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    Infant Overheats As Plane Sits On 90 Degree Tarmac For Nearly Two Hours

    A mother traveling with her 4 year old experienced a harrowing time on a recent flight. After their flight suffered flight delays, they and other passengers were left on the tarmac for almost 2 hours. This resulted in the infant overheating as the temperature spiked in the cabin, with outside temperatures at 90 degrees. The infant was taken off the flight and treated at a local hospital for overheating.

    France told the Denver Post that her child became overheated when the temperature in the cabin became unbearable. She said it was already hot when they boarded the plane, and the temperature spiked as they waited. “I really thought my son was going to die in my arms,” she told the Denver Post. “They were not equipped to handle it,” France said. “They couldn’t evacuate us. It was chaos.”

    France boarded United Airlines flight 4644 around 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, expecting to take off thirty minutes later, NBC News reports. The temperature in Denver that day was 90 degrees. “There was just hot air coming from the vents,” France said.

    The flight was delayed to refuel due to a rerouting for bad weather. France and other passengers were allowed to exit the plane for 20 minutes, but were told to return because the plane was pushing away from the gate. France used wet wipes to try to keep him cool, and flight attendants brought her ice in garbage bags to try to help.

    “His whole body flashed red and his eyes rolled back in his head and he was screaming,” France told the Denver Post. “And then he went limp in my arms. It was the worst moment of my life.”

    While France and other passengers begged for an ambulance, the flight crew allegedly argued about the best way to handle the situation — pushing back to the gate or requesting rolling stairs. They let France stand by the open door at the front of the plane where she sobbed, holding her baby in her arms. She said her son was drifting in and out of consciousness, and she estimates it took the plane 30 minutes to return to the gate. United told ABC News it took 16 minutes from the time the pilots called the ambulance for it to arrive. She finally disembarked with her son at about 3:45 pm. Owen was treated and released from the hospital the next day.

    Emily France and baby Owen (pictured) try to cool him off by waiting near the aircraft's open door in the 90 degree heat wave
    Emily France and baby Owen (pictured) try to cool him off by waiting near the aircraft’s open door in the 90 degree heat wave

    In an emailed statement to The Denver Post, United said: “Yesterday, a child onboard flight 4644 at Denver International Airport experienced a medical issue while the aircraft was taxiing prior to takeoff. The pilot returned to the gate as our crew called for paramedics to meet the aircraft. Our thoughts are with the child and family, and we have been in contact to offer travel assistance.”

    “This should never have happened,” United Airlines said in a statement to NBC News. “We are profoundly sorry to our customer and her child for the experience they endured. We are actively looking into what happened to prevent this from occurring again.”

    “They seemed completely unprepared for a medical emergency,” France said.

    Current regulations aren’t very comforting for passengers who experience this type of delay. At two hours they must provide bathroom breaks, drinks, and food. At three hours passengers can finally exit the aircraft. France thinks there should be some protocol for overheating. There should certainly be protocol for a child in medical distress.

    “I’m sharing Owen’s story in the hopes that this never happens to anyone ever again,” France said.

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    Fifteen Things That Happen When Knitters Get Together

    This particular article covers the Vogue Knitting Convention, sponsored by the Vogue Knitting magazine, which took place in the Manhattan Marriot on a long weekend some years ago. The first event took place in Chicago and was followed by a second one in Seattle and, to put it briefly, squeezed the entire knitting community under a single roof.

    The event was attended by hundreds of vendors and knitting enthusiasts and featured classes, panels and even fashion shows, allowing the members of the knitting community to show off their skills. You could find knitted lobsters, Batman, and even a former contestant from America’s Next Top Model. The top eighteen things that we found the most interesting have been featured in the article and are sure to impress you.

    1. The food isn’t edible.

    All the knitted food comes from a project by Colorful Stitches, a yarn store in Lenox, MA.

    2. And you can’t drink the booze.


    3. Things that would normally qualify as broomsticks or weapons can be used as knitting needles.

    These are size 50. Just look at the card in the corner for comparison.

    4. It’s not unreasonable to drop nearly a hundred bucks on a single ball of yarn.

    Qiviut is a type of muskox, and its wool is legendary for its warmth and durability.

    This is a qiviut.

