Adrien Whistle and his buddies were hiking across New Zealand when disaster struck. They had hiked for miles, but when they attempted to traverse a bridge near Lake Waikaremoana, on New Zealand’s North Island the bridge gave way and they fell into the water underneath them! Thankfully, they were all OK after the fall.
Most Americans think that England is a little funny. They call the bathroom the ‘loo’ and french fries are called ‘chips.’ But it gets a whole lot crazier than that. There’s actually a village called, “Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” For real. A weatherman on Channel 4 News actually recited the proper pronunciation of the town on a recent weather report.
Bears of all kinds can be found across the United States. But they really run free and rule in Alaska where the human population density is so small. Naturalist Brad Josephs daringly traveled the giant northern state and bumped into some grizzly bears. He captured the intense scene on his GoPro which is going viral.
Brad Rich was boating off the coast of Seward, Alaska on when they noticed some whale activity. After he grabbed his camera, the ocean became eerily calm. Finally, a large pod of whales breached right next to his boat while they were feeding. Understandably, he completely freaked out by the gorgeous scene and was thrilled that he captured it on video.
A California man’s body was found decomposing with $230,000, 1,200 firearms and 6 tons of ammunition. Apparently his fiancée and a woman who worked for her thought the dead guy was an alien/human hybrid sent to save Earth and working with the U.S. government.
Interesting Stat of the Day: 9. That’s the number of people in Florida who are infected with leprosy.
A woman visiting Yellowstone decided it was a good idea to take a selfie with a bison. The bison apparently disagreed, because it ran into her and flipped her into the air with its head.
In science news, NASA’s exoplanet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has spotted another Earth-like world. It’s called Kepler-452b, the smallest planet we’ve found yet orbiting inside a star’s habitable zone.
Plus, Republican Senator and Presidential candidate Ted Cruz talked in an interview about his love for sci-fi, including Star Trek. He said that Captain Kirk would probably be a Republican.
Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.
We all love our brand new smarter cars that are often able to connect to our smart phones and even the Internet. Now, we never have to leave the Internet behind even when we’re on the road. But there’s a downside to our new interconnected world. It may be surprising to learn, but now most modern day cars are susceptible to being hacked. WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg bravely took the wheel of a 2014 Jeep while his friends hacked nearly every aspect of the vehicle miles away over the Web.
As many people already know, famous drug cartel leader El Chapo Guzmán escaped from prison El Altiplano in Mexico a few days ago. How did he do it? Shawshank Redemption style. He literally had a 4,900 foot tunnel dug that even included extravagant ventilation and lights.
Last weekend, the United States Navy’s world famous Blue Angels fighter jet demonstration squadron blew the minds of beachgoers in Pensacola, Florida. Literally. The jets flew so low over the beach that vacationers’ beach tents and umbrellas were launched into the air.
Last month, a short video featuring a tortilla on record player apparently playing Mexican music went viral. That got YouTube user Rapture Records thinking, is that even possible? So they etched a cooked tortilla with a laser and incredibly, it worked! The song on the record is appropriately The Mexican Hat Dance also known as Jarabe Tapatío.
The Great Barrier Reef, which sits off the coast of Queensland in Australia, is literally the largest living thing on Earth. The giant natural habitat to over 6,000 species can actually be seen from space! To better understand the animals living there, conservation organisation WWF-Australia attached a GoPro camera to the back of a green turtle to show viewers just how amazing the Reef is.