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September 20, 2017

Jogger known as 'The Mad Pooper' keeps pooping on sidewalk in Colorado Springs

September 19 - Her kids saw it first: A woman, pants around ankles, defecating before the Budde family's Colorado Springs home. Then it happened again. And again. And again. And again. And again. Each week brings a fresh pile of excrement to the sidewalk in front of Cathy Budde's home, she told local station KKTV — at least seven so far. Budde calls her "The Mad Pooper." Police remain baffled. The family feels helpless to stop her. "I came outside, and I was like...

Crab climbs out of pot, switches off hot plate

September 19 - A crab with a strong will to live was filmed climbing out of a pot of heating water and switching off the hot plate to save its comrades. The video, filmed Sept. 5 at a home in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, shows the acrobatic crab climbing out of the pot of water as it heats on a hot plate. The crab swings around to the hot plate's controls and switches off the heat, saving the lives of its three fellow crabs still in the pot. It was unclear whether the crab's heroism managed to earn...

Snake rescuer finds cobra with smaller snake stuck in its nostril

September 19 - A snake rescuer called to remove a cobra from a businessman's property in India made an unusual discovery -- a smaller snake stuck in the serpent's nostril. Anand Chitti, a snake rescuer in the city of Belagavi, said a local businessman summoned him Sept. 11 to some industrial land, where a cobra had been sighted. Chitti filmed the rescue as he dug through a pile of bricks to reach the snake. The cobra, once extracted from its hiding place, was found to have a blind worm snake...

Marathon runner takes a fall, rolls across the finish line

September 19 - A runner in a Washington state marathon is being praised for her determination after barrel rolling across the finish line moments after taking a bad fall. Philip King, a spectator at the Tunnel Vision marathon in North Bend, posted a video to Facebook showing runner Devon Bieling barrel rolling across the finish line. King said the runner had taken a bad fall about 12 yards short of the finish line and found she was unable to return to her feet. He said she tried to crawl, but ended up rolling when...

August 31, 2017

Cat reenacts 'Cape Fear' on highway, evades disaster

August 30 - A Russian driver's dashboard camera captured the moment a cat clinging to the bottom of a car on the highway bailed out and was nearly struck. The video, captured Aug. 21 on a highway in Irkutsk, shows a car pass by the filmer's vehicle with a white object visible in the muffler area. "A car passed us that had something white hanging under it that looked similar to a package. It turned out to be a cat that had been sitting on the muffler of the vehicle," the filmer wrote.

Alpha rooster kills, eats deadly cobra outside owner's home

August 30 - A rooster in an Indian village showed its dominance by facing off against a venomous cobra and turning the deadly snake into a meal. A video recorded outside the rooster's owner's home in Andhra Pradesh shows the rooster pecking at the cobra, which attempts to flee. The rooster makes quick work of the venomous snake before eating it. Locals said chickens are often seen eating small snakes, but it was highly unusual for the rooster to kill even a young and small cobra.

Thieves climb onto moving truck, steal bags of sugar

August 31 - A teen passenger on a South African road captured video showing a gang of thieves climbing onto the back of a moving truck to steal the goods it hauled. Tom Kruger, 15, who was riding in the passenger sear of mother Libby Kruger's car, posted a video to Facebook showing the scene they witnessed while driving Friday from Port Elizabeth to East London. The video shows the truck swerving back and forth on the road while thieves cling to the back and take packages...

August 24, 2017

Squirrel gets too greedy, traps self inside bird feeder

August 23 - A hungry squirrel attempting to raid a Georgia man's bird feeder came to regret its life decisions when it ended up trapped inside the feeder. A video captured by David Ross of Kennesaw shows the squirrel struggling to shove the lid off the bird feeder Tuesday after somehow trapping itself inside with the birdseed. The filmer can be heard in the video wondering how long the squirrel has been trapped and commenting, "Oh yeah, he's stuck good." "Came outside to find...

Leopard's bite punctures car tire at South African park

August 23 - A safari tour guide in South Africa shared video of a territorial leopard biting and puncturing a tire on his safari vehicle. Johann Jurges, director of South African Bookings, said he was taking a group of Chinese tourists on a drive around the Pretoriuskop area of Kruger National Park when they spotted a female leopard in the road near Klipspringer Koppies. Jurges' video of the encounter was posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings. "We were out on an early morning game drive...

