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249 MPH? Japanese Unveil World’s Fastest Bullet Train

Train speeds are improving all the time. Did you know, for example, that Japan has just unveiled a bullet train that can move as fast as 249mph?

The Japanese have a unique habit when it comes to innovation, and tend to be pretty good at taking inventions higher than ever before. Well, with the new ALFA-X, you will be able to see a train that can hit speeds you would barely be able to believe.

When you get on a train, the aim is to get you somewhere without wasting any time. It’s the obvious and main reason to get a train; to help you get to somewhere faster than you would if you had just gone on-foot or alone.

For many people, trains are getting faster and faster than we can imagine. Often, if you were to find out the pace that a train was moving at, you would likely be surprised at just how fast it is.

The power of this train is already making experts blush; though it won’t be actually in service until, it’s estimated, 2030. So, someone has 11 or so years to board a train that can go close to 250mph!

This new treat will be used at around 224mph on average, which would mean that it would travel on average 10kph faster than the Chinese equivalent, the Fuxing Hao. This has the same top speed capacity, but it’s likely that the ALFA-X will win on consistency.

Historical Speed

At around 72ft in the nose area alone, the ALFA-X is an imposing piece of modern locomotive history. It’s going to help change the entire industry, it is hoped, bringing to light an even higher than expected standard for the future.

The futuristic, modern design will obviously make it stand out, while the imperious design style – with 10 cars in total – ensures it will be efficient as well as stylish.

The train will be part of the new Shinkansen high-speed railway lines which are appearing all across Japan. Testing will begin between Aomori and Sendai, during the evening, and will be a 3-year testing plan. This will provide ample time to perfect the overall style of the train, and make sure that it is capable of meeting expectations performance-wise.

Interestingly, the Shinkansen N700S only was agreed to be put into operation in 2020, which can hit speeds of around 186mph. This, though, will simply blow it away, adding a new level of power and pace onto the railway tracks of Japan. While it may not be as fast as trains using magnetic levitation, this will ensure that this particular kind of bullet train can still keep up with the very best.

The bullet train has become a major part of Japanese travel culture, and for that reason many would be sad to see it go. Make no mistake, though, this new kind of train shows that – even with the growth of the maglev trains – there is still much love for bullet trains in Japan and beyond.

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Great Dane Extremely Jealous of New Puppy

Talk about a drama queen! Bagira the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family, that he just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy, instead of him!

Sure, we all get jealous sometimes, it is only a natural instinct. We were jealous of our siblings, of the toys our friends had – basically, of anything that we thought we were lacking and thought we had to have!

Adjustment can be difficult for people, can you imagine how difficult it must be for a dog, one that can’t really understand what you are saying to it?

Drama Queen

When the owner, Lindsey Heinz, picks up the new puppy and turns the camera on, we can immediately hear Bagira growling below. “I can pet him too…It’s not all about you” says Lindsey, but Bagira is not having it.


As huge as he is, Bagira gets up on his hind legs and puts his front paws on Lindsey, begging to be petted too! “You are so dramatic!” continues Lindsey.

She keeps on criticizing him, but the bog old pup is determined to stand his ground. We can only imagine what he must feel like, already having one brother and now another? It seems like only just yesterday that he was Mommy’s favorite lap puppy!

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Emotional Reunion as Irish Woman, 81, Finally Meets Her Mother, 103

81-year-old Eileen Macken from Dublin has finally found her birth mother.  Eileen was raised in an orphanage in Dublin and started her search for her mother over 60 years ago, when she was just 19.

Sadly Eileen had not been successful until one day she was contacted by a genealogist after appearing on RTÉ Radio 1′s Liveline.  The genealogist had tracked Eileen’s mother and found her living in Scotland.

Last month Eileen traveled to Scotland accompanied by her husband, daughter, and son-in-law and finally met up with her mother, now 103.

Macken revisited the radio show and spoke to the host, Joe Duffy, in a follow-up show after meeting her mother, Elizabeth.  She said she had been given a warm welcome both from Elizabeth herself and her family.

Despite having never met the two women had a bond and spent some time chatting.  Elizabeth is due to celebrate her 104th birthday this weekend.  Eileen did not stay too long because of Elizabeth’s advanced age but said that she was really kind and a fantastic woman.

