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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, June 6th

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who returned a $1 million lottery ticket to a customer who left it on a store counter says he has no regrets about giving up the prize money.
Kal Patel, whose parents own the Pit Stop convenience store in Salina, returned the ticket to a longtime customer after tracking him down in his car.
“Good deeds come back to help you, and bad deeds come back to haunt you,” he said this week. “It felt good to find it and then find them.”
The winner, who has chosen to remain anonymous, bought three tickets at a store in nearby Lincoln, but went to the Pit Stop — his neighborhood convenience store — to check if they were winners. The clerk checked two tickets and the winner accidentally left the third on the counter, The Salina Journal reported.
When clerk Andy Patel ran the numbers and discovered it was a $1 million winner, he called Kal Patel.
“He said six zeroes were popping up on the screen,” said Kal Patel, who is not related to Andy. “We couldn’t believe it.”
Kal Patel knew who the customer was based on the clerk’s description and knew the area where he lived. He drove around the neighborhood once but couldn’t find the man’s house. He returned to the store, but later decided to give it another try. That time, he saw the man and his brother driving away and was able to stop them.
“I showed them the ticket and told them they were winners,” he said. “They started shaking. They couldn’t believe it.”
Friends have chided Kal Patel for giving up the $1 million, but he said he didn’t want to live with the guilt of keeping the money.
“It felt good to give it to them,” he said. “And the praise we got back from everyone for doing this was really nice. They said it restored their faith in humanity.”
KWCH reports that Wichita law firm DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers this week gave Kal a $1,200 check to reward him for his good deed.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia teacher has been removed from school as authorities investigate allegations she took bribes from students in exchange for good grades.
WCAU-TV reported Tuesday the woman is a teacher at the Learning in New Contexts High School.
A spokesman for Philadelphia Schools says the teacher was promptly removed from the school when the allegations surfaced and both the Inspector General and Philadelphia Police have been notified. He says the school district is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.
The school district did not elaborate on what the alleged bribes involved. The teacher declined comment to the TV station.
 
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DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota high school golfer cost herself and her team a state championship when she self-reported an error she'd made on her scorecard.
Sioux Falls Christian won the Class A girls state golf tournament on Tuesday, with senior Kate Wynja finishing first overall for the second year in a row. Wynja, who finished several shots ahead, realized she'd submitted an incorrect scorecard, crediting herself with a 4 on No. 18 instead of a 5.
"I knew I needed to tell them," Wynja told the Argus Leader . "It was really sad, mostly because I knew what the result would be. I knew that I would be disqualified, and it broke my heart for the team. But I knew I couldn't leave without saying something."
She and her coach reported the violation to tournament directors, who had no choice but to disqualify her. That also meant her team finished second, not first.
Dan Swartos, a tournament director, called the situation "awful."
"I have so much respect for Kate to come up and do that," he said. "I cannot say enough for that young lady and how much integrity that took, and how proud I am to have kids like that in South Dakota."
There has been an outpouring of support for Wynja on social media, with teammates and competitors offering support.
"That was a tough situation in general (but) being surrounded by people who love me is awesome," Wynja said.

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(Bradenton Herald) A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday after police say they have discovered at least seven missing zoo animals inside of his Gainesville apartment.
Sante Fe College Police arrested Sedrick T. Price at his apartment where they recovered seven of 11 stolen animals from the college's teaching zoo within the last two weeks. He is facing a charge of grand larceny, according to 4News Gainesville.
College police and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office said that three Florida box turtles, two red-foot tortoises, a skink and a squirrel monkey were found inside the apartment, the outlet reported.
Six of the seven animals found were all taken sometime overnight between May 29 and May 30, officials said.
Four more animals - two gopher tortoises and two box turtles - are still missing, police said. Those four were stolen the week before, along with one box turtle found Tuesday.
Police say that evidence at the zoo indicated that the animals were forcefully taken from their enclosures.
Officials said they discovered the animals because of a tip and zoo employees and students helped to positively identify the animals.
"It was a great collaboration of effort from the community," SFPD Chief Ed Book said in a statement. "We are grateful for the many tips we received from the public, as well as the coordinated efforts of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the college community that led to the rescue of these animals. Our investigation still has a long way to go, but recovering these animals was a great start."
The teaching zoo's director, Jonathan Miot, also said he is happy to see the animals were returned.
"Thankfully, the police received a tip that led to the recovery of the animals," Miot's statement read. "We are still hopeful that the two gopher tortoises and two box turtles who need medical attention are recovered."
Anyone with information on the remaining animals is asked to call the SFPD at 352-395-5519.

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If one driver caught navigating rush hour traffic in reverse doesn't have a job a stunt driver, they might soon.
In video captured by one of the Ohio Department of Transportation's traffic cameras, the driver of a white SUV is seen backing up off the highway on US Route 33 and onto ramp toward Gender Road in Canal Winchester around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. The vehicle is then seen navigating at least two traffic lights as it makes its way into a nearby shopping complex before parking in a Kroger parking lot.
Officials with ODOT said they were watching the area because of heavy traffic when they noticed the SUV backing up into the grassy median. They suspected his transmission went out and he had no other choice but to backup.
The entire sequence was 1.2 miles long and lasted approximately 4 minutes.
ODOT said they're grateful no one was hurt and if your vehicle isn't running properly, to pull over and call for assistance.

