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About R. Michael Brown

Communication, public relations, & marketing consultant, freelance writer, media producer, and speaker.

Wide-Leg Khaki Pants Are Back. For Real This Time.

Wide-leg and longer-rise trousers—khakis, jeans, even Cary Grant-ish suit pants—are selling out in the early fall shopping season.

The pants are huge. Sales have been, too.

After years of edging into the mainstream, wide-leg trousers are officially back according to at least one metric: J.Crew’s “Giant-Fit Chino Pant” is completely sold out online. An early hit of the mall brand’s recent refresh, the baggy, off-the-thigh pants have a leg opening nearly 50% wider than its standard slim-cut chinos.

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Wide-Leg Khaki Pants Are Back. For Real This Time.

BrownieBytes: Finally I’m a fashion icon. They’re catching up to me. I’m years ahead of my time….

I’ve always found fashion reporting to be funny.

Rory McIlroy throws fan’s remote-controlled golf ball into water

Rory McIlroy was in no mood for hijinks on Saturday.

During the third round of the BMW Championship, a fan dropped a remote-controlled golf ball on the 15th green where McIlroy and Scott Stallings were putting and tried to get it into the hole.

He was quickly thwarted by the Northern Irishman, who knocked the ball away with his putter twice before losing his patience and lobbing it into a nearby pond.

nypost.com/2022/08/21/rory-mcilroy-throws-fans-remote-controlled-golf-ball-in-pond/

Shark Attacks in U.S. Total 28 So Far This Year

Unprovoked bites, while rare, have been raising the alarm for some beachgoers this summer

Sources: Florida Museum of Natural History (1837-2021); trackingsharks.com (2022 data from media reports)

Brownie Bytes Take: As a surfer with 40 years experience in Florida, New Smyrna Beach has the most shark bites and sharks in the surfline than anywhere else. I’ve been bumped, chased, and seen others bitten there in 3 ft. of water right along the shore. Even though the blacktip shark migration during the late Fall and Winter happens in S. Florida with 10,000 sharks per mile per day cruising near the coast, they rarely bother anyone.

– R. Michael Brown

News of shark attacks off the coast of New York’s Long Island this summer raised the alarm for many beachgoers, surfers and divers. Shark bites, although rare compared with the number of people who get into the ocean, still happen in coastal areas of the U.S.

According to Tracking Sharks, a website that specializes in reporting shark attacks and bites across the globe, there have been 28 shark attacks in the U.S. in 2022 as of Aug. 1. Two of the attacks were provoked and none was fatal.

There were 47 confirmed cases in 2021, returning to prepandemic levels, and 33 in 2020.

Unprovoked shark bites are the most common incidents, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack Files, a global compilation of all known shark attacks. Florida leads the U.S. in shark attacks, followed by Hawaii, California and South Carolina.

The most frequent type of unprovoked bites are so-called “hit and run” attacks, the museum says. These normally happen in the surf zones as coastal shark species follow schools of fish close to shore. There, sharks can encounter swimmers and surfers—and sometimes confuse people with their usual prey. The sharks don’t return after inflicting a single bite or slash wound.

Shark attacks and deaths from shark bites are extremely rare, experts say. The yearly average of unprovoked shark bites globally is 70, resulting in about 5 deaths, data from the Florida Museum of Natural History shows.

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The Manufacturing Process For How Balls Are Made Is Eye-Opening | Digg

Science Channel’s How It’s Made went behind the scenes of a ball factory to demonstrate what goes into making the spherical balls we take for granted.

— Read on digg.com/video/the-manufacturing-process-for-how-balls-are-made-is-eye-opening

Rare Photos Inside the Titanic – Pictures of the Titanic

From the smoking lounge to first-class bedrooms, get a closer look at one of the most beautiful ships to ever exist with these rare photos.

— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/culture/g39410356/top-rare-titanic-photos/

This $800K House Seems Like A Great Deal — Until You Learn About The Basement – Digg

If you want to buy this house in Fairfax, Virginia, you’ll have to buy it without first seeing its lower level — or the non-lease-holding resident who lives there.

A permanent squatter? Really?!

— Read on http://digg.com/real-estate/link/zillow-gone-wild-house-lower-level-squatter-fairfax-virginia-dMYggMvPZo