<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:15:19 -0400Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:15:19 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['I'm Riding It!': Fla. Man Arrested for Allegedly 'Molesting' a Manatee]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:12:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/james+massengale+mug.jpg

A man was arrested after he tried to take a ride on the back of a manatee in the Florida Keys.

James Massengale Jr., 47, was charged with annoying, molesting, harassing, or disturbing a manatee after a witness at a park near Islamorada reported a man "touching and laying" on top of manatees in a creek off Library Beach, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman, Officer Bobby Dube, said in a news release. 

Dube said a witness told Massengale it was illegal to touch the mammals, but the man reportedly replied “I’m riding it.”

Massengale allegedly became verbally combative with FWC officials and vowed to not appear in court when issued a citation. He then began to chant “Take me to jail.”

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Massengale. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Officials believe he may be homeless because he didn't have any identification at the time of his arrest. Attorney information for Massengale was not listed.

Photo Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[American Airlines Flight Diverted After Passenger Bangs on Cockpit Door]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jerry-nguyen-aa.jpg

A passenger on an American Airlines flight has been charged with making a terroristic threat, causing the flight to divert Thursday morning, officials say.

Jerry Nguyen, 24, is jailed in Lubbock County, Texas, after he allegedly began banging on the cockpit door on Flight 2542 from Ontario, California, to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Another passenger on the plane told NBC 5 the man was acting strange and suddenly got out of his seat, went to the cockpit and began yelling. Flight attendants tried to calm the man, but then several nearby passengers forced the man to the ground and held him.

The Boeing 737 landed in Lubbock at 5:17 a.m. Passengers said police escorted the man off the plane.

Airline officials said the remaining 142 passengers and one infant departed on a flight from Lubbock about an hour later. The flight arrived at D/FW Airport at 7:12 a.m.

Nguyen, of San Jose, California, did not have an attorney listed with his booking information Thursday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Band's Instruments Made of Trash]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:45:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/garbangeband-092016.PNG

One man's trash is another man's trombone. 

An internationally-renowned orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, that has played with the likes of Metallica brought the sweet sound of music to East Los Angeles using instruments entirely made of garbage.

The "Landfill Orchestra" featured in a documentary of the same name straight from a slum in Paraguay are bringing the message to LA that you can achieve great things even when you start with nothing.

"Who would have ever thought you could make music from recycled items?" said LAUSD music student Kaelee Aguilar.

LAUSD students, many members of their school's music programs, filled Torres High School in East LA to hear a once-in-a-lifetime performance from the unique youth orchestra.

The band used oil cans, pots, and old utensils collected from the Cateura landfill to make the instruments. Three million pounds of solid waste are dumped each day at the landfill.

Cynthia Serbin in the orchestra says she has always loved music.

"My instrument is made out of pan, to cook bread," she said.

She plays a violin with a front made out of an old paint can. The back, a baking pan. Wood from pallets form the rest with a fork stabilizing where the strings end.

It is, to say the least, inspirational.

The thought of rebirthing the trash into musical treasure caught the attention documentary filmmakers.

"I love the topic of 'Landfill Harmonic' because it was discovering magic in the most unexpected place, which is a landfill, Julian Penaranda-Loftus, the producer and co-director of the documentary said. "This is the reason a lot of people want to play the violin. This is the reason music should stay alive."

It is the reason a student from South America can form a bond with a student from East LA, and without speaking a single word, they understand each other perfectly as they play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" together.

The documentary "Landfill Harmonic" premieres Friday at the Laemmle Theatre in Santa Monica.

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<![CDATA[What Turned the Schuylkill River Green? ]]> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:23:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Green-Schuylkill-River.jpg

Eagles fans aren’t the only ones bleeding green in Philadelphia. SkyForce10 captured a green blanket covering part of the Schuylkill River Wednesday. The peculiar shade had some wondering what was in the water.

It turns out that duckweed, a plant that grows in slow flowing areas of the river, was the cause. Recent rain in the area caused the plant to break up and flow downstream. The plant was spotted in the Schuylkill River last month as well.

Duckweed is harmless and is actually a source of food for many animals along the Schuylkill. The Philadelphia Water Department said the green color will disappear from the river once temperatures cool down in our area.

