<![CDATA[NBC Boston - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcboston.com/news/weird http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usMon, 20 Nov 2017 16:09:16 -0500Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:09:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[6-Foot Croc Spotted Sunbathing on Florida Beach]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:34:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/112017+crocodile+captured+hollywood+beach.jpg

A 6-foot crocodile was spotted sun bathing on a Florida beach Monday morning, drawing dozens of onlookers as it sat in the surf.

Police responded to Hollywood Beach near N. Surf Road and Haynes Street after witnesses reported seeing the crocodile walking along the shore around 7:30 a.m.

Officials said marine patrol earlier saw the crocodile near the Dania Beach Pier.

Video footage showed the croc lying on the shore line, its head facing toward the sky as waves rolled over its body. 

At one point it moved further into the water before returning above the surf. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the scene as Beach Safety officials kept beachgoers and onlookers away from the animal.

Officers were eventually able to capture the croc on the beach.



Photo Credit: NBC 6
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<![CDATA[Researcher in Va. 'Half Car Seat, Half Man' Video Revealed]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:57:51 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/080717+car+with+hidden+driver.jpg

The identity of the "half car seat, half man" who sped away from NBC Washington transportation reporter Adam Tuss in August has finally been revealed, after Tuss caught up with the man whose car seat disguise went viral.

Josh Radlbeck was driving an unmarked gray 2017 Ford Transit Connect that at first appeared to be driving itself around Arlington, Virginia, thanks to Radlbeck's car seat costume.

He didn't answer questions when he was approached by News4's Tuss, speeding away and leaving Tuss confused.

"Your brain can't get around it for a second," Tuss said at the time. His tweets with video of him confronting the minivan were shared hundreds of times. 

"Brother, who are you? What are you doing? I'm with the news, dude," he said as he tried to get the man in costume to talk with him. 

Tuss later learned the driver wasn't a prankster but part of a research project from Virginia Tech, and met Radlbeck this week.

Radlbeck now says he was a little bit rattled when Tuss knocked on the van's window, letting him know he was a reporter.

"I was pretty stressed out," Radlbeck said with a smile. "Especially after that tweet about running the red light." 

Tuss tweeted as he broke the story that Radlbeck ran a red light. News4 later confirmed Radlbeck broke no laws as he sped away from Tuss.

As soon as Radlbeck saw the reporter, he realized it would be a big story. 

"I'm like, oh man, this is going to blow up and I don't think there's anything I can do to stop it now," the researcher said in his first interview since the incident.

Radlbeck has been studying self-driving vehicles at Virginia Tech for five years. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says it's collected 40 million miles of data from real-world driving tests.

For now, Radlbeck continues being the "car seat" man, all in the name of research.



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<![CDATA[Flight Attendant Puts on a Show for Safety Announcements]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:37:27 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/flightattendant.png

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was captured putting on a little show during safety announcements.

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<![CDATA[Tampa Man Faces Eviction Over Emotional Support Squirrel]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:52:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/FL04M_SUPPORT_SQUIRREL_FIGHT_1200x675_1094912579807.jpg

A Tampa man is fighting to keep what he calls his "support squirrel" in his condo. Jamel Lanee spoke to the man who just got an eviction notice.

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<![CDATA[Police: License Plate Made From Pizza Box Doesn't Fly]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:58:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fake+license+plate1.jpg

Police in Massachusetts are warning drivers not to make their own license plates after one car was recently spotted with a homemade one.

On the Hopkinton Police Department's Facebook page, police posted a picture of a green Buick Century with a "fake" license plate they said was made from a pizza box and had the numbers drawn in with magic markers.

"Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates... don't," read part of the Facebook post.

Charges for the driver include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching fake license plates.

The driver's name wasn't released.



Photo Credit: Hopkinton Police Department via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[637-Pound Green Bean Casserole Is a Record-Breaker]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:39:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ho-ho-ho-casserole.jpg

A heaping Guinness World Record-breaking serving of green bean casserole was dished out at Macy's Herald Square Thursday, tipping the scales at 637 pounds a week ahead of Thanksgiving. 

The popular Turkey Day side dish was cooked up by Green Giant and Stella 34 Trattoria using 780 cans of green beans, 53 cans of mushroom soup, 32 quarts of milk and 65 pounds of fried onions. It took more than six hours just to open all the cans. 

After it officially broke the record, the casserole was donated to Citymeals on Wheels to help feed nearly 2,000 New Yorkers confined to their homes for personal health or mobility issues.



Photo Credit: Jason DeCrow/AP for Green Giant]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Hands Out Free Doughnuts During Armed Robbery]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:07:58 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/donut+store+robbery.jpg

Police are searching for three suspects who were caught on video robbing a Texas doughnut shop and giving out free pastries to customers inside the store.

