1An anxious goat channels her inner chicken
Meet Polly, who lives with Leanne Lauricella of Goats of Anarchy, a sanctuary that looks after rescue goats with special needs. Polly suffers from anxiety, along with other serious health issues including blindness and neurological problems, and cries when she can't locate her owner. During Halloween, Leanne put a child's duck costume on Polly for a photo, and, lo and behold, the anxious animal fell asleep! She believes the costume works in the same way as being swaddled in a blanket, and now uses it (and other costumes) to bring Polly back to a state of calm—and it works every time. (Source)
2News crew robbed while covering an anti-robbery news conference in D.C.
3A man stopped going to work—and nobody noticed for SIX years
The 69-year-old civil servant was due to collect an award for two decades of loyal and dedicated service when it was discovered that he had not, in fact, shown up to work for several years, despite still receiving a paycheck.
A court fined Garcia €27,000 (£21,000)—the equivalent (after tax) of one year of his annual salary. He claimed he was the victim of workplace bullying because of his family's socialist politics and had been deliberately sidelined at the water board, but had been unwilling to report the allegations of harassment because he “had a family to support” and was worried that he would not find another job at his age. (Source)
4Fake news causes real problems
Take, for example, "Pizzagate," an obviously fabricated story accusing Hillary Clinton of leading a child sex trafficking ring at Comet Pizza in Washington, D.C. Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, North Carolina, fired an assault rifle multiple times inside the pizzeria while he claimed he was investigating the story. He surrendered “when he found no evidence that underage children were being harbored in the restaurant.” No one was hurt in the melee and Flynn is now facing federal charges.
As strange as it may seem, some still believe Pizzagate to be true. A Philadelphia man—who's also an infamous Donald Trump supporter—burst in on Christmas Mass at The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to scream at the congregation about Hillary Clinton's nonexistent child sex slavery ring. “Pizzagate is real! Pizzagate is real! The Catholic church has been sexually abusing children. Thousands of them for decades,” the man filming the video shouts as rows and rows of congregants at the Catholic church turned around in shocked horror. (Source 1 | Source 2)
52016 was a tough year for some iconic figures
By Chris Barker.
Was this year deadlier in celebrity losses than any other before it? No, but there are some legit reasons we believe we're witnessing an explosion of celebrity deaths, explains Joshua Gamson, a sociologist of celebrity culture at the University of San Francisco. He explains: “If there's a sense of more famous people dying, that's partly because there's a phenomenon of more celebrity supply from a certain period of time that is now reaching middle age and late middle age.” Combine that with the quickness we now receive news, the changing idea of celebrity and otherwise awful real-world events adding to the sense of doom, and yes, for many 2016 was pretty awful. Check out some of famous faces we lost this year in the video below:
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6A man finds a real-life pot of gold—and runs off with it
Nivelo is a 53-year-old career criminal who has used several aliases including Luis Toledo and David Vargas, among others. He's been arrested and deported several times to his native Ecuador for other robberies and is currently believed to be hiding somewhere in Los Angeles. (Source | Photo)
7Participation in an Internet trend leads to arrests
Officials were quickly able to identify the home where the stunt was filmed and determined that it was a drug den. A search warrant was issued, and police recovered two handguns, an assault rifle, an older single-barrel shotgun, an attack vest, multiple packs of marijuana, ammunition, magazines for the assault rifle, and a computer. Kenneth White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23, were charged with marijuana possession and possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
8Woman drives with a homemade license plate and hopes no one will ever notice
28-year-old Amanda Schweickert of Springville, NY was pulled over after an Erie County Sheriff's deputy noticed that her license plate just didn't look right. Upon closer inspection, he discovered it had been fashioned from cardboard and then painted to look legit—it didn't, and Schweickert was arrested. She was charged with one felony count of possessing a forged instrument, one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, and three vehicle and traffic infractions. (Source)
9The craziest things the TSA found at airport checkpoints in 2016
10The election outcome most of the world never expected
Despite more daily inappropriate tweets than one can shake a stick at, a possibly Russian-hacked election, the loss of all three debates, and his opponent winning almost three million more ballots in the popular vote, Celebrity Apprentice host and businessman Donald J. Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. It doesn't get weirder than that, folks. Happy 2017! (Source)