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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, May 9th

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May 9 (UPI) -- A golfer at a Florida course captured video of an alligator being chased off the course by a large flock of geese.
Ryan Witkowski of Jupiter was participating Sunday in the Christie's Critters golf invitational at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens when he captured video of the unusual scene.
The video shows the geese honking aggressively at the gator, which witnesses theorize may have eaten one of the birds' babies.
Onlookers say they have seen alligators and geese interact before, with the birds sometimes being found sitting on the alligators.
"You never know what is going to happen on the golf course!" Witkowski wrote.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters helped one of their own pull off a marriage proposal.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, firefighter Ashton Hanway asked Lauren Wood to visit Station 17 on Friday to take some pictures. His captain suggested they stand on top of a truck.
An alarm sounded and two firefighters got into an adjacent truck. When they pulled out, they revealed a fire hose on the floor that spelled out: "Will you marry me?"
Hanway tells The Fayetteville Observer he was trying to write in cursive and it took several hours to do everything.
Wood, who said yes, says it was a complete shock. She described it as an "out-of-body experience."
The couple, who have been together for six years, are planning a 2019 wedding.
 
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three well-meaning people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them mewling in a San Antonio alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs .
The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed pair of young bobcats on Saturday and, thinking they were Bengal kittens, took them in. They fed the bobcats milk from pet-feeding bottles, but realized something was amiss when the aggressive animals tore the bottles apart and bit them.
They called animal control officers and a wildlife rescue group took the wild cats away.
Workers intended to wait in the alley hoping to find the mother and reunite her with the cubs.

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Thanksgiving dinner may never be the same for some Missouri residents, who earned a trip to a hospital Monday after a bizarre accident involving a wild turkey.  
Vicki Wood was driving on Highway 60 near the James River, back to Springfield from neighboring Seymour, with her son Dustin Wood in the back seat and his girlfriend Pam Standfield in the front passenger seat, when a 20-pound turkey headed for their car, the Springfield News-Leader reported.  
"My mom was driving and noticed something flying on the left side. She thought it was a hawk. The next thing, there was a sound like a shotgun bang and it blew the windshield out of the van," Dustin Wood told the paper.  
The two women were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were treated for cuts from flying glass, the paper reported. Standfield was knocked out after being hit by the turkey.
"After it hit us, I was spitting glass," Vicki Wood said. "We're very lucky that Pam was looking down for her phone when it hit. ... It came in right where her head was. If she had been looking up, it could have been a lot worse. It was a blessing she had her head down."
Standfield, who received some stitches for her injuries, said the "freak accident" left her feeling differently about eating the traditional Thanksgiving food.
"I don't think I even want to eat turkey at Thanksgiving anymore," she said. 
Her boyfriend was struck by a few pieces of glass in his kneecap, according to the paper.
Unfortunately, the turkey did not survive.   

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brother can you spare a dime? How about 8 million of them?
A semi-trailer truck hauling $800,000 worth of dimes crashed Tuesday into a guard rail on an interstate near Las Vegas, spilling thousands of coins on the side of the road.
State troopers established a crime scene so a recovery team could collect the money,
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the truck was heading south on I-15 about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Las Vegas when it hit a guard rail in the early morning.
KSNV-TV reported Wednesday the truck was hauling the money under a contract with the U.S. Treasury Department when it dumped the load and several bags split open.
The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital. Their injuries aren’t considered life-threatening.

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess.
The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions.
Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away.
Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, "the cooling chocolate is worse than snow."
TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.

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May 9 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin police department shared security camera footage from the theft of two highly unusual items -- a pair of goat statues.
The Village of East Troy Police Department posted a video to Facebook showing the footage recorded in the early morning hours of May 3 by a home's outdoor security camera.
The footage shows a person get out of a car with their face hidden and take two "lawn ornaments" from next to the house's front porch.
Police said in a comment on the post that the ornaments were a pair of goat statues.

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May 9 (UPI) -- A visitor to a wildlife sanctuary in Nairobi captured the moment a young giraffe jumped over a rope fence to visit with tourists.
The video, recorded this month at the David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage, shows a group of tourists watching a baby giraffe from across a rope fence.
The animal decides to jump the fence and ends up running playfully through the crowd of tourists before being led away by a handler.
"Came here just to watch the orphan elephants and this little friend stole the show!" the filmer wrote.

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Two men in homemade spacesuits who claimed they had a deal with NASA and could generate electricity "from thunderbolts" have been arrested for allegedly defrauding a businessman.
Indian police tweeted a picture of the father and son duo wearing crinkly silver material and floppy topped helmets after a businessman complained he had been duped out of £156,000.
Virender Mohan Brar, 56, and Nitin Mohan Brar, 30, claimed they would be able to sell a device called the "rice puller" to NASA once it was ready.
Police said they recovered what the accused described as "copper plates, anti-radiation suits (and) anti-radiation chemical stickers", The Indian Express reported.
A laptop, printer, foreign chequebooks, fake ID cards and an Audi car were also confiscated.
They were confident and spoke in fluent English, police said, wore branded clothes and expensive watches and travelled in luxury cars with two armed security guards.
It is believed the pair duped at least 30 people from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Joint commissioner of police Alok Kumar said the complainant, Narender Saini, had been asked by Virender Mohan Brar for "seed money" a few years ago.
Mr Saini was allegedly told by the accused that he was paying for "anti-radiation suits" that scientists would wear during testing.
Deputy commissioner of police Bhisham Sing said the duo "roped in fake actors posing as Defence Research and Development Organisation officials just to convince Saini about the authenticity of the equipment".

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PALM SPRINGS, CA (NBC News) -- We've seen the famous image on toast, on pancakes, and even in a cup of coffee, but a one man has now found the religious figure on a vegetable.
Lunch will never be the same in the home of a southern California man.
Francisco Cecena was preparing lunch at his Indio home near Palm Springs when discovered an image of the Virgin Mary in his radish.
But Cecena says Virgin Mary sightings are no surprise to him.
He says it's the third time he's found this particular image. 
The first one was on a rock and the second time on his driveway. 
Francisco says this has filled his life with renewed faith.
Experienced what he calls a miracle from heaven.


 

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