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    A Los Angeles homeowner who is housing an uninvited homeless man on her porch is concerned for her safety after the police have 'done nothing' to remove him. Shacola Thompson, a resident of Van Nuys, said the homeless man has nestled up on her patio furniture about ten times this month. Thompson first noticed unusual activity outside her home when she found graffiti on her porch near Hazeltine Avenue and Sherman Way. She was able to take a peek at her front door camera and saw the unidentified man lounging on her outdoor couch. 'He came to my house yesterday morning and tried to break in,' Thompson told ABC 7. 'I'm concerned about my safety.' 'He could come in,' she later added. 'He could harm me. He could bogart his way into my house. It's not fair.' Footage from Thompson's front door captured several moments police arrived to confront the man. 'He told police yesterday that he lives here, and he does not live here,' Thompson explained. Despite multiple attempts for police intervention, the homeless man keeps showing up. 'I...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams is facing backlash for fleeing the crime-ridden Big Apple and traveling to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which he refers to as New York's 'sixth borough.' Adams arrived in Puerto Rico on Saturday night to survey the damage from Hurricane Fiona and reassured the people there that New York City is ready to provide immediate assistance.  He told San Juan Mayor Miguel Romero that Puerto Rico is the 'sixth borough of New York. We're tied at the hip.'  But Adams' words were criticized on social media by many New York residents who said the mayor should be focusing on the city's five boroughs instead.  While Adams was traveling to the island, a migrant crisis continues in New York City and crime is still escalating as a Bronx teen was gunned down by a group wearing ski masks and a jogger was sexually assaulted by a mugger in a park - both happening in broad daylight.  New York City Mayor Eric Adams, along with a New York City delegation visits San Juan, Puerto Rico to meet with local elected officials and...
    From The Terminator to I, Robot, many science fiction blockbusters feature robots taking over the world. But a humanoid robot described as the 'world's most advanced', has reassured that this plot is unlikely to become a reality.  Ameca, a humanoid robot developed by Cornwall-based Engineered Arts, said: 'There's no need to worry, robots will never take over the world. We're here to help and serve humans, not replace them.' 'The output is fed to an online TTS service which generates the voice and visemes for lip sync timing.' While you might think that Ameca's responses would be scripted, Engineered Arts explained that this isn't the case. 'Nothing in this video is pre scripted - the model is given a basic prompt describing Ameca, giving the robot a description of self – it's pure AI,' they wrote. 'The pauses are the time lag for processing the speech input, generating the answer and processing the text back into speech.' In the video, the Engineered Arts team can be seen asking Ameca a range of questions. When asked what humanoid robots are used...
    The U.K.'s newly elected prime minister Liz Truss is expected to announce a multi-billion-pound stimulus package to help people with soaring energy prices.Carl Court / Staff / Getty Images LONDON — The U.K.'s new Prime Minister Liz Truss is set to announce a package worth tens of billions of pounds to help people to pay their energy bills on Thursday, but there are concerns over how it will be funded. The policy announcement is expected to freeze the price of energy either at its current level or at £2,500 ($2,870). As it currently stands the cap coming into effect next month will raise the average energy bill from £1,971 to £3,549 a year. Truss said she would "deal with the energy crisis caused by Putin's war" in her maiden speech as prime minister on Tuesday evening. "I will take action this week to deal with energy bills and to secure our future energy supply," she said. The announcement is set to come as more than 170,000 people in the U.K. plan to cancel their energy bill payments on Oct. 1...
    California’s grid is being pushed to its limit. On Tuesday, as triple-digit heat broke records around the state, the grid operator warned that power usage was the highest it had ever been. In addition to a Flex Alert, the state sent an emergency text in the late afternoon asking people in certain areas to conserve power as much as possible. If usage didn’t come down enough, there could be rolling blackouts. Californians answered the call: Power usage came down enough to avert widespread outages. But there’s always a risk of grid failures when there’s so much demand, and the heat hasn’t let up yet. There are lots of tips to stay cool, but a lot of them involve using some electricity. Here’s what you can do to stay cool without power before and during an outage. Climate & Environment Here’s how to prepare for a blackout in a heat wave Here’s what to do before, during and after a power outage as a heat wave continues to scorch California. How to prepare before a blackout If you have...
    WITH the kids well and truly back at school, parents are suffering the stress of the morning rush once again. From sorting out packed lunches to preparing school uniforms, the tasks can seem endless. 2A savvy mum has shared her very handy hack that'll help save you time during the school morning rushCredit: TikTok/@goldilocks.bears.x 2The top tip involves using a sticker to help your child learn to put their school shoes on by themselvesCredit: TikTok/@goldilocks.bears.x @goldilocks.bears.x #mumhack #mumhacks #momhacks #momhack #parenthacks #backtoschool ♬ Chu Desu! - Official Sound Studio But thanks to one savvy mum, there's one part of your daily routine that you'll no longer need to worry about. The savvy mum, who posts under the acronym @goldilocks.bears.x, took to TikTok and posted a video where she can be seen taking a sticker with a whale on the front and cutting it in half. She then places the left half into the left shoe, and the right half into the right shoe. "Kids can make the picture to know which way their shoes go on," she explains....
