An Ice Age flower has come back to life. How exactly did that happen? Well, a team of Russian scientists discovered a burrow that contained fruit and seeds left in the Siberian permafrost by a squirrel that buried them about 30,000 years ago. Remnants of the Silene stenophylla blossom were found perfectly preserved, and in an experiment to extract the seeds, the scientists pioneered a new way to resurrect the plant. For thousands of years, the flower was fully encased in ice, and no water was able to get to it. The storage chambers that the squirrels created were filled with hay and animal fur to protect their treasure. Stanislav Gubin, one scientist working with the discovery, called it a "natural cryobank." The blossom with its white flowers looks similar to its modern-day version, which also grows in the same region as its predecessor. The burrows, which were found 125 feet below the surface, alsoRead More »from 30,000-Year-Old Flower Brought Back to Life by Russian Scientists
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Tue, Feb 21, 2012
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Fri, Feb 17, 2012
Moab, Utah is a tourist destination known for great adventures like white-water rafting, snow-skiing and its red rock landscape. But now, stuntman Devin Graham is putting the city on the map for a new reason. Graham, also known as Devin SuperTramp, has created what he calls the world's largest rope swing. The video of Graham and his crew of daredevils is now going viral on YouTube with just under 700,000 views in just 2 days. The pendulum rope is located on the Corona Arch in Arches National Park. Graham and his friends took the idea of a rope swing and made it extreme, by attaching a 150 ft. rope supported by five anchors to the top of a giant redstone rock arch. The behind the scenes video of the construction of the swing details how there is approximately 300 ft of webbing to "make sure nobody dies" and 38 carabiners. While Graham and his friends are carefully engineering the rope, someone in theRead More »from Daredevils Fly Around on World’s Largest Rope Swing
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Thu, Feb 16, 2012
Video of a failed robbery attempt is going viral. An armed man walked into a bar and demanded money in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. Typically, bar patrons would freak out if someone walks in with a gun and tries to rob them. That is not what happened. Instead of doing exactly what the robber demanded, the patrons appear to ignore him and continue enjoying themselves. Obviously frustrated and flustered by the lack of attention, the robber then leans over the bar and demands a pack of cigarettes. When the bartender tells the failed robber to get out, the man turns around and walks out of the bar. But that is not the end of the story. The bar patrons follow the guy for a mile before finally catching up to him, and they turn him over to police. One person tweeted that the robbery was an "epic fail."
From one hard-to-believe story about a robbery to a story people think may be fabricated about America's 34thRead More »from Video of Failed Robbery Attempt Is Unintentionally Comical & Goes Viral
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Wed, Feb 15, 2012
Chris Brown won his first-ever Grammy award Sunday night for Best R&B Album for his album F.A.M.E. His achieving one of the highest honors in the world of music is now being marred by his reaction to criticism he received on Twitter. Coincidentally, Brown won the award on the third anniversary of his assault of now ex-girlfriend and pop star Rihanna. Fellow celebrities such as actor Adam Scott, country singer Miranda Lambert, and Jack Osbourne took to Twitter to speak out against Brown. Osbourne tweeted, "Chris Brown...don't forget! #chrisbrownbeatswomen." Brown responded in a series of tweets calling his treatment a double standard, arguing that society glorifies rappers who used to be drug dealers. The R&B artist also acknowledged that he had learned from his mistake, but that he still has to deal with day-to-day hatred. His final tweet is what has people talking. Brown tweeted, "HATE ALL YOU WANT BECUZ IRead More »from Chris Brown Lashes Out at Critics in Twitter Tantrum
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Tue, Feb 14, 2012
It would be hard to meet a person almost anywhere in the world who does not know the name Oprah Winfrey. When she left daytime TV after 25 years of hosting her own show, it was not a surprise to many that she started her own network. What has surprised people, though, is that the Oprah Winfrey Network has struggled in ratings. So perhaps in hopes that she could boost OWN viewers, on Sunday night during the Grammys Winfrey tweeted, "Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if you have a Nielsen box." Some people thought it was a joke, while others thought Winfrey's Twitter account may have been hacked. However it was revealed that the former queen of daytime television had indeed authored the tweet when she issued an apology Monday for asking her 9.2 million followers to switch to OWN. "I intended no harm and apologize for the reference." The Nielsen Company, a global marketing and advertising researchRead More »from Oprah Criticized Over Plea for Viewers & Nielsen Ratings on Twitter
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