<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Weird News, Strange News, and Odd News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut https://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 26 May 2018 07:47:26 -0400Sat, 26 May 2018 07:47:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Service Dog Gives Birth While Waiting to Board Flight]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 18:45:11 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SERVICE+DOG+BIRTH+052518.00_00_02_29.Still006.jpg

Eleanor Rigby, a two-year-old golden retriever service dog, went into labor and gave birth to eight puppies while waiting with her owner at the Tampa International Airport.

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Cat Has Hilarious Reaction to Seeing 1st Ultrasound]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 14:26:54 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cat+thumb.jpg It's expected to be super excited when you find out you're pregnant. That's just as true for a cat, apparently, as it is for a woman.

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<![CDATA[Monkey Business Class: Rhesus Macaque Briefly Escapes Cage at Texas Airport]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 10:43:06 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SA-airport-baboon.jpg

A monkey escaped from its crate Monday afternoon at San Antonio International Airport but was shot with a tranquilizer and was recovered safely.

Officials said the monkey got out of his crate in an isolated baggage area where animals are checked upon arrival. The monkey, a rhesus macaque named Dawkins, according to NBC affiliate WOAI, was on his way to a local animal sanctuary and refuge.

Dawkins was on an American Airlines flight to the Alamo City from Chicago when he "inadvertently became free of his cage," the carrier said. He was contained in an isolated area away from staff and customers and officials from the San Antonio Zoo were called in to ensure his safety.

The zoo said on Twitter that it conducts regular emergency drills so it was prepared for such incidents and transfered the monkey to its owner. 

The monkey had been confined to the baggage handling area and tranquilized, San Antonio Aviation Director Russ Handy said.

He couldn't say how rare such incidents are at the airport.

"People that have been here at the airport a while can't remember this type of thing happening," Handy said. "We transport a lot of the animals and the rules on kennels and how they're supposed to be secure are very clear, so I would say it's very rare."



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<![CDATA['Very Sober' Man Calls 911 to Report Pig Following Him: Cops]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 09:38:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pig+custody.jpg

Cops in one Ohio town got an usual 911 call over the weekend. It was from a man who said he was walking home from an Amtrak station. 

And, according to the man, there was a pig following him. And he didn't know what to do about it. 

In a hilarious Facebook post early Saturday, cops said "night shift responded to the obviously drunk guy" who must have been "hallucinating" and found instead a "very sober male" walking east on Center Ridge in Elyria. He was, in fact, walking away from the Amtrak station, not from a bar, as they thought. 

"Oh, and he was being followed by a pig," the post said. "Yes, a pig." 

An officer managed to get the pig into his cruiser, where the animal was seen appearing to rest comfortably on the black leather seat. It was then taken to a secure location and returned to its owner hours later. 

The North Ridgeville Police Department also preempted any attempts to poke insensitive fun: "Also, we will mention the irony of the pig in a police car now so that anyone that thinks they’re funny is actually unoriginal and trying too hard. Have a great day."



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<![CDATA['Hats Off': Wis. HS Senior Prank Is So Good Even Police Applaud]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 17:33:20 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/32405600_1737888212967551_2061377868771885056_o.jpg

Even Wisconsin police had to applaud a group of high school seniors for their hilarious prank before graduation.

Senior pranks are often the thing of spring for high school graduates, but the latest one from Cumberland High School seniors is making waves for its creativity.

According to photos posted by local police, the seniors took what appears to be the back half of a vehicle and placed it outside their principal’s office, using a tarp and placing bricks around the vehicle to make it appear as though a car drove into the building.

The back of the vehicle had “CHS Class of 2018, We’re Bustin’ Out” written on it and side windows read “C-ya May 19, 2018.”

“Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank. Congratulation Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen,” Cumberland police wrote on Facebook.

According to a Facebook post from the school district, the vehicle involved in the prank was an “old junker.”

“Using tape and a black tarp, the students created the illusion of damage, making it look like the car crashed into the side of the building,” the district wrote. “The best part? This prank included absolutely no damage at all to school property, which is why police singled it out.”



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<![CDATA[Dancing Burglar Pops During Break-In]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 14:23:13 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/breakdancing_bandit.gif

A daring burglar was caught on surveillance footage popping and locking after a successful break-in of a Fresno office. Police say suspect David Seale used copied keys to enter the building, coming in and out ten to 15 times to steal a laptop and cash.

 

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<![CDATA[‘Saved By the Bell’-Themed Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 21:05:43 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SAVED+BY+THE+MAX.00_03_12_01+THUMB.jpg

Time out! “Saved By the Max,” a pop-up restaurant dedicated to everything “Saved By the Bell” has just opened in Los Angeles. If you’re a wannabe Bayside Tiger you’re going to want to stop by to fill up on food like “The A.C. Sliders” or “Mac & Screech,” and who knows, you might even see Mr. Belding while you’re there.

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<![CDATA[NJ Man Unleashes Nightmare Pollen Storm by Accident]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 17:44:43 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/221*120/pollen-horror.gif

Don't try this...anywhere! Eric Henderson of New Jersey unleashed a nightmare pollen storm when he tapped a tree branch with his excavator just to see what would happen. 

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<![CDATA[Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.]]> Mon, 07 May 2018 16:01:18 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/MarinCoSheriffDeer.JPG

This wasn't your usual suspect in the back seat of a law enforcement vehicle.

The Marin County Sheriff's Department on Monday shared video of a baby deer exploring the back seat of a patrol car just before she was reunited with her mother after becoming separated.

The fawn had previously been spotted sitting in the middle of a road while its mother looked on nervously from a nearby location, according to the sheriff's department. Concerned citizens were able to hold up traffic in an attempt to save the young deer.

After sheriff's deputies arrived, the fawn decided to hop in their patrol vehicle, conduct a brief investigation and even take a sniff from a cup of coffee in a cup holder.

"Hey sweetheart, can you back out and climb out of the car?" a person could be heard saying while a camera was rolling capturing the encounter. "Oh, you're going to drink my coffee?"

After a brief stint in the back, the fawn managed to squeeze past the center console area of the patrol vehicle, leap onto the front passenger seat and stumble out the door. Deputies were able to scoop up the deer and escort it to her waiting mother. 

The department's Instagram post indicated that mother and child "happily ran off into the woods."



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<![CDATA[NJ Superintendent Pooped on School Track 'Daily': Police]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 15:54:29 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-150606034.jpg

A New Jersey schools superintendent is facing public defecation charges after police said he was caught pooping near another school's track and football field. 

Kenilworth Public Schools said in a Facebook post Thursday that superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was placed on paid leave after he was arrested for allegedly defecating at Holmdel High School on Monday.

"Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence. (Leaves can only be without pay in the face of indictments or tenure charges, as a matter of state law.)," the district said in the post.

According to police, a school resource officer and staffers at Holmdel High School began surveiling the track after learning that someone was leaving feces on the track and football field "on a daily basis."

It was during one of the stakeouts that authorities allegedly caught the 42-year-old Tragmalini, of Matawan, in the act.

According to NJ.com, which first reported the arrest, school employees were monitoring the track before 6 a.m. when they spotted Tragmalini, who was running at the time. 

In addition to defecating in public, he was charged with lewdness and littering. 

An email request to Tramaglini seeking comment was not immediately returned. 



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<![CDATA[Artifacts Illegally Sent to Hobby Lobby Returned to Iraq]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 21:06:33 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Iraq+Artifacts+Thumbnail.jpg Several thousand ancient artifacts ICE officials say were smuggled into the United States are headed back to Iraq.

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<![CDATA[Police Use Play-Doh to Make Arrest in Shoplifting Case]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 10:18:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Leicester+Play+Dough+2.jpg

Police in Leicester, Massachusetts, have cracked a shoplifting case thanks to a popular toy.

According to a Facebook post, police said they were able to get a fingerprint from Play-Doh left behind at a local retailer that the alleged shoplifter put on a security device.

That fingerprint matched a suspect police had in their system and authorities were able to make an arrest.

The name of the suspect has not been released.

Police added the suspect is wanted in at least two other states.



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<![CDATA[Nap-Loving Bear in Custody After 30-Hour Jaunt Through NJ]]> Tue, 01 May 2018 19:09:15 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bear+newer.jpg

A wandering bear with a penchant for taking long naps in trees was captured Tuesday afternoon after a nearly 30-hour jaunt through New Jersey backyards, some fence-hopping and a trip near a school. 

The bear, which appears to be a roughly 200-pound male yearling, was spotted in Ridgewood shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday, traipsing in and around homes and lumbering dangerously close to a front door before he hopped a fence -- and then headed toward the school. 

As of early afternoon, the bear had climbed a flowering tree near a home; authorities said they were "smoking" the animal in an attempt to keep it in place.

"The bear came to our backyard," said Alexa Topolski, who lives in the home. "It took a drink from our pond, our backyard pond, and then it took a nap in our back lawn, and then animal control came and they scared it up into a tree." 

Animal control was able to tranquilize the bear; it fell down from the tree and animal control officers were working to secure it and bring it to its habitat. 

"It fell asleep, landed nice and gently in the net," said Carol Tyler of animal control.

