<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Weird News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:29:52 -0500 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:29:52 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Illinois Man Paints 'Trumpkin,' Other Candidates' Faces on Pumpkins]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:43:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*211/trumpkin4.JPG An Illinois man painted the faces of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on pumpkins, and the likeness is remarkable.

Photo Credit: John Kettman]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives Crossbow Arrow Through Chest]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:20:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_arrowcat1006.jpg Michigan authorities are searching for a person who used a a crossbow to shoot a cat.]]> <![CDATA[Hairy Situation: Top Photos From World Beard and Mustache Championships]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:50:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mustache-491153524-cropped.jpg The World Beard and Mustache Championships were held Oct. 3, 2015, in Leogang, Austria. More than 300 contestants came in teams from around the globe for the competition, which included sixteen different categories in three groups: mustache, partial beard, and full beard. The event takes place at different locations worldwide every few years.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Little Bulldog Scares Away Bears]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:53:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bulldog_Chases_Bears_Away_1200x675_538106435917.jpg

Dogs are loyal pets. This statement rings true for a 20-pound French bulldog from Monrovia, California, when a surveillance video caught the pup chasing away two bears from his owner's property Friday, Monrovia Police said.

In one of the videos posted on YouTube, the bears are seen walking around the back porch of a residence located in the 400 block of Highland Place.

Thirty seconds into the clip, the tiny bulldog charges down the porch steps and starts jumping at one of the bears, causing the two to scatter. 

Defensive, the bear leaps on its hind legs and starts pushing the dog away. The dog then goes after the other bear and starts chasing them off of the porch.

In a second video, one the bears is frantically slipping and sliding on the front porch of the house, bumping into a porch swing, while trying to escape the bulldog's wrath.

Bears and deer are very common in the area according to the city's website. Just last year, a bear and her two cubs were spotted around the neighborhood climbing up trees and drinking from a woman's backyard fountain. 

<![CDATA[SF More Expensive During Gold Rush]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:53:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GoldPanningGeneric_0608.jpg

San Francisco’s tech boom may be the cause of rising rents in the city, but, apparently, it’s nothing compared to the cost of living in California during the Gold Rush.

In 1849, as men flocked to the San Francisco area in hopes of hitting gold, local retailers took advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for commodities, The Smithsonian reports. Back then, a dozen eggs could cost the equivalent of $90 today.

The Smithsonian cites the writings of Bayard Taylor, a reporter who wrote about the Gold Rush for the now-defunct New York Tribune. According to Taylor’s articles, some individual hotel rooms cost upwards of $10,000 a month – the equivalent of about $300,000 today.

But that’s not all.

Coffee could cost the equivalent of $1,200 per pound while a pair of shoes would run about $3,000.

While researchers have made various estimates for commodity pricing during the Gold Rush – some have priced coffee at around $100 per pound -- most of them agree: it was a very expensive, if not the most expensive time to live in the city.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Guests Billed For Not Showing up to Wedding]]> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:23:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/baker_jessica.jpg

Jessica Baker got a bill for $79.50 after she and her husband had to skip out on a friend's wedding, NBC affiliate KARE reported.

The night of the wedding, Baker got a call from her mom.

"She called at the last minute and had something come up and said I can't make it," Baker told KARE.

Since the wedding invitation said no children and Baker was now without a sitter, the couple had to forego the event. 

A week later, Baker was shocked to receive a bill for the dinner they were supposed to have.

"You've got to be kidding me," she told KARE. "It listed, we would have had two herb crusted walleye and there was also a service and tax charge."

The bill reads: "This cost reflects the amount paid by the bride and groom for meals that were RSVP'd for, reimbursement and explanation for no show, card, call or text would be appreciated."

Baker said she has no plans on paying the bill. 

Photo Credit: KARE
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<![CDATA[Bees Swarm Sheriff's Patrol Car]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bees6.jpg

A semi-truck hauling honey bees overturned Tuesday afternoon in Oklahoma.

The truck's trailer broke open in the crash, dumping millions of bees and their bee hive boxes onto Interstate 35 in Pauls Valley, about 70 miles north of the Red River.

A sheriff's deputy who was called to the crash was unable to get out of his vehicle because a massive swarm of bees covered part of his patrol car.

Drivers said they were running into bees about a half mile away from the incident.

Beekeepers cleaned the area for hours, salvaging as many bee hives as they could.

Officials said highway crews will burn what's left of the mangled bee hive boxes Tuesday night and use the smoke to drive the remaining bees away.

Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[250 Cats Compete in Beauty Contest]]> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:33:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP_400653531234-cats.jpg In Bucharest, Romania, more than 250 cats -- including cats of the Sphynx, Russian Blue and Devon Rex varieties -- competed in the international cat beauty show.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Why You're More Likely to Die Duck-Facing Than Swimming]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 15:06:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480270988SHARKSELFIE92315.jpg

If you thought selfies were safe, think again.

You’re more likely to die snapping a selfie than in a shark attack, according to an analysis by Mashable.

So far this year, eight people have died as a result of shark attacks, but 12 have died taking selfies.

A plurality of the selfie-related deaths were caused by falls, most recently when 66-year-old Japanese tourist Hideto Ueda fell down stairs as he attempted to photograph himself at the Taj Mahal.

The second most common cause of selfie deaths? Getting hit by a train: either because the deceased was trying to take a photo with a train or because the photo involved getting on dangerous equipment.

Photo Credit: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Age in Portrait Simulation]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:36:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/presidential-candidates-aged-SPLITSCREEN.jpg

It is said that presidents age faster while serving in the White House. Just look at all that gray hair on President Obama. 

Don't want to wait to see what our next president will look like after a few years in office? You're in luck!

A communications company generated aged renditions of all the 2016 presidential candidates, and predicted what they'd look like if they completed two terms in office, or the year 2025. 

"Knowing how much presidents age, we said 'why don't we do it on major presidential candidates?"  said Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Sachs Media Group, whose company contracted for the aged portraits. "The candidates' willingness to serve in the presidency speaks volumes of their service."

Generated wrinkles on their faces and streaks of gray and white hair indicate the pressure of the Oval Office in 13 portraits of presidential candidates. While politicians are campaigning for the highest office, Sachs Media Group, a Florida based public affairs and communications company produced a gallery of the candidates and commissioned Phojoe to produce the work.

The work includes GOP front runner Donald Trump and nine other Republican candidates. Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are included in the gallery. The work also features potential candidate Vice President Joe Biden, who hasn't declared for president. 

Click here to see possible portraits of all of the candidates. 

This is not the first time SMG has released aged photos of public figures. Two years ago, the company released Rock & Roll Heaven, 12 images of rock stars and what they would have looked like if they had not died in the middle of their careers. The work featured artists like John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin among the musicians.

Photo Credit: Courtesy Sachs Media Group]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Smashes Into Plane Windshield]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 09:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Plane-With-Damaged-Window-L.jpg

A plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Monday evening after a bird struck its windshield, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 1889, which departed from Charlotte, North Carolina, was heading to Hartford, Connecticut when a bird hit its windshield, causing a crack. Officials say 114 passengers and five crew members were on board.

The Airbus 319 was diverted to Philly International and landed safely around 6:30 p.m. No one was injured during the incident.

The passengers and crew members were transferred to another plane which departed Philly International at 7:38 p.m. The damaged aircraft was taken out of service and officials replaced the windshield.

There have been 42 bird strikes at Philadelphia International this year, according to federal data.

<![CDATA[WATCH: 'Pizza Rat' in NYC Subway]]> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:22:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/subway+pizza+rat.jpg

Video showing a rat lugging a giant slice of pizza down a staircase at a Manhattan subway stop appears to be resonating with an audience of fascinated New Yorkers as #pizzarat trends on social media.

The 15-second video posted online by comedian Matt Little shows a rat dragging by its teeth a whole slice of pizza down a staircase at the First Avenue L station in Manhattan just after 1 a.m. Monday, according to BuzzFeed News, who interviewed Little. 

The rodent nimbly scurries down a couple steps with the slice, at one point pushing it forward with its paws as the slice flips.

Perhaps spooked by Little, the rat suddenly abandons the pizza just two steps up from the platform and runs away behind the corner of the staircase -- but quickly pokes his head up again to assess the slice.

"A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs," Little captioned his video on YouTube. "OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?," referencing the cartoon ninjas' love of pizza. 

Little said after he stopped filming, the rat went back up, took a quick bite of the pizza, then dashed off again. 

"I like to think he saw us and he wanted to share," he told BuzzFeed News. 


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<![CDATA[Oscar Mayer Debuts Bacon-Lover's Dating App]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:38:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/203*120/sizzle-1.jpg

Do you love bacon? Trick question: Everyone loves bacon. 

Oscar Mayer, the company famous for cold cuts, hot dogs and traveling wienermobile, on Thursday debuted a dating app for Bacon Lovers who can meet a partner that shares their preference for fried pork belly. 

