The Sideshow
  • This is Lucas Irwin in May of 2012.


    This is him on Dec. 10, 2013.


    In just shy of one year – he didn't start losing weight until December of 2012 – Irwin went from 300 pounds to 170. How did he do it?

    "95% of it was done through nothing but a 1350 calorie limit per day," he wrote on Reddit. "No foods were off limit, but I survived mostly on tuna salad, chicken with salsa, frozen vegetables, beans and rice, turkey/roast beef sandwiches, spinach, and eggs. After I lost 100 pounds I started walking to work (5 miles) for about 2 months until it got too cold outside."

    Here's the best part – during the entire year, Irwin didn't mention anything to his parents. Not a word. So imagine their reaction when they saw him for the first time. Or better yet, watch it:

    Only his sister was in on it. She's the one who filmed the unveiling.

    When asked if he likes his new clothing options, the 5-foot-8 Irwin responded, "Yes I do, and it's very strange having 'how does it look?' be a criteria instead of just

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  • Cold weather can be a drag. But it can also be an opportunity to do wacky science things that won't work in August. Around much of the country where freezing temperatures have kept folks inside and bundled up, some are braving the weather to conduct a few experiments.

    Meteorologist Eric Holthaus took it upon himself to test the theory that boiling water turns instantly into snow if the air is cold enough. Holthaus tossed a pot of boiling water into the minus 21°F air and — voila! — instant snow flurries.

    Holthaus told Storyful: “Today was the coldest weather I’ve ever personally experienced, and the first time I’ve tried this trick. Sure enough, it works!”

    Holthaus wasn't the only one to have a little fun with the bitter cold. Ontario resident Chris Gillett poured boiling water into a pressurized water gun and then went outside to see how the water stream would react. See the fire extinguisher-like effect below.

    Why use boiling water? For reasons that remain a mystery — even to scientists

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  • In December, the U.S. Army successfully tested a vehicle-mounted laser, destroying more than 90 mortar rounds and several unmanned aerial drones.

    And an Army official tells Yahoo News that the test could have broad implications for the future, giving the U.S. an edge in low-cost and high-functioning defense technology.

    “Although the laser can only engage one target at a time, we can lock in multiple strikes,” Terry Bauer, Program manager, Army High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD), told Yahoo News during a phone interview.

    “The number of available shots is extremely high compared to a conventional system,” Bauer said. “Whatever we aim at is what we hit.”

    The Army first conducted tests using low power, 300-watt lasers in 2011. But the most recent test used a significantly more powerful 10-kilowatt laser powered by batteries and diesel fuel. Although the "High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator" may not sound that intimidating, it was essentially perfect during its test, knocking out

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  • Mercedes punish F1's Rosberg for Hamilton crash
    Mercedes punish F1's Rosberg for Hamilton crash

    The Mercedes Formula One team disciplined Nico Rosberg on Friday after he accepted responsibility and apologised for a crash with teammate Lewis Hamilton. The action was announced in a statement after a clear-the-air encounter between the rival teammates at the boardroom of the Mercedes racing headquarters in Brackley, near London. Hamilton said after that both drivers had accepted they had made mistakes. With tensions high after Hamilton refused to let Rosberg pass him at the Hungarian Grand Prix this month, Rosberg clipped Hamilton's car on lap two in Belgium.


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  • All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff
    All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops remained in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents.

  • F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.

    (Reuters) - Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 propeller plane took off from Waukesha County Airport in Wisconsin and had been destined for Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. Coast Guard said in a statement. The pilot had stopped responding to radio calls.

  • Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC, $600,000 Paycheck
    Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC, $600,000 Paycheck

    Chelsea Clinton is saying goodbye to NBC, where she had spent nearly three years as a special correspondent, to prepare for motherhood and to devote more time to charity work.  The former first daughter released a statement to People magazine Friday about the move, saying she hopes "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming out first child." Thank you @NBCNews: — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 29, 2014 While at NBC, Clinton covered feel-good stories for the "Making a Difference" feature on NBC Nightly News.

  • Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host
    Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host

    POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the Obama family's longtime chef and friend.

  • Slovak PM slams sanctions on Russia, threatens to veto new ones

    Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico slammed European Union sanctions on Russia as "meaningless and counterproductive" and threatened to veto additional measures, highlighting the internal divide within the EU over its tough stance on Russia. "I consider sanctions meaningless and counterproductive," Fico told reporters early on Sunday after meeting fellow EU leaders in Brussels. "Until we know the impact of the already imposed sanctions, it makes no sense to impose new ones." EU leaders asked the European Commission, the EU executive, to draw up proposals for new sanctions on Russia over its action in Ukraine within a week, though they did not say when they could be implemented.

  • One dead, 400 injured in Pakistan protest clashes
    One dead, 400 injured in Pakistan protest clashes

    One person was killed and more than 400 wounded in clashes between police and protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, hospital officials said Sunday, as a fortnight-long political impasse took a violent turn. The violence, which began late Saturday and continued early Sunday, erupted after around 25,000 people marched from parliament to the prime minister's house, where some attempted to remove barricades around it with cranes, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Islamabad police chief Khalid Khattak told AFP that police exercised restraint but the protesters were armed with axes, wire cutters and hammers.

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