You could be consuming “superbugs” at these restaurant chains who refuse to use antibiotic-free meat

Multiple fast food groups as well as restaurant chains are contributing to the alarming threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a threat released by advocacy groups,

The World Health Organization defines the development of bacteria that can’t be killed by some of our urrent medicines “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.

“Fifteen of America’s favorites received an “F” for their lack of action in reducing the use of beef raised with antibiotics, including Burger King, DQ, Jack In the Box, Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Sonic, Applebee’s and the pizza chains of Domino’s, Little Caesars and Pizza Hut.Only Chipotle and Panera Bread, who were early leaders in using only antibiotic-free beef and chicken, received an “A.”

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Antibiotics are given to animals to keep them healthy while they gain weight prior to being slaughtered.

Almost two-thirds of medically important antibiotics sold in the US go to food animals. But when antibiotics are overused, some bacteria learn to survive, multiply and share their resistance genes with other bacteria, even if those have not been exposed.

The “superbugs” then enter our system when we eat under cooked meat or veggies that have been exposed to irrigation water contaminated with animal waste.

Despite the issue, the U.S. lacks appropriate laws to regulate overuse of antibiotics in our food chain. As a response, advocacy groups have turned to the biggest buyers of raw beef and chicken (restaurants) and requested them to use their purchasing power to force change.

In the past five years, the reduction of chicken raised with antibiotics is growing according to director of food campaigns for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Lena Brook.

Consumer Reports as well as the Milken Institute School for Public Health and the Center for Food Safety who also sponsored the study. And according to the report, 90% of the chickens raised last year received no medically important antibiotics compared to 2014, when “nearly half of the nine billion broiler chickens produced in the US annually were raised on a full array of antibiotics, including medically important drugs,” the report revealed.

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When it comes to consumers, that means antibiotic-free chicken is served in 13 of the 25 restaurants including Chick-fil-A, KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s.

The report also shared how the early onset push of Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, followed by Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Subway, inspired many major chicken supply companies to follow suit.

“In spring of 2015 Perdue and then Tyson made a really big splash when they committed to limiting antibiotic use in their chicken suppliers and they’re two of the five largest chicken companies in the country,” Brook said. “So now we’re looking for that kind of shift in the beef industry.”

Over two million pounds of chicken recalled due to deadly metal contamination in 8 states

Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc, is recalling 2,071,397 pounds of products such as ready-to-cook chicken wings, chicken breast meat, halal chicken leg quarters and chicken tenderloins.

Over 2 million pounds of chicken have been recalled in eight states due to possible metal contamination.

While no one has yet to report any “adverse reactions” yet from consuming the products, customers are urged to toss the chicken with the following numbers:

The products were produced between October 21, 2019, as well as November 4, 2019, according to the USDA’s FSIS, (Food Safety and Inspection Service.)

They have one of three establishment numbers – ‘P-1949,’ ‘P- 486’ or ‘P-5837’ – inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

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The poultry was shipped to stores, schools and restaurants in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennslyvania.

The release states that employees at Simons found the problem during further processing.

It remains unclear how the metal got into the poultry products the type of metal that was discovered by officials and when it was found.

FSIS designated the recall as Class I, which meant “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Customers are being warned to not consume the products and either throw them away or return them to the store they were purchased at for a refund.

FSIS says anyone with questions about the recall can call Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc, at (888) 831-7007.

Researchers want parents to know that having children is the most destructive thing for the environment

According to a new study, having children is the most destructive thing a person can do to the environment.

Having one fewer child per family can even save ““an average of 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent emissions per year,” according to researchers from Lund University in Sweden.

Eating meat, driving a car as well as traveling by airplane also were up there when it comes to the most damage people can do to the planet.

But according to the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, having children was at the top.

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“A US family who chooses to have one fewer child would provide the same level of emissions reductions as 684 teenagers who choose to adopt comprehensive recycling for the rest of their lives,” it revealed.

Seth Wynes, lead author, revealed to The Local:

“We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car free and having smaller families.”

