<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 24 Apr 2017 19:59:04 -0500Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:59:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[The Real Origin of '420']]> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:26:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+420+ORIGINS+THUMB.jpg
There have been many myths about where the slang "420" originated from, but here's the real story behind the term.]]>
<![CDATA[Mystery in C: Who Stashed Gold Inside a British Piano?]]> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:32:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17110502014108-british-piano-mystery.jpg
British officials say they've been unable to trace the rightful heirs to a trove of gold coins found stashed inside a piano and worth a "life-changing" amount of money.The school that owns the piano and...

Photo Credit: Richard Vernalls/PA via AP
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<![CDATA[Giant Easter Gator Breaks Into Family’s Porch]]> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:02:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/235*120/gator+on+porch.JPG
A 9-foot alligator gave a South Carolina family a scare Easter morning, but they managed to capture it all on video. Homeowner Steve Polston says they thought someone was breaking into their house when...]]>
<![CDATA[National Animal Cracker Day: Fun Facts]]> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:04:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+ANIMAL+CRACKER+FACTS+THUMB2.jpg
April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day. Here are some fun and surprising facts about the sweet treats.]]>
<![CDATA[The Buck Stops Here: Feuding Deer Caught on Camera]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DEER27.jpg
An Ohio police officer’s dash cam caught two deer run out from some trees, get up on their hind legs and scuffle. The fight didn’t last long before they put down their dukes and ran off.

Photo Credit: Westerville Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Homeless Man Robbed NYC Churches to 'Get Back at God': DA]]> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ChurchesTempleBurglaryQueens.jpg
A homeless man faces burglary and hate crime charges after he allegedly robbed four churches, one of which he stole from three times, in Queens, New York, because of his hatred of God, according to...

Photo Credit: NBC New York / St. James Episcopal Church]]>
<![CDATA[Goose Chases Fox on Video]]> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:49:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_ANI_GOOSEVFOX_041217_2-149201885635400001.jpg
A police officer in Ogden, New York, captured footage of a goose chasing a fox. The goose flapped its wings and honked in order to show the fox to scare it away.]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Finds Live Scorpion in Bag of Spinach]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:32:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/2017-04-10_2307.png
A live scorpion was sitting in a salad mix that a Chevy Chase, Maryland, couple bought from a Giant grocery store last week, the couple said.Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula said he and his wife bought...

Photo Credit: NBC4 Washington]]>
<![CDATA[Man Shatters World Record, Devours 255 Peeps in 5 Minutes]]> Sun, 09 Apr 2017 12:58:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/MattStoniePeeps.jpg
In the spirit of the Easter season, San Jose's Matt Stonie inhaled 255 Peeps Saturday on his way to smashing his previous world record.The competitive eating legend downed the copious amount of surgary...

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<![CDATA[10th Annual 'Peep Show' as Sweet as Ever]]> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PeepThumb.jpg
Easter sweets are not just for eating at the Peep Show in Carroll County, Maryland.]]>
<![CDATA[Ohio Man Accused of Chasing Family Member With Hatchet]]> Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Noel+Dawson.jpg
An Ohio man was arrested after he allegedly chased a family member with a hatchet.Noel E. Dawson, 63, of Toledo, was charged Tuesday with domestic violence, assault, criminal damaging, and failure to disclose...

Photo Credit: Toledo Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter User Hoping for a Year of Free Wendy's Nuggets]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:20:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WENDYS_NUGGETS_040617-149150556921800001.jpg
A Twitter user asked Wendy's how many retweets he would need to earn free chicken nuggets for a year. Wendy's official Twitter account responded and now Carter Wilkinson is on a mission to get 18 million...]]>
<![CDATA[This Guy Needs 18M Retweets for a Year of Free Nuggets]]> Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:20:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wendys-GettyImages-80846912.jpg
A Twitter user is on a mission to get free Wendy's chicken nuggets for one year. All he needs is 18 million retweets, Wendy’s said.His quest began Wednesday, when user Carter Wilkerson tweeted at the fast food...

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<![CDATA[Italian Cops Foil Plot to Steal Enzo Ferrari’s Corpse]]> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:27:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_660527397341-Enzo-Ferrari.jpg
After many months plotting, an Italian drug gang was finally ready to dig up the body of the founder of automaker Ferrari and hold it for ransom, NBC News reported.But police swooped in Tuesday, arresting...