It's not 100 percent clear it's the same bear that made its initial appearance in Paramus' Sirianni Park early Monday -- some witnesses said that from a distance the animal spotted Tuesday may be smaller.

Chopper 4 was over the scene on Monday as the bear headed to the woods, not far from a church, and climbed a tree. Later, it shimmied down and ran across the street. 

Video showed people yelling, "Get out of that tree!" as the bear tromped through neighborhood backyards. 

Then it went to take a nap in a tree. Animal control decided to stand back and let the bear keep napping; they thought it was up too high and it could fall and injure itself if they tried to tranquilize it. But the bear napped for hours.

Then, late Monday night, he woke up and News 4 cameras captured him slinking down behind the tree, playing a bit of peekaboo. He ran through the yards, away from police, away from homes and neighbors -- and just as quickly as he moved in, he moved out.



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<![CDATA[Dive-Bombing Pelicans Interrupt Graduation in Malibu]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/212*120/4-30-2018-pepperdine-pelican-1.jpg

Two pelicans earned degrees in party crashing when they swooped down on Pepperdine University's graduation ceremony Friday and dived into the crowd, adding an unexpected twist to the pomp and circumstance.

The brown pelicans, which can dive from about 60 feet in the air when they plunge into shallow ocean waters for food, soared over the cheering audience before one appeared to land in someone's lap. The pelican, flapping its wings, emerged from the audience and began walking on the grass in front of the group. 

A man tried to pick up one of the pelicans, catching a face full of beak when he got too close and the pelican sharply turned its head. Both were eventually shooed away from the picturesque campus next to the ocean in Malibu.

The pelicans are likely young birds from the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California who recently fledged, said Anna Weinstein, marine program director for Audubon California.

"To me, they look emaciated," said Weinstein. "When you see these kind of erratic behaviors, especially with young birds, it almost always means they're starving.

"The most likely thing is they fledged, were taught by their parents how to fish, but they're just not succeeding."

Successful foraging for young brown pelicans depends on several factors, but Weinstein noted that the sardine population has collapsed off the coast of California for three consecutive years. Brown pelicans spend most of their time over shallow waters and in sheltered bays along the California coast. Groups often can be seen flying low over the water when they're feeding, diving head-first to catch their prey.

The easy-to-recognize seabird with a throat pouch that can store two gallons of water was classified as federally endangered in 1970, but de-listed in 2009. Channel Islands National Park on West Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands off the coast of California are home to the brown pelicans' only breeding colonies in the western United States.

When the Channel Islands population faces increased food shortages where they breed, some brown pelicans forage in unusual areas and scavenge for handouts.

The positive take-away from the birds' surprise appearance is that it suggests brown pelicans are breeding on the islands. It is a conservation success story that was decades in the making. 

"We're not hearing lots of reports of starving brown pelicans, but this might just be an unlucky pair," Weinsten said, adding that they have recovered well from thin egg shell problems caused by the banned pesticide DDT. "This has been a spectacular success story. They're an iconic species that people really recognize."

As for the human reaction captured in the video, Weinstein said it's flawed, but understandable.

"That's a difficult situation for people because its absolutely unexpected," Weinstein said. "It's not like on a beach. People didn't know how to react. Seeing people trying to grab the bird, they put themselves at risk."

Anyone in the Los Angeles area who encounters a bird that might need help can contact the International Bird Rescue Center at 310-514-2573.


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<![CDATA[Report of Downed Aircraft Turns Out to Be Abandoned, Homemade Sub]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:57:46 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sub-split.jpg

What was first thought to be a potential disaster turned out to be a peculiar discovery in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

The initial scare on Sunday afternoon was a report of possibly downed aircraft in the water near Emeryville. But it turned out the aircraft was a homemade submarine that was found to be unoccupied, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.


A rescue boat was eventually able to tow the yellow and blue sub to the Emeryville Marina. The vessel, which also happens to be capped by a Captain America-style hatch, was registered and labeled with up-to-date information, according to the fire department.

Police later figured out that the sub had been stolen out of nearby Berkeley, according to the Emeryville police department.

Emeryville police eventually got their hands on the vessel and transported it to a secure spot because the owner was not available to retrieve it.




Photo Credit: Alameda County Fire Department
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<![CDATA[Funky Finding: Study Confirms Uranus Smells Really Bad]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:15:08 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pia18182-uranus-voyager1.jpg

Scientists have confirmed that the planet Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs — and, yes, NASA already made the joke you're thinking of.

