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Cashier Notices Panicky Mom Drops A Note On The Counter, Then Realizes Her Abuser Is Outside – (littlething)

Bruce Deen worked the register at a local gas station when a woman walked in and asked for a paper and pencil:

A woman walked into the store and Bruce could tell she was in quite a panic. She appeared nervous and rushed before asking him for a piece of paper and pen. The next thing Bruce knew, the unidentified woman passed a note to him across the counter. “Can you call 911,” she scribbled. She also wrote down her license plate number, “DV,” signifying “domestic violence,” and “Baby in car.” She hurried out the door and left her fate in the store clerk’s hands. Thankfully, he trusted the woman was in some kind of danger and picked up the phone to call 911.

Police were able to track down the licence plate number and found the mother shortly after she had been burned with a cigarette and beaten with a baseball bat. It seems that the clerk’s intervention saved the woman’s life.

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Study: Religion contributes more to the U.S. economy than Facebook, Google and Apple combined – (

Washington Post has an unexpected article that claims that religious spending produce more revenue than 3 of the biggest companies in America.

The article in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion said that the annual revenues of faith-based enterprises — not just churches but hospitals, schools, charities and even gospel musicians and halal food makers — is more than $378 billion a year. And that’s not counting the annual shopping bonanza motivated by Christmas. Georgetown University’s Brian Grim and the Newseum’s Melissa Grim — in a study sponsored by an organization called Faith Counts, which promotes the value of religion — produced a 31-page breakdown of all the ways religion contributes to the U.S. economy. The largest chunk of that $378 billion tally comes from faith-based health-care systems. Religious groups run many of the hospitals in the United States; Catholic health systems alone reportedly account for 1 in 6 hospital beds in the country.

Kissing Chickens Can Spread Salmonella, CDC Warns – (

This is something that we never thought we’d have to say, but if you own chickens, don’t kiss them. Cuddling and kissing baby chicks and chickens has been shown to spread Salmonella.

The CDC reported in a study released Wednesday that the increased popularity of backyard poultry flocks has coincided with an uptick in salmonella outbreaks associated with live poultry. To figure out the causes of live-poultry associated salmonella, or LPAS, the CDC looked at cases that occurred between 1990 and 2014 and found that some people affected were engaging in risky behaviors ― including cuddling, kissing and, in some cases, letting their chickens roam in their bedrooms and bathrooms. LPAS affected more than 180 people in 2015 and there were about 150 cases reported during a six-month period in 2012, the year the CDC says such outbreaks peaked.


There’s An Immense Pitch For A Vin Diesel ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ Movie And It Simply Needs To Happen – (

We have never played Dungeons and Dragons before but after watching Vin Diesel play with his friends, it looks like the most fun ever!

A magical realm lies beyond, rich in opportunity, shrouded in mystery, and also brimming with danger. A fantastical world where nothing can be predicted, monsters do exist, and a band of unlikely heroes must team together to save the day. While it could be the world of a blockbuster movie, it is also the premise of the popular RPG, Dungeons and Dragons.

Considering the role-playing game’s popularity over the past three decades, it’s surprising an adaptation hasn’t been made for the big screen. Yet it would take something special to do a service to those who have spent many hours participating, creating spontaneous characters and storylines. Something so special, it’d be hard for any Hollywood executive to say no.

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