<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usSun, 26 Feb 2017 18:50:17 -0500Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:50:17 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Status Check: 'April' the Giraffe Doing Well, Still Pregnant]]> Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:58:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/april+giraffe+update.jpg
The 15-year-old giraffe named "April," who has captivated millions of people across the world as they watch a live stream in anxious anticipation of the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate New York zoo,...

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<![CDATA[DC-Area Riddled With Old 'Spy Sites': Ex-CIA Employee]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:52:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Georgetown+pizza.jpg
The chances you live within walking distance to a spy site are 100 percent for those living in the D.C. area, according to a former CIA official.Robert Wallace, who spent 40 years in the CIA, wrote the...

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<![CDATA[San Francisco Firefighters Rescue Precariously Perched Pooch]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:28:19 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/dogrescue1.JPG
Over a dozen San Francisco firefighters on Wednesday rushed to save a dog that plunged over a cliff at Fort Funston.It took a crew of 16 people roughly one hour to pull the dog to safety.

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<![CDATA[Rare Quadruplet Calves Born in Ireland]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_QUADCOWS_022317-148789925482500001.jpg
A farming family in Ireland's County Clare is celebrating the births of four nearly identical calves. The odds of this happening are quite incredible.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Drives Half-Mile with Police Officer on Hood]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:05:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_CHINAPOLICEHOOD_022317-148789366995300001.jpg
A man in China drove away from a checkpoint with a police officer on the hood of his car.  The incident was captured on surveillance footage.]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Claims Dog Accidentally Shot His Girlfriend]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg
Diesel the dog did it. That's the claim a 25-year-old Jacksonville man made after his girlfriend was shot in the leg while she was sleeping. Brian Murphy's girlfriend, Summer Miracle, was taken to the hospital late Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries. Murphy told police he was sleeping next to Miracle when his dog Diesel woke him up. He went outside with the dog and then came back into the home.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Tiger Knocks Drone out of the Sky]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2-23-17-tigers-and-drones.jpg
Incredible video captured at a Siberian tiger enclosure in Northeast China. China's state broadcaster released this footage showing the animals chasing a drone until one jumps up and knocks it out of the sky. Footage from a second camera shows the tigers gathering around the drone on the ground and tearing into it until they were scared away because it started smoking. Staff members say they use drone chasing to keep the tigers fit.

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<![CDATA[Girl Turns to Police Department for Help on Math Homework]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/16640810_10109124209283375_6508236704912685509_n.jpg
When a 10-year-old girl needed help with her math homework, she sought assistance from an unlikely source — her local police department. “I’m having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?” Lena Draper wrote in a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department. The department responded, and — surprise, surprise — it had answers.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Drunk Driver Does Cartwheels During Sobriety Test]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:04:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dui-suspect1.jpg
A woman was arrested after she did cartwheels during her field sobriety test, police said.Bryelle Marshall, 23, was arrested Friday evening and charged with battery, aggravated DWI and driving with an expired license plate after her vehicle was reported driving recklessly.

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<![CDATA[Bull in Wild NYC Chase Dies Hours After Capture]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/runaway+cow1.jpg
The rogue bull that escaped from a Queens slaughterhouse and led police on a wild, hours-long chase through neighborhood streets Tuesday, ducking under caution tape and sidestepping police officers, has died, NYPD officials confirmed. The bull, which was seen with at least a dozen tranquilizer darts in its side over the course of the miles-long chase, died at some point before 2:30 p.m., nearly three hours after it escaped a Beaver Road slaughterhouse and went on a free-for-all through Queens, ducking cops in Jamaica and South Ozone Park. A cause of death for the animal wasn't immediately clear and city officials had no further comment.

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<![CDATA[Student Grades Ex's Apology Letter]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:34:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-553200253.jpg
A University of Central Florida student's reaction to his ex-girlfriend's plea for forgiveness is making the rounds on social media.Nick Lutz received a hand-written, four-page letter from his ex, who apologized for the mistakes she made in their relationship.According to Lutz, the lovelorn woman's effort did not make the grade. He marked up her apology letter, gave it a D- and reportedly sent it back to her.

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<![CDATA[Crews Rescue Suspected Drug Dealer From NJ Cliff After Chase]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:17:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/anthony+lora+trapped+palisades.jpg
A suspected drug dealer became trapped on the side of a steep cliff in New Jersey Monday night as he ran from police following a drug sting, authorities said.
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<![CDATA[College Roommates Force Rat Out of House in Viral Video ]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:34:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/College-Students-Force-Rat-Out.jpg
A group of college roommates used a barricade and brooms to force a rat out of their home in a video that has now gone viral.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Woman's Final Jab at Trump]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_116963857380.jpg
As her loved ones mourn their loss, one Ohio woman found a source of comfort in her own passing – by taking a parting shot at President Donald Trump in her obituary. Elizabeth "Liz" Smith died Monday at the age of 87, surrounded by her family, who then made her political views well known. "Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump presidency," her obituary reads.

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<![CDATA[Pa. College Student Learns Importance of Taking Out the Trash]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:29:38 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019454719_1200x675_881065539820.jpg
Westminster College student Conner Cox learned a tough lesson when his mother mailed him a box full of garbage that he forgot to take out during a visit home.]]>
<![CDATA[Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Lost Continent]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zealandia--.jpg
Scientists say they have identified an underwater continent two-thirds the size of Australia — and they are calling it Zealandia.This newly proposed continent is about 1.74 million square miles in size and 94 percent submerged. But at its highest points, it protrudes above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand and New Caledonia, according to a paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America.

