Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • Cat has been mayor of Alaska town for 15 years

    Mayor Stubbs of Talkeetna, Alaska (Facebook)

    National polls show that voters all over the country are losing faith in their elected leaders. But the 900 residents of Talkeetna, Alaska, say their mayor is doing a great job bringing in tourist dollars and has served in office for over a decade.

    "He's good. He's probably the best we've ever had," resident Lauri Stec tells KTUU. "He was just in the Alaska Magazine, and he's been featured in a few different things."

    In fact, Stec hangs out with Mayor Stubbs most days at Nagley's General Store, even though she notes, "He's growling at me right now."

    That's because the 15-year-old mayor is actually a cat, who was elected to office as a write-in candidate shortly after his birth.

    "Their tour guides will trick them [the tourists]," fellow Nagley's employee Skye Farrar tells KTUU. "They'll tell them to go to Nagley's and ask for the mayor."

    And with the power of social media, Stubbs is growing in popularity and drawing visitors to Talkeetna, who comes specifically to meet the

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  • Minnesota man accidentally destroys 40,000-square-foot lawn

    Rob Olson wanted his lawn to look nice as he prepared to host a fundraiser meant to benefit individuals with Cystic Fibrosis. But the Lake Elmo, Minn., man accidentally killed all of the grass on his 40,000-square-foot lawn after using a pesticide he thought would kill only weeds.

    "I think the packaging should say right on it, this will kill your lawn," Olson told local CNN affiliate KARE, who first reported the story.

    Olson says he consulted with employees at the local Dege Garden Center before purchasing five bottles of weed killer, ferti-lome. However, a description on the bottle does warn that it works not only by first killing grass but also by preventing a lawn from being reseeded for up to six months.

    And now, Olson has been forced to cancel this year's Breathe Easy music festival, whose proceeds were to be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Olson's two sons, AJ and Jake, suffer form the disease. However, even though the music festival is cancelled, you can still make a

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  • Russian man narrowly avoids massive car crash at gas station (VIDEO)

    Some people are calling him the "luckiest dude in Russia," after a Russian man narrowly avoided being crushed in a massive car accident at a gas station.

    Russia Today (RT) reports that the accident happened in Orenburg, a transcontinental city near the Ural River. In the 32-second video, a bus reportedly carrying 30 passengers crashes into a Lukoil gas station after sustaining a collision with a truck that swerved into its path. Both vehicles ended up slamming into other cars. Amazingly, no one was seriously injured in the series of crashes.

    A camera was mounted aboard the bus, giving a first-person view as it swerves into the gas station, on a direct course for the sole Russian man who is standing next to a gas pump. He notices the incoming bus at the last moment but only has time to flinch as two vehicles slam on his left and right sides, leaving him unscathed. A door from the truck appears to fly off its hinges, narrowing avoiding a direct collision with the man.

    The video was

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  • Tennessee man charged $85,000 for a tank of gas

    Feel like gas prices are making a dent in your budget? Imagine how Ray Crockett felt when he received a bill for nearly $85,000 after filling his gas tank.

    Nashville's News Channel 5 reports that Crockett charged about $30 in gas from a local station to his Citibank debit card last week during a seemingly routine fill-up.

    "I stopped here because they had the cheapest gas at the time," Crockett told the station. But that's not what his bank statement showed. "$84,522.54 to be exact," Crockett said.

    Crockett says he made the discovery when he attempted to use the card to buy lunch, and the card was denied. When he checked his balance, his statement claimed he was more than $84,000 overdrawn.

    "That can't be right," Crockett said of his initial reaction. "It is crazy."

    Regular unleaded fuel at the Mapco station runs $3.05 per gallon. That means Crockett would have had to purchase about 27,712 gallons of gas to justify the outstanding charge.

    Ray Crockett's almost $85,000 gasoline bill (

    Even crazier is that Crockett was caught

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  • British billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing held in connection with wife’s death

    Hans Kristian Rausing and his wife Eva (Alan Davidson/Getty Images)

    An American heiress is dead, and a man matching her British husband's description is being held on drug charges. The details are still emerging, but ABC News reports that British billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, is being held on drug charges in connection with the death of his wife, Eva Rausing.

    Ms. Rausing, 48, was found dead at the couple's five-story mansion in London by police on Monday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that British media outlets claimed Eva Rausing may have been dead in the house for a week or more before her body was discovered. And in a even more disturbing detail, that Hans Kristian Rausing may have been in the house with her the entire time.

    Police have said that a postmortem held at Westminster Mortuary has not yet established a formal cause of death. Mr. Rausing was reported arrested for driving erratically and has since been questioned in connection with his wife's death and for carrying illegal drugs.

