TIME Bizarre

Robbery Suspect Friends Victim on Facebook, Is Promptly Arrested

Hmm.

Washington’s Kitsap Sun reports that a 28-year-old robbery suspect was arrested after adding his victim on Facebook the next day. Here’s the Associated Press:

Authorities say a woman was sitting at the Bremerton ferry terminal on Tuesday using her headphones when she was struck on the head from behind. After she was struck, a man grabbed her iPod and purse and ran. She didn’t recognize the man but noticed a tattoo of a triangle on his neck.

The next day, the woman received a Facebook friend notification and recognized the sender as the man who robbed her.

Investigators confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Mullins, and they noted a profile picture of Mullins showing the triangle neck tattoo.

The suspect was charged with second-degree robbery. Is this peak Facebook?

TIME Bizarre

Everything’s Purple at The Purple Store

No, they don't sell anything in yellow. Or blue.

Do you like purple? How much? More than Roman emperors and magistrates? Enough to found a purple business and keep it open for a decade?

Adam Sheridan is the owner of The Purple Store in Seattle; it’s a sort of general store where every item is, well, purple. “People who like purple really like purple and in a perfect world, something fun like The Purple Store should exist,” he told MyNorthwest, which also reported that Sheridan isn’t necessarily the color’s biggest fan.

If you love purple but don’t want to make a pilgrimage to Seattle, don’t fret: Like any savvy business owner, you can find Sheridan’s store online. (The website is, of course, purple.)

TIME Bizarre

Guy Eats Pizza Mid-Workout

Yikes.

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#PSA: When you’re hitting the gym, don’t be this guy.

Quoth the cameraman: “That man is eating pizza … and working out. This is why I hate Planet Fitness. This is why. Jesus Christ.”

Oy.

TIME Bizarre

This Is The Greatest Paper Airplane Toss of all Time

Most of us can count on our best paper airplanes to have the range of a single room at best. These soccer fans constructed one that had the range of a stadium—and the precision of a homing missile.

In an England versus Peru match, this fan managed to hit a player from the opposing team with a paper airplane flung out over the entire crowd. It must be seen to be believed.

TIME Bizarre

U.S. Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing after Dog Poops in the Aisle

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The smell reportedly made other passengers ill.

A Philadelphia-bound U.S. Airways flight from Los Angeles had to make an emergency landing in Kansas City, Missouri, earlier this week after a dog defecated in the middle of the aisle–twice.

A man named Steve McCall, who says he was a passenger on the plane, U.S. Airways Flight 598, told Inside Edition that the smell made people physically sick. NBC Philadelphia has rounded up tweets that appear to be from other passengers who are complaining about how the flight had already been delayed because of fuel issues before the incident onboard.

Chris Law, an NFL producer, live-tweeted the episode, including a photo of the clean-up after the emergency landing, and complimented the crew’s handling of the situation:

We’ve reached out to U.S. Airways for comment and will update if we hear back.

TIME Bizarre

Man Captures Video of Himself Getting Hit By Lightning

Now what are the chances he can do it twice?

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There’s a one in 10,000 chance you will get struck by lightning in your lifetime. What’s the probability of catching it all on video?

While it’s probably more likely for storm chaser Scott Sheppard than most other bystanders, it’s still pretty incredible that he caught himself getting struck by lighting in a storm in South Dakota Tuesday. Luckily he’s doing alright—the bolt hit his arm and then the ground.

Watch the scene unfold in the video above.

(h/t: Daily Dot)

TIME Bizarre

There Is Nothing More Terrifying Than This Mosquito Tornado

This makes a Sharknado seem utterly pleasant

Even if the premise of Sharknado came true, it would be nothing compared to this real life funnel cloud monstrosity made entirely out of mosquitos. It’s a MOSQUITONADO:

Photographer Ana Filipa Scarpa noticed this phenomenon while visiting Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal. Though it looked like a funnel cloud, she realized it was actually a swarm of moving insects.

It was a very high funnel swinging to the left and to the right. I pointed my camera and began shooting before it hit me,” Scarpa told io9. “But the funnel did not move toward me — and I thought it was so strange — so I got into my car and started to drive towards it, and that’s when I realized it was a mosquito twister.”

As she got closer, some mosquitos actually entered her car. She estimated that the swarm extended about 1,000 feet high.

Well, have fun with your lifelong nightmares, everybody.

TIME Security

Apple iPhones, iPads Hacked and Held for Ransom

An early morning hack left many Australians with non-working phones and a ransom note

Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac owners across Australia woke up to some unpleasant news Thursday: A hacker going by the name Oleg Pliss reportedly took over their devices and is demanding ransoms of between $50 and $100 to unlock them.

This message asking for money appeared on various Apple devices:

Affected parties took to Twitter to complain:

There are reports that the hack was conducted by exploiting a weakness in Apple’s “Find My iPhone” feature. Some victims who had set a password on their device were able to unlock them without paying the ransom. However, most people without passwords set up prior to the attack were not able to regain access to their device.

Online payment service PayPal told the Sydney Morning Herald that there is no account linked to the email address in the message and that anyone who had paid the ransom money could be refunded.

There was no refund on lost sleep over the problem, however.

[Sydney Morning Herald]

TIME Bizarre

Santa Fe Plans to Pin the Tail on the Donkey (Sculpture)

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There's a $1,000 reward for finding the original though

An almost real-life version of the party game of “pin the tail on the donkey” is going on in New Mexico.

The tail of a metal donkey sculpture in Santa Fe has mysteriously gone missing, and the city’s arts commission is working with an artist to make a new one, the Associated Press reports. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for the return of the original.

No word on whether a blind-folded person will re-attach the tail.

TIME Bizarre

Stop the Presses! Reporter Discovers He’s Allergic to Newspaper Ink

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Today in irony

If you can’t stand the way newspaper ink turns your hands black, then get a grip: one reporter has been allergic to the stuff for years.

Longtime Baltimore Sun reporter Michael Dresser said an allergy test has revealed that pine resin in newspaper ink has caused puffiness and irritation around his eyes and various skin problems over the years, according to a self-deprecating memo he emailed to his colleagues that has been published on The Wall Street Journal’s website.

Dresser, whose beats have included Maryland politics and transportation, wanted to warn his colleagues that he would be wearing gloves around the office now so they wouldn’t think he was “administering any uncomfortable examinations or looking for blood spatter.”

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