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Man Fights Off Shark, Stitches Up Leg, Goes to Pub

James Grant of Colac Bay, New Zealand, was spear fishing with friends when he was attacked by a shark. He stabbed the shark with a knife, which caused it to leave. When he got out of the water, he saw a deep gash in his leg where the shark bit him. Grant, a junior doctor, removed his wetsuit and stitched up the wound, using supplies from a first aid kit. Then he and his friends went to the Colac Bay Tavern. The bar staff gave him a towel because his wound was bleeding onto the floor. Sometime afterward, he went to a hospital for a proper re-stitching. Grant plans to return to the water as soon as the stitches are out.

Genius Gets Free Lunch for a Year from Airline

This scheme would never pay off with an American airline, but it was well worth it for an unnamed man in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. He bought a first-class ticket for a flight, then went to the airport and showed the ticket for admittance to China Eastern Airlines VIP lounge, where they serve complimentary meals with complimentary drinks. Then he left the lounge and changed his ticket to a flight for the next day. Then he returned and got another complimentary meal, with drinks. He changed his itinerary and took meals more than 300 times! When the ticket was about to expire, he cancelled it and got a full refund. The airline acknowledged that he did nothing illegal. What do you want to bet that China Eastern Airlines will change its policies soon to be more in line with other airlines that charge a fee for changes in itinerary and for cancellations?

90 Farting Cows Start Fire in Germany

This is what happens when you put too many well-fed cows in one shed. Maybe it was cold outside, but close quarters do not stop cows from farting. And the gas from 90 cows can be dangerous.

High levels of the gas had built up in the structure in the central German town of Rasdorf, then "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames," the force said in a statement.

The report says the roof was damaged. We can imagine it being blown clean off. The cows fared pretty well, with only one animal being treated for burns.

River Flows with Scotch Whisky

It wasn’t a truck spill, but a serious mistake. A truck carrying 27,500 liters of Scotch whisky emptied its cargo into the wrong vat at a bottler in Scotland. The vat overflowed, and 6,600 liters went into the River Ayr. Don’t head to Scotland to take advantage of the situation, because the spill happened in 2011. This week, a fine of £12,000 was levied against Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Limited for polluting the river (need I say, one man’s pollution is another man’s Scotch and water). The company has set systems in place to ensure that such a mistake doesn’t happen again.

Thousands of Chickens Cross the Road

Why did all the chickens cross the road? To get to the other side, silly! And also because they were escaping from the truck that was transporting them when it overturned. The truck was filled with chicken coops when it turned over on a highway in Guizhou province. Coops containing about 3,000 chickens broke open, and the birds made a run for it. Police jumped in to help round up about 900 of the chickens. The rest are presumable wandering the countryside. Let’s just hope they look both ways before crossing the road again. With video.

Town Buried in Tumbleweeds

The residents of Clovis, New Mexico, were surprised when they woke up Monday morning to find they were buried in tumbleweeds! A wind from the north brought tumbleweeds to Clovis, and they settled up against the houses on the north side of town. Some homes had tumbleweeds up to their roofs, and doors and garages were covered. City crews went to work, and neighbors pitched in to help dig out the homes that were obstructed by the weeds. They are in the process of hauling them all to the city landfill, and hope to have the town cleaned up by the weekend.

Marijuana to Be Judged at Denver County Fair

County fairs are traditionally the time to show off garden produce and livestock, and maybe ride a ferris wheel and eat fried food on a stick. The tradition spread to Denver only in 2011, with a fair that started out to be new and different. What will be new and different this year is marijuana judging and a joint-rolling competition.

There won't actually be any marijuana at the fairgrounds. The judging will be done off-site, with photos showing the winning entries. And a live joint-rolling contest will be done with oregano, not pot.

But county fair organizers say the marijuana categories will add a fun twist on Denver's already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant, tattoo competitions and a contest for homemade robots.

The Denver County Fair will run August 1-3.

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Your Apple Watch Can Now Be Paired With an FDA-Approved EKG Monitor
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In addition to being able to tell time and message friends, the Apple Watch serves as a wearable health and fitness tracker: It can offer workout suggestions, monitor your heart rate, and even help detect sleep apnea in sufferers.

Now, when paired with a third-party band dubbed the AliveCor KardiaBand, it can offer something new to the Apple line: functionality as part of an FDA-approved medical device for EKG monitoring.

To be clear, the Apple Watch itself wasn’t subject to FDA approval: The company doesn’t want to slow down its development schedule by seeking the stamp of a government review process. The approval was granted to the KardiaBand wrist strap accessory, which delivers EKG monitoring that can detect signs of atrial fibrillation (heart arrhythmia) or abnormal heart rhythm by having wearers place a thumb on the band sensor and wait 30 seconds. Unusual readings can then be passed along to your doctor. (The device can differentiate between a high heart rate due to exertion and one outside the boundaries of a body at rest.)

EKG, or electrocardiography, is typically performed only in hospitals, where the heart’s electrical activity can be continuously monitored via skin-placed electrodes. Having the ability to perform the same function at home could provide early warning signs of serious complications stemming from atrial fibrillation, like a heart attack or stroke.

The KardiaBand is available now for $199. While not required, a subscription to AliveCor’s monitoring software adds cloud storage and monthly physician reports and costs $99 annually.

[h/t 9to5mac.com]

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That A[?] Autocorrection Isn’t the Only Glitch Bugging iPhone Users
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If you’ve spent the past several weeks retyping and explaining the weird iPhone 11 glitch that’s turning your “I”s into “A[?]”s, there’s a pretty easy fix for it. But prepare to find yourself annoyed all over again, as the phones are making yet another frustrating autocorrection by changing the word it to I.T.

Though Mashable reports that the problem is not as widespread as the bizarre A[?] problem, the fact that it's regularly changing such a common word is understandably maddening for users affected by the bug. Some people have also reported that their smartphones are automatically changing is to I.S., which is even more nonsensical.

As with the previous issue, MacRumors reports that there is a workaround—two of them, actually:

A temporary workaround is to tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and enter "it" as both the phrase and shortcut, but some users insist this solution does not solve the problem.

A less ideal workaround is to toggle off auto-correction and/or predictive suggestions completely under Settings > General > Keyboard.

The company has yet to say whether iPhone users will have to update their software in order to ensure that this doesn’t become an ongoing problem.

[h/t: Mashable]

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