Flight delays can stink, but they are worth the wait when smelly fruit is wafting through an airplane.
A cargo of durians, called the world’s stinkiest fruit, caused an Indonesian plane to be delayed for an hour Monday, The Straits Times reported.
Approximately 4,000 pounds of the pungent fruit was in the cargo hold of a Sriwijaya Air plane in Bengkulu that was scheduled to fly to Jakarta, the newspaper reported.
But oooh, that smell.
The flight was held up when passengers held their noses and refused to board the plane, the BBC reported. Some passengers nearly came to blows with crew members as they argued against getting into the aircraft, according to the Jakarta Post.
“The durian smell has been described as a mix of an onion-like sulfury aroma with notes of sweet fruitiness and savory soup-seasoning. A key component of the durian smell are volatile sulfur compounds, or VSCs, which have been characterized as decaying, onion-like, rotten eggs, sulfury and fried shallots,” geneticist Bin Tean Teh told Reuters in a 2017 interview.
"Durian is not classified as a hazardous material to be transported on a plane," Sriwijaya Air official Abdul Rahim told national television station Kompas TV on Tuesday.
Rahim blamed the unusually hot weather in Indonesia for the offensive aroma.
"We made the necessary precautions, such as putting in pandan leaves and coffee powder to absorb the durian smell," Rahim said.
Airline officials decided to unload the fruit, and the plane took off for Jakarta an hour later, the BBC reported.
Views beamed to Earth from outer space are spectacular, but NASA is making them even more breathtaking.
NASA released the first 8K video from space, after filming the astronauts living and working on the International Space Station.
The Helium 8K camera was created by RED, a digital cinema company. It can shoot video at resolutions ranging from conventional HDTV up to 8,192 pixels by 4,320 pixels, NASA said in a news release. The average HD television projects resolutions of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, while screens at digital theaters can project resolutions between 2K and 4K, NASA said.
“This new footage showcases the story of human spaceflight in more vivid detail than ever before,” Dylan Mathis, communications manager for the International Space Station Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, said in a release. “The world of camera technology continues to progress, and seeing our planet in high fidelity is always welcome. We're excited to see what imagery comes down in the future.”
You can watch some of the video here.
Women who allegedly just had to get the perfect selfie ended up damaging a work of art created by Salvador Dali and crushed the frame and glass on an image created by Francisco Goya, CNN reported.
The accident apparently happened when the group knocked over a temporary wall that held the Dali and Goya creations.
A security camera caught what happened on video during the Oct. 27 incident at the International Arts Center Main Avenue gallery in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
The wall fell and a woman can be seen standing behind it.
The video was posted to Twitter by the state-run news agency TASS after being released by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The Goya work was an etching from the Los Caprichos series. The Dali work was his interpretation of Goya’s etching, CNN reported.
Goya’s image suffered a broken frame and glass, while the Dali work, had damage to the image itself, as well as a broken frame and glass, CNN reported.
The paintings have been sent to experts to see how badly they were damaged, Metro reported.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs said the women touched the display by accident when they tried to take a photo with the art behind them.
Yekaterinburg officials have refused to open a criminal case against the women, despite a written request from the center’s deputy director requesting justice for the paintings, CNN reported.
Gingers, snap to attention with pride, because Monday is National Love Your Red Hair Day.
The idea was submitted in August 2015 by Adrienne Vendetti and Stephanie Vendetti, sisters who co-founded the website How To Be a Redhead. The registrar at the National Day Calendar accepted the idea and decreed that the day would be celebrated annually on Nov. 5.
So if you have red hair, you can revel in your day, knowing that history has been full of men and women with fiery tresses. Prince Harry, Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I sported red locks. Several U.S. presidents had natural red hair -- some only in their youth, before politics turned them gray -- including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Rutherford B. Hayes and Calvin Coolidge.
Lucille Ball, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Nicole Kidman, Molly Ringwald, Axl Rose, Jessica Chastain, Geri Halliwell, Julia Roberts, Bette Midler, Reba McEntire and Ron Howard are some famous redheads, along with the ultimate Ginger, Tina Louise of “Gilligan’s Island” fame.
