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Naked Shopping is a Hit

A new Priss supermarket opened in Süderlügum, North Frisia, Germany, on Saturday with a special promotion offering €270 worth of groceries to the first 100 shoppers who showed up in their birthday suits. The offer went over much better than expected, with around 250 naked people waiting as the store opened. Supermarket manager Nils Sterndorff was surprised, as he had expected maybe a dozen people to take advantage of the promotion. He was pleased with the gimmick's success. The shoppers were mostly Danish, who often cross the German border to shop because prices are generally lower.

When Camera Traps Go Bad

Camera traps are hidden in the forest to record wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior. The cameras are equipped with infrared lights and motion detectors. But some folks think they should be clearly labeled after one caught an unnamed Austrian politician having sex on film. However, the organization managing the traps say they are camouflaged specifically to preserve the animals' natural habitat and to not draw attention. On the one hand, the politician is guilty of trespassing, as the area was clearly posted as forbidden. But the tape will not be made public, as its release is against Austrian law and carries a $25,000 fine.

UK Airport Auctions Off Jewelry Instead of Returning It

Lost airline luggage is so common as to become a cliche, but this case is no joke. The Duchess of Argyll flew into Glasgow Airport in 2006, but her luggage containing $150,000 in jewelry did not make it. She notified the airport authority and the police. Two months later, the luggage was found, but instead of returning it to its rightful owner, the British Airports Authority auctioned off the contents! The Duchess only discovered what happened when she recognized one of her heirloom pieces in an auction catalog this year. The jewelry had been sold years earlier and the proceeds went to charity. But now the BAA had to reimburse the Duchess an equivalent sum from the sale. And most of the jewelry, as well as the documents related to the case, cannot be found.

Woman Beats Up Husband Over Onion Magazine

Lynne Rasbornik of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was looking through her husband's car when she found copies of the satire magazine The Onion and a local alternative newspaper called the Shepherd Express. Rasbornik was enraged, as she considers both publications to be pornography, and attacked her husband so violently that police were summoned. Officers at first thought Rasbornik was the victim, but noticed she kept picking and scratching at herself to make her minor wounds look more serious. Rasbornik was arrested for domestic abuse.

Train Engineer Adopts Owl from Track

Guo Zuchun drives a train in Chongqing, China. One day he saw three tiny owls on the track and managed to stop the train before hitting them. They were too small to fly, and are believed to be victims of a storm that destroyed their nest.

Two were given to a local wildlife centre to be raised, but Guo was allowed to keep one as a pet.

Now the young owl thinks his new life is a hoot, says Gou.

"I take him to work every day and he sits on the dashboard in front of me having a good look at what's going on around us," he said

"He seems to like riding the train more than he likes flying," laughed the driver.

You can see pictures of the baby owl riding the train with Guo at Austrian Times.

Three Teens and a Deputy Injured in Drunk-driving Simulation

Drinking and driving don't mix. You know what else doesn't mix? Teenage drivers and drunk-simulating goggles. A group of Explorer's Club members in Elkhart, Indiana, were taking turns driving around a parking lot Monday in a golf cart wearing the goggles, which distort the wearer's vision. A 14-year-old driver turned hard and tipped the cart over. The driver, two teenage passengers, and the instructor all sustained minor injuries. They were treated at a hospital and released. The golf cart sustained some damage, and was taken out of service.

Woman Finds $6500 Ring in Goodwill Jeans

Deb Thompson of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, picked up a pair of blue jean capris at her local Goodwill store. In the pocket, the clothing donor had left a diamond engagement ring! An appraisal set the value of the ring at around $6,500. Thompson reported the ring to Goodwill, and the staff posted the story on its Facebook page. Within a short time, seven different people had claimed the ring, but so far no one has a concrete claim. Thompson hopes to find the correct owner and hear the story behind the ring, but if not, she will be able to keep it.

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8 Bizarre Places People Have Gotten Stuck
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Some days it just doesn’t pay to venture outside, particularly when you wind up the subject of a police and fire department rescue because you’ve somehow trapped yourself inside an ATM machine. Check out eight other strange environments that have ensnared bystanders and prompted emergency responses.

