Month: January 2014
He has been in a medically induced coma for over a month, but former Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher’s sedation is being reduced to start the “waking up process,” his agent said Thursday.
Schumacher suffered severe head trauma in a skiing accident at the French Alps resort of Meribel on December 29.
The announcement marks a key change to Schumacher’s condition, which has been routinely described as “stable” by agent Sabine Kehm in recent weeks.
“Michael’s sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking up process which may take a long time,” she said in a statement on Thursday.
“For the protection of the family, it was originally agreed by the interested parties to communicate this information only once this process was consolidated.
“Please note that no further updates will be given.”
Kehm went on to repeat previous requests for the media to respect the privacy of Schumacher’s family.
“The family of Michael Schumacher is again requesting to respect its privacy and the medical secret, and to not disturb the doctors treating Michael in their work. At the same time, the family wishes to express sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy.”
A seven-time world champion whose F1 career ended in 2012, Schumacher has been treated in Grenoble since his accident.
Neurosurgeons there operated twice to remove blood clots on the brain and reduce swelling, the reason he has been kept asleep since the surgery.
The German has been inundated with support from around the world during his stay, with his former stable Mercedes running the message “Keep Fighting Michael” on its silver livery when they revealed their new car for testing on Monday.
The Ferrari team, who Schumacher raced for between 1996 and 2006, also showed their support for their five-time world champion this week in the Spanish city Jerez, where teams are conducting winter testing ahead of the new F1 season.
On the eve of the first day of testing, the team’s crew posed with a pit board showing the message “Forza Michael” while the new F14-T scarlet racer made its track debut with the same words of encouragement.
On Tuesday, the team published a note from Niki Lauda, who won two world championships for Ferrari in the 1970s, which read: “Michael, every day I follow your improvements and every day I am close to you. I hope I can speak to you very, very soon!”
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso told CNN that F1 was “still in shock” over Schumacher’s accident and condition.
“The day that I received the news I could not believe it to be honest,” Alonso, who was speaking in Madrid on Wednesday at an exhibition that charts the course of the driver’s career.
“He was the man that can beat anything and can win any race and can do anything without any worries, so to see him and to see the accident …
“We’re all hoping every day to have some good news coming from the hospital,” added Alonso.
In early January, a French prosecutor investigating the accident said that speed was not a reason for Schumacher’s fall.
His investigative team believe the experienced skier hit a rock hidden beneath the snow, while traversing an area between two marked pistes, which catapulted him face first onto another rock.
Schumacher ended up 9 meters (30 feet) from the edge of the piste, said prosecutor Patrick Quincy.
Footage filmed on a small camera attached to Schumacher’s helmet has been used to help the investigators’ analysis.
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In order to save a few bucks, a Las Vegas man is willing to lose something very precious — one of his testicles.
Mark Parisi is a self-proclaimed tightwad who is so cheap that he is willing to have one of his nuts removed in order to earn $35,000.
“What you do is you go in and you donate one of your testicles, they replace it with an artificial one and when you check out after 14 days you get a check for $35,000,” Parisi said on an episode of the TLC series “Extreme Tightwads” airing Nov. 6.
When he’s not selling his balls, Parisi works as a marketer for an upscale coffee shop and bakery. He says participating in clinical trials helps him avoid spending his full-time salary.
There are other advantages to being a human Guinea pig: He gets free checkups, which can save him around $700.
Parisi estimates he’s saved more than $150,000 over the past two years by participating in other medical studies, including an Ebola virus study that paid $5,000 a week, the Province Journal reported.
Amazingly, the testicle removal isn’t the nuttiest trial Parisi wanted to do.
That dubious honor goes to the “flatline” study. In it, volunteers would agree to have their heart stopped.
“They stop your heart for one minute,but you still breathe,” Parisi said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The 14-day study would have paid him $25,000, but, sadly for his bank account, the Food and Drug Administration nixed the study.
