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Irish farmer claims he was sexually assaulted by a leprechaun

https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/irish-farmer-claims-he-was-sexually-assaulted-by-a-leprechaun/?fbclid=IwAR2QUcFAhNzcdnRy0UCPNaq5ayUzKsfZG7a4DI1HcNEKA2NetnnzyPWCsko

In an exclusive interview broadcasted this morning on RTÉ, Angus Brennan from Watergrasshill, near Cork, says he was milking his cows on Saturday when he was hit on the head from behind with a shovel or similar tool.
The attack knocked him out, and when he woke up a few hours later, he had been tied up to a support beam inside his own barn.
The 54-year old farmer says he was repeatedly raped over the next 40 hours by a “waist-high midget with a red beard and a cocked hat”.

[I guess the hat wasn't the only thing that was cocked!]

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Some of the misadventures of our local feline population were compiled by our provincial channel when one unfortunate furball got so stuck in a tree, the firemen had to cut off a branch. Be sure to watch the video!

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Noeel: Electric Eel Lights Up Christmas Tree In Tennessee
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/04/784854604/noeel-electric-eel-lights-up-christmas-tree-in-tennessee
December 4, 20195:52 PM ET
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The Tennessee Aquarium says a system connected to an electric eel's tank enables his shocks to power strands of lights on the nearby tree.
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An electric eel in Chattanooga, Tenn., is sparking a little holiday cheer.

Every time Miguel Wattson the electric eel releases a jolt of electricity, a festively-decorated Christmas tree next to his tank at the Tennessee Aquarium flickers and glows.

"There is a sensor directly in his exhibit that picks up when he produces electricity," Aquarist Kimberly Hurt, who cares for the electric eel, tells NPR.

The aquarium had already connected the sensor to a soundboard and a light board to correspond with Wattson's bursts, says Hurt. "It'll light up the board. It also does make some noise so people can hear when he's producing electricity."

So it wasn't a huge leap to also have Wattson's sensors connected to a Christmas tree, for a seasonal spin on the display.

Take a look at the electric eel in action:
Can an Electric Eel power the lights on a Christmas Tree? (SPOILER WARNING: Sort of.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7cIZcjqi2A&feature=youtu.be


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Thousands of 'penis fish' appear on California beach
Fat innkeeper worms typically burrow under the sand but recent storms have swept away layers, leaving them exposed
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/12/penis-fish-fat-inkeeper-worms-california-beach

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A beachgoer holds a fat inkeeper worm – otherwise known as a ‘penis fish’ – in Bodega Bay in June 2019. Photograph: Kate Montana/iNaturalist Creative Commons

I’m not sure this is what the Weather Girls meant when they sang, “It’s raining men.”

Following a bout of winter storms in northern California, “thousands” of pink, throbbing, phallic creatures wound up pulsating along a beach about 50 miles north of San Francisco, Bay Nature reported.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B58did9BbBA/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

According to the nature magazine, these 10in wrigglers are marine worms called fat innkeeper worms, but they are known colloquially as exactly what you’d want to call them: penis fish.

These penile figures typically burrow under the sand, far beneath the feet of beachgoers, but the recent storms brought on some waves that swept away the layers, leaving them exposed.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuCAOFxBVw1/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

As seen in the first photo, seagulls enjoy gobbling up these penis fish, as do otters, other fish, sharks and rays. But the penis fish is a human delicacy to some as well. In South Korea, they call it gaebul.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5gmaHUn0Cl/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading

So the next time you bury your toes in the sand, think about what throbs beneath the surface.


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Meet the scientist trying to travel back in time
Francesca Street, CNN • Updated 1st January 2020

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Man requests 'trial by combat' with Japanese swords to settle dispute with Iowa ex-wife
Anna Spoerre, Des Moines Register Published 4:07 p.m. CT Jan. 13, 2020 | Updated 4:52 p.m. CT Jan. 13, 2020

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https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2020/01/13/iowa-courts-david-ostrom-requests-trial-combat-swords-settle-dispute/4456079002/

A Kansas man has asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney "on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies."

