Wednesday, 31 October 2018

See What's Scaring The Hell Out Of Students In Viral Halloween Prank

A student costumed in a $40 bodysuit pulls off priceless scares in a Halloween video that has gone viral.

Makayla Rose Martinez of York College in Nebraska creeped out and cracked up fellow students in her getup, and shared the frightful fun on Twitter.

“I wasn’t even planning on making a video, but the footage my friend captured was too funny to not post,” Martinez told Time.

“Best $40 I ever spent,” she captioned the clip, which has been viewed millions of times since she posted it on Oct. 25.

Nicely done, Makayla. Happy Halloween.

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Oregon Witches Trade Brooms For Paddles

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of “witches” traded in broomsticks for paddles in Oregon during the last weekend before Halloween.

The costumed coven paddled six miles (10 kilometers) on boards Saturday along the Willamette River, which divides the city of Portland.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the paddleboard event started two years ago with a handful of participants but now attracts hundreds.

Participants donated packages of socks, underwear and T-shirts to a local nonprofit group before they started paddling.

Spectators who were caught off guard by the witches watched from the shoreline.


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Alabama Woman Is Frightened After Zombie Teeth Get Stuck In Her Mouth

It’s not Halloween yet, but one Alabama woman has already had the fright of her life.

Anna Tew was planning to be a zombie for the haunting holiday and spent $3 on a pair of fake teeth for the costume.

The zombie teeth attached to her regular chompers with adhesive, but she became unglued when she realized the fake teeth were stuck.

“I was trying to remove them then because they were just tight,” Tew told WKRG TV. “They wouldn’t budge. I even took a pair of wire clippers and cut the tips off of those.”

Tew couldn’t eat or drink because of the fake teeth but tried drinking hot coffee hoping the heat would loosen the glue.

Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.

“I drooled hot coffee, I guess you could say,” she told McClatchy News. “They wouldn’t budge. I’m panicking. Of course I’d had a few panic attacks by this point. I tried to sleep, wasn’t no sleeping.”

In the morning, she attempted to get out of the sticky situation by making an emergency dental appointment.

But the solution wasn’t quickly found.

“They looked and pulled a little bit, and they were like, ‘Well, we’re going to have to use a saw or cut it off in sections or drill it off.’ They really didn’t know what to do,” Tew told McClatchy. 

Tew couldn’t be numbed during the appointment because the dentist feared her teeth might get pulled out by mistake.

“So he went in and picked and pulled and I squealed like a baby and they got them out,” she told WKRG TV.

The dentist, Dr. John Murphy, told the station that the gums can sometimes cause something to adhere to the teeth and get stuck. 

Tew’s teeth are back to their pre-zombie state, and she has learned a valuable, if scary, life lesson from the ordeal.

“I will never do it again,” she told the station. “I will never put anything like that again in my mouth.”

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Woman Who Claims To Have Had Sex With 20 Ghosts Now Engaged To One

A spirited fling with an Australian ghost has ended up in true love for an Englishwoman. In fact, the ghost just proposed, and she wants the living world to know.

Amethyst Realm, 30, of Bristol, says she has had sex with at least 20 ghosts since she was a teenager but wasn’t looking for a new relationship when she went to Australia on a business trip.

However, she says that changed on a nature hike when she came into contact with an apparition and felt sparks like none she’s ever known.

Realm didn’t think it could amount to anything serious because she says spirits tend to stay in one place, but something amazing happened on her flight home: She felt the presence of her lover on the plane, and apparently not stowed in cargo.

“I couldn’t believe it. I was happy and excited — so excited that we had to do something about it. So we headed to the plane loo,” she told the Sun. “And, well, I am now a member of the Mile High Club.”

That was nine months ago and things have progressed to the point where Realm discussed her desire to marry and have her ghost’s baby on the British show “ITV This Morning” in August. 

The paranormal proposal reportedly occurred last week when the couple took a road trip to England’s Wookey Hole caves, according to the New York Post.

“There was no going down on one knee — he doesn’t have knees. But for the first time, I heard him speak,” she said, according to the paper. “I could actually hear his voice, and it was beautiful. Deep, sexy and real.”

The couple are now choosing a ring but have not decided what kind it will be. Realm, supernaturally, is hoping her ring will have an amethyst in it, but she’s leaving it to her spirit lover to decide.

The couple plans to do a Pagan “handfasting” ceremony, in which their hands are tied together, symbolizing their connection, she said. “It’ll be somewhere in the English countryside. We haven’t discussed the details yet, but I think it will be quite a big do.”

Realm says the ghost’s energy is more feminine than a typical man but admits that, ”if you’re making love to a spirit, gender doesn’t really come into it.”

She added: “Ghost lovers tend to be more sensual and adept than the average bloke. There’s always more of a connection, because the sex goes beyond physical. It’s like any other kind of sex. The main difference is I just can’t see them,” she told Gloucester Live.

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Stray Cat Struts Its Stuff On The Catwalk

Forget the fashion, all eyes were on a stray cat who crashed the runway at a Vakko ESMOD fashion show in Istanbul last week. 

Showing a complete disregard for the models making their way up and down the catwalk, the feline took care of its personal hygiene before pawing at one of them. 

The audience was understandably captivated as the uninterrupted cat then proceeded to strut its stuff:

Could this be Turkey’s “Next Top Model”? We’ll just have to wait and find out. 

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Whew! CDC Says You Can Dress Up Your Chicken For Halloween After All

It was all a big misunderstanding!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s actually okay to dress up your pet chicken for Halloween. So there’s nothing to squawk about.

ABC News apparently caused the flap while reporting that some 92 people in 29 states had been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with raw chicken products. The news outlet also quoted health experts who said that it was “easier for a person to come into contact with harmful bacteria that live on poultry, including salmonella” when dressing a chicken, whether in a Halloween costume or a sweater.

The CDC issued a statement to clarify that “despite news reports to the contrary,” officials have “not warned people against dressing [live] chickens in Halloween costumes.”

Some other strict warnings remain, however. Pet owners should never “kiss your birds or snuggle them, and then touch your face or mouth,” the CDC warned. Also, children under five shouldn’t touch chickens, the birds should never be brought into the house, no one should eat or drink around the chickens and people must always wash their hands after touching a chicken.

There’s more information here.

No word from the CDC on which costumes might work best, but chicken fanciers had some ideas. (Note: The tweets about NOT dressing up your bird are no longer accurate!):

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Boxer Punches His Own Coach After Losing Fight

Pro boxer Levan Shonia tried to punch his own coach after losing a fight Saturday in Sofia, Bulgaria ― and he was unsuccessful in that match, too.

Watch the raging fighter throw two hard right hands at his ducking trainer and miss. The trainer responded by landing a slap jab in the video below.

Shonia, a 34-year-old from the country of Georgia, lost his real fight by unanimous decision to Spas Genov.

The beaten Shonia appeared to challenge the still-undefeated Genov into extending the fight after it was over, according to The referee pushed Shonia away, and the loser’s coach climbed into the ring to calm the fighter. That’s when Shonia attempted to hit the one guy supposedly on his side. 

Here’s a longer version of the bonkers incident.

If we were scoring the bout against his trainer, we’d give Shonia (15-12) another defeat.


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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Florida Man Turns Himself Into Human Boat Trailer Hitch

A man in Florida may lack common sense, but he makes up for it in ingenuity.

Over the weekend, an unidentified man in Sebring was photographed sitting in the trunk of a car using his hands to hold a boat trailer for at least a few blocks, according to WFLA TV.

