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Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop

If you're going to impersonate a police officer, be careful who you confront! 20-year-old Israel Gomez used a siren and red flashing lights to pull over a car on Tuesday night in Hartford Connecticut. In that car was Lt. Ronald Bair, an off-duty officer with the Hartford police department. Bair called for backup, and Gomez was arrested, along with Esteban Cardona, who was in another vehicle. The two were charged with reckless driving, and Gomez is also charged with impersonating a police officer and improper use of flashing lights.

Horse Gets Head Stuck in Tree

Jason Harschbarger of Pullman, West Virginia was surprised to come across a horse with her head stuck in a tree. Gracie had put her head in the gap between two trunk sections and  become firmly wedged. Harschbarger, a neighbor of the horse's owner, used a chainsaw to carefully cut the tree around Gracie's neck. She suffered a few minor injuries but is now on the road to recovery.

Woman Jailed After Virtual Murder

An unnamed Japanese woman reacted in anger after her virtual husband divorced her in the interactive game "Maple Story". She reacted by killing him -not the player, but his online avatar. The player whose online persona was murdered complained to police, who arrested the woman on suspicion of hacking. She used information she got from the other player in order to destroy his avatar. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.

Houseplant Has a Personal Blog

125bloggingplant.jpgMidori-san is a hoya kerrii, or sweetheart plant, that has its own personal blog. The plant lives in a cafe in Kamakura, Japan and has sensors attached to its leaves. The sensors send data abut the plant's physical state to a computer, which translates it into Japanese and posts it to the web. Information about weather conditions is also factored into the posts.
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"Today was a sunny day and I was able to sunbathe a lot"¦ I had quite a bit of fun today," it wrote on October 16 from its cafe in Kamakura, near Tokyo.

Woman Stalked by Man in Hearse

An Australian undertaker was sentenced this week for stalking a woman by following her in a hearse. 37-year-old Adam Lee followed Maureen Wyer through the streets of Sydney one night in December of 2004 while yelling and blowing the vehicle's horn. He was convicted of drunk driving, disobeying police orders, and driving in a menacing manner. Lee's attorney admitted that his client binge drinks on weekends.

Spider Eats Bird

125spidereatingbird.jpgA spider known as the Golden Orb Weaver was photographed in Atherton, Queensland, Australia eating a bird! The bird is a Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, which likely flew into the spider's web and could not free itself. The Golden Orb Weaver is known to grow larger than a human hand. Les Martin, the man who took the photographs stated that the bird was already dead when he snapped the pictures.

Naked Man Wedged in Chimney

Firefighters were called to the aid of a 22-year-old man stuck upside down in a chimney of a Tesco store in Wigan, England. He is being held on suspicion of burglary.

Police said that because the man was naked he was taken to hospital as a precaution but was treated and discharged before being arrested.

A GMP spokeswoman said: "It is believed some of his clothes came off as a result of him struggling to get out of the chimney."

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8 Bizarre Places People Have Gotten Stuck
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Some days it just doesn’t pay to venture outside, particularly when you wind up the subject of a police and fire department rescue because you’ve somehow trapped yourself inside an ATM machine. Check out eight other strange environments that have ensnared bystanders and prompted emergency responses.

1. A CLAW MACHINE

A giant see-through container full of plush toys is any child’s idea of paradise, and they will attempt any means possible to inhabit it. For three-year-old Jamie Bracken-Murphy of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland, that meant crawling through the small flap from which the toys can be retrieved and finding himself lodged in a claw machine. Murphy was on display for about 10 minutes before an off-duty fireman was able to coax him back out the way he came in. Jamie’s father, Damien, expressed little surprise at his son’s predicament, saying that, "He's a very mischievous, sharp kid who's always pushing boundaries."

