<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:47:47 -0500 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 08:47:47 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fall Foliage Delivered to Your Door]]> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:42:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/William+H.+Morse+State+Airport+Christopher+Wright.jpg

Longing for the colors of fall but the leaves haven't turned yet?

An entrepreneur in New England may have just the thing for you.

Kyle Waring is offering to ship fall foliage to your door.

Of course there is a cost associated with this but if you are really into fall colors and leaves you can order from his site shipfoliage.com

Waring's made a name for himself last year when he boxed, marketed and sold New England snow from the area's record-setting 2014 winter.

Now he is branching out to fall leaves.

Photo Credit: Christopher Wright]]>
<![CDATA[Spooky, Scary, Funny: Haunted House Reactions]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:05:04 -0500 Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada, have captured the scared poor souls who dared venture through their halls. Click to see more hilarious scared faces. ]]> Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Canada, have captured the scared poor souls who dared venture through their halls. Click to see more hilarious scared faces. ]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nightmares-fear-factory-2015-01.jpg Celebrate the season! For the past five years, Nightmares Fear Factory has been scaring these poor souls, much to our delight! Hidden cameras capture the visitors freaking out.

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<![CDATA[Bike-Riding Dog Visits Pet Fair]]> Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:19:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pet+adoption+fair+raw+-+22472723.jpg

The Bay Area Pet Fair in San Rafael, California, got a special visit from a celebrity pet on Friday.

YouTube sensation Norman the Scooter Dog performed a few tricks at the pet fair, which is sponsored by Pet Food Express and runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The French sheep dog rode a bike and a scooter and also showed the crowd his newest skill: jump roping.

Norman traveled all the way from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with his owners to bring publicity to the fair, which is the largest adoption event in California.

A total of $50 is donated to animal rescue funds every time a pet is adopted. For more information, check out the Bay Area Pet Fair's website.

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<![CDATA[Family Finds Snake in Kitchen]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:38:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snake+in+hartford+2+1200.jpg

A Hartford, Connecticut, family had quite the scare on Thursday morning when they found a three-foot long python in their kitchen.

Hartford animal control went to a home on Deerfield Avenue after the Baugh family called police around 9 a.m. to report finding the snake, according to police.

Tory Baugh said he thought his mother was lying when she screamed, 'There's a snake in the house."

Soon, he learned it was no lie. 

"Then I went downstairs, looked at it and I jumped, scared out of my pants," he said.  

While Baugh and his mother were shocked, they were not hurt.

After taking custody of the python, animal control set upon the quest of finding out who she belonged to,

It was not long before the owner went to them after seeing his snake -- Bertha -- on the news. He didn't realize until then that she was missing. 

Bertha's home is on the next street over, Lenox Street, and she is back home now.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Man Paints 'Trumpkin,' Other Candidates' Faces on Pumpkins]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*211/trumpkin4.JPG An Illinois man painted the faces of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on pumpkins, and the likeness is remarkable.

Photo Credit: John Kettman]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives Crossbow Arrow Through Chest]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:20:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_arrowcat1006.jpg Michigan authorities are searching for a person who used a a crossbow to shoot a cat.]]> <![CDATA[Hairy Situation: Top Photos From World Beard and Mustache Championships]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:50:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mustache-491153524-cropped.jpg The World Beard and Mustache Championships were held Oct. 3, 2015, in Leogang, Austria. More than 300 contestants came in teams from around the globe for the competition, which included sixteen different categories in three groups: mustache, partial beard, and full beard. The event takes place at different locations worldwide every few years.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Little Bulldog Scares Away Bears]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:53:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bulldog_Chases_Bears_Away_1200x675_538106435917.jpg

Dogs are loyal pets. This statement rings true for a 20-pound French bulldog from Monrovia, California, when a surveillance video caught the pup chasing away two bears from his owner's property Friday, Monrovia Police said.

In one of the videos posted on YouTube, the bears are seen walking around the back porch of a residence located in the 400 block of Highland Place.

Thirty seconds into the clip, the tiny bulldog charges down the porch steps and starts jumping at one of the bears, causing the two to scatter. 

Defensive, the bear leaps on its hind legs and starts pushing the dog away. The dog then goes after the other bear and starts chasing them off of the porch.

In a second video, one the bears is frantically slipping and sliding on the front porch of the house, bumping into a porch swing, while trying to escape the bulldog's wrath.

