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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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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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