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Mountain Lion Attacks Dog, Man Responds with Frying Pan

Brandon Arnold of Chino Valley, Arizona, was camping with a group of friends in Tonto National Forest when a mountain lion attacked his dog. Arnold tried to pull the animals apart before he realized the attacker wasn't another dog. The campers grabbed whatever was nearby, which for Arnold was a hot cast-iron skillet. He bopped the cat in the head twice, killing it. Another camper shot the mountain lion, just to make sure. Officials from the Arizona Game and Fish Department took the big cat for testing and found it had rabies. None of the campers were scratched or bitten except for the dog, Apollo, and he'd been vaccinated for rabies already.

Kentucky Man Arrested for Leaving Son in Car

A man was arrested in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, on misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. He had gone into a bar to drink and left his son behind in the car.

According to an arrest report, 59-year-old James L. Osborne was seen walking into The Electric Cowboy, a bar on Dixie Highway, near Oak Park Drive, early Saturday morning, shortly before 2:30 a.m.

Witnesses say he left a young boy inside his vehicle.

When police arrived, they approached the boy and asked him his age. It was determined that the boy was 17.

It's likely that the son was his designated driver.

Internet Cafe Robbers Caught via Facebook

In this particular case, the criminals weren't caught by bragging about their exploits on Facebook, but one of them logged onto the social network at the shop they then robbed! The two initially unidentified thieves went to an internet cafe in Calima, Colombia, and took an undisclosed amount of money at gunpoint. They fled on a motorcycle, but it became clear that one of them had logged onto his Facebook page before the robbery -and did not log out. The police took information off his profile and drove to his home address, where he was arrested.

Rushin' Russian Rescued from Trash Chute

An unnamed man desperate to get away from his girlfriend squeezed himself into a garbage chute on the eighth floor of an apartment building in Tyumen, Siberia. He slid down three floors and then became firmly wedged in the chute. Emergency services found him stuck on the fifth floor and extracted him. There are no details on why he was fleeing from his girlfriend.

Rocks in Pocket Set Woman on Fire

An unidentified woman in San Clemente, California, collected rocks from a beach last Saturday. The rocks in her pocket spontaneously ignited, which burned her thigh and knee. Her husband also suffered burns on his hand from trying to extinguish the flame. Authorities don't yet know why the rocks ignited, but think phosphorus may be involved. The rocks were sent off for testing.

Zookeepers Drank Elephants' Alcohol

The elephant keepers at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, ordered a supply of alcohol each of the past twenty years -for the elephants. They said the alcohol was necessary to calm the elephants down during mating season. The orders were filled each year, and listed under the elephants' food expense budget. But the elephants never drank the liquor.

The bills amounted Rs80,000 at maximum and minimum at Rs40,000.

Locally manufactured liquor would be supplied to the zoo and the cost would be added to the food expense.

Veterinary doctors while speaking to Express News said that alcohol cannot be consumed by elephants.

Once that fact came to light, an investigation was opened. Two of the zookeepers have been suspended.

Horse Rescued a Mile from Shore

A valuable show horse named "Air of Temptation" found the lure of the ocean too tempting. The horse, called William, was at Summerland Beach in California for a photo shoot when he suddenly galloped into the water. As those at the scene tried to lure him back, the horse wandered out as far as a mile into the sea. Mindy Peters, William's owner, was called to the scene and told that the horse was out of sight from land. The horse was finally spotted by oil rig workers, who alerted rescue crews. By the time two paddle boarders and a harbor patrol boat saved William, he had been treading water for three hours.

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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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