<![CDATA[NBC Boston - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcboston.com/news/weird http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC Boston http://www.nbcboston.comen-usSun, 28 May 2017 23:47:00 -0400Sun, 28 May 2017 23:47:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Two Japanese Melons Sell For About $13,500]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MELONS_MONEY_052617-149581826045600001.jpg

A pair of Japanese Yubari cantaloupe melons were sold for about $13,500 at the first auction of the harvest season in Sapporo. The Yubari melons are known for their perfect proportions and are often given as gifts. They are only grown in Yubari, a small town on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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<![CDATA[Airborne Jeep Slams Into Occupied Home]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CarHouse0525_MP4-149574723881800001.jpg

A Jeep flew into the side of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, duplex Thursday morning, to the disbelief of a tenant who was sleeping inside. 

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<![CDATA[New 'Soundwave' Tattoos Can Talk, Play Music]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+SOUNDWAVE+TATTOOS+THUMB.jpg

What if tattoos could talk? That's what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating a waveform of the audio. They can print out these waveforms and have them turned into tattoos. They can point their mobile phone or tablet device at the tattoo and use the app to play back the sound.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff: DUI Suspect Hit 'Don't Drink and Drive' Patrol Cruiser ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:28:39 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/205*120/DUI+Suspect+Paul+Wilkins.jpg

A 63-year-old Florida man was arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly damaged a newly unveiled "Don't Drink and Drive" patrol car in a crash.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says Paul Wilkins drove into a traffic control point near U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said Wilkins drove through cones, hit a detective’s car, and pushed it about 30 feet into the department’s brand new "Don't Drink and Drive" police cruiser. Both cars were parked, with red and blue lights flashing.

Wilkins told police he did not see the cars or the emergency lights flashing. No one was injured.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI.

Wilkins was taken to Citrus County jail in the new drunk-driving awareness cruiser emblazoned with the slogan "a cop or a cab, you decide."

It was not immediately clear if Wilkins had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[‘T-Rex’ Spooks Horses on City Street]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HORSE_SCARED_051917_3-149521821406400001.jpg

A person in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume allegedly growled at a pair of horses pulling a carriage in Charleston, South Carolina. The horses were frightened and caused the carriage to jackknife, injuring the driver.

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Haircut Around]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 15:11:22 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FIRE_BARBER_051817_1-149513075332800001.jpg

A barber in Cairo, Egypt, is using fire to style and straighten his clients' hair.

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<![CDATA[SUV Sinks Into Beach as Man Tries to Take Photos of It]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 09:38:10 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/suv+land+rover+sinks+into+jersey+shore.jpg

A man trying to take scenic photos of his SUV by the Jersey Shore ended up trying to dig the vehicle out after it started sinking into the water-logged sand, officials said.

State Park Police responded to a call Tuesday about a vehicle stuck at Island Beach State Park, about 15 miles southeast of Toms River, officials said. A tow company arrived around the same time to find the man at the surf line with his vehicle.

Video posted to Facebook shows the man using what appears to be a shovel as he tries to dig free the white Land Rover from the sand. At one point a wave crashes over the vehicle as he continues to dig. 

Officials said it was low tide when help arrived and the tow company was able to easily remove the SUV. 

The driver had a Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permit, which allows him to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on fishing beaches. He was not issued a summons, officials said.

Witnesses said the man insisted on driving the vehicle away after it was towed, even though its lights were flashing and its engine was making strange sounds. 



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<![CDATA[Woman Found With Bearded Dragon in Bra After OUI Crash]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 23:47:15 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/amy21.jpg

A Massachusetts woman was found with an exotic lizard in her bra following a drunk driving arrest on Tuesday, police said.

Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, of Newton, was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger and a marked lane violation. Her car hit six mailboxes before it left the roadway and went onto a lawn — flattening all four tires and ripping off both bumpers —Tuesday afternoon on Staple Street in Taunton.

"She came down here and went airborne," said Faith Adams, a witness who described the crash path into the mailboxes.

When police arrived and approached Rebello-McCarthy, they said she began laughing. She was also slurring her words and at times drooling.

