ROBOT BROTHEL IN HOUSTON DELAYED
HOUSTON (AP) — For now, anyway, Houston city officials have pulled the plug on what’s come to be known as a “robot brothel.” The Houston Chronicle reports building inspectors have temporarily ordered a halt to the project after determining KinkySDollS lacked permits required for demolition and construction. City officials and local groups have been trying to blow up the doll-based business. KinkySdollS announced on Facebook last month that it planned to open a “love dolls brothel” in Houston. It would be the company’s first location — and the first in the U.S. The company says on social media pages that its human-like dolls can speak — and feel warm to the touch. They’re available for sale or rent. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s not trying to be the “moral police,” but KinkySdollS is not the kind of business he wants in the city.
IGUANA KNOCKS OUT POWER TO NURSING HOME
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (AP) — An iguana that wandered onto a power line not only cooked itself, it also warmed things up for residents of a Florida nursing home. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue says the lizard died after touching the power line Friday afternoon — and a resulting fire cut electricity to The Palms Care Center in Lauderdale Lakes. The facility began running on backup power, but only half the building was being cooled effectively. Some who lost air conditioning were moved to cooler parts of the home — and 20 patients were moved to hospitals as a precaution. Power was restored to the entire building before the day ended.
UNDATED (AP) — Cows produce milk. Cows produce beef. Cows also produce, well, burps and farts. One of those bovine products is the subject of an effort to reduce the smell it produces — and you don’t have to be an agricultural scientist to know which one it is. A company in New England is trying to find a way to reduce the amount of methane gas produced by cows — by feeding them seaweed. Researchers have found cows that eat seaweed emit less methane, a gas that contributes to both global warming and the bad smell you find around cows. However, switching to seaweed isn’t as simple as it seems. Most farms aren’t near the sea. And the kind of seaweed that reduces cows’ passing methane isn’t being farmed commercially. There are also questions about whether feeding cows seaweed might affect the quality of their milk and meat — or whether cows would even like eating the stuff.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II