Earlier this month, 20-year-old Brendan Jankowski was headed east on I-94 just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota when a rolled-up foam pad fell off a vehicle and onto the road in front of him. Jankowski, who had been riding for less than two weeks, tried to avoid crashing into the big pad, but hit it head-on at ~50mph. Linda Leverty’s dashboard camera happened to be running at the time of the crash and caught the entire accident on video. Jankowski suffered only minor injuries and investigators are still looking for the driver of the SUV.
[Linda L] [H/T:duucfho / Star Tribune]
Earlier this week a man stopped to fill up his tank the Mobil gas station in Center Line, Michigan and spotted a spider crawling on his fuel tank. Deathly afraid of spiders, the man took out a cigarette lighter and attempted to kill it with with fire. You can guess what happened next.
With no money to buy books or a bus pass to the library, 12-year-old Mathew Flores went out on a limb and asked his mailman, Ron Lynch, for any junk mail he could read. After Ron discovered Mathew was reading ads for fun, Ron shared Mathew’s story on Facebook and requested reading material. The post went viral and people from around the world sent books. Hundreds have been delivered to Mathew, and hundreds more are on the way.
On July 1st, 2015, 13-year-old Cecil, Zimbabwe’s most beloved lion, was lured out of his protected sanctuary and killed by 55-year-old American dentist Walter Palmer. People around the world are outraged at the “hunting,” including late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who teared up as he asked for donations on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Click here to donate to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
Over the weekend at the Jingzhou Shashi Anliang department store in central China, 30-year-old Xiang Liujua died after a faulty escalator swallowed her alive. Liujua and her 2-year-old son had no idea that the escalator was broken until they were already on it. Once at the top of the escalator, a metal panel gave way and pulled Liujua and her son underneath. Liujua tossed her son to safety seconds before she was sucked into the machine. The tragic incident is still being investigated.
[CCTVNews] [H/T:Gawker / LATimes]