Houston Police Department's Robbery Division released surveillance video Tuesday of the robbery at Shipley's in North Houston.

Video shows three suspects enter the doughnut shop around just before 3 p.m. Monday. One of the supects is holding a handgun and jumps the counter demanding money from the cash register. Another suspect also jumps the counter while the third male approaches two customers inside the shop and takes their cellphones. 

"During the robbery, the male that took the customers cellphones jumped over the counter and offered them doughnuts while the other two suspects were robbing the employees," Houston Police said. 

Surveillance footage shows him handing out doughnuts to the customers as the three suspects are leaving the shop. 

All three men are wanted on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, the police said.



Photo Credit: HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT]]>
<![CDATA[No Kidding: These Goats Are for Delivering Flowers]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:37:41 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/goat+pic.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Chubby Raccoon Gets Stuck in Sewer Grate]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:39:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FAT+RACCOON+THUMB.jpg

A heavyset critter was found stuck in a sewer grate in a Northern Chicago suburb. Zion police officers came upon the “little” creature and with the help of animal control were able to free him. Perhaps he will stick to salads from now on.

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<![CDATA[Raccoon That Ate Too Much Got Stuck in Sewer Grate: PD]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:02:12 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/racoon+zion.png

Turns out the feeling many people relate to after a big meal isn't unique to humans.

One raccoon in a Chicago suburb apparently ate so well it got caught in a sewer grate Thursday.

Authorities said they found the creature stuck while trying to climb out of a Zion sewer grate. The officers had been called to the area for assistance when they discovered the unexpected scene.

“It seems this little guy has been eating a little too well and got caught in the sewer grate,” the Zion Police Department wrote on Facebook.


The raccoon was so big officers couldn’t help it out of the grate, so they called the Zion Public Works Department.

“They were able to free him and our friend was no worse for wear,” the police department wrote.




Photo Credit: Zion Police Department
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<![CDATA[Statue of 45-Foot Woman Won't Stand on National Mall]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:09:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/woman+statue+pic.jpg

A permit to bring a 45-foot statue of a naked woman to Washington, D.C. was denied by the National Park Service.

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<![CDATA[Watch a Giant Pumpkin Regatta]]> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:10:50 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Pumpkins1023_MP4-150884532784700002.jpg

What is a more autumn activity than racing giant pumpkins? Students from the West Virginia University held their inaugural Giant Pumpkin Regatta Boat Race as part of Mountaineer Week - just in time for Halloween.

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<![CDATA[Olympians' Favorite Halloween Candy]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:15:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/HALLOWEEN+CANDY+THUMB.jpg

With Halloween a week away, members of Team USA talk about their favorite Halloween candy - and the worst things to get when trick-or-treating.

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<![CDATA[Man Builds Two-Story ‘Star Wars’ Transport Replica]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:43:59 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+Star+Wars+Display+THUMB.jpg

Nick Meyer decided that his AT-AT walker model wasn’t big enough, so he built a two-story replica of the famous “Star Wars” vehicle on the front lawn of his house. The display has inspired some neighborhood Jedis to sharpen their lightsaber skills.

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<![CDATA[Turkey Wreaks Havoc in Dentist's Office]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:54:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Turkey_Wreaks_Havoc_in_Dentist_s_Office.jpg

A surprise patient flew into a dentist's office in Cranston, Rhode Island.

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<![CDATA[Paddington Bear Dances with the Duchess of Cambridge]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:43:41 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+PADDINGTON+DANCE+Thumb.jpg

Paddington Bear shared a dance with the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, at a charity event the Royals were hosting at the famous Paddington Station, where the iconic children's book character got his name.

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<![CDATA[This Is What Happens When You Take a Fidget Spinner to Space]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:25:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+SPACE+FIDGET+SPINNER+THUMB.jpg

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tested a fidget spinner in zero gravity. They had time to play with the popular toy in between three scheduled space walks this month.

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<![CDATA[Cows Keep Traffic From Moo-ving on Nashville Parkway]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:32:09 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/cowshighway.png

A truck carrying cows overturned in Nashville, Tennessee, allowing the animals to roam free.

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<![CDATA[People Can't Decide What Color This Sneaker Is]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:12:13 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/viral-sneaker-debate-blue-pink.jpg

The Dress was divisive, and now a new color-based controversy about a piece of clothing — this time a sneaker — is getting legs.

People on the internet are divided about whether the sneaker seen in a tweet by Twitter user @TFILDOLANS is grey and teal or pink and white.

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That user has said she's seen both in the image — and after a few thousand retweets, plenty of people are weighing in online.

