Tuesday, September 01, 2015

On your marks

Gulper catfish enjoys its dinner

I imagine they're called gulper's for a reason.

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Duck army

This man was trying to embarrass his girlfriend. It worked out well.

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Tiffany White-Wine arrested following alleged drunken assault on roommate

A 29-year-old woman from Bay City, Michigan, is facing three criminal charges following an alleged dispute with her roommate. Tiffany B. White-Wine has been arraigned on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony, and one count of domestic violence, second offence, a misdemeanor.

White-Wine is charged followed an incident that allegedly took place on Aug. 25. At 4:36am that day, Bay County Central Dispatch received a call from a woman saying her roommate, White-Wine, had attacked her with a grilling fork and then a knife. During the course of their investigation, White-Wine told police she used the grilling fork to injure her own right leg and stomach.

An ambulance took her to hospital for treatment of her wounds. At 5:23am, White-Wine submitted to a Breathalyzer test, which indicated her blood alcohol level was 0.22. In Michigan, a person is legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol level is at 0.08. The 32-year-old complainant told police she and White-Wine had been drinking.

At one point a fight broke out with the two women first exchanging punches. White-Wine then retrieved a grilling fork from a butcher block and came at her roommate. She then grabbed a knife and charged at her again, the woman told police. The caller told police she didn't want to press charges and only wanted White-Wine to get some help. After White-Wine was treated at the hospital, police arrested her and took her to the Bay County Jail.

Mother and two children saved after car flipped into swimming pool

Two cars collided in a residential neighbourhood in Southwest Miami-Dade, Florida, sending a mother and her two children aged 6 and 8 inside one of the vehicles careening into a backyard and landing upside down in a swimming pool on Friday afternoon. According to neighbours, the impact sent the three victims' Mazda 3 over two small trees, through a wooden fence and into the pool at a home, just before 3:30pm.

"It was a tremendous accident," said area resident David Taggart. "I heard the big crash; it woke me up." Investigators said a neighbour pulled the woman and her two children out of the inside the overturned sedan. "[He's] very brave, and he doesn't take credit for anything," said homeowner Adolfo Garcia, who is now dealing with the damage left behind. No one was hurt. "I was worried about my kids. A life is a life," Mark Herrera, the children's father, said upon arriving at the scene.

"There were no fatalities, no major injuries, and that's the most important part," said Garcia. Police said the 37-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Acura sedan that was also involved in the crash slammed into the Mazda. She reportedly told authorities she did not see the other car. According to Garcia, the intersection where the crash occurred is prone to traffic accidents, and something must be done about it. "This is a dangerous corner. Everyone [goes through] stops all the time, all the time," he said.

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"There are accidents here almost monthly. I usually walk my dog around this corner, and I've almost gotten swiped several times with accidents in this corner," said Taggart. "One side doesn't have a stop sign, and the other guy does." Herrera said he's very grateful his family is safe. "Broke both windows, and I said, 'Wow, it's unbelievable,'" he said. "No stitches, no nothing, just scratches, and I said, 'Oof, thank God.'" Both vehicles were later towed away from the scene. It is unclear whether police will issue a citation regarding the crash.

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Fishermen rescued kittens from river

Jason Frost, who lives in Hueytown, Jefferson County, Alabama, and his friend Brandon Key were out on the Warrior River near Bluff Creek on Saturday morning when they heard a splash and saw something swimming across the water toward them. They weren't sure exactly what it was until they heard the meows.

A kitten, an orange tabby that looked to be about a few months old, swam right up to their boat and Frost picked it up by the nape of the neck and set it aboard. The kitten had a little shake then started meowing. "Never in my life have I seen anything like that," Frost says in the video. They then see another kitten jump into the river and start swimming towards them, so they moved the boat closer and Frost quickly snatched it up into the boat.

The two kittens are identical. "Well there's a first time for everything, isn't there?" Frost says. The kittens were friendly and perfectly fine being on the boat, Frost said. "People were looking at us out on the water like, 'Oh my God, these people got cats with them,'" Frost said. When they got to shore, they saw a family with two little girls who each wanted a kitten, and they gave them to the family.

