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Slow-speed police chase ends with driver break dancing on California highway

March 20 - California police officers received a surprise confrontation after the driver who led them on a police chase got out of his car and began to dance. The slow pursuit began on Highway 101 near Calabasas on Tuesday after the reckless driver failed to yield to commands to stop by California Highway Patrol officers, ABC Los Angeles station KABC reported. The driver, going at a speed of about 60 mph, then led authorities north through the San Fernando Valley onto Interstate 405...

Thrift shop warns furniture may be 'haunted'

March 15 - A North Carolina thrift store's social media post is going viral after warning customers about a couple of "haunted" pieces of furniture. The Habitat for Humanity Restore of Rowan County posted photos to Facebook showing a queen canopy bed frame and highboy chest of drawers that the previous owners said were haunted. The post included a photo of the note posted on the pieces: "Please note, previous owner reports that the highboy is haunted. He reports continuous nightmares for he...

Parked car falls through garage floor in Missouri

March 15 - A Missouri man who heard a loud noise outside his home was shocked to discover his car had fallen through the floor of the garage. Willard Ralls said he was eating dinner before 4 p.m. Wednesday at his Kansas City home when he heard the crashing noise coming from his garage. "I thought maybe a vase fell off one of the tables in here, and I came out and saw my car sitting down in here. My immediate thing was to get the car keys for the other car sitting out there that was parked right here...

Man forced to shorten fence gets even with nude mannequins

March 20 - A California man who was forced to lower his fence due to a neighbor's complaint is getting even with a display of mannequins having a "naked party." Jason Windus said he needed a high fence in his Santa Rosa yard to prevent his dogs from jumping the barrier and getting out, but a neighbor complained to the city and he was told the fence was a zoning violation and needed to be lowered. Windus lowered the fence to the allowed maximum of 36 inches, but filled his now-visible yard...

Large South American lizards on the loose in Georgia

March 20 - Wildlife officials in Georgia are asking residents to keep an eye out for large South American lizards spotted in the area. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Argentine black and white tegus have been spotted in Toombs and Tattnall Counties, where the South American reptiles are not native but are legal to keep as pets. "Things like this with the Tegus I think the pet owners - the novelty wears off or they also realize that they require a lot of food and a lot of space...

March 14, 2019

Dancing camel draws attention on Florida highway

March 11 - A Florida man going to church with his family captured video of a bizarre sight on the highway: a camel dancing in the back of a bus. Matt Austin, an anchor for WKMG-TV, said his wife, Tricia, was driving the vehicle about 11 a.m. Sunday when his daughters, Addison, Lulu and Sawyer, started shouting about a dancing camel. Austin, who posted video of the encounter to Facebook, said he didn't believe them until he looked up and saw it for himself. "We seriously see not only the camel...

Nebraska trooper finds car made of snow

March 11 - A Nebraska state trooper captured video of an unusual sight in the middle of the road: an entire car made of snow. The Nebraska State Patrol said Sgt. Mick Downing was driving in Chadron when he came across the unusual sculpture, which he compared to a Ford Mustang. "What in the heck," Downing says in the video. "Some people make snow men. Not the people in the northwest corner of the panhandle. They make snow cars. Snow Mustangs." The faux-car has what appears...

Horse filmed riding in bed of pickup in Texas

March 12 - A shocked traveler on a Texas highway captured video of a horse riding in the back of a pickup truck with the tailgate down. Ami Parbs said she was taking her 12-year-old daughter to a gymnastics meet when they captured the unusual video on U.S. 59 in the Corrigan area. The video shows the horse riding in the back of the pickup with someone in the cab apparently holding the animal's reigns through the rear window. Parbs said the truck eventually pulled into a Whataburger parking...

Eagle helps golfer with 'hole-in-one'

March 12 - A British Columbia golfer captured video of an eagle that helped him transform a decent shot into a hole-in-one. The golfer said he was playing his first round of the season at a Vancouver-area course when an eagle landed on the green of the second hole and started toying with his ball. The video shows the eagle toying with the ball before finally dropping it into the hole. "Despite the rules of golf saying I need to replace it (which I did and missed the putt), this will still go down as my...

Crocodile joins alligators at Florida golf course

March 13 - Regulars at a Florida golf course have reported sightings of an unusual new resident: a crocodile among the course's alligators. The Sanibel Island Golf Club posted a photo to Facebook showing the American crocodile summing itself just feet away from one of the alligators known to frequent the course. "The crocodile is here all the time, she hangs out on hole No. 11, and she's a female," Mary Donnelly, wife of course owner Drew Donnelly, told the Naples Daily News.

Thieves steal fake copy of Brueghel painting from Italian church

March 13 - A group of thieves stole a painting by Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger from an Italian church Wednesday, but not before police replaced the $3.4 million artwork with a fake. The thieves stole a copy of the 17th century painting, titled Crucifixion, from Santa Maria Maddalena church in the small Northern Italian town of Castelnuovo Magra. Hours after the theft, local police revealed they caught wind of the planned theft ahead of time and swapped out the original painting with a fake.

