- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow15 hrs ago
How long does it take to track down a long-lost, high school class ring? Twenty-five years and three days — at least for one lucky and surprised man.
While making an arrest at a Wal-Mart store in Scarborough, Maine, police noticed that a ring worn by a suspect held in custody didn’t match her name.
The ring, which had a football emblem, was engraved with "1987" and the name “Jerry Portier.”
A crime analyst at the Scarborough Police Department spent three days tracking down the ring’s rightful owner, who said it had been missing since 1989 when Portier lost it while he was away at college in Massachusetts. Portier now lives in Arizona.
“His first words were, ‘You’re kidding me,’" Det. Ron Nelsen told local affiliate WMTV.
After confirming that the ring belongs to Portier, Scarborough police say they shipped the ring to him just in time for his next class reunion. That’s, of course, assuming it doesn’t get lost in the mail.
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- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow15 hrs ago
Isn't it ironic?
A memorial tree planted in Los Angeles to honor the late Beatles musician George Harrison needs to be replaced after it was infested with real-life beetles.
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge made the announcement over the weekend, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tree was planted near the Griffith Observatory in 2004 to honor the musician who passed away in 2001.
Bark beetles are common in Los Angeles and regularly feed on pine trees, the same type of tree planted at the Harrison memorial.
Clearly a fan, LaBonge was reportedly in attendance for the final tour stop of another former Beatle; Ringo Starr was performing with his band at the nearby Greek Theatre on Saturday.
Harrison spent his final days in Los Angeles and was honored with the plaque including a written tribute, which reads:
"In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener."
- Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News at The Sideshow5 days ago
Attention all units, we have a Code Jurassic. A dinosaur has been kidnapped.
And now, recovered.
On Thursday, North Carolina State Capitol Police arrested a man and woman in connection with the theft of a baby dinosaur model from a display at the state's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Monday.
Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, and Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs, have been charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc., according a news release from the Capitol Police. The two turned themselves in to authorities.
Surveillance footage showed a man and woman entering the exhibit, seemingly empty of other visitors. The man climbed the barrier, grabbed the small dinosaur replica, and then placed it in a large purse or bag carried by the woman, the video showed.
It wasn't exactly a caper worthy of "Ocean's Eleven," but the stolen object, a 12- to 14-inch model of a duck-billed Edmontosaurus hatchling, is worth approximately $10,000, according to WRAL.com.
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow6 days ago
A helicopter flying over a region of Sibera referred to as the “end of the world,” recorded footage of a mysterious, giant crater in the middle of the ground estimated to be 260 feet in diameter.
At first, skeptical observers thought the images must be a fake. After all, it appears to be something out a summer science fiction blockbuster, with the giant hole appearing to descend infinitely below the surface.
But Russian officials confirmed the crater’s existence and say they are sending a team of experts to investigate the site located in an area known as the Yamal peninsula. Scientists from the Center for the Study of the Arctic and the Cryosphere Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences plan to take samples from around the scene.
So, what is responsible for the giant crater?
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow6 days ago
As NASA prepares to launch a powerful new satellite into space, a team of experts from America’s space agency said it's increasingly likely that alien life will be discovered within 20 years.
In a posting on its site, NASA said the new research tools will show that “finding life beyond Earth is within reach.”
“I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” NASA astronomer Kevin Hand said during a panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Hand pointed to growing evidence suggesting that some form of alien life may be in our own galactic neighborhood on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons that is home to massive amounts of water.
NASA announced that it plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite and James Webb Space Telescope in 2017, which will work in conjunction with other existing technology to search for habitable, Earth-like planets within the Milky Way galaxy.
- Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News at The Sideshow6 days ago
Sometimes one forklift just isn't enough.
Case in point: This merry crew of movers who found a creative way to get a large crate all the way inside a truck.
First, they used one forklift to pick up the crate and place it just inside the truck as far as the lift could reach. Next came forklift No. 2, which picked up the first forklift and pushed it (along with the crate) into the recesses of the trailer. The second forklift then helps the original return to ground level.
The video, which was posted to Facebook on July 2, is making the rounds on social media and blogs. Everything worked out for the best for these workers, but keep in mind that a lot can go wrong when you're doing unconventional tricks with heavy equipment.
Of course, forklifts aren't the only piece of construction to be used creatively. Earlier this year, YouTube user kwirls posted footage of an excavator on the back of a trailer truck that had apparently run out of gas. Workers used the excavator's bucket to propel the truck down the road, slowly but surely.
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow11 days ago
A woman in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had just left her home early Thursday morning when her car suddenly stalled. A good Samaritan pulled over to help, but when he opened the hood of the car he didn’t find a dead battery. Instead, he found a very much living 9-foot, 20-pound python..
“It was looking right at me. It flicked its little tongue, and I kind of freaked out a little bit,” Jackson Ault said of the discovery.
So Ault and the woman, who wasn't identified, called the local police to help. The first officer on the scene wasn’t anymore interested in dealing with the snake (believed to be a Burmese python) than Ault.
But then police Lt. Louis Carlos showed up and the story suddenly became much less frightening and far more adorable.
“Cool, I want to hold it!” Carlos told local affiliate KOAT about his reaction to seeing the snake. “It was easy for me to just go in there, pick her up and hold onto her and let her feel the warmth of my hands and my body.”
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow12 days ago
If you love smoking pot, live in Berkeley and don’t make a lot of money, the City Council has some good news for you: Your pot might now be free.
An ordinance approved by the Berkeley City Council says that at least 2 percent of all pot carried by medical marijuana dispensaries must be provided “at no cost” to “very low-income” individuals and families.
The council defines the “very low income” as individuals making $32,000 or less a year or families of four collectively earning $46,000.
And unlike the cliched image of “government cheese,” the ordinance also requires that the free marijuana “shall be the same quality on average as Medical Cannabis that is dispensed to other members.”
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow13 days ago
Who is the rightful heir to the “Duke legacy” — a major private university or the descendants of a movie star who want to put his name on bottles of whiskey?
Specifically, the heirs to Marion Robert Morrison, aka John Wayne, have filed suit against Duke University, seeking to claim a trademark to use the “Duke” namesake in liquor sales.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the lawsuit, noting that the university and the Wayne family have been in a number of disputes over the past decade contesting the use of the "Duke" moniker on everything from gaming machines to restaurant services.
- Eric Pfeiffer at The Sideshow19 days ago
Forty-four-year-old Rod Whitaker spent nearly all of his life believing he was an only child without a father. Over the same time period, his father never even knew of Rod’s existence, having been sent to fight in the Vietnam War without knowing that Rod’s mother was pregnant with their child.
But on Wednesday, Whitaker landed at San Francisco International Airport, where he reunited not only with his father but with five brothers he had never met.
And when Whitaker celebrates his 45th birthday on Friday, he’ll be doing so with hundreds of relatives at a Fourth of July family reunion picnic.
“To go from my mom’s only child to, hopefully, getting in fights about getting hugs on me ...,” Whitaker said in an interview with local affiliate ABC7, contemplating how much his life had changed in one day.
Whitaker said he searched through websites like Ancestry.com before eventually tracking down his biological father in California. His dad is a Vietnam War veteran who served three tours of duty.