<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 23 Feb 2018 07:57:23 -0500Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:57:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[These Weird & Wonderful Sports Were Retired From the Winter Olympics]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:03:15 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-246318.jpg Bring back the ski ballet!
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<![CDATA[Canadian Moose Pops In for 'Bobsleigh Update' in Viral Photo]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:05:56 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/moose+olympics.jpg

Well, the Olympics do have something for everyone. Even a moose. 

A photo of a giant moose peering through a sliding glass door on a porch in Canada, transfixed on a television showing the 2-man bobsled competition has surfaced on Twitter. And, predictably, it has gone viral since it was posted Monday evening, with more than 12,400 likes and nearly 4,000 retweets in 24 hours. 

Matt Duncombe, who posted the hysterical image, captioned it, "#CBCOlympics Your coverage is attracting a diverse audience. MooseareCanadianstoo." 

CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which promptly responded to Duncombe, "LOL Who is this critter?" 

Duncombe said it was just the friendly neighborhood moose in Calgary "looking for a bobsleigh update." 

And who can blame him. It was a nail-biting final race. In only the second time in Olympic two-man bobsled history, both the German and Canadian teams tied for gold after finishing with exactly the same times, down to the hundredth of a second. 

Latvia got bronze, with Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga finishing 0.05 seconds back in the closest three-sled finish in Olympic history.

Meanwhile, on the women's side, Team USA's Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs won the silver medal. German pilot Mariama Jamanka bested them by 0.07 seconds for the gold. 

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<![CDATA[Why Is This Michael Knight Figurine at the Winter Olympics]]> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:57:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hoff3.jpg

A man is traveling around the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games with a Michael Knight doll. Find out why the “Knight Rider” action figure is popping up at Olympic venues.

<![CDATA[Back to the Future? Ski Ballet Gets Its Moment Online]]> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:38:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-246318.jpg

If you thought curling was an amusing Olympic sport, you probably haven’t seen ski ballet. 

Ski ballet, a hybrid of figure skating and gymnastics on the slopes, made its Olympic debut as a demonstration sport at the Calgary Games in 1988. At the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, ballet remained in the demonstration category while other freestyle skiing disciplines — moguls and aerials— got a full medal status. By 1994, the sport still failed to catch on and was dropped from the Lillehammer Winter Games entirely. 

Ski ballet recently got some buzz on social media when The Guardian shared a video clip of athletes clad in tasseled spandex costumes and dancing to synthesized music.

“Bring back ski ballet – a tribute to the lost winter discipline,” their post read. Twitter liked the idea. 

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According to Jeff Chumas, who competed as an aerialist from 1976 to 1980 and became the director of the United States freestyle ski program from 1985 to 1995, ski ballet didn't become a medal sport because of poor funding. 

“In the United States, and under the direction of the United States ski team, we were fighting for precious few resources against very well established sports like Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and the like. Freestyle skiing was not clearly understood back in those days," Chumas said. 

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Ski ballet requires incredible strength and balance from athletes who ski down a smooth slope while combining jumps, flips and spins. They use shorter skis with longer poles and are judged on a combination of technical and artistic factors.

Hannah Kearney, who won a gold medal in 2010 and a bronze medal in 2014 in mogul skiing said the eight years she spent doing ski ballet while growing up gave her the tools to be successful in moguls freestyle.

“My success comes from the heart of the sport which is that you had to recover at all costs, be really strong, well balanced but also agile and light on your feet,” Kearney told NBC Olympics.

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<![CDATA[Olympics Fans Wear Their National Spirit on Their Faces]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:07:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18053428749187.jpg From painted faces to colored mustaches, fans from across the globe have unique ways of showing pride in their country at the Winter Games.

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<![CDATA[Oregon Woman Pulls Parasitic Worms From Eye]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:29:14 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/eye-worms-or.PNG

An Oregon woman is believed to be the first human to ever contract a rare eye worm parasite usually found in cattle. KGW's Katherine Cook reports.

<![CDATA[Olympian Fabian Bösch Rides Escalator With One Hand]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:27:22 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-461888308.jpg

Swiss Olympian Fabian Bösch has social media users asking, "How'd he do that?"

Bösch posted a fun video to his Instagram account on Monday that's gone viral with more than 210,000 views. 

The skier held onto an escalator with his right hand and walked slowly along side the escalator until he was lifted off the ground. He rode the escalator to the top with one hand.

Bösch captioned the post: "After 20 years I still couldn't figure out how this thing works! Am I doing it right?"

