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Otherwise healthy man suddenly dies from overdose of Black Licorice candy

A 54-year-old man in Massachusetts died after his heart stopped beating from eating too much black licorice candy.

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(TMU) – In a tragic and unpredictable turn of events, a 54-year-old man in Massachusetts died after his heart stopped beating from eating too much black licorice candy. The man’s sudden death at a McDonald’s in 2019 had doctors clueless, and became the focus of a study by senior medical researchers.

We all have our guilty pleasures and vices: it could be that we like to butter our toast on both sides, drink a pot of coffee daily, snack on moonshine cherries, or the common problem of compulsive eating as we sit in front of the TV. And no doubt, these vices do carry a health cost – but the cost of this man’s black licorice habit turned out to be far beyond anything imaginable.

According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the 54-year-old man didn’t have a history of heart problems. His doctors attested that he regularly took his dog out on walks and was fit enough to meet the physical demands of his job as a construction worker.

However, his relative fitness wasn’t enough to contend with his fatal habit of consuming one to two large bags of black licorice every day for three weeks – a problem which, without any warning, had a massively detrimental impact on his health.

According to the report, the habit resulted in a precipitous drop in his potassium levels, causing his sudden heart failure at the McDonald’s. After suffering cardiac arrest and collapsing, the man never regained consciousness and died 24 hours after arriving at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“We almost didn’t believe it when we figured it out,” Dr. Jacqueline B. Henson, who treated the man while she worked at the hospital, told New York Times. “We were all shocked and surprised.”

Doctors soon discovered that the man had a generally poor diet and consumed at least a pack of cigarettes a day, according to friends and family. Yet none of those factors could explain his death. As it turned out, his death could be traced to his sudden switch from red to black licorice three weeks prior to his death.

Officials of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have announced that consuming two ounces of black licorice for 12 days can result in an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia for people aged 40 and over, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

Medical practitioners are generally taught that black licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, a common plant extract used to sweeten candies and other foods that can dangerously reduce potassium levels when consumed in high doses.

The ingredient is also common in other foods and drinks that contain licorice root, such as jelly beans, licorice tea, certain types of chewing gum, popular anise liquors like ouzo, raki, arak, and anisette, and a number of Belgian beers. Sweet-flavored chewing tobaccos also commonly contain licorice.

However, overconsuming these products cause our potassium levels to plunge, throwing off the balance of sodium and potassium that’s necessary for a healthy functioning heart. When our potassium levels drop, sodium levels skyrocket – resulting in arrhythmia and boosting our blood pressure.

The Massachusetts case, however, is an extreme one and far from the norm, noted Dr. Henson, who said that the occasional licorice treat shouldn’t be confused with poison.

“It’s fine taken in sort of small amounts, infrequently,” Henson said. “But when taken on a regular basis, it can lead to these issues.”

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Florida Man Drives Eight-Wheeled Chevy Monster Truck Across the Ocean

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A Florida Man has decided to drive his eight-wheeled Chevy monster truck across the ocean. That’s right, you read that correctly: he drove his truck across the ocean. For the TikTok views. And yes, it worked.

The legendary “Florida Man” has long been a favorite for news readers and writers alike, offering an entertaining potpourri of the insane, the impressive, and the grotesque, with stories covering topics including drugs, violence, alligators, and unbelievable feats of human wackiness.

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga, one brave Florida Man decided to do what no sane man had ever considered: rather than take his monster truck to the demolition derby, he took it to a South Florida bay and sailed it alongside the yachts instead.

WhistlinDiesel can best be described as the Johnny Knoxville of American truck culture, or as he describes himself, one who does “basically everything you’ve ever thought of doing with your truck but you’d never ACTUALLY do … simply because someone says it’s impossible.”

And just like Knoxville and the MTV Jackass gang pushed the concept of extreme, physical challenges beyond the limits of basic common sense, WhistlinDiesel is willing to do anything to go viral and catch some likes. It’s a winning formula, if a bit unsafe.

With that in mind, the social media madman took his two-axle Chevy Silverado, filled its eight tires with a ridiculous amount of air, and drove it straight into the Gulf of Mexico between Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach, Florida, without any sort of propeller.

It wasn’t long before authorities intervened to cut his ludicrous stunt short. WhistlinDiesel had just barely driven into the water and smashed the throttle over the bay before he was forced to haul it out of the drink with a boat while completely surrounded by the local sheriff’s department, the Coast Guard, and the Florida Department of Natural Resources – who were quite likely peeved that someone decided to plunge his diesel truck into a protected body of water.

The whole ordeal was captured on video and shared to Facebook. There’s also a TikTok video showing multiple angles, which has exceeded eight million views.

In an Instagram post, WhistlinDiesel explained that “10/10 would do again.” In a separate post, he added:

“Still can’t believe how smoothly this went. I woke up at 4am after 2 hours of sleep that day thinking wtf am I doing? This could either end really good or really bad. Our original plan was to set up at night in the dark and drive miles offshore to watch the sun rise but looking back we got much better reactions from the public this way.”

And good reactions he did receive, as the maniac managed to get tons of press attention and social media clout. It still remains unclear whether he faced any charges for the stunt, so it’s safe to say: Mission accomplished!

