<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weirdhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.pngNBC 10 Philadelphiahttp://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSun, 24 Jul 2016 20:38:04 -0400Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:38:04 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Charizard the Iguana and Other Unusual Pets Find Homes]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:21:13 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2016-07-23_15011.jpg

Parrie Henderson-O'Keefe's son Peirman has a surprise waiting for him for his 16th birthday: an iguana named after a rare Pokemon character that he met at an animal shelter in Washington, D.C.

He took to the 2-year-old iguana, Charizard, as soon as he saw her at the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League on Thursday, scratching her neck as she shed an old layer of skin. She crawled onto his shoulder when he picked her up.

The shelter was one of more than 680 shelters participating on Saturday in Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo. Shelters offered no-cost or reduced-fee adoptions or waived spaying and neutering fees.

Among the other more unusual animals adopted Saturday were chickens, a pigeon, two fire-bellied toads, ferrets, rabbits, parakeets, guinea pigs and mice.

There was also an American Alligator at a shelter in Pasadena, California. Tina, who stretches nearly 7 feet long and weighs more than 100 pounds, isn't up for adoption. She was born in captivity but ended up at the shelter when a wildlife exhibit closed and large zoos didn't take her.

Henderson-O'Keefe, who lives in Washington, D.C., learned about Clear the Shelters in an email from the shelter. She went early to look around with Peirman and his sister, 12-year-old Eldie. When they left, Peirman told Henderson-O'Keefe he wanted Charizard the iguana for his upcoming birthday.

Peirman, who hope to study amphibians and reptiles, then left for a camp in Ohio, and Henderson-O’Keefe and Eldie decided to adopt Charizard as a surprise.

"He's going to be thrilled. Ecstatic," said Henderson-O'Keefe, who planned to call her son to give him the news. "That’s all we've been talking about since he saw her."

"He's probably going to make us FaceTime the reptile," she added.

Charizard was at the animal shelter for three months before being adopted, Henderson-O'Keefe said. The iguana's previous owners trained her to be walked on a leash. The shelter did not know why she was given up, according to Henderson-O'Keefe.

Henderson-O'Keefe said she will keep Charizard in a cage on the balcony with her tortoises and feed the iguana food from her rooftop garden. Right now, she said, Charizard is calm and not moving much as she gets used to her new home. She will become more active as she gets settled, Henderson-O'Keefe said.

"She'll probably be very happy up there," Henderson-O'Keefe said, who played with the iguana outside and said Charizard seemed to like being around people.

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<![CDATA[Man Robs Stores Wearing Trump Mask]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:18:44 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/242*120/trump+mask+buxton+robbery.png

Police in Maine are searching for a burglary suspect who wore a Donald Trump mask when he robbed two convenience stores in Buxton Wednesday.

According to necn affiliate WCSH, the suspect used a baseball bat to break the front glass door at the Lows' Variety and the Main Street Variety, both in Bar Mills.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Buxton Police Department.

Photo Credit: Buxton Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Last VCR Manufacturer to Stop Production]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:43:40 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/Electronics+Recycled1.jpg

The once-revolutionary videocassette recorder is headed for the technological cemetery, 40 years after it first hit markets.

Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, released a statement Thursday that it will stop making VHS recorders at the end of the month, the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei reported.

The company, the only VCR manufacturer in the world, cited a lack of demand and difficulty acquiring parts.

While the company said it sold 15 million VCR units a year at its peak, only 750,000 were sold worldwide in 2015, the New York Times reported.

The VCR first awed the country in the 1950s, then costing around $50,000 each.

The recording device became increasingly popular in the 1980s, with VCRs in around 15 million homes by the end of 1984 and prices dropping to between $600 and $1,200.

However, the DVD quickly began to surpass videocassette sales after its introduction in 1995. Both hardware devices have increasingly declined since video streaming has taken hold.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Costume Highlights From Comic-Con 2016]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:23:21 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-579379590.jpgZealous fans packed the San Diego Convention Center for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International. The four-day pop culture spectacular includes celebrity panels, vendors, sneak peek screenings and lots of attendees sporting colorful costumes that pay tribute to their favorite characters.

