<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usMon, 20 Feb 2017 23:47:32 -0800Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:47:32 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Student Grades Ex's Apology Letter]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:07:23 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.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.

The college student posted the letter to Twitter on Friday with all of his corrections and suggestions in red ink. The tweet has since garnered more than 311,000 likes and 106,000 retweets.

He first noted an indention error and criticized the long introduction. Then, he scrutinized the body and statements made throughout the letter.

His ex blamed herself while admiring her former lover. However, she made one detail clear: "I never cheated on you."

Lutz wrote in response: "Strong statement. No supporting details to support your hypothesis."

The UCF student corrected a misspelling too: "loose" to the more appropriate "lose."

At the end of the four-page letter, Lutz pointed out that his ex had a "strong hypothesis but nothing to back it up." He added that "details are important" and that she needs "to stop contradicting your own story and pick a side."

Lutz signed the letter, "good luck."

We're not sure if his ex has moved on, but it sure does look like Lutz is not interested in rekindling the love.



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<![CDATA[SoCal Weird News]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:44:16 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sea+lion+in+store+2.jpg Enjoy images of LA's most memorable weird moments.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Pulls Over HOV Violator with Mannequin Passenger]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:25:45 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/HOV+mannequin+passenger.PNG

A Washington State Patrol Trooper pulled over a driver for trying to pass off a mannequin as a passenger in the HOV lane.

The violator was driving 81 mph in the HOV lane with the blonde-haired “young lady” in the passenger seat, according to Trooper T. Bartolac.

HOV lanes on highways are designed to encourage ridesharing to reduce traffic and are reserved for any vehicle carrying two or more people.

The driver of the vehicle was ticketed for speed and an HOV violation.

“On the positive side they were both wearing seat belts,” Bartolac tweeted. 



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<![CDATA[Ohio Woman's Final Jab at Trump]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:02:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.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 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.

A member of Huron County Democratic Party and a poll worker, Smith’s daughter told the Sandusky Register that her mother "doesn’t like the man, she never has."

"She had seen that in somebody else’s obituary and kind of made a note of that," said Deborah Lucal.

Smith was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA and an avid volunteer, as well as an active member of her church and a travel enthusiast.

Despite Smith’s preference for blue when it came to her politics, Lucal told the Register that her mother requested everyone wear red to her funeral, in celebration of her life.

Smith was hardly the first to make a political statement in her departure.

A Pennsylvania chiropractor who passed away in Jan. 2016 at the age of 70 had just one request for his mourners: "In lieu of flowers, please don't vote for Donald Trump."

His son told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he and his brother decided to include the line after seeing a New Jersey woman’s obituary the previous August, asking loved ones not to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Though commentary came from both sides of the afterlife aisle, one Virginia woman’s obituary broke with the partisan trend in her post-mortem political plea.

"Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God," her May 2016 obituary said.



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<![CDATA[Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Lost Continent]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:55:37 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.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.

"If we could pull the plug on the oceans, it would be clear to everyone we have mountain chains and a big, high-standing continent above the ocean crust," Nick Mortimer, a geologist at GNS Science in Dunedin, New Zealand, told Reuters.

Zealandia is believed to have broken away from Australia about 80 million years ago and sunk beneath the sea as part of the break-up of the super-continent Gondwanaland.



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<![CDATA[Golfer Takes on Gator to Save Dog]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:44:33 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_manfightsgator0217_1920x1080.jpg

Florida golfer Lucky Copps lived up to his name recently when he jumped into a pond to save a friend's dog from an attacking alligator.



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<![CDATA[Ducks Take Over Russian Park]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:46:28 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Russia_Winter_Ducks_1200x675_879876675519.jpg

Thousands of ducks have taken up residence in the famous Peterhof Park near St.Petersburg, Russia for the winter instead of migrating to warmer places.



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<![CDATA[Brewery Offers Paid Leave for Workers Who Rescue Dogs]]> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:23:27 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.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.

