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    Giant Goldfish Caught in South Carolina

    A survey of the fish population in a South Carolina lake led to the discovery of a monstrous nine-pound goldfish that had taken up residence at the site. The giant creature was reportedly found on Monday in Oak Grove Lake which is located in the city of Chesapeake. As part of a study of the location, a specialist conducted a test known as electrofishing, wherein all of the creatures living in the lake were stunned by a brief burst of electricity which does not harm them, but briefly sends them floating to the surface of the water.

    As the expert was documenting the fish population in Oak Grove Lake, he was stunned to see one particular creature standing out among the other jolted denizens of the site: a huge goldfish. Upon closer examining, it was found that the animal weighed a whopping nine pounds. Since goldfish are not native to the area, it is presumed that the creature was once a pet which somehow wound up in the lake. Fortunately the mighty fish was allowed to remain living in the lake, after a few photos of it were taken, since it is not an invasive species.


     
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    Man Claiming to be from Saturn Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government
    By Tim Binnall

    In a bizarre story out of Texas, a man claiming to be from Saturn has filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging that they have violated his civil rights. The self-proclaimed 'ascendant master' at the center of the strange case is reportedly an individual named Rickia Collings, who resides in city of Allen. In actual paperwork filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the man names himself "Capricornus God of Sun Rickia" and asserts that he hails from both the United States as well as the planet Saturn. As one might have surmised, the lawsuit only gets weirder from there.

    Based on the case filing, it would appear that Rickia contends that he has been living on this planet since before the formation of the United States as he argues that the federal government has been discriminating against him from July 4th, 1776 until the present day. Also inexplicably named in the lawsuit are co-defendants the United Nations and the United Kingdom. Why, exactly, the extraterrestrial plaintiff filed the suit is incredibly hard to decipher as the circumstances for the alleged discrimination laid out by Rickia amount to little more than a rambling screed punctuated with astrological and Biblical terms.

    Equally inscrutable is a jaw-dropping seven-page-long handwritten affidavit which Rickia presumably included in the lawsuit as evidence. This manifesto fails to shed light on the nature of the lawsuit and consists largely of various esoteric terms and their corresponding definitions. Perhaps the only clue to the root of the case, in Rickia's eyes, is that it was classified as having to do with "rent, release or ejectment," but speculating beyond that is a fool's errand. And, in what is probably the least surprising aspect of the entire lawsuit, the aggrieved former inhabitant of Saturn lists himself as his own attorney. One imagines that the case is unlikely to get very far, which is unfortunate since we'd really love to watch that trial.


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    They didn't respond to mouth-to-mouth either.("The Buffalo Times", Buffalo, New York, 15 Feb 1902)

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    I watched it to the end half expecting a speeding train ..... :)
     
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    20 of the Weirdest Stories from 2020
    ByTim Binnall

    As this unfathomable year comes to a close, it would be an understatement to say that there was no shortage of strange and unusual stories over the last twelve months. 2020 saw the bizarre become normalized with each unexpected development until the very unique nature of the year turned into something of a cliche. Given the tribulations of this past year, the arrival of 2021 is understandably being met with near universal celebration and the hope that there are better days to come. With that in mind, we thankfully and mercifully bid farewell to 2020 with 20 of the weirdest stories from a year like no other...

    Hoping to Obtain Superpowers, Bolivian Boys Let Black Widow Spider Bite Them

    Detroit Driver Arrested After Successfully Jumping Over Drawbridge

    Man Files Motion Requesting Sword Fight to Settle Legal Dispute with Ex-Wife

    Conspiracy Theorist Decries Dinosaur Statue Outside McDonald's in Arizona

    Woman Given Haunted Mannequin Head?

    China Dismisses Reported Plan to Send 100,000 Locust-Eating Ducks to Pakistan

    Hard Hat Lost in Mississippi River Found in Ireland Five Years Later

    Woman Faces Blindness After Getting Eyeballs Dyed Black

    Italian Flat Earthers' Journey to the 'Edge of the World' Goes Wildly Awry

    Package Containing Suspected Brain Found on Beach in Wisconsin

    Canadian Town Shuts Down Creepy Clown

    Monkeys Steal Covid-19 Samples from Lab Worker in India

    Man Claiming to be from Saturn Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government

    'Wish-Granting' Cat for Sale in Russia

    Squirrel Gets Drunk On Fermented Pears

    Statue 'Restoration' in Spain is Breathtakingly Bad

    'Giant Rat' Pulled from Mexico City Drainage System

    Runaway Train in Netherlands Lands on Sculpture of Whale's Tail

    Cops Seek 'Plague Doctor' in England

    French School Tells Parents to Stop Tossing Tardy Students Over Gate

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    Drawbridge eh? Kid was channeling his inner Dukes of Hazzard. After he pays the fines and gets a new car he'll have a cool story nobody else does ......
     
