Worst Nightmare Realized of the Day: Another day, another urban legendcomes true: Sarah Kemp and George Bentley, estranged siblings who were separated when their parents divorced in 1975, reunited recently in London — while on a blind date.
The pair initially reconnected through an online dating service. Following months of emailing each other on a regular basis, they decided to meet in real life. After chatting for about an hour at an East Ham pub, the two arrived at the realization that they were brother and sister.
Apparently Kemp had kept her ex-husband’s last name, throwing Bentley off. “I had absolutely no idea where she was,” Bentley told the Daily Record. “I was also searching for Sarah Bentleys, rather than Sarah Kemps, as I obviously didn’t know she married. After a while, I think both Sarah and I gave up looking.”
Soul Surfer 2011
Bethany Meilani Hamilton (born February 8, 1990) is an award-winning American surfer. She is known for surviving a shark attack in which she lost her left arm, and for overcoming the serious and debilitating injury to return to surfing.
On October 30, 2003, Hamilton went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with friend Alana Blanchard along with Blanchard’s father and brother. Around 7:30 a.m., she was lying sideways on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 15 ft tiger shark attacked her, ripping her left arm off just below the shoulder. If the shark had bitten two inches further in, the attack would have been fatal. Hamilton had lost almost 60% of her blood that morning. Her friends helped paddle her back to shore, and fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash around what was left of her arm before rushing her to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. Her dad was supposed to have a knee surgery that morning but she took his place in the operating room. She then spent seven more days in recovery at the hospital.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Less than one month after the incident, she returned to her board and went surfing again. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker which made it easier to paddle. She has observed that she has to kick a lot more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, she has again begun surfing competitively. She is now back to using competitive performance short-boards again.
Have you seen this? Pro-Life posted a question on Facebook asking if Planned Parenthood should be defunded. The overwhelming majority of votes support Planned Parenthood.
Now, about an hour ago, they posted that they’re looking for a way to delete “a question,” though they won’t say which one it is.
Sore losers, anyone?
How About That of the Day: Gertie the hen has baffled its Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire owner after appearing to undergo a sudden sex change.
Jeanette Howard says she first thought something might be amiss when she noticed Gertie had grown back a few extra feathers after molting. But it wasn’t until Gertie had developed wattles, a prominent comb, stopped producing eggs, and began strutting and crowing that Howard realized Gertie might be due for a new name.
Marion Ford, a veterinary surgeon, said the phenomenon wasn’t unheard of. “An increase in testosterone will result in a hen growing an extended comb, exaggerated wattles, and cockerel-like behaviour including strutting and crowing,” Ford told the BBC.
First Look of the Day: The first official clip from Disney’s upcoming traditionally animated Winnie the Pooh franchise reboot, which is set to open wide July 15.
Breaking Cobra News of the Day: NBC News is reporting, and a live press conference at the Bronx Zoo has confirmed, that the missing cobra has been recovered from inside the zoo’s Reptile House, and is now “safe and secure.”
The deafening silence of @bronxzooscobra further suggests that the snake has had its iPhone confiscated, much to the chagrin of its 200,000+ devoted followers.
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons visits Zimbabwe each year to hunt so-called “problem elephants.”
GoDaddy.com CEO, Bob Parsons, has posted a video on his personal blog that shows him shooting and killing an elephant in Africa. He says in the video “of everything I do, this is the most rewarding.”
The video shows Parsons chatting with the locals before he blasts an elephant to death with a giant gun. The video is disturbing and much of it is set to score of AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells.
Not surprisingly, some people have a problem with Parsons’ “philanthropy,” and they’ve taken to Twitter, Facebook, and every other opinion-voicing medium to express their disapproval and disgust. “What the f*ck is wrong with you?,” filmmaker Eli Roth tweeted. “It’s sick f*cks like you that make me thinkHostel could really happen.”
Others have taken more direct action: PETA named Parsons’ the Scummiest CEO of the Year, while rival domain registrar Namecheap announced a special reduced transfer fee of $4.99, with a $1 from each transfer to be donated to Save The Elephants.
Defending himself against accusations of heartlessness, Parsons wrote, “I have the support of the people who really matter in this situation, the families of Zimbabwe — people who need help to survive.” However, while “problem elephants” are a real thing, Time’s Ecocentric blog points out that shooting them is an extreme last-resort after non-lethal solutions like “chili and tobacco-based deterrents” have failed.
Also, “white man’s burden” is rarely, if ever, a valid excuse for an annual hunting vacation.
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