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Drunk Driver Crashes into Sober House

An SUV driven by a drunk driver slammed into a building in south Los Angeles Saturday night. Firefighters arrived to find the vehicle inside a room. Five people in the house (who were asleep when the crash occurred) and the driver suffered minor injuries. The residential building was serving as a sober living facility. The driver will be charged with felony DUI.

Letter Arrives 66 Years Late

The U.S. Postal Service delivered a letter to a California address with a postmark indicating it was mailed from Alabama on August 9th, 1944. The letter is addressed to:

“Miss R.T. Fletcher, American Red Cross Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California.”

As you might imagine, Miss Fletcher is no longer at Camp Roberts. The letter was delivered to Gary McMaster, the volunteer curator for the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.

McMaster would like for Miss Fletcher or her relatives to get the still-sealed letter, which seems to be several pages long. The postal service has no idea why the letter was so late to arrive.

Fire Department Removes Stray Dog from Refrigerator

A family in Yuma, Arizona, called the Humane Society about a stray dog in their refrigerator. But they got a faster response from the local fire department. Yuma Fire Department spokesman Mike Erfert said the terrier-type dog was on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator and wouldn’t let anyone near. The residents said the dog ran inside when they opened the front door and barked and snapped at them. They were going to try to lure him outside with food, but when they opened the refrigerator, the dog jumped in and wouldn’t leave. It snapped at them so much they couldn’t even close the refrigerator door! Firefighters wore protective suits as they extracted the dog. An animal control officer took the dog, which was later reunited with its owner.

Facebook Squabble Leads to Jail Time

An online breakup led to a real life fight between 35-year-old Thomas Gannon and his girlfriend, 31-year-old Tina Cash, both of Brooksville, Florida. Apparently, Cash unfriended Gannon on Facebook and changed her relationship status. Gannon said when he confronted Cash about the change, she started throwing things at him. Cash said Gannon also threw objects and punched her in the face. Both were arrested and charged with battery.

A Very Personal Gravestone

Petra Dumitru of Romania always said that when he died, he wanted his gravestone to pay tribute to the two great loves of his life -his wife, and good wine. When Dumitru died at age 75, his relatives made sure his wishes were carried out -by embedding a picture in the headstone. The photograph shows Dumitru drinking from a bottle while his wife stands beside him. Church officials say the photograph is “undignified.”

Dog Must Eat Standing Up

Ronnie the 7-month-old Rottweiler has megaoesophagus, an incurable condition that makes it impossible for him to eat or drink like other dogs. He cannot swallow properly, and relies on gravity to get his kibble to his stomach. Therefore, it can take up to 20 minutes to spoon-feed him while he stands on his rear legs.

Staff at Leeds Dogs Trust rehoming centre have helped to make life easier for Ronnie after they designed and built him a special feeding station.

Manager Amanda Sands said: “We’ve fed Ronnie standing up since he came to the centre with his littermates aged seven weeks but now that he is bigger we can’t support and feed him at the same time.

“We designed the feeding station so he can support himself while we spoon-feed him. He happily gets in by himself.

Ronnie will only be adopted out to a home in which he can receive the time and help he needs.

Baby Born in Strip Club Parking Lot

A baby boy born on Tuesday may hold the record for the earliest visit to a strip club. Nate Jones, a writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, was rushing his wife Amenze to Plano, Texas to give birth. He was pulled over by a Grand Prairie police officer for speeding -Jones says he was going about 80 miles an hour. They were allowed to continue their trip, but his wife said she wouldn’t make it, so Jones pulled into the parking lot of a topless strip club and dialed 911. Ambulance attendants helped deliver a 7 pound, 5 ounce boy, after which the mother and child were taken to a hospital in Arlington. The father was familiar with the club, as he had written about it for the newspaper.

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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