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January 17, 2019

Engineering firm helps moose escape ice skating track

January 11 - A moose that became stranded on an outdoor ice skating track was rescued by workers at a nearby engineering firm that spotted the animal's plight. Workers at DOWL in Anchorage said they watched outside their office window Wednesday as a moose wandered into the oval-shaped ice skating track at Cuddy Midtown Family Park, located next to their building. The ice was extra slippery due to having been recently hot-mopped to keep it smooth, and the moose ended up stranded...

Tanker spills 'a river of chocolate' on I-40

January 14 - The morning commute for some Arizona drivers was a little stickier than normal Monday as an accident involving a tanker truck caused "a river of chocolate" to flow over the westbound lanes of the Interstate-40 near Flagstaff. The tanker truck was carrying some 3,500 gallons of liquid chocolate when it was involved in an accident, causing the vehicle to roll over and dump its sweet cargo on the highway, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a tweet. "This will be a sweet cleanup!" the ADPS said.

Dad creates snowmobile from a sled and two leaf blowers

January 15 - A Russian dad's ingenuity is going viral after he used two leaf blowers and a sled to create a makeshift snowmobile for his daughters. A video shows the Belgorod, Russia, man and his daughters testing out the unusual mode of transport on a snowy path. The footage shows one of the girls sitting on the sled, which is propelled across the snow by the wind from two leaf blowers strapped to each side of the sled. The vehicle travels at about the same speed as the father, who runs along in front of the sled.

Large ice disc rotates in Maine river

January 16 - A rotating disc of ice is mesmerizing onlookers in a Maine river, where it formed as a result of cold weather and water currents. Tina Radel, marketing and communications director for the city of Westbrook, shared photos and video of the disc on social media. Radel said the disc is slowly rotating counter-clockwise and birds have been seen riding on the rotating circle. Researchers have said ice discs, which have been documented in the United States before, occur when cold air comes...

Giant snowman gives would-be vandal 'instant karma'

January 17 - An oversized snowman in Kentucky doled out some "instant karma" to a would-be vandal who discovered the hard way that its base was on a tree stump. Petersburg resident Cody Lutz said he built the 9-foot snowman in his yard with his fiancee, Lucy, and his future sister-in-law during the weekend. Lutz said he and his co-designers decided to build the base of the snowman on a large tree stump in their front yard to give it some extra stability. Lutz said he noticed some tire tracks in his yard...

January 10, 2019

Hilarious footage shows two teenagers completely baffled by a rotary telephone

January 10 - This is the moment two 17-year-olds are asked to use a traditional rotary telephone - and are totally baffled. The American teenagers were given the challenge of dialing a phone number within four minutes. Belonging to a generation more acquainted with touch screen mobile phones, the pair had difficulty understanding the concept of picking up the receiver. The pair begin by trying to push the holes on the rotary dial without any success. It takes them almost a minute to discover that...

Ohio school off-duty officer removed after giving principal parking ticket

January 10 - A school off-duty officer in Warren, Ohio, was removed from school premises after issuing a parking ticket for the school principal after she repeatedly parked in a handicap zone, according to multiple media reports. According to WKBN, Officer Adam Chinchik with the Warren Police Department saw a car parking repeatedly in a handicapped zone at Jefferson PK - 8 and discovered the car belonged to the school principal. "A citation was issued to the vehicle for the handicapped parking violation.

Sports car toting six mattresses turns heads in Arizona

January 8 - A Phoenix man's unusual mattress delivery method is going viral after he was caught on camera with six mattresses stacked atop his sports car. A video captured on a Phoenix freeway went viral online after the Dodge Challenger with six mattresses strapped to the roof captured the filmer's attention. The driver of the Challenger was later identified as a driver for Pillow Top Express, a company owned by Casey Day. Day said the sports car has been in circulation as a work vehicle...

210-foot 'fatberg' clogs sewer in English town

January 8 - Wastewater workers in an English town announced they discovered a "fatberg" larger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the town's sewers. South West Water said sewer workers discovered the fatberg, a mass of hardened fat, oil and wet-wipes from local drains and toilets, in a sewer near a children's playground in the English channel coast town of Sidmouth. The service said the fatberg, which measures about 210 feet long -- more than the height of the Leaning Tower of Pisa...