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<![CDATA[Venomous Rattlesnake Warning in NJ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Manchester+Township+Timber+Rattlesnakes.jpg

Police in New Jersey warned residents not to approach endangered rattlesnakes turning up in the community.

Manchester Township police shared photos of timber rattlesnakes on Facebook after receiving several confirmed sightings in the Roosevelt City section of the Ocean County town of Whiting.

"Do NOT approach a rattlesnake!" urged police. "The timber rattlesnake is basically a passive animal, but can become defensive when threatened. Because rattlesnakes view humans as predators, your prolonged presence could encourage a defensive strike."

The rattlers, which are venemous, turn up this time of year as the reptiles seek to mate, executive director/president of Herpetological Associates, Inc. Robert Zappalorti told police.

If you spot a rattler – they are normally prevalent in Roosevelt City, Fox Hollow and Timber Green, according to police – you should stay a safe distance away since the snakes "can strike at a distance up to 1/2 their body length."

Police also point out that the rattlers (click here to learn more about the snakes) are protected under the state’s Endangered Species Act so you shouldn’t even get very close.

If you spot a rattler, call 1-877-WARN-DEP to talk to a biologist, said police. If you’re bitten, call 911 immediately.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police
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<![CDATA[Montco Police Search for Owner of Missing Marijuana ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:33:46 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cheltenham+Police+Marijuana.PNG

Police in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, are looking for the owner of a package of marijuana mistakenly left at the wrong resident’s home.

Earlier this week, a resident called the police department when they received a package they were not expecting, police said.

With no name on the box, officers checked the package for any indication of ownership.

"What we found was surprising to say the least. Two-kilos of high (get it?) quality marijuana,” a Facebook post by the department reads.

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The department hopes to return the package to its rightful owner ... and maybe chat with them a little about it.

"If you are that person, please feel free to stop by the station to claim it. We'll be waiting."

Photo Credit: Cheltenham Police Department
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<![CDATA[Teens Use Drone to Track Boat Thieves]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:28:40 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_droneboat0721_1920x1080.jpgTwo California teens on vacation in Washington witnessed two men untying their boat, so they fired up a drone and started following the thieves.]]><![CDATA[Husband Searching for Pokemon Slams Into Cop Car: Police]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:43:06 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rehoboth+Pokemon+Go+crash.jpg

Police along the Delaware beaches have a warning for drivers after an eager couple trying to catch a Pokemon crashed into a marked police cruiser: "If you are going to play Pokemon Go, please do not do so while operating a motor vehicle."

Rehoboth Beach Police released a photo Wednesday of a damaged police cruiser they say was struck by a 28-year-old man anxious to locate a Pokemon Gym. [[387767251, C]]

Dover, Delaware’s Mark Oldenburg was driving along Rehoboth Avenue when he crossed into the adjacent lane and crashed into the passenger side of the marked vehicle around 12:05 a.m., said police.

Oldenburg’s wife had told him to pull onto the median "because there was a Pokemon Gym in that direction," said police. He didn’t check his surroundings before pulling over and crashing into the police car.

No one hurt but police urged people to pay attention to the road rather than digital creatures because "we only have so many cars."

Police cited Oldenburg for inattentive driving and an improper turn.

Photo Credit: Rehoboth Beach Police
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<![CDATA[Video Captures Man Slipping Off Water Slide]]>Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:04:37 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/water-slide-fail.jpg

Dallas resident David Salmon said in a Facebook post he was "feeling pained" after tumbling off a water slide Monday.

Salmon posted a video of the fall, which shows him sliding off a water slide "over a rocky cliff" in the Austin area.

Editor's Note: This video contains explicit language.

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As of Monday night, Salmon posted that he was in a Round Rock hospital with a broken arm and fractured ribs. He also said he suffered several lacerations.

According to Salmon's post, he expected to be discharged from the hospital Tuesday.

Photo Credit: David Salmon/Facebook
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<![CDATA['Pokemon Go' Player Stuck in NJ Cemetery Tree Calls 911]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:46:08 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pokemon+go+tree+cemetery+east+greenwich+firefighter.jpg

First responders came to the rescue of a young woman who got stuck up a tree playing "Pokemon Go" inside a Gloucester County, New Jersey, cemetery Tuesday night.

