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Anonymous Donor Puts Faith, and Money Into Physics Professor

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Throughout the pandemic, schools have been closed and opened as COVID-19 outbreaks have ravaged the country. The shake ups have hit both students and professors hard, making schooling difficult for both sides. At the college level, many students have had graduations postponed, delayed, or canceled altogether. Since faculty and students are unable to visit campuses, this makes a bit of sense.

Other duties have been neglected, as well. One of those duties has been faculty mail. Professors can’t have their mail forwarded to their homes, since not all of it is appropriate for a personal setting. 

As he was sifting through months and months worth of mail, the head of the Physics department, Vinod Menon, came across a peculiar package. It was a cardboard box, and it had been postmarked 9 months earlier. It weighed a significant amount, and had sparked Menon’s interest. He opened it, only to find a surprise that he never would have expected.

Inside the box, Menon found stacks of cash. Wrapped stacks of 50 and 100 dollar bills were in the package. It was a sight he’d never seen before. Menon told CNN, ““I’ve never seen this kind of money in real life in cash form. I’ve never seen it except in movies, and so, yeah, I was shell shocked and I just did not know how to react.”

When counted, the amount of money would total to $180,000. Accompanying the money was an anonymous letter, and a return address to an alias. The letter read, “Assuming that you are a bit curious as to why I am doing this, the reason is straightforward…”

The letter would go on to explain that the sender was a graduate of City College in New York. They called the learning establishment an excellent educational opportunity. At City College, according to the letter, the anonymous donor attended physics courses, choosing to study the field in-depth. They would eventually graduate with a master’s degree, go on to obtain a doctorate, and pursue what they would call a “long, productive, immensely rewarding scientific career.”

With the explanation as to why the donation was being made, the sender also provided clear instructions on how the money was to be used. The letter stated that the money should go to any “deserving junior and senior physics majors in the Department who are also doubling mathematics majors — and in need of financial support to continue their studies.”

When it comes to education costs, tuition has only risen in the most recent decades. Over the last 50 years, tuition has risen from what would be considered affordable to somewhat crippling. Many students are forced to take out loans that will take them their entire lives to pay off, especially in prestigious areas of study like science and mathematics.

The return address on the package raised even more questions, with no answers for tracking down the donor. The alias came back as Kyle Paisley, a name that never showed up on any of the graduation logs for City College. The address provided was linked to a home in Pensacola, Florida. The homeowners were caught off guard as well, having no knowledge of the donation. 

After the money was first reported, it became a subject of investigation. For over two months the origin of the money was investigated, as well as whether or not the money was linked to any misdeeds in the recent past. All investigative efforts came back clean, with no origin being found, and no ill-intent attached to it.

The college then voted on whether or not to keep the money. Unsurprisingly, the vote unanimously pointed to using the money for what it was intended for – scholarships. The box it came in is to be bronzed and put on display, as well.

For the next ten years, two fully-funded scholarships will be given to the students who need it most. Menon couldn’t be more thrilled with the idea, since his past is similar to the students that will be rewarded the scholarships. He is happy to say that students who need it the most will receive it.

 

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Hawk Trapped in a Picnic Table Leads to a Good Hearted Rescue

Hawk Trapped in a Picnic Table Leads to a Good Hearted Rescue

Hawks may be birds that we’d leave alone if we can help it. However, this one in particular was in urgent need of being rescued. One red-tailed hawk was trapped in a picnic table that was overturned at Lakeside State Park in New York.

A park ranger noticed the hawk was stuck and angry. However, before he was able to rescue the bird, he told him to ‘stay cool’. The hawk managed to heed the woods of the ranger and was later rescued before flying off under his own power.

Vernon Fonda, the ranger on duty, said that he wasn’t sure how long the hawk was stuck here. He added that he appeared well-fed and was calm (but angry in the face) when discovered. A passerby noticed the hawk was stuck and alerted the rangers. 

Fonda had arrived in about 10 minutes. He added that he wasn’t sure why the hawk didn’t choose a tree as its perch since the park had many. Fonda was shown on video handling the situation calmly and coolly.

Fonda said the hawk was watching him while the rescue was underway. The hawk did not feel threatened to the point where he would flail his wings or attack Fonda with his beak. Fonda credits his approach to the situation and showed no aggression, leading the stuck bird to at least trust him.

