A Japanese holiday resort for radioactive bunnies?
‘Situated in the East Sea/Inland Sea of Japan, the small island is occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits that roam the forests and paths, chase tourists, appear in viral videos and just generally lounge around. They also provide a much needed counterbalance to the island’s otherwise dark history – as the production site for Japan’s chemical weapons during the second world war.
‘Of course, Japan being the birthplace of kawaii – the distinct cultural appreciation of all things cute – the bounding herds of friendly rabbits are a much bigger attraction than the Poison Gas Museum. But although the source of the rabbits remains a mystery, it may be that the origins of the island’s fluffy residents is intertwined with its history as manufacturer of chemical weapons…’
Joshua Bell‘s Experiment as a Beggar
‘On that Friday in January, those private questions would be answered in an unusually public way. No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?
‘Like the instrument in “The Red Violin,” this one has a past filled with mystery and malice. Twice, it was stolen from its illustrious prior owner, the Polish virtuoso Bronislaw Huberman. The first time, in 1919, it disappeared from Huberman’s hotel room in Vienna but was quickly returned. The second time, nearly 20 years later, it was pinched from his dressing room in Carnegie Hall. He never got it back. It was not until 1985 that the thief — a minor New York violinist — made a deathbed confession to his wife, and produced the instrument…’
Boy, 3, Answers Mom’s Phone in Stolen Car
Child helps police find stolen car he’s strapped into
‘Barrios was taking her baby brother into Little Seed Evolution Childcare Center near the 200 block of 2nd street. The Ogden mom left her three year-old son, Aiden, in her white 2012 Mazda 3.
‘”I went back outside, and my car was driving away with my three year-old inside of it,” Barrios said.
‘Ogden Police responded and quickly learned Barrios had left her cell phone in the car, too.
‘”They came up with the idea that they were going to contact this cell phone,” explained Lt. Tim Scott, with the Ogden City Police Dept.
‘To everyone’s surprise, Aiden answered the phone and described the escalating situation to his mom!
‘”He knows my password, he uses it all the time,” laughed Barrios. ..’
‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam on the rise in New York
‘In the scam, someone calls claiming to have kidnapped a relative and demanding a ransom.
‘”While no actual kidnapping has taken place, the callers often use co-conspirators to convince their victims of the legitimacy of the threat,” authorities said in a statement.
‘The caller is usually ordered to stay on the phone until the money is wired.
‘”Most schemes use various techniques to instill a sense of fear, panic and urgency in an effort to rush the victim into making a very hasty decision.” …’