Nik Wallenda blindly conquers Chicago high wire. Nik Wallenda, the King of the High Wire, successfully completed what he called the most dangerous stunt he’s ever attempted, taking two spine-tingling walks on high wires between skyscrapers in Chicago. One walk was 200 yards long with an incredible 19-degree incline. The other was shorter—93 feet (see video above)—but he did it blindfolded, and he did both as millions of viewers watched in breath-taking amazement on Discovery Channel and online.
An official from Guinness World Records was on hand to certify Wallenda’s feats as world records—highest incline tightrope walk at 670.73 feet and the highest blindfolded tightrope walk at 557.89 feet. Nik Wallenda completing the second tightrope walk blindfolded. Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel “I’m definitely not taking my time,” he said at one point. As he’s done with previous walks, he relied heavily on his faith.
When he reached the end, the estimated crowd of 65,000 on the streets below gave out a cheer. “Wow,” Wallenda responded. North Carolina Diner Takes Prices Off Its Menu, Asks Customers To Pay What God Wants, And Triples Its Revenue. Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images A diner in North Carolina is putting its faith in a new form of economic self-determination: Pay what God wants. Dana Parris, owner of the Just Cookin restaurant in Dallas, North Carolina, decided to take the prices off her menus. Instead of having a set number, she asks her customers to pay what they think God would like. "He just came to me and said I don't need to do it, I need to let him do it," Parris told the Gaston Gazette of Gaston County, North Carolina.
"The way I could show I was giving God control was to give him control of the cash register. " The Good Lord has been something of a cash cow for Parris. While pay-what-you-want-restaurants are starting to become a trend, like Lentil As Anything in Melbourne, Australia, SAME Cafe in Denver, Colorado, or Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, the diner is the only faith-based one we've come across.
Dallas residents are taking kindly to Parris's new policy. More From Business Insider. 5ft Cannabis Plant Accidentally Grown By Devon Grandmother. When a mystery 5ft tall plant sprouted in this pensioner’s garden, she turned to a BBC gardening programme for help to identify it. Patricia Hewitson sent some photographs to The Potting Shed on BBC Radio Devon and rang the studios to discuss her find. Luckily gardening expert Sarah Chesters was able to easily identify the plant as... cannabis. Hewitson, of Exmouth, told the programme she had first spotted the plant in July when she “saw it growing amongst the petunias.” The 65-year-old added: “I had a slight suspicion of what it might be, so I put a picture of it on Facebook and asked my friends if they thought it was what I thought it was but nobody seemed to know.
“I asked my husband and he said ‘I don’t think it’s anything you need to worry about’ and this is a man who did botany at university.” The grandmother-of-five revealed she had a bird feeder hanging above her front door, which Chesters fingered as the likely culprit behind the appearance of the cannabis plant. Close. Man fined for pretending to be ghost in cemetery. Man Sues Close-up Toothpaste After Failing To Attract Single Girls - METRO NAIJAMETRO NAIJA. In what could prove to be a major marketing and legal embarrassment for Unilever Nigeria Limited (UNL), a 26-year-old man has filed a case against the company, which owns the Close Up toothpaste brand, for ‘cheating’ and causing him ‘mental suffering’. The plaintiff has cited his failure to attract any girl at all even though he’s been using Close-Up toothpaste for over seven years now. Close-Up advertisements suggest that the product helps men in instantly attracting women by letting their breaths out.
Anthony Olatunfe, the petitioner, also surrendered all his used, unused and half-used Close-Up tubes to the court, and demanded a laboratory test of the products. Anthony was pushed to take this step when his female boss slapped his face when he tried to kiss her after brushing his teeth with the Close-Up toothpaste. “Where is the Close-Up effect? Anthony claims that he had been using the toothpaste as per the company’s instructions even since he first bought them. Comments comments. Quite Interesting News, Page 10. Lost Masterpiece Painting Found in the Background of 1999 Film 'Stuart Little' Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, and Geena Davis in 1999’s Stuart Little, with the mysterious missing painting in the background Though it only received lukewarm reviews from critics upon its 1999 release, it turns out that the children’s movie Stuart Little did contain at least one masterpiece.
