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Inflatable Breasts Recovered

Last week we learned that a shipment of 130,000 inflatable breasts were lost during shipping between Beijing and Sydney. The shipment has been recovered in Melbourne, where they had been offloaded by mistake. The men's magazine Ralph is scrambling to get them packed inside the January issue, as was the original plan. Editor Santi Pintado said the breasts were found just in time; one more day and they would have missed the scheduled issue.

Chipmunk Disables Car with Nuts

When Hope Wideup of DeMotte, Indiana noticed her windshield wipers and turn signals on her car wouldn't work, she found a glove under the hood that a chipmunk had stolen earlier. She drove another car for a couple of weeks, and then tried it again. When the car made a loud revving noise, she looked under the hood again. Underneath were thousands of black walnuts! The chipmunk had apparently stuffed nuts in the accelerator throttle. After $242 in repairs, Wideup says she will alternate her cars so neither will sit unused for long.

Actor Slits Throat on Stage with Switched Prop

Daniel Hoevels' final scene in the play Mary Stuart called for a suicide. But Saturday night,  the blunt prop knife had been switched with a real knife, so the blood spurting from his throat was also real. The audience applauded the "special effects", unaware the actor was injured until he failed to rise and take a bow. Hoevels survived because the knife missed the carotid artery -barely. After hospital treatment, he returned to the stage wearing a bandage for the Sunday night performance. Police are investigating the incident.

Cat's Face Reattached After Accident

150edgar.jpgEdgar, a female cat in Winthrop, Massachusetts came home after a three day adventure with half her face hanging from her skull. Her unnamed owner fainted when she saw the damage. When the woman recovered, she took Edgar to Angell Animal Medical Center. Surgeons reattached the skin on Tuesday with 35 stitches. Edgar is recovering well, and seems to have suffered no nerve or eye damage. Doctors believe she may have gotten under a car hood to say warm and was injured by a moving fan belt, an occurrence that usually kills a cat instantly.

Christmas Parade Duty Saves Suicidal Man

In a scene reminiscent of the movie It's a Wonderful Life, an unlikely event saved a suicidal man from drowning. Deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office river patrol were on duty for the 54th annual Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. They spotted a car with the engine running on a bridge and feared the worst. A search by various agencies who responded led them to the unnamed man who had apparently jumped into the water and was clinging to a log. Deputy Ken Yohe was one of the first responders.

"Any other night, we wouldn't have had a boat out," Yohe said. "We would have been responding from home."

"He could barely move," said Yohe. Officials estimate the man had been in the water about 40 minutes, and he was suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he was in intensive care.

"This is amazing," Yohe said. " It was amazing that he was even alive."

Obama to Appear in Nativity Scenes

150obamanativity.jpgEvery year for centuries, craftsmen in Naples, Italy sell handmade figurines for Italian nativity scenes. These scenes often have dozen of figures, including celebrities and newsmakers. The top selling figure this year is the US president-elect.
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"The ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America's new president, along with his wife Michelle," said craftsman Genny Di Virgilio.

Tradition requires that the nativity scene be built up over time until Christmas Eve, when baby Jesus is put in the manger as the very last element of the display.

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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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