<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:15:59 -0400Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:15:59 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Cup Blowing Challenge Goes Viral]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:26:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528392918.jpg

From college students to TV anchors, everyone’s trying out the latest Internet craze. 

The Cup Blowing Challenge has provoked a new slew of videos on social media. Participants place one cup inside another, with a third cup several inches away. They blow on the top cup, hoping it will jump from one bottom cup to the other.

Many have tried the Cup Blowing Challenge; not all have succeeded. Some used it as an excuse to procrastinate before finals, while others were in the middle of a work break. Still others just wanted to master a new viral trick before their children.

“Just completed first cup blowing challenge!! Yes b4 my kids could do it,” one Twitter user wrote.

Critics are calling the trend yet another millennial time-waster, and cup enthusiasts are claiming they blew cups long before it was cool. 

Some are even using the fad for political commentary.

“We might not know how to properly choose a president but at least we can come up with things like the #cupblowingchallenge,” tweeted one user.



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<![CDATA[What Do Russians Dream About? Putin, Among Other Things]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:25:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615648564.jpg

Vladimir Putin is everywhere in his country's public life. Now it turns out the president is even gracing ordinary Russians' dreams, NBC News reported.

A web search engine said the strongman was the only real individual "to appear often in people's dreams," according to analysis of users' online queries.

Yandex, which is more popular than Google in Russia, said it typically received half a million requests a week about the meaning of nighttime visions.

Putin was the only individual named in Yandex dream searches, which turned up "fish" as the most common query, according to its survey, based on six months of queries.

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<![CDATA[Man Films 'Never-Ending' Gator Parade in South Florida]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:18:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/17211880_1366410816738053_6562114182429541711_o.jpg

A Florida wildlife photographer captured a seemingly infinite procession of alligators in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve.

Photographer Bobby Wummer filmed the half-hour parade of gators just after sunrise on Monday.

"These Florida gators seemed to be endless, it was the never-ending train of gators of all sizes," Wummer shared in a Facebook post with photos and video of the parade.

The reptiles of various sizes were filmed crawling out of a pond to enter a deeper body of water on the opposite side of a dirt road.

The gators ranged between 2 feet and 12 feet in length, according to Wummer.

The wildlife photographer most recently made viral headlines after snapping a photo of a massive gator snacking on a smaller gator at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County back in April 2016.



Photo Credit: Bobby Wummer
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<![CDATA[Philly Opossum Stars in 'Lucky' Photo Shoot]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:25:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Opossum+Saint+Paddy%27s+Photoshoot+copy.jpg Gary the Trash Cat, a West Philadelphia domesticated opossum who loves being photographed, returns to the spotlight for a lucky photo shoot ahead of Saint Patrick's Day.

Photo Credit: Katy DiSanto]]>
<![CDATA[Speeding Amtrak Train Blasts NY Commuters With Snow]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:44:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/amtrak+slow+mo+-+01001311_WNBC_000000015462035.jpg

Amtrak commuters waiting to get to New York's Penn Station from Rhinecliff Wednesday morning likely never imagined just how huge a wave of snow an approaching train could kick up. 

But in a video posted online Wednesday, it was obvious the avalanche was coming. 

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The giant snow shower covered commuters standing on the Rhinecliff station platform Wednesday morning. The man who shot the video above, Craig Oleszewski, told News 4 it appeared the train overshot the platform by a bit. 

Another witness said some people were knocked to the ground.

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Videos of the snowy onslaught made rounds on social media as commuters at Penn Station weighed in. 

"I would have ran! I would have ran immediately," said Jesse Lewis of Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

Jesse Lewis questioned the speed of the train as it approached the mound of snow in front of the platform. 

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"He looks like he's approaching that station too fast for the conditions," said Lewis. 

Amtrak, in a statement Thursday, said the train "was traveling at the authorized speed" and that the train's engineer followed applicable rules. "We always advise customers to stand back from the platform edge as trains approach and this was an unusual occurrence considering the large amount of snow on the tracks."

