Twenty Year Anniversary of Binti-Jua

Gorilla related tragedies have been common for decades. Luckily, however, not all of them have to have as sad of an ending as the recent encounter with the gorilla Harambe does.

 

Twenty years ago, on August 16, 1996, a group of bystanders cried out in shock as a small toddler fell into a nature habitat at the Brookfield Zoo. The three year old fell over 15 feet into the gorilla enclosure eventually landing on the concrete below. Many expected the worst to occur, but all were shocked as the event unfolded.

 

The exhibit that the child fell in to was for a rare western lowland gorilla named Binti-Jua. These gorillas are generally docile in nature, especially to their young children. In addition, Binti-Jua has been noted to be an extremely friendly female gorilla.

 

Slowly, Binti-Jua lumbered over to the toddler, and the crowds standing around were quickly put at ease. It seemed that the gorilla in the enclosure acted out of an innate and purely materialistic response for the child. It seemed to naturally have compassion for the toddler that was crying and stuck in the cage.

 

She tried cradling the child to get him to calm down and walked around gently with him, allowing the toddler to feel the smooth rocking motion of a gorillas gait. Of course, the boy continued to be scared and uncomfortable.

 

The boy was still shocked and crying when the paramedics reached him inside the exhibit. At that point, Binti-Jua quickly gave the child to the rescue team. The boy eventually arrived at the local hospital alert and crying. He soon was treated and made a full recovery.

 

The gentle gorilla quickly became an icon as residents around the area cheered for his calm demeanor. In fact, a local grocer offered 25 pounds of bananas in her honor!

 

The personality of Binti-Jua is probably a result of her upbringing. As she was shunned by her mother as a young gorilla, humans tended to her and bottle fed her. She was cradled in their arms, just as she cradled the boy that fell into her exhibit. Eventually, the other apes around her took time to groom and socialize with her, making her loved among animals, her caretakers, and the spectators.

 

New Video Game Gives Autistic Kids Representation

Living with autism can be challenging and isolating for children and their parents. A new independent video game, Max, an Autistic Journey, set to release this week on Steam, aims to alleviate that by providing a great in-game experience that represents the journey autistic children frequently face.

The game is a turn-based RPG focused on Max, a 10-year-old boy with autism. The story follows him as he struggles with symptoms and gets a diagnosis. Creator Stephane Cantin developed the game to give others an in-game idea of how it can feel to live with autism, a disorder experienced by his son, and he worked closely with his son throughout the creative process. The monsters faced by the player in the game represent the genuine emotions and frustrations experienced by autistic people and gives insight into situations that can be challenging for them. The game manages to present the new ideas and viewpoint without losing its focus on fun and adventure.

The top-down view and graphics give the game a great retro feel. It includes several minigames and puzzles the player must solve. The turn-based combat system includes fun weapons and powerful abilities. The challenges faced by Max give players insight into the challenges faced by many people with Autism, and classic gamers will enjoy the core leveling and customization mechanics.

Autism has gained more awareness recently, and Cantin’s new game will continue that trend. The innovative game goes beyond that, though, and looks to provide a unique gaming experience that players with autism can identify with and those without can learn and grow from. The game supports standard mouse, keyboard, or controller and will be available for purchase on Steam this week.

Irish O’Donovan Brothers Win Silver for Rowing and Offer Hilarious Interview

Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan were proud to win a rowing silver for Ireland this year in Rio. RTE, Ireland’s national broadcast network checked in with them by satellite to see how they felt to have won this amazing award for their country. The boys won the silver in lightweight double sculls. This was the first Olympic rowing medal that Ireland has ever had.

And now, Ireland has a few celebrities on their hands as well. The footage of this RTE interview has gone viral around the world, and they are darling favorites in their home country as well.

In the interview, the boys are seen standing in front of the amazing backdrop of the Rio games. The interviewer from RTE asks them the typical post-win questions, and the O’Donovan brothers answer with some of the most hilarious responses imaginable. They go on about being hungry and not having eaten anything but a few rolls of bread and Nutella after their win. They also talk about how they have no idea what is going on back in their home country. The RTE interviewer assures them that the Irish are going crazy for rowing and for them, and the boys voice disappointment that they don’t get to be home heading to the pub as part of the celebration.

Part of the adorable appeal of these two is their great Irish accents. For an American or a Canadian, it’s even a bit difficult to discern exactly what they were saying. Paul stands with his hand on his hip and describes everything from peeing into a cup to standing on the podium. Gary proudly wears the Irish flag.

Twenty Year Anniversary of Binti-Jua

Gorilla related tragedies have been common for decades. Luckily, however, not all of them have to have as sad of an ending as the recent encounter with the gorilla Harambe does.

Twenty years ago, on August 16, 1996, a group of bystanders cried out in shock as a small toddler fell into a nature habitat at the Brookfield Zoo. The three year old fell over 15 feet into the gorilla enclosure eventually landing on the concrete below. Many expected the worst to occur, but all were shocked as the event unfolded.

