Hadasa Hershkovichi fled to Israel in search of a home after the Nazis murdered her entire family. But while million-dollar apartments pop up throughout her Tel Aviv neighborhood, Hershkovichi lives in a shack originally built as a laundry room on the roof of a five-story building. Hershkovichi is one of 190,000 Holocaust survivors residing in Israel today. She is also one of the 50,000 estimated to live below the poverty line, according to the Association for Immediate Help for Holocaust Survivors. Israel classifies a person as poor if they survive on around $600 or less a month. read more
In a video posted last month, which is picking up steam online after being flagged by Jezebel and Laughing Squid, Pixel the French bulldog simply refuses to give up his bed after his roommate -- a bully cat -- stole it away and took up residence. The tug-of-war continues for more than a minute as the 10-week-old puppy tries every trick he can think of to reclaim it from the larger cat. Quite a difference from when they first met and Pixel inspired fear for his curious sniffs. read more
A Brazilian taxi driver who had gotten into a bar brawl didn't know for three hours there was a knife lodged in his skull. Juacelo Nunes de Oliveira, 39, was stabbed during an argument, and it took more than three hours before he realized there was a blade running through his skull to his jaw bone. "We believe the shock and a bit of the drinking may have helped him not to understand the knife was still in his head," said emergency surgeon Dr. Gilberto Albuquerque. "He left the hospital yesterday, five days after coming in with a knife in his head. He is healthy and perfect and he had no ill after-effects."
In early 2014, a man who said he has two functioning penises due to a rare congenital condition known as diphallia "came out" in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything." A year later, he's written an e-memoir. This man, who identifies as bisexual and goes by Diphallic Dude or DoubleDickDude (DDD), is using his memoir, titled Double Header: My Life With Two Penises, to answer more questions, describe his struggles and tell tales of many sexual encounters.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke issued a warning to Republicans who have criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) for speaking to a white nationalist group in 2002: "If Scalise is going to be crucified -- if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders." Duke, who claims to have hosted both Democratic and Republican legislators at everything from conferences to his children's birthday parties, said he might release a list of names of all the politicians with whom he has ties.