Weird News

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January 12, 2017

Weird News

A corner shop is being targeted by thieving squirrels.

The owner of Luke's Grocery in Toronto, Canada, has appealed for urgent help because two wild rodents keep dashing into his store, snatching chocolate bars and making a run for it out the front door with the sweet treats in their mouths.

Speaking to CBC.ca, Paul Kim who owns the shop said: "At least two squirrels are robbing us. A black one (or more) and a light brown one (or more). Though we can't see it the moment it commits the theft, because the bars are displayed below the counter, we can hear a distinct rustling. When we come around the counter to try to catch it, we can see the squirrel running off with the bar in its mouth.

"It's slower than normal by that point, obviously because it has a huge and heavy chocolate bar in its mouth, but it's still hard to catch. We tried running after it, but it's still faster. A couple of times, passers-by and customers tried chasing after it with us, but once it goes up a tree, it's game over."

Mr Kim and his daughter Cindy have been using Facebook to help them log how many chocolate bars have been taken by the greedy pests since last October.

A 15-inch ground snake has reportedly been killed by a hand-sized tarantula.

Scientists in Brazil were left flabbergasted after they discovered the Grammostola a spider native to South America munching on the flesh of the foot-long slithery creature, which appeared to be dead at the time, underneath a huge rock.

Leandro Malta Borges, a graduate student in biology at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil, told Live Science: "Predation of such a large snake in relation to the size of the spider was extremely surprising to us."

This is the first time a tarantula has been seen eating a snake in the wild, as spiders using prey on animals their own size or smaller.

Surgeons have extracted a tumour containing a tiny brain, skull and hair from a teenager's ovary.

The procedure was undertaken by a team of Japanese surgeons after the discovered a 10cm-wide tumour while carrying out a routine operation to remove the appendix of a 16-year-old girl.

According to the journal Neuropathology, the scientists described the specimen find as a smaller version of a cerebellum, which usually sits underneath the brain's two hemispheres.

Around one-fifth of ovarian tumours contain foreign tissue among which those commonly found are cartilage, fat, muscle, hair and teeth and go by the name of teratomas which comes from the Greek word teras, meaning monster.

In this case, the tumour, was a mature cystic teratoma.

Angelique Riepsamen at the University of New South Wales in Australia said: "Neural elements similar to that of the central nervous system are frequently reported in ovarian teratomas, but structures resembling the adult brain are rare."

A gas mask and a canoe are just a handful of the weird items the police have sold on its eBay store.

The recovered items from crimes are put up for sale to the general public by police forces across the country.

And according to the Daily Mail Online, forces in Devon and Cornwall, Leicestershire, Sussex and Nottinghamshire have reportedly sold a wide range of goods, with some of the more unusual items, such as a First World War leather pistol holster (PS148), a clarinet (PS170.55) and a full-size canoe (PS101.89).

Devon and Cornwall Police sold more than PS50,000 worth of goods over the last three years. It earned PS4,541 in 2014, almost PS12,000 in 2015 and a staggering PS27,352 in 2016.

Over the last two months, Devon and Cornwall police sold items worth more than PS8,000, including listings for gas masks (PS36) and a rifle magnifying scope (PS15).

The most expensive item the force sold in 2016 appears to be a set of tyres, according to the schedule of listing obtained via a freedom of information request, but no other details are available.