The only thing I really like about Halloween the pumpkin drop. Awesome video. Read more
While competing in the Wisconsin High School Division 1 cross country sectional at Wausau’s 9-Mile County Forest course, Sarah Glidden, Hortonville High School’s number-one ranked distance runner, was thrown off stride in a collision with an antlerless deer that streaked out of the woods. Bruised and shaken, the teen failed to qualify for the WIAA state meet, placing 18th overall. Appleton Post-Crescent.
Could there be anything dumber than stealing a police car and then going out and pretending to be a police man? How about swiping a 20-foot Boston Whaler belonging to the Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforcement division from a marina? Michael Scott Noble, 59, was apprehended this week by the U.S.Coast Guard on the St. Johns River and charged with grand theft, impersonating an officer and unlawful use of police badges or other indications of authority. Jacksonville Times-Union.
AP-A Tacoma woman who became lost Saturday on a day hike near Lake Ingalls in Central Washington survived three nights in the snow by wrapping herself in a plastic trash bag. Kittitas County Undersheriff Clayton Myers also says 50-year-old Natalya Manko wisely decided to return to the site where she lost her way, after failing to find a way out. Following her tracks in the snow, a helicopter crew found her Tuesday on the north side of Stuart Pass. She was treated for frostbite and hypothermia at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.
Jeff Landrock says he isn’t sure how much damage was caused when a 4-point buck crashed through a window and into his New Hampshire recording studio, where it stayed for at least 20 minutes, knocking over equipment and furniture. “It could’ve been much worse,” he said. “It could’ve been antlers through the speakers.” Foster’s Daily Democrat.
Officials with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are investigating a grizzly bear encounter about 35 miles southwest of Cody in which a hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear after being bitten at least twice on the left thigh Wednesday morning. The hunter was able to walk out of the area to receive medical treatment. Billings Gazette.
Investigators in Kingston, Ontario blame a beaver for a fire that caused more than $150,000 damage to a cottage and outbuilding this week. “It chewed through one of these trees, the tree fell on one of these high voltage lines, shorting the line,” said South Frontenac Fire Chief Rick Chesebrough. The power was conducted through the tree into the ground, igniting leaves and dry brush. Canoe.ca.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Primal Vantage Co., Inc., has announced the recall of approximately 40,000 Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Steps sold from April 2008 through November 2009. The CPSC reports the plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.
Specialists with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks say the photos taken by bowhunter Caleb Mahin’s trail camera in Republican County Oct. 19 confirm the fourth mountain lion in Kansas in the past three years. “I couldn’t believe it. I did a real double-take,” Mahin said. “One of the guys I live with was upstairs and I hollered at him to come down so he could make sure I was really seeing what I was seeing.” Michael Pearce in the Wichita Eagle. Click on photo for larger view.
A Dover, Fla. family awakened by knocking on their home’s front door early Tuesday morning discovered an alligator exceeding six feet in length. “We thought it was a burglar or something, something was going on,” said homeowner Jose Roca. He added that “this was a very polite gator, ” but “we didn’t invite him for coffee, no.” The gator was captured . Fox Tampa Bay.
(Oct. 27) — Deep in the jungles of Myanmar, scientists have discovered a new species of monkey in an unfortunate predicament: Its nostrils are turned upward, so that whenever it rains, they fill up with water and cause the monkey to sneeze.The black, furry creature lives around the Maw River in the Southeast Asian country’s northeast corner. It has white tufts of fur on its ears and a white beard on its chin. Scientists have named the new species Rhinopithecus strykeri, but locals know it as “monkey with an upturned face” in their language. Read more
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 54 workplace safety and health citations with penalties totaling $1.2 million to black powder substitute manufacturer Black Mag LLC, following an investigation into the causes of a deadly explosion in May at the company’s MDM Muzzleloader plant in Colebrook, N.H. OSHA News.
A remote trail camera placed by a deer hunter in Northeastern Minnesota captured five images of a mountain lion on September 20, according to DNR officials investigating the case. The photos represent the eighth documentation of a mountain lion in Minnesota in the past 15 years and the third since mid-August, said John Erb, DNR furbearer/wolf research biologist. Sam Cook in the Duluth News-Tribune.
HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — An elderly Hydro man landed in jail after springing his prized pooch from the town kennel. Instead of paying a $100 fine for not having his poodle on a leash, 73-year-old Edwin Fry decided to bust Buddy Tough out, driving his lawnmower to the city pound Oct. 13 and breaking into the cage with bolt cutters. Read more
An alleged burglar with a combination of bad timing and even worse luck was caught in the act and subdued by a Plymouth, Mass. homeowner and firearms instructor who was returning from a class while carrying a shotgun (with a trigger lock). Plymouth Police Captain John Rogers said the suspect is in custody. WATD reports.
CLEVELAND, Ga. (AP) — A north Georgia man says he and his wife found a neighbor’s buffalo in their swimming pool. Chris Nonnemaker says he and his wife noticed two holes in the pool’s cover and went outside to take a look Saturday morning in White County. Nonnemaker says they noticed something moving. When he pulled the pool cover back, Nonnemaker saw a buffalo that had escaped from a neighbor’s home. Nonnemaker called police and videotaped the animal’s rescue, which involved ropes to help coax the buffalo out near the shallow end. Deputies say the buffalo belonged to a neighbor and escaped with two others weeks ago. They say those two were caught shortly after they got away.
“Samurai” Mauser M1871/84 11mm Rifles For Sale
In 2002, Master Armorer Robert “Rock” Galotti was hired for a new movie being put into production starring Tom Cruise. Entitled “The Last Samurai”, the movie was set in Japan during the 1870’s and featured spectacular battle sequences requiring hundreds of working Mauser rifles from the period. A veteran Armorer of dozens of films, including “The Matrix” and “Mission Impossible”, Rock set out to find the most authentic arms available. He contacted Gibbs’ President, Val Forgett, as he had heard that Val had recently acquired a large group of 19th Century Mauser rifles. These rifles had been stored for over 100 years in less-than-ideal conditions, causing significant deterioration to the wood and loss of finish on the metal. Read more
A bird watcher and photographer who inched as close as 8 feet to a bedded mule deer buck near McNary Dam on the Oregon side of the Columbia River on Thursday learned a painful lesson about wildlife comfort zones. The buck leapt up, charged Neal Hinds, and gored him in the leg, landing him on his back–and in the local hospital. Tri-City Herald.
Jennifer and Lucas Hardbarger didn’t witness their two Bernese mountain dogs tearing apart the front end of their Honda Odyssey, but after finding a pile of raccoon feces behind the deflated tire, they know what motivated the canines to do $3,000 in damage to the vehicle. “They literally scared the crap out of it,” Jennifer said. The Newark Advocate.
Thanks to Andrew Dickerson and associates at the Georgia Institute of Technology, we now know how fast a wet dog must oscillate in order to dry its fur. Filming a variety of soaked pooches, the scientists developed a mathematical model determining the speed a dog must shake to create adequate centripetal forces to pull the water away from its body. For a Labrador retriever, it’s 4.3 Hertz. Ain’t science great? MIT Tech Review.