Posts by Ko Im
- Ko Im at Odd News4 days ago
Your wish to own a town can be granted — if you have $1.5 million to spare.
Welcome to Aladdin, Wyo. Population: 15. Yes, the town is named symbolically after the riches-seeker in the folktales of "Arabian Nights." Judy Brengle's husband had bought her the town as a gift after their kids left for college. It's , via a .
Formerly a coal-mine hub, the town now sees motorcyclists or travelers en route to Devils Tower.
The new owner could inherit:
-A bar (Although, you can drink anywhere on the )
-A functional general store along Highway 24, with a famous, historic " " on the porch
-An outhouse for the General Store, since there's no indoor plumbing or sewage system
You could find your whole new world in Aladdin, or like what happened in a neighboring town — your newly acquired piece of the West. Buford, Wyo., which was purchased in 2013 for $900,000, is now called PhinDeli Town Buford and boasts one resident.
Texas Dad's Invention That Fills 100 Water Balloons in a Minute Inspires Robust Kickstarter CampaignKo Im at Trending Now5 days ago
Summer after summer of filling and knotting water balloons was taking the fun out of water balloon fights. So one Texas family took matters into their own hands and came up with a way to save time.
After some experimentation, engineer Josh Malone and his kids came up with a of a prepackaged balloon set, which attaches to a hose. After a group of balloons with water simultaneously, they tie themselves before falling off — .
"We knew there had to be a better way," Malone tells Yahoo News.
Malone's page has already made a splash this week.
"We've been pleasantly surprised. We knew people liked it, but we didn't know how much," he adds.
The original goal of $10,000 was quickly met and eclipsed by the $316,000 the campaign has raised in pledges in just a few days. The August and September deliveries sold out in 24 hours. Other backers will have to wait until next spring or summer to get their hands on the insta-water balloons. It's expanding into a full-time gig, and Malone says he's grateful for the online support, feedback, and buzz.
- Ko Im at Odd News6 days ago
Why is the sky blue? Are we there yet?
Kids like to ask questions. But childlike inquisition can apparently get you banned from a doughnut shop.
A mom claims she and her 4-year-old son were kicked out of the Doughnut Inn in Monroe, Conn., because he asked another customer if she was .
"I asked her if she was pregnant," said the boy, Justin Otero.
The answer was "no," Justin apologized, and the customer took no offense. But the next time Rebecca Denham and Justin walked in, a manager promptly said their business was no longer welcome.
"She said he's not allowed in here," Denham said. "I said why ... and she said he's rude."
A Facebook page that represented itself as Doughnut Inn of Monroe defended its decision and countered the story as fabricated. According to , the page has since been taken down and the manager said she never posted anything.
Dunham admits Justin has caused some commotions in the shop before but that there has been no warning or escalation. She believes innocent curiosity does not equal a ban.
- Ko Im at Odd News7 days ago
Fair warning: Do not continue reading if bugs give you goose bumps and gross you out. We're talking lots and lots of mayflies.
Mating season this summer is creating a mass buzz in the .
Sunday evening, wary Wisconsinites near La Crosse crawled for cover, while others caught the swarm of flies on camera.
The bugs even appeared on the weather radar as they emanated from the river bottom to mate, breed and spread. (Yellow indicates a higher .)
The females return to the river to lay eggs, which shows hatching moments after being laid.
Dr. Bennett Jordan, from the National Pest Management Association, told Yahoo that for residents near these bugs, it might be wise to stay inside and of course, drive carefully. He also advised that home and business owners, "can minimize populations in an immediate area by changing lighting. Mercury-vapor lamps should be replaced with high pressure sodium vapor lamps and white incandescent and fluorescent bulbs should be replaced with yellow bulbs."
- Ko Im at Trending Now7 days ago
Joanie and Chachi are hoping for happy days — together.
Joanie, a pit bull mix, was found last week in Savannah, Georgia, carrying Chachi, a Chihuahua mix, in her mouth. Chachi suffers from an eye infection; Joanie even licks Chachi's eye lovingly from time to time.
