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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.

December 6, 2018

Trash can flies into windshield on Texas highway

December 5 - A Texas woman's dashboard camera was rolling when an airborne trash can flew into her windshield on the highway. Kathy Lanham said she was driving on Interstate 635 in Dallas when the trash can went flying over lanes of traffic and struck the windshield of her Honda CRV. She said the trash can, which was filled with mulch, didn't cause any damage to her vehicle, but it did leave her in desperate need of a car wash. She said the can apparently flew off a landscaping truck...

Burger King offers 1-cent Whoppers when ordered from McDonald's

December 5 - Burger King is trolling the competition by allowing app customers to purchase a Whopper for a penny -- so long as it is ordered from McDonald's. The fast food chain said the "Whopper Detour" promotion allows customers using the Burger King app to purchase a Whopper for a penny, provided they are ordering from within 600 feet of a McDonald's. The app will then reroute the customer to the nearest Burger King for their 1-cent Whopper. McDonald's has not yet commented on the marketing stunt.

Ohio State students get bacon vending machine

December 6 - Ohio State University students are being treated to an unusual snacking option for finals week thanks to a new bacon vending machine. The Ohio Pork Council, a trade group for Ohio pork producers, installed a vending machine at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences that dispenses cooked, ready-to-eat Smithfield, Hormel and Sugardale bacon. Proceeds from the machine, which charges $1 for a strip of bacon or a handful of bacon bites...

Ohio father teaches daughter a lesson about bullying

December 6 - An Ohio dad made his 10-year-old daughter walk five miles to school in the December cold to teach her a lesson after she was kicked off her school bus for bullying. "Let me make this extremely clear: Bullying is unacceptable, especially in my household," Matt Cox said. Cox posted a video to his Facebook page Monday of his daughter as she trudged alongside the road as he followed behind her in his car. By Thursday, more than 340,000 people have shared the video, and it's been viewed 15 million times.

Drug dealer released from prison, then carjacks woman in parking lot

December 6 - A Philadelphia man’s freedom from the Westmoreland County Prison was short-lived. Moments after Thomas Lee Williams, 36, was released from the Hempfield jail at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, police said, he attacked a West Leechburg woman in the parking lot, took her sport utility vehicle and fled with her 1-year-old grandson in the back seat. Williams crashed two miles away in Youngwood about 15 minutes later, ran into a wooded area and was apprehended, according to county...

July 18, 2018

Motorized shopping cart gases up in Tennessee

July 16 - A visitor to a Tennessee gas station captured video of an unusual vehicle gassing up -- a motorized shopping cart. The video, filmed at a Sunoco station in Jefferson City, shows a man sitting in a modified shopping cart next to a pump. The cart moves on its own with a gas engine and is controlled with a steering wheel. "This video was filmed at our local gas station. To me, it was interesting to use a shopping cart with a motor attached. He saved a lot of money on gas!!" the filmer wrote.

Truck gradually loses spool of cloth on the road

July 16 - A traffic camera in China was recording as more than 300 feet of cloth unfurled on the back of a truck and covered the road behind the vehicle. The video shows the cloth roll unwinding behind the truck on a Suzhou City, Jiangsu province, road and spreading like a carpet behind it. Investigators were able to identify the truck from the footage and contact the driver. Police said the driver was unaware he lost the 328-foot length of cloth until they contacted him to return it.

California ghost town sells for $1.4 million

July 18 - A ghost town in California's Owens Valley sold for $1.4 million and the new owner said it is planned to become a tourist destination. Cerro Gordo, an old west mining town that has been abandoned for decades except for the presence of caretakers, sold for $1.4 million to an investment group led by Brent Underwood and Jon Bier. The town, which experienced a boom in 1865 when silver was discovered, currently includes 2 structures including a hotel, a saloon, a museum, a chapel...

June 27, 2018

Florida man rides on hood of car going 70 mph

June 25 - A Florida man rode on the state's busiest highway while clinging onto the hood of a car. In video of the incident recorded by Daniel Midah, who was driving next to the open-air passenger, the man is lying on the hood of the car, which was going around 70 mph. He holds on with one hand and talks on his cell phone with his other hand. Midah told WPLG-TV that he believed the man was talking on the phone with the woman driving the car. "He didn't even look like he was freaked out by what was going on...

Michigan man uses homemade sign to deter speeders

June 27 - A Michigan man fed up with speeders in his neighborhood posted a homemade sign asking a simple question: "Are you blind?" Ron Ward, whose sign on Richmond Street in Grand Rapids went viral on Facebook, said he wanted to remind drivers that the speed limit by his house in 25 mph. Ward's sign reads: "Are you blind? It 25 mph." Ward said he often spots drivers going double the limit. "By the time they hit this here driveway, they're doing at least 50-55 miles an hour," he told WXMI-TV.

Squirrel steals doughnut from police officer in Alaska

June 27 - Police in Alaska shared video of a squirrel running through a station's parking lot with a doughnut it stole from an officer. The Anchorage Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing the squirrel fleeing through the parking lot filled with police cruisers while carrying the pilfered pastry in its mouth. An officer follows the squirrel while filming it, but the furry thief takes notice of its pursuer and runs off. "Seriously. He stole a perfectly good donut.