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<![CDATA[Sword Stolen From Joan of Arc Statue in DC Park]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:26:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/092116+joan+of+arc+statue+no+sword.jpg

Who stole the sword?

The sword Joan of Arc wields in a statue in Northwest Washington's Meridian Hill Park has vanished and the National Park Service says it was stolen.

The French heroine clutched only her weapon's handle in her right hand Wednesday afternoon, as Borderstan.com was first to report. The bronze sword appeared to have been broken off.

U.S. Park Police are investigating the theft. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton questioned whether NPS could have prevented it.

"The Park Service should be able to give Joan of Arc her sword back and place it so securely that kids couldn't get it out," she said.

This is at least the second time the French heroine's sword has vanished. It was stolen in 1978 and was not replaced until 2011, the history website Ghosts of DC says.

The sculpture was a gift from Le Lyceum Societie des Femmes de France, a society of French women, to the women of the United States, according to the Smithsonian Institution. It was dedicated in 1922 and was designed as a replica of a statue in front of Rheims Cathedral in France.

One parkgoer was frustrated to see that the sword was missing.

"People don't have any respect for others. That's for everybody, not for an individual," he said. "Such a beautiful landmark too."

"So sad. Stealing part of history," another man said.

News4's Pat Collins asked, "What kind of person would take Joan of Arc's sword?"

"My best guess? Some college students drunk, on a college pledge task," one man responded.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Time to Move? Snake Invades Apartment for 4th Time]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:17:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/englewood+snake.png

A woman found a 3-foot python in her apartment Monday night on Chicago’s South Side. 

Police were called to the Englewood neighborhood home in the 6500 block of South Normal just after 10 p.m. after the woman said she found the massive python in her bathroom. 

It is the fourth time a snake has invaded her apartment, police said. Residents say an old neighbor in the building used to breed the animals, and some believe some may have been left behind. 

This time the python was discovered wrapped around the shower curtain, the woman said. 

Chicago Animal Care and Control were dispatched to the apartment and were able to capture the snake, which was reported to be harmless, police said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 / Chicago Police]]>
<![CDATA[Pizza Vending Machines May Be Coming Soon]]> Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_pizzavending0920_1920x1080.jpg Piping hot pizza could soon be headed to a vending machine near you. Pizza Touch is testing three pizza vending machines at Florida gas stations, two in Orlando and one in Lakeland.

Photo Credit: WFLA]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Drives Into Oncoming Traffic to Avoid Drive to NJ ]]> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 07:28:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/53181293-lincoln-tunnel-wrong-way-driver.jpg

A Tennessee woman injured a Port Authority police officer when she drove into oncoming traffic to avoid going through the Lincoln Tunnel into New Jersey Sunday night, police said.

Amber Johnson, 30, of Clarksville, was driving in Manhattan traffic toward the Lincoln Tunnel when she apparently told Port Authority police officers she did not want to continue westbound to New Jersey.  

Police told Johnson to continue through the tunnel, but she ignored them and reportedly turned into oncoming traffic. 

She hit one Port Authority police officer as she drove against traffic. The officer was treated for a wrist injury at a hospital, Port Authority police said. 

Johnson continued driving against traffic across an underpass at 39th Street and 40th Street, and ran a red light before being stopped near Times Square, police said.

Johnson was arrested and charged with assault, unlawfaul fleeing and other traffic violations.

Attorney information for her was not immediately available.  

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File / Port Authority Police]]>
<![CDATA[Three Shark Bites in Three Hours at Florida Beach]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:50:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4543457522.jpg

Three people suffered shark bites in less than three hours Sunday in the same area of New Smyrna Beach in Florida, authorities said.

A 43-year-old man from Longwood, Flordia, was bitten on the lower leg area or ankle while surfing about 10:40 a.m., 30 minutes after a 36-year-old Miami man was bitten on both hands, according to Senior Capt. Tamra Marris of the Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue agency. 

About two hours later, a 16-year-old boy from New Smyrna was bitten while surfing, suffering a minor laceration to his inner thigh. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Humpback Whale Likely Died from 'Human Interaction']]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:44:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dead-Humpback-Whale.jpg

A young male humpback whale that washed ashore in Sea Isle, New Jersey Friday afternoon likely died from human interaction, according to officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

A necropsy completed Saturday showed that the approximately 33-foot-whale was entangled in a commercial fishing line due to the scarring on its body. Bob Scholekopf, the founding director of the MMSC, said the whale had a small amount of food in its stomach and likely wasn’t eating much because of its injury.

