<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.comen-usSat, 25 Feb 2017 18:23:34 -0500Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:23:34 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pet Lions, Crocodiles Could Soon Be Banned in Arlington]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/lion-shutterstock_126767138.jpg
Pet lions and crocodiles could soon become illegal in Arlington. Surprised they aren't already? Turns out, many D.C.-area jurisdictions ban exotic or wild animals as pets -- but Arlington isn't one of them.

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<![CDATA[Rare Quadruplet Calves Born in Ireland]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_QUADCOWS_022317-148789925482500001.jpg
A farming family in Ireland's County Clare is celebrating the births of four nearly identical calves. The odds of this happening are quite incredible.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Drives Half-Mile with Police Officer on Hood]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:05:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_CHINAPOLICEHOOD_022317-148789366995300001.jpg
A man in China drove away from a checkpoint with a police officer on the hood of his car.  The incident was captured on surveillance footage.]]>
<![CDATA[Florida Man Claims Dog Accidentally Shot His Girlfriend]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:21 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg
Diesel the dog did it. That's the claim a 25-year-old Jacksonville man made after his girlfriend was shot in the leg while she was sleeping. Brian Murphy's girlfriend, Summer Miracle, was taken to the hospital late Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries. Murphy told police he was sleeping next to Miracle when his dog Diesel woke him up. He went outside with the dog and then came back into the home.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Tiger Knocks Drone out of the Sky]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/2-23-17-tigers-and-drones.jpg
Incredible video captured at a Siberian tiger enclosure in Northeast China. China's state broadcaster released this footage showing the animals chasing a drone until one jumps up and knocks it out of the sky. Footage from a second camera shows the tigers gathering around the drone on the ground and tearing into it until they were scared away because it started smoking. Staff members say they use drone chasing to keep the tigers fit.

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<![CDATA[Girl Turns to Police Department for Help on Math Homework]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:08:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/16640810_10109124209283375_6508236704912685509_n.jpg
When a 10-year-old girl needed help with her math homework, she sought assistance from an unlikely source — her local police department. “I’m having trouble with my homework. Could you help me?” Lena Draper wrote in a Facebook message to the Marion, Ohio Police Department. The department responded, and — surprise, surprise — it had answers.

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<![CDATA[Suspected Drunk Driver Does Cartwheels During Sobriety Test]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:04:04 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/dui-suspect1.jpg
A woman was arrested after she did cartwheels during her field sobriety test, police said.Bryelle Marshall, 23, was arrested Friday evening and charged with battery, aggravated DWI and driving with an expired license plate after her vehicle was reported driving recklessly.

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<![CDATA[Bull in Wild NYC Chase Dies Hours After Capture]]> Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/runaway+cow1.jpg
The rogue bull that escaped from a Queens slaughterhouse and led police on a wild, hours-long chase through neighborhood streets Tuesday, ducking under caution tape and sidestepping police officers, has died, NYPD officials confirmed. The bull, which was seen with at least a dozen tranquilizer darts in its side over the course of the miles-long chase, died at some point before 2:30 p.m., nearly three hours after it escaped a Beaver Road slaughterhouse and went on a free-for-all through Queens, ducking cops in Jamaica and South Ozone Park. A cause of death for the animal wasn't immediately clear and city officials had no further comment.

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<![CDATA[Student Grades Ex's Apology Letter]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:34:09 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-553200253.jpg
A University of Central Florida student's reaction to his ex-girlfriend's plea for forgiveness is making the rounds on social media.Nick Lutz received a hand-written, four-page letter from his ex, who apologized for the mistakes she made in their relationship.According to Lutz, the lovelorn woman's effort did not make the grade. He marked up her apology letter, gave it a D- and reportedly sent it back to her.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Woman's Final Jab at Trump]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_116963857380.jpg
As her loved ones mourn their loss, one Ohio woman found a source of comfort in her own passing – by taking a parting shot at President Donald Trump in her obituary. Elizabeth "Liz" Smith died Monday at the age of 87, surrounded by her family, who then made her political views well known. "Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump presidency," her obituary reads.

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<![CDATA[Scientists Say They’ve Discovered a Lost Continent]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:55:37 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zealandia--.jpg
Scientists say they have identified an underwater continent two-thirds the size of Australia — and they are calling it Zealandia.This newly proposed continent is about 1.74 million square miles in size and 94 percent submerged. But at its highest points, it protrudes above the ocean surface in the form of New Zealand and New Caledonia, according to a paper published in GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America.

