pictures captured and processed by Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration provide visual proof of something Albert Einstein only imagined when composing his Theory of General Relativity.
Through the marsh and mire of Florida's Everglades, invasive species researchers attempting to find more efficient hunting techniques tracked a male Burmese Python (Python bivittatus) to his mate. As their chase concluded inside Big Cypress National Preserve, they were lead to a massively pregnant Python, carrying seventy-three eggs. This Mother was seventeen feet long and weighed one hundred and forty pounds. All told, the largest ever captured in the Everglades.
Humanitarians exalt –it's about time they will save the Kitties! United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been conducting Toxoplasmosis gondii research for decades by injecting the parasite into Kittens and feeding them tainted meat. Recently, public outcry resulted in the dissolution of this program, with all remaining Cats being adopted.
The populations of five hundred species have been dramatically reduced, with ninety to the point of extinction, by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Once infected, this fungal pathogen thrives on the nutrient composition of Amphibian flesh, causing fatal Chytridiomycosis. Bd began its widespread plight in the 1980s on creatures of the Amphibia class, such as Toads, Frogs or in a distinct instance, Salamanders. More recently, Bd has slowed in proliferation due to import regulations, evolved resistance and better treatments.
Floating above Central Florida was a pirated hot air balloon. Transpiring at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival, someone noticed one of the aircraft had been previously stolen from Indiana, prompting Marion County Sheriff's Department to seize it after landing. A peculiar situation for all involved, the hot air balloon is now being brought back to its owner.
Home sweet home and Snakes –oh my! An Abilene, Texas household enlisted the services of Big Country Snake Removal to come over after sighting a few Rattlers slithering beneath their residence. Upon further examination, forty-five Western Diamondbacks (Crotalus atrox) were taking refuge, some longer than five feet. The owner of Big Country said that in Texas this is a usual occurrence, one time personally catching eighty-eight Snakes.
Competitively known as the best racing Pigeon for long distance flying in the entire world, five year old Armando from Belgium holds both great acclaim for his abilities and the awards to back it up. As such, he was auctioned off for one million and four hundred thousand equivalent U.S. Dollars, leaving onlookers in awe. Armando's new owner is from China, where Pigeon racing has unique popularity because on Mainland China it is the only sport legally allowed for betting.
"HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Across one hundred and twenty-three nations, a purported one million students abandoned their schools to walk in the path of environmental activism. Recognizably on March 15, 2019, municipalities comprising every continent except Antarctica saw people from kindergarten through high school and beyond protesting governmental inaction over Climate Change.
Give a healthy tribute to your Grandparents! Eating mushrooms can significantly lower one's chances of developing Mild Cognitive Impairment, as correlated in a six-year long National University of Singapore study on elderly individuals. The primary component believed to be achieving this result is Ergothioneine. However, these findings will need help being confirmed with further studies.
Fair Haven, Vermont has elected an Anglo-Nubian Goat to preside over their population of approximately twenty-five hundred. Suitably named Lincoln, she is three years old and will serve a year-long term under the honorable title Pet Mayor of Fair Haven.
Kylie Kristen Jenner, born on August 10, 1997 in Los Angeles, California is the youngest person to ever become a non-inherited billionaire. According to Forbes Magazine, the majority of her net worth comes from Kylie Cosmetics LLC's nine hundred million dollar valuation, of which Kylie Jenner has one hundred percent total ownership.
It's not the destination reached, rather the journey taken –which a very rare fish is assumed to have thoroughly experienced when washing ashore Coal Oil Point Reserve, California. In this instance, a sizable Hoodwinker Sunfish (Mola tecta), recently identified as a new species in 2017 and only known to inhabit the Southern Hemisphere –far away from California's golden beaches.
Containing approximately one hundred and fifteen cubic miles of water, Lake Erie weighs more than one quadrillion pounds, meaning it can be considered the so-called heaviest person in North America. Residents of Toledo, Ohio voted to accord this Great Lake equal legal rights to that of a person. Essentially, this means lawyers could sue companies which have contributed pollutants to Lake Erie. This process is similarly used by other nations, but will start new legal precedent in the United States. Informatively, Lake Erie is bordered by Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, along with Canada's Ontario Province.
Proverbially, the Mother of all Bees has appeared again. Commonly called Wallace's Giant Bee (Megachile pluto), this magnificent creature has been documented alive very few times, first in 1851 by Alfred Russel Wallace and now most recently by Global Wildlife Conservation's Search for Lost Species. Inhabiting termite nests on the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, female Giant Bees can grow upwards of one and a half inches long with large mandibles, almost twice the size of male counterparts. Elusive and lacking data, conservationists hope this rediscovery will lead to increased protections for the species.
Originally established to officially celebrate the birthday of the United States' first Commander-in-Chief and President, George Washington, this holiday has since come to recognize all forty-four U.S. Presidents "HAPPY PRESIDENTS' DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
The State of North Carolina mourns the death of a famous tourist attraction! Stanley, a forty-nine year old Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) born in South Africa, has been euthanized by North Carolina Zoo veterinarians after gradually succumbing to old age.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? "HAPPY ST. VALENTINE'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Earth is at it highest level of autotrophic vegetation in approximately twenty years. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer has been collecting information on our planet's greenage since 1999. Two countries with the largest increase since tracking began are China and India, principally because they have increased agricultural production, in addition to their propensity of planting trees. However, it should be noted new forests lack the biodiversity of old growth biomes and crops are susceptible to drought.
Globally, modern megafauna are dying out. Researchers categorized two hundred and ninety-two animals measuring immensely in size and analyzed their population statistics. Using data from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s Red List of Threatened Species, it was determined that seventy percent of megafauna are decreasing in population. Their principle cause of deterioration is a marked role in bushmeat and human consumption. Especially alarming, more than half of those creatures are facing extinction in the wilderness.
Earth's North magnetic pole is shifting much quicker than expected. So rapidly, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and British Geological Survey had to update their collaborative World Magnetic Model ahead of its official schedule in 2020. The North magnetic pole typically meanders about because of movement in Earth's inner core. Proper measurements from the World Magnetic Model are important for many vital functions, including compasses, smartphone Global Positioning System (GPS), military operations and airport runways.
Record cold weather is brutalizing Northern America. Various U.S. and Canadian cities are registering temperatures in the double-digit Fahrenheit negatives, colder than many arctic regions and some of Summer-season Antarctica too. Hypothetically, Martians could find warmer regions on their fourth planet from the Sun. Above all, this doesn't even account for an equally brutal wind chill effect as well.
The cure to Cancer may be ready for human trials one year from now. This inspiringly bold claim is being made by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies, Ltd. (AEBi), operating from Ness Ziona, Israel. They have created molecules with peptides and toxins which precisely kills a broad range of Cancer cells, causing very few side effects. However, because of a lack of adequate funding they were unable to publish their results for scientific peer-review.
Fourteen year old Grant Thompson was trying to FaceTime his friend Nathan when he came across a glitch that allowed anyone the ability to access an iPhone's microphone and camera. After investigating the bug's mechanisms, Mr. Thompson told his Mom, Michele, who in turn tried to report the flaw to Apple for more than a week. Only exploitable on Apple products, any initiative to fix this issue was slow to proceed. Eventually, Apple Inc. leisurely responded by disabling group FaceTime communications and promised an update will be released soon.
Eight states in the U.S.A. are facing an outbreak of Salmonella caused by pet Hedgehogs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that anyone who has a Hedgehog should clean their pet's enclosure and all surfaces they touch. To further reduce infection, people should dampen any desire to snuggle, nuzzle or kiss their Hedgehogs.
"And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems... I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love... John was right, God is love. He who hates does not know God, but he who loves has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality." Today a United States national holiday memorializes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –RESPECTFULLY FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Deep Blue –she's back! Spotted south of Oahu, Hawaii, Deep Blue is hailed as the largest Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) ever encountered. She is mightily proclaimed to carry an astounding six thousand pounds of mass packed into a girthy twenty feet from nose to tail. First seen in 1999 and rarely since, Deep Blue is now most likely over fifty years old and was chomping down on a dead Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus). This ocean dwelling phenom is possibly displaying signs of, dare we say it –pregnancy.
Hot chocolate freely flowed on a cool, Arizona winter morning. More frankly, a tanker trailer carrying twenty tons of cocoa liquor en route from Ontario, Canada to Nevada toppled over, spilling onto the highway. In a manner appearing most Wonkaesque, cleanup workers had to pump chocolate into a nearby water retention ditch, essentially creating a lake of chocolate.
During a two month period when Canadian astronomers calibrated their new radio telescope, thirteen super quick radio signals were observed in the sky. Originating millions or billions of light-years away, these bursts are a scientific anomaly that occur frequently, but difficult to detect because they can come from any part of the universe and last milliseconds. Notably, one distinct location produced six bursts, ruling out cataclysmic events like supernovas as its cause.
Tokyo, Japan's Toyosu Fish Market has held its first auction of the new year with extravagance. Laid out, gutted for bidding, one Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus orientalis) of absolutely remarkable quality and six hundred-plus pound size was sold for three hundred and thirty-three million Japanese Yen. Intended for sushi and sashimi, this Tuna far eclipsed the price of any previous fish at an approximate equivalent of three million U.S. Dollars.
Baked or fried, the saga continues into the far reaches of space. Careful focus had set in mere minutes after New Year's celebrations between scientists at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s New Horizons space probe was flying by and recording data of Ultima Thule. Situated in the Kuiper Belt, this solar object vaguely resembling a leftover Chicken drumstick is the farthest ever visited by a human-built creation. Due to the immense distance of approximately four billion miles, it will take nearly two years for all measurements to be transmitted.
"HAPPY NEW YEAR" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Japan will begin commercial Whale hunting next year after the International Whaling Commission banned it in the early 1980s. Consequentially, Japan is leaving the commission and limiting their Whalers to a two hundred mile zone around Japanese territorial waters, now being barred from hunting in the Antarctic and Pacific Northwest regions. Before this decision, Japan obtained Whale meat through so-called research hunts.
"Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel" –Matthew 1:23 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
University of Michigan (UM)'s Monitoring the Future survey has signified an equivocal doubling of teenagers who vape Nicotine. Reportedly, this is the largest single-year substance usage increase since UM's nationwide trend tracking began in 1975. As a result, United States Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams issued a rare public advisory against adolescent use of electronic cigarettes. Alongside, some gratifying statistics were recorded, abuse of alcohol and most drugs are near all-time lows.
Enormously opulent, a five hundred and fifty-two carat diamond of fancy yellow color has been mined from Canada's Northwest Territories. This glimmering centerpiece is the largest diamond ever found in North America, nearly tripling the size of any previous record holder.
A Penguin supercolony has existed without discovery for thousands of years surrounded by treacherous ice and perilous seas. Upwards of one million and five hundred thousand Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) were found inhabiting the Danger Islands near Antarctica's tip. To facilitate detection, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) devised an algorithmic method for searching through satellite imagery, finding signs of life that human researchers overlooked.
Monumentally, United Nations' International Telecommunications Union has announced that by the end of 2018, more than half of Earth's population will be using the internet. Because ninety-percent of all seven billion and seven hundred million humans are in the vicinity of 3G cellular towers, smartphones have played a major role in providing online access to many. Whereas, computers can be cost prohibitive in developing countries and third-world nations.
Across the United States, approximately one-half of high school students and their teachers lack confidence in traditional media outlets to report news in a manner considered fair and accurate. These sentiments originate from a Knight Foundation survey of nearly ten thousand students and four hundred ninety-eight teachers.
Menorahs across the globe are illuminating this most joyous season "HAPPY HANUKKAH" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Previously believed to have gone extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago, an ancient Rhinoceros (Elasmotherium sibericum) nicknamed the Siberian Unicorn is now known to have survived much longer. Weighing approximately four tons as well as possessing one very long horn, scientists used DNA and isotope analysis to determine this species lived until thirty-seven thousand B.C. Meaningfully, early modern humans would have been able to witness Siberian Unicorns.
Missing for eighteen months, a Siberian Husky named Sinatra ran away from his New York home and had been lost until thirteen year old Rose Verrill found him twelve hundred miles away in Florida. Sinatra's owners, Lesmore and Maria Willis, were overjoyed to have their pet back, especially because he belonged to their sixteen year old daughter, Zion, before she died in 2015.
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Grocery buyers beware! Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is dramatically warning North Americans that any and all Romaine Lettuce must be discarded, including products which may contain it. Just the beginning of a potentially major outbreak, so far people from eleven states and Canada have contracted Escherichia coli due to contaminated Romaine Lettuce.
Critically Endangered no more, after years of recovery efforts increasing their population from six hundred to upwards of one thousand, Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) are being upgraded to a simple Endangered status. Evaluated by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Rothschild's Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi), Finback Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and Western Grey Whales (Eschrichtius robustus) have likewise had their endangered awareness classifications upgraded as well.
In solemn remembrance of The Great War, commencing July 28, 1914 and ending by armistice on November 11, 1918. "VETERANS DAY OBSERVATIONS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Sue Radford along with her husband Noel have given birth to their twenty-first child, named Bonnie Raye and weighing eight pounds, four ounces. Operators of a savory pie bakery in Britain, Mr. and Mrs. Radford have decided Bonnie will be their very last child. Curiously, Mrs. Valentina Vassilyev from Imperial Russia gave birth to sixty-nine children during the eighteenth century, as substantiated by Guinness World Records.
Six Cockatoos, specifically Cacatua goffiniana, have been trained under scientific observation to use their beaks and claws for fabrication abilities. Given a sheet of cardboard, they were tasked with cutting off a strip and using it to poke out nuts from an enclosure. Intrinsically, the Cockatoos were even able to adjust the cardboard strip's length, depending on Cashew distance.
While excavating the soil of a prehistoric desert located near Neuquen, Argentina, paleontologists from National University of La Matanza dug up a new dinosaur species. Formally named Lavocatisaurus agrioensis, these fossils include bones from two juveniles and one adult, the latter being almost forty feet long from head to tail. Similar to their Sauropod relatives, they are herbivores and inhabited Earth upwards of one hundred million years ago.
Typically ineffective flu vaccines can be made better by the antibodies of Llamas (Lama glama). Scientists from United States, Belgium, Netherlands and China were able to transform a special type of anti-pathogen immunoglobulin from Llama's blood and combine it with other antibodies to create an experimental vaccine capable of preventing most forms of Influenza in humans. So far exhibiting success in Mouse testings, research trials on humans will still need to be conducted.
A scary event or frightening incident may be beneficial to many human beings! Numerous medical experts claim that having a momentary spike in one's heart rate and adrenaline flow can increase overall vitality. "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Alleviating concerns, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is assuring pet Chicken owners that it is okay to dress them up in enchanting costumes for Halloween. As long as hygienic standards and careful safety precautions are maintained –Hens, Roosters and Chicks can trick-or-treat with the rest of us.
Golden Retriever Todd, from Anthem, Arizona, is inaugurally proclaimed Milk-Bone's Dog of the Year. While still a puppy, Paula Godwin was taking him for a hike when they encountered a venom-filled Rattlesnake. Afterwards nicknamed Hero Dog for good reason, Todd jumped in front of the Snake to defend his owner and was bit, thus requiring emergency antivenom treatment. Deservingly awarded with Milk-Bone treats and trophy, Todd will always encapsulate immense bravery and unconditional love.
Sunken into the Black Sea's immense depths is a seventy-five feet long ancient trading ship with artifacts still held securely inside. Resting more than a mile under water allows minimal oxygen for ideal preservation. In excellent never before encountered condition, radiocarbon dating estimates this specimen to have been crafted approximately twenty-four hundred year ago, presumably of Classical Greek origin.
Phenomenally, a massive rectangular iceberg with near-perfect ninety degree edges was photographed by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists in the Antarctic Ocean. Formed naturally when breaking away from Larsen C Ice Shelf, there was another less orderly rectangular iceberg nearby as well.
Piggies love Doritos too! A family's large Pig escaped their property and was roaming around when San Bernardino County, California Sheriff's Deputies used a bag of Doritos to lead this triangular chip craving swine back home.
A non-native Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda) snuck into Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital in Kailua, Hawaii and began making constant calls to any number possible. Phones were nearly ringing out of pockets while the Gecko walked on the screen of an office telephone until someone brought this creature back outside.
Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland conducted an inquisitive study between therapy Dogs and children undergoing Cancer treatment. Because of their friendly nature, therapy animals can become carriers of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. As such, hospitalized children are six times more likely to be exposed to a superbug after playing with these pets. Overall, infection risks can be greatly curtailed by cleaning therapy Dogs or using sanitation wipes.
As the story goes, early one morning on a 1930s Michigan farm there was quite the ruckus outside. Investigatively, a boy and his Father discovered a crater in their yard which contained a twenty-two and a half pound meteorite. Familial lore aside, more recently the property's new owner has used it as a doorstop until bringing the meteorite to Geology professor Mona Sirbescu at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Receiving confirmation from Smithsonian Institute, this large lump of iron and nickel is appraised at one hundred thousand dollars.
While on Summer vacation in Sweden, eight year old Saga Vanecek from Minneapolis, Minnesota was playing around in Lake Vidostern when she uncovered an ancient sword with sheath intact. Under secrecy, experts from Jonkopings Lans Museum were able to date Miss Saga's findings at up to fifteen hundred years old.
So little time, but so much to do –Harvard Medical School affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts has found that teenagers lack adequate rest. Approximately seventy percent of U.S. high school students sleep less than the minimal recommendation of eight hours per night. Increasingly, high schoolers averaging less than six hours of sleep are twice as likely to drink, smoke or consume illegal substances and three times as likely to intentionally harm themselves.
Another breakthrough in the field of medicine has been made. Scientists from City University of Hong Kong devised an apparatus capable of delivering drugs directly to ailing areas inside humans. This itsy-bitsy small robot has Millipede-like appendages and similarly to Ants, can carry one hundred times its weight. After being swallowed or surgically implanted, the device is controlled with magnets and can crawl to the Doctor's intended destination for precise treatment.
Researchers from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia have confirmed previous assessments that girls are more adept than boys at reading and writing. They analyzed data from United States student records over a time period of thirty years for fourth, eighth and twelfth grade. Progressively, the difference in writing abilities widens as children develop through teendom into adulthood. Although a conclusive scientific basis for these results has not been found, an interesting postulation is females use both halves of their brain when writing, whereas males only use one single hemisphere.
Yellowstone National Park is bubbling and bouncing with geothermic activity. So much so, rare eruptions nearing thirty feet in height are coming from the typically dormant Ear Spring, causing portions of the surrounding visitor boardwalk to be closed off for safety reasons. Besides water, also ejected was waste from litterers, such as soda cans and coins, which have been piling up since this unique geyser last erupted in 2004.
Horde-like Spider populations of the genus Tetragnatha have harmlessly, yet eerily, swathed approximately one thousand feet of beachside foliage with their pale webs. These extraordinary structures sometimes occur every few years under optimal conditions to facilitate egg laying. On a broader note, an overabundance of Mosquitoes and humidity in Aitoliko, Greece has led to the temporary population boom.
"YOM KIPPUR GREETINGS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America..." –Please "press here" to read the entirety of this amazing document. "HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
All tied up, five young Eastern Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) were in a bind that would leave them tailless. Fortunately, a passerby realized their nest tightly entangled each others' tails together and quickly brought the sibling Squirrels to Wisconsin Humane Society's Milwaukee Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Veterinarians were able to cut away nesting material comprised of long pieces of grass and plastic strips, ultimately saving their tails and in essence, behinds.
The biggest golden moment to date, two absolutely gargantuan gold nuggets were extracted from Beta Hunt Mine in Australia. The largest weighed one hundred and ninety-eights pounds, far exceeding the previous record holder by more than fifty pounds, respectively. Also in this same section of quartz rock was a little sibling weighing one hundred and thirty-two pounds as well. At collector's auction, both combined could yield upwards of four million dollars.
A shepherd's Ram's horn gloriously sounds "HAPPY ROSH HASHANAH" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
There's no place like home again! Dorothy's lost ruby slippers have been returned. Stolen in 2005 while on loan at Judy Garland Museum, dedicated to the actress who played Dorothy, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she was born. Working in tandem, Grand Rapids Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were able to successfully recover them. All told, there are a total of four known existing pairs of slippers used while filming 1939's iconic The Wizard of Oz.
"HAPPY LABOR DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A critical emergency occurred on the International Space Station (ISS) when a presumed micrometeorite punctured one of its modules, causing the ISS to depressurize and leak oxygen. Alarm sensors went off while all six astronauts from Russia, United States and Germany were sleeping. The crew then hurried to find a tiny hole in Russia's Soyuz module, which was rudimentarily patched. The damaged module may need further repairs because it will be used to bring two crew members back to Earth later this year.
Half a mile underneath the Atlantic Ocean, lying in repose, is a living coral reef estimated to be eighty-five miles long. Located far beyond the South Eastern United States' shoreline, this elusive discovery is only observable using a submarine. Lophelia pertusa coral has been growing here unaccosted for thousands of years, flourishing with various marine life as well.
Available in supermarkets now, Nabisco brand Barnum's Animals crackers will be solely displayed with an all-new, animal rights friendly packaging design. Formerly depicting caged animals in a circus-like setting, this revamped illustration includes a Lion, Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant, and Gorilla in an African Serengeti landscape.
Newark, New Jersey's West Side High School is making a free laundromat available to students in needy circumstances. Donated detergent products are also supplied for proper washing. All told, by helping alleviate unkempt and or dirty clothing, chronic instances of bullying and consequentially absenteeism are hoped to be significantly reduced.
Advocating the importance of anti-drowning safety measures when boating, swimming or participating in any other water activities, Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel is retiring after a performance career of nearly forty years. Trained by Lou Ann Best, a total of eight Squirrels have acted as namesake with the current leading figure being ten years old.
Following public outcry, school administrators from Edgar Gregory-Abraham Lincoln Education Center for elementary and middle school students in Houston, Texas promptly erased a mural with this message –"The more you act like a lady, the more he'll act like a gentleman." Positioned above student's lockers, additional drywall was added and in its place a new paraphrase from Noble Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, "Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It's you who can change the world."
Don't get bit before you take a bite! A restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico with the forte of crafting indigenous Mexican cuisine has been caught using vulnerable species in their Tarantula tacos. Namely, Mexican Red Rump Tarantulas (Brachypelma vagans), which are facing extinction in the wild. More so, these potentially black market Spiders could have been obtained for much cheaper if the restaurant applied for a license to buy them from certified farms.
Puy du Fou, one of France's most popular theme parks, has trained a group of Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) to dispose of small trash pieces found around their facilities in return for a food reward. These Birds are similarly related to Crows and are considered highly intelligent as well as playful towards people.
Mensa International, a United Kingdom-based special society for persons with very high Intelligence Quotient (IQ), has accepted their youngest member. Profoundly, three year old Ophelia Morgan-Dew has an ultra-genius IQ of one hundred and seventy-one. Interestingly, scientific studies on adolescents show that U.S. teenagers have a collective average IQ of approximately one hundred and twelve, however some individuals can experience sharp declines or positive advancements throughout teenhood, respectfully.
Biological data released by Quest Diagnostics laboratories indicate that Lyme Disease is now present in all fifty United States. Most concerning, since 2015 California's instances of Lyme Disease have gone up approximately seventy-seven percent and Florida's cases have nearly tripled. This ailment is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and spread from Rodents to Black-legged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis), which then transmits Lyme Disease to Deer and humans.