A team of scientists determined that the seventh planet from the sun, whose name has long made it the subject of schoolyard wisecracks, has hydrogen sulfide in the clouds surrounding its surface. That's the chemical behind the smell of rotten eggs, NASA said Tuesday in a news release. It's the same noxious gas behind the smell of passed gas.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory put it more succinctly in a tweet: "The science is in: Uranus stinks."

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The funky finding, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, comes after an international team of researchers analyzed light from Uranus captured by a telescope atop Hawaii's highest mountain, Mauna Kea.

But its smell won't threaten human nostrils any time soon, according to the study's lead author.

"Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius [392 degrees Fahrenheit] atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium and methane would take its toll long before the smell," said Patrick Irwin, of Oxford University, in the NASA news release.

Jupiter and Saturn would have a different smell, according to the news release, since they've been found to have ammonia, not hydrogen sulfide, in their cloud decks.

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<![CDATA[Twitch: Explained]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:57:59 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TWITCH+EXPLAINER+THUMB.jpg

Twitch.tv is the largest, most popular place to watch people play and livestream video games. It’s become so popular that musicians like Drake are getting in on the act. He recently partnered up with one of the site’s biggest celebrities, “Ninja,” to play "Fortnight."  It was almost a “break the internet” moment. But Twitch isn't just for video games. People also livestream sewing tips, how to build Legos, and even just their everyday lives. Here’s everything you need to know about Twitch.

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<![CDATA[Woman Turns to Firefighters for Help With Blazed Pet Raccoon]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:58:38 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-168439210.jpg

Firefighters in central Indiana had a strange problem on their hands this week: hashing out what to do with a raccoon its owner said was stoned.

A woman awoke firefighters at Station 82 in Wayne Township, east of Indiana, in the middle of the night asking for treatment for her pet raccoon, according to a tweet from the township's fire department.

"The raccoon had smoked too much weed," the department said Monday, going on to assure readers that, "Yes! It happened!"

The firefighters love animals but weren't able to help the baked beast, according to the tweet.

"It really left the guys scratching their heads that someone brought a raccoon to the firehouse at 2 a.m. seeking help, and especially with the condition the animal was in, so we hope that the raccoon made a full recovery," Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt told NBC affiliate WTHR.



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<![CDATA[N. Carolina Reporter Takes on Tarantula Burger Challenge]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:34:02 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tarantula_burger.jpg

One intrepid reporter from WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, decided to take on Bull City Burger’s Exotic Meats Month challenge by eating a burger garnished with an oven-roasted tarantula.



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<![CDATA['Tiger' Reported Running in NYC Streets; Cops Find Raccoon]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:53:23 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/tiger-and-raccoon.jpg

A report of a tiger running amok in the streets of Manhattan briefly caused a social media frenzy early Thursday, as reporters scrambled to find photos of the ferocious feline and warn civilians to stay out of the area. 

Turns out, it was a raccoon. 

The NYPD got a call about the rogue "tiger" near 166th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem around 8:30 a.m. News 4 crews were at the scene in about 15 minutes reporting no sighting of a tiger nor any police.

Shortly thereafter, police confirmed there was indeed an animal sighting, but it was just a raccoon.

Hey, they both have black markings on their bodies. Easily confused. Or not.

Some Twitter users described being awoken by a Citizen App notification that said, "Police are responding to unconfirmed reports of a loose tiger running around the street." It spiraled quickly from there.

"You're gonna tell me my roommates and I (in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) were all rudely awakened bY a helicopter overhead because some idiot in Washington Heights (Manhattan) MISTOOK A RACOON FOR A MF TIGER?!?!" tweeted @Shwax. 

"Not my typical Thursday morning," tweeted New York Times reporter Christine Hauser. "When trying to confirm a report that there was a tiger on the loose in Upper Manhattan, an inundated @NYPDnews spokesman answers phone with this line: "It's not a tiger, it's a raccoon."

There is precedent for a tiger running amok on Manhattan streets — in the fictional world of Jonathan Lethem's “Chronic City.”



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<![CDATA[Giant Dust Storm Covers Texas City]]> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:42:24 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+TEXAS+DUST+STORM+THUMB.jpg

A giant dust storm, also known as a haboob, covered Midland, Texas, Tuesday. This time lapse video shows the approaching storm front, which carried winds that reached 30 mph.

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<![CDATA[10 Things That Are More Likely Than Winning the Lottery]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:45:19 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lotteryoddswin.jpg

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<![CDATA[‘High’ Tea Parties Come to Los Angeles]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:55:19 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-22+at+6.54.08+PM.png

Now that cannabis is legal in California, there is a demand for more diverse cannabis products. Some women are turning to cannabis tea to spice up parties but also to ease pain.