David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, claims in court documents that his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of Harlan, has "destroyed (him) legally."

He asked the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to give him 12 weeks "lead time" in order to source or forge katana and wakizashi swords, as first reported by the Carroll Times Herald.

"To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States," Ostrom argues in court records, adding that it was used "as recently as 1818 in British Court."

When reached by phone Monday, Ostrom told the Des Moines Register that he got the idea after learning about a 2016 case in which New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo acknowledged that duels had not been abolished.

Ostrom said the motion stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson of Harlan.

"I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," he said.

Ostrom, who said he plans to request the same mediation tactic for any other disputes that may arise in court, added that his ex-wife can choose her attorney as a "champion," or stand-in fighter.

Hudson filed a resistance to the trial by combat motion by first correcting Ostrom's spelling.

"Surely (Ostrom) meant 'corporeal' bodies which Merriam Webster defines as having, consisting of, or relating to, a physical material body," the attorney wrote. "Although (Ostrom) and potential combatant do have souls to be rended, they respectfully request that the court not order this done."

Hudson argued that because a duel could end in death, such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.

"It should be noted that just because the U.S. and Iowa constitutions do not specifically prohibit battling another person with a deadly katana sword, it does prohibit a court sitting in equity from ordering same," Hudson wrote.

Hudson asked the court to suspend Ostrom's visitation rights and order him to undergo a court-ordered psychological evaluation.

Ostrom later admitted to the misspelling, but argued he has no history of mental issues.

Historically, he said in court records, trial by combat was not always won by way of death, but also when a party "cries craven," yielding to the other.

"Respondent and counsel have proven themselves to be cravens by refusing to answer the call to battle, thus they should lose this motion by default," Ostrom wrote, adding that if the other party decided otherwise, he wants to proceed with a "blunted practice style" of sword play.

The court has not yet ruled on either party's motions. Hudson was not immediately available for comment.

Ostrom, who said he doesn't have any experience with sword fighting, doesn't anticipate the judge will let his request go forward, but he wants an answer anyway.

When asked if he were serious about the dueling offer, Ostrom said, "If Mr. Hudson is willing to do it, I will meet him. I don't think he has the guts to do it."


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Irish farmer claims he was sexually assaulted by a leprechaun

https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/irish-farmer-claims-he-was-sexually-assaulted-by-a-leprechaun/?fbclid=IwAR2QUcFAhNzcdnRy0UCPNaq5ayUzKsfZG7a4DI1HcNEKA2NetnnzyPWCsko

In an exclusive interview broadcasted this morning on RTÉ, Angus Brennan from Watergrasshill, near Cork, says he was milking his cows on Saturday when he was hit on the head from behind with a shovel or similar tool.
The attack knocked him out, and when he woke up a few hours later, he had been tied up to a support beam inside his own barn.
The 54-year old farmer says he was repeatedly raped over the next 40 hours by a “waist-high midget with a red beard and a cocked hat”.

[I guess the hat wasn't the only thing that was cocked!]


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more news from the source of truth
https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/new-zealand-farmer-arrested-for-selling-sheep-as-sex-slaves-to-isis/
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NEW ZEALAND FARMER ARRESTED FOR SELLING SHEEP AS SEX SLAVES TO ISIS

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A New Zealand sheep farmer has been arrested after authorities were warned by the CIA and MI6 that he was doing business with ISIS militants in Syria.
Allan Seymour, 52, was sending an “intriguing large number” of livestock to Syria, destined to locations in Syria which are not controlled by the local government but are presently under the rule of ISIS forces, which alarmed CIA and MI6 officials monitoring the region.

Although New Zealand Customs Services believed at first he was hiding weapons or explosives within the shipments, further investigations found no such evidence.

Instead, CIA and MI6 reported that the sheep “were not used for food” but instead “were used for satisfying ISIS soldiers sexual appetite” confirmed a spokesman for the New Zealand’s Ministry of Defense to reporters this morning.
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Allan Seymour sold thousands of sheep to Syria to “satisfy ISIS soldiers sexual appetite” according to a joint CIA and MI6 report has admitted New Zealand’s Ministry of Defense

The lust for sheep
According to political analyst and Middle Eastern expert Dave Wellsborough, the demand for livestock in the region is nothing new.

