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Seattle Superhero Suffers Broken Nose

Phoenix Jones wears a mask and a superhero costume when patrolling the streets of Seattle, but does not have Superman's shield of invulnerability. Jones witnessed a fight in Lynwood, Washington and intervened, holding one of the two men in a headlock. When the other man drew a gun, Jones released his hold, and the man he was holding kicked him in the face, breaking Jones' nose. The superhero says the injury is just part of the job, but Seattle police want him to stop getting involved and just report observed crimes to authorities.

Man Sneezes Out Bullet After Being Shot

Darco Sangermano was rushed to a hospital in Naples, Italy when a stray bullet pierced his head on New Years Eve.

The bullet, a .22 caliber, entered the right side of his head, passed behind his eye through the socket, hit a bone in his nose and lodged itself in his right nostril.

Covered in blood, but still conscious, Sangermano then sneezed out the bullet, and apart from a headache, told doctors he felt fine.

Doctors operated on Sangermano to remove bone fragments and stitch the wound. They expect he will fully recover and even keep the use of his eye.

Drunk Cowboys Arrested on Horse and Mule

The question of whether someone riding a horse while drunk should be charged with DWI has been debated for years, since a sober horse can usually control itself and find its way home. That's not so certain in the middle of a city. Police in Austin, Texas arrested Jose Rios and Samuel Olivo Jr. for DWI because they were afraid the two, who were riding a horse and a mule, might cause an accident on the busy city street. The DWI charges were later dropped and Rios was charged with public intoxication. The animals were confiscated and sent to an animal hospital, where Rios and Olivo can retrieve them after paying impound fees.

Competing for Miss America Without Hair

Miss Delaware, Kayla Martell, has competed in beauty pageants for years and is currently in Las Vegas for the Miss America pageant, which concludes Saturday night. What sets Martell apart is that she suffers from alopecia areata and is bald. Martell competes wearing a wig, but is not ashamed of her appearance and even poses for pictures without hair. And although stress sometimes triggers hair loss in people with alopecia, Martell's hair has actually started to grow lately. She said she will have to shave her head in order to attach her pageant wig properly!

Phone Thief Responded to Call from Police

Brian Westerfield approached a man in a Nampa, Idaho Walmart store who had just bought a smartphone. He grabbed the phone and fled. He was gone when police arrived, but investigators hatched a plan to call the thief. A police officer called the stolen phone and offered to buy the smartphone. They haggled over the price and then arranged to meet for the sale. When Westerfield arrived at the meeting place and realized he has been set up, he tried to run but fell flat on his face. It apparently never occurred to Westerfield to wonder how his potential buyer got the phone number when he didn't yet know it himself.

Scooby to the Rescue

Augustin Zamora was walking his Great Dane named Scooby in Chicago Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, another man was following a 14-year-old girl.

The girl had just gotten off a Diversey Avenue bus near the 2800 block of North Whipple street and was walking home when she noticed a man following her, the Chicago Tribune reported. The man grabbed her as she ran up the stairs to her home, threw her to the ground and began to undress her.

Startled when Scooby and Zamora approached them, the attacker ran into an alley at George Street where he was corner by the team until police arrived.

Police charged 28-year-old Larry Smith with criminal sexual assault.

Intruder Found Napping in Coffin

An unnamed man broke into a funeral parlor in Vienna, Austria, found a bottle of wine, drank it, and fell asleep in a coffin, where proprietor Heinrich Altbart found him in the morning! The undertaker took a picture of the 25-year-old intruder asleep in the coffin and notified police. Albart said the intruder cause "substantial damage" to the funeral director's office door. There's no word on what the intruder was actually looking for in the building

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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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