Sunday, 17 February 2019

Winky The Bichon Frise Loses At Westminster Agility But Wins The Internet

Rudy, the little bulldog that could, gained a legion of fans at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show as he attacked the course in the agility competition on Sunday.

But a fluffier, less determined dog named Winky also grabbed the spotlight with a decidedly different approach to the apparatus. The bichon frise’s complete lack of urgency may have lost the competition, but it won the hearts of the crowd and people who viewed the run ― er, stroll ― through the tunnels and over the obstacles.

When Winky reached the top of the A-frame, it seemed like the perfect time to stop and take a look around. And when crossing the dog walk, the bichon stopped again to acknowledge the cheers of the crowd.

Winky’s final time of 192 seconds, which included 92 faults, was nowhere near Rudy’s time of 51.63 or winner Verb’s time of 32.05.

But Winky’s fan club may rival Rudy’s. 

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

'James And The Giant Peach' Stage Prop Looks A Lot Like A Giant Something Else

James and Giant... erm... 

A community theater production of Roald Dahl’s classic “James and the Giant Peach” is getting attention online for some unusual set design. 

The main prop on the stage at DreamWrights in York, Pennsylvania, of course, is the titular massive stone fruit. 

Except some people think it might work better on the stage of “The Vagina Monologues” instead of “James and the Giant Peach.” 

The image started going viral after George Takei shared it with his catchphrase:

The theater is taking the jokes in stride, tweeting back at the actor: 

“I didn’t see that before, but now that’s all I can see when I look at it,” Kate Harmon, marketing coordinator at DreamWrights, confessed to the York Daily Record. “We had to design a peach big enough for the cast to stand inside it, outside it, on top of it — it’s not exactly an easy feat.”

On social media, fans pointed out that this is part of the unique charm of community theater and a reason to support it.

The image also birthed more than a few jokes: 

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Massive And Terrifying ‘God Emperor Trump’ Presides Over Parade In Italy

A massive likeness of President Donald Trump mashed up with the “God-Emperor” character of the Warhammer 40K video games presided over a parade in Italy over the weekend.   

The float at the Viareggio Carnevale featured a giant Twitter sword and clawed hand, and was animated to turn and shift as it moved through the procession.

Fabrizio Galli, who created the float, said in an interview that the sword contains a phrase that can mean “here’s your fucking tariffs,” according to 

“It’s a joke, but in fact he’s trying to destroy nations with the economy instead of nuclear missiles,” he was quoted as saying. “This is one of the strongest actions, let’s say, that powerful people like Trump can use.”

Galli went into more depth on the festival’s website, which listed the float’s title as “The Master Drone” and referred to the president as “God Emperor Trump.”

He wrote: 

“Donald wants to go back to the moon, travel to Mars and create the first space army. Ultras Marines? Mega Marines? The time of intellectuals, philosophers and of old and worn culture is over. We have entered the era of fantasy, videogames and virtual life.”

“The Master-Drone flies over the Viareggio boardwalk as we prepare to pay the price,” he added. 

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Grandma Fights Off Attackers In Clown Masks With Child’s Scooter

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Police say a Texas woman used her granddaughter’s scooter to defend herself against a pair of machete-wielding men wearing clown masks who attempted to rob the woman and her husband.

Police say Aretha Cardinal and her husband, Joseph Nelson, were in the driveway of their Texas City home last week when the masked men approached and placed a machete to Nelson’s throat.

Authorities say Nelson wrested away the machete from one man while Cardinal grabbed the child’s scooter from the driveway and used it to strike the other man. Nelson tells Houston television station KTRK the men tried to run away but the couple chased them, smashing their vehicle window with the scooter.

The two suspects have been jailed on aggravated robbery charges.

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Woman's Obituary Jokes About Finally Having 'Smoking Hot Body' Thanks To Cremation

Sybil Hicks’ death was announced by her children in the most amusing way.

They penned a first-person obituary for their beloved mother in which they pretended that she boasted about finally having “the smoking hot body I have always wanted … having been cremated.”

The tongue-in-cheek tribute for the late Baysville, Ontario, woman — who died at age 81 on Feb. 2 — appeared in The Hamilton Spectator newspaper this week.

“Mom was never boring,” Hicks’ daughter, Barb Drummond, told Yahoo Lifestyle, explaining the obituary. “Mom lived large. She would do anything for anyone. It was rare for Mom not to have a smile on her face. Mom was always ready for a laugh. “

The witty obit also said Hicks left behind “my loving husband, Ron Hicks, whom I often affectionately referred to as a ‘Horse’s Ass,’” stated which of her children “whom I tolerated over the years” was her favorite, and lamented not being around to see “my sweetest grandchildren” grow up “to be the incredible people they are meant to be.”

Read the full obituary on The Hamilton Spectator’s website here.

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Friday, 8 February 2019

This Is Hands-Down The Most Horrifying Pizza Video You'll Ever See

Everyone loves pizza... even maggots. And if you think you can polish off a pie pretty fast, check out how quickly these larvae devour their pizza.

The time-lapse video, posted by Science Magazine, compresses two hours of maggot munchies into mere seconds:

Maggots and people appear to have at least one thing in common when it comes to pizza: Not everyone loves the crust. 

Science Magazine said the experiment could “help grub farmers using human food waste to produce larvae-based chicken feed.”

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Man Breaks Lingerie Store Window To Attack Barack Obama Mannequin

A New York man is facing charges of criminal mischief for allegedly breaking the front window of a lingerie store last month to attack a Barack Obama mannequin.

Police arrested 41-year-old Rewell Altunaga on Jan. 26, after surveillance video allegedly showed him using a cinder block to smash the window of Romantic Depot, an adult store in Harlem.

Store manager Corine Lew told New York station WABC she didn’t know how to react at first. 

“All we heard was glass shattering, so we’re looking around, like, what is going on?” she said. “At first, we thought one of the mannequins fell through the window. ... All of us ran outside, and we didn’t see anyone until we went to the window and saw a cinder block. OK, so it wasn’t a mannequin, someone threw it. So we started looking around to see who could it be? And then we seen a man pacing.”

Turns out, the window that Altunaga allegedly broke showcased a display with an Obama mannequin dressed as a prince and President Donald Trump dressed as a princess wearing a “Make America great again” hat, according to the New York Daily News.

The surveillance video shows someone yanking the Obama mannequin out of the window and throwing it to the ground. The Trump statue was left unharmed.

Altunaga allegedly left the scene, followed by a store employee.

“One of the people on our security team, a smaller guy, was able to catch him and held him for the police,” Romantic Depot owner Glenn Buzzetti told the Daily News.

Buzzetti said store employees had to protect the suspect from a crowd of angry Obama fans.

“He was surrounded. We put our loss prevention people out and surrounded him,” he told the Daily News. “He could have been killed. We had women trying to kick him in the head. We had to protect him because he had damaged the Obama image.”

Buzzetti also said Altunaga was a Trump supporter who kept repeating after he was caught “that he hated Obama and Obama ruined the country.”

Lew told WABC she believes Altunaga is mentally ill, and she told WPIX that he said the Obama mannequin “was talking to him, and he didn’t like what Obama was saying.”

The New York Police Department’s press office told HuffPost that the suspect “did intentionally damage store window causing less than $250” in damage, though Buzzetti told the Daily News the damage was closer to $1,000.

Altunaga was given a desk appearance ticket for March 27, according to the NYPD press office.

