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Mike is a writer and videographer based in Lexington, KY. Follow Mike on Twitter and Google+.
Suspicious Man Prompts Lockdowns at Mass. Schools Suspicious Man Prompts Lockdowns at Mass. Schools

Two schools in Attleboro, Massachusetts were put on lockdown today, after a suspicious man was seen with what appeared to be a gun in his back pocket. Attleboro police said that the man was viewed from Wamsutta Middle School on …

Latest Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Latest Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms

Nearly 300 people in 18 states may have been sickened by raw chicken products processed by Foster Farms in California, according to a health alert issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday. According to the USDA’s Food Safety …

Tom Hanks “Graduates” to Type 2 Diabetes Tom Hanks “Graduates” to Type 2 Diabetes

During his Monday night guest spot on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” actor Tom Hanks revealed that he’s been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – and that weight fluctuations for on-screen roles may have been a contributing factor. Hanks …

Yale Seeks to Nab Campus “Brown Bandit” Yale Seeks to Nab Campus “Brown Bandit”

Yale University is seeking the culprit now dubbed the campus “poopetrator,” who’s been befouling students’ laundry, by adding human feces to clothes dryers. The coprophiliac, sometimes called “the brown bandit,” has struck at least four times in the last month, …

New 3-Cat Limit in Effect in New Zealand District New 3-Cat Limit in Effect in New Zealand District

A new ordinance in the Rangitikei District of New Zealand is limiting pet owners to three cats per household. The new new feline bylaw was put into place after the district council received too many complaints concerning noise and odor …

Sixth Grader Set to Brew Beer in Space Sixth Grader Set to Brew Beer in Space

STEM School and Academy, Colorado, sixth Grader Michael Bodzianowski, 11, recently won a national competition to perform an experiment that involves brewing beer in microgravity. While the intended goal isn’t to foster space keggers, or possible space madness, galactic beer …

Miley Omits Sinéad Mention During SNL Appearance Miley Omits Sinéad Mention During SNL Appearance
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Twerking sensation Miley Cyrus, who is presently in an online feud with Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor, failed to take any jabs at the elder, former pop star during her latest hosting stint on Saturday Night Live. It was almost as …

Porta Potties Rescue Salem, MA During Shutdown Porta Potties Rescue Salem, MA During Shutdown

Each October, Salem, Massachusetts, famous for its 1692 witch trials, holds a month-long festival called “Haunted Happenings” – though this year things have gotten complicated, with the partial shutdown of the federal government. The National Park Service was forced to …

Dog Eats Money, U.S. Mutilated Currency Div. Steps In Dog Eats Money, U.S. Mutilated Currency Div. Steps In

A wily, one-eyed golden retriever from Montana named Sundance ate five Benjamins ($500 USD) worth his owner’s money last year, and the Mutilated Currency Division of the U.S. Department of the Treasury replaced it. Owner Wayne Klinkel was eating lunch …

Oregon Bartender Gets $17,500 Tip Oregon Bartender Gets $17,500 Tip

Springfield, Oregon bartender Aurora Kephart received an unexpected tip of $17,500 on Tuesday, via a winning lottery ticket. One of her regulars at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge often uses Keno tickets from the Oregon lottery as tips. The unnamed customer …

Defunct ‘TWTRQ’ Stock Confused with Twitter IPO Defunct ‘TWTRQ’ Stock Confused with Twitter IPO
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A bankrupt company named Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc. (TWTRQ) saw its stock soar by 1,800% on Friday, in what analysts say some investors must have thought was Twitter. Incidentally, Twitter (TWTR) doesn’t have a “Q” on it. Though, the …

Zidane Headbutt Statue Moved to Qatar Zidane Headbutt Statue Moved to Qatar

The Qatar Museum Authority has decided to buy a 16-foot tall statue of Zinedine Zidane infamously headbutting Marco Materazzi, for an untold sum. Qatar, which is the tentative site of the 2022 World Cup, had moved the “ode to defeat” …

