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Mad Minute stories from Friday, January 1st

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix firefighters rescued a 13-year-old boy who got stuck in a chimney while playing with his friends on a roof.
The boy's friends called 911 and their parents after he fell into the chimney Wednesday night, Capt. Ardell Deliz said. The boy tumbled about 5 feet into the opening, and the parents had no luck pulling him out.
Shortly afterward, the fire department arrived, and crews lowered a rope to him and got him to wrap it around his arms, Deliz said.
The boy had minor scrapes and bruises from the fall but no serious injuries, she said.
"He was just happy to be out of there," Deliz said.
It marks the third time this year that the fire department has had to pull people out of chimneys, Deliz said. The other two occasions involved adults locked out of their homes who tried to get in through the chimney, she said.
People need to be careful around chimneys or holes in the ground, she said.
"We want to emphasize that this is not a place to play around in," Deliz said.

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Some people in Pasadena, California aren't being shy about their feelings on Donald Trump. 
During the Rose Parade, they wrote a message in the clouds that read "America is great! Trump is disgusting. Anybody but Trump."
The phrase took five or six planes to write, but it's not exactly clear yet who the pilots were. 

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You never know what's going to take the internet by storm. This time around, it's a VERY important question that we all need answered.
How would a dog wear human pants? The post includes a mock-up diagram of a dog wearing pants that cover his hind legs (with a tail hole) and a dog wearing pants that cover all four legs under his tail. 
The original post reportedly came from the Facebook page Utopian Raspberry - Modern Oasis Machine.
The young man who runs the page says he created the diagram after he saw a photo of his girlfriend's dog wearing pants on its hind legs. 

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A weekly newspaper in St. Maries, Idaho is looking for a journalist -- but not just any journalist. 
The St. Maries Gazette Record's new help wanted ad reads "We have an opening for a reporter who reads." 
The owner, Dan Hammes says while it might seem obvious that a journalist would need to read, not everyone who works there actually reads the paper. 
He says he wants a reporter who is informed and wants to learn. 
The ad goes on to say: "It goes without saying the person we hire will be able to write, spell and edit. What also needs to be said is we prefer to hire reporters who read because we strongly believe that knowledgeable, informed people make superior reporters. We can excuse you if you have not read a book or two in a while, but the person we hire will be a newspaper reader. We are convinced that in order to be a respectable reporter, you must be informed."

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A flying piece of ice shatter a car's windshield when it flew off the SUV in front of it. 
It happened on Interstate 495 in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
While it was terrifying though, the driver wasn't hurt. The ice slammed into the windshield and instantly broke it. It also bent a windshield wiper and smashed the side mirror. 
The driver says the lesson here, is for drivers to get as much snow and ice off their cars as possible before they hit the road, so something like this doesn't happen again. 

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A couple in the UK is certainly trying to having a happy New Year, but they're not. 
David and Edwina Nylan say they used an app to play the lottery, picking six numbers for a chance to win $52 million. 
When their numbers turned out to be the winners, they called the UK lottery to claim their jackpot, but a representative said they had entered too late. 
The lottery says it has  no record of their purchase, even though the Nylans say the app confirmed that they had bought the ticket. 
A spokesperson says if they had successfully bought a ticket, they would have received a confirmation email. Edwina Nylan says she didn't remember to check for one because they were still getting ready for Christmas. 
While their payment was processed for the ticket, it reportedly didn't happen until midnight on December 24th, which was way past the 7:30pm deadline for the drawing. 

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IKEA is recalling bags of nuts and raisins for a seemingly obvious reason -- they may have nuts in them. 
The company posted the recall on its website, saying the bags of 'Russin & Mandel' raisin and almond mix have nuts that aren't listed on the packages, specifically cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts.
IKEA says the product shouldn't be a problem for anyone who isn't allergic to nuts, but they wanted to be safe just in case people didn't realize what was inside. 
The bags of nuts have a best before date of April 6, 2016. Production date code 5 169, and lot number L33573.

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Crestview, FL -  Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a man after he reportedly tried to avoid getting arrested. 
Deputies say he gave a fake name, but it turns out that name wasn't supposed to be driving. 
Deputies say they first stopped the 38-year-old man from Niceville because of a crack on the windshield of his pickup truck. After he gave them the fake name, deputies arrested him, since that person's driver's license was suspended for a DUI. 
Later, when he admitted to giving the fake name, deputies arrested him again, because he had also lost his license because of a DUI, and he was wanted for aggravated battery.

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A raccoon had quite the adventure, when he broke into an alcohol warehouse and got drunk.
In a video posted on YouTube, you can see the little guy walk out from behind a stack of booze, struggling to walk in a straight line. 
He slowly walks towards the camera, and then eventually lies down next to a crate of Belgian lager. 
But that's when he decides he's still thirsty, and started drinking from a puddle of beer on the ground. Moments later, he must have gotten his second wind, and slowly walked out the door. 

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A postman in Grand Rapids, Michigan is apparently willing to go above and beyond his call of duty. 
After delivering a package, he caught some kids stealing it. From there, you better hear how the postal service describes what he did. 
The company wrote the rightful owners a letter, and left it at their home. 
It read, "your letter carrier delivered your package at 11:27am on December 30. As he was finishing his loop he noticed 3 teens pick up your package and start walking down the street. He jumped into his vehicle and chased them down yelling at them. They threw your package down and took off running. Your carrier retrieved your package and brought it back to the post office. It is being re delivered to you today damaged. Sorry for the trouble this may have caused you. If you have any questions call me." 
Clearly at least one postman may be more dedicated than we thought. 

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