Bears and deer are very common in the area according to the city's website. Just last year, a bear and her two cubs were spotted around the neighborhood climbing up trees and drinking from a woman's backyard fountain. 

<![CDATA[SF More Expensive During Gold Rush]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:53:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GoldPanningGeneric_0608.jpg

San Francisco’s tech boom may be the cause of rising rents in the city, but, apparently, it’s nothing compared to the cost of living in California during the Gold Rush.

In 1849, as men flocked to the San Francisco area in hopes of hitting gold, local retailers took advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for commodities, The Smithsonian reports. Back then, a dozen eggs could cost the equivalent of $90 today.

The Smithsonian cites the writings of Bayard Taylor, a reporter who wrote about the Gold Rush for the now-defunct New York Tribune. According to Taylor’s articles, some individual hotel rooms cost upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent of about $300,000 today.

But that’s not all.

Coffee could cost the equivalent of $1,200 per pound while a pair of shoes would run about $3,000.

While researchers have made various estimates for commodity pricing during the Gold Rush – some have priced coffee at around $100 per pound -- most of them agree: it was a very expensive, if not the most expensive time to live in the city.

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<![CDATA[Guests Billed For Not Showing up to Wedding]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:23:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/baker_jessica.jpg

Jessica Baker got a bill for $79.50 after she and her husband had to skip out on a friend's wedding, NBC affiliate KARE reported.

The night of the wedding, Baker got a call from her mom.

"She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can't make it," Baker told KARE.

Since the wedding invitation said no children and Baker was now without a sitter, the couple had to forego the event. 

A week later, Baker was shocked to receive a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have.

"You've got to be kidding me," she told KARE. "It listed, we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge."

The bill reads: "This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated."

Baker said she has no plans on paying the bill. 

Photo Credit: KARE
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<![CDATA[Truck Overturns, Dumps Millions of Bees Onto I-35 in Oklahoma]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bees6.jpg

A semi-truck hauling honey bees overturned Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma.

The truck's trailer broke open in the crash, dumping millions of bees and their bee hive boxes onto Interstate 35 in Pauls Valley, about 70 miles north of the Red River.

A sheriff's deputy who was called to the crash was unable to get out of his vehicle because a massive swarm of bees covered part of his patrol car.

Drivers said they were running into bees about a half mile away from the incident.

Beekeepers cleaned the area for hours, salvaging as many bee hives as they could.

Officials said highway crews will burn what's left of the mangled bee hive boxes Tuesday night and use the smoke to drive the remaining bees away.

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<![CDATA[250 Cats Compete in Beauty Contest]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/AP_400653531234-cats.jpg In Bucharest, Romania, more than 250 cats -- including cats of the Sphynx, Russian Blue and Devon Rex varieties -- competed in the international cat beauty show.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Why You're More Likely to Die Duck-Facing Than Swimming]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:06:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480270988SHARKSELFIE92315.jpg

If you thought selfies were safe, think again.

You’re more likely to die snapping a selfie than in a shark attack, according to an analysis by Mashable.

So far this year, eight people have died as a result of shark attacks, but 12 have died taking selfies.

A plurality of the selfie-related deaths were caused by falls, most recently when 66-year-old Japanese tourist Hideto Ueda fell down stairs as he attempted to photograph himself at the Taj Mahal.

The second most common cause of selfie deaths? Getting hit by a train: either because the deceased was trying to take a photo with a train or because the photo involved getting on dangerous equipment.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Age in Portrait Simulation]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/presidential-candidates-aged-SPLITSCREEN.jpg

It is said that presidents age faster while serving in the White House. Just look at all that gray hair on President Obama. 

Don't want to wait to see what our next president will look like after a few years in office? You're in luck!

A communications company generated aged renditions of all the 2016 presidential candidates, and predicted what they'd look like if they completed two terms in office, or the year 2025. 

"Knowing how much presidents age, we said 'why don't we do it on major presidential candidates?"  said Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Sachs Media Group, whose company contracted for the aged portraits. "The candidates' willingness to serve in the presidency speaks volumes of their service."

Generated wrinkles on their faces and streaks of gray and white hair indicate the pressure of the Oval Office in 13 portraits of presidential candidates. While politicians are campaigning for the highest office, Sachs Media Group, a Florida based public affairs and communications company produced a gallery of the candidates and commissioned Phojoe to produce the work.