Man chases runaway tire down Houston highway

January 8 - A traveler on a Houston highway captured video of an unlucky driver running after a runaway tire rolling toward traffic. Rafael Sanchez tweeted a video showing a man running frantically to catch the tire as it rolled toward vehicles on Interstate 45 about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The video shows the driver was able to catch the tire before it became a road hazard. The driver, Mitch Chapman, responded to the tweet, initially appearing miffed that Sanchez filmed his struggle instead of stopping to help.

Rare penny, from school lunch change, up for auction

January 9 - A rare Lincoln-head penny, a Massachusetts teenager received in change for his school lunch, is up for auction with a starting bid of $100,000. Heritage Auctions said the 1943 penny, one of only about 20 to be pressed using bronze instead of the steel amid World War II shortages, came into the possession of 16-year-old coin collector Don Lutes, Jr., when he received it in change for his school lunch in 1947. A popular rumor among collectors at the time claimed...

January 3, 2019

Man Fleeing Hit-and-Run Gets Foot Caught in Steering Wheel

January 2 - A California man’s plan to flee the scene of a hit-and-run on Monday hit a snag when his foot got caught in his car’s steering wheel, police said. The California Highway Patrol tweeted a picture Monday showing the man, who has not been identified publicly, hanging upside down from the window of his red and white pickup truck while trying to enter a code to obtain access to a gated community in Cathedral City. The man’s alleged escape plan failed when he fell out of his vehicle while...

Mom catches 6-year-old using Alexa to cheat at homework

December 27 - A New Jersey mother secretly filmed her 6-year-old son getting some illicit homework assistance from Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant. The video shows the boy asking Alexa to solve a math problem -- five minus three -- and getting the answer from the Amazon device. The mother said she was surprised to find her son cheating at math, which she said is his favorite subject. She said Alexa will be switched off during future homework sessions.

Raccoon knocks out power to over 3,000 in Florida

December 31 - More than 3,000 homes lost power in Florida when a raccoon climbed a piece of equipment and came into contact with 13,200 volts of electricity. The Kissimmee Utility Authority said the raccoon climbed onto the electronic equipment about 1:38 p.m. Sunday and was electrocuted. The incident at the airport substation off Koagland Boulevard caused three primary feeder lines to fail, knocking out power for 3,218 homes, the KUA said. Officials said it took about about 30 minutes to restore power.

Egg roll eating squirrel goes viral in New York

January 3 - A New York squirrel is going viral thanks to a witness' video of the rodent sitting in a tree and feasting on a whole egg roll. The video, originally tweeted by user @WhatIsNY, shows the squirrel munching on the popular Chinese food side-dish while sitting in a New York City tree. "Doesn't look like this squirrel's first egg roll," the tweet said. It was not clear where the squirrel managed to obtain the egg roll.

New York Town Hosts Toy Gun Buyback Event For Children

December 29 - A New York town held a toy gun buyback exchange event for local children, asking for their imitation firearms in exchange for a “safe alternative,” according to local media. Officials in Hampstead, Long Island, encouraged children to turn in any toy guns they received as Christmas gifts, like water pistols and replicas, for a replacement toy like sporting goods and educational items. “Saying no to guns is important – even toy guns,” said Hempstead Village Mayor Don Ryan...

December 27, 2018

Woman Chases Down, Shames ‘Porch Pirate

December 26 - A would-be thief attempting to steal a package off of a Colorado woman’s front porch learned the hard way that she messed with the wrong homeowner, according to a video of the incident. The video shows homeowner Renee Abeyta of Lakewood confronting the suspected “porch pirate” to retrieve her package containing a Crock Pot cover, giving her a piece of her mind. “What’s your name? Did you just steal something? Give it. I’m going to f—king call the police,” Abeyta shouts at the stranger.

Runaway trailer rolls down California road

December 20 - A California resident's home security camera captured the moment a runaway trailer carrying a van went rolling down a hill. The video, recorded by a Victorville resident's home security camera, shows the trailer, which is loaded with an orange van, picking up speed as it rolls backward down the hill with no vehicle attached to the hitch. A man chases after the trailer and futilely attempts to stop it. The resident said the trailer eventually ended up in a neighbor's yard.