You can see the surveillance video below:

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'Photoshop Battle' Breaks Out Over Nancy Pelosi's SOTU Clap-Back At Donald Trump

First came the meme. Now comes the “Photoshop Battle.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave wags on the internet the perfect viral moment when she clapped at President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

A still picture of the clapping soon made it onto Reddit’s “photoshopbattles” thread, where some clever users manipulated the photo in creative ways: 

The comedy continued on Twitter, where people edited a cutout of Pelosi clapping (provided by writer Parker Molloy) to hilarious effect:

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Minnesota Man Keeps Freezing His Pants Off, Thanks To The Polar Vortex

Although the polar vortex put much of the country into a record-breaking deep freeze, it wasn’t all bad news. The plummeting temperatures allowed a Minnesota man and his neighbors to revive the mystifying and somewhat eerie phenomenon known as frozen pants.

Tom Grotting of Minneapolis began the frozen pants movement in 2013. A polar vortex brought sub-zero temperatures to his neighborhood and he froze then posed some jeans. The idea caught on and soon several neighbors followed his lead.

In subsequent years ― weather permitting ― the frozen pants returned, sparking news coverage across the country.

Last month, Grotting and his brother, John, visited Northfield, Minnesota, for the opening of St. Olaf College’s new hockey arena.

“It was cold as cold gets that morning and I thought it would be a good opportunity to freeze some pants, of course, so I brought a couple of pairs of big daddys in a bucket,” Grotting said in an email.

“We soaked ’em up and draped them over the signs out front and went to dinner,” he said. “When we came back, the pants were hard as a rock and the game was starting so we had to get busy. Brother John is a rookie pants freezer, and from San Diego to boot, but he jumped right in and pounded on them like he owned them to get the pants shaped up.” 

The effort inspired Grotting to challenge his neighbors in northeast Minneapolis to freeze their pants if the temperature dropped below minus 20 degrees. He posted a video on YouTube and Instagram, showing in detail how to freeze pants:

Enter the polar vortex.

“People were freezing them all over town,” Grotting said. “Not only taking pictures, but taking them for walks, throwing them in the air and recording the perfect landing!”

Photos and videos appeared on social media under the hashtag: #frozenpants.

Grotting even challenged himself by freezing an old tuxedo that belonged to his college roommate. What was he doing with his roommate’s tux? Don’t ask.

“It seemed like a good idea, but a tuxedo doesn’t hold water like a pair of jeans, that’s for sure,” Grotting said.

The fame that came with being the father of #frozenpants was fleeting, as was frozen pants season itself. 

“There are no clear avenues to monetizing #frozenpants, but it’s a good icebreaker,” Grotting said.

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Universal Orlando Now Has A Butt-Naked Troll That Farts Glitter At Guests

Universal Studios Orlando has a new character in one of its theme parks with a very particular set of skills. 

Guy Diamond, a troll from the “Trolls” animated movie, has a well-defined bare bottom that not only farts at guests, but fires off glitter when it does: 

Guy Diamond recently joined trolls Branch and Poppy, who have been doing meet-and-greets at the theme park for some time now, Attractions Magazine reported. 

Branch and Poppy, for the record, are fully clothed. 

Inside the Magic said the troll trio does a dance for the guests. Then, after cutting loose, Guy Diamond releases a sparkly shart, just as he does in the film. 

The theme park’s website showed the trolls meeting with guests six times a day at the KidZone in Universal Studios Florida. Naturally, fans on social media had some thoughts: 

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Monday, 4 February 2019

World War I Grenade Discovered Among Potatoes At Hong Kong Potato Chip Factory

Hong Kong police destroyed a German-made grenade from World War I on Saturday morning after the decades-old device made a surprise appearance in a shipment of imported potatoes at a local potato chip factory. 

The grenade, described by authorities as having been caked with mud and dirt, was discovered by workers at a factory run by Japanese snack maker Calbee, South China Morning Post reported. 

Police said they used a “high-pressure water firing technique” to safely detonate the weapon.

Superintendent Wilfred Wong Ho Hon said the “the grenade was imported from France together with the other potatoes,” CNN reported. 

Dave Macri, a military historian, told the Morning Post that the grenade had likely been dug up by accident by potato harvesters in France.

“If it was covered in mud, the grenade was likely to have been left behind, dropped by soldiers there during the war, or left there after it was thrown” by enemies, Macri said.

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Groundhog Doesn't See His Shadow, Predicting Spring Will Come Early

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs.

Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW’-nee) Phil emerged from his burrow in Pennsylvania at sunrise and didn’t see his shadow. Nearly the same series of events unfolded about 300 miles (483 kilometers) to the east, where Staten Island Chuck’s handlers also revealed the same prediction.

The festivities have their origin in a German legend that says if a furry rodent casts a shadow on Feb. 2, winter continues. If not, spring comes early.

In reality, Phil’s prediction is decided ahead of time by the group on Gobbler’s Knob, a tiny hill just outside Punxsutawney. That’s about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northeast of Pittsburgh.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island’s Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later.

And he wasn’t the only New York City mayor who struggled with the holiday. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten at a Groundhog Day ceremony in 2009.

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German Sausage Museum Reconsiders Move To Nazi Camp Site

BERLIN (AP) — A German sausage museum apparently won’t move to the site of a former Nazi camp for slave laborers after news of the plan triggered strong criticism.

The German Bratwurst Museum was slated to move to an area on the outskirts of the eastern town of Muehlhausen that was once a satellite site for the larger Buchenwald concentration camp. That drew criticism from Jewish leaders and others.

Uwe Keith, the head of the association that operates the museum, was quoted late Friday as telling Bild newspaper that “we definitely won’t build there.” He told news agency dpa the group had discovered the site’s history only Wednesday and will launch a “complete re-evaluation.” It had been offered the site by a private investor who bought it from the German government in 2008.

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Florida Girl Stole Papa John's Delivery Car To Visit Boyfriend: Police

A 14-year-old Florida girl is facing grand theft charges after she allegedly stole a pizza delivery driver’s car early Wednesday morning.

Police in Lee County said Josie Bigelow ordered two pizzas and had them sent to a neighbor’s house in Lehigh Heights.

When the driver went to the door to deliver the pizzas, Bigelow allegedly popped out of some nearby bushes and stole his unlocked 2006 Ford Taurus, according to The Smoking Gun.

The driver, 49-year-old Christopher Cook, told deputies he was walking to the front door when he saw a person come out from the woods, get into his car and drive away along a canal, according to Fort Myers station WBBH.

Police said Bigelow first drove to Lehigh Acres Middle School, but when a policeman approached the car, she drove off quickly. Her wild ride was tracked by a police helicopter, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

She was eventually apprehended about six miles away from her house.

Bigelow was charged with grand theft of an automobile and taken to a Juvenile Assessment center. She was later released.

Bigelow’s father, Joseph Bigelow, told WBBH that his daughter’s plan was to meet her boyfriend.

“I sent the cop text messages of her and her boyfriend talking about robbing people and all that,” he said, adding this daughter “needs a (rear end) whipping ... That, and jail.” 

Meanwhile, Cook gave the pizzas that were ordered under false pretenses to the responding officers.

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This Kid's About To Get An Explosive Lesson In Using Fireworks Over A Manhole

A boy in China was lucky to escape with his life after playing with fireworks and triggering an explosion that ripped the sidewalk apart. 

Footage from the scene in Chifeng City in Inner Mongolia showed the boy either dropping one of the fireworks into a manhole or allowing the sparks to fall in. That ignited the methane gas trapped inside, causing the sidewalk to erupt.

No one was injured in the blast ― not even the boy, who could be heard afterward telling his mother that he was scared ― but three cars were damaged.   