The woman who photographed him told the station she did not know the speed of the car he was in, since she followed him for only about 45 seconds, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Despite the obvious risks of such a maneuver, so far, there have been no reports of a boat becoming unhitched from a human in Sebring.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

'If Animals Could Speak We'd Probably Eat A Lot Less Of Them'

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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Man Poses As Minister To Steal Bridesmaids' Credit Card Info: Police

A New England man is facing charges for pretending to be a wedding officiant and then preying on the wedding party.

Police in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, say James Stern not only impersonated a justice of the peace at a Cape Cod wedding last month, but he allegedly stole credit card information from the bridesmaids, according to Fox News.

Stern, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was arrested earlier this week and charged with larceny by false pretense and impersonating a justice of the peace.

Ashley Veilleux and David Mellen hired Stern to officiate their Sept. 15 wedding, add lighting and run a photo booth. Veilleux made the decision after seeing numerous favorable online reviews for Stern’s business, An Amazing Day.

“I was originally researching photo booths and uplighting, and James Stern’s business ‘An Amazing Day’ was highly recommended on the Knot and WeddingWire,” she told Yahoo! “It stated on their sites that he had won multiple awards and had excellent reviews by others,” she said. 

The business is no longer listed on those websites.

Stern describes himself on his own website as “a non-denominational minister committed to helping all persons achieve their dream wedding.”

For Veilleux and Mellen, what actually happened was a nightmare.

The couple learned after the fact that Stern was not licensed to perform weddings in Massachusetts and that their marriage is not official because he never submitted a marriage license to the town, MassLive reports.

Veilleux told MassLive that Stern didn’t bring the promised lighting and that guests noticed him sleeping outside the bridal suite during cocktail hour. She’s also still waiting for the USB port with the photos, she said.

Even worse, two weeks after the wedding, two of Veilleux’s bridesmaids discovered that someone had used their credit cards for purchases. One card had $700 and $850 charges on it, while the other had a $1,243 charge.

But they’re not alone.

Yarmouth police discovered Stern’s criminal record in Massachusetts has 51 entries dating back to 1994 for crimes like identity fraud, fraudulent use of a credit card and related larceny charges.

He also has an active warrant in New Jersey for burglary and a lengthy criminal history in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Last month, just a few days before Veilleux and Mellen’s wedding, Stern was arrested in Rhode Island for allegedly stealing a woman’s purse and running up hundreds of dollars in fraudulent charges on her credit cards, according to local station WJAR TV.

Stern pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance. He is now in custody at a Rhode Island correctional facility, according to MassLive.

As for Veilleaux and Mellen, they plan to marry for real at a Cape Cod restaurant with a small guest list.

“I feel like we have turned a negative situation into a positive one,” Veilleux told Yahoo! “This man is forever in our photos and videos, we can’t change that, but we can share with others and have been making a difference.” 

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‘Corpse Flower’ That Stinks Like Dirty Diapers To Bloom At Dartmouth College

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Just in time for Halloween, a rare “corpse flower” that gets its nickname from its putrid smell is expected to bloom next week at Dartmouth College’s greenhouse.

Named Morphy, the titan arum is native to Sumatra’s equatorial rainforests and has a long, pointy stalk with a skirt-like covering and tiny yellow flowers at its base. It blooms just for several days. When it does, it has an odor described as rotting flesh, a decaying animal or even soiled baby diapers.

The plant is decorated with bats, spiders and an arm reaching out of the soil, holding a sign that says, “Help me!” It’s been growing several inches a day. By Friday morning, it reached 71.5 inches (1.82 meters).

Visitors can go to the greenhouse or see the plant on Dartmouth’s webcam .

The 15-year-old lime green and burgundy plant last bloomed in 2016, and before that, in 2011. Last time, it reached a height of 7 feet, 6 inches (1.98 meters).

“The older a corpse plant gets, the more likely it’s going to flower more often,” greenhouse manager Kim DeLong said.

Morphy’s getting bigger, too. DeLong said after the last bloom, the plant grew a large leaf that reached 10 feet (3 meters), nearly touching the greenhouse ceiling. The leaf stayed open for 13 months and was busy photosynthesizing and storing up energy.

Once the leaf died in June, greenhouse staff repotted Morphy’s swollen underground tuber, which weighed 80 to 90 pounds (36 to 41 kilograms). In 2016, it was only about 30 pounds (14.6 kilograms).

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New Jersey 'Pooperintendent' Pleads Guilty To Public Defecation

A former high school superintendent in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to public defecation on a local high school’s track and football field.

Thomas Tramaglini pleaded guilty to the charge on Wednesday as part of a plea deal with prosecutors to dismiss charges of public lewdness and littering, according to The New York Post.

He will also have to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

The 42-year-old Tramaglini was the superintendent of the Kenilworth School District until his arrest in May for lewdness, littering and defecating in public. The district accepted his resignation in July.

It seems the athletic coaches and other staffers at Holmdel High School, which is not in Tramaglini’s former school district, were repeatedly “finding human feces” at or near the track and football field “on a daily basis,” according to The Asbury Park Press.

Staffers monitored the field until they identified Tramaglini, 42, as the No. 1 No. 2 suspect.  

After the alleged offense, the media tagged Tramaglini the “Pooperintendent,” but Tramaglini’s attorney, Matthew Adams, insisted his client is no serial pooper.

“Today’s facts are contrary to the narrative that was spun about this person that was supposedly a serial offender doing things on the open track,” he told The Asbury Park Press.

Adams blamed Tramaglini’s public pooping on “runner’s diarrhea,” which describes as “the sudden urge to go as you’re pounding the pavement on a multi-mile jog.” 

Tramaglini had a “medical emergency” at the track field of the day of his arrest and dealt with it under the bleachers, obscured from public view, and “cleaned up after himself,” Adams claimed, according to 

“There’s no evidence he was ever a serial offender,” Adams told the website. “We were ready to go to trial on some of the allegations about certain dates with GPS evidence from his Garmin running watch. That story needs to be told.”

Though Tramaglini pleaded guilty, he is planning to sue the Holmdel Township Police Department for releasing his mug shot after his arrest, according to

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Disney Employees Say The Theme Parks Are Popular For Scattering Cremated Ashes

Disney theme parks have ranked among the world’s most popular vacation spots for decades. But for some guests, the resorts are a much more, ahem, permanent place of rest.

Employees at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, tell The Wall Street Journal that the parks have become a favorite spot for visitors to scatter the cremated ashes of their loved ones.

A Disney spokeswoman said such scattering of ashes on company property was “strictly prohibited and unlawful,” adding that guests attempting to do so with the remains of family members or friends “will be escorted off property.”

But that hasn’t stopped some guests from going to great lengths ― like smuggling ashes into the parks via prescription pill bottles and makeup compacts ― to ensure their loved ones can spend eternity at the Happiest Places on Earth, according to the report. 

Employees told the Journal that it happens about once a month, and that human ashes have been spread in flower beds and shrubbery inside the parks. Classic attractions, like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion, are also popular depositories. 

“The Haunted Mansion probably has so much human ashes in it that it’s not even funny,” one Disneyland custodian is quoted as saying. 

Unfortunately, those hoping to honor the Disney-loving dearly departed in the shadow of Cinderella Castle or Splash Mountain might be disappointed. When it happens, employees are required to temporarily close the attraction due to “technical difficulties” while custodians use an ultra-fine vacuum to clean up the ashes.

So unless you’re hoping to have Grandma or Grandpa spend eternity inside an elaborate Dirt Devil (and be removed from a theme park you’ve paid upward of $100 to enter), it may be best to consider the parks for another life milestone, such as a proposal or a wedding. 

