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#RizzNews: 64% of American Households Now Own at Least One Apple Product;The Tamagotchi Virtual Pets Are Making a Comeback;Disabled man crawls for help after being attacked, carjacked in Overland


Disabled man crawls for help after being attacked, carjacked in Overland

At least two suspects are being sought by police after a disabled man was attacked and carjacked while sitting outside a home in Overland overnight.

The victim, described as being in his 60s, was sitting in his vehicle and talking on a cell phone in the 8500 block of Midland Boulevard when two suspects approached him around midnight.

According to the victim’s son, one of the suspects placed a gun inside the car and fired a shot, which did not hit the victim. Then, the suspects pulled the victim out of the car and searched him for a wallet, which was inside his home at the time. The suspects then pistol-whipped the man and took off with his cell phone and car, described as a silver 2013 Ford Escape.

The victim, who normally uses a wheelchair, crawled back to his home to seek help. When emergency crews arrived, the man was treated at the scene but refused to be transported to the hospital, according to his son.

No other details have been released.


64% of American Households Now Own at Least One Apple Product


According to a new survey, 64% of households in America now own at least one Apple product, including things like iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and maybe they’re even still clinging to an old iPod.


Five years ago, only 50% of households had an Apple product, so that’s a pretty big jump.


And most of us don’t just have one . . . the average household has 2.6 Apple products.


The survey also found that 64% of people say the time they spend on their smartphone is, quote, “mostly productive and useful.”  Really?



The Tamagotchi Virtual Pets Are Making a Comeback


Remember the Tamagotchi virtual pets?  You might’ve had one as a kid . . . and, you know, you almost certainly let it die through your laziness.  Well now, a whole NEW generation of kids is going to get to kill their virtual animals.


The company that made Tamagotchis is Bandai Namco, and they’ve brought them back.  They’ll hit stores all over the country on the 5th of next month.


The design will be a little different . . . the little egg-shaped devices are about 20% smaller than the ’90s versions, and there are fewer buttons which makes it easier to take care of your virtual pet.  Kids today, man.  They have it so easy.


If you want one, they’ll cost $14.99. 


(Los Angeles Times


Elk selfies gone wrong: Two gored at St. Louis County park prompt more safety warnings

The signs at Lone Elk Park read: “Absolutely do not approach the elk!”

But the signs apparently aren’t enough.

Within the past two weeks, two people have been injured by charging elk in the west St. Louis County park, alongside Interstate 44 near Valley Park, after ignoring the warnings.


Lone Elk Park officials say they usually get about one report every year of someone being gored. The animals are especially dangerous during mating season, which lasts from about mid-August into December, when bulls are especially aggressive.

Since Sept. 30, two women have been injured when they got near the herd of 17 elk.

Nature photographer Kent Burgess said he watched the latest incident unfold through the lens of his camera Sunday afternoon.

A group of two women and two men were walking along a trail among the herd, taking selfies with the animals, Burgess said.

Signs at the park say to stay 100 feet away from the animals.

Burgess could hear the distinctive sound of the bull’s bugle, a noise that helps them attract a mate and warns other animals to stay away. As the group wandered near the dominant bull, Burgess snapped photos of the dangerous situation.

“It was startling,” Burgess said. “I saw the dominant bull moving toward them and I tried to yell at them to get away.”

But the people didn’t hear him.

The bull first slowly approached them before lowering its head and charging, Burgess said. Its large antlers connected with a woman’s arm and she started to bleed. One of the men took off his shirt and wrapped it around her arm.

“There was a lot of blood on her arm and on her face,” Burgess said.

Burgess picked up the group of people in his truck and drove them about a half-mile to their car, he said.

“I was so upset,” Burgess told the Post-Dispatch on Monday. “I just want people to know what can happen when you get so close.”

As Burgess rounded the park, he said he saw two more groups of people walking near the elk and told them to move back.

Local hospitals could not confirm if they got a patient reporting an elk injury Sunday.

The incident followed an earlier goring on Sept. 30, said Tom Ott, assistant director of the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation.


A woman in that case got too close to a bull and was gored in the lower back, Ott said. Rangers reported that she had a hole in her back and was taken to the hospital, but was able to walk.

The incident prompted additional signs in the park instructing people to stay away from the elk, though there were already seasonal signs that read: “Elk mating season: Use extra caution.”

“Some people unfortunately think elk are this gentle, tame animal, but that’s just not true,” Ott said. “They are wild animals. These people who are walking up to them are asking for trouble.”

Ott said the parks department is considering adding extra patrols in the area after the incidents.

Those who get too close to the animals can be cited for trespassing or wildlife harassment, Ott said. Still, there are several YouTube videos of people within feet of elk at Lone Elk Park getting charged. A Post-Dispatch photographer at the park Monday saw several groups of people get out of their cars near a group of elk, though none approached them.

Park staff say that if you are walking on a path and see elk or bison, which also roam the park, turn around or cut a wide path around the animals.

If you are confronted with an elk, do not turn your back, but back away and find cover behind something large like a tree or vehicle.

“The basic rule,” Ott said. “Use your common sense.”



