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Hidden spaces

A woman felt a draft in her New York apartment. After some investigating, she traced it back to her bathroom mirror so she and a few friends removed the mirror to reveal a hole in the wall behind it. What was in this hole, you ask? She found another entire apartment. She cataloged the adventure on TikTok, which included her climbing through the hole and finding a hallway that connected to a three-bedroom apartment, staircase, and a random unlocked door, according to the New York Post. Spooky! She returned to her apartment through the mystery apartment’s door and promptly caller her landlord.

Popcorn machine ban?

A popcorn machine has been removed from the North Dakota Capitol after it twice triggered fire alarms that brought firefighters to the building and caused legislators to evacuate. A representative was on her third batch of popcorn for the day and that was the end of it. She had not previously been aware of a policy that bans popcorn poppers, toasters, and other food appliances from the building.

Bird thieves

Costco shoppers in Alaska have a new threat to watch out for — flying raven thieves. The Anchorage Daily News reported that there have been several reports of ravens swooping in to steal food items, particularly meat, from people’s carts in the parking lot. One customer was being watched by two ravens while unloading her purchases, moving to different sides when she moved, flying circles around her, and attempting to steal a package of melons from her cart.

Asteroid-free for 100 years

NASA recently announced that they have “given Earth the all clear for the next century from a particularly menacing asteroid.” The asteroid in question is Apophis, which was possibly coming to Earth in the year 2068. This isn’t the first time the 1,100-foot space rock was potentially going to enter Earth’s atmosphere: 2029 and 2036 were also once considered risky years. Good news: no asteroids for us — Apophis has officially been removed from the asteroid risk list.

Quick thinking, girl

An 8-year-old Chicago girl whose mother was at work somehow managed to toss a mattress from her family’s third-story window during a fire and then jump onto it to safety, according to the Associated Press (AP). By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the girl was waiting outside the building safely. They did rescue the girl’s 5-year-old brother, who was at the window poised to follow his sister, and a 2-year old boy. The officers were quite impressed with the girls quick thinking and innovation.

Prescription: a post-vaccine hug

For over a year of separation, Laura Shaw Frank and her four children were unable to visit her mother in person, let alone give her a hug. That changed recently, according to the AP, after she and her mother both received the coronavirus vaccine. In a formal note from their family doctor, it was cleared safe for the grandmother to hug her grandchildren again.

Heads Up

Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies. According to the AP, this was recently reported in a biology journal out of Tokyo, Japan. Biology researcher Sayaka Mitoh saw something interesting one day in the lab: a sea slug had decapitated itself and the head kept on moving and living. Her team decided to test it out themselves by cutting the heads off 16 sea slugs. Six of the creatures started regeneration, with three succeeding and surviving. One of the three even lost and regrew its body twice. Two different species of Japanese sea slugs did this regeneration trick. How interesting!

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