At first, police in Houston weren't convinced and thought they were just being put on by a couple of whacked out stoners. Well, actually, they were talking to a couple of wacked out stoners - but they were still telling the truth. It seems a "concerned citizen" and a friend had entered an abandoned house hoping to find a quiet private place to smoke a little pot. Instead, they found a tiger. Sgt. Jason Alderete of the Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit said, "We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger." But once they arrived, police indeed found a caged tiger in the home's garage. The home had been abandoned for some time but several packages of meat were found with the animal. Officers tranquilized the large cat, pulled it out using a wrecker and transferred it to an animal shelter. The case is still under investigation and it's unclear if the home's owner or our pot-smoking heroes will face any charges. (KTRK)
What a Real Hero Looks Like
What seemed like a normal call for two St. Louis firefighter paramedics turned out to be quite an ordeal that called for true hero action. Jon Stillpass and Shaylor Taetz had to resort to extreme lengths to get a patient to DePaul Hospital thanks to all this polar vortex stuff. The two came upon the scene of a metro bus, loaded with just the driver, that had slid on ice and spun around in the opposite direction. The ambulance itself started to slide as they approached, but Stillpass managed to keep the vehicle on the road. While the driver didn't have any life-threatening injuries, she was shaken up, and it was clear she needed to be taken to the hospital for evaluation. But the icy roads meant trouble. The boys put tire chains on the ambulance but it still slid into a guardrail. Stillpass skillfully guided the ambulance away from a 15-foot drop into a small ravine but the vehicle was stuck for good, and the patient was clearly getting distressed by the situation. So the two men put extra traction on their boots, loaded the patient onto a stretcher and proceeded to huff it uphill in the ice to the hospital a mile away. Taetz said they had to switch positions halfway through because of the difficulty of the journey. After they made it to the hospital, their fire truck crew rescued the ambulance from the ice. Taetz says they even went out on a few more calls. (CNN)
Please Touch It Before Sticking It In
When it's cold outside, a car fire is probably the last thing you're thinking about but these are actually perfect conditions for that to happen - mostly at the gas pump. Scott Boorse, director of technical programs and industry affairs for the Petroleum Equipment Institute says that motion you make when you slide across your car to get out can create static electricity. And when you're about to fill up your vehicle, that can be dangerous. There's potential for a spark to happen and that spark is enough to ignite any of the vapors that are around the tip of the nozzle of the gas pump. PEI has gotten reports of about 200 incidents at the gas pump caused by static electricity since the mid-1990s but Boorse says there are probably a lot more cases that aren't reported. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. When you get out of your vehicle, make sure you touch a metal part of your vehicle before you reach for the nozzle. That will dispel any electric charge you may have created. Be safe America. And keep warm. (MSN)
Winning the Lottery Makes Some People Scream!
A big lottery winner in Jamaica found an interesting way to keep his identity a secret when showing up to claim their winnings of $1.1 million. The winner, identified only as A. Campbell, wore that famous mask from the movie "Scream" and had it on while posing for pictures collecting his giant check. From behind the mask, he was still happy to answer reporter's questions regarding plans for the money saying, "I want to get a nice house. I haven't found it yet, but I'll be looking for one soon. I like to handle money. I don't beg, I don't borrow. So I'm looking at things that can turn over the money. I have a little business, so I plan to make it bigger. I love to have money." (FOX News)
More Valentine's Day Fun with Animals
There seems to be a running theme this year for Valentine's Day with zoos and wildlife reserves. Now the Wildlife Images Rehabilitation & Education Center in Grants Pass, Oregon is getting in on the action. They ask: "Did you fall hook, line, and sinker for someone who broke your heart? Well Kodi & Yak would love to help you get your revenge!" Kodi and Yak just happen to be a couple of very large brown bears and for a $20 donation, the animal rehab center will name a salmon after your ex and feed it to the bears. They'll even send you a certificate and photos of Kodi and Yak enjoying your ex and ripping him or her to shreds. Or, you could just move on and get on with your life. Just sayin'. (FOX News)
Snake Bites Man. Man Bits Wife. Hopes They'll Die Together.
Meanwhile in India, Shankar Rai was asleep in his home about 60 miles north of Patna when he was attacked by a very venomous and very deadly cobra. By the morning, his condition had worsened and fearing he was close to death, he held his wife Amiri Devi's hands and said he wanted them to die together. So he sunk his teeth into her wrist so the venom would kill them both and they fell unconscious. Well doctors finally arrived and got them both to a hospital. Shankar didn't make it, but the wife did survive. Believe it or not, she wasn't angry in the leaset and said, "He told me he loved me too much and want to die together before grabbing my wrist and sinking his teeth into it. I allowed him to do so." The World Health Organization says that more than two-thirds of fatal snake bites occur in South Asia. But we're pretty sure very, very few happen due to snake bite victims biting other people! What the hell boy? (Hindustan Times)
What the What?
Apparently the new hot beauty trend for 2019 is unicorn armpit hair. Seriously. Gloriously, this amazing new trend based on the concept of putting an end to shaming women's body hair has turned into an ongoing celebration on social media. Going directly against current social norms, women are being encouraged to grow out and show off their body hair. On Instagram, some women are dying their armpit hair in rainbow shades and calling them #UnicornPits. Because girls just wanna have fun. Lovers gonna love. Haters gonna hate. (Marie Claire)