<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usFri, 20 Oct 2017 06:27:33 -0500Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:27:33 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ohio Man Builds Two-Story ‘Star Wars’ Transport Replica]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:17:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+Star+Wars+Display+THUMB.jpg

Nick Meyer decided that his AT-AT walker model wasn’t big enough, so he built a two-story replica of the famous “Star Wars” vehicle on the front lawn of his house. The display has inspired some neighborhood Jedis to sharpen their lightsaber skills.

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<![CDATA[Paddington Bear Dances with the Duchess of Cambridge]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:43:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+PADDINGTON+DANCE+Thumb.jpg

Paddington Bear shared a dance with the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, at a charity event the Royals were hosting at the famous Paddington Station, where the iconic children's book character got his name.

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<![CDATA[Store Clerk Robbed With Shock Weapon]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:53:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-10-16-15h07m50s201.jpg

Surveillance video at the Citgo gas station in Fort Pierce, Florida shows Middleton Henderson jumping the counter then pulling out an electric baton to shock the clerk. Police say the victim kept fighting despite being shocked, kicked, and punched repeatedly. The clerk suffered minor injuries. Police say they arrested Henderson in an abandoned house not far from the scene, and he is charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.



Photo Credit: Ft. Pierce Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[This Is What Happens When You Take a Fidget Spinner to Space]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:25:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+SPACE+FIDGET+SPINNER+THUMB.jpg

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tested a fidget spinner in zero gravity. They had time to play with the popular toy in between three scheduled space walks this month.

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<![CDATA[Detective Captures Loose Anaconda]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:57:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Detective_Captures_Loose_Anaconda_1200x675_1073087555587.jpg

A Florida detective had to put a different set of skills to the test when she encountered a very large snake. When detective Emily Shaw got a call Wednesday about a nine-foot snake on the loose, she was uniquely equipped to handle it. Shaw has experience handling exotic snakes. She secured the snake within a matter of minutes.



Photo Credit: Leon County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Cows Get Loose on Highway]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:37:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cows_Get_Loose_on_Highway_1200x675_1073086019527.jpg

Some drivers had problems moving along on one Nashville highway Friday afternoon. A tractor-trailer hauling cows overturned and cows escaped from the truck, roaming around the road. Officials worked to removed the cows as quickly as possible.

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<![CDATA[Man Finds Bobcat Under Desk]]> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:04:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bobcat1013_1920x1080.jpg

An Iowa man got quite the surprise when he found a wild bobcat under his work desk.



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<![CDATA[Cows Keep Traffic From Moo-ving on Nashville Parkway]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:32:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowshighway.png

A truck carrying cows overturned in Nashville, Tennessee, allowing the animals to roam free.

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<![CDATA[You'll Be Surprised to Hear About Dallas' WonderPhones]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:56:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-wonderphones.jpg

This one might take you a few years back.

You may have seen them posted up at spots in downtown Dallas and passed right by them not even realizing what they really were.

They look like old payphone booths with an artistic flare, but the old, re-wired payphones are not meant for making traditional phone calls.

They're called WonderPhones.

It's the "magical story machine" designed to connect the people in downtown Dallas to the city and each other.

And you've got a number of options when you walk up to this wonder booth. In fact, you have 12 on the Wonder Menu.

You can listen to students at CityLab High School tell you their hopes for a greener, more walkable Dallas, and so much more.

But the option people seem to find the most intriguing is the "Record a Story" prompt. And one could only imagine what you might hear when you press that option.

"I think they've really done something really interesting here," said Emily Wasserman, who lives in Dallas. "I think it's great to have interactive art that is accessible to everyone."

As of writing there are only three phones located in prominent enclosures in downtown Dallas for the month of October.

There's one at Pegasus Plaza on Main at Akard. The other two are at Browder Plaza at Commerce and Browder.

Two mobile phones will also pop up at various locations throughout the month.

ONLINE: More information on the interactive phone booths.