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Frost said he isn't sure where the kittens came from, but he doesn't think they just got loose. There aren't any homes near where they were fishing, he said. He thinks someone might have just dumped them there. Frost said it's the strangest experience he's had while fishing on the Warrior River. "Everybody always has a crazy fishing story, and that's all it is, is a story," he said. "If I wouldn't have had this on video, everybody would have thought I was crazy."

Porn star to feature on public transport travel cards to 'cheer commuters up'

Commuters in Taiwan will start using prepaid travel cards featuring a photo of a Japanese porn actor from Tuesday, despite protests from politicians and parents. Yui Hatano, one of Asia’s most popular adult movie actors, will appear on limited-edition series two cards, which can be used on the metro and bus networks and at convenience stores in the capital Taipei. The distributor, EasyCard, said it would go ahead with the 1 September release of the “devil” edition of the card – even though it is considered the more risqué of the two designs.

The company had earlier suggested it would halt production of all of the cards after complaints that they were inappropriate for children. The firm said it would redesign the “angel” edition cards in which Hatano is dressed in white, after hearing “input from various parties” and put them on sale in the middle of the month. The redesign came after it was pointed out that the image had previously been used in Japan to promote one of Hatano’s movies. Though neither card features pornographic images, the “devil” edition shows Hatano wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress and directing what some have described as a “sultry” look at the camera.

Taipei’s mayor, Ko Wen-je, said he could not understand what had motivated EasyCard’s new chairman, Tai Chi-chuan, to “make that kind of business judgement”. EasyCard responded by saying that Hatano was trying to change her image, adding that the cards would “cheer up” commuters. The cards conveyed a “fresh, healthy and beautiful” image and any suggestion they were lewd was unfair to Hatano, the spokeswoman, Lin Hsiao-chi said. “This set of cards is suitable to put in your wallet and collect. When you look at it, it will cheer you up.”

Even so, most convenience stores in Taipei have said they will not sell the cards because of differing views among their customers. Proceeds from sales of the cards will be donated to charity. Hatano responded to the outcry by claiming she only wanted to show her appreciation to her many fans in Taiwan, although as many as three-quarters of EasyCard users are women, according to Taiwanese media. “Just because I am an adult video porn star ... does it mean that I cannot pay a debt of gratitude to my beloved Taiwan?” Hatano said. The 27-year-old, whose films include A Nurse’s Confession and Immoral Trip on a Sleeper Train, was recently ranked the ninth most popular porn star in Asia, according to the erotic video website Xvideos.com.

Schoolgirl who dressed as anti-fracking crusader for parade told costume was inappropriate

A 12-year-old schoolgirl from Perth, Australia, who dressed as an anti-fracking crusader for a book week parade says she is disappointed after being told by her school to roll down the top of her costume to avoid causing offence. Claire Hickey dressed as Frackman, a character featured in the documentary of the same name, for Subiaco Primary School's annual Book Week Parade. Her father James Hickey had taken her to see the Australian-made documentary earlier in the year and she was inspired by the protagonist in the story.

"After seeing the documentary I thought about how he [Frackman] was standing up for the environment and I thought maybe I could do a small part of that," she said. But when she turned up to school last Friday she was told that unless she rolled down the top half of her costume - emblazoned with the words "No Fracking Way" - she would not be able to participate in the parade. "I got told by the principal's assistant that I had to take off my outfit," she said. "She told me it was a fun book week that was being taken too seriously by a political issue."

The Frackman documentary that follows former construction worker Dayne Pratzky as he protests the expansion of the coal seam gas industry near the town of Tara in Queensland. An Education Department spokeswoman said Claire's teacher, along with the assistant principal, had asked her to roll down the top part of her jumpsuit. The spokeswoman said the word "fracking" was considered by teachers to be too close to the obvious swear word and inappropriate for a primary school. But the 12-year-old said her teacher actually told her it was a great costume, and it was the assistant principal who told her to roll it down. Claire said she believed it was not the word alone that was the problem.

