TIME Bizarre

See the Hilarious Moment When a Mayor Leaves His Mic on During a Bathroom Break

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term "livestream"

Everything about this April 28 city council meeting in Georgetown, Texas, sounded completely civilized and serious — until the mayor forgot to turn off his mic when he went to the bathroom.

It all starts when Mayor Dale Ross gets up from his seat at the beginning of this clip from the live-stream of the meeting. Thirty seconds later, as Mayor Pro Tem Rachael Jonrowe talks about friends and family members who have contracted antibiotic-resistant infectious diseases, the man can be heard urinating and then flushing afterward.

What could be more embarrassing than having that private moment amplified on a loudspeaker? The Internet alleging that he did not wash his hands because no one could hear the sink running. A sassy Facebook comment suggests the city should raise money for hand-washing supplies for the facilities.

TIME Bizarre

Kirstie Alley Responds to ‘Christie Ally’ Bridge Scandal Confusion

The actress joked that she takes full responsibility

Friday in “No, The Nation’s Schools Are Doing Fine, Why Do You Ask?,” actress Kirstie Alley was trending on Twitter because people were misreading news headlines referring to a “Christie ally,” as in, an ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

And while the headline “Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case” could conceivably be misinterpreted by people speed-reading through their various news feeds, that’s no reason to blame Alley.

The actress herself seems to be taking her newfound Twitter popularity in stride – and might not be as blameless as you might think.

“I take full responsibility!” the actress tells PEOPLE. “You see, I bought a new Aston Martin and wanted the whole freeway to myself to test drive and … oops.”

This article originally appeared on People.

TIME Bizarre

Box Unearthed in Family’s Attic May Contain Pirate Treasure

They now wonder whether their ancestor was a pirate

A Florida family was shocked to find a box of treasure in their attic during what seems to be a very profitable spring cleaning session.

“Maybe my great-grandparents were pirates,” one member of the Lopez family said, according to USA Today.

The collection included 18th-century coins, a map, a family photo, and…a human hand wearing a ring. Experts have described the findings as “authentic.”

[USA Today]

TIME Humor

9 Sounds That No One Can Explain

Have you heard these sounds before?

Everyone has a favorite Wikipedia rabbit hole. Mine is “List of Unexplained Sounds.” I can’t remember how I first made my way to the page, but its array of sonic mysteries has shown me that while space is incredible, our planet is its own frontier of intrigue and unexplainable phenomena.

  • 5. Slow Down

    Slow Down was first recorded on May 19, 1997 and is also credited to an iceberg running aground, though some people insist it might be a giant squid. The sound, lasting about 7 minutes, gradually decreases in frequency, hence the name “slow down.” Like Upsweep, the sound has been heard periodically since it was initially detected.

  • 6. The Hum

    The Hum has been recorded on several occasions, mostly during the last 50 years or so. In these cases, there have been reports of a relentless and troubling low-frequency humming noise that can only heard by a certain portion of the population. It’s difficult to pinpoint when instances of the Hum began, but it’s been well-documented since the 1970s, and since then, cases have popped up all over the world—from Ontario, Canada to Taos, New Mexico to Bristol, England to Largs, Scotland and Auckland, New Zealand.

    In most instances, the affected group only makes up around two percent of the population, but for those individuals, the Hum is largely inescapable and impossible to track. Those affected report never having heard noises before, and say the Hum is generally heard indoors and becomes louder at night. It’s also most common in rural and suburban areas and among people between age 55 and 70.

    Scientists have long investigated the cause of the drone, occasionally tracing it to industrial equipment emitting particular frequencies. For the most part, though, the sound has left the world completely puzzled. The list of other possible culprits is long and wide-ranging—wireless communication devices, power or gas lines, electromagnetic radiation, radio waves, or earth tremors are all suspects. Because the Hum appears and disappears and because the cause may vary from case to case, the phenomenon still baffles researchers. At this point, a few things are clear: The Hum is real and likely a byproduct of 21st-century living.

  • 7. Skyquakes

    Skyquakes, or unexplained sonic booms, have been heard around the world for the last 200 years or so, usually near bodies of water. These headscratchers have been reported on the Ganges in India, the East Coast and inland Finger Lakes of the U.S., near the North Sea, as well as in Australia, Japan, and Italy. The sound—which has been described as mimicking massive thunder or cannon fire—has been chalked up to everything from meteors entering the atmosphere to gas escaping from vents in the Earth’s surface (or the gas exploding after being trapped underwater as a result of biological decay) to earthquakes, military aircraft, underwater caves collapsing, and even a possible byproduct of solar and/or earth magnetic activity.

  • 8. UVB-76

    UVB-76, also known as “The Buzzer,” has been showing up on shortwave radios for decades. It broadcasts at 4625 kHz and after repeated buzzing noises, a voice occasionally reads numbers and names in Russian. The source and purpose has never been determined.

  • 9. 52-Hertz Whale

    This animal, also known as the loneliest whale in the world, calls at a highly unusual 52-hertz, well above the normal frequency. Scientists have been listening to 52-Hertz for decades, and recently, filmmakers raised $400,000 on Kickstarter to seek the mammal out. It should be noted that the fundraiser reached its goal through the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, another mysterious beast.

    This article originally appeared on Mental Floss.

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TIME Food & Drink

Breast Milk Ice Cream Returns in Time for Upcoming Royal Birth

ROYAL BABY GAGA TUB BLUE & BLACK MED
The Licktators

With the objective of reminding mothers of the benefits of breastfeeding

For the (fearless) ice cream lovers and dedicated royal baby watchers out there, there’s a special frozen delight just for you.

