Seriously? Loch Ness Monster ‘skeleton’ divides locals as Scots rage at ‘publicity’ stunt

Locals were left puzzled after a photo of the rotten carcass was posted online last week. Some suggested that the remains of the beast were in fact the Loch Ness Monster.

The picture, which was shared on Fubar News, appeared just after Storm Ciara caused chaos across the nation.

Suggestions surrounding the identity of the washed-up beast on the Aberdeenshire beach have now prompted a public vote.

More than 2000 votes were cast on an online poll which was staged by the Liverpool Echo.

The majority of voters (44 percent) said they thought it was a publicity stunt.

Runner up in the vote was a whale (41 percent), with the monster itself scoring just eight percent.

However, voters’ last suggestion was that of a dinosaur which managed to garner seven percent of the vote.

No other options were offered in the vote.

Hundreds of people have joined in the debate about what the mystery object might be via the community group.

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One user added: “Nessie could not adapt to salt water.”

While another joked: “Yep it’s a very very rarely seen deep-sea Haggis.

Another said: “At first glance, I thought a brontosaurus but looking at the vertebrae in the skeletal structure I’m swayed towards a diplodocus/triceratops.”

However, others said the creature could have just been a dolphin, orca or whale.

The first alleged sighting of the creature in 2020 was on the Loch Ness webcam.

Coronavirus: Was the deadly plague predicted by the Bible? Claims end of world is near

As panic over the coronavirus spreads around the internet, an American pastor has claimed God will protect his children from the epidemic.

Pastor Hank Kunneman spoke during a service in Omaha, Nebraska, where he said God will “give mercy” to the US.

He said: “Listen to the words that I speak to you at this moment, says the living God. Why do you fear, United States?

“For I have spoken to you before and I will speak to you again, I have extended and opened a window of mercy to this nation at this time.

“Therefore, the virus that they speak of, the bright prognostication, the diagnosis, the fear, my mercy is the quarantine that shall be greater than what they have spoken to you, United States.”

A Sheriff Department’s Attempt To Describe This Boulder Goes Delightfully Awry

It’s a large boulder that also happens to be a small one. 

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office in Colorado sent a tweet on Monday that was meant to alert motorists about a boulder in the road. But the message went viral far beyond the state because, well… just take a look at how the department described it:   

Twitter users immediately began to question how the large boulder could be the size of a small one. The sheriff’s office never acknowledged the boulder brouhaha even though it tweeted about the massive stone twice more. 

First, the agency noted that the boulder had been removed, which led to more pleas to clarify its size. Later on ― no doubt in response to a landslide of requests ― the description became more specific. 

The boulder that fell onto Highway 145 at Silverpick Rd outside Telluride was approximately 4ftx4ftx4ft (64 cubic ft) and weighed about 10,000lbs,” the agency wrote.

Alas, that still didn’t settle the question about whether it was, in fact, a large boulder or a small one. Rock fans demanded to know more about this large-small boulder. Or was it a small-large boulder?  

Forget foldable phones: Leaked TCL images reveal slide-out screen

We’re still trying to figure out how durable the Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr are but TCL is possibly working on a new style of phone that slides.

The report comes from CNET, which published photos of the phone. It initially looks like a regular-sized smartphone but has a second screen that slides out to make it tablet-sized. 

According to CNET’s source, TCL would have shown off the phone to reporters covering Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, except the event was canceled due to fears over the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

The big unknown is whether the two halves of the big screen would be flush or if there would be a ridge given the mechanics of the sliding screen. That said, the advantage of such a system, as CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt notes, is that this system means no worries about creases in a bendable screen or deteriorating hinges

TCL declined to comment to Mashable on the report.

We got a great look at one of TCL’s foldable phone prototypes at CES back in January that folds book-style. 

And TCL made waves in October 2019 with another prototype, this one a tri-fold phone that would unfold into a device with a 10-inch screen.  

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos is putting his money where his mouth is and donating $10 billion to fight climate change.

Bezos made the stunning announcement in an Instagram post Monday afternoon, saying it’s all part of the new Bezos Earth Fund. 

