|6:10 Boneheads in the news:
Here's a tip: they use harnesses on zip lines for a reason. One 15-year-old boy from Hawthorne, new Jersey found that out the hard way after he climbed thirty feet onto a zip line platform and leapt off using nothing but a t-shirt swung over the line. The shirt got stuck and he couldn't go any further. He had to let go...and fell 30 feet. He broke his femur and suffered a foot injury. Source: NJ.com
|6:20 ABC Sports
Oh, your aching knee!
If you’re in your 50s and suffering from age-related tears in the cartilage that cushions the knee joint, think twice about having arthroscopic surgery to correct the problem.
Doctors at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, warn that while the procedure, also known as meniscal debridement, is still regarded as minimally invasive, it doesn’t work for everyone and complications might occur.
Lead study author Dr. Moin Khan says that in observing more than 800 patients with an average age of 56, those who opted against surgery to repair the minor meniscus tear had no difference in pain or functioning six months-to-two-years later than people who underwent the procedure.
Khan recommend patients in that age group try anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy first, which have been shown to be just as effective. However, it’s a different story for people with acute tears of the meniscus.
Six hours of sleep a night doesn’t sound like a lot, especially when health experts say that adults should get at least seven or eight hours of shuteye to be at their best the next day.
Wishful thinking perhaps, since an estimated 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia.
However, there are people who not only function on a regular six hours of sleep but actually demonstrate no problems at all.
Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine describe them as “short sleepers. They only make up about .5 percent of the population but those who do don’t suffer from irritability, apathy and drowsiness like other people who complain about a lack of sleep.
What’s more, researcher Christopher R. Jones, says “short sleepers” are generally happy and outgoing, which he believes might be in their genes. If that’s the case, Jones says that they may help scientists to understand why others suffer from bipolar disorder and even obesity.
Of course, “short sleepers” are born, not made, so Jones strongly advises everyone else to try and get as much sleep as possible.
Are you a nervous driver? Do you worry about the crazy people who weave in and out of traffic every time you get behind the wheel? Well if you’re looking for a place where you can feel safer next time you hit the road, you may want to think about moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, which has just been named “America’s Safest Driving City” by the Allstate insurance company.
Allstate analyzes car accidents in the largest cities in the country annually, and Fort Collins has ranked in the Top Ten for the past ten years, with drivers, on average, getting into an accident every 14 years, 30 percent below the national average.
As for where you want to stay far away from – Worcester (pronounced Wooster), Massachusetts,. The state’s second largest city landed at number 200, just edging out Boston, Massachusetts' largest city. Just how bad is Worcester? A driver there will likely crash every four years, 135 percent above the national average.
The Top Ten Cities with the Safest Drivers are:
Fort Collins, Colorado
The Least Safe Cities To Drive in are:
191. New Haven, Connecticut
192. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
193. Alexandria, Virginia
194. Glendale, California
195. Baltimore, Maryland
196. Providence, Rhode Island
197. Springfield, Massachusetts
198. Washington, D.C.
199. Boston, Massachusetts
200. Worcester, Massachusetts
Source: CBS News
| 7:30 Tim's News You Can't Use
A woman from Winchester, England, is lucky to be alive, after accidentally discovering a rarely used guest bedroom was being occupied -- by five thousand wasps.
The potentially deadly insects had made a massive nest out of the bed in the home in Winchester, England, prompting the "terrified" woman to call in a professional exterminator -- and even he was shocked, he told The Mirror. "In 45 years, I have never seen anything like it," John Birkett said. "At one stage there must have been 2,000 wasps buzzing around me."
Because wasps can sting repeatedly, the situation was potentially deadly. "If someone had gone in to the room and not known what it was, it would have been pretty serious," the pest control expert noted.
It took two hours of spraying to kill the giant nest, which took up half of the twin-sized bed. "Afterwards, the entire room was filled with dead wasps," the exterminator said. "It was like the apocalypse."
Are you one of those people that no matter how hard you try you can never master that perfect selfie? Somehow, regardless of the angle or the room, the lighting never quite works out right? Well, now a new iPhone case may be the answer to all your problems.
