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    1. Poisoned Cat Kills China Tycoon

    Sometimes it’s better to stick to the chicken. Chinese police suspect that a billionaire logging tycoon was murdered when his lunch companion slipped a toxic herb into his slow-boiled cat-meat stew. Long Liyuan, 49, owned a forestry company and was meeting with Hunag Guang about leasing a piece of woodland. (BBC reports that there was also an embezzlement dispute between the two men.) After lunch, according to the Chinese police report, Long felt dizzy and sick, though a third man, who had eaten only a small portion of the stew because it tasted “bitter,” was fine. Long went into cardiac arrest and died the same day.

    January 4, 2012 12:39 PM

  2. PHEW Fugitive 'Butt Cutter' Nabbed Fairfax County Police Department

    2. Fugitive 'Butt Cutter' Nabbed

    Ladies in Virginia shopping malls can ease off watching their backsides now: a man suspected of slashing the buttocks of 13 young women in Fairfax has finally been captured. Peruvian authorities confirmed they nabbed Johnny D. Guillen—known as the "Corta Nalgas" or "butt cutter"—in Lima. The slashings occurred between February and July 2011 in various retail stores. According to police reports, one innocent Forever 21 shopper suffered a nearly two-inch wound in her rear, and another 21-year-old woman felt a pinch in her behind while she was browsing the racks at a T.J. Maxx in Fairfax.

    January 14, 2012 1:56 PM

  3. INSANE Toddler Chews Snake’s Head Off Pat Gaines / Getty Images

    3. Toddler Chews Snake’s Head Off

    Maybe now we know what God meant in Genesis when he told the serpent that Eve’s offspring would “crush his head”: an Israeli toddler named Imad was found Saturday chewing the head of a 12-inch-long poisonous snake. The 13-month-old boy’s mother found him with the snake between his six teeth, its head nearly severed, and brought the neighborhood running with her screams. “It was really scary, just horrible," the baby’s aunt said. A neighbor snatched the snake away and killed it. Doctors said the boy was totally fine, and that the snake probably didn’t bite—and didn’t release much venom—because the cold weather made it groggy.

    January 28, 2012 8:18 AM

  4. JUSTICE Judge Orders Couple to Go Bowling Hemant Mehta / Getty Images

    4. Judge Orders Couple to Go Bowling

    Now this is an activist judge. A Florida court has issued an unusual ruling that orders a feuding couple to go out to dinner (on the husband’s dime), swing by the bowling alley, and then go in for marital counseling. “He’s going to stop by somewhere and he’s going to get some flowers,” Judge John “Jay” Hurley wrote in his decision. “And then he’s going to go home, pick up his wife, get dressed, take her to Red Lobster.” The couple ended up in court when the man’s failure to wish his wife a happy birthday blew up into a domestic-violence dispute. The wife told the judge she hadn’t been hurt and wasn’t afraid of her husband, so he declared it a minor dispute.

    February 8, 2012 11:38 AM

  5. OW Shakira Attacked by Sea Lion Franck Fife, AFP / Getty Images

    5. Shakira Attacked by Sea Lion

    Shakira is spending Valentine’s Day with a bandaged hand after getting a little too much love from a sea lion while vacationing in South Africa. The singer wrote on Facebook Monday that she approached a group of sea lions because she thought they were cute, when one lunged out of the water and chomped her hand. "[It] looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me," she wrote. Her brother helped wrestle her free. Shakira added that she thinks the sea lion was attracted by her shiny BlackBerry, which she was using to take photos, thinking it was a fish.

    February 14, 2012 11:48 AM

  6. GET OUTTA TOWN 32,000-Year-Old Dead Plant Revived PNAS

    6. 32,000-Year-Old Dead Plant Revived

    The narrow-leafed campion sure looks good for being dead for 32,000 years. The Arctic flower—stored by a squirrel in a burrow in Siberia, and permanently frozen until uncovered a few years ago—was used by Russian scientists to grow a plant. The researchers took cells from the plant’s placenta (the organ inside the fruit that produces seeds) and grew them in culture dishes. If the study’s radiocarbon dating is to be trusted (it will most definitely be quadruple-checked by an independent group), this will be the oldest plant ever to be grown from ancient tissue. What will scientists do next? Study evolution in real time using the old and new campion plants.

