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Polar plunge.....
« Reply #765 on: February 02, 2017, 07:37:13 AM »
Teens' car plunges into icy pool during drive to school
   
UXBRIDGE, Mass. Twin sisters ended up taking an icy plunge on their way to school, when their Lexus veered off the road and into a backyard swimming pool.
   
Police say the 17-year-old girls were headed to Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, before 8 a.m. Wednesday when the car crashed into a utility pole. It then crashed into a fence and went into the shallow end of the pool.
   
The airbags deployed, and the girls were able to climb out of the sunroof.
   
Homeowner Muhamed Alomar says he helped the girls get out of the car and brought them into his house to warm up.
   
The girls refused medical treatment. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
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full house beats a flush?
« Reply #766 on: February 03, 2017, 06:16:49 AM »
Alaska pot conference call interrupted by flushing toilet

JUNEAU, Alaska  Everyone's had a bad conference call experience when someone who dialed in puts the call on hold, and loud hold music makes it impossible for the call to continue.
   
The Alaska Marijuana Control Board had a bit of that and a sound of a different sort during its meeting Thursday.
   
Someone who had dialed in to the meeting in Juneau flushed a toilet.
   
About 40 people were on the line, including enforcement officer James Hoelscher from Anchorage.
   
During his report, muffled noises were heard in the background and then the very distinct sound of a toilet flushing.
   
Board member Mark Springer stopped the meeting and admonished the unknown flusher as being rude.
   
Springer asked whoever was walking around with a cellphone in their pocket, and who had flushed the toilet, to mute their phone.
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Snake?
« Reply #767 on: February 04, 2017, 07:08:25 AM »
Texas boy lifts toilet lid, finds rattlesnake hiding inside

ABILENE, Texas Rattlesnakes often hide in rural Texas homes, but few are discovered peering up from a toilet.
   
Snake removal expert Nathan Hawkins said Friday that he was called to a home near Abilene last month after a boy lifted the toilet lid and was surprised to find an adult rattlesnake poking out of the water with most of its body extended down into the drain.
   
Hawkins says the snake found its way into the house's plumbing through an exposed pipe.
   
The boy's mother decapitated the snake and Hawkins removed 23 others that he found nesting in the storm cellar and beneath the home.
   
Hawkins posted details of the account to his company's Facebook page and the post has been shared thousands of times.
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Amani tumor?
« Reply #768 on: February 07, 2017, 06:48:51 AM »
Mississippi man has 130-pound tumor removed in Bakersfield
   
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. A Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat has had a 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield.
   
Roger Logan of Gulfport had the surgery on Jan. 31. He's staying at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for another week or so.
   
His surgeon says the tumor probably began as an ingrown hair on his abdomen that became infected. It grew so large that when he sat it reached the floor. He spent most of his time in an armchair in a room.
   
Logan tells KERO-TV that at first, doctors told him he was just fat. Later, he was told surgery was too risky.
   
Logan tells the Bakersfield Californian that he found a specialist to remove it.
   
Now, he's looking forward to resuming his life - out of the armchair.

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wayward....
« Reply #769 on: February 10, 2017, 04:58:05 AM »
Army drone that vanished on Arizona flight found in Colorado
   
DENVER  An Army drone that disappeared on a training flight in southern Arizona has been found about 600 miles away in Colorado, and the military is trying to figure out how it got there.
   
Officials at Fort Huachuca (wah-CHU'-kuh), Arizona, say a hiker found the $1.5 million Shadow drone stuck in a tree in the mountains west of Denver Thursday. It was missing a wing.
   
Soldiers lost contact with the drone at Fort Huachuca nine days earlier. A search failed to find it, and the Army concluded it probably crashed and disintegrated in the area.
   
Officials say the 450-pound drone has a 20-foot wingspan and can fly for eight or nine hours.
   
Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state had gone to the Arizona post to train with the aircraft.

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What's in the truck?
« Reply #770 on: February 14, 2017, 07:42:47 AM »
Suspect returns stolen mortuary van after finding body
   
RIVERSIDE, Calif. A man was arrested after police say he stole a van from a Southern California mortuary with a dead body inside, returned it and then stole a different van from the same business.
   
Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback says a mortuary employee was nearly run over as he tried to stop the man as he drove away the second time Sunday.
   
Railsback says an officer investigating the theft of the first van chased the second van for more than two miles.  The suspect was arrested and could face charges including vehicle theft. Police didn't immediately release his name.
   
The Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper reports Monday that stealing a dead body isn't included in his list of charges because police believe he didn't mean to steal it.

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Agitated?
« Reply #771 on: February 15, 2017, 05:34:28 AM »
Bull escapes livestock auction show in New York

JACKSON, N.Y.  Authorities in New York are searching for a bull that escaped a livestock auction show.
   
WTEN-TV reports that the bull's owner was unloading the animal from a trailer outside a livestock barn in Cambridge when it sprinted away Tuesday night. Police say the bull was almost hit by a car in the street.
   
Cambridge police and New York State Police are currently searching for the animal.
   
Authorities are warning people to stay away from the bull because it's agitated.
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Brady....
« Reply #772 on: February 15, 2017, 06:28:30 AM »
Atlanta zoo names xxxxroach after Patriots QB Tom Brady
   
ATLANTA More than a week after the Falcons fell victim to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, an Atlanta zoo has named a xxxxroach after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
   
Zoo Atlanta says on its Facebook page that it had a bet with Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo that called for the loser to name a baby animal after the winning team's star quarterback. Both zoos figured the loser would be pretty bitter about the game, so they agreed the animal in question would be a Madagascar hissing xxxxroach.
   