What Do You Think A Guy Named Sober Was Arrested For?

March 13 - A Pennsylvania man named Sober was arrested for...well, you know where this is going. Daniel Sober, 44, was busted Saturday evening for drunk driving following a police stop near his home in Lower Burrell, a Pittsburgh suburb. A breath test, cops say, recorded Sober’s blood alcohol content at .194, more than twice the legal limit. Sober, pictured at right, was charged with drunk driving and careless driving, according to court records. After being booked, Sober was released...

February 21, 2019

Amazon driver steals family’s dog

February 20 - An Amazon driver stole a family’s $1,046 pet schnauzer as he delivered dog food to their home. Levi Pislea, 22, snatched Wilma the puppy when he visited Richard Guttfield’s house in Marsworth, Bucks. Guttfield and his family were so devastated they even contacted billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – before UK staff stepped in and tracked the rogue deliveryman down. Pislea had stashed Wilma the schnauzer at a property in Barnet, North London.

Florida man records battle between alligator, python

February 19 - A Florida man captured a reptile battle royal on camera when he came across a fight between an alligator and a python. Rich Kruger posted a video to Facebook showing the face-off between the large alligator and the Burmese python, which Kruger estimated was more than 10 feet long. Kruger said the battle occurred at the Shark Valley Visitor Center in Everglades National Park. The video shows the alligator come out victorious in the confrontation and make the invasive python into a meal.

Kentucky woman discovers porch thieves were her own dogs

February 19 - A Kentucky woman whose package was taken from her porch reviewed security camera footage and identified the unexpected culprits -- her own dogs. Ashley Craig Hymer said she ordered a package from Amazon and began to grow suspicious when it never showed up. Hymer reviewed security camera footage and discovered the thieves were her own 3-month-old Labrador puppies, Ocoee and Denali. She said the dogs took the package to the side of the house, where she was able to recover it.

Rescued snake tinted blue due to toilet cleaner

February 21 - Animal rescuers in Britain responded to a home where they removed a snake that had turned blue from cleaning products inside a toilet. The RSPCA said a family renovating the home they just purchased in Basildon, England, discovered there was a snake in the bathroom when the reptile knocked over a lit candle. An animal collection officer was dispatched to the scene and the family directed him to the toilet, where the snake had taken up residence in the tank.

February 14, 2019

Driver doing donuts blocks traffic on Tennessee highway

February 11 - A Tennessee man captured video of traffic being blocked on a highway by a driver that blocked multiple lanes by doing donuts in the roadway. Nashville man Ricardo Suarez posted video to Facebook showing the driver's dangerous stunt causing traffic to stop on Interstate 24, near Antioch. The video shows vehicles stopped on the shoulder and in the middle of the road to watch the unusual scene. Witnesses said the stunt appeared to have been organized with help...

Big alligator knocks on Florida woman's front door

February 12 - A Florida woman who heard a knock opened the front door of her home to discover an unexpected and unwelcome guest -- a huge alligator. The Merritt Island woman said she heard a knock at the door Tuesday and looked out to discover the 10-foot, 5-inch alligator blocking the doorway. Neighbors attempted to wrestle the alligator, but found it to be too aggressive, so they called 911. A trapper was sent to the neighborhood and captured the 350-pound gator.

Sledding teen collides with rat in mid-air

February 13 - A teenager sledding on a British Columbia hill had his video camera running when he got into a mid-air collision with a rat. Cole Salsman, 17, had his GoPro camera recording when he went sledding with some friends on Ryan Street Hill in Victoria to celebrate having a snow-related day off from school Tuesday. Salsman's camera recorded the moment he went over a ramp on his sled and collided with a rat. "I thought somebody's toboggan snapped and a piece of plastic...

Man recreates 'Mona Lisa' in backyard snow

February 14 - A Toronto man turned winter weather into high art when he used a shovel to turn his backyard ice rink into a recreation of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa". Robert Greenfield posted a timelapse video to YouTube showing how he used a shovel after recent heavy snowfall to etch the "Snowna Lisa" into the snow that fell on his backyard ice rink. The completed artwork bears a striking resemblance to Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting, the "Mona Lisa." "This is not exactly a masterpiece...

Video Shows Man Releasing Rat Inside New Jersey McDonald’s

February 13 - Total chaos erupted at a McDonald’s in Newark, New Jersey after a man released a large white rat inside the crowded restaurant last week. A video posted on Facebook, that appears to have been shot by an accomplice, shows a young man, accompanied by a child, walking into the restaurant located at 772 Broad Street on Feb. 5. The man can be seen carrying a clear pet carrier with the white rat inside. “Let me hold it, let me hold it,” shouts the kid.