    Doesn’t he look nice? Also, “qiviut” is an unbelievably annoying word in Words With Friends and Scrabble and the like, because it has a Q that’s not followed by a U but then THE U APPEARS LATER IN THE WORD.

    5. You can get to know the lil’ guys who produce your goods.


    Alpacas are key members of society. This yarn comes from the Long Island Livestock Company.

    6. Knitters sit front row at fashion shows.

    7. Former “America’s Next Top Model” contestants steal the spotlight.

    We already knew of the strange and beautiful relationship between knitting magazines and former ANTM stars, but it’s another thing entirely to witness it in the flesh. Either this girl is a total doppelganger of April Wilkner, from Cycle 2, or the tradition lives on.

    Tyra clearly taught her how to strut.

    8. Ponchos get their sartorial chance.

    Although the model doesn’t look super pumped to be wearing one.

    9. As do cozy sweaters.

    10.You can take a break when you need to.

    Complete with hand massages.

    11. These exist.

    They’re aliens/hats/Art.

    12.So do these.


    Just a bunch of felted hands.

    13. Literally anything can become yarn, like the tape from VHS cassettes.


    These crocheted vessels are by artist Adrian Kershaw, who works entirely with recycled materials.

    14. And steel.


    It’s by Habu Textiles, and knitting with it feels like magic.

    15. And milk.


    Get it from Kollage.

    16. Women pretty much dominate, except for the errant (awesome) dude.

    17. Everywhere you look, there are more incredible colors.

    This was taken with no filter.

    18.This truth is universally acknowledged.

    Preach.

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    Scientists Finally Tells Us How Cats Want To Be Petted

    Have you ever wondered why you get one response from your cat when you pet it, and teeth, claws and hisses when you pet it another way? Turns out there is a difference in the way we should pet our cats, and a very definite way that the cat likes to be petted and not petted.

    Researchers from the UK University of Lincoln have found out that there are areas on the cat’s body which will get a positive response to petting, while there are others which will bring out a the ‘nasty’ in the cat!

    The bottom line – they discovered – is that it is best to leave the cat’s tail alone. Cats do not like having their tails touched. No matter how familiar the petter was with the cat, they still did not like their tail petted.

    The study found that the best place to pet a cat was between the eyes and ears. It did not matter which were touched first, the cats did not seem to mind. Neither did they mind if they were then stroked on their bodies.

    One very strange thing that came to light was that any negative responses the cats showed, was greater towards their owners than towards strangers who petted them. It also showed that cats who did not like being petted, and who allowed their owners to pet them, were actually very stressed out cats.

    Take into account the next time you feel tempted to stroke your cat’s tail, and perhaps go for the head between the eyes and ears first. Less chance of feeling those claws when Fluffy objects to having her tail touched!

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    Two-Year-Old Girl Fined For Littering After An Envelope With Her Name On It Is Found In An Alley Way

    It is a very sad state of affairs when a 2-year-old gets fined for littering! That’s exactly how mom Theresa Westover felt when her young daughter Harper, also known as ‘Harpy’ received her fine.

    Harpy’s parents, Theresa and Chuck Westover, insist she is the tidiest, sweetest girl in the whole world, and would certainly not litter anywhere. Officials at the Department of Public Works have however found another name for the 2-year-old. She is now called a ‘Violator’.

    The letter said that Harpy was being fined $75 for littering at the end of her alley. A discarded envelope was included with the violation, the envelope being addressed to Harpy. Strangely Theresa also received a $75 fine with an envelope addressed to her enclosed.

    Harper Westover (pictured holding citation), two, was fined $75 for littering after public works employees found an envelope with her name on it in an alley way.
    Harper Westover (pictured holding citation), two, was fined $75 for littering after public works employees found an envelope with her name on it in an alley way.

    Theresa called the person who had issued the ticket and asked her to rescind it due to Harpy being only 2 years of age. The official refused, stating that evidence was found with the child’s name on and therefore she was a violator, along with Theresa.

    “The inspector’s response was there was a piece of trash in the alley with Harper’s name on it. I said, ‘I understand that, but she’s only 2 years old. Are you willing to rescind the ticket?’ She said ‘No,’ ” Westover recalled. “They list Harper as a ‘violator.’ As a mom, it bothered me.”