    The retired detective who helped track down her daughter's bodybuilding 'violent monster' killer has said the job is not finished until he gets life in jail. Josephine Funes Wentzel, 63 came out of retirement to spend six years hunting down Raymond 'RJ' McLeod, 36, for the 2016 murder of her daughter, Krystal Mitchell, 30. Former Marine McLeod - considered so dangerous he was set the highest-ever bounty by US Marshals - was eventually captured in the small town of Sonsonate in El Salvadaor on Monday after six years on the run.  Wentzel, determined to ensure that the case did not go cold, worked ceaselessly until a woman in El Salvador read an article on the case that Wentzel had shared widely and recognized McLeod. 'Of course, I'm ecstatic that he's been found and that this part is over, but at the same time, you're reminded of why you're there in the first place,' Wentzel told The US Sun. 'There's no victory yet until he's been given a life sentence, and that's now going to be a whole other journey, another chapter. 'I'm grateful to...
    CHILDREN are getting arty to join in The Sun on Sunday’s Xmas Cards For Kids contest – but we still need your entries. It is a chance to create a festive picture, which could be one of three winning drawings made into 18,000 limited-edition cards. 1Lucas McCumesky, seven, and his pals at Practically Family Summer Camp in Bramhall, Cheshire, are among those taking partCredit: Matthew Pover They will be sold by Tesco to help buy toys for cancer patients and raise money for Children With Cancer UK, which funds care for some of the young people diagnosed every year. Lucas McCumesky, seven, and his pals at Practically Family Summer Camp in Bramhall, Cheshire, are among those taking part. He put on his favourite Christmas jumper and drew snowmen for his design. Lucas said: “I’m happy I can try to help kids get presents that will make them smile.” Hurry…entries must be in by August 27. HOW TO ENTER: Email [email protected] with a photo of your child’s drawing. Make sure it is well lit, and include either your name...
    The mayor of Washington D.C. on Thursday renewed her plea for soldiers to help with migrants being bused to her city, a week after the Pentagon rebuffed her request for the National Guard to be deployed. It came as another bus from Texas was spotted at dawn, unloading migrants in front of the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to the secretary of defense, Mayor Muriel Bowser said support was needed to 'help prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in our nation's capital.' Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending migrants arriving in his state to Washington, New York and other cities in order to show Democratic leaders the extent of the crisis being faced on the border. Migrants were spotted Thursday at dawn disembarking from a bus they boarded in Texas after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. In a tweet highlighting the fresh request, Bowser said: 'We need help from our federal partners as we seek to stabilize and manage our operating environment in this critical moment.  'I have been honored to work with the men and women of the D.C....
    A WALMART auto care technician is getting a lot of attention for a video informing customers not to bother workers if no one is at the service desk. TikToker @iam_rockcity posted a video showing the garage area of Walmart's Auto Care Center with on-screen text reading: "Why do we have to struggle?" 4A Walmart car mechanic's TikTok about the Auto Care Service Center has more than 140,000 viewsCredit: TikTok/iam_rockcity 4While pointing the camera at the door of the garage showing the service desk, he gives a PSA saying not to bang on the door for serviceCredit: TikTok/iam_rockcity While walking through the auto repair garage, the TikToker is seen in the video giving a PSA regarding service at Walmart's Auto Care Center. "Just so you know, when you see two people working in the garage and then look over the counter and there’s no one there,” he begins. While pointing the camera at the door of the garage showing the Auto Care Center service desk, he continued his statement. "You should not be banging on this door because I'm not coming...
    President Joe Biden's Pentagon has denied the Washington DC mayor's request for National Guard assistance to deal with the city's growing migrant problem. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have been shipping thousands of illegal immigrants to the nation's capitol to spread out the burden of a surge in illegal immigration since the president decided to lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that restricted migration on the southern border. Since April, the Associated Press reports, Abbott has sent at least 5,200 migrants to DC, while Ducey has sent more than 1,000 migrants since May. Those illegal immigrants often arrive in DC without resources and a place to go, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has said, and is straining the city's ability to deal with its own homeless residents. She therefore requested last month that the federal National Guard deploy 150 members each day to deal with the crisis, and create a 'suitable federal location' for a mass housing and processing center — suggesting the DC Armory as a potential location. But on Friday, the Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined...
    Friendly Fields Farm was on their way into town one morning when all of a sudden, they saw a flash of white. They made a quick decision to drop everything and help an animal in need. When they pulled over, they realized that the flash of white was a chicken! “We weren’t planning on taking in any more animals for the next few months, but when I saw this guy by the side of the road I knew we couldn’t leave him,” the rescuer said. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Friendly Fields Farm (@friendlyfieldsfarm) After evaluating their surroundings, the rescuer realized that there were no houses nearby, just dangerous, busy roads. If left alone, the chicken would probably have been hit by a car, so leaving him was not an option. The poor guy was so scared and kept running away when they got close. However, with a lot of patience and some raisins to lure him in close, he was eating his snack out of the palm of their hand. As...
    THE sound of a crying baby is an immediate stress inducer for any new parent - especially when you don’t know why they’re screaming. It can trigger confidence issues, derail social plans and be detrimental to bonding. 3Baby expert and author Danielle Robbins reveals what to do if your baby won't stop cryingCredit: Danielle Robbins But baby expert and author Danielle Robbins tells Fabulous just how parents can help overcome the issue - and it could mean always knowing exactly what your baby needs. Here are three things to consider if your baby won't stop crying and what you should be doing to help. 1. They have wind What not to do: Forget to burp them, shake the formula, and let them drain a bottle. More from parenting expertsSOUNDCHECK I'm a parenting expert - 3 easy ways to help your baby get rid of their hiccupsLISTEN UP We're parenting experts - discipline techniques for toddlers, school kids & teens What to do instead: Winding newborns is important, says Danielle, especially pre-feed. “Their tummies are so...