She went on to thank the Liveline team and the genealogist for making their reunion happen, saying that she still felt like she was floating on a cloud and wondered if she would ever come down.

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Unfold Your Getaway: Canoe for City Dwellers Packs Down to a Suitcase

For those who live in a big city, canoes are just things you associate with getaways or, at the very least, an expensive rental at a nearby body of water. People who live in suburbia barely have room to store them, much less those of us who live in apartment buildings.

Imagine trying to lug a massive canoe up your narrow staircase or trying to fit it in your overhead storage space – not possible!

But Ghent-based designer Otto Van De Steene found the solution one day while he was fiddling around with an origami canoe. It made him think: could this be replicated in a real-life canoe? Steene has proved that it can with the ‘ONAK,’ a portable canoe that folds down to the size of a suitcase.

Steene had seen numerous other models that just didn’t measure up at outdoor recreation stores. “You have the canoes that have really good performance on the water – they’re fast, but they’re quite heavy and take an hour to assemble. Nothing to do in an evening after work.”

Trial and Error

One that was recently released was the Oru folding kayak which had the potential to be successful, but the plastic construction didn’t lend itself to durability. Steene tried making his out of a custom-made polypropylene for his own design, as it’s lighter and stiffer, improving the boat’s performance.

With its honeycomb-core composite material, it’s ten times as strong as standard polypropylene, making it highly durable and fully recyclable.“By making hundreds of paper models and fifteen real prototypes, we also refined the design of our patent pending hull.

This was a huge challenge due to the limitations of origami. We opted for a narrow and fast canoe design that keeps its momentum very well, while still being delightfully easy and stable to maneuver for beginners.

”The process of assembling or packing up the portable canoe takes about ten minutes. The size is a bit bigger than the Oru – 47”x15.7”x10” as a roller case, expanding to 183” long by 33.5” wide –, but the fact that it’s on wheels makes it more conducive to transporting from place to place.

It can also carry about 440 pounds with enough room for two adults, a child, and gear.

The Okak has met its goal after just a couple days left on its Kickstarter campaign, but if you back the project in time, you can still get a pretty good price. Once it hits the market, it will sell for about $1450 with two paddles.

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Celebrated SF Sculptor Ruth Asawa Honored with Google Doodle

On Tuesday, April 30, Ruth Asawa was memorialized with the online tribute of a Google Doodle. Asawa is a celebrated San Francisco sculptor who already has a public high school named after her and a day each year in her honor.

The Google Doodle appeared on 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 and ended the following night at 9 p.m, also the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For those 24 hours, anyone doing a Google search would see Asawa threading one of her trademark wire baskets. The search box was also illustrated in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Israel.

The logo shows Asawa kneeling on a carpet applying overhead stitching to a crochet wire basket with four more completed ones hanging alongside it, a bit like Chinese lanterns or Christmas ornaments. The unsigned color drawing was designed by Google staff artist Alyssa Winans.

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page began the Google Doodle in 1998 when they first played around with their corporate logo to suggest they attended Burning Man. Since they began this fun and meaningful tradition, 2,000 or so doodles have been chosen and created by the Google Doodle Team.

Graduated in an Internment cap

When she was a teenager, Asawa was included in the internment of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during World War II and began her artistic training from other internees. She graduated high school in 1943 while in an internment camp in Arkansas, which then allowed her to leave and go to college. Asawa studied at Black Mountain College in North Carolina but eventually moved to San Francisco, where she and her husband, architect Albert Lanier, raised six children.

It was Asawa’s doing that produced a public arts high school in San Francisco, founded in 1982. She was a faithful advocate of the study of the arts. Since its founding, the San Francisco School of the Arts was renamed the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts in 2010. Feb. 12 has been Ruth Asawa Day in San Francisco since 1982.

However, Asawa died at 87 in 2013. Her work continues to be represented through permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the de Young Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, plus several works of public art throughout San Francisco. The Doodle itself provides a biography of her life.

The Japanese American Internment Memorial Sculpture in San Jose and the Garden of Remembrance, which includes boulders representative of 10 internment camps, at San Francisco State University are just a couple of the permanent installations that memorialize her and her work.

“She was most proud of what she did in the public schools,” said her son, Paul Lanier, “and having so many people see the Google banner will draw their attention to learn more about her.”

