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Bank Robber Shoots Himself in the Foot

Three armed men entered a bank in Parana, Brazil, and took 30,000 Brazilian reals ($16,000). Security cameras recorded three of the robbers, but police believe six were involved. The surveillance video clearly shows one of the men accidentally shooting himself in the foot. He limped away with the others, but was arrested at a hospital the next day.

Cat in Cockpit Delays Flight

Air Canada Flight 603 to Toronto was scheduled to leave Halifax International Airport on Wednesday morning, but a cockpit intruder caused a delay. A cat traveling with a passenger escaped from its cage while the plane was loading. The cat, named Ripples, hid in the cockpit and became stuck in the avionics systems. A maintenance crew was called out to disassemble part of the flight deck to extract the cat. Ripples was returned to the cage, and the flight took off four hours and twenty minutes late.

Nail Removed from Man's Head

Dante Autullo of Chicago has somewhat of a reputation for being accident-prone, but this time he hit the nail on the head. Or rather, he nailed his own head. The accident was Tuesday night, but Autullo thought he had just grazed his skull.

He popped a few Advil and kept working. Later that night, he drove a plow truck for eight hours and took his children to a play rehearsal.

Autullo woke up after a nap Wednesday feeling nauseous with a nasty headache. He went to an immediate care center and eventually to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

When he saw the bright white silhouette of the nail on his X-ray, Autullo couldn't believe it.

"I thought it was fake. I said, 'Did you get that out of the doctor joke file?'"

Autullo underwent surgery to remove the nail and a bone fragment, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Chicken Nugget Diet Not Adequate

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Irvine of Birmingham, England, was admitted to a hospital after she collapsed and had trouble breathing. It came to light that she had eaten hardly anything at all besides chicken nuggets since she was two years old. She was diagnosed with anemia and swollen veins. Irvine was treated with vitamins and supplements. Still, she says she can't resist a diet of chicken nuggets, from McDonalds or KFC, although she admits "I am starting to realise this is really bad for me." That understatement is not news to Irvine's mother, who has been warning her for years that her diet would send her to a hospital. But Irvine had eaten other things -fries, chips, and an occasional piece of toast to go with her nuggets.

Money Laundering

After the fire department came and found someone had pulled a false alarm, Louisville Metro Police responded to a call about a man acting very strange. They arrived to find Jose Veras of Radcliff, Kentucky, in an apartment building laundry room, stuffing money into a washing machine. Police found around a thousand dollars in small bills scattered around. Veras does not live at the apartment complex. Police also determined that he was the one who pulled the fire alarm. Veras was arrested for trespassing. He apparently has a mistaken notion of what money laundering really entails.

Sports Recruitment Video Too Violent, Popular

A recruitment video for Benedictine University athletics was pulled by the school after it went viral. School officials say the video wasn't approved through the proper channels. The video was posted on Deadspin and mentioned at other sites. It shows athletes launching various balls through the moon, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and even through the Earth's core. John Sink, of the company that produced the video, said it would be re-edited.

"The volleyball that went through the planet, which of course that happens all the time, it hits a pagoda," he said. "That was seen as kind of violent."

University officials understand some people "enjoyed" the video, and apologized to anyone who was offended.

Turkey Breaks Into Library

Police in Deadwood, South Dakota, investigated a break-in at the local public library. A broken window was first blamed on a possible rock thrown by a snow blower, but a look around inside revealed an intruder. A good-sized turkey had gotten into the library and was trying to find his way out. Police chased the turkey for about 20 minutes, and captured it by throwing a blanket over it. Once outside, the bird fled on foot. The perpetrator is still at large.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.

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