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Cat Saves Man from Burning Home

With most "pet saves family from fire" stories, it's easy to assume that the pet woke someone up because it wanted OUT of the house. In this case, the cat came in from outside, and it didn't even live there!

Engineer Andrew Williams was asleep when the fire broke out at his bungalow in Bracknell in Berkshire.

As black smoke filled the property, his neighbour's cat Hugo came through a cat-flap and raised the alarm by clawing at the father-of-two's face.

Rescuers said that the fire could have killed Mr Williams if he had not been awoken by Hugo. A smoke detector had been moved during work on the bungalow.

Motive for Assault: Missing Condiments

26-year-old Monique Aguet went through the drive-through of a KFC in Surprise, Arizona. She became upset when her order did not include condiments. She went inside the store to continue the argument with a store employee, and was ordered to leave. The employee followed her back outside and stood behind Aguet's car to record her license plate number. Aguet then backed up the car/ The unnamed employee banged on the trunk to let her know she was there, but Aguet continued to back up, striking the employee with the car. Aguet was arrested for disorderly conduct and suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The employee was unhurt.

Windshield Shattered by Falling Fish

Leighann Niles was driving near East Harbor State Park in Ohio when a fish fell out of the sky and broke her car's windshield! The eight-pound freshwater drum, or sheepshead, was dropped by a bald eagle flying overhead. Niles said the eagle also dropped the head of a second fish. Neither Niles nor her 5-year-old daughter were injured in the incident.

Inmate Hides Gun in his Fat Rolls

120_vera25-year-old George Vera was arrested Sunday in Houston, Texas for selling bootleg CDs. Vera was searched at least four times and passed through a metal detector twice as he was processed and transferred from the city lockup to the county jail. On Monday, during a shower break, Vera admitted to a guard that he smuggled an unloaded 9mm pistol into the jail by hiding it in his rolls of fat. Vera weighs more than 500 pounds.

Cab Driver Choked; People Locked Inside Church

A strange chain of events occurred Saturday morning in Mount Vernon, New York. A cab picked up a passenger, who tried to rob the driver by choking him while he was driving. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the River Jordan Holy Tabernacle Church. The attacker and two other passengers fled the scene. While police were investigating the incident, they found five people inside the church, which was locked from the outside. Police Commissioner David Chong said the five people were taken to a hospital as a precaution.

"What scares us about this is that the church was all locked down from the outside, so there was no means of getting out of the church for these four adults and the child," Chong said.

Duck has a Sandal

150ducksandalLucky the duckling is very lucky to have been adopted by an orthopedic nurse after she broke her leg, which left her with a right foot that bent the wrong way. Alison Morgan of Newport, Wales, performs physical therapy on the leg and had a special Roman sandal made for her by cobbler Kelvin Reddicliffe. The sandal protects Lucky's toes from irritation and further damage, and allows her to keep up with the other two ducks in the home. Morgan is trying to raise £500 for an operation to straighten and lengthen Lucky's leg.

Man Blames Cat for Child Pornography

Police investigators found over 1,000 images of child pornography on a computer belonging to 48-year-old Keith R. Griffin of Jensen Beach, Florida. He was charged with ten counts of possession of the materials. Griffin said that he left his computer on all the time, and that his cat would sometimes jump on the keyboard. When he returned to the computer, there would be "strange material downloaded". Griffin is being held in the Martin County Jail, with bail set at $250,000

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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
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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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