Mad Minute stories from Monday, February 12th

MADRID (AP) — A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a striking resemblance to U.S. President Donald Trump.

A journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder, prompting thousands of responses.

The 64-year-old has since been asked to comment on pressing U.S. policy and international issues — though she has shown more concern for a moth plague threatening her potato crops.

“I say that it must be because of the color of the hair,” Leis told the La Voz de Galicia newspaper Tuesday

She is different to Trump on one issue though — she doesn’t use a mobile phone and has little interest in online chatter.

Leis, who appears standing in the middle of her farming plot, her frowning face looking away from the camera and blond hair held by a diadem, has many fans now.

“Can we replace Trump with this hard working lady?” one responder on Instagram asked.

Others, who called Leis “Trump’s Galician sister,” made an online call to research the president’s family roots in the Costa da Morte, or Death Coast, the rocky shore in northwestern Spain with a long history of shipwrecks.

A Galician native who has lived in the same town since she married her husband four decades ago, Leis works at home and at her farm, where the reporter found her last week planting potatoes.

Leis told the newspaper she has not felt overwhelmed by sudden fame because, without a smartphone, the online buzz is easy to ignore.

“I look at everything that my daughters show me, but it never stung my curiosity to have one (phone),” she said.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Buffalo museum has made a rare discovery within its own collection: a fully intact egg from the extinct elephant bird that until now, was thought to be fake.

Curators at the Buffalo Museum of Science were cataloging pieces in the museum's collection when they realized and confirmed that the foot-tall egg had been mislabeled as a model. Measuring 28 inches (71 centimeters) around, it weighs more than 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms).

Experts say there are fewer than 40 intact elephant bird eggs held in public institutions.

The flightless elephant bird was native to Madagascar. It grew to be 10 feet (3 meters) tall, weighed between 770 (349 kilograms) and 1,100 pounds (499 kilograms) and laid the largest eggs of any vertebrate, including dinosaurs.

The museum will unveil the egg to the public May 1.

 

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WILMERDING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a dog in a yard near a police mounted unit event in Pennsylvania escaped and bit one of the participating horses on its legs.

Allegheny County police say its mounted unit and one from Pittsburgh were in Wilmerding on Wednesday to talk to a citizens group about the duties and responsibilities of the units.

Police say a dog that hadn't been properly secured escaped from a yard and bit a Pittsburgh police horse named Jack, leaving the animal with puncture wounds on his front legs and near his back legs.

The dog was quarantined while officials tried to determine whether it was up to date with all vaccinations. A vet examined the horse, which appeared to be experiencing no further problems.

Police are reviewing the incident.

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EDGERTON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City suburb is pressuring the owner of a cut-in-half car adorned with a sign reading, "Divorced. She got ½," to junk the junker.

The Kansas City Star reports that the half-car was created as a joke by the late-Edgerton Mayor Ray Braun who used to own the defunct gas station where the front part of the 1987 Chevrolet Citation is parked. Braun fitted the half-car with rear caster wheels and used to drive it in parades. Danny O'Neal now owns the property where the vehicle sits.

But City Council President Clay Longanecker says the car has become "an eyesore" and the Edgerton codes department has told O'Neal has to dispose of it. O'Neal plans to argue it's a "landmark" and memorial to Braun.

Neither man was ever divorced.

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Scientists have confirmed that the planet Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs — and, yes, NASA already made the joke you're thinking of.

A team of scientists determined that the seventh planet from the sun, whose name has long made it the subject of schoolyard wisecracks, has hydrogen sulfide in the clouds surrounding its surface. That's the chemical behind the smell of rotten eggs, NASA said Tuesday in a news release. It's the same noxious gas behind the smell of passed gas.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory put it more succinctly in a tweet: "The science is in: Uranus stinks."

The funky finding, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, comes after an international team of researchers analyzed light from Uranus captured by a telescope atop Hawaii's highest mountain, Mauna Kea.

But its smell won't threaten human nostrils any time soon, according to the study's lead author.

"Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Farenheit) atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium and methane would take its toll long before the smell," said Patrick Irwin, of Oxford University, in the NASA news release.

Jupiter and Saturn would have a different smell, according to the news release, since they've been found to have ammonia, not hydrogen sulfide, in their cloud decks.

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Sex parties hosted in one of Colorado's nicest communities are angering neighbors who say it's time to take action.

Residents on Avery Way in Castle Rock say organized sex parties at one home are causing parking problems and noise, but they are most concerned with the sexual nature of the events and any exposure to children.

