<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usSat, 22 Sep 2018 18:45:42 -0700Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:45:42 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cop Takes Selfie With Raccoon Busted in Woman's Bathroom]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:55:08 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/raccoon+on+thing.jpg

A raccoon busted pawing through a woman's bathroom cabinet was subjected not to a mugshot, but to a selfie.

The rogue raccoon was looking somewhat guilty when it was caught with its arm in the bathroom cabinet of a home in Pinellas County, Florida, this week.

"A masked bandit!" Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned a photo of the perp on Facebook." The raccoon is shown perched atop the bathroom cabinet with its tail hanging down, one paw in the cabinet, the other gripping the mirror for stability. 

The woman "was quite surprised to find this furry intruder in her home when she woke up!" police said.

The officers said they were able to catch and release the vain intruder safely, but not before taking a quick selfie.



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<![CDATA[Neighbors Spring to Action As Yard Fire Threatens Skyline Home ]]> Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:15:57 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/212*120/skyline+bird+poop+fire.jpg

If it wasn't for quick-acting neighbors, fire investigators say a Skyline home that went up in flames in Monday could be a lot worse off.

The fire started in a bird coop in the backyard of the home on Noeline Lane and spread to multiple palm trees, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

SDFD spokesperson Monica Munoz said a teenager was home alone with her pets when neighbors noticed the fire and helped her evacuate.

Among the helpful and heroic neighbors were fellow teen Victor Ibanez and his uncle.

"We heard a lot of loud screams as if they were from a horror movie and we looked up and there was a lot of black smoke coming from the sky," Ibanez said.

Victor and his uncle reported the fire at 2:11 p.m. and started spraying it with a water hose before crews responded.

Firefighters arrived and had it knocked down 11 minutes later, according to Munoz.

Ten to 12 birds were burned in the fire as well as three palm trees. Part of the home's exterior was damaged but the interior of the home was not, Munoz said.

The residents of the home were not displaced.

"I'm just happy that we saved everyone and nobody got hurt, Ibanez said.

An SDFD captain at the scene estimated the damage at about $100,000. A city arborist was called to the scene to assess the safety of the burned trees.

Munoz said Monday the source of the fire was bird excrement the coop.

"The bird excrement heats up and with just the right amount of wind and moisture it starts a fire," Munoz said. "Some strange phenomenon..."

On Tuesday she clarified that investigators could not confirm whether the bird poop started the fire.

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<![CDATA[Crazy Video: Masked Burglar Tunnels Into Calif. Store]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 02:28:07 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/giphy-burglar-dairy-new.gif

A man was caught on camera after he allegedly tunneled into a store in La Verne, popping out from a hole in the wall while wearing a white mask and crawling around on his knees in a bizarre robbery attempt Monday.

In over 40 years of business, the owners of the Inland Dairy Store at the corner of White Avenue and First Street near the L.A. County Fairground say the store has never been broken into, let alone in such a strange way.

The owner, who didn't wish to be identified, said he couldn't believe what he saw when he reviewed the video with police.

The surveillance video shows the man suddenly pop out from a tiny space in between two refrigerators, knocking a soda display to the ground. The sodas explode on impact.

The man, identified by La Verne police as Rudy Mindiola of Pomona, crawls around on his knees for several minutes trying to open doors.

The only time he gets up on his feet is when the alarm is triggered and he bolts back to the tiny hole police say he made to crawl inside.

La Verne police officers responded minutes later at 4 a.m. Police found a hole in the wall of the store when conducting a perimeter search.

They said they ultimately found Mindiola hiding in some brush along the nearby train tracks.

Mindiola faces commercial burglary charges after police said they found specific tools when they arrested him.

It's not immediately clear if Mindiola has an attorney who can speak to his arrest.



Photo Credit: La Verne Police Department
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<![CDATA[Mexican City of Guadalajara to Allow Sex in Public]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 03:58:43 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/couplemexGettyImages-77418399.jpg

The authorities of the city of Guadalajara, considered to be one of the most conservative cities in Mexico, approved a law that allows sexual relations in public view, unless there's a public complaint. 