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<![CDATA[Video Shows Robber Getting Tackled by Customers]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 23:12:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-10-10-17h12m28s232.jpg

A group of customers stopped a masked robber in an Indiana grocery store and it was all caught on camera. A man approached the cashier at a local Indiana grocery store -- implied that he had a weapon -- and forced her to open up the register. Moments later, a bystander recognized what was happening and grabbed the man from behind. Several grocery shoppers stopped in their tracks and some even joined in to help pin down the man until police arrived.



Photo Credit: WMAQ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Mama Bear and Cubs Break Into Pizzeria]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:03:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mama_Bear_and_Cub_Break_Into_Pizzeria_1200x675_1066500675645.jpg

A mama bear and her cubs were caught on camera sneaking a special snack from a Colorado pizzeria. In the surveilence video, the three bears are seen rooting around Antonio's Real New York Pizza. The pizza place in Estes Park took to Facebook not to shame the bears, or call for their extermination, but instead, call for their safety. They say new bear proofing on dumpster's in the town has forced bears to look in people's homes and businesses to try and find food to bulk up for the winter.



Photo Credit: Antonio's Real NY Pizza]]>
<![CDATA[Man Clings to Front of School Bus in Road Rage Case]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:40:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Man_Clings_to_Bus_in_Road_Rage_Incident-150755184653400002.jpg

Baltimore police arrested a man in a bizarre case of road rage last Thursday, after a video showed him clinging to the front of a moving school bus and banging on the hood while demanding the driver open the door. Baltimore County police said the man was trying to get into the bus after he said a bottle, thrown from the bus, hit his car.

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<![CDATA[Dog Sets Record For Longest Tongue]]> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:05:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LONG+DOG.jpg

A St. Bernard from South Dakota has set a world record for having the longest tongue for a dog. According to The Guinness World Records, Mochi's tongue measures 7.31 inches. Mochi's owner says her rescue dog is happy, but has some breathing problems because of her long tongue. Mochi also slobbers more than usual when she's nervous.



Photo Credit: KDLT-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Deputy Attacked]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:54:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_deputyattacked1006_1920x1080.jpg

Cell phone video shows a California sheriff's deputy being chased by a suspect, attacked and then nearly run over.
 



Photo Credit: KCRA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Automatic Door Traps Robber]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:47:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-09-28-17h59m28s104.jpg

An Australian service station robber was thwarted by an automatic door. A thief who took the cash register from a service station in Reservoir, Melbourne, was stopped by the automatic doors as he fled.



Photo Credit: EBU]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Gets Apology Note, Money, Joint After Car Scratched]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 12:17:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Woman_Gets_Apology_Note_Money_and_a_Joint_After_Car_Scratched_1200x675_1055529027976.jpg

An apology note, two $20 bills, and half a joint: It's what Mandi Shepard says she found in an envelope stuck on her car's left side mirror as she was driving home. Shepard left work in Denver, Colorado at 5 p.m. Sunday when she noticed a scratch on her back bumper. There wasn't a note in sight, so she started to drive home when she noticed her left side mirror unadjusted. That's where she found an envelope rolled up in a baggie.  "I was laughing so hard on the way home that somebody took the time to leave me a note and leave me money and half a joint," Shepard said.

 



Photo Credit: KUSA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Teen Steals Uncle's Uniform and Poses as Deputy]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 23:44:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fakedeputy0926_1920x1080.jpg

A Florida teen is behind bars after stealing a uniform, gun and cruiser, then posing as a Marion County Sheriff's deputy. Detectives said he stole his uncle's badge and uniform over the weekend, and the deception started when he tried to impress his girlfriend.

 



Photo Credit: WESH-TV]]>
<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:54:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+WONDER+WOMAN+THUMB.jpg

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Wonder Woman,” 300 drones flew over downtown Los Angeles in an illuminated, choreographed art show creating some stunning visuals. Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the sequel, and the deal will make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

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<![CDATA[Double Whopper: Babies Born Back-to-Back at NJ Burger King]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BATTLE+BABIES+BORN+BURGER+KING+NJ+MATERIAL+-+14482420_WNBC_0000.jpg

Two women have delivered healthy babies on back-to-back days in the parking lot of the same Burger King restaurant in New Jersey.

