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Ian Hammond, a concerned citizen from the United States, has been thinking a lot lately about the ever-growing national debt. Fortunately, he's thought of a solution that's gained viral support online: simply sell Montana to Canada for the relatively cheap price of $1 trillion.

Over 5,300 people have already signed Hammond's Change.org petition to go through with the sell, which could see the home of Yellowstone National Park turned over to Canada.

Ian summed up his entire line of thinking in two short sentences:
"We have too much debt and Montana is useless. Just tell them it has beavers or something."

"But wait," one might say! "Don't some people live in Montana?" Well, one Montana native commented his suppor
"I've been a resident of Montana my entire life, and quite frankly I'm sick of the US's complete and utter disregard for human life. I'll take Canadas health care, education, and freedom over the US's money grubbing system. Also, Canada gets all of Glacier Park and some of Yellowstone."
The petition has received widespread support on social media



Of course, this was all a joke at the end of the day...probably.



Pretty much everyone seemed pumped to welcome Montana into Canada.
If the vote was held on Twitter, it looks like Montana would have left the U.S. long ago.


It's important to remember that the U.S. national debt is actually over $22 trillion, and that it owes a large swath of that to itself, so selling Montana for only $1 trillion wouldn't do a whole lot of good...unless you really hate Montana. If that's the case, I suggest you go sign Hammond's petition right away!
Call it a case of mistaken identity.

And an adorable one, at that.



On Tuesday, Norwegian journalist Sanna Drogset Børstad was handed a story assignment by her editors at the newspaper iTromso  — one which, at first, seemed pretty mundane.

An email had come in from a local man, named Jostein Hansen, who was asking for help tracking down the owner of a lost pet. While dropping off his kid at school that morning, Hansen had noticed a "hamster" scurrying across the snowy road, and decided to run out and grab her before she was hit.

He stowed the little fur ball in his glove box for safekeeping before typing that urgent message to the paper.



It's fair to say that Børstad didn't see a Pulitzer in store for her work on this one, but she opted to look into it anyway.

"I wasn't very excited," Børstad told The Dodo, "but decided to check it out."



Børstad came to learn that Hansen's daughter has a pet hamster at home, so he knew just how important it was to help.

"If some kids have lost it, then it will be seen as a disaster," Hansen told Børstad. "So I took the chance to try to catch it."

Little did either of them know at the time just how unexpectedly the story would unfold.



After meeting up, Hansen and Børstad traveled together with the rescued rodent to a local pet store affiliated with Animal Protection Norway. But rather than learn someone had been looking for the lost pet, they discovered something quite surprising.

The creature Hansen had found wasn't a pet at all.



The store employee recognized immediately that the rescued "hamster" in Hansen's hand was actually a Norway lemming — a species of wild rodent who, in reality, needed no help from him at all.

(But in Hansen's defense, they do look an awful lot like domestic hamsters.)



The would-be hamster rescuer/accidental Norway lemming kidnapper was stunned and embarrassed to learn the truth.

Now realizing what he'd done, Hansen knew straightaway that he had to let the little creature go. So, while Børstad looked on, he returned the Norway lemming back from whence she came.



In the end, Børstad's run-of-the-mill lost pet story actually turned into one she, nor anyone else involved, is likely to never forget. And though he was mistaken, no one can blame Hansen for trying.

"He did the right thing," Gøril, the worker who identified the rodent's true identity, told The Dodo. "He saw an animal he thought needed help."

But in this case, the truth set her free — and unleashed a few hearty chuckles, Børstad said:

"We all laughed a lot when we figured out what it really was."


Can you imagine traveling everywhere you want, without having to pay a single dollar?

Well, the following impressive motorhome with a sleek design is built for the open road, but it completely eliminates the need of the two basic essentials of transport- the driving experience and fuel.

The Iveco Daily Electric chassis is something we have not seen before, and it has been created by the RV Company Dethleffs.  The car has solar panels installed on the roof and the sides, which is in total 334 square feet of thin-film solar panels which can deliver up to 3,000 watts of energy.

