Wack News #4

Cooking Chickens in Yellowstone

In Yellowstone, the United States’ very first National Park, three men were arrested and their families were banned from the park after hiking outside of the boundaries and cooking two chickens in the dangerously hot springs. The three men plead guilty to the crime and each received two years probation, as well as fines ranging from $500 – $1200. 

According to the men, when they were younger, they participated in boy scouts. When visiting Yellowstone, their troop master would encourage them to all find fun and interesting ways to cool their food. They’d take raspberries from trees and make milkshakes from them. They’d tie hot dogs to a rope and leave them to boil in one of the hot springs while they swam in a nearby lake.

A shocked chicken ~~ https://nypost.com/2020/11/05/man-banned-from-yellowstone-after-trying-to-fry-chickens-in-hot-spring/

The park ranger was alerted of the family walking around with cooking utensils, and went to investigate. When he found the family cooking the chickens and bathing in a nearby river, he questioned them and then left, returning the next morning requiring a mandatory appearance in court. The men all claimed that though what they were doing may have been wrong, they had no ill intent towards the nature of the park. Despite the fact that what they were doing was illegal, they spent the night in Yellowstone and cooked the chicken nonetheless. In regards to how the chicken was, one of the men that was fined stated “It was fantastic.”

Putting 101 Dalmatians to Shame

As hurricane Delta stormed its way through the Yucatan Peninsula, leaving behind a wake of destruction throughout Mexico, Ricardo Pimental, who serves at a local animal shelter, gave shelter to over 300 dogs, rabbits, chickens, and a hedgehog. He also had a herd of sheep outside on his patio. 

Due to the likelihood of the animals being in danger at the shelter, he took them all to his home, despite the storm causing hundreds of frantic animals to make a mess of his house and wreak havoc. He stated “It doesn’t matter if the house is dirty, it can be cleaned again.” He said the same about broken items, stating they could be replaced or fixed.

Not unlike a scene in 101 Dalmatians ~~ https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/ricardo-pimenetel-opens-home-to-shelter-300-dogs/

Without realizing it, the photos and videos that he posted went viral. He received multiple donations to help keep all of the animals fed, a task that proves quite difficult when applied to hundreds of animals. He also was very pleased by the huge amount of animals people wanted to adopt. Neighbors also visited and helped Pimental rebuild his home after all the destruction.

Reports Indicate There are More Pets than Children in Taiwan 

The Guardian has reported that as birth rates drop in Taiwan, more and more people have been adopting pets. As a result of this, the metro system requires pets to be held in carriers. Strollers carrying dogs are more common than those carrying children in Taiwan’s capital. 

Corgi in a stroller ~~ https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/more-pets-than-children-taiwan-birthrate-drops

Taiwan officials estimated there were close to 3 million pets in the country during the second half of this year. This number is larger than the number of children who are aged 14 or older. At the same time, Taiwan’s birth rate has dropped 6% from 2016 to 2019.\

The country has encouraged pet ownership by boosting pet accommodations like pet-friendly restaurants and hotels in Taipei. With a population of around 2.7 million people, Taipei had more than 120 pet hospitality businesses as of last year, including eateries that offer “gourmet” pet menus with human-grade ingredients. 

Taiwan is not the only country where pets outnumber children. Japan’s pet population has reportedly outgrown its child population since 2003. 

Pizza Hut’s $150 Blanket Sells Out in Less than a Day

Pizza Hut teamed up with weighted blanket maker, Gravity Blanket, to make the “Original Pan Weighted Blanket,” which comes in either cheese or pepperoni. The blanket is huge, with a 72-inch diameter and weighing 15 pounds. The $150 blanket took less than 10 hours to sell out. The companies didn’t say how many pizza blankets were available, just that they were a limited edition item.

Pizza blanket ~~ https://www.businessinsider.com/pizza-hut-weighted-blanked-gravity-blanket-pepperoni-2020-11

Although the blanket costs $150, it’s price is what actually may have helped them sell out so quickly. A Gravity Blanket with comparable dimensions at 72” long and 15 lbs typically sells for $195 on the company’s website, so Pizza Hut’s version represented a 25% discount.

