Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • Giant boulder nearly collides with Massachusetts church

    "The Lord just kinda said, 'That's enough,'" pastor says

    A massive runaway boulder that stopped within inches of a Massachusetts church has a pastor wondering if divine intervention may have played a part in saving the house of worship.

    "If it rolled another 12 inches, it would have gone right through the building. This boulder was probably 20 tons," Grace Ministries Pastor Rick LeClair told WCVB.com.

    The boulder was accidentally jarred loose by an excavation company working in an adjacent lot. Footage of the incident plays like a slow-motion action movie. All that's missing is a guy dressed like Indiana Jones running for dear life.

    As the boulder rolls toward the church, someone behind the camera can be heard to deadpan, "That's not good."

    And indeed, it didn't look good. The boulder rolls, rolls, rolls until it finally loses momentum before it gets to the church.

    "We were standing across the street saying, 'Uh-oh. There it goes,'" LeClair told WCVB. "I was thinking the church was going to get wrecked, but I had this peace about me where it

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  • Photo of 'firenado' sets the Web ablaze

    The photo is real, and the weather phenomenon, while rare, is not unheard-of

    An incredible image of a "firenado," a combination of (you guessed it) a fire and a tornado, appeared on the Web this week and quickly inspired many to wonder if the otherworldly image could possibly be real.

    It is indeed. The photo was taken near Chillicothe, Mo., by Janae Copelin and then posted to her Instagram account.

    She wrote, "Had such a wonderful weekend, but this had to be the coolest/scariest thing I've ever seen. A farmer burning off his field and as we stopped so I could take a picture the wind whipped up this fire twister."

    There were no reported injuries.

    Firenados can occur when strong ground-level winds connect with fire, propelling the flames into a twisting vortex that sucks in debris, accuweather.com explains.

    While unusual, firenados aren't unheard of. Back in 2012, Chris Tangey, an Australian filmmaker, captured footage of a firenado while scouting locations. He then shared the clips with ABC News. Tangey remarked that it sounded like a "jet engine."

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  • NSA's gibberish tweet not what it seems

    What does 'tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp' mean?

    On May 5, the National Security Agency (NSA) published a bizarre tweet that looked like gibberish, a collection of randomly selected letters.

    Of course, this is the NSA, arguably the world's leading spy organization, so it didn't take long for people to realize those seemingly random letters were anything but. They were, in fact, a code.

    And not a terribly sophisticated one, it turns out. The message was a relatively simple cipher (substitute one letter for another letter, repeat) that read: "Want to know what it takes to work at NSA? Check back each Monday in May as we explore careers essential to protecting our nation."

    So the NSA's Twitter account wasn't hacked by Edward Snowden. In reality, it was sending out a "help wanted" ad, CNN reports.

    Agency spokeswoman Marci Green Miller told the network, "NSA is known as

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  • Break dancers dressed as Buddhist monks honor the late Adam Yauch

    Yauch, known as MCA from the Beastie Boys, died in 2012 after fight with cancer

    How do you know you did your part to make the world a better place?

    Short answer: If break dancers are willing to dress up like Buddhist monks and perform crazy dance moves in the middle of Union Square in Manhattan in your honor, then the odds are you were one helluva guy.

    Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys was 47 when he died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer. His influence is still very much a part of New York culture. In addition to being one of the founding members of one of the first rap groups that found mainstream success, Yauch was a passionate supporter of Tibetan independence and a practicing Buddhist.

    The demonstration took place on May 3 (MCA Day) and was captured on video. Four men dressed as Buddhist monks solemnly walk to the center of Union Square. It appears like they might be about to meditate. But then the sounds of "Ch-Ch-Ch-Check It Out" come booming from nearby speakers and the dancers go to town while the crowd cheers them on.

    All in all, another worthy

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  • Long way down: New video of World Trade Center BASE jumpers surfaces

    Ever wonder what it's like to illegally parachute off the tallest building in the United States? Wonder no more.

    New helmet-cam footage of September's World Trade Center jump shows off the beautiful and harrowing descent to the streets of lower Manhattan.

    The three alleged BASE jumpers, Marko Markovich, Andrew Rossig and James Brady, and one alleged accomplice, Kyle Hartwell, appeared in court this week where they pleaded not guilty to the charges of burglary and reckless endangerment, ABC News reports.

    The legal question isn't whether or not the men made the jump, but whether or not it constitutes a felony or a lesser charge, one of their lawyers explained in an AP video.

    An extended cut of the recent video, published by the alleged jumpers, was uploaded to the Web. On it, you can hear one of the men airing a few last-minute doubts before making the leap. The full version is available, but beware it contains salty language.

