Episode 42 Show Notes
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Police Rush To Report Of A ‘Ritual
Mass Killing,’ But It Was Just A Yoga Class
Police in Lincolnshire, England, told multiple outlets that a concerned onlooker incorrectly reported the crime “with good intentions.”
Savasan-huh? It seems a concerned onlooker in Lincolnshire, England, took corpse pose a little too literally.According to a Facebook post by Seascape Cafe at the Observatory — a cafe that is also a community space, art gallery and exercise studio — police rushed to the business shortly after a yoga class wrapped Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. because a concerned passerby mistook the final resting position the entire class was participating in for a “mass killing.”
The final resting pose, also known as corpse pose or savasana, typically occurs at the end of a yoga class, in which people lie on their backs with their eyes closed in order to sink into a meditative state.
The unidentified person “reported a mass killing in our building. Having seen several people laying on the floor,” the Seascape Cafe Facebook post reads. “Which actually turned out to be the Yoga Class in meditation.”
“We are not part of any mad cult or crazy clubs,” the post continues. “All in all this situation turned out positive and we are of course grateful.”
Lincolnshire police confirmed to Sky News and the BBC that officers received a call about the incident at 8:56 p.m. from a caller “with good intentions.”Millie Laws, who taught the yoga class, went into more details about the incident with The Washington Post Friday. Mills told the Post that seven students were lying on their backs for about 30 minutes as she banged on a shamanic drum in a dark room lit by just candles during Wednesday’s hour-and-half restorative yoga class. She told the newspaper that she was also wearing a flowy top that could have resembled a robe.
Mills said she noticed a couple outside the studio walking a dog and peering through the window at what must have been a very bewildering scene for them.
“They reported to the police that they’d seen somebody walking around in a room lit up with candles and what looked like dead people lying all over the floor,” Laws told The Post. “The couple thought it was some sort of ritual mass killing.”
Mills added to The Post that the class had already ended by the time a horde of police officers had shown up, and that the yogis experienced a “lovely relaxation session with no interruptions, thankfully.”
The cafe also thanked the police on Facebook for their “prompt response.”
Surgeons Remove World’s Largest Kidney Stone From Retired Soldier
The record-setting stone measures about 5.26 inches long and weighs 1.76 pounds.
But the retired Sri Lanka Army soldier is in the record books after military surgeons removed what has been declared the world’s largest and heaviest kidney stone. The grapefruit-sized growth measures about 5.26 inches long ― which Guinness World Records notes was bigger than Coonghe’s 4.6-inch kidney. The stone weighed 1.76 pounds, easily surpassing the previous record for the heaviest ever found, according to Guinness.
Dr. Kugadas Sutharshan removed the stone from Coonghe through an incision in his kidney’s pelvis, a procedure called open pyelolithotomy, according to US Today.
Despite the obvious obstruction, doctors said Coonghe’s kidney was functioning normally. Although his liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen were also normally sized, his prostate was enlarged.
Coonghe is still recovering from the surgery, but is doing well, according to Guinness.
An X-ray of the stone pre-surgery shows just how big it was in Coonghe’s body.
And this is how it looked after removal. A kidney stone measuring 5.26 inches in length and weighing 1.76 pounds has been declared the largest kidney stone ever.
Sri Lanka Army via Guinness World Records
Kidney stones are typically formed when minerals and salts crystallize into hard deposits. The stones are sometimes caused by chronic dehydration and certain medical conditions, such as gout and inflammatory bowel disease, and can cause a great deal of pain.
Most are eliminated through urination. Others require shock wave therapy or surgery.
ANOTHER WONDERFUL JOKE
To all that stick around will try and keep it clean but no promises!
Diesel prices surge for third straight week
Aug. 8, 2023
The rise in the U.S. average—11.2 cents—for the week of Aug. 7 was half of last week’s, but the national number for trucking’s main fuel has risen more than 43 cents in the last three weeks. Diesel is up by double digits in most regions and rose in all.
The U.S. average for diesel fuel surged by double digits for the second week in a row, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and the 11.2-cent increase for the week of Aug. 7 brings the three-week bump for the average to more than 43 cents.