Gergely Barki, a researcher at the Hungarian national gallery, was watching Rob Minkoff’s family comedy with his daughter in 2009 when he noticed what appeared to be, remarkably, a famous missing painting by the Hungarian avant-garde artist Róbert Berény on the wall of the Little family home. Barki couldn’t be sure, having only seen the painting in an old black and white photograph. (It went missing in the 1920s; Barki thought the original buyer was potentially Jewish and fled Hungary with the painting either before or during World War II.) The researcher was curious enough to email the studios behind the film, Sony and Columbia. A closer look at “Sleeping Lady with Black Vase” Five-year-old misses friend's birthday party and has to pay £15.95 | UK news. The parents of a five-year-old schoolboy have been invoiced for failing to attend a school friend’s birthday party and have been threatened with legal action if they do not pay.
Derek Nash and Tanya Walsh found a brown envelope with a £15.95 “no show fee” left in their son Alex’s schoolbag last week, sent by his classmate’s mother Julie Lawrence. Lawrence claims that Alex’s failure to attend her child’s birthday party has left her out of pocket, and that his parents had her details to tell her that their son would not be attending. Nash said he had been told he would be taken to small claims court for refusing to pay. It all started with an invitation to the birthday party just before Christmas at the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre.
Alex – who attends a local nursery in Torpoint, Cornwall – told his parents he wanted to go, so they confirmed he would be at the party. However, his parents realised on the day that Alex had been double-booked to spend time with his grandparents. The £8.8m typo: how one mistake killed a family business | Law. Meet the 86-year-old widow who’s spent 10 years living on a cruise ship. All of which must make her one of America’s most travelled octogenarians?
“I stopped counting after 100 [countries]. " she said. "Let's just say I've been to almost any country that has a port. " She rarely goes ashore these days – largely because she’s visited most places once or twice before. Wachtstatter estimates that her “stress-free, fairy-tale” lifestyle will cost her $164,000 (£108,000) this year, which covers the cost of her single-occupancy cabin, meals in premium restaurants, gratuities and a variety of activities including ballroom dancing with cruise hosts and needlepoint classes. "I enjoy dancing, and this was the best of the remaining ships that still employ dance hosts," Wachtstatter said. "My husband didn't dance, just didn't like to, and encouraged me to dance with the hosts.” While few have spent quite as long at sea, Wachtstatter isn’t the ship’s only full-time resident. Can life at sea be more cost effective than on land?
"I can see the attraction. Man Misses Whale 2 Feet Away Because He Was Glued to His Phone. View gallery Man Misses Whale 2 Feet Away Because He Was Glued to His Phone (ABC News) This Instagram photo shows a man missing a humpback whale surface two feet away from him because he was glued to his phone. The moment was caught during a whale watch in Redondo Beach, California, professional photographer Eric Smith told ABC News today. "A small private sailboat maneuvered really close to the whales, and this guy on it was literally sitting in that position and never moved," Smith said.
Smith said he had about five photos of whales with the private sailboat in the background, but the guy never got off his phone in any of the pictures. "We're all guilty being buried in our phones, even me," Smith said. Humpback whale. 13 Freaky Things That Happened on Friday the 13th. Friggatriskaidekaphobics, beware: Today is the first of three Friday the 13ths this year. (The other two fall in March and November.) This date, of course, is associated with bad luck and superstition, which is why it has its own phobia — "Frigg" was a Norse goddess who originally lent her name to the word that became "Friday," and "triskaidekaphobia" is the fear of the number 13.
Statistically speaking, the day is not more dangerous than any other. But even people who don't avoid black cats or fear walking under ladders can have a little fun with Friday the 13th. Read on for some of the strangest, most tragic and simply notorious events that have occurred on Friday the 13ths throughout history. [What Really Scares People: Top 10 Phobias] 1. Perhaps Friday the 13th wasn't the best day to stage a leap into New York's Genesee River. A child mill worker, Patch would get an adrenaline rush by leaping off of mill dams — a talent he eventually spun into public stunt shows for cash. 2. 3. 4. 5. Fraudster released rat in Sunderland restaurant to get free meal | UK news.
The owner of a bistro smelled a rat when a customer pulled a rodent from his pocket and shouted out in alarm in an attempt to get a free meal. Restaurateur Kevin Smith, 48, called fraudster Christopher Baker a “scumbag” for trying the trick, saying it could have ruined the business he has built up over seven years. Baker, 28, from Houghton, Tyne and Wear, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Sunderland magistrates court last week, officials confirmed. He was handed a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement, ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £7.25 compensation – the cost of his meal – to the restaurant. Smith recalled how Baker – who was already barred from Borneo Bistro in Sunderland – sneaked in on Valentine’s Day and ordered food from the menu. The bistro, which is one of Sunderland’s top-rated restaurants on TripAdvisor, was busy and Baker waited for two nearby tables to leave before attempting the con.