The French Republic's Parliamentary system has near-unanimously passed a law banning smartphones and devices with internet access from students under fifteen years old in France's equivalent of elementary and middle schools. In relation to older students, high school usage will vary by faculty guidelines when classes begin in September 2018.
Security guards from Hapag-Lloyd Arctic Cruises were preparing for passengers to take a walk on Norway's Svalbard Archipelago when a Polar Bear approached and injured one of them. In response, a fellow guard took defensive measures by means of shooting and killing the Bear. Vulnerably, there are estimated to be approximately thirty thousand Polar Bears living in the wild.
Collaborative scientists from Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, Pushchino, Russia and Princeton University, New Jersey, have revived two Nematode Roundworms. Both were retrieved in a frozen state from Siberian permafrost, the eldest Worm being an incredible forty-two thousand years old. Beneficially, they will be further studied for cryogenic research and are considered the oldest living multi-cellular animals.
Obvious for some, but not to others, a zoo in Cairo, Egypt painted their Donkeys with black stripes to look like Zebras. This deception may be classified to some as completely asinine, particularly considering the coloring agent could cause an allergic reaction on the Donkeys' hide.
An American Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) known to researchers as P-55 was found deceased. Estimated to be three years old, this male Puma gained notoriety for crossing California's U.S. Highway 101, which at some points expands ten lanes wide. Spanning the continental United States roadway system, it's estimated upwards of one hundred Mountain Lions are killed by automobiles annually.
Liquid water has been found beneath the frozen South Pole on planet Mars. Contained under nearly a mile of solid ice, there is a lake more than three feet deep and extremely salty to allow for below-freezing temperatures. Instrumentally, radar devices from European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter were used to make the detection. Anticipatingly, proof of any lifeforms existing will necessitate a rover being sent over and drilling into the frigid depths.
Break out the handheld fans –you're about to need them! A major heat wave is steamrolling the Great American Southwest. However, California's power grid operator is warning electric companies may not be able to produce enough energy for everyone's air conditioning. During the next couple days California residents are being asked to turn off lights, large appliances and run their air conditioners higher than seventy-eight degrees Fahrenheit from five o'clock P.M. to nine o'clock P.M. or else blackouts can occur.
A new study from Switzerland's Tropical and Public Health Institute provides near-confirmation of the harmful effects of Electromagnetic Radiation. Scientifically monitoring seven hundred students aged twelve through seventeen years old, researchers determined that talking on cell phones, especially using one's right-side ear, leads to poor memory development. Additionally, any other smartphone usage, including texting and gaming, results in a certain degree of Electromagnetic Radio Frequency exposure as well.
Seventy-nine moons and counting! Confirmed is the most recent discovery of ten new moons on Jupiter, first noticed by astronomers from Carnegie Institute of Science. That said, planet Jupiter has the most natural satellites in our solar system. For the time being neighboring Saturn has sixty-two orbiting moons –it's anyone's guess if that figure will have to be adjusted in the future too.
After ranking fourth place at the International Mathematical Olympiad last year, the United States has regained its champion title previously held in 2015 and 2016. U.S. high school students collaboratively won academic events in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, five receiving individual gold medals. Notably, their closest opponents were the national teams of Russia and China finishing in second and third place, respectively.
The world's collective credit card is bursting at its seams! All total global debt of each and every person, corporation and governmental entity is continuously growing beyond the most astounding figure of two hundred and forty-seven trillion dollars. This tremendous calculation ($247,000,000,000,000) was compiled by Institute of International Finance, a collaboration consisting of various banks, hedge fund managers, insurance companies and financial experts.
While alone in the Atlantic Ocean adjacent Saint Simons Island, Georgia, nineteen year old Blake Spataro was pulled away from shore by a rip current. He floated for approximately ten hours until fortunately washing ashore near Sea Island Golf Club. With Summertime upon us, as an important footnote, teenagers and people in general should exercise caution when enjoying time about any recreational water source.
Starbucks Coffee Company, the primary subsidiary of Starbucks Corporation, will discontinue offering plastic straws for most cold beverages, with exception to their signature Frappuccinos. By the end of year 2020, this global initiative will annually eliminate upwards of one billion straws from nearly thirty thousand stores. Any offered straws from that point forward are anticipated to be made of more environmentally friendly materials, such as paper or biodegradable plastic alike.
Independence Hall, Pennsylvania will be historically recognized as humanity's perpetual beacon of freedom. On or about July 4, 1776, in defiance of British Monarchy, courageous representatives from thirteen North American colonies signed The Declaration of Independence –IN THE CONTINUED PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS "HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A lifetime of good luck surely waits ahead for Katie Borka! This ten year old from Spotsylvania County, Virginia has acquired the Guinness World Record for finding upwards of one hundred and sixty-six four-leaf Clovers in a single hour. Amazingly during this meticulous search, Miss Katie found an individual Clover with nine connected leaves.
Adorably, nine year old Zsa Zsa is winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog competition in Petaluma, California. For her award-worthy distinct features, Zsa Zsa will be prized with fifteen hundred dollars and a large trophy. Nobly, this contest is conducted to enhance awareness for pet adoption and the rescue of abused animals.
It's Summertime people! The June solstice is taking place and will be the longest day of the year for Northern Hemisphere residents. Conversely, those South of the Earth's equator will be experiencing their shortest period of sunlight.
Koko, a remarkable Western Lowland Gorilla capable of communicating with American Sign Language, has died in her sleep at The Gorilla Foundation preserve in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally born at the San Francisco Zoo, Koko was forty-six years old and lovingly raised Kittens.
This is to Father, Papa, Paw, Baba, Papi, Vader, Daddy, Babbo, Appa, Daddio, Otousan, Poppie, Tata, Pop and of course "Dad" –HAPPY FATHER'S DAY FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Grave robber caught with red, white and blue evidence in its furry paws! United States flags adorning the graves of military veterans at Bellevue Cemetery in Adams, Massachusetts were previously thought to have been stolen by Old Glory discontents. Rather, a resourceful Woodchuck (Marmota monax) surfaced and took them for lush bedding material...
Didn't Mother say it's not polite to stare? A major U.S. corporation, namely Netflix Inc., has purportedly instituted a new rule that forbids employees from staring at one another for more than five seconds. Along with other guidelines, these measures have been implemented to prevent workplace harassment and or general creepiness.
On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted a resolution detailing the national flag of The United States of America, which was very similar to its present pattern, albeit with thirteen stars forming a circle. Regarding the U.S. flag's current design, it was created in 1958 by sixteen year old Robert G. Heft for a History project.
What is normally non-stop enjoyment for Florida beachgoers has been effectively ceased by pesky smacks of Moon Jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). More than one thousand people have been stung this past week alone. Often larger than Grapefruit or even a soccer ball, contact with these particular Jellyfish tentacles leaves a non-lethal, burning sting.
If by chance you see clever Foxes creeping about one's neighborhood make sure to call out "Swiper, no swiping!" Unfortunately, residents of Nagaokakyo, Japan forgot to do so and had forty pairs of shoes stolen by some literal sly foxes. As a matter of procedure, law enforcement is calling them alleged perpetrators.
According to Pew Research Center, fifty-one percent of American teenagers use Facebook, down twenty percentage points since 2015. Undisputedly, YouTube is currently most popular, with Instagram in second place at seventy-two percent and Snapchat being third at sixty-nine percent usage rates. Lastly, almost all U.S. adolescents have a smartphone, which culminates with forty-five percent of the surveyed teens claiming to be online near constantly as well.
A German Cockroach, scientifically known as Blattella germanica, takes up homestead in the ear of a Tallahassee, Florida resident. Emergency Room Doctor Michael Glaze said the Roach proceeded to lay an ootheca pouch containing up to fifty eggs. Summarily, Lidocaine was injected to disable the intruder, which allowed the insect's eviction from this patient's ear canal.
In gratuitous Memorial Day observance for the patriots who served these United States of America "A TIME FOR SILENCE AND REMEMBRANCE" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
The nonsensical phrase "GOING APE" may finally prove permissible in relation to having clean bedding practices! Scientists studying human behaviors in North Carolina and Chimpanzee etiquette in Tanzania claim that Great Apes keep a better house by building fresh new beds on a nightly basis. Additionally, Chimpanzees are observed to diligently search for suitable sleeping materials, whereas many people fail to shake their blankets and pillows when making beds in the morning.
Roses are heartfelt red, Violets are meaningful blue, this most treasurable day is in honor of you "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
While lava worryingly encapsulates Hawaiian roads, tons of thick, liquid chocolate gushed onto a Warsaw, Poland highway. Delicious chocolate surely destined for tasty goodies was spread for miles after a truck carrying approximately twelve tons had overturned and burst. All told, cleanup entailed spraying the chocolate with fire hoses and scraping it off a six-lane highway with construction equipment.
To each and every denomination of faith "HAPPY NATIONAL PRAYER DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Diseases spread by Mosquitoes, Ticks and Fleas within the United States have more than tripled during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data period entailing 2004 up until its absolute peak in 2016. Totaling upwards of six hundred and forty thousand reported incidents, the most prominent infections were Lyme Disease from Ticks, West Nile, Zika, Yellow Fever and Dengue Viruses from Mosquitoes and minusculely, Bubonic Plague from Fleas. To be protected from these bugs while out and about in nature or at one's local park, the CDC recommends long-sleeved shirts and pants, as well as safe, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved insect repellents.
At the 2018 World Surf League's Big Wave Awards in Santa Monica, California, it was announced that a major Guinness World Record has been broken. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa successfully road a massive wave officially judged to be eighty feet tall along the swells of notorious Nazare, Portugal, November of last year. At this ceremony Mr. Koxa was duefully prized with the XXL Biggest Wave Award for his feat.
All known humans who lived during the nineteenth century are no longer around to tell their story. Nabi Tajima, the final witness, was born on August 4, 1900 in Kikai, Japan and has now passed her title of oldest living person to fellow countrywoman Chiyo Miyako, who will turn one hundred and seventeen years old next month. Incredibly, as a great-great-great-grandmother, Ms. Tajima has at least one hundred and sixty descendants.
Thirteen year old Luca Malaschnitschenko and his archaeology mentor have discovered royal Viking treasure. Using simple metal detectors on Rugen Island, Germany, they made their initial discovery of a silver coin, soon notifying expert archaeologists who launched a proper excavation of the area. Among assorted jewelry and trinkets were nearly six hundred varied coins dating between 714 and 983 A.D., which historians say match known timelines of Harald Gormsson from Denmark, known as King Bluetooth.
A baby boy is born at Smithsonian National Zoo! Named Moke, the little one's parents are two Western Lowland Gorillas, who quite peculiarly have the scientific name of Gorilla gorilla gorilla. Mother Calaya built anticipation by receiving maternal training beforehand and now is completely attached to her adorable son. As a finishing note, Western Lowland Gorillas are "CRITICALLY ENDANGERED" and estimated to have a population of one hundred thousand. This statistic is hard to track because some segments live deep in the forest regions of Africa.
International researchers have identified ten creatures people find most lovable, especially as an effect of cute, plush, stuffed animals, movie characters and artistic impressions used in company marketing. Greatest of all being the mighty Tiger, followed by iconic Lions and majestic Elephants placing third. Moreover, rankings fourth through tenth are as follows in descending order: Giraffes, Leopards, Pandas, Cheetahs, Polar Bears, Grey Wolves and Gorillas. Most astonishingly, the only species out of those named to not be Threatened or Endangered are ninth place Grey Wolves. Also alarming, many of the study participants failed to realize some of these animals are in dire risk of extinction because of how commonly they appear in daily life. To conclude, one possible measure is that corporations could donate to wildlife preservation funds for using their likeness in products and advertisements.
In accordance with the Hebrew Calendar, this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day starts Wednesday, April 11 and concludes the following evening. Also called Yom HaShoah, this holiday carries on the memory of an estimated seventeen million lives lost, up to six million of which being Jewish. As quoted from Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal –"For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing."
Presently fighting against recurrent Ewing's Sarcoma, a type of Cancer which permeates in or around bones, Daisy Anguiano Miranda celebrated her eleventh birthday with befitting pomp. Hundreds of paper daisies, as well as seeds, flowers and craft supplies were sent to the hospital where she's undergoing treatment, Nebraska Medicine's Buffett Cancer Center. Miss Daisy's presents came nationwide, organized as a grassroots endeavor by Breast Cancer survivor Ashli Brehm.
"I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land." –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., fell by an assassin's bullet fifty years ago. Born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia and slain April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
"HAPPY EASTER AND RESURRECTION SUNDAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Uproar over Squirrel infestation plaguing local parks and beaches across San Diego County. Despite "do not feed" signs and fines reaching one thousand dollars, picnickers on California's coast still leave trash strewn and hand feed the puppy-eyed Squirrels. Officials have found population containment or reduction efforts to be obstructed or inefficient. Overall, the simplest, most effective measure is people cleaning up their garbage and no longer feeding wildlife, in this instance Squirrels.
Robbing from Pauline to pay Paulette, the USA intends to spend upwards of one trillion and three hundred billion dollars with the 2018 omnibus spending bill, which provides governmental funding for little more than six months. In plain terminology, money the U.S. Congress is indiscriminately borrowing from future generations. Summarily, alas, the so-called adult leadership in Washington, D.C. kicks an already empty can irresponsibly down a road of economic anarchy.
Last standing male succumbs to old age! Sudan, a forty-five year old Rhino named after his birth country, was the last male Northern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni). After living in the Czech Republic for most of his life, Sudan was moved to Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya in 2009 once it had been declared that all wild Northern White Rhinos were extinct. Thankfully for future genetic recovery of the subspecies, he leaves behind two lone survivors –Najin, a daughter aged twenty-seven years, as well as Fatu, a granddaughter who is seventeen years old.
"HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Blissful indeed, the Republic of Finland is Earth's most joyous nation! A multitude of statistics and surveys were used to compose the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network's 2018 World Happiness Report, which in all measured one hundred and fifty-six countries. Second place was Norway, thirdly Denmark, fourth being Iceland and Switzerland listing fifth. Conversely, the United States ranked eighteenth, down four positions from last year. With regards to the most delighted nations of other continents, they would be Canada in North America, Chile in South America, Israel in Asia and Libya in Africa, respectively.
Wind gusts reaching seventy-plus miles per hour toppled a historical tree at the Mount Vernon, Virginia residence of first President of The United States of America, George Washington. Transplanted on or about circa 1785, this Canadian Hemlock was one of the prominent beautification features near the President and First Lady Martha Washington's solemn tomb.
Living in plain sight the entire time, researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution postulated and physically confirmed that over one and a half million Adelie Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) have been inhabiting the Danger Island Archipelago adjacent Antarctica. Completely unnoticed, a major revelation occurred when distinct criteria was distinguished while inspecting National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite images. All together, this species' population is now beyond nine million Seabirds.
Constructed deep within an Arctic Circle mountain on Spitsbergen Island, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has received another shipment of seeds during its ten year anniversary. This fortressed establishment now contains one million unique varieties with ample space still left. Presently, upwards of four hundred million seeds in total are stored here to ensure humanity's agricultural ability persists, whether utter calamity or simple blight. Furthermore, the Kingdom of Norway will allot nearly thirteen million dollars for continued upgrades.
As rare as one in a million, the yellow-feathered Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) has been sighted in central Alabama. Male Cardinals iconically posses resonant red coloration, whereas this particular Bird likely has a genetic mutation or enzyme deficiency that causes its vibrantly lavish, yellow tone. Nonetheless, South America is home to an actual endangered species called Yellow Cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata), which bares minimal relation and has greyish-yellow feathers.
Instituted in 1789, forty-four individuals have sworn to uphold the Constitution of these United States of America. That being said, the third Monday in February is a dueful celebration of all Commander-in-Chiefs, in addition to official observation of first and admirably foremost President George Washington's Birthday "HAPPY PRESIDENTS' DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Dog and buyer alike –definitely beware! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a poison alert for certain canned Dog food labels produced by The J.M. Smucker Company. Affected brands include Kibbles 'N Bits, Gravy Train, Skippy and Ol' Roy, with others possibly being contaminated too. Alarmingly, they have been tarnished by trace amounts of Pentobarbital, a compound used in high doses to euthanize animals. Assuringly, the FDA says there's low risk of any pets falling ill as a result of consuming these victuals, but regardless, all mentioned products should be returned or discarded promptly.
Remarkably, the love filled holiday of Saint Valentine's Day and the repentance-based holy day of Ash Wednesday share each other's presence this fourteenth of February, 2018. Peculiarly, both occasions falling on the same date last occurred in 1945. Otherwise, Ash Wednesday commences the start of Lent fasting, a forty-day period which honors Jesus Christ's odyssey into the Judaean Desert. Summarily, it will be 2024 when these two events next share the same incidence, respectively.
On the verge of sinking into the Pacific Ocean from rising sea levels, the small Polynesian country of Tuvalu's islands and atolls are growing. Ironically, this area was heralded by scientists as being an imminent victim of climate change –they could be backtracking their previous claims of Tuvalu disappearing. Overall, these results showcase Mother Nature's propensity to behave unexpectedly against our predictions.
Beginning January 30, a so-called astronomical trifecta will take place Tuesday night and stretch into Wednesday morning, depending on the observer's location. Those living in the Western Hemisphere can fully witness a "super blue blood Moon", which specifically entails the second full Moon in a month at its closest point from Earth, all while experiencing total lunar eclipse. Curiously, this rare event won't take place again until January 2037.
We now find ourselves two minutes from midnight's symbolic representation of certain catastrophe. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board has returned again to update Earth on its progress towards doomsday. Once this clock's illustrative hands double up on the apex, Armageddon will be cast upon us. The only other time we've been comparably close to midnight's hour of doom was fifty-five years ago when The United States of America and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics successfully detonated thermonuclear hydrogen bombs using combined fusion and fission reactions.
Puma concolor cougar, a subspecies of Mountain Lion which formerly inhabited Eastern regions of North America has been declared extinct and accordingly removed from the United States Endangered Species Act. Last believed to have been seen circa 1938, officials from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that Eastern Cougars were most likely extinct before the Endangered Species Act had even been instituted as law in 1973.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Today commemorates the United States' national holiday in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –RESPECTFULLY FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Five years following this major event, researchers recently shed details on what was one of the largest volcanic explosions in a century. Situated off the coast of New Zealand, underneath the Pacific Ocean's surface, this so-called Havre Seamount blasted off nearly undetected by humans. All told, upwards of seventy percent of volcanic activity occurs practically unbeknownst on the seafloor. Essentially, this eruption rivals events likening to 1912's Novarupta, Alaska and 1991's Mount Pinatubo, Philippines.
Never thought to be seen again, during Christmastime a miracle was bestowed upon the Barnes family when their once-young Kitty came back home after disappearing fifteen years ago. Winston, a black Cat from Cornwall, England was always prone to being adventurous, but this life-spanning journey ended when he had been found near a road thirty-five miles away from his home and was taken to the veterinarian's office. Thankfully, Winston had been implanted with a microchip containing his family's contact information.
Baby, it's cold outside! As frigid weather encompasses Northern America, along with humans braving harsh elements, wildlife also experience the same conditions too. That being said, hundreds of Sea Turtles off the Texas coastline were rescued from a predicament of hypothermia induced near-paralysis. This emergency situation also extends to other states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, namely Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida, as well as creatures likening to Manatees and Sharks.
"HAPPY NEW YEAR" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
The world's principle economic and monetary engine, essentially U.S.A., finished the year 2017 with a robustly prosperous ending. Following nearly ten years of lackluster or outright failing economic performances, the United States and other major national economies expect that the coming year will be just as grandiose, if not better. Numerous countries with lower levels of wealth in Asia, South America, Europe and Africa alike also have surpassed expectations and are projected to continue increasing their good fortune as well.
'Tis the season to spread the virtuous message of peace and harmony on Earth... "MERRY CHRISTMAS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Maintaining resilience in revulsion, for its ninth consecutive year "whatever" is the United States' choice for most annoying term! Ranking second would be "fake news", third "no offense, but", fourth "literally" and fifth-place "you know what I mean" completes this carousel of displeasurable sentiments.
A big shout-out to longevity lovers, happy one hundred and thirteenth birthday to Francisco Nunez Olivera from Extremadura, Spain and yes, the world's oldest male human being. Born in 1904, Mr. Olivera credits his long health to eating garden-grown vegetables. Incidentally, Earth's current oldest living person is one hundred and seventeen year old Ms. Nabi Tajima from Kikai, Japan.
Saying this bird was overly jumbo would be understated –better said, how's about unbelievably gigantic in the case of a recently discovered fossilized Penguin! This plump species, scientifically named Kumimanu biceae, lived near the Eastern shores of New Zealand roughly sixty millions years ago, where it grew to an estimated height of five-foot-eight and weighed two hundred and twenty pounds.
"HAPPY HANUKKAH" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Not possessing the most cognitive mass, but for sure containing great ability, even with a Cat-sized Brain, wild Raccoons have comparable numbers of neurons to Dogs. This evidence is according to a study fronted by Vanderbilt University Professor Suzana Herculano-Houzel, along with a multitude of colleagues from establishments of higher learning in California, Virginia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, South Africa and Denmark alike. Moreover, Cats hold approximately two hundred and fifty million Cerebral Cortex neurons and Dogs can have upwards of five hundred million, depending on breed, whereas in contrast, humans maintain around twenty billion such neurons.
Returned to sender! Thirteen injured Sea Turtles that washed ashore United Arab Emirates beaches have been rehabilitated and sent back to their Persian Gulf home. Some being afflicted by very severe injuries, four of these Turtles lost a flipper after becoming entangled in plastic debris. All told, a total of three distinct species were tagged for scientific monitoring before release, specifically the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Endangered Green (Chelonia mydas) and Critically Endangered Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) Sea Turtles.
With an ash cloud rising upwards of ten thousand feet, residents and tourists surrounding a volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been ordered to evacuate. Last happening in 1963, geologists say such dooming seismic activity at Mount Agung foretell an eruption is eminent! Furthermore, this region lies directly on the notorious Ring of Fire that surrounds the Pacific Ocean.
White-Nose Syndrome is wreaking havoc on Tricolored Bat (Perimyotis subflavus) colonies inside Birmingham, Alabama's Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. After similar affliction, the adjacent State of Georgia's Tricolored Bats now rest at only five percent of their former selves. One of our greatest forms of pest control, estimates show that all Bats worldwide beneficially consume nearly one billion Mosquitoes and other insects on a nightly basis. Hopefully a cure for this fungus can be found to help save their population from further devastation.
Plymouth Colony would gather about an abundance of food made possible from the fruits of their collective labor. As such, those Pilgrims would thank God for the ability to survive in this land called America "HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
What some may consider an unethically morbid curiosity, neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero transplanted the head from one donated cadaver's body onto another at Harbin Medical University in China. Using advanced equipment and newly-developed techniques with Dr. Xiaoping Ren and his group of surgeons, they took eighteen hours to purportedly fulfill this costly scientific experiment.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study found that only nine percent of U.S. citizens are consuming enough vegetables, likewise just twelve percent meeting their fruit recommendations. Although women on average eat more produce, most everyone is rather lacking in regards to a healthy, balanced diet. Worst of all, West Virginia displayed the lowest consumption percentages at seven percent for fruit and nearly six percent for vegetables, respectfully.
Opening Friday, November 17 in Washington, D.C with upwards of one thousand artifacts, Museum of the Bible will provide an insightful look into Earth's most printed document. Depicted as nonsectarian, overall assembly cost five hundred million dollars and notably exhibits an audio interpretation of the ten Biblical plagues inflicted upon Egypt during Exodus as well.
