Seal Slaps a Kayaker In The Face With a Gigantic Octopus

An unruly seal which shocked a kayaker by throwing an octopus in his face was trying to stun its prey before eating it, scientists have revealed.
The surprising incident was captured on a GoPro camera off the coast of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island.
Kyle Mulinder was paddling when the seal burst out of the water, launched into the air and whipped the octopus directly into his face.
The seal was trying to stun the octopus and mistook Mr Mulinder for a rock, according to scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand.
The group of content creators were out testing a new GoPro model off the coast of the South Island when Kyle Mulinder was caught up in a battle between a seal and octopus
‘Seals will often try and get their prey out of the water and above the surface to gain the upper hand in a tussle,’ NIWA posted on Facebook. ‘Once out of the water they will try flinging them about to stun them.
‘At that point it is normal for a seal to try to fling the octopus against a hard object to tear the octopus apart. So to the seal, the kayaker seemed like a reasonable enough object.’ Mr Muliner said he was sitting in the middle of the ocean when the seal suddenly emerged.
‘I was like ”Mate, what just happened?”’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail; “Seal Slaps a Kayaker In The Face With a Gigantic Octopus” By Ben Hill and Wade Sellers For Daily Mail Australia

Man Mistakes Airplane’s Emergency Exit With Bathroom

A passenger on a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna, India, created “pandemonium” when he tried to open the emergency exit door midflight, claiming he mistook it for the lavatory.

Other passengers onboard the Saturday flight said the man, a first-time flier in his late 20s, began tugging on the door and said he “needed to use the washroom urgently,” the Independent reported.

When people realized what he was trying to do, they alerted crew members, who persuaded him to return to his seat for the remainder of the flight.

Sanowar Khan, the officer in charge of the local police, told the Times of India there was “pandemonium” as the man attempted to unlock the exit door. Some passengers reportedly even wrestled with the man and were injured in the struggle.

Once the flight landed safely, the man was taken into custody and questioned by authorities, who deemed the incident to be a genuine mistake. “There was no ulterior motive behind his act,” Khan told the Times.

Source: NY post; “Man mistakes airplane’s emergency exit with bathroom” by Michelle Gant

Man Claims to be a Minority Business Owner After DNA Test Shows He’s 4% African

An insurance agent claims he should qualify as a minority business owner, because a DNA test shows he’s 4 percent African — enough, he believes, to make him “a certified black man.”

Ralph Taylor knows on the outside he looks like an average white guy, but he is trying using the results from his AncestryByDNA test to bolster his business in Lynnwood, Washington.

“I’ve always known that I’m multiracial,” the 55-year-old declared to the Washington Post.

The 2010 test showed that he’s 90 percent European, 6 percent indigenous American and 4 percent sub-Saharan African.

“I’m a certified black man. I’m certified black in all 50 states,” he said. “But the federal government doesn’t recognize me.”

Taylor is now in the midst of a legal battle with Washington state and the federal government for ultimately denying him the minority business owner qualification for his Orion Insurance Group. The designation would give him a leg up in nabbing government contracts.

His case — which poses the complex question of how race is defined — is pending before the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals.

Source: NY Post; Man claims to be a minority business owner after DNA test shows he’s 4% African” by By Lia Eustachewich

Man Bursts Into Church and Confesses to Cold Case Murder

A man barged into a Connecticut church and confessed to worshipers that he was the fiend who killed a Hartford jogger four years ago — a cold case that’s confounded cops.

Michael Trazinski, the pastor at Open Gate Ministries in East Granby, told ABC News on Monday that he and the handful of parishioners with him knew what they had to do after William Leverett told them that he stabbed mom of two Melissa Millan in 2014.

“Justice needed to be done,” Trazinski said of Leverett’s Sept. 19 confession.

So the pastor and two other people took 27-year-old Leverett to the Simsbury Police Department to turn himself in.

“I’m here to turn myself in for the murder on Iron Horse Boulevard almost four years ago,” he told police, according to the arrest warrant affidavit released Monday.

Leverett told cops he went to the running trail the night of Nov. 20, 2014, looking for “human contact” after attending a treatment meeting for sex offenders, the Hartford Courant reported.

Police charged him Sunday and he is being held on $2 million bail in Hartford.

Source: NY Post; “Man Bursts Into Church and Confesses to Cold Case Murder” by Tamar Lapin

Escaped Inmate Caught While Ordering Sweet Tea at Restaurant

A Florida correctional inmate who escaped a work site on Monday was captured after he was reportedly spotted ordering sweet tea nearby.

