One Oregon garbage man wishes he wasn’t in the spotlight, but his simple act of patriotism put him there anyway.
Jeremy Fischer was out doing his job at 6 a.m., as he usually does, when he noticed a flag on the ground that had fallen from a resident’s flagpole.
“There’s a lot of sacrifice, a lot of hope, a lot of other stuff that is the American flag. I figured since so many people have died for that, the least I could do was pick it up,” Fischer told KATU-TV.
The garbage man folded the flag military style, as he learned to do so when he was a Boy Scout, and returned it to its rightful owner. He didn’t tell anyone because he didn’t want to call attention to himself.
Fischer didn’t get his wish because a neighbor just happened to share the incident on Fischer’s employer, Pride Disposal, on their Facebook page:
“No one else saw this going on, except me and God, and I shared this story several times yesterday – it bought smiles to many faces, as well as my neighbor who is very grateful. Thank you, Mr. Garbage Man!!!!! May God Bless You!”
Fischer’s bosses had to convince him to tell his story and made the surveillance video that caught the entire act public.
“Honestly if I had my way I wouldn’t be on TV,” he said.
But whether he wanted to or not, his actions have caught many people’s attention.
“I just wanted to say thank you to Jeremy, for rescuing that flag and seeing it get properly taken care of,” Jesse Ramirez wrote on Pride Disposal’s Facebook page. “It sure does mean a lot to me and my brothers and sisters.”
Sources: Facebook, KATU-TV
A Pizza Hut in southern West Virginia closed permanently after a district manager was caught on surveillance video urinating into a sink in the food preparation area.
The video, dated Jan. 29, shows the manager looking over something on a computer after the restaurant had closed for the day. Then, the manager turns around, unzips his jeans and begins urinating in the metal sink. When he finishes, he grabs his coffee mug and casually returns to the computer.
The restaurant was owned by Wichita-based company Rage Inc. It owns Pizza Huts in seven states, including several others in West Virginia.
Pizza Hut Corp. spokesman Doug Terfehr stated Wednesday that the decision to close the restaurant was made on Feb. 19, after the video surfaced.
Terfehr added that the district manager had been fired.
Since its original posting date, the video has accumulated 600,000 views.
One woman showed what a “makeunder” can really do as she underwent an amazing transformation that left her looking like a completely new person.
Mel, 21, appeared on a British reality show that has makeup-obsessed people go through a makeover that shows off their natural beauty.
Mel was the ideal example of makeup-obsessed. With numerous piercings, her pink Mohawk hair, white makeup, heavy eyeliner, and spiked collar, she admitted to the show her punk look used to scare people away on the street.
Her mom, Jill, can attest to that.
“Some people look at her as if she’s… scum,” Jill said.
But Mel says that didn’t bother her.
“If its not ripped, rip it and dye your [hair] the brightest colors ever,” she told the show. “I couldn’t care less what anyone says about me.”
Still, she went through with the makeover, which revealed her natural beauty.
“I’ve never seen myself like this before,” she said. “I feel sexy.”
In fact, two strangers interviewed on the show said they would “snog” her, while someone else said they would marry her because she appeared to be “approachable.”
But despite Mel now turning heads, she rejected the new her, saying she felt she looked like her mother.
Her real-life makeover may have lasted only a short while, but the video of Mel’s transformation has gone viral, getting over 300,000 views on YouTube since she first appeared on the show.
A woman who went whale watching off the coast of Baja California, Mexico was given a rude greeting by one of the ocean’s biggest inhabinants.
The footage below shows the moment Chelsea Crawford was hit straight in the face by the tail of a giant whale.
Understandably, Crawford was left shocked and not knowing what to do. Her good friend, Jordyn Rivet, however, reacted quicker than Crawford and caught the entire thing on cell phone.
A few hours after being uploaded on YouTube, the video has gone viral.
“We went what watching on the Baja this weekend, and unfortunately, Chelsea got smacked in the head by a whale’s tail,” Rivet wrote on the video description. “Luckily, she was fine and we got it on video.”