East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue posted a safety message about the woman's plight on their Facebook page as their "Public Safety Message of the Day."

The woman, who police described as a young adult, climbed a tree inside Eglington Cemetery to catch a Pokemon. When she couldn't get down, she called 911 and reluctantly admitted when rescuers talked to her that she'd been playing the game. "She was a bit embarrassed at that point," said Rob Gould III, the township's fire chief.

Rescuers used a ladder to get the woman down and didn't embarrass her any further by releasing her name.

They did ask people to think more about their safety when playing "Pokemon Go."

"We have noticed there has been an increase in foot traffic around town. Some of the sites in town such as the churches and the cemetery are game stops," Gould said.

"We were just trying to get the word out that people need to be cognizant about watching where they are going and what they are doing so no one gets hurt. This game phenomenon is happening everywhere, not just the urban areas and we don't want to see anyone get hurt. Luckily this person escaped injury."

Photo Credit: East Greenwich Twp. Fire and Police]]>
<![CDATA[Pokemon Invade the Alamo]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:25:04 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_alamopokemon0715_1920x1080.jpgWith Pokemon Go preoccupying people all over the country, the directors of the Alamo in San Antonio have noticed visitors paying more attention to their phones than to the history of the landmark.

Photo Credit: WOAI]]>
<![CDATA[Ducks Dumped, Rescued From New Jersey Mall]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:04:05 -0400New Jersey state wildlife officials said they were looking to find homes for 92 ducks who were dumped at a mall in Secaucus. ]]><![CDATA[92 Ducks Dumped at NJ Mall]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:09:18 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DucksDumpedNJ.jpg

Ninety-two ducks were dumped in New Jersey and are now in need of a home, according to officials. 

The ducks were rescued by New Jersey State and Wildlife officials Friday after being dumped near the Mill Creek Mall Secaucus on Friday. 

They were temporarily relocated to The Barnyard Sanctuary in Columbia, New Jersey, an organization that rescues pet farm animals. 

Tamala Lester, the sanctuary’s managing director said they're young Khali Campbell ducks, a domesticated breed that does not fly. The group is now looking for help to care for the ducks, and hopes they can go to a good home. 

Officials are looking for information about who dumped the ducks.

<![CDATA[Dead Whale Floats Ashore — Again]]>Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:22:20 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wally1.JPG

A dead whale that washed ashore at a beach in Encinitas was confirmed to be “Wally,” the whale that keeps floating toward the Southern California coast. 

The whale washed ashore Grandview Beach on Saturday, Encinitas lifeguard Brian Ketterer said. 

Wally first washed ashore Dockweiler Beach June 30 and was towed out by lifeguards the next day, ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. Just a week later, the carcass drifted toward San Pedro and then Newport Beach, and has repeatedly drifted toward the shore despite being towed away multiple times.

The female whale is between 10 and 20 years old and over 40 feet long, and has been the subject of many viral videos the past couple of weeks.

Ketterer said lifeguards tried to use a bulldozer Sunday to get rid of the carcass, but the tide was too high.

Crews disposed of Wally on Monday morning and planned to take the carcass to a landfill.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Neville]]>
<![CDATA[Man Quits Job to Hunt Pokemon Full Time]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:42 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-547175550.jpg

A 24-year-old man from New Zealand reportedly quit his job at a cafe to hunt for Pokemon in the new mobile game phenomenon "Pokemon Go" full time.

Tom Currie told New Zealand's Newshub he booked busses across the country to "catch some awesome Pokemon on the way."

The app is an augmented-reality version of the immensely popular cartoon franchise and displays the fantastical creatures in real world locations using GPS. On his hunt, Currie has already collected 90 of the 151 Pokemon released on the game and he has been approached by tourism companies offering to aid in his quest to catch them all, according to The Guardian.

"I want Mewtwo, it's Pokemon number 150 and that is the end game for most people here," Currie told NewsHub.

