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Weird name for newborn

1)12th-mann-001Athletes often have some interesting birth names. But who knew a football team could inspire one of the oddest middle names we’ve ever heard?

Welcome to the world, Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann. Yes, that’s her name. Her legally binding name. Inspired by the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks,  based on her post-birth swaddling clothes. Welcome to the world, Cydnee Leigh 12th Mann. And yes, 12th really is her middle name.


No snakes at the casino

The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem says patrons aren’t being bitten by snakes and are trying to dispel a bizarre online rumor.

2)sands-hotelCasino spokeswoman Julia Corwin says that there have been no reported snake encounters at the Sands. She says if there were snakes, the critters would have been captured by the casino’s sophisticated surveillance cameras. State police operate a station at the casino. Trooper William Ortiz reports “absolutely zero snakes” inside.

The rumor circulating on Facebook claims someone went to their doctor with some kind of bite, and the doctor diagnosed a snake bite and asked immediately whether the patient had recently visited the Bethlehem casino.

Gassy cows blow up barn


A herd of  90 dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt. It wasn’t clear why quantities of methane had built up. Cows are believed to emit up to 500 litres of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – each per day.

Woman leaves gator at the airport

Authorities have arrested a woman they believe left a small alligator at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport late last year.


In a news release, Chicago police said 29-year-old Alexis Prokopchuk of suburban Oakbrook Terrace was charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and cruelty to animals. She was arrested January 28, 2014.

Police recovered security footage that showed a woman with an alligator under her arm boarding a Chicago Transit Authority train, then chatting on a cellphone while the animal sat in her hand on her knee. An hour later, she disembarked at the airport.The 2-foot-long alligator was spotted and captured in a baggage claim area on Nov. 1 of last year.

Nigerian woman disowns “gay” cat

A woman in Nigeria disowned her cat for being gay, saying the feline had been making passes at other male cats in the home.

The unidentified woman, who has owned the cat, named Bull, for seven years, said he was exhibiting “unnatural sexual behavior” and noted that there were female cats in the home he could have pursued. “Anybody interested in a gay cat can have it because I have no further use for it,” she reportedly said. It is unknown if Bull has found a new home.

$4 million awarded for skinned genitals

A south Alabama jury has decided a farm owner should pay a former worker $4 million in damages for an on-the-job accident that left the man with skinned genitals. Jurors said the farm owner failed to provide a safe workplace. reports that Gerald Lymon was holding onto the boom of a hole digger that was being driven by another man during a project in August 2010.

When the drill bit hit a hard piece of ground, Lymon lost his footing and his pants got tangled in the rotating drill. The machine’s force pulled at his clothes until his genitals became entangled and his skin was ripped off.

Nice hat

6)imageA woman in Brazil was hospitalized after a porcupine fell from a lamp post and fell on her head, leaving 200 of its quills stuck in her scalp.

The 52-year-old woman said she was walking her dog in Rio de Janeiro when the 10-pound critter broke its fall on her head. “It was a huge shock,” she told a TV station. “I felt a thud on my head and then felt spines with my hands. The pain was enormous.”

Doctors used tweezers to remove the quills, and the woman says she is glad the critter survived.









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