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Marijuana Christmas Tree

Police in Germany seized a Christmas tree from a resident of Koblenz, because under the ornaments was a six-foot-tall marijuana plant! It had been cut and set into a Christmas tree stand, then decorated with a string of lights. The unnamed owner of the tree told police he planned to put wrapped gifts underneath it. He was promptly arrested and held on drug charges. Along with the tree, police seized another 150 grams of marijuana in the apartment.

Old Rolex Brings Unexpected Fortune

A retired doctor named Bob decided to sell his watch on eBay. It was a Rolex that he bought for a few dollars at a Navy Exchange in 1958. Bob wore the watch for decades and then put it away for a few years before deciding to get rid of it. He set the starting bid at $9.95 and didn't expect much more. But those who know recognized his watch as a rare Rolex Submariner Ref 5510, worn by Sean Connery as James Bond in the movies Dr. No, Goldfinger, and Thunderball. The bidding closed at $66,100! Bob has no regrets about selling the watch.

Monetary Jigsaw Puzzle

A businessman in Taiwan named Lin accidentally fed a sack of money into his company's industrial scrap machine -a shredder!

The 200,000 New Taiwan dollars are worth $6,600 US or £4,000. Each of the 200 bank notes was torn into about 20 pieces. The shredded money was taken to the Taiwanese Justice Ministry, which offers to repair torn money. Investigator Liu Hui-fen, a forensic scientist who normally works on handwriting samples, went to work putting the pieces together. Liu has handled many cases of torn money, but never a job like this. She fitted the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle, and eventually restored all 200 bills to a condition that is acceptable by the central bank.

History Repeats Itself in Traffic Citation

An unnamed man was ticketed for speeding twice, once in England and then two years later in New Zealand. The odd thing was that the same police officer issued both citations! Andy Flitton was an officer with the London Metropolitan Police when the first citations was issued. He then emigrated to New Zealand, where he became a constable in the town of Rangiora. The driver, originally from South Africa, had lived in London for twelve years and then also moved to New Zealand. He was there less than two weeks before being pulled over by Flitton -again.

"He asked if I had worked in London," Constable Flitton said. "I said, 'yes'.

"He asked if I used to operate the laser gun on the A5 in north London. I said, 'yes'.

"And he said, 'I thought it was you. You gave me my last speeding ticket there two years ago'.

The two men then laughed about the coincidence. The driver has only received two traffic tickets in his life, and both came from Constable Flitton.

Police from Three Towns Respond to Bridesmaid Fight

A fight between two members of the wedding party led to police involvement in Verona, New Jersey. Around 100 people were at the reception when two bridesmaids began fighting. The fight was still going on when Verona police arrived. The officers called for backup from the Cedar Grove and Montclair police departments. A local rescue squad treated four people for minor injures. Police did not arrest the two bridesmaids, but escorted them from the reception hall, after which the festivities continued. Police say they don't know what the fight was about, calling a "family dispute."

Crash Leaves Family Coated with Paint

A minor traffic accident in New Germany, South Africa left a family covered in paint. Two adults and two children emerged from their Fiat uninjured, but also unrecognizable. They were traveling with a five-gallon bucket of white paint sitting on the back seat, and the force of the wreck caused the lid to pop off. The paint splashed all over the interior of the car. The occupants of the second car involved in the wreck were also unhurt. Fortunately, plenty of photographs were taken of the aftermath.

Roosters Wear Cool Shades for Peace

A free-range chicken farm in Chengdu, China is experimenting with a new method of preventing cockfighting. The competitive roosters tend to attack each other on sight. Now they are are fitted with special round blinders that resemble John Lennon's trademark specs to prevent them from seeing straight ahead, so they don't see their rivals. The shades are working so far, and other farmers in the region are considering using them.

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22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones
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Emojis are a great addition to our communication toolbox. Without saying a word, we can talk about people, places, things, and emotions. But different platforms sometimes display the same emoji specification in different ways. An eye roll might come across as petulant or cheerful. A snake might look threatening or adorable. To help you navigate some potentially confusing cross-platform interactions, here are 22 emojis (referred to by their programming code names) that come out with important differences on Apple (iOS 11.1), Google (Android 8), and Samsung (Galaxy S8).

1. FACE WITH ROLLING EYES

3 different face with rolling eyes emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Way to miss the point.
Google: Ugh. Oh boy. Nice one. NOT!
Samsung: Heh, heh. Neato.