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Utah Non-profit DNA Testing Lab to ‘Revolutionize Cold Cases’

The Utah Cold Case Coalition, a non-profit in Utah, just signed a lease for lab space in an office building in the city of Murray where they plan to build a DNA testing lab that will completely transform how cold cases are handled. The non-profit was first formed to bring attention to the cold case murder of six-year-old Rose Tapia in 1995, and it wholly relies on volunteer staff.

According to the Salt Lake City Tribune, its co-founder Karra Porter, a defense attorney, said, “This is going to revolutionize cold cases across the United States. We saw this need and it was too big to ignore.”

An estimated 103,780 of the murders that have occurred in America between 1996 and 2016 remain unsolved, said a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. In the state of Utah, The Utah Department of Public Safety website has recorded about 400 cold cases that run the gamut from missing persons to murders to unidentified bodies.

Crowd Funding

Porter hopes to begin by helping solve Utah’s cold case and moving from there to help police all over the country. The coalition launched a GoFundMe page with a beginning goal of $81,000 and hopes to raise a total of $200,000 for DNA lab equipment.

The GoFundMe page says: “Despite being staffed by volunteers, we’re one of the most creative and aggressive cold case organizations in the U.S. We began in Utah, but are now contacted by families and law enforcement throughout the country.  Early on, we learned how much evidence has not undergone DNA testing due to its high cost.  We’re doing something about it.”

Francine Bardole pointed out to the Tribune that the department has an enormous backlog of untested DNA, rape kids, and more and that DNA testing could take anywhere from 8 to 18 months. According to a police investigator in the Utah city of West Jordan, a DNA lab would help immensely to lessen the time and cost it takes to deal with cold cases.

“The price can be overwhelming,” Bardole said, adding that going to a private lab can cost about $6,000.

She asked, “How many departments can afford to pay, on one case, $6,000?”

The Utah legislature passed a law last year that required law enforcement agencies to enter cold cases or any cases that go unsolved for at least three years into the database.

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Skydiver Solves Rubik’s Cube While Free Falling

Rumble / Unusual Talents — The world is full of many talented individuals. Some have very common talents such as singing or dancing, while others have very unique talents on their own. Whatever the case, talents deserve to be recognized. One such unique talent has emerged in this awesome video here!

There are many interesting and unique people in this world. Some have very unique skills and talents that others don’t. It seems that one such unique person with and amazing talent was discovered in this video here! Check out this daredevil as he attempts to solve a Rubik’s cube after jumping out of a plane!

Footage presents his 6th attempt to jump from 14,000 feet as he falls for about 60 seconds. However, it takes him 56 seconds to solve the cube which is insane! Most people have a very hard time solving a Rubik’s Cube just as it is, so it is a real miracle how this man manages to solve the cube in less than a minute during a free fall while skydiving! Talk about having an amazing talent!

It is amazing that he can do something like this! Most people take forever to solve a Rubik’s cube as they are pretty complicated. This man solved it in seconds and made it look so easy! The fact that he did this venture while skydiving made it even more memorable!

In addition, man’s nonchalant face expression makes this video unforgettable! He is so peaceful and concentrated at his task, that you can barely tell that he is actually solving it mid-air! Amazing!

Have you ever seen something like this before? Do you have any unique talents to present? Let us know down in the comments section below! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely make them smile! This is one clip that no one wants to miss!

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Observatory Transformed into R2-D2

The German professor Hubert Zitt currently teaches at Zweibrücken University of Applied Sciences but frequently travels internationally to lecture on the subjects of electrotechnology, Star Wars, and Star Trek. But recently he did more than just lecture about Star Wars.

The famous professor’s efforts to give the Zweibrück Observatory of the Natural Sciences an R2-D2 themed facelift put his name in the headlines when Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker himself – tweeted about it.

Getting the Job Done

Professor Zitt didn’t do all the work on his own. He pulled, first, his father-in-law Horst Helle in to help paint the observatory, and then to ensure its perfection, Zitt also involved Klaus Ruffing, an expert painter. On top of these three skilled men, many of Zitt’s students eagerly joined in to get the job done.

A True Star Wars Expert

Dr. Zitt is a unique character as he is a well-studied, international professor that lectures not just in science, but also in Star Wars and Star Trek. He does so in such a way that even non-fans find the subject interesting since he leaves out all of the typical jargon only avid fans usually comprehend.

