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A Masters Degree in The Beatles

Liverpool Hope University is now offering a Master of Arts degree in The Beatles. The course is called "The Beatles, Popular Music and Society" and consists of four 12-week classes plus a dissertation. Believed to be the first course of its kind, the announcement has drawn worldwide attention. Liverpool is the city where all the Beatles were born and raised.

Woman Swallow Engagement Ring

Reed Harris of Farmington, New Mexico, planned a surprise for his girlfriend. He took her and some of her friends to Wendys and slipped an engagement ring into Kaitlin Whipple's milk shake. Reed's mistake was challenging Whipple and her friends to a chugging contest. Whipple won the competition, but the ring was no longer in the Frosty. An x-ray at a local emergency room confirmed that she had swallowed it. Whipple retrieved the ring without medical intervention a few days later.

Baby Otter Follows Harmonica Player

A student in Windygates, Fife, Scotland was playing a harmonica as he walked down the road in January. An abandoned otter cub who had been frantically searching for its mother responded to the sound of the instrument as if it heard its mother calling. The 6-week-old cub was taken to the Scottish SPCA's Wildlife Rescue Centre, where the staff named him Clyde. The otter will be raised for a year with a minimum of human contact, then released into the wild.

Dump Truck in Awkward Position

150dumptruck.jpgTruck driver Freddie Mitchell delivered a load of dirt at an interstate construction site and left with an empty dump truck near Talcottville, Connecticut. He entered the highway without realizing his dump body was still in the upright position. The truck soon struck an overhead sign. The sign didn't budge, the dump body was caught, and the truck cab lifted 20 feet into the air! Firefighters and heavy equipment operators had to stabilize the truck before they could rescue Mitchell using a ladder truck. Mitchell was not injured, but was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Good Luck Card Was Bad Luck

An unnamed Mexican chef was detained at the Manchester Airport when he was suspected to be an illegal immigrant to the UK. He claimed to be on a short visit, but a search of his luggage yielded a greeting card that wished him good luck with his "new life in the UK".

The man, arriving at Manchester Airport from Los Angeles, claimed he was on a brief visit to a friend who was opening a restaurant in England's North West.

But he admitted planning to work illegally after border officers found the card and pages of Mexican recipes.

Kitten Found Stuffed Inside Marijuana Bong

150bong.pngLancaster County sheriff's deputies had a warrant for the arrest of 20-year-old Acea Schomaker of Lincoln, Nebraska. When they found him, he was smoking marijuana through a plexiglass bong the size of a shoebox. Inside the bong was a six-month-old kitten! Schomaker explained the cat was high strung and was put in the homemade pipe to calm him down, and that it wasn't the first time. The kitten, named Shadow, was lodged at a Humane Society shelter for observation. Schomaker now faces animal cruelty charges in addition to marijuana possession.

Trapped In A Bucket For 3 Days

Mary Davis of Pemberton Township, New Jersey is recovering from an incident which left her immobilized for three days. The 76-year-old tripped and fell in her garage on Sunday, landing with her backside in a large bucket. The bucket remained upright, and Davis could not move her arms or legs. A neighbor alerted police Tuesday after seeing no sign of Davis for a couple of days. They found her still stuck in the bucket. Davis was taken to a hospital, where she is listed in good condition.

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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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