Sheriff Uses Cardboard Deputies To Fight Crime

posted Jan 23, 2019, 6:54 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Tyler Baylous

    The stiff arm of the law is taking on a whole new meaning in Texas. According to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, he’s pairing deputies with cardboard cutouts of officers to deter motorists from speeding.

    The sheriff tweeted a video this week showing one of the faux deputies pointing a radar gun at oncoming traffic.“It’s a creative way to solve a problem without really working the problem,” Chody told Austin’s KTBC-TV. “When you’re going 20, 30 miles per hour and you see the silhouette you’re immediately breaking slowing down.”

    While the cardboard deputies won’t be filling any quotas, they do appear to be deterring speeders. Chody told KTBC-TV he recently tested them in school zones with real deputies stationed nearby.

    “We didn’t get one speeder; all these people were braking before they got to the cutout or as they were approaching the cutout,” he said.

    Even though they aren't actually getting anyone they are making people check their speed. It's a good mental focus so people are alert when traveling through say a school zone.

    Senior John Sigrist thinks this is not a very good idea. He says, ”I think police should be the ones doing radar instead of cardboard cutouts doing the work for them because if someone speeds by the cutout nothings going to happen.

    All in all, this department just wanted to see what the effects this would do on the community if it works or even if it didn't.

Uploaded: 1/23/19

Edited By: JS


Santa Fell Off His Sled

posted Dec 19, 2018, 7:29 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Alyssa Shannon

    On December 15, 2018 is the day that Santa fell off his sled at Disneyland. BBC News says that a couple of visits from DisneyWorld on the same day of the parade.

    At the Christmas Fantasy Parade, a men name Kris Kringle “found himself in a precarious position”. So according to WDWNT, “ the sleigh broke during the parade and launched Mr. Claus right out of his seat. He was left dangling by his safety harness while he waited for crew members to help him down.”

    Some people came down from California to the theme park and they recorded and posted the incident also it shows Santa staying come while he was dancing handful and off the ground. But they didn’t stop after they took Santa off of the sled and he didn’t stop there he keep on walking through the rest of the parade. Santa was smiling to the guests and spread the holiday joy to everyone.They had to stop the parade for a little bit but no one was injured during all this.

    They are saying that Santa sleigh will be running up again hopefully by December 25.

Uploaded: 12/19/18

Source; https://www.foxnews.com/travel/disneyland-float-collapse-launches-santa-off-sled-during-parade

Edited: By: KL

Residents Plant Christmas Tree in pothole

posted Dec 17, 2018, 7:42 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 7:48 AM ]

By: Tyler Baylous

    On Dec. 11 residents of a Pennsylvania neighborhood called attention to a large pothole in their street by filling it with a Christmas tree.

    Marietta Spak said she was going through the Christmas decorations in the attic of her Wilkes-Barre home when she found a faux-fir that seemed like a perfect fit for her neighborhood's problematic pothole.

"I was upstairs in the attic and was looking for more Christmas decorations and thought that would look nice in the hole," Spak told WNEP-TV.

    Spak said she wanted to help drivers avoid the hole, which she said has been getting worse in recent days.

    "It can cause so many problems with these holes. That's not just a pothole. That's sinkage, and it's starting to spider web," Spak said.

    Photos of the festive pothole went viral on social media and the city Department of Public Works said it is scheduled to be fixed this week.


Uploaded: 12/14/18

Edited By: JS

Source: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2018/12/11/Residents-plant-Christmas-tree-in-pothole/9511544545624/



Woman Divorces a 300- Year-Old Ghost Pirate

posted Dec 17, 2018, 7:25 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: John Sigrist

    A woman who has been married to a 300 year old ghost, is now getting a divorce and warns others of marrying ghosts.

    Amanda dressed up as a feminine Jack Sparrow, and claimed to be approached by a ghost. The ghost claimed to be the original Jack Sparrow pirate that the movie was based off of. They fell in love and got married in international waters.

    She is now single however, as they are getting a divorce. Amanda warns that spirits are not something that people should mess with.

    She made the news again after promoting the novel she wrote about her marriage.

Uploaded: 12/17/18

Edited By: TB

Source: https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/12/woman-divorces-300-year-old-ghost-and-warns-about-being-married-to-a-spirit/

By: Julie-Anna Humphreys

posted Dec 17, 2018, 6:52 AM by PHS Warrior Beat   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

The Secret Behind Catnip

    Cat’s go crazy over this leafy green plant but why? It acts the same way a drug would on a human. Companies have added catnip to toys, treats, even food. Is this harmful?

    Catnip is an herb and derives from the mint family. Catnip actually isn’t harmful to the cat, and kind of stimulates the cats brain the same way a hallucinogen would in a human, according to Purina.

    According to a web publication from the company Purina, “The active ingredient nepetalactone, is an essential oil which alters the behaviour of domestic and other cat species.” It states “A typical response includes sniffing, chewing, licking, head shaking, followed by chin, cheek, and body rubbing.” This “high” usually only lasts 5-10 minutes.

    Surprisingly, not all cats react to catnip. According to a web publication of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, “...about 70 to 80 percent of cats exhibit this behavior in the plants presence.

Uploaded: 12/17/18

Edited By: JR

Source: https://www.purina.com.au/cats/care/what-is-catnip


World’s Oldest Skydiver

posted Dec 14, 2018, 7:42 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Colby Speta

    A 102 year old women named Irene O’Shea becomes the world's oldest Skydiver in South Australia.

    Ms. O’Shea first started skydiving two years earlier when she was only 100 years young, but since then has jumped more than 11 times, as reported by the Huffington Post.

