Weird News of the Day: Illness Causing Starfish to Rip Themselves Into Pieces

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A disease, called "sea star wasting syndrome" has been ravaging at least 12 different species of starfish across the West Coast, according to PBS.

NPR reports that, because the syndrome doesn't show signs of spreading across the globe, scientists don't think it will lead to the end of all starfish kind. But, researchers are racing to figure out what exactly is wrong and minimize the damage.

Right now, the main theory is that a boat carried a pathogen over to the West Coast. The theory is supported by hotspots of the illness being directly in line with major shipping routes.

Holiday Spirit of the Day

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Holiday Spirit of the Day
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A 24-year-old man in Kingston, Ontario was arrested last Saturday on charges of public intoxication (and breach of probation) after yelling at a crowd of children that "Santa Claus doesn't exist" during the city's annual Santa Parade.



Image courtesy: Stillshot from Bad Santa (2003)

Inappropriate Place to Find Cocaine of the Day

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Inappropriate Place to Find Cocaine of the Day
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Utah resident, Cindy Davidson, was just trying to take care of some feminine hygiene business when she purchased a box of tampons. Much to her surprise, Davidson found some cocaine wrapped in cellophane in the box. Instead of using it to transport coke to a prisoner (like in the movies), Davidson, instead, notified authorities, who are currently looking into the matter. Whether or note Davidson has tried vodka-soaked tampons remains unclear.

[digitaljournal]