Monday, December 17, 2012

Sandy Hook School Shooting : Updates

Recent news: In the days before the massacre, the mother of Adam Lanza was pushing her loner son to leave the Newtown home that provided his refuge from reality, a family friend told the Daily News Wednesday. But the 20-year-old rejected the idea and stopped speaking to his mother, the friend said. Nancy Lanza and her youngest son hadn’t talked for three days before he fatally shot her Friday morning and then murdered 20 children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When the mother pressed the issue of moving away, “he didn’t want to leave,” according to the pal. “He didn’t understand why she wanted him to go out into the world. She told me she couldn’t reach him — and she was worried.”
News credits: NYDailyNews.comU.S

Recent news: Mass murderer Adam Lanza spent two and half days home alone with his mom’s arsenal of weapons, giving him plenty of time to hatch one of America’s worst school shootings, according to broadcast report today.Nancy Lanza had just arrived home early Thursday evening, following a two-night getaway to Bretton Woods, NH, according to Headline News.She checked into the Omni Mount Washington Resort at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and checked out at 12:27 p.m. on Thursday, HLN said.Nancy Lanza often took mini-vacations by herself, friends said. She trusted leaving Adam alone, but didn't want him cooking, so she always prepared all his meals before her trips.
News credits: New York Post

Recent news: Newton school staff, Shari Thornberg tells her survival story on the day Adam Lanza killed the children and the adults.Shari Thornberg says she was running late and fears she passed the gunman when she walked through the parking lot to the front doors of Sandy Hook Elementary School at 9:30 Friday morning. That was the time, police say, that 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered the school for an attack. Thornberg says she was told by school staff that the gunman entered the principal's office and left after seeing no one there. That’s where Sally Cox, the nurse and the office worker were hiding under desks, and Sally Cox could see the gunman's pants leg. The gunman went down the left hallway. Hochsprung, the principal and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were killed, and a teacher whom police have not yet identified was wounded, when they went into the hallway from a conference room, Thornberg says. The injured teacher crawled back into the room where at least three other adults were inside, and they locked the door.A substitute kindergarten teacher, whom police also have not identified, was slightly wounded further down the hallway. The gunman, Thornberg says, did not enter the first classroom on the left where the teacher, Kaitlin Roig, had piled 16 first-graders on top of one another in the bathroom.
News credits: USA Today
Breaking news: Adam Lanza feared his mother was planning to have him commited to psychiatric home and targeted the children that she loved more than him. Nancy, 52 was thought to have volunteer at Sandy Hook Elemetary School and worked with the group of children Adam killed

Recent newsAdam Lanza reportedly destroyed his computer’s hard drive before going on a rampage that left his mother, six more adults, and 20 children dead, sources said on Tuesday. “The kid knew what he was doing,” a source told The Daily Beast. “This was a planned event. There is no question about it.”
- News credits: The Daily Beast 

Recent news: Peter Wlasuk, the plumber who worked in the Lanza's house revealed that Adam Lanza spent his time in the basement of the family's four bedroom home, playing video games such as Call of Duty and obsessing over guns and military equipment. Call of Duty is controversial because of its violent content. "It was a beautiful house but he lived in the basement. I always thought that was strange" said Mr. Wlasuk." But he had a proper set up down there-computers, a bathroom, bed, desk and a TV. There were no windows".
- News credits:The telegraph

Recent news: Six of the children killed in the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook school were gunned down as they made a brave escape attempt, it emerged today. The first-graders had been hidden in a closet by teacher Victoria Soto when the first gunshots rang out at the elementary School in Newtown on Friday morning. When the gunman entered the classroom looking for the children, he came face-to-face with 27-year-old Miss Soto who tried to throw him off by saying the children were in the auditorium at the other end of the building.However six of the children then tried to run from their hiding place and were shot dead by the gunman. Miss Soto and a teacher's aide were also killed. 
News credits: Mail Online

