To begin I’d just like to mention I had the most awesome White Wine the other night at Olive Garden. Its called Moscato; Primo Amore. The server said you can only get it at Olive Garden, I’ve not researched it to find out if that is true, but it was beautiful, smooth, sweet and peachy and could almost be considered a dessert wine. My husband had a Red Wine, Roscato, and it didn’t have the bitter tannin after-bite that I typically despise in most Reds. It too was slightly sweet, but most importantly (to me anyway) it didn’t feel like I was drinking sand-paper, it had a smooth velvet finish.
I enjoyed our little Brain Teaser session from Braingle.com the other day so here’s another set to boggle your mind. Answers at the bottom of the page.
(Help: click the links above for definitions)
2. Find a rhyme for each word below so you end up with a familiar three-word phrase in the form “__, __, and __”
Clue = “Took, Sign, Blinker”
Answer = “Hook, Line, and Sinker”
a) Flop, Crook, Glisten
b) Pin, Brace, Though
c) Versed, Beckoned, Heard
d) Leg, Sorrow, Wheel
e) Bawl, Park, Ransom
f) Sprawl, Tedium, Barge
g) Trap, Shackle, Top
3. Can you find 13 animals hidden in these words?
A Tarantula freaked a few people out people in a Berlin, Germany railway station (click for full story).
BERLIN (Reuters) – A tarantula gave officials at Berlin’s crowded Ostbahnhof rail station a scare when it crawled out of a bag left on a train, police said on Thursday.
A Berlin police spokesman said a 20-year-old German man had forgotten the bag on an in-bound train from the airport after returning from a trip to Mali and Mozambique.
A heart-warming story about a boy who nearly drowned off the Washington coast and a 12 year-old girl who attempted to save him and his resulting miraculous rescue and on-going recovery.
(Barnard reported from Grants Pass, Ore. Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper in Portland, Ore., and Alicia Chang in Los Angeles contributed to this report.)
LONG BEACH, Wash. (AP) — As Charles Ostrander flailed in the turbulent waves of the Pacific, it was another 12-year-old who put her life on the line to save him — the first in a series of responders who eventually pulled Ostrander back from the brink of death.
Nicole Kissel’s daring actions provided rescue crews with what turned out to be a crucial extension of time. Ostrander, who goes by his nickname Dale, ended up spending several minutes lost in the water, was found lifeless in the surf but has since been revived in a remarkable recovery that defied even the expectations of his parents.
After hearing Dale’s call for help Friday, Nicole immediately turned her boogie board toward deeper waters despite the objections of her father, who shouted over the crashing waves about the dangerous conditions. Nicole managed to reach Dale, who was struggling to stay afloat, and helped him onto the three-foot board. Together, the two youths struggled against the rip current that had turned an average day at a popular beach into chaos.
“When we were on that board, I kind of shouted out to myself: ‘We’re going to die. I can’t die like this,'” Nicole recalled.
Dale, meanwhile, had offered words of assurance: “Keep paddling. We’re almost there.”
A rogue wave slammed into the pair, knocking them off the board. Nicole managed to get back up, but Dale disappeared back into the surf.
It is not clear how long the boy was actually underwater. Mendez said about 15 minutes elapsed between the time rescuers were dispatched and the time Dale was pulled from the ocean.
Mendez drove the boy to the beach, where emergency responders began trying to revive him. There was no sign of life but they kept performing CPR as they transported him. Finally, after Dale reached a nearby hospital, his pulse returned.
Then Dale was flown from the southwest Washington coast to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Ore. His parents were still steeling themselves for the worst.
It’s unclear whether he’ll fully recover, but his parents have hope.
“There’s been several miracles just in the circumstances of finding him, the fact that he’s not dead, the fact that he can move, the fact that he can speak,” Chad Ostrander said. “Unbelievable.”
Building on this story we can take an educational detour on water safety; what is a rip tide and what is a sneaker wave? I know some readers that might visit this page live in land-locked states, so it is good to have these little moments of visual learning.
Rip Tide aka Rip Current: I’ve personally witnessed a ‘true’ rip current only once in my times on the Oregon Coast. It was off of Cape Kiwanda and a few people were riding the rushing water and then trying to catch themselves on the sandy bottom before they were fully swept out to sea.