Officials say the 20-ton whale was extremely emaciated which they believe led to its death. While the whale was also hit by a ship, Scholekopf believes that happened after the whale had already died. He also believes the whale had been in the water for several days before it washed ashore near 20th Street in Sea Isle.

The whale was buried Saturday after the necropsy.

<![CDATA[Dead Whale Discovered on Sea Isle Beach]]> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:46:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER+SEA+ISLE+WHALE+-+15591222_20858528.jpg

A dead young humpback whale was discovered washed up on the 20th Street beach in Sea Isle, Cape May County Friday afternoon.

Officials with the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) said the whale had no apparent injuries, but that the whale looked somewhat emaciated.

Bob Schoelkopf, Founding Director of the MMSC, says the whale is approximately 33 feet long, weighing about 20 tons and has likely been dead for several days.

Crowds came to see the whale's body late into the night Friday. Officials said it would remain on the beach as it's final resting place.

Saturday morning, officials would perform a necropsy and take samples from the whale to determine how it died, then bury it right in the sand.

Photo Credit: SkyForce10]]>
<![CDATA[Manatees Displaced in Florida Golf Course by Hurricane Hermine Rescued]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/091516+manatee+rescue+citrus+county.jpg

A group of manatees displaced by Hurricane Hermine are heading home.

It's been nearly two weeks since the six manatees were left stranded in a pond at a golf course in Citrus County on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The four adults and two calves were swept in to the pond by flood waters that receded too quickly.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission workers and volunteers showed up Thursday to help move the manatees back into the Gulf, but it was no easy feat. FWC said one of the manatees was one of the largest they've ever seen, weighing in at more than 1,400 pounds.

Each manatee underwent a health assessment before being returned to the water.

Photo Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]]>
<![CDATA['Bikini Walk of Shame' ]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:07:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-457909326_master.jpg

Some fantasy football leagues have toilet -- or consolation -- bowls to keep losers engaged when it's clear their teams are no longer in contention. In New Jersey, one group goes a step further. 

For the last two years, the loser of a league comprised mostly of pizzeria owners in Ocean County has had to walk down a highway wearing just a pair of bright pink bikini bottoms and holding a sign that reads "I suck at Fantasy Football."

Angelo Boemio, 42, made the bikini walk of shame this Labor Day, trotting along Route 9 in Toms River for 10 minutes as drivers beeped and paused to take photos, he told The New York Post

"One lady with four kids in her minivan drove back and forth five times while her kids laughed in the back," Boemio told the paper. 

He said residents called local police to report a disturbance. 

“People were calling to say there’s some weirdo in a bikini walking down Route 9, but the officers knew it was a product of fantasy loss, so they let us have our walk of shame,” Boemio told the Post. 

The league holds its draft on Labor Day, so whoever finishes last the prior year has all those months between the end of the season and September to build up dread -- or get into shape, as the loser before Boemio did. 

“Now the league is no longer about winning," Boemio said. "It’s just about not coming in last place. No one wants to be mortified.”

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<![CDATA['Shoot Him!' Pastor's Wife Shoots Robber Who Attacks Husband]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:14:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Pastor+Robert+Cook+Pratt+Street+Robbery.jpg

Police say a Northeast Philadelphia pastor's wife shot an armed man who attacked her husband and tried to rob her family outside their home late Thursday night.

Pastor Robert Cook, his 38-year-old wife and their 12-year-old son were returning home just before 11 p.m. when a man armed with what appeared to be a rifle approached them near their front porch. Cook, a pastor at St. James Lutheran Church, and his family live next door to the church at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.

When the man demanded the pastor's wallet, Cook said he didn't have any money, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. The pastor said he tried to wrestle the gun away from the robber who in turn fought back.

"He hit me really hard in the back of the head with the gun – swung it like a baseball bat – and then everything was like lighting for a minute," said Cook. "I heard my wife saying, 'drop the gun! drop the gun!' I was like 'she's got her gun.' He turned towards her and I said, 'Shoot him!,' Shoot him!' and she shot him."

