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Sydney man finds snake in lettuce bought at supermarket

Apr 16, 2021
Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he'd just brought home from a Sydney supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked. It was a venomous pale-headed snake that authorities say made an 870-kilometer (540-mile) journey to Sydney from a packing plant in the Australian city of Toowoomba wrapped in plastic with two heads of cos lettuce.

Canadian lawmaker caught naked during video conference

Apr 16, 2021
A Canadian Parliament member was caught stark naked in a virtual meeting of the House of Commons. William Amos, who has represented the Quebec district of Pontiac since 2015, appeared on the screens of his fellow lawmakers completely naked Wednesday. A screenshot obtained by The Canadian Press shows Amos standing behind a desk between the Quebec and Canadian flags, his private parts hidden by what appears to be a mobile phone in one hand.

Bunny snatched: Record-holding giant rabbit stolen in UK

Apr 14, 2021
Police say one of the world’s biggest bunnies has been stolen from its home in central England. Darius, a Continental Giant rabbit, disappeared from his enclosure in a backyard in the village of Stoulton over the weekend, the West Mercia Police force said.

Monkey business: 2 dozen monkeys escape German zoo for a day

Apr 09, 2021
About two dozen monkeys broke out of a southwestern German zoo and spent the day lolling in the sun near a forest before being recaptured, authorities said Thursday.

A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

Apr 08, 2021
By Day 3 of being confined to his Australian hotel room for quarantine, David Marriott was getting bored. He'd watched a few seasons of "The Sopranos" and his eyes were getting tired from reading. Then his lunch arrived in a brown paper bowl and he thought "Aha. That's a hat waiting to happen." The paper cowboy was born. Using the good quality paper bags his food was delivered in each day, Marriott, an art director on TV commercials, began fashioning an outfit. He added a brim to his hat, and then came the waistcoat and chaps. Next? A horse, of course.

Looie the Lookout costume back with Tennessee baseball team

Apr 01, 2021
A minor league baseball team in Tennessee has its mascot back a day after it was reported stolen from a ballpark. The Chattanooga Lookouts announced Wednesday on Twitter that the costume for Looie the Lookout “has been returned home safe.”

Ruh roh! Biden pooch drops doggie doo in White House hallway

Apr 01, 2021
One of President Joe Biden's dogs apparently deposited the pile of poo in the hallway outside the Diplomatic Reception Room, just off the South Lawn, on Wednesday. Reporters accompanying Jill Biden on a trip to California spotted the brown stuff on the red-carpeted hallway as they waited just inside the mansion to be escorted to the first lady's motorcade.

Poland plans pensions for dogs, horses in state employment

Mar 30, 2021
When they age, the dogs and horses that serve in Poland's police, Border Guard and other services cannot always count on a rewarding existence. Responding to calls from concerned servicemen, the Interior Ministry has proposed a bill that would give the animals an official status and retirement pension, hoping this gesture of “ethical obligation” will win unanimous backing. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Some Alaska Costco shoppers say ravens steal their groceries

Mar 29, 2021
Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they've had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking lot of an Anchorage Costco when ravens swooped in to steal a short rib from his cart, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

3 students cited in theft of rare tree in Wisconsin

Mar 27, 2021
Police who were stumped by the theft of a rare pine tree in November from the University of Wisconsin Arboretum said Friday that they have cracked the case. UW-Madison police said three 19-year-old university students stole the tree as part of a “pledge” activity for the former Chi Phi fraternity, which hasn't been recognized as an official student organization since 2015.