Denville police say they were called to the restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Friday for a woman going into labor. They say the parents were on the way to the hospital but had to pull over after getting stuck in traffic on Route 80.

From the parking lot of the Burger King, the dad called 911. 

Detective Scott Tobin told News 4 New York, "When we responded, he told us that this isn't their first child, it's their third, and that the first and second came pretty fast so they weren't going to have enough time to get there." 

Sure enough, 10 minutes later, officers and emergency responders then helped the woman deliver a healthy baby boy.

The same patrol officers, including Tobin, went back to the restaurant the next night for a report of another woman going into labor. Authorities say the couple was heading to the hospital when the woman started going through severe contractions.

"My partner and I were in the back doing the paperwork from the night before when the road sergeant called it in," Tobin said. "And I said it's not a joke, we're going again." 

Make that a double: same parking lot, same EMTs, same cops. This time, baby Braydon was already making his entrance in the couple's vehicle by the time they arrived. 

"I had to cut the umbilical cord because it was wrapped around his neck and his stomach, we had to make sure everything was OK," Tobin said. 

Burger King worker Pedro Cruz had arrived at work Saturday to the news that the first baby had been delivered there the night before.

"When I was taking out the trash I saw all the lights and I was joking and I said, 'It's another baby,' and then a customer came in and said, 'Yeah, it's another baby!'" he said. 

Both babies did eventually make it to St. Claire's Hospital, just a couple of minutes from the Burger King parking lot. The second baby was still at the hospital for observation Wednesday but both are expected to be fine. 



Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
<![CDATA[Police Pull Over Mayor for Driving Lawn Mower While Drinking]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:27:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/John+Gardner.jpg

Police pulled over a South Carolina mayor last month who turned out to be drinking on an odd mode transportation, officers said.

With lights flashing, Horry County police officers pulled up behind a man on a riding lawn mower after dark on August 25 and tried to get him to stop.

The police dash cam video shows the driver kept going on a slow-speed chase, until the officers pulled up next to him and ordered him to stop.

The mayor of Aynor, a small town about 30 miles northwest of Myrtle Beach, was behind the wheel.

Mayor John Gardner was driving the lawnmower with on a two-lane road with an open can of beer at night.

Gardner, who's also the chief financial officer for Horry County Schools, was very apologetic.

The Horry County officers requested Aynor police to come out.

Shortly afterward, an unidentified man showed up and drove the lawn mower away.

Gardner was not arrested or issued a ticket that night and Horry County police allegedly did not file a police report.

The Aynor police chief said they neither initiated nor investigated the incident, so they couldn't comment.

Horry County Schools said there would be no action taken against Gardner because there is no report or charges.



Photo Credit: Horry County Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Homicide Suspect in Detroit Chase Runs Into Highway Traffic]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:29:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/detroit-chase-wdiv-kotm.jpg

A chase with a homicide suspect came to a dramatic end in Detroit Friday.

WDIV-TV reported the driver of a charcoal-colored SUV led officers on a chase along Interstate 75 for several miles where he drove erratically while entering and exiting the freeway.

The driver was forced to stop on the interstate after losing a tire -- but the chase wasn't over there.

The man then jumped a concrete barrier and ran into oncoming traffic.

He apparently tried to hurdle an oncoming minivan, but instead was knocked onto the windshield and onto the van's roof.

As four officers surrounded the vehicle a fifth ran up the hood of the minivan and onto the roof, knocking the driver to the ground below.

Once on the ground, the driver was swallowed up by a number of officers who restrained him and put him in handcuffs.

The man's identity has not yet been released. For more information on the chase and the homicide investigation, check ClickonDetroit.com.



