Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dad Eats Daughter's Pot Brownies, Thinks He's Having A Stroke: Cops

Hey, Dad, ask next time.

A 58-year-old Michigan dad called emergency workers Wednesday morning after he ate several marijuana-filled brownies and had no idea what was happening to his body and mind, the Detroit Free Press reports.

“The father thought he was having a stroke," Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe told ClickOnDetroit.

The man’s 17-year-old daughter allegedly admitted to cops that the baked goods contained marijuana. She said she left them out because she figured no one would touch them, according to The Smoking Gun. Her father did go to the hospital, but has been released and is doing fine.

The names of neither the man nor his daughter, who live in Independence Township, have been released.

Police told ClickOnDetroit that the brownies have tested posted for marijuana. McCabe said the girl will be prosecuted and “she’s not going to get it light.”

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Here's How Long It Would Take To Fall Through The Center Of Earth

Just how long would it take to fall through the center of the Earth, traveling from one side of our planet to the other?

Physicists have long calculated the answer to that question as being 42 minutes, but now, new calculations show that the theoretical trip would actually take around 38 minutes -- and we can blame gravity for the discrepancy.

The traditional calculation to measure a fall through Earth assumes that our planet has a constant density throughout its many layers. Since the gravitational attraction between two objects is proportional to their masses (or density) and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them, if Earth's density were constant, the only change in gravity we'd experience would be due to how far we were from Earth's center.

But as Alexander Klotz, a graduate student at McGill University in Canada, came up with the new calculations, he took into consideration how Earth's density changes layer by layer. And as a result, the gravitational speed at which we would fall through each layer changed too.

Klotz measured the different densities found in Earth's interior using seismic data. Indeed, our planet has a less dense crust and mantle and a more dense core, Science magazine reported.

A paper describing the new thought experiment results was published in the March 2015 issue of the American Journal of Physics.

"This is the kind of paper we love," Dr. David Jackson, editor of the journal and a physicist at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, told Science magazine. "This is a nice addition to the classic problem."

Want to learn more about our planet's internal layers? Take a journey to the center of the Earth in the "Talk Nerdy To Me" video below.

These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Help Nature Thrive In Philadelphia

It's that time of year again, when thousands of toads are migrating across busy roads toward their breeding grounds -- and hundreds of human crossing guards are there to make sure they arrive safely without being squashed by cars.

"Toad Detour" takes place each spring in and around Philadelphia's Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

The operation is designed to protect the thousands of local American toads that leave the Schuylkill Center's 340 acres of forest, where they've been sleeping through the winter, to head for a nearby reservoir where they'll make a whole lot of babies.

That's all good, except for the perilous part of the journey that involves crossing two city streets, points out the Schuylkill Center's Claire Morgan. She has the world's best job title, "toad detour coordinator," and the duty of ensuring that traffic is rerouted on nights when the migration is taking place.

To help these critters make it to where they'll be able to make it, volunteers block traffic with plastic barriers for a couple of hours every night, with city permission.

They also help corral any toads that hop outside barricaded areas.

Toad detouring started in 2009, when local animal lover Lisa Levinson noticed toads were meeting their maker instead of their mates. She decided to help them out by organizing volunteers and securing permits to close off the roads. The program's been officially part of the Schuylkill Center since 2011. (You can see some great video from previous years in the documentary at the top of the page.)

Last year, some 300 volunteers including families, scouts and other nature-lovers, guarded more than 2,400 adult toads. That's about twice as many toads as the year before, a boost that Morgan is very excited about.

Here's one of the lucky 13 toads that crossed the road safely last night on the way to the Roxborough Reservoir! Come out and help this week!

Posted by Toad Detour at the Schuylkill Center on Monday, April 8, 2013

Once they're on the move, adults usually travel to the reservoir and back over the course of about 2-3 weeks. That's followed by a lull of about 6-7 weeks, during which time the babies will hatch, then turn from tadpoles into teeny toadlets. There are too many to count, as each female toad can lay between 4,000 and 20,000 eggs.

These little ones then make their own guarded trip from the reservoir and into the wood, where they stay put for about three years to grow and mature (if they successfully avoid becoming food for snakes and birds).

After that, it'll be their turn to head over to the reservoir, with a little help, for a shot at propagating the species.

It's a wonderful, inspiring example of how people can help nature thrive even in an urban environment. And it also sounds just a bit romantic, though for toads, fertilization is external.

While the cycle can begin as early as March 1, the toads have not yet gotten started this year, which Morgan attributes to cold weather. The toads like to sleep in until the weather is over 50 degrees, and who can blame them?

She says it's hard to be sure when to expect the toads will hop to it.

"They don't email me," she says. "I don't know."

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