• Woman arrested after taking 3 French fries from officer's plate

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    Woman arrested after taking 3 French fries from officer's plate

    It’s hard to resist the allure of French fries. Typically, indulging in some will cost you no more than several dollars.

    However, a woman recently ended up paying far more for her craving.

    According to WUSA, she was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly taking three French fries from a police officer’s plate at a Washington, D.C. restaurant.

    The unidentified woman reportedly decided to sit next to the officer, then reached over and grabbed two fries. The officer warned her to stop.

    In a police report, he is quoted as saying, “I then politely asked D-1 to not do that again because I paid for that food and she was stealing from me and she could be arrested for theft of my food.”

    As you would have guessed what happened next, the woman proceeded to grab the third fry and that’s when she was arrested and charged with theft.

    “French Fried Potato…quantity 3,” is how the stolen property was described in the police report.

    The fate of the remaining fries on the officer’s plate is unknown.

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  • Disappearing dots optical illusion is driving the Internet insane

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    Disappearing dots optical illusion is driving the Internet insane

    There’s a new maddening optical illusion taking the Internet by storm, and this time the aggravating agents are disappearing black dots, reports the BBC. The spots in question are located at the intersection points of numerous gray lines, and, while there are 12 of them, only a few seem to be visible at any given time.

    Explanations for the phenomenon largely point to the limitations of human vision and memory. A Reddit user cited, “Variations on the Hermann Grid: An Extinction Illusion,” a scientific paper published in 2000.

    It suggests that humans are lacking in the ability to, “…recognize objects in clutter,” and notes, “…people do not combine information from multiple fixations in a fully integrated and detailed representation.”

    The image was originally posted on Sunday by a psychology professor in Japan. Within a day, it had been shared, liked, and commented upon tens of thousands of times.

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  • Cholera blamed on U.N. peacekeepers as Haiti's funding vanishes

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    Cholera blamed on U.N. peacekeepers as Haiti's funding vanishes

    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – U.N.-led foreign funding has dried up for Haiti’s fight against cholera, thought to have been introduced by Nepali peacekeepers, triggering a surge of deaths this year even as the global body vowed to help overcome the epidemic.

    The lack of support is notable because Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when U.N. peacekeepers dumped infected sewage into a river, according to investigators.

    Since then, more than 9,000 people have died of the disease that causes uncontrollable diarrhea and 800,000 people have fallen ill, mostly in the first two years of the outbreak.

    The United Nations has not legally accepted responsibility for the outbreak. An independent panel appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a 2011 report that did not determine conclusively how the cholera was introduced to Haiti.

    However, a new report by the independent U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights that will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly later this year concluded that scientific evidence “now points overwhelmingly to the responsibility of the peacekeeping mission as the source of the outbreak.”

    In August, Ban said the United Nations has …read more