<![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-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:13:00 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:13:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Turns Dog Into Lion to Protect Property]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:11:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/234*120/lion+dog.JPG A woman in Oregon bought a red wig for her giant English mastiff to make him look like a lion so he could protect her property.

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<![CDATA[Meth Dog Works at Rehab Center]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:57:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/meth-dog--rehab-082516.PNG

A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, who was once hospitalized and put through rehab after vets found meth in his system, now serves as a comforting pup to patients recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, his owner said Thursday.

Jack Sparrow made headlines in July after his owner brought him into the Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland. Veterinarians said the dog was acting erratically, suffering from seizures and convulsions.

They tested him, and found methamphetamine in his system.

Jack's owner, 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, told the veterinarians the dog may have eaten meth, according to Fontana police.

When the test results came back positive, Sais took off with Jack.

Police arrested Jack Sparrow's owner, and he was taken to doggie rehab.

After Jack Sparrow's detox, a woman who works at an alcohol and drug treatment center adopted Jack.

The patients benefiting from his company renamed him Micah, which means "new beginnings."

"I think they had an instant bond with him. When he first came in and they heard his story, many of them could relate to him. They seemed to have that instant connection with him, wanted to bond with him and wanted to show him love," said Erin Hill, the pup's new owner.

NBC4's Tony Shin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Rap Video to Welcome 4th Graders]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:46:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/reed0823.png

A suburban Chicago student-teacher’s passion for music and his classroom has garnered internet acclaim and offers of school supplies after a rap video he made was posted to social media.

Dwayne Reed, 25, a first-year student teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, posted a rap video titled “Welcome to The Fourth Grade” on YouTube over the weekend. He said he chose a more creative and engaging way to introduce himself than a boring old newsletter so many students have grown accustomed to.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed said.

Reed, originally from the East Garfield Park neighborhood but now living in Skokie, said the idea came to him when a filmmaker friend, Ty Gotham, said he wanted to make a music video.

“I think I’m somewhat gifted at music,” Reed said. “It’s simply a way for me to try to connect with my students.”

Sue O’Neil, principal at Jane Stenson, says she’s happy to be working with Reed.

“I think he’s gonna bring a lot of creativity and I just think the kids are gonna relate to him really well,” she said.

Reed said the video was shot Saturday, edited just after midnight Sunday morning and posted to YouTube.

Users on the social media site Reddit were quick to share the video, encouraging Reed with praise and offering to donate school supplies to his class.

“That would be so amazing,” he said. “I would love for them to donate supplies to my kids. A lot of the students here are low income."

Reed says basic supplies like notepads, pens and folders, to winter clothes and shoes would all be helpful donations. 

He plans to use his passion for music to help kids come up with their own songs to help them study.

“Regardless of how cheesy it is, if it helps them remember something, if it helps them excel on the test, or in life, I’m fine with it, I’m backing it,” he said. “You can’t disconnect music from true life, so if we want our students to live excellent lives, we gotta have music involved in that.”

Reed said his enthusiasm and positivity are heavily tied to his faith and he doesn’t agree with some of the more negative comments that plague posts like his on social media—specifically those that say he will lose his enthusiasm as time goes on.

“My joy, my enthusiasm, my passion isn’t necessarily tied or weighed down by teaching,” he said. “I have that joy, that enthusiasm for every aspect in my life.”

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<![CDATA[Cops Stumble Upon Gator in Tub ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:57:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gator+in+tub.jpg

Police responding to a call about a burglary at a Staten Island home encountered an unusual suspect — a three-foot-long alligator, and it was in the bathtub. 

The reptile was hanging out in the empty tub when police responding to the anonymous call arrived at the abandoned Mariners Harbor home.

Animal care workers took the gator for evaluation. They're also looking into how the gator got into the tub.

The NYPD tweeted responding officers were "surprised" by the reptile, but no one was injured. The department tweeted photos of cops smiling next to the crate.

No arrests have been made.

