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A woman who nearly fainted, briefly interrupting President Obama as he spoke at the White House on Monday, says she's "OK ... just a little lightheaded." Karmel Allison, who is pregnant and reportedly has Type 1 diabetes, stood behind the president as he spoke about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. At one point during Obama's speech, Allison can be seen closing her eyes and looking a bit unstable. Suddenly, she begins wobbling. A woman to Allison's right and a man behind her help stop her from falling backward, as the president turns around to help support her. Obama says to Allison: "You're OK," and turns back to the audience: "This happens when I talk too long."
The apocalypse is back, and it’s dressed as a 1,350 foot-wide asteroid headed to a planet near you. A team of Ukrainian astronomers have discovered a massive asteroid, 2013 TV135, that’s on track to hit earth August 26, 2032. The discovery was confirmed by five other astronomy groups in Italy, the U.K., Spain and Russia’s Siberian republic of Buryatia. While scientists are unsure if the asteroid will actually hit earth, they estimate the explosion would equate to 2,500 megatons of TNT, or more vividly, “50 times greater the biggest nuclear bomb ever detonated.”
Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best. Researchers (at Connecticut College) found eating the sugary treats activates more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine.
... Neuroscience students put hungry rats into a maze. On one side went rice cakes. On the other side went Oreos. Then the rats got the option of hanging out where they liked. They compared the results to a different test. In that on, rats on one side if the maze got an injection of saline while those on the other side got injections of cocaine or morphine. Rats seems to like the cookies about as much as they liked the addictive drugs. When allowed to wander freely, they’d congregate on the Oreo side for about as much time as they would on the drug side.
... Oh, and just like most people -- the rats eat the creamy center first.
It takes two at one Russian restaurant, Moscow’s Twin Stars Diner, where all of the servers and bartenders are sets of identical twins who also have to dress alike on the job. The owner explains the twins concept is based on a 1960s Soviet-era film Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors, which is about a trippy alternative universe where a young girl befriends her reflection in a mirror. Yep, sounds like a great concept for a restaurant.
A man near Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada, says he's lucky to be alive after a bear attacked him in the woods. Gilles Cyr said he was walking through his property when suddenly something black came flying out of the woods at him. Cyr describes the attack: "When I opened up my eyes it was on top of me. ... His mouth was wide open right in front of my face so the last thing I remember I had his tongue in my hand and I didn’t want to let go because he was trying to fight me off. So he was hitting me with his claws, so I says, 'If you're going to hurt me, I’m going to hurt you too.' So he was biting his tongue at the same time." He said he managed to escape behind a tree but not before the bear clawed his belly and bit his knee. The bear followed him but then appeared to lose interest and walked away.