<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usWed, 29 Jun 2016 10:22:07 -0500Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:22:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mayfly Invasion Causes Traffic Nightmare on Illinois Bridge]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mayfliest.png
Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city.

Photo Credit: Havana Police Department
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<![CDATA[Llama Enjoys Leaf Blower's Breeze at Houston Zoo]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/llama-breeze.jpg
Fiesta the llama enjoys the breeze when zookeepers at the Houston Children's Zoo use a leaf blower to clean to clean stalls.]]>
<![CDATA[Arrest After Distressed Emu Spotted]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:32:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/burned+emu.jpg
A man was arrested Monday evening in Campo, California, after discharging a shotgun when an animal control officer responded to an emu in distress outside his home, sheriff’s officials said.

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Caution: Alligator Crossing]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:59:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/060616+gator+in+crosswalk.jpg
An alligator was caught on camera using a crosswalk in Flagler County, in northern Florida, Monday morning.According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the gator was spotted in the bushes near the...

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<![CDATA[Great Dane Rescue]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dog+rescue+in+Middletown+1200.jpg
Firefighters come to the rescue on a daily basis, but the rescue of a dog in Middletown, Conn., was out of the ordinary.Firefighters responded to Hendley Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a resident spotted

Photo Credit: Middletown Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Cream Truck as Prom Ride ]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/b87c89b5-f944-4ea3-89ac-23575cb10170.jpg
One Connecticut teen had a "chill" ride to his prom this year. A Bristol teen shocked classmates when he showed up to the senior prom in an ice cream truck. Zack Nichparenko said he wanted to take a...

Photo Credit: Zackery Nichparenko
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<![CDATA[Flintstones Car Parked Illegally]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052616+key+west+flintstones+car.jpg
Authorities in Key West spent Thursday trying to meet the Flintstones, or at least the owner of an illegally parked car that looks like the modern Stone Age family's.City officials said they found the vintage...

Photo Credit: City of Key West
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<![CDATA[Ospreys Drop Fish, Kitten From Nest]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/osprey+nest+stratford.jpg
The Stratford Fire Department is plagued with an unusual problem: Two ospreys that built a nest above the station are dropping sticks, fish and even a kitten in the path of unsuspecting firefighters below.The...

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<![CDATA['School' Misspelled on Diploma ]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 16:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/Diploma+Cover+5.20.16.jpg
Graduates at a Southern California high school are getting one last laugh before saying goodbye after the school distributed diploma covers with a typo.A graduating senior at Ontario High School posted a photo...

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<![CDATA[Surf and Turf Arrest]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-482996433+%281%29.jpg
A Vermont man accused of stealing beer, lobster and Angus steak from a supermarket faces retail theft charges, authorities say.State police said they were notified of a retail theft/trespassing incident...

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<![CDATA[Baby Opossum Found in Toilet]]> Mon, 16 May 2016 13:05:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/opossum+in+toilet.jpg
A woman made a startling discovery earlier this month when she found a baby opossum in her toilet in San Diego.The Pacific Beach resident had no idea how the little critter got there but alerted San Diego...

Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Turtle OK After Windshield Crash]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 17:15:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/051316+turtle+into+windshield+i-4.jpg
Nicole Marie Bjanes was driving on I-4 in Deltona, Florida, Monday when a turtle came crashing through her windshield.Florida Highway Patrol officials said another car hit the turtle while it was crossing the...

Photo Credit: Nicole Marie Bjanes
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<![CDATA[Robot Dino Roasted at Exhibit Fire]]> Fri, 13 May 2016 10:35:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CiSGLNbVEAA1zoH.jpg
A spark from a welding iron ignited a fire Thursday that caused the extinction of a 90-foot-long robotic dinosaur that was set to be part of an exhibit at a New Jersey theme park.The animatronic...

Photo Credit: Leonia Police Department
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<![CDATA[Officers Finds Gator Foot in Truck]]> Tue, 10 May 2016 03:25:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/050916+alligator+foot+dashboard+fwc.jpg
A Florida man was slapped with a citation after Florida Fish and Wildlife officers made an unusual find in his dashboard: an alligator foot.Officers stopped the truck to check for a day-use pass in a wildlife...

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<![CDATA[Maine Bus Joyride]]> Mon, 09 May 2016 15:20:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bus34.jpg
Talk about a joyride: A 12-year-old stole a school bus and took it for a drive, according to police in Bangor, Maine.Authorities said John W. St. Germain III and his girlfriend saw the young man driving...

