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    Cops discover a PIT BULL behind the wheel of car after 100 mph chase - as owner says he was teaching the animal to drive

    A 100 mph car chase near Seattle, Washington, ended with a surprise when cops used spike strips to disable the vehicle and found a dog behind the wheel. The pit bull's 51-year-old owner who was arrested for the incident claimed to Washington State Troopers that he was teaching the dog to drive. During the pursuit, troopers were shocked to see the animal in the driver's seat and its owner steering and pushing the gas pedal from the passenger side. The man, who is from Lakewood and was not identified, was allegedly under the influence of drugs and taken into custody for reckless endangerment, eluding police and driving under the influence. He was taken to a hospital before booking and his dog was left with an animal shelter.


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    Soap Mummies: Why Some Bodies Turn Into Soap When They’re Buried
    With just the right conditions, a corpse can turn into soap!

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    Death is a mysterious part of life. The only certainty is that when you die, the elements will take a toll on your body. If you choose to be disposed of through the rite of cremation, your body will dissipate into smoke and ash. Those who wish to be interred in a cemetery will decompose through the aid of insects and bacteria. Left in a dry environment, as the ancient Egyptians were fond of, flesh can harden and mummify. And, on very rare occasions, under just the right conditions, your body may turn into soap!

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    A chemical process called “saponification,” or “making into soap,” is at work in these instances. People intentionally use this process to make soap out of vegetable oils and animal fats. Typically, the triglycerides in the fatty materials evolve into soap through the help of a chemical component, such as lye or sodium chloride. But when saponification happens to humans, it’s generally not on purpose—Fight Club notwithstanding. Bodies that end up in water or soil with the right enzymes can have their fat turned into wax. When the rest of the body decays, it leaves just the skeleton covered in thick deposits of tan or grayish-white “soap.”

    Such is the case with “soap mummies,” whose bodies have converted fat deposits into a waxy substance. Known as adipocere—colloquially called “grave wax” or “corpse wax”—this material generally forms in environments that are warm, wet, devoid of oxygen, and in the presence of bacterial enzymes, as Caitlin Doughty of “Ask a Mortician” explains. Basically, in its formation, putrefaction is replaced by a permanent firm cast of fatty tissues on internal organs and the face.


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    While, ostensibly, any body has the potential to become a soap mummy, these oddities are rare. Two of the most famous are the “Soap Lady,” displayed at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, and the “Soapman,” displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Both specimens were exhumed from the same Philadelphia graveyard in 1875, as construction on a new train depot required the removal of gravesites. Water had seeped into both of their caskets, bringing alkaline soil with it and preventing the bodies from decaying the way most buried remains do.

    While it can be off-putting to see a human body turned into soap, anthropologists can learn a lot from these specimens. Since the clothing is typically encased in wax, the fibers are better-preserved, giving scientists information about when they lived, and their bones are intact within the fatty material. Technology like X-rays and CT scanners can analyze the bones, helping to determine their age at death. The Soap Lady, for instance, has no teeth, but analysis of her bones suggests she was in her 20s when she died.


    Different processes of decay can be strange and unpredictable. Soap mummies represent one of the strangest fates for bodies of all. So if you want to leave behind a scientifically beneficial, yet squeaky-clean, corpse, be sure to request saponification before your interment.

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    Watch: Monkey Spotted Flying a Kite
    By Tim Binnall

    A bizarre piece of footage from India shows a monkey perched atop a building and flying a kite! The very weird video was posted to Twitter on Wednesday by Susanta Nanda of the Indian Forest Service. "Evolution happening fast due to lockdown," he joked, referencing the country's coronavirus quarantine and assuring his followers "yes, it's a monkey for sure."

    In the footage, the diminutive creature sits on the roof of a building and pulls on a string attached to a kite that is flying in the air overhead. Residents of the unidentified city where the scene took place can be head cheering on the monkey as it plays with the toy. Upon being posted online, the video quickly went viral on social media in India with many viewers comparing the creature's antics to the Planet of the Apes film series.

     
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    Speeding Car Goes Airborne After Slamming into Roundabout in Poland

    A jaw-dropping video from Poland shows a motorist speeding towards a roundabout and failing to turn in time, sending his car flying through the air. The incredible scene, which was captured on film by a traffic camera, reportedly occurred in the village of Rabien this past Sunday. The community's volunteer fire department subsequently shared the footage on social media as a warning to drivers.

    According to their post, the car was so badly damaged that rescue workers had to cut the vehicle open in order to remove the driver, who suffered several serious injuries from the accident. He's currently recuperating at a local hospital and may wind up facing charges for the mishap as officers on the scene took blood samples from the motorist after detecting the smell of alcohol at the scene.

     
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    Shit. Bo & Luke Duke would give that a 10.
     
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    Cops Seek 'Plague Doctor' in England

    In a case reminiscent of the creepy clown phenomenon, authorities in England are on the lookout for a person who has been scaring some residents of a community by roaming around in a plague doctor costume. The mysterious individual has reportedly been spotted several times over the last few weeks in the village of Hellesdon wearing a long black cloak, a hat, and the unsettling beaked mask made infamous during the 17th century as the plague ravaged Europe.

