Posts by Michael Krumboltz

  • Clobberhead the dog uses nose to save the day

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 9 mths ago

    All hail Clobberhead, the gas-smelling superdog.

    Shelbyville, Ind., resident Erin Cramer has her family's newly adopted greyhound, named Clobberhead, to thank for saving her from a potentially explosive situation.

    Cramer, who picked Clobberhead up from a rescue group a few months ago, said he started acting strangely one day when she stayed home sick from work.

    He started banging his head against a wall, and when she took him outside for some air, he dragged her back inside.

    It wasn't until the dog successfully convinced Cramer to open the door to her laundry room that the danger finally hit home. It turns out there was a natural gas leak coming from the apartment's laundry room.

    "This wall of gas just came pouring out," Cramer told Fox59. Even scarier, her water heater had sprung a gas leak and, even more alarming, it was sparking.

    Cramer said that experts told her that the sparks would have likely ignited the gas fumes and "taken out not only this house but several around me."

    "If it wasn't for him (Clobberhead) coming into our lives, we probably wouldn't be here right now," Cramer said.

     

  • Cloud seeding: What it can and can't do for water shortages

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 9 mths ago

    Want more snow? Probably not, if you're on the East Coast. But in drought-prone Arizona, they're working on it.

    The Central Arizona Project (CAP), the agency that controls and operates the canal that redirects water from the Colorado River into Arizona, is researching snow-making techniques made possible by cloud seeding, AZCentral.com reports. The project could pump up Arizona's water supply by 5 to 10 percent.

    Cloud seeding is not a particularly new technology, but the science of it today "is substantially different than what folks were doing in the '70s, when cloud seeding was oversold as a technology," Chuck Cullom, a geologist and CAP's Colorado River program manager, told Yahoo News.

    But does it work? Cullom said he's careful about exaggerations, but "the state of the science and the state of the technology today indicates that a well-operated cloud seeding program can increase snow production in a storm. The peer-reviewed science journal articles support that statement. That wasn't true 20 years ago."

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  • Fortune cookies: The new financial advisers

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 9 mths ago

    When is a cookie worth $421,811? Not often enough. But it did happen to one San Jose woman, who used the numbers on a fortune cookie to win a California Lottery Mega Millions jackpot, according to theSan Jose Mercury News.

    The winner, Merces Goncalves, told lottery officials that she chose the five winning numbers — 10, 29, 31, 35 and 45 — from the numbers inside her fortune cookie.

    Had Goncalves picked the "Mega winning number" as well — in this case, 10 — she would have taken home a prize worth $240 million for the March 4 drawing.

    But there's no use crying over what could have been, when reality is already pretty fantastic.

    "I don't care that I didn't hit the big one," Goncalves said, according to the Mercury News.

    She has plans for at least part of the winnings, according to the Mercury News. She and her husband of 52 years will take their first honeymoon.

    Goncalves isn't the first person to win with an assist from a fortune cookie. Heck, she isn't the first to do so this month.

    Related: Need help picking winning lottery numbers?

  • Football team rallies around 6-year-old suit-wearing water coach

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 1 yr ago

    Danny Keefe has childhood apraxia of speech, which means he doesn't speak very well. He also loves to wear suits and ties, even though he's only 6 years old.

    So when 11-year-old Tommy Cooney heard Danny was getting picked on at school because of the way he talks, he decided to do something about it.

    He put on a suit and tie, too.

    Their relationship began this past spring when Danny asked his mom if he could join the Bridgewater (Mass.) Badgers peewee football team as water coach. The team's coach, Thomas Cooney, said yes and Danny was given a football jersey like the rest of the team.

    "But he asked Coach Cooney if it would be OK if he didn't wear the shirt, but he could he wear his suits and a hat to the games," Danny's mother, Jennifer Keefe, told Yahoo News. "He just feels more comfortable."

    "They get pretty worn," Jennifer Keefe said, "because that's all he wears."