Methane trapped in sewers may be more common than many people realize. A 2014 study in Washington, D.C. found thousands of leaks causing methane to build up in the system, including a dozen manholes where just a small spark could trigger an explosion, according to Gizmodo. 


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Bats Invade Spurs-Nets NBA Game, So They Called In A Bat Catcher

Here’s something that you will rarely hear at an NBA game: “There’s guano on the court.”

Those were the words of a broadcaster while a handful of bats swarmed the San Antonio Spurs-Brooklyn Nets game at AT&T Center in San Antonio Thursday.

Bat catchers were summoned. Actually they were security guards with nets, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Many players fled. One Spurs player, Pau Gasol, playfully readied his towel in the video below.

But contact with the creatures is not a good idea. Ten years ago, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili actually swatted a bat in the same arena with his hand. He was later subjected to 16 rounds of rabies shots just in case. Ginobili, who said the bat flew away when it was released outside the arena, also expressed regret for his actions because bats are a “great part of the ecosystem.”

Former Spurs great David Robinson mentioned Ginobili’s name in a tweet. 

Thursday’s game resumed after a few minutes, Sports Illustrated reported. The Spurs won, 117-114.

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Horse Stuck In Tree Rescued By Chain Saw-Wielding Town Marshal

WINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana town marshal wielding a chain saw rescued a horse that became wedged between two branches of a tree trunk amid subzero cold .

Winfield Town Marshal Dan Ball says the horse somehow became stuck in the multi-trunked tree Wednesday morning in the town about 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Gary.

He told The (Northwest Indiana) Times that he feared the horse might die because it collapsed at one point and was growing weak with the temperature hovering near minus 20 degrees (minus 28 Celsius).

But when a neighbor brought a chain saw to the scene, Ball braved the frigid conditions for 45 minutes to cut away branches until the horse was able to pull free.

The horse then managed to walk back to its barn and eat breakfast.


Information from: The Times,

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Baby Orangutan's Paternity Test Has Surprise Worthy Of Maury Povich

BERLIN (AP) — A paternity test on a baby orangutan has come back with a surprising result.

Basel Zoo in northwestern Switzerland said Thursday the test showed 5-month-old Padma wasn’t fathered by the male in her enclosure.

Keepers routinely take DNA samples from newborn orangutans because the endangered great apes are part of a breeding program.

Researchers at Basel University’s forensic laboratory compared Padma’s DNA to that of Budi, a 14-year-old male living in the same enclosure as the baby’s mother, Maja.

They found it didn’t match Budi’s DNA. Instead, it matched 18-year-old orangutan Vendel, who lives in the next enclosure.

It appears that for Maja and Vendel, the dominant male at Basel Zoo, the dividing fence was no obstacle to some monkey business.


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Pungent 'J-Queen' Durian Fruits Sell For $1,000 In Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian variety of the durian - a pungent, spiky fruit considered a delicacy across many parts of Asia — has been sold in a store on the island of Java for a hefty $1,000 per fruit.

The “J-Queen” durian was selected by a panel of farmers in a region of central Java because it was deemed to have a special taste and texture, said Sudarno, a farmer who grew the fruit.

Two of the rare durians, which were displayed in a perspex case in a store in Tasikmalaya in the neighboring province, were sold for 14 million rupiah ($1,002) each, said Sudarno, who uses one name like many Indonesians.

Asked why anyone would pay such a high price, he said the harvest from this particular tree had failed in past seasons, but a new fertilizer helped to produce fruit this year.

“It’s sweet..fluffy and delicious,” Sudarno said by phone, describing the texture as creamy like butter.

Durian are often grown in family orchards or small-scale farms and are hugely popular in many parts of Asia.

Sometimes described as smelling like an open sewer or turpentine when ripe, durian are banned in some airports, public transport and hotels in Southeast Asia.

Sudarno said most of the 20 durians produced by his tree were premature, but four were offered for sale. Two were sold and the others pulled from display after their quality faded.

He did not know who bought the fruit.

($1 = 13,970.0000 rupiah)

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Would-Be Bank Robber Rips Up Note After Getting Cold Feet

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are looking for a woman they say intended to rob a bank but got cold feet and left without a penny.

Fall River police tell the Herald News that the woman walked into the Fall River Municipal Credit Union on Monday afternoon and approached a teller.

Police say the woman hesitated, told the teller “give me a minute,” and went to a counter and wrote on a piece of paper.

But she ripped up the note, dropped the pieces in the trash and walked out.

Bank employees pieced the note together and it said: “Give me the money.”

Anyone who recognizes the woman in surveillance images is asked to contact Fall River police.


Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News,

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

United Airlines Ejects Fat-Shaming Passenger From Flight

A woman sitting in the center seat on a United Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Newark, New Jersey was reportedly removed from the plane after she fat-shamed the passengers who were seated next to her.

The incident happened before takeoff on New Year’s Day. A video of what occurred was recorded by Norma Rodgers, an oncology nurse who was seated next to the fat-shamer, and went viral in recent days.

The unidentified passenger in the center seat was talking on her cellphone, and complaining that she was “stuck” between Rodgers and her traveling companion. Rodgers then asked the flight attendant to find the woman another seat, adding that she would “not be verbally abused by this bitch or anybody else.”

The woman said: “I can’t sit here because they’re both so big. Left and right. I can’t even sit here.”

The flight attendant offered the woman another seat. As the woman stood to change seats, she announced: “I eat salad.”

Other passengers, including Jonathan Fernandez of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop New York,” told the woman she was disgusting.

“Why don’t you sit in between those two big pigs?” the woman replied. 

United then removed the woman from the flight before it took off and said in a statement that it provided her with “alternate travel arrangements first thing the next morning.”

Check out the video to see how the whole thing went down.

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Never, Ever Forget Your Helmet: Cyclist's Horrific Deer Crash Caught On Camera

A bicyclist had a close encounter with a deer in Arizona at 40 miles an hour ― and based on the footage of the run-in, they were both lucky to walk away in one piece.

Reed (yes, “deer” spelled backward) Soehnel was cycling down Mt. Lemmon outside of Tucson last week when the deer ran across the road.

As the video shows, Soehnel went over the handlebars, flipping completely over, with his head and shoulders absorbing much of the impact. 

Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet.

“I was fully alert and (had) no concussion symptoms the entire time, so that’s why the decision was made to not involve an ambulance, although I was in a decent amount of pain,” Soehnel told the Arizona Daily Star.

Somehow, both the cyclist and the deer managed to escape without serious injury.

“The end result is a shattered bicycle, some road rash, and a broken foot,” Soehnel wrote in his YouTube description. “You can see my back wheel in the video, we were both very lucky it wasn’t worse.”

The deer could be seen in the background running back into the forest. 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Woman Reunited With Message In A Bottle She Tossed Into The Sea Years Ago

A British woman experienced a real blast from the past when a message in a bottle that she threw into the sea more than 17 years ago was returned to her.

Emily Edwards, 25, said she was a 7-year-old vacationing in Wales when she wrote a note to her future self and tossed it into the ocean.

Edwards forgot about the bottle until a runner named Sam Hammond found it last week, almost 60 miles away from where she dropped it into the briny blue, according to the BBC.

The ink had faded over the years, and all Hammond could recognize was Emily’s name and a postal code for Telford, where she lived at the time she wrote the note.

Hammond’s mum, Sue Cookson, told the BBC that her son found the bottle on the beach, and the family thought it would be fun to try and reunite it with the sender.

That happened after a photo of the faded note was posted on social media. 

Edwards was stunned when she realized her past was coming back to haunt her.

“I phoned my dad looking for confirmation that I wasn’t going mad, but he confirmed that I did send the message as a 7-year-old,” she said, according to Inside Edition.

