<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:21:03 -0400 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:21:03 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Bike-Riding Dog Visits Pet Fair]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 19:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pet+adoption+fair+raw+-+22472723.jpg

The Bay Area Pet Fair in San Rafael, California, got a special visit from a celebrity pet on Friday.

YouTube sensation Norman the Scooter Dog performed a few tricks at the pet fair, which is sponsored by Pet Food Express and runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The French sheep dog rode a bike and a scooter and also showed the crowd his newest skill: jump roping.

Norman traveled all the way from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with his owners to bring publicity to the fair, which is the largest adoption event in California.

A total of $50 is donated to animal rescue funds every time a pet is adopted. For more information, check out the Bay Area Pet Fair's website.

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<![CDATA[PETA Offers Help to Repair Lucy, But There's a Catch]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:30:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_01071003043.jpg

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has offered to help complete major repairs to Lucy the Elephant, one of New Jersey’s historic landmarks, that is in dire need of an overhaul.

But the organization wants something in return: The ability to send a message to the elepant's visitors.

PETA has offered to contribute toward the estimated $58,000 repair bill to fix holes and crumbling wood on the 134-year-old Margate beachside attraction. In return, though, PETA is asking that Lucy be "decorated" with a message about the unfair treatment of elephants in zoos — an allegation that PETA says it's substantiated through extensive investigation.

"PETA's offer is a win-win proposition: Not only would it help repair a unique piece of historical Americana, it'd also help call attention to the plight of elephants trapped in the circus," PETA’s President Ingrid Newkirk said in a news release.

Newkirk wrote a letter to Richard Helfant, Lucy the Elephant CEO and Executive Director, saying “as a beloved icon, Lucy would be an excellent ‘spokes-elephant’ for her ‘friends’ in the circus who face only pain and isolation.”

According to their website, PETA “operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."

<![CDATA[Family Finds Snake in Kitchen]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snake+in+hartford+2+1200.jpg

A Hartford, Connecticut, family had quite the scare on Thursday morning when they found a three-foot long python in their kitchen.

Hartford animal control went to a home on Deerfield Avenue after the Baugh family called police around 9 a.m. to report finding the snake, according to police.

Tory Baugh said he thought his mother was lying when she screamed, 'There's a snake in the house."

Soon, he learned it was no lie. 

"Then I went downstairs, looked at it and I jumped, scared out of my pants," he said.  

While Baugh and his mother were shocked, they were not hurt.

After taking custody of the python, animal control set upon the quest of finding out who she belonged to,

It was not long before the owner went to them after seeing his snake -- Bertha -- on the news. He didn't realize until then that she was missing. 

Bertha's home is on the next street over, Lenox Street, and she is back home now.

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<![CDATA[Man Paints 'Trumpkin']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/candidate+pumpkins.jpg

What started out as a $5 pumpkin from Walmart became a viral Internet sensation after an Illinois man painted Donald Trump's face on the pumpkin and dubbed it "Trumpkin." 

John Kettman, of La Salle, Illinois, has since painted two more pumpkins with candidates' faces — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The three candidates were chosen in part because the excitement they were generating on his Facebook feed.

"This year is very political," Kettman said. "We've got a lot of important topics that are representing different people, too. We've got a surgeon, we've got a billionaire, we've got Hillary Clinton." 

Inspired by his sister, Kettman, who a portrait artist, painted his first pumpkin 22 years ago, he said. He picked up the hobby again about six years ago, and this year he turned political with his gourd art.

Kettman wasn't a complete newcomer to the art form, however. In the past, he dabbled in political cartoons, and he also has a collection of portraits he painted on single grains of rice, including one of Abraham Lincoln and another of Jimmy Fallon.

After the "Trumpkin" went viral, Kettman decided his next candidate portraits would be painted on foam pumpkins instead of real ones, so they'll last longer.

Kettman said he'll likely paint a few more candidates' likenesses on pumpkins, but he hasn't decided on which ones. Ben Carson is a contender, but Kettman said he wants to see what the next poll numbers show.