    February 20, 2012 8:12 PM

  7. CRIME Kony 2012 Cofounder Detained Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    7. Kony 2012 Cofounder Detained

    The cofounder of Invisible Children, the nonprofit organization responsible for the “Kony 2012” video, was detained in San Diego on Thursday night, authorities said Friday. Police said they detained Jason Russell, 33, after he was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing cars, and possibly under the influence of something. TMZ reported Friday that Russell is being held for psychiatric testing, and police have no plans to charge him. TMZ released a video of him reportedly dancing naked at a major San Diego intersection. Russell is one of the masterminds behind the “Kony 2012” video, which went viral last week and has already been viewed more than 80 million times. Invisible Children released a statement Friday afternoon saying Russell was “hospitalized, suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition” and that it would “always love and support Jason.”

    Kony 2012 creator Jason Russell will talk to Oprah in his first interview since his infamous public meltdown.

    March 16, 2012 7:15 PM

  8. OVER-REVVED ENGINE Man Sues BMW for Persistent Erection Fabrice Coffrini, AFP / Getty Images

    8. Man Sues BMW for Persisting Erection

    A California man who set out on a short but exhilarating motorcycle ride got off the bike with a long-lasting thrill. Henry Wolf has sued BMW North America and a motorcycle-seat maker claiming that a four-hour ride on his 1993 bike with a ridgelike seat has given him “a severe case of priapism” (a persistent, lasting erection) that he’s sustained for 20 months, ever since that fateful ride he took in September 2010. Apparently Wolf is “now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish.” According to the suit, Wolf wants compensation from BMW and the seat maker for lost wages, medical expenses, emotional distress, and “general damage.”

    April 30, 2012 1:05 PM

  9. TRAGIC Dolphin May Be Bullying Victim Nick Ut / AP Photo

    9. Dolphin May Be Bullying Victim

    A lone dolphin who has spent the past five days trapped in Orange County’s Bolsa Chica Wetlands may be there because it is a victim of bullying and is choosing to stay, wildlife experts said Monday. Mammal expert Peter Wallerstein said forcing the dolphin to move could be a “death blow,” and “the last thing we want to do is force a confrontation.” Wallerstein said the dolphin’s breathing rate is good, and it has plenty of fish to eat in the Southern California wetlands. As for the dolphin bullying, Wallerstein said it’s not as rare as it may sound. “People think they are happy, loving animals, but they have a dark side and can be aggressive with each other.”

    May 1, 2012 7:30 AM

  10. PREHISTORIC BUT DEADLY Flatulence Killed Dinosaurs: Study Brian Choo, Beijing Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology / AP Photo

    10. Flatulence Killed Dinosaurs: Study

    Well, it’€™s a big bang of sorts. British scientists have a new theory about what killed the dinosaurs: flatulence. In a study, researchers found that the Jurassic beasts produced more than 530 million tons of methane gas a year—€”a byproduct of digestion. This amount, roughly the same amount of natural and man-made emissions in our society today, is enough to warm up the world. Who’€™s to blame? Probably those plant-eating sauropods, who ate about half a ton of ferns a day.

    May 7, 2012 11:27 AM


    11. Man Recovering After Flesh-Eating Attack

    Miami police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened in a grisly crime that has gathered international headlines: police shot and killed a naked man after he allegedly attacked another naked man and tried to eat his face on a major Miami highway. Neither man has been identified. Police said the victim is recovering in the hospital after his attacker allegedly tried to not only eat his face but also gouge out his eyes. A police officer responded to the scene and reportedly shot the attacker, who continued to chew the other man’s flesh—and the officer then reportedly fired again until the attacker died. Police are still trying to determine what motivated the attack—and whether drugs were involved.

