June 21 - A fawn has made itself at home in a New
Jersey family's backyard pool to escape the summer heat.
Resident Brittney Benincasa
first spotted the deer climbing out of the pool outside
her Freehold Township home on June 14. "I went to the sink to
wash my hands, and through the window, I saw it climbing out
of pool and on to the pavement," she said. "She shook off and
laid in my landscaping for like 45 minutes, then she got up
again and walked back towards the pool, leaning over the edge.
June 21 - Jerry Lynn lost an alarm clock 13 years ago
and the timepiece still buzzes a reminder every night. The
clock, stuck inside the walls of his Pittsburgh-area home,
blasts its alarm each evening at 6:50 p.m. or 7:50 p.m.,
depending on the time of year.
Lynn told CBS Pittsburgh he mistakenly dropped the clock
down an air vent while he made home repairs in September 2004.
The clock was set to go off ten minutes later, originally
meant to tell Lynn where he could put a hole...
June 22 - A university study found that mountain lions
fear human voices, including those of a few professional
broadcasters. The study conducted by the University of
California Santa Cruz used
recordings of Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow to determine
if mountain lions are afraid of humans. Researchers placed
cameras and motion-activated sound equipment that played
recordings of Limbaugh and Maddow talking as well as croaking
Pacific tree frogs. After a total of 29 experiments...
June 22 - French fitness blogger and Instagram model
Rebecca Burger died when she was struck by an exploding
whipped cream dispenser, her family said. Burger, 32, died
when a pressurized whipped cream container "exploded and
struck Rebecca's thorax, resulting in her death," the family
wrote on her Instagram account. Their comments included a
warning about defective
whipped cream containers. French media said that she died
of cardiac arrest in a hospital near Galfingue, France...
June 6 - A popular Los Angeles-area cupcake restaurant
said a "structural malfunction" was partially to blame for a
rat being caught on video in a display case. A video posted to
YouTube by Luisa Hidalgo shows a rat running around inside a
display case at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Glendale's The Americana
at Brand shopping center. "Don't you ever buy food here," a
woman's voice says in the video. Suley Hidalgo, Luisa's
sister, recorded the video early Friday morning.
June 6 - A group of men in China were filmed putting a
motorcycle to an unusual use -- washing and drying a friend's
hair. The video, filmed last month, shows a man operating the
motorcycle with its rear tire elevated and placed in a shallow
pool of water in Ziyang, Sichuan Province. A second man is
lying on his stomach on a wooden pallet behind the motorcycle,
causing the water sprayed by the motorcycle's tire to land in
his hair while a third man applies shampoo.
June 7 - A Michigan man attempted to make a statement
by paying his $270 fine in pennies, but city officials
rejected the coins. Brian McGonegal said he was outraged when
the city of Jackson handed down a $270 fine last year for
having rubbish in his yard -- which he said cost an additional
$200 to have cleaned up -- so he decided to get even by making
his payment entirely in pennies. McGonegal brought 2,700
pennies to Jackson City Hall to make his first $27 installment
on the fine...
June 7 - Police in California said a 25-cent toy
vending machine at a California restaurant dispensed balls of
putty filled with cocaine.
Bell Gardens Police said the young boy's mother put 25
cents into a vending machine Monday at Taqueria Los Altos and
got a putty ball toy for her son. "While her son was playing
with the putty ball toy, it ruptured and a white powdery
substance came out," Detective Miguel Torres said. The mother
called police, who determined the white powder tested positive
June 8 - Police said a white powder found inside toys
dispensed by a vending machine at a California restaurant was
not cocaine, as they originally believed. The
Bell Gardens Police Department, which
earlier reported the vending machine at Taqueria Los Altos
in Bell Gardens dispensed 25-cent toys filled with cocaine,
said the test that detected the presence of narcotics was
found to be a false-positive. The powder, which was inside
balloons that were originally reported to be balls of putty...
May 30 - A Texas couple taking video of a snake with a
strange object in its mouth were shocked when the serpent
regurgitated a second snake, which was still alive.
Christopher Reynolds said he and his wife were leaving his
mother's Newton home Sunday when he spotted a snake near the
road and stopped to look at the reptile. Reynolds said he and
his wife initially thought the snake, which had a strange
object in its mouth, was dead, but it soon surprised them by
starting to move.
May 30 - A family of wild boars wandered into a Polish
city and impressed bystanders by politely using a crosswalk to
cross the street. A shocked spectator in Sopot captured video
on May 5th of the porcine pedestrians, which included baby
wild pigs, using a crosswalk in the city center. The animals,
nine adults and at least 10 babies, were next seen foraging
for food in the grass next to the sidewalk. It was unclear
whether the boars were removed by authorities or if they left
on their own.