With the legal reforms, the police will no longer have the authority to sanction public sex acts, so long as there isn't a complaint from a third party. 

"Having sexual relations or committing acts of exhibitionism of a sexual nature in public places, vacant lots, inside vehicles or in private locations in public view will be considered administrative offenses, as long as a citizen requests police intervention," details the modification to article 14 of the Bylaws of Good Government. 

The changes were issued in the capital of the state of Jalisco under the argument that the police should focus on combatting crime and not bother those who might be lacking funds to pay for a hotel.

That change has caused indignation among many citizens who label it as a moral issue, and also warn that it makes it easier for rapists and pedophiles to abuse their victims.

Once these changes go into effect, the police will only be able to detain and fine those who have intimate encounters in public view if there is an expressed complaint from other citizens. 

This initiative has a history in the world, now that Vondelpark in Amsterdam, one of the most popular public parks in the capital of the Netherlands, has allowed sex in the open air spanning over a decade.

The only rules in Amsterdam are to keep the space clean, the activities should be conducted in areas away from dedicated child zones, and if there's too much noise, police can ask the lovers to leave. 



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<![CDATA[Woman a Self-Appointed ‘Bachelorette’ in NYC Tinder Scam]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:11:53 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Tinder+Logo+Generic.jpg

Although she wasn’t handing out any roses, one woman in NYC managed to trick dozens of men into competing for a chance to date her in a stunt that became her very own version of “The Bachelorette.”

According to Gothamist, dozens of men arrived at Union Square on Sunday evening expecting to go on a fairly normal date with Instagram model Natasha Aponte, only to discover that they were all being strung along by the same woman.

The stunt went viral when Twitter user @bvdhai posted a thread detailing his own experience with the massive Tinder scam.

According to @bvdhai, everything had started out fairly normal when he first matched with Aponte on Tinder. The two made small talk and soon exchanged numbers.

Aponte ended their conversation by saying that she was busy with a work presentation, assuring @bvdhai that she would reach back out to him when she had more free time.

The concept of being ghosted is common in the land of dating apps, so @bvdhai figured that Aponte had just made up an elaborate excuse to stop talking and that he would never hear from her again.

Much to his surprise, Aponte contacted him two weeks later, inviting him to check out a DJ with her near Union Square.

It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Square and noticed a large crowd of men loitering by the DJ’s stage that he started to think something weird was going on.

When Aponte took to the stage herself with a microphone, his fears were confirmed.

“Then she says I’ve invited you all here for a chance to go on a date with me and proceeds to give a hunger games speech about what its gonna take to date her,” @bvdhai tweeted.

Even though @bvdhai praised Aponte’s “fallopian fortitude” at pulling off the scam, he wasn’t quite ready to volunteer as tribute. He chose to leave instead.

Many of Aponte's victims were offended by the scam, walking away from the scene without a second look or yelling out profanities at the woman who had misled them.

Several other men, however, did decide to play along with Aponte’s game.

According to NY Mag, Aponte quickly went to work cutting down her pool of suitors by asking those with certain characteristics to leave, including anyone who supported Trump, was looking for just a hookup, or had a beer belly.

As the crowd thinned, Aponte asked the remaining men to participate in physical tests like push-ups and sprints. She also allowed the men to give 1-minute pitches as to why she should date them.

According to reddit user UncleChen69, the 22-year-old Aponte was joined by two women dressed as referees to help monitor the competition.

Many men left the park with bruised egos and newfound trust issues that night.

Aponte has received a notable amount of backlash online for her actions, both from men who were victims of the scam as well as outside observers.

She has since changed her Instagram account to private.

At this time, it’s unclear whether Aponte picked out a winning man for her date.



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<![CDATA['Baaaaaad Boys': 2 Goats Roam Tracks of NYC Subway]]> Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:55:17 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/goats+on+subway+tracks.jpg

Goats have to commute, too. 

Two goats were spotted roaming on the above-ground N tracks near Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn Monday morning, and after about an hour, the MTA said it had to reroute trains on the line so cops could safely catch them.  

