One More Thing To Worry About of the Day: 41-year-old Y&R advertising exec Suzanne Hart suffered a gruesome, Final Destination-esque death today, when she was crushed by an elevator after it suddenly shot up while she was getting in.
The incident, which occurred at the company’s 285 Madison Avenue HQ, was described by an NYFD official as follows:
Her foot or her leg are heading into the elevator while the door is open. Her one foot is in the car; but then, the doors close on her leg and the elevator shoots upward. And she is just kind of yanked up with it. Then, the elevator car becomes pinned between the first and second floor. It seems like her body is what stops the elevator’s movement.
Two passengers already inside the elevator car were not physically injured, but were described as victims of trauma.
Department of Buildings spokesman Tony Sclafani said the elevator in question was inspected this past June, and “no safety issues were found at that time and no conditions were found that would be related to this accident.”
GF Level 50,000
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RIP: Bil Keane, creator of the long-running comic strip The Family Circus, passed away yesterday at the age of 89.
His syndicated strip, which debuted in 1960 as The Family Circle, now appears in over 1,500 publications nationwide. Jeff Keane, who has been helping his dad with inking and coloring, said the cartoonist died of congestive heart failure.
“We are, in the comics, the last frontier of good, wholesome family humor and entertainment,” Keane said in a 1995 interview. “On radio and television, magazines and the movies, you can’t tell what you’re going to get. When you look at the comic page, you can usually depend on something acceptable by the entire family.”
Follow Up of the Day: Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced a short while ago that Muammar Gaddafi was in fact killed while attempting to flee from anti-loyalist forces flooding into Sirte. The State Department and NATO have yet to independently confirm the claim.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Gaddafi’s convoy was struck with a bomb from a NATO aircraft, causing the deposed leader to flee into a nearby drain where he was eventually captured. NATO has confirmed the airstrike, but said it was targeting pro-Gaddafi forces engaging in military operations and could not confirm Gaddafi’s presence in the convoy.
Gaddafi’s spokesman Moussa Ibrahim was also captured in Sirte, according to a National Transitional Council official, and Gaddafi’s son Mutassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Yunis were both killed. Al Arabiya says it has confirmed reports that Seif al-Islam, another of Gaddafi’s sons, was killed as well.
Questions surrounding the exact nature of Gaddafi’s demise continue to emerge. Though the NTC alleges that the tyrant had succumb to wounds suffered during the attack, just-obtained footage shows Gaddafi alive and mobile in the immediate aftermath of his capture (warning: graphic):
Video of later scenes released by Al Arabiya shows an unresponsive Gaddafi being aggressively manhandled by unidentified men, while footage aired on Al Jazeera shows Gaddafi’s body being shoved around while strewn about on the street.
Global reaction to Gaddafi’s death has been swift. ”This is only the end of the beginning,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Other world leaders such as British PM David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed optimism and hope in their official statements. President Obama is set to address Gaddafi’s death at 2 PM ET from the White House’s Rose Garden.
CBS News aired a behind-the-scenes video from a press interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during which she receives word of Gaddafi’s death via BlackBerry. Her initial reaction was “wow.”
A single crystal of sapphire wafer is coated with a thin ceramic material called yttrium barium copper oxide. The ceramic layer has no interesting magnetic or electrical properties at room temperature, but when cooled below -185ºC (-301ºF) the material becomes a superconductor. It conducts electricity without resistance, with no energy loss.
Superconductivity and magnetic field do not like each other. When possible, the superconductor will expel all the magnetic field from inside. This is the Meissner effect. In this case, since the superconductor is extremely thin, the magnetic field DOES penetrates. However, it does that in discrete quantities called flux tubes.
Inside each magnetic flux tube superconductivity is locally destroyed. The superconductor will try to keep the magnetic tubes pinned in weak areas. Any spatial movement of the superconductor will cause the flux tubes to move. In order to prevent that the superconductor remains “trapped” in midair.
Once upon a time in 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin gathered alongside Lord Byron, John Polidori, and the man who would become her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. A group of ambitious and creative writers, the quartet agreed to each write their own ghost story, but the woman who later became Mary Shelley was stuck with “that blank incapability of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship.” In other words, she had writer’s block. (Sing it, sister.) However, one night, after discussing the possibility of a man being reanimated by lightning, Shelley had an experience involving a bright stream of a moonlight, spilling into her room through the shutters. And then she wrote Frankenstein. Some have disputed her story about how she struggled for days to come with the story, saying that this was just a romanticized tale to hook her audience, but astronomers are now saying that she was probably not making it up: Mary Shelley was most likely witness to a “bright, gibbous moon” in the wee hours of June 16, 1816, which must have been a few struggle-filled days after the ghost story challenge.
That is awesome that my professor made news on the Mary Sue!! :D