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Naked Ride Through a Car Wash

Three men in Abbotsford, British Columbia, decided to get themselves clean by taking a ride through a car wash. Naked. In a shopping cart. The highly intoxicated 20-year-olds had apparently selected a high-pressure wash at the automated car wash. Neighbors called police when they heard the screaming. Abbotsford police responded, and arrived to find the men putting their clothes back on. Police gave them a warning and sent them home.

Snake on a Plane

Braden Blennerhassett took off in a twin-engine plane from Darwin, Australia, on Tuesday. Not long afterward, the pilot saw a snake slither out from under the plane's dashboard. Blennerhassett calmly notified air traffic control, and turned the cargo plane around to return to the airport. A snake wrangler was called in to find the snake, which had returned to hiding. No snake was found, and airline authorities believed it escaped from the plane during the search. The species was not determined.

Only Good Driver on the Planet Crashes

Before you put a sticker on your car, consider the worst thing that could possibly happen -an auto accident. And then consider that if you make the news, people will read your bumper sticker. It happened in Manhattan. A Nissan crashed through a guard rail on the FDR drive and landed upside-down. The accident made the news because of the bumper sticker on the car, which read, “Why am I the only one on the planet who knows how to drive?” The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Romanian ATMs Baffle Customers

One street in the city of Timisoara, Romania, has two automated teller machines that are all but unusable. One is in a wall six feet off the ground, requiring customers to bring their own step stools in order to use it. Steps were planned, but that requires a permit that never materialized. The other, just across the street, is so low that customers must kneel on the sidewalk to use it. The oddities are blamed on bureaucracy and architecture, but it boils down to bad planning on the part of the banks.

Thief Hides in Pile of Manure

A suspected fuel thief was being chased by police in Wiltshire, England. As he drove his van through the countryside in the dark, the unnamed Lithuanian suspect saw a helicopter and figured it had heat-detecting equipment. Thinking fast, he left his vehicle and ran to the warmest place he could find, a barnyard manure pile. But the helicopter spotted his excess body heat anyway.

Police officers on the ground were directed by the chopper’s police observer to the steaming pile of manure where they apprehended the feckless felon and arrested him.

One police insider said: "He gave up quietly when he realised he was in the s**t in more ways than one."

Easter Egg Tree has a Bumper Crop

Volker Kraft of Saalfeld, Germany has an Easter egg tree with 10,000 colored eggs hanging from it! He and his wife Christa, with the help of their children, use real eggshells with the insides blown out, dyed and decorated and hung with care. The tradition started out in 1965 with only 18 plastic eggs, but as the tree grew, so did the decorating job. Kraft says that 10,000 eggs is the most it will ever have -it won't grow any larger, because the couple has reached the limit of storage space. The tree has become a tourist attraction over the years.

Hen Hatches Ducklings

Hilda is a hen who lives at Farmer Palmer's children's activity farm near Poole, Dorset, England. She apparently sat on the wrong nest of eggs and stayed there, keeping them warm, until they hatched. Surprise! The eggs were full of ducklings! Farmer Philip Palmer was unaware until then that the eggs had been laid by a duck. Hilda took her strange-looking chicks as a matter of fact, and mothers them like, well, a mother hen. The ducklings stay close to her and hide under her wings. However, they may someday think it strange that their mother doesn't want to swim with them.

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Bizarre New Species of Crabs and a Giant Sea Cockroach Discovered in Waters Off Indonesia
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
One known species of isopod, or "giant sea cockroach"
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A crab with green googly eyes, another with "ears" resembling peanuts, and a species of giant sea cockroach are among the dozen new kinds of crustaceans discovered by scientists in the waters off Indonesia, Channel News Asia reports.

These finds are the result of a two-week expedition by Indonesian and Singaporean scientists with the South Java Deep Sea Biodiversity Expedition (SJADES 2018), which involved exploring deep waters in the Sunda Strait (the waterway separating the islands of Sumatra and Java in Southeast Asia) and the Indian Ocean. Using trawls, dredges, and other tools, researchers brought a huge variety of deep-sea life to the surface—some species for the very first time.