His family has been supportive of his goal.

"I am just glad he is out enjoying his life and seeing so much of New Zealand. I back him 100 percent," Currie's mother, Tania Dobbs, told The Guardian.

Photo Credit: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Vandals Damage Pennsylvania Museum's Dinosaur]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:37:20 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016278795_1200x675_725797955970.jpgA video surfaced from the Reading Public Museum of three men vandalizing a dinosaur featured in its display. Community members are talking about making a "community collection" to pay for the damages.]]><![CDATA[Stunt Diva Dangles From Chopper for World Record]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:06:59 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-161774428.jpg

A member of the famous Wallenda thrill-seeking family attempts to set a world record in Atlantic City Thursday, dangling from a helicopter.

Erendira Wallenda will hang from the chopper as it flies for more than 10 miles.

If she can do it, she'll set a new world record for the longest aerial stunt.

The chopper stunt starts at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and travels to Longport and back with Erendira hanging about 100 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

Erendira caps off her stunt with a performance in front of the Taj Mahal.

The event kicks off husband Nik Wallenda's Zirkus, a variety show that includes stunts from the famous wire walker himself and a troupe of circus performers. 

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<![CDATA[Delaware Ice Cream Shop's Dream to Be Found Becomes Reality]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:45:11 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/Ice+Cream+Delight+Sign.JPGCustomers had trouble finding Ice Cream Delight in North Wilmington due its address and mapping tools.

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Two Men Fall Off Cliff While Playing 'Pokemon Go']]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:01:52 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Cliff-Pokemon-Encinitas-071416.jpg

Two men fell off a cliff Wednesday in San Diego's North County while playing "Pokemon Go," the Encinitas Fire Department confirmed.

San Diego Lifeguards reported that someone had fallen off a cliff at E Street around 1:12 p.m. When the Encinitas Fire Department arrived, they found a man around 80 to 90 feet down the cliff, on the beach.

Crews found a second man who was unconscious about 50 feet down the cliff.

Both men were taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO), the men were ages 21 and 22 years old. Deputies believe one of the men may have consumed alcohol.

The extent of their injuries was  unknown.

SDSO said the men will not be charged in the incident.

A sign posted on the fence warns the public that the bluffs are unstable but the men had climbed over to find a character in the popular video game, according to SDSO.

"Pokemon Go" opens with a warning to players to be aware of their surroundings, but that hasn't stopped reports of accidents across the country since the "augmented reality" game's July 6 release.

There have been several disturbing stories connected to the popular game.

In Wyoming, a woman found a dead body floating in a river. Then, in San Francisco, a brother and sister had their phones stolen while playing the game. Similar crimes have been reported elsewhere.

Ankle injuries, mishaps with revolving doors and walking into trees have also been reported. In Long Island, New York, for example, a graduate student injured himself falling off a skateboard and a Maine woman reported twisting her ankle because she was distracted.

And then there are the embarrassing incidents like the players in Pennsylvania who found themselves locked in a cemetery after closing.

Of course, some Pokemon trainers have gone "above and beyond." Take, for example, the Michigan man who stumbled on an intoxicated woman behind the wheel of her still-moving vehicle.

In Fullerton, California, two veteran U.S. Marines were playing "Pokemon Go" and helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said.

If all of this is new to you, read up on what you need to know about Pokemon Go here.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Marine Veterans Playing 'Pokemon Go' Help Catch Suspect]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:40:53 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/knbc-pokemon-go-fullerton-arrest.jpg

Two Marine Corps veterans playing "Pokemon Go" in Fullerton, California, helped nab a man wanted for attempted murder and other crimes, police said.

Friends Seth Ortega and Javier Soch were playing the wildly popular mobile app game in a park near Wilshire and Pomona avenues Tuesday morning when they noticed a man acting suspiciously toward a woman and her three children, they said.

"It was just out of place, just didn't seem like he fit in with the group with the mom and her kids," Soch said.

Ortega and Soch said they watched as the suspect walked away and approached another mother with her two children.

When he started touching the young boy on the playground, Ortega and bystander Keith Sanders decided to act.