Source: New York Daily News, Youtube
A Rhode Island local television reporter was fired for showing off during a lighthearted piece on auditions for “America’s Got Talent.”
Julie Tremmel, 36, was on air for WJAR-TV when she decided to perform a handstand. Days later, she was fired.
“I was terminated without cause from WJAR and my Union and I are fighting it through the grievance and arbitration process in our Contract with the Station [sic],” Tremmel wrote to GoLocalProv in an email.
Tremmel first became the center of media attention last year when she did a piece on how to survive a bear attack. The report went viral and made her rise to Internet fame. The how-to viral report was covered by outlets such as the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and was even featured on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
The piece was popular with the public, but not with some of the station’s senior staff.
Jim Taricani, WJAR’s veteran investigative reporter, called the bear piece a “smudge on our station’s reputation.”
“… Some TV reporters like to draw attention to themselves… its an insult to most of us trying to be professional,” Taricani wrote on Facebook.
But Tremmel has garnered online support. A “Support News Reporter Julie Tremmel” Facebook page has 362 "likes" so far, and an online “Bring Julie Tremmel Back to NBC 10” petition so far has 272 signatures.
“I don’t see how, if you’re doing a story on ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions, that this is out of line,” wrote a supporter on Facebook.
Others have argued Tremmel appeals to a younger audience.
“Bring her back, she was a spice of life to your aging news cast,” wrote another supporter on the petition’s web page. "You need to bring in the younger generation and get some spice because they are going to turn to Internet and your older audience is going to die off. Was no need to let her go about the humor she brings to wjar [sic]."
Sources: Facebook, iPetitions, Go Local Prov News
One man couldn't figure out why he kept oversleeping. Every night he would set his alarm. And every morning, the alarm wouldn't go off on time.
As it turns out, no one likes the sound of their alarm clock going off in the morning, not even dogs.
A video posted on Reddit shows a Boxer hitting the snooze button with his paw as soon as he hears his owner's alarm clock go off.
“So today I found out why I have been waking up late. My boxer Kermit has been snoozing my alarm, this alarm has a snooze button that has to be held to activate. He apparently is aware of this feature haha!” Reddit user davewtameloncamp wrote.
The alarm clock is no match for the persistent dog.
Sources: Daily Mail, Reddit
Conspiracy websites have been touting a video that claims to show unusually high radiation readings on a beach in San Francisco.
The video (below) was uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 24, 2013 and has since gone viral with over half a million views.
The video shows an unidentified man measuring radiation readings at different spots on a beach in San Mateo County. When the man walks towards the water, his Geiger counter spikes from the 30s to the 150s.
However, a Berkeley nuclear engineering professor Edward Morse says the reading has no connection to the radiation that leaked from a nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan (video below).
“Someone going around with a Geiger counter is likely to discover these great variations in levels from time to time,” Morse told CBS San Francisco. “That’s absolutely no correlation with anything that happened in Fukushima.”
Morse then demonstrated how easy it is to spike a Geiger counter with high radiation readings from a pile of rocks.
Local government officials are performing tests at the beaches, but have not found hazardous radiation levels.
“It’s not something that we feel is an immediate public health concern,” Dean Peterson, a county environmental health director, told Half Moon Bay Review. “We’re not even close to the point of saying that any of this is from Fukushima.”
However, the conspiracy website Infowars.com has wasted no time in trying to create a US government scheme:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Public Health are now investigating the cause of the radiation and more information is expected to be released this week.
While officials will almost certainly downplay the situation in order to prevent panic, it’s important to remember that genuine public health crises are virtually always preceded by government duplicity.
Another conspiracy site PreppersWorldUSA.com announced:
Background radiation is 30 CPM. Near the ocean it’s 150 CPM. The fine mist coming from the ocean waves seems to be what makes the Geiger Counter jump. More thorough readings need to be done! Where is the useless government/media?
