<![CDATA[NECN - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/weird http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:25:34 -0400Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:25:34 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Running Late, Man Paddleboards Across Hudson River in Suit]]> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 10:23:01 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/man+in+suit+paddleboard.jpg

Sure, it's common in New York City to see men in suits commuting on the subway or in taxis -- but on a paddleboard across the Hudson River? That may be a first. 

Eunice Rivers was taking the ferry to work in Jersey City Thursday morning when she spotted a man paddleboarding across the Hudson River wearing a full suit, dress shoes and all. Without hesitation, she grabbed her phone to capture the odd moment on video and share it over social media.

She wasn’t the only one. Many others joined in her amusement over the unusual sighting.

"Everybody was just laughing," she told News 4 New York. "People just couldn't believe it."

The mysterious commuter turned out to be Scott Holt, who lives in Jersey City. The aspiring comedian says he was running late for a meeting in New York City with a potential manager, and he decided to hop on his paddleboard to cross the river faster. The trip only took him about half-hour to complete.

Although he ultimately managed to stay dry, it wasn’t entirely smooth sailing.

"Boats' wakes were coming at me from different angles and the current was quick closer to Manhattan," Holt told News 4 over the phone. He admits that there were a few moments where he almost fell into the water.

When he reached a closed water taxi port on the New York side of the Hudson, there was a very confused cop and an irate Water Taxi captain waiting for him.

"The Waterway guy was straight out of a movie, screaming, 'Are you trying to f****** die out here?'" Holt said. "He was being helpful but cursing me out at the same time."

Thankfully, the cop was in a good mood and Holt made it to his meeting on time.

"The meeting didn’t go as well as my commute. I’m still looking for a manager."

Holt has no regrets about his Thursday morning voyage: "I got a free commute and a free shoe shine out of it," he joked. 

When asked about his feelings on the social media attention his stunt has received, Holt said, "If it’s making people laugh, it’s a good thing."

Photo Credit: Eunice Rivers]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Dept Rescues Stranded Roller Coaster Riders]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:43:34 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/rollercoaster6.jpg

Daytona Beach firefighters on Thursday were working to rescue stranded riders after a roller coaster derailed on the boardwalk in that Florida city.

<![CDATA[Why Did the Alligator Cross the Runway?]]> Wed, 13 Jun 2018 15:29:46 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+alligator+runway+061118.00_00_04_04.Still007THUMB.jpg

An alligator crossing a runway at Orlando International Airport caused delays on Monday.

<![CDATA['Forget Pizza Rat': Squirrel Spotted Scarfing Down Avocado in Manhattan]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 10:58:58 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Avocado+Squirrel+Photo.jpg

A passerby spotted a squirrel munching on an avocado in a fenced in tree area on an Upper West Side sidewalk.

Henry Zhang filmed the rodent at West 73rd Street and Broadway in Manhattan, he wrote in a Facebook post Thursday.

The squirrel appeared unfazed by its audience as it continued to chow down on its snack, the video shows. 

“Forget Pizza Rat. I give you Avocado Squirrel!” Zhang wrote in his post.

“Clearly a millennial squirrel,” one user commented.

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Photo Credit: Henry Zhang]]>
<![CDATA[Canadian Peacocks Fight Their Own Reflections, Damaging Cars]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:57:42 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/peacock-lux-cars-thumb.jpg

Feral peacocks in a Canadian city near Vancouver aren’t known to harm humans but video shows them threatening parked luxury vehicles.

The peafowl have been troubling Surrey, British Columbia, for some time — the issue of the noisy birds was raised at a local advisory board meeting in January — but the controversy heightened last month when one resident was fined after cutting down a popular perching tree, according to news reports.

In one video, a peacock meanders around a black car parked on the street, appearing to eye its reflection.

“With the dark-coloured cars, they can see their reflection fairly clearly, so they mistake that as another peacock and have at it,” Sullivan Heights resident Ryan Cragg told CTV Vancouver. “They’ll get the front panel, the side panel, the rear panel and then work around to the other side.”

A former resident farmed the colorful relatives of the pheasant for fun and left some of them there when he moved away, The Canadian Press reported last month.

A decade later, the birds are annoying their human neighbors. Besides scratching up expensive cars, they are reported to block doorways, leave a mess where they roost on rooftops and keep people up at night.

“You couldn’t sleep. When my kids were babies and toddlers, they woke them up all the time,” a resident named Julie told the Press.

CTV reported the City of Surrey issues fines to people who feed the animals, but officials aren’t legally obligated to remove them.

Residents say the birds will keep plaguing the neighborhood until authorities take responsibility for the problem.

Roaming peacocks and peahens have been known to bother other residential neighborhoods. In 2014, someone or a group of people killed nearly 50 of the birds with BB guns, arrows and poison in the Los Angeles-area city of Rolling Hills Estates, where about 1,000 peacocks lived.

Those birds were also known to peck at vehicles, an animal protection investigator said at the time.

Photo Credit: CTV]]>
<![CDATA[Trump, Pence Share Odd Moment at FEMA Briefing]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 10:54:49 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/pence-water-bottle-thumb.jpg

Vice President Mike Pence shared an odd moment at a FEMA hurricane briefing with his boss, President Donald Trump, when both men removed their water bottles from the table in a now-viral clip.