The MTA says it called NYPD and Animal Control about the goats, who were on the tracks between the Fort Hamilton and New Utrecht stations, before 11 a.m. By 12:30 p.m., the goats were still on the tracks. They were surrounded.  

Transit officials tweeted a picture of the black and white goats, captioning it, "Two very baaaaaad boys." N trains were running on the D line in both directions from 36 Street to Coney Island as crews worked to corral them.

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They were tranquilized a short time later and have been taken to the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York, with the help of comedian Jon Stewart, who has a history of bringing rescued animals to that farm.

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It's not clear how the goats got on the tracks, nor where they came from, but it is the third recent incident in a nationwide goat-on-the-lam trend. 

First, more than 100 goats ran amok in an Idaho neighborhood, eating everything in sight. 

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Less than two weeks ago, 75 goats (and sheep) escaped a New Jersey livestock auction and went wandering around Hackettstown. In that case, it appeared someone may have left a gate unsecured.

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<![CDATA[Bright Red Outdoor Urinals Pop Up in Paris]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:04:02 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/paris-potty.jpg

The City of Lights has debuted an especially flashy new way to curtail public urination: bright red eco-toilets for those on the go. 

Industrial designer Faltazi created the waterless urinal, called "Uritrottoir," to be filled with straw that can be composted. The tops of the urinals double as flower beds. 

Several of the toilets were first rolled out in the spring to a muted reaction, The New York Times reported. But a backlash has developed after one was recently installed on the picturesque Ile St. Louis, according to reports

Not everyone is saying oui, oui to the attention-grabbing boxes, which include signs illustrating how to use them.

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A local mayor told the Times he would consider a "fine tuning" of the location of the urinal but stressed it was necessary to cut down on public urination. 

Outdoor urinals aren't an only-in-Paris thing. San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to install an open-air urinal in 2016 with the "pissoir" that city authorities placed in Dolores Park in 2016.



Photo Credit: Michel Spingler/AP
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<![CDATA[Giant Lobster Named After Bon Jovi]]> Mon, 06 Aug 2018 05:36:20 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bon-jovi-lobster.jpg

There's Bon Jovi the rock star and then there's Bon Jovi the rock lobster. 

Jon Bon Jovi stopped at a Long Island supermarket on Saturday to help promote his son's new line of rosé, surprising shoppers at the Farmingdale store. 

But perhaps most surprised was a 19-pound lobster who was named "Bon Jovi" in honor of the "Wanted Dead or Alive" singer. 

Bon Jovi and his son Jesse were also greeted by Stew Leonard, Jr., the CEO of the eponymous grocery store chain. 

They were promoting "Diving Into Hampton Water" rosé, which will be available throughout the East Coast. Stew Leonard's Wine and Spirits is launching the sale of the wine. 



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<![CDATA[Bigfoot Lumbers Into Virginia Congressional Race]]> Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:57:51 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/bigfoot-candidate.jpg

Bigfoot is now a campaign issue in a Virginia race for U.S. Congress.

Democratic candidate Leslie Cockburn took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse her Republican opponent Denver Riggleman of being a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”

Riggleman said the attack stems from satirical Instagram posts depicting a nude Sasquatch.

Riggleman told News4 that he does not believe Bigfoot exists but that he's fascinated by the mythology of the ape-like creature.

He accused Cockburn of taking out of context pieces of a long-running joke he’s had with friends. He said he didn’t know a subset of erotic fiction depicting sexual encounters with Sasquatch existed until Cockburn brought it up.

"This has been one of the most bizarre, surreal and funny things I’ve ever experienced," he said. 

The two are running in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. It runs from the North Carolina border to Northern Virginia and includes Charlottesville.

The seat is currently held by Republican Tom Garrett, who announced that he's an alcoholic and will not seek re-election.

Cockburn's first tweet about Bigfoot is accompanied by a screenshot of an Instagram post showing a hand-drawn hairy, bearded figure with a censored bar over the groin area. 

The Instagram caption says “Cover art for #matinghabitsofbigfoot almost complete. I hide nothing in this magnificent tome. Don’t erase the censor box….”


Cockburn then tweeted a second screenshot depicting Sasquatch with another censored bar and a crudely pasted square photos of Riggleman on the head.

