February 14 - A Florida man who boarded a flight home
from Chicago received a shock when the pilot made a special
announcement -- the passenger's wife is pregnant. Audrey Rose
of South Tampa said she secretly slipped a note to a flight
attendant on the Tampa-bound flight and the worker offered her
a thumbs-up to signal the message had been received. "I have a
big favor to ask," the note reads. "I just found out that I'm
pregnant and I really want to surprise my husband!
February 13 - A Florida man had to call 911 after the
gas pedal of his car got stuck while going nearly 100 miles
per hour down a busy Florida highway. "I think my gas pedal is
stuck on my car and I'm on I-95," Joseph Cooper, 28, said in a
frantic call to 911 as his car bolted down the highway in
Indian River County on Florida's east coast. When the 911
employee asked Cooper if he tried the emergency brake, he
nixed that suggestion. "Ma'am, I'm not going to do that at 100
February 13 - A Texas trash collector was caught on an
amused homeowner's security camera doing a backflip on a
discarded mattress. A video posted to a Rowlett
community Facebook page shows Demarian Henderson, a collector for FCC
Trash and Recycling, loading a waste truck outside the home
where the security camera was rolling. Henderson bounces on a
discarded mattress at the side of the road for a few seconds
before getting back to work -- and then back to the mattress.
February 7 - A Davidson County sheriff's deputy was
arrested after being accused of robbing a bank in Rowan County
Tuesday afternoon, reports CBS Charlotte affiliate WBTV.
Davidson County sheriff's deputy Jeff Athey, 51, is charged
with robbery with a dangerous weapon. The robbery happened at
the F&M Bank in Rockwell. Authorities say a man -- believed to
be Athey-- walked into the bank, pulled out a black handgun
and told a clerk he needed money. He then left in a silver
February 7 - A young Girl Scout sold more than 300
boxes of cookies in just six hours thanks to picking a prime
location -- outside a California marijuana dispensary. San
Diego marijuana store Urbn Leaf, which has started selling
legalized recreational marijuana, posted a photo
to Instagram showing the young girl hawking her Girl Scout
cookies outside of the shop on Friday. The girl's father said
she sold more than 300 boxes of cookies in about six hours
outside the store.
February 7 - A shocked Missouri woman captured video
when she arrived home to a bizarre scene -- her neighbor's
mischievous dog riding on the back of her pony. Callie
Schenker, 22, said she pulled into her driveway Thursday night
in Bolivar and noticed her one-eyed pony, Cricket, was
trotting around with a corgi perched on his back. "I can't
make this stuff up!!!" Schenker wrote in posting video of the
to Facebook. "So we pull back in our driveway tonight and
this is what we see.
February 7 - Police in Scotland said officers
responding to a report of a tiger in a cow shed engaged in a
45-minute standoff with what turned out to be a stuffed toy.
Officials with the North East Police Division shared a story
with Facebook page UK Cop Humor detailing the Saturday
night call-out to a farm in the northeast part of Scotland.
"The farmer has gone out to check his cows and discovered a
tiger in the cow shed!" the post said. "Photographs of said
tiger were sent to the control...
February 7 - A mutant cloned crayfish is self-spawning
out of control leaving researchers puzzled about two things:
How did it happen and how many of these rogue crawladies (not
dads) can Earth support if they turn out to be not good in
jambalaya? The first self-cloning crayfish were found in 2003
when a German aquarium owner purchased a bag of "Texas
crayfish" from a pet trader and saw his tank fill with the
creatures without the need of mating because all were female,
The Atlantic magazine reported.
January 30 - A safari-goer in South Africa captured
unusual footage of a buffalo herd stomping to the rescue of a
baby elephant that was being attacked by a pride of lions. The
video, captured June 23 by Jill Mathews and posted
to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, shows what happened when
Mathews' safari group left Punda Maria camp and came across
some animals at the nearly-dry Klopperfontein Dam. "We were in
shock and disbelief as a baby elephant emerged alone...
January 31 - A Michigan resident captured video of an
unusually friendly buck wandering into their yard to play with
a dog. The video, captured last week, shows the young buck
playing with a small dog in a Metamora resident's yard. The
filmer said the deer did not appear to have any fear of dogs
or humans. "The kids and I let the dogs out to play and saw
this button buck coming around the corner. He came right up to
us and let the kids pet him. He was out there for hours
playing with the dog," the filmer wrote.
January 31 - A Pennsylvania turkey known to some as a
"neighborhood pet" was caught on camera chasing and attacking
a police car for several minutes. Vince Papurello captured
cellphone video of Mount Vernon's resident turkey, dubbed Stu
by presidents, chasing and attacking a police car on a busy
road for several minutes. Residents have previously reported
the turkey harassing pedestrians and attacking vehicles. Local
Scott Smith posted a photo
January 25 - Scientists at the University of Manchester
have found a surprising global warming culprit – sandwiches.
In the first study of its kind, the researchers carried out an
in-depth audit of various sandwiches throughout their life
cycles and found the triangular meals could be responsible for
the equivalent annual carbon emissions of 8.6 million cars in
Britain alone. In 1762, or so the story goes, the fourth Earl
of Sandwich rocked the culinary world when he couldn't be
bothered to leave...
January 25 - A farmyard cow in Poland has chosen
freedom this winter, roaming with a herd of bison for three
months after escaping its pen. The reddish brown cow has been
spotted following bison across corn and rapeseed fields
bordering the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland as they
forage for abandoned corn cobs and other food. Rafal Kowalczyk,
a bison expert who has managed to photograph the unusual
sight, said the cow seems to be in good condition. That
indicates that she...