Photo Credit: @NYPDPaws
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<![CDATA[6-Ton Potato Spotted on NY's Hudson River]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:10:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/potato+hudson.jpg

If you happened to see a giant potato being hauled on a barge on the Hudson River Wednesday, your eyes were not deceiving you. 

The 6-ton spud, resting atop a tractor-trailer on a barge pulled by a tugboat, has been making cross-country trips since 2012, when the Idaho Potato Commission strutted it out nationwide to celebrate its 75th anniversary. 

The tater's national tour was such a hit the commission opted to make it an annual event. The potato is the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized Idaho potatoes and is 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown. 

It travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato, and its mission is to help small charities in town and cities with its Big Helping Program, according to the Idaho Potato Commission's website. 

Other fun facts: the massive tater would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes and more than 1.5 million average-sized french fries. 

Idaho couple Chris Schofield and Sharolyn Spruce, who have toiled on hundreds of big custom projects and designs, built the enormous tater with help from several contractors, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. The duo said the monstrous spud, made of steel, plywood, foams and concrete, was the first "vegetable" they'd ever built. 

The next stop on its grand tour is Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, Aug. 26 before a trip to West Point and then to Plymouth, Indiana, for the 50th annual Blueberry Fest.

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<![CDATA[Toddler Pot Video Leads to Arrests]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:07:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_pottoddler0823_1920x1080.jpg Idaho authorities arrested two women after video showing them blowing marijuana smoke into a toddler's face surfaced on Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Man Trying to Impress Woman Winds up Stuck Between Buildings]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:47:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puittsburgh+stuck+Between+Buildings.jpg

Emergency crews rescued a man who became trapped between two buildings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reportedly after trying to jump from one rooftop to another to impress a woman he had just met.

The man, whose name wasn't immediately released, was freed about 6 a.m. Tuesday. He'd been trapped about four hours after falling awkwardly into the narrow, debris-filled space between the buildings. Police say the man reported an ankle injury; he was bleeding, but waved to TV news cameras as he was wheeled on a gurney to an ambulance.

At one point, crews broke a hole through a Qdoba restaurant in an unsuccessful effort to reach him. A medic was eventually lowered on a rope to reach the man.

Authorities say the man and woman reached the roof by climbing a fire escape.

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<![CDATA[Koko the Gorilla Jams With Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:49:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/210*120/2016-08-23_8-46-00.jpg

Most people know by now that 45-year-old Koko the gorilla, born at the San Francisco Zoo, knows sign language.

But who knew she could play bass guitar?

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea did. The Australian-born rocker, who apparently is one of the gorilla’s favorites, got to hear Koko strum - or rather, try to strum - at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. The foundation posted a short video of their jam session, adding: "Koko rocks a flea bass like it ain't nuthin."

The Aug. 19 post, also on the Chili Peppers Facebook page, has had more than 11 million views so far.

Flea appeared to be starstruck by Koko’s rudimentary bass playing.

“This is the greatest thing that ever happened,” Flea said. “I will never forget.”

The Gorilla Foundation's development director Jane Narich told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday that it was really great having Flea come to the foundation — the rocker emailed that he wanted to play with Koko about six months ago, and his wish was granted.

Narich added that Koko has had a long line of famous visitors meet with her over the years including Mister Rogers, Betty White and Robin Williams.

Koko is probably the world's most famous gorilla, all because she learned American Sign Language in the 1970s with Dr. Penny Patterson.

Narich is quite enjoying all the buzz. She's hoping the jam session will bring awareness to her foundation, which she would like to upgrade for the other gorillas living there.

Donations to support the Gorilla Foundation can be made at Koko.org.

Photo Credit: The Gorilla Foundation
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<![CDATA[Canada Escorts 1,500 Illegal Rafters Back to US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:12:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP928265253774_opt.jpg

Canadian authorities said Monday that the Coast Guard and police in Sarnia, in southwestern Ontario, had to rescue almost 1,500 U.S. citizens Sunday after their rafts, boats and inner tubes were blown ashore by high winds.

