You may have heard of house calls, but this is ridiculous.
After months of enduring a leaking pipe that buckled its floors and sagged its ceilings, an empty Massachusetts house somehow called police for help.
The Salem News reports the emergency call went out to police from a house in Marblehead after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call.
Officers were sent to the address after the call was recorded as a hang up and a return call got static.
- Leaking Mass. house dials 911 for help (hosted.ap.org)
Walmart shoppers in Stafford County saw the sight of their lives Tuesday night—a cow, on all fours, trying to score gallons of milk.
An 18-year-old man dressed up in a cow suit stole 26 gallons of milk around 10:35 p.m. from the Garrisonville Walmart, Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
The man was apparently crawling while he exited the store, trying to emulate cattle, Kennedy said
Investigating 3,300 reports of UFOs, ghosts, witches, zombies and vampires has cost the Welsh Dyfed-Powys Police force £500,000 over a five year period.
via BBC News
Hancock County Public Library administrators were gathering to discuss an earthquake-preparedness plan this afternoon at the Greenfield branch when a different kind of disaster struck — the building caught fire when a lightning bolt apparently struck the roof.
The 27-year-old California man was arrested early Sunday for allegedly shooting at a vehicle in Sacramento. Martinez, a parolee, was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of a firearm.
via The Smoking Gun.
A UK council is under fire for spending £1.5 million ($2.5 million) on a bus lane, only for drivers to find it is not wide enough for buses.
Residents of King’s Lynn in Norfolk, eastern England, branded the project “farcical” after drivers discovered they have to navigate the route at walking pace because it is so narrow, Lynn News reported.
- Bungling council unveils bus lane… too narrow for BUSES (dailymail.co.uk)
A German politician has been caught short after janitors collared him red-handed pilfering toilet paper rolls from the gents in the town hall during a sting operation, authorities said Wednesday.
Janitors’ suspicions were raised when more than 200 rolls vanished and they laid a trap for Frank-Michael John, 24, a member of the far-left Die Linke party in the regional council of Stralsund, northern Germany.
They discovered him exiting the toilet with one roll in his hand and another in a backpack, according to several media.
via flushed out
A good whack “upside the head” with a frying pan and a poke with a pitchfork was too much for a home invasion style robber who lost teeth from the smack with the pan and fled, bleeding from pitchfork wounds, only to be caught a short time later by police in Jacksonville.
Did I mention that the pan/pitchfork wielder is 81?
The Metropol Parasol (Spain) looks from afar like it’s constructed from popsicle sticks — but it is actually built from bonded timber with a polyurethane coating (translation: extra-strong glue). The unusual materials have given it two unique claims to fame: It’s the largest wooden building in the world, and the largest structure to be held together by glue.
via The Upshot
You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts.
- The Lion on Gripsholms Slott (neatorama.com)
Raven Collins puts her heart and other people’s souls into her art.
The 37-year-old Thonotosassa artist has been sketching for more than 15 years, specializing in detailed hand-drawn portraits. Nowadays, most of her commissioned work incorporates an unusual ingredient: Cremated remains — ashes — brushed right into the portrait.
It’s a fast-growing trend in the art world, though Collins says she is the only one she’s aware of who uses ashes in sketch drawings. Others mix remains in the paint of abstract works, and some sculptors put cremated remains in jewelry or glass. One artist in Canada compresses cremated remains and puts them into pencils. “Like lead,” Collins says.
Get out your party hats, your bread and your cheese and heat up your grills. April is National Grilled Cheese Month.
A man was arrested Sunday morning after Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies said he broke into a CVS Pharmacy on Vierra Canyon Road.Deputies responded with their K-9 unit to a burglary alarm at the store, and when they arrived, they said they found Steven James Cobbs, 19, asleep inside.
Even after staring at this bizarre picture for a while we still can’t understand exactly how this Russian SUV ended up as you see it here. No details were included…
(A) 25-year-old woman found in her bra and panties after a traffic crash told an officer she stripped off her clothes to try to “conceal her scent” from a police.
But Angela C. Ferranti’s disrobing plan last week apparently didn’t work as Kilo, a police dog, tracked into a wooded area in central Port St. Lucie where she was found, according to a recently released report.