Vincent Ardolino, Rick Thorton, Kirk Slater and many others share what it was like to evacuate Lower Manhattan on September 11th, 2001. After the US Coast Guard called for all available boats to assist in the evacuation of New York City, hundreds arrived to help. Tom Hanks narrates the untold tale of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from Lower Manhattan in less than nine hours.
Earlier this week, Ames Fire Department had to run inside a burning home twice before they found Cleo the cat in the basement, unresponsive and surrounded by thick, black smoke. Using an oxygen mask, designed specifically for animals, firefighters spent more than 30 minutes trying to bringing the lifeless feline back to life. The firefighters were successful, and Cleo is expected to make a full recovery. Related: Helmet Camera Captures Firefighter Bringing A Tiny Kitten Back To Life
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Inventors Matthew and Mark McLachlan of Antsy Labs just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fidget Cube, a premium desk toy designed to satisfy any fidgety impulses without annoying those around you. The six-sided cube has something to fidget with on each side, including clicking, gliding, flipping, spinning and more. With an original goal of $15,000, the Fidget Cube already has more than $2.3 million pledged from over 59,000 backers. To get your own Fidget Cube, pledge $19 or more here. Fidget Cube is expected to ship in December of 2016.
On Wednesday night, San Antonio-based Miracle Mattress attempted to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a “Twin Tower Sale.” The promotion, which offered any sized mattress for the price of a twin mattress, included a tasteless commercial which was uploaded to the company’s Facebook page. The 21-second spot featured manager Cherise Bonanno announcing the sale, and two employees who end up crashing into two towers made of mattresses. After a massive amount of negative feedback, the video was removed from Facebook and owner Mike Bonanno offered a public apology. On Friday the company announced it would be closed indefinitely.
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