“ISIS soldiers are importing large quantities of livestock from other regions in the area because ISIS soldiers have a high libido giving that there are not many women around,” he explains.
“Islamic law permits to sleep with goats, sheep or other livestock as long as the animal is killed afterward, which explains the high numbers,” he adds.

Bestiality and Islam
In a controversial interview last year, Dr. Zakir Naik – a noted Quranic scholar – explained why bestiality is permitted under certain conditions in Islam.

“A man is still considered pure when he releases his lust with a sheep or goat. If there is no woman, then there is no true lust or sexual sin. Then the animal becomes tainted and so must die. So says the Prophet Mohammed”.
According to New Zealand Customs services, over 20,000 sheep were shipped by Allan Seymour in the last year, but hundreds of thousands more could have been sent from other New Zealand farmers to ISIS forces which are presently unaccounted for.


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more news from the source of truth
https://worldnewsdailyreport.com/new-zealand-farmer-arrested-for-selling-sheep-as-sex-slaves-to-isis/
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NEW ZEALAND FARMER ARRESTED FOR SELLING SHEEP AS SEX SLAVES TO ISIS

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Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete
“A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce.
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By Amos Zeeberg Jan. 15, 2020

For centuries, builders have been making concrete roughly the same way: by mixing hard materials like sand with various binders, and hoping it stays fixed and rigid for a long time to come.

Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has created a rather different kind of concrete — one that is alive and can even reproduce.

Minerals in the new material are deposited not by chemistry but by cyanobacteria, a common class of microbes that capture energy through photosynthesis. The photosynthetic process absorbs carbon dioxide, in stark contrast to the production of regular concrete, which spews huge amounts of that greenhouse gas.

Photosynthetic bacteria also give the concrete another unusual feature: a green color. “It really does look like a Frankenstein material,” said Wil Srubar, a structural engineer and the head of the research project. (The green color fades as the material dries.)

Other researchers have worked on incorporating biology into concrete, especially concrete that can heal its own cracks. A major advantage of the new material, its creators say, is that instead of adding bacteria to regular concrete — an inhospitable environment — their process is oriented around bacteria: enlisting them to build the concrete, and keeping them alive so they make more later on.

The new concrete, described Wednesday in the journal Matter, “represents a new and exciting class of low-carbon, designer construction materials,” said Andrea Hamilton, a concrete expert at the University of Strathclyde, in Scotland.

To build the living concrete, the researchers first tried putting cyanobacteria in a mixture of warm water, sand and nutrients. The microbes eagerly absorbed light and began producing calcium carbonate, gradually cementing the sand particles together. But the process was slow — and Darpa, the Department of Defense’s speculative research arm and the project’s funder, wanted the construction to go very quickly. Necessity, happily, birthed invention.

Dr. Srubar had previously worked with gelatin, a food ingredient that, when dissolved in water and cooled, forms special bonds between its molecules. Importantly, it can be used at moderate temperatures that are gentle on bacteria. He suggested adding gelatin to strengthen the matrix being built by the cyanobacteria, and the team was intrigued.

The researchers bought Knox brand gelatin at a local supermarket and dissolved it in the solution with the bacteria. When they poured the mixture into molds and cooled it in a refrigerator, the gelatin formed its bonds — “just like when you make Jell-O,” Dr. Srubar said. The gelatin provided more structure, and worked with the bacteria to help the living concrete grow stronger and faster.

After about a day, the mixture formed concrete blocks in the shape of whatever molds the group used, including two-inch cubes, shoe box-size blocks and truss pieces with struts and cutouts. Individual two-inch cubes were strong enough for a person to stand on, although the material is weak compared to most conventional concretes. Blocks about the size of a shoe box showed potential for doing real construction.