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Railroad expert Gus Ubaldi told News 4 over the phone Wednesday he believes commuters shouldn't have been allowed to stand so close to the tracks, much less record video.

"The railroad should know what happens. At least make some sort of announcement," he said. 

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<![CDATA['Dr. Seuss' Plant Found by Texas Park Ranger, Explained]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/texas-parks-wildlife-atlanta-state-park.jpg

Texas park rangers at Atlanta State Park, southwest of Texarkana, shared a photo showing a pink and white fluffy ball on the park's Facebook page Tuesday.

The post, which has been shared more than 1,600 times, explained the ball is created when a woll sower wasp lays its eggs in a white oak. The eggs hatch in spring, and chemicals on the grubs stimulate the plant to produce the growth seen in the picture.



Photo Credit: Atlanta State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife]]>
<![CDATA[Humpback Whales Mysteriously Organize in Super Groups: Study]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:16:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/humpback-whales.jpg

Some humpback whales are starting to gather in larger-than-usual groups, but scientists aren't sure why, according to a new study published earlier this month.

Typically, these whales are considered solitary mammals, traveling alone, in pairs or temporarily in small groups. Scientists normally call groups of up to 20 humpbacks “small,” according to the study published in PLOS One.

So when groups of 20 to 200 whales began to gather off the coast of South Africa, scientists were shocked.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ken Findlay, the lead author of the study that described the unusual whale behavior, told New Scientist.

The study, which gathered data from three occasions in 2011, 2014 and 2015, pointed out that the whales were in a peculiar location to begin with. Typically, humpbacks migrate to warm waters to breed in the winter and feed in colder waters near Antarctica during the summer. But they were found in the summer months off the warm waters of South Africa.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, biologist and executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said it’s hard to say just how unusual the new study’s super group is. She was not involved in the new study, but she has studied whales since 1990. Asmutis-Silvia has seen scores of whales in Cape Cod, and said the large gathering in South Africa might be a result of cultural learning among the whales of that region.

“This is a novel feeding technique for South Africa that hasn’t been seen before,” she said. “It could be indicative of some cultural shift in that population of humpbacks.”

Large groups of whales tend to indicate areas of the ocean that are rich in prey. The 200-whale groups have exhibited clear signs of feeding behavior, according to the study. Scientists who conducted the study say that reasons for the abnormal behavior remain “speculative.”

Despite heavy whaling that has previously endangered the species, humpback whales have made a strong comeback in recent years.

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Photo Credit: Jean Tresfon via PLOS
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<![CDATA[Traveler Caught with About 80 Reptiles in Suitcase]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:55:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snake.jpg

A Czech citizen traveling back from South Africa was caught at the Vienna Airport trying to smuggle about 80 reptiles in his suitcase.

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<![CDATA[Both in One Name: N.J. College Student Links Alexa and Siri]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:43:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AlexaSeary.jpg

Many iPhone owners find its built-in assistant, Siri, to be useful.

For a Stockton University student in South Jersey with the last name Seary -- pronounced exactly as you'd think -- it's become a light-hearted nuisance.

But you won't believe what the 21-year-old's first name is: Alexa.

She's a one of a kind virtual assistant mash-up now that Amazon's voice controlled Echo and Echo Dot have gained so much popularity. (For the less tech savvy among us, users of the Echo devices ask questions, play music and give commands to the in-home bot by starting a sentence with "Alexa.")

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She says it all began when her manager at the New Jersey restaurant where she works would refer to her by last name and spoke to her the same way people normally speak to their iPhone assistant.

“When he first started calling me Siri, I kind of found it a little bit annoying,” Alexa said. "But then I kind of like decided to just be a good sport about it, I just took in the joke and I would kind of just start to answer in the automated voice back to him.”