"At this point I'm already running across the street," Ortega said. "I jump over a park bench, Keith is coming from the parking structure next to the park. We're yelling at the suspect to get away."

They kept an eye on the man until officers arrived and arrested him on suspicion of child annoyance. He was identified by the Fullerton Police Department as 39-year-old Jacob Kells.

Fullerton police discovered the Kells was wanted for multiple offenses, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. He was being held at the Orange County Jail awaiting transfer to Monterey County.

No one was hurt. It wasn't immediately clear if Kells had an attorney.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV/Seth Ortega ]]>
<![CDATA[Deputies Free Bear Inexplicably Stuck in Car]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:29:55 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bear-ezgif-2217839850.gif

A black bear found stuck inside a car near Denver left sheriff's deputies scratching their heads this week — it's not clear how the wild animal managed to get inside.

None of the car's windows were broken and the door handles could not be easily lifted, the Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

"Somehow this medium-sized bear managed to open a door, crawl inside and close the door behind him," the post said. "Deputies could tell by all the moisture on the windows that he'd clearly been inside for a while."

Annie Bruecker told NBC affiliate KUSA that her mom woke her up Tuesday morning after discovering the black bear trapped inside Annie’s 2005 Subaru Outback. Bruecker said the SUV was parked in her driveway overnight with the doors unlocked, something she typically doesn't do.

"[My mom] screamed from downstairs," Bruecker told the station. "She said, 'Annie, there's a bear in your car.' And I thought that she meant that it broke a window, and I was like, 'okay, that's life.' But, no she actually meant that it was in my car."

The two sheriff's deputies at the scene decided to open the hatch of the Subaru to get the bear out, deputies said in the Facebook post. Unable to open it with the key fob, one of the deputies opened the door manually and the bear jumped out, quickly making his way back into the woods.

Photo Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Quartet Member Goes Rogue on Anthem]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:19:06 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/546638154-canadian-national-anthem-petco-park.jpg

A member of the Canadian quartet The Tenors changed the lyrics to the country's national anthem during the MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday.

Member Remigio Pereira pulled out a sign that read "All Lives Matter" while singing "O Canada" and also changed a line of the anthem to the same statement. "United We Stand" was written on the back of his sign.

Some people attending the game told NBC 7 that they agreed with Pereira.

"My thoughts are, 'thats right all lives do matter,'" said Salvador Rodriguez.

According to Rodriquez, the crowd cheered when Pereira held up the sign.

But others were upset with the incident, saying the quartet should not be making a political statement using their national anthem.

"All Lives Matter" has recieved heavy criticism as proponents of the "Black Lives Matter" movement believe the statement minimizes the problems specifically facing black people.

Earlier on Tuesday, about two dozen people peacefully gathered near Petco Park for a "Black Lives Matter" protest. The protest was not related to this incident.

Critics took to social media to express their thoughts about the incident. 

The Tenors, based in British Columbia, posted an apology on Twitter, saying Pereira had acted alone during the singing of the Canadian national anthem by changing the lyrics and holding up the sign. They also stated that the member will not be performing with the group until further notice.

The other members of The Tenors are Fraser Walters, Clifton Murray and Victor Micallef. The quartet has performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, the 2012 Queen's Jubilee in England and the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Missing Google Street View, Faroe Islands Get 'Sheep View']]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:32:23 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/faroe-islands-sheep-view.jpg

If you were to take a tour of Europe's tiny, rocky Faroe Islands in Google Street View, you might see a lot of sheep. 

But you can't take a tour of the Faroe Islands in Google Street View, unlike much of the rest of Europe. A resident of the North Atlantic islands has turned to her sheep to try and fix that. 

Durita Dahl Andreassen, of the tourist organization Visit Faroe Islands, has fastened a 360-degree camera, powered by a solar panel, to the back of her sheep. The camera takes photographs as the animal grazes along the hillsides that she can then upload to Street View. 

She's using this "Sheep View 360" program to get Google's attention, starting a petition to entice the Internet giant to turn its eye on the archipelago located roughly midway between Scotland, Iceland and Norway.

