Three good reasons to be scared of the water. Piranha's, Warheads and Washed Up Feet

Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Looking for a good reason never to go on the water and just stay at home watching TV? Here are three reasons to be scared of the water.

Angler in Illinois catches what may be a piranha
Well, in Joliet, Illinois, an angler caught a fish that might just turn out to be a piranha. Yes, that fish. He was fishing in waters warmed by a generating plan on the Des Plaines River.

Judging from a photograph Johnson took, the fish could be a red-bellied South American piranha, said Melissa Kruth, a spokeswoman for the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

"It was probably in someone's aquarium and they let it go," Kruth said.

I'm as brave as the next guy but he looks pretty scared.

Nuclear Warhead lying at bottom of ocean after B52 crash in 1968
If you have plans on paddling around Greenland anytime in the next 1000 years, take my advice don't. Stay home!

Why you might ask? Documents declassified by the US government reveal that on January 21, 1968, a B52 plane crashed in Greenland. After the crash a massive operation took place to recover the debris of the aircraft and collect 500 illion gallons of ice, some of which contained radioactive wreckage from the bomber.

The Pentagon had maintained that all four weapons on the plane had been 'destroyed', but declassified documents obtained by the BBC under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act reveal investigators realised only three of the weapons could be accounted for.

Government officials believe that it melted through the ice which quickly refroze again before they could retrieve the missing bomb.

A nuclear scientist has told the Daily Mail: 'We really don't know what has happened to this bomb.

'It's not going to explode but the possibility remains of very large contamination with all of the dangers that involves.'

7th foot washes up on West Coast
Yep; another foot washed up along the banks for the Fraser River in Richmond, BC, according to the RCMP.

This time it was found by Richmond city council candidate Ken Johnston and his wife Diane while they were walking along the banks of the Fraser River on Tuesday.

Best quote if the article: "I poked it with a stick. I didn't want to touch it. It was really hard material inside the shoe. I picked it up and put it in a bag and it was very heavy," said Ken Johnston.

One time my daughter and I found a dead squirrel. We also poked it with a stick. Good times...

It's too bad that the fall storm paddling season is upon us because this would be a good time just to hide away in our bomb shelter on the 4th floor of our condo building. We live on the 5th and the hole cut in the floor provides easy quick access...

I'm telling you, nature is a cruel and dangerous place. Of course, these are things that we did but I don't want to split hairs.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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