Moscow Mutts Love Mass Transit
MOSCOW, Russia-In Moscow, stray dogs are commuting to and from downtown on underground trains in search of food. The clever canines board the Tube each morning and after a hard day scavenging on the streets,they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night. The phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia's new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city to the suburbs. Dr Andrei Poiarkov, of the Moscow Evolution Institute, said, "These factories were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the dogs had to move when the factories left for the suburbs. Because the best scavenging for food is downtown, the dogs had to learn how to travel on the subway in the morning, then back home in the evening, just like people." Dr Poiarkov told how the dogs like to play during their daily commute. He said, "They jump on the train seconds before the doors shut, risking their tails getting jammed. They do it for fun. And sometimes they fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop." They also use cunning tactics to obtain tasty morsels of shawarma, a kebab-like snack popular in Moscow. They sneak up behind people eating shawarmas, then bark loudly to shock them into dropping their food. When on the prowl for shawarma, it seems they are conscientious users of traffic lights to cross the road safely, said Dr Poiarkov.
Holy Sheephead Batman!
DANBURY TWP, Ohio- A Lake Erie freshwater drum, or sheepshead, smashed a woman's windshield when an eagle dropped the fish from about 40 feet in the air. Leighann Niles, 35, said she was earlier driving west on Interstate 480 when a small bird shot into her back passenger door, startling her 5-year-old daughter. I said "It's OK honey, it's just good it didn't hit the windshield. An hour later, we're coming into Marblehead and the next thing I knew, the fish shattered my windshield. I don't want to say I've been targeted by birds but it sure seems weird. And that fish had spooky teeth, too."
Spider 'Coon, Does Whatever a Spider 'Coon Can.
CHICAGO, Illinois- Bob Heymann never thought he would be burglarized by a raccoon on the 6th floor of a Gold Coast apartment building but that is just what police determine has been happening. "First it was a watch, a ring, loose change... then an I-pod. Finally I set up motion detectors and we caught the bastard trying to climb down the wall right in broad daylight. I am trying to cut down on using the AC this summer but now I have to lock the windows," said the amazed Heymann.
Barracuda Hits Bullseye
GRAND CAY, The Bahamas- Mary Ellen Moore and her family were vacationing in the Bahamas and after a few days of assuring their Iowa family that the ocean was safe the Moores had their kids loving the Carribbean waters. And then a barracuda jumped into Mary Ellen's bikini bottoms. "I don't think we'll ever get her in a bath tub or pool let alone the ocean. Poor thing doesn't want to leave Iowa, ever again," said her father, Bob.
Another Reason Not To Trust Cats
SUSSEX, England- A new study has found cats do control humans. If you've ever wondered who's in control, you or your cat, a new study points to the obvious. It's your cat. "The embedding of a human baby sounding cry within their purr which we normally associate with contentment is quite a subtle means of eliciting a response," said Karen McComb of the University of Sussex. "They know us. They know we can't help but respond to the human infant cries which they are mimmicking."