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Mad Minute stories for June 27, 2016

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1. WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG

 PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- A 17-year-old Chinese Crested Chihuahua with legs bowed out like a frog and an oozing sore is the winner of this year's World's Ugliest Dog contest.

SweePee Rambo took home the title at the annual Petaluma World's Ugliest Dog contest Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds after besting 15 other malformed pooches, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/299mdGb).

Judges in the contest, now on its 28th year, take into account bad appearance, including stench, poor complexion and a host of other inherited and acquired maladies.

SweePee has a mohawk that glistens in the sun and a tongue that sticks out. She is blind in both eyes and has to wear doggie diapers.

Owner Jason Wurtz, 44, of Encino, said he got the dog as a gift for his first wife but after a week she didn't want anything to do with the gremlin-like pooch. Wurtz, however, said he couldn't bear to let her go, calling her a "ride or die chick" in the description he wrote for the contest.

When the 4-pound Chinese Crested Chihuahua mix was announced the winner, Wurtz's younger brother, Jeffrey Wurtz, burst into tears, shouting SweePee's name, and shaking a homemade sign that read "SweePee Rambo for President 2016."

The presidential election was a theme present in the contest.

One pup named Himisaboo, who didn't place, had a flowing golden tuft that resembled that of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

"Whether you love him, or loathe him, a vote for Himisaboo is a vote for a dog that looks like Donald Trump," said Heather Wilson, Himisaboo's owner, who drove out from Idaho for the occasion.

Jason Wurtz and SweePee took the first-place title and trophy and a prize of $15,000. He says he will use the money to pay for the removal of a tumor that recently popped up on SweePee's gum line.

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2. DAD LOOKING FOR WIFE FOR SON GOT 12 PROSPECTS


COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- The father of a Salt Lake City businessman who placed an Idaho newspaper ad seeking women interested in marrying his 48-year-old son has received about a dozen inquiries.

Arthur Brooks had planned to meet potential candidates at a Coeur d'Alene resort, but son Baron Brooks told the Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/28YoRhc ) on Sunday that its managers asked his father not to conduct interviews there after getting barraged with media requests.

The younger Brooks previously called the $900 ad in the Coeur d'Alene Press "embarrassing" but said he'd let his 78-year-old father go forward.

He says about 12 women from around the U.S. expressed interest in the ad. Arthur Brooks will interview them in the coming weeks.

Baron Brooks says his father wants a grandchild to carry on the family name.
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3. 40 YEAR OLD TWINKIE

BLUE HILL, Maine (AP) -- In a glass box in a private school in Maine sits a 40-year-old chemistry experiment still going strong: A decades-old Twinkie.

ABC News reports the experiment started in 1976 when Roger Bennatti was teaching a lesson to his high school chemistry class on food additives and shelf life.

After a student wondered about the shelf life of the snack, Bennatti sent the students to the store with some money. When they returned with the treat, Bennatti ate one and placed the still-surviving Twinkie on the blackboard.

Bennatti has since retired, but the snack now resides in the office of George Stevens Academy's Dean of Students Libby Rosemeier.

Rosemeier told ABC News she isn't sure who will inherit the Twinkie when she retires, but joked that the Smithsonian hasn't called yet.

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4.ACTIVIST PUTS BATS IN HIS MOUTH

As consciousness-raising videos go, this one’s pretty batty.

Environmental activist Arteval Duarte is protesting the deforestation of the Amazon by filming himself putting two vampire bats in his mouth.

The video, filmed in March, shows Duartein Jacunda, Brazil, calmly putting the bats into his mouth one at a time. 

Then he closes his mouth around the flying mammals making sure not to bite one in half. 

A few seconds later, he opens his mouth to set them free. One bat immediately takes him up on the offer.

The other decides to hang out for a while on Duarte’s chin.

Although vampire bats feed on blood, they are more likely to go for horses and cattle than humans, according to National Geographic.

As for Duarte, he definitely feeds on publicity.

His previous stunts to raise awareness of environmental issues include being put in a wooden box that was set on fire and placing snakes in his mouth, according to UPI.com.

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5. MEN IN BLACK REPORTED ON IOWA HIGHWAYS

Where’s Agent K when you need him?

Police in Iowa are asking the public for help after receiving a series of unsettling reports about “men in black” wandering onto the road in remote areas.

“We have had several reports of ‘men dressed in black’ entering the roadway in rural Muscatine County,” the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook last week. 

While the report caused a flurry of interest on social media, the department told the Des Moines Register it had just three reports of sightings. 

What helped the story take off was the image the department used in its Facebook post: a silhouette of “Nightmare Before Christmas” character Oogie Boogie.

“People are always more attracted to the post if you use a photo,” Sheriff C.J. Ryan told the Register.

While the sightings have started to take on an urban legend flavor, others insist they’ve seen the figures.

“My son has experienced this and it’s no joke,” Beatrice Wilson Strong told local NBC station KWQC. “It was really a frightening experience to him.”

People have also reported “men in black” wandering into their yards, the station reported.

While it seems likely this was some sort of prank, the sheriff’s department has asked people to call 911 if they encounter the mystery men.

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6. COKE AND MENTOS

How’s this for an American dream?

Some visionaries recently filled a 1,500-gallon pool filled with Coca-Cola, 200 pounds of ice and a bucket of Mentos, creating a larger-than-life cocktail that will haunt your dentist’s dreams.

In a four-minute video uploaded to YouTube Friday, video blogger Taras Maksimuk, who posts under the name TechRax, shows off the toxic-looking pool, noting: “This is something that you wouldn’t even see in the movies.”

As if the sugary mixture’s ripples weren’t enough of a sight, they pour in the ice and Mentos candy — achieving a mild fizz — followed by a brave human test dummy named Ryan.

With a dramatic leap, Ryan splashes into the murky water and pops open a 24-ounce bottle of Coke like it’s Champagne. He only hesitates when he’s asked to go completely under. (We don’t wonder why.)

Though his style of entry was impressive, it’s worth noting how long he soaked for.

“Ryan stayed in the pool for roughly 20 minutes and didn’t notice any significant changes to his skin or hair other than feeling really sticky,” Maksimuk told The Huffington Post via email Sunday. “But he said his skin felt very smooth in the pool.”

The backyard where the scene was filmed suffered a different fate, however.

“The cola was all dumped out in the grass and then thoroughly washed with water, however, a horrible smell still reeks in the backyard a week after disposal,” Maksimuk said. 

Ryan soaked in the Coke-filled pool for 20 minutes, his videographer said.

Of course, its seems no video by TechRax is complete without the destruction of some kind of technology.

So, as if to spark a nuclear war in the video’s comment section, TechRax’s crew intentionally crashes a DJI Phantom 4 drone into the pool. The camera watches as the four-figure toy sputters in the liquid and dies.

“That is what my youtube channel revolves around; technology destruction,” Maksimuk defended. “It is something that is a part of every one of my videos.”

And the sensationalism appears to work (just check out his iPhone destruction videos). This one has been seen more than 8 million times in two days.

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7. DOGS PETTING PEOPLE

People with pets love to say that really, their animals own them, not the other way around.

But this contraption, which allows dogs to “pet” their humans and give them treats, really drives that sentiment home.

The video went up on YouTube in May, but it’s been popping up all over online this week.

While it might seem sort of silly to employ a robot to pet your dog when you’re sitting right across the table, hooking something like this up remotely — say, when you’re at work, could be pretty awesome.

And if your dog could pet you or give you treats (maybe coffee?) while you’re at the office, well... we can only dream.

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8. FARTING FOUL  

It’s hard to tell what stinks most about this story: The soccer player who farted  or the referee that threw him out of the match.

The gassy penalty came during a weekend match with two lower-division Swedish soccer teams.

Adam Lindin Ljungkvist was given a red card and kicked out of the game for “unsportsmanlike behavior” when he farted loud enough for the referee to hear him, according to Goal.com.

Ljungkvist swears he didn’t mean anything by his windbreaking.

“I needed to fart, I had a bad stomach,” he said, according to the Independent. “So I just farted. Then I received a yellow card and then a red. I was shocked, it’s the strangest thing I have ever experienced on a football field.“

“I asked the referee: ‘What, you can’t fart on the field?,’ he replied: ‘No.’”

Ljungkvist has a theory as to why the ref raised such a stink over a basic bodily function.

“Maybe he thought I farted in my hand and threw it at him, but I did not,” he said, according to HuffPost Canada.

The ref in question, Dany Kako, later told the media that Ljungkvist’s farting was “deliberate provocation.”

“Once, there was a player who stood and peed next to the pitch. I showed him a yellow card, too,” Kako said, according to HuffPost Canada.

Ljungkvist’s team, Pershagen SK, ended up losing the match 5-2, though his removal probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game.

However, the player still has strong feelings about the penalty.

“I think it was a s***ty call,” he said, according to Vice Sports. “I can only laugh about it. This has to be unprecedented, surely. I’ve never heard of anyone who has been sent off for doing a fart.”

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9. PYTHON ROOMMATE

An Australia woman woke up early Monday morning to a nightmarish surprise — a 16-foot python inside her home.

Trina Hibberd, of Queensland, said that she spotted the slithery beast stretched out across two rooms. Not the type to get totally freaked out, she shared a video of the unwanted guest, who is a bit hard to miss.

Hibberd named the snake Monty (the python) and called a snake catcher to have him removed.

“Its frigging huge! Have it locked in bedroom waiting for help......my life is never boring,” Hibberd told friends on Facebook.

The snake has lived in Hibberd’s home for 10 years and finally “tried to upgrade to the master bedroom,” the BBC reports.

“First photo I have of him…was in 2012 but I’m pretty sure he’s been in the roof for a lot longer,” Hibberd told news.com.au. “He used to slither down into the pool area for a feed & a drink then slither back up just before sunrise unless he had a tummy full of food & got stuck. Am pretty happy that he’s gone. Snake catcher said he was a kangaroo killer!”

Luckily, there is a happy ending for Monty.

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10. PRACTICAL JOKE BACKFIRES

Ardy Ruff of Little Rock, Arkansas, thought it would be cool to prank his wife, but it’s a joke that blew up in his face. Well, actually hers.

Earlier this month, Ruff conspired with his young son to put baby powder in his wife Rachel’s blow dryer.

Father and son expected a harmless “woosh” of white powder to come breezing out when Rachel turned on the blow dryer.

That’s what happened. At first.

Then came the flames, enough to fill the bathroom.

Ruff filmed the incident which has the maniacal laugh of the couple’s son as the soundtrack.

Rachel Ruff only suffered burned eyebrows from the incident.

It’s unknown whether or not she’s giving her husband the cold shoulder, but he may want to sleep with one eye open for the near future.

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