Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • I’m 3 years old, in Mensa and I need to poop

    Remember last week, when we told you about the pair of two-year-olds inducted into Mensa, the high-IQ society? Well, one of them, Emmelyn Roettger, who recently turned three, made her debut appearance on the "Today" show on Friday morning.

    Despite having an IQ of 135, young Emmelyn proves she's still just a kid when host Natalie Morales attempts to interview her. After successfully fielding a few questions with complex answers such as "metamorphosis," Emmelyn decides it's time for a bathroom break about three minutes into the video.

    "I have to go poop," she informs her parents, who try to brush off their daughter's repeated protestations before Morales finally acknowledges, "I think she has to go to the bathroom. That's OK. We're going to take a quick break and hopefully she gets a little break as well."

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  • Would you spend $35,000 for a gold-plated coffin?

    A gold-coated and carved solid-wood coffin is displayed at the AFE 2009 Asia Funeral Expo in Hong Kong. (Vincent Yu/AP)

    You can't take it with you. Well, unless you buy a gold-plated coffin. SmartMoney looks at a pair of luxury coffin options for the person who wants to be first class, six feet under.

    For $24,000 you can get Batesville Casket's Promethean bronze coffin with gold plating. That model reportedly has a little history, as it was the same model used in the funeral of singer Michael Jackson.

    But if you want to outspend the King of Pop, you can opt for a $34,500 Golden Casket model that is "gilded with 24-karat gold" and required "hundreds of hours of handcraftsmanship" to produce.

    "If it's something you're going to spend eternity in, it seems like you might want a real luxury option," says Edward Balfour, president of Golden Casket.

    As SmartMoney notes, it's a big departure from the average coffin's relatively minor cost of $2,300.

    So are there other options for the dramatically deceased? Of course there are. The band Kiss is still touring. But if the aging rockers outlive you, they have

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  • Boy falls asleep while eating ice cream (VIDEO)

    Yahoo! editors have selected this video as a favorite of 2012. It first ran in Yahoo! News in May and was one of the most popular kid viral videos. User Joshua felt nostalgic after watching it: “Man, I miss being a kid.”

    In this video, a boy struggles to balance his body's competing needs for sleep and ice cream. And what makes the video so amusing is that the competition is essentially a draw, as he continually switches from brief moments of sleep to taking … one … more … bite of his ice cream cone.

    Interestingly, the video is from 2010 but has suddenly gone viral this week.

    It's also not the first video to capture a boy struggling to stay awake while eating his ice cream cone:

    More popular Yahoo! News stories:

    Man implants magnets to keep iPod at the ready

    Naked unicyclist arrested on Texas bridge

    Little girl: 'This is how you poop'

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  • Six $1 million Powerball tickets bought by one Arizona man

    The Arizona Lottery says one man recently won six $1 million Powerball prizes (AP/Mike Fiala)One man from a suburb of Phoenix has defied astounding odds by purchasing six $1 million winning Powerball tickets.

    The man, who has asked to remain anonymous, used the same numbers for each ticket, according to Arizona lottery spokeswoman Karen Bach.

    Bach says the man picked up his $6 million in winnings over the course of several visits to the Arizona Lottery's headquarters in Phoenix.

    Arizona has had an unusually high number of winners of the Powerball $1 million second prize this year. According to KTAR, Arizona ranks second in the nation for second prize, $1 million winners.

    It was announced last month that the owner of the gas station where the six tickets were purchased will receive $30,000 in prize money, now that all of the winning tickets have been claimed.

    The Arizona Lottery posts testimonials from lottery winners each month. There were more than 50 winners in April taking home at least $10,000 each, including Alex A. Defiore, who took home $6,400,000.

    When asked to say what he'd do with his winnings, Defiore told the Arizona Lottery, "This win will allow my wife and I to spend more time together."

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  • Naked unicyclist arrested on Texas bridge

    45-year-old Joseph Glynn Farley didn't reinvent the wheel, but he certainly came up with a unique way to get arrested while cruising around on one.

    Police detained the Southeast Texas man after he was discovered riding a unicycle naked across a local bridge.  In an understatement, Farley was arrested for allegedly distracting drivers and creating a hazard.

    In the accompanying police video, a female dispatcher can be overheard saying that Farley is headed North "riding on a unicycle and is not wearing any clothes." And don't worry about viewing the video at work, the potentially offending aspects of Farley's anatomy are blurred out.

    He was charged with misdemeanor indecent exposure. His bond is reportedly set at $1,500.

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  • Bear cubs form cuddly ‘conga line’ (VIDEO)

    In this video, a seemingly ever-growing line of bear cubs line up to groom each other. The video features some accompanying music that lets the imaginative viewer pretend the cubs are forming the world's greatest ever conga line.

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  • 70-year-old virgin says she’s finally ready for love

    70-year-old virgin Pam Shaw says she is ready for love. (John Robertson/Barcroft Media /Landov)

    The 2005 film "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," grossed nearly $200 million worldwide based on the premise of a man who went without sex into midlife. But one real-life woman has managed to stay a virgin up to her 70th birthday.