    On further investigation, it seems that the refuse collection truck cannot back into the alley, so they send a team of men ahead to pull all the refuse bags to the pavement, where they are then thrown into the garbage van. Perhaps one of the men forgot a bag, or split one open so that some rubbish fell out? The Westovers insist that they are not litterbugs.

    Theresa (left) and Chuck (right) Westover said the envelope likely fell out of a garbage bag but the city refused to cancel the citation
    Theresa (left) and Chuck (right) Westover said the envelope likely fell out of a garbage bag but the city refused to cancel the citation

    Posting on his social media platform, Chuck added a picture of little Harpy holding her violation letter. The results and comments came in thick and fast, and some were quite amusing.

    One ‘tongue in cheek’ reply said that it was a good thing that young offenders were not getting away with anti-social behaviour, that her allowance garnished for three years should teach her a lesson.

    “I’m glad we’re not letting these young punks get away with this kind of antisocial behavior,” someone wrote. “Garnishing her allowance for the next three years will teach her an important lesson!,” one said.

    “This is idiotic. What this is basically saying is that if a [U.S. Postal Service] worker accidentally dropped or purposely threw your mail on the ground, you are responsible for littering. Or if a thief stole a package and threw the packaging on the ground, or if the trash truck driver dropped some trash containing something with your name on it,” another commented.

    The question was raised on just how far the city would go in assuming that someone was littering, just because they had found an envelope with a name on.

    Basically what the city was saying was that if one of its collectors accidentally dropped a piece of rubbish with someone’s name on, the named person would be held responsible for that rubbish, and be fined.

    After local and national news outlets began covering the story the city decided to drop the fine

    The issuing inspector Cheryl Satchell also saw the response and decided to investigate the situation further. Calling Theresa, she said that on receipt of a valid copy of a birth certificate she would rescind the charge. Theresa sent the birth certificate, but felt that it should not have been her responsibility to prove their innocence.

    “I have to send them a birth certificate,” Theresa Westover said. “I shouldn’t have had to wait for someone in the communications department to call me before common sense takes place.”

    Soon afterwards, a public works official swung by the house, just as mom and daughter were preparing for an interview with a local news station. The official reported they the city had decided to rescind the fined for both Theresa and Harpy. They were going to waive both violations.

    Finally the litterbug incident was behind them, although Harpy still insists that she was innocent. She has been brought up to never litter.

    When the wrongly accused litterbug was asked where she had been at the time of the offence, she smilingly replied that she had been playing ‘hide-and seek’.

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    How NOT To Approach A Photograper If You’re An ‘Influencer’

    There will always be people who are happy to take advantage of others, and this is very true when it comes to photography. Justin Rosenberg lets us see a few texts from well known people who just thought that they could ‘get for free’.

    It is absolutely awful that the people who impose on photographers to work for free, or ‘for your own promo’ are likely to have more than enough money to pay for a service!

    What is even more disgusting to think is that having asked the photographer to work for free, and received the reply they deserve, they have most likely moved on to the next one, and on again, until finally some sucker agreed to be used for free.

    It seems that this happens way too often, with people having no respect for others and the fact that they are trying to make a living from photography. They too need to pay rent and bills, and it is an insult to expect them to work for free. Some people!

    Thank you Justin for sharing your story. Be sure to see more of Justin’s work on his website and Instagram.

    Source: PetaPixel

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    Traveller T-Shirt With 40 Icons Lets You Communicate In Any Country Even If You Don’t Speak Its Language

    It is often the language barrier that prevents people from travelling to other countries, as no one wants to make a complete idiot of themselves when they cannot speak Greek or French.

    A group of three people who have named themselves IconBreak have come up with a pretty amazing solution to the language problem. They designed a t-shirt which is literally covered with all the icons you will need on a foreign holiday.

    Their thoughts were that things like languages are best kept simple, and even children can recognise basic shapes. The shirt, when combined with hand signals, will start an interaction with a foreign person.

    Traveller T-Shirt With 40 Icons Lets You Communicate In Any Country Even If You Don't Speak Its Language Credit:iconspeak.world

    They say: ‘Simplicity was always a trait that united us in many forms. Call it lazy or genius, but we like to keep it simple. Hence follows our starting point of how to bridge the language barriers of our world: a shirt.’

