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'World's Ugliest Dog' for 2024 Crowned

A Pekinese named Wild Thing is sitting pretty after being crowned the World's Ugliest Dog for 2024. The curious-looking canine, which sports a voluminous coat of unkempt fur and an ever-present protruding tongue, reportedly took home the honor this past Friday afternoon at the annual competition held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. The win is particularly bittersweet for Wild Thing as this was his fifth time competing for the title after falling short the previous four years which included three instances wherein he placed second.

The proverbial picture of both repugnance and perseverance, Wild Thing's well-deserved win netted his owner, Ann Lewis, a $5,000 prize as well as a Today Show appearance for the pair. Additionally, for the first time ever, the World's Ugliest Dog competition was sponsored by Mug Root Beer, which may feature the peculiar pooch on a forthcoming special-edition can. The lighthearted annual event, which began back in the 1970s, aims to celebrate the uniqueness of its competitors while also raising awareness about animal adoption.


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Mystifying Three-Legged Man Filmed at Canadian Railway Crossing

A strange video circulating online shows what appears to be a three-legged man casually strolling around at a railway crossing in Canada. The peculiar scene was reportedly filmed earlier this month in the community of Peterborough when a passing train caused a motorist to stop their car. While waiting at the crossing, the witness said, "this guy hopped out of his car and it took me a second to notice, but for some reason, he had three legs." As seen in the video captured by the motorist, the mystifying man was even wearing what one presumes were specially-designed three-legged pants and a shoe on each foot.

According to the witness, the odd individual eventually "just casually hopped back in his car and we went on our way," wondering what they just saw. To that end, given the circumstances surrounding how the sighting unfolded, perhaps the most plausible scenario is that the 'three-legged' man was a well-crafted prank that just so happened to wind up going viral because the motorist managed to film their brief encounter with the 'wondrous' individual.


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Five People Drive Into A Hot Acidic Lake In Yellowstone Park

It wouldn’t be a day ending in “y” without a tourist having a mishap at Yellowstone National Park. The latest snafu comes courtesy of five visitors who accidentally drove their SUV into the Semi-Centennial Geyser – a hot, acidic pond located near the park’s Roaring Mountain, between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction.

The geyser has been inactive since 1922, when it experienced a series of eruptions so violent that water was reportedly ejected more than 300 feet (91 meters) into the air. Nevertheless, falling into it would not be a pleasant experience: with water temperatures of around 105 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius) and a pH only just above three, it would be more akin to jumping into a hot tub full of vinegar than a nice dip in a pool.

The car was fully submerged under about nine feet (2.74 meters) of this hot, acidic water, park officials said in a statement released on Friday. Thankfully, all five of the vehicle’s occupants were able to get out on their own, and were taken via ambulance to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The roadway near the accident was closed temporarily the next day in order to retrieve the car, which was extracted with the help of local businesses. It was reopened after about two hours.

No details have been released about the people involved, and the incident is currently under investigation by park authorities. Meanwhile, the statement reminds tourists to “stay informed about current road conditions” and “please stay safe.”

And with more than 10,000 hydrothermal features in the park – more than anywhere else on Earth – that advice is always welcome. Of course, the water isn’t the only danger in Yellowstone: only this week, the park raised the fire danger to “high”, meaning that wildfires are likely and may be difficult to control.

But if history is any indication, the biggest threat to tourists? It may just be themselves. After all – whether it’s a would-be photographer trying to get to the most dangerous geyser in the world for a sweet pic, or a kindly old lady thinking that a massive angry bison looks huggable, one thing is for sure: those Yellowstone park rangers really have their work cut out for them.


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5 fishermen die after drinking contents of mystery bottles found at sea

The men had consumed the unidentified contents of some bottles found floating off the coast of Sri Lanka. According to reports, the fishermen - who had been part of a crew of six that had set sail from Tangalle Fisheries Harbor back at the start of June on a trip spanning several days - came across a number of mysterious bottles in the sea around 320 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka.

For reasons known only to themselves, the men not only started to drink the unidentified contents of the bottles, but had even distributed some of them to other fishing boats in the area as well. Before long, several of the men had become extremely ill and four of them died very quickly. A fifth later succumbed to the same fate a few days later. The sixth and only remaining crew member was evacuated to hospital and survived.

It remains unclear what was actually in the bottles or why the men would drink the contents, but efforts are now underway to warn other crews not to ingest whatever is contained inside them. It's possible that the crew believed that the bottles contained alcohol that was still good to drink. Whatever the case, it goes without saying that drinking the contents of random bottles you happen to find floating in the ocean or elsewhere is never a good idea.


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