Friday, 30 November 2018

Spanish Man Builds 60-Foot Spaceship To Visit Planet From His Novels

A man in Spain definitely has the travel bug, but he’s not looking to take a plane or RV.

No, a self-constructed spaceship is the ride favored by Lucio Ballesteros, an 87-year-old writer, musician and YouTuber from Montoedo, Spain.

The impressive craft, visible in the video from Ruptly above, measures about 60 feet in diameter and weighs nearly 2,600 pounds. It’s even captured the attention of documentary filmmaker Xoel Méndez, who is making a film about Ballesteros and his work.

Ballesteros estimates he’s spent more than 100,000 euros building the spaceship out of aluminum and methacrylate, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

He said the craft won’t be operational until he installs some motors, and he doesn’t imagine it will be used until sometime far in the future. He told Spanish newspaper El Ideal Gallego that humanity will have to “evolve psychically and spiritually” before people can figure out how the technology that powers the craft works.

Someday, Ballesteros hopes the ship will be used to travel to “10/7,” a planet that comes from a series of novels written by ― you guessed it ― Ballesteros himself.

The writer described the planet as inhabited by “beings very similar to human beings, but with a higher stature.” Explaining the planet’s name, Ballesteros said said the number 10 represents the unity of God while 7 represents the seven dimensions of the human being.

Learn more about Ballesteros and his spaceship on his website, in Spanish.

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Florida Woman Pulled Knife On Man Who Complained About Her Farts: Police

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman faces an aggravated assault charge after authorities say she passed gas in line at a dollar store and pulled a knife on a man who complained about it.

Citing a Broward Sheriff's Office report, the Miami Herald reports 37-year-old Shanetta Yvette Wilson passed gas while waiting in line at a Dollar General Sunday night and upset a nearby customer. The report says the offended customer and Wilson then got into an argument "in reference to the defendant farting loudly."

It says Wilson then pulled a small folding knife out of her purse and told the victim she was going to "gut" him while moving as if to attack him. Wilson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

It's unclear if she has a lawyer.


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Michigan University Profs To Fight Off School Shooters With -- Hockey Pucks?

Sometimes the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a ― hockey puck?

That’s the theory at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where faculty members are being trained to fight school shooters using, among other things, hockey pucks.

OU Police Chief Mark Gordon told local station WDIV-TV, the pucks are being given to teachers and students to throw at school shooters and cause a distraction.

Gordon knows something of which he speaks. As a former youth hockey coach, he told the Detroit News he was once hit in the head with a puck. It “caused a fair amount of damage to me,” he said.

Hockey pucks are perfect for defense, he said, though he acknowledged he knows of no research on using pucks in active shooter situations. They’re heavy enough to cause damage and compact enough to be carried in backpacks, but aren’t considered weapons by law enforcement.

“Anything that you can throw that’s heavy and will cause damage, cause injury is the bottom line of what you’re trying to do,” Gordon said, according to the Detroit Free Press. A hockey puck “was just a thing that was suggested that could possibly work, especially when you have 20 or 30 people in a classroom and they all throw hockey pucks at the same time ― it would be quite the distraction.”

Faculty member Garry J. Gilbert admitted he was skeptical about the puck plan.

“My first reaction was: You are talking about facing an assault weapon and asking us to fight back with hockey pucks? It sounded silly,” Gilbert told the Detroit News. “Then I went through the training session, and it all made sense. None of us want to face an armed assailant. Students will look to us for leadership in a situation like that.”

The training encourages the faculty to flee if possible, and hide if not. 

“If we have to do that (fight), Chief Gordon has shown us you can surprise or disarm an assailant with an object. Grab anything you’ve got ... a stapler or book ... anything you’ve got and be prepared and charge him,” Gilbert said. “Maybe he can be distracted by having things thrown at him, and you can limit injuries and loss of life. It won me over.”

It also won over the university’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which is distributing 2,500 hockey pucks to its members and students, according to WDIV-TV.

The union is selling hockey pucks to raise funds to equip all campus classroom doors with locks that can be used without leaving the room in the event of an emergency.

The unending wave of mass shootings targeting students also is prompting other ideas that don’t involve firearms.

Pennsylvania’s Blue Mountain School District in March equipped all of its classrooms with a five-gallon bucket of rocks. Anyone attempting a school shooting, the superintendent said, “will be stoned.” Meanwhile, sales of bulletproof backpacks reportedly are soaring.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Knickers The Giant Steer Has The Internet Saying, 'Holy Cow!'

A Holstein-Friesian steer in western Australia stands head and shoulders above its competition ― literally.

Knickers, a 7-year-old steer who lives on a farm near Lake Preston, is a whopping 6 feet, 4 inches tall. That makes this behemoth bovine about 1½ feet taller than other steers, and he weighs twice as much, according to USA Today.

Although Knickers could be turned into 4,000 hamburger patties, owner Geoff Pearson says he has no plans to lead him to the slaughterhouse.

He was too big for the usual processing, Pearson told ABC.Net.Au. “We have a high turnover of cattle, and he was lucky enough to stay behind.”

Pearson told the BBC that Knickers’ name was a result of guilt by association.

“When he was young, when we first got him, we had a Brahman steer which was a friend of his. So his name was Bra... so we [had] Bra and Knickers,” Pearson said. “We never thought he would turn into a big Knickers.”

Knickers might have a case to be eventually declared Australia’s biggest steer, but he’s a relative small fry compared to Bellino, a Chianina ox in Italy that stands 6 feet, 7 inches, according to Guinness World Records.

But what Knickers lacks in size, he makes up for in sheer steer popularity, based on the reaction from the internet.

Although Knickers survived the slaughterhouse, he’s not getting a free ride at Pearson’s farm. Instead, he helps out by leading other cattle around the place.

“You’ll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him,” Pearson told “Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him. We all know when Knickers is on the move.”

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First-Time Hang Glider Hangs On For Dear Life Without Safety Harness

Chris Gursky called it an “unexpected twist.” We call it FREAKIN’ TERRIFYING.

The Florida man posted video Monday of his harrowing first hang-gliding flight after the instructor forgot to attach his safety harness.

