3 Compelling Stories from Home and Away
By Robert Foran III
ALASKA – From alaskapublicmedia.com
The search continues for 63-year-old Lincoln Simon of White Mountain, AK with crews from Golovin, White Mountain, Savoonga and Bethel all joining the effort.
Simon went missing on November 4 after his four-wheeler broke through thin ice. The Alaska State Trooper (AST) dispatch reports that Simon was able to call his family and report his situa-tion and location.
Simon was at the mouth of the Fish River and Golovin Bay when the incident occurred. An air-craft was able to locate the four-wheeler sitting under ice near the river’s mouth, and Golovin Search and Rescue (SAR) located objects they believe to be Simon’s.
Irene Navarro is the President of the Chinik Eskimo Community in Golovin and reported that the effort now includes divers, an airboat and helicopter. She says at least three members of Bethel SAR have joined the effort, and Joe Akeya of Savoonga has been diving using underwater cam-eras when conditions allow.
Navarro describes the effort as a true community event. She used words like “blessed” and “thankful” to describe the donations given to the searchers from communities all over the region and said, “we have no intention of giving up until we bring him home to his family.” Simon is the Vice-President of the Tribal Council of White Mountain.
NATIONAL — From abcnewsradio.com
An Arizona grandmother who accidentally invited a teen to her Thanksgiving dinner—thinking it was her grandson—celebrated the holiday with that same teen again this year. The holiday tradi-tion began in 2016 when Wanda Dench sent Jamal Hinton a text asking if he and his girlfriend were coming to Thanksgiving dinner this year.
“Let me know if you are coming,” the text to Hinton read. “Hope to see you all.” Hinton re-sponded by asking for a photo to confirm if it was his own grandmother behind the text. The pic-ture came in of a woman with blonde hair and glasses—not Hinton’s grandma.
“You not my grandma,” Hinton wrote back in a text with a laughing emoji. “Can I still get a plate tho?” When Dench responded with an “Of course you can,” Hinton showed up, and the strangers quickly became fast friends, spending their third Thanksgiving together this year.
INTERNATIONAL — From livescience.com
If you’re curious about which bizarre foods are the most likely to trigger queasiness in first-time tasters, wonder no longer. You can now find 80 of the world’s most distinctive (and repulsive) edible oddities—including cheese topped with maggots—in one new exhibit called the Disgust-ing Food Museum in Mälmo, Sweden.
Unfamiliar scents and flavors abound in the museum. Some of the very special foods include frog smoothies from Peru, the foul-smelling durian fruit from Thailand, Finland’s salty black lic-orice, a bull penis from China, and slimy, fermented soybeans—a dish known as “nattō” that is popular for breakfast in Japan.
To be included in the exhibit, each dish had to qualify not only as potentially gag-inducing due to its smell, taste, appearance or texture. It also had to be thought of as delicious “somewhere in the world,” said curator and museum director, Andreas Ahrens.