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    Denmark launches children’s TV show about man with giant penis

    John Dillermand has an extraordinary penis. So extraordinary, in fact, that it can perform rescue operations, etch murals, hoist a flag and even steal ice-cream from children.

    The Danish equivalent of the BBC, DR, has a new animated series aimed at four- to eight-year-olds about John Dillermand, the man with the world’s longest penis who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-breaking genitals.

    Unsurprisingly, the series has provoked debate about what good children’s television should – and should not – contain.

    Since premiering on Saturday, opponents have condemned the idea of a man who cannot control his penis. “Is this really the message we want to send to children while we are in the middle of a huge #MeToo wave?” wrote the Danish author Anne Lise Marstrand-Jørgensen.

    The show comes just months after the TV presenter Sofie Linde kickstarted Denmark’s #MeToo movement.

    Christian Groes, an associate professor and gender researcher at Roskilde University, said he believed the programme’s celebration of the power of male genitalia could only set equality back. “It’s perpetuating the standard idea of a patriarchal society and normalising ‘locker room culture’ … that’s been used to excuse a lot of bad behaviour from men. It’s meant to be funny – so it’s seen as harmless. But it’s not. And we’re teaching this to our kids.”

    Erla Heinesen Højsted, a clinical psychologist who works with families and children, said she believed the show’s opponents may be overthinking things. “John Dillermand talks to children and shares their way of thinking – and kids do find genitals funny,” she said.

    “The show depicts a man who is impulsive and not always in control, who makes mistakes – like kids do, but crucially, Dillermand always makes it right. He takes responsibility for his actions. When a woman in the show tells him that he should keep his penis in his pants, for instance, he listens. Which is nice. He is accountable.”

    Højsted conceded the timing was poor and that a show about bodies might have considered depicting “difference and diversity” beyond an oversized diller (Danish slang for penis; dillermand literally means “penis-man”). “But this is categorically not a show about sex,” she said. “To pretend it is projects adult ideas on it.”

    DR, the Danish public service broadcaster, has a reputation for pushing boundaries – especially for children. Another stalwart of children’s scheduling is Onkel Reje, a popular figure who curses, smokes a pipe and eschews baths – think Mr Tumble meets Father Jack. A character in Gepetto News made conservatives bristle in 2012 when he revealed a love of cross-dressing. And Ultra Smider Tøjet (Ultra Strips Down) caused outrage in 2020 for presenting children aged 11-13 with a panel of nude adults, but, argues Højsted, such criticism was unjustified.

    “What kind of culture are we creating for our children if it’s OK for them to see ‘perfect’ bodies on Instagram – enhanced, digitally or cosmetically – but not ‘real bodies’?” she said.

    DR responded to the latest criticism by saying it could just as easily have made a programme “about a woman with no control over her vagina” and that the most important thing was that children enjoyed John Dillermand.

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    Misidentified Potato Sparks Search for 'Human Remains' in England

    A police department in England got quite the laugh when they received a worrisome report about possible human remains being discovered and, upon searching for the suspected body, found a potato. The amusing incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon when a woman walking her dog in the village of Winlaton noticed what she thought was a human toe sticking out of a muddy patch of dirt. Understandably concerned about what she had possibly stumbled upon, the woman snapped a photo of the potential toe (seen above) and sent it to the Northumbria Police Department.

    Recounting the event in a post on Facebook, the department conceded that the oddity in the image "did show what appeared to be a human foot" and, as such, they dispatched a special team, which included search dogs, to go and investigate the matter. "Eventually we tracked down the 'scene,'"’ they explained, "only to discover the toe was in fact a potato with a mushroom growing next to it." Indicating that "the call was made in good faith," the department praised "the vigilance of the woman" who reported the 'toe,' advising other residents who find themselves in a similar situation to do the same. "If it does turn out to be a vegetable," they wrote, "our police dogs will thank you for the treat!"



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    Iguana Jumps on Fireman's Helmet to Escape Burning House

    At a blazing house in the English village of Corby, a quick-thinking iguana jumped on the helmet of a fireman, who unknowingly carried the pet reptile to safety. The incident, which occurred on Wednesday night, is perhaps unique in the annals of fire rescue.