Recent newsOnly one child made it out alive of a first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week by fooling the gunman into thinking she was  dead, the family's pastor says.The unamed girl lay among the bodies of her 15 classmates until she thought it was safe to leave.The little girl, who is 6½ years old but hasn't been identified, ran out of the school building covered in blood from head to toe.Law enforcement officials and witnesses say seven pupils survived in a second classroom by hiding in a closet.
-News credits: NBc News

Recent news: The hero music teacher who saved 20 children from being shot dead by the Newtown killer has revealed that she kept them quiet by saying prayers and telling them: ‘I love you’. Maryrose Kristopik said she barricaded herself into the closet with the nine and 10-year-olds while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly battered on the door screaming: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’ In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, she revealed that only when the shots which had been ringing out had died down did she lead them all outside to safety. Mrs Kristopik said:  I told them that I loved them. I said there was a bad person in the school. I didn't want to tell them anything past that.One door had several instruments, including big xylophones, blocking it, she said. Mrs Kristopik said she was standing in front of the other door and holding the handle to keep the children out of harm's way.
News credits: Mail Online

Twenty-seven people, including 20 children and the gunman were shot dead, at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, making it one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history. News of the shooting was first reported shortly after 10 a.m on 15th December 2012.The suspect in the shooting has been identified by authorities as Adam Lanza, 20, the Washington Post said. Police said that Lanza first apparently killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at the home they shared in Newtown. Adam Lanza shot his mother four times in the head while she was in her pajama in her bed on that fateful Friday morning.Then he drove in her car to the school. In the car, authorities said, were three guns: a .223 caliber "Bushmaster" rifle and two pistols, a Sig Sauer and a Glock.
Adam Lanza, The Gunman

On 15th December 2012, Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, to death at the home they shared, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School. The reason why he shot his mother first is still unknown. Dressed all in black on the day of the massacre, he forced his way into the elementary school. Authorities said Adam Lanza had no criminal history, and it was not clear whether he had a job. Lanza was believed to have suffered from a personality disorder, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Another law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Lanza had been diagnosed with Asperger’s, a mild form of autism often characterized by social awkwardness.People with the disorder are often highly intelligent. While they can become frustrated more easily, there is no evidence of a link between Asperger’s and violent behavior, experts say.
Adam Lanza has been described in local media reports as a thin, quiet and mild-mannered young man who made the honour roll while in high school. Alex Israel, a former classmate of Adam Lanza's, told CNN he was a quiet loner and "reserved" and that "you could definitely tell he was a genius."Lanza appears to have kept a low profile throughout his life. US media report that unusually, his high school yearbook of 2010 contained no photograph of him."Camera shy" was the comment by his entry.Unlike the majority of his peers, Lanza apparently had no Facebook page, his online footprint was minimal. Lanza who was described by his neighbours and former classmates as being very bright, took siz classes at Western Connecticut State University in 2008 and 2009,bbeginning when he was just 16, and had a grade point average of 3.26. Lanza took courses in computer science, such as website design, the computer language called BASIC, and data modeling, as well as in philosophy, American history and economics.
In the most  recent news, the gunman (Adam Lanza) shot himself death as the 1st responders closed in, raising the possibility that he had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short.
 - News credits : Pandith News, BBC News US & Canada

Nancy Lanza

Pic credit : Reuters

Nancy Lanza, the mother of the gunman and his brother Ryan Lanza, is believed to be the 1st victim on the day of the shooting. She divorced her husband Peter Lanza in 2009,  Peter Lanza, moved to Stamford, Connecticut, and remarried three years later. She was a gun enthusiast, who often took her sons with her to the shooting range. Adam Lanza is believed to have used her legally purchased weapons to carry out his attack. 52-year-old Nancy Lanza, had five weapons registered to her, including a Glock, a Sig Sauer, and a Bushmaster rifle. It also emerged that Mrs Lanza had spoken of her fears less than a week before the attack that she was “losing” her son. “She said it was getting worse. She was having trouble reaching him,” said a friend of Mrs Lanza who did not want to be named.CBS News' Pat Milton reports source briefed on the investigation said Nancy Lanza was demanding of her children. Even though Adam was highly intelligent, she pressed him to high standards and even pressed her sons to measure up at the shooting range where she taught them to shoot, the source said.


