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Pit Crew

by on May.01, 2013, under Animals, Education, Health, Media, Nature

From Marlin Perkins on Wild Kingdom to The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, nature programs have been a staple of television for decades. The danger was never more apparent than when Steve Irwin was viciously penetrated by a Manta Ray. manta-ray One of the inheritors of the wild kingdom is Bear Gryllis of Man vs. Wild. Eating insects and drinking urine made him an unlikely international star rather than a circus geek. Petes-Silly-Sideshow After all of his time in the wild, he knows the dangers. But behind the camera, he's backed up by a production crew. One of the producers is Steve Rankin, and he was on location for a recording of a new series Naked and Afraid. rankin4 As he was climbing over a fallen tree, a Fer de Lance, adeadly poisonous Pit Viper, bit his foot through his boot. fer-de-lance It took two hours to get him to a hospital. He needed an extensive skin graft to repair the damage. The tissue came from his thigh. rankin1 First they had to remove the necrotic flesh and expose the remaining good tissue. rankin2 Then they stapled the remains closed in preparation for the skin graft. rankin3 Rankin is recovering, but so far there is no report on the condition of his foot. We expect he'll heal eventually, taking it one step at a time.
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Japanese Pie

by on Jan.19, 2013, under Consumer, Culture, Food, Media

Thanks to extensive food safety regulations, we know where our baked good come from in the U.S. Our cookies are baked by elves. keebler-elf Cereal comes from Leprechauns, which is why its magically delicious. lucky-charms And the michelin man bakes our cakes. Dough-Boy1 Japanese cuisine can be a little frightening to people from the Western Hemisphere, where we eat food. We've previously shown you some of the things that the Japanese eat. Unagi    Ice Cream    Sushi Poppers And now we'll learn where Angel Drop pastries come from. I'm not ordering the Mont Blanc anymore. Mont Blanc tart from Azuma Patisserie.  


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Myth Lickers

by on Dec.31, 2012, under Education, Family, Games, Health, Kids, Media, Recreation

Some things you just have to learn from experience. You have to find the truth for yourself. Or maybe someone challenged you with a double-dog dare. cstory-pole Ethan Mohr put on his jacket to go check the mailbox at his northern Minnesota home. His mother checked on him when she thought he'd been away too long, and saw him throwing snowballs and being generally silly. ethan12 A short time later he opened the door and his mother noticed that his jaw was covered with blood. He wasn't screaming or crying, so she knew he wasn't seriously injured. ethan15 "Mom, my tongue is bleeding!" he told her. "Get to the sink!  What happened?  Did you lick a pole or something?" she asked. ethan21   "Yes." he answered. ethan24   Ethan is currently suffering the consequences of his curiosity. As is an eight year old boy from Oklahoma. frozen-pole   Official said rescue crews arrived at the scene on Tuesday morning to find the boy standing on his tip-toes, trying to work his tongue off the frozen pole outside Woodward Middle School. Paramedics eventually freed the boy.

lick-fence2 The eight-year-old revealed after the ordeal he had decided to lick the frozen pole after being dared to by his brother.


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View From The Top

by on Nov.26, 2012, under Art, Media

John Crawford is one of New Zealand's best known photographers. You can view a portfolio at his website http://www.johncrawford.co.nz/. Below is his "Aerial Nudes" project, shot between 1984-1987, using his then-wife Carina for a model. After 25 years in storage, Crawford has posted the photos on his website, and is now contemplating resuming the project with his 27 year old daughter Amelia.

Caution - Full Frontal Nudity

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The Media Crusade

by on Sep.29, 2012, under Culture, History, Media, Religion, Technology, War and Terrorism

When mainstream media consisted of the printed page, and most people were illiterate, the church gained converts primarily by sending volunteers out into different parts of the world to persuade the native populations they encountered. God usually sides with the biggest battalion, and the crusaders weren't always successful, but they've mostly prevailed over time. Despite that, they still keep up the battle. The methods are more subtle now, but still pretty destructive to the societies in which they've infiltrated and make laws to suit their religious agenda.

Freehold, Iowa, home to Landover Baptist, is perhaps the most evolved example of the new Crusade.

The Church of England, anxious to show its relevance in the 21st century, has begun a campaign to raise the awareness of Jesus Christ and it looks like they've taken a page from the Landover Baptist godly media handbook.

Instead of religion at the point of a sword, they're simply trying to make Jesus Christ seem more human, they claim.

Church leaders admit the controversial campaign by Christian media group ChurchAds.net won't be to everyone’s taste, but hope it will make the Christmas story appeal to the younger generation, which, evidently, is amused by a doll that wees.

The previous year's campaign didn't resonate with the target audience either.

Arun Arora, the Church of England’s communications director, said: "We need to be re-telling the story of Christ’s birth in ways which engage creatively and positively with the public’s interest."

We suggest they try again: And skip the adolescent years.

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