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Teen Arrested After Taking Snapchat Selfie With Murder Victim’s Body

Prosecutor says the Snapchat "was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant"

A Pennsylvania teenager was arrested Friday for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old classmate, after taking a selfie with the victim’s body and Snapchatting the image to a friend. Although the app is known for making photos disappear in 10 seconds or less, the recipient of the jarring text saved the picture and showed it to police.

Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, confessed to killing Ryan Mangan to police, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He was charged as an adult with criminal homicide, first-degree murder and illegal possession of a 9 mm handgun and is currently being held in a county jail without bail.

“[Police] received a copy of the photo which depicted the victim sitting in the chair with a gunshot wound to the face,” a police affidavit says. “It also depicts a black male taking the ‘selfie,’ with his face facing the camera and the victim behind the actor. The photo had the name ‘Maxwell’ across the top.”

District Attorney John Peck said of the Snapchat selfie: I’ve never seen it before, but it was a key piece of evidence that led investigators to the defendant.”

[Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

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Buddhists Say a Mummified Monk Discovered in Mongolia Is Just Meditating

They think he might be the next Buddha

Buddhists are not convinced a recently discovered mummified monk is actually dead. In fact, they say he’s in a deep meditative state known as tukdam and could potentially be the next Buddha. The monk’s remains were discovered in Mongolia in late January.

“’If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha,” Dr. Barry Kerzin, a famous monk and physician to the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times. “Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy.”

Remains of the monk, who was found seated in the lotus position, are expected to be about 200 years old.

[Siberian Times]

TIME Bizarre

Check Out This Weird Bill Cosby Statue That Also Has Fat Albert

Image courtesy of Cory Allen Contemporary Art

It's titled "Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable"

For one artist, protesting Bill Cosby‘s TV shows and performances amid the numerous sexual assault allegations against him wasn’t enough. Rodman Edwards, a high school freshman and artist, has sculpted a nude statue of Bill Cosby as America’s favorite TV dad—Dr. Cliff Huxtable—with another of Cosby’s most famous characters, Fat Albert, covering the not-safe-for-work areas of Huxtable’s physique.

The sculpture, which is being proposed as a replacement for the busts of Cosby currently on display at television halls of fame, will soon open to the public at Cory Allen Contemporary Art Showroom in St. Petersburg, Fla. starting Feb. 20.

It’s compelling, seriously confusing, and titled “Fat Albert Cries for Dr. Huxtable”—oh, right, because Fat Albert is crying. If you’re scratching your head and furrowing your brow at the thought, trust us, you’re not alone.

But Roman’s explanation should do a bit to help clear up the murkiness: “As a fan, I think I just felt compelled to depict two of Bill Cosby’s creations at odds with each other, because Bill Cosby seems to be at odds with what I always thought Dr. Huxtable stood for.”

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Florida Man Arrested for Killing 5 Alligators for Super Bowl Meal

Volusia County Sheriff's Office Richard Nixie

The gators were each about five-feet long

The Florida Gators didn’t make the Super Bowl, but that didn’t stop one man from trying pay homage to the team with his game day dinner.

Richard Nixie of DeBary, Florida, skipped buffalo wings and nacho dip in favor of gator, illegally killing five small alligators and cutting off their tails to cook, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The gators were each about five-feet long, according to the Associated Press, and Nixie admitted to trapping them.

Police arrested Nixie, 30, on Sunday for possession and taking alligators without a proper tag, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He was released from county jail on a $500 bond and is due back in court March 3.

“No one should have possession of a Florida alligator unless they are a state nuisance alligator trapper,” Greg Workman, a spokesman for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, told the Sentinel. “It’s not just a free-for-all.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME Bizarre

Wrestler Kicked Out of Eating Contest for Hiding Chicken Wings in Fanny Pack

Wing Bowl 23
Mitchell Leff—Getty Images Professional wrestler Mick Foley participates in Wing Bowl 23 on January 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Show some respect for the Wing Bowl, people

If you’re unfamiliar, the Wing Bowl is a beautiful event held in Philadelphia each year — and by “beautiful event” we really mean “grotesque carnival of human gluttony.”

One participant in the annual chicken-wing eating contest, retired wrestler Mick Foley, could not handle the pressure and was disqualified after he was found stuffing uneaten wings into his fanny pack, the Associated Press reports.

