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Word to the wise: If you’re stuck in the middle seat between two family members, don’t have a total racist, homophobic freak out. Put on your headphones or something.

If only we could have offered that massage to this dude in the hat who went on a total bigotted tear on a United Airlines flight out of Auckland, NZ yesterday.

via Sapphire

According to SFist, “An angry man allegedly launched into a racist and homophobic rant after being seated between two other passengers of Indian or Pakistani descent on a San Francisco-bound flight out of Sydney on New Year's Day, leading to a confrontation with a flight attendant and the plane being diverted to Auckland and grounded there overnight.”

Can you imagine that? Being seated between two people who are talking. Ugh. What a nightmare! Well, that’s what this guy thought too. Apparently, his anger escalated from a rant about “Indians to Asians to Muslims to non-whites in general.” Imagine if he had just asked one his row mates to switch seats? After being asked to stop by flight attendant, whom he also had some words for, the pilot re-routed back to Auckland. He was then taken by police, where one might assume he got the middle seat in a cop car.

The whole experience was caught was caught by Neil Kay, who made some new friends because of the experience.  

Call me crazy, but it seems like they're having a better time than the dude who had the racist freak out.

Deformed Daisies probably weren't caused by the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.
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Two pictures originally posted to twitter by @san-kaido have received a great deal of attention for seeming to show daisies mutated by the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown.

Reddit posted the pictures and it grew wild from there.

Was this mutation really caused by the Fukushima disaster, in which three of the site's six nuclear reactors melted down after the plant was hit by a tsunami?

Probably not.

Depending on which source you most believe, the majority of outlets trying to find an answer to that question have diagnosed those gross flowers up there with suffering from a condition called fascination.

From Wikipedia:

Fasciation (or cresting) is a relatively rare condition of abnormal growth in vascular plants in which the apical meristem (growing tip), which normally is concentrated around a single point and produces approximately cylindrical tissue, instead becomes elongated perpendicularly to the direction of growth, thus, producing flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or elaborately contorted tissue.

It says that fascination can be caused by hormonal imbalances, random genetic mutations or bacterial and viral infections.

Now those all sound like things that could be caused by an even like the Fukushima disaster, but Snopes came along and determined that those daisies were probably suffering from a rare but natural mutation.

While radiation from the Fukushima disaster in 2011 certainly has had an impact on the plant life in the surrounding area, the above-displayed photograph doesn't necessarily show the mutation of daisies due to nuclear radiation. It is much more likely that this image simply displays an example of fasciation.

They also showed some other daisies suffering from the same cruel trick of nature that grew nowhere near Fukushima, or any nuclear disaster site.

Like this ugly Dutch one from 2010:

Or this picture from Island Park, Idaho:

Sorry folks, it seems life doesn't always follow the science of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.