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Twins Pull a Fast one in Court

Gabriella, a lawyer in Italy was busy defending a client when she was called in to work as a relief judge. Instead of bowing out, she sent her identical twin sister Patrizia to stand in for her as defense attorney. The problem is that her twin is not a lawyer! The client, who was charged for Patrizia's services, filed a lawsuit. Both Gabriella and Patrizia have been charged with fraud.

Firemen Called to Save Tree Branch

Residents of Hampshire, England called the RSPCA to rescue an iguana they spotted up in a tree. A fireman climbed 25 feet into the tree before he could see that the iguana was, in fact, a bright green tree branch.
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Colin Horwood, animal rescue advisor for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The branch bore a striking resemblance to an iguana when seen from the ground.
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"I have never seen anything like it.
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"We take all animal rescues seriously but in this case it was a good intent false alarm."

Dolphins Try to Save Dying Comrade

Scientists from the Cetacean Research Institute in Japan observed a groups of about 20 dolphins supporting one dolphin who appeared injured. They kept the dying dolphin near the surface where it could breathe. After about an hour, the weak dolphin sank under the water.

Doctor Park Kyum-Joon, researcher at the Cetacean Research Institute,saying, "It's the world's first observation of dolphins' trying to save their fellow dolphin from dying, and it's the world's first filming of a dolphin dying at sea in natural circumstances."

Woman Dressed as Cow Charge with Disorderly Conduct

150cowcostume.jpg32-year-old Michele Allen was arrested Saturday night in Middletown, Ohio for disorderly conduct. Residents had reported she was blocking traffic and scaring children -while wearing a cow costume. She was told to go home, but police encountered her later that smelling of alcohol. She pleaded guilty on Monday, still wearing the cow costume, and was sentenced to a month in jail.

Saginaw Home Sells for $1.75 on eBay

An abandoned home in Saginaw, Michigan was put up for auction on eBay. Eight bids later, Joanne Smith of Chicago purchased the house for $1.75. Smith is also liable for back taxes and a clean up bill, which will drive the cost to around $850. Smith has never been to Saginaw.

Elephants in the Lobby

150HotelElephant.jpgBelieve it or not, an elephant in the lobby of this hotel is not a rare event! The Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia was built on a path the local elephants take to find wild mangoes. They begin coming through in November for about six weeks while the mangoes are ripe. When the lodge was built, no one realized the elephants used that route.

Candidate Punches TV Host

Chuvit Kamolvisit, a candidate for governor of Bangkok, Thailand didn't like the questions he was asked in a live TV interview. He punched and kicked the host, Visarn Dilokwanich, who filed a complaint with the police. Kamolvisit, a former body builder, is sometimes referred to as Bangkok's massage parlor king. Kamolvisit admitted he was guilty and would be glad to pay the fine.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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How the U-2 Aircraft Made Area 51 Synonymous With UFOs
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Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Area 51 may be the world’s most famous secret military base. Established on an abandoned airfield in the Nevada desert, the facility has fueled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists scanning the skies for UFOs for decades. But the truth about Area 51’s origins, while secretive, isn’t as thrilling as alien autopsies and flying saucers.

According to Business Insider, the U.S. government intended to build a base where they could test a top-secret military aircraft without drawing attention from civilians or spies. That aircraft, the U-2 plane, needed to fly higher than any other manmade object in the skies. That way it could perform recon missions over the USSR without getting shot down.

Even over the desert, the U-2 didn’t go completely undetected during test flights. Pilots who noticed the craft high above them reported it as an “unidentified flying object.” Not wanting to reveal the true nature of the project, Air Force officials gave flimsy explanations for the sightings pointing to either natural phenomena or weather research. UFO believers were right to think the government was covering something up, they were just wrong about the alien part.

You can get the full story in the video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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