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One Nutty Prison Break

In a seemingly simple, yet ingenious plan, twelve prisoners escaped on Monday (31 July 2017) from the Walker County Jail in Alabama. What was this ingenious plan? Not high-tech equipment, no large calculations, no portraits covering holes in walls or full body tattoos of the prison’s map. This plan put simply, was peanut butter. Yup, you read write, that delicious sticky stuff made from peanuts that you love spreading on your toast? That’s the one.

Easy Exit

A group of inmates had been collecting peanut butter from their sandwiches days before the escape. They used said peanut butter collection like a modelling clay to change the number above the door that led to the outside. They then took advantage of a new prison guard, calling him and telling him to open the door and let an inmate back into his cell, which was really the door leading outwards. This seemingly bizarre plan worked, and when the guard hit the lock, the door opened and a total of twelve prisoners were able to flee. Most of them took off by foot, while others got access to a car. However, after a long search, and assisted by the locals of the community, on Tuesday (01 August 2017) night all 12 were captured.

While movies and book dedicated to this topic seem blown out of proportion, actually looking at some escape methods, movie versions could land up seeming more probable. And though this real-life prison break sounds pretty nutty, we have seen a fair share of crazy escapes before!

Escape is an Art

Vincenso Curcio, a member of the Sicillian Mafia, ingeniously escaped his prison cells by sawing through the bars of his cell with another rather odd object- dental floss. However, he was recaptured that same year in 2000 and sent back to prison. Another prison break tale that deserves a reaction occurred when an inmate known as Jay Sigler escaped after waiting for his visitors to arrive visitor’s day. And arrive they did. A group of his friends rammed a truck through four security fences and came out blasting with guns at security guards. To top off the craziness, his mother had planned the entire thing.

And lastly, the escape from Alcatraz. After using dummies of themselves to convince guards they were sleeping, inmates John Anglin, Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris escaped via the tunnels they had been digging for a year only with spoons. They then climbed up a ventilation shaft, scaled a fence to reach the edge of the island, and used a raft made out of raincoats to reach the shore. While they were never found again, dead or alive, this escape remains a hot topic till today.

Clearly, when you put a bunch of guys together in a closed space, give them a whole lot of time to think, imaginations can run wild- these wacky yet brilliant escapes are proof of that.

In a seemingly simple, yet ingenious plan, twelve prisoners escaped on Monday (31 July 2017) from the Walker County Jail in Alabama. What was this ingenious plan? Not high-tech equipment, no large calculations, no portraits covering holes in walls or full...

Tech News

Security Robot Hilariously Drowns Itself and Commits Suicide

Here’s some good news for those suspicious and scared of Artificial Intelligence and robots. This article will probably make you smile and think there’s still hope for humanity. In Washington D.C, a retail complex coupled with an office complex in Georgetown, bought a K5 autonomous data machine, in the hopes that this egg-shaped robot will provide them with security. Instead this poor fella drowned itself by falling into a fountain.

Developed by Knightscope in 2013, the k5 weighs up to 300 pounds and stands 5ft tall. It is built with thermal imaging, video camera, license plate recognition, among other things. The Knightscope’s k5, a security patrol guard was clearly designed to help security firms and law enforcement. If the K5 detects abnormal noise and temperature change, or known criminals, it will alert local authorities. Unfortunately however, this specific K5 unit quit its job by killing himself and drowning in a fountain. Where are the psychologists when you need them?

If you are sympathizing with this cute but suicidal robot don’t, it’s a machine. If you disagree, then this might change your mind. This year, a poor drunken fellow got arrested for knocking over a K5. Around last summer (2016), a K5 unit reportedly tripped up a toddler and drove away. News flash people- Robots don’t have feelings!

The rocket shaped Robo-cop is hired by various industries, from hospitals to shopping malls. Knightscope reported that the incident is being investigated and that k5 tumbled down the stairs and fell to its death in the ankle-deep water. Knightscope also ensured the audience that no one was hurt and promised a free replacement to the office complex. I guess the best way to protect yourself in a robot invasion is to find yourself a fountain!

The K5’s name was Steve (Rest in peace Steve) and it actually drew little sympathy from the by-standers. Though they were rather uncertain how to help this motion-less and drowning robot, they also had their own share of fun by tweeting about this tragic incident, that went viral. Take a look yourself!

Here’s some good news for those suspicious and scared of Artificial Intelligence and robots. This article will probably make you smile and think there’s still hope for humanity. In Washington D.C, a retail complex coupled with an office complex in...

