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Inmates Attempt Escape Disguised as Garbage

Sidney da Cruz and Carlos Pereira, two detainees at the Delegacia de Furtos jail in Curitiba, Brazil, had a great idea. They stuffed themselves into two garbage bags, along with some garbage, and hoped to be taken out and dumped with the rest of the facility's trash. However, prison guard Cleverson Mineiro walked by the garbage bags, lined up in a hallway, and saw a couple of them shaking. The plot was foiled. The local police chief said the plan was doomed to fail, as the thin bags would never be able to remain untorn under the weight of a grown man. Police and guards took photographs of Cruz and Pereira while still in their disguises.

The Fish That Fell from a Tree

A woman in Vancouver found a fish in her backyard. It had fallen out of a tree. Really. Cindy Wilkinson tells of a voice message she got from her friend Jan Bailey on Monday.

"She said, 'The strangest thing just happened. A fish just fell out of our cedar tree on to the ground.'" Bailey, who lives near Third Street and St. David's Avenue, had seen the fish make a dive worthy of an Olympian in her backyard. Her husband went out to investigate, and found the piscine drop-in covered in cedar needles but - incredibly - still alive.

It was an unusual looking fish, reddy orange and about 25 centimetres long. Bailey hauled out an old aquarium, filled it with water and put the fish inside. Then she called Wilkinson, who promptly called Lynda Taylor, another friend who knows her fish and has a big koi pond.

"I said, 'There's a fish that just fell out of a tree,'" said Bailey.

The women did their research and determined that the fish, now named "Lucky," is a Midas cichlid, and was most likely carried off by a heron or other large bird, then dropped alive into the tree. They would like to reunite the fish with its original owner.

Missing Lego Piece Found in Boy's Nose

Six-year-old Isaak Lasson of Salt Lake City, Utah, had been suffering from sinus problems for three years. Doctors had examined him and prescribed antibiotics to no avail. Last week, a new doctor thought he saw something stuck in the boy's nasal cavity. A specialist was enlisted to remove the object, which was covered in fungus. It was a small Lego piece - that had been stuck there for three years! Isaak remembered putting spaghetti up his nose when he was younger, but had no idea he'd been carrying around a Lego piece in his schnozz all that time.

Cow Rescued from Fifth Floor

In the Siberian village of Lesogorsk, Russia, a rescue crew was called to extract a cow from the fifth floor of an apartment building. The cow had apparently run up the stairs to escape an amorous bull that had chased her out of the pasture. The bull was lingering at the bottom floor of the building. Emergency workers told a Russian news agency that the cow had to be pulled downstairs and outside with a rope, as she had no desire to leave the safety of the building.

Don't Dial 911 During Your Own Crime

Justin Kryzanowski of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was arrested on drug charges after police received a 911 call from his phone. The 24-year-old had accidentally dialed 911 while in the middle of a drug deal. Dispatchers heard the entire conversation as Kryzanowski went about his business. The proceedings were also recorded, as all 911 calls are.

Bears Consume 100 Cans of Beer

A mother bear and three cubs are the suspected culprits in the vandalism of a cabin near Jarfjord, Norway. The owners arrived to find a wall of the cabin had been knocked down, the furniture wrecked, and every scrap of food in the cabin consumed. Including 100 cans of beer. Authorities are concerned that the bears may return to the area, looking for more goodies.

Arizona Penguins to be Left Homeless

The historic Eastman Gin in Phoenix, Arizona, is going to be dismantled. The town council has allocated $70,000 for the demolition of the 84-year-old gin.

Town officials say the cotton gin, which operated until 2005, is structurally unsound and filled with roosting penguins. They're concerned that the town will be liable if someone is hurt inside.

It's possible that the quote was supposed to say "pigeons," but one week and quite a few comments later, the story has not been altered.

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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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