Knesset asks public for help to design new logo, winner will win cash

Current Knesset logo 
By: Moses Gold

Are you an aspiring logo designer? Now is your chance to become extremely popular and win some cash, as the Israeli Knesset announced that it will be looking for the public’s help for a new logo, according to a report by Yedioth Ahronoth.

The Knesset management division announced that it will be holding a contest to design a new logo to replace its current Knesset logo.

The Knesset has appointed a public committee on the matter, which also had to decide who should design the logo of the Knesset.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein decided to allow any designer to put forward their logo.

It was also decided that candidates would have to integrate the State emblem into the design, and to emphasize the Knesset as a symbol of democracy, the people's house, and the legislative work of the members of Parliament.

A committee consisting of professionals headed by director Ronen Plot will compile a list of 10 logos, which will be presented to the public online. The public will then choose three outstanding logos. Then, the committee will choose the winning logo.

The 10 finalists will be awarded a cash prize, and the winning designer will receive an additional cash prize.

TGI Friday's slammed after employee intentionally serves pork to Muslim woman

Nicole Queen 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Many people are angry after a TGI Friday’s employee in Texas, intentionally mixed pork into a Muslim woman’s iced tea.

The Muslim woman was dining at a TGI Friday’s in Garland last week and was surprised to find the unwanted ingredient in her iced tea.

Nicole Queen, a convert to Islam, had asked her waiter to remove the bacon from her salad. Queen observes the Islamic law of halal, which prohibits the consumption of pork.

The waiter, Queen said, obliged, but had a cold attitude. However, nothing seemed out of place until Queen realized her original server had been replaced by another employee. That person has offered her a free refill of her iced tea. Queen believed that this had to be some sort of apology for the previous service. However, when she took a sip, she got a mouthful of bacon.

"I knew immediately that this was bacon, and I knew immediately that it had been put in there because that was the first thing that came into my mouth," Queen said.

She complained to the restaurant manager, but the manager did not take her seriously.

A spokesperson for TGI Friday’s said that if true, the incident would "represent a serious violation of our values ​​and the promise we make to each of our customers." The restaurant is investigating Queen’s claim.

Teacher’s emotional last assignment to students before he dies

Japanese classroom illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

A loving and compassionate teacher prepared his students for his death in a meaningful way.

The teacher, who had a sickness, and was told he does not have much time to live, left his students with a life lesson.

Death is indeed our final departure, but that does not mean that we cannot have lasting effects on the lives of those who survive us.

Death can be traumatizing to children, especially when it is someone as close to them as their teacher.

A Japanese teacher knew that he was nearing the end of his time on earth, therefore, he decided to ease some of the pain of his dear students.

He gave his students one last homework assignment. Here is a translation of the assignment:

Final homework assignment
No due date
Please be happy.

By the time you are ready to turn in this assignment, I will probably be in heaven.

Don’t rush your report. Feel free to take your time.
But someday, please turn to me and say “I did it. I’ve become happy.”

I’ll be waiting.

The teacher, who gave the homework assignment to his students, has since died, according to the Twitter user who shared this amazing homework assignment.
What an incredible way to prepare his student for his death!

Rival school pays up after university denies handicapped student his lottery winnings

Matt Zajac helping his grandmother 
By: Debbi Gross

Matt Zajac, 26, is a man with a big heart. He has served the country and lost his legs doing so.

Army veteran Zajac lost both of his legs in Iraq. in 2007. When he came home, he entered a University. He also helps care for his elderly grandmother.

Zajac is studying mechanical engineering at the New Mexico State University.

The university holds drawings for home games as part of a "fan incentive program" to encourage student attendance of the games. When they drew the lottery after the game, Zajac was the winner of a $2,000 cash prize.

However, school officials deemed Zajac ineligible for the prize because he was not present at the game.
"Honestly, there is no way I would have been at the game. I was taking care of my grandmother, who is 87-years-old," Zajac said.

“I have to make sure she gets her medicine, that I get it to her on time and there are things around the house that need to be taken care of," he added.

Zajac, who is handicapped himself and walks with the help of his prosthetic legs, could have had every excuse not to help his grandmother. However, as the hero that he is, he did not look for an excuse and he is there for his grandmother whenever she needs him.

The school was adamant in not making an exception for the double amputee, who was injured when his Humvee exploded while serving his country.

"We are pleased this program gave us the opportunity to learn more about one of our students. Matt Zajac seems like a wonderful individual. We are considering ways to recognize him, and his service to our country in the future,” NMSU Deputy Athletics Director David McCollum said.

