Minnesota Squirrel Accidentally Gets Drunk After Feasting on Fermented Pears

Lil Red” the squirrel  A squirrel is proving that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere even if you are a squirrel and can’t tell time. In Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, on Friday, a woman recorded a squirrel getting a little tipsy enjoying some fermented pear, though the animal’s inebriation was definitely not intended. Katy Morlok told Fox 9 that while cleaning out her fridge, she researched whether old pears were harmful or not for squirrels to eat, hoping to give one to her squirrel visitors that frequent her backyard. One squirrel, whom she affectionately calls “Lil Red,” snagged the pear she left … Continue reading Minnesota Squirrel Accidentally Gets Drunk After Feasting on Fermented Pears

Singapore activist in court over one-man ‘smiley face’ protest

Social worker and activist Jolovan Wham appeared in a Singapore court on Monday morning accused of illegal assembly after standing alone outside a police station holding a placard with a hand-drawn smiley face in March. Wham, who has had a number of run-ins with the authorities in the tightly controlled city-state, wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with a smiley face and matching mask on his way to court. “My guilt is plain for all to see,” he joked in a Twitter post. The charges stem from an incident in March when Wham stood outside a police station to show his support … Continue reading Singapore activist in court over one-man ‘smiley face’ protest

Miami firefighter’s wife dies in house fire at their Home that he responded to

Corey Logan  A Miami firefighter experienced an unimaginable tragedy last week when he responded to a dispatch call during an overtime shift only to discover the flames had broken out at his own home and killed his wife, Corey Logan’s life has forever been changed after the devastating incident on Nov. 10, according to a GoFundMe page set up by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Driver/Operator’s colleague, Christopher Morales. “This is a fireman’s worst nightmare!” Morales wrote on the fundraiser page. “Not only did he show up first to his house burning, but also lost the love of his life as a result … Continue reading Miami firefighter’s wife dies in house fire at their Home that he responded to

Pet parrot saves Australian man from house fire

An Australian man says he was able to survive a late-night house fire after his pet parrot roused him from bed. Anton Nguyen had been fast asleep when his two-storey house caught alight in Brisbane, Queensland, on Wednesday. “I heard a bang and Eric, my parrot he started to yell so I woke up and I smelled a bit of smoke,” he told ABC. I grabbed Eric, opened the door and looked to the back of the house and saw some flames and so I took off and bolted downstairs, by the time firefighters arrived at about 01:00 local time … Continue reading Pet parrot saves Australian man from house fire

Man who confessed to being one of South Korea’s most-notorious serial killers says he’s surprised he wasn’t caught sooner

The high school graduation photo of Lee Chun-jae, left. A South Korean man admitted in court Monday that he murdered 14 women and girls three decades ago in one of the country’s most notorious serial killing cases and said he was surprised he wasn’t caught earlier, Lee Chun-jae confessed to the killings in front of Yoon, the only person ever convicted of any of the murders. “I didn’t think the crimes would be buried forever,” 57-year-old Lee told a court in the South Korean city Suwon, he confessed to the murders last year to the police, but this is the first … Continue reading Man who confessed to being one of South Korea’s most-notorious serial killers says he’s surprised he wasn’t caught sooner

‘Madman’ digs for decades to bring water to dry Indian village

For nearly 30 years, Ramrati Devi had called her husband Laungi Bhuiya “mad” and tried everything, even denying him food, to get him to focus more on supporting their children and less on what seemed like an impossible dream, the other villagers in Kothilwa, a parched and poor hamlet in a remote corner of India’s eastern state of Bihar, dismissed Bhuiya when he said he would bring water to them one day. Kothilwa is about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Gaya, the closest major city, and is home to nearly 750 people most of them Dalits who live in mud … Continue reading ‘Madman’ digs for decades to bring water to dry Indian village