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Watch Matt Stonie Nearly Unravel Eating Too Much Fruit By The Foot

There’s a reason it’s not called Fruit by the Football Field.

In a video he posted this week (see below), professional glutton Matt Stonie attempted to eat 108 packs of Fruit by the Foot. By Stonie’s math, that’s 324 feet, which is more than goal line to goal line on the gridiron.

That also adds up to 8,640 calories and 1,080 grams of sugar, just a tad over the recommended 36-gram daily limit for men set by the American Heart Association.

Stonie, a former Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest champion, recently downed a 1.25 gallon In-N-Out vanilla milkshake.

But his latest sweet stunt presented special challenges. Stonie, aka Megatoad, insisted on eating the giant roll he constructed inch-by-inch, instead of biting into the whole wheel. “Man, that’s a jaw workout,” he said.

Not surprisingly, the sugar proved daunting as well.

Watch Stonie attempt to stifle his gag reflex as he strives for more piggy props below.

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Goodwill Workers In NJ Find Original 1774 'Rebel' Newspaper

BELLMAWR, N.J. (AP) — A quick eye by Goodwill workers in southern New Jersey turned up framed pages from an original 1774 Philadelphia newspaper with an iconic “Unite or Die” snake design on the masthead.

The frayed Dec. 28, 1774, edition of the “Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser” boasts three items signed by John Hancock, then president of the Provincial Congress, who pleads for the Colonies to fight back “enemies” trying to divide them.

A jumble of small advertisements offer rewards for a lost horse or runaway apprentice, while another insists the poster will no longer pay his “misbehav(ing)” wife’s debts.

The discovery was first reported by NJ Pen, an online news site.

Bob Snyder of the New York auction house Cohasco says the “rebel” newspaper shows how “everyone was good and mad” at the British just months before the Revolutionary War began. The masthead design is a variant of the “Join, or Die” political cartoon credited to Benjamin Franklin.

“These were very important propaganda tools,” Snyder said of newspapers and pamphlets of the era. “The viciousness then in some was as much or more as it is today. . (But) the language was more powerful in putting down the other side.”

Snyder estimates the newspaper’s value at $6,000 to $16,000. Goodwill Industries hopes to sell it to help funds its educational and job-training services, according to Heather Randall, e-commerce manager of the regional operation in Bellmawr, New Jersey.

The framed document was dropped off in Woodbury, New Jersey, and sent to her department, which reviews donations that may be valuable, and lists the best among them on Employee Mike Storms did the detective work, guessing it was original given small keyholes at the inside edge of the pages that suggest they had once been bound by string. What’s more, the four pages were preserved in an old frame with glass on both sides.

“It’s like a big treasure hunt, really, because you never know what’s going to come through. Sometimes, the things take a lot of research,” Randall said.

“We got a Bill of Rights the other day, but it was (printed by) the Phillip Morris Tobacco Company,” she said Thursday. “It looked good.”

There are three other existing copies of the same weekly edition of the Pennsylvania Journal, all housed in university collections. Randall hopes this one will find a home in the Philadelphia area where the public can see it. She posted it for sale on the Goodwill website for 15 days earlier this year, but the listing didn’t get widespread interest. Snyder believes it should.

“It’s only three or four months until the first actual shots of the revolution were fired. So by this time, everybody was good and mad,” said Snyder, who said newspapers of the day were more partisan than today, although the level of debate was more highbrow. The Pennsylvania Journal was published by William and Thomas Bradford, who came from a distinguished local family of booksellers and printers.

“They obviously had a very strong belief system. They were willing to risk their lives to publish,” he said.

Storms nonetheless found some irony in the sign-offs that ended many of the submissions.

“With all the anger and angst they have toward Great Britain, they still sign things ‘God Save the King,’” he said. 

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Noah's Ark Creationist Ken Ham Wants You To Warn Kids About Hell On Halloween

Ken Ham, the creationist behind a Noah’s Ark attraction in Kentucky, is calling on followers to warn children about an “eternity in hell” on Halloween. 

“I want to encourage believers again this year to use this day as an opportunity to share the gospel with kids and their families,” Ham said on his blog as he hawked $17.99 “learn and share” kits. The kits include pamphlets and “dino” dollars to distribute to trick-or-treaters instead of candy.

On the front, the funny money features a roaring dinosaur and claims to be worth $1 million. On the back, the text warns costumed kids that if they ever “look with lust,” they will be punished with “death and eternity in hell.” 

The kit also includes Noah’s Ark dollars, which suggest that if you’ve ever used God’s name in vain, for example, “the penalty for your crimes against God is death and eternal Hell because God is holy and just.”

Happy Halloween, kids! 

In his blog post, Ham complained about being “mocked” for urging followers to share these dollars and other Bible-themed literature last Halloween.

“I find it ironic that people were accusing me of trying to scare kids when Halloween is all about scary and spooky things,” he wrote. 

Last year, Ham also suggested that followers engage in “reverse trick-or-treating,” or visiting others on Halloween to give them “goodies” along with gospel booklets. 

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WATCH: Judge Chases Down Inmates Attempting To Escape Courtroom

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) — A judge removed his robe and gave chase after two handcuffed inmates made a run for it from his Washington state courtroom.

Video obtained by The Daily Chronicle shows Judge R.W. Buzzard leap into action when 22-year-old Tanner Jacobson and 28-year-old Kodey Howard bolted for the door and down a stairwell.

Jacobson was in the lead bounding down the four flights of stairs, but the judge closed in on Howard. The judge grabbed him just as he was about to exit the courthouse. Authorities apprehended Jacobson a few blocks away.

Both are charged with second-degree escape.

Sheriff Rob Snaza says “these things don’t happen very often.”


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David Schwimmer Proves He's Not The Wanted Thief Who Looks Like Ross From ‘Friends’

We guess we could call this story, “The One Where Ross Supplies An Alibi.”

Actor David Schwimmer has hilariously responded to those who are convinced that he — or more specifically his character Ross Geller from “Friends” — is a suspected thief in Blackpool, England, despite police ruling him out.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” Schwimmer, 51, tweeted Wednesday alongside a video. “To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme”

In the video, Schwimmer can be seen carrying a bunch of cans, mimicking his lookalike.

On Tuesday, Blackpool Police posted a CCTV image to Facebook asking witnesses to identify a suspect who appeared to be stealing a case of beer. The post quickly went viral as Facebook users pointed out the suspect looked a lot like Ross.

Plenty of inside jokes from the show ensued online.

In response, Schwimmer apparently felt the need to defend himself — albeit it tongue-in-cheek.

So there you have it folks, Schwimmer didn’t do it. And if you don’t believe him, well …

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Wormhole? Nazi-Marked Plane Crashes Onto California Freeway, Bursts Into Flames

A vintage aircraft with some of the markings of Nazi Germany’s Luftwaffe crashed onto the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California on Tuesday and burst into flames.

No one was injured.

Despite the use of the Luftwaffe’s black-and-white cross, the plane was not a WWII aircraft from Germany but rather a vintage North American AT-6/SNJ trainer aircraft. The plane belonged to Condor Squadron, a nonprofit organization which flies WWII-themed planes over parades, celebrations, memorials and in mock dogfights.

“I picked a spot on the freeway where I knew there was a big section of cars that weren’t there,” pilot Rob Sandberg told KABC. “The engine completely failed. I was able to, fortunately, not hurt anybody other than the airplane.”

Chris Rushing, president of Condor Squadron, told the Los Angeles Times the plane suffered “a catastrophic failure”

“Thank God he’s OK and no one got hurt on the ground,” Rushing said. 