One user, jaegerbombb91, commented: "Nice arm tuck #perfectform"

Bösch pulled his body up and crawled in between an opening in the railing once he arrived at the top of the escalator. 

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<![CDATA[Olympian Chris Mazdzer Downs a Pizza Slice in 1 Gulp]]> Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:21:54 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Chris_Mazdzer_Wins_Silver_Medal_in_Luge.jpg

Chris Mazdzer's silver medal in the luge, the first singles medal ever for Team USA in the sport, may not be his most impressive accomplishment. 

While in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Mazdzer ate a slice of pizza seemingly without chewing all of it, and it was caught on video. 

U.S. bobsledder Lauren Gibbs took to Twitter to share Mazdzer's special skill.

"This ice savage won an Olympic �� last night! I’m not going to say it was because of his pizza eating skills but....." she tweeted.

The USA Luge team replied, "Is that some kind of magic trick? It's just gone!"

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<![CDATA[Shaun White Burger Sells for Nearly $1,000]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 20:31:18 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shaun_white_olympics_snowboarding_nbc_NUP_178234_0926.jpg

The "Flying Tomato" has his own hamburger - and he got to eat it.

Team USA's Shaun White got that nickname after he won his first gold medal at the 2006 Olympics. The red-headed White was seen in South Korea with his new signature burger on Sunday. 

Restaurant owner and chef Cha Gwen Sol advertised the Flying Tomato burger for 1 million won in South Korean currency, or $920, as a gimmick. The menu states the signature burger is available only to Shaun White.

“Is it real? This is Shaun White? It is not a dream? Shaun White tells me it is real. Oh my God, unbelievable,” Cha told Reuters

The menu description reads: "The best special thing, This is only for Shaun White, my wish for your gold medal."

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White's coach, J.J. Thomas, posted a video of White with the burger on his Instagram page, which has since been deleted. 

According to Reuters, the snowboarder ate the burger for free with friends. It had two patties, two slices of cheese and two chicken wings. 

Cha didn't think White would actually show up at his Pyeongchang restaurant, and plans to see him compete in the snowboard halfpipe on Valentine's Day. 

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<![CDATA[The Stache Heard Round the World]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:05:14 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ROBERT+JOHANSSONS+STACHE+THUMB.jpg

Norway’s Robert Johansson may have gotten the bronze medal in the ski jump, but his mustache takes home the gold. Johannson said he started growing it two years ago and it has treated him well ever since.

<![CDATA[Colossal 213 Pound Bagel Breaks World Record in NYC]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:43:39 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/huge_bagel_1280x720_1158097987829.jpg

The smell of onions filled the Acme Smoked Fish warehouse as onlookers packed the room to watch an attempt at building the largest bagel and lox sandwich ever recorded. In a partnership with Zucker’s Bagels shop, the celebration arrived just in time for National Bagel and Lox Day Friday.

The enormous bagel weighed in just over 213 pounds, making it the New Guinness world record holder for the largest bagel and lox sandwich. It included 30 pounds of smoked salmon and 40 pounds of cream cheese.

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The event was held at the Acme Smoked Fish facility on 30 Gem Street in Brooklyn, where Acme co-CEO Adam Caslow and Zucker’s Bagels shop founder Matt Pomerantz attempted the feat. 

According to a press release from Acme, “The companies will follow the rules set forth by the Guinness Book in order to set the record, and the sandwich will be carefully constructed and weighed before it is cut and distributed to the crowd.”

The crowd went wild after the sandwich was confirmed to weigh in over 200 pounds. Caslow, before the sandwich was completed, said he thought the task was going to be impossible.

“I want to thank everyone for being here,” he said. “I thought [Richie] was nuts. I thought there’s no way. It can’t be done. There’s no way to make the biggest bagel and lox that weighs 200 pounds.”

After the sandwich was weighed, it was sliced up and handed out to everyone to enjoy.

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<![CDATA[Is This the Worst Bed Bug Infestation Ever?]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:47:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+HOUSE.+THUMB.jpg

A New Jersey house may be home to one of the worst bed bug infestations ever seen. Pest control found thousands of the tiny bloodsuckers all over the house and it took three months to get rid of them all.

<![CDATA[Libraries: A Surprising New Home for Bed Bugs]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:44:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+LIBRARY+THUMB.jpg

It may surprise you to learn that libraries have become a hotspot for picking up bed bugs. So as you turn the pages on the latest teen vampire novel, there may be an actual bloodsucker living inside.

