By Emily Harris
1. For most sane people, zombie attacks are reserved for horror movies and “The Walking Dead.” But that might not be the case in the Manitoba province of Canada. A camp has been designed for participants to learn basic survival skills and use of various weapons, including knives and pitchforks, to put up a fight against undead opponents. On the third and final day, participants put all of their new zombie-fighting knowledge to the test.
“Not that I’m scared some zombie is actually going to come kill me, but it’s still an adrenaline rush” said camper Jen Fehr. After all, it never hurts to be prepared. (CNN)
2. Some environmentalists have begun to second-guess the use of solar energy after unfortunate consequences in the Mojave Desert of California. Bugs are attracted to the light reflecting off of the panels toward a solar tower, leading the birds into what federal wildlife officials have termed, “a mega trap.” The birds often catch fire and end their journey with a crash and burn landing. The number of bird fatalities is still unknown, but it’s safe to say feathered friends should steer clear of the Mojave unless they want to end up fried. (NBC)
3. A number of attendees at the Denver County Fair in Colorado received an unwelcome surprise after trying some free samples. Chocolate bars being served at the fair’s “pot pavilion” were advertised as being free of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Not long after consuming the treat, at least two people were treated for an overdose, including one individual whose levels of THC were 20 times higher than the driving limit. Talk about getting chocolate wasted. The company in question, LivWell, said it had no knowledge of the drug’s presence in the products being served. (Huffington Post)
4. The 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush accepted the ALS ice bucket challenge last Wednesday…sort of. The former president said he was going to write a check, but the former first lady Laura Bush had other ideas. After his wife poured ice water over his head, Bush passed the challenge on to Bill Clinton.
He said, “Yesterday was Bill’s birthday, and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.” (NBC)