The alligator that lived in the basement of a city rowhome

Not a new story but worth repeating. File this away so if you ever have neighbor trouble, you can be glad you weren’t these people’s neighbor.

South Philly Row Home Strange Place for a Gator

By Dan Stamm  |  Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009  |

You meet lots of characters in South Philly but nothing quite like a seven-foot-long alligator named Kirt.

Animal officers removed the seven-footer from a home on the 1300-hundred block of Warnock Street Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Some neighbors knew about the gator living in the row home but nothing was done until someone tipped off the SPCA about the large reptile.

When officials went into the home they found the gator living in a basement with a converted pond fully equipped with a pumping system.

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Controversial clown says ‘Nothing Racist’ implied while he was clowning

Clowns by nature are silly, dumb, and show offs. Rodeo clowns also have to be brave and very fast. The few rodeos I’ve seen often had clowns wearing masks. It seems odd to punish a clown for clowning. Personally, I don’t think taste or humor should be legislated or subjected to the same public standards as say workplace practices or housing availability. Doesn’t the first amendment protect parody, satire, humor, silliness, as well as unpopular speech? Part of me wonders is this is a “fake” story initiated by conservatives to make liberals appear petty.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

Tuffy wearing the mask.

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‘Nothing Racist’ Implied In ‘Obama’ Act, Says Rodeo Clown

Mark Memmot | NPR | August 14, 2013

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a , says “nothing racist was ever implied.”

“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” , a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”

As , many others — including Republican and Democratic politicians — have condemned the act as being both disrespectful and racist.

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People fired over fake plane crash names


This is truly one of the most spectacular pranks anyone ever pulled. So epic people getting fired is not out of line, especially since innocent people lost their lives. This incident also shines a light on how many media companies depend on, use, and possibly exploit interns by putting them in positions with high responsibility, little supervisor and usually no compensation.

Tragic event and epic prank.

Tragic event and epic prank.

KTVU producers fired over Asiana pilots’ fake names

Matier & Ross | | Wednesday, July 24, 2013

KTVU-TV has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit – and a major embarrassment to the station.

Station sources confirmed late Wednesday that investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all sent packing following an in-house investigation into the July 12 broadcast of four fake names of the pilots involved in the Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport on July 6.

A fourth – noon news producer Elvin Sledge – told colleagues he was leaving for health reasons.

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‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered


Miss has a deep appreciation for calendars. This is an amazing discovery.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.

Image: Gaffney, University of Birmingham.

‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered in Scottish field

14 July 2013  |  BBC.UK

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world’s oldest lunar “calendar” in an Aberdeenshire field.

Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.

A team led by the University of Birmingham suggests the ancient monument was created by hunter-gatherers about 10,000 years ago.

The pit alignment, at Warren Field, was first excavated in 2004.

The experts who analysed the pits said they may have contained a wooden post.

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Woman claims unfairly TSA searched her “big hair”


Though not new, this story is new to me. Many women, especially black women have a lot of pressure to do unnatural and unhealthy things to their hair. The most shocking part of this is that she had already cleared security and the TSA tracked her down in the airport and publicly touched her hair. It is worth watching the video to see the charming Ms Brantley tell her story in her own words.

Is this natural hair thing new to you? Go check out Ms Brantley’s web site 

Isis Brantley. Image KXAS/NBC.

Isis Brantley and her natural hair. Image KXAS/NBC.

Woman claims unfair TSA search over big hair

Sept. 21, 2011  |


A Dallas hairstylist traveling through Atlanta’s Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport says she was unfairly singled out for having big hair.Isis Brantley was flying home to Texas when she said two TSA representatives dug down to her scalp checking for weapons and explosives.

“I just heard this weird voice saying ‘stop. Lady, don’t go! The lady with the big hair, stop,’ ” Brantley told Channel 2’s Diana Davis.

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Brazilian man in bed dies when cow falls thru his roof

Can’t say it better than this.

Mr de Souza’s brother-in-law Carlos Correa told Brazil’s Hoje em Dia newspaper: “Being crushed by a cow in your bed is the last way you expect to leave this earth.

oao Maria de Souza, 45, died from internal bleeding while still waiting to be seen by doctors, according to his family (SUPER CANAL TV )

oao Maria de Souza, 45, died from internal bleeding while still waiting to be seen by doctors, according to his family (SUPER CANAL TV )

The damaged roof.

The damaged roof.

Brazilian man dies after cow falls through his roof on top of him

A Brazilian man died after a cow fell through his roof on top of him as he was in bed.

By Matt Roper  |  13 Jul 2013  |

Joao Maria de Souza, 45, had been in bed with his wife Leni when the animal fell through the ceiling of their home in Caratinga, southeast Brazil.

The cow is believed to have escaped from a nearby farm and climbed onto the roof of the couple’s house, which backs onto a steep hill on Wednesday night.

The corrugated roof immediately gave way and the one-and-a-half-ton animal fell eight feet onto Mr de Souza’s side of the bed.

His wife, and the cow, both reportedly escaped unharmed.

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Sleepy banker makes huge error

Not surprising someone got fired but very interesting the labor court ruled the supervisor was not at fault.

