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March 30, 2017

German Coati is Connect 4 'genius'

March 29 - A Coati in Germany has earned a reputation as a "board game genius" for its skills at Connect 4. Sunny the Coati, uses his small paws to place the plastic pieces into the slots on top of the game board while playing the game with his owner Andre at their home in Berlin. The clever Coati occasionally struggles to place the game piece in the proper slot or attempts to prevent his opponent from placing their piece. Despite his few shortcomings he can regularly line up four pieces to complete the game.

Laser cutter used to assemble ham sandwich bust of Vin Diesel

March 29 - A science vlogger took an unusual request from a fan and turned it into a reality: a laser-cut ham and cheese sandwich in the shape of actor Vin Diesel. William Osman posted a video to YouTube showing him taking on the unusual request from an online fan, who wrote: "Please sculpt a bust of Vin Diesel using laser cut cross-sections of laser-sliced ham." Osman, who admits in the video that the bust design is extra "busty," uses a computer program to design the cross-sections...

Man screams at owl, uses Swiffer to get it back outside

March 30 - A man who screamed when an owl invaded his home was able to film the nocturnal bird's exit on the business end of a Swiffer. Colton Wright was filming the owl as it perched on a window inside his home after escaping from the cat that dragged it into the home. "Mr. owl, you OK?" Wright asks. The video shows the owl take off and start flying around the house, causing Wright to scream. He is eventually able to coax the owl into perching on the end of a Swiffer, which the man slowly moves...

5-year-old girl suspended from school for playing with ‘stick gun’ at recess

March 30 - Caitlin Miller’s teachers took her to the principal’s office on Friday and the 5-year-old did not understand why. She had been playing with her best friends during recess at her Raeford, N.C., school playground, just like any other day. She pretended that her two friends were a king and queen, and that she was in charge of protecting the kingdom. “I was the guard,” Caitlin told WTVD. Noticing a stick shaped like a gun on the ground, Caitlin picked it up and pretended to shoot intruders...

Sharknado? Cyclone Debbie leaves behind shark in puddle

March 30 - Locals in the north Queensland region of Burdekin, Australia, might have escaped the brunt of Cyclone Debbie. But one was not so lucky. WIN News Townsville journalist Philip Calder described his shock at finding the “heavy” metre-and-a-half bull shark when he was out reporting in Ayr, a town of Burdekin, covering the local flooding after the devastating cyclone. The shark was found dead on a road that has been cut off by flooding. A community nearby, Rita Island, has been cut off...

Finger-gun robber won't get out of his conviction

March 30 - Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal, the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's hand, not a firearm, under his hoodie when he told a teller at a Queens check-cashing store he had a gun and demanded money. The court says that, based on an interpretation of New York's penal law regarding robbery...

March 22, 2017

Effects company's hydraulic SUV drives over traffic

March 21 - A special effects company created an SUV that uses hydraulics to rise several feet and drive over California traffic -- but unfortunately, it's a one of a kind. Thinkmodo, the special effects firm behind 2014's viral "Devil Baby Attack" video, created a vehicle that resembles a Jeep Cherokee Wagon SUV, but with an added feature that allows the driver to push a button to have the vehicle rise several feet in the air and widen its wheel stance to drive over other cars in a traffic jam.

Massive alligator pulled from storm drain in Florida neighborhood

March 22 - Trappers in Florida managed to pull a massive alligator out of a storm drain in a residential neighborhood near Tampa. John Ruel witnessed the removal of the giant reptile, and said the gator got stuck while trying to crawl out of a sewer on Camberley Lane in his neighborhood in Oldsmar, Fla. The trapper initially struggled to free the alligator, which appeared to be about 9 feet long, from the tight space between the street and the sidewalk. Ruel said he had to push the gator back...

 

Man who broke leg during robbery arrested after calling ambulance

March 21 - A burglar in Virginia was arrested at a local hospital after breaking his leg while attempting to rob an apartment. Leoul Yosef, 21, awaited arrest in a Fairfax County hospital after he broke his leg by jumping from a second floor balcony while attempting to rob a woman moving into her new apartment in Alexandria. Yosef crawled away from the scene as police followed his tracks in the snow and received a report that someone in the area had called 911 to tend to a broken leg.

March 16, 2017

Scottish teen rescues sheep sinking into muddy bog

March 16 - A Scottish teenager out testing his new camera lenses ended up rescuing a filthy sheep he found buried up to its head in a muddy bog. James Raeburn, 17, posted a video to YouTube showing his rescue of the sheep he found trapped in the bog Tuesday in Craigie. "I thought it was dead at first, but it seems to be alive, so I'm going to -- I'm going to try and rescue a sheep," Raeburn says in the video. "This could get messy." The video uses sped-up footage to show Raeburn working...

Florida man finds alligator hiding in garage

March 16 - A Florida man discovered an alligator hiding in his garage while searching for a box on Wednesday. Hank Stout of Merritt Island said he went into his garage to retrieve a box when he found the gator, which he thought was a plastic toy. "I thought, 'Well, who put a fake alligator in my garage?" Stout told WOFL. "And then I realized when it hissed at me, it wasn't fake. It was a 6-foot-long alligator." After realizing the gator was real, Stout went back inside his home...

