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  • Monster Rat found on U Street [DC]

    07/24/2017 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am | by Prince Of Petworth
    Photo by Pat Pat sends us a shot of this monster Friday night: “Check this bad boy out. Found on U Street today.” Ed. Note: I will never ever ever complain about wild bunny rabbits again.
  • Monster mako caught off Jersey Coast could set a shark record

    07/24/2017 12:57:18 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 07/24/2017 | Barbara Boyer
    This is a story that appears headed for the New Jersey record books. Six guys chartered a boat to take them deep sea fishing Saturday. They hooked what felt like a bus, but it took off under water like a “freight train,” said Mark Miccio, one of the sport fisherman, ranging in age from 21 to 55, who took turns for more than an hour reeling in the catch. They thought they had a really big swordfish. When it surfaced, the dorsal fin revealed a mako shark — a 12-foot monster that would later weigh in at a possibly record...
  • New bill allows civilians to buy old WWII-era U.S. Army handguns

    07/24/2017 11:21:40 AM PDT · by Hotmetal · 35 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | July 19, 2017 | B.J. Bethel
    Congress will allow the transfer of old U.S. Army pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program as a part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The 2016 NDAA allowed the release of 10,000 M1911 .45 caliber pistols to be released via a pilot program, but providions in the bill didn’t mandate the transfer of the guns to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The new bill, passed by Congress and expected to pass the Senate, would allow the CMP to sell the pistols to civilians. The surplus pistols are the largest remaining stock of military World War II-era handguns according to,...
  • Around 100 Hospitalized At Chance The Rapper's CT Concert

    07/24/2017 9:38:01 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | 23 July 2017 | Jake Offenhartz
    Around one hundred people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized for drinking too much during a concert headlined by Chance the Rapper in Connecticut Friday night. Police said that there was "a great deal of tailgating, partying and heavy drinking" at Hot 93.7's Hot Jam Summer concert, where most of those in attendance were in their early 20s or younger, according to the Hartford Courant. The cops issued 50 underage drinking referrals, and had to call in for additional ambulances to take patients to nearby hospitals. "Drug use [was] a concern, but not as prevalent," Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley...
  • Hundreds of sheep killed after bear chases them over cliff

    07/22/2017 8:29:25 PM PDT · by Ted73 · 48 replies
    Telegraph ^ | July 22, 2017 | Rory Mulholland
    "Their deaths have reignited the bitter debate over the presence of bears in the mountain range that straddles the French-Spanish border, where they were reintroduced 20 years ago after disappearing in the early 1990s."
  • Twice in a Lifetime: Second Rare White Hummingbird Arrives at UC Santa Cruz Garden

    07/19/2017 6:43:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 7/15 | Michael Todd,
    Last September, birdwatchers thought they had a once-in-lifetime treat of seeing a rare white hummingbird at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This week, a second white hummingbird has been spotted in the same area. The second rare white bird, thought to be an Allen’s hummingbird, claimed territory around a eucalyptus now drawing a captivated audience at the UCSC garden. Martin Quigley, executive director of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum and Botanic Garden, said he’s seen a 30 percent increase in visitors since fall, likely due to the first leucistic hummingbird. “At first we heard that people were...
  • Man shoots mammoth 820 pound wild hog in his front yard

    07/19/2017 6:26:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 76 replies ^ | 8/19/17 | Joe Songer
    Samson resident Wade Seago knew something was up outside of his home last week when the family's pet schnauzer, Cruiser, started barking constantly. The Seagos live on 100 acres in the rural south Alabama town. The property and surrounding area is teeming with wildlife so it's not unusual for their dog to bark at deer, raccoons or other wild visitors. But this was different. As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. "I jumped up to see what was going on," Wade explained. "I looked out the back window and saw nothing,...
  • Bambi’s Best Friend? Dog Helps Owner Rescue Deer Stranded In Long Island Sound

    07/18/2017 3:57:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    CBS New York ^ | July 16, 2017
    When a young deer got in trouble in the Long Island Sound, it took a surprising team to bring it to safety; first a dog, then a few good Samaritans. As CBS2’s Erin Logan reported, it was all caught on video. The owner of Storm, an English golden retriever, knows he’s loyal and caring, but on Sunday morning, Storm really surprised him. “Storm just plunged into the water and started swimming out to the fawn, grabbed it by the neck, and started swimming to shore,” Mark Freeley said. Freeley recorded the video on his walk with Storm and his other...
  • Bodies of couple missing since 1942 likely found in glacier

    07/18/2017 12:07:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    cbs ^ | 07/18/2017
    he daughter of a couple who disappeared in the Swiss Alps more than 70 years ago has said the discovery of two bodies emerging from a melting glacier has brought her a "deep sense of calm" after so long without an answer. Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, now 79, told the Le Matin newspaper of Lausanne, Switzerland, that she and her siblings "spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day." Udry-Dumoulin is the youngest of seven children born to Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin. The couple went to milk their...
  • Magnitude 7.7 quake hits Alaska - USGS

    07/17/2017 5:05:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    Reuters MSN ^ | July 17, 2017
    A powerful quake of magnitude 7.7 struck in the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of the Aleutian Islands and Russia's Kamchatka, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  The quake was shallow and powerful enough to trigger a tsunami but there was no immediate advisory.
  • 25 years ago: The last toll paid on Interstate 95 in Virginia