"She [the assistant principal] did mention the word but she also said it wasn't a day to make a political statement," she said. "I believe there was nothing wrong with my outfit whatsoever. "I told her I was standing up for the environment and I thought it was a pretty brave idea." Mr Hickey said he had warned his daughter she might receive some flak at school for openly talking about the issue. "Her response was: 'Dad, what could be more important than protecting the environment?'," he said. Claire eventually decided to take the outfit off for the parade, but said it would not deter her from speaking out. "I still do want to stand up for the environment," she said. "But I just hope people don't shoot me down so quickly in the future."

Homeowner awarded compensation after drunk man tried to hack down his prized peacock bush

A wealthy retired businessman won £200 compensation from a drunken man who tried to cut down his prized peacock-shaped bush outside his home. Devoted gardener Roger Tod, 74, pruned his "masterpiece" 8ft topiary peacock for over 20 years until Joe Davies, 23, tried to cut it down with a hacksaw. The yew tree peacock in pride of place outside Mr Tod's country home at Crickhowell, Powys, Wales, was spotted by Davies as he drove past after a night in the pub.

A court heard window fitter Davies grabbed his hacksaw to climb Mr Tod's 6ft garden wall in a bid to cut down the proud peacock. He managed to hack at the neck until he fled with an accomplice after being spotted by a passing car - leaving the peacock badly damaged. Mr Tod was "devastated" when he noticed the damage to his prized topiary the next day at his home. The court heard police were able to identify Davies from CCTV cameras on the garden. Shamed Davies admitted causing criminal damage at Brecon Magistrates Court and apologised for the "stupid, drunken mistake".

Prosecutor Kevin Challinor said: "Mr Tod has taken great pride in his garden and has done so for the past 20 years. He has spent a lot of time sculpting an ornamental peacock. On March 7 he went to bed as usual and when he got up in the morning he noticed the branches had been damaged. The head was damaged. It will be some time before the tree is regrown fully." When asked why he had a hacksaw with him, Davies said he always carried tools as he was a window fitter. Nadine Cowdell, defending, said: "He accepts this was a drunken mistake. He realises he caused upset."

Magistrates were told the tree would cost around £150 if bought at a garden centre. Davies, of Beaufort, near Ebbw Vale, was ordered to pay £200 compensation to Mr Tod and was fined a total of £465. After the case, keen gardener Mr Tod fears the damage to his prized peacock might never be reversed - and has turned brown where it was damaged. Mr Tod, who lives with his wife Joy, said: "My peacock will never go back to what it was. The part which he cut off has finally started growing back but it's all discoloured. It's coming back brown and it doesn't look the same at all. It's a shame because for years people have stopped to admire my peacock. I can't understand why someone would do something so needlessly."

Deer rescued from septic tank

A deer had to be rescued by fire crews after falling into a septic tank. Fire crews were called at 7.45am on Saturday to a property in Drybrook in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, and took two hours to rescue the animal.

The crews from Cinderford and Gloucester North were assisted by the RSPCA and Vale Wildlife Rescue and to remove the male fallow deer from the tank. When it was found, the deer was up to his ears in human sewage.

Scott Passmore, who runs an animal rescue service in the Forest of Dean, A Wildlife With Animals, also helped with the rescue. He said: "He was a very lucky deer because it could've been completely different. When he came out he was surprisingly clean. He had started to shake with the stress, but he was not in pain.

"We just didn't want him to swallow any of the fluid. We don't know how he fell in the tank. There could've been a gap he fell through or he was standing on a cover which broke. This should be a reminder to keep your septic tanks safe. If a child had fallen in there I hate to think what would have happened."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Milk and two sugars please

Raccoon enjoys a little swim in the pool

While his brother tries to get him out.

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Truck uproots tree

Demonstrating the pulling power of Dodge trucks.

