Man Dies From Heart Attack Caused By Nail Biting

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British man John Gardener suffered from anxiety and depression, possibly related to coping with diabetes, doctors said at an inquest into his death. The blood infection affected his heart, triggering a heart attack days after his 40th birthday. He died in the hospital after doctors worked for two weeks to save him. Gardener’s habit stemmed from anxiety and depression that intensified in the years leading up to his death, despite receiving mental health treatment, doctors said. He was also a diabetic, and had his lower right leg amputated in 2011 after experiencing severe leg ulcers related to diabetes.” w/ photos

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The Town That Hung An Elephant

“In September 1916, after killing an inexperienced trainer named Red Eldridge, circus elephant ‘Big’ Mary was hanged during a public execution in the town of Erwin, TN. The spectacle has been viewed by many as an act of animal cruelty, and by some as a stigma that still hangs over the community of Erwin, TN. Through interviews with Erwin residents, folklorists, and a best-selling author, HANGING OVER ERWIN revisits the events surrounding the lynching, it’s effects on the community, and whether it is possible for this small Appalachian town to remove the black mark from its history.” — Patrick Adkins

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Fast Food Feeding You A Chemical Used In Silly Putty?

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Polydimethylsiloxane, sounds tasty doesn’t it? Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, and Wendy’s think it is at least. The chemical has been stirring up some discussion recently due to its appearance in fast-food menu items. It belongs to a group of polymeric compounds commonly referred to as silicones, and applications of the chemical range from contact lenses and medical devices to shampoo and conditioners (making the hair shiny and slippery), caulking, heat resistant tiles, polishes, cosmetics, silly putty, and the list goes on.” w/ photos

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Ass Injections Gone Wrong

“The horror that befell Oscarina Busse’s backside began in July 2009. The 35-year-old Floridian felt a dull but persistent itch deep in the meat of her buttocks, one that was impossible to scratch. It wasn’t long before Oscarina noticed that her butt was changing colors — first turning purple, like a throbbing finger that had been wrapped too tightly with string, and then a cadaverous gray. From there, things got much worse.” — VICE

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Koala’s Bellow

“Scientists have found that these famously sleepy marsupials have evolved a vocal organ that allows them to produce a very low-pitched sound. Koalas, researchers discovered, have an ‘extra pair of vocal folds’ outside the larynx, which they use to make their mating calls.” — todaynewscnn

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Tiger Stealth Attack

“Tigress in a fit of rage attacks the mahawat or mahout (rider) of an elephant, as the forest department guards were trying to tranquilize her and round her up, to trans-locate her to a safer forest area where she and her cubs would not be as threatened as in this village-farming environment outside the Kaziranga National Park.” — WildFilmsIndia

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Thai Vegetarian Festival

“In what could be the world’s bloodiest vegetarian festival, these grizzly paraders are performing gut-churning rituals as a sign of Taoist devotion to their gods. The Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand, also known as the Nine Emperor Gods Festival, sees many Thai-Chinese impaling themselves with everything from umbrellas to swords, fire walking on hot coals, and even tying firecrackers to themselves and letting them explode without flinching. In another sign of faithfulness, the participants of the nine-day festival also slash their tongues while in a trance-like state.” — BarcroftTV

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