An airborne Gursky can be seen grabbing what he can to hold on for survival as the tandem pilot frantically searches for a safe place to land over mountainous terrain in Switzerland. Gursky mined his near-tragedy for a few laughs in the YouTube captions.

“Thinking nice view ... I’m gonna die!” one read as he struggled to maintain his grip.

Gursky said he had to hang on for his life for 2 minutes and 14 seconds. 

Noting that it was the first day of his recent vacation in the Central European country with his wife Gail, Gursky joked, “BASE jumping tomorrow?”

The thrill-seeking novice escaped death with a broken wrist as a result of the very rough landing and torn biceps tendon from hanging on in the air.

Gursky wrote that the pilot made a “critical error” in not attaching him to the glider but praised him for doing “all he could to get me down to the ground as quickly as possible while grabbing on to my harness and flying with one hand.”

He also struck a forgiving tone in an interview with Cross Country, saying he was not angry at him. “I am past that phase,” Gursky said. “He did all he could and more. He is a good guy.”

HuffPost has reached out to Gursky for additional comment.

Watch the video above.

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Bear Saunters Into A Police Facility On 2 Legs Like He Works There

Police in California got a surprise when a bear stood up on two legs, opened the door to a facility and then wandered in as if it worked there.

“We had an unexpected visitor last night at the facility,” California Highway Patrol Donner Pass wrote on Facebook on Nov. 18. 

The footage shows the bear step into the commercial vehicle enforcement facility in Truckee, near Lake Tahoe, then drop down to all fours. It wanders past some vending machines and out of camera range. 

A few moments later, the bear casually strolls back out. Two police officers follow.

On Saturday, the bear was back, caught on camera in the facility’s parking lot. 

“Our bear friend made a return visit,” the department wrote.

Bears in the area are searching for food for up to 20 hours per day as they prepare for hibernation, the United States Forest Service noted on its website. 

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Monday, 26 November 2018

Pet Peacock Runs Away From Home And Takes Up With Wild Turkeys

A Vermont couple says that their peacock has been on the loose for six weeks, and has apparently started hanging out with a flock of wild turkeys.

The case of the fugitive bird went viral earlier this week, when the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department shared an email on its Facebook page that it had received from one of the peacock’s distraught owners.

“My peacock has run off with the turkeys,” the email read. “Do you have any suggestions on how to catch the little twerp?? I do not believe they can breed……concerned. I know where he is most days. Any information would be appreciated!”

Local news station WCAX 3 tracked down the owners, Rene and Brian Johnson of Springfield, and got the full story. The couple believes that the peacock ― who goes by Pea, Forest or Walter ― took up with the turkeys because he was lonely after his companion, a sibling peacock, died.

Though Pea is on the loose, he isn’t exactly missing. The Johnsons periodically spot him ― during the news segment, Pea appeared on camera, perched high up in a tree. And a local woman commented on the Fish and Wildlife Facebook post that she sees Pea near her house “all the time,” but hasn’t been able to catch him because “as soon as the turkeys take off, he does.”

Rene Johnson noted to WCAX that Pea seemed “pretty happy” when he was up in the tree. But she’s also seriously concerned with how he’s coping in Vermont’s already frigid temperatures.

A spokesperson from the Fish and Wildlife Department told HuffPost in a Facebook message that if Pea remains at large, there’s “really no way to predict” whether he’ll make it through the winter, since there are “just too many variables” at play.

And Gwendolyn Causer, a teacher and naturalist with Audubon Vermont, told HuffPost that Pea will likely be able to stay warm enough, but the real issue for a peacock on his own in the winter could be finding enough food.

Luckily, Pea appears to still be getting a little assistance food-wise. Johnson wrote on Facebook that Pea still approaches her for treats. However, since he always leaves when the turkeys do, she says she hasn’t been able to “hold him or catch him.”

As for the Johnsons’ theory that Pea ran off to find friends, Causer couldn’t be totally sure if that was the case, but said that the theory “seems reasonable.”

“The owners would certainly know the personality of their bird best,” she said.

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Otter On The Lam After Scarfing 7 Prized Koi Fish From Pond At Formal Garden

Park officials in Vancouver are scrambling to catch a peckish river otter snacking on koi fish from a pond at the city’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

“As of today, seven of our adult koi have been killed,” said a Saturday statement from the garden. “They are an integral part of the Garden family and our cultural heritage, and we do not take their loss lightly.”

The otter has been hanging around for around a week, and so far has evaded capture from humane traps while still eating the tasty bait placed inside.

The plan is to relocate the otter to the nearby Fraser Valley ― something parks director Howard Normann believes will be beneficial not only to the koi, but to the otter.

“This is for the best chance for the life of this otter, lots of food, lots of friends,” he told CTV News.

Garden communications director Debbie Cheung told the BBC that many of the koi have been at the garden for a “long, long time” and that staff sees them as “part of the team.” Cheung told CBC that for now, it appears that Madonna ― an especially beloved fish believed to be around 50 years old ― has escaped unscathed.

The public is more or less divided on which animal to root for, with people aligning with either “Team Otter” or “Team Koi.”

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The Most Profound ’Shower Thoughts’ On Reddit This Week

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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41 Weird Christmas Gifts That Even Normal People Will Love

Shopping for Christmas gifts can be a weird experience. That is, if you do it right.

Anyone can shop for normal gifts, but the true Christmas spirit is in giving items that people hadn’t realized they wanted.

That’s where HuffPost Weird News can help. Once again, we’ve scoured the world for the weird gifts that will shock and delight the people on your gift list.

And yes, some people really do want a phone shaped like a banana. Thanks for asking.

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Saturday, 24 November 2018

This Man's $65 Budget Holiday 'Ad' Will Have You Bawling Your Eyes Out

We’re not crying. YOU’RE crying.

Grab the tissues because this holiday ad-style video that British filmmaker Phil Beastall made on a shoestring budget is almost guaranteed to make you emotional:

Beastall, 32, from Tewkesbury in England, initially created his take on the emotive ads that big companies release over the festive period in 2014.

“I was on a run while thinking about Christmas film ideas, and it just came to me,” he told HuffPost via email on Friday. He sprinted home to share the idea with partner Claire Higley, with whom he has three young children, and “within a couple of days was filming it” in nearby Stroud for the price of “the fuel” and “the cost of lunch” ― which some media outlets have estimated at around $65.

