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Green bites back: Squirrel feasts on eco-friendly car made with plant based plastics


Hungry? A driver claims squirrels started 'eating' his Toyota Aygo - because of eco-friendly plastics
A driver has claimed squirrels 'ate' his new Toyota Aygo after the firm began using eco-friendly plastics to boost its green credentials.

Tony Steeles said his car was repeatedly attacked by the rodents only days after it was delivered.

'The aerial's been chewed off twice, the oxygen sensor's been damaged and various rubber-like trim parts have been chewed and damaged,' he told motoring magazine Auto Express.

'The car's been back for repairs four or five times.'

As no other vehicles parked nearby have been attacked, Mr Steeles, from Croydon, south London, questioned whether Toyota's use of plant-based plastics might be attracting the hungry squirrels.

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Ten reasons why Victoria Nuland should be seen as Stalin of today

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10. Both use made up names. Stalin's family name was Jugashvilli, Nuland's ancestor's name was Nudelman. The ancestors of both Nuland and Stalin came from the Russian empire, which probably gave them both the idea that they have a special knowledge of how to handle Russia.

9. Nuland's right hand man happens to be her husband, Robert Kagan. Stalin's right hand man was a fellow communist, named Lazar Kagan(ovich). Kagan co-authored "Project for a New American Century" and he obviously wants to realized his vision for Ukraine by implementing what might be called, "amerikanizatsiia," that is, the process of bringing in the officials from US and other countries to run Ukraine along the American lines. In his turn, Kaganovich was the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukrainian SSR from 1925-1928 and was expected to usher in "New Soviet Century" through the politics of "ukrainizatsiya": creating a new ruling Soviet elite for Ukraine, the elite brought in primarily from other places.

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Sarah Palin reverts to incoherent babblings during teleprompter freeze

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  • Former Alaska governor and tea party darling gave confusing address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, rambling after her teleprompter froze
  • The Republicans' 2008 VP nominee had previously said she was 'seriously interested' in a 2016 presidential bid, but sounded not-ready-for-prime-time
  • Head-scratching lines included: 'The man can only ride you when your back is bent'
  • Called President Obama an 'overgrown little boy, angrily shouted 'Screw the left in Hollywood!' and yelled that jihadis should 'get the hell out!'
Republican firebrand Sarah Palin is rarely at a loss for words but became unmoored on Saturday in Iowa after her teleprompter froze and left her without portions of her prepared speech.

Comment: Facepalm!


Dollars

Printing more pretend money the answer to everything

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The European Central bank (ECB) announced today a "rescue plan" for its troubled economy, which will see the financial cartel printing an extra 1.1 trillion in imaginary money - called euros - in a bid to counteract previous over-printing and misappropriations of the same currency.

ECB president Mario Draghi said the decision to print more paper notes with pretend values on them will most definitely eradicate the previous Eurozone problem of too many notes with pretend values on them.

"If we print new notes, then there will be a lot more of them to go around," explained Mr. Draghi.

"I'm pretty sure that this time the money will be evenly distributed to everyone that needs it, and not be hoarded by those who make a living out off of hoarding money, like investment bankers and the like.

"No, sir. The world is a totally different place now altogether," he sincerely added.

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Florida sheriff's new rug removed for embarrassing typo

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A new rug that greeted visitors to one Florida sheriff's office has been pulled up after it was discovered that the standard phrase "In God We Trust" had been mistakenly rendered as "In Dog We Trust."

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office rug was removed today after the typo wasspotted--nearly three weeks after the floor covering was received from manufacturer American Floor Mats. The Maryland
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firm will replace the $500 rug with a typo-free model, as first reported by WFTS.

As seen above, the rug features a replica of the sheriff's logo. A second green rug at the Largo headquarters has "God" spelled correctly.

Comment: At least the "o" was in the right place! "Woof!" Dogs everywhere were gratified for the short-lived sentiment. A tail-wagger, that one!


Bacon

New Hampshire lotto releases bacon-scented scratch ticket

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The New Hampshire Lottery announced the release of its first-ever scratch-and-sniff ticket, which is designed to give off the alluring aroma of bacon.

The "I (Heart) Bacon Scratch Ticket," which sells for $1 and offers prizes of up to $1,000, was officially rolled out to stores this month, the lottery announced Monday.