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<![CDATA[Brewery Offers Paid Leave for Workers Who Rescue Dogs]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:23:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/brew-dog-today-170217-tease_ce1564ad4fd9dd4f935c216394edac83.today-inline-large.jpg
Scotland-based brewery BrewDog recognizes that, while a dog is a person's best friend, introducing a new dog into the home can be a difficult process. The company announced earlier this week that they're giving their 1,000 employees around the world (including those working at a soon-to-open brewery in Columbus, Ohio) a week's paid leave if they become rescue dog owners.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Dead, Dying Bees Wash Ashore in Fla.]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:57:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/020717+bees+wash+up+in+naples.jpg
Thousands of dead and dying bees are washing up on a popular beach in Southern Florida. Naples beach goers had to watch where they stepped Tuesday after some people say they have been stung just along the shoreline, according to NBC affiliate WBBH-TV. "I've been stung a couple of times and at first, I didn't know what it was and then I realized and then I had an allergic reaction," said Naples resident Martha Duff.

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<![CDATA[Doctor Removes 130-Pound Tumor From Mississippi Man ]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:57:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/docGettyImages-71205638.jpg
A California doctor removed a 130-pound tumor from a Mississippi man who had been told by other physicians that he was just fat.Roger Logan, 57, had the non-cancerous growth removed on Jan. 31 at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he will remain for another week or so before returning to Gulfport, Mississippi.

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<![CDATA[Texas Family Finds Snake in Toilet, Then 23 More in Their Home]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:07:55 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-03-10h24m10s160.jpg
You can expect to find snakes in a Texas yard, in a pile of leaves or maybe in the garden. But the toilet is usually the last place to look. Usually. Abilene mother of five Cassie McFadden woke up to a surprise when her four-year-old son ran into the bedroom and informed her of a snake in their toilet. McFadden told a reporter for KRBC news she was forced to "hit it a few times, unfortunately." The incident made the family worry about what else may be lurking within their home. So McFadden's husband, Jason, took action.]]>
<![CDATA[Calif. Groundhog Is a Tortoise]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:36:25 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/livingdesertmojavemaxine.jpg
When is a groundhog a tortoise?It sounds like it might be a riddle from a whimsical storybook or some age-old philosophical question, the kind of brainteaser that makes us ponder the nature of animalia, nature, and the world.But here's the straightforward answer: A groundhog is a tortoise when Californians speak of Mojave Maxine, and not Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil, at the start of February.

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<![CDATA[Pet Python Stuck in Owner's Ear]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:04:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_snake0202_1500x845.jpg
A Portland woman rushed to the emergency room after her pet snake became stuck in her gauged earlobe.]]>
<![CDATA[Florida's Manatees Predict Different Super Bowl 51 Winner]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:23:34 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/HughSuperbowlPick_20170201_12.jpg
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium resident manatees Buffett and Hugh have been predicting the winner of the Super Bowl since 2008.Americans will bet $4.7 billion on Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, according to an estimate released Tuesday by the American Gaming Association (AGA), marking an 11 percent rise from last year’s Super Bowl.Without analyzing the statistics and gameplay of both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, which manatee should you place your bets on?

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<![CDATA[Photos Show Cat's Amazing Transformation After Rescue]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:45:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/sinbad+found.jpg
The cat named Sinbad was found in terrible condition by utilities workers in a Chicago basement last year

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<![CDATA[This Dutch Ad For a Pregnancy Test Has One Glaring Problem]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:01:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/PregoAd.jpg
The look of surprise and excitement on the faces of this couple in an advertisement for a pregnancy test would make sense if not for one bumpy issue.The ad by the Dutch company Predictor shows a happy couple reacting to a positive pregnancy test, except they would have to be the two most clueless people on the planet to not have already reached that conclusion themselves.The ad is tagged with the line, "When you need to know."The end result is that if "you need to know," you might want to get on that about seven months earlier than this couple did.

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<![CDATA[Friends, Legislators Fight to Save NY Family's Support Pig]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/StatenIslandPig_Wilbur.jpg
Wilbur is at the heart of conflict again, except this time he's not in a barnyard watching over "Charlotte's Web", he's on Staten Island.Reporters crowded the backyard of Cristy Matteo's Hylan Boulevard home. Friends, neighbors and fellow pig owners stood behind Matteo holding up homemade signs in support of the pig as she took her place at the podium. "Save Wilbur!" one sign said. 'Let Wilbur stay in his home!" read another.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Enjoy the Sights of London]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:31:08 -0500 N DOGGYSSENTI>LS]]> http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/WIDE+DOGS.jpg
What's described as the world's "first" tour bus designed especially for dogs took some pampered pooches on sightseeing tours of London. The tour bus promoter said over 160 dogs enjoyed a ride on the special "K-9" bus over three days last week. The route concentrated on London's dog-walking hotspots. Dog owners joined their pets on board the traditional London bus. The company said the rides were sold out every day.

