Posts by Claudine Zap
- Claudine Zap at The Sideshow8 days ago
After the wedding’s over, it’s the photos that keep the memories of the day. So imagine a couple’s devastation when one of the rolls of film sent to the photo lab of their big day went missing, at least temporarily. One photographer understood, and stepped in to help. According to the CBS 13 in Sacramento, newlyweds Pam and Howard Waelder, who married about a week ago, couldn’t afford a photographer, so a friend took pictures with a film camera. Of the two rolls sent to the developer, only one came back.
- Claudine Zap at The Sideshow19 days ago
Phyllis Rawlins’ house was destroyed after a tornado ripped through her town of Kokomo, Ind., on Sunday. Last summer, she lost her husband of over 40 years, Edgar. In the tornado’s rubble, Rawlins searched for Edgar’s wedding ring. “Digging and praying. Digging and praying,” she told local station Fox 59. “It was everything to me, because that’s one thing that I had,” she said. Rawlins had been visiting family in Kentucky when the storm came through. She returned to find her home in pieces. “This was the house that love built," she told WTHR. Without her husband or her house, she was determined to find the ring. But locating it among the piles of rubble seemed like a hopeless quest. Somehow, her brother spotted something under a piece of the roof and called her over. The ring, buried in the debris, had turned up. “It was a miracle,” Rawlins said. “We both just hugged each other, crying. Because that was the one thing that I had searched and searched for,” she said. When all was lost, one special memento had finally been found. “I’m very strong with my faith, and I know that God is in control of everything, the good and the bad,” Rawlins said.
- Storyful29 days ago
This is not your typical cloudy sky. Truck driver Bonnie Mask, who lives near Amarillo, Texas, looked out the window around sunrise last week and spotted an odd sight: a long, tube-shaped formation called a roll cloud.
Mask had the day off and decided to record the strange weather event for her husband, Todd. The video is captured from her deck in Timbercreek Canyon.
“Apparently, it’s pretty rare,” Mask told Yahoo News. She noted that she had never seen anything like it. “There was some cool air that blew over as the cloud blew over the house,” she said, adding that it was “kind of strange.” "This is fairly rare, by the way, to have these things and see these things," Kim Cunningham, a meteorologist for the Weather Channel, told Yahoo News — "especially when not associated with a thunderstorm. ... It's pretty cool though, and it probably freaked a lot of people out." According to LiveScience.com, the bizarre cloud is formed when cold air forces warm, moist air higher into the sky. Then strong winds "roll" the cloud into the tube shape parallel to the Earth's surface.
At Medgar Evers High School, in Brooklyn, New York, it is commonplace for students to run in the halls. They’re not late. They’re exercising. That's because there is no gym at the relatively new building, constructed in 2000. But there are physical education requirements mandated by the state. So officials have gotten creative, turning the school’s basement halls into an indoor track, local news station PIX 11 reported. Required to take eight semesters of phys ed, students hit the hallways to work up a sweat. “For the most part as you can see right now it’s very crowded and it’s hard to get certain things done, but at the end of the day right now we make the best of it,” track coach Shaun Dietz told PIX 11. “It seems to me very shortsighted. When you build a building there should be a gym,” Pamela Wheaton of Inside Schools, told Yahoo News. The independent website provides information about New York City’s public schools. Wheaton noted that the school, built adjacent to the campus of Medgar Evers College, was supposed to use the college gym. “In reality, they get very little access to the college campus,” she said. The high school initially opened with fewer than 600 students and now has more than 1,100, according to Inside Schools, causing even more congestion for students trying to work out. “I applaud them. They’re being so innovative. My concern is for change to happen, it has to come from the top,” Amy J. Schwartz, chair of the Physical Education Task Force for the Women’s City Club of New York, told Yahoo News. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advocates for physical education to be a higher priority in the city. Medgar Evers is not unique. A study earlier this year from the American Heart Association reported that out of 272 New York City schools, more than half were not in compliance with New York state law for physical education, according to NY1. And an audit by New York City Comptroller John C. Liu in 2011 concluded that “many elementary schools do not meet state guidelines for physical education.”
Most people need climbing gear to scale a sheer rock face. But not the “Monkey Man.”