Before she was transported to the police station, she told police that she had a bearded dragon in her bra.

"You have to keep the lizard warm, they're cold blooded. That's why she carried it in her bra," Cindy Berglund, another witness to the crash, said.

Berglund added that the driver was mumbling when she got out of the car.

"She couldn't stand up. She couldn't talk," Berglund said. "She was out of it."

A man who was with her — who police said was also slurring his words — was found with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon tucked in his waistband. The man was taken into protective custody. The gun turned out to be an airsoft gun, not a real firearm.

The bearded dragon is in the possession of the Taunton animal control officer.



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<![CDATA[Thief Steals Nearly 700 Parking Meters]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 11:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/239*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-16+at+10.17.48+AM.png

Nearly 700 parking meters have been stolen from downtown Stockton, California, over the past year.

"We don't understand why they're down here because they're not making that much money," Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said.

The city said each meter theft costs them $800, including lost revenue and installation fees.

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<![CDATA[Man in Bunny Suit Approaches Children]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 06:31:40 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_bunnyman0512_1920x1080.jpg

Police in Grand Forks, North Dakota are investigating after a man wearing a bunny costume came close to luring a little girl in the back of his van.
 



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<![CDATA[Girl's Wedding Photos With Burrito]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 13:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/051217+main+burrito+wedding+photo.jpg What if you loved a burrito so much you married it? A teenager in Loudoun County, Virginia, loved a burrito so much she had beautiful, backlit "wedding" photos taken with it.

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<![CDATA[‘Niagara Falls’ of Feces Floods NJ Woman’s Home]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:01:49 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/river+of+feces+at+home+in+NJ.jpg

A broken sewer line sent raw sewage flowing out of a basement toilet and bathtub this week in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Owner Eloise Smart-Loadholt described a "river of feces" flowing non-stop throughout the basement, where she lives in the home.

Smart-Loadholt said when she discovered the messy scene she found a pair of boots and immediately called for help.

“I mean feces is pouring out of the toilet, pouring out of the tub like a river. I said, ‘Niagara Falls is coming here?’” Smart-Loadholt said.

According to workers nearby, a sewer main cracked, and because her basement is below the level of the pipe, the feces from multiple homes literally ran back downhill, flowing out of her toilet and bathtub.

Photos Smart-Loadholt took show murky water covering the floors of her home. 

Smart-Loadholt was trying to get the foul odor to go away Thursday. The carpeting was ripped out, most of the furniture was outside, and fans were blowing and windows were open.

The sewage flow was finally stopped but it will take a couple of days to repair the sewer main so that she can start using her toilet again.



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<![CDATA[Plea for Free Wendy's Nuggets Becomes Most Retweeted Tweet]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 11:13:07 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/wendys-GettyImages-80846912.jpg

A Twitter user's joking request for help to getting free Wendy's chicken nuggets for a year has earned him a spot in the record books.

As of Tuesday morning, Carter Wilkerson, @carterjwm, had more than 3.43 million retweets for a tweet asking for help getting the 18 million retweets Wendy's account said he'd need to earn free chicken nuggets for a year.

He's still shy of that goal, but it's enough to top Ellen DeGeneres' selfie with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from her 2014 hosting stint at the Oscars, which previously held the record for most retweeted. It only took Wilkerson a little over a month to do.

"Hey @TheEllenShow sorry about that... Can I still keep my TV and Underwear??" Wilkerson tweeted Tuesday.

Twitter verified that his tweet is now the most popular, as did the Guinness World Records Twitter account. DeGeneres' account did not immediately respond.


Wilkerson joined Twitter in 2014 and says on his website he's 16 and from Reno, Nevada. He'd been on the record with his love for Wendy's' chicken nuggets, tweeting in January that he recommends them to everyone.

His quest began in early April, when he tweeted at the fast food chain, "Yo, @Wendys, how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" 

The official Wendy’s account replied with "18 million." Undaunted, Wilkerson replied, "Consider it done."


He began the journey with 138 followers and now has over 100,000. "After I received an outrageous goal of 18 million, I just thought of it as a silly joke to laugh at with my friends, so I replied "Consider it done." Then it took off and now I am making twitter history," he says on his website.

