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Because They Got High (21 September 2015)
FACT CHECK: Did Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina say that half of reported rapes were women regretting something they did while high or drunk?
One Misdirection (26 August 2015)
FACT CHECK: Did Joey Fatone pen an open letter to One Direction?
Boston’s Nasty Snowpile Still Hasn’t Melted (CityLab)
We’re coming up on July and New England temperatures are in the 70s, yet Boston’s snow doesn’t seem to know that. It’s still there, sitting in a cold, corpulent mound that occasionally melts just enough to discharge garbage.
Woman, 88, Charged With Assaulting Police Officer (Associated Press)
An 88-year-old woman has been charged with assaulting police who responded to her home, which turned out to be the wrong address.
Beekeepers Set Out to Remove a Million Bees from Home (Associated Press)
Beekeepers have quite the task ahead of them as they remove an estimated 1 million honey bees that have taken up residence at a home.
Firefighter Accused of Reporting Fake Fire to Earn Paycheck (Associated Press)
An auxiliary firefighter reported a fake fire so he could head to the scene and earn a paycheck, but a different department was dispatched instead and he is now facing charges.
Handsome Gorilla Delights Female Zoo-Goers (UPI)
Zoo officials said young women hoping to get into the good graces of the gorilla with the chiseled features and brooding poses might be disappointed to learn he has two wives of his own species, Ai and Nene.
Cow Puts the MOO-ves on Comrade During Live News Broadcast (UPI)
A TV reporter delivering a live report from a local farm was interrupted by a pair of frisky bovines cow-pulating in the background.
8-Foot-Wide Vortex Opens Up in Lake (UPI)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shared video of an 8-foot-wide vortex that officials said could swallow a boat.
Woman Trying to Kiss Llama Gets Face Full of Spit (UPI)
A woman leaning in to kiss a llama learned a valuable lesson in the form of a face full of spit.
Queen’s Guard Draws Gun on Tourist Who Touched Him (UPI)
A video features a tourist making an important discovery: You can mock a Queen’s Guard, but don’t ever touch one.
Airplane Wheel Crashes Into Apartment Roof (UPI)
Aviation authorities are investigating after an airplane wheel fell from a private jet and crashed through the roof of an apartment building.
Trashed Golfer Gets Head Stuck in Garbage Can (UPI)
A golfer who stuck his head in a trash bin as an alcohol-fueled joke ended up with his noggin stuck in the garbage.
Subway Long Jump Attempt Fails (UPI)
A video going viral online features a man attempting to long jump over the train tracks at a subway station — and failing.
Illegally Parked Car Covered in Post-Its (UPI)
A video shows the car covered in blue and white sticky notes to draw the International Symbol of Access — a stick figure in a wheelchair — on the back and side of the vehicle after it was illegally parked in an accessible space.
Something’s Rotten: Stench from Fridge Sends 11 to Hospital (Associated Press)
A smelly refrigerator sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital.
Men Hospitalized, Recovering After Rare Beaver Attack (Reuters)
Two hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack.
Theater Switches Horror Movie for Disney Film (Associated Press)
Parents and children settled into their seats for a new animated Disney film got a quick jolt when a horror movie came on the screen instead.
Break-In Suspect Left Wallet Behind (Associated Press)
Sheriff’s deputies had little trouble identifying a break-in suspect whose wallet and ID were left at the scene.
16 Police Forces Respond to Wedding Brawl (UPI)
More than a dozen different police departments responded to a wedding brawl that grew violently out of control.
Sex Sounds Rile Neighbors (UPI)
A note posted at a housing complex blasts loud lovemaking neighbors for “Oh God” exclamations confused by children and seniors for “religion or suicide.”
Loose Dog at Motel Leads to Drug Arrest (Associated Press)
A loose dog at a motel led to a room with a bathtub containing marijuana and the arrest of the dog’s owner.
Robbers Chased Away by Shopkeeper Wielding Vacuum Cleaner (Reuters)
A shop assistant in a late-night convenience store chased away two armed robbers demanding money with the hose of a vacuum cleaner she was using to clean her shop.
Police Apologize After Sex Talk Broadcast from Helicopter (Reuters)
Police apologized after a lewd conversation about sex was broadcast from the loudspeakers of a police helicopter to a neighborhood below.
Gumbo Seasoning Dispute Gets Spicy (Panama City (FL) News Herald)
A man was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after a work squabble over gumbo seasoning “quickly escalated” into an armed engagement.
Mermaids, Other Creatures Turn Out for Parade (Associated Press)
Tens of thousands of revelers turned out for Coney Island’s 33rd annual Mermaid Parade despite gray skies and steady drizzle.
Newlyweds Win $15 Million in Lottery (Associated Press)
Newlyweds are planning to buy a house, pay off student loans and buy a truck after winning $15 million on an instant scratch-off ticket.
City Slaps Car Sculpture with a Ticket (CityLab)
There must be a traffic officer out there with either no sense of humor or an excellent one, because this weirdly bent truck — an obvious work of public art — just got a parking ticket.
Skinny Jeans Send Woman to Hospital with Nerve Damage (UPI)
A doctor has warned against the dangers of so-called “skinny jeans,” citing a patient who collapsed after a day of strenuous activity while wearing tight pants.
‘Fridgehenge’ Welcomes Solstice with Refrigerators (UPI)
An appliance store owner celebrated the summer solstice by creating “Fridgehenge,” a Stonehenge-inspired monument made from refrigerators.
Brave Kitty Stares Down Mountain Lion (Reuters)
A video of an unfazed, fluffy house cat staring down a large mountain lion as the predator paws at a kitchen window has gone viral.
Bleating Beauties: Village Holds Goat Pageant (UPI)
A village celebrated the 645th anniversary of its founding by holding a beauty pageant for the most attractive local goats.
Flight Video Catches Cat Stowing Away on Plane Wing (UPI)
A pilot shared video from an ultralight plane flight featuring a feline stowaway crawling out from inside a wing after takeoff.
Smuggler Hides Cigarettes in Buddha Statues (Sky News)
Officers found five colored fiberglass statues of Buddha, all filled with cigarettes.
Pilots Warned of 70,000 Homing Pigeons (Associated Press)
Airplane pilots have been advised to fly with special care after 70,000 homing pigeons were released to participate in a race back to their homes.
Bank Robber Who Stopped for Biscuits Gets Prison (Associated Press)
A man who was arrested for robbing a bank when he stopped to eat biscuits at a nearby restaurant will spend two to four years in prison.
Man Drives Himself to Station, Asks for DUI Arrest (Associated Press)
A man drove under the influence of alcohol to a small-town police station, where he requested that officers arrest him.
66 Surfers Set Record for Most People Riding a Board at Once (Associated Press)
Surf champions and local heroes were among those who hung loose on a custom built, 42-foot board.
Father Sends Lookalike to Paternity Test (International Business Times)
A young father who did not want to pay child support was called “highly manipulative” in court after he sent a look-alike to his DNA paternity test.
Cabbie Drives Taxi Down Three Flights of Stairs (UPI)
A taxi driver who apparently got confused on a college campus became a viral star when he decided to drive his cab down three flights of stairs.