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  • Black Friday equals raucous crowds, massive sales and, in many cases, delighted retailers. Most of the time the store owners and managers are prepared for the madness. But not always.

    [Related: Black Friday sales online top $1 billion for first time]

    The proprietor of a 99-cent store in New York got the surprise of his life when he opened his store on Black Friday to find a line of dedicated customers camping out along the sidewalk. The group was part of Improv Everywhere, an organization dedicated to putting on lighthearted pranks involving hundreds of participants.

    [Related: Black Friday prank dupes Target shoppers]

    In this video, the store owner appears delighted at the influx of customers. "I really appreciate every single person who gives us their business," he said.

    [Related: Black Friday brings sales, injuries]

    Improv Everywhere even went so far as to ask a local actress to portray an NBC reporter and conduct interviews with store employees. As one passer-by remarked, "Only in

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  • A frame from the October 20th, 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film claiming to depict BigfootA Texas scientist claims to have sequenced the DNA of Sasquatch, a creature whose very existence is mysterious to many and purely mythological to most.

    "Our study has sequenced 20 whole mitochondrial genomes and utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples," Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, Texas, says in a news release.

    "The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species."

    Ketchum writes that her team's research indicates the "North American Sasquatch" is a hybrid of a female Homo sapien and a male of "unknown hominin species," whose DNA matched approximately 15,000 years ago.

    Sasquatch, more commonly known as Bigfoot, has been a staple of American mythology for hundreds of years. The modern Sasquatch theories took on a newfound prominence in 1958 when the first official Bigfoot search party

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  • A Chevy Monte Carlo abandoned at O'Hare Airport (Fox 32 News)An abandoned car in Chicago worth an estimated $600 has been issued more than $100,000 in parking tickets over the past three years.

    Jennifer Fitzgerald, 31, is currently stuck with the bill but says the 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo actually belongs to an ex-boyfriend who registered the car in her name without her knowledge or consent.

    The Expired Meter reports that from May 23, 2009, through April 30, 2012, the Chicago Department of Finance (DOF) issued 678 tickets against the car, totaling $105,761.80 and setting a Chicago record both for the total number and amount of parking fines issued.

    In fact, it blew past the previous record holder, which was $65,000 from approximately 400 violations.

    But Fitzgerald says she doesn't owe the city a dime and has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against the city of Chicago, United Airlines and the ex-boyfriend.

    Fitzgerald has two main arguments in her case. First, she says her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Preveau, is the actual owner of the car,

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