Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz

  • Tornado survivor finds her missing dog during TV interview

    While Barbara Garcia was being interviewed by CBS News about the Oklahoma City tornado that destroyed her home and tore her dog from her arms, the dog was found alive nearby under the rubble.

    Garcia told reporter Anna Werner that she was sitting in her home holding onto her dog when the tornado hit. As the walls of her home tumbled, Garcia and her dog became separated.

    "I hollered for my little dog, but he didn't answer, so I know he's in here somewhere," Garcia said, gesturing to the remains of her home.

    Then, the dog appeared under some rubble. Garcia went to rescue it. "Bless your little, bitty heart," she said.

    "Well I got God to answer one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them," Garcia said. "Because this was my second prayer."

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  • Who Needs Sleep? Toddler Practices Face-plants as Parents Watch on Baby Monitor

    Sure beats counting sheep, especially when you don't know how to count. A toddler unable to sleep decides -- what the heck -- now's as good a time as any to practice faceplants onto the crib mattress.

    And so the baby does, over and over again. The parents watch their pint-sized pro wrestler on a baby video monitor and can't help but laugh at their child's unusual way of dealing with insomnia.

    The video has garnered over 700,000 views on YouTube. Commenters note the baby seems primed for a career as a diver. Others point out that the footage resembles one of the "Paranormal Activity" movies.

  • Ad About How Moms View Their Kids Tugs Heartstrings, Goes Viral

    The 2012 Summer Olympics are just weeks away and a new video has commenters buzzing. Entitled "Kids 2012," the ad features OIympic athletes as kids, a poignant way of showing that even when athletes are grown up and going for the gold, they are still children in the eyes of their mom. It's the latest in an ongoing series by Procter and Gamble. (Full disclosure: P&G is a sponsor of Yahoo! Olympics coverage.)

    The video, which has been seen 1.2 million times and counting on YouTube, is clearly a hit. Comments over at YouTube include: "Awesome video!!," "I, for some odd reason? love this ad...and i usually hate them!," and "Yep, i'm? (sp) crying."

    P&G's "Team Mom" commercials are, according to The New York Times, "a global serenade" to mothers. The end goal is to sell P&G products, but viewers don't seem to mind, proof a good ad can be something people want to see. One commenter wrote, "This is touching. Saw it on Twitter yesterday but had to come back and check it out. So

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  • Wedding Party Takes the Plunge

    A recently married Michigan couple and their wedding party stood on a dock, having their picture taken. Suddenly, the wood began to groan. And then -- voila! -- the dock collapsed into the shallow waters of Gun Lake. They don't call it "taking the plunge" for nothing.

    [Related: Singing bride becomes accidental viral hit]

    For better or worse, it was all caught on video. Eric Walber and Maegan McKee (now Walber) and their party remained relatively calm and walked out of the lake, looking only a bit worse for the wear. The groom spoke with 24 Hour News 8 about the big splash. "I saw the thing starting to tilt, and I'm like, 'Oh, yup, this is going to happen,'" Walber said. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The bride, groom, and everybody else laughed off the unexpected plunge.

    [Related: How to give your wedding personality]

    The wedding video bears a strong resemblance to a viral video of high school prom revelers from a few months back. The students stood on a pier near Lac

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  • Oakland Church's Unique Fundraiser Helps Fund Orphanage in Africa

    Reverend Mark Wiesner is a pastor at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oakland, California. After a visit to Kenya, Rev. Wiesner was inspired to help fund a badly needed dormitory for an orphanage. But how to raise the funds? Answering that question sent Rev. Wiesner and his parishioners on a journey that relied on the goodness in people.

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    One Sunday in February, Rev. Wiesner withdrew about $12,100 from the church account. With some help, he placed varying amounts of money into 400 envelopes. The amount ranged from $15 to $100. Rev. Wiesner passed out the envelopes to his parishioners and asked them to use the money to help raise more money for the orphanage. He gave them 90 days. It was a big risk, but it paid off. Plan for orphanage in Kenya

    A few months later, at the end of May, Rev. Wiesner collected the funds and found that his flock had raised over $65,000. We spoke with him about his experiment, how he came up with the idea, and how people

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  • McDonald's Top Chef Doesn't See Anything 'unhealthy' on the Menu

    Despite recent efforts to reinvent itself with a greater number of healthy items, McDonald's remains a high-profile target in the anti-obesity movement. Daniel Coudreaut, who serves as the senior director of culinary innovation at the Golden Arches, recently made a comment that's likely to fan the flames a little higher.

