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Blanket of Spiderwebs Covers Entire Field


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Blanket of Spiderwebs Covers Entire Field

Blanket of Spiderwebs Covers Entire Field

A transparent layer of spider webs covers the grass in a New Zealand park.

Credit: Tracey Maris/Storyful

Visitors to a New Zealand park recently found the grass blanketed not by flowers, but by silk webs produced by what appeared to be thousands of tiny spiders.

Park-goer Tracey Maris noticed something unusual about the scene on April 16 and captured video footage of the gently rolling silk waves. The web blanket was approximately 98 feet (30 meters) long and as wide as 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 m), The New Zealand Herald reported. Webs covered ground near a soccer field at the Gordon Spratt Reserve in suburban Papamoa, near the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s eastern coast, the newspaper said.

Initially, Maris thought the silk nets were unoccupied, she said. But as she and her family explored the webs’ outer perimeter, they noticed that there were “little black things on top” — spiders, numbering in the thousands, Maris told The NZ Herald. “So, as you do, we screamed really loudly,” she said. [Weird and Wonderful: 9 Bizarre Spiders]

Maris spotted the webs on a newly made tsunami evacuation mound, she told the news agency Storyful. “There was a bright glistening coming from the top of the mound. It looked almost like the hill was sparkling,” Maris said. The elevated mound may have attracted spiders seeking higher ground after recent flooding from Cyclone Cook earlier that week, Maris told Storyful.

It is very likely that the field’s silky cover is made of sheet webs, spun by members of the sheet web spider family, Thomas Scheibel, head of the Department for Biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, told Live Science in an email.

Scheibel, who studies biomaterials like spider webs, explained that sheet webs are made up of not just one type of spider silk, “but typically several silks with different properties.”

New Zealand hosts a variety of sheet web spider species, the largest of which is Cambridgea foliata. While the smallest sheet web spiders measure just a few centimeters across, C. foliata‘s leg span is “palm-sized,” and it produces a web that can measure over 3 feet (1 m) across, according to a species description shared by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

“But it is impossible to tell which spider made the webs in the video,” Scheibel told Live Science. “However, it is likely that all webs in the video are made by the same species — although probably several thousands of individuals.”

But even the efforts of several thousand spiders can last for only so long. Their work was partly destroyed by a dog that ran across the field shortly after Maris shot her video, and a thunderstorm wiped away what was left; when she returned to the park the next day, no sign of the web remained, Maris told Storyful.

“For me, it was being at the right place at the right time yesterday to see a phenomenon which is rarely seen,” she said.

Original article on Live Science.

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Top 10 Freaky Facts About The Tallest Man


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Top 10 Freaky Facts About The Tallest Man

ANTHONY SFARRA MAY 12, 2017

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Guinness World Records recognizes Robert Wadlow as the tallest human ever for whom there are indisputable, documented measurements. The Alton Giant, as he was called, stood 272 centimeters (8’11″) tall. Robert’s stature led to a very unique life, and he became something of a celebrity for his height. Being the tallest person who ever lived, however, wasn’t always easy.

10He Was Normal-Sized At Birth

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Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918, in Alton, Illinois, a town along the Mississippi River not far from St. Louis. The first child of parents Harold and Addie Wadlow appeared completely normal at birth, weighing 3.8 kilograms (8.4 lb). He was a normal-sized baby, and why not? Harold and Addie were of average height, and their subsequent four children after Robert were also of normal height.[1]

After birth, however, Robert began to grow far faster than normal. When he was six months old, he weighed 14 kilograms (30 lb), roughly twice as heavy as a typical six-month-old. At 12 months, he’d grown to 20 kilograms (45 lb), and at 18 months, he’d reached 30 kilograms (67 lb). By the time Robert was a toddler, he was 91 centimeters (3’) tall.

9A Very Big Kid

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When Robert was five years old, he stood 163 centimeters (5’4″) and weighed 48 kilograms (105 lb). When he entered kindergarten, he wore clothes sized for a 17-year-old. Robert was said to be well-behaved in school and smart for his age. His main difficulty was finding desks that he could sit in.[2]

By the time Robert was eight, few stores had clothes that would fit him properly, and he became a regular customer for tailors. At age nine, Robert was able to carry his father up a flight of stairs. At 10, he’d reached a height of 196 centimeters (6’5″) and a weight of 95 kilograms (210 lb). His shoe size was 17.5. Try finding shoes of that size at a local store in 1928.

Robert joined the Boy Scouts at 13, becoming the world’s tallest Boy Scout at 224 centimeters (7’4″). He required a specially made uniform, sleeping bag, and tent. At this time, the ever-growing teen was consuming five times as many calories per day compared to typical boys his age. When Robert graduated high school, he towered over his classmates at 254 centimeters (8’4″). He tipped the scales at 177 kilograms (391 lb).

8The Cause

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Not long before his 12th birthday, Robert and his family visited Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. There, the 211-centimeter (6’11″) boy finally learned just why he was growing so prodigiously. He had an overactive pituitary gland that was releasing far too much growth hormone.

The most common cause of an overactive pituitary gland is a benign tumor(called an adenoma) forcing excess hormone to be secreted. More often than not, such growths will cause too much prolactin to be secreted, but in some cases, excess growth hormone is released. It is also possible for pituitary tumors to simply be present without affecting hormone release at all. Such tumors are referred to as non-secreting.[3]

Today, several medical interventions can deal with adenomas, such as surgery or medication. In 1930, however, no treatments were available. Robert would only continue to grow.

7The Difficulties Of Being The Tallest

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Being a literal giant isn’t easy. For one, Robert required a lot of food. A typicalbreakfast during his teen years consisted of eight eggs, 12 slices of toast, several glasses of orange juice, five cups of coffee, and plenty of cereal.

Robert’s size began to take its toll on his body from a young age. His heart didn’t have an easy job, having to circulate blood to the ends of his long limbs. At age 10, his feet were cyanotic, meaning that they had a blue color due to poor circulation. Robert had little sensation in his feet. He would not feel minor injuries to them until they were aggravated and raw.

When he was 14, Robert stumbled only slightly while pushing a boy on a tricycle, but doing so still broke two bones in his feet. Afterward, he had to wear an iron brace on that leg. As an adult, Robert needed leg braces to walk and also used a cane nearly as tall as an average adult. However, he never required a wheelchair.

