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Back and Forth with Elon Musks Twitter Verification Plan

Back and Forth with Elon Musk’s Twitter Verification Plan

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

  Following legal controversy regarding Elon Musk’s plan to purchase Twitter for around $44 billion dollars, and his resulting backing out from the deal, the billionaire was eventually pressured...

Threats Targeting U.S. Congress Members on the Rise

Threats Targeting U.S. Congress Members on the Rise

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Across partisan lines, members of the U.S. Congress are receiving an increasing number of confrontations and threats by members of society, especially following the events of January 6th, 2021. Especially...

Claims of Election Fraud  Despite of Certified Brazilian Election

Claims of Election Fraud Despite of Certified Brazilian Election

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

During the second-round election of the Brazilian Presidential race on October 30, 2022, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, most commonly known as simply Lula, was elected as Brazil’s new president as he defeated...

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Endangered Frog Populations Rebound After Ponds Built in Switzerland

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Over the past few decades, amphibian populations have been declining on a global scale due to factors such as disease, invasive species, and more human-derived problems, such as urbanization, road construction,...

Record for Fastest Time Eating 10 Carolina Reapers is Set

Record for Fastest Time Eating 10 Carolina Reapers is Set

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Greg Foster, a California man who owns Inferno Farms Hot sauce recently earned another Guinness World Record involving peppers, this time, consuming ten Carolina Reapers.  Foster also claims two other...

Diver Saved by Group of Three Mermaids

Diver Saved by Group of Three Mermaids

Jonathan Buscher November 22, 2022

Pablo Avila, an experienced Argentinian diver, was scuba diving off Catalina Island, California on October 23, 2022, with both his son and one of his friends when he lost consciousness. Beginning to foam...

Attempted Assassination of Imran Khan by Political Rival

Attempted Assassination of Imran Khan by Political Rival

Alexandra Saffman November 22, 2022

On November 3rd, 2022, Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, was shot in the shin in what is believed to have been an assassination attempt. He is currently in stable condition. Khan was ousted...

The New British Prime Ministers

The New British Prime Ministers

Ava Kahn November 13, 2022

The United Kingdom has had three Prime Ministers in the past three months due to the resignation of first Boris Johnson, in September, and then Liz Truss, in October. Boris Johnson was the Prime Minister...

Math and Reading Test Scores Drop

Math and Reading Test Scores Drop

Ava Kahn November 13, 2022

Math and reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress of 2022 have had the steepest decline ever recorded. This test is often referred to as the nation’s report card. It sampled...

Massachusetts Names Official State Dinosaur: ‘Swift-footed Lizard’

Massachusetts Names Official State Dinosaur: ‘Swift-footed Lizard’

Jonathan Buscher November 11, 2022

Podokesaurus Holyokensis, whose name means "swift-footed lizard of Holyoke," a dinosaur discovered in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was named the state’s official dinosaur on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. This...

David Rush at it Again With 250th Guinness World Record

David Rush at it Again With 250th Guinness World Record

Jonathan Buscher November 11, 2022

David Rush, one of the most famous Guinness World Record holders on the planet to date has returned to claim his 250th official Guinness World Record, this time, with one he has already held before: furthest...

‘Pan Solo’ Frozen in Carbonite Sculpted in California Bakery

‘Pan Solo’ Frozen in Carbonite Sculpted in California Bakery

Jonathan Buscher November 11, 2022

The brainchild of Hannalee Pervan, a baker from California, a recent sculpture of beloved Star Wars hero Han Solo was put up in her shop window. The catch: the six-foot-tall creation was made entirely...

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