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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, November 10th

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- Voters in one California city have elected a dead man to office.
Official figures show that Oceanside City Treasurer Gary Ernst was re-elected Tuesday even though he died in September.
Ernst earned 17,659 votes and beat challenger Nadine Scott by about 6 percentage points.
There wasn't time to remove his name from the ballot after he died from diabetes complications.
Since he can't take office, the City Council can declare the seat vacant and decide to appoint someone to fill out the term or call a special election. A decision could be made next month.
Scott tells San Diego's KNSD-TV that she'd like to be appointed to the post to honor the more than 15,000 people who voted for her.
She says she doesn't think voters knew Ernst was dead.

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A man sneaked into a giant panda enclosure at a zoo in southeast China and ended up wrestling with a panda. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV showed surveillance video of the incident. According to CCTV, the man was allegedly showing off to his female friends by jumping into the panda enclosure to tease a sleeping panda. The panda then woke up and gripped the man's leg. Zoo authorities later said the move was usually used by pandas when they were playing with the breeders. The man struggled to free himself from the panda's strong grip and eventually managed to escape.

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Hillsborough's most recognizable piece of real estate is now up for rent on Airbnb.
The Airbnb listing on Friday shows the so-called "Flintstone House," a 2,730-square-foot home at 45 Berryessa Way, can be rented for $750 a night.
The property was listed on the market for just over a year.
In September 2015, the home was up for sale for $4.2 million. This past summer, the price dropped to $3.2 million.
Visible from Interstate 280, the 40-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is striking for its amorphous dome shapes made of wire and shotcrete.
According to Redfin, the last sold price was $800,000 in 1996.
Listing agent Judy Meuschke gave NBC Bay Area an exclusive tour of the home in September 2015 - through the brightly-hued conversation pit and into the quirky kitchen.
"We felt that's a pretty good price for a landmark," Meuschke said of the $4.2 million asking price at the time.

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TRENCIN, Slovakia (AP) -- Ten teams from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary on Thursday turned mounds of ground in a competition to crown the fastest gravediggers in central Europe.
The Grave Digging Championships held in the Slovakian city of Trencin was meant to promote the funeral industry and bring some levity to a serious profession.
"This whole exhibition is about getting groups of funeral companies together," event spokesman Christian Striz, who dressed as the Grim Reaper for the occasion, said. "It's all about showing people how hard" the gravedigger's job is.
The contest graded the teams on speed and accuracy, as graves had to be dug to exact specifications: 1.5-meters (5-feet) deep, 2-meters (6.5-feet) long and 0.9-meters (3-feet) wide.
No modern tools were allowed, only shovels and picks, which made for demanding digging for less fortunate teams.
"Gravel and stones - about 20-30 centimeters" of it," Gabriel Draffy, from the Krematorium Molnar in Nove Zamky, Slovakia, said. "The others didn't have that!"
A team representing Peter Pastorok's funeral services from the Slovakian village of Kalna nad Hronom emerged as the winner.
The contest took place as part of the third International Exhibition of Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services.

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A frantic struggle with a self-proclaimed 'vampire' left employees of the Concord Co-Op in New Hampshire shaken but ultimately unharmed early Tuesday morning, police say.
A woman working at the New Hampshire co-op was taking trash out back when a man offered to help her, but soon chased her into the building claiming he could 'save her.'
Police say Jacob May, 21, chased the woman into the back of the building yelling "just touch me, I can save you."
While the woman called police, a male employee pulled out a box cutter in self-defense and attempted to lock the attacker in the walk-in freezer, police said.
May allegedly broke free and tackled the male employee before police showed up and detained both.
Police say while they arrested May, he told them he was a "vampire, ghost rider, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Miyagi from Karate Kid and a leader of a band."

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A natural phenomenon is surprising people in a remote Russian village in the Arctic Circle. 
An entire beach on the Gulf of Ob in western Siberia, is covered with gigantic snowballs. 
According to the BBC, they started washing up on shore about 2 weeks ago, and they stretch across 11 miles of the coast line. Some are only about the size of a tennis ball. Others have a 3 foot diameter. 
The BBC says the frozen balls "result from a rare environmental process where small pieces of ice form, are rolled by wind and water, and end up as giant snowballs." 

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WEST ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they're searching for a man who was recorded on surveillance video pocketing a snake at a Long Island reptile store and walking away.
Police say the ball python was reported stolen on Monday after the owners of Repxotica in West Islip (EYE'-slihp) in Suffolk County noticed the snake was missing. The store's owners say the snake is worth several hundred dollars.
The owners checked store surveillance footage and saw a man remove the snake from a drawer last week and place it inside his jacket pocket. He then buys several items before leaving the store with the snake.
Store owners say they hope the snake will be returned. They say they haven't been able to track the man down.

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A relieved pet owner had feared the worst when he couldn't find his pit bull after she had jumped off a sea wall near their Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.
Eighteen-month-old Gypsy couldn't stop wagging her tail, Monday afternoon, as her owner, John Calia, showered her with love.
Last Monday morning, he had let the dog out, and after about 10 minutes, he went to check on her. "I come back out here, and she's nowhere to be found," he said from the rear of his property. "I looked over here, looked to the side of the house."
But Gypsy was gone.
Calia believes his pet saw something in the water. "You know what I think it was? I think it was a duck," he said. "She jumped right over, right over the side."
The 68-pound puppy swam about two miles through the finger isles of Riverland, ending up at the Secret Woods Nature Center in Dania Beach. "She had to go up here, make a left, go all the way to the main tributary, and then go all the way on the Riverland roads in New River," said Calia. "She literally traveled like two miles."
The stocky, blue-nosed pit bull is all muscle. Her legs are about six inches around.
"Every time I see her try to swim - either in a pool or at the beach or something like that - yeah, she sinks," said Calia.
Gypsy was found hours later, struggling in the water by Steel Marine Tow Boat Capt. Ryan Little. "She's just trying to swim around the shore … but there were some downed trees and mangroves, so she couldn't get through," he told 7News in a phone interview. "She tried to come over to the wall, across the other side of the river, but she couldn't make it up the wall."

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(KOB) There are some people with strange requests for their loved one's remains and a Santa Fe, New Mexico man is fulfilling those wishes.
Chronicle Cremation Designs is turning human remains from cremations into coffee mugs, bottles and bowls.
Owner Justin Crowe found a way to help memorialize loved ones by accident when he tried out the process for an art project.
"I collected the bones of 200 people and created a ceramic glaze using that," Crowe said. "I glazed a set of dinnerware and the project was made to infuse a sense or mortality in everyday moments of life."

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SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. - Neighbors in a northern California county called police earlier this week when they thought a prowler was peaking out windows of a home.
A Facebook post from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said when deputies showed up at the home they realized the alleged prowler was larger than they had suspected and had four legs.
Deputies soon realized the culprit was a Great Dane attempting to escape from the home through an unsecured skylight.
Because of the "bad dog" behavior, the sheriff's office says the pooch wasn't given any treats. 
 

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