Sarnia police said there were no significant injuries in the rescue operation, which was made necessary when brisk winds sabotaged the Port Huron Float Down, an annual unlicensed cavalcade of small watercraft down the St. Clair River separating Canada and the United States.

Once they had been plucked back onto dry land, the partiers were bused across the border back to the United States — with a full police escort.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Every Baby Born on Elena Delle Donne's Golden Day Gets Nikes]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:27:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Elena+Delle+Donne+Baby+Nikes+Medal.jpg

One of Delaware's most famous athletes took home gold at the Rio Olympics and that means each baby born Saturday in her hometown hospital is taking home a pair of sweet sneakers.

WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne and the U.S. basketball team took home gold in dominating fashion Saturday – beating Spain by 29 points — and in honor of that big win, the parents of every child born at Christiana Hospital in New Castle County, Delaware, on the gold medal day got a special gift Sunday.

The bright green Nike kicks — with an orange swoosh — came with a special notice mentioning Delle Donne being born in the same hospital on Sept. 5, 1989.  It just so happens that Delle Donne is a spokeswoman for the hospital as well as Nike.

"It all starts now. 26 years ago, it started in Wilmington for a little champ just like you," read the message. "And today, Elena Delle Donne conquered the world. Maybe, someday, that could be you. Or maybe you’ll choose to do something else. There really are no limits to your potential. Whatever you decide, get up. Get out. And get started. Life moves fast. And in these, it will move a little faster. Just do it. Unlimited future."

The hospital, which says it delivers more than 6,000 babies each year, said it gave out around three dozens pairs of sneakers. Other hospitals in other athletes' hometowns, including Delle Donne's teammate Brittney Griner's birthplace, also had similar Nike promotions.

The hospital said it's "#DelawareProud" and can't wait to see what this next generation of Delawareans accomplish.

No word yet if any of the newborns have a jump shot.

Photo Credit: NBC10 - Tim Furlong/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Allyson Felix Gave English Gardner Her Shoes Before Win]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:16:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FelixGardner.jpg

Veteran U.S. track star Allyson Felix helped her team achieve gold by sharing a pair of her fluorescent yellow Nike shoes with teammate English Gardner. 

Before the women crossed the finish line in 41.01 seconds, the second fastest time in history, getting out on the track was its own challenge.

English Gardner, who ran the third leg of the race, told "Today's" Sheinelle Jones that when she looked in her bag just before the final race, she saw only one spike. With just 10 minutes before the race start time, Gardner calmly told a coach she was missing a shoe.

"I’m normally not a person to forget my shoes. That’s kind of like, you know, a soldier showing up to a war without his guns," Gardner, who hails from New Jersey, said.

"Once again, Allyson, like the vet she is, pulled out an extra pair of shoes," she said. "Definitely was a half size too big but there’s nothing that double socks couldn’t fix."

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The missing shoe was the team's second setback on the path to winning a second straight Olympic title in the relay. 

The women overcame a disqualification in the preliminary race after Felix dropped the baton on Thursday. The disqualification was overturned on appeal when officials ruled that a Brazilian runner had bumped Felix's arm. Felix was visibly upset after dropping the baton but pulled herself together and told Gardner to take the baton and just run to make sure Team USA finished the preliminary race, enabling the appeal process. 

The team was determined to defend their gold medal once the appeal ruled in their favor. They ran another preliminary race by themselves to qualify for the final by time. 

"It’s amazing," Gardner said of winning her first Olympic gold medal. "The feeling is definitely something I wished and dreamed for since I was a little girl. This was a dream since I was 9-years-old." 

Felix told Gardner she could keep the size eight shoes after she earned a gold medal in them, according to USA Track and Field. The shoes will surely help Gardner remember those golden childhood dreams.

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<![CDATA[Discus Thrower Hurls Olympic Village Cheeseburger]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:50:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484521046.jpg

Things are starting to get a bit weird in the Olympic Village.