Observers on social media cracked jokes about the potential metaphor, a possible wormhole or perhaps just a glitch in the Matrix: 

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New Jersey Woman Claims Her Dunkin' Donuts Sandwich Was Crawling With Bugs

New Jersey mom Krystle Platzer was seriously bugged by the breakfast sandwich she purchased last Thursday at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Platzer, a 34-year-old from Brick, was doing errands with her 2-year-old, Gianni, when she went to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Lakewood and ordered two bacon, egg and cheese croissants and a wrap. 

Gianni devoured one of the croissant sandwiches in the car, but Platzer didn’t eat hers until she got home. And, boy, was she shocked when she opened up the sandwich to put ketchup on it.

“I took a bite and a worm came — I swallowed the first bite — but there was a worm on my lip and it fell on the Dunkin’ Donuts wrapper,” she said, according to The Asbury Park Press. “And it was moving and I freaked out. I was on the phone actually with my mom and I started screaming and hung up on her. I said what the heck is that? And I was going to take another bite out of the sandwich and I was like, don’t even tell me that came out of the sandwich.”

That wasn’t all. Platzer looked closer at the sandwich and found more worms, larvae, flies and gnats on it. Oh, and the bacon was raw too, she said, according to

Platzer then warned her friends via a Facebook post that included lots of photos.

Platzer said that when she returned to the restaurant to complain, the owner just said he would look into it.

“I was outraged,” she told Patch New Jersey. “No refund and (he) offered me food for my baby. I said ‘No I don’t want anything ever again.’”

Dunkin’ Donuts corporate spokeswoman Olivia White told The Asbury Park Press the company sent a certified operations manager to the store to “confirm all food safety and quality standards” are being met. 

“We take matters such as this very seriously,” she said in a statement to media. “The franchisee who owns and operates the store has confirmed he has met with the guest to resolve the matter and apologize for the poor experience.”

Karl Stine, an environmental health specialist with the Ocean County Department of Health, inspected the location Friday morning and told The Asbury Park Press that “everything checked out” and he found no problems.

Meanwhile, Platzer and her son are taking pills for parasite infections. Although she used to visit Dunkin’ Donuts at least once a week, she said this gut-wrenching experience has forced some dietary changes.

“I’m done with everything,” she told the paper. “From now on, it’s all organic for me and my baby.”

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Farting Felon Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun And Drugs Charges

Being interrogated by police is a real gas for one Kansas City man facing federal gun and drug charges.

Maybe that’s why the 25-year-old allegedly farted repeatedly while being questioned after his arrest in November 2017.

On Monday, Sean Sykes Jr. pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and using a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, according to the Kansas City Star.

The plea gave journalists a chance to look back to his original interrogation, which occurred in September 2017, after a routine traffic stop.

When police searched a car that Sykes was in, they found a backpack that contained various drugs and two handguns.

One of the guns was a .357 Magnum that had been reported stolen out of a car in Independence, Missouri, a few days earlier, according to court documents obtained by the Kansas City Star.

The detective questioning Sykes said the suspect engaged in some very stinky behavior during the interrogation.

At one point, when the detective asked Sykes for his address, the suspect “leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address.”

When Sykes wouldn’t stop farting, the detective said he ended the interview.

Sykes will be sentenced after a pre-sentence report is completed, according to The Associated Press.

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Cops Searching For A Ross From ‘Friends’ Look-Alike Suspected Of Theft

British authorities investigating a restaurant theft have ruled out David Schwimmer as a suspect, even though Facebook users noticed striking similarities between the wanted man and the “Friends” star. 

Since Tuesday, a CCTV image showing the suspect carrying cans of beer has garnered no less than 69,000 comments on Facebook, including countless references to the iconic ’90s sitcom. 

“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” Blackpool Police commented on the image. “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”

We’ve rounded up some of the best reactions: 

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YouTube Star MrBeast Orders 2 Waters, Leaves $10,000 Tip

A North Carolina waitress who served a customer who only asked for two glasses of water has found herself flush with cash.

Alaina Custer’s customer at Sup Dogs Restaurant in Greenville on Saturday only had a few sips from the waters he ordered.

It must have been good. The man left $10,000 in cash on a table, with a note that said, “Thanks for the delicious water,” according to the Raleigh News & Observer newspaper.

The supersized tipper wasn’t just an ordinary guy with money to burn on water. It was YouTube star Mr. Beast (aka Jimmy Donaldson), who has earned nearly 9 million subscribers through videos featuring extreme acts of generosity, including tipping $10,000 to a pizza delivery driver and $30,000 to random Twitch streamers, according to Newsweek.

“He said he wants everyone to know that good things still happen to good people,” Sup Dogs owner Brett Oliverio told WRAL-TV. “I thought it was pretty cool. I think he wanted to make someone’s day and wanted to get that wow factor.” 

A video crew filmed Custer’s reaction as she picked up the money.

“I literally didn’t think it was real,” Custer told The News & Observer. “I picked it up and it was a giant stack of hundreds. I was shaking and just kept asking Brett, ‘What is this?’ I thought someone was playing a joke on me.”

Custer, a 20-year-old student at East Carolina University, told the paper she was ”so blessed to have that money” and said “it’s going to help me out so much.”

But she’s sharing her fortune.

Custer only took $800 of the 10 grand tip, leaving the rest for co-workers to split. Everyone else received a couple hundred bucks each, according to WITN-TV.

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Oregon Zoo Shares Spooktacular Animal X-rays

Just in time for Halloween, the Oregon Zoo has shared some eerie X-rays of animals that have been treated there.

According to zoo officials, the skelfies were taken with a digital X-ray machine during routine health checks. The zoo, which is located in Portland, is not only the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi River, it’s also home to a state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot medical center.

X-ray imaging, which the zoo began using in 2009, uses sensors instead of traditional photographic film.

“Digital radiology has proved a useful diagnostic tool and helped the zoo’s animal experts provide excellent health care,” a blog post on the zoo’s website reads. “The digital system produces images with great detail and clarity. It helps ensure excellent health care for the animals, and it also provides a unique glimpse inside the world of wildlife.”

Digital radiology allows veterinary staff to get X-ray results much faster, which minimizes anesthesia and examination time for animals. The images can also be digitally archived and easily shared, zoo officials said.

Make no bones about it, the creatures pictured below just don’t look the same without fur, feathers or scales. Scroll down and see for yourself: Ready, vet, go!

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'Headless Chicken Monster' Spotted Off Antarctic Coast For First Time

That’s clucking strange!

A bizarre sea creature known colloquially as the “headless chicken monster” has been photographed in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.

The “headless chicken monster” is actually a deep-sea swimming cucumber that was previously filmed only once before, in the Gulf of Mexico, according to ABC7.

Although most species of sea cucumbers are stuck on the sea floor, the “headless chicken monster” has developed webbed, veil-like body parts that allow it to swim through the ocean.

Although this species of sea cucumber, Enypniastes eximia, is also known as the “Spanish dancer,” it doesn’t do much dancing. 

Instead, it feasts on organic material found on the ocean floor by “walking” along the bottom and using its tentacles to grab food.

In addition to being headless, the chicken monster is mostly transparent, so people can see the food working its way through its intestines, according to The Washington Post.

Aussie researchers filmed this particular “headless chicken monster” two miles beneath the surface of the ocean using a specially built camera.

“We needed something that could be thrown from the side of a boat and would continue operating reliably under extreme pressure in the pitch black for long periods of time,” Australian Antarctic Division program leader Dirk Welsford told the Post. “Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world.”

