Florida continues its ascent to America's Throne of the Bizarre this week with news that its central region may soon be invaded by a race of super insects. The gallinipper, a species of mosquito with a body larger than a quarter, has benefited greatly from recent tropical storms and is poised for a massive population spike.
"I wouldn't be surprised, given the numbers we saw last year," said University of Florida entomologist Phil Kaufman. "When we hit the rainy cycle we may see that again." ... Read More
Authorities are investigating a ski resort in Arizona after a group of visitors came down with what is believed to be norovirus. The skiers, who have not been identified, became ill after taking a trip to Sunrise Park Resort in Greer, Arizona, on the weekend of February 23. The virus, which is extremely contagious, is spread through fecal contamination in food or water, and causes unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms.
The resort, which is owned by the White Mountain Apache tribe, is currently... Read More
Two of the four Polish climbers who summited Broad Peak on Tuesday are missing, according to Polskie Radio. On Tuesday at roughly 6 p.m., Maciej Berbeka, Adam Bielecki, Artur Małek, and Tomasz Kowalski reached the summit. By Wednesday evening, Berbeka and Kowalski had still not returned to Camp IV. The expedition organizer said Berbeka and Kowalski camped at 7,900 meters on the mountain and he is not sure what happened to them.
“We should be worried," Artur Hajzer, coordinator of the P... Read More
Yellowstone National Park will delay opening its four entrances and leave positions unfilled in order to make up $1.75 million in cuts from the sequester. In a news conference on Monday, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said that the park could save almost a tenth of the necessary cash by not plowing roads until a week later in the season. "We spend more than $30,000 a day plowing roads," he said. "If we can save five days because we've let the energy of the sun soften the snow, more effici... Read More
Carly Rae Jepsen, proprietor of the infectious earworm known as “Call Me Maybe,” has withdrawn from a scheduled appearance at this summer’s Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia, citing the organization’s anti-gay stance. The singer announced her decision, as is the fashion of our times, on Twitter. “As an artist who believes in equality for all people,” she said, “I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.... Read More