Posts by Matthew Rosenbaum
Meet Suzie, the miracle dog who survived an 11-mile ride down the highway after getting hit by a car and becoming trapped in the car's grill. Suzie, a white poodle-Bichon mix, was able to escape the ordeal with only a minor concussion and a few bumps and scratches, and has now been reunited with her owner.
According to the William Muggle, the animal control supervisor in East Providence, R.I., where the dog was rescued, Suzie darted out in front of a Toyota Camry as it was going down Route 44 in Taunton, Mass. The driver who thought he had missed the dog continued along the highway driving 11 miles at speeds of up to 50 mph before another driver flagged him down.
"The dog was wedged in between the license plate and the grill," Muggle told ABC News. "She was just holding on for dear life. She had paws gripped on the edge of the inside of the bumper."
You can excuse this fluffy, white poodle-bichon mix if she looks a little stunned. She just spent 11 terrifying miles stuck in the grill of a speeding Toyota Camry, a harrowing journey down a highway from Taunton, Mass. to East Providence, R.I. According to William Muggle, the Animal Control Supervisor in East Providence, the Toyota was going about 50 mph down Route 44 in Taunton when the driver saw the dog dart out in front of the car. He slammed on the brakes but, not seeing or feeling anything out of the ordinary, continued on his way, under the impression that he had missed the dog.
It's a mystery straight out of the da Vinci code. A famous portrait, hidden away in a Swiss bank vault for 40 years, with the potential to break open a mystery more than 500 years old. A second, earlier version of the Mona Lisa was unveiled to the public today, a version that experts say they can prove is the work of the master himself. Known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa, the painting was discovered shortly before World War I by English art collector Hugh Blaker, who purchased it from the noble family to which it had previously belonged. Blaker then moved the painting to his studio in Isleworth, England, giving it its iconic name.
During WWI, the painting was moved to America for safekeeping. The portrait eventually made its way back to Europe, where it was analyzed in Italy before being sent to the Swiss bank vault for safekeeping. Since that time, experts from the non-profit Mona Lisa Foundation have been working to prove or disprove the portrait's authenticity
In a triumph of both technology and agriculture, the Guinness World Record for largest Quick Response code has been claimed by a corn maze. The maze was the brainchild of the Kraay family of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, farmers who decided to add a technological twist to the maze they make every year. "We were just sitting around reading magazines and stuff when we saw one of the QR codes on the cover" Rachel Kraay told ABC News, describing the origin of the idea "I thought, 'You know it kinds of looks like a maze, I wonder if we could make one?' and the idea just kind of snowballed from there."
Coulthard, the current Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Running Show Car driver, got through the tunnel in less than 30 seconds, recording the entire high-speed journey from a camera in the car's cockpit.
The Lincoln Tunnel was closed down for the stunt, all part of promoting the upcoming Formula 1 races in New Jersey and New York.
"The Grand Prix next June is not an official race yet," said Leo Parente, a former Formula 1 racer covering the event for Youtube's Drive channel. "Generally, Formula 1 races are not official until the beginning of the year, because local business or politics may interfere with planned races. Events like this are a way to build excitement for the race and keep it from being canceled."
The votes have been counted and a winner has been declared one of the highly anticipated elections of 2012. That's right, the World's Ugliest Dog of 2012 has finally been crowned. Mugly, an 8-year-old Chinese Crested pooch, won the crown, beating out a tough field that included past winners such as 2002 champion Rascal and Princess Abby, a 4-year-old Japanese chin mix that won in 2010 - not to mention perennial contenders such as Icky, who has competed in three past competitions.
According to the contest's website, Mugly is a rescue dog from the United Kingdom and was "viciously attacked in a park by a group of thugs."
Mugly is now a "therapy dog working with children," according to the website.
"I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name. I didn't know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog," Mugly's owner Bev Nicholson said in a news release.
In addition to bragging rights, a trophy and a $1,000 prize was awarded.
A young couple's wedding plans suffered a setback when the groom-to-be found he had accidentally donated his girlfriend's engagement ring to Goodwill. Josh Miller, 31, had been hiding the ring in the pocket of an old winter coat for two months as he waited for the right moment to pop the question.
"She talked about the exact right (ring) that she wanted for a long time and we just finally, for once, found the perfect engagement ring and we were very excited," Miller told ABC News' Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.
That excitement was short-lived however. Ready to propose, Miller dug through his closet for the ring, growing increasingly frantic as he realized it was nowhere to be found.
"I was just shaking," Miller said. "I didn't know what to do, or what to say, or how to feel. I called Cara immediately, but she thought I was joking."
Thinking back, Miller realized that coat, ring and all, was among the items he had put in a pile to donate to Goodwill earlier in the week.
McDonald's has announced that it will be discontinuing the use of the controversial meat product known as boneless lean beef trimmings in its burgers. The product was recently brought to the attention of the public by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who derisively referred to it as "pink slime" on an episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,
These trimmings, which consist of what's left of the meat after all the choice cuts of beef are taken, are banned for human consumption in the U.K, where they are instead used for dog and chicken food. They are legal for consumption in the United States, however, where they are treated with ammonium hydroxide in order to kill off bacteria such as E. coli and make it safe for human consumption.
The owner of the Circuit Factory , a gym company based in Dubai, has apologized for putting out an advertisement featuring a photo of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
The advertisement, which was uploaded onto the gym's Facebook group, features the Circuit Factory Logo above a picture of the train tracks leading to the Auschwitz death camp with the slogan "Kiss Your Calories Goodbye."
Roughly 1.3 million people, mostly Jews, were killed at Auschwitz from starvation, backbreaking labor and gas chambers.
The photo has since been taken down by Phil Parkinson , founder of The Circuit Factory, who has issued an apology.
The Circuit Factory Facebook page had a new picture up today that reads, "Our values involve raising the quality of people's lives, through physical exercise. Not cruelty or suffering. We made a big mistake and we are truly sorry."
The apology has been grudgingly accepted by the Anti-Defamation League's National Director Abraham Foxman , who is a holocaust survivor. But he wondered whether the younger generations were aware of the horror of the Nazis' reign of terror.