The string of increases might as well be three weeks—EIA’s U.S. average rose almost a dime, 9.9 cents, the week of July 24 before last week’s average bulged 22.2 cents, marking the largest one-week increase in 16 months.
At well above $4 per gallon this week—$4.239—the national average is the highest it’s been since March 20. And the gap between the Aug. 7 average and one year ago shrunk as well, as the fuel now is 75.4 cents cheaper than it was at this time in historically pricey 2022, according to the latest data from EIA.
Meanwhile, Motor club AAA’s own diesel average rose on Aug. 8 by double digits as well, to $4.203 per gallon, or 13 cents more than a week ago.
U.S. Energy Information Administration
EIA’s national average gasoline price was 7.1 cents higher to $3.828 per gallon for the week of Aug. 7, narrowing the gap between this week’s gas average down to 21 cents compared to one year ago. Gas prices are not as important to over-the-road trucking, but many small fleets and work truckers pump a lot of the fuel that is used widely by American consumers.
Higher crude, shrunken supply, eased recession fears, summer heat all conspiring
A few market forces are at play to increase fuel prices for consumers and for truckers. Oil prices are elevated compared to their levels of earlier this summer. West Texas Intermediate crude is sitting close to $83 per barrel, while Brent has almost reached $86. Per-barrel crude was set to post a sixth straight week of gains because of tighter supplies and recession fears that are easing, twin variables that usually mean higher pump prices, various analysts said.
See also: Lest we forget decarbonizing with diesel
Plus, as GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis Patrick De Haan pointed out in a blog post last week, crude inventories saw a monster drop, further constraining supplies. And, De Haan said, recent outages at major U.S. refineries because of the summer heat still are playing their part. At least four fuel-producing plants in Texas and Louisiana—the states that are home to half of the nation’s refining capacity—have suffered outages at least in part due to the heat in recent weeks.
Fiery 17-vehicle pileup shuts down I-84 in Oregon
By The Trucker News Staff – September 22, 2023
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Two tractor-trailers and one passenger vehicle were destroyed by fire following a 17-vehicle pileup in Oregon on Sept, 21. (Courtesy: Oregon State Police)
PENDLETON, Ore. — One motorist was seriously injured and several others sustained minor injuries in a 17-vehicle pileup on Interstate 84.
At 12:35 p.m. local time on Thursday, Sept. 21, Oregon State Troopers from the Pendleton area command responded to a multi-vehicle crash. It was reported that at least one commercial motor vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, on westbound Interstate 84 near milepost 227.
When state troopers arrived on the scene, they determined that the crash involved at least 17 separate vehicles. Three of the vehicles in the crash, including two commercial vehicles and one passenger car, were completely destroyed by fire.
One motorist was transported to the hospital with serious injuries and life flighted to Kadlec hospital in Washington, while several other motorists suffered minor injuries.
The interstate was closed for approximately eight hours as the vehicles were removed and the area restored to allow safe travel.
According to the Oregon State Police, preliminary investigation shows limited visibility because of fog, along with vehicle speed, to be contributing factors to the crash.
The state police were assisted by CTUIR PD, Fire, and Ambulance; Pendleton Fire and Ambulance; the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office; the Echo Fire Department; and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Truck hauling helicopter gets snagged on overpass in Louisiana
By Ashley –
September 22, 2023
A trucker hauling a helicopter ran into trouble with an overpass on a Louisiana interstate on Friday morning.
The incident occurred around 8:30 a.m. on September 22, at S. Range Avenue and I-12 in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
A truck hauling what appeared to be a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter became wedged underneath an overpass support beam, WBRZ reports. The outlet says that a new Sikorsky S-92 costs about $30 million.
“The load was too tall and the helicopter engine struck the overpass,” the Denham Springs Police Department said.
No injuries were reported.
It took about two hours to remove the stuck vehicle.
Officials say that there is no indication of structural damage to the overpass.
Denham Springs Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development responded to the scene, but it isn’t clear whether citations were issued.
You can view video of the removal of the truck and helicopter below.