Friday, October 15

Brett Favre Mash Up

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Brett Favre, but maybe if he saw this mash-up he'd feel better.

Wednesday, October 6

Animal Farm 10/6

A pig born with only its two front legs has become a local celebrity in China after learning to walk. The 10-month-old pig manages to balance and walk on her front legs even though she now weighs more than 100 pounds. Named by villagers Zhu Jianqiang (strong-willed pig), the pig attracts crowds of visitors to its owner's home each day. Wang Xihai started training the two-legged piglet to walk when it was just a few days old by lifting it up by its tail. "I trained her a little each day. After a month, she could walk upside down on her own," he said. "A circus offered me a lot of money for her but I won't sell no matter what they offer."

Dracula fish, a bald songbird and a seven-metre (23 feet) tall carnivorous plant are among several unusual new species found in the Greater Mekong region last year, researchers said Wednesday.

Other new finds among the 145 new species include a frog that sounds like a cricket and a "sucker fish", which uses its body to stick to rocks in fast flowing waters to move upstream, according to conservation group WWF.

With fangs at the front of each jaw, the "dracula minnow" is one of the more bizarre new species found in 2009 in the Mekong River region, which comprises Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and China's Yunnan Province.

Discovered in a small stream in Myanmar (which will always be Burma to us), it is largely translucent and measures up to 1.7 centimetres long. It is not yet known whether the species is endemic to a single ecosystem within Myanmar, or spread throughout the region as a whole.

Other bizarre discoveries include the Bare-Faced Bulbul bird, which is bereft of feathers on the face and side of the head and has pale blue skin on the rear of the head and around the eyes. It lives in sparse forest on limestone karsts in central Laos.

Among newly recorded plants, the Nepenthes bokorensis plant, found in southern Cambodia, has a climbing length of up to seven metres, with pitchers that trap ants and other insects for food.

One of Britain's leading head teachers stunned pupils - by eating a tarantula in front of a packed assembly.

Aydin Onac ate the baked spider to raise money for a new sports and drama centre at the highly rated St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington, Kent.

Some pupils enjoyed seeing his discomfort during the ordeal but others were upset, and at least one parent complained, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Onac explained: "It wasn't until I opened the container and saw how big it was that I started to feel very nervous.

"When all the students came into the great hall and I realised what I had let myself in for, and that there was no way out, then I really started to panic."

He added: "It tasted quite salty, and a little bit like burnt chicken. It felt crunchy and very dry in the mouth, like eating those very dry cheese biscuits, so it was difficult to swallow.

"As I was eating it I was thinking about the quickest route to the cloakroom and whether I would still be alive by break-time."

An angler had a shock in the US - when a mystery fish bit him back with distinctly human-looking teeth.

Frank Yarborough was fishing in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, when he hooked the fish which was 5lb and nearly 1ft 8ins long.

Assuming it was a catfish, he scooped his hand in the water to pull it out, only to find his fingers clamped between what appeared to be a set of dentures.

Robert Stroud, a freshwater fisheries biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, has confirmed that samples from the fish have been sent off to determine the fish's species.

Stroud told WBTV: "This fish is more than likely a common species of Pacu, Colossama macropomum, originating from the Amazon River basin of South America and is quite common in the aquarium trade."

Pacus, a distant relative of the piranha, is a warm water fish, and not native to Lake Wylie. Biologists believe it was probably raised in an exotic fish tank and released when it got too large for the tank.

The fish is currently in a freezer in Mr Yarborough's Clover home, but unsurprisingly he has no plans to cook his catch.

Tuesday, October 5

Love Bytes

In Largo, Florida, a couple were arrested and charged with domestic battery last week after an argument escalated into a food fight. Keane Langel and his girlfriend, Brenda Riley, were arguing at their home just after midnight when Langel started spitting bananas on Riley and throwing doughnuts at her. Riley, 49, then "armed herself with a banana," ripped the fruit into two pieces and jammed them into Langel's ears.

A woman in England has been accused of conning two ladies into having sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 25, appeared in court on two charges of obtaining sex by fraud. The short-haired Brooks is alleged to have kept up the pretence with one of her alleged victims for six years. She pretended to one young woman that she was a man called Lee Brooks, and induced the woman to repeatedly consent to sexual contact, and duped a second woman into having sex while using the same name. Brooks made no plea and the case was continued for further examination.

A 30-year-old woman in Rochester, NY was assaulted last Friday by the man she was in a parked SUV with, after a fight broke out between the two. The man pulled a knife, she grabbed it, tried to stab him but failed, and jumped out of the SUV - running off with the man's knife, and pants.