Study Shows Online Piracy is Good for Showbiz Study Shows Online Piracy is Good for Showbiz

A new study by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) says that online piracy isn’t hurting the entertainment industry, but is actually helping it. The study, authored by Bart Cammaerts, Robin Mansell and Bingchun Meng, also asks …

70 Foot Mobile Home Stolen From Parking Lot 70 Foot Mobile Home Stolen From Parking Lot

A thief stole a 70-foot-long mobile home from a diner parking lot in Hampton, New York on September 23. The owner had staged the trailer at The Big Apple Diner, awaiting a police escort to Vermont – Vermont requires police …

Ugly Painting of Old Lady Bewilders British Couple Ugly Painting of Old Lady Bewilders British Couple
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Winchester, England couple Sue and Keith Webb recently received an unexpected package containing an oil painting of an ugly woman. The perplexed couple aren’t very fond of the piece – Keith said, “it’s a painting of such a horrid old …

4,000 Year Old Preserved Human Brain Found in Turkey 4,000 Year Old Preserved Human Brain Found in Turkey

Archaeologists in western Turkey have uncovered a 4,000-year-old human brain, preserved inside its skull. The brain, one of the oldest ever found, was dug up in Seyitömer Höyük, a Bronze Age settlement 25 kilometers northwest of Kutahya, as the crow …

60 Possibly New Species Found in Suriname Rainforest 60 Possibly New Species Found in Suriname Rainforest

Scientists with the nonprofit research and advocacy organization Conservation International recently braved intense river rapids in Suriname’s rainforest, locating 60 animals that may be undocumented species, including six frogs and eleven fish. Spokesman Trond Larsen said the Arlington, Virginia-based group …

Extreme Kayaker Dies 2 Days After Showtime Profile Extreme Kayaker Dies 2 Days After Showtime Profile

Andrews, North Carolinian kayaker Shannon Christy, 23, was recently profiled on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports,” on the Great Falls of the Potomac River, 14 miles upstream from Washington, D.C. Two days later, on July 11th, Christy drowned during a run …

Five U.S. Kayakers Rescued in Tajikistan Five U.S. Kayakers Rescued in Tajikistan

Five American kayakers who went missing several days ago in Tajikistan have been rescued. A helicopter search team located the men, and they are being transported to Dushanbe, the nation’s capital. One of the rescued has a broken leg, and …

No Charges Filed in Dallas Latos Assault No Charges Filed in Dallas Latos Assault
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After the wife of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos filed a police report when she was assaulted by fans at the National League wild-card game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, authorities say that no charges will be filed. Pittsburgh police …

Judge Hands Man 53-Year Sentence, Officiates His Wedding Judge Hands Man 53-Year Sentence, Officiates His Wedding
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On September 17th, San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson sentenced Danne Desbrow, 36, to 53 years in prison, shortly before marrying him to high school sweetheart Destiny Winters, 33. Desbrow had been convicted of murdering Kevin Santos in Lemon …

Giant Mushrooms Found in Michigan Yard Giant Mushrooms Found in Michigan Yard

Giant mushrooms popped up one night recently in a backyard in Leslie, Michigan, confounding the Delaney family, and impressing plant biologists. Ed Delaney decided to surprise his wife Amy with a bulbous, fungal mass he’d found out back – Mrs. …

Man Seeks Asylum in New Zealand As a Climate Refugee Man Seeks Asylum in New Zealand As a Climate Refugee

A citizen of tiny island nation Kiribati, who is now facing deportation from New Zealand, is seeking asylum as a “climate refugee,” as global warming is severely affecting his native soil. The 37-year-old and his wife emigrated to Middle Earth …

Camera Traps Capture Elusive Sumatran Rhino Camera Traps Capture Elusive Sumatran Rhino

The World Wildlife Fund announced earlier today that an elusive Sumatran rhinoceros has been caught on camera in the jungles of East Kalimantan, a province of Indonesia. The Borneo subspecies was thought to be extinct in the area, and the …