Construction workers are most likely to use cocaine and opioids out of all work forces

In a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, construction workers are the most likely out of all work forces to use cocaine and misuse opioids for recreational purposes.

The study also found that construction workers are the second most likely to use marijuana.

Analyzed from data from 2005-2014 from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, researchers used a dataset that included 293,492 US adults, including 16,610 construction, mining, and extraction workers and compared these participants to workers in 13 other fields.

Participants then answered questions regarding drug policies at their workplace as well as their personal use of cocaine and marijuana within the past month.

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In addition, they answered questions about their own non medical use of prescription opioids.

It was revealed that construction workers reported the highest frequency of misusing opioids and cocaine use. They also reported the second highest frequency of marijuana use after those in the service industry.

The following findings were also found to be true according to the study:

The researchers saw that construction workers who had unstable jobs or missed work were more likely to use drugs.

Those who were unemployed in the week prior and those who work for three or more employers were more likely to use marijuana or misuse prescription opioids.

Those who missed 1-2 days in the last month due to not wanting to work were more likely to use marijuana, cocaine, and opioids.

Those who missed 3-5 days of work in the past month due to injury or illness were more than twice as likely to miscue prescription opioids.

Researchers reveal that the higher rates make sense as this line of work is labor-intensive and jam-packed with injuries and both opioids and marijuana can help to relieve pain.

Parents dare their son to wear hot dog costumes for school photo ID

A couple based in Maine, Craig and Kari Arsenault, dared their 9-year-old son to dress up as a hot dog for his school photo which after posted it to Facebook page, it went viral.

“My wife and I dared our son to wear a hotdog costume for school pictures,” Craig wrote in a Facebook post. “The school let him do it, and I couldn’t be happier.”

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“The costume was my wife’s idea. Jake didn’t know what to wear so she jokingly suggested the hot-dog costume. It was laying around the house after Jake wore it 2 years ago for Halloween,” Craig revealed.

He later agreed to the idea after his parents gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse: $10 in cash.

“He was nervously giddy at the idea of doing it, and he’s a bit of a clown, so thought it would be funny. His classmates thought it was awesome. There were whispers all day in the hall about “some kid who wore a hot dog for pictures,” Craig shared.

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The parents then wrote Jake a permission slip to make sure the boy’s teachers knew that the decision was okay. Needless to say, Craig and Kari were very happy with Jake’s new ID which featured a huge smile.

“He’s basically a celebrity at his school now and he loves it,” the dad shared Bored Panda.

The fourth-grader received a lot of attention and was visited by a Wienermobile – Oscar Mayer’s hot dogs-on-wheels – as the company wanted to give Jake an added bonus for the now-viral photo.

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Barber creates prolific movement in his backyard, helping men work through their trauma

While Matt Brown is a barber in New Zealand — cutting hair is only part of what he does.

Setting up his own barbershop in his backyard not, it has become an entire movement which helps men to heal from past trauma.

Over a decade ago, Matt started to barber and while he was working in New Zealand — he realized how men come more than just a haircut.

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“Men were coming in and not you know, wanting more than just the haircut, they wanted a conversation. And not many places, spaces, allow men to really open up quite like the barber chair,” Matt shared.

Matt knew exactly what he needed to do — and decided to set up his own business which grew into a massive movement called, “She Is Not Your Rehab.”

The business titled, My Father’s Barbers, created a safe space where men can open up with the issues they face despite fear of judgement.

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“A lot of my friends were joining gangs, were addicted to sex and drugs, you name it, some committed suicide, some are going into prison. And I just wanted to create a space where men could come and talk,” the barber revealed.

The movement hopes to empower men to address their past traumas through honest conversations.

He shares how men talk about a multitude of topics, including sport, TV and how their weekends went — in addition to their struggles and fears and emotional traumas.

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“I’ve had grown men cry; I’ve sat with some of the staunchest, most successful, ruthless men in my city in my chair crying together. This is not a very popular business plan, step one get a barbershop, step two cry with your clients!”

Matt has also faced some very intense struggles while growing up.