Likening to Rabbit proliferation, Alaska's Fortymile Caribou Herd population is soaring! Following decades of decline, wildlife officials say this herd's numbers have increased from fifty-one thousand in 2010 to seventy-plus thousand animals. These numbers are fourteen times larger than a record low five thousand Caribou in the 1970s. Although results are preliminary and possibly maximized by improved camera technology, they nonetheless bode positively for the upcoming, comprehensive Caribou census.
To those previously and all presently serving in the United States Military "HAPPY VETERANS DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Underneath Antarctica's massive blanket of ice, averaging more than one mile thick, spans liquefied lakes and rivers alike. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), their Jet Propulsion Laboratory and satellites, along with assistance from University of California, Irvine, found that geothermal heat emanating out of Earth's upper mantle has been melting West Antarctica's ice. Specifically, this plume began forming below Marie Byrd Land around fifty to one hundred million years ago before any known ice sheet had ever developed.
Such peaceful coexistence should be an example for all Earthlings. A Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) separated from its species and brought to captivity found a welcoming home among Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Being held inside the tourist town of Koktebel, Crimea's Dolphinarium, this Whale began mimicking sounds and whistles similar to that of her fellow companions, prompting further examination for vocal phenomena by marine researchers.
Hudson High School, located in Florida, has experienced an anti-policy demonstration in protest of their newest lunch-time program. This occurred after administrators split students in two categories, those with a minimum two Grade Point Average, no more than four absences and zero F's are given their own special identification card with free access outside of the cafeteria during lunch break. Conversely, anyone not meeting that criteria is limited to the now chock-full meal hall.
Simply remarkable are the individuals chosen in this year's Forbes Magazine list of most powerful women. German Chancellor Angela Dorothea Merkel again achieved first place for her seventh consecutive year. The others comprising top five are in descending order as follows: United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa Mary May, philanthropist Melinda Ann Gates, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Kara Sandberg and General Motors Company Chief Executive Officer Mary Teresa Barra. Incidentally, last year's second most powerful woman, namely former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, fell sixty-three positions to sixty-fifth overall, respectfully.
Recently released by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), electromagnetic frequencies detected across our solar system were converted into eerie and creepy sounds. These short, bizarre recordings are appropriately befitting today's much anticipated holiday. "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Helplessly lost and drifting aimlessly about the Pacific Ocean for one hundred and seventy-five days, rescuers saved two boaters from their nightmarish excursion. Fortunately, the twosome had brought aboard their sailing vessel a water desalination purifier and one year of food. All told, what should have been a pleasurable journey to Tahiti began in Hawaii and ended when Natasha Fuiava and Jennifer Appel, along with their Dogs, Zeus and Valentine, were spotted nine hundred miles south of Japan by a Taiwanese fishing ship, followed by retrieval from the U.S. Navy.
Upwards of one hundred and seventy thousand pages of presumed destroyed Jewish chronicles have been announced as discovered. During Nazi Germany's occupation of Lithuania, a dedicated group called Paper Brigade hid these documents to preserve the heritage of a culture facing certain eradication. To further prevent their erasure under Soviet occupation following World War Two, they were concealed within a church's basement and recently moved to Lithuania's Martynas Mazvydas National Library. Culminatingly, a brief selection of these artifacts will be on display at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, New York.
A highly distinguished National Geographic-Gallup survey has determined that Boulder, Colorado is America's happiest city! Most desirably, Boulder has beautiful naturalistic environmental opportunities, especially from the Rocky Mountains, as well as ideal conditions for its bicyclist residents. Respectably, Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California was second and Charlottesville, Virginia attained third place.
More than ten fifth-grade students had their mouths duct taped shut by a substitute teacher while they were assumingly attempting to learn at Maxdale Elementary School in Killeen, Texas. This incident ended once the teacher was eventually taken out of the classroom and fired after higher-ranked school officials were made aware through a classmate texting her Mother situational details.
Space scientists have discovered that for the first observable time two dead stars collided together at nearly the speed of light, causing a kilonova. The event occurred one hundred and thirty million light-years away and was detected by the gravitational waves it produced. Profoundly, theorists believe this immense explosion is what creates metals such as gold and silver in our universe.
Soon to be entirely co-ed for the Boy Scouts of America, including Cub and Eagle programs, girls will be able to join rank and file in this predominantly male-only organization. Starting with Cub Scout enrollment at first, these changes will begin to take effect next year, with Eagle Scout eligibility in 2019.
A specially hybridized Green Squash weighing two thousand, one hundred and eighteen pounds has literally squashed the record! This behemoth was grown by Joe Jutras on his Rhode Island farm, who has also held accomplished records for longest gourd and heaviest Pumpkin alike.
Seventy-five percent of all global honey sources are contaminated with toxic Neonicotinoids. During a four year period, Switzerland-based researchers collected nearly two hundred samples for testing of five specific Neonicotinoid compounds. Most alarmingly, honey taken from Beehives in North America showed the highest rate of Neonicotinoid presence at eighty-six percent, whereas the least contaminated specimens came from South America at fifty-seven percent. This analysis is considered to be further solidifying proof that Neonic pesticides are detrimental to Bees, as well as other creatures, however inadvertent it may seem.
Joachim Frank of Columbia University, New York, Jacques Dubochet of Lausanne University, Switzerland and Richard Henderson of Medical Research Council, United Kingdom have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Their collective work, especially throughout the 1970s and 1980s, allowed matter to be seen with extremely precise detail, in turn ushering one of the most important advancements to Biochemistry. Remarkably, Mr. Dubochet developed a technique which freezes biomolecules in their natural shape without alteration from ice crystallization, so they could be accurately observed through an electron microscope. Overall they were awarded a total of nine million Swedish Kronor or roughly three hundred and seventy thousands U.S. Dollars each.
Supposedly thinking they'd save a buck or two, Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida stopped refilling the toilet paper in their student's restrooms! Although it's believed the teachers' facilities were well stocked, classmates needed to request a limited amount of loose hygienic tissue each incident. However, due to eventual public bewilderment at pupils bringing their own toilet paper, school administrators said they'll reverse their decision.
Seemingly unbelievable, along with a showering rainfall in Tampico, Mexico, it was pouring Fish too! Astonishingly, this phenomenon is postulated to occur when tornadic waterspouts carry small creatures into the clouds where wind keeps them in place until precipitation begins.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has issued an edict allowing women to drive, effective June 2018. Currently the only country to prevent women from legally operating automobiles, this royal decree received endorsement by the Council of Senior Scholars, which makes rulings in regards to Saudi Arabia's implementation of Sharia Law. During the interim certain professions, namely police officers, will undergo training for interactions with women.
What may seem like a symbolic reference or omen for today's Autumnal Equinox aka the first day of Fall, a shocking display of festivity occurred in Florida when Lortatia Marshall's semi-truck crashed and caught fire, spilling its cargo –blazing Pumpkins!
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine uniquely brilliant individuals formed a document that for the past two hundred and thirty years remains a symbol of inspirational endeavors, all-encompassing liberty and beaconing exceptionalism. "HAPPY CONSTITUTION DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Befitting a science-fiction thriller, but in certain reality, London, England is experiencing an intrusive behemoth blob! Incredibly as hard as concrete, this one hundred and forty-plus ton sewage composition derives from numerous artifacts, including kitchen grease, wet wipes and last but not least, baby diapers too. It will take twenty-one days of continuous work inside a Victorian-era sewer to break apart the monstrosity into pieces for transport to a biodiesel conversion facility.
San Mateo County, California is formally encouraging state legislators to introduce a ban on pedestrians who rove while staring at their phones. Described as distracted walking, they say such activity impairs one's mental cognition, which when combined with distracted drivers leads to an increase in collisions. Regarding the local level, Honolulu, Hawaii, Fort Lee, New Jersey and Stamford, Connecticut have already proposed fines for similar offenses as well.
Twelve select finalists have been nominated for induction into National Toy Hall of Fame, and yes, forever immortalized as bringing fun and joy to the lives of many. As follows, a few of the notable nominees –Wiffle Ball, My Little Pony, Uno, Clue, paper planes and PEZ dispensers. The official honoree ceremony will take place November 9, 2017 in Rochester, New York, respectfully.
An impending financial crisis inches ever closer as the USA's fiscal debt has now surpassed twenty trillion dollars. Moreover, this nation pledges upwards of one hundred trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities as well.
Vice-Chancellor of Buckingham University, Sir Anthony Francis Seldon believes in the next ten years students will be taught by robots which adapt to the tendencies and capabilities of individual pupils. Therefore, traditional educational stages likening to Kindergarten, Middle School and High School would no longer be necessitated, since children will learn from a completely personalized, automated system. This potential implementation could ensure students learn and retain knowledge in an efficient manner, however qualified humans would still be needed to supervise the process.
Three, two, one and blastoff! Using SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, the U.S. Airforce launched a highly secretive Boeing X-37B spacecraft. Similar in appearance to the bygone Space Shuttle, but much smaller, this extraordinary Orbital Test Vehicle has previously operated under clandestine conditions for seven years. Respectively, the U.S.A. continues to be the most dominant nation when conducting space voyages and scientific experiments.
The Chinese company Huawei Technologies has surpassed Apple Incorporated for second highest in global smartphone sales. Less any current flagship product, Huawei has mass appeal across China and is continuously expanding its United States market, with their new model Mate 10 being availible in mid-October. Otherwise, Samsung Group still suitably remains first and the forthcoming iPhone releases will assuredly reposition Apple back in second place later this year.
Following inconsistent performances and appropriately in time for this coming National Holiday, United States Department of Commerce statistics indicate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown three percent for the most recent ending quarter and projections of even more growth next quarter. Additionally, this past August, American manufacturing jobs enjoyed the highest expansion rate in more than six years. With great respect for those working across the USA –Happy Labor Day!
A collaborative assessment from World Wildlife Fund and Brazil's Mamiraua Sustainable Development Institute have stated that three hundred and eighty-one new species of flora and fauna were discovered throughout the Amazonian biome in 2014 and 2015 alike. With increasing concern and in exception to fossilized discoveries, all newfound entities are considered endangered. Overall, Amazon's tropical rainforests, rivers and lakes are estimated to contain ten percent of Earth's known species, of which the unknown still greatly outnumbers.
A ferocious category four hurricane, namely Harvey, has pummeled the Texas coastline and mainland too. Sustained winds registering one hundred thirty miles per hour and torrential rainfall measuring nearly three feet has ushered forth catastrophic flooding which lays life-threatening claim to millions. A certain call to action on behalf of Local, State and Federal Governments hope to gain the upper-hand by controlling what could become a monumental human tragedy. Acts of courage performed by citizens in relation to rescuing fellow neighbors, strangers and their pets alike experiencing certain danger is taking place –summarily a huge thank you for their exemplary actions!
Two felicitous Felines from The Bronx, New York, named Troy and Tiger were bequeathed three hundred thousand dollars by their eighty-eight year old owner, Ellen Frey-Wouter. Once known for her writing and United Nations career, she had no children besides pets and wanted to make sure they spend the rest of their lives cage-free. These Kitties are now adorned with elegant necessities, especially Tiger, who enjoys silk bedding and filet mignon flavored Cat food in Ocala, Florida.
Countless millions across North America will gaze skyward in what will be a spectacular total solar eclipse. Officially recognized as the Great American Eclipse, less having inclement weather, for the majority it will be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Absolute totality lasts approximately one hundred and thirty-five seconds and will occur around noon, depending on one's geographical location.
Tasked primarily with defending their nation, members of the United States Air Force went beyond one's line of duty, lending hands in rescuing a three hundred pound Sea Turtle. This Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) became stranded when crossing the beachside Highway A1A adjacent Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Along with firefighters and Wild Florida Rescue, they carried the mammoth creature back to its Atlantic Ocean residence under a rising Sun.
According to Forbes Magazine, this past year's highest paid actresses are top-billed Emma Stone with twenty-six million dollars, followed by Jennifer Aniston at twenty-five million and five hundred thousand bucks, continued with third-place Jennifer Lawrence earning twenty-four million as well. In terms of accomplished female athletes, Tennis stars Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber earned twenty-seven million and nearly thirteen million respectively. Furthermore, NASCAR's Danica Patrick reached third from twelve million and two hundred thousand dollars.
For the past decade, purpleteen recognizes singer-songwriter Taylor Swift as its choice for must-have artist! Additionally, Harry Styles was purpleteen's annual must-have artist too. This announcement corresponds with Maroon 5 being awarded Teen Choice's Decade Award. Harry Styles was also the recipient of 2017 Teen Choice's Male Artist as well. Congratulations to these exceptional individuals!
Spanning up to fifteen hundred and seventy-five feet, large plastic pipes measuring eight feet in width have washed ashore English beaches. Built in Norway for an Algerian power plant, they were being towed through the North Sea when coming loose. Essentially, their formidable presence required them to be cordoned off as curious beach-goers could be crushed under the slightest shift in weight.
Pigs en route to a slaughter house in Louisville, Kentucky experienced more than a fender bender during their final hours of life. The semi-truck transporting one hundred and fifty of these animals overturned and caught fire! Consequently, some were injured and promptly euthanized on scene, whereas others escaped their trailer during this early morning melee, but were eventually corralled by authorities. According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), nearly one hundred and twenty million Pigs were killed nationwide for purposes of consumption last year.
Professor Richard Thomas Watson from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia has introduced class policy dictating that anyone feeling excessive stress over their grades can request better ones. Regarding group assignments, students may also leave those partnerships and be graded on non-group work instead. Correctively, Dr. Watson's plans were soon nixed by higher-ranked faculty due to contradictory school guidelines.
Black Bear teeth provide surveyors prudent information on the animal's age, health and overall vitality. Many hunters send teeth to laboratories that study patterns in the enamel, with older specimens being sent more frequently, it indicates their numbers are rising. Black Bear population growth has been substantially increasing throughout most areas surrounding the Eastern U.S. mountain and forest regions.
The United Kingdom's Children's Commissioner, Anne Elizabeth Longfield, has launched an ambitious campaign called Digital Five A Day to prevent children from bingeing on electronic devices and social media. Likening it to junk food, Ms. Longfield wants parents and guardians to curtail their kids from spending unnecessary time frequenting social media.
Regular contact with other human beings is a necessity! As studied by Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, social isolation from the public is a deathly threat to one's health. Furthermore announced at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, they claim loneliness is more concerning than Obesity too.
With over eighty-five hundred stores across forty-one states, the Dunkin' Donuts brand will begin changing their name to simply Dunkin' in a slow transition, beginning with California locations. Besides Krispy Kreme, coffee shops such as Starbucks and McDonald's Cafe menu are considered principle competitors in terms of beverages and breakfast options, which ultimately lead to this marketing decision.
As part of Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership's 2017 World Leadership Congress in Chicago, Illinois, honored teen volunteers from a multitude of nationalities packaged more than fifty thousands meals destined for hungry children worldwide. Continuing their deeds, the following day nearly four hundred teenagers helped refurbish Humboldt Park, a two hundred and nineteen acre public greenspace.
One day following what South Florida Museum officials say was his sixty-ninth birthday celebration, Snooty the longest living Manatee has died. Sometimes called Sea Cows, a majority of Manatees in the wild don't live past a decade, although the oldest recorded in nature was fifty-nine years old. To summarize, Snooty has been described as a lovable representative in his local Bradenton, Florida community and beyond for all in the Trichechus genus as a whole, respectfully.
Wedding bells are ringing in Cambodia! Seventy-four year old Khim Hang has married a Calf after realizing it to be the reincarnate of her beloved husband who passed away a year ago. She noticed this entity had similar mannerisms and tendencies, overall acting akin to her husband, feeling a bond between the two. Likewise, one of her sons is committed to not let the Cow meander beyond their home's premises, because he also believes it's his Dad’s spirit inhabiting this creature.
After reexamining fossilized Dinosaur bones at Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Canada, paleontologists from the Philip J. Currie and Royal Ontario Museums have distinguished a new species. Believed to have resembled an estimated six feet long bird in appearance, Albertavenator curriei lived seventy-one million years ago and is related to the genus Troodon, which scientists say are some of the smartest Dinosaurs to have existed.
With little doubt, most if not all scream for ice cream! Such being said, let's recognize that one's third Sunday in July is National Ice Cream Day!!!
Under imprisonment by China for these past nine years, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo has passed away from Liver Cancer-related organ failure. He, among others, revolted against Chinese Communism with non-violent resistance in a stance against totalitarianism. In summary, a final statement by him reads, "I have no enemies".
Discovered by English polymath Robert Hooke in 1664, Jupiter's giant red spot continues to marvel astronomers. Larger than Earth, this vermillion-swirled entity has now been captured by advanced scientific imagery through the Juno Space Orbiter, needing further examination from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
A trillion ton iceberg has launched itself into the Southern Ocean, breaking away from Antarctica's Larsen C Ice Shelf. This sizeable mass's height is upwards of six hundred feet with an area spanning roughly twenty-two hundred square miles, becoming one of the largest ever recorded. Scientists proclaim this natural occurrence was decades in the making and lacks any real causation for a rise in sea levels.
Researchers from the United Kingdom Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester, along with U.S. based Columbia University and California Institute of Technology found further establishing evidence that melancholiac episodes are common in teenagers. Moreover, Major Depressive Disorder within teenagers is on the rise, especially so for girls, who are twice as likely as boys to be affected. Additionally, male Depression is more likely to be constant, whereas women generally endure intervallic spans. In ending, according to estimates from the National Institutes for Health (NIH), approximately thirteen percent of all U.S. teens have Major Depression.
Two young adolescents from Sunshine Coast, Australia, namely Maggie McArthur and Jye Parkinson, were accorded as Australia's National Sea Turtle Champion for their remarkable efforts with preservation of these beautiful creatures. Along with being entered into competition for International Sea Turtle Champion, they were able to release a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) who had been undergoing rehabilitation from Floating Syndrome, which prevents diving for food. Regarding this achievement, Ms. McArthur said, "I'm super excited because I love Turtles and this is what I want to do with my life..."
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! "HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY AND LET FREEDOM RING ACROSS THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Seeds coated with a layer of insecticides containing Neonicotinoids have been found to harmfully affect Bees during a major European study spanning two years and costing upwards of three million dollars. Researchers in Germany, United Kingdom and Hungary discerned that Neonicotinoids can easily be spread from treated fields to uncultivated land frequented by non-domesticated Bees. Furthermore, a separate Canadian study from York University, Toronto and Universite Laval, Quebec City also corroborated that Neonicotinoids easily find themselves inside wild flowers through means of groundwater contamination and its connection to the overall health decline amongst pollinators. In ending, to read our compelling Bad Beautiful Earth article about the devastation of Bee populations, "simply press"...
Ten years ago today, the first iPhones were commercially sold by Apple, Inc., causing a climactic change in regards to cell phone capabilities. The following year, Apple introduced their App Store for iPhones, which has garnered developers more than seventy billion dollars worldwide. Summarily, Samsung smartphones, which mostly use Android Operating Systems, boast the largest market share of all companies globally.
Fourteen year old Sota Fujii, the youngest competitor in professional Shogi, a more complicated version of Chess primarily played in Japan, has won a record-breaking twenty-nine consecutive games. Taking place at Ryuo Championship, Tokyo, Mr. Fujii broke the achievement previously set three decades ago by fifty-six year old Hiroshi Kamiya.
While on a field trip at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire, eighth grade students from Bird Middle School, Walpole, Massachusetts encountered one's alarming scenario. Haidar Faraj experienced an allergic reaction to food cooked with Peanut oil, causing difficulty in breathing, but was unable to use his EpiPen. After a classmate also had trouble with administration, Mr. Faraj's friend Timothy Sullivan accurately and cautiously injected the dose of Epinephrine. Suitably, Mr. Sullivan has been given a community hero award along with local movie theater tickets by the Walpole Police Department.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a group of newspaper reporters attempted to cook frozen pizza on their office parking lot during one hundred and nineteen degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Similar heat levels in Las Vegas, Nevada instigated others to try cooking a full steak in their vehicle. These investigations likened to a science experiment gone haywire, presenting a risk of potential food poisoning to taste-testers. More importantly, because of scorched-Earth temperatures, pet owners are advised to affix shoes on their animals' paws to prevent burns while outside, as well as provide them cool water and a shady, grassy area.
They're becoming more prevalent! Kepler Space Telescope, operated by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has located two hundred and nineteen new planets, ten of which have similar compositions and habitable Goldilocks-zone environments like Earth. Since 2009, data from Kepler realized four thousand and thirty-four candidate planets, over two thousand of them ending up confirmed through additional observations. These planets were found in a relatively small area between the constellations called Cygnus and Lyra over a four year period.
"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Led by CEO Jeff Bezos, Amazon has entered an agreement to purchase Whole Foods Market Inc. for thirteen billion and four hundred million dollars. Procedural resolutions still need to be finalized, but are expected to be completed later this year, unless monopolization citations throw a massive, unforeseen wrench into their operations. Moreover, this deal acquires Amazon four hundred and sixty physical Whole Foods retail outlets where online customers could easily return products in person. Additionally, it is believed Amazon has done this partially in response to Walmart encroaching on their internet market, along with becoming a launching pad for future drone deliveries.
Twenty-five percent of all U.S. shopping malls will close within the next five years according to Credit Suisse Group, a financial services company from Switzerland. This is the result of decreased patrons, along with stores in malls being closed and their companies filing for bankruptcy. Most recently, the conglomerate Ascena Retail Group Inc. announced plans to close hundreds of its retail locations, which includes Loft, Ann Taylor, Dressbarn, Lane Bryant and Maurices.
Toxic invaders disrupt Washington, D.C. –the Lincoln memorial, more specifically the reflection pool sitting directly before this U.S. National Monument has to be treated for water-borne parasites. These organisms come from intrusive Snails and have caused fatalities to around eighty Ducklings that swim in the water, ranging from eighteen to thirty inches deep. Treatment will involve draining all six million, seven hundred and fifty thousand gallons of water, a comprehensive process that the National Park Service expects to be completed by June 19.
Truly a prehistoric discovery! Archaeologists from Chinese, American and Canadian universities have examined the protected remnants of an Enantiornithine Bird that lived during the Cretaceous Period one hundred million years ago. A portion of its body was found preserved inside a piece of Burmese Conifer Tree amber at a mine in Myanmar. Even though no remaining decedents of this ancient avian have survived, it still helps to explain how current Birds developed their characteristics.
U.S. Air Traffic controllers couldn't prevent this collision at Orlando Executive Airport in Florida. Incredibly, Rick Crose was piloting a propelled Piper PA-31 Navajo when he collided with a five hundred plus pound Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) while landing! Nobody was harmed, but this eleven foot reptile suffered fatal injuries and sustained minor damage to the aircraft. Albeit, further specific details are unavailable pending a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigation.
With the newest influx of U.S. college graduates, gender-wise there's a certain trend where females continue to outpace male students by substantial margins –sixty-five percent versus forty-three percent completing graduation at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia as one example among many, respectfully. Out of all colleges nationwide, there are three and a half million more women than men for 2017 enrollment statistics, likening to fifty-eight percent versus thirty-two percent of total respective student bodies.
Ravens and Crows have the unique ability to recognize a sense of fairness. Researchers from University of Vienna, Austria gave Ravens bread and allowed them to trade it for cheese from humans. People who took the bread away without giving anything in return were later on ignored, whereas Ravens continued to interact with those that completed the trade. This display of favoritism can last up to two years, at which point a Raven's memory begins to fade. Additionally, Crows can remember faces and gather up fellow flockmates to loudly condemn a person who has harmed them in the past.
