<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/weird http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usThu, 15 Nov 2018 03:58:35 -0500Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:58:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The 'World's Longest Hair Competition']]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 07:34:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hair+screenshot+%281%29.jpg

Women from Lithuania competed for a title of who had the longest hair. The winner got an all-expenses-paid trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg or Brussels.

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<![CDATA[Giant Python Discovered Among Texas Goodwill Donations]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:54:22 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-snake.jpg

A shocking discovery Thursday at the Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth sorting center now officially tops the list of bizarre donations they have been forced to handle: an albino boa constrictor snake.

“I was tipping this machine, and when I brought the bin back the snake was hanging over the edge,” said Tassy Rodgers, who works in donation processing. “I was a little freaked out and thinking this cannot be fake; it’s gotta be real.”

The snake was very much real, and is now in the care of the Goodwill staff until its rightful owner can be located.

The belief is that it did not slither its way into the southeast Fort Worth sorting center and was instead dropped off — either on purpose or by accident — at one of the 38 donation centers in the Fort Worth area.

“I just don’t know what the context is of how this snake got to us,” said Goodwill assistant manager James Murphy. “There are multiple steps this snake had to take to get here.”

“I don’t know if someone may have [dropped it off] maliciously,” Murphy said. “Maybe they wanted to get rid of it and weren’t quite sure how, or maybe it just wanted to get warm. It was in a pile of clothing.”

Thankfully for the snake — and for the other employees — Murphy has previous experience owning and handling snakes and other exotic animals, so he was prepared to help as opposed to panic when he got an urgent knock on his office door Thursday.

“They’re very strong and they are constrictors. So if he didn’t want to let go of that bin, it would have been hard to get him off without hurting him,” Murphy said. “So, we tried to coax him to start slithering, to relax his muscles and that’s when I started holding him. Eventually he relaxed enough for me to get him in that bin.”

A snake expert told NBC 5 that boa constrictors are not venomous and are generally fairly calm though they could bite when threatened.

Editor's Note: The snake in this story was previously identified as a python. NBC 5 has since learned it is a boa. We regret the error.



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<![CDATA[Man Gets Entire Back Tattooed With Michael Jordan's Jersey]]> Thu, 25 Oct 2018 20:38:11 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-225307.jpg

When it comes to tattoos paying homage to Chicago, this one is a slam dunk.

It goes beyond the World Series rings, the skylines, the logos and even the Stanley Cup trophies.

One man tattooed his entire back with Michael Jordan’s “23” jersey, even adding Jordan’s signature in the number “2.”

A video showing the tattoo was posted by Front Tattoo on Instagram Monday, where it has been seen more than 192,000 times.

Photos from other accounts by the artists show at least three tattooers working on the intricate piece at a time.

Even rapper Common shared video of the finished product.

“A while ago, I put up a video of a dude playing basketball in a park dressed as Michael Jordan. He had on the full @chicagobulls @nba Finals uniform along with arm sleeve,” Common wrote. “I declared him the biggest Jordan fan EVER! Until this........”


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<![CDATA[Mother Stages Fake Kidnapping Threat with Headless Doll]]> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 07:06:16 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_dollthreat1023a_1920x10801.jpg

Florida police have arrested a mother accused of orchestrating a fake kidnapping scheme targeting her 12-year-old daughter. Investigators say 36-year-old Tammy Steffen had a friend place a headless doll on her own porch as a way to get back at a former business partner.

 



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<![CDATA[‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted Off Antarctica]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:06:02 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SeaCucumber-Chickenmonster.jpg

A sea creature nicknamed the “headless chicken monster” was seen near Antarctica on a long-line fishing company’s underwater camera system. The bizarre-looking creature is actually a sea cucumber.

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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect Poured Maple Syrup on Police Cruiser]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2018 18:10:56 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000019190137.JPG

After a suspect was caught on camera pouring maple syrup all over police cruisers in Rindge, New Hampshire, Police Chief Dan Anair is calling for the end of a longstanding Halloween tradition in town.

On Tuesday, NBC10 Boston spoke with residents in Rindge who described mayhem around Midnight on Saturday.

“A lot of screaming, lots of obscenities, a lot of cars screeching up and down the streets,” said David Jadlocki.