Instead of a charging station, it has a 228-Ah sodium-nickel-chloride battery, with all the fittings inside the RV, good for approximately 1,500 charges or about 250,000 km.

This solar house on wheels is also an e-home, with smart windows, a great heating system, and driver assistance technology.

According to Green Matters:
“The e-home utilizes Victron Energy products for the solar kit, including solar charge controllers, an inverter/charger for AC electricity and to charge the lithium batteries, ancillaries, and a DC-DC converter to supply charge stations for phones, laptops and the like. 
The motorhome also features a sleek and modern design; circular wireless charging station; infrared heating panels on interior floors, furniture, and walls; windows with darkening film between the panes; and a heating system that captures outside air on days warmer than 79 degrees, then sends it into the main cabin when the evening’s cooler air sets in. Oh, yeah—and a starlight projection system over the alcove bed. “

Dethleffs Managing Director, Alexander Leopold, said:
“Dethleffs know this means a lot more than just putting bodywork on an electrically driven chassis. By implementing a fully electric powertrain there are many challenges and equal opportunities for the entire vehicle.
One significant opportunity is to do without any additional type of energy sources for the vehicle. This means that a motorhome with electric drive will also supply all the onboard services with electricity for the living area instead of gas, for example – and that is why solar power production becomes very important.”   
 









China is planning to build the world's first solar power station in space to provide "inexhaustible clean energy" according to a story in Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China's Ministry of Science and Technology.

They claim to be already testing the technology and intend to build the station by 2050.

Xie Gengxin, deputy head of the Chongqing Collaborative Innovation Research Institute for Civil-Military Integration in Southwestern China, told the China Daily newspaper that a testing facility in Chongqing's Bishan district is being built that will be used to test the theoretical viability of a space-based solar power station.

The 33 acre test facility will develop space transmission technologies while studying the effect of microwaves beamed back to Earth on living organisms. The initial investment of 100 million yuan ($15 million) will be made by the Bishan district government and construction could take up to two years, but once it begins operations, scientists and engineers will use tethered balloons equipped with solar panels to verify microwave transmission technologies.

"We plan to launch four to six tethered balloons from the testing base and connect them with each other to set up a network at an altitude of around 1,000 meters," said Gengxin. "These balloons will collect sunlight and convert solar energy to microwave before beaming it back to Earth. Receiving stations on the ground will convert such microwaves to electricity and distribute it to a grid."

First proposed in 1968 by aerospace engineer Peter Glaser, the concept of a power-generating platform in geostationary orbit has been a popular idea among scientists, but has seen little in terms of development due to technological and financial hurdles. These notions may sound farfetched, but the space agencies of both China and Japan are taking the ideas that were once just the stuff of science fiction very seriously.

Plans to develop an orbital array of photovoltaic dishes were announced in Japan some time ago and according to CNN, Beijing is pledging to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($367 billion) in renewable power generation – solar, wind, hydro and nuclear – by 2020, indicating China's willingness to invest in advanced concepts.
When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland this summer and Walt Disney World this fall, it’ll give hopeful fans the opportunity to build their own lightsabers to fulfill their deepest wannabe-Skywalker fantasies, pilot the Millennium Falcon, and drink a cocktail at a wretched hive of scum and villainy. What does local intergalactic food actually taste like on Earth, though?

As we learned at a recent top-secret, photo-restricted preview hosted backstage at Disneyland Resort for a select group of media, tropical fruits, kooky chicken nuggets, and global spices star in a collection of meals and flavors never before offered at a Disney property anywhere on this planet. (This is, after all, the brand famous for selling over 3 million mouse-shaped ice cream bars each year.) Virtually every item is edible fan service: Oga’s Cantina, the long-anticipated Star Wars bar, serves up the Bloody Rancor, a twist on a Bloody Mary served with a meringue bone garnish.