Photo Credit: WDIV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Yellow Lobster Makes Debut at New England Aquarium]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:45:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-01+at+9.51.29+AM.png

The New England Aquarium added a rare yellow lobster to its collection of uniquely colored lobsters. The odds of a yellow lobster in the wild are estimated at one in 30 million.

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<![CDATA[Squirrel Hides in Car, Climbs Up Woman's Leg as She Drives]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:46:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/233*120/Screen+Shot+2017-09-01+at+9.44.39+AM.png

A University of North Carolina professor keeps her cool and makes a new friend when a stowaway squirrel climbs up her leg as she's driving. WRAL's Lynda Loveland reports.

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<![CDATA[Un-Bee-Lievable! Canadian Man Sets New Bee Beard Record]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:27:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/beebeard.jpg

A bee honey worker from Ontario, Canada, set a new Guinness World Record time for wearing a bee beard.

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<![CDATA[The Story Behind the Hurricane Harvey Viral Dog Photo ]]> Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:56:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_HARVEY_DOG_082817_1-150395393150800001.jpg

After Hurricane Harvey hit, a now-viral photo was taken of a dog carrying a bag of dog food down the street. But there’s more to this photo than meets the eye.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Man Engages in Sexual Activity While Stealing a Trailer: Officials]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:29:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/161*120/082317+man+steals+trailer.jpg

A man was getting busy in more ways than one when he stole a trailer from a pool company in Cooper City worth at least $1,200, authorities said.

The suspect was caught on camera backing a truck into a parking lot at Twin Lakes Pool and BBQ, located at the 9900 block of Griffin Road.

When the suspect arrived on the scene, he dove into some sexual activity with a companion, according to the Broward Sheriff’s office.

About five minutes later, he left his partner, freed the trailer from the fence to which it was chained, hitched the trailer to his pickup truck and drove off.

The incident happened July 27 around 9:15 p.m.

BSO officials said the suspect wore a baseball cap and a long-sleeved shirt. He was driving a silver two-door pickup truck with a retractable bed cover.

Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Calls can remain anonymous.



Photo Credit: Broward County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Must See: Brazen Liquor Thief Caught on Camera]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-08-23-17h26m57s133.jpg

Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, are seeking the public's help in finding a brazen liquor store shoplifter. Security footage shows the woman placing several bottles of liquor in her pants, under her shirt and in her purse.



Photo Credit: Shreveport Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Bei Bei the Panda Celebrates 2nd Birthday at National Zoo]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:00:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pandabday.jpg

Bei Bei the panda cub celebrated his second birthday at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 22, with an ice cake and some new toys.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Decorations on Sale, in August]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:38:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christmas_at_Hobby_Lobby.jpg

It's the middle of August, and already Christmas decorations are going on sale, according to the weekly ad posted by Hobby Lobby.

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<![CDATA[Fla. Judge Denies Postponing Trial So Witness Can See Eclipse]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/220*120/Philly+Solar+Eclipse+258p.JPG

A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn't be postponed just because one of the key witnesses — a federal agent — had travel plans to see the solar eclipse.

In a droll, three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney.

Recalling popular dialogue from the TV classic "Star Trek," the judge wrote that an "Assistant United States Attorney boldy moves (where no AUSA has moved before)."

"The solar eclipse is no longer mysterious, supernatural, foreboding or ominous," wrote Merryday. "An eclipse is just another astral event, precisely predictable since the day the Babylonians discovered the governing formula."

Prosecutors wanted Monday's trial postponed because an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent had booked a trip to see the eclipse on a day when defendant Joseph Bishop was to stand trial for unlawfully transporting firearms.

Merryday chalked it up to a "cruel fate" that allowed the trial and the eclipse to happen on the same day. The prosecutor's motion "proposes to subordinate the time and resources of the court, of the opposing counsel, of the witnesses and of the jurors to one person's aspiration to view a 'total' solar eclipse for no more than two minutes and forty-two seconds."

A large chunk of the ruling cited lyrics from singer Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," which contains a line about flying to witness an eclipse.



Photo Credit: NBC10]]>