Weekday newspaper readership has reached a low not seen in upwards of seventy-seven years and Sunday papers are at their lowest since 1945. On an annual basis, regular print news now totals little more than thirty-five million circulations daily, whereas during its high in 1984, the print media amassed sixty-three million, three hundred and forty thousand newspapers vendored per day. Currently, some companies manage to be profitable with digital subscriptions, although it's not enough to make up for the continuing loss of revenue.
Medical scientists from Swansea University in Wales and Milan University in Italy collaboratively found those addicted to online activities have abnormally high blood pressure and an elevated heartbeat after using internet devices. Along with Anxiety, such behavior can lead towards Hypertension, arterial stiffness and Stroke. The study likens this to gambling addiction or drug withdrawals, finding disconnection from the internet instantaneously triggering these psychophysical responses.
Even though they reside in Wisconsin, oftentimes residents can't spell their state's name –Wisconsin! According to Google Trends for this year so far, other words are incorrectly misspelled when people glean information from computer devices. Some of the most misspelled words include Giraffe, beautiful, twelve, Pneumonia, tomorrow, angel, maintenance and Chihuahua. Incidentally, this week is the ninetieth annual Scripps National Spelling Bee competition taking place in Washington, D.C., where a champion will be crowned on the first of June, respectfully.
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space." Said in 1961 by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts and pronounced dead on November 22, 1963 at Parkland Memorial Hospital after an assassination attempt in Dallas, Texas. On this one hundredth birthday, purpleteen would like to acknowledge that your legacy was nothing less than exceptional...
With devout respect, we truly honor all who have given their exceptional lives in the virtuous defense of liberty and freedom... "A TRIBUTE TO MEMORIAL DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Marking the end of a historic run, after one hundred and forty-six years Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus hosted their final Greatest Show on Earth in Uniondale, New York. This artistic exhibition encompassed acts involving a wide variety performance creatures, which ultimately realized criticism from animal rights organizations. Overall, lacking attendance has been attributed to their retiring of Elephants in shows, as well as the shortened attention span of a modern audience.
In an effort to embolden ambitious endeavors among women worldwide, including those living within Middle Eastern nations, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will collectively commit one hundred million dollars to the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Fund. Partially originated by Ivanka Marie Trump, this program is expected to launch in July 2017 and will have approximately one billion dollars of total capital.
Six Flags Over Texas amusement park's one and a half minute roller coaster ride becomes a problematic multi-hour nightmare ordeal. Called The Joker, this newly built, twelve story ride was nearly ready for its grand opening when early access high school students became stuck for upwards of three hours due to strong winds triggering automatic safety sensors. All awhile, emergency responders had to deal with inclement weather such as thunder and heavy rain during this elevated midnight rescue. Christian Chance, a senior Durant, Oklahoma High School student and pageant winner said, "My friend and I thought we were going to die, just because there was lightning, and we didn't think anyone knew we were up there... All eight of us were screaming at the top of our lungs, trying to get their attention..."
Kara Deidra McCullough, the newly crowned Miss USA, is an Emergency Preparedness Specialist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Born in Naples, Italy, but primarily raised on U.S. soil, Ms. McCullough attained her scientific credentials from South Carolina State University with a degree in Chemistry. Interestingly, for the second consecutive year a contestant representing the District of Columbia will compete on our country's behalf during Miss Universe competitions.
"HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A reward of more than ten thousand dollars is being offered for information leading to the arrest of any persons involved with shooting and leaving for dead a unique White Wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Nicknamed White Lady by visitors, she was the female alpha of Canyon Wolf Pack, birthing twenty pups over the course of her longer than typical twelve year lifespan, accentuating the mystique that once surrounded her.
Reportedly tipping the scales at over thirteen hundred pounds respectfully, the world's heaviest person alive has undergone gastric bypass surgery to lose excessive, life-threatening weight. The doctors who performed this procedure say Mr. Juan Pedro Franco first needed to get below one thousands pounds before they could operate, but now that it's been done he is resting comfortably at his Aguascalientes, Mexico residence. All told, Mr. Franco would ultimately benefit by losing at least five hundred more pounds –best of luck on the way to better health!
"IN RECOGNITION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Finders keepers, losers weepers –unless your are six year old Jasper Dopman. While walking with his Dad, this honest kid found a bank bag containing two thousand dollars! Summarily, the cash was returned to its rightful owner, namely Tenoch Mexican Food, located in Medford, Massachusetts. Jasper, as well as his Father, were accorded an Outstanding Citizen Award by the local police department and gifts from the restaurant itself.
Marine scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are clueless as to why Atlantic Ocean Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on North American shorelines are suffering alarming fatalities. From 2016 up until today, forty-two and counting have died, with at least ten sustaining injuries caused by boats. NOAA has officially declared this die-off an Unusual Mortality Event and will accordingly investigate the situation in-depth.
In a storage bay at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois after a United Airlines trans-Atlantic flight, Simon the jumbo Bunny was found dead. Expected to become even bigger than his Father Darius, the world's longest Rabbit, ten month old Simon was purchased by an unnamed buyer and had been flown into the U.S. from Stoulton, United Kingdom after passing his required health evaluation. Possessing silken black hair with blue eyes, Simon is a Continental Giant Rabbit, which in normal conditions are roughly three feet long and fifteen pounds heavy.
A milestone for the ages, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Peggy Annette Whitson has spent more time in space than any other American. Officially, Mrs. Winston has experienced zero gravity conditions for upwards of five hundred and thirty-four days orbiting Earth. This journey began on June 7, 2002 when Miss Whitson arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. President Donald John Trump personally called and congratulated her on this heroic accomplishment. Miss Whitson said reusing resources, even at a molecular level, is pertinent, including converting drinkable water from human urine, to which the President replied, "Better you than me!" Overall, Gennady Ivanovich Padalka holds the record of most cumulative days in space with an outstanding eight hundred and seventy-nine.
According to the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency, teenaged hackers typically use their talents for fixing technical issues and glitches, as well as impressing friends. Doing so without malicious intent, albeit possibly illegal, can lead to intrinsic development of a person's coding skill set. Rather often investigators noted, well-meaning hackers unfortunately progress to more destructive and damaging forms of data breaching. Most alarmingly, even if caught committing harmless crimes, teens' future chances of a successful life are immediately diminished by a criminal record. In ending, some companies handsomely pay white hat hackers to find vulnerabilities inside their systems, meaning one needn't encounter any law enforcement to develop and likewise profit from their capabilities.
Nearly hanging on the cliff's edge of bankruptcy, clothing store rue21 Incorporated announced they will be closing approximately four hundred of their one thousand-plus locations. Originally founded in 1970, their name has been added to a growing list of once monumental retailers now a shell of their past notoriety, moreover known as the so-called retail apocalypse.
Let peace and harmony permeate throughout the Earth... "HAPPY EASTER" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
The world's oldest verified living person, Emma Martina Luigia Morano, passed away this Saturday on her rocking chair. Born in Civiasco, Italy, she was the last known person alive to have been born in the 1800s. Ms. Morano contributed her incredible lifespan to eating raw eggs and unbelievably, cookies! Currently, Violet Mosse-Brown from Jamaica now holds this distinguished recognization at one hundred seventeen years and thirty-six days upon Earth.
In recognition and honorable pride for one's service to country on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, "Thank you for helping to make these United States of America exceptional" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
After opening a package containing leafy Spinach purchased at Giant grocery store located in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sri Sindhusha Boddapati discovered a living Scorpion. Along with her husband Shanmukha, the couple captured this small, venomously tailed Arachnid without being bitten, all awhile using pepper to kill it.
A favorite attraction at the Hogle Zoo located in Salt Lake City, Utah, a Polar Bear named Rizzo is suffering from Kidney failure. Thought to be nineteen years of age, in the wild she would be nearing this species' (Ursus maritimus) typical natural lifespan. Rizzo arrived here in 2012 from Cincinnati Zoo, however Hogle veterinarians are now faced with determining if and when to euthanize this magnificent creature...
After five plus years, conservation efforts along with fierce Winter storms have ended the California water drought State of Emergency towards all but four counties, due to their still severely threatened groundwater supplies. Overall, some restrictive policies will remain to continue conserving water, thus helping lessening or preventing future droughts.
Get a second opinion! Researchers at the prestigious Mayo Clinic released a study claiming eighty-eighty percent of diagnosed conditions are inaccurate or flat-out erroneous. Accordingly, the National Academy of Medicine says ten percent of patients have died due to such misdiagnoses. A proper authorial disclaimer, we are by no means licensed physicians or certified researchers and are in no way trying to offer readers medical advice –just a thought, no human being is one hundred percent in terms of scientific medical knowledge as well...
DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!!! A participant in a doughnut eating challenge lost his life when particulates of a half-pound doughnut lodged inside his throat. Occurring around midnight at Voodoo Doughnuts in Denver, Colorado, patrons and employees alike tried to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on Travis Charles Malouff, but were uneducated on any proper technique. Additionally happening recently, twenty year old Sacred Heart University student Caitlin Mary Nelson passed away after having her airway obstructed by pancakes during a sorority competition. Over the years many other competitive eating contestants have experienced similar results when consuming mass quantities for the benefit of being food champions.
No soup for you! In fact, if you're five years of age or less, there's no food period! Specifically, Caruso's restaurant in Mooresville, North Carolina has banned this certain sector of the public from its premises. Management claims that small children disrupt one's dining experience by crying, screaming and generally being an annoyance to other patrons.
Trouble befalls upon Germany's Bode Museum in Berlin! Big Maple Leaf, a one hundred kilogram or two hundred and twenty pound solid gold coin has been stolen from its protective bullet-proof glass case. The coin and four identical siblings were produced in 2007 by Royal Canadian Mint, with this particular one being displayed on Museum Island since 2010. Its prominent features are Queen Elizabeth II adorning the front side and reversely, inscribed is a Canadian Maple leaf. Summarily, the total gold value of this is upwards of four million U.S. Dollars.
American Kennel Club has announced that for its twenty-sixth year in a row, Labrador Retrievers are the United States' most popular Dog to have. Second place would be German Shepherds, with Golden Retrievers third, all of which receiving much adoration. The consistent popularity accorded to this Labrador breed is due to overall loyalty, hunting abilities, friendliness and intelligence alike.
Snakes on a plane! Normal in-flight protocol during Ravn Alaska flight 7133 became disrupted when a young child noticed an albino colored, non-poisonous Snake coiled up underneath someone's bag. This matter was quickly sorted out by the flight attendant and Captain, resulting in essentially no delay of arrival.
Across the world, happiness is alive and well. Calculated by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the most joyous place on Earth is Norway! Former three-time happiest country Denmark comes in at second, with third through sixth place being Iceland, Switzerland, Finland and Netherlands, respectively. Otherwise, the U.S. was rated fourteenth out of one hundred and fifty-five studied territories.
"HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Moose madness in Alaska became reality when skiers lining up for lifts at Alyeska Ski Resort were unexpectedly charged at. However due to this aggressiveness, the animal was shot and euthanized, with its meat being donated. All awhile in another incident involving these antlered behemoths of fearless temperaments, a woman was feeding her Chickens when a Moose calf came up and kicked her in the head, afflicting a concussion.
Increasing one billion gallons from the year prior to nearly twelve billion and eight hundred million gallons in 2016, U.S. consumers now purchase more bottled water than soda. In terms of revenue, bottled water sales amount to almost sixteen billion dollars, significantly less compared to soda's totals when considering the price differences. Experts claim reasons for this include improved health consciousness, along with public water supply contamination and concerns surrounding fluoridation.
Proper hygiene in one's kitchen as well, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued a report warning consumers to satisfactorily wash their fruits and vegetables. Total pesticide usage during crop production from United States Department of Agriculture data was compiled in an effort to determine overall health risks. EWG found twelve subjects in particular poising potential toxicity if consumed before thorough cleaning procedures. The most worrisome are non-organic Strawberries, Peaches, Apples and Spinach, however the safest in terms of pesticides are Avocados, Pineapple and Sweet Corn, respectfully.
The State of Texas will be voting on House Bills which allow Mothers to breastfeed in nearly any location necessary, along with instructing employers to furnish a hygienic area for nursing, besides a restroom. Likewise, San Fransisco, California plans to introduce legislative measures mandating establishments, within reason, have a so-called lactation space containing an electrical outlet and seating for breastfeeding Mothers. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, those fed breast milk as babies have a lesser chance of procuring infections, Type 2 Diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Obesity and Asthma.
A pioneer in the field of human Liver transplantation, namely Dr. Thomas Earl Starzl, has died a week away from his ninety-first birthday. Known to have performed the very first successful Liver procedure of such nature in 1967, Mr. Starzl was a world-renowned surgeon. Essentially, his spearheading of anti-rejection techniques improved chances of surviving any organ transplant in general, thus giving Dr. Starzl a distinction as the Father of Transplantation.
Florida State College System Chancellor Madeline M. Pumariega says the collaborative of higher learning schools in Florida are best overall nationwide. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report, their statistical findings show Florida students have lesser tuition costs than most others and more frequently complete their degrees within a suitable time frame. Second on their comprehensive list is Utah and third place goes to California, with Pennsylvania being regarded as worst.
There's a war against Chicken, at least for Judith Moriah Armstrong, who crashed into a truck transporting the feathery subjects. Tracked down using her license plate found among the wreckage, Georgia law enforcement obtained a warrant and arrested Miss Armstrong at her home. During questioning by police, the suspect unbelievably told them she ran into the Chicken transportation because of her Veganism.
How much is nearly ninety year old decrepit "mold" worth –if it's related to antibiotic Penicillin founder Alexander Fleming, how's about fourteen thousand and five hundred ninety-seven dollars? During a Bonham's international gathering, the auctioneer's hammer promptly stopped bidders and that value became reality for this historically unique artifact.
An orphan no more, following thirty-one months of hard fought rehabilitation, Blanche is set free into the wild to join her fellow Manatees in Florida's Indian River Lagoon. As a two week old calf, she was found in 2014, helplessly struggling for life. Caregivers from SeaWorld nursed this abandoned infant back to health, all awhile determined to save an Endangered Species that counts less than seven thousand subjects living near Florida's coastal regions. Another estimated ten thousand West Indian Manatees reside in the Caribbean, along with Amazonian and African Manatees having small, unknown populations in jeopardy too.
Throughout the academic fields of technology, mathematics, science and engineering, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation that helps women excel specifically in such professions of higher education. These acts are meant to increase the proportions of women working those occupations, along with fostering female entrepreneurship.
Students at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, among numerous other colleges, took part in Mirrorless Monday as a beginning to Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This annual event focuses on eating disorders likening to Anorexia and Bulimia. Organizers claim the effort also draws positive awareness towards ending behaviors associated with body-shaming.
SpaceX will begin using their Falcon Heavy technology to launch people for trips around the Moon from Cape Canaveral, Florida. These excursions will projectedly begin in mid to late 2018 after test flights have been completed, with the first tickets already being reserved by an anonymous pair. Interestingly, the last time humans bravely ventured this far into space was Apollo 17 in December, 1972.
I now pronounce you husband and wife –Ducks! Kindergartners at Weston Elementary School in Manchester, New Hampshire pulled off just that, a marriage ceremony involving two Ducks named Plumpty and Pierre. The so-called bride and groom were raised from hatchlings as part of a classroom project two years ago. This wedding included a maid of honor, best man, ring bearer and flower girls –the entire entourage of students taking part in organizing this event as well.
A unique collection of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1 has been identified by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as particularly special. Using their Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope, along with further assistance from the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes, scientists have determined that three planets are in a habitable Goldilocks-zone, one of which almost certainly containing water, with the possibility of all seven having water. Additionally, this group is only forty light-years away, meaning future exploration is in the realm of projected technology.
In recognition of what would be our first Commander-in-Chief's two hundred and eighty-fifth year of existence "HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
"HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
It's direly estimated the world's Giraffe population has declined to less than one hundred thousand subjects. Considerably below circa 1985 levels that previously exceeded one hundred and fifty-five thousand Giraffes throughout the African Continent. On a positive note, there's a ten day old, six feet tall baby Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) now announced to have been born at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. According to veterinarians during her first checkup, this beautiful girl, currently awaiting to be named, is in excellent health!
Congratulations to Rumor, the German Shepherd! After falling just short and earning second place last year, this magnificent Dog persisted to win Best in Show for this year's one hundred and forty-first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. With best wishes, she will retire from competitions and focus on producing championship-bloodline puppies. Furthermore, first occurring in 1987, this is the second time a German Shepherd has received top prize.
To all lovers affectionately around the world "HAPPY SAINT VALENTINE'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
South of Hodgenville, Kentucky in 1809, carpenter Thomas Lincoln and seamstress Nancy Hanks would give birth to the eventual sixteenth President of The United States of America inside a log cabin. Although his extraordinary Mother would die nine years later, this humble gentlemen went on to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, issue the Emancipation Proclamation and sign the U.S. Constitution's Thirteenth Amendment. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT LINCOLN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
New Zealanders are in despair due to more than six hundred and fifty Pilot Whales (Globicephala) becoming disoriented and swimming ashore a remote beach. In an effort to save these two separate groups known as pods, veterinarians and public volunteers splashed water on the creatures to keep them alive. Upwards of one hundred were able to be coerced back to Golden Bay, although most perished. Intriguingly, Pilot Whales are carnivorous and biologically Dolphins, such being the case for Killer Whales as well.
Near Hanahan, South Carolina, residents have spotted an Apricot-orange colored Alligator lurking in their retention ponds. Dubbed Trumpagator, its skin tone is believed to either have been caused by Algae, clay or iron oxide from a rusting steel drainage pipe. However, provided this isn't a never before seen pigmentation mutation, once its dyed scales are shed off, the natural color will return.
Rest in peace –Granddad! Dating back to the year 1933, no less than one hundred million visitors viewed this four feet long creature, specifically a ninety-plus year old Australian Lungfish. Considered the oldest fish ever held in public display, Granddad was originally kept at the Sydney Aquarium in Australia, but spent his past eighty-four years in Chicago, Illinois' Shedd Aquarium.
This morning, famed Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil without any doubt saw his shadow, proclaiming cold Winter weather will last an additional six weeks. Taking place at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania since 1886, the unofficial holiday originated as a combination of traditions from local Native Americans and German settlers.
Warning! At least thirteen schools in Washington D.C. are prohibiting outside activities, including the cancellation of recess, due to a twenty-five pound Bobcat named Ollie that escaped from Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. However, other schools in parts of the United States where wild animals pose a threat to students remain open during such occurrences. Humorously, one particular school in Bozeman, Montana had an estimated two hundred pound Black Bear roaming its halls while pupils and teachers alike stood alongside watching. Fast forward, with all the hoopla surrounding this barely larger than a house pet sized Bobcat, the furry escape artist never ventured far from her zoo. Ollie was found hiding harmlessly near the adjacent bird enclosure!!!
The Management Group, Inc. (TMG) financial advisers claim Captain Jack Sparrow was on a lavish spending binge. Namely, Johnny Depp was out of control during the period outlined in his twenty-five million dollar lawsuit against TMG, involving mismanagement of Mr. Depp's business and personal affairs. Whereas in their counter-suit, TMG alleges he spent seventy-five million dollars on fourteen properties, eighteen million dollars on a yacht, four hundred and fifty thousand dollars per month on personal employees and a thirty thousand monthly allowance for his procurement of expensive wine! Hence, the lawsuit's defendant practically said Mr. Depp spends money like a drunken sailor...
Godspeed –today solemnly marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 1 launchpad tragedy. A trio of exceptional astronauts, namely Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Ivan "Gus" Grissom, Lieutenant Commander Roger Bruce Chaffee and Lieutenant Colonel Edward Higgins White paid one's ultimate sacrifice in NASA's quest to land humans on the lunar surface and return them home to Earth. On January 27, 1967 while performing a test of their Apollo control module, they became trapped inside when a fire broke out, pressurizing the module and sealing its escape hatch.
Ticking ever closing, one's apocalyptic symbolism of the Doomsday Clock has advanced thirty seconds towards cataclysm. This representation was started seventy years ago by Manhattan Project developers from Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, now calculated by their Science and Security Board along with respective experts. Accordingly, they have adjusted the timepiece's position at two minutes and thirty seconds until midnight, whereas with the Cold War's resolution in 1991, it stood at seventeen minutes from twelve o'clock A.M. However, its closest position ever was two minutes 'till midnight in 1953 after the United States of America and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics detonated thermonuclear hydrogen bombs using both fusion and fission reactions.
Beachgoers can immeasurably rejoice that swimming in the world's oceans is becoming increasingly safer! That said, University of Florida has issued an advisory claiming 2016 saw a decrease in unprovoked, shark related attacks. Accordingly, the latest statistics show eighty-one total attacks, down from 2015's record setting ninety-eight. These instances generally include sporadic movement in water, such as surfing and boogie boarding alike.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) delivered nearly one hundred and fifty-five billion articles of mail and sold twelve billion stamps in 2015, today their so-called forever stamp will increase from forty-seven cents to forty-nine cents, respectively. This two cent raise will enhance USPS's revenue by an estimated one hundred and eighty-five million dollars annually. In the foreseeable future, these new stamp prices should help the agency to operate similarly like a solvent business.
BOLO –be on the lookout for nearly two hundred thousand Honey Bees on a business venture to help pollinate Almond Tree groves in Northern California. Who would've taken four hundred and eighty-eight Beehives meant to accomplish this important task? Law Enforcement Officials say robberies of Beehives are increasingly common in California and can be hard to recover once stolen. The hives originate from Choteau, Montana and were strategically placed in Yuba City for preparation of traveling to Fresno, when midnight thieves brazenly stole Beeline Honey Company's entire pollinating operation.
"Make America Great Again" President Donald John Trump has been inaugurated the forty-fifth Commander-In-Chief of these United States of America –WITH POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Sharing the signature likeness of President-Elect Donald J. Trump's hairdo, a recently discovered species of Moth will be hugely named Neopalpa donaldtrumpi! This tiny, one centimeter wide, pinky nail sized, blonde insect was found to live in desert regions throughout California, Arizona and Baja California, Mexico by entomologist Vazrick Nazari. In essence, Mr. Nazari hopes his efforts will generate attention towards habitat protection, especially since people simply roaming desert sand dunes can potentially destroy entire organism colonies.
Born in 1956 at the Columbus, Ohio Zoo and Aquarium, a female Western Lowland Gorilla named Colo has died. Researchers have claimed she is the oldest known Gorilla, as well as the first born in captivity. After zookeepers determine her cause of death, Colo will be cremated and her ashes buried in an undisclosed venue.
A huge die off involving Whale-like Dolphins is occurring around the Florida Everglades. Nearly one hundred False Killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens) were seen in shallow water, eighty-two of which are confirmed to have perished. A collaboration between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, along with Everglades National Park are attempting to find a cause for the deaths, including why these creatures may have become stranded.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." Today the United States recognizes a national holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. –RESPECTFULLY FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
The First Family's second Portuguese Water Dog, four year old Sunny, has bitten an eighteen year old visitor in the White House. Malia Ann Obama's friend was seen by President Barrack H. Obama's physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, who in turn stitched closed the wound on her upper cheek. First Pets have always been a popular attraction for First Families, including George Washington, who had numerous Dogs and Horses, along with a Parrot and Donkey. Otherwise, Portuguese Water Dogs are known to be good for families, especially around children, therefore it would seem this supposedly unprovoked attack was an anomaly.