After the New Mexico State University denied Zajac the winnings, students of University of New Mexico, a rival university stepped in.

Marcos Chavez, who runs a website called TheLoboLair.com, heard about the story and began a campaign to raise $2,000 for Zajac. "We started the campaign at 8:00 am and by 3:50 pm, we had the $2,000. It really said a lot about the community we have," Chavez said.

Zajac said he was honored by the donation and he will give half of the money to the Fisher House Foundation, a group that supports military families.

Michigan school bans kids from playing ‘tag’ because its dangerous

Kids playing tag illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

We all grew up playing tag, chasing each other and getting our hands or knees scraped while doing so.

One school is trying to “protect” their students from such incidents.

Nobody likes when kids are bullied. However, pushing or falling while playing a game should not be labeled as being aggressive.

Kindergarten teachers in New Groningen Elementary School in Grand rapids, Michigan, sent letters to parents explaining the "No Tag , No Chasing" policy which was set in place.

"The games of tag have become dangerous. The children run in packs, pushing, knocking over other children, and are making the game dangerous. Several children are injured every day," the letter stated.

"All students are expected to treat others with respect and kindness. When negative behavior is recognized, the staff handles the situation with care and concern. The consequences of continued rough behavior will be immediate removal from play, a note will be sent home to parents and the child will miss the next two recess periods," the letter read according to parents of the school.

New Groningen principal Laurie Poll spoke about the school's decision.
"It's just for the safety of the children. The teachers want the children to be safe," Poll said.

Groom calls in bomb threat after he forgets to book wedding hall

Neil McArdle 
By: David Ross

A bride was all ready for her big day when she and her family headed to the wedding hall.

When bride Amy Williams and her family got to the hall in the United Kingdom, they were told the hall was closed until investigators can determine if their was a bomb in the building.

Turns out that it was the groom, who made ​​the call of the hoax bomb threat to the wedding venue after he realized he had forgotten to book the hall.

Neil McArdle, 36, of Kirkby, Merseyside, was arrested after his call to the St. George's Hall on the morning of his wedding day to say there was a bomb inside that is about to explode.

McArdle realized that he had failed to complete the necessary forms with the wedding hall, which meant that the place had not been officially reserved.

He panicked. In order to buy more time, he called the venue from a pay phone to tell them that a bomb will go off in 45 minutes.
McArdle was left regretting his actions. He is facing charges of knowingly communicating false information to officials.

"I never had the chance to ask him questions. As soon as he said there was a bomb he hung up. I told my manager, who called the police. We cleared the building. It all happened very quickly,” the receptionist at the venue, Marie Harnick, said.

It took over an hour until it was deemed safe to re-enter the building.
The couple did not get married that night, but they are reportedly still together.

Bartender wins $17,500 from lottery ticket she received as tip

Aurora Kephart 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman received her biggest tip ever, $17,500.

Aurora Kephart, 25, of Oregon, works as a bartender at the Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield.

One of the regulars at the restaurant often tips by giving the bartenders lottery tickets, which are sold at the restaurant. On Tuesday night, the man who wishes to remain anonymous, bought several tickets and offered Kephart to choose two of them for herself.

When Kephart checked the numbers, she realized that her first ticket won $5. The second ticket won $17,500. Everyone in the room was surprised. “I immediately gave it back to him and said I cannot take this,” Kephart said about the winning ticket.

The generous man refused to accept the lucky ticket and made Kephart sign the back of the ticket so she would be the only one able to collect the prize. Her generous benefactor then celebrated Kephart’s good fortune by buying everyone in the bar a round of drinks.

With the bar full of excited customers, most of them regulars, Kephart was back at work, struggling to stay focused.
George Conway, the bar owner, said that Kephart, who has worked for him for four years, well-deserves such gratuity.

Convenience store closes after photos of employee inside ice cream freezer emerge

Employee in freezer 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Store employees have been making headlines for doing weird things at work.

Now, a convenience store employee has gotten himself and his father into trouble with his prank.

The owner of Lawson convenience store hired his son, 21, to work for him. One day, the son asked a friend to take a photo of him inside the fully stacked ice cream freezer.

The photo went viral in Japan, bringing a lot of negative press to the store, which ultimately led to the closure of the store.

