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Car subscriptions are now a thing

Volvo has begun a service where you subscribe to a car service. You get a brand new car with zero money down, all maintenance and insurance included. You pay a monthly fee and can get a new model every 12 months. Business experts hate the idea, since there is no negotiation. This will probably become popular.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/02/volvo-xc40-care-by-volvo-hands-on/

US town overrun with tumbleweed after high winds



High winds brought unwelcome visitors to one isolated Californian neighbourhood in the form of hundreds and hundred of tumbleweeds.

A mass invasion by the High Desert's infamous rolling hazards besieged a series of homes in the small US town of Victorville that left some residents calling the city and even 911 for help.

"We have received several calls and we're aware of the problems with tumbleweeds there, primarily in Mesa Street area," Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones told the Daily Press. "We're not exactly sure how many homes are affected, but we're estimating about 100 to 150 homes in that area."


More and video at link:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/103222167/us-town-overrun-with-tumbleweed-after-high-winds

Alleged police impersonator handcuffs real officer in Foggy Bottom store

A man was charged with impersonating a police officer after handcuffing an actual police officer during a disturbance at a grocery store in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The incident erupted about 5 p.m. Monday at the Whole Foods store at 23rd and I streets NW, where a witness saw a man brandishing handcuffs and harassing customers, according to a D.C. police report.

When two D.C. police officers arrived, the man became aggressive, according to the report, and placed a handcuff on the right hand of one of the officers. He also demanded that the officer “stop resisting,” the report said.

Evan Graham, 47, of Capitol Heights, Md., was taken into custody on charges of simple assault, resisting arrest and false impersonation of a police officer, the police report said.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/alleged-police-impersonator-handcuffs-real-officer-in-foggy-bottom-store/2018/04/10/f64df300-3d1e-11e8-974f-aacd97698cef_story.html?utm_term=.c4b46db25624&wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Three ships from the 1700s found on one block in Old Town Alexandria

Fifteen feet down in the muck, mud and sand, you can reach out and touch the remains of a ship, or three, that were so worn out by 1798 that they were scuttled to help create new land for Alexandria’s thriving commercial port.

The wet wood was last dry when local resident George Washington had just retired from the presidency to nearby Mount Vernon, in a time before the invention of indoor plumbing, gas lighting or the steam locomotive.


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Specialists from Thunderbird Archaeology also have unearthed about 100,000 artifacts — the foundation of a flour mill, coins from Ireland, England, France and Spain, pieces of ceramics, bottles and animal bones.


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The ships are being kept wet, because every moment they are exposed to dry air causes deterioration, said Eleanor Breen, acting city archaeologist. The wood is soaked and covered at night. Once the original location has been documented, the timbers will be taken to a warehouse on the West End, where they will remain underwater until city officials decide what to do with them.




Whole story and more pics here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/three-ships-from-the-1700s-found-on-one-block-in-old-town-alexandria/2018/04/12/98ba1c8c-3da0-11e8-8d53-eba0ed2371cc_story.html?utm_term=.aeb7821f1b7e&wpisrc=nl_buzz&wpmm=1

Have a sex secret? "Get Cohen on the phone"

From Tom the Dancing Bug:



https://boingboing.net/2018/04/17/have-a-sex-secret-get-cohen.html

This 3-year-old has a sparkle in her heart: The worlds smallest mechanical heart valve

When Sadie Rutenberg was born, she had a gaping hole between the two sides of her heart, and her heart valves were malformed and leaking.

In her first few months of life, she had already undergone two open-heart surgeries; but the damage was too extensive to repair, and the blond-haired, blue-eyed infant was failing to thrive. Her parents said there was no choice — they would have to take a risk, or their child might not survive.

So, the Seattle couple made what they said was the only logical decision: Their 6-month-old daughter would receive the world's tiniest mechanical heart valve.

At the time, in 2015, Abbott's Masters HP 15-mm rotatable mechanical heart valve had not yet been fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sadie would become the first child in the United States to try it.


Rest of the story here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/04/11/this-3-year-old-has-a-sparkle-in-her-heart-the-worlds-smallest-mechanical-heart-valve/?utm_term=.67538de9421e&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

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Oh, so that's what happened

Hey DU Millennials, I need your help: Do you take a gift to a baby reveal party?

If only the NRA had been there! - Tom the Dancing Bug

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