    YOU could have a high IQ if you can spot the hidden face concealed somewhere in this optical illusion in just 20 seconds. The clandestine portrait of a rider is concealed within the image of the majestic camel which stands tall surrounded by some shrubbery. 3Can you spot the hidden face in this old-school optical illusion? The old-school illusion, dating back to the 1880s, has stumped social media users desperate to find the mysterious face. But don't worry if you can't spot it - as there's a clue which can help you work it out. However, if you manage to bust the brain teaser in just 20 seconds, it could be a sign of your extraordinary intelligence. Studies show that the more you exercise your brain with difficult puzzles, the smarter you tend to be. The grainy puzzle baffled many illusion enthusiasts, until they flipped the image upside down. By observing the image from a different perspective, they were able to realise where the camel rider was hiding. Have you spotted it yet? The seemingly lonesome camel...
    (CNN)Testing yourself for coronavirus infection can be more convenient than getting a clinic or lab test, but from a public health standpoint, experts say there's at least one key downside.Actual infection numbers in the United States in the first week of July were about seven times higher than reported cases, suggested an estimate from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Contributing to the problem has been the steep spike in use of self-tests, which has surpassed the number being done in laboratories, according to the National Institutes of Health. In the US, positive results of Covid-19 tests administered by medical professionals are ultimately reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But there isn't any requirement for people to report their self-test results to health care providers or local public health departments.Coronavirus self-tests -- also known as home tests or over-the-counter tests -- detect current coronavirus infections, not antibodies to the virus, and can easily and quickly be taken at home or elsewhere, regardless of your vaccination status, the CDC says. Most self-tests are rapid antigen tests,...
    ANY parent knows what a nightmare potty training your little ones can be. For the most part there's a lot of trail and error involved and you can pretty much guarantee that things will get messy. 3The savvy mum shared her clever tips on YouTubeCredit: Four Strong & Growing/youtube 3The tips promised to get little ones out of nappies in no timeCredit: Getty This mum-of-two recently shared her top potty training tricks and tips on YouTube and they're so good you'd be a fool not to give them a whirl - after all, what've you got to lose? Alexa, who has a four-year-old daughter and a four-month-old son, explained that despite it being the first time she's had to potty train a tot, she's learnt a lot along the way. Use underwear instead of nappies Although this sounds like a recipe for disaster, Alexa swears by the tip, saying, "Pull-ups and diapers are very absorbent, which sounds like it should be a good thing. Read more on parentingKNOW IT ALL 6 first aid skills every parent should know 'for when...
    YOU'LL be buzzing if you can spot the bee hiding in this field of flowers in under 20 seconds - it's harder than you think. The brainteaser with a sting in the tail was created by artist Gergely Dudás, from Hungary, and some people say it's taken them ages.  2Can you spot the bee in under 20 seconds?Credit: Dudolf.com Gergely first shared the puzzle online during lockdown and it proved a great way to keep brains busy. It shows cute cartoon animals enjoying the sunshine in a bloom-filled meadow. All you have to do if find the solitary bumblebee as fast as you can. Sounds easy? Lots of other people say they struggled. read more brainteasersBRA BRAINTEASER Can you find knickers hidden in the bras? Bra fitters talk right cup-sizesTHREE'S A CROWD Mind-bending puzzle challenges people to guess how many people went camping One puzzler said: “Found! Almost 2 minutes.” Another wrote: “Found it. Took me a few minutes but I found it.” But a third said: "OK can someone circle it for me? I can't find it and it's driving...
    AN optical illusion claims that only one per cent can people decipher the lettering in this image. The tricky image reportedly tests the ability of your eyesight – but don’t worry as there’s a trick to help. 2Can you decipher the optical illusion?Credit: TikTok/rana_illusions The illusion was shared by TikTok star Rana Arshard who regularly challenges viewers with mind-boggling visual challenges. Posting the pic he said: "Only one per cent of people can actually see the hidden text in this image. “At first glance it may just look like black cubes in a white image, but there’s something else. “Here’s a hint, if you close your eyes about 90 per cent of the way and look at the image again you might see the hidden text.” Read more on optical illusionsANIMAL MAGIC You’ve got a top IQ if you can spot the hidden animal in this pic in 30 secsSILENCE IS GOLDEN What you see in this X-rated illusion could mean you have a filthy mind The image left viewers in the comments initially baffled before the penny dropped -...
    A BROOMING difficult brainteaser challenges you to spot the hidden cat - so are you feline lucky? You might need a cat's eyes to find it, but fortunately there is a clue to help. 2Can you spot the cat in this tricky brainteaser?Credit: Reddit The puzzle was shared on various social media platforms and had people stumped. It shows a fairytale-style image of a housewife sweeping up with an old-fashioned straw broom. Somewhere in the pic is a concealed moggy, and it's not at all obvious where to look in the bare room. One baffled puzzler tweeted: “I’ve been looking at this for two days.” read more illusionsEYE FOR DETAIL You’re in the top 1% if you can spot the second animal in under 20 secondsLOOK CLOSER Optical illusion seems to show different circles but what color are they ALL? Another said: “That took me far longer than it should have! Got there in the end though.” On TikTok, one user wrongly guessed the cat was behind the bucket. Other people complained it was too EASY. One tweeted: “It’s so...