But Zitt isn’t just knowledgeable in these iconic movies; he’s hugely skilled in relating them to scientific knowledge, just as he did in a famous lecture about the physics in Star Trek.

Interest in Astronomy

Zitt got permission from the university to transform the observatory after he noticed that it was shaped very much like R2-D2, according to Euronews. Once he started painting it, the media coverage blew up, and as a result, more and more people are flooding in to visit the observatory.

What Dr. Zitt loves so much about this endeavor is that a simple paint job is getting everyday people more interested in astronomy. This is just one simple anecdote that encompasses Zitt’s entire teaching career – making complex subjects more palatable to the public.

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3D Printed Cat Skull is Awesome and Terrifying

When it comes to caring for our pets and our animals, we can often find numerous ways to interact with them that we would not use with other animals. A lot of people, for example, can find it hard to interact with their cats.

If you find it hard to be able to connect with your cat, then you should spend a bit more time caring for its health. After all, you never know what kind of problems your cat’s low-energy, low-intensity lifestyle could be covering up. If you want some inspiration for why vigilance is essential to care for your cat, we recommend reading on.

When Linus the cat was taken to Washington State University, he was to get treatment on a whopping three brain tumors. That’s an incredible amount of work needed, with the tumors leading to a lot of pain and discomfort.

The cat went under the surgical knife to get rid of the tumors, but during surgery, there was an issue. The second tumor was removed, but the swelling of the brain became so extensive that they could not continue.

Thinking Out of the Box

The fear began to go around that Linus would not make it out of surgery. Within 20 minutes, though, he had woken up from the surgery – despite not being complete. The medical staff, due to swelling, could not replace the part of the skull they had taken off. Within 24-hours, though, this feline was looking around and moving about!

He was scheduled for a second bout of surgery, and they also had to deal with the fact his brain was no longer adequately protected. In a bid to do this, they used a 3D printer to create a ‘new’ skull for the cat. While Linus has gone through successful treatment and using pioneering medical technology to rebuild his skull, everything appears to have gone OK.

About of radiation therapy is needed, as is the need to care for its skull accordingly. However, it’s expected that over time young Linus will make a full and complete recovery – from the tumors and from the fact his skull had to be rebuilt. Amazing, right?

It just goes to show why ignoring all of those whines, groans, and pains from your cat is a dangerous thing to do!

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How Tinder Had A Hand in The New Diverse Couple Emoji Selection

Emojis have become crucial in the way we communicate. More and more, these pictographs are used to depict what we’re feeling, what we’re saying, and even who we are. This being the case, it’s of utmost importance that emojis are relevant and inclusive.

Tinder has been a force behind the creation of new interracial couples emojis. They formed a petition with over 50,000 supporters which pushed Unicode to make these emojis a reality this year.

In the Name of Love

Emojis representing people of color and people with disabilities were first released to the public in 2015. In later years, Unicode responded to the call for emojis representing non-heterosexual couples.

It was interesting that this hadn’t been done before, considering how excellent a form of communication and what a statement emojis had come to be.

Making the First Move

Tinder conducted a study that connected online dating with the increase of interracial couples and saw the necessity for improved visibility for its users. They first attempted to make a change in February 2018 when they kicked off the #represent campaign, which successfully petitioned the Unicode Consortium to be more inclusive.

 Tinder’s CMO, Jenny Campbell made a statement, “Tinder advocates for the freedom of people to live how they want to live and love who they want to love.” People from all over the world joined Tinder in their petition, resulting in over 50,000 signatures in order to have all loves represented.

Coupling Celebrated

We’ve had a small taste of what to expect once all 230 emojis are released for public use. They display a wide range of skin tone and gender. The release showed all sorts of couples smiling and holding hands, of all sorts of gender and color combinations. The new emojis are full of happy diversity.

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Mark Zuckerberg Innovates New Sleeping Aid for Mothers

While Mark Zuckerberg might not be seen as the savior of humanity as he once was, the Facebook guru is still a hugely respected name in innovation. Known for Facebook primarily, he’s enjoyed a massive and stellar rise to the very top of the tech industry.

