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Furries are back! Anthrocon is underway in Pittsburgh

Published: Friday, July 01, 2016 @ 11:13 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 01, 2016 @ 7:54 AM
By: WPXI - Pittsburgh

            Furries are back! Anthrocon is underway in Pittsburgh
Anthrocon returns to Pittsburgh for 11th year

Anthrocon, also known as the world's largest furry convention, is officially underway in downtown Pittsburgh.

The convention takes place through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It's the eleventh consecutive year the convention has been held in Pittsburgh.

This year's theme is "The Roaring Twenty," as Anthrocon is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.

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Furries are people who celebrate anthropomorphism which, simply put, means people who like to celebrate the human traits that can be found in animals or animal characters, like Bugs Bunny.

About 1,500 of the 6,500 people expected to attend the convention dress up in full-body suits that make them appear to be animal characters.

These "fursuiters" will take part in the Fursuit Walk on Saturday at 2 p.m. It's a parade around the convention center. People are invited to watch along Tenth Street, next to the waterfall feature.

According to VisitPITTSBURGH, Anthrocon will contribute to $6.3 million in direct spending for our region.

"We are always pleased to host Anthrocon's annual convention," said Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.

Anthrocon has raised more than $240,000 for animal-related charities in Pennsylvania. This year it has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as the charity it will support.

The convention started in Albany, New York.


Flight 666 lands in HEL on Friday the 13th

Published: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 4:27 PM
Updated: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 4:37 PM

For passengers on one flight, it was one creepy Friday the 13th coincidence. 

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Finnair Flight 666 took off from Copenhagen around 1:07 p.m. local time and landed in HEL, or or Helsinki Airport in Finland, at 3:41 p.m. local time, according to Flight Aware.

>> Related: Friday the 13th: What's so unlucky about 13

It's unclear if it is truly a coincidence or the airline Finnair was having a little fun, but it certainly is a bit spooky on Friday the 13th. 

According to The Guardian, this is not the first time this has happened - on Friday 12, 2013, a Finnair Flight numbered 666 also flew from Copenhagen to Helsinki.


'Udder chaos' as cops corral escaped cows at Kroger during winter storm

Published: Saturday, January 07, 2017 @ 3:32 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 07, 2017 @ 3:47 PM
By: Jennifer Brett - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Police officers in Georgia were ready to assist Saturday morning in case winter weather caused calamity on the roads.

Instead, they became urban cowboys.At 7:25 a.m., DeKalb County Police reported on Twitter that nine cows were on the loose and romping down a highway.

>>Snow gone, ice remains in metro Atlanta

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Authorities acted swiftly to intervene, though the cows didn’t seem to be in a big hurry. The cows made their way to a Kroger, where police officers were able to corral the wayward bovine with a makeshift fence made from shopping carts.

Meanwhile, a field adjacent to a nearby apartment complex turned into a rodeo. No bull! An eyewitness can be overheard saying the bull looked like "Ezekiel running," referring to Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys' star rookie running back. The bull proved to be as elusive and difficult to stop as Elliott.

Throughout the incident, the cops’ Twitter game was dialed to perfection.

Escaped llama back home after hilarious police chase

Published: Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 4:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 4:37 PM
By: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

            Escaped llama back home after hilarious police chase
The llama contemplates his actions after a newsmaking sally in Oconee County. (Oconee County Sheriff's Office)

A llama briefly went on the llam Wednesday in Georgia.

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Authorities in Athens, Georgia, have been inundated with phone calls from the pesky press. Chief Deputy Lee Weems posted a lengthy and rather humorous recap of the story on Facebook, which has an incredible twist and a happy ending.

Related: Runaway llama captured in Georgia, Sheriff's Office says

“Around 4 p.m., dispatch notified me that someone had reported ‘a baby camel’ running loose in Epps Bridge Road. Our deputies are not trained in South American camelid identification, but they quickly determined that the animal in question was actually a llama.

Deputies, with the assistance of several llama experts who just happened to be traveling on Epps Bridge Road at that exact moment, managed to corral the llama in the dumpster area behind the Cook Out (fast food resturant). We would also like to thank the good folks at Cook Out for providing a bag of carrots to help lure the llama into the dumpster area.

Contact was made with the llama's owner (thanks to new County Commission Chairman John Daniell who had his phone number), and the owner's son came to the scene with a van and hauled the llama home. The llama belongs to a resident of Oconee County. We do not know at this time whether it just wanted to go for a stroll or if it was concerned about the weather forecast this weekend and was attempting to buy bread and milk. I asked, but it refused to answer questions. Perhaps this is because I don't speak Spanish nor any of the native Peruvian languages.We would like to thank the folks at Southeast Llama Rescue who were on the way to get the llama prior to our locating its owner."

The chief deputy seemed amused at all the media interest, deadpanning, “Based upon the number of media outlets that are calling about the llama, I can only surmise that President-elect Trump must not have tweeted anything, so, now they are scrambling for a story.”

Based upon the number of media outlets that are calling about the llama, I can only surmise that President-Elect Trump...
Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Runaway llama captured in Georgia, Sheriff's Office says

Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 @ 5:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2017 @ 4:37 PM
By: Kailyn Thomas -

            Runaway llama captured in Georgia, Sheriff's Office says
Escaped Llama Sends Deputies on Chase

The Oconee County sheriff’s office says units are responding to a runaway llama in Athens, Georgia.

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According to the sheriff’s office, the llama was spotted on the a freeway loop near an exit around 4 p.m. Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"We can't make this stuff up," it said in a Facebook post.

Units are responding to a runaway llama on the 10 Loop near exit 1.  We can't make this stuff up.
Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Spectators saw police surrounding the llama in a fast food restruant parking lot, where it was rounded up.

The sheriff’s office credited Capt. James Hale for gathering the escaped llama. An animal rescue group was able to get the llama 45 minutes after it was first spotted.

Captain Hale, llama whisperer.
Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 4, 2017