Even some animated figures are famous redheads, such as Ariel of “The Little Mermaid,” Jessica Rabbit. Princess Fiona from “Shrek,” Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone, Lois Griffin from “Family Guy,” Daphne Blake of “Scooby Doo” fame and Carmen Sandiego.
And don’t forget Annie from the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” opens this weekend in theaters, and the biopic film about rock ’n’ roll icon, Queen, is certain to draw interest from fans of the band that produced songs like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
And, of course, the movie’s iconic title track.
Here are some fun facts about the song.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was written by lead singer Freddie Mercury and was released on Oct. 31, 1975. It was part of the album “A Night at the Opera” and clocks in at 5 minutes, 55 seconds.
The guitar riff that punctuates the song was written on the piano, guitarist Brian May told the BBC.
“The heavy bit was a great opportunity for us to be at full pelt as a rock band. But that big, heavy riff came from Freddie, not me,” May told the BBC. “That was something he played with his left hand in octaves on the piano. So I had that as a guide—and that’s very hard to do, because Freddie’s piano playing was exceptional, although he didn’t think so.”
The piano Mercury used to record the riff was the same one used by Paul McCartney when the Beatles recorded “Hey Jude.”
The song has several distinctive sections, opening as a ballad, stepping up the tempo with an operatic passage that crashes into hard rock. The song then slows down into a ballad-like coda.
The song has several terms that have been botched through the years: “Scaramouche” -- sometimes mispronounced by amateur singers as “Got a mooch” -- is a character that plays a fool in classic Italian opera. “Bismillah” -- no, not American conductor “Mitch Miller” (of “Sing Along With Mitch” fame) or even “Miss Miller” -- means “in the name of Allah.”
The video of “Bohemian Rhapsody” preceded MTV by six years and was made so the group did not have to appear on “Top of the Pops,” a hokey British music show.
“It was filmed with the express purpose of giving it to “Top of the Pops,” May told the BBC. “For those of us who remember it, it wasn’t a classy program.
“Top of the Pops” didn’t have a good reputation amongst musicians. Nobody liked it, really.”
The song went to the top of the pop charts for nine weeks in the United Kingdom and reached No. 9 in the United States in early 1976.
The song was long and quirky, but fans loved it. The headbanging scene in “Wayne’s World” when May’s guitar riff takes off remains a classic movie scene.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
The Montreal Canadiens set an NHL record Thursday night, scoring two goals in two seconds during their 6-4 victory against the Washington Capitals, The Sporting News reported.
The back-to-back goals by Max Domi and Joel Armia at the Bell Centre were the fastest two goals ever scored by one team, breaking a record that had stood in the National Hockey League since 1935, TSN reported.
Domi scored with 21 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens a 5-4 lead against the defending Stanley Cup champions. Armia added an empty-net goal less than two seconds later after Montreal’s Phillip Danault won the draw at center ice to seal Montreal’s win.
The previous record was three seconds, set by the St. Louis Eagles on March 12, 1935. It was equaled on Jan. 21, 2004, by the Minnesota Wild, and by the New York Islanders on Nov. 30, 2016.
Players from different teams have scored two seconds apart. On Dec. 19, 1987, Ken Linseman of the St. Louis Blues scored at 19:50 of the third period and Doug Gilmour of the Boston Bruins scored two seconds later, NHL.com reported.
After 31 years, this was a long-awaited mother and child reunion.
Lyneth Mann-Lewis was reunited with her son, who vanished with his father in Canada during a court-ordered visit on June 24, 1987, in Connecticut last week, WFSB reported.
At an emotional news conference in Toronto on Monday, Mann-Lewis, of Brampton, Ontario, said her son, Jermaine Mann, immediately said, “Oh Mommy, you have my eyes,” CBC reported.
“It’s been a long and hard 31-year journey since my son was abducted and I endured many, many hard days,” Mann-Lewis said. “I grabbed him and squeezed his head to make sure that he was real after 31 years.”
On Friday, federal authorities arrested Allen Mann Jr., 66, on suspicion of kidnapping his then-1-year-old son, WVIT reported. According to court documents, the elder Mann changed his name to Hailee Randolph DeSouza and changed the name of his son. He allegedly got both of them fake birth certificates, WFSB reported.