France: Butchers demand protection from militant vegans

June 26 - French butchers have written to the government asking for protection against militant vegans, accusing them of trying to shut down the country's traditional meat-eating culture. Shops have been stoned or defaced with anti-meat graffiti and stickers, the French Federation of Butchers says. Over the last few months, 15 shops were splashed with fake blood. Federation chief Jean-François Guihard said in the letter that such attacks were a form of terrorism.

Man in underpants runs onto Atlanta tarmac, pounds on plane windows

June 26 - A man scaled a fence at Atlanta's airport on Tuesday, jumped onto the wing of a stationary airliner and pounded on the plane's windows before being arrested, police said. Videos posted online by passengers inside the airliner showed a barefooted man dressed only in his underpants apparently talking to himself and walking near the plane. The pilot could be heard on one of the videos telling passengers the man had left the plane and was trying to get back onboard.

June 20, 2018

Bear breaks into California house through window

June 19 - A California couple whose home security camera recorded a break-in by a hungry bear said the incident was not the first. Lane Sykes and Carole Scofield said they had been away from their South Lake Tahoe house for under an hour last Wednesday when they returned with some friends and discovered the bear in their kitchen. The couple reviewed security camera footage and discovered the bruin had climbed in through an open window that they had thought was too small to pose...

Burglar slithers across store floor in Texas

June 20 - The owners of a Texas smoke shop have released security camera footage of a burglar slithering like a snake across the business' floor. The Smoking Glass store in Houston released security camera footage of the Saturday burglary, which involved a man moving across the floor in a snake-like manner to steal $1,000 worth of merchandise and cash. The burglar, who entered through the store's only window without security bars, also caused about $700 worth of damage...

Thrift store worker finds $36,000 cash in doll box

June 20 - Workers at a California thrift shop tracked down a man who donated his mother's doll collection without realizing there was $36,000 cash in a box. Ray Rhinehart said he donated his mother's doll collection to the American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop in Santa Monica after her recent death. He said he was surprised when he received a call from the store saying an envelope full of cash had been found stashed in a box with one of the antique porcelain dolls.

This billboard in Texas tells liberals to get lost.

June 20 - At least that's what it will read until sometime Wednesday. Randy Burkett, who owns Burkett Outdoor Advertising and the sign, told McClatchy that after all the backlash and media attention the sign got on Tuesday and Wednesday, it would be taken down immediately. "I was shocked that it traveled that fast," Burkett said. "I believe in free speech, but this country is divided enough as it is. I've spoken with the client, and he's agreed that it should come down.

June 13, 2018

Scientists discover ancient interstellar dust that formed the Earth and the solar system

June 11 - It may not have been far, far away, but it certainly is from long, long ago. Scientists have discovered some of the original interstellar dust that formed the Earth and the solar system billions of years ago, a new study said. The discovery is the "surviving pre-solar interstellar dust that formed the very building blocks of planets and stars," said study lead author Hope Ishii of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Researchers collected the surviving ancient dust from Earth’s upper atmosphere...

Bald eagle gets trapped in trampoline after mid-air fight gone wrong

June 11 - A furious mid-air battle didn't end quite as expected for a bald eagle that became trapped in a backyard trampoline in the Comox Valley. The bird of prey was locked in a life-or-death fight with a rival eagle above a home in Royston on Sunday when it suddenly began to plummet. The eagle then took a sharp dive right into an enclosed trampoline in Candice Rawson's backyard. "They were spiraling towards the ground and I guess it looked like the bigger eagle almost forced...

Museum seeking world record for largest paper plane

June 12 - A Massachusetts museum is hoisting a 64-foot-long paper airplane into the air to break a Guinness World Record. The Revolving Museum in Fitchburg announced the paper plane, created under the supervision of "Project Soar" leader and local artist Jerry Beck, will be lifted by a crane Tuesday at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport. A Guinness World Records adjudicator will be on hand to verify whether the 1,500-pound plane beats the previous record for a paper airplane, which was created...

Country Time offers to pay legal fees for kids' lemonade stands

June 12 - Country Time Lemonade announced a "Country Time Legal-ade" program to pay fines and permits for kids whose lemonade stands get them into trouble. The lemonade brand, owned by Kraft Heinz, announced the new program will cover fees of up to $300 for lemonade stands owned by kids under the age of 14 who were fined for operating their small businesses without a permit. The company said it will also cover the cost of permits purchased this year for lemonade stands.

Raccoon climbs 25-story Minnesota building

June 13 - The saga of a raccoon that spent hours climbing the side of a 25-story Minnesota building culminated early Wednesday with the animal reaching the roof. The story of the raccoon, which was dubbed the MPR raccoon after first being spotted by Minnesota Public Radio workers, began when it was spotted spending more than a day apparently trapped in a niche over the first floor of the Town Square building in St. Paul. Workers attempted to rescue the raccoon by leaning a 20-foot length of lumber...