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May 31, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry talk about something fishy going on in the NHL...

A Nashville Predators fan who threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is facing criminal charges, the Pittsburgh Police Department has said.  

Jacob Waddell, 36, from Nolensville, Tennessee, has been charged via summons with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings and processions.  PETA is now in on the punishment hoping the man gets all the charges pressed they can get.  

and a #zenheadline that is a bit surprising as the Utah State Prison inmates have now made more than 150 Crocheted blankets for Utah Veterans at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. Very Cool.  

May 31, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss a roadside sighting of a snake in Texas that yielded a jaw-dropping surprise for Christopher Reynolds and his wife. Nestled under some leaves, the sizeable snake seemed to have something poking out of its mouth.

Indeed, not long after Reynolds turned on his camera to capture the scene, the snake regurgitated another snake of comparable size. Even more shocking, the eaten snake emerged alive.  

And a #zenheadlines that is both amazing and fun. Cees and Madison Cornelius made a promise come true when in 2016, they decided to set out to visit all 59 National Parks in ‘one massive loop’, in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service.  But they are secondary to the fame of their park-going cat, Vladimir Kitten.  Who has also made this trip with them.   

The pair spent 10 months travelling to all of the parks they could physically drive to in their beloved RV.

 

May 31, 2017

Today's 'Zen Headline' is the heartwarming story of 8-year-old Mikayla Raji, who was dining with her mother Mimi Jiminez-Raji at a pizza parlor when Patrolman Joseph Quinn walked in. Mikayla then proceeded to ask her mother if they could grab Quinn's check. Keep the headlines coming and we'll use them for the show!

May 31, 2017

Nightside Project co- host Alex Kirry coaches little league and his kids have a real chance of going to the league finals.  The problem is he's booked a family vacation over the top of the big game!  Should he secretly hope they lose early in the tournament?

Cambridge University has been looking for a PhD student to do chocolate research.

Our Zen Headlines was submitted by Burgon on Twitter.

In Cuba, a baseball league for the blind is taking off in Cuba.  They use beeping bases and balls so that players will be able to field and run the bases.  It helps them improve their sense of orientation by sound.

If you have a Zen Headline suggestion, use #zenheadlines and we'll use it in the show!

May 30, 2017

Brian Correiar was on a kayak in Monterey Bay, California when a great white shark knocked him off his 14 foot kayak.  Witnesses said the shark was at least as long as his boat.

He was out at the end of San Carlos beach near the Monterey Bay Inn and, luckily for Brian, the shark used the kayak as a chew toy but not him!  And the whole thing was caught on video!

He posted his story to diver.net and that and the video have attracted a lot of attention.  Of course, for Nightside Project host Alex Kirry, it was just another opportunity to complain about how much we're afraid of shark attacks when it's really hippos that kill people.

Our Zen Headline for this episode was selected by Aubrey Lunt on Twitter.  She used #zenheadlines to bring it to our attention.  The story was published on littlethings.com

A young girl named Mikayla Raji was with her mom at the Villa Borghese II restaurant in Helmetta New Jersey where the 8 year old girl met a police officer there on his dinner break.  Mikayla insisted they buy the officer's dinner which they did secretly.  

The officer Joseph Quinn later learned that the girl's own father was a police officer killed in the line of duty shortly before she was born.  In honor of the father she never met, she watches out for the police officers in her community.

If you have a Zen Headline you would like to share, use #zenheadlines 

May 30, 2017

On a special "Animal Kingdom' we're diving into Monterey Bay, California where a great white shark was seen knocking over a kayaker into the water during a terrifying encounter. The victim can be seen flailing in the water as the shark swims nearby. Fortunately, the kayak owner was rescued when a sail boat pulled him from the water.

May 29, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss the amazing news that Tom Cruise has confirmed rumors of a sequel to 1986 classic Top Gun in the works, with filming to begin “probably in the next year”.

He revealed the news while on a promotional tour for his upcoming film Mummy, telling Australian morning show Sunrise, “It is definitely happening.”

“It’s true. It’s true,” he said. “I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know. It’s happening. It is definitely happening ... you’re the first people that I’ve said this to.”

A zenheadlines that animal lovers will be on board with as the humane Society is offering free adoptions for ex-military service men and women of their shelter pets this memorial day weekend.  

May 29, 2017

Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, was at her alma mater Stanford University to speak at its business school when she decided to go back to her old dorm room. The actress did not graduate and eventually left to pursue an acting career and has been very successful but it got us thinking, what if your kid wanted to drop out of Stanford and decided to pursue an acting career?

May 28, 2017

A wild monkey was rescued by officials in Thailand after becoming morbidly obese due to tourists feeding him junk food. He has now been forced to go on a special diet to combat his weight issues and with all of the hilarious show concepts on television right now, an animal plastic surgery show could be a hit. Discovery channel, feel free to reach out to us at any time.