January 24 - It is
one of America's greatest mysteries:
What happened to three men after they pulled off a
prison break at Alcatraz in 1962? Only the worst criminals
were sent to Alcatraz. And for 29 years, it was the most
secure federal prison in the country – surrounded by the cold,
rough waters of the Pacific. But brothers John and Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris disappeared into the night and have
never been found. The men have become folklore – fueled by
Hollywood and popular shows.
January 23 - A visitor to a Dubai business captured
video of an unusual sight -- a cat that made its way into the
prize area of a claw machine and went down for a nap. The
video, recorded Saturday, shows the cat snoozing among the
stuffed toys inside a claw machine at a Dubai business. A man
puts money into the machine and tries to use the claw to catch
the cat, but the sleepy feline wakes up just enough to shake
off the claw before going back to sleep.
January 23 - A nature-lover filming bison during a
visit to an Illinois preserve captured the moment one of the
large animals took a sliding spill on an iced-over pond. The
video, filmed Jan. 13, shows two bison running across the ice
of a frozen pond at the Nachusa Grasslands nature preserve,
which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. One of the bison
makes it to the other side without difficulty, but the second
slips on the ice and flips on its side, sliding the rest of
the way across the ice.
January 23 - A visitor to a South African national park
captured video of the moment a curious shark was chased away
by a group of annoyed hippos. The video, filmed by Stacey
Farrell from Heritage Tours and Safaris and posted
to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, shows the bull shark
swimming close to a pod of about 10 hippopotamuses at Kruger
National Park. "While we were on a hippo and crocodile safari,
we spotted a small bull shark swimming close to a pod of
January 24 - An Australian forklift driver's
embarrassment was caught on camera when a massive stack of
glass bottles came raining to the ground. The video shows the
forklift driver attempting to use the vehicle to lift a pallet
of glass bottles from atop two other large pallets. The bottom
layer of bottles collapses, initially causing only one bottle
to crash to the ground, but as he continues to attempt to lift
slowly, more bottles rain down. "Get ready to bail," the
filmer warns, just before the entire pallet...
January 11 - An Old Order Amish family in Pennsylvania
will have to abandon their religious beliefs and hook up their
home to the public sewer system, a Commonwealth Court panel
decided earlier this month. The Yoder family abstains from
using electricity due to their religious beliefs, especially
when the public grid is the source of the power. Instead of
the modern-day sewer system, the family uses an “old-fashioned
privy” — an outhouse — that doesn’t require electricity or
January 18 - A British chain store issued a job posting
seeking to fill an unusual position many might see as a dream
job -- chicken nugget taste-tester. B&M, one of Britain's
largest variety store chains, announced on its website that it
is seeking a "chicken nugget connoisseur" to taste-taste the
chicken nuggets for its new line of store-brand frozen and
fresh foods. The winning applicant will also be asked to give
feedback on other products in the line. The winning applicant
will be issued monthly...
January 17 - A British man was prevented from boarding
a British Airways flight from Iceland to London after he
attempted to wear 10 layers of clothes to avoid paying a
baggage fee. Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the name Ryan
Hawaii on social media, put on every article of clothing in
his luggage while at the airport in Reykjavik last week after
he was told he'd have to pay $125 to check a bag. But Williams
said on Twitter that he didn't have the funds. "I couldn't
afford the fee as a result...
January 18 - A Colorado woman was held without bond
pending a hearing next month on charges that she killed her
69-year-old father and encased his body in concrete in a
crawlspace of the home they shared. The woman, Dayna Michele
Jennings, 44, of the Denver suburb of Federal Heights,
remained in the Adams County Jail on Wednesday night,
according to jail records. She's charged with felony counts of
first-degree murder after deliberation and tampering with a
deceased human body...
January 10 - A tourist in Thailand captured video of an
unusual guest he discovered in the kitchen of his vacation
home: a massive monitor lizard. The video, posted
to YouTube by agust1, shows what the man discovered last
week when he investigated a sound in the kitchen of his rental
home in Ban Chang, Rayong Province. The video shows the lizard
panicking when it spots the man and knocking a glass to the
ground before climbing on a window, hopping to a counter and
jumping to the floor.
January 10 - An Idaho hunter captured video of a
befuddled mountain lion stalking a decoy deer until
discovering that its intended prey is a fake. The video shows
the hunter, perched above ground, filming the mountain lion as
it stalks the decoy deer he was attempting to use to draw some
real deer out into the open. The cougar quietly sneaks up on
the faux deer and prepares to pounce, but stops short when it
realizes the deer is not all that it seems to be.
January 11 - A Virginia man's security camera recorded
his slide down the driveway and tumble into the grass when he
unexpectedly encountered black ice. Kelly Besecker posted a
video to Facebook showing footage recorded by the security
camera outside of her Loudoun County home on Tuesday when her
husband, Tim, was leaving for work. The video shows Tim
Besecker walking casually toward his truck when he slips on
black ice covering his driveway.
January 11 - An Idaho pizzeria is drawing attention for
the unusual way it disciplines workers who burn pizzas -- with
a public pizza-shaming. Pesto's Pizza Shop in Boise posted
on its Facebook page that employees who overcook pies are
made to don a large orange bag reading, "I burned a pizza,"
and walk five laps in front of the eatery. The store refers to
the punishment as "walking the plank." "Well it was one way to
remind all of us not to burn pizzas,"...
January 11 - Police in Washington state said a wooden
box donated to a Goodwill store was found to be filled with
cremated human remains.
Vancouver Police said they were contacted by a Goodwill
employee who was sorting donations and discovered the box was
an urn that contained remains. The department's Evidence Unit
released a photo of the box, which bears the name "Michelle
Miller." Anyone with information about the cremated person or
their family is being asked to contact police.