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May 23, 2018

Florida city apologizes for alert warning of zombies

May 22 - Officials in a Florida city apologized for an emergency alert that warned of a real power outage and a not-so-real "zombie alert." The alert, sent out by the city of Lake Worth early Sunday, warned of a "power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus," referencing a city from AMC's The Walking Dead. "There are now far less than seven-thousand-three-hundred-eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity," the notice said.

Mustang doing donuts blocks busy Florida bridge

May 22 - Police in Florida said a sports car driver engaged in "completely unlawful behavior" when he blocked a bridge by doing donuts in the roadway. A video captured on the Southeast 17th Street bridge in Fort Lauderdale shows the Ford Mustang spinning in tight circles and shooting off smoke from its burning tires. Police said the bridge was cleared by the time they arrived, but a man driving what police believe to be the same car was cited for reckless driving a short time later...

Turkeys chase cyclist down South Carolina road

May 22 - A surprised traveler on a North Carolina road turned around to capture video of an unusual spectacle: a cyclist being chased by turkeys. The video, filmed this month on a road in Waynesville, shows a cyclist riding on the ride of the road with three turkeys in hot pursuit. The filmer said the turkeys may have been chasing the man for up to two miles. "On my way to eat lunch with my wife noticed a cyclist riding in the opposite direction with three turkeys chasing him," the filmer wrote.

Sinkhole Opens on White House Front Lawn

May 23 - A sinkhole has opened on the North Lawn of the White House, and it appears to be growing bigger, Voice of America reporter Steve Herman noted in a tweet: "It was noticeably bigger between Sunday and Monday…it’s more than a foot long right now," said Herman, Quartz reported. Herman added that a second sinkhole has opened next to the first one, the Quartz report said. The sinkhole is near the press briefing room, the report added.

May 16, 2018

Landscapers find buried safe in New York 7 years after theft

May 15 - A New York man having some landscaping done in his backyard discovered a buried safe filled with valuables that were stolen seven years ago. Matthew Emanuel said he hired Bob Foley and his New Jersey landscaping company, Touch the Earth Inc., to replace some damaged trees in his Staten Island backyard with deer-resistant bamboo. While they were digging, the workers came across a large metal box. "I thought it had something to do with electricity or something...

Squirrels fill car's engine compartment with pine cones

May 16 - A Michigan man who heard strange noises from his car's air conditioning opened the hood to find squirrels stashed 50 pounds of pine cones there. Gabe Awrey posted a photo to Facebook showing the cause of the noises coming from friend Kellen Moore's car air conditioner. Moore heard the sounds last week and drove to Iron Pig Steakhouse in Gaylord, where he asked Awry, a coworker, to take a look under the hood. The cause of the sounds turned out to be 50 pounds of pine cones...

Police praise students for one of the "best senior pranks" they've seen

May 15 - Senior pranks are a rite of passage for many high school students across America. Before school lets out for summer and the graduating class leaves the halls of their high school forever, seniors take one last jab at their teachers and principals. A group of seniors in Cumberland, Wisconsin, left their mark with what the police department called "one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen." When grown-ups arrived at the scene, they discovered a what looked like a car crash...

May 10, 2018

Zoo charged for taking bear out for ice cream

May 10 - A Canadian zoo has been charged under the country's Wildlife Act after officials took a bear for ice cream at a Dairy Queen drive-through. The Discovery Wildlife Park, located in Innisfail, Alberta, has been charged under the Wildlife Act for taking a bear outside the facility without notifying authorities. The zoo is being charged with an additional count after it emerged that the bear was being taken to an employee's home each night for bottle feeding in 2017.

Billboard Threatening 'Liberals' Over Trump Impeachment Will Be Removed

May 10 - A pro-Trump billboard warning “liberals” to arm themselves if they attempt to impeach the president will be taken down from its roadside position in Calvert County, Maryland. “Hey liberals, better get your guns if you try to impeach President Trump,” the billboard reads in large red ink. “From all of your deplorables in Calvert County.” According to WTOP, Mike Evans, Calvert County’s sheriff, said that although the sign doesn’t breach any laws, it has been the subject of various complaints...

Amish man in buggy arrested after telling deputy he had 10 beers

May 10 - A young Amish man was arrested last month in Ohio after he was caught blowing through a stop sign in a horse-drawn buggy, and later admitted to drinking 10 beers -- in an incident caught on police dashcam video. The Geauga County Sheriff's Office told FOX8 a deputy was concerned about the possibility of a runaway horse, or a driver having a medical emergency, and followed the buggy until the driver pulled into a farm about 50 miles east of Cleveland on April 29.

