It’s raining men! When a thunderstorm cloud system merged with heavy rain on a satellite weather map this week, the result looked pretty, er, familiar. It looked like a giant green penis was hovering over the entire east coast, with the tip penetrating northern Quebec. (But just the tip.) The anchors at WGN in Chicago clearly noticed, and got a little excited reporting on it. “The East Coast getting the shaft,” one of them said. “You call that a rod of high pressure.” Well played, guys. Well played.
There are so many things wrong with that headline we hardly know where to start. When a crowd gathered on the Chilkoot River to watch a bear and two sows feed on salmon, they were all surprised when a man wearing a full-body bear costume ran through the area and started jumping up and down near the animals. An Alaska Fish and Game technician was fortunately able to move the bears out of the way and talk to the man, but the furry suspect refused to identify himself. The man then ran back into his car and drove off without ever removing the bear costume head or revealing his face. Authorities say this isn’t the first time they’ve encountered a man in such a costume. Go figure.
Speaking of people mimicking animals, U.K. man Thomas Thwaites really needed a vacation. But instead of going to a resort or tropical paradise, he decided to try out a new kind of experience: living like a goat. His destination was a goat herd in the Swiss Alps, where he could mingle with fellow goats and, ultimately, escape from the problems of his life. To prepare, Thwaites studied the cognitive and physical aspects of what it’s like to actually be a goat, and went as far as visiting a behavioral psychologist and neurologist to study “turning off” parts of his brain in order to think more like one. Here he is having the time of his life:
— Simon te Brinke (@gramercypark) August 14, 2015
How despicable! If you’ve been outside over the course of the past month, you’ve probably noticed something Minion-themed. The characters are on our cereal boxes, impressed into our snacks, and their cute faces cover backpacks, stores and even TV shows! But now, they’ve even been used to unsuccessfully smuggle cocaine. The U.S. Postal Service recently got its hands on five packages stuffed with the illegal drug, valued at $225,000. In at least one of them, a stuffed Minion toy was used to help make the bag of “birthday gifts” seem more legit. New York man Albert Fortosa, 24, has since been arrested in connection with the seizure.
Crikey! An employee of Indian River Reptile Zoo in Ontario says he was shocked after he was called in to rescue more than 100 reptiles from a Toronto-area home, many of which were fully-grown adults. The reptiles, some of which were more than three metres long, had been kept in the home for about 10 years before the owner finally called in to say he had lost control of them. Bry Loyst had to rent four trucks and recruit 20 volunteers to complete the job, and says he believes the owner “fell in love with the crocodiles and kept them as pets.” It’s unclear if the owner was charged, but owning crocodiles is illegal in Toronto.