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Irish town seeks ‘buzz kill’ after mysterious sound keeps residents up at night

November 17, 2023

A bizarre humming sound has seized a small town in Northern Ireland, perplexing residents who say it’s keeping them up at night. The mysterious buzzing has continued for weeks in Omagh, a town of 20,000 people 50 miles west of Belfast, with authorities unable to say what’s causing it or where it’s coming from, reports the New York Post.

Local Councillor Stephen Donnelly said the plaguing sound may seem trivial—but it has become a serious concern for some residents. “What we need to do is establish the facts and get to the bottom of this and then take action to resolve this,” Donnelly recently told the BBC.

“I appreciate that when a story like this is kind of draped in mystery and intrigue that it can very easily become a subject of trivialization; but certainly from people I have spoken to … they are very concerned about the ability that they have to make sure they get a good night’s sleep,” he added.

“It may well be that it’s seasonal or weather-related but these things often don’t turn out to be simple and it may be a multitude of sources.”

Donnelly said he was contacted by a group of residents in one area of Omagh in late October, but the phenomenon had since spread to other parts of the town.

Residents “usually characterize it as a persistent buzz or hum” that was distinct from more common noise such as traffic, he said.

One man described the sound as “like a vibrating noise, real loud at night, about 12 or 1 every night”, telling the BBC it had woken him up at night.

The Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has launched an investigation into the humming, but it has so far been unable to trace its source. With the investigation so far fruitless, the council says it’s getting ready to call in audio experts.

The situation is reminiscent of the 1970s “Bristol hum,” during which hundreds of people in the U.K. city of Bristol reported a strange buzzing noise. After falling silent for decades, the low-level Bristol hum returned in 2016 before dissipating once more.

The phenomenon, known widely as “The Hum”, has been reported across the globe for the past five decades, including in Australia.

Several theories exist as to where the strange noise comes from, ranging from tinnitus to factory noise to conspiracy theories.

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Amazing double rainbow appears over NYC on 9/11

September 13, 2023

New Yorkers have been moved to tears by stunning footage of a double rainbow arched across the city on the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, reports the New York Post.

Big Apple resident Meg Wall (TikTok/@megkwall) filmed the colors lighting up the sky from the windows of her Upper East Side apartment on Monday following an afternoon thunderstorm. “The most insane thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Wall captioned the clip, which immediately went viral, quickly clocking up more than 6 million views.

In Wall’s video, the rainbows stretch over downtown Manhattan, with one of them seeming to originate near the World Trade Center site itself.

Many were left stirred by the stunning scene, saying it was not a coincidence that the double rainbows appeared on September 11. “TWO rainbows on the 22nd anniversary,” one remarked. “Out of all places, out of all days.”

Others asserted that the rainbows were a sign that 9/11 victims were watching over their loved ones. “Feels like a message to everyone that’s still here. The world can be beautiful, even in times of mourning and grief,” one declared.

“They are watching over us,” a second person stated. “They hear our cries. It’s a promise heaven is real. Beautiful.”

On Monday morning, politicians, first responders, and relatives of the deceased gathered at Ground Zero to mark the 22nd anniversary of the attacks. All 2,977 men, women and children who died on that dark day had their names read aloud in what has now become an annual tradition.

The event also included six moments of silence to recognize when each WTC tower was struck and fell; as well as when the Pentagon was attacked and when the hijacked Flight 93 crashed.

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Study: People who ‘manifest’ big dreams are more likely to go bankrupt

September 12, 2023

If you dream it, you can do it—or maybe just go broke. Manifesting—the suddenly trendy practice of thinking aspirational thoughts or ideas in order to “cosmically attract” success—might not be as harmlessly woo-woo as it’s hyped up to be, the New York Post reports.

Indeed, those who believe in the practice of manifesting are at higher risk of going bankrupt, according to findings of a new study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia also found that daydream believers were more likely to be lured into risky investments and more apt to dangerously presume that they can achieve an unrealistic level of success in a short amount of time.

“In our studies we defined manifestation as the belief that if you send out your desires to the universe through positive thoughts, visualization or acting as if goals have already come true—like writing a pretend cheque to yourself—the universe will deliver what you desire,” lead study author Lucas Dixon told The Times UK.

