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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, August 16th

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PERRYMAN, Md. (AP) - First responders in Maryland have rescued a St. Bernard that was trapped at the bottom of a well.
Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS spokesman Rich Gardiner tells local media the technical rescue team was called just before 5 p.m. Sunday after the dog, Mabel, fell into a 30-foot deep dry well in Perryman.
Fire crews were able to hoist Mabel out of the well by 6 p.m. Gardiner says Mabel wasn't seriously injured and was seen running in circles after she was rescued.
He says Mabel will be taken to a veterinarian to be checked out.

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PHOENIX (AP) - Bartolo Colon is having a big season at bat.
First, that unforgettable home run, and now (at last) a walk!
The 43-year-old New York Mets pitcher drew the first base on balls of his career Monday night against Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray. It came in Colon's 282nd plate appearance over 19 major league seasons.
No other player in big league history had appeared at the plate that many times without a walk, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
With a full count in the fourth inning, Colon took a high fastball from Ray and strolled to first base.
The right-hander lasted four innings and left trailing 5-2.
Back on May 7, the plump and popular Colon was 17 days shy of his 43rd birthday when he connected for a stunning drive off James Shields in San Diego, becoming the oldest player to hit his first major league home run.

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VIENNA (AP) -- The giant panda that gave birth at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo last week was hiding a tiny little secret - an extra cub.
The zoo originally announced the birth of a one cub Aug. 7. On Tuesday it said mother Yang Yang actually bore twins, her fourth and fifth cubs after Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao.
The fact that it took a while to discover the second cub is not surprising. The birth was observed by camera only. And newborn pandas are tiny: The cub whose birth was announced last week was just 10 centimeters (4 inches) long and weighed 100 grams (3.5 ounces).
The Schoenbrunn Zoo says no other European zoo has managed to breed giant pandas by natural means.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) -- Dick Van Dyke has treated diners at a Denny's restaurant in California to a rendition of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
A post accompanying a YouTube video of the performance says the 90-year-old Van Dyke and the other three members of his quartet, The Vantastix, had just finished an appearance on a local television show before going out for breakfast. The video shows the quartet seated with pancakes at the table and singing the theme song to the 1968 British musical, which starred Van Dyke.
Van Dyke and The Vantastix are promoting a show later this month in southern California.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday several reports of fishermen catching an invasive species of fish with "squarish" human-like teeth that reportedly has a false reputation for eating human testicles.
"Reeling in a pacu would be a surprise, perhaps even a shock to anyone fishing in Michigan," the DNR said a news release. "Though it looks somewhat like a native shad, the pacu's squarish, blunt teeth clearly set it apart. It isn't similar to any native, toothed fish, including trout, muskellunge or northern pike."
But the scaly critter's penitent for human flesh is overblown, if not outright false, according to a National Geographic report based on the studies of an academic at Denmark's University of Copenhagen.
"Its teeth and powerful bite can for sure be dangerous, but to have it bite you is highly unlikely," fish expert Peter Rask Møller said.
Multiple news reports have surfaced warning swimmers of the pacu's nasty reputation, but don't seem to be attributed to any official alert from wildlife authorities.
"Pacu have a bad reputation online, where many people believe they bite human testicles, allegedly confusing them with tree nuts," National Geographic reported in 2013. "The fears have been so widespread that some officials have even suggested men swim with their bathing suits tightly tied."
The DNR says the fish are likely found because they were aquarium pets that owners discarded in nearby lakes, ponds or rivers.
"Invasive or not--planting fish of any kind in the waters of the state without a permit is illegal," said Nick Popoff, manager of the DNR's Aquatic Species and Regulatory Affairs Unit. "This includes the release of aquarium fish like pacus and goldfish, as well as farm-raised fish from private ponds."
An invasive species is defined as one that is not native and can cause harm to the environment, the economy or human health, according to the Michigan DNR. The department says pacu have been caught in lakes, ponds or creeks in at least 27 U.S. states.
The DNR said three pacu have been found recently: two from Lake St. Clair and one from the Port Huron area.
"If your pacu has outgrown its tank or begun to feed on your other fish, rather than releasing it into a pond or stream, consider donating or trading it with another hobbyist, an environmental learning center, an aquarium or a zoo," said Paige Filice of Michigan State University. "You can also check with the pet store where you purchased the fish to see if they will take it back."