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Firefighters rescued kitten from different pieces of furniture twice in a week

A curious kitten has been keeping members of the Torrington Fire Department in Connecticut busy.

Firefighters helped the kitten that got its head stuck inside a piece of furniture last Sunday night when a woman from Harwinton took the 9-week-old kitten to the station for help.

For Capt. Kevin Engle and other firefighters at the station, the situation brought on a sense of deja-vu. Owner Heather Robillard had taken the same kitten to the station the previous Tuesday after the cat got its head stuck in a separate piece of furniture in her home. “He must just like playing in furniture,” said Engle.

Engle says members of the department were able to safely cut the cat out within 10 minutes. Engle said the kitten is part of a litter Robillard’s cat recently gave birth to. He also said a member of the department is considering adopting the kitten once he is old enough to be adopted.

Dog on sidewalk is just sleeping and not dead

Comet the dog is not dead. Comet is known for startling passers-by with his bizarre sleeping habits. He likes to nap on the sidewalk in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood of Vancouver, Canada, flat on his back, twisted up, and that has led more than one person to believe the dog is dead.

"It's constant. All day, every day," said owner Lisa Dyer. Comet has been sleeping in front of Dyer's shop, Hymach Industries, for 14 years now. The dog's napping has attracted the attention of passers-by, the police and the SPCA - who've been called to the intersection so many times, they know him by name.

Comet is a 16-year-old dog described by Hyer as "some kind of crazy wolf." She said she rescued him from "a bad situation" near Prince George. She can't leave the dog at home because he gets anxious and hurts himself, so he has to come to work with her. "He just feels like this is his corner and he's good," Hyer said.

"This is just his spot, he's happy and comfortable here, he's been here all these years. People come by and ring the bells on their bicycles to get him to move. He refuses." Hyer says that if you see Comet on your walk in Mount Pleasant, don't panic; he's fine.

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Shoes stolen from feet sticking out of vehicle at McDonald's drive-through

Police in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, are searching for not only a suspect, but also a pair of shoes.

Norfolk County OPP say they were called to the McDonald’s early on Thursday morning in response to a theft from a vehicle in the drive-through lane.

A passenger in the vehicle had their feet hanging out the window, they say, when a man walked up and pulled the shoes off the passenger’s feet. The man is described as being white and in his late teens, with dirty blonde hair and a pock-marked face.

He was seen in a grey, long-sleeved shirt, khaki pants and a blue hat that he was wearing backwards, and running behind a car wash northwest of the McDonald’s. Police describe the shoes as size 12 Sanuk shoes, which are grey in colour.

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Massive hunt for motorcycling 'syringe psycho'

An unidentified motorcyclist has been terrorising the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in India, pricking women travelling alone with a syringe needle in the past week. But police say the victims haven't been injected with harmful substances. Police have now launched a massive hunt for the for 'syringe psycho' after the first complaint was received on August 22.

According to them, the miscreant has attacked 18 women and targeted his first male victim on Saturday. The 'syringe psycho', roams on a black Pulsar bike, covers his face with a handkerchief, and is said to be around 30 years old. Most of the women were pricked on their thighs during morning hours. Over 200 policemen in 40 teams of five each are scouring the area. “We have intensified our hunt to nab the offender who seems to be a pervert enjoying his prank,” said Bhaskar Bhushan, superintendent of police, West Godavari.

Authorities have released a portrait based on a few sightings and have barricaded roads at several places to check every biker in the district. Police have also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh (£980, $1,500) to anyone helping in the identification of the suspect. Preliminary tests found no hazardous substance in the needles or in the victims, though the women suffered shock. The attacked women were stable and their blood samples were sent to a Hyderabad lab.

The police have sounded out chemists in Narsapuram division, and have asked them to inform them about individuals who buy syringes. "As he injects his victims in the thigh only, he must have worked in a veterinary hospital, pet clinic or a diagnostic centre," Narsapuram Deputy SP P Sowmya Latha said. "He begins before sunrise and completes his attacks by noon. This is one typical aspect we have come across during our analysis," Latha added. All the victims concur that the 'syringe psycho' controls the bike with his right hand and attacks with the left.