Researchers analyzed what 375 people thought about manifestation, asking them to rate on a seven-point scale whether or not they agreed with statements such as: “I attract success into my life with the help of the universe or a higher power,” “My soul, spirit or higher self helps me attract success,” and “The universe or a higher power sends me people and events to aid my success.”

For every increased point on the scale, people were 40% more likely to have experienced bankruptcy and 30% more likely to have cryptocurrency investments, but less likely to have invested in stocks.

“Given the value of crypto has a history of having massive gains over short time-frames, we imagine that this finding is related to the fact that manifesters have a stronger belief in getting rich quickly,” Dixon said.

Manifestation could lead to people fixating more on symbolic actions—like visualizing success, rather than instrumental actions, such as managing personal finances.

Those who believe in manifesting are “more likely to feel they have control over fairly uncontrollable aspects of their life —whether they get rich quick or become famous,” Dixon said. “In business, this could lead to an opportunity cost, where time is spent focusing on more uncontrollable long-term goals rather than controllable short-term goals.”

But some of the findings were shocking to Dixon.

“I think we expected to see overoptimism, given this seems to be part of the belief system, but some of the less obvious results, like bankruptcy and belief in getting rich quick, were surprising,” he said.

“Another possibility is that people develop stronger belief in manifestation after they have had experiences with get-rich-quick schemes or having been bankrupt. This is something we yet don’t know.”

He also was surprised to discover how many people genuinely believed in manifestation—one in three participants had a degree of doubt.

“This may be due to the ongoing popularity of books like ‘The Secret’ and ‘Think and Grow Rich,’ but also the rise of social media influencers,” he said.

As of Friday morning, September 9, the manifestation hashtag on TikTok has 43 billion views.

“Manifesters seem to be overly optimistic, believing they are more likely to be successful in the future, in shorter timeframes, meaning they may overestimate the odds of success,” Dixon said.

“Focusing on positive aspects of one’s life, as manifesters tend to do, helps people feel good and to be more resilient, Dixon continued. “However, it may lead to downplaying negative but important signs of business fragility, such as mounting debt.

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What is NuCalm? Is Meghan Markle’s skin patch a scam?

August 17, 2023

Meghan Markle recently had the Internet buzzing after paparazzi snaps showed the Duchess of Sussex strolling casually through Montecito, California, flaunting an unusual skin patch on her left wrist, reports the New York Post.

Eagle-eyed observers noted that the patch is just one product sold by an obscure wellness company called NuCalm.

The topical treatment, as the name implies, claims to bring calm and relaxation to stressed-out celebrities—or anyone with $50 a month to subscribe.

Meghan But does NuCalm actually work? Or is it just another costly New Age gimmick?

The product is marketed with a windstorm’s worth of woo-woo, or pseudo-scientific jargon, such as the following:

“The NuCalm biosignal processing disc is a revolutionary delivery mechanism that activates the parasympathetic nervous system, by tapping into the body’s Pericardium Meridian with particular electromagnetic frequencies of inhibitory neurotransmitters to interrupt the HPA axis and downregulate sympathetic tone,” according to the company’s website.

And despite several online endorsements claiming that the NuCalm devices are “FDA-approved,” there’s no evidence that the company has received a stamp of approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“The FDA is not aware of any legally marketed medical devices under the trade name: NuCalm Biosignal Processing Disc,” an FDA spokesperson told the Post.

The manufacturer did not respond to the Post’s telephone messages, but one woman’s experience with a suite of NuCalm devices and products was thoroughly underwhelming.

“The NuCalm treatment itself was perfectly pleasant,” Kayleigh Roberts wrote on Grateful, after being fitted with headphones playing soothing sounds and the company’s now-famous wrist patch.

But after experiencing no real effects, “I left feeling disappointed and a little anxious about my failure to feel less anxious through the treatment,” Roberts said.

Roberts also chewed on a tablet purportedly containing GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, a naturally-produced compound that’s known to produce a calming effect, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

However, the use of GABA supplements to treat insomnia, anxiety, or other conditions is questionable at best, say medical researchers.

