<![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-usSun, 18 Feb 2018 13:12:20 -0500Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:12:20 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Oregon Woman Pulls Parasitic Worms From Eye]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:29:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/eye-worms-or.PNG

An Oregon woman is believed to be the first human to ever contract a rare eye worm parasite usually found in cattle. KGW's Katherine Cook reports.

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<![CDATA[The Stache Heard Round the World]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:05:14 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+ROBERT+JOHANSSONS+STACHE+THUMB.jpg

Norway’s Robert Johansson may have gotten the bronze medal in the ski jump, but his mustache takes home the gold. Johannson said he started growing it two years ago and it has treated him well ever since.

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<![CDATA[Colossal 213 Pound Bagel Breaks World Record in NYC]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:43:39 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/huge_bagel_1280x720_1158097987829.jpg

The smell of onions filled the Acme Smoked Fish warehouse as onlookers packed the room to watch an attempt at building the largest bagel and lox sandwich ever recorded. In a partnership with Zucker’s Bagels shop, the celebration arrived just in time for National Bagel and Lox Day Friday.

The enormous bagel weighed in just over 213 pounds, making it the New Guinness world record holder for the largest bagel and lox sandwich. It included 30 pounds of smoked salmon and 40 pounds of cream cheese.

The event was held at the Acme Smoked Fish facility on 30 Gem Street in Brooklyn, where Acme co-CEO Adam Caslow and Zucker’s Bagels shop founder Matt Pomerantz attempted the feat. 

According to a press release from Acme, “The companies will follow the rules set forth by the Guinness Book in order to set the record, and the sandwich will be carefully constructed and weighed before it is cut and distributed to the crowd.”

The crowd went wild after the sandwich was confirmed to weigh in over 200 pounds. Caslow, before the sandwich was completed, said he thought the task was going to be impossible.

“I want to thank everyone for being here,” he said. “I thought [Richie] was nuts. I thought there’s no way. It can’t be done. There’s no way to make the biggest bagel and lox that weighs 200 pounds.”

After the sandwich was weighed, it was sliced up and handed out to everyone to enjoy.


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<![CDATA[Is This the Worst Bed Bug Infestation Ever?]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:47:43 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+HOUSE.+THUMB.jpg

A New Jersey house may be home to one of the worst bed bug infestations ever seen. Pest control found thousands of the tiny bloodsuckers all over the house and it took three months to get rid of them all.

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<![CDATA[Libraries: A Surprising New Home for Bed Bugs]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:44:02 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BED+BUGS+LIBRARY+THUMB.jpg

It may surprise you to learn that libraries have become a hotspot for picking up bed bugs. So as you turn the pages on the latest teen vampire novel, there may be an actual bloodsucker living inside.

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<![CDATA[K-Pop Quiz: Olympians Guess If Groups Names Are Real or Fake]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:33:29 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/K-POP+THUMB.jpg

South Korea has a long history of producing and promoting hugely successful boy band and girl band pop acts known as “K-Pop.” We put the Olympians from Team USA to the test to see if they can tell the difference between real K-Pop group names and a fake ones.

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<![CDATA[Olympian Brianna Decker's Recurring Dinosaur Nightmare]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:18:13 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+BRIANNA+DECKER+DREAM.jpg

We've all had that nightmare of being chased, and Olympian Brianna Decker is no different, although her nightmare has a Jurassic twist.

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<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Thought She Missed Super Bowl After Surgery]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:02:26 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FB+Super+Bowl+Teen+THUMB.jpg

Haley Parks thought she missed watching the Philadelphia Eagles play against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl after waking up from surgery to get her wisdom teeth removed. Her mother recorded the entire conversation, assuring her daughter that she did not miss the Super Bowl, and that she still had time to give the the Eagles a "pre-talk" if she wanted. Super Bowl LII is this Sunday on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Philly vs. Boston Accents]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 09:29:30 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+SUPER+BOWL+WORDS+Thumb.jpg

Water. Yard. Bagel. Car. Although the two cities heading into the Super Bowl this weekend are geographically close to one another, you’d never know it from the different ways they pronounce these words. Watch to learn all the nuances of the Philadelphia and Boston accents.

