Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Event Update For 2017-12-19

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Fires And Explosions

2017-12-19 - Mysterious explosion heard across three counties in Tennessee:,24911

2017-12-19 - Thomas Fire grows to 272,000 acres, becomes the second-largest wildfire in state history, near coastal Ventura (California):

2017-12-19 - Man wakes up to his arm on fire at 1:45 AM at home in Tupelo (Mississippi):

Quote: "La’Devin Allen woke up early Tuesday morning with his arm on fire."

Note: Was it his arm itself or did his clothing or bedding burst into flame?

2017-12-19 - Underground fire breaks out in tunnel in Riverside (California):

Quote: "Riverside city firefighters extinguished a fire that spewed smoke from an underground tunnel near Riverside City College on Tuesday evening, Dec. 19, officials said on Twitter."

2017-12-19 - Army bomb disposal van bursts into flame on the M1 near Tamnamore (Ireland), near the River Blackwater:

Quote: "An army bomb disposal vehicle caught fire as it was tasked to a scene by the PSNI. The MOD confirmed it was on the way to a scene and caught fire."

2017-12-19 - Auto shop and boat repair shop destroyed by huge fire in coastal San Diego (California), nobody there:

Quote: "Flames ripped through Diko's Auto Shop, and later spread to a boat repair shop on Wright Street, leaving the businesses in charred ruins. Workers in the auto shop rushed to take cars out, but the fire quickly overpowered their efforts."

2017-12-19 - Boat bursts into flame on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Nerimbera (Australia):

Note: This is the 1075th boat/ship to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-19 - Military bus bursts into flame on I-44 near Marshfield (Missouri):

Quote: "A bus on its way to Fort Leonard Wood to pick up soldiers caught fire in Webster County. Video from the scene Tuesday night shows the bus engulfed in flames. The fire was reported about 8:45 in the east bound lanes of Interstate 44, about four miles east of Marshfield."

Note: This is the 827th bus to burn in 2017...

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Island Highway near coastal Nanaimo (Canada):

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the Kamilaroi Highway near Quipolly (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on the A303 in Salisbury (Britain):

Note: These are the 2204th, 2205th and 2206th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-19 - RV and mobile home destroyed by fire in Clarksville (Ohio):

Quote: "The mobile home and contents were a total loss, as was a 24-foot motor home."

Note: This is the 635th RV to burn/explode in 2017...

2017-12-19 - Van bursts into flame on the Bruce Highway near Yandina (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Van explodes into flame on Pendle Way in Burnley (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Van bursts into flame on Dolby Vale in coastal Grimsby (Britain):

Quote: "Dolby Vale, Beechwood Avenue, Grimsby. Tue 19 Dec 2017 20:05 (No:27319) Transit van on fire. One hose reel and hand tools in use."

2017-12-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame on Highway 288 near Houston (Texas):

2017-12-19 - Pickup truck bursts into flame while parked on Abbott Street in coastal Cairns (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Police car bursts into flame after pursuit in Kansas City (Kansas):

Quote: "Captain David Thaxton with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said they don't know why the patrol car erupted after the sergeant got out of it to chase the suspects."

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on Route 57 in Agawam (Massachusetts):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on Highway 11 in Racine (Wisconsin):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on I-26 in Berkeley County (South Carolina):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame at 3:20 AM while parked at home in Oakville (Canada):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on the Fitzroy Bridge over the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton (Australia):

Note: The boat that burst into flame was also along the Fitzroy River...

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on the  A47 in Dereham (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A229 in Kent (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A470 near coastal Cardiff (Britain):

Note: Cardiff and surrounding areas were just hit by an unknown 'gas odor', mentioned in the 2017-12-18 update...

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame on the A5 near Milton Keynes (Britain):

Quote: "Tuesday 19 December, 3.46pm Car fire, A5 northbound between Kelly's Kitchen Roundabout and Bletcham Roundabout, Milton Keynes. One appliance and crew from Broughton attended. Firefighters used one hose reel, one set of breathing apparatus and a dry powder extinguisher."

