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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Giant Fissure Opens in North Mexico -- When Truth or Dare Goes Wrong -- 2000+ Animals Removed From Home

Giant Fissure Opens in North Mexico

HERMOSILLO, SON.- The opening of a crack in a little over a mile long and up to eight feet deep became trending on Twitter, including users of this social network in Hermosillo.

The Friday evening event was recorded in the Suaqui Ejido Candelaria, located 81.3 km west of the city of Hermosillo, two hours away by car, and is 90 meters above sea level.

Alan Hernandez was the person who posted the images, finding the place the length and depth of the crack, which opened on a road leading to the aforementioned ejido The Jojobal vineyard near the Poblado Miguel Aleman.

Inhabitants of the area surrounding ranches said they had no record of an event of this kind in recent years. Photographs received dozens of comments and 50 retweets between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Among the comments made by users of this social network is argued that the movement of earth could have been the result of abundant rainfall previous hours, 68 mm, or caused by an earthquake in the area was recorded. - Expreso


Deputies confiscate 2,000 animals from Louisiana home

Officials in Louisiana made a startling discovery on Friday, finding approximately two thousand animals, the majority in poor condition, living at a home in Lawtell just west of Baton Rouge. The owner, 64-year-old Donald Lefleur, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

"(There were) dogs, cats, geese, chickens, pheasants, a little bit of everything. Also, snakes.” said St. Landry Parish Director of Administration, Jessie Bellard. Rabbits, peacocks, and turtles were also rescued. The stench alone could be smelled from the road. Tipped off from a caller out of New Orleans, Bellard said he immediately obtained a warrant after visiting the house and seeing the conditions inside.

"The smell was horrendous,” said Bellard. “The chickens were in some little crates and they lived in faeces until it built up so much they could jump out of the crate." Bellard says around 100 chickens were roaming inside and 20 dogs were living in crates, some so small they could barely move. It took most of the day for crews to find and collect all the animals. Also found around the property, rotting carcasses and chickens eating other chickens.

But what Bellard found most shocking was Lefleur's reaction to the seizure. "He was very surprised that we were going to take his animals,” said Bellard. “He didn't think he did anything wrong." Some animals are in such bad shape, they'll have to be euthanized. But there is hope for others - albeit a long road to recovery. “The employees are going to have to make sure all animals are accounted for and documented and the veterinarians are going to be looking at the 4-legged animals,” said Bellard. Once they are treated and deemed healthy, they'll be up for adoption or a foster home. - KLFY


Paricutin, The Volcano That Grew Out Of A Cornfield

Rarely do volcanologist get to watch the birth, growth, and death of a volcano. Paricutin provided such an opportunity. Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano located in the state of Michoacan, in Mexico, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. The volcano erupted on February 20, 1943, and continued erupting till 1952, during which it destroyed the villages of Parícutin and San Juan Parangaricutiro, burying both beneath ash and lava. San Juan Parangaricutiro’s church spire is all that remains of the village, poking out of the now solidified lava rock.

—Unlike most volcanoes, Parícutin volcano didn’t exist until that fateful day. This makes the volcano unique because it is one of the very few volcanoes whose birth has been witnessed by man. The volcano is located about 200 miles west of Mexico City, in the Michoacan-Guanajuato volcanic field, that contains about 1,400 volcanic vents. Paricutin is the youngest volcano to form in the Northern Hemisphere.


When Truth or Dare Goes Wrong


Jarrett tended to forget things when he was drinking.

He once forgot that he hated cheesecake and ate an entire President’s Choice chocolate cheesecake all by himself. The next morning when he’d heard what he had done, he threw it all up again. Not because he felt sick at the time, just because he was disgusted that he had eaten it in the first place.

Jarrett also loved dares when he was drunk. Giving them, taking them.

This obviously made for a very interesting and dangerous combination. . . .

The last day of classes before summer break there was a huge bonfire down by the lake. A bunch of us from film class went, and then we called our other friends, and they called their other friends, and soon enough the lakeside was packed.

Anybody could have picked Jarrett out of that crowd, party animal that he was. He was swinging around that bottle of tequila so much that I was surprised he could be that drunk, given that it was splashing out at an alarming rate. But that was Jarrett, and I wasn’t surprised to later find out that he had been drinking from a vodka filled water bottle during his last exam.

He was drunker than anyone else at the party and he wanted everyone to know it. He kept shouting out for contests, dares, anything, just to prove to us how manly he was.

The party started to peter out around 3 in the morning, and by 4, it was just seven of us, all sitting around the fire, some of us passed out, most of us minutes away. But not Jarrett… Tank that he was, he was still vertical, though barely. By 4:30, everyone was asleep except Jarrett, the hot blonde next to him, and me. I was laying back against a huge piece of driftwood, and just watched the whole thing play out.

I listened as the hot blonde asked Jarrett to go jumping off the pier. As he drunkenly slurred to her that it probably wasn’t a good idea. As she flirted back with him, then lifted up her sweatshirt and threw it to the ground. As she dared him.

I just watched.

Jarrett never learned how to swim.

They ran off, stumbling the entire way, and I just sat there and watched.

I was the only one Jarrett had ever told that he couldn’t swim. I guess he forgot that night.

And I just watched, paraplegic that I am, thanks to another one of Jarrett’s stupid dares. - Reddit.com

The writer later answered questions:

What happened when the others woke up?

Not much. No one really realized what had happened. The hot blonde had disappeared, she was pretty traumatized. I just pretended I had been asleep or passed out, like everyone else. It was a pretty clear cut-case to the cops of another teenager being an idiot.

What was the dare that injured you, If you don't mind me asking?

Ski accident a few years ago. Jarrett thought it would be funny to dare me to go off-trail in front of our whole group - and once Jarrett gets an idea in his head, he sees it through. Was waiting for a couple hours until someone came to see why I didn't make it out.


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