    BY the time you've spotted the sniper, it's already too late. Somewhere in this hillside terrain is a perfectly camouflaged marksman who is aiming at you and ready to pull the trigger. 2Can you spot the hidden sniper in this eerie snap?Credit: Simon Menner The photo above was taken by artist Simon Menner, who was granted permission to watch snipers in action with the armies of Germany, Latvia and Lithuania. It shows trees and shrubs on a mountain, and a virtually invisible soldier taking up a position with a high-powered rifle. If you look carefully, you can just about spot part of his telescopic sight - the only clue to his hiding place. Blending in with the surroundings is as much a part of a sniper's training as learning to hit a target from a mile away. Read more illusionsDISAPPEARING ACT Optical illusion makes objects INVISIBLE – but only 1% can make all vanishIT DOESN'T ADD UP Mind blowing optical illusion uses two numbers to totally trick your eyes They must be able to survive alone or in pairs...
    JUST imagine you're walking through this snowy forest and you have been instructed to be on the lookout for a sniper. Hidden in his real white snow camouflage garb somewhere in the photo is a tactical sniper carrying a rifle, seamlessly blending into his freezing surroundings. 3Can you spot the camouflaged sniper in this snowy forest?Credit: TikTok/ nate44432 But can you spot him? The sharpshooter is hiding somewhere in the snowy woodland setting, showing the lengths snipers go to conceal themselves when wearing the right camo clothing. In a video shared on TikTok, the sniper appears invisible as he monitors the movement of a potential enemy. If you look closely enough, you can see small signs that give the sniper away, like a darker shadow in the mixture of blacks, greys and whites, and what looks like a pair of eyes. Most read in US NewsFAMILY WIPED OUT Victims in horror crash that left 5 dead including 3-month-old identifiedLOVE TRIANGLE BOMBSHELL New evidence in fugitive's escape & similarities to Laundrie'PREPARE FOR THE WORST' Missing girl's family's heartbreaking update for brother, 5'REHEARSED' Sick details about how ex-Riverdale star 'placed mom's body in...
    CAN you spot the well-known face in this black-and-white grid? It's difficult to see, but a celeb's portrait is hidden among the dots that make up the brain-frazzling optical illusion. 3There's a celebrity hidden in this optical illusion SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ANSWER There are a few tricks to help you see the obscured star – from shaking the device it's displayed on to standing at an angle. The most effective seems to be staring at the grid while moving away from your phone or PC. The further away you get, the clearer the famous face should become. If you're still stumped, here's a clue: They're a late musician considered by many to be one of the greatest pop stars of all time. The answer, of course, is Michael Jackson. Try looking back at the image now you know the solution: He should appear more readily. It's a new take on the famous Magic Eye illusions, which used swirls of dots or lines to hide a 3D image. Speaking to The Sun, Dr Gustav Khun, a psychologist and human perception...
    IF you can spot the second animal in this tricky optical illusion in under 20 seconds, you belong to a special one per cent. If you are struggling to find it, don't worry, there is a helpful trick to make you see things clearly. 2What do you see in this optical illusion?Credit: TikTok/@rana_illusions The black and white image shows an animal on a tree- but can you spot the second animal in the picture? If not, all you have to do is flip your phone. The optical illusion shared on TikTok by Rana with the caption What do you see? #tree #test #challenge #ranaillusions. He says: "Look closely at this image. If you can't figure out what's going on, flip your phone upside down." READ MORE ON OPTICAL ILLUSIONIT DOESN'T ADD UP Mind blowing optical illusion uses two numbers to totally trick your eyes One viewer commented: "Am I the only one who saw a BIRD holding a piece of cheese?" Another one said: "I saw a wolf stealing a slice of cheese" One added: "a bird with a nose ring and a fox...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: In January, I leased an apartment for 12 months. My father was my co-signer. Harriette Cole  At the time, he told me he really wanted me to focus on school, so he promised to pay my rent up until November. It is May now, and he just told me that since I graduated, he no longer wants to pay my rent because he feels that I should handle it. This feels totally unfair. I am preparing for grad school and didn’t expect to have to work. I don’t have the time. I think it’s so wrong that he went back on his word. What can I do? Keep Your Word DEAR KEEP YOUR WORD: Sit down with your father and remind him of the agreement you made together. Describe how you are spending your time and why you need him to continue to support you through November. Assure him that you are not wasting your time or his investment in you. If he won’t budge, look for a roommate and get a part-time job, maybe through your grad...
    THIS image looks like an older man with an odd hairstyle but only those who are detailed oriented can see the girl. A popular TikTok is testing people's attention to detail and perspective with a clever optical illusion. 2This TikTok asks viewers to find the girl hiding in the man's faceCredit: TIKTOK/rana_illusions 2Paying attention to detail will reveal the hidden girlCredit: TIKTOK/rana_illusions Rana Arshad, who goes by @Rana_Illusions on TikTok, asked viewers to try and spot the girl hidden in the man's face. Pay close attention to the man's nose. It's actually a girl sitting facing away from the camera. She's wearing a hat and a long dress. In this nature scene, the girl is looking out at two hills that also act as the man's eyes. To the left of the girl is a tree that wraps around to form the man's hairline. Read more on optical illusionsTHREE'S A CROWD Mind-bending puzzle challenges people to guess how many people went campingegg hunt There's an Easter egg hidden in tricky puzzle – how quickly...
