<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:52:37 -0600Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:52:37 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mysterious Asteroid Is Being Checked for Signs of Alien Life]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:34:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.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.

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[Deputy Helps Baby Gator Cross the Road]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:28:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000021.jpg

A Florida sheriff's deputy's body camera captures an adorable little jaywalker. You can hear Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Herrara encouraging the baby alligator as it tries to cross a four-lane road saying "You got this, little guy!" The deputy follows it, making sure it's safe from passing cars, until the gator made it to the other side and scampered off into a wooded area.

Photo Credit: Polk County, Florida Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Caught on Camera: Squirrel Steals Candy]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:25:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00001.jpg

A New Jersey family was stunned to find the holiday treat tray they put on their front stoop ransacked until they caught a thieving squirrel in the act. The family has placed the tray outside for the mailman and delivery people for years, but this year the basket was raided within hours of it being placed outside. They found the squirrel targeting the priciest stuff on the spread, most notably more than two-dozen squares of Ghirardelli chocolate. The family now has the chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs to open.

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<![CDATA[Woman Fights Error on Phone Bill, Even Into Labor]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:08:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/watchdog_DMN.jpg

A woman refused to get off the phone with AT&T until and issue with her bill was resolved -- even as she went into labor.

<![CDATA[Video Shows Identity Thieves Skydiving Over Long Island: Police]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 19:41:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.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 17:55:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.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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<![CDATA[Woman's Pet Iguana Sends Her to Hospital]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:12:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_iquana1205_1920x1080.jpg

An iguana attack in Florida sent a pet owner to the hospital with serious facial injuries. Amanda Gray has been looking after her pet iguana, Igmo, since it first hatched near her home in Cape Coral two years ago. Igmo is now a four foot long adult reptile and has attacked twice in two months.

Photo Credit: WBBH-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Saves Turtle in Trouble]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 02:42:11 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_turtle1206_1920x1080.jpg

A daring sea rescue was all caught on camera this week in Florida. Rob Merlino was fishing off the Venice Pier Monday when he accidentally hooked a giant loggerhead sea turtle, about 300 pounds and roughly five feet long. It was too big to drag to the beach, so a Good Samaritan named Austin Selby dove in to help.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Armed Man Tells Police Trump Ordered Him to Fight Lizard People]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:51:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lizardguyak47.jpg

A Washington state man who “snorted methamphetamine to lose weight” and caused alarm by waving an AK-47 at a busy intersection while shouting that President Donald Trump ordered him to fight “the lizard people,” was shocked with a Taser gun by police and is being mentally evaluated, authorities said.

The 54-year-old man stopped his white Jeep Cherokee in the middle of the intersection on Nov. 25, at 108th Street and South Pacific Avenue in Parkland about 8:03 p.m., the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said. A witness called 911 to report the suspicious activity.

Washington State Patrol troopers arrived on the scene to find the man “waving around an AK-47” as well as a loaded Ruger .357 revolver. The man put the guns back in the car as troopers approached him—some armed with rifles of their own.

“The man immediately laid on the ground and started to scream about ‘sending in the news’ and about ‘the lizard people,’” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “As our patrol deputy and a trooper attempted to place him in handcuffs, he suddenly pulled away his arms and tried to resist being handcuffed while continuing to scream.”

Both a deputy and a trooper fired Tasers at the man, the sheriff’s department said. The man was then handcuffed.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man told the arresting officers he had snorted methamphetamine to lose weight and was taking prescribed morphine, but added “the meth doesn’t make me crazy man, the lizard people are real!”

“The man went on to described how President Trump had called his house in Eatonville and warned him that the lizard people were coming and that the alpha dragon had already taken his family hostage,” the sheriff’s department said. “He said he had stopped in the intersection because he was surrounded by the lizard people and need to fight them as directed by the President. He said he was screaming and making a scene in the intersection in order to ‘attract the news vans’ and so ‘his story could be documented for history.’”

Medics at the scene determined the man was “heavily under the influence of a stimulant” and he was placed in a 14-day mental health evaluation hold.

Inside the car was found a loaded Century Arms AK-47, the revolver, five loaded magazines for the rifle, a holster for the revolver and a wooden bat, the sheriff’s department said. There were 170 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition loaded in the magazines for the AK-47. The cache of weapons was booked into evidence, the sheriff’s office said.

Police released images of the small cache of weapons inside the car on the passenger's side of the vehicle. A long black rifle can be seen propped against the passenger seat, next to a camouflage backpack, rifle magazines and a silver revolver.

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It was unclear if the man would be charged with a crime pending the mental health evaluation.

