Rumor that Trump will appoint Bernie Sanders as a Special Adviser with the US Department of Health and Human Services

Washington DC (Capitol Hill) 8:45 am – Early this morning Donald Trump met with several unknown people at Bistro Bis on Capitol Hill. It is noted that Trump entered alone through a side entrance after a private security team visited a half-hour before. Then a black SUV pulled up, apparently Bernie Sanders and a one more person went in a few minutes later. A barista, Caroline Tresparte later told friends and family that she overheard a mention of Bernie being offered a position as a special adviser with the Federal Department of Social Services (known as US Department of Health and Human Services). At this point the Trump camp will not confirm this nor will anyone at Sanders office.

Australian Man Wins $600k AUD on the Oscars after Cracking the Code

Perth, Australia – February 29, 2016 – 9:20 am – A Perth native, Robert Screeder has hit the jackpot on this years Oscars.  Winning just over $600,000 AUD (approximately $430,000 USD) with online betting.  After collecting his winnings this morning he told a local news anchor from local 91News how he was able to pull-this-off!

Now here is the catch: his little brother (Victor Screeder, age 21), a huge war memorabilia collector had noticed that the apparently random code on an image of the Oscar envelopes corresponded to Morse code, giving away partial letters in what they both surmised was the name of the winner of each category.

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When interviewed Robert said, “Yes, Victor and I were always role playing various battles and we both learned Morse code to we could make them as realistic as possible.” “I guess this has finally paid off, who would have expected that!”

Apparently Victor was watching an Oscar’s preview video on YouTube and he noticed that when they panned across the envelopes there was a number code and some other marks on each envelope, he took a screenshot and realized that something caught his eye but could not quite place it. Once he enlarged the image, he noted right away that there was Morse code in each envelope.  He immediately called his brother and they met at a local bar to plan how to use this knowledge to make some cash.

Robert spread the bets across two well-know online betting houses and collected his winnings via cash transfers just a few hours ago. Both brothers work at a local factory and they plan on keeping their jobs. Each spoke about “springing for a fancy vacation for the family and then saving the rest to possibly buy some property together.”

For those that need a little refresher on what Morse code is:

Morse code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or standardized sequences of short and long signals called “dots” and “dashes”…Each Morse code symbol represents either a text character (letter or numeral) or a prosign and is represented by a unique sequence of dots and dashes. The duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot. Each dot or dash is followed by a short silence or space. (sic).

Update February 29, 2016 – 4:45 pm – It seems these envelopes were from a short video taken during a dress-rehearsal on the morning of February 28, 2016.

Mother Arrested for Tattooing Baby

December 14, 2011 – Albany New York – A local New York State resident, Franny Trokerns was arrested early this morning after being turned in by her babysitter.  She works as a dancer at a local strip bar and apparently during a night of heavy drinking she allowed her on-and-off-again boyfriend Derrek Honsteads (a tattoo artist) to tattoo her 9 month old baby!

True or not?

Cute But Deadly – Icelandic Death Frog

This little guy may only be one inch long and weighs only 3 grams but before his poison sac was removed he killed four entire families (129 people) in the mountains of Iceland.  From birth these little creatures have enough venom in one bite to kill four humans.  They have a small needle sharp injector under their tongue and death comes in under 30 seconds through complete paralysis of the nervous system (more details below).

There are only 20 recorded sightings of this ultra-rare animal and it is rumored the  monks in the period of AD 870-930 used these frogs to kill off 1,000’s of Norsemen.

They have a distinctive defensive display in which the body is lifted up into an erect position, the first pair of legs are lifted high , while the entire frog  sways from side to side with hind legs in a cocked position.

Its venom contains a potent neurotoxin, known as PhTx3, which acts as a broad-spectrum calcium channel blocker that inhibits glutamate release, calcium uptake and also glutamate uptake in neural synapses. At deadly concentrations, this neurotoxin causes loss of muscle control and breathing problems, resulting in paralysis and eventual asphyxiation, usually in under a minute.  In addition, the venom causes intense pain and inflammation following a bite due to an excitatory effect the venom has on the serotonin 5-HT4 receptors of sensory nerves. This sensory nerve stimulation causes a release of neuropeptides such as substance P which triggers inflammation and pain.