Saturday 6: Blame the Aliens!
Welcome to another edition of the Saturday 6! This week I present you six random stories that you might have missed, but that I hope you’ll enjoy!
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
1. Rapelling Rescue
A pair of friends who were off-roading in Southern California came across an abandoned mine shaft and saw a pair of eyes staring back at them. That’s probably when I would have run for the hills. But they had a different idea. They rapelled some 100 feet into the mine and found a pit bull who was only too delighted to be rescued! Check out the smile on the dog’s face in the link!
2. A Memorable Speed Limit
A college decided to pay tribute to a retired mathematics professor who “spent his career fascinated by the number 17.” So the college changed its speed limit signs to read 17 miles per hour. Believe it or not, that was actually an increase. Even so, I bet students wish the professor had been fascinated with a number like 50.
3. Blame the Aliens!
It has been my experience that the majority of scientists get bent out of shape when people start talking about aliens. But after astronomers have failed at explanations (so far) for strange light patterns emanating from a star, some scientists are actually guessing aliens may be responsible. Specifically, a “swarm of megastructures,” which would imply not only life in the universe, but advanced intelligence as well. On the other hand, it might imply too much time spent watching Star Trek.
4. Mid-Air Surprise
I’m generally stressed out enough when I get on a plane, so I definitely hope I’m never on a flight like this! A China Airlines Flight bound from Taiwan to Los Angeles was diverted to Alaska when a pregnant mom went into labor over the Pacific Ocean. A UCLA physician made her first unassisted delivery of a newborn baby. At least the passengers have a travel story they’ll never forget.
5. Better Late Than Never?
Librarians tend to have little patience for overdue books. But there probably comes a point at which an overdue book is generally considered lost forever. And I’m guessing that time comes long before the half-century mark. The Oregonian reported someone put two books checked out in 1963 into a book drop, accompanied by an anonymous, handwritten note. Come on! If you’re going to return books that overdue, at least go inside!
6. The Great Divide
Have you noticed how quick people are to be angry and judgmental lately? Blogger Stephanie Bernaba has, and says, “we’ve become a world of insecurity, fear, and mistrust.” Check out her post about it. Do you think we’ve gotten too negative as a society?