February 7, 2019

World's largest tower of cupcakes assembled in India

February 1 - A pyramid-shaped collection of pastries assembled at a mall in India broke a Guinness World Record for the tallest tower of cupcakes. Preethi Kitchen Appliances and Food Consulate Chennai teamed up to bake 18,818 cupcakes as assemble them into a tower measuring 41 feet, 8 inches tall at the Forum Vijya Mall in Chennai. The cupcakes, which were all made on-site, took about 30 hours to cook and arrange on the pyramid structure. A Guinness adjudicator was present during...

82-year-old grandma's snow-blowing skills go viral

February 4 - An 82-year-old Michigan grandma is enjoying her viral fame after photos were posted online showing her happily using a snowblower after a major snowstorm. Marlene Downing of Muskegon said she gladly donned her winter coat and ventured outside amid frigid temperatures when several inches of snow fell on her neighborhood. "I like being outside, and I like the snow," Downing told WLS-TV. "I just don't need any help. I got this big machine, it works great."

Puppy born with upside-down paws learning to walk

February 4 - An Oklahoma puppy is learning to walk after undergoing a complicated surgical procedure to correct his upside-down paws. Milo, a hound puppy surrendered to Oliver and Friends Farm Rescue and Sanctuary when he was just five weeks old, was initially unable to walk due to being born with a condition that turned his front paws upside down. Jennie Hayes, who operates the sanctuary, took Milo to Oklahoma State University, where Dr. Erik Clary and his veterinary team...

London restaurant serves up gray squirrel lasagna

February 4 - The chef at a London restaurant said he is catering to customers in search of "sustainable" proteins with a lasagna made with an unusual meat -- gray squirrel. Ivan Tisdall-Downes, chef at Borough Market restaurant Native, said he struck a deal with his wild boar supplier to obtain the gray squirrel carcasses that would have gone to waste from culls of the invasive North American animals. "Squirrel is one of the most sustainable proteins you can cook really.

Toddler rescued from pizzeria's claw machine

February 6 - An Alabama 2-year-old was rescued from a restaurant's claw machine when he crawled inside to try to get a toy. Kelsey Ingersoll said her son, Ezra, was playing with his siblings and some friends' children in the game room at Rotolo's Pizzeria in Fairhope when she lost sight of the boy. "I had been checking on the kids every couple of minutes to make sure they were still playing nicely and all of a sudden, my daughter ran over to me and said Ezra was in the machine...

Veterinarians save cat found caked with snow

February 7 - Veterinarians in Montana said they were able to save a cat found frozen in the snow with a temperature too low for thermometers to read. Dr. Jevon Clark, veterinarian at Animal Clinic of Kalispell, said Fluffy the cat was brought in by her owners after she was found unresponsive and buried in the snow amid 10-degree weather Thursday afternoon. "I've never seen this. I've been in practice for almost 24 years and she was actually caked in ice, like those ice balls were caked on her all the way...

Working USB thumb drive found in leopard seal poop

February 7 - New Zealand researchers examining a leopard seal's fecal sample that had been frozen for a year made a surprising discovery -- a working USB thumb drive. The New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said a volunteer thawed out a scat sample about the size of two bread rolls and discovered the leopard seal had apparently passed the USB drive through its digestive system. Researchers said the scat sample had been collected in November 2017...

January 31, 2019

Mail truck explodes on Missouri street

January 25 - A Missouri man's home security camera captured the moment a mail truck exploded into a ball of flames and rolled down his street. Brian Riley said he heard the sound of squealing tires outside of his home in the Northland area of Kansas City on Wednesday night. He said it sounded like someone was stuck in the snow for about 15 minutes. Riley said he finally looked at his home security camera when his dogs started barking and he discovered a U.S. Postal Service truck...

Florida dog honks car horn to get owner's attention

January 29 - An impatient dog left inside its owner's car while she went into a store showed its impatience by repeatedly honking the horn. The dog's owner said she left the windows open for her dog when she dipped into ABC Fine Wine liquor store in West Palm Beach, Fla., but the canine became impatient anyway. The owner shared a video showing the impatient pooch repeatedly honking the car's horn in the store parking lot. "She learned how to honk the horn and has been doing...

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Chicago commuter rail fights the cold with fire

January 31 - It's been so cold in the Midwestern United States that some have taken to fight the freezing temperatures with fire. Flames have been spotted this week flashing along Chicago's Metra commuter rail line in an attempt to keep the trains moving smoothly during these frigid temperatures. "One particular issue caused by winter weather is snow and ice-clogged switch points, which can bring a train (or several) to a halt until the blockage is clear," Metra said on its website.

Old Photo of Soot-Covered Coal Miners is Racist “Blackface,” Says Offended Idiot

January 30 - An opinion columnist for The Arizona Republic newspaper penned an article in which he claimed that an old photograph of coal miners covered in soot was racist because it reminded him of “offensive blackface”. Yes, really. In a piece entitled Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface, Rashaad Thomas relates the story of how he was triggered after seeing the photograph hanging on the wall in a downtown Phoenix bar.