It's called 'Sizzl.' And it's totally real, the company says.

"In love, as it is in bacon, it's important to be discerning when selecting your perfect match and to never settle for less than the best," Eric Dahmer, marketing director at Oscar Mayer, said in a statement. "We passionately cure our bacon for 12 hours, and lovingly smoke-house it for another 12, making it the true bacon for bacon lovers. With the launch of Sizzl, we're thrilled to give our true bacon lovers the chance to find each other and potentially meet their soulmates, in life and in bacon." 

The Sizzl app allows users to upload a photo and set their personal bacon preference (do you like it crispy?). It's free to download for iOS devices and offers some features, including, profiles of fellow bacon lovers that users can swipe through, as well as the ability to message and meet up with other Sizzl users based on a mutual-matching system. 

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<![CDATA[Philly Priest Builds Elaborate Lego Replica of Vatican]]> Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PriestLegos.jpg A model of the Vatican built entirely out of Legos is now on display at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia's science museum. It took the Rev. Bob Simon 10 months and half-a-million Legos to create the architectural feat.]]> <![CDATA[Confused Deer Leaps Through Hotel Glass Window]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:14:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/deer-window.jpg Surveillance cameras captured a deer crashing through a window and running down the hallways of a hotel in Nebraska.]]> <![CDATA[South Florida Campus Warned About Serial Foot-Sniffer in Library ]]> Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:54:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/193*120/091415+fiu+foot+fetish+suspect.jpg

A South Florida college campus is on high alert, as a foot-sniffer is on the prowl.

The Florida International University Police Department said a man has been crawling underneath tables at the FIU Library to take a whiff at feet.

The creepy crawler was caught in the act in photos. FIU Police said the man was seen acting suspiciously at the Green Library at FIU on Aug. 29.

"That is extremely bizarre. I don't understand why someone would want to do that," said FIU student, Helen Wagner.

Students were skeeved to hear that a man has been underneath tables, smelling the feet of unsuspecting women. No one was injured in the one incident, but some ladies said they're going to make sure to look down when they're studying in the library.

The sneaky smeller is described as being in his late 40's or early 50's, about 200 pounds and around 6-feet-tall. He is bald with short, gray hair and a goatee. He was last seen driving a scooter.

Investigators hope the newly-released photos will help them stay one step ahead of this guy.

Some students didn't take this seriously, but this is no laughing matter for FIU. On Monday, they released this statement, saying in part:

"FIUPD takes these reports seriously and continues to investigate the matter. The staff at the Green Library has been notified and has been asked to contact FIUPD if they see this individual. FIUPD would like to remind everyone that if you see any suspicious behavior, please contact the FIUPD at 305-348-2626 immediately."

If he's caught, the man could most likely face charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. If you recognize him or have any information, call police at (305) 348-2626.

Photo Credit: FIU]]>
<![CDATA[Cliff Collapses During Pool Time]]> Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:42:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bluffcollapse-091115_5.jpg

As San Diego Fire-Rescue officials investigated a bluff collapse in La Jolla Friday, several people watched the activity while floating in a backyard pool hanging over the erosion in California.

San Diego Lifeguards had the beach blocked off below the home on Sea Ridge Drive, south of Bird Rock soon after the collapse was reported at 1:15 p.m.

There was a large amount of material on the beach, lifeguards said.

A section of the cliff directly beneath the corner of a backyard patio appeared to be missing. As a result, some pipes were visible, and water from the pool started leaking down the cliff side, officials said.

Two men in SDFD uniforms walked to the edge of the patio to survey the damage. In the meantime, several women continued to swim in the pool.

After a city engineer arrived to inspect the damage, he placed a yellow card on the home, which means you can enter the house but not the backyard.

The people in the home are renting it for vacation this week. Fire officials say people were inside the pool at the time of the collapse, but no one was injured.

The renters were given another house in which they can finish their vacation, according to the SDFD.

Ed Wrench, a next-door neighbor, said he has been watching the bluff erode since he moved in during the 1950s. He fears his backyard might fall to the beach one day.

"I haven't been down to the beach for the last six months probably, but the last time I looked, there's probably no dirt back to where [his] fence is right now. The concrete is just hanging off the edge." 

When he was a child, he said, the cliff extended another 15 feet.

Officials are waiting on a geologist to determine what caused the sudden erosion.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Zoo Sells Artwork Made by Animals to Raise Money for Conservation]]> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:02:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ParrotBrock-sm.jpg The Oakland Zoo is raising money for conservation by auctioning artwork created by giraffes, bats, elephants and other resident animals. Thirty-two works of art by more than 20 species are on auction on eBay.

