July 2 - An Australian family is still grieving over
the unexpected loss of their father,
who fell gravely ill allegedly after eating a gecko on a
dare. David Dowell was reportedly challenged to eat the small
lizard at a Christmas party last year, and was rushed to the
hospital two days later in “absolute agony.” “It was a dare
but I don’t know if it was a serious one, I was paying
attention but not really because it was a Christmas party and
the kids were invited,” Allira Bricknell, the 34-year-old’s
June 27 - A
Google Maps error near a Colorado airport left more than
100 drivers seeking a detour stranded on a dirt road. Drivers
headed to the Denver International Airport said they were
diverted by Google Maps Sunday due to a crash on Pena
Boulevard that led the app to offer a detour. The drivers were
led down a dirt road that soon turned muddy due to recent
rains and vehicles ended up stuck with about 100 cars lined up
behind them. "There were a bunch of other cars going down [the
dirt road] too...
June 28 - Northeastern Ohio is in the midst of a mayfly
invasion, with the seasonal insects showing up on weather
radar and being spotted swarming vehicles. Weather radar at
WEWS-TV picked up a swarming mass of the mayflies, which
come from Lake Erie, as they flew over the northeastern part
of the state. Photos going viral
on Facebook and Twitter show swarms of mayflies completely
covering parked cars. Experts said mayflies only live for one
or two days after coming to land...
June 28 - A New Zealand family fled their home and
neighbors are being warned to keep a distance after a muddy
geyser started swallowing the property. Susan Gedye said she
awoke Tuesday morning at her home in Rotorua to what she
initially thought was an earthquake. Gedye
told Radio New Zealand she looked out her kitchen window
and spotted "a big geyser coming out of the ground." Gedye and
her family abandoned their home as a precaution and the mud
geyser continued to grow...
June 28 - A doctor at a hospital in Thailand shared
video of the unusual discovery inside the ear of a woman
complaining of tinnitus -- a tick. Dr. Piradee Chanmonthon,
37, an otolaryngologist at Buddhachinaraj Hospital in
Phitsanulok, said the 50-year-old woman came into the hospital
complaining of a ringing sound that had been in her left ear
for weeks. Piradee looked inside the woman's ear and
discovered a tick had bitten the inside of her ear repeatedly.
July 3 - A Texas woman shared video of a wall-climbing
snake that scaled the outside of her home and used its face to
ring her doorbell. The security camera footage from the
Converse home shows the snake slither up to the door at 1 a.m.
Sunday and use its face to ring the doorbell. "We checked our
Ring, and it was a snake," homeowner Belinda Muniz
told KSAT-TV. "You just never expect a snake to ring your
doorbell." She said the video should serve as a warning.
June 21 - A Boston animal hospital said veterinarians
used X-rays to discover the cause of a bulldog's nausea and
vomiting: 19 pacifiers in his stomach. The
MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center said Emily Shanahan,
the owner of Mortimer, a 3-year-old bulldog, brought the
canine into the facility in the spring to investigate the
cause of his nausea and vomiting. Mortimer was initially
diagnosed with an acid reflux-related vomiting syndrome, but
Shanahan brought him back to the hospital...
June 26 - A 94-year-old woman was reunited with her
wedding ring after nearly 50 years thanks to a man who
overheard her conversation about the gold band. Florene Bush,
94, a resident at a Leoma nursing home, was talking about her
long-lost ring when she was overheard by Wesley White, a metal
detector enthusiast who was visiting his mother at the
facility. White spoke to Bush and her son, Frank Bush, and
learned the ring had been lost in the 1970s while Bush was
gardening near her home.
June 27 - A 40-year-old motorhome driver has been
killed after his RV hurtled up a ferry terminal's ramp, flew
into the air and slammed down on the departing ship's deck.
