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June 22, 2017

Deer visits New Jersey home for daily swim in pool

June 21 - A fawn has made itself at home in a New Jersey family's backyard pool to escape the summer heat. Resident Brittney Benincasa first spotted the deer climbing out of the pool outside her Freehold Township home on June 14. "I went to the sink to wash my hands, and through the window, I saw it climbing out of pool and on to the pavement," she said. "She shook off and laid in my landscaping for like 45 minutes, then she got up again and walked back towards the pool, leaning over the edge.

Clock stuck in wall buzzes every night for 13 years

June 21 - Jerry Lynn lost an alarm clock 13 years ago and the timepiece still buzzes a reminder every night. The clock, stuck inside the walls of his Pittsburgh-area home, blasts its alarm each evening at 6:50 p.m. or 7:50 p.m., depending on the time of year. Lynn told CBS Pittsburgh he mistakenly dropped the clock down an air vent while he made home repairs in September 2004. The clock was set to go off ten minutes later, originally meant to tell Lynn where he could put a hole...

Study finds mountain lions fear voices of Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow

June 22 - A university study found that mountain lions fear human voices, including those of a few professional broadcasters. The study conducted by the University of California Santa Cruz used recordings of Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow to determine if mountain lions are afraid of humans. Researchers placed cameras and motion-activated sound equipment that played recordings of Limbaugh and Maddow talking as well as croaking Pacific tree frogs. After a total of 29 experiments...

Lifestyle blogger dies after whipped cream can explodes

June 22 - French fitness blogger and Instagram model Rebecca Burger died when she was struck by an exploding whipped cream dispenser, her family said. Burger, 32, died when a pressurized whipped cream container "exploded and struck Rebecca's thorax, resulting in her death," the family wrote on her Instagram account. Their comments included a warning about defective whipped cream containers. French media said that she died of cardiac arrest in a hospital near Galfingue, France...

June 8, 2017

Viral video shows rat inside California cupcake bakery's case

June 6 - A popular Los Angeles-area cupcake restaurant said a "structural malfunction" was partially to blame for a rat being caught on video in a display case. A video posted to YouTube by Luisa Hidalgo shows a rat running around inside a display case at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Glendale's The Americana at Brand shopping center. "Don't you ever buy food here," a woman's voice says in the video. Suley Hidalgo, Luisa's sister, recorded the video early Friday morning.

Friends use motorcycle to wash, dry man's hair

June 6 - A group of men in China were filmed putting a motorcycle to an unusual use -- washing and drying a friend's hair. The video, filmed last month, shows a man operating the motorcycle with its rear tire elevated and placed in a shallow pool of water in Ziyang, Sichuan Province. A second man is lying on his stomach on a wooden pallet behind the motorcycle, causing the water sprayed by the motorcycle's tire to land in his hair while a third man applies shampoo.

Michigan city rejects man's attempt to pay $270 fine in pennies

June 7 - A Michigan man attempted to make a statement by paying his $270 fine in pennies, but city officials rejected the coins. Brian McGonegal said he was outraged when the city of Jackson handed down a $270 fine last year for having rubbish in his yard -- which he said cost an additional $200 to have cleaned up -- so he decided to get even by making his payment entirely in pennies. McGonegal brought 2,700 pennies to Jackson City Hall to make his first $27 installment on the fine...

Toy vending machine at California restaurant dispenses cocaine

June 7 - Police in California said a 25-cent toy vending machine at a California restaurant dispensed balls of putty filled with cocaine. Bell Gardens Police said the young boy's mother put 25 cents into a vending machine Monday at Taqueria Los Altos and got a putty ball toy for her son. "While her son was playing with the putty ball toy, it ruptured and a white powdery substance came out," Detective Miguel Torres said. The mother called police, who determined the white powder tested positive for cocaine.

Powder in toy vending machine not cocaine after all

June 8 - Police said a white powder found inside toys dispensed by a vending machine at a California restaurant was not cocaine, as they originally believed. The Bell Gardens Police Department, which earlier reported the vending machine at Taqueria Los Altos in Bell Gardens dispensed 25-cent toys filled with cocaine, said the test that detected the presence of narcotics was found to be a false-positive. The powder, which was inside balloons that were originally reported to be balls of putty...

May 29, 2017

Snake regurgitates another live snake in Texas

May 30 - A Texas couple taking video of a snake with a strange object in its mouth were shocked when the serpent regurgitated a second snake, which was still alive. Christopher Reynolds said he and his wife were leaving his mother's Newton home Sunday when he spotted a snake near the road and stopped to look at the reptile. Reynolds said he and his wife initially thought the snake, which had a strange object in its mouth, was dead, but it soon surprised them by starting to move.

Wild boar family wanders into city, uses crosswalk

May 30 - A family of wild boars wandered into a Polish city and impressed bystanders by politely using a crosswalk to cross the street. A shocked spectator in Sopot captured video on May 5th of the porcine pedestrians, which included baby wild pigs, using a crosswalk in the city center. The animals, nine adults and at least 10 babies, were next seen foraging for food in the grass next to the sidewalk. It was unclear whether the boars were removed by authorities or if they left on their own.

