<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 20:58:29 -0700Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:58:29 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oscar Mayer Adds New Vehicles, Drone to WienerFleet]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 10:22:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wienerfleet.jpg

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… WienerDrone?

Oscar Mayer announced the expansion of its "WienerFleet" in a YouTube video Monday, which will add two new hot dog-shaped vehicles to bring the company's products straight to consumers. The Kraft Heinz company made the announcement of the fleet expansion to celebrate its new line of hot dogs ahead of its July 4 festivities in Weiner, Arkansas.

The fleet will now include the Wienermobile, WienerMini, WienerRover, WienerCycle, and even a WienerDrone. The new additions will serve their own unique purposes in delivering the hot dogs. The WienerCycle is intended for urban deliveries, while the WienerDrone can travel to remote locations.

"As the most iconic brand, we're going where other hot dogs can't," said head of marketing at Oscar Mayer, Greg Guidotti. "We’re committed to getting our new hot dog in everyone’s hands – and going to great lengths to do this."

The meat company created its first Wienermobile in 1936. The car travels around the country with its class of "Hotdoggers," who man the vehicle. According to the Wienermobile's Instagram account, the car last stopped in Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.



Photo Credit: The Kraft Heinz Company
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<![CDATA[Watch: Raccoon Spotted Riding the Subway in NYC]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:36:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/raccoon+subway+2.JPG

Video of a raccoon riding the subway, nibbling food out of a bowl as it's seated between two people, has New Yorkers alternately repulsed, amused and just plain bewildered. 

Subway rider Brooke Hogan told NBC 4 New York she took the video on a Lexington Avenue-line train heading uptown from 42nd Street last Tuesday. 

The raccoon is seen seated next to a woman -- apparently his owner or handler -- furiously licking food out of a small plastic bowl.

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It's not clear from the video why the woman had a raccoon, or why she brought it on the subway. People in New York aren't allowed to have a raccoon without a license, and licenses aren't issued for pet wildlife, according to the city

People on social media were also apparently befuddled. On a popular Instagram account devoted to chronicling the quirky quotidian scenes of the subway, varying reactions flooded the comments: 

"Never sitting on the train again." 

"I'm not sure if I'm laughing or throwing up." 

"Are you kidding me?? How did people not freak out??" 

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"New York subway is just game over, not even playing anymore."

"People become so strange in the summer."

"Next stop, Bronx zoo." 

"Raccoons are New Yorkers, too." 

"This is why the NYC subway is the best, and worst." 

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It shouldn't be surprising that the subway raccoon was able to grip the bowl with its own paws -- the animals have "amazing dexterity, allowing them to open doors and untie knots," according to New York City's wildlife site. They can also rotate their back feet, allowing them to descend from trees headfirst.

New York City's wildlife site also says most raccoons pose no risk of transferring disease to humans, and the incidence of rabies in the New York City raccoon population is very small. Since 2014, the city and federal governments worked together to vaccinate raccoons on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens against rabies.

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Still, people shouldn't approach or feed raccoons, the city warns: they can become a nuisance if people supply food or shelter. The "opportunistic feeders" will eat whatever is easily accessible, including fruit, nuts, fungi, insects, worms, birds, turtles, eggs, mice, bats, squirrels, fish, snakes, frogs, dead animals, bird feeder seed, pet food and human food waste. 

Most raccoon don't live past 6 years old in the wild. 

A message has been left with the MTA. 

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Photo Credit: Brooke Hogan]]>
<![CDATA[20-Pound Live Lobster Found in Luggage at Boston Airport ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:46:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/TSALOBSTER+626.jpg

A Transportation Security Administration screener at Boston's Logan Airport made a huge catch at checked baggage on Sunday.

TSA spokesperson Michael McCarthy tweeted a photo of a screener posing with a lobster weighing more than 20 pounds.

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According to a later tweet, the lobster was traveling in a cooler in checked baggage. It was "allowed to continue," McCarthy said.

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<![CDATA[Diner Finds Dead Frog in Salad at LA Restaurant]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:57:57 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/frogsalad2.jpg

Officials with the BJ's Restaurants chain said they're investigating how a dead frog wound up in a diner's salad at one of the company's locations in West Covina, Los Angeles County.

