Instant Index: Sandy Clean-Up Volunteer Hits Lotto Jackpot

Nov 9, 2012 12:13pm

Tonight’s Instant Index:

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From the unconventional and awe-inspiring to the hilarious and heartwarming, here’s a look at some of the most interesting photos, videos and stories that have our newsroom talking today. What’s capturing your attention, filling your inbox and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feed? Tweet us the stories you’re talking  about using #InstantIndex or email us at and they could appear on World News.

Good Deed Rewarded
John Turner journeyed from Chicago to the Jersey Shore to help in the post-Sandy relief efforts. After a long day of hauling debris, he bought a couple of lottery tickets and ended up winning $100,000 — good karma in action.

Face to Face
Photographer Daniel Botelho has spent hours underwater photographing great white sharks without a cage and has never been bitten, the Daily Mail reports. ”The movie ‘Jaws’ created an over-reaction, which led to sharks becoming misunderstood,” Botelho told the paper. “They are predators for sure, mostly attacking by ambush, but they are not man-killers.”

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Image credit: Barcroft/Landov

109.9-Yard Touchdown
After Sean Landez of Sharyland High School in Texas caught a missed 44-yard field goal with just millimeters separating his toes from the out of bounds line in the back of the end zone, he returned it 109.9 yards for a touchdown.

Math Hurts
A study from psychologists at the University of Chicago and Western University said that for people petrified of math problems the thought of manipulating numbers can activate the region of the brain associated with physical pain. ”We show that, when anticipating an upcoming math-task, the higher one’s math anxiety, the more one increases activity in regions associated with visceral threat detection, and often the experience of pain itself,” the study said.

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Image credit: Mike Kemp/Rubberball/Getty Images

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