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<![CDATA[Donut Shop Selling Tide Pod-Designed Doughnuts]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:39:31 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_donuts0119_1920x1080.jpg

A Kansas doughnut chain is using the latest social media stunt, the Tide Pod challenge, to promote a new kind of doughnut. Hurts Donut joined in on the craze by selling the doughnut version of the laundry capsule. 



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<![CDATA[Watch: Suspect Drives Off Pier in Failed Bid to Escape Cops]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:19:59 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/214*120/pierdive.gif

What is one way to escape the police? Timofey Erofeeff's bid to out race the police failed when the 27-year-old drove a Ford pickup truck off a pier and into frigid waters in Astoria, Oregon, authorities said. Erofeeff was treated for hypothermia after being helped by fishermen on a nearby boat. He was later booked on charges of burglary and attempting to elude police.  (Video courtesy JD Moreland)

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<![CDATA['I Guess It’s Called Getting Biked': Dallas Family Gets Pranked on Christmas]]> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:30:03 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/bikes-in-a-yard.jpg

You've probably heard of front lawns being filled with flamingos or trees getting toilet-papered.

But one Dallas family is dealing with a different kind of prank.

The Hale family woke up Christmas morning to more than a dozen bikes parked in their front yard.

They say it was a prank by a family friend who is also a comedian.

“I guess it’s called getting biked,” said 14-year-old Ethan Hale.

The bikes are owned by the bike-share business LimeBike.

Riders can, and do, leave them anywhere.

But never anything like this.

Ethan first noticed the bikes Christmas morning when he stepped outside to play with his new drone.

“My son came outside to use one of his presents and immediately came back in and was like you're not going to believe what's in the yard,” Ethan’s father, Michael, recalled.

“I was really confused and kind of laughing at the same time ‘cause there were 14 bikes in our yard, LimeBikes,” said Ethan’s 12-year-old sister Lyla.

It's unclear exactly how the bikes got here.

After three days, the Hales say they are ready for them to go.

"We're kind of hoping LimeBike will get them, retrieve them but I don't know," mom Sarah Hale said with laughter.

NBC 5 emailed LimeBike and within an hour, a crew showed up to retrieve the bikes.

In a statement, a LimeBike spokesperson said, “Sabotaging the bike-share ecosystem is illegal and morally wrong. It is an attack on the overall transportation system in Dallas. Sometimes, these pranks put the lives of our LimeBike operations crew and our city partners in danger when we retrieve the illegally placed bikes."



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<![CDATA[Carnage, Covfefe: 2017 Was an 'Unpresidented' Year in Words]]> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 19:20:23 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-05-31-at-5.20.48-AM.jpg

This year brought political scandals, gaffes and feuds, and plenty of them sent people to the dictionary in droves as words like dotard and covfefe hit the news.

NBC News talked about the best words made famous by politics this year with Peter Sokolowski, a lexicographer and editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster, the dictionary whose sassy Twitter feed picks up on trending words.

The word dotard had a 35,000 percent spike in look-ups after Korean strongman Kim Jong Un used it to insult President Donald Trump.

"Basically we're getting a vocabulary lesson for the nation as a consequence of the news," Sokolowski said. "I can only assume it was an unusual translation, an obsolete translation."



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<![CDATA[Cold Weather Safety Tips for Pet Owners]]> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:30:06 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+PET+COLD+WEATHER+TIP+THUMB.jpg

With cold weather hitting many parts of the country, here are some tips to keep your furry little friends safe and happy this winter.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Asteroid Is Being Checked for Signs of Alien Life]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:34:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Oumuamua-asteroid.jpg

People are wondering if a newly discovered, weirdly oblong asteroid being called Oumuamua is just a space rock or really an alien spacecraft, NBC News Mach reported.

The interstellar object was spotted about a month ago by a collection of telescopes in Hawai'i after it had already sped by Earth. Now it's halfway to Jupiter.

Oumuamua is different from the average asteroid. Its trajectory is hyperbolic rather than elliptical, its cigar-like shape has never been seen before in an asteroid and we've never seen an object passing from another stellar realm.

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It's an extremely long shot that Oumuamua is a spaceship, but the SETI Institute has spent 60 hours scanning it for transmissions, and will soon devote another antenna to the task.



Photo Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Identity Thieves Skydiving Over Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:41:06 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SKYDIVING+ID+THEFT+SUSPECTS+LI+5+PICS+-+01002510_WNBC_000000018.jpg

Authorities on Long Island are looking to catch a couple they say were living the high life with a stolen credit card number.

