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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, July 2nd

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Clinton, NY - A high school in Clinton, New York taught its graduating seniors a valuable lesson -- don't forget to proofread your diplomas. 
The cover of the diploma reads "Cinton" instead of "Clinton," misspelling the name of the school, leaving out the "L".
The schools says a Minnesota-based printing company made the mistake.
The school plans to send a letter to 108 students letting them know how they can receive a new diploma with the correct spelling.
This is a graduation story the Clinton Central class of 2015 will never forget.

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San Pedro Huamelula, Mexico - A mayor in Mexico bit the bullet so to speak and took part in in a traditional ceremony to bring good fortune to his community.
The mayor of San Pedro Huamelula exchanged wedding vows with a crocodile. Yes. A crocodile. 
The "bride" was dressed in the traditional white and baptized before it was joined in holy matrimony to Mayor Joel Vazquez Rojas. The bride also had her mouth duct-taped shut, which I was told was not a good idea for my wedding, but then again, I didn't marry a crocodile. 
Fishermen believe the crocodile is a princess and the wedding ceremony will bring plenty of fish, shrimp and other delights from the sea for them to catch. After the ceremony, there was a celebration for the new couple.  

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The pig couldn't fly, the cowboy got away, and the pilot's OK.
So it went Thursday at an Independence Day festival in Utah, where officials said a pig-shaped hot-air balloon descended quickly to the ground after hitting a Wyoming cowboy-themed entry.
Paul Warner, a festival executive, said the licensed pilot of the fallen balloon suffered minor burns to his face. He was treated at the scene and released.
The balloons were rising at a field near downtown Provo when the top of the pig entry crashed into the basket of the cowboy balloon. The collision ripped a hole in the nylon fabric of the pig balloon, and a piece of plastic caught fire as it descended.
The fire was not extensive, said Christopher Liechty, a spokesman for Bank of American Fork, which sponsored the balloon known as Seymour, its piggy bank mascot.
The pilot, Erwin Oertli was the only person in the balloon and suffered minor burns from melted plastic that dripped onto his face, the bank said in a statement.
"What saved my bacon, was that the head of the pig held a lot of hot air and helped the balloon to descend at a safer rate," Oertli said in the statement.
Witness Kevin Auernig, 37, of Provo said he saw the accident at America's Freedom Festival Balloon Fest and watched the pig balloon come down fast and land in a fenced construction zone. He joked that parts of the balloon got stuck on a tree and looked like strips of bacon.
People jumped the fence to try to help the pilot, who was bleeding and appeared shaken up, Auernig said.
"We were trying to help him but the balloon was still on fire," he said.
Warner said the pilot responded wisely by gliding the damaged balloon slowly despite the fire.
"The pilot, who is an excellent pilot, was able to control it as well as probably can be done," Warner said. "He kept both of his burners going so that he could descend slower."
There were no injuries reported among the thousands of spectators at the festival.
The cause of the collision remained unknown, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
Warner said it wasn't necessarily due to pilot error.
"Just one of those things that can happen when you're under the wishes of the wind," he said.
The cowboy balloon was not affected and kept flying with the other 30 balloons. The festival was expected to continue through Saturday.
"This is very unique. We've had one accident - and it was today - in 31 years," Warner said.

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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A cat has been rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.
Unbeknownst to the driver, the orange and white feline had crawled into the engine compartment. It was taken on a ride Thursday from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Employees there heard the cat's meows and called police.
The cat was freed from the fan blades with the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees.
The cat ran off but was soon caught by police and turned over to an animal control officer. It wasn't injured.
 
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Talk about the photo-op of a lifetime!
An amateur nature photographer managed to take a series of pictures which show a crow landing on a bald eagle in the skies over Seabeck, Washington.
Photographer Phoo Chan tells the Daily Mail the birds' encounter only lasted a few seconds. He was stunned.
He says the eagle didn't seem to mind the piggyback ride. After a few seconds - and after Chan got his shots - the pair went their separate ways.
 
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An armless woman in Tucson, Arizona can now check "flying a plane" off her to-do list. 
32-year-old Jessica Cox was born without arms. However, she's now learned how to surf, plays piano and has a black belt in Tae Kwan Do.
In 2008, she became the first pilot to get a license to fly with her feet.
She says while she loves being independent, there's one thing she can't do on her own. She gets a little help doing her hair. 
 
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FORT MYERS, FL - A Cape Coral man says he was fired for something he posted about his dog on Facebook.
Ryan Uhler says he was inspired by the recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.
"Gay marriage was passed in all 50 states and I thought it be funny to post a picture of me and the dog," says Uhler.
It was the caption that got him in trouble, saying if he could be married to him he would. Uhler says he was fired over it.
He says his employers at Grace Advisory Group in Fort Myers didn't find it funny and fired him.
Trial lawyer, Scot Goldberg said the company is justified. Goldberg adds Florida is an "at will" state meaning employers don't need to give a reason for firing without notice.

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If you love your dog, but you're looking for a human to love, it may be time to download a new matchmaking app known as Tinder for dog owners. 
The hook-up app is called TinDog. It lets you meet other animal lovers, who you can either hang out with, or have a doggie play date with. 
The developers say it's a great way to make some friends for your dog, if your dog is lonely, or for yourself if you're feeling lonely. 

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HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A cat has been rescued from the engine of a pickup truck after a 28-mile ride from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.
Unbeknownst to the driver, the orange and white feline had crawled into the engine compartment. It was taken on a ride Thursday from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, to the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Hackettstown, New Jersey.
Employees there heard the cat's meows and called police.
The cat was freed from the fan blades with the help of the town's public works department and Mars employees.
The cat ran off but was soon caught by police and turned over to an animal control officer. It wasn't injured.

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A fisherman off the coast of Stuart, Florida got quite the scare. While in a kayak, Ben Chancey of Chew On This Fishing Charters, was pulled into the water by a shark. 
Caught on video that was posted to YouTube, Chancey quickly swam back to a different boat nearby. 
At the end of the video, he go back onto the kayak and tried to catch the shark again. The video's description says he was eventually able to reel it in.  

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