<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington https://www.nbcwashington.comen-usThu, 23 Nov 2017 15:42:37 -0500Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:42:37 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Woman Steals Gifts From NYC Apt, Leaves Dirty Kitty Litter]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:52:33 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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.

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<![CDATA[58 Indian Soldiers Ride a Single Motorcycle to Break Record]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:36:41 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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.

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<![CDATA[For Sale: Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Grave Marker]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:28:31 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 09:47:50 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 11:12:34 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 11:57:51 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 19:37:27 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/flightattendant.png

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

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<![CDATA[Tampa Man Faces Eviction Over Emotional Support Squirrel]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:52:40 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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.

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<![CDATA[Police: License Plate Made From Pizza Box Doesn't Fly]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:58:15 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 16:39:07 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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]]>
<![CDATA[Suspect Hands Out Free Doughnuts During Armed Robbery]]> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:07:58 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/donut+store+robbery.jpg

Police are searching for three suspects who were caught on video robbing a Texas doughnut shop and giving out free pastries to customers inside the store.

Houston Police Department's Robbery Division released surveillance video Tuesday of the robbery at Shipley's in North Houston.

Video shows three suspects enter the doughnut shop around just before 3 p.m. Monday. One of the supects is holding a handgun and jumps the counter demanding money from the cash register. Another suspect also jumps the counter while the third male approaches two customers inside the shop and takes their cellphones. 

"During the robbery, the male that took the customers cellphones jumped over the counter and offered them doughnuts while the other two suspects were robbing the employees," Houston Police said. 

Surveillance footage shows him handing out doughnuts to the customers as the three suspects are leaving the shop. 

All three men are wanted on charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, the police said.



Photo Credit: HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT]]>
<![CDATA[No Kidding: These Goats Are for Delivering Flowers]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:37:41 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/goat+pic.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Chubby Raccoon Gets Stuck in Sewer Grate]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:39:09 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+FAT+RACCOON+THUMB.jpg

A heavyset critter was found stuck in a sewer grate in a Northern Chicago suburb. Zion police officers came upon the “little” creature and with the help of animal control were able to free him. Perhaps he will stick to salads from now on.

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<![CDATA[Raccoon That Ate Too Much Got Stuck in Sewer Grate: PD]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:02:12 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/racoon+zion.png

Turns out the feeling many people relate to after a big meal isn't unique to humans.

One raccoon in a Chicago suburb apparently ate so well it got caught in a sewer grate Thursday.

Authorities said they found the creature stuck while trying to climb out of a Zion sewer grate. The officers had been called to the area for assistance when they discovered the unexpected scene.

“It seems this little guy has been eating a little too well and got caught in the sewer grate,” the Zion Police Department wrote on Facebook.


The raccoon was so big officers couldn’t help it out of the grate, so they called the Zion Public Works Department.

“They were able to free him and our friend was no worse for wear,” the police department wrote.




Photo Credit: Zion Police Department
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<![CDATA[Statue of 45-Foot Woman Won't Stand on National Mall]]> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 13:09:46 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/woman+statue+pic.jpg

A permit to bring a 45-foot statue of a naked woman to Washington, D.C. was denied by the National Park Service.

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<![CDATA[Watch a Giant Pumpkin Regatta]]> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:10:50 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Pumpkins1023_MP4-150884532784700002.jpg

What is a more autumn activity than racing giant pumpkins? Students from the West Virginia University held their inaugural Giant Pumpkin Regatta Boat Race as part of Mountaineer Week - just in time for Halloween.

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<![CDATA[Olympians' Favorite Halloween Candy]]> Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:15:25 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/HALLOWEEN+CANDY+THUMB.jpg

With Halloween a week away, members of Team USA talk about their favorite Halloween candy - and the worst things to get when trick-or-treating.

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<![CDATA[Man Builds Two-Story ‘Star Wars’ Transport Replica]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:43:59 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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 https://media.nbcwashington.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[This Is What Happens When You Take a Fidget Spinner to Space]]> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:25:48 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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[Cows Keep Traffic From Moo-ving on Nashville Parkway]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:32:09 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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[Man Clings to Front of School Bus in Road Rage Case]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:40:46 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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[Inmates Break Out of Jail and Then Break Back In]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:41:02 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-09-20-19h40m08s28.jpg

Mississippi inmates break out of jail, burglarize nearby store, then sneak back into jail in an attempt to sell the stolen goods. 



Photo Credit: WLBT-TV]]>
<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:54:17 -0500 https://media.nbcwashington.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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