2017-12-19 - Car bursts into flame at 2:51 AM on Arram Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Arram Grove, Hull. Tue 19 Dec 2017 02:51 (No:27275) Car fire. Two hose reels, one BA. In use."

2017-12-19 - Vehicle bursts into flame on the M25 near the Dartford Crossing (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Minibike bursts into flame on St Johns Grove in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "St Johns Grove, Hull. Tue 19 Dec 2017 15:10 (No:27303) Mini motorcycle involved in fire. One hose reel."

2017-12-19 - RV trailer bursts into flame while parked at home on State Hwy WW in Sullivan (Missouri):

2017-12-19 - RV trailer bursts into flame at 5:30 AM while parked on Lake Drive in Denison (Texas):

2017-12-19 - Three vehicles, RV trailer and barn destroyed by fire in Lima (Ohio):

Quote: "A fire claimed a barn used as a vehicle repair shop, a garage, camper and at least three vehicles at Eberle Enterprises, LLC, at 1306 Glenn Ave. Tuesday night. No one was hurt."

2017-12-19 - Several vehicles and garage go up in flames on Tufton Street in Ashford (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Barn destroyed by fire in Coventry (Rhode Island):

2017-12-19 - Barn destroyed by fire near Roxboro (North Carolina):

2017-12-19 - Large stack of logs goes up in flames in coastal South Taranaki (New Zealand):

2017-12-19 - Seafront restaurant heavily damaged by fire before 6:45 AM in coastal Kapaa (Hawaii), 260 feet from the ocean:

2017-12-19 - Warehouse destroyed by fire in South Kortright (New York):

2017-12-19 - Garden center goes up in flames at 1:33 AM on Mill Lane in coastal Walney (Britain):

Quote: "Building fire on Mill Lane, Walney(Barrow-in-Furness) 19 Dec 2017 At 1:33am this morning (Tuesday, 19 December) firefighters in Barrow-in-Furness received reports of a garden centre ablaze on Mill Lane in Walney. Two fire engines from Walney and Barrow attended with crews using two hose reel jets, a triple extension ladder and two breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.They were there for one hour and 45 minutes."

2017-12-19 - Mill heavily damaged by fire at 3:35 AM on Rebecca Street in Bradford (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Furniture warehouse destroyed by massive fire in Shaanxi Province (China):

2017-12-19 - Plastic warehouse destroyed by huge fire in Hyderabad (India):

2017-12-19 - Mobile home damaged by fire in coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2017-12-19 - Mobile home destroyed by fire in Rainier (Oregon), nobody there:

2017-12-19 - Home damaged by garage fire at 11:19 PM in the Town of Plymouth (Wisconsin):

2017-12-19 - Home heavily damaged by fire in Austin (Texas):

2017-12-19 - Multi-family home destroyed by basement fire at 12:30 AM in St. Louis (Missouri):

Note: Think I heard a convoy of fire trucks heading off to fight this fire...

2017-12-19 - Apartment building heavily damaged by massive fire in Suitland (Maryland), several injured:

2017-12-19 - Condo complex heavily damaged by fire in coastal Monmouth Beach (New Jersey), 500 feet from the ocean:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns mobile home at 3:30 AM in Melrose (Texas), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns home on Concordia Church Road in China Grove (North Carolina), 1 killed:

Note: The people of the town are strange and they're proud of where they came. Well, you're talkin' 'bout China Grove...

