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Mad Minute stories from Monday, June 8th

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 A young man who lives in Canada recently turned his hair into a replica of a pineapple. 

20-year-old Hansel recently lost a bet to his cousin in which the winner could do the loser's hair however the winner wanted. The bet was reportedly over who had the higher GPS, and who could do more push-ups. 

He posted the photos on Reddit, and and they got more than 1,000,000 views in just two days. 

Luckily, Hansel's cousin is an artist. He kept his hair looking like a pineapple for a few days, but his parents had him cut it. 

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York man who sought help from a fortuneteller to fix a romantic relationship says she scammed him out of more than $700,000.

Now the allegations have the Manhattan psychic, Priscilla Delmaro, and another person facing charges of grand larceny.

The 32-year-old Brooklyn man told police he consulted Delmaro in August 2013 who told him that evil spirits were keeping him from a woman he claimed to love and wanted to be with who did not share his same affections, The New York Times reported.

In a statement he and a private investigator presented to detectives last month, the man said that the 26-year-old psychic told him that he and the woman, Michelle, were "twin flames" being kept apart by negativity. Delmaro told him spirits talked to her, so he made multiple payments to her over 20 months, he told investigators.

According to the man, those payments included $80,000 for an 80-mile bridge she said would trap evil spirits into another realm, a $30,000 Rolex she claimed would cleanse the sins of his past and $40,064 for a Tiffany diamond ring to "protect his energy," along with other payments totaling as much as $40,000.

The man- who has not been identified in court documents -told police he had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars before finding out in February 2014 that Michelle had died. But, the man wrote, Delmaro said she could be reincarnated.

More payments and a trip to seek out the "new" Michelle followed before the man said he decided to go to police. By then, he said he was out $713,975.

Delmaro and 27-year-old Bobby Evans were arrested on May 26. Their lawyer, Jeffrey Cylkowski, denied the man's allegations.

Delmaro and Evans remain jailed.

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) -- A man who served time for robbing a shoe store is now headed back to prison for another robbery at the same New Jersey store - as the same clerk was behind the counter.

Christopher Miller was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison. The 41-year-old Bridgeton man had pleaded guilty earlier this year to robbery charges.

Authorities say the March 2014 robbery in Toms River occurred the day after Miller had been released from prison after finishing his 15-year sentence for the first robbery. Police say Miller made off with $389 and fled on foot with the employees' cellphones.

The clerk had been notified about Miller's release and identified the robbery suspect as the same person who had robbed the store in 1999.

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LOVELL, Maine (AP) -- A woman who ran a Maine country inn for more than two decades can retire now that she's found a new owner through an essay contest.

Janice Sage from the Center Lovell Inn & Restaurant announced Saturday that a winner had been picked from among hundreds of 200-word essays on the subject: "Why I would like to own and operate a country inn." She said she'd be revealing the winner's name in about a week.

Sage, 68, took ownership of the inn the same way - by winning an essay contest 22 years ago.

The 210-year-old inn with seven guest rooms, two dining rooms, a barn and a wrap-around porch overlooking the White Mountains will be transferred to the new owner within 30 days, according to rules of the contest.

Sage said she'll miss the inn, but not the 17-hour workdays. She became owner through an essay contest in 1993, when her entry was among 5,000 responses Bill and Susie Mosca received from people around the world. Participants coughed up $100 apiece for the opportunity to own the country inn in rural New England.

Sage said she reviewed all of the essays in the latest contest before sending the top 20 to a pair of independent judges.

She said previously that she expected more than 7,500 entries, meaning she'd receive more than $900,000 at $125 per entry. She plans to use the money for her retirement.

Bill Mosca wrote a self-published book about his experience, "Passing Along Our Dream," which describes how he and his wife turned the dilapidated inn with broken windows and a buckled floor into something special.

He fell in love with a photo in a magazine and moved to Maine to run the inn with his wife.

"When love strikes, there's no sense in resisting it. You just have to follow your heart, don't you?" he said.

He said he hopes the new owner finds the job to be as rewarding as he and his wife did.

"It gave us a meaning and a purpose. We raised a family there," he said. "It's something that's in the core of most people. You want to have a meaning to your life. You want to know that you did something, that you cared, that you loved. In return, you get such a huge satisfaction."