"The world down there is an alien world," Peter Ng, chief scientist of the expedition, told Channel News Asia. "You have waters that go down more than 2000 to 3000 meters [9800 feet], and we do not know … the animal life that's at the bottom."

The giant sea cockroach—technically a giant isopod, also nicknamed a Darth Vader isopod—is a new species in the genus Bathynomus, measuring almost a foot long and found more than 4000 feet deep. The isopods are occasionally seen on the ocean floor, where they scuttle around scavenging for dead fish and other animals. This marked the first time the genus has ever been recorded in Indonesia.

Another find is a spider crab nicknamed Big Ears, though it doesn't actually have ears—its peanut-shaped plates are used to protect the crab's eyes.

More than 800 species were collected during the expedition, accounting for 12,000 individual animals. Researchers say it will take up to two years to study all of them. In addition to the 12 species that are completely new to science, 40 were seen for the first time in Indonesia. Creatures that the scientists dubbed a chain-saw lobster, an ice cream cone worm, and a cock-eyed squid were among some of the rarer finds.

A "Chain-Saw Lobster"
Nicknamed the "Chain-Saw Lobster," this creature is a rare blind lobster, found only in the deep seas.

Researchers took to the giant sea cockroach quickly, with some of the crew members reportedly calling it “cute” and cradling it like a baby. Check out Channel News Asia Insider's video below for more insight into their creepy finds.

[h/t Channel News Asia]

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The Mysterious Case of the Severed Feet in British Columbia
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While walking on the beach, many people look out for a number of things: Shells, buried treasure, crabs, and dolphins among them. But if you’re on a beach in British Columbia, you might want to keep an eye out for something a little more sinister—about 15 severed feet have washed up on the shores there in the past few years. The latest was found on May 6, wedged in a mass of logs on Gabriola Island, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The feet have been surprising unlucky British Columbians for over a decade. The first appeared back in 2007 on Jedediah Island; it was eventually matched to a deceased man whose family declined to provide additional information. Bizarre, but not particularly alarming—until another one showed up on Gabriola Island less than a month later. More feet followed, and though some were matched to missing persons, most remained anonymous (feet, unfortunately, don’t contain much identifying information). Instead, police focused on the fact that each foot was encased in a running shoe—though sizes, genders, and brands differed.

This seems like a real-life episode of The X-Files, but it turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for the severed feet: They’re not really “severed,” which would indicate cutting or slicing, at all. According to scientists who tested the theory, the feet likely belong to suicide, drowning, or plane crash victims. It’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joint, making it natural for the foot to come apart from the leg. But if that’s the case, wouldn’t hands be similarly susceptible to washing up on beaches? Nope, that’s where the shoes come in.

While the rest of the body naturally decomposes in water, feet are surprisingly well protected inside the rubber and fabric of a shoe. The soles can be pretty buoyant, and sometimes air pockets get trapped inside the shoe, making it float to the surface. Most of the “severed” feet have been clad in jogging shoes such as Nikes and Pumas, but at least one case involves a hiking boot. In that instance, the boot (and foot) was matched to a man who went missing while fishing more than 25 years ago. The most recent case also involves a hiking boot.

That leaves the question: Why British Columbia? According to Richard Thompson, an oceanographer with the federal Institute of Ocean Sciences, it’s connected to ocean current. “There’s a lot of recirculation in the region; we’re working here with a semi-enclosed basin. Fraser River, False Creek, Burrard Inlet—all those regions around there are somewhat semi-enclosed. The tidal currents and the winds can keep things that are floating recirculating in the system." Several feet have also been found further south, in Washington state, which shares a network of coastal waterways with British Columbia.

Others aren’t so quick to accept this scientific analysis, however. Criminal lawyer and crime author Michael Slade still wonders if a serial killer is afoot. "We also have to consider that this could be a serial killer," he said. "Somebody who right now is underneath the radar. That has to be on the table."

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