A 57-year-old New Jersey man named Allan Shoemake has created the LuMee, an illuminated Smartphone case that will give you the perfect light no matter where you are.
Allan says he came up with the idea after Skyping with his daughter who was studying in Italy. No matter what she did, or where she stood, he had trouble seeing her because of the lighting. “I said to my wife, ‘Why don’t they have a light out there to help light up cellphones or computers?,’” he told ABC News.
That got Shoemake to start experimenting. He plugged in Christmas lights around his computer screen, and the next time he chatted with his daughter she totally noticed the difference. He then teamed with an electrical engineer to develop the LuMee, which is now sold for $39.95 through Amazon. So far it’s only available for iPhones, but cases for Samsung and Galaxy 6 models are expected in October. The LuMee has its own battery that takes up to 45 minutes to charge and can last between two and a half to 36 hours depending on the setting.
And it’s not just great for selfies. The lights can stay on when you’re putting on makeup, or when you’re taking pictures of your food too. Because it wasn’t already annoying when people snapped food photos, now they’re going to do it with a spotlight.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state voters could be seeing a crowded ballot this November. As many as 12 parties may put up candidates for governor this fall, including the Rent is Too Damn High Party. Jimmy McMillan wants to run again. He became a TV and Internet sensation in 2010 with his Rent is Too Damn High line. Another group seeking a place on the ballot is the Sapient Party, which describes itself as the "party of wisdom."
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Have you gotten kicked around in kickball? Well, you could be entitled workers' comp. The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that Stephen Whigham is due for workers' compensation because he was hurt in a company kickball game. He broke a leg while trying to avoid being tagged out. Doctors told him he'll need a knee replacement. A future hearing will determine how much Whigham should get.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jiff is the fastest thing on two paws. The 4-year-old, 5-pound Pomeranian isn't just cute and lovable. He also has a spot in the 60th edition of Guinness World Records. He can run 10 meters (9.1 yards) on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and 5 meters (4.55 yards) on his front paws in 7.76 seconds. Both times are faster than any other dog on the planet. Besides running, Jiff also shakes, closes doors, covers his eyes, stamps his autograph, bows and skateboards. His owners have decided to remain anonymous, to keep the spotlight on Jiff.
A team of British road workers need some serious schooling after apparently misspelling the easier of the two words that make up "BUS STOP." The group's laughable mistake was writ large last week, in bright yellow letters reading "BUP STOP."
VERNAL, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman accused of using a pound of bacon to start a fire in her ex-boyfriend's house will stand trial on arson charges.
Police say 32-year-old Cameo Adawn Crispi repeatedly called and texted her former flame in March from his home, where she left the bacon over a lit burner.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/VR1bDA ) the man wasn't home and called police saying he wanted Crispi out of his house. Officers arrived and saw smoke flowing out the front door. Inside, they found hot coals on the floor around an open wood stove and the burned bacon.
Charging documents say Crispi's blood-alcohol level was 0.346, four times the legal limit. She is due back in court in October to face arson, burglary and other charges.
Her attorney, Clint E. Hendricks, declined to comment.
58-year-old Kenneth La Rue Smith must have confused his lawn mower with his car. That, or he was really, really drunk. Definitely the second option, actually. The Punta Gorda, Florida man was seen my a police officer driving his lawnmower on a busy road, complete with beer sitting between his legs. He also had two knives, a revolver, and several rounds of ammunition in his pockets. He's been charged with possession of a firearm, DUI, and got a citation for an open container.
Kids grow up so fast, the old saying goes, but that’s not really the case if you compare them to other mammals.
However, one part of the body that seems to be on overdrive in the growth department is the brain, according to Northwestern University researchers.
They’ve concluded the reason why the body takes its time reaching its maximum height – usually age 18 for males, 16 for female – is because the brain requires more energy to grow.
For instance, a five-year-old’s glucose intake is twice that of an adult while during the growth peak, it means the brain will actually burn through two-thirds of the body’s calories when at rest.
As study co-author Christopher Kuzawa explains, “Our bodies can't afford to grow faster during the toddler and childhood years because a huge quantity of resources is required to fuel the developing human brain.”