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Apparently Bald Eagles are more technology minded than we think. 
Coast Guard Officer, Lt. Andres Ayure was walking near his new duty station at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, when an eagle swooped down at him. The first three times, Ayure ducked, and avoided getting attacked, but the fourth time was different. 
The eagle first ripped a hole in his hoodie, which oddly enough, was the American Eagle brand, and then came at him more than half a dozen times. Finally he was able to run away, but at some point during the chaos, Ayure's phone fell out of his pocket. 
Naturally, the eagle quickly noticed it, snatched it up, and flew away.
The next day, Ayure and two other Coast Guard members went looking for his cell phone, but they didn't have any luck. They're best guess is that the bird dropped it in some water nearby. 

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Police in Palm Bay, Florida are looking for some brazen -- or at least hungry -- burglars. 
Officers say the three burglars broke into a home, and left with two packages of sausage, and some paper towels from the kitchen. 
Yup, that's literally all they stole. 
Police say they're now looking at home surveillance videos to get a closer look at sausage stealers, and neighbors say they've seen the men who matched their descriptions. 
Police say the incident is more like a cat burglary style break in. 

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Agricultural specialists with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 14 pounds of pork that was found in a suitcase and wrapped in diapers while inspecting a bus earlier this month.
The pork was found on a bus attempting to enter the US at Port Nogales Mariposa crossing in Nogales, Arizona  on August 5th, according to a news release. 
CBP says he bus had entered the U.S. from Sinaloa, Mexico. 
Authorities say the suitcase's owner was given a $300 penalty and the bus and its passengers proceeded through the port without incident. 
CBP says the seized pork and diapers were destroyed by incineration. 
"Agriculture specialists in Nogales are always observant to prevent the introduction of prohibited agricultural products," said Nogales Area Port Director Luz Garlarza in a press release. "This includes pork meat and pork products, which could lead to the introduction of animal diseases like Classical Swine Fever." 
CBP reminds travelers to declare all agricultural items upon their arrival to the U.S. to help agricultural specialists prevent the introduction of diseases and harmful pests.

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Denver, CO - More than 200 years ago, many students attended class in a one-room schoolhouse.
Over time, schools evolved into a big campuses with hundreds, sometimes thousands of students.
But now, there's a movement to turn back the clock with a new school that has a modern twist on an old idea.
"There's a lot we didn't get right with the original one room school house," said Anne Wintemute, the director of the Highlands Micro School. 
She's also the founder of the Highlands Micro School, which is a private option taking shape in northwest Denver with the help of lead teacher, Susan Calkin. 
"Cause, I'm gonna teach art, music, reading, math, science, everything," Calkin said. 
They want to rekindle the elements that worked 150 years ago, in a modernized one room schoolhouse with a max capacity of 24 kids.
"I am absolutely able to identify and address the needs of each individual student," said Calkin.
"Mixed age environment really important for learning," said Wintemute. "The younger students have opportunity to learn with the older students."
Wintemute wants to take the school out of school house to help kids feel more at home.
There's no gym, no cafeteria, no oversized campus.
"So, rather than pay for those facilities and the extra layers of staff," Wintemute explained, "we have a bus and we hop on it and we go to the rec center and go swimming."
They do have an art studio and a zipline, but they say the world is their campus. 
"Denver is our school," Wintemute said. "We go to the mountains. We go to the library. We go to the rec center, to the mountains, to ski, to restaurants."
It's a small school promising big change. 

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There are so many ways of dealing with a stranger when you don't like something about them. Maybe, going away, leaving your situation, or at the very least focusing on something else. Unfortunately, that's not what one man in Florida decided to do. 
Police say Chester Harris was sitting next to a man on a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority bus who yawned and didn't cover his mouth. Harris told police the man's breath was stinky, so he asked him to cover his mouth. 
Oops. 
In return, officers say the man cursed out Harris. What happened next? Harris punched him in the face, giving him a bloody nose. 
Harris told police the man he got what he deserved. Still, they arrested him for battery. 

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