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Mad Minute stories from Monday, November 28th

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TOKYO (AP) -- An amusement park in western Japan sparked an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction.
Space World received a flood of criticism on social media after opening the rink on Nov. 12. It was closed Sunday.
About 25 different kinds of fish could be seen under the 250-meter (820-foot) -long ice circuit. The park in the city of Kitakyushu opened the "Ice Aquarium" as an "attraction never heard about."
Japanese broadcaster NHK showed the fish frozen in ice on a blue floor, so it looked like they were swimming below the ice. Some formed a school to spell out "HELLO" or make an arrow-shaped sign in the ice.
The general manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, said many critical messages were posted on social media, some condemning the concept as abusing living things.
Takeda said that the fish in the ice had been intended "to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink," and that the amusement park is "extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings."
Space World said the fish were purchased from a fish market, and were dead before the water was frozen. The operator plans to hold a memorial service for the fish once they're taken out of the ice.

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Sweden's Christmas Goat - a giant decorative goat made of straw and wood - didn't last long on its 50th anniversary.
The straw goat, an annual Yuletide tradition in the city of Gavle since 1966, went up in flames just hours after it was inaugurated on Sunday.
Arsonists just cannot stay away from the giant decoration, which seldom survives the season without someone trying to burn it down.
The local newspaper Gefle Dagblad said it was set on fire late Sunday.
A webcam run by the local tourist office showed the frame of the goat was still standing but all the straw was gone.
There was no immediate word on possible suspects.

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WYANDANCH, N.Y. (AP) - A live grenade has been found at a Long Island recycling plant and safely detonated by police.
Newsday reports the grenade was found Saturday morning by an employee at Omni Recycling of Babylon Inc., in the hamlet of Wyandanch.
Suffolk County Police say the plant was evacuated shortly after 7 a.m. No one was injured.
The plant manager says nothing like that has ever been found before. He said he was amazed that someone would be stupid enough to throw away such a dangerous item.
Police are trying to determine where it may have come from.

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BOSTON (AP) - The New England Aquarium says it has discovered a rescued sea turtle only has one lung.
The aquarium says being born with one lung is an extremely rare medical condition for a vertebrate, and this turtle dramatically defied the odds to live this long.
It says the turtle is 2 to 3 years old and will hopefully be released back into the ocean eventually.
The annual sea turtle stranding season occurs in November and December on Cape Cod. Mass Audubon volunteers and staff search the beaches for cold-stunned turtles.
The aquarium did an x-ray on this turtle to check for pneumonia. The image looked odd, but was inconclusive.
The Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital placed the turtle in its high-tech imaging tunnel, which confirmed that the turtle lacked a right lung.

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada - A man in a "Free Hugs" t-shirt was handed a $101 fine, after he was stopped for offering the friendly gesture to people at a Montreal subway station.
Tommy Boucher was wearing a green t-shirt with the words "Free Hugs" written on it in English and French, and embracing people at subway stations around the city for the past year.
Last week, he said a transit officer asked him to show a permit for his activity. 
He didn't have a permit, so Boucher said the officer flipped through his bylaw booklet until he figured out the way to fine him.
According to Montreal transit regulations, "soliciting" services without permission is illegal.
The city's transportation authority later withdrew the fine and issued a warning instead.
But the man is still warned to stop offering free hugs in the subway system.
Still, Boucher says he doesn't regret it. 
"I remember one time I was at this very station and I met a woman," he explained. "She cried on my shoulder for 15 minutes, and it was great finally because I was sharing that great moment with her, and she was talking to me what was happening to her at that moment, so it wasn't something bad."

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Stukenbrock, Germany - a dog at a German zoo is helping to rear Bengal tiger cub twins which were abandoned by their mother soon after birth. A keeper at the Safaripark Stukenbrock in Northern Germany, Jeannette Wurms, says 1-month-old Peach and Pearl, born over the course of about an hour, were immediately rejected by their mother.
Wurms says she and a colleague then did the same you would do with a hypothermic child: body contact. 
"You pull up your t-shirts and your sweater and place one on each side, and rush inside to feed them milk," she said.
Ever since then, the tiger cubs have lived in the keeper's living room on the zoo's premises.
Wurms' dog "Leon" quickly adopted the role of surrogate mother, acting as educator and entertainer, she said.
Both Wurms and her dog Leon have reared tiger and lion cubs before.
While she might be envied by many, Wurms says "these are not pets, they are animals of prey."
Apart from the tiring feeding hours, Wurms warned that once the cubs get bigger, "They can react unexpectedly and humans cannot deal with their violence and their strength. Much too much can happen too quickly which is why they belong to a place where they are of no danger to humans but where they can develop in a way which allows them to become animals of prey."
According to Wurms, "caressing" the animals through the bars still allows for close contact without endangering keepers' lives.

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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) - While his mother was preparing food in the kitchen, a 5-year-old Florida boy called 911 to invite law enforcement officers over for Thanksgiving dinner.
Monica Webster of the Walton County Sheriff's Office tells the News Herald that with all the bad calls they receive every day, this was a happy call. But young Billy Nolin's family had no idea he'd invited guests to dinner.
Mom Landi McCormick says she was cooking when Billy's grandfather noticed him talking to someone on an old cellphone. McCormick reprimanded Billy when he admitted calling 911. He was crying when Deputy Dannon Byrd drove up.
She says the deputy thanked Billy for his kind invitation, then reminded him he should only use 911 for emergencies. The deputies gave Billy a sheriff's badge.
 
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Chicago, IL - A politician in Illinois apparently needs to have some better luck with squirrels. 
Just weeks after Alderman Howard Brookins gave a speech to the city council against the problem of aggressive squirrels in a neighborhood, one ended up sending him to the hospital. 
Brookins was biking on a trail, when a flying squirrel jumped into the front wheel of his bike, and sent him flying over the handlebars. 
Brookins broke his nose, fractured his skull, and knocked out at least 5 teeth from the incident, but he's now recovering from surgery. 
Fortunately, he's able to see the funny side of the incident, almost calling it karma. Back in October, he spoke out and called for a crackdown on giant squirrels who were feeding on garbage throughout the city. 

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Domino's is embarking on an interesting method of delivery this holiday season. 
In Hokkaido, Japan, the company is training reindeer to deliver pizzas in the snow. 
The animals have GPS trackers on them, so customers can track where their pizzas are. 
So far though, Domino's says the idea needs a little work. In a release, the company says working with the reindeer makes for some "unique challenges," but they hope to implement it by December. 

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London, England - The son of two punk icons burned $6.25 million worth of punk memorabilia in London as a protest.
Joe Corre is the son of punk icons Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren.
Corre's message was to not get nostalgic about punk music.
In particular, he said, don't collect memorabilia from the glory days of the Sex Pistols.
"Some people are very concerned about the price of these artifacts," he said. "But the conversation that we need to have is about values." 
He went on to explain, "Punk provided an opportunity for the no future generation of the 1970s to create a way out of it, not trusting the media, not trusting the politicians, investigating the truth for yourself." 
From a boat on the River Thames, Corre then watched the items go up in flames.
The memorabilia included rare Sex Pistols recordings, clothing belonging to Johnny Rotten, posters and more.
Also set on fire, were effigies of prominent British politicians, loaded with fireworks.

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