    The men are contending that their stunt exposed glaring

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  • Real estate agent mails angry letter to older couple who park on their own lawn

    'You have a driveway — use it!'

    A person claiming to be a real estate agent mailed an angry and unsigned letter to an older couple in Ocean City, New Jersey, because they choose to park their car on their own front lawn.

    The handwritten letter, reminiscent of an adolescent high school screed, reads:

    "I'm trying to sell million dollar homes in the neighborhood. I drive my clients around and they see your car parked side ways on the front lawn! You have a driveway — use it!"

    The note was sent to Bill and Barbara Doughten, who have lived in their home for decades, according to a report from Philly.com. One of the couple's grandchildren, Stephanie Powley, posted the note and an angry retort on her Facebook page.

    Powley wrote in part,  "Did you take a moment to wonder why my grandfather parks in that lot? Did it cross your mind that he may do it to be closer to his front door? Did you even take ONE second to consider your inconsiderate, ignorant actions before you scribbled your frustration on that piece of printer

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  • Florida teen graduates from high school and college in same week

    Graduating from high school at 16 is impressive enough. But managing to get your college degree before you even graduate high school? Astounding.

    Grace Bush is clearly a rare talent, both intelligent and incredibly hard working. The Florida teen recently earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University. Later this week, she'll get her high school diploma from Florida Atlantic University High School.

    So how does somebody graduate from college before high school?

    Grace participated in Florida Atlantic University's dual enrollment program, which allows gifted high school students to earn college credit for the same courses. Students (and parents, who may foot the bill) save both time and money.

    Grace admits that the order in which she is getting her diplomas is a little wacky. "It's kind of weird that I graduated college before high school," she told CBS Miami.

    Grace, who is one of nine children, began her college career at 13 and studied through the

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  • Michelangelo's David in danger of collapsing due to 'weak ankles'

    Centuries of tourist traffic thought to have diminished the marble

    Italian researchers are worried that Michelangelo's statue of David may be in danger of collapsing due to weakened ankles.

    Experts have long been concerned that the marble statue, which is roughly 500 years old and has long stood as one of history's most triumphant achievements in art, may have suffered structural damage, the U.K.'s Telegraph explains.

    How so? Thousands of people visit the statue every day and over the course of hundreds of years, their footsteps combined with the rumble of nearby traffic have apparently taken a toll on the statue, experts from Italy's National Research Council and Florence University found. 

    The relatively poor quality of the marble used to sculpt David, the biblical slayer of Goliath and historically righteous king of Israel and Judah, is thought to have played a part in its present troubles. For hundreds of years it was displayed outdoors, sometimes at a slight angle.

    Experts do not believe the statue is in any immediate danger of falling over, but

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  • Family reunited with dog that went missing 18 months ago during Hurricane Sandy

    Reckless the dog likely taken in after storm, then escaped

    Reckless the dog and his happy owners (Monmouth County SPCA)

    Not even a natural disaster could keep them apart: 18 months after Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern United States, a family was reunited with the dog they thought was lost to the storm.

    How they found their pet is as amazing as the dog itself. About a week ago, the family went to Monmouth County SPCA in Eatontown, N.J., to explore the possibility of adopting another dog. They met with the adoption counselor and explained what kind of dog they wanted.

    Canine candidate number one was brought out, and — Holy Chew Toy! — it was the same dog the family lost a year and a half back. The reunion was captured in the above picture. Note that Reckless the pooch appears to be smiling, or maybe just has healthy jowls.

    Reckless wound up in the shelter last October as a stray, Liz Wise of Monmouth County's SPCA told Yahoo News. "We don't know this for a fact, but we believe what happened is that when the dog was originally lost after the hurricane, somebody found him and took him in and didn't

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  • High school student takes great-grandmother to prom

    Bringing your mom to prom? Not so cool. Bringing your great-grandmother, who never went to the prom when she was in high school? Stories don't get any sweeter.

    Austin Dennison of Rockford, Ohio, took his great-grandmother Delores, 89, to his senior prom — and video of the two slow-dancing while other students get wild in the background speaks volumes about their relationship.

    Delores spoke to the Times Bulletin about her night out with her great-grandson. She explained that she warned Austin that she isn't too good on her feet these days (she's survived a heart attack and a stroke). She also wondered if he'd rather take a girl from his class. But Austin wouldn't relent.

    The two went out to a predance dinner at their local Bob Evans (a favorite restaurant of Delores', the Times Bulletin reports), and then hit up the high school for fun and dancing.

    While walking through the school gymnasium to take their seats, the two took a shortcut through some balloon decorations, Austin told the

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