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Surfer Finds Teeth Two Days Later

67-year-old Phillip Worth was surfing Australia's coast at Terrigal on New Year's Eve when he lost his upper plate in the waves. As he was 100 meters out into the ocean, he never imagined he'd see the teeth again. Two days later, Worth was at the beach when the dentures washed onto shore! He says they are even better than when he lost them.

"They're sharper I noticed, truly."

Bullet Stopped by Hair Weave

Briana Bonds drove to a store in Kansas City, where her ex-boyfriend spotted her and shot  into her car. The rear window was shattered under the force of four or five shots as Bonds drove away. Later, a bullet was recovered from Bonds' hair! Bonds believes her tightly-woven hair extensions slowed the bullet and protected her from harm. The boyfriend, Juan Kemp, and another man were arrested in the incident.

Goat Breaks into Home, Eats Cake

Sherry Shirley of Westford, Wisconsin opened her front door to let her dog in Saturday, and a goat rushed inside, jumped onto a kitchen counter, and began to eat a cake that was cooling. A neighbor pulled he goat outside by its horns before police arrived. Captain Molly Soblewski said the goat left tracks leading to a farm.

"The goat didn't do a lot of damage. It knocked some dishes to the floor that broke and began eating the chocolate cake she had just made," Soblewski said.

"It was just an unfortunate circumstance," she said. "I feel sorry for the lady, but it is kind of funny."

Ireland's Worst Driver Identified

150prawojazdy.jpgTraffic police in Ireland had continually cited Prawo Jazdy for various driving and parking violations, but Mr. Jazdy always gave a different address. The mystery driver was recently unveiled when it was pointed out that "Prawo Jazdy", the words at the top of the license, is Polish for "driver's license"! Poles are Ireland's most numerous immigrant group. A search revealed that Prawo Jazdy was ticketed over 50 times! Presumably, Irish police have learned two words of Polish through the embarrassing incident.

Indiana Woman Lonely After 23 Marriages

Linda Wolfe of Anderson, Indiana is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the most married woman, with 23 marriages under her belt. Now 68, Wolfe has been single for twelve years, but is open to the possibility of getting hitched for the 24th time.

"I would get married again," she said, "because, you know, it gets lonely." 

Giant Rat Caught in China

120giantrat.jpgA six-pound rat was caught in Fuzhou, Fujian, China by a Mr. Xian, who grabbed the rat after he saw a crowd gathered around it. The rat had a 12-inch tail and teeth an inch long. Forestry officials who saw pictures think it's a Chinese bamboo rat, which rarely grow over ten inches long, but cannot be sure until they examine the rat itself. The world's largest rat is the African giant pouched rat, which can grow up to 36 inches long.

Woman Captures Suspect with Wedgie

Veterinary technician Yvonne Morris of Salt Lake City, Utah apprehended a man she saw breaking into a co-worker's car in an unorthodox manner. She chased the suspected thief, then grabbed his boxer shorts and pulled! After administering the wedgie, she took him in a head lock until police arrived. The unidentified man was arrested for attempted burglary and outstanding warrants.

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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.

[h/t BBC Earth]

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