"I needed to do enough to make him drop the gun or make him go away," said the pastor's wife who asked not to be identified.

The 66-year-old suspect was struck in the leg before fleeing down Pratt Street – dropping his Eagles cap – as Cook chased him. The suspect tossed his firearm under a car and jumped onto the driver side running boards of a passing SUV and escaped, Small said.

Shortly after, a man fitting the suspects description hobbled into Aria Health Torresdale hospital with a gunshot wound. Hospital officials notified police, who then brought the Cook family to the hospital where they positively identified the suspect, Small said.

Cook told reporters early Friday he didn't hand over his wallet initially because "in some cases the armed person will shoot the victims anyways."

Luckily, none of the Cooks required medical treatment, said police.

Cook and his wife both have permits to carry a firearm. Small said the shooting appeared "justifiable."

"When we got our guns we're like, 'we got 'em but we hope we never have to use them,'" said Cook. "But... if it comes down to my family or him, it's him, I'm sorry."

Cook, armed with his gun as he spoke to reporters, said he planned to buy his wife a new gun – an early birthday gift – since her gun was taken into evidence by police.

The shooting is under investigation. Police have not said what charges the suspect, who has not been identified, will face. It turns out his "gun" was actually a black Ramset nail gun with black electrical tape covering the orange handle so it would look like a real gun, said police.

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<![CDATA[Cat Burglar Busted]]> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:21:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cat-burglar-147394268667600001.jpg Neighbors living in one Kennewick, Washington neighborhood have seen a rise in burglaries, but the culprit has been found. ]]> <![CDATA[Man Faces Charges for Being Married to 2 Women: Officials]]> Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:47:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-511843895.jpg

An Allentown man was arrested after allegedly marrying a second woman while still being married to his first wife. 

Arturo Roberto Reid, 65, of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York, is charged with bigamy.

On June 13, 2016, Reid’s first wife, who resides in Brooklyn, called the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office and reported her husband had married another woman in Lehigh County, according to investigators. Reid’s first wife found a receipt, dated in February, 2015, from the Lehigh County Marriage License Bureau which showed Reid was listed as “Payor” on the application to marry the Lehigh County woman, officials said.

The report prompted an investigation from a Lehigh County detective. The detective interviewed Reid’s first wife as well as court officials in Lehigh County and Kings County, New York. The detective determined Reid and the Lehigh County woman had applied for an application to marry and received a certificate for a marriage performed by a magisterial district judge on March 13, 2015 in Lehigh County. The detective also determined Reid and his first wife were married in New York in November 26, 2004 and have not been divorced. 

Reid was arraigned Wednesday. His bail was set at $2500 unsecured. He was released on his own recognizance.

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<![CDATA[Vape Battery Explodes in Mom's Bag]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 09:53:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lithium+ion+battery+explodes+crop.jpg

An e-cigarette explosion at a New Jersey mall left a woman's Louis Vuitton bag smoking, startling a worker and another shopper on the anniversary of September 11.

Surveillance video captured the surprised reaction from everyone in the Sunglass Hut store at the Freehold Raceway Mall as a lithium battery exploded in Mara McInerney’s handbag. Thick, black smoke could be seen pouring out of the high-end purse.

“Terrifying, scary. It sounded like a gunshot. It sounded like a bomb went off,” McInerney said. “It was 9/11. I thought someone had put something in my bag.”

McInerney says she immediately dumped the contents onto the floor. It was then that she discovered her melted personal vaporizer and what was left of the charred battery. Heat from the blast melted holes in her Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM tote, which McInerney says she purchased last November for almost $1,900.

Lithium batteries power a great number of things because they pack a lot of energy into a little package. They are also delicate — a crack, a fray or a defect has the possibility of leading to an explosion like the one that rattled McInerney.

There have been at least two dozen incidents of explosions and fires in personal vaporizers and e-cigarettes between 2009 and 2014. A Long Island man says he was burned when an e-cigarette ignited in his pocket earlier this year. A Queens woman says she was also burned when an e-cigarette exploded. 

McInerney says there was no warning. She always stores her vaporizer safely in the pocket of her handbag. She’s just glad her 4-year-old daughter had not been reaching into her purse for a piece of candy at the time her bag blew up.

“It could have exploded in her face,” McInerney said.

No one was reported injured in the eruption.