Photo Credit: John Kettman]]>
<![CDATA[10 Lbs. of Coke, Oxy Pills in Bags]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:01:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Newark+Cocaine+Food+Products+002+copy.jpg

A passenger who landed at Newark Airport from Peru Sunday had food and drinks in his checked bag that turned out to contain cocaine and dozens of Oxycodone pills, officials said. 

Customs and Border Protection officers were inspecting the luggage of the man, a U.S. citizen, when they found a variety of food products, drinks and 88 Oxycodone pills, officials said. 

Officers took the man and his luggage to a private search room for further inspection, and found white powder inside the food. The powder tested positive for cocaine, according to officials.

About 10 pounds of cocaine were seized, along with the pills, for a total estimated street value of $170,000. 

The man, who had flown in from Lima, was turned over to Port Authority police, and faces narcotics smuggling charges, authorities said. 

<![CDATA[Illinois Man Paints 'Trumpkin,' Other Candidates' Faces on Pumpkins]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 17:43:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*211/trumpkin4.JPG An Illinois man painted the faces of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on pumpkins, and the likeness is remarkable.

Photo Credit: John Kettman]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives Crossbow Arrow Through Chest]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:20:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_arrowcat1006.jpg Michigan authorities are searching for a person who used a a crossbow to shoot a cat.]]> <![CDATA['Depraved' Mom Injects Teen Daughter With Heroin: DA]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:26:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/heroin-GettyImages-129230581.jpg

A Pennsylvania mother faces drug and child abuse charges after authorities say she injected her 14-year-old daughter and the girl's 16-year-old friend with heroin.

"Supplying anyone with heroin is a potential death sentence, said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "Injecting children - including your own daughter - with heroin demonstrates depravity that defies belief."

Hogan announced Monday the arrest of Jessica Riffey, of Telegraph Road in the Honey Brook section of West Caln Township, after police went to check on the 34-year-old mother's home on Oct. 1. Riffey's 14-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old boy told township police that on multiple occasions since August Riffey gave them heroin - even occasionally shooting up the children in the past month by tying the draw string of a sweatshirt around the teens' arms to bring out their veins, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Riffey admitted to injecting the teens no more than three times in the presence of her boyfriend, Jameson Burn, said police.

Online court records didn't list a defense lawyer to comment on the charges.

The teens also told investigators that Burn supplied them with heroin that they snorted while in Riffey's bedroom, said the affidavit.

After she was unable to post bail, a magisterial judge sent Riffey to county jail to await a preliminary hearing on Friday on 13 counts including drug possession, corruption of minors and reckless endangerment, court records said.

Burn also faces a slew of drug and child corruption charges, according to court records.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Hairy Situation: Top Photos From World Beard and Mustache Championships]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:50:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mustache-491153524-cropped.jpg The World Beard and Mustache Championships were held Oct. 3, 2015, in Leogang, Austria. More than 300 contestants came in teams from around the globe for the competition, which included sixteen different categories in three groups: mustache, partial beard, and full beard. The event takes place at different locations worldwide every few years.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Little Bulldog Scares Away Bears]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 04:53:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bulldog_Chases_Bears_Away_1200x675_538106435917.jpg

Dogs are loyal pets. This statement rings true for a 20-pound French bulldog from Monrovia, California, when a surveillance video caught the pup chasing away two bears from his owner's property Friday, Monrovia Police said.

In one of the videos posted on YouTube, the bears are seen walking around the back porch of a residence located in the 400 block of Highland Place.

Thirty seconds into the clip, the tiny bulldog charges down the porch steps and starts jumping at one of the bears, causing the two to scatter. 

Defensive, the bear leaps on its hind legs and starts pushing the dog away. The dog then goes after the other bear and starts chasing them off of the porch.

In a second video, one the bears is frantically slipping and sliding on the front porch of the house, bumping into a porch swing, while trying to escape the bulldog's wrath.

Bears and deer are very common in the area according to the city's website. Just last year, a bear and her two cubs were spotted around the neighborhood climbing up trees and drinking from a woman's backyard fountain. 