Unfortunately, veterinarian staff at Metro Animal Control have been unable to cure the infection, but officers are hoping the pooch pals can get adopted together — since no one has come forward to claim either dog. There's already a lot of interest from around the world.
"We do have some people we prefer locally so we can follow where they're going, since everyone has so much interest in this story," Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department Officer Christina Sutherin .
A local Animal Control officer says she hasn't witnessed doggy-duo devotion like this before, adding, "they truly appear to be soul mates." Viewers have shared the original picture of Joanie and Chachi more than .
They belong together, right? Show us the best animal bond you've seen, on and .
- Ko Im at Odd News8 days ago
Model Warship Combat — it's like real-life, remote-controlled Battleship, to a scale.
Mini warships get built and then sunk. Teams are split into Axis and Allied sides (think the World Wars). For cannons there are BB-gun shooters. Television station WCCO in Minneapolis that the tiny vessels even have bilge pumps to help drain water.
The contest isn't over until everyone's model sinks. As organizer Brandon Smith explained to CBS Minnesota, the ships are sheeted with thin balsa wood, which allows for the tiny BBs to puncture their hulls. At the end of a battle, the ships are brought out of the water, and points are awarded based on the damage done to each vessel.
A national championship battle is taking place this week on a lake on private property near Ramsey, Minn. Folks come down from Canada for it, and those in Model Warship Combat travel for events.
- Ko Im at Trending Now8 days ago
A six-month-old Bornean orangutan is taking small, sweet steps with his new, surrogate mom.
Kecil, which means "little" in Indonesian, was born at the Toledo Zoo in Ohio then transferred to the Milwaukee County Zoo, where he still wasn’t able to adapt. He ended up at the Brookfield Zoo, connecting with 53-year-old Maggie, who has been a surrogate before. The two met Sunday and have been arm in arm.
"It takes this whole zoo community and all their combined experience to make this type of situation work," said Jay Petersen, curator of primates and carnivores at the Chicago Zoological Society in a video on YouTube.
The multiple moves don't seem to have discouraged or negatively affected the baby orangutan, who seems to be more settled, now comfortably nestling in Maggie's arms.
"We are all hoping that Brookfield Zoo will be his last move for a while," Petersen said.
- Ko Im at Trending Now9 days ago
When people are passionate about their position on politics, a debate can get very heated... Maybe turn into a hot enough brawl that chairs are thrown, and more.
A live back-and-forth on Jordanian TV channel Josat put outspoken journalist Shaker al-Johari on one side of the spectrum and pro-Syrian regime activist and lawyer Samih Khrais on the other.
After sitting down to discuss the Syrian civil war, al-Johari threw a water bottle at his opponent and then hurled a chair. The moderator had to play monkey in the middle before a producer stepped in to stop the hot-tempered talker from using a pen as a dart.
The journalist has wildly acted on his disagreements before. He previously verbally sparred with another newsman, Al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi editor-in-chief Mohammed Al-Jayousi, on another channel. Then the tables were turned (lifted actually) and the set came apart.
- Ko Im at Odd News9 days ago
We admit it's more sweet than odd.
A centenarian got to spend a big milestone on the baseball field in a special way. Agnes McKee, who uses a walker, celebrated her 105th birthday by throwing the first pitch for the San Diego Padres.
"I'm glad it's over — now I can relax," she said after her pitch.
McKee says her secret to longevity is perseverance, and she's proud of her age.
Her major-league baseball debut at Petco Park was pretty pitch-perfect.
- Ko Im at Trending Now9 days ago
These snapshots might have been their last. Cellphones and the Web have been tracking the lives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in eastern Ukraine last week:
• Fifteen-year-old Gary Slok and his mother, Petra, were going on a dream vacation and snapped a photobefore departure.
• In one video, there's audible preparation forliftoff from Amsterdam.
• A picture of the Boeing 777 on the runway quickly went viral after it was uploaded to Facebook. Dutch musician Cor Pan joked about its possible disappearance, referencing missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. He and his florist girlfriend, Neeltje Tol, were supposed to go on a trip together. Friends and family had sent their well-wishes on the online post.
Social media have also been active in the aftermath of the tragedy: