<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Weird News, Strange News, and Odd News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usTue, 27 Jun 2017 08:15:26 -0400Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:15:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[20-Pound Live Lobster Found in Luggage at Boston Airport ]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:46:38 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TSALOBSTER+626.jpg

A Transportation Security Administration screener at Boston's Logan Airport made a huge catch at checked baggage on Sunday.

TSA spokesperson Michael McCarthy tweeted a photo of a screener posing with a lobster weighing more than 20 pounds.

According to a later tweet, the lobster was traveling in a cooler in checked baggage. It was "allowed to continue," McCarthy said.


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<![CDATA[Diner Finds Dead Frog in Salad at LA Restaurant]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/frogsalad2.jpg

Officials with the BJ's Restaurants chain said they're investigating how a dead frog wound up in a diner's salad at one of the company's locations in West Covina, Los Angeles County.

Shawna Cepeda posted a picture of her salad with a frog that appeared to be the size of two croutons in a Yelp review on June 14. Cepeda couldn't be reached Saturday, but in her Yelp post, she said she ate at the restaurant the previous night and ordered a side salad.

"I was about four bites into it and I noticed it tasted a little different," she wrote. "I thought maybe the ranch dressing was a little bitter, and after mixing the salad around some more I found a dead baby frog."

The manager offered to comp her meal, which she declined.

She said corporate apologized and sent her a $50 gift card.

Krysteen Romero, the general manager at the restaurant, posted a comment on Cepeda's Yelp page more than a week later apologizing and offering to speak to her directly.

In a statement issued to NBC4, BJ's Chief Financial Officer Greg Levin said the company takes this seriously and they "have launched an internal investigation including discussions with our suppliers and distributors to ensure that nothing like this happens in the future."



Photo Credit: Shawna Cepeda]]>
<![CDATA[National Llama Competition]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:16:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NATIONAL+LLAMA+COMP+THUMB.jpg

Hundreds of llamas and alpacas will gather in Waterloo, Iowa, this weekend to take part in The Gathering of Friends and Champions, a national llama competition. The llamas will be judged on their fleece, agility and halter or gait. Llamas can grow up to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 440 pounds.

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<![CDATA[Man Visits Disneyland 2,000 Times In a Row]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:39:03 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+DISNEY+VISIT+THUMB.jpg

A Huntington Beach man has set a record for most consecutive visits to Disneyland. Jeff Reitz, 44, has visited the park 2,000 times in a row. Reitz started visiting the park every day when he was unemployed and wanted to keep his spirits up. Employed at the VA now, Reitz continues to visit every day after work because it helps him to decompress after a long day. His favorite ride is the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which he first rode with his mom when he was 2 years old. 

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<![CDATA[Deer Caught Duking It Out on Camera]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:30:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DeerBoxing.gif

Bring it on! Two deer were caught in an impromptu boxing match, caught on cam by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer.  (Video Credit: TWRA)

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<![CDATA[Barflies Order Drinks During Armed Robbery]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:44:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BarRobbery0620_MP4_1280x720_971876419659.jpg

Barflies appeared not to notice as armed robbers were sticking up a Florida bar with a shotgun Sunday, with some patrons even trying to order more drinks as the robbery was in progress.

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<![CDATA[Snake Crawls Out From Under Hood of Moving Truck]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 10:46:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/snakehood.jpg

A snake gave a couple of people inside a moving truck quite a scare when it appeared on the hood.

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<![CDATA[Furry Surprise Behind the Bumper: Kitten Found in Tesla]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:13:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/teslakitty.jpg

A Florida man heard meowing coming from inside his Tesla. He took the vehicle to his service center where a kitten was pulled from the rear bumper.

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<![CDATA[Intrepid Rat Drags Whole Garbage Bag Across NYC Sidewalk]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/garbage+rat.JPG

Never doubt a New York City rat's strength and resolve.

The city's rodents are already known to persist in their quest for local food favorites (see: pizza rat, roll rat).

But one astonishing rat in Brooklyn was captured on video dragging by its teeth an entire filled trash bag just to get to a personal pizza crust inside. 

Leigh Conner filmed the rat on her block in Crown Heights, near Kingston Avenue and Dean Street, DNAInfo reports

She told the news website she was getting on her bike when she spotted the trash bag moving away from the curb. That's when she saw the rat crawling out of the trash bag and start to drag it. 