    Word of the odd character in their midst slowly spread throughout the village and culminated this week when a resident posted a picture of the 'plague doctor' on a community Facebook page. As is often the case with social media, this led to a spirited debate over whether the costume-clad individual's antics were funny or frightening. And it would seem that the concerns of those in the latter camp have caught the attention of the authorities.

    To that end, a police spokesperson told a local media outlet that officers have been made aware of the situation and, "although no offenses have been committed at this time," they are "keen to trace the individual in order to provide words of advice about the implications of his actions on the local community." However, finding the 'plague doctor' could prove to be a challenge as the person has apparently stopped appearing after garnering so much attention online.


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    It must be hot in that costume. o_O
     
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    Man arrested after camping on Disney World's Discovery Island during coronavirus pandemic

    Disney World has been closed since mid-March as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic. One man saw the closure as an opportunity to turn a Disney island into his personal campsite, but that didn't last long.

    Richard McGuire, 42, from Mobile, Alabama was arrested on April 30 after camping on Walt Disney World's Discovery Island, according to an arrest report acquired by USA TODAY. He was banned from all Disney properties and charged with a misdemeanor for trespassing. Orange County officers conducted a search by foot, boat and helicopter and eventually found him.

    He had been sleeping in one of the island's buildings and referred to the property as a “tropical paradise,” according to the arrest report.

    "Richard stated that he had made entry to the island to go camping on Monday or Tuesday and had planned on staying on the island for approximately one week," Robert Ricks, an Orange County police officer, wrote in the report.

    McGuire also told Ricks that he was "unaware" that he was trespassing when he was on the property. However, there were multiple "no trespassing" and "private property" signs on and near the island.

    Disney's Discovery Island, which was originally called "Treasure Island" and is located in Disney World's Bay Lake closed to the public in 1999, according to Atlas Obscura. Since then, it has been off limits, though Disney explored new ways to use the island and at one point tried to work with video game developers to turn the island into a series of puzzles to solve while exploring.

    In spite of its closure, McGuire is not the first person to get onto the island. Atlas Obscura reported that others have found their way onto the island and captured what remains on film.


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    Voracious Sinkhole Filmed in Kenya

    A captivating video out of Kenya shows a voracious sinkhole devouring massive chunks of land and grass. The bizarre scene reportedly unfolded last Friday in the town of Kericho, where heavy rains flooded the community and, in turn, exposed chasms beneath the ground. One such opening was spotted in a huge puddle and quickly took on a life of its own.

    Initially appearing rather small, the swirling sinkhole soon begins sucking in all the water around it and pulling large pieces of mud and tall grass towards the chasm. Then, much to the astonishment of onlookers filming the event, it begins swallowing the ground and the sizeable stalks of grass with apparent ease in a moment reminiscent of something out of a horror film.

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    Here's a similar video.

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    Not ANOTHER plague doctor! Covidiot dressed as 17th century Black Death physician is spotted in north London... days after police collared prankster in Norwich

    The eerie figure wandered through Crouch End, London, (left) much to the amazement of locals who peered through their windows. The bizarre pictures come just days after police revealed that a plague doctor who was terrifying residents in a Norwich village (right) was a teenage boy. During the plague in the 17th century, European doctors would wear the outfit when they tended to patients because they believed the masks could purify poisonous air.

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    My favorite sinkhole was the at the Corvette Museum in Bowling green in 2014. The Universe has a sense of humor. I think the hole got 8 of them
     
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    Singing rocks!
     
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    It takes a village: Amazing moment 300 Amish men lift a huge barn with their bare hands and move it across a field

    One man is heard giving directions to the men as they grab the skeleton of the red farmhouse and move it to another part of the field in a rural area. When viewing the spectacle from afar, the men's legs are seen sticking out from the bottom as they toil in unison to lift the enormous structure. 'You see all the feet moving?' the woman who filmed the scene says in amazement. At one point, the men continue to move the shed but the structure is lowered toward the ground, concealing their feet. It made it appear as if the shed was moving on its own. In the Amish community, when one member needs help, their neighbors pitch in and lend a hand.

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    Real-life 'Wile E. Coyote' chases roadrunner

    In the classic 'Looney Tunes' cartoons, the hapless Wile E. Coyote would use every trick in the book to catch the elusive Road Runner, however things never seemed to go according to plan. Now a new video clip released online shows the very same scenario that inspired the cartoons - an actual real-life coyote pursing a real-life roadrunner across the desert floor.

    It was filmed by Michael Bogan - a professor of wildlife biology at the University of Arizona - on May 9th along the Santa Cruz River in downtown Tuscon. "There is literally a coyote chasing a roadrunner," he said. "I can't believe it. That is a straight up cartoon." Just like in the cartoons, the coyote ultimately fails to apprehend the roadrunner, however it does at least manage to avoid falling off a cliff, being run over by a truck or blowing itself up with dynamite.


     
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