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns home in Lenoir (North Carolina), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns home at 3 AM on Pickle Street in the Town of Stockholm (New York), 4 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns home in coastal Queens (New York), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns home at 12:10 AM in the Town of Mayfield (New York), 500 feet from Great Sacandaga Lake, 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire destroys home at 6:15 AM in Concord (California), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Deadly fire burns apartment building at 1:30 AM in Villeray (Canada), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in West Price Hill (Ohio):

2017-12-19 - Vacant home destroyed by fire in Ishpeming (Michigan):

2017-12-19 - Vacant furniture plant destroyed by fire at 2 AM in Lexington (North Carolina):

2017-12-19 - Vacant laundromat destroyed by fire just after 3 AM in Rumford (Maine):

2017-12-19 - Couple in their 20s found dead in apartment after they put out fire in Rastrick (Britain), 2700 feet from the River Calder:

Note: Apparently there was a fire in the apartment in the morning, which they put out. At least one of them was seen alive in the afternoon. And then they were found dead. They may have breathed some contaminated smoke during the fire, but hydrogen sulfide can have a delayed reaction before you drop dead, and they both died some hours after the fire. The easiest way to see if smoke is contaminated is to breathe some. If you're still alive a week later then it was okay...

2017-12-19 - Man and woman, 55 and 50, drop dead in bathroom at home in Rawalpindi (Pakistan):

2017-12-19 - Man, 68, dies while snorkeling at beach in coastal Wailua (Hawaii):

Quote: "A male visitor from Canada was pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in shallow waters off Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua on Monday. He has been identified as 68-year-old Samuel Pinkas. According to reports, the man was snorkeling when he was found unresponsive about 3:30 p.m."

2017-12-19 - Man, 75, loses consciousness and dies after entering water during triathlon at park in coastal Naples (Florida):

Quote: "Authorities say a Colorado man died after losing consciousness during a triathlon at a Florida park. The Naples Daily News reported that James Treadwell, 75, died Sunday following the race at Sugden Regional Park in East Naples. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said that paramedics and others tended to the man at the shore of a lake. Witnesses say he went underwater near the end of the swimming section, and two other participants had to drag him to shore. The paramedics began CPR, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. It wasn't immediately clear what caused Treadwell to collapse."

2017-12-19 - Man, 77, goes hunting, next seen dead in Delaware County (New York):

2017-12-19 - Woman, 47, teacher, drops dead in Wappingers Falls (New York):

2017-12-19 - Person found dead at storage facility in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2017-12-19 - Man, 85, found dead in submerged car in Richards Lake in Greene County (Indiana):

2017-12-19 - Man drops dead next to vehicle in parking lot in Calgary (Canada):

2017-12-19 - Man found dead in the Yarra River in Kew (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Man, early 20s, jumps into the Georges River and dies near coastal Sydney (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Man, 62, found dead in the water at beach on Managaha Island:

2017-12-19 - Man, 59, drops dead in apartment in coastal Pagadian (Philippine Islands):

2017-12-19 - Boy, 13, found dead in the water at beach near coastal Durban (South Africa):

2017-12-19 - Man, 48, found dead in stairwell at apartment building at Harbour Hill in coastal Cobh (Ireland), possible toppler:

2017-12-19 - Woman found dead at home on Miller Street in Ashton-under-Lyne (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Man, 33, found dead near the A299 in Thanet (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Driver has 'medical incident', car crashes into gas station, in Bellaire (Ohio):

Quote: "It's believed the driver suffered a medical incident, causing the crash."

2017-12-19 - Woman, 71, has 'medical issue', car crashes, on I-40 near Okemah (Oklahoma), 1 killed, 1 injured:

2017-12-19 - NATO MiG-29 fighter jet crashes while landing in Minsk Mazowiecki (Poland), pilot ejects:

2017-12-19 - Small plane crashes into residential area in Knoxville (Tennessee), 3 injured:

2017-12-19 - Small plane crashes into hangar at airport in Ridgeland (South Carolina):

2017-12-19 - Small plane crash-lands at airport on coastal Marco Island (Florida), landing gear problem:

2017-12-19 - Small plane crashes after takeoff in Naryan-Mar (Russia), 3+ killed, 10 injured:

2017-12-19 - Small plane makes emergency landing in Botha’s Pass (South Africa):

2017-12-19 - Tour bus overturns on highway near Chacchoben (Mexico), 12 killed, many injured:

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer overturns on I-79 near Portersville (Pennsylvania):

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer overturns on Route 15 near Wethersfield (Connecticut):

