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Answering the Call of Nature

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 7.02.21 AMThis is not a new videotape but I had to show it. Of all the things that one may expect from a safari trip to Africa, having a cheetah defecate through your sun roof is not one of them. These cheetah appears to have answered the call of nature by finding a unique outhouse.

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lobola-calc-1By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

If you have wondered how many cows your hand in marriage is worth, a new app may provide you with some important information–and more importantly, can you command More Cow (wedding) Bell.

Robert Matsaneng, a 26-year-old South African software developer, developed an app to measure how much Lobola the bride may expect from her potential suitor. Lobola is a custom in the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi cultures where the bridegroom pays the family of the bride for her hand in marriage. Payment is made in the form of currency and live cows. The family of the bride sets the initial price.

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Gloria Eun Hye Lee

Gloria Eun Hye Lee

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

There are crimes where a defendant’s depraved actions almost beg for a strong sentence. Torching a pet store and pouring kerosene on puppies certainly qualifies.

Just over a year ago we reported the case of Gloria Eun Hye Lee who, along with codefendant Kirk Bills were accused of conspiracy, insurance fraud, arson, and animal cruelty for an outrageous event where the two set fire to Gloria’s Las Vegas Prince and Princess Pet Botique.

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Total Cat-itude

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 10.47.16 PMMy kids showed me this video. I am the parent who does not want a cat (I am a dog lover) and this video was somehow meant to sell me on the feline pet option.

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By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

howling-wolfIn what certainly will be a good civics lesson taught to high school teenagers to prepare them for the world ahead, Seattle resident Denise Horton’s neighbor was awarded a half million dollars in a default judgment in a dispute over her dog’s barking. Denise failed to report to trial, claiming it was a “bunk.”

The bunk caught up to her after the sheriff’s office arrived to serve her with a writ of execution for her house.

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220px-Raccoon_(Procyon_lotor)_2Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 6.55.54 AMThere is a rather bizarre health department case out of Los Angeles where inspectors, responding to a call from a customer, found Metro Supermarket in Temple City selling prepackaged raccoons in the frozen food section. The raccoons were sold for Chinese customers who have a special hankering for the animals. It turns out that raccoons sell for $9.99 per pound at Metro Supermarket.

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Screen Shot 2015-02-01 at 9.49.02 AMI have long complained how SUV owners seem more likely to crash because they think that 4WD gives them magic powers and relieves them of the need to learn how to drive on snow. It appears that 4PD (four paw drive) does little more for the dog world.

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