Raspberry crème puff and chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo


So many milks

For instance, yes, you’ll be able to finally drink the iconic blue bantha milk — as well as the green milk seen in Luke Skywalker’s disturbing turn as dairy maid in The Last Jedi. Disney is going big on plant-based cuisines, with allergy-friendly foods across all of its menus, so both are non-dairy products; whether they’re almond, oat, soy, or a combination is unclear, but given that they’ll be served frozen at an outdoor stand and chilled within Oga’s Cantina, our money is on a horchata-like blend.

The Black Spire Outpost on Planet Batuu — where Star Wars Land is “located” — is intended to let fans live out their own Star Wars story in lieu of mimicking Luke Skywalker or Rey’s experiences, so the food is stylized to be like what you’d eat if, say, you ended up on an Outer Rim trading port packed with smugglers and shifty denizens. If a droid were indeed cooking your meat on a repurposed pod engine, there’s no way it wouldn’t come burnt to a crisp — which is exactly how the hand-torn, homemade turkey jerky in two flavor profiles (sweet teriyaki, spicy herb) at Ronto Roasters turned out.


Alien-looking smoked kaduu rubs at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo 

The fried Endorian tip-yip — the chicken-like birds who nested on Endor — isn’t remarkable for its herbaceous green gravy, but its specially sourced product: all-white breast meat that’s “naturally compressed” into a cubic shape, then tossed in a custom flour-based blend and egg wash and deep-fried. The sweet-sticky smoked kaadu ribs are even butchered in line with Star Wars ethos: cut in half and then sliced straight across, they’re given a specific look befitting the creature’s anatomy. And at least as the menu reads now, you can rest assured — no porgs will be harmed in the making of your lunch.

Even the best thing we ate, a green pastry whose domed shape could be a play off of Rey’s quick-rising bread, burst bright purple from its crunchy shell, served with a swath of passionfruit sauce and bits of torn green sponge reminiscent of algae. It’s human food, but when it’s done best, it feels distinctly alien.

The snacks, meals, and beverages arriving to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World pull from a global collection of cultural influences — which, given that Black Spire Outpost is a trading port on the frontier of Wild Space, makes sense. But what’s more surprising is how diners with dietary restrictions are as easily accommodated in this corner of the universe as they are within the parks. At Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, the main restaurant within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs swapped glutinous pasta for arrowroot noodles in its yobshrimp noodle salad and opted for non-dairy olive oil mashed potatoes to be paired with fried endorian tip-yip, while kefta-spiced meatballs in the Felucian Garden Spread are made from Impossible meat. (Served atop herbed hummus with a pita and Israeli salad-like cucumber-and-tomato relish, it’s Mediterranean with a celestial twist.) Even the entree bases, like those served with a sustainable mahi-mahi, are a combination of chopped romaine, kale, quinoa, orange cauliflower, and sweet potato with a coconut curry ranch dressing.


Oga’s Cantina will draw drinkers from across the galaxy


Ronto Roasters will feature spit-roasted meats

Beyond the alterna-milks, Oga’s Cantina — which will feature tunes by everyone’s favorite chatty pilot droid, DJ R-3X — will fuel your parkgoing with a caffeinated cold brew infused infused with falernum and topped with a lime. Fruit flavors, especially tropical ones, are all the rage on Batuu, where the green milk is touted as having orange blossom, tangerine, and citrus elements. Cantina cocktails also incorporate an array of citrus fruits, like yuzu and Buddha’s hand.

The bulk of flavors found throughout the menus play off a mix of sweet and spicy — a likely culinary resonance of the eternal battle between the Light and Dark sides — pulling in two or three elements to embrace umami, most apparent in the Japanese-style snack mix of seaweed senbei crackers, wasabi peas, lotus root, prawn chips, and bubu arare at Oga’s Cantina.