“There is some evidence in favor of a calming effect of GABA food supplements, but most of this evidence was reported by researchers with a potential conflict of interest,” said the authors of a study from Frontiers in Psychology.

The jury, then, is still out about the effectiveness—if any—of the NuCalm Biosignal Processing Disc.

But the company wasted no time in using the Duchess of Sussex’s image to promote their products. After photos of Meghan Markle with the wrist patch became available, NuCalm posted them—along with a free seven-day promotional trial offer —on their Instagram feed.

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TikTok to limit screen time for under-18 users to one hour a day

March 2, 2023

Tick-tock … Time could be running out for the teens of TikTok.

The New York Post reports that, on Wednesday, March 1, the juggernaut viral video platform announced major changes for under-18 users, with a one-hour daily screen time limit set to be introduced in the coming weeks in an effort to curb endless scrolling that some argue is turning youths into “boring beasts.”

The goal: Reining in the way teens interact with the increasingly popular—and controversial— app. The new restrictions come after the White House on Monday ordered government agencies to rid their devices of the Chinese-owned TikTok within 30 days in an effort to prevent China’s communist government from spying on the United States.

“We believe digital experiences should bring joy and play a positive role in how people express themselves, discover ideas, and connect,” said Cormac Keenan, TikTok’s head of Trust and Safety, in a statement. “We’re improving our screen time tool with more custom options, introducing new default settings for teen accounts, and expanding Family Pairing with more parental controls.”

The new 60-minute time limit will be automatically applied to every user under 18 years of age, who will be asked to enter a passcode to continue scrolling after an hour.

For users under 13, the limit also will be set to 60 minutes—but a parent or guardian will need to set or enter an existing passcode to enable 30 minutes of additional watch time.

Keenan said TikTok consulted current academic research and experts from the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital when deciding how long the time restriction should be.

“Research also shows that being more aware of how we spend our time can help us be more intentional about the decisions we make,” Keenan said. “So, we’re also prompting teens to set a daily screen time limit, if they opt out of the 60-minute default and spend more than 100 minutes on TikTok in a day.”

According to Keenan, tests that implemented this feature “helped increase the use of our screen time tools by 234%.” In addition to the limit on screen time, the app will also send every teenage account a weekly recap of their screen time.

The video-sharing app will also introduce new features to Family Pairing. Parents or guardians will be able to link their TikTok account to a younger user’s account and custom daily screen time limits will be introduced, which allows families to increase or decrease screen time depending on their schedules (i.e. school holidays).

A screen time dashboard will also be introduced to Family Pairing, providing a breakdown of the number of times TikTok has been opened, and a breakdown of total time spent on the platform during the day and night.

Mute notifications will be introduced, allowing a new setting that enables parents to set a schedule to mute notifications. Accounts held by users aged 13 to 15 already do not receive push notifications after 9 p.m., and accounts aged 16 to 17 have push notifications disabled from 10 p.m.

Studies have shown the effect of TikTok on the brain, with researchers linking it to short attention spans and an increase in ADHD diagnosis in children

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Donald Trump gets a tax break by burying ex-wife Ivana at his golf club

August 2, 2022

Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana was buried in a gold-hued coffin at the former president’s New Jersey golf club last month, following an Upper East Side funeral service  at which she was remembered as a woman who was “adored,” reports Fortune Magazine.

However, the Trump family has been accused of having ulterior motives, Fortune says, for choosing the golf course as her final resting places—motives that could benefit the family patriarch’s finances.

Trump’s first wife—and mother to his three oldest children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric—passed away in July.

She was laid to rest at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to the New York Post, which reported that her grave was “not too far from the main clubhouse” and below the backside of the first tee.

Documents  published by ProPublica show that the Trump Family Trust previously sought to designate a property in Hackettstown—around 20 miles from the golf course where Ivana now is buried—as a non-profit cemetery company.

Indeed, defining the golf course as a cemetery could grant the business a whole raft of tax breaks.

Under New Jersey law, land being used for cemetery purposes is exempt from real estate and personal property taxes, as well as sales tax, inheritance tax, business tax and income tax.

Cemetery property is also exempt from sale for collection of judgements, with cemetery trust funds and trust income exempt from both tax and sale or seizure for collection of judgments against the company.