Suffolk County police released dive video of the man and woman Friday. The video shows them plunging from an airplane over Shirley with instructors. 

The duo allegedly used a stolen credit card number to pay for two dives and a photo-video package at Skydive Long Island in Shirley back in June.

The bill totaled about $700. When the charge was denied by the credit card company, the owner of Skydive called the card's owner — a man from Washington State who said his wallet had been stolen. 

Suffolk Police Chief Stuart Cameron called the duo's skydiving spree "brazen."

"Normally if you're using a stolen card, you don't want to have your photos taken," Cameron said. 

Police say they’re offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. They’re asking anyone with information to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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<![CDATA[Birdnapper Stuffs Parrot in Pocket in NYC Pet Store Robbery]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:55:43 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BIRD+STOLEN+FROM+PET+STORE+BK+-+01002122_WNBC_000000018964905.jpg

Cops are on the lookout for a man seen on video swiping an exotic parrot from a Brooklyn pet store.

Police say the birdnapper walked into Petland Discounts on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg on Tuesday and made his way to the bird cages. He broke into one of the cages and stole a blue Quaker bird and walked out of the store, according to the NYPD.

Video from inside the store shows the man open the cage, stuff the bird in his pocket and creep away without being spotted.

The parrot is believed to be worth about $500, officials said. They say the suspect is not an ex-employee of the store.

The thief is said to be about 30 years old. Investigators urge witnesses to call Crime Stoppers with tips that could help them find the bird and the suspect.



Photo Credit: NYPD
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<![CDATA[Man Steals Coral From Aquariums]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:40:27 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_coralklepto1205_1920x1080.jpg

A man in Florida was caught stealing coral from fish tanks at an aquarium store. Teng Lin, 39, was caught on several cameras plunging his hand into fish tanks to steal coral at A&R Aquarium in  St. Petersburg.
 



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<![CDATA[Armed Man Tells Police Trump Ordered Him to Fight Lizard People]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:51:25 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/lizardguyak47.jpg

A Washington state man who “snorted methamphetamine to lose weight” and caused alarm by waving an AK-47 at a busy intersection while shouting that President Donald Trump ordered him to fight “the lizard people,” was shocked with a Taser gun by police and is being mentally evaluated, authorities said.

The 54-year-old man stopped his white Jeep Cherokee in the middle of the intersection on Nov. 25, at 108th Street and South Pacific Avenue in Parkland about 8:03 p.m., the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. A witness called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrived on the scene to find the man “waving around an AK-47” as well as a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. The man put the guns back in the car as troopers approached him—some armed with rifles of their own.

“The man immediately laid on the ground and started to scream about ‘sending in the news’ and about ‘the lizard people,’” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “As our patrol deputy and a trooper attempted to place him in handcuffs, he suddenly pulled away his arms and tried to resist being handcuffed while continuing to scream.”

Both a deputy and a trooper fired Tasers at the man, the sheriff’s department said. The man was then handcuffed.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man told the arresting officers he had snorted methamphetamine to lose weight and was taking prescribed morphine, but added “the meth doesn’t make me crazy man, the lizard people are real!”

“The man went on to described how President Trump had called his house in Eatonville and warned him that the lizard people were coming and that the alpha dragon had already taken his family hostage,” the sheriff’s department said. “He said he had stopped in the intersection because he was surrounded by the lizard people and need to fight them as directed by the President. He said he was screaming and making a scene in the intersection in order to ‘attract the news vans’ and so ‘his story could be documented for history.’”

Medics at the scene determined the man was “heavily under the influence of a stimulant” and he was placed in a 14-day mental health evaluation hold.

Inside the car was found a loaded Century Arms AK-47, the revolver, five loaded magazines for the rifle, a holster for the revolver and a wooden bat, the sheriff’s department said. There were 170 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition loaded in the magazines for the AK-47. The cache of weapons was booked into evidence, the sheriff’s office said.

Police released images of the small cache of weapons inside the car on the passenger's side of the vehicle. A long black rifle can be seen propped against the passenger seat, next to a camouflage backpack, rifle magazines and a silver revolver.

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It was unclear if the man would be charged with a crime pending the mental health evaluation.