<![CDATA[SF More Expensive During Gold Rush]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:53:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GoldPanningGeneric_0608.jpg

San Francisco’s tech boom may be the cause of rising rents in the city, but, apparently, it’s nothing compared to the cost of living in California during the Gold Rush.

In 1849, as men flocked to the San Francisco area in hopes of hitting gold, local retailers took advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for commodities, The Smithsonian reports. Back then, a dozen eggs could cost the equivalent of $90 today.

The Smithsonian cites the writings of Bayard Taylor, a reporter who wrote about the Gold Rush for the now-defunct New York Tribune. According to Taylor’s articles, some individual hotel rooms cost upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent of about $300,000 today.

But that’s not all.

Coffee could cost the equivalent of $1,200 per pound while a pair of shoes would run about $3,000.

While researchers have made various estimates for commodity pricing during the Gold Rush – some have priced coffee at around $100 per pound -- most of them agree: it was a very expensive, if not the most expensive time to live in the city.

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<![CDATA[Temple Professor is Also a Rapper]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:02:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Aaron+%28Ben%29+Smith+Temple+Professor+Rapper.jpg

Last month, Aaron Smith noticed his students were in a slump, so the college professor decided to try a few rhymes to wake them up.

A professor of African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Smith rapped to the tune of Big Sean’s “One Man Can Change the World,” but changed the lyrics to express experiences that the students were going through, with a special spin: "Owls Were Meant to Soar."

Owls are the university's mascot. 

Smith, who also goes by "Ben", posted the video on his Facebook page.

“I just wanted them to know that people have been down the same roads as them, and we know it’s not always easy,” Smith told NBC10.

Since he rapped that day in class, Smith said that students have come to his office hours increasingly more to talk about life and their coursework.

“I’m not just another teacher,” Smith said he’s been rapping since he was 18, and had planned to pursue a career in the music industry until he took a class at Temple with Molefi Kete Asante, professor and chair of the African American Studies department, that changed his life forever.

Smith said Asante always had a positive, optimistic message for his students, which inspired Smith to become a teacher and do the same.

“I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do."

Photo Credit: Aaron Smith]]>
<![CDATA[Guests Billed For Not Showing up to Wedding]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:23:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/baker_jessica.jpg

Jessica Baker got a bill for $79.50 after she and her husband had to skip out on a friend's wedding, NBC affiliate KARE reported.

The night of the wedding, Baker got a call from her mom.

"She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can't make it," Baker told KARE.

Since the wedding invitation said no children and Baker was now without a sitter, the couple had to forego the event. 

A week later, Baker was shocked to receive a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have.

"You've got to be kidding me," she told KARE. "It listed, we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge."

The bill reads: "This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated."

Baker said she has no plans on paying the bill. 

Photo Credit: KARE
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<![CDATA[Bees Swarm Sheriff's Patrol Car]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:18:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bees6.jpg

A semi-truck hauling honey bees overturned Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma.

The truck's trailer broke open in the crash, dumping millions of bees and their bee hive boxes onto Interstate 35 in Pauls Valley, about 70 miles north of the Red River.

A sheriff's deputy who was called to the crash was unable to get out of his vehicle because a massive swarm of bees covered part of his patrol car.

Drivers said they were running into bees about a half mile away from the incident.

Beekeepers cleaned the area for hours, salvaging as many bee hives as they could.

Officials said highway crews will burn what's left of the mangled bee hive boxes Tuesday night and use the smoke to drive the remaining bees away.

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<![CDATA[250 Cats Compete in Beauty Contest]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:33:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/AP_400653531234-cats.jpg In Bucharest, Romania, more than 250 cats -- including cats of the Sphynx, Russian Blue and Devon Rex varieties -- competed in the international cat beauty show.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Why You're More Likely to Die Duck-Facing Than Swimming]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:06:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480270988SHARKSELFIE92315.jpg

If you thought selfies were safe, think again.

You’re more likely to die snapping a selfie than in a shark attack, according to an analysis by Mashable.

