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Yep, dead alligators will clog a drain every time

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Surveyors looking for the source of a clogged drain in southern Adams County found a 7-foot dead alligator. “At first they thought it was a turtle in there, but then they discovered an alligator,” Adams County sheriff’s Deputy Larry Butler said.

He said the 120-pound alligator, which had been dead for about a week, was put inside the drain after it died. The sheriff’s department and the Department of Natural Resources were looking for the owner of the reptile found Monday in Berne, about 30 miles south of Fort Wayne.

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This is creepy — so to speak

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A robot caterpillar which can crawl over a beating heart to perform vital operations has been invented by scientists. The inch-long ‘HeartLander’ is inserted with keyhole surgery, then attaches itself to the [heart] with two sucker ‘feet’, reports The Sun.

It is controlled by a joystick and can be used to inject drugs or install pacemakers – after being developed at a university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Fat chance of passing this tax

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MPs who attend too many long lunches are being targeted by a planned fat tax in Romania. But only those who put on [over 100 pounds] during their time in office would have to pay up.

Opposition Greater Romania Party MP Corneliu Bichinet put forward the plan after seeing colleagues pile on the pounds with endless free lunches. His proposal involves all politicians being weighed at the start and end of their tenure. Any that have put on more than 50kg would be judged guilty of cashing in on their position and would have to pay fines.

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Star witness a real ass. No, not that kind — a real ass.

donkey.jpgThe first witness in a lawsuit [in Dallas] Wednesday between two neighbors was a real ass. Buddy the donkey walked to the bench and stared at the jury, the picture of a gentle, well-mannered creature and not the loud, aggressive animal he had been accused of being. The donkey was at the center of a dispute between oilman John Cantrell and attorney Gregory Shamoun that began after Cantrell complained about a storage shed Shamoun was building in his backyard in Dallas.

He said Shamoun retaliated by bringing Buddy from his ranch in Midlothian and putting him in the backyard. Cantrell complained of donkey noise and manure piles.

“They bray a lot any time day or night. You never know when they’re going to cut loose,” he testified.
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The donkey, Buddy, was brought in to be a companion for a calf that was being bottle fed.  They settled while the jury was out deliberating.

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