Shawna Cepeda posted a picture of her salad with a frog that appeared to be the size of two croutons in a Yelp review on June 14. Cepeda couldn't be reached Saturday, but in her Yelp post, she said she ate at the restaurant the previous night and ordered a side salad.

"I was about four bites into it and I noticed it tasted a little different," she wrote. "I thought maybe the ranch dressing was a little bitter, and after mixing the salad around some more I found a dead baby frog."

The manager offered to comp her meal, which she declined.

She said corporate apologized and sent her a $50 gift card.

Krysteen Romero, the general manager at the restaurant, posted a comment on Cepeda's Yelp page more than a week later apologizing and offering to speak to her directly.

In a statement issued to NBC4, BJ's Chief Financial Officer Greg Levin said the company takes this seriously and they "have launched an internal investigation including discussions with our suppliers and distributors to ensure that nothing like this happens in the future."



Photo Credit: Shawna Cepeda]]>
<![CDATA[National Llama Competition]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:16:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NATIONAL+LLAMA+COMP+THUMB.jpg

Hundreds of llamas and alpacas will gather in Waterloo, Iowa, this weekend to take part in The Gathering of Friends and Champions, a national llama competition. The llamas will be judged on their fleece, agility and halter or gait. Llamas can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 440 pounds.

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<![CDATA[Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Times In a Row]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:39:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+DISNEY+VISIT+THUMB.jpg

A Huntington Beach man has set a record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland. Jeff Reitz, 44, has visited the park 2,000 times in a row. Reitz started visiting the park every day when he was unemployed and wanted to keep his spirits up. Employed at the VA now, Reitz continues to visit every day after work because it helps him to decompress after a long day. His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he first rode with his mom when he was 2 years old. 

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<![CDATA[Deer Caught Duking It Out on Camera]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:30:42 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DeerBoxing.gif

Bring it on! Two deer were caught in an impromptu boxing match, caught on cam by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer.  (Video Credit: TWRA)

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<![CDATA[Sheriff's Deputies Wrangle Llama on the Lam in Vacaville]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:50:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/llamafb.PNG

A llama caused some drama in Vacaville on Monday.

After the animal got loose from its pasture, two deputies with the Solano County Sheriff's Office were forced to "think outside the box to coax this llama out of the roadway."

Dashcam video posted on the Solano County Sheriff's Office Facebook page using an orange rope to corral the llama back onto the field. 

"They things they don't you in the academy ... llama wrangling," deputies quipped.

Four other llamas watched the interaction in rapt attention. 

The video also shows one of the deputies escorting the llama back to the field, while the other deputy followed in a car.

The llama was reunited with the rest of its herd after "verbal counseling," deputies wrote.



Photo Credit: Solano County Sheriff's Office via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Barflies Order Drinks During Armed Robbery]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:44:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BarRobbery0620_MP4_1280x720_971876419659.jpg

Barflies appeared not to notice as armed robbers were sticking up a Florida bar with a shotgun Sunday, with some patrons even trying to order more drinks as the robbery was in progress.

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<![CDATA[Snake Crawls Out From Under Hood of Moving Truck]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:46:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/snakehood.jpg

A snake gave a couple of people inside a moving truck quite a scare when it appeared on the hood.

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<![CDATA[Furry Surprise Behind the Bumper: Kitten Found in Tesla]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:13:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/teslakitty.jpg

A Florida man heard meowing coming from inside his Tesla. He took the vehicle to his service center where a kitten was pulled from the rear bumper.

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<![CDATA[Conservatory of Flowers Reveals Their Smelliest Attraction]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:54:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/173*120/corpse.PNG

San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers is celebrating the blooming of their most morbid inhabitant: the Corpse Flower. The plant, also known as Terra the Titan, earned its name from the aroma it omits once flowered. NPR described the stench as a cocktail of “fish, unwashed feet and rotting cabbage.”

The unique scent that Terra the Titan exudes is produced in order to attract insects, said NPR. The perfume of death appeals to a diverse array of insects. This guarantees the plant’s survival, allowing for maximum pollination.