The video tells the story of a man, played by actor Chris Ilston, who is counting down to Christmas Day ― when he opens a gift containing a cassette player so that he can listen to the final annual holiday message recorded by his now-late mother, voiced by Natalie Martins.

Beastall reshared the “Love Is A Gift” video online Sunday, after British department store John Lewis released its “The Boy And The Piano” promo featuring music icon Elton John. Beastall’s Facebook clip had by Friday morning garnered more than six million views.

“It’s overwhelming. I’m blown away. I could never in a million years have imagined it would take off like this,” he told HuffPost. “I have received so many lovely comments and a lot of heartfelt stories from people who have recently lost loved ones.”

He also shared further reaction in this Facebook video on Wednesday:

“It feels so surreal and like I’m living in a dream at the moment,” he captioned the clip. “It means a lot to me that people are taking the time to share my little film.”

Beastall revealed in a later tweet how he’d like to bring the film to the attention of “The Greatest Showman” star Hugh Jackman.

“I think what Hugh has achieved with this film is incredible,” he said. “Musicals are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine and to have someone like him view my film would be incredible. Hopefully, he’d enjoy it!”

His work continues to resonate on Twitter:

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The Thanksgiving Turkey Optical Illusion That's Messing With People's Heads

An old Thanksgiving turkey recipe video on YouTube went viral Thursday after it was found to contain a strange optical illusion.

Look at the center of the whirling brine in this video on the Kamado Joe channel for about 30 seconds until the turkey appears, then see what happens.

Check it out from the 2-minute mark here:

See it?

The optical illusion, if you didn’t already see it, will be revealed below.

Yes, the skin of the lifeless turkey creepily appears to start spinning too.

According to Mashable, it’s due to the so-called waterfall illusion ― which the Illusions Index website describes as “a motion aftereffect seen when looking at a stationary stimulus after looking at something moving in one direction for some time.”

Clear your mind cache and watch this six-second GIF to prove the turkey wasn’t actually spinning on the table in the 2015 video:

Reddit user Dently brought the quirk to fellow users’ attention Wednesday and inspired many astounded responses.

“Great, now everything is spinning,” wrote one. Another dubbed the phenomenon “Thanksgiving on acid.”

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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Twitter Users Can't Get Enough Of Al Roker's 'Poon'

A lot of Twitter users are dishing about Al Roker’s favorite holiday dish: poon.

On Wednesday’s “Today” show, Roker demonstrated how to make a concoction called “sweet potato poon,” a dish he described as sort of a sweet potato pie without the crust.

What Roker didn’t mention is the alternative meaning of the word “poon”: a slang word for a woman’s vagina, according to Urban Dictionary and the 1977 Ted Nugent ditty “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang.”

However, as notes, that didn’t stop Roker from discussing the importance of “warm” poon and how a little pineapple can make poon extra sweet.

At one point during the segment, Roker was asked the origin of the name and he said simply, “Because that’s what my mother told us it was.”

Lest you think Roker’s mom has a dirty mind, it looks as if the naughty-sounding name is an alternate spelling of “pone,” which is short for “cornpone,” according to even used the sexy spelling for its own version of the recipe.

Still, Roker’s recipe aroused a lot of interest from Twitter users unfamiliar with the dish. 

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Arizona Pigeon Found Wearing Rhinestone Vest Reunited With Owner

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A pigeon that had flown the coop with only its bedazzled vest is nesting back home in Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic reports Marlette Fernando and her husband were reunited Tuesday with their pet pigeon Olive.

The bird was brought to the Fallen Feathers bird rescue center in Peoria more than a week ago.

Center director Jody Kieran says she knew the pigeon had to be someone’s feathered friend when she saw the rhinestone-studded vest.

The organization posted a picture of the bird and the vest on Facebook.

Fernando says a friend saw the post. She says Olive went missing from their home Nov. 7.

Fallen Feathers had planned to put the bird up for adoption if nobody came forward after one month.


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Geese Turn Australian Woman's Farm Fairy Tale Into A Living Nightmare

When Leslie Du Preez first welcomed five geese to her rural property, she had visions of creating a tranquil sanctuary where animals could roam free. Little did she know that the new additions to her small farm in Queensland, Australia would turn out to be nightmares ― or as Du Preez told HuffPost, “arseholes.”

“They have terrorized us!” she said. “We’ve had to walk around the property with sticks and brooms so we can get things done.”

In a desperate attempt to restore peace and order to her farm, Du Preez listed the problem birds on a local buy-and-sell group on Facebook earlier this month: 

Much to Du Preez’s relief, the flock was picked up last Friday and relocated to another farm. The new owners were fully aware of what they were getting themselves into but “thought they’d be a great addition.”

So far, no problems have been reported. 

“They’ve behaved perfectly as far as I understand, they’ve betrayed me,” Du Preez said. “You bastards, you misbehaved for us! 

The story brought some much-needed laughter to those living off the land, particularly as farming communities in Australia have been grappling with the effects of drought.

“I think everybody probably needs a good chuckle and to remember there are some good things,” Du Preez said. “I think everyone can relate to an arsehole animal.”

Now, with the geese gone, peace has been restored. 

“There’s little bluebirds on our shoulders again,” Du Preez said. “The morning after they were gone, it was so quiet that nothing woke us up. We managed a sleep in!”

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

IBM's Watson Wrote A Lexus Commercial About A Car That Comes Alive

Robots may not have gained sentience yet, but it looks as if they’re thinking about it.

Lexus releases a 60-second commercial Monday that is being touted as the first written by artificial intelligence. It was scripted by IBM’s famous Watson and directed by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald.

According to IBM, Watson took common characteristics of award-winning commercials from the last 15 years and was primed with data that showed when viewers most connected with an ad. It then formed a basic script and outline. Watson didn’t turn in a fully formed script, of course. His human overlords took the AI system’s vision and created a commercial ready for human consumption.

“The fact the AI gave a fellow machine sentience, placed it in a sort of combat situation and then had it escaping into the sunset was such an emotional response from what is essentially a digital platform,” said Macdonald in a Lexus press release.