Lawson Inc. is a convenience store franchise chain in Japan. The store originated in Ohio. Its headquarters is now located in Shinagawa, Tokyo. Today, Lawson serves as the second largest convenience store chain in the country behind 7-Eleven, according to information listed in Wikipedia.

The Lawson Inc. franchise corporate office decided to close the location in Kamobe, after the photos emerged. The store was closed on Monday, and Lawson said it will only reopen once it finds a new franchise owner.

Although it took many weeks to finally close the convenience store in Kamobe, the company immediately removed the ice cream, which the employee laid upon, from the freezer.

Teacher forces student to pose as cat and meow as punishment

Maneki-neko 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Kids sometime need to be disciplined in order for them to learn responsibilities.

However, the way a teacher chooses to punish a student shows a lot about the character of the teacher.

One teacher at a public school in the city of Hiroshima, Japan, is in trouble for his inappropriate and embarrassing punishment.

When students forget to bring their school supplies, they were made to stand in front of the class and pose as maneki-neko, a “beckoning cat.” (See photo left)

The children then had to meow and ask the teacher for forgiveness by saying "forgive me, meow!" while the teacher took a photo of them in that position in front of the whole class.

The teacher continued his punishment until the Board of Education received a call from a concerned parent, whose daughter was embarrassed by being made ​​to look silly in front of the class. The girl was so distraught that she refused to go to school.

After an investigation, Hiroshima City Board of Education officials deemed the punishment "inappropriate" and gave the teacher a verbal warning.

The teacher stood by his rules and method of punishment. He said it was done to discourage students from forgetting things at home.

Christian minister arrested for intentionally spreading HIV

Rodney Carr 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A Christian church minister was arrested and charged with assault related charges after he allegedly intentionally spread the HIV virus, according to police reports in Tennessee.

Memphis Police said that minister Rodney Carr faces a Class C felony charge, which is punishable by prison time.

Carr is scheduled to go on trial in December, after being arrested in July 2012, on charges that he had sex with a friend, but did not tell her that he was HIV positive. She found out only after they separated, when she tested positive for the virus.

According to a complaint affidavit, Carr tested positive for HIV in 2005.

Police said that Carr knew about his illness, and he knew about the exposure law.
His wife died three years ago.

University of Memphis Police arrested Carr in October 2011, for allegedly threatening another man with a gun during an argument over a woman.

He got probation, but was accused of violating his probation after being arrested on the HIV charge.
Court records do not mention any other victim.

Police seen on video slapping ticket on girl’s Barbie toy car

Barbie car with ticket 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A little girl was shocked to discover that her Barbie toy car received a ticket from police, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Even Barbie in her pink jeep has to obey the law.

Utah Police, who were patrolling a neighborhood, noticed a pink jeep abandoned in the street.

Autumn, 7, and her sister, Barbie, were out driving along the sidewalk when the battery started to die.

Somehow, the abandoned pink jeep car ended up right behind their dad’s car.

When dad went to move the jeep he noticed an orange label on it.

"I got to the car and realized that it had abandoned vehicle tag on it," the father said.

The ticket was written for Barbie herself.

Luckily, the police let the two girls go easy. Now, they know that they must keep their jeep parked in the garage.

"We hope that people will appreciate the fact that we are there in the neighborhood, and we are looking out for them and their property," a police spokesperson said.

Boy, 15, arrested after burning his mother alive because she didn’t like his girlfriend

Gwendolyn Wallace 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A teen boy was arrested and charged with murder related charges after he allegedly burned his mother alive, according to court proceedings in Tennessee.

Memphis Police said that a local teen has been charged in adult court with starting a house fire in April that killed his mother.

The Shelby County prosecutor's office said that 15-year-old Jonathan Ray faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree murder while committing aggravated arson.

Ray was 14-years-old when he was arrested after the early morning fire on April 5. Ray's mother, 45-year-old Gwendolyn Wallace, died in the fire.

Investigators said that Ray used gasoline to start the fire on the stairs leading to the upstairs bedroom of his mother. Court documents said that the teen admitted to starting the fire after a disagreement with his mother about his girlfriend.

Ray's case was transferred to adult court in June. His lawyers have said that Ray is suffering from a mental illness and needs treatment, not prison. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted.

Ohio female day care worker arrested for having sex with infants

Heather Koon 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with child rape related charges after she allegedly rapes infants at a day care center, according to police reports in Ohio.

Elyria Police said they have video of Heather Koon, 25, having sex with a baby. The video was found on Koon’s laptop.