Entertainment

Is R Kelly in for another scandalous case? Parents claim young women are held in a “cult”

R. Kelly, an American singer and songwriter, is allegedly holding young women against their wills in a ‘cult’ as reported by one of the victim’s parent.
This claim is backed up by Cheryl Mack, Asante McGee, and Kitti Jones, all 3 who used to be members of his inner-circle,provided rich details about how controlling R. Kelly is. “He controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”

These women also claim that the girls who live with him are made to call him “Daddy” and cannot leave the confines of their room without his permission. These rooms are situated in a guest house which R Kelly rents himself near his own mansion. Apart from this, he also confiscates their cell phones, and does not allow them to contact any friends or family without his permission. Hence it’s no wonder that a parent calls R Kelly a ‘puppet master’.

R. Kelly Control

Cheryl Mack, his former assistant claims that he is a “master of mind control”. These girls are lured in by the prospect of a luxurious lifestyle by R Kelly, unaware of the reality and evil intentions of this man. Parents have made attempts to get back their daughters, by going to the police. Buzzfeed News reported that one parent said that these young girls were being held in a ‘cult’ by the abusive and controlling, R. Kelly.

A mother of  one of the victims said that her daughter looked like a prisoner- a brain washed one, who persistently claimed being in love with Kelly.
“It was as if she was brainwashed. [She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” she said. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she’s in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”

6 women, ranging from 18-31 in age are claimed to be held in states of Georgia and Illinois but a representative of R Kelly denies all allegations.”Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.” Isn’t it suspicious that Kelly has been previously charged with 14 cases of child pornography?

Law Enforcement Hand’s Tied

Police in both the states have done welfare checks and found no evidence that can prove this allegation. These women are of legal age, are consenting adults and free to enter any type of relationship they want. One woman told the police that she was “fine and does not want to be bothered.”
Another woman, Ms. Savage,21, denied the “cult” accusation against R Kelly in an interview with TMZ, and said she was happy. “I’m 21, I’m about to be 22 in a few days and I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I’m not being brainwashed or anything like that.”

Regardless, the whole situation does raises suspicion mainly because of the past allegations against R Kelly. We certainly do hope to uncover the truth about this case.

R. Kelly, an American singer and songwriter, is allegedly holding young women against their wills in a ‘cult’ as reported by one of the victim’s parent.
This claim is backed up by Cheryl Mack, Asante McGee, and Kitti Jones, all 3 who used to be members...

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Dog Living In University Dorm Learns To Bark In Whispers at Night When Residents Are Sleeping

A pet is usually a person’s go-to friend, one that is loved by everyone. Dogs, especially, are considered a man’s best friend because of their ultimate loyalty and ability to feel human emotions. But sometimes, pets can be loud and thus become a disturbance in everyday human activities like working and sleeping. Such a scenario was seen recently in a college of Southern Illinois.

Dudley, who is a mix of the breeds Australian Shepherd and Border collie and is one year old, is a dog who lives in one of the dorm rooms of Greenville University in Illinois with his owners. The owners of Dudley are the dorm’s resident director Brian Gertler and his wife Katie Gertler. Dudley lives with his owners in an apartment in the Greenville University dorm for freshmen. Students of the university are not allowed to have pets but Brian Gertler can since he is a dorm director. They are a most adorable family.

From Loud to Unique

What Dudley inadvertently did to cause disturbance for the dorm residents was that he barked loudly at night when all the students were peacefully sleeping, hence waking them up at nights. Dogs are innocent creatures that do not have the best sense of time but Dudley, the extraordinarily intelligent dog, learned by way from his man-friend Gertler of keeping quiet at nights when everyone around him was deep asleep. He learned to bark in whispers!

When Dudley and Brian were at play during night-time, Dudley’s excited barking woke up the Greenville University students. Besides that, nobody in the college has any negative concerns regarding the dog. In fact, everyone loves him and he helps lighten the mood and brighten the environment around campus. He is everything ranging from a conversation-starter to an excellent fetch-player. Gertler himself says that dogs can be great ice-breakers and students often feel more comfortable warming up to the dog than talking to him. Since it is a freshman dorm, students can be nervous living away from home for the first time; dogs like Dudley make it easy for them.

Taping in to Existing Traits

How Brian Gertler found out a way to help the situation of Dudley’s barking disturbing the students at night was when Dudley’s barking quieted down one night while playing due to being winded from all the running and catching. Gertler realized that it is, in fact, possible for the mix-breed dog to bark silently, so he started training Dudley to bark in whispers.

Slowly and efficiently, Dudley learned how to not disturb the residents of the Greenville University dorm anymore. He was fully trained by his loving owner Brian Gertler to keep his voice down while playing fetch at night and now, finally, Dudley proves his genius by barking in whispers every time they play fetch at night.

Students are Greenville now have peaceful, undisturbed slumbers in the dorm. Dudley proved by learning his new lesson that dogs are the most considerate and affectionate animals who would try their best to provide comfort for their owners and their human friends.

