The Minnesota State Patrol is saying that drivers shouldn't have tried to avoid hitting a mother duck and her ducklings trying to cross a busy highway, after video from a Department of Transportation camera in the city of Mounds View surfaced that showed drivers swerving or slamming on their brakes to avoid the animals. State Patrol spokesperson Lieutenant Tiffani Nelson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I watched that video and I cringed. People should not stop on the freeway for ducks. . . . I completely understand the connection to a mother duck and her babies, but if there was a crash which resulted in a fatal or serious injury, a driver who stopped for ducks potentially could face a criminal charge." Nelson said it comes down to that the value of a person outweighs the value of a duck. Luckily in this case, however, the duck family made it safely across the road, and no drivers were hurt.
Just how much information about yourself are you giving away on social media sites like Twitter? Researchers at Vermont Complex Systems Center analyzed 50 million geotagged tweets for mentions of food and physical activity, and used a tool called the Lexicocalorimeter to determine the food to activity ratio of each state. They discovered that those in New York, for example, tweet most about apples and running, while those in Mississippi tweet most about cake and eating. The data shows that states that tweet the most about unhealthy foods are the ones that rank worst in fitness. The top five "fattest" states by food and activity were: Mississippi (cake, eating), West Virginia (cookies, watching TV), Louisiana (chocolate, eating), Arkansas (chocolate, eating), and Oklahoma (chocolate, running,) and the top five healthiest states were: Colorado (noodles, running), Montana (peanut butter, skiing), California (tomatoes, dancing), Massachusetts (apples, walking) and Idaho (pasta, biking.) The findings come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that less than 15 percent of U.S. adults eat enough fruits daily to meet federal recommendations.
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the "habitable zone" around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. The confirmation of Kepler-452b brings the total number of confirmed planets to 1,030.
When Angela Radtke saw a 1-year-old baby locked in a hot, parked car in an H-E-B parking lot, she didn't hesitate to take action.
Despite warnings from security and the apprehension of others, Radtke smashed straight through the front windshield with a tire iron. She then crawled into the car through broken glass and unlocked door to free the baby -- sustaining cuts to her arms.
"I don't care if I get arrested, I'm going to save this baby," Radtke said.
H-E-B Surveillance footage revealed the baby was in the car nearly 40 minutes, according to police. The 1-year-old boy was taken by EMS to Methodist Children Hospital and treated for dehydration. The child will be placed in custody of Child Protective Services.
Police questioned Radtke afterwards but she was soon released due to a Texas "good Samaritan" law.
Witnesses at the scene said H-E-B staff tried to reach the parents on the loudspeakers but the father did not appear until some time afterwards.
Police told KENS 5 the father stated that he forgot the baby was in the car. He is now being charged with child endangerment a third-degree felony.
A guy named Mark Rantal in Colorado Springs, Colorado has eaten lunch at Chipotle every single day since April 6th. Today will be his 107th day in a row.
And he orders the exact same thing every time . . . a burrito bowl with sofritas. That's the shredded tofu. He also gets white rice, pinto beans, fajita vegetables, mild and medium salsas, corn, cheese, lettuce, a side of chips, and a cup of water.
As for WHY he's doing it, it's not all that interesting. Quote, "The whole thing was totally an accident. On Monday I decided to get Chipotle and on Tuesday I made the same decision, then I got lunch with my friend there on Wednesday." See, told you.
Basically he just decided to keep going. Quote, "Every time I hit a milestone it was very easy and convenient to imagine hitting the next." And he isn't sure when he's going to stop.
So far he's gained about 14 pounds. But he says that's what he WANTED, since he recently became a vegetarian and dropped a lot of weight. He also says the staff knows him and gives him free food about one out of 10 times.
Couples will tell you that every wedding is special in its own way — and that's certainly true for Joel Burger and Ashley King, who married Friday afternoon in Illinois for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, with French fries or with onion rings.
Burger and King have been friends since grade school, Burger told NBC's John Yang for TODAY. Their evening wedding featured gifts from Burger King, which paid for the wedding after their story grabbed international headlines, including the fast-food chain's crowns and custom mason jars (and the groomsmen posed with Burger King shirts under their suits).
A professional surfer named Mick Fanning survived a shark attack on live TV on Sunday. It happened at a tournament in South Africa. The camera happened to be on him while he was waiting for a wave, and you could clearly see the shark's fin come out of the water. Then there was a lot of splashing, and it looked like the shark pulled him under.
Luckily the shark didn't actually bite him . . . it got caught on the leash attached to his board and snapped it. Then it swam off after he punched it in the back.
The TV crew cut away while someone picked him up on a jet ski, and he was out of the water by the time they cut back. Not surprisingly, tournament officials decided to cancel the rest of the tournament.