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Easy Come, Easy Go

Kenneth Lamoree of Solvay, New York won $3,200 at a casino Monday night. Only about an hour after he arrived home on Tuesday morning, a fire broke out at his house. Lamoree, his fiancee, and their three children escaped along with the other family that lived in the duplex. The damage to the home was extensive, and the items that were destroyed included the wallet that contained Lamoree's winnings. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Workmen Dig Up Wrong Trees

A real estate agent in Mackenzie, a suburb of Canberra, Australia saw workmen digging up trees and was told that they were under orders to dig up every tree on the property. The agent called Peter Collard, the homeowner, and found there were no such orders. The two workmen had dug up ten palm trees, grass. and topsoil before Collard arrived. When he confronted the men, they packed up and left without leaving their names. Collard suspects they were at the wrong address. The homeowner was left with $18,000 in damage to the property he is trying to sell.

Spider-Man Arrests Shoplifter

Don't even think about shoplifting in a comic book store when Spider-Man, The Flash, and some Jedi Knights are present. The super heroes, dressed for International Free Comics Day, detained a man who tried to make off with $160 book at Comic Centre in Adelaide, Australia. Store owner Michael Baulderstone, who was attired as Spider-Man, saw the perpetrator hide X-Men Omnibus and gave chase. Security cameras caught the super hero chasing and apprehending the suspect.

"Everyone in the store thought it was a play, that it was street theatre of some sort. It wasn't until I said `Call the police' that people started to realise."

"One of the funniest things about the incident was that I called for people to stand near the door and it just so happened we had people dressed as Jedi knights there blocking the exit, the Flash was there at some point too," Mr Baulderstone said.

Wounded Man Goes to Baskin-Robbins

Fort Walton Beach, Florida firefighters were working at a fundraiser at a Baskin-Robbins outlet when a car pulled up with a wounded passenger. The unnamed man had a knife stuck all the way up to the handle in his leg! He said he was using the knife and then fell on it. His fiancee was  outside when the accident occurred, and she drove him to the ice cream shop. Firefighters bandaged the wound and called Emergency Medical Services.

Russian Regional President Abducted by Aliens

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the leader of the region of Kalmykia, a part of the Russian Federation, claims he was abducted by aliens. Ilyumzhinov revealed in a TV interview that he was taken aboard a spaceship. Minister of Parliament Andre Lebedev has asked Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to investigate Ilyumzhinov's story, not because the MP is concerned about Ilyumzhinov's fitness for office, but because he is concerned that protocols should be in place for such meetings, lest some government figure should reveal state secrets to the aliens.

A Whale that Paints

Xiao Qiang is a Beluga whale living at Qingdao Polar Ocean World in China. He has learned to paint pictures, and his paintings sell for hundreds of pounds!

"He showed a lot of interest in painting right from the start so now all we have to do is give him the brushes and hold the paper while he paints with his mouth," said trainer Zhang Yong.

"His favourite colour seems to be blue and he's best of all at seascapes. His people always look like seals."

See a video of the Xiao Qiang in action.

Driver's License Granted on 960th Attempt

Cha Sa-soon of Jeonju, South korea finally has her driver's license, after trying to pass the written test almost daily since 2005. The 69-year-old woman finally passed the written part of the test last year, and took the driving test ten times before passing last month. All told, she was at the license bureau for testing 960 times attempting to obtain driving privileges. Cha now hopes to get a small car in order to visit relatives and to help in her vegetable business.

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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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