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Mike is a writer and videographer based in Lexington, KY. Follow Mike on Twitter and Google+.
Rare Chinese Turtles Hatch at NYC Zoo Rare Chinese Turtles Hatch at NYC Zoo

Five rare Chinese big-headed turtles, scientifically known as Platysternon megacephalum, were born at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo in November. The 7-inch-long turtle gets its name because its skull is so large that its head is unable to …

Man Cited for Trying to Trade Alligator for Beer Man Cited for Trying to Trade Alligator for Beer
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A Florida man was recently cited for attempting to trade a live alligator for a 12-pack of beer at a convenience store in Allapattah, a suburb of Miami. Fernando Aguilera strolled into the Santa Ana Market toting a live, four-foot-long …

Rare Christmas Card Sells for $6,800 Rare Christmas Card Sells for $6,800

An 1843 Christmas card reading “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You” sold for roughly $6,800 on Saturday at auction. An anonymous bidder paid £4,200 for the greeting card, equal to $6,846, at British auction house Henry …

‘Weird Science’ Star Kelly LeBrock Arrested ‘Weird Science’ Star Kelly LeBrock Arrested
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Kelly LeBrock, former wife of martial arts expert Steven Seagal, as well as of Pantene shampoo’s “don’t hate because I’m beautiful” infamy, was arrested in Santa Barbara, California on November 30 for suspicion of driving under the influence. LeBrock was …

Paul Walker’s Death Certificate Released Paul Walker’s Death Certificate Released
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The Fast and Furious film franchise star Paul Walker’s death certificate has been released, and the document reports that the actor died due to the “combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries” he’d received during a car wreck on November …

James Cameron Taking ‘Avatar’ Sequels to New Zealand James Cameron Taking ‘Avatar’ Sequels to New Zealand

Director James Cameron has confirmed that three sequels to his ‘Avatar’ blockbuster will be produced in New Zealand, beginning in 2015. New Zealand, the Polynesian country where Peter Jackson filmed his ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ trilogies, has agreed …

Bengals Punter Kevin Huber Suffers Jaw Fracture Bengals Punter Kevin Huber Suffers Jaw Fracture
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Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber suffered a fractured jaw after taking a massive hit from the Steelers’ special teams player Terence Gavin last night, during Pittsburgh’s 30-20 win. During the first quarter, Antonio Brown of Pittsburgh returned a punt from …

Steven Peebles Wins at National Finals Rodeo Steven Peebles Wins at National Finals Rodeo

Bareback rodeo rider Steven Peebles scored 85.5 in the second round at the National Rodeo Finals on Saturday night, putting him in fourth in the season standings, with $119,060 in winnings. Peebles, of Redmond, Oregon, rode a horse named Cool …

Latest 2013-14 College Football Bowl Schedule Latest 2013-14 College Football Bowl Schedule

The 2013-2014 BCS lineup serves mainly as a formality now, as college football polls have confirmed that Florida State is number one and Auburn is number two. Both schools will face off at the Rose Bowl on January 6th, the …

‘Top Gun’ Inspiration Promoted at Pentagon ‘Top Gun’ Inspiration Promoted at Pentagon

Christine Fox, who was the inspiration for Kelly McGillis’ character in the 1986 Tom Cruise vehicle Top Gun, was recently appointed by President Barack Obama as acting deputy defense secretary Tuesday, making the civilian analyst the highest-ranking woman ever at …

Gillian Anderson Poses Nude with Eel Gillian Anderson Poses Nude with Eel
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Hannibal star Gillian Anderson posed nude with a big eel of the Conger variety, in protest of depleting Euro fish populations, per the Fishlove movement. According to its website, Fishlove was established in 2009 by Nicholas Röhl, co-owner of MOSHIMO, …

2,000 Doped Up Mice Dropped on Guam to Battle Snakes 2,000 Doped Up Mice Dropped on Guam to Battle Snakes

