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Strange & Weird
A man in China was left dangling from a bridge after its glass panels were damaged in high wind. The man was visiting the 100m-high bridge (330 ft) in the Piyan Mountain, in the north-east of the country, when the incident occurred on Friday. Several pieces of the glass floor were blown away by winds that reached up to 150km/h (90mph). It is thought that China has about 2,300 glass bridges and a number of glass walkways and slides. They are designed to attract thrill-seeking tourists and capitalise on China’s growing domestic tourism. An image widely shared on social media shows the man dangling in the middle of the bridge, located in a scenic area near the city of Longjing. Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the man. However he managed to get back to safety himself with the help of on-site staff, Xinhua news agency reports. The tourist was taken to hospital for observation and counselling, and is now said to be in a “stable emotional and physical condition”. The area has been closed, according to Longjing City’s Weibo page. An investigation into the incident has been launched.
Internet fads and memes are usually pretty harmless, but sometimes they cross into genuinely dangerous territory. For example, take the Tide Pod eating thing that plagued social media some time back. But this latest thing leaves Tide Pods in the dust. It’s not only potentially more dangerous, but also infinitely more disgusting. Apparently, some people have gotten it in their heads that it’s a good idea to eat raw spoiled meat. And we’re not talking about a steak that went old a couple days ago, either – this is about meat that’s in advanced stages of decomposition. We’re talking about meat that’s green and brown and swarming with bacterial colonies. You know, the genuinely rotten stuff that wouldn’t look out of place on a death metal album cover. Some of these people claim that they just prefer their meat a little bit decomposed. They say that it just tastes better that way. But other are after a special kind of high that you can supposedly get from this “high meat,” as they call it. Reportedly, the rotten meat produces a sense of euphoria after consumption.
Well, now it’s come to this. Two San Francisco “journalists” (read activists) are taking umbrage at Disneyland’s new Snow White’s Enchanted Wish ride at the famed California theme park. It seems “journalists” Katie Dowd and Julie Tremaine were appalled by “a kiss he (the prince) gives to her without her consent, while she’s asleep (in the story he thought she was dead, but nevermind that), which cannot possibly be true love if only one person knows it’s happening.”
A Ohio lawmaker drew criticism for using a virtual office background while attending a Zoom meeting with his colleagues and driving at the same time. Despite the crafty scene setting, state senator Andrew Brenner can be seen wearing a seatbelt and constantly scanning his horizon. His actual surroundings were also betrayed by the fact that he had appeared in a car just moments earlier. During a 13-minute meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board earlier this week, Brenner appears behind the wheel of a car at the start of the video then sets the background of home office in a likely bid to conceal his driving, which starts at the 4:19 mark. Brenner keeps an eye on the video while driving, but apparently unsatisfied, cuts off the feed shortly after. The Republican state senator returns at 5:18, his head at times fading away as he checks his side windows for traffic. Buildings and trees can be seen rolling by around his head. As The Columbus Dispatch notes, that same day, a distracted driving bill was introduced in the state’s House of Representatives. Brenner defended his actions to the paper, saying he was “paying attention.”
If you spend a lot of time scrolling through social media, you’ve probably grown used to the posts and stories touting the miraculous benefits or hidden dangers of various foods. While most of these claims are often overblown and downright false, there are still those somewhat harmless food myths that have been drilled into our heads for so long that we don’t even realize they’re fake. Here are seven of the most enduring myths.