    A spokeswoman for the Northants Fire and Rescue department explained that the crew member at first thought someone was touching his helmet. "What a surprise he then had to find this iguana chilling on his head, eager to escape the burning building," she remarked. The fire was said to be sparked by a faulty reptile heating mat. More at BBC News.



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    Strange New Method of Snake Locomotion Discovered by Scientists

    For the first time in nearly a century, scientists have discovered a new method of snake locomotion by way of a bizarre climbing method exhibited by a species of the creature living in Guam. The intriguing insight reportedly came about as researchers were looking into the decimation of the bird population after invasive brown tree snakes were introduced to the island's ecosystem decades ago. In the hopes of protecting endangered avian species native to Guam, they theorized that a protective system known as a baffle, which sports a long pole at its center, might do the trick.

    However, scientists studying the snakes' reaction to the set-up were astounded by how it managed to overcome the challenge. "Initially, the baffle did work, for the most part," recounted co-author of the study Tom Seibert, "we had watched about four hours of video and then all of a sudden, we saw this snake form what looked like a lasso around the cylinder and wiggle its body up." The technique stunned the research team, he said, "we watched that part of the video about 15 times. It was a shocker. Nothing I'd ever seen compares to it."

    The 'lasso locomotion' method constitutes something of a landmark discovery as falls outside of the four movement techniques previously known to be exhibited by snakes. One reason why it may have gone unnoticed until now is that, according to the research team, it appears to be a particularly arduous way of climbing and, as such, might only be used in rare circumstances. Be that as it may, scientists hope that their newfound knowledge of the climbing technique will allow them to return to the original problem which led to the discovery and devise better protective structures for birds threatened by the voracious snakes.

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    Ship goes missing without a trace in the Bermuda triangle as Coast Guard calls off the search

    The first sign something was wrong came Tuesday when Bahamian authorities reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Southeast Division to alert them that 20 people aboard a blue and white 29-foot Mako Cuddy Cabin vessel had gone missing. The passengers were in the oft-cited Bermuda Triangle.

    The group, yet to be identified, was last known to have left Bimini on Monday en route to Lake Worth, the Coast Guard learned. They should have arrived that day.

    But something went wrong somewhere in the waters between the Bahamas and South Florida — an area that encompasses the mythical section of the Atlantic oft-dubbed the Bermuda Triangle or Devil’s Triangle, unofficially bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico and covering about 500,000 square miles of ocean off the southeastern tip of Florida, according to the History Channel.

    On Friday, after searching for about 84 hours and more than 17,000 square miles — roughly double the size of Massachusetts, the Coast Guard said — rescuers that included Air Station crews from Miami and Clearwater suspended their search.

    “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the missing people,” Capt. Stephen V. Burdian of the Seventh District said in a statement. “I encourage anyone with information about the people aboard to contact us as soon as possible.”

    Anyone with information on the crew of the Mako Cuddy Cabin or its whereabouts is asked to contact the District Seven Command Center at 305-415-6800.

    Jose Hernandez, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Petty Officer First Class, told CBS12 News that rough waters and the limited information they had on the boaters proved especially challenging during the search and rescue operation.

    “The hardest thing is that the longer it takes to find somebody, they longer they can be drifting,” Hernandez told the station.

    In addition to an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Miami and a C-130 Hercules aircrew from Clearwater and the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard cutters Robert Yered and Margaret Norvel, as well as the Royal Bahamas Defence Force surface units and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association air assets and Patrick Air Force Base air asset were in on the search.

    Though the Bermuda Triangle has been made fanciful through movies, TV documentaries, novels and pop songs after the mysterious disappearance of dozens of ships and airplanes over the years, experts have long maintained “these mysterious disappearances do not occur more frequently in that stretch of the Atlantic than in other well-traveled sections of the ocean,” the History Channel said.

    Still, theories abound: Pirates. Space aliens. Even explanations grounded in science but without evidence like “oceanic flatulence —methane gas erupting from ocean sediments — and disruptions in geomagnetic lines of flux,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    “The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard contend that there are no supernatural explanations for disasters at sea. Their experience suggests that the combined forces of nature and human fallibility outdo even the most incredulous science fiction,” according to NOAA.

    The agency also notes that no official maps exist that delineate the boundaries of the Bermuda Triangle and that the U. S. Board of Geographic Names does not recognize the Bermuda Triangle as an official name, either.



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