A pet is usually a person’s go-to friend, one that is loved by everyone. Dogs, especially, are considered a man’s best friend because of their ultimate loyalty and ability to feel human emotions. But sometimes, pets can be loud and thus become a...

Entertainment

Home Alone Star, John Heard Found Dead

Actor John Heard, best known for his roles in the “Home Alone” franchise, “Snake Eyes”, “Big” and “The Pelican Brief” was found dead on Friday in a hotel in Palo Alto, California. The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirmed to PEOPLE. He was 71 at his death.

Career Highlights

Heard’s career started in the theatres in the early 1970’s. He won two Best Performance Obie awards in 1976-7 for “G.R. Point” and for “Othello” and “Split” in 1979-1980. His film career found him more of a supporting actor working alongside the big names. Whether it was in “Big”, where he played Tom Hank’s jealous competitor, with Bette Midler in “Beaches”, Nicolas Cage in “Snake Eyes”, or alongside Robert De Niro and Robin Williams in “Awakenings” and of course Julia Roberts in “The Pelican Brief”. His most memorable role is actually Peter McCallister, Macaulay Culkin’s stressed father.

Legacy

In 2008 Heard reflected on his career during an interview with 411Mania saying:
I guess I went from being a young leading man to being just kind of a hack actor. … When I came to Hollywood, I was pretty much a stage actor, and I expected everybody to be quiet. And they weren’t. They were doing their job, and you’re expected to do your job, and you’re sort of this ongoing co-existence. I was a little bit of an arrogant jerk. Now, it’s a little bit more like, ‘Okay, I realize you have to pat me down with powder every three seconds.’ And I stand there, and I’m a little more tolerant … I think I had my time. I dropped the ball, as my father would say. I think I could have done more with my career than I did, and I sort of got sidetracked. But that’s OK, that’s all right, that’s the way it is. No sour grapes. I mean, I don’t have any regrets. Except that I could have played some bigger parts.

John Heard was recovering from a minor back surgery when he was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto. He is survived by his three children, John Matthew “Jack” Heard III, Max and Annika.

May he Rest In Peace

Actor John Heard, best known for his roles in the “Home Alone” franchise, “Snake Eyes”, “Big” and “The Pelican Brief” was found dead on Friday in a hotel in Palo Alto, California. The Santa Clara County medical...

Entertainment

“True Blood” star, Nelsan Ellis dies at the age of 39.

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.

Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the age of 17 he tried his luck joining the Marine Core but dropped out and five years later he was accepted to Juilliard and graduated in 2004. During his time there he made friends with later True Blood co-star Rutina Wesley.
True Blood brought Ellis his much sought after success. During the seven seasons he was part of the series, Ellis walked away with two Satellite Awards, an Ewwy for best supporting dramatic actor award and a NewNowNext Award for actor on the brink of fame.

Other than True Blood, Ellis was cast as Martin Luther King, Jr. in a supporting performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. In 2013 he joined the “Get on Up” cast, playing Bobby Byrd, Brown’s long-time friend.

“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis,” said “True Blood” costar Joe Manganiello. “He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP.”

HBO released a statement saying the network was “extremely saddened” by Ellis’s death. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood,” the statement read. “Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

True Blood’s creator, Alan Ball, called Ellis “a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege.”

Nelsan Ellis, famous for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the HBO hit series “True Blood” died yesterday (08.07.2017) after complications from heart failure. He was 39 years old.
Ellis was born in 1977 and grew up between Chicago and Alabama. At the...

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An Iconic Stone Circle in the British Isles Unveils a Secret Thousands of Years old.

An array of stones arranged in a square was discovered under the Avebury world heritage site considered to be the largest stone circle in the world. The discovery includes a dozen large stones, each approximately 3 meters wide and weighing 40 tons each. According to researchers, the probably indicate the location of an important house dating back to 2000 B.C.

The researchers working at the site theorize that the original site included 100 huge stones arrayed in a circle with a 330 meter diameter. 24 miles from Avebury lays Stonehenge which in comparison is about quarter of the site’s size.

More Impressive than Stonehenge

Avebury is threatening to steal Stonehenge’s thunder by offering a richer, unique and more impressive subterranean attraction – a line of stones. Unlike other stone circles in the area, the stones in the Avebury array were arranged in a square – a parameter that researchers are paying a lot of attention to. According to The Telegraph, the oddest find was a wooden house that occupied the site at around 3500 BC.

Researchers theorize that the Neolithic hut was built by Avebury’s ancestors that as time passed it become an icon of birth of the community that after 1000 years descendents constructed the monumental square around its foundations, lining with massive stones enclosing an obelisk.