Pic credit: The Telegraph
(Top row from left) Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Marquez-Green. (Middle row from left) Dylan Hockley, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Mattioli. (Bottom row from left) Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos

      Mary Sherlach, 56,                              Dawn Hochsprung, 47,                                   Victoria Soto, 27
     school psychologist                      Sandy Hook Elementary principal                       first-grade teacher
                                                                            Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30,
                                                                        permanent substitute teacher

Here are the final moments of Lanza's life, as recounted by CBS News' Miller:
"The first police officer on the scene was confronted by the glass window that Lanza had shot his way through to get past the locked door. The officer advanced into the school and saw the gunman, from a great distance down a long hallway, perhaps a couple of hundred feet. The gunman, dressed all in black, spotted the officer and ducked into a room off the hallway. As the officer, now joined by a partner began to rush down the hall toward the gunman they heard a volley of shots. When they got there, they found the gunman, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Just beyond the gunman, in a classroom, children huddled together, and their teacher, all of them shot multiple times. Nearby, in a bathroom another group of children, huddled together, all shot multiple times. It appears that the gunman let go a last volley of shots at his victims before killing himself with a single bullet to the head."

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Natalie Lander, the woman who recovers from coma to give birth

Rarely does a woman who is recovering from a coma find herself also pregnant. Natalie Lander, 31, who was involved in an accident in July 2011 found herself to be 4 weeks pregnant at the time of the wreck. Doctors were unsure whether Lander would survive her injuries which included breaking her back in four places and her neck twice, as well as a smashed pelvis and brain injuries. Amazingly she was still pregnant as she came out of the coma. After four months spent trying to learn how to walk and talk again, Mrs Lander has amazed doctors with her own progress, and has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Max.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Woman with PHOTOSHOP tattoo

Friday, August 31, 2012

Venus the cat with dramatic two faced fur color

This cat named Venus has a mix of half black and half orange fur color on her face in addition to blue and green eyes. The term calico-tortoise is used to describe this unique fur color. Venus has captured attention world wide through You tube and Facebook.She even has a facebook account: 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

You are what you eat: The ants abdomens show exactly the color of what they've been eating

Scientist Dr. Mohamed Babu from Mysore captured some stunning pictures of ants sipping on coloured-sugar drops and the ants' semi-transparent abdomens changing colour. The saying 'you are what you eat' is true for these insects. Mohamed Babu set up the photographs after his wife, Shameem, showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk. He gave the creatures the brightly coloured sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating. By placing them on a paraffin base the drops kept their shape when touched by the ants. Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies. The 53-year-old discovered the ants preferred lighter colours such as yellow and green.

Rest In Peace Moon's Mystery Man : Neil Armstrong

An undated image of US astronaut Neil Armstrong. - AFP PHOTO/NASA
Associated Press/NASA - Neil Armstrong (AP Photo/NASA)

The famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon has died at the age of 82, following complications from cardiovascular surgery. His remarkable first words upon stepping on the lunar surface. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Armstrong commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon  in 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century's scientific expeditions and becoming the 1st man to walk on the moon. But the pioneer, who received  numerous US honors, was never comfortable with his own fame, shying away from the limelight. Armstrong and his fellow astronaut  Buzz collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

Neil Armstrong studied for Aeronautical Engineering at Purdue University in Indians and pursued Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California. In 1955, Armstrong joined ,the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator and later NASA over the next 17 years. After retirement in 1971, he lectured aerospace engineering at University of Cincinnati

Armstrong's family had a simple request to the public in memory of his life. "Honour his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink".

