For right now, this looks like the rantings of a mentally unwell passenger. Here's hoping that's all it ends up being.
Because international air travel is always such a breeze and needed to be more of a terrifying, white-knuckled pain in the rear, a passenger on a flight from Hong Kong due to land at Newark International Airport later this afternoon has reportedly told the flight crew that he has "poisoned everyone on board."Read More
Though they're one of the world's most infamously well-armed insects, it turns out bees have only been turning half of their armory on us all these years. In addition to their famously venomous stingers, bees have a bite that delivers a paralyzing toxin to their victims, and researchers in Greece and France think the poison could one day be repurposed as a local anesthetic for humans.Read More
As insects age, their bodies show wear and tear just like the rest of us. For those critters that use their mandibles for nearly everything, this can lead to them being less effective and contributing less and less to their societies. Researchers have discovered a particular species of termite that becomes more toxic and prone to exploding in defense as they grow older.Read More
In what is the most diabolical thing I have read today, a report from Very Vietnam alleges that some Chinese food producers are creating synthetic rice out of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. The "rice" is made by mixing the potato material together, shaping it into grains, and then adding an "industrial resin" as a binding agent. Very Vietnam says that these resins can be very harmful if eaten. Going on to indicate exactly how much plastic is involved, the website says:
A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag.The obvious motivation behind this scheme is money, since the synthetic "rice" is cheaper to produce. This is just another, albeit somewhat more disquieting, in the long line of tainted or defective products apparently coming out of China. These would include the poisonous drywall, and tainted milk. If true, this a cruel, calculated maneuver worthy of Orson Well's character Harry Lime from The Third Man. It's hard not to think of his famous speech atop the ferris wheel, gesturing at the people below:
Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?(via Very Vietnam, image via Wikipedia) Read More