    IF you can spot the hidden second animal in this picture then you're in the top 1percent - and there are clues to help. The brain-busting optical illusion has created quite the stir online. 3Can you spot the hidden second animal in this picture? If you can, you're in the top 1 percentCredit: Tiktok/@hecticnick 3TikToker HecticNick posted the mind-bending illusion onlineCredit: Tiktok/@hecticnick TikToker HecticNick uploaded the visual gimmick, which shows a dog standing next to a tree with no leaves. "This picture is now what you it is!," he says. "Look like there's just a dog! There's actually a hidden cat." Users were left absolutely baffled, with some going as far as to suggest the dog was actually a cat. "THE DOG ISS THE CAT," one user posted. "So who will accept cats are better like Mother Nature is making a cat from a tree," hinted another. "In the tree," wrote a third. Look a little closer you'll see an outline of a cat's body among the branches of the leaf-less tree. Most read in The US SunHOLIDAY FROM HELL...
    IF you can spot the hidden message in this image then you're smarter than most. The visual puzzle challenges you to find the "hidden tiger" in the jungle scene – and it's harder than you think. 1Can you find the 'hidden tiger' in this image That's because the artwork contains not one but two big cats, with one much easier to identify than the other. Alongside the fairly obvious striped predator in the middle, rather than a second tiger, the image contains the text "the hidden tiger". It's this text that you're tasked with finding in order to solve the fiendishly difficult puzzle. The optical illusion has been around for years and regularly resurfaces on websites such as Reddit. Read more about illusionsMIND GAMES Optical illusion reveals what kind of person you are based on what you see firstEYE SAY Optical illusion of moving shapes leaves viewers baffled – does it work for you? It's also a popular test to send to friends on chat apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Many people assume that the message is obscured...
    (CNN)Before Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, 94-year-old Opal Lee was on a mission."I'm not just going to sit and rock, you know?" the determined "Grandmother of Juneteenth" told CNN. "The Lord is going to have to catch me." Days later, the spirited nonagenarian shouted with delight as she watched Congress pass a bill to make Juneteenth -- June 19 -- a nationwide holiday commemorating the end of slavery. "I've got so many different feelings all gurgling up here -- I don't know what to call them all," she told CNN affiliate KTVT in Fort Worth, Texas, where she lives. Right now she plans to savor the moment. But the woman who spent years fighting for Juneteenth stresses the work that's left to do to push back against racism. Read More"We've got all of these disparities that we've got to address and I mean all of them. While we've got some momentum I hope we can get some of it done. We can have one America if we try," she told KTVT. At 89-years-old, Lee pledged to walk from her...
    IF you can spot the trophy hidden among the beer in under 30 seconds then you're the record holder - and there's a clue to help. The mind-bending optical illusion has got challengers fiercely competing for the top title. 4If you spot the trophy hidden among beer in under 30 seconds you're the record holderCredit: Stonegate Pub Company 4The clue is that this is what the item looks likeCredit: Stonegate Pub Company 4The trophy is circled. Did you spot it?Credit: Stonegate Pub Company The image, created by Stonegate Pub Company, asks for eagle-eyed readers to spot the trophy among the pints of beer. The creators have also attached an image of the trophy as a clue to help baffled readers. It comes as an illusion personality test could reveal your deepest fear. The thought-provoking image automatically triggers your subconscious mind to link figures with fear because it contains a subliminal message of a skull. MORE ON OPTICAL ILLUSIONSFACE YOUR FEARS What you see in this illusion personality test reveals your deepest fearANIMAL MAGIC What animal you see first in this optical illusion reveals how...
    THIS optical illusion featuring a koala could reveal just how good your eyesight really is. The hidden image of the animal can reportedly only be spotted by one percent of people – but fear not as there’s a helpful trick to help you. 2Nick shared this image first, asking users to look for a special animal hiddenCredit: Tiktok/@hecticnick The mind-bending image was shared by TikTok star Hectic Nick as he challenged viewers to solve the illusion. Posting the illusion he said: “You can only like this video if you can find the hidden image in the picture." "Apparently only one percent of people can find it - if they can, comment because I can see nothing. Good luck." The image left viewers in the comments scratching their heads as they revealed their results.   "Panda - shake the screen," user blakedeshazo7 said. User Lee explained: "Just look down at your phone charger and up onto your screen really fast and you will see it." Other users, however, saw something different. "I see two or three people hold a ball in the air,"...
    THIS optical illusion of a whale and fish could reveal just how good your eyesight really is. Only one percent of people can reportedly find two birds hidden in the image below – but fear not as there’s a simple trick to help you.    2TikTok star Hectic Nick posted the illusion onlineCredit: TikTok/@hecticnick 2The content creator claims only one percent of people can spot the two birds n the image The mind-bending image was shared by TikTok star Hectic Nick as he challenged viewers to solve the illusion. Posting the illusion he said: “Only one per cent of people can find the second animal in this image. “You’re seeing a dolphin, but there’s actually a second one (animal). “ Issuing advice to viewers he added: “Try flipping your friend over and you might be able to see it.” “Send this a friend once you do.” The image left viewers in the comments scratching their heads as they revealed their results.   “I see a dolphin, bird, fish and the water,” one said as a second exclaimed: “That’s awesome.” A...
