Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • Morris the cat running for mayor of Mexican city

    Morris poses for a campaign photo. (Facebook)

    There’s another fat cat running for political office. But this one is actually covered in fur, has claws and purrs when he gets his way.

    All hail “hissoner.”

    Morris the Cat declared his candidacy for mayor of Xalapa, a university city with a population of 450,000 in eastern Mexico. Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz, has suffered through high crime rates and corruption in recent years.

    Which helps explain the 10-month-old kitten's campaign slogan: "Tired of Voting for Rats? Vote for a Cat."

    "He sleeps almost all day and does nothing, and that fits the profile of a politician," said Morris’ human owner, Sergio Chamorro, in an interview with The Associated Press.

    Morris is also not the only cat to seek elected office.

    For example, Stubbs the Cat has famously been the mayor of a small Alaskan town for more than 15 years. And in 2012, a cat named Tuxedo Stan ran for mayor of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada (he didn't win).

    Chamorro says Morris is running for office to protest

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  • Worst proposal ever? Ring inside chicken sandwich—and it goes viral

    (Awesomphilia.com/Facebook)

    It must be true love: A man stuck an engagement ring into the bun of a chicken sandwich—and the woman accepted the proposal.

    It almost makes the much-maligned wedding-anniversary bowling ball look like a touching gesture—yet Ann, the bride-to-be, didn't seem to mind. In this photo of the sandwich and accompanying engagement ring posted to Facebook on Wednesday was the message, “I said yes :)”

    (Ann's last name, as well as that of her fiancé, Dennis, had been redacted from the page.)

    As of press time, the picture had 54 “likes” from Ann's Facebook friends—which leads us to believe there's a touching backstory to the sandwich proposal. Still, you'd think if someone was going to put a wedding ring inside a chicken sandwich, they'd at least go for Chick-Fil-A.

    What do you think—would you propose to someone using fast food as a prop? And would you accept a marriage proposal like this?

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  • Animal clinic rescues 6 squirrels with tails fused together

    (Animal Clinic of Regina/Facebook)

    It was a strange sight: six otherwise adorable squirrels with their tails fused together. The “squirrel kings” formation, as it’s called, resulted in the rodents connected to each other from behind, unable to escape their bonds and headed for death or dismemberment.

    The squirrels were lucky to be discovered by a caring individual who brought them to the Animal Clinic of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, where employees were able to methodically separate the squirrels from each other without permanently damaging them.

    “It just doesn’t happen too often,” Dr. Steven Kruzeniski told Metro Canada. “It’s a pretty rare thing to see, but I have seen it happen once before.”

    So how exactly did the young squirrels end up physically bound to each other? Kruzeniski said they were likely all resting near each other in a pine tree when sap dripped onto their tails and fused them together as it hardened and grafted with their fur.

    After the squirrels were brought into the clinic, the team of

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  • 9-year-old girl passes through airport customs with fake unicorn passport

    Emily Harris, 9, and unicorn passport (Caters)Breezing through airport security? For some, it’s about as likely as seeing a unicorn.

    But for 9-year-old Emily Harris of South Wales, it was her toy passport featuring a photo of a pink stuffed unicorn toy that secured her passage through the security line at Turkey’s Antalya airport.

    “We saw the funny side, and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport,” Emily’s mom, Nicky, told Caters News Agency. “But at the same time, it’s a worry to any parent, how easy it would be to smuggle a child through customs and into another country.”

    Emily’s passport was technically a novelty item included with her stuffed animal, which was purchased at the Bear Factory retailer. The cover of the passport reads, "European Union, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland." OK, so far, it's understandable and somewhat official looking. But then, the passport case shows the silhouette of a bear's head with the words, "Design A Bear" written below in childlike, golden

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  • Guide dog saves man and woman from swerving vehicle (VIDEO)

    An alert guide dog saved a California man and woman on Monday from an out-of-control vehicle swerving backward down a public sidewalk at high speed.

    Todd Jurek and Danielle Alvarado are both employees of Guide Dogs for the Blind, a company that trains service dogs to assist visually impaired individuals. They were taking a O’Neil, an 18-month-old Labrador retriever, out for a training walk in San Rafael, Calif., on Monday morning when the near-death experience occurred.

    The San Jose Mercury News reports that a 93-year-old woman was reportedly trying to parallel park her vehicle when she lost control and began driving the car in reverse, smashing a store window.

    "It was just an unbelievable sight to see something going backwards, barreling down the sidewalk," Jurek told the paper.