While the flower has been a resident at this San Francisco greenhouse for three years, it is expected that the plant will draw great crowds. KQED reported that 16,000 visitors swept through the conservatory just to experience a Corpse Flower first hand during its four-day bloom in 2005.

The plant first reached the conservatory after San Francisco native Sidney Price relinquished his ownership. According to KQED, Price fell in love with the plant after purchasing two immature Corpse Flowers. They quickly sprouted though and the sheer vastness of the plant forced him to donate them. Price also admitted to the news organization that he feared that, if the Corpse Flowers bloomed, neighbors would believe Price was harboring a corpse.

Along with great odor, also comes great beauty. The Conservatory of Flowers explained that the Corpse Flower spends most of its time disguised as a tree. The plant rotates between leaf cycles, hiding a potato-like seed. It usually takes about 10 years for the flower to bloom.

Once mature though, the flower’s visual allure leave guests mesmerized. The Corpse Flower will reach heights upwards of 20 feet. Here, it will proudly display its plum interior. This is usually disguised by the flower’s absinthe-colored shell, only exposed for a short window of time.

The Corpse Flower has been estimated to be in bloom for two days. Because of this, the conservatory has extended its hours, staying open until 9 p.m. every night until June 19.

Find more information on the Corpse Flower at the Conservatory’s website.



Photo Credit: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers]]>
<![CDATA[Intrepid Rat Drags Whole Garbage Bag Across NYC Sidewalk]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:47:44 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/garbage+rat.JPG

Never doubt a New York City rat's strength and resolve.

The city's rodents are already known to persist in their quest for local food favorites (see: pizza rat, roll rat).

But one astonishing rat in Brooklyn was captured on video dragging by its teeth an entire filled trash bag just to get to a personal pizza crust inside. 

Leigh Conner filmed the rat on her block in Crown Heights, near Kingston Avenue and Dean Street, DNAInfo reports

She told the news website she was getting on her bike when she spotted the trash bag moving away from the curb. That's when she saw the rat crawling out of the trash bag and start to drag it. 

It was apparently trying to get at a round pizza pie crust inside.

The rat could be seen tugging and gnawing through the plastic trash bag, then finally getting the pizza crust out of the bag. It scurries away with the dough -- but inexplicably abandons it a short distance away.

Could be this city rat is also pretty fickle. 



Photo Credit: Leigh Conner]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Surprises Florida Man]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 06:05:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bearstare.jpg

A Florida man had a huge surprise waiting for him in his garage when he arrived home. His surveillance camera captured a black bear running out of the garage.

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<![CDATA[Airbnb Jail Puts Guests Behind Bars]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:43:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_Airbnb_Jail_061317-149739931935900001.jpg

A jail in Canada that's been closed for decades is getting a second life thanks to a creative entrepreneur. The owner will begin listing individual cells on Airbnb at the end of June.

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<![CDATA['French Spider-Man' Climbs Hotel in Barcelona]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:11:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SPIDER_MAN_CLIMBS_BARCELONA_061217_1-149729923873900001.jpg

French climber Alain Robert, also known as "French Spider-Man," climbed the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel on June 12. The hotel is the city's fourth-tallest building.

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<![CDATA[Why Did 'Lord Buckethead' Run Against the British PM?]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:23:17 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/armus-lord-buckethead-dab.jpg

British prime minister Theresa May had some unusual competition for her seat in Parliament this year—and social media took notice.

Twitter was ablaze Friday with photos of May standing beside an Elmo impersonator, the “Howling Laud,” and a figure named “Lord Buckethead,” who one user described as Darth Vader wearing a trash can.

In another race, Mr. Fish Finger—yes, that’s a man wearing a fish stick costume—campaigned against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Ferron.

So what’s with these unusual candidates?

According to Charlie Beckett, a professor of media studies at the London School of Economics, extravagantly costumed joke candidates like Buckethead make up a “great British tradition” that adds comedy to general elections.

“These are kind of the court jesters, the people who remind the powerful that there’s a comic side of life,” Beckett, who studies social media and British politics, said. “It’s just a little bit of color in a carnivalesque way that Brits have always had in them.”