This "paw-ternity" leave includes puppies and full-grown dogs. Considering that Americans spend more than $60 billion each year on their pets, according to the American Pet Products Association, the paw-ternity idea is now starting to find support in the U.S.

"It's not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home," company co-founder James Watt told KARE-11 TV.

"We wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy or dog into their family."



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<![CDATA[Thousands of Dead, Dying Bees Wash Ashore in Fla.]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:57:08 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/020717+bees+wash+up+in+naples.jpg

Thousands of dead and dying bees are washing up on a popular beach in Southern Florida.

Naples beach goers had to watch where they stepped Tuesday after some people say they have been stung just along the shoreline, according to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV.

Martha Duff lives in Naples and recently had a painful encounter with the bees.

"I've been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn't know what it was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction," Duff said.

Naples residents say the problem started only a few days ago. They are both concerned and confused.

"Why are there bees? Where are they coming from? And why are they in a very specific area of the beach?" Duff said.

A bee expert told WBBH that seeing bees wash up at the beach is very unusual. The cause could be anything from a nearby pesticide spraying forcing them to the water or a swarm flying overhead that became exhausted and flew into the water.



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<![CDATA[Doctor Removes 130-Pound Tumor From Mississippi Man ]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:57:06 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/docGettyImages-71205638.jpg

A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.

Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on Jan. 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning to Gulfport, Mississippi.

The tumor probably started as an ingrown hair that became infected, swelled and developed its own blood supply, Logan's surgeon, Dr. Vipul Dev, told the Bakersfield Californian.

It sprouted from his lower abdomen more than a decade ago.

Doctors told him: "You're just fat, it's just fat," Logan told KERO-TV in Bakersfield.

The tumor grew so massive that it hung to the floor when he sat.

"I used to equate it, you just put a strap around your neck and carry three bags of cement around with you all day long, just swinging," Logan said.

Virtually unable to move, he spent most of his time in a recliner in one room of his home.

By the time the tumor reached 130 to 140 pounds, doctors told Logan it was too risky for him to have surgery, giving him only a 50 percent chance of surviving it.

But his wife, Kitty, scoured the country for specialists to perform the operation and found Dev, who had performed similar surgeries.

"She just kept pushing," Logan told the Californian. "She wouldn't let me quit."

Logan finally made the 2,000-mile, 40-hour trip to Central California with his chair bolted to the floor of a cargo van, "just like I was in my living room at home," Logan told the paper.

Logan is now recovering and last Thursday he was able to walk for practically the first time in years.

"My feet are together," Logan said, wiggling his toes in his hospital bed. "They haven't been together in years."

He is looking forward to returning home and resuming his life, out of an armchair.



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<![CDATA[Texas Family Finds Snake in Toilet, Then 23 More in Their Home]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:07:55 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-03-10h24m10s160.jpg

You can expect to find snakes in a Texas yard, in a pile of leaves or maybe in the garden. But the toilet is usually the last place to look.

Usually.

Abilene mother of five Cassie McFadden woke up to a surprise when her 4-year-old son ran into the bedroom and informed her of a snake in their toilet. 

McFadden told a reporter for KRBC news she was forced to "hit it a few times, unfortunately." 

The incident made the family worry about what else may be lurking within their home. So McFadden's husband, Jason, took action.

"I didn't want to risk it," Jason McFadden said. "So that's when I felt moved to find a local snake removal company."

It's good he did. Big Country Snake Removal pulled 10 rattlesnakes from under the house and 13 from the cellar. 

Nathan Hawkins of Big Country Snake Removal blames the rain for the increase in snake sightings.

"The rodent population has been super high this year, therefore, more snakes," Hawkins said.

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<![CDATA[California's Groundhog Is a Tortoise]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:36:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/livingdesertmojavemaxine.jpg

When is a groundhog a tortoise?

It sounds like it might be a riddle from a whimsical storybook or some age-old philosophical question, the kind of brainteaser that makes us ponder the nature of animalia, nature and the world.