Foley has long been a fan favorite at the annual event, which began in 1993. But this time around, he said he didn’t want to overstuff himself and get sick. “I didn’t want that to be my legacy,” Foley told the AP. “So I stretched the rules. I thought people would appreciate that, right here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!”

And for the record, the winner downed a record 444 wings in 26 minutes. God Bless America.

TIME Bizarre

How 7 Seconds Cost a Man $21 Million

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Joel Ifergan's winning lottery ticket printed out seconds too late

A Québécois man missed out on winning a lottery jackpot worth $21.4 million (27 million Canadian dollars) because his winning ticket printed out seven seconds too late.

A Canadian court dismissed Joel Ifergan’s appeal Thursday after the almost-but-not-quite-winner said that he should still be eligible to win half the prize money.

Ifergan bought two Super 7 lottery tickets at 8:59 p.m. for the May 23, 2008 jackpot. But while one ticket was eligible for the 23rd, the second was printed out after the clock struck nine, and only counted for the May 30 jackpot. And as fate would have it, the ticket marked for the 30th had the winning numbers for the 23rd.

Ifergan blames Loto-Quebec’s ten second processing delay.

After spending years and at least $80,000 on the case, Ifergan tells CTV, “Yes, it cost me a lot of money, but it also consumed me for seven years.”


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The 32 Most Surprising Photos of the Month

From fireworks in Munich to tiger cubs in London, TIME shares the most outrageous images from January 2015

Phil Bicker, who edited this photo essay, is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME

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13 Weirdly Morbid Vintage News Stories

What were they thinking?

In the earlier days of TIME, the magazine ran a weekly round-up of local news items of note — and, as we pointed out earlier this month, it’s proof positive that funny flubs and weird happenings have always had the ability to go viral, albeit at a slightly slower pace than they do today.

But that “Miscellany” column, in the 1920s and ’30s, wasn’t just a repository of the benignly strange. On a regular basis, it also featured deaths and killings (and, as seen above, freak accidents that result in mere permanent blindness) that we can only hope weren’t meant to be funny. Here are a few of the strangest, most macabre items we could find.

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Parents Can’t Name Their Child ‘Nutella,’ French Court Says

A judge noted that Nutella "is the trade name of a spread"

A recently-born baby named Nutella was renamed by a court in the French city of Valenciennes after a judge ruled that the parents’ decision to the name the child after a food was against the child’s interest, according to a new report in the newspaper La Voix Du Nord.

“The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread,” the court’s decision read, according to a translation. “And it is contrary to the child’s interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.”

The judge renamed the child Ella after the parents failed to show up at a court appointed day in November. The baby was born in September.

[La Voix Du Nord]

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Here Are 12 of SkyMall’s Weirdest Products

In honor of the retail catalogue filing for bankruptcy, here are some of its strangest offerings

  • Litter Robots


    If you are too lazy to clean your cat’s litter box, this Jetsons-style contraption will scoop out waste and put it in a special poo drawer as a nice little gift for the next time you check.

  • Money Maze Game


    Because wallets are so boring.

  • Bracelet Assistant


    For people with remarkably bad fine motor skills and no friends to help them put on jewelry.

  • Pet Crate End Tables


    With this fancy piece of furniture, your dog becomes a part of the ambiance. Just don’t keep anything too breakable on top.

  • Passing the Bar Game


    “Fun for lawyers too,” SkyMall promises about this game that’s sure to be as riveting as a case brief.

  • Jumping Hot Dog


    Wait, is that a sausage or a pill?

  • BrilliantSpa Black Diamond Jewelry Steam Cleaner


    I have always wanted a special sink to clean all of my many diamonds.

  • Cobra Walking Stick


    “Practical and stylish,” writes SkyMall, “our walking stick is a required accessory almost any time we venture from home.” We’d never be caught dead without it.

  • Pierogi Ornament


    Folks, do your relatives a favor and buy them REAL pierogis for the holidays.

  • Wine Bottle Glass


    Tell the haters you’re only having one glass. So much classier than drinking straight from the bottle.

  • Mounted Squirrel Head


    Moose heads are, like, so over.

  • Dog Breed Toaster


    Some people like their bread evenly toasted. Others love a really burnt spot in the middle in the shape of a four-legged creature. There’s just no accounting for taste.

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