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Five Stabbed at Get-out-of-jail Party

A welcome home party for an unnamed teenager released from juvenile detention in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, turned ugly Saturday night. Police responded to reports of gunshots and found a street brawl had erupted. Officers took two people with stab wounds to the hospital, and later found that three others had suffered stab wounds and went to the hospital on their own. In all, four adults and one 17-year-old were wounded. The guest of honor was not among them. No charges have been filed so far, the the investigation is continuing.

Brother-in-law Agrees to Serve Life Sentence

Raj Kumar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. But 18 months later, Kumar's partner-in-crime notified prison authorities that Kumar was not serving his sentence. Instead, Kumar's brother-in-law Kiran Singh was doing the time in his place! Singh had reported to prison wearing Kumar's name tattooed on his arm to prove identity to prison officials. Singh said that Kumar had convinced him to serve the sentence so Kumar could take care of his five unmarried sisters. Singh's family was unaware of the ruse and thought he had gone missing. After the scheme was uncovered, Kumar was taken into custody and Singh is now charged with fraud.

Alchemy Experiment Leads to Arrest

Paul Moran of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, has been sentenced to three months in jail for a bizarre incident in July. A fire brigade responded to a blaze at Moran's apartment building that caused £3,000 worth of damage. The fire began when Moran tried to turn his own feces into gold by putting it on an electric heater. The judge in the case said,

“It was an interesting experiment to fulfil the alchemist’s dream, but wasn’t going to succeed.”

The court noted that Moran is now on anti-psychotic drugs and is not considered to be dangerous.

Sesame Street YouTube Channel Hacked with Porn

Hackers took control of the Sesame Street YouTube channel for a time last weekend. For about 20 minutes, graphic pornography replaced the kid-friendly videos. YouTube took the entire channel down when the incident was discovered, and officials from Sesame Street issued an apology to any children who were accidentally exposed to the raunchy videos. The channel remained down for a day until the original content could be restored.

100-pound Scrotum

Wesley Warren Jr. began suffering from a swelled scrotum three years ago. Now it has ballooned to over 100 pounds, leaving him unable to work and restricting his movements. Doctors are at a loss to explain why it happened, and the local hospital in Las Vegas is pessimistic about surgery. Physicians at UCLA think they can reduce his growth while saving his genitals, but Warren's state medical insurance will not pay for surgery in California. That's why Warren recently decided to go public, hoping that donations from the public, or from a wealthy sponsor, can pay for the surgery.

$201,000 Cell Phone Bill

Celina Aarons of Miami, Florida, received a bill from T-Mobile for her monthly phone service and got a shock: it was $201,000! Her phone service usually runs at $175 a month. It wasn't a mistake or a computer glitch; all the charges were legitimate. Aarons has two deaf brothers included in her family phone service plan. They use text messaging and data that is included as part of the monthly deal.

But her brothers spent two weeks in Canada and Aarons never changed to an international plan. Her brothers sent over 2,000 texts and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges.

When Aarons read the bill -- all 43 pages of it -- she realized she owed $201,005.44.

After the initial shock, Aaarons spoke with T-Mobile, and they agreed to lower her bill to $2,500 and gave her six months to pay.

First Image of a Planet Being Born

Astronomers have revealed an image thought to be the first ever picture of a planet in the process of forming. The planet is now called LkCa 15b. The image was taken by the huge Keck telescope in Hawaii in infrared wavelengths so as to block out the interference from the planet's nearby star. The star itself is only 2 million years old, practically a newborn in astronomical terms. The new planet and its star are about 450 light years away from us.

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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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