One lucky owner could add lifesaver to what many feel is a person's so-called best friend. Kelsey, a Golden Retriever, became that certain example when she saved a man only identified as Bob from freezing to death. Mr. Bob fell on ice outside his doorstep and broke his neck, becoming immobilized in Hypothermic conditions for the following twenty-plus hours. Kelsey laid on top of him to provide warmth, all awhile howling frantically. Eventually a neighbor came by and heard her cries for help, Mr. Bob was then taken to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital.
Today is the tenth year since Steven P. Jobs premiered his iconic iPhone that would change the course of telephone communications, including the computer industry as well. If one, in 2007, were to have invested eighty-four dollars on the New York Stock Exchange, you would be enjoying a nearly one thousand percent increase, in essence a whopping seven hundred and fifty-six dollar profit!
An iconic feature that was the tunneled out Pioneer Cabin Tree, a giant redwood Sequoia reportedly two thousand years old has succumbed to a storm that pummeled Northern California in recent days. Since its carving through, originally precipitated by a lightning strike, for the past one hundred and thirty-six years tourists had the ability to walk through this majestic one hundred foot Redwood Tree. California park rangers at Calaveras Big Trees State Park plan to leave the fallen trunk in benefit of animals and future trees.
Following fifty-plus years of providing fashionable clothing, a popular women's apparel store named The Limited is closing all two hundred and fifty brick and mortar locations today. However, they will remain open for business with an online website.
An iceberg of titanic proportions or nearly the size of Delaware, U.S.A. could separate itself from Antarctica. Scientists say a crack well over one hundred miles long has slowly appeared and if it continues to grow, ultimately this giant mass will become a free-form floating segment of ice meandering unimpeded about the Earth's Southern Hemisphere.
One of SeaWorld's main attractions over the past twenty-five years has passed away due to a bacterial Lung infection. Tilikum, aka Tilly, was an estimated thirty-six year old Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) who drowned his trainer Dawn Therese Brancheau in 2010, which further propagated concerns over animal rights in captivity. The first death caused by Tilly happened at a Canadian aquarium in 1991 when Biology student and trainer Keltie Lee Byrne fell into his enclosure. Eight years later at SeaWorld, during the middle of the night, twenty-seven year old Daniel Patrick Dukes sneaked into Tilikum's pool and was found dead the following morning. Killer Whales, also known as Orcas, are scientifically the largest type of Dolphin, eating actual Whales, Sharks, Walruses and Seals.
Suprisingly, over-population isn't the least problematic for this planet's reigning superpower nation! According to the most recent vital statistics from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the year ending 2015, annual birthrates dropped nearly one percent to three million, nine hundred and seventy-eight thousand. Furthermore, birthrates for teenaged girls fifteen through nineteen years old, dropped eight percent at twenty-two births per one thousand.
With worldwide ticket revenues upwards of seven hundred and eighty million dollars and ranked sixth place overall for 2016 U.S. sales –Deadpool placed first in terms of the most pirated movie. Ryan Reynolds has earned more than an estimated ten million dollars, including performance bonuses for his leading role as Deadpool, the mutated antihero intent on rescuing his fiance. All told a handsome profit for Twentieth Century Fox, who spent fifty-eight million dollars making this R-rated movie. Hollywood in general had a blockbuster year earning eleven billion and four hundred million dollars in the United States and Canada –historically their highest cash windfall!
"HAPPY NEW YEAR" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Upon the stroke of midnight this New Year's Eve, cities throughout the world welcome joyous revelers with a variety of seemingly nonsensical features. Here is a sample of what's being enormously hoisted up and subsequently released in uniquely celebrated gatherings this year. Giant Potato –Boise, Idaho. Pine Cone –Flagstaff, Arizona. Giant Peach –Atlanta, Georgia. Hershey's Kiss –Hershey, Pennsylvania. Watermelons –Vincennes, Indiana. Giant Acorn –Raleigh, North Carolina. Conch Shell –Key West, Florida. And of course, New York City’s Times Square Waterford Crystal Ball as well! Dating back to 1907, New Yorkers have been dropping their now legendary sphere each and every New Year's Day respectfully...
What's under the ice of Wilkes Land, Antarctica? This anomaly was first discovered by Ohio State University scientists Ralph von Frese and Laramie Vance Potts in 2006, using satellite images from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Some researchers claim it could be an ancient alien base, possibly with collaboration from Nazis during World War Two. However, Professor von Frese believes the Earthly indent was created by a massive asteroid, which may have initiated the Permo-Triassic mass extinction around two hundred and fifty million years ago.
"BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL" –MATTHEW 1:23 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A season greeting for two truly special events "HAPPY HANUKKAH AND MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
A record breaking seven hundred and seventy-two Santa Claus attired surfers took to the Atlantic Ocean in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Last year, around forty thousand dollars was raised for charities, an amount expected to be greatly surpassed this time around in benefit of Florida Surf Museum and the Cancer support group Grind For Life.
Mary Thorn can keep her pet Alligator! The almost six foot reptile named Rambo was front and center in an investigation on behalf of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials. However, Mrs. Thorn is required to keep the Gator's mouth taped when taken out in public areas and she can no longer host professional parties or events involving him anymore. Experts say Alligators are considered wild and to be treated as dangerous, especially if they are more than four feet long. Unbelievably, she'll continue to let her notably friendly pet play with personal acquaintances and family.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, during 2016 the most inquired upon word was "surreal". On a lesser note, during the same period Marist Institute for Public Opinion said that for its eighth year in a row, "whatever" is the most disliked and irritating phrase, although they believe such animosity is fading.
Truly living a life of helping others, Marion Pritchard (born with the maiden name "van Binsbergen") has passed away at ninety-six years old. During Nazi Germany's invasion of the Netherlands in World War Two, this remarkable lady secretly sheltered or otherwise helped nearly one hundred and fifty Jewish exiles, a majority being children. Later on, Miss Pritchard was honored by The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, called Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem, Israel, for her tremendous deeds.
Eight students are suing The State of Washington and Governor Jay Robert Inslee for reasons regarding Climate Change. Formerly filing a relatively successful lawsuit against Washington's Department of Ecology, a group of children and teens, along with lawyers, are seeking change in environmental laws. Whereas, they believe their lives and those of others would ultimately become shortened, including the potential for adverse biological problems.
With the arrival of Winter Season, ponds, rivers, lakes and watery geography in general all poise the potential for disaster! Sorrowfully in Pike County, Indiana, two twelve year olds lost their lives when they were adventuring on their neighborhood pond and fell through thin ice. Local authorities are withholding the children's names and incident details until all immediate family members have been properly notified. *WARNING: FALLING THROUGH ICE CAN LEAD TO DROWNING AND EVENTUAL DEATH. NEVER WALK ON FROZEN BODIES OF WATER WITHOUT EXTENSIVE SAFETY PROCEDURES, INCLUDING LIFE VESTS AND MULTIPLE BYSTANDERS!!!
'Tis the season to be ticketed or give jolly for those in need of a holiday gift. The City of Las Vegas, Nevada let motorists choose between paying certain parking fines or donate presents for needy children at Safe Nest domestic violence shelter. In essence, over a one month period, five hundred dollars in toys were received from seventeen parking tickets, along with other essential contributions.
For the first time in its one hundred and forty-six year history, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will have a female ringmaster. Preceding Kristen Michelle Wilson, thirty-eight men have commanded the so-called greatest show on Earth. Thirty-five year old Ms. Wilson garnered an assorted education from Florida State University and is a talented singer as well, completely dedicated to her new role.
Hershey's Chocolate World prepares for celebrating its one hundred millionth visitor. The lucky winner is to be titled Mayor for a day, along with receiving one year worth of free chocolate! Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this chocolatey delicious town was originally started in 1907 and has a theme park open to sightseers year round –sweet lovers, see ya soon!
Not so wonderful after all, the United Nations has put an end to Wonder Woman's recent reign as its female empowerment ambassador. Representatives from the one hundred and ninety-plus nation collaborative say Wonder Woman's likeness is not inclusive of realistic female proportions and culturally insensitive towards certain regions of the world's population. In conclusion, the comic book superhero will officially relinquish her honorary status this Friday.
Squirrels at Boston Common in Massachusetts are chewing up electrical wiring used to power holiday lights all throughout the park, including their forty-seven feet tall Christmas Tree. Furthermore, the spokesperson for Boston's Parks and Recreation Department suggested that Squirrels may enjoy the taste of copper and said they are now using pepper-based repellent to dissuade further incidents.
As always possible, an apocalyptic event may be around the corner. Dr. Joseph A. Nuth from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center says it could occur sooner than later! Recently, this highly respected scientist told a group of colleagues that Earth is overdue for an extinction-level asteroid to impact. Mr. Nuth proposes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) build an interceptor rocket in advance, since it would currently take five years from moment of discovery to avert humanity's eradication.
Thanks to a protective encasement of Burmese amber found in Myanmar, the first fully intact, non-avian dinosaur body part was recovered and systematically studied by scientists from China, Canada and the United Kingdom alike. Amazingly, this piece of amber contains a ninety-nine million year old Coelurosaur tail measuring nearly one and a half inches, covered in perfectly preserved feathers. Particularly, Coelurosauria are related to Tyrannosaurus Rex and modern Chickens, although this species did not have wings and couldn't fly.
President-elect of the United States Donald J. Trump has been named Time's ninetieth Person of the Year. Additionally, opposing presidential candidate Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton received second place for helping inspire women of all ages to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Other finalists of this year's award include singer Beyonce Knowles, Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Facebook's Mark Elliot Zuckerberg and Olympic gymnast Simone Arianne Biles.
For the second year in a row, Forbes Magazine says Johnny Depp is the worst highest paid actor in terms of a movie studio's profitability. Following Mr. Depp are Will Smith and Channing Tatum, ranked second and third respectively. Summarily, past recipients of this not so honorable title have been Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell, all of whom garnered the designation twice in consecutive years.
Along with the state flower Rocky Mountain Columbine, song Where the Columbines Grow and bird Lark Bunting, you can add an attack submarine! Built with a cost of two billion and seven hundred million dollars, the USS Colorado was constructed and christened at the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. Although exact details are military secrets, using nuclear power it can dive eight hundred feet below sea level, maneuver to any accessible body of water and launch Tomahawk Missiles from nearly one thousand miles away as well.
Names for Dogs likening to Cooper, Bear, Luna and Buddy are high on Rover's annual list for a person's so-called best friend. Once again, Max continues to be the most favorable male name given to beloved canine friends. Bella was the number one female name chosen, followed by Lucy, Daisy and Lola respectively.
Eleven thousand dollars in reward money is being offered for information leading towards a conviction of the person or persons involved in killing two Canada Lynxes (Lynx canadensis) within Aroostook and Oxford County, Maine. One of these rare animals in particular was being tracked by GPS collar for a three year Lynx study currently under operation to determine their overall population and territory.
Oceans worldwide are collectively rejoicing as a select polluter has been brought to justice for intentionally and clandestinely discarding environmentally dangerous waste. Namely, Carnival Corporation's Princess Cruises was fined forty million dollars by the United States Department of Justice for its role in secretly dumping untreated waste from their fleet of seventeen pleasure ships while sailing about the seas.
Reigning Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen from Norway has defeated Russian Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin at the World Chess Championship in New York City. During a thrilling four game tiebreak, Mr. Carlsen won his third consecutive championship, along with six hundred and sixty thousand U.S. Dollars. Interestingly, this World Chess Federation match was the youngest finale ever in terms of the players' cumulative ages, Mr. Karjakin being twenty-six years old and Mr. Carlsen as twenty-five years of age, until his twenty-sixth birthday today, respectively. In summary, a fantastic monetary present for the brilliant Norwegian player!
Little Havana, Miami, Florida, is in celebration upon hearing news about the death of Cuban dictator and revolutionary Fidel Castro at ninety years old. Three hundred miles Southward, ending on December 4, the Communist country of Cuba itself will undergo nine official days of mourning.
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
On order of something James Bond would use against adversary forces, a Mexican student has created his own bulletproof backpack! In a country replete with crimes likening to drug barons indiscriminately firing bullets into crowds of helpless people, this device could help shield its wearer from such random attacks. In addition, the backpack has a plug-in for recharging cell phones, along with an emergency sonic alarm and GPS as well. Taking place in Matamoros on Mexico's border with the United States, this so-called ingenious concept earned eleven year old Juan David Hernandez Rojas runner-up at Tamaulipas' Science Expo and Contest.
According to the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, nearly half Earth's population will have access to internet connections by the end of 2016. Their studies show Iceland has the highest level of internet use at 98.2%, whereas the United States have 74.6%. Lowest of all, only 2.2% of Niger's population are using internet, not including untraceable countries such as North Korea or Eritrea. In ending, the United Nations hopefully estimate that sixty percent of people worldwide will have internet accessibility by 2020.
In Malaysia, a China-based company called Country Garden Holdings is constructing an entire city to support the lives of seven hundred thousand people. Idyllically known as Forest City, this massive town borders Singapore and required the construction of four artificial islands, totaling one hundred billion U.S. Dollars in development. Accordingly, each building inside Forest City will be covered with growing vegetation to alleviate air conditioning costs and energy usage.
A Domino's Pizza Enterprise in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand has successfully made the first drone-powered delivery of two yummy, fresh baked pizza pies at the Johnny and Emma Norman residence. Domino's, along with an unmanned aerial vehicle developer called Flirtey, plan to make this type of rapid service available all around New Zealand, with prospects of branching out globally. Automated aircraft likening to Flirtey's DRU Drone may soon be flying throughout the United States, allowing pizzerias and restaurants to transport delicious goodies, specifically pizza, in record time!
Many would say –everything in the state of Texas is bigger. Twenty billion barrels of extractable oil worth nearly a trillion dollars have been discovered within four layers of shale rock underneath Western Texas' Permian Basin. Petroleum industry experts claim the Permian Basin could hold seventy-five billion barrels overall, making it the second biggest oil reserve ever! Albeit, Saudi Arabia's Ghawar Field holds an estimated eighty billion barrels, although most of its oil has already been extracted since 1951. Including coal and natural gas, this would lend credence that the U.S.A. has more proven fossilized assets than any other nation.
Twenty-one of America's fifty states allow corporal punishment to be administrated upon students by teachers or principals, including Alabama, Texas and Florida. Unfortunately, one eighth grader from Childersburg Middle School in Alabama wrote "Trump" on a blackboard during class. Long story short, the end result was a paddling from Assistant Principal Chad Bynum, who had been denied permission by the student's parents to give such discipline.
Keeping a fairy tale in mind, the proverbial Cow will have to jump visually higher when passing over the Moon. That said, a supermoon will come at its nearest distance to Earth since 1948 tonight and tomorrow morning. Essentially, being roughly thirty thousand miles closer to our planet than usual, this special event will next occur at such a nearby distance in November of 2034.
A dignified tribute for past and present Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guards and Marine Corps members dutifully tasked with keeping their country safe. Equally, pride and respect run deep for U.S.A.'s veterans. "A special thank you" –FROM THE FREEDOM-LOVING TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
For the moment, milk, fruit juice and flavored water has been spared. Extensively, residents of three California cities along with Boulder, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois have voted to enact laws that tax many sugary beverages. Increases to cost will average more than twelve cents towards each can sold. Based on drinking one can or bottle daily, this will amount to consumers paying an extra forty-five dollars or more yearly.
Are we being raised as a nation of emotional Hemophiliacs? College students have been given the day off by professors, simply because they are suffering from being witnesses of Donald J. Trump winning the U.S. Presidency. Ultimately, lessened schoolwork and delayed exams are to help pupils and teachers alike cope with so-called trauma and or stress caused by Mr. Trump winning the Oval Office.
Truly a populous that governs their unique destiny. The United States is more than a country, it's an exceptional idea. An idea of justice, liberty and most importantly –freedom for the citizenry. "Congratulations to Donald John Trump, the eventual forty-fifth President of these United States of America" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Due to radical Islamic terrorist influence and infiltration, the world's largest refugee camp is at risk of being closed by November 30. Officials from the Kenyan Government say it's a necessary response to al-Shabaab terrorists basing operations from within an otherwise safe haven. If refugees are forced to evacuate, there will be upwards of two-hundred and seventy thousand Somalian people, including children and families with no country willing to temporarily accept them, except for their war-torn home of Somalia.
This year, popular treats likening to Kit Kats, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers and Candy Corn are high on many consumer lists for Halloween Night trick-or-treaters. In terms of costumes, kids are purchasing action heroes with Wonder Woman and Batman leading the way. Older revelers are drawn to animal themed outfits for gathering about the township and attending party time events. "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door..." Give it up for Lady Liberty –HAPPY 130TH BIRTHDAY FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Not by mineral spring or Juan Ponce de Leon's long sought fountain of water, one's search for eternal youth could be found by way of vegetable gardens. More specifically, green vegetables in Brassica oleracea, likening to cabbage and broccoli! A study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, demonstrates that Mice given a substance called Nicotinamide Mononucleotide (NMN) suffered from age related ailments less than comrades lacking ample NMN in their diets. This extraordinary compound helps skeletal muscles, eyes and the liver perform better, along with preventing bone density loss. Nicotinamide Mononucleotide can also be found in green fruits and vegetables such as avocado, peas, cucumbers and asparagus as well.
Comprising beaches in North America, Sea Turtle nesting season has recently ended. Representatives from the Sea Turtle Preservation Society advise beach-goers to be alert about washbacks, basically baby Sea Turtles brought back onto shore because of strong waves and general exhaustion. If found, these tiny helpless Turtles should be placed on a small amount of seaweed and promptly secured in the control of your local wildlife organization.
Say it isn't so –those who love eating avocados could be in for a rude awakening. Prices on this delectable fruit have increased by upwards of an astronomical three hundred percent! Avocados are a key ingredient in guacamole and other spreads, but when combining California's drought along with growers in Mexico going on strike, supply levels will be diminished until Mother Nature rains upon California fields again. On the plus side, increased avocado costs will be offset by bumper crops from the United States and Canada, reducing overall prices of many grocery foods.
I don't do yoga! Sixty-four year old Alan Sorrentino satirically says woman over the age of twenty should not be permitted to wear yoga pants in public view. A yoga pants themed anti-misogyny parade held in response at his hometown of Barrington, Rhode Island was attended by nearly four hundred participants. Others representing the public domain, however unwilling to give their actual names –completely concur with Mr. Sorrentino's standpoint!
Can you say vulnerable, that's the delicate state of most, if not all of those nearly indispensable websites comprising our world's internet highway. Unknown hackers made their presence distinguishably felt by crashing Dyn DNS Company servers that host many of the biggest businesses, brands and prominent entertainment providers as well. This now historical debacle occurred on or about Friday, October 21. In essence after all is said and done, if given the chance to further develop, so-called old school analog could have proved a more formidable and safer system, respectfully.
South Korean vehicle manufacturer Hyundai Group has conducted a study in the United Kingdom, evaluating driving patterns of one thousand motorists. Utilizing sensors and cameras, researchers found that female drivers engage in road rage twelve percent more than males. This study speculates women have an early warning system developed during prehistoric times, creating the ability to become angered or irate in response to danger exponentially quicker than men.
A group of scientists lead by associate professor and research scholar Martin L. Moore, have developed a potential vaccine capable of helping individuals overcome Common Cold infections. Such ailments are usually perpetrated by a group of pathogens known as Rhinovirus. The difficulty in finding an actual cure is caused due to the sheer quantity of microorganisms that inflict Common Colds, with at least one hundred and sixty individual Rhinoviruses alone. In ending, Dr. Moore hopes that his team's advancements can especially help people who are most susceptible to prolonged or lethal infections, including those with Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis respectively.
Could this be proof that Extra Terrestrials visited the Earth? A manufactured aluminum object was discovered in Soviet controlled Romania, circa 1973, but kept hidden by authorities. Eventually, the item was tested by scientists in Romania and Switzerland, both determining it to be around two hundred and fifty thousand years old. Interestingly, aluminum was not officially discovered until 1825, by Hans Christian Oersted from Denmark. With regards to opposition, a local historian suggests it could originate from the landing gear of German aircraft used during World War Two. Currently this aluminum phenomenon is placed under display at Romania's National Museum of Transylvanian History.
All due to recent reporting from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, here are some numerous eye-awakening statistics worthy of changing intimate social habits. As follows, there were at least one million and five hundred thousand cases of Chlamydia in 2015, up six percent, with a strong majority of those afflicting women. Furthermore, Gonorrhea has increased by thirteen percent and Syphilis has risen nineteen percent since 2014. Overall, it's assumed the statistics for men may be higher because they are typically less inclined to seek treatment or testing. In summary, the CDC estimates half of all new Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) affect those between the ages of fifteen and twenty-four, along with twenty-five percent of sexually active adolescent females having STDs too.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History located in Washington D.C. has started a funding drive to restore Dorothy's ruby slippers. A total of three hundred thousand dollars will be needed to repair and conduct scientific analysis on them, along with construction of a climate controlled presentation display. These glistening shoes became internationally famous in 1939, following The Wizard of Oz blockbuster movie starring seventeen year old Judy Garland as Dorothy and her little dog Toto too.
According to Microsoft Corporation polling data, eighteen through thirty-four year olds are more likely to be falling for technical support scams from internet and phone-based deception operations than any other age group! Generally, incidents such as hacked accounts, viruses, spam and malware are chief concerns in terms of malevolent entities targeting this specific population sector.
Does the U.S. electoral process have a major glitch? According to Pew Charitable Trusts' report released before the 2012 Presidential Election, there are twenty-four million inaccuracies in the American voter registration data. That total includes over one million and eight hundred thousand eligible dead citizens still registered as being active. Pew Research gives reasons for this conclusion, which include out of date voting systems, people moving without notifying their Division of Elections and a lack of proper communication between governmental agencies.
Pedals, a handicapped Black Bear was killed during New Jersey's reinstated bow hunt, the first to occur in nearly fifty years. Because of conditions afflicting both front paws, Pedals had to walk upright on his two hind legs in a bipedal manner similar to humans, making him an easy target for hunters. Before this bow and arrow event took place, upwards of twenty thousand dollars was raised with plans of relocating him to a New York sanctuary. In summary, the life-saving intervention by good Samaritans –never materialized before the onslaught of lethal arrows commenced.
Kidnapped from school in 2014 by the radical terrorism group Boko Haram, twenty-one young Nigerian women have been released back to their families. At this time, including numerous other children, adolescents and teenagers enslaved, of the original two hundred and seventy-six, there's believed to be almost two hundred original schoolgirls still remaining in the confines of these barbaric, Islamic terrorists.
Bozo alert!!! In the wake of creepy clowns terrorizing kids around the world, McDonald's Corporation will sideline their clown mascot, namely Ronald McDonald, until this media madness subsides. Although not recently used in major marketing promotions, Ronald still remains an important, internationally recognized symbol for McDonald's franchises.
Cindy Tobeck along with her one thousand, nine hundred and ten pound gourd, nicknamed Orange Crush, has won this year's Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California! Third grade teacher Ms. Tobeck from Olympia, Washington spent her free time nurturing and pampering Orange Crush to its massive size. As winner of the competition she will be awarded six dollars per pound, totaling over eleven thousand dollars, in addition to a Las Vegas casino purchasing Orange Crush for promotional purposes. Furthermore occurring today, Mathias Willemijns from Belgium broke the world record in Germany's Giant Pumpkin European Championship, growing a behemoth that weighs two thousand, six hundred and twenty-five pounds respectively.