Physical ailments aside, Robert lived in a world that was too small for him. To sit at tables, he had to keep his legs straight, causing his feet to stick out from the other end, where people would inevitably trip over them. There was always the danger of chairs breaking under his weight. He had to stoop considerably to get through most doors, and most ceilings weren’t high enough for him to stand up straight. If Robert stayed at a hotel, he needed multiple beds pushed together. Common activities such as going to the movies were unfeasible for him.

6Adult Life

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As Robert entered his adult years, he continued to grow. At age 19, he’d reached 262 centimeters (8’7″) and was declared the tallest man in the world. His hands were 32.4 centimeters (12.8 in) from the tip of his middle fingers to his wrists. He had an arm span of about 2.9 meters (9.5 ft), and his shoes were size 37, which is 47 centimeters (19 in) long. At the time of his death, he had a pair of 39s under construction. At his heaviest, Robert weighed 223 kilograms (492 lb). He ate around 8,000 calories a day.

In 1936, Robert did a tour of the US with the Ringling Brothers Circus. In general, his main source of income was public appearances. When he was 20, he found a useful arrangement as a paid spokesman for the International Shoe Company, which also agreed to build his $100 shoes for free. He visited more than 800 towns in 41 states, traveling over 500,000 kilometers (300,000 mi) for the company. Robert also became a Freemason, presumably the tallest ever.

 

5Giant-Sized Items

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Robert was a very big man, and he needed some very big items for day-to-day life. All of his clothes had to be custom-made and required three times the normal amount of material to assemble. As previously mentioned, hisshoes were both big and expensive. Unlike Robert’s other clothes, however, building his shoes was more than a question of extra leather. To withstand the stress they’d be placed under, the footwear had to be constructed with special materials and reinforced with metal parts. Robert also had a 2.9-meter (9.5 ft) bed at home.

For Robert’s shoe spokesman travels, his father modified the family car. The front passenger seat was removed, allowing Robert to sit in the back and stretch his legs out. The seven-person automobile effectively became a three-seater.

In 1937, Robert’s parents made plans to build him a house scaled for his tremendous size. The doors would have been 2.7 meters (9 ft) high, the ceilings would have been 3.4 meters (11 ft), and even the stairs would have measured 0.6 meters (2 ft). All the furniture would have been fitted to Robert, and he would have had a 3-meter (10 ft) bathtub. The bathtub alone provided quite a snag, as it would have had to have been cast at a foundry, at a cost of up to $1,000. The plans for the house never came to fruition.

4‘The Gentle Giant’

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Robert was known for being quiet, good-natured, and friendly and was nicknamed the “Gentle Giant.” In his spare time, he was said to enjoy photography and stamp collecting. Many of his days, however, were spent facing crowds.

Outside his hometown, he couldn’t walk far without a group of onlookers accumulating and invariably stepping on his feet as they drew close. On top of that, his job also involved facing large assemblages of people. Robert generally didn’t mind. When asked if it bothered him when people would stare, he said, “No, I just overlook them.”

Some crowd antics could get on Robert’s nerves, though. He didn’t like questions on how much he ate, and he especially grew tired of being asked, “How’s the weather up there?” When he was 18, Robert told a newspaper reporter that he hadn’t heard a new joke about his height in three years. Robert would sometimes bring his photography into his public appearances, surreptitiously photographing the crowds without their realizing it. His hands were large enough to completely conceal his camera, with the lens poking out between his thumb and forefinger.

3The Court Case

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On June 2, 1936, a medical doctor named Charles Humberd visited Robert and his family. According to the Wadlows, he was very rude, and Robert ultimately refused to cooperate with Humberd or be examined by him. Humberd then trashed Robert in a paper published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The JAMA write-up described Robert as “surly,” “apathetic,” “antagonistic,” and “vapid,” among other things. Humberd painted Robert as a bitter introvert, angry with his physical state. He also expressed doubt on various teachers’ claims that Robert was intelligent. Humberd derided Robert as having “defective attention” and stated, “All functions that we attribute to the highest centers in the frontal lobes are languid and blurred.”

The Wadlows decided to sue Humberd for libel. He had made all these insulting claims about their son based on cursory observations. In court, several witnesses refuted Humberd’s description of Wadlow. Nevertheless, the Wadlows lost the suit, as the judge concluded that it could not be proven that Humberd’s description of Robert wasn’t accurate the day he met him. The family chose not to appeal.[8]

2Robert’s Death

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On June 27, 1940, Robert’s height was measured. The Alton Giant, 22 years old and still growing, had reached 272 centimeters (8’11″). It would be the last time his height was measured.

On July 4, Robert appeared at the National Forest Festival in Manistee, Michigan, and walked in a parade. The next morning, he had a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius (106 °F). A doctor was called. Upon examining Robert, he discovered that his new iron brace, which had been fitted a week earlier, had created a large blister on his right ankle that would normally have been painful, if not for Robert’s poor sensation in his lower extremities. The blisterwas infected and septic.[9]

Robert had to sleep at a hotel, as the hospital had nothing large enough to accommodate him. He remained bedridden for days. Despite doctors’ best efforts, the infection would not abate. Robert Wadlow died in his sleep at 1:30 AM on July 15, 1940.

1Aftermath

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Over 40,000 people attended Robert’s funeral in Alton. All businesses in town closed for the service as a show of respect. Robert was buried in Alton’s Oakwood Cemetery. Two grave plots were needed for his interment.

Robert’s coffin was 3.3 meters (10.8 ft) long. The 450-kilogram (1,000 lb) casket required 18 pallbearers and stuck out from the back of the hearse carrying it, necessitating a black cloth to be draped over the vehicle’s doors to cover the remainder. The Wadlows feared that Robert’s body might be dug up, perhaps by doctors for research, so his coffin was placed in a solid concrete vault. His tombstone has a simple epitaph of “At Rest.”[10]

After Robert’s death, his family destroyed most of his possessions to prevent them from being stolen and exhibited as “freak memorabilia.” Some items survive, however. In 1985, a life-size statue was constructed at the Southern Illinois University of Dental Medicine in Alton.

Anthony occasionally babbles about things on his blog.

