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  Swing Shift   (22 May 2015)
  • News: Police in Maryland found a mother pushing her dead child on a playground's swing set.
  •   Man Evades Police, Caught Returning for Lost Hat   (Associated Press)
  • An 18-year-old had successfully eluded officers, but a search for his missing hat led him back into the hands of police.
  •   Manure-Powered Bus Sets Land Speed Record   (The Verge)
  • The biomethane-fueled "Bus Hound" hit a lap speed of 76.785 mph around a test circuit — the fastest time recorded for a regular bus.
  •   iPhone Took Shotgun Blast to Save Owner's Life   (UPI)
  • A man was convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a man who survived when his iPhone absorbed most of the shotgun blast.
  •   11-Year-Old Graduates College with Three Degrees   (UPI)
  • An 11-year-old boy graduated community college with three associate degrees only one year after he graduated from high school.
  •   Alligator Strikes Decisive Victory in Fight Against Truck   (UPI)
  • A motorist filming while taunting an alligator with his truck learned a valuable lesson when the reptile ripped into the front of the vehicle.
  •   Floppy Organ Made From Discarded Disk Drives   (UPI)
  • A technology group unveiled its latest creation: The Floppy Organ, a musical instrument made from old floppy disk drives.
  •   Elephant Snatches Camera, Snaps an 'Elphie'   (UPI)
  • The elephant snatched a GoPro camera while it was in time lapse mode, so it continued to shoot photos from its vantage point at the end of the elephant's trunk.
  •   Man Brings Stuffed Owl to Court as Defense Counsel   (UPI)
  • A man accused of violating a protection order brought a stuffed owl with "law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford" to court as his public defender.
  •   Man Gets Naked to Protest Overbooked Flight   (UPI)
  • A man stripped naked in the concourse because he was mad about an overbooked flight.
  •   "Internetest Safety Video" Packed with Memes   (UPI)
  • Delta Air Lines released a new in-flight safety video "starring the Internet," including keyboard cat, the overly attached girlfriend and the screaming goat.
  •   Baboon Opens Car Door, Steals Pizza   (UPI)
  • Tourists filming baboons recorded the moment a pizza-pilfering primate opened a car door to steal a few slices of pie.
  •   Man in Scuba Gear Causes Restaurant Stir   (Associated Press)
  • A belligerent man dressed in scuba gear caused a stir at a fast food restaurant.
  •   Man Pronounced Dead, Then Moves and Breathes   (Reuters)
  • First responders preparing to take the body of a man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing.
  •   Could Another English King Be Buried Under a Car Park?   (Reuters)
  • Just three years after the extraordinary discovery of King Richard III under a car park, researchers think another medieval English monarch might be found buried beneath a parking lot and are hoping to find him.
  •   Woman Gets 3.5 Years for Driving Over Non-Voting Husband   (Reuters)
  • A woman was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for running over her husband with the family car because he failed to vote in the 2012 presidential election.
  •   Colombia Plans to Fight Cocaine with Hungry Caterpillars   (Popular Science)
  • When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars munch on the leaves around them, consuming up to 1.5 times their body weight. The result: Growers have no leaves left with which to make cocaine.
  •   Injured Sea Turtle Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Jaw   (UPI)
  • An endangered sea turtle injured by a boat propeller has become the first of its species to receive a 3-D printed titanium jaw.
  •   Crane Fights Off Three Tigers   (UPI)
  • A red-crowned crane that fell into a tiger enclosure at a zoo became a crowd favorite hero when it successfully fended off three of the big cats.
  •   1,080-Calorie Burger Comes Topped with Hot Dogs, Chips   (Bloomberg)
  • The Most American Thickburger features a beef patty topped with hot dogs and a layer of potato chips, combining three Fourth of July barbecue staples in a creation aimed squarely at the fast-food chain’s core customers: “young, hungry guys.”