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer overturns just before 3:30 AM on I-84 in Manchester (Connecticut):

2017-12-19 - Tractor trailer overturns at 5:45 AM on I-840 in Williamson County (Tennessee):

2017-12-19 - Truck veers off road, hits pole, bursts into flame, in coastal Palm Beach Gardens (Florida):

2017-12-19 - RV clips SUV, hits pole, in coastal Fort Walton Beach (Florida), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Van veers off road, hits gas line, fire erupts, in Fayetteville (North Carolina):

2017-12-19 - SUV crashes off overpass at 3:30 AM, bursts into flame, near Sinton (Texas), 5 killed, 4 injured:

Quote: "Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the driver of a Chevy Suburban may have fallen asleep early Tuesday while traveling from Georgia to Mexico."

Note: Or maybe the driver slumped over unconscious or dead. Sinton is about 12 miles north of the coast near Corpses Crispy...

2017-12-19 - SUV hits car, bursts into flame, on Highway 409 in Toronto (Canada), 1 killed:

2017-12-19 - Pickup truck veers off road, hits tree, in Georgetown (Illinois), 1 killed:

Quote: "McFadden said there was no autopsy, but officials are looking into whether there was a medical issue."

2017-12-19 - Four cars crash on the N1 in the Cape Winelands (South Africa), 3 killed, 9 injured:

2017-12-19 - Car veers off road at 2:30 AM, hits tree, in Manorville (New York), 3 injured:

2017-12-19 - Car veers off road, crashes into home, in Orlando (Florida), 1 injured:

2017-12-19 - Dog attacks and injures 7-year-old girl, face attack, in coastal Miami (Florida):

2017-12-19 - Woman, 38, goes into cardiac arrest at school in Pevely (Missouri):

Quote: "A Pevely Elementary School parent suffered cardiac arrest Tuesday morning (Dec. 19) at the school, authorities reported. 'There was a medical emergency on the parking lot at Pevely Elementary involving a parent at 9:44 a.m.,' Dunklin R-5 Superintendent Stan Stratton said."

2017-12-19 - The Arctic not expected to return to normal:

Quote: "Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more."

2017-12-19 - Arctic ice thickness update:

2017-12-19 - November was 5th warmest November on record:

2017-12-19 - Weather extremes of the year:

2017-12-19 - Heatwave bakes Sydney (Australia), man collapses and dies:

2017-12-19 - As wild weather hits crops, Ethiopian women turn to savings:

2017-12-19 - Heavy snowstorm hits Vancouver Island (Canada), blackouts ensue:

2017-12-19 - Severe storm pounds Victoria (Australia):

2017-12-19 - Scientists stunned by massive snowfall increases among Alaska’s highest peaks:

2017-12-19 - Meteor lights up the sky over Madison (Wisconsin):

2017-12-19 - Strange lights filmed over Sheffield (Britain):

2017-12-19 - Septicemic plague kills herder in China:

2017-12-19 - Geologists discover unknown meteorite impact crater in Scotland that may explain ancient volcanic activity across the North Atlantic:

2017-12-19 - As CRISPR gene editing moves into new territory, ethical debates on use in humans take on new urgency:

2017-12-19 - The Information-Industrial Complex - a new collusion between the Pentagon and tech industry:


  1. Good morning, Jonny (Mike and Fran)! i'm unusually busy this morning, so I only have time to post these items, for now.

    'Ahl be Bach!'

    Tehran earthquake: Magnitude 5.2 tremor strikes near Iran's capital

    Quake comes five weeks after a major earthquake in the country killed at least 600 people [more]

    Strange sounds heard in the skies of Poland

    Terrifying health threat: Outbreak of 'Christmas Tree Syndrome' ravages the Western world

    "What they're allergic to is the mold that settles on the tree during its growing time and arguably sometimes when it's waiting to be sold here on the lot," said Jimmy Coan, who's a Christmas tree farmer.