The caption reads, “My “buddies” thought this pic was fitting for my birthday next week and to celebrate my new book release in about a month or 2… “Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him…”

The tweets caught fire, and the story has gotten national coverage. 

The Cockburn campaign declined to say whether they had evidence Riggleman had written Bigfoot erotica.

"Sounds to me like the same old 'locker room talk’ defense. Denver is just more of the same,” Cockburn’s campaign manager, Louise Bruce, said in a statement.

Riggleman said he did write a book titled "The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him," but it’s not erotic fiction. The cover image he posted on Instagram was a joke from a friend, he said. 

Riggleman said the unpublished book is a collection of Bigfoot stories shared among friends for more than a decade.

“All of the stuff you see is just 14 years of joking,” he said.

Riggleman told News4 he helped write a short story with outdoors writer Don Barone. It is titled, “Bigfoot Exterminators Inc. The Partially Cautionary, Mostly True Tale of Monster Hunt 2006.”


Riggleman, who is a co-owner of Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia, accused Cockburn of distracting voters with the erotica allegations posted to her Twitter account.

During the campaign, Cockburn has faced accusations of anti-Semitism, and Riggleman has been accused of supporting white supremacists.

The Republican Party of Virginia accused Cockburn, a former investigative journalist, of anti-Semitism over a 1991 book she co-authored. She has denied the claim.

The book, called "Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S.-Israeli Covert Relationship," examines the history of relations between the two nations.

Melvin Leffler, a public policy scholar and history professor at the University of Virginia, told The Roanoke Times "the book contains no evidence that Cockburn is anti-Semitic."

Bruce did not address the Virginia GOP's allegations that Cockburn’s book was anti-Semitic.

Bruce drew a stark contrast between the two candidates, warning Riggleman would continue Garrett’s “far right voting record.”

She tied his candidacy to Senate hopeful and Republican firebrand Corey Stewart. Cockburn took on Washington special interests when she was a journalist and gave voice to people unable to speak for themselves, her spokeswoman said.

The pro-Democrat group Blue Virginia accused Riggleman of campaigning with Isaac Smith, who they called a white supremacist. Smith is one of the founders of Unity and Security for America, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper called the organization "a fledgling group that calls for 'defending Western Civilization.'"

Riggleman wrote an editorial published in the Roanoke Times on July 25 renouncing white supremacy.

He quipped Monday that Cockburn's mudslinging may not play well in the rural areas of the district, warning she could be "alienating Bigfoot voters."



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<![CDATA[2-Year-Old Plays Catch With Dog Over Fence]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:47:51 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TWITTER+DOG+VIDEO.00_00_08_14.Still003THUMB.jpg

This cute Twitter video that has gone viral shows a little 2-year-old playing catch with a neighbor's dog over their fence. The dog and child play together every time they're both outside at the same time.

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<![CDATA[Dino Derby: T-Rexes 'Race' at Washington Racetrack]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:30:26 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/trexgif.gif

You haven't seen a derby like this. Racers in T-Rex costumes took a turn on the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, in a hilarious 10 second sprint caught on cam. 

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<![CDATA[Mattress Firm Hiring 'Snoozetern' to Join Social Media Team]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:22:19 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/071718mattressfirms.jpg

You don't have to stay awake at work as a Mattress Firm intern.

The national mattress company said last week it's hiring what it's calling a "snoozetern" to help the its social media team tease product launches and assist customers in selecting the ideal bed.

The intern, who will be based at Mattress Firm's headquarters in Houston, will be responsible for testing beds, creating written and video reviews for the store's website, offering sleeping tips on Facebook Live streams and generating videos that highlight Houston residents' sleeping habits.

"We are excited to hire our first ever Snoozetern," said Chief Marketing Officer Scott Thaler in a news release. "It's not every day that an intern is hired to sleep on the job, but that's just one of many perks."

The job is paid but part time. Applicants must be 18 or older and "proficient in napping, regardless of time of day." But Mattress Firm also wants applicants to know how to use a variety of video editing software, according to the snoozetern website. Applications are due July 23.