(From Wiki) Here it is in picture format and of course I STRONGLY recommend you NOT do what those crazy nutters were doing trying to ride the rip tide. When I saw the Rip Current at Cape Kiwanda it was also easy to see how much faster the water was rushing because it was churning the sand and it almost looked like a brown river flowing back into the ocean.
There are 3 main components to a rip current, which include the FEEDER(S), the NECK and the HEAD. As waves approach, they will break along the sandbars (shaded light blue) then finally impact the beach (shaded brown). After contacting the beach zone the water becomes trapped by the sandbars, thus finds the path of least resistance, accelerated by gravity back to the ocean. This path is usually a break between two sandbars, as shown in the diagram. The current becomes focused between the sandbars, thus increases in speed seaward. Eventually the seaward component of the rip will lose speed and disperse in the head area.
(Wiki) Sneaker Wave: a popular term used to describe disproportionately large coastal waves that can sometimes appear in a wave train without warning. There is no scientific evidence or coverage of the phenomenon sneaker wave — as being a distinct sort of wave with respect to height or predictability — like there are on other extreme wave events such as rogue waves.
For example, Newport Beach, CA by the pier has a geological set-up as depicted above. I got to experience it first hand as I was face-planted into that ‘steep beach’ diagrammed above and twirled a little somersault in the ‘shore trough’ also diagrammed above. I got sand up my nose and other places that took me an awful long time to clean out (not diagrammed).
Moral of the Story: Pay attention when you are at the beach and don’t assume tranquil waters are safe waters.
News of the Weird, courtesy as always of Chuck Shepherd’s column.
Hope he’s light on his feet…
Thomas Heathfield was a well-paid banking consultant with a promising career in Maidenhead, England, but gave it up this year to move to South Africa and endure rigorous training as a “sangoma” (“witch doctor”). After five months of studying siSwati language, sleeping in the bush, hunting for animal parts, vomiting up goats’ blood and learning native dances, Heathfield, 32, was given a new name, Gogo Mndawe, and is now qualified to read bones and prescribe herbal cures (among the skills expected of sangomas by the roughly 50 percent of South Africa’s population that reveres them). He admitted concern about his acceptance as a white man calling out African spirits, “but when (the people) see (me) dance, perhaps those questions go away.” [Daily Telegraph (London), 7-2-2011]
But did they check the to see if the drapes matched the carpet?
“Hundreds” of blondes paraded through Riga, Latvia, on May 28 at the third annual “March of the Blondes” festival designed to lift the country’s spirits following a rough stretch for the economy. More than 500 blondes registered, including 15 from New Zealand, seven from Finland and 32 from Lithuania, according to a woman who told Agence France-Presse that she was the head of the Latvian Association of Blondes. Money collected during the event goes to local charities. [The Independent (London)-AFP, 5-31-2011]
Snakes on a train…
A clumsy smuggler (who managed to get away) failed to contain the dozens of king cobras and other snakes he was transporting from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Hanoi (probably to be sold illegally to restaurants). After panic broke out on the train and police were called, the snakes were collected and turned over to a sanctuary. (Upscale restaurants can charge as much as the equivalent of $500 for a meal of king cobra, beginning with the selection of the snake, and having it killed at tableside, on to a serving of a snake’s-blood appetizer. In one survey, 84 percent of Hanoi’s restaurants were serving illegal wild animals of some sort, including weasel, monitor lizard and porcupine.) [Sky News (London), 5-30-2011]
Holy ‘bling’ Batman…
In July, after India’s Supreme Court ordered an inventory, a Hindu temple in Trivandrum (click link for a different site with more info and photos) was found to contain at least $22 billion worth of gold, diamonds and jeweled statues given as offerings to the deity by worshippers over several centuries. The wealth was until now believed to be the property of India’s royal family, but the Supreme Court ruling turns it over to India’s people. Authorities believe the “$22 billion” figure is conservative. [Christian Science Monitor, 7-5-2011]
Mixed bag of odd and disturbing…
