Another danger you need to worry about if you go to the beach: random, unexplained beach explosions.
Kathleen Danise, 60, was sitting in a chair on Salty Brine Beach in New Jersey, minding her own business, when suddenly the sand beneath her erupted, throwing her, as if shot out of a cannon, 10 feet into the air. She landed on the rocks of a jetty. Luckily she didn't die, but she did suffer a concussion and fracture two ribs.
Investigators are, so far, at a loss to explain what caused the explosion. They can't find any man-made device that would have done it. Was it a freak build-up of methane gas in the sand? Who knows! But plenty of conspiracy theories are already circulating online.
Danise, meanwhile, has vowed she isn't returning to the beach until the cause of the blast is determined.
Spontaneously exploding chickens startle German farmer.
The Ogden Standard - Nov 17, 1950
Farmer Reports Hens Explode With Loud Bang
LUNEBERG, Germany, Nov 17 (UP) — An excited farmer told police today that some of his chickens "exploded with a loud bang while running across the barnyard."
An investigation showed that the chickens ate bits of carbide left behind by allied soldiers during fall maneuvers, later drank some water and the resulting gas blew them to bits.
In Vienna, Austria someone set a bucket full of feces to explode when a line was tripped at a spot where police regularly park to watch for speeders. The police officer who tripped it was covered in poo from six and a half feet away. He wasn't injured except perhaps his dignity.
I don't know why stuff blowing up is so fascinating, but this Russian (?) video shows how curious people stick around to watch. Someone said there are 39 explosions, but I didn't count. There are some strange video game sounding alarms, too!!
The translator for Google says this video is titled "Explosion gazelle with a canister on the Ring Road".
Spoiler alert! At about 7:05 we get a clue about what is blowing up. Maybe propane tanks?
UPDATE from tadchem!!
Great pre-explosion footage from inside one of the cars on the same road. This guy pulls over for the speeding truck, but I can't figure out what the truck hits.
At least this guy is smart enough to start backing up!!
Rich tells us in the comments that the "Gazelle" in the title refers to the type of truck. Gotta love WUvies!!
This video and others from Russia make me wonder if all cars are equipped with cameras? Might not be a bad idea -- where can I get one?
Andrew Lausman of Lakeland, Florida has created a new genre of art. He calls it "explosionism." As far as I can tell, it involves dipping firecrackers in paint and shooting them at a canvas. A few of his works, which I found on his facebook page, are below. He focuses on space themes — galaxies and nebulae — perhaps because it would be hard to do a still life with flowers using firecrackers.
Lausman's art hasn't allowed him to quit his day job yet. (He's a dental assistant.) But he does have his first exhibition opening this Friday. [theledger.com]
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