As far back as the 1960s, these characters have taken advantage of the British practice known as the “declaration of results,” in which all the candidates for each seat stand on stage together as a winner is announced.

“Especially with the famous politicians, like Boris Johnson or the prime minister, they will traditionally attract the most novelty candidates because they get the most coverage,” Beckett said.

Indeed, the Monster Raving Loony Party—which was founded just as politics was becoming a televised spectacle—has entered at least five candidates in races to elect members of parliament since 1983. Lord Buckethead, meanwhile, previously ran against two former prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Although a fee of 500 pounds, or about $635, is intended to filter these joke candidates out, British parliamentary elections are otherwise open. To enter an election, a candidate can live anywhere and must gain the signatures of only 10 people in the district.

And often, the campaign promises are just as bizarre as their costumes.

Lord Buckethead wants to provide free bikes for everyone and nationalize the singer Adele, according to the BBC. Mr. Fish Finger, who decided to run after a Twitter poll found more people would trust a fish stick than his opponent, wrote a “manifishto” that includes promises to improve the education system by providing free fish rods for everyone.

“It’s part of the way that the core of politics in the UK doesn’t have the same decorum that American politics used to have,” Beckett said. “Here, it’s always been a bit more rough and tumble.”

But some candidates, like the Elmo impersonator, Bobby Smith, have other demands.

Bobby Smith, who won three votes while dressed up as Elmo, said that he ran as a way to raise attention to his custody battle. And another candidate, Yemi Hailemariam, wore a T-shirt featuring the name of her husband, Andy Tsege, an Ethiopian-born political dissident who was abducted and detained there in 2014.

“The funny, eccentric candidates must never be campaigning. They may be campaigning generally that life is too dull,” Beckett said, “but generally, if they get too serious, they get ignored.”



Photo Credit: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Deer Crashes Into Paint Store]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:03:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/deerpaint.jpg

A young deer ran into a Pennsylvania paint store on June 1. The young buck ran around the store before finding its way out.

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<![CDATA[Tractors Race Through Mud, Puddles and Fire in Russia]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:54:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tractorrace.jpg

Twenty-eight drivers competed for five hours on a nine-mile course in a tractor race in Russia.

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<![CDATA[Dog Gets Stuck in a Hole in a Tree]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:54:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DOG_TREE_STUCK_060217-149642984706800001.jpg

A dachshund in Salem, Kentucky, crawled into a groundhog hole at the base of a tree and got stuck. Two off-duty state troopers and local firefighters rescued the dog and made sure it doesn't happen again

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<![CDATA[Researchers Discover 'Faceless Fish']]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:15:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FACELESS_FISH_060217_1-149642982927900001.jpg

Researchers in Australia caught a rare fish 13,000 feet below the surface of the water off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. 

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<![CDATA[Is This South Texas 'Monster Frog' Real?]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:11:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/monster-frog-south-texas-hunting-association.jpg

A monster frog making the rounds on social media may not be as gross as it seems.

Photos posted on the South Texas Hunting Association's Facebook show Markcuz Rangel holding what's claimed to be a frog weighing 13 pounds.

The post read, "Wanted to share a monster bull frog we got yesterday afternoon at one of our fishing ponds in South Texas ranch located in Batesville tx 13lb monster frog!!!"

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"Everybody from Time Magazine in New York to stations in San Francisco have been jumping (pun intended) on this big frog story," Steve Lightfoot, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman, told NBC DFW.

Lightfoot said the frog pictured is indeed a big bullfrog, though bullfrogs rarely exceed one pound in weight.

Instead, what we have here is an optical illusion. Think of images of people holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

"Since there is nothing to gain reference with, such as a hand around the frog, there's no way to say for certain how big it is," he said.

Lightfoot said the hunter is welcome to bring it in to be weighed or inspected by a Texas Parks biologist.



Photo Credit: South Texas Hunting Assoc.
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<![CDATA['Covfefe': Trump Lights Up Internet With Late-Night Tweet]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 12:04:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-31-at-5.20.48-AM.jpg

"Covfefe." It was the word that rocked the Twitter world just after midnight on the East Coast. 