Marion County Sheriff’s officer responded to the home of 64-year-old Daniel Walton, where he falsely identified himself to officers as “a sergeant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.”

He stated to police that “I killed my wife and she’s inside the house bleeding out.”

Walton told deputies “he killed his wife because he was bored.”

When officers went into the home they found that Walton’s wife was sleeping and knew nothing of the call to police.The wife was not actually hurt. She was sleeping at the time and knew nothing of Walton’s call to law enforcement.Walton was arrested Saturday for False Report of a Crime.

If convicted on a misdemeanor in the first degree, Walton could face up to one-year imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000.

Monday, October 4

Believe it or Don't

A Northern Territory woman is convinced a horny ghost is haunting her home. Jennifer Mills-Young claims the ghost, named Kevin, once tried to drag her out of bed in the middle of the night. "I was asleep," she said. "I woke up when someone grabbed my wrist. I though, 'Hmmm, hubby wants a bit of romance', when I suddenly remembered he wasn't even at home." Mills-Young said she could feel the hand around her wrist trying to pull her up and out of bed.
"The moment I opened my eyes, the grip was gone and the room was empty. I yelled at Kevin that he was not welcome in my bedroom and that he couldn't come into bed with me. I told him to f*** off and to close the door behind him. A moment later I saw how the bedroom door slowly was closed. I jumped up and locked it - not that it makes much of a difference when you're dealing with a ghost."

Mills-Young, her husband Geoff and their two children, 19 and 20-years-old, are convinced the ghost is lurking in their home in Durack, Palmerston. She said the family felt "something wasn't right" as soon as they moved into the house two years ago. "My daughter suddenly felt uncomfortable - she said someone was in her room," Mills- Young said. "My daughter believed she had seen my son Aaron sneak out of the back door in the middle of the night. She said she saw this tall black shadow standing at the door - but at the time Aaron was hiding behind the computer desk."

Mills-Young said he had been haunted by the shadow of the ghost. "I saw someone walking past our back door inside our yard which I had locked," he said. "I jumped up and ran to the door to see what this guy was doing in our yard - and he just vanished." Mills-Young said she was the "worst skeptic" when it came to ghosts... A local, self-proclaimed ghost hunter, Jason King, has offered to investigate "Kevin" at no charge because of "the love of it." King says he usually "goes down there and gets some evidence of what is happening and then gets a medium to do the rest. The medium does the hard work in contacting and coaching [the ghost]."

Wednesday, August 25

Animal Farm 8/25

Ivan Rogers works as an animal control officer for Bay County, Florida. Two months ago, someone dropped off a one-year-old pet pig, named Fluffy. Although two people had expressed interest in adopting Fluffy, Officer Rogers decided to adopt Fluffy himself - for dinner. He took the pig home, butchered it and ate it. Rogers acknowledged, in a written statement, he "failed to practice proper procedure"; he didn’t check the adoption log before he took the pig home and "deeply regrets" his misstep.

Hollywood is making a movie about Oscar the cat, who is able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients in the nursing center where he lives. Oscar, now 5 years old, arrived at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, as a kitten. A year later, staff starting noticing that the tabby would curl up with patients a few hours before their death. Oscar's track record was so impeccable that he became an early warning signal for doctors and nurses. Whenever he began a vigil, staff notified family members and friends to come to the center.

Officials at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan say a 56-year-old chimpanzee who gave birth might be the oldest chimp in captivity to have a baby. Sunset Zoo officials announced on Monday that the chimp, Suzie, gave birth to a female on Aug. 18.
Zoo officials say the mother and baby are in good health. The zoo's curator, Mark Ryan, says the zoo hasn't found an older chimpanzee at any zoo who's given birth in the United States.
Suzie is the third oldest chimpanzee among zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Zoo director Scott Shoemaker said Suzie had been taken off birth control because of medical concerns and because zoo officials didn't think she would get pregnant at her age. The zoo is conducting a public competition to name the baby.

A pig wrestling competition at a county fair in northern Montana has been canceled after the porkers eluded fair officials trying to round them up for the event.

Fair office manager Shirley Embleton says the wild pigs spend the year on a 10-mile free-range property along the Marias River and about 30 are captured the Friday of the scheduled event.

But this year, fair officials were only able to locate one boar, despite flying the river. The event was postponed until Saturday, but neither the landowner nor fair officials could locate the absent pigs. Embleton says next year, organizers will devise a new plan to locate and capture the animals earlier in the week.

