These Inmates Broke Out Of Their Jail Cell To Save A Guard’s Life

In a show of courage and compassion, several inmates in Texas broke out of their holding cell to help a guard who had suffered a heart attack.

The feat, which was captured by security cameras, was a risky move for the inmates.

“We were worried they’re going to come with guns drawn on us,” inmate Nick Kelton told WFAA, a local TV station.

Kelton and other inmates who were being held temporarily in the basement of a court building in Weatherford, Texas, on June 23 saw the jailer on duty—who hasn’t been named—fall slack in his chair. The inmates sprang into action, breaking down the door to their cell in order to help the guard. Since they were shackled, the men started banging on doors and walls until other guards upstairs heard the noise and rushed down to help.

Medics were able to revive the guard, and he is expected to return to work next week.


It Turns Out Exercise Is Not The Best Way To Lose Weight, Experts Say

If you’re a workout junkie, you’ll want to read this: according to Vox, exercise isn’t the most efficient way to lose weight—monitoring what you eat is.

According to research, weight loss is much more than “calories in, calories out,” and exercise is more beneficial for improving your health overall than slimming your waistline. What most people don’t realize is that you are constantly burning calories. Between the calories your body burns keeping you alive and digesting your food, exercise only makes up between 10 and 30 percent of daily calories burned. What’s called your “resting metabolism” actually accounts for the majority of the calories you burn… and you have very little control over that number.

Conversely, you control 100 percent of the calories you consume, and you only control around 30 percent of the calories you expend (remember that 10 to 30 percent from before?). On top of that, when you exercise, you’re more likely to not only eat more but move less. After a rough workout, you’re much hungrier than you would be normally—cue doubled portion sizes and increased snacking throughout the day. Plus, you’re less likely to do other physical activity throughout the day, such as taking the stairs or driving instead of walking. These are called compensatory behaviors—essentially, you’re compensating for previous energy expenditures but not taking into account future calorie intake.

Another fun aspect of weight loss is that your body’s metabolism slows as you begin to slim down (this is why so many contestants on The Biggest Loser gain back all the weight they lost on the show, and sometimes more). Your resting metabolism goes down, meaning you’re burning fewer calories overall, but perhaps still exercising—and eating—vigorously.

A study of a hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania found that they burn the same number of calories as an adult in America or Europe, despite the group’s extremely active lifestyle. So how did the hunter-gatherers stay so slim? They eat modest portions, unlike us in the U.S., where a staggering 40 percent of the adult population is obese.

The takeaway? It takes far more exercise than you’d think to burn off that midday donut or that bottle of wine you split at dinner. If you’re actively trying to lose weight, take a hard look at your diet first—then hit the gym.

Is Disney World Going Too Far By Removing Alligator References At Park?

Following the tragic alligator attack that claimed 2-year-old Lane Grave’s life, Disney has made changes to keep patrons safe. Within days of the incident, Disney constructed barriers and posted signs warning about alligators and other dangerous wildlife.

Now, Disney is taking it a step further by slowly removing references to alligators and crocodiles in their parks.

As a result, Disney has cut all jokes related to crocodiles and children on their Jungle Cruise attraction. A long-standing script from 1962 used to warn ride-goers “watch your children, or the crocodiles will.” Given the tragic circumstances of Graves’ death, it is unlikely this particular joke will ever return.

In addition to removing sensitive material from scripts, Disney has removed characters that could serve as visual reminders of the tragedy. The Miami Herald reports, Tick-Tock Croc, Captain Hook’s menace, has been removed from the Festival of Fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. In addition, Louis, the trumpet-playing gator from The Princess and the Frog, was pulled prior to his castle show debut on June 23.

Louis Princess and the Frog

It is unclear whether these changes will be permanent, or how much further Disney will go in removing the predators. For now, it appears Disney is doing what it can to keep visitors safe and happy.

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Watch Seal Make A Street Performer’s Day With Impromptu Duet

Earlier this month, a Montreal-based street performer was just about to close up his guitar case and head home when a fan approached.

The musician, Jason Deeh Pitre, had seen the man watching him from a nearby bench as he played, but only when the man started talking did he realize the man was Seal. According to Pitre’s blog, the British singer complimented his performance and then asked if he could sing with him.

Pitre said he suggested a Seal song, but “Kiss From A Rose” singer suggested “Stand By Me,” the 1961 Ben E. King classic.

One of the people watching from the crowd captured the impromptu performance on video.