Photo Credit: Pierce County Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Pet+Peeves+Thumb.jpg

With holiday travel season coming up, members of Team USA, who are constantly on the road themselves, share the small travel annoyances that really grind their gears.

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<![CDATA[What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches?]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:23:15 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/manowarjelly.jpg

Jellyfish-like creatures have been washing up on the Texas coast.

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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Shows Epic Dunkin' Donuts Robbery Fail]]> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 06:25:09 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DD+robbery+suspect.jpg

A hungry would-be thief tried to make a getaway with a handful of cash but instead only got away with a mouthful full doughnuts from a Dunkin' Donuts in Queens earlier in the month, police say.

The would-be thief posed as a customer by ordering doughnuts and handing over cash to the employee at the Jamaica shop back on Nov. 5, according to the NYPD. When the worker opened the register to complete the purchase, the man jumped onto the counter with a knife and tried to take the money, police said.

The employee quickly slammed the register shut before the man could take any cash, officials said. Police say the bearded man who was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and a hat then fled the shop.

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Video from the shop shows the man's epic fail at robbing the store. The video shows him jump the counter and pull a knife out of nowhere. When he realized he wasn’t getting any cash, he grabbed the doughnuts he ordered and ran.

Investigators urge witnesses to call Crime Stoppers with tips that could lead to an arrest.

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<![CDATA[No, Christmas Tree: Police Warn Against This Kind of Tree Transport]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:15:58 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/215*120/Sudbury+Car+Tree.jpg

Police in one Massachusetts town say if you're going to pick up a Christmas tree this year, make sure to transport it responsibly.

Sudbury police posted a photo to their Facebook page Friday afternoon, saying an officer had to pull over a vehicle on Route 20 that had a tree covering almost all windows. 

The photo picked up steam social media, being shared almost 300 times on Facebook.

"Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly," the department wrote on Facebook.

It's not clear if the driver faced any charges, but they probably got at least a stern warning.



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<![CDATA[Popular YouTube Videos May Have Psychologically Harmed Kids]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:20:47 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/youtube-logo.jpg

“Toy Freaks,” a popular YouTube channel followed by millions, was deactivated by the site last week for violating policies against child endangerment, NBC News reports.

The channel, run by single father Gregory Chism, was known for its videos featuring Chism playing pranks on his two daughters, both under 10 years old. But some of the videos seemed less like pranks and more unsettling, like ones featuring the children pretending to act like infants, spitting baby food on one another and pretending to urinate on themselves.

In one video, preserved by BuzzFeed News, the father drops a live frog into a bathtub where his daughters, dressed in swimsuits, are bathing, leaving one girl visibly distraught. In another, the older daughter feeds her sister baby food, which is then shown in close up being spit out into a bowl.

The channel was removed from the site after complaints the videos were disturbing, according to BuzzFeed News.

In a statement emailed to NBC News, Chism said that YouTube updated its community guidelines on Nov. 16, and later that day the channel was terminated after users flagged the videos on the site’s “YouTube Kids" App. Chism said he was unaware his videos were being shown on the app.



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<![CDATA[Woman Steals Gifts From NYC Apt, Leaves Dirty Kitty Litter]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:52:33 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/grinch+nyc.jpg

A woman was caught on camera stealing presents from a West Harlem apartment building and residents say the only gift she left behind was a bag of dirty kitty litter.

Residents tell NBC 4 New York that the woman seen in surveillance video wearing a black coat followed someone into the building on 119th Street around 9:30 Monday night. When the coast was clear, the woman opened several packages addressed to tenants and stole what she pleased, residents said.

One victim told News 4 that he returned home just minutes later to find a package delivered to him opened and empty.

“It’s a little disheartening that you see people especially during the holidays that you see people doing this,” the victim said. "One of them was a gift that I was bringing up for my mom for Thanksgiving."

Video from the scene shows the woman walking out of the building with a package in her hands as she leaves behind a white bag that residents say was filled with the dirty kitty litter.

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<![CDATA[58 Indian Soldiers Ride a Single Motorcycle to Break Record]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:36:41 -0500 https://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/thumbIndian.jpg

After six months of dieting and two failed attempts, 58 members of the 'Tornadoes', a motorcycle display team of the Indian Army, climbed onto a motorcycle together to break a world record. The Indian Army broke their own previous world record of 56 people on a moving motorcycle, which they set on December 28, 2013, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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