Grind for March 10th, 2019
“The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” – Oscar Wilde
Tesla driver caught snoozing doing 75 mph on LA highway
A jaw-dropping video has gone viral showing a driver sleeping behind the week in his “SELF-DRIVING” Tesla auto, clocking in at around 75 mph down a busy freeway in LA.
Musician Seth Blake, along with his passenger girlfriend noticed the unidentified driver reposing behind the wheel, in the next lane parallel to their auto and traveling at about the same speed.
Blake’s girlfriend immediately began recording the event capturing the incredible footage of the individual apparently sleeping, his head resting on the backrest of the seat, while his hands are off the wheel, lying by his side.
“We were near or around him in traffic for about 10 minutes before we lost him. He was going about 75 mph for the first five minutes before we hit LA stop and go traffic for the last five (which felt a little safer),” Blake told Fox News.
Adding, “We eventually lost him, but he was asleep pretty much the whole time. I saw him open his eyes once to look around, but he quickly dozed back to sleep,” he said.
Ironically the individual just captured on video by Seth Blake’s girlfriend, may be the same driver caught on another video in January sleeping behind the wheel of a similar Tesla and uploaded to Reddit.
Tesla was contacted regarding the video, however declined to comment, and suggested instead to view their company’s website concerning their “self driving vehicles, “Autopilot is intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any time.”
The automaker went on to explain their Model 3 Tesla is available with their “Autopilot” feature capable of steering the vehicle within a lane and braking for other vehicles as long as the driver is touching the steering wheel.”
However Blake’s eyewitness account and the supporting video shows no one holding the drivers wheel at the time.
Mysterious sea creature freaks-out fisherman
Australian Fisherman Andrew Rose was fishing in the Mary River near the Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, when he suddenly hooked onto a slimy sea creature with no eyes and razor-sharp teeth.
“It looked prehistoric. It looked like something you see in the movies. The lure wasn’t swimming right, I pulled it and it had this strange looking fish on it. We didn’t know what it was,” Rose told the Guardian.
Rose, along with his angler fishing buddy Tee Hokin described the strange sea critter as a “monster fish”. Admitting when he first layed eyes on the slimy creature it reminded him of the blockbuster 1979 classic sci-fi flick “ALIEN.”
“Honestly the first thing I thought about was the “Alien” movie with Sigourney Weaver and that thing that comes out of people’s stomach, that’s exactly what I thought, and that’s what they describe it as when you look it up on the internet.”
Adding, “It didn’t even move or wriggle. It was like stunned … like stealth mode.”
The bemused duo snapped pictures of the exotic creature before releasing it back into the Mary River, and shared their two close-up photos on the official Facebook page for “Outback Boat Hire,” a Marrakai-based boat rental service, along with a caption under one of the photos asking, “Has anyone caught one of these before?”
The photos immediately became the topic of conversation on social media with dozens of people jokingly offering suggestions of what the mysterious sea creature might be, from a “baby alien” to “Predator’s love child.”
However within a short time the identity of the strange creature may have been revealed. Michael Hammer, a fish expert from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, after looking at the photos said it looked like a “Taenioides cirratus,” a type of worm goby.
Hammer acknowledged that hooking this “fish” is a rare catch, as the worm goby is a mud dweller, and seldom swims towards the surface.
Adding, “They have no eyes and live their life under the mud and are pretty rarely seen by people,” he told ABC, warning that they have “glass-like” choppers so beware.
According to Hammer, these exotic creatures can grow up to roughly 20 inches long. “Once they are that big they could give you a bit of a bite,” he said.
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