May 31 - A Texas hunter says he caught a massive
13-pound bullfrog, and while experts said his photos are real,
they are a bit misleading. The South Texas Hunting Association
to its Facebook page that were provided by a hunter named
Markcuz Rangel. Rangel said the frog in the photos was caught
in a pond on a Batesville-area ranch and weighed in at a
staggering 13 pounds. Many commenters called the authenticity
of the photos into question, but Steve Lightfoot, spokesman...
May 31 - Burglars who attempted to break into an ATM in
Washington with a blowtorch accidentally set the cash inside
the machine on fire. Everett police
shared a photo of the charred ATM outside Coastal
Community Bank after the thieves had their haul destroyed by
their own flames. Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department
said the would-be burglars
attempted to burn through the exterior of the machine to
access the cash box. Chief Operations Officer of Coastal
May 24 - A heavy metal music festival in Germany
constructed a 4-mile long beer pipeline to more efficiently
serve beverages to its guests. The Wacken Open Air music
festival in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein
began constructing the massive beer pipeline in the fall and
announced it was completed on Tuesday. "Until this year,
we always had to move dozens of barrels through the infield,"
festival's website states. "We had to bring in full
barrels before and during the shows...
May 24 - Police in California arrested a woman
suspected of robbing a local bank on Tuesday while disguised
with a drawn-on beard. Danville police
shared a press release
describing the incident which occurred at around 9:10 a.m.
when the suspect entered the bank in West Danville wearing
black pants, black shirt, a camouflage backpack and "what
appeared to be a painted on beard." Police said the suspect
entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding
May 24 - A Swedish pet owner gave an injured fish a new
leash on life with a home-made harness that allows the
creature to swim around in its tank. A video created by the
Lidingo resident shows a fish tank with one of the fish
suspended via two twist ties from a floating piece of cork.
The owner said the fish was injured and appeared unable to
swim. "Our fish was stuck at the bottom on the tank because
its swim bladder was probably damaged," the fish owner wrote.
May 10 - A visitor to a London park captured video of
an annoyed swan using its beak to toss away pigeons that got
in the way of its food. The video, posted
to YouTube by James Hance, shows the swan standing among a
large group of pigeons eating food on the ground at Regents
Park. The pigeons repeatedly bump into the swan and block its
access to the food on the ground, causing it to shove them
with increasing annoyance. The much larger bird eventually
started picking up the pigeons and tossing...
May 10 - Doctors in China said they surgically removed
two ballpoint pens from a man who swallowed them more than
three decades ago. Surgeons at the hospital in Suzhou, Jiangsu
Province, said the man, surnamed Wang, told them he swallowed
the pens as part of a lost bet when he was just 14 years old
-- 36 years ago. Wang told the doctors he forgot about
swallowing the writing implements until February, when they
showed up on an X-ray during a body examination. The pens were
removed April 24.
May 11 - The Dakota Access Pipeline, the target of
months of environmentalist and Native American protests,
leaked about 84 gallons[we're all gonna die] of oil in
South Dakota, the state said. The surge pumped at a station in
Tulare had a mechanical failure and the oil leak was limited
to a containment area protected by gravel and synthetic liner.
"They have the main line and the main pump, but they also have
a surge tank, which they have pump a little off the main line
into," said Brian Walsh, an environmental...
May 10 - Researchers at Arizona State University have a
plan to ease the effects of climate change on the Arctic by
building 10 million wind-powered water pumps to make more ice,
NBC News reported. An estimated cost for the project would
be $50 billion per year.
Arctic sea ice has been declining at a rate of 13.3
percent per decade, caused by a mixture of global warming and
natural climate variability. "Arctic
Ice Management", published in late January in the American
Geophysical Union's journal...
May 3 - A lion at a British zoo was humiliated on his
birthday when keepers posted a Facebook video of him being
startled by a soap bubble. The Paradise Wildlife Park in
Broxbourne, England, celebrated the 10th birthday of white
lion Moto by sharing
Facebook video of one of the lion's "not
so finest moments." The video, filmed by a zookeeper named
Tony, shows the lion curiously inspecting a flying bubble in
his enclosure. The bubble lands on the ground and pops,
startling Moto and causing him...
May 4 - An Ohio-based candy retailer said online
curiosity spurred a sell-out run on its latest unusual
product: Pickle Juice Soda Pop. Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop,
based in Miamisburg, announced the release of the soda Friday
on its Facebook page, and the store quickly ran out of
stock when online orders started pouring in. "If you're the
kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is
gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here!"
the store quipped in its Facebook post.
May 4 - Police in British Columbia shared a photo of
pigeon eggs laid in a nest the mother bird constructed out of
used drug needles. Vancouver Police Superintendent Michelle
tweeted a photo that was taken by an officer Tuesday
during an inspection of a vacant room at an unidentified
"single-resident occupancy hotel" in the Downtown Eastside
part of the city. The photo shows three white pigeon eggs laid
in a nest of used drug needles in the room's sink. "Pigeons
spotted making a nest out...