Deadly chemical attack in Syria


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Deadly chemical attack in Syria

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Earlier this week, over 80 civilians died in a chemical weapon at
tack in Syria. In response, President Trump ordered a US missile strike targeting the Syrian air base.
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A man carries a child following a chemical attack at a makeshift hospital in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. (Edlib Media Center, via AP)
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A Syrian doctor treats a child following a chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. The attack killed more than 80 people on Tuesday, (Edlib Media Center, via AP)
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Victims of the suspected chemical weapons attack lie on the ground, in Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. (Alaa Alyousef via AP)
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A Syrian child receives treatment after a chemical attack at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria, April 4. (EPA)
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The scene showing victims of a chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria on April 4.The suspected chemical attack killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country’s six-year civil war. (Edlib Media Center, via AP)
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SAbdul-Hamid Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a chemical weapons attack, in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. Alyousef also lost his wife, two brothers, nephews and many other family members in the attack that claimed scores of his relatives. (Alaa Alyousef via AP)
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Protesters shout slogans against Russia for its alleged role in a chemical attack in Idlib province, Syria, near the Russian Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, April 4. (SEDAT SUNA/EPA)
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Nikki Haley, United States’ Ambassador United Nations, shows pictures of Syrian victims of chemical attacks as she addresses a meeting of the Security Council on Syria at U.N. headquarters, April 5. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)
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Vladimir Safronkov (C), Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, talks to a staff member during an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council about a chemical attack in Syria at United Nations headquarters in New York., April 5. (Justin Lane/EPA)
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Syrian first aiders and civil defense volunteers hold placards and photos showing victims of the recent alleged chemical attack Khan Sheikhoun, during a gathering to show solidarity with the victims in Douma, Syria, April 5. (MOHAMMED BADRA/EPA)
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Dozens of members of a Turkish trade union carry black-painted coffins with images of the attack’s child victims, in protest of this week’s chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people in northern Syria, in Ankara,Turkey, April 7. The group of some 250 members of a pro-government union on Friday held funeral prayers for the victims of the assault in front of the Iranian embassy in Ankara, before marching to the Russian embassy. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
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A Senate staffer removes photographs of the gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria that killed more than 100 people following a press conference with Democratic Senator from Maryland Ben Cardin and Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio in the US Capitol in Washington DC, April 5. The Senators put the blame for the attack squarely on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (JIM LO SCALZO/EPA)
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The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter fires a Tomahawk land attack missile on April 7, in the Mediterranean Sea. The USS Porter was one of two destroyers that fired a total of 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed scores of civilians this week. The attack was the first direct U.S. assault on Syria and the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year war there. (Ford Williams/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump prepares to speak at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., April 6, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)
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People, hold an Islamic flag and chant slogans during a demonstration against the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, following a prayer in Istanbul, April 7. Some hundreds of people gathered in the courtyard of the mosque in Istanbul following Friday prayers to protested against the attack and prayed for the victims. (Emrah Gurel/Associated Press)
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This Oct. 7, 2016 satellite image shows Shayrat air base in Syria. The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles on April 7, in retaliation for this week’s chemical weapons attack against civilians. (DigitalGlobe/U.S. Department of Defense via AP)
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A Syrian woman rests in a hospital in Reyhanli, Turkey, April 7. Turkish media, quoting Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag and other officials, says autopsy results show Syrians were subjected to chemical weapons attack in Idlib, Syria. (Associated Press)
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The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) launced a missile strike while in the Mediterranean Sea, April 7. (Ford Williams/US Navy via EPA)
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Copies of the popular Japanese daily Nikkan Gendai newspapers showing pictures of US President Donald J. Trump are stacked at a kiosk of a railway station in Tokyo, Japan, April 7. (FRANCK ROBICHON/EPA)
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) answers questions at the U.S. Capitol about the recent U.S. attack in Syria April 7, in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Iranians shout anti-US slogans after the Friday prayer ceremony in Tehran, Iran, April 7. Following US air-strike in Syria, Iran has strongly condemned the US air strick to an air base in Syria. (ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH/EPA)
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Tthe burned and damaged hangar warplanes which was attacked by U.S. Tomahawk missiles, at the Shayrat Syrian government forces airbase, southeast of Homs, Syria, early April, 7. (Syrian government TV, via AP)
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A boy participates in a special prayer for the victims of the chemical attack in Idlib, Syria, following Friday prayers in Istanbul, April 7. Some hundreds of people gathered in the courtyard of the mosque in Istanbul following Friday prayers to protested against the attack and prayed for the victims. (Emrah Gurel/Associated Press)

$100 Million in Artifacts Shipped from Egypt & Turkey to US in 2016


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$100 Million in Artifacts Shipped from Egypt & Turkey to US in 2016

10 Cursed Lottery Winners


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10 Cursed Lottery Winners

SAM DUNSMORE MARCH 21, 2017

http://listverse.com/2017/03/21/10-cursed-lottery-winners/

Many people dream about winning the lottery; they believe that the money will solve all of their troubles. Unfortunately, the windfall can bring more problems than it solves. Most people do not know how to deal with their newfound wealth, and many of the winners go bankrupt.

Unfortunately, the money often attracts greedy people, who believe that they are entitled to some of the winnings. Family, friends, even strangers have no problem requesting small fortunes. Many become angry if they are not given exorbitant amounts of money.

The following people each had their lives—and their families’ lives—ruined by winning the lottery.

 

10Abraham Shakespeare

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Abraham Shakespeare won $30 million in the lottery, and he took a lump sum amount of $17 million. He was insistent that the money would not change him. Shakespeare had always been a kindhearted man, who helped those in need, and he intended to stay that way.

Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s kindness became common knowledge. People would walk up to him on the streets and bombard him with their hard-luck stories. He could not resist helping them. Shakespeare was equally generous with his friends, and his kindness was rapidly depleting his bank account.

He met a woman, Dorice Moore, who offered to help him manage his money. Moore opened an account with Shakespeare’s money. She spent $1 million on expensive cars and lavish vacations.

It was not enough; Moore wanted all of his money. She shot Shakespeare twice in the chest, and she buried his body in a field. She told his friends and family that he had left town, wanting to escape the people who kept asking for money.

Moore pretended that Shakespeare was alive for months. She sent Shakespeare’s son gifts; she sent messages from Shakespeare’s cellphone; she staged sightings of Shakespeare; she even hired someone to pose as Shakespeare to call his mother.

