- Written by Brooke "Brick" Burns
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Brie-once, a statue of Beyonce carved from cheese, is the creation of British sculptor David Bradley and was created as a warm-up in preparation for Britain’s Cheese Carving Championship. Brie-once was inspired by the famous Instagram photo of Beyonce holding her baby bump.
Bradley created this statue with London ad agency The Robin Collective and professional food sculptor Jacqui Kelly to craft this cheesy tribute to the Queen. Brandy Klingelpuss, creative director of The Robin Collective, says that there were a lot of cheese puns throughout the making of the statue and Brie-once was the name that everyone enjoyed the most. However, the 5-pound Brie-once is actually made out of five blocks of cheddar rather than brie. Klingelpuss also says that they joked about putting Babybel in Brie-once’s stomach, but they never went through with the thought.
Brie-once took 28 hours to complete - time very well spent.
British inventor and YouTuber Colin Furze recently set a new Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest bumper car. To do so, Furze installed a 600cc 100bhp engine, which is the kind of engine used for a sports bike, inside of the bumper car. This engine allows the vehicle to travel over 100 miles per hour!
Furze was tasked with modifying this bumper car for BBC’s television series Top Gear, which creates extraordinary vehicles for their viewers’ pleasure. Once Furze completed swapping the engines, Furze had Top Gear driver “The Stig” drive the car along an empty stretch of road. The Stig drove the bumper car both away from and into the wind at speeds of 103 miles per hour and 93 miles per hour respectively, which gives this vehicle an average speed of more than 100 miles per hour. Guinness World Record Official Adjudicator Lucia Sinigagliesi witnessed this speedy record and allowed Furze to add yet another world record to his collection.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers in Kahului Airport on the island of Maui inspected a passenger’s cane recently, and were shocked that this cane was designed to do more than just help its user walk. These TSA officers seized a “stun cane” - a strange object that is part mobility device and part electric shock weapon.
“It’s a mobility device. It’s a self-defense weapon. It’s not allowed in your carry-on property because it delivers 1,000,000 volts! Shocking, we know,” the TSA stated in an Instagram post.
A stun cane isn’t the only cane that the TSA have confiscated from passengers. For instance, TSA officers in McGhee Tyson Airport in Alcoa, Tennessee searched a passenger’s belongings and discovered that their cane was hiding a rolled-up bag of marijuana within.
At South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport, an 80-year-old woman attempted to bring her cane on her flight. When TSA agents put the cane through the X-ray machine, they discovered that twisting the handle and pulling it off revealed that there was sword within. She claimed that it had been a gift from her son and she had used it for years without knowing there was a sword inside. However, it has been stated that sword cane discoveries happen a lot more often than one would think, as people pick them up from thrift stores and aren’t aware of the weaponry within.
- Written by Brooke Stuckemeyer
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The Altamont High School gained a club this year called Robotics. The robotics team is in a competition that is called BotsSTL. BotsSTL is a project-based learning competition that encourages confidence, teamwork, problem solving and creativity while hitting on every aspect of STEM education. The best part is that it is backed by the experience and expertise of area manufacturers that partner with the student teams. These are the same manufacturers who know the job market and the skills they themselves are looking for in future employees. There are scholarships, internships, and career opportunities available right now. Manufacturers are eager to engage with young people that have the skills necessary to meet today’s high-tech industry.
The Robotics Team is having a little trouble with the programming aspect of the robot. The robot is not binding to the remote control. They have five students that have donated their time in creating a robot that will be on display in a robotic competition in St. Louis, Missouri on April 23, 2017. The competition is just like the television show Robot Wars where they will be going against other schools in a fight to the finish. Right now they are putting the robot up against other schools' robots. The students are Trenton Overvig, Lane Horath, Donovan Bryan, Riley Smith, and Timber Nelson. Along with the students mentioned, Joe Sudkampe from Irwin Seating is a mentor to the students.
Unfortunately, they started late. They are still catching up to where they need to be and are trying their best to finish the robot. They are hoping to fix the binding problem before the competition begins in a little less than a month. If they don’t, they will still be proud of what they have accomplished. Mr. Koester said, “I know that I am very proud of each and every student who has donated their time and energy in starting a Robotics Team at ACHS.”
Manufacturing employs more than 114,000 people in the St. Louis metro area alone. Many of the people who hold those jobs are nearing retirement age, and manufacturers need qualified employees to take their places to meet the needs of the anticipated growth over the next decade. In fact, St. Louis manufacturers are expected to increase their workforce by nearly 16 percent, this year alone. Many of these jobs are entry-level positions that offer extremely competitive salaries. What are these employers looking for? Team players with the knowledge and skills to do the job. By joining the ACHS Robotics Team, students will have a leg up on opportunities that are in the manufacturing area. By joining the Robotics Team, students will have the contacts needed to advance their job opportunities after graduating from high school. Hopefully, students will see the advantages of joining BotsSTL next year.
- Written by Paige Miller
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Caden Miller is this week’s athlete of the week. Caden is 18 years old and has been playing baseball since the fifth grade. His hobbies include: baseball, video games, Netflix, and reading. Caden’s favorite class is OKAW, and his least favorite class is calculus. His favorite food is spaghetti, and his favorite color is blue. His futures plans are to attend Lincoln Trail College to play baseball and to begin his degree in computer science. He is currently enrolled in OKAW, calculus, economics, British literature, and journalism.
Caden’s only sport is baseball. His positions are shortstop and pitcher. His favorite memory in baseball is pitching and winning the regional game his sophomore year. His favorite position is right field. He wasn’t sure on the most challenging part of baseball. Caden’s favorite team member is Jake Finn. We wish Caden the best of luck during his season!
- Written by Abby Bopp
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The Mexican attorney general's office released photos on Tuesday of the jersey that Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, wore during Super Bowl LI. It was recovered after being stolen from the locker room, after the team defeated the Atlanta Falcons, in February. TMZ Sports reported former La Prensa executive Mauricio Ortega is the suspect in the case. He was seen on video leaving the Patriots locker room with something tucked under his arm, which was claimed to be Brady's jersey.
Conor Orr of NFL.com noted on Monday, the NFL confirmed that a joint effort by the league, the Patriots' security team and the FBI found the uniform. Brady stated in the report, “I am happy my jerseys from SB XLIX and SB LI have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved. I know they worked very hard on this case and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT no final decisions have been made. Even though Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk stated on Tuesday that changes are not expected. "We always review our procedures and will do so again this offseason," McCarthy said. Meanwhile, Glazer previously stated during an appearance on Undisputed, that Brady should have his Super Bowl jersey returned this week.