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Oldest living man passes away
Alexander Imich, the world's oldest living man, passed away on Monday
at the age of 111, four months after earning that title.
Imich emigrated to the United States from Poland in the 1950s and
settled down in New York.
He worked as a chemist, had a doctorate in zoology, and was an expert
on paranormal activity.
"It was his work that he was most proud of, and he was happiest when
the attention included his scientific work," his longtime friend Michael
Mannion said.His wife, an artist and therapist named Wela, passed away
in 1986 and his apartment was filled with her artwork. Imich credits his
good genes for his long life -his father lived to his 90s- but Mannion
says his curiosity and passion for life were the real keys."He had such
an ability to turn adversity into something positive. That intense
curiosity was there until the last days," said Mannion. However, Imich
was not the oldest living person-there are 66 women older than him!
1,000 people eat world's hottest pepper
Think you can handle spicy food? The 1,000 people who gathered in
Copenhagen, Denmark to eat the world's hottest pepper thought they could
but they were wrong.
Just how hot are ghost peppers? On the Scoville scale of hotness, a
fiery jalapeño pepper ranks between 3,500 and 4,000 SHUs. The favourite
condiment of spice-lovers, Tabasco sauce, ranks between 30,000 and
50,000 SHUs. The ghost pepper ranges between an incredible 800,000 to
over one million SHUs! You would have to put more than 230 jalapeño
peppers in your mouth to pack the same spicy punch as one small ghost
pepper! It is so hot that India's Defence Research and Development
Organization has been researching how to make it into a weapon similar
to tear gas. Tear gas is a very effective weapon that police often use
it to subdue people who may be dangerous. Just one small spray to the
eyes will make anyone unable to move because of the burning pain it
The idea to gather 1,000 brave, daredevils in one place and have them
eat ghost peppers was the idea of pepper enthusiast Claus Pilgaard who
made a name for himself by eating hot peppers on YouTube.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house during the challenge, not because
everyone was sad but because the peppers were so hot they made
everyone's eyes water. Some people even threw up!
There was plenty of milk on hand for people who couldn't take the
heat anymore. (Did you know that milk is much more effective at cooling
down your mouth after eating spicy foods than water?) -
Posessed girl's laughing caused by tumour
A six-year-old girl in Bolivia can't stop laughing, but it isn't
because someone told a funny joke.
The girl, whose name is not known, randomly starts laughing and can't
She has visited many doctors, most of whom diagnosed her with "misbehaviour"
or said she was crazy, spoiled, or even possessed! "It's not necessarily
'hahaha' laughing," said Dr. Solomon Moshé, pediatric surgeon at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine in New York.
"There's no happiness in this. Some of the children may be very
scared." Dr. José Liders Burgos Zuleta decided to take an MRI scan of
her brain to see if he could pinpoint the uncontrollable laughter to
something in her brain. They discovered she had a small, non-cancerous
tumour pressing against the temporal lobe of her brain, the part that
involves understanding language, memories, emotions and processing input
from all senses.
The laughing bouts she was experiencing were called galactic
seizures. They are a very rare form of epilepsy that is usually caused
by tumours in the hypothalamus in children, an almond-sized section of
the brain responsible for hormone production that regulates body
temperature, emotion, hunger, thirst and sleep. Now, the tumour has been
removed and the girl no longer laughs uncontrollably - only when she