2. A TRAFFIC CONE

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In 2013, a man in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England thought he’d have a bit of fun by sticking a traffic cone—otherwise known as a bollard—on his head. To his dismay, the large cone slid down over and past his shoulders, entombing him in plastic. John Waterman, a witness to the incident, captured it all on his cell phone. "It was very random," Waterman told The Telegraph. "It's not the usual thing you see in the middle of Hemel Hempstead on a Sunday lunchtime." The man stumbled around for more than two hours before anyone bothered to call police.

3. A CEMENT HOPPER

Aurora, Illinois was the site of a recent cement mix-up, when an unidentified man became trapped in a cement hopper. The worker had climbed into the machine to clean it, but found he was unable to move when residual cement on the machine's floor began hardening around his legs. It took firefighters more than two hours to extricate him from the hopper. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries, but released the same day, according to the local fire department.

4. A TOILET

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In 2016, a Norwegian man named Cato Berntsen Larsen found himself in deep trouble after he tried lowering himself into a public toilet to retrieve a friend’s cell phone. The toilet’s tank was located underneath the seat, allowing enough room for Larsen to become trapped. To his dismay, the tank—which is not connected to a sewage system and is only emptied sporadically—was full of human waste. Adding to the putrid nature of his enclave, Larsen vomited and was bitten by an unknown animal: His situation did not improve until authorities were able to come and pull him out. "It was damn disgusting," Larsen said, "the worst I have experienced. There were animals down there, too."

5. A GIANT STONE VAGINA

Tourists and residents of Tübingen, Germany are quite familiar with Chacán-Pi, a giant stone sculpture of a vagina created by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara. The towering display sits just outside Tübingen University’s Institute for Microbiology and Virology and has attracted curious onlookers since 2001. In 2014, an unnamed American student decided to go spelunking in the 32-ton carving for a photo opportunity and became trapped, necessitating rescue by 22 firefighters. The Guardian called them “midwives” and reported that the student was “delivered by hand.”

6. A WASHING MACHINE

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Sometimes, games of hide-and-seek can go very wrong. That was the case for a man near Melbourne, Australia in 2014, who climbed into his top-loading washing machine fully nude to surprise his partner. Unfortunately, he was unable to climb back out. Responders were able to grease him with a liberal application of olive oil and pull him out. First Constable Luke Ingram told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, as a rule, “My advice would be for people not to climb into appliances.” The warning went unheeded by another Australian man in 2015, who found himself lodged in a front-loading machine and had to wait while rescuers disassembled the entire unit in order to free him.

7. A BABY SWING

If you’re ever challenged by your adult friends to fit into a baby swing at a public park, you can confidently say that it won’t work. That’s because a man from Vallejo, California tried it in 2011. While he managed to slide into the seat using liquid laundry detergent, he couldn’t slide back out. As his legs began to swell, his friends abandoned him overnight. He wasn’t rescued until nine hours later, when a groundskeeper heard his screams for help at 6 o'clock the following morning. "The man sustained non-life threatening injuries to his body," the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "but there’s no word yet on the condition of his ego."

8. A CHIMNEY

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There are many Santa jokes to be made, but when you’re the man trapped in your own home’s chimney for four hours, there probably isn’t a huge urge to start laughing. In late 2016, a Tucson, Arizona homeowner who had locked his keys in his home opted to retrieve them by re-entering his abode via the chimney. While it was a spectacularly bad idea, he actually almost made it: His feet were touching the floor of his fireplace before the space grew too narrow to allow for any further passage and he got stuck. Firefighters were able to pull him out from the roof, covered in soot but otherwise unharmed.

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This Octopus Species in Northern Australia Can Hunt on Dry Land
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Most octopuses live in the ocean—but in northern Australia, a small, shallow-water species takes to land in search of food. Abdopus aculeatus is the only octopus that’s specially adapted to walk on dry ground. Using its long, sucker-lined arms, the slimy sea creature pulls itself along the shoreline as it searches tide pools for crabs.

Witness Abdopus aculeatus in action by watching BBC Earth’s video below.

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