An alleged marijuana grow-op in B.C.'s Kootenays turned out to be a real-life Animal Farm, complete with a security detail of 10 black bears, according to police.

Mounties dismantling an outdoor operation near Christina Lake were surprised to find six large bears hanging out near one plot of marijuana and another four animals near the second.

"The officers were a little nervous to say the least, and cautiously went about making the seizure," RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a press release.

"It became quite evident that the bears were habituated to humans and were very docile, sitting around unconcerned with the officers' presence."

The bears weren't the only animal inhabitants of the farm, though.

"When a search of the house was conducted our officers came upon a pig roaming around the house and disrupted a raccoon from his afternoon nap in one of the bedrooms. The pig was a little frantic at the sight of police, but the raccoon was pretty laidback about the bust and took it all in stride," Moskaluk said.

Police say that conservation officers are now determining what to do about the bears, and euthanasia is a possibility.

"These 10 bears could very well face a not-so-happy outcome if they are deemed too habituated, because of the property owner, who either simply liked having the bears around, or was in fact using them to protect the grow-op," Moskaluk said.

Officers believe that the bears were being fed dog food. Under the B.C. Wildlife Act, anyone caught intentionally feeding dangerous wildlife could be subject to as much as a year in prison or a fine as high as $100,000 on the first conviction.

Thinning the Herd 8/25

Tobias Wong had no apparent reason to commit suicide. He had a rising career as a designer and conceptual artist, and was in a stable, loving relationship. "We were always thinking about our future," says his boyfriend, Tim Dubitsky. "We wanted kids. We wanted to find a house." Instead, the 35-year-old hanged himself - and Dubitsky is convinced he did it while sleepwalking.
Wong was among the roughly 4% of adults who suffer from parasomnias, or sleepwalking. Dubitsky would sometimes wake up to find him fleeing non-existent intruders, or sobbing to himself. Parasomniacs are "awake enough to perform very complex behaviors," says one specialist. But if Wong's prefrontal cortex - the part of the brain where awareness resides - isn't engaged, "it's technically not suicide. It's an accident." This isn't a unique case, either - a Gloucestershire sleepwalker hanged himself in 2001, and many more wander into traffic, hit their heads, or experience unconscious misfortunes.

Hollywood plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Ryan was tweeting before his jeep flew off a cliff in California on Monday, according to his ex-girlfriend. His second-to-last message: "After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks! WHEW!" His final 'tweet' - a picture of his dog: "Border collie Jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune." The dog was injured but survived the crash.

A California woman died after she drove off a boat ramp and into the Sacramento River while she was talking on a cell phone with her daughter. Kathleen Collier, 47, was lost and had stopped at Vieira's Resort to get directions. While on the phone with her daughter, Collier drove her Ford Expedition onto the resort's boat ramp and into the river. Just before the call was cut off, Collier told her daughter that her car was filling up with water and to phone her insurance company. Divers found Collier's body Sunday morning.

A 20-year-old died in a failed ‘Starsky and Hutch’ style stunt after trying to jump 30ft across a harbour – in his car, an inquest heard. Jamie Hocking tried to use his white Rover hatchback to leap across a large gap in the quayside in Porthleven, Cornwall. He had ”regularly” told friends he would ”one day” use a pier as a ramp and leap over the water and land on the other side.
Seconds before the fatal crash he was seen revving his engine before driving through a chain security barrier. Jamie – who was over twice the drink-drive limit – drove off the pier but toppled straight over the edge and plunged into the sea. Eyewitness Helen Sankey told the inquest that Jamie had tried to jump the gap by accelerating ”violently”. She said: ”I could see a car going forwards and backwards into a chain preventing access to the harbourside. I ran back into the pub to get help before returning to the scene.

”The car was accelerating violently. It made a final run at the chain and this time made it through. It was so dark.” Jamie, described as a ”happy go lucky” farm worker of Helston, Cornwall, died on December 18 last year after a Christmas party with friends. He had drunk about ten pints of lager and cider during the session and after his death was found to be twice over the legal drink driving limit.

Tales of the VERRRRY Erotic 8/25

Thailand locals say a 100-year-old tree resembles female genitalia, and recently developed a "fist-sized sparkling lump." After finding the number 008 in the trunk somehow, villagers played the lottery and won, though the tree hasn't produced more lucky digits.

A New Orleans woman was jailed for ten days after she went to court in low-riding shorts which revealed her underwear. Kimberly Senette, 23, had only gone to court to urge her brother Lawrence Senette, 18, to accept a plea deal.

