Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • Video shows young girl learning her baby brother will grow up...

    ...and she's none too happy about it.

    We're not evil. We don't delight in watching children cry their eyes out. And yet, in this case, we're going to have to make an exception.

    In a video that is sure to go viral, Sadie, 5, is informed that her baby brother won't be a roly-poly bundle of giggles forever. He's going to grow up.

    This was apparently the first Sadie had heard about it. Through a fountain of tears, Sadie declares that she doesn't want her brother to grow up. No, sir!

    "He's so cute," Sadie sobs, while giving her brother little kisses on his forehead. "Oh, you are so cute, I love your cute little smiles."

    "Oh, my gosh, I want him to stay little," she continues.

    As if on cue, the brother -- who, we admit, makes most puppies look like gargoyles -- gives his big sis a heart-melting smile.

    Sadie, we feel your pain.

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  • Man with face transplant models for GQ

    GQ profiles Richard Norris, who underwent a facial transplant in 2012

    When Richard Norris was 22 years old, in 1997, he accidentally shot himself in the face.

    Norris survived the incident, but his face was destroyed, along with his willingness to venture outdoors and engage with the world. One day, that all changed.

    Norris's story was recently profiled in GQ magazine, which included remarkable photos of Norris before and after the accident, and once again after a surgeon named Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez performed a full facial transplant in 2012 that was deemed an undeniable success.

    Still, as the GQ article explains, the journey to Norris's new face hasn't always been an easy road. Because Norris isn't allowed to drive due to a risk of seizures, he remains isolated in a home he shares with his parents. He says he sees himself as a kind of lab rat.

    The article paints a complicated picture of a complicated man. Norris is more than just a miracle, more than a famous surgical patient who signs autographs, the profile explains. He still fights demons. He's famous

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  • Meowsachusetts: Where the cats play and dogs stay away

    Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)Cats lounging on a corner (Thinkstock)

    Are you a cat looking for a change? Are you eager to relocate to a feline-based community where you can lounge, rest, sleep and snooze, all with a minimum number of dogs sniffing about?

    Allow us to humbly suggest the great state of Meowsachusetts.

    Massachusetts is, according to a recent report from the Washington Post, the state with the highest ratio of cats to dogs. There are roughly 1.87 cats for every canine in the Bay State.

    The data comes from Euromonitor, which found that when it comes to cat-friendly areas, the northeastern United States is the place to be. Other states cracking the feline top five: Maryland, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut.

    Dogs, on the other paw, seem to be a lot more popular in places where there's room to roam. The state with the highest ratio of dogs to cats? Arkansas, followed by New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

    Does this mean that Massachusetts is the unofficial land of crazy cat ladies? The Boston Globe playfully speculates that that just

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  • This girl is not a fan of bike thieves

    After her father's bike is stolen in Oregon, Roxy posts shaming sign aimed at crooks

    Bike thieves, be not proud.

    A six-year-old girl named Roxy created a homemade sign, blasting the thief or thieves who dared to steal her father's bicycles from their Portland, Ore., home.

    The not-so-subtle poster features a drawing of her father looking extremely sad and another of his broken heart. Roxy lays on the guilt extra thick, writing, "Your mom would be so disappointed! Even if she was a villain, she wouldn't want you to be a villain too!"

    Ouch.

    "It hurt my feelings that my dad was so angry and sad," Roxy told Portland's KATU.com.

    Her father, Rob Thompson, told KATU that his daughter even offered to give him her savings so he could replace his bikes.

    The (perhaps) future district attorney went on to say, "I want to tell all the people who steal things that it’s a bad idea to steal things."

    And if you don't believe Roxy, go ahead and check with your mom. She'll tell you the same thing and maybe even make you a sign.

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  • Venus flytrap 1, ant 0

    Greetings, lovers of nature, fans of carnage and those looking to kill 30 seconds on a Friday afternoon. Welcome to another episode in our continuing series entitled "Ants: Plenty More Where They Came From."

    Only the strongest survive. That is true in the jungle. It is true on the mighty African plains. And, gentle reader, it is true in this small ceramic pot.

    Behold an ant, black as night and unaware of its certain doom. Placed within the clutches of the fearsome Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) by some fiendish human for his or her amusement, the ant attempts to escape. 

    Alas, this ant is not to have a second act in life. It is quickly captured by Audrey the plant. As the flytrap's jaws tighten, the camera fades to black, like the bleakest of all French films.

    Beautiful. Dangerous. Such is nature. Such is life. Thank you for joining us.

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  • North Carolina cops nab suspects in brazen dino heist

    Attention all units, we have a Code Jurassic. A dinosaur has been kidnapped.