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<![CDATA[Wyoming School Says No Guns for Grizzly Bears]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:18:41 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_devosbears0119_1500x845.jpg
Grizzly bears near Wyoming schools got national attention after Donald Trump's education secretary nominee mentioned them in a Senate hearing this week. Betsy DeVos suggested teachers in Wapiti, Wyoming, may need guns to fend off bears, but the school says that's not the case.]]>
<![CDATA[Community Embraces Goat Neighbors]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:31:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_goats0109_1920x1080.jpg
A large herd of goats has become a popular fixture in one Florida community. Neighbors have been visiting and feeding the goats for years, but many had no idea how the animals ended up there.

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<![CDATA[New York Subway Riders Ditch Pants]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:59:33 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NO+PANTS+THUMB.jpg
New York Subway riders were in full winter attire except for their pants as part of the annual 'No Pants Subway Ride.']]>
<![CDATA[Surfing on Lake Michigan in Winter]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/SURFER_CHICAGO_THUMB.jpg
Hear from a group of surfers who ventured out to surf on Lake Michigan in the middle of winter.]]>
<![CDATA[Auto Dealer Commercial Bloopers Go Viral ]]> Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:47:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/215*120/WhiteBearMitsubishi.png
A blooper posted on an auto dealer's Facebook page may prove to be the better marketing strategy, after White Bear Mitsubishi's outtakes reel gathered millions of views in just two weeks. The commercial, posted on Dec. 23, 2016, tickled viewer funny bones after a white bear mascot is shown slipping multiple times throughout the recording. (Video courtesy White Bear Mitsubishi)]]>
<![CDATA[Mandy Moore Shower Mosaic ]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-629176044.jpg
A mural of Mandy Moore was said to be found inside an apartment shower in Queens — a piece of art that inspired the singer and actress to respond on Twitter. Roommates apparently discovered the life-sized, sepia-toned mural after they bought the apartment. It appears to depict a bikini-clad Moore brushing back her hair. The mural came to light after Peter Kaplan posted a photo of it to Twitter on Monday, writing “My friend’s friend bought an apt in Queens and there was a Mandy Moore mosaic in the shower.”

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<![CDATA[Llama Runs Free on Roads Near Athens, Georgia]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:27:27 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/llama-loose-athens-georgia.jpg
A llama was on the lam in Georgia for a little while Wednesday afternoon, bringing out sheriff's deputies and, according to two witnesses, slowing traffic as onlookers gawked. The woolly scofflaw was seen in Oconee County, on the 10 highway near Athens, which is east of Atlanta, according to the county sheriff's Facebook page. "We can't make this stuff up," deputies added in a post reporting the loose llama.

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<![CDATA[Utah Woman Says Plane Dropped Feces on Her Home ]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:01:57 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/NC_planewaste0104_1920x1080.jpg
A Salt Lake City woman says a commercial plane dropped human waste on her car and home, and it isn't the first time this has happened. "At first I thought, 'Wow, some bird really took a dump on my car!" said Bethany Bowker. "It's disgusting."]]>
<![CDATA[Snake in a Toilet! Arlington Woman Makes Startling Discovery]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:37:56 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/blue_peacock_background.jpg
This probably isn't something you thought you needed to be afraid of.Think again?A Virginia woman called Animal Control last week after she found a snake in a toilet in an Arlington County apartment. To repeat: She. Found. A. Snake. In. A. Toilet.An animal control officer was able to safely remove the "lost and confused" snake and brought him to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the animal shelter said in a Facebook post Tuesday.The snake is a juvenile yellow anaconda, the animal shelter said. Yellow anacondas can grow to be 13 feet long and to weigh more than 100 pounds.The shelter has named him Sir Hiss.Well, they think the snake is a him. It's hard to tell, with snakes.[[409712265, C]]Fortunately, animal control officers were able to find a specialist who will be able to care for the snake, animal shelter officials said. The sna

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<![CDATA[Roads In Canada Turn Into Ice Rinks]]> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:21:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-12-29-13h35m11s220.jpg
Parts of Canada have seen so much ice building up on the roads that residents have been putting on their skates. Laura Spink posted a video from Peterborough on Monday showing an adept skater moving around with ease over the icy road. Many others also used the opportunity to show off their skating skills with Michael Daoust & Nicolas Daoust posting a video of a skater pulling shapes in the middle of a residential street in Quebec.

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