“Can’t get my head around how it hasn’t been picked up as litter or anything like that” before now, she added.

Edwards now hopes to repeat the message-in-a-bottle routine with her own infant daughter.

“It’s a brilliant story to tell my little girl when she’s older and we can try doing the same when she understands a bit more and hopefully maybe hers will come back one day,” she added.

You can see Edwards open up the bottle in the video below:

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Cops Rescue Toddler Who Got Stuck In His Own Toy

A 20-month-old boy in New Jersey couldn’t wait to play with his new toy. 

Unfortunately, he’s the one that ended up getting played, after he got stuck inside the toy ― which was a box designed to teach shapes.

The boy’s mom, Soona Choe, told CBS New York that her son, Luca, somehow climbed into the box.

“It’s kind of comical if you think about the situation,” she told the station. “He got in, got wedged in, and he couldn’t get out.”

Somehow, the child climbed inside and wedged his legs and knees inside. 

Choe said when she realized just how stuck her son was, she had to call 911 ― which was a bit embarrassing.

“I’m like, ‘My kid’s stuck in a toy,’ and they’re like, ‘What kind of toy, what do you mean?’” Choe said, according to Inside Edition.

Sergeant Rick Hernandez, the Fort Lee police officer who responded to the call, admitted the incident was kind of amusing.

“It was a priceless expression on his face. He looked a little bit embarrassed about the situation,” Hernandez told

Although Hernandez says a truck carrying the jaws-of-life was on its way to the scene, he managed to free Luca just from his own sheer strength.

“I asked Mom if I could break it, [and] she said ‘I tried, you can give it a shot,’” he told the website. “I was able to get off the front panel, it cracked.”

Luca is back to playing with the toy, but his mother said she plans to keep the toy and remind him of the incident, presumably for the rest of his life.

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Man Clings To Hood Of SUV In High-Speed Road-Rage Incident

A 65-year-old man clung to the hood of an SUV as it traveled at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour following a road rage incident on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The man, Richard Kamrowski, and the driver of the SUV, 37-year-old Mark Fitzgerald, were involved in a minor sideswipe on Saturday and had pulled over to exchange information, Fox News reported. When the men got into an argument, Fitzgerald began to drive away. That’s when Kamrowski jumped on the hood of Fitzgerald’s SUV.

“I thought he was going to run over me and I don’t know I don’t think he stopped he just kept going fast then slow, fast then slow trying to get me to slide off and I wasn’t getting off the car,” Kamrowski told WFXT.

Ultimately, other drivers ― including one with a gun ― persuaded Fitzgerald to stop his vehicle.

Massachusetts State Police arrested both Fitzgerald and Kamrowski, WFXT reported. Fitzgerald faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, negligent driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Kamrowski was charged with disorderly conduct.

The man with the gun was not charged.

Check out the harrowing video above.  


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These Weird But Wonderful Gifts Will Definitely Spice Up Valentine's Day

Of all the gift-giving holidays, perhaps Valentine’s Day is the most fraught with danger.

Some Valentines have such high expectations that they end up being disappointed when they get the same cliche candy, flowers or sex apparel.


Luckily, with our guide you don’t have to worry about disappointing your Valentine (because you probably will ― see? No more stress!).

But if you’re dating someone who would be disappointed to receive a 6-foot gummy cobra, a marijuana bouquet or a purse shaped like a bloody butcher knife, trust us: You don’t want them in your life.

Meanwhile, anyone who loves the gifts below (or is at least willing to fake enthusiasm) is a real keeper.

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Trump Wanted His Disney Animatronic To Brag About His Skyscrapers, New Book Says

President Donald Trump reportedly wanted to tweak the script of his animatronic likeness at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents attraction to make a quick boast.

The iconic attraction has for decades added new animatronics for each president as they’re elected, complete with audio. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all recorded dialogue for the attraction. In Trump’s case, however, he wanted to personalize the speech with a boast about his pre-presidential business activities.

According to the book “Team of Vipers” by Cliff Sims, who served as director of White House message strategy, the president wanted to add a line about how Americans invented the skyscraper, The Daily Beast reported.

“Then I could add a little, ‘Which, of course, I know a thing or two about,’ right?” Trump reportedly said.

Disney objected, noting that a skyscraper wasn’t really an “invention” but “just a taller building,” and Sims removed the line from Trump’s script, The Daily Beast reported, citing an advance copy of the book. 

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Man Says Emotional Support Alligator Helps His Depression

YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says his emotional support alligator helps him deal with his depression.

Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney, of York Haven, says his registered emotional support animal named Wally likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator. reports Henney says he received approval from his doctor to use Wally as his emotional support animal after not wanting to go on medication for depression.

Wally was rescued from outside Orlando at 14 months old. Henney says Wally eats chicken wings and shares an indoor plastic pond with a smaller rescue alligator named Scrappy.

Henney acknowledges that Wally is still a dangerous wild animal and could probably tear his arm off, but says he’s never been afraid of him.


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Student Allegedly Calls In Hoax Bomb Threat To Avoid Seeing Parents

An EasyJet flight taking off in France had to be diverted last week because of a fake bomb threat.

On Jan. 18, flight EZY4319 from Lyon to Rennes was in the air when authorities received an anonymous call that suggested a bomb could be on the plane.

The pilots returned to Lyon, but no bomb was found.

Authorities investigating the call said the person behind the threat was a 23-year-old college student in Rennes. He allegedly didn’t want his parents, who were on the flight, to visit him, according to the Mirror.

Police took the unidentified suspect into custody and have charged him with “false news compromising the safety of an aircraft in flight,” according to the Independent.

His next court date is May 21.

If convicted, the alleged hoaxer could face up to five years in prison and a fine of nearly $85,000, the Independent reported.

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Runaway Emus Finally Captured After Day On The Lam

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Police in coastal Texas have captured a pair of runaway emus that had been on the lam for a day after escaping from their owner's backyard.

Emus aren't permitted in Galveston, but police say a man recently brought the large, flightless birds to the island after the death of his mother. She'd owned them at her home near Houston.

The Galveston County Daily News reports the emus escaped their new owner's backyard sometime Monday. Police recaptured the birds near an elementary school Tuesday morning.

Officials say the birds' owner didn't realize Galveston had a ban on emus and that he's working with authorities to find an off-island home for them.


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Arizona Lawmaker Wants Porn To Fund Trump's Border Wall

A GOP lawmaker wants to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall by squeezing money out of every Arizonan who patronizes pornographic websites.

Republican state Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, recently introduced House Bill 2444, which would require electronics manufacturers to preinstall porn-blocking software on all electronic devices bought or sold in the state, the Arizona Mirror reported.

To deactivate the blocking software, a person would have to prove they are at least 18 years old and pay a one-time fee of $20 to the Arizona Commerce Authority. Manufacturers or retailers could also charge a fee for disabling it, according to the bill. Anyone who deactivates the blocker themselves would face a misdemeanor charge. 

The money collected by the state, according to the proposal, would form a number of grants, which would, among other things, help sex abuse victims and fund the president’s proposed border wall.

The bill defines pornographic content as “patently offensive” material that lacks “literary, artistic, political or scientific value.” It references the banning of “revenge porn” websites and addresses specific anatomical areas that cannot be visible in images:

Less than completely and opaquely covered human genitals, pubic region, buttock or female breast below a point immediately above the top of the areola [and] human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, whether covered or uncovered.

Mike Stabile, a spokesman for the Free Speech Coalition, told the Arizona Mirror the proposal amounts to a tax on media content and would violate the First Amendment.

