Armed Forces Day!!!
A day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces... We honor those who serve bravely and sacrifice selflessly for our us and our country.
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.
Today In History:
1642, the Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists.
1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif.
1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.
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Marine gets a surprise reunion with his partner in combat after 333 days apart. That partner? A yellow lab whom the soldier promised he'd look up after getting home...
When Marine Sgt. Ross Gundlach served as a dog handler in Afghanistan, he told the explosives-detecting yellow Labrador retriever that was his constant companion that he would look her up when he returned home.
“I promised her, if we made it out of alive, I'd do whatever it took to find her,” Gundlach said.
This week he made good on that vow with help from some sentimental state officials in Iowa who knew how to pull off a surprise.
Since leaving active duty to take classes at the University of Wisconsin this summer, the 25 year old Gundlach of Madison, Wis., had been seeking to adopt 4-year-old Casey. He learned that Casey had finished her military service and had been sent to the Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office, where she was being used to detect explosives.
Gundlach wrote to State Fire Marshal's Division Director Ray Reynolds, explaining the connection that he felt with the dog. He even has a tattoo on his right forearm depicting Casey with angel wings and a halo, sitting at the foot of a Marine.
Reynolds decided to arrange a surprise. First, he got in touch with the Iowa Elks Association, which agreed to donate $8,500 to buy another dog for the agency. Then Reynolds came up with a ruse to get Gundlach to Des Moines, telling Gundlach he needed to go to the State Capitol to plead his case in front of a “bureaucratic oversight committee.”
When Gundlach arrived with his parents, Reynolds told them the meeting had been delayed and invited them to join an Armed Forces Day celebration in the rotunda. There, hundreds of law enforcement officers, military personnel and civilians were seated, keeping the secret — until Casey was brought out.
When Gundlach saw the dog, he put his head in his hands and cried. She licked his face, wagging her tail furiously.
“It was a total surprise,” he said. “I owe her. I'll just try to give her the best life I can.”
Gov. Terry Branstad officially retired Casey from active duty during Friday's ceremony, thanking the dog for a “job well done.”
During the 150 missions they performed together, Gundlach said Casey never missed an explosive — she caught three before they could be detonated. He credits her for his making it back home safely.
Either this was a case of immaculate anteater conception, or Alf, the male, had somehow gotten the keys to Armani's pen one night in October...
An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.
Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center say they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun.
They feared that male, Alf, would kill another baby in the pen.
That left the mother Armani, and the young female, Alice, in the enclosure.
But little Archie was born in April anyway.
Marcella Leone, founder and director of the conservation center, suspects this might be a rare case of delayed implantation, when fertilized eggs remain dormant in the uterus for a period of time.
A tiny new camera developed at an Illinois university is giving researchers a bug's eye view....
The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths.
Team leader John Rogers is a professor of material science and chemistry and says he's been fascinated by bug's eyes since childhood. Their wide field of view helps insects like bees and flies escape dangers like humans who want to swat them.
The bug's eye camera is likely to be developed for uses ranging from security cameras to surgical endoscopes.
A deer has taken a ride on a western Pennsylvania bus....
It would have been hard to escape this viral video this week... In the video a white-tailed deer crashes through the windshield of a public bus about 65 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The deer hopped around frantically near the driver before jumping on empty seats and running in circles in the aisle.
Authorities say the driver stopped the bus and opened the door and the deer got off. Cambria County transportation spokesman Josh Yoder says it "just walked off the bus."
The bus was carrying one passenger, who was seated in the back far from the deer. No human injuries have been reported and no word on what happened to the deer.
Kitten survives 30-minute cycle in washing machine, emerges agitated, but fluffy and soft...
Eight-week-old Gollum is thought to have hidden in a pile of laundry to escape the noise of owner Lauren Gavin vacuming.
The kitties Mom 22 year old Lauren then added a load of clothes into the washing machine and put it on a full color wash without spotting her inside.
When she opened the washing machine half-an-hour later Gollum fell out unconscious.
Horrified Lauren, of Larkfield, Kent in the UK, said: “When I saw her I was devastated. She was meowing so faintly I could barely hear it, and she was hardly breathing. It was just so unexpected.
Lauren rushed the tortoiseshell to a nearby vets' clinic. Gollum was so cold and had so much fluid around her lungs that it took an hour to raise her temperature. But after being fitted with a drip the wet pet eventually came to and returned home the same night.
Lauren added: “She is practically back to her normal self. I’m so grateful to the vets for saving her life.”
Sweetest picture of dog and rescuer you could see today...
Eva, who works as a foster mom for Badass Brooklyn Foster Dog, rescued a one-eyed dachshund mix from a high-kill shelter in Alabama. She fell in love, bringing him back to her farm in Pennsylvania and naming him Captain Morgan.
Captain was eventually adopted by an awesome couple a few months ago, and it’s been happy-ever-after since. The couple brought Captain to a party orginized by the Foster Dog group where he was reunited with the woman who saved his life.
As soon as he saw Eva, he jumped into her arms to say “thank you.” and if you want to see the sweetest picture ever... head over to our facebook page... it is posted on our wall.
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