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<![CDATA['Zombie' Rat Climbs Out of NYC Bathroom Sink]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:52:47 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rat-diptych.jpg

A Brooklyn couple experienced firsthand one of New York City’s most disgusting urban legends: a rat came wiggling its way out of their plumbing.

Bari Finkel said a rat crawled out of the sink drain in their Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone Friday night.

“It looked like a zombie coming out of the grave,” she recalled.

Finkel said it was actually her boyfriend who discovered something amiss with the sink -- which had no stopper because of a slow drain -- while using the restroom.

When he looked over at let out a yelp, Finkel went over to the bathroom thinking that he had somehow hurt himself. She said she let out her own horrified scream when she saw the critter for herself.

“I looked over and saw this small creature just emerging from the drain,” she said.

She added, “It was just so insane I couldn’t not laugh.”


Finkel said she went back to the living room to keep her dogs out of the bathroom while her boyfriend tried to handle the situation with a grocery bag. But she said she went back into the bathroom to document what had happened.

“After a couple minutes, (the rat) was making sounds and was clearly also freaked out,” she said. “I said ‘we should probably take a couple of pictures, because this is insane.’”

She said that when she lifted the bag to get pictures, the rat escaped the only way it could: it climbed back down the drain.

“I’m glad we didn’t have to figure out what to do with it, but I did not love the idea of it being in the pipes,” she said.


Finkel said she’d never seen rodents in her apartment building before, and even members of her block association had never heard of anything like that happening.

She told her landlord, whose only response was, “that’s a first.”

They were a little wary of using the bathroom for a few hours after the critter’s visit, Finkel said, but they don’t have any plans to change their routine -- other than replacing their sink stopper.




Photo Credit: Bari Finkel
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<![CDATA[Video Shows Woman Capture, Bag Live Birds in Philly Park]]> Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:05:50 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/birdlady.JPG

A U.S. park ranger confronted a woman seen snatching birds at a historic square in Philadelphia and placing them alive in plastic bags, and she claimed she released the birds after catching them.

Videos posted to Instagram on Wednesday show the woman capturing what appear to be sparrows as she and a man sit on a bench near Independence Hall in Washington Square.

The man appears to toss food to a cluster of birds as the woman leans down and grabs one and puts it into a small plastic bag, which she ties off as the bird flaps around inside.

Park Service spokeswoman Gina Gilliam says a ranger approached the couple Tuesday over a complaint they were catching birds.

The ranger observed empty plastic bags and told the couple that trapping wildlife in the park is illegal.




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<![CDATA[Man Wins Grand Prizes on 9 Mass Cash Lottery Tickets]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 20:37:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Robert+Lundstedt.png

A Massachusetts man has done the unthinkable and won a total of nine $100,000 grand prizes on tickets he purchased for Monday night's Mass Cash drawing.

Robert Lundstedt of Brockton had a strange feeling about the drawing, so he bought four tickets at Trucchi's Supermarket in West Bridgewater, two tickets at Quick Stop in West Bridgewater, two more at The Corner Market in West Bridgewater, and one ticket at Cumberland Farms in Bridgewater.

"I bought a Gatorade, gave her a five, I had change," Lundstedt said of buying the final ticket. "I had the ticket in my pocket, and I said, 'Here, just play this one time.' And I did."

On Tuesday morning, he picked up a newspaper to check the numbers and discovered the ones he chose matched.

The winning numbers were: 1, 7, 11, 26 and 30.

"I wasn't too surprised," Lundstedt told NBC10 Boston in an exclusive interview.

Met with disbelief, he quickly reversed.

"No, OK, I was, yeah," he said with a smile.

Lundstedt gave two of the tickets to his children, Kristen and Brian, which will leave him with $700,000 in winnings — minus tax withholdings. He doesn't plan to make any flashy purchases, and his kids will be using their winnings to pay their student loans.

"It's not going to change too much for us. We're pretty simple," Brian Lundstedt said. "Just have a little extra in savings."

Lundstedt, a carpenter, told lottery officials he plans to use his winnings to pay off the mortgage on his home. But he also hopes to keep his lotto luck rolling, telling NBC10 Boston he will "absolutely" play again.