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Monday, 22 October 2018

Pilot Casually Nails Emergency Landing On San Diego Area Freeway

A small airplane casually landed on Interstate 8 in the Southern California city of El Cajon in San Diego County on Friday, sliding right into the flow of traffic.

California Highway Patrol Officers alerted officials at about 11:20 a.m. that a single-engine aircraft was experiencing troubles, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Zach and Keri Decker were on their way to the dentist on I-8 when they saw the plane flying close to the ground. As seen in their video, the aircraft landed cleanly between moving cars on the freeway without its wings hitting powerlines or the center divider.

After the potentially dangerous scene unfolded, the Deckers’ young child in the back seat says, “Watch out for the airplane!”

Keri Decker posted a video of the incident to Facebook on Friday. It has since garnered more than 1.5 million views. 

“It was like magical, like the fact that he was able to maneuver around the cars and that the cars were smart enough to get away” from the plane, Keri Decker told NBC San Diego.

Ryan Muno, a 25-year-old flight instructor, was giving flying lessons to a 35-year-old student when the plane’s engine lost power on its descent into Gillespie Field Airport in El Cajon, the Union-Tribune reported.

Realizing they couldn’t make it to the airport, Muno took over the controls from the student and safely landed the plane on I-8′s westbound lanes.

The plane landed less than two miles from the airport, according to Fox 5 San Diego.

Jim Anderson drove by the plane shortly after it landed, according to ABC 10News.

“The two gentlemen (in the cockpit) were talking to each other. They looked like they were catching their breath because they had just come to a stop,” he told the news station. 

Muno is a former first baseman for San Diego State University who graduated in 2015. His mother, Kelly Muno, told the Union-Tribune that he became a pilot after injuries prevented him from playing professional baseball. 

“I’m so proud of him,” she told the newspaper. “He’s on his way back home, and I just want to hold him and not let him go.”

The Federal Aviation Agency and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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Massive Spider Webs Completely Cover Greek Beach In Surreal Photos

Striking photos from northern Greece’s Lake Vistonida this week show a landscape totally blanketed in thick, massive spider webs.

Apparently, unusually warm weather is to blame ― or credit, depending on how you look at it ― for the phenomenon. Warm temperatures lead to an uptick in mosquitoes and gnats, i.e., delicious spider food.

“It’s caused by an overpopulation of spiders ... there is an abundance of food available,” biologist Euterpe Patetsini told Greek media outlet Alpha TV, per Agence France-Presse.

The webs currently span about a kilometer or 0.6 of a mile, according to Quartz. Photos show the webs blanketing plants, as well as manmade structures like fences and small religious shrines.

The tiny spiders responsible for the striking webs are members of the Tetragnatha genus, arachnologist Maria Chatzaki told CNN when a similar situation happened last month in the town of Aitoliko in western Greece.

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis told CNN at the time that when the temperatures drop, the gnats will start to die off and the spider population will decrease as well.

See more eerily beautiful photos from Lake Vistonida below.

Correction: A previous version of this article misidentified Maria Chatzaki as an archaeologist. She is an arachnologist. 

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Baboon In Zimbabwe Holds Infant Just Like Rafiki In 'Lion King'

It’s a case of life imitating art ― wildlife, that is.

Nature photographer Dafna Ben Nun was in Zimbabwe when she saw something straight out of a movie: “The Lion King,” to be exact.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw an adult baboon holding a baby, looking exactly like Simba in ‘The Lion King,’” she told Caters News Agency. “It was just a split second, but it was fascinating to watch.”

Nun said the baboons were all in the same group, so no harm was done to any of them.

She posted the photo Wednesday on Facebook.

Turns out the baboon has a lot in common with Justin Timberlake, who went viral in July 2017 when he held a baby aloft Rafiki-style at a celebrity golf tournament.

However, the baboon’s photo is more impressive, as it probably hasn’t seen the classic Disney film or even the Broadway musical.

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'You Never Realize How Many Shortcuts Your Computer Has Until Your Cat Sits On Your Keyboard'

The shower isn’t just a place to sing. Separated from our cellphones, standing under running water often allows people’s minds to run free.

Reddit has an entire “Shower Thoughts” subreddit dedicated to “the miniature epiphanies you have that highlight the oddities within the familiar.” In honor of those weird, wonderful and sometimes profound musings, here are some of the best posts from the last week:

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Virginia Man Allegedly Stole 7 Right Shoes, 'Call My Lawyer' Sweatshirt

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia store has had 20 right-foot shoes stolen over the course of three break-ins this year.

The Roanoke Times reports Roanoke County police arrested 21-year-old Manuel Carlos Ramirez-Godoy in Sunday’s burglary of Clean Soles, seizing seven right-foot Nike Air Jordans and a sweatshirt printed with “Call My Lawyer.”

Clean Soles operator Rob Wickham previously said he typically keeps right shoes on display, while their other halves rest behind the counter.

A warrant says police had found a cash register behind the store, along with a backpack containing merchandise worth $5,000 and Ramirez-Godoy’s student ID.

Court records show Ramirez-Godoy is charged with grand larceny, destruction of property and other counts.

Despite the sweatshirt’s instructions, it’s unclear whether Ramirez-Godoy has a lawyer.


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Seattle Motorists Stunned As 2-Pound Metal Balls Roll Down Street

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities in Seattle temporarily closed a street after motorists were stunned by dozens of large metal balls that spilled out of a truck and cascaded down the street, damaging several cars.

A video taken by a person at the scene Wednesday afternoon shows the balls loudly bouncing and rolling down the street as a driver slowly backs up, apparently attempting to escape the onslaught.

The Seattle Times reports that Seattle police spokesman Patrick Michaud said the balls appeared to be “really big ball bearings” and that it was unclear what caused the load of them to fall out of the truck.

Several cars were damaged but no injuries were reported.

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Monster Alligator Stomps Through Florida Golf Course, Freaks Out Everyone

“Chubbs” is back.

The 15-foot-long alligator made a return appearance last week, lumbering through the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, then plopping down on the green. 

“He was a beast,” golfer Sage Stryczny, who captured the footage, told Tampa NBC station WFLA. “Me and my dad were about to hit off the tee on a par 3 and we saw him lying right on the green.”

Stryczny said they were within about 50 feet of the gator as they tried to play. He added that the reptile seemed to be trying to go from one pond to another, but was stopping to rest along the way.  

Chubbs became a viral sensation in 2016 when similar footage surfaced, making the gator something of a tourist attraction ― and perhaps course hazard ― at Buffalo Creek.  

“People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture,” Wendy Schofield, a clerk at the pro shop, told NBC station News 3 in Las Vegas at the time. “He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him.” 

Chubbs is so adored that someone even edited him into scenes from “Jurassic Park”:

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Pornhub Experienced An Unexpected Surge In Visits During YouTube Outage

YouTube’s outage on Tuesday may have spelled disaster for people wanting to watch cute videos of cats, but Pornhub certainly wasn’t complaining. 

The site received an unexpected surge in visits during the outage, reaching 21 percent above its daily average at 10 p.m. EST. 

Pornhub’s explanation? 

“When you can’t tube, you fap instead!”

Searches on the site for autonomous sensory meridian response (‘ASMR’) dramatically increased while YouTube was down, soaring 21 percent. Other terms likely to appear on both streaming sites ― including “wwe,” “bowsette,” “fortnite,” “minecraft,” “game,” “pokemon,” “celebrity,” “twitch,” “overwatch” and “halloween” ― saw even more hits. 

As Mashable reported, Pornhub’s traffic dropped once YouTube managed to get up and running again.