Texas hunter says massive bullfrog weighs 13 pounds

May 31 - A Texas hunter says he caught a massive 13-pound bullfrog, and while experts said his photos are real, they are a bit misleading. The South Texas Hunting Association posted photos to its Facebook page that were provided by a hunter named Markcuz Rangel. Rangel said the frog in the photos was caught in a pond on a Batesville-area ranch and weighed in at a staggering 13 pounds. Many commenters called the authenticity of the photos into question, but Steve Lightfoot, spokesman...

Would-be ATM burglars accidentally burn cash with blowtorch

May 31 - Burglars who attempted to break into an ATM in Washington with a blowtorch accidentally set the cash inside the machine on fire. Everett police shared a photo of the charred ATM outside Coastal Community Bank after the thieves had their haul destroyed by their own flames. Aaron Snell of the Everett Police Department said the would-be burglars attempted to burn through the exterior of the machine to access the cash box. Chief Operations Officer of Coastal Community Bank...

May 25, 2017

German music festival constructs 4-mile beer pipeline

May 24 - A heavy metal music festival in Germany constructed a 4-mile long beer pipeline to more efficiently serve beverages to its guests. The Wacken Open Air music festival in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein began constructing the massive beer pipeline in the fall and announced it was completed on Tuesday. "Until this year, we always had to move dozens of barrels through the infield," the festival's website states. "We had to bring in full barrels before and during the shows...

California woman with drawn-on beard arrested for bank robbery

May 24 - Police in California arrested a woman suspected of robbing a local bank on Tuesday while disguised with a drawn-on beard. Danville police shared a press release describing the incident which occurred at around 9:10 a.m. when the suspect entered the bank in West Danville wearing black pants, black shirt, a camouflage backpack and "what appeared to be a painted on beard." Police said the suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money...

Pet owner makes homemade harness for disabled fish

May 24 - A Swedish pet owner gave an injured fish a new leash on life with a home-made harness that allows the creature to swim around in its tank. A video created by the Lidingo resident shows a fish tank with one of the fish suspended via two twist ties from a floating piece of cork. The owner said the fish was injured and appeared unable to swim. "Our fish was stuck at the bottom on the tank because its swim bladder was probably damaged," the fish owner wrote.

May 11, 2017

Annoyed swan tosses pigeons out of its way in London

May 10 - A visitor to a London park captured video of an annoyed swan using its beak to toss away pigeons that got in the way of its food. The video, posted to YouTube by James Hance, shows the swan standing among a large group of pigeons eating food on the ground at Regents Park. The pigeons repeatedly bump into the swan and block its access to the food on the ground, causing it to shove them with increasing annoyance. The much larger bird eventually started picking up the pigeons and tossing...

Pair of ballpoint pens extracted from man's body after 36 years

May 10 - Doctors in China said they surgically removed two ballpoint pens from a man who swallowed them more than three decades ago. Surgeons at the hospital in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, said the man, surnamed Wang, told them he swallowed the pens as part of a lost bet when he was just 14 years old -- 36 years ago. Wang told the doctors he forgot about swallowing the writing implements until February, when they showed up on an X-ray during a body examination. The pens were removed April 24.

Dakota Access pipeline leaks 84 gallons in South Dakota

May 11 - The Dakota Access Pipeline, the target of months of environmentalist and Native American protests, leaked about 84 gallons [we're all gonna die] of oil in South Dakota, the state said. The surge pumped at a station in Tulare had a mechanical failure and the oil leak was limited to a containment area protected by gravel and synthetic liner. "They have the main line and the main pump, but they also have a surge tank, which they have pump a little off the main line into," said Brian Walsh, an environmental...

Researchers Propose $50B Per Year Arctic Ice-Making Plan

May 10 - Researchers at Arizona State University have a plan to ease the effects of climate change on the Arctic by building 10 million wind-powered water pumps to make more ice, NBC News reported. An estimated cost for the project would be $50 billion per year. Arctic sea ice has been declining at a rate of 13.3 percent per decade, caused by a mixture of global warming and natural climate variability. "Arctic Ice Management", published in late January in the American Geophysical Union's journal...

May 4, 2017

Lion startled by popping bubble at British zoo

May 3 - A lion at a British zoo was humiliated on his birthday when keepers posted a Facebook video of him being startled by a soap bubble. The Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England, celebrated the 10th birthday of white lion Moto by sharing Facebook video of one of the lion's "not so finest moments." The video, filmed by a zookeeper named Tony, shows the lion curiously inspecting a flying bubble in his enclosure. The bubble lands on the ground and pops, startling Moto and causing him...

Pickle Juice Soda fascinates the Internet, quickly sells out

May 4 - An Ohio-based candy retailer said online curiosity spurred a sell-out run on its latest unusual product: Pickle Juice Soda Pop. Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop, based in Miamisburg, announced the release of the soda Friday on its Facebook page, and the store quickly ran out of stock when online orders started pouring in. "If you're the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this is gonna be a really big dill. Pickle Juice Soda Pop is here!" the store quipped in its Facebook post.

Pigeon lays eggs in nest of used drug needles

May 4 - Police in British Columbia shared a photo of pigeon eggs laid in a nest the mother bird constructed out of used drug needles. Vancouver Police Superintendent Michelle Davey tweeted a photo that was taken by an officer Tuesday during an inspection of a vacant room at an unidentified "single-resident occupancy hotel" in the Downtown Eastside part of the city. The photo shows three white pigeon eggs laid in a nest of used drug needles in the room's sink. "Pigeons spotted making a nest out...