Man used mop to save little girl dangling from window

A Chinese man used quick thinking and a trusty old mop to save the life of a young girl who was dangling from a fourth-storey window.

Wang Baocheng used the mop to support the young girl whose head was stuck between window bars outside her apartment in Weifang City, in the Shandong Province. "I saw the girl hanging from over there. Then I heard her calling for help and quickly ran over,” Mr Baocheng said. "I saw that the girl's head was stuck and it was holding her up.

"When I got upstairs I grabbed onto the window and used a mop to support her." Mr Baocheng risked his own safety to perilously lean out of the window to support the young girl with the mop. As the girl was home along and the door to her apartment was locked, Mr Baocheng continued to hold her up until her parents returned home and pulled her inside.

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A nearby resident who witnessed the incident praised Wang's actions. "Wang held the girl up for more than 10 minutes ... I think his brave and courageous actions are worthy of praise," the resident said. While the little girl suffered a terrible fright, she didn’t suffer any injuries thanks to Mr Baocheng’s quick thinking.

Taxi firm boss surprised by cab transformed into can of Spam

When taxi company owner Mark Fleming arrived at work on Friday morning, he was surprised to see his beloved black London cab had been covered in tin foil and transformed into a giant replica can of Spam.

"I came into work first thing and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw what had been done," he said. "It is completely covered in tin foil with the word 'Spam' stamped across it, and there is even a spade sticking out to look like a ring pull to open a can."

Staff at 65 Taxis in Hull said they saw two people acting suspiciously near the car at about 4.30am on Friday. They chased the men away from the car, but did not realise the extent of their prank until later.

Mr Fleming said he has been racking his brain to work out who might have masterminded the joke. He believes it could be the handiwork of a local guerrilla street artist. "I actually really like it, and I am the sort of person who can see the funny side, but I have got to admit that I am just a bit confused about who has done it and why."

Serial burglar with fetish for women's underwear arrested while wearing stolen basque in pub

A serial burglar with a fetish for women's underwear was caught by police while wearing a stolen basque in a pub. Carl Nicholson, who has 120 convictions for stealing women's clothing from homes and washing lines, was found with a rucksack packed with stolen knickers. A sharp eyed member of the public tipped off the police after seeing him acting suspiciously and officers found him at the Royal Oak pub in Exeter, Devon, very close to the scene of his most recent raid.

He had only been out of jail for three weeks after ending a four year sentence for identical offences, Exeter Crown Court was told. Nicholson, aged 43, of no fixed address, admitted burglary and theft and was jailed for two years, suspended for two years and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and receive drug rehabilitation by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC. He told him: "Your record shows numerous thefts and burglaries, may committed in search for female garments. The pre sentence report says you are suitable for drug rehabilitation and I shall follow that recommendation.

"I should warn you that if you reoffend in the next two years you will serve this sentence. The unpaid work should keep you busy and away from drugs." Jonathan Barnes, prosecuting, said a woman living in Regents Square, Exeter came home on March 14 to find her back gate open and nine pairs of knickers stolen from the line in her yard. The house had also been entered and her underwear drawer had been ransacked and more knickers taken. A neighbour saw Nicholson leaving the area and later spotted him at the Royal Oak in Heavitree. He called the police, who arrested him.

Mr Barnes said:"He was carrying a rucksack in which was found a large quantity of female underwear. he admitted his guilt and when searched was found to be wearing an Ann Summers basque." Nicholson has convictions for 120 offences and has a long record of committing offences of this kind. He was released on February 22 from a four year sentence for burglary. Vanessa Francis, said prison sentences have failed to stop Nicholson's offending in the past and treatment of his underlying drug problem may prove more effective. She urged the Judge to give him credit for his guilty plea and take into account the suggestions of a probation report which deemed him suitable for drug rehabilitation.