Thursday, July 11, 2013

As It Stands blog: Massive icebergs, plants that smell like corpses, flash floods, plane safety & a princess accused of ‘Slavery’

Iceberg    Good Day World!

Let’s start off with the massive iceberg, larger than the city of Chicago, that broke off of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier on Monday and is now floating freely in the Amundsen Sea, according to a team of German scientists. What’s that mean to you and I?

What’s up with plane safety? Lap-only seat belts started disappearing from cars decades ago — after all, they're a nearly 100-year-old technology. Yet we still click them in modern airline seats. There is early indication that some of the injuries suffered during the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 resulted from passengers being thrashed about while restrained only in their midsections. Could betteCorpse flowerr seat restraints have prevented more injuries?

Under the category “It Seems Odd To Me” is this story about a flower that smells like “a dead body lying in Florida for two weeks” and attracting some 5,000 people to the National Botanic Garden of Belgium outside of Brussels this week. That’s ten times their usual draw.

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, flash floods rising as high as 2½ feet caused a massive mudslide Wednesday that swept away a car, stranded many others and closed a busy highway in the Colorado Springs area.

The flooding shut down a four-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24 for almost three hours west of Manitou Springs as motorists rode out a summer storm that dumped heavy rain and golfball-size hail on the region.

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A summer storm shuts down a 4-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24

El Paso County officials said at least 21 vehicles were stranded on the highway.

And at least one was swept off the road — an incident that was captured in this dramatic video.

Finally, we have a Saudi Arabian princess who is accused of “slavery” after a woman who was allegedly held against her will as a domestic servant escaped from a three-story building, flagged down a bus and alerted authorities in Irvine.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


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