2. SNAKE

3 different snake emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Beware!
Google: Beware?
Samsung: Aww. Snakey-poo.

3. NERD FACE

Three different nerd face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Nerdy cuteness.
Google: Nerdy excitement!
Samsung: Nerdy astonishment!

4. COOKIE

Three different cookie emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Mmm. Delicious chocolate chips…
Google: Raisins? Nuts?
Samsung: Uh, thanks for the cookie?

5. LOUDLY CRYING FACE

Three different loudly crying face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: River of tears.
Google: Waterfall of tears.
Samsung: Cast adrift on a lake of tears.

6. GHOST

Three different ghost emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for a goofy good scare?!
Google: Me scary! (*wink*)
Samsung: (*clears throat*) Um, boo.

7. COUCH AND LAMP

Three different couch and lamp emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Midcentury modern pad.
Google: Office waiting room.
Samsung: Haunted Victorian hotel.

8. CHIPMUNK

Three different chipmunk emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Cute? No. Please allow me my dignity.
Google: Tee hee. Cute!
Samsung: Where did I put those nuts…

9. OCTOPUS

Three different octopus emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Oh. You surprised me there.
Google: Boo! I surprise YOU!
Samsung: Hellooooooo, over there.

10. CAT FACE

Three different cat emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Always identified more with the mice, actually.
Google: On the internet, everyone loves a cat!
Samsung: Your texts are tedious.

11. PIZZA

Three different pizza emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pepperoni.
Google: Pepperoni and olives.
Samsung: Pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese.

12. MAN DANCING

Three different man dancing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung
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Apple: Disco in the '70s.
Google: Miami Vice in the '80s.
Samsung: Dabbing, whipping, and nae-naeing at the middle school.

13. OLD MAN

Three different old man emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: More like middle-aged.
Google: Old and yet somehow babyish.
Samsung: Very prematurely grey kid.

14. RUNNING SHOE

Three different running shoe emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for the 5K.
Google: Ready for some stickball.
Samsung: Ready for the playground.

15. DETECTIVE

Three different detective emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Experienced and ready to assist.
Google: No experience yet, but can’t wait to start!
Samsung: Seen too much.

16. PERSON SURFING

Three different person surfing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Awesome!
Google: Pretty fun.
Samsung: Whoa. Help.

17. FRAMED PICTURE

Three different framed picture emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: For the nursery.
Google: For the den.
Samsung: For the great hall.

18. DROOLING FACE

Three different drooling face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Sooo delicious…
Google: Sooo incomprehensible…
Samsung: Sooo disturbing…

19. CLAPPING HANDS

Three different clapping emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pay attention!
Google: Polite applause.
Samsung: Hushed appreciation.

20. T-SHIRT

Three different t-shirt emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Casual Friday at the office.
Google: Saturday at the gym.
Samsung: Sunday on the couch.

21. PERSON FROWNING

Three different person frowning emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Hurt and disappointed.
Google: Crushed and disappointed.
Samsung: Not gonna stand for it anymore.

22. FEARFUL FACE

Three different fearful face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Yikes! Aaack! No way!
Google: Oh dear! Why! I feel sick!
Samsung: Bzzzt! Yoinks!

Check the platform differences for all the emojis at Emojipedia.

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Australians Vote to Name New Sydney Harbor Boat 'Ferry McFerryface'
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Proving that some jokes never die (or at least take a little longer to reach the Land Down Under), Sydney has a new ferry named Ferry McFerryface, according to BBC News.

For the uninitiated, the name Ferry McFerryface pays homage to an English practical joke from 2016. It all started when the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made global headlines after launching an online poll to name a nearly $300 million polar research ship. Leading the vote by a significant margin was the moniker “Boaty McBoatface.”

For a short period, it seemed as though jokesters would pull off their naming coup. But once the competition reached its end, government officials ultimately decided to override the poll. They named the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough instead, although they did agree to give the name Boaty McBoatface to one of its submarines.

Sydney recently held a similar competition to name a fleet of six new harbor ferries, and the results were announced in mid-November. Locals submitted more than 15,000 names, and winning submissions included the names of esteemed Australian doctors, prominent Aboriginal Australians, and—yes—Ferry McFerryface, according to the Associated Press. Boaty McBoatface also came out on top, but it was struck down.

“Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” said Andrew Constance, the New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

[h/t BBC News]

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