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...
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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...
June 28 - A man pulling a dead raccoon behind him on
the side of a Washington road was shot and then hit by a truck
Sunday afternoon when drivers got upset, apparently thinking
the carcass was a dead dog. “They thought the raccoon was a
dog… and they were very incensed that he was dragging this
dead dog down the road,” Lt. Travis Adams said. The man told
investigators that he planned to use the dead raccoon as bait
in a crab pot. The man tied the roadkill raccoon to a rope so
that the smell...
June 27 - Three customers who were upset that the
McDonald's ice cream machine was down for maintenance charged
behind the counter and attacked an employee, according to the
Volusia County Sheriff's Office. An employee told deputies
that three women, including two juveniles, went through the
drive through of the McDonald's on West International Speedway
around 8 p.m. Sunday and tried to order ice cream, according
to the incident report.
June 28 - Officials in Rhode Island say a city
firefighter has been fired for saying an elderly black woman
should "stop eating fried chicken" when he responded to a call
for medical aid. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven
Pare says Andre Ferro was terminated Tuesday by the city's
Fire Department Trial Board. Ferro previously faced
disciplinary action for violating the department's sexual
CBS affiliate WPRI-TV reported. The board said in its
decision that Ferro...
June 27 - A routine traffic stop in Georgia turned
bizarre when police spotted an extraterrestrial passenger in a
speeding vehicle. Alpharetta Department of Public Safety on
shared photos of the life-size stuffed alien officers
found strapped into the passenger's side of the vehicle after
stopping the driver for speeding on Sunday. "Umm, the things
you see during everyday patrol," police wrote in the post.
Officer George Gordon
told WSBTV the driver was stopped by a motorcycle
June 27 - A man in England casually got off the ground
and walked into a pub, moments after being struck by a bus on
a sidewalk. Surveillance footage showed the man crossing the
street in front of the The Purple Turtle Bar in Reading, when
rogue bus struck him from behind and sent him flying 20
feet to the bar's front door.
Simon Smith only sustained scratches and bruising in the
crash and said he was "lucky to be alive," as he was able to
casually get up and walk into the entryway of the bar.
June 27 - An astonished driver in North Carolina pulled
over to snap a photo of an unusual one-man couch moving method
involving a motor scooter. Corey McMillian posted a photo
to Facebook showing a man riding a motor scooter near the
Lexington BBQ while balancing a full-sized couch across the
small vehicle. "The things you see in little ole Lexington!"
McMillian wrote in the June 20 post. The man in the photo was
later identified as local resident Whittney Biggerstaff.
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.
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...
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...
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 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.
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.
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...
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
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...