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“It’s an easy way to make my customers at work laugh, or if I’m talking to a new person to break the ice with that person,” Seary said. “It’s like my punch line, sort of.”

She said she is really learning to love all the attention now that her name is synonymous with two of the coolest new technologies. 

“I really like it, I think it’s very unique,” Seary said. “I think those stick together and it being my name is pretty cool.”



Photo Credit: Alexa Seary
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<![CDATA[McDonald's Worker Leaps Out Drive-Thru to Help Driver]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:27:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/031417+doral+mcdonalds+worker+drive-thru.jpg

A South Florida McDonald's worker jumped into action to save the life of an off-duty police officer Tuesday.

What started as a regular breakfast order at a McDonald's in Doral quickly turned into an emergency as Pedro Viloria was serving an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer and her two children through the drive-thru window. He says the customer ordered and paid without a problem but when he went to hand her the food, something was wrong.

"I see she hardly breathing and I thought that's not normal," Viloria said.

And then he says the vehicle started moving and it was clear the driver no longer had control.

"Her kids were screaming," he said. "I thought I gotta get to that car."

So the 22-year-old McDonald's worker did what he had to do.

"I ran as fast as I could, put myself in front of the car," he said.

Luckily the curb stopped the vehicle from going into traffic. All of a sudden, help was there, Viloria said.

"When I looked back there was all these rescue workers," he said.

Surveillance video from the McDonald's shows a woman and an officer who had come in for breakfast around the same time running to help.

"I was with the kids - I was trying to tell them it will be all right, the kids were breaking my soul," he said.

The off-duty officer was rushed to a nearby hospital.

"She's alive and that's enough, if I had to die to save that woman I would have," Viloria said.

As for why he jumped to help a perfect stranger?

"My brain was on hero mode!" he said.

What he didn't know at the time was who he was helping.

"What! I saved an officer's life? I can't believe this," he said.

Alex Menendez, the owner of the McDonald's, said his thoughts and prayers are with the officer and added that he was proud of his employee.

"He is an excellent employee, so it didn't surprise me that he took immediate action and jumped through a window to help save this woman," he said in a statement. "And he was not the only member of the team that played a pivotal role in ensuring she received the medical attention she needed. A second employee, who asked to remain unnamed, assisted with CPR."

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<![CDATA[Philly Mom Plays in Snow Dressed as T-Rex]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:41:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019830066_1200x675_898274883960.jpg

A Philly mom decided to spend her snow day dressed as a T-Rex. Simi Chung put on the costume to play in the snow with her daughter.

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<![CDATA[Boaty McBoatface: New Sub Gets Popular Name]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ALR-Boaty-McBoatface-2.jpg

British officials didn't want to name a polar research ship "Boaty McBoatface," but they had no problem giving the name to a new submarine, NBC News reported. 

Last year, the British government agency Natural Environment Research Council asked the public for help naming its new ship. The public chose "Boaty McBoatface," but the agency opted to honor a famed naturalist instead

So "Boaty McBoatface," the remote-controlled sub, will accompany the RSS Sir David Attenborough. It makes its first voyage Friday through the icy waters of Antarctica collecting data and samples. 



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<![CDATA[$164K in Cocaine Found in Man's 'Snug' Pants at NYC Airport]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:24:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cocaine+legs+customs.jpg

A man returning to New York from the Dominican Republic was arrested after customs authorities found about 10 pounds of cocaine worth $164,000 in his pants when he landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week, authorities say. 

The man, a U.S. citizen, was "bursting out of his pants" when he went through customs at the Queens hub Saturday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Friday. Agents said the man looked nervous and his pants "appeared to be rather snug." 

He was taken to a private search room, where investigators found packages of the drug taped around both of his legs, the spokesman said. A photo taken of the man's lower body shows his thighs and legs covered in what look like casts. 

A test of the white powder confirmed it was in fact cocaine, weighing in at 10 pounds, with an estimated street value of more than $164,000.