1. A CLAW MACHINE

A giant see-through container full of plush toys is any child’s idea of paradise, and they will attempt any means possible to inhabit it. For three-year-old Jamie Bracken-Murphy of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland, that meant crawling through the small flap from which the toys can be retrieved and finding himself lodged in a claw machine. Murphy was on display for about 10 minutes before an off-duty fireman was able to coax him back out the way he came in. Jamie’s father, Damien, expressed little surprise at his son’s predicament, saying that, "He's a very mischievous, sharp kid who's always pushing boundaries."

2. A TRAFFIC CONE

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In 2013, a man in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England thought he’d have a bit of fun by sticking a traffic cone—otherwise known as a bollard—on his head. To his dismay, the large cone slid down over and past his shoulders, entombing him in plastic. John Waterman, a witness to the incident, captured it all on his cell phone. "It was very random," Waterman told The Telegraph. "It's not the usual thing you see in the middle of Hemel Hempstead on a Sunday lunchtime." The man stumbled around for more than two hours before anyone bothered to call police.

3. A CEMENT HOPPER

Aurora, Illinois was the site of a recent cement mix-up, when an unidentified man became trapped in a cement hopper. The worker had climbed into the machine to clean it, but found he was unable to move when residual cement on the machine's floor began hardening around his legs. It took firefighters more than two hours to extricate him from the hopper. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries, but released the same day, according to the local fire department.

4. A TOILET

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In 2016, a Norwegian man named Cato Berntsen Larsen found himself in deep trouble after he tried lowering himself into a public toilet to retrieve a friend’s cell phone. The toilet’s tank was located underneath the seat, allowing enough room for Larsen to become trapped. To his dismay, the tank—which is not connected to a sewage system and is only emptied sporadically—was full of human waste. Adding to the putrid nature of his enclave, Larsen vomited and was bitten by an unknown animal: His situation did not improve until authorities were able to come and pull him out. "It was damn disgusting," Larsen said, "the worst I have experienced. There were animals down there, too."

5. A GIANT STONE VAGINA

Tourists and residents of Tübingen, Germany are quite familiar with Chacán-Pi, a giant stone sculpture of a vagina created by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara. The towering display sits just outside Tübingen University’s Institute for Microbiology and Virology and has attracted curious onlookers since 2001. In 2014, an unnamed American student decided to go spelunking in the 32-ton carving for a photo opportunity and became trapped, necessitating rescue by 22 firefighters. The Guardian called them “midwives” and reported that the student was “delivered by hand.”

6. A WASHING MACHINE

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Sometimes, games of hide-and-seek can go very wrong. That was the case for a man near Melbourne, Australia in 2014, who climbed into his top-loading washing machine fully nude to surprise his partner. Unfortunately, he was unable to climb back out. Responders were able to grease him with a liberal application of olive oil and pull him out. First Constable Luke Ingram told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, as a rule, “My advice would be for people not to climb into appliances.” The warning went unheeded by another Australian man in 2015, who found himself lodged in a front-loading machine and had to wait while rescuers disassembled the entire unit in order to free him.

7. A BABY SWING

If you’re ever challenged by your adult friends to fit into a baby swing at a public park, you can confidently say that it won’t work. That’s because a man from Vallejo, California tried it in 2011. While he managed to slide into the seat using liquid laundry detergent, he couldn’t slide back out. As his legs began to swell, his friends abandoned him overnight. He wasn’t rescued until nine hours later, when a groundskeeper heard his screams for help at 6 o'clock the following morning. "The man sustained non-life threatening injuries to his body," the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "but there’s no word yet on the condition of his ego."

8. A CHIMNEY

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There are many Santa jokes to be made, but when you’re the man trapped in your own home’s chimney for four hours, there probably isn’t a huge urge to start laughing. In late 2016, a Tucson, Arizona homeowner who had locked his keys in his home opted to retrieve them by re-entering his abode via the chimney. While it was a spectacularly bad idea, he actually almost made it: His feet were touching the floor of his fireplace before the space grew too narrow to allow for any further passage and he got stuck. Firefighters were able to pull him out from the roof, covered in soot but otherwise unharmed.

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This Octopus Species in Northern Australia Can Hunt on Dry Land
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Most octopuses live in the ocean—but in northern Australia, a small, shallow-water species takes to land in search of food. Abdopus aculeatus is the only octopus that’s specially adapted to walk on dry ground. Using its long, sucker-lined arms, the slimy sea creature pulls itself along the shoreline as it searches tide pools for crabs.

Witness Abdopus aculeatus in action by watching BBC Earth’s video below.

[h/t BBC Earth]

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