Now that a lot of the athletes’ events are over and they have some time on their hands, well, strange things can happen.

Look no further than Benn Harradine, who threw discus for Australia. He finished eighth in the event, which was held last Friday.

Fast-forward a week and Harradine is still hanging out in the Olympic Village, and he still wants to throw things.

Hey, you gonna eat that?

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Believe it or not, a cheeseburger isn’t the most unusual object Harradine has ever thrown.

If you guessed Australian Paralympian sprinter Scott Reardon’s prosthetic foot, you would be correct.

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According to the video, the idea to toss the foot was Reardon’s, and it was all to gain support for Paralympic athletes.

Harradine has an entire YouTube channel filled with random objects he has thrown like a discus (hashtag #WillItThrow), and includes everything from baked beans to a hummus-filled sock. You can watch all of them by clicking here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Athletics Austr
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<![CDATA[Driver Crashes Mercedes During Test Drive]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:24:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Arlington+Mercedes.jpg

A person test-driving a Mercedes-Benz struck four other cars in the parking lot of a Virginia dealership Friday morning and sent the luxury vehicle on its side.

The Arlington County Fire Department said about 11:30 a.m. a female driver and three passengers were taking a Mercedes for a test drive at the Mercedes-Benz of Arlington dealership on North Glebe Road in Ballston.

The driver hit the gas and accelerated at a high rate of speed, striking four vehicles in the parking lot of the dealership, fire officials said. She then took a sharp turn and crashed the white SUV on its side.

Fire officials said there were no reports of injuries, but a dealership employee who was in the SUV asked to be checked out by medics.

No further information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: Arlington County Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Strangers Attend Woman's Funeral]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:03:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gesner_caskets_020.jpg

About 30 people have paid their respects to a woman they never met after responding to a call for attendees for a Hudson Valley, New York, funeral at which no one was expected to show up.

The Journal News reports the strangers served as Francine Stein's pallbearers and also helped bury her during the service Wednesday at a cemetery in Orangetown.

Stein died at the age of 83. Rabbi Elchanan Weinbach officiated the service and says there was no eulogy because he didn't know anything about the woman. He learned at the cemetery that Stein was a musician and had taught at the Julliard School.

The call for volunteers came on Facebook from Weinbach's daughter.

One attendee said she came to the service as a simple act of "human decency."

Photo Credit: Sarah Glover]]>
<![CDATA[Race Walker Finishes 50K Despite Stomach Problems]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:38:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591943090.jpg

France's Yohann Diniz was praised for his courage after suffering a series of unfortunate incidents during the men's 50 km race walk at the Rio Olympics.

Diniz, who is the world-record holder for the 50 km, felt sick earlier Friday before the race, according to France's L'Equipe. He was the favorite going into the competition early Friday.

The Frenchman appeared to have suffered a gastrointestinal accident about 49 minutes into the race. Footage shared on social media captured a brown substance trickling down his leg, as he charged ahead in the lead.

The 38-year-old then collapsed, laying on the ground for several minutes before managing to get back up and finish the race. He finished in 7th place.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Lolo Jones' Mom Dreaming of a Bolt Baby]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:17:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591643794.jpg

The spectators cheer on Usain Bolt. The fellow athletes flock to take selfies with him whenever possible.

And the moms, well, they want him to get married and start a family.

Bolt’s own mother, Jennifer, recently told CNN that she would hope “he’ll settle down, get married and start his family” once he stops competing.

But she isn’t the only track mom that hopes wedding bells are in Bolt’s immediate future.

Lolo Jones, who has competed at both the Summer and Winter Olympics, posted a video on Twitter Thursday of her own mom pondering a future for her daughter and Bolt, complete with “an Olympic baby.”

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Judging by the look on Jones’ face at the end of the video, she wasn’t amused.

For his part, Bolt told a UK media outlet earlier this year that he has a girlfriend and that he wants to get married, but not before he’s 35. Bolt turns 30 on Sunday.