    ‘Through a shirt you can – in the most rudimentary ways – combine gestures, vocals and mimics to create interaction. A shirt does not need to be recharged and still, you can have it on as long as you please.’

    Traveller T-Shirt With 40 Icons Lets You Communicate In Any Country Even If You Don't Speak Its Language Credit:iconspeak.world

    The shirt will give you the opportunity to point/try to ask for a drink, direction, airport, internet and so on. The t-shirt is full of simple icons which cover most situations a regular tourist may find themselves in.

    Traveller T-Shirt With 40 Icons Lets You Communicate In Any Country Even If You Don't Speak Its Language Credit:iconspeak.world

    Prices range from $22 to $44, and there are handbags available, as well as hats. Hats and bags have fewer icons than t-shirts, but still cover the basics you will need. You need never battle to be understood again.

    One advantage of wearing the t-shirt is that it has no batteries which can run out, and needs no socket to plug in and recharge!

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    Shameless Rise Of ‘Beg-Packers’: Western Backpackers Beg For Money To Fund Their Travelling As They Journey Through Some Of The World’s Poorest Regions

    It is one thing to see poor people begging on the streets for money to buy food, but it becomes quite another thing when the people begging are tourists who are asking for money to continue their travels.

    This was made very clear in a collection of pictures showing people of all ages and cultures begging for money. The common thread was not that they were asking for money for food, but because they wanted to continue their travels.

    It seems that poor people in southeast Asia are being joined by europeans asking for money. In countries where travel is considered to be a luxury, this is causing outrage among locals. In fact, in some countries it is against the law to beg or busk without a work visa.

    Western backpackers are increasingly taking to begging on the streets of southeast Asia
    Western backpackers are increasingly taking to begging on the streets of southeast Asia
    Maisarah Abu Samah, from Singapore, questioned why people who could afford expensive equipment such as amplifiers (pictured) would need to take handouts
    Maisarah Abu Samah, from Singapore, questioned why people who could afford expensive equipment such as amplifiers (pictured) would need to take handouts
    Westerns begging for travel money has become a common sight across Asia, including in Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand (pictured, people beg on the streets of Bangkok)
    Westerns begging for travel money has become a common sight across Asia, including in Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand (pictured, people beg on the streets of Bangkok)

    Maisarah Abu Samah, from Singapore posted pictures of tourists trying to sell postcards and play music for money. In Singapore there are very strict rules against doing things like this. The question which Maisarah asked was why these people needed money as often they had expensive travel equipment with them while they sat begging.

    “It was the first time I’ve seen something like that and it stopped me in my tracks,” she wrote.

    “First of all, you don’t see many people selling knick-knacks or playing music in the street in Singapore because there are strict rules governing these activities.”

    “We find it extremely strange to ask other people for money to help you travel. Selling things in the street or begging isn’t considered respectable.”

    “People who do so are really in need: they beg in order to buy food, pay their children’s school fees or pay off debts.”

    “But not in order to do something seen as a luxury.”

    While some people play instruments for cash, another common tactic is to sell postcards with travel photos printed on them
    While some people play instruments for cash, another common tactic is to sell postcards with travel photos printed on them
    Ms Samah questioned why tourists sitting at the side of the road, often with expensive travel equipment, needed to be begging for money
    Ms Samah questioned why tourists sitting at the side of the road, often with expensive travel equipment, needed to be begging for money
    Referring to the man pictured as farang, meaning 'foreigner' or more specifically 'European', this image from Bangkok was posted online with the caption: 'Lost his money on girls, bar, or what?'
    Referring to the man pictured as farang, meaning ‘foreigner’ or more specifically ‘European’, this image from Bangkok was posted online with the caption: ‘Lost his money on girls, bar, or what?’

    And, if you do happen to see street vendors or street performers, they are usually in the town centre and not near a bus stop in a relatively middle class neighbourbood like this. I’ve also never seen white people doing that.

    In Singapore only people who are really desperate for money are seen to beg. They may have debts to pay off or need to put food on the table for children, but begging is not looked on favourably there.

    Locals are therefore outraged because for these people to beg is considered an outrage, and gives the impression of perceived unfairness between locals and tourists. Maisarah questioned whether the people would actually do this in their own countries. If not, why did they think it was acceptable in other countries?

