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  • Man jumps into vat of acid to save co-worker

    How far would you go to save a co-worker?

    A roofer in New Jersey reportedly jumped into a vat of nitric acid on Monday to save a co-worker who had fallen in.

    Martin Davis was working at Swepco Tube LLC, a metal tube manufacturing plant in Clifton, N.J., when he fell 40 feet into the tank of acid and became full submerged, fire officials said.

    Clifton Fire Chief Vincent Colavitti Jr. told the Record that a fellow roofer, 51-year-old Rob Nuckols, jumped into the vat waist-high to pull Davis, 44, out. Three other workers helped Nuckols pluck Davis from the acid, which is used to clean metal tubing.

    Rescue workers "cut Davis out of his clothes and sprayed him with water to limit burns," Colavitti told the paper.

    Davis suffered "a broken rib, punctured lung, and burns on his legs and side" and is in critical condition, according to the Associated Press. Nuckols was also treated for burns.

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    Martin Davis wasn't able to communicate because of the breathing apparatus, his brother said, adding that their mother and stepfather were at his side. He said Martin is healthy and strong.

    "He'll fight right through this," he said. "I know he will."

    A co-worker who returned to the factory to collect Davis' things agreed.

    "It's not that kind of acid," the co-worker said, declining to give his name to the paper. "It's diluted. He's going to be fine."

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  • A baby in China wears a protective face mask (AP/Kin Cheung)

    The South Korean government revealed Monday that it recently seized thousands of capsules filled with the powdered flesh of dead babies. Reportedly, some people believe the powder has medicinal purposes and was created in northeastern China.

    South Korea has reportedly been reluctant to criticize China directly over the incident, out of fears of creating diplomatic friction with the country. But the process by which the powder is allegedly created is one of the most disturbing stories imaginable.

    According to the Korea Customs Service, the bodies of dead babies are chopped into small pieces and dried on stoves before being turned into powder. The customs officials have refused to say exactly where the babies come from or who is responsible for making the capsules.

    China has already been in the spotlight over activist Chen Guangcheng, whose work involves protesting the government's sterilization and forced abortion policies. It was recently reported that China is working to "soften" its one-child policy slogans, though not the actual policy itself.

    Last year, Chinese officials ordered an investigation into the manufacturing of drugs made from dead fetuses or newborn babies. Nonetheless, South Korean officials said in a statement they have discovered 35 smuggling attempts since last August, during which 17,450 capsules labeled as "stamina boosters" were discovered. Rather than containing any inherent medicinal properties, the capsules are said to contain dangerous bacteria and other harmful, unspecified ingredients.

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  • The western Austrian village of Terfens has unveiled a house that is literally upside down, both on the inside and out. The house was designed by two Polish architects, Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski, and is meant to be a tourist attraction.

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    The house is open for public viewing and includes an upside down garage, children's bedroom and even bathroom.

    Over the years, there have been several fictional portrayals of upside houses, though those usually involved simply placing the items in an otherwise normal house onto the room's ceiling. As you can see from the photos, this is a truly unusual creation, where the actual house itself, including the foundation, appears to be fully turned on its head.

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