Photo Credit: Bangor Police
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<![CDATA[Stray Cats Using Zoo Facilities as Litter Box]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 14:36:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/stray-cats.jpg
Stray cats are sneaking into the Miami Zoo at night and relieving themselves, using sand in exhibits as litter boxes. But their feces can contain a deadly parasite, which causes a disease called toxoplasmosis.]]>
<![CDATA[Lost Alligator Tries to Ring Doorbell at SC Home]]> Wed, 04 May 2016 10:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Alligator-Doorbell.jpg
A large alligator crawled to the front door of a home in South Carolina and appeared to ring the doorbell on May 2. "I was out walking the dog and we kind of went around the corner from my daughter's house [when...

Photo Credit: WCBD]]>
<![CDATA[Black Cat Slips Onto NHL Rink]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 11:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/IMG_9617.jpg
The San Jose Sharks got an unexpected visit Friday.Before the NHL team beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 at the SAP Center, a black cat crept out of the player bench area and scurried onto the ice.As...

Photo Credit: San Jose Sharks
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<![CDATA[Woman Lured by Singles Ad Dies After Weeks in Captivity]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:05:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/German_Ambulance-550668973.jpg
A 41-year-old woman who responded to a singles ad was held captive for several weeks by a man and his ex-wife — and later died at a hospital of injuries sustained while in captivity, NBC News reported.The...

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<![CDATA[Great Dane Gets Stuck in Tree]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:40:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DaneinTree.jpg
Kora, a 120-pound Great Dane who was stuck 20 feet up a tree in Louisville, Nebraska, was rescued Saturday night by the local fire department.

Photo Credit: WOWT]]>
<![CDATA[Chimp Leads Police on Chase Through Japanese Town]]> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:58:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chimp-escaped-zoo.jpg
A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole. Not for long.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Burger Shop Break-In]]> Mon, 11 Apr 2016 17:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/five+guys+burglary+cooking+burglar.jpg
Police in Washington, D.C., are searching for a man seen in surveillance video who apparently grilled himself a hamburger as the restaurant was closed before allegedly swiping some water.Police said the...

Photo Credit: DC Metropolitan Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Gold-Flecked Meteorite Legal Fracas]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:41:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/METEORITEcrop.jpg
A precious meteorite that’s traveled from the asteroid belt near Mars to the mountains of Fukang, China, to Marin County, California, is at the center of a vicious ownership battle being fought in San Francisco...

Photo Credit: Maine Mineral and Gem Museum
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<![CDATA[Alligator Tries to Get in Fla. Home]]> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 09:54:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/040516+plant+city+gator.jpg
An alligator was removed from a mobile home community in Central Florida Tuesday after it approached a resident's front door.According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the gator was 9 feet 5 inches...

Photo Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Falling Tree Barely Misses Cop Car]]> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 18:03:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/boonton+dashcam+tree.jpg
A New Jersey police car came dangerously close to being crushed by a large tree when the tree snapped and fell onto the road amid powerful winds Sunday, dashcam footage from the patrol car shows.

Photo Credit: Boonton Township Police
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<![CDATA[LA's 'Murder House' Up for Sale]]> Mon, 04 Apr 2016 19:35:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4-4-16-Murde_House.jpg
The ad on realtor.com for the four-bedroom home in Los Feliz tells only part of the story. The beautiful Los Angeles home nestled on a hill has a grand entrance, step-down living room, ballroom, library...

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway]]>
<![CDATA[911 Call Over Botched Pizza Order]]> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 03:47:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Food+Phillies+2012+Preview+Seasons+Pizza+Generic.jpg
A woman called 911 to complain that a Hartford, Connecticut, pizza shop made a mistake with her order and wouldn’t return her money.The woman said she ordered a small half-cheese, half-bacon pizza from Empire...

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<![CDATA[Mystery Meat Found on Several New Hampshire Roads]]> Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-462467813.jpg
A trail of mystery meat has hit the road in New Hampshire.Chicken, drumsticks, sausage, Angus steaks, pork chops and wild game meats were found alongside several roads in Epping last weekend, according to the...

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<![CDATA[Seal Pup Found in Calif. Yard]]> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:28:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sealion16.jpg
A 9-month-old, tagged California fur seal found its way to a home in Fremont Thursday morning, puzzling cops and neighbors over how the small mammal waddled its way there.Police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques made...

Photo Credit: Fremont Police Department
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<![CDATA['Boaty McBoatface' Floats in UK Ship-Naming Poll]]> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:06:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/national-environment-research-council-boat.jpg
When scientists in the U.K. asked the public to name their new $290 million polar research ship, they expected the name of an explorer or a naturalist. Apparently, they didn't factor in the Brits' oddball sense...

Photo Credit: Natural Environment Research Council]]>