"I still play it. That number's going to come in again," he said.

An additional $100,000 prize winning ticket from Monday night's drawing sold at Fisher's Pub in Middleborough has yet to be claimed, lottery officials said.



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<![CDATA[Deforestation Threatens Some of Earth's Natural Cures]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:56:00 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/deforestation.png

Amazing medical cures from the Earth’s forests are threatened by deforestation.

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<![CDATA[Man Finally Cuts His Nails After 66 Years ]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:37:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NYC-Finger+Nail+Photos_9+copy+cropped.jpg The man with the world's longest fingernails has cut them -- after 66 years -- and sold them to a Times Square institution.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Couple Remodeling Bathroom Uncovers Hidden Message]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:40:23 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0704-2018-BathroomRemodel.jpg

Are there messages just waiting to be uncovered in my home?

That's what many are wondering after coming across a tweet that went viral this week posted by San Jose resident Alex Monney. The tweet, which has since been deleted, garnered more than 21,000 retweets and hundreds of comments.

Alex and Jess Monney are remodeling their bathroom this month and discovered a message left from the home's previous owners:

"We remodeled this bathroom summer 1995. If you're reading this, that means you're remodeling the bathroom again. What's wrong with the way we did it?!?!?"

The message is also accompanied with a photo of the previous owners. Check out the message below:

The previous homeowners shared a picture of their pet rabbit, Cassie, too. 

"Thank you for the note. It gave us a lot of smiles," homeowner Alex Monney told NBC Bay Area. "It brought a lot of laughter to our life. Your bathroom was great. Sorry, for messing with it."

Here is how the bathroom looked before the remodel in this tweet from Jess below:


The viral bathroom remake continues to be the talk on social media thanks to the likes of comedian and actress Sarah Silverman sharing the story.

The Monneys said they plan to carry on the tradition and write their own message in the walls. 

Meanwhile, we'll be figuring out if any portions of our home are in need of a remodel. Who knows? There could be a hidden message from '95 patiently waiting to be seen.



Photo Credit: ALEX MONNEY
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<![CDATA[California Bear Relaxes in Hot Tub, Laps Up Margarita]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:56:09 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/US-CA-Bear-Hot-Tub-CR-153057358745100002.jpg

Mark Hough had barely taken a sip of his Friday afternoon margarita when he heard twigs snapping and leaves rustling in his lush Altadena, California, backyard.

At first he brushed it off as the sounds of his neighbor pottering next door, but the noise grew louder.

"So I got up, looked over in the bushes and lo and behold there's a bear climbing up over my fence," Hough said Monday.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Rite Aids Use Manilow Music to Fend Off Loiterers]]> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 19:04:59 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BaldonadoRiteAidThumb.jpg

Several Rite Aid stores across Southern California have been blaring Barry Manilow songs and classical music to fend off loiterers. However, neighbors say the experiment to keep transients away does not seem to be working.

Manilow is probably best known for his early 80’s hit “Copacabana,” but he has had a whopping 47 Top 40 hits. His fans undoubtedly never imagined those hits would be used to try to prevent homeless people from camping out at drug stores.

Responding to complaints from customers about transients loitering outside, Rite Aid started using outdoor speakers at stores in Hollywood, Long Beach and San Diego to play classical music and Manilow songs.

“It does get excessive, but I don’t know if that is the right way to do it,” said Leanzy Peterson, who works in Hollywood and shops at the Rite Aid there. “Maybe the police or somebody should get involved, [but] that’s a little weird.”

NBC4 called all of the Rite Aid stores in Hollywood and Long Beach, which said they are not currently playing music outside. A spokesperson for the company said they are in the early stages of exploring options and the music is just one of them, but they are not currently playing music outside of any of their stores.

Rite Aid also told NBC4 they haven’t made any decisions on the potential rollout of the music approach.



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<![CDATA[Running Late, Man Paddleboards Across Hudson River in Suit]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:23:01 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/man+in+suit+paddleboard.jpg

Sure, it's common in New York City to see men in suits commuting on the subway or in taxis -- but on a paddleboard across the Hudson River? That may be a first. 

