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February 23, 2017

Shopkeeper finds door-shattering vandal was dog pursuing cat

February 23 - A Chinese shopkeeper trying to determine how his glass door was shattered reviewed CCTV footage and discovered the vandal was just a clumsy dog chasing a cat. A video posted to YouTube by the People's Daily newspaper shows CCTV footage from early Monday afternoon outside of the store. The video, which the shopkeeper reviewed to identify the suspected vandal who smashed his door, shows one of the shop's glass double-doors is propped open across the sidewalk.

Jeep Wagoneer to be extracted from sand dune after 40 years

February 22 - A Jeep Wagoneer that has been entombed for 40 years inside a Massachusetts garage that became buried in a sand dune is about to emerge. Basil Musnuff said the garage that held the Jeep on his mother's Truro property, which is located on Cape Cod's Ballston Beach, became half buried in sand over time. He said the Wagoneer will be extracted from the sand-filled and partially collapsed garage Friday. "It's probably going to fall apart like something out of Indiana Jones," Musnuff told...

Massive hairy blob-like ‘monster’ washes up on beach in the Philippines

February 23 - Pictures of a massive white monster-like creature which washed up in the Philippines have as gone viral on social media. Gobsmacked locals can be seen posing for selfies next to the mystery sea creatures in Cagdainao, Dinagat Islands. Several unusual sea creatures have been washing up on the islands following a deadly earthquake last week. It prompted speculation that the sea creatures are able to “predict” or detect early tremors. In this case, a massive white creature that appeared...

February 8, 2017

Squirrel and crow battle over discarded slice of pizza

February 7 - A squirrel holding a piece of pizza and a crow engaged in a lengthy chase throughout a neighborhood in Canada. The squirrel can be seen enjoying its slice of pizza on a street in Nova Scotia, as the theiving crow swoops in to swipe the newfound snack out of its grasp. In hopes of defending its meal, the crafty squirrel attempted to hide behind the wheel of a nearby parked car to avoid the lurking crow's beak. After a few seconds, the squirrel decided to sprint along the street toward...

Woman dies after getting arm stuck in clothing donation bin

February 8 - A woman in Pennsylvania reportedly drove up to a clothing donation bin in her Hummer and started pulling out bag after bag -- until her arm got stuck, and she had no way to free herself. Hours later, she was dead. A combination of trauma injuries and hypothermia killed her, the coroner confirmed Monday. The woman, 56-year-old Judy Permar, used a stool to reach inside the drop-off box Sunday in Natalie, PennLive.com reported. But according to the coroner's report, as Permar had her arm in the bin...

Cheeto that looks like Harambe sells for $100,000 on eBay

February 7 - Someone has bid nearly $100,000 for a Flamin' Hot Cheeto that resembles Harambe, the slain gorilla. The seller found the cheesy crisp in a bag of crisps, according to its description. It was then listed online, with bidding beginning at $11.99. But it quickly shot up before bidding ended on Tuesday morning, finishing at $99,900 after receiving 132 bids. The buyer will receive just the crisp on its own, not any of the other Cheetos that came with it or the bag itself. The listing showed the crisp...

February 1, 2017

Teen named 'Cheese' suspected in pizza theft

January 31 - A teen in Pennsylvania with the last name Cheese was one of two people suspected in a pizza delivery theft. Sheldon Isaiah Cheese, 17, of York and Logan Matthew Alexander, 18, of Littlestown allegedly robbed a man while he was delivering pizzas on Jan. 24, according to The Evening Sun. Police said Cheese knocked on the delivery driver's window while Alexander stood behind the car and pointed a gun at the man. The man gave Cheese and Alexander $25 and two pizzas before...

Honey-covered smoke detector leads to sticky attic discovery

January 31 - A honey-covered smoke detector led an Arizona homeowner to a shocking discovery -- several pounds of honey and a defunct bee hive in her attic. Kelsie Hughes said she was changing the battery in a hallway smoke detector recently at her Scottsdale home when she discovered the top side of the device was covered in honey. "I'm like, uh, how does honey get in here?" Hughes told KPHO/KTVK. "Oh no, because if it traveled this far, where did it come from and how many bees...

Florida man accused of disguising 24 gallons of moonshine as water

January 31 - A Florida man was arrested after deputies discovered he was smuggling 24 gallons of moonshine whiskey disguised as water. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said the Domestic Highway Enforcement Task Force pulled over Joe Edwards II, 44, a Miami resident with a Georgia driver's license, on southbound Interstate 75, near Micanopy. Police said they discovered 24 gallon bottles of moonshine in the in the front seat and trunk of the car that had been labeled as water.

January 25, 2017

Man accused of robbing bank to escape wife pleads guilty

January 25 - A Kansas man accused of robbing a bank to escape life with his wife pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the heist. Lawrence Ripple, 70, entered a guilty plea to charges stemming from the September robbery Monday as part of a deal reached with prosecutors. The FBI said Ripple walked into the Bank of Labor in Kansas City Sept. 2 and handed a teller a note reading, "I have a gun, give me money." Court documents state Ripple took the money and sat down in the lobby of the bank...

