If the pooch melts your heart, swipe right. Animal lovers in Lithuania have created an app inspired by Tinder to match up dogs in local animal shelters with new owners. They call it "GetPet" and it's already getting hundreds of new users daily having only been out for a month. Vaidas Gecevicius, one of the app's creators says, "It is like Tinder, but with dogs. You can arrange a meeting with the dog-a date." GetPet features profiles of the pups and scrolling down reveals even more information about your potential new best friend. It's only dogs for now, but the plan is to eventually include cats and other animals. (Newser)
There's No Such Thing as Ghosts - Just Really Creepy Guys at College
Maddie is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She says items in her apartment suddenly started disappearing and mysterious hand prints were left behind on the bathroom wall. At first, she and her roommates thought they had a ghost - then they heard rattling in the closet. Maddie said, "It sounded like a raccoon in my closet. I'm like who's there? And somebody answers me. He's like ‘oh my name is Drew.' I open the door and he's in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes." Police arrested the guy - 30-year-old Andrew Swofford. Of course the big question is how he got inside. The girls said their doors are always locked and they did not see any damage to them. Swofford was jailed in Guilford County under a $26,000 bond on 14 felony charges including larceny and identity theft. (MyFox8.com)
Proposed Minimum Age for Smoking in Hawaii - 100!
Out in Hawaii, state Rep. Richard Creagan is an ER doctor and the sponsor of a bill that goes after what he calls "the deadliest artifact in human history"-the cigarette. His HB 1509 would slowly raise the minimum age at which people can buy cigarettes until it hits 100 in 2024! Hawaii is one of six states whose minimum buying age has already been raised to 21. The others are California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Oregon. Tourists could still bring in their smokes, and the sales ban wouldn't apply to cigars, e-cigarettes, or chewing tobacco. If the bill passes, the first change would come in 2020, when cigarette purchasers would need to produce ID showing they're 30. The legal age would stair step to 40, then 50, then 60, then 100 over the following four years. The by-degrees approach would allow time for Hawaii to figure out how to recoup the $100 million per year it brings in from cigarette sales taxes. Creagan-a pot legalization advocate who doesn't think marijuana is as bad for you, nor as addictive, as cigarettes-knows the bill could receive pushback in the courts but says, "We don't allow people free access to opioids, for instance, or any prescription drugs. This is more lethal, more dangerous than any prescription drug, and it is more addicting." (Hawaii Tribune Herald)
Truck-Driving Jerk in Alabama!
We all get frustrated while driving, but most of us don't get so mad we drive an ambulance off the road-or, you know, threaten police officers with machetes. In Mobile County, Alabama, police got a call about the driver of an 18-wheeler that had run an ambulance off the road for trying to pass him. Then he did the same thing with just about every other car that tried to pass him. And it was all caught on someone's dashcam. The ambulance drivers were among the first to call police. The crazed truck driver hit two other cars before the police arrived on the scene. The truck driver then tried to outrun police by crossing the state line into Mississippi. When he finally stopped, police found he was wielding a machete that led to a five-hour standoff that caused both the east and westbound lanes of I-10 to be shut down. Police say it took an astounding combination of smoke bombs, tear gas, and flash bangs just to get the guy to surrender. The driver, identified as Michael Mack of Baton Rouge, is now facing a ridiculously long list of felonies across multiple jurisdictions, and judges aren't allowing any bail. Among the charges are felony pursuit, aggravated assault against a police officer, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment. (Jalopnik.com)
Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow
Most people can't go a week without washing their hair, but one real-life Rapunzel from Britain claims she hasn't washed her six-foot long locks in the last 20 years and only needs to comb her hair thoroughly to keep it in pristine condition. That would be 32-year-old Frankie Cluney, an artist from Brighton, in the UK, who started growing her hair long when she was six-years-old. By age 13 it was already to her waist but she hated washing it because getting out all that shampoo and conditioner out took forever. Then a friend of her mother suggested she simply stop washing it, she decided to do just that. She has reportedly done nothing but comb it thoroughly ever since. One thing Frankie does have to struggle with from time to time is tangling, but she says she doesn't mind spending half-an-hour to an hour detangling all the little knots in her long hair, and actually calls it a meditative process. As for the advantages of never washing her hair, the English artist says that it absorbs scents, so it kind of acts as a reminder of where she's been and who she's been with. Yeah... Ewwwwww! (Oddity Central)
But I Like Prison!
William J. Gallagher, is a 68-year-old career criminal who had just been released from prison after a 20-year sentence. Apparently he missed prison life so much he actually robbed a Wisconsin bank, with the sole purpose of getting arrested and sent back. It was a Chase bank branch but instead of getting as much money as possible and trying to escape before the police arrived, Gallagher demanded some $100 bills, then casually asked the bank teller to call the police, and simply waited for them to arrive and arrest him. The New York native had spent so much time behind bars that he simply couldn't adjust to life on the outside, and after remembering that a fellow inmate had once told him that prisons in Wisconsin were the best in the United States, he decided to take a train to the badger state and commit a crime there. Plus - and you won't believe this - he said he got much better healthcare in prison than he did at the VA. Gallagher told Judge David Hansher during his hearing, "I'm not crazy your honor. I'm 68. I just got out. Every day I'm looking at my watch. Oh, they're in the yard now. Instead of leaving, trying to lead a life out here, I'm thinking about what's going on where I just left." Even the assistant district attorney was shocked. Gallagher asked for a 10-year prison sentence, but Judge Hansher decided not to sentence him just yet. Instead, he asked for a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted, and scheduled a sentencing hearing for February 13. (Oddity Central)
Man's Best Friend... Except Iran!
Dogs may be considered "man's best friend" by many - but not in Iran. Authorities in Tehran, have issued a ban on dog walking in public places like streets and parks. The bizarre measure is part of a long-standing effort to discourage dog ownership in the Islamic country - something they see as too "western civilization." Tehran's police chief, Hossein Rahimi, recently announced that he has received permission from the Tehran Prosecutor's Office to take measures against people walking dogs in public spaces, such as parks. These measures include fines and confiscation. Authorities are claiming dogs create "fear and anxiety" among members of the public. (Oddity Central)
What the What?
You know you've sunk pretty far in life when you allow yourself to go to jail over a pork chop. In Brooksville, Florida, 48-year-old Jennifer Brassard was arrested after she allegedly got into a bizarre fight with her boyfriend, and ultimately hurled a frozen pork chop at him. Police say the spat started around 9:45 p.m. and escalated before Brassard allegedly threw the meat at her beau. The pork chop hit the man in the face, and left a half-inch cut on his eyebrow. Brassard allegedly took off, but was found and arrested Saturday. She's been charged with domestic battery. (FOX News)