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Florida man on a quest for beer chases store customers with a live alligator

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© Bobby Stratton / Facebook
Picking up some beer in Florida seemed like a boring task for one Jacksonville convenience store customer, who decided to spice up his shopping trip by chasing away other shoppers with a live gator.

After entering the store from the parking lot with a pet alligator, Facebook user Robby Stratton who posted a video of himself asks "ya'll aint out of beer are ya?"

Noticing one of the customers to his left, the crock handler runs in his direction, shouting "Is he taking the last bit of beer? You aren't taking the last bit of beer, are you?"

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Monkey steals bike in China, dog gives persuit

The dog yapped and barked but could not force the monkey to get off the bike

The dog yapped and barked but could not force the monkey to get off the bike
A bicycling monkey and a dog steal the scene and win fans as they chase each other across a busy car park packed with shoppers and lorries in this incredible video.

Like a live animal movie chase scene, the determined little black dog plays the chaser yapping at the heels of the bicycling getaway monkey in Taigu, Shaanxi.

But the hero monkey cannot quite escape his pursuer no matter what riding tricks he has mastered.


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New extremist political movement espouses reckless engagement in civil discourse

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Civil discussion a danger to 'unhinged outrage.'
A small but rapidly growing subset of Americans have been gathering in hordes to engage in dangerous acts of polite discourse. These impassioned radicals are embracing extreme positions of affability and toxic cordiality, abandoning the long-held progressive ideals of extreme partisanship and treating anyone who is not committed to your tribe like an insect to be crushed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that it is currently tracking more than 2,300 extremist civility groups in the country, citing an alarmingly high rate of instances of open interactions at unprecedented levels of respectfulness.

"It's like they're trying to set the clock back," said extremism advocate Duncan Whitehead. "We thought the troubling days of people like G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw - two men with wildly opposing viewpoints yet a disturbing amount of respect for each other - were far behind us."

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UK woman finds 'Stranger Things' worm on her front porch

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© Reuters
A UK woman has sent the internet wild with footage of what appears to be an alien-like worm rat invading her home. Filmed in Portsmouth, the bizarre creature has been compared to a monster from hit sci-fi show 'Stranger Things'.

In the Netflix drama, residents of a fictional US town are spooked by a number of bizarre anomalies, including the discovery of gruesome alien life teeming below ground and under their homes. Rebecca Deen has now recounted her own 'alien' experience in the UK, which occurred in a porch at her house in Portsmouth.

According to Deen, the brown and limbless animal with a long spindly tail was spotted sliding near a skirting board on the floor of her home.

"Found this slithering in my porch... any ideas... feel like I'm in an episode of Stranger Things," Deen said in a Facebook post, which has since been viewed more than 28,000 times.

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Oregon woman returns home to find cougar napping on her sofa

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An Ashland woman says she came home to a strange and shocking sight several weeks ago: a cougar, taking a nap inside her home.

Lauren Taylor wrote on Facebook that the large cat likely got inside though on open back door after drinking from a pond in her backyard.

"This is wild," her post reads. "When I made noise, she woke up and looked startled so I consciously raised my frequency, gazed lovingly into her eyes, and communicated using feline-speak eye blinking to calm her. It was amazing to realize that this worked."

Taylor says her home has huge plants and stairs built around real tree branches, so the animal likely didn't' even realize it was walking indoors until it was all the way inside. The mountain lion eventually left Taylor's home after she says it calmed down and napped behind the sofa for more than six hours.

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'I thought it was judgement free zone': Man with pot paraphernalia arrested for naked workout at local gym

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A 34-year-old Haverhill man who was arrested after allegedly stripping down and exercising naked at a Planet Fitness gym had "marijuana paraphernalia," police said.

Police said Eric Stagno walked into the public gym off Route 125 in Plaistow and removed all his clothes before walking back and forth a couple of times.

Police Capt. Brett Morgan said Stagno was found with some marijuana paraphernalia, but police could not say for certain that he was under the influence of the drug.

Toys

Super blood moon eclipse on July 27th has bible thumpers predicting the apocalypse-rapture-end of days-armageddon, again

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BLOOD MOON: Does the Bible predict the end of the world this week?
Biblical prophecy suggests the end of days is due this month as the Earth is set to witness a rare blood moon - doomsday preachers have claimed.

Preachers believe passages from the books of Acts and Revelation suggest the blood moon will accompany an ever-approaching end of days.

The 21st century's longest lunar eclipse will last almost two hours on July 27 and the moon will have a spectacular red tinge.

While stargazers enjoy the dazzling phenomenon, doomsdayers will be preparing for armageddon.

The theory was originally made famous by Christian ministers John Hagee and Mark Biltz who said the ongoing "tetrad" - four consecutive lunar eclipses which began in April 2014 with six full moons in between - is the indicator of the end of earth as described in the Bible in Acts 2:20 and Revelation 6:12.

However the tetrad ended in September 2014 and we're all still here.

The end-of-days preachers insist some sort of tragic event is set to hit earth and possibly wipe it out.

Comment: Revelation and apocalypse basically mean the same thing which is a time of revealing. But there are much more compelling signs that our planet is in a time such as this; much more so than the predictable blood moon:


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Yummy mummy: Over 4,000 people want to drink 'skeleton sludge' from Egyptian sarcophagus

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© The Ministry of Antiquities / Reuters
The much-feared black sarcophagus recently opened in Egypt may not have released any curses (that we noticed, at least) - but it certainly seems to have awakened strange desires in some people.

It would seem the story of the mysterious black sarcophagus has had its happy ending: all of the historic discovery with none of the bad mojo. But no, the weirdness is not over just yet. Now, over 5,300 people say they want to drink of the murky liquid that was discovered in the sarcophagus along with ancient bones.

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Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' takes aim at Republicans

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Sacha Baron Cohen is back to the business of eliciting embarrassing commentary all right.

A 10-minute-long sampling of his new series Who Is America?, which finds major political figures, including Sarah Palin and disgraced former Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, saying things they might not ordinarily say about politics in front of the camera, has been released online ahead of the show's Sunday premiere.

In the clip (below), Cohen introduces his newest alter ego: Col. Erran Morad, a self-proclaimed anti-terrorism expert who believes the NRA's suggestion to arm school teachers falls short, and the organization should instead be focused on arming children themselves.

Comment: Cohen is currently taking heat from right-wingers who don't appreciate being duped for the sake of lampooning. But after watching the clip above, it seems these guys essentially got what was coming on their over-the-top ideological viewpoints.

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'Reality check': Roy Keane blasts Ian Wright for 'getting ahead of himself' and over-blowing England's World Cup chances

Roy Keane, far left, and Ian Wright, second right, were embroiled in an astonishing row during the aftermath of England's semi final defeat to Croatia

Roy Keane, far left, and Ian Wright, second right, were embroiled in an astonishing row during the aftermath of England's semi final defeat to Croatia last night
Roy Keane has been slammed as a 'miserable git' after he blasted Ian Wright and the rest of the England fans for 'getting ahead of himself' and over-blowing the country's chances in the World Cup.

The former Manchester United midfielder was highly critical of England fans and pundits alike for 'planning for the final' before the Croatia defeat.

But former Arsenal striker Wright defended the fans and said people deserved to get excited about the team after several disappointing tournaments over the past three decades.

The row went on until Wright mocked Keane's Irish accent, causing the infamous hardman to give a withering look towards the camera and direct a 'death stare' back at Wright.

Viewers took to social media to back up Wright and blast Keane's cynicism, labelling the former Ireland captain a 'right sour git'.