“It’s pretty clearly unconstitutional,” said Stabile, whose organization advocates for the adult entertainment industry.

Similar bills have been proposed, including one last year by GOP Virginia state Rep. Dave LaRock, who wanted Virginians to pay a $20 fee to unblock content on adult websites. The bill stalled on the Senate floor.

According to the Arizona Mirror, the bill appears to be linked to a man named Chris Sevier. Last year, Sevier was reportedly issued a cease and desist by child safety activist Elizabeth Smart, who apparently did not approve of him using her name on a similar bill introduced in Rhode Island.

Sevier first made headlines in 2013, when he accused Apple of being responsible for his porn addiction. He was in the news again in 2017, when he sued Utah for refusing to recognize his marriage to his laptop. The lawsuit was thrown out last year.

“He’s been doing this all across the country,” Stabile told the Arizona Mirror, adding “he’s a bit of a jokester.”

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84-year-old Boston Man Hailed As 'Octopus Whisperer'

BOSTON (AP) — Wilson Menashi palmed a squid in his left hand and extended his arm into an aquarium tank, watching as a giant Pacific octopus stretched out arms to greet him like a friend.

Freya latched some of her 2,240 suction cups onto Menashi’s arm, using their powers of taste and smell to gather information around the 84-year-old man known as the octopus whisperer — and the seafood treats he was bearing.

“She’s just contacting me and she’s saying, ‘You come to me,’” Menashi said of Freya, a 3-year-old predator weighing 35 to 40 pounds (18 kilograms). Her arms span 14 feet (4 meters) and pack enough strength to kill sharks and other enemies.

But this afternoon’s gentle interaction left no doubt that Menashi has a special way with the cephalopod, whose body includes a large, sac-like head and eight powerful arms.

More than 25 years ago, Menashi retired after a career as a chemical engineer and began volunteering at the New England Aquarium in Boston. He’s spent 7,800 hours — the equivalent of about four years working full time — hanging out with octopuses, the aquarium said.

“I’ve been able to interact with them from the beginning. I do not know why. I cannot explain it, but I can connect with them,” Menashi said, standing in front of the Olympic Coast Sanctuary exhibit that is home to Freya and Professor Ludwig Von Drake, a younger male giant Pacific octopus living in a separate tank.

Menashi’s eyes twinkled with mischief as he acknowledged that encounters with octopus have left a mark on him.

“I will come back home sometimes with hickeys all over my arm and my neck,” he said.

So how did he explain them to his wife?

“Not too difficult when you have about 10 or 15 marks next to each other,” he said. “It did not take too much. She also knew where I was, anyway.”

Menashi’s volunteer work has included designing puzzle boxes for octopus as well as rubbing their backs and wrestling their arms, all intended to ensure that the highly intelligent animals receive the mental stimulation to thrive and stay healthy.

Two decades of working with the largest members of the octopus species has not dulled his sense of wonder at the animal’s adaptability and mysteries.

Experiments have shown these animals to be color blind, but they are supreme masters of camouflage. A complex system of pigment cells, nerves and muscles allows them to change skin color in the blink of an eye to match their surroundings.

“What I find totally surprising is how they could tell different people and react differently,” Menashi said. “I’ve also made them a few toys, made up some boxes and ... I put different latches so they could get in and figure out how to get the food that I put in the boxes. However, I’ve had some that said, ‘It’s too much time to figure out how you do the latch.’ So they just crushed the box.”

That eye for detail, patience and willingness to experiment makes Menashi a perfect octopus whisperer, said Bill Murphy, a senior aquarist.

“Every octopus is different. So then you can’t use the same rules for every octopus,” Murphy said. “You need to change it up. And Wilson does that.”

Menashi said spending time with octopuses and other animals gives his life a whole new purpose in retirement.

“Just being here has been, to me, a lifesaver,” he said. “Gave me something to do. Gave me different interests and showed me the world is a wonderful place to be.”

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David Schwimmer Look-Alike Suspect Doesn't Look THAT Much Like Ross From 'Friends'

British authorities have arrested a suspected thief whose “Wanted” image went viral last year due to his purported likeness to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer in the hit sitcom “Friends.”

But many people now think the man, who police identified this week as 36-year-old Abdulah Husseini, doesn’t really look like his alleged television doppelganger at all:

Police in Blackpool first released the grainy CCTV image of the suspect in October. It showed him appearing to take a crate of beer from a restaurant:

The picture quickly went viral after people online noted the man’s likeness to Schwimmer’s character. It also caught the attention of Schwimmer himself, who posted a spoof video declaring his innocence:

Lancashire police said Monday that officers arrested Husseini in London last Thursday after he allegedly failed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court in December on theft and fraud charges.

He had also been wanted by London’s Metropolitan Police service on further charges of theft and handling stolen goods. He is slated to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

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Moose Chases Skiers At Colorado Resort

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A woman, in an effort to warn others of the dangers of moose, posted a video on social media of a moose charging skiers and snowboarders at a ski resort.

The Summit Daily News reports Lauren Drogsvold captured the video Saturday at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The video shows a large bull moose approach and then charge a crowd of people. There were no reports of injuries.

Resort CEO John Buhler recently said staff tries to prevent guests from approaching the highly territorial herbivores, which are generally peaceful but can turn aggressive when they feel threatened.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras says the agency has jurisdiction over moose. He says wildlife officers are the only law enforcement personnel that can decide when to tranquilize and move a moose.


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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Man Hospitalized After Injecting Own Semen To Treat Back Pain

A new study published in the Irish Medical Journal recounts the case of a 33-year-old man who was hospitalized after repeatedly injecting himself with semen to relieve chronic back pain.

“This is the first reported case of semen injection for use as a medical treatment,” doctors in Dublin wrote in the case study, titled “‘Semenly’ Harmless Back Pain: An Unusual Presentation of a Subcutaneous Abscess.”

The man’s handmade remedy was reportedly discovered when he showed up at a doctor’s office complaining of severe back pain. While examining the patient, a physician noticed the man’s right arm appeared swollen and inflamed.

The explanation the man gave was one the doctor likely never expected.

“The patient disclosed that he had intravenously injected his own semen as an innovative method to treat back pain,” doctors wrote in the study. “He had devised this ‘cure’ independent of any medical advice.”

The man reportedly said he had purchased a hypodermic needle online and had been injecting himself once a month for the past 18 months. Before visiting the doctor, he said he hurt his lower back while lifting a heavy object and gave himself three doses, according to the study.

The semen reportedly entered the man’s blood vessels and muscles. An X-ray revealed air trapped beneath the man’s skin, and he was immediately hospitalized, according to the study.

Doctors treated the man with intravenous antimicrobial therapy. His back pain reportedly subsided, and he discharged himself without having the infected area drained.

The report’s doctors conducted a “comprehensive review” of medical literature and were unable to find any other cases of intravenous semen injection.

The study concludes with a warning that medical experimentation is dangerous and it’s risky for untrained individuals to inject themselves with substances not intended for intravenous use.

Translation: Don’t inject yourself with anything without a doctor’s approval, including semen.

(H/T Gizmodo)

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Passenger Who Jumped 11 Stories Off Cruise Ship Hopes He Doesn't Inspire Others

A man who was banned from Royal Caribbean Cruises after jumping into the ocean from his 11th-floor balcony hopes his actions don’t inspire others.

Last week, 27-year-old Nick Naydev of Vancouver, Washington, posted a video on Instagram showing him taking one small leap for a man and one giant jump of stupidity. He plummeted 100 feet into shark-infested waters.

Amazingly, he wasn’t seriously injured but said he could “barely walk” for three days afterward, according to The Washington Post.