He revealed to the media how he grew up in a very abusive household.

“When I look back at that, I think it’s so sad no-one in our world stepped in or said anything for Mum, because Mum would go to church like that; pregnant, bruised face, but no-one said or did anything.”

Thankfully, the he was able to move out of his home when he was just 15 and says he was able to get the help he needed. In addition, he shared how his wife was his main inspiration for changing.

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“The real change came when I met my wife, who was my best friend, and when you have a strong woman that can, you know, challenge the status quo and still love you and see behind the masks that I would wear and love me still, that brought a lot of change,” he shared.

Matt hopes that his movement can help create violence-free communities that have men taking responsibility when it comes to healing their trauma instead of projecting them onto their relationships.

“If men take responsibility for their own healing, that will heal the whole family and if women take responsibility for their own healing and do not rescue men, that will heal the whole family because our kids are watching.”

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Haunted house in hot water for allowing actors to intentionally hurt participants

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Coined the “the world’s scariest haunted house,” the attraction has been accused of being a torture chamber after the waiver reveals it allows actors to cause harm to participants.

For those who took want to take part in the McKamey Manor haunt in Summertown, Tennesse, they must undergo a sports fitness test and sign a 40-page waiver, as well as having a doctor’s note, a safe word, proof of medical insurance and a background check — which begs the question: what kind of terrifying place is this?

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Someone has published the haunted house’s waiver, which shows participants agreeing that “a nail may piece their hand’, ‘their hand may be smashed with tools’, and that they may ‘have a plastic bag on their face which could possibly cause suffocation, blackouts etc, and participants will not hold MM responsible or libel.”

If you are able to complete the experience, you get a prize of an impressive but no money has yet to be awarded.

The waiver however says, “there is no quitting unless serious physical or psychological injury is present,” which would suggest that as no one has completed the experience, the must have suffered some type of injury.

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Bethany McPhereson shared the following on Facebook:

“If you’re thinking about going to the McKamey Manor, aka ‘the world’s scariest haunted house,’ that’s been shared around here, just read these. This isn’t a haunted house, it’s a torture chamber where they’re somehow legally allowed to torture people. Almost 100% of people who go end up with PTSD and need intense therapy. They’re allowed to do whatever they want to you.”

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The post included a comment from someone who claimed the haunted house “literally hires past violent criminals with both assault and sexual crimes,” as well as breaking bones, ripping people’s hair out, not obeying safe words and starting the torture prior the waiver has even been completed.

The tour is titled “Desolation,” can take over 10 hours to complete, which participants can brave by themselves or they can take part in a two-person “personalized interactive experience.”

Adorably obese cat “Cinder-Block” does the bare minimum on her treadmill

Cinder-block the cat went viral recently after she was filmed putting in the bare minimum when it came to her exercise regime in an attempt lose the weight.

A man’s voice can be heard in the video asking the cat “are you working out?” while Cinder-block looks on with only one paw on the treadmill.

And while the cat is grumpy, veterinarian Brita Kiffney revealed she is “extremely affectionate” and purrs when you talk to her while the medical director of Northshore Veterinary Hospital in Bellingham, Washington, Kiffney, adding: “she’s very sweet.”

The video went viral earlier this month when the practice shared it on social media with thousands adoring the overweight cat, who found her way at the vet’s due to her health and hygiene issues which was caused by her obesity.

But Kiffney said she did not want to shame the owner in any way, adding how the person was under a lot of stress caring for an ill family member and the situation became “unmanageable.”

After vegetarian eats just one burger, she decides to become a butcher

A former strict vegetarian completely changed her life when she was pregnant with her third child and tried a burger for the first time in decades.

Currently she owns her pasteurized pig farm.

Tammi Jonas, 49, was first a vegetarian in the seventies after reading a book that detailed the ill treatment of animals on farms.

A mother of three from Australia tasted meat for the very first time in 10 years when she would become “dangerously anemic” and then from then on her lifestyle changed in a massive way.

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She shared with 10 Daily:

“I was at work one day and just thought: ‘a burger would fix this’.”