Shakespeare’s family was not fooled by Moore. They reported him as missing. Police soon found his body, and they immediately suspected Moore. She was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

9Urooj Khan

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Urooj Khan was delighted with his million-dollar win ($425,000 as a lump sum after taxes). He planned to put the money back into his business, and he wanted to make a donation to a children’s hospital.

Khan attended a press conference where he received an oversized check. Then he went home and had a traditional Indian dinner with his daughter, his wife, and his father-in-law. Khan was not feeling well after the meal, and he went to bed early. He woke up in agony, and he collapsed when he tried to stand. His wife dialed 911, and Khan was rushed to the hospital. He died the next day.

The medical examiner determined that Khan had died of natural causes; his death was attributed to a type of cardiovascular disease. No autopsy was performed.

Khan’s brother was suspicious of the sudden death. He asked the medical examiner to reinvestigate his brother’s body. This time they found a lethal amount of cyanide in Khan’s blood.

Police have searched for the murderer, but they have been unsuccessful so far. The case remains open.

 

8Andrew J. Whittaker Jr.

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Andrew Whittaker won $314.9 million; after taxes and a lump sum deduction, he received $113.4 million. He considered himself blessed. Whittaker immediately began donating money to charity. He gave millions to his church, and he created his own charity to help people find jobs, buy food, or get an education.

People soon started to ask for money. People sent him so many letters, that his charity had to hire three people to open them all. They spent more than eight hours a day just opening the letters.

Some people were not willing to wait for a donation. Several visitors showed up at his house every day to complain about their financial problems. A few of them became angry when he rejected them, and they threatened his family.

People started to sue Whittaker. He spent over $3 million fending offhundreds of lawsuits, nearly all of which were bogus.

Whittaker became stressed with the newfound attention. He started treating himself to frequent visits to strip clubs, and he started participating in high-stakes gambling. While he was at a strip club, he opened a briefcase that contained $545,000. Someone drugged him and stole the briefcase. The money was recovered, although the incident publicized his bad habits.

Although he was publicly disgraced, Whittaker was still adored by his family. He was especially close with his sole grandchild, Brandi. He had helped raise Brandi: her father was dead, and her mother, Whittaker’s daughter, had cancer.

He gave 15-year-old Brandi whatever she wanted, and Whittaker would randomly give her thousands of dollars. The cash attracted drug dealers, and she soon became addicted. He sent her to rehab, but it was unsuccessful.

Two years later, Brandi went missing. Her body was discovered wrapped in a plastic tarp. The cause of death was listed as unknown, although there wereillegal drugs in her system.

Brandi’s death put a strain on Whittaker’s family. He and his wife divorced; they had been married for 42 years. The next year his daughter—his only child—died.

Whittaker now wishes that he had torn the lottery ticket up.

7Jeffrey Dampier

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Jeffrey Dampier and his wife won $20 million in the lottery. They soon divorced, and each took half of the winnings. Jeffrey began dating Crystal Jackson. The couple moved to Florida, and they brought Crystal’s two sisters with them. Jeffrey supported the three women completely.

Victoria, Crystal’s sister, called Jeffrey and invited him to her home. When he arrived, he was confronted by Victoria and her boyfriend, Nathaniel. Even though Jeffrey supported Victoria, she and Nathaniel wanted more.

Nathaniel pulled a gun on Jeffrey. He ordered Victoria to bind Jeffrey’s wrists with shoelaces. They searched Jeffrey, and they found several thousand dollars in his pockets. It was not enough.

Nathaniel pointed his gun at Jeffrey and forced him into his van. Victoria drove while Nathaniel threatened Jeffrey with the gun. Nathaniel struck Jeffrey in the head multiple times while demanding more money. Victoria pulled over.

Nathaniel handed the gun to Victoria, and he told her “Shoot him or I’ll shoot you.” She shot and killed Jeffrey. Victoria and Nathaniel left. They were later arrested, and they both received multiple life sentences.

6Renné Senna

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Brazilian Renné Senna was not having a good life. He had worked in a butcher shop, but he had to quit when diabetes caused both of his legs to be amputated. Senna had to sell goods on the side of the road to survive. His wife could not take their new life. She took the kids and left.

In 2005, Senna’s life changed when he hit the lottery. He won R$52 million ($16.8 million). Senna quickly started dating another woman, Adriana Almeida, who was 25 years younger than him. They had been acquaintances for years; however, she started showing interest in him after his lottery win.

They were soon married, and Almeida became the administrator of herhusband’s estate. She convinced Senna to remove his 11 siblings from his will. He wrote a new will that left half of his money to Almeida.

Almeida had access to his bank accounts. She took R$1.8 million ($580,000) from their joint account and placed it into her own bank account. Senna was furious when he found out that she had used the money to buy a penthouse. He thought that she was having an affair—she was—and he confronted her. Senna warned Almeida that he would remove her name from his will. Almeida ran from the house.

A few days later Senna went to his favorite bar. Two armed men on motorcycles rode up and ordered Senna to hand over his money. They shot him four times in the head before they fled.

Police discovered that Almeida was behind the murder, and she was arrested. Almeida was found guilty, and she was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

5Lee R. Kost

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Lee Kost was happily retired when he won $250,000 on a lottery ticket. The money quickly caused him problems. His home was broken into multiple times; he lost a few thousand dollars and several pieces of expensive jewelry.

The win also introduced new people to Kost’s life. He met a teenaged woman, Porche Sweet. They pair decided to have dinner one evening, and Sweet went home with Kost.

Unfortunately, Sweet was planning to rob Kost. She left the front door unlocked, and she texted three friends that she was in his home. The trio took a cab to Kost’s home. They went upstairs to his bedroom—where Kost and Sweet were.

One of the thieves—Terrence Maya—began to pistol-whip Kost. He demanded to know the PIN to his credit cards. The other robbers looked around for Kost’s credit cards and money. After they found Kost’s valuables, Maya fatally shot Kost.

The group stole Kost’s Jaguar and fled. They were quickly pulled over for speeding. Police noticed the gun in the car, and the robbers were all arrested. Three of the robbers will each serve at least 23 years; Maya will be imprisoned for life.

4Craigory Burch Jr.

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Craigory Burch Jr. was stunned when he won $434,272 in a lottery drawing. Unfortunately, the windfall soon led to problems. Burch started to receive calls and text messages that warned him to be careful because people were planning to rob him.