Some siblings just don’t know how to share. In New Jersey, police say a man brutally stabbed his brother over the last can of Pepsi. You know you can get another can from the store for, like, a dollar, right? The report alleges that the 50-year-old victim and his brother, Michael Charles, were watching the NFC Championship game with their mother. Both brothers were supposedly highly intoxicated, and Charles was upset that the 49ers were losing. Then, according to NJ.com, “When the 50-year-old asked his brother not to take the last can of Pepsi, his brother told him ‘to go f— yourself’ and then picked up a pipe and struck him in the head, the report said.” Just for the record, it’s kind of tough for someone to go f— himself when you’re in the middle of beating him half to death. The brother allegedly then also proceeded to stab the victim with a small knife. The victim was then able to grab a knife and attempted to fight back, stabbing his brother in the arm, according to police. By the time authorities arrived, they claim the crime scene was covered in blood. That would be great for Pepsi product placement in a horror film, but not so much in a random house in New Jersey. Charles now faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Hope it was all worth it for a soda — it might be the last one he gets for a while. Behold, the new Pepsi slogan: “So good, it’s worth serious jail time!”
[Source: Jersey City man stabbed multiple times by brother in fight over last can of Pepsi: cops]
A student in Utah decided to make a point by paying for his college tuition in $1 bills.
21-year-old Luq Mughal decided that he was going to protest the heavy price of tuition, at least in his way, by paying in the way he did. Luq spoke to the Daily Utah Chronicle about his plight:
“I had to pull some serious strings to even get everything to pay for my tuition this semester, and I wanted it to feel worthwhile. I decided that … I would feel a little better if I did it like that,”he said.
It almost seems that students are dissuaded from joining colleges who require many thousands of dollars for their courses and make hopeful students stand in line for more than three hours when it comes time to sign up.
Luq Mughal is a very busy 21-year-old. He already attends classes 10 hours a day on weekdays and works long shifts at his local Home Depot on the weekend. Even though Luq decided that he was going to make life a little difficult for the administration workers at the university billing department, his intention was to make a point about the exorbitant college fees. He said that while he was waiting in line a number of other students were peeking over his shoulder, wondering what he had in the chest he was carrying. “Everyone was peeking over my shoulder when I opened the chest,” he said. Lug went into more detail as to why he decided to pay his tuition in $1 bills:When you spend cash, you feel every dollar that you hand over to someone else. You feel that you’re losing that. If you just swipe your card, it could be 10,000 or 100,000 bucks and you don’t really feel it. When you actually slide over a huge pile of cash, you really feel like you’ve spent that. That’s your money, and you also want to make that worthwhile by doing well in school.
It’s clear that Luq Mughal is a student with a lot of passion and isn’t scared to speak his mind about things that are important to him. He told the Salt Lake Tribune that he wished more students would have paid for their tuition in $1 bills. “If everyone here brought a chest of money like this, I’m sure by the end of the day, there would be a lot of people talking about it that could actually make a difference in what we are paying for tuition,” he said.
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Lightning struck Rio’s Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers. Rio de Janeiro, which has been getting lit up with lightning storms this week, just got hit with another one—and this one struck the city’s famous 125-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue on top of the Corcovado mountain.
A lightning bolt broke off a few fingers on his right hand. According to the National Institute of Space Research (in Portuguese), more than 40,000 lightning flashes (!) hit the area during the three hour storm. And when you put a giant statue on top of a hill, well, that’s bound to attract some lightning bolts. On average, Christ the Redeemer usually gets struck with lightning 3-5 times per year. Lightning struck Rio’s Jesus Christ statue and broke off his fingers
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The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website.
Noisey has an in-depth interview with the founder of Yeezianity, who explains that to become a member, one simply has to believe in a few key principles that the group calls the “5 Pillars”:
1. All things created must be for the good of all. 2. No human being’s right to express themselves must ever be repressed. 3. Money is unnecessary except as a means of exchange. 4. Man possesses the power to create everything he wants and needs. 5. All human suffering exists to stimulate the creative powers of Man.
The group’s founder, who has chosen to remain anonymous and created Yeezianity about a month ago, claims the religion is real.
“In a lot of ways, after I created it, I reflected on it and thought that this was just a rehashing of Christianity, but just throwing Yeezus instead of Jesus,” he explained to Noisey. “And you know what? That’s why I felt Kanye did it. He just put the name there. Jesus has all this baggage and all these connotations, and Yeezus is this new thing — and that’s why I say in the ‘Our Savior’ part of the site, ‘We don’t speak of his public persona.’ Because Yeezus is when Kanye elevates to that God-level, which I feel like we all have the potential to do. That’s why if it takes off, in the future, people would forget Kanye and his antics, and instead focus on what the message is.”
No word on whether West is aware that he has inspired a religion, but we’re pretty sure the discovery won’t have any effect on his ego.
SOURCE: HUFFINGTON POST