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XENIA, Ohio (AP) - A semitrailer carrying 2,200 pigs has overturned on an Ohio highway.

Numerous agencies worked to corral the animals after the crash Monday night on U.S. Route 35 in Xenia Township, near Dayton. Crews picked up the squealing pigs by their hind legs. It's unclear how many were loose. A number of pigs were killed in the crash.

Authorities say the driver of the semitrailer lost control and slammed into a guardrail. Two people were inside the truck at the time of the collision. One was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The live pigs were taken to the Greene County Fairgrounds to be cared for.

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A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Australia Monday after allegedly driving a stolen bulldozer into a house where a woman and her two children were sleeping.

Four vehicles parked outside the home were crushed before the bulldozer was turned toward the building and razed it, New South Wales police said in a statement.

A neighbor was able to run inside and help a 56-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 15 and 20, to escape the home before it was flattened.

The incident happened at 7:10 a.m. (5:10 p.m. ET Sunday) in the town of Teralba, a suburb of the eastern coastal city of Lake Macquarie. Police said the man knew the family. Australia's Seven News reported the mother and daughters were asleep at the time.

Before turning his attention on the house, the suspect briefly drove the vehicle towards a 29-year-old man who had been sleeping in a detached garage on the property, police said.

The construction vehicle was stolen from a nearby plant, according to authorities.

Officers with police dogs managed to use pepper spray to apprehend the man and stop the bulldozer. 

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An invasive foreign fish that can crawl across land and survive out of water for up to six days could make it to Australia, researchers fear.

Scientists from James Cook University (JCU) have been closely monitoring the movements of the climbing perch from Papua New Guinea, which has already reached the Torres Strait Islands of Boigu and Saibai.

The aggressive freshwater species drags itself from waterhole to waterhole and can pose problems for native species once it reaches a new environment.

It also appears to be adapting to salt water based on monitoring in the Torres Strait, JCU's Dr Nathan Waltham said.

"In our trip up there in December we found it in some hyper saline water holes, so there is some ability to resist exposure," he said.

The fish has also been known to hibernate in mud for up to six months.

Dr Waltham believed the perch may have made it to Boigu and Saibai, just four to six kilometres south of the mainland of Papua New Guinea, thanks to a surge of fresh water from flooding rivers.

"I still think the chances of it getting to Australia by swimming are quite low," he said.

"There is more chance it will arrive in the bottom of a fishing boat or as discarded live-bait fish."

Researchers are educating local fishermen about the importance of reporting sightings to help stop the fish traveling beyond the island.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - New advertisements outside Little Darlings strip club in Las Vegas encourage recent high school graduates to apply, promoting stripping as a way to earn money for college.

KVVU-TV reports that Little Darlings manager Rick Marzullo says the ads fit in with the character of Las Vegas.

The signs have slogans like "Now auditioning the class of 2015" and "Pay your way through college."

Marzullo says he is offering a way for young women 18 and older to make good money in a struggling economy.

He says entertainers at his club make up to $1,000 a night and he has noticed more and more women turning to stripping to help with rising college costs.

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The world's oldest living cat has died at the age of 27. 

"Tiffany Two," lived in San Diego, and held the Guinness World Records title. 

The short-haired black and orange tortoiseshell cat was born on March 13, 1988, in San Diego. Resident Sharon Voorhees bought the pet for $10 when the kitten was just six weeks old, according to Guinness World Records, and refers her purchase as the "best money ever spent."

The cat's latest birthday means she lived the equivalent of 125 human years.

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It was no cat-and-mouse game when Hello Kitty and Minnie Mouse clashed in Times Square.

Two women underneath the costumed characters were arrested on assault charges after fighting over tips Thursday afternoon, police said.

It's the latest in a series of flare-ups in recent years among the cartoon characters who roam Times Square, seeking money to pose for photos with passers-by. Some characters have been accused of assaulting tourists, harassing people, groping women and punching a police officer.

A city councilman proposed last fall that the characters be required to obtain a license and wear photo IDs. Critics called the proposed rules unnecessary and said they'd make the characters' already low-paying work harder.

The performers say most of them don't demand money, just suggest they be tipped. 
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