Photo Credit: Pierce County Sheriff's Department
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<![CDATA[Mythical Creature Statue Stolen From Cafe]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:17:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_hodag1205_1920x1080.jpg

For more than 100 years, the mysterious "Hodag" has called Rhinelander, Wisconsin home, and now one of the many statues paying tribute to the mythical beast has vanished.

Photo Credit: WJFW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man Steals Coral From Aquariums]]> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:40:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_coralklepto1205_1920x1080.jpg

A man in Florida was caught stealing coral from fish tanks at an aquarium store. Teng Lin, 39, was caught on several cameras plunging his hand into fish tanks to steal coral at A&R Aquarium in  St. Petersburg.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Cheerleader's 'Invisible Box Challenge' Goes Viral]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:51:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/Invisible+Box+Challenge.jpg

A Texas cheerleader's stunt has now become the latest viral social media sensation.

Ariel Olivar recorded the stunt on the sidelines of a playoff game between the Manvel Mavericks and Cedar Park Timberwolves Friday night. She appears to defy gravity by putting one foot on an "invisible box" and then stepping over the box.

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The move has a name -- The Invisible Box Challenge. Olivar's video follows another from August from a football player in Indiana.

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"The video was my third time trying it. It's hard to explain, I just keep the leg in the same exact spot," Olivar told The Houston Chronicle.

Olivar was propelled to viral fame in the days after her tweet, which was retweeted more than 130,000 times by Tuesday morning, when she appeared on the "Today" show.

"People around my school just started retweeting it and I thought it would only go as far as throughout my school, but through the night it just get going, my phone kept blowing up," Olivar said, after explaining the trick to the trick.

It's a challenge people seem determined to nail down, as the Internet shows.

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Photo Credit: "Today"
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<![CDATA[Olympians Share Their Biggest Travel Pet Peeves]]> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:56:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pet+Peeves+Thumb.jpg

With holiday travel season coming up, members of Team USA, who are constantly on the road themselves, share the small travel annoyances that really grind their gears.

<![CDATA[What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches?]]> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:23:15 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/manowarjelly.jpg

Jellyfish-like creatures have been washing up on the Texas coast.

<![CDATA[Fort Worth PD is Full of 'Star Wars' Geeks]]> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:29:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fwpdchewbacca.gif

The Fort Worth Police Department is still full of "Star Wars" geeks.

A rather elaborate video published to the department's official Facebook page Wednesday has Chewbacca being shown the ropes by a senior officer.

His first day on the job didn't go too well, as more than 500,000 people have witnessed in the 17 hours the video was first published.

"We know things have been tough for Chewbacca lately," the post read, referring to the latest "Force Awakens" film. "We hoped that we could find a place for him within our Department. Did it go well? You decide."

The Wookiee's fumbles included a routine traffic stop that, quite simply, escalated way too quickly and an alarming use of a bowcaster at a department gun range. As for the self-defense course? Well, you'll have to watch to see how that ended.

This isn't the first time Fort Worth PD geeked out on Star Wars. Stormtroopers played a central role in the department's recruitment video last year. That video now has more than 20 million views on Facebook.

The department has also shared a video of Darth Vader interviewing for a position.

Check out the full video here.

Photo Credit: Fort Worth PD
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<![CDATA[Burglar Breaks Into Home, Gets Stuck]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 18:41:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-11-28-18h36m30s108.jpg

A New York burglar gets stuck in a window while breaking into a home and it's all caught on camera. It happened early Saturday at this home in the village of Airmont, north of New York City. Surveillance video from a home security camera shows the burglar, dressed in a bathrobe and slippers, struggling to get through a kitchen window into the house. After a couple minutes, he gets inside. It's not yet clear why the burglar was dressed in his night clothes. Since police are still investigating the break-in, they won't discuss what was stolen.

Photo Credit: Ramapo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA['Sea Pickles' Cover Oregon Beaches]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:36:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_seapickles1128_1920x1080.jpg

Millions of unusual pickle-looking sea creatures have washed up on the Oregon coast and are now blanketing some beaches. The creatures that resemble translucent pickles are called Pyrosomes. Each one is actually made up of hundreds of individual organisms.

Photo Credit: KGW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[No, Christmas Tree: Police Warn Against This Kind of Tree Transport]]> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 06:15:58 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/Sudbury+Car+Tree.jpg

Police in one Massachusetts town say if you're going to pick up a Christmas tree this year, make sure to transport it responsibly.

Sudbury police posted a photo to their Facebook page Friday afternoon, saying an officer had to pull over a vehicle on Route 20 that had a tree covering almost all windows. 

The photo picked up steam social media, being shared almost 300 times on Facebook.

