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Dec 11 2015

Odds or Onions Challenge IV

Can you pick The Onion without hovering your mouse over the links?

Not much of a challenge really, but if you just looked at the headlines you’d have an easy 50 / 50 shot at being wrong.

 

Connecticut teen tests fire-breathing, turkey-roasting drone

Richard Weizel, Reuters

MILFORD, Conn. (Reuters) – A young Connecticut man has cooked up a flame-throwing drone that roasts turkeys, but his latest foray into unmanned flight has drawn the attention of the law – again.

“We had a lot of fun, it was something different to do and there was no danger at all,” said the father, Bret Haughwout. He said he and his son had fire extinguishers, hoses and buckets of water on hand for the flight.

In July, the younger Haughwout was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer when he was summoned to the local police station for questioning about a video showing the drone he had modified to fire a handgun. He is still awaiting trial on that charge, which police said resulted from his driving away from officers who were trying to question him.

He also made headlines last year when police charged a woman with assault after she confronted him about flying a drone at a state beach and intruding on her privacy. He recorded the encounter with his cellphone camera as the two engaged in a scuffle that resulted in charges against the woman, but not him. …

 

Long past Thanksgiving, burnt sweet potatoes vex small town

Jonathan Drew, AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Smoke from burnt sweet potatoes wafting around the town of Farmville has nothing to do with holiday baking.

A silo full of dehydrated sweet potatoes has been smoldering in the town an hour east of Raleigh since at least the week of Thanksgiving, said Farmville town manager David Hodgkins.

It’s not clear when or how the fire started. Some dehydrated sweet potatoes in the silo got wet over the summer before drying and solidifying, and the company tried drilling holes to dislodge the hardened mass — which may have created a spark, Hodgkins said.

“It’s been described as harder than concrete,” he said.

At first, firefighters used a machine to continuously spray water from the side, but they’ve switched to periodic 10,000- gallon sprays into the top of the silo, he said. Farmville sought advice from experts on fighting oil well fires, and state forestry officials used a helicopter to take infrared images.

“What they’re trying to do is allow the silo to burn itself out,” he said.

1 comment

  1. BobbyK

    Ha! Both Odds.

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