Every year, approximately five hundred thousand Chinese senior citizens turn up missing. There's broad speculation in terms of why they're disappearing –sometimes literally in the thickest of air too! Although memory loss and Alzheimer's or Dementia has been associated with a majority of those missing, some believe it is primarily induced by neglect and or abandonment from their relatives...
Tonight a practically invisible Black Moon will appear in the sky above. This astronomical event takes place approximately every three years when two New Moons are in the same calendar month. With regard to Blue Moons, modern and traditional farmer variants alike typically transpire on a near year by year basis. Whereas, Harvest Moons are exceptionally bright and occur each year around the Autumnal Equinox, historically giving farmers more light to tend their crops.
There's never pleasure in announcing terrible news, but with immeasurable sadness, the single-year increase of murder occurring in the United States is at a forty-plus year high! Compared to 2014, there was a ten percent increase of murders in 2015, estimated at nearly sixteen thousand deaths in total. Regarding our current situation, analysts project there will be a worrying thirteen percent raise over last year's already high statistics.
In New York City, New York, the United Nations General Assembly came together and announced that antibiotic resistant microorganisms are an absolutely cataclysmic scourge to all of humanity. This initiative has been undertaken by seventy world governments, partially because an estimated seven hundred thousand people succumb every year from complications related to antibiotic resistance. Deadly infectious diseases such as Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other contagions have developed strains impermeable by antibiotics, leaving them essentially untreatable through means of current medical methodology. Additionally, antimicrobial resistance has also evolved in pathogens and fungi affecting agricultural crops and trees as well.
Truly an exceptional example, respectfully for the world's governing bodies to emulate similar practices. With great pride beaming from sea to shining sea –today is The United States of America's Constitution Day –NEWSFLASH COMPLIMENTS FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!!
Students at Florida State University have been infected with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. This viral infection can form sizable blisters, mild fever and sore throats too. Highly contagious, symptoms may persist upwards of ten days for severe cases. The university has enacted sanitation protocols for all public places on campus. This ailment is caused by pathogens from genus Enterovirus and spread by bodily fluids, close contact with an infected person and passage through air. In ending, students themselves should take precaution by using a bleach solution to clean communal areas and dormitories as well.
It's official, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has surpassed the U.S.A. as this world's largest crude oil producer. Petroleum experts say Saudis are pumping from their soil no less than twelve million and five hundred thousand barrels, including natural gas liquids, on a daily basis. That's compared to U.S. oil facilities producing twelve million and two hundred thousand barrels. Overall the Russian Federation placed third, whereas contributing approximately ten million barrels every day, each equivalent to forty-two U.S. gallons.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone –STOP USING IT! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that says this specific model's battery can explode during charging or by means of typical usage. Samsung Electronics implemented a temporary exchange program for affected devices, but actual replacement versions have yet to be shipped.
Incredibly powerful are those standing atop Fortune Magazine's annual list of businesswomen greatly influencing the world! Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra from General Motors Company consecutively claimed this year's top position. Previously leading Fortune's list from 2006 through 2010, Indra Nooyi from PepsiCo, one of the largest food, snack and beverage producers, finished runner-up. Both inspirational women are college educated, married and have two children each.
Oops, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has confirmed a rather sizable asteroid recently passed by our Earth almost unnoticed! On September 5, astronomers hastily recognized an unknown body's trajectory was quickly tantamount to a life-threatening incident, leaving next to no time for emergency preparations if indeed Earthbound. Even though millions of preventative dollars have been spent on advanced orbital and land-based detection installations, this forty-six feet wide object nearly managed to sneak through without one precautionary scintilla of identification. In the simplest of NASA terms –A NEAR MISS!!!
Officials from International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have placed an Eastern Gorilla subspecies named Grauer's Gorilla, formerly referred to as Eastern Lowland, on its Critically Endangered Species Red List. Small colonies of this largest living primate are found inside Democratic Republic of the Congo. All credible sources estimate there are less than thirty-eight hundred Gorilla beringei graueri remaining in the wild. To summarize, each member comprising the Gorilla genus is now Critically Endangered, including the Mountain, Western Lowland and Cross River varieties respectively.
Weeds, weeds and desirably more weeds!!! Specifically, Milkweeds are of greater importance for Massachusetts and its quest to save Monarch Butterflies. Twenty-plus thousand dollars with compliments of the United States Government will be spent on scattering protective Milkweed near highways and other places Butterflies like to rest, eat, cohabitate and ideally procreate alike. Moreover, the states of Ohio and Illinois have similar plans to help propagate declining Monarch populations as well.
Leo, a black Labrador Retriever rescue dog who searched for survivors in Italy's earthquake ravaged areas, was accorded special blessings from Pope Francis. To date, the official death total stands at nearly three hundred victims and in all probability, this tally will further increase as recovery efforts remain in full force.
It's been five long years since the United States and their youth have proudly held baseball's most coveted title –2016 Little League World Series Champions! Taking place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the U.S. bested South Korea with a suspenseful 2-1 victory. Hip hip hooray, all caps are held high for these Endwell, New York kids and without any doubt, their most treasured accomplishment!
Strangely bizarre could best describe multiple attempts of luring children into the woods adjacent their homes by entities dressed as clowns. Fortunately those efforts were futile, even though some kids said clowns tried offering them sizable quantities of money to go into the woods. Local residents of Greenville, South Carolina are being warned to stay aware of their surroundings and report further sightings to law enforcement officials. In addition, parents were notified that a ten o'clock P.M. curfew is in place over residents and children should not be left without supervision at any time.
Today distinguishes the one-hundredth anniversary of the United States National Park Service, established by Congress and President Thomas Woodrow Wilson as preservation of our most treasured landmarks, natural spectacles and untarnished domains. Last year three hundred and seven million visitors went to hundreds of National Parks, Monuments and Memorials, the most ever recorded. Delightfully, attendance this year is estimated to surpass a new high of three hundred and thirty million spectators!
Sixteen year old Sebastian DeLeon is one fortunate teenager. This young man is expected to make a full recovery from the brain devouring bacteria called Naegleria fowleri, because of an experimental drug named Miltefosine. Sebastian acquired it when swimming near Broward County, Florida, whereas noticing symptoms two days later while vacationing with his family in Orlando. The CDC says ninety-seven percent of people stricken by this waterborne amoeba will parish within days of infection, with Sebastion being the fourth in America to survive since 1962. *IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONTRACT NAEGLERIA FOWLERI IN WARM OR HOT BODIES OF FRESH WATER, INCLUDING IMPROPERLY CHLORINATED POOLS. THE PROCUREMENT OF THIS AMOEBA OCCURS WHEN INFECTED WATER TRAVELS UP THE NOSE, ALLOWING BACTERIA TO TRAVEL INSIDE THE BRAIN. SYMPTOMS INCLUDE HEADACHE, FEVER, VOMITING AND A STIFF NECK!!!
According to Forbes Magazine, for the second consecutive year Jennifer Lawrence topped the charts of Hollywood females by earning an amazing forty-six million show business dollars! Secondly, Melissa McCarthy garnered a sizable heap of thirty-three million dollars and third place goes to Scarlett Johansson, herself banking an ample twenty-five million bucks respectively. In relation to the modeling empire, Gisele Bundchen earned thirty-three million and five hundred thousand dollars, she's followed distantly by Adriana Lima, generating ten million and five hundred thousand dollars. Thirdly, Kendall Jenner collected a solid ten million as well. All told, along with a measure of luck, one may find it quite profitable to be talented actresses and beautiful models alike.
A promising breakthrough has been made in humankind's endless effort to efficiently produce rechargeable batteries with greater capacity or simply a longer lifespan. Students originating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have masterfully tinkered with the standard type lithium model used in most cellphones, computers and electronic devices –voila, they've created something that increases battery life by an astronomical one hundred percent. If all goes well, these super-like marvels could be consumer ready by the 2017 holiday season –Merry Christmas humanity!
Following millions of evolutionary years, it's official –man has ceased to exist! One's hierarchy at Princeton University claims using "man" in non-exclusive phrases, words and passages is inappropriate and should be replaced with the terms individual, person, and human being. Some could surmise that social engineers at Princeton have excluded their Human Resources department from using male references as a figure of controlling speech. Other educational establishments favoring gender neutrality, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University, have also begun using alternative pronouns, such as ze, xe or ve.
A luxury cruise liner with one thousand and seventy passengers will be the first of its kind to traverse through the Arctic's Northwest Passage. This seafaring route is notorious for turbulent water and dangerous ice bergs, both having the distinct ability to capsize or sink shipping vessels. The Crystal Serenity cruise will commence August 16 and with a proper measure of luck, should end on or about September 17 –again, best of luck pioneering sea voyagers!
Stop sitting so much, a moniker many teenagers have truthfully heard before. In relation to the human anatomy, people weren't designed for excessively remaining in seated positions. Health analysts at the American Heart Association recently announced a scientific advisory indicating that there's a marked increase in Heart Disease, Diabetes and numerous other medical ailments, exemplifying that sedentary lifestyle leads to a sooner than later death rate as well. In light of this obvious revelation –get off one's gluteus maximus!
The United States of America has won its one thousandth Summer Olympics golden medal, courtesy of their women's swimming team dominating the 4x100 Medley Relay. This total has been rapidly increasing since 1896, where America won eleven in Athens, Greece at the inaugural modern games. Next in line with an astoundingly distant second is Russia, when including those achieved from the former Soviet Union.
For the very first time in ten years, the Arabian Sand Cat has revealed itself to cameras set up by zoological scientists from United Arab Emirates. These primitive kitties leave pawsteps throughout Middle Eastern deserts, only active during nighttime hours. Typically pale sunset in color with black markings, they're perfectly adapted for hunting birds and staying hidden in harsh territorial climates.
In bizarre circumstance, death doesn't always forgive a person's debts to another. More the fifty-six years ago, Mr. Narkiewicz supposedly stole three hundred dollars from his childhood friend, Paul E. Donovan Jr. of Pheonixville, Pennsylvania. Law enforcement set up a camera near the indebted's grave site to capture Mr. Donovan exacting macabre-like revenge through defacing Mr. Narkiewicz's tombstone multiple times over these past two years. Primarily, a judge ordered Paul Donovan to face probation and pay fifteen hundred dollars in damages to the deceased's family.
Olympic fever arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and today is the ceremonial beginning for a monumental event dating back to Ancient Greece. All told, there will be two thousand, four hundred and eighty-eight beautiful bronze, silver and gold medals up for grabs in three hundred and six events that will test the endurance levels of ten thousand-plus athletes from nearly every nation on Earth, along with some unrecognized countries participating as well.
Scientists in Alaska have confirmed the existence of a new animal species! Two years ago, an extraordinary Whale carcass like no other washed up on St. George Island in the Bering Sea. After requesting samples from around the world, to much surprise biologists found an entire matching skeleton unknowingly on display at Unalaskan High School. This member of family Ziphiidae was originally spotted by Japanese whalers around World War Two, who called them Raven Whales, due to their cryptic, dark color and generally mythical characteristics. Currently, researchers from Japan are concocting this incredible beast's common and Latin names for classification purposes.
Tall and short people alike, here's a condensed stature breakdown of global inhabitants. Out of every country, the tallest men are Dutch at six feet and the tallest women hail from Latvia at five-foot-seven. As for opposite spectrum averages, East Timor Island males reach five feet and three inches and Guatemalan females stand at four-foot-eleven. In the early twentieth century, U.S. men were third in height, but currently place thirty-seventh overall. Whereas for American women, they formerly stood fourth highest, but have since ranked forty-second.
An all limbs on deck approach will be necessary to eradicate New Zealand's so-called exploding rat population. Hunters will utilize large scale trapping maneuvers and aerial poisoning techniques to completely remove certain detrimental species by 2050. One of the main creatures affected by those critters are beloved Kiwi birds, which continue to die off at an endangering rate. Interestingly, nearby Australia had a similar problem with billions of Bunny Rabbits taking food from native mammals, which was alleviated by the release of specific viruses into their population.
One hundred plus year old Larry, a fifteen pound Lobster destined for somebody's dinner table, will have his life spared! Merchant seafarers from Sunrise, Florida have donated this ancient Crustacean to the Maine State Aquarium, where they will determine as to whether keep Larry's twilight years happily ever after at a zoo-like feature or gently release him back into the ocean.
Let's have the grandest drum roll possible for Adele Dunlap –she's now one-hundred-thirteen years and two hundred and twenty-one days young! Born on December 12, 1902 from Newark, New Jersey, officially Ms. Dunlap is the United States' oldest living individual, however tenth place worldwide. At one hundred and sixteen years young, Emma Morano from Italy is on top of the supercentenarian list of oldest persons.
A happy ending after all, New Jersey law enforcement have united Courtney, last name undisclosed, with his stolen motorized wheelchair. Perpetrator Michael Peralta, assisted by another suspect, hijacked it from Courtney's apartment complex and was spotted riding it away from the scene to his house, where police made their initial arrest. In addition, the fourteen year old who has Cerebral Palsy is being offered a more technologically advanced mobility apparatus by Quantum Rehab, a medical supply company located in Pennsylvania.
One's sunscreen lotion may expire in short order. On this date in 1913, the hottest temperature ever of one hundred and thirty-four degrees Fahrenheit in the Western Hemisphere was registered at Death Valley, California!!! Worldwide however, a simmering one hundred and seventy-eight degrees heat index was recorded in the Arabian Desert, Saudi Arabia on July 8, 2003. No pun intended, the latter is absolutely hot enough to cook one's western omelet.
Truly extraordinary scientific discoveries beyond any human being's qualitative imagination –today is the one hundred and sixtieth anniversary of Nikola Tesla's birthday. Born July 10, 1856 in the quaint village of Smiljan, Croatia, immeasurably this brilliant man's accomplishments to humanity's living standards have proven exceptional. Indeed Mr. Tesla, you were definitely a genius –thank you!!!
To the excitement of thousands, including not so exuberant protestors alike –Noah's Ark theme park officially opened in Williamstown, Kentucky today! Built by Answers in Genesis, the attraction cost approximately one hundred million dollars to build. Park creator Ken Ham is hoping it will draw two million patrons annually. Designed upon biblical accounts, the prominent structure is a gigantic five hundred and ten feet long, eighty-five feet wide wooden ark. Adjacent the ark is a restaurant, aerial zipline and zoo featuring live animals as well...
Traversing one billion and seven hundred million miles and nearly five travel years through our solar system, Space Orbiter Juno finally arrived in planet Jupiter's atmosphere! Astronomers and planetary engineers from National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will enthusiastically engage in a two year study of Earth's biggest sibling. Following research of Jupiter's overall composite and structural mass, ultimately this four ton, one billion and one hundred million dollar orbiter will culminate with it being crashed into the Jupitarian surface –wow!
Liberty, freedom and independence are indispensable, bedrock principles to everlasting happiness. God Bless the United States of America. That said –have a beautiful Fourth of July too!!! In our Teen Republic section, Ms. Mariah Carey sings an admirable rendition of the U.S. National Anthem as well...
It's official –self driving cars are not infallible. Following one hundred and thirty million so-called automated miles on the world's roadways, Tesla Motor's futuristic looking car was the culprit of a fatal accident. Transpiring in Williston, Florida, no adverse road conditions played a role regarding this tragic event whatsoever. Involved was Tesla's Model S hatchback unbelievably colliding with and propelling itself underneath a massive eighteen-wheel semi-truck's trailer! In summary, programming errors or computer glitches on behalf of Tesla's engineers played a direct role in this horrible incident.
When a Robbinsville, New Jersey teenager was chatting it up on one's cellphone while hurriedly driving her car to school for a class trip, she completed an alleged hit and run, taking the life of Superintendent Steven J. Mayer, along with his beloved dog. Fortunately being seventeen at the time of incident, the measurably lessened juvenile charges included reckless driving, death by auto and improper use of a cellphone while driving. Because over one hundred thousand U.S. car crashes are caused by cellphone use, numerous states across America have been enacting obligatory laws that prevent motorists from using such devices when operating motor vehicles.
Genuinely a nation of coffee lovers –four out of five Americans drink some form of coffee on a near daily basis! Worldwide consumption for Coffea arabica has reached its new all-time high, with approximately twenty billion pounds of beans produced annually. According to general consensus, modernized Keurig Green Mountain and old-school Folgers alike control the Lion's share in this astronomical commerce as well.
Seven kids in addition to one adult at an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma amusement park got more than the usual three minute ride on a roller coaster. Firefighters who arrived at the panicked scene claimed it lasted more than two dreadful hours in stifling ninety degree heat, one hundred feet above solid ground. Although reported roller coaster injuries total roughly one thousand yearly, partially allowed by negligence on behalf of safety oversight executives, many theme parks refuse to cooperate with official surveys and studies.
We are not kidding around! Blue Hill, Maine established George Stevens Academy High School's Hostess Twinkie has turned forty years old! Originally this famous snack food extraordinaire was brought to Chemistry teacher Roger Bennatti's class in 1976 by students tasked with a food related science project. This study was primarily based upon growing usage of preservatives in consumer food products. In conclusion, some students gracefully claim this now ancient Twinkie looks edible. Still others said, if ever the world should experience another apocalyptic event, limited few survivors would include roaches and these indestructible, preservative laden, cream-filled Twinkies to simply please one's veracious appetite as well!!!
Historical uncertainty and fear engulf the United Kingdom as its citizens have voted to disassociate themselves from the European Union. Following a near half century of European community style economic standards, they can go back to Adam Smith style free market principles that encourage U.K. sovereign growth measures. Stock markets globally, including the United States', took a tumbling drop in reaction as well. Unbelievably, this turmoil caused British Prime Minister David William Donald Cameron to announce resignation from office! In essence, some say their citizens voted to take back what was their country's decision making process from a collective European Union.
With the use of electrical fields, Philadelphia's Temple University has invented a state of the art technique that can lower fat levels in mainstream chocolate delectables by twenty percent! During typical manufacturing processes, additional fat must be added to chocolate so it doesn't clog production machinery. However, a research team led by Professor of Physics Rongjia Toa along with support from the world's largest candy company, Mars Incorporated, introduced an electrorheological technique to Cocoa neutrons, resulting in better tasting, smoother chocolate. Even more amazing, this same method could also be utilized to help prevent fatal heart attacks in susceptible individuals.
"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 6-19-2016
For most, school is out for the Summer!!! Enjoy this much needed respite with above all excitement –teenagers, have a totally happy and most importantly, safe Summer recess...
On the second to last day of school during their end-all celebratory party, a third grader made what some attendees say was a racial remark about the chocolate brownies being served. Because of an agreement between William P. Tatem Elementary School and the Collingswood, New Jersey Police Department, any and all incidents must be lawfully reported. As such, armed officers were promptly dispatched to investigate this incident. The little boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, was incredibly upset at administrators and is making plans to enroll her son into a different educational establishment. Incidentally, cookie selling Girl Scouts also of third grade age are joyfully referred to as "Brownies".
Could this nonsensical behavior be coming to your city too? Philadelphians that drink soda pop and their diet counterparts will be required, depending on average rate of consumption, to give their city seventy-eight dollars or equivalently twelve twenty-four packs on a yearly basis. Astonishingly, this pay-to-drink circumstance is due to a law which taxes each and every ounce contained inside an artificial beverage at the rate of one and a half cents! No doubt, lawyers representing companies that make sugary refreshments are expected to sue this city in a court of law. Philadelphia follows a similar law passed in Berkeley, California two years ago. Again, they unbelievably charged consumers there one cent per ounce –ouch! In essence, what's next –Hostess Twinkies, Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn, Mars M&M's, Twizzlers Licorice or everyone's beloved "Better Ingredients. Better PIZZA." Papa John's???
Following fifteen years of dedicated preparation, Walt Disney Company officially opens another enjoyable destination in China! Including Disneyland, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland –Shanghai Disney is the largest of their six truly popular theme parks globally. It's estimated no less than five billion and five hundred million dollars was spent on overall construction. Amazingly, some unique features are its Chinese Zodiac inspired Garden of Twelve Friends, Wandering Moon Teahouse and Tarzan Call of the Jungle, replete with fearless Chinese acrobats too! Walt Disney Company (DIS) currently trades at approximately ninety-eight dollars and ranked fifty-third on Fortune Magazine's 500 annual list. Its common stock was introduced circa 1940 and officially debuted on the New York Stock Exchange aka Wall Street in 1957 respectively. In summary, if you had invested a single U.S. Dollar during this company's inception –in today's dollar value that would have relatively soared into fifty thousand smackers!!! 6-16-2016
Developers and enthusiasts alike from all parts of Earth are gathering for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place in Los Angeles, California. This year alone, an estimated one hundred billion dollars will be spent by upwards of one billion devoted gamers globally. In general, the gaming industry has risen to this newfound level because of incredibly popular smartphone amusement, along with increasing legions of digital players throughout Asia.
Infamy at its highest degree! In the early morning hours of what should have been another serene Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida –terrorism's dark cloud broke loose and unleashed a violent thunder strike on The United States of America homeland!!! Measurably sad, the nation is in a time of historical mourning for each and every beautiful soul killed or wounded in this horrific event. 6-12-2016
A new compilation report from the CDC says four out of every ten United States women are Obese, alongside 35% of men also being afflicted. Furthermore, male and female Americans in general have the nineteenth highest Obesity rates worldwide at 38% according to the WHO, although other researchers place us within the top ten. Regarding a twenty-five plus year upward trend among U.S. youths, 17% of children and teenagers are now classified as Obese, with 6% in total reaching Morbid Obesity status. Additionally, statistical demographics to the study show African-Americans are the heaviest in terms of weight and Asian-Americans have overall lower levels.
Five years ago, a Penguin named Dimdim found himself completely drenched in oil off the coast of a village near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when he was rescued and cleaned by a local resident. Ever since, Dimdim travels from his natural breeding habitat near the tip of South America to visit the elderly gentleman who saved him. This Magellanic Penguin usually arrives in June and stays until February, more or less enjoying an extended vacation with his human best friend.
History was made last night at the Miss USA Beauty Pageant, when a proud member of the United States Army Reserve was declared winner! Twenty-six year old First Lieutenant Deshauna Barber, triumphant as Miss District of Colombia, will represent our United States of America in the upcoming Miss World Pageant, which takes place later this year at a "to be determined" location. Prospective countries receiving the most speculation for Host City include Manila, Philippines, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. and Belize City, Belize. 6-6-2016
Who committed this awful crime? An African Grey Parrot named Bud could tell Ensley Township, Michigan detectives who that perpetrator might be! This particular bird species (Psittacus erithacus) is known to have superior intelligence, memory, including the ability to mimic words like humans. This incidence stems from the murder of Mr. Martin Duram, allegedly shot to death by his wife, Mrs. Glenna Duram during a domestic argument at the victims residence. Basically, their pet was the sole witness to this atrocious melee. However, the big question is, can the testimony of a bird be used in a court of law? Most constitutional jurist scholars would definitely chirp –"Polly wants a cracker" NO!!!
Cellphones in United States classrooms –is this a huge academic distraction? Oftentimes a proven necessity, no less than forty million children and adolescents have them nearly 24/7, all awhile many educators and parents alike are beginning to say –this is out of control! When addressing the public education system void real regulations preventing or limiting use, could it be time we explore solutions to remedy so-called problematic cellphone usage throughout the school day?