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For what it's worth, the shoes appear to be by Vans, as "Today" reported, and the company only sells a pink and white version of the shoe in question, not teal and grey. The photo causing such a stir may have been filtered.

Of course, it hasn't reached the levels of debate prompted by a striped dress in February 2015. The internet practically melted down over whether it was blue and black or white and gold.



Photo Credit: Via Twitter user @TFILDOLANS
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<![CDATA[Man Clings to Front of School Bus in Road Rage Case]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:40:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Man_Clings_to_Bus_in_Road_Rage_Incident-150755184653400002.jpg

Baltimore police arrested a man in a bizarre case of road rage last Thursday, after a video showed him clinging to the front of a moving school bus and banging on the hood while demanding the driver open the door. Baltimore County police said the man was trying to get into the bus after he said a bottle, thrown from the bus, hit his car.

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:54:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/DIT+WONDER+WOMAN+THUMB.jpg

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Wonder Woman,” 300 drones flew over downtown Los Angeles in an illuminated, choreographed art show creating some stunning visuals. Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the sequel, and the deal will make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

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<![CDATA[Double Whopper: Babies Born Back-to-Back at NJ Burger King]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:06 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BATTLE+BABIES+BORN+BURGER+KING+NJ+MATERIAL+-+14482420_WNBC_0000.jpg

Two women have delivered healthy babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey.

Denville police say they were called to the restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Friday for a woman going into labor. They say the parents were on the way to the hospital but had to pull over after getting stuck in traffic on Route 80.

From the parking lot of the Burger King, the dad called 911. 

Detective Scott Tobin told News 4 New York, "When we responded, he told us that this isn't their first child, it's their third, and that the first and second came pretty fast so they weren't going to have enough time to get there." 

Sure enough, 10 minutes later, officers and emergency responders then helped the woman deliver a healthy baby boy.

The same patrol officers, including Tobin, went back to the restaurant the next night for a report of another woman going into labor. Authorities say the couple was heading to the hospital when the woman started going through severe contractions.

"My partner and I were in the back doing the paperwork from the night before when the road sergeant called it in," Tobin said. "And I said it's not a joke, we're going again." 

Make that a double: same parking lot, same EMTs, same cops. This time, baby Braydon was already making his entrance in the couple's vehicle by the time they arrived. 

"I had to cut the umbilical cord because it was wrapped around his neck and his stomach, we had to make sure everything was OK," Tobin said. 

Burger King worker Pedro Cruz had arrived at work Saturday to the news that the first baby had been delivered there the night before.

"When I was taking out the trash I saw all the lights and I was joking and I said, 'It's another baby,' and then a customer came in and said, 'Yeah, it's another baby!'" he said. 

Both babies did eventually make it to St. Claire's Hospital, just a couple of minutes from the Burger King parking lot. The second baby was still at the hospital for observation Wednesday but both are expected to be fine. 



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<![CDATA[Police: Suspect Applied for Job After Fleeing Troopers]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:08:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Jose+Jiminez+Electronics+Store.JPG

Police in Massachusetts recognized and chased a man accused of running over a state trooper's foot, eventually arresting him in Westwood, where he was found applying for a job at an electronics store.

State police say 26-year-old Jose Jiminez of Lawrence fled after being stopped in Brockton last Thursday, running over the foot of a trooper who was approaching his Toyota Camry. A trooper recognized Jiminez Tuesday while driving on Route 24 northbound. He allegedly refused to stop again, and police chased him onto I-93 south, then onto I-95 north. Police say they stopped chasing him after he exited on University Avenue in Westwood, but that they kept searching for him.

The Camry was found abandoned, and a witness told police they saw a man run into the Osprey Wireless store on University Avenue. Police found him inside — applying for a job — and took him into custody.

"He came to the back door, very nonchalant," said Jeff Maron, the owner of Osprey Wireless. "My service manager was standing there. He said, 'Are you guys hiring?'"

Maron says Jimenez showed no signs of running from police.

"We shake hands. I mean, he wasn't sweaty, it was like you just walking in, it was fine," recounted Maron. "So I said to Beverly I says get me an application."

Surveillance video shows Jimenez chatting with Maron's wife, Beverly, who is also the office receptionist, then heading into the owner's office, where he started to fill out an application.

Later, a manager came to the door and summoned Maron into the hallway.

"He said, 'Get out of your office.' I said, 'Why?' He said 'Get out of your office now,'" Maron said.

And then police walked in.

"They come in and they go, 'You didn't think we wouldn't find you, did you?' I don't know what his reply was, but they had their guns drawn, and they struggled a little bit and out they went."

Jimenez was inside the store for 10 to 15 minutes before police arrived.

He'll be arraigned on several charges Wednesday.



Photo Credit: Osprey Wireless]]>