To mark his victory, Wendy's is donating $100,000 in Wilkerson's name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a foster home charity, Twitter said.

Oh, and he's getting the free chicken nuggets, through a gift card, according to Twitter. Or as @Wendys put it, "He gets them nuggs."

Wilkerson also raises money for charity, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, by selling shirts he made with his hashtag, #nuggsforcarter.



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<![CDATA[Bear Visits Conn. Woman's Home, Paws at Back Door ]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 23:12:46 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AVON-BEAR-ON-DECK.jpg

A resident of Stagecoach Road in Avon, Connecticut, received an unexpected visitor last week.

A black bear showed up on the woman's back deck Wednesday morning while the homeowner was making brownies.

The woman said the bear spent about half an hour on the deck, standing up and putting its paws up on the glass sliding door leading to the kitchen.

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She told NBC Connecticut the bear had visited the backyard before, adding that she had previously taken steps to prevent bears from being attracted to the yard.

The bear eventually left, but the incident has neighbors spooked.

“Sometimes I let my dogs out in the back and do their thing," Charlie Whitney said. "But now that seemed pretty aggressive and I may have to rethink letting my dogs out unsupervised."

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it was aware of the incident but did not respond. A neighbor came to assist the homeowner in shooing off the animal.

The department noted that the tags on the bear's ears don't mean the animal has a history of bad behavior. Many bears are tagged in each ear for research purposes during hibernation season.

Officials said they are looking into the bear's behavior to see if any action needs to be taken. However, they stressed that it's common for bears to come onto decks or porches and that it's becoming more frequent as the bear population grows.

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<![CDATA[Colonel Sanders Pens KFC Romance Novella for Mother's Day]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 19:15:54 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tender+Wings+of+Desire.JPG

Colonel Sanders is the author of a new KFC romance novella, "Tender Wings of Desire," being offered for free ahead of Mother's Day.

Yes. Really.

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"This Mother's Day, let Colonel Sanders take care of dinner... and mom's fantasies," a shirtless man said in a video tweet pinned to the top of the chicken chain's Twitter account.

The book is being offered electronically for free on Amazon Kindle. According to the description, it features Lady Madeline Parker, who has run away from Parker Manor.

"When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion," the description says. "Can love overcome lies? What happens in the embrace of destiny, on the Tender Wings of Desire?"

The 96-page novella is dedicated to "mothers everywhere... a brief escape from motherhood into the arms of your fantasy Colonel. Whoever he may be."



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<![CDATA[TSA Holds Public Auction of Confiscated Items]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 13:57:19 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/TSASale0505_MP4-149400606345600001.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration collects millions of dollars in lost and confiscated items each year, which is then sold to law enforcement or sent to public auction. Pocket knives, watches, snow globes and baseball bats are among some of the items up for grabs from Phoenix, Arizona's Sky Harbor Airport this week. 

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<![CDATA[Students Crawl Through Air Duct to Steal Finals Exam: Cops]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 13:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_examtheft0505_1500x845.jpg

Two University of Kentucky students are facing felony charges after allegedly crawling through an air duct to enter a professor's office and steal a copy of their final exam. WLEX's Conroy Delouche reports.

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<![CDATA[Pigeon Sneaks Into Apartment, Lays Eggs in Pasta Strainer]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 06:32:25 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_PIGEON_050417_1-149391348540900001.jpg

Upon returning home from a vacation, a Brooklyn, New York, woman was surprised to find a pigeon with two eggs living inside her pasta strainer.

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<![CDATA[Life-Size Ronald McDonald Statue Goes Missing in NJ]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 09:23:06 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/mcdonald+statue.jpg

Authorities are looking into whether the Hamburglar has an alibi after someone stole a Ronald McDonald statue from a McDonald's in New Jersey. 

The Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office says the life-size fiberglass statue of the fast-food chain's clown character sitting on a bench was taken from the McDonald's in Clinton between 11 p.m. on April 26 and 10 a.m. on April 27. 