Orangutans at the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, Germany are finding true love through video dating! Zoo officials say female Orangutans Sinta and Conny have displayed great fondness towards a male Orangutan named Gempa, who amazingly lives three-hundred-fifty miles away in Brugelette, Belgium. Marianne Holtkoetter, the zoo's curator for great apes, issued a statement that read, "We will now have to wait and see, whether it will be love at second sight." If all goes well, heart-throbbing Conny could direct her online affection towards a handsome male ape living at Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" 6-2-2016
Revered are the immortal spirits that sought freedom for their country. From sea to shining sea, let this unconditional valor be perpetually recognized on Memorial Day... 5-30-2016
Dr. Henry J. Heimlich couldn't have been at a better place or time when he saved the life of a fellow nursing home resident. Mr. Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich Maneuver, performed his famous procedure on eighty-seven year old Patty Ris after she swallowed a large piece of food. The potentially life threatening mishap occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio during an evening meal. Incidentally, this was the very first and only time ninety-six year old Henry was ever called into action for a real-time scenario!!!
The world of electronics is bewildered by a recent oil-on-canvas based apparition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After viewing Pieter de Hooch's portrait from 1670, a seemingly astonished Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Executive Officer, was quoted with this surprising remark, "I was so shocked. There was an iPhone in one of the paintings!" Further adding, "It's tough to see, but I swear it's there..."
OOPS! On an annual basis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says around twenty-five percent of Income Tax refunds totaling fifteen plus billion dollars are erroneously given to fraudulent filers! Officials there claim that due to lawmakers on Capitol Hill refusing to increase fund allotment and or grant additional controlling power, they have no way to stop this. Unbelievably, even while confined in correctional facilities throughout the United States, prisoners manage to steal Social Security Numbers from unsuspecting individuals to collect checks. Overall, in this high stakes political game between stopping those plundering our nation's piggy bank and relinquishing excessive power –who blinks first is anyone's guess!
Strangely bizarre would be an understatement for this calamity occurring in Tarapoto, Peru. Upwards of eighty kids are experiencing what town officials say is demonic behavior! This all began when some kids spoke about encountering very strange entities while studying during school. Mass hysteria likening to scary Tales from the Crypt filled the air as more and more kids would conjure up and share similar horror filled, disturbing stories with fellow classmates. The melee would ultimately mushroom into a substantially large group having become effected with similar experiences too. Hopefully with some effort on behalf of behavior specialists, they can call this for what it probably is –simply a figment of someone's imagination gone crazy! Experts argue the overall environment in so-called third world nations is psychologically effecting many children and adolescents due to out of control societal crimes like murder, rape, kidnappings and gang-related pillaging occurring in the very neighborhoods they reside. Basically, these adverse conditions are a major contributing factor to the underlying emotional instability in the lives of these impoverished and less fortunate kids.
With school ending for Summer recess, final exams for students are taking place worldwide. However, while taking these necessary academic tests, kids are being hampered with dropped signals to their internet devices. Due to insufficient WiFi and internet bandwidth alike during the course of testing, computers abruptly stop working! Less any proper means to save work already performed or accumulated, kids must repeat the entire process all over again! Even though it's easier to grade online, some educators believe old school test procedures likening to "paper and pencil" is the certain cure-all to this totally nonsensical problem!!!
Off the coast of Israel, divers came upon ancient remnants and coinage from a Roman Empire freight ship. Among other artifacts, recovered statues were in remarkable condition due to protective encasement by ocean sand. Also recovered were hundreds of antique coins from circa 300 A.D., exhibiting imprints of Roman Emperors likening to Licinius and Constantine the Great.
A twenty-three year old woman showed up at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital with a dead, two foot long Nurse Shark attached to her right arm! This unorthodox convergence between human and animal occurred earlier today in the beautiful waters of Boca Raton, on Florida's Atlantic coastline. Emergency room surgeons safely removed the Shark, less some slight scarring she'll be able to enjoy another day of fun and sun on the beach again! 5-15-2016
Shortly after adoption, an incredibly heroic German Shepard named Haus saved seven year old Molly DeLuca from a potentially dangerous Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus). This incident took place in the backyard of her Tampa, Florida residence while they played together in the grass. Haus sustained multiple, near lethal snake bites to his leg and hemotoxin-related Kidney damage, but will fully recover with the aid of anti-venom treatment.
Using the word "America" instead of Budweiser on beer can labels is Anheuser-Busch InBev's most recent advertising gimmick. This alcohol producer is banking on increasing overall sales throughout its Summer and Fall earnings period. Incidentally, their so-called rebranding tactic coincides with the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More or less, a perpetual image of drunken fans chanting USA, USA, USA, with beer cans and or bottles clenched in hand for the world to witness. Furthermore, one's rude awakening and saddening fact of Budweiser related corporations: *IN A JANUARY 2016 REPORT, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM CLAIMED AN ESTIMATED FIFTY-FIVE THOUSAND U.S. ADOLESCENTS RECEIVED TREATMENT AT SPECIALIZED FACILITIES FOR ALCOHOL RELATED PROBLEMS! REGARDING THE 2012 WORLD POPULATION, OVER THREE MILLION DRINKERS LOST THEIR LIVES DUE TO CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES!!!
Facebook –you're busted! The social media conglomerate that is their platform, has been caught red handed in terms of being totally biased when showcasing trending news to the degree of suppressing Conservative thoughts or interests and boosting Liberal leaning issues. Founder Mark E. Zuckerberg, a so-called Liberal minded individual, is fully responsible for pulling the wool over one billion and six hundred million members and counting. To get content matter that is completely genuine, fair, without being "fake" and or fraudulent, keep frequenting –PurpleTeen!!!
"Baby Boxes", so-called climate controlled structures affixed to the exterior of fire departments, are becoming reality throughout Indiana cities. A Roman Catholic institute, Knights of Columbus members have ponied up enough money to install one hundred boxes at the cost of fifteen hundred dollars per unit. Nationally, passed ordinances referred to as Safe-Haven Laws already give mothers the chance to give up newborns of varying ages –without being criminally prosecuted. In addition to individual state standards, such safe havens also include public establishments like hospitals and police departments.
Wishing each and every beautiful Mom gracing upon this extraordinary planet "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 5-8-2016
Due to persistent Winter conditions, the statistics are dismal and not so tasty either. No less than 90% of the U.S. Northeastern peach crop has been ruined! Fortunately growers in the South, along with California, said this cold snap spared farming operations, although they lack enough capacity to increase extra fruit production so suddenly. As a result, this delectable staple's seasonal prices could skyrocket at grocery stores across the nation for consumers that crave peaches.
One third or approximately forty-seven million antibiotic prescriptions written annually by physicians are unnecessary and ineffective. Most importantly, this has led to the claim that we are causing irreparable damage in terms of creating "untreatable" superbug strains which prove nearly impossible to eradicate. The principle culprit here are antibiotics being mistakenly given for non-bacterial illnesses like colds, pneumonia and or flu-related ailments.
The largest land mammal in all of North America could become a national symbol soon. The United States Congress is expected to pass the National Bison Legacy Act to accord the majestic Buffalo this greatly heralded and measurably overdue historical status. The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, considers the Bison as integrally linked with their spiritual lives and held sacred in tribal ceremonies too. This organization is the oldest, largest and most influential organization that serves Native American tribal governments and communities as well.
Following fifty years of records, researchers say that there's no benefit to spanking children. Counter productively, children who were excessively spanked show an increased propensity of mental health issues, including anti-social tendencies and rebellious behavior. Accordingly, studies from United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) find up to eighty percent of parents globally spank their children.
Starting at the Amazon River's enormous mouth and extending into the Atlantic Ocean, a gigantic, six hundred miles long coral reef has been found. Created by muddy Amazon water flowing atop, darkened conditions precipitate distinctly unique creatures with a majority of fish here carnivorous in nature. The reef system's entirety is thirty-six hundred square miles and contains exotic fauna of every color inhabiting a litany of nooks and crannies. Overall, many coral reefs around the Earth are declining due to chronic overfishing, outright removal and toxic pollution.
The United States twenty dollar bill will now feature a new face on its front side. Leader of the Underground Railroad, Araminta Harriet Tubman has been chosen to replace President Andrew Jackson as centerpiece. Additionally, portraits of other influential women will be aded to the reverse side of Alexander Hamilton's ten and President Abraham Lincoln's five dollar bills. According to current Treasury Secretary Jacob Joseph Lew, the finalized designs will be presented in 2020 with complete circulation of all three notes by 2030.
Swollen glands are back! Despite being previously vaccinated for Mumps, students across the United States are becoming infected with Epidemic Parotitis. Most recently, the likes of Harvard and Sacred Heart University have reported outbreaks of this immensely contagious disease. In appearance Mumps can be disfiguring, but with proper care they usually subside in short order. As with any major illness –FOR TREATMENT CONTACT A PHYSICIAN SOONER THAN LATER!!!
A Tecumseh, Michigan couple is facing jail time for failing to return overdue library books. One of the books in question, named A Hatful of Seuss, was given to Mr. and Mrs. Duren's grandchildren and could not be found. Another book was checked out of the system for eight months, but eventually returned. To make amends, they attempted paying a total of fifty-five dollars in late fees and assessed replacement damages. However, payment was refused and the Lenawee County judicial system levied unaffordable diversion fees, which could land the Durens behind lock and key for up to three months if not paid in full.
Spoiler alert –the so-called Million Student March never quite materialized! More or less, a few hundred students showed up at various college campuses across the nation today to voice their condemnation with the astronomically high cost of college tuition. Some disappointed participators of this movement blamed poor planning and a certain lack of interest as well –ouch... 4-13-2016
Astronomers have discovered one of the largest black holes ever! Two hundred million light-years away, nestled within a constellation named Eridanus, this supermassive black hole lies at the center of Galaxy NGC 1600. Fascinatingly, our Milky Way Galaxy has its own black hole named Sagittarius A*, detected by Dr. Robert L. Brown and Professor Bruce Balick in 1974. With regards to size, this extraordinary phenomenon of nature is huge! No less than seventeen billion stars the mass of our Sun would fill its pitch black belly. Astrophysicists speculate that NGC 1600 is actually a combination of two merged black holes and it's possibly pulling other galaxies deep into an incredibly massive Event Horizon –one's so-called point of no return.
No later than 2025, the supermarket juggernaut that is Walmart promises consumers their eggs will be acquired from cage-free chickens only. Increasingly prevalent, other high volume egg users such as fast food giants McDonald's and Burger King say they've enacted similar policies, helping put an end to hens suffering from harsh environmental conditions during the course of egg laying as well.
Singing sensation Carrie Underwood has recently announced that she's launching a new line of women's swimwear. This newest fashion product will be an expansion of her already popular CALIA activewear. Importantly for consumers, Ms. Underwood's exhibited products will only be available for purchase at the apparel sections of Dick's Sporting Goods.
Our message is everlasting peace and harmonic balance to all global inhabitants... "HAPPY EASTER" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 3-27-2016
Microsoft Corporation developers have created a Twitter account run entirely by robot-based Artificial Intelligence. This mechanism, named Tay, was designed to tweet with characteristics likening to a teenaged girl. Ultimately, Microsoft planned on using data cultivated from the so-called chatbot to enhance their software. Tay's programming allows her to learn from other people's tweets, who in turn directed her to use foul language, racial slurs and derogatory remarks. Microsoft disabled the android within hours of that vulgar onslaught and expressed deep apologies for the offensive situation.
Spring Breakers frequenting Miami, Florida are being met with stiff resistance by local law enforcement officials. In summary, police officers there are cordially evacuating party-goers from area beaches at sunset, thus preventing anyone from congregating into the late-night hours. In order to enter favorite gathering spots, students must first pass through designated checkpoints set up around more popular locations. In addition to authoritarian forces, a flotilla of signs warn: NO "STYROFOAM" "GLASS CONTAINERS" OR "ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES" ALLOWED!
An eighth grade teacher was reprimanded with a three hundred dollar fine for showing students in her classroom, which included some totally shocked out of their very minds, a horrifying video with a severed head!!! Mrs. Alexiss Nazario from South Bronx Academy For Applied Media Middle School told livid parents and district administrators from Bronx County, New York –she's sorry! New York City's Department of Education attempted to fire her, but was overruled partially because of her tenure.
An elderly woman who had abruptly stopped the car she was driving caught the attention of bystanders, some mistakenly thinking she may have struck and killed a man laying in the street. In all actuality Joseph Sabbatino, a thirty-six year old construction worker, fell fifty-three stories or upwards of five hundred and thirty feet to his death from the building he was helping engineer. Officials from Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating this incident that took place at the Wilshire Grand Tower hotel development project currently being constructed in downtown Los Angeles.
Unbelievable Irish luck, after falling from a leisure boat into the pacific ocean nearly five weeks ago, a German Shepard dog named Luna was reunited today with her equally lucky owner. Sandy DeMunnik, a Public Affairs Officer from the United States Navy, said this friendly pooch was found unharmed on San Clemente Island located seventy miles off California's coastline. An amazing possibility –canines could have certain guardian angels protecting them as well... 3-17-2016
The United States' lackluster economy will get a welcome boost of cash resources today. Many American consumers will reach into their pockets and spend upwards of an additional four billion greenbacks for everything related to the color –shamrock green! "HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 3-17-2016
With continuous years of drought, The State of California will resort to spraying chemicals into cloud formations to help produce much needed rain. Municipal and county officials alike will strategically place so-called generators near high mountainous terrain. Some news affiliates erroneously reported actual rockets were being used, whereas instigating nonsensical rumors, including provoking outright fear among some nearby residents! However it was later discovered the United States Navy was test firing ballistic weaponry.
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake spawned Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and accompanying tsunami, which killed sixteen thousand Japanese people. To date three failed nuclear reactors are collectively wreaking havoc upon the surrounding landscape and Pacific Ocean alike. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), a principle owner along with Japan's government, says their toxicant cleanup could take decades before this calamity is fully resolved. However, many with expertise in nuclear meltdowns are displaying certain disagreement. They claim this historical accident will produce toxic elements like Caesium-137 for thousands of years to come. Basically contaminating the marine life, which includes seafood consumed worldwide –in essence, can everyone spell Chicken of the Sea, StarKist and Bumble Bee, et cetera? 3-11-2016
The world's highest paid female athlete, Maria Sharapova, has admitted to taking performance enhancing substances. She says that throughout her successful Tennis career, whereas winning five major Grand Slam Tournaments, it was necessary to take Meldonium for a chronic magnesium deficiency. The International Olympic Committee's World Anti-Doping Agency added Meldonium to their banned substance list because it increases blood flow and oxygen in muscles. Her suspension could last up to four years, although it could be reduced to a total of one or two years if medical reasons are factually established.
This morning, a true patriot and one of the finest First Lady's in United States history passed away. Born July 6, 1921, Mrs. Nancy Reagan was ninety-four years old and her devout love for her husband of fifty-two years, President Ronald W. Reagan, will be truly remembered as nothing less than extraordinary. During the 1980s, "Just Say No" was a popular theme and in the nation's campaign against illegal drugs, one of the greatest phrases attributed directly to our 42nd First Lady as well. Mrs. Reagan will be buried alongside Mr. Reagan at his Presidential Library located in Simi Valley, California respectfully... 3-6-2016
Alarmingly, some pet owners are abusing the best friend and or assistance role of Service Dogs, bringing wrongful doubt upon those who are deemed genuinely handicapped individuals. Even so, some companies sell service animal vests without requiring proof of disability or mental hardship. When fraudulent support animals lack proper training, they can become temperamental in places likening to restaurants, airplanes, beaches and public attractions, giving a bad name to actual service pets immensely aiding their human caretakers. Accordingly, some states have suggested ordinances that would criminally charge and monetarily fine those falsifying their animal's emotional support status. In ending, Service Dogs assist people with ailments such as blindness, deafness, autism, seizures and a host of other physical or mental complications.
Not far away from Google's global operations center in Mountain View, California, one of their self-driving cars was found at fault when crashing into a public bus. The end result to this harmless fender bender concluded with Google's software receiving an update and the involved vehicle being reprogrammed and free to drive out and about on the road again.
It's a wrap, tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has left center stage with another year of cinematic accomplishments! It was no major surprise that Leonardo W. DiCaprio would take custody of his very first Oscar for one's starring role in The Revenant. Beginning in 1991 this forty-one year old Hollywood born film prodigy has performed in no less than thirty movies. Paramount to every other deserving accolade, it's with great pleasure to announce –Leo you've finally won!!! 2-28-2016
A Labrador Retriever named Buster, known for his incredible ability to find deceased people buried in almost any circumstance, has died. During thirteen phenomenal years of life, this one of a kind canine with a nose trained to discover the scent of human remains, had found Missing-In-Action soldier remnants dating back to World War Two itself, most notably the Battle of the Bulge. Throughout his stellar career, all told Buster has helped bring closure to relatives of nearly two hundred victims involving criminal acts, wartime casualties, and natural calamities in general. The deepest of condolences are appropriately given to Mr. Paul Dostie, Buster's best friend (owner) as well... Happy trails in dog kingdom!
Black Sunday revisited! Godspeed to the bravest individuals who gave exceptional lives in their line of duty. May this monetary reward of one hundred and eighty-three million dollars given on behalf of NYC and a certain Tremont business who shares fault too, be of some comfort for family and survivors of these impeccable souls lost 1/23/2005 –Bronx, New York "Ladder 27" respectfully...
It official –U.S. Women's Soccer team has qualified for the upcoming Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team U.S.A.'s commandeering victory occurred in a semifinal match against Trinidad & Tobago at CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship, Friday evening in Huston, Texas. Seventeen year old Mallory Pugh played a major role in their resulting five and zero triumph! Many of the U.S. players will be returning from last year's FIFA 2015 gold medal championship squad. Moreover, United States team goalie Hope Solo proclaimed the Americans are ready!!!
Firefighters were unable to save four children from a fire that took place at their Pensacola, Florida home today. Officials say it could have been caused by a faulty water heater. Additionally, throughout the residence there was no evidence of an operable smoke detector! *GLOBALLY THESE LOW COST AND SIMPLE DEVICES PREVENT THOUSANDS OF FATALITIES ANNUALLY. FURTHERMORE, BATTERIES MUST BE REPLACED ON A REGULAR BASIS TOO!!! 2-18-2016
A fifteen year old named Ayham Hussein from Mosul, Iraq was beheaded by ISIS for listening to "Western music" near his Dad's grocery store. After apprehension, Iraq's Sharia Court made the final judgment, determining that his doctrinal crime was to be compensated by death. In response, ISIS took it upon themselves to carry out the punishment amidst a crowd of excited spectators. In essence, some devout Muslims and their interpretation of Islamic teachings prohibit any music that could interfere with moral duties.
At this year's 58th Annual Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift grabbed three honors by winning Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video as well. Miss Swift is the very first female in history to have won Album of the Year honors twice! Congratulations Meghan Trainor for winning this year's Best New Artist Grammy. According to polling results taken from PurpleTeen readers, Kendrick Lamar gave this night's poorest performance (yikes)! The best presentation was Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt. Their collaborative rendition of Sam's chart topping single "Take Your Time", including Miss Underwood's outstanding hit song "Heartbeat" –definitely rocked Los Angeles, California's Staples Center...
Officials from Florida's Department of Transportation will begin installing highway signs that warn slow drivers to stay out of fast moving lanes or face a fine costing one hundred and twenty-one dollars, respectively. Other states have already implemented similar laws too and accordingly levy fines as well. Representatives say this could prevent so-called road rage for those becoming furious with slow poke drivers who hold up other motorists, especially during peak rush hour traffic.
A select few have been chosen to lead the greatest nation on this beautiful planet. Therefore with the truest respect imaginable, we should pay homage to one's past, present and future Commanders-In-Chief! "HIP HIP HOORAY" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 2-15-2016
Hats off to Hayden Godfrey, a student from Sky View High School in Utah. This openly love-struck cupid gave each and every girl at school a Carnation flower for Valentine's Day! However, this act of kindness set Hayden back four hundred and fifty dollars earned at his fast food employer. Incidentally, Hayden has a steady girlfriend named Lilyan Sharp –let's hope she doesn't think he's attempting to solicit an entirely new significant other in this passionate gesture towards eight hundred and thirty-four female schoolmates. It should be noted, there was no mention of any gifts directed towards Miss Lilyan (ouch)...
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia was discovered dead at a hunting resort in West Texas today. In 1986, President Ronald Wilson Reagan tasked Mr. Scalia to share one's duties with eight other members of our nation's highest judicial branch of government. The seventy-nine year old Associate Justice held office for three decades and leaves behind a spouse named Maureen, including nine children, thirty-six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In respect of one's remarkable and oftentimes controversial legacy, Old Glory will be flown half-staff throughout the District of Columbia. Less accurate clarification, historians believe this flag tribute dates back to the Seventeenth Century Colonial Era. 2-13-2016
In a single room log cabin home south of Hodgenville, Kentucky, two hundred and seven years ago today –Thomas Lincoln, an uneducated but talented carpenter from Virginia and seamstress Nancy Hanks from West Virginia would give birth to a son named Abraham. Unbelievably in these humblest of circumstances, their child would journey onward to become our sixteenth President of The United States of America. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRESIDENT LINCOLN" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 2-12-2016
Consumers beware, those owning or contemplating purchasing an iPhone or iPad should exercise extreme caution when setting the product's date feature. If accidentally inputting "January 1, 1970" –Apple Corporation's bitten fruit image will resonate permanently on screens. More importantly, your device becomes inoperable –kaput! To date Apple has knowingly failed to upgrade its software or provide their consumers with a proper remedy that prevents this nonsensical dilemma. Basically, everyone is left enjoying an expensive paper weight... 2-12-2016
Humankind can celebrate –Gravitational Waves are finally a certain reality! Nobel Laureate Albert Einstein was correct when in 1915 he predicted this governing force was a major component in one's Theory of General Relativity. This is eventful news for the National Science Foundation, who for the past decades has given huge sums of monetary resources to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Basically their enduring effort to convince theoretical scientists that gravity is a fundamental force in our Universe's intricate scaffolding and or structural building blocks. Amazingly acoustical engineers from LIGO Scientific Collaboration have the ability to identify audible sounds resonating from within this invisible force too! Additionally, PurpleTeen has provided a link for those interested in listening firsthand to this totally unique phenomenon.
The Obama Administration has submitted to Congress a four trillion and one hundred million dollar budget plan. Government checks comprising 70% of this total amount will be doled out to an array of private entities. According to the United States Constitution, this is above and beyond any necessary funding that is supposed to be our government's chief responsibility. All awhile the U.S. tax payer debt level is fully out of control –to the tune of nearly twenty trillion dollars!!!
Earlier today during a Primary Election campaign speech for Democrat contender and Former First Lady Hillary Diane Clinton (born with the maiden name "Rodham"), Former Secretary of State Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright was quoted saying, "There's a special place in Hell for women who don't help each other!" This statement was in reference to young women voting for Vermont Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders. Ms. Albright in 1997 was the very first woman to be chosen Secretary of these United States by president William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton. Since that time two other women, namely Condoleezza Rice and Ms. Clinton herself, have held this esteemed office. Accordingly, the Secretary of State is forth in line to the presidency if trouble should somehow present. 2-6-2016
Top brass in the Department of Defense say women should be required to register for the military, just like men have for generations! Integrating females fully into positions of battle and combat alike would be the last major hurdle to equality within the Armed Service's rank and file. Four-Star Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller told a Senate Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, "I think that all eligible and qualified men and women should register for the draft." The military leader said it would take a matter of years for women to be integrated into battle units. General Mark A. Milley, the Army Chief of Staff further added, it would take "no less than one to three years of deliberate effort," to make this a fully functional, operational plan.