The 49-year-old continued on, saying:

“I went back to red meat, so beef and lamb, once a week throughout the pregnancy, and it was some years longer before I had any pork or poultry. I never thought it was immoral to take an animal’s life for food – I’ve always been comfortable with my place in the food chain, but I thought it was immoral to treat [animals] cruelly, to not allow them to go outside and breathe fresh air and to be confined in crowds in sheds.”

But Tammi began taking her meat eating to the next level when she and her husband Stuart did some research

But once she and her husband realized they could make a living from farming on a small scale with the focus on treating animals properly and ethically.

Tammy explains her business, writing on her website the following:

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“My journey from mindless industrial eater to vegetarian to ethical omnivore led me all the way to become a pig farmer to contribute to the growing movement to get pigs and poultry back out of sheds and onto paddocks. We now grow, butcher and cure all of our meat, and serve 80 households from our thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm.”

Tammy reveals her farm uses ethical and holistic practices, explaining there are no harmful chemicals and the animals are free to live as if they would if they were not on a farm.

Tammi shared Daily Mail Australia:

“Some people will draw an ethical line that killing is bad. But I don’t believe that – I don’t think killing an animal for consumption is unethical if it had a good life.”

Both Tammi and her husband have been running their business, Jonai Farms and Meatsmiths, for eight years.

Newlyweds shock guests by ordering $450 worth of Domino’s pizza as wedding day meal

A couple from across the pond decided to say “I do” with $450 worth of Domino’s Pizza present, winning “best wedding ever” in my book.

Victoria and Tom Browne decided from the start they wanted a non-traditional wedding breakfast that was comfortably in their budget, so Victoria, 26, reached out to her local branch of the pizza chain and was happy to find they could fully cater for all her guests.

In addition, there was plenty of the couple’s favorite garlic and herb dip (obviously.)

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Victoria said:

“Most people know me and Tom just don’t do things traditionally. I didn’t want traditional sandwiches or anything at the wedding, I wanted something that stood out. We actually kept joking saying ‘shall we have Domino’s?’ but as it got closer and we didn’t have any food plans, we started seriously considering it and I emailed Domino’s asking the question.”

The buffet boasted 30 large pizzas and 60 boxes of sides for a grand total of $447.12.

Victoria and her husband, Tom, 29, shared that staff came “strolling in and shocked everybody.”

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She continued:

“I was so paranoid about whether they were actually going to be able to do it that I went in the day before and said ‘are you are all aware of my order for tomorrow?’ They were pretty good. It all came in piping hot and the staff were quite happy to stand and have a photo with me.”

She continued on, sharing:

“People are still gobsmacked with it, people think that as a buffet you have to have like sandwiches and stuff and I don’t really like pasties and I’m not picking them because everyone else likes them.”

The couple admitted that when they first revealed their plans to their friends and families, they did not believe they were actually going to do it.

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But the bride shard how throughout the day, many were pleased with their choice and no one complained!

In addition, the amount of pizza provided was overwhelming.

Victoria said:

“I was surprised at the amount they delivered, I thought, ‘we’re going to have to take this home and have it for a couple of weeks’.”

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“We would have ended up having to bin it which would have been devastating for me. I would normally order it at least once a week and I definitely won’t be for a little bit. I don’t want to see anymore pizzas for a while.”

A spokesperson for Domino’s shared:

“Congratulations to the happy couple! Pizza is the best food in the world and your wedding is the best day of your life, so why not bring the two together. We’re glad the bride and groom were happy with their delivery. We can proudly say Domino’s is the Official Food of providing the best dinner you’ll get at a wedding, ever!”

​Model who flashed chest at World Series reveals stunt cost her 80K

The model who flashed at the World Series, Julia Rose, has said she is not quite finished with x-rated stunts despite the high costs.

Founder of online magazine Shagmag, Rose had lifted her top alongside Kayla Lauren and Lauren Summer at the World Series match between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., USA.