The zoo introduced a whole family of xxxxroaches in a video Monday , including a tiny Tom Brady.
   
Brady and the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat Atlanta 34-28 in overtime to win the team's fifth Super Bowl title.
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license scammer....
« Reply #773 on: February 23, 2017, 07:48:37 AM »
Man gets 5-year term for New York Giants seat license scam
   
FREEHOLD, N.J.  A New Jersey man has been sentenced to five years behind bars for defrauding more than a dozen people out of $116,550 in a New York Giants seat license scam.
   
John Gorman admitted last May that he conned 16 victims into believing he had more than two dozen personal seat licenses at MetLife Stadium available for sale. Monmouth County prosecutors say the 49-year-old Matawan man was sentenced Friday.
   
Gorman shares a name with the NFL team's director of ticketing. Prosecutors say he let many victims believe he was the team official to make his scheme appear more legitimate.
   
Gorman was paid in full, but his victims never got their purchased seats. The scam began after the Giants' 2008 Super Bowl win and continued for several seasons.
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Beep beep...
« Reply #774 on: February 25, 2017, 06:06:17 AM »
Entombed Jeep,
Jeep buried in sand dune for 40 years is finally unearthed
   
TRURO, Mass. A Jeep buried in sand in Massachusetts 40 years ago has finally been dug out.
   
Work crews early Friday pulled out the rusted remnants of what John Munsnuff says was once his family's "beach buggy" at the home they've long owned near Ballston Beach in Cape Cod.
   
The Jeep had once been painted white with a green interior. It had been stored in a garage that was long ago buried by shifting sand dunes.
   
Munsnuff says the family was unable to remove the Jeep or dismantle the now-collapsed garage all these years because of environmental regulations around the dunes, which also have swallowed up parts of a nearby town beach parking lot.
   
Munsnuff says he snagged a few souvenirs from the barely recognizable wreckage, including the Jeep's hub caps and door handles.

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Most stupid thing I have ever heard....
« Reply #775 on: February 25, 2017, 06:27:52 AM »
Muhammad Ali's son detained at airport: 'Are you Muslim?'
      
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport.
   
Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from Jamaica.
   
Mancini says officials questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"
   
Mancini says officials continued questioning Ali Jr. after acknowledging that he was Muslim. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia and holds a U.S. passport.
   
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they "cannot discuss individual travelers; however, all international travelers arriving in the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection."

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run, Forrest, run....
« Reply #776 on: February 25, 2017, 06:45:24 AM »
Stampede! Drone causes 1,500 elk to charge in Wyoming snow
   
JACKSON, Wyo. Wildlife refuge officials say a man with a drone caused 1,500 elk to stampede half a mile through the snow.
   
The stampede happened Monday at the National Elk Refuge in western Wyoming. Elk and bison often congregate at the refuge to eat feed put out to help them survive the winter.
   
This winter has been especially harsh for wildlife. More than 3 feet of snow has piled up, conditions that can be stressful for all kinds of animals.
   
Federal officials say they gave 45-year-old David A. Smart of Washington, D.C., a $280 ticket after he launched the drone from a highway pullout and flew it over the resting elk herd.
   
Disturbing wildlife is punishable by a fine up to $5,000.
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ohmmmmmmm ohmmmmmm
« Reply #777 on: March 03, 2017, 07:39:07 AM »
Fowl play: wild turkeys caught on video circling dead cat
   
RANDOLPH, Mass.  A bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a Massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life.
   
Jonathan Davis came across the fowl play in the Boston suburb of Randolph Thursday. He posted a video on Twitter that he says was viewed a half million times by the late afternoon.
   
The recording shows what appears to be 17 turkeys circling the cat.
   
Dave Scarpitti (scar-PEET'-ee) is a wildlife biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He suspects the turkeys were sizing up the threat of the cat and had no intention to make a meal out of it. He says turkeys prefer bird seed and vegetation.

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Taco Belle?
« Reply #778 on: March 04, 2017, 07:43:13 AM »
Woman hopes to marry in dress made of Taco Bell wrappers
   
IRVINE, Calif.  The wedding of one woman's dreams will take place in a Taco Bell while she's wearing a dress made of burrito wrappers.
   
The winner of Taco Bell's "Love and Tacos" contest gets an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas to get married in a chapel at the chain's flagship restaurant. The wedding venue opens to the public later this year.
   
Diane Nguyen entered the contest with an Instagram picture of herself wearing a burrito-wrapper dress while holding a tray with her fiancee in front of a Taco Bell counter. She writes that Taco Bell has been there for the couple throughout the years and the couple's love "is as cheesy as a quesadilla."
   
The winning couple will be announced later this month.
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8 lives left
« Reply #779 on: March 07, 2017, 04:59:50 AM »
Truck driver: Cat survives 400 miles clinging under semi
   
ST. PAUL, Minn. A long-haul semitrailer driver from Minnesota thought he had lost his feline traveling companion for good when the cat jumped out of his truck at a rest stop in Ohio.
   
But it was a joyful reunion for Paul Robertson and his beloved Percy when he discovered the cat had been clinging to the undercarriage of his 18-wheeler for 400 miles through snow and rain.
   
Percy jumped out of a semitrailer window while Robertson was sleeping at the rest stop. After a long search, Robertson says he knew he had to leave Percy behind to meet a delivery deadline.
   
Robertson says when he finally reached Shoals, Indiana, he spotted what he thought was a stray cat near his truck. As he got a closer look he was astonished to discover it was Percy.
   
Robertson says "it was a lovefest" after that.
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