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(Huffington Post) A woman attending Tuesday night's game between the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves ended up being the biggest hit of the night despite never making it onto the field.
Gabby DiMarco was at Petco Park in San Diego enjoying a beer when Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte hit a foul ball into the stands at the top of the 5th inning.
The ball went flying straight toward the 23-year-old, but she wasn't crying foul ? even when it landed in her beer.
"It bounced from behind me, I was trying to catch it all, and it landed in my cup," she told MLB.com.
A true champion to the end, DiMarco celebrated by chugging her brewski ? without removing the ball.
"So many people were cheering, 'Chug!' I was like, 'Absolutely I will chug this beer. Are you kidding me?'" she told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I still have the ball in my cup, and I'm never going to lose it."

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(Huffington Post) A woman in Kelowna, British Columbia, is haunted by an experience she had nearly a month ago when she was sprayed by "liquid poo."
Susan Allan said that on May 9, she and her adult son were sitting in her car at a stoplight when the feces came pouring in through the sunroof.
"While we were sitting there, our car was inundated with liquid poo falling from the sky," Allan told GlobalNews.ca. "I had it on my face, down my shirt, my entire car, and the vehicle beside us were all covered in it."
Allan said she and her son, Travis Sweet, watched the excrement fall as a large passenger plane flew overhead.
The actual sensation of crap hitting their skin was something Travis will never forget. First, he said, he felt a cold sensation hit the side of his face and shoulder.
"Then the smell hit my nose," he said. "I almost vomited instantly. It was terrible."
Allan contacted Kelowna Airport for answers.
An administrator for Transport Canada told her the government department would investigate the possibility of frozen lavatory waste, called "blue ice," falling from an aircraft, according to The Globe and Mail newspaper. 
A spokesperson for the airport told Fox News that as of Monday, "there is no connection to an aircraft as Transport Canada's investigation is still ongoing."
Allan claims that, as a result of the feces rain, she now has conjunctivitis in both eyes.
"I feel they should compensate me for the injuries. What if it had let go in a big chunk? What if it went through my son's head and killed him? What if it came through my head and killed me?" Allan told CBC. "This could be a much different circumstance than just poop in my eye, you know?" 
Transport Canada said aircraft with washroom facilities on board are equipped with an enclosed sewage holding tank that is designed to be emptied at special facilities at airports.
"It is possible that a valve malfunctions and allows some leakage of the tank's content," the agency told The Globe and Mail by email. "If this happens, the liquid seeping from valves freezes and adheres to the outside of the aircraft when the aircraft is flying at high altitudes."
The department said it does not keep statistics of "blue ice" incidents, but the Kelowna International Airport told CTV News that it believes the liquid poo came from one of three planes that were passing over that area at the time.
Allan said that her husband fixed her car's air conditioning so she doesn't have to drive with the sunroof open.
She wants whoever was responsible to pay for her car to be professionally cleaned, even though she and her granddaughters have already scrubbed it down.
"We used bleach and peroxide and cleaned the poop that was there. Then they just covered it with perfume — so now it smells like Calvin Klein One," Allan quipped to CBC.
She might be joking now, but Allan is still shaken by her stinky situation.
"All we want people to know is that it was quite devastating to be covered in poop, and I hope it never happens to anybody else," Allan said.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (RNN) – A man's encounter with a rattlesnake the weekend of May 27 almost ended his life.
Jennifer Sutcliffe told TV station KIII that she and her husband were doing yard work at their home near Lake Corpus Christi when he came upon a 4-foot rattlesnake.
He beheaded it with a shovel, but he soon found out how dangerous a dead snake can be.
When he tried to dispose of the snake, the snake's head bit him, pumping all the venom it had into him, Sutcliffe said.
The man, who was not named, began having seizures, experienced internal bleeding and lost his vision.
Sutcliffe, who called 911, was trying to drive her husband to the hospital, but his condition was so serious authorities had to fly him in for care.
She said hospital officials told her he might not survive, even though he received 26 doses of antivenom. She said people normally get four doses.
But he's getting better. He's currently in stable condition.
The USDA recommends that people who comes across rattlesnakes allow them to retreat, as the venomous snakes only strike when threatened or provoked.
Among their tips to avoid snake bites: never go barefoot or wear sandals in wild areas, watch your step and avoid tall grass. Don't handle a freshly killed snake because they can still strike.
If you are bitten, keep the wound below the heart, immobilize the area, wash the bite area with soap and water, and call 911. Get to the nearest medical facility immediately, and don't try sucking out the venom.
Being treated for rattlesnake bites can be really expensive, too. A California man who was bitten trying to take a selfie with a rattlesnakes got a $153,000 medical bill, with antivenom accounting for $83,000 of it, the Washington Post reported in 2015.

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June 6 (UPI) -- An Iowa man who spotted a gosling being attacked by a snapping turtle in a pond used a giant inflatable unicorn to float out and rescue the bird.
Cary Coppola said he and his family were driving past the pond in West Des Moines when his wife spotted the baby goose struggling in the water.
Coppola said he borrowed the inflatable unicorn from his brother's house and returned to the pond, where he floated out and discovered the gosling was being held by the jaws of a snapping turtle.
Coppola was able to bring the gosling back to shore, where it rejoined its family.

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June 6 (UPI) -- Firefighters in England said they rescued a man who became stuck up a tree while trying to chase down an escaped parrot.
Michael Novell, a crew manager at the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service's Wokingham Road fire station, said his crew responded last week on a report of a man and a parrot stuck up a tree in Earley.
"We had an angry parrot that flew from its cage, out of the window and into a tree," Novell told Get Reading.
"The owner gave chase and we had to get them both down," he said. "We managed to get the man down, but unfortunately the parrot made a bid for freedom and succeeded."
A Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said it took about 35 minutes to rescue the man using a ladder.
The large green parrot remained on the loose.
A woman who lives in the same area posted photos to a local lost and found pets group on Facebook showing a green parrot that she said landed on her head and appeared to be injured. It was unclear whether it was the same bird.


 

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