Oddities

Suicide via crocodile

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Wow. What a way to go. Thailand woman dead after jumping into crocodile pit. A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok has killed herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm near the capital, police say. Witnesses saw Wanpen Inyai jumping into a pond at Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo on Friday,…

Hitchin’ a ride: Wild cats are such opportunists

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The researchers at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa got a huge laugh out of not one but multiple unexpected snapshots of genets riding on the backs of cape buffalo and white rhino. Why? Who knows. Surprising Pictures: Wild “Cat” Rides on Rhino – News Watch. As cameras, social media, and technology advance, more and more…

I think we need a bigger steamer…

Screenshot from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Instagram page.

Giant bugs of the sea, lobster and shrimp are. This is not something you can steam or saute in butter and garlic. It bites. Florida Angler Catches Giant, Terrifying Shrimp-Like Creature | Bleacher Report. Fox8Live.com’s Mandy Noell reports that an angler named Steve Bargeron was fishing off a local dock when he saw a nearby…

Uninvited wasps make really nasty houseguests

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This is a bit like a horror movie. Firefighters rescue couple after hornets nest fell through ceiling. A couple were forced to escape through their bedroom window after a nest of giant hornets crashed through their ceiling. The householders barricaded themselves behind a makeshift shelter as the angry swarm of yellow-and-black striped hornets invaded their…

Rare blue lobster found in Maine

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Continuing our long-running theme of weird lobsters… Blue lobster caught in Maine spared the dinner table, will head to aquarium. A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Not a ghost, but real, live, and 3 meters long

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Things in the house fell over, off shelves, off the wall. Furniture was moved. The family wonder what the heck was going on in the house. It’s no ghost, but an unwelcome intruder nonetheless. ‘You couldn’t pay me to go back inside': Ontario family finds three-metre snake draped across couch in living room. For a week,…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

The part-albino crocodile called Michael Jackson. Photo credit: Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ‘1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

Suspected man-eating tiger killed in India

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Tigers and humans vying for the same space is NOT a good combination. The tigers lose. ‘Man-eating’ tiger shot dead in India’s Maharashtra. Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India. The tiger, described as a “man-eater” by authorities, killed the…

Leave my GOBLIN alone!

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I can’t help it, I really can’t. Your Zimbabwe goblin story for today… Woman said her goblin is NOT the problem here. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Woman threatens to kill tsikamutanda over ‘her’ goblin. A 40-year-old Gokwe woman left villagers’ in shock when she used a machete to scare away a traditional healer popularly known as…

Sharks are attacking the internet

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Looks like it’s shark week here at DN too! Sharks Want to Bite Google’s Undersea Cables. There are many, many things that can go wrong as you lay thousands of miles of fiber optic cable along the ocean’s floor. Earthquakes can rip things up, as can fishing hooks. But now we know of a new…

By a knife’s edge

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An odd occurrence. How did he NOT know what hit him? Knife falls from sky into Chinese man’s head – Telegraph. Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy. But it was only when the local tobacconist stared…

Strange NYC park display prompts police call

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This woman had a difficult time describing what she found to police. Police Investigate After Runner Discovers Macabre Display in Prospect Park. Police launched an unusual investigation after one runner made a surprising, creepy discovery while on a jog in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Wednesday. The jogger, Kate Steciw, found what appeared to be a human…