Zimbabwe Man Finds 8-Foot Crocodile Hiding Beneath His Bed


It turns out there are monsters under the bed, after all.

An 8-foot crocodile recently took up residency at the Humani Ranch in Zimbabwe, where it sought shelter underneath an already occupied bed.

Unbeknownst to the man in the bed, 40-year-old Guy Whittall, the crocodile nestled itself just below him for more than eight hours. Whittall, who is a director of the family-owned lodge, only discovered his home invader when he went to the kitchen and heard a housemaid scream.

An animal control team arrived on the scene to help capture the estimated 330-pound creature, roping and dragging it out of hiding. Whittall believes the crocodile hails from the Turgwe River, more than a mile from the lodge.

The crocodile was released back into Humani’s Chigwidi Dam.

[The Independent]

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The Truth about Use-By Dates and Other Fascinating News on the Web


  1. Use-By Dates Are Off

    We throw out a lot of food. And according to a new report, much of that food gets tossed because of confusion over the use-by dates that are featured prominently on many of our favorite consumables. Most of these dates are really suggestions about when a product is at its peak. Food that stays in your cupboard or fridge past these dates is not necessarily bad, and almost never dangerous: “Eggs, for example, can be consumed three to five weeks after purchase, even though the ‘use by’ date is much earlier. A box of mac-and-cheese stamped with a ‘use by’ date of March 2013 can still be enjoyed on March 2014, most likely with no noticeable changes in quality.” And it probably won’t be half bad in March of 3014.

    + More from MoJo: You just threw out a perfectly good gallon of milk because…

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Sweden Allows Public Masturbation


A 65-year-old Swedish man was acquitted of sexual assault after pleasuring himself on a beach in Stockholm in June.

The district court of Södertörn tossed out the charge on the grounds that he didn’t look at anybody while fondling himself. The court ruled he had committed no offense, as he did not direct his “activities” at any particular target.

Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told the Mitti newspaper that he had no plans to appeal and called the ruling “reasonable.” When asked if the act is now acceptable in public, Vrethammar said public fondling was “okay” — as long as it’s not directed towards a specific individual — but may still be considered “disorderly conduct.”

Regardless, the ruling may serve as a precedent in Sweden, where some uncomfortable public exchanges may be imminent. Our advice? Wait til you get home, folks.

[The Independent]

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Pronunciation Fail Costs Guy $1 Million Prize on Wheel of Fortune


Things spun out of control for one Wheel of Fortune contestant Tuesday night. In a goof gone viral, Paul Atkinson, a firefighter from Oregon, landed on the $1 million section of the wheel and opted to solve the puzzle — which was “Corner Curio Cabinet.” But he mispronounced it “Corno curo cabinet” and lost. Host Pat Sajak told the stunned contestant, “It’s one of those it just didn’t come out the way you intended it to!”

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Sadly, we’ve seen these tragic, careless errors on the game show before. Navy intel specialist Renee Durette went viral in December 2012 when she figured out the puzzle “Seven Swans a Swimming,” but lost the $3,850 she had racked up because she failed to pronounce the “g” in “swimming,” shouting the colloquial “swimmin'” instead. “That’s kind of how I speak, you know, being from Florida, and I asked for…

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Pope: Church can’t ‘interfere’ with gays

This Just In

Pope Francis said the church has the right to express its opinions but not to “interfere spiritually” in the lives of gays and lesbians, expanding on explosive comments he made in July about not judging homosexuals.

In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday, the pope also said that women must play a key role in church decisions and brushed off critics who say he should be more vocal about fighting abortion and gay marriage.

The interview, released by Jesuit magazines in several different languages and 16 countries on Thursday, offers perhaps the most expansive and in-depth view of Francis’ vision for the Roman Catholic Church.

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Even a Cat’s Paw Can Unlock the iPhone 5s


First cats figure out how to play Fruit Ninja on the iPad, and now they can access Apple’s new iPhone 5s. TechCrunch discovered that the fingerprint sensor can recognize a cat’s paw.

MORE: Review: Apple’s iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iOS 7

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Spread Your Legs for Uncle Sam


For all of the political fighting in Washington over defunding the Affordable Care Act, a pair of jarring new anti-Obamacare ads shows that some leading opponents have shifted their focus to sabotaging the law once it’s in place.

The spots feature a creepy, clownish Uncle Sam character performing gynecological and prostate exams on patients who signed up for insurance under the ACA. “Don’t let the government play doctor. Opt out of Obamacare,” the ads tell viewers. Not surprisingly, they’ve gone viral.

The canny bit of marketing is part of a reported $750,000 campaign by Generation Opportunity, an anti-Obamacare group backed by the billionaire conservative donors Charles and David Koch, to convince young adults that their best option is to remain uninsured once the health care law kicks in next year.

What’s most notable about the ads – besides the unfortunately positioned patriotic symbol – is who they target. Young adults…

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“Up To His Eyeballs In Alligators:” Mitch McConnell Flirts With The Tea Party Crazies On The Debt Ceiling


Sen. Mitch McConnell is so up to his eyeballs in alligators, he’s long since forgot about cleaning the swamp.

No question the senator hears the steady, galloping horses from the tea party extremists closing fast. To be sure, he faces a tough general election against Kentycky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes – some polls even show him behind.  But before he gets to next November he faces the threat of a challenge from within his own party.  Wealthy tea party candidate Matt Bevin is definitely nipping at his heals.

Maybe that is why McConnell is showing signs of joining the “crazy caucus” – that large band of Republicans who are ready to see a default on the debt, a shutdown of the government, a continuation of the sequester and the defunding of Obamacare – and by virtue of such insane policies, an economic meltdown.

They profess to be worried…

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