“The first time we made a big structure using this system, we didn’t know if it was going to work, scaling up from this little-bitty thing to this big brick,” said Chelsea Heveran, a former postdoc with the group — now an engineer at Montana State University — and the lead author of the study. “We took it out of the mold and held it — it was a beautiful, bright green and said ‘Darpa’ on the side.” (The mold featured the name of the project’s funder.) “It was the first time we had the scale we were envisioning, and that was really exciting.”

When the group brought small samples to a regular review meeting with officials from Darpa, they were impressed, Dr. Srubar said: “Everyone wanted one on their desk.”

Stored in relatively dry air at room temperature, the blocks reach their maximum strength over the course of days, and the bacteria gradually begin to die out. But even after a few weeks, the blocks are still alive; when again exposed to high temperature and humidity, many of the bacterial cells perk back up.

The group can take one block, cut it with a diamond-tipped saw, place half back in a warm beaker with more raw materials, pour it in a mold, and begin concrete formation anew. Each block could thus spawn three new generations, yielding eight descendant blocks.

The Department of Defense is interested in using the reproductive ability of these “L.B.M.s” — living building materials — to aid construction in remote or austere environments. “Out in the desert, you don’t want to have to truck in lots of materials,” Dr. Srubar said.

The blocks also have the advantage of being made from a variety of common materials. Most concrete requires virgin sand that comes from rivers, lakes and oceans, which is running short worldwide, largely because of the enormous demand for concrete. The new living material is not so picky. “We’re not pigeonholed into using some particular kind of sand,” Dr. Srubar said. “We could use waste materials like ground glass or recycled concrete.”

The research team is working to make the material more practical by making the concrete stronger; increasing the bacteria’s resistance to dehydration; reconfiguring the materials so they can be flat-packed and easily assembled, like slabs of drywall; and finding a different kind of cyanobacteria that doesn’t require the addition of a gel.

Eventually, Dr. Srubar said, the tools of synthetic biology could dramatically expand the realm of possibilities: for instance, building materials that can detect and respond to toxic chemicals, or that light up to reveal structural damage. Living concrete might help in environments harsher than even the driest deserts: other planets, like Mars.

“There’s no way we’re going to carry building materials to space,” Dr. Srubar said. “We’ll bring biology with us.”

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Antarctica shock: NASA scientists discover ‘GHOST’ particles which could re-write physics
ANTARCTICA has offered up yet another surprise to NASA scientists after a particle was detected there which could re-write the laws of physics, experts have revealed.
By Sean Martin

https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1228687/antarctica-discovery-nasa-news-ghost-particle-standard-model-physics

PUBLISHED: 06:59, Thu, Jan 16, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:23, Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Experts at the IceCube observatory in Antarctica have discovered a ‘ghost particle’ but an investigation into the mysterious material has offered no clues regarding its origin. The IceCube observatory consists of a 1000m-sized ice patch in Antarctica which has sensors beneath the surface to record when a neutrino collides with particles on the ice - a very rare event. Neutrinos are invisible yet high-energy particles that are one of the fundamental ingredients of the universe.

Little is known about them due to the fact that they rarely interact with other particles apart from when they collide head on.

However, neutrinos may hold some secrets to the history of the universe as when they do collide with other particles, a chain reaction occurs that lets scientists trace the neutrinos back to their original source – thus unravelling some of the mysteries of the universe.

They often pass through Earth but because they are not influenced, they go undetected.

But their existence is a fundamental ingredient in the Standard Model of physics, the most accurate description of the universe humans have ever known.

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Antarctica shock: NASA scientists discover ‘GHOST’ particles with a mysterious origin (Image: GETTY)

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A neutrino interacting with ice (Image: ICECUBE)

By trawling through seven years of observations from IceCube and NASA’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) – a helium balloon which hovers above Antarctica – experts have discovered neutrinos which hit Earth, yet they still cannot explain them or their origins.

Astrophysicist Alex Pizzuto from the University of Wisconsin–Madison said: “It’s commonly said that neutrinos are ‘elusive’ or ‘ghostly’ particles because of their remarkable ability to pass through material without smashing into something.