Ivana Trump is the only known person to have been buried onsite at Trump National Golf Club, according to reports.

Brooke Harrington, a tax researcher and professor of sociology at Dartmouth, said in a tweet on Sunday, July 31, that using the golf course as a cemetery was “a trifecta of tax avoidance.”

She added that in New Jersey, there was “no stipulation regarding a minimum [number] of human remains necessary for the tax breaks to kick in.”

“Looks like one corpse will suffice to make at least three forms of tax vanish,” she said.

A representative from the Trump Organization told Fortune in an email on Monday that links being made between Ivana Trump’s grave site and tax laws were “truly evil.”

Trump himself has previously expressed wishes to be buried at his New Jersey golf club, telling the New York Post  in 2007 that he wanted to be laid to rest in the “beautiful land” of Bedminster.

“Mr. Trump … specifically chose this property for his final resting place as it is his favorite property,” his company wrote in a 2014 filing  seen by The  Washington Post.

The filing sought approval to build a ten-plot private family mausoleum at Trump National Golf Club.

Resistance from local decisionmakers reportedly led to withdrawals and resubmittals of proposed burial sites over the years, with Trump’s ideas ranging from a small but opulent family mausoleum to a 1,000-grave site that would see plots for sale to members of the golf club.

While registering the golf course as a cemetery would exempt it from taxes, the former president already found a way to slash his tax bill for the New Jersey club by registering it as a farm, the Huffington Post  reported in 2019.

Trump reportedly owns several goats and farms hay at the resort, which reduced his tax bill by around $88,000 a year, according to a Huffington Postanalysis

Under this arrangement, the golf course was taxed at just over $6 an acre in 2019, rather than $462 an acre.

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Bloated Vladimir Putin video emboldens chatter that Russian leader is sick

April 25, 2022

New video shows Russian President Vladimir Putin looking bloated and awkwardly gripping a table for support—heightening suspicions that the warmongering president is seriously ill, reports The New York Post.

The footage— released by the Kremlin on Thursday, April 21—shows Putin, 69, tightly gripping the table with his right hand as soon as he sits down; then, keeping it there throughout the nearly 12-minute clip.

Putin sits with hunched shoulders and regularly fidgets and taps his toes during the briefing with his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, who also is rumored to be suffering health woes.

The clip shows Putin and his key adviser “both depressed & seemingly in bad health,”  tweeted Anders Aslund, a Swedish economist who was previously an adviser to Russia.

Former UK politician Louise Mensch said that  the footage appeared to back earlier reports that “Vladimir Putin has Parkinson’s D


“Here you can see him gripping the table so that his shaking hand is not visible but he cannot stop his foot from tapping,” she wrote.

Other reports have suggested that Putin has recently had 35 secret meetings with a cancer doctor— and has been bathing in the blood of deer antlers. The Kremlin has denied he has the disease.

Professor Erik Bucy, a body language expert from Texas Tech University, noted to The Sun that Putin’s face looked clearly bloated, saying it “reinforces an unhealthy appearance.”

“It’s an astonishingly weakened Putin compared to the man we observed even a few years ago,” Bucy told the outlet.

“An able-bodied president would not need to keep himself propped up with a hand held out for leverage and would not be concerned about keeping both feet planted on the ground.”

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YouTuber MrBeast recreates ‘Squid Game’ with $456,000 top prize

November 30, 2021

Hundreds of cash-strapped “Squid Game” fans recently competed in a real-life recreation of the dystopian smash-hit Netflix series for a $456,000 cash prize, reports the New York Post.

Popular YouTuber MrBeast, who boasts 81.5 million subscribers, said he spent US$3.5 million on the elaborate reenactment, in which 456 contestants battled for the jackpot.

The social media star, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, said on Twitter that it cost him around $2 million to build and produce, while he spent around $1.5 million on prizes.

In addition to the six-figure first prize, Donaldson doled out $2,000 to every competitor and $10,000 to the runner-up.

The recreation included the same Korean children’s games played in “Squid Game,” such as Red Light, Green Light; marbles and tug-of-war —played within huge sets that took weeks to construct.