The exhibit that the child fell in to was for a rare western lowland gorilla named Binti-Jua. These gorillas are generally docile in nature, especially to their young children. In addition, Binti-Jua has been noted to be an extremely friendly female gorilla.

Slowly, Binti-Jua lumbered over to the toddler, and the crowds standing around were quickly put at ease. It seemed that the gorilla in the enclosure acted out of an innate and purely materialistic response for the child. It seemed to naturally have compassion for the toddler that was crying and stuck in the cage.

She tried cradling the child to get him to calm down and walked around gently with him, allowing the toddler to feel the smooth rocking motion of a gorillas gait. Of course, the boy continued to be scared and uncomfortable.

The boy was still shocked and crying when the paramedics reached him inside the exhibit. At that point, Binti-Jua quickly gave the child to the rescue team. The boy eventually arrived at the local hospital alert and crying. He soon was treated and made a full recovery.

The gentle gorilla quickly became an icon as residents around the area cheered for his calm demeanor. In fact, a local grocer offered 25 pounds of bananas in her honor!

The personality of Binti-Jua is probably a result of her upbringing. As she was shunned by her mother as a young gorilla, humans tended to her and bottle fed her. She was cradled in their arms, just as she cradled the boy that fell into her exhibit. Eventually, the other apes around her took time to groom and socialize with her, making her loved among animals, her caretakers, and the spectators.

Stray Dog Chooses Her New Best Friend- In a 155 Mile Race

Dion Leonard is an extreme marathon runner who planned to run a 155 mile, six day race through China’s largest desert, the Gobi Desert. What he did not plan on was meeting his new best friend.

The little terrier mix, now named Gobi, was a stray dog who decided that she was going to join in the 155 mile run at around mile 20. At the beginning of race day two, Gobi settled in next to Leonard at the starting line. At first, Leonard did not think that such a little dog could keep up with him for very long. Gobi, however, proved him wrong by running along his side for the entire 23 mile run.

Gobi then surprised everyone by running the 26 mile run on day three. At the camp that night, Gobi and Leonard were inseparable. Days four and five were deemed too hot for Gobi to run, but race organizers agreed to drive Gobi to the finish line to meet Leonard. She showed her heart again, however, on day six when she crossed the finish line by Leonard’s side.

While Leonard would love to take Gobi to Scotland as a pet, importing dogs to the UK is a very expensive and long process. For now, Leonard has left Gobi with a trusted friend in China. Until Gobi makes the long trip to the UK she has a home.

For now, Leonard is raising money for the fees to bring Gobi to the UK. As of now, Gobi has raised over £ 10,000, more than double the money she needs for her trip to Europe. Soon she will take the trip to the UK to be with her new best friend.

Colorado Residents Mistake Bassnectar Concert for Earthquake

Next time you think your neighbors have cranked their music a bit too loud, feel lucky you weren’t in Commerce City, Colorado on July 31st. There, breakbeat DJ Bassnectar (aka Lorin Ashton from Santa Cruz, California) woke several residents with his performance at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, some of whom mistook the concert for an earthquake because of the way it shook their houses.

It wasn’t just citizens who happened to live right next to the stadium who complained, either; even residents up to five miles away could feel the music. The complaints were so numerous, and the concert was apparently so loud, that the city is considering reviewing how it will issue concert permits in the future.

For now, though, it seems that residents will retain their right to party: the city has stated that the bass in Bassnectar’s concert stayed within the required limit of 105 decibels, despite resident Scott Wilson’s assertion that he has recorded the concert at as loud as 72 decibels. Determining just how loud that is practically, however, is a bit of a complex beast: decibel addition is a logarithmic equation, and distance can have a complicated effect.

In other words, all we can know for sure is that Bassnectar upset some people who love peace and quiet on Sunday night. The 38-year-old EDM artist released his first album, Motions of Mutation, in 2003, and has performed at many music festivals, including Coachella, Burning Man, and Electric Daisy Carnival.

The Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement is underway. Several families across the United States are forsaking their large homes with plenty of space for much smaller homes, some with less than 1,000 sq ft. There are television shows about tiny houses and manufacturers who offer incentives with purchases. An advantage of the smaller home is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money buying it, and it doesn’t take very long to clean the inside. However, you have to get rid of many of your possessions, especially your furniture, because there’s just not a lot of room to put anything.

Some people want to live in the middle of nowhere, and they can’t do this by living in a large home. The tiny house can be placed almost anywhere as long as there is enough space for a septic system. These homes are adorable, and you can easily customize them in any way that you want the home to look. There are also several designs on the outside that you can choose from, such as siding or brick. You can have just about everything in the tiny house that you would in a larger home, but it’s on a smaller scale, such as a bed in a loft area that doubles as your living quarters. The kitchen might be just beside the washing machine and dryer. Bigger doesn’t always mean better in the world of houses.