    It is not just young people found cash-strapped in Asia either, as these middle-aged women hold up signs in Hong Kong reading: 'Please help, need money for the ticket home. Thank you'
    It is not just young people found cash-strapped in Asia either, as these middle-aged women hold up signs in Hong Kong reading: ‘Please help, need money for the ticket home. Thank you’
    A Malaysian woman attributed the begging to the fact that people are travelling in an 'exotic' place and feel able to behave in ways they wouldn't at home (pictured, a man begs in Bangkok)
    A Malaysian woman attributed the begging to the fact that people are travelling in an ‘exotic’ place and feel able to behave in ways they wouldn’t at home (pictured, a man begs in Bangkok)
    A Western traveller sitting with bags of fast food begs for money on a street corner in Bangkok as part of a 'beg-packer' trend
    A Western traveller sitting with bags of fast food begs for money on a street corner in Bangkok as part of a ‘beg-packer’ trend

    It seems that there are now even some websites which allow people to ‘beg for money’, while supposedly wanting to raise money for things such as travel.

    A recent appeal for ‘David and Bash’ asked for money so they could backpack around southeast Asia, listing their need for airfares, accommodation and money to spend. To date they had only received $20.

    Source: Daily Mail

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    Latest State Record Sunfish Caught In Missouri On A Throwline

    Normally when it comes to ‘big fish’ records, you may think of largemouth bass or even pike, but you may not ever think of sunfish! James Lucas set a new record for the sunfish when he landed one, weighing in at one pound, one ounce! While you may smile at the new record, you should consider that the way this record was set was somewhat different to using a rod and reel.

    The use of a throwline means that the fisherman does not even have a rod and reel. The line is baited and simply tossed into the water. It is often referred to as the ‘alternative’ record, because of the different technique used.

    James was fishing on a private pond in Lincoln county, when he felt the tug at the line and pulled up the ‘monster’.

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    Lucas says that he likes to use it because it is very challenging, and there is a certain amount of skill involved with it. It is actually a very primitive way to fish, and was the way fishing was done before rods and reels were invented.

    The previous record stood at just 6 ounces, so James has a good reason to be proud of his new record!

    Source: Wide Open Spaces

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    Man Shouts Down Hole In The Woods, Gets Reply Back

    When you shout into caves, you expect to get echoes of your own voice coming back. This was not the case with Izaak Eglington-Watts, a teenager from Plymouth, who was out walking with his friend Emily Thompson. They discovered a strange looking cave and Izaak decided to shout into it.

    To his horror, instead of an echo, he got a reply back! It was the voice of James Thompson, who had last been seen a month ago. Horrified at what he might find, Izaak called on two runners to help him. It turned out that 51 year old James had been stuck down the hole for at least a week and a half, after crawling there because he was injured.

    “I was absolutely terrified. I did not expect a response back, but I am so happy he has been found,” Izaak said.

    “It was only out of curiosity that I went and had a look down it; I didn’t think anything was going to be inside it.”

    “I climbed down into it and asked Emily if she wanted to come in as well, but she said no. I kept shouting ‘hello’ over and over again to hear it echo, just out of fun and to make Emily jump,” he continues.

    “Then I climbed up into another section which lead into another hole and shouted hello again, which is when I got a reply back. It obviously scared me as it was pitch black down there, and all I had was my phone flash, but I couldn’t really see anything.”

    “We walked back up to get away from the area, but she still didn’t believe me that I’d heard somebody, so I said I would go back and record it to prove it to her.”

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    This is the area inside where James Thompson was found who had been missing from his home in Plympton

    The video gives an idea of what the weird looking cave looked like and the horror of hearing a human voice. Izaak went down into the cave with only his phone as light, and found the cave in total darkness. Emily declined to follow him down. One section led to another and it was then that he heard the reply.

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    Izaak Eglington-Watts in the Plymbridge Woods in Devon, where he found James Thompson, who had been missing for nearly a month

    Emaciated and dehydrated, James was close to death when Izaak found him. He was very lucky to be alive, and very grateful that Izaak had called into the cave. It was traumatic enough being injured, but being stuck in a cave, thinking he would die there, was a horrific experience for James.

    Izaak says that he expected to find rats or pigeons down there, but definitely did not expect a man to answer.