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Woman Climbs Into Lion Cage to Feed Them Cookies

A lion at the London Zoo plays with a football in honor of the 2014 World Cup kick off in London on June 12, 2014.
A lion at the London Zoo plays with a football in honor of the 2014 World Cup kick off in London on June 12, 2014. Terry Scott—Demotix/Corbis

Oh my!

The Memphis Zoo has banned a woman for life because she jumped the barrier of the lion enclosure to feed them cookies, the Associated Press reports.

Last week she was caught throwing objects into the exhibit, according to a zoo spokesperson. After climbing the barrier, she started singing to the wild animals about how much she missed them.

“I’ve never seen someone singing to a lion before,” witness Michelle Beasley told WMC Action News 5. “It was really loud.”

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That Moment When a Baby Discovers His Eyebrows Can Make People Laugh

He's positively thrilled about it

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Some people grow up to hate their reflection in the mirror, but right now, this baby can’t get enough of it, wiggling his eyebrows repeatedly and cracking up.

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Chill Jersey Shore Shark Grabs an Afternoon Snack off a Fishing Boat

It stole the fishermen's chum bag right off their boat

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Fishermen got a great scare over the weekend when a great white shark rushed up to their boat, according to NBC Philadelphia.

It reportedly stole the chum bag of fish off the side of the boat at 28-Mile Wreck, where a World War II shipwreck took place off of Cape May, New Jersey.

According to the South Jersey Times, the fisherman Steve Clark was tagging sharks for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of the conservation effort Apex Predators Program.

Cue Jaws theme.

 

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An American Got Stuck in a Stone Vagina Sculpture in Germany

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No word yet on whether he was trying to take a selfie

An American exchange student got stuck inside a stone sculpture of a vagina last week in Germany.

It took more than 20 emergency responders Friday to free the young man, according to reports in the German newspaper Süddeutsche and The Guardian. He had wedged himself inside Pi Chacan, a 2001 stone sculpture by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara, in front of Tübingen University’s Institute for Microbiology and Virology. The police in Tübingen first learned of the incident when they received a call reporting that “a person is stuck in a stone vulva.”

The city’s mayor Boris Palmer said he could not understand how the student got himself in that situation in the first place, “even taking into account adolescent fantasy,” Süddeutsche reports.

No word on whether the student was trying to take a selfie.

TIME Food & Drink

Two Words: Ramen Fries

Drool

The ultimate comfort food is getting a side of fries with that.

Foodbeast reports Keizo Shimamoto, the creator of the ramen burger — a burger with ramen patties as the buns — will soon come out with ramen fries. He posted a photo of what appears to be deep-fried ramen noodles on Facebook. New York City foodies will be able to buy the creation at the centers for artisanal food in Brooklyn, Smorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea, and the Berg’n beer hall and restaurant.

Could lunch hour come any sooner?

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City Forces 9-Year-Old Boy to Move “Little Free Library” From Front Yard

It violates a city code that bans detached structures

City officials in Kansas shut down a “little free library” that a boy set up in his front yard because it violates city code, and the family is fighting the decision.

Spencer Collins, 9, set up “Spencer’s Little Free Library” in Leawood, Kansas, so neighbors could “take a book, leave a book.” As he told FOX 4 News, “Reading is one of my favorite things to do. We built it on Mother’s Day as a present for my mom because she really wanted one.”

City code prohibits detached structures, so the family moved it earlier this week — reportedly to the garage — and set up a Facebook page Thursday to solicit support for petitioning the city to amend its code. By publication time, it boasted more than 1,000 fans nationwide and counting.

Spencer’s Little Free Library is part of a movement to promote literacy and lifelong learning that claims to boast about 15,000 of these homemade libraries nationwide.

(h/t ABA Journal)

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Happy Sloth Week! Here’s a Live Sloth Cam

A glimpse at life in the slow lane

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Starting today, Animal Planet is celebrating Sloth Week, which is like Shark Week for people who were too slow getting their acts together to tune in to Shark Week.

So there’s no better time than the present to check out the live sloth cam from Zoo Atlanta launched in October, featuring a Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth named Cocoa, a 21-year-old male, and his “lady friends” Okra Mae and Bonnie. Sloths may move slowly, but Cocoa was quick to make a move on the 19-year-old Okra Mae, who is now pregnant and is expected to have their baby in July.

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Grieving Daughter Takes Life-Size Cardboard Cutout of Deceased Father Around the World

A moving tribute to a man who always wanted to travel the globe

A Virginia dad died from stomach cancer at 52 before fulfilling his lifelong dream of traveling the world. Now, CNN reports his daughter, New York-based artist Jinna Yang, 25, made it come true by going around Europe in April with a life-size cutout of her dad Jay Kwon Yang, taking photos of it in front of landmarks.

“Most of the time when you see a life-sized cutout, it’s of Justin Bieber or One Direction, and it’s usually in a nine-year-old’s room,” Yang told CNN. Plus, the six-foot-tall cardboard figure folded up, so in terms of transportation, she joked, “I didn’t have to pay for an extra seat for dad!”

 

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Discerning Cat Walks 12 Miles Back to Old Home Because He Didn’t Like His New One

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Curious George?

A cat ran away and walked 12 miles back to its old home after its owners moved to a different neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, The Oregonian reports.

The new renters reportedly called and said they thought they found the two-year-old tabby named George, which showed up and kept wanting to be pet.

Last year, a tortoiseshell cat named Holly made headlines for trekking 200 miles back home to West Palm Beach, Florida, after running away from the family vacation at a R.V. rally in Daytona Beach. While scientists don’t know for sure how a cat could find its way home from a long distance, they say cats navigate in familiar areas via sight and smell. Patrick Bateson, a behavioral biologist at Cambridge University, told the New York Times, it’s possible that cats can sense “the smell of pine with wind coming from the north, so they move in a southerly direction.”

 

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