$200k Car Stolen from Fenton

The vehicle looks like a heavily modified, lime green El Camino with electronics mounted on the rear window. The name “Phoenix Contact” is painted on the side, with that business’s website painted on the bottom of the passenger door.Police say it was taken from the Fairfield Inn. parking lot in the 1600 block of Fenton Business Park Court  between 7:00 Monday night and 5:15 Tuesday morning.




A Woman Goes Blind From Playing a Game on Her Phone for An Hour Straight

A 21-year-old woman in Nancheng, China named Wu Xiaojing loved a game on her phone called “Honour of Kings”.  And last week, she had a day off of work, so she spent the ENTIRE day playing.



At least . . . she spent the entire day playing until her right eye stopped working.



She went to the hospital and she was diagnosed with Retinal Artery Occlusion, which is normally something that only happens to elderly people.



And there’s a chance she’ll be permanently blind in that eye . . . it’s still too early to say.



But Wu is pressing on.  There’s a picture that was circulating around of her in the hospital the day after her eye stopped working . . . and she’s got her phone in her hand. 






Amazon Plans to Deliver Your Stuff With Drones in a Few Years

Last night, JEFF BEZOS . . . the founder and CEO of Amazon . . . was on “60 Minutes” to announce the newest Amazon venture:  Delivery by FLYING ROBOT DRONES.



It was such a big announcement that Bezos had kept it completely secret until the show aired.



He says if Amazon can get FAA approval, they’ll be able to deliver your packages by flying robot drone within the next four or five years.



The service will be called Amazon Prime Air.  And the drones are so fast that you’ll have the product delivered to your home approximately HALF AN HOUR after you order it.  Welcome to the amazing, slightly frightening future.



(Mashable / “60 Minutes”



Popping a Pimple Gives You the Same Thrill as Riding a Roller Coaster?


People LOVE popping pimples, even though doctors tell us not to do it.  And lots of people even love watching YouTube videos of OTHER people popping massive pimples.



Daniel Kelly is a philosophy professor at Purdue University in Indiana, and he’s studied why we’re so drawn to DISGUSTING things.  Here’s his explanation . . .



Quote, “[Popping a pimple] is the same kind of thrill people get from, say, riding a roller coaster or bungee jumping.  It activates the experience [that] typically comes with a real kind of danger while actually being protected from harmful effects.”



In other words, we’re wired to get a lot of enjoyment from doing dangerous things.  And popping a pimple gives us that same quick hit of instant gratification . . . but it doesn’t put our lives in danger. 



(Huffington Post)



Bowe Bergdahl expected to plead guilty to deserting his post

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty later this month to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy rather than face trial for leaving his Afghanistan post in 2009, The Associated Press reported. 

Two sources said the Idaho native would submit the plea later this month and sentencing would start Oct. 23. The AP did not name the sources.

Bergdahl’s lawyer declined to comment when contacted by Fox News. He faces up to five years in prison on the desertion charge and a life sentence for misbehavior. 

Bergdahl, 31, who was serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment, deserted his Afghanistan post in 2009, when he was 23 years old, and was held captive by the Taliban for about five years. The Taliban posted a video online showing Bergdahl saying he was “scared” he would not be able to go

Bergdahl said he had been caged, kept in the darkness, beaten and chained to a bed when he was kept captive.

The Army sergeant claimed he was lagging behind a patrol when he was captured. He also said he left his post to alert people about problems he perceived within his unit. Investigators said Bergdahl

suffered from schizotypal personality disorder at the time he left his post.

In December 2009, the Taliban released another video showing Bergdahl apparently healthy and delivering a lengthy statement criticizing the U.S. military operation.

He was released in May 2014 for five Taliban detainees locked in Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration. The exchanged was viewed as controversial at the time due to the debate about negotiating with hostage takers. The exchange also fueled a debate about whether Bergdahl was a hero or a deserter.

President Barack Obama stood with Bergdahl’s parents in the White House Rose Garden and defended the swap. 

The U.S. does not “leave our men or women in uniform behind,” Obama said then, regardless of how Bergdahl came to be captured. 

Whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity,” Obama said. “Period. Full stop.”

Many viewers noticed Bergdahl’s father, Bob, and his long beard as he stood next to Obama. The Washington Post reported Bob Bergdahl read books and articles about the “foreign world that held his son.” He also learned how to speak Pashto, the official language of Afghanistan. He told Time he started growing the beard after learning that his son had been captured. 

In March 2015, he was formally charged. In December, Bergdahl requested a pardon from then-President Obama before he left office, Fox News reported. The pardon was not granted.

Some of Bergdahl’s fellow soldiers want him held responsible for any harm suffered by those who went looking for him. The judge ruled a Navy SEAL and an Army National Guard sergeant wouldn’t have found themselves in separate firefights if they hadn’t been searching.

The U.S. troops who were seriously wounded during their search for Bergdahl in Afghanistan were expected to testify, the sources stated.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump called Bergdahl a “dirty, rotten traitor” during a town hall in August 2015. Trump also tweeted in 2015 that Bergdahl should “face the death penalty.”




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