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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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Watch Plastic Skeletons Being Made in a 1960s Factory
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The making of human teaching skeletons used to be a grisly affair, involving the manipulation of fresh—or not-so-fresh—corpses. But as this video from British Pathé shows, by the 1960s it was a relatively benign craft involving molded plastic and high temperatures, not meat cleavers and maggots.

The video, accented by groan-worthy puns and jaunty music, goes inside a factory in Surrey that produces plastic skeletons, brains, and other organs for use in hospitals and medical schools. The sterile surroundings marked a shift in skeleton production; as the video notes, teaching skeletons had long come from the Middle East, until countries started clamping down on exporting human remains. Before that, human skeletons in Britain and the United States were often produced with a little help from grave-robbers, known as the Resurrection Men. After being dissected in anatomical classes at medical schools, the stolen corpses were often de-fleshed and transformed into objects for study. The theft of these purloined bodies, by the way, started several of America's first riots. Far better they be made out of plastic.

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The Origins of 25 Monsters, Ghosts, and Spooky Things
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Though dressing up as an angel is acceptable, it’s ghouls and goblins that truly capture our imaginations during the Halloween season. As lit jack-o’-lanterns beckon and monsters lurk in the shadows, we explore the origins of 25 frightful things that go bump—or boo—in the night.

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