But Judge Steve Windhorst took a dim view of her revealing outfit and locked her up for contempt of court. Miss Senette was wearing knee-length shorts which revealed her pants and the top of her buttocks, according to a witness.
When Judge Windhorst questioned her appearance, she said she had to remove her belt when going through a security checkpoint at the courtroom entrance. She ended up being handcuffed and seated a row behind her brother as he eventually accepted a 12-year prison sentence in exchange for his guilty plea to carjacking and battery charges.

"It certainly is not unheard of for a judge to hold a person in contempt for disruptive or disorderly dress in court," said Dane Ciolino, a Loyola University law professor.

A Renton, Washington man allegedly found near a busy street naked and surrounded by sex toys and women's clothes has been charged with felony indecent exposure. A woman walking with her daughter on Aug. 5 spotted what they believed to be a woman lying face down about 10 feet off of Southwest Sunset Boulevard. The person – later identified as David Alonzo Brown – appeared to be holding a green, 12-inch-long sex toy in one hand while his other was positioned under his body. Hearing the subject making what they described as "girl noises," the witnesses contacted police.

Arriving at the scene, Renton officers found Brown naked except for a woman's halter top and bright blue eye shadow, according to charging documents. Brown tried to flee but was taken into custody nearby carrying the sex toy and a pair of leopard print heels. "On the ground near the subject was an opened jar of what appeared to be petroleum jelly and there were many used tissues scattered on the ground," a Renton officer told the court. "Hanging on a nearby tree, I saw what appeared to be a woman's black nightgown." A search revealed a second sex toy and a small mirror.

Officers in Elmwood Place, Ohio pulled over 32-year-old Colondra Hamiltonback on August 17. Officers found Hamilton had her pants unbuttoned with a female sex toy in her lap. She told officers she had been using the toy while driving, as well as watching a video on a computer her passenger was holding. It is not clear what the nature of that video was. Hamilton was also found to be in possession of a broken crack pipe.

Tuesday, August 24

Stupid Bret Michaels

Escape From Wisconsin 8/22

A woman had 37 items in her cart when she went to the checkout at the Piggly Wiggly in Saukville, Wisconsin. There was no one waiting or in line at the 10 items or less register, so she asked the clerk if she could take her and the clerk said yes. Soon another customer came up and strenuously objected with "Can't you (bleeping) read?"

"The female subject, the complainant then turned back toward the man (and said) 'I got permission here. Is there a problem?' That's when the person said to her, 'Yeah, the problem is that you're ugly and fat,' " Saukville police officer Barry Effinger told WTMJ.

The woman called 911. The man was issued a citation for disorderly conduct with a $429 fine. It was the man's second such incident investigated by the same officer in two years. He was ticketed and handed a $429 dollar fine.

Allan and Scott Roach lived with 178 cats and kept several dead kitties in the freezer of a home that stank so badly of urine it was hard to breathe.

But finally, after two years, Allan Roach has made his first court appearance on 20 charges related to animal neglect. When officers got into the Roach's Fond du Lac home two years ago, the air was so rank it made their eyes water. Some of the cats were missing patches of hair, and some had eye infections or were missing eyeballs. One cat was so malnourished that its tongue stuck out even with its mouth closed. Some cats were wrapped in tin foil in the freezer.

The case was turned over to the Fond du Lac District Attorney, and charges were filed earlier this year after the case languished due to various bureaucratic missteps. Allan Roach told the court last week that Scott Roach has died since the charges were filed. Their home has been torn down.

Allan Roach faces faces a possible nine months behind bars on each of the 20 counts against him. He's due back in court Sept. 20.

Patricia Torres of Lake Tomahawk, Wisconsin, awoke at 5:30 AM back on May 17 to the sound of the bear in distress only 15 feet from her bedroom window. "She was making a really weird gurgling noise like she was choking," Torres said. "When I looked, she was lying down and I could see a lot of saliva." Torres lives with her fiance, Tony Milia. "I told Tony, 'Honey, I gotta do it, man. I cannot let this bear die in my yard'," Torres said. Tony replied, "Do what you gotta do." She donned a pair of leather gloves and went outside, where she found the bear unresponsive. She shoved her hand in the bear's mouth until she could feel an object, which she grabbed and yanked out. It was a ham bone she had bought for her dog. As the bear very slowly recovered, Torres brought her some water. When the bear recovered, it began looking up a tree. Torres figured she had some cubs up in the tree. Torres and her fiance grabbed their fishing poles and went fishing for a few hours. When they returned, the bear and cubs were gone.