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<![CDATA[Philly Jesus Guilty of Trespass: 'I Forgive Them']]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:40:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Jesus.jpg

Philly Jesus is preaching a message of forgiveness after being found guilty of trespassing stemming from his arrest at a Center City Apple Store earlier this year.

"The son of man will triumph over these bogus charges," said Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus, ahead of Wednesday morning's trial.

Despite being found guilty of misdemeanor defiant trespass later Wednesday and being sentenced to three months probation -- the first month having to report to a probation officer -- and being told to pay around $600 in court fees, Grant maintained his innocence.

"I will appeal," Grant told NBC10. "I am innocent."

Grant, 30, spent 12 hours behind bars after his May 2 arrest inside the store at 1607 Walnut St. He claims he was lawfully in the store charging his phone since he is an Apple customer. Investigators allege that Grant refused to leave despite being asked three times because a cross he had with him was blocking an aisle. Grant claims the employee that asked him to leave was offended by his appearance and garb.

Grant in full Jesus garb appeared in court with Philadelphia-based criminal defense attorney Brian Zeiger to fight defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct charges. He was found not guilty of disorderly conduct after the trial that lasted a couple hours.

An Apple store manager testified during the bench trial. Grant has been back in the store since his arrest.

"I'm an Apple customer with an iPhone, on a family plan -- Father, Son & Holy Spirit," said Grant. "Bless up! May the lord have mercy."

In May, Grant rejected participation in an accelerated misdemeanor program that would have settled the case since he maintains his innocence.

Despite being put on probation, Grant preached forgiveness as he returned to the streets of Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.

"I was found guilty of trespassing but I forgive them for trespassing against me," said Grant. "For they know not what they do."

Grant is a recovering heroin addict who is popular among tourists and Center City regulars who donned the Philly Jesus persona about two years during his recovery. He spends most days in the Center City area of Love Park and Dilworth Plaza giving blessings, the occasional fountain baptism and taking photos with tourists.

When reached for comment back in May, Apple referred to Philly Police for comment.

Photo Credit: Jen A. Miller]]>
<![CDATA[Police Re-Cuff Man 5 Minutes Later]]> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:54:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Handcuffs-generic-custody.jpg

A New Jersey man found himself in cuffs just five minutes after being released by cops over the weekend.

The 38-year-old Paterson man had been arrested on Monday afternoon after police got a call about a man trying to throw a brick through the window of a parked car outside a shopping center in Wayne.

When they got on scene, police said they found the man -- who had been previously banned from the shopping center's property -- holding a pocketbook stolen from the vehicle along with two bags of heroin.

They arrested the man on burglary and drug charges and took him to the police department for processing. 

He was released from custody a short time later, and Wayne police said two detectives watched him walk to Wayne Valley High School. Once there, authorities alleged the man rolled down the window of a Jeep in a parking lot before stealing three pieces of Under Armour-branded clothing. 

Authorities said the two detectives confronted the man as he tried to walk away, and he was again cuffed on burglary charges.

Authorities said only 5 minutes passed from the time the man left police custody to his second arrest.

He was booked on $500 bail and was being held at the Passaic County Jail. 

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<![CDATA[Polar Bears Trap Meteorologists in Russia]]> Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:45:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-82275695.jpg

Polar bears may not look frightening from far away, but for five Russian meteorologists, they have become quite terrifying. 

For almost two weeks, five meteorologists stationed on one of the Izvestiy TSIK islands, located 2,800 miles from the country’s capital, have been stranded inside their weather station due to the presence of the bears. 

Polar bears are normal in the area, though their population has more than doubled in 2016, NBC News reported. 

The meteorologists themselves aren’t in danger, but some of their work has been halted because it's been too dangerous to leave the station. 

The weather bureau in Arkhangelsk has said it will send a ship with supplies such as flares and small explosives to the station in an attempt to scare the polar bears off. 

The bears are an endangered species. In Russia, shooting polar bears is a crime, unless done in self-defense.

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<![CDATA[Oxford English Dictionary Adds 'YOLO,' 'Moobs']]> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 10:35:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_100829021946.jpg

The latest revision of the Oxford English Dictionary consists of 1,000 updates, including words like yolo, splendiferous and moobs.