Two months later the warnings became reality. A shotgun blast blew open Burch’s door, and several masked people stormed into his home. Burch was terrified: he was surrounded by his family, and he was holding his two-year-old. The robbers pointed their guns at Burch.

He begged them for mercy, and he offered them his bank card. Burch took off his pants and threw them at the robbers. They could not find his wallet. The robbers became angry, and they shot him in both legs before they left. However, they soon returned. The robbers shot Burch again before they left for good.

Fortunately, the robbers had spared Burch’s girlfriend and his children. His girlfriend ran to get help, but it was too late for Burch, who had died.

The robbers were caught, and seven people were charged in his death.

3Maria Lou Devrell

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David and Maria Lou Devrell were thrilled when they won $5 million. They hired their friend of 20 years, finance manager Peter Kelly, to help manage their money. The Devrells gave him power of attorney: he was given control over the couple’s spending, bank accounts, and bills. Peter was also allowed to take money from their accounts to pay himself for the financial assistance.

Peter did not approve of Maria’s spending habits. He stopped by the Devrell’s home to talk to her about her financials. The conversation quickly turned into an argument, and Peter and Maria started shoving each other.

Peter angrily left the house and went to his car. He returned with a rubber mallet that he had wrapped in plastic. Peter hit Maria over the head multiple times, and then he smothered her. He staged a robbery and then left.

Maria’s body was found later that day, and Peter was arrested two weeks later. He said that their argument began when he confronted her aboutspending the winnings too quickly. However, the court showed that Peter had caused the Devrell’s money troubles. Peter had invested the couple’s money poorly, and he had lost nearly $1 million. Maria had questioned Peter’s financial advice, and Peter did not want to lose control over the Devrell’s money.

Peter was sentenced to 13-18 years in jail.

2Arturo Eufemia

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Filipinos Arturo and Leticia Eufemia hit a P$19.6 million ($390,000) jackpot in the lottery. They kept P$5 million ($100,000) in cash, and they deposited the rest into their bank account. The couple tried to keep the win a secret, but they were unsuccessful.

Arturo started to have nightly drinking parties with his friends, whichannoyed his wife. Leticia and their daughter went to stay with relatives for a few days. Arturo continued to host his drinking parties.

One night, after all of his friends had left, a group of armed men confronted Arturo. They demanded money. Arturo became angry, and he pulled out his gun. He managed to shoot one of the robbers before they shot and killed him.

The thieves raided the Eufemias’ home. They took all the money they could find, and they left in the Eufemias’ new van. By the time the police arrived, the thieves were long gone.

Police managed to find the van, which was parked in front of the home of one of the robbers. Eventually, they arrested more than ten men. One of the thieves was Arturo’s cousin, Mayorico Guatno. It had been his idea to rob the Eufemias. He was angry at Arturo because Arturo had refused to lend himP$400,000 ($8,000).

1Bazil Thorne

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In 1960, Bazil Thorne won £100,000—over $1.5 million today—in a lottery. He and his family were featured on the front pages of newspapers: the articles included the family’s photo, names, address, and the prize amount.

The publicity drew the attention of Stephen Bradley, who wanted some of their winnings. Bradley decided to kidnap the Thorne’s eight-year-old son, Graeme, and hold him for ransom. Bradley watched the family, and he perfected his plan.

Graeme waited on the corner of a street for a family friend, Phyllis Smith, to pick him up for school. Unfortunately, Bradley got to the boy first. Bradley lured Graeme into his car, drove to a deserted street, and drugged Graeme. The boy lost consciousness.

Meanwhile, Phyllis was surprised that Graeme was not waiting for her. She went to talk to his mother, who became concerned. She called the police, and an officer stopped by the Thorne home. A few minutes later, the phone rang. Bradley said that he had Graeme, and he wanted £25,000 ($400,000 today) to return him.

Bradley called again twelve hours later. He told them that the money should be put into two paper bags, but he hung up before leaving any further instructions. Bradley was panicking because he had accidently over-druggedGraeme. The boy had died.

Several days passed, and there was no contact between the Thornes and Bradley. The police eventually discovered Graeme’s body in a deserted field. They were able to match the cypress tree twigs, and pink mortar found on Graeme’s body to Bradley’s home.

Bradley was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.

10 Incredible Pets That Returned Home After Years Of Being Lost


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SHANNON QUINN FEBRUARY 15, 2017

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Anyone who has had their pet go missing knows the heart-wrenching fear and sadness that is mixed with the small hope that their pet will reappear someday. In these 10 stories, the owners got their wishes. They were able to reunite with their lost pets several years after the animals went missing.

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10Nigel The Parrot

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A British man named Darren Chick was living in California with his parrot, Nigel. The bird was learning to talk and even adopted Darren’s British accentwhen it spoke. In 2010, Nigel managed to fly away, and Darren never found him.

Four years later, someone else found Nigel and brought him to a veterinarian. They scanned his microchip and returned him to Darren, but the parrot no longer spoke with a British accent. Somehow, in his four years away, Nigel had learned to speak Spanish.

It turns out that Nigel had been living with the Smith family during all that time. They had purchased him for $400 at a yard sale shortly after he went missing from Darren’s home.

Ruben Hernandez, the 86-year-old grandfather of the Smith family, had formed a special bond with Nigel and renamed the bird Morgan. Ruben had lost his wife, so he dealt with the loneliness by speaking with Morgan instead.

When the parrot flew away from the Smiths’ home, Nigel’s miraculous return to Darren after four years was all over the news. Liza Smith, Ruben’s granddaughter, contacted Darren to explain where the bird had been all that time. Touched by the story, Darren brought Nigel, now officially renamed Morgan, back to the Smith family.

9Woosie The Cat

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Helen and Phillip Johns from Cornwall, England, were devastated when they could not find their seven-year-old cat, Woosie, in 2011. After enough time went by, they decided it was best to accept that he was never coming back.

Unknown to the Johns family, little Woosie had wandered a full 50 kilometers (30 mi) away, stopping at the Ginsters pasty factory. Workers thought that Woosie was simply adorable and decided to adopt him as a sort of mascot. They renamed him George and spoiled him with bits of sausage and assorted meats that are normally stuffed inside the miniature pie’s crust.

