Category: Happy Or Whatever

Authorities ask that climbers wear clothes when climbing


A teenager who climbed Mt Snowdon in just his underwear says he has no regrets – despite almost being hospitalised after reaching the summit.

Meanwhile, authorities ask that People planning to climb Snowdon Dress appropriately after a teenager developed hypothermia after hiking up the mountain in just his underwear.

An ambulance crew were called after 19-year-old Nathan French from Halewood in Merseyside completed the 1,085-metre climb of the highest mountain in Wales but became unwell at the summit.

French, who was dressed only in Superman underwear for the climb, was raising money for the Dementia UK charity in honour of his grandmother, who has the condition.

Emergency services were called to treat the student after became unwell while taking the train back down from the summit.

Paramedics discovered his blood sugar and blood pressure had dropped and he was beginning to suffer from hypothermia.

Miles Hill of Llanberis mountain rescue team said the outcome could have been much worse.

He said: “While we are sympathetic to his charity fundraising for a very worthy cause, we would question the planning and perseverance which went into his day on the hill.”

Hill said that, even at the height of summer, the summit of Snowdon could be 10C colder than Llanberis, the village at its base, even before any adverse weather is factored in.

Cops offended as restaurant staff sings “F**k that police” by N.W.A.

A police union’s Facebook post claiming officers were treated disrespectfully at a North Carolina BBQ joint has gone viral.
The Raleigh Police Protective Association on Friday accused workers at a Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q in Garner of singing N.W.A.’s song “F*ck Tha Police” to the officers as they were having a meal, WTVD reports.
The post sparked comments online calling for a boycott of the restaurant.
“THANK YOU Smithfields Chicken & Barbeque Jones Sausage location for the class and professionalism as you sang “F- the police” as my brothers at Raleigh Police Department attempted to eat at your restaurant,” the union’s Facebook post union president Matthew Cooper wrote Friday on Facebook. “The manager sang along as well. Do you really feel that was appropriate?”
A police officer’s post prompted the union’s post, according to the station.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Saturday that Cooper said in an interview that there were a couple of officers who were sung to, though he would not give the exact number.
He said the police association spoke to the owner of the restaurant, David Harris, and accepted his apology.
Harris promised on Facebook a “thorough investigation and terminate anyone employed that doesn’t share our RESPECT of ALL law enforcement.”
The Raleigh Police Department said late Saturday that it was working with the restaurant to “resolve the issue.”
“The Raleigh Police Department appreciates the long term and strong relationship it continues to have with Smithfield’s,” it said.

San Francisco passes law to protect rescue animals

San Francisco officials have voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at pet shops as part of a concerted effort to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations in the city.

The amendment will not affect current licensed breeders, however it will aim to tackle the prevalence of large-scale “puppy mills”, while helping to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city’s shelters.

San Francisco will not be the first US city to implement such a measure, which will also ban the sale of animals under eight weeks old. Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin all enforce similar legislation.

Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops,” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote in an op-ed piece.

The vote also bans future pet shops from opening to inhumanely sell illegally bred animals.  District Supervisor Katy Tang, who also sponsored the proposition, told The Independent, “This ordinance will serve as a deterrent, preventing a business from moving into San Francisco and selling animals from irresponsible mass-producing breeders that churn out puppies and kittens as if they were on an assembly line.”

NYPD defies trump

In the wake of a new federal crackdown on undocumented immigrants, Police Commissioner James O’Neill reiterated the city’s commitment to immigrants, assuring residents that cops will leave the roundup to someone else.

“The NYPD is committed to maintaining a welcoming environment for immigrant communities while also maintaining public safety for all,” O’Neill wrote Wednesday in an internal memo.

“The NYPD does not inquire about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses, or others who call or approach the police seeking assistance.”

O’Neill also pointed out that the department does not enforce administrative warrants issued by Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents or federal immigration judges solely in connection with civil immigration violations. So if some overstays a lawfully-issued visa, don’t look for the men and women in blue to make the bust.

“However, the NYPD does and will continue to honor federal immigration detainers when there is a risk to public safety,” the commissioner said.

O’Neill’s memo comes on the heels of a White House crackdown on illegal immigration that saw the Department of Homeland Security release new guidelines that could lead to the most widespread deportations in decades.

Man saves butterfly species

Tim Wong of San Francisco works as an aquatic biologist during the day, but over the past four years he has spent his free time on another scientific mission: repopulating San Francisco’s rare California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly population.

Wong learned that the California Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar, only eats the California pipevine plant, hence the name of the species. However, those plants were rare in San Francisco, and local populations of the butterfly have been steadily declining.

Wong was able to obtain plant clippings from the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, from there, Wong built a large screen enclosure that would allow the butterflies to mate in natural conditions and allow him to observe precisely what they needed.
Wong gathered a group of 20 different pipevine swallowtail caterpillars from nearby areas. As he carefully nursed the small tribe of insects, their numbers began to quickly multiply.

Now years later, the butterfly breeder brings dozens of caterpillars to the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s “California Native” exhibit every week — and thanks to Wong’s efforts, the pipevine swallowtail has been successfully repopulated in the city for the first time in decades.

Scientists replacing actual honey bees with drone bees

In our food chain, honeybees are tasked with a vital function: pollination.
In North America alone, honeybees’ role in pollination enables the production of at least 90 commercially grown crops, including apples, blueberries, melons and broccoli.
One student wanted more people to understand the significance of bees to human life — so she created what’s essentially a “bee drone” to be a functional teaching tool that couples technology and design.

Plan Bee is a personal robotic bee (controlled by a smart device) designed to mimic how bees pollinate flowers and crops. Similar to how bees transfer pollen from one flower to another, the drone sucks in pollen from a plant and expels it onto other flowers to enable cross-pollination.

Industrial design major Anna Haldewang first developed the idea for Plan Bee in a product design class, after a professor challenged her to create a self-sustainable object that stimulates the growth of plants.
“You need sun, water, soil and cross-pollination for that to happen,” said Haldewang, 24, a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Pollination made her think about bees, and in researching, Haldewang was struck by honeybees’ struggles: “I had no idea about the danger to honeybee colonies and that bees were disappearing,” she said. It prompted her to create an educational product that both addressed her class assignment and would help to spread awareness about a bee’s role in the food system.

Her plan for the device, at first, is for it to be an educational tool. “I would love to see people use it in their backyards and even create custom gardens with it,” she said. “With an actual bee, its so small you don’t notice it and how it’s pollinating flowers. With the drone you can see how the process works.

But is it viable? Its application in backyards as a teaching tool has potential, said Ermoli. And the drone could serve an even bigger purpose. “It could conceivably be used in large-scale farming, even in hydroponic farming.”

Burger King to Feature “Adult” Valentine’s Day meals- complete with adult toys

Fast-food chains have done a lot of goofy things for Valentine’s Day over the years, including, most famously, the candlelight dinners at White Castle. But Burger King Israel is taking things to a new level of awkward— with a very happy Valentine’s Day meal for adults only.

The meal comes with:

2 Whoppers
2 packs of french fries
2 beers
A romantic ADULT TOY inside

The adult toy options appear to be a feather duster, head massager, or a blindfold, according to a YouTube video posted by the ad agency Leo Burnett Israel.

“Kids have got their ‘Kid’s Meal.’ But what about grownups? Adults? Shouldn’t they have their own meal too? At least on Valentine’s?” the chain asks.

The only catch? You must be 18 or older to purchase the meal.