However, clearly still burning bright with ideas and innovations, Zuckerberg has been working on a very cool, very considerate product – a sleeping aid for mothers.

With two young kids at home, the Facebook supremo is someone who understands the value of caring for his kids. So, after seeing how exhausted everyone was at home, he decided to act. To do that, he came up with the aptly named Sleep Box. He gave it to his wife, Priscilla Chan, who immediately found it useful to get her to sleep at night.

Speaking about the invention, Zuckerberg was clear about why he made it:

“Being a mom is hard, and since we’ve had kids Priscilla has had a hard time sleeping through the night,”“She’ll wake up and check the time on her phone to see if the kids might wake up soon, but then knowing the time stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep.”

It’s a confusing process, but it is part of being a parent. Therefore, this new invention might go some way to overcoming this problem and helping Chan get to sleep a whole lot easier than she is at the moment.

This simple but effective little tool works by putting on a dim light from 6-7AM. It might seem simple, but it does a lot for improving quality of sleep for the duo.

Smart but Simple

The light is good enough that it will wake one of us to get the kids without it being too early. However, it’s also dull enough that, if they wish to keep on sleeping, the light is not going to wake them up too early.

It’s a simple but smart little invention and one that a lot of parents would like having around the house. Now, waking up in the middle of the night is not going to feel like such a stressful experience.

Indeed, Zuckerberg himself noted that even he was impressed at just how well the product had done at improving sleeping quality, saying: “As an engineer, building a device to help my partner sleep better is one of the best ways I can think of to express my love and gratitude,

“A bunch of my friends have told me they’d want something like this, so I’m putting this out there in case another entrepreneur wants to run with this and build sleep boxes for more people!”

What a cool little product. Be sure to keep an eye out for this, as it is very much likely to be made by someone else who can see the potential in this small but simple little box. Who knew the genius behind Facebook would also be the genius behind saving mothers from restless nights!?

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JFK Airport to Open Up Dog Terminal?

When we take our dogs to the airport with us, one thing we often worry about is them causing a scene. Hanging around in an indoor airport for so long can naturally have an impact on animals that just love to run around and make the most of every second of the day. So, the staff at JFK International Airport have taken the rather proactive step of opening up an animal-only terminal!

Complete with a ‘dog resort’, this part of the airport is for those canines who just cannot sit at peace otherwise. Now, you can go and handle all of the requirements needed to make sure you can head off on holiday without issue.

Your canine companion can hang around the dog resort while you run around and get everything ready for the big trip. If that does not sound like the perfect day for your dog, we aren’t really sure what will!

Air travel for pets has become a very important part of the process, as in the past it was so miserable, minimalistic and, frankly, quite spartan. Now, things are changing at JFK: you can come on down to the airport and enjoy the first ever privately-owned ‘dog terminal’. Now, your animal can go through the confusing terminal process and make sure the stress and upset of the experience does not have to be so scary.

This is not just for dogs, either. All animals are welcome to be part of “The Ark”, within reason. It will be used as a cargo holding area for animals while they wait for the time to arrive to get the transport that they need. This outrageously interesting idea is one that is going to really change how animals are dealt with when they are taking off from JFK.

Paw-rific

It’s also going to house a Paradise 4 Paws kennel collection, which is an overnight pet resort that canines simply adore. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that makes it very easy for you to enjoy the whole experience and ensures that you can see everything from entertainment staff to vets and even an aviary.

Everything is here that your dogs would need to have some fun and to relax as they come into the facility.

The move, which is set to cost around $48m, is sure to make travel so much easier for those who are bringing their pet with them on a trip. It’s no longer going to be anywhere near as stressful or as challenging as it used to be. Now, you can get everything ready for the big trip while your beloved canine has all the fun in the world in The Ark!

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Brussels Hosts ‘Tram Bowling’ Competition

Trams in Brussels, Belgium, rammed large inflatable balls down their tracks to knock over a set of pins during the European Tram Conductors Championships on Saturday, May 4, DH reported.

This video, posted to Twitter, shows a tram rolling down the track on Rue Royale, next to Parc de Bruxelles, in an attempt to knock a large ball against the pins.

Saturday marked the eighth edition of the European championship, which involved 25 teams from cities as varied as Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna, Jan Pannus, organizer of the event, told DH.

