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Florida Man Spent $50,000 on Generators and Food for Bahamas Hurricane Victims

The Florida man asked to remain anonymous, because he wasn’t seeking any kind of attention or praise.

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(TMU) — Rescue crews and residents of the Bahamas are still continuing to pick up the pieces after the destruction that hurricane Dorian brought to the island over the weekend. It is still unclear how many lives were lost in the storm or how long it will take to rebuild.

However, there are people all over the world who are willing to help, and there have been many charitable efforts seen in the days since Dorian left the region. In one case, a shopper at a Costco store in Jacksonville, Florida was spotted purchasing over 100 generators, along with food and other supplies, for shipping to hurricane victims in the Bahamas.

After the Florida man’s act of kindness was discovered by other shoppers, he explained his plans, but asked to remain anonymous, because he wasn’t seeking any kind of attention or praise.

He allowed fellow shopper Alec Sprague to photograph him from behind as he was buying the generators, which were said to cost him roughly $50,000. The total bill reportedly came out to be $49,285.70, but it can safely be assumed that making such a large shipment was not cheap either.

“All I could do was shake his hand and thank him! There still are good people in the world!” Sprague wrote on his Facebook page when he posted the photos.

Was just in Cosco off Collins getting a generator (at $450 each) and this guy right here is purchasing over 100…

Posted by Alec Sprague on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The anonymous Florida man later spoke with CNN, describing himself only as a “farmer” from Florida, saying that he had people waiting in the Bahamas to deliver the supplies.

“About 100 generators and a truck load of food and chainsaws are all going over by boat on Thursday to Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas. It’s terrible and I’m sure you’ve seen the photos,” he said.

“It’s important that we help each other out. It’s better than just sitting there. You see a need and you fill it,” he added.

He explained that the supplies were being shipped by boat to workers with the Errol Thurston Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. Errol Thurston, who runs the charity, is reportedly a long-time friend of the anonymous farmer, and they have been coordinating about relief efforts since the storm began.

Thurston told CNN that his charity was using large shipping containers and airplanes to get the supplies where they needed to go. He also said that there were hundreds of local captains with boats on standby, ready to take supplies to the island.

Later that day, Thurston posted photos to his own Facebook page showing that the items were being successfully delivered.

Hold firm #abacostrong #grandbahamastrong

Posted by Errol Thurston on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Rare Creature Photographed Alive In The Wild For The First Time Ever

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Advances in the methods used by researchers to watch wildlife have allowed for the photographing of a rare creature whose image had never been captured in the wild before.

Researchers in the West African nation of Togo were able to spot the rare Walter’s duiker, a rare species of petite African antelope, for the first time in the wild thanks to camera traps equipped with motion sensors.

In addition to the Walter’s duiker, the camera traps were also able to discover rare species of aardvarks and a mongoose, reports Gizmodo.

At a time when the extinction of entire species is becoming more common worldwide, such devices should help conservationists not only preserve creatures sought by bushmeat hunters but also spot rare animals whose presence is elusive for human observers. In the past, biologists were forced to rely on the same hunters for information.

“Camera traps are a game changer when it comes to biodiversity survey fieldwork,” said University of Oxford wildlife biologist Neil D’Cruze.

“I’ve spent weeks roughing it in tropical forests seemingly devoid of any large mammal species,” D’Cruze continued. “Yet when you fire up the laptop and stick in the memory card from camera traps that have been sitting there patiently during the entire trip—and see species that were there with you the entire time —it’s like being given a glimpse into a parallel world.”

The Walter’s duiker was discovered in 2010 when specimens of bushmeat were compared to other duiker specimens. The new images of the creature are the first to have been seen.

Rare species like Walter’s duiker are often not listed as “endangered” by groups like the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to a lack of data.

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Formerly Homeless Man Enjoys New Life In First 3D-Printed Home In US

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A formerly homeless man is now enjoying his advanced years in a comfortable, entirely 3D-printed tiny home – the very first of its kind in the entire U.S.

Tim Shea, 70, has struggled for much of his life with substance abuse, addiction, and homelessness.

However, the previously unhoused man is now the first person to live in a 3D-printed tiny home, which is now being touted as a model of engineering and sustainability, reports Green Matters.

The 400-square-foot 3D-printed tiny home was printed by nonprofit New Story and construction technology company ICON in the Austin, Texas, area in March 2018 before Shea moved into the location in September.

In 2019, New Story and ICON have also printed a similar community of tiny homes in Mexico, hoping to make good on the use of the technology as a tool to provide homes to the extremely poor.

According to Shea, his new domicile has made all the difference in the world.

“When I found out I’d be the first person in America to move into a 3D-printed home, I thought it was pretty awesome,” Shea told NY Post. “The very people I used to run away from, I’m running to. If you’ve been on both sides of the fence, you know some people just need a little encouragement and support.”

From start to finish, the process of printing and assembling these homes takes only 48 hours and relies on only 70 to 80 percent of the raw building material that conventional housing requires.

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Company Will Pay $2,400 to Those Willing to Go On a ‘Digital Detox’ for 24 Hours

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The ongoing pandemic has left many of us staring at a screen for far too long, be it a television screen, smartphone, or computer monitor.

However, one company is seeking to find out whether we can make it through a full day without looking at a screen – and volunteers could receive a reward of $2,400 if they accept the challenge.

Reviews.org is hosting a new “24-Hour Digital Detox Challenge” that will allow participants to take the ultimate test of their ability to abstain from staring into the black mirror and report back the results.

“Are you burnt out from doom scrolling on your phone, re-watching old sitcoms, and trying to maintain your sanity during the pandemic?” the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company recently announced. “Have you always wanted to win reality competitions like American Ninja Warrior, but you’ve been too busy trying to beat Mario Kart and Mortal Kombat instead?”

The challenge is open to anyone 18 or older who is eligible to work in the United States, and the participants will be announced on March 29 on the company’s YouTube channel.

Upon being chosen, participants will be able to accept or decline the challenge after two weeks before picking a day that fits into their schedule. They can spend their day however they please, but they must agree to abstain for a full 24 hours from mobile devices, gaming devices, smartwatches, TVs, computers and other wearables as well as smart home devices. The digital display of your alarm clock, microwave, or other home appliances won’t count.

“Detox challengers” will also receive a safe to store their devices in, as well as a $200 gift card to purchase a tech-free survival kit that can consist of writing stationery, books, board games and other decidedly analog devices.

“We have a feeling someone out there needs a break,” the company wrote in its announcement, noting that since the start of the pandemic people have been staring at screens at an unprecedented rate. 

Those interested can fill out a short application for the challenge here, but do it quickly! Applications close on March 26. 

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