GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An animal control worker in Michigan was
convinced he was looking at a young tiger lying in a driveway, so he approached
with care. He grabbed a pole and a shield, and called police.
Turns out, it was a stuffed animal.
The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/1d4i9Y5
) reports that Kent County Animal Control received a call Thursday about a
tiger in the driveway of a vacant Grand Rapids home.
Supervisor Joe Dainelis (dan-EHL'-iss) responded to the call, and when he
spotted the animal, he grabbed his safety gear. Neighbors also thought the
life-sized, furry toy was real.
But when co-worker Rachel Jensen approached from another direction, she
realized there was nothing ferocious about the toy feline.
Dainelis says expects to be teased for a few days.
Boy 'not scared' when he recorded volcanic eruption on
An image taken from a video shot by
student Ryo Futagami shows smoke from the eruption of Mount Shindake rising in
the background of palm trees on Kuchinoerabujima, Kagoshima Prefecture, on May
29. (Courtesy of Ryo Futagami)
YAKUSHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--A
13-year-old boy said he was so focused on seizing the opportunity that he didn’t
think about his own safety when he recorded the huge volcanic eruption on
The footage of the May 29 blast
taken by Ryo Futagami on the remote southern island were used by many news
outlets. They showed volcanic smoke approaching soon after the eruption and
“With a sense of urgency, I kept
shooting to capture the explosion,” Ryo said on May 30, after spending the
night at an evacuation center on neighboring Yakushima island. “I was not
Ryo, a second-year student at
Kanagadake Junior High School on Kuchinoerabujima, was at his home about 3
kilometers from the volcanic vent when 626-meter Mount Shindake erupted at 9:59
He said he felt an ear-popping
sensation before he realized the booming noise was an eruption. He immediately
took video of the event, and then fled with his mother, 44, by car.
Ryo moved to Kuchinoerabujima from
the prefectural capital of Kagoshima in April 2014.
He developed his photography hobby
by using a single-lens reflex camera to capture pictures of the northern Ryukyu
fruit bat, a national treasure that makes the volcanic islet its home.
After Shindake erupted in August for
the first time in 34 years, islanders held evacuation drills. Ryo, meanwhile,
said he was even more determined to take pictures of an eruption if it did
It is unclear if he will stay at
Kanagadake Junior High School or transfer to a school in Kagoshima city.
He said he is worried about the
effects of the eruption on the fruit bat.
“It’s been reported that it will
take at least a month or years until the volcanic activity will die down,” he
said. “I am concerned (about the animal and our future).”
Kuchinoerabujima island has a total
area of about 36 square kilometers. After the eruption, the island’s population
of about 140 all evacuated to Yakushima island about 12 km to the east.
The Japan Meteorological Agency’s
Coordinating Committee for the Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions on May 30
called for vigilance against falling volcanic rubble and pyroclastic flows.
“There are chances that a similar
sized eruption will take place in the future,” the committee said in a
A member of the committee warned at
a news conference that Shindake’s volcanic activities could last for years, and
that islanders should be prepared for a worst-case scenario.
What happens when you mix water and
grease? Exploding fireballs, apparently. At least that's what Gav and Dan,
better known as "The Slo Mo Guys," found out when they
demonstrated why you shouldn't use water to put out an oil fire.
Slowed down to 2,500 frames per
second, the video gets REALLY hot -- fast. Here's a sped-up gif of the fire:
AsThe Slo Mo Guys explain in the video, the reason
the fireball occurs is because "the water sinks through the oil,
evaporates immediately on the surface of the pan throws all of the oil upwards
in a big flaming, hot, melty mess." Yikes!
In order to actually extinguish an
oil (or grease) fire, make sure to use baking soda to put out
the flames instead of water.
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