And, thank the Force, nearly everything on Batuu comes with a kick. Szechuan peppercorn in the “clutch sauce” of Ronto Roasters’ Portuguese hot dog, cayenne tossed into blueberry cornbread, Thai chile paste vinaigrette in the yobshrimp noodle salad; even moof juice fruit punch comes with a chipotle-pineapple hint, as flavors were specifically designed across dishes to stimulate all parts of even the most alien palates for the very first time. And if the capsaicin hit isn’t enough of a rush, a ride on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run with a belly full of Jabba juice and burra fish should do the trick.


Arrowroot noodles star in the yobshrimp noodle salad, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo 
When you think about it, everyday we have the opportunity to do something nice for another person. All that's required from us is an open heart for a stranger in need.



This story involves someone in need that was the recipient of a good deed from a kind stranger.

At the time, Chauncy Jones was a hungry 16-year-old student. He was hard-working, both in school and out of school, as he was searching for a job to help his mom pay the rent, bills, and purchase food.

This is what drove Chauncy to Kroger one fateful day. He went to this grocery store to try to find something to eat. He was offering to take customers' bags to their car in exchange for some food.



As he looked for another person to help with their bags, Chauncy approached Matt White and had no idea that his luck was about to change.

He approached Matt and offered to carry the bags in return for glazed donuts from the store. Matt was immediately saddened by this request. He knew that Chauncy needed more than donuts and was inspired to perform an act of kindness.

Matt went back into the store with Chauncy.



When the pair emerged, they had groceries, toiletries, and other important items that Chauncy and his mother needed. Matt went on to deliver the groceries himself.

Then, he shared his experience on Facebook with a photo of the two of them.

In the post, Matt details his encounter with Chauncy. He was shopping for produce when the 16-year-old asked for the box of donuts. According to Matt, at that moment, Chauncy looked hungry, ashamed, broken, and sad.



Matt knew he was going to help, but also knew that donuts would barely be enough. Chauncy was only in the store for the rest of the hour until the next bus came, so Matt knew what he had to do: go on a shopping spree!

They grabbed Cheetos, pizzas, frozen food, soap, milk, pasta, melons, peanut butter, toothbrushes, and anything the two of them could think of. Throughout the shopping trip, Matt got to know Chauncy.

He learned Chauncy was a straight A student and was trying to start a job that would help his mom with the rent. Chauncy went on to share how he would one day be wealthy to help other kids like him.



Disney is ready to sprinkle some magic over future Navy deployments.

The Navy plans to plus up its fleet over the next five years, but its manpower goals may as well be ‘to infinity and beyond.’ Even significant efforts aimed at immigrant and transgender communities failed to move the recruitment needle, but senior leadership hopes Disney holds the key to drawing and keeping the necessary personnel.

“Industry partnerships are critical to rebuilding readiness, and bored sailors just aren’t as interested in hookers anymore. Disney can help us tackle both issues,” said Navy spokesman Cmdr. Anthony Bellin.

Disney executives touted the partnership as an opportunity to serve America’s heroes and responsibly dispose of ships no longer fit for paying customers.

The groundbreaking deal includes ten recently condemned cruise liners that the Navy can retrofit with directed energy weapons and an Avengers-themed Chief’s Mess. Approximately 20% of new naval vessels will include Disney branding and amenities, such as chow with a Disney princess and flight deck runs with a CGI version of Mr. Incredible.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson acknowledged challenges to balancing a world class vacation vibe with national security goals.

“Activities that do not directly increase lethality, like the Wreck-it Ralph karaoke shack, will shut down during threat engagement in order to minimize distractions and critical power loads,” he said.

Sailors can add extra months to their “Disney Fun Deployment” passes at a military discount. E-5’s and above can purchase weeklong family passes for dependents. The first three ships will head to Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii by December 2019.

Machinery Repairman 1st Class Shawn VanDiver was excited to re-enlist after hearing the news.

“I’m a single dad and was looking to get out, but now my son can deploy with me over winter break. We’re gonna have breakfast with Moana every day. Deployments are about to get lit!”