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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 29th

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METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Perhaps they ran out of Boston Kremes.
A man accused of climbing into the drive-thru window of a Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts and then promptly climbing right back out has been apprehended.
Police say they responded to a security alarm at a shop in Methuen on Sunday morning and saw video surveillance footage showing a man pushing the drive-thru window open and climbing into the store. He immediately turned and left out the window.
Officials arrested the man Sunday evening but not identified him.
In a Facebook post that included the security footage , police did not say if the man stole anything from the Dunkin’ Donuts, or if he has any affiliation with the store.

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano may be generating a lot of heat from bright orange lava and volcanic vents on the Big Island, but don't even try to treat it like the biggest campfire and roast marshmallows over it.
As the volcano continues to spew lava, clouds of ash, and deadly laze, the  U.S. Geological Survey has been providing constant updates on Twitter on the status on lava and ash clouds. The agency has also been replying to questions from other users about the science behind the ongoing eruptions, all types of questions.
On Tuesday, Twitter user wrote, "Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents?  Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is?  Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?"
The USGS replied back, "Erm...we're going to have to say no, that's not safe. (Please don't try!)"
The agency said that if a volcanic vent is emitting a lot of sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide), any marshmallows that could get roasted would taste "BAD."
Any sulfuric acid in the air that could come in contact with sugary marshmallows, including vog (volcanic smog) would create a "pretty spectacular reaction," according to the USGS.
Scientists have said higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano's vents in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog. So far, trade winds have been mostly blowing the gray haze offshore.
The cracks in the ground aren't just emitting heat, but also eerie blue flames as hot lava burns vegetation on the Big Island.
A look at what's behind the strange blue burning flames emerging as a result of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano eruptionVideo
Eerie blue flames emerge from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano
The U.S. Geological Survey has posted footage of the strange blue burning flames on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. Caused by methane gas, the flames were observed on cracks in a street in Hawaii's Leilani Estates Subdivision on May 22.
"When hot lava buries plants and shrubs, methane gas is produced as a byproduct of burning vegetation," the USGS said. "Methane gas can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated, or as shown in this video, emerge from cracks in the ground several feet away from the lava. When ignited, the methane produces a blue flame."
Intermittent short bursts of methane are visible in the video, as is "lava fountaining," which occurs when a jet of lava is sprayed into the air by the rapid formation and expansion of gas bubbles in molten rock.
 
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) - Police say a man caught masturbating at a Clearwater bus stop told them he was Captain Kirk.
Clearwater police were called to a bus stop on Gulf to Bay Boulevard around 11:20 a.m. Monday for a report of a lewd and lascivious act.
Responding officers say they found a man sitting on a bench touching himself under his shorts. In an arrest report, police noted it was "obvious" the man was masturbating.
When officers asked what he was doing, the man told them, "I'm scratching myself."
After the man was arrested for disorderly conduct, police asked him to identify himself.
The arrest report states the man told police his name was "James Tiberius Kirk," the full name of the fictional character Captain Kirk from Star Trek.
Police say they later discovered the man's real name is James Bundrick. The 56-year-old is now also facing a charge for providing a false name or identity to law enforcement.

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May 29 (UPI) -- An Illinois fire department shared video of the "slight tornado delay" that resulted from a dust devil interrupting a local little league game.
The video, tweeted by the Libertyville Fire Department, shows young players watching in shock as the whirlwind kicks up a cone of dust high into the air.
The Saturday game continued after the dust devil died down.
"We had a slight tornado delay at the Libertyville Memorial Day Travel Baseball Tournament," the tweet said.

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May 29 (UPI) -- A team of tinkerers seeking to soup up a Barbie car for kids replaced the vehicle's engine to get it up to 72 mph.
Edwin Olding and his team from the Grind Hard Plumbing Co. channel on YouTube posted a video showing how they modified the Barbie Power Wheels Mustang to drive at more adult speeds.
The men replaced the innards of the Barbie car with components of an old go kart and the engine from a Honda dirt bike.
The team said the car can now reach speeds of 72 mph.

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May 29 (UPI) -- Two melons grown in a prized region in Japan sold for a record-breaking price at a wholesale market's fruit auction.
The melons, grow in Yubari, Hokkaido, sold for $29,436.80 at the Sapporo market, besting the $13,798.50 fetched by a pair of melons sold at the auction last year and the $27,597 record set in 2016.
Shinya Noda, the winning bidder and president of fruit and vegetable packaging company Hokuyu Pack, said he wanted to make a large gesture to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his company.
"I wanted to make a record-setting bid by all means," he told the Mainichi Shimbun.
Noda said the melons will go on display until the end of the month, when they will be cut up and distributed as free samples to market customers.
A total of 507 melons from Yubari were auctioned Saturday, the city's agricultural cooperative said.