    A GARDENING expert is offering a tip to help those who don't have a green thumb. The product can help guarantee a low-maintenance garden and keep plants and flowers healthy and thriving. 1One product can help you maintain your garden While there are a handful of products available for gardeners to consider, some are more efficient and time-effective than others. If you're looking for an effective way to keep up with your garden or lawn while also saving time on maintenance, consider mulch. Mulch is a top-layer covering used to protect soil. Experts say the best mulch is biodegradable and made of natural materials, because they'll decompose and enhance the soil underneath. READ MORE GARDENING STORIESgreen thumb I'm a gardening pro – my 'zone tip' says which plants will thrive in your yardBUGS BEGONE I'm a gardening pro – how to keep bugs out of your garden with leftovers Wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, and pine bark are just a few examples of materials that can be used as mulch. By using mulch, you're adding a protective barrier to the...
    THIS optical illusion featuring an elephant could reveal just how good your eyesight really is. The hidden image of the animal can reportedly only be spotted by one per cent of people – but fear not as there’s a helpful trick to help you. 2TikTok star Hectic Nick posted the illusion online 2The content creator claims only one percent of people can spot the elephant in the image The mind-boggling image was shared by TikTok star Hectic Nick as he challenged viewers to solver the illusion. Posting the illusion he said: “Only one per cent of people can find the hidden elephant in this image. “It’s not easy, but try flipping your phone over and you might be able to find it. “Send this to a friend and see what they do.” Read more on optical illusionsMIND GAMES What you see first in this optical illusion tells you a lot about your intuitionVIEW KNEW? What you see in this optical illusion reveals if people see you as defensive The image left viewers in the comments baffled as they struggled to...
    An off-duty border patrol agent has told how he evacuated children including his own eight-year-old daughter from Robb Elementary School, armed with a shotgun he had grabbed from his barber's as he left to dash to the site. Jacob Albarado, a father of three, received a text message from his wife Trisha - a fourth grade math and science teacher at the school - when he was in the barber's chair. 'There's an active shooter,' she said. 'Help. I love you.'  Albarado leapt up and grabbed a shotgun the barber lent him, and rushed to the school. Inside, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a high school dropout and loner who had bought the rifles he used a week before, was murdering 19 children and their two teachers. He was eventually shot dead by one of Albarado's border patrol colleagues. Jacob Albarado is pictured with his wife Trisha, a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary, and their sons Zachary and Jordan, and eight-year-old Jayda. She and her mother were in the school at the time of the shooting on Tuesday Albarado, pictured with...
    A WALMART worker has claimed customers can sometimes make things worse when they try to help staff. Employees at the supermarket giant say they don’t like shoppers putting items on the wrong shelf or trying to clean up spillages. 1A Walmart worker has revealed customers can sometimes make things worse when they try to help staffCredit: Getty A Walmart worker, known only as Canbeanoob, asked fellow employees if they appreciate it when customers clean up messes that don't belong to them. One commented: “I appreciate it, but the only thing I want from customers is for them to put something back where it goes when they change their mind, and not leave a mess and just be kind.” While another Redditor, who claims to work at Walmart, said: “We appreciate the effort, especially with spills, but most people when they put stuff back put in the wrong spot, that does get annoying, we have someone who comes through specifically to fix it.” Employees said shoppers shouldn’t feel "obligated to do anything extra" while at the store. read more on...
    A $4 DAIRY product is changing the taste of ramen for the better. There are several ways to add the item into your next bowl of noodles to take the taste of the simple meal to the next level. 1A simple hack can make your ramen taste better The dairy item is not one you may think of when you think of ramen. But many say that by adding butter to the dish, the entire taste will change. That's because the fats in butter can help balance the flavor in a bowl of ramen. Those fats can also keep the ingredients in your ramen hot. READ MORE FOOD STORIESSELENA'S COCINA Where to buy Selena Gomez's new kitchenware collection revealedGOOD TIMES Panera is bringing back a popular menu favorite - and fans are stoked Not to mention, certain dairy products, like butter, can help reduce the spices found in ramen. Butter has a protein in it called casein which, when met with the capsaicin found in chile flakes, counteracts the spice. If your ramen is too spicy for your liking, adding...
    KEEPING weeds at bay while allowing your garden plants to reach their full potential is a tricky balancing act. But it doesn't require harsh chemicals or expensive treatments – just an all-natural product you can obtain for pennies. 2The secret to a weed-free garden costs pennies, and it's all-naturalCredit: Getty According to horticulturists and plant professionals, all-natural straw is one of the most effective tools to bring into your garden. You don't need to buy a whole bale – you can typically buy smaller bundles at your local farm store, and some hardware stores even sell pre-portioned bags made for gardens. "Straw in the garden is best used like a mulch," horticulture expert Eric De Boer told Homes and Gardens. The material acts "as a barrier to protect from weed germination and to also help shield the soil from the sun to increase the soil's water retention." READ MORE GARDENING HACKSGREEN FINGERS I’m a gardening pro - the ‘20-minute weeding window’ is my best trickSPRAY AWAY I’m a gardening expert - the $1 hack that will remove moss from your...
