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May 26th, 2012

HealthQuest Radio Off Air Sampler

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Take a peak into our HealthQuest Radio Off Air shows with Dr. David Kolbaba answering listeners personal health questions.  Topics include callers questions concerning women’s urinary health, causes of vertigo, prescription drugs and the quality of physician care.  Join our Off Air shows by calling 847-844-8444 at Noon every Saturday.

May 15th, 2012

Sea Creature or Plastic Bag?

deep sea creature

This video was shot by underwater drillers of a jellyfish near their well at 5,000+ feet below the sea.  Some people who viewed the video were puzzled by the floating creature, with suggestions that it may be a deep sea monster or a more mundate plastic bag.

Speculation was also rife that it may have been whale placenta or even the mythical creature Cthulhu.  Experts have, however, confirmed that it is, in fact, a Deepstaria enigmatica, a jellyfish from the Ulmaridae family, first discovered in 1967 by F. S. Russel.  The invertebrae is usually found in the South Atlantic ocean.

May 15th, 2012

Walking the Tightrope Again

NIAGRA FALLS, N.Y. — ABC is turning Nik Wallenda’s attempted tightrope walk over Niagara Falls into a prime-time television event next month, devoting a full three hours to the daredevil’s June 15 walk.

Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the famous daredevil family the Great Wallendas, also known as the Flying Wallendas, whose history as a traveling circus troupe dates to 1780.

“It’s a return to some of the great events you’ve seen on television over the years,” ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said. “I think back to my own childhood and Evel Knievel where literally the whole country would gather around the set and watch one of these extraordinary stunts.”

Wallenda said he’s adamantly opposed to tethering himself to the 2-inch wire to remove the life-or-death element.

“It’s family history. This is what we do,” Wallenda said Friday, a day before starting daily sessions on a practice wire outside the Seneca Niagara Casino. “I feel like that’s taking away from it. I feel like I’m cheating at that point.”

He said he’s trained to grab the wire if there’s trouble.

Part of the three television hours will be an examination of the greatest stunts of all time, with the live walk between the New York and Canada shores expected to take about 30-40 minutes.

While Wallenda’s family history includes success across generations, it’s not been without tragedy. In 1978, his great-grandfather, Karl, fell to his death in a tightrope walk in Puerto Rico at age 73. A misstep during a signature seven-person chair pyramid killed three men in 1962 in Detroit.

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