Photo Credit: The Oakland Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Python Bites Into Bug Museum Employee and Won't Let Go]]> Tue, 08 Sep 2015 10:02:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_snake_1500x845.jpg A 10-foot-long Burmese python bites onto a keeper's leg and won't let go.]]> <![CDATA[This Pup Makes Riding a Mechanical Bull Look Easy]]> Mon, 07 Sep 2015 13:49:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/NC_bullridingdog0904.jpg Hailey, a mechanical bull-riding cattle dog, is winning fans at the Montana State Fair.]]> <![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:02:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Monk Relaxing Atop Wind Turbine Spotted by Drone ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:09:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/wind+turbines0507.jpg

A Benedictine monk at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air.

A drone camera took video of Brother Joseph Byron hanging out on top of a wind turbine at the Portsmouth Abbey School, a private catholic boarding school.

That video has now gone viral.

Brother Byron said he went up on top of the turbine to relax during a heatwave on Aug. 16.

That's when he got quite the surprise.

"It's beautiful up there, absolutely gorgeous," he said. "You never know what's hovering around."

Brother Byron said he's the de facto keeper of turbine, which has been there for 10 years. He said the blades only turn with wind at 12 miles per hour, and that day, there wasn't any wind, so he climbed up.

He said he's not afraid of heights.

"The next thing I heard was the buzzing," he said. "And at first, I was kind of - I had never seen one before so, that's kind of cool."

The drone, which the Daily Mail reported was remotely operated by a visiting tourist from California, hovered for a bit and went away, only to come back.

He later noticed the video was published.

Byron tells the Providence Journal he's never seen a drone before and wasn't thrilled by the encounter. He added that, because of all the attention he's getting, he's going to wait a little while before going back on the turbine again.

Photo Credit: FILE - Getty Images
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<![CDATA[SoCal Couple Dives into Marriage]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:16:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Underwater-scuba-wedding-0824.jpg

One San Diego couple's marriage is already underwater and they haven't even been married a week.

Mark and Crystal Vartanian took the plunge at La Jolla Cove Saturday morning, diving 20 feet underwater to get married.

Mark Vartanian certainly didn't have cold feet before the ceremony. In fact, he wore a tuxedo over his wetsuit for the occasion.

"I'm hot," he admitted before the ceremony as his fiancée laughed.

Crystal followed his lead, wearing a dress over her scuba gear.

The entire wedding party, many of whom had never been diving before, also donned wetsuits for the wedding.

"We feel like if you've been to one wedding, you've been to them all," Crystal Vartanian told NBC7 of San Diego. "We really wanted to give our guests something different to take back with them."

Crystal says the couple was just searching the web one day when they came across an ad about scuba diving. They quickly came up with the idea of combining the two. They became certified and began planning for their big day.

After the ceremony, the couple had their reception at San Diego's Birch Aquarium.

Photo Credit: NBC 7]]>
<![CDATA[Bear Takes an Afternoon Dip in His Neighbor's Hot Tub]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:47:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/150818_hottub_bear_03.jpg

The summer heat can make people—and bears—crazy.

A bear busted down Tony Diering's fence to take a leisurely swim in the man's pool before taking a dip in the hot tub, CTV News Vancouver reported.

"He's just relaxing and having a little cool down," Diering told CTV News Vancouver.

"It's just amazing, to see funny things on YouTube then to have it happen in your own backyard," he said. 

Last month, Diering said a bear came to help himself to the bird seed. Diering removed the feeder to deter more unwanted guests, but the bear—which, Diering he believes is the same one—knocked down the fence to get inside. 

Photo Credit: Tony Deiring]]>
<![CDATA[Man Says Siri Made the Call That Saved His Life ]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:23:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_111010073653_Siri.jpg

A Tennessee teen is alive today thanks to Siri, he says.

Eighteen-year-old Sam Ray says the voice recognition service on his iPhone — famously named Siri — called emergency dispatchers after his truck fell on him while he tried to make repairs.

Ray told media outlets that a jack collapsed, pinning him under nearly 5,000 pounds of metal in a location where he couldn't be easily seen or heard. He says he was trying to get free when he heard Siri activate.

"I said 'Call 911,' and that was all it said," he said.

Rutherford County dispatcher Christina Lee says she first thought it was a mistaken pocket-dial, but then she heard his screams for help and sent crews, who rescued him.

