Despite clear skies in New York City, dozens of flights were delayed yesterday from the city's John F. Kennedy airport. That's because Mother Nature meddled with air travel in an unusual way: turtles on the tarmac. At least 100 diamondback terrapin turtles started their annual trek to lay eggs in a sandy spot, which just happens to be past runway 4L. The painstakingly slow turtle invasion started at 6:45 a.m., and within hours planes had to be moved to a different runway.
In a statement, JetBlue said, "We hope for faster animals next time." Naturally, the turtles already have a Twitter account @JFKTurtles and have already taken a stab at airport security. "We go straight to the runway because it takes 5 hours to get out of our shells for the TSA," they tweeted. The Port Authority, which operates the airport, says it sent crews to load the turtles onto a pickup truck to get them to their nesting beach. But the turtles tell a different story on Twitter. "They tried dropping us off at a Sbarro. Who does the Port Authority think we are? Tourists?" In less than a day, @JFKTurtles has gained nearly 6,000 followers. The account is reminiscent of another rogue animal account, @BronxZooCobra, which was created after the Bronx Zoo's cobra escaped in March.
Back in human news, Justin Timberlake is trending on Twitter. It's not because of a new album or movie. He's trending because of MySpace. NewsCorp, which bought MySpace in 2005 for $580 million, sold the site yesterday to Specific Media for $35 million, and Timberlake is helping out. He will become part owner of MySpace and will help develop the site as a hub for musicians and music fans. Feeling a little deja vu? That's because in "The Social Network," Timberlake played the role of Facebook's first president, Sean Parker.
From animals to humans to the land of make-believe, it's the 40th anniversary of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder. Yahoo! Searches for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the book by Roald Dahl, are spiking off the charts. That got us wondering what the most popular candy is on Yahoo! Search. This past week's data show that people most searched "Hershey chocolate," followed by "Skittles" and "m&m's."
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