TIME Bizarre

Corvette Museum Will Make Car-Eating Sinkhole a Permanent Exhibit

Visitors to the Bowling Green, Ky. attraction will be able to see at least part of the famous sinkhole

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The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. announced Thursday that a sinkhole that swallowed eight classic cars in February — as seen in the video above — will remain a permanent part of the exhibit.

The board of the museum was presented with three options: 1) Fill the sinkhole and replace the floor, as if nothing happened; 2) Keep a small bit open for posterity’s sake; 3) Mother Earth has spoken, leave it as is. After some consideration, they went with option 2.

“My own personal opinion changed as time went on,” a board member stated on the museum’s blog. “I come here today with my marching orders from my members. About two thirds of my organization says to leave it open in some form or fashion.”

This makes sense considering that the museum’s attendance has been up 59% and revenue increased 65% since the headline-making event.

TIME Bizarre

Man Shopping for Bananas Attacked by a Scorpion Because Nightmares Do Come True

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Everything is horrible

Last week, a guy in Pittsburgh was just doing his thing at Walmart, shopping for fruit and probably not expecting anything horrible to happen. But then, as he reached into a box to retrieve some bananas, a scorpion bit him. A scorpion. In Pittsburgh. Because everything’s the worst.

The man, who did not wish to be identified, said he felt a pinch as something latched onto his hand, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

“I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,” he told CBS. “I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.”

He promptly threw a lid on the creature and squashed it. Then he visited a doctor. At least Walmart offered to pay for his medical bill.

TIME Bizarre

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 technology

This Club Is Offering Poolside Drone Bottle Service

Yes, really

When the Hollywood Reporter released a roundup Thursday of the extravagant luxuries provided by some Las Vegas clubs, we didn’t blink at the $9,000 personal fireworks displays or PlayStation 4-filled cabanas. What gave us pause was the Cosmopolitan Marquee Dayclub’s poolside bottle service … delivered via drone.

For a mere $20,000 bar tab (and a day’s notice), an unmanned drone will descend from the sky to bring libations to the inebriated, bikini-wearing masses.

The bizarre service was available on Memorial Day, although the Cosmopolitan did not respond when asked if the service was still available or to other requests for comment.

“It seems as if there is something new that comes up almost every week,” a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson told TIME, referring to strange drone integrations. Unfortunately—and we’re sorry to burst your champagne bubble—this kind of drone activity is definitely not approved by the FAA. Which is, you know, mandatory.

While a recreational voyage, like innocently taking a “dronie” in the park, doesn’t need FAA approval, a commercial unmanned flight does. However, the FAA spokesperson added that “FAA regulations apply only to outdoor use—If a hotel wants to use an unmanned aircraft to deliver drinks indoors, that’s outside FAA jurisdiction.”

The FAA has only approved two commercial drone voyages, one to conduct research in the Arctic and another to survey pipelines in the U.S. But the FAA spokesperson said that although civil penalties can be applied, he doesn’t expect that it will be in the case of the drone bottle service as “that is usually for flying in a careless or reckless manner.”

The Cosmopolitan, however, isn’t the only hotel to use drone bottle service — The Mansion at California’s Casa Madrona also offers the service for guests staying in the $10,000-a-night Alexandrite Suite.

TIME News

Little Boy Finds Mummified Body in Empty House Because Horror Movies Are Real

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Yes, this is real life

A curious 12-year-old boy ventured into a semi-hidden abandoned house in Dayton, Ohio Sunday. He then found a mummified corpse hanging by a rope in the closet.

This isn’t a viral marketing stunt for the next season of American Horror Story. The movie-trope occurred in real life, and the body of resident Edward Bruton is thought to have been hanging there since 2009. Being stored in the closet may have helped prevent the body from decomposing too heavily.

While the coroner suspects suicide, no official cause of death has been determined.

[CNN]

TIME Appreciation

Nebraska Firm Pays Out $61K in Bonuses Exclusively in $2 Bills

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If your grandpa gave bonuses, this would be how he'd do it

It turns out that Nebraska-based Hornady Manufacturing is the kooky grandpa of the business world. Why? Because the ammunition manufacturer gave its 300-plus employees $61,000 in bonus money exclusively in $2 bills.

But unlike the $2 bills Pop-Pop gave you when you were good last Christmas, these bills aren’t meant to be hoarded in your special drawer.

“Two years ago, we caught a lot of flack from the city council and some people in the city of Grand Island for how we don’t support the community and we don’t do things around here, which we disagreed with… [it] kind of hurt our feelings,” VP Jason Hornady told Omaha.com. And so, to prove a point, he is asking employees to spend the bills at local businesses.

