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Shark Attack Victim Said She Refused To Die After Losing Her Arm

A North Carolina mother of three who lost her arm to a shark this month is speaking out about the harrowing attack while summing her survival up as “a miracle.”

Tiffany Johnson, 32, had been snorkeling with her husband in the Bahamas on June 2 when out of nowhere she was “bumped” by something in the water, she told WRAL.

“I just casually turned to my right to look to see, and that’s when I was face to face with the shark. He had my whole arm in his mouth and he was just floating there, just staring at me,” she recalled.

Johnson, who was on the last stop of a cruise, said she tried pulling her arm out of the shark’s mouth, but it wouldn’t let go.

Tiffany Johnson, seen here with her husband James, was described as remarkably calm after having her arm torn off by a shark in the Bahamas.

“I kept trying to yank my hand back and then the last time when I yanked it he had cut it clean off,” she said.

The water around her clouded with her blood, with her arm being severed near her elbow. Instead of panicking, however, Johnson said…

Found: Three Dead Great White Sharks, Missing Their Livers

A great white shark on the western cape of South Africa.
A great white shark on the western cape of South Africa.

On the western cape of South Africa, about two and half hours south of Cape Town, shark experts have found three dead sharks who washed up on the beach in quick succession with unusual injuries. Each of the sharks was sliced through. The first and third were missing their livers; the second was missing its liver and its heart.

These were great…

Weekly Wrap Volume 147

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While sharks aren’t exactly the ruthless predators most Hollywood features make them out to be (see: Do Sharks Really Not Like How Humans Taste?), they do possess a number of frighteningly efficient mechanisms to assist with aquatic hunting, including ultra-streamlined bodies, high intelligence, the ability to detect electrical fields and minute changes in water pressure, great hearing, incredibly sharp vision, amazing sense of smell (Lemon sharks can even detect tuna oil at a concentration of just one part per 25 million), and the topic of today- many rows of razor sharp teeth, including the ability to rapidly replace them. But are sharks actually able to grow an unlimited number of teeth…(more)

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As a child, did you ever skin your knee and fear telling your parents, afraid of your mom breaking out the brown bottle of pain containing hydrogen peroxide to “help heal” your wound? Given the agony it caused, you might have wondered whether the fizzing liquid was actually helping, and why hydrogen peroxide bubbles when it comes in contact with your skin. If you’re still wondering today, well, wonder no more. To begin with, hydrogen peroxide does indeed kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and a whole host of pathogens thanks to the fact that it is…(more)

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  • Ever wonder why we call junk messages “spam”? Well, wonder no more. While some have suggested that this was because SPAM (as in the Hormel meat product) is sometimes satirized as “fake meat”, thus spam messages are “fake messages”, this potential origin, while plausible enough on the surface, is not correct based on surviving documented evidence of when the term started being used to mean junk or unsolicited messages. The real origin of the phrase comes from a 1970 Monty Python’s Flying Circus skit. In this skit, all the restaurant’s menu items devolve into SPAM. When the waitress repeats the word SPAM, a group of Vikings in the corner sing “SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, lovely SPAM! Wonderful SPAM!”, drowning out other conversation, until they are finally told to shut it.
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9 Amazing Underwater-Themed Restaurants

Plenty of restaurants sport great decor, but it’s not every day you can say you ate with the fishes. Watching sea creatures glide past your meal can be a uniquely soothing experience, and several restaurants around the world are ready to provide it—whether that means actually descending below the surface of the ocean or eating in an above-sea-level world with a giant aquarium as part of the construction.

1. AL MAHARA // DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Al Mahara in Dubai has added its star chef to the restaurant’s name, and is now called Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara. Four-star seafood may be second to the view, however. The restaurant is at the Burj Al Arab hotel, but there are no windows. Instead, diners are seated around a floor-to-ceiling 700,000-gallon marine aquarium. Al Mahara is also famous for its prices, high even by Dubai standards.

2. SUBSIX // MALDIVES

Subsix is one of nine restaurants at the PER AQUUM Niyama resort in the Maldives. Located about a third of a mile offshore from the rest of the resort, it’s also about 20 feet, or six meters, below sea level—hence the name. The only way to get there is by speedboat. You can enjoy lunch and dinner daily while relaxing in the anemone-inspired chairs, dance at the Underwater Glow Party on Wednesday and Saturday nights, or rent the whole place for a private champagne breakfast or dinner.

3. CARGO HOLD // DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

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How about lunch under the watchful eye of sharks? The Cargo Hold restaurant is part of the uShaka Marine World theme park, which boasts 32 aquarium tanks, with acrylic glass walkways leading to five shipwrecks. The Cargo Hold is nestled inside the stern of the Phantom Ship—a 1920s cargo steamer—with plenty…