The tradition has gone on for more than 18 years. Right before Halloween, some teenagers in town toilet paper the common. But this year, police say about 30 teenagers were wreaking havoc Saturday night - toilet papering the town, lighting couches on fire in the middle of the streets, dumping trash, throwing bottles and cans at cars, and pouring maple syrup on police cruisers.

“I was told, ‘boy, you have yourself quite the sticky situation,’” chuckled Chief Anair.

He says he’s only laughing because no one got hurt. Anair says the tradition has gone too far.

“It’s the level of disrespect,” he said. “I am at the point where this is no longer acceptable.”

It seems neighbors agree with the Chief.

“Kids need to learn to take pride in their town,” said Lorraine Stenerson.

“Let’s build our community rather than tearing it apart,” Jadlocki added.

When NBC10 Boston asked 4-year-old Vanessa Cloutier if she liked the toilet paper, she said, “No…because the naughty kids did all of this.”

And the chief says it’s time those “naughty kids” are held accountable.

He is asking the public to help identify the teen in the video, encouraging others involved to come forward, and calling for an end to the decades-old toilet papering tradition.

“Let’s quit while we are ahead because someone is going to end up getting hurt,” Chief Anair said.

Legally, the kids could face vandalism charges, but the chief says this year, they will just be referred to a juvenile diversion program.

Next time, he says he won’t be so lenient.

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

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<![CDATA[Man Wearing Fishnets, Devil Horns Arrested for Trespassing]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:10:51 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/101718+eric+mann+merrimack+arrest.jpg

A New Hampshire man wearing a long black wig and devil horns was arrested after he allegedly tried to break into a home.

Merrimack police responded to call for an attempted breaking-and-entering around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Grouse Lane. The resident said the suspect was attempting to open doors and was banging on windows.

At the scene, police said they saw someone, later identified as 31-year-old Eric Mann of Merrimack, standing near the home’s emergency access gate. He allegedly ran off after seeing officers, which led to a brief foot pursuit.

Mann, who was wearing makeup and fishnet stockings, was caught by officers and arrested. He was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

"The subject initially appeared to be a female with long black hair, costume devil horns, makeup as well as women's fishnet type stockings," police said in a press release.

Man is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 29 in the Ninth Circuit Court in Merrimack. It is unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Watch Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Florida Keys]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 04:44:34 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/220*120/101418+pumpkins.jpg

A creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys to carve pumpkins.

The event took place at the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday near Key Largo.

Underwater artists of all ages used dive knives and carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures. Participants were also challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while the artists worked their magic.

Sebastian Gimeno, 16, and his brother Gabriel, from Weston, impressed the judges with their dolphin and half-moon cutout to win a dive trip.

Other pump-kin entries included sharks, a sea horse, an eel, sea turtle and a skeleton fish.



Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Runaway Pig Lured Home by Deputy's Doritos]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 22:56:11 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/SB+Loose+Pig.jpg

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies in California had to reach into their bag of tricks — or lunch bag of tricks — to corral a portly pig that had gotten loose.

The two deputies from the Highland station responded to a call of a pig "the size of a mini horse" wandering the streets. They decided the path of least resistance was to sacrifice a bit of their lunch to create a trail of chips to entice the pig back home.

He followed them and was secured inside of his gate. The deputies even knew where to take him because they had encountered him on previous calls.



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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Corgis Descend on DC's Jefferson Memorial]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:14:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/corgi+8.JPG Hundreds of corgis and other dogs from across the D.C. area gathered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin on Sunday for the "Million Corgi March."

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<![CDATA[Rainbow Lobsters: Rare Crustaceans Found in New England]]> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:39:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/lobster-split.jpg Lobsters are not uncommon in New England, but rare-colored crustaceans make for some excitement. Some have gone on display at aquariums and science centers.]]> <![CDATA[Couple Sets Up Tent on Subway, Crawl Inside, Smoke: Witness]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 05:21:04 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DoNb4XrUwAAAy0T.jpg

A couple got onto a subway train at the start of the evening rush Friday, set up a tent, crawled inside and brazenly began smoking drugs to the shock and disgust of other passengers in the train car, one of whom relayed the event to News 4 New York over Twitter.

A witness tweeted both the MTA and News 4 New York when a man and a woman got on the southbound 2 train at 233rd Street in the Bronx, pitched a green and blue camping tent, and crawled inside to "smoke some sort of a drug." 

