Multiple fake news and clickbait sites are repeating variations of a story that FEMA expects the Oroville dam to collapse, killing thousands of people. This story is false. The source quoted is KCRA:
Perhaps the most obvious clue there is that only "two dozen" personnel have been deployed. Not a lot for the "worst disaster in American history".
But the facts...
UPDATE 2/14/17 - Evacuation order lifted.
UPDATE 4:50PM 2/12/17
Officials Warn of possible collapse of the emergency spillway. Evacuations ordered
In the classifications of causes of death shown in the chart above, CLRD (the red line) is "Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease", which is a combination of bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. CLRD is currently the third leading cause of death in the US, moving from 4th to 3rd in 2008.
However the actual rate of CLRD is largely unchanged from 1999, actualy moving down slightly from 44 deaths/100,000 in 1999-2001 to 42 in 2011-2013. So there is no rise in respiratory mortality. The reason CLRD "overtook" stroke in 2008 was because the rate of deaths from stroke is decreasing faster than deaths from CLRD. Let's compare just stroke and CLRD:...
An odd theory floating around the internet is that one of Trump's secret service agents has fake hands, and is actually holding some weapon under his coat with his real hands. The evidence given for this is that the agent holds his hands in the same way for long periods of time.
He doesn't have fake hands, in fact you can see his hands move:
But he does hold them like that a lot:
(Even in the above you can see he does change hand positions, his thumb in particular.)
But what's up with the guy and the stiff hand position? Well it's actually a core...
When I first saw this it was nearly horizontal, and looked, if not a flying saucer, then at least like a flying plate viewed edge on. It's a distant sunlit contrail, often mistaken for UFOs, space junk, or meteors. So I thought it would be useful to get a sequence of photos and video at different zoom levels.
The video above is unedited, zooming from 24mm to 2000mm.
The sequence of photos are all straight from the camera, except the first where I've called out the trail as it's hard to see.
Finally some digital zoom:
If you are short on time, then I made a one minute video explaining this:
Background: Infrared footage from the Chilean Navy appears to show some kind of flying object that briefly leaves a trail behind it.
The Moon's "terminator" is simply the line between the light and dark areas of the moon, i.e. the line between the sunlit portion of the moon and the shadowed portion. To the naked eye this looks like a smooth line, but if you look closer (with some binoculars, or zoomed in with a camera) you can see it's actually ripply, with the various craters, ridges, canyons and mountains both creating shadow, and poking up into the sunlight.
Those "poking up into sunlight" features are a potential source of "UFO" or "Alien Structure" photos from the moon. The above example is some that cropped up recently. A video of the moon appears to show some kind of object in the dark area of the moon. Because it's "behind the line" there's an illusion that it's actually flying above the surface of the moon, perhaps even an orbiting spaceship!
However all it is is the top of a ridge at the...
This does look curiously saucer shaped, but then compare it to the second photo from the story, in...
Hole Punch Clouds, Canal Clouds, and Fallstreak Holes are all names for an interesting cloud phenomenon where a hole forms in a thin layer of cloud, usually with a streak of cloud falling from the middle of the hole. They are relatively rare (I see them a few times a year, and I watch the sky a lot) but also very photogenic, so a Google image search shows up lots of nice examples, see above.
Hole punch clouds form when a layer of supercooled liquid water cloud is disturbed by something (usually a plane) and this triggers freezing of the droplets, which further disturbs the layer, causing more freezing. The resultant ice crystals are composed of the water from several drops, so are heavier than the surrounding cloud and fall out. This is the "fallstreak" you see in the middle, it's essentially snow.
Generally hole punch clouds are formed by...
The above video has been around since 2009, although the original source is unknown. It claims to show a golf ball hitting a steel plate at 150 mph. It almost looks like a water balloon. However if we compare it to other videos of golf balls hitting things at the same or faster speeds, we can see this it is not what it is claimed.
Here's a real ball being hit at 175 mph (video at 1:19)
And another more similar to the first, of a ball hitting steel at 150mph.
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