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Social media stars might be encouraging children to eat more unhealthy snacks, a new study suggests.
It found children who saw popular vloggers consuming sugary and fatty snacks went on to eat 26% more calories than those who did not.
The study, presented at the European Congress on Obesity, examined the responses of children to images from social media.
The findings come amid calls for tougher rules on junk food advertising.
The social media stars used in the study were Zoella, who has 10.9 million followers on Instagram, and Alfie Deyes, who has 4.6 million.
The 176 children were split into three groups and shown either pictures of the personalities promoting unhealthy snacks, healthy foods or non-food products.
The children were then offered a range of healthy and unhealthy snacks to choose from, including grapes, carrot sticks, chocolate buttons or jelly sweets.
The children who had seen the unhealthy images consumed an average of 448 calories, while the others ate just 357.
Dr Emma Boyland, one of the researchers from the University of Liverpool, said that children consider vloggers to be "everyday people" just like their peers.
"They've earned a position of trust among young people and there has to be some responsibility along the line," she said.
The researchers called for more protection for children online, particularly on social media channels where it is unclear whether they understand the difference between an advert and genuine content.
Dr Boyland said: "On TV there are more cues as to when it's advertising - there's an advert break, there's a jingle - whereas digitally it's a lot more embedded in the rest of the content."
Anna Coates, the lead researcher on the study, said: "We know that if you show children a traditional drink advert, then their preference for that drink rises. We wanted to test their reactions to this new type of celebrity, the social media star.
"Now that we've shown that children are influenced by online stars, our next study will look at whether they understand that, in many cases, celebrities are being paid to promote products."
Prof Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, called on the government to consider more regulation to protect children in its forthcoming childhood obesity strategy.
"It's vital that children are protected from the marketing of junk food, not only on TV but also online where they are increasingly spending time.
"Companies are able to target their adverts on social media, which does provide the opportunity for regulators to put restrictions in place."

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Quite unlike the monsters they're portrayed as, sharks are actually sophisticated creatures with an affinity for jazz music, according to new research.
Scientists at Australia's Macquarie University Fish Lab have found that the fish are able to associate music with food rewards - and jazz is more their bag than classical.
The researchers trained baby Port Jackson sharks to associate music with reward as part of a study published in the Animal Cognition journal.
They found the sharks learned to go to a feeding station far better when played jazz music than other kinds of songs.
"Sound is really important for aquatic animals; it travels well under water and fish use it to find food, hiding places and even to communicate," said the study's lead author, Catarina Vila-Pouca, from the university's department of biological sciences.
Although the reports are only anecdotal, the researchers have noted stories suggesting that sharks can associate the sound of boat engines with good.
While the sharks reacted well to jazz, associate professor Culum Brown said they under-performed when confronted with classical music.
"It was obvious that the sharks knew that they had to do something when the classical music was played, but they couldn't figure out that they had to go to a different location," he said.
"The task is harder than it sounds, because the sharks had to learn that different locations were associated with a particular genre of music, which was then paired with a food reward.
"Perhaps with more training they would have figured it out.
Ms Vila-Pouca said: "Sharks are generally underestimated when it comes to learning abilities - most people see them as mindless, instinctive animals.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas city officials are embracing Stanley Cup fever by refusing to use capital letters on the city's official Twitter account in a playful shot at the Vegas Golden Knights' opponent: the Washington Capitals.
The city posted a photo-shopped version of the famous Las Vegas sign with all lowercase letters on Friday and the message: "we're serious about #nocaps! #goknightsgo." Since then, the city has been Tweeting in all lowercase letters. MGM resorts also joined the push on its Twitter account.
The campaign hits back against the Washington Capitals' "#ALLCAPS" social media push.
The Golden Knights host the Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Las Vegas.
The expansion Golden Knights have won over Las Vegas residents during the team's surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Come summer, Hello Kitty superfans will be able to ride in style on a Japanese bullet train honoring the beloved character, as West Japan Railway will be going full steam ahead on a project to "send charm" and promote unity across the nation.
On June 30, the Japan Railway Company will roll out a Hello Kitty-themed bullet train on the 'Sanyo Shinkansen Line' operating between Osaka and Fukuoka, featuring eight 500-series cars, The Japan Times reports.
According to the outlet, the railway company is going all-out with Sanrio's iconic kitty motif in hopes of strengthening ties between the regions it connects.
The exterior of the shinkansen train, which the New York Post reports will run up to 200 mph, will be emblazoned with cartoon images of the mouthless character, her signature bow, and her fellow animal friends.
Though only illustrated renderings have been released, the train's interior will feature various shades of pink, as well as patterns heavy on hearts and polka dots in its two specially-outfitted cars. Car No. 1 will feature a large Hello Kitty doll as well as a photo booth, designed for passengers to take selfies. Car No. 2, also decked out in a pink, will feature a minimarket of Japanese goods.
And not only will the Hello Kitty train make stops at each station between Shin-Osaka and Hakata, it will also play the signature Hello Kitty theme jingle as it nears stations, CNN notes.
The train's two-and-a-half hour trips are scheduled to run from June 30 to Sept. 29, the Post reports.

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