The main damage was financial: Naydev and his friends were kicked off the cruise in the Bahamas, and he had to shell out $200 for a plane ticket home from Nassau, the Post said.

The 10-second stunt led the cruise line to ban Naydev and his friends for life, according to a statement Royal Caribbean gave to “Inside Edition”:

“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again. We are exploring legal action.”

Naydev told “Inside Edition” that he didn’t really think about the risks before taking that leap of logic.

“Nothing was really going through my mind. I’m like, ‘I gotta do this,’ and just two seconds later, I just jumped and didn’t really think it through,” he admitted.

Not surprisingly, alcohol may have been involved.

“The previous night we were drinking quite a bit, so I was still feeling the effects of the alcohol,” he added.

Now, a week later, Naydev worries that his reckless jump may inspire copycats.

“I hope I don’t inspire anybody to do this because it is very dangerous,” he said. “I mean, don’t think this is a joke.”

However, the man who recorded Naydev’s jump told Yahoo! that he’s disappointed in how Royal Caribbean handled the incident, though he seems not to get the point.

“He’s jumped from those kind of heights before, and we didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” he explained. “We just wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.”

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Police Raid Home For Meth And Also Find Dead Bald Eagle

When police in Anderson, Missouri, searched two homes on Tuesday, they seized 58 grams of methamphetamines, a gun, a stolen ATV and a stolen horse trailer.

Oh, and something else: a dead bald eagle.

The bizarre discovery came after the Ozarks Drug Enforcement Team, the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office and the Anderson Police Department served two search warrants simultaneously to the houses, according to

McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said the dead bald eagle was found in a freezer in one of the homes and turned over to an agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation, according to The Joplin Globe.

It is a federal crime to kill a bald eagle or golden eagle. Hall told HuffPost he believes possessing one — living or dead — is also illegal.

He said it is still unknown how the dead eagle came to roost in the freezer, as the suspect of that home was not there during the search.

Authorities arrested 65-year-old James Kivett for outstanding warrants in Newton County, and charges are pending for items recovered from his house, according to KSFM TV.

Hall said charges are also being sought against a suspect at the residence where the dead bald eagle was found.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Afghan Singer Looks Like Twin Brother Of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

KABUL, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Afghan singer Abdul Salam Maftoon’s striking resemblance to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned him into an unlikely celebrity in the war-torn country since his debut on a talent show.

The 28-year-old first caught the attention of fans when he traveled to the capital, Kabul, to appear on “Afghan Star,” a televised musical competition that draws contestants from around the South Asian nation.

“People are calling me the Justin Trudeau of Afghanistan... Since I came to Kabul, I have become very popular and people are grabbing photos with me,” he told Reuters at the studio.

The singer’s similarity to Canada’s 47-year-old prime minister could even tip the competition in his favor, according to one of the show’s judges, Qais Ulfat.

“There is a big chance of him winning the show because ... he is the only contestant that has got so much exposure,” he said.

Maftoon, who began his singing career seven years ago performing at weddings, has even bigger ambitions.

“My only wish is that Prime Minister (Trudeau) takes me to Canada and I can hold a concert there to sing Afghan songs and that the prime minister himself will be at my concert,” he said.(Reporting by Hameed Farzad; Writing by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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NASA Discovers 'South Park' Character Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo On Jupiter

Hidey ho!

Although “South Park” isn’t officially broadcast on Jupiter, it looks like one of the show’s characters has found a home there.

An enhanced picture of Jupiter taken by the Juno spacecraft in September shows a large brown spot that looks amazingly like Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo, a talking and singing lump of dookie that wears a Santa hat.

Naturally, NASA engineer Kevin M. Gill felt compelled to share the crappy photo on Twitter:

Fans of the show might note that the character’s presence on the planet is appropriate since he was run out of South Park this past season for sending offensive tweets, which, like Roseanne Barr, he blamed on the insomnia drug Ambien. notes another stinky connection: Jupiter is one of the solar system’s gas giants.

“Mr. Hankey” is a very unofficial name for the spot, which is actually something known as a “brown barge,” according to a NASA press release Gill sent to HuffPost. This feature is a type of “cyclonic region that usually lie[s] within Jupiter’s dark North Equatorial Belt, although they are sometimes found in the similarly dark South Equatorial Belt as well.”

HuffPost has reached to “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who did not immediately respond.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Curious Cat Gets Head Stuck In Rat Trap

Curiosity didn’t kill this cat, but it did lead him into a precarious situation.

A black male cat was found with his head stuck in a commercial rat trap near a hotel in Newport, South Wales, on Jan. 9, according to a U.K. animal welfare charity.

“This poor cat’s head was completely wedged ... and [he was] unable to free himself,” Inspector Sophie Daniels of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a press release.

The cat in the box was brought to a vet, who managed to safely free the feline. The kitty was “understandably shaken,” the RSPCA said, and was treated for dehydration.

The organization is trying to locate the cat’s family and is asking anyone in the area missing a black, male neutered cat to contact them.

“We’d love to reunite this cat with an owner – but there was no microchip,” Daniels said. 

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Florida Man Threatens To Kill Neighbor With 'Kindness' — The Name Of His Machete

A Florida man is behind bars after he allegedly threatened to kill his neighbor with kindness.

It’s not what you’d think: “Kindness” is what the 30-year-old suspect, Bryan Stewart, calls his machete, according to police.

Stewart, of Milton, was arrested on Thursday for an incident that allegedly happened Wednesday evening. 

It began when two of Stewart’s neighbors went to the suspect’s house, concerned about yelling and banging that had come from the home all day, according to the Pensacola News-Journal.

Stewart came out of the house with an arm raised holding the machete ― which had the word “kindness” written on it. One of the neighbors stepped in front of the other to block the blade and suffered a half-inch cut on his left hand.

The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department was called, and deputies arrived and arrested Stewart.

They said that Stewart’s breath smelled of alcohol and he had to be stunned with a Taser before he was put inside the patrol car, according to Orlando TV station WOFL.

Police also said he had to be hobbled after kicking inside the car and banging his head, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

On Thursday, Stewart was booked into the Santa Rosa Jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill and aggravated battery. He remains behind bars in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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The '2009 vs. 2019' Meme Has Taken Over Social Media With Hilarious Results

The new year is off to a wild start as a new meme meant to show a person’s growth, both physical and otherwise, since 2009 has run rampant.

The social media trend has been labeled as the #10YearChallenge or #2009vs2019 on Instagram, but a quick search of “2009 vs. 2019” yields results on Twitter, Facebook, and beyond as well. The meme is simple: Post a photo of yourself from 10 years ago (in 2009) adjacent to a recent image of you from 2019.

See this example from actress, author and talk-show host Busy Philipps:

But, while many people are sticking with the original use of the meme and posting images like Philipps, many others have run away with the meme to make it even more entertaining. Turns out, “glow-ups” don’t have to be so personal:

If you’re more of a traditionalist, please enjoy a few more of the celebrity contributions to the meme that include some great #throwbacks.




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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Man Helps Thirsty Pigeon Enjoy Some Water From An NYC Drinking Fountain

A New York City pigeon got a wing up from kind stranger who turned on a drinking fountain for the thirsty bird on Thursday.

A now-viral video, first reported by the Staten Island Advance, shows New Yorker Steven Pesantez watching with what looks like pure glee while the bird guzzles water at Staten Island’s ferry terminal. His friend Mariel Mitkowski, who shot the video, can be heard exclaiming “He was waiting for you!” in the background.

Pesantez told HuffPost that he and Mitkowski were waiting for the ferry when they spotted the pigeon loitering on top of the fountain.