“But at these incredible energies, neutrinos are like bulls in a china shop – they become much more likely to interact with particles in Earth.”

However, scientists cannot rule out that this is a chance encounter, but it is more likely a bundle of neutrinos hit our planet in one go, and just a few were detected.

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The IceCube observatory (Image: ICECUBE)

As a result, the team looked for a source of the neutrinos, but the results were inconclusive.

A statement from IceCube said: “In all three searches, they found no evidence for a neutrino source in the direction of the strange ANITA events.

“This is particularly intriguing because, due to a process called tau neutrino regeneration, the extremely high-energy events that don’t make it all the way to ANITA should still be detectable by IceCube.”

Anastasia Barbano of the University of Geneva in Switzerland, another lead on the paper published in the Astrophysical Journal, said: “This process makes IceCube a remarkable tool to follow up the ANITA observations, because for each anomalous event that ANITA detects, IceCube should have detected many, many more—which, in these cases, we didn’t.

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ANTITA before it was launched (Image: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

“That means that we can rule out the idea that these events came from some intense point source, because the odds of ANITA seeing an event and IceCube not seeing anything are so slim.”

With no explanation of their origin, researchers believe they could have to re-think the Standard Model.

Mr Pizzuto said: “Our analysis ruled out the only remaining Standard Model astrophysical explanation of the anomalous ANITA events.

“So now, if these events are real and not just due to oddities in the detector, then they could be pointing to physics beyond the Standard Model.”


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Is that Bigfoot? A Washington traffic agency tweets a photo of, well, something
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/us/bigfoot-sighting-washington-trnd/index.html

By Francisco Guzman and Brian Ries, CNN
Updated 8:34 AM ET, Fri January 24, 2020


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The WSDOT tweeted this image and suggested it could be Bigfoot.

(CNN)Is that... Bigfoot? Someone at the Washington State Department of Transportation certainly thinks there's a chance.
The Twitter account for the agency shared a traffic camera's photograph that showed what appeared to be, well, something walking near a tree in the distance.
"Sasquatch spotted!!! I'm not superstitious... just a little stitious," the person running the DOT account for the eastern part of the state tweeted on Wednesday.

"If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something."
In the still image, taken by webcam on Sherman Pass, a dark, human-like can certainly be seen in a walking stance.

Look for yourself:
https://twitter.com/WSDOT_East/status/1220090003805442048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220090003805442048&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2020%2F01%2F24%2Fus%2Fbigfoot-sighting-washington-trnd%2Findex.html

But Twitter sleuths weren't having it.

One replied, "Zoom in, it's the tree trunk shadow. I want to believe but I don't believe this picture. Or that he stood still in multiple photos... unless he is frozen of course. Lol."

The webcam is still posting photos from the spot -- a new one appears every hour.

But then the official WSDOT account for Snoqualmie Pass joined in on the fun -- they tweeted a video of a similar figure walking through the snow.

https://twitter.com/SnoqualmiePass/status/1220424185987596289?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220424185987596289&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2020%2F01%2F24%2Fus%2Fbigfoot-sighting-washington-trnd%2Findex.html

The mythical creature is widely associated with the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, but it appears to be a traveler -- sightings have been reported all over the world. It even has its own festival in North Carolina.

But it's not all lighthearted fun. Last year, a man fired a gun in a Kentucky national park after he claimed he saw Bigfoot.
That man said he fired into the darkness after the ape-like monster that has never been proven to exist lunged at him, a couple that talked to the man told CNN.

Law enforcement rangers with the Mammoth Cave National Park responded to the incident involving the camper with the firearm at one of the park's backcountry campsites, park spokeswoman Molly Schroer said at the time.
The statement did not confirm a Bigfoot sighting -- but Schroer said no threat remained in the park.

Additional reporting by CNN's Darran Simon and Mirna Alsharif


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Watch 'Antiques Roadshow' man fall in disbelief at what $349 watch worth now
"You OK?" the appraiser said as the man went down to the ground, heels over head. "Don't fall. I'm not done."