    May 28, 2012 11:19 AM

  12. Linked Police: Remains ‘Sent From Montreal’ Paul Zinken, dapd / AP Photo; inset: Berlin Police / Reuters

    12. Police: Remains ‘Sent From Montreal’

    Police in Vancouver said Wednesday that two packages containing human remains found at local schools were “sent from Montreal,” connecting them with the grisly dismemberment case of Luke Magnotta there. Magnotta is suspected of killing his lover Jun Lin before fleeing to Europe earlier this month and being arrested Monday in Berlin. Tests confirmed that the body parts, a hand and a foot, belonged to Lin. The packages contained a human foot and hand, the missing body parts in the Magnotta case. “They were the limbs we were looking for,” Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said. Mr. Lin’s head remains missing. Lafreniere said the post was traced back to Montreal and that both packages contained notes. Police also said Wednesday that they had obtained video of Lin's killing and his body being dismembered.

    June 6, 2012 4:12 PM

  13. OVERREACTION Bynes: Obama, Get Rid of My DUI Los Angeles Conty Sheriff's Department / AP Photo

    13. Bynes: Obama, Get Rid of My DUI

    When you ask the president to take away your DUI, you might want to start putting things in perspective. Actress Amanda Bynes was officially charged on Tuesday with driving under the influence of alcohol in an April 6 incident—and then she tweeted to President Obama to “fire the cop who arrested me.” “I don’t drink,” Bynes tweeted to the Obama presidential campaign. The actress was arrested on April 6 when she was pulled over in West Hollywood at 3 a.m. after allegedly sideswiping a police car. The criminal complaint also says Bynes refused to take a Breathalyzer or drug test.

    June 6, 2012 7:07 AM


    14. Man Chomps Victim’s Face

    Add one more to the tally of freakish incidents of cannibalism sweeping the nation: a Louisiana man named Carl Jacquneaux allegedly attacked his neighbor over a domestic issue, biting off a chunk of the neighbor’s face. The neighbor defended himself by spraying the assailant with wasp poison. Jacquneaux then held another neighbor at knife point while stealing a handgun. A friend says he knows Jacquneaux was doing bath salts, the drug associated with several of the other “zombie” crimes.

    June 6, 2012 2:55 PM


    15. Man Dies in 3-Way; Wife Gets $3M

    A macabre ménage à trois landed some moolah for one Georgia widow whose husband expired in the heat of passion. A jury said that a doctor’s failure to advise against overexertion in the sack was worth $3 million for the wife of the late William Martinez, 31, a police officer who bit the bullet while engaging in a threesome with another man and a woman who was not his wife at a hot-sheets hotel in Atlanta in 2009. “The type of sex that he was engaged in is the type that’s totally unacceptable to our community,” said Rod Edmond, Martinez’s family’s lawyer. “But the fact of the matter is this man could have died running on the treadmill, running after a criminal.” The jury found Martinez 40 percent responsible for his own death, but one imagines that a higher percentage of Atlanta’s male population thinks the way Martinez died was 100 percent awesome.

    June 11, 2012 11:46 AM

  16. FAT CAT Alaska Town Has Feline Mayor Facebook

    16. Alaska Town Has Feline Mayor

    Ah, but did he have super-PAC backing? Stubbs the cat has single-pawedly made the town of Talkeetna, Alaska, into a tourist destination after being elected mayor in a write-in campaign. The mouse-chasing mayor of the town of 900 hangs out at a local general store, from which he fulfills his (mostly honorary) responsibilities. Stubbs was elected after townspeople said they were dissatisfied with the human candidates—so Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, keep an eye on your pets.

    July 15, 2012 7:48 AM

  17. LIFE IMITATES ART Walter White Wanted on Meth Charges Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs Office

    17. Walter White Wanted on Meth Charges

    The two guys are even doppelgangers. An Alabama man named Walter White, who is accused of violating his probation in a methamphetamine-manufacturing case, is now at the top of the Tuscaloosa County sheriff’s office most-wanted list after missing a July court appearance. If the scenario sounds familiar, it may be because Walter White is also the name of Bryan Cranston’s antihero on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad, a man whose life spirals out of control after he begins cooking meth.