Taylor Fender, 23, walked away from a work crew in Interlachen and bought clothes at a dollar store, according to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. He was spotted by an “observant” passerby who alerted police.

Fender, who’s currently serving a 5-year prison term at the Putnam Corrections Institute in East Palatka, reportedly then made his way over to Poppi’s Restaurant, where he ordered a drink of sweet tea — just as a deputy arrived at the restaurant for lunch.

“As the deputy walked into the restaurant, a [be on the look out] with the suspect’s description was released by dispatchers. The suspect had ordered and paid for a sweet tea,” the sheriff’s office said.

Fender was arrested without incident and transported back to the correctional facility. An escape charge against Fender was sent to the state attorney’s office.

The sheriff’s office joked that Southerners may feel that Fender, who left the restaurant without receiving his order, “committed the bigger crime” by leaving his tea on the counter.

Source: Fox news; “Escaped Inmate Caught While Ordering Sweet Tea at Restaurant” by Nicole Darrah

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Grandpa trying to film proposal films own reaction

A grandfather who was asked to record a marriage proposal in New Mexico ended up accidentally recording video of his own reaction instead. Jayce Flauding was visiting Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque with his grandpa, John Hart, when a fellow tourist asked Flauding to record his marriage proposal. Flauding said he handed the man’s iPhone to Hart, and it was only after the proposal that everyone discovered Hart was holding the phone backward. Hart said he was honored to be asked to record the video.

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Teen jumps to her death from Greenwich Village co-op

The teen, whose name was not immediately announced, plummeted from the Greenwich House at 54 W. 16th St. at about 4:50 p.m. and landed on top of a scaffolding on Sixth Avenue, authorities said.

The girl was declared dead at the scene.

Neighbors said the girl’s dad is a pastry chef and her mom is a nurse.

“This is horrible. This is heavy,” said one resident who lives above the family.

Trump accuses Stormy Daniels of ‘total con job’

President Trump on Wednesday accused porn star Stormy Daniels of a “con job” for releasing a composite sketch of a man she claimed threatened her over her alleged affair with the president.

“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” Trump said in an early morning tweet.

Trump’s message accompanied a retweet of Twitter user “Deplorably Scottish” — @ShennaFoxMusic – who posted a side-by-side image of the sketch and a photo of Daniels and her husband Glendon Crain, a drummer also known as Brendon Miller whom she married in 2010.

“Oops! This is awkward!” wrote Deplorably Scottish, who posted the photograph taken from Daniels’ Instagram page.

Trump’s comments came a day after Daniels appeared on ABC’s “The View” and released the sketch of the man she said accosted her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, after she tried to sell a magazine her story alleging the fling with Trump for $15,000.

told CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

“And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone,” she said.

Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti offered a $100,000 award for anyone who identifies the culprit, whom she has described as “handsome.”

Many on social media likened the sketch to some notable celebs, including New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and rock icon Jon Bon Jovi.

The tweet also was the first in which he directly referred to Daniels since the Wall Street Journal first reported in January that his personal attorney Michael Cohen had arranged a $130,000 payment to silence her before the 2016 election.

Earlier this month, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he didn’t know the hush payment was made.

Daniels is in the middle of a lawsuit against the president that she hopes will void a nondisclosure agreement she claims was signed just days before the election.

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‘Cocaine Babe’ weeps as she’s sentenced to 8 years in prison

Glamorous cruise ship cocaine importer Melina Roberge has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a female judge who delivered a blistering attack on “vacuous” and “negative” Instagram.

Roberge, 24, wept silently as she received both a longer maximum and minimum sentence than her co-accused 30-year-old former porn star — Isabelle Lagace — who had received a discount for an early guilty plea.

Roberge will serve a minimum four years and nine months in prison, with her earliest release date in May 2021, three months after Lagace’s non parole period expires.

The 24-year-old, the youngest of three Canadians who imported 209 lbs. cocaine on a luxury cruise,made world headlines when she and Lagace’s Instagram posts of their exotic port stops.

On Wednesday, NSW District Court Judge Kate Traill attacked one of Roberge’s motivations for taking the drug cruise.

“It is a very sad indictment on her relative age group in society to seem to get self worth relative to posts on Instagram,” Judge Traill said while addressing a sometimes tearful Roberge.

“It is sad they seek to attain such a vacuous existence where how many likes they receive are their currency.

“She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world.

“This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women.”

Judge Traill, who also accepted that Roberge’s motivation to do the drug run was financial, revealed that the offender had been sexually involved with the “sugar daddy” who recruited her
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