President Donald Trump wrote the word in a late-night message from his personal account that mystified much of the rest of Twitter: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

It wasn't clear what he meant, though some suspected the word was supposed to read "coverage." But many others had fun with the tweet, as the hashtag #covfefe quickly began to trend.

In an audio-only White House briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president and a small group of people know what he meant."


Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got in on the debate. "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe," Kimmel tweeted.


Many people turned the word into a meme and some users started their own "Covfefe" Twitter accounts.

Even Merriam-Webster sounded off, though its tweet didn't specifically mention "covfefe" or Trump.


The ambiguous tweet stayed online for more than five hours, gaining thousands more retweets than Trump's other recent messages before being removed shortly after 5:30 a.m. 

Trump then sent another message to address what many people thought was a typo.

"Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" the president wrote.

The White House has not responded to a request for comment. The tweet came the day White House communications director Michael Dubke announced he was resigning from his position.




Photo Credit: Twitter
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<![CDATA[You're Out? Conn. Minor League Baseball's Bizarre Strikeout]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 14:11:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Third-Base-Line-at-Dunkin%27-Donuts-Stadium.jpg

It's the odd strikeout that has gone viral.

Connecticut's Double-A minor league baseball team, the Yard Goats, played the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday. In the top of the eighth inning, with the count at 1-2, Rumble Ponies pitcher Cory Burns lost his footing and threw the ball into the grass near the first base line.

Goats batter Josh Fuentes jokingly took a swing. But the ball was still live. The umpire called it a strike.

That was Fuentes' third strike and led to the end of the inning. And the Yard Goats ended up losing the game 5-4.

The play went viral and lead to a flurry of social media posts. Should the umpire have called a strike? Should Fuentes have known better?

Fuentes took to Twitter and had a good sense of humor about the strikeout.

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The Yard Goats chimed in on the fun on social media.

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Not everyone agreed that the umpire should have called a strike on what was an obvious joke swing. But technically, the ball was still live and play was still underway.    

Baseball fans around the country couldn't resist the opportunity to weigh in.

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Through Sunday, Fuentes was batting .255 with 38 hits, 13 runs, three home runs, 22 RBI, and leading the team with four triples.



Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut
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<![CDATA[German Biker Loses Bag of Cash, Raining Bills Over Autobahn]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 08:41:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trafico-Generico.jpg

German police say a businessman on a motorcycle lost a plastic bag stuffed with his day's earnings while driving along a southern highway, sending a shower of cash across the Bavarian Autobahn.

Ingolstadt police said Sunday the 36-year-old had been carrying about 9,000 euros ($10,000) in small bills Saturday night when he lost the bag on the A9 highway.

The man, whose name wasn't released, stopped his motorcycle and tried to collect the cash himself, and witnesses called police.

Authorities temporarily shut down the stretch of the highway and helped the man collect his cash, but an estimated 1,500 euros were taken away by the wind before it could be recovered, the dpa news agency reported.

Police say he was able to produce a slip showing the cash was his.



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<![CDATA[Two Japanese Melons Sell For About $13,500]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 11:09:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MELONS_MONEY_052617-149581826045600001.jpg

A pair of Japanese Yubari cantaloupe melons were sold for about $13,500 at the first auction of the harvest season in Sapporo. The Yubari melons are known for their perfect proportions and are often given as gifts. They are only grown in Yubari, a small town on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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<![CDATA[Airborne Jeep Slams Into Occupied Home]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 03:20:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CarHouse0525_MP4-149574723881800001.jpg

A Jeep flew into the side of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, duplex Thursday morning, to the disbelief of a tenant who was sleeping inside. 

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<![CDATA[New 'Soundwave' Tattoos Can Talk, Play Music]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 06:14:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+SOUNDWAVE+TATTOOS+THUMB.jpg

What if tattoos could talk? That's what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating a waveform of the audio. They can print out these waveforms and have them turned into tattoos. They can point their mobile phone or tablet device at the tattoo and use the app to play back the sound.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff: DUI Suspect Hit 'Don't Drink and Drive' Patrol Cruiser ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:28:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/DUI+Suspect+Paul+Wilkins.jpg

A 63-year-old Florida man was arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly damaged a newly unveiled "Don't Drink and Drive" patrol car in a crash.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says Paul Wilkins drove into a traffic control point near U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said Wilkins drove through cones, hit a detective’s car, and pushed it about 30 feet into the department’s brand new "Don't Drink and Drive" police cruiser. Both cars were parked, with red and blue lights flashing.