“We joked about how he was just waiting there for someone to help him out, then we decided it would be funny to record me going over to him and helping out!” he said in an email.

It seems like they had a good sense of what the pigeon wanted.

“It seemed like he was enjoying it!” said Pesantez. “He wasn’t taking a bath, so I’m pretty sure he was indulging in some of NYC’s finest tap water.”

He added that he’s happy the video has been resonating with people.

“I’m just stoked that the world is getting to share this wholesome moment in a time where there is so much craziness,” he said.

The Wild Bird Fund, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Manhattan, noted on Twitter that there are “credible reports” that pigeons sipping from fountains at the Staten Island ferry terminal is actually a “regular phenomenon.”

But it may not be so surprising that pigeons have figured out such a clever way to get a drink since pigeons are a lot smarter than many people give them credit for. A 2015 study published in the journal Cognition found that pigeons were able to learn to sort 128 photos correctly into categories like “baby,” “tree,” “flower,” “dog” and “cracker.”

And while having any animal standing in a human drinking fountain may not exactly be ideal (pigeon droppings do present “modest health risks” to people, according to the NYC health department) the birds aren’t nearly as dirty as some people think they are. Ornithologist Paul Sweet told Gizmodo last year that pigeons are “quite clean,” and actually play an important role in cities cleaning up waste left by human beings.

As for Pesantez, he’s definitely a pigeon appreciator. 

“I never understood why people hate them,” he said.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Gothamist was the first news outlet to report on the video.

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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Sheriff Uses Cardboard Deputies To Fight Crime

The stiff arm of the law is taking on a whole new meaning in Texas.

According to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, he’s pairing deputies with cardboard cutouts of officers to deter motorists from speeding.

The sheriff tweeted a video this week showing one of the faux deputies pointing a radar gun at oncoming traffic.

“It’s a creative way to solve a problem without really working the problem,” Chody told Austin’s KTBC-TV. “When you’re going 20, 30 miles per hour and you see the silhouette you’re immediately braking slowing down.”

While the cardboard deputies won’t be filling any quotas, they do appear to be deterring speeders. Chody told KTBC-TV he recently tested them in school zones with real deputies stationed nearby.

“We didn’t get one speeder; all these people were braking before they got to the cutout or as they were approaching the cutout,” he said.

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Costco Now Sells A 27-Pound Tub Of Macaroni And Cheese That Lasts 20 Years

Do you like mac and cheese? No, do you love mac and cheese? The membership warehouse store Costco now sells 27 pounds of it in a big six-gallon mop bucket.

At $89.99, you get 180 servings of Chef’s Banquet Macaroni & Cheese, which the company says will remain edible for up to 20 years. That means you could still be enjoying this macaroni and cheese during President Ocasio-Cortez’s second term.

Despite the glorious image of 27 pounds of creamy, golden macaroni and cheese flowing from a bucket better suited to hold kitchen tile grout, each serving of noodles and cheese is individually packaged. It’s perfect for the doomsday prepper on the go.

Unfortunately, you may have to wait to pick yours up. According to the website, the item is currently out of stock. Until they restock, check out some of the greatest mac and cheese recipes that currently exist on planet Earth.

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Blindfolded Utah Teen Crashes Car Doing The ‘Bird Box’ Challenge

A blindfolded teenage driver in Utah crashed into another car for obvious reasons on Monday, according to the Layton Police Department.

“Bird Box Challenge while driving...predictable result,” the police tweeted on Friday, along with a photo of two mangled cars on Layton Parkway surrounded by snow-covered sidewalks.

One truck appears to have its passenger-side bumper bent inward, while the entire driver’s side of a Honda HR-V is smashed. The side airbags of the HR-V appear to be deployed.

“Luckily no injuries,” police wrote.

 Layton Police spokesman Lt. Travis Lyman told CBS News that a 17-year-old girl was driving with a 16-year-old passenger at the time of the crash.

The “Bird Box” challenge, which has gone viral on social media, is inspired by the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” starring Sandra Bullock. In the movie, characters have to move about the outside world wearing blindfolds to avoid looking at an unseen monster that forces people to kill themselves.

In the viral challenge, participants attempt to do ordinary things while blindfolded, which, again, is dangerous for obvious reasons.

Earlier this month, Netflix warned its viewers against the “Bird Box” challenge.

“Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” the company tweeted on Jan. 2.

Law enforcement in Colorado predicted last week that someone might attempt the “Bird Box” challenge while driving and also warned people against it.

The challenge “really hasn’t been that dangerous, but inevitably somebody’s going to do the monumentally stupid thing that is driving while blindfolded,” a Colorado State Patrol officer said in a video message. “We shouldn’t have to say this, but we’re gonna: Don’t drive blindfolded.”

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Woman's Lawyer Suggests Chewing Coat Caused High Blood-Alcohol Level

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — An attorney for a Pennsylvania woman charged with drunken driving hinted his client’s coat-chewing could’ve thrown off the results of her breath test.

The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports the argument came during a hearing Tuesday for 47-year-old Jana Moschgat. An officer who pulled Moschgat over testified she was nibbling on her coat before he gave her the breath test and that he ordered her to stop.

Moschgat’s lawyer, Travis Petty, asked the officer if he knew the chemical composition of the coat, noting that certain substances can alter the results of the test.

Moschgat’s test showed her blood-alcohol level was 0.151 percent, nearly twice the legal limit for drivers in Pennsylvania. The officer says Moschgat also smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.

The judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the charges to trial.

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Man Brings Raccoon Carcass Into McDonald's, Causes Its Brief Closure

A San Francisco man shocked employees and customers at a local McDonald’s Sunday morning when he brought a dead and bloodied raccoon into the fast-food outlet and laid it on a table.

As a result, the restaurant closed for two hours so the dining room could be sanitized.

The unappetizing encounter was captured by Chris Brooks, who posted video on Facebook. (WARNING: Brooks reflected on the incident with a profanity-laden tirade.)

Brooks told that the so-far unidentified man came into the McDonald’s screaming for help as he carried the dead animal.

“He came to the counter, and I thought it was a dog at first. The employees told him to leave and he went and sat down with it,” Brooks said. ”There was blood on the table and blood on the floor and, with people walking around, you could see them tracking the blood around.”

The man, who is believed to be homeless, was kicked out of the store while another customer threw the raccoon in the garbage, according to NBC Bay Area.

San Francisco police officers gave the man a mental health evaluation and determined he did not need to be detained, according to local station KGO TV.

San Francisco Department of Public Health spokeswoman Rachel Kagan told that a physician who works with homeless people watched the video but “cannot infer anything about the man’s condition.”

Kagan also said the restaurant responded properly and that a health inspector visited the site before it reopened.

“The health concerns would be about the blood and the potential to spread bacteria or a virus,” she said. “If the cleaning was done right, that would take care of that concern.” 

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Florida Teacher Accused Of Smearing Feces In Park Before Child's Birthday Party

A substitute teacher in Florida was so angry with a principal that she smeared human feces around a Sarasota park pavilion that the principal had rented for her child’s birthday party, law officers said.

Heather Carpenter, 42, faces a single count of criminal mischief over $1,000, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. She was released after posting a $2,500 cash bond.

Authorities said they became aware of the incident on Dec. 1, when a witness reported seeing a woman, wearing blue gloves and a mask, “placing human waste and fecal matter on the porous wooden tables and grills” at Urfer Family Park in Sarasota.

Mike Hutchinson, who said he was at the park at the time, told Fox 13 News he was “shocked and appalled” when he walked into the pavilion and saw what had happened.

