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A Life-Size Animatronic T-Rex Burst Into Flames and the Pics are Metal AF

Zach Reynolds/Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience An unexpected electrical issue caused a life-size animatronic T-Rex to burst into flames at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience in Cañon City, Colorado. There were no reported injuries when the 24-ft tall T-Rex burst into flames. The life-size replica completely burned down to its metal frame in 10 short minutes. First opened in 2016, the park features 16 life-size dinosaurs with a 17th, a Stegosaurus (along with a replacement T-Rex), scheduled to open this summer. Park owner Zach Reynolds was on hand to not only…

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‘They don’t belong’: police called on Native American teens on college tour

A mother on the tour told authorities the young men were creepy and really stand out, causing them to miss the rest of the event A mother on a Colorado college tour called the police on two Native American students in the group because they looked like they dont belong, in the latest episode to ignite outrage over racial profiling and needless calls to law enforcement in the US. Two teenage brothers had traveled from New Mexico for the tour at Colorado State University (CSU) on Monday when a parent…

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This Tiny Hedge Fund Just Made 8,600% On a Vix Bet

Not everyone got crushed when the market collapsed. For traders at a little-known Denver hedge fund who saw it coming, it was the score of a lifetime — a $17.5 million payday on a $200,000 bet. “People were laughing at us, saying this could never happen, this should never happen,” Justin Borus, the 41-year-old founder and manager at Denver-based Ibex Investors, said in an interview. “We saw people pricing this as a 1-in-5,000 event, but it was more like a one-in-five-year event.” Borus’s team bet that an exchange-traded fund linked to…

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Shop Owner Feeds Deer That Wandered In, Deer Comes Back With Entire Family

Photographs via Satar on Twitter A recent story has gone viral on Twitter after user Satar posted photos and the following story: “A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate. He came out of the store and returned after half an hour with all his family members 😂” I mean how could you say no to a face like that! A deer entered one of the shops in Colorado. The shop owner gave him some chocolate biscuits and chocolate.…

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Teslas Newest Promises Break the Laws of Batteries

Elon Musk knows how to make promises. Even by his own standards, the promises made last week while introducing two new Tesla vehicles—the heavy-duty Semi Truck and the speedy Roadster—are monuments of envelope pushing. To deliver, according to close observers of battery technology, Tesla would have to far exceed what is currently thought possible. Take the Tesla Semi: Musk vowed it would haul an unprecedented 80,000 pounds for 500 miles on a single charge, then recharge 400 miles of range in 30 minutes. That would require, based on Bloomberg estimates, a charging system that's 10 times more…

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Papa John’s Blames the NFL for Hurting Pizza Sales

Papa John’s International Inc. founder John Schnatter is going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, saying weak handling of the league’s national-anthem controversy has hammered sales of his pizza. “The NFL has hurt us by not resolving the current debacle to the players’ and owners’ satisfaction,” Schnatter, who serves as the pizza chain’s chairman and chief executive officer, said on a conference call. “NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.” The remarks follow a controversy over NFL football players protesting during the national anthem, a movement that started last season. The demonstrations…

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Holy smoke! The church of cannabis

As congregations dwindle, a new religion is lighting up Denver, Colorado. Aaron Millar joins the elevationists of the International Church of Cannabis who worship the weed It started, naturally, with a group of friends smoking a joint. Steve Berke, a graduate of Yale University, was temporarily living in an old church in Denver, Colorado. His estate agent parents had bought the 113-year-old building with the plan to turn it into flats. He and Lee Molloy, as well as a few friends, had just moved from Miami to capitalise on Colorados…

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US teenager survives bear attack after waking to animal ‘crunching’ on his head

Staff member at Colorado camp managed to fight off the bear after it grabbed him from his sleeping bag A teenage staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away. The 19-year-old woke up at around 4am on Sunday to a crunching sound with his head inside the mouth of the bear, which was trying to pull him out of his sleeping bag as he slept outside at Glacier View Ranch 48 miles (77km)…

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