    She just didn't do this for herself either. “O’Shea completed the milestone jump to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association of SA, or MNDSA, a nonprofit organization that supports those who suffer from motor neuron disease.” as reported by the Advertiser.

    Ms. O’Shea said that “Possibly I will jump next year and if I live long enough I’ll jump at 105.”, which was reported by The Advertiser.

    Ms. O’Shea also does many normal things like, “She drives her own car and reads without glasses, and apart from some minor issues is in good health. And she is already thinking about when her next jump might be.”


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Trump’s New Weird Way to Toss a Coin

posted Dec 12, 2018, 7:32 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Kaliyah Lunsford

December 8, 2018 marks the date of Donald Trump’s new weird way to toss a coin. At the Army-Navy football game, people noticed President Trump’s bizarre way of flipping a coin.

In the video of the coin toss, Trump is seen throwing the coin to a slant in the air, watching the coin fall back down, and pointing to it directing the referee to pick it up. The video has over 1.6 million views in three days and everyone on twitter is making jokes about his weird toss.

Some of the tweets were sarcastic, commending Trump on his flipping abilities. “nobody flips coins better than he does. He flips all the best coins. The best!” — Handsome Jack. “It’s like Donald was making the toss look so dramatic, you know, got the cameras. I’ll bet he practiced all week for it!” — Stacey.

Others made jokes about him pointing at the ground after the toss. “I love that he points to it to prove he did throw it and it is ,in fact, still a coin.”— M.T. “I love how he points at the coin on the ground, amazed that once again, gravity worked.”— Primrose Lane


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Seal Ends Up In a Slippery Situation

posted Dec 11, 2018, 7:49 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Jenny Tran

Image result for hawaiian monk seal    Hawaiian monk seals are an endangered species of seals that are native to the Hawaiian Islands. The species currently only has around 1,400 seals left due to various reasons, two of which are due to the entanglement in fishing net and commercial hunting.

    An image was posted on Facebook last Monday, December 3rd showing a Hawaiian monk seal with an eel stuck up its nose. This isn’t a rare occurrence, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program stated that they have seen the “phenomenon nearly a handful of times in the last few years.”

    Although it is a funny sight to see, researchers can’t quite figure out why it keeps happening. The NOAA believes that “eels launch themselves defensively at the seals while they are foraging for food,” or the seals “may swallow an eel whole then regurgitate it through its nose.”

    After posting the image, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program assured people that the seal was fine after removing the eel.

Uploaded: 12/11/18

Edited By: CS

Sources: https://ktla.com/2018/12/08/hawaiian-monk-seals-getting-eels-stuck-up-their-noses-baffling-scientists/


Dangerous Birthday Balloons

posted May 21, 2018, 7:07 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Samantha Dingus

    Sanjana, 21, was celebrating her birthday with half a dozen of her friends in Mysore, India when she went to light her birthday candles and something went seriously wrong. She was horrifically burned after her hydrogen-filled birthday balloons exploded into a huge fireball while she was lighting her candles. Image result for woman burned after candlesignite balloons

    She was left with burns on her hands, arms, legs, and face. The fireball also singed off quite a bit of Sanjana’s hair. Pictures show that Sanjana was standing at the foot of a wooden table surrounded by her friends with balloons filling the room. Her friends gathered around the table with their phones, ready to film her lighting her cake and blowing out the candles.

    The large candle flames reached out to her close by red and black balloons causing a bright yellow flame to erupt. After the explosion, Sanjana was taken to a nearby hospital and was treated for burns.

    "She was lucky to get away with minor injuries,” said city-based event planner, Rajeev Shekhar, who was not at the bash, according to Foxnews.

    "We advise our clients to use helium instead of hydrogen balloons as they are non combustible," Shekhar stated.

    Unlike helium balloons that pop when a match is lit near them, hydrogen gas is extremely flammable causing hydrogen-filled balloons to just burst into flames.

Uploaded: 05/21/18

Edited: CQ



Rare Conjoined Fawns

posted May 17, 2018, 7:12 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

Cristen Quillen

    In May of 2016, a Minnesota man who was looking and intending to find mushrooms came across and discovered a pair of conjoined fawns, according to huffingtonpost.com. The man was in Freeburg, Minnesota about a mile from the Mississippi River when he came across the stillborn fawns in May of 2016.

    According to huffingtonpost.com, Gino D’angelo a University of Georgia researcher who studied the deer commented that the conjoined fawns appeared to have been recently deceased and were clean as well as dry. Stillborn conjoined fawns found recently in Minnesota.

    D’Angele stated that he believes, “The two headed animal is the first pair of conjoined fawns to reach full term and then be delivered by their mother” according to a University of Georgia press release.

    According to huffingtonpost.com the only other examples of conjoined fawns have been found in utero, so the fact that the pair of conjoined fawns found in Freeburg, Minnesota were carried to full term and then delivered by their mother was almost a complete scientific miracle.

    D’Angelo stated, “Its amazing and extremely rare, we can’t even estimate the rarity of this. Of the tens of millions of fawns born annually in the US, there are probably abnormalities happening in the wild that that we don’t even know about.”  

    According to huffingtonpost.com, when the University of Minnesota veterinary diagnostic laboratory performed a necropsy, MRI and CT scans of the body of the animal, the researchers discovered the female fawns had one body but two heads and necks that were completely separate.

    The scientists working in the veterinary diagnostic laboratory discovered that when the lungs of the conjoined fawns were placed in water, they sank straight to the bottom indicating that the conjoined fawns were indeed stillborns and never breathed air.

    D’Angelo stated in a release, “Their anatomy indicates that the fawns would never have been viable, yet they were found groomed and in their natural position, suggesting that the doe tried to care for them after delivery. The maternal instinct is very strong.”


Uploaded: 5-17-18

Edited: BH

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