It was apparently trying to get at a round pizza pie crust inside.

The rat could be seen tugging and gnawing through the plastic trash bag, then finally getting the pizza crust out of the bag. It scurries away with the dough -- but inexplicably abandons it a short distance away.

Could be this city rat is also pretty fickle. 



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<![CDATA[Bear Surprises Florida Man]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bearstare.jpg

A Florida man had a huge surprise waiting for him in his garage when he arrived home. His surveillance camera captured a black bear running out of the garage.

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<![CDATA[Airbnb Jail Puts Guests Behind Bars]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:43:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_Airbnb_Jail_061317-149739931935900001.jpg

A jail in Canada that's been closed for decades is getting a second life thanks to a creative entrepreneur. The owner will begin listing individual cells on Airbnb at the end of June.

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<![CDATA['French Spider-Man' Climbs Hotel in Barcelona]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:11:15 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SPIDER_MAN_CLIMBS_BARCELONA_061217_1-149729923873900001.jpg

French climber Alain Robert, also known as "French Spider-Man," climbed the Melia Barcelona Sky Hotel on June 12. The hotel is the city's fourth-tallest building.

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<![CDATA[Why Did 'Lord Buckethead' Run Against the British PM?]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 18:23:17 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/armus-lord-buckethead-dab.jpg

British prime minister Theresa May had some unusual competition for her seat in Parliament this year—and social media took notice.

Twitter was ablaze Friday with photos of May standing beside an Elmo impersonator, the “Howling Laud,” and a figure named “Lord Buckethead,” who one user described as Darth Vader wearing a trash can.

In another race, Mr. Fish Finger—yes, that’s a man wearing a fish stick costume—campaigned against Liberal Democrat leader Tim Ferron.

So what’s with these unusual candidates?

According to Charlie Beckett, a professor of media studies at the London School of Economics, extravagantly costumed joke candidates like Buckethead make up a “great British tradition” that adds comedy to general elections.

“These are kind of the court jesters, the people who remind the powerful that there’s a comic side of life,” Beckett, who studies social media and British politics, said. “It’s just a little bit of color in a carnivalesque way that Brits have always had in them.”

As far back as the 1960s, these characters have taken advantage of the British practice known as the “declaration of results,” in which all the candidates for each seat stand on stage together as a winner is announced.

“Especially with the famous politicians, like Boris Johnson or the prime minister, they will traditionally attract the most novelty candidates because they get the most coverage,” Beckett said.

Indeed, the Monster Raving Loony Party—which was founded just as politics was becoming a televised spectacle—has entered at least five candidates in races to elect members of parliament since 1983. Lord Buckethead, meanwhile, previously ran against two former prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Although a fee of 500 pounds, or about $635, is intended to filter these joke candidates out, British parliamentary elections are otherwise open. To enter an election, a candidate can live anywhere and must gain the signatures of only 10 people in the district.

And often, the campaign promises are just as bizarre as their costumes.

Lord Buckethead wants to provide free bikes for everyone and nationalize the singer Adele, according to the BBC. Mr. Fish Finger, who decided to run after a Twitter poll found more people would trust a fish stick than his opponent, wrote a “manifishto” that includes promises to improve the education system by providing free fish rods for everyone.

“It’s part of the way that the core of politics in the UK doesn’t have the same decorum that American politics used to have,” Beckett said. “Here, it’s always been a bit more rough and tumble.”

But some candidates, like the Elmo impersonator, Bobby Smith, have other demands.

Bobby Smith, who won three votes while dressed up as Elmo, said that he ran as a way to raise attention to his custody battle. And another candidate, Yemi Hailemariam, wore a T-shirt featuring the name of her husband, Andy Tsege, an Ethiopian-born political dissident who was abducted and detained there in 2014.

“The funny, eccentric candidates must never be campaigning. They may be campaigning generally that life is too dull,” Beckett said, “but generally, if they get too serious, they get ignored.”



Photo Credit: Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Deer Crashes Into Paint Store]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:03:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/deerpaint.jpg

A young deer ran into a Pennsylvania paint store on June 1. The young buck ran around the store before finding its way out.

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<![CDATA[Tractors Race Through Mud, Puddles and Fire in Russia]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:54:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tractorrace.jpg

Twenty-eight drivers competed for five hours on a nine-mile course in a tractor race in Russia.

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<![CDATA[Dog Gets Stuck in a Hole in a Tree]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:54:08 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DOG_TREE_STUCK_060217-149642984706800001.jpg

A dachshund in Salem, Kentucky, crawled into a groundhog hole at the base of a tree and got stuck. Two off-duty state troopers and local firefighters rescued the dog and made sure it doesn't happen again

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<![CDATA[Researchers Discover 'Faceless Fish']]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:15:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FACELESS_FISH_060217_1-149642982927900001.jpg

Researchers in Australia caught a rare fish 13,000 feet below the surface of the water off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. 

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<![CDATA[Is This South Texas 'Monster Frog' Real?]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:11:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/monster-frog-south-texas-hunting-association.jpg

A monster frog making the rounds on social media may not be as gross as it seems.

Photos posted on the South Texas Hunting Association's Facebook show Markcuz Rangel holding what's claimed to be a frog weighing 13 pounds.

The post read, "Wanted to share a monster bull frog we got yesterday afternoon at one of our fishing ponds in South Texas ranch located in Batesville tx 13lb monster frog!!!"

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"Everybody from Time Magazine in New York to stations in San Francisco have been jumping (pun intended) on this big frog story," Steve Lightfoot, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman, told NBC DFW.

Lightfoot said the frog pictured is indeed a big bullfrog, though bullfrogs rarely exceed one pound in weight.

Instead, what we have here is an optical illusion. Think of images of people holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

"Since there is nothing to gain reference with, such as a hand around the frog, there's no way to say for certain how big it is," he said.

Lightfoot said the hunter is welcome to bring it in to be weighed or inspected by a Texas Parks biologist.



Photo Credit: South Texas Hunting Assoc.
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<![CDATA['Covfefe': Trump Lights Up Internet With Late-Night Tweet]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 15:04:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-31-at-5.20.48-AM.jpg

"Covfefe." It was the word that rocked the Twitter world just after midnight on the East Coast. 

President Donald Trump wrote the word in a late-night message from his personal account that mystified much of the rest of Twitter: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe."

It wasn't clear what he meant, though some suspected the word was supposed to read "coverage." But many others had fun with the tweet, as the hashtag #covfefe quickly began to trend.

In an audio-only White House briefing on Wednesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: "The president and a small group of people know what he meant."


Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel got in on the debate. "What makes me saddest is that I know I'll never write anything funnier than #covfefe," Kimmel tweeted.


Many people turned the word into a meme and some users started their own "Covfefe" Twitter accounts.

Even Merriam-Webster sounded off, though its tweet didn't specifically mention "covfefe" or Trump.


The ambiguous tweet stayed online for more than five hours, gaining thousands more retweets than Trump's other recent messages before being removed shortly after 5:30 a.m. 

Trump then sent another message to address what many people thought was a typo.

"Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!" the president wrote.

The White House has not responded to a request for comment. The tweet came the day White House communications director Michael Dubke announced he was resigning from his position.




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<![CDATA[Yard Goats' Unusual Strikeout Becomes Viral Sensation]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 17:11:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Third-Base-Line-at-Dunkin%27-Donuts-Stadium.jpg

It's the odd strikeout that has gone viral.

Connecticut's Double-A minor league baseball team, the Yard Goats, played the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday. In the top of the eighth inning, with the count at 1-2, Rumble Ponies pitcher Cory Burns lost his footing and threw the ball into the grass near the first base line.

Goats batter Josh Fuentes jokingly took a swing. But the ball was still live. The umpire called it a strike.

That was Fuentes' third strike and led to the end of the inning. And the Yard Goats ended up losing the game 5-4.

The play went viral and lead to a flurry of social media posts. Should the umpire have called a strike? Should Fuentes have known better?

Fuentes took to Twitter and had a good sense of humor about the strikeout.

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The Yard Goats chimed in on the fun on social media.

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Not everyone agreed that the umpire should have called a strike on what was an obvious joke swing. But technically, the ball was still live and play was still underway.    

Baseball fans around the country couldn't resist the opportunity to weigh in.

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Through Sunday, Fuentes was batting .255 with 38 hits, 13 runs, three home runs, 22 RBI, and leading the team with four triples.



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<![CDATA[German Biker Loses Bag of Cash, Raining Bills Over Autobahn]]> Tue, 30 May 2017 11:41:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Trafico-Generico.jpg

German police say a businessman on a motorcycle lost a plastic bag stuffed with his day's earnings while driving along a southern highway, sending a shower of cash across the Bavarian Autobahn.