His films include “The Last King of Scotland” and “Whitney,” a film on Whitney Houston’s life. He won an Oscar for his documentary “One Day in September.”

“The magic of storytelling will always come to life in the human creative process,” said Reece Medway, a media and entertainment specialist for IBM Watson in the U.K. and Ireland.

Interesting way of putting it, Reese. Your check from Skynet is probably in the mail.

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Twitters Users Shocked By Mom's Instagram Post Lamenting Son's Lack Of 'Likes'

An Atlanta woman is under fire after griping on Instagram that posts featuring her son didn’t get as many likes as those with the other members of her family.

Did we mention she did this on his birthday?

Lifestyle blogger Katie Bower has since archived the post featuring her 6-year-old son, Weston, but it survives thanks to the magic of screenshots.

She begins the post like any loving parent would, praising her son’s “unique personality” and “sweet-hearted nature.”

Then she gets blunt:

Guys, I’m gonna be perfectly honest...Instagram never liked my munchkin and it killed me inside. His photos never got as many likes. Never got comments. From a statistical point of view, he wasn’t as popular with everyone out there.

Bower speculates that his photos “just never hit the algorithm right” and that he was the “baby” for only a short time before other siblings came along.

At the end of the post, Bower said she posted this information because she knows “one day he will see the numbers and will have to learn that his value is not in online approval.”

She removed the post from public view, but a screenshot appears below.

As you might expect, many Twitter users thought Bower’s priorities might be a bit misplaced.

Bower told HuffPost she only mentioned the numbers because she was saying what she was thankful for.

“Weston was the reason we got on Instagram (we did birth updates!) and at that time, it was my first real public social media platform,” she said in an email. “I did find myself caring about the approval and ‘likes.’ Over the past six years I have found that my worth is not in those numbers and I’m thankful for that personal growth.”

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New Orleans Man Accused Of Bomb Threat Insists He Just Had To Poop Really Bad

As jokes go, this one was really crappy. You might even say it bombed.

A New Orleans man accused of threatening to blow up a local restaurant last Tuesday told police it’s all a big misunderstanding and he was referring to a bowel movement.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by, 30-year-old Arthur Posey walked into Willie’s Chicken Shack and asked an employee what time the restaurant closed.

When the employee told Posey she didn’t know, he allegedly replied, “Y’all about to close right now because I’m going to get a bomb and blow this place up.”

Restaurant employees told police that Posey was very angry during the discussion. He later told police that he was referring to the restroom and wasn’t making any real threats, according to WGNO.

The employees also said he never mentioned the bathroom when he made his alleged threat.

Posey faces two counts of communicating false information of planned arson. He will also need to appear in court for a competency hearing, according to Fox News.

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Pot Dispensaries Expecting Higher Sales On 'Weed Wednesday'

Thursday is supposed to be all about turkey, but Wednesday is apparently all about THC.

Cannabis industry insiders are predicting a sales high as pot smokers stock up on supplies before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Shiran Shiravi, the director of consumer communications at Eaze, a company that delivers cannabis products in California, expects to handle nearly double the doobie deliveries of a typical Wednesday, based on past results.

“Last year, Eaze saw a 98 percent increase in deliveries on Green Wednesday compared to a typical Wednesday in 2017,” Shriavi told HuffPost by email. “We expect this year’s holiday week to have a similar spike too, especially since so many Americans are becoming more open to cannabis consumption, particularly in California since legalization in January.”

That spike comes with a risk of shortages, especially in states like Massachusetts, which on Tuesday will become the first state east of the Mississippi where pot is legal, according to the Boston Globe.

Sam Barber of Cultivate, a dispensary in Leicester, told WCVB TV it’s possible that demand will initially outpace the supply. 

“Obviously there is an immense demand, and we’ve been preparing for a while to help meet this. But, again, we can’t make any guarantees about how long our supply will last,” Barber said.

Some industry insiders say shortages and long lines at dispensaries are possible even in states like California where marijuana has been legally available since the first of the year.

Jessie Gibson, the co-founder and VP of Marketing for Greenery Map, a cannabis search engine and app, says shortages are a fact of life in his business for the short term.

“We are seeing shortages every day these days as the interest continues to grow, and as cannabis sheds its stigma,” he told HuffPost by email. “I think that the extent of the shortages will continue, but it will be market specific. Somewhere that is recently legal doesn’t have the same supply as let’s say California, but the demand will be very high.

“I imagine that we will see these shortages for a number of years while the producers catch up with the ever-growing demand.”

Others like Hannah Davis of Mammoth Distribution, which distributes cannabis products all over California, believes retailers are prepared for the lift in sales.

“We expect sales to double this week, but we’re seeing our retailers stocking up so, hopefully, it’s not an issue,” she said. “I do expect people to make larger purchases to share with friends.”

And what are they sharing?

Dennis Hunter of Cannacraft, a California-based brand of medical cannabis products, says he’s seeing high sales in “discreet” cannabis products like edibles and soft gels that can be consumed under the radar at family functions.

“Thanksgiving is a mixed bag of emotions; some customers are looking to cannabis for stress relief during the busy holiday and others are in the giving spirit and looking to share products they love with their loved ones,” Hunter said. 

But with great pot comes responsibility. There is the risk that some people might overindulge, especially if they aren’t used to being stoned, according to Rosie Rothrock, VP of Marketing at Caliva, a San Jose based retailer.

“Start low in dosage and go slow,” she advised. “Patience is the key to enjoying cannabis and finding what’s right for you!”

Although people have been smoking marijuana for decades, having it be legal at Thanksgiving time could present some unintended consequences, according to Dr. Juli Crockett, the director of compliance of MMLG, a Los Angeles-based cannabis consultancy that advises clients on licensing, compliance, investment and business planning.

“The real question is, with a rise in cannabis sales for Thanksgiving, will we see a decrease in leftovers?” she said. 

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Volunteer Firefighters Free Dog Trapped In Pipe For Nearly 24 Hours

A miniature long-haired dachshund named Khaleesi spent a fearful night stuck inside a pipe in Secaucus, New Jersey, before volunteer firefighters were able to free her on Sunday.

The rescue was caught on video and showed Khaleesi’s reunion with her tearful owner, Kristie Ann Ramos.