Photo Credit: Valery Sharifulin/TASS
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<![CDATA[Trapped Robbers Plead for Help]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:36:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/robbers+trapped.jpg

When a pair of armed robbers barreled into a cellphone store in New Jersey demanding money and phones, they clearly didn't realize how quickly the manager would turn the tables on them, as evidenced by surveillance video.  

The armed men burst into a Boost Mobile cellphone store in Paterson Wednesday afternoon and held up manager Tomy Torrez. He did what he was told.

"I say, check the walls and take whatever you want," Torrez told NBC 4 New York. "So when they were busy I start running to the back." 

That's when Torrez got smart: he opened a back door that connected to another office and told everyone there they needed to get out. Then he went out another door from that space and slammed the gate there, blocking the back exit. And he went back to the front of the cellphone store and did the same thing from the outside. 

Surveillance video shows the exact moment the metal gates slammed down on the storefront, sparking panic from the robbers. 

"Get us outta here!" they shouted as they desperately tried to slam through the glass.

By that time, a crowd had gathered outside the store. They gawked and laughed at the robbers trapped inside, cellphone video taken by one of the passersby shows. 

"I can't let you outta there!" an incredulous woman yells back at the robber from across the glass and metal gate. 

Meanwhile, Torrez called police from outside. Paterson police confirmed to NBC 4 New York they got a call at 4:09 p.m. but said the person on the phone said, "Someone is stealing in my store." The operator thought it was a shoplifter, and police weren't dispatched right away. 

At that point, the robbers were desperately trying to get out and finally, one of them finds the master set of keys and hands them to the people outside. 

"Yo, yo, yo, I got the keys, yo," one of the robbers says. 

But the people outside hand the keys to Torrez instead.

Police records show another call was made to 911 at 4:13. But still, a different operator thought it was a shoplifter, and still no police.

Eventually, the robbers wised up and found a toolbox. They unbolted the bars on a back window and escaped. 

Records show a third call came into 911 at 4:27. This time, the operator was informed of a gun, and police were sent right away. But by that time, the bungling criminal duo had already escaped, leaving behind a mess and a bag with bullets and needles inside. 

Torrez said he called police "like five times."

"I said, 'We got a robbery inside, they got a gun,'" Torrez said. 

Paterson police said internal affairs are investigating and will use the incident to help retrain 911 operators.

As for those lucky robbers, police are still looking for them. 

<![CDATA[Man Stabbed in Face-Biting Home]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:47:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/081616+Austin+Harrouff+John+Joseph+Stevens+Michelle+Karen+Mishcon.jpg

The neighbor who tried to help a Tequesta couple who were killed in Monday's face-biting attack has been released from the hospital.

Jeff Fisher was released from the hospital Thursday and is home with family, Martin County Sheriff's Office officials said.

Fisher, 47, tried to help but was stabbed multiple times during the attack on Michelle Mishcon, 53, and husband John Stevens III, 59. Austin Harrouff, a 19-year-old Florida State University student, is accused of stabbing and beating Mishcon and Stevens.

Authorities say when deputies arrived at the couple's home, they found the teen biting parts of Stevens' face. It took a stun gun, a K-9 dog and multiple deputies to subdue Harrouff, officials said.

Harrouff remains hospitalized in stable condition and is sedated with a breathing tube, officials said Thursday. Officials said hospital blood tests showed no signs of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin or other common drugs in Harrouff. It will take longer to test for less common hallucinogenic drugs such as flakka or bath salts.

Officials said Thursday that blood tests have been sent to the FBI for more in-depth testing. Harrouff hasn't been formally charged with any crimes but detectives are working with the State Attorney's Office to determine charges, officials said.

Funeral services for the victims will be held Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Photo Credit: Martin County Sheriff]]>
<![CDATA['Flying Bum': World's Largest AirshipTakes Maiden Voyage]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AIRLANDER_GettyImages-591547252.jpg

The world's largest aircraft has taken off on its maiden flight, NBC News reported.