Dying Man Leaves His Pals $5,300 to Go On Boozy Vacation. When Roger Brown was preparing his last will and testament, he wanted his friends to know how much he cared about them. Brown, a retired engineer from Swansea, Wales, decided to leave seven of his closest pals 3,500 pounds (about $5,300) with a mandate to go enjoy a weekend vacation together. (Roger Reese and six other friends made the most of their time honoring their friend, including photos in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Photo: Bob Beynon) Having been friends with all of these men for well over 40 years, Brown had spent much time and taken many trips with each of them, so it seemed only fitting to send them on one last trip together as a farewell.
(Roger Brown loved adventure and spent much of his time in the outdoors. Brown lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 67, and shortly after his funeral, his son, Sam, called Roger Rees, one of Brown’s closest friends, to inform him of the will’s directive. Don't Let Identity Theft Score On You 10% on auto insurance. A postman collected pebbles every day for 33 years and what he created is astounding. More than 120,000 people travel to the commune of Hauterives in southeastern France every year to see the Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, a stunning palace constructed entirely from handpicked pebbles. (Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval) Originally called "The Temple of Nature," the man-made wonder was built one stone at a time from thousands of pebbles that postman Joseph Ferdinand Cheval collected for 33 years. He combined the stones with mortar and limestone to create the impeccably detailed castle.
(Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval) At 26 meters long and 12 meters high on one end, and 14 meters long on the other, the palace is complete with pillars, buttresses, a terrace, and animals constructed from the postman’s memories of the postcards he delivered everyday. (Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval) Today, as part of the offered tours, children are challenged to play a game where they locate all of the animals hidden within Cheval's palace. The palace has a fascinating history.
Couple gets $75.90 bill for wedding they didn't attend. After the cake has been wrapped up, the champagne popped and the chicken-or-fish dinner eaten, most wedding guests get a thank you note in the mail. But one guest recently got a bill instead. Jessica Baker and her husband were planning on going and RSVP'd to a no-kids-allowed wedding a few weeks ago, but Baker's mom called the day of the event to say she couldn't watch the Bakers' daughter, so they had no choice but to stay home, reports KARE 11 in Minneapolis.
Then earlier this week, Baker received a bill for $75.90 — $60 total for the herb-crusted walleye she and her husband requested in their RSVP, plus a $7.95 fee per person for tax and the service charge. "This cost reflects the amount paid by bride and groom for meals that were RSVPed for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated," the bill said. Baker laughed as she told the story to the KARE 11 reporter. What would you do if you got a bill like this? More from Credit.com. British parrot missing for four years returns speaking Spanish. He said his bird went missing four years earlier. Little is known about Nigel's whereabouts the past four years, but Chick says the bird's British accent is gone, and it now chatters in Spanish.
Chick says last week's reunion brought tears of joy to his eyes - despite the fact that Nigel bit him when he first tried to pick him up. Micco said the behavior was not unusual and that Nigel would settle back in soon enough. "He's doing perfect," Chick told the newspaper by the week's end. "It's really weird. I knew it was him from the minute I saw him. " It's the fifth parrot reunion facilitated by Micco, who has been running ads for her own missing bird for nine months. Julissa Sperling found Nigel outside her home and brought him to Micco after seeing one of her ads. But first, she took Nigel to her dog-grooming business. "He was the happiest bird. Man Who Hasn't Showered in 12 Years Makes Us Question Everything We Know About Cleanliness. ‘I’m not weird!’ He says. Watch as Yahoo Global Anchor Katie Couric interviews David Whitlock on his bathing habits — or lack thereof.
Showering: It’s a shockingly divisive topic. Some of us shower at night; others do it in the morning. Today, the notion that it’s a good idea to regularly wash yourself seems obvious, but bathing has a choppy history. Now, one guy has us wondering if we should shower at all. David Whitlock hasn’t showered in 12 years — instead, he sprays himself with a mixture of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (or AOB) that keeps him smelling fresh, and feeling cleaner than ever before, he says.
Whitlock stopped showering as an experiment, after realizing that animals used bacteria in mud to stay odor-free. He hasn’t showered since, nor does he see any reason to, he tells Yahoo Health. “I’m not weird,” he says. Now, more than a decade and myriad experiments later, Whitlock has teamed up with other scientists to start AO Biome, a Cambridge, Mass. Auto High (HD) Medium Low Platform.