    07/15/2017 9:03:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CBS 6 ^ | June 29, 2017 | Mark Holmberg
    RICHMOND, Va. -- When it comes to street parties, perhaps never has there been one in RVA like the day the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike opened on June 30, 1958. There were "antique cars, pretty girls, champagne" according to newspaper reports at the time. Huge crowds turned out, even though the road cost numerous citizens - many of them poorer African-Americans - their homes during the two years of heavy construction. The $103 million marvel meant no more winding down busy Route 1 (Jefferson-Davis Highway) through the guts of the city. And Richmond and Petersburg were among the very first cities to...
  • Labor Unions Are Now Filing Grievances Against Goats

    07/14/2017 3:59:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Foundation for Economic Education ^ | July 13, 2017 | Brittany Hunter
    A major union is rallying its supporters to battle the latest job-stealing enemy: goats. The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the University of Michigan have had a well-established working relationship with each other for years. But this is largely because the labor union holds a contract with the school, barring it from hiring non-AFSCME members for various positions. Landscaping is among the many career fields supported by the union and is actually at the center of this latest controversy. While the university has traditionally employed AFSCME landscapers to tend to the school’s outdoor grass-trimming needs...
  • Truck carrying hagfish crashes and slimes car.

    07/13/2017 6:11:05 PM PDT · by alphabeta · 23 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 7/13/2017 | Jim Ryan
    A truck full of eels overturned Thursday on U.S. 101, dousing a sedan with slithering sea creatures. Hate it when that happens. The eels — and lots of gooey stuff that will make you shiver in your sandals — are all over the road. It's a decidedly disgusting scene. You should probably stay away.
  • Spider With Three Super Powers

    Known for eating other spiders, Portia is a genus of the jumping spider that is able to leap up to 50 times her own body length. Captured by stunning close up footage, we get to witness this amazing spider use its super powers to dine on prey three times her size. (Video)
  • Tourist killed by jet blast at notorious Caribbean airport (2 articles)

    07/13/2017 8:36:18 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | July 13, 2017
    Tourist killed by jet blast at notorious Caribbean airport Gavin Haines The Daily Telegraph July 13, 2017 A tourist has died at one of the world’s most dangerous airports. The woman – a 57-year-old New Zealander – was reportedly watching a plane take off from the notorious Princess Juliana Airport in St Maarten when she was knocked over by the thrust from one of its engines. More New Zealand woman killed by jet plane takeoff on Caribbean island The New Zealand Herald July 13, 2017 A New Zealand woman has been tossed to her death by the jet blast from...
  • Water Activities Shut Down After Shark Attacks Santa Cruz Kayaker

    07/12/2017 11:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 12, 2017
    There were only five surfers out at Cowell Beach in a clean waist-high south swell Tuesday afternoon. The typically packed surf spot was almost empty after a newly posted shark warning prohibited water activities from the San Lorenzo rivermouth to Fair Avenue until Saturday morning. The closure — and reports of the attack, which did not cause any injury — has shocked the surf community. The order, which shut down water activities in Main Beach, Cowell Beach, Steamer Lane, Its Beach and others, was issued after a large shark bit a kayak a quarter mile off Steamer Lane about 11...
  • One Tree One Year

    A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes. Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlife of the Apennine Mountains, Italy. (VIDEO)
  • Affidavit: Drunk man arrested at Hippie Hollow splashed urine on officer (Austin, TX)

    07/12/2017 9:17:56 AM PDT · by bgill · 11 replies ^ | July 11, 2017 | unknown
    A man arrested Sunday for public intoxication at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis is facing additional charges after splashing urine on an officer while being booked into jail, court records say. Ernest Tamayo Jr., 32, is also charged with harassment of a public servant, criminal mischief, and failure to identify a fugitive... Officers told him he needed to leave the park immediately, and as they helped him look for his clothes he bent over...
  • Bobcat electrocuted after climbing utility pole in Lakin

    07/12/2017 4:04:10 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 61 replies ^ | Jul 11, 2017 | unknown [facebook]
    Crazy photos out of Western Kansas circulating on Facebook are backed by a report from Wheatland Electric. Tuesday morning, a Wheatland Electric Cooperative line crew responded to a routine outage call near Lakin. "Upon arrival, crews found the meter off and proceeded to isolate the source of the outage," Wheatland Electric says. "A Wheatland lineman patrolling line nearby discovered a bobcat that had come into contact with energized lines. The bobcat climbed to the top of a 35-foot electric pole and made contact simultaneously with a phase wire and a ground wire which resulted in the animal's electrocution."
  • Police urge people to report crop circle damage

    07/11/2017 8:32:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Wiltshire Police said today that with summer well and truly underway they have seen an increase of crop circles appearing across the county. A spokesperson said: “They might seem harmless but they actually have a huge negative impact on the hardworking landowners and farmers whose crops are damaged. Creating a crop circle is criminal damage and an offence. ... The spokesperson added: “We urge all farmers and landowners if they have has a crop circle on their land to report it to us on 101 so it can be recorded. Often after a crop circle appears, individuals will arrive with...