The man faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District Court of New York.



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<![CDATA[Watch Kids Adorably Interrupt Live TV Interview]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:08:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/154664086-bbc-generic.jpg

Two children who waltzed into a live TV interview about a very serious matter of world affairs became a viral video sensation Friday. 

The precocious pair walked into a BBC interview with Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly, an expert on Korea, during a discussion on the ramifications of the ouster of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Video the BBC posted on Twitter had more than 6,000 retweets and 7,500 favorites after about four hours, and other posts with the video had tens of thousands more.

First, a little girl in glasses and a yellow sweater opened the door to the office where Kelly was speaking and sauntered up to him. It was his daughter, according to the BBC's write-up of the high jinx.

"I think one of your children has just walked in," presenter James Menendez said.

Kelly tried to soldier on, but things only escalated from there.

An exuberant baby in a baby walker next entered the scene. Then, in a slapstick moment worthy of Buster Keaton, a woman burst through the door after the kids. She hastily rounded them up and pulled them out of the room, with a few books knocked over in the process.

"My apologies," Kelly said, with a slight snicker.

NBC has reached out to Kelly for comment. He hasn't yet addressed the issue on Twitter, except to tweet his thanks to someone who pointed out he's "a damn good Korea analyst."

In other kids-do-the-darndest-thing news Friday, a different video went viral for showing a girl fly through the air after the door she was opening at her Ohio home was caught by powerful winds. (She was okay.)

And a toddler threw a temper tantrum in front of the Queen of England, who handled the outburst gracefully



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<![CDATA[Daylight Saving Time Fun Facts]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:37:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/DST+Clock.jpg Daylight Saving is upon us and that means losing an hour of sleep this weekend. Here are some interesting facts to think about as we spring the clocks forward.

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<![CDATA[Doctors Remove 140-Pound Tumor from Pa. Woman]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:41:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019741713_1200x675_894339139514.jpg

It was like a huge weight was lifted, and that's because it was. A Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, woman lost 140 pounds when a surgeon removed a massive tumor from her body. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal spoke with her about her experience.

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<![CDATA[Early Warm-Up Causing Problems for Pet Owners]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:49:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019741178_1200x675_894303299668.jpg

Those at local animal shelters say our region's early warm-up created a surge in animal births. The warm weather is also letting fleas and other nuisance bugs run rampant. NBC10 Jersey Shore Reporter Ted Greenberg tells you how to protect your pets.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman Awards Subway Rider Trophy for Giving Up Seat]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:55:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/statuesubwaydecentdude.jpg

A pregnant commuter in New York awarded a fellow subway rider a statue for being the first man during her two pregnancies to give up his seat for her.

Yvonne Lin, 38, got the idea about two years ago when she was pregnant with her first child.

Lin said plenty of women had offered up their seats for her during her pregnancies, but it was not until recently that a man did the same.

Having grown frustrated after her first pregnancy, Lin decided to start carrying around a bronze trophy that read "#1 DECENT DUDE" in case she encountered an upstanding gentleman. 

After eight months of lugging the trophy around in her laptop bag, Lin finally got to hand it out to Ricky Barksdale in February.

“I was standing for three stops before he noticed,” said Lin, who was in for a two-hour commute home during rush hour when Barksdale offered up his seat.

Lin said Barksdale was “adorably sweet and embarrassed” when she gave him the trophy.

Barksdale said he laughed with being the presented the award because "stuff like that just doesn't happen.”


Barksdale who says his act was the “right thing to do” has message for fellow men: "If you see an elderly, disabled or pregnant person give them your seat.”

“I’m a designer so I tend to have wacky ideas,” Lin said of her social experiment.

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Along with "#1 DECENT DUDE," the statue is engraved with "First Man to Offer Subway Seat to Pregnant Woman throughout Two Pregnancies.” 

Lin said she believes it is better to reward behavior like Barksdale’s instead of publicly shaming people who do not give up their seats, which she says she has tried before.

