July 11, 2013

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Death Valley Covered in Fried Eggs

Park asks people to stop frying eggs on the ground

Death Valley National park has issued a statement on its Facebook page, asking visitors to please, please stop throwing eggs all over the damn place.

The trouble began when a park employee posted a video of herself cooking an egg in a skillet using only the power of the sun in Death Valley’s 127-degree heat. The video took off and now visitors are flocking to the park to chuck eggs on the ground to see if they cook. Unfortunately, many visitors are neglecting to use a skillet or tin foil and are just leaving drippy egg bits everywhere.

“[The video] was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents,” read the statement. “The Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”

The original egg-frying video can be viewed below.

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Pet Insurance the Newest Employee Benefit

Offered by 1 in 3 Fortune 500 companies

Pet insurance is rapidly becoming one of the most popular employee benefits in the U.S., with nearly one in three Fortune 500 companies offering policies. “Like any kind of health care offering, (pet insurance) is viewed as an employee enticement and retention tool,”  Charles J. Sebaski, an insurance analyst for BMO Capital Markets in New York told the Associated Press.

The nation’s oldest and largest pet insurer, Veterinary Pet Insurance, dominates the market, working with a third of Fortune 500 companies to provide policies. However, the company only insures half a million pets nationwide.

"With the job market improving, it makes sense for companies to strengthen their voluntary benefits portfolio to attract top talent," Deana Single, director of group accounts for VPI said in a press release. "Adding pet insurance will incentivize prospective pet lovers and retain current pet-owning employees."

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WATCH: Shark Attempts to Eat GoPro

After fishermen drag camera

We hope we never have to see the inside of a shark's mouth in real life, but we'll take a video.

A group of Maryland fishermen captured the toothy sight on July 4, when they decided to strap a GoPro and some bait to the back of their boat while trolling for tuna off Ocean City. Soon enough, a shortfin mako, a species of shark measuring about 10 feet long on average, appeared to have a taste of their fish—and their camera.

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