“If people look at you funny, tell them where you work, and we think that they will notice,” said the vice president, whose company slogan promises dependability (as well as accuracy and deadliness).

Hornady’s father, Steve, had done a similar bit with $1 coins a few years ago, but surely asking employees to lug those things around is just cruel.

Hornady also clarified that employees aren’t only getting paid in Monopoly money. “They also receive a nice check and a deposit into their 401(k)s,” that they can spend wherever.

Bonuses reportedly total 40% of employees’ regular pay.

[Omaha.com]

TIME U.S.

Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek Sets a Guinness World Record

Daily double!

Who is the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter? Answer: Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek, of course.

Trebek hosted his 6,829th episode on June 13. And the dedicated host hasn’t had so much as a sick day. The only time Trebek missed out on an episode in its 30 seasons was when he and Wheel of Fortune’sPat Sajak switched hosting gigs for April Fool’s Day.

He was pretty excited about it:

 

TIME Appreciation

5 Actually Good Things That Happened on Friday the 13th

Don't believe the hype

Correction appended, June 13, 3:04 p.m.

For those of us with the windows drawn, desperate to avoid the double whammy of Friday the 13th and Mercury retrograde at all costs—change out of your hole-y sweatpants and go outside. Friday the 13th isn’t as calamitous as some people make it out to be. Sure, the 1989 stock market dip, Tupac Shakur’s death, and the sinking of Costa Concordia all happened on that dreaded day, but some good stuff happened, too.

Here are 5 good things that happened on Friday the 13th (Mercury retrograde we can’t help you with):

LBJ signed an executive order designed to eliminate hiring discrimination based on gender on October 13, 1967
Executive Order 11375 was applicable to the United States federal workforce and government contractors.

The accordion was patented January 13, 1854
And who doesn’t love at least the option of hearing good polka? Or in this case,a reinterpretation of Vivaldi:

The first female flight instructor was licensed October 13, 1939
You crash through that glass ceiling with your airplane, Evelyn Pinckert Kilgore!

It was a really good day for the Friday the 13th film franchise
When adjusted for ticket price inflation, the films grossed a total of $738 million

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Actress America Olivo arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros.’ “Friday the 13th” Kevin Winter—;Getty Images

And most importantly, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were born June 13, 1986
I have three rebuttals for the haters out there who think that this is anything but a good thing: 1) Passport to Paris, 2) The song Brother for Sale, 3) This picture exists:

Correction: This original version of this story misstated Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s birthday. They were born June 13, 1988.

 

TIME Bizarre

A Sinkhole Swallowed Cars at The Corvette Museum And Now Everyone Wants To Go

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A view of a sinkhole that opened up in the Skydome showroom, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Michael Noble Jr.—AP

So much for fear of the earth crumbling

As a concept, sinkholes are terrifying—the solidity of the earth beneath your feet suddenly is in question. In February, a 40 ft. by 60 ft. one opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed a roomful of classic cars. Luckily, nobody was hurt and only one or two cars were severely damaged, though it took eight weeks for the museum to find and extract the cars.

The upside? Tourism is booming. Between February and May, Quartz reports, visits increased by 50%. The museum plans to keep the sinkhole open for viewing through the summer, including during its 20th anniversary celebration in August.

TIME animals

A Zookeeper Dressed in a Gorilla Suit Got Shot With a Tranquilizer Dart

A gorilla hides behind a tree at the Loro Parque Zoo in Puerto de La cruz in Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife April 15, 2008. Santiago Ferrero—Reuters

A drill at a Spanish zoo went horribly wrong as one veterinarian was unaware that the gorilla on the loose was in fact an employee wearing a suit

A zookeeper at Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain, was shot with a tranquilizer dart that delivered a dose meant to take down a 180 kg ape. He was wearing a gorilla costume at the time, as part of a drill simulating the escape of a captive animal.

Similar drills are standard procedure at zoos, but apparently in this case one veterinarian was unaware of the ongoing exercise and promptly shot the suited employee in the leg. The zookeeper suffered an allergic reaction to the massive injection and was taken to University Hospital of the Canary Islands, where he is in serious condition.

Loro Parque has been rattled by controversies in the past, most notably in regard to its treatment of orca whales. On Christmas Eve 2009, a whale attacked and killed a trainer during a practice session, providing fuel for many opponents of orca captivity.

[The Dodo]

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