"Sudbury PD would like to remind you to transport your Holiday trees responsibly," the department wrote on Facebook.

It's not clear if the driver faced any charges, but they probably got at least a stern warning.

Photo Credit: Sudbury Police Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[Family Saves Deer From Pool]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:38:42 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DEER30.jpg

A four-point buck got stuck under a pool cover at the home in central New York. The deer somehow got in, but couldn't get out even using his antlers to tear through the cover, but never making it to freedom.  The owners' family, and friends, stopped by to close up the New York state summer home for the season when they heard a sound they couldn't explain. They spotted the deer and, springing into action, pulled away the cover allowing the deer to hop out to safety.

Photo Credit: WKTV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Trump Sketch Among Rare Presidential Relics in Auction]]> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:11:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-sketch-heritage-auctions.jpg

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions has a bevy of rare presidential relics available for auction this week, including works of art created by President John F. Kennedy and President Donald Trump.

The Trump work is a sketch of the New York City skyline, made in Sharpie. The President donated the drawing to St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters organization in New York in 2005 for a charity auction.

At the time, the sketch sold for $6,000. It is expected to sell for $15,000 or more at Heritage's Americana and Political auction on Saturday, Dec. 2. Bidding on the doodle was at $8,000 as of Monday morning. 

"Nobody could have envisioned back then that Donald Trump would become President," said Don Ackerman, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions. “So now all of a sudden you have something that was worth X number of dollars [in 2005] that is worth a whole lot more now that he became president.”

"President Trump generates a whole lot of publicity on a daily basis or an hourly basis, and if someone has something like this and they want to sell it, now is the right time to sell,” Ackerman said.

A rare oil on canvas painting completed in 1955 by President John F. Kennedy, when he was a senator of Massachusetts, is also up for auction. The colorful artwork consists of a group of waterfront homes and is believed to be a coastal town in the South of France, according to a Heritage Auctions news release.

Kennedy's niece, Victoria Gifford Kennedy received the artwork from John F. Kennedy’s brother, Robert Francis Kennedy and his wife Ethel after she married their son Michael.

In a note which accompanied the artwork, Ethel wrote to Victoria: "I'm delighted that 25 years later, you’re still enjoying President Kennedy’s painting which I gave to you and Michael for your wedding."

Bidding on Kennedy's painting reached $42,000 by Monday morning. It is expected to fetch at least $50,000.

Other items that are expected to fetch high sums include one of the earliest photographs ever taken of an American president, the bugle that sounded Taps during the funeral for President Abraham Lincoln and a series of handprints made of President Franklin and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.

The bugle which sounded taps over the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln following his assassination will likely go for more than $50,000, according to Heritage Auctions.

“It is a really an evocative item and it is one of a kind and really it evokes images of that day in Washington, D.C. when Lincoln was assassinated,” Ackerman said.

A rare daguerreotype image of President John Quincy Adams, the first president to have been photographed, is also expected to sell for more than $50,000, according to Heritage Auctions.

The image, taken in 1846 at the Washington, D.C., studio of one of the most prominent photographers of the time, was discovered in a Paris antiques market after disappearing for decades. 

Also included in the Americana and Political auction is a set of handprints made by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor.

According to Heritage Auctions, the prints were made in secret inside of the White House by a palm reader.

In addition to the palm prints, the 1937 session also included a “full and detailed character sketch” of the president, his wife and other members of the first family, according to Heritage Auctions.

The works are expected to fetch $20,000 or more.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Popular YouTube Videos May Have Psychologically Harmed Kids]]> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:20:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/youtube-logo.jpg

“Toy Freaks,” a popular YouTube channel followed by millions, was deactivated by the site last week for violating policies against child endangerment, NBC News reports.

The channel, run by single father Gregory Chism, was known for its videos featuring Chism playing pranks on his two daughters, both under 10 years old. But some of the videos seemed less like pranks and more unsettling, like ones featuring the children pretending to act like infants, spitting baby food on one another and pretending to urinate on themselves.

In one video, preserved by BuzzFeed News, the father drops a live frog into a bathtub where his daughters, dressed in swimsuits, are bathing, leaving one girl visibly distraught. In another, the older daughter feeds her sister baby food, which is then shown in close up being spit out into a bowl.

The channel was removed from the site after complaints the videos were disturbing, according to BuzzFeed News.

In a statement emailed to NBC News, Chism said that YouTube updated its community guidelines on Nov. 16, and later that day the channel was terminated after users flagged the videos on the site’s “YouTube Kids" App. Chism said he was unaware his videos were being shown on the app.

