ODDS AND ENDS: Squids in space and other offbeat offerings

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SENDING A SQUID INTO SPACE FOR RESEARCH PURPOSES

Any creature can be sent into space nowadays all in the name of research.

You can now add baby squid to that list.

Dozens of baby squid from Hawaii were sent to space in early June on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. The sea creatures were sent up to space to study how spaceflight affects the animals with the aim of bolstering human health during very long space trips, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The squid were raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory.

According to University of Hawaii professor Margaret McFall-Ngai, squid have a symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria which helps regulate their bioluminescence. The researcher said when astronauts are in low gravity situations their body’s relationship with microbes changes.

The same happens in squids, said McFall-Ngai.

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The hope of the research is to show how microgravity affects the interaction between animals and microbes. Researcher Jamie Foster said astronauts’ immune systems don’t function well in space as bacteria isn’t recognized as easily, thus they get sick.

Foster hopes seeing what happens to squid in space could help solve that issue.

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Rian Kanouff of Omaha, Nebraska makes 60 naked skydiving jumps in 24 hours.
Rian Kanouff of Omaha, Nebraska makes 60 naked skydiving jumps in 24 hours. Photo by Screenshot /YouTube/CBS Miami

NEW RECORD SET AS MAN MAKES 60 NUDE SKYDIVING JUMPS IN A DAY

If you have a plan to set a world record, might as well do it naked.

Rian Kaouff of Omaha, Ne., did just that recently after setting a new Guinness World Record by doing 60 skydiving jumps in the buff in 24 hours.

Well, he wasn’t totally naked…he did wear safety equipment.

According to KOLN-TV, Kanouff had contacted Guinness World Records about setting a naked skydiving record, but Guinness told them he could create a new record category if he could complete at least 25 jumps within a day.

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The naked skydiver said it’s a tradition for people to perform their 100th jump in the nude. HE said he wanted to set the world record while fundraising for a Movember Foundation, a charity dedicated to men’s mental health.

Kanouff ended up completing 60 nude jumps over Weeping Water, Ne.

A wild boar has fun running down a subway train in Hong Kong.
A wild boar has fun running down a subway train in Hong Kong. Photo by Screenshot /Facebook/Hong Kong Wild Board Support Group

WILD BOAR BECOMES COMMUTER ABOARD HONG KONG TRAIN

Even wild boars have to get somewhere.

In a viral video posted to Facebook, a wild boar can be seen riding the subway in Hong Kong and at one point even switching trains in an effort to not get caught.

According to UPI, a witness aboard the train saw the boar board it at the Quarry Bay station. Once transit employees took notice of the wild animal they gave chase.

Unfortunately, the boar evaded the train workers by running out of a train during a station stop and boarded another one.

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According to the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, who posted the video, the second train was diverted to a depot stop where Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officials were able to safely catch the animal.

The wild boar was eventually returned to the wild.

A video of the chase was posted to Facebook by the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the animals.

A home in Colorado that’s been described as ‘hell’ is selling for $590,000.
A home in Colorado that’s been described as ‘hell’ is selling for $590,000. Photo by Screenshot /YouTube/Denver7

URINE-SOAKED ‘HELL’ HOME SELLING FOR $590G

Many homes are fixer-uppers.

One Colorado home is that and then some.

Colorado Springs realtor Gina Foster is trying to sell what she described as a “little slice of hell” that’s ruined by graffiti, soaked in urine and poop stuffed in drawers for $590,000.

In an interview with news outlet Denver 7, Foster said the home – which has sayings like “suck my a–” prominently displayed in black spray paint — has received 16 cash offers within the first 24 hours of being listed on the market.

Foster said she lists vacant houses all the time and has never seen such “hysteria” for this one particular destroyed home.

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In the listing, Foster bluntly stated the home “is not for the faint of heart”, and the home “has not been enhanced with black spray paint or a swinging hammer.”

Destruction aside, the home also features a freezer full of rotting meat, a deck that isn’t attached to the building and once housed a “menagerie of animals.”

Foster said the last homeowner died and a relative moved in and caused all the damage after being evicted.

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