Headline News: Man Holds Elf Hostage

Elves

The headline in the Naples Daily News was irresistible: Man barracades elf in home with baby. No, I wasn’t drawn to the story because my inner copyeditor groaned about the misspelling of the word barricades. It was the reference to the elf. If you’re going to barricade yourself in a home with a baby, why not also include an elf […]

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Smoking Can Kill You — And Your Car

Smoking

E-cigarettes are supposed to be the safer alternative to smoking. None of those nasty tars and carcinogenic poisons that will turn your lungs into coal sacks and over time put you on a walking oxygen tank before you croak. Well, don’t try that pitch on Cassandra Kosiol. The 30-year-old woman from Naples, Florida found out the hard way that vaping […]

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Leaping Lizards: These Little Guys Are Hurricane-Proof

NAPLES, FL–We’ve all heard the expression “get a grip,” but there’s a critter common to South Florida and the Caribbean that literally knows how to hang in there. It’s a tiny lizard called the brown anole, sometimes also referred to as the Bahamian anole, and you can hardly walk down the sidewalk anywhere around here without the little guys skittering underfoot. […]

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Guest Column: Man Stalked By Random Pig

Zoey the pig

By SIGNE DEAN from ScienceAlert When you’re out late at night, realizing that you’re being followed can be pretty scary. But one man in Ohio wasn’t so much terrified of his stalker as baffled by it, and ended up calling the police at 5:26 am last Saturday. “Uh, hi, I’m walking from the Elyria train station to my house in North Ridgeville […]

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You Ate What?

You Ate What?

It was supposed to be a party to celebrate the arrival of a new baby. The ice cream was flavored with chocolate, caramel, and pecan nuts. And one more item: A catheter. That extra treat ended up in the mouth of the new grandfather, Carole-Anne Christofferson of Quebec told Radio-Canada. “He put it in his mouth and found the top […]

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When Pigs Fly

Flying pig

Well, it looks like pigs really can fly. That’s what Travis Adair of Deerfield Beach, Florida discovered this week when a 15-pound bag of frozen pork crashed onto the roof of his home. He said he heard a “big bang” and thought it was thunder. That’s when his wife Jennie went outdoors and found two packages of frozen pork in […]

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