Weird News

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June 02, 2016

Electronic construction signs in the Dallas area appear to have been hacked, displaying messages calling Donald Trump a reptile and imploring early-morning commuters to take a day off work.

The portable signs along Interstate 30 and elsewhere flashed messages early Tuesday, including, "Donald Trump is a ... shape shifting lizard!" Another message read, "Bernie for president," referring to Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Another sign said, "Work is cancelled. Go back home."

The signs appear to be ones used by the Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT told Dallas-Fort Worth broadcaster KRLD that there's no humour in what the hackers did. The agency says the messages bumped warnings to motorists about nearby construction zones.

A veterinary pathologist worked, Monday to determine what killed a juvenile fin whale discovered on the bow of a cruise ship entering an Alaska port.

The cause of death was not immediately apparent for the endangered whale spotted just after 5 a.m. Sunday on the bulbous bow of the Zaandam, a Holland America Line cruise ship, as it prepared to dock in Seward.

The carcass was towed to a beach near Seward, a spokeswoman for the fisheries section of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Julie Speegle, said on Monday.

The veterinary pathologist, Kathy Burek, began a necropsy on Sunday night and planned to continue on Monday, with armed NOAA Fisheries law enforcement officers standing guard against bears, Speegle said.

The bulbous bow is an extension of the main bow. It rides under the water and is designed to avoid wave-making. A whale on the bulbous bow may not be the result of a ship strike, Speegle said. It could have been already dead in the water and caught by the device.

"That's something. Hopefully, the necropsy will determine," Speegle said.