    Jurek and Alvarado, who was blindfolded as part of the exercise, did not see the car barreling down the sidewalk behind them. But O’Neil sensed something was going on and jerked his head backward. The motion

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  • Texas gun range offers target practice from a helicopter

    A rifleman demonstrates the helicopter target practice course. (helicoptersniper.com)The gun debate went to new heights in one Texas town, where the owners of a gun range are letting customers take part in a target practice from inside a helicopter.

    "It's like the ultimate video game," Dan Claassen of Helicopter Sniper Adventure told local ABC affiliate WFAA.

    And while the concept may sound extreme to some, Claassen says a number of safety precautions have been put into place.

    "It's not like we're endangering anybody's life with our flight patterns or our techniques," he said. "Everything is totally safe in that regard."

    It’s also entirely legal under Federal Aviation Administration and local county regulations.

    Customers pay $795 to take part in the firefight flight, which includes a safety training class, awards ceremony and lunch. Well, and unlike an actual firefight, no returning fire. The individual flights are relatively short, lasting about 15 minutes per person. Still, that’s enough time to fire off an estimated 500 rounds of .233 semiautomatic rifle

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  • World toe wrestling championships showcase the athlete’s foot

    The best sporting events showcase athletes going toe-to-toe in a test of skills and strength. Which might just make the World Toe Wrestling Championships a success, hands down.

    According to the Standard, the toe wrestling championship was launched by a British apartment landlord in 1976 in an effort to give his countrymen a new sport in which they could “dominate.”

    Sadly, the dream of domination did not even make it through the first year's trials, as a Canadian won the inaugural championship.

    But in recent years, the Brits have found themselves back on top with competitors like Paul "Predatoe" Beech for the men and Lisa "Twinkletoes" Shenton for the women.

    "We had quite a few new challengers this year—about 20 men and eight ladies,” organizer Wendy Payne said. "They didn't last long, mind you."

    Competitors use their big toes in the wrestling, attempting to pin their opponent’s toe over the course of up to three rounds.

    This year, they gathered at a local hotel, the Bentley Brook Inn,

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  • Teen walks away from midair car collision unharmed, lands on feet

    A 17-year-old boy miraculously walked away unharmed from a midair collision with a moving vehicle.

    It was an unwise move, to say the least. But Daniel Jensen emerged unharmed after attempting to jump over a car that was speeding in his direction at 40 mph.

    Shockingly, the stunt was entirely intentional. Jensen had one friend film the event while another friend drove her vehicle in a head-on course with the teen.

    “Somehow I ended up doing a side flip and when I opened my eyes I saw the ground and landed on my feet,” Jensen wrote on his YouTube page. “I was in so much shock I just ran away from the car trying to get my mind together.”

    “This is not fake,” The Tarzana, California, teen writes. “I have background footage and pictures of my legs and her windshield and all that. You can also see the windshield being busted if you slow down the first clip enough.”

    Jensen told ninemsn he practiced the stunt by jumping over bricks. But when he attempts pull off the same stunt over the moving

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  • RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.—If you want privacy, following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon, the queen of England and Frank Sinatra is a good idea.

    The Sunnylands estate, which is playing host to President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, has a rich history involving many other U.S. presidents and countless celebrity guests.

    First completed in 1966, the 200-acre estate with its famously pink walls was used for decades by the Annenberg family. And from the very beginning, it was also a perfect getaway for the powerful political figures the Annenbergs counted among their friends.

    Dwight Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to visit, and he and his wife, Mamie, enjoyed fishing and golfing excursions on the premises. Sunnylands comes equipped with its own golf course and a fully stocked fishing pond.

    The private and relaxed atmosphere seems to be ideal for Obama and Xi, allowing them to conduct business and get to know each

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  • Town mails discarded dog poop back to errant pet owners

    Boxes full of discarded dog excrement are being shipped back to the pet's owners (Europa Press)

    Dog parks are an oasis for millions of pet owners—pups can run around, interact with other dogs and get a taste of nature without having to head out of town on weekends.

    Some careless dog owners, however, don't abide by dog park rules, or simple common decency, and leave their dogs' waste behind for others to clean up.

    Well, a small town in Spain, reports the Telegraph, has decided to remedy the situation by mailing the discarded dog excrement back to the offending owners.

    The paper reports that the town council of Brunete, located about 20 miles from Madrid, has undertaken a complex effort to crack down on the disrespectful dog owners. Twenty volunteers have been enlisted to approach dog owners who leave their pet’s poop behind, and to strike up a conversation with the goal of finding out the name of the dog.

    "With the name of the dog and the breed it was possible to identify the owner from the registered pet database held in the town hall," a spokesman from the council told the

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