Fonda would cover the hawk with a shirt, making the latter feel more calm and comfortable. Upon examining the hawk, Fonda said that there were no clear signs of injuries such as broken wings or bones. However, he added that the hawk may have suffered from rash burns that may have developed while he was stuck on the table.

Fonda said that had the hawk suffered apparent injuries, he would have been sent to a facility that rehabilitates wild birds. Fonda stayed for another ten minutes to watch the hawk fly off before returning to his post. He said that while the rescue was an easy one, he has seen his share of challenging rescues.

One thing is for sure, the hawk may be grateful that someone like Vernon Fonda came along and rescued them from a scary ordeal. Like any other day in the park, Fonda was simply just doing his job preserving and protecting the wildlife that inhabits Lakeside State Park.

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Mechanic Finds a Gold Mine While Dumpster Diving

Mechanic Finds a Gold Mine While Dumpster Diving

A mechanic in Connecticut found hundreds of pieces of artwork in a dumpster at an abandoned farmhouse in 2017 and it turns out those pieces are worth millions.

In September 2017, Jared Whipple got a call from a contractor friend who was getting a barn ready for sale out in Watertown, the Smithsonian Magazine reported. Whipple went out to the barn and he found the dumpster stuffed with hundreds of pieces of art, some dirty, others covered in plastic paintings.

Whipple said, “[W]e were not able to wrap our heads around what we saw. It was gut-wrenching and very upsetting for us to get to see what looked like a lifetime of somebody’s artwork being thrown into dumpsters and heading for the landfill,” the Smithsonian Magazine stated.

Whipple decided that some of the collection had to live on, so he picked it up and took it home. Most of the paintings were signed “F. Hines,” but he was eventually able to find one canvas that contained the full name of the artist, Francis Mattson Hines. Whipple did his research and was able to track down Hines’ family and gave him permission to keep the artwork.

Hines’ work had “wrappings” on the pieces, which is a tactic first popularized by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. As it turns out, Hinds wrapped many landmarks in the United States, including the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Washington Square Arch in New York, the Smithsonian Magazine said.

Hines eventually retired to Connecticut and passed away in 2016 at age 96. He left his life’s work behind in his barn. His work has largely been forgotten since then. Not now, as Whipple is working to change that. Between May 5 and June 11, the Hollis Taggart exhibition will showcase and offer for sale roughly 35 to 40 pieces of the art he found in a dumpster.

It is not clear exactly how many pieces of artwork Whipple saved from the dumpster, but he has stated there are a few pieces he just won’t sell. According to Artnet, the paintings that will be offered for sale next month at the show will go between $12,500 and $20,000 each. In total, the entire collection that Whipple picked up that day could be worth millions. Dumpster diving doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?

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Ohio Man Gives Up Food for All-Beer Diet for Lent

Forget giving up social media, Ohio man gives up food for all-beer diet for Lent

When Lent arrives, some people will give up drinking pop and others may stay off Facebook the entire time. However, an Ohio man took it a little further for his time during Lent, since he decided to give up food for a liquid diet, but with a twist. The liquid diet is beer.

For four years now, Del Hall has made his liquid diet an annual tradition. For Hall, it’s all about renewal, as he said, “It’s a way to get back into a healthy mindset, to look at food in a healthy way. I decided I’m going to turn this into a beer diet to show people that you can use beer in a healthy way and not vilify it as this evil alcohol,” WCPO reported.

Hall is 31 days into the “diet” and says he has lost 25 pounds. While he is doing the all-beer diet, it’s not about over-indulging in beer. He said, “We’re in for the artistry. The love and passion of beer, (I’m) not into it just to get drunk,” WCPO stated.

You would think that after 31 days of drinking beer only, you would get sick of it, right? However, by drinking beer, it does give Hall some variety in the options he could choose from. He said, “Sweet? I’ll drink a milk stout or pastry stout. If I want something fruity, I’ll drink one with raspberries in it. There’s so many things that can fill your cravings when you’re hungry.”

While he is doing an all-beer diet, it looks like Hall is hydrating himself with water, as well as taking a multi-vitamin every day, which his doctor ordered.

