Bailey’s News Bytes

Bailey Rankin, ‘Doah Staff Writer
November 6, 2013 

Back in October, the Belgian media was buzzing about pigeons being doped with drugs to enhance their racing performance. ABC News states that there was cocaine found in one bird, painkillers in another and anti-fever drugs in a third. Bird racing is just like the horse races; bidders and gambler can bid on the pigeon they think will win the race. They are released from specific locations and then have to make it back to their home loft.

Yahoo News covered a story on a truck full of honeybees that overturned in Georgia and shut down the interstate. Millions of honeybees were set loose on Sunday and left sticky messes all over the highway near Atlanta when the truck lost control and hit a guardrail. Honey and hives were all over the roadways. The clean up took roughly 15 hours.

CNN News reports that Germany has now made a new law in identifying the sex of your babies. If you do not wish to label them as female or male you can leave it blank, creating a third option for undetermined sex. It leaves pressure off of parents to make the decision for their children as to how they identify themselves. It’s still unclear how and when the child can and will decide, but most think it’s a step in the right direction.

Earlier this month, a man climbing a glacier in France sets out on what turns out to be an Indiana Jones extra. At the top he finds a cache of jewels wrapped in bags. The jewels were found to be rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. They’re worth nearly $175,000 – $331,600. CNN News says that if ownership of the jewels can’t be determined, a portion of their value will be given to the climber.

In April 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and slowly sank to the bottom of the ocean. A violin that was played by the Titanic’s bandleader sold at an auction Saturday for more than $1.7 million in London. This is the highest amount paid for memorabilia that was tied to the ship. The players played even as the ship sank underneath them, the band played “Nearer, My God, to Thee” to calm the passengers. Hartley’s (bandleader) body was pulled from the water days later with the violin case still strapped to his back.

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