May 27, 2017

Today’s ‘Zen Headline’ is coming from protests in Venezuela with violinist Wuilly Arteaga performing amidst the chaos. Alex Kirry was on KSL TV to promote the Nightside Project reaching the 500,000 downloads mark and brought out a half-million Columbia pesos and immediately started referencing Narcos and drug cartels. 

May 26, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard tell the tale of a convicted murderer who had escape charges dropped after he did, in fact, escape prison.  Based on an error that the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office was unable to correct in court, a convicted murderer who fled from Hocking Correctional Institution on March 27, 2016, has been acquitted of a felony escape charge.

John Modie, 59, was indicted on April 26, 2016 after escaping from the Correctional Institution but during a jury trial Tuesday in Hocking County Common Pleas Court, defense attorney Dorian Baum requested the case be dismissed based on Rule 29, which is a motion for a judgment of acquittal and Judge John Wallace had no choice but to rule in favor of Modie.  

And a #zenheadlines story to make the romantic in all of us have a little Cry..We stumbled across a video on Instagram this morning that melted our hearts. If you're a teacher, then it will probably make you smile, too! Watch as this romantic guy uses his girlfriend's (now fiancé's), 2nd grade students and classroom, to ask for her hand in marriage!

May 26, 2017

These could have been #zenheadlines on their own, but homeless man who was present when a suicide bomber launched a deadly attack at a packed concert hall in the English city of Manchester on Monday night has spoken out about the horrors he witnessed at the venue.

Stephen Jones, who was sleeping outdoors near Manchester Arena at the time of the attack helped others escape the horror after the explosions. 

Man uses a 2nd Grade class to help him propose to his girlfriend, her second grade class that she teaches.  

May 26, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry kick off the show discussing a morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists in Thailand has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables. 

The 33lb long-tailed macaque - nicknamed 'Uncle Fatty' - had been getting fed sugary melons, milkshakes, sweetcorn and noodles, by visitors to a floating water market in Bangkok.

Plus, a #zenheadlines that kicks off your weekend right, He first moved fellow Venezuelans and the Twittersphere when some weeks ago he joined the street protests in Caracas armed with his violin.  A violinists who had his instrument bashed is now seeing an outpouring of kindness.  

 

 

May 26, 2017

Stephen Jones, 35, was homeless and sleeping near England’s Manchester Arena when he heard a huge blast as the recent Ariana Grande concert was coming to an end. Upon seeing the chaos he ran into the crowds to help the injured and is now being lauded as a hero with many people donating thousands of dollars towards getting him back on his feet.

May 25, 2017

 Ethan and Alex listen to the crazy audio out of a now, even crazier congressional seat in Montana.  The Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, in a hotly contested special House election in the Big Sky State was charged with assaulting a journalist, Ben Jacobs at what was to be a final rally in Bozeman on the eve of the vote. The attack brought police officers to the event and sent the reporter to the hospital for X-rays.

an incredible #zenheadlines story, 

 A firework accident left 11-year-old Ashton Kesler with no fingers on his right hand, but Joliet high school students helped him gain a prosthetic hand for free. 

Ashton and his aunt, Jessica, and uncle, David Hornbeck, came to Joliet Central High School on Thursday to see the final product of the prosthetic hand, created by the JC Engineers Club.  

May 25, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard discuss Texas' addition to making America great again.  Hot Air Balloon Pig Hunting...Texas has a Big Pig Problem and this is a way to fix it.  Millions of feral Pigs destroy Millions of Dollars worth of crops every year and the state Senate has figured out one of the ways to solve it with these Hot air Balloon hunts.  

Hogs were introduced to Texas more than 300 years ago, probably by early Spanish explorers for meat. A burgeoning feral population of more than 2m has developed after several of the tusked animals escaped captivity, with their opportunistic feeding blamed for about $50m in damages a year from devoured and uprooted crops.

Cute #zenheadlines ahead!  A job opening at a Dublin veterinary clinic is getting a ton of attention because, well, it basically sounds like a dream job for cat enthusiasts.

“Cat Cuddler Needed!” reads the job posting at Just Cats Veterinary Clinic & Cattery, a veterinary clinic devoted to — you guessed it — cats.  Are you up for the job? 

May 25, 2017

Graphic designer, Emma Lawton was 29 she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and the tremor in her hands has grown more pronounced stopping her from writing and drawing straight lines. Microsoft Innovation Director, Haiyan Zhang has come up with a groundbreaking wearable device, changing Emma's life forever.

May 24, 2017

Alex Kirry and Ethan Millard rule on today's episode in a case concerning a mannequin, a Vegas Casino and a litigious customer.  