A Little Girl Shows her Olympic-sized Heart

Recently, the news has been full of heartache and sadness resulting from tragic events. With this becoming commonplace daily, a lighthearted news story is a breath of fresh air. In Atlanta, Georgia, a recent news story tells readers of a local girl’s act of kindness. Even the smallest of children can teach all of us in society about the importance of doing the right thing.
Chloe Smith saw a shiny object in a pile of rubbish while taking a walk with her father this month. As she got closer, the two realized it was an Olympic gold medal. This is definitely a strange thing to find in some trash, but in this case, there was a very logical explanation. Last month in the local news, Joe Jacobi, who won a gold medal in canoeing in 1992, informed the public that his medal was stolen from his car while he and his family dined at a local Atlanta restaurant. He pleaded with the thieves to return the medal, because it was a conversation and communication piece that he has shared with Americans everywhere for the last two decades. Chloe’s parents contacted Jacobi to tell him about the find. He was extremely grateful to the family and even gave Chloe a $500 reward for her honesty and kindness. Now, Jacobi can continue to share his special Olympic moment with others.

Fabletics Goes to the Next Level

 

It pays to be well-known. People may not have known actress Kate Hudson for her clothing, but this is slowly changing. Hudson took a different route and shouldered more responsibility as someone that would actually open up stores. This was a much different route from the typical celebrity. Racked.com gives some of the details to the powerhouse Mic.com says that Kate Hudson is bringing the brand to a city near you. She is working hard and promoting this brand vigorously. With 100 stores on the way in the next five years it is obvious that she trying to establish a retail chain.

Most entertainers have been content with simply establishing a brand based on their names. The entertainers then sell to the department stores. The profit gets split this way. Hudson takes on more risk, but she also takes home more of the profit when the business does well. It is risky, but there is a certain level of joy that comes with this risk. It is obvious that she likes what she is doing. She believes in her plan. Otherwise, she would not be so passionate about what she is doing. Hudson models a large majority of the fitness gear herself, and she is making the most of her celebrity status by linking herself directly to the brand. She is not the only one that got the company started, but she appears to be the one that is helping this organization move forward because this is the face of Fabletics.

Kate Hudson is the actress that has put her time, energy, faith and money into the fitness gear that she has help build. This is the type of clothing line that a lot of women love. Women are seeing Hudson model these clothes on the website, and they are falling in love with the brand.

Opening up 100 stores is a real testament of the strength of the brand. The research has already been done, and a million online sales means something. This is evidence that people are ordering products. It is proof that people are satisfied with the products that they are ordering. It is good to have a large following online, but the opening of physical stores tells a much greater store. It shows that Fabletics is a brand that is strong enough to contend with so many other brands out there. It shows that this could be a company that could become a powerhouse like Old Navy for American Eagle. The brand is still in the process of getting recognition, but the fan base is there. Hudson just has to take the risk to reach these fans. These stores will grab the attention those that don’t shop online.

 

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George Soros Scries Crisis in 2016, and We Should Listen

Stocks in the new year have had a rocky start, and may just keep getting worse. At least that is what George Soros, one of the world’s top investors, believes. Soros recently stated that our current market in 2016 is scarily similar to the one in 2008 that created the great recession. Is he right that we are on the verge of a new crisis? No one can predict the future, but his points about the market’s current difficulties are well founded.

The last recession in 2008 had a multitude of causes, including the collapsing housing bubble. Those may be in the past now, but 2016 has its own problems to deal with. China is struggling to adapt to its new consumption growth model. Its currency is quickly devaluing, and that could easily spread to the economies around the rest of the world. In addition to that, factors such as rising interest rates create difficulties for developing countries. As these situations escalate, the world economy overall will undoubtedly suffer.

There are also the numbers to consider. In 2008, stocks fluctuated wildly before finally losing 30% of their previous value before the crash. 2015 experienced eerily similar volatility. Some experts are already drawing parallels between the two scenarios. This may not prove anything for certain, but it still stands as a warning sign for things to come.

Does this mean a new crisis is certain? The future is impossible to judge, and Soros himself warns against trying to predict the market based on numbers alone. Just because stocks are going down this week is no guarantee they will continue to fall. That does not mean we should never take warning signs seriously, however. When multiple factors indicate a possible downturn, no one wants to be the one caught unprepared in the middle of it.

Investors have several options. One route is through high dividend stocks. In a wildly fluctuating market, these can provide a stable source of income. There are also inverse-ETFs, which benefit from economic downturns. For the long term investor concerned about their 401k, the best option is to wait out any downturn.

We will have to wait to see how 2016 unfolds. No matter what, always be prepared for a worse case scenario, because not even Soros has a crystal ball to see what will happen tomorrow.