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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TIME animals

Watch This Pig Outshine the Dogs at a Canine Obedience Class

Amy the pig currently attends class twice a week

 

You can’t teach a old dog new tricks, but you can teach a pig all kinds of canine moves.

Amy the six-month-old pig is quickly becoming the top dog in her obedience class full of pooches, reports The Seattle Times

Along with the commands and tricks, the 45-lb swine has also learned more advanced challenges like the chutes, teeter-totters, jumps and balance beams.

The Family Dog Training Center was happy to take Amy into their puppy class, as long as she was housebroken. Luckily the pig was, and she has been learning ever since.

While the pig’s participation may seem odd to onlookers, Amy’s owner Lori Stock isn’t surprised her pig is a teacher’s pet.

“Amy is outgoing, affectionate and darn cute,” the owner said.

Amy currently attends class twice a week, and Stock plans to keep training the pig. When the tiny oinker isn’t outshining her fellow pupils, she is training at home and enjoying her own personal playroom.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Canada

Canada Town to Fine Residents for Spitting in Public

Residents will also face fines for shouting and swearing

A Canadian town adopted a measure in late February that would fine residents for unseemly behavior, according to a report.

Residents of Taber, Alberta can now be fined 75 Canadian dollars [$59] for spitting in public or on someone else’s private property, the Lethbridge Herald reports. Shouting and cursing in public could prompt a ticket of 150 Canadian dollars [$119].

Many residents are concerned about another section of the new bylaw, which says that a gathering of three or more people could be fined 250 Canadian dollars [$198] if an officer determines that the group intends to disturb the peace.

Despite controversy, Taber’s mayor, Henk De Vlieger, said he still supports the measure.

“I’m not saying this thing is perfect, but I think we should give it a chance and try it out, and let the police work with it,” he said, according to the Lethbridge Herald. “After a period of time, we might make some adjustments, but let’s see how it works.”

[Lethbridge Herald]

TIME Bizarre

Florida Woman Arrested for Getting Naked at Dunkin’ Donuts

It was a dare, police say

A Florida woman says she got naked at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Greenacres, Fla., because her dance group dared her to do it, police say, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Shakara Monik Martin of West Palm Beach was reportedly offered clothes, but refused to wear them, according to witnesses. The Palm Beach Post reports that the 32 year old has been released from the Palm Beach County jail Monday morning on her own recognizance, but could face an indecent exposure charge.

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TIME Bizarre

This Poo Emoji Dress Is Perfect for Your Next Date

Keep piling on the jokes

The San Francisco-based clothing company Betabrand recently ran a successful crowd-funding campaign for a dress covered in the poop emoji. Advertised at an early-bird price of $106.20, the frock will prompt countless jokes bound to leave the wearer feeling pooped out. Not to mention it boasts four pockets (though the website does not say whether they are filled with toilet paper squares).

The brand has been crowd-funding men’s attire with this poo-emoji pattern, including a dress shirt, sneakers and trousers aptly named “Poopy pants.”

(h/t CNET)

TIME Bizarre

When Daylight Saving Time Was Illegal

You could be fined $100 or ten days in prison for 'springing forward'

When Daylight Saving Time begins this year on Mar. 8, Americans are likely to turn their clocks forward with a minimum of grumbling over the lost hour — at least compared to the objections that were raised when it was first implemented. The idea of moving the clock around in order to maximize the useful hours of sunlight, thus saving the fuel otherwise needed for lights, was originally a wartime idea. Individual localities might choose to move forward or back, but the end of World War I meant the end of federal daylight saving. The option to decide on a case-by-case basis led cities and states across the country to take up proverbial arms — or, rather, clock hands — for or against.

The battle over the clocks raged for decades. People who liked having sunlight early in the day raged against those who privileged daylight in the evening. But few places had it as bad as Connecticut did in 1923, as TIME reported:

A bill is before the Legislature to make public display of a clock showing any time save Eastern Standard punishable by $100 or ten days in prison. Departments of the State and all institutions receiving State aid would be prohibited from altering their schedules to conform in effect to daylight-saving time.

This is another step in the fight of Connecticut farmers against city dwellers to prevent daylight saving. A year ago, having a majority in the Legislature, the farmers passed a bill against daylight saving, but provided no penalties for failure to comply with the law. The mayors of several cities forthwith issued proclamations recommending the townspeople to advance their clocks. The Legislature angrily protested and threatened to suspend the charter of Hartford, the State Capital. On the day agreed upon for putting daylight saving into effect the merchants turned their clocks ahead. At noon the whistles blew an hour early, and the clerks walked out of the Legislature, leaving the farmer members, unable to continue business, angrily sputtering in their chairs. Later a member from a city constituency offered a bill to provide four commissioners at salaries of $10,000 a year to go about the streets, examine the watches of citizens and take those to jail who used daylight saving time.

The outcome of the whole matter was that the cities used daylight-saving time, while the executive and judicial departments of the State and the railroads kept their clocks at Standard time, but moved their schedules an hour ahead.

Now the farmers intend to put “teeth” into the law.

The law passed, forbidding the “willful display in any public building, street, avenue, or public highway of any time-measuring instrument or device, which is calculated or intended to furnish time to the general public, set or running so as to indicate any other than the standard time.” A state supreme court upheld the law in 1924.

But, clock-changers of Connecticut, fear not. Not every state observes daylight saving time today — but Connecticut does.

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