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Cop in Charge of Drunk Driving Caught Driving Drunk

A deputy police inspector in Tokyo was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday. He had bumped another car and ran off the road. Local media identified the inspector as the officer in charge of a campaign against drunk driving that had involved police handing out stickers at bars and restaurants.

"It is inexcusable for a member of the police to have caused this case and we plan to deal with it strictly," Tsutomu Sato, the head of the National Public Safety Commission told reporters.

Two-faced Kitten Born in Perth

A kitten with two faces was born yesterday at a veterinary clinic in Perth, Australia. A newspaper photographer was at the clinic to shoot pictures of greyhounds when the birth occurred, and took the opportunity to snap pictures of the newborn kitten. The kitten's two mouths meow simultaneously, controlled by its single brain. It eats only from one mouth, as the other has a cleft palate.

Former Prisoner Settles in Lost Penis Case

The State of Washington will pay $300,000 to a man who lost his penis and one testicle to flesh-eating bacteria while in prison. 61-year-old Charlie Manning was incarcerated in 2004 and developed a rash that was first diagnosed as an allergic reaction. By the time he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, surgeons had to remove several pounds of flesh in order to save Manning's life. Manning filed suit in 2007, and the settlement was reached in October.

World's Tallest Mohawk

150mohawk.jpgEric Hahn, a musician in Omaha, Nebraska, has the new Guinness World Record for the tallest mohawk hairdo. His locks stand 27 inches above his head, 3 inches taller than the previous record holder. Hahn donated the hair that was cut to produce the mohawk to Locks of Love, a charity that provides wigs to cancer patients who have lost their hair. Hahn's band also staged a concert last Friday to benefit Locks of Love and a local charity.

Hold the Toilet Handle Down

A 91-year-old woman in Jersey City, New Jersey was robbed by a man who impersonated a water company employee. He told her there was a water emergency, and instructed her to hold the handle of her toilet down or else the house would explode. The victim obeyed and held the handle for about two minutes. When she gave up and came out of the bathroom, the woman found that the man had ransacked her house and made off with $3,650 in cash.

Lost Cockatiel Identifies Owners by Phone

150cockatiel.jpgA lost cockatiel perched on passerby Sue Hill's shoulder in Wrexham, England. Once home, she phoned the local veterinarian to see if anyone had reported a missing bird. Someone had, and soon Hill was on the phone with Carole Edwards. Hill put the phone up to the cockatiel's ear and when he heard Edwards' voice, he spoke for the first time, saying his name Smokey.
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"It was so amusing. When she shouted 'Smokey' he just responded straight away. It was hysterical, and there was no doubt in my mind they were the owners."

Doctors Find Worm in Woman's Brain

Doctors in Phoenix, Arizona thought the worst when they saw the results of Rosemary Alvarez' MRI scan. She was taken into surgery to remove a tumor on her brain stem. Once they got inside, surgeons were surprised to see not a tumor, but a worm! Dr. Peter Nakaji even laughed when he saw what the problem was.

"I'm sure this is a very strange response for the people in the operating room," he told MyFOXPhoenix.com. "But because I was so pleased to know that it wasn't going to be something terrible."

The surgeons removed the worm, and Alvarez has recovered completely.

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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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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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