But here's the straightforward answer: A groundhog is a tortoise when Californians speak of Mojave Maxine, and not Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, at the start of February.

The furry superstar Punxsutawney Phil is the impressively toothed prognosticator who predicts if spring season will arrive early, or if winter will persist. On Feb. 2 each year, Phil emerges from his burrow to look at his shadow. No shadow? Spring's on the way. Shadow seen? Better bundle up for six more weeks. (Phil said there's more winter to come for 2017.)

Mojave Maxine's claim to animal-cute, season-predicting fame doesn't involve her shadow. At The Living Desert animal park in Palm Desert., Maxine's mavens -- devotees of the desert tortoise and schoolkids across the region -- keep an eye on her scrubby, rock-lined burrow, waiting for her to trundle out after a brumation, a reptile's hibernation period.

Now that Punxsutawney Phil's big moment has wrapped, when will Mojave Maxine emerge in 2017? Giving us all the tortoise-authenticated sign that spring in California, or at least the California desert, is definitely nigh?

There's a contest each year for students to guess the date and time the hard-shelled star will make her first cameo of the year.

One clue as to her pattern? Mojave Maxine left her burrow on Feb. 8 in 2016, so we may see her soon. Keep a watch on The Living Desert, which will announce the tortoise's emergence and the end of California winter.



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<![CDATA[Pet Python Stuck in Owner's Ear]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:04:28 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_snake0202_1500x845.jpg A Portland woman rushed to the emergency room after her pet snake became stuck in her gauged earlobe.]]> <![CDATA[Florida's Manatees Predict Different Super Bowl 51 Winner]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:23:34 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/HughSuperbowlPick_20170201_12.jpg

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium resident manatees Buffett and Hugh have been predicting the winner of the Super Bowl since 2008.

Americans will bet $4.7 billion on Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, according to an estimate released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association (AGA), marking an 11 percent rise from last year’s Super Bowl

Without analyzing the statistics and gameplay of both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, which manatee should you place your bets on?

According to Mote, Buffett has accurately predicted the Super Bowl winner eight of nine times and Hugh has been right five of nine times.

This year, "Buffett knew exactly who he wanted to pick and went straight for the Atlanta Falcons. Hugh was a little undecided, but ultimately chose the New England Patriots," said Kat Boerner, Manatee Research Supervisor, in a press release.

Hugh and Buffett are the world’s most extensively trained manatees, Mote says. The training the facility focuses on revolves around husbandry behaviors, which help facilitate veterinary care, and research.

"By having the manatees trained to go to targets, we are able to maneuver them around the exhibit and ask them for a variety of behaviors," said Boerner.

A square PVC structure is placed in the manatee exhibit with a photo of the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, and all Hugh and Buffett had to do was touch one of the two targets.

In Norwalk, Conneticut, a seal at the Maritime Aquarium held her nose against a photo of the Patriots' helmet, taking her pick for the winner. However, do not hold your breaths, the aquarium’s seals so far are zero for five in predicting the winner of the NFL championship game.

Tune in to watch the Super Bowl LI at 6:30 p.m. EST Sunday in Houston, Texas, and to see which manatee, or seal, chose the right winner.



Photo Credit: Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Anybody's Guess: Callers Offer Theories on Mystery Booms]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:30:23 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/218*120/7-6-16-Alhambra.jpg

One woman said she heard a blast and saw a flash.

"It's constant," she said. "Sometimes it sounds like a shotgun."

Another caller said he had phoned Alhambra dispatch 15 times saying he has been hearing a loud boom every night, sometimes more than once a day. He speculated that it was drug dealers letting their colleagues know drugs are ready.

"They've got to figure out what this is," he said. "This has got to be escalated at this point."

A third caller said he thought people were driving around the city and dropping explosives.

"It's obviously an explosive projected from an automobile," the man told a dispatcher. "It was shaking the walls and then ka-boom!"