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<![CDATA[Pickle-Flavored Slush Coming to Sonic]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:41:06 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SONIC1.jpg

There are fried pickles, pickle-flavored chips and other options for all the pickle lovers out there. But soon there'll also be a pickle-flavored slush, thanks to Sonic.

The drive-in chain announced Friday it will soon serve a pickle juice slush, likely beginning in early June.

“Quite simply, pickle juice is fun,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development. “Nothing says summer like a SONIC slush and only SONIC can bring a completely on trend beverage flavor into 3,500 restaurants. The Pickle Juice Slush launches nationwide in June for a limited time only.”

According to Food & Wine, which got a sneak preview taste test of the new slush at Sonic's Oklahoma City headquarters, the treat's syrup has a "sweet and tangy" punch to it.

Customers will also be able to add pickle juice to any drink.



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<![CDATA[Cows Wander New York Highway After Snowy Pileup]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:21:17 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cow+2.JPG

Dozens of cows roamed an upstate New York highway early Friday morning after escaping a tractor-trailer that got into a multi-vehicle pileup, video shows.



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<![CDATA[A Perfect Match: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:36:30 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+KIDNEY+TRANSPLANT+THUMB.jpg

A man gave his wife the ultimate wedding anniversary present: his kidney. After the wife was diagnosed with a disease and found out she needed a kidney transplant, doctors determined that her husband was a perfect match.

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<![CDATA[Teacher Who Fed Puppy to Snapping Turtle Under Investigation]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:36:27 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_turtlepuppy0314_1500x8451.jpg

A beloved science teacher at an Idaho high school is under investigation after he allegedly fed a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students.

Robert Crosland, a science teacher at Preston Junior High School, is accused of feeding the puppy to the turtle in his classroom after school hours.

 
Jill Parrish, an animal rights activist with children at the school, reported the incident after hearing what had happened. Since then, she says she's received several threats.
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<![CDATA['BBC Dad' Reflects on Mostly Fun, 'Sometimes Weird' Year]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:31:49 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/653466564-BBC-Dad-Family-Viral-Fame.jpg

The professor whose live TV interview was adorably interrupted by his two young children a year ago is reflecting on how his life has changed, "Today" reported.

"People often ask me and my wife what it has been like to suddenly become virally famous," Robert Kelly wrote in an essay published this weekend. "It has mostly been fun, and sometimes weird."

Kelly was speaking to the BBC live from his home office in South Korea last March when his 4-year-old daughter, Marion, toddled into the room. She was followed by her baby-walker bound little brother James and her mother, Kim Jung-A.

Now Kelly's known as "BBC Dad," a moniker he acknowledges the Pusan National University professor will likely carry "for the rest of my life."



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<![CDATA[The History of Daylight Saving Time]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:24:21 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+DAYLIGHT+SAVING+TIME+THUMB.jpg

Every spring we set our clocks forward an hour — but why? Before you spring forward this weekend, learn the real story behind Daylight Saving Time.

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<![CDATA[Bug Off: San Francisco Signs Suggest 'Angry' Bees in Cars to Prevent Break-Ins]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 11:23:44 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PreventTheftBeesSign.JPG

Some people are offering an interesting tip to protect car owners from thieves busting into vehicles in San Francisco.

At least two signs posted near Alamo Square Park encourage folks to adhere to common knowledge break-in prevention tips: lock your car, take your keys with you and conceal your belongings. The last tip is much more bizarre. It spurs car owners to "fill a decoy purse with thousands of angry, poisonous bees."

A woman who lives in the neighborhood said residents crafted the signs.

NBC Bay Area has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for comment.

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Last year, 28,984 car break-ins were reported to San Francisco police, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. For comparison's sake, there were 24,624 car break-in reports in 2016, an 18 percent increase.

A recent NBC Bay Area hidden-camera investigation revealed thieves smashing into cars, snatching valuables and darting from the scene in a matter of seconds.



Photo Credit: Christie Smith/NBC Bay Area
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<![CDATA[This Is Why Alexa Was Creepily, Spontaneously Laughing]]> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:47:57 -0400 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_158536083-amazon-echo-alexa.jpg

Since February, Amazon Echo users have been reporting that Alexa, its virtual personal assistant, has been breaking into laughter unprompted, NBC News reported.

People have been posting videos of childlike laughter coming from their devices. "Lying in bed about to fall asleep when Alexa on my Amazon Echo Dot lets out a very loud and creepy laugh... there's a good chance I get murdered tonight," @GavinHightower tweeted last month.

On Wednesday, Amazon said it was working on the issue, and later revealed what was going on.

"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh,'" Nate Michel, a spokesman for Amazon, told NBC News, explaining what the company was doing to fix it.



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