<![CDATA[K-Pop Quiz: Olympians Guess If Groups Names Are Real or Fake]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:33:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/K-POP+THUMB.jpg

South Korea has a long history of producing and promoting hugely successful boy band and girl band pop acts known as “K-Pop.” We put the Olympians from Team USA to the test to see if they can tell the difference between real K-Pop group names and a fake ones.

<![CDATA[Norwegian Team Gets 15K Eggs After Google Translate Error]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:17:54 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-179504060.jpg

Google Translate is great for those who wish to browse news stories on foreign websites or get some help with that Spanish homework. However, the free language translation tool has its limitations and its translations can often be lost in translation, as Norway’s Olympic Team chefs recently learned.

The Norwegian camp needed some eggs for its athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea and turned to Google Translate for help drafting an order with a local Korean grocery store.

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But when a truck load of eggs arrived at their kitchen in Pyeongchang, they learned a translation error converted their order of 1,500 eggs to 15,000 eggs.

“There was literally no end to the delivery. Absolutely unbelievable,” chef Ståle Johansen told Norway’s Aftenposten.

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Fortunately, the chefs were allowed to return the extra 13,500 eggs, but they say Norwegian athletes in need of protein can still expect a lot egg-wise.

"There will be omelets, boiled and fried eggs and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. And we hope there will be a lot of sugar bread made for medal winners. We have made our provisions for that," Johansen told Aftenposten.

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Johansen said they serve the Norwegian team around the clock, and if the chefs run out of provisions, at least they'll know not to draft an order on Google Translate. 

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<![CDATA[Olympian Brianna Decker's Recurring Dinosaur Nightmare]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:18:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BRIANNA+DECKER+DREAM.jpg

We've all had that nightmare of being chased, and Olympian Brianna Decker is no different, although her nightmare has a Jurassic twist.

<![CDATA[Giant Wad of Crumpled Cash Found on Wall Street]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:11:27 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Money+ICY+SOT.jpg

A giant wad of crumpled cash was found on Wall Street, and there is no way it fell out of someone's pocket.

The car-sized wadded-up $1 bill popped up in the Financial District over the weekend, an impromptu installation by Iranian art duo known as ICY and SOT.

"We felt it was good timing because of Trump's tax cut. It's not fair that the wealthy people are going to get to benefit but middle class working people not. Most likely, Trump's tax cut winner would be Wall Street, the heart of capitalism," the brothers said.

The artists, brothers living in Brooklyn, said they only placed the giant wad of money on Wall Street temporarily to take photos of it and that they hadn't done anything illegal.

To the artists, the crumpled dollar bill represents both the greed and volatility of capitalism.

ICY and SOT’s work can be found in galleries in the U.S., China, Germany and other locations around the world.  

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<![CDATA[Wig-Wearing Woman in NJ Fraud Spree Nabbed After Near Escape]]> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 12:04:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/wig+bandit.jpg

Authorities have arrested a 43-year-old woman who has allegedly been involved in multiple fraud cases in various New Jersey counties after nearly losing the elusive wig-wearing bandit earlier in the day, officials said Friday. 

Cops had been inundating social media with photos of the woman, and they say a bank teller in Asbury Park recognized her from those pictures on Thursday and called police. The suspect had allegedly tried to make a withdrawal using a fake ID and stolen debit cards using the drive-up window at a PNC Bank on Sunset Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. As cops were on their way, bank staff said they though it was the same woman who had allegedly tried to commit similar fraud at other places that same day. 

When cops showed up to the bank, the woman noticed them and drove off. One cop tried to follow but police say she made several evasive maneuvers and lost him. 

About 15 minutes after cops got the call from the bank, there was another call about a woman trespassing on Heck Street, which was the same area in which the suspect's vehicle was last seen. She was gone by the time cops got there, but police were told she had been seen removing a vehicle's license plate and then running away, through a parking lot. 

The same cop who had tailed and lost her before recognized the vehicle as the same one from the bank. Cops flooded the area and found the woman not far away, on Asbury Avenue. She had identification on her indicating she was Brooke B. Slade, a 43-year-old woman from Arizona. Cops say she was positively identified as the woman in the earlier case at the PNC bank and the woman involved in the trespassing incident and was taken into custody.

Slade is charged with a litany of crimes, including eluding, Xanax possession, receiving stolen property, and a number of driving offenses. Cops say she is believed to have engaged in multiple fraudulent acts in various jurisdictions in the state, and is thought to be the same person of interest out of Toms River and Wall Township. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Slade's arraignment hadn't been scheduled as of early Friday morning. It also wasn't clear if she had an attorney. 

