Toronto has revealed plans to open a 1-mile long park under an elevated highway. The design features a one mile trail, a grand staircase and several community spaces for walking, cycling and outdoor performances. Thanks to a sizable $25,000,000 donation from Toronto philanthropists Judy and Will Matthews, "Project: Under Gardiner" is officially underway. Similar proposals from around the United States include the Lowline in Manhattan and the Underline park in Miami.
2. Cards Against Humanity Makes Thousands From Literally Nothing
On Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity held a bizarre promotion where customers gave them $5 for absolutely nothing in return. Today, the company's founders revealed in a blog post that the stunt made them $71,145, with 11,248 people giving $5 and 1,119 giving more than that. Although Cards Against Humanity has a history of making big donations to charitable causes, this time, the company is splitting the proceeds evenly among its 17 employees.
The second oldest person in the world just celebrated her 116th birthday. Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the second-oldest person in the world. She is one of only two women alive certified to have been born in the 19th century. At 116 years old, Morano credits her longevity to leaving a violent husband in 1938 and eating three eggs a day for 90 years. "I'm fine, I'm fine," Morano says, "and as long as it stays like that I will remain with you."
4. Racist Facebook Commenters Get What's Coming to Them
Thanks to a new Brazilian initiative, racist Facebook commenters are getting what's been coming to them for a long while, as their racist Facebook comments are appearing on billboards above their homes. A Brazilian journalist Maria Jàºlia Coutinho was targeted by racist Facebook comments as the first black weather forecaster on Brazilian primetime TV, so the project is republishing those attacks in an attempt to break down the barrier between screen and reality. The project, Virtual Racism, Real Consequences, is attracting a great deal of positive social media attention for its intelligent move to combat hate speech online.
A man found with 51 live turtles in his pants has pled guilty to smuggling. The Canadian man has appeared in a Michigan court to plead guilty after he was caught last year crossing the border with 51 snappers taped to his body. The 27 year-old student stole the turtles to sell them online, some of them fetching as much as $800 each. He will face up to 10 years in prison for attempting to smuggle illegal goods across the border.
A new drug could extend the human lifespan to 120 years. According to medical researchers, Metformin is poised to become the first anti-aging drug that enables adults to live well beyond a century. Metformin, the most commonly-used diabetes drug, has been shown to extend the lifespan and health of certain species of worms and strains of laboratory mice. Experts now believe the drug could stave off illnesses like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in humans. The FDA has given approval for trials to proceed and researchers plan to conduct the first clinical tests early next year.
This week's Criminal Mastermind Award goes to this burglar, who got stuck in a crashed Porsche after filming himself stealing it. Jamie Lee Sharp, 25, has been jailed after stealing the keys to a Porsche Boxster, driving off and crashing nearby. Boasting to his friends about his carjacking, Sharp says in the video, "Hey you little [inaudible] I'm in a Porsche Boxster, now look hear the revs." Sharp then ran into a wall not far from the victim's home. He will be jailed for four years on a number of charges.
A U.S. soldier is being posthumously honored for standing up for Jews in the face of Nazi threats during World War II. In January 1945, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds of Tennessee was taken as a POW and held at a nearby Nazi camp. When Germans demanded that all Jewish POWs step forward and identify themselves, Sgt. Edmonds ordered every U.S. soldier to step forward, leading hundreds of soldiers to defy Nazi threats. When the German camp commander said, "They cannot all be Jews!" Edmonds replied, "We are all Jews." The Nazi officer turned blood red, according to reports, pointing his gun at Edmonds' temple, saying, "I'll give you one chance. Have the Jewish men step forward or I will shoot you on the spot." Edmonds' response? "If you shoot, you'll have to shoot us all." The Nazi officer backed down. Roddie Edmonds was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations on Wednesday, December 2. He is one of five Americans to have received the honor, and the first U.S. soldier.