“The Faroe Islands may be rugged and remote but this collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic also provide some of the world’s most magical landscapes and it is time that this hidden Nordic nation is revealed to the world,” Andreassen said in a post on the Visit Faroe Islands website Monday.

The Faroe Islands, a part of Denmark whose name may in fact derive from the Old Norse word "faer," meaning sheep, according to the CIA Fact Book, has a population of just over 50,000 people. That compares to 80,000 sheep, The Guardian reported. 

The sheep rarely notice the camera and continue to graze as it captures a picture a minute, Andreassen said in a video promoting the project. 

Sheep View imitates Google Street View, which captures images in 360 degrees that give users a sense of what streets look like from their computers or phones; it's available on most of America's roads, and throughout much of Europe as well, including even a few spots in the even-more-remote Greenland. Parts of Germany, Austria, Belarus and a few other nations are not included in Google's current European coverage.

Of course, Sheep View doesn't have quite the same reach as Street View, and Andreassen's project aims to have Google bring Street View cameras to the Faroe Islands, where she argues they're much-needed.

“In order to cover the big sweeping Faroese roads and the whole of the breath-taking landscapes, we need Google to come and map them,” Andreassen said. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy Visit Faroe Islands
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<![CDATA[Man Charged for Smoke Photo Shoot on Top of Hotel: Police]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:52:34 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Center-City-Photoshoot.jpg

A dramatic photo session on top of a Center City hotel led to a response from Homeland Security and an arrest, according to police.

Ivan Wong, 28, of Edison, New Jersey is charged with criminal mischief and defiant trespass.

Police say Wong and a woman were on top of the Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel on 200 South Broad Street Monday night. Wong was taking pictures of the woman and tried to use smoke bombs and other chemicals to create a smoke effect for the photos, police told NBC10.

Both police and Homeland Security officials were alerted to the hotel and Wong and the woman were taken into custody, investigators said. They continued to search through the hotel but did not find any other suspicious materials.

No one was hurt during the incident and the hotel was never evacuated.

Police say Wong was released after signing a summary citation. The woman was not charged.

<![CDATA[Boy, 6, Catches Great White Shark]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:04:15 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Eastham+Shark.JPG

A 6-year-old boy caught a great white shark off Cape Cod while fishing on Saturday.

According to the Cape Cod Times, Blake White and his family were fishing off Rock Harbor in Eastham on Saturday afternoon when he hooked the 10-12 foot long shark.

"Daddy couldn't pull it at all," said Blake White. "All it was doing was pulling line out."

They originally thought Blake had caught a striped bass, and were stunned to see that it was a shark when it finally surfaced after an hour-long struggle.

"When I could see the outline of the shark on the railing I asked them to go to the center of the boat and sit down," said father Lars White. "I got a little nervous."

After snapping a photo, the family cut the line and the shark swam off.

Photo Credit: Lars White]]>
<![CDATA[Chihuahua Found High on Meth]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:44:57 -0400http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dog-meth-071116.jpg

A Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow began acting erratically and later tested positive for methamphetamine, prompting police in Southern California to arrest his owner on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, authorities said Monday.

in Fontana, his owner was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty, authorities said Monday.

It was the day after the Fourth of July when Jack’s owner, 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, brought him to the Inland Valley Emergency Pet Clinic in Upland.

The dog was suffering from convulsions and seizures, veterinarians said.

Sais said the dog was acting strange and may have eaten methamphetamine, according to Fontana police. Vets tested Jack and discovered he had ingested meth. When they told Sais the test results, Sais left the clinic with Jack.

The vets, thinking Jack’s life could have been at risk, called police, who went to Sais' home in the 10400 block of Hemlock Avenue. Officers found that Jack was still apparently affected by the drug and was living in conditions that suggested neglect, police said.

Jack was taken back to the animal hospital and was still recovering Monday. Police said the dog was hypersensitive to noise and sudden movements. He will be taken to a foster home when his condition improves.

Police arrested Sais on suspicion of felony animal cruelty Friday in Rancho Cucamonga. Information on an attorney for Sais was not immediately available.

Photo Credit: Photos Courtesy of Fontana Police Department
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