While the ever-popular Florida Man meme has always been good for a few laughs and chuckles, the long-running gag has popped up in a number of rather dark and serious incidents over the past few months.
As recently reported by , Florida resident Cesar Sayoc recently pleaded guilty on charges of transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting federal officers. Last October, Sayoc mailed out sixteen packages containing pipe bombs to several outspoken critics of President Donald Trump, including former President Barack Obama, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Just last week, Keith Johnson (a resident of Milton, Florida) was arrested over an altercation over egg rolls (per ), while another Florida man, 25-year-old Richard Brown, used popular social media platform Instagram to prey on young teenage girls, as reported by .
When Minnesota police received the call, the situation sounded dire.
A caller said there was a man standing motionless out in the freezing cold, wearing nothing but pants and a shirt, while clutching something tightly in his arms.
As the reported, the welfare check prompted officers to search for the man, but they didn't find a man at all. Instead, it was a cardboard cutout of MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a fixture of late-night television infomercials.
Afterward, the police department had a bit of fun with the situation as they posted an update on .
It's an opioid epidemic of the feathered kind, as a flock of opium-addicted parrots dive-bombed poppy fields in Madhya Pradesh to feed and satiate their cravings. Per , opium cultivators of Neemuch district are up in arms about the whole situation, and they told news outlets that the avian nuisances often feed on the plants about 30 to 40 times daily. On top of that, they went on to say that the flock additionally absconds with whole poppy pods.
Neemuch district cultivators say they are losing big because of the infestation, and they went on to explain that the opium-addicted birds are adding to disastrous losses already incurred by insufficient rainfall. Efforts to contact authorities on the matter haven't been successful either.
Twerking is a type of dance that has long been associated with Southern hip hop, but its popularity has risen in recent years. Now, it's not uncommon to see twerking in clubs, parties, and music videos from all over. While some consider the dance to be a little more raucous than traditional moves, it seems one Texas mother couldn't care less.
As reported by Fox News, LaJuana McCree has had a lot to celebrate as of late. LaJuana, the mother to a high school senior, was originally concerned when the principal of South Grand Prairie Early College High School called her in for a last-minute meeting.
Needless to say, LaJuana's concern was misplaced. Rather than receiving bad news, she was told that her daughter had been accepted into college, making her the first member of the family to attend a post-secondary institution.
When social media began to take off a decade (or so) ago, it was only a matter of time before some insightful developer would mix the convenience and addictive nature of socializing online with a dating platform. There is a handful of dating apps on the market today, but arguably, the most famous and widespread is Tinder, which originally launched back in 2012.
Developed by Hatch Labs, the social search mobile app allows its users to match up with potential partners. Swiping left on a person's profile dismisses them while swiping right shows one's interest – if two people are interested in each other, they will be allowed to chat and meet up in the real world, should they choose to.
While Tinder specifically caters to humans looking for love, one must not forget that other animals need companionship as well, cows included. Luckily, the four-legged farm animals now have their own dedicated platform with which they can find true love: Tudder.
Experts claim they have found a disturbing amount of "anti-witch" marks in a British cave network.
reports that an unprecedented number of ancient marks said to stop demonic and evil spirits escaping from the underworld have been found in caves in a limestone gorge in the Midlands.
The Creswell Crags are located on the border between Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. They are described as being a relic from a world of fire and flint and boast cave etchings 10,000 years older than the pyramids.
Hundreds of these etchings have now been identified as "anti-witch" marks. Cave enthusiasts Hayley Clark and Ed Waters discovered Creswell Crags' dark secret during a tour.
The "anti-witch" marks used to be called "apotropaic" marks. In Greek, the word "apotrepein" means "to turn away." Such marks are usually found in historic churches and houses. They are often etched in wooden doorways and fireplaces to protect the inhabitants and ward off evil spirits.
A Michigan couple says that they captured a ghost on their nanny cam after being bedeviled by stomping, screaming, and other horrible noises, as well as their baby turning up with scratches on her face, is reporting.
Heather Brough, 25, and her fiancé, Josh Higgins, 30, recently moved into Higgins' mother's rental property in Highland, Michigan. Not long afterward, they began hearing noises - stomping, laughing, what sounds like a man shouting. They even heard what sounded like screaming.
And then their infant daughter, Lily, started turning up with "deep, purple" scratches across her face.
The couple decided to install a so-called "nanny cam" - that is, a surveillance camera that monitors what's going on in the baby's room. Such cameras can be purchased for a few hundred dollars or less, and users can watch the feeds live on their computers and mobile devices.
Suspected organized criminals have been stuffing the bodies of dead rats with drugs, phones and cash and throwing them over the walls of a British prison to get contraband to inmates, the government said on Monday.
Joanne Cullen said she was visiting her parents' graves at a Long Island cemetery when the earth suddenly opened up, sucking her straight into the final resting place of her beloved mother and father.
Now the woman is suing St. Charles Resurrection Cemetery, claiming that she was injured after being sucked into the sinkhole and striking her head on the tombstone. As the reported, Cullen has filed suit to cover the damages and injuries she suffered from the strange mishap, which included a chipped tooth.
She is asking for $5 million in total, claiming that the graves were improperly dug, causing an air pocket to sit above their graves and lead to the collapse into a sinkhole.
"Getting sucked into your parents' grave when you go to visit them on a cool December afternoon with the sun going down … it's terrifying and traumatizing," said her lawyer, Joseph Perrini.
A proposed North Carolina law would give a pay boost to teachers who are packing heat.
The School Security Act of 2019 was submitted to the state legislature this week and would give a 5 percent salary boost to teachers who complete basic police training that allows them to carry a gun either openly or in a concealed manner, reported. The bill would also give teachers the power to arrest students just like any other police officer, the report added.
Republicans who introduced the bill said it's a way to help schools save on costs of resource officers, who are police officers stationed inside the school.
"It's extremely costly to put a school resource officer in every school... and there's a great shortage of the number of applicants to law enforcement agencies," said Republican State Senator Warren Daniel, a sponsor of the bill. "This bill is an attempt to bridge that gap."
Michael Kinne may want to think a little longer before picking a fake name to give to police from now on.
The Washington man was pulled over this week at a traffic stop in Spokane, and police say that when they asked for identification, Kinne instead gave them a fake name. But when police looked up the "made up" name that Kinne gave, they found in their database a real person - and one who happened to have some warrants for his arrest.
As a report from noted, police officers ran the name and then went back to Kinne to inform him of the warrants. It was then that Kinne provided his real name, police said.
The report noted that Kinne was driving with a woman who had a no contact order against him, and police allowed her to leave the scene on her own.
A flat Earth conspiracy theorist has made the outrageous claim that NASA has been lying to us for years about the Earth being round.
The notion that the earth is as flat as a pancake is an odd one. Yet, the outrageous theory has gained considerable credence in recent years.
Maybe it's a sign of the times in which we live, where conspiracy theories of every color and hue run riot in a cauldron of psychobabble. The simple fact is, more and more people appear prepared to ignore centuries of learned opinion and scientific study to adopt a theory that is both outlandish and irrational.
The flat Earth theory suggests our planet is a flat and disc-shaped plane surrounded by ice. Why NASA and others have decided to keep this a secret from the general public is anybody's guess, but in 1956 Samuel Shenton formed the Flat Earth Society and a movement was born.