This middle school's acronym is IPMS. Parents want a name change

March 15 - Even before it opens, the Innovation Park Middle School has parents seeing red. They have a problem with its acronym: IPMS. The school in Lake Nona, Florida, is scheduled to open in August. The name was chosen during a school board meeting as a compromise between Innovation Middle and Moss Park Middle. "They don't want to go to a school and wear a red shirt with the letters IPMS across the shirt for athletics, for academic competitions," Christal Feldman, a parent, told CNN...

March 9, 2017

Bright pink tap water baffles Canadian town

March 8 - Residents in a small Canadian town were baffled when bright pink tap water began to emerge from their faucets. Many concerned citizens in the town of Onoway in Alberta contacted town officials and shared photos and video of the fluorescent liquid flowing from their taps. "They assured me that everything was very good. It was healthy, it was fine. It wasn't going to turn me into Spider-Man, which maybe some days I would like to be," Lisa Schulte said after calling the town office. "I was OK with it."

Salt lake in Australian park turns bright pink

March 8 - Parks officials in Victoria, Australia, are warning visitors to a popular park to avoid contact with a salt lake that has turned bright pink. Parks Victoria said the salt lake in Melbourne's Westgate Park has turned pink, a natural phenomenon that has occurred before "in response to very high salt levels, high temperatures, sunlight and lack of rainfall." "Algae growing in the salt crust at the bottom of the lake produces the red pigment (beta carotene) as part of its photosynthesis process...

Raccoon with head stuck in jar rescued from atop New Jersey utility pole

March 9 - Utility crews in New Jersey rescued a raccoon from twofold problems: being stranded atop a utility pole and having a jar stuck on its head. Atlantic City Electric tweeted a photo showing the raccoon stranded Wednesday morning atop a utility pole in Greenwich Township while being further encumbered by a jar on its head. The utility said crews were dispatched after concerned residents called to report the raccoon's predicament. "This morning, crews safely retrieved a furry friend from one...

Melbourne Installs ‘Female Traffic Lights’ to Promote Gender Equality

March 8 - Pedestrian traffic lights showing female figures rather than male have been installed in Melbourne to reduce “unconscious bias” and promote gender equality, officials said on International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Ten stop/go lights depicting a figure in a dress were switched on at one of the city’s busiest intersections, though some questioned the point of the 12-month trial. “The idea behind this equal crossings initiative … is to promote gender equality and reduce unconscious bias through...

March 2, 2017

Cleveland carjacking suspect captured because he can't drive stick shift

March 1 - An 18-year-old man accused of committing three armed carjackings in a 10-day span was arrested because he didn't know how to drive stick shift, according to court records. Damari Wayne, 18, is charged with three counts of aggravated robbery. He is being held in the city jail on $100,000 bond and his case was bound over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury on Friday. Wayne stole three cars at gunpoint between Feb. 11 through Feb. 21, according to police.

Dog sings along to 'We Are The Champions' on a trip

March 1 - A woman driving with her dog in Florida recorded the moment the musical mutt joined in with a car karaoke version of Queen's "We Are The Champions." The video, posted to YouTube by Annie Aul, shows the view of a rear-facing camera on the dashboard as Annie mouths along to Freddie Mercury's vocals on the classic rock song. About 25 seconds in, Annie's Shiloh shepherd, Lola, perks up in the back seat and joins in on the chorus. The singing shepherd continues to accompany Annie...

Louisiana chase ends with pickup taking 'Dukes of Hazzard' style flight

March 1 - A witness to a Louisiana police chase captured video of a stolen Toyota Tacoma taking a Dukes of Hazzard style flight through the air at the end of the pursuit. Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said a deputy pulled over a Toyota Tacoma in Dixie Inn for speeding on U.S. Highway 371, and the truck's passenger slid into the driver's seat and sped off while the deputy was talking to the original driver outside the vehicle. The man, Kevonte Dekorey Austin, 18, led police on a chase to that...

Tourist trying to jump onto statue in Spain gets a dose of instant karma

March 1 - A U.S. tourist's ill-fated attempt to jump over water to reach a statue in a Spanish coastal town was caught on camera by an amused local. Christian Stefan Molocia posted a video to Facebook showing the man, who he identified as a tourist from the United States, preparing to jump to a waterfront statue a few feet from shore Monday in Alicante. The statue, El Regreso De Icaro, depicts the character Icarus from Greek mythology. The man takes a leap and reaches the statue, but promptly slips...

Russian engineers unveil drone-like 'hoverbike'

March 1 - A team of Russian engineers have unveiled the latest model of their "hoverbike," an airborne vehicle inspired by quadcopter drone technology. The Hoversurf team posted a video to YouTube showing the Scorpion 3 hoverbike, which bears a stronger resemblance to a giant recreational drone than it does to a bicycle. The team said the hoverbike could have applications in extreme sports as well as transportation. They said there are plans to use the Scorpion platform to build flying cars...

Nevada trooper drenched by 'tidal wave of beer' on interstate in Las Vegas

March 2 - A Nevada Highway Patrol dashboard camera was recording when a trooper speaking to a driver was drenched by a load of beer that fell from a truck. The highway patrol said Trooper Travis Smaka had pulled a driver over for speeding Monday near the Washington exit of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. "You guys have anything to drink tonight?" Trooper Travis Smaka asks the vehicle's occupants in the dashboard camera footage. The driver says he has not been drinking, and moments later the sound...

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...