    This would not be the first drug related incident

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  • Man sets house on fire after using blowtorch on spider webs

    Firefighters work to put out a blaze accidentally started by a man trying to kill spiders (Jason Halley/

    If Eiliya Maida thought he hated spiders before, imagine how he must feel now. The California man accidentally set his house on fire while using a blowtorch to clear spider webs out of his backyard.

    The Chico Enterprise Record reports that dry plants in Maida's backyard ignited as he was attempting to burn the webs. The plant fire then spread to the house, starting an attic fire. Maida was apparently unaware of starting the house fire until his brother-in-law George Basbous noticed the blaze.

    "And that's when I went crazy," Basbous said.

    Maida's wife and two children safely exited the house, and no one was injured in the fire. Still, firefighters were forced to cut a hole in the house's roof to put out the flames. Chico Fire Chief Keith Carter said the fire would have mushroomed if they hadn't created the hole.

    Fire Inspector Marie Fickert told the paper that the family has been displaced as a result of the fire, which did approximately $25,000 in damages.

    Ironically, this article

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  • Jack in the Box offering a breakfast waffle sandwich

    The breakfast waffle sandwich (Jack in the Box)

    Which sounds better for a quick meal, waffles or a breakfast sandwich? Well, there may be a temporary cure for this existential dilemma now that Jack in the Box is offering a breakfast waffle sandwich for a limited time.

    The sandwich replaces the traditional bread with two waffles sweetened with maple syrup. And in between, it packs grilled sausage, a fried egg and American cheese.

    "Jack in the Box is combining three popular breakfast choices—waffles, egg and our new country-grilled sausage—to create a distinctive, craveable sandwich that is easy to eat on the go," Tracy Dunn, director of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box, said in a press release. "Our new Breakfast Waffle Sandwich is the perfect balance of sweet and savory."

    All together, the mini-meal will set you back $2.79 plus tax. And like all of Jack in the Box's dishes, you can order the breakfast item at any time of the day. And if the sandwich alone isn't enough to satisfy your hunger, you can make it part of

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  • 3,000-year-old ‘Frankenstein’ mummies discovered in Scotland

    A female composite skeleton found on Cladh Hallan (Mike Parker Pearson/University of Sheffield)Researchers say that a pair of 3,000-year-old mummified corpses that were recently discovered in Scotland are actually composed of body parts originating from six different people.

    The mummified corpses were discovered in Cladh Hallan, an archaeological site on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. It is the only location in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been discovered.

    National Geographic reports that isotopic dating and DNA experiments revealed the unusual pairing of body parts. The tests also revealed that the body parts were assembled and buried together more than 600 years after death, meaning that the assemblage was almost certainly deliberate.

    [Slideshow: 1,000-year-old gold coins found at Crusades site]

    However, it remains unclear exactly why the Frankenstein-like pieces were put together. The merging of mummies and Frankenstein sounds like something out of an unproduced 1930s Universal horror film. But lead researcher and University of

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  • Video game collection sells for $1.23 million on eBay

    Some of the 7,000 video games in Andre's milllion-dollar collection (eBay)

    A French video game collector has sold a collection of more than 7,000 video games for $1.23 million on eBay.

    "I perfected some full sets by getting every title of them factory sealed, just for the challenge of it," Andre, 32, who did not disclose his full name, told the Los Angeles Times. "Some titles are extremely hard to come by brand new when they're 25 years old. Now that the mission is complete, maybe it's time to move on."

    More than 300,000 people have viewed the eBay auction page, which includes photos of the gaming sets and an exhaustive listing of all 7,000 titles.

    The collection of 22 individual sets includes every title from a number of Nintendo gaming systems, every Sega console game ever produced and all of the games for the lesser-known NEC gaming systems.

    "What was important was the completion of each full set, every game of all those systems, all complete in box with instructions, or even brand new factory sealed," Andre said.

    And as Yahoo! Games noted yesterday, the

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  • ‘Buxom bandit’ turns herself over to authorities

    The alleged "buxom bandit," Tonee Walker, has turned herself in to police. (YouTube)

    After a week on the run, the "buxom bandit" has turned herself in. Twenty-two-year-old Tonee Walker was given the moniker after she wore a low-cut top while allegedly robbing an Australian gas station.

    Closed circuit television footage of the robbery became a viral sensation last week, with viewers focusing on Walker's partially exposed cleavage.  Her alleged crime joined the ranks of other major news events when it was parodied in an animated spoof by Taiwanese news network NMA TV.

    The Courier-Mail reports that Walker has been charged with armed robbery and stealing. Alleged partner in crime Alexander Joshua Spinks told police on Friday that he had "deliberately" adjusted Walker's top in order to expose her breasts before she entered the Gold Coast gas station armed with a knife.

    According to court documents, Walker left the station with about $300 in cash and told her friends she had given the station attendant "something to look at" before threatening him with the knife.

    In fact,

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