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Man Shoots TV Over Palin's Dance Routine

Steven N. Cowan of Vermont, Wisconsin was watching the TV show Dancing with the Stars and became upset that Bristol Palin had not yet been eliminated from the competition. So he got his shotgun out and shot the television set. He then pointed the gun at his wife, who fled and called authorities. Cowan, who is under medical care for a mental health problem, was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. Bristol Palin advanced to the final round of competition.

Man Threatened After Saving Woman

Suffering from a sleepless night, Chris Sullivan of Ocean City, Maryland saw a car drive into a canal at about 2AM Monday. As the car began to sink, he rushed from his upstairs apartment to help the driver escape. He dove into the water three times as the car filled up, but could not open the doors or windows. Sullivan finally found a wooden plank and used it to break the car's rear windshield. As 23-year-old Taylor Cole Vanderhook exited the sinking car, she had words for Sullivan.

"She said, 'Dude, I'm gonna kill you -- you broke my car.' I said, 'Darling, you gotta get out, or you're going to die,' " Sullivan said.

Sullivan offered to give Vanderhook a ride home, but police soon arrived, finding her at a nearby bus stop, and arrested her.

Vanderhook was held on drunk driving and other charges. The Ocean City police department plans to honor Sullivan with an award for outstanding service.

Severed Hand Reattached -Three Months Later

Ming Li was on her way to school when a tractor ran over her and severed her left hand. Doctors in China thought the hand could be saved, but the arm was too damaged for reattachment. So they grafted the hand to Ming's leg in to keep it alive! After three months of repair and healing, the 9-year-old's arm was judged to be ready for the hand, so it was removed from her leg and reattached to her arm. With therapy and additional surgery, doctors believe she will be able to use the hand for most normal activities.

3-year-old Finds Gold with Metal Detector

James Hyatt of Billericay, Essex, England had never used a metal detector before. After all, he's only 3 years old. He was on an expedition with his father and grandfather in Hockley for just a few minutes when his detector started beeping. The trio dug up what turned out to be a 500-year-old gold reliquary, possibly worth millions of pounds! The sale price of the find will be split between Hyatt and the landowner.

March of the Santa Penguins

African penguins dressed as Santa Claus and his reindeer helped to open the annual holiday festival at Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, South Korea. The penguins marched in somewhat of a parade formation, accompanied by several human Santas who tossed artificial snow in the air. Other animals at the theme park were dressed for the event, but none were able to march as well as the penguins. The story contains video and a photo gallery.

A Koala Walks into a Bar...

A tavern in Australia got a visit from what turned out to be a celebrity last weekend. Patrons took pictures and called friends to come over to see the koala who came in Saturday evening, presumably to get out of the rain. Kevin Martin of the Marlin Bar on Magnetic Island described the incident.

"He sauntered up to the bar ... I asked him for ID and he got all disgruntled ... walked around the bar and then climbed up a pole and sulked," Mr Martin said today.

"We have a big stuffed marlin on the roof and he just sat under the marlin in front of the speaker, listening to the music.

"He fell asleep."

Rangers were called to take the koala back to his natural habitat. Magnetic Island is known for its large population of koalas.

Fake Doctor Performed Breast Exams at Bars

It sounds like a joke, but this time it worked -for a while. Police in Boise, Idaho arrested Kristina B. Ross on charges of practicing medicine without a license. Ross allegedly told women in local bars that she was a plastic surgeon named Dr. Berlyn Aussieahshowna and conducted breast exams on at least two women who have been identified. A plastic surgery center contacted police when women began calling the office looking for the nonexistent Dr. Aussieahshowna. Police suspect there may be more victims.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.

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