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Dealing Drugs in the Police Station Bathroom

A 24-year-old man in Everett, Washington was overheard making a drug deal on his cell phone in the men's room. Of the Everett Police Department. Two officers heard the phone call and confronted him outside. The unnamed man said he thought he was in a probation officer's office. He surrendered some Oxycodone to the police and was arrested on drug charges.

Goat Arrested for Armed Robbery

A vigilante group in Ilorin, Nigeria apprehended a group of would-be car thieves, including a goat! Local police paraded the animal in public as a robbery suspect. The story is that one of the men seen attempting to carjack a Mazda turned himself into a goat in an attempt to elude capture, according to police spokesman Tunde Mohammed. It is not known whether the goat has retained legal counsel.

14-year-old Patrols Chicago

Police are investigating how a 14-year old boy passed himself off as a Chicago police officer for an entire shift. When he showed up for work in uniform, he was assigned a patrol in a squad car. He never drove or handled a gun, but the deception was not noticed until his shift was over.

Assistant Superintendent James Jackson said the ruse was discovered only after the boy's patrol with an actual officer ended Saturday. Officers noticed his uniform lacked a star that is part of the regulation uniform.

Police said they were investigating how the deception went undetected for so long in what they described as a serious security breach.

Police didn't identify the boy because of his age. He has been charged as a juvenile with impersonating an officer.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Get Sued!

150eddiehouse.jpg53-year-old Eddie House of San Carlos, California recycles, composts, and finds homes for his discarded items. He reduced his household waste to the point that he cancelled his garbage pickup service last year. His reward is a lawsuit from the city! The San Carlos municipal code requires all citizens to contract garbage pickup with Allied Waste. Deputy City Attorney Linda Noeske is seeking an injunction compelling House to retain garbage service and pay for the cost of the lawsuit. San Carlos Deputy City Manager Brian Moura said the suit was the result of complaints from neighbors about House burning garbage. House says he only burns wood.

Stove Left On, Fire Station Burns

Firefighters in Nagoya, Japan battled a blaze that started when a cooking stove was left unattended -in a firehouse! A firefighter was alone at the station cooking when he was called out to attend a fire. He left the stove burning. Ten fire trucks from other stations responded to the resulting conflagration. Nagoya City Fire Department official Seiji Hori expressed embarrassment.

"We are an institute that should be in a position to educate people about fire, so we are extremely sorry that such an incident happened," Hori said, adding that they would consider ordering-in for dinner from now on.

Otter Tours Scotland In Mailbag

150_rescueotter.jpgPostman Kenny Wilson was on his way to a car rally when he spotted a lone otter cub freezing on the road near Stow, Scotland on Sunday. He put the orphan in his mailbag and named it Ozzie, although he later changed the name to Orla when the otter turned out to be a female. Wilson bought the pup some kitten milk and continued on his journey. Car enthusiasts at the rally were delighted to see the six-week old otter. After returning to his home in Tweedbank, Wilson took Orla to an animal shelter. He says she seemed to have enjoyed her 220-mile round trip. A spokesman for the animal shelter says Orla is doing fine and is eating about $30 worth of salmon every day.

Traffic Stop Finds Man Who Faked Death

A man was pulled over for a traffic violation in Weaverville, North Carolina Saturday. He first gave police a false name, then admitted he is Bennie Wint, who went missing in 1989 while swimming in Florida. Rescuers had searched for hours, but never found a body. Wint said he went from Florida to Alabama after faking his death because he was paranoid about his drug activities. Wint left a 4-year-old daughter behind, who is now 23 and has been looking for her father. Since the 1989 incident, Wint fathered another child and opened a business selling NASCAR items under an assumed identity.

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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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Thanks to a Wet Winter, New Zealand Faces a Potential Potato Chip Shortage
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New Zealand has plenty of unique and tasty snacks, but kiwis also love potato chips. The universal comfort food is in danger Down Under, however, as an unusually wet winter has devastated the island country’s tuber crops, according to BBC News.

Twenty percent of New Zealand’s annual potato crop was wiped out from a series of major storms and floods that ravaged the nation’s North and South Islands, The Guardian reports. In some regions, up to 30 percent of potato crops were affected, with the varieties used to make chips bearing the brunt of the damage.

Potato prices spiked as farmers struggled, but the crisis—now dubbed “chipocalypse” by media outlets—didn't really make the mainstream news until supermarket chain Pak’nSave posted announcements in potato chip aisles that warned customers of a salty snack shortage until the New Year.

Pak’nSave has since rescinded this explanation, claiming instead that they made an ordering error. However, other supermarket chains say they’re working directly with potato chip suppliers to avoid any potential shortfalls, and are aware that supplies might be limited for the foreseeable future.

New Zealand’s potato farming crisis extends far beyond the snack bars at rugby matches and vending machines. Last year’s potato crops either rotted or remained un-harvested, and the ground is still too wet to plant new ones. This hurts New Zealand’s economy: The nation is the world’s ninth-largest exporter of potatoes.

Plus, potatoes “are a food staple, and this is becoming a food security issue as the effects of climate change take their toll on our potato crop,” says Chris Claridge, the chief executive of industry group Potatoes New Zealand, according to The Guardian.

In the meantime, New Zealanders are preparing to hunker down for a few long months of potential potato peril—and according to some social media users, kale chips are not a suitable alternative. “Chipocalypse” indeed.

[h/t BBC News]

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