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[PHOTOS] A Volcano Eruption In Mexico Ws Captured On Social Media By Tourist Aboard A Flight

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Nature is straight up majestic. When we get an up-close view of that majesty, it’s both humbling and invigorating. We’re now getting one such view thanks to some stellar amateur video footage. On July 14, 2019, jet passengers got firsthand experience with the raw power of Mother Earth during their trip over Puebla, Mexico.

In the early morning hours, the Popocatépetl volcano erupted, spewing ash and smoke upward for thousands of miles.

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During the previous weeks, activity seemed to pick up around the volcano. When Popocatépetl finally blew its top, the ash and smoke reached up to 32,000 ft (10 km) into the sky. The main explosion was also accompanied by three smaller explosions that rocked the area.

True to its title, Popocatépetl is an Aztec name meaning “smoking mountain.” The volcano is almost 5,500 meters high, making it North America’s second tallest volcano. Popocatépetl is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. It’s also one of three peaks in the region that contain glaciers.

Called Don Goyo or El Popo by the natives, the volcano’s ash-covered land all across Puebla.

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In fact, it was fortunate that the eruption was caught on video by the passing jet. The ground webcams set up by geologist were all blocked by smoke and clouds. There is currently a volcanic ash advisory for the area.

Officials warn locals away from the area but that hasn’t stopped amazing photos of the volcano from being spread online.

Twitter / @EylenePirez

This mountain climber shared awe-inspiring images of Popocatépetl’s eruption during her climb. We can only imagine how awesome that view was in person.

Some shared photographs of the volcano’s far-reaching impression.

Twitter / @DylanJBrennan

This Twitter user posted images of Popocatépetl’s eruption from all the way in Mexico City. While the peak is often visible from the city, it’s never this impressive. This is an example of just how massive of a plume the volcano produced when it erupted.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Twitter without some jokes and everyone seemed to have the same one.

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In the recent “Godzilla” movie, the daikaiju monster Rodan erupts from the earth. To be more precise, it erupts from this very same volcano. Twitter users found it more than a little coincidental that the real Popocatépetl has now erupted so soon after the movie’s Rodan made its escape.

We’ll be on the lookout for anymore daikaiju. In the meantime, try to avoid King Ghidorah at all costs.

The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Optical Illusion And People Can’t Decide If they See A Bird Or A Bunny

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The Internet Is Freaking Out Over This Optical Illusion And People Can’t Decide If they See A Bird Or A Bunny

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The latest optical illusion phenomenon has everyone on social media wondering whether a viral video showing an animal having its head stroked is a bird or whether it’s a bunny. 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Bad Bunny… err, I mean, it’s a bunny! Watch for yourself and tell us what you think. 

Now, the internet is as divided as it was when #TheDress got our attention back in 2015, when everyone was figuring out whether the dress was blue or gold. or remember last year when everyone was wondering whether a video was saying Yanny or Laurel in a viral audio clip? Even though we already know how many of these optical illusions come to be, we’re still caught by surprise and get sucked right into it. 

Last week a biological psychiatry researcher at the University of Oslo in Norway posted a video on Twitter that showed an animal being rubbed on the head. It quickly went viral and people went nuts. In the tweet Daniel Quintana wrote, “Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose.” 

It’s safe to say people were super confused. I mean, doesn’t that look like a sleek beak? 

The world is officially canceled now. I’m done. I can’t.

Many people were seeing a bird, or a raven to be more specific. And for a second, we were right there with them. 

Those don’t look like bunny ears, it looks more like a beak… 

Then people started saying it was a duck! Come on people, make up your mind.

However, we think this woman’s daughter is on to something. She said it’s a puppy. She’s gotta be right, right? 

But look closely and pay attention to the ears… then look even closer to the animal’s eyes and you start to see the whole picture. 

The researcher then went on to give us more information about the video and tweeted that he hadn’t taken that footage but instead simply shared it from an @Imgur tweetAccording to Quintana, who spoke with CNET about the viral tweet he shared, “the static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it.” 