Federal officials on Sunday dropped 2,000 mice full of painkillers onto the unincorporated western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam, in order to combat the invasive brown tree snake, which has devastated the bird population in the region. Shortly after World …

Evangeline Lilly Attends ‘Hobbit’ Premiere Evangeline Lilly Attends ‘Hobbit’ Premiere

Actress Evangeline Lilly joined Orlando Bloom and LOTR franchise director Peter Jackson at the Hollywood premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, at the Dolby Theater on Monday. Also on hand for the screening were Hobbit actors Martin Freeman, …

Gucci Mane Facing 20 Years on Federal Charges Gucci Mane Facing 20 Years on Federal Charges

Rapper/actor/tattoo enthusiast Gucci Mane was charged in federal court Tuesday with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon, after two incidents in September during which he brandished a gun and threatened police, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office …

Nigerian Cook Survives 60 Hours Underwater Nigerian Cook Survives 60 Hours Underwater

A Nigerian cook, wearing only boxer shorts, survived for roughly 60 hours in the Atlantic Ocean, after locating a pocket of air inside the sunken tugboat he was in Harrison Odjegba Okene, 29, was the cook on a tugboat called …

David Lee Roth Says Van Halen Working on Record David Lee Roth Says Van Halen Working on Record
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Grammy award winning American hard rock band Van Halen is working on new music, and a new album is likely a year and a half away. Singer David Lee Roth revealed in an interview with SiriusXM’s Jim Florentine that new …

Air New Zealand Unveils Hobbit Paint Job Air New Zealand Unveils Hobbit Paint Job

“Lord of the Rings” franchise director Peter Jackson was on hand in Auckland Monday, as Air New Zealand unveiled an image on one of its planes, of the dragon Smaug, a villain from the upcoming “The Desolation of Smaug,” the …

Exploding Whale Carcass Video (GRAPHIC) Exploding Whale Carcass Video (GRAPHIC)
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A putrefied whale carcass that washed ashore on the Faroe Islands exploded in a biologist’s face, as he attempted to cut into the 45-foot mass of dead meat. Marine biologist Bjarni Mikkelsen, of the National Museum of the Faroe Islands, …

Ultra Bright Black Hole Discovered Ultra Bright Black Hole Discovered
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An ultraluminous black hole that exists in the neighboring Pinwheel Galaxy has been discovered by astronomers, which shines twice as bright as previously thought possible. The ultra-bright object, which exists in a system called ULX-1, that resides about 22 million …

Inglewood Shootout Suspect Apprehended Inglewood Shootout Suspect Apprehended
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An Inglewood, California man, who barricaded himself inside a house after taking two female hostages, surrendered to authorities after an eight-hour standoff on Wednesday. Several shots were fired as officers arrived at a residence on South 5th Avenue at 12:35 …

Fisker Automotive Files for Bankruptcy Fisker Automotive Files for Bankruptcy
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Fisker Automotive, maker of the “Karma” plug-in electric hybrid luxury sedan, filed for bankruptcy protection last week, marking an end to a chain of failure that began after the company received a $529 million loan commitment from the U.S. Department …

U.S. B-52′s Enter Airspace Claimed by China U.S. B-52′s Enter Airspace Claimed by China

Two unarmed U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers entered a Chinese air defense zone on Monday, defying China’s expanding claim over an island chain in the East China Sea. The flight occurred without incident, and the Pentagon declared on Tuesday that …

Jennifer Love Hewitt Has a Baby Girl Jennifer Love Hewitt Has a Baby Girl

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, 34, gave birth to a baby girl named Autumn James on Tuesday, November 26th. Love Hewitt’s publicist also revealed to US Weekly that The Client List star also recently married the baby’s father, costar Brian Hallisay, …

Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in South Carolina Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in South Carolina

A northbound Amtrak passenger train derailed early Monday morning in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, while en route to New York City from New Orleans. Four of the 218 passengers suffered minor injuries, and none of the seven of nine cars …