Photo Credit: Danny Moloshok/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Shocked to Find Iguana in Toilet]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:11:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_iguana1122_1920x1080.jpg

A Florida woman is recovering from the shock of a lifetime after finding an iguana in her toilet. Dani Craven was cleaning her toilet when she encountered the spiny tail iguana.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Steals Gifts From NYC Apt, Leaves Dirty Kitty Litter]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:52:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grinch+nyc.jpg

A woman was caught on camera stealing presents from a West Harlem apartment building and residents say the only gift she left behind was a bag of dirty kitty litter.

Residents tell NBC 4 New York that the woman seen in surveillance video wearing a black coat followed someone into the building on 119th Street around 9:30 Monday night. When the coast was clear, the woman opened several packages addressed to tenants and stole what she pleased, residents said.

One victim told News 4 that he returned home just minutes later to find a package delivered to him opened and empty.

“It’s a little disheartening that you see people especially during the holidays that you see people doing this,” the victim said. "One of them was a gift that I was bringing up for my mom for Thanksgiving."

Video from the scene shows the woman walking out of the building with a package in her hands as she leaves behind a white bag that residents say was filled with the dirty kitty litter.

<![CDATA[58 Indian Soldiers Ride a Single Motorcycle to Break Record]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:36:41 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thumbIndian.jpg

After six months of dieting and two failed attempts, 58 members of the 'Tornadoes', a motorcycle display team of the Indian Army, climbed onto a motorcycle together to break a world record. The Indian Army broke their own previous world record of 56 people on a moving motorcycle, which they set on December 28, 2013, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

<![CDATA[For Sale: Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Grave Marker]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:28:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/oswald+headstone.JPG

A Dallas bar owner is trying to figure out what to do with Lee Harvey Oswald's original grave marker, 54 years after Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

"It's in excellent condition," said David Card, owner of Poor David's Pub on Lamar Street.

Card, 77, showed off the marker, which was tucked in an electrical room in the back of his bar.

"What do I have here?" he asked. "I have here the headstone, the original headstone of the most famous assassin in the history of Western civilization."

It weighs 130 pounds and includes Oswald's name with the dates of his birth and death and a cross at the bottom surrounded by a flowery design. Oswald was killed on Nov. 24, 1963, by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.

If grave stones could talk, this one would tell quite a story.

It sat for four years on top of Oswald's grave in a Fort Worth cemetery before it was stolen by two Oklahoma teenagers. Police later found it and returned it to Oswald's mother, who replaced the headstone with a much simpler marker.

She hid the original in the crawl space beneath her house on Byers Street in Fort Worth.

After she died in 1981, Card's mother bought the house.

A repairman later did some work under the home.

"And he came out and he says, 'There's a tombstone under here!'" Card remembered.

Years later, a relative sold it to a small Illinois museum.

Card said the relative didn't have permission to sell it, and he sued to get it back.

The lawsuit dragged on more than four years. Card won, but legal fees cost him more than $100,000, he said.

Card wants a museum to buy the marker so the public can see it.

"It should be permanently displayed somewhere forever," he said.

The catch? He wants to be reimbursed for the legal fees.

But for now, Card has no takers, and he says he's not sure what to do with the stone.

He said he prefers not to sell it to a collector.

"I mean, it's too meaningful," he said.

After his interview with NBC 5, Card moved the marker to a secret location so it wouldn't be stolen.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Trio of Elephants Get Up-Close Look at Georgia Highway Fire]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:47:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tennessee+elephant+truck+fire.jpg

Firefighters battling a truck fire in Georgia early Monday probably couldn't ignore the elephant in the room — three elephants, that is, standing by the side of the highway.

They'd been evacuated from the truck's trailer when the fire broke out on Interstate 24 on the Georgia-Tennessee border at about 2 a.m., according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

The trio of huge but well-behaved animals were heading to Sarasota, Florida, and were unharmed, firefighters said on Facebook. The truck's owner gave them some hay to chew while firefighters put out the blaze.

"They were pretty lucky that it was nothing greater than an elephant," Chattanooga Capt. Wadie Suttles told NBC affiliate WRCB. "Can you imagine what things would be like if it was a lion?"

Photo Credit: Chattanooga Police Dept. via Chattanooga Fire Dept.]]>
<![CDATA[6-Foot Croc Spotted Sunbathing on Florida Beach]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:12:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/112017+crocodile+captured+hollywood+beach.jpg

A 6-foot crocodile was spotted sun bathing on a Florida beach Monday morning, drawing dozens of onlookers as it sat in the surf.

Police responded to Hollywood Beach near N. Surf Road and Haynes Street after witnesses reported seeing the crocodile walking along the shore around 7:30 a.m.

Officials said marine patrol earlier saw the crocodile near the Dania Beach Pier.

