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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.

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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 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'.


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Cat-astrophic TV interview? This Polish scientist takes it all in stride

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You know those parents who seem completely oblivious to the screaming child they're carting around in a crowded supermarket? We have just found the cat owner equivalent.

A Polish political scientist and historian was appearing on Dutch TV to discuss the forced removal of Polish judge Malgorza Gersdorf by the ruling PiS party when his ginger cat decided to make a rather dramatic appearance.

The cat, reportedly named Lisio, stole the limelight when he climbed Jerzy Targalski, sat on his shoulders and proceeded to sniff his ear.

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Bob Ross: The artist, the afro, the soothing voice and his untold story

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Bob Ross
Bob Ross. Just his name brings a calm. The soft-spoken painter who didn't make mistakes, only "happy accidents," painted on PBS stations in the 1980s and 1990s. His untimely death in 1995 at the age of 52 occurred just when he was exploding on the pop culture scene. He appeared in a hip MTV spot back when MTV was hip, and then his sudden death seemingly extinguished all he built.

But Bob Ross lives on. There's a Bob Ross bar crawl, and someone's recreating all 403 of his televised paintings. But there's so much people don't know about Bob Ross, so much that will surprise you about the guy with the sweet pipes and sweeter 'fro.


Comment: RIP Bob! Thanks for giving the world so much joy - and a nice way to fall asleep.


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Roaming stork racks up huge phone bill for Polish eco-charity

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The white stork was fitted with a GPS tracker
A Polish charity has been hit with a massive phone bill after a GPS tracker it had put on a stork was stolen.

In April 2017, Polish environmental group EkoLogiczna placed a GPS tracker on the back of Kajtek, a white stork, to collect data about the bird's winter migration route as well as its feeding habits.

In the year that followed, Kajtek travelled some 6,000 kilometres but was last recorded on 26 April in the Blue Nile Valley in eastern Sudan.

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College professor halts penis-measurement study over unspecified 'public reaction' to picture requests

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A US academic who appealed to the public for penis pictures has canceled her research, which has been "compromised" by "public reaction." She failed to elaborate on what was likely a barrage of lewd pictures sent to her inbox.

It's not unusual for scientific studies to ask for the help of volunteers, but it's not every day that those volunteers are asked to share photos of their penises. But that's exactly what Alice Walker, a sociologist at Missouri State University, did. She also asked the men to measure their penises and say if they believed them to be bigger than average, smaller than average, or below average.

She had no trouble finding volunteers after launching the study on June 18. By June 26, she had already received a few hundred images. But the efforts of willing participants were in vain, because Walker has now canceled the study.