Tattoo Your Arachnophobia


Eric Ortiz wanted to face his fears. So he tattooed a black widow spider on his face. ‘Everybody fears spiders,’ Ortiz said. ‘That’s why I got it. Just to, like, make me know, that that’s what I fear, but not to fear it. You know what I’m saying?’ Ortiz, 24, of Deltona, talked about his spider tattoo after appearing in court on a felony charge of driving while license revoked (habitual) at the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand. Ortiz’s particular method of dealing with arachnophobia gets attention.” w/ photos

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Town Terrorized By Packs Of Stray Chihuahuas


They may be small, but they’re wreaking havoc in Maryvale. Chihuahuas are on the loose in this part of Phoenix and that’s worrying residents. Animal control tells us the big issue here is overpopulation. Officials say it’s going to take the help of neighbors to curb it. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says if you compare the Maryvale area with a similar sized area in Glendale the number of calls they’re getting about stray Chihuahuas is twice as high. Officials say that number is three times as high compared to Chandler and Gilbert.” w/ photo + video

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Utah Mom Buys All Of Store’s Indecent T-shirts


“A mother upset about ‘indecent’ T-shirts on display at a Utah mall found a quick if not especially convenient way to remove them: She bought every last one. Judy Cox and her 18-year-old son were shopping Saturday at the University Mall in Orem, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, when she saw the shirts in the window of a PacSun store. The shirts featured pictures of scantily dressed models in provocative poses. Cox said she complained about the window display to a store manager and was told the T-shirts couldn’t be taken down without approval from the corporate office. She then bought all 19 T-shirts in stock, for a total of $567. She says she plans to return them later, toward the end of the chain store’s 60-day return period.” w/ photos

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Girl Scout Does Brisk Business Selling Cookies Outside San Francisco Pot Club


Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei did brisk business last Monday selling Dulce de Leches and other flavors outside The Green Cross medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco, Mashable reported. Danielle was able to sell 117 boxes within two hours outside the cannabis clinic — 37 more than what she sold within the same time frame at a local Safeway the next day, according to Mashable… Danielle’s mother Carol takes her two daughters to different places around San Francisco to sell cookies so that ‘they can learn about different environments,’ Mashable reported.” w/ photos

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Cannabis Birthday Cake Sends Ten To Hospital


A Madrid university student went into a coma on Sunday after he ingested a birthday cake baked with marijuana. Nine other partygoers also required medical attention. The partygoers, all males aged 19 to 22, were treated at Madrid’s Puerta del Hierro Hospital for symptoms including euphoria and tachycardia – a faster than normal heart rate. One of the young men was so badly affected by the ‘high’ that paramedics found him in a comatose state and unresponsive to stimulus.” w/ photos

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There’s A Clown Shortage?


What’s happening is attrition,’ said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. ‘The older clowns are passing away.’ He said he wouldn’t release specific numbers, citing the privacy of the members. “Membership at the World Clown Association, the country’s largest trade group for clowns, has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004. ‘The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,’ said Association President Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier, who said most of her members are over 40.” w/ photos

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Albino Alligator Gets A CT Scan


“Mr. Bones is a large albino alligator. You can’t exactly sit him down and explain in English why he needs to keep still for his own good to have a successful CT scan. He had to be fully restrained, but without the use of sedatives, since administering drugs can be a risky endeavor with potentially dangerous side effects for alligators. Mr. Bones was transported to the University of Florida for his scan. It required quite a few industrial-size tie-downs to hold the gator in place on a wood board. He had to be completely strapped down for his expedition into the scanning machine.” w/ photos

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Ohio Mom Changes Name To Sexy Crabtree


A judge approved the request Tuesday from the 41-year-old Pataskala woman, formerly named Sheila Ranea Crabtree… who loathed being named Sheila and wanted a moniker that reflects her personality. In her application, Crabtree called her given name ‘the ugliest one out there.’ She says that if the court didn’t allow the switch to Sexy, she’d try to become known legally by her middle name, which she has used for years.” w/ photos

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What You Can Tell About Someone From Their Earwax


“A team of scientists from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia gathered earwax from 16 men–half were white and half were East Asian–and examined the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they released when heated. The amount of VOCs per person varied by ethnicity, and white men had more overall. This small finding is important to researchers who believe earwax may carry attributes specific to each individual.” w/ photos

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Man Builds $300 Solar Furnace


A Fredericton-area man says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build. Randy Buchanan, of Lower St. Mary’s, modified plans he found online to build the heating unit from soda cans, aluminum eavestrough downspouts and an old double-pane window. Buchanan is an environmental consultant and depends on heat and clean air to raise rainbow trout for his aquatic toxicology studies. He began looking for heating alternatives after his bills for heat and an air exchanger soared this winter. Buchanan says his first attempt at solar heating worked a little too well.” w/ photos + videos

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