On Saturday, the dog was running in a park with Ramos’ husband, Emilio, when she chased a rabbit into a drain pipe, WNBC reported. About 56 inches into the pipe, the dog got stuck at a bend and was unable to back out.

Emilio Ramos knew where she was because the highly trained hunting dog wears a transmitter on her collar.

“Once I got near, I started hearing her bark,” he said. “After a while, that bark turned into a crying noise.”

Unable to coax Khaleesi out of the pipe on their own, the Ramoses called the Secaucus Fire Department, WCBS reported. Volunteer firefighters and rescue workers spent hours trying to free the dog, but they had to suspend their efforts when it got dark because they feared a retaining wall would collapse.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the firefighters returned to the scene.

“I basically could not sleep,” Battalion Chief Joseph Schoendorf told WCBS. “I was tossing and turning last night thinking about the situation.”

Capt. Mark Mastorelli told WABC that the hardest part of the rescue was hearing the distressed dog.

“The dog was crying and whimpering while we were digging,” he said.

But all of their efforts were rewarded when they freed Khaleesi from the pipe, apparently unharmed.

The firefighters plan to block the opening to the pipe to prevent any similar mishaps.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

New Jersey Man Blames DWI On The New York Jets

A New Jersey man accused of DWI tried to put the blame on the real culprit: the New York Jets.

Christopher Greyshock, 57, of West Milford, was charged Sunday afternoon after he rear-ended another vehicle, injuring at least one woman in the process, according to NBC New York.

Officers from the Wayne Police Department said Greyshock was “staggering and swaying, unable to walk straight in danger of falling onto the highway.”

They also noticed a “heavy odor” of alcohol on his breath and “stains of liquid” on his clothes.

Greyshock allegedly admitted he rear-ended the car that was stopped in traffic in front of him. 

That’s when authorities performed a field sobriety test on Greyshock.

He allegedly failed the test by registering a blood alcohol level of 0.13 percent, well above New Jersey’s legal limit of .08 percent, according to

During the test, Greyshock allegedly told police, “I drank too much because the Jets suck!” according to The Associated Press.

About an hour before the accident, the Jets had their own tragedy, losing 41-10 to the Buffalo Bills.

Greyshock apparently went to great lengths to drown his sorrows: He allegedly had an open bottle of whiskey and suspected marijuana in his car.

He now faces charges for facing assault by auto, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, reckless driving and open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle charges.

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Police Lock Up Angry Raccoons Drunk On Crabapple Hooch Until They Sober Up

Reports of rabid raccoons terrorizing a West Virginia neighborhood turned out to be exaggerated.  

The raccoons didn’t have rabies. They simply found some fermented crabapples, and apparently, are rather surly drunks. 

“We have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the last two days,” the Milton Police Department wrote on Facebook. “Turns out they appear to be drunk on crabapples.”

The department released a mugshot of one of the masked suspects: 

Police recently hauled in two drunk raccoons, although catching them was a “community effort.” After the animals sobered up, the officers released them into the woods unharmed. 

Do not approach raccoons that are acting unusual, police said. Call the authorities just in case the creatures are ill rather than drunk. 

(h/t WSAZ)

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'Fred Flintstone' Arrested In Florida For Speeding In Prehistoric Smart Car

That’s a Yabba Dabba Don’t!

Fred Flintstone joined celebrities in trouble with the law when a sheriff’s deputy in Pasco County, Florida, pulled him over Nov. 4 for speeding in a Wesley Chapel housing development.

Police identified the driver as Mr. Fred Flinstone (sic), and said his real name is Don Swartz. He was nabbed in a Smart car customized to look like the foot-powered caveman car seen in the 1960s cartoon series, according to local station WPTV.


The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that Flinstone (aka Swartz) “became unruly” after being issued a speeding citation. He was later released with a notice to appear in court.

The post jokes that the prehistoric Smart car was seized and is now part of the police fleet. “This is what Intelligence-Led Policing looked like in the stone age,” said the post, which included pictures of the vehicle and a barefoot driver dressed in Flintstones garb.

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Japanese Groom Spends $18,000 To Get Married To A Hologram

Till tech do us part?

A Japanese man had the wedding of his dreams to a woman who doesn’t exist.

Earlier this month, 35-year-old Akihiko Kondo got hitched to Hatsune Miku, a singing hologram that uses a voice synthesizer to perform in sold-out shows worldwide, according to “Inside Edition.”

Despite her fame, Kondo’s family didn’t approve of her.

“For mother, it wasn’t something to celebrate,” Kondo told the Japan Times. Not one family member was among the 40 guests who attended the ceremony, which was estimated to cost $18,000.

Of course, Miku, being just a virtual creation, wasn’t actually there either, except in the form of a stuffed toy. 

Kondo insists his love is as true blue as the color of Miku’s fake hair. 

“I never cheated on her; I’ve always been in love with Miku-san,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about her every day.”

Miku doesn’t exactly live with Kondo either ― except as a talking hologram floating in a $2,800 desktop device in his Tokyo home.

“I’m in love with the whole concept of Hatsune Miku, but I got married to the Miku of my house,” he said.

It should be noted that the marriage isn’t legally binding in any aspect. Also, notes that Gatebox, the company that created Miku, is not expecting the virtual vixen to remain monogamous.

The company has already issued more than 3,700 marriage certificates to people who want to wed a hologram.

Although Kondo’s parents are holding out hope he might settle down with a human, not a hologram, he told the Japan Times that’s not going to happen.

Two-dimensional characters can’t cheat, age or die, he said. “I’m not seeking these in real women. It’s impossible.”


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Mississippi Man Crashes Truck Into Courthouse For Very Bizarre Reason

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man has been arrested after he drove his pickup truck into a courthouse in Mississippi.

News outlets reported that the Gulfport Police Department said in a news release that 28-year-old Keith Cavalier told officers he intentionally crashed into the Harrison County Courthouse early Saturday because it was the best way to let them know his drug paraphernalia had been stolen.

No one was hurt.

Cavalier has been charged with driving under the influence and malicious mischief because of damage to the building. The Gulfport man is being held in the county jail. It was not known if he has an attorney yet.