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<![CDATA[Book 75 Years Overdue Returned]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:08:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_overduebook0217a_1920x1080.jpg
A book checked out from a Pennsylvania library more than 75 years ago was finally returned.

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<![CDATA[Brewery Offers Paid Leave for Workers Who Rescue Dogs]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:23:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/brew-dog-today-170217-tease_ce1564ad4fd9dd4f935c216394edac83.today-inline-large.jpg
Scotland-based brewery BrewDog recognizes that, while a dog is a person's best friend, introducing a new dog into the home can be a difficult process. The company announced earlier this week that they're giving their 1,000 employees around the world (including those working at a soon-to-open brewery in Columbus, Ohio) a week's paid leave if they become rescue dog owners.

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<![CDATA[A Scapegoat! Billy Baaack with Owner after Roaming Bucks Co.]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:20:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Escape+Goat+Newtown+PD.jpg
Authorities from the Newtown Township Police Department responded to complaints Friday at around 6 a.m. about a goat disturbing the residential area.

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<![CDATA[For Proposal, Man Tucks Engagement Ring Into Chicken Nugget]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:28:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_mcnuggetproposal0216_1920x1080.jpg
When Kristian Helton proposed to Karsyn Long on Valentine's Day, he didn't put the ring in a velvet box. Instead, he tucked the ring into a McDonald's chicken nugget box with a note that asked, "Will you McMarry me??" "Her love for chicken nuggets, I'm sure, is more than she loves me," Helton said. "She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement." ]]>
<![CDATA[Discovery of Likely Alien Worlds Has Scientists Buzzing]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:31:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/milkywayfeuerherd.jpg
Astronomers have spotted more than 100 new potential alien planets, including one in the fourth-closest star system to the sun, a new study reports.This haul of newfound possible exoplanets, which have yet to be confirmed as bona fide alien worlds, comes from a new analysis of 20 years' worth of data gathered by the HIRES (High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer) instrument at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii."HIRES was not specifically optimized to do this type of exoplanet detective work, but has turned out to be a workhorse instrument of the field," study co-author Steve Vogt, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, said in a statement. "I am very happy to contribute to science that is fundamentally changing how we view ourselves in the universe," added Vogt, who designed and built HIRES.

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<![CDATA[In This Texas Home, a Buffalo Roams Indoors]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:38:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/quinlan+house+buffalo.jpg
Some families like dogs. Others prefer cats. But what about a buffalo? "There's nothing unusual about it to us," said RC Bridges, of Quinlan, Texas. "I'm the buffalo whisperer." Bridges and his wife, Sherron, have named their pet American buffalo "WildThing." He's over six-feet-tall and weighs about 2,500 pounds. Oh, and he's allowed inside their house.

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<![CDATA[Texas Officer Stops Flaming Truck From Engulfing Drive-Thru]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:58:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/glenn+heights+truck+fire.jpg
The actions of a quick-thinking officer likely kept a Dallas County, Texas, restaurant from going up in flames. Glenn Heights Police Officer Chris Womack says he was just in the right place at the right time as the first-year officer was forced to tackle a situation most officers don't see in their entire careers. A pickup truck erupted in flames Saturday night while in the drive-thru lane at the Jack in the Box. Womack, who was coming back on duty after having dinner with his wife, happened to be nearby and answered the call. "When I got there, the flames were reaching the roof," Womack said.

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<![CDATA[Husband's Valentine's Day Surprise: Lobster a la L Train]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/C4rQDsUW8AMj2pa.jpg
No poet ever called a New York subway platform romantic. But for Mohammad Choudry, the L train platform at Union Square was the perfect place to surprise his wife with Valentine’s Day dinner. Choudry said his wife of nine years loves the Union Square station, with its musicians and subway performers. So he figured it’d be a great location to have a quick meal to commemorate their love.

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<![CDATA[Singer Turns Heads With Trump Gown at Grammys]]> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/joy-villa-trump.jpg
The 59th Grammy Awards were not free of politically-charged moments, starting off with one gown that made some turn --or scratch-- heads.Singer-songwriter Joy Villa walked up on the red carpet to the Grammys wearing a white robe and unveiled her Donald Trump gown with gusto. The blue dress, reading Trump’s signature phrase “Make America Great Again” down the front, included “Trump” on the back in glitter.

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<![CDATA[Meet the Golden Retriever Giving Out Free Hugs in NYC ]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:08:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/huggungdog6.JPG
NYC golden retriever Louboutina, or Loubie, doesn't take your average walks. This sweet dog gives out free hugs to anyone walking by. Having a ruff day? Catch her in the Chelsea area between 5th Avenue and 17th Street for a furry hug.

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<![CDATA[Back-to-Back Falls Can't Crush UCLA Cheerleader's Spirit]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:22:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/207*120/02-10-2017-ucla-cheerleader-generic.jpg
UCLA's win over Oregon wasn't the only impressive comeback Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion.

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<![CDATA[Abandoned Honeymoon Resorts: A Look Into a Bygone Era]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:34:13 -0500 last year to a corporation that plans to redevelop the property.]]> last year to a corporation that plans to redevelop the property.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/181*120/PH-sign.jpg
Honeymoon resort hotels from the 1960s, heralded as a getaway for newlyweds, became famous for their heart-shaped beds and jacuzzis. But by the early 2000s, many of them were deserted as consumers chose cruises and low-cost international travel over honeymoon kitsch. As part of his "Autopsy of America" series, photographer Seph Lawless documented the current state of these resorts, which stand abandoned across the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

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