Suddenly, calling in the military to shovel snow doesn’t seem so bad. Switzerland called in a fleet of army helicopters to airlift nearly 24,000 gallons of water to thirsty cows amid a scorching heatwave. The canton of Vaud is home to nearly 20,000 of them, each of which guzzle between 22 and 33 gallons of water a day. Swiss army soldiers installed six water tanks in the mountainous region before flying the water in. But this isn’t the first time such an operation was launched in the country. In 2003, the army was called in to give water and feed to farmers following an exceptionally dry summer.
That must be one pretty pig! Five-year-old Katie Ross and her pet pig Bubbles broke barriers this week after they decided to enter a beauty contest made only for sheep. Clad in their best rocker outfits complete with black nets and wigs, the pair strutted their stuff before a large audience. But even though wool was what the judges were expecting to see, they gave the porker the prize for creativity anyway.
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Sacre bleu! The newly crowned champion of French-language Scrabble faced a unique challenge at his recent tournament: he can’t actually speak a word of French at all! Nigel Richards from New Zealand actually beat a competitor from the French-speaking African nation of Gabon two games to none. In order to win, Richards memorized the French Scrabble dictionary in about nine weeks without actually knowing what any of the words meant. For his effort, he received a standing ovation in Belgium; he needed a translator to express his gratitude.
Ah, the second amendment. A video on YouTube showing a drone that can fire a semi-automatic handgun went viral this week, prompting questions over whether or not the device is actually legal. After several news agencies posed the question to police, they said “it does not appear to violate any current state statute.” Officers did say one thing that was more comforting though: If the creator flies the drone off his property, he’s fair game for arrest.
We wonder if he even remembers how he got there. Pennsylvania man Daquan Tate allegedly attracted the attention of police after crashing into a speed limit sign (you know you need to slow down when…) and a roadside mailbox before he lost control of his car and hit an embankment. Then, in another stroke of genius, police say the suspect then fled the scene. Officers didn’t find him again until he fell off the roof of a barn–naked. It’s unclear why his clothes were off, but Tate wasn’t injured from the fall.