Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Ball python on a fleece throw goes nowhere fast

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Lawsuit claims man was left an emotional wreck because of teenager playing ‘ding dong ditch’

An insurance agent from Shorewood, Illinois, was left an emotional wreck by a teenage neighbour who repeatedly rang his doorbell and ran away, according to a lawsuit filed in Will County court. State Farm insurance agent John Wright has sued the youth, 14-year-old Brennan Papp, as well as Papp’s parents, Rick and Sara Papp.

Rick Papp is also a State Farm agent, and the lawsuit says that is why Papp singled out Wright for his doorbell devilry. According to the suit, “Brennan intentionally chose” Wright’s “residence because he knew John D. Wright was also an agent with the insurance company like his father.” For several weeks, the suit said, “some unknown individual or individuals repeatedly rang the doorbell at the Wright residence.

When (Wright) went to answer the door, no one would be at the door. This is commonly known as ‘ding dong ditch.’” This happened so often, the suit says, that Wright was “forced to contact the police; however, no one (was) caught until June 26, 2016.” The lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday, says that “upon information and belief,” Brennan confessed to a Shorewood police officer that he rang Wright’s bell and ran off at least once.

Brennan’s “actions were willful and intentionally aimed at harassing” Wright, according to the lawsuit, and they had a dire effect on Wright’s well-being. Wright “suffered severe emotional distress, severe anxiety, sleeplessness, extreme and rapid weight loss, and required treatment medication in order to function in his daily living,” the lawsuit says. Wright also supposedly lost more than $30,000 in income, somehow. Neither Wright nor Papp have commented.

Llama loves leaf blower

A llama at Houston Zoo in Texas has found an unsusal way to cool down.

Fiesta, a female llama who is nearly 4 years old, resides at the on-site McGovern Children's Zoo.

She has made a habit of jumping in front of the leaf blower when zookeepers are cleaning out her enclosure.

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Fiesta appears to enjoy the cool breeze and rolls around on the floor, making the most of the artificial gusts of wind.

Homeless charity reveals bizarre donations to their shops

A homeless charity has told of the weird donations they receive at their shops across Scotland. A mummified cat, 40 blue plastic pigeons and sack of creepy severed doll’s heads with their eyelids glued shut or painted black are among donations left to Shelter Scotland.

The charity has now released a list of items that they are accepting and items they don’t want because of the weird and wonderful donations, including a bag packed with 30 pairs of dirty pants which they say they receive across all their stores. Across Scotland the charity has had donated a china doll with a lock of human hair glued under its clothes in Edinburgh and a dominatrix set, equipped with several masks, nipple clamps, whips and handcuffs in Paisley.

Alison Watson, deputy director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Our supporters have donated some wonderful items over the years that have raised funds for our vital work. There are times however when we open the donations sacks and are left flabbergasted by what we find. My personal favourite was the china doll as it had obviously been someone’s treasured possession before it was donated to us, as was the mummified cat.

“We welcome all donations, within reason, and some of the more interesting items are certainly conversation starters with our customers. We’re sometimes pleasantly surprised by what some people actually buy. Whatever the donation, every penny we raise through our shops goes towards our fight to end homelessness and ensure that everyone in Scotland has a safe, secure and affordable place to call home.”

Unfortunate BBC past tense typo of the day

For a short period yesterday morning, the BBC News page for Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland declared that a youth wearing a balaclava had shat a bus.

It was soon changed to fired an air gun.

Police hunt teenage boys who stole sweets and fizzy drinks while armed with a plastic broom

Detectives have released CCTV footage of teenage boys robbing a newsagents in south London by threatening the shopkeep with a plastic broom.

Wandsworth Borough police said that officers were called to the robbery at A J corner shop, on the Winstanley estate in Battersea. The two suspects entered the shop and demanded cash from the till. When the shop keeper refused, the suspects threatened the shopkeeper with a broom and grabbed a quantity of sweets and fizzy drinks.

They then left the store with the goods. The suspects, captured by the CCTV, are described as: Suspect 1 is described as a black teenager wearing a fur lined coat, black trousers and black shoes. Suspect 2 is described as a black teenager, wearing a dark hooded jacket with a white sports badge on the right elbow.

He wore a grey hood underneath the coat, dark tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. He was seen wearing a black sports bag with 'Nike' written in white across the front. Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise or witness the two teenagers shown on CCTV.

With CCTV video, or you can watch it here.

Man who dressed as pink Disney Princess banned from wearing fancy dress in public

A man who harassed women by dressing up as a pink Disney princess has been banned from wearing fancy dress in public. Ian Qualters looked through their windows, trespassing into one garden of an empty house and walking into a neighbour’s house uninvited.