Éric Belec from Laval, Quebec, was pulled from the wreckage of
the decimated campervan and rushed to hospital where he died
hours later. A woman passenger, 40, remains in critical
condition from the crash which was reportedly caused after the
vehicle suffered mechanical failures.
May 31 - Police and an animal trapper were summoned to
a Florida home where an 11-foot alligator had broken into the
house through a kitchen window.
The City of Clearwater said police and a Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission trapper responded overnight
to an Eagles Landing area home where the large gator was found
lurking on the bathroom floor. Police said the reptile broke
into the home through some low kitchen windows.
June 3 - A Florida couple having a romantic picnic next
to a lake had their amorous encounter ruined when an alligator
dashed out of the water to steal their food. Taylor Forte said
she and her fiance, Trevor Walters, were having a picnic next
to Lake Alice in Gainesville when the reptile appeared on the
shore of the lake and quickly took over their blanket. Forte
captured video as the alligator made quick work of salami,
cheese and other picnic foods. The couple said the alligator
eventually went back...
June 4 - A teenager who was only on her second day as a
licensed driver experienced an unusual hazard behind the wheel
when a raccoon hitched a ride on her windshield. Haylee Lowry,
was driving home from basketball practice with her mother
in Tennessee when she thought she ran over a raccoon. The
animal surprised the mother and daughter moments later when it
climbed to the windshield of the still-moving car. Lowry's
mother, Michelle Lowry,
captured video of the raccoon's daring stunt.
June 4 - A doctor in Vietnam captured video when a
patient's ear pain turned out to be caused by a tiny spider
living inside her ear. Dr. Thuoc said a patient came into the
clinic in Hai Duong complaining of pain inside her ear, and
Thuoc used an endoscope to look inside for the cause. Tuoc
captured video of the surprising cause of the woman's pain --
a spider nesting inside her ear. The doctor said he was able
to use a small light to lure the arachnid out of the woman's
June 5 - Police in Louisiana are reminding residents to
keep 911 calls limited to emergencies after someone called to
report Taco Bell was out of taco shells. The
Slidell Police Department said someone called 911 to
report the Taco Bell on Gause Boulevard in Slidell "ran out of
both hard and soft taco shells." "While this is truly a
travesty, the police can't do anything about this," police
said. "Hopefully, they are replenished in time for Taco
Tuesday!" Police described the incident...
May 24 - A Utah couple pressured to have grandchildren
retaliated against the husband's mother by staging a new baby
photo shoot with the supercharger for their Ford Mustang.
Brayden Tomicic said he and his wife, Payton, had been
getting pressure from his mother to start giving her
grandchildren, so they decided to hold a photo shoot cradling
the new supercharger for his 2007 Fort Mustang GT like a new
baby. "The last two years Payton and I have been preparing for
May 30 - A man accused of trying to rob a 91-year-old
Arizona woman last week had been released from a Scottsdale
just 45 minutes earlier, KNXV reported. Police re-arrested
Danny Nicholas, 35, on May 20 after a neighbor chased him away
as he tried to steal a wedding ring from the woman in her
home, The Arizona Republic reported. Catherine Mason says her
sister and daughter spotted Nicholas as he shoved the
91-year-old into her home, KSAZ reported. Her sister called
911 while Mason...
May 30 - The world's smallest surviving premature baby
was released from a San Diego hospital this month, according
to a statement by the hospital on Wednesday. Baby Saybie
weighed 8.6 ounces when she was born on December 2018 at 23
weeks and three days, the same weight as a large apple. The
parents (who wish to remain anonymous but gave permission to
the hospital to publicize the story) were told by doctors that
Saybie would die within a few hours.
