TIME animals

See a Cat on a Leash Riding on a Car’s Hood in Ohio

A cat is seen secured on the hood of a vehicle with a leash.
NBC News A cat is seen secured on the hood of a vehicle with a leash.

The police are searching for a driver who was spotted with cat tied to the hood of the vehicle

A photo of a feline perched on the hood of a moving SUV has gone viral, sending Ohio police in search of the catmobile’s driver.

While one witness managed to snap a few pictures of the astonishing spectacle Sunday in the city of New Philadelphia, Police Chief Michael Goodwin said no one actually jotted down the car’s license plate. The cat was apparently secured on the hood of the four-door Buick SUV with a leash.

“It’s a very bizarre case—unclear if it would violate any animal cruelty laws,” Goodwin told NBC affiliate WKYC. “It’s the public safety (that’s)…

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TIME Food & Drinks

You Can Now Buy Kit-Kat Bar Sandwiches in Japan Because Why Not

First Kitchen

Another day, another bizarre fast food hybrid

Japan — home to the the mayonnaise pizza and the macaroni, shrimp and white sauce burger — has unveiled its latest feat of bizarre fast food fusion.

Behold: the Kit-Kat bar sandwich. The creation became available last week for a mere 220 yen ($1.81) from the chain First Kitchen.

And in case you needed a closer look:

While we love the candy bar, it looks somewhat less tempting when garnished with whipped cream and orange peel between two slices of white bread. A Twix sandwich, on the other hand…

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TIME Bizarre

Extreme Ironing Is Back

The sport's creator is coming back after an 11-year hiatus

The man who invented Extreme Ironing is coming out of retirement.

Phil Shaw says he is again training for the sport he created in the 1990s after an 11 year hiatus, according to Britain’s ITN. For the uninitiated, Extreme Ironing involves performing the domestic chore in extreme environments like rock climbing or kayaking on rapids. Somehow, the concept briefly took off (including a world tour).

“I’d almost forgotten how people respond to it,” Shaw said. “At the end of the day, it’s a bit of fun, and people enjoy it.”

[The Guardian]

TIME Bizarre

Someone Keeps Photocopying Their Cat at the University of Wisconsin Library

And they're leaving copies sitting around

College campuses are full of mysteries, and there’s a major one developing right now at the University of Wisconsin. Somebody has allegedly been using one of the campus libraries to photocopy a cat. But so far, nobody knows who is doing this.

A staffer at the university’s Badger Herald newspaper stumbled upon the following photo while studying at the Steenbock Library Tuesday:

Apparently, these photos have been spotted several times at Steenbock, which is the library for agriculture and life sciences, human ecology and, wait for it, veterinary medicine. So maybe this mysterious photocopier is actually doing this for some kind of research purpose.

So far, it looks like only one person has been committing this strange act — but there could be some copycat crimes soon.

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TIME Japan

Scarecrows Outnumber People in Tiny Japanese Village

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It's 150 scarecrows vs. 35 elderly residents

A village in Japan has four times as many scarecrows as people. And it’s all thanks to one woman — and more than a decade of work.

Tsukimi Ayano said she made her first scarecrow 13 years ago in the likeness of her father as a tribute to him after his death. Since then, she’s made more than 350 life-sized dolls but, like their human counterparts, they don’t last forever, so about 150 of them remain in Nagoro, a village in southern Japan.

Still, with a population of 35, the scarecrows outnumber the people in Nagoro by a good amount, acting as replacements for…

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TIME Retail

IKEA: Please Stop Playing Hide-and-Seek in Our Stores

An Ikea store in Montpellier, southern France on March 27, 2013.
Pascal Guyot—AFP/Getty Images An Ikea store in Montpellier, southern France on March 27, 2013.

32,000 people signed up to play an in-store game

IKEA is a pretty fun place. But the Swedish furniture store — known for meatballs, ball pits and unpronounceable dressers — has taken a stand against irreverence by banning massive games of hide-and-seek in its Dutch stores, Bloomberg reports.

And by massive, we mean 32,ooo people signed up for a Facebook event in Eindhoven; 19,000 in Amsterdam; and 12,000 in Utrecht.

“It’s hard to control,” IKEA Group spokeswoman Martina Smedberg told Bloomberg. “We need to make sure people are safe in our stores and that’s hard to do if we don’t even know where they are.”

Last summer, hundreds played the game in Belgian IKEA locations.

And just look at how much fun they were having:

[Bloomberg]

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TIME France

An Airplane Crashed into a Skier in the French Alps Almost Severing Her Hand

The 55-year-old suffered a “near amputation”

What was supposed to be a relaxing excursion on the slopes of the French Alps turned into a near catastrophe when a small plane, sliding out of control after leaving an adjacent runway, struck a Polish woman on a skiing holiday.

The aircraft appeared suddenly from behind her without a sound, the local public prosecutor told Agence France-Presse. It skirted a group of children and slid under a chairlift. The woman, 55, did not hear the approaching plane and was hit by its propeller. She was seriously injured, and emergency services reported that she suffered a “near amputation.”

The resort doctor was immediately on scene to provide medical care, and the woman was then taken by helicopter to the local hospital.

The pilot was about to depart Avoriaz, a ski resort near France’s border with Switzerland, but failed to take off from the snowy high-altitude runway. Local prosecutor Patrick Steinmetz, whose office is investigating the incident, told AFP that the pilot was “a professional who is used to these kind of conditions.”

[AFP]

TIME Crime

Ohio Police on the Hunt for Serial Pooper

He has defecated on (and in) 19 cars in the last 3 years

Ohio police are on the lookout for a mysterious serial pooper who has defecated on at least 19 cars in the last three years.

Akron police said that the culprit was caught in the act and photographed Wednesday morning when pooping on the hood of a car. But according to Cleveland.com, the suspect has also reportedly pooped on door handles and in passenger seats of unlocked vehicles.

A 2012 police report notes that “the excrement did not cause any damage to the car, but it did cause a big mess.”

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TIME Bizarre

Can This Giant Alligator Invading a Florida Golf Course Be Real?

Myakka Pines Golf Club says creature is genuine but some suspect the work of Photoshop

Myakka Pines Golf Club got a very scary visitor on the seventh hole green last week when an enormous alligator decided to spend some time there.

“Enormous” actually does not do this animal justice. Perhaps Jurassic is the proper adjective for a reptile this imposing.

The gator is so big that many are claiming the picture must be Photoshopped, but the country club says that the course’s newest, and most imposing, hazard is all too real.

This article originally appeared on SI.com.

TIME Bizarre

Breaking Bad Creator: Stop Throwing Pizzas at Walter White’s House

"It's just not funny"

Breaking Bad fans are being, well, bad.

At the beginning of the Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, show creator Vince Gilligan pre-empted the discussion about episode six with a PSA: Stop throwing pizzas at Walter White’s Albuquerque, N.M., home — which has become a bit of a tourist attraction.

The inspiration comes from the following iconic scene:

“Let me tell ya, there is nothing original, funny, or cool about throwing pizzas on [the owner’s] roof,” Gilligan says. “It’s just not funny. It’s been done before. You’re not the first.”

Uncool, guys.

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