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<![CDATA[Big Fish! NBC10 Morning Team Tries Ice Fishing]]> Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:13:00 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice+Fishing+Vai+Sikahema.png

NBC10's Vai Sikahema and Tracy Davidson take to the ice to catch some fish (or one very small fish) as they get a feel for Minnesota life while at the Super Bowl.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Thought She Missed Super Bowl After Surgery]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:02:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FB+Super+Bowl+Teen+THUMB.jpg

Haley Parks thought she missed watching the Philadelphia Eagles play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl after waking up from surgery to get her wisdom teeth removed. Her mother recorded the entire conversation, assuring her daughter that she did not miss the Super Bowl, and that she still had time to give the the Eagles a "pre-talk" if she wanted. Super Bowl LII is this Sunday on NBC.

<![CDATA[Too Cold for the Water Gun at Super Bowl in Minn.]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:15:10 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Frigid_Temperatures_in_Minneapolis.jpg

NBC10's Brittney Shipp is in Minneapolis with the weekend forecast for Super Bowl LII, and it's cold. Just how cold? So frigid that water from a Super Soaker freezes in the air.

<![CDATA[Philly vs. Boston Accents]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:29:30 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SUPER+BOWL+WORDS+Thumb.jpg

Water. Yard. Bagel. Car. Although the two cities heading into the Super Bowl this weekend are geographically close to one another, you’d never know it from the different ways they pronounce these words. Watch to learn all the nuances of the Philadelphia and Boston accents.

<![CDATA[Emotional Support Peacock Denied Flight at Newark Airport]]> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:40:17 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Peacock-plane-diptych-2-0130.jpg

A colorful scene took place as a woman tried to board her emotional support peacock on a recent flight departing from Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday.

The unidentified woman alleged she bought a second ticket for her emotional support peacock, but United Airlines refused to let the bird board the flight, Live and Let’s Fly reports.

The oversized bird can be seen perched on a suitcase cart handle in photos posted on social media.

"I'm not kidding this woman is wrangling her peacock into the airport," said one woman shooting video. "Right now. Wrangling a peacock into the airport. Yep. That happens all the time."

She added, "what the hell, New York?

United Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Hiller said in a statement the "animal did not meet the guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport."

The airline also referred to federal Department of Transportation guidelines regarding “unusual animals,” which are evaluated on a "case-by-case basis."

The topic of emotional support animals on flights has come to the forefront in recent weeks.

Delta Airlines issued new regulations on emotional support and service animals on Jan. 19 requiring passengers who want to fly with animals must provide proof of their pet's training and vaccinations 48 hours before they board.

Delta will also require passengers who bring support animals to provide a document signed by a veterinarian or licensed mental health professional verifying that their animal can behave. The new regulations will take effect March 1.

United said it is reviewing its existing policy in an "effort to better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities."

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<![CDATA[Eggs, Chairs Fly During Massive Brawl at NJ Denny's]]> Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:33:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dennys+grand+slam+breakfast.jpg

Police are looking for the brawlers involved in a wild melee in a New Jersey Denny's over the weekend that sent chairs crashing into plates of pancakes and diners ducking for cover. 

It's not clear what spurred the fight early Saturday at the restaurant in Vineland, but social media users caught the fisticuffs on camera. 

The footage shows more than a dozen people chucking chairs across the restaurant. Plates of unattended food get smashed and people scream as they take off in an attempt to avoid the debris. 

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The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office called the fight "nonsensical behavior" in a Facebook post and added that it was planning to charge those involved with criminal mischief. 

Anyone with information on the fight should call 856-691-4111.

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<![CDATA[NJ Baseball Team Being Renamed the 'Pork Roll']]> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:19:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trenton-pork-roll-0125.jpg

Love for pork roll (or Taylor Ham, depending on where you live) runs deep in the Garden State. So deep, in fact, that one minor league team is changing its name in honor of the regional delicacy. 

The Trenton Thunder announced that the team will change its name to the "Pork Roll" each Friday for the upcoming season. The change comes complete with new jerseys and a logo that both mimic the popular processed meat. 

"Pork Roll is a New Jersey staple that can be served on everything from breakfast sandwiches to burgers and we're thrilled to celebrate it on a daily basis at ARM & HAMMER Park," said Jeff Hurley, the team's general manager and chief operating officer.

He added, "Re-branding ourselves as the Thunder Pork Roll on Friday nights is the perfect way to celebrate a Garden State favorite!"

On May 18, the first Friday the team -- the Yankees' double-a affiliate -- will wear the get-ups, the team will be giving out pork roll aprons and $1 pork roll sandwiches.

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