In addition, TV cameras broadcasted the stunt to the entire world — capturing the moment Rose and Summer flashed at the bottom of the seventh inning as pitcher Gerrit Cole stepped up to throw.

According to an interview with Complex, she shared how the stunt cost her and her friends $80,0000 and a lifetime ban.

“We had it planned almost a year ago. I knew I wanted to do something at the World Series. But we just didn’t know, obviously, who was playing, what game, where it would be, the location or anything. Once we found out who the teams were, we then bought the tickets, I believe, not even a week ago. Our overall total tickets for the four that we had, we had six tickets total, for all of them, we paid around $80,000,” she shared.

In addition, the stunt cost her a lifetime ban from Major Leauge Baseball.

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Rose shared the letter on social media from vice president David Thomas, which read:

“On October 27, 2019, you attended World Series Game 5 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. During the game, you violated the fan code of conduct by exposing yourself during the 7th inning, in order to promote a business. You were also part of a scheme in which you induced others to expose themselves to promote the business. You are hereby banned from all Major League Baseball stadiums and facilities, indefinitely.”

But despite the strongly worded letter, Rose admits she would do it all again in heartbeat.

She revealed to the New York Post:

“We definitely have some more stuff up our sleeves.”

In addition, she said her group’s future exploits would “100 percent” take place at sporting events.

Good luck ladies, and godspeed.

Revolutionary study reveals all of human race descended from Botswanan woman 200,000 years ago

Researchers believe they have discovered the place where humanity started and it seems that we all have originated from the same place — Botswana.

In the new study, the revelations include looking at genetic information of over 1,2000 people across African populations — which led them to find that the genes preserved in people’s DNA first emerged in the area.

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The data was based on ‘mitochondrial DNA’ (mtDNA) which is passed down through females.

While scientists already at large agree that modern humans (homo sapiens) came from Africa about 200,000 years but until now, it has been unclear which continent we first came from.

The new information clashes with the limited evidence based on fossils which suggested our ancestors first emerged in East Africa.

Vannessa Hayes, anthropologist and senior author of the newspaper, said in a press conference that the findings suggested “everyone walking around today” could trace their mitochondrial DNA back to the area.

Thanks to new research, it has been revealed that for 70,000 years, the first humans thrived in the area now known as Botswana, which was originally a wetland south of Zambezi River.

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But due to climate change, what was once the largest lake on the continent is now known as the Kalahri Desert.

This means that the people who lived there were forced to migrate to other places between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago.

It is believed that this move began the development of genetic, ethnic and cultural diversity.

But researchers a few years back claimed to have discovered a footprint in Crete, Greece, that may fundamentally alter the narrative when it comes to early human evolution. It is very possible our ancestors were in modern Europe far earlier than we initially believed.

Ever since researchers discovered fossils of our early ancestors in South and East Africa in the middle of the 20th century, the history of humanity as been concrete.

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That was until the footprint discovered in Crete (which dates back 5.7 million years) — which confirms that humans have been exploring central Europe for even longer than we first thought.

“This discovery challenges the established narrative of early human evolution head-on and is likely to generate a lot of debate,” said Professor Per Ahlberg, an author on the study at the time.

“Whether the human origins research community will accept fossil footprints as conclusive evidence of the presence of hominins [part of the family of primates that includes humans] in the Miocene of Crete remains to be seen.”

Man contracts brain-eating amoeba while jet skiing, leaving him temporarily paralyzed from neck down

After five months of battling a brain-eating amoeba, a Maryland man finally has his heath back after it left him in a coma as well as temporarily paralyzed him from the neck down.

Ryan Perry was jet skiing with his family on the Susquehanna in early May when he quickly began having severe headaches and nausea.

Perry was hospitalized on May 11, when he began to hallucinate while having “severe tremors, weakness of lower extremities, and his eyes drifted up to the ceiling the majority of his day.”

He was then transferred to the University of Medical Center, where his condition worsened and was then placed in a medically induced coma.

“I tested negative for everything they could test me for,” Perry shared with WMAR2News.com. “Finally, what they determined is water went up my nose when I was jet-skiing. It attacked my brain, traveled to my spinal cord and paralyzed me from the neck down.”