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

World's Ugliest Dog

Much recently, in June 2012, XinXiang Chinese residents were left terrified after spotting a bizarre creature that looks like a genetically modified pig or a strangely coloured mini-horse. The creature had strange-coloured skin and hairless body also slightly resembling a pig convincing the residents that it could be a mistake of genetic experiment. However, police discovered that the creature is actually a very expensive breed of dog called a Chinese crested hairless dog. The alien breed is known to regularly feature as a contender in the annual World's Ugliest Dog contest held in California. In 2011, A Chinese crested dog named Yoda had won the World's Ugliest Dog contest  with $1,000 and a trophy 15 times her size after she was officially celebrated as the World's Ugliest Dog. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Genius cat is genius!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nadya Suleman, the Octomom

Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman Gutierrez known as Octomom in the media, is an American woman who came to international attention when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. The only child of a high school teacher and a Realtor, she always hoped to have a large family of her own. The Suleman octuplets are only the second full set of octuplets to be born alive in the United States and, one week after their birth, surpassed the previous worldwide survival rate for a complete set of octuplets set by the Chukwu octuplets in 1998.

She conceived the octuplets and her six older children via in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Nadya Suleman came one step closer to starting a family of her own in 1996 when she married Marcos Gutierrez. Unfortunately, she and her husband could not conceive children. Upon closer examination, doctors discovered she had lesions in her fallopian tubes, thereby further complicating her attempts to become pregnant. Nadya Suleman never abandoned her dream of having children. She began saving for in vitro fertilization (IVF) by working around the clock as a psychiatric technician at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, California. She had already saved enough money for several procedures by 1999 when she suffered a severe lower back injury in a riot at the hospital. The ensuing trauma left her unable to work, and she began receiving disability payments. She also fell into a deep depression which, coupled with her inability to conceive children, led to the termination of her marriage in 2000.

Nadya Suleman convinced a platonic friend to donate his sperm and, on May 18, 2001, she finally gave birth to a baby boy named Elijah. Suleman underwent another IVF treatment soon after, and 13 months later gave birth to a little girl named Amerah. And she didn’t stop there. Another IVF treatment resulted in the birth of a second boy named Joshua in August of 2003, Aidan in 2005 and twins Caleb and Calyssa in 2006, giving her a total of six children in just five and a half years. Nadya Suleman made another life-changing decision the following year when she opted to use the frozen embryos left over from the batch that produced her twins. In June of 2008, she was informed that all six embryos had been successfully transferred.

Nadya Suleman’s pregnancy progressed well until the fifth month when the extraordinary weight of the fetuses snapped several of her ribs, forcing her to go on bed rest. She was then brought into hospital at 30 weeks for an emergency C-section after doctors expressed concern that one of the babies was not growing. Suleman was still in for one more major surprise when doctors discovered she was carrying eight babies and not seven as previously thought, meaning that two of her six embryos had resulted in twins.

1year old octuplets

2 yrs old
Public reaction to the birth was at first positive until news started to leak that Nadya Suleman was unmarried, unemployed and already had six other children under the age of eight. Nadya Suleman’s babies have since become the longest surviving octuplets in U.S. history.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The smallest monkey in the world

The finger monkeys are the smallest known monkey in the world. These monkeys are just 14 inches tall and originate from rain-forests of South America – Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia. They are also known by the names ‘Pocket Monkey’ and ‘Tiny Lion’. These primates belong to the family Callitrichidae, species Cebuella and genus C. pygmaea.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Unique MU cake

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The girl who can remember last 24 hours only