Teen spends 99 cents for 'nothing' at McDonald's

August 23 - A teen in England spent 99 cents to order "nothing" from McDonald's after removing all of the ingredients from the order. Twitter user Ari shared photos of the order and the resulting receipt that featured a charge of 99 cents for the list of ingredients that added up to nothing. "I just spent 99p for nothing from McDonald's," Ari wrote. Ari originally planned to order a cheeseburger without pickles, but soon realized the order station offered the option to remove every single ingredient.

Racetrack security finds bottle of vodka in woman's sandwich

August 24 - Security guards at a British racetrack shared a photo of one woman's unusual attempt to smuggle vodka into the facility by hiding it inside a sandwich. A photo tweeted by Southwell Racecourse shows the baguette sandwich containing salami, tomato, and a bottle of Glen's vodka. "You hide it, we find it!" the racecourse tweeted. The racecourse said the sandwich's contraband contents were seized and woman was told she could pick it up on her way out of the venue...

August 10, 2017

Cheetos to open 'Spotted Cheetah' pop-up restaurant in New York

August 9 - Cheetos is bringing a restaurant full of dishes inspired by the crunchy cheese puff snacks to New York for a weekend. "The Spotted Cheetah" restaurant will serve Cheetos-infused dishes crafted by celebrity chef Anne Burrell from Aug. 15 to Aug. 17. "As a long-time Cheetos fan, I'm thrilled to join forces with a snack brand that is truly an iconic American staple," Burrell said. "I had so much fun curating this specially crafted, one-of-a-kind menu for the first Cheetos restaurant...

School Board Votes to Re-Name Schools Named After Family Called “Lynch” Because it’s Offensive

August 10 - A school board in Oregon has voted to change the name of two schools named after a family called “Lynch” because it reminds people too much of the word “lynching,” which is offensive. Yes, really. Commentary Magazine’s Jonathan Marks traces the issue back to 2015 when “Student activists at Lebanon Valley College briefly became national laughingstocks for demanding that the name of Lynch Memorial Hall be changed.” The building was named after Clyde A. Lynch...

America's total eclipse floods market with fake sunglasses

August 10 - When millions of Americans turn their faces skyward to witness the nation's first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in a century, many will reach for specially designed sunglasses, but experts caution the public to stay clear of unsafe counterfeits. Even as makers of certified, safety-tested solar eye ware rushed to meet surging demand before the August 21 eclipse, they have joined astronomers and optometrists in warning of defective knockoffs flooding the U.S. market.

July 27, 2017

Slap-fighting marmots make for adorable road hazard

July 26 - A traveler on a Chinese road stopped to film video of an unusual hazard -- two marmots on their hind legs having a slap fight in the middle of the street. The video, recorded this month in Haixi Mongol, shows the two marmots slapping and shoving one another in the middle of a road. The marmots' road rage goes on for nearly a minute before they both flee from the nearby sound of a car door closing.

Man's romantic 'message in a bottle' stunt prompts littering concerns

July 27 - A man in England's plan to find romance by casting thousands of bottles into the ocean has people in the area concerned about the impact on the environment. Craig Sullivan, 49, said the Police song "Message in a Bottle" inspired him to cast 2,000 bottles into the ocean in hopes of reaching beaches around the world to find love after his wife died of cancer about a year and a half ago. "If I could find some good places to throw some bottles, they might wash up on your shore.

New Britain man gets 120 days in prison after killing pet fish in Bristol

July 25 - A New Britain man has been sentenced to 120 days in prison after killing a pet fish during a domestic dispute in Bristol. Juan Vega, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree breach of peace during a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. In exchange for the plea, which was part of a deal offered by a state prosecutor, one count of cruelty to animals was dropped. Vega’s sentence included serving 120 days in prison and no probation. Ronald Dearstyne, the prosecutor...

July 6, 2017

Infant's casket found on sidewalk dumped by South Jersey funeral home employee

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.

Man tries to kill wasps with smoke bomb, burns garage to the ground

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.

Fish becoming transgender from contraceptive pill chemicals being flushed down household drains

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...