Video footage showed the croc lying on the shore line, its head facing toward the sky as waves rolled over its body. 

At one point it moved further into the water before returning above the surf. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers responded to the scene as Beach Safety officials kept beachgoers and onlookers away from the animal.

Officers were eventually able to capture the croc on the beach.

Photo Credit: NBC 6
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<![CDATA[Researcher in Va. 'Half Car Seat, Half Man' Video Revealed]]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:57:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/080717+car+with+hidden+driver.jpg

The identity of the "half car seat, half man" who sped away from NBC Washington transportation reporter Adam Tuss in August has finally been revealed, after Tuss caught up with the man whose car seat disguise went viral.

Josh Radlbeck was driving an unmarked gray 2017 Ford Transit Connect that at first appeared to be driving itself around Arlington, Virginia, thanks to Radlbeck's car seat costume.

He didn't answer questions when he was approached by News4's Tuss, speeding away and leaving Tuss confused.

"Your brain can't get around it for a second," Tuss said at the time. His tweets with video of him confronting the minivan were shared hundreds of times. 

"Brother, who are you? What are you doing? I'm with the news, dude," he said as he tried to get the man in costume to talk with him. 

Tuss later learned the driver wasn't a prankster but part of a research project from Virginia Tech, and met Radlbeck this week.

Radlbeck now says he was a little bit rattled when Tuss knocked on the van's window, letting him know he was a reporter.

"I was pretty stressed out," Radlbeck said with a smile. "Especially after that tweet about running the red light." 

Tuss tweeted as he broke the story that Radlbeck ran a red light. News4 later confirmed Radlbeck broke no laws as he sped away from Tuss.

As soon as Radlbeck saw the reporter, he realized it would be a big story. 

"I'm like, oh man, this is going to blow up and I don't think there's anything I can do to stop it now," the researcher said in his first interview since the incident.

Radlbeck has been studying self-driving vehicles at Virginia Tech for five years. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute says it's collected 40 million miles of data from real-world driving tests.

For now, Radlbeck continues being the "car seat" man, all in the name of research.

Photo Credit: NBC Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Flight Attendant Puts on a Show for Safety Announcements]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:37:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flightattendant.png

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant was captured putting on a little show during safety announcements.

<![CDATA[Tampa Man Faces Eviction Over Emotional Support Squirrel]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:52:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FL04M_SUPPORT_SQUIRREL_FIGHT_1200x675_1094912579807.jpg

A Tampa man is fighting to keep what he calls his "support squirrel" in his condo. Jamel Lanee spoke to the man who just got an eviction notice.

<![CDATA[Plan Ahead for the Holiday With 'Thanksgiving Dinner Pants']]> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:25:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pants5.JPG

The makers of Stove Top Stuffing don't want you to worry about getting stuffed this Thanksgiving.

Instead, they want you to enjoy more Thanksgiving with their new "Thanksgiving Dinner Pants."

Stove Top has created pants with an over-the-belly stretch-waist band and some Stove Top Stuffing flair, for your expanding turkey belly.

So no more unbuttoning your pants when you feel stuffed.

The pants are available for $19.98 for a limited time while supplies last, In sizes small to extra large.

Click here for more information.

Photo Credit: ThanksgivingDinnerPants.com]]>
<![CDATA[Police: License Plate Made From Pizza Box Doesn't Fly]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:58:15 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Fake+license+plate1.jpg

Police in Massachusetts are warning drivers not to make their own license plates after one car was recently spotted with a homemade one.

On the Hopkinton Police Department's Facebook page, police posted a picture of a green Buick Century with a "fake" license plate they said was made from a pizza box and had the numbers drawn in with magic markers.

"Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates... don't," read part of the Facebook post.

Charges for the driver include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching fake license plates.

The driver's name wasn't released.

Photo Credit: Hopkinton Police Department via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[637-Pound Green Bean Casserole Is a Record-Breaker]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:39:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ho-ho-ho-casserole.jpg

A heaping Guinness World Record-breaking serving of green bean casserole was dished out at Macy's Herald Square Thursday, tipping the scales at 637 pounds a week ahead of Thanksgiving. 

The popular Turkey Day side dish was cooked up by Green Giant and Stella 34 Trattoria using 780 cans of green beans, 53 cans of mushroom soup, 32 quarts of milk and 65 pounds of fried onions. It took more than six hours just to open all the cans. 

After it officially broke the record, the casserole was donated to Citymeals on Wheels to help feed nearly 2,000 New Yorkers confined to their homes for personal health or mobility issues.

Photo Credit: Jason DeCrow/AP for Green Giant]]>