Perry then spent months in the hospital prior to being transferred to an in-patient rehabilitation facility where he worked on gaining back his strength and has even regained the ability to stand.

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Perry even began to drive again and was able to return to work according to his sister, but continues with out-patient therapy.

“Initially it was, ‘We’re not sure if I’m ever going to be able to walk again,’ he shared. “I had a neurology appointment at the University of Maryland and my neurologist told me she can’t believe the progress I’ve made and she thinks I will make if not a full recovery pretty close to it.”

We are not crying, YOU’RE crying!

After testifying he was cash-poor, Elon Musk drops $1 million on planting trees

YouTuber Jimmy “MrBeast” Donaldson – who is currently campaigning to raise $20 million from fellow YouTube celebrities for a climate change fundraising effort – just received $1 million worth of trees from Elon Musk.

But interestingly enough, Musk has recently admitted in a sworn testimony that he is financially, cash-poor.

Musk revealed to the YouTuber how he would make a donation on Twitter after some pushing from Marques “MKBHD” Brownlee, who had interviewed Musk in the past.

At first, Musk inquired on Twitter about the type of trees being planted as part of MrBeast’s fundraising efforts — to which MrBeast responded that the trees are being planted on every continent except for Antarctica, with the type of tree depending on where it is planted.

But even without Musk’s donation, the fundraising program has raised over $6 million as the project is a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.

When Brownlee first shared that information with Musk, he replied with “sounds legit,” and proceeded to pledge 1 million trees.

And while Musk’s name is now attached to a massive positive, he is currently still battling a Twitter-related defamation suit as last year, Musk used his Twitter audience of almost 30 million to call a British cave diver named Vernon Unsworth “pedo guy.”

This happened after Unsworth criticized Musk’s attempts to aid the rescue of a boys soccer team in Thailand that had become trapped in a cave.

Later, Musk revealed to BuzzFeed News that Unsworth was a “child rapist,” adding, “I f*****g hope he sues me.”

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Unsworth then filed a defamation suit against Musk, and the trial is now set to begin in Los Angeles on December 3rd. In a recent court filing, Musk informed lawyers that despite his overwhelming stock holdings in Tesla and SpaceX, he was financially illiquid. Which, in lamens terms, means his insurer, American International Group Inc., may get involved in any potential court settlement or financial payout as a result of the case.

And that being said, it is surprising to many that Musk has the cash on hand to help plant those trees for charity despite him claiming he was scraping by.

That being said, Musk has already completed his pledged and paid out the $1 million towards the efforts.

As for what is left in his pocket is anyone’s guess now.

If you eat one avocado a day, you could improve your heart health in a big way

Researchers from Penn State are suggesting that consuming just one avocado a day may help keep your cholesterol lower and improve heart health.

In addition, researches added that due to the moderate-fat diet without avocados included the same monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados, it is very likely that the fruit has additional bioactives that contribute to the benefits of the avocado diet.

Bioactives are defined by HealthEngine as “chemical molecules and microbes (microscopic organisms) that have some biological effect on our bodies. … Bioactives are usually substances that have been isolated or derived from plants and other living systems.”

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Published in the Journal of Nutrition, Penny Kris-Etherton, a professor of nutrition, said that while the results are promising, there is still more work to do.

“Nutrition research on avocados is a relatively new area of study, so I think we’re at the tip of the iceberg for learning about their health benefits,” Kris-Etherton said. “Avocados are really high in healthy fats, carotenoids — which are important for eye health — and other nutrients. They are such a nutrient-dense package, and I think we’re just beginning to learn about how they can improve health.”

Now next time you order guacamole, you won’tt have to feel guilty because #hearthealth!

Lion, tiger and bear continue 15-year-friendship after each were abused in drug dealer’s basement

Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have been friends since 2001.

The three male predators have been a tight knit crew since they were rescued as cubs from a drug dealer’s house in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2001.