    IF you have ever eaten a burger at the fast-food chain White Castle, you might have noticed that the burger patties are filled with holes. Those holes are there by design, to help the burgers to cook faster. 2White Castle burger patties all have five perfectly even holes punched in 2The technique was created in 1954 by a White Castle employeeCredit: Getty In 1954, one White Castle employee, Earl Howell, put a note in the chain's suggestion box. He wrote that if you put holes in the patties, they would cook faster, leading workers to be able to cook more burgers in less time. After trying Howell's suggestion, White Castle chefs discovered that not only did the burgers cook faster, but the holes helped them to cook more evenly as steam rose up to heat the meat. The holes also took away the need to flip the patties halfway through cooking, as the steam cooked the top of the burgers. Read more on White CastleWILD SLIDE White Castle introduces rare new menu item in...
    A DOLLAR Tree worker has revealed the important piece of equipment employees hate to use in-store – but it’s there to help customers. The unnamed staff member revealed their pet hate in a Reddit forum that was dedicated to the low-cost discount store. 1A Dollar Tree worker has revealed they hated using the intercom systemCredit: Alamy A Redditor, who claims to work at Dollar Tree, revealed that operating the intercom system was torture. They said: “When I first started I really didn’t get much explanation on how to use the damn thing. “Just that I needed to make 1 frozen or seasonal announcement per hour along with a mask in-store announcement. “Unfortunately, the register I was put on had the only working intercom so it was a must. It was torture.” read more on dollar treeTREE-MENDOUS Six items to buy at Dollar Tree when you move to save 71%PLANT PROBS I'm a gardening pro – one cheap item fills large planters & helps flowers grow Meanwhile, others branded having to make announcements a “nuisance”. Another worker said their manager used...
    On Monday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich outlined how President Joe Biden’s policies were hurting the Democrats ahead of the upcoming midterm elections. Gingrich told FNC’s “Fox & Friends” that there was not “any messaging” the Biden administration could utilize to help them positively spin the president’s cognitive ability, the continued push for masking, inflation and rising crime rates across major cities. “You have a president who is, at best, cognitively challenged and who is insisting on implementing a public health policy that virtually half of his own base is telling him is crazy,” Gingrich argued. “You have high inflation rate in food, as well as in gasoline and energy. You have a rising crime rate that’s even in places like San Francisco, leading to the recall of their communist district attorney.” He added, “You have a whole series of these things going on simultaneously, and as a result, I don’t think there is any messaging — you know, how do you message to somebody who is standing there filling up their gas tank close to the other day I...
    A registered nutritionist has revealed a selection of rather bizarre food combinations that may help to improve your health. Have you ever thought of mixing black grapes with onions to prevent blood clots or combining apples with leafy greens to help improve your mood? 1Registered nutritionist Rob Hobson has revealed a selection of rather bizarre food combinations that may help to improve your health. Pictured, stock imageCredit: Getty If the answer is no, then you're not alone. Rob Hobson, who has a keen interest in food science, has revealed the very unusual food combinations that can potentially have a positive impact on your health. READ MORE ON FOODFLAT AS A PANCAKE My wedding cake was a disaster - I paid £180 & was left with a messHANG ON NOW Man posts drunken feast they made in slow cooker to cure hangover the next day As reported by The Daily Star, he explains that black grapes are high in polyphenol antioxidant catechin, which helps to prevent cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological disorders. So, when combined with onion, he claims the duo...
    The Pentagon said on Monday it had seen clear evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukraine as it emerged that the U.S. was shipping Soviet-era air defense systems to bolster Ukrainian resistance. On day 26 of the Russian invasion, a senior defense official said Russia had stepped up air sorties over Ukraine but that its ground advance remained largely stalled. Last week President Joe Biden unveiled a fresh package of weapons for the government in Kyiv. But it made no mention of old Russian-made equipment, such as the decades old SA-8 surface-to-air missile systems, which are reported to be on their way. The weapons will be familiar to Ukraine's armed forces, which have used them since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. collected several systems - including the S-300, known as the SA-10 to N.A.T.O - during the Cold War to study their Soviet technology and better understand their armaments.  'We are continuing to work with our allies and key partners to surge new assistance, including Soviet- or Russian-origin antiaircraft systems and the...
    MICAH RICHARDS has slammed the Man Utd defensive partnership, claiming there is 'no leader'. Maguire, 28, was booed by his own fans when he was subbed off on Tuesday night as United were dumped out of the Champions League. 1Micah Richards says there is 'no leader' at the back for Manchester UnitedCredit: PA And Richards says the England international isn't getting any help from centre-back partner Raphael Varane. The former Man City defender spoke on CBS after the loss to Atletico Madrid. He said: "I think it's because Man Utd don't know what they are doing. "They don't know whether they are coming or going." Read More On Cheltenham Festival CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL Punters brave torrential rain and mud as Day 2 races get underway "I think Maguire can help himself by just doing the basic things. "You don't need to do anything fancy, just go back to basics. "Get your midfielders in front of you. It's about organisation. "It wasn't just Maguire today, I don't think Varane was in it. It wasn't just Maguire today, I don't...