The 41-year-old was also spotted wearing women’s swimwear and leotards around Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, between July 2015 and February this year. Prosecutors said Qualters had harassed a neighbour by making lewd comments to her as she walked past his home, and had been seen by other women in female leggings, leotards and swimming costumes.

Once, Qualters, of Ellesmere Port, had peered through a resident’s windows while dressed in a pink Disney Princess costume. Witnesses said Qualters would run away and hide in bushes if he was caught, and would be seen laughing and jumping. Qualters avoided jail after admitting a number of public order offences and harassment offences, and was also given a restraining order.

A Criminal Behaviour Order was imposed so he is no longer allowed to wear women’s swimwear or fancy dress in public. Qualters also cannot enter a leisure/sport facility, enter a garden or driveway without permission, approach lone females, solicit for photographs in public, touch his genitals in public, show his genitals in public or use abusive or threatening language. Chester Magistrates Court also heard how Qualters resisted arrest and had to be restrained by six officers who used CS spray to detain him.

Puppy born with wonky legs given life-changing surgery

A little puppy has avoided being put down and had her wonky legs pinned to help her walk.

Cocker spaniel Wanda was born with such badly deformed front legs that vets thought the bone damage was irreparable and advised she should be put down.

Despite her problematic paws four-month-old Wanda was taken in by volunteers, Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney and Eileen Mellis, founders of Cinque Ports Rescue in Deal, Kent, who refused to give up on her.

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Just one week later the playful pup underwent surgery where a specialist orthopaedic vet rotated the ulna bones by 180 degrees and fixed them into place with pins. Although it’s still unclear whether Wanda will ever be able to walk normally she continues to exceed all expectations and has already seen a huge improvement.

Woman bombarded with hate messages after ad typo led to her offering terror puppies for sale

A school teacher from St Helens, Merseyside, was bombarded with hate messages after a typo in an advert branded her adorable terrier pups as terror puppies. The mistake in the classified ad led to Susannah Davies, 25, receiving dozens of vile calls and forced her to change her number.

She says she can now see the funny side, but admitted: “I have pages and pages of text telling me what a horrible person I am.” Her Jack Russell Fudge gave birth to the litter of pups, five girls, eight weeks ago. Their dad is Rodger, a Patterdale terrier.

Susannah advertised them for sale at £350 for the girls and £300 for boys. She added: “I’m the world’s biggest softie for dogs and they are the most adorable puppies. You could hardly describe them as terror dogs, they are so tiny and cute. One of them is pure white with black eyes and looks like a little Panda.

“I can’t believe that people thought I was advertising vicious pups. They look the absolute opposite of terror dogs.” The dog lover used the same paper to advertise her dogs first litter two years ago. She said: “All the dogs found good homes so I thought I was doing the right thing.”

Monday, June 27, 2016

Comforting breeze

Baby goats torment their chicken babysitter

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Woman arrested for DUI after unintentionally parking her truck inside hair salon

A woman is facing DUI charges after she slammed her pick-up truck into a hair salon in Yester Oaks, Mobile, Alabama, with several people inside.

Kyler Leasure, his older siblings, and their dad were sitting inside UniCut Hair Designs when the truck came ploughing through. “I was sitting in the chair over there and got flung across the room,” Leasure said. “I never thought I’d get run over by a truck in a haircut place.”

Surprisingly, Leasure only has a few scratches on his legs and elbows, but MPD Spokesperson Terence Perkins said this incident could have easily been a deadly one. ”It’s miraculous that we only had minor injuries. No one was transported to the hospital, but it could have easily been a deadly situation because the driver was drinking and driving,” Perkins said.

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51-year-old Karen Renee Eanes is facing DUI charges and the salon owners are looking to press additional charges of their own against her. According to authorities, there were no major injuries and only a few patrons had some scratches. Eanes told police that she thought she was hitting the brakes when she was actually pressing the gas to accelerate.

Ronald McDonald shot outside restaurant

A man from Lumberton, North Carolina, was shot in an argument behind a Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Thursday.

Ronald McDonald is now being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

Lumberton police said McDonald, 36, the husband of a Sonic manager, got in an argument at around 7:20pm with Telvin Drummond, 24, a Sonic employee who lives in Elizabethtown.

The two began shooting at each other and Ronald McDonald was hit. No arrests have been made. Police and the Robeson County District Attorney's Office are investigating.

Confused snake became caught in an endless loop after shedding its skin

A Stimson's python spent three hours trapped "within himself" after shedding his skin for the first time.

The non-venomous snake, named Stimmy, shed his skin in his enclosure at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre in Australia.