County offices were closed Monday for Veterans Day.

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Multiple Pilots Report UFO: 'We Saw A Bright Light And It Just Disappeared'

Several commercials airline pilots reported a series of fast-moving unidentified objects in the skies off the west coast of Ireland last week in an incident now under investigation.

One pilot said the object or objects were traveling at “astronomical” speeds of at least Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound, The Irish Times reported. 

The incident began when a British Airways pilot flying from Montreal to London’s Heathrow Airport contacted Shannon Air Traffic Control in Ireland to ask if there were any military aircraft in the vicinity. When told there was no such aircraft, the pilot said something had moved “so fast” past the aircraft. 

“Errr... alongside you?” the air traffic controller asked. 

The pilot replied that two objects had approached on the left and then “rapidly” veered toward the north.

“We saw a bright light and it just disappeared at a very high speed,” she said. 

A Virgin Airlines flight from Orlando to Manchester, UK, then reported “two bright lights” that “seemed to bank over to the right and then climb away at speed.” The pilot described “a meteor or another object making some kind of reentry, appears to be multiple objects following the same sort of trajectory, very bright from where we were.”

Then, a third pilot chimed in. 

“Glad it wasn’t just me,” the Norwegian Air pilot flying from Stewart Airport in New York to Shannon, Ireland said.

“No, uh, yeah very interesting that one,” the Virgin Airlines pilot replied. 

The British Airways flight was a Boeing 787, the Virgin aircraft was a Boeing 747 and the Norwegian Air flight was a Boeing 737, The Irish Examiner reported.

According to the BBC, the Irish Aviation Authority is now investigating the reports of “unusual air activity.” A spokesperson for Shannon Airport told the broadcaster that there would be no comment until that investigation was complete.  

At least one expert said he knows what the object was ― and it wasn’t a UFO. 

David Moore, head of Astronomy Ireland, told the Irish Times that he was “1,000 percent sure” it was a meteorite and had received at least four reports of a fireball from people on the country’s west coast. His organization also noted the sighting at the time on Facebook. 

“We had some reports of a massive fireball this morning!” Astronomy Ireland wrote on Friday. That report said it was moving “quite slow” and noted that it “broke up into several pieces.” 

In response to a question about the UFO sighting, the organization wrote that a fireball breaking up “really does look like a fleet of aircraft/UFO’s (sic) flying by.”

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Satanic Temple Sues Netflix Over 'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina' Statue

The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. Entertainment for $150 million for using what temple leaders claim is their “copyrighted” goat-headed statue in a new series.

The suit argues that the temple’s unique version of Baphomet appeared in “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a reboot of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that stars Kiernan Shipka in the title role.

The Temple is claiming copyright infringement, trademark violation and injury to business, according to the suit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and seeks damages of $50 million for each claim.

The action appeared to be a serious attack from a temple known more for cheeky antics in lambasting religious hypocrisy and sanctimony. Earlier this year, the Temple’s 9-foot tall, 1-ton bronze statue of Baphomet was displayed in front of the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument that already resides on the grounds.

The Temple, which describes itself as a “nontheistic” religious and political activist group, was offended that Baphomet was presented as a “symbol of evil” in “Sabrina,” according to the suit. The image of Baphomet is used to represent the devil in the streaming series.

But Satan “is a literary figure symbolic of the eternal rebel in opposition, rather than the personalization of evil,” per the Temple. A key tenet of members and supporters of the Temple is that Satanists deserve as much protection and respect as followers of any religion.

The Temple “commissioned ... Baphomet ... to be a central part of its efforts to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection,” the complaint stated. “Defendants’ prominent use of this symbol ... associated with evil, cannibalism and murder blurs and tarnishes” the Temple’s Baphomet.

The suit also emphasized that the entertainment companies “blatantly misappropriated” and “unquestionably copied” its statue. Baphomet was traditionally represented as a figure with female breasts and no children, per the suit. The Temple’s Baphomet statue bears a male chest and features a boy and a girl looking up him; the statue on the show appears to resemble the Temple’s portrayal.  

In the TV series, Sabrina is a half-witch, half-mortal girl who must decide on her 16th birthday whether to commit her life to Satan. The show’s version of Satan is decidedly evil — with benefits.

Neither Netflix nor Warner Bros. has yet commented on the suit.

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The Most Profound ‘Shower Thoughts’ On Reddit This Week

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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69-Year-Old Dutch Man Attempts To Legally Lower His Age To 49

A 69-year-old man in the Netherlands wants to prove it’s legally possible to be as old as you feel.

Emile Ratelband has filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government requesting that his date of birth be switched from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969.

Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru specializing in self-awareness, compares his attempt to turn back the clock to identifying as transgender.

“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he asked, according to the BBC.

Ratelband told a court in Arnhem that having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state was a challenge for his career and love life, according to The Guardian.

“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car,” he said. “I can take up more work. When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”

Ratelband told AFP that telling his real biological age to a prospective date was cramping his style.

“I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69,” Ratelband told the news agency. “I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognized because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age.”

Ratelband said that in exchange for being legally younger, he would agree to renounce his pension.

The judge acknowledged Ratelband’s argument, noting that the law does allow people to change their gender. However, he also noted that allowing people to change their birth date would mean legally deleting part of their lives, according to the Telegraph.

A written ruling is expected within four weeks.

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England's Frog Population Could Jump Thanks To New 'Frog Ladders'

WARWICK, England (Reuters) - A small group of British conservationists are installing mesh- covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death.

The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team — the memorably acronymed WART — hopes that by placing 20 of the rust-resistant aluminum ladders down drains near known breeding pools in England’s West Midlands, they can boost the dwindling amphibian population.

“The amphibians are coming to breed and then hitting the road, getting across the roads, hitting the curb, along the curb and into the drains. And then that’s it - end of story for them, game over,” said Tim Jenkins, a ladder fitter at WART.

“By installing the amphibian ladders, it enables them to get back out of the drains and back to their breeding pools and doing what they should do and making more amphibians.”

The issue of trapped toads is not limited to Britain. A 2012 study in the Netherlands estimated that more than half a million small vertebrates like frogs, toads and newts end up trapped in gully pots and drains each year.