It weighs about 250 pounds, authorities said. 

A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest or an indictment. Anonymous tips can be called to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-321-0010.



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<![CDATA[The Museum of Ice Cream Opens in Los Angeles]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 06:28:51 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+MUSEUM+OF+ICE+CREAM+THUMB2.jpg

The Museum of Ice Cream opened a location in Los Angeles after it became a hit in New York City. The pop-up pop art experience features everything from a mint chocolate chip “grow room” to the famed “sprinkle pool” centerpiece that is filled to the brim with sprinkles attendees can dive into.  If it’s cold, sweet or something that would be welcome on a sundae, you’ll probably find it there.

Check out a 360 VR tour of the museum below.


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<![CDATA[UC Davis Now Sells Plan B and Condoms From a Vending Machine]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:16:34 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_birthcontrol0427_1500x8451.jpg

Students at the University of California, Davis, can now purchase $30 Plan B emergency contraceptives, pregnancy tests, condoms and other personal care products from a vending machine. The idea came from UC Davis senior Parteek Singh, after a friend was unable to buy emergency contraceptives in time. 

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers 'Tricked' Into Honoring Ku Klux Klansman]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:11:51 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_kkkresolution0428_1500x845.jpg

Lawmakers in Tennessee are crying foul after Republican Rep. Mike Sparks sneaked in a resolution to honor former Ku Klux Klansman Nathan Bedford Forrest with a bust under a different name. The resolution passed unanimously, 94-0, and the bust was installed at the state Capitol before lawmakers realized the mistake. 

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<![CDATA[Drug Smuggler Turns Meth Into Art]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:57:36 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_potterymeth0426_1920x1080.jpg

A man's elaborate plan to deal drugs ended in disaster when detectives discovered he had pottery shipped to Florida that was covered with $600,000 worth of meth paste.



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<![CDATA[Who's The Fairest? 'Most Beautiful Bulldog' Takes Home Crown]]> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:38:32 -0400 Owners: Angela and Tom Miller ]]> Owners: Angela and Tom Miller ]]> http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Winner-Prudence---Angela--Tom-Miller---Des-Moines---Iowa.jpg Proud pet parents from Washington to Illinois bought their English bulldogs to vie for the title of "Most Beautiful Bulldog" at Drake University. Punk rockers, cheerleaders and one Audrey Hepburn walked and pranced for judges in front of 1,200 bulldog fans at the university's 38th "Beautiful Bulldog Contest."

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<![CDATA[Nordstrom Selling 'Fake Mud' Jeans With Hefty Price Tag]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/211*120/nordstrom+fake+mud+jeans.jpg

Nordstrom is lighting up the internet with some expensive jeans that are caked in fake mud.

On its website, the luxury fashion retailer is selling a pair of working class-inspired jeans coated with what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating."

The price? $425!

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action" and when worn show "you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to the description online.

It quickly generated a storm of interest online after TV host Mike Rowe blasted them as "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic" in a Facebook post."

Even U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., tweeted about it:

Nordstrom didn't immediately reply to request for comment from NBC over the internet's response.



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<![CDATA[300 Pounds of Banned Yak Meat Seized at NYC Airport]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:46:00 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/YAK+MEAT.jpg

Customs agents seized nearly 300 pounds of banned yak meat at JFK Airport after a shipment was found hidden in sweaters, shawls and pants, officials said Tuesday.

While yak meat is not illegal in America, importing the meat from countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease or other infectious cattle viruses is prohibited. In this case, the seized meat came from Nepal. 

Certain seeds are also prohibited from import into the United States due to concerns about possible native plant contamination. Those, and dung pods, were included with the yak meat in the 291-pound-plus seizure.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, foot-and-mouth disease is a "worldwide concern that can spread quickly and cause significant economic damage." The import from Nepal was destroyed, authorities said.  

It wasn't clear if authorities had identified the person or persons responsible for the shipment. 



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<![CDATA[The Real Origin of '420']]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+420+ORIGINS+THUMB.jpg

There have been many myths about where the slang "420" originated from, but here's the real story behind the term.