Sleepy Banker Accidentally Transfers 222,222,222 Euros

By Dragana Jovanovic  |  Jun 12, 2013  |

A sleepy bank employee dozed off briefly with his finger on the number 2 key of his computer, and by the time he woke up he had transferred 222,222,222 Euros ($293 million) to a person’s account instead of the 42 Euros ($80) that was supposed to be transferred.

The employee didn’t immediately notice the mistake and neither did a supervisor. The bonanza was transferred by a German bank on April 2, 2012.

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Teen survives gator bite to the head relatively unscathed


Tough, lucky, strong, brave, are all good words to describe 17 year old Andrew Hudson. Not many people have a gator chomp on their head and live to tell about it. More photos after the jump, some are kind of graphic.

Andrew Hudson, 17, survived a gator attack.

Andrew Hudson, 17, survived a gator attack.

Trappers catch gator where 17-year-old attacked

July 9, 2013  |

GENEVA, Fla. — A Seminole County teenager survived a frightening alligator encounter in which witnesses said the gator had the 17-year-old’s head in its jaws Monday.

“We were both swinging off the rope swings, and then me and him started floating down the river,” said witness Taylor Rizza.

Rizza said Monday was a start to a common afternoon for the teens at a swimming hole in the Little Big Econ State Forest.

But Rizza’s friend, 17-year-old Andrew Hudson, thought he kicked a log in the water, but he was mistaken.

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Sand dunes win important court battle

The original ruling on this case was distressing to all interested in using dunes to preserve ocean front property. The value of dunes was proven when the home of these individuals survived hurricane Sandy.

A jubilant-sounding Harvey Cedars Mayor Jonathan Oldham said the ruling is “not just great news for us, but for all of the Island and the Jersey Shore.”

The oceanfront property owned by Harvey and Phyllis Karan in Harvey Cedars. Photo by Ryan Morrill.

The oceanfront property owned by Harvey and Phyllis Karan in Harvey Cedars. Photo by Ryan Morrill.

N.J. Supreme Court Sides With Harvey Cedars in Karan Easement Case

Jul 08, 2013  |  Eric Englund  |

The New Jersey Supreme Court has sided with Harvey Cedars in the borough’s eminent domain compensation case against oceanfront property owners Harvey and Phyllis Karan. In a unanimous decision announced Monday morning, the five justices agreed with Harvey Cedars’ contention that the beach replenishment project offered a special benefit to the Karans.

Earlier last year, a state appellate court ruled that the borough must pay $375,000 to the couple to compensate them for having a portion of their property taken for beach replenishment. The $1.7 million residence was one of 11 properties seized by the borough through eminent domain in a process that began in July 2008. The beach replenishment project was completed in 2010.

The homeowners did not voluntarily turn over their easements to the borough. None of them accepted the initial $300 award determined in 2009 by Donald Molliver, an appraiser hired by the borough to deal solely with easement issues.

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America’s most patriotic toilet paper

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Patriotic Print Toilet Paper. Give your bathroom décor a touch of some American spirit with our patriotic toilet paper. With a fun red and blue star pattern, this two-ply tissue is printed with health-safe, water-based ink. 200-sheet rolls. (2 rolls per set) 3 3/4″






Two-headed turtle hatches in San Antonio zoo



Congrats to the keepers of the San Antonio zoo on this amazing new addition. In the words of her keeper “…hopefully, like all the turtles we hope for, she’ll grow up to be a mature turtle and be here for many years on exhibit.”



So what’s new at the zoo? A 2-headed turtle

By Safiya Merchant  |  |  June 27, 2013

When Thelma the turtle goes for a swim, Louise is not far behind. In fact, she’s right beside her.

The sisters are Texas River Cooters, freshwater turtles who just hatched June 18. They made their debut Thursday at the San Antonio Zoo and the pair are attached to the same body.

They’ve been dubbed the two-headed turtle by media outlets nationwide, and are attracting the attention of San Antonio’s tourists.

Having two heads occurs in multiple animal species, said Craig Pelke, the zoo’s curator of reptiles, amphibians, and aquatics. However, he said, it develops more often among snakes and turtles.

When the embryo splits inside the egg, Pelke said, it begins to develop twins. But in bicephalic or two-headed animals, the “twining process” does not finish.

Pelke said that in order to determine the turtles’ health, they look for whether both heads are eating and if the turtle is developing correct motor skills.

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12 year old scares off armed sexual predator


Good job Marilyn! She is one tough kid and I am so glad she and her little sister are safe. She and her other family members also have some lovely names.


12 Year Old Uses TV Knowledge to Scare Off Gunman

Lauren Bale  |  |  Jun 27, 2013

COLUMBIA – A shaken aunt in Columbia says her young niece is the reason why an armed intruder left their house on Bicknell Drive without causing violence.

12-year-old Marilyn Wildflower said she was woken up by a man masturbating by her bed early Thursday morning. Wildflower said the man had a gun, which he used to try to pull her blankets off her bed. Wildflower said she remembered watching a CSI episode that said not to show fear in these situations, and so she looked the man in the eyes and told him he was not allowed to touch her.

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