But instead of leaving the skin behind he continued circling, travelled through the scales. Keepers at the centre recorded Stimmy as he went round and round inside his former skin.

Stimmy eventually broke free from his self-inflicted entrapment. Rex Neindorf, the centre's director, said he had not seen anything like this in his 30 years of working with snakes.

There's a short video of Stimmy in his endless loop here.

Volunteers battered glass-bottomed bridge with sledgehammers to prove its safety

Volunteers were invited to smash what is claimed to be the world’s longest and highest glass bridge with sledgehammers to prove it is safe.

About 30 people attempted to smash the glass floor of the bridge at Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, China, on Saturday.

Wielding 5.5 kg sledgehammers, they only succeeded in cracking the glass. Later a vehicle was driven over the bridge.

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The bridge, 430 metres long, six metres wide and 300 metres above the bottom of the valley, can hold 800 people walking on it at any one time.

Body in rural lane turned out to be badger

Police were called to reports of a body in a rural lane only to discover it was a badger.

Cheshire Police were called to a lane in the county after reports a car had collided with something in the middle of the night.

It was reported that there was a body in the road in front of the car. Closer inspection revealed the body was that of a badger rather than a person.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "Officers called to collision on a very dark rural lane. A body reported as being in the road in front of a car turned out to be a badger."

Lifeboat crew treated to free cornets after rescuing ice cream boat with engine problems

Cowes RNLI on the Isle of Wight were tasked to assist a floating ice cream boat on a stormy Solent on Saturday afternoon.

The so-called 26ft Solent Ice Cream Boat, with 2 people on board, had told Solent Coastguard via mobile phone that it had engine trouble in the area of Osborne Bay near East Cowes.

The volunteer crew of Cowes lifeboat arrived on the scene just after 4:00pm and towed the craft to its mooring well up Wootton Creek, but not before the lifeboat crew were each treated to ice cream cornets for their efforts.

Lifeboat helm Neil Archer said: “It was an unusual way of saying thank you, but much appreciated in the humid conditions nonetheless”. The lifeboat returned to station at 5:35pm.

Talking toilets helped raise awareness of those without privacy and facilities

Visitors to this year's Glastonbury Festival were able listen to comedian Kathy Burke, actor Brian Blessed and singer and DJ Cerys Matthews while sitting on the toilet.

Water Aid installed three talking toilets next to the Pyramid Stage, where loo-goers were entertained by the voices of the trio as they did their business.

One of the talking toilets also had a "daunting two-way door" which appeared see-through to the person inside but as a mirror to those on the outside.

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A spokeswoman for WaterAid said it was designed to make the user feel "exposed" to highlight the one in three around the world who have "nowhere safe to go to the toilet". 2.3bn people in the world have no access to a basic toilet.

Rescuers freed hedgehog trapped down pipe after four-hour mission

A monumental effort took place to rescue a hedgehog which was trapped two feet below ground in a pipe. Fire crews, animal rescuers and a team from Severn Trent Water responded to Severn Road, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, on Thursday evening and took an incredible four hours to bring him back into the open again. Five Valleys Hedgehog and Bird Rescue, based in Thrupp, posted on their Facebook page about how the night unfolded.

They said: "We had to deal with one of the most challenging rescues ever last night. This poor hedgehog became trapped down a pipe. It took us four hours to get him out! "Luckily for the hedgehog a young lad discovered him after randomly looking down the drain and made his mum call a rescue. We would like to give huge thanks to Stroud Fire Service for coming out and helping us and to the lovely man from Severn Trent Water who drove all the way from Birmingham to cut the pipe so we could get the hedgehog out.

"Also thank you to the residents of Severn Road in Stonehouse and the young lad who found him, the hedgehog would have most certainly died if he had not been discovered! Keep checking those drains!" A Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: "One appliance from Stroud attended after a call from the hedgehog rescue group. "The hedgehog was trapped 2ft below a Severn Trent Water pipe. The crew tried to dig around the pipe and rescue, but the animal wrapped itself around the stopcock underneath so we couldn't get to it. We were on scene until 9.23pm."

It took the Severn Trent team to cut out the pipe before the animal was freed. Kate Goacher, who runs the hedgehog rescue operation, said it was thanks to the curiosity of eight-year-old Joshua Driver-Dickenson that the creature, nicknamed Drainhog, was found at all. "The kids play on the green nearby and there's one boy who apparently quite likes lifting up drains," she said. "His mum called me and went out there about 6.30pm - I didn't get back until gone 11pm." It's feared the hedgehog was down the drain for two days and he's now being nursed back to health and treated for any parasites at Kate's Thrupp animal hospital before eventually being released back into the wild.