Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Bizarre News

Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.

Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from the animals. Officials say most of the stings occur when people pick the creatures up on the beach, rather than in the water.

Man-of-war warnings were posted at some of the northern county beaches Saturday. There were reports of stings as far south as the Sebastian River State Park.

The man-of-war, known for their intense, painful stings and venomous tentacles, are not jellyfish but siphonophores, which are made up of several different organisms sharing a communal purpose.

Authorities say changes in current patterns can cause larger numbers of them to wash up on beaches.

Comments
Clearwater man charged with using a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus

Clearwater man charged with using a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus

CLEARWATER — A 67-year-old man is accused of using a forklift to pin his girlfriend against a bus, according to Clearwater police.Colin Lee Showard, faces a charge of aggravated battery in connection with the Sunday night incident which took place al...
Published: 07/17/18
Florida man’s DUI solution: Drink in between driving. He was still arrested.

Florida man’s DUI solution: Drink in between driving. He was still arrested.

Late one night last month, Earle Stevens Jr. fancied a drink but told deputies he didn’t want to consume alcohol while driving.So the 69-year-old Vero Beach man said he did this instead: He only drank his bottle of Jim Beam bourbon while stopped at t...
Published: 07/11/18
Flying minivan lands in the second floor of a Wisconsin home

Flying minivan lands in the second floor of a Wisconsin home

A minivan flew off a road in Newburg, Wis., and wedged itself into the side of a home early Sunday morning.Ken Bienlein, 78, was in bed when the Mazda van crashed into the side of the home at about 3 a.m. He was covered in oil from the accident, acco...
Published: 07/05/18
92-year-old woman killed her son when she suspected she was going to be put in a retirement home, police say

92-year-old woman killed her son when she suspected she was going to be put in a retirement home, police say

A 92-year-old Arizona woman killed her son after she suspected he was going to place her in an assisted living facility, police said. Anna Mae Blessing was charged with 1st degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, accord...
Published: 07/04/18
Climber on Statue of Liberty base after anti-ICE banner hung

Climber on Statue of Liberty base after anti-ICE banner hung

NEW YORK — Several people who hung a banner calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal on the Fourth of July have been arrested, and authorities say a person is scaling the statue’s base. National...
Published: 07/04/18
Woman with machete hides behind ex-boyfriend’s door, then forces sex on him, police say

Woman with machete hides behind ex-boyfriend’s door, then forces sex on him, police say

Late Friday night, police in Great Falls, Montana, received a call from a man in distress: He had come home to find his ex-girlfriend hiding behind his bedroom door, wielding a machete.She had somehow broken into the house while he was away, he said,...
Updated one month ago
A child found a loaded handgun in a couch at an Ikea and fired it

A child found a loaded handgun in a couch at an Ikea and fired it

Ikea has long been known as a massive one-stop warehouse for everything from assemble-it-yourself bunk beds to artificial potted plants to Swedish meatballs.On Monday, one child found something a little different at an Ikea store in Fishers, Indiana,...
Updated one month ago