A man who was bitten and stripped to his underwear by the employees of a Brooklyn 7-11 is suing the store for the emotional and physical distress he says he endured after a cell phone video of the bizarre incident went viral on the internet.
On Oct. 20 of last year, at a 7-11 at 395 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, employees accused 29-year-old David Golson of shoplifting an item, to wit, one Snickers brand candy bar.
Golson said that he didn’t steal anything and attempted to walk out of the store. That’s when the 7-11 employees attacked. What happened next is all right there on the video, which can be seen below. A still frame from the video is at right.
Golson protests, and though he tries to wriggle free, he never fights back. Meanwhile, the 7-11 employees manhandle him, ripping off his clothes, hitting and biting him.
The lawsuit calls the attack a "violent, unprovoked and widely publicized assault...completely disproportionate to what they were accusing him of: stealing a candy bar."
The whole thing took place in front of onlookers who filmed the altercation, as well as the store’s surveillance camera.
As happens rather predictably in this era, the cell phone video went up on YouTube and was quickly picked up by numerous online news outlets, including ABC News, The Huffington Post, the New York Post and the New York Daily News. Those are the outlets listed in the lawsuit at least.
The lawsuit, which can be read online here, says that in addition to suffering “bruising, bite marks and...physical pain,” Golson also endured “serious and permanent injuries...pain, shock and mental anguish...These injuries and their effects will be permanent.”
The lawsuit demands a jury trial and unspecified damages “in a sum exceeding the jurisdiction limits of all lower courts.”
Within days of the video hitting the internet, police arrested Golson on charges of “robbery, assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property.” But there has been no report yet on the status of that case, or whether it is connected to the 7-11 incident or is a separate case involving Golson.
The charges against Golson are not mentioned in the lawsuit.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, one of the employees who attacked Golson was fired. The other two were made to take further training in safety and security procedures.
Police arrested a 29-year-old man on charges of assault and criminal damage after a brutal fight at Totnes Grill in Totnes, a town in England, last weekend.
Footage captured a standoff between the restaurant staff and a group of people in the doorway.
A blonde girl is seen kicking towards the groin of a man in a green hooded top. The man quickly aims a punch at her in retaliation.
The girl punches back, but pays the price when the man strikes her and sends her through a pane of glass in the shop front doorway.
A mass fight quickly occurs inside the restaurant, which was all capture on video and uploaded on YouTube.
Police were called in to the Totnes “kebab house” after receiving reports of a group of about 20 youths who were trying to into the restaurant, the Torquay Herald Express reports.
“Evidence [is] being gathered. Due to the nature of the offences there are numerous other witnesses who need to be interviewed,” one police official told the Herald Express.
The man arrested in connection to the brawl has since been bailed out. One female was treated for facial injuries.
Meanwhile the video has gone viral, having been viewed about half a million times so far, according to The Telegraph.
You can watch the video of the brawl below. Warning: graphic content.
Two Saudi Arabian comedians and activists made light of the ban on women drivers in a viral video, featuring a parodied Bob Marley song they call “No Woman, No Drive”.
The video has accumulated 4.5 million views on YouTube since Hisham Fageed and Fahad Al Butairi uploaded it Monday night.
“Say I remember when you used to sit in the family car,” Fageed sings, “but backseat.”
In another line, Fageed sings that women’s ovaries will be safe in the backseat so they can continue to have children.
The second line was in response to Sheik Salah al-Luhaydan, a cleric who said women who drove would risk damaging their ovaries and birthing children with defects.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, the comedians said they hoped the ban would soon be lifted, and that the video was meant to spread happiness and positivity.
The video is especially popular because of Saturday’s “drive-in” protests, when Saudi Arabian women across the country published pictures of themselves driving in opposition of the ban.
Because of the protest, 16 women were fined. While there is no law against women driving, they were charged with disturbing the peace of the country.
The protestors and their guardians were forced to sign a pledge to respect the kingdom’s laws.