Researchers just found a bizarre ‘headless chicken monster’ swimming deep in the Antarctic Ocean

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A “headless chicken monster” was spotted swimming in the Antarctic Ocean, Australian researchers announced Sunday.

The bizarre creature that does indeed look like it’s missing a head is actually a sea cucumber scientifically known as Enypniastes eximia. As if looking like a headless chicken wasn’t enough, it also has a webbed veil and a transparent body that shows its internal organs. The “monster” is also extremely active for a deep sea creature, and can measure up to 9-inches, past research has shown.

It was previously filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, and now the Australian Government announced researchers with the Australian Antarctic Division captured clear video of this odd sea cucumber flapping its veil and appearing to feed or crawl using its tentacles across the ocean floor.

This is the first time the headless chicken monster has been sighted in southern ocean waters, the Australian government noted in a release.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/22/bizarre-headless-chicken-monster-discovered-antarctic-ocean/1725422002/

Tom Petty’s hometown names park in his honor

One of the better small towns in Florida is Gainesville. A hotbed of punk rock over the last two decades, it’s also the birthplace of the late Tom Petty, which is why the city has gone ahead and renamed a nice, little park in honor of the former Heartbreaker.

This past weekend, a dedication ceremony went down at what was formerly Northeast Park to celebrate Petty’s 68th birthday. Both Petty’s daughter, Adria, and his brother, Bruce, were in attendance and spoke to fans, even sharing memories of his youth.

“My brother and I grew up in this park,” Bruce Petty explained to the crowd (via The Gainesville Sun). “We played as kids. My cousin reminded me the other day of my remark that it was a sanctuary, and it really was,” Bruce Petty said. “It was a place for us to escape and be kids and have fun. The fact that we are doing this today and the part that we played in it makes it so much more special.”

His daughter spoke highly of the city, digressing on an eponymous song Petty wrote for his hometown, which appeared on last month’s box set, An American Treasure:

More: https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/10/tom-petty-park-gainesville/

Paula Abdul falls off stage into the crowd at Mississippi concert

Susan Haas, USA TODAY

Paula Abdul is “Crazy Cool,” even when she falls off the stage.

The former “American Idol” judge, 56, was in the middle of her single “The Promise of a New Day” during a concert at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Saturday when she danced too close to the edge and toppled head-first into the audience.

A video of the fall was caught by a fan and posted online. Fans can be heard shrieking as she drops out of sight.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2018/10/21/paula-abdul-falls-off-stage-into-crowd-mississippi-concert/1723516002/

Moment Brit groom is found naked and wrapped in clingfilm strapped to a tree in Benidorm

THIS is the astonishing moment tourists found a British groom naked and wrapped in clingfilm strapped to a tree in Benidorm.

Wearing nothing but pink sunglasses, the hungover stag proved a hit with incredulous holidaymakers who were unable to keep their eyes – or cameras – away from him.

Hilarious footage sees tourists posing with the joker – whose thoughtful friends even left out a hat so that passersby could toss him a few pennies.

And the video shows him taking the humiliation in good spirits, shouting “three euros per pic” after two laughing ladies posed next to him.

Most holidaymakers filmed engaging with the stag seemed to love every minute of it – but Spaniards and some Brits claimed it was another example of their fears Benidorm is becoming a new Magaluf.

Judz Llorente raged on social media: “This is the type of tourism that stains our country.”

Lisa Davies added: “Vile. Used to love Benidorm but this is unacceptable when there’s children about.”

Daniel Peret, who lives in the nearby resort of Altea, added: “An absolute disgrace. Benidorm is getting more and more like Magaluf. The police should have heavily fined this man.”

But Brit Stewart Read added: “It’s really funny. It’s a stag do for goodness sake. I bet some of your stag dos were so boring they sent people to sleep.”

Arkansas Woman Wearing Cow Costume Arrested For Shoplifting Tells Officer ‘Suck A Pink Cow Udder’

PINE BLUFF (KATV) — An Arkansas woman dressed as a cow had beef with a Pine Bluff police officer after being arrested on a shoplifting charge Tuesday (Oct. 16) afternoon, our CNN affiliate in Little Rock KATV reports.

27-year-old Ashley Curry was caught on surveillance camera trying to steal a package of Flonase from a Pine Bluff Walmart, KATV says. An officer watched her as she decided to take off, dressed in a cow costume with pink udders, with the allergy spray.

After Curry was detained and was being searched by officers, she allegedly “stuck out her stomach area and told me I could ‘suck a pink cow udder,’” one of the arresting officers said.

The officers did not take Curry up on her offer, and she was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest, KATV said.

