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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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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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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.

TIME Bizarre

The Walls of One Red-Light District Now ‘Pee Back’ on Public Urinators

St. Pauli neighborhood in Hamburg, Germany.
Getty Images A red light district in Hamburg, Germany.

A special kind of paint bounces the liquid back toward its source

Public urinators in the St. Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg are in for a rude awakening: a community group has applied a special water-repellant paint to the walls of certain buildings that sprays liquid back in the direction it came from.

The nightclub/red-light district has been plagued by night time revelers relieving themselves on walls, and residents decided that this solution would not only protect their buildings but also send the message loud and clear that this behavior was unacceptable. To give potential offenders a fair warning, Reuters reports the group has put up signs that read “Do not pee here! We pee back!”

The paint, which has previously been used on ships, is expensive — a 6 square meter area costs 500 euros to paint — but the organizer of the group behind the initiative says the community is saving money on cleaning.

[Reuters]

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Watch a Swedish TV Host Start a Fire While Trying to Fry Cheese Doodles

In honor of National Cheese Doodle Day

Today, March 5, is apparently National Cheese Doodle Day, because we definitely need a holiday to celebrate those delicious, chemical-laden snacks that leave our fingers coated with sticky orange dust.

To mark the special occasion, a pair of Swedish TV hosts decided to cook up some cheese doodles. Yes, cook them up. As opposed to just, you know, eating them raw.

In the above clip, host Jenny Strömstedt attempts to fry a batch of them, and everything goes great. Just kidding, everything goes terribly and she starts a pretty decent-sized fire. She does manage to stay cool and put out the fire after several separate flare-ups, and the whole ordeal ends up being pretty hilarious.

And we’ll admit: we’re kind of curious what fried cheese doodles taste like.

(h/t Uproxx)

TIME Bizarre

Famous Bermuda Triangle Disappearance May Have Been Botched Mutiny

Le USS Cyclops
APIC / Getty Images The USS Cyclops, which disapeared in Bermuda in 1918

March 4, 1918: The U.S.S. Cyclops is seen for the last time, headed north from Barbados through what’s known as the Bermuda Triangle

Correction appended, Mar. 5, 2015

When the U.S.S. Cyclops went off the grid somewhere north of Barbados, it became one of the most popular examples of the uncanny dangers lurking within the Bermuda Triangle.

One of the Navy’s largest fuel ships, the Cyclops was last seen on this day, Mar. 4, in 1918, when it stopped in the West Indies on its way from Brazil to Baltimore, carrying 10,800 tons of manganese ore to be used in manufacturing munitions. But the ship never made it to Baltimore, nor did any of its 300 or so passengers and crewmembers. Despite an exhaustive search effort, no trace was ever found of the ship, and Naval investigators never landed on a definite cause for its disappearance.

What made it all the more mysterious, according to a contemporary New York Times account, was that the captain never sent a distress signal, nor did anyone aboard respond to radio calls by the hundreds of American ships in the vicinity. What’s more, there were no storms strong enough to cause the Cyclops to founder, according to the Times, which went on to suggest that the ship might have been the target of German mines or U-boats. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command, one contemporary magazine suggested that a giant octopus had “[risen] from the sea, entwined the ship with its tentacles, and dragged it to the bottom.”

The Navy, however, discounted the likelihood of either German or giant octopus attacks, opening the door to more supernatural speculation, and the Cyclops joined the list of more than 100 ships and planes to have disappeared under strange circumstances in the triangular region roughly bounded by Bermuda, Miami and Puerto Rico.

While the Bermuda Triangle became a cultural fixation of the 1950s and 1960s, it has by now been repeatedly and comprehensively debunked. Its reputation as a kind of earthly black hole suffers every time a vanished plane or vessel reemerges.

And although there’s still no trace of the Cyclops, there is, at least, an alternate explanation. It centers on a captain more eccentric than Ahab, with a fondness for “pacing the quarterdeck wearing a hat, a cane and his underwear,” and against whom some of his crew had already attempted a mutiny before they reached Barbados, per the Navy. As quoted in Gian Quasar’s book Distant Horizons, the U.S. Consul in Barbados wrote to the State Department following the ship’s disappearance, noting that the captain had appeared to be deeply disliked by his fellow officers, and that in suppressing the recent mutiny attempt, he had imprisoned members of his crew and executed one.

“While not having any definite grounds I fear fate worse than sinking,” the consul writes, “though possibly based on instinctive dislike felt towards master.”

Read about the 1991 discovery of five lost bombers, here in the TIME archives: Lost Squadron

Correction: The original version of this post included a reference to the Lost Squadron of Navy bombers being found in 1991. It was later discovered that the wreckage had been misidentified.

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