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.
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.
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 - 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...
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.
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
CBS affiliate WPRI-TV reported. The board said in its
decision that Ferro...
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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.
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...
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
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 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.
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.
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
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...
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
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,"
festival's website states. "We had to bring in full
barrels before and during the shows...
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
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.