On Sunday evening, Hong Kong experienced torrential downpours of nearly 3 inches of rain in under an hour accompanied by golf ball-size hail. Hong Kong has only seen 39 days with hail in the last 48 years, making this weather event especially unusual.
A strange scenario unfolded at the Festival Walk shopping mall when its skylight windows were shattered by the hail, allowing the torrential downpour to stream directly into the mall…
Of course, shoppers had their phones ready to share their bizarre experience with the rest of us as pieces of the ceiling came crashing down…
Pierce Thiot’s mom had her grandkids put on a talent show over Christmas. Pierce’s talent was to see how many pencils he could fit in his beard. Over 20 pencils later, he decided he was onto something.
Pierce’s wife Stacy is a photographer, so she eagerly embraced the task of documenting what Pierce was able to fit in his beard. They created an Instagram account called Will It Beard, where they post a photo a day of Pierce’s beard full of scissors, Cheetos, toy dinosaurs, and many other random objects.
Mary Krupa is a Penn State student who runs the Facebook page for “Sneezy The Penn State Squirrel.” She says in an interview that there are actually four squirrels who serve as “Sneezy,” but unless you’re a squirrel whisperer, you’d never know they’re not all the same critter.
Krupa dresses her rodent friends with custom-made hats, sunglasses, and headphones to curiously bring them into a human world they’re already a part of thanks to the scraps of college students’ food that comprise much of their diet. The holiday and seasonal outfits and props add an entertaining element to a series that’s equal parts amazing, amusing…and creepy…
The college paper below is cited in an ESPN story on an academic scandal that has embroiled University of North Carolina athletics. This was a final paper that actually got an A- according to Mary Willingham, a former academic counselor for athletes at the university who blew the whistle on the academic scandal in the athletic department.
If you’re having trouble reading the paper, here’s the transcript:
AFAM 41 Final Paper
Rosa Parks: My Story
On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “ I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “ why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “ I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.
Willingham summed up the obvious, noting,
This is not even close to college work, yet this athlete was awarded an A-. …It’s kind of shocking, really, that a student at Carolina wouldn’t have a grasp of this basic — elementary school, first/second grade — reading skills.
But hey, their football, basketball, baseball, and soccer programs are all successful, so…go Tar Heels!
Architect Katerina Kamprani dabbles in design…but with a twist. She tries to imagine creatively terrible products — items that would be somewhat functional (maybe), but an absolute pain to actually use.
Providing an essential service in the most affordable way possible, several men help students and a teacher in Vietnam get to school across a flooded stream without getting wet by carrying them in a big plastic bag…
An unusual situation arose during a March 16 playoff hockey game between the Eindhoven Gamecocks and the Geleen Smoke Eaters of the Dutch Premier League.
Eindhoven’s goalie had a brother who happened to be a referee at the game, and their father was in attendance, too. Midgame, dad intervened in an altercation that broke out in the stands and was jumped by two other men in the process, getting knocked to the ground and put in a choke hold.
Naturally, both brothers rushed to their dad’s defense, creating a bizarre scene in which a hockey fight involved fans, players, and members of the officiating crew…