The work includes GOP front runner Donald Trump and nine other Republican candidates. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are included in the gallery. The work also features potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn't declared for president. 

Click here to see possible portraits of all of the candidates. 

This is not the first time SMG has released aged photos of public figures. Two years ago, the company released Rock & Roll Heaven, 12 images of rock stars and what they would have looked like if they had not died in the middle of their careers. The work featured artists like John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin among the musicians.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Sachs Media Group]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Smashes Into Plane Windshield]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Plane-With-Damaged-Window-L.jpg

A plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Monday evening after a bird struck its windshield, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 1889, which departed from Charlotte, North Carolina, was heading to Hartford, Connecticut when a bird hit its windshield, causing a crack. Officials say 114 passengers and five crew members were on board.

The Airbus 319 was diverted to Philly International and landed safely around 6:30 p.m. No one was injured during the incident.

The passengers and crew members were transferred to another plane which departed Philly International at 7:38 p.m. The damaged aircraft was taken out of service and officials replaced the windshield.

There have been 42 bird strikes at Philadelphia International this year, according to federal data.

<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Pizza Rat' in NYC Subway]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:22:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/subway+pizza+rat.jpg

Video showing a rat lugging a giant slice of pizza down a staircase at a Manhattan subway stop appears to be resonating with an audience of fascinated New Yorkers as #pizzarat trends on social media.

The 15-second video posted online by comedian Matt Little shows a rat dragging by its teeth a whole slice of pizza down a staircase at the First Avenue L station in Manhattan just after 1 a.m. Monday, according to BuzzFeed News, who interviewed Little. 

The rodent nimbly scurries down a couple steps with the slice, at one point pushing it forward with its paws as the slice flips.

Perhaps spooked by Little, the rat suddenly abandons the pizza just two steps up from the platform and runs away behind the corner of the staircase -- but quickly pokes his head up again to assess the slice.

"A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs," Little captioned his video on YouTube. "OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?," referencing the cartoon ninjas' love of pizza. 

Little said after he stopped filming, the rat went back up, took a quick bite of the pizza, then dashed off again. 

"I like to think he saw us and he wanted to share," he told BuzzFeed News. 


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<![CDATA[Oscar Mayer Debuts Bacon-Lover's Dating App]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:38:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/sizzle-1.jpg

Do you love bacon? Trick question: Everyone loves bacon. 

Oscar Mayer, the company famous for cold cuts, hot dogs and traveling wienermobile, on Thursday debuted a dating app for Bacon Lovers who can meet a partner that shares their preference for fried pork belly. 

It's called 'Sizzl.' And it's totally real, the company says.

"In love, as it is in bacon, it's important to be discerning when selecting your perfect match and to never settle for less than the best," Eric Dahmer, marketing director at Oscar Mayer, said in a statement. "We passionately cure our bacon for 12 hours, and lovingly smoke-house it for another 12, making it the true bacon for bacon lovers. With the launch of Sizzl, we're thrilled to give our true bacon lovers the chance to find each other and potentially meet their soulmates, in life and in bacon." 

The Sizzl app allows users to upload a photo and set their personal bacon preference (do you like it crispy?). It's free to download for iOS devices and offers some features, including, profiles of fellow bacon lovers that users can swipe through, as well as the ability to message and meet up with other Sizzl users based on a mutual-matching system. 

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<![CDATA[Philly Priest Builds Elaborate Lego Replica of Vatican]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PriestLegos.jpg A model of the Vatican built entirely out of Legos is now on display at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia's science museum. It took the Rev. Bob Simon 10 months and half-a-million Legos to create the architectural feat.]]> <![CDATA[Confused Deer Leaps Through Hotel Glass Window]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:14:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/deer-window.jpg Surveillance cameras captured a deer crashing through a window and running down the hallways of a hotel in Nebraska.]]> <![CDATA[South Florida Campus Warned About Serial Foot-Sniffer in Library ]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/193*120/091415+fiu+foot+fetish+suspect.jpg

A South Florida college campus is on high alert, as a foot-sniffer is on the prowl.

The Florida International University Police Department said a man has been crawling underneath tables at the FIU Library to take a whiff at feet.

The creepy crawler was caught in the act in photos. FIU Police said the man was seen acting suspiciously at the Green Library at FIU on Aug. 29.

"That is extremely bizarre. I don't understand why someone would want to do that," said FIU student, Helen Wagner.

