Lighter Side: ‘Aporkalypse 2014’ begins Aug. 4
Sportsman Channel is unleashing a full of week of "Aporkalypse” beginning Aug. 4. By focusing on the eradication of feral hogs, the Sportsman Channel hopes the programming will educate both urban and rural audiences about the extensive damage caused by the animals and the importance of controlling the feral hog population. “We are proud to give our viewers the 2014 version of the hit stunt Aporkalypse – the bacon will be flying this year,” said Marc Fein, executive vice president of programming and production for Sportsman Channel. Click here for the full lineup or to learn more about the program. Feral... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Rotting food prompts gas leak scare
Oops! As the neighbors of one German woman found out, a gas leak and rotten food share a similar smell. According to the Associated Press, fire service personnel in Braunschweig, Germany, recently evacuated a block of an apartments after a resident reported smelling gas. Instead of a gas leak, a search turned up the source of the smell – an unplugged refrigerator filled with rotten food in one of the apartments. Click here to read more. View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Driver blames turtle, cat and squirrel for wreck
A man suspected of driving drunk in central Texas doesn’t deny he was in a car accident. He just doesn’t think it was his fault. According to The Eagle of Bryan-College Station, the North Zulch, Texas, man claims to have crashed his car while swerving to avoid a turtle, a cat and a squirrel. According to the driver, it was these animals – and a tree hanging over the road – that led to his accident. Read, “Police: Man blames crash on odd animal trio, charged with DWI.” Officers on the scene didn’t buy the driver’s story and arrested the man for drunk... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Reebok woos CrossFit athletes with…bacon?
Editor’s note: CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program gaining popularity among athletes across the country. CrossFit athletes and fans are going hog wild for bacon developed by an unlikely company – Reebok. That's right: Reebok, a company better known for its athletic shoes and clothing, is getting into the bacon business. According to Fox News, Reebok recently announced its own bacon products developed especially for CrossFit athletes. To fit in accordance with the CrossFit code, the bacon is made without the use of nitrates, preservatives, MSG, or sweeteners and is smoked rather than cured. Reebok’s bacon was packaged and distributed to attendees... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Rural sign warns of farm animals having sex
Well, they can’t say they weren’t warned. Residents in rural Florida are fighting a new proposed housing development with an unusual warning of their own for future neighbors – farm animals smell bad, make funny sounds and have sex outdoors. According to local news station WWSB, the residents near Englewood, Fla., are putting up the signs to warn their potential new neighbors what really goes on at local farms. A portion of the sign reads, "Farms have animals. Animals make funny sounds, smell bad and have sex outdoors. Unless you can tolerate noise, odors and outdoor sex, don't buy property next to a... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Lady Gaga enlisted in Calif. drought relief efforts
“California can't help being beautiful, it was 'Born This Way.'” That’s what the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development tweeted last week to promote a unique public service announcement brought to the people of California by none other than Lady Gaga. Click the video above to watch the PSA. California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in January, and more than six months later, the drought continues to intensify. As of July 22, 82 percent of the state is in extreme or worse drought.... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Maine’s mysterious screaming pig strikes again
“The pig is out there.” That’s according to Capt. Rick Stubbert with the Oakland Police Department in Oakland, Maine. We first brought you this story in mid-July after two children were chased by a loose pig while walking along a trail in Oakland, Maine. According to Stubbert, the kids reported the pig was “screaming at them and chasing them.” Read more about it here. Just a few weeks after the first incident, the screaming swine appears to be back. The Kennebec (Maine) Journal reports a woman saw the 80-pound, black-and-white pig while on the same walking trail taken by the children earlier in the... View Blog Post »
Lighter side: Black bear gets head stuck in milk can
Remember, cut apart six-pack rings, throw away plastic bags, and definitely don’t leave old milk cans laying around. It would be hard to believe anywhere else, but in Wisconsin a disposed milk can found its way onto a black bear’s head. Like a giant version of the arcade game using a claw to pick up a stuffed animal, a forester took hold in a corn field and freed the bear of his burden. View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Lions, tigers and bears ‘designing’ jeans for charity
Talk about “bear” necessities of life! A new collection of designer jeans takes "distressed" to a whole new level, no “lion.” Bad puns aside, a group of Japanese volunteers turned to a brilliant idea to help raise support for the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City, Japan — Zoo Jeans. According to National Public Radio, to make Zoo Jeans, volunteers with the Mineko Club first wrapped old tires and giant rubber balls in sheet of denim, placing them in enclosures before releasing the zoo's tigers, lions and bears. "The animals roar, gnaw and claw at their toys, and when they're done we gather up... View Blog Post »
Lighter Side: Who has the best state fair food?
You can watch the original State Fair movie and see the Texas State Fair featured, but in the more well-known version (with Pat Boone and Ann Margaret, among others), the Iowa State Fair is the place to be, with its Big Boar contest and iconic Butter Cow. When it comes to fair food, however, it’s pretty hard to beat the Iowa Pork Tent, with its grilled pork chops, pork burgers and more. It’s not only good, but good for you, unlike most of the other offerings you’ll find at a state fair. Of course, when most people go to the fair,... View Blog Post »
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