When someone is sentenced to years in prison, the last thing on their mind is thanking the judge for their incarceration. But after spending time in jail, one inmate wanted to repay the judge who oversaw his case by saving his life.
After the judge was diagnosed with cancer, the inmate started pulling out all the stops to see if he could help.
Carl Fox, a 61-year-old North Carolina Superior Court judge, was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.
His friends, colleagues, and family have all been tested to see if they can donate bone marrow.
Inmate Charles Alston was sentenced to jail years ago by Fox, and now he wants to help.
After hearing about his diagnosis, Alston wrote to Fox, telling him that this ruling saved his life.
He wants to return the favor, but Alston cannot donate bone marrow due to incarcerated donor restrictions.
Watch both men speak about this fateful incident, and find out how you can help.
(source: Global News)
To help Judge Fox, visit Save the Fox on Facebook. If you’re interested in donating to leukemia research efforts, check out Delete Blood Cancer.
Maybe Alston and Fox will get to meet again someday and thank each other in person, but until then, we hope that Judge Fox has a speedy recovery!
Dance has been an important part of religious ceremonies, rituals, celebrations and entertainment throughout history. So when these talented dancers took to the stage to express their spirituality and faith, they put on one of the most awe-inspiring and powerful performances you’ll ever see, all with the help of a breathtaking backdrop. It’s simply stunning!
What a truly inspired performance! That was unlike anything I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing before.
Einstein was a man of many talents, but did you know that he also enjoyed a good riddle? He even created a nearly unsolvable riddle of his own one day. Do you think you can solve it? Let’s find out.
There are five houses in five different colors in a row. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The five owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.
So the question is this: who owns the fish?
1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
5. The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water.
Stumped? Here’s how you can figure it out:
(via If I Science)
Pretty intense, right? How many of you brainiacs out there go it right? How long did it take you? Fastest time gets a cookie!
That changes today because, as it turns out, you can make your very own welcome mat using any kind of fabric you want! It’s super easy, inexpensive, and will ultimately look way better than any other mat you might have crossed paths with prior to today.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Decorator-weight fabric, a rubber door mat, scissors, spray adhesive, a paintbrush, water-based polyurethane, an iron and ironing board.
Cut your mat down to however big or small you’d like it.
Measure your fabric, leaving about two inches extra around each side.
Iron the cloth to get rid of any wrinkles.
Spray the adhesive on the smooth side of your mat, put it on your fabric, and press down to smooth out any air bubbles.
Take the spray and cover the edges of the fabric. Wrap it over the mat and press on it.
Spray and then fold the corners over like you would wrap a present.
And there you have a beautiful, custom, welcoming welcome mat.
Not only is this incredibly simple, it’s also super durable, cheap, and a beautiful design element your home is missing!
As we’ve learned in recent months, sinkholes should always be feared. These terrifying beasts are wreaking havoc across the globe on a daily basis. One of most noteworthy sinkholes on the planet is the sinkhole in the town of Solikamsk, Russia. Back in November 2014, Uralkali, which is the largest fertilizer producer in Russia, began evacuating people from a community built for seasonal workers right on top of its Solikamsk-2 mine.
Flooding caused a huge sinkhole to open right in the middle of the village, 1,000 miles north of Moscow.
While the company planned to move workers back after things settled, the sinkhole had other plans. It continued to expand.
Continued flooding contributed to the hole’s expansion throughout the spring and summer.
At the moment, there’s nothing that Uralkali can do to reclaim their village and mine from the sinkhole. However, it’s unlikely the company will abandon the area completely. The Solikamsk-2 mine was one of the company’s most profitable, so you can bet they won’t go down without a fight.
Opera is largely a boring art form to most people. In fact, the only people interested in going to the opera are those who claim to really have an appreciation for the art. However, I have yet to meet someone who reallyenjoys opera.
If opera had a little bit of extra spice, it might be more enjoyable. That’s what this singer is trying to do by adding some extra entertainment value to her performances. To do so, she decided to suck in some helium from a balloon and sing, with a hilarious result.
I would go to the opera more often if it was like this. It’s like if The Chipmunks were singing opera! I’m sure the older folks who enjoy opera wouldn’t mind it too much, right?
Drones are all the rage now, whether they’re used for selfies, Amazon delivery, or (unfortunately) warfare. But one YouTuber is taking drone technology to the next level, and frankly, we’re surprised that no one else has tried this.
Instead of being content to stand on the ground and control his drones remotely, gasturbine101 wanted to be a little more involved.
This is exactly what it looks like.
He created his own personal flying machine.
While drones can cost as little as $40, the sheer amount of them used to create this project, along with the rest of the equipment, ended up costing gasturbine101 over $9,000. Having his own chairlift was obviously more than a passing fancy.
In total, it has 54 propellers and weighs 326 pounds. It can run for approximately 10 minutes, and although it can’t get much air, the concept is pretty impressive.
It has its limitations, but think of it this way: this man has a hovercraft. You don’t.
We have liftoff!
Watch it in action here — and don’t try this at home:
YouTube / gasturbine101
(via IFL Science)
This might not be the way we start traveling around anytime soon, but think about the implications of being able to harness personal flight. That would be amazing! And thanks to gasturbine101, we’re on the right track.
Check out more of gasturbine101’s handiwork on his YouTube channel.
Has your fabric furniture started to fade? Lose its charm? Perhaps it’s sucked up one too many spills for you to be able to tell what its original pattern is.
Before you go ripping away at the cloth and looking for someone to reupholster the whole thing for a pretty penny, you should try grabbing a can of paint, instead. We know it sounds crazy, but wait ’til you see how this guy totally transformed his antique chair.
First, you’ll need a mixture of equal parts acrylic paint, water, and fabric medium.
The original, faded fabric.
Apply the paint mixture in thin layers, sanding after each one.
After the second layer….
He changed the mixture for this color, using half as much fabric medium.
And the third layer…
After the fourth layer, it was completely covered but he wasn’t in love with the look.
So he used more of the same color but with a satin finish and added details with darker paint.
It still felt like vinyl in the end, but much less stiff.
A side by side comparison with the original’s matching piece.
He also sanded down the legs to make them lighter and more polished.
The fabric looks like leather, feels like vinyl, and the paint doesn’t rub off. It’s like a brand-new chair! Go ahead and try it on your furniture for an awesome upgrade.
For two and a half years, Moscow resident Andrey Gorbov was missing without a trace. During one fine day in the early 2000s, Gorbov left his home without telling anyone and disappeared. Usually, with stories like these, you hope that there’s a happy ending, and hopefully Gorbov disappeared because he was kidnapped and struggled to make it home before he finally managed to escape back to the loving embrace of his family.
Sadly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending.
This is Gorbov a few months before he disappeared.
After over two years, Gorbov’s wife decided it was at least time to sell the garage where Gorbov kept his car. However, nothing could have prepared her for what she found in there.
Instead of being kidnapped, Gorbov had actually committed suicide in the back of his car, which remained undisturbed for the whole time he was missing.
His body was badly decomposed when his wife found him.
Alongside the body, police found four separate, heartbreaking suicide notes left by Gorbov.
This one reads: “Especially Kirill, forgive me. I am very bad father. Please, try to understand me.”
“Wishes: 1) Incineration 2) Do not take remains if you want 3) I don’t need funeral feast. I insist. 4) Don’t tell my mother. 5) Forget me.”
He had clearly suffered, but I can’t even imagine the anguish his family went through after this discovery. He did get his wish, though; he was forgotten for those two and a half years, at least.