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"They have the car train door open, exposing passengers to drugs," the rider tweeted to NYC Transit just before 5 p.m. "Please alert the conductor or police." 

The witness moved from the car with several other passengers after smoke began filling it. 

"I'm sick and tired of these people on the trains," @Indepublican told News 4. "This drug epidemic is outrageous." 

The witness didn't elaborate as to why he or she suspected the two people were smoking "drugs."

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Authorities responded quickly to the tweet, however, and the NYPD Transit Chief jumped in to ask where it was unfolding.

The police response played out live over Twitter, with @NYPDTransit assuring the rider that officers had located the train and were "investigating now."

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Two minutes later, @Indepublican replied to @NYPDTransit: "They just walked away with the police. Thank you officer!" 

A message left with the MTA regarding the incident was not immediately returned. 

Police on Saturday said they received a 911 call reporting a tent set up inside a subway car around 5:11 p.m. But when officers arrived at the Jackson Avenue subway station in the Bronx, they didn't find anything. 

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<![CDATA[Mosquitoes in Field Forced Booze Bandit to Surrender: Police]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 20:58:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/johnmosquitoes.jpg

Mosquitos drove a man out of the Wisconsin cornfield he was hiding in after police say he swiped more than $500 in liquor from a Piggly Wiggly supermarket and led authorities on a three-mile car chase.

A Cambellsport police officer responded to grocery store about 6 p.m. last week on Sept. 18 where he said he saw a man running out of the store with the hot hooch, getting in a car and taking off. The officer pursued the suspect for about three miles, he said, but halfway through the chase the alleged booze bandit took off on foot.

Officers had a dog and a drone assisting them in their search for the man. Shortly after the search began, police received a call that man was attempting to hitchhike in the area.

When police approached the man he threw his hands up and admitted "I am the guy you’re looking for," according to a police report.

Police said the man quit running because he wasn’t familiar with the area and the mosquitoes were "really bad."

The man even asked an arresting officer to wipe 15-20 mosquitoes off of his forehead, police said.

John Wilson, 39, of Fond du Lac, Wisc., was charged with fleeing from an officer, retail theft, obstructing a retail officer, and operating after revocation of his license, police said.



Photo Credit: Cambellsport Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Execute Special Rescue in Webster, Mass.]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:32:29 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Webster+Steel+Necklace.jpg

Firefighters in Webster, Massachusetts have been seen at fires, car accidents and all sorts of other rescue calls, but they found themselves in a unique situation on Thursday.

A woman showed up at a fire station in town with a steel necklace around her neck, one that she couldn't remove. That is, until Deputy Chief Chris Jolda and Captain Kevin Adams got to work.

Jolda had attended a class a few months ago presented by PL Vulcan dealing with such a specialized rescue, and within minutes, they were able to successfully remove the steel ring.


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<![CDATA[Cop Takes Selfie With Raccoon Busted in Woman's Bathroom]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:55:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/raccoon+on+thing.jpg

A raccoon busted pawing through a woman's bathroom cabinet was subjected not to a mugshot, but to a selfie.

The rogue raccoon was looking somewhat guilty when it was caught with its arm in the bathroom cabinet of a home in Pinellas County, Florida, this week.

"A masked bandit!" Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned a photo of the perp on Facebook." The raccoon is shown perched atop the bathroom cabinet with its tail hanging down, one paw in the cabinet, the other gripping the mirror for stability. 

The woman "was quite surprised to find this furry intruder in her home when she woke up!" police said.

The officers said they were able to catch and release the vain intruder safely, but not before taking a quick selfie.



Photo Credit: Pinellas Country Sherrif's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fan Struck by Blue Jays Player's Wayward Bat at Fenway Park]]> Thu, 13 Sep 2018 10:40:32 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/206*120/091318+fenway+fan+hurt.jpg

A man was struck in the head with a bat Wednesday at Fenway Park after Toronto Blue Jays’ Devon Travis lost control of his swing.

It was the eighth inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Blue Jays when the incident happened. The man was sitting in the box seats when the second baseman's bat cleared the safety netting and landed 15 rows above the dugout.

Other fans dodged the bat as audible gasps were let out. Security rushed to give the man towels and recover the bat. The man was able to stand up and shake his fist to acknowledge the crowd, which caused an eruption of cheers. He then walked himself to a stretcher that security retrieved for him.