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Officials Call Kimberly Guilfoyle “HR Nightmare” For Offering Lapdance To Highest Bidder

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According to multiple senior officials with the GOP and Trump campaign, former Fox TV host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is currently the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., was an “HR Nightmare” during her work for the White House and even offered lap dances to the highest bidder to raise funds for the campaign.

This type of behavior would not necessarily be out of character Guilfoyle, considering that she was forced to leave Fox News after being accused of sexually harassing a female assistant. The network eventually paid the assistant a settlement that was more than $4 million, and broke ties with Guilfoyle years before her contract expired, according to an investigation by The New Yorker.

The assistant said that Guilfoyle frequently got naked in front of her, showed her naked photographs of her male sexual partners, and required the assistant to sleep over at her apartment. Many of these accusations were confirmed by The New Yorker report.

According to the report, Guilfoyle told the assistant to give into pressure for sexual favors from other employees at Fox, and encouraged her to sleep with rich and powerful men. The woman was hired in 2015, just out of college.

“Guilfoyle told her to submit to a Fox employee’s demands for sexual favors, encouraged her to sleep with wealthy and powerful men, asked her to critique her naked body, demanded that she share a room with her on business trips, required her to sleep over at her apartment, and exposed herself to her, making her feel deeply uncomfortable,” the report stated.

The victim also said that Guilfoyle attempted to cover up the harassment, and even offered hush money payments when lawyers were investigating the allegations.

A former Fox employee who had been friendly with Guilfoyle said that she “created an environment that was detrimental to young women.”

“It was worse than gross—it put other women at Fox in such a terrible position,” the source said.

According to a report this week in Politico, senior officials with both the GOP and the Trump campaign also felt uncomfortable about how explicit Guilfoyle was about her sex life. At an event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming earlier this year, Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. joked about how she raised money while in hot tubs. Another witness at the event said that the joke was about “hot tub parties” for high level donors.

Guilfoyle was also the First Lady of San Francisco from 2004 to 2006. She married Democratic politician and future California Governor Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom’s first two years as mayor of that city.

Guilfoyle served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000 to 2004. She also appeared in the 2004 film Happily Even After playing a public defender.

As of early 2020, the Trump campaign was paying Guilfoyle $15,000 per month through the campaign manager’s private company, Parscale Strategy.

In the Trump 2020 campaign, Guilfoyle managed a fund-raising division. The fundraising division managed by Guilfoyle was accused of irresponsible spending.

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Kentucky Police Showed Cadets Slideshow Promoting Violent Tactics, Quoting Hitler, and Robert E. Lee

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A slideshow that officials with The Kentucky State Police decided to show to young cadets promoted violence and used quotes from problematic figures such as Adolf Hitler and Robert E. Lee. The presentation was titled “The Warrior Mindset,” and encouraged cadets to become “the loving father, spouse, and friend as well as the ruthless killer.”

The slideshow was obtained by an attorney in Kentucky named David Ward, who filed an open records request on behalf of the Adams Landenwich Walton law firm as part of a lawsuit. The lawsuit was regarding the death of a man who was killed by police in Harlan County, but for some reason, the slideshow was included in the documents. 

Ted Walton, one of the partners at the law firm, handed the documents over to his two teenage sons, who broke the national story in their high school newspaper The Manual RedEye. The fact that it was teenagers who did the initial reporting on this story is fitting, considering that these slideshows were given to teenagers with aspirations of becoming police. 

The disturbing slideshow featured a line from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf that reads, “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”

Hitler is quoted 3 times in the presentation, which makes him the most quoted person in the slideshow. 

The slideshow also links to a Goodreads page for Hitler.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee was quoted in a slide titled “The Thin Gray Line,” which showed a group of white officers in the department’s traditional gray uniforms. Confederate uniforms were also gray, which makes Lee’s quote on this particular slide all that more suspicious. Lee’s quote instructs the cadets that “manliness will carry you through the world much better than policy.”

Another slide features an absurd quote about how the world can live without engineers and doctors, but not without warriors. 

The phrase “Über Alles” is featured in large text on the final page of the slideshow, which is a German term that means “above all” or “above everything else.” The phrase was once in the German national anthem, but has since been removed because it emphasizes national superiority, and is associated with the Nazis.

In a statement emailed to RedEye, KSP spokesperson Lieutenant Joshua Lawson admitted that the slides were real, but defended them being in the presentation, saying that they were included because of their “relevance” to law enforcement, not necessarily because of the person who said them.

“The quotes are used for their content and relevance to the topic addressed in the presentation. The presentation touches on several aspects of service, selflessness, and moral guidance. All of these topics go to the fundamentals of law enforcement such as treating everyone equally, service to the public, and being guided by the law,” the statement read. 

In a followup email, Lawson clarified that the presentation was seven years old. Morgan Hall, the Communications Director for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, which oversees the State Police, later confirmed that the presentation has not been used since 2013.

The slides were put together by now-retired Lieutenant Curt Hall, according to a deposition given by KSP Captain James Goble on October 14. Hall’s name was also on the front page of the presentation.  

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responded to the report by saying: “This is absolutely unacceptable. It is further unacceptable that I just learned about this through social media. We will collect all the facts and take immediate corrective action.”

Rep. John Yarmuth, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, also expressed his disgust with the leaked presentation.

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