“The BLT (bear, lion, tiger ― as they are known) exhibited signs of being a bonded trio from the moment we saw them when they arrived at Noah’s Ark,” curator at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, Allison Hedgecoth, shared.

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“They were already seeking out one another for comfort and displayed affection by snuggling, grooming and playing with one another,” she revealed to the Huff Post.

And while their initial bond was not uncommon to Hedgecoth, what shocked her was their 15-year friendship.

“Before they reach sexual maturity, a lot of times animals will form unique bonds with members of other species,” she shared, explaining how as animals grow older, they grow apart. “What was surprising is how they kept that bond, that family unit well into adulthood.”

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The animals were only a few months old when police discovered them 15 years ago during a raid in the basement of a drug dealer’s home, according to the sanctuary where the three friends now live.

“When they were first brought to the sanctuary, Baloo, Shere Khan and Leo were injured, frightened and clinging to one another for comfort,” Hedgecoth shared.

The African lion, Leo, had been inside a small crate and suffered from an open, infected wound on his nose, while Baloo, an American black bear, was found wearing a harness he had outgrown so much, it was embedded into his flesh — which had grown over and around it. And the bengal tiger, Shere Khan, was severely underweight.

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Each of the cubs were infected with parasite, malnourished and terrified when the Georgia Department of Natural Resources brought them a 250-acre nonprofit animal rescue in Locust Grove, Georgia, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.

Rescuers decided to not release them back into the wild and keep them at the sanctuary instead as their living conditions had left them so damaged.

But the silver lining? Their friendship was so strong that the sanctuary decided to keep all three in the same habitat.

“Even though they live in a three-acre enclosure, they’re usually within 100 feet of each other,” Hedgecoth shared. “That’s proof that they’re not just coexisting or cohabiting, they actually do enjoy each other’s company.”

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The most difficult part of watching over various species in the same enclosure for sanctuary staffers is ensuring that all their needs are met simultaneously, Hedgecloth revealed. All which includes their nutritional, medical and behavioral requirements.

Baloo, for instance, is the dominant, confident and most relaxed one in the group while Leo can sometimes be distant but aware of his surroundings. And Shere Khan? He is very curious and always wants to play.

And yet, the three predators “live together, sleep together and even eat together as a family,” according to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.

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In addition, they are often photographed cuddling together especially as Shere Khan is so affectionate.

And while typically in the wild, Bengal tigers live alone in the wild, Shere Khan often rubs against and grooms Baloo and Leo.

Thankfully, they let it happen without too much fuss.

“Their individual personalities as well as their group dynamic has not changed much throughout their 15 years together,” Hedgecoth shared.

It seems their bond – which has not only lasted through dark times – is also a cornerstone amidst their happy days at the sanctuary.

Leo has since passed away but their friendship will live on in our hearts.

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Bill Murray reveals how he really wants to work at P.F. Chang’s

Billy Murray recently guest starred on Amy Schumer’s podcast, “3 Girls 1 Kieth,” this past week where he chatted about the types of jobs he would want to pursue outside of acting.

It was then Murray revealed his desire to work for a popular restaurant chain, a wish that has come true in the past.

“I did fill out an application at P.F. Chang’s at the Atlanta airport because I think that’s one of the great places,” Murray told Schumer. 

“To do what? Just any job?” Schumer asked. Murray answered, saying his alleged application was “just to work there.”

Murray explained his adoration for the Asian-themed chain which has over 300 locations worldwide.

“It looks like they are having the best time working at P.F. Chang’s,” Murray said.

It is not clear why he chose the restaurant’s Atlanta airport spot but according to Yelp, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spot has a 3.5-star rating.

P.F. Chang quickly responded to the news, inviting the actor to join their team.

“Bill, you’re hired! When can you start?” P.F. Chang’s tweeted. 

Well folks, it looks like I will be headed to Georgia! See you there…

Forensic pathologist believes Jeffery Epstein’s autopsy was not a suicide, but a homicide

Hired by the brother of Jeffrey Epstein, a forensic pathologist claimed the deceased revealed evidence of strangulation and homicide, not suicide, was the likely cause of death.

