<![CDATA[NECN - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/weird http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:51:26 -0400Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:51:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pickle-Flavored Slush Coming to Sonic]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:41:06 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: Sonic]]>
<![CDATA[Cows Wander New York Highway After Snowy Pileup]]> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:21:17 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[A Perfect Match: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:36:30 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Teacher Who Fed Puppy to Snapping Turtle Under Investigation]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:36:27 -0400 https://media.necn.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.
<![CDATA['BBC Dad' Reflects on Mostly Fun, 'Sometimes Weird' Year]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:31:49 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: Yelim Lee/AFP/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[The History of Daylight Saving Time]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:24:21 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![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.necn.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.necn.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.

Photo Credit: Adobe]]>
<![CDATA[Craft Stores Serve as Backdrops for Photo Shoots ]]> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:20:27 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/208*120/Michaels_Challenge.jjpg.png

Fake flowers, yarn, ferns, fabric and ivy are just some of the items founds in craft stores that are also being used in a social media photo challenge. 

Portraits that look like they were taken in a garden are posted on Twitter and Instagram using #HobbyLobbyChallenge and #MichaelsChallenge. 

The photo shoots started with photographer Kelsey Maggart of Indiana posting photos from a Hobby Lobby store's floral aisle.

Maggart tweeted: "shooting in hobby lobby is the new thing now am I right"

The response to her photos quickly moved to Michael's stores being used because Hobby Lobby employees reportedly frowned on their stores being used for photo shoots. 

Michael's, the largest craft store in North America, according to their website, welcomed the challenge and encouraged customers to use their location as a garden backdrop or photo studio.

"At Michaels, we are “faux real” about allowing customers to have some fun creating alluring photography in our floral department. As a company rooted in creativity, we love seeing how people put their unique spin on the #MichaelsChallenge and bring their beautiful portraits to life," said Michael's Public Relations Manager Mallory Smith in an email. 

A local Michael's aisle 10 just might serve as the next portrait session location. You may get inspiration from the images posted on social media below. 

Hobby Lobby did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Photo Credit: Michael's
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<![CDATA[Olympics Fans Wear Their National Spirit in Pyeongchang]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:09:05 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_18055271774971.jpg From painted faces to colored mustaches, fans from across the globe have unique ways of showing pride in their country at the Winter Games.

Photo Credit: Natacha Pisarenko/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Oregon Woman Pulls Parasitic Worms From Eye]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:29:14 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[The Stache Heard Round the World]]> Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:05:14 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Colossal 213 Pound Bagel Breaks World Record in NYC]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:43:39 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

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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 18:47:43 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Libraries: A Surprising New Home for Bed Bugs]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:44:02 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[K-Pop Quiz: Olympians Guess If Groups Names Are Real or Fake]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:33:29 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Olympian Brianna Decker's Recurring Dinosaur Nightmare]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:18:13 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Eagles Fan Thought She Missed Super Bowl After Surgery]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:02:26 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Philly vs. Boston Accents]]> Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:29:30 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Donut Shop Selling Tide Pod-Designed Doughnuts]]> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:39:31 -0400 https://media.necn.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. 

Photo Credit: KNSW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Suspect Drives Off Pier in Failed Bid to Escape Cops]]> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 16:19:59 -0400 https://media.necn.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)

<![CDATA['I Guess It’s Called Getting Biked': Dallas Family Gets Pranked on Christmas]]> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:30:03 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Carnage, Covfefe: 2017 Was an 'Unpresidented' Year in Words]]> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 20:20:23 -0400 https://media.necn.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."

Photo Credit: Twitter]]>
<![CDATA[Mysterious Asteroid Is Being Checked for Signs of Alien Life]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:34:47 -0400 https://media.necn.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[Cold Weather Safety Tips for Pet Owners]]> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:30:06 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Identity Thieves Skydiving Over Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:41:06 -0400 https://media.necn.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.

<![CDATA[Birdnapper Stuffs Parrot in Pocket in NYC Pet Store Robbery]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:55:43 -0400 https://media.necn.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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