Gravity Blanket claims its weighted blankets can help to reduce stress, deepen sleep, and help people feel better rested. “This partnership with Gravity Blanket was the perfect solution to bring one of our legendary pizzas to life while bringing our fans a little TLC at the same time,” George Felix, chief marketing officer at Pizza Hut said in a press release.

Whale Saves a Train

On November 2, 2020, a whale caught a train. Literally. A Dutch passenger train ran past the barrier at the end of the tracks and ended up being propped up atop a massive whale fin. While the fin itself didn’t exactly hold up the train in its entirety, it certainly assisted and created a funny sight to see. The back of the train helped to keep it from tanking straight down, but the whale still provided some support. Popular memes were soon created with the photo, and it gave quite a laugh.

Ground view of the accident ~~ https://www.npr.org/2020/11/02/930409468/saved-by-the-whale-dutch-train-runs-off-elevated-tracks-is-caught-by-statues-tai

The driver was unharmed in the incident, and there were no passengers on board at the time, which is good news. Maarten Struijs designed the structure and was impressed and relieved it held up. Dutch authorities have launched an investigation into what caused the accident, and the driver of the train at the time is being held for questioning. 

Aerial photo of the accident ~~ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/02/all-cetaceans-go-whale-sculpture-stops-dutch-train-crashing-into-water

The sculpture has since been named “Saved by the Whale’s Tail”. It was built in 2002 in Spijkenisse at the De Akkers station. Maarten told The Guardian: ““I am amazed that it is so strong. When plastic has stood for 20 years, you don’t expect it to hold up a metro train.” The train remained overnight and was removed Tuesday morning with slings. 

Racing Pigeon Sells for $1.9M

A racing pigeon sold in Belgium for $1.9 million. New Kim is a two-year-old female pigeon who was put up for auction at just $240. The buyer lived in China and went under pseudo name Super Duper. It is expected that the pigeon will be used for breeding purposes, but according to auctioneers, it is usually the males that fetch high price tags as they can produce more offspring. 

The pigeon ~~ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54953594

Pigeon racing is a growing sport across Asia and the Middle East, and supposedly Belgian pigeons are “Thoroughbreds of the Sky”, according to Chinese bidders. The buyer of New Kim also bought the previous most expensive racing pigeon, Armando. Armando is a male who sold in 2019 for a price of $1.5 million. It is expected that “Super Duper” will be using both pigeons for breeding purposes.

New Kim won most of her races in 2018, including a number of national middle-distance races, but has retired since. Armando has also won quite a few races in 2017 and 2018 as well, and was the best pigeon in Europe in 2018. 

Squirrel Causes Blackout in South Carolina

On November 16 a squirrel scurried across equipment and later caused a big blackout. “The squirrel came into contact with the protective device around the transformer,” company spokesman Matt Long said.

 “I don’t know that this is what happened, but usually, let’s say if an animal touches an energized part and a grounded part, that would create a current flow through the animal’s body and stop its heart from beating.”

A squirrel ~~ https://palmettowildlifeextractors.com/squirrel-removal-south-north-carolina/

This squirrel was unstoppable, as Matt said equipment with that much energy flow would almost instantly kill an animal. But, the squirrel ran away. It was later spotted falling out of a tree from the shock. It died.

Woman Saves Swan

A woman named Ariel Cordova-Rojas went to New York’s Wildlife Refuge to celebrate her 30th birthday. She saw a swan alone in the grass on the side of the water. As she approached it, she saw that the swan could not fly or walk. She then wrapped the 17-pound swan in her jacket. In the process of taking it to a refuge center, she named the swan Bae.

She tried calling various animal rescue services and the ranger stations, but all yielded no immediate assistance. So, she began walking, despite the odd looks she received by onlookers because she was carrying a swan.

Bae the swan ~~ https://www.today.com/pets/ailing-swan-rode-new-york-subway- nobody-really-cared-t198683

Then, a nice couple with a car agreed to drive the swan and Ariel to a nearby train station so that she could get a little closer to her destination. The couple also convinced their friends to help. They got Ariel a bike to borrow and was taken to the subway. An employee of Wild Bird Fund met them at the Nostrand station in Brooklyn and helped her get to the organization’s clinic.

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