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July 6, 2017

Infant's casket found on sidewalk dumped by South Jersey funeral home employee

July 6 - The mysterious small coffin found on a North Philadelphia sidewalk Monday night that contained some embalmed remains came from a funeral home in South Jersey. That’s according to Philadelphia Police Capt. Malachi Jones, who would not name the funeral home nor the town. He did say a funeral home employee dumped the small white casket on the 3000 block of W. Clearfield Street, which passers-by found the on the sidewalk across from Mount Vernon Cemetery shortly after 9 p.m.

Man tries to kill wasps with smoke bomb, burns garage to the ground

July 5 - When it comes to removing a wasp nest from your garage or home, Grand Blanc Fire Chief Robert Burdette would like to offer a word of advice: "Call a professional". That's what one Michigan man wishes he would have done after accidentally setting his garage on fire and burning it to the ground Monday night while attempting to kill dozens of wasps buzzing in the corner. Mike Tingley, of Grand Blanc Township, was using a smoke bomb to try to kill the swarm of insects when a wood frame caught on fire.

Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains

July 2 - A fifth of male fish are now transgender because of chemicals from the contraceptive pill being flushed down household drains, a study by has suggested. Male river fish are displaying feminised traits and even producing eggs, the study found. Some have reduced sperm quality and display less aggressive and competitive behaviour, which makes them less likely to breed successfully. The chemicals causing these effects include ingredients in the contraceptive pill, by-products...

June 28, 2017

Roadkill raccoon triggered fight that led to shooting

June 28 - A man pulling a dead raccoon behind him on the side of a Washington road was shot and then hit by a truck Sunday afternoon when drivers got upset, apparently thinking the carcass was a dead dog. “They thought the raccoon was a dog… and they were very incensed that he was dragging this dead dog down the road,” Lt. Travis Adams said. The man told investigators that he planned to use the dead raccoon as bait in a crab pot. The man tied the roadkill raccoon to a rope so that the smell...

McDonald's employee beaten up over broken ice cream machine, deputies say

June 27 - Three customers who were upset that the McDonald's ice cream machine was down for maintenance charged behind the counter and attacked an employee, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. An employee told deputies that three women, including two juveniles, went through the drive through of the McDonald's on West International Speedway around 8 p.m. Sunday and tried to order ice cream, according to the incident report.

Firefighter fired over "fried chicken" remark to black woman

June 28 - Officials in Rhode Island say a city firefighter has been fired for saying an elderly black woman should "stop eating fried chicken" when he responded to a call for medical aid. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says Andre Ferro was terminated Tuesday by the city's Fire Department Trial Board. Ferro previously faced disciplinary action for violating the department's sexual harassment policy, CBS affiliate WPRI-TV reported. The board said in its decision that Ferro...

Life-size stuffed alien rides shotgun in speeding car

June 27 - A routine traffic stop in Georgia turned bizarre when police spotted an extraterrestrial passenger in a speeding vehicle. Alpharetta Department of Public Safety on Sunday shared photos of the life-size stuffed alien officers found strapped into the passenger's side of the vehicle after stopping the driver for speeding on Sunday. "Umm, the things you see during everyday patrol," police wrote in the post. Officer George Gordon told WSBTV the driver was stopped by a motorcycle officer...

Man strolls into pub moments after being struck by a bus

June 27 - A man in England casually got off the ground and walked into a pub, moments after being struck by a bus on a sidewalk. Surveillance footage showed the man crossing the street in front of the The Purple Turtle Bar in Reading, when the rogue bus struck him from behind and sent him flying 20 feet to the bar's front door. Simon Smith only sustained scratches and bruising in the crash and said he was "lucky to be alive," as he was able to casually get up and walk into the entryway of the bar.

North Carolina man uses small scooter to move huge couch

June 27 - An astonished driver in North Carolina pulled over to snap a photo of an unusual one-man couch moving method involving a motor scooter. Corey McMillian posted a photo to Facebook showing a man riding a motor scooter near the Lexington BBQ while balancing a full-sized couch across the small vehicle. "The things you see in little ole Lexington!" McMillian wrote in the June 20 post. The man in the photo was later identified as local resident Whittney Biggerstaff.

June 22, 2017

Deer visits New Jersey home for daily swim in pool

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.

Clock stuck in wall buzzes every night for 13 years

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...

Study finds mountain lions fear voices of Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow

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...

Lifestyle blogger dies after whipped cream can explodes

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 8, 2017

Viral video shows rat inside California cupcake bakery's case

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.

Friends use motorcycle to wash, dry man's hair

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.

Michigan city rejects man's attempt to pay $270 fine in pennies

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...

Toy vending machine at California restaurant dispenses cocaine

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 for cocaine.

Powder in toy vending machine not cocaine after all

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 29, 2017

Snake regurgitates another live snake in Texas

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.

Wild boar family wanders into city, uses crosswalk

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.

Texas hunter says massive bullfrog weighs 13 pounds

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 posted photos 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...

Would-be ATM burglars accidentally burn cash with blowtorch

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 Community Bank...

May 25, 2017

German music festival constructs 4-mile beer pipeline

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," the festival's website states. "We had to bring in full barrels before and during the shows...

California woman with drawn-on beard arrested for bank robbery

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 money...

Pet owner makes homemade harness for disabled fish

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.