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  • Metal object crashes through Seattle home

    A mysterious metal object crashed through a Seattle roof (Seattle PD)A mysterious metal object crashed through a Seattle roof (Seattle Police Department)

    A three-pound piece of metal crashed into a Seattle area home earlier this week, causing damage to the home's ceiling and roof and leaving many to wonder where on Earth (or, perhaps, outer space) it came from.

    Had a chunk of the Millennium Falcon fallen loose? Were the Transformers preparing an invasion of our peaceful planet? Fortunately, no. It appears the mystery has been solved, and it has nothing to do with Shia LaBeouf movies or even a part of a plane coming loose.

    According to the Seattle Police Department's blog, the chunk of metal has been identified as a part of a tree-chopping "tub grinder."

    The metal object crashed through a home's roof and ceiling (Seattle PD)The metal object crashed through a home's roof and ceiling (Seattle Police Department)

    How a part of a wood chipper crashed through a roof is, of course, still open to debate. One might assume that a neighbor was chopping trees and the piece simply flew from the grinder.

    Nobody was hurt, but the ceiling did suffer significant damage. Here's hoping the homeowners opted in for "tub-grinder damage" supplemental insurance.

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  • Die-hard fans of "The Simpsons" probably remember the Season 2 episode in which Homer finds his long-lost half-brother, Herb Powell (voiced by Danny DeVito), the big boss of an automobile company.

    In a magnanimous (but ultimately unwise) act, Herb lets Homer design his own car in an effort to give his half-brother a boost of confidence.

    The results are not good. The "Homer" is (to quote the bald genius behind its design) "powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball" and featured tail fins, a bubble dome, shag carpeting, a bowling trophy hood ornament and three horns that played "La Cucaracha."

    Now, a group of automotive designers (and, we presume, fans of "The Simpsons") designed a real car based on Homer's epic failure. It looks remarkably like its animated inspiration. Bubble dome to keep noisy kids separated? Check. Puke-green paint job? Yep. Cup holders that can handle extra-large drinks? Oh, yeah!

    Team captain and driver Scott Chamberlain will race it at the 24

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  • Extremely rare jaguar spotted near Arizona mountains

    Jaguar photographed by motion detector camera (photo: Fish and Wildlife Service)Jaguar captured by a motion-detector camera (Fish & Wildlife Service)

    Photos of an extremely rare jaguar roaming Forest Service land near Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains have been published by the Arizona Daily Star, which got the images from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    The male jaguar, believed to be the lone known unconfined jaguar in the U.S., has been in the area since at least September 2012, when its image was captured by a hunter's motion-detector camera.

    Jeff Humphrey, public outreach specialist with the Fish & Wildlife Service, who spoke with Yahoo News, explained that around the time the hunter captured the photo, the Fish & Wildlife Service and the University of Arizona began using funds supplied by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the movement of jaguars along the Mexico border. The mission of that project is to learn how border patrols affect jaguars, Humphrey explained.

    As part of the project, the university installed motion-activated cameras. For the past seven months, "whenever [researchers] go and download the

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