Ingolstadt police said Sunday the 36-year-old had been carrying about 9,000 euros ($10,000) in small bills Saturday night when he lost the bag on the A9 highway.

The man, whose name wasn't released, stopped his motorcycle and tried to collect the cash himself, and witnesses called police.

Authorities temporarily shut down the stretch of the highway and helped the man collect his cash, but an estimated 1,500 euros were taken away by the wind before it could be recovered, the dpa news agency reported.

Police say he was able to produce a slip showing the cash was his.



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<![CDATA[Two Japanese Melons Sell For About $13,500]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_MELONS_MONEY_052617-149581826045600001.jpg

A pair of Japanese Yubari cantaloupe melons were sold for about $13,500 at the first auction of the harvest season in Sapporo. The Yubari melons are known for their perfect proportions and are often given as gifts. They are only grown in Yubari, a small town on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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<![CDATA[Airborne Jeep Slams Into Occupied Home]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 06:20:33 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CarHouse0525_MP4-149574723881800001.jpg

A Jeep flew into the side of a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, duplex Thursday morning, to the disbelief of a tenant who was sleeping inside. 

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<![CDATA[New 'Soundwave' Tattoos Can Talk, Play Music]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+SOUNDWAVE+TATTOOS+THUMB.jpg

What if tattoos could talk? That's what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating a waveform of the audio. They can print out these waveforms and have them turned into tattoos. They can point their mobile phone or tablet device at the tattoo and use the app to play back the sound.

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<![CDATA[Sheriff: DUI Suspect Hit 'Don't Drink and Drive' Patrol Cruiser ]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:28:39 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/205*120/DUI+Suspect+Paul+Wilkins.jpg

A 63-year-old Florida man was arrested for driving under the influence after he allegedly damaged a newly unveiled "Don't Drink and Drive" patrol car in a crash.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office says Paul Wilkins drove into a traffic control point near U.S. 19 and Citrus Avenue around 10 p.m. Saturday. Police said Wilkins drove through cones, hit a detective’s car, and pushed it about 30 feet into the department’s brand new "Don't Drink and Drive" police cruiser. Both cars were parked, with red and blue lights flashing.

Wilkins told police he did not see the cars or the emergency lights flashing. No one was injured.

He was arrested on a charge of DUI.

Wilkins was taken to Citrus County jail in the new drunk-driving awareness cruiser emblazoned with the slogan "a cop or a cab, you decide."

It was not immediately clear if Wilkins had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[‘T-Rex’ Spooks Horses on City Street]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 19:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HORSE_SCARED_051917_3-149521821406400001.jpg

A person in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume allegedly growled at a pair of horses pulling a carriage in Charleston, South Carolina. The horses were frightened and caused the carriage to jackknife, injuring the driver.

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<![CDATA[The Hottest Haircut Around]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 15:11:22 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FIRE_BARBER_051817_1-149513075332800001.jpg

A barber in Cairo, Egypt, is using fire to style and straighten his clients' hair.

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<![CDATA[SUV Sinks Into Beach as Man Tries to Take Photos of It]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 09:38:10 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/suv+land+rover+sinks+into+jersey+shore.jpg

A man trying to take scenic photos of his SUV by the Jersey Shore ended up trying to dig the vehicle out after it started sinking into the water-logged sand, officials said.

State Park Police responded to a call Tuesday about a vehicle stuck at Island Beach State Park, about 15 miles southeast of Toms River, officials said. A tow company arrived around the same time to find the man at the surf line with his vehicle.

Video posted to Facebook shows the man using what appears to be a shovel as he tries to dig free the white Land Rover from the sand. At one point a wave crashes over the vehicle as he continues to dig. 

Officials said it was low tide when help arrived and the tow company was able to easily remove the SUV. 

The driver had a Mobile Sportfishing Vehicle permit, which allows him to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on fishing beaches. He was not issued a summons, officials said.

Witnesses said the man insisted on driving the vehicle away after it was towed, even though its lights were flashing and its engine was making strange sounds. 



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<![CDATA[Thief Steals Nearly 700 Parking Meters]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 11:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/239*120/Screen+Shot+2017-05-16+at+10.17.48+AM.png

Nearly 700 parking meters have been stolen from downtown Stockton, California, over the past year.