The nation's most notable meteorologist, a Groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawey, Pennsylvania did not observe his shadow, declaring Springtime will arrive sooner than later! This customary tradition originated amongst Pennsylvania Dutch settlers in the Eighteenth Century and has been celebrated as a holiday since 1886. PURPLETEEN WOULD LIKE TO WISH EVERYBODY A HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!!! 2-2-2016
American citizens in the great state of Iowa have spoken and Texas Senator Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, Vermont Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders and Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Diane Clinton (born with the maiden name "Rodham") are winners! These newly crowned frontrunners will take their campaigns for the U.S. presidency to next week's New Hampshire primary elections, respectively. In relation to historical significance, Senator Cruz is the first Hispanic presidential candidate to win a state primary. This process of choosing a president takes place every four years. Congress passed a law in 1947 that says, a person can't hold the executive branch of office for more than two full terms. These limits will apply to President Barrack H. Obama, who's presently held the highest office for the past seven years.
A symbol of this world's potential apocalyptic ending called the Doomsday Clock, is inching closer towards one's midnight hour! Scientists in the 1940s created this so-called barometer of humankind's dangerous state of affairs, following the manifestation of atomic bombs or weapons of mass destruction! Presently, the actual time stands at three minutes until twelve o'clock A.M., much closer for example than the Cold War's ending, when in 1991 this clock meandered seventeen minutes before one's witching hour itself. Dr. Kennette M. Benedict, a University of Chicago lecturer and a select few tasked with the clock’s big hand placement warned, "The probability of global catastrophe is very high," further claiming, "This is about the end of civilization as we know it"...
For a period of days, one hundred plus million people in twenty-six states have been affected by this so-called "Snowzilla", blanketing the Northeast U.S. region! Forty-nine fatalities can be attributed to this crippling storm, one of the five largest snowfalls recorded in meteorological history. According to Paul J. Kocin, a well-respected meteorologist who co-developed the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, claims the greatest blizzard took place in 1993, causing nine billion dollars in property damage and nearly three hundred deaths!
Officials from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office recently warned our nation's debt level could explode into thirty trillion dollars! Hello America, within a decade we could all be in for a rude awakening if our government doesn't put a stop to wasteful spending. With financial analysts indicating Obamacare has been an overeating eight hundred pound Gorilla, many agree there's irreparable harm being inflicted upon present and future generations alike! Additionally, these same experts say this expensive healthcare law has effectively cast an atmospheric, dark cloud over our economy –alas burdening this country's present and future labor forces too.
The world was astonished when on this date in 1905, a three thousand, one hundred and six-carat rough diamond was discovered in Pretoria, South Africa. This huge rock was named the Cullinan for mine owner Sir Thomas Major Cullinan. It was eventually cut into nine large stones and nearly one hundred smaller gemstones. The largest was called Star of Africa I and toppled scales at a respectable five hundred and thirty-carats! A second, Star of Africa II was an unbashful three hundred and seventeen carat behemoth stone. Cullinan I was eventually mounted in the British Sovereign's Royal Scepter. Following, Cullinan II was fashioned into the Imperial State Crown, and both currently reside in Queen Elizabeth the Second's prominent collection of jewelry! These astonishing gems are on public display in the United Kingdom's Tower of London, and considered part of their nation's so-called Crown Jewels. 1-25-16
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately nine hundred bicyclists are killed yearly. Over Seven hundred of these deaths involved motor vehicles in urban areas. Male bike riders are more likely to be killed or injured than female, principally mishaps occurring at non-intersection roadways. Annually, it's estimated five hundred thousand cyclists required trips to their local hospital emergency room. *TEENAGERS NATIONALLY SHOULD BE FULLY AWARE OF THIS PURPLETEEN WARNING! ESPECIALLY THOSE LIVING IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WHO ACCORDING TO THE CDC CONTINUES HAVING THE HIGHEST REGISTERED NUMBERS OF BICYCLE FATALITIES!!!
Three short months following the so-called historic peace deal with Iran freshly enacted, Secretary of State John F. Kerry says the Iranians will probably use a portion of that one hundred plus billion dollars for secretive Iranian Guard style military purposes! This mountain of money was kept in banks for thirty-seven years, all awhile collecting interest too, since the Islamic controlled government and their first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Moosavi Khomeini collectively took power in the 1979 Islamic Shi'a Revolution. This revolution took place during the James Earl "Jimmy" Carter Presidency, an era when fifty-two American citizens were held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran for four hundred and forty-four days. However these individuals were promptly released following the landslide election of then President Ronald Wilson Reagan, our fortieth Commander-in-Chief. In summary, these monies will be spent on terrorist style operations throughout the unstable Middle East region, whereas potentially jeopardizing the lives of our military and those of other friendly nations' forces as well.
In recent days, astronauts have been "Tiptoeing Through the Daises" on board that seemingly joy-filled International Space Station! In reality they were able to grow a single brilliant orange colored Zinnia, a member of "Daisy family", in the station's Veggie Control Chamber. On previous occasions, our aficionado space gardeners have been able to grow other edible plant forms as well, but this is a first example of an "ornamental" flowering variety. Someday scientists hope to achieve the sustainability of growing fruits and vegetables for future space missions, including that much anticipated journey to the Martian planet.
Services were held today at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta, Georgia for the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, Mr. King was assassinated on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee by James Earl Ray. In 1983, the United States Congress signed a law that designated the third Monday of January as a National Holiday, thereby honoring Mr. King's legacy. 1-18-2016
Atheists from across the nation have filed a lawsuit to remove "In God We Trust" from all U.S. Currency! This group includes numerous parents and their minor children alike. Attorney Michael A. Newdow, himself an avowed Atheist from Sacramento, California, claims these words violate the separation of Church and State. Mr. Newdow is known for other Atheist belief lawsuits, specifically challenging public schools for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in the classroom! Another plaintiff says his Atheism is "substantially burdened because he is forced to bare on his person a religious statement that causes him to sense his government legitimizing, promoting and reinforcing negative and injurious attitudes not only against Atheists in general, but against him personally." Collectively a message from Atheists seeking immediate comment was left at the office of the U.S. attorney in the city of Akron for Ohio's northern district. Defendants included in this lawsuit are the United States Congress, other federal agencies and namely Jacob Joseph Lew, our nation's Secretary of Treasury as well.
A British teenager and Stanford University student named Joshua Browder has claimed he built a robot designed to give people free legal advice. This same individual developed a website called "DoNotPay" that helps motorists with issues related to parking tickets. On a monthly basis, Joshua was literally overwhelmed with thousands of emails, mostly from those wanting to avoid paying up! In summary his robot is in the early stages of design, therefore we'll inform readers if this creation becomes practical for consumers seeking legal advice and or judicial related information.
Papa John's, one of the nation's largest pizza makers, is phasing out all artificial flavors and synthetic ingredients in their pizza making process! It's the first pizza chain in the United States to make this upgrade to provide consumers with more nutritional ingredients. Other menu products, including desserts and sauces will be incorporated in this change-over. Papa John's Senior Vice President of Research and Development Sean A. Muldoon said, "We're so proud to be able to show our customers how much we care about what they're eating." Further adding, "This exemplifies Papa John's continued efforts to deliver high quality products –it's the right thing to do!"
A mosquito born disease called Zika is spreading globally and there is no vaccine or antiviral medication that can treat this pestilent! According to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, mosquitoes have brought disease and death for thousands of years and the United States should prepare itself for this possible scenario! Dr. Peter J. Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said diseases spread by insects are the next big threat to the Western Hemisphere, including the United States! Dr. Lyle R. Petersen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns pregnant women in any trimester contemplating traveling abroad, to take necessary precautions in relation to this potentially harmful contagion infecting them. Zika is linked to Microcephaly, a condition that causes infants to be born with unusually small heads and certain regressed brain development. To date, three thousand and five hundred cases have been reported to the medical and infectious disease communities. In conclusion, this virus was discovered within a captured Rhesus Monkey from the Zika Forest of Uganda, Africa in 1947.
In recent days, eighty-eight public schools from the Detroit, Michigan area are experiencing self-imposed classroom gridlock. Teachers there have been abandoning duties in a practice commonly called sick-outs! Many have participated in faking illness, adversely causing students to miss out on important studies. This includes necessary testing, possibly jeopardizing children's advancement to a higher grade level. Before this chaos stops, upwards of forty-five thousand students will be affected by these teachers' actions. When compared to other school districts, statistically Detroit is suffering from some of the highest drop-out rates nationally!
In January 11, 1955, Lloyd Hillyard Conover patented the antibiotic named Tetracycline. Mr. Conover along with his nearly three hundred additional patents, are appropriately recognized in the National Inventors Hall of Fame located in North Canton, Ohio. This antibiotic is a principle ingredient for some commonly used products that help in the treatment of Acne, including many forms of bacterial maladies like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Urinary Tract Infection! It's a remedy for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease too. Additionally, a form of Tetracycline was used in the 1994 India Plague outbreak, which killed fifty-six people and fully exhausted supplies of this ingredient in medical facilities and pharmacies alike. Historically it was instrumental in reducing deaths globally due to Cholera, one of the most contagious diseases in humankind. 1-11-2016
The National Institute for Materials Science, located in Tsukuba, Japan has played a leading role in developing a sensor with a unique ability to detect Cancer, Diabetes and a host of other ailments too. This so-called breath analyzer could be connected to smartphones or other electronic devices used daily by millions around the world. Each year four hundred thousand people in Japan will lose their lives to Cancer in general. With any announcement of an appropriate name or what this product will be called, PurpleTeen will provide those details when it's finally made available for consumers.
In the year ending 2015, it should be noted that no person was able to reach the summit of Mount Everest's accessible hiking routes, located in Tibet and Nepal alike! Historically it's been almost sixty-three years since the original assent was made in 1953 by New Zealander Sir Edmund Percival Hillary.
Worldwide, upwards of three hundred million Orthodox Christians are celebrating Christmas today! As opposed to the Gregorian Calendar, which uses December 25, this religious denomination adheres to a Julian Calendar and recognizes January 7 as their Christmas Day. Approximately one hundred and fifty million are members of the Russian Orthodox Church. It should be noted, another one million believers of this religious faith are being forced from their Iraqi and Syrian homes due to the advancements made by the Islamic caliphate or more specifically, the tyrannical forces of ISIS! Other Orthodox Christians from the continent of Africa are currently being driven from their homes too. In summary, these religious denominations experiencing persecution will have a certain shadow cast over, what is their Christmas Day. 1-7-2016
On this date in 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross of Wyoming was the very first female elected governor of a state. This was made possible due to the death of her husband, William Bradford Ross, at the time the serving governor. Mrs. Ross, a Democrat, however faced the opposition of Republican Eugene J. Sullivan in a state-wide election! It should be noted that in 1869, Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote. 1-5-2016
Eight year old Dunia Sibomana, who suffered disfiguring injuries from chimpanzees, will undergo surgery at Stony Brook Children's Hospital in Long Island, New York. He and two other boys were playing near a nature preserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when they came in contact with a group of aggressive chimps. Dunia's peers weren't as fortunate and suffered fatal wounds during the event. Even though cases of exotic animals attacking people take place, it's considered extremely rare for this to happen.
Today is officially the beginning of National Pizza Week! Pizza is a thirty billion dollar a year industry, with the average American eating approximately eighty slices each year. It is assumed that in 1905 Gennaro Lombardi opened the first licensed Pizzeria in New York City. Numerous polls continue to recognize this food item as "the number one choice" for teenagers!!! 1-3-2016
School students at Discovery Isle in Temecula, California have distributed one hundred and thirty pairs of pajamas for needy children across the nation. The clothing articles they collected are part of Scholastic's Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Additionally, these children will receive an accompanying book too. In tribute to this benefit, students wore their own pajamas throughout the school week. To date the Pajama Program has donated one million plus pajamas and books, including an additional three hundred and fifty thousand pairs collected from the Scholastic Reading Club as well. Reading is beneficial to keeping our minds sharp, alert and knowledgeable when facing life's evolving challenges –it's an easy New Years resolution too!
State of Illinois legislators have created a law for pets suffering or dying from harsh environmental conditions. Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB125, making it a Class A Misdemeanor with a potential twenty-five hundred dollar fine and or up to one year in jail for offenders. Nationally this continues to be a problem, since it's estimated thousands of pets are subjected to freezing temperatures or heat related conditions. Presently, in nearly all instances of pet abuse, there is no level of culpability for owners.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a record forty-one Florida Panthers died in 2015. Thirty of these deaths can be directly attributed to motor vehicles, including a Panther killed on the very last calendar day!
"HAPPY NEW YEAR" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 1-1-2016
On this day in 1879, Thomas Alva Edison brought to the world's attention a functioning incandescent light system on the streets of Menlo Park, New Jersey. However, the first crude example of incandescent light was invented by Sir Humphry Davy in London, England. Mr. Davy's 1802 invention didn't produce enough light for practical use, but it fully demonstrated the earliest principle of incandescent light. 12-31-2015
Sixty-two years ago, the first color television under the brand name Admiral was made available to consumers. At that juncture in history, the unit cost was approximately twelve hundred dollars, which in today's marketplace equates to nearly eleven thousand dollars each. 12-30-2015
"BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL" –MATTHEW 1:23 "MERRY CHRISTMAS" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 12-25-2015
Officials from NORAD along with the U.S. Air Force have spotted a fast moving object leaving the North Pole this morning. They said this could very well be Santa Claus, whose craft or sled is stocked full of toys and en route to the homes of good behaving children. Guiding him through the skies will be a Christmas Full Moon, an astronomical event that will not occur again until 2034 respectively. 12-24-2015
Consumers beware –one could be paying more for a nearly identical item just because of gender! At a major corporation named Target, the price of buying a red Radio Flyer Scooter for boys is twenty-four dollars and ninety-nine cents. This very same toy in pink will cost customers forty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents –that's a 100% increase!
A recent scientific study says it's unhealthy for kids to show up for school earlier than eight o'clock in the morning! Some schools have taken this advice and adjusted schedules or starting times to better serve any and all potentially tired students. Including the American Academy of Pediatrics, who is now recommending that schools begin classes no earlier than 8:30 A.M.
On this date in 1791, the Bill of Rights was formally ratified and introduced to our nation. Following a struggle of minds between lawmakers and objections raised by anti-Federalists, the document was originally proposed to guarantee personal freedom and citizen rights. In addition, the state of Virginia would incorporate parts of its own Declaration of Rights, along with the 1689 English Bill of Rights, and the 1215 Magna Carta, together all instrumental to the final draft. An original copy is permanently displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. 12-15-2015
Beginning today NASA is accepting applications for a new class of astronauts that could ultimately be aboard the very first spacecraft that travels to the Martian planet (Mars). The benefits include total isolation with like-minded humans willing to adventure farther in space than previous subjects and maximum one hundred and forty-five thousand dollars in salary. 12-14-2015
Birthday greetings to Taylor Alison Swift! This icon of the music industry has sold forty plus million albums. Just this year, Ms. Swift became the youngest woman ever to appear on "Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women" list. 12-13-2015
In an annual tradition during the month of December, various groups and individuals alike decorate graves at Arlington National Cemetery and numerous resting places nationally with Christmas Wreath arrangements. Since 1992, an organization named "Wreaths Across America" has it their mission to remember fallen heroes and teach children the honorable sacrifices made by veterans to preserve our freedom.
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra, a legend in the entertainment world, would have turned one hundred years old today. Nicknamed "Blue Eyes", Mr. Sinatra was born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey and died May 14, 1998 respectively. He performed in over fifty movies and made sixty plus musical albums, including notable songs "Strangers in the Night", "My Way", "New York, New York" and "Come Fly With Me". The latter a theme song in Catch Me If You Can, a blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Steven Spielberg. 12-12-2015
Chancellor of Germany and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Angela Dorothea Merkel was honored with the prestigious "Time Person of the Year" award! She was born July 17, 1954 with the maiden name "Kasner". Having begun her political career in 1989, she holds a Doctorate Degree in the field of Chemistry and has published several associated papers. In 2007 Mrs. Merkel was elected President of the European Council and only the second female chairperson of the G8 (now known as G7 since the Russian Federation was suspended). Germany is the most economically powerful nation in Europe, as such Mrs. Merkel is considered the de facto leader of the European Union. 12-9-2015
Time Magazine's Person of the Year will be announced tomorrow. Until then, the eight finalists are as follows: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Black Lives Matter activists, Donald Trump, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Caitlyn Jenner, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This contest began in 1927 when it was originally called "Man of the Year". The first person to be accorded this so-called honor was Charles Augustus Lindbergh. This aviator legend used a monoplane named Spirit of St. Louis, and starting from Garden City, New York and ending in Paris, France made the very first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Hence he was given the nickname –Lucky Lindy! Again, PurpleTeen will announce the winner of Time's Person of the Year tomorrow.
Seventy-four years ago today, without any warning the nation of Japan attacked the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The turmoil lasted one hour and fifty minutes, from 7:55 A.M. until 9:45 A.M. local time. Whereas the Japanese military killed two thousand, three hundred and thirty-five, and wounded one thousand, one hundred and forty-three servicemen respectively. Additionally sixty-eight civilians were killed along with thirty-five wounded, alike. The following day, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered an address to the nation saying, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 –a date which will live in infamy –The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of The Empire of Japan. As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us..." 12-7-2015
"HAPPY HANUKKAH" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 12-6-2015
New Jersey residents are truly representative of those that give to others in need! A local Christian church with the name Liquid and its parishioners are assembling two hundred thousand holiday meals for those less fortunate. Selected teams will give toys along with gifts to more than one thousand children and their families for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Still more will hand out donated winter coats to families and others needing the least of a warm coat as well.
Maybe coincidental, but there's similarity involving a teenager named Bud Weisser! Police officers arrested "Bud" for allegedly trespassing at a brewery called Budweiser or appropriately Anheuser-Busch! This establishment was founded by German immigrant Adolphus Busch. Since 1852, it's been operating in the historic downtown district of St. Louis, Missouri. *TO DATE INCIDENTS INVOLVING ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INCLUDING OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMPANY BRAND NAME PRODUCTS, CONTINUE TO BE ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF "DEATH" FOR AMERICAN TEENAGERS!!!
Florida's Panther population is in serious jeopardy! However PurpleTeen won't have the actual number living until year's end. To date there's an estimated one hundred and eighty Panthers after subtracting thirty-six fatalities. So far this year, twenty-five deaths involved motor vehicle related accidents. Again, at the end of this year we will have those population figures available. *For entire article along with a beautiful picture of a mother cougar and her accompanying cub "press here"!
As opposed to other restaurant chains, AppleBee's is displaying the amount of salt used in meals for patrons to analyze. Starting today, New York City is first nationally to enact a law that informs customers about the sodium content in the meals they consume. Menus with anything containing more than two thousand and three hundred milligrams of sodium, must have a black warning triangle accompanying those items. Establishments with more than fifteen locations must abide by this new law and eateries having less locations are exempt from being levied a two hundred dollar fine. 12-1-2015
The First Family chose a Fraser Fir for their Christmas tree being appropriately displayed in the Blue Room at the White House for this Holiday Season. As customary to previous administrations, it arrived on a horse drawn carriage. First Lady Michelle Obama said it will be in honor of the military this year. The eighteen-foot tree was grown by Jay and Glenn Bustard, who own a farm in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Staff members will set up additional trees in other areas as well. According to the White House Historical Association, First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, wife of President Herbert Clark Hoover, was the first to introduce the idea of having an official White House tree.
A Kent, Washington based company named Blue Origin has surpassed SpaceX and founder Elon Musk with its ability to launch the New Shepard craft, and safely return this capsule along with its BE-3 rocket motor back to Earth again! The launch took place in the West Texas area this past Monday (11-23-2015). Unlike regular rockets equipped with parachutes that splash down in the ocean, this incorporates an engine that balances on its exhaust, until it lands gently back to the area of launching. It will save the company millions of dollars, whereas having the unique ability to be used over and over again. The firm is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, who's the founder of the marketing phenom Amazon.com, headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
"HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY AMERICA" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 11-26-2015
President Barrack Obama in a tradition dating back to the Harry S. Truman Administration, gave full pardons to a couple forty-plus pound Turkeys named Honest and Abe respectively. These two lucky birds will be spared from being consumed on the President, First Lady Michelle and Daughters Sasha and Malia's dinner plates tomorrow. Incidentally, President Truman used only an abbreviated "S" for a middle name, since it was a common practice among Scotch-Irish Americans.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, located in Florida, received news that the USDA has given "chickens", instead of actual turkeys for fifteen thousand needy families! Additionally, this shortfall will mean five hundred senior citizens who depend on the "Meals on Wheels" program, including another three hundred and fifty elderly people in its soup kitchen, won't be getting turkey meat for their meals either. The food bank's namesake, Harry Forster Chapin (Born December 7, 1942 – Died July 16, 1981), was a poet, songwriter, cinematographer, playwright and singer who in 1974 released a song entitled "Cat's in the Cradle". Mr. Chapin was an advocate fighting for what he viewed as societal injustices...
An hours old baby wrapped in a towel, with umbilical cord attached, was found alive in a "Christmas Nativity Scene" at Holy Child Jesus Church, located in Queens, New York. Jose Moran, a custodian employed by the church, discovered the crying baby. He promptly alerted a Priest named Father Christopher Ryan Heanue, who placed a clean towel around the baby before paramedics arrived. Father Heanue told those gathered, he could think of no better place to leave a baby, and it would make a great "Christmas Miracle" for some young couple in the parish. This newborn is expected to make a full recovery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
*A law in New York provides that a parent can abandon their newborn at an appropriate "safe location", such as a fire department, hospital or police station respectively. However, the infant can't be any older than thirty days.
Sunday night (11-22-2015), PurpleTeen removed popular singing artists from "Totally Wanted" due to provocative language contained in the songs they sang at the American Music Awards performances. Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood take home wins in the Country Music category. During this evening of festivities, Celine Dion left many attending the awards ceremony teary-eyed, after singing a tribute song for those losing their lives in the recent French terrorist attack. The four man band "One Direction" totally rocked the house void any cussing during their entire song named –PERFECT!
Students at a Massachusetts middle school attack others for simply being born with red hair! Officials from Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School sent a note to parents saying, the incident was intended to marginalize a certain group of students, and it will be considered a criminal assault. Unbeknownst to some unfortunate kids, the day was called "National Kick A Ginger Day", reminiscent of a South Park episode aired on Comedy Central. School officials said approximately a dozen students fell victim during the chaos, that took place just before the Thanksgiving holiday recess began. *For entire article along with information related to the comedy South Park "press here"!
Monkey bites three people in Harlingen, Texas after escaping from its enclosure. The owner could face fines for not properly securing the tiny primate. One of the victims is eighty-four years old, she was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. The other two sought medical aid from their private doctors, and fortunately every victim is expected to make a full recovery. In the mean time, the animal was stopped from wreaking further havoc and eventually euthanized at a local animal control facility. Local police will fully investigate this matter as well. *For entire article along with information related to the movie King Kong "press here"!
This past Saturday (11-14-2015), while global nations and specifically The United States of America were being preoccupied with substantial matters in war-torn Europe, "the Obama Administration quietly released five documented terrorists from Guantanamo Bay!"
Follow-up to our previous article, they've named that new baby rhinoceros "Nyota"! She was born on October 16th, at Busch Gardens, Florida. Everything seems to be going very well with doting mama Kisiri and proud papa Tambo –since their reunification with the entire colony of Southern White Rhinoceroses living within the park...
"HAPPY HALLOWEEN AMERICA" –FROM THE DEDICATED TEENAGERS AT PURPLETEEN!!! 10-31-2015