The reports are just some of the calls obtained by NBC4 from more than 100 people who reported the mysterious booms, bangs, gunshots, explosions, firecrackers, and M-80s to the city of Alhambra from January through the end of August last year, before the calls stopped.

Most of the calls were to the Alhambra Police Department, while a few were to 911.

The city reached out to officials with the Los Angeles County Public Works Department, Caltech, Union Pacific, the Southern Gas Co., and Southern California Edison last spring, but no one could figure out the source of the booms.

A Caltech scientist checked seismic activity which didn't offer an explanation, said Chris Paulson, the city's administrative services director.

Some speculate that the sounds that shake houses and trigger car alarms are the work of aliens and a job for "The X-Files'" Mulder and Scully.

"We have got to figure out what the hell this is," a caller told a dispatcher last June after saying he had reported the booms 15 times. "In Brazil, that's what they do to send the message that drugs are ready."

Another caller insisted the sounds were coming from someone in a car.

"These guys are obviously driving around town in a vehicle and tossing the explosive out of the vehicle," a caller told a dispatcher in May. "Obviously these people are operating from a vehicle because I know these explosions have been going all over town, ya know?"

A call hotline heated up during a two-minute period in March when dozens of callers reported the sounds.

One caller asked a dispatcher, "Do you guys have any idea what the heck that is?"

Dispatcher: "It could be a transformer."

Caller: "Right. But transformers don't ... I understand what you're saying. But this shook up the house."

Dispatcher: "Right. The transformer, when they do, you know, explode, it is very loud and it could even have a very bright flash of light."

Caller: "Right. Well I'm sitting here in my bedroom and I've got the windows open and I didn't see a light this time. Anyway, I just thought you guys might know what it is."

Following the January-through-August reports, the city hasn't received any further calls about the sounds, suggesting the source might remain a mystery.

"We did not discover any relevant information then, and since there has not been any damage to property or persons as a result of the noise, or any other evidence such as flashes or smoke, and given that it has not been reported in the past few months, we have not pursued this topic further," Paulson said. "Considering that we don't know the cause or source, I don't think we can definitively say it's over."



Photo Credit: Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News
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<![CDATA[Photos Show Cat's Amazing Transformation After Rescue]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:45:01 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sinbad+found.jpg The cat named Sinbad was found in terrible condition by utilities workers in a Chicago basement last year

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<![CDATA[This Dutch Ad For a Pregnancy Test Has One Glaring Problem]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:01:00 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PregoAd.jpg

The look of surprise and excitement on the faces of this couple in an advertisement for a pregnancy test would make sense if not for one bumpy issue.

The ad by the Dutch company Predictor shows a happy couple reacting to a positive pregnancy test, except they would have to be the two most clueless people on the planet to not have already reached that conclusion themselves. 

The image is of a happy couple reacting to the pregnancy test, with the woman already looking visibly pregnant.

The ad is tagged with the line, "When you need to know."

The end result is that if "you need to know," you might want to get on that about seven months earlier than this couple did.



Photo Credit: Predictor
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<![CDATA[Friends, Legislators Fight to Save NY Family's Support Pig]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:08:41 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/StatenIslandPig_Wilbur.jpg

Wilbur is at the heart of conflict again, except this time he's not in a barnyard watching over "Charlotte's Web," he's on Staten Island.

Reporters crowded the backyard of Cristy Matteo's Hylan Boulevard home. Friends, neighbors and fellow pig owners stood behind Matteo holding up homemade signs in support of the pig as she took her place at the podium. "Save Wilbur!" one sign said. 'Let Wilbur stay in his home!" read another.

New York City has ordered the Great Kills woman to get rid of her pet pig, who has served as her father's therapy pet, by Jan. 31. Matteo, whose father has cancer, called the situation "heartbreaking," noting that the pig has become a member of the family since she brought him home from Utah five years ago. 

"He's like my child," she said about the helpful hog. "He's very emotional, he's very caring."

Matteo had her initial health violation dismissed last year by a judge who found that the Wilbur didn't qualify as a "wild animal." However, she said her case was overturned when it was brought to Manhattan.