Unsurprisingly, he doesn’t share many specifics about the Bezos Earth Fund. His Instagram post says it “will fund scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.”

We’ve reached out to Amazon for further comment.

Bezos’ decision follows a recent protest by Amazon employees in which hundreds of workers added their name to a petition calling on the company to do more to fight climate change.

That action followed another climate change protest in September. That, in turn, led to at least three employees being threatened with discipline (including termination of their jobs) by Amazon, which said it was just following company policy

Last September, Amazon made a Climate Pledge “to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early.”

It’s unclear what association the new fund will have with Amazon. 

Locust plague fears: Book of Revelation apocalypse seal ‘broken’ after swarm reaches China

In the final book of the New Testament, seven trumpets are sounded, one at a time, to cue apocalyptic events seen by John of Patmos in his vision. According to Revelation 8:1-2 the angels sound these trumpets after the breaking of the Seventh Seal, which secured the scroll of the apocalypse, marking the Second Coming of Christ. The fifth of these seven trumpets is said to see a swarm of locust sent to torment anyone who does not have the approval of God.

Now, horrifying video footage shows the moment a large swarm of locusts filled the skies in Xinjiang, China, part of a plague that has already ravaged millions of acres of crops across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

Paranormal investigator Ciaran Aughey, questioned on his YouTube channel: “Is this the biblical end of times?

“During a press conference in Nairobi, attendees had to reassure the public that this was not the case, but what are the signs we are seeing?

“Seven angels will sound the trumpets of God, which heralds the coming of Christ, or the end of days.

A plague of locust hit China

A plague of locust hit China (Image: GETTY)

The swarm in China

The swarm in China (Image: TWITTER)

Seven angels will sound the trumpets of the God, which heralds the coming of Christ

Ciaran Aughey

“On the sounding of the first trumpet, hail and fire mingled with blood is thrown to the Earth, burning up a third of all the trees.

“Number two, the second trumpet, a great mountain burning with fire plunges into the sea.”

Mr Aughey went on to discuss the other signs.

He added: “The third trumpet, the great star, called wormwood falls to Earth, poisoning a third of the planet’s freshwater.

“The fourth trumpet sees a third of the light from the Sun, Moon and stars become dark.

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China has already been struck by Coronavirus

China has already been struck by Coronavirus (Image: GETTY)

“The fifth trumpet prompts a personified star to fall from heaven, giving a key to a bottomless pit.

“Then the smoke will rise and block the Sun, unleashing a swarm of locusts.

“Number six, 200million mounted troops whose horses exude plagues of fire, smoke and brimstone, killing a third of mankind.”

Mr Aughey detailed the final sign.

He continued: “The final trumpet sees loud voices from heaven will say ‘the kingdom of our Lord will reign forever’.

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The Book of Revelation describes the events before the Second Coming

The Book of Revelation describes the events before the Second Coming (Image: GETTY)

The locust could be the fifth trumpet

The locust could be the fifth trumpet (Image: GETTY)

“The Seventh and the final trumpet will begin the rapture and those deemed worthy will be allowed into the kingdom and those deemed unworthy will be sent to hell.

“We all know January was a hellish start, World War 3 feats and the fires in Australia, the recent coronavirus and now the locust.

“Could this be a warning from the heavens?”

According to publication End Times Ministries, the first four trumpets have been metaphorically sounded in history.

The first two are supposed to have been during World War 1 and World War 2, when large amounts of artillery shells and chemical agents were released on troops for the first time in history through modern warfare, killing over eight million people.

During World War 2, approximately one-third of the ships that participated in the conflict were sunk. In turn, the nuclear bomb deployed at Hiroshima resembled “something like a great mountain burning with fire,” a sight that was new on the world stage.

The third trumpet is said to have been sounded during the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, according to Russian writer Irvin Baxter.

In a dictionary, he showed the Ukrainian word for wormwood, a bitter wild herb used as a tonic in rural Russia is Chernobyl.

According to the report, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, prompted the start of a “new world order,” marking the sounding of the fourth trumpet.

More worryingly still, the second to last trumpet is said to sound before a great war is started near the Euphrates River.