<![CDATA['Psychic' Cat Set to Predict World Cup Winners and Losers]]> Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:11:42 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WORLD+CUP+PSYCHIC+CAT.00_00_19_29+THUMB2.jpg

Move aside, Paul the Octopus, there's a new psychic animal on the scene. Achilles the cat, who lives at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, is set to pick World Cup winners and losers. To predict the winner, Achilles will choose between two bowls of food, each bearing the flag of one of the competing countries. The cat allegedly predicted the outcome of the 2017 Confederations Cup.

<![CDATA[Cow Rescued After Getting Stuck in Md. Swimming Pool]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 06:20:28 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/206*120/cow+in+pool.jpg

Firefighters in Davidsonville, Maryland, helped a cow get moo-ving after the bovine got stuck in a swimming pool. 

The cow fell into a swimming pool on the 3800 block of Birdsville Road just after 9 p.m. Tuesday, the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department says. 

The firefighters constructed makeshift steps out of cinder blocks, and about an hour and half later, they were able to get the cow out of the pool. 

But once she was out of the pool, the cow was not able to get up on her own. Crews tried multiple times to get her up, with no luck. 

Eventually, they made a harness out of fire hose and lifted the cow with the help of a tractor. 

The cow was moved to a pasture, where she was able to stand up on her own and walk around. 

Photo Credit: Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[1 of 4 Peacocks That Escaped Philadelphia Zoo Found Dead]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 21:07:24 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Peacocks+Walking+Down+Schuylkill+Expressway.jpg

One of four peacocks that escaped from the Philadelphia Zoo and created a traffic jam on the nearby Schuylkill Expressway was found dead Thursday afternoon.

The peacocks were spotted around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday strutting along I-76 westbound near the Girard Avenue exit. 

State police shut down two of the six lanes of traffic and appeared to escort the four birds down the highway, causing backups for miles.

Police managed to form a barricade around the peacocks and get them off the highway, but were unable to capture them. The four birds then flew away into nearby trees, with one of them managing to fly across the highway. The search was halted until daybreak Thursday.

Zoo staffers and police officers on Thursday morning circled the area where the peacocks were last seen and checked locations where the peacocks might explore, Philadelphia Zoo spokeswoman Dana Lombardo said.

One of the peacocks was found dead. Lombardo said the animal was likely hit by a car.

The search for the other three peacocks is ongoing.

"The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities to locate the peacocks and bring them to safety," Lombardo said.

It's not unusual for the peacocks, part of a larger "free-roaming flock" cared for by zoo staff, to stray from the historic zoo, but they normally return in the evening to roost for the night, Lombardo said.

In the meantime, zoo officials asked people not to approach the peacocks because they "are out of their normal environment and may be nervous."  Instead, people who see the peacocks can send the location, day and time and a photo of the sighting if possible to peacocks@phillyzoo.org.

While "peacock" is commonly used to refer to both male and females, the females are called peahens. The gender of the birds was not clear.

Aftercircling the area where the peacocks were last seen and checking locationswhere the peacocks might explore, the team found one of the peacocks deceased,likely due to an vehicle collision.  The remaining three peacocks have notbeen located. The staff at the Zoo will continue to work with authorities tolocate the peacocks and bring them to safety. 

Photo Credit: NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[Service Dog Gives Birth While Waiting to Board Flight]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 16:08:45 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Monkey Business Class: Rhesus Macaque Briefly Escapes Cage at Texas Airport]]> Tue, 22 May 2018 10:43:06 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: WOAI-TV]]>
<![CDATA['Very Sober' Man Calls 911 to Report Pig Following Him: Cops]]> Mon, 21 May 2018 09:38:23 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: North Ridgeville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA['Hats Off': Wis. HS Senior Prank Is So Good Even Police Applaud]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 17:33:20 -0400 https://media.necn.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.”

Photo Credit: Cumberland, Wisc., Police Department/Facebook
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<![CDATA[Dancing Burglar Pops During Break-In]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 14:23:13 -0400 https://media.necn.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.


<![CDATA[‘Saved By the Bell’-Themed Restaurant Opens in Los Angeles]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 21:05:43 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[NJ Man Unleashes Nightmare Pollen Storm by Accident]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 17:44:43 -0400 https://media.necn.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. 

<![CDATA[Hello, Deer: Fawn Hops in Patrol Car in Calif.]]> Mon, 07 May 2018 16:01:18 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: Marin County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Superintendent Pooped on School Track 'Daily': Police]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 15:54:29 -0400 https://media.necn.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. 

Photo Credit: oby Sessions/Digital Camera UK Magazine via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Artifacts Illegally Sent to Hobby Lobby Returned to Iraq]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 21:06:33 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: ICE]]>
<![CDATA[Nap-Loving Bear in Custody After 30-Hour Jaunt Through NJ]]> Tue, 01 May 2018 19:09:15 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: News 4]]>
<![CDATA[Dive-Bombing Pelicans Interrupt Graduation in Malibu]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:32:05 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Video Credit: Grant Dillion

Photo Credit: Grant Dillion]]>
<![CDATA[Report of Downed Aircraft Turns Out to Be Abandoned, Homemade Sub]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:57:46 -0400 https://media.necn.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.necn.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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Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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<![CDATA[Twitch: Explained]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:57:59 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Woman Turns to Firefighters for Help With Blazed Pet Raccoon]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:58:38 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[N. Carolina Reporter Takes on Tarantula Burger Challenge]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:34:02 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: WRAL]]>
<![CDATA['Tiger' Reported Running in NYC Streets; Cops Find Raccoon]]> Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:53:23 -0400 https://media.necn.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.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Giant Dust Storm Covers Texas City]]> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:42:24 -0400 https://media.necn.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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