"We don't understand why they're down here because they're not making that much money," Stockton police Officer Joe Silva said.

The city said each meter theft costs them $800, including lost revenue and installation fees.

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<![CDATA[Girl's Wedding Photos With Burrito]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 13:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/051217+main+burrito+wedding+photo.jpg What if you loved a burrito so much you married it? A teenager in Loudoun County, Virginia, loved a burrito so much she had beautiful, backlit "wedding" photos taken with it.

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<![CDATA[Plea for Free Wendy's Nuggets Becomes Most Retweeted Tweet]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 11:13:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/wendys-GettyImages-80846912.jpg

A Twitter user's joking request for help to getting free Wendy's chicken nuggets for a year has earned him a spot in the record books.

As of Tuesday morning, Carter Wilkerson, @carterjwm, had more than 3.43 million retweets for a tweet asking for help getting the 18 million retweets Wendy's account said he'd need to earn free chicken nuggets for a year.

He's still shy of that goal, but it's enough to top Ellen DeGeneres' selfie with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from her 2014 hosting stint at the Oscars, which previously held the record for most retweeted. It only took Wilkerson a little over a month to do.

"Hey @TheEllenShow sorry about that... Can I still keep my TV and Underwear??" Wilkerson tweeted Tuesday.

Twitter verified that his tweet is now the most popular, as did the Guinness World Records Twitter account. DeGeneres' account did not immediately respond.


Wilkerson joined Twitter in 2014 and says on his website he's 16 and from Reno, Nevada. He'd been on the record with his love for Wendy's' chicken nuggets, tweeting in January that he recommends them to everyone.

His quest began in early April, when he tweeted at the fast food chain, "Yo, @Wendys, how many retweets for a year of free chicken nuggets?" 

The official Wendy’s account replied with "18 million." Undaunted, Wilkerson replied, "Consider it done."


He began the journey with 138 followers and now has over 100,000. "After I received an outrageous goal of 18 million, I just thought of it as a silly joke to laugh at with my friends, so I replied "Consider it done." Then it took off and now I am making twitter history," he says on his website.

To mark his victory, Wendy's is donating $100,000 in Wilkerson's name to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a foster home charity, Twitter said.

Oh, and he's getting the free chicken nuggets, through a gift card, according to Twitter. Or as @Wendys put it, "He gets them nuggs."

Wilkerson also raises money for charity, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, by selling shirts he made with his hashtag, #nuggsforcarter.



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<![CDATA[Bear Makes Visit to Avon Home]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 23:12:46 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AVON-BEAR-ON-DECK.jpg

A resident of Stagecoach Road in Avon, Connecticut, received an unexpected visitor last week.

A black bear showed up on the woman's back deck Wednesday morning while the homeowner was making brownies.

The woman said the bear spent about half an hour on the deck, standing up and putting its paws up on the glass sliding door leading to the kitchen.

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She told NBC Connecticut the bear had visited the backyard before, adding that she had previously taken steps to prevent bears from being attracted to the yard.

The bear eventually left, but the incident has neighbors spooked.

“Sometimes I let my dogs out in the back and do their thing," Charlie Whitney said. "But now that seemed pretty aggressive and I may have to rethink letting my dogs out unsupervised."

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The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said it was aware of the incident but did not respond. A neighbor came to assist the homeowner in shooing off the animal.

The department noted that the tags on the bear's ears don't mean the animal has a history of bad behavior. Many bears are tagged in each ear for research purposes during hibernation season.

Officials said they are looking into the bear's behavior to see if any action needs to be taken. However, they stressed that it's common for bears to come onto decks or porches and that it's becoming more frequent as the bear population grows.

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<![CDATA[TSA Holds Public Auction of Confiscated Items]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 13:57:19 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TSASale0505_MP4-149400606345600001.jpg

The Transportation Security Administration collects millions of dollars in lost and confiscated items each year, which is then sold to law enforcement or sent to public auction. Pocket knives, watches, snow globes and baseball bats are among some of the items up for grabs from Phoenix, Arizona's Sky Harbor Airport this week. 

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<![CDATA[Students Crawl Through Air Duct to Steal Finals Exam: Cops]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 13:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_examtheft0505_1500x845.jpg

Two University of Kentucky students are facing felony charges after allegedly crawling through an air duct to enter a professor's office and steal a copy of their final exam. WLEX's Conroy Delouche reports.

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