“Baby Shark” Heads to The World Series (for real).
Gerardo Parra joined The Nationals after being cut by the SF Giants in May.
He was in a bit of a slump and needed a new walkup song. His 2-year-old daughter’s favorite – “Baby Shark” – became his anthem.
Now BabyShark is all around the dugout. Players say Parra’s positivity was contagious.
The Nationals won the American League Championship and will play either the Yankees or Astros on Oct 22. This if the first time a Washington D.C. based team is heading to the World Series since 1933.
“I love you as a person and I don’t wish anything bad on you. I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug please?”
Brandt's brother Botham was killed in his own home by a Dallas cop who says she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment thinking it was hers. Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
An American pilot finally returns home to his final resting place…on a plane flown by his son to the exact same airport where the two said their “goodbyes” 52 years ago.
“I really didn’t think it would ever happen. Wow, you know, he’s really coming home. We’re going to be able to bring him back, and we’re going to have a place where we can honor him.”
“Airports rarely see moments of quiet — but for a few brief minutes, Dallas Love Field fell absolutely silent. There were no garbled announcements, no clickity-clack of rolling suitcases over the tile floor, no shouting over cellphones. People stood quietly at the window, wiping away tears, taking in a moment few rarely get to see. It was peaceful, it was beautiful and it was a privilege to watch.”
By The Numbers
- The remains of Maj. Roy A. Knight, Jr. were found near his crash site in Laos more than 50 years after his plane was shot down.
- U.S gov’t investigative teams continue research & site excavation in Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia to find and identify the approx. 1,500 soldiers who remain “missing in action” from the Vietnam War.
A former jet-skiing champion turned entrepreneur developed the hoover board shown France's Bastille Day parade. But is it for real? Check out a few facts on our source page.
A first of its kind surgery for the Cleveland Clinic on a baby still in her mama’s belly.
- Birth defect impacting nearly 1,700 babies in America every year.
- Affects the spine & spinal cord development when the neural tube (which forms the backbone) doesn’t close properly.
- Discovered early in pregnancy – around 18 weeks.
- Different levels of severity from few symptoms to very severe: brain damage or trouble walking.
- Doctors performed surgery on a baby in utero (still in mother’s belly) with spina bifida.
- Baby was *nearly* 23 weeks old
- Docs made an incision (like a c-section) on the mother and operated on the baby, sealing the neural tube.
- Baby tucked back into uterus, incision “sealed” & baby continued to grow
“By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life.”
“Mother and daughter are doing well.” The baby girl was born in early June. Dr. Cass says the baby will need ongoing support regardless of success of surgery. The Cleveland Clinic wasn't the first to perform this surgery but provided some unique elements for us to see it. View more:
“Between doubt and destiny is action.”
- The Atlanta-based University: “the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men.”
- Dates back to 1867; originally founded as a seminary.
- Just under 2200 students enrolled.
- Famous graduates include: Martin Luther King Jr. who entered the college at age 15.
- Named richest black man in America; est. worth $5B (Forbes).
- Currently leads a private equity firm that invests in technology.
- He also donated $50M to his alma mater Cornell University in 2016.
- Graduated from Cornell with an engineering degree before getting his Masters in Business from Columbia University.
The cost of attending Morehouse College (room & board, books etc) is just under $50,000 a year (about average for a private university in America). Total student loan debt in America totals an estimated $1.5 T.
First Image Of A Black Hole
Black Hole 101:
What Exactly Is A Black Hole: The AP describes it as “the cosmic place of no return” – a part in the universe that has such a strong gravitational pull everything (and conceivably everyone) would be pulled into it.
Our Take: Imagine celestial quicksand for gravity, sucking light, gas, and beyond into its abyss.
“From a scale of zero to amazing, it was amazing.”
- The black hole pictured is 53 million light-years from Earth.
- 8 international telescopes worked together to capture the image.
- There’s already talk of a Nobel prize for the photo.
The Super Bowl?
Seattle Seahawk’s Shaquem Griffin, who made it to the NFL despite not having a left hand, accepts an award for this year’s football season and gives some profound advice.
Justice Alan Page received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, on Friday. His list of accomplishments is long but someone very important was missing during the ceremony. Read more about why this is our Photo Of The Week:
World’s Tallest Statue
India’s “Statue of Unity” unveiled, at twice the height of Statue of Liberty. But it won’t hold the record for long.
- Honoring founding father Sardar Patel, country’s first minister after British colonialists left in 1947.
- 597 feet tall.
- Took 33 months & more than 2,000 workers to build costing $430M.
- Will include a museum with 40K documents & 2K photographs on Patel’s life and work.
WHY TIMING MATTERS
- Prime Minister Modi, elected in 2014, up for re-election next year.
- Statue is a metaphor for India’s status as a rising superpower.
- Meanwhile, records show Modi’s economic promises have not been fulfilled.
- Critics call project “election gimmick” with money that could have been spent on the poor.
It's the world's tallest statue - for now. Elsewhere in India, Modi's political party just started construction on a statue that would be 100 feet taller, costing $100M more at $500M. It's expected to be completed in 3 years.
The civics part of the naturalization exam requires applicants to correctly answer 6 out of 10 questions out of 100 possible civics questions.
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services administers the questions in person; the questions are picked at random.
1. When was the U.S. Constitution written?
2. How many justices serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?
3. Who did the U.S. fight in World War II?
1. Constitution written? 1787
(13% Answered Correctly)
2. Supreme Court Justices? 9
(43% Answered Correctly)
3. WWII enemy? Japan, Germany, and Italy
(40% Answered Correctly)
“Unfortunately this study found the average American to be woefully uninformed regarding America’s history and incapable of passing the U.S. Citizenship Test.”
Something To Consider:
- Younger Americans did the worst. Only 19% of those younger than 45 passed the exam.
- More than 70% of respondents couldn’t name original 13 colonies.
- While survey was given to respondents on paper with multiple choice answers, those trying to pass citizenship test must answer questions verbally.
Informed or not, voters are headed to the polls next month, and both parties use American history to bolster their platforms. The question is: do Americans know enough to understand what's true American history and what's not?