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February 14, 2019

Driver doing donuts blocks traffic on Tennessee highway

February 11 - A Tennessee man captured video of traffic being blocked on a highway by a driver that blocked multiple lanes by doing donuts in the roadway. Nashville man Ricardo Suarez posted video to Facebook showing the driver's dangerous stunt causing traffic to stop on Interstate 24, near Antioch. The video shows vehicles stopped on the shoulder and in the middle of the road to watch the unusual scene. Witnesses said the stunt appeared to have been organized with help...

Big alligator knocks on Florida woman's front door

February 12 - A Florida woman who heard a knock opened the front door of her home to discover an unexpected and unwelcome guest -- a huge alligator. The Merritt Island woman said she heard a knock at the door Tuesday and looked out to discover the 10-foot, 5-inch alligator blocking the doorway. Neighbors attempted to wrestle the alligator, but found it to be too aggressive, so they called 911. A trapper was sent to the neighborhood and captured the 350-pound gator.

Sledding teen collides with rat in mid-air

February 13 - A teenager sledding on a British Columbia hill had his video camera running when he got into a mid-air collision with a rat. Cole Salsman, 17, had his GoPro camera recording when he went sledding with some friends on Ryan Street Hill in Victoria to celebrate having a snow-related day off from school Tuesday. Salsman's camera recorded the moment he went over a ramp on his sled and collided with a rat. "I thought somebody's toboggan snapped and a piece of plastic...

Man recreates 'Mona Lisa' in backyard snow

February 14 - A Toronto man turned winter weather into high art when he used a shovel to turn his backyard ice rink into a recreation of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". Robert Greenfield posted a timelapse video to YouTube showing how he used a shovel after recent heavy snowfall to etch the "Snowna Lisa" into the snow that fell on his backyard ice rink. The completed artwork bears a striking resemblance to Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting, the "Mona Lisa." "This is not exactly a masterpiece...

Video Shows Man Releasing Rat Inside New Jersey McDonald’s

February 13 - Total chaos erupted at a McDonald’s in Newark, New Jersey after a man released a large white rat inside the crowded restaurant last week. A video posted on Facebook, that appears to have been shot by an accomplice, shows a young man, accompanied by a child, walking into the restaurant located at 772 Broad Street on Feb. 5. The man can be seen carrying a clear pet carrier with the white rat inside. “Let me hold it, let me hold it,” shouts the kid.

February 7, 2019

World's largest tower of cupcakes assembled in India

February 1 - A pyramid-shaped collection of pastries assembled at a mall in India broke a Guinness World Record for the tallest tower of cupcakes. Preethi Kitchen Appliances and Food Consulate Chennai teamed up to bake 18,818 cupcakes as assemble them into a tower measuring 41 feet, 8 inches tall at the Forum Vijya Mall in Chennai. The cupcakes, which were all made on-site, took about 30 hours to cook and arrange on the pyramid structure. A Guinness adjudicator was present during...

82-year-old grandma's snow-blowing skills go viral

February 4 - An 82-year-old Michigan grandma is enjoying her viral fame after photos were posted online showing her happily using a snowblower after a major snowstorm. Marlene Downing of Muskegon said she gladly donned her winter coat and ventured outside amid frigid temperatures when several inches of snow fell on her neighborhood. "I like being outside, and I like the snow," Downing told WLS-TV. "I just don't need any help. I got this big machine, it works great."

Puppy born with upside-down paws learning to walk

February 4 - An Oklahoma puppy is learning to walk after undergoing a complicated surgical procedure to correct his upside-down paws. Milo, a hound puppy surrendered to Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary when he was just five weeks old, was initially unable to walk due to being born with a condition that turned his front paws upside down. Jennie Hayes, who operates the sanctuary, took Milo to Oklahoma State University, where Dr. Erik Clary and his veterinary team...

London restaurant serves up gray squirrel lasagna

February 4 - The chef at a London restaurant said he is catering to customers in search of "sustainable" proteins with a lasagna made with an unusual meat -- gray squirrel. Ivan Tisdall-Downes, chef at Borough Market restaurant Native, said he struck a deal with his wild boar supplier to obtain the gray squirrel carcasses that would have gone to waste from culls of the invasive North American animals. "Squirrel is one of the most sustainable proteins you can cook really.

