New York City's Grand Central Station has agreed to host a replica of the world's largest snake to ever live - the titanoboa.
The 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound replica is about the size of a school bus, and arrives at the commuter hub Thursday. The reptile display is a part of the promotion of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer said the titanoboa will "scare the daylights out of people" as part of an effort to "communicate science to a lot of people." more >>
Nathan Adams has a big fish tale to tell friends! The angler recently caught a 738-pound Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of New Zealand, which may be a new record.
According to reports, Adams was fishing as part of a competition off Houhora, New Zealand. The competition was sponsored by the International Game Fish Association, which is still searching to see if Adams' catch is, in fact, a world record. If approved, it will claim the title of largest catch and bump off the current leader, a 716-pound Pacific tuna.
This is not the first large catch for Adams, even within the same competition. He also took home a 788-pound black marlin, which set a record for the Muriwai Sport Fishing Club. more >>
A couple has found a most unusual creature in their traps to keep squirrels away: a extremely rare purple squirrel.
Percy and Connie Emert keep several traps in their yard to keep squirrels away from bird feeders; the traps are cage-like and the confined squirrels are then released into the woods.
However, Percy told reporters his wife caught a very elusive creature in one of the traps. "I came home one day, recently, and my wife said, 'You're not going to believe it, but I saw a purple squirrel in the yard. So I put a trap out a trap with a couple of peanuts inside." more >>
The head of a national chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is siding with the law in a property battle between an African-American church and a white nationalist shop in South Carolina.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, a circuit judge in Laurens, N.C. ruled earlier this month that New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church is the rightful owner of a building that also houses The Redneck Shop, an infamous white power shop and KKK museum.
The white supremacist store began in 1996, only for one of the klansmen behind it to sell the property deed to the Rev. David Kennedy's church after a dispute with another KKK member a year later. The decision continues courting controversy given the awkward living arrangements between the black church and the white shop at the historic Echo Theater. more >>
Let’s play a word association game. When I use the word “evangelism” what comes to mind?
-A bullhorn? -A “Repent” sign? -A pointed index finger (resulting in a flipped up middle finger)?
Too often, too many of us have negative views of the word evangelism. Sadly, the 2,000 year old practice of evangelism has 2,000 years worth of baggage that comes with it (i.e. the inquisition, burning heretics at the stake, Jim Jones, etc.) In the early church the baggage was merely carry-on. But today, there is so much baggage associated with evangelism that we are forced to check it and tempted to chuck it. more >>
As presidential candidate Ron Paul's poll numbers have risen, allegations that he authored a newsletter with racist sentiments have resurfaced.
The Texas congressman denies any association with the newsletters. Paul told CNN Wednesday, “I've never read that stuff. ... I was probably aware of it 10 years after it was written and it's been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time. ... I didn't write them, didn't read them at the time, and I disavow them.”
Paul was also asked about the newsletters when he ran for president in 2008. The New Republic, a liberal magazine, has done some of the most prolific reporting on the topic and takes the position that Paul authored, or condoned, all of the newsletters. It published an article titled, “Angry White Man: The bigoted past of Ron Paul,” on Jan. 8, 2008, the eve of the New Hampshire primary. more >>