Now that nearly everyone has a cell phone, not much happens that isn’t captured in a photo or video. Each of these amazing pictures captures the moment just before or after something went horribly wrong. Talk about being in the right place at the wrong time.
Jenga with shipping containers
Looking at this picture, you might assume these containers were stacked too high or improperly secured. The truth is, containers carrying too much weight can cause instability and, sometimes, the toppling of cargo overboard. Amazingly, it wasn’t until 2016 that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require that the declared weight of shipping containers be verified before loading onto ships.
I’m outta here!
This looks like an accident, and the crash, of course, is. But the launching of the pilot into the air is totally intentional, and thanks to a device most military planes have: an ejection seat. To activate the seat, the pilot pulls a lever between his legs. Once in the air, and a safe distance from the aircraft, a parachute opens and the pilot floats to safety.
I don’t what’s scarier – the clowns or whatever that guys got on his baking rack. What that is anyway?
It’s so unfair. One minute you’re going to clown college to become an entertainer, the personification of fun; and the next, people are calling you “creepy.” Meanwhile, bakers are considered perfecyly harmless – even as they continue to peddle things like fruiitcake and anisette biscotti.
Rollin’…rollin’…rollin’ on a river…
Study the faces of the women in the boat, and you’ll see surprise, fear and amusement. The cyclist’s face is inscrutable, which is too bad. It would be great to know what he was thinking.
Hope it was worth it!
Everbody’s done this – the looking part, I mean. It’s human nature. However, it would be nice to think few have been quite so absorbed in the sight they beheld as the guy in this picture. Imagine him explaining his black eye to his wife.
Why is the dude in the back laughing???
Sting rays don’t normally attack people, except in defense when they’re stepped on. Certain types of rays do, however, leap through the air. Most likely, the ray in this picture meant no harm to the woman he landed on. Scientists speculate rays jumpt to communicate, attract a mate, shake off parasites and or have fun – like the guy behind her.
Macho macho man
In Florida, it’s a third-degree felony to injure or kill an alligator. Police do occasionally shoot them, but these incidents are throughly investigated to make sure the officer’s action was justified. The police officer in this photo was almost certainly bluffing, and the alligator looks like he knows it!
Moby duck! Or, better yet, drive away really fast!
The average whale watching trip includes a lot more watching than whales. In fact, it’s not uncommon to take such a voyage and not see a single whale. The question is: which would you rather?
Elephants never forget? These people are gonna never forget!
Unfortunately, the world’s largest mammals have been known to attack cars. Elephants are most aggressive during musth, when their testosterone levels are at their highest. Musth most frequently occurs in winter, so plan your safaris accordingly.
They say the best thing to do if an octopus latches onto you (and you’d rather it didn’t) is to touch its mantle. The mantle is the part many think of as the head of the octopus. These cephalopods are very protective of this part of their anatomy and will often let go of what they’re grasping when it is touched. Hopefully, the man in this picture knew this.
Don’t bite my head off!
This is no joke. Camels bite and the injuries they cause can be very serious. Considering their height, maybe it’s no surprise that they often target people’s heads. Beware!
Just another day on the New York subway
According to Big Apple locals, eating and drinking on the sobway is considered bad manners. Pole dancing, on the other hand…totally fine.
Ignorance is bliss
I love how Sunglasses and the kid in the front row don’t even seem to notice the baseball bat flying in their direction.
I’m just guessing this guy has a beer in his hand. Probably his 20th of the night.
As if his choice of costume weren’t strong enough evidence of his terrible judgement…
Whatever you do, don’t let go of you giant Harry Potter wand, or whatever the h*ll that is…
Judging by the rider’s perfect “sitting” posture, this photo was taken less than a second after her hind quarters left the saddle. So, to be fair, she hasn’t had time to think.
There are bad ideas…and then there are really bad ideas…
Parents are always telling their kids to be careful. But are they really the ones that need supervising? Here’s a scary thought: these guys may even be parents themselves!
Cats will be cats, won’t they?
Ever wonder why cats seem to like being in spaces that are explicitly not designed for them? Especially places that are too small to accommodate them without causing an accident like the one about to happen here? Cats feel more secure in confined spaces. It’s also in their nature to hide while watching their prey. Not that knocking a bunch of glass stuff off a shelf is a brilliant way to go undetected…
Did this guy doubt his skill with a saw? It’s hard to imagine any other reason for the placement of his ladder.
Goodness gracious, great balls of fur!
Who needs superheroes when we’ve got cats?
The difference between mothers and fathers
Mom’s mortified. Dad’s having the time of his life. The boy in the middle?
It’s not nice to point.
This is what is known as a nature fail.
Why You (Should) Need a License to Drive
Oh, who are we kidding? There are probably hundred of pictures out there of licensed drivers doing even sillier things on ATVs.
Ice ice baby
Good thing children’s bones are much more flexible than those of adults. There may have been a few tears shed, but then it was right back to business: getting to that playground!
Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok
A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.
The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.
As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.
Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.
Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.
Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers
When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.
After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.
Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.
On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.
Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.
Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.
Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.
Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.
The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.
Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”
Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”
The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.
“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.
He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.
“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.
The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.
We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”
Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring
England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.
Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.
It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.
While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.
The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.
Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold
Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.
Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.
Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.
Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.
The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.
Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt
Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.
However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.
Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.
Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.
The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.
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