"I have not wrapped my mind around this. It's the worst nightmare of all parents," the baby's father, who wants to remain anonymous, said.

The father is talking about the incident so that other parents can find out if their child was a victim. ABC KIDZ Childcare in Elyria asked him not to talk about the incident.

"They tried to act like it was a simple assault. A few hours later, they called us back and asked us to keep it discreet," the father said.

"Any child at that day care who is old enough to talk, should talk, and any child who is not old enough to talk should be taken to a doctor,” the father said.

Police arrested Koon after checking up on her boyfriend, James Osborne. Osborne is listed on the sex offender website of Lorain County as living at another address. Police arrested him and confiscated a laptop computer, which they found in the apartment.

A police report shows that the computer belonged to Koon and contained a video file that shows her engaging in sexual conduct with an unknown child.

The police had to find out who the child was.

Koon is facing two counts of rape after police identified a second victim.
Osborne and Koon are in the Lorain County Jail.

Couple shocked after bear breaks into their home to eat their soup

Borscht illustration 
By: David Ross

A couple was shocked to see that a bear broke into their home, went to the kitchen, and ate their meat soup, according to police reports in Siberia.

The couple, who lives in the remote Russian city of Ust-Ilimsk, Siberia, requested backup after seeing the wild bear breaking into their home on Saturday.

They had cooked meat and borscht beet soup and left it in a pan on the terrace to cool, a police spokesperson said in a statement.

The couple, who slept in the sauna while they were renovating their home, woke up at night to loud noises coming from the home.
When they peaked through the window, they saw a bear hanging around the porch, the police statement said.

They called the manager of the local community, and they watched helplessly through the window of the sauna as the animal broke into their porch and began eating the soup.
Police received a call about the incident at about 1:00 am, and they sent a team to investigate.

Once in place, the police fired into the air and managed to scare the bear back into the woods, but not before it had finished the beet soup of the couple.

Artist seen on video crying blue paint

Leandro Granato crying paint 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) An artist showed off how can cry blue paint, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Leandro Granato loves to cry, because his artwork sometimes sells for up to $2,500. The Argentine artist is able to snort paint up his nose and squirt the paint out of his eyes directly onto a canvas.

The 27-year-old artist learned as a child that he could squirt liquids out of his eyes if he inhaled through his nose.

As an adult, he began a career with this technique, despite the objection of his family, who said he was losing his mind.

His abstract work is a biological phenomenon as well as an artistic creation. He snorts up to a pint of paint for each art piece.

The process seems unhealthy, but Granato said he visits the doctor regularly and has developed a paint formula that will not hurt his eyes.

Other artists have used strange and disgusting bodily functions to create art, including vomiting artist Millie Brown, who drinks colored milk and then throws it up on a canvas, or on clothing.

Man gets $500 after dog ate his $100 bills

The dog with the government refund 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man got lucky and was reimbursed by the U.S. government after his dog ate some money.

It took five months, but Wayne Klinkel was reimbursed $500 on Monday, by the federal government.

"Everything comes to the end," Klinkel said laughing. "It was great to have the check after all I've been through,” he said.

It all began when Wayne Klinkel and his wife were on a road trip from Montana to Colorado, in order to visit their daughter and her husband, Amy and Coty Church.

The Klinkels stopped at a restaurant for dinner, and left their dog, Sundance, inside their locked vehicle. They also left five $100 bills and a $1 bill.

When they returned about 45 minutes later, the doors of the car were still closed and their dog was inside. The $1 bill was still in the driver's seat along with half of a $100 bill.

The rest of the money was gone.
Klinkel knew exactly what happened. The dog ate the money.

Based on their previous experiences, Klinkel also knew that the dog cannot fully digest paper. So for the rest of their vacation, the went through their dog’s feces in order to collect pieces of money.

Klinkel recovered enough fragments, and in March he was able to collect enough leftovers to reconstruct parts of the five bills. He washed them thoroughly, and let the paper soak for a week.

Finally, he drained and rinsed the pieces. Once the papers were dry he pieced them back together, and submitted them in plastic bags to the Treasury in the hope of being reimbursed.

"Ten days later I got a receipt back saying they received my letter," Klinkel said.

A spokesperson for the Federal Reserve said it could take up to two years and nothing is guaranteed, but if over 51 percent of the bills were there, the Klinkels could get at least some of their $500 back.

On Monday afternoon, when he collected his mail, Klinkel saw an envelope from the government. Inside was a green and gold check for $500.

“I was very happy,” Klinkel said.


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