The 302-foot-long "Airlander 10" is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, can reach an altitude of up to 16,000 feet, and stay in the air for five days.

The manufacturer HAV (Hybrid Air Vehicles) claims the aircraft can be used for surveillance, communications and humanitarian aid deliveries.

In case it isn't immediately clear — the Airlander 10 earned its "Flying Bum" nickname due to the resemblance its plump front end shares with a human's butt.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Spotted in Rio: Celebrity Doppelgangers ]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:42:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bolt-williams.jpg Check out these athletes from the Rio Olympics and their celebrity look-a-likes!

Photo Credit: Usain Bolt and Michael K. Williams.]]>
<![CDATA[7-Eleven's Slurpee BYO Cup Day ]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DSC00217_EDITEDbyocup.jpg

While we know that some special events only happen but once a week, month, or year, we can't help but wishing, from time to time, that after-Christmas sales popped up more often and eclipses had a way of appearing with far more frequency.

But sometimes, if you wish extra hard, something that happens annually can make a seemingly sudden return way before you thought it possible.

Look to Slurpee's Bring Your Own Cup Day, a springtime to-do which invites fans of the frosty 7-Eleven beverage to show up with, you guessed it, whatever kind of cup they fancy, all with the aim of filling it with copious amounts of Slurpee goodness.

This year's Slurpee day occurred in late March, and fans turned up in drink-craving droves, all prepared to fill giant vessels for the price of $1.50.

Get ready, though, Slurpeens: Like an unlikely eclipse, or out-of-the-blue sale, BYO Cup Day is back on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Slurpee is bringing back Bring Your Own Cup Day, again. Show up at an 7-Eleven with an iced tea pitcher, a mondo margarita glass, coffee pot, or a jar that formerly held pickles, and fill'er up for $1.50.

There are some rules to the deal, like the fact that your cup "must fit upright through a 10-inch hole," so best leave your picnic cooler or inflatable swimming pool at home.

It should also be squeaky clean pre-Slurpee, so read all.

You're right: The snow-cold, brain-freezable sip did turn 50 this year, so the birthday celebrations continue.

And, yes, the flavors have gone well beyond the cherries and colas of long ago (though those make regular appearances, and thank goodness, because classics are classics for a reason).

Got a clean coffee pot handy? Best clear some time on your end-of-the-week calendar. After all, BYO Cup Day only happens once, or, um, twice a year.

Photo Credit: Slurpee]]>
<![CDATA[Man Sees Burglars Steal His Car, Tracks Them Down]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:54:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/police+generic3.jpg

Two thieves didn't get far with their spoils after a Bucks County man spotted them leaving his house in his car and helped lead police to their whereabouts.

The homeowner was pulling up to his house along Black Rock Road in Lower Makefield around 7:40 p.m. Monday when he saw two men pulling out of the driveway in his white Infinity, police said.

The man then called police as he followed his car over the river into Trenton, New Jersey. Trenton Police stopped the car and arrested the men. Inside the car, police said they found stolen jewelry, cash and electronics.

David Francis Owle, 36, of Hamilton, NJ, and 24-year-old Danny Smith of Ewing, NJ are charged with Receiving Stolen Property in New Jersey and Burglary and Auto Theft in Bucks County, police said. They are being held in Mercer County Prison.

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<![CDATA[The 'Poopening': Roomba Spreads Feces All Over Home]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:56:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Jesse+Newton+Roomba+Poop.jpg

Oh the horror. That’s how one man described the events that unfolded when his Roomba ran over dog poop, spreading a 25-foot trail of feces throughout his house.

In a Facebook post, Jesse Newton said his dog, Evie, defecated in the living room at some point between midnight and when his vacuum cleaning robot was set to run at 1:30 a.m. When Newton‘s 4-year-old son awoke at 3 a.m. to crawl into bed with his parents, Newton smelled a strong odor. He got out of bed and walked into a “war zone of poop” in his living room.

Newton documented the dramatic saga that unfolded as a cautionary tail to others. The post, complete with a hand drawn map of the poop trail, has since gone viral with more than 140,000 reactions and more than 200,000 shares.

“Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop,” Newton said. “If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle.”

Newton was not so lucky. He recounts his attempts to clean the copious amounts of dried poop from his living room and a failed effort at using a rug shampooer to remove poop from the rug where it all started.

“Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people,” Newton writes of himself.

Instead, in the early hours of the morning, he attempted to clean the Roomba but forgot to take the batteries out before soaking it. As the waterlogged Roomba sputtered to its death, Newton had some harsh words.

“You're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity,” Newton said of his reaction. “You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison.”

But the tale has a happy ending. After a week of trying to fix the costly device, he called the store where he purchased the Roomba and told them the story. The purchase came with a lifetime warranty.

"They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course," Newton wrote on Facebook.

This is one experience that won't soon be flushed away.

See the full Facebook post below.

Photo Credit: Jesse Newton
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<![CDATA[Ethiopia's Steeplechaser Runs With 1 Shoe, Advances to Final]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:54:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-589071470.jpg

Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro has advanced to the final in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase after having run the last half mile of the semifinal with only one shoe. 

After reviewing video of the race, the Jury of Appeal advanced Diro to the final, following protests from the Ethiopian team, according to The Associated Press. 

Diro was leading her heat in the qualification race when her right shoe got loose.


The 25-year-old struggled to put it back on after colliding with some of the others on the track.  

After trying to put it back on, Diro finally yanked it off and threw it onto the field. Taking a few steps, she ripped off her sock and continued, completing the last leg of the race with just one shoe. 

Diro managed to catch up to some of the runners, but finished in 7th place in her heat, clocking in at 9:34.70. That time originally knocked her out of the final.

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The Ethopian team appealed and Diro was advanced to the final. Sara Louise Treacy of Ireland and Aisha Praught of Jamaica will also run in the final race after appeals from their countries' teams. 

In a true show of sportsmanship, the other athletes rushed over to comfort Diro after the race. 

Diro caught the attention of social media during the semifinal, with people cheering on her determination.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Roaches May Fly in Heat, Humidity]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:57:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/721843.jpg

Here's another reason to hate the heat and humidity that has moved in on the tri-state this week: It's now hot enough to make cockroaches fly. 

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DNAinfo reports that the steamy conditions outside could inspire the American cockroaches that inhabit New York City and other parts of the tri-state to take flight.

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"In hot steam tunnels, something with the temperature and the humidity encourages them to fly," entomologist Ken Schumann told the news website. "When it's warm and steamy that seems to be what they like."

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All American cockroaches have wings and the ability to take flight, but don't typically do so unless they're in humid climates. It's a common sight in the Deep South, where some call the flying roaches "palmetto bugs." The term comes from the bugs' tendency to hang out in -- and fly out of -- palmetto and palm trees.

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Scientists said that because of the abundance of trash cans and other food supplies, they typically don't need to use their wings. But with this weekend's conditions, don't be surprised if the city-slicking roaches take after their southern brethren. 

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<![CDATA[NJ Turnpike Reuniting Boy With Bear]]> Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/turnpike-bear.jpg

The New Jersey Turnpike is reuniting a New York boy with the teddy bear that he lost on a road trip to North Carolina.

The 12-year-old's mother, Julissa Viana, of New City, New York, tweeted that the bear was missing when the family reached the Outer Banks on Aug. 6.

She said the family had stopped at one of the turnpike's service areas and the bear likely fell out while her husband sorted belongings.

Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney told NJ.com he saw the tweet and asked the patron services office to check with southbound service areas. The staff at the Clara Barton Service Area in Oldmans Township found the bear and Feeney tweeted a photo.

Viana says she was elated.

The authority is mailing the bear.

Photo Credit: Provided by the New Jersey Turnpike
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<![CDATA[Thieves Chop Down Tree to Steal Bike: Owner]]> Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:08:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/StolenBikeTree.JPG

A recent bike theft in Fishtown, Pennsylvania, has one owner scratching his head. 