Eunice Rivers was taking the ferry to work in Jersey City Thursday morning when she spotted a man paddleboarding across the Hudson River wearing a full suit, dress shoes and all. Without hesitation, she grabbed her phone to capture the odd moment on video and share it over social media.

She wasn’t the only one. Many others joined in her amusement over the unusual sighting.

"Everybody was just laughing," she told News 4 New York. "People just couldn't believe it."

The mysterious commuter turned out to be Scott Holt, who lives in Jersey City. The aspiring comedian says he was running late for a meeting in New York City with a potential manager, and he decided to hop on his paddleboard to cross the river faster. The trip only took him about half-hour to complete.

Although he ultimately managed to stay dry, it wasn’t entirely smooth sailing.

"Boats' wakes were coming at me from different angles and the current was quick closer to Manhattan," Holt told News 4 over the phone. He admits that there were a few moments where he almost fell into the water.

When he reached a closed water taxi port on the New York side of the Hudson, there was a very confused cop and an irate Water Taxi captain waiting for him.

"The Waterway guy was straight out of a movie, screaming, 'Are you trying to f****** die out here?'" Holt said. "He was being helpful but cursing me out at the same time."

Thankfully, the cop was in a good mood and Holt made it to his meeting on time.

"The meeting didn’t go as well as my commute. I’m still looking for a manager."

Holt has no regrets about his Thursday morning voyage: "I got a free commute and a free shoe shine out of it," he joked. 

When asked about his feelings on the social media attention his stunt has received, Holt said, "If it’s making people laugh, it’s a good thing."



Photo Credit: Eunice Rivers]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Dept Rescues Stranded Roller Coaster Riders]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:43:34 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rollercoaster6.jpg

Daytona Beach firefighters on Thursday were working to rescue stranded riders after a roller coaster derailed on the boardwalk in that Florida city.

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<![CDATA[Why Did the Alligator Cross the Runway?]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:29:46 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+alligator+runway+061118.00_00_04_04.Still007THUMB.jpg

An alligator crossing a runway at Orlando International Airport caused delays on Monday.

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<![CDATA['Forget Pizza Rat': Squirrel Spotted Scarfing Down Avocado in Manhattan]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:58:58 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Avocado+Squirrel+Photo.jpg

A passerby spotted a squirrel munching on an avocado in a fenced in tree area on an Upper West Side sidewalk.

Henry Zhang filmed the rodent at West 73rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, he wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

The squirrel appeared unfazed by its audience as it continued to chow down on its snack, the video shows. 

“Forget Pizza Rat. I give you Avocado Squirrel!” Zhang wrote in his post.

“Clearly a millennial squirrel,” one user commented.

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Photo Credit: Henry Zhang]]>
<![CDATA[Canadian Peacocks Fight Their Own Reflections, Damaging Cars]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:57:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/peacock-lux-cars-thumb.jpg

Feral peacocks in a Canadian city near Vancouver aren’t known to harm humans but video shows them threatening parked luxury vehicles.

The peafowl have been troubling Surrey, British Columbia, for some time — the issue of the noisy birds was raised at a local advisory board meeting in January — but the controversy heightened last month when one resident was fined after cutting down a popular perching tree, according to news reports.

In one video, a peacock meanders around a black car parked on the street, appearing to eye its reflection.

“With the dark-coloured cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it,” Sullivan Heights resident Ryan Cragg told CTV Vancouver. “They’ll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel and then work around to the other side.”

A former resident farmed the colorful relatives of the pheasant for fun and left some of them there when he moved away, The Canadian Press reported last month.

A decade later, the birds are annoying their human neighbors. Besides scratching up expensive cars, they are reported to block doorways, leave a mess where they roost on rooftops and keep people up at night.

“You couldn’t sleep. When my kids were babies and toddlers, they woke them up all the time,” a resident named Julie told the Press.

CTV reported the City of Surrey issues fines to people who feed the animals, but officials aren’t legally obligated to remove them.

Residents say the birds will keep plaguing the neighborhood until authorities take responsibility for the problem.