Security video shows Texas music store thief putting guitar down his pants

January 24 - Police in Texas uploaded security camera footage of a music store thief who walked out of the shop with an entire guitar stuffed down his pants. The Fort Worth Police Department uploaded a video to YouTube showing the man walk into the Guitar Center store Wednesday and go to a corner, where he shoves a $1,700 Tobacco Sunburst Fender guitar down his pants and uses his puffy vest to help hide the instrument. Police said they were shocked by the footage. "I mean who can stuff an entire...

Gun-shaped house key nearly spoils family's cruise vacation

January 24 - A man and his wife were almost prevented from boarding a cruise ship in Florida due to a novelty house key. Henry Echevarria said he and his wife Lisa were stopped at security while attempting to board a Carnival cruise ship at Port Canaveral because of his gun-shaped house key, WTSP reported. "He pulls out my key and says 'Oh, here's the problem,'" Echevarria said. "It's my house key and he said 'Well, you can't take it on.'" He and his wife, who both work in law enforcement, were told they...

January 19, 2017

Florida man destroys nest full of wasps with his bare hands

January 18 - A Florida man with an unusual wasp removal technique recorded himself taking out an entire nest of the stinging insects with his bare hands. The Lutz resident, originally from Trinidad, said he filmed himself taking out the wasp nest with his bare hands Jan. 10 to prove to doubters that his method is real and effective. The man is seen squashing the insects with his bare hands, being careful to avoid their stingers. "I was born in the island of Trinidad and always dared to be different," the man wrote.

False killer whale rescued after beaching itself for a second time

January 18 - A 10-foot false killer whale was rescued from a Western Australia beach after becoming stranded for a second time in two days. Rescuers said the false killer whale was found beached Sunday near the Dawesville Marina and was taken back out to sea, but the mammal was found beached a second time the following day at Point Grey, near the Mandurah Estuary. A video posted to Facebook by Everything Mandurah shows Monday's rescue operation, which involved lifting the whale in a sling...

Kiteboarders rescue beached dolphin in Mexico

January 18 - A group of kiteboarders in Mexico were filmed coming ashore to help a disoriented young dolphin that beached itself in the sand. The video shows the group, including one man still holding the kite, dragging the dolphin Jan. 10 from the shore of El Cuyo, Yucatan, to the waves. The dolphin struggles in the shallow water, but is able to swim off once its rescuers drag it further out to deeper waters. The filmer said the young dolphin was apparently disoriented after strong winds swept through the area.

Wisconsin road covered in hundreds of thousands of red Skittles

January 19 - Authorities in southern Wisconsin said a sea of red washed over a highway when hundreds of thousands of Skittles spilled onto a road. The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that deputies found the hundreds of thousands of red Skittles littering County Highway S, near Blackbird Road, at 8:51 p.m. Tuesday night. The sheriff's office later learned the Skittles had been in a cardboard box on the back of a flatbed truck and that the box had softened and spilled its load when it became wet...

January 12, 2017

Canadian Organization Asks City’s Residents To Register As Non-Racist

January 11 - The Sault Ste. Marie and Area Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), a Canadian immigration and “anti-racist” organization, is asking residents of the city to sign a pledge to prove they aren’t racist. Local news syndicate SooToday, first announced the pledge yesterday in an article titled “Here’s your chance to register as a certified non-racist.” The organization believes that by having the whole of the community’s signatures on this, they’ve done their best to stop racism.

Massive Clydesdale horse rescued from frozen creek in Canada

January 11 - An Alberta man helped rescue a massive Clydesdale horse that fell through the ice of a frozen creek and the efforts were recorded by his chest-mounted camera. Cody Scott, 20, had a GoPro camera strapped to his chest Monday when he went out in his snowmobile to try to find his neighbor's lost horse outside of Rimbey. Scott said he and another man looking for the horse found the Clydesdale mostly submerged in the iced-over creek. He said he tried using his snowmobile to tow the horse...

Dog comes to the rescue of cat with pizza rolls bag stuck on its head

January 11 - A garbage-digging Kentucky cat that ended up with a pizza rolls bag stuck on its head got a little help from an unlikely source -- man's best friend. Jason Smith posted a video to YouTube showing the disoriented kitty stumbling around the back of a trash-filled pickup truck Monday in Louisa. "I walked outside and saw the cat with the bag on its head. I thought people might think it was funny, so I recorded it," Smith wrote online. The situation turned even more amusing when the cat found...

Kangaroo klutz face-plants on road while trying to hop fence

January 12 - A clumsy kangaroo is going viral after its attempt to jump over a rope fence caused it to face-plant on a paved road. The kangaroo was being filmed by a witness when it attempted to jump over the rope fence next to a freshly-paved road. The kangaroo's leg ended up getting caught on the fence and did not come free when the marsupial attempted a second leap. The hop instead caused the kangaroo to fall face-first onto the road and do a front roll. The kangaroo recovers quickly from the fall and looks...

Niagara Falls resident called police to 'stop the wind from blowing'

January 12 - Loud noise caused by strong winds in Niagara Falls, N.Y., led one resident to seek help from local police in order to get to sleep. A Niagara Falls police dispatcher informed officers that a resident had called to request police stop the wind from blowing, according to an audio recording obtained by The Action. "All cars be advised, someone called to see if the police could stop the wind from blowing so they could sleep," the dispatcher said. The dispatcher then requested any officers with command...