Category: Odd News


The Future is Now!

This is a pretty amazing robot that can do some incredible things.  I’m very impressed how it can navigate rough terrain and the way it can reset itself after a fall.

These machines are getting more like humans every day!

Porter Ranch Gas Leak Plugged

Follow up to a post from the end of December.  Looks like they finally were able to get the Methane leak contained.  No telling what the long-term environmental impact will be or what the 5,000+ displaced families are going to have to deal with.

Nearly four months of environmental contamination and civic disruption in Porter Ranch came close to an end Thursday when work crews pierced the underground casing of the damaged Aliso Canyon gas well and started injecting it with a mud-like compound.

Source: Road to recovery begins in Porter Ranch as gas leak is halted at last

Huge Methane Leak You’ve Probably Don’t Know About

Big problems in Los Angeles after an underground containment system failed and started spewing Methane at an incredible 110,000 pounds an HOUR!  Even worse, containment efforts have failed and it’s estimated the leak won’t be stopped for months.

More info here and here.

“Among the Hidden” Book Series

How does this book sound to you?

In a futuristic society the world is controlled by a new government and “The Population Police” who have decreed that no family shall have more than two children. These laws having been brought on supposedly by overpopulation, severe famine and death. Any child being born third or after in a family is a “shadow child” not to be seen by anyone or they will be taken away and killed along with their family and anyone who harbors them. – Book synopsis from Wikipedia

Sounds like a scary scenario right?  Here’s the kicker.  My son was assigned this book to read in 6th grade!  Doesn’t that seem a little dark for pre-teen kids?  I’m not alone according to some of the reviews on Amazon.

When I asked him about the Diary of Anne Frank he’d never heard of it.  This “Among the Hidden” book has a similar premise of hiding form the outside but at least Frank’s tale is true & discusses an important part of world history.

Not sure what to think of this…

I Seriously Thought This Was a Parody…

But it’s real.  And I’m left scratching my head…

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