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February 14, 2018

Man learns of wife's pregnancy from pilot's announcement

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!

Florida man's gas pedal gets stuck going 100 mph

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 mph...

Trash collector's backflip caught on home's security camera

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, 2018

Sheriff's deputy allegedly robs bank, pays with his job hours later

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 Mustang.

Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside marijuana store

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.

Missouri woman catches neighbor's dog riding her pony

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 unusual scene to Facebook. "So we pull back in our driveway tonight and this is what we see.

Scottish police in 45-minute standoff with toy tiger

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...

Mutant Crayfish Clones Self-Spawning Out of 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 31, 2018

Buffalo herd rescues baby elephant from attacking lions

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...

Deer wanders into Michigan yard to play with dog

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.

Wild turkey chases, attacks police cruiser in Pennsylvania

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 man Scott Smith posted a photo to Facebook...

January 25, 2018

Is the humble sandwich a global warming culprit?

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...

Cow escapes farm to run free with wild bison in Poland

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...

Alcatraz inmates survived infamous 1962 escape, letter suggests

January 24 - It is one of America's greatest mysteries: What happened to three men after they pulled off a daring 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.

Claw machine players find real cat taking a nap inside

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.

Bison running across frozen pond wipes out spectacularly

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.

Curious shark chased away by pod of angry hippos

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 hippos...

Forklift fail shatters hundreds of glass bottles

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 18, 2018

Court Rules Against Amish Family’s Religious Beliefs, Orders Them to Use Electricity

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 running water.

Chain-store posts job for chicken nugget taste tester

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...

British man kicked off flight for wearing all his clothes to avoid baggage fee

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...

Colorado woman charged with killing dad, entombing him in concrete inside home

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 11, 2018

Tourist finds massive lizard in kitchen of vacation home

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.

Idaho hunter's decoy deer baffles hungry mountain lion

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.

Security camera records Virginia man's struggle with black ice

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.

Restaurant 'pizza-shames' workers who burn pies

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,"...

Box of cremated human remains donated to Goodwill

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.