However, there was one major difference from the real-life show: No contestants were harmed.

Instead, players were rigged with “wireless explosives” packed with fake blood that burst open when a player was eliminated. In the tug-of-war and glass bridge challenges, losing contestants fell into a foam pit rather than plummeting to their deaths.

Yet, true to form, the real-life “Squid Game” contestants were seen in footage of the game trembling as they tried to carve shapes out of honeycomb in the “dalgona challenge.”

According to the Post, the “Squid Game” reenactment isn’t the first time Donaldson has pulled off an extravagant stunt like this for his YouTube channel. Donaldson is famed for offering outlandish prizes to his online followers willing to compete in absurd challenges, such as when contestants stood in a circle for 12 days for $500,000 cash.

The social media sensation was the second-highest paid YouTube star in 2020—earning about $24 million and garnering some 3 billion views, according to Forbes.

But his latest video has attracted harsh criticism from viewers who slammed Donaldson for reenacting a game about rich people exploiting the poor for their macabre viewing pleasure.

Finally, in the latest, stunning development kickstarted by the original Netflix series, the stunt video was released just a day after a smuggler who sold copies of “Squid Game” in North Korea was sentenced to death by firing squad.

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‘You are as old as you feel’: Queen Elizabeth II refuses ‘Oldie of the Year’ award

October 21, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 95 last April, has declined an award for “Oldie of the Year” from a British magazine, with a polite—if slightly cheeky—response, reports Page Six of The New York Post.

“Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel; as such the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept and hopes you find a more worthy recipient,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, said in a letter shared by the magazine on Tuesday, October 19.

The Oldie, a British monthly, is aimed at the mature set “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity,” its website trumpets. Every year the editors bestow an Oldie of the Year award in a light-hearted ceremony. Previous winners have included Eileen Atkins, Glenda Jackson, Peter Blake, and David Hockney.

But at least one member of the royal family approves of the ceremony. The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turned up at Oldie’s awards lunch to hand out honors like Champion Knitter of the Year and Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year.

In her remarks, Camilla, 74, acknowledged the advantages of aging: “Watching one’s children growing up; enjoying one’s grandchildren—knowing that they’ll be going home after the visit; finding more time to read; finding time to read The Oldie—and coming to jolly lunches like this one,” Prince Charles’s wife said, according to People.

The Oldie magazine clearly has a soft spot for the Royal Family. The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, who passed away in April at age 99, was named Consort of the Year at the awards in 2012.

He accepted the award warmly, writing: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing—ever more quickly,” and adding, “but it is nice to be remembered at all.”

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Bermuda Triangle in Britain? Thousands of UK racing pigeons disappear in midair

July 8, 2021

They flew the coop—and vanished into thin air. British bird handlers are devastated after a mind-boggling 5,000 homing pigeons seemingly disappeared during a race across the United Kingdom in late June, the New York Post reports.

“We’ve seen one of the very worst ever racing days in our history,” pigeon hobbyist Richard Sayers wrote in a Facebook post chronicling the feathery fiasco, which occurred after 9,000 racing birds took off from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on a journey to the northeast. And while the 170-mile round-trip flight should only have taken three hours, over half the avian competitors were unaccounted for at the finish line.

They were reportedly part of 250,000 pigeons released in approximately 50 racing events across the country—

It’s unclear what prompted the squab squadrons to seemingly vanish—however,  many breeders are “blaming the atmospheric conditions, possibly a solar storm above the clouds that created static in the atmosphere,”according to the Post,

Ian Evans, CEO of the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, finds the Bermuda Triangle-esque disappearance especially baffling as “weather conditions across the country were good.” He added that “there was nothing to suggest that any birds would struggle to get home.”

To help re-coop-erate losses, Sayers is imploring “anyone who comes across a racing pigeon to feed, water and let it rest,” whereupon “there’s an 80% chance the birds will get on their way after a few days,” he told The Daily Mail. The North Yorkshire native added that the homing pigeons can be identified by a leg ring denoting their “code and number.”

To prevent such disasters in the future, Royal Pigeon Racing Association boss Evans is holding talks with the UK’s national weather service to obtain reports on any unusual solar activity.

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