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You can joke all you want, but dinosaurs are still killing people, today.

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Body of missing man found in Spanish dinosaur statue

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Spanish police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man whose body was found inside a dinosaur statue.

Authorities were alerted on Saturday after a father and his son noticed a smell emanating from the papier-mâché figure in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a suburb of Barcelona.

The father then saw the corpse through a crack in the Stegosaurus' hollow leg.

Police said the man had been reported missing by his family, and no foul play is suspected.

Three fire brigade teams were called to scene after the body was discovered, and firefighters cut open the dinosaur leg to retrieve it.

Local media report the man - who has not been named - was trying to retrieve a mobile phone he dropped inside the statue. He then fell inside the decorative figure and was left trapped upside down, unable to call for help.

Police have not confirmed how the man ended up inside the dinosaur, and are awaiting the results of his autopsy to find out how he died.

The decorative statue has been removed from its place outside the city's Cubic Building, where it had been used to advertise an old cinema.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57226774

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Jimmy Hoffa is still on the run, along with Elvis. Though these days they are driving around in an RV rather than a convertible Cadillac.

 

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35 minutes ago, Stuart Galbraith said:

I can usually believe anything, but I struggle to see Elvis cooking Meth.

Gotta put food on the table.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9668351/New-York-Times-publishes-story-watermelons-Mars.html
 

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The New York Times caused a stir by posting an article about the discovery of watermelons on Mars before quickly deleting it and blaming the fake news on a system error.  

The Times article titled 'Fields of Watermelons Found On Mars, Police Say' went live at 2.19pm on Tuesday and immediately drew attention from bewildered readers. 

Intrigued minds were quick to question not only the shocking discovery of watermelons on the Red Planet, but that the news came from police.

 

Social media is teeing off, of course.

Smart to use an obviously silly article to test your systems, but smarter to test in a test environment, not your live production environment.

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Oh dear...

 

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/01/turkish-dna-project-greeks-turkified/
 

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The Turkish DNA Project, a misinformation portal on Facebook and Twitter known for posting genetic graphs and charts without references or sources, expressed frustration with Ancestry.com, the largest for-profit genealogy company in the world.

The misinformation project called for “all Turks to boycott this company: Ancestry.”

“AncestryDNA prioritizes to demonize the Turkish people and delegitimaze their presence in Turkey rather than giving information about the genetic structure of the relevant population,” they said in a Twitter post.

The main reason for their frustration?

Because Ancestry.com correctly highlighted that many Turkish citizens are indeed mostly unrelated to Turkic peoples from Central Asia and are rather native Anatolian people that have been Turkified.

 

DNA ethnicity profiling is going to result in a whole bunch of butt-hurt.

 

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2 hours ago, Ivanhoe said:

Oh dear...

 

https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/06/01/turkish-dna-project-greeks-turkified/
 

DNA ethnicity profiling is going to result in a whole bunch of butt-hurt.

 

That shouldn't be surprising.  Tests in England, for instance, showed most people there hadn't changed much since centuries or millennia before the Anglo-Saxons arrived.

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Also, their gullets are much, much narrower than their mouths so they could probably not swallow a human even if they wanted to. And they can't chew you to bits either (because, no teeth). Of course it can still be a very deadly encounter (mostly the risk of drowning), but "being eaten by a whale" is a death scenario for which I as a life insurance company would accept any premium.

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It is a few years old news, but it is not that "old school" as it has hydraulic recoil control device (I can not call it recuperator in this case...).

My guess is that it was made from some hydraulic piston.

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