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Police Dash Cam Video Shows Giant Spider Poised To Attack Traffic Cop

Police dash cams aim to provide an unfiltered recording of law officers in action. But as so often happens, reality can get distorted. 

In Fulshear, Texas, an unidentified officer was engaged in a recent traffic stop when he appears to be stalked by a giant spider.

Don’t worry, the spider isn’t the monster it appears to be in the video. It was caught in the act of crawling along the policeman’s windshield and only appears to be gigantic thanks to the difference in perspective.

The Fulshear Police Department posted the video on its Facebook page on Monday, noting that the sight of the supersized spider gave the clerk reviewing the video quite the “Halloween scare.” 

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Snack-Chasing Bear Cub Rescued After Getting Into A Bucketful Of Trouble

Three days after getting his head stuck in a plastic snack jar, “Buckethead” the black bear cub is now free to stop and smell the roses ― or at least the cheese puffs ― once more. 

Rangers from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources came to the 100-pound bear’s rescue on Saturday:

Thankfully, ‘Buckethead’ ― who was tranquilized during the removal ― was reunited with his family soon after. 

While rescuers were unsure what the jar contained, “it smelled good.”

“We think it was one that had pretzels or cheese balls in it, by the shape anyway,” the department wrote on Facebook. 

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Jenna Bush Hager Is Convinced The White House Is Haunted

While many Americans may think that there’s something scary currently lurking in the White House, Jenna Bush Hager is convinced that the president’s official residence is haunted.

Not by Donald Trump, though.

The former first daughter told Hoda Kotb on “Today” that she and sister Barbara Bush “started hearing 1920s piano music, as clear as day, coming out of the fireplace.” 

“We talked ourselves out of it,” Hager said. “But they came with all good intentions. They were friendly ghosts.”

Learn more about Hager’s supernatural encounter in the clip above.

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Fendi's $1,000 'Touch Of Fur' Shawl Looks Like A Big Vagina, And People Have Noticed

This probably isn’t the reaction Fendi had a mind. 

A new shawl that retails for nearly $1,000 is being widely panned on Twitter because many people think it looks like a vagina. 

The shawl didn’t look all that unusual in most of its available colors, such as silver and blue, or in its numerous patterned options. But one shade stood out: 

“It makes you look like you’re being born,” noted the Guardian. 

The pink shade of the silk, wool and fur shawl seems to have disappeared from the Fendi website. However, it was still visible via Google cache, and other retailers that sell the company’s products were still showing off the goods. 

Naturally, images of the shawl live forever on social media:

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California Cops Secure Escaped Pig By Luring It Home With Doritos

Cops in California say a runaway pig was unable to resist the lure of a hugely popular Frito-Lay snack.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to the Highland area on Saturday after receiving a report of a large pig hoofing it in a residential neighborhood.

The caller reportedly described the road hog as a real porker, comparing it to “the size of a mini horse.”

Responding deputies Shelly Ponce and Ashleigh Berg were reportedly familiar with the cunning ham, who’d escaped from a nearby residence.

“They located the pig but had no way to gain control of the animal,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “The deputies knew where the pig lived and devised a plan.”

That plan, according to police, consisted of Ponce retrieving a bag of Doritos tortilla chips from her lunch sack. Once the hog sampled the melt-in-your-mouth goodness, he was apparently eager to pig out.

Luckily for the deputies, the pig was no ein-swine and didn’t hesitate to follow Ponce down the street as Berg filmed the bizarre roadside pignic, which ended back at its owner’s home.

“We were able to put him back in and secure the gate,” deputy Ponce said, adding, “It was fun!”

When it comes to catching criminals — and in this case an escaped pig — sometimes the easiest way is the cheesiest way possible.

The sheriff’s office wrote in an Instagram post that includes a short clip of the pig that, from “crime fighting to safely securing a mini horse sized pig, we do it all.”

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Canadian Couple's Grisly 'Alien'-Themed Maternity Shoot Goes Viral

An expectant mom and dad in Nanaimo, British Columbia, are proving that childbirth can be a very alienating experience.

Nicole Cameron is due to give birth to her first child with her husband, Todd, on Wednesday.

Like many couples, the Camerons posed for a maternity photo before the birth. However, their version was inspired by the chestburster scene from the 1979 sci-fi classic ”Alien,” according to The Columbia Valley Pioneer.

“We brought some blood, splattered ourselves and basically just had a good time out there,” Todd Cameron told the newspaper. “We just put it together to make our friends and family chuckle.” 

Todd said the idea for the photo shoot came up when Nicole was dealing with the body changes that come with pregnancy.

“Over the summer Nicole had been talking about this baby inside her, and how it was so weird to see it moving and she could feel its elbows and feet, hands moving all around her,” he told The Canadian Press. “It felt like an alien entity inside of her and I kind of put two and two together.”

In August, Todd struck pay dirt when he found a silicone model of the baby xenomorph at a local garage sale.

That’s when he decided to ask Nicole if she’d like to do a nontraditional maternity shoot. It wasn’t much of a stretch, since when they met on Halloween some years ago, she was dressed as a zombie with blood oozing out of her neck and face.

“She was in character so she wasn’t talking,” Todd told The Canadian Press. “I was just blown away.”

The Camerons enlisted the help of photographer Li Carter, who said the Halloween-themed photo shoot was exactly what she would expect from the couple.

“I would say it’s very Todd, it’s very Nicole. They’re very passionate for Halloween but also for costuming, crafting,” she told CTV News.

Carter did say the chestburster is “super ugly,” but she figures the Camerons don’t mind.

“I’m sure they love him as he is and accept him as he is,” she chuckled.

The photos have been shared more than 300,000 times on Facebook since Oct. 9. The reaction was so positive that the family has given their alien offspring his own Instagram page, BurstonOutCameron.

Todd Cameron is happy with the reaction, but says his wife deserves the majority of the credit.

“I have to give Nicole a lot of props being eight and a half months pregnant with me splattering fake blood on her while it’s raining,” he told “She gritted her teeth to do what she had to do.”

As for the actual baby they are expecting later this week, Todd is hedging his bets.

“We’re not sure whether it’s a boy or a girl but we’re just hoping that it’s human,” he told the Pioneer.

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Naked Man Who Jumped Into Aquarium Shark Tank Wanted By Toronto Police

A man in Toronto made a big splash Friday night when he dived naked into an aquarium shark tank.

Now police are looking for him in connection with a possible indecent exposure charge, as well as a violent assault earlier in the evening, the CBC reports.

Toronto police officers first heard about the naked man swimming with sharks when they got a call from Ripley’s Aquarium around 10:30 p.m., according to spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante. 

“We arrived on scene within seven minutes and he was already gone,” Arrogante told the Globe and Mail newspaper. “There were no injuries to the man, animals or patrons.”

Video shows a bald man swimming in the shark tank while a security guard yells at him to get out of the water, according to the CBC.

At one point, the man got out of the pool, only to dive back in again to a cheering crowd.

Ripley’s said its own surveillance video showed the man arrive at the aquarium shortly after 10 p.m.

“After purchasing a ticket, he immediately disrobed and proceeded to climb over the security barrier into the exhibit,” Ripley’s said in a statement.

Visitor Erinn Acland told CBC Toronto that the accused shark swimmer seemed “totally relaxed,” even laughing during his dip.

However, she found it terrifying.

“I don’t know what would possess someone to do that. It’s totally insane to me,” she explained. “I was scared I was going to witness the death of this guy.”

The company plans to ”press all appropriate charges once the individual has been apprehended.”