    August 16, 2012 4:35 PM


    18. ‘Fox News–Obsessed’ Man Threatens Girlfriend

    Miss Manners warns never to discuss religion and politics, but with this election, that’s easier said than done. Call it a symptom of our divided nation: a Florida man was arrested this week for threatening to murder his girlfriend for being a liberal. According to the arresting officer, David A. Kappenheim said that “he was very conservative, and his girlfriend was liberal, and he felt he was going to have to kill her.” Kappenheim had made three previous attempts on his girlfriend’s life before this arrest on charges of domestic battery, domestic assault, and criminal mischief. The Florida deputies said a search of Kappenheim’s home revealed that he was “obsessed with Fox News and the Republican party.”

    August 31, 2012 6:38 PM


    19. Chef Admits to Cooking Wife

    David Viens, a chef on trial for the murder of his wife, admitted in a recording presented to the court on Tuesday that he cooked her for four days until the only thing left was her skull. The shocking admission came in a recording from his hospital bed in 2011—he had jumped off an 80-foot cliff shortly after hearing he was a suspect in the disappearance of his wife—and was played in his trial in Los Angeles. He had kept his wife in a 55-gallon tank of boiling water. Her skull, he says, is at his mother’s house.

    September 19, 2012 8:01 AM

  20. GROG  ‘Pirate’ Woman Hijacks Ferry Peter Mountain, Disney / AP Photo

    20. ‘Pirate’ Woman Hijacks Ferry

    What do you do with a drunken sailor? Well, in one British woman’s case, the obvious thing to do while allegedly high and sauced as a seamen on shore leave was to commandeer a passenger ferry and ram other watercraft while hollering “I’m Jack Sparrow” and “I’m a pirate.” And when officers of the law came to restore peace and toss her in the brig, 51-year-old Alison Whelan began drifting away on the double-decker ferry she briefly captained off the English coast of Dartmouth. When police finally arrested Whelan, the part-time privateer informed the landlubbers that she “would have ended up in St. Tropez” had they not clapped her in irons. At least this answers where all the rum has gone.

    September 20, 2012 9:54 AM

  21. WHY? Man Dies After Roach-Eating Contest Ken Lucas, Visuals Unlimited, Inc. / Getty Images

    21. Man Dies After Roach-Eating Contest

    Let this be a lesson for those who crave insects a là carte. The winner of a roach-eating contest near Miami, Fla., died after ingesting dozens of live cockroaches and worms, authorities said Monday. Edward Archbold, 32, fell ill shortly after the contest at a reptile store and collapsed outside. All of the other contestants emerged from the contest without so much as a stomach ache, officials said, and that Archbold’s autopsy results had not yet been released. Experts said most cockroaches are not toxic and allergies are rare. Here’s hoping they find out what was bugging him.

    October 8, 2012 11:17 PM

  22. BANANA BURN Sunscreen Could Set Skin On Fire

    22. Sunscreen Could Set Skin On Fire

    A product designed to keep your skin from burning might actually have the opposite effect. The makers of continuous spray Banana Boat sun care recalled products Friday due to reports that the spray could ignite on the skin. There have been four incidences when Banana Boat sunscreen has ignited when exposed to a flame before drying. The manufacturer says the spray valve could be the issue, since it dispenses more product and takes longer to dry. The likelihood of actually lighting on fire is extremely rare, according to the Burn Prevention Network, and aerosol sprays are known to be flammable.

    October 19, 2012 7:35 PM

  23. UM, WHAT?

    NYPD: Cop Wanted to Cook Women

    Is cooking your victims a new trend or something? An NYPD officer was charged on Thursday in a plot to kidnap and cook his girlfriend—and maybe as well as 100 other women. Gilberto Valle, 28, an officer in the 26th precinct in Manhattan, allegedly used instant messaging to communicate with a co-conspirator, reportedly even talking about how to cook a person “over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.” Valle also allegedly accessed a law-enforcement database without authorization, reportedly developed his own database—with photos—of 100 potential victims, and had started staking out their homes and business. Valle was arrested Wednesday after a three-month FBI investigation. He is not known to have participated in any of the acts he talked about.