Photo Credit: AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Wild Turkey Gets Lodged in Family's Rental Car on Highway]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:18:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/turkey+v+car.JPG
A New Jersey family on its way back to the airport after visiting the University of Notre Dame Tuesday collided with a flying turkey on the road, authorities say. The Taraboczhia family was headed to...

Photo Credit: LaPorte County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Martial Artist Breaks 111 Cement Blocks with His Head]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:09:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+INT+BLOCKS+032817.00_00_07_03.Still001.jpg
Sixteen-year-old Bosnian taekwondo martial artist Kerim Ahmetspahic performed an incredible stunt over the weekend. He smashed 111 cement building blocks with his head.]]>
<![CDATA[Do Cats Actually Love Their Humans?]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:51:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_CATS_LOVE_HUMANS_032717_1-149065840584500001.jpg
Does your little feline friend actually love you, or are they just using you for food? Scientists from Oregon State University isolated 50 cats, depriving them of all stimuli before reintroducing four...]]>
<![CDATA['Heaven's Gate' Mass Suicide in San Diego: 20 Years Later]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:17:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/3-26-17-Heavens+Gate+Rancho+Santa+Fe+Home.JPG
Exactly 20 years ago Sunday, 39 people died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California. "Heaven’s Gate" made headlines around the world.On March 26, 1997, a 911 call came into the San Diego Command...

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Mortician May Have Fake Credentials]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Jonathan-Ryan.jpg
A Connecticut man is accused of hacking the system of a mortuary science school and forging paperwork that would qualify him as a licensed mortician, according to court documents. Jonathan Ryan, 22, was charged

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Smashes Glass Door After Chicken Order Delayed]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:13:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Brooklyn+Park+Popeyes+Death.jpg
Police in New Hampshire are looking for a man who allegedly broke a glass door at a Popeye's Chicken after he was told his order wouldn't be ready for another five to 10 minutes.Salem police said an older man...
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<![CDATA[New Cup Blowing Challenge Goes Viral]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:26:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528392918.jpg
From college students to TV anchors, everyone’s trying out the latest Internet craze.

Photo Credit: Roderick Chen/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[What Do Russians Dream About? Putin, Among Other Things]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615648564.jpg
Vladimir Putin is everywhere in his country's public life. Now it turns out the president is even gracing ordinary Russians' dreams, NBC News reported.A web search engine said the strongman was the only...

Photo Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Films 'Never-Ending' Gator Parade in South Florida]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:18:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/17211880_1366410816738053_6562114182429541711_o.jpg
A Florida wildlife photographer captured a seemingly infinite procession of alligators in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve.Photographer Bobby Wummer filmed the half-hour parade of gators...

Photo Credit: Bobby Wummer
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<![CDATA[Humpback Whales Mysteriously Organize in Super Groups: Study]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:16:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/humpback-whales.jpg
Some humpback whales are starting to gather in larger-than-usual groups, but scientists aren't sure why, according to a new study published earlier this month.Typically, these whales are considered solitary...

Photo Credit: Jean Tresfon via PLOS
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<![CDATA[Traveler Caught with About 80 Reptiles in Suitcase]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:55:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/snake.jpg
A Czech citizen traveling back from South Africa was caught at the Vienna Airport trying to smuggle about 80 reptiles in his suitcase.]]>
<![CDATA[Boaty McBoatface: New Sub Gets Popular Name]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ALR-Boaty-McBoatface-2.jpg
British officials didn't want to name a polar research ship "Boaty McBoatface," but they had no problem giving the name to a new submarine, NBC News reported. Last year, the British government agency...

Photo Credit: National Oceanography Centre]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Kids Adorably Interrupt Live TV Interview]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:08:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/154664086-bbc-generic.jpg
Two children who waltzed into a live TV interview about a very serious matter of world affairs became a viral video sensation Friday. The precocious pair walked into a BBC interview with Pusan National...

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Ice Marathon Brings Over 200 to Siberia]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ICE+MARATHON.jpg
200 runners from across the globe ran in the 13th annual Baikal Ice Marathan on Tuesday in the Irkutsk region of Russia.]]>
<![CDATA[Arkansas Student Prove Sobriety by Juggling During Stop]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 02:07:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_juggler0307a_1500x845.jpg
Blayk Puckett went the extra mile for Sgt. Keith McKay of the University of Central Arkansas police. Puckett decided to pull out his juggling pins and put on a show to prove his sobriety after he was pulled over...]]>