During the application process for HUD's Section 8 program, Mann provided a birth certificate that stated he was born in Houston, Texas, in 1957. According to federal prosecutors, Texas officials determined the birth certificate was counterfeit, WVIT reported.
Mann faces charges including making false statements in transactions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, CBC reported. He is being detained until a probable-cause hearing on Nov. 9 in federal court in Hartford, the Hartford Courant reported.
Mann-Lewis said she never gave up hope, and that her reunion with her son proves that parents of missing children shouldn't give up hope.
"Believe that all things are possible," she told reporters at Toronto police headquarters.
Mann-Lewis said she talked with her son, now 33, and cooked for him during their reunion, CBC reported. She is not sure what will happen next, but said “I'm going to stand with him.”
"This is one of those rare cases that tugs at your heartstrings," special agent Christina Scaringi of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told WVIT. "Not only did we, working collectively, get this alleged bad actor off the streets, but we played a role in reuniting an unjustly separated family."
Running barefoot in a marathon is nothing new. Abebe Bikila ran barefoot in Rome to win gold at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
But running barefoot while wearing a kilt? That’s a new one.
Todd Wheeler, 49, of Navarre Beach, Florida, has run barefoot at the Marine Corps Marathon eight times, including Sunday’s event in Arlington, Virginia. He said he dumped the shoes for the 26.2-mile race because it improved his running mechanics, WTOP reported.
“It forces you to run with that good form. You will run gently,” he told the television station.
Wheeler, whose Pinterest nickname is Being Barefoot, said he ran with the kilt to represent his military heritage.
“I’m retired Air Force,” Wheeler told WTOP. “And this is an Air Force tartan. It’s actually registered with Scottish registry of tartans.
“And, it draws attention. Which I like,” he told the television station.
Princess Ayako of Japan, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin, gave up her royal status to marry a commoner Monday in a traditional ceremony in Tokyo, the Japan Times reported.
The princess, 28, married 32-year-old Kei Moriya at the Meiji Shrine, the newspaper reported. Moriya works for Nippon Yusen, a shipping company, Reuters reported.
The princess lost her royal status after the marriage was legally registered, the Times reported. Under Japan’s succession law, women in the royal family forfeit their titles, allowance and status if they marry a commoner.
The princess arrived at the shrine in traditional clothing -- a kimono robe and hakama pants -- with her hair tied in the osuberakashi ancient style for noblewomen, the newspaper reported. Moriya wore a suit.
The couple exchanged rings during the Shinto ceremony, which was attended by about 30 people including family members.
“I’m very happy that many people were able to celebrate (our marriage),” the princess told reporters following the ceremony. “We want to make efforts to become a couple like my mother and father.”
The princess’ father “would have rejoiced in my marriage,” she told reporters.
It was the first marriage involving an Imperial family member since October 2014, when the princess’ older sister, Noriko, 30, married Kunimaro Senge, 45, the Times reported.
Princess Ayako became Ayako Moriya after signing her marriage papers, Reuters reported.
Most people hate traffic but a man’s trip to the airport was delayed because of gridlock, and it quite possibly saved his life.
Sony Setiawan was supposed to be on board JT-620 Lion Air Monday morning, but had to cancel his flight because he said that he was stuck in traffic on the Cikampek Toll Road. The highway runs from Bandung to Cengkareng.
Setiawan told CNN Indonesia that he still doesn’t believe that the plane crashed 14 minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
“I go home every Sunday in Bandung. Every Monday I take the earliest flight (to Pangkalpinang). Well, for some reason today on the Cikampek toll road, it was badly jammed. From KM 58 it has jammed. To Bekasi it has become even more congested,” he told CNN Indonesia.
He had rescheduled on a different flight, then heard about the crash of the Lion Air jet.
Setiawan said he was moved to tears not only because traffic saved his life, but also because the people he had come to know on the flights were on the ill-fated plane, CNN Indonesia reported.
Officials say they don’t expect to recover any survivors from the crash, and have, in fact, already started recovering remains, The Associated Press reported.
The plane held 189 people on board, according to the AP.
The flight was en route to Pangkal Pinang, AP reported.
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