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July 27, 2017 Edition

‘Robot waitress’ draws customers to Pakistani pizza joint’                                            Associated Press •July 6, 2017

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they’ve introduced a robot waitress.
Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 25-kilogram (55-pound) robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The robot resembles a short, slender woman wearing a long dress and apron. He says he wrapped a scarf around the robot’s neck so as not to offend conservative patrons.
He says sales at Pizza.com, in the town of Multan, have doubled since the robot was unveiled in February. Jafri’s father Aziz, who owns the restaurant, says he has three more robot waitresses and plans to open a new branch.
He says, “I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me.”

WOEFULTOURIST says, “In Pakistan, even robots have to dress conservatively.”


Tourist Has Arm Bitten Off By Crocodile After Wading Into Mexican Lagoon To Urinate                                                                                                                                  Harriet Sinclair,Newsweek Tue, Jul 4, 2017 

A tourist in Mexico had a gritty start to the summer when his arm was bitten off by a crocodile after he waded into a lagoon to urinate.
Cal Monzon, 40, who is believed to be from the U.S., was left in critical condition after the crocodile attacked him in Nichupte Lagoon in Cancun on Sunday, biting his arm off up to the elbow.
After a struggle with the animal, the man managed to get away and was found by a security guard who heard his screams.
He was transported to a nearby hospital, where the rest of his arm was amputated due to the severity of the damage caused, Rivera Maya News reported.
The newspaper also cited reports that state the man was intoxicated when he decided to wade into the lagoon.
Despite a number of signs around the lagoon warning people about the estimated 150 crocodiles in residence there, there are several crocodile attacks in Nichupte every year, with a fatality reported in 2015 after an intoxicated man was dragged to the bottom of the water by a crocodile.
The crocodile bite comes as footage emerged of a man in North Carolina being bitten by a shark as he was attempting to help a fisherman drag it to shore, IBTimes reported. He was taken to hospital following the bite, although it is not known what condition he was in after the incident.
However, despite the average of 19 deaths from shark attacks every year in the U.S., people are more likely to be killed by cows, horses and other mammals, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The most common animal-related fatalities are from large mammals, like cattle or horses, but when you’re looking at attacks from wild animals only, the most common cause of death are due to venomous animals, like wasps or bees,” Dr. Joseph Forrester, who authored a 2012 study on animal fatalities, told CNN.
“I think people have in their mind that the most dangerous animals are cougars, bears or alligators, but a bee is more dangerous if a person is predisposed to a reaction,” he added.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “The moral of the story, drunks in Mexico have trouble reading warning signs.”


Tourists scream as hot air balloon lands in alligator-infested pond near Disney World                                                                                                                          Clark Mindock,The Independent Tue, Jul 4, 2017

Seven people are thanking their lucky stars to be alive after a relaxing hot air balloon trip crashed into an alligator-infested pond near Disney World.
In a video capturing the aftermath of the crash, people can be seen screaming as the wicker basket sinks further and further into murky waters in Florida. There were seven people on board the flight, including children, according to reports.
The pilot later said that they weren’t able to land the balloon on land because of shifting winds that made it impossible to move the balloon to safer areas.
“We were excited about this, but it got scary real fast,” one of the passengers later told reporters.
“The balloon tilted. The basket tilted. People got underneath the plastic, and that’s when it got series,” he continued.
While parts of Florida teem with alligators, fatal attacks aren’t as common as the horror stories might lead one to believe. Still, a dozen or more bites are recorded each year, according to statistics from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
That’s because people aren’t really what alligators want to eat most of the time. When a two-year-old went missing last year, investigators noted that it is likely the alligator had mistaken the child for a dog or a raccoon, since those are much more frequently victims of gator attacks.
State statistics note that there are frequently years-long stretches in which there are no fatal alligator attacks at all. That occurred between 2015 and 2017, when there were zero fatalities from alligators in the state of Florida.
The deadliest years for alligator fatalities, according to data going back to 1948, were 2001 and 2006. In both of those years, alligator bites claimed the lives of three people.
Smaller bites and injuries, however, are much more common. Since 2010, there have been at least six bites every year, with a high mark occurring in 2013 when 15 people were bit.
Experts say that staying away from alligators, and refraining from feeding them, is the best way to avoid an alligator bite that could potentially be deadly.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “People should listen to the experts.  The best way to avoid an alligator bite is to stay away from alligators.”


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