Self-Driving Cars Could Be Hitting Showrooms Sooner Than We Thought

It looks like we’ve been sneaked up on by a new revolution we thought would only happen decades from now—if at all during our lifetime.

But here’s what:

“Self-driving cars, long dismissed as a utopian pipe dream, are rapidly reaching the stage where they will be ready for the market. ‘We’re not talking about 20 years here, but more like five,’ says Sebastian Thrun, initiator and director of Google’s project.”

In fact, one study foresees self-driving cars hitting showrooms as soon as 2019.

Just think: If they perfect the technology—and it becomes mandatory for all vehicles on public roads to comply—injuries and deaths from road accidents would be things of the past.

That would surely be a welcome development.

America’s New Supergun Is a Battlefield Meteorite

It’s the Navy’s new experimental railgun and it “fires a hardened projectile at staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to blow holes in enemy ships” and tanks, knock missiles out of the sky, and level terrorist camps.

The weapon has been tested, and it works.

And it’s going to change the way America fights, according to U.S. Navy Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the Office of Naval Research.

Bathroom Horror As Python Grabs Man’s Member While He Sits on the Loo

One can’t begin to imagine the horror of being in the position of the man who sat on the loo and felt something sharp latch on to his member:

Reflexively, he reached down with his hand, and, horror of horrors, discovered that “he had caught hold of the head of a huge snake that had clamped its jaws around his privates.”

“The 38-year-old immediately screamed for his wife and began fighting the serpent — which refused to let go of his member.”

And a horrific, frantic, blood-soaked struggle between man and python ensued.

Talk about a man’s worst nightmare come true!

Swimmers Warned Over Snake-Like ‘Vampire Fish’ Invading Britain’s Rivers

Sea lampreys are horrifying snake-like ‘vampire fish’ that can grow up to four feet in length and as thick as a man’s wrist.

They use their funnel-shaped mouths, filled with razor-sharp teeth, to attach themselves to their prey—usually other fish, but, if hungry enough, human swimmers also—in order to feed off its flesh and blood.

And here’s what:

The Swimmer’s Daily website has warned outdoor swimmers to “keep an eye out” for the scary fish.

In an article named “ancient, ugly and swimming up British rivers” the site says that summer sees the adult fish swimming upstream to spawn.

The fish, which are older than dinosaurs, had been declining in the UK because of pollution and manmade structures in our rivers.

But, the site reveals: “The cleaning up of the rivers and provision of passes to allow them to get round weirs and other obstructions has allowed them to recolonize rivers that had not seen a lamprey for many years.”

Sea lampreys are also found in lakes and rivers across the United States and Canada.

Americans Who Renounce Their Citizenship for Spite, or for a “Mess of Pottage”

My late father was a born and raised Louisiana Cajun, and although I was born in South Africa, my American heritage has always informed my inner identity. It’s a status I feel highly privileged to have, and of which I am immensely proud.

It’s a known fact that American citizens are the envy of people all over the world.

So I am flabbergasted to read that there are Americans who are actually renouncing their citizenship—some for political reasons, others in order to circumvent the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) requirements.

To renounce their American citizenship just because they don’t like the way the political wind is blowing is just plain crazy, in my opinion. That’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

And renouncing American citizenship for financial gain—FATCA—is akin to Esau selling his birthright for a mess of pottage.

It didn’t end well for Esau, and it probably won’t end well for a lot of those Americans.

Medical Errors Are a Major Cause of Death in Hospitals

Someone I knew back in the day, who lived in a small town in South Africa, was diagnosed with a stomach tumor and a date was set for its surgical removal.

But as the day for surgery drew near, she grew increasingly uneasy about the diagnosis and decided to go to a nearby big city for a second opinion.

The new tests showed no trace of a tumor but revealed, instead, a minor ailment that could be—and was—successfully treated non-surgically.

If you think a major medical error like that is something that could happen only in a poorly equipped small town medical facility, and even then, only once in a blue moon—think again.

Medical errors, here in the United States of all places, are the third leading cause of death, “claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.”

In fact: “Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient safety researchers provides some context.”

Furthermore, according to scientific research evidence, when doctors go on strike around the world patients actually stop dying.

For instance:

“Doctors withdrew their labor, in the different strikes analyzed, from between nine days and 17 weeks. Yet all the different studies report population mortality either stays the same, or even decreases, during medical strikes. Not a single study found death rates increased during the weeks of the strikes, compared to other times.”

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Crash-Dieting Can Lead to Serious Weight-Gain Repercussions

According to the latest research, the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to do it slowly by permanently changing your eating habits.

In other words, don’t crash-diet.

Otherwise, you’ll only put it all back on again—probably with interest—and likely slow your metabolism and deplete your hunger-stopping hormones for years to come.

If that happens, you’ll find it impossible to lose weight again just by cutting calories. Then, the only way for you to keep the fat at bay will be to live a life of always being hungry.