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Florida’s nuclear plants have outlasted hurricanes before, but Irma may be a bigger test

The only thing that separates Florida’s Turkey Point nuclear plant from the ocean is a thin squiggle of land that doesn’t seem to offer much protection. There’s a reason the place is so close to the water. Such plants need loads of H2O for constant cooling. But that need also means that, periodically, you’ll come across a story about a potentially catastrophic storm whirling toward Turkey Point’s nuclear facilities. Turkey Point and its northern neighbor at St. Lucie, which is also perched precariously on a thin spit of land, have survived frightening hurricanes before. However, the storm currently blitzing toward Florida has the potential to be unlike any those facilities have seen. Read more…More about Science, Science, and Climate Environment

Incredibly pragmatic dog braves Hurricane Harvey with, yes, an entire bag of dog food

A dog named Otis wasn’t about to go hungry during Hurricane Harvey.  As the hurricane made landfall, a dog was spotted wandering around Sinton, Texas carrying a full bag of dog food.  The German shepherd mix wasn’t a stray—he just got loose from a screen porch.  “I kept yelling his name and yelling his name and he wasn’t around,” his caretaker Salvador Segovia told the Houston Chronicle.  The dog belongs to Segovia’s 5-year-old grandson, who had evacuated in anticipation of flooding. Otis is well-known in the town of 6,000, Segovia said. “Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger. He’s the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house,” Segovia said. “He also goes to H.E.B. He’s not a stray. He’s a good dog.” Read more…More about Dogs, Hurricane Harvey, Culture, and Animals

Tom Cruise’s fake butt is the internet’s newest conspiracy theory

Anyone remember the 2008 film Valkyrie, starring Tom Cruise?  Probably not a question you expected to be asked today of all days…in 2017. But the film, which takes place during World War II, has made it’s way back into the cultural dialogue — and not because of anything happening in politics. No, no. It has everything to do with Tom Cruise’s booty in a single shot of the film.  Intrigued? We thought so.  SEE ALSO: ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ shoot faces significant delay while Tom Cruise recovers from stunt injury So, here it is. The original tweet, by the appropriately named @iluvbutts247, that got the internet thinking: Read more…More about Watercooler, Twitter, Movies, Funny, and Reddit

Eerily beautiful bioluminescent algae looks super fun to splash through

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17 Killer Link Building Ideas You Need to Try This Year by @webceonews

Create Content That’s Better Than the Best (Skyscraper Technique) The so-called “skyscraper technique” is about creating content on your site that will blow even the best of your competitors out of the water. This task in itself is as demanding as it sounds, but there’s more: that accounts only for a half of the job. The so-called “skyscraper technique” is about creating content on your site that will blow even the best of your competitors out of the water. This task in itself is as demanding as it sounds, but there’s more: that accounts only for a half of the […]The post 17 Killer Link Building Ideas You Need to Try This Year by @webceonews appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Drone captures travel blogger’s hectic brush with a great white shark

It’s one thing to hope to catch a glimpse of shark while on vacation, but it’s another to be stalked by one. Ask French blogger behind “Travelling with Isa,” Isabelle Fabre.  It seems like she found herself being shadowed by a great white shark while kitesurfing off Fitzgerald River National Park on the Western Australian coast. The footage captured on video by drone and posted on Facebook on Jan. 9. “As usual, I was first thinking that it was my kite shadow… but no. Then I thought it was a dolphin trick. You know, when they spring out just in front of you! But no,” Fabre explained in French. Read more…More about Blogger, Isabella Fabre, Drone, Video, and Videos

5 things left unsaid between us and our building’s super in 2016

We’ll say it: it’s hard to be young. The hardest part of being young but trying to be an adult? Interacting with your super in order to make the apartment you’re privileged enough to have work properly.  Ken, our super, has been nothing but kind, but sometimes the thought of having to call him up isn’t worth getting the problem solved. We’ll do almost anything to avoid a social interaction, even if that means leaving things unsaid between us and Ken (and putting our lives at risk by having no heat or locks on our windows). SEE ALSO: 11 tips for pooping at work when someone’s in the next stall Read more… More about City Life, Apartment, Landlord, Humor, and Watercooler

Louisiana residents make best of ‘historic’ flood on social media

Heavy rains forced at least a thousand rescues and caused three deaths across Louisiana over the weekend as the state experienced what Gov. John Bel Edwards called “historic” floods.  SEE ALSO: Dramatic video shows woman and her dog being rescued from sinking car Beginning Friday, 6 to 10 inches of rain fell on parts of Louisiana and several more inches of rain fell on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, with one area reporting as much as 17 inches of rain.  Despite the dire circumstances, some Louisiana residents used social media to share some of the lighter moments from the past few days. Many people took comfort in the presence of their animal friends.  Read more…More about Social Media, Louisiana Flood, Louisiana, Flooding, and Flood

Potential Second Lady Karen Pence wants you to buy charms for your beach towels

Karen Pence, businesswoman and the potential second lady of the United States, wants you to keep track of your towels, dammit. That’s why she founded That’s My Towel! Charm, Inc., a company that — no joke — makes shiny metal charms for you to attach to your beach towels. So you can tell which one is yours. Which beach towel. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump unveils his new campaign logo and the internet can’t stop making dick jokes Image: that’s my towel! charm, inc.On the company website, Pence details the horrors of mixing up your beach towel with another beach towel … or worse, a bath towel.  “Lo and behold, I would go in the water for a dip or up to the house for a beverage, and when I came back to my towel, it was gone!” she writes.  Read more… More about Election 2016, Weird Products, Politics, and Watercooler

35 tons of dead fish suddenly wash up in a lake in China

Authorities are still scratching their heads over what killed 35 tonnes of fish all of a sudden, which washed up in a frightful sight in south China this week. The fish floated to the surface of the Hongcheng lake, located in the Hainan island, China’s southernmost point. The government is investigating the cause of their death, but experts speculate that it might be due to fluctuations in the water’s saline levels, reports China Daily. Image: ImaginechinaSEE ALSO: Hundreds of Chinese students develop serious illnesses at school built on toxic site A researcher with the Haikou Oceanic and Fishery Bureau, Lu Yongliang, said the fish came from the larger Nandu River, and were swept into the Hongcheng lake with the tide, where they died from the sudden drop in salinity. Read more… More about Pollution, China, World, and Pics