“He is the closest thing to a real life superhero,” Lin said of the good samaritan.

Lin says Barksdale got in touch with her after a friend recognized him in her Instagram post

Barksdale currently works as a stuntman and actor, according to his IMDB page.

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Photo Credit: Yvonne Lin via Instagram
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<![CDATA[Inside Abandoned Chester County Asylum]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:24:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Embreeville+hospital+Th.jpg Hidden some 40 miles west of Philadelphia, sits the sprawling 225-acre campus of the abandoned Embreeville State hospital. Take a haunting tour.

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<![CDATA[7 Water Main Breaks in 1 NJ City in 1 Night]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:51:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/water+tap+generic.jpg

Authorities are trying to figure out what caused more than a half-dozen water mains to break in one New Jersey city overnight. 

Officials in Elizabeth say seven mains broke in various spots throughout the city. Utility company American Water was working Wednesday to repair the broken mains, most of which are 6-inch pipes, officials said.

A City Hall spokeswoman said no customers were without water by noon, but some may experience low pressure.  

The broken mains are on Rahway, Amboy and Elizabeth avenues, Florida Street, Broadway, Inslee Place and Neck Lane, officials said. It wasn't immediately clear if there was any significant flooding. 



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<![CDATA[Ice Marathon Brings Over 200 to Siberia]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ICE+MARATHON.jpg

200 runners from across the globe ran in the 13th annual Baikal Ice Marathan on Tuesday in the Irkutsk region of Russia.

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<![CDATA[Arkansas Student Prove Sobriety by Juggling During Stop]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 03:07:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_juggler0307a_1500x845.jpg

Blayk Puckett went the extra mile for Sgt. Keith McKay of the University of Central Arkansas police. Puckett decided to pull out his juggling pins and put on a show to prove his sobriety after he was pulled over for a broken brake light.

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<![CDATA[Cat-astrophe! Big Rig Wreck Leaves Kitty Litter on Pa. Road]]> Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Route+222+Spring+Township.JPG

A crashed tractor-trailer spilled kitty litter all over a Berks County highway Tuesday morning leaving the highway closed for nearly five hours.

The big rig driver lost control as he traversed a curve along Route 222 northbound near the Spring Ridge Road Exit in Spring Township, near Reading, around 2 a.m. Berks County dispatchers said.

The force of the wreck caused the trailer to split apart and spill cat litter on the roadway, dispatchers said.

Spring Township Police Sgt. Bill P. Van Etten tells the Reading Eagle the driver of the rig sustained minor injuries.

Crews spent hours cleaning up 30,000 pounds of rain-moistened litter as police detoured traffic off Route 222 northbound, responders said.

A front-end loader was brought in to scoop up the litter and put it in large trash containers. The road reopened at 7 a.m.

The spill "was just really messy," Van Etten.



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<![CDATA[April the Giraffe Has 'Active Night,' Not Pleased With Vet]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:09:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/april+giraffe+new+1.JPG

STATUS CHECK: April the Giraffe Glares at Mate Oliver as Global Birth Frenzy Continues

The pregnant giraffe at an upstate New York zoo has been on edge for days, with agitation brought on by her kicking calf and the cold weather that’s kept her cooped up inside.

Thankfully, April’s handlers said her “mood continued to improve” and that she should be able to return outside as temperatures warm Tuesday. (A live stream from her pen is below.)

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"April had a very active night that did keep us glued to the cam screen!" the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville posted in its Tuesday morning Facebook update. "She settled in around 5:00 and got a few good naps in. Not much else to report on physical or behavioral change."

Vets have been monitoring April carefully and say they're pleased with her progression, though April was "not impressed" with one veterinarian's examination on Monday, the zoo said. She ended the visit early with “toe tapping” and “fancy footwork” that ended with “a small front kick.”