Three years later, after living in what seems to be a cat’s version of Heaven, the workers of Ginsters finally decided that it was time for George to visit the veterinarian. They had assumed that he was a stray. But when the doctor scanned the cat for a microchip, the doctor discovered Woosie’s true identity and contacted Phillip and Helen. They happily reunited with their now-chubby cat.

 

8Corky The Dog

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In 2009, one-year-old Corky, a scruffy little terrier mix, escaped from his kennel in the backyard of his home in Texas. He had been a gift for the young children of the Montez family.

Nearly seven years later in 2016, someone reported seeing two little stray dogs wandering together by the side of a road. Animal control workers picked up the dogs and scanned them for microchips. They were able to contact the Montez family, who reunited with Corky after all those years.

During his time away, Corky had become best friends with a younger, one-eyed dog, which was named Captain by the Montez family. From the dogs’ behavior, it was clear that Corky had looked after Captain like he was a little brother. Corky makes sure that Captain always eats first and protects him by standing guard.

The two dogs most likely survived in the wild by helping one another. With his missing eye, Captain might not have survived without Corky’s help. The Montezes refused to separate these two best friends and welcomed Captain as a new addition to the family.

7Charlie The Cat

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In Hampshire, England, in 2006, Jo and Ade Haigh began to worry when their indoor-outdoor cat, Charlie, did not return home for dinner. They posted signs and searched for the cat all over town for several months. After giving up on ever finding Charlie again, the couple moved to a different town a few miles away.

In 2012, six years after Charlie’s disappearance, life was very different for Mr. and Mrs. Haigh. They were the new parents of twins. Jo’s mother was looking to buy a new house, so Jo took her mother to look at real estate in the old neighborhood where Charlie had gone missing.

Sure enough, Jo spotted a cat that looked exactly like Charlie walking down the street where Jo used to live. She scooped up the cat in her arms and knocked on the door of the nearest house. The man confirmed that the cat was a stray that he occasionally fed, but no one knew to whom the cat belonged.

After taking the cat to the vet, Charlie was scanned for his microchip and his identity was confirmed. It turns out that Charlie had intended to return home after all. He was just a few years late to dinner. Charlie is now strictly an indoor cat.

6Manuela The Tortoise

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In 1982 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Almeida family could not find their pet tortoise, Manuela. While the house was being renovated, construction workers had left the front door wide open for long periods of time as they carried materials inside the house. Manuela’s owners decided that this must have been how she escaped.

Over 30 years later in 2013, the Almeida children were all grown up. The father, Leonel, had passed away. The children were cleaning out his house and opened a storeroom that their dad normally kept locked.

It was filled with his collection of record players, radios, televisions, and other electronics that he would find on the side of the road and claim that he would fix one day. Leonel contained his hoarding habit to this one storage room, only opening the door long enough to add more junk to the piles.

When the children brought the piles of trash out to the front of the house, they discovered that Manuela, the tortoise, was inside one of the cardboard boxes. They immediately brought her to the vet.

He confirmed that the red-footed tortoise can survive for two to three years without eating. The flooring in the house was infested with termites, so they theorize that Manuela had survived by eating the bugs whenever she got the chance.

 

5Fuzzy The Cat

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In 2010, Michelle Wright of Barrington, New Hampshire, had asked a friend to pet-sit her young cat, Fuzzy. When they began searching for the cat, one of the neighbors told Michelle that a black-and-white cat had been run over and killed nearby. Convinced that the cat must have been Fuzzy, Michelle gave up on the search.

Four years later, Michelle had moved on and gotten new pets. While she was shopping at a local pet store less than 1.6 kilometers (1 mi) from her home, she browsed the section of cats they had for sale. She was shocked to see a cat that was the spitting image of Fuzzy.

As Michelle stared at the cat, she recognized more similarities to Fuzzy. After asking the pet store owner where the cat had come from, he explained that the cat had been picked up on the side of the road. The veterinarian had estimated that the cat was about four years old—the same age that Fuzzy would have been.

Michelle brought in photographs of Fuzzy, including one that showed a unique birthmark on the pad of his paw. After paying the $85 adoption fee, which included all of Fuzzy’s shots and the implantation of a microchip, Michelle was able to bring him home at last.

4Opie The Horse

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In 2002 in San Antonio, Texas, a woman named Michelle Pool was admitted to the hospital to have surgery on her back. Rather than pay the expensive boarding fees for her horse, Opie, she asked her father to watch over her pet while she was recovering.

Her father did not have a stable, so Opie stayed enclosed by a wire fence in his pasture. Someone clipped the metal fence in the middle of the night, led Opie to a horse trailer, and drove away with the stolen horse.

Opie is a Saddlebred Pinto, which is a breed worth anywhere from $1,200 to as much as $15,000. Michelle submitted the case to an organization calledStolen Horse International. Ten long years later, she received a phone call that they had found Opie.

He was allegedly found by a pastor in Dayton, Texas, over 320 kilometers (200 mi) away from where Opie had been captured. According to the pastor’s story, he had seen the horse wandering on the side of the road and just happened to have an empty horse trailer available to bring her home.

Rather than contact the authorities, the pastor tried to sell the horse on Craigslist. A woman was shopping for a horse for her daughter and realized that the horse’s image had popped up on a list of stolen horses. The markings on Opie’s body were so unique that it was clearly the same horse.

The woman reported her suspicions to the authorities. The Dayton sheriff’s department hired a group of contract cowboys to raid the house of the pastor, and they recovered Opie around 2:00 AM the next day. There was not enough evidence to convict the pastor of theft, but Michelle was reunited with her long-lost pet.

3Suika The Cat

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On March 11, 2011, a tsunami hit the Iwate Prefecture in Japan. A black cat named Suika was swept up in the waves and carried away from her home. Owners Takeo and Kazuko Yamagishi had already evacuated to high ground to survive the tsunami. They did not have time to find their indoor-outdoor cat.

When they returned home, Suika was nowhere to be found. The couple searched for her for three months while their town was recovering from the tsunami. They eventually gave up hope of ever finding her.

Three years later, a couple was hiking in a forest not too far from the Yamagishis’ home. The hikers noticed a black cat curled up in the high branches of a tree. After rescuing the cat, they noticed that her collar had a charm with the name and phone number of the owners. After the Yamagishis received a phone call, they were reunited with little Suika.