One neighbor, who declined to provide her full identity, said she received a copy of a party invitation from an anonymous person who is concerned about the events.

It shows 400 guests were invited with 87 people, including 35 couples, sending a "yes" RSVP.

"I think it is disgusting," she said.

The invitation references the "Thunderstorm Play Palace" and boasts a 7,500-square-foot dwelling with every amenity, including alcohol, food (complete with a vegetarian menu) and chocolate fountain.

The risqué invitation also advises guests to bring their own condoms and show respect for the "new furniture."

The neighbor described guests as being from all walks of life.

"Some of them are so old that they struggled walking up the stairs," the neighbor said.

She adds the attendees even brought their own festive refreshments.

"(One) had four crockpots showing up like they're going to a Bunco party or something," the neighbor said.

The invitation showed donations are taken at the door, $70 for couples and single men, and $20 for women.

The party organizer does not want to reveal his identity but said he is the victim in the controversy.

"There was significant harassment so far I've received from the neighbors," he said.

He said neighbors tried to block his driveway with trash cans and a guest's car was keyed, resulting in expensive damage.

The party organizer, who is a father and husband, said he understands his neighbors' concerns and has made efforts to conceal anything that might be offensive.

"There are no open areas you can see outside to have the children or anyone see what they don't want to see," he said.

He said he has also installed sound-proofing in the home with close attention paid to the basement windows.

Still, neighbors say they can hear disturbing sounds coming from the home — sounds they don't want their children exposed to.

"You can hear people doing what they're doing," one resident said.

The Castle Rock Police Department said it is working with the neighborhood HOA and city officials to investigate the issue, but the party organizer is not breaking the law because he is only taking donations and the events are contained to the privacy of his home.

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Just days after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed their new son into the world, the royal baby has made his Lego debut.

Legoland Windsor Resort ? which happens to be located near the residence of the infant's great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth ? has welcomed the royal family's Lego counterparts to the park's Miniland attraction. 

The brickture-perfect model shows father William and mother Catherine holding the newborn prince, along with their first two children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, in front of a Lego recreation of Buckingham Palace.

Of course, no depiction of the royal family would be complete without Lego paparazzi snapping pictures, so they were included as well. 

Lego figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their new child outside the Buckingham Palace model at Legoland Windsor Resort in Berkshire, which has welcomed the latest royal baby to its Miniland attraction.

Paparazzi also included. 

The scene includes a tiny Lego prince at just 3 centimeters tall, along with a 55-Lego brick stroller and the announcement of his birth on an easel.

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April 25 (UPI) -- An Australian couple with a taste for fast food surprised guests at their wedding by bringing in a feast of 300 McDonald's cheeseburgers.

A video filmed at the wedding of Andrew and Nancy Tadrosse in Terrey Hills, New South Wales, shows wedding revelers, including the bride herself, enjoying the McDonald's burgers while dancing.

The couple said the McDonald's order was a surprise to guests, who had earlier been treated to a more standard wedding reception meal.

The couple said their wedding planner sent a team from the venue to pick up the burgers in a van.

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April 25 (UPI) -- An Ohio police officer made amends with a local firefighter by presenting him with a cake reading: "Sorry I tased you."

Officer Darcy Workman of the Hamilton Township Police Department was assisting the fire department with an EMS call at a local hospital when the patient became physically violent.

Police said in a Facebook post that Workman got her Taser out while trying to get the patient under control and "accidentally shocked" firefighter Rickey Wagoner.

The department shared photos of Workman apologizing to Wagoner by presenting him with a cake.

"Sorry I tased you," the cake reads, along with the image of a frowny face.

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April 25 (UPI) -- Police in Houston are investigating after a man's car was stolen by a person posing at a valet in the lot where he parks for work.

Bhoumin Mehta said he uses the valet service at Rice Apartments every day when he goes to work across the street, and Monday morning at 7 a.m. he handed over his keys as usual to a man standing at the valet podium.

"He opened the door, pulled the ticket and gave it to me. So I don't question when he knows where the tickets are, and that's what happens every time when I park the car," Mehta told KHOU-TV.

He said he returned to the lot after work to discover his Toyota Camry was missing.

It turned out the man who had taken Mehta's keys was not a valet.

"Apparently the person who was the employee of valet parking went to the restroom or went for coffee and apparently this guy knew the drawer was open and took advantage," Mehta told KTRK-TV.

Security camera footage revealed the man had apparently been waiting near the valet podium for some time while apparently waiting for an opening.

Police are investigating the theft.

 

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