Sip On This 3/25

Here are some interesting stories for you to sip on at the water cooler. Including a cop who wrestled an alligator away from school kids and scientists have figured how to get that song out of your head.

On Thursday, a 29-year-old sheriff’s deputy named Jessica McGregor was at Clermont Middle School in Lake County, Florida when a seven-foot ALLIGATOR showed up behind a fence outside the school.

Kids were screaming and running away, so someone called animal control.  But they said it would take two hours for an alligator trapper to get there.  So Jessica decided to handle it herself. Jessica says she used to WRESTLE ALLIGATORS with her brother.  Quote, “Back in the day, you had these things come up on your land, and you just caught ’em and threw ’em back in the nearest watering hole.”

So Jessica took some rope, made a makeshift lasso, snagged it around the gator’s neck, dragged him out of the bushes then jumped on top of him and started wrestling him.

After a quick fight, the gator GAVE UP.  Jessica tied him up and made sure he was under control until animal control could take him away.

Here is the video courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel

There’s nothing worse than having an annoying SONG stuck in your head. But if it does, scientists have finally figured out a way to get you some peace.

Dr. Ira Hyman is a music psychologist at Western Washington University.  He just finished a study that found the best way to get a song out of your head is solving a puzzle that’s ‘sort of’ hard. When you have a song stuck in your head, it’s actually because that song is dominating your working memory. When you force your brain to concentrate on something else, like a Sudoku puzzle or a video game, you can push the song out. But if you pick a puzzle or a game that’s too easy or too hard, it won’t engage your mind enough.  So as long as it’s sort of hard, it should work.


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