A former New York City medical examiner and current Fox News contributor, Dr. Michael Baden, made the shocking statement on “Fox and Friends” late last week.

Epstein’s brother had hired Baden to observe the autopsy conducted by New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson, who concluded that Epstein died by suicide.

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“I think that the evidence points to homicide rather than suicide,” Baden shared, also adding how he had “not seen in 50 years” a suicide case that included injuries like Epstein’s.

Fractures in Epstein’s neck were “extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden said.

In addition the hemorrhages found around Epstein’s eyes also were more common in homicidal strangulation than suicide.

But Baden revealed he could not disprove the official cause of death.

On August 10, Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his federal prison cell and was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

He had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges from accusations made by dozens of women.

Epstein’s neck injuries were wildly criticized, while forensic experts say that such breaks can occur in people who hang themselves, especially if they are older.

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Baden also revealed that Epstein’s brother wants authorities to release DNA evidence collected from under Epstein’s fingernails as well as from the ligatures used.

The sudden death inspired many investigations which discovered that the prison’s officials’ procedural failures were the main culprits.

For example, cameras near Epstein’s cell were not functioning properly at the time of his death while officers neglected to check on him as they were required to.

After he served a short sentence for soliciting sex from a minor a decade ago, Epstein was arrested this past July for a similar offense that allegedly took place at his properties in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Couple announces they will adopt any and all babies from mothers who contemplate abortion

At the start of the year, a Virginia couple put out a Facebook post that was searching for mothers who were seeking abortion to instead, allow them to adopt their future babies.

Their venture would become overwhelmingly successful.

The viral Facebook post read:

“This offer remains open indefinitely! Don’t abort your baby! We will adopt! Please contact us if you’d be open to adoption as an option! We will adopt from any state. Please do not hesitate to contact us!”

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The post was shared on January 28th, 2019, and quickly received over thousands of likes and shares.

Sarah Marie then posted an update to her Facebook page, saying:

“Thanks to everyone who has expressed interest in helping these women. At this time, we are no longer receiving messages and the women who contacted us have been referred to Pregnancy Resource Centers or adoption agencies. Thank you! Dozens of expectant mothers contacted us, many of whom were contemplating or planning abortions. Many of those mothers are now considering parenting their babies and others are actively pursuing adoption. We have had the great honor of accepting one mother’s request that we adopt her baby. It has been a whirlwind of a week and we are still processing all of it. We are so grateful for all of these babies’ lives and their mothers, and we feel so privileged and honored to be parents again in approximately 7 months!”

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But this child will not be the first to enter their family through adoption.

The Thomas family is currently raising a 1-year-old biological son together along with 3-year-old Kayden who was adopted through foster care.

The couple has described him as a “blessing and such a joy.”

Priest welcomes stray dogs into Sunday mass so families will adopt them

One priest in Brazil is not only helping reduce the number of stray dogs wandering into the streets but also giving them forever homes.

Father João Paulo Araujo Gomes invites stray pups into his church and has made them part of his service in hopes their future families are sitting in the pews.

Gomes is the head of the parish of Santana in the city of Gravatá, who frequently attempts to help the pups find new owners by incoporating them into the service.

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While some dogs fall asleep at the altar, others enjoy tummy rubs during the service — talk about a sanctuary!

Father João shared how the idea came to him when someone had gave him some cookies. And when he left them out, they were quickly eaten by his congregation, which gave him an idea when he came across a dog kennel with 96 dogs.

He shared with Metro the following:

“Then I began to bring the dogs to mass, with the same hopes of giving them away. In six months, I finished this process. All dogs were adopted. Now I work with street dogs. They sometimes come into the church looking for food and water. During service, we speak about dogs of the street, about how to respect and protect them. The church also helps with a castration project (to limit the number of stray dogs). We also help dogs in emergencies such as victims of violence or health problems.”

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And due to his selfless acts, the amount of stray dogs who living in the city has massively decreased.

Not a bad reason to go to church!