"The (NH) Lottery is focused on developing new and fun ways to engage customers. The I Heart Bacon scratch ticket combines two things people love: the chance to win cash and the wonderful, enticing smell of bacon," Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, told WMUR-TV.

Lottery officials said free "I (Heart) Bacon" scratchers will be distributed along with actual slices of bacon Wednesday outside the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, Friday at the Cumberland Farms in Keene, Saturday at Durham Marketplace and Jan. 30 at the Hooksett Welcome Centers.


Question

Comedian Jon Stewart: Who bears responsibility for Charlie Hebdo shooting?

Following an insensitive tweet from Rupert Murdoch about Muslims, Jason Jones, Jessica Williams and Hasan Minhaj condemn those responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attack.


Comment: Islamophobia is on the rise in France and there are reports of violence against minority Muslims after the attacks. This segment is in response to those events. John Stewart has lot of followers:
What the Mainstream Media Can Learn From Jon Stewart

When Hub Brown's students first told him they loved "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and sometimes even relied on it for news, he was, as any responsible journalism professor would be, appalled.

Now he's a "Daily Show" convert.

"There are days when I watch 'The Daily Show,' and I kind of chuckle. There are days when I laugh out loud. There are days when I stand up and point to the TV and say, 'You're damn right!'" says Brown, chair of the communications department at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an associate professor of broadcast journalism.

Brown, who had dismissed the faux news show as silly riffing, got hooked during the early days of the war in Iraq, when he felt most of the mainstream media were swallowing the administration's spin rather than challenging it. Not "The Daily Show," which had no qualms about second-guessing the nation's leaders. "The stock-in-trade of 'The Daily Show' is hypocrisy, exposing hypocrisy. And nobody else has the guts to do it," Brown says. "They really know how to crystallize an issue on all sides, see the silliness everywhere."
Sometimes, comedy is the only way to convey the truth to a hysterical and fickle population.


Cell Phone

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial trapped in Scottish tree trunk

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Wood you believe it: E.T has been found on Earth
When he phones home, E.T. might be making a trunk call as the beloved alien is spotted deep inside a spooky Scottish tree

Scotland now has a mysterious phenomena to rival the Loch Ness Monster as E.T has been sighted in a tree trunk.

The movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released by Steven Spielberg in 1982 and surpassed Star Wars to become the highest grossing film of all time.

The lovable alien, known as E.T., entered the hearts of movie-goers around the world - but now he has also entered a tree in Scotland.

Hotel owner Billy Harley, who runs the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye, found the amazing image of the wrinkly alien inside the trunk of a tree he was chopping to make firewood.

Black Cat 2

Homeless cat saves abandoned baby in Russia

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A baby boy not older than 12 weeks has been found in a box on a staircase in an apartment block in the Russian town of Obninsk. The box was meant for a cat, who - after having found a new soul in misery, warmed up the baby and was worried to let him go.

The baby in the cat box was discovered by one of the neighbors, who had heard what she thought to be loud meowing and rushed to rescue the cat from possible offenders.

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The furry feline has been living in the apartment block for three years, fed and petted by its residents. The day when she found an unexpected guest in her box was a freezing one, but the baby was very warm, according to the woman, who first discovered the abandoned boy.

"She has been keeping the baby warm for several hours and meowing to call for help," she told Ruptly video agency.

Stormtrooper

Australian walker saved from deadly snake bite by Stormtrooper armour

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Former soldier Scott Loxley in his Stormtrooper costume and a king brown snake

An Australian man who is trekking across the country for charity has been saved from a potentially deadly snake bite - by his Imperial Stormtrooper costume.

Australian media report that Scott Loxley, who has so far raised $40,000 (£24,000) for the Monash children's hospital in Victoria, encountered a King Brown snake on day 277 of his epic 'Storming Australia' walk as he was leaving the small town of Yalboroo in Queensland.

Mr Loxley initially thought the viper was dead and went to walk past it when it began to move and lunged to bite him on the shin.

In video on his Facebook page, he said that he had been saved from the snake's toxic venom by his plastic Stormtrooper armour:
Turns out it wasn't dead; It was a big old King Brown.

And he's lunged at me and bit me in the shin.

- Scot Loxley