  •   BASE Jumper Dies After Setting Parachute on Fire   (Associated Press)
  • A 73-year-old BASE jumper who died after leaping from a bridge had set his parachute on fire as part of a stunt.
  •   Deceased Councilwoman Wins Primary   (Reuters)
  • A councilwoman who died earlier this month easily defeated the only other candidate on the ballot for the county.
  •   Radio Host Misses Show for 1st Time in 56 Years   (Associated Press)
  • "I can tell you that in the past, Pinky has done his show from a hospital without anyone knowing that he was doing it from a hospital, including his doctors, I would imagine."
  •   Police Seek Man Who Swiped $3K Bottle of Cognac   (Associated Press)
  • Police are seeking a thief who apparently appreciates the finer things in life.
  •   Stuffed Tiger Atop SUV Generates 911 Call   (Associated Press)
  • The sight of a stuffed tiger — a very large stuffed tiger — lashed to the top of an SUV was enough to generate a 911 call from someone who apparently thought it was real.
  •   If You Can Make It There: Acts Try Out for Subway Spots   (Associated Press)
  • It's a rite of spring: performers auditioning for the privilege of doing their thing in grubby, noisy subway stations.
  •   Capitol Evacuated for Burnt Pizza Crust   (Associated Press)
  • Weeks after burned macaroni and cheese emptied out the building, a charred pizza crust has done it again.
  •   Court Hears the Tall Tale of a Trooper's Missing Hat   (Associated Press)
  • Was firing a state trooper who lied about what happened to his hat justified?
  •   Police Officer Caught Napping May Face Discipline   (UPI)
  • An officer apparently sleeping on the job in a video that went viral on Facebook may face disciplinary action.
  •   Musician Farts Major Seventh Arpeggio   (UPI)
  • A comedian recording his flatulence said he accidentally farted a "major seventh arpeggio in the key of b flat," which he dubbed his "rectum opus."
  •   Teacher Ate Hamster to Show 'How Dear Life Is'   (UPI)
  • A teacher is facing child abuse charges for eating a live hamster in front of his students to teach them "how dear life is."
  •   'Smart Plate' Knows What You're Eating — And When You've Had Too Much   (UPI)
  • SmartPlate uses built-in cameras and weight sensors to identify the food being eaten and uses wifi and Bluetooth to pair with an app and keep track of the user's diet.
  •   Lightning Filmed in Slow Motion   (UPI)
  • A videographer shared slow-motion footage of lightning strikes during severe storms.
  •   Fire Brigade Warns Teens: Don't Light Yourself on Fire   (UPI)
  • The "fire challenge" trend, which has become popular on Facebook and YouTube, involves a person — usually a teenager — pouring flammable liquid on their body and then igniting themselves before jumping into a body of water.
  •   To Heel or Not To Heel, That Is the Cannes Question   (Reuters)
  • Perhaps not since Cinderella lost a glass slipper at the ball has there been such a stir about glamorous footwear as there was in Cannes over a report that women had been turned away from a film premiere for failing to wear heels.
  •   40,000 Bees Removed From Home   (Associated Press)
  • It wasn't a monster making a ruckus under the floor of a bedroom. But it was still a bit scary.
  •   Disney Tells Riders to Stop Using Selfie Sticks   (Associated Press)
  • Disney policy forbids visitors from using the sticks, which can be used to extend cameras out up to 3 feet.
  •   Burglar Breaks Into House, Falls Asleep on Couch   (Associated Press)
  • Police have arrested a man they say broke into a home, then fell asleep on the couch.
  •   Meet Jonathan, the 183-Year-Old Tortoise   (Mental Floss)
  • At an estimated 183 years old, Jonathan the Tortoise just might be the world’s oldest living land creature.
  •   Great White Shark Becomes Twitter Star   (Associated Press)
  • @MaryLeeShark is the fake Twitter handle for a very real, nearly 3,500-pound great white whose movements can be tracked online and in real time.
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