Could have been written by Homer Simpson/Doh! - "Vast Doughnut-shaped reef found in Australia" ABC.net - right behind the big one. Great Barrier Reef has a companion.
Gene Wilder died (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016) (Obit/The Guardian) and the song tributes rolled. Best of (my vote) was a truly inspired drum and bugle performance. AMC paid tribute by showing Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and other Wilder classics in theaters across the country. - Magical.
This colorful burger tribute advertises a special prize for the one who finds a golden ticket inside. HuffPo
Scientists picked up a sound from deep space and UFO enthusiasts cheered ... especially when it was suggested that type of signal had to be from a 'Kardashev' type civilization (thought to be way more intelligent than humans) and then the bubble burst. CNN reported that the source was likely a "terrestrial disturbance" - a similar ray of hope had been dashed decades ago with the discovery a Soviet military satellite had caused a signal anomaly...
Whatever... WE know they're out there and already here and playing a good game of: "Now (some of ) you see me..."
Lightening x3 - Norway CNN - a strike reportedly killed more than 300 reindeer. Soon after that report, a bolt in 2/Texas Independent/UK - killed 19 cows as they sheltered under a tree.
Prior to that was 3/a story of a guy who was standing in his kitchen when he was hit (and not the first time, seems he attracted another strike when he was on a roof.) by lightning. He said he was cutting a slice of turkey for his cat Emma. Credits the fact he didn't get hurt to a pair of slippers he had intended to toss out. Plans to save them now. If you want a pair: Marks and Spencer. Independent/UK
Science validating what all dog people know: Dogs understand us. They know when we are not serious and when we are. Never tease about treats... Daily Mail
Interview - Tis the season for Ghost Tours and since local sites fill up fast, I booked Rob Garcia of Elite Paranormalto get a head start for the Kansas City curious. I have been on a few sites with Rob and the group to explore and investigate suspected paranormal activity. More about Rob in the LA Times Rob remembers a site in a KC suburb - now in private ownership - that once was the home of an Antique shop and remains quite active. Visitors and shop workers reported seeing a little boy in the store. Children were more likely to see him.