Curry was transported to the Jefferson County Jail in Pine Bluff, sporting a different type of black-and-white outfit, and was released on a $1,520 bail shortly after, KATV reports.

Teacher sparks outrage by dressing her young son as Hitler for Halloween party

A teacher has been condemned for dressing her young son up as Adolf Hitler for a Halloween party. The mom, named as Janet Arsanian, dressed her boy up in the Nazi costume and fake Hitler mustache at a ‘Trunk or Treat’ event in Boulder City, NV on Saturday A snap of the costume has since gone viral, with many branding it racist and distasteful.

Metro US is not naming the boy, but (MOMS NAME) has insisted she did not set out to offend. In a since-deleted Facebook post, she said: ‘I’m the proud parent of the boy in the Hitler costume and my son didn’t mean to upset anyone. ‘He needed a last-minute costume and he put that together today. No we don’t worship Hitler or agree with what he did.’

Photographs of the child have stirred up backlash by members of the community, with many questioning whether she should keep her job as a teacher at SCHOOL NAME ‘Interesting to see a #CCSD teacher pridefully dressing her 13-year-old as Hitler,’ wrote one Facebook poster. ‘These nazi sympathizers are supposed to be educating our kids.’

 

Helena Vece is a 71-year-old Boulder City resident whose parents survived the holocaust. Her grandchildren showed her pictures of the costume – which she found incredibly offensive. ‘I know what my mom and dad went through,” Vece told the Las-Vegas Review Journal. ‘I know what I went through (with) them as a child, I know what their memories are. I was born in Germany after the war, and to see this was so offensive.’ The Clark County School District was made aware of the incident – but would not say whether the mother would be disciplined. ‘We expect all of our employees to be sensitive to the varied cultural backgrounds of our students and community,’ a spokeswoman said in a statement.

 

 

#1 Alabama makes it 12 straight wins over the Vols

BY , WREG

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Tua Tagovailoa threw touchdown passes to four receivers and No. 1 Alabama started fast again in a 58-21 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Alabama had touchdowns on its first four possessions while outscoring Tennessee 28-0 and outgaining the Volunteers 217-6 in the opening period. Alabama has outscored opponents 165-31, and Tennessee has been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this season.

More: https://wreg.com/2018/10/20/1-alabama-makes-it-12-straight-wins-over-the-vols/

Grizzlies’ Green breaks jaw

BY , WREG

MEMPHIS – Memphis Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green has undergone surgery after breaking his jaw during a victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

The Grizzlies announced Saturday that Green broke his jaw while taking an elbow to the face during the third quarter of the 131-117 triumph.

Grizzlies officials said the 6-foot-9 forward had surgery Saturday morning. No additional information was provided.

More: https://wreg.com/2018/10/20/grizzlies-green-breaks-jaw/

Early voting numbers have tripled since 2014

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – An estimated 40-thousand people in Shelby County have participated in early voting.

About 7,700 people voted Saturday alone.

According to the election commission, that is a huge number for one weekend.

In the 2014 mid-terms, more than 11 thousand early voters cast their ballots in the first 4 days of early voting.

This year, that number has tripled.

We were there Sunday as volunteers from early voting locations turned in their voter registration rolls.

Future poll workers were also being trained on how to properly put away voting machines in preparation for election day.

Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates

By John Aidan Byrne October 20, 2018 | 10:25pm

New York City employers are squarely blaming a raging drug epidemic for much of the trouble they have filling jobs in one of the tightest labor markets in a generation.

More local prospective workers are testing positive for substance abuse, or showing up stoned for work, according to industry analysts.

And even as weed is legalized in some places, or viewed as more socially acceptable, it’s not just marijuana’s job-impairment side-effects that bother these hiring managers. The abuse of hard drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, has exploded, and further threatens productivity.

Many jobs in New York City now take 60 days or more to fill. Thirty percent of the openings in New York City for registered nurses, bartenders, delivery drivers, program managers and machine operators that are posted on professional job Web sites go unfilled for 60 days or more, according to the employment portals.

A 2018 report by Quest Diagnostics reveals a 150 percent increase from 2013 to 2017 of methamphetamine positivity rates for workers tested in the wider New York region, which covers New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Drug abuse rates overall for workers tested in New York state were at 3.5 percent in 2017, compared with 3.2 percent a decade earlier, the Quest data analysis shows.

The drug crisis comes as the local job market is very tight, with the New York City unemployment rate at 4.1 percent.

More: https://nypost.com/2018/10/20/employees-and-execs-are-failing-drug-tests-at-shocking-rates/