Toddler rescued from pizzeria's claw machine

February 6 - An Alabama 2-year-old was rescued from a restaurant's claw machine when he crawled inside to try to get a toy. Kelsey Ingersoll said her son, Ezra, was playing with his siblings and some friends' children in the game room at Rotolo's Pizzeria in Fairhope when she lost sight of the boy. "I had been checking on the kids every couple of minutes to make sure they were still playing nicely and all of a sudden, my daughter ran over to me and said Ezra was in the machine...

Veterinarians save cat found caked with snow

February 7 - Veterinarians in Montana said they were able to save a cat found frozen in the snow with a temperature too low for thermometers to read. Dr. Jevon Clark, veterinarian at Animal Clinic of Kalispell, said Fluffy the cat was brought in by her owners after she was found unresponsive and buried in the snow amid 10-degree weather Thursday afternoon. "I've never seen this. I've been in practice for almost 24 years and she was actually caked in ice, like those ice balls were caked on her all the way...

Working USB thumb drive found in leopard seal poop

February 7 - New Zealand researchers examining a leopard seal's fecal sample that had been frozen for a year made a surprising discovery -- a working USB thumb drive. The New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said a volunteer thawed out a scat sample about the size of two bread rolls and discovered the leopard seal had apparently passed the USB drive through its digestive system. Researchers said the scat sample had been collected in November 2017...

January 31, 2019

Mail truck explodes on Missouri street

January 25 - A Missouri man's home security camera captured the moment a mail truck exploded into a ball of flames and rolled down his street. Brian Riley said he heard the sound of squealing tires outside of his home in the Northland area of Kansas City on Wednesday night. He said it sounded like someone was stuck in the snow for about 15 minutes. Riley said he finally looked at his home security camera when his dogs started barking and he discovered a U.S. Postal Service truck...

Florida dog honks car horn to get owner's attention

January 29 - An impatient dog left inside its owner's car while she went into a store showed its impatience by repeatedly honking the horn. The dog's owner said she left the windows open for her dog when she dipped into ABC Fine Wine liquor store in West Palm Beach, Fla., but the canine became impatient anyway. The owner shared a video showing the impatient pooch repeatedly honking the car's horn in the store parking lot. "She learned how to honk the horn and has been doing...

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Chicago commuter rail fights the cold with fire

January 31 - It's been so cold in the Midwestern United States that some have taken to fight the freezing temperatures with fire. Flames have been spotted this week flashing along Chicago's Metra commuter rail line in an attempt to keep the trains moving smoothly during these frigid temperatures. "One particular issue caused by winter weather is snow and ice-clogged switch points, which can bring a train (or several) to a halt until the blockage is clear," Metra said on its website.

Old Photo of Soot-Covered Coal Miners is Racist “Blackface,” Says Offended Idiot

January 30 - An opinion columnist for The Arizona Republic newspaper penned an article in which he claimed that an old photograph of coal miners covered in soot was racist because it reminded him of “offensive blackface”. Yes, really. In a piece entitled Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface, Rashaad Thomas relates the story of how he was triggered after seeing the photograph hanging on the wall in a downtown Phoenix bar.

January 24, 2019

Seven-year-old barber draws attention at Houston shop

January 18 - A barber in training at a Houston shop is drawing attention due to her high level of skill -- and the fact that she's only 7 years old. Franky Hernandez said his daughter, Alijah, 7, has been watching him cut hair at his Houston shop since she was a toddler, and started showing signs of skills far beyond her age when she was only 4 years old. "I taught her the right maneuvers, and her watching me over time, I was guiding her in the right direction with her hand movements," the father told KTRK-TV.