London-based ice cream company The Licktators teamed up with breastfeeding campaigner Victoria Hiley to toast the birth of royal baby No. 2 and raise awareness for breastfeeding in public with a re-launch of their breast milk flavor Saturday.

Dubbing the famed sweet treat Royal Baby Gaga, the company will offer the specially branded flavor just in time for the birth in both pink and blue tubs. The ice cream, which launched temporarily in 2011, will also be available at select London retail locations and online later this week and throughout the summer.

“It’s the ultimate organic ice cream,” a rep for The Licktators (known for other imaginative flavors such as popcorn and cinnamon doughnut) tells PEOPLE.

The spokeswoman adds that the flavor is “free-range, freshly squeezed and totally natural. Perfect for any prince or princess.”

So, what exactly is in the breast milk ice cream recipe? The concoction blends donated breast milk – screened in line with hospital standards – and Madagascan Vanilla. (You can also whip it up at home, thanks to the Licktator’s online recipe.)

Hiley, a 30-year-old mom from Leeds, England, wanted to remind mothers of the benefits of breastfeeding.

“There was huge support from breastfeeding women for Baby Gaga ice cream in 2011, yet some politicians still [stigmatize] women for breastfeeding in public,” Hiley said in a statement.

A tub of Royal Baby Gaga is available for about $22 (€19.99). All proceeds will be donated to a breastfeeding charity.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Bizarre

16 Ways People Have Tried to Destroy Their Apple Watches

See what happens when a car runs over one

While some people are desperate to get their hands on Apple Watches, others are already trying to destroy them.

Watch CNET journalist Sharon Profis, host of this torture exercise, try whacking it with a seven-pound cast-iron skillet, rubbing it against different kitchen graters, stepping on it repeatedly and submerging it in cold and boiling water. Profis also dunks the timepiece in red wine and coats it in various condiments such as soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, peanut butter and Nutella.

Meanwhile, a Canadian tech blog (MW Technology on YouTube) tried hitting it with a rubber mallet, irreparably scratching it with various razor-sharp blades, a bagful of keys and against a stone column, before finally running it over with a car:

The gadget was also subjected to a 15-minute cycle in a washing machine:

And another YouTube user TechRax — known for boiling an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola — pulled a less dramatic stunt, simulating what would happen to an Apple Watch with a blue sport band if someone accidentally dropped the gadget in such a way that it hit the ground face-first.

TIME Bizarre

Watch This Kid Solve a Rubik’s Cube in 5.25 Seconds

Collin Burns broke the world record

A teenager has beaten the world record for fastest solution of a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube, completing the puzzle in just 5.25 seconds.

Although the World Cube Association (WCA) has not yet updated its website, it confirmed to Mashable that the young man, Collin Burns, is the new record-holder. Burns completed the task at an official WCA event in Doylestown, Penn. The previous champion was Mats Valk of the Netherlands, who unscrambled a cube in 5.55 seconds.

[Mashable]

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TIME Bizarre

Man Sidetracked by Tater Tots During Suspected Robbery Attempt

The man was awoken when a woman tried to escape her home, police say

A suspected burglary attempt in California went awry last week when authorities say the man got side-tracked by, of course, tater tots.

A homeowner in Petaluma went downstairs Thursday afternoon and found an unfamiliar man, identified by police as James Adams, asleep on her sofa after he apparently enjoyed a snack of frozen tater tots, the San Fransisco Chronicle reports. After calling the police, she tried to leave her house but accidentally awoke the man.

Adams, 44, who was said to have a long criminal history, was apprehended by authorities as he tried to leave the yard.

[SF Chronicle]

TIME Bizarre

Google Removes Illustration of Android Robot Urinating on the Apple Logo in Google Maps

The user-generated drawing was spotted in Google Maps on Friday

A new twist in Google’s and Apple’s battle for world domination: Google has removed an illustration of the Android robot relieving itself on the Apple logo found in Google Maps, just outside of Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

CNN Money reports that former Samsung employee Ahmad Babar noticed the crude image and uploaded this screenshot to Instagram:

Has anyone else seen this on Google Maps? Saw it while searching for a place in Rawalpindi

A photo posted by Ahmad Babar (@ahmadbabar) on

Another user-generated image that has since been removed:

The tool relies on contributors to keep maps of their areas current with local, insider information, and a regular, “vetted” contributor appears to be responsible for the gag, a Google spokesperson told the website.

It’s not the first time this kind of a joke has happened. The Washington Post points out that last week, a map of the White House displayed a fake business called “Edward’s Snow Den.”

TIME Bizarre

This Moonshine Distillery Plans to Launch a Bottle Into Space

Onyx Spirits

Advertising goes to space

It’s a marketing stunt that’s out of this world.

A Connecticut moonshine distillery plans to shoot a 750-milliliter bottle of its best stuff 22 miles into space next month in what the company says is the first time a bottle of liquor will leave the earth’s atmosphere, reports a local California NBC affiliate.

Employees of Onyx Spirits Company will fix the bottle to a weather balloon with a rocks glass and silver platter on May 2, and send it floating into space. The balloon will be equipped with GoPro cameras, GPS technology, a radar deflector, and a parachute to soften its landing into the Long Island Sound.

“Onyx Moonshine is all about attempting things that haven’t been done before, which is the true essence of the American spirit,” Onyx Spirits Company co-founder Adam von Gootkin said Tuesday.

With moonshine, perhaps there’s no such thing as flying too close to the sun.

[NBC]

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