First Cousins Get Married
The NY Post claims first cousins Angie and Michael Lee recently traveled from Utah to Colorado to get legally married. They are now petitioning Utah to make marriage between cousins legal. Angie tells Katie KTVX, “We said OK this is crazy but we’re adults now, we’re single now, we’re just going to go for it and who cares what our family thinks,”
Michael says, “No one I’ve ever been with will make me feel as perfect as she does,” he said. “Her being my cousin and some of the responses is a small price to pay.”
Whale Swallows Man
The Times Live claims Rainor Schimpf was feeding sardines to gulls, sharks and dolphins in Algoa Bay South Africa when a giant whale swallowed him and his bait.
He tells the paper that half of his body was in the whale’s mouth when it spat him out. “I knew instantly what had happened – a Bryde’s whale had accidentally included me in its mouth with its meal of the day. Comforting to me was the knowledge that the whale would be unable to completely swallow me into its stomach. My hard-won experience kicked in and I instantly held my breath, thinking that the whale would instinctively dive down again before spitting me out somewhere in the depths of the Indian Ocean. I felt the pressure increase around my waist, which is when I guess the whale realised his mistake as he turned sideways, opened his mouth slightly to release me and I was washed out, together with what felt like tons of water.”
Rainor swam back to his boat and was okay.
Six Common Myths You Might Still Believe
It’s hard to tell fact from fiction these days. And some myths even stick with us our whole lives. Remember when you used to believe it took seven years to digest a piece of GUM? Here are six more common myths you might still buy into.
1. “Adding salt to water makes it boil faster.”
It actually takes longer to boil water with salt. But it’s such a small difference anyway, it’s hard to notice.
2. “Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis.”
No matter how many times your mom told you that one, scientists haven’t found a link.
3. “Dropping a penny from a building can kill someone.”
No, because it doesn’t have enough mass. It would need to be going a lot faster.
4. “The sun is yellow.”
Nope, and it’s not orange either. It’s essentially all colors at once. So if you were in space, it would look white. Yellow and orange are the only wavelengths that get through the atmosphere and reach our eyes.
5. “Juice cleanses rid your body of toxins.”
There’s no solid proof they “detoxify” anything. That’s what your liver and kidneys are for.
6. “Your appendix is useless.”
For years, scientists said it was. But now they think it’s home to “helpful bacteria” that fight off disease. And as kids, it helps us form antibodies and white blood cells.