Pennsylvania man's pet alligator is an emotional support animal

January 18 - A Pennsylvania man says his pet alligator is an emotional support animal, and he has been taking the reptile to visit the elderly. Joie Henney, who hosted his own hunting and fishing show from 1989 until 2000 on outlets including ESPN Outdoors, and his 4 1/2-foot alligator, Wally, paid a visit to the Glatfelter Community Center at assisted living development the Village at Sprenkle Drive north of York. Henney encouraged residents and staff members not to be afraid of the alligator's mouth full of teeth.

Eclipse-watchers' SUV taken by high tide in Florida

January 22 - An SUV ended up in the water at a Florida beach when its occupants were too distracted by the lunar eclipse to watch the tide. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said the occupants of the Honda CRV were able to safely evacuate the vehicle when the high tide rolled in while they were watching the super blood wolf moon. The sheriff's office said the SUV was pulled from the water Monday, but the extent of the damage to the vehicle was not yet clear. None of the vehicle's occupants were injured.

Texas couple hold wedding ceremony at Whataburger

January 18 - A pair of Whataburger fans in Texas celebrated their love for each other and their favorite eatery by holding a wedding ceremony at the fast food restaurant. Jordon and Arianne Moore said they held a wedding in a more traditional venue before heading to Whataburger in San Antonio while still clad in their wedding garb. The couple exchanged vows for a second time inside the restaurant with their officiant present. Arianne Moore said she was inspired by a friend's wedding.

Texas couple's chicken coop pays tribute to Whataburger

January 22 - A Texas couple who missed Whataburger after moving out into the country created the next best thing -- a Whataburger-themed coop for their chickens. Trisha Ruiz said her husband asked her to move from Fort Worth to the countryside, and she gave him some stipulations: They had to have a chicken coop, and they had to be able to "drive to Whataburger in 10 minutes or less." Ruiz said they were able to find a home that met her requirements, but she was disappointed that she...

Italian couple's cat dubbed world's longest by Guinness

January 24 - An Italian family's cat is officially a Guinness World Record holder after being measured at 3 feet, 11.2 inches long. Cinzia Tinnirello and Edgar Scandurra said they had a feeling when 2-year-old Maine coon Barivel was just a kitten that his unusual size would land him in the record books. "From the start we thought about this Guinness World Records title. We all know the Guinness World Records name and we are so excited to see if Barivel will go in the book," Scandurra said. "For us he is like a gift."

Deer jumps over surprised dog on doorbell cam

January 24 - A Kansas homeowner's doorbell camera captured the moment a deer jumped over their dog and ran up to the front door. The Olathe family's Ring camera was triggered by motion in their yard and the video recorded a deer running up to their yard, vaulting over the head of their black Labrador and running up to the front door. The dog looks on in apparent excitement as the deer wanders around the front porch. The deer eventually sprints away from the home.

Company selling boxes of used tissues for $80

January 24 - A Los Angeles start-up is offering to let people choose their own illness schedules by buying a box of used tissues for $80. The company, Vaev, claims that "using a tissue that carries a human sneeze is safer than needles of pills," indicating exposure to the viruses on the tissues serve as an alternative to flu shots and similar vaccines. "We're not about chemicals or prescription drugs here at Vaev," the company's website states, inviting customers to "get sick on your terms."

January 17, 2019

Engineering firm helps moose escape ice skating track

January 11 - A moose that became stranded on an outdoor ice skating track was rescued by workers at a nearby engineering firm that spotted the animal's plight. Workers at DOWL in Anchorage said they watched outside their office window Wednesday as a moose wandered into the oval-shaped ice skating track at Cuddy Midtown Family Park, located next to their building. The ice was extra slippery due to having been recently hot-mopped to keep it smooth, and the moose ended up stranded...

Tanker spills 'a river of chocolate' on I-40

January 14 - The morning commute for some Arizona drivers was a little stickier than normal Monday as an accident involving a tanker truck caused "a river of chocolate" to flow over the westbound lanes of the Interstate-40 near Flagstaff. The tanker truck was carrying some 3,500 gallons of liquid chocolate when it was involved in an accident, causing the vehicle to roll over and dump its sweet cargo on the highway, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. "This will be a sweet cleanup!" the ADPS said.