Wilkins told police he did not see the cars or the emergency lights flashing. No one was injured.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI.

Wilkins was taken to Citrus County jail in the new drunk-driving awareness cruiser emblazoned with the slogan "a cop or a cab, you decide."

It was not immediately clear if Wilkins had an attorney.



Photo Credit: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office]]>
<![CDATA[Fishy Weather: Surprising Downpour Hits Oroville School]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:02:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rain-stock-breaking-148110839.jpg

There was something fishy about the weather this week at an Oroville elementary school.

Stanford Elementary received a downpour… of fish!

NBC-affiliate Action News Now reports the campus was hit Tuesday with the weather phenomenon. School officials tell the Chico station the school was covered in tiny fish as a storm cloud passed over the campus.

Many on campus thought the incident was part of a prank.

That theory went out the window when they saw it rain fish with their own eyes, the school's librarian, Rachael Thompson, told Action News Now.

Officials believe it’s possible a water spout formed above a nearby small body of water, sucked up the fish, and then carried them to the school.

However, as of now, there is no official explanation.

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<![CDATA[‘T-Rex’ Spooks Horses on City Street]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 16:34:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HORSE_SCARED_051917_3-149521821406400001.jpg

A person in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume allegedly growled at a pair of horses pulling a carriage in Charleston, South Carolina. The horses were frightened and caused the carriage to jackknife, injuring the driver.

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Haircut Around]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 12:11:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FIRE_BARBER_051817_1-149513075332800001.jpg

A barber in Cairo, Egypt, is using fire to style and straighten his clients' hair.

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<![CDATA[SUV Sinks Into Beach as Man Tries to Take Photos of It]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 06:38:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/suv+land+rover+sinks+into+jersey+shore.jpg

A man trying to take scenic photos of his SUV by the Jersey Shore ended up trying to dig the vehicle out after it started sinking into the water-logged sand, officials said.

State Park Police responded to a call Tuesday about a vehicle stuck at Island Beach State Park, about 15 miles southeast of Toms River, officials said. A tow company arrived around the same time to find the man at the surf line with his vehicle.

Video posted to Facebook shows the man using what appears to be a shovel as he tries to dig free the white Land Rover from the sand. At one point a wave crashes over the vehicle as he continues to dig. 

Officials said it was low tide when help arrived and the tow company was able to easily remove the SUV. 

The driver had a Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permit, which allows him to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on fishing beaches. He was not issued a summons, officials said.

Witnesses said the man insisted on driving the vehicle away after it was towed, even though its lights were flashing and its engine was making strange sounds. 



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<![CDATA[Thief Steals Nearly 700 Parking Meters]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 08:55:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/239*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-16+at+10.17.48+AM.png

Nearly 700 parking meters have been stolen from downtown Stockton, California, over the past year.

"We don't understand why they're down here because they're not making that much money," Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said.

The city said each meter theft costs them $800, including lost revenue and installation fees.

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<![CDATA[Terrifying Attack: Grocery Store Horror]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:15:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_grocerystabbing0515_1920x1080.jpg

Oregon police are investigating a gruesome murder and a brutal stabbing that followed in an Estacada grocery store.

Witnesses say a man walked into the Estacada Thriftway Harvest Market covered in blood, carrying a knife in one hand and what appeared to be a human head in the other.

The man then stabbed an employee of the store. Other employees quickly jumped in and held the man down until police arrived.

Police believe the stabbing is tied to the murder of a woman found dead in a home in the nearby town of Colton.

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<![CDATA[Girl's Wedding Photos With Burrito]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 10:13:27 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/051217+main+burrito+wedding+photo.jpg What if you loved a burrito so much you married it? A teenager in Loudoun County, Virginia, loved a burrito so much she had beautiful, backlit "wedding" photos taken with it.

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