This stretch of water travels through Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran, which comprise the Middle East.

Currently, tensions between the US and Iran are at an all-time high, after Donald Trump ordered the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani on January 3.

Jake Paul wants to charge kids $20 a month to learn ‘financial freedom’

YouTube megastar, Los Angeles neighborhood terrorizer, and definitely fake marriage haver Jake Paul has a new idea to better the lives of his Gen Z fans by teaching them how to be exactly like him.  

Variety reports that Paul launched his new enterprise, the Financial Freedom Movement (FFM)  at a skate park on Saturday after tweeting his desire to educate the younger generation on how to become online entrepreneurs in the vein of Jake and his brother Logan. 

In his tweet, which explains the ethos behind FFM, Paul wrote “the education system is worthless” and that it’s “teaching kids 0 real life skills to secure there [sic] own future.”

Variety‘s report on his launch event also contained a quote from Paul in which he admitted to cheating on the online course he used to complete his high school diploma:

Paul dropped out of school after 11th grade, completing his diploma through an online course.

“I just got the answers from a cheat site and put it in and didn’t have to do any work,” recalled Paul, whose career includes a stint on Disney Channel show, “Bizaardvark.” He suspects other reluctant students are doing the same. 

Subscribers to the Financial Freedom Movement will pay $19.99 a month for online seminars with Paul and other YouTubers who hope to impart lessons on topics such as brand building and how to take business meetings once that brand building inevitably goes well enough to merit such meetings. 

Paul also told Variety what his idea of financial freedom is, which is having enough money to throw big parties and go on two-month vacations. 

“At the end of the day,” Paul said, “it kind of ties back to if I want to throw a party, why not?”

Why not indeed. 

This pigeon snuggling a chihuahua puppy is post-Valentine’s friend goals

Herman the pigeon welcomed a canine newcomer at the animal sanctuary he calls home with more affection than many millennials get in a year, and the adorable pictures are proof that friendship has no species. 

Herman and his chihuahua friend Lundy live at The Mia Foundation, an animal rescue in Rochester, New York that specializes in pets born with birth defects.

Lundy came to The Mia Foundation in mid-January and can’t use his back legs due to potential hydrocephalus. Herman has been at the foundation since Nov. 2018, and has been their resident bird ambassador ever since. 

After The Mia Foundation’s pictures of Herman cuddling little Lundy went viral on Facebook, they followed up with a video of the interspecies pals hanging out together a few days later. Now with extra puppy-nibbling action: 

Incredibly Detailed Image Of The Sun’s Surface Is Here, And Frankly It Looks Delicious

Gorgeous images and videos showing the sun’s surface in “unprecedented detail” were released by the National Science Foundation this week, showing a close-up view of the ultrahot plasma covering the celestial body.

But some people just want to eat it, and honestly, it’s hard to blame them.

An image of the sun's surface in "unprecedented detail" released by the National Science Foundation.


An image of the sun’s surface in “unprecedented detail” released by the National Science Foundation.

The images, the NSF wrote in a statement, show the “turbulent” movement of the plasma amid an array of cell-like structures that, while they look small in images, are actually each about the size of Texas.

“That hot solar plasma rises in the bright centers of ‘cells,’ cools, then sinks below the surface in dark lanes in a process known as convection,” the statement read.

Scientific American tweeted out a mesmerizing video depicting that process.

But many keen observers of both astronomy and snacks couldn’t help but notice that those cells looked suspiciously like caramel corn, or other types of delectable food items.

Forbidden snack fantasies aside, the NSF says that the telescope that helped produce the images ― Hawaii’s Inouye Solar Telescope ― will give them a major leg up when it comes to predicting space weather.

That’s important because weather events in space ― like solar storms ― can potentially have a huge impact on things like power grids and communications systems on Earth.

“NSF’s Inouye Solar Telescope will be able to map the magnetic fields within the sun’s corona, where solar eruptions occur that can impact life on Earth,” NSF Director France Córdova said in the statement. “This telescope will improve our understanding of what drives space weather and ultimately help forecasters better predict solar storms.”