I’d always thought this was an urban myth – Cat recuperated from role as engine part

BOSTON, May 17 (UPI) — A cat in Boston has recuperated from injuries it suffered last month when it found itself in a car’s engine as the vehicle’s ignition started.
Despite having multiple lacerations and a broken leg while inside the car’s engine, officials at the Animal Rescue League said Coco the cat is now healthy and ready for adoption, the Boston Herald reported Thursday.

“She was so badly hurt, yet friendly, and just a really sweet cat,” Animal Rescue League official Jennifer Wooliscroft said of the lucky feline.

The cat had apparently sought shelter and warmth near the car’s engine but was unable to escape when the vehicle’s owner decided to go for a drive, the Herald said.

The newspaper said the cat had a microchip containing its owner’s contact data implanted under its skin but the information was out of date and so worthless.

Obama may be Irish –

An Irish rector says he may have found an ancestral link between U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama and a family in Moneygall, Ireland.
Rector Stephen Neill told CBS News that antique records in a parishioner’s basement show that the Illinois senator’s great, great, great, great grandfather may have been Joseph Kearney, a shoemaker whose shop once stood on a now-vacant field.

“We’ve got records going back to 1799,” Neill told CBS. “It may well be that this may become a major tourist attraction depending on the results of the presidential election next year.

Believe it or not… I’ve talked to folks that feel this way

Many don’t see need to lower cancer risk

Some feel they are fated for cancer, so they don’t seek to prevent it; their belief might turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, says a U.S. survey.
A substantial number of U.S. adults hold fatalistic beliefs about cancer and are correspondingly less likely to take basic steps to lower their cancer risk, such as exercising, quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

“Many Americans seem to feel afraid and helpless in regards to cancer, which may be exacerbated by conflicting news reports and a general lack of education on the causes and prevention of cancer,” Jeff Niederdeppe, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said in a statement. “They say, “Well, there is nothing much you can do about it,’ and, as our survey shows, they indeed do nothing about it.” (continued)

Herpes infection might have an up side

U.S. medical scientists say a herpes virus infection has an unexpected up side, at least in mice, since it protects them against bacterial infections. (MORE)

Today’s Insults

your father screwed a plant and raised a blooming idiot - unknown

You are a precociously unsightly scoundrel and a deplorable, simple-minded proof that God has a disturbed sense of humor. – Mike

Here comes those I have done good to against my will. – Shakespeare

You know what happens when you assume? You make an ASS out of U and ME – Aunt Mer

The male chromosome is an incomplete female chromosome. In other words the male is a walking abortion; aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.
- Valerie Solanos