The Talented Mr. Zhou: Zhou Xin, 68, failed to get a callback from the judges for the “China’s Got Talent” TV reality show in June, according to a CNN report (after judge Annie Yi screamed in horror at his act). Zhou is a practitioner of one of the “72 Shaolin skills,” namely “iron crotch gong,” and for his “talent,” he stoically whacked himself in the testicles with a weight and then with a hammer. [CNN. 6-21-2011]
The elegant, expansive, gleaming new glass-and-concrete indoor stairway at the Common Pleas Courthouse in Columbus, Ohio, opened recently, to mostly rave reviews for its sense of space and light, creating the feeling of walking suspended on air. However, as Judge Julie Lynch and other women soon discovered, the glass partitions at each step make it easy for perverts to gawk from underneath at dress-wearing women using the stairs. “(Y)ou’re on notice,” Judge Lynch warned her sister dress-wearers, “that you might want to take the elevator.” [Columbus Dispatch, 6-8-2011]
Pablo Borgen has apparently been living without neighbors’ complaints in Lakeland, Fla., despite general knowledge that he is, according to sheriff’s officials, one of the area’s major heroin traffickers, bringing in tens of thousands of dollars a month. Following a drug sting in June, however, neighbors discovered another fact about Borgen: that he and some of his gang were each drawing $900 a month in food stamps. Formerly indifferent neighbors were outraged by Borgen’s abuse of benefits, according to WTSP-TV. “Hang him by his toes,” said one. “I’ve been out of work since February (2008). I lived for a year on nothing but … food stamps.” [WTSP-TV (St. Petersburg), 6-15-2011]
Roy Miracle, 80, of Newark, Ohio, passed away in July, and his family honored him and his years of service as a prankster and superfan of the Ohio State Buckeyes with a commemorative photo of three of Miracle’s fellow obsessives making contorted-body representations of “O,” “H” and “O” for their traditional visual cheer. In the photo, Miracle assumed his usual position as the “I” — or, rather, his corpse did. (Despite some criticism, most family and friends thought Miracle was properly honored.) [Columbus Dispatch, 7-14-2011]
In June, Eric Carrier, 23, of Hooksett, N.H., became the most recent person arrested for running a scam on a home-healthcare worker by pretending to be disabled and in need of someone to change his adult diapers. Carrier first told the woman that he was the father of a man disabled by a brain injury, but when she reported for work, it was Carrier himself wearing the diaper and who demanded changing and who allegedly indecently exposed himself. [Union Leader (Manchester), 6-9-2011]
Damn, I need to go back to school…
It’s good to be an Arizona State University student, where those 21 and older can earn $60 a night by getting drunk. Psychology professor Will Corbin, operating with National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grants, conducts studies of drunk students’ memories, response times and decision-making processes through extensive questioning — after he has raised their blood-alcohol level to precisely 0.08 percent (which Arizona regards as presumed-impaired for drivers). Students are served one type of vodka cocktail, three drinks’ worth, in a bar-like room on campus, and after 15 minutes to let the alcohol be absorbed, the questioning and testing begin. (At the end of the night, taxis are called for the students.) [Arizona Republic, 7-22-2011]
Ironic or stupid? You decide…
Ryan Letchford, 21, and Jeffrey Olson, 22, were arrested in Radnor, Pa., in July after they had broken into a police van for the purpose of taking gag photos of themselves as if they were under arrest. However, the men somehow locked themselves inside the van, and neither they nor a friend they had called to come help could figure out how to open the doors. Finally, they were forced to call 9-1-1. Police arrived, unlocked the van, arrested the men, and locked them back up — inside a cell. [Philadelphia Daily News, 7-18-2011]
Brain Teaser Answers:
1. Fear. The anagram of wolf is fowl. The homonym of fowl is foul. The antonym of foul is fair. The homonym of fair is fare. The anagram of fare is fear, which is the emotion.
2. a) Stop, Look, and Listen
b) Win, Place, and Show
c) First, Second, and Third
d) Beg, Borrow, and Steal
e) Tall, Dark, and Handsome
f) Small, Medium, and Large
g) Snap, Crackle, and Pop
3. Pheasant, Ant, Toad, Adder, Rat, Turtle, Leech, Char, Hare, Eel, Lion, Newt, Tiger.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “WTFs a Char?”
Have yourselves a safe and happy weekend!!!