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Girl Calls Police Over 'Massive Freaking Spider,' Cops Fight Beast Off With Newspaper (UPDATE)

Should have called the SWAT team!<p>An Oregon teen called police over a "massive freaking spider" on Aug. 16, and the audio that led cops on a mission to destroy a tiny arachnid was released this week, WPXI reports.<p><b>UPDATE</b>: The teen caller was later identified as Makenna Sewell. Earlier reports that …

Man In Cow Costume Stole Steak: New Zealand Police

Don't have a cow, man; he's just here for the steak.<p>A thief in a cow 'onesie' allegedly stole an unspecified number of porterhouse steaks from a food store in New Zealand on Aug. 23, according to police.<p>Sound weird? Sure, but probably not as weird as a police spokesperson's assertion that onesies …

William Freis Blames Walmart Bag For Wife's Death: Lawsuit

A Nebraska man is suing Walmart for using defective plastic bags. He claims that one of them was ultimately responsible for his wife's untimely death.<p>The Journal Star reports:<p>William Freis of Plattsmouth said his wife, Lynette, went grocery shopping April 16, 2010, at the Walmart Supercenter on …

Man claims to own oldest socks in Britain

A man has claimed his socks are the oldest socks in regular use in Britain because he has been wearing them every weekend for the last 25 years.<p>Frank Tunbridge, 55, said only recently has the first hole appeared in the socks he uses whenever he goes out following his hobby as a big cat tracker.<p>Mr …

Andy Jackson, Sheriff's Lieutenant, Reprimanded For Firing Gun To Stop Pooping Turkey

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports<p>A Tennessee cop fired a gun to stop a turkey from pooping on a police car, but now he's the one who's ankle-deep in doo-doo.<p>Lt. Andy Jackson, a sheriff in Maury County, Tenn., found the hard way that shooting a gun to scare a turkey isn't proper …

Alabama Residents Panic After Radio Station's Joke Alien Invasion

When it comes to media, the line between truth and fiction is sometimes hazier than the Milky Way. Just ask Star 94.9, the Alabama radio station that aired a mock warning of an extra-terrestrial invasion on Aug. 27 and subsequently sent the town of Tuscumbia into a spiral of panic about an …

Cocaine hidden inside fake limes seized in Colombia

Colombian authorities have confiscated a huge shipment of cocaine hidden inside thousands of crates of fake plastic limes.<p><b>Colombian</b> police discovered more than a tonne of cocaine hidden inside a shipment of fake limes on Thursday.<p>The shipment was intercepted in the Caribbean port of Cartagena, 650 …

Egyptian man arrests swan on suspicion of spying

An Egyptian man has performed a citizen's arrest on a swan, taking it to police on suspicion of being a spy.<p>The suspected winged infiltrator was taken to a police station in the Qena governorate, 280 miles southeast of Cairo, amid increasing fears over foreign spies. Officials said the man …

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

<b>Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.</b><p>The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Miniature

Japanese 'Bread Beds' Are A Delicious New Trend, Apparently (PHOTOS)

Have you ever bitten into a delicious pastry that's so fluffy, you just wish you could lie down in a bed made from layers of the stuff? No? Er, maybe that's just us. Well, regardless if you share this baked goods fantasy, you'll love these "bread beds," a hot new bedding trend that's blowing up in …

Coulson Loptmann, Former Starbucks Barista, Fired After Eating From Trash

A Starbucks barista was recently fired after eating one of the cafe's famous breakfast sandwiches -- out of the garbage.<p>Coulson Loptmann, 21, says his manager told him eating something from the trash is "considered stealing," according to a report in Seattle-based alternative weekly The Stranger. …

Abandoned Doctor's House Photos Reveal The Past Lives Of A Mansion (PHOTOS)

When we come across photos of forgotten homes, they usually leave us totally stunned and full of questions. And we're clearly not the only ones who find these images captivating. We stumbled upon photographer Daniel Marbaix's Flickr site, chock full of eery pictures like these from an abandoned …

Murder, intrigue, and the mysterious origins of vodka | Salon.com

<b>Pokhlebkin reconsidered</b><p>“His name was magical. Legendary,” claimed an article in the newspaper Vechernyaya Moskva (Evening Moscow) on the third anniversary of Pokhlebkin’s death. “Many believed it to be a pseudonym for an entire research institute, since one man could not know so much.” Moreover, …

These Songs Could Have Changed Your Life: The Best Rejected Songs of the Millennium

In which 20 Grantland writers wipe their eyes, put on their headphones, take a walk, and attempt to process the most egregious omissions from the …

Music

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

Mitch Hurwitz Writing ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie

Bubonic Plague Kills Teen In Kyrgyzstan

A teenager's death in rural Kyrgyzstan was said Monday to have been from the bubonic plague, a conclusion that prompted mandatory testing, quarantines and tighter border control in the region, according to multiple sources.<p>Exactly how livestock herder Temirbek Isakunov, 15, who hails from a village …

When I think, you move: researchers achieve brain-to-brain interface

It might sound rather frightening to have your arm move involuntarily, controlled by some unseen puppet master — but for researchers at the University of Washington, it represented a major breakthrough in human-to-human brain interfaces. Using a non-invasive brain-to-brain setup, a researcher in …

Here Are 2 Ways We Now Know the Fracking Boom Is Causing Earthquakes

Researchers already knew part of the fracking process was causing the ground shake. Now they think the sheer amount of drilling it's enabled might be causing quakes, too.<p>Hyrdaulic fracking has handed the United States a remarkable (and remarkably lucrative) oil and gas boom. In some corners of the …

Customer Fined $500 for Swallowing Human Toe in Canadian Bar

An American man was fined $500 Saturday night after he swallowed a beloved human toe belonging to a Canadian bar.<p>The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, …

Yukon Territory

Theoretical Element 115 Exists, Study Confirms

Researchers confirm the existence of this synthetic element in a new accelerator study. Will it be enough to give ununpentium official recognition and a new name?<p>At the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, there are a handful of boxes that illustrators often color gray. The …

Magic Bus Provides a Pyschedelic "Hippie Tour" of San Francisco

It's hard to mistake the Magic Bus for any other vehicle that departs from San Francisco's touristy Union Square. The psychedelic colors that wind around the former school bus -- as well as the bubbles blowing out of the back -- make it perfectly clear that this is a ride back in time. To the …