Jess Lydon, 19 suffers from a rare brain disorder making her able to remember only the last 24 hours. She can’t recall what she did yesterday.Yet a year ago the promising performing arts student memorised the entire script to take the lead role in a production of We Will Rock You. She is diagnosed with Susac Syndrome in November 2011, a rare disease with only 250 reported cases in the world. Victims have been mainly woman between 20-40. MRI scan revealed white lesions on Jess's brain. She has suffered sight and hearing loss, severe headaches, confusion and an aversion to natural light. Jess, being cared for by mum Tracey at home in Walsgrave, West Mids, said:"My life is ruined and my memory has gone. I have no past — just the present.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Frog-Like Baby

This bizarre-looking baby was born in Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district. The baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth.The baby weighed 2kg at birth and was born after the normal nine-month gestation period. Medically explained, the baby has a condition called anencephaly, a neural tube defect with no proper brain formation. That's why women are advised to take folate in early pregnancy.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Man without face

Dallas Wiens , 25 year old American ,who worked on the decor of one of the local churches, hit the strongest level of electric shock. It was so strong that the entire front portion of the skin and partially burnt bones of the skull immediately. About three months Dallas was in a coma His face was burned. He lost his eyes, nose, lips and even teeth. Much later after that, he underwent operation to transplant skin to somehow cover the exposed facial bones. After the terrible trauma of vision and olfaction, Dallas retained the ability to speak. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

World's longest escalator

The world’s longest escalator is located at the Park Pobedy station of the Mosco Metro connecting Maryland and Moscow. Opened in 2003, the escalators are 126.8 m (63.4 m high), or 740 steps, long, and take nearly three minutes to transit.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The longest living two faced cat

     Pic by Reuters

Frank and Louie, a gray feline with two mouths, two noses and three eyes, just turned 12 years old and is the world's oldest, living two-faced cat. Frank and Louie was born on September 8, 1999. The cat's owner, a woman only identified as Marty, lives near Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rare purple calf born in Serbia

A rare “purple” calf was born in a village near to the city of Cacak, Serbia recently. The calf has quickly become the talk of the town and is incredibly popular with young children, who have been visiting the barn in their droves to catch a glimpse of the unusual offspring. Vets have suggested the purple colouring is 'probably a matter of genetics'.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Giant tangerine tree from China costs RM8,888

In Johor Bahru, Malaysia, five people have so far forked out RM8,888 each for three-metre tall tangerine trees imported from China. The trees are being sold at Katsura Landscape and its shop manager, who only wanted to be known as Wong, justified the price as the trees are very special. The tangerine trees commonly available in the market are smaller in size. These trees are exclusive only to this shop. Moreover, the number eight is an auspicious number – that is why the trees are priced at RM8,888.Tangerines are believed to bring good luck to those who display the plants in their homes especially during Chinese New Year.

German Woman Lived without money for 15 years

Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old woman from Germany, gave up using money 15 years ago and says she’s been much happier ever since. Schwermer worked as a middle-aged secondary school teacher emerging from a difficult marriage. In Germany’s Ruhr area, she opened a Tauschring (swap shop), called “Gib und Nimm” (Give and Take). Her small venture was a place where anyone could trade stuff and skills for other things and skills they needed, without a single coin or banknote changing hands. Old clothes could be traded in return for kitchen appliances, and car service rendered in return for plumbing services, and so on.

She started to realize she was living with a lot of stuff she didn’t really need and initially decided not to buy anything else without giving something away. Then she realized how unhappy she was with her work and made the connection between this feeling and the physical symptoms (backache and constant illness) she was feeling, so she decided to take up other jobs.  By 1995, the Tauschring had changed her life so much that she was spending virtually nothing, as everything she needed seemed to find its way into her life. So in 1996, she took the biggest decision of her life: to live without money. All of her belongings fit into a single-back suitcase and a rucksack, she has emergency savings of €200 and any other money she comes across, she gives away. Heidemarie doesn’t even have health insurance as she didn’t want to be accused of stealing from the state, and says she relies on the power of self-healing whenever she gets a little sick. Schwermer has written two books about her experience of living without money and asked her publisher to give the money to charity so it can make many people happy instead of just one.
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