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Removing Spider Webs Leads to House Fire

Galen Winchell was cleaning the outside of his home in Sargent, Georgia when a fire broke out. Specifically, he was removing cobwebs with a blowtorch. The fire raced through the attic and was extinguished by the Coweta County Fire Department. The fire was limited to one end of the 1,400 square foot home, but smoke and water damaged the entire house. Coweta Fire Investigator James Gantt advised the public not to use a blowtorch to remove cobwebs.

73-year-old Scores in College Basketball

Ken Mink, a full-time student at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee, scored two points in a game Monday night against King College. The 73-year-old sunk two free throws in Roane State's 93-42 win. It was his first college game in 52 years. Mink had played for Lees College in Jackson, Kentucky when he was young, but was kicked off the team for soaping the coach's office. He insists he didn't do it.

Priest and Nuns Attack Restaurant Owner

Passers-by in Rutino, Italy called police after observing a brawl at a restaurant. The restauranteur had responded to a report of trouble and arrived to find a priest and two nuns demanding the return of the property, which is owned by the Catholic church.

"I came down to try to calm things down but the priest hit me with a chair and I ended up on the floor. Then the two sisters started kicking me, insulting me with unrepeatable words," the unnamed owner said in a statement.

The restauranteur was taken to the hospital with injuries on his head and abdomen.

Captain Fantastic

150captainfantastic.jpg19-year-old George Garratt of Glastonbury, England legally changed his name to -get this- Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined. The change was made via deed poll through a website. He admits he did it for a laugh.
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"My family have begun to expect these sorts of things from me, and although my friends thought it was ridiculous most people do call me Captain and it's been a great conversation starter."

Runner Covers Mile with Rabid Fox on Arm

An unidentified Chino Valley, Arizona woman was jogging on a trail near Granite Mountain Monday when a fox attacked her. The animal bit her foot, and when she tried to grab it, bit her arm and held on. She ran a mile back to her car with the fox still attached. The jogger then pried the fox's jaws open, threw it in her trunk, and drove to a hospital. The fox also bit the animal control officer who removed it from the trunk. The animal tested positive for rabies, and both the woman and the animal control officer are being treated.

Stick Inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

150stick.jpgThe National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York has selected three inductees for this year: the baby doll, the skateboard, and the stick.
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Curators at the Rochester museum say the stick is a special addition. They praised its all-purpose, all-natural, no-cost qualities and its ability to serve either as raw material or an appendage transformed by imaginations into something else.

Victim Drives Sleeping Rapist to Police

22-year-old Vipul Sharma was found guilty of rape in Wellington, New Zealand. He had met the unidentified victim in an Auckland bar and drove her to a park where he raped her. He then had her drive while he fell asleep in the passenger seat. The victim promptly drove to the nearest police station, where Sharma was arrested.

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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