    That could be about to change. "Now's the time. I'm ready to take the plunge for the right bloke," Pam Shaw tells the Sun."My standards are still very high, though. I'm hoping to bag a tall, dark and handsome millionaire."

    Shaw says she doesn't believe in sex before marriage and has been too busy with her career as a cabaret dance to settle down. "I feel I am ready to give marriage a go and maybe go to bed with a man," she said. "You are never too old for anything. Just look at Joan Collins."

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  • 18-month-old baby pulled from flight, parents interviewed by TSA

    The parents of an 18-month-old girl say they were "humiliated" after being pulled off a plane and told their young child had been placed on a no-fly list.

    After boarding a JetBlue flight in Ft. Lauderdale, the parents of young Riyanna, who asked to remain anonymous over fears of repercussions, were told the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) wanted to interview their toddler.

    "And I said, 'For what?'" Riyanna's mother told ABC affiliate WPBF 25 News on Wednesday. "And he said, 'Well, it's not you or your husband. Your daughter was flagged as no fly.' I said, 'Excuse me?'"

    Whoever is to blame, the parents say they believe the incident began because they are both of Middle Eastern descent and because the wife wears a hijab, a traditional headscarf. A 2011 poll from the Pew Research Center found that Muslim Americans say they believe they are disproportionately singled out by airport security officers.

    Eventually, the couple were given their boarding passes back. Interesting, both JetBlue and the TSA tell WPBF they weren't responsible for the incident. The TSA says that because the couple and their child were eventually issued boarding passes, Riyanna could not have been on the no-fly list.

    "TSA did not flag this child as being on the No Fly list," the group said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "TSA was called to the gate by the airline and after talking to the parents and confirming through our vetting system, TSA determined the airline had mistakenly indicated the child was on a government watch list."

    JetBlue told WPBF that both the airline and the TSA are investigating the incident.

    "We were humiliated. We were embarrassed. We were picked on," Riyanna's father told the station.

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  • ‘Alaska lake monster’ may be a sleeper shark, biologist says

    Could two legendary sea creatures be nothing more than sleeper sharks? (iStockphoto)A biologist says he believes a mysterious creature spotted in Alaska's Lake Iliamna may in fact be nothing more spectacular than a large sleeper shark.

    Writing in the Alaska Dispatch, biologist Bruce Wright says he thinks the same kind of shark may be behind Scotland's famous Loch Ness Monster as well.

    Pacific sleeper sharks, also known as Greenland sharks, are commonly seen in the waters around Alaska and have been known to grow up to 14 feet in length. If a sleeper shark has managed to survive in Lake Iliamna, Wright says it would have an abundance of fish to feed on and no natural predators.

    "Certainly the size and the shape and the color seems to match a lot of the descriptions," Wright told AOL. However, he also acknowledges that sleeper sharks do not commonly rise to the surface of bodies of water. And most important, it is not known if a sleeper shark could survive for extended periods of time in fresh water, like the bull shark.

    Wright says the sleeper sharks have "proven themselves to be very adaptable" and may become the Arctic's top predator due to the effects of global climate change. The sleeper sharks traditionally live in the icy cold depths of the Arctic but have recently been seen by fisherman in warmer waters, including the St. Lawrence River near Quebec's Baie-Comeau. One news report claims the sharks are "Canada's crocodiles" and have allegedly attacked caribou near the mouth of the river. Last year, a conservation group began seeking funds to install webcams in the St. Lawrence that would monitor and help preserve the sleeper sharks residing there.

    But let's return to the giant fish supposedly lurking in Lake Iliamna. Nicknamed "Illie," the mysterious creature in Lake Iliamna has confounded local residents and explorers for years. In 1979, the Anchorage Daily News offered $100,000 to anyone who could provide evidence of Illie's existence. Needless to say, the paper did not end up having to distribute the money.

    Wright says he plans to lead an expedition to Iliamna this summer to search for any possible sleeper sharks living there. He said that if he finds sleeper sharks there, he might then try to prove the same theory in Loch Ness.

    "You study these things for 30 years and you're bound to figure out something," he said.

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  • Police arrest man after mistaking him for dead twin brother

    An innocent man was arrested and jailed for nearly two days for a crime allegedly committed by his now-dead twin brother.

    "If they would've trusted me, if they would've given me the benefit of the doubt, if they would've done that, none of this would've happened," Mitch Torbett tells local TV affiliate WRCB about his experience.

    The confusion began when Torbett was seeking a construction permit in Signal Mountain, Tennessee. However, when local officials brought up Torbett's paperwork they instead found what they thought was a warrant for his arrest.

    "After running my driver's license, [they] said that perhaps I had a federal warrant for my arrest," Torbett told WRCB. "I quickly realized I wasn't being detained for fingerprints, but rather being arrested."

    Signal Mountain police then detained Torbett not realizing it was actually his twin brother Mike who was wanted for the alleged crime. Mike Torbett has since died.

    "I saw his name and I realized that I was in trouble, big trouble," Torbett said.

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