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Drunk Driving a Barstool

28-year-old Kile Wygle of Newark, Ohio was arrested for drunk driing -on a barstool! The barstool on wheels was powered by a lawn mower engine. Wygle crashed the homemade vehicle and called 911 due to his injuries. Police responded and gave Wygle a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. The barstool was not impounded.

Lacy Lingerie Helps Find North Pole

When you approach the North Pole, compasses don't work properly because the difference between the geographic pole and the magnetic pole are more pronounced than elsewhere. So the Catlin Arctic Survey, currently en route to the pole to measure the Arctic Ice Cap, are having to use alternate methods of navigation. To measure wind direction, they are using a pair of lacy panties! Veteran explorer Pen Hadow said,
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"It an entirely genuine situation. If you can get gossamer thin material and attach it your ski pole it is particularly useful for this project because we can cannot use the compass as we are so close to magnetic north and it is too cold to use the GPS.
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The panties were donated by a friend of the expedition.

Man Sleeps at Work, Wakes Up in Boston

21-year-old Sidney Nurse dozed off while handling baggage at his job with JetBlue on Monday. That was at JFK airport in New York. The next thing Nurse knew, he was airborne in the plane's cargo hold! He called the airline on his cellphone to let them know where he was. The hold was pressurized, so Nurse survived to tell the tale when the baggage was unloaded in Boston. A medical team checked him out and said he was fine, so he flew back to New York -this time in the passenger section.

12-foot Pothole

150pothole.jpgA driver in the Ukraine slowly drove his car over what he thought was a water puddle when his Volkswagen dived into a 12-foot crater! The unnamed driver had to smash his rear window to escape before water filled the vehicle. Workers drained the water from the hole, which was caused by a broken water main, to reveal extensive damage to the car.

Woman Locked in Car Calls 911

It sounds like an old joke, but this really happened in Kissimmee, Florida. A woman called 911 because she was locked in her car and couldn't get out. The dispatcher instructed the woman to pull the lock button up manually, which saved the day. Hear the 911 call here.

Man Swallows Scissors

150scissors.jpgInstead of using a toothpick, 27-year old Lin Kong of Putian, China borrowed some nail scissors to pick his teeth. As dinner companions told jokes, Lin laughed and swallowed the 4-inch scissors! The scissors opened slightly and the sharp points dug into his throat. Surgeons were able to remove the scissors while using local anesthesia.

Fiancé Drops Engagement Ring Off Brooklyn Bridge

Don Walling proposed to his girlfriend, Gina Pellicani on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge when he dropped the diamond ring.

"I got on one knee, proposed and it just flew out," Walling said. "I watched it fall through the crack on the bridge, right between the wood planks."

The ring fell on the roadway below. Walling climbed down to the road in heavy traffic and found the ring, which was bent but repairable. Walling had assembled friends and family to witness the proposal, so the entire episode was caught on video.

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Food
Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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Nom & Malc, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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The Funky History of George Washington's Fake Teeth
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo

George Washington may have the most famous teeth—or lack thereof—in American history. But counter to what you may have heard about the Founding Father's ill-fitting dentures, they weren't made of wood. In fact, he had several sets of dentures throughout his life, none of which were originally trees. And some of them are still around. The historic Mount Vernon estate holds the only complete set of dentures that has survived the centuries, and the museum features a video that walks through old George's dental history.

Likely due to genetics, poor diet, and dental disease, Washington began losing his original teeth when he was still a young man. By the time he became president in 1789, he only had one left in his mouth. The dentures he purchased to replace his teeth were the most scientifically advanced of the time, but in the late 18th century, that didn't mean much.

They didn't fit well, which caused him pain, and made it difficult to eat and talk. The dentures also changed the way Washington looked. They disfigured his face, causing his lips to noticeably stick out. But that doesn't mean Washington wasn't grateful for them. When he finally lost his last surviving tooth, he sent it to his dentist, John Greenwood, who had made him dentures of hippo ivory, gold, and brass that accommodated the remaining tooth while it still lived. (The lower denture of that particular pair is now held at the New York Academy of Medicine.)

A set of historic dentures
George Washington's Mount Vernon

These days, no one would want to wear dentures like the ones currently held at Mount Vernon (above). They're made of materials that would definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth. The base that fit the fake teeth into the jaw was made of lead. The top teeth were sourced from horses or donkeys, and the bottom were from cows and—wait for it—people.

These teeth actually deteriorated themselves, revealing the wire that held them together. The dentures open and shut thanks to metal springs, but because they were controlled by springs, if he wanted to keep his mouth shut, Washington had to permanently clench his jaw. You can get a better idea of how the contraption worked in the video from Mount Vernon below.

Washington's Dentures from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.

There are plenty of lessons we can learn from the life of George Washington, but perhaps the most salient is this: You should definitely, definitely floss.

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