But the wild part about this whole story is that it started between a man and his son.
We all know that father-son rivalries are not only a thing, but are practically a right of passage. But this arm-wrestling match went too far. This is what happened.
Curtis Zimmerman was drinking when he challenged his son to an arm-wrestling competition. After losing to his son multiple times, the 55-year-old dad became “agitated,” and the two got into a physical fight.
The father then grabbed a gun and shot two bullets into the ceiling when he son was going upstairs. Police were dispatched to the scene around 12:58 a.m. Monday after reports “of a subject with a weapon.’
Two family members were unarmed and outside when the deputies arrived. But immerman refused commands from officers to go outside, and thus led to an 8-hour standoff.
Boone County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Florence Police Department SWAT Team came to assist with the standoff. Throughout the morning, a hostage negotiation team talked with Zimmerman and he eventually surrendered without incident just before 8:30 a.m. the next morning.
Zimmerman is set to be evaluated at a local hospital before being transported to the Boone County Detention Center. He has been charged with one count of wanton endangerment and will have a $5,000 cash bond.
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But if aliens do visit Earth, why don’t we ever see anything they might’ve left behind? Sure, there’s an occasional purported alien artefact – in addition to whatever what was involved in the Roswell crash – but if there were regular extraterrestrial visitors to Earth, you’d think they’d leave behind otherworldly sandwich wrappers or something.
But now we may have just found something. State officials in Utah have discovered a strange object sticking out of the ground in the middle of the desert.
What they found sure looks alien. It’s a 10-foot-tall shiny metal monolith, jutting out of Utah desert.
Anyone who’s watched 2001: Space Odyssey should be having chills right about now. The find is eerily similar to the black ominous rectangle responsible for human evolution that was depicted in the movie.
But what on Earth is the strange object? Is it even from Earth?
A Strange Discovery
The strange object was discovered on November 18 by officials from the Utah Department of Public Safety, who were giving a helicopter ride to their colleagues from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
They had taken to the air to perform a count of bighorn sheep in a part of southeastern Utah. As they were flying over the Red Rock Country – a particularly famous desert landscape – one of the biologist onboard the chopper noticed something on the ground.
Between the red rock faces, something metallic was shining.
“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” the helicopter’s pilot Bret Hutchings told KSL TV.
“He was like: ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like: ‘What?’ And he’s like: ‘There’s this thing back there – we’ve got to go look at it!’”
Not one to turn down such an enthusiastic request, the pilot identified a suitable landing spot. He brought the craft down, and the officials began to walk toward the thing they’d found.
And there it was. In the middle of nowhere, hidden between tall cliffs, stood a rectangular, polished silvery metal monolith.
“I’d say it’s probably between 10 and 12 feet-high,” Hutchings said.
The Out-of-place Oddity
Not only was the monolith itself strange, but its location made it even more eerie. There was no immediate indication of who had brought it there.
The officials found no footprints or car tracks. It was as if the thing had fallen out of the sky and buried itself in the ground.
What’s weirder, the soil around the spot is particularly hard-packed. It would’ve taken some serious effort to dig and cut a hole big enough to hold the monolith upright.
Yet, there was no sign of such activity either.
“That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying,” Hutchings told KSL TV.
“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it.”
The crew couldn’t figure out the purpose of the object, either. They speculated that it might have some space-based applications.
“We were, like, thinking is this something NASA stuck up there or something. Are they bouncing satellites off it or something?”
Maybe it was NASA. Or maybe it was… Aliens.
Well, probably not. At least the helicopter crew doesn’t think so.
The thing is definitely an artificial construct, but the helicopter crew figured that it’s more of an art piece than any alien object.
“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big Space Odyssey fan,” Hutchings said.
Whatever the monolith’s purpose, Utah Bureau of Land Management is currently determining whether it warrants a further investigation. Meanwhile, they’ve decided not to reveal the object’s exact location to the public.
“It is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue,” Utah Department of Public Safety said.
Yeah, right. That sounds exactly the kind of story they’d come up with to keep us in the dark about alien encounters!
Speaking of aliens, if the monolith is of extraterrestrial origin, its owners might be in for a hefty fine if Utah officials catch them trying to retrieve their metal rectangle.