    One study found the mold count from a live Christmas tree rose to five times the normal level two weeks after the tree was brought indoors. [more]

    Thursday, 21 December 2017
    Extreme weather news - 12/20/2017

    Climate & Extreme Weather News #87 (December 16th-19th 2017

    Record temperatures in Sydney

    Penrith Sydney records the highest December temps on record with a maximum of 44.1C on Tuesday as Australian mercury surges upwards.

    [It's a Heatwave - burnin' in my heart, can't escape from the heatwave, it's tearin' me apart . . .; has the details on man who died from cardiac arrest while playing golf]

    Record warmth AGAIN in Alaska

    Baked Alaska: 49th state is having an insanely warm December

    More global temperature records in November

    November was the 395th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average and 2017 set to be the third warmest ever: NOAA

    November of 2017 was the Third Hottest on Record Despite La Nina

    [more below]

  2. Tropical storm Tembin to batter Philippines days after tropical storm Kai-Tek affected 200,000 people: Active Kanlaon Volcano and quake watch!

    China is the 7th country this year to confirm a Bubonic plague outbreak after biggest outbreak in 50 years in Madagascar killed more than 200 people

    Moratorium that enhances potency of pandemic pathogens such as SARS, the flu and Ebola lifted

    “Nature is a terrorist”

    ‘Nature is a terrorist and we have to stay ahead’: US lifts ban on pandemic pathogen tweaks

    [that's the "military mindset" on full display, right there]

    Cape Town, South Africa's water crisis

    Where did you see this in the headlines?
    Is Cape Town facing a future without water

    [my grandson is there over Christmas!]

    May 18, 2018 is being called "Day Zero" in South Africa. By that day, the country's second largest city is projected to be without water and its dams at catastrophic levels. So how did Cape Town reach this point? [more; first I heard about it]

    [and here's the corporate mindset on full display]
    Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S. Farmland

    EPA Considers Allowing Bee-Killing Pesticide to Be Sprayed on 165 Million Acres of U.S. Farmland

    [so how are the crops going to be pollinated, numb-nuts?!]

    Revealed: UFO's over nuclear power plants

    Top official reveals UFOs exist, and they’re “often being reported” over nuclear power plants… “We’d never seen anything like it” — Military: “Ominous correlation” between sightings and atomic sites — TV: “Mystery intruders over nuke facilities”

    Sane Progressive and Claudia Stauber talk about the Califormnia wildfires

    [~ 67 min. long video]

    Recommended interview with Guy McPherson

    The Age of Fission with Lonnie Clark, guest Guy McPherson, Doom and Happyface 12-20-2017

    Scientists just presented a sweeping new estimate of how much humans have transformed the planet

    Algae Growth Reduces Reflectivity, Enhances Greenland Ice Sheet Melting

    Don't Fight The Fed

    as Minsky wrote, financial imbalances accumulate throughout the course of every cycle, which have an unbroken record of self-destructing.

    This week we got a strong taste of how that self-destruction will take place...

    To begin with, implementing a deficit-sponsored fiscal stimulus while tightening monetary policy is the dumbest fucking idea the Idiocracy has yet attempted. It's the economic equivalent of a brake stand. The net effect is to raise interest rates at both ends of the curve, while the Fed is at the same time shrinking the balance sheet - it's a triple tightening... [more]

  3. Ok, now I have time to comment on today's report. The Fitzroy River may be exuding copious amounts of H2S and CH4 with the double JJFH incidents that happened there - one ON the river and the other ABOVE it.

    How about the 50's couple in their bathroom and suddenly they BOTH drop dead? [wife: "Oh! Did you just blow out the bathroom?" Hubby: "Uh, wool, ah guess it was the" .. THUMP, THUMP]

    Woman dead after being attacked by dog in Phoenix, Arizona

    [Dear SOTT, get a new dog pic, wi'-ya?!]

    the incident happened at Canine Country Club and Feline Inn

    The 69-year-old victim was taken to the hospital in "very critical condition," an MCACC spokesperson said. However, Phoenix police later confirmed that she has since passed away from her injuries.