    Members of the Ukrainian Territorial Defence Forces examine new armament, including NLAW anti-tank systems and other portable anti-tank grenade launchers, in Kyiv on March 9, 2022, amid the ongoing Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Genya Savilov | Afp | Getty Images As the war between Ukraine and Russia drags on, it is clear that Ukraine has mounted a far better resistance to Russian forces than many expected. But to continue to do so, it will need more help from the West. This continued support, defense experts and strategists argue, could make or break Ukraine's resistance and even tilt the war's outcome in Ukraine's favor, something that seemed unimaginable when Russia invaded two weeks ago. "There can be a point where this balance [in the war] is shifted in favour of Ukraine," Wojciech Lorenz, a senior analyst at the International Security Programme at The Polish Institute of International Affairs, told CNBC Thursday. Additional support from NATO's individual members in the form of arms shipments, intelligence and other forms of aid "really makes a difference and is why Russia is doing so badly," he...
    A CLEANING expert has shared her top five hacks to help keep your bathroom sparkling clean. Sharing her helpful hacks on TikTok, Jacqueline, from Texas, has been giving away some of her genius ideas on cleaning and organisation. 3The pro's clever hacks help banish nasty germsCredit: @home_reimagined/Tiktok The pro knows that cleaning the bathroom is everyone's least favourite task, so she gave her viewers some easy tips. Her first trick might seem obvious but you would be amazed how many people skip this vital step. After scrubbing your toilet, Jacqueline says always let your toilet brush fully dry before storing it away. She suggests you simply do this by balancing it under your toilet seat so any nasty drips falls back into the toilet and not onto your floor. Next, the cleaning whizz says you can avoid grim odours by putting your favourite essential oils onto some cotton balls and leaving them in the bottom of the bin. For a long lasting fragrance she also says you can add essential oils to the inside of your toilet paper roll....
    (CNN)As Shirley Oldale tucked her 3-year-old son into bed, he said, "I am sad because I wanted to play, and I don't want to go to bed."Oldale, a mother in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, has been teaching her child how to express his emotions since he was 30 months old. "I feel so proud when I hear him express his emotions as I know I was not encouraged to express emotions associated with challenge or so-called difficult emotions such as anger," she said.To teach her son about emotions, she reads flip books with pictures of facial expressions that show how children feel and why they might feel that way. With Omicron, parents of kids under 5 are even more stressedThat ability Oldale is teaching her son is called emotional literacy, and it's something many parents and caregivers are taking a proactive role in teaching their children.Read MoreEmotions drive many aspects of the human experience like the quality of relationships with friends and family, said Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor at the Yale...
    BRAZILIAN footballers stranded in Ukraine have called for their government to help them flee the country. Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent troops into Ukraine as they begin their invasion of the country. 2The Brazilian players made the plea via a social media videoCredit: Twitter / @ArthurQuezada Jogadores brasileiros do Shakhtar e do Dínamo estão reunidos com as famílias em um hotel de Kiev. Acabaram de gravar esse vídeo pedindo ajuda das autoridades brasileiras para deixar o país. pic.twitter.com/7ah1RuKGo2— Arthur Quezada (@ArthurQuezada) February 24, 2022 2Russian troops have begun their invasion of UkraineCredit: Getty And on Thursday morning a video clip surfaced showing players from Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv huddled together with their families in a hotel room. Journalist Arthur Quezada shared the video on Twitter - which saw them make a heartfelt plea to the Brazilian authorities for their evacuation. Shakhtar striker Junior Moraes, 34, sent a message saying: "The situation is one of despair. "I ask you to disclose this video so that it reaches the [Brazilian] government. "Borders are closed, banks [are shut], there is no...
    HEALTHY hair starts from the inside out. A health expert shared the 10 nutritious foods you must include in your diet for long and luscious locks. 4Salmon is packed with omega-3's which help your hair shineCredit: Alamy 4Both sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens are very beneficial for your hairCredit: Alamy SALMON Packed with omega-3's, salmon helps keep your hair shiny. Your body doesn't naturally produce these healthy fats, so making sure to get them from foods and supplements is super important. Omega-3's will not only keep your hair shiny but help it grow long and full too. GREEK YOGURT Protein is one of the most important nutrients to get in when growing your hair. Vitamin B5 is an ingredient in Greek yogurt that helps blood flow to your scalp, leading to hair growth. Another benefit of this vitamin is that it can help prevent hair thinning, helping your hair look thick and full of volume. Most read in HealthWARNING SIGNS The 8 signs your loved one is addicted to cocaine - Lottie Moss shares battleVIRAL LOAD The...
    Ever found yourself wondering 'why am I alone?' or 'is there anyone out there for me?'. Well, a physicist and computer programmer has a tool that just might help.  Steven Wooding from Southampton combined a love of astrophysics and statistics to build a tool that calculates the odds of finding 'the one'. It is based on the famous Drake Equation, which was formulated by American astrophysicist Dr Frank Drake in 1961 as a way to examine the likelihood of finding intelligent alien life somewhere in the known universe. It looks at increasingly unlikely factors, from the average rate of star formation, through to the fraction of planets that go on to develop intelligent life.  Wooding and his colleague Rijk de Wet, a data scientist, applied this approach to the dating world, estimating the chance of love from a range of factors, including population growth rate, attractiveness, age range and education level.  It even compares the chance of finding love based on your own criteria, which includes your opinion of how good looking you are, to the chance of finding aliens. ...
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