That's when the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordered the pig out of her home, otherwise he'd be seized by the city.

Wilbur is so much of a comfort to her dad, the National Service Animal Registry has deemed him an "emotional support animal". Her father's oncologist has even said that he's helped keep his stress levels down, according to Matteo.

"As soon as my father would walk into the house, Wilbur would lay down in front of him and my father would rub his belly for an hour just trying to take his mind off of the radiation treatment he had all day," she said. "He's no harm to anybody, he stays in the house 95 percent of the time wrapped up in a sleeping bag all day."

A spokesperson from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said that the DOH issued several warnings to Matteo prior to issuing the August 2016 order.

"The Health Department has been working with Wilbur's owner for a year now and we will continue to work with her as she transfers Wilbur to a sanctuary," the agency said in a statement Thursday. "While we can appreciate how emotional this issue can be, the Health Department's primary role is to protect public health."

He added that she agreed to have Wilbur sent to a sanctuary and chose the location in November.

The Department said the Board of Health mandated that pigs remain on the list of prohibited animals because there's no USDA-approved rabies vaccine for pigs.

State Sen. Tony Avella called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change the policy regarding pigs as support animals. He said that the city has failed to properly address the issue.

"There are municipalities across the country that do allow these animals, so why is New York City behind the curve?" Avella said. 

Avella says he proposed a state bill that would allow the state commissioner of the Department of Health to come up with regulations permitting municipalities to have support pigs, but the city council would need to mandate the bill for the proposition to take effect.

The state senator from Queens, who announced his New York City mayoral bid last month, says he'll change the laws regarding pet pigs if he is elected.

Staten Island legislators have also rallied behind the pig. The politicians sent a letter to the commissioner of the city Department of Health Wednesday requesting an exemption to allow Wilbur to stay put.

People have signed an online petition to keep Wilbur in Staten Island. As of Thursday evening, the family need a little over 100 signatures away from their goal of 10,000 signatures by Jan. 31st.

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<![CDATA[Jitney Bus Driver Busted for Dodging 653 Tolls: Cops]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:17:02 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/toll+evader.JPG

A New Jersey woman who drives a Jitney bus has been arrested for allegedly avoiding 653 tolls, amounting to more than $50,000 in unpaid tolls and fees. 

Port Authority police say an officer saw Bertha Moreno, 62, driving a 1991 white Jitney bus at the Lincoln Tunnel toll plaza in Weehawken Monday afternoon and recognized the vehicle registration as a known toll evader. The officer pulled the bus over and interviewed the West New York woman. 

According to investigators, Moreno had an E-ZPass in her bus but the pass was only appropriate for use in passenger vehicles. She was arrested on charges of theft of service and theft by unlawful taking for 653 alleged E-ZPass violations, racking up $50,990 in unpaid tolls and administrative fees. 

The bus was impounded. 

It wasn't immediately clear if Moreno had retained an attorney. IT also wasn't known if she drove the Jitney bus for a service. 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Skittles On Highway Mystery]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:28:29 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_skittles0119_1920x1080.jpg Deputies in Dodge County, Wisconsin, believe they've solved a sugary mystery after finding a portion of a highway covered with red Skittles.The fact that only red Skittles were found, and not the typical rainbow assortment, made the situation even more curious.

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<![CDATA[Wyoming School Says No Guns for Grizzly Bears]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:18:41 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_devosbears0119_1500x845.jpg Grizzly bears near Wyoming schools got national attention after Donald Trump's education secretary nominee mentioned them in a Senate hearing this week. Betsy DeVos suggested teachers in Wapiti, Wyoming, may need guns to fend off bears, but the school says that's not the case.]]> <![CDATA[Elephants Play in Snow]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:50:21 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-01-18-15h44m00s232.jpg An elephant named Lily has a silly snow day before it all melts. Conditions are not exactly an Asian Elephant's natural habitat here at Portland's Oregon Zoo, but it didn't seem to bother Lily and the others while they rolled and played in the snow.