Kent Jacobs Boutwell, a resident of Southern California, has filed a lawsuit against the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino after he was injured while fleeing a life-sized mannequin that was included among his room’s decor.  His "undefinable" injuries include his entire body and mind. This guys stinks.  So does the Casino decor.

And a #zenheadlines sent in by a listener via twitter that inspires.  Chapman university has awarded an honorary degree to Judy O'Conner the mother of a quadriplegic student, Marty O'Conner, after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.  Mom of the Year Candidate.  Is it dusty in here? 

 

 

May 24, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry get judicial and rule on a tough case...During a tour of the state capitol in Oregon, a fourth-grader named Sam swiped a pen and a hazelnut.

When his mom found out, she made him write a letter to the governor as an apology. Governor Kate Brown wrote Sam back, accepting his apology. She also enclosed a new pen for him to remember this event. 

Alex says the parents are to blame for thinking the swag pen was valuable.  

Today's zenheadlines story brings Garage Sale hounds the kind of hope they are always looking for... 

A ring bought for about $13 at a garage sale in London in the 80s has been valued at over $400,000, according to the listing at Sotheby’s.

The buyer assumed the ring was a piece of costume jewelry and only decided in the last few months to have it appraised.

Much to the owner’s surprise, the ring turned out to be a genuine cushion-shaped diamond weighing 26.27 carat diamond.

May 24, 2017

 

Israel-based Latvian visual effects artist, Eugene Romanovsky created one of the greatest ads we've ever seen to sell his 21-year-old Suzuki Vitara on the web. He has added the iconic vehicle into well known scenes such as driving under a T-Rex from Jurassic Park, leading the charge in Mad Max: Fury Road, running with animals in Planet Earth and many more.

 

May 23, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry discuss the Canyons School District in Utah that has proposed a new policy to pay for school lunches that officials hope will strike a balance between feeding students and holding parents accountable for overdue lunch funds.

Since 2014, the district's 34,000 students have been able to charge school lunches on an account if their lunch funds are in the negative. It's an unlimited amount for elementary students and up to $10 for high school students.

With more that $16K of outstanding debt, they might send the parents to collections.  An old school Nightside fight ensues.  

And an amazing #zenheadlines story.  When Rebekah Ceidro, 33, saw on Facebook last July that her longtime co-worker Chris Moore was in need of a kidney, her altruism kicked into gear.  But the hospital said she was too overweight to donate.  She lost 40 lbs and made the kidney transplant happen.

 

May 23, 2017

Ethan Millard and Alex Kirry discuss a new study that says Instagram is the worst social media network for young people's mental health, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the U.K. And Snapchat is the second worst.

"FOMO" — aka the fear of missing out — may not be listed in the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental disorders, but users who spent more than two hours a day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health and symptoms of anxiety and depression.  

Alex complains that field day at his kids' school has eliminated races and competition because it doesn't foster good enough feelings for everyone.  Garbage. Then a #zenheadlines Ethan brings up of the Invertebrate Olympics that a middle school teacher in North Dakota is putting together to teach kids about amazing insects.  

May 23, 2017

We're breaking down a 'Zen Headline' today that is supposed to be relaxing and helpful, unless you like rats. For a limited release this summer, San Francisco will host a coffee shop but not just any cafe, a 'rat cafe'. Customers will be able to enjoy coffee and pastries in the company of the critters, hosted by the tourist attraction, the San Francisco Dungeon.

May 22, 2017

Today we’ve got an episode of ‘Animal Kingdom’ coming straight out of Richmond, Canada and it involves a young girl and a Californian Sea Lion. The footage shows tourists excitedly watching a sea lion as it surfaced from the water at Steveston Fisherman Wharf. The girl sits too close near the water and is immediately grabbed and pulled under by the sea mammal.

May 22, 2017

Saying goodbye to a car that has been your old friend isn't easy. Ethan and Alex talk about Israeli visual effects artist Eugene Romanovsky who wants to sell his old, 1996 Suzuki Vitara SUV, so he created an out-of-this-world 2-minute video to advertise its qualities. The ad shows the car zipping around in ordinary landscapes before appearing in famous movies and on the moon.
#BuyMyVitara – Suzuki Vitara ’96 for sale

#zenheadlines goes for the tear jerker today as a watch developed by Microsoft engineers could put an end to Parkinson tremors in the hands.  Its really stinking Cool.  

Working with graphic designer and Parkinson's sufferer Emma Lawton, 32, the researchers developed a watch — which they named Emma — that, according to Microsoft, "vibrates in a distinctive pattern to disrupt the feedback loop between brain and hand."

The Tech Giant Rolled out the video of Emma and the Watch at Build 2017 in Seattle.  

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