Splendiferous, meaning full of or abounding in splendor, joins YOLO, an acronym for "you only live once," and moobs, unusually prominent breasts on a man, as new entries to the 150-year-old dictionary's collection of 600,000 words.

The Oxford English Dictionary is updated every three months, and September's revamp marks the centenary of the birth of children's book author Roald Dahl.

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<![CDATA[Bear Shows Up in Sheriff's Office]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:21:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000018876451_1200x675_761388099764.jpg This law-man walked into work and found a bear going through the trash but he didn't run; instead he started scolding the intruder like a child. Apparently, at the Placer County Sheriff's office in Lake Tahoe, California, it's a common occurrence.]]> <![CDATA[47 Birds Mysteriously Fall From Sky in Boston Neighborhood]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:07:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Dead+Bird+Dorchester+090816.jpg

Health officials are investigating after 47 birds fell from the sky in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood on Thursday.

Rescuers were able to save 35 of the birds, but 12 have died. Investigators are working to determine the cause, and whether the deaths of two cats in the neighborhood could be related. A third cat was also affected.

"When I arrived, birds would fly, like from a house to a tree, they would flop in the tree and they would fall to the ground," said Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League of Boston. "The weaker ones were just falling right out the sky."

All the birds were grackles, black songbirds that typically travel in large flocks. They were found thrashing around on Bakersfield Street and the sidewalks nearby around 2 p.m.

"They couldn't get up," said resident Linda Veale.

"We don't know what is going on," said John Meaney of the city of Boston's Inspectional Services. "So we are investigating all avenues."

City officials are looking at everything from a virus, to environmental poisoning, to something intentional. They're also studying the many feeders neighborhood residents have outside.

"They could have put something out that was unintentional," said Meaney. "Something that didn't get along with this species of bird because we have two species here, and the other species did not die or get harmed."

Willien Pugh's outdoor cat named Sally suddenly died Thursday morning, as well.

"It's unbelievable," said Pugh. "Something is happening, but I don't know, but I'm without a cat."

Investigators are trying to figure out if Sally's death is connected, and they are wondering if more pets could be tied in.

"Now we have three domestic pets involved and 47 birds, so it's a concern until we figure out you what happened," Borgal said.

The two dead cats and all of the birds will be tested.

Investigators do not believe there is any danger to humans, but they say pet owners should be extra cautious as to what their pets are putting in their mouths when they're outside.

The birds that died are being sent to Tufts University to be tested to see what may have caused them to fall ill. Test results are expected to be made available early next week.

City inspectors were backed at the scene on Friday morning looking for any more dead birds, but they didn't find yet. There is still no cause, but poisoning is being eyed as a serious possibility.

Photo Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Clowns Continue to Creep Around the Carolinas]]> Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:47:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Screen-Shot-2016-09-08-at-5.38.21-PM.jpg

Recent mysterious sightings of creepy clowns in the Carolinas have triggered fears among local residents - and drawn attention across the country.

This week, North Carolina had a wave of reported clown sightings, in areas near Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

On Tuesday, as reported on TODAY.com, a woman called police to report a clown lurking in the woods behind her apartment complex in Greensboro. As she was reporting the incident, her husband, Chris Bass, chased the red-haired man, said to have been dressed in blue Aladdin pants, a polka-dot shirt, clown shoes and a white mask or white face paint, into the woods with a machete. The clown escaped.

Police are still investigating the reported incidents, though the Cleveland County Sheriff’s office also warned residents not to call in false clown reports. They posted a message on their Facebook page:

In South Carolina, police in Lexington also received reports this week, including multiple sightings in which two individuals, one dressed as a clown and the other as a bear, reportedly tried to convince children to get into their vehicle. Multiple children between 8 and 11 said that a clown asked them to get into his car. At least one child reported seeing a man in a bear suit. Parents who live in the area are concerned, and police say they're taking the reports seriously.

Police in Greenville, S.C., received numerous reports of clowns lurking near wooded areas near schools and behind apartment complexes. A 12-year-old reported seeing two clowns behind a residential complex taking photos of children, according to local media reports.

Theories that this is part of a viral marketing scheme have been bounced around online, and so far, none of the alleged clowns has been caught committing an actual crime. City and county police departments have warned parents to keep an eye on their children and to make sure children do not play in wooded areas alone at night.

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