Australian cyclist fears angry magpie has marked him as its enemy

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AUSSIE CYCLIST RUFFLES MAGPIE’S FEATHERS

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When birds attack!

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A man from Brisbane, Australia, continues to feel the wrath of a magpie that has attacked him daily as he cycles home from work. According to the U.K. Metro, Alejandro Rios, 25, says he’s been attacked by the same magpie every day after work and believes it has singled him out as his enemy.

Rios — who moved to Brisbane in March — started getting attacked by the bird in September, when one day the animal swooped down to chase him and peck at his bicycle helmet as he headed home from his job at a catering company.

Rios told Metro that because he wore a helmet during his trek home, he didn’t even know that he’d become a victim of the aggressive bird.

“I take the same street to get home every day. The first time I felt something knock at my head,” said Rios. “I was a bit worried. I didn’t know what had happened. I thought a piece of fruit had fallen off a tree or someone had hit me. I had no idea what was happening.”

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It seems Rios has gotten used to his feathered frenemy and has learned “not to worry so much” about the magpie. He thinks the magpie has remembered his face as the bird doesn’t attack other cyclists on the same path.

Now that Rios is aware of the magpie, how does he remedy his problem? By putting zip ties on his helmet as protection.

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FOOTBALL COACH ALLEGEDLY SHOT AFTER BENCHING BOY

For a youngster, securing a spot on a sports team is a highlight.

The coach of a boy’s recreational football team in St. Louis had the unenviable task of leaving one of his players off the starting lineup during a recent game. As a result of the decision, he was allegedly shot at by the angry boy’s father.

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According to news outlet KDSK, coach Shaquille Latimore was working with his Bad Boyz team during practice at Sherman Park in St. Louis, where Darly Clemmons allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at him several times.

“He kept shooting at me, man,” Latimore told KDSK.

The coach said Clemmons was upset that his son was not listed as a starting player on the team. The father was arrested on assault and armed criminal action charges.

Latimore said Clemmons “had no remorse” and feels “he should face more charges.”

The coach was rushed to a hospital, where he was treated for bullet wounds on his left arm, leg and lower back. Latimore said he was hit four times and grazed once by the bullets.

“All of the bullets went through me,” he said. “I still have bullet fragments in my body … I am blessed and I’m still here.”

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To add a further wound to Latimore, the City of St. Louis’ recreation division has suspended his team from participating in the CityRec Legend’s Football League as a result of the shooting.

Close-up female of Spider Tarantula in threatening position.
Why did the tarantula cross the road? To panic a Swiss couple driving a camper van, according to the BBC. Photo by File Photo /Getty Images

TARANTULA THE CAUSE OF CAR CRASH

Normally, the sight of a tarantula would spark fear in humans.

In the case of one in California’s Death Valley, it was the cause of a vehicle collision on Oct. 28. According to the National Park Service, a couple from Switzerland was travelling through Death Valley National Park when they hit the brakes of their rented camper van to avoid hitting a tarantula that was on the road.

The camper was then rear-ended by a motorcyclist, who was injured as a result, the BBC reported. The arachnid was injured in the crash and escaped into the desert.

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In a Facebook post, the National Park Service noted the motorcyclist — a Canadian — was taken to a hospital in the town of Pahrump, Nev., and his condition was unknown.

Supt. Mike Reynolds was at the scene of the crash. He asked visitors to drive slowly through the park, especially on steep hills.

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DoorDash recently added a pop-up on its app warning hungry costumers that orders might take longer to deliver if no tip is added.

BETTER TIP DOORDASH OR ELSE YOUR FOOD IS COLD

The next time you order food using DoorDash, heavily consider adding a tip.

Or else your food will be cold.

DoorDash recently added a pop-up on its app warning hungry costumers that orders might take longer to deliver if no tip is added. According to The Verge in a now-deleted post on X (formerly Twitter), entering a $0 tip while placing an order will prompt the warning to pop-up, which says: “Orders with no tip might take longer to get delivered — are you sure you want to continue?”

The Verge report notes the pop-up is to notify customers that delivery drivers will likely prioritize deliveries that have a tip added. A DoorDash spokesperson told the tech news website that the prompt is “something that we’re currently testing to help create the best possible experience for all members of our community.

“As independent contractors, Dashers have full freedom to accept or reject offers based on what they view as valuable and rewarding,” said the spokesperson. “While the vast majority of customers do leave a tip, offers that don’t include a tip can be seen as less desirable – this impacts our entire community, leading to longer wait times for customers, orders sitting longer at merchants and less value for Dashers.”

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