Anatomy Of A Drug Mule: X-ray images released by Brazilian police claim to show 72 bags of cocaine found inside the gastrointestinal tract of a 20-year-old man they say was trying to smuggle them out of the country.
The Irishman was arrested Monday at São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport attempting to board a plane to Lisbon en route to Brussels. He was taken to the hospital, where two pounds of cocaine — a street value of approximately $200k — were extracted from his body.
Police have charged the man they’ve identified as P.B.B. with international drug trafficking. If convicted, he faces a possible 15 years behind bars.
RIP: Frances Bay, a Canadian-born character actress best known for her roles as Fonzie’s grandmother on Happy Days, Mrs. Tremond on Twin Peaks, and Grandma Gilmore in Happy Gilmore, passed away yesterday at the age of 92.
Bay, who decided to become an actress in her mid-50s after spending the majority of her life as a homemaker, got her start playing a bit part in the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase-vehicle Foul Play.
From there she went on to appear in over 50 films and 100 TV shows, including, most notably, the series finales of Who’s The Boss? and Seinfeld.
“I don’t know if it was women’s lib or something that kind of turned inside of me,” Bay told the LA Times in a 1986 interview, “but I just started doing it: got new pictures, started pounding the pavement, went to agents – and I got work.”
Despite being struck by a car in 2002 and having her right leg amputated below the knee, Bay continued to work right up until the end, most recently starring as Aunt Ginny in ABC’s The Middle.
Lost Boy: Police in Berlin are asking for help in identifying a mysterious English-speaking 17-year-old who suddenly showed up at City Hallclaiming he had been living in the woods for the past five years.
The teenager, who gave authorities his date of birth and a name — Ray — says he and his father entered the forest after his mother died, and have been living in tents and huts ever since.
He told police he began his trek back to civilization after his father passed away two weeks ago.
“Ray” says he doesn’t know his parents names, nor can recall anything about his life before the forest. “He can speak English very well, fluently in fact, but only speaks basic German,” said Berlin police spokesman Klaus Schubert. “It might be possible that he comes from Britain because he’s speaking English very fluently.”
A continent-wide appeal for assistance has been issued through Interpol after his description failed to match any missing persons report dating back to the late 1990s.
He is said to be physically fit, but may have experienced psychological trauma resulting in memory loss.
YouTuber mguw attaches a small camera to the rotorhead of an RC helicopter and synchronizes the RPM of the rotor to the scan rate of the camera so you don’t have to. (Although you may want to after you see how sweet it makes everything look.)
An Original carte de visite, c. 1870, “showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage [sic].”
eBay seller jack_mord says: “Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so.”
I was under the impression that this was already a well-known fact.
Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead: Two Denver men were arrested and charged with abusing a corpse, criminal impersonation, and identity theft after taking their deceased friend out for a night on the town,Weekend At Bernie’s-style.
According to court records, Robert Young and Mark Rubinson rode around in a car with Jeffrey Jarrett’s body, stopping at a couple of restaurants before returning him to his house. Their 80s-themed night didn’t end there: The duo are alleged to have “borrowed” their buddy’s ATM card, withdrawing $400 at a strip club.
Jarrett’s cause of death has yet to be determined, but Young and Rubinson were not considered suspects. A relative told CBS Denver that Young was living with Jarrett, and returned home on August 27 to find him dead.
“I’m horrified, I’m absolutely, I can’t even put in to words, I can’t imagine anybody thinking that maybe their friend is in trouble and not calling 911,” said the relative.
Both Young and Rubinson are currently out on bond.
6-year-old Emily Baldry stands next to the 160-million-year-old ammonite fossil she unearthed at a water park with a seaside spade.
So Shines A Good Deed: A Club-Level server at Qualcomm Stadium, who accidentally tripped on a stair during the September 1st match-up between the Chargers and the 49ers, lost her grip on the $1,000 stack she had been holding, sending it fluttering into the Field section below.
Money’s gone, right? Wrong.
“All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That’s the servers’ money’,” says Heather Allison. Chargers fans immediately rushed to collect all the bills that had been strewn on the ground and under seats. Ten minutes later, a security officer delivered every last dollar back to Allison.
“Chargers fans are amazing,” she told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “We’re like a family.”
Found Cat: Willow’s family never expected to see her ever again, but the 6-year-old calico cat who ran away from her Colorado home five years ago and ended up in Manhattan — some 1,600 miles away — will soon be returned to them safe and sound.
“To be honest, there are tons of coyotes around here, and owls,” said owner Jamie Squires. “She was just a little thing, five and a half pounds. We put out the ‘Lost Cat’ posters and the Craigslist thing, but we actually thought she’d been eaten by coyotes.”
As it turns out, Willow survived the coyotes, and quite a bit more, to end up on E 20th Street, where she was rescued by a man, and taken to an animal shelter. There, the staff scanned the microchip implanted in Willow, and notified Animal Care & Control, which rang up Squires.
“All our pets are microchipped,” Squires told the Associated Press. “If I could microchip my kids, I would.”
When Willow finally reunites with her family, she’ll find a few new additions: Squires and her husband Chris have since welcomed a new daughter and a new English mastiff named Zoe.
Harvard University nutritionists have decided to tweak the USDA’s new “My Plate” chart in a move that is sure to piss off the dairy industry.
In June, the USDA updated the old food pyramid and put out a healthy eating pie chart called “My Plate.” The chart depicted a relatively positive diet but almost as an afterthought, tossed a glass of milk on the side urging eaters to have a glass with every meal. The problem is that almost any reasonable nutritionist will tell you that a serving of dairy with every meal is far too much and Harvard nutritionists agree.
The Ivy League school decided to release their own My Plate which shows a glass of water in place of the milk. They urge eaters to drink lots of water, tea, or coffee, and avoid sugary drinks while limiting their dairy. Their defense of such a non-traditional move was this:
“High intake [of dairy] can increase the risk of prostate cancer and possibly ovarian cancer. Plus, dairy products can be high in saturated fat as well as retinal, which at high levels can paradoxically weaken bones.”
The human body is made of about 70% water so telling people to drink more of it does seem more important than telling them to drink more milk.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) is asking the USDA to require foie gras to have a cigarette-like warning on all product packaging.
The group is asking that the USDA mandate that all foie gras packages be marked with the statement “NOTICE: Foie gras products are derived from diseased birds.” The ALDF argues that, foie gras consumers have the right to know the risks that come with buying the product.
The ALDF explains their reasoning like this:
“Ducks are force-fed three pounds of mash a day through a pipe that is shoved down their throats – the equivalent of force-feeding 45 pounds of food to an adult human – inducing a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons the birds.”
The equivalent of force-feeding an adult human 45 pounds of food? The average bag of potatoes is about 5 pounds so this would be like being force-fed 9 bags of potatoes every day. That is enough to make anyone sick.
You can help spread the word about the dangers foie gras poses to animals and consumers by asking the USDA to mandate an industry wide warning label. Sign the ALDF petition today.