The alleged shark tank swimmer is described a male between 35 to 40 years old, about five feet 10 inches tall and 220 pounds, with a tattoo on his lower leg, according to

So far, the accused shark swimmer has eluded capture, but police plan to charge him with indecent exposure.

In addition, investigators believe the man may have been involved in a violent assault that occurred at a Medieval Times restaurant a few miles from the aquarium, according to the CBC.

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Haunted House Visitors Outraged Over Mock Rape At Akron Fright Fest

The managing partner of Kim Tam Park near Akron, Ohio said he was “shocked and appalled” Monday after learning of allegations that employees staged a mock rape in a haunted house on park grounds. 

Earlier, Sarah Lelonek told local ABC News affiliate WEWS that a man in a mask “pushed down” her boyfriend, Ryan Carr, while the pair visited Akron Fright Fest at the park. 

“She comes over and yells, ‘Stop! What are you doing? That’s my boyfriend,’” Carr recalled Lelonek saying. He then described the masked person’s response: “‘Not anymore, he’s mine now. I’m going to rape him,’ and then he started thrusting against me.” 

In a statement provided to HuffPost, Jeremy Caudill said that while investigations into the incident were ongoing “there is no place for anything like this at our park.”

“Obviously, rape is a horrible act,” he said. “Even a mock rape scene has no place as part of any entertainment.”

According to the park, the fright fest consists of three “all age haunted houses” and three “adult only” haunted houses that require visitors to sign a waiver before entering.

Carr and Lelonek are adamant that the event occurred in an all-ages haunted house.

Caudwill said that employees “who worked in the area where the incident allegedly occurred have been suspended” and additional security will monitor the site. 

“We want to donate portions of our proceeds from the following two weekends to the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties,” he added. “I will be getting in touch with the leaders there to organize that donation.”

In an earlier statement posted to Facebook, the park said that the “rape scenario isn’t something we thought up or made up, we are and have been looking into what happened.”

Lelonek and Carr’s experience is similar to that of a 16-year-old visitor, whose mother told Fox 8 that her son “was with a group of friends going through three non-waiver houses.”

“He said he was thrown onto a mattress by some guy in a pig mask. The guy was “humping” him, demanded he squeal like a pig and then forcefully took his legs and was trying to pull them apart,” she said. “This is not something that belongs in a haunted house.”

Akron Fright Fest has been touted as one of the first “R-rated” haunted house experiences in the city.

This story has been updated with a statement from Jeremy Caudill.

Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

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Monsters, Ghouls and Trumpkins: This Year’s Wildest Jack-O'-Lanterns Are Truly Lit

Twitter has taken on the orange glow of jack-o’-lanterns as users fill their followers’ feeds with pumpkin-carving secrets. 

Using hashtags such as #PumpkinCarving, professional and amateur carvers have been celebrating the approach of Halloween with images of their creations. Some are scary... some are funny... some are political... and a few are all of the above:

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U.S. Embassy In Australia Apologizes For Cat Pajama Party Invite

The U.S. embassy in Canberra, Australia issued an apology on Sunday for a fake meeting invitation that was emailed from the State Department that featured a picture of a pajama-wearing cat.

According to the Australian Associated Press, the cat in question appeared beneath the title “cat pajama-jam,” wore a blue Cookie Monster outfit and held a plate of chocolate-chip cookies:

The email also contained a section of Latin and an RSVP button.  

Gavin Sundwall, the public affairs counselor at the U.S. Mission to Australia, chalked the ordeal up to a “training error” that was made by a new staff member who was “testing out our email newsletter platform.”

“Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this ‘cat pajama-jam’ party,” Sundwall wrote in a follow-up email, per the AAP. “But such an event falls well outside our area of expertise.”

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

Does Your Phone Really Need A Creepy Robot Finger Attached To It?

PARIS (Reuters) - A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. It can wriggle across your desk. It can stroke your hand. And guess what? It’s creepy. No, really, watch the video. Creepy, see?

He wants to know why.

“My PhD subject is around touch in communications,” explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school. “When we talk with people in real life we touch each other to communicate emotions, for example a stroke on the arm, or stuff like that. But for mobile devices and interaction in general in computers, we don’t use touch at all. So my starting point was: how can we bring touch in human-computer interfaces?”

So he designed, built and patented the MobiLimb robotic finger, which plugs into a mobile phone and looks very much like a real finger. It can drag the phone across the table. Your friends can activate it and operate it remotely, to give you a comforting pat on the wrist when they talk to you.

But when people saw it, everyone had the same reaction.

“We have a ton of reaction on the internet, like: ‘It’s creepy’. Everybody tells me it’s creepy. And it is, actually, in fact,” Teyssier said. “We communicate with humans with touch. We use fingers. We use motion. But when we put that on a mobile device, everybody thinks it’s crazy and creepy.”

The creepy phone finger tells us something about who we are, and what we expect from a world where your phone listens and responds to your commands like a person, but still doesn’t have a moving body, Teyssier said. For now, he thinks, the robot finger is both too human, and not quite human enough.

“I think to some extent we are right in the uncanny valley. Technology looks like human, but its not exactly human, so our brain - we don’t know how to react.”

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Girl Brings Home Crack Cocaine From New York Preschool Thinking It Was Teeth

A mother in New York City is looking for answers after her 4-year-old daughter brought home crack cocaine from preschool.

Sabrina Straker said her daughter, Serenity, showed her some tiny plastic containers that she claimed were “teeth,” given to her by a boy at school.

Straker said she thought the situation was strange.

“I told her, ‘He needs to put that under his pillow so the tooth fairy will come,’” the mother told Inside Edition Thursday. “I was examining it, and she brings me more.”

Not sure what was in the vials, Straker took them to a local precinct, only to be shocked when a narcotics detective told her the vials contained crack cocaine, she told NBC New York.

Straker was even more shocked with what happened next. Her daughter, who had been acting hyper already, told the officer and her mom that the rocks tasted terrible.

Serenity then put one of the pieces of crack in her mouth, which sent her even more over the edge, according to her mother.  

The family took the little girl to an emergency room, where she tested positive for crack cocaine.

“She just couldn’t help herself,” Sabrina Straker told “She couldn’t stop talking. Even at the hospital, she was still up and going nonstop like the Energizer Bunny.”

Since Serenity could have died from a drug overdose, Straker has removed her daughter as a student and is demanding the school be shut down.

“No one was watching the children,” she told WPIX TV. “There are 15 kids in the room with two teachers and two aides, where were they when this was going on?”

Yvette Joseph, the director at the Lil Inventors Child Care in the Bronx, told the New York Daily News that someone threw the drugs over the fence and that’s how it fell into the hands of one of the children.

“We’ve been in the neighborhood for over 40 years, and nothing like this has ever happened,” Joseph said. “Unfortunately, we live in a high-risk neighborhood, and it’s a neighborhood that, you know ... you know what goes on in neighborhoods that are high-risk.”

The New York Police Department is investigating the incident, according to numerous media reports. 

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

This Faux Frenchie Puppy Adorably Purring Like A Cat Will Make Your Month

Don’t grow up too soon little girl!

This faux Frenchie puppy is apparently finding her voice, and being ridiculously cute in doing so. 

Check out Penelope adorably squeaking, grunting and purring like a cat here:

She does the same in this other clip:

And check out footage and photographs of her first three weeks with the Neistadt family in Pendleton, Oregon, here:

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Alaska's Fattest Bear Praised For Her 'Radiant Rolls' And 'Fabulous Flab'

ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - In an Alaska clash of tubby titans that has become a social media sensation, a shaggy, brown and possibly pregnant mother known as 409 Beadnose was crowned on Tuesday as Fattest Bear of 2018.