Indian teen's 5-foot, 7-inch hair sets Guinness record

December 21 - A 16-year-old girl who had a bad haircut 10 years ago has been growing out her hair ever since and now has a Guinness World Record. Nilanshi Patel, of Gujarat, India, was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest hair on a teenager after her brown locks were measured at 5 feet, 7 inches long. Patel said she started growing her hair out after a bad experience with a hairdresser when she was 6. "I got my hair cut, a really bad haircut. So, then I decided that I won't cut my hair.

Attempted car thief calls police for help escaping Volvo

December 24 - Police in Norway said a teenager who tried to steal a car from a dealership ended up calling police when he found himself locked inside the vehicle. Trondelag Police tweeted the 17-year-old called police just before 8 a.m. Monday and told officers he was trapped inside a car he had attempted to steal from a Volvo dealership. Ebbe Kimo of the Trondelag Police said the teen was familiar with local police from previous petty crime arrests. "He knows us quite well and clearly thought it would be...

Girl's facial swelling caused by a leech in her nose

December 27 - A 6-year-old girl brought to a Vietnam hospital with swelling in her nose turned out to have a leach living inside her face. A video filmed Thursday at Bat Xat General Hospital in Lao Cai province shows a doctor using tweezers to pull a still-squirming leech out of the girl's nasal cavity. The doctor said the leech was likely smaller when it found its way into the girl's nose and grew over the course of more than a month. The girl is not expected to suffer any long-term medical issues from the incident.

Surprised family finds fox napping on microwave

December 27 - A London family called animal rescuers when they came down for breakfast and discovered a fox sleeping on their microwave. Kim Fryer said her daughter was the first one to spot the fox sleeping in the kitchen of their Mitcham district home about 7 a.m. Dec. 15. "My daughter found him at 7 a/m/ and called up to me. I came down and spotted this little fox curled up on top of the microwave!" she said. "I have five cats and a dog so obviously I have a cat flap. He must have crawled under the gate...

December 19, 2018

Hunter films albino porcupine in Maine woods

December 13 - A Maine hunter shot video rather than bullets when he came across an unusual creature in the woods -- an albino porcupine. Greg Strand said he was in the Windham woods when he heard something approaching from the direction of some nearby trees. Strand said he ducked out of site and recorded video when he realized the sound was an all-white porcupine walking with a dark-colored comrade. Biologists estimate that one in 10,000 porcupines are born albino...

Houston drivers dodge runaway spool for fourth time

December 14 - A giant spool got loose on a busy Houston road for the fourth time since October, forcing drivers to think fast to get out of its path. A photo posted to Twitter shows the giant spool blocking lanes of traffic near the interchange of West Little York and the North Beltway on Thursday evening. The driver who snapped the photo said the spool collided with a blue truck, but the family inside the truck did not appear to be injured. The incident occurred just one week after...

Parrot uses owner's Alexa to order ice cream, raisins

December 17 - A British parrot with a fondness for Amazon's Alexa has been trying to use the virtual assistant to order treats and toys, his owner said. Marion Wischnewski, who works at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, said she brought Rocco to live in her home in Oxfordshire when officials became concerned about the bird's use of profanity in front of visitors. She said Rocco quickly started talking to her Amazon Alexa-enabled smart device...

Man finds valuable pearl in restaurant oyster meal

December 17 - A man eating oysters for lunch at a New York restaurant found a pearl in his meal that could be worth thousands. New Jersey resident Rick Antosh, 66, said he was having lunch with a friend at Grand Central's Oyster Bar in New York when he found a hard object. "I just all of a sudden felt something like a tooth or a filling and it's terrifying," Antosh told WPIX-TV. "And then wow, I realized it's not a tooth, it's a pearl." Antosh said he spoke to the floor manager at the eatery.

Man Fools ‘Porch Pirates’ with Boxes of Kitty Litter

December 18 - As “porch pirates” across the country set their sights on unopened delivered packages this holiday season, one Pennsylvania man is determined to give these thieves a taste of their own medicine. Homeowner Robert Lynch said he gave the thieves a special “gift” this Christmas by leaving out boxes filled with kitty litter and feces on his porch to see if thieves would take the bait. The 61-year-old said he decided to put the boxes out after thieves ransacked his car twice over the past three years.