We will never know what really happened. But with little else to save her from the rushing tides, there is a good chance that these tall trees probably saved the cat’s life during the tsunami. She most likely returned to them because it was where she felt safe.

2Reckless The Dog

In 2012, the devastating Hurricane Sandy destroyed many parts of the East Coast of the United States. Chuck and Elicia James lived in New Jersey during the storm. The fence in their backyard had become damaged. Their terrier-pitbull mix named Reckless was able to escape.

Chuck and Elicia were heartbroken. They searched for Reckless for several months and finally accepted that he must have died in the storm. After a year and a half, the couple was finally ready to move on and adopt a new dog. They visited a local animal shelter . . . only to see that Reckless was there, waiting for them all this time.

The shelter had renamed him Lucas. According to Chuck, Reckless “jumped three feet in the air” when he saw the couple. Reckless had a telltale scar on the top of his head, which was enough for them to confirm that this was the same dog.

1Willow The Cat

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In Boulder, Colorado, a calico cat named Willow escaped from her home in 2006 when contractors left the door open during renovations. For five years, Jamie and Chris Squires assumed that Willow must have been eaten by a coyote or any of the other predators in the Rocky Mountains.

One can only imagine their surprise when they received a phone call that Willow had been found—in New York City. Over 1,600 kilometers (1,000 mi) away from her home, the calico cat was found walking the streets of Manhattan. Soon after, a veterinarian scanned her microchip.

The Today Show offered to pay for the Squires family’s flight to New York in exchange for an exclusive on the story. Willow became an overnight cat celebrity. No one knows exactly how Willow managed to find herself in The Big Apple, and her journey remains a mystery.

Michael Bloomberg, the then-mayor of New York City, was quoted saying, “Cats reputedly have nine lives, and he clearly wanted to spend at least one of them in New York City.”

Shannon Quinn is a writer and entrepreneur from the Philadelphia area. You can find her on Twitter.

Top 10 Reasons President Trump Will Be A Great Success


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JAMIE FRATER JANUARY 20, 2017

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Today is the big day! President Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. It has been a long and troubling road to the White House for President Trump, and the citizens of America (in fact, the whole world) have seen one of the most divisive and highly charged election campaigns in history.

But now it is time to put that behind us and look to the future at what successes we are likely to see under President Donald J. Trump.

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10Clean Up The Media

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The 2016 election process exposed many problems in the US media. Thanks to the First Amendment, the United States has a long history of free press, and it is perfectly legal and fair for media organizations to pick sides and root for a particular candidate. But what happens when the entire media claims, on the one hand, to be unbiased and unpolitical, while on the other hand, they collude with and actively work (and in some cases, receive favors and money) to help one candidate win the election?

CNN was caught leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton, while outlets likeThe New York Times published fallacious articles about Mr. Trump sexually abusing women which, not surprisingly, vanished the day that he was elected.

And WikiLeaks further exposed a very long list of media representatives who were directly working with the Clinton campaign or the Democratic Party to publish news they had either written or vetted. We won’t even mention the ridiculous lengths that some pop culture websites, such as Huffington Postand Buzzfeed, went to in order to influence the election.

Once Mr. Trump was elected president, those same news outlets began a campaign accusing anyone who opposes them of being “fake news,” a ruse which came back to bite them recently. President Trump, by taking to Twitter and vocally calling out the mainstream media in their errors and bias, will ultimately bring about a change for the better in terms of honest and fair reporting.

In fact, representatives of the failing media issued a press release just this week stating: “We credit you with highlighting serious and widespread distrust in the media across the political spectrum. Your campaign tapped into that, and it was a bracing wake-up call for us. We have to regain that trust.” This can only be a plus for everyone.

 

9Create New (Old) Jobs

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Tariffs are not usually a part of the Republican platform. But when job creation becomes such a high-profile issue, it can’t be ignored. President Trump had the advantage of being an outsider, so he was able to step up and campaign for protectionist policies. This caused much ire among many of the Republican old guard like Senator John McCain who then took his vengeance by leaking false documents to the media.

In reality, tariffs already exist against non–Free Trade partners. As much as some wish to deny it, they are used against the US by many trading partners who are not charged tariffs on goods entering the US.

Mr. Trump’s plan involves what he calls “fair trade” as opposed to “free trade.” The idea is that tariffs will be imposed against nations that are either imposing tariffs against the US or using internal rules and regulations to undercut US competition from their own markets.

The country most likely to be effected financially is China, while the country most likely to benefit is the US. The imposition of these tariffs will compel companies that wish to trade in the US to open up shop there. This has the potential to create massive numbers of jobs.

Most of those jobs will be new jobs, but most will be jobs in old industries that fled the US as a result of Bill Clinton’s NAFTA bill. Ultimately, companies will chase the profits and it will soon be cheaper to produce cars, iPhones, and other products in the US directly rather than produce them offshore and import them with high tariffs.

8End Political Correctness

Political correctness is an act of terrorism against communication. In the words of the great George Carlin: “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance.” I strongly recommend you watch the video clip above before continuing to read.

In a nutshell, political correctness is the rebranding of things deemed “bad” with terms that claim to remove the negative connotations. Ultimately, however, it causes people to fear their own thoughts and words in case they say something that is now considered “wrong.”

Even worse, the newest “rules” of political correctness end up being used against people who lived before those rules existed or who made public statements using those words when society deemed them innocuous. This has given much ammunition to those of a certain political persuasion who can shut down any intelligent or logical debate by merely screaming “racism,” “homophobia,” or “Islamophobia”—the latter two words, of course, being nonsensical as “phobia” means fear, not hatred.

This was never more obvious than during the election when the mainstream media and those opposing Mr. Trump sought out any recordings or evidence of the political right or Trump supporters using such words as “nigger,” “cripple,” “retard,” etc. On many occasions, people on both sides of the political spectrum waited with bated breath for the leaking of audio showing their political opponent uttering “the N-word!”

The other knock-on effect of this bizarre linguistic destruction is the banning of such classic books as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird and the retitling of famous classic novels such as Ten Little Niggers by Agatha Christie. How quickly we forget the adage that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. If we ban books that discuss things we don’t like, how many generations will it take to forget they ever happened?