It is one of the factors, along with habitat loss, that is blamed for common toad numbers declining by 68 percent in the UK over the past 30 years, according to a 2016 report by the conservation group Froglife.

WART says it’s seen a drop in the number of amphibian prisoners since the ladders were installed, but there is a limit to how much they can do.

Each of the ladders designed by the British Herpetological Society costs 15 pounds ($20), a large price for a local conservation group. The group hopes their endeavors can inspire other conservation groups in the UK to help the oft-maligned critters.

“They’re an overlooked species and they have their role in the ecosystem. They’re absolutely excellent for gardens because they eat lots of invertebrates - potential pests in your garden,” Jenkins said.

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Literal Scaredy Cat Picks A Fight With The Wrong Rat

It was a cat-and-mouse game with a twist. 

A cat in Luxembourg was caught on camera chasing after a rat, but the feline got more than it bargained for when the rodent decided the fight back. 

Claude Alff said he filmed the encounter on Monday while on his way to the pool in the town of Esch-sur-Alzette. The footage shows the frightened cat leap into the air when its would-be prey turned the tables. Wasn’t long before the kitty high-tailed it out of there ― with the rat in hot pursuit: 

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11-Year-Old Ohio Boy Takes Car On Joyride After Mom Takes Away PlayStation

An 11-year-old boy in Cleveland is facing charges after taking police on a high-speed chase Sunday night after his mother took away his PlayStation.

The boy, whose name was not released by police, stole his mother’s 2013 Dodge Durango around 10:45 p.m. on Sunday after they got into an argument that led to her taking away his PlayStation, according to

She went to bed after the argument, only to be awakened by a phone call from the boy’s father, who said he saw their son driving the SUV.

The boy drove recklessly, reaching speeds above 70 mph, until he crashed the SUV into a parked truck, according to local station WEWS TV.

He was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. 

It was the second time in 13 months the boy took the family’s car out for an illegal joyride, reported.

In October of last year, he led troopers on a 50-mile chase on an interstate before being apprehended. He was charged with a felony in juvenile court. A judge ruled he was incompetent to stand trial, and the charges were dismissed.

He is currently at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, where he faces possible felony charges, according to Yahoo.

Police said the young suspect suffers from attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder and oppositional defiant disorder, Inside Edition reported.

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These Twin Candidates Aren't Identical -- One Lost Her Election

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Twin sisters who represented different parties when they ran for seats on the same western Michigan county board will not be working side-by-side.

Monica Sparks, a Democrat, and her Republican sister, Jessica Ann Tyson, each won their party’s nomination for the Kent County Board of Commissioners in August during the Michigan primary election.

They ran in different Grand Rapids-area districts for the seats. Unofficial results show Sparks was the top vote-getter Tuesday for her seat, while Tyson finished second in her district. That means Sparks will serve on the board while her sister won’t.

Sparks has said she decided to run for office when her sister declared her candidacy. They’ve said they were adopted into a family that taught them to pay attention to government and public affairs.

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British Resort Offers To Host Woman's Wedding To A Ghost

A British woman’s engagement to a ghost she met in Australia is getting others into the wedding spirit.

Last week, Amethyst Realm of Bristol announced that the unnamed ghost proposed to her during a road trip to England’s Wookey Hole caves in Somerset.

“There was no going down on one knee — he doesn’t have knees,” she said about the proposal. “I could actually hear his voice, and it was beautiful. Deep, sexy and real.”

Now the resort where the caves are located has offered to host the wedding of Realm to her ghostly groom, according to the Somerset Live newspaper.

“Amethyst Realm is not the first and won’t be the last person to experience out-of-body sensations at the caves,” resort director Daniel Medley told the paper. “They have been recognized as a crossover point to the spirit world since the Stone Age, a place where people can connect with long-lost friends and relatives no longer with us.”

The resort has a woman who dresses up as the Wookey Witch who Medley said could perform the couple’s wedding.

The Wookey Witch is named after a stalagmite in the cave that looks like a woman who had turned to stone.

“If Amethyst’s ghost-lover has indeed been attracted to the caves’ remarkable aura, then the Witch of Wookey is a powerful lodestone to commune with the departed,” Medley said. 

He added, cheekily, “And she would be happy to help them with re-word the till death us do part’ clause.”

No wedding date has been announced and Realm has not officially accepted the offer.

However, she may be looking beyond the wedding to the next stage: parenthood. 

Last December she confessed her desire to get pregnant with a ghost baby.

“I’ve done a bit of research into phantom pregnancies,” she said. ”There’s a possibility that it is a ghost in you, but people don’t know how to carry it to full term.”

Realm discusses dating ghosts in the video below:

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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Fan Names 27 Cheeses In 30 Seconds At Milwaukee Bucks Game

She’s a cheese whiz.

Watch a Wisconsin woman wearing a cheesehead and carrying her young daughter name 27 cheeses in 30 seconds in a fan contest during a Milwaukee Bucks basketball game on Sunday.

“There is nothing more Wisconsin than this,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted.

Jamie Kiesl, a 35-year-old human resources manager for Kohl’s, could have stunk up the arena under pressure ― Bucks player Sterling Brown named 17 in a prerecorded segment, a pretty impressive showing. 

But there were no Swiss-cheese-size holes in Kiesl’s game, even if she drew a blank at the end. Hey, no parm, no foul.

Asked how she knew so many, Kiesl replied, “I’ve lived in Wisconsin my whole life.”

Kiesl received a ball signed by Brown for her effort, Johnny Watson, the team’s director of live entertainment and programming, told HuffPost.

“She’s by far been the best contestant we’ve had,” he said.

The Bucks (8-1) remained among the big cheeses in the NBA with a 144-109 rout of the Sacramento Kings.

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Twitter Users Update '80s Movies For The Donald Trump Era

People sometimes moan about how “they don’t make movies like they used to.”

So, on Friday, hundreds of Twitter users lightheartedly reimagined their favorite ’80s film titles for 2018. Many folks inevitably used the globally trending #UpdateAn80sFilm hashtag to poke fun at President Donald Trump.

“Lie Hard” or “Robert Mueller’s Day Off,” anyone?

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Montana Woman Rescues Wandering Llama From Yellowstone Park

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park’s entrances were to close for winter preparations.