    And now, recovered.

    On Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police arrested a man and woman in connection with the theft of a baby dinosaur model from a display at the state's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Monday.

    Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, have been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc., according a news release from the Capitol Police. The two turned themselves in to authorities.

    Surveillance footage showed a man and woman entering the exhibit, seemingly empty of other visitors. The man climbed the barrier, grabbed the small dinosaur replica, and then placed it in a large purse or bag carried by the woman, the video showed.

    It wasn't exactly a caper worthy of "Ocean's Eleven," but the stolen object, a 12- to 14-inch model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus hatchling, is worth approximately $10,000,

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  • A forklift gets a lift ... from a forklift

    Sometimes one forklift just isn't enough.

    Case in point: This merry crew of movers who found a creative way to get a large crate all the way inside a truck.

    First, they used one forklift to pick up the crate and place it just inside the truck as far as the lift could reach. Next came forklift No. 2, which picked up the first forklift and pushed it (along with the crate) into the recesses of the trailer. The second forklift then helps the original return to ground level.

    Mission accomplished.

    The video, which was posted to Facebook on July 2, is making the rounds on social media and blogs. Everything worked out for the best for these workers, but keep in mind that a lot can go wrong when you're doing unconventional tricks with heavy equipment.

    Of course, forklifts aren't the only piece of construction to be used creatively. Earlier this year, YouTube user kwirls posted footage of an excavator on the back of a trailer truck that had apparently run out of gas. Workers used the

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  • A ChocoTaco mystery: Who updated the treat's Wikipedia entry?

    Somebody within Congress edited the page, according to a Twitter bot

    ChocoTaco (via klondikebar.com)ChocoTaco (via klondikebar.com)

    Paging Woodward and Bernstein. And, maybe Ben and Jerry while we're at it. Your investigative talents are needed in Washington, D.C. Somebody from inside Congress — we don't know who — has updated the Choco Taco page on Wikipedia.

    All Wikipedia edits are done anonymously, but a Twitter bot keeps track of the changes made from IP addresses in the U.S. Congress. Most of the time, those edits are run-of-the-mill stuff. Things like updates to politicians, historical entries, bills, etc. Blah, blah, blah.

    But on Monday, somebody, perhaps with a little too much time on his or her hands, edited the entry for the iconic ice cream dessert that's shaped like a taco, the Atlantic reported.

    Wikipedia keeps track of changes, and in this case the alteration was relatively minor. Basically, somebody with inside knowledge of lawmakers' snack habits added

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  • Reddit users fulfill grieving father's touching Photoshop request

    Photo of Sophia (Nathan Steffel/Reddit)Photo of Sophia (Nathan Steffel/Reddit)

    When Nathan Steffel's infant daughter, Sophia, died after spending her six weeks of life in a hospital with tubes to help her breathe, he turned to Reddit with a simple request.

    My daughter recently passed away after a long battle in the children's hospital. Since she was in the hospital her whole life we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?

    The painful appeal by Steffel, who lives in Ohio, was answered by a collection of kindhearted individuals who edited Sophia's photo just as Steffel asked. The results were stunning.

    Redditor funkybrewster posted this version and wrote, "This is super late but I really wanted to help out too. Here's my attempt. I hope I didn't overdo it on the color correction."

    (Reddit/funkybrewster)(Reddit/funkybrewster)

     Other attempts were equally beautiful.

    (Reddit/ChangingYang)(Reddit/ChangingYang)

     And others responded with sketches of Sophia.

    (Reddit/emrythelion)(Reddit/emrythelion)

    Steffel was clearly touched by the efforts.

    "This is really amazing," he wrote on Reddit. "Everyone you have made my day. All I wanted was

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  • Germany considers low-tech typewriters to counter high-tech spying

    Close-up of vintage typewriter keys (Thinkstock).Close-up of vintage typewriter keys (Thinkstock).

    Sometimes low-tech is the answer to high-tech problems.

    The German government is considering the use of manual typewriters for sensitive documents as a way to counter spying, the Guardian reports.

    During an interview with the "Morgenmagazin" TV program, Patrick Sensburg, head of the German legislature's inquiry into allegations of NSA spying on German officials, said he and and others were considering using old-fashioned typewriters for highly sensitive documents.

    A joke? Apparently not. Sensburg said he was serious and didn't even want to use electric typewriters. One espionage revelation has followed another in Germany, resulting in the CIA's station chief there being sent home and, Sensburg said, an indication that a change is needed in intelligence operations.

    Russia is allegedly using a similar strategy in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, reportedly purchasing special typewriters with individual typing patterns that allow documents to be traced to the machine of origin.

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