  • Denver Post seeks marijuana editor

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 1 yr ago

    Denver Post seeking a weed editor. #pot pic.twitter.com/C7oazRax6M

    And they say there are no good jobs out there anymore. The Denver Post is seeking a new section editor to "oversee the maintenance and development of a recreational marijuana website." Paging Willie Nelson! A partial image of the job description was posted to Twitter by Steve McMillan, an editor at the Denver Post. Colorado recently legalized the use of recreatrional marijuana for adults. The image was quickly retweeted and drew snarky and enthusiastic comments.

     

    And it's back to scouring LinkedIn. Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.

  • MSNBC's Martin Bashir apologizes for offensive Palin remark

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 1 yr ago

    MSNBC commentator Martin Bashir issued an apology on Monday for suggesting that someone should defecate on former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The remark, which Bashir made on his MSNBC program, sparked a firestorm of criticism. Bashir was responding to a comment Palin made in which the former Alaska governor compared the U.S. debt to slavery. On Monday, an apologetic Bashir addressed his audience:

    Bashir went on to say that he deeply regrets his words and that he learned "a sober lesson" and intends to learn from the experience. His apology concluded:

    Speaking at a fundraiser in Iowa on Nov. 9, Palin compared the government to a slick marketer, according to the Des Moines Register.

  • HealthCare.gov suffers outage as Sebelius testifies that it's never crashed

    Michael Krumboltz at Yahoo News 1 yr ago

    Poor timing was redefined in Washington on Wednesday. During her testimony at a congressional hearing regarding the "debacle" of the HealthCare.gov launch, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that while she acknowledges serious problems with the site, it "has never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability, and has continued to function."

    Cue the website crashing.

    Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said, "Let's put the screenshot up," referring to an image of the offline site that reads, "The system is down at the moment." Via CNN's transcript:

  • Where’s Jimmy? Feds searching for Hoffa’s remains

    Michael Krumboltz at The Sideshow 1 yr ago

    Say this for the FBI agents working the Jimmy Hoffa case: They're persistent.

    More than 35 years after the infamous union leader disappeared near Bloomfield, Mich., federal authorities continue to search for his remains.

    The latest excavation will take place in a field near Detroit, reports Fox News.

    Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters leader who was both lauded and vilified, went missing in 1975. He was 62 at the time. His disappearance is one of the country's longest-standing mysteries.

    The FBI is acting on a tip from an aging criminal named Tony Zerilli. Earlier this year, Zerilli told WDIV/ClickOnDetroit.com that Hoffa was buried in the Detroit field, which he said he learned when released from prison in 1975, after Hoffa went missing.

    From ClickOnDetroit.com:

  • Ocean cleanup yields over 2 million cigarette butts

    Michael Krumboltz at The Upbeat 1 yr ago

    The Ocean Conservancy recently reported that volunteers removed millions of pounds of garbage from beaches and oceans during the organization's 2012 International Coastal Cleanup day.

    That's admirable by itself. But we're particularly impressed that the volunteers also counted and categorized each and every bit of garbage. That's dedication.

    The top item picked up, according to the report from the Ocean Conservancy: cigarette butts—2,117,931 of them. Other trash included: food wrappers and containers (1,140,222), beverage bottles (1,065,171), plastic bags (1,019,902) and bottle caps (958,893).

    The volunteers also found unexpected bits of refuse, including 40 lottery tickets (we're guessing none were winners), 236 toothbrushes and 117 mattresses.

    Interested in helping out? This year's International Coastal Cleanup day is Sept. 21.

  • Photographer dresses daughter as five heroines to celebrate her fifth birthday

    Michael Krumboltz at The Upbeat 1 yr ago

    Photographer Jaime Moore would like to be clear: She's got nothing against Disney princesses. It's just that she'd like her five-year-old daughter, Emma, to have an appreciation for real life heroines.

    On her official site, Moore writes that all those do-it-yourself sites that instruct parents on how to dress their daughters like princesses got her "thinking about all the REAL women for my daughter to know about and look up too, REAL women who without ever meeting Emma have changed her life for the better."

    So Moore set about photographing her daughter dressed as some of history's ground-breaking females. Women like Coco Chanel and Susan B. Anthony and Helen Keller. Moore writes, "My daughter wasn’t born into royalty, but she was born into a country where she can now vote, become a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, or even President if she wants and that’s what REALLY matters."