A Red Sox spokesperson said the fan was treated at Fenway then taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. His current condition is unclear.



Photo Credit: Jim Davis via Boston Globe]]>
<![CDATA[Crazy Video: Masked Burglar Tunnels Into Calif. Store]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 04:28:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/giphy-burglar-dairy-new.gif

A man was caught on camera after he allegedly tunneled into a store in La Verne, popping out from a hole in the wall while wearing a white mask and crawling around on his knees in a bizarre robbery attempt Monday.

In over 40 years of business, the owners of the Inland Dairy Store at the corner of White Avenue and First Street near the L.A. County Fairground say the store has never been broken into, let alone in such a strange way.

The owner, who didn't wish to be identified, said he couldn't believe what he saw when he reviewed the video with police.

The surveillance video shows the man suddenly pop out from a tiny space in between two refrigerators, knocking a soda display to the ground. The sodas explode on impact.

The man, identified by La Verne police as Rudy Mindiola of Pomona, crawls around on his knees for several minutes trying to open doors.

The only time he gets up on his feet is when the alarm is triggered and he bolts back to the tiny hole police say he made to crawl inside.

La Verne police officers responded minutes later at 4 a.m. Police found a hole in the wall of the store when conducting a perimeter search.

They said they ultimately found Mindiola hiding in some brush along the nearby train tracks.

Mindiola faces commercial burglary charges after police said they found specific tools when they arrested him.

It's not immediately clear if Mindiola has an attorney who can speak to his arrest.



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<![CDATA[Mexican City of Guadalajara to Allow Sex in Public]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:58:43 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/couplemexGettyImages-77418399.jpg

The authorities of the city of Guadalajara, considered to be one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, approved a law that allows sexual relations in public view, unless there's a public complaint. 

With the legal reforms, the police will no longer have the authority to sanction public sex acts, so long as there isn't a complaint from a third party. 

"Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention," details the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government. 

The changes were issued in the capital of the state of Jalisco under the argument that the police should focus on combatting crime and not bother those who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.

That change has caused indignation among many citizens who label it as a moral issue, and also warn that it makes it easier for rapists and pedophiles to abuse their victims.

Once these changes go into effect, the police will only be able to detain and fine those who have intimate encounters in public view if there is an expressed complaint from other citizens. 

This initiative has a history in the world, now that Vondelpark in Amsterdam, one of the most popular public parks in the capital of the Netherlands, has allowed sex in the open air spanning over a decade.

The only rules in Amsterdam are to keep the space clean, the activities should be conducted in areas away from dedicated child zones, and if there's too much noise, police can ask the lovers to leave. 



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<![CDATA[Woman a Self-Appointed ‘Bachelorette’ in NYC Tinder Scam]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:11:53 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tinder+Logo+Generic.jpg

Although she wasn’t handing out any roses, one woman in NYC managed to trick dozens of men into competing for a chance to date her in a stunt that became her very own version of “The Bachelorette.”

According to Gothamist, dozens of men arrived at Union Square on Sunday evening expecting to go on a fairly normal date with Instagram model Natasha Aponte, only to discover that they were all being strung along by the same woman.

The stunt went viral when Twitter user @bvdhai posted a thread detailing his own experience with the massive Tinder scam.

According to @bvdhai, everything had started out fairly normal when he first matched with Aponte on Tinder. The two made small talk and soon exchanged numbers.

Aponte ended their conversation by saying that she was busy with a work presentation, assuring @bvdhai that she would reach back out to him when she had more free time.

The concept of being ghosted is common in the land of dating apps, so @bvdhai figured that Aponte had just made up an elaborate excuse to stop talking and that he would never hear from her again.

Much to his surprise, Aponte contacted him two weeks later, inviting him to check out a DJ with her near Union Square.

It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Square and noticed a large crowd of men loitering by the DJ’s stage that he started to think something weird was going on.

When Aponte took to the stage herself with a microphone, his fears were confirmed.

“Then she says I’ve invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her,” @bvdhai tweeted.

Even though @bvdhai praised Aponte’s “fallopian fortitude” at pulling off the scam, he wasn’t quite ready to volunteer as tribute. He chose to leave instead.

Many of Aponte's victims were offended by the scam, walking away from the scene without a second look or yelling out profanities at the woman who had misled them.