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<![CDATA[Mystery in C: Who Stashed Gold Inside a British Piano?]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17110502014108-british-piano-mystery.jpg

British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.

The school that owns the piano and the tuner who found the gold are now in line for a windfall after a coroner investigating the find declared it treasure. But a couple who owned the piano for three decades before donating it to their local school will likely miss out.

Coroner John Ellery said Thursday that, despite a thorough investigation and a public appeal for information, "we simply do not know" who concealed the coins.

The hoard was discovered last year when the piano was sent for tuning in Shropshire, central England. Under the keyboard — neatly stacked in hand-stitched packages and pouches — were 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns minted in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Piano tuner Martin Backhouse said when he found the pouches and slit open the stitching, he thought: "Ooh, it looks like there's rather a lot of gold in this."

The hoard, which weighs 6 kilograms (13 pounds), has not been formally valued. But Peter Reavill of the British Museum has said the trove is worth a "potentially life-changing" amount.

Revenue from items declared "treasure" is generally split between the owner — in this case, the Bishops Castle Community College — and the finder.

The piano was owned for 33 years by Graham and Meg Hemmings, who donated it last year to the school near their home. But Meg Hemmings said she's not bitter at missing out on treasure that was right under her nose.

"The sadness is, it's not a complete story," she said. "They've looked and searched for the people and they unfortunately haven't come forward.

"It's an incomplete story — but it's still an exciting story."



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<![CDATA[Giant Easter Gator Breaks Into Family’s Porch]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:02:54 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/235*120/gator+on+porch.JPG

A 9-foot alligator gave a South Carolina family a scare Easter morning, but they managed to capture it all on video. Homeowner Steve Polston says they thought someone was breaking into their house when they found the gator had climbed on the porch.

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<![CDATA[National Animal Cracker Day: Fun Facts]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:04:49 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+ANIMAL+CRACKER+FACTS+THUMB2.jpg

April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day. Here are some fun and surprising facts about the sweet treats.

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<![CDATA[Ostrich Captured After Chase Following Barn Fire]]> Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:42:48 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/OstrichChase.jpg

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<![CDATA[The Buck Stops Here: Feuding Deer Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:48:04 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DEER27.jpg

An Ohio police officer’s dash cam caught two deer run out from some trees, get up on their hind legs and scuffle. The fight didn’t last long before they put down their dukes and ran off.



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<![CDATA[Homeless Man Robbed NYC Churches to 'Get Back at God': DA]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:58:17 -0400 http://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ChurchesTempleBurglaryQueens.jpg

A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to prosecutors.

Woznik allegedly told police at the time of his arrest he was "mad at God" and denounced religion, saying his break-ins were an attempt to retaliate.

"I'm mad at God. I don't like church no more. I don't want to deal with religion," court documents say he told police. "I'm sick and tired of hearing about religion. I don't break into houses, only churches. I break in to get back at God."

Joseph Woznik was arrested Wednesday, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Thursday.

Between March 21 and April 10, Woznik allegedly broke into the Bangladesh Hindu Maunder Temple in Flushing, Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians church in Woodside, St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and St. James Episcopal Church in Flushing, according to criminal complaints.

An employee at the Hindu temple found cash missing from three donation boxes forced open on March 21, prosecutors said. Fingerprints lifted from the boxed allegedly matched Woznik's. 

Woznik allegedly burglarized St. James Episcopal Church three times between March 24 and April 10, according to prosecutors. He allegedly stole a Canon digital camera, $1,800 in cash and three checks; two of those items were recovered from his backpack at the time of his arrest, investigators said.

With it being Holy Week, religious leaders said they're not angry, but they do hope he gets help.

"I would tell him that he should find God first and see that God is not a reason to do something bad or damaging," said Justin Bertea of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox Church.

"Maybe for us as a religious organization, we haven't lived up to what we need to do," said Rev. Paul Lai of St. James Episcopal Church. "So that's why someone who was in a crisis didn't get the help."

The 23-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.

Woznik is also wanted by Orange County officials in Florida on a fugitive from justice charge. He is accused of burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief, according to prosecutors.



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