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Jan. 29, 2020, 7:51 AM PST / Updated Jan. 29, 2020, 8:00 AM PST
By David K. Li

An Air Force veteran fell backward to the ground in disbelief after learning a watch he purchased for $345.97 nearly a half-century ago could go for several hundred thousand dollars.

The man, featured this week in PBS's popular show “Antiques Roadshow,” showed his virtually unworn 1971 Rolex Oyster Cosmograph to appraiser Peter Planes.

The veteran, who has not been identified, explained he was stationed in southeast Asia in the 1970s when he became fascinated by Rolex watches after seeing airline pilots of the era commonly wear them.

He said he enjoyed scuba diving at the time and believed this Rolex model would stand up well to water. He ordered it in November 1974 through the military base exchange and received it in April 1975.

"I found this particular watch where I could afford it, and I never used it. I looked at it and I said, `You know, this is really too nice to take down in salty water,' " he said. "I just kept it."

Not only did he keep the watch in a safe deposit box, the vet also held on to all purchase and maintenance documents, adding to its value, according to Planes.

When Planes told him the watch could be worth $400,000 at auction, the man collapsed in disbelief during the taping in Fargo, North Dakota.

"You OK?" Planes said calmly as the man went down heels over head. "Don't fall. I'm not done."

The man got up, grinning ear to ear, to get even more incredible news.

"Because of the condition of it, basically, it's a new old stock watch, no wear on it," Planes said. "We have all this complete documentation here, also, maybe one of the very few in the whole world that still was never worn, your watch, at auction, today, $500,000 to $700,000."

The amazed man said: "You got to be (expletive) me."

This model of Rolex is particularly beloved by collectors because Paul Newman wore it in his 1969 movie "Winning," according to Planes.


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75-Year-Old Volunteer Visits Animal Shelter Every Day And Naps With Cats
“[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,” said the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/75-year-old-volunteer-visits-animal-shelter-every-day-and-naps-with-cats_n_5ba3e80de4b069d5f9d1203a

A man in Wisconsin has turned snoozing into a charitable act.

Terry Lauerman, 75, goes to his local animal shelter in Green Bay every day and takes naps with its cats.

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Though, that’s not quite his intention.

According to Elizabeth Feldhausen, the founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, Lauerman strolled into the shelter about six months ago with a simple dream and a cat brush in tow.

“He just walked in and started brushing,” Feldhausen told HuffPost on Thursday, noting that he never asked to be a volunteer. “So eventually we told him he was an official volunteer and had him fill out our volunteer form.”

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Feldhausen said Lauerman visits the cage-free sanctuary — which rescues disabled cats that would be at risk of euthanasia at other facilities — daily and stays for about three hours.

After he grooms a cat for a bit, he typically dozes off.

“[He sleeps for] about an hour, then he’ll wake up and switch cats,” said Feldhausen.

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Apparently, Lauerman really enjoys the unpaid gig a lot — especially the sprucing aspect of it.

“He said, [the brushing is] as great of an experience for him, as it is for them,” Feldhausen said.

Naturally, the volunteer with a habit of accidentally passing out charmed the staff at Safe Haven, and the group decided to dedicate a Facebook post to him on Tuesday.

“We are so lucky to have a human like Terry,” the shelter wrote, alongside a few photos of Lauerman cat napping with felines. “Terry just came along one day and introduced himself. He said he’d like to brush cats. Eventually, it became everyday. He brushes all of the cats, and can tell you about all of their likes and dislikes. He also accidentally falls asleep most days. We don’t mind - Cats need this! Terry is a wonderful volunteer.”

Ends up the staff at the shelter weren’t the only ones smitten by Lauerman. As of Thursday afternoon, the post has received over 1.6 million on Facebook. It also made its way over to Reddit, where it has received hundreds of comments.

And although Lauerman hopes his 15 minutes of fame leads to more donations to Safe Haven, he also wants to remind people that he’s not the only person dedicating his time to shelter.

Feldhausen said that Lauerman specifically praised another volunteer named Paula.

“Who is what he considers the cat grandma,” Feldhausen said. “He wants to make sure the people who do what he does every day get credit too.”


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