Cracker Barrel Ordered to Pay Millions to Customer Who Was Served Chemical

A jury in Tennessee ordered Cracker Barrel to pay a man millions for serving him a glass filled with a cleaning chemical instead of water — but he’ll get far less due to a cap on damages, according to his attorney.

A Marion County jury awarded William Cronnon, whose mouth and esophagus were burned during an April 2014 visit to the country-themed restaurant chain, $4.3 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages on Jan. 6, court documents obtained by WTVC show.

But Cronnon will receive only about $750,000 — despite a jury finding that Cracker Barrel acted negligently — due to a limit on economic damages, his attorney told the station Thursday.

“This is an unfair law,” attorney Thomas Greer said. “He will not receive anything close to what he is entitled to.”

A jury determined Cracker Barrel was at fault for serving Cronnon a glass filled with Eco-San sanitizer instead of water during his 2014 visit to a Marion County location. The chemical used to clean kitchen surfaces had been kept in unmarked pitchers, court documents show. (Read more from “Cracker Barrel Ordered to Pay Millions to Customer Who Was Served Chemical” HERE)

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Several Students Exposed to Fentanyl at Connecticut School, One Dies of Overdose

A 13-year-old student died Saturday after suffering from a fentanyl overdose at a school in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hartford police responded to a report from the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Thursday when the boy collapsed in the gymnasium, two other students were reportedly exposed to the fentanyl as well, WTNH reported.

“Initial reports indicate that CPR was initiated by the school nurse on one student and HFD personnel took over performing CPR until relieved by responding medics,” said Mario Oquendo Jr., public information officer for the Hartford Fire Department, according to WFSB. “Rhythm returned for that student and CPR was stopped.”

The two other students who were exposed reportedly complained of feeling dizzy and all three students were rushed to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to be treated. The boy eventually succumbed to the overdose while the other two were released from the hospital, according to WTNH.

A teacher was reportedly taken to Hartford Hospital, but later claimed that she was upset about what had happened and was taken back to the school to be treated, according to WFSB. (Read more from “Several Students Exposed to Fentanyl at Connecticut School, One Dies of Overdose” HERE)

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Police Shoot and Kill Critically Endangered Tiger to Free Man Who Stuck His Arm in Cage

Florida police say they were forced to shoot and kill a critically endangered tiger at the Naples Zoo after it bit and seriously injured a man who had entered a restricted area and reached into the animal’s enclosure.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the injured man was a member of a third-party cleaning service contracted by the zoo. After the zoo had closed for the day on Wednesday, he entered an unauthorized area near a tiger that was inside its enclosure, police said.

Investigators say the man was either petting or feeding the animal, “both of which are unauthorized and dangerous activities,” when he was attacked.

“Initial reports indicate that the tiger grabbed the man’s arm and pulled it into the enclosure after the the man traversed an initial fence barrier and put his arm through the fencing of the tiger enclosure,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Police were called to the zoo at 6:26 p.m. The first deputy to arrive on the scene kicked the tiger enclosure in an unsuccessful attempt to get the animal to release the man’s arm from its mouth. When that didn’t work, the deputy was “forced to shoot” the tiger, police said. (Read more from “Police Shoot and Kill Critically Endangered Tiger to Free Man Who Stuck His Arm in Cage” HERE)

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Study Finds Discontinued Lego Sets Are a Better Investment Than Gold

Forget Blockchain — investors might want to consider putting their money into LEGO blocks, which appreciate faster than even gold, according to a recent study.

Researchers at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics found retired LEGO sets appreciated in value 11 percent annually from 1987 to 2015 — more than gold, stocks or bonds.

LEGO sets get pricier over time thanks to “high collectible value” combined with diminishing supply, the report said. Most LEGO sets are discontinued after a few years.

LEGO prices are relatively unaffected by the stock market, the study found, and increased during the 2008 financial crisis. (Read more from “Study Finds Discontinued Lego Sets Are a Better Investment Than Gold” HERE)

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Not a Joke: Tennessee Husband Reportedly Saves Wife by Choking Out Attacking Kangaroo

In a bizarre story out of Middle Tennessee, a number of kangaroos escaped from an exotic wildlife refuge in Middle Tennessee and reportedly attacked a married couple who were attempting to herd it back into its enclosure, forcing the husband to take swift and deadly action against one of the animals.

According to WSMV-TV, Sumner County police are investigating the incident, which apparently began when an unknown number of kangaroos escaped their enclosure in what was described as an “exotic animal collection” in White House, Tennessee. According to iHeart radio news, a married couple that lived near the area spotted the loose animals and were attempting to coax them back into their enclosure when the attack occurred. . .