    A meal consisting of a Quarter Pounder hamburger, french fries and soft-drink is pictured at a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles, California July 23, 2008. A meal consisting of a Quarter Pounder hamburger, french fries and soft-drink is pictured at a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles, California July 23, 2008.

    [Related: McDonald's, Subway, Taco Bell -- where were they born?]

    In an article for the Akron Beacon Journal, Lisa Abraham quotes Coudreaut as saying, "I don't see anything on the menu that's unhealthy." We suppose that "unhealthy" is a relative term, but even the bravest spin doctor would have a hard time defending the statement against health advocates.

    [Related: Are McDonald's new Happy Meal ads misleading?]

    Indeed, a quick look at the McDonald's menu reveals many items that, if not "unhealthy," are certainly not on many nutritionists' top 10 lists. For example, the Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese contains 42 grams of total fat and 1,360 milligrams

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  • After 115 Years Together, Tortoises Go Their Separate Ways

    Tortoises Bibi and Poldi photographed at Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfur, Austria. (Barcroft Media /Landov)Tortoises Bibi and Poldi photographed at Reptilienzoo Happ in Klagenfur, Austria. (Barcroft Media /Landov)Sometimes, 115 years of togetherness is enough. Bibi and Poldi, two giant tortoises at the Austrian Zoo, are (slowly) going their separate ways after more than a century of companionship.

    [Related: Near-extinct turtle bred on Bangladesh beach]

    The straw that broke the turtle's back came when Bibi (the female) began biting Poldi's shell. Whether turtle or human, gnawing on your partner's back is a sign that the relationship has hit a bumpy phase. Staff members of the Austrian zoo tried a variety of methods to re-light the flame of love, including aphrodisiacs, games, and couple's counseling. Alas, nothing worked.

    [Related: Caymans free turtle to honor Queen Elizabeth]

    Zoo director Helga Happ told the Austrian Times, "We get the feeling they can't stand the sight of each other anymore." Poldi has been moved to another enclosure, a rather big move. Poldi and Bibi had shared space for 36 years. Before that, they lived together in Switzerland.

    [Related: The ancient

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  • Lacrosse is the Fastest Growing Sport in the US

    We really thought curling had a shot. But the fastest-growing sport in the United States is actually lacrosse.

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    The sport saw explosive growth between 2001 and 2010. According to U.S. Lacrosse, the number of players had tripled by the end of the decade.

    The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) conducted an in-depth study last year and also found that lacrosse was the fastest-growing sport. Over the last 10 years, according to the study, "participation is up 218.1 percent." Unlike football, lacrosse is popular among men and women alike.

    Rugby enthusiasts can also lay claim to the title if the time frame is adjusted. Between 2007 and 2009, the SGMA found rugby to be the fastest-growing team sport in the country.

    While lacrosse is gaining steam, it still has a long way to go before it can be crowned the country's most popular sport. Surveys and stats vary, but for kids under the age of 13, the most popular sport is

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  • Paula Deen's English Pea Recipe Mocked Online

    Paula Deen's perhaps too-simple peas recipe is an online target.For those of us who can't even boil water, online recipes are a lifesaver. But when is a simple recipe a bit too simple? Perhaps Paula Deen knows. We recently came across this recipe for English peas on her official site.

    Here, word for glorious word, is Paula's recipe: "Melt the butter in small pot and add the peas. Cook over medium heat until peas are warm." Below those words of wisdom is a link that allows you to print the recipe. You know, in case you think you might forget a step.

    Related: Paula Deen's controversial year

    The recipe by itself is hilarious in a "no doy" kind of way. But what's really great is the collection of comments from readers. There are currently 334 reviews for the recipe, many of them with a level of snark worthy of the most sarcastic teen.

    Commenter tr1cky1 wrote, "I clicked on the "Print Recipe" link for this recipe, but my printer only printed out a sheet of paper that read, "Your An Idiot!"...and I can't even reply to it to tell it that it

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  • The Scoop on Children's Vitamins

    Vitamins are generally thought of as a good thing. They give people more of the stuff they need. Right? Well, that depends on the vitamin, as well as on the age of the person taking it.

    Before you give vitamins to your child, you should, of course, consult your pediatrician or a poison control hotline. However, there are some general guidelines available online.

    [Related: Six power foods you should be eating]

    According the American Academy of Pediatrics, most children should take vitamin D supplements. However, parents should be careful not to overdo it. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, and any excess is stored in the child's tissues. Too much of these vitamins could make the child sick.

    Vitamin A can also be toxic of taken in large doses. According to the "Today" show's resident nutritionist Joy Bauer, "Chronic intake of excessive amounts through fortified food and supplements can cause big problems." Ditto for zinc. "Too much zinc can depress your immune

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