TIME Bizarre

Spider-Man Wrestles With Pedestrian in Times Square

The Amazing Spider-Man
Jaimie Trueblood—Columbia Pictures

The fight was captured on video

A man dressed as Spider-Man was caught on camera in a fight with a pedestrian New York’s Times Square on Thursday. According to the New York Daily News, the pedestrian was the antagonist.

“The guy was harassing a number of performers, other costumed folks,” witness Geoff Goldberg told the tabloid. “They’ve notoriously had issues with him in the past.”

Goldberg was the man responsible for capturing 30 seconds of the brawl on video, though the clip failed to capture the start or outcome of the fracas. The video begins with Spidey throwing the first punch (and kick).

[New York Daily News]

TIME world records

This Genius Figured Out How to Have the Longest Birthday Ever

Guinness World Records

He set the record by crossing time zones

German man Sven Hagemeier set a world record on August 4, 2014, for the longest birthday — 46 hours — by flying from Auckland, New Zealand, to Brisbane, Australia, and then Honolulu, Hawaii, where his wife was waiting to greet him, according to Guinness World Records.

This year, he will just celebrate his 27th birthday at home with friends and family.

Nargis Bhimji of Karachi held the record previously. In June 1998, her birthday lasted 35 hours, 25 minutes, because she flew from Karachi to Singapore to San Francisco.

TIME Bizarre

Whole Foods Put 3 Sticks of Asparagus in a Jar of Water and Sold it for $6

The store said it was a mistake

Whole Foods has removed $6 asparagus water from the shelves of one store in Los Angeles saying that it had been offered mistakenly, a spokesperson for the grocer told CBS News.

The product, which consisted of three asparagus stalks sitting in a bottle of water, was discovered by a Los Angeles resident who posted a photo on Instagram ridiculing the concept. The photo led to widespread criticism that the upscale grocer was ripping off customers with an over-priced and frivolous product.

Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us.

A photo posted by Marielle Wakim (@marielle.m.n.o.p) on

When questioned by CBS News, Whole Foods said the offering was a mistake and had only been “carried briefly” at one location.

“We actually don’t sell asparagus water in our stores,” Whole Foods Market spokesperson Liz Burkhart told CBS. “We looked into the item as soon as it was brought to our attention.”

[CBS]

 

TIME Kentucky

Kentucky Sheriff’s Office Asks Drug Dealers to Turn In Their Rivals

"We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!"

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) — A Kentucky sheriff’s office has posted a flyer on its Facebook page asking drug dealers to turn in their rivals.

Multiple media outlets report the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office posted the flyer Monday afternoon. It features an image of a marijuana leaf and says, “Is your drug dealing competition costing you money? We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!”

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says the post is funny, but the sheriff’s department is not joking around.

At the bottom of the letter, people are asked to fill out information about the drug dealer they are reporting, including the dealer’s name and vehicle.

Melton says he got the idea from the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia.

As of Tuesday morning, the post had 394 online shares.

 

TIME Bizarre

Woman Sues Credit Agencies After They Declare Her Dead

It took months of phone calls, letters and emails to convince the agencies she was alive

(ST. LOUIS)—A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn’t dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she’s alive.

Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans or a new home, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Her suit, filed last week in federal court, said Goree found a “deceased” notation on her credit files in the summer of 2013. Such a notice can appear when a creditor informs a reporting agency that one of its customers has died.

“Wow. Words can’t really explain how I felt,” she said. “It was just emotional.”

She said she had to deal with numerous rejections from credit card companies and local businesses because the credit reporting firms said that she was dead.

“Anything that would require monthly payments,” she said, “I was only able to purchase with cash.”

Representatives of TransUnion and Experian told the newspaper that they couldn’t comment on pending litigation. A spokesman for Equifax said the company’s attorneys were just notified about the lawsuit and needed more time to research it.

Goree said the misinformation hurt her efforts in finding a new place to live after her grandson’s 2013 hit-and-run death outside her former home in north St. Louis County home. Her landlord agreed to let her break her lease to move away from the street where 2-year-old Darion Griffin was struck. Her lawsuit contends that a series of rental housing applications were rejected.

She said it took months of phone calls, letters and emails to convince Experian and TransUnion to return her to the land of the living. It’s unclear if Equifax also has done so.