Quintana also said that unlike the rest of the internet, he was never fooled by the bird or bunny dilemma. Well, good for you dude — but you can’t judge a bird by it’s beak (or however the saying goes!). 

So he definitely knew what he was doing when he shared that video. He knew he’d send the rest of Twitter down a rabbit hole. 

“I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird… as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don’t have membranes like that and the positioning of the ‘ears’ are a little strange,” he told CNET.

Okay, fair. Totally. But how are we supposed to know that? It doesn’t sound like common knowledge tbh. 

After people began catching on to the truth and realizing that this in fact was a bunny, people on Twitter began replying to his thread with photos of their bunny making jokes about what animal it could be instead.

LOL, on Twitter user showed us their grey unicorn. The resemblance is uncanny! 

Another user tweeted “that shark seems to enjoy some scratches behind its gills.”

As you can tell, people started to straight out troll. 

The whole bird or bunny dilemma even had people twisting and turning their phone to uncover the truth.

“First I thought it was a bird, then I thought it was a rabbit, then I had to put the phone against my eye to realize “oh snip snap scallywaps, that’s a cat,” one Twitter user said. 

All jokes aside, we hope you realize by now that the animal in question was in fact a bunny.

“I’m surprised to see how popular the tweet has been,” Quintana told CNET. “I only expected that psychological scientists would be interested, but it’s gone much further than my community. It seems about two-thirds of people are insisting it’s a bird, and the remainder are either insisting it’s a rabbit or can’t decide.”

It’s the internet we’re talking about, you’re going to have a lot more people than psychological scientists interested in anything that has to do with optical illusions. After all, why else do we log onto Twitter if it’s not for some good ‘ol laughs and debates? 

An $80 Ticket For A Busted Light Ends With 65-Year-Old Woman Being Tased, Guess What Side Of The Color Line She Was On

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An $80 Ticket For A Busted Light Ends With 65-Year-Old Woman Being Tased, Guess What Side Of The Color Line She Was On

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A 65-year-old woman was recently tased and arrested in Oklahoma after she refused to sign a traffic ticket for a broken tail light.

At one point the woman even attempted to drive off and once the officer caught up to her a small struggle ensued, she kicked the officer in the groin, and he tased her. Most are coming out in support of the officer but many people are wondering what would of happened if this woman was a person of color? Would the story have had a different ending?

This Oklahoma woman refused an $80 ticket for a broken tail light and ended up tased.

An Oklahoma woman who was pulled over for a broken taillight refused to accept an $80 ticket and instead yelled at the officer, drove away from the scene and later struggled with him, according to police bodycam footage and court documents.The officer ended up firing his taser at the 65-year-old woman and ultimately handcuffed her on the ground.

The woman, Debra Hamil, now faces a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest as well as a felony charge of battery or assault and battery on a police officer for allegedly kicking him in the groin, according to Kingfisher County documents. She has pleaded not guilty.

Unfortunately, for the woman, everything was captured on body-cam.

In the video, originally shared by CNN, you can hear the woman say “You did not have to taser me.

Obviously the police officer had a different side of the story. “You wouldn’t comply, you wouldn’t get out, and then you tried to kick me. So yes, I did,” the officer responds.

But the woman isn’t done yet. She goes on to add, “Yeah, I tried to kick you because I’m a country girl,” she says. “Because, no, I don’t like being thrown on the floor.”

When KOCO posted the video on Facebook, some of the comments supported the woman and some supported the officer.

But one thing is certain: This situation was avoidable.

Traffic stops for busted taillights and other minor infractions just aren’t worth the risks they generate, both for motorists and police officers. Often, the stops are really being used to generate revenue or as a pretense to search for contraband, such as drugs or guns, when an officer otherwise lacks probable cause.

But in a country where more people of color are killed by cops than white people, many are left wondering…what if this has been a person of color?

Would this woman have survived her interaction with the police? Even if this altercation was the woman’s fault (as many on social media suggest it is), how could this situation have ended differently?