Several other men, however, did decide to play along with Aponte’s game.

According to NY Mag, Aponte quickly went to work cutting down her pool of suitors by asking those with certain characteristics to leave, including anyone who supported Trump, was looking for just a hookup, or had a beer belly.

As the crowd thinned, Aponte asked the remaining men to participate in physical tests like push-ups and sprints. She also allowed the men to give 1-minute pitches as to why she should date them.

According to reddit user UncleChen69, the 22-year-old Aponte was joined by two women dressed as referees to help monitor the competition.

Many men left the park with bruised egos and newfound trust issues that night.

Aponte has received a notable amount of backlash online for her actions, both from men who were victims of the scam as well as outside observers.

She has since changed her Instagram account to private.

At this time, it’s unclear whether Aponte picked out a winning man for her date.



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<![CDATA['Baaaaaad Boys': 2 Goats Roam Tracks of NYC Subway]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:55:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/goats+on+subway+tracks.jpg

Goats have to commute, too. 

Two goats were spotted roaming on the above-ground N tracks near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday morning, and after about an hour, the MTA said it had to reroute trains on the line so cops could safely catch them.  

The MTA says it called NYPD and Animal Control about the goats, who were on the tracks between the Fort Hamilton and New Utrecht stations, before 11 a.m. By 12:30 p.m., the goats were still on the tracks. They were surrounded.  

Transit officials tweeted a picture of the black and white goats, captioning it, "Two very baaaaaad boys." N trains were running on the D line in both directions from 36 Street to Coney Island as crews worked to corral them.

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They were tranquilized a short time later and have been taken to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, who has a history of bringing rescued animals to that farm.

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It's not clear how the goats got on the tracks, nor where they came from, but it is the third recent incident in a nationwide goat-on-the-lam trend. 

First, more than 100 goats ran amok in an Idaho neighborhood, eating everything in sight. 

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Less than two weeks ago, 75 goats (and sheep) escaped a New Jersey livestock auction and went wandering around Hackettstown. In that case, it appeared someone may have left a gate unsecured.

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<![CDATA[Bright Red Outdoor Urinals Pop Up in Paris]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 05:04:02 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/paris-potty.jpg

The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go. 

Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds. 

Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports

Not everyone is saying oui, oui to the attention-grabbing boxes, which include signs illustrating how to use them.

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A local mayor told the Times he would consider a "fine tuning" of the location of the urinal but stressed it was necessary to cut down on public urination. 

Outdoor urinals aren't an only-in-Paris thing. San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to install an open-air urinal in 2016 with the "pissoir" that city authorities placed in Dolores Park in 2016.



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<![CDATA[Giant Lobster Named After Bon Jovi]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:36:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bon-jovi-lobster.jpg

There's Bon Jovi the rock star and then there's Bon Jovi the rock lobster. 

Jon Bon Jovi stopped at a Long Island supermarket on Saturday to help promote his son's new line of rosé, surprising shoppers at the Farmingdale store. 

But perhaps most surprised was a 19-pound lobster who was named "Bon Jovi" in honor of the "Wanted Dead or Alive" singer. 

Bon Jovi and his son Jesse were also greeted by Stew Leonard, Jr., the CEO of the eponymous grocery store chain. 

They were promoting "Diving Into Hampton Water" rosé, which will be available throughout the East Coast. Stew Leonard's Wine and Spirits is launching the sale of the wine. 



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<![CDATA[Bigfoot Lumbers Into Virginia Congressional Race]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:57:51 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/bigfoot-candidate.jpg

Bigfoot is now a campaign issue in a Virginia race for U.S. Congress.

Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse her Republican opponent Denver Riggleman of being a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

Riggleman said the attack stems from satirical Instagram posts depicting a nude Sasquatch.

Riggleman told News4 that he does not believe Bigfoot exists but that he's fascinated by the mythology of the ape-like creature.

He accused Cockburn of taking out of context pieces of a long-running joke he’s had with friends. He said he didn’t know a subset of erotic fiction depicting sexual encounters with Sasquatch existed until Cockburn brought it up.

"This has been one of the most bizarre, surreal and funny things I’ve ever experienced," he said. 

The two are running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. It runs from the North Carolina border to Northern Virginia and includes Charlottesville.