TIME Bizarre

Man’s iPhone Miraculously Still Works After Falling From a Plane Over Texas

He found it under a mesquite tree

A Texas man used an app to find his iPhone in a rural pasture after it fell 9,300 ft. (2,834 m) from a Beechcraft Bonanza airplane on a flight from Houston.

The phone fell out of the aircraft during a Monday flight, when a pressure change caused the door to open slightly. The owner of the phone, Ben Wilson, a Texas businessman, used the Find My iPhone app to locate the phone. They found it with a map and a satellite image.

“It was by the side of the road south of Jacksboro, under a mesquite tree,” Wilson told the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas. “It was in one piece, scratched a bit on the corners but it still worked,” he said.

TIME Bizarre

This Man Called the Police Because His Girlfriend’s Cat Ate All the Bacon

Operator: 'We don't arrest cats'

A man wanted to press charges against his girlfriend and her cat because she let the feline eat his bacon, according to audio of an emergency call released this week by the West Yorkshire Police.

During the call, the operator calmly explained, “It’s not a criminal offense to let a cat eat your bacon, okay? And we don’t arrest cats. I’m very sorry.”

The authorities shared the audio with the Yorkshire Evening Post to show the public how much time is taken up by non-urgent phone calls, from complaints about expired food at the grocery store to a question about how to get a pigeon out of the house.

 

TIME Bizarre

Treasure Hunters Find Over $1 Million Worth of Shipwrecked Spanish Gold off the Florida Coast

Haul comes from the fabled 300-year-old wreck of the Capitana

A Florida family of professional treasure hunters has struck gold after discovering over $1 million worth of coins and jewelry in a huge Spanish shipwreck from the 18th century, Florida Today reports.

The Schmitt family, who are subcontractors for treasure hunting company 1715 Fleet–Queens Jewels LLC, discovered the treasure off the Florida Coast in the wreck of the Capitana, the flagship of a Spanish treasure fleet.

The haul includes 51 gold coins, 40 ft. of ornate gold chain and a Tricentennial Royal, an extremely rare Spanish coin valued at over $500,000, Florida Today says.

This is not the first time that gold has been found in this famous shipwreck. Captained by Don Juan Esteban de Ubilla, the Capitana carried an enormous fortune in Spanish jewels when it sunk in a hurricane in July 1715, according to Florida Today, and has been the subject of books, documentaries and blog posts.

The Schmitts are seasoned treasure hunters, Florida Today adds, having first found gold in September 2013. They came across the Capitana haul last month, but the news of their discovery was withheld to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the shipwreck.

[Florida Today]

TIME Bizarre

Killer Seagulls Are Terrorizing Animals in the U.K. and Experts Fear a Baby Might Be Next

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Luis Díaz Devesa—Getty Images/Flickr RF

"To a seagull, what's the difference between a dog and a baby?"

Seaside residents in the U.K. are being warned to keep a keen eye on young children after a spate of seagull attacks have picked off an array of worryingly large animals.

The aggressive birds have been on a killing spree in the scenic Cornwall area, recently pecking a dog and a tortoise to death. Even an aging pensioner was knocked over and left bloodied by a dive-bombing bird, the Telegraph reports.

Experts are now concerned that the problem will only get worse, calling for individuals to not leave their babies unattended as images of small rodents and even other fowl being devoured whole by ravenous gulls spread on social media.

Simon Prentis, of the Gull Awareness Group, has started a petition to drastically reduce seagull numbers. “To a seagull, what’s the difference between a dog playing on the lawn and a baby playing on the lawn?” he told the Telegraph.

“If somebody were to leave a baby sleeping in a pram or a push chair and left it unattended, it happens I would not wish it on anybody, but we’re headed in that direction.”

Even the British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped in, the Telegraph reports, calling for a larger discussion on managing the urban gull problem. He has yet to suggest any concrete measures to deal with the problem, however.

[Telegraph]

TIME Bizarre

Did This 3-Month-Old Just Say ‘I Love You’?

This is some first-class mimicry

We’ve heard of early talkers before, but this is ridiculous. In a YouTube video posted by user Ted Moskalenko, a baby described as a 3-month-old mimics a man saying “I love you” with very convincing similarity in tone and fairly audible diction (for an infant who can’t yet actually talk).

Moskalenko writes on the post, “My baby boy Ben said ‘I love you’ for the first time. Good thing my wife had the camera rolling.” We’ll be checking back on Ben’s status as a child prodigy in a few years’ time.

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