Don’t worry: This Independence Day, the flying saucers are coming from Earth.
1 Plane slides go rogue
Two incidents in a week
It’s odd enough that it happened once, outside the plane, on the ground.
But on Sunday, another emergency-evacuation slide
No passengers were injured, but plenty were probably startled at the incident and annoyed at the emergency landing they had to make in Kansas because of it.
Both planes were Boeing 737s. It is unknown whether each slide deployed for the same reason.
2 Flying saucers, in space and on Earth
The future is now, folks.
NASA launched a “disc-shaped vehicle” from the Hawaiian island of Kauai last weekend in order to test a new parachute that could be used in (eventually manned) missions to Mars.
Another kind of flying saucer is also on its way to space: the kind you put under a coffee mug. The International Space Station (ISS) is getting an Italian espresso maker specially designed for zero gravity. They’re calling the machine
3 A ring resurfaces in an unlikely place
Would you put it back on?
Ice pops are valuable for more than just cooling off in the summer heat. If a dog gets hold of one (stick included), you never know what surprises might come up.
For a Wisconsin woman, it meant the return of a diamond wedding ring she thought she’d lost forever. Two days after her dog swallowed and regurgitated an ice pop, it vomited again and out came the ring.
A vet said the Popsicle stick could have worked the ring loose in the dog’s belly.
In other pet-food news: A pet-store owner in Richland is eating nothing but animal food for a month to prove how delicious and nutritious it is.
4 ‘Bigfoot hairs’ not from Bigfoot
Oxford really tackling the important issues here
Scientists at Oxford University did DNA tests on hair samples that people claimed were from Bigfoot.
Spoiler alert: They weren’t.
The hairs were from all sorts of other creatures, though, including bears, cows, porcupine, a Malaysian tapir… and a human. (You know it’s time for a haircut if someone was so convinced you’re Bigfoot that they sent your hair to a lab.)
5 USA out of World Cup
Anyone else boycotting waffles?
The national men’s soccer team’s defeat qualifies as “weird news” because they lost to a country the size of Maryland, and because, duh, ‘MURRICA = WINNERS.
If our Founding Fathers cared about soccer, they’d be rolling in their graves.
Two bright spots about that match, though:
1) U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard. As one D.C. type put it: “Tim Howard is so great at blocking things, the Republicans want to make him Speaker.”
2) All the memes it inspired. One of my favorites is below; you can check out the rest here.