 

7Modernize Presidential Communication

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Not so long ago (1933–1944 to be exact), Franklin D. Roosevelt was lauded for his “fireside chats” in which he took to the radio to communicate directly to the American people. In much the same way, we now see President Trump using Twitter to the same end. This has caused a great deal of angst among members of the dying mass media who are clinging to any last vestige of influence they once had. And it is perhaps in part for this reason that they have so bitterly attacked Mr. Trump at every turn.

What sane person could possibly dislike the idea of the president of the United States talking directly (in more ways than one!) to the people? It wasn’t so long ago that claims of being “the most transparent administration” were met with praise and adulation in the same media now decrying President Trump. In an indirect way, Barrack Obama’s administration was also ultimately transparent, thanks to WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden.

A further arrow in President Trump’s communications bow is his recent declaration that he will be allowing members of the so-called alternative media (blogs, websites, amateur journalists) to join the legacy media in White House press briefings.

6Improve The Entertainment Industry

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After a decade of politically correct, social-justice-promoting movies spewing from the bowels of a Hollywood in deep crisis, profits are dropping as eyeballs seek entertainment off the big screen.

Not a week goes by without entertainment workers releasing another YouTube hit piece on Mr. Trump and his supporters. Gone are the days of actors and actresses entertaining the people; now they seem to think their job is to educate and influence. These extremely wealthy individuals work in an industry once considered among the lowest of the low. We are now, effectively, being told whom to vote for and what to think by people who, until recently, were considered equal to prostitutes.

But we can’t lay all the blame at the feet of those on the bottom rung of the entertainment industry. The big money behind the movies as well as the directors, the producers, and the scriptwriters all have a part to play.

When these moguls wake up and realize that their audience is abandoning them, they will have to bite their lips and start thinking about their future.

The good news is that now a giant wrench has been thrown into the works of society, causing a great shock. Like the famed phoenix, some fresh and exciting ideas will likely be born. We will no longer have to endure the likes of a re-release of Ghostbusters, whose only claim to fame (aside from having the most disliked trailer in YouTube history) is a blatant misandristic bent.

5Space Exploration

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John F. Kennedy sent man to the Moon, and all the thanks he got was to beshot by Ted Cruz’s father! President Trump has stated that he will reopen the National Space Council, a group tasked with sitting between all the various space-related agencies (including commercial organizations) to help determine policy. It was disbanded under Mr. Clinton, and while Mr. Obama promised to restore it, it has remained defunct ever since.

The President intends to reopen the council with Vice President Mike Pence at its head. All manner of talk has arisen over whether this could mean that NASA, in conjunction with the likes of SpaceX, will set their sights on a Mars landing or further deep space ventures. The next four or eight years could prove to be incredibly exciting for those of us with a love and fascination for the great unknown of outer space.

And let us not forget that President Trump will have access to the Roswell documents and Area 51. Who knows what may come of that!

By the way, I was just kidding about Ted Cruz’s dad . . . maybe . . .

 

4The Environment

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Mr. Trump repeatedly stated during his campaign: “It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

Much anxiety has been caused by the Trump administration’s reticence to embrace climate change extremism, but all is not lost for those who do adhere to environmentalism. While it is true that President Trump doesn’t wish to continue funding international environmental organizations, he does want to divert those funds back to the US to fix problems like Flint’s water.

There is something to be said for cleaning up your own backyard first, and that is the approach we should expect to see over the next few years. When countries like China can indiscriminately emit pollution with no regard for the rest of the world, why should it fall upon the shoulders of countries like the United Kingdom and the United States to compensate?

Furthermore, through the use of tariffs against foreign industry, manufacturing will return to the US, which has far stricter environmental guidelines than countries in the Orient. This will, in itself, bring about a significant reduction in global pollution.

Chicken Little can live to fight another day!

3Education

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With a promise to end Common Core and bring about parental choice in schools, President Trump is threatening to end the system which has led to the US ranking 35th out of 64 nations for mathematics and producing college students who need crayons and puppy dogs to cope with the grief of discovering that there are no participation trophies for backing the loser in an election.

Common Core is a set of standards that aims to teach children the things they need to know to meet a common requirement for further education and employment. The system was first developed in 2009 under Mr. Obama and was finally implemented in 2010. Since then, three states have voluntarily dropped the standards and President Trump is vowing to abolish them entirely.

Whether or not the replacement for Common Core will correct the dismal record of the US education system over the last six years remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that in the end the blame for a child’s success will be laid at the feet of his parents because it will be their choice on how and where to educate their child.

2Tax Reform

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Tax reform seems to come up in every election, but not since Mr. Reagan has such a grand range of tax cuts been proposed. Under the new scheme, which will reduce the total tax brackets from seven to three (12 percent, 25 percent, and 33 percent) and increase the standard deductions, the majority of Americans will save money. A small number of the lowest-income earners will see their tax rate rise by 2 percentage points from 10 percent to 12 percent.

The corporate tax rate will also drop to 15 percent, making it one of the most competitive in the world. The knock-on effect of this will be to promote the return of US companies operating abroad for tax gains.

This means more business bringing more jobs and more money in each worker’s pocket, which means more money being spent. In turn, this could help reverse the decline in the overall economy.

Changes to the tax system can take a while to notice, so this won’t be an immediate and obvious fix. But it could have great benefits in the longer term.

1Infrastructure

I must be honest and say that I am not at all a fan of President Trump’s very flamboyant home decor. But having recently stayed at a Trump Hotel while in New York on business, I am glad to say that it doesn’t extend past his marbled domicile.

A frequent issue that arose during the election was the deplorable state of US airports and infrastructure in general. I can certainly vouch for that! Over the next few years, both the Republicans and the Democrats have agreed that they will support any bills that pump funds into sorting this out once and for all. Here’s hoping that in a short amount of time, travel across the US will once again be a pleasant and appealing thing.

Let us end with the words of President Donald J. Trump, in what could well be his most historic speech:

“We will rebuild our roads, bridges, tunnels, highways, airports, schools and hospitals.

American cars will travel the roads, American planes will soar the skies, and American ships will patrol the seas.

American steel will send new skyscrapers into the clouds.

American hands will rebuild this nation—and American energy, harvested from American sources, will power this nation. American workers will be hired to do the job.

We will put new American metal into the spine of this country.

Jobs will return, incomes will rise, and new factories will come rushing back to our shores.

We will make America wealthy again.

We will make America strong again.

And we will make America great again.”

Good luck, Mr. President.