Police officer raiding illegal cockfight gets killed by rooster

In a tragic sequence of events, nothing can possibly prepare any police officer for the danger of handling a cock-fighting situation this is because a Philippine police officer has been killed by a rooster during a raid on an illegal cockfight in the province of Northern Samar. Lieutenant Christine Bolok was struck by the rooster’s gaff – a razor-sharp steel blade which is typically attached to the leg of fighting roosters, the blade cut his left thigh, slicing his femoral artery. He was rushed to hospital and declared dead on arrival. Cockfighting has been banned during the virus outbreak, before … Continue reading Police officer raiding illegal cockfight gets killed by rooster

Thieves stripped a Canadian vineyard of grapes

When workers arrived at Canada’s Vignoble Coteau Rougemont vineyard on Thursday, ready to pick the last grapes of the season, they were in for a shock. On removing the nets from their carefully cultivated vines, they discovered thieves had hit the site overnight making off with half a tonne of grapes, equivalent to more than 300 bottles of wine. The thieves stole 500 kilograms of grapes from the site, leaving the vines bare. In the morning, my workers went into the parcel, and started removing the nets, and when they got into the row, they realized that for half of … Continue reading Thieves stripped a Canadian vineyard of grapes

He was shot 9 times and survived, then his ex-wife began plotting another hit

As Baron Li walked from his apartment to his car in Bellevue, Washington, one morning in July, he heard a loud crack that sounded like fireworks. When he turned around, he later told police, he saw a slender teenage boy holding a gun. The 48-year-old sales manager tried to shield himself with a car door, but two shots knocked him to the ground, the boy then shot him seven more times as he lay in the fetal position, somehow missing any major arteries or organs. Li survived the ambush. But the question remained: Who had tried so hard to kill … Continue reading He was shot 9 times and survived, then his ex-wife began plotting another hit

Tourist returns stolen artifacts to Pompeii after suffering ‘curse’ for 15 years

A Canadian woman has returned five artifacts she took from Pompeii in 2005, saying they have plagued her with bad luck, the woman, identified only as Nicole, sent two white mosaic tiles, two pieces of amphora vase and a piece of ceramic wall to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, along with a letter explaining her decision. I wanted to have a piece of history that couldn’t be bought, wrote the woman, who said she was “young and dumb” at the time. Since returning to Canada, she said, she has suffered two bouts of breast cancer, resulting in a double mastectomy, and her family … Continue reading Tourist returns stolen artifacts to Pompeii after suffering ‘curse’ for 15 years

Scientists find intact brain cells in skull of man killed in Vesuvius eruption nearly 2,000 years ago

A section of vitrified brain tissue from the remains of a young man who died in AD 79 after Mount Vesuvius erupted. Speaking about this process, Petrone said, the brain exposed to the hot volcanic ash must first have liquefied and then immediately turned into a glassy material by the rapid cooling of the volcanic ash deposit. After subsequent analysis including the use of an electron microscope, the team found cells in the vitrified brain, which were “incredibly well preserved with a resolution that is impossible to find anywhere else, according to Petrone. The researchers also found intact nerve cells … Continue reading Scientists find intact brain cells in skull of man killed in Vesuvius eruption nearly 2,000 years ago

Woman who killed boyfriend, then married her father is sentenced to prison, officials say

 Amanda McClure (left) and her father, Larry McClure A woman who allegedly married her father after they killed her boyfriend has been sentenced to 40 years behind bars, according to a prosecutor’s office in West Virginia. Amanda McClure received the prison sentence for second-degree murder last week, about two months after she pleaded guilty to killing John McGuire, the McDowell County Prosecutor’s Office said, according to West Virginia news station WOAY. The prosecutor’s office asserts Amanda and Larry McClure injected McGuire with methamphetamine, strangled him and hit his head, WOAY reported. McGuire’s body was found around Skygusty, West Virginia, in September … Continue reading Woman who killed boyfriend, then married her father is sentenced to prison, officials say