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The Weird Week in Review

All the stories have been thoroughly checked this week, and only one is an April Fool. Can you spot which one it is?

8-foot Shark Jumps Into Boat

A good day of fishing is sometimes described as fish jumping into the boat. The real life experience can be frightening. Texas fisherman Jason Kresse and two companions were about 50 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico looking for red snapper on Monday, throwing chum into the water when an 8-foot mako shark appeared- on board! The 375-pound fish began to thrash about and caused some damage to the boat. The crew could not get close enough to restrain the fish. The shark died several hours later. Kresse said the crew had to use a forklift just to get the shark out of the boat after returning to port. Fish and Wildlife officials say they will not cite Kresse for catching the shark without a permit, because the catch was the shark's doing.

Breeding the Many-Eared Cat

A Russian scientist, Vladimir Obryvkov of the Voronezh State University of Agriculture, found a stray five-eared cat. After taking it his laboratory for x-rays, he took it home to his family. Obryvkov has been studying animal anomalies for years.

Obryvkov said that the cat named Luntya also has big paws but her behavior does not differ from that of normal cats.

He also said that he wants to mate his new pet with a four-eared cat living in Vladivostok to create a new breed of these fluffy animals.

There may be a market for a breed with multiple ears, but who has time to scratch them all?

Explosion in Flour Silo Dusts Town

La Esperanza bakery in Englewood, New Jersey supplies baked goods to restaurants all over the state and beyond. On Tuesday, a load of flour was being pumped into the bakery's silo when a pipe came loose. The powder filled the air and settled over adjacent buildings and vehicles. Some witnesses thought there had been an explosion. A bakery spokesman said the mess made it look worse than it was -and that the total amount of flour spilled was probably enough to fill about ten bags. Watch video footage here.

Teenager Billed for Bleeding on Sidewalk

Taylor Petz of Peoria, Arizona, made himself a midnight snack a few months ago. The knife he was holding slipped and punctured his thigh. The teenager called an ambulance. He was taken to the hospital, but no stitches were needed. Meanwhile, the city of Peoria hired a biohazard company to clean up blood droplets Taylor left on the sidewalk in front of his home. The family received a $2,000 bill for the cleanup from the city! Half of the bill was travel time, as the biohazard company was in Tucson, over two hours from Peoria. A spokesman for the city attorney's office said that blood is a biohazard and must be cleaned up, but the city would reduce the part of the bill that the company charged for travel.

Ryanair Announces Child-free Flights

Irish budget airline Ryanair announced it will offer child-free flights on some of its more popular routes, beginning in October. The airline is already known for its controversial fees, such as a new "compensation levy" added to all tickets, and a proposed bathroom usage fee that was never implemented. The child-free flight idea was developed after a consumer survey showed that half of all passengers would be willing to pay extra to avoid flights with children. A third of passengers said they have had flights "ruined" by noisy children.

UFO Sightings Predicted for Royal Wedding

George Filer, a retired Air Force Major and the head of the National UFO Center, thinks that the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton will be viewed by more than just a billion people. There may be extraterrestrials watching as well.

"The craft seem to have an interest in anything important," Filer told AOL News. "They've been sighted recently over Libya and near the Japanese tsunami."

Filer says his center averages more than 1,000 sightings a month, and he expects to get a few UFO reports from the area surrounding Westminster Abbey, the site of the April 29 wedding.

Filer bases his prediction on increased UFO sightings over the English Channel and the royal family's interest in UFOs.

Missing Bronx Zoo Cobra Found

An Egyptian cobra that went missing at the Bronx Zoo last Friday has been found. The cobra made national headlines and even inspired a Twitter feed. It was spotted on Thursday -still in the reptile house! It was only 200 feet away from its original enclosure. Zoo workers set out bedding from rodents' cages to lure the cobra from an area of utility pipes it was hiding in. The scent attracted the snake, which was captured by venomous snake experts. An examination found the snake to be healthy. The zoo's reptile house will reopen in a few days.

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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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