Is an all-beer diet safe? Dr. Steve Feagins, Chief Clinical Officer of Mercy Health Cincinnati, said, “There are famously liquid diets of all types. You don’t see any books about the beer diet. It’s not sustainable. Thankfully this is a Lent thing. Not a forever thing. Certainly not going to become a best seller book.”

While it seems like a wild thing to do, Hall is also doing it for a good cause. Each year he raises money for charity. This year he is raising money for the Ken Anderson Alliance, an organization that helps people with physical disabilities.

This is a special charity for Hall, as he said, “I have a 15-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy. Even though she’s a juvenile now, she’ll be an adult with a disability. The Ken Anderson Alliance is an amazing foundation that supports adults with disabilities. I feel like someday my daughter will want to use these services that Ken Anderson provides.”

So far, Hall has raised $5,000 for the charity, but they have a brewery walk planned for April 24 and he’s hoping the event will help raise $25,000 for the Ken Anderson Alliance.

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Gordon Ramsay to the Rescue to Help Out Middle School Short on Cooks

Gordon Ramsay to the Rescue to Help Out Middle School Short on Cooks

A Biggleswade, U.K. middle school that was short on cooks was half joking when they called on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay for help. Boy, were they surprised when Ramsay actually came through! 

Tina Clarke, the kitchen manager at Edward Peake Middle school, was struggling when two of her employees called out sick. She was left to feed hundreds of children alone. 

Ramsay was being interviewed on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show that day and Clarke called in to ask for help.

“I’m cooking here on my own. I’m working here in a school kitchen and my chef has gone off sick. I’ve got another one off with COVID and just wondered if Gordon would help me today, give me a hand after this interview,” Clarke asked half joking. 

She was startled to find that Ramsay, who is usually known as somewhat of a curmudgeon, was willing to help. 

Even though he wasn’t available, he offered to dispatch one of his chefs to the school. 

“When I phoned in, I really did not expect for him to send a chef,” Clarke revealed. “When I finally got a message saying, ‘Your chef will be with you in an hour’, I thought, ‘On my God. I’m going to have to fess up to the head (teacher) and I hope she doesn’t get me detention’.”

The chef Ramsay sent was Rob Roy Cameron of Ramsay’s Lucky Cat restaurant. He immediately went to work preparing cauliflower cheese for the students. 

“I’m sure he was terrified by having three menopausal women around him in the kitchen all day,” Clarke joked. 

The school thanked both chefs on social media and through recorded messages one of which was played for Ramsay on BBC’s The One Show the following day. “It sent a huge buzz around the school. So, thank you,” Clarke told Ramsey.

“Anytime Tina,” Ramsey responded. 

Anytime Ramsey? Careful what you promise because the staff and students may just take you up on that!

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Taylor Hawkins Shared Touching Moment Young Fan Before Death

Taylor Hawkins Shared Touching Moment Young Fan Before Death

Music fans around the world were stunned to learn of the untimely passing of Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins on Friday March, 25th. Not only did the Foo Fighters have a tour they were in the middle of, but they also just recently released a new album titled, Dream Widow. To say the loss of the star drummer left a hole in the music world would be a dramatic understatement as tributes to the band have poured in left and right.

While the news of Hawkins’ untimely demise devastated fans, those who were lucky enough to see him perform in person will always cherish those memories. One lucky fan had the opportunity of a lifetime with Hawkins just days before his passing, resulting in a picture that has since gone viral. Young drummer Emma Sofia and her father Julius Peralta found out that the Foo Fighters would be staying in the Sheraton Hotel in Asuncion in Paraguay prior to their show there on March 22. They took her drum kit and played outside of the hotel in hopes of luring Hawkins from his room. Their plan worked thanks to some help in the form of a singalong of Nirvana’s famous “In Bloom.” 

 

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After they met, Emma uploaded the photo onto her Instagram with the caption, “Dreams come true.” Three days later, Hawkins would be found dead in his hotel room in Columbia at the age of 50. Emma’s parents explained online that they were hoping to spare her from “a lot of pain” before her Friday night debut performance by keeping the news about Hawkins’ passing from her. As tragic as Hawkins’ passing is to fans like Emma, she’ll always treasure being able to meet her hero face to face.

 

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