The “lazy jazz hands,” as the post described April’s little dance, was a way for her to say the exam was done and claim her space, the zoo said. Despite her mood swings over the past week, April is still healthy and as hungry as ever, the zoo said, even “stealing” hay from her mate Oliver on Monday.

Tens of millions of fans across the globe are waiting for what may be the most-anticipated giraffe birth ever. 

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The keepers said there's been a "significant amount of belly movement and tail raising" lately from April and that she did get a bit spooked by the kicking calf over the weekend, but keepers later reported her spirits had improved.

"We completely understand her swings!" the zoo wrote on Facebook. "She is a big girl and getting bigger. Vet report is all positive and happy with progression."

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The mom-to-be has grown significantly, visible in comparative photos from a week ago show. Wax caps are still present, though her back left teat appears to be shedding.

A photo posted to the zoo's Facebook page Saturday showed April's rotund belly curving out and downward, a sign that she's nearing the home stretch of her pregnancy, says owner Jordan Patch.

"She's progressing well in her pregnancy," he said. "She's not in any pain, things are good."

More than 50,000 people tuned in to watch the gentle giant Monday morning as she peered over the dividing fence to catch a glimpse of Oliver, who paced around his pen. The long-necked lovers were seen interacting over his pen for a few moments.

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April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

Weeks later, she continues to captivate millions across the world. More than 60,000 people were tuned into the live stream Tuesday morning. Patch says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds. 

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"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

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Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.


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<![CDATA[Social Media Erupts Over Vintage Gun Seized by Police]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:03:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Baltimore+PD+Gun.jpg

Baltimore police arrested a 36-year-old man Wednesday during a traffic stop after recovering a loaded handgun and drugs inside the vehicle.

Keith Gladden had a prior arrest record and was taken into custody for violating his probation by possessing a firearm. The seemingly uneventful arrest drew social media buzz after the Baltimore Police Department posted a photo of the gun on Facebook Thursday night.

Gladden's dated, duct-taped weapon appeared to come from the 1800s.

The gun was mocked mercilessly on Facebook and Twitter and received more than 45,000 comments by Monday morning.

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Most of the thousands of comments called attention to the historic Gettysburgesque look of the confiscated weapon.

“This is the first gun you have access to in Grand Theft Auto: Gettysburg,” one person wrote.

“I was under the impression that John Wilkes Booth was no longer alive,” another added.

The department even responded to some of the comments with quips of their own.

“If it pleases the court, we will ensure we safeguard this firearm and ensure the safety of all in the village of Lord Baltimore,” the police department wrote. “Whilst this young lad possessed this weapon illegally, his punishment shall not include that of public stoning nor shaming. He therefore shall be recommended as a candidate for reenactment just up the road in Gettysburg.”



Photo Credit: Baltimore Police Department
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<![CDATA[Pregnant Woman's Giraffe Cam Spoof Goes Viral]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:14:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pregnant+woman+giraffe+split.jpg

As tens of millions of people across the world wait with baited breath for the birth of April the giraffe's fourth calf, some are taking their fandom to the next level. 

A 39-week pregnant South Carolina woman posted a nearly 8-minute-long video of herself prancing around in a giraffe mask, hands on hips, belly displayed in all its glory, to Facebook late Sunday. More than 13 million people have watched Erin Dietrich's clip since then. 

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Dietrich said she had ordered the mask from Amazon a few days ago and created the now-viral Facebook video once it arrived Sunday. 

"Omg I did not think this many people would get a kick out of this," Dietrich responded to one commenter. "All our friends have been making fun of me and my obsession with April so we just thought, 'Hey we should order a giraffe mask.'" 

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According to Dietrich's Facebook page, she owns her own photography company and lives in Myrtle Beach, though is originally from Middletown, New York. Her own bundle of joy is due March 14. It'll be Dietrich's fourth child.

Meanwhile, the world has been waiting for April to have her fourth for weeks. 

April lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, and the zoo has been live streaming her pen in anticipation of the birth. 

Watch the stream below.

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April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

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Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.

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Photo Credit: NBCNewYork/Erin Dietrich
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<![CDATA[An Omen? Zoo Finds Young Giraffe Imprint in April's Pen]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:15:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/april+through+bars.jpg

STATUS CHECK: April the Pregnant Giraffe 'Not Impressed' by Vet Visit

As tens of millions of fans across the globe await the most-anticipated giraffe birth in recent memory -- or ever -- the upstate New York zoo home to the now-famous April says her adorers may not have to wait much longer. 

"What many are calling an omen of the impending birth; the face and neck of a young giraffe appeared in the bedding this afternoon," the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville wrote in its Facebook update Sunday night. "Pretty neat if you ask us!"

The keepers said there's been a "significant amount of belly movement and tail raising" lately from April but that her appetite is "notably strong" and she is still in good health as the birth approaches. 

Watch the live stream below:

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The giraffe did get a bit spooked by the kicking calf over the weekend, but keepers reported Monday morning she was in better spirits.

"We completely understand her swings!" the zoo wrote in its daily Facebook update. "She is a big girl and getting bigger. Vet report is all positive and happy with progression."

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The mom-to-be has grown significantly, visible in comparative photos from a week ago show. Wax caps are still present, though her back left teat appears to be shedding.

A photo posted to the zoo's facebook page Saturday showed April's rotund belly curving out and downward, a sign that she's nearing the home stretch of her pregnancy, says owner Jordan Patch.

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"She's progressing well in her pregnancy," he said. "She's not in any pain, things are good."

More than 50,000 people tuned in to watch the gentle giant Monday morning as she peered over the dividing fence to catch a glimpse of her mate, Oliver, who paced around his pen. The long-necked lovers were seen interacting over his pen for a few moments.

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April has captivated tens of millions of people across the world who have been checking in on her via the live stream in anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf. Patch says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

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"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention," he said. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth — that's neat."

He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. 

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Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.



Photo Credit: Erica Davies
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<![CDATA[Wicked Cardboard Sleds Hit Slopes at Jack Frost ]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:45:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cardboard+classic+ro2ckin%27+gorilla.jpg Morning radio show Preston & Steve brought back their annual sledding competition this year. The 2017 Cardboard Classic -- hosted at Jack Frost Ski Resort in Pennsylvania -- showcased the most eccentric cardboard sled creations, including a boat, butter container, and beer.

Photo Credit: The Preston & Steve Show on 93.3 WMMR]]>
<![CDATA[Gator in Florida Catches Lunch on the Golf Course]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:15:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+GATORFISH+030317.00_00_14_10.Still001.jpg

A golfer was surprised to see an alligator on the 10th hole of the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity, Fla., but was more surprised what was in the gator’s mouth.

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<![CDATA[Forget the Coin: Pa. Lottery Releases Lazier Lottery Ticket]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:29:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/206*120/Pennsylvania+Lottery+Hot+Number+Fast+Play+Lotto+Ticket.JPG

Playing the lottery will take less effort -- and no coin -- now in the Keystone State.

The Pennsylvania Lottery launched Tuesday its new "Fast Play" game that doesn’t require players to scratch-off the tickets or wait for a drawing. Instead, the ticket is generated and printed on-demand from sales terminals and kiosks. The player can then immediately scan the ticket or examine it to see if it’s a winner.

"Fast Play launch is a milestone in the evolution of the Pennsylvania Lottery," lottery executive director Drew Svitko said.

The game is the first entirely new type of game for the Pa. Lottery since they introduced scratch-offs in the mid1970s, the lottery said.

"This new type of game has been popular in other states and we expect Pennsylvania Lottery players will enjoy it, as well," Svitko said.

Fast Play tickets come in 41, $2 and $5 tickets and prizes can vary. [[221614871, C]]



Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Lottery]]>