SEEING the paramedics' grim expressions and hearing the terrified whimpers coming from inside the ambulance, heart surgeon Stephen Westaby knew the situation was bad. But it was only when he clambered through the vehicle's doors and saw the impaled teenage girl lying under a blood-soaked sheet with a fence post jutting out of her body that he realised this patient would die. The girl, a law student like his daughter, had been riding a motorbike when she swerved to avoid a deer, veered off the road and smashed through the wooden fence into a field. And taking her cold, clammy hand as she lay on her side in the ambulance, Westaby quickly realised the stake sticking out of her body had burst through her liver. "She was left skewered like meat on a kebab stick," says the famous British heart surgeon, dubbed the 'world's best', who was working as a young consultant at the time. Staring into her 'pleading brown eyes', Westaby asked the teen her name, before she tearfully murmured six words … [Read more...] about World’s best heart surgeon reveals the deaths that haunt him – from the teen girl ‘skewered like a kebab’ to the toddlers still clutching their teddies in the mortuary
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As soon as Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition, its miniaturized replica of the classic ’80s console with 30 built-in games, people starting speculating about the inevitable next step: a Super NES Classic Edition. And while the NES will forever hold the honor of being Nintendo’s first dedicated system, reviving the home video game industry, and introducing tons of beloved characters and series that are still around to this day, its library of primordial releases can’t hold a candle to the Super NES’ deep well of groundbreaking classics and hidden treasures. So with the rumors starting to fly that Nintendo is indeed readying a mini-SNES for release in 2017, and hopefully making enough of them to satiate the inevitably humongous demand, we’ve assembled our own list of 30 games we’d love to see packaged with the new Classic Edition console. Thanks to licensing issues, specialty hardware, and region-exclusive releases, some of these games are … [Read more...] about 30 games Nintendo should include on the Super NES Classic Edition
Have a question about the NFL? Ask Times NFL writer Sam Farmer, and he will answer as many as he can online and in the Sunday editions of the newspaper throughout the season. Email questions to: [email protected] Thanksgiving coming up, I know a lot of NFL teams have that seasonal prank where they trick their rookies into going to the supermarket to pick up nonexistent free turkeys. But do you have any favorite NFL prank stories?Gerald Hill, Palm SpringsFarmer: There are as many pranks as there are players in the league, and maybe more. Some jokesters live to pull off gags. But to hear some really good ones, I turned to Ted Walsh, former assistant equipment manager of the San Francisco 49ers who truly was a master prankster. Advertisement “Every year in New Orleans, the game day programs came out and they put one on everybody’s chair,” Walsh said. “And every year, we’d do this to a guy who hadn’t been on the team before: We’d have the … [Read more...] about Ask Sam Farmer: Who was the master of pranks on NFL players?
The media executive had a dire message for Kayla Curry and her classmates: If you have TikTok on your phone, delete it. The executive, who had come to talk to the journalism students at Missouri State University, was concerned about the app's Chinese owners and the potential that TikTok could be used to spread disinformation, according to Curry. Soon after that, the 19-year-old sophomore got a news alert from the New York Times reporting that TikTok was under a national security investigation by the U.S. government. Curry joined TikTok in September. She's a pretty typical user of the short video app: scrolling, sometimes for hours, watching an endless stream of videos that TikTok's mysterious algorithms guessed she would love. But as she read about the off-screen dimensions of the app, about who decides which videos get seen and which don't, she started to worry. And she processed that worry by making a TikTok video joking about it. "Apparently TikTok is owned by a Chinese company that … [Read more...] about ‘This app is free and therapy is not’: Gen Z will keep using TikTok even if they don’t trust it
A man's African trip of a lifetime almost cost him his life after a parasitic worm swam up his penis and laid eggs inside his body. James Michael spent three months in hospital and lost use of his legs following the horrific ordeal which he has described as "grotesque". The 32-year-old had gone for a dip in Lake Malawi in southeastern Africa with pals, but had no idea a parasitic worm had burrowed into his privates. The parasite laid eggs inside him, which slowly made him so ill his immune system went into overdrive, and attacked his spine. The marketer was hospitalised for three months while medics fought to get the infection - bilharzia - under control, giving him only a 30 per cent chance of a full recovery. But after a stint in a wheelchair, suffering digestion and toilet problems, and using crutches for four months he has finally made a full recovery. James, from Kensington, central London, said: "When I look back at photos from my time in Africa, it's weird to think that's where … [Read more...] about Brit’s fight for life after parasite swims up penis during African trip of a lifetime
22 years ago, fans fell in love with a TV version of Ben Edlund’s The Tick, charmed by the show’s loopy self-aware superhero send-ups. 15 years ago, fans cheered for a live-action version of the Tick starring the too-perfect Patrick Warburton. Today, we get a new Tick for a new landscape, and I’m already hooked. The Tick never got big like other comics characters from his era. His obscure, black-and-white, indie-publisher origins were similar to Men in Black or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but the character became a cult favorite instead of a household name. And as is the case with cult favorites, fans of Tick comics and harbor ferocious love for their love for the blue bug of justice, clutching their memories with nigh-immeasurable strength. There’s been some worry in the ether about the new Tick series that starts airing today on Amazon, concern that it might sneeze evil over those memories. Fear not, citizens; this is the smartest, sharpest version of … [Read more...] about Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Different Reboot of