Bizarre news

  1. Wildlife officials ready to round up menacing tegu lizards (video)

    Wildlife

    Its name sounds exotic and cool. But the tegu lizard, with its forked tongue and fierce appetite for native species, is a growing pest that might be on the verge of rivaling the python as the state's menace of the moment.

    The tegu lizard is native to Argentina and can grow up to 4 feet long. They love to eat eggs and are a threat to Florida's wildlife. Photo by Ron Knight via Flickr
  2. At the Gourmet Rodent, 70,000 reptiles are ready for new homes

    Bizarre News

    NEWBERRY — Less than a mile from downtown Newberry, hidden almost in plain sight, sits a group of unmarked gray warehouse buildings that contain either endless wonders or the stuff of nightmares, depending on how you feel about snakes.

    Mike Layman, co-owner of the Gourmet Rodent, holds a rainbow boa at the reptile farm in Newberry. Layman is one of the world's largest suppliers of non-venomous snakes and other reptiles to pet shops and breeders. (AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Doug Finger)
  3. Video: Squealing schnauzer passes out from reunion excitement

    Pets

    A pet schnauzer who hadn't seen a woman in two years got so excited he had a fainting spell.

  4. Spared prison, 550-pound man sought freedom; judge weighs in

    Criminal

    TREASURE ISLAND — A morbidly obese man whose poor health helped him avoid prison time had his request for a shortened sentence denied this month.

    Steven Goodman, 70, arrives at federal court in West Palm Beach in 2012 for sentencing on charges he sold more than 1 million prescription meds to fake pain management clinics. RICHARD GRAULICH/ZUMAPRESS.COM
  5. Rampaging peacocks to be removed from park

    Briefs

    Peacocks are once again rampaging through the northern part of Pinellas Park, prompting officials to hire a trapper to remove the birds. City officials earlier this month hired Vernon Yates' Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation to trap, tranquilize and remove "nuisance peacocks" in the area around Helen Howarth Park, 6301 …

    This isn't the actual rampaging peacock. But wouldn't you freak if something like this started heading toward you?  AMY MARTZ   |   Special to the Times
  6. Video: Stealing hamburgers in their birthday suits

    Bizarre News

    Three men were caught on surveillance video stealing hamburgers from Doc's Beach House, a popular beachfront restaurant in Bonita Springs. But the real story is what they were — or rather, weren't — wearing, as you'll see in this video.

  7. Veteran goes to VA clinic, gets locked in alone

    Bizarre News

    DELTONA -- A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.

  8. Video: People at a cat video festival look like you'd expect them to

    Pop Culture

    Wouldn't it be a purrrfect get if the Internet Cat Video Festival came to Tampa Bay?

  9. Emails from the Afterlife: In Japan, you can prepare for death the Yahoo way

    Bizarre News

    TOKYO — In Japan, preparing for major events in life has become an institution. So much so that there's a whole preparation vocabulary: There's shukatsu, for when you're looking for a job; konkatsu, for when you're looking to get married; and ninkatsu, for when you're hoping to get …

    Yahoo Japan asks its customers, "If today was the last day of your life, would you be ready for the journey?'' [Yahoo Japan]
  10. The skinny: 'Blowtorch' to kill spider starts house fire instead (w/video)

    Bizarre News

    Overkill

    'Blowtorch' to kill spider lights fire instead