Archive for May, 2008
A University of Oklahoma freshman trounced 70 year-old Hershel McBride to become the mayor of Muskogee, Oklahoma, making it the first city in the nation to be governed by a self-admitted gamer. Like most of the teenagers John Tyler Hammons, 19, digs rock music, fast cars, video games and rock ‘n’ roll.
Hammons is moving out of a dorm and back in with his parents as he prepares to be sworn in next week as mayor of this 38,000-person eastern Oklahoma city Muskogee.
“Politics stop at the door,” Hammons said. “If someone wants to talk politics, I will literally leave the office and leave the building if I have to. In this office, it needs to be Muskogee-oriented.”
He is aiming to become the governor of Oklahoma one day. (News and photo)
A 23-year-old student killed when a helicopter crash-landed on him in the middle of the street and the blame goes to the technology.
Isaiah Otieno, from Kenya, was crossing a street in a quiet Cranbrook, B.C. neighbourhood last week when a helicopter struggling to stay airborne suddenly dropped on top of him. It is reported that Otiena was wearing ear or headphones and may not have heard the downward spiralling chopper.
This was not a sole incident of accidents of people listening music on street. (Canada press)
Is banning mp3 players in street a solution?
41-year-old Arkansas woman, Michelle Duggar, had a special Mothers Day lunch at the Peabody hotel, Sunday, May 11, 2008 in Little Rock, Ark. along with her husband and 17 children. Photo(AP/Mike Wintroath)
Good news is she is expecting her 18th child in the New Year day. Duggars’ oldest child, Josh, is 20, and the youngest, Jennifer, is nine months old. She has been pregnant for more than 11 years to give birth to her seven daughters and 10 sons, all of whose names start with the letter J.
The 17 children in the Duggar family are: Josh, 20; Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 16; Jessa, 15; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 10; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 7; James, 6; Justin, 5; Jackson, 3; and Johannah, 2; Jennifer, 9 months.
People like to care for their hair and search for hairstyle ideas too. Some people don’t search for them but create their styles themselves. I came across these creative and funny hairstyles and want to share with you. I don’t think you would like to go for any of these styles but looking at them is fun for sure.
Looking at the photo above, can you guess who is the most popular bodybuilder?
No, it is not a photoshoped picture, it is a real photo of people like you and me. And the kid-like person with yellow hair and mustache is Mr. Aditya Romeo Dev from India, the world’s smallest bodybuilder. (photo)
Pint-sized Romeo is just just 2 ft 9in and is well-known in his hometown of Phagwara, India; for his ability to lift 1.5kg dumbbells – despite his overall 9.07kg body weight. See his mighty strength! And he also love to pose to show off his body.
An ill-fated toddler’s aunt in Calgary, Canada called 911 because the kid was having trouble breathing, an ambulance was dispatched to a suburb of Toronto some 3500km away causing Elijah Luck, only 18 months old, to die.
Reason: They were using their Internet-based phone, and were connected with the phone company’s contracted call centre in Ontario. The call centre did contact emergency services but not in the right location.
The Calgary EMS had an ambulance at the Luck family home in under six minutes when a neighbour eventually called 911 from a land-based line but it was already too late.
Calgary EMS and Comwave, the VoIP service provider, arestill investigating but the family says what happened to them should be a lesson for anyone that uses Internet phone services, called voice-over-Internet-protocol technology (or VoIP). (CTV)
Nobody fails to praise the recent development in communication. It is one of the major factor for the journey towards the Global Village. VoIP has taken over every aspects of our life. But will this unfortunate incident teach the service providers some lesson? Only the future will tell.
Environmentalists have managed to rescue five mallard ducks while their ten-folds sunk to deaths in a tailings pond filled with toxic byproduct of oilsand giant Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Tailings ponds are formed during the oilsands extraction process. These ponds are filled with mixture of clay, sand water and hydrocarbons and are toxic by nature. To protect wild lives and waterfowl from entering the ponds they are supposed to have protective measures in place. Authorities are blaming the winter for the delay in the deployment of these devices.
This sure is one more issue for environmentalists to attack the oilsand industry reputed for causing other major environmental problems. You can read the details in the issue in this CTV news report.
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