The Weekly News Round Up for November 23

Black Friday Edition!

Hello Nacho Readers! It is the day after Thanksgiving here in the States. Most places had it as the coldest on record so hope you got something warm in your belly to help that along. As for those working this Black Friday, hope you all make it through and get some good rest and something warm in your stomach too. Right now, enjoy this round up of interesting news found on the internet!

Leaning Tower of Pisa ‘getting straighter by year,’ experts warn

The Italian icon, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, may soon lean no more – that’s according to an annual study that shows the tower is standing more upright as time goes on. The study, released by the Tower Surveillance Group (TSG), a team of researchers established in 2001 to survey the landmark, says it has regained a whopping four centimeters (1.5 inches) over the last 20 years.

RT has an interesting story that the results of recent studies show the famous leaning tower of Pisa in Italy is actually leaning LESS as time goes on. A study shows that it has regained 1.5 inches in the last 20 years.  It’s not breaking any speed records in this, but I’m pretty sure if it just suddenly stood straight it would be a sign of the Apocalypse.


These 4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds Can Be Seen From Space

Scientists have discovered an immense grouping of freakishly large termite mounds in northeastern Brazil. Obscured by trees, the previously undetected array occupies a space equal to the size of Great Britain.

Gizmodo has a story of a massive Termite Mound in Brazil. It covers over 88,000 square miles on Brazilian rain forest and the estimates put it at over 4,000 years old.  The termites involved are some of the largest Termites in the world. This find is so big it can be seen from Space!


Doomed ‘pinwheel’ star system to explode in spectacular gamma-ray blast, study says

CLOSE Astronomers have found a unique “pinwheel” star system in our own galaxy, one that will eventually die in a massive explosion that’s never been seen before here in the Milky Way, a new study reports.

USA Today has a report from space!  A “pinwheel” star system has been found in our own galaxy. It is still 8,000 light years from Earth. And the pinwheel look is caused as the star system is being absorbed by its star and slowly dying. The likely hood is that the system called Apep, will die in an all mighty explosion and release of Gamma rays. Apep is the first such system actually observed in our galaxy so scientists as putting an eye to it to see what else happens.


Teenager loses his driving license after 49 minutes

Nothing lasts forever — and a German teenager has learned that lesson the hard way, by losing his driving license just 49 minutes after passing his test.

CNN has a report from Germany as an 18-year-old got his driver’s license only to lose it within 49 minutes. Seems this youngster got his driver’s license and decided to celebrate the occasion by taking four of his buddies around the area. Unfortunately, he was reaching speeds WAY over the speed limit. His newly pressed license was suspended for a month, he will have to take new classes, and fined around 200 Euro (about $228 bucks American) for going 95 Kilometers an hour in a 30 KPH zone. Someone might want to look at that lead foot of his too!


Forget the turducken: This holiday franken-feast is fit for a king

LONDON – When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, everyone has their own take on the classics, ranging from the traditional fare to the turducken – chicken stuffed inside duck stuffed inside turkey. At Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Maurice, Louisiana, they’ve been making this deboned delicacy since 1984, when a customer came in with three birds and a special request to put them all together.

NBC News has a look at an unusual Thanksgiving offering in a cokyntryce, a cooked blending of a bird and a pig. It is an idea that goes back hundreds of years and was made in Europe. A blend of Turkey and pork, I would call that a FrankenYum. Just be sure to pull out the kitchen wire keeping things together!


Peppermint Patty

The annual airing of A Charlie Bown Thanksgiving here in the United States brought of a lot of unfavorable opinions of Peppermint Patty. Snoopy worked hard on that dinner and you gotta complain about it! That has been on the air since 1973. After so many yearly airings, I can imagine someone would say something about the issue. Snoopy is not a traditionalist, I respect that. Also, he’s a dog. Be grateful you got TOAST!


Japan’s upcoming full-sized MOVING Gundam statue gets a home, will debut in 2020

Full-scale anime mecha statue will move, but not in Tokyo. There’s something big and exciting coming to Japan in the summer of 2020. No, we’re not talking about the Olympics. We’re talking about a full-sized moving anime mecha. A few years ago, organizers announced the Gundam Global Challenge .

Soranews 24 has the story of plans to unveil an 18-meter MOVING statue of a Gundam robot in 2020. The “robot” is looking to debut in Yokohama in Japan during the Summer. The “robot” is going to be part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the debut of the anime Mobile Suit Gundam (wouldn’t the 40th anniversary be 2019?) I just hope when that thing is debuted it doesn’t go all “Stay Puft Man” ala Ghostbusters on everyone.


Rhinestone Vest-Wearing Pigeon Reunited With Family

As many readers may be brining, trussing or spatchcocking turkeys in advance of Thanksgiving, we have a different kind of bird story for you. One of a well dressed, bedazzled pigeon who appears to have gone on the bird equivalent of a rumspringa.

NPR has a bird story of a different kind. Olive, the pigeon pet of Marlette Fernando of Phoenix Arizona made a break for it in Early November. The bird landed 10 miles away and was handed over to a bird sanctuary. Olive was kind of easy to spot as it was decked out in a Rhinestone covered “flight Suit”. Well, it made Olive a lot easier to find! Glad that worked out!


Toys ‘R’ Us owners will hand out $20 million severance to employees

Two of the former owners of Toys “R” Us have agreed to pay $20 million to help laid-off employees.

CNN has this story about how two former owners of Toys R Us will pay out $20 million in severance packages to former employees. Private equity firms Bain Capital and KKR who owned a stake in the failed toy store said they will be handing out to many who were out of work after TRU’s bankruptcy. Good to hear someone is giving back in that mess.


Happy Holidays, Stay warm, and remember to keep your eyes open and keep reading!


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