Photo Credit: Oregon Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Black Dahlia Murder Anniversary: House Tied to Her Death]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:44:53 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/lloydwrightblackdahlia1.jpg

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<![CDATA[Mom-to-Be Wears Chewbacca Mask While in Labor]]> Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:27:32 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Katie-Stricker-Curtis.jpg

The force was definitely with Katie Stricker Curtis, 32, on Jan. 3 when she gave birth to her first child, a girl named Jayden Lee. The medical assistant from Windsor, Ontario, decided to don a Star Wars Chewbacca mask during labor, leaving the staff at Windsor Regional Hospital in stitches.

A ten-second clip of her going through labor while wearing the Chewy mask was posted to her Facebook page on Jan. 2 and has since gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

This isn't the first time that a Chewbacca mask made the news in a hilarious way. Earlier this year, another video of a woman in a Chewbacca mask got the Internet buzzing. Candace Payne, aka “Chewbacca Mom” filmed herself sitting in her car and gleefully laughing as she tried on the new Chewbacca mask she had just purchased at Kohl’s.

“I had seen the original Chewbacca video over the summer and thought it was so funny!” said Curtis. “I watched it over and over and laughed and laughed!”



Photo Credit: Katie Stricker Curtis
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<![CDATA[Community Embraces Goat Neighbors]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:31:57 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_goats0109_1920x1080.jpg A large herd of goats has become a popular fixture in one Florida community. Neighbors have been visiting and feeding the goats for years, but many had no idea how the animals ended up there.

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<![CDATA[New York Subway Riders Ditch Pants]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:59:33 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NO+PANTS+THUMB.jpg New York Subway riders were in full winter attire except for their pants as part of the annual 'No Pants Subway Ride.']]> <![CDATA[Surfing on Lake Michigan in Winter]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:43:35 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SURFER_CHICAGO_THUMB.jpg Hear from a group of surfers who ventured out to surf on Lake Michigan in the middle of winter.]]> <![CDATA[Man in Fedora Robs Liquor Store With His Hand]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 21:10:04 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/fedora-robber-010517.PNG Police are trying to find a man who robbed a convenience store Nov. 11 wearing a fedora and pretending his hand was a gun. (Published Jan. 5, 2017.)

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<![CDATA[Auto Dealer Commercial Bloopers Go Viral ]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:47:17 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/WhiteBearMitsubishi.png A blooper posted on an auto dealer's Facebook page may prove to be the better marketing strategy, after White Bear Mitsubishi's outtakes reel gathered millions of views in just two weeks. The commercial, posted on Dec. 23, 2016, tickled viewer funny bones after a white bear mascot is shown slipping multiple times throughout the recording. (Video courtesy White Bear Mitsubishi)]]> <![CDATA[Mandy Moore Shower Mosaic ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 13:12:02 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629176044.jpg

A mural of Mandy Moore was said to be found inside an apartment shower in Queens — a piece of art that inspired the singer and actress to respond on Twitter.

Roommates apparently discovered the life-sized, sepia-toned mural after they bought the apartment. It appears to depict a bikini-clad Moore brushing back her hair.

The mural came to light after Peter Kaplan posted a photo of it to Twitter on Monday, writing “My friend’s friend bought an apt in Queens and there was a Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower.”

A text message accompanying the photo suggests that some people didn’t believe the mosaic was of Moore, but a years-old photo of the singer matches up perfectly.

Moore, 32, even responded to Kaplan on Twitter: “It’s equal parts flattering and terrifying??”

Some Twitter users chimed in with photos and descriptions of unusual mosaics they’d discovered in bathrooms over the years. Others posted tweets of admiration or sarcasm — “it’s the most magical thing ever” and “it’s a fabled mandy moorsaic.”

Still others weren’t so happy about the mural’s existence. One apparent Queens resident wrote: “damn these people for giving my borough a bad name!”



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