In a video shot on the Railay Peninsula in Thailand, Neu, known locally as “Monkey Man,” demonstrates his skills using only his bare hands and what looks like some chalk to help with his grip. Canadian trip leader John Early, who made the video, leads tour groups around Thailand.
“We asked our good friend Neu, aka ‘Monkey Man,’ to do a bit of freestyle demonstration while visiting Phra Nang Beach. The entire beach was captivated. Even the monkeys were mystified,” Early told Storyful.
The travel guide told Yahoo News that Neu, a rock climbing guide, is a legend on Railay. "He has been climbing his whole life and no longer gets invited to local competitions 'cause he wins them all." Early added that Monkey Man "is very humble and only climbs publicly when our guides ask him."
Intrigued? The video, taken a few weeks ago, is worth watching until the end. That’s when Neu shows off his most challenging moves.
This baby will have a great answer to the age-old question, “Where were you born?”
On Monday morning, a woman gave birth to a baby girl just outside the entrance to the New Jersey side of the Holland tunnel.
Ying Chen, 21, and the baby’s father, Kai Tang, had intended to take a bus to their Brooklyn home after visiting a cousin in Philadelphia. With eight days until her due date, Chen thought she had time for the short trip,WABC reports.
But then, while still in Philadelphia, Chen went into labor. The bus wasn’t an option, so a relative drove them, according to NBC 4 New York. The couple had hoped to make it to a New York City hospital but got stuck in rush hour traffic. And this baby was in a hurry to be born.
Popping the question is nerve-wracking enough. Mike King went an extra step and played a prank on his girlfriend before the proposal.
No need for alarm. That wombat trying to get through the cat door is not an intruder. She was a member of the family.
Matt Hill, who made the charming video, named the marsupial Ruby. In 2012, she was discovered inside her deceased mother’s pouch on a country road on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
Wombats, which normally live in the wild, are born undeveloped and survive inside their mother’s pouch for the first five months, according to National Geographic.
Hill and his partner cared for the joey — what an infant marsupial is called — as her mother would have, he told Yahoo News in an email: keeping her in a pouch, bottle-feeding her every three hours, and introducing her to their other animals at the house.
Ruby adjusted to being a house pet. In the video, Ruby bumps into the screen door before making her way through the cat door. "You are a clever girl," Hill is heard saying. People on the Web thought so, too ― the video has been watched more than 92,000 times.
“Daaaad! Listen to me!!!!!!!!!”
But after listening to his 6-year-old daughter rage for over an hour, dad decided to mix it up by lip-syncing his daughter’s screams. Hey, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Mom Kathy Sterner captured the sound of their child’s high-pitched squeals and her husband Keiron’s reaction on video.
The moment goes from hysterical to hysterically funny.
“My 6-year-old daughter had been in her room wigging out for about an hour, and there was no talking her down,” the video description from Sterner explains. The daughter had been told she could not have McDonald's for dinner, which prompted the meltdown, Sterner told Yahoo News in an email.
“I was getting fed up, so my husband decided to lighten the mood.”
The father, who has been listening to his daughter yell in the next room for a while, times his Charlie Chaplinesque frowns and wide-open jaw to mimic her fit.
“She'd been screaming the same thing over and over for an hour, so it wasn't hard to anticipate what was coming next, and we could hear her take a breath when she was about to start up again,” Sterner notes in the comments.
- Claudine Zap at The Sideshow2 mths ago
It sounds like something out of a futuristic film: the TomTato.
Developed by horticulturists in the U.K., the plant is a gardening oddity that produces cherry tomatoes on its vines and potatoes underground. Two vegetables on one plant at the same time! It's the Frankenstein of plants. The Frankenplant?
The two plants are grafted together, and are offered in the U.K. by the Thompson & Morgan company. The less catchy-sounding Potato Tom is also available in New Zealand.
An infomercial-style video shows a successful example bursting with juicy tomatoes and spuds. According to the BBC, this is not the first time a plant of this type has been developed, but “taste had previously been a problem.”
“In the past we've never had any faith in the plants - they've not been very good ― but grafting has come on leaps and bounds in recent years,” Guy Barter of the Royal Horticultural Society told the BBC.