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Pedro Menendez de Aviles visits St. Augustine nearly 450 years later.

This is FUN!

Fire Safety: How to keep 9-volt batteries from burning down your house.


Grand Theft Dumpster? In shades of OVER THE HEDGE, a bear makes off with an entire dumpster...

Amanda Palmer on TED Talks: The Art of Asking...

Clerical Error In Child Support Payments Leads To Six-Month Jail Sentence For Clifford Hall

Are private prisons behind this law and this judge? From everything I've heard, "Texas justice" is an oxymoran...

also video at link


Due to a clerical error, Texas father Clifford Hall received a bill charging him nearly $3,000 in overdue child support last year. Hall quickly repaid the amount, even paying an additional $1,000 to balance his debt. But despite his repayment, Hall was sentenced to six months in jail. He and his attorney Tyesha Elam joined host Nancy Redd to share his story on HuffPost Live.

Errors in the automated child support withdrawal amounts from Hall's paycheck caused a payment shortage, but when Hall discovered this imbalance, he worked to pay it immediately.

Elam explained, "I assumed as soon as he brought me the receipt catching him up as well as the letter advising him of the overpayment, I thought, 'oh this one will be easy.' I'm thinking, 'let me let the opposing counsel know and we'll be done with this matter.'"

"But the opposing counsel informed me that she wasn't willing to settle the case. She wanted $3,500 in attorney's fees and she was confident from this judge that she could get it. So she refused to settle. So we had to move forward."

Something to warm your day and your life

What true family values look like:

"I'm a little duck! Quack, quack, quack, quack.

Kaleo, a talking mynah bird who was rescued in Hawaii when he was only three-days-old, talks to his owner about other kinds of birds. He can say many things in different ways, and can even laugh like a human when the situation arises.


Baby sings along with Elvis... Absolutely precious


A little girl's potato project

African Genius, 14 Year Old Self Taught Engineer makes Electricity For His Village

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