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May 11, 2017

Annoyed swan tosses pigeons out of its way in London

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...

Pair of ballpoint pens extracted from man's body after 36 years

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.

Dakota Access pipeline leaks 84 gallons in South Dakota

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...

Researchers Propose $50B Per Year Arctic Ice-Making Plan

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 4, 2017

Lion startled by popping bubble at British zoo

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...

Pickle Juice Soda fascinates the Internet, quickly sells out

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.

Pigeon lays eggs in nest of used drug needles

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 Davey 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...

April 27, 2017

Mother duck watches police officer rescue 12 ducklings from storm drain

April 26 - A mother duck in Texas watched carefully as a police officer helped rescue her dozen ducklings from a storm drain. Pearland Police Department shared video as officers Adam Carroll and Matthew Web responded to the scene to rescue the distressed ducklings. Carroll spotted the mother duck "going crazy" and pacing back and forth near the storm drain when he began to suspect the ducklings may be in danger. "At first I thought, 'This is peculiar that a duck is out here away from water by...

Seattle woman receives fake movie money from ATM

April 26 - A Seattle woman who received a badly damaged $20 bill from an ATM examined the cash more closely and discovered it was a movie prop. Darcy Fox said she withdrew $300 from the ATM at a Bank of America in the Wedgwood neighborhood Monday and quickly noticed one of the $20 bills she received was badly frayed and was being held together with tape. Fox said in a Facebook post she went inside to exchange the bill and noticed while waiting in line that it wasn't real cash at all -- it was a movie prop.

Two men on same flight had cocaine under their pants

April 27 - Customs officials at a New York airport said two passengers on the same flight from the Dominican Republic were hiding large amounts of cocaine under their pants. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Ariel Garcia, a U.S. citizen, presented himself for inspection April 19 when he arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport on a flight from Santo Domingo. Officers found about 11 pounds of cocaine in packages strapped to Garcia's body under his pants. Elvin Montilla-Sosa...

Crews begin removing more than 300 Civil War-era cannonballs in Pa.

April 26 - Construction crews began Wednesday removing more than 300 Civil War-era cannonballs found underground a construction site in central Pennsylvania. The hundreds of cannonballs buried underground are a stark reminder of history, but when they show up during excavation for new apartments, that's a little different, CBS Pittsburgh reports. Crews initially found a few of the black powder filled cannonballs, but that quickly changed to more than 300. It's a delicate process that will take several days.

April 20, 2017

Man in colorful bubble rolls down Russian street

April 19 - Security cameras overlooking a road in a Russian city captured the moment a man astonished onlookers by barreling down the street in an inflatable orb. The video, posted to YouTube by ABOUT AyTek, shows footage from a CCTV camera in Perm as a pedestrian waits at the side of the road while vehicles pass by him. A man in a polyurethane bubble -- known as a Zorb -- then rolls past, followed by more vehicles. The man reportedly rented the Zorb from a local company and decided...

Bear sits down next to Alaska photographer to watch nature

April 20 - A man sitting at the edge of an Alaska river to capture images of nature was startled to be joined by a relaxed bear that enjoyed the view at his side. Anchorage photographer Drew Hamilton said he was photographing bears playing in the McNeil River when another bear, which apparently just woke up, approached his spot. Video captured by Hamilton shows the bear casually walk up and plop down next to the chair Hamilton set up next to the river. Hamilton said he and the bear watched...

Huge iceberg towers over Canadian town

April 20 - Canada's "Iceberg Alley" is living up to its name this spring, and tourists are flocking to the town of Ferryland to see the behemoth that has grounded just off shore. The iceberg towers over the picturesque town, which is about an hour south of St. John's on the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian Ice Service classified it as "large," which means it has a height of 151-240 feet and is between 401 and 670 feet long. Kaelam Power went mountain biking along the coast...

April 12, 2017

Russian man fills wife's car with cement as revenge for name change

April 11 - A Russian man whose wife changed her last name for a supermarket promotion was recorded taking revenge by filling her car with cement. The man was recorded on video outside of a St. Petersburg grocery store using a cement-mixing truck to dump wet cement through the open window of a parked car. The man says the car belongs to his wife, who he said changed her last name to Veniy as part of a promotion by the supermarket chain of the same name offering nearly...

Canadian driver used wood log and chicken wire as car's suspension

April 12 - A driver in Canada was charged by police after officers discovered his car's suspension had been replaced with wood and wire. Police in Val-des-Monts, Quebec shared a photo of the 28-year-old driver's improvised suspension made using a wooden log and chicken wire tied together with a pin. Three of the tires on the vehicle showed "very advanced" signs of wear and tear. "It was basically keeping the vehicle up," Sgt. Martin Fournel told the Ottawa Citizen about the makeshift suspension.

Major Swedish Newspaper Calls For Ban On Cars to Fight Terrorism

April 11 - One of Swedens biggest newspapers has called for new regulations on motor vehicles in Stockholm after Fridays massacre involving a terrorist who stole a delivery truck and drove it over the bodies of innocent victims on the citys busy sidewalks. While there have been many morbid jokes about the need to ban assault trucks as jihadists have chosen vehicular people-slaughter as their favored method for mass murder, Eva Franchell of Aftonbladet has penned an article that brings...

April 6, 2017

Deer breaks window at courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Kan.

April 3 - A deer broke out a window Monday morning at the Wyandotte County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Kan. The animal shattered one pane of the double-pane window in the first floor office of the Register of Deeds before running off. Emergency management didnt prepare us for this, Register of Deeds Nancy Burns said. Burns said she was sitting at her desk when the animal ran into her window. I screamed, she said.

Villagers hold birthday party for problem pothole

April 1 - A pothole which has been plaguing villagers has been given a birthday cake because it has been causing problems for so long. The "celebration" was organised to make a point to Nottinghamshire County Council. Resident Vonnie Daykin says the hole first appeared on Main Road in Plumtree "at least" around March 2015. She and other villagers say the hole has not been repaired and has grown even deeper. In a latest effort to highlight the hole, she took a picture of it next to a birthday...

Ipswich biker's death-defying Clem 7 tunnel ride

April 3 - An Ipswich man has told of how he somehow defied serious injury or death after riding his motorcycle into a mattress at 80km/h. Aaron Wood said he was so certain he was going to die when he hit the mattress in the Clem 7 tunnel that he unwittingly ripped the rubber grips off the handlebars of his bike. Mr. Wood was following a Toyota Prado that was towing a cage trailer on Tuesday night, when one of two mattresses blew over the top and landed in his lane. With no time to stop or swerve...

Catfish falls from sky into family's pool

April 4 - Just about everyone, especially here in Florida, has a big fish story. But Leonard Vanderpool has, arguably, the best one of all. Vanderpool got so excited when it happened Monday night, he called Winter Haven Police. Even the woman who took the call was flabbergasted. "I told her, 'You're not going to believe this, but a fish dropped out of the sky and it is in my pool,'" he recalled for FOX 13 News. Vanderpool and his wife were just sitting down to watch re-runs of "The Larence Welk Show"on TV when...