Laurence and Mesut of the Belgium team respectively won the gold and bronze medals for best drivers, STIB, Brussels’ metro operator, said in a post on Facebook. The next edition of the games is scheduled to take place in 2020 in Romania.

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Dying Man Wanted to Hear Harley’s Roar One Last Time

Jon Stanley was a biker through and through. After a lifetime of riding a Harley, the loud purr of its motor was a sound he sorely missed once he was diagnosed with lung and brain cancer in 2017. As he neared the end of his battle, his one wish was to hear that sound one last time, and around 200 bikers showed up to make that wish come true.

The 61-year-old’s brother-in-law, Michael Smith, was determined to make this happen for Jon, so he contacted local biker David Thompson. Thompson immediately took up the cause and began rallying the biking community to take it up as well.

David posted a picture of Jon alongside a picture of the brand-new Harley he had only gotten to ride about 3 times before being diagnosed. He asked that fellow bikers would meet at Jon’s house in South Bend, Indiana, to provide him with his last wish – to hear the engines roar.

In his post, David wrote:

“Sometimes a dying person’s last wish is just to hear the sound of a Harley in their window. This is Jon Stanley he has terminal cancer.

I personally met with his family this morning and learned Jon is a vet and was an abate member who has rode for years. This is his new Harley he just got and only rode 3 times!

I know this is short notice but bikers take care of bikers! We will meet at Walmart on Ireland Rd at 6pm and kick stands up at 6:30 tonight 6/12/20017 to ride out to Jon’s house to show him and his family some love and make some noise for him!”

Only six hours had passed by the time 200 people were at Jon’s house with over 100 motorbikes on June 12, 2017 as he lay on his bed inside.

Amongst engines revving and men cheering, Jon’s family carried him outside and sat him in one of the sidecars so that he could not only hear the engines but also feel the vibrations. Bikers from all over the county had showed up for this moment of support.

They had come right on time as Jon passed away only a couple hours later in his wife’s arms. Though his death was tragic, his family was happy and touched that such a movement had been made to fulfil his last wish.

Rest in peace, Jon

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The Unpredictable Story of Ted Williams, Homeless Man with ‘Golden Voice’

With social media’s current popularity, it’s easy to become accidentally famous with a video or post gone viral. Internet fame has become more and more common in the last decade, and Ted “Golden Voice” Williams is one of those who has benefitted in such a way from social media.

Years ago, a video of this homeless man’s voice went viral, and he was no longer a nobody. But what has come of him since then?

Ted Williams: “The Man with the Golden Voice”

With such a deep, rich voice, Ted Williams quickly received the reputation as “The Man with the Golden Voice” after a video of him spread. At the time, however, he didn’t have the best luck. He was homeless and struggling with addictions in Columbus, Ohio, and because of his addictions, he couldn’t get a job.

So, rags to riches, right? Well, for Williams, it wasn’t quite so simple.

Williams’ Burst of Success: Rushed for Work

After he went virally famous, Williams was bombarded with all sorts of job offers. William jumped at the opportunity for employment and accepted several advertisement gigs with companies like Kraft Mac & Cheese, Pepsi, and the Cleveland Cavaliers, even signing a book deal for over $100,000! But William’s problems went deeper than just surface level.

Roadblocks: Battling Brutal Addiction

The reason William had found himself homeless in the first place was because of his drug and alcohol addictions, and those didn’t just go away overnight. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the same struggles as before and found himself in rehab.

Following two stints of rehab, Williams has been on an upward climb, but that hasn’t been the end of his struggles. He also had to deal with manipulative individuals who tried to take advantage of his naivete in the business.

Fighting for His Finances: Escaping Manipulative Colleagues

People were eager to sign him on and hire him to do this or that for them, but they cared little for his actual welfare. He even found himself almost as broke as he was before, at one point. What’s more, his former manager, Alfred Battle, allegedly tried to involve him in a heroin smuggling ring, but Williams was fortunately smart enough to stay out of it.

Refocusing on The Future: Reclaiming His Radio Voice

At this point in time, Williams is settling into his own radio show entitled, “The Golden Voice Show,” and he’s making use of his success to do more than just support himself; he is faithful to support the homeless shelter where he once received meals.

There was even some mention of Williams running for president! His story is a shining encouragement to all of us that anything is possible if you persist.

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