The bike's owner told NBC10 he usually locks his bike up at the tree across the street from his house on Frankford Avenue near Susqehanna.

Thursday morning, he woke up to find it had been stolen – and the tree was chopped and thrown to the sidewalk. 

“It’s pretty standard for bikes to be stolen,” he said. “This is the first time I’ve heard of a tree getting cut down to steal a bike.” 

The bike's owner, who preferred to remain anonymous, shared surveillance video with NBC10, showing the two thieves snapping the tree's trunk early Thursday morning to steal his bike. [[389926312, C]]

The timestamp on the video indicates the men stole the bike between 4:58 a.m. and 5:05 a.m. Thursday morning. 

“I woke up and the tree was laying on the sidewalk,” he said. 

To him, the tree damage was more disturbing than a stolen bike, which he uses as his primary means of transportation. 

“It’s definitely a destruction of public property.” 

The owner tells NBC10 while he usually locks both the bike frame and a wheel to the tree, he only locked the bike’s frame Wednesday night. [[389947131, C]]

He remained optimistic that those responsible would be found, citing identifiable features from the thieves in the video, like a tattoo on one man’s leg. 

“The odds of them being found are pretty good,” he said. 

A police report was filed and the owner was joining Fishtown community Facebook groups to get the word out.

“I’m not too torn up about it because it is a bike,” he said. “For the community, to be aware is my main goal at this point.” 

NBC10 reached out the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, the agency responsible for the tree. They said the tree is a city tree, but may be part of the business improvement district because it is enclosed in pavement. 

If it is a city tree, they said, the thieves would be subject to vandalism and destruction of public property violations. The department would then need to remove the remaining stump and determine whether a new tree can be added. 

Anyone with information about the stolen bike should call police.

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<![CDATA[Parents Who Feed Kids a Vegan Diet May Risk Jail in Italy]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 12:51:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-176501052.jpg

If parliamentarian Elvira Savino has her way, Italian parents who insist on a vegan diet for their children will risk jail time, NBC News reports.

Savino, from the conservative Forza Italia party, has put forward a law that would hold parents legally responsible for feeding their children on "a diet devoid of elements essential for healthy and balanced growth," according to its text.

Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry and vegans also do not eat animal products such as eggs and dairy foods.

The law proposes jail sentences of a year for raising a child on a vegan diet, up to four years if the child develops a permanent health problem and up to seven years if the child dies as a result.

Last month in the northern city of Milan, doctors determined that a one-year-old boy who was taken to a hospital had the weight of a three-month-old because of a vegan diet.

Savino told Reuters she has, “nothing against vegans or veganism as long as it is a free choice by adults.”

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<![CDATA[Chad le Clos' Wikipedia Page Edited to Say Phelps Killed Him]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:20:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/phelps_le_clos1.jpg

Wikipedia trolls edited Chad le Clos' Wikipedia page to say he "died by the hands of Michael Phelps," after the Olympian was defeated by his rival in the 200m butterfly.  

Various edits were made to the South African swimmer's page just minutes after Phelps beat le Clos, who failed to medal Tuesday night.

An editor changed le Clos' wiki profile to temporarily read: "Died by the hands of Michael Phelps, being literally blown out of the water by the greatest American since Abraham Lincoln," according to USA Today.

Additional edits called him "Michael Phelps Pool Boy" and said that "Le Clos was buried beneath Phelps' medals."

The edits were deleted and the profile was restored by early Wednesday morning. 

Le Clos finished fourth in the 200m butterfly as Phelps finished first in his signature event, giving him his 20th gold medal in Olympic competition. Phelps went onto win his 21st gold medal an hour later in a relay.

Phelps lost to le Clos during the 2012 Olympics in the 200m butterfly.

Before another Rio event, Phelps was caught making the "Phelps face" while le Clos was seen pacing near the U.S. star. That prompted heightened anticipation for Tuesday's rematch in Rio. 

Photo Credit: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
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