“I just had to help him,” Susi Huelsmeyer-Sinay with Yellowstone Llamas in Bozeman, Montana, said Friday. “He was abandoned.”

Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas owner Kirstin Baty of Idaho Falls, Idaho, tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that Ike ran off after guides loosened his halter because it irritated the spot of a previously abscessed tooth.

“Ike slipped out of the halter completely,” Baty said, “because he’s sneaky, and he knows he can.”

It was the second time he’d escaped in the park, but the first foray was less than a couple of weeks in duration, Baty said.

After his August escape, the 12- to 15-year-old, 350-pound llama evaded capture attempts for about a month, including special treats and efforts to lure him in with other llamas.

“A lot of groups were looking for him,” said Beau Baty, who owns Wilderness Ridge with his wife. “Rangers were looking for him on their days off. It just pushed him deeper into the backcountry.”

They decided to wait until the weather drove Ike out of the backcountry.

In the meantime, park visitors reported seeing some strange wildlife. It was one of those reports that fellow Yellowstone concessionaire Hueslmeyer-Sinay heard about on Oct. 24.

“I contacted the park service and with the blessing of the park service I came to Yellowstone last Sunday to check out Ike and see if I could entice him to come home with me or to leave the park,” Hueslmeyer-Sinay told the Post Register of Idaho Falls.

She brought three llamas and headed to the last known sighting of Ike, near Lewis Lake, southwest of Yellowstone Lake.

“All of a sudden, there he was coming up and greeting the three llamas, who in turn greeted him,” she said. “These guys are herd animals. They need their own kind.”

She said she turned around with her llamas and Ike followed, eventually getting into a trailer with them for the trip back to Bozeman.

Beau Baty said Ike’s rescuer is going to keep him.


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The Most Profound 'Shower Thoughts' On Reddit This Week

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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Baggage Handler 'Inadvertently' Falls Asleep In Cargo Hold Of Plane, Flies To Chicago

An airline employee “inadvertently fell asleep” in the forward cargo hold of a plane, and remained there for the duration of a flight from Kansas City to Chicago, American Airlines said. 

The individual, a male employee of Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group, was working an American Airlines flight on Oct. 27 when he apparently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. 

“The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized,” American Airlines said in a statement. 

The flight landed “safely” at the Chicago O’Hare International airport at approximately 7 a.m., when the employee was discovered upon arrival to the gate. 

“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee,” the airline stated. “He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries.”

The Piedmont employee, whose name wasn’t released, allegedly indicated to Chicago police that he had consumed “several alcoholic beverages,” a spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) told HuffPost.

CPD said they questioned the employee, identified as a 27-year-old man, at the airport before arrangements were made for him to return to Kansas City. 

He was not injured and not charged in the incident, police say. 

American Airlines confirmed in an email to HuffPost that the individual is a ramp employee for Piedmont Airlines and that his job duties include “loading and unloading bags.” 

At the time of the incident, the employee was staffing the forward cargo hold, which did not contain cargo for that flight since there were only 80 passengers of the 160 available seats present, American said.

The bags were therefore only loaded to the rear cargo hold for the flight, which lasted 62 minutes, according to the airline. 

“The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues,” the company stated.

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Forget Candy, Mark Sanford Gives Trick-Or-Treaters The Constitution

Trick-or-treaters were in for a surprise when they stopped by Rep. Mark Sanford’s (R-S.C.) house. Instead of handing out candy or cash, the congressman gave away copies of the Constitution. 

People on social media made a few predictions about how this “treat” would go over with the kiddies:

One Twitter user even reimagined Sanford’s offering, photoshopping Appalachian Trail pamphlets into his basket ― a reference to the former South Carolina governor’s code for having an affair:

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'Daily Show' Uncovers The Real Reason 'Florida Man' Is So Dang Weird

In the weird news world, there are two nagging questions: Why is Florida so weird and who is this mysterious “Florida Man” who constantly gets into bizarre situations?

Here are just a few examples:

Earlier this week, Florida Man decided to turn himself into a human boat trailer hitch. In June, Florida Man was arrested for stealing a car and police found a capuchin monkey clinging to the suspect’s pink polo shirt. Last November, Florida Man was arrested after he allegedly crashed his truck into an SUV just to prove an intersection was unsafe.

Since “The Daily Show” is in Miami this week, correspondent Desi Lydic decided to explore the circumstances that make the Sunshine State America’s weirdest.

In the process, she interviewed many guys who engaged in situations that earned them the “Florida Man” headline in various news stories.

They weren’t much help, but, as the video below shows, Lydic did manage to uncover the most plausible explanation why so much wacky news comes out of Florida.

Spoiler alert: It’s not the water, though that’s the theory of the guy dressed like a pirate.

You can watch the complete segment below:

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Florida Woman Says Holocaust-Themed Yard Display Is Meant To Spite HOA

A Florida woman said she’s getting death threats because of the Holocaust-themed display she put up in her yard.

Susan Lamerton, a realtor in New Port Richey, put up a display earlier this week featuring skeletons with concentration camp ID numbers on their arms and a Star of David on their chests.

The discomfiting display also features a sign reading “Arbeit Macht Frei,” which means “Work sets you free” in German. It’s a slogan that was on display at the entrance of Nazi concentration camps like Auschwitz.

Lamerton’s perturbed neighbors say the display is especially scary coming so soon after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday.

“It sickens me that we can have this, you know, with what happened in Pittsburgh,” neighbor Bonnie Katz told local station WFLA TV.

Bonnie’s husband, Mitchell Katz, said the decorations send the message that Lamerton “hates Jews and we should die.”

Lamerton, who told HuffPost she is Jewish, said the display is not for Halloween but is meant as a political protest against her local homeowner association.

Lamerton accuses the HOA of harassing her because she put a sign with a Star of David in her yard, which she said is allowed by the rules. HuffPost wasn’t able to reach the HOA for comment.

Lamerton said she put up the display last week. She didn’t seem concerned about the optics after Pittsburgh and claimed to be unaware of the shooting because she works too much to keep track of the news.

She said she will keep the display up as long as she feels like, thanks to her First Amendment right to free speech.

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