Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In the News- Halloween Decoration goes over the top.

So, this might turn out to be a long post because I found lots of interesting news. Some of them may or may not be "news" but they're still interesting. So I'll try to keep things short tonight, but if you want to read the whole articles, you can always click on the links provided. 

House Lights up to Party Rock Anthem.
Now is it just me or do you agree that I think people may be taking Halloween decorations too far? While it's certainly cool, and it probably took forever to get just right, I think it's still kinda ridiculous.

Dog Walks on Front Two Legs

Isn't she cute? This story reminds me of another cute dog with a birth defect. Except while Trixie walks on her front two legs and actually has her back legs, Faith was born without her front two legs and walks/hops like a human.

Two Girls were Switched at Birth. 
Two 12 year old girls have discovered that they were switched at birth and have been living only a few miles away from each other in the eastern Russia town of Kopeisk in the Ural Mountains.
Their mothers gave birth in the same maternity ward just 15 minutes apart in 1999, and their infant daughters were inadvertently given the wrong name tags.
Their true identities were revealed after the ex-husband of Yuliya Belyaeva, one of the mothers, refused to pay for child care because his daughter, Irina, looked nothing like him. After conducting several DNA tests it emerged that neither adult was Irina's biological parent.
"The judge couldn't believe it," Belyaeva told the BBC. "She said she'd only seen cases like this on TV and didn't know what to advise us."
The DNA tests sent Belyaeva on a search for her own daughter. She remembered that when she was giving birth, another woman was also in labor in the same ward. She suspected that the maternity ward had mixed up their daughters.
 While both girls are happy to have found their real parents, both girls say that they wish to stay with the people who have raised them all their lives. Both families are getting to know each other better and are using the hospital for $160,000. You can read the whole article here.

Woman Gives Birth after Running Marathon
A woman from Chicago was in the Bank of American Chicago Marathon and then gave birth to her daughter. Amber Millar who was 39 weeks pregnant was told bu her doctor that it was okay to run in the race. Her husband followed her as she ran the first half and then walked the second half. Althouh she had contraxtions near the end of the race, she still crossed the finish lines. No one told her she couldn't run. 

While I think it was very brave of her to run a marathon so close to giving birth, I still think that's a little bit nuts. You can read the whole article here.


Uturuncu is a 29,000 foot high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Boilivia that is rapidly inflating. Researchers discovered about five years ago that the area below and around the volcano is streadily rising. Satellite data has revealed that the area is growing by 1 to 2 centimeters a year. And while that may not seem like a lot, it is. Especially when it had been doing this for 20 years. 
Scientists figured out from the inflation rate that the pocket of magma beneath the volcano was growing by about 27 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) per second.
"That's about 10 times faster than the standard rate of magma chamber growth you see for large volcanic systems," Perkins told OurAmazingPlanet. However, no need to flee just yet, the scientists said.
"It's not a volcano that we think is going to erupt at any moment, but it certainly is interesting, because the area was thought to be essentially dead," de Silva said. 
Supervolcanoes get their name because they erupt with such power that they typically spew out 1,000 times more material, in sheer volume, than a volcano like Mount St. Helens. Modern human civilization has never witnessed such an event. The planet's most recent supervolcanic eruption happened about 74,000 years ago in Indonesia.
"These eruptions are thought to have not only a local and regional impact, but potentially a global impact," de Silva said. Uturuncu itself is in the same class as Mount St. Helens in Washington state, but its aggressive rise could indicate that a new supervolcano is on the way. Or not.
Read the whole article here.

The US Most Powerful Bomb Disassembled
The nation's most powerful nuclear bomb is being disassembled nearly half a century after the Cold War. The bomb will be finally disassembled on Tuesday at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, the U.S's only nuclear weapon building factory. The bomb was put into service in 1962 at the height of the Cold War during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The B53 weighed 10,000 pounds and was the size of a minivan. It apparently is 600 more times powerful than the atomic bomb droped on Hiroshima. It was suppose to destory facilites deep underground and B-52 bombers would carry it. Read the article here.

So what do you think?



  1. Those were all really interesting! The one that really made me think twice, though, was about the girls switched at birth. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I found that out!

  2. I know, I thought so too! Oh gosh, I don't know how I would react either if I found out that I had lived with the wrong parents all my life. At first, I'd probably think it was some kind of sick joke. Then...I don't know!


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