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A centenarian skydiver, alt-right protest and more to know about

By Jane HaglMay 15, 2017

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101-year-old skydiver AndreaOrmsby/Flickr

ALT-PROTEST

A group of alt-right protestors showed up with torches at the removal of a statue of a confederate general in Charlottesville, Virginia. Alt-right movement founder Robert Spencer was present at the 10-minute protest. The statue was of Robert E. Lee. Virgina is not the only state removing statues of Confederate symbols. New Orleans has removed two statues during the early morning hours to avoid any clashes.

RANSOMWARE

A ransomware virus wrecked havoc in 100 countries and made off with over $26,000 was stopped by a 22-year-old researcher. He goes by MalwareTech. He found a kill switch in the malware by noticing the virus was directing people to an unregistered domain. MalwareTech purchased the domain blocking the ransomware. Ransomware is one of fastest growing cyber crimes. A remote user can take possession of a computer and damn ransom money for the release of the computer. If the money isn’t paid in the time slot, then the files can be deleted.

NODOSAUR

Imagine showing up to the mine for a regular day at work and then finding a dinosaur. A Canadian heavy-equipment operator stumbled across a nodosaur was found by accident in 2011. The armored dinosaur is approximately 112 million years old. It took six years to piece together one of the best-preserved armored dinosaurs found. This planet eater's remains were found in a river where it could have been swept to after a flood. The river helped preserve the “sleeping dragon.” It's now being displayed at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. Talk about aging well.

BOX OFFICE

Marvel’s sequel to hit Guardians of the Galaxy is already a hit, racking $261.1 million in the past two consecutive weekends. Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned $63 million this weekend. Snatched, starting Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer, came second at the box office after earning $17.5 million. Schumer’s first movie opened to $30 million. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword game in third with a $14.7 million open in 3,700 locations. With a $175 million production budget, Guy Richie’s King Arthur is the first summer flop.

RECORD FALLER

There is much to experiences in a lifetime, especially if the lifetime 101 years long. Verdun Hayes figured he might as well break a world record. The 101-year-old great-grandfather became the world’s oldest tandem skydiver. The centenarian and ten of his family members took the skies Saturday in Britain. The World War II veteran completed his first dive last year in celebration of hitting the 100-year mark.