An 11-year-old entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon, got a strange lesson in grown-up economics when she tried to sell mistletoe near the city's public market, reports KATU. A security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries—or she could just plunk down on the sidewalk and simply ask people for money. "I don't want to beg," says Madison Root, who was trying to make a few bucks to help pay for new braces but opted against the suggestion. "I would rather work for something than beg." One bright spot: One viewer who saw the story on the local news promptly placed 30 orders.
Stargazers might be in for a holiday treat: The comet ISON's million-year journey toward the sun will reach its climax on American Thanksgiving tomorrow, when it will either slingshot around the sun or be destroyed by solar radiation. If ISON survives, astronomers believe it could provide a spectacular show during December, becoming visible to the naked eye in broad daylight when at its brightest, the Washington Post reports. "On Friday, we’ll all be delighted to see its beautiful face as it then comes around the sun," predicts the director of NASA’s planetary science division. "Then between now and Christmas, it will fly over the North Pole—a very nice holiday comet."
ISON—discovered last year and dubbed the "Comet of the Century" by some astronomers—is a very rare visitor from the Oort cloud, a sphere of billions of icy objects that lies almost a light-year away, at the very edge of the sun's ...
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home. A Guinness World Records rep confirmed today that the Richards family of Canberra set the record for Christmas lights on a residential property with 502,165 twinkling bulbs. The family first entered the record book in 2011 with 331,038 multi-colored lights. But they were trumped last year by a family in LaGrangeville, NY, who illuminated their home with 346,283 lights.
David Richards—whose family includes wife Janean, and kids Aidan, 13, Caitlin, 10, and Madelyn, 6—said most of his neighbors supported the display, which features 31 miles of wire. But some hadn't spoken to him since the last record was set. He said while he bought the lights, a local power company would donate the estimated $2,300 in electricity that would illuminate them for the next month. And though ...
Florida officials use a bit of technological trickery to catch potential poachers: They set out real-looking robotic deer in areas they think are attracting illegal hunting, Outside reports. The tactic—also used in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Utah—seems to be effective, the Smithsonian notes. After a Florida man pulled over and shot one of the robots out of season, police popped out and arrested him. "He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle," says the report. "He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica."
The man's charges include out-of-season hunting and shooting from a road. The Smithsonian quotes a Utah official who spoke to the Daily Mail: "I’ve seen an individual shoot (a robot) with a 30-06 (rifle) and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t go down after he hit it five or six times. It can be really entertaining."
Boston hadn't clinched a World Series at home in nearly a century, and that translated into a big payday for those willing to sell tickets to last night's Game Six. Consider that someone paid $24,000 on StubHub for two front-row tickets near home plate, reports ESPN. But even the cheap seats weren't so cheap, with the average ticket price north of $2,000. One thing that helped is old-fashioned supply and demand, notes theChristian Science Monitor: Fenway holds a relatively small capacity of about 37,000.