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Bigfoot is wandering Michigan man's property and eating pizza, he claims in police report

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It's a run-of-the-mill case: Man claims assailant vandalized his estate, requests assistance from law enforcement.

Only the accused, in this instance, is Bigfoot, who has allegedly been wandering around a Michigan property for more than a decade, shape-shifting and eating pizza.

On Saturday, a 52-year-old Breckendridge, Mich. man came to the Midland law enforcement center armed with evidence, including photo albums, empty food containers, dirt and alleged Bigfoot scat, to ask for help verifying the existence of the mythical creature, according to a report from the Midland County Sheriff's Office.

Overwhelming number of applicants for Ariel Sharon funeral sign language translator

TEL AVIV: Organisers of the state funeral for former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon - who passed away earlier today - have revealed that they have been "overwhelmed" by the number of applicants for the position of sign language interpreter.

"Honestly, when we put out the call this afternoon, we thought we'd get a couple of people interested, but the response has been truly remarkable and we've been inundated with applications," said a source from the Israeli Prime Minister's office. "To be honest, I didn't even think there were that many sign language speakers in the region."

Politician quits town council with a resignation letter written in KLINGON

Councillor David Waddell wrote his resignation letter in the fictional language of Star Trek - and quit the council with his honour intact

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Qapla' (that mean 'success' in Klingon): David Waddell left his council position in style
A politician decided to quit his local council in the most honourable way possible - by submitting his resignation in KLINGON.

David Waddell, a town councillor in Indian Trail, North Carolina, no longer wanted to live long and prosper on the town's council.

He submitted his resignation letter to Mayor Michael Alvarez in the fictional language invented for the race of alien warriors in the Star Trek films and TV series.

The original letter was even written using the Klingon language's pointed characters, rather than the roman alphabet - although he did include a translation in case the Mayor wasn't fluent.

The translation reads: "Teach the city the constitution. I will return next time to witness victory. Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January.

"Perhaps today is a good day to resign."

A complete and comprehensive Klingon language was developed for Star Trek by linguist Marc Okrand. Since then, the Works of Shakespeare and the Bible have been translated into Klingon.

New Year's twins born in separate years

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As people around the world partied their way into the new year, two mothers gave birth to two of the last babies of 2013 and two of the first babies of 2014. While born just minutes apart, their twin babies entered the world in two different years.

On Dec. 31, 2013, at 11:58 p.m., Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to baby girl Lorraine Yaleni Begazo, who weighed at 6 pounds, 4.9 ounces, at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, in Washington, D.C.

Soon after, her twin brother Brandon Ferdinando Begazo was born on Jan. 1, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., weighing at 5 pounds, 10.4 ounces.

"I feel wonderful full of joy and happiness and a full sense of realization," the twins' father, Warren Begazo, told "This is her first children ever, and they're beautiful and she's really happy."

UK: Star Wars' C3P0 caught fishing in Kent

In a galaxy...just down the M20: C3P0 was spotted fishing alone in blustery wind and fog in Kent.
Mr Beolens, 64, from Margate, said: 'I'm a keen bird watcher and I had driven to Reculver to have a look for wildlife nesting among the Roman ruins there.

'I pulled up into the car park and was just sat in my car when I saw a glimmer of gold along the seafront.

'I am a fan of Star Wars so I instantly recognised it to be C3P0 stood there with a fishing rod in one hand.

'My wife Maggie and I were just sat there with our mouths open - it was such a strange sight.

'Luckily I had a camera with me so I took a few photos.

'I have no explanation as to what he was doing there - maybe he was fishing for oil cans?

Do stoned dolphins give 'puff puff pass' a whole new meaning?

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You would always be smiling, too, if you were high as a kite.
The BBC will be airing a cool new underwater documentary on Thursday called Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, where carefully disguised cameras were used to film the daily lives of everyone's favorite marine mammals. But the most interesting detail seems to have been leaked on Sunday: during the documentary, some of the dolphins reportedly used a pufferfish to get stoned.

"Even the brightest humans have succumbed to the lure of drugs and, it seems, dolphins are no different," said The Sunday Times. The article goes on to describe how the team got footage of dolphins gently harassing a pufferfish, which led to the dolphins entering "a trance-like state after apparently getting "high" on the toxin."

"After chewing the puffer and gently passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection," said Rob Pilley, zoologist and one of the producers of the documentary. "This was a case of young dolphins purposefully experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating." And so it would seem that we can add drug use to the long list of dolphin bad behaviors, (a list which includes bullying, rape and murder, for the record; illicit drug use seems a minor offense in comparison).

It sounds too awesome to be true - which means it probably is.
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Gypsy hypnotizes priest, steals church donations

"He said she hypnotized him?!"
A woman stole a Padua, Italy, church's Christmas offerings after hypnotizing a 71-year-old priest, police said.

Comment: Hypnosis secrets revealed...


Funny animals of 2013 - in pictures

A selection of amusing images from the animal kingdom captured by photographers over the past 12 months

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Singing in the rain: this ingenious little tree frog uses a leaf as an umbrella in Jember, East Java

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Buzz off: a kodiak bear is pestered by a bee at Buffalo zoo, New York
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'We all staaaand together': Mudskippers indulge in their own frog chorus in Krabi, Thailand
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Jan the meerkat plays with Harvey the peacock at Okambara Lodge in Okambara, Namibia

Dominic the pit bull puppy cuddles and comforts animal patients at a Colorado veterinary clinic

Dominic the pit bull is a pro cuddler, and he's using his gift to help comfort injured and sick animals at the shelter that saved him.

Dominic, who is just 18 weeks old, was rescued along with a litter of other puppies when police raided a Denver home, according to the Greeley Tribune. Due to Denver's pit bull ban, the then 7-week-old pup was sent to the Denkai Community Veterinary Clinic, in Greeley, Colo., which rescues domestic and farm animals.

Vet tech Stephany Haswell agreed to foster Dominic and was soon won over by his sweet nature.

"He's always been so snuggly, he might as well be a lap dog," Haswell told The Huffington Post in an interview. "When my 4-year-old is in tears, he'll run to Dominic and they'll 'hug.'"

Haswell soon adopted Dominic, and when the pup accompanied Haswell to the vet's office, it was as if he could sense the discomfort of animals that had just come out of surgery. Without prompting, he would snuggle with them on his red pillow bed.
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Two brothers get photo taken with Santa every Christmas for 30 years

Michael and Martin have had their picture taken with Father Christmas every year since 1980, now they are getting their children in on the act
In what may well be the sweetest family tradition ever, two brothers have had their photo taken together with Santa Claus every Christmas without fail for 30 years.

The photo album actually stretches back 33 years, after it was kicked off in 1980 when Michael Gray, from Massachusetts, had his first picture taken sitting on Father Christmas' lap.

Three years later his younger brother Martin joined him, starting a trend that has survived through to this Christmas - and, the plan is, beyond.

"It was year after year. Our father kept pushing us to go. It never seemed like a big deal. It just kind of happened," Michael told ABC News.

"And then after a certain point, it was like we've been doing this for two decades now and we're just going to keep going. At that point, you can't miss one. Because, you know, I just feel guilty about not going."