Oldest structure in a prehistoric site

Dr Mark Gillings from Leicester University School of Archaeology and Ancient History says that the square has the potential to be the one of the oldest structures in the prehistoric site. “We identified and mapped a line of prehistoric stones that were concealed and buried together with locations of other stones that were destroyed. Together we identified a unique square structure in the internal southern circle.”

According to common beliefs, stone circles were designed as an assembling area for pagan ceremonies, but many of them were destroyed, probably in the mid evil era when they were associated with paganism. Gillings says “There were probably many similar stones around this area at the time. It was quite and engineering feat for the time to arrange them in such a form. It was an endeavor that demanded a lot of hard work.”

In the centuries that followed, the square was dismantled and the stones were used to construct the three impressive stone circles which still stand today. The team also uncovered evidence that lines of stones once cut across the southern inner circle, like spokes on a wheel.

Almost 100 years of research

The new finds conclude Alexander Keiller ‘s research. Dr. Joshua Polard Secretary of the Prehistoric Society and the UK editor of the Journal of Social Archaeology and an archeology professor at Southampton University commented. Keiller, originally a marmalade magnate first discovered the a curious line of standing stones next to a fallen down obelisk in 1939 and started digging (despite thinking it was a middle ages structure). Oddly enough he found mainly domestic artifacts rather than ritual ones. When World War 2 broke out, the dig was abandoned and the site all but forgotten.

Pollard said to The Telegraph: “Our careful programme of geophysical survey has finally completed the work begun by Keiller. Megalithic circles are well known from the time when Avebury was built during the late Neolithic, but square megalithic settings of this scale and complexity are unheard of.”

Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist at Avebury, added: “This discovery has been almost eighty years in the making but it’s been well worth waiting for. The completion of the work first started by Keiller in the 1930s has revealed an entirely new type of monument at the heart of the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle, using techniques he never dreamt of.”

An array of stones arranged in a square was discovered under the Avebury world heritage site considered to be the largest stone circle in the world. The discovery includes a dozen large stones, each approximately 3 meters wide and weighing 40 tons each...

Entertainment

Is the Era of King James Over?

“If there was one thing that stands out to you about them (Golden State Warriors), whether it’s speed or whatever, what would it — what was it for tonight?” a reporter asked Lebron James after game 1 press.
“KD”. King James concluded.

Maybe for the first time in his career, one could see a micro-crack in his armor. After game number 2, it isn’t getting any better. The King Cavalier gave it all in game 2, 29 points, 14 assists (10 in the first 2 quarters) and 11 rebounds but even a king cavalier can’t defeat these Warriors alone.

It’s not that the two teams aren’t familiar with each other. This is the third consecutive finals with the teams claiming a championship each in the previous two episodes. But this Warriors team is different. They are faster, more versatile and with endless amounts of energy and creativity. The Cavs and the King are like sailors trying to clear the water from a leaking hull. It worked for the first few minutes in game 1 and the entire first half of game 2. Despite the tables turning and the Warriors turning over 20 possessions vs. the Cavs 9 turn overs (4:20 in game 1) after half time, Lebron was drained and the Warriors took over to defeat the Cavs, including Curry scoring after taking Lebron for a one on one.

Not What We Expected

There have been many team and personal rivalries throughout NBA history. The Celtics vs The Lakers, Bird vs. Magic in the 80’s, Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls, but after game 2, this media flamed rivalry seemed so artificial. We waited the entire season, 82 games and the entire conference playoff series for this climax! We waited for the Cavs and the Warriors to square off for the third (and possibly last) time. The first two episodes of this trilogy rivalry between the Cavs and the Warriors were close. Each team had its stronger and weaker points against each other and each took a title, when it was somewhat an underdog.

And then entered Kevin Durant and the first jump ball (and the second) and we knew it was over before it started. The known x-factor came into his element. Unlike his time in OKC with Russel Westbrook, with Steve Kerr on the lines, Curry and a different basketball mindset Durant is the best show in town. Either helping Klay Thompson recover his shooting skills or giving Curry an assist option for a graceful dunk or to get it back outside for a three pointer. In the first two games of the series Durant scored 71 points, 22 rebounds and 14 assists.

King James stated after the match: “You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out. I mean, it’s no if, ands, or buts. It is what it is. We got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. But that’s what stands out.”

The Warriors now hold an NBA record of 14:0 in this playoff season, after breaking the league win record last year (and losing the championship). When Tyronn Lue said flatly during his game 1 post game remarks “They’re the best I ever seen,” it wasn’t defeatism, it was gradually coming to grips with the truth. With KD in the mix, the Warriors are currently simply too good.

 

“If there was one thing that stands out to you about them (Golden State Warriors), whether it’s speed or whatever, what would it — what was it for tonight?” a reporter asked Lebron James after game 1 press.
“KD”. King...