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  1. Gross! Dust mites sleep with you, on you, and in your mattress

    "After 8 years, an old mattress becomes a heavy weight, from pounds of dead skin, gallons of sweat, and millions of dust mites that accumulate inside it!" So claims an ad for the concerned Mattress Firm — your salvation is, of course, to purchase a fresh, unsoiled mattress from them. But is this true? Do our …
  2. Facing highest threat alert, Belgians bring out their cats for #BrusselsLockdown


    BRUSSELS — What police force would start playing along with a practical joke when the capital is facing its highest state of alert and its most-wanted fugitive is still on the run? Right! This is surreal Belgium.

    The Belgian Federal Police released this image on Twitter on Monday. Late Sunday, the Belgian Federal Police asked people to stop commenting on ongoing raids in social media to avoid tipping off suspects who could be checking their tweets for suspicious activities in their neighborhood. En masse, they did more than that. The hashtag #BrusselsLockdown suddenly shifted from serious to humorous, tweeting a flood of pictures of all-too-innocent cats in all kinds of situations. [Belgian Federal Police via AP]
  3. Pastor uses saw to free impaled worker

    Bizarre News

    OCALA — Doctors say a Central Florida laborer impaled by a piece of rebar from a concrete block is lucky to be alive after the object narrowly missed his vital organs.

  4. Now that's a rock! 1,111-carat diamond discovered in Botswana mine (w/video)


    From afar, Botswana's diamond mines look like barren construction sites sunk into rocky hills. At their base, hulking excavation machines turn over what appear to be nothing more than piles of dirt.

    This 1,111-carat diamond was recovered from the Karowe Mine in Botswana. There hasn't yet been a price evaluation on the stone. [Lucara Diamond Corp.]
  5. American Airlines says it's 'terribly sorry' it lost marathon bombing survivor's prosthetic leg


    BOSTON — A professional dancer who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing says American Airlines lost her luggage, which included her prosthetic leg.

    Professional danceeeeer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, here with her brothers Timothy, left, and David as she crosses the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon, said in a tweet Thursday that American Airlines lost her luggage, which included her prosthetic leg. [Associated Press (2014)]
  6. Kangaroo farts not as environmentally friendly as previously thought

    Bizarre News

    Kangaroos can no longer feel smug about their flatulence. Traditionally, it has been thought that the animals produce unusually low amounts of methane when they pass gas. Since livestock farts (I'm looking at you, cows) make up a lot of our global greenhouse gas emissions, that would make kangaroos potential lifesavers …

  7. Video: 2 loose llamas lassoed after running amok in Arizona

    Bizarre News

    PHOENIX — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.

  8. Kentucky town has had enough of cold, issues warrant for Elsa of 'Frozen' (w/video)

    Pop Culture

    HARLAN, Ky. — The cold might not bother Disney's Queen Elsa, but it's wreaking enough havoc in Kentucky that a police department announced a joke warrant for the popular Frozen character's arrest.

    This image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." Police in Harlan, Kentucky, issued a warrant for Elsa's arrest because of the cold weather. [Disney photo via AP}
  9. Vanilla Ice arrested in Florida, charged with burglary (w/video)


    LANTANA — Vanilla Ice has been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home that is in foreclosure in Florida.

    Robert van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, was arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft in Lantana after items from an adjacent house, which was in foreclosure, were discovered at his property. [Getty Images]
  10. Snowbound Bostonians jumping out windows — in fun (w/ video)

    Human Interest

    BOSTON — New England's winter blast is serious business, but there's been no shortage of shenanigans.