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  1. Florida woman uses online pizza order to save herself and her kids

    Bizarre News

    AVON PARK — A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

    Avon Park Pizza Hut employees spotted what Cheryl Treadway wrote in the comment section of her online order. Employees recognized Treadway as a regular customer and called the sheriff's office. [WTSP 10 News]
  2. Authorities find fake skeletons in underwater lawn chairs (w/video)

    Bizarre News

    CIENEGA SPRINGS, Ariz. — A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was terrified — and later embarrassed — when he came across two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater.

    In this frame from video provided by the La Paz Sheriffs' Office, fake skeletons are strategically placed to appear as if they were sitting together with their lawn chairs bound to large rocks in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border. [La Paz Sheriff's Office]
  3. Woman seeking man she kissed at Boston Marathon hears from, wait for it, ... his wife

    Human Interest

    BOSTON — A Tennessee woman searching for the stranger she kissed while running the Boston Marathon this year says she finally heard back — from the mystery man's wife.

    In this April 20, 2015 photo provided by Paige Tatge, her mother, Barbara Tatge, left, kisses an unknown spectator in Wellesley, Mass., as she ran in the Boston Marathon. It's a tradition for male runners to kiss the women attending Wellesley College as they line the marathon route. Barbara made good on a dare by her daughter, Paige, that she kiss a man as she ran along the route. [Photo by Paige Tatge via AP]
  4. Paranoid naked people begging cops to save them? Flakka hits Florida (w/video)

    Crime

    FORT LAUDERDALE — One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

    This photo made available by the Broward Sheriff's Office shows confiscated vials of flakka. This emerging drug can alter brain chemistry in such a way that users can't control their thoughts and it can increase adrenalin. [Associated Press]
  5. Daredevil Nik Wallenda preps for walk on moving, 400-foot-high Orlando Eye (w/video)

    Human Interest

    ORLANDO — In the days leading up to one of his craziest stunts ever, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has done the following: drop his kid off at school. Paint windowsills. Mow the lawn.

    Nik Wallenda answers questions at a news conference in front of the Orlando Eye on Monday in Orlando. On Wednesday, Wallenda will walk untethered atop the 400-foot high tourist attraction. [Associated Press]
  6. Love — and cheese puffs — helped sisters survive 13 days in Michigan woods

    Nation

    CRISP POINT, Mich. — Two sisters from Oklahoma and Nebraska said Saturday that they survived in a remote part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula on love for their family, melted snow and the little food they had in their snow-crippled SUV.

    Sisters Leslie Roy, right, and Lee Marie Wright sit in a Michigan State Police helicopter after they were rescued Friday, April 24, 2015 from Michigan's Upper Penisula. The sisters survived 13 days after their SUV got stuck about 3 miles from Lake Superior. The area has no cellphone service. They were rescued Friday by a police helicopter pilot who noticed a reflection off their SUV. [Michigan Department of State Police via AP]
  7. 15 loose buffaloes that crossed New York highway are killed (w/video)

    Nation

    COEYMANS, N.Y. — Fifteen buffaloes that escaped from a farm were intentionally shot and killed Friday after they dashed past a group of police, crossed a major highway and ended up near some schools, authorities said.

    A herd of buffalo crosses a road, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Bethlehem, N.Y. About 15 of the animals got loose Thursday from a farm in the Rensselaer County town of Schodack, on the river's east bank a few miles southeast of Albany. [Associated Press]
  8. The $50 gift card that costs $200

    Bizarre News

    Starbucks economics

    The $50 gift card that costs $200

    Usually when you pay $200 for something, you expect to get roughly $200 of value, especially when that thing is a gift card. Starbucks does not subscribe to this philosophy. For Mother's Day, the coffee chain is rolling out its first-ever limited edition …

    slate.com
  9. Tutu Tuesday brings smiles to Florida children's hospital

    Health

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — One morning last summer, Tony Smith slipped a multicolor tutu over his scrubs in the pre-op ward of a South Florida hospital to grant the wish of a young patient heading to surgery.

    Dr. Bob Kaye, right, talks to registered nurse  Nicole Maggi on a Tutu Tuesday in March at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. [Associated Press]
  10. Gyrocopter pilot Doug Hughes' friend questioned again by Secret Service after Capitol landing

    Bizarre News

    Only a few hours after Doug Hughes landed his gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn Wednesday, secret service agents were at the doorstep of his friend Mike Shanahan's home in Apollo Beach.

    Television trucks gather Thursday morning outside the Ruskin home of Doug Hughes, who flew a gyrocopter into restricted airspace over Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon, landing on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, in an attempt to bring awareness to the need for campaign finance reform. [SKIP O'ROURKE   |   Times]