Roaming peacocks and peahens have been known to bother other residential neighborhoods. In 2014, someone or a group of people killed nearly 50 of the birds with BB guns, arrows and poison in the Los Angeles-area city of Rolling Hills Estates, where about 1,000 peacocks lived.

Those birds were also known to peck at vehicles, an animal protection investigator said at the time.



Photo Credit: CTV]]>
<![CDATA[Trump, Pence Share Odd Moment at FEMA Briefing]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 07:54:49 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/pence-water-bottle-thumb.jpg

Vice President Mike Pence shared an odd moment at a FEMA hurricane briefing with his boss, President Donald Trump, when both men removed their water bottles from the table in a now-viral clip.

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<![CDATA[Police Respond to Active 'Bullfight' in Fremont]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 19:50:48 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0605-2018-FremontBull.jpg

Police on Tuesday responded to an active "bullfight" in Fremont.

The owner of the animals also arrived on scene and helped move the two bulls back to their property. Police said the owner was fined and will be responsible for repairs and damages.



Photo Credit: Fremont Police Department
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<![CDATA['Psychic' Cat Set to Predict World Cup Winners and Losers]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:11:42 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WORLD+CUP+PSYCHIC+CAT.00_00_19_29+THUMB2.jpg

Move aside, Paul the Octopus, there's a new psychic animal on the scene. Achilles the cat, who lives at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, is set to pick World Cup winners and losers. To predict the winner, Achilles will choose between two bowls of food, each bearing the flag of one of the competing countries. The cat allegedly predicted the outcome of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

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<![CDATA[Cow Rescued After Getting Stuck in Md. Swimming Pool]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 03:20:28 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/206*120/cow+in+pool.jpg

Firefighters in Davidsonville, Maryland, helped a cow get moo-ving after the bovine got stuck in a swimming pool. 

The cow fell into a swimming pool on the 3800 block of Birdsville Road just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department says. 

The firefighters constructed makeshift steps out of cinder blocks, and about an hour and half later, they were able to get the cow out of the pool. 

But once she was out of the pool, the cow was not able to get up on her own. Crews tried multiple times to get her up, with no luck. 

Eventually, they made a harness out of fire hose and lifted the cow with the help of a tractor. 

The cow was moved to a pasture, where she was able to stand up on her own and walk around. 




Photo Credit: Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[1 of 4 Peacocks That Escaped Philadelphia Zoo Found Dead]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 18:07:24 -0700 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Peacocks+Walking+Down+Schuylkill+Expressway.jpg

One of four peacocks that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo and created a traffic jam on the nearby Schuylkill Expressway was found dead Thursday afternoon.

The peacocks were spotted around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday strutting along I-76 westbound near the Girard Avenue exit. 

State police shut down two of the six lanes of traffic and appeared to escort the four birds down the highway, causing backups for miles.

Police managed to form a barricade around the peacocks and get them off the highway, but were unable to capture them. The four birds then flew away into nearby trees, with one of them managing to fly across the highway. The search was halted until daybreak Thursday.

Zoo staffers and police officers on Thursday morning circled the area where the peacocks were last seen and checked locations where the peacocks might explore, Philadelphia Zoo spokeswoman Dana Lombardo said.

One of the peacocks was found dead. Lombardo said the animal was likely hit by a car.

The search for the other three peacocks is ongoing.

"The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities to locate the peacocks and bring them to safety," Lombardo said.

It's not unusual for the peacocks, part of a larger "free-roaming flock" cared for by zoo staff, to stray from the historic zoo, but they normally return in the evening to roost for the night, Lombardo said.

In the meantime, zoo officials asked people not to approach the peacocks because they "are out of their normal environment and may be nervous."  Instead, people who see the peacocks can send the location, day and time and a photo of the sighting if possible to peacocks@phillyzoo.org.

While "peacock" is commonly used to refer to both male and females, the females are called peahens. The gender of the birds was not clear.

Aftercircling the area where the peacocks were last seen and checking locationswhere the peacocks might explore, the team found one of the peacocks deceased,likely due to an vehicle collision.  The remaining three peacocks have notbeen located. The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities tolocate the peacocks and bring them to safety. 



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