During the course of attempting to herd the kangaroos back to their enclosure, one of the kangaroos apparently became hostile and attacked the couple, whereupon the husband reportedly sprang into action, placing the kangaroo in a chokehold to prevent it from further attacking his wife. According to reports, he held the animal in the chokehold until it was deceased. (Read more from “Not a Joke: Tennessee Husband Reportedly Saves Wife by Choking Out Attacking Kangaroo” HERE)

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Terrifying Rise of AI ‘Slaughterbots’ Programmed to Kill

A Superpower arms race to build killer robots could wipe out humanity if left unchecked, experts fear.

The doomsday warning comes after a UN conference failed to agree a ban on Terminator-style “slaughterbots” – which are being developed by China, Russia and the US.

Major powers are investing billions to create advanced AI weapons that can hunt and strike targets with no input from controllers.

Last year a Turkish-made kamikaze drone made the world’s first autonomous kill on human targets in Libya, a UN report revealed.

But experts warn the technology is advancing so fast, governments and societies have not properly considered the dangers. (Read more from “Terrifying Rise of AI ‘Slaughterbots’ Programmed to Kill” HERE)

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One Rare Mineral May Spell Doom for Electric Vehicle Market

Lithium — a mineral that is key for electric car batteries — continues to rise in price, jeopardizing the ongoing transition to renewable energy outlined by Western governments.

The cost of lithium has skyrocketed more than 250% over the last 12 months, hitting its highest level ever, according to an industry index from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. While the cost of manufacturing a lithium-ion battery for an electric vehicle (EV) has fallen sharply over the last decade, the decline has slowed in recent months due to rising lithium costs.

The average cost of an EV battery pack fell to $157 per kilowatt hour, a measure of energy capacity, in 2021, the Department of Energy said in October. That means a typical EV battery is between $6,000 and $7,000, a BloombergNEF analysis showed.

Battery costs would need to come down to $100 per kilowatt hour for overall EV prices to compete with traditional internal combustion engine cars, according to Bloomberg. The price of lithium will play a large role in achieving that goal. (Read more from “One Rare Mineral May Spell Doom for Electric Vehicle Market” HERE)

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This Will Get Under Your Skin: Vaccine Passports in a Very Creepy Place

. . .The vaccination certificate of the future will get under your skin, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A color pattern with the vaccination dose is injected into the skin and not visible to the naked eye. The color contains quantum dots no larger than a few nanometers.

In December 2019, Robert S. Langer and his team developed and patented a technique whereby transdermal patches could be used to label people with invisible ink to store medical and other information subcutaneously – under the skin. The research “was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.”

When the quantum dots are illuminated by UV light, an electron in the quantum dot can be excited to a state of higher energy. In vitro studies, based on cell cultures, on quantum dots suggest that their toxicity may derive from multiple factors including their physicochemical characteristics. . .

The researchers claim the invisible form of the vaccination card is primarily intended for regions where vaccination cards are easily lost and the equipment needed by authorities to read the information encapsulated in the arm is not expensive. There are already smartphones with a built-in infrared camera that come standard. (Read more from “This Will Get Under Your Skin: Vaccine Passports in a Very Creepy Place” HERE)

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Man Kicked off Flight After He Protests Mask Policy by Wearing a Thong Over His Face

A Florida man was kicked off a United Airlines flight Wednesday for wearing a thong over his head as a face mask.

Adam Jenne believes the face mask requirement for air travel is ridiculous, so he wanted to attempt to follow the rule in a silly way, according to Fox 4.

“There’s nothing more absurd than having to wear a mask until I get to cruising altitude so I can order Tito’s by the double and snack on pretzels, and illustrating that absurdity by wearing women’s underwear on my face sounds perfect,” Jenne said, reported Fox 4.

Several passengers allegedly followed Jenne off the plane to show support for him, according to Fox 4. (Read more from “Man Kicked off Flight After He Protests Mask Policy by Wearing a Thong Over His Face” HERE)

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Man Nearly Killed by Swarm of Otters in Singapore

. . .A British man in Singapore said he was attacked by a swarm of otters while on a recent morning walk, an incident that left him with approximately 26 bites and puncture wounds.

“I didn’t move quick enough and they just jumped me and they [were] on me and severely bit my ankle, made me buckle, and they jumped on my bottom and pushed me,” said Graham George Spencer, a British resident of Singapore in his 60s.

Spencer was finishing up his daily 6 a.m. walk with his friend when he spotted a group of “brown objects” on the path ahead, he said. The sun had barely risen, and Spencer had forgotten his glasses, making it difficult to discern what they were.

Upon approaching the creatures, Spencer believed it was a family of 20 otters, with pups in tow. At that same time, a runner sped by and startled the otters, after which the animals focused on Spencer and “went crazy,” he said.

The otters reportedly attacked Spencer for about 10 seconds before his friend started hollering and scaring the animals off, allowing Spencer to run away from the scene with otters in tow. They reached a nearby visitor center, where Spencer received medical support, and he was later escorted to the local hospital , where he received treatment. (Read more from “Man Nearly Killed by Swarm of Otters in Singapore” HERE)

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