“The smell hit me, and I noticed that she did it to every table,” Hutchinson said. “It was a mixture of urine and feces, and she had it in a big cup and was just pouring it out and wiping it in.”

Authorities interviewed Allison Foster, the principal at Phillippi Shores Elementary School in Sarasota, who told them she had reserved the pavilion for her daughter’s birthday party. Asked whether she knew anyone matching the description of the suspect, Foster named Carpenter, who had been working at the school as a substitute teacher, according to a sheriff’s office affidavit.

“Foster was assisting Carpenter with a professional complainant and Carpenter was not pleased with how the situation was handled,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Carpenter, who was questioned Dec. 7, according to the affidavit, “admitted she intentionally placed” the feces in the pavilion to disrupt the birthday party. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported it cost the county more than $2,300 to replace the tables and grills.

Carpenter has pleaded not guilty, the Herald-Tribune reported.

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Firefighter Fakes Blaze At His Own House So He Can Propose To His Girlfriend

A woman in Ventura, California, had reason to be feeling a little hot under the collar when her firefighter boyfriend proposed marriage.

That’s because he faked a blaze at their house to set the scene.

It happened back in November just as the couple was preparing to host a holiday party at the home they shared.

For some reason, Zach Steele, 30, thought it would be funny ― unbeknownst to Maddison Ridgik, also 30 ― to plant six remote-operated smoke machines in their attic before supposedly going out to pick up last-minute groceries.

“Originally I got one smoke machine,” he told Inside Edition. “I went to test it and there was barely any smoke. One was not going to work, so I had to get more smoke machines.”

He ended up going overboard with six, which caused a lot of smoke to spew out of the house, sending Ridgik into a justified panic.

However, her mom was in on the prank and faked a call to 911, which gave the signal to Steele ― and a few of his firefighter buddies ― to ride to the rescue in full gear, according to 

Ridgik wasn’t sure what to think at first. “I was so confused and I honestly could not sort through my emotions enough to really comprehend what was happening,” she told the news agency.

Then Steele whipped off his oxygen mask.

“I think she saw my face and calmed down, and realized what was going to happen,” he said.

The pyromaniac proposal, captured on body camera footage shared by SWNS, did bring on the waterworks.

“When he got down on one knee, I was so emotional. I was still shaking and crying yet so excited,” Ridgik told SWNS. “It was truly the best, most indescribable moment of my life.” 

The couple intends to make things official on March 30 in Ojai, according to their page on

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Over 100 Praying Mantises Take Over Home After Woman Buys Infested Christmas Tree

Bah! Humbug! A Virginia woman’s Christmas tree left her a gift that keeps on giving ― but not in a good way.

Springfield veterinarian Molly Kreuze is bugged that more than 100 praying mantises have infested her home after hatching from an egg case hidden in her Christmas tree.

“Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving,” she griped to DC station WJLA TV. 

It’s possible the mantises are now praying in her bedroom, but that’s a scenario she doesn’t want to consider.

“I don’t want to think about that. It’s possible, but I don’t want to know,” she said, according to ABC News.

Although some people might simply vacuum up the bugs, Kreuze is trying to avoid that, preferring to scoop them up with an envelope and store them in a shoe box.

She is feeding fruit flies to her unwanted holiday guests while she tries to find them new homes.

“In my googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” she told WJLA. “They are useful, they eat other bugs, people use them for organic gardening.”

Still, the infestation has inspired her to get an artificial tree for next Christmas.

You can see the complete WJLA segment below:

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Paris' First Nude Restaurant Closes For Lack Of Business

Paris’ first nude restaurant has gone belly up just a year after opening its doors.

When O’Naturel opened in December 2017, the concept seemed an easy sell: Instead of dressing up, diners would dress down. Way down. Like to their bare essentials.

Once naked, customers could enjoy a three-course dinner with foie gras, lobster, snails, lamb or scallops for $58 ― a price that even skinflints could love.

All the restaurant personnel remained clothed.

Despite getting worldwide attention, the clothing-optional café is going bust, according to TheLocal.

O’Naturel owners Mike and Stephane Saada posted a statement on its website announcing that the in-the-buff bistro will close for good on Feb. 16.

“Thank you for having participated in this adventure by coming to dine at O’Naturel,” it read. “We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.” 

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Roommate Accused Of Stealing $10 Million Lottery Ticket

A man in Vacaville, California, has 10 million reasons to hate his former roommate.

That’s the number of dollars he won with a lottery ticket he purchased Dec. 20, a ticket his roommate allegedly stole.

That roommate, 35-year-old Adul Saosongyang, was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft, according to a Facebook post by the Vacaville Police Department.

The police post said an unidentified man purchased a $30 ticket hoping to win some extra cash for the holidays. He hit pay dirt with a ticket he thought was worth $10,000, and he shared the good news with his two roommates.

The next day, the man took his ticket to the California State Lottery’s district office in Sacramento to get his jackpot, only to be told the ticket wasn’t a winner and had been altered.

The victim suspected the ticket had been stolen by one of his roommates and reported the theft to the police department.

Then in a not-so-amazing coincidence, Saosongyang showed up the next day at the lottery office attempting to cash in that ticket, which, it turns out, was actually worth $10 million.

The California State Lottery reviews all winnings of more than $600. After reviewing police and surveillance video at the place where the winning ticket was found, officials figured out Saosongyang was not the winner, according to NBC News.

However, no one let Saosongyang know that until Monday, when he was invited to the lottery office, presumably to collect his winnings. Instead he was greeted by Vacaville detectives, who had an arrest warrant waiting for him.

Saosongyang was booked into Sacramento County Jail and will be transferred to the Solano County Jail later this week.

Vacaville police spokesman Chris Polen told The Washington Post that lottery officials had talked with the victim, though he wasn’t certain the man would collect that $10 million.

“Although, I’m sure everything will work out in the end,” he told the newspaper.

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Donald Trump's Televised Address Gets Deeply Unsettling 'Sex Tape Audio' Edit

You won’t be able to unsee these edited versions of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night Oval Office address.

Multiple people on Twitter appear to have had the same idea of stripping words from the televised footage to show only Trump’s breathing and sniffing.

And the resulting clips, below, are ― well, a bit unsettling.

They inevitably prompted some amusing responses online:

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Moose Wanders Into Alaska Hospital Like It Owns The Place

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska’s largest city Monday — and Stephanie Hupton was ready to capture the visit with her phone camera.

Hupton works in billing at a physical therapy office inside a building attached to Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. When a patient mentioned security staffers were monitoring a moose that got inside her building, she dashed out and started recording.

“Didn’t think we’d have a pet moose,” she said.

The footage shows the moose browsing around some greenery near an entrance before it stands gazing at the camera’s direction. It briefly lingers before sauntering out through an open door.

Hupton said she never felt threatened by the mellow creature in her closest ever encounter with one of the massive animals.

It was an experience she never expected when she moved to Anchorage three years ago from Carroll, Iowa. In her home state, Hupton had seen her share of deer and cows, but nothing as exotic as a moose.

“It’s definitely different than small-town Iowa,” she said.

Hospital spokeswoman Kjerstin Lastufka said the moose got inside the building around 11:30 a.m. through doors that were stuck open because of extreme cold in Anchorage, where temperatures hovered around zero on Monday. The plant greenery in the warm lobby was likely inviting to the animal, who ended up eating some of the plants before leaving the building after about 10 minutes inside, Lastufka said.

The animal hung around the premises. Someone reported seeing it around a parking garage late Monday afternoon, Lastufka said.

The moose caused no injuries or any big problems, other than eating some greenery.

“It was a pretty calm visit,” Lastufka said.


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