<![CDATA[NBC New York - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usFri, 20 Apr 2018 01:04:12 -0400Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:04:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DC High School Restricts Baked Goods Ahead of 4/20]]> Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:51:50 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/022717+wilson+high+school+dc.jpg

The principal of Wilson High School in Northwest D.C. is warning that students are forbidden from bringing baked goods into the building this week due to the date of 4/20, "a globally recognized day in cannabis culture."

The restrictions come after several students were sickened while at school recently and taken to a hospital. Although they have recovered, Wilson High School Principal Kim Martin said in a message to the school community Monday that the incident highlights a need to keep students safe.

"We suspect that next Friday, 4/20, will be another day of risk-taking for our students," Martin wrote. "'Four-twenty' (4/20) is a globally recognized day in cannabis culture, and is often a day when students over-use marijuana."

As a result, school officials are not allowing students to enter the building with any baked goods, or "large quantities of brownies, cookies, or cupcakes," she wrote.

Martin told parents they may make arrangements with the school to drop items off in the main office if their students expect to bring them.

In her message, Martin also warned parents to block access to prescription drugs in their homes and mentioned a school decision to delay revealing the location of this year's prom in hopes that it would make it harder for parents to reserve on-site hotel rooms for their children, calling it a "tacit endorsement of reckless and irresponsible behavior."



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



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<![CDATA[N. Carolina Reporter Takes on Tarantula Burger Challenge]]> Sat, 14 Apr 2018 14:34:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.



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<![CDATA[Giant Dust Storm Covers Texas City]]> Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:42:24 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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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<![CDATA[NYC’s Rotting Poop Train Repulses Alabama: Reports]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:10:40 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-2032543.jpg

A train full of New Yorkers’ rotting poop is reportedly stinking up rural Alabama and residents are none too pleased.

The tons of sewage sludge are in 200 shipping containers on a train that’s been stalled in the northern Alabama town of Parrish for six weeks, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The train is stuck because of a legal battle centering on the lawfulness of hauling the waste by trucks to the Big Sky Landfill in Adamsville, according to the Journal.

Alabama residents are reportedly up in arms. They say that it’s not just the stranded train; when the waste is transported by truck, it spills onto the roads, and when it reaches the landfill, the stink continues to stick around.

“We didn’t produce it. We don’t want it here,” Parrish Mayor Heather Hall told the Journal.

The New York Department of Environmental Protection told the Journal it has stopped deliveries of the sludge to Big Sky but won’t accept any return shipments.

A New York City spokesman said the city sends about 85 percent of its 1,200 daily tons of biosolid waste to landfills out of state or Upstate, according to the report.

The city used to dump its waste in the Atlantic Ocean via barges before that was banned in 1992. It also sent some of it to a fertilizer facility in the Bronx before rural landfills became the destination of choice, according to the Journal.



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<![CDATA[10 Things That Are More Likely Than Winning the Lottery]]> Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:45:19 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lotteryoddswin.jpg

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<![CDATA[‘High’ Tea Parties Come to Los Angeles]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:55:19 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2018-03-22+at+6.54.08+PM.png

Now that cannabis is legal in California, there is a demand for more diverse cannabis products. Some women are turning to cannabis tea to spice up parties but also to ease pain.

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<![CDATA[Pickle-Flavored Slush Coming to Sonic]]> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:41:06 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.



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



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

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



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<![CDATA[The History of Daylight Saving Time]]> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 16:24:21 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![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.nbcnewyork.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.



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<![CDATA[This Is Why Alexa Was Creepily, Spontaneously Laughing]]> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:47:57 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.



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<![CDATA[Craft Stores Serve as Backdrops for Photo Shoots ]]> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:20:27 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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. 




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<![CDATA[Olympics Fans Wear Their National Spirit in Pyeongchang]]> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:09:05 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.

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<![CDATA[Oregon Woman Pulls Parasitic Worms From Eye]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 23:29:14 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 11:05:14 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 18:43:39 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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.nbcnewyork.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 18:44:02 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 17:33:29 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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[1M Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Found Stuffed in Fish, Chili]]> Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:28:34 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fentanyl+fish.jpg

One million lethal doses of fentanyl worth up to $10 million were found wrapped inside fish in the back of a car as police conducted surveillance on a man in the Bronx during a drug trafficking investigation, authorities say. 

Detectives were monitoring Johnny de Los Santos-Martinez when they saw him in a white 2017 Acura MDX at Leland Avenue and Archer Street in Parkchester with two boxes in the back seat, the city's narcotics prosecutor says. 

Police obtained a search warrant for the car, and found Styrofoam coolers inside the two boxes. The bigger cooler had fish wrapped around two brick-shaped packages covered in green plastic, and a third brick-shaped package concealed in a vacuum-sealed package of chili, police said. 

The second cooler contained one brick-shaped package similarly wrapped with green plastic and fish. 

The brick-shaped packages each consisted of about 2.2 pounds of fentanyl, authorities said. Authorities initially thought the powder was cocaine, but lab tests later showed it was actually the synthetic opioid that's up to 50 times stronger than heroin. 

The wholesale value for the four packages of fentanyl is estimated at $100,000.  

Fentanyl is increasingly being mixed into the black-market drug supply in New York City, and frequently found in combination with heroin, cocaine and synthetic durgs. 

Los Santos-Martinez was arraigned on criminal possession of a controlled substance charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday, with bail set at $150,000. He's next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28.

Attorney information for the man wasn't immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Olympian Brianna Decker's Recurring Dinosaur Nightmare]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:18:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 23:02:26 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 10:29:30 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 16:39:31 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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 16:19:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.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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