May 20 - A couple in Spain discovered a buzzing sound
that was keeping them up at night was caused by 80,000 bees in
their bedroom wall. The couple from the city of Granada,
Andalusia, had been mystified by the low humming sound
emitting from their wall for two years, until the sound became
louder as temperatures in the area rose and they called a
local beekeeper for help. "From about three months ago there
was an unbearable noise and they didn't know what to do,"
May 22 - Authorities in New York state said a driver
was ticketed after a sharp-eyed deputy noticed the vehicle's
inspection sticker was hand-drawn on construction paper. The
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said a driver was
pulled over Monday in Amsterdam when a deputy noticed the
vehicle's inspection sticker did not appear to be official.
The deputy discovered the sticker was actually made of
construction paper and was hand-drawn to resemble an official
New York State Safety...
May 22 - Officials in Houston are asking neighbors to
check inside their storm drains after a big screen TV was
found clogging one such drain in the city. A resident of the
Greensbrook Place neighborhood said the TV had been in the
storm drain for some time before it was removed by a Harris
County Precinct One crew. Neighbors said the TV was the
largest object they had ever seen in a storm drain. "I mean,
clothes, backpack, bags, whatever, but I've never seen
anything as big as a TV...
May 15 - When someone wants to test drive the vehicle
you're selling you're very cautious. Right? Especially when
the car is worth $2.2 million. Yet, German police recovered a
valuable 1980s Ferrari stolen during a test drive and are
searching for the man believed to have sped off with the car
while posing as a would-be buyer. The red Ferrari 288 GTO,
first registered in 1985, is believed to be worth more than
$2.2 million. A man answering an advertisement turned up for a
May 9 - An Irish ice cream company is causing a stir
online with the debut of its unusual new flavor: chicken
nugget. XXI ICE, based in Dundalk, unveiled its latest
creation, chicken nugget flavored ice cream. The company
released a video showing how the ice cream is made, which
actual chunks of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets broken up into
the vanilla ice cream and more chicken nuggets on top as a
garnish. The company previously made viral waves when it
May 9 - A baby giraffe born at a Seattle zoo has been
outfitted with a custom-made pair of therapeutic shoes to
treat a leg abnormality that prevented it from walking.
The Woodland Park Zoo said the giraffe, a yet-unnamed male
born at the facility May 2, was born with a condition known as
hyper-extended fetlocks that made it difficult for him to
walk. "It is well documented in horses and has been reported
to occur in giraffes," zoo veterinarian Tim Storms said.
May 10 - A New Jersey man captured video when he was
confronted with an unusual scene in his front yard -- two
black bears fighting. Corey Bale of Frankford Township, in
Sussex County, said a neighbor told him a bear had been
spotted behind his home, where his son plays, and while he was
investigating he heard sounds coming
from the front yard. "When I went out to look, I actually
heard the bears' jaws hitting together as they were fighting
and growling at each other," Bale
May 10 - A shocked witness on a Tennessee road captured
video of a small car attempting to transport more than two
dozen wooden pallets piled on top of the vehicle. The video,
filmed just outside New Genesis Auto Detailing in Memphis,
shows the car traveling at a slow speed to avoid jostling the
pallets, which are piled more than twice the height of the
vehicle. Witnesses can be heard commenting on the dangerous
attempt at pallet transportation. It was unclear whether the
May 11 - A waiter at a New York City pizzeria returned
a $424,000 cashier's check to a woman who accidentally left it
behind and didn't leave a tip. Waiter Armando Markaj came
check in an envelope containing a cashier's check while
cleaning a table at Patsy's restaurant in Harlem on May 4.
Karen Vinacour, a retired social worker, left the money behind
while eating lunch with her daughter at Patsy's. Vinacour
brought along the cashier's check as a down payment...
May 15 - A New York state mother was temporarily
separated from her newborn son after a bagel caused a false
positive on a drug test administered while she was in labor.
Elizabeth Dominguez of Tonawanda said staff at the hospital in
Niagara Falls took a urine sample for testing while she was in
labor and they later told her she had tested positive for
opiates. "I did a urine test and it came back that I tested
positive for opiates," she
told WKBW-TV. "I called my husband freaking out saying
'how is this possible?...