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Heart Attack Lecture Interrupted by Heart Attack

Dr. William Phillips, a cardiologist in Lewiston, Maine, gave a lecture on heart disease at a building near the Central Maine Medical Center. As he was talking about angina, a man raised his hand and said he was experiencing it! Dr. Phillips considered sending the man to the hospital next door, but the man collapsed into a full heart attack and there was no time. Phillips and three cardiac rehab nurses who were in attendance began CPR and brought in an automated external defibrillator, which restarted the man's heart. Paramedics then took him to the hospital. Dr Phillips finished his lecture, then checked on the patient, who is expected to recover.

Stolen Safe Found Protruding from Vehicle

A man in Cairns, Queensland, Australia was found guilty of breaking and entering in connection with a robbery last summer. John Davis was caught when police spotted a car with a large file cabinet and safe hanging precariously out of the back. The furniture had been taken from a community center where Davis worked. When he broke into the center to take the small safe, Davis found he could not detach it from the file cabinet -so he took the whole thing. Although Davis was careful not to leave fingerprints or DNA at the scene, he could not fit the entire haul in his car. Davis received a 12-month sentence.

Mating Turtles Disrupt Air Traffic

Runway 4 at JFK Airport in New York City was closed on Wednesday due to the diamondback terrapin mating season. More than 150 of the turtles crossed over the runway in search of nesting areas in the sand on the other side. It was not the first time that air traffic was disrupted for the turtles, but there were more than usual this year. Airport staff helped to carry the turtles across the tarmac to speed their journey. Officials were not clear as to how many flights were affected, but Runway 4 is not heavily scheduled during the summer months.

Thief Stuck in School AC Vents

Firefighters had to cut open a roof vent at Charles Hay World School in Englewood, Colorado to rescue a thief. The unnamed 28-year-old had been stuck inside for 15 hours! Police responded to a call and found the man stuck 30 feet deep in the vent. He told police that he had stolen a purse and threw it on the roof of the elementary school. When he went to retrieve it, he fell down the vent and became wedged tightly.

Shakespeare Exhumation Proposed

A team of researchers want to dig up William Shakespeare's body to find out if he partooketh marijuana. Pipes recovered during an excavation of Shakespeare's garden in 2001 showed evidence of both cannabis and cocaine. Now, South African anthropologist Francis Thackeray has formally requested permission from the Church of England for an exhumation. They do not intend to remove Shakespeare's remains from his burial site, but want to examine the body for signs of drug use after determining the identity of the remains.

Elderly Woman Fed Cannabis to Rabbits

Police in Brandenburg, Germany found a plot of marijuana plants. During their investigation, they talked to an elderly woman who said she had been feeding the weeds to her pet rabbits.

“The rabbits really like it,” the woman told officers who called on her in the village of Golzow near Belzig, according to Saturday’s Tagesspiegel.

A police officer had seen the healthy, metre-high plants from the road while on his way to work and told his colleagues, who visited the plot’s owner – the elderly woman.

She told them that she had not grown the plants herself, but that they had simply started growing there, and had proven to be excellent rabbit food. Not only did the rabbits love eating the plants, they grew back very quickly after she cut them down, she told the investigating officers.

Officers did not charge the woman, but did cut the plants down.

A Dog on the Witness Stand

An 11-year-old golden retriever named Rosie was the star of the courtroom last week when she accompanied a 15-year-old crime victim to the witness stand. Rosie is a member of Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD), and was present to comfort the witness and help her keep her composure as she pointed out the man who sexually abused her for years. Although the defense attorney objected to the dog's presence, the district attorney was all for it. Rosie's appearance in court was the first time a dog has participated in a trial in New York, but the same procedure has been used in New Mexico and Florida before. Rosie behaved well during her time on the stand.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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How the U-2 Aircraft Made Area 51 Synonymous With UFOs
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Area 51 may be the world’s most famous secret military base. Established on an abandoned airfield in the Nevada desert, the facility has fueled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists scanning the skies for UFOs for decades. But the truth about Area 51’s origins, while secretive, isn’t as thrilling as alien autopsies and flying saucers.

According to Business Insider, the U.S. government intended to build a base where they could test a top-secret military aircraft without drawing attention from civilians or spies. That aircraft, the U-2 plane, needed to fly higher than any other manmade object in the skies. That way it could perform recon missions over the USSR without getting shot down.

Even over the desert, the U-2 didn’t go completely undetected during test flights. Pilots who noticed the craft high above them reported it as an “unidentified flying object.” Not wanting to reveal the true nature of the project, Air Force officials gave flimsy explanations for the sightings pointing to either natural phenomena or weather research. UFO believers were right to think the government was covering something up, they were just wrong about the alien part.

You can get the full story in the video below.

[h/t Business Insider]

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