Students were skeeved to hear that a man has been underneath tables, smelling the feet of unsuspecting women. No one was injured in the one incident, but some ladies said they're going to make sure to look down when they're studying in the library.

The sneaky smeller is described as being in his late 40's or early 50's, about 200 pounds and around 6-feet-tall. He is bald with short, gray hair and a goatee. He was last seen driving a scooter.

Investigators hope the newly-released photos will help them stay one step ahead of this guy.

Some students didn't take this seriously, but this is no laughing matter for FIU. On Monday, they released this statement, saying in part:

"FIUPD takes these reports seriously and continues to investigate the matter. The staff at the Green Library has been notified and has been asked to contact FIUPD if they see this individual. FIUPD would like to remind everyone that if you see any suspicious behavior, please contact the FIUPD at 305-348-2626 immediately."

If he's caught, the man could most likely face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. If you recognize him or have any information, call police at (305) 348-2626.

Photo Credit: FIU]]>
<![CDATA[Cliff Collapses During Pool Time]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:42:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bluffcollapse-091115_5.jpg

As San Diego Fire-Rescue officials investigated a bluff collapse in La Jolla Friday, several people watched the activity while floating in a backyard pool hanging over the erosion in California.

San Diego Lifeguards had the beach blocked off below the home on Sea Ridge Drive, south of Bird Rock soon after the collapse was reported at 1:15 p.m.

There was a large amount of material on the beach, lifeguards said.

A section of the cliff directly beneath the corner of a backyard patio appeared to be missing. As a result, some pipes were visible, and water from the pool started leaking down the cliff side, officials said.

Two men in SDFD uniforms walked to the edge of the patio to survey the damage. In the meantime, several women continued to swim in the pool.

After a city engineer arrived to inspect the damage, he placed a yellow card on the home, which means you can enter the house but not the backyard.

The people in the home are renting it for vacation this week. Fire officials say people were inside the pool at the time of the collapse, but no one was injured.

The renters were given another house in which they can finish their vacation, according to the SDFD.

Ed Wrench, a next-door neighbor, said he has been watching the bluff erode since he moved in during the 1950s. He fears his backyard might fall to the beach one day.

"I haven't been down to the beach for the last six months probably, but the last time I looked, there's probably no dirt back to where [his] fence is right now. The concrete is just hanging off the edge." 

When he was a child, he said, the cliff extended another 15 feet.

Officials are waiting on a geologist to determine what caused the sudden erosion.

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<![CDATA[Zoo Sells Artwork Made by Animals to Raise Money for Conservation]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:02:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ParrotBrock-sm.jpg The Oakland Zoo is raising money for conservation by auctioning artwork created by giraffes, bats, elephants and other resident animals. Thirty-two works of art by more than 20 species are on auction on eBay.

Photo Credit: The Oakland Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Python Bites Into Bug Museum Employee and Won't Let Go]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:02:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snake_1500x845.jpg A 10-foot-long Burmese python bites onto a keeper's leg and won't let go.]]> <![CDATA[This Pup Makes Riding a Mechanical Bull Look Easy]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:49:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/NC_bullridingdog0904.jpg Hailey, a mechanical bull-riding cattle dog, is winning fans at the Montana State Fair.]]> <![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:02:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

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<![CDATA[Monk Relaxing Atop Wind Turbine Spotted by Drone ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:09:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/wind+turbines0507.jpg

A Benedictine monk at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air.

A drone camera took video of Brother Joseph Byron hanging out on top of a wind turbine at the Portsmouth Abbey School, a private catholic boarding school.

That video has now gone viral.

Brother Byron said he went up on top of the turbine to relax during a heatwave on Aug. 16.

That's when he got quite the surprise.

"It's beautiful up there, absolutely gorgeous," he said. "You never know what's hovering around."

Brother Byron said he's the de facto keeper of turbine, which has been there for 10 years. He said the blades only turn with wind at 12 miles per hour, and that day, there wasn't any wind, so he climbed up.

He said he's not afraid of heights.

"The next thing I heard was the buzzing," he said. "And at first, I was kind of - I had never seen one before so, that's kind of cool."

The drone, which the Daily Mail reported was remotely operated by a visiting tourist from California, hovered for a bit and went away, only to come back.

He later noticed the video was published.

Byron tells the Providence Journal he's never seen a drone before and wasn't thrilled by the encounter. He added that, because of all the attention he's getting, he's going to wait a little while before going back on the turbine again.

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