Dad creates snowmobile from a sled and two leaf blowers

January 15 - A Russian dad's ingenuity is going viral after he used two leaf blowers and a sled to create a makeshift snowmobile for his daughters. A video shows the Belgorod, Russia, man and his daughters testing out the unusual mode of transport on a snowy path. The footage shows one of the girls sitting on the sled, which is propelled across the snow by the wind from two leaf blowers strapped to each side of the sled. The vehicle travels at about the same speed as the father, who runs along in front of the sled.

Large ice disc rotates in Maine river

January 16 - A rotating disc of ice is mesmerizing onlookers in a Maine river, where it formed as a result of cold weather and water currents. Tina Radel, marketing and communications director for the city of Westbrook, shared photos and video of the disc on social media. Radel said the disc is slowly rotating counter-clockwise and birds have been seen riding on the rotating circle. Researchers have said ice discs, which have been documented in the United States before, occur when cold air comes...

Giant snowman gives would-be vandal 'instant karma'

January 17 - An oversized snowman in Kentucky doled out some "instant karma" to a would-be vandal who discovered the hard way that its base was on a tree stump. Petersburg resident Cody Lutz said he built the 9-foot snowman in his yard with his fiancee, Lucy, and his future sister-in-law during the weekend. Lutz said he and his co-designers decided to build the base of the snowman on a large tree stump in their front yard to give it some extra stability. Lutz said he noticed some tire tracks in his yard...

January 10, 2019

Hilarious footage shows two teenagers completely baffled by a rotary telephone

January 10 - This is the moment two 17-year-olds are asked to use a traditional rotary telephone - and are totally baffled. The American teenagers were given the challenge of dialing a phone number within four minutes. Belonging to a generation more acquainted with touch screen mobile phones, the pair had difficulty understanding the concept of picking up the receiver. The pair begin by trying to push the holes on the rotary dial without any success. It takes them almost a minute to discover that...

Ohio school off-duty officer removed after giving principal parking ticket

January 10 - A school off-duty officer in Warren, Ohio, was removed from school premises after issuing a parking ticket for the school principal after she repeatedly parked in a handicap zone, according to multiple media reports. According to WKBN, Officer Adam Chinchik with the Warren Police Department saw a car parking repeatedly in a handicapped zone at Jefferson PK - 8 and discovered the car belonged to the school principal. "A citation was issued to the vehicle for the handicapped parking violation.

Sports car toting six mattresses turns heads in Arizona

January 8 - A Phoenix man's unusual mattress delivery method is going viral after he was caught on camera with six mattresses stacked atop his sports car. A video captured on a Phoenix freeway went viral online after the Dodge Challenger with six mattresses strapped to the roof captured the filmer's attention. The driver of the Challenger was later identified as a driver for Pillow Top Express, a company owned by Casey Day. Day said the sports car has been in circulation as a work vehicle...

210-foot 'fatberg' clogs sewer in English town

January 8 - Wastewater workers in an English town announced they discovered a "fatberg" larger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the town's sewers. South West Water said sewer workers discovered the fatberg, a mass of hardened fat, oil and wet-wipes from local drains and toilets, in a sewer near a children's playground in the English channel coast town of Sidmouth. The service said the fatberg, which measures about 210 feet long -- more than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa...

Man chases runaway tire down Houston highway

January 8 - A traveler on a Houston highway captured video of an unlucky driver running after a runaway tire rolling toward traffic. Rafael Sanchez tweeted a video showing a man running frantically to catch the tire as it rolled toward vehicles on Interstate 45 about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The video shows the driver was able to catch the tire before it became a road hazard. The driver, Mitch Chapman, responded to the tweet, initially appearing miffed that Sanchez filmed his struggle instead of stopping to help.

Rare penny, from school lunch change, up for auction

January 9 - A rare Lincoln-head penny, a Massachusetts teenager received in change for his school lunch, is up for auction with a starting bid of $100,000. Heritage Auctions said the 1943 penny, one of only about 20 to be pressed using bronze instead of the steel amid World War II shortages, came into the possession of 16-year-old coin collector Don Lutes, Jr., when he received it in change for his school lunch in 1947. A popular rumor among collectors at the time claimed...