Friday, August 6

Escape From Wisconsin

Between the cream puffs and everything you can get on a stick, food at the Wisconsin State Fair is a dish best served over the top. Ladies and gentlemen, meet 2010's early favorite: the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger.

Sold at the Machine Shed tent at the fair, the $5 burger features the normal patty and melted cheese, but with a Krispy Kreme doughnut for a bun. For an extra dollar, patrons can top the burger with last year's big hit: chocolate-covered bacon on a stick (furthering the debate on whether the new dish is dinner or dessert).

The calorie count: 1,000, according to Nathan Morrissey, executive chef at the Machine Shed.

A drunken, pregnant Wisconsin woman tried to rob a taco joint with a hammer on Tuesday. Julie Bailey, 38, entered a Taco John's and reportedly told the cashier, "I want a soft shell, and this is a stickup. Give me all your money." She then tried to pull the hammer from her shorts pocket, but it got stuck. Bailey fled without any money and police picked her up a few minutes later.

An Eau Claire man will be sentenced Oct. 14 for robbing a convenience store in April. Patrick W. Grollo told police at the time of the crime he "needed beer real bad" but made "a bad mistake."

Grollo, 52, pleaded no contest Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court to an amended felony count of robbery with threat or use of force. A misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer was dismissed.

Judge Paul Lenz ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Lenz could sentence Grollo to up to 10 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

Grollo looked around the BP convenience store, at 317 N. Barstow St., on April 4 and picked out a pint-size can of beer. He approached the counter, waited for a customer to leave and made sure no one else was in the store.

Grollo then told the clerk he had a .38-caliber pistol and would shoot him if the clerk didn't fill a bag with money. The clerk obeyed, and Grollo left the store. The clerk called police and gave a description of the robber.

An Eau Claire police officer responding to the call at 7:14 p.m. saw a subject matching the description and carrying a can of beer. Grollo began to run through an alley, into a tavern and back into another alley. The officer caught up to Grollo, who was headed back toward the convenience store.

After getting out of his squad car, the officer drew his gun and ordered Grollo to stop. Grollo continued walking at a slow pace and then sat on the ground and drank from the beer can.
Grollo kept his left hand in his pants and refused to show it to officers, who told him 15 to 20 times to lie on the ground with both hands out. When he refused to remove his hand, an officer used a stun gun on Grollo, who then fell on his face.

Paper bills and rolls of change were found on Grollo, but there was no pistol present. Police checked security camera footage at the store and were able to identify Grollo as the robber.

Two women have been charged with stalking after they allegedly assaulted, followed and threatened a Racine woman over a relationship all three used to have with the same man.

Twaquilla M. Gray, 27, of Milwaukee and Tawana M. Vaughn, 36, of 936 Wisconsin Ave., were both charged Tuesday with stalking resulting in bodily harm and disorderly conduct. If convicted, each woman could face up to 12 years imprisonment.

According to police reports, a 32-year-old woman called officers Tuesday to report harassment and stalking by Gray and Vaughn. The victim told police she used to be involved in a relationship with a man who was also involved with both Gray and Vaughn at the same time.

The woman told police she stopped having contact with the man, who is incarcerated in Milwaukee County, about six or seven months ago.

Although she told them she was no longer interested in dating the man, both Gray and Vaughn have harassed the woman since that time, reports stated.

In May, the victim called police after she was assaulted with a baseball bat, allegedly by Gray and Vaughn. According to reports filed at that time, she decided not to pursue charges.

In June, Gray and Vaughn allegedly made threats to the woman through Facebook. She changed her accounts on Facebook and changed her telephone number as a result, according to the criminal complaint. She told police that Gray and Vaughn then set up a fake Facebook account with her name on it and sent humiliating and defamatory messages out to her friends.

On Tuesday at 6:45 a.m., the victim got into her car to drive to school in Milwaukee and realized she was being followed by Gray and Vaughn in Vaughn’s vehicle, police said. She drove back home.

The woman told officers that at 8:12 a.m. she received a threatening message on her Facebook account from Gray asking why she was dodging them and telling her they would be waiting for her.

Police advised the victim to get a restraining order against Vaughn and Gray.

A short time later, officers were called back to the victim’s house because Gray and Vaughn were reportedly on the woman’s porch, banging on her front door and threatening to shoot her.

Police responded to the area and stopped Vaughn’s car about one block from the victim’s house.

Gray and Vaughn were taken into custody and are being held at the Racine County Jail. Both women are being held on a $10,000 cash bond and are scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday.