Don't Panic! Lighten Up!


Putin' it out there: The photo-op that keeps on giving!

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Vladimir Putin Riding Things...

I've got no excuse for this post other than I am a day drinker. Oh, and that I am suffering a bit from presidential envy.

Flying mattress saves cyclist from near death fall in Brazil


A Brazilian cyclist's incredible escape was caught on CCTV after a truck hit him causing him to catapult through the air before making a soft landing

A cyclist was knocked off his bike at speed by a passing truck - but miraculously a mattress fell off and broke his fall.

The unnamed Brazilian's brush with death was caught on a security camera, and can be seen around 20 seconds into the video.

It happened in the south-west town of Foz do Iguaçu as he rode along a busy road on St Patrick's Day.

But he had the luck of the Irish as he was catapulted from his bike only for the mattress to fly off the vehicle in the same instant and land perfectly underneath him as he hit the floor in a cloud of dust.

The man can be seen sitting astonished on top of the mattress wondering where it came from as onlookers arrive to see if he is okay.

He takes a minute to get to his feet but he is believed to have suffered just minor injuries from the incredible accident outside of a driving school.

Mutual admiration: bagpiper meets beluga whale

Bagpiper Tom Leigh plays music for beluga whales Juno, Naluark and Kela at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. At least one of the belugas appears to be big fan of pipe music. The whale seems both fascinated and puzzled by the mini-concert being offered by Tom. Maybe his family is from the Orkneys?


Ferocious sanctions continue: U.S. freezes Putin's Netflix account

In what was described as a major ramping up of sanctions, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday that the United States had frozen Russian President Vladimir Putin's Netflix account, effective immediately.

"Unless and until Mr. Putin calls off the annexation of Crimea, no more 'House of Cards' or 'Orange Is the New Black' for him," Mr. Kerry said. "The United States will not stand by and reward the annexation of another sovereign nation with a policy of streaming as usual."

While all of the sanctions Mr. Kerry announced on Tuesday were Netflix-related, he warned Mr. Putin that "nothing is off the table."

"I'm sure I don't need to remind the Russian President that 'Game of Thrones' is about to come back for another season," he said. "As I have said, this thing could get very ugly, very fast."

CNN apologizes for briefly airing non-flight 370 story, i.e. something to do with Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia‏

CNN apologized to its viewers today for briefly airing a story on Sunday that had nothing to do with the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

The story, which caused thousands of viewers to contact the network in anger, had something to do with Crimea, Ukraine, and Russia.

In the official apology, CNN chief Jeff Zucker wrote, "On Sunday, we briefly cut away from our nonstop coverage of Flight 370 to talk about something else. We're not going to sugarcoat it: we messed up. CNN regrets the error and promises our viewers that it won't happen again."

Two elephants reunited after more than 20 years

Shirley and Jenny
Not a new story but worth watching again and again! So amazingly touching - the story of Shirley and Jenny, two crippled elephants reunited at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee after a 22-year separation. The bonding was immediate, intense and unforgettable between the two former circus elephants. But long after the cameras were turned off, the wondrous moments would continue...

Easter Egg

Extremely rare parrot's crushed egg repaired with glue and tape, hatches a few weeks later

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It was jokingly called the "world's largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot" by Douglas Adams, but make no mistake, the kakapo is truly remarkable
Conservationists in New Zealand are celebrating after an extremely rare kakapo chick hatched from a cracked egg held together by nothing more than tape and glue. The bird joins a global kakapo population of just 125 birds - but what makes these animals so unique and why are they worth saving?

To describe a kakapo as concisely as possible you'd say that they're a species of flightless parrot: one that is ground-dwelling, nocturnal and thoroughly rotund.

However, this barely even scrapes the surface of the kakapo's strangeness - a quality that is in no small way thanks to the fact they developed in the isolated environment of the islands of New Zealand.

This evolutionary upbringing accounts for some the bird's odder physical characteristics, with the abundance of food and an absence of ground-based predators encouraging the kakapo (the name translates as 'night owl') to sacrifice the power of flight in favour of becoming more "thermodynamically efficient" - that is to say, they piled on the pounds and at 2kg to 4kg are the heaviest parrot around.

Hidden camera catches dog partying on the bed he's not allowed on

A dog owner left his pit bull alone and left a camera rolling in the bedroom. Also rolling in the bedroom: The dog. Cue "Yakety Sax."

The dog is apparently "not allowed" on the bed, but good luck with that. Judging from the cat's non-reaction, this happens all the time.


Parody: The first ever 2014 Cadillac ELR


Famous Soviet-era pop song known as 'Goodbye America' played for Russian paralympic team at Paralympics opening ceremony

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Russian President Vladimir Putin puts his signature upon a board as he visits the mountain Paralympic village outside Sochi on March 6, 2014.
The melody Russians know as "Goodbye America" blared over loudspeakers as the host country's athletes arrived at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, where the Paralympic Games began 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the showdown in Crimea.

A raucous ovation greeted athletes at a ceremony last night at which Russian President Vladimir Putin officially opened the games. The 23-member team from Ukraine, whose government is trying to keep Crimea from breaking away and joining neighboring Russia, was represented by one athlete.

Crimea is the focus of the most tense standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War. Pro-Russian forces seized control of the peninsula in the wake of Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovych's ouster as Ukrainian president.

All the Paralympic teams arrived to popular Soviet-era music, including the 1985 rock ballad "The Last Letter" by Nautilus Pompilius, which includes the words "Goodbye America, where I've never been." The opening ceremony included an icebreaker called "Peace" suspended on straps.