    October 25, 2012 12:42 PM

  24. HITCHHIKING Florida Woman Rides Manatee Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

    24. Florida Woman Rides Manatee

    Ma’am, dismount that manatee. Fifty-three-year-old Florida woman Ana Gloria Garcia Gutierrez was arrested Saturday for hopping aboard one of the sea cows protected by Florida law. The second-degree misdemeanor could cost her $500 or 60 days in jail. Gutierrez stepped forward after realizing she was the woman caught astride a manatee in photos released by the Pinellas County sheriff. She said she was new to the area and didn’t know playing cowgirl with the creatures was a no-no. Police arrested Gutierrez at Sears in St. Petersburg, where she works.

    November 25, 2012 7:40 AM

  25. RAINBOW BRITE North Korea Claims Unicorns Exist Chris McGrath

    25. North Korea Claims Unicorns Exist

    Catch a ride upon a moonbeam and try this one on for size. Scientists in North Korea are claiming that unicorns actually existed. The report, released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), “reconfirmed” the burial site of a royal unicorn allegedly ridden by King Dongmyeong of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo. Scientists say the proof lies not in something silly like, say, evidence of a horn on a horse, but in the rectangular rock engraved at the entrance of the grave, which reads “‘Unicorn Lair.” Full disclosure: KCNA isn’t exactly known for accuracy. The news agency once reported that deceased leader Kim Jong-il had not only “invented the hamburger” but written “1,500 books.” Next up, Santa Claus?

    November 30, 2012 4:31 PM

  26. Crimson Harvard to Get BDSM Sex Club David McNew / Getty Images

    26. Harvard to Get BDSM Sex Club

    They may be socially awkward, but chains and whips excite them. Harvard University is expected to officially approve a student BDSM club, Harvard College Munch, on Friday. Approval by the Committee on Student Life will allow Munch to host and promote gatherings on campus and apply for grants from the Drug and Alcohol Peer Advisors organization. The group’s founder, known only as Michael, says that the group will now have “institutional support” to provide reassurance to its members. Perhaps a little too much reassurance—one member of the group said she had been hit with a riding crop, a belt, and canes at a private Munch function. A spokesman for Harvard said that the school does not endorse the views of student organizations.

    November 30, 2012 10:48 AM


    27. Man Shoots GF After ‘Walking Dead’

    The possibility of a zombie apocalypse deserves serious discussion, but it’s not worth getting shot over. Unfortunately for Jessica Gelderman, her boyfriend didn’t agree. Gelderman and 26-year-old Long Islander Jared Gurman got into a heated debate over whether a zombie apocalypse could actually happen. Gelderman left her boyfriend’s house, but the fight continued via text message, and when she returned to check on Gurman at 2:30 a.m., he was waiting outside his door with a .22 caliber rifle. He shot her in the back, shattering a rib and piercing her diaphragm and a lung. She is now in stable but critical condition.

    December 5, 2012 10:38 AM

  28. MONKEY BUSINESS Monkey Found in Toronto IKEA @Broniewyn / Twitter

    28. Monkey Found in Toronto IKEA

    A wool-coat-and-diaper-clad monkey shocked shoppers at an Ikea in Toronto, and now the little guy's owner has come forward to face the consequences. The man responsible says the 7-month-old monkey made a daring escape from its crate and the car it was in. The monkey has been taken by the Toronto Animal Services and its owner is facing charges of having a banned animal.

    December 9, 2012 8:10 PM

  29. JUSTIN TIME Bieber Murder Plot Thwarted Paul Morigi / Getty Images

    29. Bieber Murder Plot Thwarted

    Can you Beliebe it? A convicted killer in New Mexico had apparently concocted a plan to have Justin Bieber murdered—and castrated—at his Madison Square Garden concert last month, but told on himself before the hit could go down. Dana Martin, who is said to be obsessed with and have a tattoo of the pop star on his leg, reportedly recruited his fellow inmate Mark Staake and Staake’s nephew to, once Staake was released, kidnap Bieber and his bodyguard and then strangle them with paisley ties—Martin’s signature. For some unknown reason, Martin blew the whistle on the whole operation, and Staake and his nephew were arrested.

    December 12, 2012 4:56 PM