So far this year, eight people have died as a result of shark attacks, but 12 have died taking selfies.

A plurality of the selfie-related deaths were caused by falls, most recently when 66-year-old Japanese tourist Hideto Ueda fell down stairs as he attempted to photograph himself at the Taj Mahal.

The second most common cause of selfie deaths? Getting hit by a train: either because the deceased was trying to take a photo with a train or because the photo involved getting on dangerous equipment.

Photo Credit: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pumpkins, Squash and Lots of Cocaine]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:25:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pumpkin+Cocaine+Haul+363lbs.jpg

Pumpkins, squash and hundreds of pounds of cocaine.

It's not your average fall cornucopia, but that's what federal authorities say they found in a crop shipment delivered to the Port of Philadelphia last week.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents discovered 363 lbs. of the illicit drug -- $6 million worth — last Thursday uniquely hidden at the bottom of boxes holding the vegetables. The drugs were put into pouches that were laminated and laid flat with the hopes they wouldn't be noticed.

“Approximately two-thirds of the shipment contained the cocaine, in essences it required you to go through all the boxes to verify whether it contained narcotics or not,” Special Agent John Kellegan told NBC10 Wednesday.

Kellegan said the drugs were shipped from Costa Rica. Officials called the seizure one of the largest in the field office's recent history.

“Our last seizure of this magnitude was in 2012 that was approximately 386 lbs. that came through Puerto Rico” said Assistant Port Director Paul Nardella.

No one has been arrested for the illegal shipment and Kellegan made a point to say there's no reason to believe the drugs are connected to Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Philadelphia this weekend.

The investigation is ongoing.

Photo Credit: ICE
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<![CDATA[Harvard Lets Students Rent Picasso Prints]]> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 12:26:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-94953700.jpg

Harvard University students will be given the chance to rent valuable original prints from artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol.

The Student Print Rental Program run by the Harvard Art Museums will allow students in university housing to pay $50 to rent an original print, the registrar at the museum, Jessica Diedalis, said. 

This year, a wide variety of modern and contemporary pieces are available, including Warhol's "Fifth New York Film Festival-Lincoln Center" print and Picasso's "Goat's Skull on the Table."

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Age in Portrait Simulation]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:36:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/presidential-candidates-aged-SPLITSCREEN.jpg

It is said that presidents age faster while serving in the White House. Just look at all that gray hair on President Obama. 

Don't want to wait to see what our next president will look like after a few years in office? You're in luck!

A communications company generated aged renditions of all the 2016 presidential candidates, and predicted what they'd look like if they completed two terms in office, or the year 2025. 

"Knowing how much presidents age, we said 'why don't we do it on major presidential candidates?"  said Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Sachs Media Group, whose company contracted for the aged portraits. "The candidates' willingness to serve in the presidency speaks volumes of their service."

Generated wrinkles on their faces and streaks of gray and white hair indicate the pressure of the Oval Office in 13 portraits of presidential candidates. While politicians are campaigning for the highest office, Sachs Media Group, a Florida based public affairs and communications company produced a gallery of the candidates and commissioned Phojoe to produce the work.

The work includes GOP front runner Donald Trump and nine other Republican candidates. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are included in the gallery. The work also features potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn't declared for president. 

Click here to see possible portraits of all of the candidates. 

This is not the first time SMG has released aged photos of public figures. Two years ago, the company released Rock & Roll Heaven, 12 images of rock stars and what they would have looked like if they had not died in the middle of their careers. The work featured artists like John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin among the musicians.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Sachs Media Group]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Strike = Emergency Landing]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:15:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Plane-With-Damaged-Window-L.jpg

A plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Monday evening after a bird struck its windshield, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 1889, which departed from Charlotte, North Carolina, was heading to Hartford, Connecticut when a bird hit its windshield, causing a crack. Officials say 114 passengers and five crew members were on board.

The Airbus 319 was diverted to Philly International and landed safely around 6:30 p.m. No one was injured during the incident.

