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7-year-old Wins Art Contest by Accident

Rebekah Poulain of Torquay, Devon, England thought she was uploading her child's artwork to a private folder online, but mistakenly added it to a public folder in 2009. The mistake did not come to light until a year later, when Leilah Poulain, who was seven years old when she painted the picture, was notified that she had won an art contest. Her mother had accidentally entered the competition when she uploaded the artwork! Leilah beat out 1,700 entrants, and her painting of a penguin is now on display at the world-famous Saatchi Gallery in London.

Assault with a Dead Weasel

An unnamed man in Hoquiam, Washington was arrested on charges of assault. He apparently burst into an apartment looking for his girlfriend. The apartment belonged to the woman's former boyfriend, and she was a guest. The attacker was carrying a dead animal.

The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker said, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.

The perpetrator left the animal carcass behind. Police caught up with him later and arrested him. For the sake of accuracy, a marten is a member of the weasel family.

Guess the Substance

Frontier Airlines called in a report that sparked a response from the Milwaukee Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit. A suspicious white powder was found on board a flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee -on a diaper changing table. You can see where this is going. A flight attendant doing a final check reported the powder, and the TSA began an investigation. There were diapers in the waste bin, and it was determined that there were two infants aboard the flight. The investigation eventually determined that the substance was, in fact, baby powder. The TSA was called "out of an abundance of caution," according to Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuk.

One-armed Man Single-handedly Robs Bank

The US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Carmen Palella in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday in Albany, New York. Palella, who lost his hand and forearm in a traffic accident when he was 12, allegedly robbed the State Employees Federal Credit Union. He walked in, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He did not mention having a weapon, and no one was injured. Palella is on parole for an earlier bank robbery.

Twin Friars Die on Same Day

Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester did everything together. They were born together on March 27, 1919. They were rejected for military service because of one bad eye each, on opposite sides like a mirror image. They joined the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor together, and served in the same location for most of their 65 years of service. Brother Julian died Wednesday morning at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Brother Adrien died that afternoon. The cause of death for both was heart failure. They were 92 years old.

Titanic II Sinks

Maybe he should have seen it coming. Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, UK, bought a used 16-foot cabin cruiser named Titanic II. The boat sprung a leak on Wilkinson's very first outing from a port in Dorset, and just like its namesake, the boat sank beneath the water.

“It's all a bit embarrassing and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg,” Wilkinson, 44, told British newspaper The Telegraph.

When Wilkinson returned to the harbor on his second-hand boat (worth about $1,600), it sprung a leak. U.K. newspaper The Sun reported that a large hole opened up in the fiberglass hull. Soon, the stern of the boat was fully submerged in water. As the small cruiser went down stern-first, Wilkinson abandoned ship when a harbor master threw in a life preserver attached to a rope.

Onlookers cracked that the small boat could have been sunk by an ice cube.

Man Crashes While Driving to Traffic Court

Robert Eugene Craver of Salisbury, North Carolina has several court dates this summer on various charges ranging from traffic violations to assaulting an officer. He was driving to court to answer charges of reckless driving on Thursday morning when his pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into another truck. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. Before leaving the scene, Craver explained that he was late for court, and took his eyes off the road while looking for his attorney's phone number. Police at the scene believe Craver was under the influence of drugs.

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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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