Friday, October 19, 2018
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A Clark Griswold moment: Police pull over driver with giant Christmas tree (w/video)

It was a scene reminiscent of "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation."

You remember the opening scene, when Clark Griswold dragged his family to a Christmas tree farm only to find the largest tree on the lot? And how it overtook his station wagon as it drove it home?

Police in Sudbury, Mass., no doubt had flashbacks to Chevy Chase’s character on Friday as they drove behind a car that became engulfed by a tree on top of its roof.

The tree not only sat on top of the roof, but spilled over the sides and back and even partially covering the license plate, making it virtually impossible for the driver to see out of the rear-view mirror.

The sight prompted the police department to post this warning on its Facebook page:

Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly. One of our Officer’s stopped this vehicle on Route 20 today!

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Pasco couple used dead man's identity, bought SUV with stolen check, deputies say

Pasco couple used dead man's identity, bought SUV with stolen check, deputies say

Everyone knew him as Gary, but Gary's been dead for almost a year. Deputies said Jeffrey Mirick stole Gary Ridgeway's identity. Then he stole a check and used it to buy an SUV.
Published: 10/18/18
The culprit's name remains unknown. But he licked a stamp, and now his DNA stands indicted.

The culprit's name remains unknown. But he licked a stamp, and now his DNA stands indicted.

There was just enough spit on the back of the 9-cent stamp to piece together the identity of the person who licked it. Everything except for his name.
Published: 10/17/18
Archaeologists find 'vampire burial' site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead

Archaeologists find 'vampire burial' site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead

Inside a miniature tomb, in the middle of what used to be a sprawling Roman villa, is the skeleton of a 10-year-old child who died more than 1,500 years ago. It is on its side, its mouth agape and stuffed with a limestone rock about the size of a big...
Published: 10/15/18
Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home

Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home

Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig "the size of a mini horse" back home.
Published: 10/15/18
Woman with ‘emotional support squirrel’ removed from plane at Orlando airport

Woman with ‘emotional support squirrel’ removed from plane at Orlando airport

Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an "emotional support squirrel."Passengers had already boarded Frontier Airlines Flight 1612 at Orlando International Airport...
Published: 10/10/18
A gecko - no kidding - placed phone calls from a marine-mammal hospital

A gecko - no kidding - placed phone calls from a marine-mammal hospital

Veterinarian and seal expert Claire Simeone was just about to settle down and enjoy her lunch when her cellphone rang.Work was calling, and as director of the Marine Mammal Center's Ke Kai Ola Hawaiian Monk Seal Hospital in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Simeo...
Published: 10/09/18
Maintenance worker finds skeletal remains at Gibsonton mobile home park

Maintenance worker finds skeletal remains at Gibsonton mobile home park

A maintenance worker uncovered skeletal remains Wednesday morning while working at a mobile home park in Gibsonton.The remains were located at the Bull Frog Creek Mobile Home Park, 11211 East Bay Road, around 8:45 a.m. Detectives are still waiting fo...
Updated one month ago
A slippery slap to the face: The instant legend of a kayaker, seal and octopus

A slippery slap to the face: The instant legend of a kayaker, seal and octopus

In the azure waters off the coast of New Zealand, a primal scene was unfolding.A seal had an octopus in its teeth, the eight-limbed mollusk flailing, fighting for its life. Then, a kayaker - bright yellow watercraft and life vest, cap, sunglasses and...
Updated one month ago
Weight Watchers slims its name down to WW

Weight Watchers slims its name down to WW

Weight Watchers is its dropping its brand name in exchange for something slimmer: "WW." The company says the new logo - coupled with the tagline "Wellness that Works" -- puts an emphasis on overall health and well being, with less...
Updated one month ago
This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

This is what happens to a shy octopus on ecstasy

If you give an octopus MDMA, it will get touchy and want to mingle.What sounds like the premise of a children's book set at Burning Man is, in fact, the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. Neuroscientist Gül ...
Updated one month ago