“It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the Department of Public Safety reminded.
If you’re body-horror adverse, tread no further, it’s as gruesome as you think.
Snake eels are hard-to-kill with hard heads and iron wills, they often burrow back out of the predators who consume them.
Nature is a brutal, unforgiving place. The fact the sun goes down at 3:30 in the afternoon should be reason enough to accept that as fact, but if you’re unconvinced (or a masochist), I present to you the eel. Researchers published a study in the Memoirs of the Queensland Museum journal about snake eels. They’re hard-headed, tough-to-kill guys who burrow out of the stomachs of the fish who eat them.
Make Sure Your Food is Dead
Not to victim-blame here, but if you’re not going to chew your food, then you have to accept that some horrific things can happen–like your brunch shreds your innards. In these circumstances, the snake eels rarely make it back out into the world. The predator’s immune system encloses them in a cyst or abscess, where they’re mummified. Presumably, the predator dies as well.
John Pogonoski, one of the snake eel researchers, told Live Science that their colleague once found a snake eels writhing around inside of a fish they caught and were about to eat. That sight alone would put me off food for a good long while.
A few weeks ago, Sam Davis, an engineer by trade who takes wildlife photos to relax, got the shot of a lifetime. He took a series of pictures of a Delaware heron flying around with a snake eel wriggling out of her neck. Traumatizing.
Just Out for a Nice Flight
Both the heron and the eel look remarkably casual in the photos, which are worth checking out on Live Science. Pogonoski even gave the heron even chances of surviving the encounter, as long as the wound didn’t get infected. The fact an eel-sized hole in the neck isn’t an instant death sentence for an animal is further evidence of how brutal it is.
However, the eel may have been in worse shape following its madcap dash for freedom. They require specific salinity if you remember our story about the freedom fighter dumping 100 eels into a Brooklyn lake. So if the two animals finally parted over land or a freshwater lake, the snake eel would still die.
Want to be a hero this holiday season? Be like this guy and tip generously for your takeout.
The anonymous man tipped $3K on a $7 beer the day before the restaurant shuttered for coronavirus.
If you’ve been following the ongoing devastation from the pandemic, restaurants are heading into a long, cold, dark winter. Usually, corporate holiday parties, family get-togethers, and drunken revelers fill their dining rooms this time of year. With the increasing danger from COVID, states are making the tough decision to halt indoor dining hoping to tamp down the ever-increasing daily record for total cases.
Restaurants are Suffering
Alongside the restaurant owners devastated by the pandemic are the restaurant workers. Servers and bartenders depend on tips for their survival, and with takeout only, they’re struggling to make ends meet. For one restaurant in Cleveland, the struggle became insurmountable.
Nighttown opted for a voluntary shut down to protect its employees and guests in the face of rising infection rates in Ohio. Their last service, for the time being, was brunch on Sunday.
An unnamed gentleman stopped by for a single beer, which came to $7.02. He filled out the receipt, told the server to split the tip with the rest of the waitstaff, and carried on with his day. Brendan Ring, Nighttown’s owner, ran after him when he saw the amount. The guest left a whopping $3,000 tip on his seven-dollar beer.
Ring chased down the man to make sure he didn’t mean $3, $30, or even $300. The anonymous hero said it was no mistake when Ring caught up with him and that he’d be back when Nighttown reopened.
You, Too, Can Be A Hero
For a country struggling to pay its mortgage or put groceries on the table, $3,000 is make-or-break money. According to the Associated Press, four servers worked the brunch service, but $750 might be their rent for the month.
The landscape of the restaurant industry is dramatically changing. If you only eat at Olive Garden and PF Chang’s, you may not notice. But 100,000 restaurants closed between March and August of this year, and the number’s just going to keep growing. It’s not the big chains feeling the pinch of the recession either, it’s all the awesome neighborhood spots with the best dumplings, wings, or tacos.
Even for long-established neighborhood spots, increasing rent, razor-thin margins, and having to shutter or limit service for months at a time without sustained relief from the government has just been too much.
Takeout will be the only way we can enjoy our favorite spots this winter, so show your neighborhood restaurants some love.
And if this guy can leave $3000 to help a restaurant in his community, then we can all leave at least 25 percent when we pick up our takeout.