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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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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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