Beadnose nosed out a larger Alaska brown bear, a male called 747 – and likened to a jumbo jet – in online votes collected by staff at Katmai National Park and Preserve during a wildly popular event called Fat Bear Week. Male bears are bigger but Beadnose was deemed to be more rotund.

“Her radiant rolls were deemed by the voting public to be this year’s most fabulous flab,” the park said on its Facebook page. “Our chubby champ has a few more weeks to chow down on lingering salmon carcasses before she heads up the mountains to dig herself a den and savor her victory.”

Katmai, which hugs the mountainous Gulf of Alaska coast, is known for its massive, salmon-chomping ursine residents.

October, the month before bears go into their dens to hibernate, is when the animals work the hardest to build the body fat they need to survive winter. And October is a perfect time for nature lovers to watch Katmai’s livestream video as the park’s brown bears do their pre-hibernation gorging.

Fat Bear Week may be fun and games for human spectators, but it is serious business for bears, said Andrew LaValle, a Katmai ranger who is in charge of most of the park’s social media postings.

 “This might be entertaining, especially with these beautiful majestic animals, but this is a life-or-death struggle,” he said. The bears have to eat a year’s worth of food in a few months but really start to chow down in June when sockeye salmon begin swimming upstream through the park to spawn. Bears can lose a third of their body weight while hibernating, LaValle said.

Fat Bear Week got its start in 2014 as a one-day educational event called Fat Bear Tuesday, LaValle said. It became a week-long event the next year.

Throughout the past week, park staffers have posted photos of individual bears and gathered input from viewers who selected favorites in a bracketed, tournament-style competition. This year’s competition started with 12 bears before reaching Tuesday’s Beadnose-747 faceoff.

Luckily for Katmai bears, their home holds a river teeming with fish from the world’s largest natural salmon runs. The Brooks River is a spawning site for salmon based in southwestern Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

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Bartenders Try To Guess Whether Strangers Are Under Drinking Age

A bartender asked to determine whether strangers are of legal drinking age in a new viral video said her usual policy is: “Everyone’s underage until I see an ID.”

Good approach, given the combined success rate of all four barkeeps in the latest social experiment from Cut.

In a clip posted Tuesday, each bartender gives eight potential customers the once-over to spot the underaged. The subjects ranged from 15 to 29.

Too-young drinkers have their tells, the bartenders insisted, such as acting nervous when they pull their ID out.

But only one bartender above truly deserves a toast for identifying nearly all of the customers under 21.

H/T Tastefully Offensive

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Woman Nabs Coveted Job Of Russian Town's Cat Chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - It was an unusual job advert. Wanted: Cat chief. Location: Zelenogradsk, Russia: Duties: Tending to the town’s approximately 70 stray cats.

Some 80 applicants applied for the new role with the municipality in the small town in the Kaliningrad region, which has also erected a cat statue and added a feline to its emblem in a bid to rebrand itself as Russia’s foremost cat-loving community.

In the end, local resident Svetlana Logunova was appointed guardian of the town’s felines. To help her with the task, she was given a bicycle and uniform, including a bright green jacket, black bow tie and hat.

She has been given a budget of 5,700 roubles ($85) a month to ensure all the seaside community’s cats are happy, dishing out food, strokes and free rides in the basket on her bike.

“I alone cannot care for every single one and a helping hand would go a long way,” Logunova said.

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Exploding Shower Doors: Yet Another Thing That Will Make You Cower In Fear

Sure, glass shower doors look classy (right after you’ve cleaned them), but all that style comes with serious dangers.

Inside Edition reports that over the last five years, there have been more than 2,000 trips to American emergency rooms involving injuries from glass shower doors that shattered ― sometimes without warning.

A mother named Amy said that her 12-year-old son, Oliver, was in the shower when the glass door more or less exploded. He was cut all over his arms and legs.

“It sounded like a bomb went off,” she told Inside Edition. “It burst into smithereens, basically.”

Last month, a North Carolina woman named Jean Trott suffered serious injuries to her arms and legs when a hotel shower door in Newport Beach, California, shattered. “It was very loud. It was an instantaneous boom,” Trott told Los Angeles station KABC. 

Flying shards of glass sliced into her. “I was bleeding pretty profusely and so I’m thinking, ‘I have to get to the hospital quickly,’” she recalled.

Medical staff needed several hours to remove the glass, and Trott required 30 stitches.

Because the surface of tempered glass is under pressure, the Consumer Product Safety Commission explained in a safety alert, “scratches, installation error or other factors” can lead to its sudden shattering.

Glass expert Mark Meshlum told Inside Edition that most shower door explosions are due to wear and tear, incorrect installation or the door jumping the track. Coating the door in safety film can keep the glass from flying, he said, but it can also cost up to $200.

Some additional advice: don’t hang on the towel bar or pull hard on handles, and keep an eye out for chips and scratches in the glass around the frame. 

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Philadelphia Football Analyst Says Eagles Should Abstain From Sex

We can’t imagine the Philadelphia Eagles thinking this could fly.

A former player said the team needed to stop having sex to reverse its 2-3 start to the season.

In a clip posted Monday, Eagles analyst Garry Cobb for Philly station Fox 29 said the Super Bowl champs needed “drastic measures,” a “fast” if you will.

The Fox 29 team finally guessed what Cobb meant and became incredulous, prompting him to say: “It fogs up your mind.”

This makes us wonder about the personal life of Cobb during his NFL days of playing for the Eagles and other teams.

The notion that nookie undermines athletic performance hasn’t been supported by most scientific research on the topic. But, as researcher David Bishop of Victoria University noted to CNN, “If sex is going to affect performance, it will be via a lack of sleep.”

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Woman Calls 911 As Whales Swim Near Boat In Dramatic Video

When a woman on a family boating trip on Washington State’s Puget Sound realized she was getting mighty close to several humpback whales, she got nervous.

So she called 911. 

Darren Lucianna, who is related to the woman who called the emergency line, filmed the encounter and posted it to Facebook, where it has since gone viral.

“I’m out in Puget Sound and there’s three gray whales and I’m afraid we might get flipped over and I’m really scared,” the woman can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher.

Many Twitter users made fun of the woman for calling, and more than a few referenced the recent slew of white people who called police on black people for no legitimate reason.

However, the woman was not a “whalist.” pointed out that at the end of the video, she explains that she wanted to alert the police in case something bad happened so they would know where to find them.

HuffPost reached out to Lucianna for more details, but he did not immediately respond.

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Dog Lovers Aren't Happy With The New York Times

The New York Times apologized to its readers and dog lovers everywhere on Monday for publishing an article which casts doubt over the intelligence of man’s best friend.   

Clearly, the paper of record had never heard of Holly, a financially savvy New York pooch who hoards money so that she can pay for treats herself: 

Or this real-life Scooby-Doo, who uncovered more than $100,000 of heroin buried in his backyard:

While The Times tried to make it up to their readers by linking them to photos of corgis marching around Washington, many accused the publication of promoting “straight cat propaganda”:

But are the adorable corgi pictures enough to repair the damage that’s already been done? Judging by some of the reactions on Twitter, the answer is no:

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This Year's Weird Halloween Costumes Range From Outrageous To Awkward

Halloween is the one night of the year where it really is possible to show off heretofore hidden aspects of your personality.

In years past, that often meant wearing costumes that really pushed the boundaries of good taste.

Although that will always appeal to a certain percentage of the population ― and is reflected in the guide below ― this year’s trend seems to be costumes that are so awkward and strange that the wearer becomes cool just for having the guts to wear it.

How else would you explain that “sexy” ostrich costume? 

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