TIME Bizarre

It’s Raining Worms in Norway

And it's not even the first time

Forget cats and dogs. It’s been raining worms in Norway.

Biology teacher Karstein Erstad recently came across “thousands of earthworms” on top of snow at least half a yard deep while skiing on mountains outside Bergen, according to The Local, an English-language European news network.

“It’s a very rare phenomenon,” he said, citing reports he found of worm rainfall in the 1920s. “It’s difficult to say how many times it happens, but it has only been reported a very few times.”

“People have now observed the same phenomenon in many places in Norway,” added Erstad. “It’s very peculiar, I don’t know why so many people have discovered it. I don’t know if there have been some special weather conditions lately.”

[The Local]

TIME Bizarre

Man Shoots at Armadillo But Accidentally Hits His Mother-in-Law

The bullet bounced off the animal's hard shell

Police in central Georgia are baffled by a case in which a man accidentally shot his mother-in-law Sunday night because the bullet ricocheted off of an armadillo, WALB News reports.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office reports that Larry McElroy’s bullet killed the armadillo, then bounced off of a fence and hit his mother-in-law Carol Johnson in the back as she was sitting in a recliner in her mobile home, according to WALB News. She was not critically injured, and no charges were filed.


TIME Bizarre

Drivers Catch Cash Spilling From Armored Truck on Texas Highway

The fortunate travelers caught an unknown amount of cash

Motorists on a Texas interstate stopped Friday to catch cash spilling from an armored Brinks truck.

The truck, riding on Interstate 20 to Abilene, released an unknown amount of cash after a plastic bag fell from a side passenger door and split open, Reuters reports. A police officer for Weatherford, which is west of Fort Worth, said that “most” of the money has not been returned to the authorities or to Brinks.

“We strongly encourage those individuals to come forward and turn the money back into the Weatherford Police Department,” said the department.




TIME Family

Mother Reunited With Daughter 49 Years After Being Told She Died

Zella Jackson Price was told that her child died several hours after she gave birth

Several hours after Zella Jackson Price gave birth, the hospital told her her daughter had died. But 49 years later, her daughter is alive and well—and reunited with her mother.

Melanie Diane Gilmore was put up for adoption for unknown reasons shortly after she was born, but she recently decided to track down her mother, with a little help from her own children, a St. Louis Fox affiliate reports.

Price, now 76, is delighted to have her daughter back in her life—but intends to investigate how the St. Louis hospital wrongly told her of her daughter’s death five decades ago.


TIME Bizarre

Man Struggled to Cancel Cable Despite His House Burning Down

Comcast eventually apologized for the inconvenience

A Minnesota man whose house burned down was unable to cancel his cable account—even though he lost his television in the fire.

Jimmy Ware, 66, lost all his possessions, including his cable account number in the fire. His daughter, Jessica Schmidt, tried to ease the burden by canceling his account with Comcast for him, according to TwinCities.com, but it was a challenge. Since Ware didn’t have the account number and was not the one to make the original call, representatives from Comcast initially said they didn’t have enough information to cancel the subscription. Schmidt says Ware did get on the line and read the last four digits of his social security number to no avail.

Nearly a week and four or five calls later, Comcast’s corporate office apologized and agreed to cancel the account, backdating the charges to the day of the fire and waiving the cost of the equipment that was destroyed.

“We understand that this is a difficult time for Mr. Ware,” a representative told TwinCities.com, “and apologize for the inconvenience.”


TIME Crime

8th Grader Faces Felony Charges for Changing Teacher’s Computer Background

Pranksters be warned

Eight-grader Domanik Green was arrested on felony charges in Holiday, Fla. Wednesday after breaking into his teacher’s computer to change the background picture to two men kissing.

Green, 14, who was released the day of his arrest, said that he broke into the computer of teacher he didn’t like after realizing that faculty members’ passwords were simply their last names, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Green, who previously faced a three-day suspension for a similar prank, said that many students got in trouble for breaking into teachers’ computers.

“Even though some might say this is just a teenage prank, who knows what this teenager might have done,” Sheriff Chris Nocco told the Tampa Bay Times Thursday.

One of the computers Green “hacked” contained encrypted 2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) questions, although the police say he didn’t view those files.

“If information comes back to us and we get evidence [that other kids have done it], they’re going to face the same consequences,” Nocca said.

[Tampa Bay Times]

TIME Bizarre

Couple Dies Within Minutes of Each Other After 73 Years of Marriage

"Like The Notebook," said one nurse

A Kentucky couple died within minutes of each other after being married for 73 years.

Bill Wilson, 93, and Lillian Karr Wilson, 89, both Alzheimer’s patients, had been living in separate nursing homes for years when their son Doug got back-to-back calls informing him that his parents had died, Kentucky.com reports. When Doug Wilson told one nurse about the coincidence, she reportedly said, “Oh my god, that’s like The Notebook,” the popular Nicholas Sparks book and film in which an elderly couple dies simultaneously.

Bill and Lillian were high school sweethearts who married in 1941. Doug Wilson says the family sees their concurrent deaths as “a blessing.”


TIME Bizarre

Scottish Police Are Using Lego To Fight Crime

Edinburgh cops are posting photos with tips for keeping your home safe

Police in Edinburgh are on a mission to deter break-ins, and they’re calling on some tiny yellow friends to help. Their new campaign involves posting photos of staged robbery scenes on social media with captions that advise on handy tips for keeping your home safe.

In addition to some charming spelling, many of the posts are rhyming couplets:

Don’t forget to lock the back door!

The department hopes heightened awareness will remind citizens to practice basic safety in protecting their property.

TIME Bizarre

Someone Stole a Family Cabin From Its Foundation

"We walked up and it was gone"

This really is a home away from home.

A Washington state family visited their vacation cabin in the woods on Tuesday — only to find their beloved getaway gone. In the last two weeks, someone managed to pry the 10-by-20-foot structure from its foundation, leaving behind only the cement blocks, the family said Wednesday.

“We walked up to the gate and it had been cut. Drove up to (the cabin) expecting it to maybe be broken windows, maybe a little vandalism, something stolen from the front of it,” Chris Hempel, the owner, told NBC affiliate KHQ in Spokane. “We walked…

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TIME technology

Here’s Why Asparagus Is Yet Another Thing We Should Not Deliver by Drone

Spoiler alert: Explosions

In the not-so-distant future, your dinner will probably be delivered straight to the window of your fifth floor apartment via drone.

Amazon is fighting with the FAA for the ability to test drone grocery deliveries, but drones have also been used less formally to delivery everything from burritos to pizza to champagne to… asparagus.

According to Dutch News, restauranteur Ronald Peijnenburg decided to celebrate asparagus season by using a drone to deliver the vegetable from the countryside to his Michelin-starred Netherlands restaurant. (He had previously delivered asparagus via Formula 1 cars and hot air balloons). But a video chronicling his attempted delivery shows a con of drones: Sometimes they crash and burn.

Between this and that one time a promotional drone in a TGI Friday’s accidentally lost control and cut off the tip of someone’s nose, can we maybe agree drones and the restaurant industry might not be a great fit?

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