She said she knew his general location from the cellphone signal, but Ray helped them pinpoint his exact whereabouts.

"The map got to his street. ... It got pretty close," Lee said. "But he was yelling his address, and that was the best thing he could have done."

When volunteer firefighters arrived, they raised the truck back up with a jack and pulled Ray out. He was under the truck for about 40 minutes.

"I could feel myself slipping," he said. "I was starting to accept that I wouldn't get out."

Ray and Lee met Friday for the first time after the July 2 incident.

Rick Miller, who is chief of trauma and surgical care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said Ray suffered broken ribs, a bruised kidney, cuts and a concussion, and he had burns on one arm. Miller said Ray is lucky his wounds weren't worse.

"Sometimes these crush injuries can be devastating and can kill you," Miller said. "I've never heard of a story where you can figure out a way to use Siri to call 911 and get yourself rescued."

Sam Ray said he is thankful to be alive.

"I guess I'm stuck with an iPhone for the rest of my life," he said. "I owe them that."

Photo Credit: File - AP]]>
<![CDATA[26-Year-Old Cat Makes the Record Books (Again)]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:03:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/corduroy_oldest_cat.jpg

Corduroy the cat has given his owner a lifetime of purrs and love.

At 26 years old, the green-eyed feline was recognized by the Guinness World Records for a second time. 

On Thursday, Guinness World Records announced Corduroy broke the record for oldest living cat again. He had held the record last year but was bested by another cat named Tiffany Two that recently died at the age of 27 years, 2 months and 20 days. 

Corduroy has been a lifelong companion of his owner Ashley Reed Okura. She got the cat when she was just 7 years old. The average life span of a cat is 15 years.

Guinness World Records says that although Corduroy now holds the record for the oldest living cat, he's the not the oldest cat to ever live.

Creme Puff, born in 1965, lived 38 years and 3 days. 

Photo Credit: Guinness World Records
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<![CDATA[Giant Chocolate Lobster]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:58:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/IMG_34201.jpg

A Maine candy company is seeking to break a Guinness World Record with a gigantic chocolate lobster.

To commemorate 100 years in business, Haven's Candies of Westbrook has unveiled "Shelby."

The extremely large crustacean, made of solid milk chocolate, is in honor of Shelby Putnam, who owned Haven's with his wife, Harris, from 1970 to 1990. He still works at the company as chief engineer.

"Shelby" is 418.1 pounds of mouth-watering goodness. The sculpture measures 90.5 inches from tip to tail and 47.75 inches claw to claw.

ACME Scale Company of Windham completed the official weigh-in, required by Guinness to certify the entry as a potential record holder.

"Shelby," who will be on display through Oct. 22 at the store, is hoping to claim fame as the "World's Largest Chocolate Sculpture." You can also see "Shelby" on display on Oct. 24 at the Maine Marketplace.

Photo Credit: Haven’s Candies]]>
<![CDATA['Tarzan' Arrested at SoCal Zo]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 08:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/207*120/08-05-2015-zoo-santa-ana-tarzan-1.jpg

One of the wildest attractions at the Santa Ana Zoo Tuesday morning had nothing to do with the animals.

A shirtless, mud-covered man caused an uproar when he climbed trees and attempted to elude officers, according to Santa Ana Police. The man claimed he was the fictional Lord of the Jungle, Tarzan, as he ran around the property, zoo staff members told police.

Zoo director Kent Yamaguchi discovered the man and explained the bizarre scene to a 911 operator.

"We have a gentleman who appears to be under the influence of something and is climbing into trees and jumping in animal exhibits," Yamaguchi said.

"Oh, ok, wow. Has he said anything to anybody?" the 911 operator asked.

"Um, he's shouting at people that he's Tarzan," Yamaguchi responded.

Santa Ana officers briefly chased the man, 36-year-old John William Rodenborn, who was arrested and later tested positive for methamphetamine. Methamphetamine was also found in the Rodenborn's car, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

"He more than likely will be cited and released." Bertagna said. "Hopefully he won't come back again."

Rodenborn was allegedly trying to climb into several monkey enclosures, but didn't get anywhere near the zoo's 59 primates, police said.

"He didn't make any animal sounds," said Yamaguchi. "He was just sort of enjoying himself in the trees.

"He kept telling me that he just wanted to play, and that I needed to play."

It was not immediately clear how Rodenborn got into the zoo. Staff members said he was not a paying customer and did not enter the zoo through the main entrance or employee access.

Photo Credit: Santa Ana PD]]>