May 3, 2018

Man uses Jet Ski to put out boat fire in Florida

May 2 - A Florida man who is training to be a paramedic was recorded using a Jet Ski to splash water on a flaming boat and put out the fire. Bret Townsend, an EMT who is training to be a paramedic, said he used the Jet Ski to approach the boat after it caught fire near a sandbar in Tequesta on Sunday afternoon and made sure there was no one remaining aboard the vessel. "My concern was the boat was going to blow off to the side, maybe catch something else on fire or get down into the fuel tank, maybe explode or leak oil into the water," Townsend told WPEC-TV.

'Extreme cutout' jeans feature little fabric, high price

May 3 - A $168 pair of "extreme cutout" jeans being sold by an online retailer feature large front pockets -- and very little else. The Extreme Cut Out Pant, being sold by high-end online store Carmar, feature "large statement cutouts" -- fabric removed from the thigh and lower leg areas on both the front and back of the pants. The jeans consist of thin strips of denim fabric roughly in the shape of a pair of pants. The "relax fit" pants went viral on social media, with many questioning the large price tag, $168...

Scottish Man in Custody for Carrying Potato Peeler in Public Place

May 3 - A man was arrested in Dunfermline, Scotland, on Saturday for carrying a potato peeler in a public place “without reasonable excuse” and faces up to four years in prison. The Dunfermline Sheriff Court confirmed to Breitbart London that Scott Walker, 39, of the James Bank Hostel, James Street had appeared Monday, charged under the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995, for carrying “an article which had a blade or which was sharply pointed, namely a potato peeler”.

Toronto police investigating prank that left car dangling from bridge

May 3 - Police in Toronto are investigating an apparent prank that left a car dangling from a busy bridge, terrifying commuters and baffling onlookers. The Toronto Police Service launched a "mischief investigation" into the incident on Wednesday after residents spotted the blue vehicle swinging in midair from a rope tied to the Millwood Overpass Bridge. The Honda Civic, with its windows smashed and interior charred, was removed around 10 a.m., but there’s still no information as to how the car...

April 26, 2018

Woman Calls 911 on Father with Kids at Park Due to His Pro-2A Shirt

April 18 - A Texas dad playing with his children at a local playground got quite a surprise when the police showed up to question him, stating that his pro-gun shirt was “making other parents uncomfortable”. Troy Johnston and his two daughters, ages four and six, stopped at Castle Park on March 30, so the children could enjoy the park’s swings and maze, he told Blue Lives Matter. Several other parents approached Johnston while his daughters were playing, alerting him to the fact...

Semi truck crash covers road in thousands of broken eggs

April 24 - A semi truck crash in China caused a slippery mess when the trailer spilled its load of more than 100,000 duck eggs into the roadway. A video from the Saturday incident in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, shows police officers and transportation crews working to clean up the mess from the broken eggs. Police said the truck had been carrying more than 100,000 duck eggs when the driver lost control on a decline and the vehicle flipped over. No injuries were reported from the crash.

Frustrated customer uses PA to summon assistance

April 26 - An annoyed Walmart customer in Kentucky took matters into his own hands by using the PA system to call for assistance. Forrest Hunter said he was annoyed when he visited the Lawrenceburg Walmart and couldn't locate any employees to help him in the sporting goods section. Hunter shared a video showing him pick up a store phone and use the PA to call for help. "Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please," Hunter says in the video. "I'm the customer."

Pig brains are kept alive OUTSIDE their bodies could allow humans to become immortal

April 26 - Pig brains have been kept alive outside their bodies for the first time as part of a controversial new experiment. The brains of hundreds of pigs survived for up to 36 hours after the animals had been decapitated, researchers revealed. The radical experiments could pave the way for brain transplants and may one day allow humans to become immortal by hooking up our minds to artificial systems after our natural bodies have perished.

April 19, 2018

Tortoise found covered in red spray paint in Florida

April 19 - Authorities in Florida are offering a reward for information about a gopher tortoise found covered in red spray paint with some concrete on its shell. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted photos to Facebook showing the tortoise found Sunday in the middle of County Road 455, just south of Montverde in the Orlando area. The photos show the tortoise covered in what appears to be red spray paint and some concrete on its shell.

Fleeing suspect sinks into Florida swamp

April 19 - A suspect fleeing from police in Florida ended up needing their help when he ran into a swamp and sank up to his neck in thick mud. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said deputies attempted to stop a driver for speeding Tuesday on U.S. Route 41 and the vehicle nearby struck deputies during the ensuing pursuit. The driver, identified as Paul Andrew Smith, got out of his vehicle after a short chase and fled on foot into a nearby swamp, the sheriff's office said.

Homeowner Finds Intruder Taking A Bath, Eating Cheetos

April 19 - Police in Louisiana say a woman came home to discover a naked stranger in her tub, eating her Cheetos while taking a bath. A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that a responding officer found “a full tub of water and a plate of food along with half eaten Cheetos belonging to the victim on the toilet next to the tub.” Washington told the homeowner and police...