Engineer uses glitter and smell to punish package thieves

December 18 - A former NASA engineer revealed he spent six months perfecting a booby-trapped bait package that he has been using to cover porch pirates in glitter. Mark Rober said in a YouTube video that he was inspired to take matters into his own hands earlier this year when an Amazon package was stolen from his porch and police told him they didn't have time to investigate the theft. "If you've ever been a situation like this, you just feel violated," Rober says in the video.

December 13, 2018

Albino deer visits Ohio man's yard

December 11 - An Ohio man watching the animals in his yard captured video of an unusual specimen -- an all-white albino deer. Craig Atkins said he had never seen an albino deer before one showed up with its family this week in his Mansfield yard. The all-white deer appears to be albino, a genetic condition where an animal lacks pigment in its skin and hair. "There's a bunch of deer in my yard, and one's an albino," Atkins says in the video.

Boy chased by turkey through Wisconsin neighborhood

December 12 - A video recorded by a witness in a Wisconsin neighborhood shows an aggressive turkey chasing after a boy, until a driver managed to rescue the youth. The video shows the turkey, dubbed Smoke by neighbors, chasing a boy through a Green Bay neighborhood until an SUV pulls between the bird and the boy. "My first concern was that I didn't want to see the kid run out in the road trying to get away from this and get hit by car," the driver, Vanessa Miramontes, told WBAY-TV. "I instinctively turned in front of it."

Indiana package thief turns out to be neighbor's dog

December 12 - An Indiana woman who suspected a "porch pirate" was taking packages from her porch reviewed security footage and discovered the culprit was actually a "pooch pirate." The Danville woman said the packages would go missing from her porch, but would later be found damaged in her yard. The woman reviewed security camera from the most recent incident late last week and identified the suspect: her neighbor's dog. The "pooch pirate" was taking the packages off her porch to chew in the yard. The woman said the boxes were damaged by the dog, but their contents were intact.

KFC creates fried chicken scented fire log

December 13 - Kentucky Fried Chicken is getting into the holiday spirit with an unusual product -- a fire log designed to smell like fried chicken. The KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog, created in partnership with Enviro-Log, is designed to emulate the smell of the fast food chain's Colonel's Secret Recipe chicken. "For more than a million years, mankind has been attempting to improve upon the simple fire," KFC said on its website. "We've tried burning different things like sticks or leaves or various...

Large spool in Texas barrels down interstate once again

December 13 - Texas drivers traveling down Interstate 610 on Friday had to share the road with an unlikely item – a large spool. The sizeable object had been on board a truck before it spilled on to the road, officials told Fox 13 News. No one was hurt after it fell off, the outlet said. The scene as the spool rolled down the freeway was caught on video and nearby vehicles could be seen navigating around it. One individual is heard on the recording urging someone to call 911.

An Israeli startup with ties to America's most popular hummus brand says it made the world's first lab-grown steak

December 13 - For the first time in its roughly two-year history, an Israeli startup claims to have achieved a key step toward the holy grail of the lab-grown-meat industry: turning animal cells into the delicate and sinewy tissue of steak. Aleph Farms, which got its start with help from an Israeli research institute and an incubator that's part of the food giant that owns Sabra — the most popular hummus in America — said on Wednesday that it had produced the world's first lab-grown steak.

A Russian robot called ‘Boris’, hailed as hi-tech on state TV, has been unmasked as a man in a suit

December 13 - A robot hailed in Russia as the latest in cutting-edge technology has been unmasked – as a man in a suit. The android – known as Boris – had been lauded on the state-owned broadcaster Russia-24 as a technological breakthrough with the ability to walk, talk and dance. But photos later revealed there had been a person inside all along. The revelation came after a number of unconvinced Russian journalists began to question the robot’s authenticity.

Long Island man, 57, who dug up a skeleton in his childhood home on Halloween, is told it IS his murdered father

December 13 - The buried bones discovered in the basement of a Long Island man's home have been identified as his long-lost father's and police have ruled his mysterious death a homicide. Mike Carroll, 57, always wondered what happened to his father, Korean War veteran George Carroll, who disappeared in 60 years ago in 1961, when Mike was just eight months old. He hired ghost hunters and psychics to help him solve the mystery and they said his father was buried in the basement of the home.