By: Ryan Wilson
There used to be a time when baseball rain delays meant one of two things: the teams involved would sit in the dugout or the locker room and wait for the weather to clear, or one enterprising soul would grace fans with a reenactment of a Babe Ruth home run, complete with waddling home run trot, and topped off with a tarp slide at the plate. Those were simpler times.
Last weekend, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic took advantage of the inclement weather and put on a talent show. There were dance-offs, wrestling matches, theatrical performances -- basically what you'd expect to find at a traveling carnival.
It was something right out of Glee just not as overproduced. Oh, and when the rain cleared, FAU beat WKU, 10-3. The talent show, however, was called a draw.
Friday, April 23, 2010
By: Ryan Wilson
A team of 30 Spanish doctors claim to have successfully performed the world’s first full face transplant.
The ground-breaking operation was carried out last month on a young man whose face had been disfigured in an accident.
While face transplants have been carried out in the past they have only been partial.
Doctors in Barcelona who performed the latest surgery said that it was the first full face transplant to be carried out anywhere in the world.
As well as skin tissue, the patient received new cheekbones, facial muscles, teeth, palate, skin, nose, lips and jaw.
The gruelling operation took 24 hours in total to perform on March 20.
Before the surgery, the man, a farmer in his thirties, had been unable to swallow, speak or breathe properly after accidentially shooting himself in the face in 2005.
The man, who has not been named, is expected to remain in hospital for at least two months.
A statement released by Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, where the operation was carried out, said: "(The patient) had been operated on nine times without satisfactory success, therefore he was considered for full face transplant.
"This is the first full face transplant performed worldwide, as the 10 operations performed previously had been only partial."
The world’s first face transplant was carried out on a French woman, Isabelle Dinoire, in 2005.
She had been ravaged by her dog and received new facial tissue as well as a new nose and mouth.
Since then there have been a number of such operations, including in China and America.
In 2008 an American woman, Connie Culp, received what was at that point the most extensive face transplant ever performed.
As well as skin she received bone, muscle and blood vessel and nerve transplants.
Prof Peter Butler, head of the UK's Facial Transplantation Research Team, has been ready to perform a full face transplant for several months.
His team, based at the Royal Free Hospital in North London, has ethical permission to perform four face transplants.
He praised the work of the Spanish team, led by Dr Joan Pere Barret.
He said: "We congratulate Dr Barret and his transplantation team in Spain on what may well be the most complex facial transplantation operation carried out so far worldwide.
"Secondly I would like to wish the patient well for the future.
"We must also remember the family of the donor who, we understand, has helped not only the facial transplantation patient, but others, with various forms of organ donation.
"To help others, not only to live but to have a good life, is a supreme act of human generosity.”
Find out what these celebrities were called before they were famous
from WomansDay.comIt’s not uncommon for stars to change their names before making it big. Whether to avoid confusion (one comedian’s birth name was Albert Einstein) or to add that special star quality (another famous heartthrob upgraded from Archie Leach), swapping out given names is a time-honored Hollywood tradition. Read on to see if you know which well-known stars have given the term “name dropping” a whole new meaning.
Albert Brooks (Birth name: Albert Einstein)
Ben Kingsley (Birth name: Krishna Bhanji)
Cary Grant (Birth name: Archibald Alexander Leach)
Charlie Sheen (Birth name: Carlos Irwin Estévez)
Demi Moore (Birth name: Demetria Guynes)
Elton John (Birth name: Reginald Kenneth Dwight)
Judy Garland (Birth name: Frances Ethel Gumm)
Michael Keaton (Birth name: Michael Douglas)
Miley Ray Cyrus (Birth name: Destiny Hope Cyrus)
Whoopi Goldberg (Birth name: Caryn Johnson)
Mickey Rooney (Birth name: Joe Yule, Jr.)
Shirley MacLaine (Birth name: Shirley Beaty)
Anne Rice (Birth name: Howard Allen O’Brien)
Bono (Birth name: Paul Hewson)
Elvis Costello (Birth name: Declan MacManus)
William Shatner and Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun performed a duet of Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on last night’s episode of Lopez Tonight. Consequently, the world of viral Internet memes promptly folded itself into one big tesseracted fourth dimension where we’re all slaves to cats wielding keyboards and “David After the Dentist” is the official language.
Lin Yu Chun shot to Internet famedom a few weeks ago after his stirring rendition of “I Will Always Love You” during his audition for the Taiwanese, American Idol-esque talent show Super Star Avenue. He’s been called “The Next Susan Boyle,” and garnered his share of accolades for his surprisingly sweet chords.
Shatner — aside from being William Freaking Shatner — is also set to star in the TV adaptation of Sh*t My Dad Says.
Together, the two online heroes create, um, beautiful music?
[via All Things Digital]
A lung-less frog and a slug that shoots love darts: Just two of the 123 new species found in Borneo rainforest since 2007
A lung-less frog, a frog that flies and a slug that shoots love darts are among 123 new species found in Borneo since 2007 in a project to conserve one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
The global conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called for protecting the threatened species and equatorial rain forest on Borneo, the South China Sea island that is the world's third-largest and is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.
'The challenge is to ensure that these precious landscapes are still intact for future generations,' said a WWF report released today.
The aim is to conserve 85,000 square miles of rain forest that was described by Charles Darwin as 'one great luxuriant hothouse made by nature for herself'.
He said: 'If this stretch of irreplaceable rain forest can be conserved for our children, the promise of more discoveries must be a tantalizing one for the next generation of researchers to contemplate.'
In total, 67 plants, 29 invertebrates, 17 fish, five frogs, three snakes and two lizards and a brand new species of bird were discovered, said the report.
Borneo has long been known as a hub for monster insects, including giant cockroaches about 10cm long.
- A snake that has a bright orange, almost flame-like, neck colouration that gradually fuses into an extraordinary iridescent and vivid blue, green and brown pattern. When threatened it flares its nape, revealing bright orange colours
- A frog that breathes through its skin because it has no lungs, which makes it appear flat. This aerodynamic shape allows the frogs to move swiftly in fast flowing streams. Although the species was discovered in 1978, it was only now that scientists found the frog has no lungs
- A high-altitude slug found on Mount Kinabalu that has a tail three times the length of its head. They shoot calcium carbonate 'love darts' during courtship to inject a hormone into a mate. While resting, the slug wraps its long tail around its body.
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