The passengers and crew members were transferred to another plane which departed Philly International at 7:38 p.m. The damaged aircraft was taken out of service and officials replaced the windshield.

There have been 42 bird strikes at Philadelphia International this year, according to federal data.

<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Pizza Rat' in NYC Subway]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:22:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/subway+pizza+rat.jpg

Video showing a rat lugging a giant slice of pizza down a staircase at a Manhattan subway stop appears to be resonating with an audience of fascinated New Yorkers as #pizzarat trends on social media.

The 15-second video posted online by comedian Matt Little shows a rat dragging by its teeth a whole slice of pizza down a staircase at the First Avenue L station in Manhattan just after 1 a.m. Monday, according to BuzzFeed News, who interviewed Little. 

The rodent nimbly scurries down a couple steps with the slice, at one point pushing it forward with its paws as the slice flips.

Perhaps spooked by Little, the rat suddenly abandons the pizza just two steps up from the platform and runs away behind the corner of the staircase -- but quickly pokes his head up again to assess the slice.

"A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs," Little captioned his video on YouTube. "OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?," referencing the cartoon ninjas' love of pizza. 

Little said after he stopped filming, the rat went back up, took a quick bite of the pizza, then dashed off again. 

"I like to think he saw us and he wanted to share," he told BuzzFeed News. 


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<![CDATA[Single City Hall Bedbug Will Cost Philly $2,500]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 17:19:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+City+Hall+Bedbug.jpg

The discovery of one bedbug in an office inside Philadelphia City Hall prompted officials to send workers home so exterminators could fumigate — a precaution that cost the city a pretty penny.

The despised pest was found inside the city's 311 call center located on the first floor of the historic municipal building. The call center handles nonemergency questions and requests from citizens and visitors.

Call center employees were asked to leave and an exterminator was called in to investigate what was initially described as an apparent bedbug infestation.

Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, said a dead bug was found Thursday morning and presented to a representative from the Office of Public Property and the exterminator. A search could not locate any additional insects, he told NBC10.

The exterminator still fumigated the office as a precaution, according to McDonald.

There were no reports of the insects in other parts of city hall.

The call center continued to handle 311 requests over social media and email, McDonald said.

Officials reopened the office Friday morning at 8 a.m.

Worries over the spread of bedbugs can cost municipalities big bucks.

The City of Pittsburgh shelled out $12,000 last month to have 140 traps set out in its 911 dispatch center after a single bedbug was found. The extermination traps didn't capture any other pests. City officials said they'd rather pay the money and err on the side of caution than deal with an infestation.

McDonald said Philadelphia's extermination bill will be about $2,500.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA['Hallelujah': Philly Jesus Baptizes Man in Love Park]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:11:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Philly+Jesus+Love+Park+Baptism.JPG

The Christian believer known as "Philly Jesus," who roams Philadelphia dressed in a robe with long hair and carrying a shepherd's cane, baptized a man in the fountain in Love Park on Wednesday night, and says it wasn't his first time performing a baptism.

Michael Grant, a.k.a Philly Jesus, says he dresses up as Jesus in part to attract people to him and discuss the gospel. Spending frequent time in Love Park, Grant met a homeless man there who had “hit rock bottom.”

Grant says the man tried everything and nothing got better, so he wanted to get closer with God. Grant himself has used his faith to overcome a heroin addiction. After a couple weeks of studying gospel together, Grant agreed to baptize the man in the Love Park Fountain, regardless of it being illegal to go in the fountain water.

“He was ecstatic about what was happening, he was filled with inspiration and peace,” Grant said.

An NBC10 camera happened to be in the park at the time and captured the moment on video.

"Hallelujah," proclaimed Grant as he and the man rose from the water. "Praise the Lord," shouted Grant toward the night sky.

Grant says the man feels better now, and is more optimistic about his situation.

Grant says when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia he will be doing what he always does: telling people about God's love.

<![CDATA[Oscar Mayer Debuts Bacon-Lover's Dating App]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:38:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/sizzle-1.jpg

Do you love bacon? Trick question: Everyone loves bacon. 