    A Valley dog trainer with JD's Boot Camp says it's not unusual for Akitas to be aggressive. The man explained that while they're very courageous and loyal, they're also very protective and are known to need a lot of supervision because of how powerful they can be. [more]

    [Tom's banner pic for sometime this month, TOTALLY cool!]
    Rare 'ghost snow tsunami' wave caught on camera in Wyoming

    [if I saw this, i'd have turned & run, or passed out from fear]

    'The appearance of a rolling and crashing wave was so convincing in its appearance, I really thought it was coming towards me - I kept thinking that I needed to flee.'

    'I watched it for about 15 minutes or so until the angle of the light changed and the whole phenomenon just disappeared.' [more]

    [fantastic pics]

    Over 4 metres of snowfall at Niseko ski resort in Japan

    Japan's ski areas are seeing a very snowy start to the 2017-18 ski season with the resort of Niseko passing the 4 metre mark for season snowfall to date in the past 48 hours. [more; not all at once]

    [more below]

  4. [this from yesterday]
    Huge eruption of Bezymianny volcano in Russia

    [figures starting to roll in regarding storm damages]
    Extreme weather cost U.S. more than $200 billion in 2017 - hurricanes caused the most damage

    [SOTT's comment is as off-base as their criticism]

    Rain, snow move across country into holiday weekend

    [comin' right at ye' Jonny!]

    See photos taken from inside the wrecked Amtrak train in Washington state

    Long-lost brothers discover each other at same college: 'I was in disbelief'

    Last piece of Amtrak train wreckage removed from Washington state highway

    Cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta suspends service following alleged hack

    California is set to hit its green-energy goals a decade early

    [the green turned brown and now it's burning]

    I-5 could open later today as workers use special equipment to remove derailed Amtrak locomotive

    [check out THAT trailer, GEEZ!]

    This morning, the 270,000-pound locomotive — which has been placed on a special, 19-axle trailer — will be hauled northbound for three miles on I-5’s southbound lanes. The southbound closure of I-5 will be extended from Center Drive exit to DuPont-Steilacoom road while the trailer exits the freeway. [more]

  5. Basement vehicle fire ignites deadly gym fire in Jecheon (South Korea), 29 killed, 29 injured:

    Quote: "The inferno appears to have started from a vehicle in the basement parking lot of the gym, located in the Southern city of Jecheon, according to local outlets. What exactly sparked the fire however, is unclear."

  6. For second night in a row, military bus goes up in flames on I-44 between St. Louis and Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri):

    The first one was heading to the fort to pick up a load of soldiers. The second one was heading away from the fort with a load of soldiers.

    I rode a whole lot of buses in the Army. I don't recall any bus fires at all occurring anywhere in those four years, much less two in two days on the same highway in the same area. Granted, there was no internet back then, so news spread more slowly, but still.

  7. Geez, I hope all the soldiers got out okay.

    Another Kamchatka volcano in Russia violently erupts, emitting colossal amount of ash

    Rare manatees endure another deadly year, with 513 deaths

    Strange sky sounds heard in Switzerland

    Signs and Portents: Kitten born with two faces in South Africa

    Killer whale calf is found dead after being blown 25 yards onto land after Storm Caroline on Shetland, Scotland

    Tiny bits of plastic are found in mussels from the European Arctic to China

    Woman dead after being attacked by dog in Phoenix, Arizona

    Loud, house-shaking boom heard around Bakersfield, California

    Mysterious tsunami waves recorded after M5.9 earthquake in the Kermadec region, New Zealand baffle scientists worldwide

    Rare quakes in the USA: Strongest earthquake this year in Alabama; M2.3 tremor rattles Vermont, M2.0 hits New Madrid Fault

    Mysterious iridescent cloud changes shape over the sacred Buddhist site at Mount Wutai

    [uh, don't clouds always change shape?]

    Winter solstice is today and is a cause for celebration since ancient times

    Uncommonly long and narrow 700,000 km coronal hole floats over sun’s atmosphere preparing for eruption

    The way the polar stratospheric clouds 2017-18 winter season begins is out-of-this-world