The seat is currently held by Republican Tom Garrett, who announced that he's an alcoholic and will not seek re-election.

Cockburn's first tweet about Bigfoot is accompanied by a screenshot of an Instagram post showing a hand-drawn hairy, bearded figure with a censored bar over the groin area. 

The Instagram caption says “Cover art for #matinghabitsofbigfoot almost complete. I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box….”


Cockburn then tweeted a second screenshot depicting Sasquatch with another censored bar and a crudely pasted square photos of Riggleman on the head.

The caption reads, “My “buddies” thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or 2… “Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him…”

The tweets caught fire, and the story has gotten national coverage. 

The Cockburn campaign declined to say whether they had evidence Riggleman had written Bigfoot erotica.

"Sounds to me like the same old 'locker room talk’ defense. Denver is just more of the same,” Cockburn’s campaign manager, Louise Bruce, said in a statement.

Riggleman said he did write a book titled "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him," but it’s not erotic fiction. The cover image he posted on Instagram was a joke from a friend, he said. 

Riggleman said the unpublished book is a collection of Bigfoot stories shared among friends for more than a decade.

“All of the stuff you see is just 14 years of joking,” he said.

Riggleman told News4 he helped write a short story with outdoors writer Don Barone. It is titled, “Bigfoot Exterminators Inc. The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.”


Riggleman, who is a co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia, accused Cockburn of distracting voters with the erotica allegations posted to her Twitter account.

During the campaign, Cockburn has faced accusations of anti-Semitism, and Riggleman has been accused of supporting white supremacists.

The Republican Party of Virginia accused Cockburn, a former investigative journalist, of anti-Semitism over a 1991 book she co-authored. She has denied the claim.

The book, called "Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship," examines the history of relations between the two nations.

Melvin Leffler, a public policy scholar and history professor at the University of Virginia, told The Roanoke Times "the book contains no evidence that Cockburn is anti-Semitic."

Bruce did not address the Virginia GOP's allegations that Cockburn’s book was anti-Semitic.

Bruce drew a stark contrast between the two candidates, warning Riggleman would continue Garrett’s “far right voting record.”

She tied his candidacy to Senate hopeful and Republican firebrand Corey Stewart. Cockburn took on Washington special interests when she was a journalist and gave voice to people unable to speak for themselves, her spokeswoman said.

The pro-Democrat group Blue Virginia accused Riggleman of campaigning with Isaac Smith, who they called a white supremacist. Smith is one of the founders of Unity and Security for America, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper called the organization "a fledgling group that calls for 'defending Western Civilization.'"

Riggleman wrote an editorial published in the Roanoke Times on July 25 renouncing white supremacy.

He quipped Monday that Cockburn's mudslinging may not play well in the rural areas of the district, warning she could be "alienating Bigfoot voters."



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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Plays Catch With Dog Over Fence]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 19:47:51 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TWITTER+DOG+VIDEO.00_00_08_14.Still003THUMB.jpg

This cute Twitter video that has gone viral shows a little 2-year-old playing catch with a neighbor's dog over their fence. The dog and child play together every time they're both outside at the same time.

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<![CDATA[Dino Derby: T-Rexes 'Race' at Washington Racetrack]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:30:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/trexgif.gif

You haven't seen a derby like this. Racers in T-Rex costumes took a turn on the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, in a hilarious 10 second sprint caught on cam. 

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<![CDATA[Mattress Firm Hiring 'Snoozetern' to Join Social Media Team]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:22:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/071718mattressfirms.jpg

You don't have to stay awake at work as a Mattress Firm intern.

The national mattress company said last week it's hiring what it's calling a "snoozetern" to help the its social media team tease product launches and assist customers in selecting the ideal bed.

The intern, who will be based at Mattress Firm's headquarters in Houston, will be responsible for testing beds, creating written and video reviews for the store's website, offering sleeping tips on Facebook Live streams and generating videos that highlight Houston residents' sleeping habits.

"We are excited to hire our first ever Snoozetern," said Chief Marketing Officer Scott Thaler in a news release. "It's not every day that an intern is hired to sleep on the job, but that's just one of many perks."

The job is paid but part time. Applicants must be 18 or older and "proficient in napping, regardless of time of day." But Mattress Firm also wants applicants to know how to use a variety of video editing software, according to the snoozetern website. Applications are due July 23.



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