Oscar Mayer, the company famous for cold cuts, hot dogs and traveling wienermobile, on Thursday debuted a dating app for Bacon Lovers who can meet a partner that shares their preference for fried pork belly. 

It's called 'Sizzl.' And it's totally real, the company says.

"In love, as it is in bacon, it's important to be discerning when selecting your perfect match and to never settle for less than the best," Eric Dahmer, marketing director at Oscar Mayer, said in a statement. "We passionately cure our bacon for 12 hours, and lovingly smoke-house it for another 12, making it the true bacon for bacon lovers. With the launch of Sizzl, we're thrilled to give our true bacon lovers the chance to find each other and potentially meet their soulmates, in life and in bacon." 

The Sizzl app allows users to upload a photo and set their personal bacon preference (do you like it crispy?). It's free to download for iOS devices and offers some features, including, profiles of fellow bacon lovers that users can swipe through, as well as the ability to message and meet up with other Sizzl users based on a mutual-matching system. 

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<![CDATA['Remember Me?' Mom's Video to Son Goes Viral]]> Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:21:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/delco+mom+facebook+post+to+son+in+college+viral+ann+pinto+mccarney.jpg

Liam McCarney may have started college last month a couple hours away from his parents' Delaware County home in Pennsylvania – but the 18-year-old freshman can't avoid his mom, thanks to social media.

In a video that's now going viral, Ann Pinto McCarney, a Delco native, took to Facebook on Wednesday to poke fun at her son for not calling her in the three weeks he's been away at college.

In the five-minute video, which had more than 93,000 views by Thursday afternoon, McCarney starts off grinning and waves into the camera, saying, "Do you remember me? I'm your mommy. I gave birth to you.

"Well, actually, I didn't quite give birth," McCarney, 46, continues. "I had to have a C-section to get you out. Big scar and hurt like hell. But that's OK. Do you remember that was me that gave you life?"

Later in the video, McCarney jokingly explains to Liam how to use a phone.

"I need to give you the benefit of the doubt," she teases. "Maybe you haven't forgotten me. Maybe you've forgotten how to use a phone."

McCarney, who teaches theater and recently opened Limelight Performing Arts Center in West Chester, said posting funny videos to social media is something she's done often — including when she was taking Liam, the second oldest of her four children, to look at colleges.

"I did a lot of videos with my son when we were on a college road trip, and they were pretty funny, because he wanted no parts of the videos," McCarney said with a laugh. "As soon as I gave birth and got stretch marks, I figured I had a right to torture him as much as I want."

McCarney said her son, a graduate of Salesianum School in Wilmington, is a good sport, though. He finally gave her a call on Thursday, the day after she posted the video.

"I had to schedule time with my busy boy. He's a freshman," the mom said.

McCarney said she was a "hot mess" when her two oldest kids, Liam and his older sister, left for college, and she thinks her video to Liam is getting attention because it resonates with other parents.

"He's not the exception to the rule. He's the norm," the mom said. "He's really not doing anything that 50,000 other college kids aren't doing.

"Sending your child off to college is so bittersweet to begin with. There's a combination of your heart is soaring and swelling with pride and yet it's breaking at the same time," she added. "So when you let them go like that, you don't want to feel like you've been completely erased from their life. I think it struck a chord."

Plus, she just enjoys joking and making people laugh, she said. She and her husband hadn't really been worried about their son, she said, joking that when they would text him to see how he was doing, they gathered from his "one-word answers" the he was doing well at school.

"I'm truly hoping that in college, they teach him to complete a sentence," McCarney said, laughing.

She did admit that before her video, Liam did call his dad once in the three weeks since he went away to college—to ask him to mail his Game Boy games.

Photo Credit: Ann Pinto McCarney
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<![CDATA[Philly Priest Builds Elaborate Lego Replica of Vatican]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:40:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PriestLegos.jpg A model of the Vatican built entirely out of Legos is now on display at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia's science museum. It took the Rev. Bob Simon 10 months and half-a-million Legos to create the architectural feat.]]>