Oddities

Livin’ the dream in the Colorado river

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They thought it would make things more interesting… COUPLE BEHIND FAKE SKELETONS ON CHAIRS IN COLORADO RIVER A Phoenix couple has claimed responsibility for putting two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs in the Colorado River in far west Arizona, authorities said Friday. The husband and wife approached the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office earlier…

They don’t call them sea LIONS for nothing!

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Fascinating, intelligent, and common as entertaining trained animals, we can’t forget that sea lions are still wild and have awfully big teeth and powerful jaws. They don’t call them sea kittens. San Diego man recovering after sea lion yanked him overboard. Dan Carlin’s wife told him to smile for a picture on their 29-foot boat…

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow ate the sheep

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Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ‘starts eating sheep’ on Nakuru farm – BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, […]. Fresh food and water couldn’t tempt the cow, and another sheep met…

Did the parrot cry for help?

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Who’s a pretty smart girl? Parrot’s Cries of ‘Help, Fire’ Bring Firefighters to Burning House in Idaho Emergency crews responding to a house fire in Idaho Friday night expected to find an elderly woman inside the home when they heard cries of “help” and “fire.” “Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something…

Lesson? Don’t shoot an armadillo, with a pistol… Use something more powerful

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Only in the South… Man shoots at armadillo, bullet hits mother-in-law Authorities say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law while he was trying to shoot an armadillo. The incident had a lot of people scratching their heads- even law enforcement. “Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,”…

Fire sinkhole story shows how mystery mongering site gets your ‘click’

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A certain mystery mongering, ad-infested site that declares an apocalypse every friggin’ day is reporting this story about a “sinkhole” spewing fire in China. It took me about 20 seconds to figure this out (being where I am in the world). While it may look like a volcanic vent, China is not particularly volcanically active…

Elves rock in Iceland

This is said to be the mythological rock Ófeigskirkja, church of the elves.

Back in 2013, we told you that there was trouble with the elves. Elf advocates and environmentalists wanted the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula in Iceland because it contained an elf church. Finally, a compromised was reached that preserves a unique structure and…

Geese fall from the sky, assumed diseased

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There are countless cases of mass bird deaths. The reasons can be various. In this case, officials suspect disease and are collecting the birds for testing and to limit exposure. ‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho – The Washington Post. About 2,000 snow geese migrating from…

Mother suspected of poisoning son with lethal doses of salt (UPDATE: Conviction)

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In an update to this story from June 2014, Lacey Spears is convicted of deliberately poisoning her son, killing him. “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most…

Nutella jar fire kills dog

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This was a strange event but plausible. It can happen. Close your blinds during the day. Warning after Nutella jar sparks devastating blaze. A family’s house was gutted and their beloved dog killed when a Nutella jar magnified the sun’s rays, sparking a huge blaze. The fire is believed to have been been ignited when…

Triple sunrise

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Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

Owl dive bombs people with hats

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It actually seems rather common that people make owls nervous and they announce their presence in such a way. Owl attacks joggers and steals their hats – The Guardian. Oregon officials are warning early morning joggers and park visitors in the state capital, Salem, to watch out for an owl that steals hats after at…

Wascally wabbits invade neighborhood

Unwelcome guest. Photo by Kayla Straabe.

Bring back predators? The citizens wish for something to keep this in control. Dozens of dog-sized jackrabbits swarm development in North Dakota. A “huge flock” of jackrabbits in a Fargo, North Dakota, neighborhood has homeowners feeling jumpy. More than 50 jackrabbits the size of small dogs have been hopping around backyards and a park of a…

Just violently swaying in the breeze

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Quote: “Jesus! I never seen it do THAT before!” Watch: Street lights sway violently in the wind – UPI.com. Britain’s Highways Agency said the violent swaying of lamp posts in a video taken by a motorist driving in high winds was an example of “vortex-shedding.” Bob Hill posted a video on YouTube showing lamp posts…

Giant salamander served as dinner at police banquet in China

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I guess I just have one question…. Was this really worth it? Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet. Chinese officials feasting on critically endangered giant salamander turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of…